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30 April 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Barnet vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 4-3 win against Barnet at The Hive Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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30 April 2016 : Darren Way Delighted As Players Give Him That Half Time Reaction
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that he lost his voice at half time today as he tried to impress upon his players the level of commitment he expected them to achieve at the football club. However, in an end-to-end second half against Barnet at The Hive Stadium, the Glovers boss was impressed by the final outcome as he witnessed his side grab as last-gasp 4-3 win, with substitute Harry Cornick netting a 95th minute winner.

At 45 minutes into the match though he was less impressed. The Glovers trailed via a Michael Gash header, and the general signs were that the club's problems of scoring goals at the other end of the park were going to bite them again, as they enjoyed plenty of possession, but without the serious end product. Way told BBC Somerset that he felt his side lacked something at the break, even if they had plenty of time on the ball during that first half:

"I thought that tactically we were absolutely spot on, and I thought we were unlucky to go a goal down with the amount of possession that we had. But having said that, we knew what the problem was at half time, in that there wasn't enough commitment and there wasn't enough desire and belief in the final third again. For me that was disappointing and I said to them that they needed to show me a reaction, because they've got two games to impress as to whether they're at this football club or not."

Half a game later, and Way was a much happier person, as his team scored four times in the final 35 minutes, despite two John Akinde goals giving them two goal deficits on two occasions. A 20 yard Matt Dolan strike was followed up by a rare Nathan Smith header. Then with 14 minutes remaining Francois Zoko bagged his eighth goal of the season, providing an equalising goal. That set the stage for Harry Cornick to also net his eighth goal of the campaign, leaving Way delighted with how strongly his team were finishing this season:

"For me it just reflects that I wanted to finish the season strong, but that there was a real strong committed performance with a group of players who are out of contract. Everyone was saying that it was a nothing game and I asked the players that I just wanted to see that they work as hard as them. I think they went home today knowing that my players have worked as hard as them, certainly this week. The scoreline reflects that. We kept going until the end. What you've seen is that we got that reaction."


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30 April 2016 : Barnet 3 Yeovil 4 : Cornick Leaves It Late In Seven Goal Thriller
Yeovil Town recovered from being two goals down twice during a pulsating match against Barnet this afternoon, pulling out a last gasp winner in a 4-3 victory at the Hive Stadium. The hero of the moment was AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick, who scored the winner in the 95th minute to produce an improbable win in Yeovil's final away match of the 2015-16 season. Barnet took the lead through a Michael Gash header and when John Akinde scored from the penalty spot early in the second period it looked as though the Bees were heading for a basic pedestrian win. But Matt Dolan's 20 yard strike sparked the Glovers into life to pull a goal back. John Akinde then got his second of the afternoon, but Barnet's two goal advantage lasted a minute as Nathan Smith scored a rare header, followed by Francois Zoko's equaliser. That set up an end to end finale that was completed deep into injury time when Cornick drove the ball home to send 455 away supporters wild.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up but also a formation change. Harry Cornick was dropped to the bench, whilst Marc Laird came into the team, with the extra midfielder meaning that the much-tried 4-3-3 was dropped, with Darren Way switching to a 4-3-1-2, with Laird as the attacking midfielder, playing just behind a very experienced front pairing of Francois Zoko and Leroy Lita. With Tahvon Campbell and Harry Cornick on the bench, and Brandon Goodship forced to play as the 'sixth loan' for the fourth game in five matches, that tended to imply that Way was looking at which permanently contracted players were on his books that could unpick his side's goalscoring problems.

Early on at least, the signs were that not too much had changed. Barnet created the more incisive chances as John Akinde almost scored from a corner, with Ryan Dickson having to head the ball off his own goal line. The Glovers passed the ball well but without any end output, and midway through the first half they went behind as a James Pearson cross was converted inside the box by Michael Gash, with Yeovil's marking having gone astray.

Yeovil nearly responded a few minutes later via a Matt Dolan free kick. Those who witnessed Jack Compton's long range attempt from the touchline at AFC Wimbledon back in January will have already witnessed what Dolan nearly achieved. His deep free kick from the right touchline looped over goalkeeper Jamie Stephens, but he just about managed to get a palm on the ball to send it onto the crossbar and away to safety. Dolan was then found out on the left flank creating Yeovil's best other first half chance as he put in an excellent cross towards Marc Laird who was in the centre of goal beyond the penalty spot and a clear aim on goal - unfortunately for him, he misdirected it over the crossbar.

That rather summed up the opening period, and there was the fear that Yeovil's lack of quality in front of goal in recent games might haunt them again. However, they started the second half superbly, almost scoring within 30 seconds of the kick-off. Francois Zoko ran through on goal and forced Jamie Stephens into a superb low save, and when the loose ball fell to Marc Laird, his shot on the rebound was met by more superb reflexes from the Bees goalkeeper. Then Leroy Lita narrowly hooked the ball over the bar, and the feeling was the Glovers were on to something by the way they'd started.

Then came the sucker punch. Barnet's first proper attack of the half saw Alex Lacey foul John Akinde wide on the edge of the penalty area. Referee Sebastian Stockbridge blew up for the spot kick, and Akinde calmly passed the ball into the corner of the net, having correctly judged which way Artur Krysiak was going to dive. 2-0 down and it seemed it wasn't going to be Yeovil's day.

Midfielder Matt Dolan though had other ideas. Just three minutes after Akinde's goal, he notched up his first goal for the club in nearly four months, and his first outfield strike of the 2015-16 season. Dolan has always had a good strike on the ball, but goals have eluded him during his permanent spell with the club, but there was certainly nothing wrong with the goal that put Yeovil back in the match - a 20 yarder that went low and hard into the bottom right hand corner.

A game that was becoming more and more open then got a little bit too open. Yeovil were caught in possession, and lost the ball to Andy Yiadom. His long ball down the middle was perfectly judged for John Akinde to run onto and the Barnet striker got his second goal of the game as he headed the bouncing ball over the advancing and exposed Artur Krysiak for a 3-1 lead. Surely game over - or so you'd have thought.

It took Yeovil under a minute to reduce the two-goal deficit again, although it was the most unlikely of sources who nabbed it. Nathan Smith's last goal for the club came on December 13th 2008 and with his three year spell at Chesterfield having not produced any goals, that strike still stood as his one and only professional goal. He thus doubled his tally in the 63rd minute when he headed home from close range following a Matt Dolan corner to pull the game back to 3-2.

Still the goals were coming. With 14 minutes remaining of the match, Francois Zoko incredibly levelled the scores. He received the ball on the edge of the box, and provided a low shot on the angle that fired into the back of the net for a 3-3 scoreline. Game on!

That set the game off into a frantic end-to-end encounter in which both sides threatened to snatch the winning goal. Barnet thought they'd got it when they got the ball in the back of the net just as the clock ticked over to 90 minutes, but a linesman's flag went up and stopped the celebrations. Then with the game deep into five minutes of added time, Yeovil broke on a counter-attack. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak fed Liam Walsh by rolling the ball out of his own penalty area and his powerful run up field saw the Everton loanee feed Harry Cornick. The substitute slotted the ball past the keeper and then ran across to 455 deliriously happy Yeovil Town supporters, with the retaining wall between both players and fans disappearing into a single sea of green and white.

With pretty much the final kick of the match, the Glovers had won the game. Theoretically it was a game that did not matter one iota to any league table, or any divisional status - yet the timing of the goal and the celebrations made you feel as though the Glovers had just avoided the relegation drop, and not two weeks ago at Bristol Rovers when it actually happened.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Barnet 3 Yeovil Town 4.

Scorers: Michael Gash (1-0, 22 mins), John Akinde (2-0, 52 mins, pen), Matt Dolan (2-1, 55 mins), John Akinde (3-1, 62 mins), Nathan Smith (3-2, 63 mins), Francois Zoko (3-3, 76 mins), Harry Cornick (3-4, 90 mins)

Barnet:
21. Jamie Stephens
37. James Pearson 6. Michael Nelson 4. Bira Dembele 3. Elliot Johnson
7. Andy Yiadom 14. Sam Togwell 40. Harry Taylor 12. Luke Gambin
9. John Akinde 18. Michael Gash

Substitutes:
5. Bondz N'Gala 16. Tom Champion (72 mins for Fumnaya Shomotun), 17. Sam Muggleton (80 mins for Harry Taylor) 19. Shaun Batt 20. Fumnaya Shomotun (36 mins for James Pearson) 31. Kai McKenzie-Lyle 36. Alie Sesay

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 25. Liam Walsh 4. Matt Dolan
8. Marc Laird
39. Francois Zoko 38. Leroy Lita

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton 16. Tahvon Campbell (60 mins for Leroy Lita) 23. Harry Cornick (71 mins for Ryan Dickson)

Barnet Bookings: John Akinde (78 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lacey (52 mins, foul)

Barnet Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 8; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Robert Hyde (London). Fourth Official: Robert Whitton (Essex).

Attendance: 2,379 (with 455 Yeovil supporters).


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30 April 2016 : Team News For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named one change to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Barnet at The Hive Stadium this afternoon. Marc Laird comes into the line-up displacing Harry Cornick.

For the fourth match in five games, AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship is the 'sixth loan' that has to sit in the stands. Midfielder Kevin Dawson has got an ankle injury and so misses his fourth consecutive game. Meanwhile the club have five players who are not expected to play for the club for the remainder of this season, with Darren Ward (knee), Jakub Sokolik (wrist), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) all out with longer term issues.

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan 25. Liam Walsh
39. Francois Zoko 38. Leroy Lita

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton 16. Tahvon Campbell 23. Harry Cornick


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29 April 2016 : Darren Previews The Barnet Away Game
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's match against Barnet at The Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren holds his interview at Buckler's Mead school and explains why he put on a training session there, as well as giving his views on player contracts and performances, and on Bees boss Martin Allen. Read that via the link below.

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


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29 April 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Barnet
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make their first trip to play Barnet for fourteen years, as they play their final away match of the 2015-16 season. The key thing to note is that we will not be travelling to Barnet itself - the Bees have moved to The Hive Stadium, around six miles down the road in Edgware, and you'll find a new Ciderspace guide is online giving you directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and where to have a pint. Read that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Barnet.

Barnet's West Stand - away supporters get the couple of blocks at the far end
Barnet's West Stand - away supporters get the couple of blocks at the far end.
Photo © 2016 Ciderspace



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29 April 2016 : Officials For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Barnet and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 30th April 2016 at The Hive Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne and Wear).

He is in his third season as a Football League referee, having been promoted in the summer of 2013, and his north-east residence means we've only seen him on one previous occasion. That was for the FA Cup Second Round tie against Accrington Stanley back in December 2014 at the Crown Ground, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Overall he had a reasonable game, although we recall getting a bit frustrated at the number of times he was blowing his whistle up for second half free kicks. As it happens, we weren't playing too well at that point in the game, so that may have been more down to our levels of angst regarding a cup tie that was on a bit of a knife-edge rather than those decisions necessarily being wrong!

This season has seen him take charge of 29 matches, showing 100 yellow cards and six red cards. Two of those reds came in his last two fixtures at Hartlepool and Scunthorpe so let's hope he's not planning a hat-trick!

Mr Stockbridge will be assisted by John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Robert Hyde (London). The Fourth Official will be Robert Whitton (Essex).

Link: December 2014 : Accrington Stanley 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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29 April 2016 : Player Contract Offers Having To Wait A While
Yeovil Town's players will have to wait a while to find out for certain whether they will be given a contract. The club's safety in League Two was guaranteed just under two weeks ago, meaning that they can plan for the 2016-17 season on the basis of them playing fourth tier football. However, as yet no new deals are on the table, with thirteen players potentially free to find other clubs over the summer.

Earlier in the month, manager Darren Way spoke of his plans to sit down with the players and sort out their futures, but it now seems that he is leaning towards using the final two matches of the 2015-16 season to look at his first team squad more closely. As such, he told BBC Somerset that those players were still playing for their futures, and that contract offers wouldn't be coming out just yet:

"Yes that's the way I see it, but also as well they are good individuals. They've got good personalities and when you've got good individuals and good personalities they're always trying to bring the best out of themselves. We'll sit down with them, but I'm no different from what Plymouth is or Exeter is. They're not giving out contracts as yet and I can understand why."

Part of the reason for the shift in thinking may come down to Darren still not knowing what his 2016-17 playing budget is likely to be. Again throughout April, the Glovers boss has stated the need to sit down with the Board of Directors to discuss what funding may be available for next season. However, earlier this week he told the Western Gazette that the club's 'early bird' Season Ticket sales deadline of May 7th - the final day of the 2015-16 season - was a factor in why those figures had yet to be agreed:

"There are still a lot of things the board are waiting to see - season ticket sales for example. I want to keep the core and the spine of this team together, though, and build around that. There is no right or wrong way to do it but the stats suggest that we have kept clean-sheets since I took over like no other team has done up and down the country. We need something more in the final third, but as I keep saying to the players - the stats don't lie. When a player hasn't been effective it is when they are not having shots, no playing passes and not making tackles."


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28 April 2016 : Jamie Sherwood's Verdict On The Oxford United Win
Yesterday evening, Yeovil Town Ladies played Oxford United Women in a FAWSL 2 match at Huish Park. Following the 2-0 win, manager Jamie Sherwood spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Claire Carter about the match, giving his views on the game and their early season form. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Win Over Oxford United Women.


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28 April 2016 : Pilgrims Supporter Given Football Banning Order After Pyro Incident
Further to our March 14th article concerning a Plymouth Argyle supporter who had been banned by his club for throwing a smoke device onto the pitch at Huish Park, that has now been followed up by a court-agreed Banning Order. The device was thrown onto the pitch during Yeovil Town's 0-0 draw against the Pilgrims in February 2016, causing a slight delay during the second half, and once the Argyle supporter was identified by CCTV, he was given an indefinite ban by his club, pending a court case to look into the matter.

Today saw 18 year old Argyle supporter Kristyan Kearney plead guilty in Somerset Magistrates Court in Yeovil to the offence. He has been given a three year banning order, in addition to the conviction of possessing a pyrotechnic device at a designated sporting event. He has also been fined £200 by the court as well as having to pay £105 in costs.

He can apply for the ban to be lifted after a two year period. However, in the meantime he will be legally banned from all football matches throughout that period, and will have to sign in at a Police Station under certain conditions to declare his whereabouts. He will also have to surrender his passport to the police during certain occasions, particularly whilst England internationals are taking place overseas. If he breaches the conditions of his banning order, then he will be subject to arrest, which could lead to further charges and imprisonment.

Earlier this season, Newport County announced that they were also banning one of their spectators, due to an object being thrown onto the pitch during that match, allegedly aimed at goalkeeper Artur Krysiak. That case is still pending with the Police and CPS, as far as we are aware. It should be stressed that no Yeovil Town supporters have been involved in either incident.

Link: Newport Ban Supporter After Object Thrown At Artur Krysiak.


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28 April 2016 : Cousins And Heatherson Send Ladies Up To Fourth
Yeovil Town Ladies moved up to fourth place in the FASWL2 table on Wednesday night, after a game of patience saw them beat Oxford United by a 2-0 scoreline. A resolute Oxford side - and the woodwork again of course! - denied the Glovers a route through the visitors' defence until 73 minutes had passed, but late goals from Nicola Cousins and Annie Heatherson allowed them to make the breakthrough their pressure deserved.

Oxford had their own chances in the first half when Ella Franklin-Fraiture forced Charlotte Haynes to race off her line to stop the visitors break through. Yeovil took a while to get going, with Oxford smothering the midfield play well but on 34 minutes Sarah Wiltshire struck the post with a left footed shot from just inside the box. Then Franklin-Fraiture shot over the crossbar as the first half ended goalless, despite Natasha Knapman firing wide just before the break.

Yeovil began to ramp up the pressure during the second period, with Ellis Hillman being denied in a goalmouth scramble by brave goalkeeping from Hannah Cox. The visitors keeper then saved superbly from Natasha Knapman from close range, with defenders then blocking out Helen Bleazard's attempt to convert a loose ball. Cox saved again from Hillman and then from Annie Heatherson after she cut inside and fired on goal, and then the same player was denied as the keeper tipped the ball over the bar for a corner.

That corner though was to be crucial, as with 17 minutes remaining, Yeovil finally managed to convert, as Nicola Cousins converted a bullet header from the dead ball situation to chance the complexion of the game and to put the Glovers 1-0 up. With the game now opening up, Nadia Lawrence became the latest player to strike the woodwork as she hit the post, and it got struck a third time just as the clock ticked onto the 90 minute mark when Nicola Cousins was denied.

The net finally bulged again though two minutes into second half injury time. Sarah Wiltshire's cross into the box landed in at the back post, and Annie Heatherson got in on the blind side of the Oxford defence to convert the ball for that second crucial goal, giving Oxford no time for a fightback. Boss Jamie Sherwood spoke after the match and he was happy that they had been able to overcome their opponents, given how disciplined they had been as a team:

"We were playing against a very disciplined and structured and well organised Oxford side who had gone into the game off a tough defeat at the weekend and we knew it was going to be a tough game. We had to be patient, we had to stick to the way that we wanted to play and trust it was going to happen for us and in the second half they tired a bit and our superior fitness told. In the second half, I think that there was only one team that was going to win the game of football. Across the whole game, they’ve had one opportunity to try and score against us. It was a pleasing win; two goals, a clean sheet – I’m very happy."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Oxford United Women 0.

Scorers: Nicola Cousins (73 mins, 1-0), Annie Heatherson (90 mins, 2-0).

Yeovil Town Ladies: (3-5-2): Charlotte Haynes; Kayleigh Green, Hannah Short, Nicola Cousins; Ellis Hillman, Helen Bleazard, Ellie Curson, Sarah Wiltshire, Kelly Snook; Annie Heatherson, Natasha Knapman

Substitutes: Steph Williams (69 mins for Kelly Snook), Nadia Lawrence (69 mins for Natasha Knapman), Emily Donovan (85 mins for Ellis Hillman), Leah Burridge, Charlotte Johnson, Sammy Quayle, Jessie Jones

Oxford United: (4-2-3-1) Hannah Cox; Madison Lee, Rosie Lane, Katja Hakala, Jess Frampton; Lauren Haynes, Ellie Noble; Laura Nichol, Ella Franklin- Fraiture, Holly Pickett; Ini Umotong

Substitutes: Riva Casley (72 mins for Rosie Lane), Steph Weston (80 mins for Laura Nichol), Sophie Baker, Georgia Timms, Charlie Deeley, Demi Lambourne,

Referee: Adrian Tranter

Attendance: 329


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27 April 2016 : More 2016-17 Football League Key Dates
The Football League have now published a fuller version of the key dates for the 2016-17 season. We now have the much anticipated date upon which the fixtures for next season will be released, along with the cup competition and play-off dates. These are all summarised below.

2016-17 Season Key Dates:

June 22nd 2016 : 2016-17 Fixtures Released

August 6th 2016 : First weekend of 2016-17 Season
August 8th 2016 : League Cup First Round (week commencing)
August 22nd 2016 : League Cup Second Round (week commencing)
August 29th 2016 : Football League Trophy First Round (week commencing)

September 19th 2016 : League Cup Third Round (week commencing)

October 3rd 2016 : Football League Trophy Second Round (week commencing)
October 24th 2016 : League Cup Fourth Round (week commencing)

November 7th 2016 : Football League Trophy Third Round (week commencing)
November 28th 2016 : League Cup Fifth Round (week commencing)

December 5th 2016 : Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final (week commencing)
December 26th 2016 : Boxing Day fixtures
December 31st 2016 : Christmas Holiday fixtures

January 2nd 2017 : New Year Bank Holiday fixtures
January 9th 2017 : League Cup Semi-Final First Leg (week commencing)
January 23rd 2017 : League Cup Semi-Final Second Leg (week commencing)
January 23rd 2017 : Football League Trophy Area Final First Leg (week commencing)

February 6th 2017 : Football League Trophy Area Final Second Leg (week commencing)
February 26th 2017 : League Cup Final (at Wembley Stadium)

April 2nd 2017 : Football League Trophy Final (at Wembley Stadium)

May 6th 2017 : Final weekend of Season proper.
May 20th 2017 : League One Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)
May 28th 2017 : League Two Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)
May 29th 2017 : Championship Play-Off Final (at Wembley Stadium)


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27 April 2016 : Yeovil Town Agent Payments During 2015-16 Season
Yeovil Town paid out one of the lowest set of fees to Football Agents, in information made public this month. The Football League and Football Association have been increasingly forcing the transparency of clubs in terms of their dealings with third party agents that represent players when transfers and new contracts are agreed and the latest set put the Glovers at the lower end of the fourth tier.

The Intermediary Fees published cover the period from October 1st 2015 until February 1st 2016, with the latter representing the final day of the January transfer window. During that time the Glovers paid just £1,248 to agents - although it's not directly disclosed by the FA, it's possible to deduce that relates to one player transaction, with striker Francois Zoko's extended contract that was signed in January invoking that payment.

During that four month period, League Two clubs collectively paid out £163,334, with Oxford United the top spenders at £32,703, whilst Leyton Orient (£19,823) and Portsmouth (£19,549) were the next largest spenders. At the other end of the scale, there's always been a small collective of League Two clubs who have a policy of not paying agents fees. During the reporting period Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Cambridge United, Hartlepool United, Mansfield Town and Morecambe all recorded zero payments to agents. The other two clubs that fell below Yeovil Town's figure were Dagenham and Redbridge (£750) and Wycombe Wanderers (£300).

The other set of data published by the Football Association concerns the list of individual players whose agents benefited through payments from clubs. Slightly confusingly this uses a different reporting period, running from April 1st 2015 until February 1st 2016. From this data it is possible to confirm which player transactions resulted in payments being made to agents. In these cases, the FA do not identify actual values.

Outgoing players AJ Leitch-Smith and James Berrett saw payments made to their agents as part of the process of tearing up their contracts over the summer of 2015. They moved on to Port Vale and York City respectively and it's interesting to note that their agents trousered fees for both the severance of their Yeovil Town contracts and for the set-up of deals at their new clubs!

The documentation also reveals that during the month of July, there were a number of agents who received payments for the registration of Yeovil Town player contracts. The new signings of Ben Tozer, Matthew Dolan, Jordan Gibbons, Shaun Jeffers, Ryan Dickson, Jack Compton, Ryan Bird, Wes Fogden, Mark Beck and Alex Lacey all saw payments made.

From this it is possible to deduce that the signings of Darren Ward, Marc Laird, Iffy Allen, Omar Sowunmi, Jamie Burrows and David Norris did not involve an agent payment. The same is true of all of the club's loan signings during the 2015-16 season. The signing of Leroy Lita lands outside the reporting period. The only other entry concerns that of striker Francois Zoko - when he was initially brought into the club during November, there was no agent payment made, but by January 2016, his contract extension invoked that payment - as the only one made in that month, this was therefore the £1,248 figure.

The list of Yeovil Town players agents provided by the Football Association for those players are as follows:

Ben Tozer : Barry Gold (Premier Management Soccer)
Matt Dolan : Leon Callender (Straight Ace Sports Management)
Jordan Gibbons : Fintan Drury (Platinum One Sports Management)
Kevin Dawson : Thomas Rowley (Doyle Associates)
Shaun Jeffers : Dax Price (Forward Sports Management)
Ryan Dickson : Michael Drew (Volenti Sports Management)
Jack Compton : Philip Sproson (Genesis Sports Management)
Ryan Bird : Richard Wood (Exceed Sports Management)
Wes Fogden : Chris Gankerseer (New Era Global Sports Management)
Mark Beck : Gary Porter (Base Soccer Agency)
Alex Lacey : Mark Taylor (PSC Management)
Francois Zoko : Bruce Tumenta.


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26 April 2016 : Glovers Trust Decide Membership Rates For First Year Of Operation
The Supporters Trust working party have agreed their initial Membership rates, ahead of plans to formally commence their first membership drive. Having used the 'Yeovil Voice' name during their set-up stages, they will be using the Glovers Trust for the organisation moving forward, and are just waiting on their Bank Account details to be set up before they can take on any funds.

Earlier this month, the Glovers Trust completed their Financial Conduct Authority registration, and that has since been followed up by registration with umbrella organisation Supporters Direct. This means that once the Bank Account goes live, then they will be fully up and running. With that in mind, they have set their initial membership rates as being £10.00 per year for adult membership and £1.00 per year for supporters aged Under 16. Of the rates chosen, the Glovers Trust have said:

"We have purposely kept these amounts as low as possible to allow inclusion for all Yeovil Town supporters with a vision that together we can assist our Club and our Community and look to a bright future in the Football League."

Aside from the initial membership campaign, the working party will also be planning for the Trust's first Annual General Meeting. This will also serve as the opportunity for those who want to stand for election onto the first formal Trust Board. They expect that meeting to take place in around six months time. The working party explains:

"The volunteers who make up the steering committee of the Glovers Trust are also preparing for the first AGM which will take place in approximately 6 months’ time. The Trust will operate under a one member, one vote principle and all members with voting rights will be invited to stand or nominate any other member for election as a Trust Board representative. The newly elected Board will then oversee the running of the Trust for a fixed period, calling on its members to vote on how the Glovers Trust shall be run and what stance it wishes to take on various initiatives and issues."

Since the idea of a Supporters Trust was first envisaged, there have been a number of Yeovil Town supporters who have provided volunteer roles, or their own business knowledge to help the Working Party set up the Trust. The Working Party paid tribute to all of those who have provided help in getting this far, and welcomed further contact with interested parties who may have questions, or want to provide sponsorship:

"This has been the result of much hard work by many volunteers with the desire to bring a democratic, not for profit, community based society, and independent organisation to represent the voice of Yeovil Town Supporters. If you would like any further information regarding the ongoing activities of the steering group or if you or your organisation would like to sponsor an aspect of our Launch Party, please email us."

Finally, the Trust working party have stressed the point that membership of the Glovers Trust should not be seen as being in conflict with or in competition with any other Yeovil Town supporters organisation and have said they have already had a welcoming message from the Bridport Glovers organisation:

"The steering group has remained keen to gain and maintain support from all supporters, including the existing Yeovil Town supporters’ organisations regarding the formation of the Glovers Trust and are pleased to have received our first formal message of support from the Bridport Glovers Supporters Club."

The Bridport Glovers Supporters Club have said of the Trust's formation and their decision to register Huish Park as an Asset of Community Value:

"The Bridport Glovers are delighted to hear that the Glovers Trust has now been fully registered. We look forward to working constructively with them to bring a bright future to Yeovil Town Football Club. We fully support the entries in the Register of Assets of Community Value that have been issued by the S.S.D.C."

If any supporters, potential sponsors or other interested parties want to get in touch with the Glovers Trust, they now have a dedicated email address. You can reach them by emailing communications@glovers-trust.co.uk


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26 April 2016 : Huish Park Registered As An Asset Of Community Value
Yeovil Town's fledgling Supporters Trust have successfully registered Huish Park as an Asset of Community Value. The group lodged an application with South Somerset District Council recently which they now report has been approved. It provides certain rights and protection, described below, in terms of the sale or change of use of land and buildings at the club that may be seen as adversely affecting the local community.

A statement issued by the Glovers Trust (aka the Yeovil Voice) explains their actions:

"The Localism Act 2011 has made provisions to give communities a right to identify a building or other land they believe to be of importance to their community's social well-being. Having identified Huish Park Stadium, and its surrounding land, as filling this criteria, the Working Party have submitted nominations to the South Somerset District Council to include both of these areas on the Register of Assets of Community Value.

"After full consideration, South Somerset District Council has agreed with the nomination on the grounds that the primary use of the stadium and the surrounding land in the recent past enhances the social well-being and interests of the local community, and that it is realistic to expect that current and future activities undertaken on the site will continue to do so. Inclusion on the Register of Assets means that should the stadium or land be put up for sale, the owners must notify the local authority who in turn will notify the Glovers Trust and also publish the intentions in the local community.

"The community will have an opportunity to express an interest in being treated as a potential bidder during the period and interested parties would be given a period of six months to make a bid. The owners would still be free to sell the assets to whomever they choose and at whatever price, however, the legislation at the very least empowers the local community to actively participate in the process.

"As many football stadia across the country are now included on local authority registers, the Glovers Trust Steering Group feel that Huish Park and the surrounding land should not be left unprotected and are delighted that this has been echoed by South Somerset District Council
."

What is an Asset Of Community Value?

This is property or land that is recognised as being of importance to a local community. This gives that property or land additional protection from development under the Government's Localism Act 2011. Voluntary and community organisations can nominate an asset to be included on a local authority's register - in this case South Somerset District Council.

Once an ACV is registered, the owner of that property/land must inform the local authority if they wish to sell the asset. If a group then wants to buy the asset, they can force the sale to be paused for a six month period to enable them an opportunity to raise the money to purchase the asset. The owner does not have to sell to that group, but the aim is to allow that community group a better chance to act as a bidder.

The Localism Act also enables the following four rights to that community group and other users of that property/land:

1. Owners seeking to enable a Change of Use of the property/land or to demolish it must allow its users to comment against the Planning Application
2. The Local Authority and the Planning Inspectorate can use the views of the users of the Community Asset as a factor in refusing planning permission for Change of Use or demolition
3. The asset can potentially be purchased by a group representing its users or the local community
4. The asset can be compulsorily purchased by the local authority or council "if the asset is under threat of long-term loss to the community".

So far, the law has been used to register ACVs against pubs, village halls, garden allotments, local parks and sporting venues. Prominent football stadiums that have been registered as ACVs include Manchester United's Old Trafford, Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park, Blackpool's Bloomfield Road and Charlton Athletic's The Valley.


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26 April 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Millwall Lionesses Match Highlights
On Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies played host to Millwall Lionesses at Huish Park in a FAWSL2 match. Below you can watch highlights from that game, which included Sarah Wiltshire's goal, and also a couple of the occasions when the Glovers struck the woodwork during the match.

A reminder that Yeovil Town Ladies have another FAWSL2 match tomorrow (Wednesday) night against Oxford United Women at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. You can purchase tickets on the night, priced at £5.00 for adults, with concessions available at £2.50. Alternatively you can purchase in advance by going to this page.




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25 April 2016 : Harry Cornick Talks About The Northampton Draw
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw with Northampton Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's on loan attacking midfielder Harry Cornick spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Harry reflects upon his new AFC Bournemouth contract, the draw with the Cobblers, his goal during that game, and his overall loan spell with the club. Read that via the link below.

Link: Harry Cornick Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Northampton.


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25 April 2016 : Crawley Part Company With Yates
League Two side Crawley Town have announced that they have fired their manager Mark Yates. He has left the club this afternoon, along with assistant Jimmy Dack after just under one season in the job at the Broadfield Stadium. He was appointed on May 19th 2015 as a result of their relegation into League Two and ultimately presided over 47 matches, gaining 13 wins and eight draws.

That was enough to give them safety in League Two, but not much more than that, with their 47 point tally putting them in 18th spot and currently 14 points above York City, who were relegated on Saturday alongside Dagenham and Redbridge. There's little doubt that current form has played a big part in Yates' demise. Crawley are on a run of six consecutive defeats, and have not won in eight league matches, gaining just two points out of their last five home matches.

The finale came in a low-key way, with a 0-1 home defeat against Carlisle United. Crawley have recently been taken over by Turkish owners, but as yet with the transfer window shut there's little sign of what their ambitions might be going forward. Over the past two years, the feeling has been that the Sussex club have been living hand-to-mouth with a high quantity of short term contracts and player turnover. They have yet to announce any Caretaker position, but will presumably need a new man in place to oversee any decisions over player contracts at the end of their season in just under two weeks time.


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25 April 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City : Man Of The Match Result
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town took on Exeter City in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The match saw a 0-2 home defeat, as the Grecians scored a goal in each half via Ollie Watkins and Jake Taylor, with the Glovers struggling to create clear chances at the other end of the pitch.

Man of the Match voting saw view heavily split across three leading players. Centre-back Jakub Sokolik was one of those picking up praise, with Everton loanee Liam Walsh once again impressing many in the centre of midfield. However, the poll winner was Nathan Smith - once again operating as a central defender - with his own performances in that area looking increasingly assured

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

1. Nathan Smith 300 (20)
2. Liam Walsh 224 (16)
3. Jakub Sokolík 192 (9)
4. Ryan Dickson 48 (0)
5. Kevin Dawson 36 (2)
6. Francois Zoko 34 (1)
7. Connor Roberts 26 (1)
8. Liam Shephard 8 (0)
9. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)
9. Ben Tozer 2 (0)
9. Harry Cornick 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.69
Performance : 5.55
Entertainment : 5.84
VOTES RECEIVED : 49


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25 April 2016 : Club Record Broken Again As Ladies Held By Lionesses
Yeovil Town Ladies set a new club attendance record in the FAWSL on Sunday afternoon, as they drew 1-1 against Millwall Lionesses in their first league home fixture of the season. The 831 who turned up for the match played at the Huish Park main stadium eclipsed the 722 who showed last July against the same opposition, thus providing a strong yardstick as to the growth of Ladies football around the country, but in particular in South Somerset. Those who attended the game saw Fliss Gibbons give the Londoners a half time lead, but a well struck second half shot from Sarah Wiltshire saw the Glovers level the game, in a match that saw the woodwork and the offside flag deny Yeovil further chances to win the game.

The Glovers created the best of the first half chances, with three corners and three Nicola Cousins headers all going wide of the target. Then Nadia Lawrence got the ball in the back of the net, only to find the linesman's offside flag scrubbing that one off. That made the goal that was scored a couple of minutes before a free kick into the box saw Fliss Gibbons nod the ball over Charlotte Haynes and into the back of the net, for a 0-1 half time scoreline.

Following the break, Yeovil's chances continued to come, but be denied. Nicola Cousins saw her header come off the crossbar ten minutes into the half, and then five minutes later Annie Heatherson did the same following a Nadia Lawrence through ball. A minute later and Sarah Wiltshire struck the goal post, and incredibly the Glovers made it four strikes of the woodwork across that ten minute period as Wiltshire's free kick came off the crossbar.

With fifteen minutes to go though, the net finally rippled. A cross came into the box from the left corner of the pitch, Annie Heatherson stepped over the ball, and Sarah Wiltshire finally got her just reward as she slammed the ball home for a 1-1 scoreline. That was the key for both clubs to go for the win. Charlotte Haynes had to parry a Lucy Loomes effort for a corner, before a second disallowed goal denied Yeovil a late win, with Annie Heatherson finding the offside flag going up yet again. That was to mean the points were shared, and boss Jamie Sherwood had mixed feelings about that:

"The game was firmly in the balance. In terms of possession and territory we penned them in really well in the second half and apart from on the counter-attack when we really went for it they didn’t cause us too many problems. Towards the end we really went for it and changed to a 3-4-3 and really put them under a lot of pressure, didn’t let them out and hit the woodwork three times. I take loads of positives from it though. Everyone loves a comeback
and we nearly did it. It was a record crowd for us today as well. We put on a show in the second half so let’s hope those 831 will come back again. Any point against Millwall will be good this year, they’re a strong side and their manager has set them up well this year
."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Millwall Lionesses 1.

Scorers: Fliss Gibbons (0-1, 43 mins), Sarah Wiltshire (1-1, 75 mins).

Yeovil Town Ladies: (3-5-2) Charlotte Haynes; Kayleigh Green, Hannah Short, Nicola Cousins; Helen Bleazard, Steph Williams, Ellie Curson, Sarah Wiltshire, Kelly Snook; Annie Heatherson, Nadia Lawrence

Substitutes: Jessie Jones (73 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Natasha Knapman (89 mins for Steph Williams), Ellis Hillman, Emily Donovan, Leah Burridge, Charlotte Johnson, Sammy Quayle.

Millwall Lionesses: (4-3-3) Sarah Quantrill; Leanne Cowen, Leighanne Robe, Grace Fisk, Frankie Strugnell; Lily Maple, Dan Carlton, Ciara Sherwood; Megan Wynne, Lucy Loomes, Fliss Gibbons.

Substitutes: Emilie Heaslip (46 mins for for Lily Maple), Ashlee Hincks (60 mins for Ciara Sherwood), Naomie Cole (81 mins for Leanne Cowen), Leigh Nicol, Amber Gaylor, Rinsola Babajide, Chloe Burr.

Referee: Mark Pottage

Attendance: 831.


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24 April 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's 1-1 draw against Northampton Town from yesterday, these are now available online. As well as the early header from AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick, you'll find two second half free kick moves, including a dipping effort from Liam Walsh that just about cleared the bar. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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24 April 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : Decision Time For This Year's Squad
With Yeovil Town's status in League Two now confirmed, and the 2015-16 season coming to an end, attention now turns to the question of which players might form part of next season's first team squad. With that in mind, the latest Taff's Gloversblog is penned by guest blogger Old Green Eyes, who provides a blow-by-blow account of each player, and whether they deserve a deal, or whether they should be pushed out the door. Naturally, this is where we expect differences in opinion - fill in yours at the foot of the article, as you see fit! Read on via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Decision Time For This Year's Squad.


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23 April 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Northampton Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Northampton Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the Cobblers match, his views on their achievements, the goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick, and a brief update on Jakub Sokolik's injury situation, and Darren's hopes for budget and contract talks. Read that via the link below.

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


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

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


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23 April 2016 : Darren Has Respect For Cobblers After Glovers Provide A Match For Them
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said he had the utmost respect for Northampton Town as a club, after his side drew 1-1 with the League Two Champions this afternoon. The draw gave the Cobblers a 22 game unbeaten run that gave them a club record, at the tail end of a season that has seen them run away with the League Two title and confirm promotion into League One.

Having watched his side compete well with the Cobblers, Way told BBC Somerset that the fact that his side had not switched off despite their own fate being safe last weekend meant that his own players deserved credit, but he was impressed that Northampton had maintained their own focus during the 2015-16 season that saw the month of November a highly disruptive one as unpaid wages, an HMRC winding up order, and an ownership change mean that the club could have easily come off the rails. Way said he was impressed both with the way they had conducted themselves, and also in the manner his side had matched them up:

"I have to say that they are a very good team. Out of all of the teams in the league, I've got so much respect for them. The reason why is because of the adversity that they have dealt with, with their players not getting paid. They've stood strong, and you can see that they are a good footballing team. There are times when I thought my team went up against them excellently. They pressed the ball really well and we caused them all sorts of problems. You know that we are not that far off. To play against them is a good test, and what you see is a group of players that have not switched off yet and that to me is amazing."

Yeovil's goal was the opening one in the match, coming after just six minutes, as AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick scored his seventh goal of the season - and unexpectedly did so with his head. Cornick has had to bide his time in recent matches, with today being his first start in seven games, and Way felt he took his opportunity to come into the side very well, but acknowledged that in general his team needed to do more in front of goal:

"Harry had the opportunity and certainly from what you could see today in the first half, he wasn't going to give up. His header reflects that, because we've been working on that. He just showed great bravery and that's something that we need at the football club. But I thought my players were excellent at times. Is there more? Yes, we know there's more. Is there more in the final third? That's where we need that little bit extra to make sure that we are winning more games. I think that's the difference and that is why it always suggests that it is that one goal, win or lose."

Darren Way also confirmed - for around the third week running - that he had yet to discuss with the Yeovil Town board of directors what his budget for the 2016-17 season was likely to be, and as a consequence what he was likely to tell his out of contract players. Way hopes to hold that conversation during the coming week, but media reports that next season's budget was about to be set date back as far as April 6th, when the Glovers boss signed his new three year contract. The wait for that discussion goes on, with the hope that with the club now having an empty midweek period that various players futures and the size of Way's playing budget can start to be put onto the table.


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23 April 2016 : Yeovil 1 Northampton 1 : Champions Held After Cornick Opener
Yeovil Town held League Two Champions Northampton Town to a draw this afternoon, in their penultimate home match of the 2015-16 season. Taking the game to the Cobblers early on, they held an early lead that set the game up when AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick headed home after just six minutes - his seventh of the season. The Cobblers seemed to take their time waking up and realising they had a battle on their hands, but levelled the scores when Nicky Adams headed home ten minutes before the break. Both sides had chances to grab all three points, but with the second period becoming a stop-start occasion they had to be shared, with the end result giving the visitors a new club record of 22 league matches without defeat.

The Glovers went into the match making two fairly straight-forward changes to their line-up. Harry Cornick got his first start for seven matches, as he displaced Tahvon Campbell, whilst in midfield Liam Shephard swapped with Ben Tozer which has tended to be the theme since his arrival at the club. Once again Brandon Goodship was the 'sixth loanee' to sit in the stands - the third game in the last four he had suffered that fate. The squad selection meant that Tozer was one of three former Northampton players on the bench, along with Chris Weale and Marc Laird, who are both former Cobblers loanees. In the visitors squad, there was a start for former Glover Sam Hoskins, whilst Lawson D'Ath was on the bench. But once again Brendan Moloney missed out on facing his former club - a knee injury meant he wasn't included in their squad, although he did travel down for the game.

Yeovil Town got off to an absolute flyer with the Cobblers seemingly still mentally asleep on the journey down to Somerset. Two offside decisions stopped early chances. However, when Francois Zoko won a free kick, Liam Shephard recycled the dead ball back into the box with the ball taking a deflection. Northampton seemed to wait for the offside flag that never came, and that allowed Harry Cornick the space to head home from close range and past keeper Adam Smith.

That wasn't the only bit of early positive play that Yeovil produced early on, as their high tempo seemed to catch Northampton on the hop. Although former Glover Sam Hoskins got a free header around the penalty spot, which went straight into the arms of Artur Krysiak, it was the movement at the other end that was causing the danger. Liam Walsh and Connor Roberts combined well in midfield before feeding Francois Zoko, with his shot taking a deflection for a corner, as the Champions looked anything other than a cut above their apparently lowly opposition.

As the half wore on though, the Cobblers did manage to get a foothold in the game. John-Joe O'Toole should have levelled in a goalmouth scramble that saw one Cobblers player take an air swing at the ball before it fell to the former Bristol Rovers midfielder, but he shot wide of the target from inside the box. That was the warning sign though. Danny Rose put in a cross that saw John Marquis win a header inside the box, and the ball fell into the path of Nicky Adams who headed home the equalising goal.

That saw the Cobblers gain firm control on the match, with John Marquis firing wide from a Nicky Adams cross shortly afterwards, whilst in the closing stages of the half, Artur Krysiak had to parry another John-Joe O'Toole shot. The Glovers had to weather the storm somewhat with it becoming rather more clear why Northampton were top of the division than it had been earlier in the half. But the teams went in level, and deservedly so given the balance of the play across the whole 45 minutes.

The second half opened up in a much more low key way than the first. Nicky Adams fired over the bar with the only real chance during the first fifteen minutes. On the hour mark there was a flurry of end-to-end chances, as John Marquis had a header saved, whilst Francois Zoko put a shot over the bar. Then Liam Walsh's dipping free kick just narrowly cleared the crossbar, as both sides tried to impose themselves on the game.

But the match ultimately fizzled out as referee Charles Breakspear seemed to not get the balance of the game right. During the first half, he'd been a little weak in allowing prolonged protests from the Cobblers players to go unchecked following the opening Yeovil goal, which they had contested was offside, but the match official seemed to get lost in a flurry of second half yellow cards and blow-ups for minimal fouls. With six players booked it was easy to see why this official had carded over 130 players so far this season. That introduced a tetchy feel to the game that didn't suit the flowing football of the first half. John-Joe O'Toole seemed to particularly lose the plot in the dying minutes when Yeovil had appeals for a penalty turned down with Tahvon Campbell going down inside the box under O'Toole's challenge. Presumably given the referee didn't award the spot kick, O'Toole's persistent protesting was an effort to try to get Campbell in the book for a dive, but instead that landed the Cobblers player himself in the book for dissent - a bit of a messy end to a game that for 60-70 minutes had been worthy viewing.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 1.

Scorers: Harry Cornick (6 mins, 1-0), Nicky Adams (35 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 4. Matt Dolan 25. Liam Walsh
39. Francois Zoko 38. Leroy Lita 23. Harry Cornick

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 2. Ben Tozer 8. Marc Laird (68 mins for Matt Dolan) 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton (63 mins for Leroy Lita) 16. Tahvon Campbell (81 mins for Harry Cornick)

Northampton Town:
1. Adam Smith
12. Josh Lelan 5. Zander Diamond 18. Rod McDonald 16. David Buchanan
10. Nicky Adams 21. John-Joe O'Toole 23. Danny Rose 11. Ricky Holmes
14. Sam Hoskins 27. John Marquis

Substitutes:
4. Jason Taylor 6. Ryan Cresswell 7. Lawson D'Ath (75 mins for Nicky Adams) 8. Joel Byrom 15. Alfie Potter (60 mins for Sam Hoskins) 19. James Collins (63 mins for John Marquis) 26. Ryan Clarke

Yeovil Bookings: Liam Shephard (foul, 40 mins), Marc Laird (foul, 72 mins), Liam Walsh (foul, 85 mins)

Northampton Bookings: John Marquis (foul, 49 mins), Rod McDonald (foul, 84 mins), John-Joe O'Toole (dissent, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 22.

Northampton Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 19.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Christopher Husband (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 4,008 (with 754 Northampton supporters).


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23 April 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town
Yeovil Town have named two changes to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Northampton Town at Huish Park this afternoon. AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick replaces West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell up front. Then in midfield, there's a swapover with Ben Tozer dropping to the bench, whilst Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard comes into the side.

For the third match in four games, AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship is the 'sixth loan' that has to sit in the stands. Midfielder Kevin Dawson has got an ankle injury and so misses his third consecutive game. Meanwhile the club have five players who are not expected to play for the club for the remainder of this season, with Darren Ward (knee), Jakub Sokolik (wrist), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) all out with longer term issues.

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 4. Matt Dolan 25. Liam Walsh
39. Francois Zoko 38. Leroy Lita 23. Harry Cornick

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 2. Ben Tozer 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton 16. Tahvon Campbell

Northampton Town:
1. Adam Smith
12. Josh Lelan 5. Zander Diamond 18. Rod McDonald 16. David Buchanan
10. Nicky Adams 21. John-Joe O'Toole 23. Danny Rose 11. Ricky Holmes
14. Sam Hoskins 27. John Marquis

Substitutes:
4. Jason Taylor 6. Ryan Cresswell 7. Lawson D'Ath 8. Joel Byrom 15. Alfie Potter 19. James Collins 26. Ryan Clarke


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23 April 2016 : Darren Wanting Cobblers Visit To Be Used As A Marker For His Side
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that this afternoon's home match against Northampton Town can help set a good marker of where his side need to get to if they are to eventually turn themselves into a side at the right end of the League Two table. They take on the League Two Champions at Huish Park, with both sides now having nothing substantial to play for except their own pride. With the Glovers having guaranteed their own divisional safety on the same day that the Cobblers achieved automatic promotion, both sides now have now got half an eye on the future and where next season might take them.

For Way, he sees it as an opportunity to see how his team have progressed, against a side that have romped away with the League Two title, currently lying fourteen points clear at the top of the division, and are unbeaten during 2016. That is a far cry from their club's situation at the end of October when problems began to materialise at Sixfields concerning players not being paid, HMRC winding-up orders and the mystery of a £10.25 million Council loan intended to fund the building of a new stand at the ground. By early December, the Cobblers were under new ownership, and Way paid tribute to his opposite number Chris Wilder for having steadied the ship through those couple of months when matters were not so bright at his club:

"This game is going to be a good challenge for us, and can set a marker for where we are. I expect to come up against a tough team, a tough team that scores goals. The job that Chris Wilder has done there is an amazing achievement, from where they were. You talk about clubs dealing with adversity, and it has not been easy for Northampton. There have been times when the players have not been paid, and Chris has kept his head down, he has worked hard and kept his focus within the group, and he has got some good results and got the team promoted. We know it is going to be a difficult task, but I want the players to be able to relish that challenge. Northampton have gone 21 games unbeaten, which is a massive acheivement from them, but it’s a run we will be looking to break."

Way adds that he is also conscious of the need to not let the club's season fizzle out. Although the Glovers' 2016 form is much improved, they go into today's match having not won in four games, and with just one win in their last seven. Particularly problematic during that time has been the lack of goals - two in seven outings. The Yeovil boss is keen to make sure that the final three matches of the season make sure the club goes into the summer on a high, and with the division's best side coming to town, now is a good time to highlight what his own side can do:

"For me it's important to try to give the fans entertainment between now and the end of the season, and that the players don't switch off. I want them excited for next year, and I want them buying season tickets, to help the club grow. That's what is important for me - that the group of players give everything to the cause. It's a great occasion. If you come out of the game on Saturday with a result and the supporters that we've had supporting us at Huish Park, I just want us to all be together."


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22 April 2016 : Cobblers Arrive At Huish Park Aiming For Club Record
Yeovil Town's opponents tomorrow will be aiming to set a club record when they visit Huish Park. League Two Champions Northampton Town travel down to South Somerset, knowing that if they avoid defeat on the day then they will surpass the longest time their club has gone without suffering a League defeat.

On Tuesday night, Northampton - who currently lie 14 points clear at the top of the division, beat Crawley Town by a 2-1 scoreline, extending their unbeaten run to 21 matches in the league. That equalled their club record set during the 1986-87 campaign when they were also fourth tier Champions, meaning that if they avoid defeat at Huish Park then they will establish a new record.

Northampton's last defeat came on December 19th 2015 when they lost 1-2 at home to Portsmouth. At that point they sat in second place in the League Two table on 43 points, at what was almost the halfway point of the 2015-16 season. In the 21 games that have passed, they've picked up 49 points, which included ten straight wins during early 2016. However, they have slowed down a little as they've hit the finishing line, drawing four out of their last five matches, as they secured automatic promotion, quickly followed by the League Two title.

One player who may be missing from the Cobblers first team squad tomorrow may be former Glover Brendan Moloney. He was also absent from the November 2015 2-0 result at Sixfields that ultimately proved to be Paul Sturrock's final game in charge. Moloney picked up a knee injury that meant he missed Northampton's win against Crawley, and although he will travel down to Yeovil, Josh Lelan may end up standing in, as he did during the November fixture.

There are two other former Glovers in the Northampton Town squad who are highly likely to be on tomorrow's teamsheet. Striker Sam Hoskins has scored eight goals for the Cobblers this season, from 39 appearances - a statistic made all the more impressive when it's noted that he's only started 14 of their League games - they've used him from the bench in over half of their matches. Sam scored the goal that effectively won Northampton promotion - their second goal in their 2-2 draw against Bristol Rovers earlier this month.

Another player who should be somewhere on the teamsheet is former loanee Lawson D'Ath, who has scored four times from 43 appearances this season. Meanwhile in the Yeovil Town line-up, Ben Tozer is a former Cobbler, who generally played as a right-back in their side.


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22 April 2016 : Junior Glovers Admission Offer For Ladies Match On Sunday
This coming Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies are in action against Millwall Lionesses in their first home match of the 2016 FAWSL2 League season. The match is being sponsored by the club's Junior Glovers organisation, which provides a supporters club for fans aged Under-16 throoughout the men's season. With this in mind, the Ladies team are offering FREE admission to Sunday's match for all 2015-16 Junior Glovers members. You just need to bring your Membership Card for this season to the ground to gain admission.

The match takes place at Huish Park (on the main stadium pitch) on Sunday 24th April 2016, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for all other supporters are £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for concessions. Alternatively you can consider buying a season ticket to cover all league and cup fixtures for the Ladies team. You can purchase tickets by heading here - those wishing to just purchase tickets for the Millwall game can also pay on the day. Turnstiles will open at 12.30p.m. on Sunday.

Free Admission for Junior Glovers on Sunday
Free Admission for Junior Glovers on Sunday



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22 April 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Northampton Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 23rd April 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

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

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

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

He's rapidly been moved through the divisions, with his 2013 promotion being his fourth move up the lists in four seasons, and given that he attained that at the age of 24, it would suggest he is one of the officials the authorities are hoping to fast-track through the system - sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. Last season he was very top heavy with his number of dismissals, with nine red cards in 29 games, but this season has been the opposite, with 134 yellow cards and four red cards across 35 games. This tends to imply that he's gone to greater efforts in trying to keep players on the pitch, but at the cost of many more cautions.

Mr Breakspear will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Christopher Husband (Worcestershire).

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

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 1.

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

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


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22 April 2016 : Darren Wanting To See Character From Players In Final Three Games
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he expects to see which players have the natural character and will to succeed during the club's remaining 2015-16 fixtures. The club face League Two Champions Northampton Town at Huish Park tomorrow - another team who theoretically have nothing to play for - but the Glovers boss doesn't want his players to ease up just because they have their League Two position guaranteed for another season.

The club's 0-0 draw against Wycombe Wanderers, who are still fighting for a play-off position, suggested that he could get that sort of attitude from the first team squad during the last three fixtures, but he told BBC Somerset that he wanted to see how those players would react on home turf in what would be very different circumstances:

"What you're going to see now is the character from a player, who effectively in his eyes, has got nothing to play for from the club's perspective subconsciously. What I'm trying to get them to realise is that they're still playing for their futures. I certainly saw it on Tuesday (against Wycombe Wanderers) but I need to see it over the next three games."

Way explained that one of the carrots for some of his squad members was that in three games time thirteen of them would be out of contract at the club, and so would need to be given new offers if they were to stay at Huish Park. Acknowledging their achievements so far, the Glovers boss wants to see how they perform in different circumstances:

"The hardest time now to show character is right now. They've done what they had to do before and I've congratulated them for that and I've thanked them for that. But now it's going to show their real personality. After the next three games, some of them are out of contract, so have they got that real fighting spirit to fight for me and this amazing football club and remain here."

One of the thirteen who are out of contract who won't be involved in the next few games will be defender Jakub Sokolik. He suffered a fractured wrist all the way back in August 2015, during the away match against Oxford United, and since then has been playing through the pain barrier with a variety of casts and strappings. Once the club was mathematically safe, he was pulled out of the first team squad, and on Wednesday he had an operation to correct a problem in that area. Whilst his absence will be a blow, Way felt that the training sessions he'd seen since that had been positive ones:

"Jakub has had that done (on Wednesday), so he'll be obviously nursing that now. So we'll miss Jakub. He's played a massive part in what we've achieved in a short period of time. But having said that, we're looking really good. I've just put a session on there, and the players look really sharp."

In addition to Sokolik, Yeovil Town will go into tomorrow's match without Darren Ward (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee). They have also been missing Kevin Dawson (ankle) over the last two matches due to injury, and he will play no part in Saturday's game, with the hope he will be ready in around seven days time.


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21 April 2016 : Cornick Signs New Contract With Cherries
Yeovil Town loanee Harry Cornick has been given a new contract by his parent club AFC Bournemouth. the 21 year old has been at Huish Park for almost the whole of the 2015-16 season, excepting a one month break over Christmas when he returned to Dean Court for treatment on a groin problem.

As such there was the danger, with the Cherries currently in the Premier League, and Cornick in the final year of his contract at the club, that he would become a 'lost' player. However, they've clearly been still keeping tabs on his performances at Huish Park, and have today given him a new deal until the summer of 2018. Cornick has told the Cherries club site that he is pleased to get his future at the Dorset club tied up:

"I am delighted to sign my new deal. It’s been two-and-a-half years since the last one, and all I’ve been doing is working hard to get to this point ever since I signed that. The aim now is finish strongly with Yeovil and get back to Bournemouth in the summer, keep myself fit, train and then take it step by step. Nobody has seen me train for a year, so hopefully I will be able to show them just how much I have improved as a person and as a player in the past year. But it’s nice to know that, although I am playing my football away from Bournemouth, I am still being recognised and noticed."

Cornick has so far made 39 appearances for Yeovil Town since arriving at the club on the eve of the 2015-16 season. Although he has tended to dip in and out of the side somewhat under new manager Darren Way - on one occasion falling victim of the fact that the club have six loan players on their books, yet can only select five of them on a matchday, he has seen his stay at Yeovil to be a positive experience and that he has made many friends whilst in Somerset:

"It’s been a great year at Yeovil. Sometimes young players find it hard to settle at new clubs, but I’ve enjoyed every minute and made friends here that I will definitely be keeping in contact with. At first it is hard to adapt to a new style of play, having been so used to the way Bournemouth play. York away was not something I was used to: long balls, very physical and big tackles. But it’s just a matter of adapting and learning - that makes you a better player. Hopefully now I can come back in the summer and show that."

Link: Harry Cornick : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 April 2016 : New Ticketing Arrangements For Barnet Trip
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to Barnet next Saturday for the League Two fixture at the Hive Stadium should note a change in arrangements for this fixture.

Barnet are performing stadium development work over the summer for their North Terrace, but have decided to bring that work forward. Because of that, the North Terrace will be closed and all Yeovil Town supporters will now be housed in the West Stand.

Supporters who have already purchased tickets for the Terrace section of the ground will gain automatic admission to the West Stand - you don't need to upgrade your ticket. The Huish Park Ticket Office will now only be selling tickets for the West Stand seated section of the ground. The West Stand away allocation holds up to 800 supporters so should be enough for all away fans to fit in on the day.

If you have any concerns over tickets that you've purchased, call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.

Link: GWSC Travel To Barnet.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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21 April 2016 : GWSC Travel To Barnet
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Barnet. The match takes place at the Hive Stadium on Saturday 30th April 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Barnet : Saturday 30th April 2016.
Huish Park: 9.00a.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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20 April 2016 : Darren Talks About Wycombe Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Wycombe Wanderers kicked off at Adams Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren goes into detail on why Alex Lacey came in for Jakub Sokolik and the latter's injury situation. He also gives view on Leroy Lita's role in the side, Ben Tozer's intermittent selection, and his rotation on his younger loan players. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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20 April 2016 : Video : Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of last night's 0-0 draw with Wycombe Wanderers, these are now available online. During the first half, you'll be able to view the chances that Connor Roberts and Leroy Lita created. In the second period there's a number of Artur Krysiak saves, along with the moment that Ryan Dickson cleared off his own line. Then late on, there's the second half injury chance that fell to Marc Laird. Watch the video clip below.




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20 April 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Wycombe Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams 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 his side's missed chances, and the overall performance and result. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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20 April 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams 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 Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.


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19 April 2016 : Darren Way Proud Of Character To See Final Four Games Out
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his side for not easing up in terms of their performances, despite being safe from the drop this season. Their 0-0 draw against Wycombe Wanderers showcased their battling qualities, if not their finishing skills, at Adams Park, against a home side who went into the match lying just one place and two points off the play-off spots.

The end result was the club's ninth clean sheet in their last twelve games, with the back four and goalkeeper Artur Krysiak providing a resolute defensive line, despite Jakub Sokolik being withdrawn from the matchday squad in an effort to get his troublesome wrist sorted out, but the end result was still a watertight defence that refused to let Wycombe through.

Way had told his squad not to ease up on their standard of play, after they achieved League Two safety following Saturday's results, and he told BBC Somerset that he was pleased with what he saw out there, particularly as Morecambe's 7-0 thrashing at Cambridge United even gave them the bonus of moving up one place in the League Two table thanks to an unexpectedly superior goal difference:

"I think you could see that we caused Wycombe all sorts of problems, against a team that's been in form, and a team that are causing other opposition teams problems. I think we are conducting ourselves in the right way. I think that I'm more proud that the lads are showing a character to see these last four games out. We've gone above Morecambe now, so that's an amazing achievement, as we've climbed up a position, and the lads are showing character in their personalities and you can see the fight and how they've stuck with each other there. It's incredible."

Although the game as a whole was a relatively even contest, with Ryan Dickson having to clear off his own goalline from Wycombe's best chance of the night, via an Aaron Pierre header, there was little doubt that Yeovil Town should have collected all three points deep into second half injury time. Marc Laird was put clean through on goal by substitute Ryan Bird, but he spurned the golden opportunity, firing wide from inside the box. Way said that Laird was disappointed with the miss, but said that it was important that his players kept getting into those positions:

"He was disappointed with that and I know he's disappointed with that. I just said that he did well to get into that position, and if you keep doing that, then there's going to be a time when we'll be looking at that one or two or 3-0. If the players weren't in the position we were in, when we started off our journey, I think there would have been a bit more confidence. But what you can see is an unbelievable resilience to get another clean sheet against a team who are pushing for the play-offs. So there were a lot of positives to come out of that game, and I want to dwell on the fact that we've put in an unbelievable shift to keep another clean sheet."


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19 April 2016 : Wycombe 0 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Draw A Blank Again At Adams Park
Yeovil Town's habit of getting involved in low scoring fixtures continued as they drew 0-0 against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park tonight. Playing against a side who last scored more than one goal in a game on February 9th, the Glovers - who last scored more than a single goal in a game back in January - battled well with first half chances from Francois Zoko and Connor Roberts, but were indebted to captain Ryan Dickson during the second period. He was well placed to head an Aaron Pierre header off the line on the one occasion that Artur Krysiak was beaten, for the home side's best chance. Even so, the Glovers could have won it themselves during second half injury time when Marc Laird was put clean through on goal, but he shot wide of the target, and that meant that both sides had to settle for a point each.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up, as Darren Way rotated his squad again. One of those was semi-forced, with club safety meaning that Jakub Sokolik was pulled out of the squad due to his ongoing wrist problems, with Alex Lacey replacing him. In midfield, Ben Tozer came in for Liam Shephard, whilst up front there were a pair of changes, with Tahvon Campbell and Leroy Lita brought in for Jack Compton and Brandon Goodship. The latter became the 'sixth loanee' once again, with Harry Cornick coming back onto the substitutes bench.

Right-back Connor Roberts got in a strong early shot as he got plenty of space on the right flank, and the same area of the park was exposed again five minutes later, with Leroy Lita strong enough to shrug off the challenge of a couple of defenders. However, his final shot was on the angle meaning that Ryan Allsop was able to cover on the angle. At the other end, Jerell Sellars fired wildly over the bar, whilst Michael Harriman's own free kick was recycled to the same player, but he found his attempt on goal tipped away for a corner. Overall, it was a half of extremely few chances - Yeovil probably edged it in terms of the football, but once again struggled with the chances, bar the two early attempts where they managed to get stand-in left-back Sido Jombati on his wrong foot.

Inevitably with Wycombe needing all three points to stay in play-off contention, the game gradually opened up as the second half progressed. Marcus Bean produced a strong driven shot that Artur Krysiak saw all the way, and ensured that he did a classic 'one for the cameras' goalkeeping save to put the ball over the bar. Then at the other end Ryan Dickson created Yeovil's best chance as his shot forced Ryan Allsop to stretch and fingertip the ball away for a corner. On the whole though, both sides were defending extremely well, with Liam Walsh's shot being blocked by the full body of Sido Jombati as he tried to tee one up from the edge of the box.

In the closing stages, the game went full end-to-end. Ryan Dickson had to clear off his own line from an Aaron Pierre header, via one of many corners that Wycombe forced during the second period. Then Yeovil counter-attacked superbly, with Matt Dolan setting free substitute Harry Cornick, but his final shot went wastefully wide of the target. Both sides could have won the game during injury time - Michael Harriman's effort through a crowd of players was well spotted by Artur Krysiak and parried away, with Nathan Smith mopping up the danger. Then came the chance to win the game - substitute Ryan Bird was set away, and he fed Marc Laird who was counter-attacking and clean through on goal. It should have been a last-gasp winner but instead it was fired wide of the target and that rather summed up Yeovil's problem in a nutshell - great approach play, great movement, but without that man who can finish it off. A point that lifted them above Morecambe tonight after they were thrashed 7-0, but still the major failing of the Glovers play is obvious for all to see.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Wycombe Wanderers 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Wycombe Wanderers:
1. Ryan Allsop
22. Jason McCarthy 5. Anthony Stewart 6. Aaron Pierre 2. Sido Jombati
19. Michael Harriman 8. Marcus Bean 4. Stephen McGinn
26. Jerell Sellars 9. Paul Hayes 7. Garry Thompson

Substitutes:
12. Rowan Liburd 15. Ryan Sellers 17. Max Kretzschmar (90 mins for Paul Hayes) 18. Danny Rowe (84 mins for Stephen McGinn) 23. Gozie Ugwu (63 mins for Gozie Ugwu) 42. Gareth Ainsworth

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
2. Ben Tozer 4. Matt Dolan 25. Liam Walsh
38. Leroy Lita 39. Francois Zoko 16. Tahvon Campbell

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 8. Marc Laird (87 mins for Matt Dolan) 9. Ryan Bird (90 mins for Leroy Lita) 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton 23. Harry Cornick (73 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 32. Liam Shephard

Wycombe Bookings: Paul Hayes (impeding a goal kick, 30 mins), Stephen McGinn (foul, 41 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Connor Roberts (blocking a throw-in, 27 mins), Ben Tozer (foul, 80 mins)

Wycombe Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 10; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistants: Craig Hicks (Surrey) and Stephen Finch (Suffolk). Fourth Official: David Avent (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 2,812 (with 121 Yeovil supporters).


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19 April 2016 : Sokolik To Need Surgery On Wrist Injury
Yeovil Town centre-back Jakub Sokolik is expected to need surgery to help deal with his ongoing wrist problem. He has been left out of the squad for tonight's match against Wycombe Wanderers, with the obvious implication that with the club's divisional status now secured that attention now turns to those players who have been playing through the pain barrier.

Sokolik's wrist problems go back to August 2015 when he fractured a bone in his wrist during the match against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. Since then he has been playing with a variety of casts and protective padding on his wrist, playing through the pain barrier for pretty much the entire season. Now 42 games into the season, he's been sent off to a specialist who has indicated that the club may need to give Sokolik some corrective surgery to repair the damage.

Now would appear to be a good time to do it, even if the implication is that it may put him out for the final four games of the 2015-16 season. Manager Darren Way explained the situation:

"Everyone is aware that Jakub has been carrying a real bad wrist injury. We've had a specialists report and the news is not good. The decision has been made between myself and Jakub that something needs to be done."


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19 April 2016 : Team News For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named four changes to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park this evening. Central defender Jakub Sokolik has dropped out of the squad for tonight's game, due to his ongoing wrist injury, and he is replaced by Alex Lacey in the starting line-up. In midfield, Ben Tozer replaces Liam Shephard who moves onto the bench. Up front, Leroy Lita starts, having scored against Bristol Rovers on Saturday - he comes in alongside Tahvon Campbell, with Jack Compton dropping to the bench.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Brandon Goodship is the 'sixth loan' that has to sit in the stands. The other player missing is midfielder Kevin Dawson, who had been struggling with a knock a week or so ago, and was also dropped from the weekend's squad against Bristol Rovers

Club captain Darren Ward's knee injury is expected to keep him out for the foreseeable future - possibly until the end of the season. Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) means that they continue to be absent.

Manager Darren Way goes into the match knowing his side are mathematically guaranteed safety for the first time since he came in as first team boss. He gave a pre-match indication of what to expect from his opponents tonight:

"They're a tough test. I did my (coaching) A-licence with Gareth Ainsworth. He's been an honest, hard-working manager over the years. Resources-wise he's not had a lot to work with. But he's got all of the principles of what I'm looking for in my team. So it will be a tough game, but a game that we look forward to."

For Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth, he went into tonight's game facing an injury headache that left him with six players receiving treatment over the weekend. However, with his side currently just one place and two points off the play-offs he was anxious to keep a positive spin on things, as they go into their final four games of the season, three of which could be hugely influential to the final play-off positions:

"I'm sure we'll be firing against Yeovil. They are a decent side. I saw them two weeks ago against Stevenage and they're okay. So we'll have to be on it for that one. Then we have three huge games coming up against Portsmouth, Accrington and Oxford United - what a way to finish! If anything we'll have a say in the end of the season, which is brilliant. But let's hope it's a say where we're involved."

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
2. Ben Tozer 4. Matt Dolan 25. Liam Walsh
38. Leroy Lita 39. Francois Zoko 16. Tahvon Campbell

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton 23. Harry Cornick 32. Liam Shephard


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19 April 2016 : Skiverton Ban Served During Rovers Fixture Following Stevenage Incident
Eagle-eyed fans may have noticed that Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton was missing from the dug-out during Saturday's League Two match against Bristol Rovers. Although his absence was not reported at the time, it's now been confirmed that he was serving a one match touchline ban, following an incident at the end of the Glovers League Two fixture against Stevenage earlier this month.

The 0-0 draw at Broadhall Way was an incredibly low key event, with the exception of one key incident during the final five minutes of the match, when a wild tackle from Stevenage's Ben Kennedy cleaned out Glovers midfielder Kevin Dawson. Whilst many expected a red card from referee Nicholas Kinseley, the Essex official chose to only bring out a yellow card, with manager Darren Way highly critical of the decision in his post-match interview.

The Football Association charged Skiverton with misconduct after the game, with the charge indicating that his "language and/or behaviour after the end of the fixture was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper". Given the rest of the goalless draw was fairly uneventful, it would seem almost certain that the Glovers assistant gave the officials his opinion on the foul on Dawson.

Following the FA's charge, he admitted the offence and was given a standard penalty of a single game touchline ban and a £500 fine, thus meaning that he would have had to have watched Saturday's game from the stands. With that ban now served, he should be back in the dugout for tonight's fixture against Wycombe Wanderers.


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19 April 2016 : Darren Still Waiting On Boardroom Budget Talks
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he is yet to talk to the Yeovil Town board, or his players, in terms of where the future lies beyond the end of the current season. The Glovers achieved League Two safety on Saturday, despite their 2-1 defeat against Bristol Rovers, meaning that the club can now plan for 2016-17 against the sort of income that a Football League side is able to enjoy.

That should mean that Way is soon able to consider which of the thirteen players who are out of contract this summer he is interested in, and consequently what sort of a package he is able to offer them. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Way explained that he was keen to keep building on the squad that was in place so far, but said he was well aware that conversations with the Board could not happen until the club was mathematically safe because of the budget implications:

"There was never going to be an open discussion before this week saying 'yes this is the budget for next year'. I respect that - I really do. But what I can say is that I'm trying to keep the house that's been built, together. I may end up with no windows, but I'm trying to keep the house that's been built! We've still got to make sure that we sit down, as soon as possible, regarding the budgets. It's always difficult when you play Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday, and where the players want to know their futures. But they know they can trust me as a manager. There's no panic, and we'll just get on to our day-to-day business and certainly I appreciate what the players have done for me."

One of the more obvious issues that Way has yet to resolve within his squad has been their goalscoring. Whilst results during 2016 have been improved, that has been more down to the team's defensive attributes, rather than through what they have been doing in front of goal. Since the end of January, Way's side have scored just nine goals in fourteen matches, and have failed to score more than one goal in a game during that time. The Glovers boss was happy to admit that was one of his clear challenges:

"We can all see with the amount of goals that we've been scoring, I feel with the performances that we've had that we need to take more of those opportunities. I think that's the difference between the bigger teams and us, in that they're more clinical. That's one thing that every week I'm trying to add to our team, to get them a little bit more positive in front of goal at times, and don't be afraid to shoot, because that's the only way you're going to score."

One of the possible outlets that Way may want to look at between now and the end of the season is the vastly experienced Leroy Lita. The 31 year old signed a short term deal with the club in early March and has so far made five appearances, having spent most of the 2015-16 season playing for Greek side AO Chania. He scored his first goal on Saturday against Bristol Rovers and his new boss said that was a sign that he was now coming up to the speed of the English game again:

"I knew it was only a matter of time before Leroy got to his potential as far as his fitness was concerned. The standard that he was playing in, with no disrespect, was nowhere near the level of what he was involved in on Saturday. Obviously he had his game against Stevenage where I thought he did okay. He was unfortunate not to have a few more chances in that game. It's never easy when you go away from home, but what I can say is that he's been working hard. He's been committed to the cause every day, and he's been helping the young lads. So I appreciate that."


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19 April 2016 : Officials For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two fixture between Wycombe Wanderers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 19th April (tonight) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Adams Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Collins (Surrey).

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

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

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

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

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

Most recently, Mr Collins was present for the 2015-16 home matches against Plymouth Argyle. He was the official who decided that our planned January meeting couldn't go ahead due to a waterlogged pitch, and he was still on the list when the game was rearranged for the February Tuesday night game. Although he booked six players that night - three for each side - we can't recall too much to shout about his performance. Some of the Argyle bookings were down to the pace that Yeovil started the game at, and when the balance of play swung in the other direction during the second period, we started picking up a few ourselves.

Mr Collins will be assisted by Craig Hicks (Surrey) and Stephen Finch (Suffolk). The Fourth Official will be David Avent (Northamptonshire).

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

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

Link: August 2014 : Gillingham 2 Yeovil Town 0.

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

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


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18 April 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Wycombe Wanderers
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town go on the road again for the second time in three days. This time it is the highly familiar trip to Wycombe Wanderers, and their Adams Park ground. In preparation for that trip, the Ciderspace guide has been updated with directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Wycombe Wanderers.

Roder Vere Stand
This is where the away fans head - The Hillbottom Road (current sponsor name 'Panache') Stand
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace



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18 April 2016 : Key Dates For The 2016-17 Season
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to keep an eye on the 2016-17 season should note that there are a couple of key dates already released for the next campaign. The Football League have defined the dates for the opening weekend and closing weekend of the season, as well as the Christmas fixture dates that will be used for the three main sets of holiday fixtures.

As is always the case, the television companies, and occasionally the policing authorities, may wade in and adjust individual fixtures, whilst on the final weekend of the season, Championship and League One fixtures have been adjusted as a block to cater for live coverage. For now, these are the key dates for next season:

2016-17 Season Key Dates:

August 6th 2016 : First weekend of 2016-17 Season

December 26th 2016 : Boxing Day fixtures
December 31st 2016 : Christmas Holiday fixtures
January 2nd 2017 : New Year Bank Holiday fixtures

May 6th 2017 : Final weekend of Season proper.

More dates will become available - usually once the current season has run its course and we get into the summer months.


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18 April 2016 : Darren Talks About Bristol Rovers Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Bristol Rovers kicked off at the Memorial Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren explained before the game why he was giving his team a history lesson in the lead-up to the fixture, to emphasise its importance.

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


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18 April 2016 : Revised Overhead Plans For Huish Park Stadium Developments
Further to yesterday's news concerning Yeovil Town's amendments to their Huish Park development plans, the actual outline overhead plans can be viewed below. The club have removed the large Retail Unit from plans that will be submitted to South Somerset District Council in the coming weeks, with the target application date now having been extended as far as July 31st 2016. The major news is that the Retail Unit has been replaced by a hotel, which is much larger than the one that was sited on the original plans that were submitted in July 2015.

Below are two overhead plan drawings. The North section shows a 100 room hotel, that will be built on three stories on the north-west side of the Huish Park site, roughly in the area of where the current away car park is situated. The club had also planned for a small convenience store and a coffee shop to be provided on the east side of the site - this has now been shifted across further to the west side, and thus further away from Western Avenue. The Sports Clinic that was on the Western Avenue side of the ground has been reshaped, but still covers the same floor space, with residential units planned above it.

The second drawing shows the Stadium part of the ground. Here the major changes to the plans can be viewed in orange. The most significant part of the change sees a Supporters Bar, sited on the corner of the current away end and the Screwfix East Stand. This is the first time in the club's plans that they have specifically referred to a bar, with previous plans having just referred to 'facilities' for supporters of a non-descript nature. The other changes see Academy changing rooms and facilities provided close to the area where the club's current Ticket Office is - on previous plans this was named as Hospitality facilities. The Ticket Office and other administration offices would be relocated so that they directly face fans as they enter Huish Park on that north-west side. The other change sees the club replace plans for a Sports Hall, where the Marquee is currently situated, with what is described as 'Temporary Changing Rooms' - at present we're not sure what that means in practice. All of the stadium developments are labelled as 'Phase 2' meaning that they will only be developed once the money comes in from the developments on the north side of the ground.

Link: Retail Store Dropped From Huish Park Planning Application.

Huish Park North Section - showing the area where the club's Top Pitch is currently situated
Huish Park North Section - showing the area where the club's Top Pitch is currently situated.


Huish Park Stadium - showing a new Supporters Bar plus Academy facilities
Huish Park Stadium - showing a new Supporters Bar plus Academy facilities.



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18 April 2016 : Wiltshire And Lawrence Get Ladies Off The Mark In Watford Win
Yeovil Town Ladies secured their first win of the 2016 season, after they won their rearranged FAWSL2 against Watford Ladies on Sunday afternoon. Late last month the Glovers had got all the way up to Berkhamstead FC to find heavy rain forcing the match to be postponed 50 minutes before the game was due to be started. This time the weather was kinder, and the result was good too as goals from Sarah Wiltshire and Nadia Lawrence guaranteed all three points, even if a late consolation from Watford's Katie Stanley caused a few late concerns.

The travelling Ladies got off to a strong start, dominating possession throughout and as such their 16th minute lead was richly deserved. Sarah Wiltshire shrugged off a number of challenges as she moved through the Watford defence before she sent a shot across the face of the goal, with the ball going into the back of the net via the inside of the right-hand post. Annie Heatherson almost made it two when her shot had to be cleared off the line by Mollie Burgess following a deflection off a Watford defender.

One of the key moments in the match came in the 73rd minute. Anneka Nuttall struck the crossbar from a free kick and that was followed up by Chontele Lawrence's shot being saved by Charlotte Haynes in the Yeovil Town goal. Five minutes later what could have been an equaliser proved costly for Watford when Yeovil doubled their lead. Sarah Wiltshire drove the ball to the byline and her cut-back found Annie Heatherson at the near post who fed the ball to Nadia Lawrence who converted inside the box to give the Glovers a two goal cushion with 12 minutes left to go.

That second goal was crucial when Watford pulled a goal back two minutes into second half injury time, as a long diagonal ball found Katie Stanley who converted. But there wasn't enough time for the home side to get back into the match, thus meaning that the Glovers picked up their first three points of the season. Speaking after the game, goalscorer Sarah Wiltshire said that getting off the mark was a good feeling:

"Hopefully after this win there is a good atmosphere around the camp now and hopefully we can take that into our next game. We are all really happy with the result. We came here looking for three points so we are happy. I always like to score and getting an assist was pleasing, but the most important thing is getting the three points. We have all been working really hard in training. We have been focusing on the work on the formation we want to play and passing the ball around and playing our way, which is what we want to do this season. Fair play to Watford, they kept going right until the end to get a goal, but we saw it out in the end which is the main thing."

Next Sunday - on 24th April - Yeovil Town Ladies return to Huish Park, when they entertain Millwall Lionesses in the first FAWSL2 home match of the 2016 season. Tickets can be purchased by heading here - or you can buy on the day of the game from the ground. Kick-off next Sunday will be 2.00p.m.

Final Score: Watford Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Scorers: Sarah Wiltshire (0-1, 16 mins), Nadia Lawrence (0-2, 78 mins), Katie Stanley (1-2, 90 mins).

Watford Ladies: Lucy Gillett; Kim Farrow, Sahara Osborne-Ricketts, Mollie Burgess, Amber Tullett; Stacie Donnelly; Katie Stanley, Anneka Nuttall, Jordan Littleboy, Charlotte Kerr; Chontele Lawrence.

Substitutes: Phoebe Read (81 mins for Chontele Lawrence), Natalie Richardson (90 mins for Charlotte Kerr), Nicole Pepper, Sophie Cheadle, Viki Wootten.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes; Nicola Cousins, Kayleigh Green, Helen Bleazard, Lauren Townsend; Sarah Wiltshire, Ellie Curson, Steph Williams, Hannah Short; Nadia Lawrence, Annie Heatherson.

Substitutes: Sammy Quayle (53 mins for Lauren Townsend), Natasha Knapman (78 mins for for Kayleigh Green), Emily Donovan (85 mins for Annie Heatherson).


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17 April 2016 : Football League 2016 Award Winners Full List
Tonight saw the Football League's 2016 Awards evening take place in Manchester, celebrating the best of the 2015-16 season's on and off the pitch performances. Of particular interest to Yeovil Town fans concerned whether loyal supporter Pat Custard could grab the overall Supporter Of The Year Award on the night - she was ultimately beaten by young Bristol City fan Oskar Pycroft, who despite his battle against cerebral palsy, managed to achieve the proud moment of leading out his team earlier this season.

Pat still takes home the League Two Supporter Of The Year Award - congratulations to her for a fine achievement. The full list of award winners during the evening were as follows:

LFE Apprentice Of The Year for League Two: Ben Godfrey (York City - now at Norwich City)
LFE Apprentice Of The Year for League One: James Bree (Barnsley)
LFE Apprentice Of The Year for the Championship: Ademola Lookman (Charlton Athletic)

PFA Player in the Community: George Friend (Middlesbrough)

Johnstone's Paint Community Club of the Year: Charlton Athletic (Overall Winner)
North East & Yorkshire – Rotherham United
North West – Burnley
Midlands – Burton Albion
London – Charlton Athletic
South East – Brighton & Hove Albion
South West & Wales – Cardiff City

Nickelodeon Family Club of the Year: Fulham (Overall Winner)
League 1 - Doncaster Rovers
League 2 - Oxford United

Mitre Goal of the Year: Marco Matias (Sheffield Wednesday)

Football League 2016 Awards : Supporter Of The Year Shortlist
Football League 2016 Awards : Supporter Of The Year Shortlist


Capital One Supporter of the Year: Oskar Pycroft (Bristol City) (Overall Winner)
Championship - Oskar Pycroft (Bristol City)
League 1 - Tommy Leggett (Colchester United)
League 2 - Pat Custard (Yeovil Town)

Football League 2016 Awards : Supporter Of The Year for League 2
Football League 2016 Awards : Supporter Of The Year for League 2 is Yeovil Town's Pat Custard.


Football League Young Player of the Year: Lewis Cook (Leeds United)

Sky Bet League 2 Player of the Year: Kemar Roofe (Oxford United)
Sky Bet League 1 Player of the Year: Bradley Dack (Gillingham)
Sky Bet Championship Player of the Year: Andre Gray (Burnley)

Sir Tom Finney Award: Kevin Davies (Chesterfield, Southampton, Blackburn Rovers, Millwall, Bolton Wanderers and Preston North End).

Team Of The Season:
Adam Smith (Northampton Town)
Bruno (Brighton and Hove Albion)
Daniel Ayala (Middlesbrough)
Craig Morgan (Wigan Athletic)
George Friend (Middlesbrough)
Alan Judge (Brentford)
Bradley Dack (Gillingham)
Joey Barton (Burnley)
Kemar Roofe (Oxford United)
Nicky Ajose (Swindon Town)
Andre Gray (Burnley)
Chris Wilder (Northampton Town, Manager)

Contribution to League Football: Andy Williamson (for 45 years of service to the Football League).


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17 April 2016 : Retail Store Dropped From Huish Park Planning Application
Yeovil Town Football Club are to provide modified plans for their proposed developments at Huish Park. The club currently have lodged a July 2015 Planning Application, which in itself is the second Application the club have issued to South Somerset District Council. The application has been largely left on hold since September 2015, when SSDC advised the club via a meeting and subsequent letter informing them of areas where the plans would fall down if they were referred to formal committee stage. The club recently agreed with SSDC a third Extension of Time to the planning application that will keep the consultation period open until July 31st 2016, and this will shortly be backed up by some amendments to the application.

The big headline news is that the large Retail Unit (5,000 square metres) that was widely presumed to be earmarked for The Range superstore, has been removed from the plans entirely. This was due to be sited on the main Top Pitch area behind the away end. As a result, the Hotel and leisure facilities that were planned on the east side of the ground are being moved around to that North-West area and expanded in size to roughly use the Retail Unit space. The current away fans car park will be discontinued (and will be relocated elsewhere) due to the Hotel filling that space, but the East Stand main car park will now remain as it is in use today.

The club are also intending to provide match day supporter facilities, and additional space for the club's academy, including proposals to work with Yeovil College. They will be formally submitting the revised plans to SSDC in the next couple of weeks. Chairman John Fry has said of the revised proposals:

"The proposals will facilitate an improvement and expansion of many aspects of club and community life such as amenities for supporters, Ladies football, Community Trust and help the academy progress in the development of young players coming through the ranks towards our first team. However, we must not forget that revenue is king and it is crucial to the development of the club."

The removal of the Retail Unit plans may resolve some of the major concerns that SSDC had with the initial plans. In response to the July 2015 application (and the January 2012 one that predated it), the Council had received representations from the owners of the Quedam Shopping Centre and the owners of the Glovers Walk shops objecting to the application on the grounds that it went against the National Planning Policy Framework. The general vibe of their objections were that the owners of those companies were prepared to use legal force against the club and SSDC if an out of town store was developed in preference to town centre outlets.

On the downside for the club, the removal of the major Retail Unit from the plans will no doubt result in a lower value in the sale/lease of the land they plan to use for non-football activities. In turn that may affect their business case for the fulfillment of providing new supporter facilities, although there's no suggestion the club regard that as an issue at this stage. With the club having also provided planning amendments to the separate Thorne Lane planning application, it would appear that the summer months may now see movement on both, following the recent seven month lull. Once the plans are published, we'll provide further detail and reaction of what has changed.

Link: Club Planning Changes To Thorne Lane Planning Application.


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17 April 2016 : Football League Awards Streamed Online Tonight
Tonight will see the 2016 Football League Awards streamed live over the internet as the 72 member clubs come together to recognise the achievements of the 2015-16 season (bar the last few games). The event is being held in Manchester today, with the League choosing the venue and the date of Sunday 17th April as it coincides with the League's formation in that city back in 1888.

The awards evening will be shown live on YouTube from around 8.35p.m. - they should put up a holding screen prior to that. Once the evening gets going they'll be announcing the Team Of The Season - compiled from the best eleven players and manager around the divisions. There will also be categories honouring players, fans, Community Trusts and unsung heroes around the league. Of special interest to Glovers fans will be the Supporter Of The Year Award, with Pat Custard having been given the League Two award - she is up against two other nominations for the overall League award.

Link: Glovers Fan Nominated For Football League Supporter Of The Year.




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17 April 2016 : GWSC Travel To Wycombe Wanderers
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers. The match takes place at Adams Park on Tuesday 19th April 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Wycombe Wanderers : Tuesday 19th April 2016.
Huish Park: 3.00p.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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17 April 2016 : Video : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's 2-1 defeat against Bristol Rovers, these are now available online. In addition to the three goals, which included Leroy Lita's first for the club, you'll find a first half effort for Brandon Goodship that cleared the bar, and Marc Laird's late header that hit the crossbar. Watch it via the video clip below.




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17 April 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Bristol reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren talks about the match, and also gives his views on reaching League Two safety as well as his thoughts on squad changes over the summer months. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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16 April 2016 : Ups'n'Downs : Robins Return As Daggers Down
On the day that Yeovil Town secured their League Two place for the 2016-17 season, there were a number of other final positions decided around the leagues. Northampton Town's automatic promotion place they achieved last weekend was added to today by them claiming the League Two title. Despite a 0-0 draw against Exeter City, they now lie 13 points clear of second placed Oxford United, meaning that with four games remaining they have taken the title as well. The other positions are too close to call, and if today's matches were anything to go by, it could easily go into the final day of the season, with automatic and play-off positions swapping over throughout the day.

At the foot of League Two, things are not so crowded. Dagenham and Redbridge said goodbye to their Football League status as they lost 3-2 against Leyton Orient, bringing an end to their nine year stay at this level. Daggers will be joined by York City as soon as the Minstermen drop their next points. With York now eleven points adrift, both sides have fallen away badly - to stay up, they'd need to win all four matches, and then hope that Newport County lose all four of theirs. Their goal difference means that realistically they can't overtake Stevenage who lie twelve points ahead. It would take a miracle though to not see York playing Conference football next season.

Talking of which, Cheltenham Town today have made an ultra-quick return to the Football League. Their twelve month stay in non-league football was effectively ended today as they defeated AFC Halifax Town 2-0 at Whaddon Road. With the stuttering Forest Green Rovers losing 1-2 at home to Woking, that gave Gary Johnson's side a nine point advantage at the top with two games to play, in front of 5,245 spectators.

Cheltenham's achievement in winning the National League title is notable in that they have become the first side to win the 'fifth divsion' as a relegated Football League side at the first time of asking since Darlington were promoted in 1989 - breaking a 27 year gap. Although many relegated clubs have eventually bounced back from their drop into non-league football, the large majority have needed multiple years in the wilderness before they have regained their status. Bristol Rovers last season managed to keep their stay down to twelve months, but had to do it via a play-off final, making Cheltenham's achievement a rare one.

Their promotion also gives Gary Johnson his fifth promotion as a first team manager - Conference, League Two and League One with Yeovil Town, then League One with Bristol City and now the National League with Cheltenham. This can be added to the promotions he gained whilst John Beck's assistant manager at Cambridge United and as a first team coach at Watford. He is also only the second manager to lift the Conference title trophy more than once - John Still, with Maidstone United, Luton Town and Dagenham and Redbridge remains the king of non-league football in that respect.

At the foot of League One, no further relegation spots were decided today, with Crewe Alexandra's relegation being confirmed last weekend. However, 23rd placed Colchester United's 1-4 defeat against Peterborough United now leaves themselves nine points short of safety with four games remaining - their inferior goal difference means if they lose another game then it's curtains for them. Doncaster Rovers are also in trouble, but their shock 3-1 win over leaders Wigan Athletic means they fight again with their deficit cut to six points.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.


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16 April 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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16 April 2016 : Darren Way Looking For Squad Continuity After Safety Target Reached
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way wants to keep a level of continuity in his first team squad, after their improved form helped keep the club in the Football League during the second half of the 2015-16 season. Bottom of the table in December, the second half has seen them gradually climb away from trouble, to the extent that this afternoon, they guaranteed their League Two safety with four games remaining, lying thirteen points above the line.

With the players using during the second half of the season having been part of that successful battle against the drop, Way says that his preference is to not have to rebuild his squad entirely over the summer - a situation that seemed to be a factor in why the club started so slowly during the current campaign. However, speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, he looked back to the club's situation twelve months ago where the club's season finished with a couple of bad performances against Milton Keynes Dons in the Football League, that was followed by a Somerset Premier Cup tie against Taunton Town that saw fringe players vying for a contract put in poor performances - a situation that saw former boss Paul Sturrock show a number of his squad the door. Way said he wanted his players to persuade him not to repeat that decision-making:

"I remember under the old manager we played a Reserve Team game at Taunton, two weeks after the season had finished, and a lot of the players moved on, following that Reserve Team game because of their decision-making. What I've said is that I want to give them an opportunity, but they have to show character over their reputation, and also they have to show me physically can their body play in the physical way that I want to play with my teams. I said to ask yourself those two questions, because that can be the difference between you having a future at this football club. I want to keep a lot of the existing players that I've got, because there's been a habit in the past where we've had a house and it's been knocked down, so I want to keep the continuity. We've had eight clean sheets which shows that the team have been solid throughout our challenge, and I'm proud of the players for what they've achieved."

Way's proudness of his players can be justified in that he made clear his singular aim when he took over as manager was to keep Yeovil Town in the Football League. He admitted that at the time he took over, many around the club had been privately predicting a third successive relegation could be on the cards. He said that he had to delve into the club's history books to draw inspiration, and to remind his players of how long the club had been in existence, in order to preserve their thirteen year stay in the Football League for at least another season:

"It was my mission when I set out as manager at the football club. I think that everyone agreed, if we were being honest with ourselves, that it was going to be a third relegation. I've managed to stop that with a group of players who have given me everything. Our supporters have stood strong, and we've shown unbelievable resilience. It's something to be proud of, to make sure that we continue this quest in the Football League. I had to look at the history before the game just to make the players understand what they were playing for today. It was 121 years ago that they started off as Yeovil Casuals and they were representing that today and I wanted them to know that. The players know what they were playing for and what the badge represents. They've achieved that and they've been a part of that. It's important that the players have understood that and represented the club with almighty passion and pride."


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16 April 2016 : Bristol Rovers 2 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Taste Defeat But Secure League Safety
Yeovil Town's League Two safety was guaranteed this afternoon, despite suffering a 2-1 defeat against local rivals Bristol Rovers. In a battling end-to-end contest, Rory Gaffney gave the home side the lead when he got a free header inside the box from a free kick just before the box. However, a second half substitution saw former Bristol City striker Leroy Lita introduced and he was to have a clear impact on the game as he scored his first goal for the club, latching onto a Ryan Dickson pass. That leveller only lasted four minutes though, as Matty Taylor scored his 26th goal of the season to put the Gas back in front. At the final whistle though, both sides were happy, with themselves regaining their automatic promotion slot, whilst defeats for York City and Dagenham and Redbridge meant that the latter were relegated whilst the Minstermen cannot catch the Glovers - League Two football for 2016-17 is now mathematically guaranteed.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up. Matt Dolan was brought back in midfield for Ben Tozer, whilst in the two wide attacking positions, Jack Compton and Brandon Goodship were brought back in with Kevin Dawson and Tahvon Campbell dropping out. Harry Cornick became the club's 'sixth loanee' as Football League rules force him to take his weekend off. In the Rovers line-up, Steve Mildenhall came up against his old club between the sticks whilst former loanee Tom Parkes sat on the bench.

Early chances in the match fell to Rovers, with Cristian Montano having a shot deflected off the legs of Nathan Smith for a corner, whilst Rory Gaffney's neat turn and shot saw Artur Krysiak save well. Ten minutes in and top goalscorer Matty Taylor hit the outside of the post - he probably should have done better after the ball had been half saved by Krysiak, before it fell into his path just eight yards out. Somehow he managed to not score. At the other end, Yeovil's recent problem has been that of turning good passing and approach play into killer crosses and clinical finishing. Their main early effort came via Brandon Goodship - back in the side after acting as the 'sixth loanee' last weekend - as he just about cleared the crossbar with Yeovil's first shot of the day.

Overall though, it was the home side on top - Rory Gaffney won a long ball up field and flicked it into the path of Matt Taylor who shot wide. Then Artur Krysiak's reflexes were firmly put to the test as he had to push away a Gaffney header from close range, palming it out for a corner. Yeovil did finally begin to get a foothold in the match, as a Matt Dolan effort from just outside the box caused Steve Mildenhall a few problems as it bobbled nastily off the turf, with Mildy needing to grab it at the second attempt. Then the former Glover spilt again, with a Jack Compton shot having to be hacked away for a corner by a Rovers defender after that attempt was only parried.

With three minutes to go before the break though, Bristol Rovers took the lead, and on the balance of play they probably deserved it. Liam Walsh fouled Billy Bodin outside the box, and when the Rovers attacking midfielder put the ball into the box, Rory Gaffney was able to evade his marker and power home a header for a 1-0 lead - the third time Gaffney has scored against Yeovil this season, having netted twice for Cambridge United at Huish Park earlier in the campaign. That was enough to divide the two sides at the break.

The question mark over the the second period was whether the Glovers could start creating chances in the final third, now they were a goal down. The answer, as far as the opening fifteen minutes was concerned was a big fat no. It wasn't that Rovers were dominating - just that the front three Yeovil players that had been selected - like many in recent weeks - just were not finding each other or getting in good positions. On the hour mark, Darren Way rang the changes, and it was the two wide forwards who were sacrificed, with Ryan Bird and Leroy Lita coming on, displacing Jack Compton and Brandon Goodship. That change meant that Bird played down the middle with Lita and Francois Zoko taking the wide slots.

Gradually, that new-look front three began to worry the Rovers defence a bit more, with Leroy Lita heading over the bar, and then the same player putting in a shot that Steve Mildenhall had to parry for a corner. Third time lucky, and Lita struck the equaliser though. Ryan Dickson provided the ball that set the striker on the break, and this time he fired the ball low and hard across the face of Mildenhall and into the back of the net. Having been booed by Rovers fans for his former Bristol City associations, Lita was more than happy to emphatically celebrate - taking his shirt off and running towards the large 900-plus travelling contingent in the side terrace.

Sadly, that goal didn't keep Yeovil level for long. Rovers made their own substition after that equaliser, and with the experience of Jermaine Easter on the pitch, the substitute was able to guide a cross into the path of Matty Taylor, who this time from close range didn't miss - his 26th goal of the season, and strong evidence of the sort of player Yeovil need to find if they are to turn themselves from the team they currently are into a side that can nick crucial goals when they are most needed. 2-1 and the Memorial Stadium, which had been silenced for four minutes, was now back in full voice.

During the closing stages of this open game, both sides could easily have scored. Rory Gaffney put wide from a Jermaine Easter through ball, then Mildenhall had to block at the feet of Ryan Bird from a narrow angle to stop him finding an equaliser. Then in second half injury time, a Marc Laird header from a fine angle looped over Mildenhall and struck the crossbar - the last chance in a game in which both sides played their part. In the end, both teams were relatively happy. Rovers stepped up into a third place slot via the three points they gained, whilst defeats for York City and Dagenham and Redbridge meant that even a 2-1 defeat against your local rivals could end up being cheery news to drive home to. It may not have been the result fans wanted, but in terms of the League Table, and where the club stood at the start of December 2015, it was everything that they wanted.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Rory Gaffney (42 mins, 1-0), Leroy Lita (73 mins, 1-1), Matty Taylor (77 mins, 2-1)

Bristol Rovers:
1. Steve Mildenhall
2. Daniel Leadbitter 4. Tom Lockyer 5. Mark McChrystal 3. Lee Brown
23. Billy Bodin 8. Ollie Clarke 14. Chris Lines 21. Cristian Montano
10. Matty Taylor 30. Rory Gaffney

Substitutes:
6. Tom Parkes 7. Lee Mansell 9. Ellis Harrison (80 mins for Matty Taylor) 16. Liam Lawrence 17. Jermaine Easter (76 mins for Cristian Montano) 25. Will Puddy 29. Oliver McBurnie (88 mins for Rory Gaffney)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 4. Matt Dolan 25. Liam Walsh
14. Jack Compton 39. Francois Zoko 19. Brandon Goodship

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 2. Ben Tozer 8. Marc Laird (78 mins for Matt Dolan) 9. Ryan Bird (58 mins for Jack Compton) 16. Tahvon Campbell 21. Alex Lacey 38. Leroy Lita (58 mins for Brandon Goodship)

Bristol Rovers Bookings: Oliver McBurnie (delaying a free kick, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Leroy Lita (excessive celebration, 74 mins), Marc Laird (foul, 90 mins)

Bristol Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Paul Tierney (Lancashire). Assistants: Neil Radford (Worcestershire) and Michael D'aguilar (Staffordshire). Fourth Official: Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 10,264 (with 926 Yeovil supporters).


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16 April 2016 : Team News For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named three changes to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium this afternoon. Matt Dolan returns to the side, displaying Ben Tozer in the middle. The other two changes lie in the wide forward positions, with Jack Compton and Brandon Goodship coming into the team. They displace Kevin Dawson and Tahvon Campbell.

One small note to today's line-up is that today gives Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts his 50th appearance in Yeovil Town colours - he is by far top of the club's appearances this season, having missed just one match during the campaign.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick is the 'sixth loan' that has to sit in the stands. Other players missing are striker Shaun Jeffers and Kevin Dawson - the latter may be due to a groin problem he has been battling with recently.

Club captain Darren Ward's knee injury is expected to keep him out for the foreseeable future - possibly until the end of the season. Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) means that they continue to be absent.

The Glovers go into the match needing a win to mathematically guarantee themselves League Two safety for next season, although they can also do it if they match or better York City and Dagenham and Redbridge's results today. At the other end of the table, Bristol Rovers need to win if they are to break back into the League Two play-off spots, currently lying two points outside. Glovers boss Darren Way says that he is impressed at the work that his opposite number Darren Clarke has done, given that he took over just before the Gas were relegated out of the Football League two years ago:

"He's done well because of the adversity that hit him. It was always a difficult time when their club went down. So he's had to work hard certainly behind the scenes to make sure he continued to get Bristol Rovers back to where he thought they belonged. I'm trying to make sure that I don't end up in that position. It's a derby game and it will have a derby feel about it. I've been involved in them as a player so I know the emotions that it would take to win a football match there. Their crowd get really behind them and they're carrying a lot of momentum. So it will be a difficult game but certainly not one that we're scared of."

The full team for this afternoon match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 4. Matt Dolan 25. Liam Walsh
14. Jack Compton 39. Francois Zoko 19. Brandon Goodship

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 2. Ben Tozer 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 16. Tahvon Campbell 21. Alex Lacey 38. Leroy Lita

Bristol Rovers:
1. Steve Mildenhall
2. Daniel Leadbitter 4. Tom Lockyer 5. Mark McChrystal 3. Lee Brown
23. Billy Bodin 8. Ollie Clarke 14. Chris Lines 21. Cristian Montano
10. Matty Taylor 30. Rory Gaffney

Substitutes:
6. Tom Parkes 7. Lee Mansell 9. Ellis Harrison 16. Liam Lawrence 17. Jermaine Easter 25. Will Puddy 29. Oliver McBurnie


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15 April 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town head up the A37 for the short journey to play Bristol Rovers at their Memorial Stadium. For those travelling to the match you'll find directions, parking, a pub guide, statistics and other such things. Note that this game is ALL TICKET and so if you have not purchased one, then do not travel to the game. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.

Away Terrace
The Centenary Terrace - the luxury accommodation for away supporters at the Memorial Stadium.
Photo © 2003-16 Ciderspace



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15 April 2016 : Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 16th April 2016 at the Memorial Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Paul Tierney (Lancashire).

We've had Mr Tierney four times as a match referee since his promotion to the Football League in the summer of 2009. His earliest was a game in which the 341 travelling fans who were present at the game will vividly remember him for. The December 2009 fixture against Milton Keynes Dons saw Mr Tierney bottle a sending off when Dons defender David McCracken took out Glovers striker Dean Bowditch whilst he was clean through on goal. It was difficult to see how it could be anything other than a professional foul - somehow Mr Tierney disagreed, and the Glovers ultimately let their 2-0 advantage slip, gaining only a 2-2 draw in a match where they should have been playing three-quarters of the match with 10 men.

In the post-match interviews, even Dons manager Paul Ince admitted he had expected a red card, whilst Glovers boss Terry Skiverton was rather more forthright saying in his post-match interview, "we are being let down by people not brave enough to make decisions" and suggesting that such refereeing decisions were making his club a laughing stock in the Football League.

Our second and third sightings of Mr Tierney were a lot less eventful from his point of view - one was the 3-1 defeat at Hartlepool United in April 2011. No suggestions that he was responsible for that - we brought the result upon ourselves, and he only issued one yellow card in the final minute of the match. Then he was present for the FA Cup First Round match against Hereford United in November 2011. We won the match 3-0 and from our point of view he had a decent game, with just three yellow cards. The Western Gazette had a minor quibble about one of those cautions: "Bondz N'Gala's booking aside, the official acted with logic and common sense" but otherwise he got through that game without controversy.

Most recently, he was present for the televised February 2014 fixture against Leeds United. Here the weather conditions were the deciding factor in the game. We could have gone 2-0 up in that game when Mr Tierney gave us a penalty, but Ishmael Miller's opportunity to get his second goal of the game saw the spot kick clip the top of the crossbar and sail over the back of the away end. Leeds got two second half goals at that end of the ground, with both wind-assisted as Marek Stech had an uncomfortable 45 minutes, ultimately resulting in a 1-2 home defeat. We can't recall any major complaints about Mr Tierney's performance.

Mr Tierney will be assisted by Neil Radford (Worcestershire) and Michael D'aguilar (Staffordshire). The Fourth Official will be Wayne Barratt (Worcestershire).

Link: February 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 2.

Link: November 2011 : Hereford United 0 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: April 2011 : Hartlepool United 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2009 : Milton Keynes Dons 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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15 April 2016 : Darren Way Praises Walsh's Impact After Loan Extension Agreed
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has praised Everton midfielder Liam Walsh for his conduct both on and off the field, since he arrived on loan at Huish Park. The 18 year old came into the club during early January and despite his inexperience he has become a key part of the club's first team, making twelve appearances, and scoring one goal during the February trip to Luton Town.

Walsh has agreed to stay with the Glovers for the remaining five games of the 2015-16 season before he returns to Goodison Park, and Way told BBC Somerset that he saw that as great news, particularly given where the club were when Walsh arrived at the club three months ago:

"It's great news. The impact that he's made in a short space of time, I think he's been massive and key to making sure we've been winning football matches. He's been a big part of that. It's never easy when you're a young lad coming into a team which was in the relegation zone. I think he's handled it well."

The midfielder has missed two short spells during his time in Somerset - he lost three matches due to illness, then had to sit out three games following his red card sustained at Cambridge United. He felt that Walsh's impact was not just about what he was doing when he was on the pitch, but the way he was behaving on the training ground and around the dressing room. Way said that was notable given it was the player's first time away from Merseyside:

"This is his first loan spell. He's been at Everton since he was five. But it's not only the football side of it, it's the way he's conducted himself around the town. I think he's bought into the club and the ethos of the club. I think he has matured and he's become a man."

Walsh is not the only loan player impressing at Huish Park this season. Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts has been missing for just one match this season, and that was due to his form being so strong that Wales Under-21s gave him a call-up, giving him his first cap at that level. Roberts is due to make his 50th appearance for the club in tomorrow's match against Bristol Rovers - he's currently made six more appearances than any other player this season. Way said that the defender's imminent milestone was an impressive one:

"That's an amazing achievement. His words when we extended his loan were that he wasn't going anywhere. He's come here to do a job and I think he's done more than that. When you get the right loan players in, and they conduct themselves in the right way, not only do they benefit, as you can see with Connor when he got his first (Under-21s) international call-up, the club benefits as well."


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14 April 2016 : Yeovil Town Profit And Losses Over Eight Years
Earlier today, Yeovil Town issued their accounts statement covering the 2014-15 season. The accounts relate to Yeovil Football and Athletic Company Limited (which trades as Yeovil Town Football Club) and does not include any of the accounts associated with other Yeovil Town group companies. Whilst today's reported losses stand as the second biggest deficit in the club's history, with the club having recorded a record profit of £1.4 million on the previous season, the more important question is where that leaves the club's overall trading position.

When the accounts are fully published, via Companies House, that position will be more clear, but it's possible to get an approximation from the club's last eight seasons accounts. Main club owner Norman Hayward became a Director of the parent company Huish Park Stadium Partnership on July 25th 2007, representing the last occasion that the club's ownership structure changed significantly. It's therefore a useful benchmark, and taking data from this site's archives, the club have reported the following trading figures since that time:

2007-08 : £19,989 PROFIT
2008-09 : £976,402 LOSS
2009-10 : £21,000 PROFIT
2010-11 : £21,000 PROFIT
2011-12 : £53,379 PROFIT
2012-13 : £454,000 LOSS
2013-14 : £1,400,000 PROFIT
2014-15 : £692,000 LOSS

One or two of the above figures are obvious approximations or numbers that have been rounded, prior to being published. However, recognising a small margin of error on the last few digits, adding up all of the eight years worth of profits and losses gives an overall loss figure of £607,034. The large profit made during the 2013-14 Championship season had flattened out the preceding years figures, giving a small positive position. Hence the 2014-15 accounts would push the club back into the red, when that summer of 2007 baseline is used. That shouldn't be taken as being the club's overall trading position, but it does show the position under the current club owners.


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14 April 2016 : Glovers Record Heavy Losses In League One Relegation Season
Yeovil Town have reported heavy operational losses in their latest accounts. The 2014-15 season accounts for the year ending June 2015 show that the club made an operation loss of £692,000 over the season, despite an FA Cup Third Round televised tie against Manchester United.

The club have cited the reduced turnover that affects the drop between the Championship and League One as being a major factor in this, indicating that the club gained a level of £7.8 million during the 2013-14 campaign which dropped to a level of £4 million during the 2014-15 campaign. The club state that the difference in the centralised revenue provided for Football League clubs between those two divisions was £2.9 million.

They also indicate that Gate Revenue between the two divisions incurred a loss of £0.66 million between the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. This compares with the club's average 6,616 gates they got for Championship football and the 4,346 average gates they got in League One - the attendance in the away end of the stadium is a huge factor in this drop. There was also a drop of £0.1 million in Commercial and Hospitality income, linked in part to the same crowd levels.

Although the Football League's centralised income dropped by £2.9 million, the club's expenditure only dropped by £1.6 million, showing the problem where the amount of money the club was spending that season didn't drop by enough to balance against the loss of income. Chairman John Fry indicates that the cost of keeping players recruited for the Championship division, whilst operating as a League One club was a large factor in the club's losses:

"Although the Club’s £2.3m squad budget was covered by a reserve fund of £1.4m, and through revenues from the Manchester United FA Cup tie, the cost of keeping Championship high earners under contract – and bringing in 21 emergency loans – was the main cause of the decline in both the financial and footballing performances. These figures demonstrate the true cost of our relegation from the Sky Bet Championship and the size of the job we have in keeping Yeovil Town in the Football League. However, with Darren Way at the helm, we now have our losses under control, and not only does our Football League future look secure, the squad and club is being rebuilt, back to winning ways."

In February 2015, Yeovil Town parted company with Gary Johnson, initially appointing Terry Skiverton as his interim successor. By April though, the club was on the edge of relegation, and chose to change management again, appointing Paul Sturrock as their manager. Fry says that when the season started, he thought the club had a good enough squad to return to the Championship:

"We thought we had sufficient quality in both our playing squad and the management team to return the Club straight back to the Championship. Instead, right from the start of the 2014-15 season, we were involved in a costly battle to save our League One status. On the pitch it was a very disappointing season, which sadly led to the departure of manager Gary Johnson. The appointment of Paul Sturrock in February failed to stop the decline in results, with the season ending in a second successive relegation."

Fry's mention of Sturrock being appointed in February doesn't reflect reality, and omits Skiverton's two month spell as manager. Sturrock's appointment saw him take charge on the day the club was relegated, as he oversaw a draw against Notts County that saw them relegated on that day.

The Yeovil Chairman doesn't indicate what this year's trading figures will be like, except to say that he believes they will be brighter than the 2014-15 figures:

"With the help of increased match-day revenues to support manager Darren Way's squad budget and ambitions for the club next season, I am forecasting a much brighter future for the Glovers. However, our priority now has to be to ensure, we remain competitive at our current level, at least until our proposed stadium development plans come to fruition, and we can then use those as a basis to push the Club forward."


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14 April 2016 : Everton's Liam Walsh Extends Glovers Stay Again
Yeovil Town midfielder Liam Walsh has extended his stay at the club until the end of the 2015-16 season. In effect this is a five game extension, with the year now coming to an end. More recently, Liam's progress with the club has been interrupted by him missing three games due to illness, followed by a three match suspension for the red card he sustained against Cambridge United last month. However he returned to the team last weekend, playing a full 90 minutes in the 0-2 defeat against Exeter City.

So far, Liam has made twelve appearances for the club, scoring one goal - the 70th minute opener against Luton Town in February.

Link: Liam Walsh : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 April 2016 : Stevenage vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last away fixture saw them travel to Stevenage's Broadhall Way ground. The end result was a 0-0 draw on a Tuesday night - a very low key game, with the home side not managing a shot on target all night, and even the Glovers chances being fairly minimal or easy ones to shut out - the end result was undoubtedly a fair one.

Man of the Match voting therefore unsurprisingly favoured the defensive-minded players again. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and centre-back Jakub Sokolik fared well amongst voters, but the poll winner by a large margin was Nathan Smith, who continued his role as a central defender once again.

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

1. Nathan Smith 56 (5)
2. Jakub Sokolík 12 (0)
3. Artur Krysiak 10 (1)
4. Ben Tozer 8 (0)
4. Connor Roberts 8 (0)
5. Leroy Lita 6 (0)
6. Marc Laird 4 (0)
7. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)
7. Matthew Dolan 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.71
Performance : 4.86
Entertainment : 4.57
VOTES RECEIVED : 7


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13 April 2016 : Tozer Sees First Team Boss As Perfect Fit For Glovers
Yeovil Town midfielder Ben Tozer sees first team boss Darren Way as a 'perfect fit' for the club. The right-back turned midfielder has reflected upon the club's decision to give their manager a new three year contract late last week, and Tozer was more than happy to praise his boss for the impact that he'd had on the club's fortunes so far.

Tozer was brought in last summer by former manager Paul Sturrock, who he'd played under at both Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town, but had to wait his turn as a knee operation in pre-season curtailed his entrance as a Glovers player, meaning that fans didn't see him until the November FA Cup First Round tie against Maidstone United. As a result, all bar six of Tozer's appearances have come under the new manager, and he told BBC Somerset that he felt that Way's length of service with the club was a big factor in how committed he was to his job:

"He loves the club - he absolutely loves the club, and there's no better man to take charge of Yeovil really. I can't think of anyone - obviously Terry Skiverton has been there for years and years, but apart from would there be anyone else who is that much committed to the club and wants the club to do as well as he does? Probably not, so it seems like a perfect fit, and like I've said before with the number of hours that he puts in, and the hard work that he puts in, there's a good chemistry really."

Tozer is one of thirteen players whose contracts expire in the summer, and says that he is looking forward to that subject coming up, with the club very close to mathematical safety in League Two. Ben says that with results having improved over the last few months, that morale within the camp is particularly strong:

"You can tell with the morale about the place, it's just chalk and cheese compared to what it was. It wasn't even that bad before. But now everyone is really upbeat, and I guess with the gaffer saying that he's going to be sorting out peoples futures, sooner rather than later, that can only be a good thing."

The 26 year old also explained that Way's appointment as manager had seen some quirky things added to the dressing room environment, with other media reports indicating that ambient things such as air freshener and music had been added to what the players experienced when they came in for training. Ben explained that even things such as green sticky tape had been added, to demonstrate to the players the psychological line that they needed to cross. He felt those changes had been popular within the playing squad:

"Everyone likes him. It's incredible the amount of work he has put in to get to where we are. You can tell with the way we play for him and work for him. Some of the things he does are different and unusual - but it works. When we came in one day, there was green tape everywhere, a horizontal line of green tape. He said it was for the relegation line - we need to finish above that line. Little things like that are quirky and stand out. It's worked."


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13 April 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Newport County : Man Of The Match Result
At the start of this month, Yeovil Town played host to Newport County in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The end result was a 1-0 victory, thanks to Jack Compton's early penalty that came after Tahvon Campbell was felled inside the box. Otherwise, it was a scrappy game, perhaps indicative of both sides positions, a few places above the relegation line.

Man Of The Match voting saw all of the top three slots go to defensive-minded players. Centre-back pairing Jakub Sokolik and Nathan Smith polled extremely well, but the outright winner by a significant margin was goalkeeper Artur Krysiak - perhaps an indication that the single goal victory was at times not too comfortable - the man between the sticks played a big part in ensuring three points were picked up.

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

1. Artur Krysiak 390 (32)
2. Nathan Smith 282 (10)
3. Jakub Sokolík 98 (6)
4. Marc Laird 96 (6)
5. Connor Roberts 68 (3)
6. Tahvon Campbell 60 (3)
7. Ryan Dickson 48 (1)
8. Jack Compton 16 (0)
9. Shaun Jeffers 8 (0)
9. Matthew Dolan 8 (0)
11. Ryan Bird 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.36
Performance : 5.48
Entertainment : 5.25
VOTES RECEIVED : 61


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12 April 2016 : Orient Drop Nolan's Management Duties For Seventh Manager Under Becchetti
League Two side Leyton Orient have moved on to their third manager of the 2015-16 season. Since Barry Hearn sold his shares in the Brisbane Road club over the summer of 2014, there have been numerous management changes under Francesco Becchetti, with today's change representing the club's seventh manager in under two seasons.

Perhaps in an attempt to save embarrassment, today's change by the East London side is described as an 'interim' appointment, with former West Ham United midfielder Kevin Nolan staying at the club in a playing capacity only. Nolan had been their manager since January 21st, and had played in fourteen of the fifteen matches that he had been in charge of, gaining seven wins and two draws along with six defeats. They're currently four games without a win, with their 3-0 defeat against Barnet on Saturday being particularly damaging to their play-off hopes.

In Nolan's place comes his assistant manager Andy Hessenthaler, who will now be his boss. He has rather more experience as a first team manager, with 337 matches in charge of Gillingham across three spells. In their statement, Orient described 'inaccurate reports in the media' which had suggested that Becchetti himself would take charge of team selection, whilst the Daily Mail claimed that operations manager Vito Miceli and head of recruitment Rob Gagliardi were taking over. Whilst neither of those scenarios have panned out, it doesn't detract from the fact that this is a management change, even if CEO Alessandro Angelieri has tried to paint it as something more temporary for the remainder of the season:

"Everyone at the Club is fighting hard to make sure we reach the play-offs this season. Whilst that aim remains within reach, we have decided that Kevin should focus entirely on his playing contribution until the end of the season. We believe that Kevin will be able to make a bigger impact on the team without the distraction of managerial duties. Andy Hessenthaler, who has been assisting Kevin over the past few months, will take charge of the first team in the interim."

Leyton Orient's Managers under Francesco Becchetti:
1. Russell Slade (12 games)
2. Kevin Nugent (7 games)
3. Mauro Milanese (8 games)
4. Fabio Liverani (27 games)
5. Ian Hendon (31 games)
6. Kevin Nolan (15 games)
7. Andy Hessenthaler (appointed today)

Orient currently lie in 11th place in the League Two table, although congestion in that area means that they are still only two points outside seventh position. This would seem to be a random throw of the dice to try to affect the final five games of the campaign.


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12 April 2016 : Trust Working Party Gain Financial Conduct Authority Registration
The working party who are currently in the process of setting up a Supporters Trust for Yeovil Town supporters have provided an update concerning their latest activities. The Yeovil Voice working party got the green light to set up the Trust in late January following a meeting held at Club 94 (aka the Liberal Club) in Yeovil, and have since then been working through the steps that are required by both the umbrella body Supporters Direct as well as the Financial Conduct Authority.

The Yeovil Voice have provided an update today, confirming that their registration with the Financial Conduct Authority is now complete - a requirement of them being able to run the Trust as a Community Benefit Society. They've explained the current situation:

"The volunteer working groups have been grinding their way through the details of getting the Trust set up properly. I am pleased to be able to say that we are nearly there. We have been registered by the Financial Conduct Authority in order that all financial dealings are correctly administered."

The next step will be to initiate the take on of members, but before that can happen, they need to set up a Bank Account that would be able to hold funds. Unfortunately, that has been delayed, partly due to the Bank requiring the registration of the Trust to be completed before the appropriate business account could be opened. The Yeovil Voice are now hoping that obstacle can now be overcome:

"We are very keen to start our Membership drive but one thing has held us back to date. We have been trying to set up a Trust bank account with the Coop Bank for what seems like forever. Anyone who has tried to set up a business account will know some of the trials and tribulations that we are going through. We believe that we are almost there and an account number and sort code will soon be ours. We will then announce the scheme for membership. We need as many supporters as possible to become Members of the Trust. With the strength of numbers we can make our collective voice heard at Huish Park. It is after all - OUR CLUB - OUR PASSION! Let's make sure we give it a great future."

Whilst the aim is for the Trust to enable membership and donations to be made by those who live away from Huish Park, the plan will be for a launch event to be held sometime around the summer months to act as a membership drive, and also as an opportunity for fans to gain a further understanding of how Trusts work, and to share ideas. There's no firm date for that in place yet - as soon as one is confirmed, we'll provide an update.


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12 April 2016 : Ticketing Reminder For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town supporters planning to attend this Saturday's League Two match against Bristol Rovers are reminded that this match is an ALL TICKET game. There will be no tickets available on the day of the match, meaning that Glovers fans must purchase their tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The deadline for purchasing at the Huish Park end will be 4.00p.m. on Friday when the Ticket Office will close, but obviously aim to make your decision before that. Tickets will be subject to availability. At present all seated tickets are sold out - there are only terraced tickets available for Glovers fans. As of close of business yesterday, there were also only 1,200 tickets left in the home section of the ground as well, meaning that this game is likely to have a close to capacity crowd.

For ticketing and travel options, see the articles linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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12 April 2016 : Yeovil Town Player Contract Lengths
With Yeovil Town's League Two safety close to being mathematically decided, attention will inevitably turn towards which of those players are likely to be still on the club's books for the 2016-17 season. One of the obvious factors in that will be their current contractual situation, and whether they have a deal that rolls into the next campaign, or whether they'll have to be given an offer by the club due to their deals ending.

The contractual situation of each player can be split into the following groups, showing that there are thirteen players that manager Darren Way will need to make a firm decision on, whilst nine players remain under contract and so would have deals that would run into next season. Six more players are borrowed from other clubs, giving a total squad size of 28 players who have some sort of a contract with the club:

Contract Expiring In June 2016: (13)
Artur Krysiak
Ben Tozer
Nathan Smith
Jakub Sokolik
Marc Laird
Shaun Jeffers
Chris Weale
Jack Compton
Jordan Gibbons
Omar Sowunmi
Simon Gillett
Leroy Lita
Francois Zoko

Contract Expiring In June 2017: (9)
Matthew Dolan
Kevin Dawson
Ryan Bird
Ryan Dickson
Wes Fogden
Alex Lacey
Mark Beck (currently on loan at Wrexham)
Darren Ward
Ollie Bassett

Loan Players That Will Return To Their Parent Clubs: (6)
Tahvon Campbell (West Bromwich Albion)
Brandon Goodship (AFC Bournemouth)
Harry Cornick (AFC Bournemouth)
Connor Roberts (Swansea City)
Liam Walsh (Everton)
Liam Shephard (Swansea City)

Usually the club only publish Released and Retained lists after the final fixture of the season has been played, although clearly once they judge the club has secured their divisional status for next season, there is nothing to stop them holding talks and agreeing deals with those players that they wish to keep. There may also be a question mark over the future of striker Mark Beck, given that he was frozen out by previous manager Paul Sturrock and has not played a minute of football under Darren Way, having spent most of that time on the books of Conference side Wrexham. His deal runs until next summer, but with him currently out of the reckoning, the club may prefer to move him on permanently.


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11 April 2016 : Newport Ban Supporter After Object Thrown At Artur Krysiak
League Two side Newport County have indefinitely banned a supporter from attending their matches, following an incident in the recent League Two match at Huish Park. The steps were taken by the Exiles after the second half was held up due to an object being thrown onto the pitch, that appeared to be aimed in the direction of goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, whilst he was at the Copse Road End of the ground during the 1-0 home win. Krysiak was not hit by the object - variously reported as being either a bottle or a coffee cup - but was enough to distract him, and raise his concerns with the match officials.

As a consequence, the match referee's report has included details of the incident, meaning that Newport received a letter from the Football Association. They have taken their own action, having had the alleged perpetrator identified by CCTV at Huish Park, and following consultation with Avon and Somerset Police. They have released a statement today indicating that the supporter that is accused of throwing the object has been banned from their fixtures:

"The Football Association has written to the club following an incident at the away game at Yeovil Town where an object was thrown on to the field of play. The club, having been notified formally of the individual, who was identified through CCTV and spoken to by Avon and Somerset Police, have moved quickly to put a ban in place. This will be reviewed in light of any external action taken by the authorities. The club, as a result of the incident, is in the midst of providing a response to the FA who will then determine whether any disciplinary action should be taken against the club.

"As a supporter-owned club, it is deeply disappointing to have received such a letter, but does recognise the vast majority of supporters consistently act in an exemplary manner both home and away. Unfortunately, the club’s good name has been tarnished with this incident and it is regrettable we have to write to all supporters reminding them that this type of behaviour is not acceptable and will not be tolerated. Any person found acting in such a manner will receive a ban from the club
."

Newport's ban is a civil matter, meaning that it is not legally enforceable at other grounds, but with Avon and Somerset Police involved, we'd expect the case to be referred to the courts for possible prosecution. If the prosecution succeeds, then the supporter in question would risk a Football Banning Order which would become legally enforceable.

Last month, Plymouth Argyle took similar action against one of their fans after they set off a coloured smoke device during the club's 0-0 draw at Huish Park, and that is also expected to be referred to the Police for a potential prosecution. There may be an unwanted hat-trick given that an Exeter City supporter set off another coloured smoke device during Saturday's fixture at Huish Park, with the club's CCTV again being used to try to identify the person responsible.

Link: Pilgrims Publicise Pyro Punishment.


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11 April 2016 : Cobblers And Alex Prepare To Swap Places As Season Nears Climax
Saturday afternoon's results saw the first indication of clubs having their fate sealed, despite the 2015-16 season still having five games left to run. The results by 5.00p.m. showed that Northampton Town and Crewe Alexandra will be swapping places over the summer, with the Cobblers continuing to be runaway leaders at the top of League One, whilst the Alex have endured a wretched season and will (barring any late disasters from ourselves) become our opponents next season.

Northampton's 2-2 draw with Bristol Rovers on Saturday might have irked them a bit in that they conceded a two goal lead at Sixfields, but it ensured that they kept a 16 point gap between themselves and their 4th placed opponents, which was good enough to ensure promotion. Former Glover Sam Hoskins got the second crucial goal for Northampton that gave them the buffer to make Rovers' comeback only mildly irritating. With a current 12 point gap between themselves and second placed Oxford United, one more win combined with any dropped points by Oxford will ensure them the League 2 title.

The Cobblers success story is a reminder of why a season is a marathon and not a sprint. When they lost to now basement club Dagenham and Redbridge on September 5th, they lay in 16th place in the League Two table, having made a rather luke-warm start to the season. By November although results had improved, things were massively unravelling off the pitch. Unfinished work on their East Stand led to revelations that they owed £10.25 million to Northampton Borough Council, and the only man who could explain where this money had gone - Chairman and owner David Cardoza - had disappeared. HMRC (aka the taxman) waded in by pointing out that the Cobblers were behind on tax payments, whilst Northampton Supporters Trust had to step in and help pay office staff who had been left without their own wages being paid.

The knight in shining armour became former Oxford United chairman Kelvin Thomas, who bought the club in November, sorted out the tax debt, and came to an agreement with the Council over how they would resolve the rather large loan that had been given for the new stand to be built. At that point, Northampton went into overdrive, clocking up eleven wins in a row in early 2016 - a run of form which lifted them clear at the top of the table, and in beating Plymouth Argyle and Oxford United guaranteed that lead stretched. As a consequence, by the time they reach Huish Park on April 23rd, they will almost certainly have been crowned Champions.

As for who will join them, that is anyone's guess, with all of Oxford, Accrington, Bristol Rovers, Plymouth and Portsmouth still in with a shout of automatic promotion, whilst the fact that 12th placed Cambridge United lie only three points off the last play-off position means that half of League Two will realistically say they believe they can get promoted this year.

At the foot of League One, things are rather more clear cut. Crewe Alexandra won't have appreciated the fact that they lost their third tier status thanks to a 3-0 defeat against local rivals Port Vale, at Vale Park. Their 16 point gap with five games left meant they couldn't save themselves. They look likely to be joined by Colchester United and Doncaster Rovers, who lie eight points adrift of the cut-off point. Realistically only the final relegation slot is up for grabs, with that place currently held by Blackpool, but with four sides above the Tangerines standing only up to four points away. We could be seeing a very high points total needed for safety, with Blackpool's current 45 point haul suggesting that the traditional 50 point safety target may need to be revised by Shrewsbury Town, Fleetwood Town, Oldham Athletic and Chesterfield. Even Swindon on 51 points probably aren't safe.

In terms of who is likely to swap between League Two and Conference football, Saturday's results still look bleak for York City and Dagenham and Redbridge. With them nine and eleven points adrift of 22nd placed Stevenage, and with the worst goal differences in the division, there's a strong chance that the clubs above them don't need another point. From a Glovers point of view, then if York lose another match then they can't catch them, whilst another defeat for Daggers would mean they'd only be able to catch Yeovil via an avalanche of a goal difference change.

Goal difference will also be a massive factor if Cheltenham Town can win their next match in the Conference. With three games remaining, they lie six points clear, but the 24 goal advantage they have over second placed Forest Green Rovers will mean that if they beat Halifax Town at Whaddon Road next weekend, then you just as well put the ribbons on the trophy and let a certain Gary Johnson do a fist-pump celebration, even if the actual formalities might need to wait slightly beyond that. Assuming no late shocks there, Forest Green - who have been involved in one massive Gloucestershire-based two horse race this year - would then face the play-offs, with Dover Athletic currently competing with ex-League duo Grimsby Town and Tranmere Rovers for the four slots. Braintree Town, Eastleigh and Wrexham lie just outside, hoping for a few late twists'n'turns.


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11 April 2016 : Darren Talks About Exeter City Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City 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 shares his views on the recall of Francois Zoko and the return of Everton loanee Liam Walsh to the side, as well as giving his thoughts on having to put AFC Bournemouth striker Brandon Goodship in the standsm, due to the Football League's rules on the number of loan players in a matchday squad. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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10 April 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Exeter City Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-2 home defeat against Exeter City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the defeat and his side's recent goalscoring record can be read via the link below.

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


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10 April 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Match Highlights
For those who want to view video highlights from yesterday's 0-2 home defeat against Exeter City, these are now online. Aside from the two Exeter goals, you can view a first half Liam Shephard that went comfortably over the bar, along with a Francois Zoko shot that the keeper easily saved. Then from the second period, there's a Kevin Dawson shot that went wide, followed by a Harry Cornick shot that was saved - another Cornick attempt that is blocked out by a defender completes our chances. Watch the video clip below.




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9 April 2016 : Glovers Score A Dozen In Supporters Team Rout
Whilst Yeovil Town's first team didn't have such a good time against Exeter City today, their supporters team had a much better time earlier in the day. The Glovers and Grecians supporters teams were meeting up to contest the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy, and as the current holders from earlier in the season, the Glovers were obvious favourites to retain it on their own patch.

What they won't have expected though, was the 12-1 win they gained on the Huish Park Top Pitch, providing plenty of goals for Glovers fans watching the match. There were two hat-trick heroes on the day, with Darren Shearer and Dan Kadir getting six of the goals scored. The remainder were evenly spread across the team, with Mike Cairncross, Dan Coate, Robbie Stowell, Mark Jones, Sam Coate and Martin Jones all finding the net.

The event is a now twice-yearly match between the two clubs, aiming to benefit the Adam Stansfield Foundation and other associated charities. Before the match, the two teams wore shirts via the Know The Score Prostate Cancer charity, which is providing a football-themed method of promoting awareness and early detection of the disease. Whilst the Grecians have come off badly in this two matches this season - they lost at Topsham Town FC in August by a 6-1 scoreline, hopefully they'll be challenging again for the trophy sometime next season.


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9 April 2016 : Glovers Fan Nominated For Football League Supporter Of The Year
Yeovil Town supporter Pat Custard is one of three supporters that have been revealed as divisional nominations for this month's 2016 Football League Awards. Pat, who is rather well known amongst both home and away supporters at Huish Park and around the country, was announced by both BBC606 and Channel 5 tonight as being shortlisted for the League's Supporter Of The Year award. The nominations are as follows (with the Football League's profiles of the three nominees included):

Championship Division : Bristol City fan Oskar Pycroft

Eight year-old Oskar never misses a Bristol City home match and his own home is awash with club merchandise and memorabilia. He has cerebral palsy but his devotion and passion for his club, along with the dedication he has shown in his long battle to walk so he could lead out his team, has made him an inspiration to his fellow fans and anyone fighting against a severe illness or disease. Not only has he become a totemic figure at Ashton Gate, his passion as a fan has resonated with others to the extent he even inspired fans of rivals Bristol Rovers to back his cause.

League One : Colchester United fan Tommy Leggett

Tommy is a Colchester United fan whose support for the club has helped him to make a difference. His son Alfie was diagnosed with a rare condition which will leave him blind and most-likely deaf as he grows older. In order to raise money for him and having to start at 4:30am, Tommy recently ran nearly 40 miles from his sides’ Weston Community Home Stadium to their Essex rivals, Southend United’s, Roots Hall Stadium, arriving in time for the derby. He raised over £3,500 for Alfie’s treatment, uniting two sets of supporters who for every other day of the year will be ardent rivals.

League Two : Yeovil Town fan Pat Custard

Pat is a woman who would do anything for anyone and her selflessness has made her a massive part of Yeovil Town Football Club. Pat volunteers at the club to help improve matchdays for other supports and people visiting Huish Park – anything from arranging tickets for fans who cannot get to the ticket office to painting the ground during pre-season. Pat also follows Yeovil up and down the country, never missing a match and even insisting on paying for her season ticket despite her dedication to helping out at the club preventing her from catching the whole of games.

The Football League had set up a nomination form earlier this year for fans to submit their nominations, stating that there would be a vetting process by judges to draw up the final list of three divisional winners. The League stated at the time that "the judges are looking for someone they felt has gone above and beyond the call of duty and added that extra special bit of devotion to their club. Each of the shortlisted finalists will be the Supporter of the Year in their division, with one crowned the overall Capital One Supporter of the Year."

For the first time The Football League Awards will move away from London and be held in Manchester, with the winners announced at a ceremony on Sunday 17th April – the same date on which The Football League was officially formed in Manchester back in 1888. Congratulations to Pat on getting a divisional award, and fingers crossed that she may go one step better later this month.

Football League 2016 Awards : Yeovil Town fan Pat Custard nominated as League Two Supporter Of The Year
Football League 2016 Awards : Yeovil Town fan Pat Custard nominated as League Two Supporter Of The Year



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9 April 2016 : Darren Way Warns Of Player Fine For Watkins Goal As He Seeks Striking Improvement
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admits that he needs to turn his side's possession into chances and goals, after they drew a blank in this afternoon's 0-2 home defeat against Exeter City. Despite the club having enjoyed some improved form in recent weeks, their ability to find the back of the net in recent weeks, with only a Jack Compton penalty kick giving them a goal in their last five matches - a run of 490 minutes without an outfield goal that stayed unbroken as the front line struggled to create clear cut chances throughout the match at Huish Park.

Way told BBC Somerset that he was happy with his side's possession, but the way that he has constantly rotated his front three attacking players in recent matches suggests that he is not so happy with the contribution his strikers are making - aside from Francois Zoko's three goals in February and March the club's goalscoring from those players has dried up in recent games. The Glovers boss admitted that if games came down to single goal victories, then there was always the risk that the opposition would score first, which proved to be the case today:

"I think you could see that we had large amounts of possession certainly in the first half and in the second half. But I've been talking about it all year and I think the stats suggest that there's been a lot of 1-0s. So today you go 1-0 down, so who is going to be responsible to pull that back? We've had our left-back score on two occasions to win us games 1-0 against Accrington and Mansfield away. So I'm looking for the front three to be a little bit more responsible and to be a little bit more clever and to make sure that they can help the team out and ease the pressure on the back four and the three midfielders. I think that they've all had opportunities. I've backed every single one of them and we'll do a lot of work this week on movement, and we've done a lot of work on finishing, but at the end of the day it's their personality and their belief that actually makes that ball go into the back of the net. I'm just looking for a little bit extra. I'm building for the future and I'm looking forward to the future."

Way was particularly unhappy with the Grecians opening goal, which was netted by the in-form Ollie Watkins - one of the nominations for the March 2016 League Two Player of the Month. With Watkins' goals being regularly picked out by football highlights programmes, it wasn't too hard to work out where the risks lay - shots from the edge of the box that the attacking midfielder has enjoyed. Way said that he had warned his players of this fact, and implied that at least one of his squad would be fined for failing to pick up Watkins just before he scored his 16th minute goal that opened the scoring, given how strongly he had pointed out the danger during the week:

"Fair play to Exeter as they are a team in form, and the boy (Jayden) Stockley causes all sorts of problems. Then you've got Ollie Watkins who we talked about before the game, and we said that if anyone lets him have a shot and they're anywhere near him on the edge of the box, then they're going to get fined. I meant it as well, and I've never said that. But I've done enough studying to know that was going to happen today, and for sure it did on the edge of the box. The boy has got a belief at the moment which is fantastic and we just didn't make it at the right place at the right time."


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9 April 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
If you watched this afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Exeter City 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 Exeter City.


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9 April 2016 : Yeovil 0 Exeter 2 : Four Month Unbeaten Home Run Broken By Grecians
Yeovil Town went down to their first in-match home defeat since November 24th last year, when Exeter City did the double over them at Huish Park. The Grecians gained their 0-2 win with a goal in each half, as Ollie Watkins scored from the edge of the box, whilst Jake Taylor netted midway through the second half when he converted the rebound off his own shot had been saved. The Devon side had the best chances across the 90 minutes, having also struck the woodwork, and although the Glovers passed well, they lacked cutting edge and so saw their four month run that - FA Cup penalty shoot-out aside - had seen them turn Huish Park into a fortress. Today, Exeter deservedly breached that, leaving the club in 20th, and needing one win to ensure that York City and Dagenham and Redbridge are unable to perform any great escape.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to the side that took to the field against Stevenage, with only one of those enforced. Marc Laird had come off at half time in that game with a hamstring injury and he dropped out of the squad entirely, with Liam Walsh replacing him. Also in midfield Liam Shephard came in for Matt Dolan, whilst there were two changes up front. Kevin Dawson was swapped for Jack Compton although came in on the left-hand side, swapping with Tahvon Campbell, whilst down the middle Francois Zoko returned to the starting line-up displacing Leroy Lita. Four ex-Glovers were in the Exeter line-up, with David Noble and Jamie McAllister on the pitch, and Joel Grant and Arron Davies on the bench.

Exeter City's attacking midfielder Ollie Watkins has been very much the talk of the division in recent weeks. His recent goalscoring feats saw him nominated as one of League Two's Player of the Month, and so he was an obvious player to pay close attention to when he lined up in the opposition. His first contribution was one of youthful naivety - a daft dive that landed him in the book. His second contribution showed why he got that nomination - he was given too much space to move on the edge of the box and he curled a 16th minute effort into the back of the net to give Exeter an early lead, bringing to an end Yeovil's 472 minute home run without conceding a goal on their own patch.

The Grecians were the side that were creating the better chances, with Jake Taylor striking the outside of the post, even if referee Stephen Martin confused the home crowd by declaring it an Artur Krysiak save and awarding a corner. Then Jayden Stockley put narrowly over the bar, and although Yeovil were passing the ball fairly well, it was obvious which side had the goal threat. It took 35 minutes before they even managed their first goal attempt - a Liam Shephard effort that went well wide. That seemed to finally give the Glovers a bit of a goal threat, with Kevin Dawson superbly threading Francois Zoko in on goal, but keeper Robert Olejnik blocked the ball well. That was as good as it got in terms of goalmouth action from a Glovers point of view, with possession fine, territory fine, but attacking somewhat blunted.

Kevin Dawson put a shot wide early in the second period before Darren Way decided to make what was to be one of several tactical switches in an attempt to produce a spark. Ben Tozer had mopped up well during the first half, but hadn't been creative, and so Dawson dropped deeper into his position, with Jack Compton coming on for Tozer as one of the three wide forwards. Then Harry Cornick became a straight swap for a rather quiet Tahvon Campbell.

But still there was the feeling that Exeter were the side that could provide the better attacking outlet, demonstrated when Jayden Stockley's free kick had to be saved well on the angle by Artur Krysiak. At the other end, Harry Cornick got a chance, but his final shot was weak and scuffed somewhat at the keeper. Then came Exeter's second - Yeovil's Harry Cornick mis-timed a header which instead flighted the ball behind him and into his team's defensive third, Exeter attacked, and when Jake Taylor's shot was only parried away by Artur Krysiak, the ball rebounded kindly to him and he was able to convert the ball into the back of the net.

Yeovil have struggled to score one goal in a game in the last couple of months, so expecting them to score two seemed an impossible ask. Jayden Stockley's attempt that deflected off Nathan Smith for a corner, and an Artur Krysiak palm-out from the subsequent corner in a chaotic goalmouth pointed more to a Grecians third. In the closing stages, Darren Way even abandoned his trusted 4-3-3, bringing on Ryan Bird for Liam Shephard and switching Harry Cornick and Jack Compton out to more orthodox roles as wingers in a 4-4-2. But still the clearcut chances wouldn't come, and although there was nothing much wrong with the approach play, crosses and set plays were far too easy throughout the game to worry Exeter.

The biggest headache for manager Darren Way is how he fixes the club's goalscoring problems - whilst the Glovers have been relatively watertight at the back over the past two or three months, they have netted just nine times in the last thirteen games, and have not scored more than one goal in a game since the January 3-2 victory at AFC Wimbledon. Today's failure to find the back of the net means it's now 490 minutes since they last scored an outfield goal. Contrast that with the 472 minutes they managed without conceding a home goal, and the recent impressive run of eight clean sheets in nine games, and it's fairly obvious which end of the pitch needs fixing, even if conceding two goals today has slightly blotted the defensive copybook. In the remaining five matches, Way will need to work out which of his creative midfielders and attacking players are not quite fitting into the system that he wants to play.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Exeter City 2.

Scorers: Ollie Watkins (0-1, 16 mins), Jake Taylor (0-2, 69 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
32. Liam Shephard 2. Ben Tozer 25. Liam Walsh
16. Tahvon Campbell 39. Francois Zoko 7. Kevin Dawson

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 4. Matt Dolan 9. Ryan Bird (76 mins for Liam Shephard) 14. Jack Compton (50 mins for Ben Tozer) 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick (54 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 38. Leroy Lita

Exeter City:
1. Robert Olejnik
5. Jamie McAllister 39. Troy Brown 15. Jordan Moore-Taylor 3. Craig Woodman
4. David Noble 7. Ryan Harley 29. Ollie Watkins
10. Lee Holmes 33. Jayden Stockley 38. Jake Taylor

Substitutes:
6. Christian Ribeiro 11. Arron Davies (86 mins for Jake Taylor) 14. Alex Nicholls (83 mins for Ollie Watkins) 22. David Wheeler 26. Jordan Tillson 30. Christy Pym 31. Joel Grant

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Exeter Bookings: Ollie Watkins (diving, 10 mins), Lee Holmes (foul, 53 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 13.

Exeter Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Assistants: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Adam Hopkins (Devon).

Attendance: 5,394 (with 1,513 Exeter City supporters).


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9 April 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Yeovil Town have named four changes to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Exeter City at Huish Park this afternoon. Everton midfielder Liam Walsh has completed his three match suspension and comes back into the squad, with Matt Dolan dropping to the bench. Up front, Francois Zoko is back in a starting spot, with Leroy Lita dropping to the bench. Also Kevin Dawson is preferred for Jack Compton. The final change sees Liam Shephard come back into the starting line-up.

The size of the squad and the availability of players means that three players have to sit it out. Striker Brandon Goodship is the 'sixth loan' that has to sit in the stands. He is joined by striker Shaun Jeffers and midfielder Marc Laird, although Laird has a hamstring strain and so his omission from the squad becomes a more necessary one.

Club captain Darren Ward's knee injury is expected to keep him out for the foreseeable future - possibly until the end of the season. Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) means that they continue to be absent.

The full team for this afternoon match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
32. Liam Shephard 2. Ben Tozer 25. Liam Walsh
7. Kevin Dawson 39. Francois Zoko 16. Tahvon Campbell

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 4. Matt Dolan 9. Ryan Bird 14. Jack Compton 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick 38. Leroy Lita

Exeter City:
1. Robert Olejnik
5. Jamie McAllister 39. Troy Brown 15. Jordan Moore-Taylor 3. Craig Woodman
4. David Noble 7. Ryan Harley 29. Ollie Watkins
10. Lee Holmes 33. Jayden Stockley 38. Jake Taylor

Substitutes:
6. Christian Ribeiro 11. Arron Davies 14. Alex Nicholls 22. David Wheeler 26. Jordan Tillson 30. Christy Pym 31. Joel Grant


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9 April 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United : Man Of The Match Result
On Good Friday, Yeovil Town played host to Carlisle United in a League Two match at Huish Park. With the two sides having already done battle three times this season, and one game in particular having been an ultra-stormy encounter, you might not have bet on a 0-0 draw, but sometimes over-familiar teams cancel each other out.

Man of the Match voting saw the big cluster of votes go to the workhorses of the side, rather than the flair players, perhaps giving an idea of the balance of the game. Midfield pair Ben Tozer and Marc Laird were sandwiched by defender Alex Lacey who was having to stand in as a right-back, with Connor Roberts on international duty. Way out in front though, was Nathan Smith, whose performances as a central defender are rapidly winning him fans, despite it not being his primary position.

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

1. Nathan Smith 454 (36)
2. Ben Tozer 134 (4)
3. Alex Lacey 128 (6)
4. Marc Laird 94 (6)
5. Artur Krysiak 64 (1)
6. Jakub Sokolík 36 (1)
7. Matthew Dolan 34 (1)
8. Ryan Dickson 26 (0)
9. Ryan Bird 20 (1)
10. Jack Compton 18 (0)
11. Darren Ward 12 (1)
12. Leroy Lita 2 (0)
12. Brandon Goodship 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.52
Performance : 5.9
Entertainment : 5.14
VOTES RECEIVED : 58


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9 April 2016 : Yeovil Town Season Ticket And Admission Prices Since Football League Entry
On Thursday, Yeovil Town released their 2016-17 Season Ticket prices, whilst the Matchday and Pre-Match Admission prices are also available for next season. With the club's position in League Two now almost mathematically certain, the club have been able to release such information on the assumption that they will be playing fourth tier football for next season.

The club's latest Season Ticket package has seen most prices go up by around 10 percent compared with last season, although Junior prices will stay unchanged compared with the current year. With the club having risen (and then fallen!) through the Football League over the last thirteen years, comparing year-on-year trends for both Season Ticket and Matchday Admission Prices has been hard, given that the going rate for a season in the Championship will be higher than you'd expect to pay for a League Two ground.

Below are two sets of figures covering the Adult admission prices for both Season Ticket holders and individual Matchday tickets, showing how they've varied over each season. The lowest and the highest priced tickets have been selected, excluding the Vice Presidents level (now Premium Tickets) which tend to be fairly niche and have varied significantly in terms of what has been on offer. The prices below also consider what it would cost if you walked up on the day of the game (or in the case of a Season Ticket, on the first day of the new season) and handed over your money directly to the Ticket Office. In some years there have been multiple tariffs, but this method baselines what each fan would pay 'on the day'.

Yeovil Town Season Tickets : Year By Year
2003-04 : £227.00 - £250.00 (League 2)
2004-05 : £270.00 - £290.00 (League 2)
2005-06 : £300.00 - £320.00
2006-07 : £320.00 - £340.00
2007-08 : £299.00 - £340.00
2008-09 : £299.00 - £340.00
2009-10 : £270.00 - £342.00
2010-11 : £270.00 - £342.00
2011-12 : £288.00 - £361.00
2012-13 : £307.00 - £380.00
2013-14 : £360.00 - £437.00 (Championship)
2014-15 : £339.00 - £437.00
2015-16 : £305.00 - £393.00 (League 2)
2016-17 : £335.00 - £432.00 (League 2)

Yeovil Town Matchday Admission : Year By Year
2003-04 : £11.00 - £12.00 (League 2)
2004-05 : £15.00 - £16.00 (League 2)
2005-06 : £17.00 - £18.00
2006-07 : £18.00 - £19.00
2007-08 : £18.00 - £19.00
2008-09 : £18.00 - £19.00
2009-10 : £17.00 - £20.00
2010-11 : £17.00 - £20.00
2011-12 : £18.00 - £21.00
2012-13 : £19.00 - £22.00
2013-14 : £22.00 - £25.00 (Championship)
2014-15 : £25.00 - £28.00
2015-16 : £20.00 - £25.00 (League 2)
2016-17 : £20.00 - £25.00 (League 2)


Link: 2016-17 Huish Park Matchday And Pre-Match Admission Charges.

Link: 2016-17 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.


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8 April 2016 : Club Planning Changes To Thorne Lane Planning Application
Yeovil Town's planning applications look as though they may be on the move again shortly. The club currently have two development applications lodged with South Somerset District Council. The first was a June 2015 application to turn farming land off Thorne Lane into a recreational area, whilst the second was a July 2015 plan to redevelop land at Huish Park, replacing an earlier application that had been withdrawn by the club back in 2014.

The current movement lies with the Thorne Lane application, which is sited around a mile from Huish Park. Both applications had been in limbo since a September 2015 letter from SSDC warned the club that the two applications had a number of obvious deficiencies that would almost certainly see the applications fail if they were put before a formal committee.

The Thorne Lane application, situated close to Lufton College, was seen as requiring additional facilities over and above that specified on the application. The Western Gazette indicates that the club now plan to provide a second football pitch (thus matching the loss of the two 'top pitches' at Huish Park) and to erect a pavilion on the Thorne Lane site, which is required so that the application committed to building changing facilities.

SSDC feedback on the application indicated that the costs of the pavilion construction had not been factored in. They also stated that the costs of levelling the field, and providing drainage and that of providing electricity and running water had not been considered, along with the security and maintenance of the site. The Gazette's mention of changes to the application doesn't state whether these aspects will be addressed.

Reading between the lines though, it would appear that the 'ownership' of the Thorne Lane site may now fall to the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust. Concerns raised by Lufton residents and SSDC was that the site needed a recognised body to manage the site once it was constructed, and although it's not explicit, Stephen Allinson, who is Chairman of the Community Sports Trust states that they will at least be using the facilities if they are approved and built:

"The proposals will facilitate an expansion of our community related opportunities at a base convenient to the Yeovil area. One of our aims is to use sport activities to promote social responsibility, give support to those in need so that they have respect for their community and encourage people to make a positive contribution to society."

As yet, there's no formal update against the Planning Application on the SSDC website - once that is lodged, we'll try to unravel the detail. The paper doesn't offer any hints as to whether the other issues identified by SSDC relating to the Huish Park site are going to be addressed, although the club's current wish is for both applications to be heard separately.


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8 April 2016 : Fry Hoping Way Can Follow In The Footsteps Of Former Glovers
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry hopes that current manager Darren Way can follow in the footsteps of a number of former players at the club who have gone on to become successful managers. Although none held front line management positions at Huish Park, the Glovers have five former playing staff currently managing other clubs in professional football. Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew is the highest placed boss, but Brian McDermott recently returned to Reading for a second spell, whilst Lee Johnson became Bristol City's manager two months ago.

In League Two, former Glovers assistant manager Nathan Jones is now at Luton Town, whilst Exeter City's Paul Tisdale is a former midfielder who played for the club just before they turned full time, and is currently the Football League's longest serving manager, approaching his tenth anniversary with the Grecians. Tisdale visits Huish Park tomorrow for a League Two match, and following the signing of Darren Way's new three year contract, Fry told BBC Somerset that he had high hopes that Way could become the latest in the list of former Glovers players to establish themselves as League managers:

"We've had some great people and great managers come out of this football club. We've just mentioned one - Paul Tisdale. There's Brian McDermott at Reading, Alan Pardew was here, and recently we've had Nathan Jones who is at Luton and we've got Lee Johnson at Bristol City. And we've got Darren Way. What I like about Darren is that he's got everything to make a first class manager and an excellent manager for a club of this size, and he will progress on. If he does well with us, then watch him as he'll be a top manager in some part of the country."

Fry felt that Way would face future battles on the pitch, and that fans would need to be patient when results didn't go to plan. However, he felt his manager had the right sort of fighting spirit that would ensure that he succeeded with the club and take it in the right direction:

"He's got the fighting spirit and that's what made me emotional just now. He fights and he fights all of the way. This club is known as cup fighters, and its history started with cups. We've had to fight our way out of a relegation situation. There's very few clubs of our size that have managed to get into the Championship. What the fans don't appreciate is the drop in revenues, and the contractual problems within football. It takes a lot to be loyal to be people, when you're fighting against the fans wishes, especially if you are losing matches. You've got to be patient as this guy is not going to turn it around overnight. There's going to be periods where we are going to get difficult times."

The club as a whole has recently come under scrutiny for its decision to raise the majority of its 2016-17 Season Ticket Prices by 10 percent against this season's tariffs. Fry has stated that he is aiming for a five year plan to restabilise the club back in League One again, but claims that Football League Salary Management regulations meant that the club would find revenue income difficult unless they raised prices accordingly:

"We're asking our supporters - we know we're going through difficult times, but we're asking for a little bit more money to get the budgets at this level now because we're running strictly under regulations from the Football League. That is extremely difficult. They're trying to shape clubs with their ability to turnover the revenues and so forth. We're fighting against that, and we're fighting all the way with our sponsors, in getting the right sponsors here, and then Darren will bring in the right players."

Another change coming in this summer will be the end of the Emergency Loan system that will also see Youth Loans scrapped this summer, with FIFA having put the Football League under pressure for several seasons now to end the practice of temporary loans taking place outside the internationally recognised transfer windows. The expectation is that clubs will be restricted to half-season and full-season loan deals from the start of the 2016-17 season, and Fry explained that would mean that Yeovil Town would be putting a greater emphasis upon its Academy system as a result:

"With our academy, that is an important part of our future now. Part of that is that the emergency loan system is changing in football, and it's all become very expensive. There's a restriction on the emergency loans at the end of this season, which means that we're going to have to bring on more and more of our players here at Yeovil Town through the academy. That will take time, as that's not an overnight success - it will take three, four or five years to get youngsters up to the required standard."

Fry added that he felt the standard of football in the League was increasing year-on-year, stating that as the Premier League and larger Championship clubs took on players from European countries, that fringe players in those sides were getting pushed down the pyramid. However, he felt that situation was a benefit to the Glovers, as it meant that the standard of player that they were able to attract to the club was increasing as a by-product of that:

"The standards are going up every year. This year I swear the standard in League Two is the same standard as League One last year. Now League One is Championship standard. Players are finding it difficult with the numbers in the Championship. Somebody said to me the other day, if we exit from the EU then three quarters of the players in the Premier League teams will have to go back to their own countries, as they wouldn't have a work permit. We're benefitting from the shake-out in the Premier League, with the quality of players that are now coming down into the Football League."


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8 April 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Exeter City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 9th April 2016 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).

Mr Martin is a relatively new official on the circuit, having been appointed to the Football League's referee lists over the summer of 2012. We've had him on three occasions, with the November 2012 home match against Carlisle United the earliest of them all. Mr Martin's performance was rather better than our defending - we referenced that a lot in a 1-3 defeat, but had little to say about the official's performance, with him booking just one player during the 90 minutes.

During our 2013-14 Championship season, he was present for the home match against Burnley - again just the one booking, and nothing much to say about his performance on the day, with Burnley's strike force too good for us in a 1-2 defeat. Most recently he was there for the Christmas holiday fixture against Oxford United which produced a 0-0 draw, and not a single booking, with the match referee not getting a mention.

So that's two yellow cards in three games, with all three matches providing entirely anonymous officiating. His seasonal record of just 55 yellow cards and two red cards across 36 matches suggest that this is not a coincidence, but does show the wild variation in how referees run football matches. Let's hope his sort of attitude prevails.

Mr Martin will be assisted by Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Adam Hopkins (Devon).

Link: November 2012 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 3.

Link: January 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Burnley 2.

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Oxford United 0.


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8 April 2016 : Clarke Beats Way To Monthly Management Award
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has again missed out on the Manager of the Month Award. The Glovers boss was one of four people nominated for the March 2016 award for League Two managers, but has been pipped by Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke. Rovers also grabbed the corresponding Player Of the Month Award, with striker Matty Taylor the successful recipient.

This was the second occasion in three months that Darren had been nominated, recognising the club's recent improved form. Unfortunately on both occasions, he's been up against another manager whose club has been in outstanding form. During March, Clarke's side won six matches in seven games and as a consequence was an obvious winner. Other nominees included Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale and Hartlepool United's Craig Hignett.


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7 April 2016 : GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Bristol Rovers. The match takes place at the Memorial Stadium on Saturday 16th April 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. This match is an ALL TICKET game - you must buy a match ticket in advance of the fixture. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Bristol Rovers : Saturday 16th April 2016.
Huish Park: 11.45a.m.
Adult Members: £13.00; Member Concessions: £13.00
Adult Non-Members: £15.00; Non-Member Concessions: £15.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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7 April 2016 : Yeovil Town Club Captain Out For Foreseeable Future
Yeovil Town club captain Darren Ward will miss this weekend's fixture against Exeter City, and looks likely to be missing for the next few weeks. The central defender has been struggling with a knee injury during 2016 that has so far seen him miss two spells, and the latest one may mean that he has to sit out the club's remaining games.

Ward had initially been an ever-present in the side, after being signed by former manager Paul Sturrock on the day of the club's FA Cup match against Maidstone United. However, he picked up a swollen knee during the second half of the club's snowy trip to Morecambe in mid-January and had to sit out just over a month's worth of football before he was able to return.

The 37 year old then returned for the bulk of the club's games during late February and during March, but picked up an injury against Carlisle United and had to be withdrawn during the opening quarter-hour of that match. He has now missed the following two games and Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has admitted that his captain is now out for the 'foreseeable future', with a surgeon currently trying to diagnose what the root cause is with his knee problems. Ward is under contract until the summer of 2017 at Huish Park, but may struggle to add to his 23 appearances for the club so far before this current season's final six games run out.

Better news for the weekend will see the club welcome back Everton loanee Liam Walsh, who will compete for a place in the first team squad. That should be a fairly competitive selection decision, given that striker Francois Zoko returned to the squad on Tuesday night, whilst the likes of Ryan Bird and Shaun Jeffers were fully fit on Tuesday night yet did not make the final eighteen, meaning that manager Darren Way could have as many as twenty players to choose from.

One decision he will have to make though, is which of his six loan players to leave out of the squad. The recent introduction of Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard and the return of Walsh from suspension means that one of the current loanees will be forced under Football League rules to sit in the stand.

Long term injury victims Jordan Gibbons (hip), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) remain out and are currently not expected to return before the end of the season.


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7 April 2016 : 2016-17 Huish Park Matchday And Pre-Match Admission Charges
Yeovil Town's matchday and pre-match admission prices for the 2016-17 season are now available. The figures can be deduced from the Season Ticket prices published yesterday, based on the 'savings versus matchday cost' figures provided by the club.

Prices compared with the 2015-16 season are largely static, with the following changes noted:
a) Tamburino Main Stand Wing prices increase by £1.00 for adults
b) Screwfix East Stand Wing prices increase by £2.00 for adults - this makes Screwfix prices flat irrespective of the block chosen
c) Junior prices reduce by £2.00 - previously this price had only been available when purchased with an adult ticket but is now offered across the board

Full admission prices are as follows:

Matchday Prices Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £32.00 £32.00 £32.00 £32.00
Tamburino Stand Centre £25.00 £22.00 £16.00 £6.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £24.00 £20.00 £16.00 £6.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £24.00 £20.00 £16.00 £6.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £24.00 £20.00 £16.00 £6.00
Thatchers Terrace £20.00 £18.00 £16.00 £6.00

Admission prices for those tickets purchased prior to the day of the match are as follows:

Pre-Match Prices Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £30.00 £30.00 £30.00 £30.00
Tamburino Stand Centre £23.00 £20.00 £14.00 £6.00
Tamburino Stand Wings £22.00 £18.00 £14.00 £6.00
Screwfix Stand Centre £22.00 £18.00 £14.00 £6.00
Screwfix Stand Wings £22.00 £18.00 £14.00 £6.00
Thatchers Terrace £18.00 £16.00 £14.00 £6.00

For full 2016-17 Season Ticket information, see yesterday's article linked below.

Link: Yeovil Town Launch 2016-17 Season Ticket Packages.


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7 April 2016 : Darren Talks About Stevenage Team Selection
Just before Tuesday evening's match against Stevenage kicked off at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why he selected Leroy Lita for his first start with the club, and also detailed the return of Francois Zoko, and the decision to replace Liam Shephard with Ben Tozer. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Stevenage.


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6 April 2016 : Gillett Stays Posh At London Road
Further to Monday lunchtime's news, Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett's stay with League One side Peterborough United has now been implicitly confirmed by his inclusion in their matchday squad against Fleetwood Town last night. His one month deal had run out after the weekend, with Posh indicating that they wanted to keep him until the end of the 2015-16 season, effectively ending his contract with the club away from Huish Park. Peterborough manager Graham Westley said prior to Tuesday night's game that Gillett's inclusion in his squad will allow him to rest certain players during the season run-in, with the idea that should give the Glovers midfielder more game time:

"Team selection is important. Sometimes changes have to be made. I'm pleased Simon Gillett is staying as he has shown in his start at Wigan and when he has come on as a substitute, what a useful, skilled player he is. I took Chris Forrester off on Saturday as he was exhausted. We will have to manage Chris until the end of the season. He’s an exciting, excellent talent who still has a chance of being involved in the Euros Finals this summer so we don’t want to burn him out."

Gillett made two starts and two substitute appearances for Peterborough during his first month loan spell, but added another 64 minutes after starting against Fleetwood, replacing Forrester. That adds to the six substitute appearances he has made for Yeovil Town since recovering from his knee injury at the turn of the year, with the year 2015 having been a near wipe-out for him.

Link: Simon Gillett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 April 2016 : Glovers And Grecians To Contest Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy
Yeovil Town Supporters Team will be playing an Exeter City supporters team this coming Saturday. With the two club's first teams in League Two action at Huish Park on Saturday, that also means that the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy will come up for grabs, with the two supporters teams doing battle on the Top Pitch at Huish Park, which is situated behind the away end of the ground.

The match will kick-off on Saturday 9th April 2016, at 11.00a.m. Admission will be free of charge, although those watching will be strongly encouraged to contribute to fund-raising activities for the Adam Stansfield Foundations. The two teams will also be wearing 'Know The Score' t-shirts before the match to give publicity to a Prostate Cancer charity on the day.

Yeovil Town are the current holders of the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy, having beaten the Grecians side by a 6-1 scoreline last August, in a match played at Topsham Town's ground.


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6 April 2016 : Darren Way Signs New Yeovil Town Contract
Yeovil Town have announced that first team manager Darren Way has signed a new contract with the club. The Glovers boss had been appointed to the role following the departure of former manager Paul Sturrock on December 1st 2015, initially on an interim basis, with the role eventually turned into a permanent one on the final day of that month.

Darren has now been given a three year contract at Huish Park, that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2019. Up until now, the club had not disclosed the length of his deal with the club, with the presumption that he was still contracted against his former role as a first team technical coach. The new deal will now put him on a more formal footing as first team manager. Darren said he was honoured to now be able to look forward, having proven himself during his first four months with the club:

"I feel very proud and honoured to have signed a new contract to be manager of Yeovil Town. Since I was a young lad it has always been my dream to become a professional footballer and follow that up by becoming a football manager. It was a massive honour for me to lead this great football club out as captain when we played our first game in the Football League against Rochdale after 108 years in non-league football and now I am leading the club as manager. The history this fantastic club has is remarkable and it has been my biggest job not to be scared and keep this club alive."

Way took over with the club at the foot of the Football League and only two points from safety. They now lie fourteen points above the relegation line, and with six games remaining they are almost certain to be playing in League Two for the 2016-17 season. Way admitted that when he took the job on December 1st, he had to change the environment the club was operating in:

"When I first took over, I knew the environment I was going to be working in so I had a better understanding of what needed to be done. I had to get our players to become winners overnight and listen to simple instructions. I have been honest with them since I took over and at times I have been forceful with them. I wanted the players to play with their hearts and heads and play with good quality that will entertain our supporters. Every fan has the right to voice their concerns but at the same time, our supporters have showed real commitment and love for the club and I really appreciate that, so thank you. Moving on, I have a vision for the club where I can nurture the future talent; this is a fantastic football club to build a future for and I will take 100% responsibility in making sure I do that. I would like to thank everyone associated with Yeovil Town for their backing and that continued support is something I need more than anything to help me build this great club back up again."

Since taking over, Darren has accured eight wins, eight draws and four defeats at League Two level, giving the club 32 points in 20 matches - a statistic that would give the club a sixth place position if the season had been started from that point in time. Chairman John Fry praised him for his efforts as manager:

"I have worked with Darren as a player and coach for 15 years. He has already committed to being a big part of the Glovers future plans. We have found an extraordinary leader and manager in Darren, who has the full backing of everyone at Huish Park, not only to build a squad, but a Club, that will achieve and sustain League One status within the next five seasons. He will not let our supporters down. So far this season, he has made a major impact on our chances of staying in the Football League. With the emergency loan system changing at the end of this season, Darren is the right person to work with our academy staff, to produce young players for the future of YTFC. I know that everyone connected with Huish Park will congratulate Darren and wish him all success for the future."


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6 April 2016 : Yeovil Town Launch 2016-17 Season Ticket Packages
Yeovil Town have published their Season Ticket Prices for the 2016-17 Season. With League Two football almost secured for next season, supporters can hopefully make their decisions and buy with confidence as to which division the Glovers will be playing football in next year. As usual the club have set two different sets of prices with those purchasing before the 'early bird' deadline getting lower tariffs. To take advantage of this you must purchase by Saturday May 7th 2016 - the day of the club's final 2015-16 League Two fixture against Leyton Orient.

As with recent seasons, the Tamburino Stand (Main Stand) is split into three sections, with Premium, Centre and Wing categories. The Premium category represents what was previously designated as Vice Presidents seating. Those who choose Block D, closest to the two dugout areas will be classed as Premium seating, whilst Blocks C and E will be Centre seats. Blocks AA, A, B, F, G and GG will be Wing Seats. There will be no concessions available in Premium Seats.

The 2016-17 offer gives the usual set of savings against buying individual match tickets - an Adult buying a Home Terrace Season Ticket would be paying the equivalent of £12.83 if they purchase their Season Ticket before the May 7th deadline. Whilst adult, senior and young adult season ticket prices have been increased, the Junior Glovers prices have been frozen, whilst their matchday equivalent prices will be reduced. Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said of the new Season Ticket Offer:

"Our fans have been fantastic, our players are showing fantastic commitment, and my aim is to given them all fantastic value for money. In my few short months as manager of this great club we have achieved a phenomenal amount together, and I assure you it is not going to stop there. My message to our loyal fans is to stay strong and let’s keep marching on together in unity."

Prices for Season Tickets purchased by May 7th 2016 will be as follows:

Ticket Type Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £456 £456 £456 £456
Tamburino Stand Centre £386 £336 £217 £39
Tamburino Stand Wings £353 £302 £217 £39
Screwfix Stand Centre £369 £302 £217 £39
Screwfix Stand Wings £336 £268 £217 £39
Thatchers Terrace £295 £237 £205 £39

Prices for Season Tickets purchased from May 8th 2016 will be as follows:

Ticket Type Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £503 £503 £503 £503
Tamburino Stand Centre £432 £376 £244 £62
Tamburino Stand Wings £394 £337 £244 £62
Screwfix Stand Centre £413 £337 £244 £62
Screwfix Stand Wings £376 £300 £244 £62
Thatchers Terrace £335 £267 £231 £62

The small print on the ticket purchasing is as follows:
a) Young Persons are 16 - 21 years old inclusive on July 31st 2016
b) Juniors must be aged 15 years or younger on July 31st 2016. Includes Junior Glovers Membership
c) Disabled supporters can take an assistant free of charge if they are on the Middle or Higher Rate of Disabled Living Allowance (to be shown on application).
d) Under-5s can go free if they are a member of the Junior Glovers - cost is £16.00.
e) Seniors must be aged 65 or over on July 31st 2016.
f) There are no concessions available in the Tamburino Stand (Main Stand) Premium section.

As before, there is an optional monthly payment plan available. This will cost you more but will allow you to spread payments. As usual with such things there will be a credit assessment needed and various terms and conditions attached, as per any high street finance agreement. They take your first monthly payment a month after the application is made, followed by nine other installments on a month-by-month basis, thus dividing your payments into ten portions.

To purchase your Season Ticket for the 2016-17 season, you can do so via the following different methods:
1) Using the renewal form that all current/recent Season Ticket Holders will have posted to them around this weekend
2) Visit the Huish Park Ticket Office in person and they'll give you a printed form to fill in
3) Online if you're an existing MyTickets account and Season Ticket Holder via the online ticketing page
4) Give the Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888 and they can take your details down over the phone (please avoid Matchdays close to kick-off)
5) Download the PDF file linked below (size 9.5Mb) which can then be printed on your home/work printer and filled in.

NOTE: If you choose to download the file attached below, make sure that you've got a good internet connection that will allow you to download a 9.5Mb file, and that you have an Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader on your computer.

Link: 2016-17 Season Ticket Application Form.


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6 April 2016 : Video : Stevenage vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights from Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, these are now available online. In a game of very few chances, you can view a first half chance for Tahvon Campbell that went into the keeper's arms and a long range effort for Matt Dolan, along with a small number of Stevenage chances. Watch it via the video clip below.




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6 April 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Stevenage Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's views on the draw, his side's defensive record, and a rather reckless tackle on Kevin Dawson in the final five minutes, can be read via the link below.

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


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

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


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5 April 2016 : Darren Way Fumes At 'Dreadful' Kennedy Tackle As Clean Sheets Record Continues
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is proud of his side's growing record on clean sheets, but criticised Stevenage attacker Ben Kennedy for a 'dreadful' tackle late on in Tuesday night's 0-0 draw at Broadhall Way. The Glovers gained a valuable point away from home in a game that failed to ignite in terms of goalmouth action throughout the 90 minutes. For the Glovers it continued to edge themselves away from any lingering League Two relegation concerns, lifting them 14 points clear of York City with just six matches remaining.

It also continued their staggering defensive run of form that has seen the club record eight clean sheets in nine fixtures, with only the defeat against Cambridge United last month breaking up that run. With the Glovers achieving another shut-out, in a match in which Stevenage failed to record a shot on target throughout the entire match, Way told BBC Somerset that it was a sign of his squad's togetherness that they were able to restrict the opposition so significantly throughout the match:

"It's another clean sheet and that's something to be proud of as a manager. There's the togetherness that they're showing, to not let that ball go in the back of the net. I've always said that if you concede goals, then you lose football matches. There's a really good belief in the dressing room. I thought that in the first half we had the majority of the possession. We had to deal again with the direct balls into the box, and the two centre-halves had to be aware of that threat in behind, as that's obviously where they tried to exploit us. But I thought the two centre-halves again, and both full-backs dealt with the aerial bombardment. Obviously with Artur if any ball went into the box, if he could catch it then he was very proactive. So again, it was another special display and another clean sheet, but I thought we were the team that tried and had the intent to score goals and play."

The biggest talking point in the match came in the 85th minute and had nothing to do with football. Substitute Kevin Dawson was taken out by a nasty challenge by Stevenage's Ben Kennedy whilst he was in full flight, and Glovers fans and management were perplexed by referee Nicholas Kinseley's decision to deem the challenge to be merely a yellow card, particularly given that he had been the trigger-happy official who had dismissed Shaun Jeffers last September at Huish Park in their home match against Morecambe. Way said that the Stevenage bench had apologised for the tackle, but felt that the Essex official should have produced a different colour card:

"It was dreadful. You don't want to see anything like that in football. They apologised, to be fair. I think that I would have to, if I was the manager. But hopefully Kevin is going to be alright. He's got ice on his leg now. I think that if that happened outside, you'd end up getting arrested. But he's a young lad and these things happen. We've just got to make sure that Kev is okay now. Again, you expect the officials to do their job, because I could have been in the bottom two today (needing points) and that was definitely a sending off."


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5 April 2016 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil 0 : Clean Sheets Mount Up For Krysiak
Yeovil Town picked up another useful away point this evening, as they ensured that Stevenage stayed four points below them in the League Two table. The 0-0 draw at Broadhall Way contained few highlights throughout the 90 minutes, with both sides struggling to create meaningful shots on target throughout the 90 minutes - the nearest the Glovers came was a second half Harry Cornick effort that was easily saved by former Glovers trialist Jamie Jones. At the other end, Artur Krysiak had nothing to do other than collect crosses and punches out of his area, as he gained his eighth clean sheet in nine matches - good enough to stretch the gap between his team and the relegation line to 14 points, with just six games remaining.

The Glovers went into the match making two like-for-like changed to their line-up, with Ben Tozer coming back into the line-up to replace Liam Shephard, whilst up front Leroy Lita came in for Shaun Jeffers. With Brandon Goodship and Francois Zoko back and available, there was an embarrassment of riches in the squad - so much so that Jeffers and Ryan Bird didn't even make the squad on the night.

The first half saw both sides struggle to get anything worthwhile on target. The Glovers had the better of the 45 minutes, but in reality lacked creativity. A Jake Mulraney attempt went over the bar early on after Dean Parrett had released the ball in a crowded goalmouth, whilst at the other end Matt Dolan fired wide from distance. Jack Compton also had a pot shot from 25 yards out, whilst Parrett showed great skill to hook the ball over his shoulder and then to tee himself up, only to find the ball going wide. Technically there were two shots on target during the half, but anyone calling Leroy Lita's header, or Tahvon Campbell's long range attempt shots that would worry a goalkeeper would be kidding themselves. However, Artur Krysiak had pretty much been a spectator in the Yeovil goal, being well protected by his back line.

The second period gave up more of the same, although the balance swung more Stevenage's way in terms of the side that was doing most of the pressurising. Kevin Dawson was introduced to the team at the break, playing in the centre of the park as a replacement for Marc Laird. Stevenage had a half-hearted penalty appeal turned down as Dean Parrett went down under Connor Roberts' challenge, but referee Nicholas Kinseley was in a lenient mood - possibly too lenient, with him having ignored an earlier attempt by a Stevenage defender to swap shirts with Nathan Smith during the match whilst the defender was trying to attack from a corner

Matt Dolan fired wide again, whilst Harry Cornick had the club's one and only meaningful shot on target midway through the second half. Then came what was oddly the biggest talking point of this low key game. Kevin Dawson went flying up the wing, with five minutes remaining and was completely cleaned out by Stevenage's Ben Kennedy with a wild challenge. When it's considered that referee Kinseley was the man who dismissed Shaun Jeffers earlier this season against Morecambe for a soft midfield tackle, you'd think that a straight red for Kennedy's thuggery would have been obvious. But referees are often a law unto themselves, and he decided that whilst Jeffers in September deserved a red card at Huish Park, so Kennedy in April deserved a yellow card at Broadhall Way. Yet line the two tackles up side-by-side and it was obvious which one of the two was most likely to cause a serious injury to a player. Having seen referees bottle decisions this season, through Jabo Ibehre's clothesline challenge and now Ben Kennedy's wipeout, yet have seven players dismissed themselves this season, the Glovers management must wonder what standards the Referees' Association are working to this season.

With hackles up, there was time enough for one booking each in the minutes that remained, but not really enough for either side to build up a head of steam in terms of the goal mouth. That itself was a fair result - when neither goalkeeper has to do serious work, a goalless draw accurately describes the pattern of the game. That will probably suit both sides, as they inch their way closer to League Two safety.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Stevenage:
1. Jamie Jones 25. Ronnie Henry 2. Luke Wilkinson 19. Dean Wells 5. Fraser Franks 29. Jake Mulraney 18. Dean Parrett 15. Michael Tonge 28. Bradley Pritchard 9. Greg Luer 33. Ben Kennedy

Substitutes:
7. Chris Whelpdale (46 mins for Jake Mulraney) 10. Aaron O'Connor 13. Byron Harrison (60 mins for Greg Luer) 16. Chris Day 23. Jerome Okimo 32. Tom Conlon (81 mins for Dean Parrett) 34. Dale Gorman

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
2. Ben Tozer 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan
14. Jack Compton 38. Leroy Lita 16. Tahvon Campbell

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 7. Kevin Dawson (46 mins for Marc Laird) 19. Brandon Goodship 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick (63 mins for Jack Compton) 32. Liam Shephard 38. Francois Zoko (73 mins for Leroy Lita)

Stevenage Bookings: Ben Kennedy (84 mins, foul), Michael Tonge (89 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (90 mins, foul)

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley (Essex). Assistants: Elliott Kaye (Essex) and Anthony Da Costa (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Ian Cooper (Kent).

Attendance: 2,748 (with 172 Yeovil supporters).


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5 April 2016 : Team News For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named two changes to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way this evening. Both are straight swaps, with Ben Tozer coming in for Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard whilst up front Leroy Lita gets his first start for the club, displacing Shaun Jeffers who drops out of the squad.

On the bench, Brandon Goodship returns from illness, and there's also the inclusion of striker Francois Zoko, who has been missing for three-and-a-half weeks with a calf muscle problem. In addition to Jeffers, there is no Ryan Bird in tonight's squad.

Everton loanee Liam Walsh serves the final game of a three match suspension, whilst Darren Ward has a knee injury. Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) means that they continue to be absent.

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
2. Ben Tozer 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan
14. Jack Compton 38. Leroy Lita 16. Tahvon Campbell

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 7. Kevin Dawson 19. Brandon Goodship 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick 32. Liam Shephard 38. Francois Zoko

Stevenage:
1. Jamie Jones 25. Ronnie Henry 2. Luke Wilkinson 19. Dean Wells 5. Fraser Franks 29. Jake Mulraney 18. Dean Parrett 15. Michael Tonge 28. Bradley Pritchard 9. Greg Luer 33. Ben Kennedy

Substitutes:
7. Chris Whelpdale 10. Aaron O'Connor 13. Byron Harrison 16. Chris Day 23. Jerome Okimo 32. Tom Conlon 34. Dale Gorman


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5 April 2016 : Dolan Wants No Easing Off On Glovers Momentum
Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan has said that there will be no easing off by the club's players despite them being close to League Two safety with seven games to go. The Glovers travel to Broadhall Way tonight to play Stevenage, who lie just four points below them in the League Two table. With basement side Dagenham and Redbridge at home to 18th placed Morecambe, this is likely to be a significant night for all four clubs.

Whilst Dolan's side may look safe at present, with a thirteen point gap having opened up between Yeovil Town and 23rd place York City, he has told BBC Somerset that he has no wish to take anything for granted, bearing in mind that Hartlepool United's great escape of 2014-15 took everyone by surprise. He would rather wait until the Glovers are 100 percent mathematically safe:

"I looked at what Hartlepool did last year and they were about twelve points adrift and everybody was writing them off. I think that mathematically safe is what you've got to look at. The manager is not going to let us slip our standards before the end of the season. I think they said on the Football League Show that we could get our sun lounges out, but I don't think any of the lads are thinking that at all. We want to finish the season strong, and we want to finish the season on a high."

One of the features of Yeovil Town's improved form has been their defensive record. Whilst they've not scored more than one goal in a match since January, their record at the other end of the park is outstanding, with seven clean sheets in their last eight fixtures. Dolan sees that as an achievement of the whole team, rather than as an individual thing:

"The manager has said that the first line of defence is my front three. So everyone has their part to play in getting clean sheets. It's not just the goalkeeper or a case of the back four, or even the midfielders. It's a case of us working together as a team, and making yourself hard to beat and hard to break down."

Tonight's match will see midfielder Liam Walsh sit out his third and final game for the red card he got at Cambridge United. Aside from long term absentees Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) there are three players where there will be question marks over their selection. Brandon Goodship missed Saturday's game against Newport County due to illness, whilst Darren Way has been ultra-coy about the knee injury that kept Darren Ward out of the same fixture.

The other player who is believed to be in the edge of a return is striker Francois Zoko, who has been out for the past three-and-a-half weeks with a calf muscle problem. He is understood to be close to full fitness and would understandably love to play against the club he spent the 2013-14 season with, scoring 16 goals in 41 appearances before they made the surprise decision to release him.


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5 April 2016 : Officials For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Stevenage and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 5th April 2016 at Broadhall Way, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Nicholas Kinseley (Essex).

In terms of refereeing at Football League level, he is a new kid on the block, having only been promoted to this level over the summer after a single trial game in League Two last season. Prior to his promotion we saw him during the December 2012 match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park when he was a linesman at that time.

We've had him as a man in the middle just once - the September 2015 home match against Morecambe, where his actions had a big effect on the match. He sent off Shaun Jeffers for a straight foul on Aaron McGowan - the video replay tended to show that Jeffers wasn't very good at tackling, but there was nothing particularly malicious in it, but off he went, and he was joined at half time by manager Paul Sturrock who let the referee know what he thought of the decision as they went down the tunnel at the break - Sturrock got a one match ban for the game at Crawley Town later that month. The club appealed against the striker's dismissal, but the problem with the Appeals Panel decisions are that you have to provide evidence that the referee got it wrong, and although Jeffers barely made any connection he had raised his leg and so presumably that was enough for them to back the referee. Overall he had the look of a rookie at a new level, and there were times during the game when he seemed to be letting everything get out of control. Meanwhile, having been 2-0 up, Yeovil collapsed in the final five minutes and lost the game by a 2-4 scoreline, with the red card inevitably a key talking point after the match.

So far, he's taken charge of 24 matches, producing 62 yellow cards and nine red cards, with two of those dismissals coming in his last two matches. In fairness, both of them were for denying goalscoring opportunities (aka professional fouls) and from the match highlights, both looked to be the correct decisions, with clear fouls in central areas inside the box - not much you can do about that.

Mr Kinseley will be assisted by Elliott Kaye (Essex) and Anthony Da Costa (Cambridgeshire). The Fourth Official will be Ian Cooper (Kent).

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 4.


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5 April 2016 : Darren Gets Second Management Award Nomination Of 2016
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has been nominated for the League Two Manager of the Month award for the second time in three months. The Glovers boss is nominated alongside Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke, Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale - who like Way also used to grace the Glovers midfield, and Hartlepool United manager Craig Hignett.

Way had been nominated for the club's January 2016 run of form, but ended up missing out Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder. The League say of his nomination:

"This is Way’s second nomination in four months of being a manager for maintaining the momentum that has pulled Yeovil clear of the relegation places. His side earned 10 points from five games and kept four clean sheets in the process."

Based on monthly statistics, the hot favourite for the month would be Rovers boss Darrell Clarke. His side had the best record in the division, winning six matches out of seven during the month. Yeovil Town's record saw them win three games, draw one and lose one, with the defeat at Cambridge United the only down side on a month where they'd kept clean sheeets otherwise.


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4 April 2016 : Darren Way Talks Ahead Of The Stevenage Trip
On Monday morning, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way appeared live on BBC Somerset following his side's weekend win. He spoke to presenter Claire Carter about the 1-0 victory over Newport County, his side's continuing form, and his thoughts ahead of Tuesday night's trip to Stevenage. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Between The Newport And Stevenage Fixtures.


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4 April 2016 : Artur Krysiak Talks About The Newport County Win
Following Saturday afternoon's match against Newport County, Yeovil Town goalkeeperArtur Krysiak spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Artur talks about his team's record of keeping clean sheets, and what he did when the Glovers won a penalty and Jack Compton stepped up to take it. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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4 April 2016 : Gillett Loan Extension Expected
Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett is expected to extend his loan spell with League One side Peterborough United. The 30 year old's one month loan spell with the Posh ended after the weekend's matches, with him having made two starts and two substitute appearances during his time at London Road.

Gillett had only made six substitute appearances for the Glovers since recovering from his serious knee injury, with the majority of those coming as very late entries onto the field of play. Although he's had to do a fair bit of bench-warming for Peterborough, his game time has increased whilst on Posh's books.

A journalist at the Peterborough Evening Telegraph has stated this morning that Posh manager Graham Westley plans to keep Gillett at London Road until the end of the 2015-16 season. As yet neither club has confirmed this deal, but with the Glovers currently able to field a full squad of eighteen players, and with Liam Walsh due to return once he gets past his three match suspension after tomorrow night's match at Stevenage, any extension would not come as too much of a surprise.

Link: Simon Gillett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 April 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town make the rather familiar journey to Broadhall Way, home of Stevenage, for a League Two fixture. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to include this season's ticketing and travel, plus directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and everything else you need to set you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage.

The South Stand at Broadhall Way - for Away supporters
The South Stand at Broadhall Way - for Away supporters.
Photo © 2013 Ciderspace



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3 April 2016 : Darren Talks About Newport County Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Newport County kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why he chose to rotate the front line once again, the whereabouts of Brandon Goodship and the inclusion of Liam Shephard, Tahvon Campbell and Shaun Jeffers in the side. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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3 April 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Newport County Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-0 victory over Newport County, these are now available online. As well as the penalty scored by Jack Compton, you can view the incident that led to the spot kick being awarded, plus in the second half, there's a set piece routine that leads to Ryan Dickson pulling out a long range shot on goal. Elsewhere, Newport have a few punts at the other end that largely go wide of the target. Watch it via the clip below.




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3 April 2016 : Nomination For Glovers Defender In JPT Team Of The Tournament
Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith has been named by the Football League in a representative eleven, ahead of this afternoon's Football League Trophy final. Smith has played in a combination of roles this season, taking on both left-back and centre-back positions, and was part of the Yeovil Town side that reached the Area Semi-Finals, before getting knocked out against this afternoon's finalists Oxford United, who take on League One side Barnsley at Wembley Stadium.

The Football League's inclusion of Smith sees them say the following about him:

"The 29-year-old was ever-present as Yeovil Town reached the final four of the southern section. The Glovers looked impressive early on, keeping clean sheets against Barnet and Coventry City, before causing a shock by beating Gillingham on penalties at Priestfield Stadium. Yeovil battled valiantly against Oxford at the Kassam Stadium in the Area Semi-Finals, but narrowly lost 3-2."

The full list of players and manager for the key players who have featured in this year's tournament, are as follows:

Goalkeeper: Barry Roche (Morecambe)
Defender: Alfie Mawson (Barnsley)
Defender: Jake Wright (Oxford)
Defender: Nathan Smith (Yeovil)
Defender: Aaron McGowan (Morecambe)
Midfielder: Kemar Roofe (Oxford)
Midfielder: Adam Hammill (Barnsley)
Midfielder: Yanic Wildschut (Wigan Athletic)
Midfielder: Conor Hourihane (Barnsley)
Forward: Lee Gregory (Millwall)
Forward: Jordy Hiwula (Wigan Athletic)

Manager: Michael Appleton (Oxford United)


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3 April 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Newport County Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win against Newport County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the win, and his views on the club's current league position, can be read via the link below.

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


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

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


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2 April 2016 : Darren Way Positive About Result Over Performance
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way declared this afternoon's 1-0 win over Newport County as something to be positive about - even if he had a few misgivings about the overall performance. The Glovers secured the win thanks to a Jack Compton penalty, after West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell had been bundled over in the box, and that dead ball kick ended up being the difference between the two sides in a scrappy game. That gave them their fifth victory in their last eight matches - all by single goal scorelines.

Whilst the game itself wasn't always full of quality play, Way told BBC Somerset that those 1-0 scorelines were the main things to be positive about, leaving aside the issue of the overall performance. And with the club having kept a clean sheet in seven out of their last eight matches, he was in no doubt which part of his team deserved the most praise:

"It's something to be positive about - really positive. There are teams up and down the country that would be loving to have a result like that and a clean sheet. I thought the back four and Artur Krysiak today were outstanding and world class. Artur's performance just goes to show that even at this time of the year that there are players playing for their future. That just goes to show that he wants to fight and he wants to play for this football club, and I really appreciate that as a manager. Newport put a few balls into the final third which we had to deal with. I was a little bit disappointed with our performance, but having said that, I was really pleased with the result. To be in the situation that the players have been in, since I've been manager, has not been easy, but the way that they have dealt with the pressure, has been fantastic."

That result was good enough to lift the Glovers up to 19th place in the League Two table, and thirteen points clear of the drop with seven games remaining. Whilst that may even already be enough to secure safety, the mathematicians will be more sure about events if Yeovil can secure five points from their remaining games - or six if fans don't believe their vastly superior goal difference will count as an extra point. That could mean the Glovers are 100 percent secure of their 2016-17 League Two status as early as next Saturday if results go their way. Whilst Way wasn't willing to quite put it on the record that Yeovil were safe, he was happy to admit that it was close to happening, even if he joked that his own wife hadn't believed he could do it when he took over as manager:

"I think there were a lot of doubters. Even my missus doubted me! But having said that, it is a fantastic achievement. But when it's mathematically done, we're going to party like we've never partied before, because for where this club was going and on the back of where it's been over the last two years - not so much the Championship, but over the last two years - it's not nice being in an environment where you just lose every week. That was hurting me. With what the players have done overnight, in a short space of time, with the same group, has been fantastic and they deserve to take credit for that. There are a group of supporters behind them that are cheering them on and they deserve to stay in the Football League. But we are going to finish this season strong. I don't want to finish it where all of a sudden mathematically it could be done and then all of a sudden in the last two or three games it's pre-season friendly stuff."


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2 April 2016 : Yeovil 1 Newport 0 : Compton Spot Kick Puts Glovers Close To Safety
Yeovil Town put themselves close to the finish line this afternoon, after the club secured their fifth 1-0 victory in eight fixtures, with a Jack Compton penalty sending Newport County home pointless. Compton's vital spot kick came 15 minutes into a scrappy match, when Tahvon Campbell was fouled inside the box, giving the winger his fifth goal of the season. Newport pressed hard throughout the match, but with Artur Krysiak coming out with the sponsors' man of the match award, their seventh clean sheet during those eight matches ensured the back line stayed watertight. The victory moves Yeovil now 13 points clear of the drop, leaving the Glovers needing seven points from their remaining seven fixtures to guarantee League Two football next season - with York drawing and Dagenham not playing, the bottom two clubs are now marooned by nine points, meaning that the reality is that those two will soon be planning for Conference football.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up. The loss of captain Darren Ward meant that Ryan Dickson took over the armband with Jakub Sokolik being moved into the middle as a centre-back. That allowed Connor Roberts to return into the side, following his Wales Under-21 debut. In midfield Ben Tozer was unfortunate to be replaced by Roberts' Swansea team-mate Liam Shephard, who came into the team in a midfield position. Up front Brandon Goodship had been ill during the week and so dropped out of the squad, whilst Ryan Bird moved onto the bench. That meant that Tahvon Campbell and Shaun Jeffers got opportunities to impress, with Jeffers playing through the middle.

Newport settled the fastest, perhaps in part due to Yeovil's new look back four, who needed the opening ten minutes to sort out their organisation and bearings. Scott Boden broke through early on, but Artur Krysiak saved well at his near post to push the ball out for a corner. Missing Darren Ward at the back, Newport were putting balls into the box that the defence didn't quite know whether to challenge for, or leave leading to an edgy start to the game.

At the other end, a significant battle was also breaking out. Newport full-back Danny Holmes had clearly been given the task of marking Tahvon Campbell, and he wasn't enjoying it. After two fouls he got himself into the book for the second offence, and then when he bundled Campbell over inside the box, he conceded a penalty against his side. Referee Keith Hill was rather generous not to bring out a second yellow card, given how often players get booked for such things, but Newport managed to keep all eleven players on the pitch. Jack Compton was the club's last successful penalty taker - scored at Wimbledon in January - and with him back in the starting line-up he stepped up and fired the ball down the middle to give the Glovers the lead.

Yeovil improved somewhat after the goal, with quality crosses from Connor Roberts and Jack Compton down the right flank causing Newport problems - the only down side was the lack of strikers in the right places at the right time to get a boot or a head on the ball to increase the lead. As such, there weren't too many clear-cut chances to note at either end of the park. In the closing stages of the half, Alex Rodman and Tahvon Campbell got involved in a bit of an off-the-ball scrap that referee Hill had to deal with two or three minutes after the event, after consulting with his Fourth Official when the ball went finally out of play. He decided to dish out a yellow card each - an odd moment in a slightly stop-start first half that had started late, and finished even later due to a couple of injuries.

The half time interval got even more extended when referee Hill couldn't come out for the second half due to injury, with assistant referee Brett Huxtable taking duties in the middle. Newport started the second period strongly, with Medy Elito's effort just about clearing the crossbar, whilst Souleymane Coulibaly put a header onto the post with Artur Krysiak well beaten - an effort that actually wouldn't have counted had it gone in, due to a linesman's flag going up. But it gave a clear indication that the visitors were going to push for an equaliser.

Coulibaly didn't last the distance though, and was replaced by Lenell John-Lewis, with Newport tending to play a lot longer after his introduction as they tried to fire the ball into the box on numerous occasions, with Artur Krysiak frequently having to punch clear, whilst Nathan Smith - who can surely no longer be called a stand-in centre-back - particularly dominant in the air, even if he had to land himself in the book to stop one Newport attack, with Liam Shephard having been a bit sloppy in losing possession in midfield. Newport's head of steam wasn't helped by one of their fans taking their passions too far - an object thrown onto the pitch at Artur Krysiak had to be dealt with by the referee - whilst injured players going down for treatment also stopped their momentum.

In the final ten minutes, Ryan Dickson had a rare shot on goal for the Glovers, as his long range attempt meant that Newport keeper Joe Day had to be brought into action. But overall it was scrappy from both teams, and the fact that it took a spot kick to divide the two teams probably summed up the day. Both clubs are probably destined for League Two football next season, no matter what they do in their final seven games, but with Newport having lost four games in a row, and Yeovil having won five of their last eight, there's little doubt as to which club would be the happier at the end.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Newport County 0.

Scorers: Jack Compton (1-0, 15 mins, pen)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
32. Liam Shephard 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan
14. Jack Compton 10. Shaun Jeffers 16. Tahvon Campbell

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 2. Ben Tozer (77 mins for Matt Dolan) 7. Kevin Dawson (51 mins for Jack Compton) 9. Ryan Bird (59 mins for Shaun Jeffers) 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick 38. Leroy Lita

Newport County:
30. Joe Day
2. Danny Holmes 4. Darren Jones 12. Janoi Donacien 5. Ben Davies
23. Alex Rodman 28. Tommy O'Sullivan 33. Mark Byrne 7. Medy Elito
19. Scott Boden 9. Souleymane Coulibaly

Substitutes:
3. Scott Barrow 8. Yan Klukowski 10. Lenell John-Lewis (65 mins for Souleymane Coulibaly) 15. Joe Green 20. Tom Owen-Evans 21. Matt Partridge 26. Tom Meechan (88 mins for Janoi Donacien)

Yeovil Bookings: Tahvon Campbell (off the ball incident, 45 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 73 mins)

Newport Bookings: Danny Holmes (foul, 10 mins), Alex Rodman (off the ball incident, 45 mins), Janoi Donacien (foul, 86 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Newport Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). Assistants: Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Attendance: 4,063 (with 518 Newport supporters).


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2 April 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Newport County
Yeovil Town have named four changes to their starting eleven for the League Two match against Newport County at Huish Park this afternoon. Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts returns from international duty with Wales Under-21s. His Swansea team-mate Liam Shephard got his international clearance through during the week and so is finally available. Both come into the squad - we presume Shephard will be on the right-side of midfield, whilst Roberts takes the right-back slot - Jakub Sokolik will move into the centre to cover for Darren Ward who has a knee injury.

Up front Tahvon Campbell is preferred to Ryan Bird, meaning that Shaun Jeffers will probably play down the middle, with Brandon Goodship having dropped out of the squad due to illness. AFC Bournemouth attacking midfielder Harry Cornick returns to the bench after injury, with youth teamer Ollie Bassett the man to make way.

Everton loanee Liam Walsh serves the second game of a three match suspension. Striker Francois Zoko is still absent with a torn calf muscle. Meanwhile the club's longer term injury list of Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Wes Fogden (knee) means that they continue to be absent.

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
32. Liam Shephard 8. Marc Laird 4. Matt Dolan
14. Jack Compton 10. Shaun Jeffers 16. Tahvon Campbell

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 2. Ben Tozer 7. Kevin Dawson 9. Ryan Bird 21. Alex Lacey 23. Harry Cornick 38. Leroy Lita

Newport County:
30. Joe Day
2. Danny Holmes 4. Darren Jones 12. Janoi Donacien 5. Ben Davies
23. Alex Rodman 28. Tommy O'Sullivan 33. Mark Byrne 7. Medy Elito
19. Scott Boden 9. Souleymane Coulibaly

Substitutes:
3. Scott Barrow 8. Yan Klukowski 10. Lenell John-Lewis 15. Joe Green 20. Tom Owen-Evans 21. Matt Partridge 26. Tom Meechan


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2 April 2016 : Dave Linney Talks About The Club's New Family Zone
Today's League Two match against Newport County will see the club offer admission to those aged Under-16 for just one pound only, as part of their 'Kids For A Quid' offer. They will also be launching a Family Zone outside the ground prior to the game. Yeovil Town commercial manager Dave Linney spoke to BBC Somerset about both of those ventures, explaining to presenter Matt Faulkner why they'd decided to go ahead with it, and what those turning up to the ground would be able to see. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC About The Club's New Family Zone.


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1 April 2016 : Darren Previews The Newport County Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two home match against Newport County at Huish Park. Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the opportunity to leapfrog tomorrow's opponents, the clearance for Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard and the extension for West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell, that will provide him with extra squad numbers for tomorrow's game. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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1 April 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Newport County
Officials for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Newport County have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd April 2016 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Keith Hill (Hertfordshire). We've had Mr Hill seven times as a Football League club, although they're spread out heavily with some large gaps in between us seeing each other - one major factor in that is that he spent two years in Japan, between 2011 and 2013 working for that country's referees' association. He has also performed similar roles in Dubai, South Africa, Ecuador, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan. Despite all that travelling, he believes his most surreal moment in football was when he had to issue a caution to Rochdale boss Keith Hill, and include his name in his match report - almost like issuing a yellow card to yourself.

We last saw him for the August 2014 match against Scunthorpe United at Huish Park. That ended in a 1-1 draw, with a certain Paddy Madden getting the Iron goal. Overall he had a decent game, notably when he booked AJ Leitch-Smith for diving, and then followed it up by an identical yellow for Billy Kee - everyone wants a referee to be consistent. We felt that he could have been a little bit stronger with some of Scunthorpe's late timewasting - he chose to just add the time on, rather than deal with it at source.

We had him twice during the 2013-14 season. He took charge of the August 2013 match against Derby County that saw the Glovers lose 0-3 at Huish Park. This was a game that was won and lost in the midst of a dazzling 25 minute spell from the Rams, and you can't blame a referee when a team string together 25 passes to slot the ball in the back of the net. That said, in the second half we felt that he denied us a penalty claim when Andy Williams was taken out in the box. The Western Gazette centred on this, calling him "infuriatingly inconsistent. The Glovers did well not to entirely lose their temper with a referee who failed to spot a clear penalty amongst a string of other poor decisions." That said, all he did there was to deny us the chance of a consolation goal.

Later that same season, he was present for the rather ugly 5-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town in December 2013. This was probably our worst performance of our year in the Championship, partly due to a very patched up defence. We also lost a couple of players to injury early on and in the midst of that mess we can't recall anything that Mr Hill did that was out of turn. To be honest we were too busy dealing with our own shortcomings when we wrote the match report!

Before that, we saw him for the March 2011 game against Southampton at St Mary's Stadium - a game in which we again lost 3-0, and where the scoreline undoubtedly reflected the balance of the play. No obvious complaints about the refereeing to be had on that occasion. The same can't be said for the October 2008 home match against Southend United - a game in which Mr Hill took centre stage. Raising his yellow card six times and his red card twice, the Hertfordshire official finally lost the plot, in a game he'd never had a grip on, in the last minute when he dished out a straight red card to Danny Schofield for an excellent sliding challenge. In the aftermath, Gary Roberts described to Mr Hill precisely what he thought of his decision-making and was also dismissed. The Glovers, who at that point had been putting the Shrimpers under sustained pressure with a late comeback goal, were down to nine men - two men dismissed because of an excellent tackle that the referee hopelessly misjudged the view of.

After the match manager Russell Slade labelled Hill as 'arrogant' for refusing to review the sending off on the video, and the Football Association called him up to explain himself. At the same time, the FA's own Appeals Panel were agreeing with Russell that Mr Hill had got the decision wrong, overturning the red card, meaning that by the time the Yeovil boss reached FA Headquarters he was merely warned as to his future conduct.

Aside from that mess, Mr Hill took charge of two home League Two matches - one against Macclesfield Town and another against Lincoln City. The Macclesfield defeat saw him go largely unmentioned in the match report. We were slightly more irritated by him in the March 2003 fixture against Lincoln, but that was because the home support did not like his unwillingness to clamp down on some gamesmanship and physical play from an Imps side playing the long-ball game.

Mr Hill will be assisted by Brett Huxtable (Devon) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). The Fourth official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 1.

Link: December 2013 : Huddersfield Town 5 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Derby County 3.

Link: March 2011 : Southampton 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 2.

Link: October 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 Macclesfield Town 2.

Link: November 2003 : Yeovil Town 3 Lincoln City 1.


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1 April 2016 : Family Zone To Be Launched For Newport County Match
Yeovil Town's 'Kids For A Quid' day that is scheduled for the match against Newport County will also be used to launch some new family-oriented facilities at Huish Park. Outside the ground there will be an inflatable Glovers Dome situated outside Gate 3 of the Tamburino Main Stand, which is situated next to the Green and White’s Programme Shop.

The goal is to provide pre-match entertainment for young supporters at the ground prior to the game. The set-up will be live from 1.00p.m. at that corner of the ground, and will provide pre-match entertainment and activities outside the ground. Kids will be given an activity sheet to work from, with the opportunity to take part in competitions, as well as providing a good spot to look out for players as they arrive for the match, to collect autographs and take photos as they arrive for the game. The club's mascot - the Jolly Green Giant - will also be in attendance.

The aim for next season is to introduce a Junior Glovers hub inside the ground, giving those young fans who buy tickets under that scheme an opportunity to use an indoor covered space that will allow access to game consoles, table football and other competitions, backed by the club's Community Sports Trust.

Saturday's match allows all fans aged Under-16 to gain access to the ground for one pound only so use that as an opportunity to see what the Junior Glovers and Community Sports Trust have got lined up, and obviously to give feedback and idea to organisers for the future - ask for Marilyn Cottle (GWSC) or Sara Bradley (Community Sports Trust) if you have views or feedback on what they provide on the day. See below for the 'Kids For A Quid' Ticketing Offer that is part of the Newport County fixture.


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


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