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20 April 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Notts County Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives further feedback on the Tuesday night game at Accrington Stanley, sets a team target for the 2018-19 season, why he thinks being without Stuart Nelson and Francois Zoko has affected his side, and his views on the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.


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20 April 2018 : Darren Way: Anyone Who Can't Provide A Top Seven Position Shouldn't Be Involved
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that his side need to be challenging for a play-off place next season. Despite having spent the majority of the 2017-18 season hovering around their current 18th spot, the Glovers boss claimed "there's not a huge difference" between his side and teams like Tuesday night's opponents Accrington Stanley, who gained promotion to League One on the night.

Way has put great emphasis on how young and inexperienced his first team squad are this season, using that to back up his views on why his team are not up at the right end of the League Two table. He told BBC Somerset that the goal had to be to hit a top seven place during the 2018-19 season that would guarantee themselves a place in the play-offs. He said he was 'sick' of players trying, but not succeeding, and said that next season he would expect them to provide that:

"I'm sick of players trying, and I want them doing. That's got to be the case next year. I don't want to blame the system or the young players. We've managed to get two year contracts now, which is good, which Accrington have put in place, and Wycombe put in place. But I think that next year the pressure has to be on a top seven. Anyone who can't provide that, they shouldn't be involved, because that's where we're aiming for."

Way suggested that the main difference between Accrington Stanley and his own club was a belief system. He believed that his club was making steps towards that point, but admitted that last Tuesday's opponents had to be the benchmark that his team had to reach:

"When I look at the top teams, there's not a huge difference, apart from it's a group of players that believe. Accrington was perfect for us, as far as what you can achieve. We've been in that situation before. I've been there as a player, and I've been there as a coach, so I know exactly what it feels like and it's a real good feeling. It's created by unity. I think we're making steps towards it. That's what we are trying to achieve next year. When I look at the Accrington game, it must be a benchmark for us."

The Glovers will get another opportunity to benchmark themselves against top seven opposition tomorrow when they come up against fifth placed Notts County. At present the Magpies look as though they will have to settle for a play-off spot at the end of the season, lying five points short of the automatic positions, although with a six point buffer between themselves and the eighth place spot.

This is not the first time that Darren Way has targeted promotion for his side, having done so in a March 2017 interview, at the tail end of the 2016-17 season. During that interview, he described a three-part process that the club had been going through, stating that last season had been the implementation of Part Two. He said that "Part Three is to keep those (player) assets and push for promotion next year" believing that the addition of one or two players would resolve his side's tendency to draw too many games that season. However, this latest target is far more explicit in the manner that Way has outlined it.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.


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20 April 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Notts County
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travel to Notts County for a League Two fixture. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to Meadow Lane has been updated, to cover directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide and plenty of statistics. Find that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

The Jimmy Sirrel Stand - named after a former manager
The Jimmy Sirrel Stand - named after a former manager.
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20 April 2018 : Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Notts County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 21st April 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Meadow Lane. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Anthony Backhouse (Cumbria).

It's unusual at this stage of the season to get a referee for the first time. He was promoted to Football League level last summer, and has so far done 31 matches, raising 98 yellow cards along with 7 red cards. He has done two Notts County matches, with their home match against Cambridge United in December 2017 seeing five yellow cards raised. The statistics would suggest he's calmed down from an early glut - all of his dismissals came between August and October 2017, whilst his last game in charge between Blackpool and Bradford City was entirely booking-free.

Prior to his promotion, he was in charge of the National League play-off final between Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green Rovers at Wembley Stadium. He comes from near Brampton and is just 27 years old. He started refereeing at the age of 14, inspired by his father Chris. That created an unusual situation in December 2007 when the Northern League Cup Third Round tie between Penrith Town and Crook Town saw Anthony act as assistant referee, whilst his father was the man in the middle. The other linesman was their cousin Mark Backhouse - at the time the Northern League believed that to be the first time all three officials had come from the same family.

Mr Backhouse will be assisted by Alan Clayton (Cheshire) and Joe Simpson (Manchester). The Fourth Official will be Richard Wild (Lancashire).


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19 April 2018 : Glovers Trust Receive Response To Ten Item Challenge
Back in September 2017, The Glovers Trust met with Supporters Director David Mills to agree a 'Ten Item Challenge' with respect to improvements that could be made at Huish Park with respect to the fan experience at and around home matches. The original scope of the challenge was recorded in the minutes of that meeting as follows:

"DM (David Mills) also set out a challenge to the Trust to identify ten realistic off the field things that he could do to improve the fan experience at Huish Park. He pledged to complete the ten tasks within a period of three months and if there was a good reason why any could not be done – explain why. DM said would be prepared to receive explain why. DM said would be prepared to receive the appropriate criticism if fans found the results to be unsatisfactory."

The Trust consulted with its members and compiled together ten of the most popular or valid suggestions, communicating the proposed list to David on December 19th 2017. He agreed to set the clock running from January 1st 2018, and has subsequently provided a response back to the Trust on March 12th, detailing his response to their suggestions. The Trust have confirmed that at present this still remains the latest picture, against those ten items:

1. Communicate the terms of the covenants affecting the Huish Park site, what has been done to remove these, and the impact they are having on building a permanent social club.

DM Response: This falls outside the scope of the challenges which was "DM also set out a challenge to the Trust to identify ten realistic off the field things that he could do to improve the fan experience at Huish Park". However as mentioned at the recent Supporters Alliance meeting, YTFC Director David Lee is happy to attend a future Alliance meeting to discuss such matters.

2. Explore the cost and practicalities of installing low level lighting on the path that runs between the Screwfix Stand and the traffic lights on Western Avenue. The visibility on the section leading up to the traffic lights is particularly poor.

DM Response: The club is obtaining a quote for this work.

3. Explore the practicalities of utilising vendor trays and mobile catering to sell food and drinks inside the stadium during a match.

DM Response: The Corporate Hospitality Manager has said this is not a viable proposition as food hygiene restrictions mean that food has top be kept either hot or cold as appropriate.

4. Ensure that all sinks in the toilet areas dispense hot water as well as cold.

DM Response: The club is obtaining a quote for this work.

5. Explore the practicalities of providing a dedicated bus link that runs from the train stations, via the town centre to the stadium.

DM Response: I have asked a local provider to quote for this. A smilar service was requested for the recent game with Manchester United however there were no drivers available.

6. Create a designated area for supporters to lead chants and use flags and instruments on the terrace to enhance the atmosphere during matches.

DM Response: Would need more information on why this is thought to be helpful as the club has a relaxed policy on such matters. For instance, for the Manchester United game, the club approached the drummer in advance of the game to make sure he could be accommodated.

7. Implement regular and varied entertainment at half-time, primarily aimed at children and younger supporters. Examples could include a crossbar challenge, beat the goalie competition wacky challenges, or anything else that will keep people entertained.

DM: Response: Club happy to do this next season, probably in partnership with Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust.

8. Explore the practicality of implementing a prize draw whereby attending supporters could win an upgrade from a normal match day seat to a box/executive seat for the next match.

DM Response: This is already in the pipeline as part of a strategy to drive programme sales.

9. Explore the practicality of implementing a half-time prize draw whereby younger supporters can win an opportunity to meet the playing squad following a match.

DM Response: Although a good idea this concept has two key challenges. Firstly, a prize draw involving under 18s presents a legal issue so needs to be thought out. Secondly the club could not guarantee the squad would be available within a specific time frame post-match. It is something however that might be possible in an adjusted form via the Junior Glovers set up, so this will be considered further.

10. Give supporters an input into the music which the team walk out to, perhaps inviting fans to vote from shortlist drawn up by the playing staff for the tune to be played ahead of the next match.

DM Response: The club are happy to look at this for next season.


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19 April 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Accrington Stanley Away Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Accrington Stanley kicked off at the Crown Ground, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his thoughts on facing the league leaders, explains why Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan was not in the squad, and provides an injury update on defender Nathan Smith. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 April 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground, 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 view on his team's performance, where he believes they are falling short, how he believes he can emulate Accrington's success, and injury updates on Nathan Smith and Sam Surridge. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 April 2018 : Darren Way Frustrated By Set Piece Defending After Accrington Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he was disappointed with his side's defending at set plays, after they lost 2-0 against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground. Although ultimately well-beaten by two Billy Kee first half goals, the Glovers boss felt that his side's defending at critical moments had undone them, referencing Saturday's defeat against Wycombe Wanderers three days previously.

On this occasion, it was a near post header from a corner that set the Lancashire side on their way to promotion to League One, but Way told BBC Somerset that he felt there was not much in the game between the two sides:

"We are disappointed with the set plays, as they unlocked us. Five minutes after that we found it very difficult to get grips on the game. But it just goes to show that there's not much in these games. We have to take a little bit more responsibility, because that's cost us on Saturday when I thought we played particularly well."

Accrington's promotion to third tier football will be the first time their current incarnation has played at this level, with a previous club with the same name having briefly made it to that level between 1958 and 1960 before folding during the 1960s. The current club had previously lost out in the League Two play-offs at the end of the 2015-16 season, but on this occasion made certain of it through the automatic slots. Way said he wished them well:

"Fair play to Accrington. We wish them well in getting promoted. As a club it's something that we have to make sure we try to put into place. I know John Coleman has taken a number of years to get into this situation. They've had a number of failed attempts and they've done it on this occasion. As much as though I'm disappointed, I do wish Accrington well in League One next year."

Having witnessed Accrington's celebrations on the pitch at the end of the match, Way wanted his team to emulate their achievement, and said the goal for his side was for them to improve every season:

"We've shared these moments before. What we've got to do is make sure that we keep striving towards it and constantly improve every year, for what we've set out to achieve. We have to make sure that we remain focussed on the job that we've got to do this year, and improve and make improvements every year. Unfortunately it takes time."


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17 April 2018 : Video : Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat against Accrington Stanley, these are now available online. As well as the two winning goals from Billy Kee that sealed the home side's promotion, there is a glut of other chances they had, along with an early effort on goal from Rhys Browne. Of course, at the end, there is a bit of a pitch invasion. Watch two minutes of highlights via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.




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17 April 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday evening's 2-0 defeat against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground, 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 Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.


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17 April 2018 : Accrington 2 Yeovil 0 : Kee Quickfire Double Sees Stanley Promoted
Yeovil Town went down by a 2-0 scoreline as Accrington Stanley gained promotion to League One for the first time in their reformed club's history. The Lancashire side were the dominant force for the majority of the game at the Crown Ground, but needed two goals in three minutes to give them the win that saw them promoted. Top scorer Billy Kee headed in at the near post on 26 minutes, and then doubled the lead after Jonny Maddison spilled a shot, allowing him a chance to pounce on the rebound. Although Yeovil had their moments, Stanley had a goal disallowed and could easily have run away with the match during the second period. Yeovil stay in 18th, with four games still left to play.

The Glovers lined up naming a near-identical teamsheet to the one that had lost against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. The same starting eleven was preserved, with the only alteration being on the bench, where Corey Whelan was left out in favour of an appearance for Liverpool Under-23s, with Connor Smith replacing him. Accrington chose an unchanged eighteen, knowing they needed just a win to secure promotion.

Yeovil started well, in what was ultimately to be their best spell of the game. An Alex Fisher header went over the bar from a Ryan Dickson cross, whilst Rhys Browne was put in on goal, with his shot at the near post being parried away by Aaron Chapman for a corner. The visitors were setting themselves up with two banks of four, trying to snuff out Stanley, and then attempting to hit them on the break. Early on at least, that appeared to be working.

However, having remained patient, Accrington began to create a bit of room, with James Dunne firing wide after Billy Kee put him through. Then came the opening goal - Sean McConville's corner to the near post found Kee rising quickly, and he headed home off the underside of the crossbar for a 1-0 lead for Accrington and an advantage that would give them promotion.

A party atmosphere at the Crown Ground was turned up a notch further just two mintues later, as Accrington fashioned a 2-0 lead. A Sean McConville free kick was recycled into the path of Jordan Clark. His shot saw Jonny Maddison fail to hold onto the ball, and that allowed Billy Kee the chance to react and fire home the rebound for his 25th goal of the season.

Having started reasonably well, those two goals seemed to knock Yeovil off their stride, and it was the home side that finished the half more strongly, with the nippy Kayden Jackson putting a 20 yard shot over the crossbar. Alex Fisher did manage to create one effort for Yeovil that went well wide just before half time, but the early conviction had been lost.

Five minutes into the half, Marcus Barnes was introduced for the Glovers, as Otis Khan left the field, allowing Jordan Green an opportunity to switch to his favoured wide position, as Barnes went up front. That was probably provoked due to the home side starting well on the front foot, as Kayden Jackson first sprinted through on goal, only to be denied by an alert Jonny Maddison, followed by another that went just wide.

The change didn't make much difference, as Accrington took an absolute stranglehold on the game, pinning Yeovil inside their own half. Billy Kee's superb strike went just wide, whilst a quick run from Kayden Jackson got in behind the defence and clean on goal, only to see his low shot saved. Sean McConville forced Maddison to parry out for a corner, from which Mark Hughes volleyed over the bar. Then there was a stroke of luck as McConville volleyed off the underside of the crossbar. That shot looked close to going into the net on its own accord, but when James Dunne hit the loose ball, a linesman's flag went up for offside.

The one way traffic continued as Sean McConville lobbed Jonny Maddison, forcing Ryan Dickson to clear off his own goal line. Maddison also had to palm a Billy Kee effort over the bar for a corner, and by this point, the only surprise was that it was still only 2-0. The back line had to dig deep to weather the storm, as Kee fired into the side netting, leading to cheers as the net rippled ... outside the posts.

Yeovil introduced Ryan Seager in the closing stages. Whether that was an influence, or whether Accrington were trying to slow play down to close the game out, that did at least provide a mini-lull that saw Seager's header saved, and Alex Fisher's effort from a Tom James cross go wide. But any hope of setting up a grandstand finish gradually faded, as Kee and McConvile had late efforts saved, and when only two minutes went up for the second half injury time, perhaps even the referee wanted the celebrations to start. A full time whistle, the inevitable pitch invasion and the home celebrations followed. For a club on a lower budget than Yeovil Town, reported as just 15,000 pounds a week, Stanley's rise to the top of the division can only be applauded - they were a class above on the night.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Accrington Stanley 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Billy Kee (1-0, 26 mins), Billy Kee (2-0, 28 mins)

Accrington Stanley:
1 Aaron Chapman
26 Callum Johnson 3 Mark Hughes 2 Jimmy Dunne 4 Janoi Donacien
7 Jordan Clark 8 Scott Brown 28 Seamus Conneely (Capt) 11 Sean McConville
29 Billy Kee 10 Kayden Jackson

Substitutes:
5 Ben Richards-Everton 6 Liam Nolan 9 Offrande Zanzala 12 Danny Williams 16 Jon Maxted 17 Erico Sousa 32 Harvey Rodgers (None used)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 6. Lewis Wing 20. Oscar Gobern 7. Otis Khan
18. Alex Fisher 15. Jordan Green

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips 4. Jared Bird (71 mins for Oscar Gobern) 5. Bevis Mugabi 8. Connor Smith 19. Marcus Barnes (50 mins for Otis Khan) 21. Ryan Seager (67 mins for Jordan Green) 30. Alefe Santos

Accrington Stanley Bookings: Sean McConville (diving, 33 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Accrington Stanley Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 23; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 11; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 18.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Assistants: Jonathan Hunt (Merseyside) and David Avent (Northamptonshire). Fourth Official: Robert Jones (Merseyside).

Attendance: 3,176 (with 93 Yeovil Town supporters)


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17 April 2018 : Team News For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday. The only change to the teamsheet is on the bench - as reported last night, Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan was recalled temporarily to play for Liverpool's Under-23 side against Everton and he doesn't feature at all, with Connor Smith replacing him.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments, back in light training), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (knee, out for season), defender Nathan Smith (knee, out until mid-April), Jake Gray (knee, out for season), Stuart Nelson (wrist, out for season), Sam Surridge (hamstring). Striker Francois Zoko (third game of a four match suspension) is banned today. Defender Corey Whelan is back at Liverpool, for the moment.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 6. Lewis Wing 20. Oscar Gobern 7. Otis Khan
18. Alex Fisher 15. Jordan Green

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips 4. Jared Bird 5. Bevis Mugabi 8. Connor Smith 19. Marcus Barnes 21. Ryan Seager 30. Alefe Santos

Accrington Stanley:
1 Aaron Chapman
26 Callum Johnson 3 Mark Hughes 2 Jimmy Dunne 4 Janoi Donacien
7 Jordan Clark 8 Scott Brown 28 Seamus Conneely 11 Sean McConville
29 Billy Kee 10 Kayden Jackson

Substitutes:
5 Ben Richards-Everton 6 Liam Nolan 9 Offrande Zanzala 12 Danny Williams 16 Jon Maxted 17 Erico Sousa 32 Harvey Rodgers


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17 April 2018 : Glovers Attempt To Stop Accrington Stanley's Historical Moment
Yeovil Town go into Tuesday night's League Two match against Accrington Stanley, knowing that they may witness a promotion party at the Crown Ground, regardless of the result of the game on the night. The Glovers travel to play the division's leaders, who need a victory to guarantee promotion to League One. However, they could still achieve promotion by drawing or losing, if Exeter City drop points against Chesterfield in a match that is being played at St James Park on the same evening.

The current incarnation of Accrington Stanley FC has never been promoted to third tier football. The previous club, which folded during the 1965-66 season, last played at third tier level during the 1959-60 season. The current incarnation of Accrington Stanley, which was formed in 1968, was loosely formed from the ashes of that liquidated club and entered the Football League at the start of the 2006-07 season and is currently occupying a League Two position for the 12th year running.

For John Coleman's side, it is almost certainly a case of 'when', rather than 'if' they will get promoted. Aside from second placed Luton Town and third placed Wycombe Wanderers, who make up the other automatic slots, the only team that can deny them that place is Exeter City. Currently Accrington lie 11 points clear of the 5th placed Grecians. As Exeter have four games left, Accrington's promotion will be guaranteed either when they get two more points, or when Exeter drop any points. As such, even if Yeovil Town were to beat or draw against Accrington on Tuesday night, if Chesterfield take points off Exeter then Stanley are up.

On a rather less glamorous note, Yeovil Town could theoretically secure their League Two status by the end of Tuesday evening - but only if both results go perfectly for them. The Glovers would have to beat Accrington on the night, and see Chesterfield draw or lose at Exeter. Any other set of results would take that issue into the weekend.

There is one significant issue for the 2018-19 season that has been sorted. League One side Bury were condemned to relegation on Saturday, having fallen 16 points from safety at the foot of their division. The Shakers had lost seven matches in a row, and so gave up their third tier status without much of a fight. By losing 2-3 at home to Northampton Town on Saturday, they gave the visitors some hope of their own, although the Cobblers are still currently in big problems along with Milton Keynes Dons.

Rochdale are the final club currently in a relegation position, although having climbed from the foot of the table to just one point from safety they look the most likely of the quartet to escape - which will worry their near neighbours Oldham Athletic who they play on Tuesday night, in what is a mammoth six-pointer. Realistically though even the likes of 16th place Gillingham aren't safe yet, despite being on 52 points, suggesting that teams in the third tier will need a high points threshold this year to avoid the drop.


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17 April 2018 : Omar Sowunmi Talks About The Wycombe Wanderers Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town centre-back Omar Sowunmi spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Omar gives his views on captaining the side from the start of the match for the first time, and of the team's performance and Tuesday night's trip to Accrington Stanley. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Omar Sowunmi Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Wycombe Wanderers.


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17 April 2018 : Officials For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match will take place on Tuesday 17th April 2018 (tonight), with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Crown Ground. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Stephen Martin (Staffordshire).

Mr Martin is a Select Group 2 referee, meaning that he is one of the full time professionals created by the Football League to cover mainly Championship mathes. He was appointed to the Football League's referee lists over the summer of 2012. We've had him on five 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. We then had him twice during the 2015-16 season. The first was 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.

He then looked after the April 2016 match against Exeter City - normally the scene of a red card or two, but again he kept a lid on it with just two bookings. He made one questionable decision, to award Exeter a corner when they struck the outside of the post, with the official thinking that it was Artur Krysiak's hand it touched, but that was about as riled up as we got. Most recently, he was present for the March 2017 match against Barnet at the Hive Stadium, which was a booking-free game in a 2-2 draw. We can't remember him getting involved in anything.

So that's four yellow cards in five games, with all five matches providing largely anonymous officiating. His seasonal record of just 87 yellow cards and two red cards across 37 matches suggest that this is not a coincidence, but does show the wild variation in how referees run football matches.

Mr Martin will be assisted by Jonathan Hunt (Merseyside) and David Avent (Northamptonshire). The Fourth Official will be Robert Jones (Merseyside).

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.

Link: April 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Exeter City 2.

Link: March 2017 : Barnet 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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16 April 2018 : Whelan Back In Merseyside For Under-23s Fixture
Yeovil Town loanee Corey Whelan looks unlikely to play a significant part in Tuesday night's League Two match against Accrington Stanley. The Liverpool academy graduate was back at his parent club tonight, taking part in a Premier League 2 match between Everton Under-23s and Liverpool Under-23s that was played at the Merseyrail Community Stadium, better known as Haig Avenue, home of Southport FC.

Whelan played a full 90 minutes in a 3-1 victory for the red side of Merseyside, which pulled them into second place in their league table, and just two short of Arsenal. The 20 year old played as a right-back on the night, with him able to play for his parent club's Under-23 side under the current loan rules, without prejudicing his ability to turn out for the Glovers in other matches in the future.

Corey's game time for the Glovers has dried up radically, having last got onto the pitch since March 10th, and having been the club's 'sixth loanee' in all bar two of the matches that have followed, regaining his place on the bench only when AFC Bournemouth's Sam Surridge suffered a hamstring problem that meant the issue of which loan player to leave out became an easy decision. Whelan's only game time in the last five weeks has come whilst on international duty for Republic of Ireland Under-21s.

Surridge isn't expected to return until Saturday's trip to Notts County, meaning Whelan could still be selected for Yeovil on Tuesday night, but having played 90 minutes on Monday he clearly isn't going to play a major part.

Liverpool Under-23s: Ward, Whelan, Phillips, Masterson, Johnston, Lewis, Kane, Jones, Camacho (Millar 85), Woodburn (Adekanye 72), Solanke.


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16 April 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley
Tuesday evening sees Yeovil Town head up the length of the M6 where they will take on Accrington Stanley in a League Two fixture at the Crown Ground. Ahead of that fixture, the Ciderspace guide to the Crown Ground has been given dusted off and spruced up to contain the latest information on ticketing, parking, pubs, statistics and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

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Accrington's Main Stand
Accrington's Main Stand
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16 April 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Wycombe Wanderers Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Wycombe Wanderers 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 provides an update on Stuart Nelson's injury, the special role that he wanted Oscar Gobern to play on Saturday and the current injury to AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge that is keeping him out of the side. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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15 April 2018 : GWSC Travel For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the rearranged League Two match against Notts County. The match takes place at Meadow Lane on Saturday 21st April 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Notts County : Saturday 21st April 2018.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £31.00; Member Concessions: £29.00
Adult Non-Members: £33.00; Non-Member Concessions: £31.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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15 April 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Wycombe Wanderers Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on his side's performance, the standard of refereeing in League Two, and where he wants his team to finish during the 2018-19 season. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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14 April 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park, these are now available online. As well as the winning goal from Randell Williams, you can also view a first half header from Omar Sowunmi that went wide, along with free kicks from Otis Khan and Tom James that hit the woodwork and a couple of Wycombe chances. View one-and-a-quarter minute's worth of highlights via the Sky Sports website below.

Updated: Lengthier two minute highlights via YouTube have been also added below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers Match Highlights.




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14 April 2018 : Darren Way Feels Football Is A Cruel Game After Wycombe Loss
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that Saturday afternoon's defeat against Wycombe Wanderers showed what a cruel game football can be, as his side ended up on the back of a 0-1 defeat. The 79th minute goal from Randell Williams gave the Chairboys all three points in a game of few chances at Huish Park, but that was good enough to give the visitors the win they needed to keep their promotion charge on track.

The Glovers hit the woodwork twice during the match from free kicks taken by Otis Khan and Tom James, but couldn't find the back of the net themselves. Way felt that Wycombe had profitted from what was only one chance during the match, although admitted that was the one time during the match in which his side hadn't closed down the opposition, whilst the Chairboys had managed to snuff the Glovers out during much of the open play:

"Football can sometimes be a cruel game, and when you look at the overall performance from the players, I think they had one shot in the game and it didn't go in. I have to make sure that the players grow belief from that performance, even though we lost. I thought the supporters stuck with us and they could see certainly aspects of the future at the football club, which is important. But again we didn't get what we deserved. Wycombe block and they tackle really that's what I've said to my players, that people are making up things in this game that don't exist. It really is about blocking and tackling, and the one time we didn't do that on the edge of the box (Wycombe scored), but they did it for 90 minutes."

Way added that he felt Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth had been given time to build the sort of team that he had out there today, having been in charge at Adams Park since midway through the 2012-13 season. Having suffered a nasty scare during his second season when Wycombe had to survive the drop on the final day of the season, his side managed to reach the League Two play-offs during 2014-15, whilst the last two campaigns have shown them in the top half of the table. Way argued that their current third placed position was the outcome of Wycombe sticking with their manager across a five year period:

"When you look at the team there's been a lot of change. But I still feel the group are giving absolutely everything, even though we've got five games left now to go. As a supporter, I thought there were moments there where it was really entertaining. They had to win the game so we knew it was going to be quite open. But they did a professional job, and I think it's taken him five years to get that. Probably in year three he was spending time down in the league position which I find myself. He's managed to get a group of players that put their bodies on the line."


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14 April 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
If you watched Saturday's 0-1 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers 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 Wycombe Wanderers.


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14 April 2018 : Yeovil 0 Wycombe 1 : Randall Strike Provides Fourth Consecutive Home Defeat
Yeovil Town went down to their fourth consecutive home defeat this afternoon, after promotion-chasing Wycombe Wanderers grabbed a single goal victory. In a match that had very few chances, the Chairboys produced a typical away-day performance when substitute Randell Williams fired home the 79th minute winner from inside the box for a 0-1 result that keeps their hopes of an automatic position alive. Yeovil clipped the woodwork twice through Otis Khan and Tom James from free kicks, but lacked a creative spark in open play, leaving them in 18th place in the table, although still a comfortable nine point distance from the relegation spots.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up compared to the side that played at Swindon town in midweek. Stuart Nelson's wrist injury meant that he sat out the match entirely, with Jonny Maddison coming in between the sticks. Alefe Santos was substituted at half time during that match, and his place was taken by Jordan Green who played in an advanced position for the game. At the back, Ryan Dickson had completed his one match suspension and he returned, as Bevis Mugabi dropped to the bench, with Tom James swapping flanks.

The first half was almost a non-event in terms of chances, with it taking until 40 minutes for either side to come up with anything beyond a few corners and crosses into the box. The first chance fell to Omar Sowunmi, who flicked on a cross from Lewis Wing, but directed it wide of the post. Otis Khan came the closest, with his free kick being diverted onto the crossbar by keeper Scott Brown, who seemed slightly caught out by it turning into a direct effort. Wycombe contributed little in an attacking sense, with only Scott Kashket managing an effort on goal that went wide, at the exact moment that the referee blew up for the break. There was nothing wrong with the approach play from the Glovers, but the game had a surprising lack of chances.

The second period opened with Yeovil getting the ball in the back of the net, albeit illegally. Jordan Green's break saw his ball across the box converted at close range by Alex Fisher, but a linesman's flag went up quickly to make it clear that the striker was in an offside position. Again, this was a half of ultra-few chances, with Wycombe's Nick Freeman firing a yard wide of the target from distance.

Yeovil reshuffled their formation midway through the second period as Rhys Browne was withdrawn, with Southampton loanee Marcus Barnes introduced up front, allowing Jordan Green the chance to drop into his more favoured right wing slot. For the second time in the match, the Glovers struck the woodwork, with Tom James clipping the outside of the goalframe from a free kick that ultimately went out for a goal kick, but had both sets of supporters holding their breath.

But in the closing stages, Wycombe proved that efficiency counts, and sometimes that is what gets you three points when you're not at your best. A set play was recycled a couple of times, and when Marcus Bean found Randell Williams inside the box with 11 minutes remaining, his shot found the back of the net for a 0-1 advantage to the Chairboys.

Ryan Seager and Alefe Santos were introduced in the closing stages, as the Glovers ended the match playing in a 4-3-3 formation. But despite their bright open play in the middle third, it wasn't their day inside the penalty box where it mattered, and the only remaining chance of the match came on the counter-attack as Craig Mackail-Smith forced Jonny Maddison into one of his few saves of the afternoon. A goallesss outcome to the game probably would have been a greater reflection, but instead Wycombe's promotion charge carries on, whilst the Glovers remain stuck in 18th place once again, on a day where they needed that little spark.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Wycombe Wanderers 1.

Scorers: Randell Williams (0-1, 79 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 6. Lewis Wing 20. Oscar Gobern 7. Otis Khan
18. Alex Fisher 15. Jordan Green

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips 4. Jared Bird 5. Bevis Mugabi 19. Marcus Barnes (67 mins for Rhys Browne) 21. Ryan Seager (83 mins for Jordan Green) 22. Corey Whelan 30. Alefe Santos (85 mins for Oscar Gobern)

Wycombe Wanderers:
1 Scott Brown
16 Michael Harriman 15 Nathan McGinley 6 Adam El-Abd 3 Joe Jacobson
8 Marcus Bean 4 Dominic Gape 17 Luke O'Nien
22 Nick Freeman 20 Adebayo Akinfenwa 11 Scott Kashket

Substitutes:
7 Sam Saunders 10 Matt Bloomfield 12 Paris Cowan-Hall 23 Nathan Tyson (77 mins for Nick Freeman) 24 Randell Williams (32 mins for Luke O'Nien) 25 Craig Mackail-Smith (59 mins for Scott Kashket) 30 Yves Makabu-Makalamby

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Wycombe Wanderers Bookings: Marcus Bean (foul, 73 mins), Adam El-Abd (foul, 75 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 2; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.

Wycombe Wanderers Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 6; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Matt Eva (Surrey).

Attendance: 3,307 (with 646 Wycombe Wanderers supporters).


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14 April 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the team that took to the field against Swindon Town on Tuesday night. Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is out for the season with a wrist injury, so his place is taken by Jonny Maddison.

Left-back Ryan Dickson served a one match ban on Tuesday but is now available again and he starts in favour of Bevis Mugabi meaning that Tom James will swap flanks once gain. Finally Alefe Santos drops out with Jordan Green coming into the starting line-up.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments, back in light training), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (knee, out for season), defender Nathan Smith (knee, out until mid-April), Jake Gray (knee, out for season), Stuart Nelson (wrist, out for season), Sam Surridge (hamstring). Striker Francois Zoko (second game of a four match suspension) is banned today. Midfielder Connor Smith is not selected.

Based on the teamsheet, the 4-3-3 formation that was used during the opening 30 minutes of Tuesday night's match appears to have been abandoned again, with one of Jordan Green or Rhys Browne expected to be the most advanced striker. The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 6. Lewis Wing 20. Oscar Gobern 7. Otis Khan
18. Alex Fisher 15. Jordan Green

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips 4. Jared Bird 5. Bevis Mugabi 19. Marcus Barnes 21. Ryan Seager 22. Corey Whelan 30. Alefe Santos


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14 April 2018 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Wycombe Wanderers Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town take on Wycombe Wanderers in a League Two match at Huish Park. Prior to the game, the Glovers Trust will be occupying The Arrow public house, so pop in and see them if you have issues you want to discuss. Specific topics on their mind are the Big Ten Challenge they set Supporters Director David Mills last year, with a list of ten items being handed over for him to implement within a three month timeline. They'll also be talking about their latest thoughts on the absence of Insight 63's football consultant Mark Palmer from the last Supporters Alliance Meeting.

Their whereabouts are as follows:

Game: Wycombe (Home)

Trust Presence: The Arrow

Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match food orders (Home and Away Trust Members)

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: 50/50 Draw, David Mills Update along with the big 10 Challenge, Alliance Meeting (Mark Palmer)


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14 April 2018 : Ticketing For Lincoln City vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Lincoln City and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 5th May 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Sincil Bank. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over-60s and Disabled: £14.00; Students with valid ID and Under-18s: £7.00.

There are also two Family Ticket Offers allowing one Adult and one Under-18 at £22.00, whilst one Senior and one Under-18 will cost £17.00.

Disabled supporters on Higher rate of DLA or enhanced rate of PIP can admit an assistant free of charge. Standard tickets can be purchased online. However, please call 01935 847888 for Disabled, Wheelchair and Family tickets.

If you purchase on the day of the match, note that Adult tickets will increase by £2.00, whilst all other singular tickets go up by £1.00. There is no increase on the Family Tickets.

Update: This match is now ALL TICKET. Tickets will remain on sale until Monday 30th April at 5.00p.m. from the Huish Park Ticket Office. You must purchase a ticket before then as you will not be able to buy on the day of the match. The restriction is due to Sincil Bank expecting a sell-out on the day.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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13 April 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Wycombe Wanderers Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on playing sides going for promotion, his opposing manager Gareth Ainsworth, and the injury to goalkeeper Stuart Nelson. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 April 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Wycombe Wanderers have been announced by the Football League. The match will be played on Saturday 14th April 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Scott Oldham (Lancashire).

He is a new official on the circuit, having been promoted to Football League level in the summer of 2017. So far, he's taken charge of 31 matches, giving out 79 yellow cards and five red cards. He comes from Poulton - a town on the Fylde coast near Blackpool, and is 35 years old. He is a self-employed joiner, whose father Barry Oldham was a Football League assistant referee. Just prior to his promotion to the League, he was given the Premier League 2 final between Swansea City Under-23s and Reading Under-23s, as well as the National League play-off second leg between Tranmere Rovers and Aldershot.

He's taken charge of one Yeovil Town fixture - the FA Cup Second Round tie against Port Vale at Vale Park. That match finished in a 1-1 draw, and with just one booking for each side he had a quiet game, with little visible influence on the game, which is how we like it.

Mr Oldham will be assisted by Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Matt Eva (Surrey).

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


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12 April 2018 : Nelson Expected To Miss Rest Of Season After Swindon Injury
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is expected to be ruled out for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. The 36 year old was drafted in on February 20th following a knee injury sustained by main goalkeeper Artur Krysiak. However, it looks like his current spell at the club will last just five games, after he suffered a wrist injury against Swindon Town on Tuesday night.

Nelson suffered the problem half an hour into the match at the County Ground after he collided with Swindon defender Ollie Lancashire, but tried to carry on following four minutes worth of treatment. He was replaced at the break by Jonny Maddison and it now looks like that will be his last action of the season. Manager Darren Way has told BBC Somerset today that the injury is not a trivial one and that he feels they will miss his experience:

"At the moment it's not too good. We still haven't got the full result of the extent of the injury, but he looks like he is going to be out for certainly the remaining games. When Nelson came off, I think we had a total of 600 games between us, to Swindon's 3,100. I think we've been outsmarted over a number of games this year because of that lack of experience."

Nelson's place for the remaining games of the season will almost certainly be taken by Jonny Maddison - a near repeat of last season that saw the former Leicester City keeper take over for the final five matches of the 2016-17 season. The club will have the option of goalkeeper-coach Steve Phillips or Under-18s keeper Tommy Scott to sit on the bench during that time.

The situation will mean that the club will have two decisions to make over injured goalkeepers at the end of the season. Krysiak suffered a posterior cruciate ligament injury against Crewe Alexandra in February, and was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the season, with it being unclear as to when he will be ready to return to action. His contract runs out in the summer, whilst Nelson's was a short term arrangement that also runs out at the same time. Maddison remains under contract until June 2019.


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12 April 2018 : Another Week, Another Tom James Claim In The Media
Another week, and another football club is linked with a move for Yeovil Town defender Tom James. The list of media outlets claiming that the former Cardiff City full-back is attracting interest from their local clubs is steadily growing, and Bristol City are the latest to be added to that list.

The Bristol Evening Post's online presence has claimed the 21 year old is of interest to manager Lee Johnson, thus joining claims on the rumourmill that AFC Bournemouth, Swansea City and Celtic (according to the Independent) along with Brentford and Aston Villa (according to West London Sport) were after him, bringing the total to six clubs.

Once again, there are no quotes and no sources to back up the claims, with the chain of 'interested' clubs now dating back to mid-March, but without any of them being confirmed. Bristol City were also the main club linked with fellow defender Shaun Donnellan, who has played five times for the Glovers since his January arrival from West Bromwich Albion.

It's highly unlikely that all of these will be true, but we won't know for sure until we get into the summer months when the transfer window reopens. Both players remain under contract at Huish Park until the summer of 2019, meaning that if there is any actual interest, then the Yeovil Town board will need to be informed first.


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11 April 2018 : New Kit Manufacturer Chosen For The 2018-19 Season
Yeovil Town's 2018-19 first team kit and replica kit will be provided by a new supplier. Having used Sondico up until this season, their new design will be produced by TAG Sportswear who are based in Burton-on-Trent. They provide first team kit to their local club Burton Albion, as well as supplying Plymouth Argyle's Academy with sportswear, with a number of non-league sides acting as their customers.

The partnership will see TAG providing the Glovers with both matchday kits, training wear ranges and leisure clothing. The club will also consider expanding this out to the Academy in due course. TAG Sportswear Director Tony Footitt has said that Yeovil Town were his company's 'number one target' for next season and that they are aiming to expand their coverage at this level of football:

"TAG Sportswear are delighted to be adding Yeovil Town Football Club to their client list. TAG Sportswear decided to expand its coverage of EFL clubs for the 2018/19 season and Yeovil Town Football Club was selected as the number one target. The Glovers are a perfect fit; the size of the football club, their values, their roots and traditions were all major factors in our belief that YTFC was the right partner."

The club's 2018-19 first team home kit has already been chosen. Although the Glovers haven't stated whether a new away kit will be launched, this change of supplier would imply this is on the cards. The plan is for the replica first team home kit to be available in early July.

The design for the 2018-19 Yeovil Town home shirt
The design for the 2018-19 Yeovil Town home shirt



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11 April 2018 : GWSC Travel For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the rearranged League Two match against Accrington Stanley. The match takes place at the Crown Ground on Tuesday 17th April 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Accrington Stanley : Tuesday 17th April 2018.
Huish Park: 12.00 noon
Adult Members: £36.00; Member Concessions: £34.00
Adult Non-Members: £38.00; Non-Member Concessions: £36.00

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

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

NOTE: If you were booked on the previous trip, please explicitly rebook for the rearranged game - this will be treated as a fresh booking.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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11 April 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Swindon Town Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 2-2 draw against Swindon Town at the County Ground, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the draw, his change in formation for the start of the match, the injury to Stuart Nelson and the club's current league position. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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11 April 2018 : Video : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Yeovil Town's 2-2 draw with Swindon Town at the County Ground, these are now online. You'll find just over two minutes worth of footage showing all four goals, including the second half strikes from Lewis Wing and Alex Fisher that gave Yeovil an away point. There's also a first half effort from Wing that is turned over by the goalkeeper. Watch via the link below.

Update: Just under three minutes of YouTube footage has also been added below.

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




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10 April 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday evening's 2-2 draw against Swindon Town at the County Ground, 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 Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.


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10 April 2018 : Way Believes Players Need To Deal With Anxiety And Inexperience To Succeed
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt his players kept going to the end of Tuesday night's 2-2 draw against Swindon Town, even though he admited they weren't at their best, particularly during the first half. The Glovers had to twice come from behind after Matthew Taylor scored a brace for the Wiltshire side, with Lewis Wing's long range strike and Alex Fisher's 89th minute goal giving them a point to take home.

Way said after the match that he was disappointed with his team's first half performance, believing that players were showing a level of anxiety and inexperience in the way that they made a number of decisions. He wanted his team to show more belief, and told BBC Somerset that the late equaliser showed why they shouldn't give up on a game in any circumstances:

"Never ever giving up. I thought the subs made an impact - that was important. I was disappointed with the first half. I thought there were one or two players that were suffering with anxiety, with a couple of the decisions that they made, and you get that with inexperienced players. They're learning their trade in the game, and one thing that I have said to them is to make sure that you believe, and believe in yourselves. When they cross that white line and they're in that arena, we can't do anything to help them, and they have to make sure they believe in themselves. We've had good games, we've had poor games, and there were one or two flashes of inexperience and anxiety at times. But having said that, they kept going until the end, and that's really pleasing as a manager."

Way made four changes to his line-up for the match at the County Ground on the night. Although two of those were forced through suspension, he chose to make two more, along with a formation change, switching from the more recently used 4-4-2, back to the 4-3-3 he regularly employed earlier in the season and during last year. Way said he chose the additional personnel changes due to the fact that his side had been stretched badly whilst playing with nine men against Luton Town on Saturday, but admitted that his team looked stronger when after half an hour's play they moved back to the 4-4-2 formation:

"Against a good team (against Luton Town) they played many passes from left to right, and they had to carry a big workload, which is why I made the changes. In hindsight when we look at the team, and reverting back to the 4-4-2, I felt we were stronger, and as I've said I take responsibility for that. But having said that, when you go 1-0 down and you don't block a shot and you don't block a cross, we explained that was their strength before kick-off. But they've got good players and they've got one or two that have got a wealth of experience. I knew before, going into the game tonight that they had over three thousand appearances to our thousand. You take Stuart Nelson off tonight and I think we were down to 600. But it's up to the players then to take responsibility, which they did. But again it was good for our supporters to travel home, knowing that our players are giving everything."

Stuart Nelson's substitution at half time came after the player had suffered a collision with Swindon defender Oliver Lancashire. After the game, Way didn't put a firm prognosis on the problem, but said that Nelson had suffered swelling in the wrist area that meant he had to be withdrawn, with Jonny Maddison taking over between the sticks. At present, it's not clear if Nelson's problem is serious or not.


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10 April 2018 : Swindon 2 Yeovil 2 : Late Fisher Strike Denies Robins
An 89th minute goal from Alex Fisher grabbed Yeovil Town a late share of the spoils against Swindon Town on Tuesday night. The former Motherwell striker grabbed his fifth goal for the club as he turned in an Omar Sowunmi flick-on in the latter stages of a match where the Glovers twice had to come from behind. Matthew Taylor turned in at the near post for the home side early on, with it taking until the midway point of the second half before Lewis Wing's drive from outside the box levelled the scores. But Taylor got his second goal four minutes later when he shot from the edge of the box to restore Swindon's lead. They seemed to be comfortable holding that, until Fisher's vital strike a minute from time gave a 2-2 draw as Yeovil remain in 18th but continue to inch their way towards mathematical safety with six games to go.

Yeovil went into the match making four changes to the team that lost against Luton Town on Saturday. Two of those were forced, with Ryan Dickson's suspension meaning that Bevis Mugabi came into the back four and Tom James moved to the left-back slot. A formation change to a 4-3-3 meant that Francois Zoko's suspension was covered for by an extra midfielder, with Otis Khan coming into a wide position. Oscar Gobern replaced Jared Bird, whilst Alefe Santos was preferred for Jordan Green.

Alex Fisher shot well wide early on, whilst 18 year old Scott Twine headed over the bar for the home side for their first chance. However, Swindon took the lead just 11 minutes into the match. Kaiyne Woolery's low cross into the box from the left hand side was met at the near post by Matthew Taylor, who diverted the ball home from just six yards out for a 1-0 lead that the hosts deserved based on the early play.

That goal showed the difference between the two sides, as Swindon's 4-4-2 dominated Yeovil's 4-3-3 down the flanks, with Yeovil's wide players struggling to get into the game, and often being sucked back into a 4-5-1 to try to get near the ball. It was Swindon getting the better chances from those wide positions, with Scott Twine going close after Matthew Taylor's cross found him in the box.

It took an unfortunate injury to Stuart Nelson to allow Yeovil Town a chance to regroup on this front. The keeper collided with Oliver Lancashire, injuring both players, but with Nelson needing four minutes of treatment on his wrist to deal with an obvious problem. Although he continued, Jonny Maddison's limbering up on the sidelines suggested this was a marginal decision by the physio and management team. However, the delay did give Yeovil a chance to change their formation back to 4-4-2, with Alefe Santos taking a wide right position and Rhys Browne finding himself as a centre-forward.

The break in play also appeared to take the rhythm out of Swindon's play. Lewis Wing's long range effort was palmed over the crossbar by Stuart Moore in one of very few chances during the remainder of the half. The one major incident occurred when Omar Sowunmi cleaned out James Dunne in the centre of the park, leading to Swindon players hoping that referee Trevor Kettle would reach for his back pocket. Instead he lifted a yellow card, whilst Ollie Banks got the same for giving too strong an opinion on the subject to the match official.

The second half opened with Stuart Nelson unable to continue, and so for the second time this season, Jonny Maddison got himself a chance to prove himself. Jordan Green was also brought on for Alefe Santos, with Browne still left up front - he showed his new striker credentials by firing just wide early on. At the other end, Maddison had to be very alert for his first big moment, as Yeovil's defence switched off on a quickly taken free kick that saw Scott Twine put through - thankfully Maddison saved the effort on goal.

Apart from an Omar Sowumni header that went wide from an Otis Khan free kick, Yeovil weren't showing too many signs of getting an equaliser, and it was looking ever more likely that it would need something from out of the blue for that to happen. Cue Lewis Wing, with something from out of the blue. The Middlesbrough loanee has always been happy to rack up three or four long range strikes per game since his arrival at the club, and midway through the second half, he let fly from 20 yards out - on this occasion, it beat keeper Moore and flew into the back of the net for his third goal of his loan spell, and just what the Glovers needed - 1-1 and game back on.

It took less than four minutes for any celebrations to be cut firmly short. Swindon had threatened to restore their lead within a minute of kick-off, and when Matthew Taylor wasn't closed down on the edge of the box, he struck home an 18 yard shot to restore Swindon's lead at 2-1, and frustratingly to put Yeovil on the back foot once again.

Marcus Barnes was introduced as the club's final substitute, as Rhys Browne's night as a striker was ended, but it seemed the more Yeovil pushed for an equaliser, the more dangerous they made Swindon look as the home side caught them on the break. But despite not having created an awful lot to speak of, with a minute to go before the injury time board went up, a ball into the box by Tom James was flicked on by Omar Sowumni, into the path of Alex Fisher, who chested down and volleyed home his fourth goal in four games for a rather vital 89th minute equaliser at 2-2.

Swindon had barely time to react. Chasing for the play-offs, tonight was their fourth consecutive draw at a time when they needed wins, and the best they could do to frighten Yeovil during five minutes of injury time was a shot from substitute Timi Max Elsnik that flew over the bar. This wasn't a classy performance by the Glovers, but it was enough to earn them an away point, and to quietly inch their way to safety in League Two - still 18th, but now with a 10 point gap to the safety line, Barnet are running out of games, whilst Chesterfield's 2-2 draw against Morecambe tonight was about as perfect a result as Yeovil could have hoped for.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Swindon Town 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Matthew Taylor (1-0, 11 mins), Lewis Wing (1-1, 68 mins), Matthew Taylor (2-1, 72 mins), Alex Fisher (2-2, 89 mins)

Swindon Town:
28 Stuart Moore
24 Kyle Knoyle 2 Ben Purkiss 6 Oliver Lancashire 3 Chris Hussey
27 Scott Twine 29 Oliver Banks 8 James Dunne 31 Matthew Taylor
22 Kaiyne Woolery 17 Marc Richards

Substitutes:
7 Paul Mullin (80 mins for Kaiyne Woolery) 12 Will Henry 16 Amine Linganzi 18 Donal McDermott 19 Timi Max Elsnik (87 mins for Scott Twine) 30 Keshi Anderson 34 Ryan McGivern (63 mins for Oliver Lancashire)

Yeovil Town:
25. Stuart Nelson (Capt)
5. Bevis Mugabi 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James
6. Lewis Wing 20. Oscar Gobern 30. Alefe Santos
9. Rhys Browne 18. Alex Fisher 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (46 mins for Stuart Nelson) 4. Jared Bird 8. Connor Smith 15. Jordan Green (46 mins for Alefe Santos) 19. Marcus Barnes (73 mins for Rhys Browne) 21. Ryan Seager 22. Corey Whelan

Swindon Town Bookings: Ollie Banks (dissent, 43 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Omar Sowunmi (foul, 42 mins), Oscar Gobern (foul, 55 mins)

Swindon Town Match Statistics: Possession: 61%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 8; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 39%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire). Assistants: Rob Smith (Hertfordshire) and Ronald Ganfield (Somerset). Fourth Official: Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Attendance: 5,709 (with ??? Yeovil Town supporters)


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10 April 2018 : Team News For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Swindon Town at the County Ground has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name four changes compared to the team that took to the field against Luton Town on Saturday. Left-back Ryan Dickson serves a one match ban and his place in the side is taken by Bevis Mugabi. Striker Francois Zoko starts a four match suspension and his position is taken by Otis Khan.

There are also two unforced changes - Alefe Santos comes into the midfield, displacing Jared Bird. Also in midfield Oscar Gobern comes in for Jordan Green. These changes strongly point to a 4-3-3 or 4-5-1 formation for the game.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments, back in light training), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (knee, out for season), defender Nathan Smith (knee, out until mid-April), Jake Gray (knee, out for season). Left-back Ryan Dickson (one game suspension) and striker Francois Zoko (first game of a four match suspension) are banned today. AFC Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge has a hamstring injury and so makes the decision over the sixth loanee an easier one than might be expected.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
25. Stuart Nelson (Capt)
5. Bevis Mugabi 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James
6. Lewis Wing 20. Oscar Gobern 30. Alefe Santos
9. Rhys Browne 18. Alex Fisher 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Jared Bird 8. Connor Smith 15. Jordan Green 19. Marcus Barnes 21. Ryan Seager 22. Corey Whelan


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10 April 2018 : Donnellan Not Prepared To Use Luton Town Red Cards As An Excuse
Yeovil Town defender Shaun Donnellan has said that he didn't want to use Saturday's red cards as an excuse for the defeat against Luton Town. The Glovers lost 0-3 at Huish Park against the second-placed Hatters, but had to play a large chunk of the match with nine men, due to first half red cards dished out to left-back Ryan Dickson and striker Francois Zoko, putting them in an almost impossible position given the first dismissal also coincided with Luton's second strike.

Donnellan felt that the way the team had started the match was very different to the way the Glovers had been playing in the lead-up to that game, having kept two clean sheets in their preceding three matches, along with the shock 6-2 win against Coventry City. The centre-back told BBC Somerset that he felt that the problems were more rooted in how Yeovil started the match and didn't want the two man disadvantage to mask that:

"I don't think that collectively or individually that we can use that as an excuse. We didn't start the game very well at all. That hasn't been like us, because we've played really well of late, and hopefully that is just a glitch. We've got Tuesday to put it right, and that's what we've got to do. We're all really looking forward to it. We know that we can play a lot better than how we did. Even though we did go down to nine men, we weren't playing very well as a team, and as a unit and that was very uncharacteristic. So I just hope that we can carry on the form leading up to the Luton game."

Donnellan himself has had a mixed time at Huish Park since signing for the club during the January transfer window. Having signed an eighteen month contract, following his decision to leave West Bromwich Albion, Shaun had to wait a long time for his debut, having been an unused substitute for the majority of his time during 2018. However, four games ago, he was given an unexpected starting position, which he has held onto since that point. He admits that the early experience was a frustrating one for him, and says he met with manager Darren Way to talk about the situation:

"I'd say at the start I was very frustrated. For football players, that's our job and that's what we want to do, and if we're not playing football then that isn't what we do. I'm a player that wants to play every single minute of every single game. I feel that my performances have justified that, and I've put a bit of pressure on myself by knocking on the gaffer's door. I had to put the performances in, or it would have been a bit embarrassing really. The gaffer and Terry have been really good to me, to be fair. When I joined, I didn't have it easy. I didn't get an opportunity for a while. I knew to myself that I had to put some good performances in consistently, and I think I've done that. So I'm just looking forward to carrying on until the end of the season."


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10 April 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Bringing Clarity To Yeovil's Discipline
Saturday's home match against Luton Town brought a bit of controversy to it, in terms of the red cards issued to Ryan Dickson and Francois Zoko. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks back at the video footage of that and an earlier game against Barnet, and considers the club's overall disciplinary record this season. Read on via the link below and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Bringing Clarity To Yeovil's Discipline.


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10 April 2018 : Officials For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Swindon Town and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 10th April 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the County Ground. The man in charge will be your friend and mine, Mr Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire). This isn't a complete surprise - he was the official down for the original match before it was postponed due to snow and ice, and the league would have carried his name through to the rearranged fixture, unless there was a good reason not to.

If you don't know who Our Trev is, then you've probably been living under a rock. His name has been legendary amongst Glovers fans for over a decade - whether it's referring to him as "the Whistling Kettle" in games, or berating other referees to ask "Are you Kettle in disguise?" at any duff decision. His reputation has grown over the years, and we're not the only football club who knows of his legendary status.

Going back 17 years, our first view of him was on a Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, 2000. We won the match against Hednesford Town 4-2 but still came away talking about an utterly bizarre refereeing performance that included two farcical penalty decisions for the penalties. The thing about Trevor is he likes to be noticed - and he doesn't care what you think of him. Presumably he believes this is 'imposing' himself, but as far as fans are concerned we don't pay good money for the pleasure of watching strutting, whistling and gesticulating from the official, we pay to watch a game of football. It wasn't too long before the inevitable nickname of the Whistling Kettle became lodged in supporters minds, and it would be hard for us to forget such an obvious name.

His appointment to the National List in 2003 coincided with our rise into the Football League, but his position in the RAF found him moving to East Anglia and we saw far less of him. However our fates have remained intertwined, and his highest refereeing honour to date, was as Fourth Official at the 2007 League One Play-off Final at Wembley.

When in the middle his performances had improved over the intervening years, and he was hardly noticeable in games at Huish Park against the likes of Blackpool and Chesterfield and more recently Port Vale, or away at St Mary's in the League Cup. Even we had to stick on our neutral hats and admit that probably Gary Roberts deserved to walk for a high tackle whilst on a yellow card at Cheltenham Town in our meeting in April 2009 - such an opportunity to get the cards out for that was meat'n'drink for Trevor.

And that's what he does - you'll rarely get a 'last warning' with Our Trev, he'll whip out a card quicker than a sharp-shooter in an old-fashioned Western film, and by the time you're midway through the second half, you've entirely lost count. In the case of a Southend United vs Canvey Island televised cup tie, even he lost count as to who he had booked and when, by showing a 'second' yellow card to a player who hadn't been booked - a sort of a Graham Poll incident only with just the one yellow being involved.

Then there was the match in January 2011 at Hillsborough saw a 2-2 draw that ramped up his reputation for the more modern Yeovil Town supporter, who might not have appreciated why us old-timers rant'n'rave every time his name gets mentioned. This game was littered with seven yellow cards being raised, two red cards, and a twice taken (and missed) penalty. On that night, it was at times like watching one of those motorway pile-ups, where you realise that once one car crashes, that it's going to release a horrible chain of events. On 53 minutes, not a single card had been raised, but in the remaining 37 minutes, everything went a bit crazy.

The red card for Luke Ayling was a typical Kettle dismissal - the majority of League One referees would not have considered raising a second yellow, giving the player one last chance on what wasn't a particularly bad tackle, but no, off he went. Equally, the Giles Coke twice-taken spot kick on the video showed the major encroachment actually came from Yeovil players and not from the Owls, so we got a bit lucky there. Even though there were no complaints on Adam Virgo's red card for a professional foul, the general feel of the night was that this was a Kettlesque performance.

We then had him three months later against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. We're not sure if the Latics had done their homework on the official, but they seemed to do rather a lot of trying to wind things up, combined with the odd dodgy tumble inside the box to see if Our Trev would bite. He didn't on that count, but still managed to raise his yellow card seven times, including sending poor old Luke Ayling from the field for a second time.

We were then serenaded by our One True Love on Valentines Day 2012, as we journeyed to play Wycombe Wanderers. This romantic encounter was never a dirty game, but Mr Kettle was in the mood for handing out cards to those he loved - providing eight players across both teams a memento of their floodlit evening. We're not sure if we should praise him or heckle him for the fact that the Glovers had to take off Gavin Williams during that game to stop him from being sent off. In most other circumstances Gav wouldn't have been in danger - to be fair to the referee, he apparently did tell the Glovers bench that Gavin's next foul would see him leave the field, thus inviting us to get Gavin off before he did. He also managed to conjure up seven minutes of second half injury time in a game where the physios had barely entered the field of play.

On Tuesday 12th March 2013, we were left almost disappointed. The Football League's website had quite firmly stated that Mr Kettle would be joining us for the evening home game against Crawley Town. By the time we got to kick-off, his name had been replaced by James Adcock. Mr Adcock had a game so bad that a number of people still assumed it was Our Trev annoying the players and fans, but mercifully he was sat at home watching TV.

However, he made his mighty return later that year for the August 2013 fixture against Reading during our year in the Championship. With 13 minutes remaining of a gutsy Glovers performance, Luke Ayling and Adam Le Fondre did battle close to the home terrace touchline, and with the ball looking like it was about to run out of play, Le Fondre went own. The Whistling Kettle decided to do his thing and award the penalty that won the game for the Royals. Watching back on the match video, the decision looked horrifically soft, and manager Gary Johnson berated the decision:

"I'm gutted for the lads because they've had that great performance taken away from them by that particular decision. And if you give that decision as it was, then you've got to give the one at the other end (when Michael Ngoo went down in the box), because in my opinion they are exactly the same. This particular referee likes to give penalties on occasions and is very quick to give them. I just think that sometimes you have to think about it for a couple of seconds. I'm going home pleased with my team, but a little bit angry with how the game has been won."

In February 2016, we're not sure if Our Trev was maybe a bit off colour, but for the match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road - a vital six-pointer in which he could have easily stepped in and become the star of the show - he actually had a good unobtrusive game, with just one late yellow card and very little input into the game of note. He was rather more visible for the April 2017 game against Carlisle United - our most recent encounter - where he was the man that dismissed Ben Whitfield from the field of play. The challenge on Tom Miller looked more accidental than vicious, but when a crowd of opposition players all surround Kettle after a controversial incident, you know the red card is coming out. To be fair, if it wasn't him in charge, we probably would have nodded in agreement.

Our most recent meeting came in September 2017, when he took charge of the League Two match against Crawley Town. In all honesty, he didn't have a big impact on the match, even if he lived on the edge with seven bookings, that left you wondering who had and hadn't been booked. We didn't have a good day, losing the match 2-0, and Kettle stopped us from getting back into the match late on after he blew up during a goalmouth scramble, but despite our green-tinted spectacles we thought Crawley's keeper had been fouled. It wasn't a particularly good day, but the officials didn't come into that.

If you think it's just Yeovil Town matches that he does this for, then you'd be wrong. In February 2017, he took charge of the League Two match between Cambridge United and Newport County. During that game he awarded a penalty, and gave a red card to Newport's Mitchell Rose late on during the match. Whilst they couldn't appeal against the penalty itself, Newport successfully appealed against the red card dished out to Rose, and were successful in doing so. However, Kettle still had the last laugh - during the incident, Rose had knocked the red card out of Kettle's hand with it dropping to the floor, and so Rose was charged by the FA for misconduct. The end result was that he received a five match ban for that part of the incident, penalising him for a card that the FA agreed should never have been raised.

Mr Kettle will be aided and abetted by Rob Smith (Hertfordshire) and Ronald Ganfield (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Link: January 2011 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: February 2012 : Wycombe Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Reading 1.

Link: February 2016 : Dagenham and Redbridge 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 2.

Link: September 2017 : Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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9 April 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town travel to Wiltshire to play their rearranged League Two fixture against Swindon Town. The 7.45p.m. kick-off will see the two sides compete at the County Ground, after the match was postponed due to snowfall earlier this year. For those travelling to the game, the Ciderspace guide will help you on your way, with directions, parking, a pub guide, ticketing and statistics, including past meetings. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town.

The main Arkells Stand - away fans get the very far corner blocks
The main Arkells Stand - away fans get the very far corner blocks
Photo © 2008 Ciderspace



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9 April 2018 : Football Association Confirm Glovers Duo Suspensions
The Football Association has confirmed the bans for Yeovil Town pair Ryan Dickson and Francois Zoko. Both players were sent off in the League Two home fixture against Luton Town on Saturday, giving the club their eighth and ninth dismissals of the 2017-18 season.

Left-back Dickson was sent off for a professional foul after he pulled back Danny Hylton in the 19th minute. He will serve a one match ban, which will see him miss Tuesday night's visit to Swindon Town. He will return for the home match against Wycombe Wanderers.

Striker Francois Zoko was dismissed for violent conduct, following a 32nd minute off the ball incident involving Alan McCormack, where the general opinion was that he was trying to punch the ball out of McCormack's hands, but was deemed to have made contact with the player. The FA have confirmed this as a four match ban. As he was dismissed against Stevenage earlier this season, he is given an additional game ban on top of the standard penalty, which will see him miss games against Swindon Town (away), Wycombe Wanderers (home), Accrington Stanley (away), Notts County (away). He will return for the match against Forest Green Rovers on April 24th.

All suspensions are subject to the fixtures taking place - if any are postponed, the suspension will continue until another game is played. There is no indication that the club plan to appeal against either red card.

Current expectations are that Dickson's suspension will see Liverpool loanee Corey Whelan brought back into the squad as a spare defender, whilst Bevis Mugabi will probably start the match against Swindon Town.

For Zoko's absence, the club have three possible options to act as cover, with AFC Bournemouth's Sam Surridge currently the next in the pecking order, although Southampton pair Marcus Barnes and Ryan Seager are also available. The rule concerning the number of matchday loans that can be fielded means that one of those three will almost certainly not make the squad tomorrow, despite the depleted numbers.

Update: Initially the FA carried Zoko's ban as a three match suspension. This was a mix-up at their end with their records for Francois being carried under his birthname of Bernard Zoko, whilst his red card from Saturday was carried under the name of Francois Zoko. Now they've consolidated both sets of records, the four match ban is confirmed.


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9 April 2018 : Ladies Switch Remaining FAWSL1 Fixtures To Alternate Venues
Yeovil Town Ladies are to play the remainder of their 2017-18 season away from Huish Park. Although the main stadium is their designated home venue, they've only staged one game there since mid-November, with other stadiums in Somerset being used to stage fixtures. For their final four home games they will be using Taunton Town's Viridor Stadium (aka Wordsworth Drive) and Weston-super-Mare's Woodspring Stadium.

With a rearranged fixture to fit in as well, that has resulted in the following schedule being set for their four FAWSL1 fixtures:

Friday 13th April - Yeovil Town LFC v Reading WFC - Being played at Taunton Town FC (7.45p.m.)
Wednesday 18th April - Yeovil Town LFC v Birmingham City LFC - Being played at Taunton Town FC (7.45p.m.)
Saturday 21st April - Yeovil Town LFC v Arsenal WFC - Being played at Weston-super-Mare FC (3.00p.m.)
Saturday 12th May - Yeovil Town LFC v Bristol City WFC - Being played at Taunton Town FC - (12.00 noon)

With the first of those two fixtures being arranged for this Friday at Taunton, Chairman Stephen Allinson has apologised for the disruption to supporters of the club, but has said that the situation is out of control of the Ladies club:

"I must apologise to our very loyal fans for the very stop start nature of this season. Cancellations and rearrangements of our fixtures have been caused by matters totally out of our control and certainly not of our choice. I am very grateful to Taunton Town FC and Weston-super-Mare FC and their Board of Directors for confirming their agreement that we can play all our remaining home fixtures at the Viridor Stadium and the Woodspring Stadium and for making us feel so welcome. We shall be playing against several of the top women's sides in the country and many International players will be in action here in Somerset, so please do come along and support our girls and watch elite women's football."

Tickets for all four fixtures can be purchased via the Ladies Ticketing Portal at the usual rates.


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9 April 2018 : Glovers Chairman Reacts To Latest Financial Figures
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has given an upbeat reaction to the club's latest financial figures. As per yesterday's news, the core Yeovil Town trading company made a small profit of £28,350 during the 2016-17 season that saw them finish 20th in League Two, along with an EFL Trophy Quarter-Final place. The club reached the Second Round of the League Cup, but exited the FA Cup at the First Round stage.

In a statement issued by the club, Mr Fry said that the surplus had been generated by the club's cup run, which would have accrued £85,000 from the 2016-17 EFL Trophy, along with the League Cup Second Round match against Premier League side Everton that was played in front of a 24,617 crowd at Goodison Park. He said that money had been reinvested into the playing squad:

"In an age where many clubs make significant losses or operate in an unsustainable way, we have taken steps not only to manage the club’s finances responsibly but also to reinvest wisely when extra income is generated. This surplus, plus the recent signings, have been made as a result of our cup run income and underlines our intent to start climbing the EFL ladder. It is not easy operating any EFL side on a sustainable basis so the sound financial footing we are on is a credit to all involved with the club, especially manager Darren Way who has assembled a side that often overachieves against clubs with far bigger playing budgets."

Link: Yeovil Town Show Small Profit In Latest Financial Accounts.


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8 April 2018 : Yeovil Town Show Small Profit In Latest Financial Accounts
Yeovil Town Football Club have published their accounts for the 2016-17 season. Against an end date of June 30th 2017, the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited (trading as Yeovil Town FC) company accounts show that the club made a profit of £28,350 during that season, compared with a £450,506 loss during the 2015-16 season. This is negated slightly by the £6,835 loss in the Yeovil Town Holdings accounts but represents the first time that the football club has made a profit since the 2013-14 Championship season.

The company turnover (the amount of money that came into the club, without considering costs) stood at just over £3.1 million (£3,185,717) which was a marginal increase on the 2015-16 season figure of £3,148,255. However, basic costs of sales were significantly reduced from last season, with a total of £2,369,492 compared with the previous year's £2,836,600. This figure would include player and staff wages. Administrative costs were £792,360 (compared to £766,238 for the 2015-16 season). There were interest payments of £1,293 (compared to £1,701 during 2015-16).

The company's accumulated profit and loss account stands at a loss of £1,026,982 - improved marginally on the previous season by the aforementioned trading profit. This is balanced out by the long-standing issue of 1.7 milion shares, leaving a total equity of £860,999, which includes cash in hand/bank of £125,252 (a reduction from £246,261 in the 2015-16 season).

One other figure of significant note is that of Season Ticket Revenue. Because the club generally sell season tickets in advance, the amount sold is included in the club's list of creditors on the basis that the actual use of the season ticket only occurs during the following season. For the 2017-18 season, the club obtained £295,261 in Season Ticket sales, but this was a sharp drop from the £403,689 value for the 2016-17 season. This had been a steady source of income for the club, given that it held £404,743 during the 2015-16 season, but fell by roughly a quarter for the current season. This is roughly in line with the figure released by the club of 1,534 individual Season Ticket sales in the 2017-18 season, compared to the estimated 1,950 sold for the 2016-17 campaign.

Link: Yeovil Town Holdings 2016-17 Financial Accounts.


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8 April 2018 : Glovers Defender Included In Checkatrade Team Of The Tournament
Yeovil Town defender Tom James has been named in the Football League's representative XI for the Checkatrade Trophy. Ahead of this afternoon's final between Shrewsbury Town and Lincoln City, the former Cardiff City full-back has been included in their 2017-18 Team Of The Tournament, having been a regular in the Glovers side that reached the Semi-Finals this season.

The Football League's assessment of Tom's performances state the following:

"Yeovil Town's run to the semi-finals was based on a solid back line, and James played all but 45 minutes of the Glovers' six games in the competition. The defender starred throughout, helping the Somerset outfit to successive clean sheets in the knockout stages to dump out AFC Wimbledon and Forest Green Rovers."

Their overall team of the tournament, and associated Manager is as follows:

Goalkeeper: Josh Lillis (Rochdale)

Defender: Omar Beckles (Shrewsbury Town)
Defender: Anthony Gerrard (Oldham Athletic)
Defender: Tom James (Yeovil Town)

Midfielder: Kenji Gorre (Swansea City U21)
Midfielder: Marcus Maddison (Peterborough United)
Midfielder: Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea U21)
Midfielder: Elliott Whitehouse (Lincoln City)
Midfielder: Shaun Whalley (Shrewsbury Town)

Forward: Ollie Palmer (Lincoln City)
Forward: Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town)

Manager: Danny Cowley (Lincoln City)


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8 April 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Luton Town Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Luton Town 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 views on his side's first half and second half performances, and on the two red cards and the officiating, can be read via the link below.

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


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7 April 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Luton Town Match Highlights
For those who want to see match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-3 defeat against Luton Town at Huish Park, these are now available online. As well as the opener from Elliot Lee and the brace from Danny Hylton, the footage shows the incident that led to the penalty which saw Ryan Dickson sent off. The cameraman doesn't quite catch what Francois Zoko did to get his marching orders. However, they do show the second half incident that saw Alan McCormack hit the deck, just prior to Yeovil's best chance of the match from Lewis Wing. Watch the two-and-a-half minutes worth of footage, via the link below.

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




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7 April 2018 : Darren Way Left Frustrated At Lack Of Consistency And Clarity From Officials After Double Red
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way expressed his frustration at the consistency of match officials in League Two, after his side had two more players sent off against Luton Town. The Glovers received their eighth and ninth red cards of the 2017-18 season, after Ryan Dickson and Francois Zoko were dismissed by referee Brendan Malone, early on during the 0-3 home defeat against the Hatters, reducing the match to a near walkover during the second period.

Way's viewpoint was to compare Ryan Dickson's 19th minute dismissal with a decision made earlier in the season that saw Sam Surridge fouled inside the box against Barnet in the February home game that they won 2-0. On that occasion, Bees defender Ricardo Santos appeared to collide with inside the box, but without any card being shown in the aftermath. Way therefore felt that there should have been a similar outcome from Dickson's shirt pull on goalscorer Danny Hylton. Overall he suggested that referee Malone had failed to keep control of what Hylton and his teammate Alan McCormack were doing, and told BBC Somerset there was a lack of consistency and clarity from officials in the way they were looking after games:

"We've had the same incident, which was Sam Surridge against Barnet. He gets kicked and obviously it was a clear goalscoring opportunity, and the opponent doesn't get sent off. Then we have had the same incident today, but apparently he's got to be sent off. So there's no clarity. Then I think there was a little bit of an air of frustration from the supporters and from the players. I wanted them to control themselves throughout that moment. I haven't seen the incident with Zokes, but then he gets sent off. I warned the referee before the game. I said to Danny Hylton after the game, he's a very good player. Alan McCormack, with all the experience that he has got, no matter what you say he is a very good player. The supporters that have seen the last two Luton games have witnessed exactly the same thing. Hylton spins the channel and he gets a penalty, and that's cleverness. As I've said, you have to be able to deal with that, but unfortunately perhaps the referee and the officials as a team, lost their way a little bit."

Despite the game already being lost, Way said he was happy with the manner that his team's nine men approached the second half, stopping the half time scoreline from turning into the avalanche that it could have. He praised both the players for putting in that effort, and the supporters for recognising those who were still on the pitch at the final whistle:

"I was really proud of the way the players conducted themselves in the second half. It was a great effort. To come in at half time, and make sure that we didn't concede a goal, with Stuart Nelson being our only leader as such, it was a tremendous effort. Obviously a big thanks goes to the supporters, because I did say that if you don't capitulate, and you show a lot of effort and a lot of energy and a lot of commitment to make sure that you give everything that you've got, and you don't give up, the way the supporters were was a touch of class. The players appreciated that."


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7 April 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Luton Town
If you watched Saturday's 0-3 defeat against Luton 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 Luton Town.


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7 April 2018 : Yeovil 0 Luton 3 : Two More Red Cards As Hatters Cruise To Victory
Yeovil Town came down to earth with a firm bump this afternoon, as second placed Luton Town did the double over them at Huish Park. The Glovers made it an uphill battle right from the start as Elliot Lee got in behind the back four to give the Hatters the lead with less than four minutes on the clock. Then came the crucial moment of the match as Ryan Dickson was dismissed for pulling back Danny Hylton inside the penalty area, with the Luton striker dispatching the spot kick. Francois Zoko also failed to finish the match as he became Yeovil's ninth dismissal of the season following an off the ball incident involving Alan McCormack, meaning that when Hylton got his second before the break, there were fears of another repeat of the opening day of the season's result. But with the second period turning into a training ground match, the 0-3 scoreline that stood at the break didn't get extended, leaving Yeovil in 19th place in the League Two table, but with two more suspensions to deal with in the coming weeks.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting eleven for the third match in a row, with the only change seeing Ryan Seager drop off the teamsheet, with his Southampton teammate Marcus Barnes sitting on the bench as a replacement. In the Luton line-up, Marek Stech and Harry Cornick were on their bench, with Lawson D'Ath not making the line-up due to a recent injury, thus meaning that Nathan Jones was the only Hatter that played a part in the game, from his role in the dugouts.

Luton got themselves off to a flyer. With just 3 minutes and 10 seconds on the clock, they took the lead. A ball up field saw two Yeovil defenders challenge Danny Hylton for the ball. Unfortunately that meant that when Hylton won the flick-on, Elliot Lee was clean through on goal as he ran through, and he finished well into the corner past Stuart Nelson for a 0-1 advantage.

The visitors got numerous opportunities to extend that lead. One came after Shaun Donnellan lost the ball, leading to Elliot Lee forcing Stuart Nelson into a parried save. The keeper was alert enough to stop Danny Hylton hitting the rebound attempt into the back of the net. Then Omar Sowumni had to clear off his own goal line as he headed a James Collins attempt over the goal for a corner. Yeovil achieved little, with only an Alex Fisher effort from a Jared Bird cross going wide of the target.

It therefore wasn't too surprising when Luton doubled their lead 20 minutes into the match, although it was to be a pivotal moment. When the Yeovil Town defence looked stretched, Danny Hylton was pulled back by Ryan Dickson inside the box as he attempted to win a loose ball. The linesman flagged for the spot kick, and referee Brendan Malone deemed it as a goalscoring opportunity, meaning that Dickson was sent off. Up stepped Hylton and he blasted the spot kick home for a 0-2 advantage and a man advantage.

Yeovil reorganised, with Rhys Browne an early casualty to restore the back four, as Bevis Mugabi came on into a right-back slot, meaning that Tom James took the vacant position that left-back Dickson had vacated, leaving Yeovil lined up in a 4-3-2 formation. But things were to get worse than that just 13 minutes later, when Francois Zoko got involved in an off-the-ball incident involving Alan McCormack. Play had stopped for another incident when McCormack appeared to go down clutching his ribs, and referee Brendan Malone declared it as violent conduct, leaving Yeovil down to nine men - their ninth red card of the season, and Zoko's second dismissal of the season, that will almost certainly mean a four match ban.

The game had by this time turned ugly, with referee Malone spending some time lecturing Darren Way and Terry Skiverton for their reaction to those dismissals, whilst McCormack got loudly booed every time he got near the ball. But with numbers depleted heavily it wasn't too much of a shock when Luton got their third of the day, as Danny Hylton converted a James Collins cross. 0-3 down.

Given the temperature of the game, Hylton's decision to celebrate in front of the home supporters, mocking them, was one of stupidity, and he got himself a yellow card for that, with another incident 30 seconds later leading to Nathan Jones sensibly deciding to get his striker off the field before the match officials could produce further reds. The whole control of the game had gone, with five minutes of injury time needed to cope with all of the off-the-ball goings on that the match referee had to deal with, during which Jake Jervis fired over the bar with his first touch.

That made the second half of the match an entire write-off, played at the pace of a pre-season friendly at times. Thankfully for the most part, the temperature of the match was also lowered, apart from one moment when Alan McCormack was booked for a foul, then took a dive to try to claim a foul, with Nathan Jones again having to intervene to substitute one of his players for the second time in the match before the referee could get involved.

Most of the actual football came from Luton, with Glen Rea firing over the bar, followed by Stuart Nelson saving well in quick succession from James Collins and Alan McCormack. At the other end, Lewis Wing provided a little bit of minimal entertainment for the Glovers fans, as he fired over the bar, and then produced the club's one and only shot on target of the day, as he produced a 76th minute deflected shot that James Shea saved.

But in the end it was all a little bit of a non-event after the break. Luton didn't want to stretch themselves with the game in the bag, whilst for Yeovil it was largely about damage limitation, and not turning their two-man deficit into something that created embarrassment. The nine men did that fairly efficiently, although with Luton rarely bothering to step out of second gear, they weren't put under too much pressure. It was ultimately 'game over' just 40 minutes into the match, and that was the way it stayed, with Yeovil finishing the day in 18th place, and nine points off the relegation spot, as their fine performance on Easter Monday was firmly put into perspective against a Hatters side that have now put 20 goals past them in their last four meetings.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Luton Town 3.

Scorers: Elliot Lee (0-1, 4 mins), Danny Hylton (0-2, 20 mins, pen), Danny Hylton (0-3, 40 mins)

Yeovil Town:
25. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 6. Lewis Wing 4. Jared Bird 9. Rhys Browne
18. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi (21 mins for Rhys Browne) 7. Otis Khan 14. Sam Surridge (54 mins for Alex Fisher) 19. Marcus Barnes 20. Oscar Gobern (71 mins for Jordan Green) 30. Alefe Santos

Luton Town:
36 James Shea
7 Jack Stacey 16 Glen Rea 44 Alan Sheehan 3 Dan Potts
8 Olly Lee 4 Alan McCormack 17 Pelly Ruddock
19 James Collins 9 Danny Hylton 38 Elliot Lee

Substitutes:
1 Marek Stech 2 James Justin 5 John Mullins 14 Harry Cornick 15 Jake Jervis (44 mins for Danny Hylton) 20 Flynn Downes (77 mins for Alan McCormack) 22 Luke Gambin (88 mins for Elliot Lee)

Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Ryan Dickson (19 mins, professional foul), Francois Zoko (32 mins, violent conduct)

Luton Town Bookings: Danny Hylton (41 mins, excessive celebration), Jack Stacey (70 mins, foul), Alan McCormack (75 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 32%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 0; Fouls: 3.

Luton Town Match Statistics: Possession: 68%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). Fourth Official: Adam Penwell (Somerset).

Attendance: 4,316 (with 1,126 Luton Town supporters).


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7 April 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Luton Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Luton Town at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Coventry City on Easter Monday - the third consecutive match the starting eleven has remained the same. There is just one change on the bench, with two Southampton loanees swapping around. Marcus Barnes comes back into the side, whilst Ryan Seager, who has not got onto the pitch since February 24th, has dropped off the teamsheet.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments, back in light training), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (knee, out for season), defender Nathan Smith (knee, out until mid-April), Jake Gray (knee, out for season), midfielder Connor Smith (unspecified knock). Defender Corey Whelan sits out the game for the fourth game running with Ryan Seager also not selected.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
25. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 6. Lewis Wing 4. Jared Bird 9. Rhys Browne
18. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Otis Khan 14. Sam Surridge 19. Marcus Barnes 20. Oscar Gobern 30. Alefe Santos

Luton Town:
36 James Shea
7 Jack Stacey 16 Glen Rea 44 Alan Sheehan 3 Dan Potts
8 Olly Lee 4 Alan McCormack 17 Pelly Ruddock
19 James Collins 9 Danny Hylton 38 Elliot Lee

Substitutes:
1 Marek Stech 2 James Justin 5 John Mullins 14 Harry Cornick 15 Jake Jervis 20 Flynn Downes 22 Luke Gambin


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7 April 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Luton Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Luton Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 7th April 2018 (today) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). He was promoted to the Football League's national referees list during the summer of 2010, at the age of 42. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and ran the line at League level for several years.

Despite him being a localish referee, we've not seen him since October 2016 - largely because he's only taken charge of four games during the 2017-18 season, all during the last month. His last game involving the Glovers was the 0-0 draw against Grimsby Town - for this match we will freely admit that we got a huge let-off. Grimsby striker Omar Bogle was clearly brought down inside the box by defender Darren Ward - something that the match highlights video made rather clear. But Mr Malone decided to give us a goal kick - sometimes they do go your way!

We had on two occasions during the 2015-16 season. The most recent was the trip to Notts County's Meadow Lane ground, which saw the home side win 2-0 in October 2015. There was one booking a piece, and of the key incidents, such as a free kick that led to the Magpies' opening goal scored by Stanley Aborah, we weren't complaining. Before that he was present for the home match against Bristol Rovers. His main contribution during the match was to dish out a red card to Matt Dolan, following two yellow cards. The first was when Dolan blocked off the taking of a free kick, whilst the second was a trip on a Rovers player midway through the second half. Nothing outrageous about either Dolan incident, but on the other hand nothing outrageous about Mr Malone's decision to raise a yellow for both. We've seen referees show more leniency, particularly in the case of the second yellow, but that's more of a matter of consistency between officials. Rovers won the game 1-0 and deserved it on the balance of play.

He took charge of the December 2014 meeting against Leyton Orient, which we lost 3-0 at Huish Park. We can cover that one very quickly - despite a frosty pitch and therefore difficult playing conditions, he dealt with the game very well, with just one booking on the night, keeping himself firmly in the background. During the previous season, we had him for one competitive fixture. That was the October 2013 home match against Leicester City in the Championship. He awarded two penalties during the match - one for each side - and the video footage backed up his decision-making - a trip by Danny Seaborne went against us, whilst James Hayter was brought down inside the box at the other end. Otherwise there was just one booking for timewasting as the Foxes held onto their 2-1 lead. Our recollection was that he did okay, although the Western Gazette were more critical saying he was "certainly not the worst performance from a referee this season, but far from faultless. His decision making was erratic and Richie De Laet deserved a second yellow card" - De Laet's booking came late on during that match and we can't recall what his other offence was on the night.

Earlier that season we had Mr Malone for a pre-season friendly match against Exeter City during which he sent off Grecians midfielder Tommy Doherty. His boss Paul Tisdale had a bit of a post-match grumble about that decision, but the view from those at the game was that it would have been hard for Mr Malone to do otherwise, with the former Glovers loanee having struck Byron Webster in the face in an off-the-ball incident. He was also present - briefly - for the 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra that represented our final home match of the 2012-13 season proper, before we moved into the play-off matches. We actually only saw him as the match referee for around 30 minutes - he pulled up with a hamstring injury, and had to be replaced by fourth official Adam Bromley. In that brief period we saw him he seemed to be doing okay, but in truth had little in the way of contentious decisions to deal with.

Mr Malone was in charge for the Boxing Day 2011 match against Charlton Athletic - a game we lost 2-3 at Huish Park. On the whole he had a decent game, and in fact called one bit of 'controversy' well - visiting keeper Ben Hamer claimed he'd been fouled for Jonathan Obika's 8th minute opener, but the TV footage later proved that the former Holyrood Community School pupil had in fact slipped in the box under his own steam, with the referee correctly ignoring Charlton's protests. The Western Gazette were less impressed with his handling of the game, saying that he "baffled fans with decisions at throw-ins and corners, while six bookings reflects unfairly on the game" - two of those bookings led to suspensions for Glovers players, so that may have been part of the frustration at his decisions.

Mr Malone was the unfortunate official in charge of the stormy September 2011 encounter against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park. The centre-piece of the game was a controversial Kieran Agard goal, scored after he chased down the Owls defence following an uncontested drop ball. Whatever the moral rights and wrongs of that goal, the Laws of the Game that referees are bound to meant that he could not be blamed for the situation that developed.

He did endure a rather difficult second half, in which Wednesday's players were rather fired up and aggrieved about the incident, and we saw four Glovers go into the book, plus an Owls player. He also ruled out awarding a penalty for a shirt tug on Gavin Massey that could have put Yeovil back in the lead. It wasn't the best 45 minutes of refereeing we've seen, but given the circumstances, probably all bar a few Premier League officials would have struggled to control the situation. He later saw Owls goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes called up by the Football Association for an incident in the tunnel at half time, so clearly was keeping his eyes on what was going on out there.

Our first experience of him as the man in the middle for a first team game was the August 2010 Football League Trophy match against Exeter City. Much as though we'd love to put on our best green-tinted spectacles for the red card dished out to Sam Williams for an off-the-ball incident on the night, there were no real complaints about the decision, and overall Mr Malone dealt with the game well.

The other game involving him as a referee was the 2011 New Year's Day match against Plymouth Argyle. There we can have no complaints either, particularly given that he awarded Yeovil a penalty after Andy Williams appeared to slip inside the box. Mr Malone kindly decided that Argyle's Curtis Nelson had clipped him. Unfortunately, Sam Williams failed to take advantage of the bit of charity, by having the penalty attempt saved. Mr Malone chalked off an Andy Williams 'goal' just before the break - the whistle had blown long before it landed in the back of the net though. Mr Malone was praised by manager Terry Skiverton after the game against the Pilgrims, although felt that there were one or two situations where he could have let the game flow to an advantage:

"I thought the referee (Brendan Malone) was excellent today, but there was one time where Andy (Williams) had got away from the defender, and he got pulled back a bit, and he blew up rather than play the advantage and I think that if he had given the advantage then Andy would have got a shot off. It's a hard job, and I'll say again that he (Brendan Malone) was excellent, but in those situations you may want the advantage."

Mr Malone will be assisted by Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Adam Penwell (Somerset).

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

Link: January 2011 : Plymouth Argyle 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 3.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Charlton Athletic 3.

Link: April 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra.

Link: October 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Leicester City 2.

Link: December 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 3.

Link: August 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol Rovers 1.

Link: October 2015 : Notts County 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Grimsby Town 0.


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7 April 2018 : Race Night Hosted By Glovers Trust Tonight
Tonight sees the Glovers Trust host a social event at The Arrow pub in aid of St Margaret's Hospice. They are running a Race Night, that will allow fans and the local community to socialise in aid of a good cause. The event starts at 7.30p.m. tonight, with admission free - you pay only for your 'bets' that you place on the races. You don't have to be a Trust member to attend the evening, although obviously it's a good opportunity to come and meet with and mix with some of those on the Trust Board. See below for full details.

The Glovers Trust host a Race Night tonight at The Arrow pub
The Glovers Trust host a Race Night tonight at The Arrow pub



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6 April 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Luton Town Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday's home match against Luton Town at Hush Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on the opposition and his team's current state of play. Read that via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Previews The Luton Town Home Game.


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6 April 2018 : Two More Clubs Claimed To Be 'Monitoring' Glovers Defender
Last month, it was claimed that Yeovil Town defender Tom James was being watched by a trio of clubs. The Independent newspaper named AFC Bournemouth, Swansea City and Scottish Premiership side Celtic as sending scouts to watch him play. This morning, the Official Tom James Fan Club membership has grown, with the West London Sport website (a derivative of an unspecified local newspaper group) now claiming that Championship sides Brentford and Aston Villa are also interested in him.

Once again, there are no sources or quotes to back up their claims. The article merely states that Brentford "are among clubs monitoring" Tom James, referencing the slightly different list of clubs. Since the Independent produced their article in mid-March, there's been no further sign of the original trio of clubs stepping forward and confirming their intentions.

All of this can be added to last month's claims that Bristol City were chasing defender Shaun Donnellan, despite him only having played two games for the Glovers at that time. We're either reaching the 'silly season' a little earlier than we normally do, or Yeovil Town may need to allocate a special section in their ground for visiting scouts at Huish Park to fit them all in. We'll have to wait until the summer months for anything concrete to transpire here.


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5 April 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Six Appeal
On Easter Monday, Yeovil Town travelled to the Ricoh Arena, coming back with a rather emphatic 6-2 win over Coventry City. The latest Taff's Gloversblog analyses how that performance and result came about, and why the approach to that game appeared to be different to many other fixtures this season. Read that blog via the link below, and feel free to add your own thoughts.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Six Appeal.


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5 April 2018 : LMA Give Yeovil Town Their Performance Of The Week Award
Yeovil Town have been given the LG Performance of the Week Award by the League Managers Association. The Glovers have been recognised for their 6-2 victory against Coventry City on Monday 2nd April 2018, which saw them produce their record away victory since joining the Football League in 2003.

The LMA have been running a weekly award for over ten years, and use a five man panel to decide which team and manager should receive the honour. The current panel of Chairman Howard Wilkinson, Sir Alex Ferguson, Joe Royle, Dave Bassett and Barry Fry have selected the Glovers performance as the most worthy. As a consequence, manager Darren Way will be presented with a celebratory bottle of champagne, provided by Tanners Wines, and an LG Performance of the Week trophy.

This is the fourth time Yeovil Town have been recognised over the years. Russell Slade picked up the award in 2008 for a 1-0 victory over Charlton Athletic. This was followed by Terry Skiverton receiving the honour for the 2011 victory over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, which had stood as the club's record away victory up until Monday, as they thrashed the Londoners by a 5-1 scoreline. Most recently, Gary Johnson picked up the award when his side beat Millwall in the Championship, on the opening day of the 2013-14 season.

The club have been involved in two other Performance Of The Week Awards, whilst on the receiving end of results by other teams. In 2013, Lee Johnson was recognised by the LMA when Oldham Athletic beat Yeovil 1-0 in what was the first 'Johnson Snr vs Johnson Jnr' battle. Then on the opening day of the current 2017-18 season, Nathan Jones was recognised for Luton Town's 8-2 win over the Glovers, which set the club's record Football League defeat.


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5 April 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Coventry City Away Team Selection
Just before Easter Monday's League Two match against Coventry City kicked off at the Ricoh Arena, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the club's unintended break from football, the inclusion of Oscar Gobern and his view on League Two pitches. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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4 April 2018 : GWSC Rearranged Travel For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the rearranged League Two match against Swindon Town. The match takes place at the County Ground on Tuesday 10th April 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Swindon Town : Tuesday 10th April 2018.
Huish Park: 3.45p.m.
Adult Members: £17.00; Member Concessions: £15.00
Adult Non-Members: £19.00; Non-Member Concessions: £17.00

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

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

NOTE: If you were booked on the previous trip, please explicitly rebook for the rearranged game - this will be treated as a fresh booking.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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4 April 2018 : Football League Recognise Coventry City Win As Result Of The Day
It won't come as too much a surprise to find that Yeovil Town's 6-2 away win over Coventry City has been recognised by the Football League. They have selected it as their Result Of The Day for Easter Monday, with it marking the club's record league away win since they entered the League in 2003.

Speaking about the result, which saw Alex Fisher, Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge grab braces, the League say:

"Yeovil Town hit six past Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. Three goals in the opening 15 minutes set the Glovers to run riot and pick up only their fourth away league victory of the season."

The Football League's choice for their Result Of The Day for Easter Monday
The Football League's choice for their Result Of The Day for Easter Monday



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3 April 2018 : Yeovil Town Agent Payments Increase In Latest FA Report
The Football Association have released financial figures detailing the use of Football Agents within each division. The figures cover a slightly odd benchmark of February 1st 2017 until January 31st 2018, covering up until the last transfer window. The published document shows that Yeovil Town paid out £23,840 in agents' fees, compared to the £13,686 they paid out during the previous twelve month period between February 2016 and January 2017. That was also a rise on the previous figures for the October 2015 to February 2016 benchmark which showed just £1,248 paid out.

The figures paid for each League Two club show a large spread. In the past there have been a number of clubs that have decided not to make any payments to agents, but on this occasion every team in the top four division made at least one payment during the twelve month period. Although the Glovers have spent almost twice as much, they still remain roughly in the same situation in terms of the pecking order, with seven clubs having paid less than themselves, and there's little surprise to find which clubs those are, with Crawley Town the lowest, whilst Morecambe, Accrington Stanley, Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers are also down there. The full list is as follows:

Coventry City £113,620; Mansfield Town £85,940; Chesterfield £80,477; Notts County £76,426; Luton Town £75,525; Forest Green Rovers £70,846; Cambridge United £42,449; Grimsby Town £42,232; Colchester United £41,617; Exeter City £41,540; Carlisle United £38,470; Cheltenham Town £33,123; Barnet £31,147; Port Vale £29,495; Lincoln City £28,549; Swindon Town £27,383; Yeovil Town £23,840; Newport County £19,058; Stevenage £17,420; Accrington Stanley £9,632; Crewe Alexandra £9,388; Morecambe £8,801; Wycombe Wanderers £7,311; Crawley Town £4,680

The Football Association's data also identifies which players Yeovil Town signed which attracted payments to agents. They don't disclose the individual amounts and it should be noted that some players agents receive payments on an interim/phased basis - i.e. the list of players are not necessarily new signings - in the case of Francois Zoko, Otis Khan and Tom James they coincided with new contract deals being signed.

The list of players that attracted agent payments, with their agents shown in brackets, are as follows:

19/06/2017 : Rhys Browne (Leon Callender, Straight Ace Sports)
26/06/2017 : Jake Gray (Clive Platt, Unique Sports Management)
30/06/2017 : Connor Smith (Paolo Vernazza, Platinum One Sports Management)
30/06/2017 : Francois Zoko (Bruce Tumenta)
30/06/2017 : Otis Khan (Alex Levack, Sidekick Management)
30/06/2017 : Tom James (Rhys Williams, Base Soccer Agency)
08/07/2017 : James Bailey (Paolo Vernazza, Platinum One Sports Management)
29/01/2018 : Shaun Donnellan (Dax Price, Select Soccer Management)


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3 April 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Monday afternoon's 2-6 victory against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, 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 Coventry City vs Yeovil Town.


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3 April 2018 : Pop Quiz : What Do Kenny Dalglish's Liverpool And Yeovil Town Have In Common?
Yeovil Town's 6-2 victory over Coventry City gave the Glovers a Football League era away record result, but it also set a few unwanted benchmarks at the Sky Blues end. Easter Monday's result was the first time Coventry have conceded six goals at the Ricoh Arena, having moved there from Highfield Road in 2005. It didn't quite beat their worst home defeat at the new ground, with them having lost 0-5 against West Bromwich Albion in 2008 in the FA Cup.

Quite remarkably, this is only the second time in Coventry City's Football League and Premier League history that they have conceded six goals on their home patch. At the end of the First World War, they were elected to the Football League, starting in Division Two for the 1919-20 season. Since then, Coventry have only let in six on one other occasion - a 1-6 defeat against Liverpool in 1990 at Highfield Road. On that occasion, they saw John Barnes get a hat-trick, with Ronny Rosenthal getting two and Ian Rush scoring one, after Coventry had taken the lead through Kevin Gallacher.

For that 1989-90 defeat, Coventry could at least console themselves that they were beaten on the final day of the season by the Football League Champions, who had already won the title two games previously, and were in their prime under Kenny Dalglish's management. Now three divisions lower, and having lost to a side who went into the match in 18th place in League Two, Easter Monday's 2-6 defeat may not be quite so easy to swallow.

Link: Coventry Thrashing Sets New League Away Record.


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3 April 2018 : Coventry 2 Yeovil 6 : Three Doubles Leave Sky Blues Stunned
Yeovil Town scored six goals away from home for the first time since they entered the Football League on Easter Monday, as they stunned play-off chasing Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. The Glovers marginally surpassed their 5-1 away win against Leyton Orient in 2011 at Brisbane Road by sticking six past the Sky Blues, in a game that got off to a flying start. Alex Fisher scored twice in the opening 15 minutes, sandwiched by a Francois Zoko goal, giving the Glovers a 3-0 half time lead. Coventry rallied as substitute Maxime Biamou pulled a goal back, only for Zoko to get his second. Biamou then scored the goal of the afternoon as he stuck from distance but that mattered little as substitute Sam Surridge scored twice in the closing stages to produce a 6-2 final scoreline and to lift the Glovers up to 17th in the table, and eleven clear of the relegation spots.

The Glovers went into the match naming the same starting eleven as the one that took to the field against Colchester United sixteen days previously. The only change was on the bench where Oscar Gobern was fit again. That meant that two of the club's loan players sat out the game, with Marcus Barnes joining Corey Whelan in the stands. Coventry's squad included former Glovers trialist Chris Stokes, who the club tried unsuccessfully to sign from Forest Green Rovers during the 2014-15 season.

To say the match opened up in stunning style would be an understatement. Six minutes into the match, Lewis Wing's right wing cross was spilt by home keeper Lee Burge, and Coventry didn't recover from that mistake. Shaun Donnellan pushed the ball back across the face of goal where Burge no longer was, and Alex Fisher was on hand to convert from half a yard out, into an empty net for a 0-1 advantage.

Five minutes later, and Coventry's woeful start to the match was once again capitalised upon by Yeovil Town. Experienced midfielder Michael Doyle was caught napping as he lost possession to Lewis Wing, whose run took defenders one way, whilst Francois Zoko pulled out in the other direction. That allowed Wing the opportunity to provide a simple pass to the striker, who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left corner from just inside the box, for a 2-0 lead.

Three Yeovil Town attacks became three Yeovil Town goals just fifteen minutes into the match. A long punt up field by Stuart Nelson was headed on by Alex Fisher. That looked harmless enough given he had no support nearby, right up until the point when Jack Grimmer's woeful attempt to head back to his goalkeeper fell short, allowing the energetic Fisher to nip between the two of them, and convert his second goal of the game, with only 15 minutes gone, for a fairly surreal looking 3-0 advantage.

Once Coventry woke up and realised they were actually playing a football match on Easter Monday, they began to look a reasonable side. However, it wasn't just mistakes at the back that they were making. Peter Vincenti managed to entirely miss the ball on an open goal when the ball whistled across Yeovil's six yard box. Then Marc McNulty headed over the bar from about a foot out, as a back post cross went beyond Stuart Nelson. Vincenti was hauled off after just 35 minutes, and his replacement Maxime Biamou managed to force Nelson into his first save of the day, as he dived low to his right.

But Yeovil could have even sneaked a fourth before half time - Alex Fisher's well directed header five minutes before the break had the 251 fans celebrating, only to find a linesman's flag to up to deny him. No surprise that boos rang out from the home sides of the stadium at half time. Home boss Mark Robins even chose to replace his goalkeeper at the break, with Liam O'Brien replacing Lee Burge, who didn't appear to be injured, but had clearly gifted the opening goal that had set off the first half avalanche.

Coventry responded well early in the first half, and Maxime Biamou gave his side some hope when Yeovil Town's one bit of sloppy defending gave the Sky Blues a 47th minute goal. The back line were far too static when a Coventry player hit the deck with Yeovil apparently expecting a free kick to be awarded against them. Instead, the prone player managed to flick a leg out to push the ball into the path of Marc McNulty. The striker pulled the ball back with a short pass, and Biamou got a six yard tap-in, to give the home side a bit of hope at 1-3.

It didn't take long for the three goal advantage to be restored though. Yeovil caught Coventry on the break as a through ball found Francois Zoko on the left flank. With no-one else in support, he out-fought the attentions of Dominic Hyam, and slotted the ball home across the face of the keeper and into the bottom right hand corner for the 1-4 advantage.

That was largely the nature of the second period. At either two or three goals down, Coventry kept pushing to get a foothold in the game, with their forward numbers allowing Yeovil plenty of space when they did regain possession. Midway through the second half, and Sky Blues fans probably wondered why Maxime Biamou had not been on since the start of the match. He struck a looping 20 yard 68th minute volley out of nowhere that pulled the game back to 2-4 for what was undeniably the goal of the game.

At that point, things could have got a bit wobbly. A superb bit of anticipation by Stuart Nelson saw him rush off his line to smother a Marc McNulty shot before the striker could tee it up properly. Then Dominic Hyam had a shot cleared off the goalline, leading to one of those chaotic goalmouth scrambles. Had Coventry converted one of those, then things could have got a bit 'interesting' in the final ten minutes.

Instead, Yeovil Town had introduced AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge as a replacement for Alex Fisher, and within six minutes of his addition, he got in on the act. Rhys Browne pulled the ball back to substitute Oscar Gobern, and his floated cross to the back post found Surridge behind the Coventry defence to head home his first goal in open play since New Year's Day, and to restore the three goal cushion at 2-5.

Coventry's day of woe got that little bit worse deep into second half injury time, when a superb bit of play by Francois Zoko got Yeovil their sixth of the day. Despite a crowd of Sky Blues defenders in front of him, he provided a threaded pass into the path of Sam Surridge, who fired home into the top left corner from close range for a 2-6 away win, and Yeovil's biggest victory on their travels since they ended the Football League. With Coventry boasting the meanest home defence in League Two, and Yeovil having the division's leakiest defence on their travels, anyone who predicted an away victory was probably pushing their luck and optimism. But there will have been no-one who saw a result of that magnitude happening in a million years. Football is a funny old game at times.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Coventry City 2 Yeovil Town 6.

Scorers: Alex Fisher (0-1, 6 mins), Francois Zoko (0-2, 11 mins), Alex Fisher (0-3, 15 mins), Maxime Biamou (1-3, 47 mins), Francois Zoko (1-4, 55 mins), Maxime Biamou (2-4, 68 mins), Sam Surridge (2-5, 80 mins), Sam Surridge (2-6, 90 mins)

Coventry City:
1 Lee Burge
2 Jack Grimmer 15 Dominic Hyam 5 Rod McDonald 24 Ryan Haynes
7 Peter Vincenti 30 Tom Bayliss 8 Michael Doyle 32 Kyel Reid
10 Marc McNulty 18 Jonson Clarke-Harris

Substitutes:
3 Chris Stokes 9 Maxime Biamou (35 mins for Peter Vincenti) 12 Tom Davies 13 Liam O'Brien (46 mins for Lee Burge) 26 Jordan Shipley 27 Josh Barrett (74 mins for Ryan Haynes) 38 Jordan Ponticelli

Yeovil Town:
25. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 6. Lewis Wing 4. Jared Bird 9. Rhys Browne
18. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Otis Khan (90 mins for Jordan Green) 14. Sam Surridge (74 mins for Alex Fisher) 20. Oscar Gobern (77 mins for Jared Bird) 21. Ryan Seager 30. Alefe Santos

Coventry City Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Jordan Green (foul, 62 mins)

Coventry City Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 12; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire). Fourth Official: Mark Cunliffe (Merseyside).

Attendance: 8,787 (with 251 Yeovil Town supporters).


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3 April 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Coventry City Away Game
Following Easter Monday's 6-2 win over Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his view on the club's biggest win of the 2017-18 season. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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3 April 2018 : Darren Way Believes Coventry Win Will Raise Some Eyebrows Around The Division
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side's victory against Coventry City would have raised a few eyebrows around the division, after they beat the promotion-chasing side by a 6-2 scoreline on Easter Monday. When the side with the best home defensive record came up against the team with the worst away defensive, on paper it would have been reasonable to put it down as a home banker. Instead, the Sky Blues found themselves being taken apart, as Francois Zoko, Alex Fisher and Sam Surridge grabbed braces in the club's best win of the season.

Way told BBC Somerset after the game that he felt his side could have even got more than that, with Fisher denied a hat-trick by a linesman's offside flag, after he headed home during the first half. Way said that he thought the team's end-to-end performance deserved that sort of a result:

"I thought our performance from start to finish today was very good. That would have raised a few eyebrows, looking at a team that were in very good form. I don't think they've conceded goals like that, or certainly not that many. Probably two or three has been their maximum, but it could have been eight at one stage. We had Alex Fisher's ruled out for offside, which was marginal. Jared Bird broke through one-on-one which they gave offside but it wasn't offside. So overall we have to be pleased and I think our supporters deserved a result like that."

The Glovers went into the match having had an unintended 16 day gap in their season, with an international break, coupled with a waterlogged pitch meaning they had to watch as other clubs played their fixtures around them. Way admitted that extra time on the training ground had worked well for his side, in terms of getting some of the earlier tackles in, to upset Coventry's rhythm in the game. He also had praise for substitute Sam Surridge who came off the bench to grab two late goals for the club - his first in open play since New Year's Day:

"We've had time to work on the training ground. We've talked about fight first, and play after. I thought we did that very well. There was a lot of blocking and tackling in the first half, and we earned the right to be able to penetrate a good team like we did. I thought some of the finishing was excellent. When you look at Surridge's finishing at the end there, he came on and he made an impact. It's the first time I've really felt as a manager, where I've had options on the bench. I've never had that before."


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2 April 2018 : Video : Coventry City vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those that want to watch match highlights of Easter Monday's dramatic 6-2 away win against Coventry City, highlights of the game are now online. Despite them offering two minutes worth of footage from the game, they don't provide you with too much more other than the eight goals that were scored - a dreadful miss from Marc McNulty during the first half is the exception. Otherwise tune in via the link below, with two for Alex Fisher, two for Francois Zoko and two for Sam Surridge. There's also two for Maxime Biamou that he probably won't be so keen to remember.

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




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2 April 2018 : Coventry Thrashing Sets New League Away Record
Yeovil Town's 6-2 away win against Coventry City on Easter Monday set a club record away win since they entered the Football League. The Glovers victory surpassed the 5-1 win over Leyton Orient in a League One match in 2011 that saw Shaun MacDonald score a hat-trick at Brisbane Road.

To find a bigger away victory in a Yeovil Town league match, you have to go back to the 2002-03 season when they beat Telford United in a GM Vauxhall Conference League match on October 13th 2002, during the early part of their Conference title winning season. On that day, goals from Nick Crittenden, Adam Lockwood, Andy Lindegaard, Howard Forinton and Gavin Williams saw them beat the Shropshire side 5-0 at the New Bucks Head.

The last time Yeovil Town scored six goals away from home in a league match came on December 6th 1988. On that occasion, a 6-2 victory over Stafford Rangers saw the club win, with Guy Whittingham and Keith Tonge getting a brace, whilst Neil Cordice and Paul Randall also netted. Nearly 30 years has passed since the club last hit six goals against a club on their travels.

The club's record Football League win remains the 6-1 victory over Oxford United during the 2004-05 season. On that day, Phil Jevons got a hat-trick, whilst Andrejs Stolcers bagged two goals, with Kevin Gall scored one at Huish Park.


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2 April 2018 : Coventry 2 Yeovil 6 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town scored six goals away from home for the first time since they entered the Football League on Easter Monday, as they stunned play-off chasing Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. The Glovers marginally surpassed their 5-1 away win against Leyton Orient in 2011 at Brisbane Road by sticking six past the Sky Blues, in a game that got off to a flying start. Alex Fisher scored twice in the opening 15 minutes, sandwiched by a Francois Zoko goal, giving the Glovers a 3-0 half time lead. Coventry rallied as substitute Maxime Biamou pulled a goal back, only for Zoko to get his second. Biamou then scored the goal of the afternoon as he stuck from distance but that mattered little as substitute Sam Surridge scored twice in the closing stages to produce a 6-2 final scoreline and to lift the Glovers up to 17th in the table, and eleven clear of the relegation spots.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Coventry City 2 Yeovil Town 6.

Scorers: Alex Fisher (0-1, 6 mins), Francois Zoko (0-2, 11 mins), Alex Fisher (0-3, 15 mins), Maxime Biamou (1-3, 47 mins), Francois Zoko (1-4, 55 mins), Maxime Biamou (2-4, 68 mins), Sam Surridge (2-5, 80 mins), Sam Surridge (2-6, 90 mins)

Coventry City:
1 Lee Burge
2 Jack Grimmer 15 Dominic Hyam 5 Rod McDonald 24 Ryan Haynes
7 Peter Vincenti 30 Tom Bayliss 8 Michael Doyle 32 Kyel Reid
10 Marc McNulty 18 Jonson Clarke-Harris

Substitutes:
3 Chris Stokes 9 Maxime Biamou (35 mins for Peter Vincenti) 12 Tom Davies 13Liam O'Brien (46 mins for Lee Burge) 26 Jordan Shipley 27 Josh Barrett (74 mins for Ryan Haynes) 38 Jordan Ponticelli

Yeovil Town:
25. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 6. Lewis Wing 4. Jared Bird 9. Rhys Browne
18. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Otis Khan (90 mins for Jordan Green) 14. Sam Surridge (74 mins for Alex Fisher) 20. Oscar Gobern (77 mins for Jared Bird) 21. Ryan Seager 30. Alefe Santos

Coventry City Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Jordan Green (foul, 62 mins)

Coventry City Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 12; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire). Fourth Official: Mark Cunliffe (Merseyside).

Attendance: 8,787 (with 251 Yeovil Town supporters).


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2 April 2018 : Team News For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Colchester United just over two weeks ago.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), James Bailey (knee ligaments, back in light training), goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (knee, out for season), defender Nathan Smith (knee, out until mid-April), Jake Gray (knee, out for season), midfielder Connor Smith (unspecified knock). Defender Corey Whelan sits out the game for the third game running with Marcus Barnes also not selected.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
25. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 17. Omar Sowunmi 11. Ryan Dickson
15. Jordan Green 6. Lewis Wing 4. Jared Bird 9. Rhys Browne
18. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Otis Khan 14. Sam Surridge 20. Oscar Gobern 21. Ryan Seager 30. Alefe Santos


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2 April 2018 : December 2017 : Man Of The Match Results
During the month of December 2017, Yeovil Town played eight matches, and once again results were mixed. Checkatrade Trophy and FA Cup wins were coupled with two league wins, two defeats and a draw. The Man of the Match results for that month are summarised below - once again the top marks were shared around, although Omar Sowunmi and Otis Khan managed to finish on top on two occasions. Results are as follows:

Port Vale (Away, FA Cup) : Drew 1-1 : Scorer : Jordan Green.

1. Omar Sowunmi 26 (2) (Tied result)
1. Alefe Santos 26 (2) (Tied result)
3. James Bailey 10 (1)
4. Jordan Green 8 (0)
5. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)
6. Francois Zoko 2 (0)
6. Sam Surridge 2 (0)
6. Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4
Performance : 4
Entertainment : 4
VOTES RECEIVED : 5

AFC Wimbledon (Home, Checkatrade) : Won 2-0 : Scorers : Keston Davies, Jake Gray.

1. Tom James 78 (5)
2. Oscar Gobern 64 (5)
3. Jordan Green 48 (3)
4. Otis Khan 22 (1)
5. Sam Surridge 10 (0)
6. Omar Sowunmi 8 (0)
7. Connor Smith 6 (0)
7. Bevis Mugabi 6 (0)
9. Keston Davies 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.57
Performance : 7.86
Entertainment : 7.29
VOTES RECEIVED : 14

Lincoln City (Home) : Lost 0-2.

1. Jordan Green 36 (3)
2. Alefe Santos 30 (2)
3. Omar Sowunmi 24 (0)
4. Artur Krysiak 22 (2)
5. James Bailey 18 (1)
6. Francois Zoko 16 (1)
6. Nathan Smith 16 (1)
8. Sam Surridge 4 (0)
9. Tom James 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.46
Performance : 3.85
Entertainment : 3.08
VOTES RECEIVED : 13

Port Vale (Home, FA Cup Replay) : Won 3-2 : Scorers : Otis Khan (2), Francois Zoko.

1. Otis Khan 58 (2)
2. Matt Worthington 54 (4)
3. Tom James 50 (3)
4. Omar Sowunmi 20 (2)
5. Ryan Dickson 20 (0)
6. Sam Surridge 16 (1)
7. Jake Gray 12 (1)
8. James Bailey 10 (1)
9. Nathan Smith 6 (0)
10. Francois Zoko 2 (0)
10. Jordan Green 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.93
Performance : 5.14
Entertainment : 6.71
VOTES RECEIVED : 14

Mansfield Town (Away) : Drew 0-0.

1. Artur Krysiak 10 (1) (Tied result)
1. Matt Worthington 10 (1) (Tied result)
3. Sam Surridge 6 (0)
3. Francois Zoko 6 (0)
5. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)
5. Tom James 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.5
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 7
VOTES RECEIVED : 2

Exeter City (Home) : Won 3-1. Scorers Jake Gray, Francois Zoko, Sam Surridge.

1. James Bailey 142 (11)
2. Francois Zoko 126 (7)
3. Jake Gray 106 (5)
4. Matt Worthington 90 (4)
5. Omar Sowunmi 86 (5)
6. Sam Surridge 84 (5)
7. Nathan Smith 40 (2)
8. Artur Krysiak 22 (0)
9. Tom James 16 (1)
10. Otis Khan 10 (1)
11. Bevis Mugabi 6 (0)
11. Jonny Maddison 6 (0)
13. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.44
Performance : 8.24
Entertainment : 8.63
VOTES RECEIVED : 41

Cheltenham Town (Away) : Won 2-0. Scorers: Omar Sowunmi, Jordan Green.

1. Omar Sowunmi 96 (9)
2. Sam Surridge 28 (1)
3. Francois Zoko 14 (1)
4. Nathan Smith 14 (0)
5. Jake Gray 12 (0)
6. Jordan Green 10 (1)
7. Tom James 10 (0)
8. Matt Worthington 8 (0)
8. Connor Smith 8 (0)
10. Otis Khan 6 (0)
11. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.67
Performance : 7.83
Entertainment : 7.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 12

Morecambe (Away) : Lost 3-4. Scorers: Jake Gray, Otis Khan, Omar Sowunmi.

1. Otis Khan 20 (2)
2. Tom James 10 (1)
3. Connor Smith 6 (0)
3. Francois Zoko 6 (0)
5. Sam Surridge 2 (0)
5. Jake Gray 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.33
Performance : 4.67
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 3


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1 April 2018 : November 2017 : Man Of The Match Results
Another long overdue round-up of the Man of the Match votes from the past few months provides a summary of Yeovil Town's results and voting from November 2017. During this month, two cup matches book-ended four League Two fixtures, with some mixed results - both cup games were won, whilst in the league the club lost three out of the four games they played.

The summary of the Man of the Match voting from these games is shown below, with six different players singled out for each of the six matches played.

Southend United (Home) : Won 1-0 : Scorer : Otis Khan (penalty).

1. Omar Sowunmi 170 (9)
2. Tom James 116 (9)
3. Bevis Mugabi 106 (7)
4. Sam Surridge 60 (3)
5. Nathan Smith 42 (2)
6. Otis Khan 34 (1)
6. Artur Krysiak 34 (1)
8. Jake Gray 32 (2)
9. Rhys Browne 20 (0)
10. James Bailey 16 (1)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.11
Performance : 8.06
Entertainment : 8.17
VOTES RECEIVED : 35

Carlisle United (Away) : Lost 4-0.

1. Sam Surridge 16 (1)
2. Omar Sowunmi 12 (1)
3. Artur Krysiak 10 (1)
4. Nathan Smith 6 (0)
5. Jordan Green 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5
Performance : 4.5
Entertainment : 5.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 4

Swindon Town (Home) : Lost 1-2 : Scorer : Rhys Browne.

1. Artur Krysiak 126 (10)
2. Omar Sowunmi 62 (1)
3. Sid Nelson 40 (3)
4. Nathan Smith 18 (1)
5. Otis Khan 16 (1)
6. Matt Worthington 14 (0)
7. Rhys Browne 12 (0)
8. Tom James 10 (1)
9. James Bailey 6 (0)
10. Jake Gray 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.12
Performance : 5.88
Entertainment : 6.35
VOTES RECEIVED : 17

Notts County (Home) : Drew 1-1 : Scorer : Francois Zoko.

1. Rhys Browne 98 (7)
2. Omar Sowunmi 78 (5)
3. Matt Worthington 74 (2)
4. Tom James 40 (3)
5. Artur Krysiak 28 (2)
6. Nathan Smith 24 (1)
7. Francois Zoko 18 (1)
8. Otis Khan 12 (0)
9. Jake Gray 10 (1)
10. Olufela Olomola 8 (0)
11. James Bailey 2 (0)
11. Jordan Green 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.7
Performance : 5.74
Entertainment : 5.65
VOTES RECEIVED : 23

Wycombe Wanderers (Away) : Lost 1-2 : Scorer : Francois Zoko.

1. Matt Worthington 12 (1)
2. Artur Krysiak 10 (1)
3. Omar Sowunmi 10 (1)
4. Nathan Smith 6 (0)
4. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)
4. Tom James 6 (0)
7. Jordan Green 2 (0)
7. Francois Zoko 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 3

Plymouth Argyle (Home) : Won 2-1 : Scorers : Tom James, Sam Surridge.

1. Alefe Santos 82 (8)
2. Tom James 40 (2)
3. Omar Sowunmi 26 (0)
4. Otis Khan 20 (1)
5. Jordan Green 14 (1)
6. Francois Zoko 10 (0)
6. Olufela Olomola 10 (0)
8. Ryan Dickson 8 (0)
9. Sam Surridge 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.08
Performance : 7.33
Entertainment : 6.83
VOTES RECEIVED : 12


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1 April 2018 : Officials For Coventry City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Coventry City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Monday 2nd April 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Ricoh Arena. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear).

Clearly we don't get referees from the far North-East too often, but even bearing that in mind, the fact that we've only had him four times since February 2007 is unusual, particularly given that he was a reasonable regular during our early Football League days.

The first occasion we had him was at Moss Rose for a game against Macclesfield Town in 2003 and it didn't take long to spot he was one of the poorest officials on the circuit. Unfortunately Yeovil Town were even poorer that day, although we weren't helped by him denying Adam Lockwood a clear penalty - Locky was stamped on which provoked a melee, but he ended up booking the Glovers defender for it, and an entirely random Macclesfield player who wasn't even the one who kicked (literally) the whole thing off.

Later that season, we had him again, for an away match against Boston United. His performance at York Street on a Bank Holiday Monday 2004, won't be forgotten in a hurry by the 400 Glovers fans there: shambolic is too kind a word. The Glovers bench got into a steaming row with him when he forced an injured Darren Way to leave the field of play, but for reasons only known to himself wouldn't let us make the substitution - Way's absence allowed the very man he had been marking the chance to score unmarked 15 seconds later. Ilderton should have claimed an assist. He was also involved in Boston's second goal, gifting them a free kick after Paul Terry's ball-winning tackle, with future Glover David Noble netting from it.

Ilderton then chalked off a successful Gavin Williams penalty, claiming that he'd not blown his whistle for it to be taken despite there being no reason for him to need play to be delayed in any way - Gavin's second attempt was saved. His final contribution to a stinker of a game was to allow Boston's winning goal to stand, even though in fairness his linesman should have been able to give it - a ball over the top that looked an obvious offside saw both linesman and referee leave the decision to each other, giving Boston a 90th minute winner, and Mr Ilderton and his merry men a hand in all three of the home side's goals. Unsurprisingly after one of the worst refereeing performances we've witnessed, Gary Johnson wasn't too impressed, saying of Way's injury for the opening goal:

"That has to be the worst decision that a referee has ever made. The reason why is because he told Darren Way to get up. Darren Way was injured and he told him to get up and get off. If Darren Way stays down and has his treatment then we can make our substitution anyway. Nick was ready anyway. But he told him to get up and get off and then wouldn't allow us to bring Nick Crittenden on. Obviously the goal came during that 30 seconds. We thought that was really poor and we also thought that the handling of the penalty was really poor. Gavin waited for ages to take that penalty and when he put it in, the referee said that he didn't blow his whistle, and then he changed his mind later and told them that one of them was encroaching."

Thankfully, the other matches he's dealt with at Football League level have been a great deal more anonymous. He was back at Moss Rose in 2005, although without a repeat of the issues we'd had with him on his first visit there. Then in February 2007, he took charge of our 4-1 win over Carlisle United - we had a few grumbles about his performance that day, but nothing on the scale of his Boston horror show.

Of the more recent meetings, one came during February 2013. We were critical of his observational skills on the day, in a 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. He seemed to miss a large number of incidents during the match - James Hayter had a penalty appeal turned down during the second half. Having made the decision not to award a spot kick you'd think Mr Ilderton would be conscious of the Glovers striker lying prone on the deck, but he let play go on, and on, and on, with only Doncaster's good sportsmanship ensuring that Hayter got treatment and was able to be helped off the pitch. Late on, we were grateful that Mr Ilderton seemed to be watching another game - a rather dubious challenge by Marek Stech on Donny subsitute David Syers got ignored again - just as well given that it was inside the box.

Back in March 2015, again we were left grumbling about Mr Ilderton's observational skills. Although he did award us one penalty during that game - after a poor backpass saw James Hayter intercept the ball, and then be brought down by Rochdale keeper (and former Glovers trialist) Jamie Jones, we felt the keeper should have walked for the foul - instead he got a yellow. Still on the pitch, the keeper saved the spot kick, but when Gozie Ugwu was brought down inside the box later in that half we should have had a second spot kick. This one wasn't given at all.

We had Mr Ilderton twice during the 2016-17 season. In February 2017 he was at Meadow Lane for our League Two match against Notts County. This was a real stinker of a game. One of those matches that was going to end 0-0 even if both sides played until midnight. As we recall, the match officials didn't have a huge impact on the game, but minor things tended to contribute to the stuttering nature of the match. We groaned at him, but also groaned at the way both sides were playing the match. For the April 2017 match at Blundell Park against Grimsby Town, we were more groaning at our side's defending in the 4-2 defeat, although there was one semi-comical moment when he succeeded in breaking up a Yeovil Town attack as he accidentally blocked off a Ben Whitfield through ball. He gave Grimsby a penalty, for a foul by Jonny Maddison, but not one we could argue with on this occasion.

Mr Ilderton's main claim to infamy is that he was the referee in charge of the November 2006 FA Cup tie between Barrow and Bristol Rovers. As far as the referee was concerned, this was a booking-free game, with no need for him to reach for his cards. However, the match became notorious for James Cotterill's punch that left Rovers striker Sean Rigg with a double fracture of the jaw and the need to spend the rest of his life with two metal plates inserted into his mouth. Cotterill was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, thanks to the Match of the Day cameras picking up the act of thuggery, with the FA banning him from football in between the offence and the court case.

Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Cunliffe (Merseyside).

Link: August 2003 : Macclesfield Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2004 : Boston United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2005 : Macclesfield Town 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2007 : Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 4.

Link: February 2013 : Doncaster Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2015 : Rochdale 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2017 : Notts County 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2017 : Grimsby Town 4 Yeovil Town 2.


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