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22 April 2019 : Yeovil 1 Colchester 1 : Gray Strike Pegged Back By Ten Men U's
Yeovil Town were forced to settle for a draw against Colchester United on Easter Monday, despite being a goal up with a man advantage. The Glovers appeared to be in the ascendancy ten minutes into the second period, when Jake Gray fired home for his first goal of the 2018-19 season. That opener led to a moment of madness from visiting keeper Dillon Barnes, who kicked out at Tristan Abrahams during the celebrations and was sent off. But despite being down to ten men, the Essex side equalised when Tom Eastman slotted home from a corner with 15 minutes remaining to produce a 1-1 scoreline that probably didn't suit either side, leaving Yeovil still two points from safety.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up. The three match suspension for Adel Gafaiti meant that his place in the side needed filling, and that was done by putting Rhys Browne into the back four as a right-back, after his seven week lay-off, with Bevis Mugabi shuffling into a central role. On the right-wing Jake Gray came in for his first match under Neale Marmon, as Tristan Abrahams swapped flanks and Alex Dobre moved into the forward line. That vacancy was due to Ryan Seager dropping out of the side with a knee injury, whilst Courtney Duffus was preferred to Alex Fisher alongside Dobre.

Nathan Baxter had to be alert to save a Brennan Dickinson header from an early Colchester corner, before Yeovil created what was to be their best chance of the half. Tristan Abrahams put a cross into the box that found Bevis Mugabi, but the defender found his header saved onto the goalpost, leaving the Glovers inches away from finding the lead. In general, Colchester created slightly more chances, with Abo Eisa forcing Baxter to parry his shot, before Frank Nouble put the loose ball wide. But overall the Glovers attacked brightly - a Jake Gray attempt after a Tom James free kick was knocked down inside the box was smothered by Dillon Barnes, but did the job of keeping the game lively.

Unfortunately for Rhys Browne, his return to the team was to only last 35 minutes. He had to go chasing an Abo Eisa run down his flank that ended with Nathan Baxter saving the shot. But in doing so, it was clear that his hamstring had gone again, pretty much guaranteeing an end to a bit of a stop-start season for him, and resulting in Daniel Ojo coming into the back four as his replacement, as Tom James moved to the right-back slot.

Yeovil's second half opened with them taking the lead just eight minutes after the restart. Alex Pattison fed a long ball down the right flank that was nodded into the path of Jake Gray by Courtney Duffus. Gray took the ball in from the sideline before firing a left-footed drive from the edge of the area that bobbled into the far corner of the net. 1-0 up, and Huish Park erupted.

That wasn't the end of the drama concerning the goal. As Tristan Abrahams celebrated by scooping the ball out of the net, Colchester keeper Dillon Barnes took a kick at the winger, and referee Peter Wright caught it within his line of sight. Out came a red card, and that meant that the visitors were down to ten men, with Ethan Ross coming on as the substitute keeper, as Sam Saunders was sacrificed.

With Colchester lying just outside the play-offs, they couldn't let that red card dampen their ambitions, and they gave a sharp reminder of that as a Brennan Dickinson free kick saw Frankie Kent strike the crossbar for the opposition. Yeovil were having to rely upon the counter-attack but they still showed great interplay when they did, with Tristan Abrahams and Courtney Duffus exchanging passes with Alex Dobre, whose final shot went wide of the post. Then Tom James saw one of his trademark free kicks pushed over the bar by replacement keeper Ethan Ross.

As Colchester brought on further firepower, despite the numerical disadvantage, they managed to get their equaliser in a disappointing manner. A corner kick into the box was flicked onwards, and far too many Yeovil players were found guilty of ball-watching. As the flick-on gave it a different direction, Tom Eastman was neatly placed to fire home a 75th minute equalising goal at 1-1.

Yoann Arquin and Alex Fisher were brought on as late substitutes following the equaliser, but Yeovil couldn't find themselves a winning goal. Apart from one Tristan Abrahams corner that flew across the box, the Glovers looked a little lost in the final 10 minutes, with the home crowd calling on them for more urgency in their play to find a winning goal. They never really built up the head of steam that would have allowed them to do that, which meant that with Macclesfield Town and Notts County also drawing, once again the bottom three positions are exactly how they've stayed for the past fortnight. Unfortunately that suits Macclesfield more than it does the other pair at present.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Colchester United 1.

Scorers: Jake Gray (1-0, 53 mins), Tom Eastman (1-1, 75 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
7. Rhys Browne 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison 20. Sessi D'Almeida 16. Tristan Abrahams
11. Courtney Duffus 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 8. Matt Worthington 9. Alex Fisher (86 mins for Courtney Duffus) 13. Francois Zoko 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin (76 mins for Alex Pattison) 26. Daniel Ojo (35 mins for Rhys Browne)

Colchester United:
1 Dillon Barnes
2 Ryan Jackson 6 Frankie Kent 18 Tom Eastman 11 Brennan Dickenson
7 Courtney Senior 4 Tom Lapslie 10 Sammie Szmodics 39 Abobaker Eisa
36 Sam Saunders 45 Frank Nouble

Substitutes:
9 Luke Norris (80 mins for Courtney Senior) 16 Diaz Wright 19 Mikael Mandron (67 mins for Abobaker Eisa) 24 Ben Stevenson 27 Noah Chilvers 29 Ethan Ross (GK) (56 mins for Sam Saunders) 35 Ollie Kensdale

Yeovil Bookings: Omar Sowunmi (57 mins, foul)

Colchester United Bookings: Tom Lapslie (71 mins, foul). Red Card: Dillon Barnes (violent conduct, 55 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.

Colchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Peter Wright (Liverpool). Assistants: Paul Graham (Manchester) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

Attendance: 3,370 (with 155 Colchester United supporters).


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22 April 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the highlights from Saturday's match against Colchester United, these are now available online. There is two-and-a-quarter minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows Jake Gray's goal, quickly followed by the red card issued to Colchester keeper Dillon Barnes (which they only half-catch on camera), plus the later goal by Tom Eastman. Wrapped around that, you can also view chances for Bevis Mugabi and Tom James. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United Match Highlights.


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22 April 2019 : Marmon Refutes Claims Of Sunday Training Session Being Cut Short
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has refuted claims made that he curtailed a Sunday training session due to his players being out drinking on the previous evening. Reports on Facebook suggested that unspecified players were out drinking until 3.00a.m. during the early hours of Sunday morning, and that this led to a morning training session being stopped after just ten minutes, due to those players being unable to cope with the demands of that session.

The Facebook post did not state where in the Yeovil area the players were out, nor how many were involved. However, Marmon told BBC Somerset after today's 1-1 draw with Colchester United that his team's training session took place in the afternoon, and not the morning as stated. He also said that it lasted an hour, rather than the ten minutes. The Glovers boss said he had not seen any evidence of players suffering from any effects of a late night either during that Sunday session or during Monday's game:

"If they really want to know, we trained in the afternoon. We didn't train in the morning. I didn't see anyone who was out. I was out, because it was my birthday. But I don't think that it's a group of players that would do that anyway. I think the way that they were running today, there was no-one out. If someone puts that onto social media, I don't know what the grounds are behind it, or what's the reason. If they want to know when we train, we train in the afternoon. We did an hour only. We had to get a sweat on, and I can't imagine from that group of players that anyone was out."

Marmon has made the majority of Yeovil Town's training sessions open to the general public, with the club's Alvington training ground being used to stage them. They are next due to be in training on Wednesday, with tomorrow being a designated day off following the Easter Monday fixture.


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22 April 2019 : Marmon Felt Glovers Lost Their Rhythm After Opening Goal In Colchester Draw
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon felt that his side lost their rhythm after they took the lead against Colchester United at Huish Park today, but still praised his side for giving their all. The centre-piece of the match came in the 53rd minute, when Jake Gray fired home the opening goal, quickly followed by an unusual sending off as Colchester goalkeeper Dillon Barnes kicked out at Glovers winger Tristan Abrahams during the celebrations, earning him his marching orders.

That gave Yeovil a goal advantage and a man advantage, but with the Essex side challenging for the play-off places, they came back at Yeovil and equalised when Tom Eastman fired home at the back post following a corner. Marnon told BBC Somerset that his team didn't capitalise on that advantage as well as they could have:

"I thought from the first minute to the last minute, we gave everything. I thought with the red card we lost our rhythm a bit. I said to the boys just now, they should have kept that rhythm going and keep going forward. We did serve up some half chances after our goal, but we didn't really have a forceful one at the end. It was a bit nervy still. It's obvious that when you're down at the bottom it's not easy. But I saw a different character today, and in the last couple of weeks. It started last week and kicked in a bit. But I was proud of them today, and I thought they did well."

The Glovers goal from Jake Gray was his first of the season, with the midfielder having last found the net in January 2018. Marmon said that was the reward for Gray's efforts, with him not having featured under the temporary boss until this point. He also felt that Alex Dobre was unfortunate to not land on the scoresheet whilst the Glovers were still 1-0 up:

"I think he's rewarded himself. I think he did very well today. We needed the second goal. The double one-two with Tristan Abrahams, Courtney Duffus and Alex Dobre, that was actually on his left and I think if he'd (Alex Dobre) pulled it to the far stick then I think that would have gone in. We'll give them the day off tomorrow and be back in on Wednesday, travel up on the Friday and stay in Northampton. I think there's a lot of hope now."


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22 April 2019 : Yeovil 1 Colchester 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town were forced to settle for a draw against Colchester United on Easter Monday, despite being a goal up with a man advantage. The Glovers appeared to be in the ascendancy ten minutes into the second period, when Jake Gray fired home for his first goal of the 2018-19 season. That opener led to a moment of madness from visiting keeper Dillon Barnes, who kicked out at Tristan Abrahams during the celebrations and was sent off. But despite being down to ten men, the Essex side equalised when Tom Eastman slotted home from a corner with 15 minutes remaining to produce a 1-1 scoreline that probably didn't suit either side, leaving Yeovil still two points from safety.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Colchester United 1.

Scorers: Jake Gray (1-0, 53 mins), Tom Eastman (1-1, 75 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
7. Rhys Browne 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison 20. Sessi D'Almeida 16. Tristan Abrahams
11. Courtney Duffus 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 8. Matt Worthington 9. Alex Fisher (86 mins for Courtney Duffus) 13. Francois Zoko 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin (76 mins for Alex Pattison) 26. Daniel Ojo (35 mins for Rhys Browne)

Colchester United:
1 Dillon Barnes
2 Ryan Jackson 6 Frankie Kent 18 Tom Eastman 11 Brennan Dickenson
7 Courtney Senior 4 Tom Lapslie 10 Sammie Szmodics 39 Abobaker Eisa
36 Sam Saunders 45 Frank Nouble

Substitutes:
9 Luke Norris (80 mins for Courtney Senior) 16 Diaz Wright 19 Mikael Mandron (67 mins for Abobaker Eisa) 24 Ben Stevenson 27 Noah Chilvers 29 Ethan Ross (GK) (56 mins for Sam Saunders) 35 Ollie Kensdale

Yeovil Bookings: Omar Sowunmi (57 mins, foul)

Colchester United Bookings: Tom Lapslie (71 mins, foul). Red Card: Dillon Barnes (violent conduct, 55 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.

Colchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Peter Wright (Liverpool). Assistants: Paul Graham (Manchester) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

Attendance: 3,370 (with 155 Colchester United supporters).


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22 April 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town v Colchester United
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Colchester United at Huish Park. The Glovers have made three changes compared to the side that lost against Crewe Alexandra on Friday. Defender Adel Gafaiti starts a three match suspension for the red card he picked up at Crewe, and so will miss the rest of the season. His place is taken by Rhys Browne, meaning a reshuffle of the back four players.

Jake Gray comes into the side and is expected to occupy a wide right position, with Tristan Abrahams switching across to the left. That's because Alex Dobre is moving into a front line position to partner Courtney Duffus. Striker Ryan Seager picked up a knee injury at Gresty Road and so drops out, whilst Alex Fisher sits on the bench.

Gary Warren (groin), Ryan Seager (knee) and Josh Grant (Achilles) are the players out injured. Defender Adel Gafaiti serves the first of a three match suspension. Craig Alcock, Carl Dickinson and Alefe Santos are not selected but are reported as being fit.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
7. Rhys Browne 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison 20. Sessi D'Almeida 16. Tristan Abrahams
11. Courtney Duffus 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 8. Matt Worthington 9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 26. Daniel Ojo

Colchester United:
1 Dillon Barnes
2 Ryan Jackson 6 Frankie Kent 18 Tom Eastman 11 Brennan Dickenson
7 Courtney Senior 4 Tom Lapslie 10 Sammie Szmodics 39 Abobaker Eisa
36 Sam Saunders 45 Frank Nouble

Substitutes:
9 Luke Norris 16 Diaz Wright 19 Mikael Mandron 24 Ben Stevenson 27 Noah Chilvers 29 Ethan Ross 35 Ollie Kensdale


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22 April 2019 : Ton Up For Bevis Mugabi
Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi has reached a personal milestone today. The 23 year old has been named in the starting line-up for the Easter Monday League Two match against Colchester United, and so will make his 100th appearance for the Glovers. Signed by former manager Darren Way in August 2016, after his release by Premier League side Southampton, Bevis has been a reasonably regular part of the Yeovil Town line-up over the last three years.

Playing a mix of right-back and centre-back across that time, he spent a lot of his earlier appearances in the full-back slot. However, with Tom James tending to slot into the right-back position over the last couple of years, Bevis has tended to occupy a central position in most games. He's one of a number of players who are out of contract at the end of the 2018-19 season, and as he'll pass through his 24th birthday by that point, he'll be entitled to talk to other clubs and move on a free transfer, should he wish to do so.

Link: Bevis Mugabi : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 April 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Colchester United Game
Easter Monday sees Yeovil Town play host to Colchester United in a League Two match at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be there providing their usual services before the game - on this occasion the Gazebo is on the move again, and will be situated close to the Ticket Office area. This is also the last time that the Trust will have a formal presence for the 2018-19 season, as they are giving up the Gazebo for the next home game to a Mental Health Charity. Find full details of their plans below:

Match: Colchester United (Home)

Trust Presence: Huish Park (by the Ticket Office) - approximately 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Huish Park Services: Membership subscriptions & renewals, Scarf & Pin Badge Sales.

Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership promotion, Blueprint feedback, Takeover progress

Other points of note:
* The Gazebo location has reverted back to the usual position near the Ticket office in from of the Tamburino Stand.
* This will be the final match of the 2018/19 season where the Trust will be present at Huish Park ahead prior to a match. There will be no Trust presence ahead of the Carlisle match on the 4th of May as the Gazebo is being used by the charity 'Mind' to promote the fantastic work they do in providing support and awareness for Mental Health Issues.
* We are again extending the membership promotion that has been in place for the previous two home matches in recognition of the importance of colourful proactive support for the crucial end of season run-in. As per the previous matches, anyone joining the Trust as an adult, or young adult (16-21) member of the Trust today at the Supporters Alliance Gazebo will receive a free I AM YTFC scarf. New youth members will receive a Trust wristband & window sticker.
* In addition to the above, the Trust membership offer remains in place whereby any new memberships, or renewals of lapsed memberships taken out between now and June 30th 2019 will remain valid until the 30th of June 2020, representing 14 months for the price of 12 at this point in time.


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22 April 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Colchester United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Monday 22nd April 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Peter Wright (Liverpool).

He is a first year referee at Football League level, having been promoted in the summer of 2018. His final act of last season was to take charge of the National League Play-Off tie between Tranmere Rovers and Ebbsfleet United. Since moving into the Football League, he's taken charge of 34 matches, managing 101 yellow cards and six red cards.

The fourth of those red cards came during a rather extraordinary match against Newport County at Rodney Parade in September 2018. He took charge of Yeovil Town's 0-6 win, which was the club's record victory since promotion to the Football League. He didn't have a lot of input into the match, except for one decision made in the 82nd minute when the home side were already six goals down. He dismissed Robbie Willmott for a rather horrible tackle on Olufela Olomola and we got the impression that home boss Mike Flynn wasn't making a big deal about the referee's decision, stating that Willmott had been fined for his actions. Prior to that, the match officials had barely needed to be involved.

We saw him a second time in November 2018, when we travelled to Morecambe for a League Two fixture. Here things were not so good, as we lost the match by a 2-1 scoreline. Mr Wright gave Morecambe a penalty which could have resulted in a goal for the home side after Liam Mandeville was judged to have been pulled back by Sessi D'Almeida. It felt a bit soft, in that the contact was fairly minimal, but that had nothing to do with the outcome as the spot kick was saved. Otherwise he had a fairly decent game, albeit with five yellow cards spread across the match.

He was much less noticeable in December 2018, when a 0-0 draw against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium saw just one booking for each side. That said, the game was spoilt somewhat by the weather conditions, than by the refereeing, with a side to side wind and icy rain across the pitch. We spent the second half hiding in our coats in the away end, desperately trying to stay warm, so weren't likely to get animated with the match officials.

Mr Wright will be assistanted by Paul Graham (Manchester) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

Link: September 2018 : Newport County 0 Yeovil Town 6.

Link: November 2018 : Morecambe 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2018 : Cambridge United 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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21 April 2019 : Neale Marmon's Good Friday Interview With beIN Sports
On Friday morning, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon appeared live from the team hotel on beIN Sports to talk about his new role in charge of the Glovers. In a show hosted by Richard Keys and Andy Gray, Neale discusses his career background, the team's training regime, and reveals something possibly significant about the club's takeover. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon Speaks To beIN Sports About His Appointment As Caretaker Manager.


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21 April 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : Mistakes Proving Costly As Time Runs Out
Good Friday turned out to be a not-so-good Friday for Yeovil Town. Another defeat, this time at the hands of Crewe Alexandra, left the Glovers still in the League Two relegation zone. The latest Taff's Gloversblog reviews that fixture and the current table situation, and also considers a bit of confusion in the actual status of the club's takeover, and why clarity is needed. Read on via the link below, and as usual provide your own viewpoint at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Mistakes Proving Costly As Time Runs Out.


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20 April 2019 : Neale Marmon Talks About Crewe Alexandra Team Selection
Just before Friday afternoon's League Two match against Crewe Alexandra kicked off at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Neale gives bad news on Gary Warren, along with views on Sessi D'Almeida and Courtney Duffus. He also explains the club's stopover at Aston Villa, heading up to the match. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Crewe Alexandra.


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20 April 2019 : GWSC Travel For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Northampton Town. The match takes place at Sixfields on Saturday 27th April 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Northampton Town : Saturday 27th April 2019.
Huish Park: 9.15a.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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20 April 2019 : Video : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch YouTube-based match highlights of Yeovil Town's 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra, these are now available online. They give you the home side's goals from Charlie Kirk and Tom Lowery, but also add in a first half Tom James free kick, plus two second half chances for Ryan Seager. There's also footage showing why Adel Gafaiti got himself sent off. Watch via the video below.




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20 April 2019 : Neale Marmon's Verdict On The Crewe Alexandra Away Game
Following Friday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Neale's view on the match, the red card issued to Adel Gafaiti and how short that leaves his defence, plus his current views on the company takeover, and on the relegation fight. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon's Verdict On The Crewe Alexandra Away Game.


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19 April 2019 : Video : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Friday's 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra, these are now available online. There is two minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the winning goals from Charlie Kirk and Tom Lowery as well as the best of the other efforts on goal. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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19 April 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, 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 Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.


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19 April 2019 : Marmon Still Hopeful Glovers Season Will Go To The Wire Despite Crewe Defeat
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon felt that an early goal for Crewe Alexandra put his side on the back foot too much during the 2-0 defeat on Good Friday at Gresty Road. The Glovers lost the game due to two poor mistakes after they gave the ball away to the home side twice in their own half. The scene was set just four minutes into the match as Omar Sowunmi got into a defensive muddle with Bevis Mugabi, allowing Charlie Kirk to score the opener.

Then just over an hour into the match, substitute Matt Worthington's first contribution to the match was to give the ball away inside his own half, leaving to Crewe's second of the afternoon from Tom Lowery. With Adel Gafaiti getting himself involved in an off the ball incident that saw him sent off, it was a case of the visitors having gifted the game to the home side. Marmon admitted that sort of thing didn't help the cause right from the start:

"Our game was a bit on the back foot after the mistake with Omar Sowunmi and Bevis Mugabi. With a side like Crewe they've got nothing to lose. They're not going anywhere. I think that they picked their game up, but we actually got back into the game. We didn't really threaten, but we were back in it, and there was only one goal in it. We brought Matty Worthington on, but with his first touch he lost the ball as well, and gave them the ball again. But even with the red card and a man down in these temperatures, there wasn't much in it for us today. But at least we kept it at two only."

Marmon said that he accepted Adel Gafaiti's red card and added that he would be having words with the player on Sunday about his ill-discipline, after he kicked out at Nicky Hunt off the ball an hour into the match. That will mean that Gafaiti will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season, meaning that with Gary Warren unlikely to return from injury the Glovers will be down to their bare bones. Despite that, Marmon doesn't expect to recall sidelined pair Craig Alcock and Carl Dickinson, who have been told that they won't play for the club again this season.

The temporary boss still believes that the relegation fight will go to the wire, although admits that further defeats for Notts County and Macclesfield Town meant that his side 'got out of jail' once again. He hopes that his side can take advantage during Easter Monday's home game against Colchester United:

"I've always said it might go to the last game, and it does look like that, because we've got out of jail for the third week week on the bounce. We've got a chance on Monday to jump above those two as they've got two hard games."


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19 April 2019 : Crewe 2 Yeovil 0 : Gafaiti Sees Red As Glovers Taste Defeat Again
Yeovil Town went down to a 2-0 defeat at Crewe Alexandra on Good Friday that still leaves them in deep trouble in the League Two relegation zone. Their 13th defeat in the last 16 games came through poor defending as Charlie Kirk put the home side in front just four minutes into the match with an angled drive after Omar Sowunmi was easily dispossessed on the edge of his own box. Although the visitors created chances, with Ryan Seager particularly bright, they were fragile out of possession and were not helped when Adel Gafaiti was dismissed for an off the ball incident early in the second half. Tom Lowery took advantage of the extra man as Yeovil gave the ball away inside their own half, leading to the midfielder running the ball over the line. The result leaves Yeovil still two points off safety, with Notts County and Macclesfield Town again losing, but after a performance in which they shot themselves in the foot on numerous occasions.

The Glovers went into the match naming four changes to their line-up from the team that lost against Crawley Town. In defence, Gary Warren dropped out with Omar Sowunmi replacing him as captain. There was also an alteration at left-back with Daniel Ojo dropping to the bench, as Tom James moved into the left-back slot. The midfield berths were taken by Sessi D'Almeida and Alex Pattison, with Matt Worthington dropping to the bench. Up front, Alex Fisher was preferred to Courtney Duffus.

If you're going to go into a vital match to try to save your season, do not concede early. After Alex Pattison had dragged a shot wide of the right hand post early on, the Glovers did just that, and in an awful manner. Omar Sowunmi was far too casual on the edge of his own penalty box, and when he was robbed of the ball, Charlie Kirk got on the angle to drive a low shot into the bottom right hand corner for the worst possible start to the match. 1-0 down.

Sidelined left-back Carl Dickinson watched the match with his family from the away end, and he must have wished he was out there on the pitch. Although Yeovil were fairly reasonable in an attacking and creative sense - Alex Dobre's bicycle kick lacked power, but at least showed inventiveness for the Glovers - once they lost the ball, they were like rabbits in the headlights, giving Crewe clear possession, even inside their own penalty box. One such effort saw Adel Gafaiti clear a Callum Ainley shot off the line. Then Charlie Kirk weaved and turned his way past the Yeovil defence to fire off a shot that Nathan Baxter did well to save first time.

As the first half began to close, Yeovil did manage to clock up a number of efforts on goal. Two Tom James free kicks cleared the goalframe, whilst an Alex Fisher header from a left wing cross saw the ball flick across the face of goal, but ultimately drop a yard or two wide of the far post. Then Bevis Mugabi tried his luck from the edge of the box but didn't really have the firepower to worry Crewe debutant Will Jaaskelainen. They went into the break probably level on chances, but not level on mental concentration, which was why they were a goal behind.

Sessi D'Almeida forced Will Jaaskelainen to make another save early in the second period when his drive was parried at the near post for a corner. There was then a monent of VAR-style pausing for breath as Crewe landed the ball in the back of the net through Charlie Kirk as he latched onto a Perry Ng cross. Crewe celebrated but there was an ultra-long pause as referee Eddie Ilderton took an age to bother to wander over in the direction of his assistant referee, to then finally chalk the goal off for offside.

Straight up the other end, whilst Crewe fans were trying to work out what on earth was going on, Ryan Seager was carrying on with the match. His driving run forced a superb save from Will Jaaskelainen, who palmed a shot destined for the top corner over and for a corner. That could have spurred Yeovil on to an equaliser, but their ability to shoot themselves in the foot in games knows no bounds. Five minutes later, and Adel Gafaiti got involved in an off the ball altercation with Nicky Hunt. Appearing to kick out at the Crewe man, he was given a straight red card for violent conduct, with few complaints from those in the away end for Eddie Ilderton's decision.

That left Yeovil playing with three at the back, and although Ryan Seager tried to keep the momentum going, with a driving run that saw the former Crewe loanee's shot go just wide of the left hand post, seven minutes after Gafaiti's dismissal they fell further behind. A double substitution made just before the goal might not have helped matters, given that Matt Worthington's first contribution was to give the ball away. Crewe ran through with Charlie Kirk putting a ball across the area that Nathan Baxter could only parry. Latching onto the loose ball was Tom Lowery, who prodded home from a foot out for a 2-0 scoreline.

Ryan Seager continued to be Yeovil's most dangerous player, as he produced a low shot that went inches wide of the far post. But with Omar Sowunmi going down with cramp with five minutes remaining and all subs used up, the game began to fizzle out. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, Yeovil's main bright spark in Seager, suffered a 93rd minute ankle injury that saw him receive lengthy treatment and slowly limp off the field, leaving Yeovil with just nine men to finish the game. The only good news was that Notts County and Macclesfield Town also lost their games, but with no advantage taken from that, and now a suspension to deal with, Yeovil's time is running out for them to save themselves from relegation.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Charlie Kirk (4 mins, 1-0), Tom Lowery (65 mins, 2-0)

Crewe Alexandra:
27 Will Jaaskelainen
2 Perry Ng 29 Nicky Hunt 12 Eddie Nolan 25 Billy Sass-Davies
15 Ryan Wintle 16 Tom Lowery 8 James Jones
11 Callum Ainley 7 Chris Porter 20 Charlie Kirk

Substitutes:
1 Ben Garratt 9 Shaun Miller 10 Jordan Bowery (75 mins for Chris Porter) 17 Paul Green 19 Owen Dale (68 mins for Callum Ainley) 21 Oliver Finney (68 mins for James Jones) 24 Lewis Reilly

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
16. Tristan Abrahams 17. Alex Pattison 20. Sessi D'Almeida 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 27. Ryan Seager

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 8. Matt Worthington (64 mins for Sessi D'Almeida) 10. Jake Gray 11. Courtney Duffus (64 mins for Alex Fisher) 13. Francois Zoko (76 mins for Tristan Abrahams) 26. Daniel Ojo 30. Alefe Santos

Crewe Alexandra Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Tristan Abrahams (55 mins, foul). Red Card: Adel Gafaiti (58 mins, violent conduct)

Crewe Alexandra Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 2; Fouls: 4.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 7; Fouls: 5.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Anthony Moore (Manchester) and Thomas Harty (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Ian Smedley (Derbyshire).

Attendance: 3,410 (with 166 Yeovil Town supporters)


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19 April 2019 : Team News For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. The Glovers have made four changes compared to the side that lost against Crawley Town last weekend. In defence Omar Sowunmi returns to captain the side as Gary Warren drops out with a knock. Daniel Ojo drops to the bench, with Sessi D'Almeida replacing him. Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison starts in favour of Matt Worthington in midfield. Finally Alex Fisher is chosen in the front line with Courtney Duffus dropping to the bench.

Rhys Browne (hamstring), Gary Warren (groin) and Josh Grant (Achilles) are the players out injured. Craig Alcock, Carl Dickinson, Gabriel Rogers and Yoann Arquin are not selected but are reported as being fit.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
16. Tristan Abrahams 17. Alex Pattison 20. Sessi D'Almeida 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 27. Ryan Seager

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 8. Matt Worthington 10. Jake Gray 11. Courtney Duffus 13. Francois Zoko 26. Daniel Ojo 30. Alefe Santos

Crewe Alexandra:
27 Will Jaaskelainen
2 Perry Ng 29 Nicky Hunt 12 Eddie Nolan 25 Billy Sass-Davies
15 Ryan Wintle 16 Tom Lowery 8 James Jones
11 Callum Ainley 7 Chris Porter 20 Charlie Kirk

Substitutes:
1 Ben Garratt 9 Shaun Miller 10 Jordan Bowery 17 Paul Green 19 Owen Dale 21 Oliver Finney 24 Lewis Reilly


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19 April 2019 : Officials For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Crewe Alexandra and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Friday 19th April, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Gresty Road. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear).

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 around that time. 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.

We also had him twice during the 2017-18 season. The first was the April 2018 fixture against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. There we won the match by a 6-2 scoreline, so even if the referee had an absolute nightmare we wouldn't be complaining about it! As it happens, he only booked one player, and we can't recall any Sky Blues fans or players complaining, except for the standard of their defending. He was also fairly unnoticeable during the May 2018 trip to Sincil Bank that saw us draw 1-1 with Lincoln City. One booking for each side, and nothing controversial that reached our match report or any of the associated coverage.

Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Anthony Moore (Manchester) and Thomas Harty (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Ian Smedley (Derbyshire).

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.

Link: April 2018 : Coventry City 2 Yeovil Town 6.

Link: May 2018 : Lincoln City 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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18 April 2019 : Neale Marmon Previews The Crewe Alexandra Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Neale gives his views on the team's defeat against Crawley Town, their recent goalscoring record, what sort of mood Crewe will be in, the availability of various squad members in terms of injury and selection, and his views on the takeover itself. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Crewe Alexandra Game.


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18 April 2019 : Palmer Reports Couhig Deal Is Still Solid
Yeovil Town's Football Advisor Mark Palmer has insisted that there are no issues with the club's takeover plans, despite two months having passed since would-be owner Rob Couhig was unveiled. The New Orleans lawyer was unveiled on February 19th as the man who planned to buy current owner Norman Hayward's shareholding (through the Huish Park Stadium Partnership Ltd company), subject to due diligence on the deal, and approval from the Football League under their Fit and Proper Persons Test.

At that time, Couhig had an expectation of this process taking between two weeks and a month to complete, with a hope of taking charge before the 2018-19 season ended. That would have given him an opportunity to bring forward the search for a new first team manager, and make plans for the 2019-20 season. But as yet, there hasn't been any ratification of the deal. Reporter Chris Spittles has asked Palmer today if there are any problems with Couhig's bid, but has been told that all is well:

"The deal is solid. We have to follow the proper procedure set out by the EFL and we can't dictate timings but it is progressing."

Palmer is due to take over the role of Chief Executive once Couhig is confirmed as owner, with current Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon becoming the club's Sporting Director once the first team management situation is sorted. Rob Couhig himself would become Chairman of the football club.

Currently there are a number of other Football League clubs going through the EFL's Fit and Proper Person and Ownership Tests, with Port Vale, Notts County and Bolton Wanderers having all gone public over their plans to sell to new personnel. At present those three clubs are all awaiting the outcome of the same process, which could have created a bottleneck with the League's administration staff.

Once again, Chris Spittles has been told by Palmer, the outcome of the prospective deal is not dependent on the club's Football League status. This was clarified by Couhig himself at the time of his February interviews.


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18 April 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make the trip to Gresty Road, home of Crewe Alexandra for a League Two fixture. To help you on your way, the Ciderspace guide covers ticketing, directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and other such things via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

The legendary Ice Cream Van Stand - housing away supporters on the north side of the ground
The legendary Ice Cream Van Stand - housing away supporters on the north side of the ground
Photo © Whitby Morrison 2016



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17 April 2019 : 2018-19 Somerset Premier Cup Final Given Lengthy Postponement
The Somerset FA have announced that the 2018-19 Somerset Premier Cup Final will now not be played this season. The match between Taunton Town and Weston-super-Mare was due to be staged at Huish Park, but has been given an ultra-lengthy postponement, and will now only be played at some point during the 2019-20 season. It's not clear if the same venue would be chosen to stage the rearranged tie.

The background to the postponement is a complicated one, but is down to Taunton Town's likely involvement in the Southern League Play-Offs. With three games remaining of their Southern League Premier Division South season, Taunton are second in the League table, but five points behind leaders Weymouth, meaning that unless the Dorset side suffers a late collapse, Taunton will go into the play-off stages.

The Southern League Play-Offs currently have a schedule for Semi-Final to be played on Wednesday 1st May, with their divisional Play-Off Final being staged on Monday 6th May. Given the potential for Taunton to reach the final, the Somerset FA have decided it will not be possible for the game to be played on Tuesday 7th May as planned. There is also a provision for a Super Play-Off Final to be staged, which pitches the regional division Play-Off winners against each other for the actual promotion into National League South (or National League North). Those are earmarked for Saturday 11th May, meaning that Taunton could be involved at that stage as well.

With Southern League sides being run on a part-time basis, most player contracts and associated insurance run out after that final weekend, meaning that any attempt to stage the tie during the week commencing May 13th would be problematic. As a result, rather than have a County Cup Final date that might be postponed or moved at short notice, the Somerset FA have decided to call the final off until around August 2019.


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17 April 2019 : 2019-20 Football League Key Dates
The Football League have published key dates for the 2019-20 season. Covering everything from the Fixture Release Day through to the start and finals for key competitions, the outline dates are usually expanded on throughout the summer as the season takes shape.

Clearly, Yeovil Town's interest in the list below will depend heavily upon the next four fixtures. But taking the optimist's viewpoint, the 2019-20 fixtures will be released on Thursday 20th June 2019, at 9.00p.m. outlining all 46 League matches, along with the gaps left for key competitions, such as the FA Cup. The actual season has a very early start, with Saturday 3rd August the main date for most clubs, although the expectation is that Sky Sports will probably take a game for live transmission on the evening before, from the Championship division.

The key dates known so far, are as follows:

EFL Fixture Release Date – Thursday 20th June 2019, 9.00a.m.
EFL Season Starts – Saturday 3rd August 2019
League Cup First Round – w/c August 12th 2019
League Cup Final – Sunday March 1st 2020
EFL Trophy First Round/Group – w/c September 2nd 2019
EFL Trophy Final – Sunday 5th April 2020
League Two Play-Off Final – Saturday 16th May 2020
League One Play-Off Final – Sunday 24th May 2020
Championship Play-Off Final – Monday 25th May 2020

The League haven't disclosed the date for the final weekend of fixtures. However, given that the League Two Play-Off Final takes place a week earlier than the other two Play-Off Finals, this would tend to point to a staggered finish. The reason for the blank Saturday on 23rd May isn't made clear, but is likely to be the FA Cup Final date, given that the Premier League season concludes on the previous weekend, whilst the Champions League Final is set for 30th May.


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17 April 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : It Ain't Over Until It's Over
Yeovil Town stayed stuck in the bottom two positions in the League Two table last weekend, which wasn't part of the grand plan, which had hoped to suck Crawley Town into the problems near the foot of the table. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at that game and where it leaves Yeovil, and why it's not quite the time to throw in the towel on the season just yet. Read on via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : It Ain't Over Until It's Over.


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17 April 2019 : Zoko In Contention Again For Crewe Alexandra Trip
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has said that striker Francois Zoko may be recalled as far as the substitutes bench for Good Friday's trip to Crewe Alexandra. The 35 year old has only played in two minutes of Marmon's three games so far, and was left out of the squads selected for the matches against Swindon Town and Crawley Town, with the temporary manager allowing Zoko an extended weekend back in Nottingham for the first of those two matches.

That has led to the question of whether Zoko would be part of any future teamsheets that Marmon selects for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. But he has explained that Zoko is still part of his thinking at present. Marmon told BBC Somerset that when he took over the reins, he didn't think that Zoko was doing enough on the training ground to justify inclusion. However, this week he has started to see a difference:

"It's looking like Francois will be be joining us in the squad that travel to Crewe. He's trained very well this week. So we're going to look for his experience on the bench. Francois has been a warhorse for a long time in this club and he's scored a lot of goals and saved them in previous years. But I wasn't happy with how much running he was doing in training. I explained that to him. There was no animosity whatsoever. It's just the fact that I saw these things done. I explained to him that if he changed it, he'd got a chance. He has changed it this week so that's why he'll be involved in the next game that we've got."

Marmon has restated that Carl Dickinson and Craig Alcock remain outside of his plans. Both players were dropped by predecessor Darren Way, with Dickinson having only featured in one game over the last two months, whilst Alcock has been absent entirely. Neither have featured under Marmon, and he said that he was fully aware of Dickinson's current location, having given him permission to try to find a new club for the 2019-20 season as soon as possible:

"Carl has been training with Port Vale. We gave him the opportunity to take a chance to get a new club for next year. We know that he's got a contract here, but he's got an opportunity to get a club somewhere near where he lives. Craig Alcock we've involved now with the Academy because he's looking at his coaching badges."

As reported yesterday, Omar Sowunmi is due to return for the two Easter Holiday fixtures, with Alex Pattison also in contention after suffering no ill-effects from his comeback game last weekend. The only absentee, in terms of fitness, is named as winger Rhys Browne, although there is a hope that he will be ready to resume full training by the weekend, after suffering a hamstring problem.


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16 April 2019 : Marmon Welcomes Sowunmi Back To The Training Ground
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has said that one of last weekend's injured players is back in training this week, with a second expected to return to the fold sometime around the Easter weekend, ahead of the trip to Crewe Alexandra and the home fixture against Colchester United. Defender Omar Sowunmi has struggled to get back into his stride since returning from a five month layoff from an ankle injury sustained in September 2018. The 23 year old has attempted two comebacks over the last six weeks but has had to sit out subsequent games.

Sowunmi is now back on the training ground, with Marmon adding that Alex Pattison had suffered no ill-effects from his half hour cameo on Saturday that saw him return from a back injury during the game against Crawley Town. Meanwhile Rhys Browne looks likely to be available sometime around this weekend, having been out with a back injury:

"Omar Sowunmi has been joining in today, and looks pretty fit. Alex Pattison is up for it as well. So there's only Rhys Browne, who is now three or four days away. So the whole squad is available."

There's no explicit mention of Chelsea right-back Josh Grant at this stage - he had been missing with an Achilles problem. Meanwhile Marmon has said that himself and first team coach Paul Terry sat down and analysed the club's last few games on Sunday to try to root out problems and highlight the better aspects of the team play. He has told BBC Somerset that he could see some positive change in the way the players were approaching games and hoped that would eventually bear fruit:

"I basically gave them Sunday off, so that I could sit down with Paul Terry and analyse the whole situation. We came up with a lot of positives that we've seen in the last three weeks. Basically we explained to them what we'd seen of positive change over the last three weeks. Going into the game on Friday they know they've got to get points. Probably Macclesfield know and Notts County as well. I think that if we do get a win, then a certain positivity would kick off really."


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16 April 2019 : Yeovil Town Linked With Trial For Isthmian League Defender
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for a 20 year old defender, currently on the books of AFC Sudbury. At present, the Suffolk club have openly transfer-listed Tyler French, with them having touted him for a move since late February, presumably in the hope of engineering a move to a Football League side, and thus a cash windfall. He has just completed a trial with League One side Charlton Athletic, where he played for their Under-23 side, and the Suffolk Free Press state that Yeovil Town have recently expressed an interest in him, with Barnsley having also looked at him in the past.

AFC Sudbury play in the Isthmian League North Division, and thus are currently three divisions below the Glovers. French is a product of their Academy system and made his first team debut for them at the age of 17 years old. However, first team manager Mark Morsley made the decision to transfer-list the player in late February, citing a dip in form that he felt was the sign of a player needing a fresh challenge in the game. Earlier that month, the Non-League Paper had cited French in a list of Under-23 players featuring in the top four divisions of non-league football that they felt could make the step up. They said of French:

"Came close to a move to Crystal Palace at the end of 2016 before it broke down at the 11th hour. The AFC Sudbury defender, who also had time with Leicester City and nearby Ipswich Town, is now getting back to the levels that saw professional clubs interested in him. Has played full-back and centre-back, he has the talent to step up to the full-time game."

French is contracted with AFC Sudbury and they are expecting a fee to be paid by any interested club. The same paper claims that Peterborough United are also interested, although there is no detail on what that interest entails. Barnsley have stated they are not planning to place a bid until they know which division they are playing in next season. His current manager Morsley explained the current situation regarding his player:

"He had a very successful two games with Charlton and apparently was the man of the match against Bolton. I know conversations have been going on and expect to have more of them over the next week. Now we have got another pro club interested in him which happens to be Yeovil Town. But he has done very well at Charlton. I have had some dialogue with Paul Hayes (his agent and Sudbury team-mate) who has had dialogue with them. I understand saying he is good and the conversations are whether he goes into a first-team squad situation, in which case it would be waiting for the transfer window. And if that does happen he will be with us until the end of the season."

The interest in French would appear to have occurred since the departure of former first team manager Darren Way and therefore is probably sourced from Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon, who is due to be the club's Sporting Director next season. The tendency under Way's tenure was for the club not to target players at non-league level, with Way preferring to concentrate on Under-21/Under-23 players in the Premier League 2 divisions. The interest in French would suggest a swing back to that approach.

Despite being only 20 years old, French has made over 100 appearances for AFC Sudbury during the three seasons that he has been playing as a first teamer for their club.


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15 April 2019 : Neale Marmon Talks About Crawley Town Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match kicked off against Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Neale gives his views on the team's confidence and the interactions with the supporters that the team are now getting. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Crawley Town.


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15 April 2019 : Pattison To Become Free Agent This Summer After Boro Release
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Alex Pattison has been told by his parent club that he will be released at the end of the 2018-19 season. Championship side Middlesbrough, who are currently occupying seventh slot in the second tier table, and therefore hopeful of grabbing a play-off spot by the end of the season, have announced decisions on the future of four of their players, with 21 year old Pattison one of those being shown the door.

The Darlington-born player has been on the books of Boro since the age of nine years old, and played two games for their Under-21 side in the EFL Trophy during the 2016-17 season. However, he never broke into their first team, and has instead had loan experience with York City and for the whole of the 2018-19 season with Yeovil Town. Pattison has confirmed his own departure via his Twitter account, saying:

"Would just like to thank everyone at Middlesbrough for the last 15 years I've spent there and some of memories and people I've met. Time to move onto to a new challenge next season, but for now the focus is the last big push these last four games at Yeovil."

Pattison has been let go at the same time as Kieran Charlton, Nathan Guru and Dan Ward, with Boro also announcing a number of professional deals from their Academy system for some of their latest teenage crop.


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15 April 2019 : Juniors Go Free For The Colchester United Home Game
Yeovil Town supporters attending the Easter Monday League Two home match against Colchester United can take advantage of a ticketing offer for the game. The match takes place on Monday 22nd April, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, and for this fixture all Under-16s (Juniors) can attend the match FREE of charge.

You'll need to obtain a ticket for the match from the Huish Park Ticket Office to take advantage of this offer, but only non-Junior tickets will require a payment. This offer does extend as far as matchdays, although expect a larger than usual crowd, given the offer and the Bank Holiday fixture.

If you've already purchased a Junior ticket for this fixture, contact the Huish Park Ticket Office with your details, and they'll sort out a refund or an exchange.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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14 April 2019 : Former Glovers Boss Johnson Achieves Sixth Promotion As First Team Manager
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson secured his sixth career promotion as a first team manager on Saturday as he took Torquay United back into the National League main division. The Gulls won the National League South title by claiming a 2-0 victory over Eastbourne Borough, despite Johnson having only taken over their team in mid-September with them floundering somewhat in 14th place.

Torquay sealed the title in front of 4,538 spectators - their biggest crowd for four years - with them having won 23 out of their 30 league games since his arrival. The victory meant that the 63 year old lifted another trophy, to add to the three promotions he achieved with Yeovil Town, his League One promotion with Bristol City and the National League title success with Cheltenham Town. When added to the two promotions he achieved as John Beck's assistant at Cambridge United, it means he's been in the dugout for eight separate promotions in the last 30 years, with an FA Trophy Final for Yeovil Town and a Championship Play-Off Final for Bristol City having been achieved in other seasons.

Johnson's team rose from 14th place to first in the division, by going on a four month unbeaten run, including ten straight wins, that saw them hit the top of the table in mid-January. Since then, they've been involved in a two-horse race with Woking, but the Cardinals have fallen by the wayside over the last five games, allowing Torquay to open up a ten point gap at the top. With three games remaining they've netted 88 goals. Johnson said of his latest success:

"I am just so pleased that we did it in front of our own fans - they were brilliant - and we can all look forward to a big party here against Hungerford on Easter Monday. We can relax now and maybe play a bit more football than we did today. To be so far behind when I took over - it looked like the Play-Offs was the only hope - so the boys have put in a fantastic effort."

Gary Johnson's Promotions:
1989-90 : Cambridge United (Fourth Division play-off winners, as assistant manager)
1990-91 : Cambridge United (Third Division Champions, as assistant manager)
2002-03 : Yeovil Town (Conference Champions)
2004-05 : Yeovil Town (League Two Champions)
2006-07 : Bristol City (League One automatic promotion)
2012-13 : Yeovil Town (League One play-off winners)
2015-16 : Cheltenham Town (National League Champions)
2018-19 : Torquay United (National League South Champions)

The promotion with Torquay means that he has now won promotion from four different divisions and five different teams, whilst his promotion from the National League with Cheltenham Town currently has him in a group of only three managers to have won promotion into the Foobtball League with more than one club.


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14 April 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town Two Minute Highlights
For those that want to watch alternative YouTube-based highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Crawley Town, these are now available online. Along with the winning strike from Filipe Morais, they give you first half chanced from Ryan Seager and Tom James. They then show you second half efforts from Adel Gafaiti along with a second Ryan Seager chance, followed by the double save that denied Alex Fisher and Sessi D'Almeida. Watch the YouTube video below.




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14 April 2019 : Early Cut-Off For Crewe Alexandra Advance Ticket Sales
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to Crewe Alexandra on Good Friday should note that there is an earlier than usual cut-off for the purchasing of advance tickets. Due to the Easter Holiday weekend, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be selling tickets up until Wednesday 17th April at midday - that cut-off applies to both online purchases and phone/in-person purchases. Thereafter you'll need to buy your tickets from the Gresty Road end on the day.

This shouldn't cause too much inconvenience, if you're making a late decision, as there is no matchday surcharge for this fixture. However, you'll need to visit their Away Ticket Office on the day of the match, as all turnstiles use a barcoding system. Note that this is also the location you should go to for any tickets that have been prepurchased for pick-up on the day of the match.

For full ticketing and travel arrangements, head via the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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14 April 2019 : Neale Marmon's Verdict On The Crawley Town Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Neale's verdict on the match can be read in full, via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon's Verdict On The Crawley Town Home Game.


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13 April 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the highlights from Saturday's match against Crawley Town, these are now available online. There is two minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the winning goal from Filipe Morais, but also shows first half chances for Bevis Mugabi, Ryan Seager and Tom James, along with second half efforts from Adel Gafaiti and Ryan Seager and a late double effort from Alex Fisher and Sessi D'Almeida. Watch via the link below.

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


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13 April 2019 : Marmon Saw Glovers As Too Passive In Crawley Defeat
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon felt that his side were too passive in their 0-1 home defeat against Crawley Town. Having played for two thirds of the game in a relatively tight match with few chances, it was a 72nd minute Filipe Morais goal that settled the game, as he volleyed home at the back post.

Marmon told BBC Somerset after the match that he believed his side didn't create enough shots to worry Crawley keeper Glenn Morris until they went a goal behind, and were guilty of playing the ball across the pitch, rather than towards goal:

"I was happy that it was 0-0 at half time because we were a bit too passive. I think we picked it up in the second half, and had those chances that we did have, but that 1-0 basically killed us. We did come back again and we tried really hard but it wasn't to be today. We weren't producing any pressure at all. We were just sliding it across the pitch. We didn't let them have any chances (in the first half) or produce any shots on goal, but we didn't have any either. We picked up in the second half, and just in that phase where we had some momentum, they scored their one."

Marmon was asked if the pressure of the game had affected the players at all, with that being cited as a factor by his predecessor Darren Way. He said that was something for the players to answer, but admitted that there had been a problem throughout the season, where the players had needed to get a goal in front to show confidence on the ball:

"The players will answer that question. You saw them last week and they were playing with so much freedom in the second half. That was what we requested today that they played with freedom. Not being scared to get on the ball and keep the ball amongst ourselves, and keep creating chances. We didn't do that. We did in the second half, but that was basically after the 1-0. That's always been the same. We've always required a goal to get momentum. We looked a bit scared at 0-0 or at 1-0 down and I think that gone throughout the season."


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13 April 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
If you watched Saturday's 0-1 defeat against Crawley 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 Crawley Town.


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13 April 2019 : Yeovil 0 Crawley 1 : Morais Strike Leaves Glovers Still Struggling
Yeovil Town went down to their sixth defeat in seven games on Saturday afternoon, as Crawley Town gained themselves a 0-1 away win that almost certainly resolved their own Football League status. The crucial goal came in the 72nd minute as Filipe Morias produced a sharp finish at the back post as he volleyed home with an angled drive. For the Glovers, they once again lacked a creative spark, with their best chances coming after they fell behind. Keeper Glenn Morris blocked a Ryan Seager header, before a fantastic double save denied Sessi D'Almeida and Alex Fisher, leaving Yeovil still stuck in the bottom two, although mercifully on a day where all three of the bottom sides all lost their matches.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes, along with a formation switch. Omar Sowunmi's ankle injury meant that Adel Gafaiti came in as a replacement centre-back, whilst up front Ryan Seager replaced midfielder Sessi D'Almeida, meaning that the 4-3-3 formation was dropped for a 4-4-2 line-up, as Seager partnered Courtney Duffus. In the Crawley line-up, Lewis Young occupied a full-back slot, whilst Bondz N'Gala sat the game out as an unused substitute.

Given both sides occupied the bottom of the form table, and it was 23rd vs 21st, it was no surprise that the game got off to a cagey start, although Crawley were the team with the better possession and territory. The first effort on goal came from Tristan Abrahams as he picked up a loose ball on the right wing before flashing a shot that went beyond the far post. But Crawley were getting balls into the box far more effectively, with Ollie Palmer's ball into the six yard area being brilliantly hooked away by Gary Warren, quickly followed by Reece Grego-Cox putting a back post header into the side netting.

As the half wore on, Yeovil managed to test keeper Glenn Morris on a couple of occasions - the first being a drive from the edge of the area from Bevis Mugabi, which Morris got low down to his right on to grasp. More dangerous was Ryan Seager's near post close range attempt which Morris did well to smother. Just on half time, a Tom James free kick was well read by Morris, considering it was right on the angle of the area where James could flight the ball with his right foot. Overall, Yeovil had probably had the better of the chances, but they had conceded far too much possession to a Crawley side that were very comfortable with the ball, and were obviously very comfortable with the half time scoreline.

The second period saw much of the same, even if a Courtney Duffus header flashed across the face of goal from a Tristan Abrahams corner. Alex Fisher was introduced for Duffus early in the second period to try to shake up the attacking play, but once again this was a half of few chances, as Ollie Palmer's header over the bar, and a shot on goal for Crawley substitute Ashley Nathaniel-George provided the best of the visitors' efforts.

Yeovil hadn't been sharp enough at cutting out Crawley's crosses into the box, and that proved to be their undoing 18 minutes from time. Ollie Palmer's cross from the right found an unmarked Filipe Morais at the back post, and he drilled an angled shot back across the goal and into the far corner, to give Crawley a 0-1 lead, and to silence a Huish Park crowd that had been noisily building up the atmosphere in the home terrace.

Sessi D'Almeida was introduced as a late substitute, with fellow sub Alex Pattison moving into a right-wing slot as Alex Dobre came off, seeing Tristan Abrahams switch flanks. In the closing stages, Yeovil twice came close to bagging an equaliser. The first saw a Ryan Seager header palmed from close range by Glenn Morris, with the striker unable to get off the deck to force home the rebound. Then came a double extraordinary save from Morris in second half injury time, as Pattison's right wing cross found D'Almeida and Alex Fisher fire shots at the Crawley keeper only to find his reflexes superb on the day. There was to be no late goal, and defeat leaves Yeovil still in 23rd place and two points short of safety. The only plus side was that Notts County and Macclesfield Town both lost their matches, but in what was their most winnable game of their final five, the Glovers came up short from a creative point of view until they'd already fallen behind, and in doing so they almost handed survival on a plate for their opponents.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Crawley Town 1.

Scorers: Filipe Morais (0-1, 72 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 26. Daniel Ojo
16. Tristan Abrahams 8. Matt Worthington 23. Tom James 25. Alex Dobre
11. Courtney Duffus 27. Ryan Seager

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 9. Alex Fisher (57 mins for Courtney Duffus) 10. Jake Gray 15. Gabriel Rogers 17. Alex Pattison (68 mins for Gary Warren) 20. Sessi D'Almeida (83 mins for Alex Dobre) 29. Alex John

Crawley Town:
1 Glenn Morris
14 George Francomb 5 Joe McNerney 17 Tom Dallison
2 Lewis Young 28 Panutche Camara 21 Dannie Bulman 22 Filipe Morais 16 Joe Maguire
9 Ollie Palmer 7 Reece Grego-Cox

Substitutes:
11 Luke Gambin (86 mins for Filipe Morais) 12 Yusuf Mersin 15 Ashley Nathaniel-George (54 mins for Reece Grego-Cox) 18 David Sesay 19 Matthew Willock (68 mins for Panutche Camara) 33 Bondz N'Gala

Yeovil Bookings: Gary Warren (39 mins, foul), Daniel Ojo (58 mins, foul), Sessi D'Almeida (90 mins, foul)

Crawley Town Bookings: Filipe Morais (60 mins, foul), Ashley Nathaniel-George (63 mins, diving), Lewis Young (79 mins, timewasting)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Crawley Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire). Assistants: Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire) and Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Sam Allison (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 3,232 (with 141 Crawley Town supporters).


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13 April 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Crawley Town at Huish Park. The Glovers have made two changes compared to the side that drew against Swindon Town last weekend. Defender Omar Sowunmi's ankle flared up, meaning he had to be substituted. He's replaced by Adel Gafaiti in the heart of defence. The second change sees Ryan Seager get the first start for the club, with Sessi D'Almeida sitting on the bench. Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison has returned from his injury and sits on the bench.

Rhys Browne (hamstring), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Josh Grant (Achilles) are the players out injured. Craig Alcock, Carl Dickinson, Yoann Arquin, Francois Zoko and Alefe Santos are not selected but are reported as being fit.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 26. Daniel Ojo
16. Tristan Abrahams 8. Matt Worthington 23. Tom James 25. Alex Dobre
11. Courtney Duffus 27. Ryan Seager

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 9. Alex Fisher 10. Jake Gray 15. Gabriel Rogers 17. Alex Pattison 20. Sessi D'Almeida 29. Alex John


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13 April 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Crawley Town Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play host to Crawley Town in what is a rather significant League Two match. The Glovers Trust will be there, selling merchandise and membership and taking on issues and other discussion matters. They will be in a slightly different location for this match, with the Gazebo being moved around to the corner of the Screwfix (East) Stand and the home terrace, meaning that you'll walk past them if you're coming from the main car park to the home terrace.

The Trust are also repromoting their offer of Membership, which gives new joiners a chance to buy a 12 month adult or young adult membership, and get a free 'I AM YTFC' scarf, with junior members also getting a free gift. Full details of all this are as shown below:

Match: Crawley Town (Home)

Trust Presence: Huish Park (corner behind the Screwfix Stand and Thatcher's Gold Terrace) - approximately 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Huish Park Services: Membership subscriptions & renewals, Scarf & Pin Badge Sales.

Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership promotion, Blueprint feedback, Takeover progress

Other points of note:
* For this match the Gazebo will be placed in the paddock behind the Thatcher's Gold Terrace, near the area where it meets the Screwfix Stand. This is to make the presence more accessible to supporters who are entering the stadium area from the main car park and around the back of the terrace.
* We have decided to extend the membership promotion that we ran on the Supporter Appreciation Day in recognition of the importance of colourful proactive support for the crucial end of season run-in. As per the Macclesfield match, anyone joining the Trust as an adult, or young adult (16-21) member of the Trust on Fan Appreciation Day at the Supporters Alliance Gazebo will receive a free I AM YTFC scarf. New youth members will receive a Trust wristband & window sticker.
* In addition to the above, the Trust membership offer remains in place whereby any new memberships, or renewals of lapsed memberships taken out between now and June 30th 2019 will remain valid until the 30th of June 2020, representing 14 months for the price of 12 at this point in time.


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12 April 2019 : Marmon Targeting Three Wins To Secure Survival
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon believes his side need to target three wins from the club's last five games if they are to secure their Football League position, going into the 2019-20 season. The Glovers face Crawley Town in a League Two match at Huish Park, in a game that is particularly vital to their chances, given that it pitches 23rd against 21st in the current league table, with the visitors currently six points ahead, meaning that it represents a chance to pull them into the relegation scrap.

Marmon recognises the importance of the match at Huish Park, and told BBC Somerset that he sees all three home fixtures as particularly key for their chances of survival:

"If we could pull them (Crawley Town) into the battle as well, it would be very big for us. Depending on the results elsewhere we could be above that line again. Basically I see us needing at least three wins from the last five games. We've got three at home against doable opponents, and then you've got to get something away somehow."

Although he's not managed in England before, the 57 year old says that he has had plenty of experience of both promotion and relegation in Germany, and so he is not fazed at the challenge of being the man who needs to ensure that Yeovil Town's 16th season at this level is not their last:

"I've been involved as a player in promotion and relegation before in my life. Not only that but the coaching that I did in Germany professionally was also about either going up, or staying in the league. So I've got experience of that. I'm a little bit older now, and I think the experience helps a lot."

The former Colchester United defender had also reiterated his injury update, sounding bullish on Sessi D'Almeida's chances of being in the side for the weekend, whilst only ruling out two players from the expected line-up for Saturday's game:

"Rhys Browne needs another week. Omar Sowunmi has got a problem with his ankle, but Sessi D'Almeida should be alright for the weekend, or definitely next week. So there's no-one else missing anymore."

If the Glovers met Marmon's target of three wins precisely, then they'd finish the season on 46 points. Last season saw that total represent the dividing line, with Barnet relegated on that total, whilst Morecambe's superior goal difference allowed them to survive on the same number of points.


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12 April 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Crawley Town have been set by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 13th April with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge will be referee Ben Toner (Lancashire).

Mr Toner is in his fourth season as a Football League referee and we've had him five times. The first was the September 2015 League Two match against Crawley Town that saw us gain a 1-0 victory at the Broadfield Stadium. He had an ultra-quiet game, with zero bookings, and we can't recall too much during the match that suggested he should have intervened at any key stage.

He was at Kenilworth Road for the February 2017 EFL Trophy tie against Luton Town, that saw Yeovil knocked out by a 5-2 scoreline. As well as the seven goals, there were also four bookings spread across the two sides, although nothing we can recall anyone getting fussy about, although with it being the Checkatrade competition, arguments about the result weren't too heavy at that point anyway.

During the 2017-18 season, he took charge of our October 2017 home match against Crewe Alexandra, which saw us come out on top with a 2-0 win. We can't recall anything dramatic about that match - his one contribution was a late booking for Francois Zoko, but the 89th minute handball was a bit of a silly one.

His November 2017 meeting was a rather more dramatic one. Before matchday, he was a late replacement for Graham Salisbury, who had picked up an injury, with Toner being moved from Bloomfield Road, Blackpool due to the EFL wanting to put a Select Group 2 official in charge of that match, where their home supporters were expected to hold a demonstration. Further up the M6, Mr Toner was overseeing a horrifically one-sided contest as Carlisle ran out as 4-0 winners. Yeovil's cause wasn't helped by what happened in the 72nd minute, whilst we were 2-0 down - Jordan Green's foul saw him lucky to escape a red card, but in the aftermath of that incident, Bevis Mugabi got involved in an off the ball incident that saw the Cumbrians awarded a penalty, due to it occurring inside the penalty box, allowing Carlisle to get their third. After the game, manager Darren Way gave some fairly muted non-specific grumbles about the incident, but in the end once the video made it obvious that Mugabi had thrown an arm, there was no appeal.

Talking of horrifically one-sided contests, the February 2019 trip to Forest Green Rovers represents Mr Toner's mpst recent match involving Yeovil Town. There wasn't an awful lot that he got wrong on the day - in fact the 3-0 defeat could have been worse if the match referee had decided to penalise Carl Dickinson's block inside the penalty box with his raised arm. The decision was ball-to-arm, and so Forest Green didn't get a chance for a fourth.

Mr Toner has had some variety to his career so far - in the summer of 2014, he was selected to represent the English FA in the Dallas Cup, which during that year included youth and development teams from Fulham, Fluminense of Brazil, River Plate of Argentina and the US Under 20 National team. He hails from Darwen and is a teacher at Fleetwood High School and so presumably won't be given too many Fleetwood Town matches to look after. So far this season, he's taken charge of 33 matches, handing out 100 yellow cards and six red cards.

Mr Toner will be assisted by Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire) and Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Sam Allison (Wiltshire).

Link: September 2015 : Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2017 : Luton Town 5 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.

Link: November 2017 : Carlisle United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: February 2019 : Forest Green Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 0.


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12 April 2019 : Seager Nominated For March 2019 Goal Of The Month
Yeovil Town striker Ryan Seager has been nominated for the League Two Goal Of The Month. The Yeovil-born player, who has yet to start a match during his second spell with the club, came off the bench against Morecambe on Saturday 2nd March to help seal a late 3-2 victory over the Lancashire side, crashing a shot off the underside of the crossbar for the fifth and final goal.

Seager is chosen alongside two other shortlisted goals from Frank Nouble and Jamie Devitt. You can watch all three goals by heading here. The voting for the goals is via a poll on the Sky Sports website. You can vote here for all three divisions.

The EFL and Sky Sports' review of all three shortlisted goals are as follows:

Ryan Seager – YEOVIL TOWN v Morecambe – 2nd March

Desperate for a win, Seager took matters into his own hands, turning on a clipped pass and unleashing a shot whose combination of power, precision and trajectory made it unsaveable.

Frank Nouble – COLCHESTER UNITED v Newport County – 9th March

Mesmerising footwork sent Newport’s Dan Butler this way and that before Nouble jinked past his man and cleverly arched his looping shot up, over and in from the tightest of angles.

Jamie Devitt – CARLISLE UNITED v Cambridge United – 23rd March

The key to this strike was Devitt’s judgement of when to strike the ball rolling across his path. Leaving it as late as possible, he was able to arrow it unstoppably into the far corner.

Link: March 2019 : League Two Goal Of The Month.


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11 April 2019 : Coventry Still Lacking Firm Plan On Stadium For Next Season
League One side Coventry City's future is still yet to be decided, despite only two weeks remaining before an EFL Extraordinary General Meeting is due to take place to decide their fate for next season. Both the Football League and Coventry City have issued statements, but lining them up side-by-side, it's questionable as to whether they're both reading from the same hymnsheet.

The League's statement claims that they have not received a definite application from Coventry, but believe that they are aiming to 'extend their stay at the Ricoh Arena for future seasons'. However, Coventry's own statement says that they gave the League an update, informing them that they do not expect to be at their home stadium next season, and that they are looking at two possible groundsharing options - something that the EFL do not mention in their own statement at all.

The EFL statement reaffirms that Coventry would face a motion to expel them from the Football League on Thursday 25th April, if they have not satisfied the EFL Board in terms of the criteria they need to meet in terms of having a secure leasehold agreement with a stadium within an acceptable location:

"The EFL Board is still to receive a definitive application from Coventry City in respect to where the Club plans to stage its home matches in the 2019-20 season. The Club continues to work with a number of relevant parties, as they attempt to seek a solution that satisfies the EFL. An Extraordinary General Meeting of Clubs has been convened to consider their expulsion from the League on 25 April if they are unable to satisfy the EFL Board. The EFL understands that it is the Club’s preference to extend their stay at the Ricoh Arena for future seasons and this would meet the EFL's ultimate objective of ensuring they continue to play in the city of Coventry on a long term basis."

One noticeable slant to Coventry City's own statement, is that they appear to be attempting to distance themselves from their owners SISU Capital Limited - a Hedge Fund management company based in London. SISU are currently taking legal action against Coventry City Council over the sale of the Ricoh Arena, and that has led to an impasse with current owners, rugby side Wasps, who have refused to conduct negotiations with the Coventry Board whilst the legal action is in place.

Coventry claim that they did provide an update to the Football League, and that they now plan to make arrangements for a groundshare agreement with one of two unnamed clubs. Contradicting the League's statement, they do not expect to be at the Ricoh Arena next season:

"Coventry City today provided an update to the EFL Board, as was requested. The Football Club confirmed to the EFL that it is close to the Head of Terms stage with two groundshare options. Coventry City will now progress to working on finalising terms with the Clubs and Stadiums involved. While it remains our number one priority to stay, we can confirm that unfortunately the Ricoh Arena is not one of the venues above. At this stage, Wasps continue to choose not to enter into talks with the Football Club while our Owners SISU continue legal action with Coventry City Council. Regrettably, we therefore have had to make alternative plans to the Ricoh Arena, the stadium that was built for us, to ensure our place in the EFL next season. The groundshare proposals would do that. Coventry City Football Club and its management team cannot affect the stances of Coventry City Council, Wasps or of our Owners in this situation – what we can do is put in plans to ensure this great Football Club continues to survive despite the impasse that exists, and that is what we will do."

What should be ringing alarm bells for Sky Blues fans is how far apart the two statements are in their understanding of the situation. When the League first held talks with Coventry City, the Sky Blues Chairman Tim Fisher told TalkSport in late February that he had been told by the League that they had to play "within six miles of the city centre". With no alternative League standard ground meeting that criteria, the fact that Coventry don't appear to have told the League about their groundsharing plans implies they're ultimately going to be providing a proposal that falls well short of the EFL's original requirements. The only way that Coventry could mitigate that would be to provide evidence of a plan for a more permanent home, but despite reports earlier this month that Coventry were looking at a plot of land on the west side of the city that the former Woodlands School sits on, there is no mention of this in their statement, or any suggestion that their groundshare arrangements would be temporary or timebounded.


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11 April 2019 : Flag Day Planned For The Crawley Town Game
Yeovil Town supporters who are planning to attend Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Crawley Town can take flags into the stadium and display them on the away terrace this weekend. The club's Stadium Manager has given permission for fans to tie up and display flags across the terrace, so that what would normally be an empty end of the stadium has some colour in front of it.

Supporter Tim Lancaster has provided details of the arrangements, having been in touch with the club to get clearance for this to happen. He explains:

"The football club have agreed that away supporters are to be housed in the seats on Saturday, therefore anyone who wants to bring a flag can display it on the away terrace. Let's have as many as possible. Thank you to Mark Kelly and Yeovil Town FC for helping get this off the ground."

Fans wanting to take advantage of this, will need to approach a steward at the Copse Road Terrace end of the ground, to allow you to gain access into the area. You'll need to tie up your flag and vacate the area before kick-off, so allow plenty of time to get this done. Do not block any advertising boards, or the flag may have to be moved. You'll obviously need to allow yourself a bit of extra time at the end of the game to untie and retrieve your flag after the final whistle blows.

Flag Day for the Crawley Town game
Flag Day for the Crawley Town game
Photo © 2019 Tim Lancaster/Ciderspace



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11 April 2019 : Pattison Expected To Return Following Back Injury
Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison is likely to be fit enough to play a part in Saturday's League Two match against Crawley Town. The 21 year old was last seen during the March 16th home game against Macclesfield Town, when he had to be withdrawn 28 minutes into the match, with his ongoing back problems preventing him from continuing. He has been off the teamsheet for the last three matches, receiving treatment on the injury.

He is now back in training, hoping to add to his 29 appearances for the club. That's just as well, given that fellow midfielder Sessi D'Almeida's substitution on Saturday at Swindon Town was in part due to a groin problem he experienced early in the second half. At present, Sessi is still recovering from that problem, but Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon is hopeful that he will return to training by Friday.

There is less hope for Omar Sowunmi, who went off at Swindon Town with an ankle injury. He is 'struggling' and so it can probably be assumed that he will not be involved. Winger Rhys Browne (hamstring) is the other player who won't be involved due to injury. Left-back Carl Dickinson and right-back Craig Alcock are fit but are not being considered for selection.


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10 April 2019 : Current Takeover Status Obtained By Glovers Trust
The Glovers Trust have been given feedback from Yeovil Town's Football Advisor Mark Palmer today, concerning the ongoing takeover process. With Rob Couhig's 'meet the media' session having happened back on February 19th, the plans for the New Orleans lawyer to take over the club from Norman Hayward and John Fry were expected to complete roughly a month after his UK visit.

Since then, things have gone rather quiet, with the current ownership continuing to occupy Huish Park. However, there have been a few clues to suggest that the club's running was being influenced by the would-be owner, with Neale Marmon's appointment as Caretaker Manager putting a man recruited by Mark Palmer in charge, whilst the recent Fan Appreciation Day at the club pointed to Couhig's wish for more to be done to enhance the matchday experience at the ground.

At present though, there is no rubberstamp of the deal, with the official position being that Couhig and his proposed set of Directors were going through the EFL's Fit and Proper Person's Test, along with verification of the future owner's business plan. Palmer was due to attend a Supporters Alliance Group meeting this week, but was unable to do so. Trust Secretary Brendon Owen has said that Palmer had instead relayed them a short message concerning the current situation. Brendon explained:

"We had expected Mark Palmer to attend this morning for an update on the takeover. He unfortunately was called away to another meeting but wished us to know that the process of the takeover is progressing smoothly, if somewhat slowly. The EFL are still ticking boxes but the all clear should be very soon. The owner wishes to state again that the deal is going through whether or not we retain our league status."

With a number of other EFL sides also going through ownership changes, including Port Vale and Notts County, it should be possible to monitor the situation alongside the timelines those clubs are moving through, although Couhig's non-UK residence may slow down the Glovers takeover slightly, compared to the others.


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10 April 2019 : Supporter Alliance Meeting : March 2019 Minutes
Last month, the Supporters Alliance Group held their March 2019 meeting at Huish Park. This meeting included a guest appearance by Mark Palmer and Peter Couhig, who are both representing the interests of Rob Couhig, who hopes to complete the purchase of Yeovil Town Football Club in the near future. They explained their views on the club, whilst the Alliance Group discussed matters including next season's first team shirts and season ticket packages, along with this season's End of Season Awards. The minutes of that meeting can be read below.

Link: Supporters Alliance Group : Supporter Alliance Meeting : Wednesday 14th March 2019.


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10 April 2019 : Bury And Notts County Survive Winding Up Orders In The High Court
League Two sides Notts County and Bury have both survived action in the High Court today, that proposed a Winding Up Order that could have put both clubs into administration. Both clubs have had action taken by HMRC (aka the Taxman) for failure to pay company taxes on time, with each club having yet to settle their debts at this stage.

Notts County have been given an eight week adjournment, on the basis that they have agreed a sale of their club to an unnamed party, and that provided that takeover completes, their new owner will settle the tax bill, reported as being in excess of £200,000. Current owner Alan Hardy has agreed the sale after his own non-football company Paragon Interiors went into administration - something that could eventually impact on Notts County given that they owe in the region of £7 million to the company, which Hardy no longer has control of.

The Magpies will be back in Court on June 5th, with reports that they would go into administration if the debts are not settled by that point. Whilst that would incur an automatic 12 point deduction, if it happens, it would seem likely that would have to be carried into the 2019-20 season, due to the 2018-19 season being complete at that stage.

Meanwhile at the other end of the table, Bury are struggling with legacy issues. Having gone through a takeover process in December 2018, new Chairman Steve Dale has had to deal with a number of winding up orders, the latest of which was submitted by former Head Coach Chris Brass. The former Shakers defender had returned to Gigg Lane in December 2013, as Assistant Manager, but was given the Head Coach position in December 2016. Brass was sacked in February 2017, and in October 2018 took up the Head of Football Operations position at Wigan Athletic. He has been claiming for lost earnings following his dismissal under the previous ownership.

The amount owed to Brass hasn't been disclosed, but there is speculation it is in the region of £100,000. Reports state that Bury's new owner has come to an agreement with Brass, and whilst his name has not been dropped from the petition, reports are that the Shakers have agreed to pay him in full. However, the Winding Up Order has now been taken on by HMRC who are claiming £277,640 in unpaid taxes. There are five other creditors that have submitted their claims alongside the current petition, although it was confirmed that HMRC's claim was the largest value, hence their position as the lead petitioner.

Bury's Chairman has claimed that the club is 'safe', with the club given until May 15th to reappear at the High Court to confirm payment has been made, or that a schedule has been agreed. Even if Bury do default on this, it's unlikely that the EFL will be able to take any action against them during the 2018-19 season, given that the League Two Play-Off Schedule will already be in place. If they were to invoke a twelve point deduction after this date, and apply it to this season, then it would disrupt the set of teams featuring, meaning that again it's most likely that Bury's 2018-19 position will not be affected.


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10 April 2019 : League Two Relegation Run-In - The Final Five Games
Tuesday night's 3-2 win for Macclesfield Town over Exeter City now means that all of the teams in the bottom half of the League Two table have now played an equal number of games, with only one pair of mid-table sides still having a game in hand over their rivals - a scenario more relevant to the final play-off places, than the relegation slots.

Whilst it is possible that other teams could get caught up in problems during the final five fixtures, it's highly likely that the bottom two positions will be contested by up to four clubs. Whilst most of the bookies and pundits mention only Notts County, Macclesfield Town and Yeovil Town, we'd be careful to not entirely discount Crawley Town, who currently lie in 21st place, and six points off the bottom. Given they still have to face both Yeovil and Notts County, if they were to lose both matches, then they would get dragged into trouble. Crawley are also one of the teams in the division who are badly out of form, having not won in their last five matches - any extension of that run would see them drop dangerously close to the bottom two.

The current League Two table shows that Yeovil Town and Notts County must better the points tally of sides above them to get out of trouble, meaning that the upper hand lies with Crawley and Macclesfield at present. The run-in that each team will face over the next five games is as follows (in date order) with the table position of their opponents shown in brackets:

CRAWLEY TOWN (21st)
Yeovil Town (23rd) vs Crawley Town
Exeter City (7th) vs Crawley Town
Crawley Town vs Notts County (24th)
Carlisle United (8th) vs Crawley Town
Crawley Town vs Tranmere Rovers (5th)

MACCLESFIELD TOWN (22nd)
Forest Green Rovers (6th) vs Macclesfield Town
Northampton Town (14th) vs Macclesfield Town
Macclesfield Town vs Newport County (13th)
Port Vale (18th) vs Macclesfield Town
Macclesfield Town vs Cambridge United (20th)

YEOVIL TOWN (23rd)
Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town (21st)
Crewe Alexandra vs (15th) Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town vs Colchester United (9th)
Northampton Town (14th) vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United (8th)

NOTTS COUNTY (24th)
Crewe Alexandra (15th) vs Notts County
Notts County vs Milton Keynes Dons (3rd)
Crawley Town (21st) vs Notts County
Notts County vs Grimsby Town (17th)
Swindon Town (10th) vs Notts County

Whilst there is no perfect way of determining how hard/easy a run-in a team may have, there are a couple of factors that can be used. One is the average table position of their opponents. Using this method, we find that Macclesfield Town have a slightly easier run-in, with an average table position of 14.2. But there's not a lot in it, with Notts County 13.2 Yeovil Town 13.4 and Crawley Town 13.4 having almost identical strength teams to play.

The other consideration is which clubs play the most teams with something to play for. It can probably be assumed that the teams between 11th and 20th will not be involved in any play-offs or relegation scraps, and are probably turning attention towards the summer and next season for their plans. However, those with matches against play-off chasing teams or relegation threatened teams may find they face a significant battle on the pitch. Using this method, Yeovil Town play three such teams in their five matches, Notts County face two teams with something to play for, whilst Macclesfield play only one. However, all five of Crawley Town's matches are against teams either going for promotion, or trying to avoid relegation, meaning that they will be guaranteed five ultra-competitive games.

If you prefer to look at the Form Tables, then that's probably not pretty reading for either Yeovil Town or Crawley Town. Whilst Macclesfield and Notts County are showing roughly midtable form over the last ten matches, the Glovers and their Saturday opponents are both struggling for form at the foot of that table. However, Yeovil will hope that the belated decision to change first team managers for the final seven games will give them a mini-boost in the closing stages. There is also an argument to suggest that whilst they do face two very difficult games against play-off chasing Carlisle United and Colchester United, that neither team is particularly high up on the form table, meaning that by the time they face those sides, their attempts to break back into the top seven may have waned a touch.


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9 April 2019 : Silkmen Victory Sees Glovers Drop Into Bottom Two For First Time
Yeovil Town slipped into the League Two relegation zone on Tuesday night, without kicking a football. Macclesfield Town played their single catch-up game against Exeter City at Moss Rose, and having occupied the relegation zone for the first 40 games of the 2018-19 season, they exited on the 41st attempt, gaining a 3-2 victory over the Grecians.

The match was a topsy-turvy one, with Exeter twice taking the lead during the first half. Probably the turning point came when Macclesfield were awarded a penalty during first half injury time, with former Glover Michael Rose scoring 45+4 minutes into the half. The Silkmen gained their victory in the 85th minute when Harry Smith, who had scored earlier in the game, headed home an Elliott Durrell cross from close range. They hung onto the lead through seven minutes of injury time, to lift themselves up to 22nd position in the table.

For Yeovil Town, it meant that they dropped down to 23rd place, two points from safety, and level on points with 24th placed Notts County. This is the first time the Glovers have occupied a bottom two position at the end of a game this season. They now have five matches left to get back above the dotted line, with all clubs around them now having played the same number of games. Yeovil are home to 21st placed Crawley Town on Saturday - a team that could still feasibly be dragged into the relegation fight, given that the Sussex side also play Notts County on Easter Monday.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.


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9 April 2019 : Sky Sports Pundits Give Glovers The Thumbs Down In Relegation Battle
Don't tune into Sky Sports this week for their EFL coverage, if you are of a nervous disposition. They've got six of their pundits to make predictions for the remainder of the 2018-19 season for each division, and it's fair to say the reading isn't too cheery. Scott Minto, Danny Higginbotham, David Prutton, Don Goodman, Andy Hinchcliffe and Keith Andrews have been given the task of deciding who is getting promoted and relegated from each division. With Yeovil Town currently in a three team battle at the wrong end of League Two, along with Macclesfield Town and Notts County, inevitably it is this trio that the pundits draw from to occupy the bottom two places, with them not considering the small possibility that a team like Crawley Town could be dragged into the battle.

In terms of who the six 'experts' think will go down, you might want to look away now - all six believe Yeovil Town are heading for the National League come May 2019. They're split evenly down the middle as to who will join us, with three of them opting for Macclesfield, whilst three opted for Notts County. Their rather damning verdicts are as follows:

Scott Minto: Macclesfield, Yeovil (to be relegated). Notts County will have the quality to get out of it.
Danny Higginbotham: Macclesfield, Yeovil (to be relegated). County will escape.
David Prutton: Macclesfield, Yeovil (to be relegated). It will go to the wire but I think these two will go down.
Don Goodman: Notts County, Yeovil (to be relegated). I think Macclesfield could complete a remarkable escape under Sol Campbell.
Andy Hinchcliffe: Yeovil, Notts County (to be relegated). Campbell will save Macclesfield.
Keith Andrews: Yeovil, Notts County (to be relegated). I think Campbell will keep Macclesfield up. Yeovil are in terrible form.

Whilst we take all six off our Christmas Card lists, the six pundits unanimously believe Lincoln City will take the League Two title, whilst five out of the six believe Mansfield Town will join them in the automatic slots. There are mixed opinions on the other position, split by Bury and Milton Keynes Dons. For the play-offs, there is a greater spread of opinion, with those who haven't tipped the Bury/Milton Keynes team that they left out of the automatic slots opting for Tranmere Rovers, Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City to gain promotion via Wembley Stadium.

We may (or may not!) refer back to this article on Sunday 5th May 2019.


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9 April 2019 : Revised Schedule For Yeovil Town First Team Open Training Sessions
Yeovil Town's arrangements to allow supporters to attend open training sessions have had some alterations made for the coming fortnight. With two matches being played over the Easter weekend, Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has changed the schedule to accommodate the club's preparations for the coming fortnight.

As a result the following sessions are open to the public. They will all take place at the Alvington Training Ground (situated behind the Airfield Tavern off Bunford Lane, postcode BA22 8UX) and are:

Wednesday 10th April : 3.15p.m.
Friday 12th April : 2.00p.m.

Monday 15th April : 10.00a.m.
Tuesday 16th April : 10.00a.m.


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9 April 2019 : Adel Gafaiti Talks About His First Yeovil Town Goal
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Swindon Town at the County Ground, Yeovil Town defender Adel Gafaiti spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Adel gives his views on his first goal for the club and what the late equaliser will do for the club. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Adel Gafaiti Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Swindon Town.


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8 April 2019 : GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Crewe Alexandra. The match takes place at Gresty Road on Friday 19th April 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Crewe Alexandra : Friday 19th April 2019.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £30.00; Member Concessions: £28.00
Adult Non-Members: £32.00; Non-Member Concessions: £30.00

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 Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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8 April 2019 : Neale Marmon Talks About Swindon Town Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Swindon Town kicked off, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Neale gives his views on the inclusion of Courtney Duffus and Tristan Abrahams and the fitness of Chelsea loanee Josh Grant. He also explains the inclusion of Academy midfielder Alex John. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Swindon Town.


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7 April 2019 : Yeovil Town First Team Players Contractual Situations
In five games time, Yeovil Town will have to make their annual decisions over which players they plan to release or retain. At present, the club are operating with a 25 man squad, made up of 20 permanent signings and five loan signings. This summer, nine of those players are known to be under contract beyond this summer, meaning that for those signings, the default position is that they will be on the club's books going into the 2019-20 season. There is also a tenth player in Tom James, where his contractual situation is confused, in that the club announced he was under contract until this summer, but reports from BBC local radio suggest he may already be under contract for next season.

There are seven players that are out of contract that can head to another club on a free transfer this summer, regardless of what the club has planned for them. There are also four players aged Under-24, where they are entitled to sign for another club, but provided the Glovers offer them a new deal on the same terms as their current contract, any club wanting to sign them would have to pay a compensation fee. In the case of Sessi D'Almeida, who is one of that quartet, the club have an option on his current contract that would automatically tie him to the club for another year, if they do put that offer on the table, meaning that if the situation regarding Tom James is clarified, there may only be two players in this position.

The list of first team contracted players are as follows:

Under Contract Until June 2021:

Matt Worthington (signed on January 18th 2019).
Courtney Duffus (signed on January 31st 2019).
Gabriel Rogers (signed on December 3rd 2018).
Daniel Ojo (signed on December 5th 2018).

Under Contract Until June 2020:

Stuart Nelson (signed on May 10th 2018).
Carl Dickinson (signed on June 21st 2018). Currently training at Port Vale FC.
Gary Warren (signed on June 28th 2018).
Omar Sowunmi (signed on July 5th 2018).
Ryan Seager (signed on January 29th 2019).

Out Of Contract in June 2019 and Aged Under 24:

If the club offer equivalent contractual terms for these players, any rival club interested in signing them would have to pay a compensation fee. However, if reduced terms or no deal is offered, then they can leave on a free transfer.

Rhys Browne (signed on June 16th 2017). Currently out with a hamstring injury.
Jake Gray (signed on June 26th 2017).
Sessi D'Almeida (signed on July 13th 2018).
Tom James (signed on January 12th 2018).

NOTE: Yeovil Town have an additional year option on Sessi D'Almeida's contract. They have yet to execute this option.

NOTE: When Tom James signed his 'new and improved' contract for Yeovil Town in January 2018, this was announced as expiring in June 2019 by the club. However, more recently BBC Bristol Sport and Chris Spittles have indicated they believe James was on a contract until June 2020. The club have yet to confirm this.

Out Of Contract in June 2019 and Aged Over 24:

These players automatically have the right to sign for other clubs on a free transfer.

Adel Gafaiti (signed on January 9th 2019).
Bevis Mugabi (signed on May 31st 2017).
Alex Fisher (signed on January 26th 2018).
Francois Zoko (signed on May 22nd 2017).
Yoann Arquin (signed on December 28th 2018).
Craig Alcock (signed on February 1st 2019). Currently coaching with the Academy.
Alefe Santos (signed on July 25th 2017).

On Loan Until The End Of The Season:

Nathan Baxter (Chelsea).
Tristan Abrahams (Norwich City)
Alex Pattison (Middlesbrough)
Joshua Grant (Chelsea)
Alex Dobre (Bournemouth).


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7 April 2019 : Video : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch extended match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Swindon Town, these are now available online. The YouTube footage shows two minutes of coverage of the game, which can be neatly divided into 90 seconds of Swindon's pressure on the Glovers goal, which included Keshi Anderson's headed opener, before the final segment of the game, and the last 30 seconds of the video, shows you the disallowed goal from Courtney Duffus, followed by the ultra-late equaliser from Adel Gafaiti. Watch via the video below.




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6 April 2019 : Neale Marmon's Verdict On The Swindon Town Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Swindon Town at the County Ground, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Neale gives his views on the performance and results, explains the withdrawal of Omar Sowunmi and Sessi D'Almeida and also explains the whereabouts of Carl Dickinson, Craig Alcock and Francois Zoko. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon's Verdict On The Swindon Town Away Game.


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6 April 2019 : Video : Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday's 1-1 draw against Swindon Town, these are now available online. There is one-and-three-quarter minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows a load of Swindon chances, including Keshi Anderson's opening goal. Then right at the end, you'll find the disallowed 'goal' from Courtney Duffus, followed by the one from Adel Gafaiti that did count. Watch via the link below.

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


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6 April 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 1-1 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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6 April 2019 : Marmon Confirms Dickinson, Alcock and Zoko Situations
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has confirmed that he does not expect full-backs Craig Alcock and Carl Dickinson to play for the club again this season. The pair were largely frozen out under previous boss Darren Way over the last six weeks, but have not been part of recent training sessions, with Dickinson seen attending a Stoke City match last weekend, whilst the Staffordshire press spotted him training with Port Vale on Friday.

The pair had fallen out of favour from mid-February onwards, with Alcock not appearing on a teamsheet, whilst Dickinson's only inclusion was during Way's final game at Milton Keynes Dons. With Dickinson clearly not being in the Yeovil area, and Alcock not seen on the training ground despite being fully fit, the suspicion was that their days were numbered. Marmon told BBC Somerset after today's game that whilst Dickinson had headed back to his Midlands home, Alcock was helping with the Academy coaching for the time being. But he stressed that it was his decision, when he took over the reins at the club:

"My first decision with Dicko (Carl Dickinson) and Craig Alcock was for them not to be involved anymore. First of all I felt the future was in my hands in terms of blooding young players. I thought Daniel Ojo did very well today. He obviously makes mistakes at 18 years old. That's normal. So I think I have alternatives at left-back. I can put Tom James over there, Josh Grant over there when they're fit. So that was an easy decision. Craig Alcock hadn't really played at all, so what we did was we put him into the Academy, to help out there. That's functioning very well."

Marmon also confirmed that striker Francois Zoko had been allowed to skip training on Friday afternoon, to give him an extended weekend back at his home in Nottingham. However, in this instance, he implies that Zoko's circumstances were a case of the current 'pecking order' rather than a permanent thing. He said he had given Zoko options of what he'd prefer to do, having told him he wouldn't be in the squad for the Swindon game:

"Francois Zoko for me was third or fourth in the pecking order for a striker, so what I did was I gave him an offer, either to train Friday and go home and see his kids, or to go home on Thursday to miss the traffic, or to travel with us to Swindon and watch the game if he wanted to, and then drive home. So he decided to go home on the Thursday. There's no animosity at all. It's just that I said he wasn't in the pecking order to play, so I gave him the time off."

Francois Zoko and Craig Alcock's contracts run out at the end of the 2018-19 season, which would suggest that they will now need to start looking for new clubs. However, Carl Dickinson's situation may be a bit more complicated given he is under contract until June 2020. It's possible that Marmon's successor as permanent first team manager may hold different views to him, and seek to bring Dickinson back into the fold, but for the remainder of the season it's highly unlikely that himself or Alcock will be seen, whilst Zoko's game time will depend heavily on the fitness of the other strikers who were in today's matchday squad at Swindon.

Marmon also confirmed that Omar Sowunmi's ankle problems were behind his 30th minute substitution, whilst he also said that Sessi D'Almeida's withdrawal early in the second half was due to him having a groin problem, although it also enabled him to switch formations during that 52nd minute change.


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6 April 2019 : Yeovil 1 Swindon 1 : Gafaiti's Late Goal Rescues Glovers A Point
Yeovil Town broke their losing run with a last gasp goal against play-off chasing Swindon Town at the County Ground on Saturday afternoon. The 90th minute header from Adel Gafaiti earned the Glovers a 1-1 draw and their first point in six games, to stun their Wiltshire opponents who had controlled the majority of the game. The Robins had taken the lead through a Keshi Anderson goal just before the break as he converted from close range. But Swindon couldn't find a second goal, and as the clock ticked down home nerves kicked in, and Gafaiti capitalised from a Tom James free kick, that keeps them just above the dotted line on goal difference, as the bottom pair drew their fixtures, leaving Yeovil in 22nd place.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up. At the back an Achilles injury for Josh Grant saw Omar Sowunmi come into the side, with Bevis Mugabi moving into the right-back slot. The other two changes were in the front line positions, with Courtney Duffus replacing Alex Fisher, whilst Tristan Abrahams replaced Gabriel Rogers. On the bench, Alex John's inclusion meant that there were three Academy players on the teamsheet for the first time this season despite five senior first team players being fit and available.

The first half was one dominated by Swindon, with the Glovers only managing a couple of half-efforts from Sessi D'Almeida - one of which went well wide, whilst the other was straight at the keeper. Things were rather more dangerous at the other end with Danny Rose having a shot parried by Nathan Baxter for a corner, followed by a Kyle Bennett long-ranger which the Chelsea loanee easily claimed. There was defensive chaos as Gary Warren slipped in the box, in his attempts to stop another Swindon attack, with Theo Robinson's effort leading to a goalmouth scramble that saw the ball rebound into a grateful Baxter's arms.

Swindon's pressure saw Courtney Duffus have to clear off his own goalline from a Danny Rose shot that came out of a set piece, as the rearguard action continued. Yeovil's cause wasn't helped as Omar Sowunmi's injury problems continued, with the defender going down after half an hour. He was forced to hand over his captain's armband to Gary Warren, with Adel Gafaiti replacing him - the suspicion being that Sowunmi's ankle issues had not cleared up sufficiently.

That injury slowed down Swindon's dominance of the game, but ultimately the Wiltshire side still managed to get their noses ahead. A Kyle Bennett free kick was recycled, and the ball fell to Luke Woolfenden. His shot deflected off Adel Gafaiti and onto the underside of the crossbar, with Keshi Anderson being the first to react to the loose ball and convert the rebound for a 1-0 half time lead that the Robins undoubtedly deserved. They almost went in two-up as Theo Robinson lobbed an out of position Nathan Baxter a minute later, but fortunately the attempt bounced wide of the post.

The second period looked initially as though Yeovil were going to struggle to create chances in open play, and it wasn't a great surprise to find Neale Marmon sacrificing the 4-3-3 formation as Sessi D'Almeida made way for Alex Fisher just seven minutes into the half, with a 4-4-2 being deployed for the remainder of the game. Initially Swindon were still the dominant side, and once again they missed a great opportunity to extend their lead, after Theo Robinson rounded Nathan Baxter who had raced off his line to deal with some danger. Robinson's shot though was blocked by Gary Warren who was in the right place, right time to guard the goal.

With only one goal in the game, Yeovil began to chip away at Swindon's armour, with an Alex Fisher header comfortably saved, before Daniel Ojo's pace saw his 20 yard shot clear the crossbar. Matt Worthington's attempt from the edge of the box wasn't great, but meant that Yeovil were gradually starting to clock up the chances. They even had the ball in the back of the net, after Courtney Duffus converted a Tom James cross from close range, only to find the linesman's flag stopping his celebrations.

Ryan Seager was introduced for the final 15 minutes as a replacement for Duffus, with Swindon Town's fans growing increasingly restless at their team's tendency to sit back on the 1-0 lead. Two Tom James efforts continued the efforts on goal, as he saw one shot easily saved by Luke McCormick, followed by one of his trademark free kicks that McCormick hopelessly misjudged in the air, leading to the loose ball being hacked away.

Swindon decided to try to block out as defender Tom Broadbent was introduced as a substitute for attacking midfielder Kyle Bennett in the closing couple of minutes, but they seemed to be handing the initiative to Yeovil in the way they played out the game. Just as the referee signalled two minutes worth of additional time, a Tom James free kick into the box found Adel Gafaiti, who headed home from close range to send 331 Glovers fans home very happy with a 1-1 draw keeping them out of the relegation zone that they had spent much of the afternoon occupying. Whilst for long stretches of the game they were second best, they clung in there, and Swindon's gradual acceptance of their single goal advantage played into Yeovil Town's hands, giving them a chance for what might turn out to be an extremely valuable away point, keeping them in 22nd place at the end of the day.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Swindon Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Keshi Anderson (1-0, 45 mins), Adel Gafaiti (1-1, 90 mins)

Swindon Town:
23 Luke McCormick
2 Kyle Knoyle 26 Dion Conroy 32 Luke Woolfenden 29 Ali Koiki
30 Danny Rose 37 Kyle Bennett 19 Canice Carroll
22 Kaiyne Woolery 35 Theo Robinson 10 Keshi Anderson

Substitutes:
3 Michael Doughty (69 mins for Keshi Anderson) 4 Jak McCourt 8 James Dunne 9 Marc Richards 31 Matthew Taylor 33 Tom Broadbent (88 mins for Kyle Bennett) 39 Archie Matthews

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 4. Gary Warren 26. Daniel Ojo
8. Matt Worthington 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
16. Tristan Abrahams 11. Courtney Duffus 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 2. Adel Gafaiti (30 mins for Omar Sowunmi) 9. Alex Fisher (52 mins for Sessi D'Almeida) 10. Jake Gray 15. Gabriel Rogers 27. Ryan Seager (76 mins for Courtney Duffus) 29. Alex John

Swindon Town Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Courtney Duffus (foul, 20 mins)

Swindon Town Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Matthew Smith (Durham) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Leigh Crowhurst (Sussex).

Attendance: 6,645 (with 331 Yeovil Town supporters)


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6 April 2019 : Team News For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Swindon Town at the County Ground. The Glovers have made three changes compared to the side that lost against Newport County last weekend. Defender Omar Sowunmi is back in the side and captains the team, with Josh Grant dropping entirely out of the squad. Striker Courtney Duffus comes in for Alex Fisher up front. Meanwhile Tristan Abrahams is preferred to Gabriel Rogers.

Rhys Browne (hamstring), Alex Pattison (back) and Joshua Grant are the injury issues, with the latter having an Achilles problem that has seen him head back to Chelsea for treatment. Craig Alcock, Carl Dickinson, Yoann Arquin, Francois Zoko and Alefe Santos are not selected but are reported as being fit.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows, with Academy midfielder Alex John getting onto the bench for the first time this season:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 4. Gary Warren 26. Daniel Ojo
8. Matt Worthington 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
16. Tristan Abrahams 11. Courtney Duffus 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 2. Adel Gafaiti 9. Alex Fisher 10. Jake Gray 15. Gabriel Rogers 27. Ryan Seager 29. Alex John

Swindon Town:
23 Luke McCormick
2 Kyle Knoyle 26 Dion Conroy 32 Luke Woolfenden 29 Ali Koiki
30 Danny Rose 37 Kyle Bennett 19 Canice Carroll
22 Kaiyne Woolery 35 Theo Robinson 10 Keshi Anderson

Substitutes:
3 Michael Doughty 4 Jak McCourt 8 James Dunne 9 Marc Richards 31 Matthew Taylor 33 Tom Broadbent 39 Archie Matthews


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6 April 2019 : Officials For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Swindon Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 6th April 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the County Ground. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire).

He was promoted to the National League at the start of the 2016-17 season, and spent two years at that level before getting a quick promotion to the Football League in the summer of 2018. He is a PE Teacher from Sheffield. Obviously with him being brand new to refereeing at this level, we've only had him three for Yeovil Town matches as a man in the middle. So far he's taken charge of 39 matches since his promotion to this level, with a very reasonable looking 90 yellow cards and three red cards.

The first was the August 2018 game against Grimsby Town which ended in a 1-0 victory for the Glovers. We can't recall any significant controversy about the game, with just one booking for each side during the match. He then took charge of the October 2018 match against Carlisle United ar Brunton Park. That game also ended in a 1-0 victory, with zero bookings, and not a lot of involvement from him.

The result on the field of play for our most recent meeting involving him was not as good. The February 2019 match against Oldham Athletic ended up in a 4-1 defeat at Boundary Park. Here we recall Latics fans getting very irate with the decision-making in the first half in particular, with their view that the Glovers were putting in one or two rather robust tackles. But as Mr Bramall ended up booking four of our players, and none of theirs, they probably couldn't complain too loudly. Meanwhile, we were more concerned about the scoreline than the referee to notice him.

Mr Bramall will be assisted by Matthew Smith (Durham) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Leigh Crowhurst (Sussex).

Link: August 2018 : Grimsby Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

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

Link: February 2019 : Oldham Athletic 4 Yeovil Town 1.


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5 April 2019 : Notts County Agree Sale To Relieve Financial Pressure
League Two side Notts County believe they have found a buyer who will help relieve their financial pressures, moving into the summer. Current owner Alan Hardy has been attempting to sell the club, whilst his non-football business Paragon Interiors Group has gone into administration, leading to the question of whether they'd call in a loan Hardy had provided to the Meadow Lane club from his business. To add to the complications, on the last day of February, County themselves were issued with a winding up order by HMRC due to late payment of taxes.

County are due in Court on Wednesday 10th April to answer that charge, but Hardy's current position is that he has agreed an offer to buy the club with an unnamed party. That is now going through a due diligence stage where the buyer will be inspecting the terms of the agreement, at which point the prospective owner's details will be put through the EFL Fit and Proper Person Test process. Hardy has explained the current position:

"I am pleased to confirm I have accepted an offer to purchase Notts County Football Club from a very credible party, who is now undertaking due diligence. As expected, there has been a huge level of interest in the club and I am delighted that we are now at an advanced stage with people who I am confident have Notts County's best interests at heart. They must be given the time and privacy to carry out their checks properly but, as soon as I can reveal more, I will provide a further update."

Hardy has also added that he expects the club's finances to be stabilised by May, and will be making the High Court aware of the Notts County's current financial position:

"I would also like to assure staff and supporters that, in light of recent conjecture, the money for April’s wages has already been transferred to the bank for payment. As for the debt owed to HMRC, I am expecting this to be paid in full by early May with the approval of the High Court next Wednesday."

There will also be new ownership at Port Vale around the end of the season. Current owner Norman Smurthwaite had recently threatened to force the Valiants into administration if a buyer was not found by May 5th, with him pledging to withdraw his financial support on the last day of the season. However, it appears that their position is now much clearer, with Staffordshire based Synectics Solutions agreeing to take over the club. Currently in 20th place in the League Two table, and eight points off the relegation spots, the Valiants are almost safe for this season, and they gave a short statement saying they expected their new owners to take over in about five weeks time:

"The Club has entered into a Confidentiality and Exclusivity agreement with Carol and Kevin Shanahan regarding the purchase of the Club and Vale Park in their entirety. Both parties will now work together diligently to progress this process over the next 5 weeks."


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5 April 2019 : Neale Marmon Previews The Swindon Town Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Swindon Town at the County Ground, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Neale gives his views on the short trip to Wiltshire, the opposition, the management situation and the ownership status. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Swindon Town Game.


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5 April 2019 : Carl Dickinson No Longer Training At Huish Park
Yeovil Town left-back Carl Dickinson is training with League Two side Port Vale. The 32 year old has only been included in one Glovers line-up in the last seven matches and last weekend tweeted from Stoke City's match, where he was a spectator at the game, meaning that it became clear that he was not at Huish Park watching the Newport County fixture.

It now appears that Dickinson - who is a former Valiants player - has stayed in the Midlands, with their former captain joining them for their first team training. According to the Stoke Sentinel, Dickinson has been told by Yeovil that he "isn't in their immediate plans", and so has asked Port Vale if he can train with them for the remainder of the 2018-19 season.

Dickinson can't sign for Port Vale at this stage, due to transfer window rules, and is under contract with Yeovil until the 2019-20 season ends. However, it would appear that despite the change of first team management, Caretaker boss Neale Marmon is unwilling to select him for games. As yet, the Somerset local media have not asked either former boss Darren Way or Marmon himself as to what Dickinson's status is, with fellow defender Craig Alcock having also been absent from recent fixtures under both managers. In Alcock's case his contract runs out at the end of the 2018-19 season, but he has not played for the club, nor featured on a teamsheet since February 16th.

During this week's press interviews, Marmon indicated that only midfielder Alex Pattison (back) and winger Rhys Browne (hamstring) were on the club's injury list, meaning that all other players are in theory available for selection.


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5 April 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Swindon Town
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travel to Wiltshire to play their rearranged League Two fixture against Swindon Town. The 3.00p.m. kick-off will see the two sides compete at the County Ground and 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.

Link: Ticketing For Swindon Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Swindon Town vs Yeovil 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
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4 April 2019 : Complete League Two Agent Payments List - Glovers See Small Rise
The Football Association have released financial figures detailing the use of Football Agents within each division. The figures cover a benchmark of February 1st 2018 until January 31st 2019, covering up until the last transfer window. The published document shows that Yeovil Town paid out £27,931 in agents' fees, compared to the £23,840 they paid out during the previous twelve month period between February 2017 and January 2018. The values paid has been gradually on the rise, with £13,686 paid out during the 2016-17 period, whilst between October 2015 and February 2016 benchmark there was just £1,248 paid out.

For the second year running, every club paid out money to Football Agents. At the top, former League One sides Northampton Town and Milton Keynes Dons were two of the bigger spenders, with Mansfield Town once again being near the top. At the foot, Exeter City and Crewe Alexandra's Academy systems allow them to keep costs down, whilst it's no surprise to find Morecambe and Macclesfield Town as two of the lowest payers to Agents. The only surprise is that former League One side Bury, who are gunning for promotion from League Two were one of lowest clubs in terms of payments.

The full list is as follows:

Northampton Town £92,125; Milton Keynes Dons £80,263; Mansfield Town £77,932; Chelteham Town £61,253; Port Vale £60,027; Oldham Athletic £55,551; Notts County £55,130; Cambridge United £48,930; Lincoln City £44,434; Forest Green Rovers £40,431; Colchester United £38,642; Stevenage £38,460; Grimsby Town £38,104; Crawley Town £32,160; Newport County £31,952; Yeovil Town £27,931; Carlisle United £27,431; Tranmere Rovers £26,112; Swindon Town £18,000; Exeter City £14,490; Morecambe £13,486; Crewe Alexandra £10,638; Bury £6,075; Macclesfield Town £1,000.

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, but may have coincided with new contract deals being signed, with obvious examples being Omar Sowunmi and the second payment to Yoann Arquin's agent.

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

30/06/18 : Carl Dickinson (Jonathan Hassall, Beswicks Sports)
03/07/18 : Gary Warren (Peter Conning, Sports Consulting Limited)
16/07/18 : Omar Sowunmi (James Featherstone, Omnisports Limited)
22/07/18 : Sessi D'Almeida (Bruce Tumenta)
02/08/18 : Yoann Arquin (Bruce Tumenta)
03/08/18 : Wes McDonald (Liam Bowes, OYS Sports Management)
27/12/18 : Yoann Arquin (Bruce Tumenta)
09/01/19 : Adel Gafaiti (Bruce Tumenta)
19/01/19 : Matt Worthington (Matthew Krupnik-Kay)
31/01/19 : Courtney Duffys (Alex Levack, Sidekick Management)

A couple of things worth noting from the above list - Peter Conning is a former Yeovil Town midfielder who had two spells at the club between 1988 and 1992 and then during the 1994-95 season. Meanwhile Bruce Tumenta's name pops up a lot - he is also the agent representing Francois Zoko, meaning he has a vested interest in at least four of the Glovers playing squad. If a player's name does not feature in the list above, it can be assumed that there was no payment made to an agent when he signed for the club - Ryan Seager and Stuart Nelson fall into this camp.


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4 April 2019 : Yeovil Town's 2017-18 Company Accounts Show Profit After Double Cup Run
Yeovil Town Football Club's accounts for the 2017-18 season have been published. The documentation covers the period ending June 30th 2018, and is for the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited company that acts as the original core business of Yeovil Town FC. This set of accounts covers a season that saw the Glovers stage an FA Cup Fourth Round home tie against Manchester United, as well as reaching the Semi-Finals of the EFL Trophy.

The overall accounts show an operating profit of £81,013 across the season. As a consequence this has reduced the club's accumulated profit and loss down to minus £945,969. The revised position saw the available cash in bank and in hand increase significantly from £125,252 to £398,105. However, clearly the club's staging of the lucrative tie against Manchester United provided an exceptional year. The accounts do not divulge the club's turnover figures, but former first team manager Darren Way claimed that this and the EFL Trophy cup run had brought in over a million pounds in what would have been unbudgeted revenue.

The 2017-18 figures would have also included the sale of Otis Khan to Mansfield Town, which squeezed in on June 29th 2018. Speculation at the time was that this was a £100,000 transfer fee, although officially it remained undisclosed. Mansfield may have negotiated to pay the fee in stages, so some of this value may only be realised in the 2018-19 accounts.

The accounts also reveal that Season Ticket revenue fell between the 2016-17 season and the reported 2017-18 season. During 2016-17, the club received £295,261 in revenue, but for 2017-18, this dropped to £270,849. This is reflected in the actual sales, with approximately 1,950 season ticket holders dropping to an official figure of 1,534 for the 2017-18 campaign. This income has fallen sharply over the last few years, with the 2016-17 season having seen £403,689 whilst the 2015-16 season saw the club receive £404,743 in revenue.

The recorded profit by the core football club is the second season in a row that a positive figure was published, with the 2016-17 accounts showing a figure of £28,350. However, that figure should be considered with extreme caution given that no football club is going to get a windfall of a Manchester United cup game every year - for the next set of accounts, we'd expect a far more challenging picture given the club went out of every cup competition at the first stage.

Link: 2016-17 Yeovil Town Football Club Accounts.


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3 April 2019 : Marmon Not Planning Search For New Manager Until League Status Is Known
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has said that the club will not begin their search for a new first team manager until the club's League status is confirmed. With the Glovers currently occupying a precarious 22nd place position in what is looking increasingly like a three-team battle with Macclesfield Town and Notts County, there are just six matches remaining of the 2018-19 season, and in line with previous briefings from the club, it seems highly likely that Marmon will be in charge of all of them.

The 57 year old plans to move into a permanent role at Huish Park as the club's Sporting Director, once Rob Couhig completes his purchase of the club, and has told BBC Somerset that he will be one of the key people who will select who the club's next first team manager will be. But he has said that the Glovers are not currently searching for a new manager, and will not do so until things are mathematically certain, because of the difference in the level of applicants they will be able to attract:

"I think that in my new position of Sporting Director next year, I'll obviously be in the role of selecting the manager for next year. We haven't even thought about it for the moment. We've got a load of applicants, but we'll worry about that when it comes around. The person that comes to the club will have to be either a League Two gaffer, or for the National League. Hopefully it will be League Two, and we're going for that, and then we'll have a big choice."

Marmon has also restated that the club are still awaiting a response from the Football League concerning the process that all clubs have to go through in the event of a change of Ownership, or the appointment of new Directors. The Fit and Proper Person's Test and Ownership Test will see Couhig and those he intends to co-opt onto a new Board vetted for any past financial or footballing transgressions, as well as allowing the League to inspect the forward looking business plan and funding model, to ensure that the new Owners are capable of fulfilling the club's contractual obligations.

The Caretaker manager said that they were still waiting on things, but also added that he was not in regular contact with Couhig, explaining that the potential owner was keeping a 'hands off' attitude to the football management since expressing an interest in the club:

"That was the situation when he took over, that he didn't want to get involved in the football side of things. Basically he'll be financially supporting the club, and making the new surroundings here. I wouldn't get involved in that side of things anyway, if it was the case that a new owner was telling me what to do. Everything has been handed into the EFL and we're just waiting for the return. That's it."


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3 April 2019 : Inter-Services Football Staged At Huish Park Tonight
Tonight will see Yeovil Town's Huish Park stadium used to host an Inter-Services football match. the 7.00p.m. kick-off will see the Army Football team take on the Royal Navy Football team, in a match that will allow FREE admission to all attending the game.

The club had been due to stage last season's match between the two sides, but it was moved to Portsmouth at late notice, due to bad weather. Fortunately, tonight's fixture shouldn't suffer that fate, with the Huish Park pitch being in good condition for the match.

When the tie was staged at Huish Park in March 2017, the Army won 4-0 against the Navy.

Army vs Navy at Huish Park on Wednesday evening
Army vs Navy at Huish Park on Wednesday evening



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3 April 2019 : EFL Call Extraordinary General Meeting To Decide Coventry City Fate
The Football League have confirmed their intention to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting later this month. The 72 Member clubs are invited to attend the EGM on Thursday 25th April, with one item on the agenda - the future of League One side Coventry City and their position in the League for the 2019-20 season.

The Sky Blues will see their leasehold agreement at the Ricoh Arena finish at the end of the 2018-19 season, and with Coventry's owners SISU currently in the middle of a legal dispute over the sale of the stadium, current stadium owners Wasps are not prepared to enter into discussions about providing a new agreement. As such, Coventry are about to become homeless and cannot tell the League where they are likely to be playing next season.

With no firm solution on the table, Coventry will become in breach of Football League rules concerning the hosting of fixtures at a stable venue within the town/city that club is associated with. The League say that they are still waiting for a report from their Executive concerning what options Coventry may or may not have, but due to the notice that is required to raise an EGM, they have communicated the date to all clubs now:

"The EFL has today (Tuesday) written to its member Clubs to update them on the matter of where Coventry City will play their home games in 2019-20. The Board is due to receive a full update from the Executive on Thursday 11 April, which will cover the various options that have been put forward by the Club and any further developments that arise in the intervening period. The Board had previously set the date of Thursday 25 April for an Extraordinary General Meeting to consider the Club's expulsion from the League if clarity on a venue could not be provided. Due to a requirement to give Clubs at least 21 days notice in advance of that meeting, the League has formally convened the EGM today."

The wording strongly suggests that if Coventry do find an obvious solution, such as an agreement for a new lease at the Ricoh Arena, then the EGM would be cancelled. However, if that is not found, or of the solution is contentious, then the EGM would take place. Over the past fortnight, there has been speculation via Sky Sports that up to five clubs in the Midlands area have offered Coventry a groundshare agreement - something that Coventry have said has some substance to it, given that they say they are "in talks" with other clubs. However, the EFL's original instructions to Coventry were for them to find a venue within six miles of the city centre, meaning that the League would need to compromise, given there are no obvious alternative venues in that area that would be capable of staging League One fixtures.

It appears that Coventry are attempting to negotiate on two lines - one is for Wasps to give them a short lease agreement at the Ricoh Arena that will at least allow them time to find a new home. The other concerns a plot of land at Woodlands School, which closed in July 2016, which is situated on the West side of the City that could potentially be used as the site to build a brand new stadium. But of course, all parties would want a firm commitment and a timeline in place to ensure that any groundshare was on a strict short term basis, whilst Wasps may still expect the current legal action by Sisu to be suspended or dropped in return for even a short lease agreement.

Coventry have indicated that they plan to give the EFL an update on where they are, prior to the April 11th Executive meeting, and what options they have on the table.


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2 April 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : A False Start
Last Saturday saw Caretaker manager Neale Marmon get his first taste of front line management in the English Football League. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at how things went against Newport County, what changes were made, and how things look with six games remaining. Read the blog via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A False Start.


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1 April 2019 : Tom James Talks About The Newport County Defeat
Following Saturday's 1-3 home defeat against Newport County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town defender Tom James spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Tom gives his views on the match, his goal and what the team needs to turn the corner. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Tom James Speaks To The BBC After The 1-3 Defeat Against Newport County.


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1 April 2019 : Neale Marmon Talks About Newport County Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Newport County kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Neale gives his views on the inclusion of Sessi D'Almeida, Alex Fisher and Daniel Ojo as well as giving his thoughts on the team's first week in training. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Neale Marmon Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Newport County.


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