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31 July 2016 : Villa 0 Yeovil 2 : Short And Heatherson Send Glovers Top Again
Last weekend, Bristol City Women went top of the FAWSL2 division, but only held that position for 24 hours as Yeovil Town Ladies responded with an emphatic 4-0 win over Durham Women to retake top spot themselves. This weekend that West Country battle continued, as Bristol beat Millwall Lionesses 2-1 to leapfrog the Glovers again, but once again Jamie Sherwood's side produced the perfect response, as they beat Aston Villa Ladies by a 2-0 scoreline to put themselves back on top of the pile, as the battle for the promotion slots continues to be highly competitive. Everton's 1-1 draw with Sheffield Ladies though meant that the front pair ended the weekend smiling - Yeovil now have an eight point gap on third place, with the Toffees needing to win their two games in hand to seriously close that gap.

Going into the match without Sarah Wiltshire for the first time since she withdrew from the squad following last week's announcement of her pregnancy, the question was whether other members of the Yeovil squad could compensate by getting the goals without their top goalscorer. The answer today was yes, and it took four minutes for that answer to be heard, as a Helen Bleazard corner was headed back across goal by Nicola Cousins and Hannah Short smashed the ball home for a 1-0 lead.

Villa's side featured former Yeovil Town player Alys Hinchcliffe and she produced one early effort for her new club that went wide of the target. However, Yeovil gradually began to carve out their own chances. A half hour Helen Bleazard free kick was headed onto the roof of the net by Nicola Cousins. Then Yeovil thought they should have been awarded a penalty just before the half time break when Nadia Lawrence appeared to be hauled down inside the box, but the only decision that was made was a goal kick to Villa.

The home side, who were playing at Stratford Town's ground for the day, went close after the break when skipper Katy Moran shot just wide of the target. But despite some early pressure in that second period, Yeovil pounced when Helen Bleazard's shot was well saved by Grace Moloney, with Annie Heatherson the most alert to grab the loose ball on the rebound and to tap the ball home for a 2-0 lead.

It was Yeovil who threatened to score another, with Annie Heatherson, Danielle Carlton and Ellie Curson all being denied by strong goalkeeping by Moloney. But in the closing stages Villa threatened to turn the game into a nervous finale, as Natasha Baptiste produced a shot that Charlotte Haynes had to be on her guard to save, with Villa throwing players forward. During injury time, Nicola Cousins almost grabbed the third when her shot came off the crossbar but the 2-0 victory gained was enough for them to regain their top spot.

The Glovers will now sit out the next four weeks of football - an interesting period given that Everton Ladies will play both of their games in hand, as they face both Durham Women and Bristol City Women during the month of August. By the time Yeovil Town resume their fixtures, the FAWSL2 table may look a little different, as they travel to play Sheffield Ladies on August 28th. That will represent the final phase of five matches that will decide their 2016 season, but goalscorer Annuei Heatherson said that the team would be looking no further than the next game against Sheffield:

"We're not looking that far ahead, we're taking each game as it comes, the long haul can wait. We'll look at each performance and go from there and we move to Sheffield now, focus on them and get the result we want and then we move onto the next one and focus on them so at the moment it's just game by game. We may be top of the league but we’re not focusing on that, we still have a lot of work to do. It was a very good result for us today, obviously from last week we wanted to build on it and we knew it was going to be a tough game and the pitch is not as big as Huish Park, so we knew we had to do the simple things and then that would get us the result."

Final Score: Aston Villa Ladies 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Scorers: Hannah Short (0-1, 4 mins), Annie Heatherson (0-2, 53 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes; Kayleigh Green, Hannah Short, Nicola Cousins; Helen Bleazard, Ellie Curson, Steph Williams, Danielle Carlton, Kelly Snook; Nadia Lawrence, Annie Heatherson

Substitutes: Ellis Hillman, Jessie Jones, Natasha Knapman (76 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Kelly Aldridge , Charlotte Johnson, Lauren Townsend (81 mins for Kelly Snook), Beth Howard.

Aston Villa Ladies: Grace Moloney, Gwyn West, Maddy Cusack, Hannah George, Katy Moran (C), Bethan Merrick, Sarah Mayling, Kerri Welsh, Grace Smith, Alys Hinchcliffe, Natasha Baptiste.

Substitutes: N'Dow (46 mins for Kerri Welsh), Jones (46 mins for Alys Hinchcliffe), Shepherd (72 mins for Gwyn West), Beattie, Porter, Tallis, Potts.

Referee: Tim Walker. Assistants: K Hatfield and S Tomson.

Attendance: 276.


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31 July 2016 : Darren's Verdict On The Swindon Town Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Swindon Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the press about the game. Darren gives his views on how pre-season has gone overall, as well as the performance of Tom Eaves and the signing of Alex Lawless. Read that via the link below.

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


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30 July 2016 : Darren Way Hoping Second Impressions Count After Eaves Nets Opener Against Swindon
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is hoping that the performances and goals of striker Tom Eaves in pre-season will have won over some supporters who may have been skeptical about his return to the club. The 24 year old signed for the Glovers this summer on a one year contract, shortly after being released by the club by Bolton Wanderers at the at the end of a six year spell at the Reebok Stadium. During that time, Tom had also had a seven game loan spell with the Glovers midway through the 2014-15 season - a month or so that didn't really pull up any trees as he failed to score, albeit in a side that was generally struggling for form.

Eaves has now returned to the club and scored goals against Bristol City, Salisbury City and Swindon Town in pre-season, suggesting that he could be in for a much better time during his second spell with the club. Way said after today's 2-1 win over Swindon that he hoped that some of the thoughts fans may have had of his first spell at Huish Park could be put to one side, given the way the target man had started his permanent spell:

"He looks powerful. He looks like he's hungry and he looks like he's confident. It's never easy sometimes, as you've always got someone who makes a perception of Tom because of his previous loan spell. But I had to say to him before he came in that you're going to have to deal with that, because any supporter now makes judgements before you've even played. But what I've noticed is that he has handled that and he's shown the supporters and my team members that he can play."

Today's match against a higher division side was won thanks to a second half goal from Otis Khan, with the Glovers coming out as 2-1 victors. Swindon battled well and equalised through Jonathan Obika and Way felt that his side had to sit for long periods of the game and soak up the possession the opposition had. He said he already knew what threat Swindon would pose as he'd seen one of their earlier matches against a Swansea City side:

"I thought it was a difficult team to play against. I watched them play against Swansea. Swansea are a possession-based team, and I think that overall at a stage in the game, they had more possession than Swansea. So I knew what we were going to come up against today. I think that what I've done is that I've put a pre-season in place that has tested the players psychologically and physically. They had to think very clever today against that. Their goalkeeper takes more touches than some of the outfield players do. But we knew that and we had to win the ball back and then counterattack. You could see there that we had five or six real good clear-cut chances. There's that risk and reward to it, because you're having large spells without the ball but I don't think they really hurt us. What I know is that the players have really got a hunger and drive to win football matches. Today was exactly what I was looking for."


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30 July 2016 : Academy Side Lose In Wales
Yeovil Town's Under-18s played their latest pre-season friendly yesterday, when they travelled to play Cardiff City's Under-18s side. The trip along the Severn Bridge proved to be a challenging one as they were beaten 5-0 by the Bluebirds. Cardiff pair Cameron Coxe and James Waite both got a brace, whilst Isaac Kelly got the other goal.

Their EFL Youth Academy season begins on August 6th, when they will travel to play Exeter City, with the Grecians likely to use the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground for the match.

Final Score: Cardiff City Under-18s 5 Yeovil Town Under-18s 0.


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30 July 2016 : Loza On Trial With Valiants
Former Yeovil Town loanee and trialist Jamar Loza has turned up at League One side Port Vale. The 22 year old former Norwich City player spent most of the 2016-17 pre-season on trial with the Glovers, but had disappeared from the squad list when the club returned from their week in South Wales, and was not present for the friendly against Salisbury or today's match against Swindon Town. Today he has been named on the teamsheet for Port Vale's pre-season friendly against Manchester United (which appears to be an academy side) with Loza listed as an unnumbered substitute, meaning he'll almost certainly come on during the second half.

There have been some rumours at the Port Vale end during the last 24 hours that Loza was being lined up as a new signing. His arrival at Vale Park can certainly be confirmed, but as yet the Valiants have only listed him as a trialist rather than as anything more than that. However, his presence there and his absence from Huish Park over the last two games means any interest from the Glovers can now probably be ended.

Link: Jamar Loza : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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30 July 2016 : Yeovil 2 Swindon 1 : Khan Seals Final Friendly Winner
Yeovil Town gained victory in their final pre-season friendly before the 2016-17 season starts, with a 2-1 victory over League One Swindon Town. Whilst the Wiltshire side slumped to their fourth consecutive pre-season defeat, the Glovers made it four wins out of the five public friendlies they've faced during July - today's game via a Tom Eaves header that was followed up with former Barnsley winger Otis Khan netting a second half winner. In between the familiar name of Jonathan Obika equalised for the Robins, but as the visitors made a string of substitutions, it was Yeovil who capitalised with the winning goal to put them in good shape for the visit of Notts County next weekend.

The starting line-up for the match was a familiar one, with no changes from Tuesday night's trip to Salisbury, with the only technicality being that Alex Lawless had turned from being a 'trialist' into a contracted player, having agreed a one year contract following his release by Luton Town. The bench featured a collection of four trialists and younger, less experienced members of the first team squad.

Two quickfire goals shaped the first half, with the Glovers netting from an inswinging corner by Ryan Hedges, with striker Tom Eaves heading home for his third goal of pre-season. Whilst Yeovil Town had deserved that, it didn't last long as Brandon Ormonde-Ottewell threaded the ball through to Jonathan Obika who fired past Artur Krysiak for an equalising goal - Yeovil ahead for just two minutes.

Yeovil regained the lead sixteen minutes from time when good work from Ryan Hedges and Tom Eaves saw the latter put the ball across the area, allowing Otis Khan the chance to score from close range for a 2-1 score, which they held on until the final whistle. From Swindon's point of view, they might point to the fact that they made five substitutions just before that goal, having not had time to line themselves up properly before Yeovil's front three interchanged to score the winner. For the Glovers, significantly they choose not to make a single substitution throughout the whole 90 minutes, and with that eleven having made up the large majority of the starting line-ups of their friendly matches, it would be no surprise if those were the players who took to the field next Saturday when the 2016-17 season starts properly.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Swindon Town 1.

Scorers: Tom Eaves (16 mins, 1-0), Jonathan Obika (18 mins, 1-1), Otis Khan (74 mins, 2-1)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Nathan Smith, 3. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson, 4. Alex Lawless, 8. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 11. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 13. Josh Ezewele 15. Joe Lea 16. Bevis Mugabi 17. Henry Jones 18. Ollie Bassett 19. Kyle Copp 20. Bayan Fenwick 21. Omar Sowunmi (none used).

Swindon Town:
1. Lawrence Vingouroux 2. Bradley Barry 3. Brandon Ormonde-Ottewell 4. Yaser Kasim 6. Nathan Thompson (Capt) 7. John Goddard 9. Jonathan Obika 11. James Brophy 12. Jamie Sendles-White 17. Ellis Iandolo 18. Tom Smith

Substitutes: 10. Jermaine Hylton (72 mins) 16. Jordan Stewart (72 mins) 15. Jake Evans (72 mins) 21. Will Henry (72 mins for Lawrence Vingouroux) 20. Jordan Young (72 mins) 19. Louis Spalding (84 mins for Nathan Thompson) 22. Scott Twine

Referee: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: Rick Hulme and Andrew Quinn. Fourth Official: Ian Harley.

Attendance: 888.


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30 July 2016 : Glovers Trust At The Family Fun Day
Today sees Yeovil Town staging a 'Family Fun Day' as part of their pre-season friendly against Swindon Town. After the game you'll have a chance to wanderer around and view various functions around Huish Park (see earlier article for a full list). That includes various activities hosted by supporters groups, one of which is the newly formed Glovers Trust who are situated close to the club's 3G artificial pitch outside the Main Stand. Come and see them, and sign up to the new Trust organisation, or buy some of their merchandise after the match.

The Glovers Trust set out their stall at the club's Family Fun Day
The Glovers Trust set out their stall at the club's Family Fun Day.



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30 July 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's pre-season friendly against League One side Swindon Town. The Glovers have chosen the same starting eleven that played against Salisbury City in midweek, with all eleven now being contracted players, following Alex Lawless putting pen to paper on a one year contract, after his exit from Luton Town.

Defender Darren Ward (knee) and striker Francois Zoko (hip flexor) have missed the whole of pre-season and continue to be absent. Striker Ryan Bird is also missing once again. The line-up reads as follows - we'll fill in the gaps on the "trialists" (who are probably mainly players who have featured before):

Yeovil Town: (First Half)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Nathan Smith, 3. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson, 4. Alex Lawless, 8. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 11. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 13. Josh Ezewele 15. Joe Lea 16. Trialist A 17. Trialist B 18. Ollie Bassett 19. Trialist C 20. Trialist D 21. Omar Sowunmi


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30 July 2016 : Today's Family Fun Day Schedule For Swindon Town Game
Yeovil Town have announced further detail regarding their Family Fun Day that is set around this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Swindon Town. With the match kicking off at the earlier time of 1.00p.m. arrangements in the lead-up to the match will be more or less as per a normal game (with the exception of the kick-off time!) - the majority of the planned events will take place after the match.

The rough timetable for the additional activities assume a normal finish time for the match, which should be around 2.50p.m. based on the above kick-of time. At 3.00p.m. a band called the Twerzels will be playing - they would appear to be a Wurzels tribute band

From 3.30p.m. there are two activities. There is a players photo opportunity with supporters that will take place in the Tamburino Main Stand - supporters will need to enter via Gate 3. This is for fans who purchase the club's 2016-17 home shirt and wish to pose with the players. One of the match photographers will take pictures, and you'll then have the opportunity to purchase an 8" x 6" colour print in a card folder of the shot with the players - at present we don't know the charge for this. Purchase will be possible on the day.

Also at 3.30p.m. there will be tours of the players dressing room area. This tour will start from the players' door at the front of the Tamburino Main Stand.

In addition to the above as general activities, the club also plan the following after the game:

* Yeovil Town Academy will be training on the 3G pitch
* Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust will be training on the rail pitch and have a stand there

There will also be for all supporters (but intended for young fans!):
* Face painting
* Supporters group stands (including the newly formed Glovers Trust)
* A kid zone (we're not sure what that is, but the club had mentioned a bouncy castle and similar things)
* Table Tennis
* Table football
* Club Shop open during the day
* Refreshments
* Burger van
* Ice creams
* Sweets

Family Fun Day for Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
Family Fun Day for Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.


Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.


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29 July 2016 : Beck Signs Up With Quakers For Coming Season
Former Yeovil Town striker Mark Beck has found himself a new club. The 22 year old former Carlisle United striker has signed for Darlington (more completely known as Darlington 1883) who are a reformed club from the side that Yeovil Town once played at Conference level and later in League Two between 2003 and 2005.

The new club, which was formed in 2012 by keeping as much of the identity of the old club as allowed by the FA, plays at Blackwell Meadows in Darlington and have just been promoted as Champions of Northern Premier League Premier Division. They will play in the National League North division (aka Conference North) - one division below the status they were at when the old club were expelled from the Conference following financial problems.

Beck is therefore dropping two divisions from the position he was in whilst he was at Yeovil Town and Carlisle United, and one level from his 2016 loan spell with Wrexham. He had been on trial with Scottish Championship side Dunfermline earlier in the season, but they appeared to lose interest in him after three pre-season friendlies, and it would appear that since then he has been training with the Quakers, who are a convenient option for him given his Sunderland roots. Darlington boss Martin Gray said that his new signing had been recommended to him and he liked what he saw in training:

"Mark has come highly recommended by several people, and with him being a big, physical lad, he will give us several different options up front. I've been looking for a player like him for a long time, and is a very important signing for us. He has Football League and Scottish League experience – players like him are hard to come by. He has certainly been impressive in training."

Darlington have not revealed a contract length - at that level terms tend to be more loose, given they are not governed by the transfer window.

Link: Mark Beck : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 July 2016 : Sokolik Completes Return To Essex
Former Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik has now completed his permanent move to League One side Southend United. As reported earlier this morning, the 22 year old was going to be offered a contract with the Essex side and that deal has gone through ultra-quickly with the former Liverpool academy player being unveiled as a signing late this afternoon.

Sokolik has been given a five month contract with the Shrimpers, that takes him until December 31st 2016, although his new club indicate that it is with a view to a longer deal. This is the Czech centre-back's third spell Southend, which might lead to some surprise over how short the contract offer is. Boss Phil Brown has told his club's website that he feels that Sokolik has raw talent but that his concentration levels occasionally drop - something that former Glovers boss Gary Johnson alluded to when he began to phase the defender out of his plans during the 2014-15 season. Brown hopes that the shorter term deal will keep the player's alertness as to his situation high during his time at Roots Hall:

"Jakub's trial with us was certainly a success. He has mingled in with the team well, and we've seen the old Jakub over these last few weeks. That was culminated with a strong 45-minute performance over a talented Newcastle team. I think he is one of those rare talents that when he is one hundred percent he would play at the highest level, but when his concentration levels drop he'll get caught out. I think the short-term deal that we've put him on will hopefully keep him focused on the field of play so we get the Jakub of old, and if we the Jakub of old I think we've got, fingers crossed one of the best centre-backs in the division."

Link: Jakub Sokolik : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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29 July 2016 : Lawless Deal Struck As Alex Joins The Glovers
Yeovil Town have signed former Luton Town midfielder Alex Lawless on a permanent deal. He has penned a one year contract after playing in the club's recent pre-season friendly against Salisbury, as well as spending time with the squad during their week in South Wales.

Lawless was born on March 26th 1985 (31 years old) in Tonypandy in Wales and began his career as a Cardiff City academy player, although didn't make it at that level, instead switching to play in the Welsh Football League for Ton Pentre whilst studying for his A-Levels. He then returned to professional football, signing for Fulham in 2003. Again he didn't trouble their first team plans, instead being snapped up by Leroy Rosenior who at that time was managing Torquay United in League Two. There he made his Football League debut, during the 2005-06 season, making 16 appearances for the Gulls.

Lawless then dropped into Conference level football for the following eight seasons, becoming a regular at that level. He spent three seasons with Forest Green Rovers, playing 120 times for them and scoring 10 goals, as a regular in their side. His time at the New Lawn was ended a little abruptly with a hairline fracture of the tibula ending his 2008-09 season, and in the aftermath of that he signed for York City, spending one and a half seasons at Bootham Crescent.

In November 2010, Luton Town were impressed enough by his performances to want to take him to Kenilworth Road and after an initial loan period, they signed him up for an undisclosed transfer fee. That was to lead to him playing just under six seasons for the Hatters that saw him clock up 203 appearances and 22 goals. He was part of the club's 2013-14 Conference title winning squad, but despite playing 31 times for Luton during the 2015-16 season, they made the decision to release him.

Lawless is predominantly a central midfielder, although he's been used as a right-back, and as a left-sided or right-sided midfield player in various formations, and has even played as an attacking midfielder 'in the hole' just behind the main two strikers. Overall he has over 400 appearances to his name at Conference and League Two level


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29 July 2016 : Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Mansfield Town are now on sale. The match takes place on Tuesday 16th August 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Field Mill. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over-65s: £14.00; Aged 17-21: £13.00; Aged 7-16: £10.00; Aged 6 or Under: FREE.

Disabled Supporters pay as per the age groups above and can admit an assistant free of charge.

This is an ALL TICKET match for Yeovil Town supporters, meaning that you must purchase in advance - no sales will be allowed on the day of the game. This is a standard policy for away supporters for all Mansfield Town matches.


Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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29 July 2016 : Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Luton Town are now on sale. The match takes place on Saturday 13th August 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Kenilworth Road. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over-65s and Under-22s: £13.00; Under-18s: £6.00; Under-10s: £3.00.

Disabled Supporters pay one age category lower than the rates above and can admit an assistant free of charge. To book Wheelchair bays please call 01582 416 976.

This is an ALL TICKET match for Yeovil Town supporters, meaning that you must purchase in advance - no sales will be allowed on the day of the game. This is a standard policy for away supporters for all Luton Town matches.

Yeovil Town fans will be housed in Luton's Oak Road Stand where if you have not been before, has probably one of the most unique turnstile entrances in the entire Football League, with the entrance being part of a row of terraced houses to the extent that to the outsider it looks as though you are paying a visit to one of the local residents rather than going to a football match. The capacity of the Oak Road Stand is 2,000.


Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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29 July 2016 : Sokolik To Get Shrimpers Contract Offer
Former Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik will be getting a contract offer from Southend United shortly. The 22 year old, who left Huish Park after the Glovers released him at the end of his contract in June, has been on trial at Roots Hall for most of pre-season and has played in friendlies against Newcastle United and West Ham United as well as travelling with their first team squad to Spain.

The Shrimpers have already taken Sokolik on loan twice during his career - the first coming whilst he was on the books of Liverpool, whilst the second came during his first season with Yeovil Town - a deal that was ended abruptly by a serious knee injury. Now fit again, and having played in 40 Yeovil Town fixtures last season, he is a free agent and manager Phil Brown told the Southend Echo this was an area of his squad that he wanted to improve upon as soon as possible:

"I've spoken to Jakub and I’m now waiting to speak to his agent about what’s going to happen. We will be offering Jakub a deal but will have to wait and see if it’s one he’s interesting to signing. You obviously make changes during pre-season games but we don’t have many options in certain areas. I had two trialist centre-backs playing and when it came to changing things in midfield we’re delving into the under 21s. Alarm bells are ringing about the size of the squad at the moment and we do need to start bringing more signings in."

Link: Jakub Sokolik : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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28 July 2016 : GWSC Travel To Walsall
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming EFL Cup match against Walsall. The match takes place at the Bescot Stadium on Tuesday 9th August 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Walsall : Tuesday 9th August 2016.
Huish Park: 2.30p.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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28 July 2016 : Premier League Chief Claims B Team League Plans Are At An End
Premier League Chairman Richard Scudamore has denied that the country's top division have a motive to push B-Teams into the English football pyramid system. The situation has been back on the agenda during 2016, following the Football League's plans to expand their membership in the summer of 2019, as well as this summer's decision to co-opt sixteen B-Teams (under the guise of EPPP Category One clubs) into a relaunched Football League Trophy competition.

The suspicion has been that the merging of those sixteen B-Teams into the League's Trophy competition will be used as a forerunner to expanding the Football League itself by eight clubs, in a Trojan Horse exercise where the concept of seeing 'Chelsea B' on a fixture list will be gradually seen as somehow 'acceptable'. However, Scudamore claims that the introduction of the B-Teams into the Trophy will not lead to any further scope creep, saying that he recognises that it 'doesn't work' at a League level:

"This is the beginning of the end of B teams – this is it. That’s the whole point of it, to be honest. We are absolutely consistent on our view about no B teams in the regular Football League. Yes, of course we know some of our clubs would like B teams. We look abroad and we see the benefit of B teams. It’s just for the English football structure and pyramid, it doesn’t work, and so this is it. We can console all these worried Football League clubs' supporters. This isn’t the thin end of the wedge, this is the block. It's the beginning of the end of it."

Previously, the Football Association and Premier League had put forward during 2014 a proposal for B-Teams to be co-opted into the Football League but this was emphatically thrown out at the 2014 Football League AGM. However, when the League's 'Whole Game Solution' document came out at the end of last season, current Chief Executive Shaun Harvey seemed to be going to extraordinary lengths to keep all options on the table, including entertaining the possibility of the rather left-field idea of Scottish Premiership sides Celtic and Rangers being co-opted into the League.

More recently, it seems that both the Premier League board and the Football League board were taken by surprise by the fact that many of the country's larger clubs were actually against the plans they were trying to cook up for the Football League Trophy. After sending out invites for the 2016-17 competition, they got refusals from Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham along with relegated sides Newcastle United and Aston Villa. Chelsea initially refused but did a u-turn when the Football League offered them specially scheduled fixtures that sit outside the League's actual fixture schedule for the competition.

Yeovil Town's Trophy opponents Reading Academy were the last Academy side to be invited after Villa (who had been on the stand-by list) also refused, forcing the League to send the invite to a club that finished in 17th place in last year's Championship table. The fixture schedule for the Group Stages of the competition can be found here, including their fixtures with Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers.

Scudamore has also talked about the growing possibility of a 'winter break' within Premier League football. At present this isn't something the Football League are considering, given most lower league Chairmen regard the Christmas holiday fixtures as a cash cow, whilst the unpredictability of exactly when the worst of winter weather will hit means that any planned break could be followed by an unplanned break, leading to fixture pile-ups and cashflow problems. For the cash-rich Premier League clubs, with undersoil heating, it's a rather different situation and Scudamore cites new England manager Sam Allardyce as being a man who has been pushing for a winter break to happen at the top level for some time:

"There is a willingness to make it happen. Sam (Allardyce) is very consistent, he has been calling for a winter break for a long time and we are not against it. We are in discussions but I don't know how close or far we are. I don't want to compromise those discussions. Even if the bodies come up with a solution, we will have to road test that with the clubs and fans but there is no timescale on it. If it was easy it would have been done already. There is a consensus that it would be a good thing to do. It would help the Premier League and us at international level if we could achieve that."

Scudamore has made clear that the prospect of a mid-season winter break is not logistically possible until 2019 at the earliest. The current television rights deal runs until that summer, meaning that all TV packages are contractually agreed up until that point. If the Premier League do decide to schedule a break, then there is an obvious opportunity for the Football League to offer to fill the gap for Sky Sports - with lower division matches tending to be broadcast currently across International break weekends when Premier League fixtures go on hold.


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27 July 2016 : Academy Side Gain Wincanton Win
Yeovil Town Under-18s gained a convincing 3-1 victory on Tuesday night against Western League Division One side Wincanton Town. In a match played on the Huish Park Top Pitch, whilst the first team were off at Salisbury. Their victory was helped by two goals in the opening ten minutes of the match that saw Luis Nyman open the scoring, thanks to an assist from Dion MacFoy-Johnston. Their lead was doubled from the penalty spot when Samyan Ismail smartly executed from twelve yards to put the ball high into the net.

Wincanton could have reduced the deficit when they got their own penalty, but were denied by a superb double save by Kingsley Latham, who saved the initial spot kick and then was alert enough to compose himself and block the rebound. However, the visitors got a goal back on the half hour mark when a cross from the right flank was headed home by Connor Williams from close range.

Yeovil had the best chance during the final stages of the half, but were denied when Wincanton's Kieran Davis produced a superb sliding clearance off his own line for what had looked like a certain goal. After numerous half time and second half substitutions, Yeovil Town got their third goal when a diagonal ball from the right hand side was chested down by Joe Tomlinson and despite the visitors appealing for handball, the full-back smashed the ball across goalkeeper Dan Cabell and into the far corner.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 3 Wincanton Town 1.

Scorers: Luis Nyman (1-0, 5 mins), Samyan Ismail (2-0, 10 mins, pen), Connor Williams (2-1, 30 mins), Joe Tomlinson (3-1, 75 mins)

Yeovil Town (First Half): Kingsley Latham; Jack Rice, Jayden Corbridge, Charlie Fripp, Kieran (surname TBA); Arthur Warren, Brad Cherrett, Callum (surname TBA); Samyan Ismail, Luis Nyman, Dion MacFoy-Johnston

Yeovil Town (Second Half): Kingsley Latham; Isaac Atherley, Jayden Corbridge, Jeremiah Gyebi, Joe Tomlinson; Arthur Warren, Callum (surname TBA), Jack Hilton-Jones; Luis Nyman, Dion MacFoy-Johnston, Samyan Ismail

Second Half Subs: Charlie Fripp (for Jayden Corbridge), Jack Rice (for Callum), Brad Cherrett (for Arthur Warren).




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27 July 2016 : Video : Salisbury vs Yeovil Town Extended Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's pre-season friendly against Salisbury these are now available online. Watch just over sixteen minutes worth from the match, including two goals for Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges plus a third goal for Tom Eaves via the video clip below.




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27 July 2016 : EFL Trophy Group Stages See Glovers Gain Madejski Stadium Visit
The Football League have published the Group Stage dates for the 2016-17 EFL Trophy, including the home and away draws. Yeovil Town will face two away matches, and one home match, with trips to Bristol Rovers and Reading, coupled with a home match against Portsmouth.

The list of Southern Group A matches and their approximate schedule are as follows:

Match Day 1 – w/c 29th August 2016
Bristol Rovers v Reading
Yeovil Town v Portsmouth

Match Day 2 – w/c 3rd October 2016
Portsmouth v Reading
Bristol Rovers v Yeovil Town

Match Day 3 – w/c 7th November 2016
Portsmouth v Bristol Rovers
Reading v Yeovil Town

With most clubs playing their matches on a Tuesday night, the actual ties will almost certainly be played on the day following the 'week commencing' date - i.e. that the Glovers home match against Portsmouth would be played on Tuesday 30th August.


Link: EFL Trophy Group Stage Draw.

Link: 2016-17 EFL Trophy Competition Format, Rules And Prize Money.


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27 July 2016 : EFL Trophy Group Stage Draw : Glovers Given Royal Match
The Football League have published the full draw for the EFL Trophy Group Stages. The competition will see Yeovil Town paired up against Reading, Bristol Rovers and Portsmouth in a series of three matches that will be played across August, October and November.

Northern Group A: Everton, Bolton Wanderers, Cheltenham Town, Blackpool
Northern Group B: Wolverhampton Wanderers, Chesterfield, Crewe Alexandra, Accrington Stanley
Northern Group C: Stoke City, Bradford City, Morecambe, Bury
Northern Group D: Blackburn Rovers, Fleetwood Town, Carlisle United, Oldham Athletic

Northern Group E: Derby County, Port Vale, Doncaster Rovers, Mansfield Town
Northern Group F: Sunderland, Rochdale, Hartlepool United, Notts County
Northern Group G: Middlesbrough, Scunthorpe United, Cambridge United, Shrewsbury Town
Northern Group H: Leicester City, Sheffield United, Grimsby Town, Walsall

Southern Group A: Reading, Bristol Rovers, Portsmouth, Yeovil Town
Southern Group B: Swansea City, AFC Wimbledon, Newport County, Plymouth Argyle
Southern Group C: Chelsea, Swindon Town, Exeter City, Oxford United
Southern Group D: West Ham United, Coventry City, Wycombe Wanderers, Northampton Town

Southern Group E: Southampton, Charlton Athletic, Colchester United, Crawley Town
Southern Group F: Norwich city, Peterborough United, Barnet, Milton Keynes Dons
Southern Group G: Brighton and Hove Albion, Southend United, Stevenage, Leyton Orient
Southern Group H: West Bromwich Albion, Millwall, Luton Town, Gillingham

For full competition rules, prize money and round dates follow the links below. As yet the Football League have not divulged which clubs will play home or away - the only thing we know is that Reading will play only one match on home turf.

Link: 2016-17 EFL Trophy Competition Format, Rules And Prize Money.


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27 July 2016 : EPPP Academy Clubs Announced For EFL Trophy
The Football League have published the names of the B-Teams that will compete in the 2016-17 season EFL Trophy competition. The relaunched format sees sixteeen clubs with EPPP Category One Academies invited into the competition to provide a total of 64 clubs that will be initially split across sixteen groups.

It was known in advance that a number of high profile Premier League clubs had refused the Football League's invite, meaning that they were forced to co-opt a number of Championship clubs into the competition. The final list of sixteen clubs who accepted the invitation are as follows:

Southern Section One: Chelsea, Reading, Swansea City and West Ham United.

Southern Section Two: Brighton and Hove Albion, Norwich City, Southampton, West Bromwich Albion

Northern Section One: Blackburn Rovers, Everton, Stoke City, Wolverhampton Wanderers

Northern Section Two: Derby County, Leicester City, Middlesbrough, Sunderland.

Yeovil Town have been pre-drawn into Southern Section One meaning that they will face one of Chelsea, Reading, Swansea City or West Ham United.

The other clubs in Southern Section One are as follows:

League One: AFC Wimbledon, Bristol Rovers, Coventry City, Northampton Town, Oxford United, Swindon Town
League Two: Exeter City, Newport County, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town.

Each of the sixteen 'invited' clubs will be pre-drawn so that one B-Team is featured in each of the sixteen groups, thus meaning that Yeovil Town will be drawn against one regionalised EPPP Category One Academy side. It should be noted that there are no rules forcing the named clubs to pick from Academy players - the only rule in place is that six of the players selected in the B-Team's starting line-up must be aged Under-21, meaning that they could be sourced from other means.

Once the EPPP Category One clubs are drawn out, the remainder of the group will be formed out of at least one League One and League Two side, plus a third club that could come from either of the two divisions.

The full draw will be made later this morning.

Link: 2016-17 EFL Trophy Competition Format, Rules And Prize Money.


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27 July 2016 : Ladies Trip To Villa Has Ground Switch
Yeovil Town Ladies have had a venue switch for their next FAWSL2 fixture. Their opponents, Aston Villa Ladies, will be staging next Sunday's match at Stratford Town FC. Villa usually play their Ladies matches at Sutton Coldfield FC but switched to this match a little further out from the city suburbs and into leafy Warwickshire. The match will kick off at 2.00p.m. on Sunday 31st July.

Address: Stratford Town FC, DCS Stadium, Knights Ln, Tiddington, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7BZ.

Directions: (From the West, via M5 at Tewksbury, A46 then A422). Go through Town centre follow signs for Banbury (A422) and Oxford (A3400). Cross Clopton Bridge and turn immediately left onto the B4086 towards Wellesbourne and continue for approximately 1 mile. After passing the NFU Building on your right, take the next right into Knights Lane. The entrance to the ground is approximately 800 metres on the right, 100 metres after the school.


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26 July 2016 : Salisbury 2 Yeovil 3 : Hedges Double Gives Third Friendly Win
Yeovil Town picked up their third pre-season win this evening as they beat Southern League side Salisbury by a single goal margin. For the first time in pre-season, the Glovers managed to get their shooting boots on a touch, as Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges bagged two goals, whilst former Bolton Wanderers target man Tom Eaves got his second of pre-season. Salisbury got themselves a first half equaliser via a heavy deflection, and also had a touch of good fortune for their second as full-back Josh Ezewele put past his own goalkeeper in the final minute for a 3-2 final scoreline.

The Glovees went into the match fielding just one change to their recent starting line-up. Once again the midfield berth featured a new trialist, with former Luton Town man Alex Lawless trying his luck with the club, displacing Dominic Gape who did not feature on the night. They took the lead 17 minutes into the match when Tom Eaves forced his way down the flank, squaring the ball for Ryan Hedges to net from close range for the opening goal. Salisbury had been under the cosh somewhat during the first half, but they grabbed an equaliser seven minutes before the break as Tommy Wright's shot took a deflection off Alex Lacey and looped into the back of the net.

The second period saw Salisbury open up well, and have their best spell of the match, only to be undone on the counter-attack. Otis Khan's cross was knocked down by Tom Eaves and Ryan Hedges was able to polish off the move for Yeovil's second of the night. Then two became three, with Ryan Dickson heavily involved. His ball over the top of the Salisbury defence was well taken by Tom Eaves who lashed the ball home for a 3-1 lead.

Inevitably around 75 minutes into the match, the substitutes - featuring a glut of trialists - gave the first choice eleven a rest. Southampton's centre-back Bevis Mugabi and former Cardiff defender Curtis Watkins were joined by Swansea City winger Henry Jones and midfielder Kyle Copp, with the remainder of the line-up made up of other Glovers squad players, including Academy midfielder Jack Ball. Inevitably, that stopped the rhythm of the match, and it was left to Salisbury to grab the final goal of the game. A free kick was whipped into the box and Josh Ezewele was the unfortunate man who planted a header past his own keeper for a 90th minute goal.

Final Score: Salisbury 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Ryan Hedges (0-1, 17 mins), Tommy Wright (1-1, 38 mins), Ryan Hedges (1-2, 49 mins), Tom Eaves (1-3, 58 mins), Josh Ezewele (2-3, 90 mins, own goal)

Yeovil Town: (First Half)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Nathan Smith, 3. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 4. Alex Lawless, 8. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 11. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: (all introduced 75 mins) 12. Jonny Maddison 13. Joe Lea 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Bevis Mugabi 16. Curtis Watkins 17. Trialist A 18. Henry Jones 19. Omar Sowunmi 20. Ollie Bassett 21. Jack Ball 22. Kyle Copp

Attendance: 691


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26 July 2016 : Lawless Profile - Former Hatters Midfielder On Trial Tonight
Yeovil Town's latest trialist for tonight's pre-season friendly against Salisbury is once again a central midfielder. They have taken on former Fulham, Torquay United and York City midfielder Alex Lawless who has just spent five years on the books of Luton Town. He was released by the Hatters at the end of last season and so is currently a free agent.

Lawless was born on March 26th 1985 (31 years old) in Tonypandy in Wales and began his career as a Cardiff City academy player, although didn't make it at that level, instead switching to play in the Welsh Football League for Ton Pentre whilst studying for his A-Levels. He then returned to professional football, signing for Fulham in 2003. Again he didn't trouble their first team plans, instead being snapped up by Leroy Rosenior who at that time was managing Torquay United in League Two. There he made his Football League debut, during the 2005-06 season, making 16 appearances for the Gulls.

Lawless then dropped into Conference level football for the following eight seasons, becoming a regular at that level. He spent three seasons with Forest Green Rovers, playing 120 times for them and scoring 10 goals, as a regular in their side. His time at the New Lawn was ended a little abruptly with a hairline fracture of the tibula ending his 2008-09 season, and in the aftermath of that he signed for York City, spending one and a half seasons at Bootham Crescent.

In November 2010, Luton Town were impressed enough by his performances to want to take him to Kenilworth Road and after an initial loan period, they signed him up for an undisclosed transfer fee. That was to lead to him playing just under six seasons for the Hatters that saw him clock up 203 appearances and 22 goals. He was part of the club's 2013-14 Conference title winning squad, but despite playing 31 times for Luton during the 2015-16 season, they made the decision to release him.

Lawless is predominantly a central midfielder, although he's been used as a right-back, and as a left-sided or right-sided midfield player in various formations, and has even played as an attacking midfielder 'in the hole' just behind the main two strikers. Overall he has over 400 appearances to his name at Conference and League Two level, and with flexibility there as well, he would no doubt fit into that flexible, but experienced, midfield profile that the club have been attempting to fill since Ben Tozer's departure earlier this month.


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26 July 2016 : Team News For Salisbury vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have released their starting line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Salisbury City. The one change to their line-up compared to recent matches is that former Luton Town midfielder Alex Lawless is on trial with the club in that problematic central midfield slot they appear to have been experimenting with since Ben Tozer's decision to join Newport County. Lawless, who is 31 years old, and a free agent, replaces Dominic Gape in the starting line-up compared to last week's friendly.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (First Half)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Nathan Smith, 3. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 4. Alex Lawless, 8. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 11. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 13. Joe Lea 14. Josh Ezewele 19. Omar Sowunmi 20. Ollie Bassett (plus four trialists numbered 15-18)


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26 July 2016 : Cornick Agrees Orient Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town loanee Harry Cornick has joined League Two side Leyton Orient on loan. The 21 year old has agreed a six month loan deal that runs until January 14th 2017, giving him further experience away from his parent club AFC Bournemouth. Glovers boss Darren Way had hinted that he wanted to get Cornick back to Huish Park to add to the 42 appearances and eight goals he scored for the club during the 2015-16 season. Whether that was still an interest given that he's since recruited Swansea City winger Ryan Hedges on loan - himself a former Orient loanee - along with former Barnsley winger Otis Khan isn't obvious.

Cornick's deal with Leyton Orient has gone through today, but he will have a watching brief for their pre-season friendly against Dagenham and Redbridge tonight, and will properly team up with their squad for their Saturday friendly against Gillingham.

Link: Harry Cornick : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 July 2016 : Fogden Explains The Pain Of Early Huish Park Departure
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Wes Fogden has explained the factors behind his surprise move into non-league football over the summer, following his departure from Huish Park. The former Portsmouth and AFC Bournemouth player was just 28 years old when he aborted a professional career midway through a two year contract with the club, signing for Conference South side Havant and Waterlooville on a part time two year contract.

Fogden suffered an injury-ravaged 2015-16 campaign - in part due to bad luck when a stamp on his hand during a match against York City during the match at Bootham Crescent left him needing metal pins put into his hand for a month, thus ruling him out of matches during September.

Worse was to follow in December, when he had to drop out of the squad entirely from December 12th onwards, meaning that he only featured twice under current manager Darren Way. A knee injury meant that he only managed one non-playing substitute appearance after that, spending the remainder of the 2015-16 campaign on the sidelines. Despite still being under contract at the club, he was released and was allowed to sign for the Hampshire non-league side earlier this month.

Fogden explained that the rigours of full time training were becoming too much for him, and told BBC Radio Solent that he needed to ease up on that intensity of training in order to not do himself permanent damage, admitting that the situation had been starting to cause him distress in the pain that he was feeling whilst he was playing and training:

"It just wasn't for me. My body was just telling me. The last two seasons had been tough with injuries. The recent five years started off strong at Bournemouth. I really loved my time there, especially the promotion from League One. Slowly, but surely, the full-time training was quite a lot. The way I play is pretty full on. Once I'm out on the pitch, I like to give 100 percent. But, it seemed I couldn't always do that in every training session while full-time. I've had to make that transition again back into part-time football and just manage my body a bit more. I just want to get back to being fully fit. It's been a bit of distress on my body and mind."

Link: Wes Fogden : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 July 2016 : EFL Trophy Draw Scheduled For Tomorrow
The Football League have announced that the Group draw for the revamped EFL Trophy (formerly the Football League Trophy or the Johnstone's Paint Trophy) will take place tomorrow. They will be publicising the sixteen groups of four teams that will form part of the competition's new look that will include an EPPP Category One side from either the Premier League or Championship division, boosting the number of competing teams to 64 clubs.

The actual draw will take place at 10.00a.m. with the names of the EPPP Category One clubs that accepted the Football League's invite being revealed at 9.30a.m. It has been widely reported that the biggest of the Premier League B Teams have refused the League's invitation, although as yet there have been few clubs putting absolutely on the record that they would not compete.

If the national press and Press Association have got it right then Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur will not form part of the list that is revealed tomorrow. Press claims were that Everton, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton either had or were going to say yes. Other clubs were keeping a low key view on the situation, but it became clear that a number of Championship level clubs that carried EPPP Category One status would need to be invited due to the refusals.

The general expectation is that Yeovil Town will be drawn in a Group of four clubs on a regionalised basis (how granular the regions are, isn't clear). The group will feature one EPPP Category One club, and will feature at least one League One club and one League Two club (the fourth club in the group could come from either division). Clubs will play each other once, with the EPPP Category One club playing one of their three games at home, with the other two matches staged at the grounds of the other clubs. The top two clubs will go into a knockout stage of the competition.

Link: 2016-17 EFL Trophy Competition Format, Rules And Prize Money.


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26 July 2016 : Claridge Sees Yeovil As Benchmark For Salisbury To Follow
Salisbury manager Steve Claridge believes that Yeovil Town represent a benchmark club for his current team to aspire to, as they look to reestablish themselves as a football club. The Wiltshire side hosts the Glovers in a pre-season friendly at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium tonight (kick-off 7.30p.m.) in what is only the second season of the reformed club, which came out of the ashes of the liquidated Salisbury City set-up.

Recently promoted to the Southern League Division One South & West set-up on the back of a first year promotion, the new club's initial target will be to restore the Conference National division level their old club lost at the end of the 2013-14 campaign when they were expelled from. However, Claridge wants them to ultimately aim higher, and told his club's website that having seen the Glovers at several points during his own footballing career, that they were an obvious role model to aim for:

"They are the benchmark for a club like us. They are a similar sized place and area and have shown what can be achieved. When I was a young player at Weymouth they were the local derby rivals and I remember some great games and wonderful times against them. They were the old foe. But they have moved on a long way as a club since those days and done brilliantly, getting up to the Championship and enjoying some great FA Cup games, including at home to Liverpool, which I covered for Radio 5 Live. We've got a long way to go to get anywhere near those achievements but they have to be inspiration for all Non-League clubs."

Claridge's playing career largely missed Yeovil Town along the way. He spent three years at Weymouth as a youngster, but at that time the Glovers had dropped into the Isthmian League - one of the few times that the Terras were above Yeovil in the pyramid structure. He would have been part of the Dorset side's set-up for an October 1987 FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round tie against Weymouth at the Wessex Stadium that saw the Glovers win 3-1 thanks to two John McGinlay goals and a Gerry Pearson strike.

By the time Yeovil gained promotion back to the Conference league, Claridge's lengthy Football League career had started at Crystal Palace meaning that we didn't see him too much after that. Former managers Brian Hall and Colin Addison tried to take him to Huish Park at opposite ends of his career, but the most we saw of him was via fleeting appearances for Wycombe Wanderers and Bradford City during the final years of his professional career. Elsewhere it's been on the TV that Glovers fans have seen him the most - an (in)famous fly on the wall documentary of his time as Weymouth manager during the 2003-04 season in which he revealed that he 'played at the highest level y'know', followed by his more recent exploits as a Football League Show pundit on BBC One.


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26 July 2016 : Directions For Salisbury vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town play their latest pre-season friendly this evening when they take on Southern League Division One South and West side Salisbury at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. For those heading to the match, your only sensible way of getting to the game is by car - if you do it via public transport then you'll need a taxi, as the ground is several miles north of the city centre, in a village called Old Sarum, which is situated close to the A345.

On that front you've got a variety of methods of approaching the ground - via the A303 you can get into Salisbury via the A36, or you can take the slower but straighter route in via the A30. Either way, you'll want to be heading around the north side of the Salisbury inner ring road, and then taking the A345 out towards Amesbury, and ultimately leaving the city area entirely. You will pass the entrance to Old Sarum on your left and a Harvester (The Old Castle) on your right. At the next roundabout turn right along Portway and at the mini roundabout bear left. Take the next left into Partridge Way. The entrance to the ground is at the bottom of this road. There is a large car park at the ground. Car park charge is £1.00 per vehicle.

Address: Raymond McEnhill Stadium, Partridge Way, Old Sarum, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP4 6PU

Tonight's match kicks off at 7.30p.m. Ticketing details are linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury vs Yeovil Town.

Salisbury vs Yeovil Town at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium
Salisbury vs Yeovil Town at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium.



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25 July 2016 : Academy Friendly Against Wincanton Confirmed
Western League Division One side Wincanton Town have confirmed details of their pre-season friendly against a Yeovil Town Academy side. Whilst the Glovers first team will be heading up the A303 to play Salisbury tomorrow, there will be a match staged on the Huish Park Top Pitch (behind the away end at Huish Park) featuring Yeovil Town Under-18s against the Wincanton Town first team.

Kick-off for the Tuesday 26th July match against Wincanton will be 7.00p.m. with admission to the game free of charge.


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25 July 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Durham Women Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from yesterday's 4-0 win over Durham Women, these can now be viewed online. First half goals from Sarah Wiltshire and Helen Bleazard were followed up by a late brace from Annie Heatherson, helping to return Yeovil Town Ladies to the top of the FAWSL2 table. View the video clip below.




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25 July 2016 : Darren And Skivo Make Salisbury Return One Year On From Cornick Loan
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town will make the fairly short journey up the A303 where they will visit Southern League Division One South and West side Salisbury at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium. Darren Way and Terry Skiverton will take a first team squad to play a club that were promoted from the Wessex League and only reformed in the summer of 2015 from the ashes of the liquidated Salisbury City side. However, this is not the first time the pair have seen the reformed outfit, having visited them for a pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth twelve months ago.

With the Whites having only just reformed that summer, their match against Bournemouth - then Premier League newcomers - was heavily oversubscribed, and it would seem that when Darren and Terry looked to book their places in the ground, that they had to turn up as ordinary punters and hand over their £10.00 like everyone else! The young Cherries side on the day lost the match by a 2-1 scoreline, but the scorer for the visitors on July 21st was Harry Cornick, who the two coaches had come to watch, with them getting to also cast their eye over Josh Wakefield, who also later joined the club.

Salisbury Vice-Chairman Ian Ridley says that he approached Skiverton twelve months later to ask Yeovil if they'd be interested in a friendly, and pointed out that last time they'd turned up at the stadium they'd had to pay to get in! Ridley said that things didn't turn out too badly given that in the end they managed to grab Cherries boss Eddie Howe for a chat about Cornick, who was to spend the majority of the 2015-16 season at Huish Park on loan. Ridley explained to Salisbury's website:

"Last pre-season, Terry and Darren came to watch us play AFC Bournemouth. Because we had a big crowd and were full in all the hospitality areas, they had to pay £10 each to get in. We did manage to find them some seats up in the stand eventually, which they appreciated because they wanted to speak to Cherries manager Eddie Howe about taking young Harry Cornick on loan. They managed to get him, and Terry tells me the admission price was the best twenty quid they spent all season. Even so, I'm a bit embarrassed we charged them and I am personally going to reimburse him and Darren when I see them on Tuesday. It's the least we can do as thanks to them for bringing more quality opposition to the Ray Mac in pre-season."

It turns out that Ridley and Skiverton go back many many years as friends. The former Weymouth owner and Chairman has had a lengthy career in sports journalism, and was one of the writers for Sky One's football drama programme Dream Team, which featured a pre-Yeovil Terry Skiverton as one of the Harchester United coaches. At that time Skivo was a Welling United player, and Ridley recalled that he had been cajoled into putting script lines in for the defender to use on the basis that he'd get paid more for a speaking part, rather than the usual role he had as one of the people on the acting set that actually knew how to kick a football:

"I became a writer on the show back in 1998 and Terry was already working there, helping to coach the actors and appearing in the episodes as a football extra. Terry was a very good centre back. After being released by Chelsea, he was playing at Welling United at the time and we got friendly. He used to ask me to write a few lines for him in my scripts as speaking extras got paid a bit more money than non-speaking extras. I think I did sneak a few in here and there for him. I worked on the show for three series and Terry went on to Yeovil, where he became a legendary player and captain."

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury vs Yeovil Town.


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25 July 2016 : Family Fun Day Activities For Swindon Friendly
Yeovil Town's next home pre-season friendly against Swindon Town will see a number of family-oriented activities taking place around the ground. The match takes place on Saturday 30th July at Huish Park, with an earlier than usual 1.00p.m. kick-off.

The earlier kick-off enables the club to run the match as a 'Family Fun Day' with youngsters at the game able to take part in a beat the goalie competition and an assault course, as well as play on a bouncy castle after the game. There will also be table tennis and table football activities, whilst the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust and Yeovil Town Academy will also be putting on activities.

Fans who purchase the club's new 2016-17 first team shirt will be given a chance to pose with players for a souvenir photograph which can be purchased separately. There will also be general opportunities to meet manager Darren Way and his squad and see behind the scenes. The club will also have on display their current Stadium Development Plans.

Tickets for the match against Swindon Town are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office now. However, note that the Ticket Office will be CLOSED on Tuesday and Wednesday, due to an upgrade of the ticketing platform.

Family Fun Day for Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
Family Fun Day for Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.


Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.


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25 July 2016 : Exiles Trip To Be Brought Forward?
Yeovil Town's Easter weekend fixture against Newport County looks as though it could be on the move. The match against the Exiles is currently scheduled to take place on Saturday 15th April 2017 - the first of the two Easter holiday weekend fixtures, with a home match against Crewe Alexandra due to take place on Easter Monday (April 17th).

Whilst the originally published fixture lists scheduled the game for the Saturday, the BBC Sport website as well as the two club websites are now listing the match as taking place on Friday 14th April - Good Friday. Both the BBC and club websites use the Press Association as an automated feed to provide their fixture lists, meaning that the change has come from the same source.

Although the standard fixture lists split the Easter weekend fixtures across the Saturday and Monday, the majority of clubs switch their first fixture to Good Friday to allow their players additional recovery time. The BBC Sport website states that all League Two fixtures for the Saturday have been moved to that new date - googling of the other fixtures shows that they've all had formal announcements to that effect.

At present the change stands unconfirmed by either club - we'll provide confirmation if/when that happens.


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24 July 2016 : Wiltshire Sets New Goals As She Bows Out Of Season On A High
Just after midday today, Yeovil Town Ladies striker Sarah Wiltshire struck her twelfth goal of the season, ensuring that she stayed top of the FAWSL scoring charts, as well as helping to return her side to the top of the FAWSL2 table, with a 4-0 victory over Durham Women. Unbeknown to most in the 756 crowd, it was to represent her chance to bow out of the season on a high, with today being her final match of the 2016 season.

Sarah's withdrawal from the Ladies first team though is not a sad event, but a happy one - she is three months pregnant, and so will be taking a sabbatical from the game, revealing her news to the media after today's game. She will also be busy this summer, with a wedding planned, to her fiance Steve Edwards, meaning that the remainder of 2016 and first half of 2017 will be spent on family matters, with Sarah preparing to become a spectator for the remainder of the season.
How Sarah Wiltshire announced her news on Twitter after today's game
How Sarah Wiltshire announced her news on Twitter after today's game.


Whilst it will be a blow to lose the 25 year old's talents on the field of play, boss Jamie Sherwood was in no two minds in terms of welcoming the news of Sarah's future arrival, and made clear that she would be welcomed back into the fold in the future:

"Sarah's news is something that can only be met with a huge smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart. The YTLFC family I am sure will show plenty of affection to Sarah and Steve. Sarah has well and truly left her mark on this club over the time she has been here. Her goals, her hard work and commitment are only some of the attributes I can comment about. She is a pleasure to work with and is humble and just goes about her business with no ego or need for glorification. I am looking forward to watching Sarah's new adventure and I can assure you that the number seven shirt she wears with pride and conviction, will be waiting for her once she is ready to return. Until that point the YTLFC family will make sure that any support she needs, she will get. Although Sarah can not impact on the pitch like she has done previously, she will be integral to the group and what we all will be striving to achieve."

Sarah gave thanks to the club for the reception she'd had after the game and added that she would still be supporting the team over the remainder of the season:

"It's a big surprise and is still sinking in, but I'm very happy. I want to thank the club and Jamie for all their support. I'm very proud and lucky to be part of Yeovil Town. It's been a great season so far, the girls have been brilliant and I'm looking forward to seeing us push on and continue our good run."


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24 July 2016 : Ladies Return Home And Return To The Top After Durham Win
Yeovil Town Ladies returned to the top of the FAWSL2 table, 24 hours after promotion rivals Bristol City Women had briefly grabbed first place, in this season's competitive promotion race. Yesterday saw Bristol gain a 3-0 victory over London Bees that saw the two West Country sides swap positions in the table, but Yeovil Town responded well today by beating Durham Women - another one of the clubs gunning for the two promotion spots - by a 4-0 scoreline to restore their two point cushion at the top. A 1-0 victory for Everton Ladies ensures though that the top four positions still remain competitive, with the Toffees able to close the gap via their games in hand over Yeovil and Bristol - six points behind but having played two games less.

Last week saw the Ladies' unbeaten run ended by a strong performance from third placed Everton Ladies, and so the big question was whether fourth-placed Durham could be just as dangerous. Any fears that might be the case were dampened as early as the fourth minute, as Sarah Wiltshire took advantage of good work by Danielle Carlton, who charged down a Durham defender's clearance, and when the ball fell into the Yeovil striker's path she returned the ball by lobbing the goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead.

Helen Bleazard then tested the Durham goalkeeper two minutes later, as a finger-tip save forced the ball over the bar. But she got her reward just 14 minutes into the match when Durham's Ellie Christon was booked for taking down Sarah Wiltshire on the edge of the box. Up stepped Bleazard who scored direct from the set piece for a 2-0 advantage. The Glovers could have even grabbed a third before the break when Wiltshire was taken down inside the box, but on this occasion keeper Helen Alderson was equal to it, saving Wiltshire's spot kick.

Durham did their best to get back into the match, notably midway through the second half when Beth Hepple struck the crossbar, with the ball rebounding back out into play. But in the end, the day belonged to Yeovil, as during the closing stages they doubled their scoreline. Both goals came from Annie Heatherson, with two strikes inside three minutes to produce an emphatic 4-0 victory. After the match, Heatherson spoke about the way her team-mates had bounced back, as well as reflecting upon her two goals:

"I think what’s going to happen this season is that we are going to have these moments where things aren’t going to go right for us and it’s going to be all about how we bounce back from them. I thought today was a good test of our character as a team and as a unit and not to let something like Everton result affect us. We went out on the pitch and we scored four goals; we’ve bounced back now and it shows how good we are as a team. We may get knocked down, but we are still building together. I think it was Helen Bleazard who crossed it in for my first goal, which was a tap-in, and the second one was a ball over the top from Helen Bleazard and I just lifted it over the goalkeeper’s head and it went into the back of the net."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 4 Durham Women 0.

Scorers: Sarah Wiltshire (1-0, 4 mins), Helen Bleazard (2-0, 14 mins), Annie Heatherson (3-0, 85 mins), Annie Heatherson (4-0, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Beth Howard; Kayleigh Green, Hannah Short, Nicola Cousins; Helen Bleazard, Ellie Curson, Steph Williams, Danielle Carlton, Kelly Snook; Sarah Wiltshire, Annie Heatherson

Substitutes: Nadia Lawrence (64 mins for Sarah Wiltshire), Jessie Jones (74 mins for Steph Williams), Natasha Knapman (83 mins for Danielle Carlton), Kelly Aldridge, Emily Donovan, Lauren Townsend, Charlotte Haynes.

Durham Women: Helen Alderson; Ellie Christon, Sarah Wilson, Becky Solicki, Emily Roberts; Sarah McFadden, Rachel Lee; Jordan Atkinson, Beth Hepple, Nicola Gibson; Natalie Gutteridge

Substitutes: Annabel Johnson (32 mins for Nicola Gibson), Tyler Dodds (73 mins for Natalie Gutteridge), Sarah Eadon (81 mins for Jordan Atkinson), Chloe Macek

Referee: Scott Jackson

Attendance: 756


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23 July 2016 : Glovers Draw In Spurs Training Ground Friendly
Yeovil Town's first team drew 1-1 against a Tottenham Hotspur Under-21 side this afternoon. The Glovers were playing a behind closed door game at Hotspur Way at the end of a week they've spent in South Wales, and they took the lead 40 minutes into the match when former Barnsley winger Otis Khan got his first goal since his summer move to Huish Park. Spurs equalised 83 minutes into the match when Shilow Tracey broke down the right flank and found Ryan Loft who scored from inside the box.

The Glovers will now return to playing a public pre-season friendly, as they travel to play Southern League Division One South & West side Salisbury at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium on Tuesday 26th July, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury vs Yeovil Town.


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23 July 2016 : Top Four Sides Clash As Ladies Return Home
Tomorrow lunchtime sees Yeovil Town Ladies take on Durham Ladies in an FAWSL2 match that sees two top four sides go head-to-head. The match is big for a number of reasons - it pitches the Glovers - in first place - against North-East opponents who lie six points behind them in fourth place, but who have two games in hand, meaning that this match is very much a six-pointer. It's also big, because having had a two-game break back at Sherborne Town's ground, the Ladies are back on Huish Park turf for the first time since the mid-season break.

With seven matches left of the 2016-17 season, the FAWSL2 season continues to show four clubs chasing two promotion places, with Bristol City Women and Everton Ladies in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Midfielder Helen Bleazard hopes the female Glovers can maintain a position that many didn't expect them to find themselves in at this stage of the season:

"Not many people expected us to be where we are coming into the season, but we always believed and we want to carry it on. Everton beat us and they deserved to beat us, but before that we were unbeaten in nine. They had a game plan but they’ve still got some tough games and have to come to us, so it’s still all to play for. It’s been a great season for us and it’s always good playing at Huish Park, so we can’t wait to take on Durham."

The other big element to Sunday lunchtime's fixture is that it is not just Yeovil Town Ladies who are 'Coming Home'. There will be a total of 44 cyclists, plus their support crew, hopefully arriving at Huish Park an hour before the game, with the YTFC Get Pedalling team having cycled from Durham to Yeovil during the course of the week. Assuming all goes well, they will be taking the final leg from the Weston-super-Mare area across to Yeovil in time to make kick-off. Bleazard acknowledged the journey that those people were making to get to the game:

"It's going to be a huge occasion for the club and we’re expecting a big crowd. There’s a charity ride by YTFC Get Pedalling, who are going to ride 344 miles and are due to arrive around 11.00a.m. at the ground. They are raising money for the club and it’s brilliant to have that support so we want to repay them on the field."

In the last meeting between the two sides, second-half goals from Sarah Wiltshire and Atlanta Primus gave Yeovil all three points. However, Durham are unbeaten since that game, and haven't conceded a goal since those Wiltshire and Primus strikes, suggesting they will be still hoping to close the gap on the West Country top pair.

If you're coming to the game on Sunday, there is a Fans Guide available on the Ladies website. You can purchase tickets either on the day, or online by heading to this page.

Note that kick-off tomorrow is at 12.00 noon - two hours earlier than the usual kick-off time.

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Durham Women - midday kick-off on Sunday
Yeovil Town Ladies vs Durham Women - midday kick-off on Sunday.



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23 July 2016 : Glovers Given Home Draw In County Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves have been given a home draw in the First Round of the 2016-17 Somerset Premier Cup. They will play host to Western Football League Premier Division side Clevedon Town at Huish Park, with the draw producing the following:

Larkhall Athletic vs Frome Town
Bishop Sutton vs Ashton & Backwell
Bishops Lydeard vs Paulton Rovers
Street vs Hengrove Athletic
Yeovil Town Reserves vs Clevedon Town
Portishead Town vs Odd Down
Welton Rovers vs Bridgwater Town
Wellington vs Cheddar
Wells City vs Brislington
Weston super Mare vs Shepton Mallet.

All matches are scheduled to be played during the week commencing 26th September, with Tuesday 27th September the default date. That's the same night as Yeovil Town's first team travel to play Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, hence it would not be too much of a surprise if the match was played on the Wednesday night, with the club having predominantly used its Under-18s side to fulfil its fixtures in this competition in recent years.

Bath City, Chard Town, Keynsham Town, Radstock Town, Taunton Town and Wincanton Town all received byes into the Second Round.


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22 July 2016 : Gibbons Gives Up Professional Career
Former Yeovil Town winger Jordan Gibbons has decided to retire from the professional game. The 22 year old former Queens Park Rangers player was released by the Glovers at the end of the 2015-16 season, but had been on trial with National League side Boreham Wood in pre-season, playing in matches against Brentford and Reading during the early part of July.

However, the winger dropped out of their squad on a more recent friendly, and he has now put out a message on his Twitter profile that he has decided to give up a serious career in football, citing his injuries and other issues as being at the heart of that:

"Due to injuries and other personal problems. I've decided to hang up my boots with professional football! It's been an absolute pleasure. I'm still happy to play part time and school some kids at power league if the offer arises. End of a chapter."

Jordan's main problems appeared to stem from a hip injury sustained whilst he was a Yeovil Town player, resulting in him needing an operation that put him out from September 2015 onwards. That cut his Glovers career just four games after he arrived at the club from QPR as a free agent. Although he has attempted this comeback with Boreham Wood, it would appear that he's had a reaction to those problems and has decided to give up his hopes of making it at the professional level of the game.

On a happier note, former winger Iffy Allen has got himself a professional contract with Aldershot Town following a pre-season trial. The 22 year old, who left Yeovil Town for Torquay United midway through last season, has signed a one year deal with the shots.

Finally, it would appear that Scottish side Dunfermline ended their interest in striker Mark Beck a couple of weeks ago. Although the media have not said anything either way, Beck's time on trial north of the border appears to have only lasted three matches. Exactly when he departed is harder to tell, given that it was only photographic evidence that told fans he was on the pitch for him, with his identity just referred to as "A. Trialist" but with the Pars having gradually whittled down the number of players listed under that heading over the last few weeks, the process of elimination suggests that Beck has gone elsewhere.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Iffy Allen : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 July 2016 : Former Glover Paul Thorpe Hoping For Big Names In Veterans Side
Former Yeovil Town defender Paul Thorpe says that he is hopeful of some big names that will represent the Yeovil Town Legends side tonight, as they take on Sherborne Town Legends at Raleigh Grove. The event, which has been organised by Sherborne-based football fan Glenn Nathan to aid former Yeovil Town youth team player Matt Fricker, who is currently recovering in Bristol's Frenchay Hospital following a collapse in February that was caused by a brain AVM that led to him suffering a series of strokes.

Tonight sees two Veterans teams do battle at Raleigh Grove, and one of the key players in the Glovers side will be centre-back Paul Thorpe, who was a fiercely competitive player for the Glovers during the late 1980s. Paul is Matt's brother-in-law and so has a very clear personal interest in tonight's game, and he told BBC Somerset that he has been able to use some of his local contacts to get some of them to dust off their boots one more time:

"We have got some big names. I obviously played at Yeovil. We've got Tony Pounder, we've got the Lindegaard brothers, Mickey Spencer and the legend that is Terry Cotton, who is going to be playing at the age of 70 years old, but he can still run about and really get about. The major thing is that we're going to be raising money for Matt, because we don't know what the future is going to hold and we don't know what needs he is going to have."

For the past five months, things have obviously not been easy for Paul's in-laws, with Matt having stayed permanently in hospital since the initial incident. However, from initially being unable to move any limbs, Matt is now able to walk with assistance and to hold a drink in his hand, which he had been unable to do when he first started his rehabilitation. Paul is therefore hoping that they money raised tonight will be of benefit to Matt's rehab as well as providing any facilities he may need when he does come home to his family:

"It was just a really really tense time, and we were just hoping and praying that Matt came through it, which he has now done so. He's now in the rehab centre and he's making good progress. We've got to understand that he's got a brain injury, so they may only be able to take him so far, but hopefully he will make a really strong recovery. If we can get that money up as high as we can, then it will give the family a chance to hopefully have a normal family life."

Tonight's match at Raleigh Grove kicks off at 6.30p.m. with gates opening at 5.45p.m. with raffles, auctions and childrens facilities being provided for the occasion. For more information, see yesterday's article.


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22 July 2016 : Academy Side Arrange Wincanton Friendly
Yeovil Town's Academy side will be playing another pre-season friendly against Wincanton Town next week. They will be playing the Western League Division One side on Tuesday 26th July 2016, with Wincanton reporting this to be an 'away' match at present, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. At present the Glovers' opponents indicate that the venue is not fixed, meaning that if it is on a pitch without floodlights, it might have a slightly earlier start time - we'll keep an eye out for details.

The Under-18s side have so far played in four friendlies, as far as it's possible to tell. On July 12th they lost 1-0 against Cheddar in front of a crowd of just under 200 supporters, with an 84th minute goal from Adam Jones winning the game. Two days later they played Southampton's Under-18s, which saw them lose 4-0. They've since gone on to play a Bristol City side (last Saturday) with a fourth match being played on July 18th against unknown opposition - there were reports that Ryan Bird, who did not play in the first team match against Merthyr Town, was drafted into that side, which has strengthened suggestions that his future lies away from Huish Park.

Their EFL Youth Academy season begins on August 6th, when they will travel to play Exeter City, with the Grecians likely to use the Cat and Fiddle Training Ground for the match.


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22 July 2016 : Darren Way To Appear On BBC Local Sports Forum
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way will feature on the live panel of BBC Radio Bristol and BBC Somerset's Sports Forum in August. Ahead of the start of the new season, Darren will be answering questions tabled by the audience, as part of a panel hosted by Geoff Twentyman, on Tuesday 2nd August. Doors will open at 7.00p.m. with the event hosted in the Heineken Lounge at Ashton Gate Stadium, home of Bristol City.

Bristol City Head Coach Lee Johnson, Darrell Clarke of Bristol Rovers, Bristol Rugby Academy Backs Coach Sean Marsden and a Bath Rugby representative will join Darren on the panel, in what will be a 'season opener' to discuss those coaches' thoughts ahead of the 2016-17 season. The event is usually broadcast on both BBC radio stations on the night.

You can also attend in person if you are able to get to Bristol on the Tuesday night. To claim a free ticket to the BBC Website. You must be aged at least 16 years old, whilst Under-18s must be accompanied with an adult. Ticket applications are limited to two people each, but are free of charge, so if there are four of you then you'll need to put in two applications.


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21 July 2016 : Tate Makes Swansea Return As Full Time Coach
Former Yeovil Town loanee Alan Tate has returned to Swansea City as a full time Academy coach. The 33 year old spent the main bulk of his professional playing career as a Swansea player - Manchester United were his other main club, but even that saw him play two spells on loan in South Wales before moving there permanently in February 2004. Then came an eleven year association with the club, playing as a centre-back, right-back, left-back and even central midfield.

His loan spell at Yeovil Town came at the start of the 2013-14 campaign where he had intended to spend half a season with the club. But after six games it was evident that he was struggling with a hamstring problem, and he returned to the Liberty Stadium, with the diagnosis eventually serious enough to mean that he didn't return to the club. With Swansea in the Premier League, his time there was also running out and after further loan spells with Aberdeen and Crewe Alexandra, he bowed out having made 340 appearances for the club.

Tate signed part time for Port Talbot Town last season, but aslo began a coaching role with Swansea's Under-16s side. Just as the players there have moved up a level, so has he and he has now become a full time coach for their Under-18s, with Eric Ramsay and Chris Llewellyn in charge. For any scheduled Under-17s matches, Tate will take full responsibility.

"I am really looking forward to the new challenge this season. It gives me the opportunity to pass over the knowledge I have learnt in the game over the years to young players at the club. Hopefully I can help them develop into the first team. Taking on a coaching role is something I have been thinking of for a while. I started doing my coaching badges a few seasons ago and have progressed up the licences from there. I was fortunate enough to help coach the Swans Under-16s last season on a part-time basis, which was a great opportunity to prove I could take on a role like this. It has also meant those players have got to know me ahead of working with them this season with the Under-18s. I have always seen myself going down this route. I've had some good playing days where I achieved a lot. My next step is to pass on that knowledge to young players coming through the system and to help these players find a path to the first team."

Link: Alan Tate : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 July 2016 : Glovers And Sherborne Legends On Show For Charity Match
Tomorrow evening will see two Yeovil Town and Sherborne Town legends sides come together to support former Yeovil Town youth team player Matt Fricker. The charity match has been arranged to take place at Raleigh Grove, home of Sherborne Town, after Matt collapsed at home in February, suffering from bleeding on the brain, and a series of strokes.

Thankfully he is in the process of a lengthy recovery from what was ultimately diagnosed as a brain AVM (arteriovenous malformation), whilst he is at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol. The match has been arranged to raise awareness about his illness and to help raise funds to aid his rehabilitation, with the current prognosis believing it may take as long as the end of 2017 for him to get back to optimum health again.

Aside from Matt's days as a Glovers youth teamer, the other connection he has with the club is that he is the brother-in-law of Glovers legend Paul Thorpe, and he has helped get together a number of former Yeovil Town and Sherborne Town players together to play a 'veterans' match. Kick-off will be at 6.30p.m. with turnstiles open from 5.45p.m. Tickets cost £3.00 with Under-16s admitted free of charge. There will be plenty of entertainment as shown on the poster below.

As revealed earlier this month, the Glovers Trust will be supporting the event, so look out for them on the day, and come and chat to them about both the Trust and current football goings on!

On Friday night - a charity match to help support former Yeovil Town youth team player Matt Fricker
On Friday night - a charity match to help support former Yeovil Town youth team player Matt Fricker.



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21 July 2016 : Local Coach Company Running Service To Yeovil Town Home Games
A local coach company is planning to run coaches to Yeovil Town home matches from three of the outlying towns. Berrys Coaches will be offering a service before and after matches that will help fans from Bridgwater, Taunton and Ilminster to get to Huish Park, for both afternoon and evening kick-offs.

They will be picking up from Bridgwater Coach Station, Taunton Kings Arms and Ilminster Market Square before the game, and then providing a similar service (in reverse) after the final whistle. The timetable will be as follows:

Afternoon 3.00p.m. kick-offs
Bridgwater: 12:00hrs, Taunton: 12:30hrs, Ilminster: 13:00hrs

Evening 7.45p.m. kick-offs
Bridgwater: 16:45hrs, Taunton: 17:15hrs, Ilminster: 17:45hrs

The cost of the service will be £9.00 for Adults and £5.00 for Children, covering the return journey.

To place bookings, call them on 01823-331356 or email them at info@berryscoaches.co.uk - make sure you have the date of the relevant fixture to hand when booking your seat.

If Yeovil Town have any non-standard afternoon/evening kick-off times at any point during the season, we'll provide details of any corresponding timetable changes.


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20 July 2016 : Football Authorities Proposing Crackdown On Aggression To Officials
The Premier League, Football League and Football Association have produced a joint statement regarding new expectations concerning the behaviour of playing and coaching staff on matchdays. Their request is to the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO) to give them the green light to take tougher action against players on the pitch, and those in the dugouts with respect to those who show dissent to officials or confrontation.

There have been various attempts to fix this problem in the past, with the FA's Respect campaign one of the more recent ones to be floated. However, it has become increasingly apparent that certain clubs or individual players have been employing a system of 'false outrage' where surrounding the referee or getting in his ear becomes a predefined tactic throughout the 90 minutes, rather than any genuine annoyance at a decision that may have been made.

As such, the three footballing bodies have called upon the PGMO (who represent all matchday referees and their assistants) to adopt the following principles to dissent within the game:

Yellow cards should be issued to players who:
1. Show visibly disrespectful behaviour to any match official
2. Respond aggressively to decisions
3. Confront an official face to face
4. Run towards an official to contest a decision

Red cards should be issued to players who confront match officials and use offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures towards them.

They have also proposed that physical contact with officials should be stopped (presumably allowing for accidental collision or exceptional circumstances) with cards produced under the following guidelines:
1. A yellow card for physical contact with any match official in a non-aggressive manner (e.g. an inquisitive approach to grab the official’s attention).
2. A red card for physical contact with match officials in an aggressive or confrontational manner.

The issue of dealing with groups of players who surround referees to contest a decision will also be dealt with. A yellow card will be issued to at least one player when two or more from a team surround a match official following a decision. In addition, the FA will continue to sanction teams when they surround match officials, as per current rules which are normally cited as a club being accused of a 'failure to control players'.

The three organisations have also proposed changes to the way that dugouts are policed. Here they are rather more vague except to say that "the requirements of the Technical Area Code of Conduct will be more rigorously enforced for players and club staff" - there are currently rules concerning how many staff can be stood up in the area, and how substitutes should behave when they are warming up. They have also proposed that the Fourth Official (and any other PGMO members as applicable) should "retain professional detachment from players and club staff at all times" when policing the dugouts.

Of course the acid test will be how firmly such dissent is cracked down on during the opening few weeks of the season. Past 'Match of the Day' television footage has openly shown players inches away from a referee's face using four letter words beginning with the letter 'F' in a clearly aggressive manner, yet get away without a booking. Once that precedence was known, the thin white dividing line of 'acceptable' and 'not acceptable' got moved. If players know that swearing at a referee will get themselves a red card, and that mob-based surrounding officials to try to goad a decision gets a booking, then the risk of sendings off and suspensions will hopefully change that side of the game.


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19 July 2016 : Training Ground Matches Arranged Against Premier League Development Squads
Yeovil Town are to play two behind-closed-doors training ground matches over the coming week. As reported yesterday, the squad are heading off to London on Saturday where they will take on a Tottenham Hotspur Development Squad side at Hotspur Way.

Before that, as part of the club's stay at The Vale leisure complex in Hensol which is situated North-West of Cardiff, they will be undertaking another training ground match in an unspecified location against a Swansea City side on Wednesday. The level of opposition put in front of them for that match is likely to be fairly mixed given that the Premier League side are currently out on tour in the USA, but due to the Euro 2016 tournament, a number of first team regulars have been rested, allowing the likes of Connor Roberts and Oliver McBurnie a chance to go on tour. As such it's likely that the side they face will be a mix of Under-21 and Under-19 players.

With both matches being played behind closed doors, it's unlikely that we'll get much detail as to what happens in those games, or which players take part in them. The next public friendly will be against Salisbury City at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium on Tuesday 26th July, at which point the players will have participated in five games in eleven days once the Spurs and Swansea matches are bundled in.


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19 July 2016 : Wakefield And Ferdinand Decisions Have Been Made
No great surprise given neither player featured in yesterday's pre-season friendly against Merthyr Town, but it would seem the club have said goodbye to former AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield and ex-Dagenham and Redbridge, Cheltenham Town and Southend United midfielder Kane Ferdinand. Both have featured in the club's opening two friendlies but were missing for the club's training camp in South Wales. Given the objective of that training camp is to allow new players to bond, any players missing from that week would almost certainly not be part of the club's future plans.

The players aren't explicitly named by manager Darren Way except for him to tell the Western Gazette that 'decisions have been made'. There's no mention either way concerning former Portsmouth defender Snorre Nilsen who also did not get into the pitch last night. Equally, there's no explanation of why striker Ryan Bird was not part of the squad that was selected for the match in South Wales.

The club still have on trial Southampton pair Bevis Mugabi (centre-back) and Dominic Gape (midfield) plus former Leicester City winger Harry Panayiotou and former Norwich City striker Jamar Loza along with two new trialists who featured at Merthyr last night.


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18 July 2016 : Merthyr 0 Yeovil 1 : Local Lad's Strike Wins Game For Glovers
Yeovil Town gained victory in their third pre-season friendly tonight as they saw off Southern League Premier Division side Merthyr Town by a single goal. Local boy Liam Shephard was the man who got the winner, at a ground that he would have known well, given his father Garry spent seven years at Penydarren Park as a manager, with five more spent there as a player. Shephard Jnr's goal came early in the second half and had some good fortune to go with it, with a cross into the box missing everyone and landing direct into the back of the net.

The Glovers made just one change to their starting line-up with Southampton academy graduate Dominic Gape replacing Kane Ferdinand in midfield, with the latter appearing to not be present in South Wales - Snorre Nilsen and Josh Wakefield also did not play in Wales suggesting they may have moved on. More significantly, there was no sign of striker Ryan Bird, who was an unused substitute on Saturday, and didn't make it as far as the teamsheet, leading to the question of what his future holds.

Ryan Dickson picked up a first half knock that resulted in him being replaced at the break by Josh Ezewele, meaning that Liam Shephard switched across to the left back slot covered by Dickson, whilst Ezewele moved into the right-back position. That didn't seem to affect Shephard given that he got into the right position to deliver the cross/shot that ultimately won the game though, with the Glovers 1-0 up 52 minutes into the match.

Then came the inevitable glut of substitutions. On a fiercely hot summer's evening nine players were replaced, meaning that with Dominic Gape was the only player to last the full 90 minutes - perhaps a sign that Darren Way is looking at the 21 year old in a serious light. He moved to left-back during the closing stages, with Bevis Mugabi, Jamar Loza and Harry Panayiotou being joined by two new trialists playing as a centre-back and a midfielder.

During the closing stages Merthyr had a goal chalked off for handball before they put the ball into the net, whilst Ollie Bassett shot narrowly over the bar. Omar Sowunmi could have doubled the lead six minutes from time but shot wide from Panayiotou's cross meaning that as with the preceding two friendlies, Yeovil were only able to find the back of the net on one occasion. The team will now stay in South Wales for a few days, before lining up a weekend training ground match against a Tottenham Hotspur XI that will be played behind closed doors.

Final Score: Merthyr Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorer: Liam Shephard (0-1, 52 mins)

Yeovil Town: (First Half)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Nathan Smith, 3. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Dominic Gape, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 11. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: Josh Ezewele (46 mins for Ryan Dickson)

Yeovil Town: (Second Half, 60 mins onwards)
Jonny Maddison
Josh Ezewele, Bevis Mugabi, Trialist A, Dominic Gape
Joe Lea, Trialist B, Ollie Bassett,
Jamar Loza, Omar Sowunmi, Harry Panayiotou


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18 July 2016 : Team News For Merthyr Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have selected their starting line-up for this evening's pre-season friendly against Merthyr Town tonight. The Glovers have made one change, with Southampton midfielder Dominic Gape bring included as a solitary trialist, with Kane Ferdinand dropping out. Otherwise the eleven selected is similar to that used for the preceding two friendly matches and reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: (First Half)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Nathan Smith, 3. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Dominic Gape, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 11. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: (with more to come later) 12. Jonny Maddison, 15. Josh Ezewele, 16. Joe Lea, 18. Ollie Bassett, 19. Omar Sowunmi


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18 July 2016 : Pedal Power Sees Glovers Cyclists Coming Home From Durham
YTFC Get Pedalling returns this week as 44 riders and support crew leave for the long journey to Durham on Tuesday in preparation to begin their long journey home starting on Wednesday morning. The team return to Huish Park at 11.00a.m. on Sunday morning to take in the vital Yeovil Town Ladies game against Durham Women.

The ride is to raise awareness of the Ladies club and to begin raising funds as the club look to develop a program that will see members of the team visit schools around Somerset five days per week. Speaking on behalf of Get Pedalling, Ben Tupman said:

"We decided to try a summer ride this year and we thought it would be nice for our riders to enjoy training in the warmer conditions of Spring! This year’s ride was organised to highlight the great work being done by Yeovil Town Ladies both on the pitch and their plans to help schoolchildren around Somerset by giving assemblies and coaching sessions based around a healthy and active lifestyle. The ride has also given people a chance to raise money for their chosen charities of their choice, meaning many organisations will benefit from this years Get Pedalling event."

The cyclists will ride from Durham to Skipton on Wednesday (climbing nearly 6000ft over 72 miles). Thursday sees them riding to Crewe (climbing over 6500ft). Friday will be a long journey of 90 miles to Hereford followed by a nervy crossing of the Severn Bridge to spend Saturday night in Weston super Mare. They will then leave Weston at 7.00a.m. to ensure their arrival at Huish Park for 11.00a.m. where they will be greeted by family, friends and fellow supporters to watch the crucial FA Women’s Super League game that kicks off at 12 noon. Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood, who will be riding the daily mileage on a static gym bike in Cardiff to show his support said:

"The fact that 44 friends of the Yeovil Town brand will put themselves through a challenge like this shows the true meaning of the club motto Achieve by Unity. We’re very proud to have the team cycling in our colours and we will all be there to greet them on their return on Sunday. I hope that the people of Yeovil, along with the fans of Yeovil Town will join us for the afternoon where we hope to celebrate three vital points towards our quest for promotion to the top flight of the women’s game."

The ride has been supported by local businesses, with Jones Building Group being title sponsor for the third year running, as well as owner Dave Jones, Managing Director Mark Porter along with a number of Jones staff taking part. Old Mill have sponsored the ride and have David Maslen riding. We Do Vans have supplied the support vehicles alongside Dorset Vehicle Rentals with Ben Tupman and Alan Jane riding under the Westbury Packaging sponsorship banner.

Tickets for the FA Women’s Super League match v Durham are available to purchase on the day at £5.00 per adult and £2.50 for children & concessions, or in advance by clicking here. Ben Tupman added:

"We really hope to break the record attendance for the Ladies at this game. The level of commitment Jamie, his team and staff give to the club is simply phenomenal and it would be fantastic if we could create a big crowd and incredible atmosphere as the team looks to secure a place in the promotion spots this season."

YTFC Get Pedalling - Travelling from Durham to Yeovil this week
YTFC Get Pedalling - Travelling from Durham to Yeovil this week.



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18 July 2016 : Darren's Verdict On The Bristol City Match
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-2 home defeat against Bristol City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the pitch, the goal from Tom Eaves, the absence of Francois Zoko and views on the trialists. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren's Verdict On The Bristol City Match.


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18 July 2016 : Ticket Office Closed For Next Two Days
A reminder that the Huish Park Ticket Office will be closed for business across the whole on Monday and Tuesday this week (today and tomorrow). As reported last week, the club are currently going through plans to upgrade their Ticketing platform and the next two days are being used to allow staff a chance to be trained on the new platform.

The actual changeover won't happen until next week (when the whole Ticketing platform and Ticket Office will be closed down for two days). If you are looking to purchase tickets, then the Ticket Office will reopen on Wednesday morning. You can still make purchases via the online portal but don't expect them to be processed for a few days.

On another note, tickets for the pre-season friendly against Swindon Town are now on sale - either use the online portal, or give the Ticket Office a call from Wednesday onwards.

Link: Ticketing For Merthyr Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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18 July 2016 : Directions To Merthyr Town
Tonight sees Yeovil Town play their third pre-season friendly as they travel to play Southern League Premier Division side Merthyr Town. This is the club's first visit to Penydarren Park since an FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round match in 1996 that took place against Merthyr Tydfil - the previous incarnation of the club that exists today.

Merthyr is situated in South Wales, around 23 miles north of Cardiff. The address for the ground is as follows:

Address: Penydarren Park, Park Terrace, Merthyr Tydfil CF47 8RS

To get to the ground, head onto the M4 Westbound until you get as far as Junction 32. Then take the A470 northbound towards Merthyr and take that road into Merthyr town centre. The ground is situated on the north side of the town centre just off the A4102. Turn into Brecon Road, take the first right into The Walk then almost immediately turn right into Park Terrace. The entrance to the ground is at the end of Park Terrace.

Merthyr does have a very small car park at the ground, but they market this as an opportunity for fans to purchase parking 'season' tickets at the club, and don't make any mention of it being available for those turning up on the day. You're therefore better off finding street parking spaces - there are some unrestricted parking places in Park Terrace or in Tudor Terrace which is situated opposite. As always, the closer you arrive before kick-off, the further you'll have to walk when you find a parking spot.

Link: Admission Prices For Merthyr Town vs Yeovil Town.


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17 July 2016 : Toffees Provide Sticky Opposition As Ladies Suffer Defeat
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered a nasty jolt in their promotion goals this afternoon, as they lost 3-0 to fellow promotion-chasers Everton Ladies at the Select Security Stadium. The damage was all done during the first half, when a Chloe Kelly brace sandwiched a Rosella Ayane strike, to break the Glovers' nine game unbeaten run. With Durham Women and Bristol City Women ending up in a 0-0 stalemate, the damage wasn't quite as bad as it could have been, with Yeovil keeping a two goal cushion at the top of the table. Although it suggests that Durham and Everton - who both have two games in hand - plan to push the two West Country sides hard in the closing stages of the season.

England Under-19s midfielder Chloe Kelly was the main executor of Yeovil's downfall. She took advantage of a ball only being half cleared from a Krystle Johnstone cross in the 10th minute, to fire home on the half volley. Then Rosella Ayane converted from close range before Everton won a penalty ten minutes before the break. Kayleigh Green brought down Chloe Kelly and the victim of the infringement showed no qualms about taking it herself, calmly slotting home for a 3-0 half time lead.

The Glovers rallied well in the second half, with a formation tweak helping them assert themselves more. Helen Bleazard forced Kirstie Levell into a parried save, but no-one could convert the loose ball on the rebound. Then Nicola Cousins put a header just wide of the post. It was the first time that Yeovil had failed to score in an FAWSL2 league match this season. Boss Jamie Sherwood felt his side had given Everton too much of a head start, declaring them as the best side in the league - perhaps signalling which side the Glovers will need to stay above if they want to win promotion. But he said the main positive was that they still held that two point advantage at the top of the table:

"You take positives from every game. Today, for me, we always came out with the intent of being ahead. We’re still ahead, there’s no pressure on us and everyone is chasing us. For a club like Yeovil, for everyone to be chasing us, we’re doing a very good job and we’re enjoying ourselves. It was a disappointing afternoon for us, we didn’t get out of the blocks in the first half. In the second half, we’ve gone for it and done the best we can do, but we looked leggy today. Our resources mean that sometimes we don’t get what we want, sometimes you get the outcomes that you get today. You can’t be in a position where you’re giving, in my opinion, the best team in the league any advantage."

Final Score: Everton Ladies 3 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.

Scorers: Chloe Kelly (10 mins, 1-0), Rosella Ayane (17 mins, 2-0), Chloe Kelly (34 mins, 3-0, pen)

Everton Ladies: (4-3-3): Kirstie Levell; Vicky Jones, Millie Turner, Georgia Brougham, Danielle Turner; Michelle Hinnigan, Kelly Jones, Chloe Kelly; Krystle Johnston, Claudia Walker, Rosella Ayane

Substitutes: Megan Finnigan (67 mins for Krystle Johnston), Jenna Dear (78 mins for Rosella Ayane), Alex Brooks, Emily Hollinshead, Lauren Davies

Yeovil Town Ladies: (3-4-1-2): Beth Howard; Nicola Cousins, Hannah Short, Kayleigh Green; Lauren Townsend, Ellie Curson, Danielle Carlton, Helen Bleazard; Annie Heatherson; Sarah Wiltshire, Nadia Lawrence

Substitutes: Kelly Aldridge (67 mins for Lauren Townsend), Kelly Snook (67 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Natasha Knapman (79 mins for Sarah Wiltshire), Stephanie Williams, Emily Donovan, Leah Burridge, Jessie Jones.

Referee: Daniel Hitchell

Attendance: 333


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17 July 2016 : Hip Flexor Problems Explaining Zoko's Absence
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has explained the current absence of striker Francois Zoko during the pre-season period so far. The 32 year old has sat our both of the opening friendlies against Dorchester Town and Bristol City, as one of only two players who have yet to make the teamsheet. Whilst his situation is not thought to be serious, Zoko has a problem in his hip flexor area that is causing him discomfort, meaning that the club have not risked him in any of the friendlies. It's not clear when he will be given the green light to be put back in the team, but Darren told BBC Somerset that he was the only player he hadn't allowed for missing the pre-season schedule so far:

"At the moment Francois Zoko is a little bit tight in the hip flexor area. Again, it's important that I don't want to push him too much, like all of the players. But he's the only one that is missing at the moment. Darren Ward was expected (to be missing) from last year. So at the moment with the physical demands of pre-season it's only Francois who is missing a part of the pre-season. It's not nice but you have to accept that. Everyone else has been firing on all cylinders every day. So every day we improve."

Captain Darren Ward has been unavailable for the Glovers since he was substituted in last season's League Two fixture against Carlisle United on March 25th, and so is approaching a four month absence from the squad, having only completed seven matches since he suffered a knee injury up at Morecambe on January 16th. He went under the knife just before the 2015-16 season ended, and it's not clear yet when he will be ready to return to the playing squad.

Way fielded eight trialists in yesterday's match against Bristol City, but with him having a current squad size of eighteen players and the Glovers boss targeting a competitive first team squad of twenty players, it's clear that there are only a couple of places left for him to fill before the season starts in just under three weeks time.

With the current squad of players now heading across to South Wales for a training camp, and a Monday night friendly against Merthyr Town, Way said he would need to choose which players he took with him for those days away, but said it was about those trialists making a calculated risk as well, knowing that there might not be a contract at the end of it all. However, he said that ideally he would want to take the majority of those trialists with him so he could see them perform again:

"Ideally yes, but they've got decisions to make, as to whether they risk that. It's also decisions that I've got to make but it's all part and parcel of management and you have to make the right decision. What you've seen today is both teams going up against it tactically. Lee came here and matched us up and that's different to what he'd done last season. So it was a tough test, but again a good test."


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16 July 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Bristol City Match Highlights
For those who want to view the three goals from this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Bristol City, these are now online. Watch the first half headers from Aden Flint and Jonathan Kodjia that were followed by the second half strike from Tom Eaves that pulled a goal back for Yeovil Town in the 1-2 defeat.




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16 July 2016 : Yeovil 1 Bristol City 2 : Eaves Strike Lifts Glovers Despite Friendly Defeat
Yeovil Town lost to Championship side Bristol City in their second pre-season friendly this afternoon at Huish Park. The visitors grabbed both of their goals during the first period, thanks to headers from Aden Flint and Jonathan Kodjia, but the Glovers got their own reward ten minutes after the break when former Bolton Wanderers striker Tom Eaves bagged his first goal since signing for the club over the summer. Once again the Glovers put two entirely different elevens onto the pitch across the 90 minutes, with City also replacing the majority of their players that started the match.

Yeovil's starting eleven saw just one change from the midweek match against Dorchester, with Tom Eaves displacing Ryan Bird. Notably Bird did not get onto the pitch throughout the 90 minutes, with Ollie Bassett also sitting out the match entirely for the second consecutive game. Darren Ward and Francois Zoko were also missing, with Ward still receiving rehabilitation from the knee injury he sustained last season, whilst Zoko has a knock that the club are not willing to risk him for.

City's opening goal came midway through a first half that they had largely dominated, bar a Ryan Hedges effort that just cleared the crossbar at the other end. The Robins forced a corner that Gary O'Neil delivered, finding Aden Flint inside the box, who rose with a powerful header to give the visitors the lead. Yeovil hit the crossbar almost immediately with Alex Lacey's header inches away from an equalising goal, in a rather open 45 minutes. But it was City who doubled their lead a minute before the break. Lee Tomlin set Joe Bryan away down the flank and put in a cross that City striker Jonathan Kodjia was able to head home for a 0-2 advantage.

The second period saw City make a multitude of changes, but with the Glovers retaining their eleven. Ten minutes into the half and the home side pulled a goal back. Ryan Dickson's cross into the box found Tom Eaves with his back to goal, but he turned smartly and gave himself room to volley the ball into the back of the net for an excellent finish, and to pull the scoreline back to 1-2.

On the hour mark came the substitutions - eleven players on and eleven players off. With only four of those who came onto the pitch being contracted, it was inevitably a case of strangers being on the pitch at times, although only one of those players - an unnamed left-back - was new from Tuesday night. This was a much more even second period, although City could have extended their lead when a Samuel Armenteros cross ended up coming off the crossbar, with the ball rebounding to safety.

One notable difference between Tuesday night and Saturday's match was that when the substitutes came on, those present stuck to the 4-3-3 formation, rather than the 4-4-2 that had been utilised during the second period. That saw Jamar Loza and Harry Panayiotou pushed into the wide forward positions, rather than as midfield wingers, whilst Josh Wakefield got a chance in his more familiar surroundings of central midfield, with the unnamed left-back trialist freeing him up.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bristol City 2.

Scorers: Aden Flint (0-1, 23 mins), Jonathan Kodjia (0-2, 44 mins), Tom Eaves (1-2, 55 mins)

Yeovil Town: (First Half)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Nathan Smith, 3. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Kane Ferdinand, 4. Matt Dolan,
11. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 10. Ryan Hedges.

Yeovil Town: (Second Half, 60 mins onwards)
Jonny Maddison
Josh Ezewele, Bevis Mugabi, Snorre Nilsen, Trialist X
Josh Wakefield, Joe Lea, Dominic Gape,
Jamar Loza, Omar Sowunmi, Harry Panayiotou.

Substitutes not used: Ryan Bird, Ollie Bassett.

Bristol City:
12. Richard O'Donnell 2. Mark Little 4. Aden Flint 3. Derrick Williams 23. Joe Bryan 21. Marlon Pack 14. Bobby Reid 8. Gary O'Neil 7. Callum O'Dowda 10. Lee Tomlin 22. Jonathan Kodjia

Substitutes: GK. Max O'Leary 5. Luke Ayling (46 mins) 13. Scott Golbourne (46 mins) 11. Josh Brownhill (46 mins) 15. Luke Freeman (46 mins) 6. Samuel Armenteros (46 mins) 9. Kieran Agard (46 mins) 18. Aaron Wilbraham (46 mins) 25. Zak Vyner (85 mins for Derrick Williams) 27. Lloyd Kelly 17. Jonny Smith (35 mins for Callum O'Dowda) 16. Diego Degirolamo 19. Arnold Garita (85 mins for Kieran Agard).

Attendance: 1,677.


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16 July 2016 : Three More Trialists Identified From Dorchester And Bristol City Games
Three more of Yeovil Town's trialists can now be identified, following their appearances in this afternoon's home pre-season friendly against Bristol City. The trio played in Tuesday night's friendly against Dorchester Town, with two being free agents formerly on the books of Portsmouth and Leicester City whilst the third is a contracted player at Southampton. There was one new trialist present at this afternoon's match playing as a left-back. The three players that were merely listed as trialists in midweek are now known to be the following:

Snorre Nilsen is a Norwegian who had been on the books of Portsmouth until last summer, and is 19 years old. They had given him a one year professional contract following his scholarship. He is a central defender who was given loan experience with Bognor Regis during the 2014-15 season. Portsmouth released him at the end of the 2015-16 season, and so he is currently a free agent.

Dominic Gape was born in Burton Bradstock in Dorset on September 9th 1994 (aged 21) and joined Southampton's academy when he was just eight years old. He plays in midfield and signed a professional contract with the Saints in 2013. His progress once he turned professional was thwarted a bit by an ankle ligament injury, glandular fever and a broken metatarsal. However, in December 2014 he made his Premier League debut, as an 89th minute substitute against Everton. He is under contract with Southampton until the summer of 2017, and so any interest there would be a loan arrangement.

Harry Panayiotou was born in Leicester on October 28th 1994 (aged 21) and came through the Leicester City academy. He has a Greek Cypriot father and a Kittian mother. His early career with Leicester saw him pick up the club's Fans Academy Player of the Year award for 2011-12 and then their Under-21s player of the season for 2014-15 after he finished the season by scoring 11 goals in 13 games. He made his one and only Leicester appearance during the 2011-12 season whilst they were a Championship side, scoring the winning goal against Leeds United on the final day of that season as a substitute. Unfortunately that didn't see him progress any further - he had a short loan spell with League One side Port Vale in which they didn't play him, followed by a 16 game spell with Raith Rovers that saw him score twice during the 2015-16 season. He has twelve international caps for Saint Kitts and Nevis, scoring seven goals for them. He was released at the end of the 2015-16 season and so is a free agent.


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16 July 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Bristol City. There is one change to the line-up that took to the field against Dorchester Town in midweek, with Ryan Bird replaced by Tom Eaves, who did not feature in the Tuesday night match. Trialist Kane Ferdinand gets his second match in a midfield position.

The starting line-up for the match is as follows - as before we'd expect some substantial second half changes to happen:

Yeovil Town: (First Half)
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 5. Alex Lacey, 6. Nathan Smith, 3. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Kane Ferdinand, 4. Matt Dolan,
11. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 10. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: Not yet confirmed.

Bristol City:
12. Richard O'Donnell 2. Mark Little 4. Aden Flint 3. Derrick Williams 23. Joe Bryan 21. Marlon Pack 14. Bobby Reid 8. Gary O'Neil 7. Callum O'Dowda 10. Lee Tomlin 22. Jonathan Kodjia

Substitutes: GK. Max O'Leary 5. Luke Ayling 13. Scott Golbourne 11. Josh Brownhill 15. Luke Freeman 6. Samuel Armenteros 9. Kieran Agard 18. Aaron Wilbraham 25. Zak Vyner 27. Lloyd Kelly 17. Jonny Smith 16. Diego Degirolamo 19. Arnold Garita.


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16 July 2016 : Glovers Trust At The Yeovil Show
Any Yeovil Town supporters who are at the Yeovil Show over today or tomorrow should note that the Glovers Trust have got their stall up and running across the weekend. As reported last week they are spending time with any interested parties to explain the objectives of a Supporters Trust and to enrol any members that wish to sign up on the day.

You can find them at the Shopping Mall, in Stall SM22 with some good signage visible from the outside if you're walking around. Pop in and say hello to the Trust representatives on either day.

Glovers Trust at the Yeovil Show on Saturday and Sunday Glovers Trust at the Yeovil Show on Saturday and Sunday
Glovers Trust at the Yeovil Show on Saturday and Sunday
Photo © 2016 Glovers Trust.



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16 July 2016 : Ugwu Signed Up By Cardinals
Former Yeovil Town striker Gozie Ugwu has signed a deal with National League side Woking. The 23 year old was out of contract after leaving League Two side Wycombe Wanderers at the end of last season, with the Chairboys deciding against offering him a new deal. He spent the majority of the 2015-16 season at Wycombe, having signed for them on September 9th 2015 as a free agent after leaving Yeovil Town earlier in the year. He scored twice in 32 appearances, with 19 of those coming from the bench.

Ugwu has signed a one year deal with Woking, who have Steve Thompson as their manager, along with defender Joey Jones and midfielder Keiran Murtagh as former Glovers.

Link: Gozie Ugwu : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 July 2016 : Way Looking For Patience As He Targets First Team Squad Size
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that his new signings will need time to settle in, before fans start to see the best out of them. So far there have been seven new arrivals this summer, with goalkeeper Jonny Maddison the newest to sign up, whilst full-backs Josh Ezewele and Liam Shephard, midfielder Joe Lea, wide men Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan along with striker Tom Eaves have all been brought in to replace outgoing players.

All of those bar Eaves - who had a slight training ground knock - were on display in Tuesday night's friendly against Dorchester Town along with a glut of trialists. Unsurprisingly with 22 players being used across the two halves, this made for a typical early friendly at the Avenue Stadium. Way said that it was important that people didn't read too much into individual performances at this stage:

"It's important that we give these players time to settle in. Over the years we've brought players into the football club, and perhaps not been patient. Its important that as supporters we are patient, because we have brought in two or three new faces. With anything it takes time to settle in, but at the same time I'm very optimistic and we look forward to the start of the season. It's important that the players get the right fitness levels, and you use that, and we'll only be focussing on around about the 65 minute mark before these players get that game time. Then we gradually build that up."

Way's seven recruits mean that he currently has a squad of eighteen players that would give him enough to name a full teamsheet if the season were to kick off tomorrow. However, within those numbers, midfield pair Ollie Bassett and Joe Lea are both eighteen years old and so may or may not be ready for the rigours of a 46 game League Two season at this stage. Way says his eventual aim is for a recognised first team squad of 20 players, but that the exact numbers would depend upon how well those more inexperienced players did during pre-season, to decide if they could be seriously considered for first team football at present:

"It's difficult to say what I want. With the numbers that I have at the moment you're looking at 16 or 17. But I have signed two or three young players, and whether they can step up to the mark, they've got the pre-season to show me that. So I have to be careful, because I had six loans last year. I've only signed two as it stands, at the moment. But what I want to end up with is a squad of twenty, and try to make sure that those players are fit between now and the end of the season."

Saturday afternoon will see Bristol City arrive for Yeovil Town's second pre-season friendly. The Championship club have been spending big over the summer, bringing in former Middlesbrough striker Lee Tomlin for a fee reported to be in the region of £2 million or slightly higher, depending on sources. Former Norwich City midfielder Gary O'Neil and former Preston North End midfielder Josh Brownhill have been joined this week by Icelandic defender Hordur Magnusson and Oxford United winger Callum O'Dowda with the latter reported to stand to make his former club up to £1.6 million depending on appearance clauses. All of this is a world away from Way's own playing budget and the Glovers boss admitted that Tomlin on his own would eclipse the annual budget for his whole squad:

"I know some of the players that he's signing, and when you look at their budget, one of their players is worth more than all of ours, so it should be an interesting test for our boys. We'll certainly be the underdogs, that's for sure."


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15 July 2016 : Sokolik On Trial With Shrimpers
Former Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik has returned to League One side Southend United as a trialist. The 22 year old seems to be engaged in a spot of ping-pong between Huish Park and Roots Hall, with his arrival at Huish Park in the summer of 2014 having happened shortly after he'd had a loan spell with the Shrimpers whilst on the books of Liverpool.

He then joined Yeovil Town on a permanent two year deal, but having dropped down the pecking order during the 2014-15 season, he was loaned out to Southend again in October 2014, with what was meant to be an extended loan arrangement. Unfortunately that spell at Roots Hall was ended by a serious knee injury in January 2015, ending what had been expected to become a permanent transfer.

Under the new management of Paul Sturrock and later Darren Way, Sokolik became a regular for the Glovers during the 2015-16 season, playing in 40 matches during the campaign. However, he was one of the more surprising names to land on the club's Released List at the end of the 2015-16 season, having made 52 appearances overall, scoring one goal.

Southend manager Phil Brown has confirmed to the Southend Echo that Sokolik is on trial at Roots Hall, and had planned to use him in a pre-season friendly against Braintree Town that has been pulled due to the state of their infamous pitch. However, Brown is no stranger to Sokolik's abilities:

"Jakub is back with us on trial and would have played at Braintree on Saturday if the game had not been called off. From there we would have made a decision about taking him to Spain (for a pre-season training camp) but we know all about his capabilities and hope to be able to sort out another game for him to play."

Link: Jakub Sokolik : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 July 2016 : Video : Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town Extended Highlights
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town played their first pre-season friendly of the 2016-17 campaign when they took on Dorchester Town. Whilst you can view the single goal scored by trialist Jamar Loza via the video clip uploaded yesterday, there are now just under eight minutes worth of match highlights available from the Glovers' 1-0 victory available via the YouTube clip below.




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14 July 2016 : New Home Shirt For 2016-17 On Sale At Huish Park
Yeovil Town's 2016-17 home kit will be in stock from the main club shop from Friday morning. The new design, which features the regular style of green and white hoops, along with black sleeves, was chosen last October, and will now go on sale in advance of the club's first home pre-season friendly. Prices have been set as follows:

Shirts: Adult £40.00; Child £30.00
Shorts: Adult £20.00; Child £17.00
Socks: All Sizes £9.00

There is also a package for very young supporters aged 5-6 years old, where you can get the full kit for £35.00 including Shirt, Shorts and Socks.

The club have confirmed that there will be no change of the Away Kit for the coming season - the 2015-16 away kit will continue to be used.

The Huish Park Club Shop will be open from 10.00a.m. on Friday to take new sales.

Josh Ezewele in the new Yeovil Town home shirt
Josh Ezewele in the new Yeovil Town home shirt
Photo © 2016 Yeovil Town.



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14 July 2016 : Admission Prices For Merthyr Town vs Yeovil Town
Next Monday sees Yeovil Town travel to South Wales for a pre-season friendly. They will be taking on Southern Football League Premier Division side Merthyr Town, who are managed by former Glovers midfielder Gavin Williams. The match takes place at Penydarren Park on Monday 18th July, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Admission prices will be as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s: £8.00; Under-16s: £1.00.

For this match, just turn up and pay on the turnstiles.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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14 July 2016 : Former Leicester Keeper Signed Up By Glovers
Yeovil Town have agreed a deal to sign up goalkeeper Jonny Maddison following a pre-season trial. The 21 year old was born in Chester-le-Street on September 4th 1994, and featured in the Glovers' pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town on Tuesday night, playing during the second half. He arrives as a free agent, having previously been on the books of Sunderland, Crawley Town and Leicester City.

He started his career as a Sunderland youth player, with them allowing him to move on loan to Crawley Town halfway through the 2012-13 season. That led to a permanent move to the Sussex side, staying under contract for the duration of the following campaign. Leicester City then took him on a two year contract in the summer of 2014. He had a loan spell with Leamington during the tail end of the 2014-15 campaign, but was released by the Foxes at the end of his contract in June 2016. He's yet to make a professional appearance for any of the main clubs he has played for, having been primarily used in Reserve and Under-21 football.

Jonny has signed a one year contract with the Glovers, and will compete with main goalkeeper Artur Krysiak for a place in the side. Manager Darren Way said of the decision to take him on:

"Jonny has shown fantastic attitude, and is a player with all the capabilities to play first team football. I feel he has a bright future in the game and hopefully will follow in the footsteps of our very long list of superb goalkeepers."

He becomes the club's seventh signing of the summer, following the arrival of wingers Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges (loan), full-backs Josh Ezewele and Liam Shephard (loan), striker Tom Eaves and midfielder Joe Lea.


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13 July 2016 : Fogden Signs Contract With The Hawks
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Wes Fogden has found himself a new club. He has joined Conference South side Havant and Waterlooville, who are managed by former AFC Bournemouth player and manager Lee Bradbury - the man who took Fogden to Dean Court, signing him from ... Havant and Waterlooville. The 28 year old has been given a two year contract with the Hampshire side, and was unveiled prior to their pre-season friendly against Portsmouth. To add to the symmetry, both Fogden and Bradbury are both former Portsmouth players, although not at the same time.

Fogden was released from his contract at Yeovil Town at the end of the 2015-16 season, despite being halfway through a two year deal at Huish Park. All of his 18 appearances came during 2015, with his last time on the pitch happening on December 12th 2015. He did briefly reappear as an unused substitute for a January FA Cup fixture, but thereafter did not appear on a teamsheet again. A knee injury eventually explained his absence, and he was ruled out for the remainder of the season, landing on the club's released list in May. He therefore joins Havant as a free agent.

Havant and Waterlooville also have striker James Hayter on their books, after he left Yeovil Town twelve months ago, and headed in the same direction. Like Fogden and Bradbury, he is a former AFC Bournemouth player, meaning that there is a bit of an old boys reunion going on with the Hawks.

Link: Wes Fogden : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 July 2016 : Second Home Friendly Expected To Be Arranged
Yeovil Town have announced a fifth pre-season friendly. They have lined up a match against League One side Swindon Town on Saturday 30th July 2016 at Huish Park, with a 1.00p.m. kick-off. The Swindon Advertiser indicate that the Glovers are going to be using the fixture to act as an open day, with some activities involving manager Darren Way and the first team squad to take place after the match.

The match gives the Glovers a second home friendly with the game against Championship side Bristol City due to take place on this coming Saturday, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Prices for the match against Swindon have been set as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Seniors/Young Person/Disabled: £5.00; Juniors: £1.00.

NOTE: Tickets are NOT on sale yet. We'll provide an update when tickets go on sale.

The pre-season friendly schedule now reads as follows:

Sat 16/07/2016 : 15:00 : Bristol City (Home)
Mon 18/07/2016 : 19:30 : Merthyr Town (Away)
Tue 26/07/2016 : 19:30 : Salisbury City (Away)
Sat 30/07/2016 : 13:00 : Swindon Town (Home)

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Update: The fixture is now definitely confirmed. Ticket sales and more about the open day will be firmed up later.


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13 July 2016 : Video : Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town - Loza's Winning Goal
For those who want to see how last night's pre-season friendly was won, the only goal of the game is now online. The 1-0 victory over Dorchester Town was gained thanks to a 56th minute goal scored by former Norwich City striker Jamar Loza, who is on trial with the Glovers. The build-up to that goal anmd the final strike can be viewed via the short video clip below.




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13 July 2016 : Notts County Tickets Go On Sale Ahead Of New Ticketing Platform
Yeovil Town have put on sale tickets for the opening day of the 2016-17 season. The match against Notts County takes place on Saturday 6th August 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance tickets can be purchased either from the Huish Park Ticket Office (2016-17 Prices) or via the club's online ticketing page with immediate effect.

Note that although the club will be - as per normal arrangements - putting the whole of the 2016-17 League Two home fixture list online for advance purchase, as well as at the Ticket Office, they will only make the Notts County fixture available to purchase for the next couple of weeks. This is because they are currently in the process of migrating to a new Ticketing platform. Once the new platform goes live, then the remaining 2016-17 fixtures will be available to purchase.

The new platform should provide a better online experience, and there are further plans to make the online system more compatible with mobile browsers - initially the user experience via iPhones and iPads will be more limited. Via desktop and laptop devices, it will be possible to perform new actions such as the ability for supporters to select specific seats within the ground, provided they are available, with a seating map being displayed when you purchase your ticket. The improvements for mobile devices will come later in the year.

The other significant improvement is that the current £2.50 transaction fee that was in force for any online purchase is to be scrapped. In its place, you'll pay a £0.45 transaction fee, with an optional £0.55 fee if you want to have your tickets posted out, rather than collected from the Ticket Office on the day. This is to cover the club's debit/credit card transaction costs, and postage stamp costs respectively. These charges mirror what supporters are charged over the phone, meaning that there will be no financial difference between ordering online and ordering over the phone.

Because of the changeover of the Ticketing platform, the Ticket Office will be closed for a number of days later this month. On Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th July they will be closed to allow for staff to be trained to use the new platform. On Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th July they will be closed again whilst the old platform is shut down and the new one is implemented. Hence if you are ordering tickets for the Notts County and Walsall fixtures below, we'd recommend that you avoid those dates entirely.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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13 July 2016 : Darren Way Praises Loza's Sharpness As Striker Returns On Trial
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised trialist Jamar Loza's match sharpness, after his goal gave the Glovers a winning start in their 2016-17 campaign. The former Norwich City player, who became a free agent over the summer after the Canaries decided against executing an option to extend his stay at Carrow Road, joined up with the Glovers 18 months after he had a short loan spell with the club during January and February 2015. Last night saw him play in the second half of a 1-0 win against Southern League Premier Division side Dorchester Town.

The 22 year old's return on trial was confirmed after some summer rumours suggested he was showing an interest in the club. Speaking to BBC Somerset though, Way implied that Loza had only recently travelled down from the Norwich area for the friendly against the Magpies:

"He looked sharp - very sharp - and I was very pleased with what he brought to the game today. He's just travelled all the way down from Norwich, so it shows an unbelievable commitment. I was really pleased with his performance. I'd like to do that (invite him back for Saturday's friendly against Bristol City) so I'll have to speak to all of the players after and address the situation as to where we go from here. But overall I am really pleased, and it's the first win of pre-season, so that's good."

Loza was one of nine trialists on display at the Avenue Stadium, with former AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield also making his return to the club to try to prove himself as worthy of a contract. Another player was former Dagenham and Redbridge and Cheltenham Town midfielder Kane Ferdinand, who was at the club for a second consecutive summer, having trialled under Paul Sturrock in a friendly against Bristol City. Way described his presence as an opportunity to impress:

"He's just out of contract and he's looking for a club. So you try to give these players an opportunity to come in and show us what they can do, and I thought he did well, as well as all the other trialists. You're going to get a mixed bunch and it's important that they give their all because they're wearing a Yeovil Town shirt. There's been some years when we've come down here and not done so well, so I was pleased."

Link: Dorchester 0 Yeovil 1 : Loza Makes Return To Provide Opening Win.

Link: Loza Pre-Season Trial Sees Him Back With Glovers.

Link: Ferdinand Returns For Second Glovers Trial.

Link: Wakefield Returns For Pre-Season Trial.


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12 July 2016 : Dorchester 0 Yeovil 1 : Loza Makes Return To Provide Opening Win
A goal from former Norwich City striker Jamar Loza gave Yeovil Town victory in their opening pre-season friendly against Southern League Premier Division Dorchester Town tonight. The striker, who had a brief loan spell with the club at the tail end of Gary Johnson's second spell as manager, is now a free agent and he fired home from 10 yards out to seal the win in a match that predictably featured a glut of trialists and new faces.

Four of Yeovil Town's squad didn't get as far as the pitch. Captain Darren Ward's knee problem from last season is still under rehabilitation meaning he is not ready to play yet, whilst strike duo Tom Eaves and Francois Zoko have minor training ground knocks that meant that they were not risked. Youth team graduate Ollie Bassett also didn't get onto the pitch during the 90 minutes although was fit to play.

Aside from the six new Glovers signings, three of the trialists were familiar to fans, with Loza being joined by former AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield (who filled in as a left-back) and a trialist from last summer in Kane Ferdinand. On top of that former Leicester City and Sunderland Under-21 goalkeeper Jonny Maddison, former Swansea City midfielder/striker Kyle Copp, and a centre-back assumed to be Southampton development squad player Bevis Mugabi were all part of a far less familiar looking second half side that saw eight trialists, two summer signings and Omar Sowunmi form an eleven, with three of those still unidentified by the end of the 90 minutes.

Loza's winner came in the 56th minute - a shot from inside the box that finished into the top corner. Aside from that, Ryan Bird had a goal chalked off for an offside infringement, whilst Loza also hit the bar early on during the second half.

Final Score: Dorchester Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorer: Jamar Loza (0-1, 56 mins)

Yeovil Town: (First Half)
Artur Krysiak
Liam Shephard, Alex Lacey, Nathan Smith, Ryan Dickson
Kevin Dawson, Kane Ferdinand, Matt Dolan,
Otis Khan, Ryan Bird, Ryan Hedges.

Yeovil Town: (Second Half)
Jonny Maddison
Josh Ezewele, Bevis Mugabi, Trialist A, Josh Wakefield
Trialist B, Joe Lea, Trialist C, Jamar Loza.
Omar Sowunmi, Kyle Copp.


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12 July 2016 : Loza Pre-Season Trial Sees Him Back With Glovers
Former Yeovil Town loanee Jamar Loza has been confirmed as being back with the club on trial. The 22 year old was released by Norwich City after he finished the 2015-16 season on loan with League One side Southend United, having also had another brief spell with Stevenage during the 2015-16 campaign. He had not featured for the Canaries first team since March 2015, when he scored his one and only goal for them - a last-gasp 98th minute equaliser against Huddersfield Town in the Championship, and the Canaries decided against exercising an option on a contract extension, allowing him to become a free agent.

The Jamaican international had a short spell on loan with Yeovil Town during January and February 2015. He was a little unfortunate in that he was one of Gary Johnson's final signings before the manager was pushed out the door in early February. Loza made four starts under Johnson during January, but upon the change of management he only got five minutes of football under replacement Terry Skiverton before heading back to Carrow Road. Overall he made six appearances for Norwich, scoring one goal.

In between his loan spells at Stevenage and Southend, Loza hit the headlines for Norwich City Under-21s as he scored five goals in a single match in a November 2015 7-2 win over Southampton Under-21s. But despite that flurry prompting the question in the Norfolk media as to whether he was ready for a first team call-up, that never happened and the final part of his Norwich career was spent at Roots Hall, playing for Southend.

Loza was included in the squad for tonight's pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town, playing during the second half of that match at The Avenue Stadium.

Link: Jamar Loza : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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12 July 2016 : Ferdinand Returns For Second Glovers Trial
Yeovil Town have taken former Cheltenham Town and Dagenham and Redbridge midfielder Kane Ferdinand on trial for a second time. He is in the starting line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town and is fairly easily recognisable because fans saw him in a green and white shirt last summer. Although he is generally listed on player profiles as a midfielder, he is a right-sided player who can also feature in a right-back position, or anywhere along that flank.

Ferdinand is a former Southend United youth player who was on their books at the time that former Glovers boss Paul Sturrock was at Roots Hall. Born in Newham, London on October 7th 1992, and therefore 22 years old, he came through the Shrimpers youth system, joining them in 2006. He made his debut in January 2011 and was given a two-and-a-half year professional contract shortly after that, staying at Roots Hall until the summer of 2012, making 71 appearances and scoring 11 goals.

He was then transferred to Peterborough United for an initial fee of £200,000 but with various clauses that allowed the price to rise up to half a million. He was part of Posh's Championship side that competed during the 2012-13 season, playing in 33 matches, yet oddly dropped down the pecking order after their relegation to League One, ultimately making just 50 appearances, scoring one goal.

He was subsequently loaned out to Northampton Town (5 appearances), Luton Town (1 appearance) and more recently Cheltenham Town where he spent the second half of the 2014-15 season, making 17 appearances for the Robins. He came to Huish Park on trial during the summer of 2015, whilst Paul Sturrock was manager, but only lasted one game. He played as a right-back against Bristol City, just after he had been on trial with Dagenham and Redbridge. After that single match, he returned to the Essex club, and signed for them, making 18 appearances for the Daggers, scoring one goal. However he disappeared out of their side from October onwards and so is now a free agent.


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12 July 2016 : Team News For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town. We'd expect each player to only feature for around 45-60 minutes tonight, so expect a 'second half' team to be comprised of different players. Two new signings feature - former Barnsley winger Otis Khan and Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges. There is also one trialist in the line-up whose name is yet to be revealed.

There are three players not selected tonight. Captain Darren Ward is still recovering from last season's knee operation. Strikers Tom Eaves and Francois Zoko have small knocks that mean they are being shielded from tonight's game as a precaution.

The line-up, with expected formation, is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (First Half)
Artur Krysiak
Liam Shephard, Alex Lacey, Nathan Smith, Ryan Dickson
Kevin Dawson, Kane Ferdinand, Matt Dolan,
Otis Khan, Ryan Bird, Ryan Hedges.

Yeovil Town: (Second Half)
Jonny Maddison
Josh Ezewele, Trialist A, Trialist B, Josh Wakefield
Trialist C, Joe Lea, Trialist D, Jamar Loza.
Omar Sowumni, Kyle Copp.


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12 July 2016 : Wakefield Returns For Pre-Season Trial
Yeovil Town have taken midfielder Josh Wakefield back on trial. The 23 year old former AFC Bournemouth player had a six game loan spell with the Glovers during the early part of the 2015-16 season, at a time when they were struggling badly with injuries. He has been included in the first team squad that has travelled to Dorchester Town tonight, and had been spotted in a few training videos released by the club, so his presence at the Avenue Stadium comes as little surprise.

He was released by Bournemouth at the end of last season, and so is at the club as a free agent. He also had loan experience with Dagenham and Redbridge, Torquay United and Bristol Rovers during his time with the Cherries, and is returning to a ground he knows well, having played 12 times with Dorchester during the 2013-14 season.

At present Josh's presence is only on a trial basis - there is no suggestion of a contract being on the table at this stage.

Link: Josh Wakefield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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12 July 2016 : Radical Changes In Ladies Football See Switch To Winter Format
The FA Women's Super League is to undergo a radical overhaul from 2017 onwards. The League has been running for six years now as a summer competition, but the 2016 FAWSL season will be its last, with the two division structure moving to a more 'traditional' winter format. The 2017-18 season will run between September 2017 and May 2018, with a break in the middle spread from mid-December until mid-January. That will then become the new schedule for following seasons.

Given this creates a gap during the first half of 2017, the Football Association are creating a one-off FA WSL Spring Series which will be run between February and May. For this competition, each team will play each other once, rather than twice, with the divisional winner given a Spring Series Trophy. Although it's not explicit, it would appear that promotion and relegation slots would not be utilised here.

The FA have stated that the change to a winter schedule has been made "to increase player welfare, further grow and develop the league and attendances, address issues around fixture congestion and planning and provide the platform for a winning England team. The changes will also better support The FA WSL clubs taking part in the UEFA Women’s Champions League and align the league with The FA Women’s Premier League and wider women’s pyramid. The SSE Women’s FA Cup will also be better integrated, with the showpiece Final at the end of the season."

Currently Yeovil Town Ladies face a slightly odd situation in that their entrance into the Women's FA Cup comes as their opening fixture of the season, and usually several weeks before their actual Super League season is scheduled to start. That clearly leads to issues in terms of player fitness levels and attempts to keep squads in peak condition during phases when fixtures may be spread about. Then when the FAWSL fixtures have commenced, they have often done so with a flurry of quick fixtures in succession. FA Director of Football Participation Kelly Simmons hopes that some of these issues will be resolved, although admits ground availability may still be an issue:

"When we launched the FA WSL in 2011 it was the right decision to play it as a summer league, which has been demonstrated by the competitive, exciting football, growing attendances and player development. However, there are still a number of issues holding the league back, such as fixture scheduling and ground availability. We want to keep building on the momentum and growth of the league and we believe now is the right time to change the calendar. The move is designed to bring many benefits to the women’s game and we’ve worked closely with our clubs and other stakeholders in making this decision. Player welfare is the prime concern of clubs and for us and these changes will allow more structured rest and recovery time, while fixtures will be more regularly structured with less congestion."

The changes mean that the FAWSL calendar will now run as follows:

1. Now until November 2016 : FAWSL Summer League schedule
2. November 2016 - January 2017 : FIFA International Fixtures Window
3. February 2017 - May 2017 : FAWSL Spring Series Competition
4. September 2017 - May 2018 : FAWSL Winter League schedule.

One other change is that the FAWSL will be expanding slightly. Currently FAWSL1 is comprised of nine teams, whilst the FAWSL2 has ten teams. By the 2017-18 season, they will expand further, with FAWSL1 taking in ten teams whilst the FAWSL2 level will feature eleven teams. The changes will be implemented by altering the number of clubs relegated from FAWSL1, and by no teams being relegated from FAWSL2 down to the Women's Premier League prior to the commencement of the 2017-18 season.


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12 July 2016 : Way Hoping To Lay Down Marker In Tonight's First Friendly
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way hopes that tonight's opening pre-season friendly will help set down a marker for his squad as they prepare for the 2016-17 season. They travel to The Avenue, home of Dorchester Town, which has been their choice of pre-season fixture ten times since 2002, with this year's seeing the Tuesday night match kick-off at 7.45p.m.

Way is currently going through his first pre-season as first team manager, having taken over the reins in December 2015, and he has told BBC Somerset that he is glad to get going again, as he felt his side were on strong form at the end of last season, and wanted to take that momentum into the coming campaign:

"It always gives you a marker with your first pre-season game. It was a little bit unfortunate that the season ended last year because we were in such good form. But now we start a new season, and a season that I'm really looking forward to. It's always nice to have my first pre-season as manager, to work with these players, and we've got some new faces. So it's an exciting time at the football club."

There are six new arrivals in the Yeovil Town squad for tonight's match, which is expected to see all seventeen contracted players stretch their legs. Whilst the names of right-back Liam Shephard and striker Tom Eaves are more familiar arrivals, fans will get the opportunity for a first view of wingers Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan, full-back Josh Ezewele and midfielder Joe Lea along with eleven members of last season's squad.

Way has made clear that he still expects new arrivals to come before the season starts, and says that the important thing is that they do not get off to a slow start this time around:

"There's definitely room for a few more players to come in, provided they are right for the football club. It's a season that we must look forward to, and I want to make sure that we get off to a good start. I think that will be the main objective this year - to get off to a good start."

Admission prices for tonight's game will be £10.00 for adults, £6.00 for concessions, with Under-16s admitted for £1.00.


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12 July 2016 : Tickets On Sale For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round tie against Walsall are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will take place at the Bescot Stadium on Tuesday 9th August 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices will be flat across the whole ground and are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Under-18s and Over-60s: £5.00.

Walsall will only be opening certain parts of the stadium for this fixture, with the normal University of Wolverhampton Away Stand being closed for the night. Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in Blocks G, H and I of the Community Stand, which is a side-on stand to the right hand side of the normal away facilities.

Parking is £4.00 for cars, £6.00 for mini buses and £12.00 for Coaches.

There will be a designated Away Fans Bar at the Banks Stadium which will open from 6.00p.m. for Yeovil Supporters.

There are no matchday surcharges for this fixture. Usual practice is for away fans to get a cash turnstile, but if they don't do this (given the location of the away facilities has been changed), be aware Walsall's Ticket Office gets overloaded on matchdays.

Link: Ticketing For Dorchester Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Salisbury City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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12 July 2016 : Glovers Trust Supporting Yeovil Show And Charity Events
The Interim Board of Directors of the Glovers Trust are pleased to be in a position to provide an update on the success of the Launch Party, and provide further information on further local public events that we are supporting. The Launch Party at The 94 Club, Middle Street, Yeovil on Saturday 9th July 2016 was a great success, with the event contributing to membership numbers surpassing the 100 mark in the first week of opening. We were gratefully supported by of Marcus Fysh MP, and also ex-Glovers Chris Weale and John Clancy, and even Yeovil Town Football Club's own Jolly Green Giant!

Now that the event is over, the Glovers Trust will immediately switch their attentions to supporting two further public events. Firstly, we are delighted to have been able to obtain a trade stand in the Shopping Mall (SM22) at the Yeovil Show on the 16th and 17th of July and will be utilising the event to extend our presence in the local community and provide visitors with the opportunity to find out more about the Glovers Trust and sign up. Membership packs will also be available for collection for those who have already joined.

Then, on Friday 22nd of July, we will be supporting a charity football match, kicking off at 6.30p.m., which has been arranged at Sherborne Town Football Club’s Raleigh Grove Ground in aid of Matt Fricker, a local player who was on the books of Yeovil Town in his younger days and is sadly undergoing treatment for a bleed on his brain. The event has been arranged to raise funds to support Matt’s treatment and there is much more to the evening than the main event, which will be a men’s match between a veteran Sherborne Town XI and a veteran Yeovil Town XI, featuring former Yeovil Town players such as Paul Thorpe, Gerry Pearson and Mickey Spencer. In addition to this, the organisers have also arranged a BBQ and bar, a bouncy castle, an auction and a special raffle for which the top prize is a signed Liverpool Shirt. Gates open at 5.45p.m. and with a £3.00 entry charge for Adults and free entry for under 16s.

The Glovers Trust require a volunteer to take up the position of Interim Secretary, starting with immediate effect. The role will be tenable up to the initial Glovers Trust AGM which will take place on the 14th of September 2016. If you would like further information or to request a role description, please contact communications@glovers-trust.co.uk


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11 July 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : Here We Go Again!
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town play their first pre-season friendly of the 2016-17 season, with a rather familiar trip to Dorchester Town. That will give fans heading to the Avenue Stadium a chance to assess the early signs of where we stand, and with that in mind the latest Taff's Gloversblog considers the make-up of the squad, the style of the recruitment the club have gone for this summer, and what we might be after for the last few pieces of the jigsaw. Read on via the link below, and as usual stick your comments at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Here We Go Again!


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11 July 2016 : Manchester City Become Latest Refusal For EFL Trophy Invite
Premier League side Manchester City have become the latest side to reject the invitation for the Football League Trophy. Although they've not made an official announcement on the subject, the Manchester Evening News have provided some detailed views stating why the Blues have decided not to compete in the 2016-17 competition.

Manchester City's views generally match those expressed by Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur, with City providing more granular detail by pointing out that all three Group games are scheduled to take place during international break weeks. Ironically, the old Football League Trophy dates were deliberately paired in this way because very few League One and League Two clubs are affected by international fixtures, thus meaning those midweek dates were obvious slots of the competition to pick.

Now by including Premier League B Teams, that principle no longer holds. The Manchester paper has the following to say on the subject, implying that Manchester City would be more receptive if the competition dates didn't clash:

"The club (Manchester City) likes the idea of pitting their up-and-coming youngsters against seasoned professionals from Leagues One and Two. But the competition starts with groups, and the fixture dates coincide with international fixtures in September, October and November. City expect to have a fair number of their elite development and under-18 squad players in action for their national teams, so were concerned that they might not be able to put out a team which would do the club justice. With City set to field a team in the UEFA Youth League – if the senior side qualify for the Champions League – their club fixture schedule is also fairly heavy. The Blues are not ruling out participation in the future, and have indicated to the organisers that if they do find dates in the calendar which would make it feasible, they would be interested."

Based on various national and specific local newspaper sources that then suggests that Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal and Chelsea have pulled out, with Manchester United and Liverpool 'unlikely' to participate. Meanwhile Everton, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion are reported to have accepted the invite, with Southampton expected to also say yes.

The Football League have issued their first response to the current goings on since they officially launched the revamped (and rebadged) competition now known as the EFL Trophy. They don't acknowledge any of the clubs that have reportedly refused the invite, but do confirm that the process of handing invitations down to lower placed Category One clubs - starting with Championship sides Norwich City and Aston Villa - would take place if they received any refusals:

"The EFL is currently awaiting responses from a number of clubs that have been invited to take place in this season's EFL Trophy. Already a number of clubs have accepted our invitation to take part. In any instances where clubs do decline, we will issue invitations to other clubs with Category One Academies in the order in which they finished in the 2015-16 domestic league tables. We will then confirm the final line-up of competing clubs once we have received a full set of responses."

Until they get to that stage, there is no possibility of the Football League performing the draw for the Group Stages, given that each negative response will affect the geographical balance of the tournament.


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10 July 2016 : Five Star Ladies Stop Hornets To Keep Advantage At The Top
Yeovil Town Ladies cemented their position on top of the FAWSL2 division this afternoon, with an emphatic victory over basement side Watford Ladies. Their 5-0 victory at Sherborne's Raleigh Grove venue saw the top two sides continue to set the pace, with second placed Bristol City Women also winning by a 2-1 scoreline yesterday. However, a surprise defeat for fourth placed Everton Ladies at the hands of Sheffield this afternoon gave the two South-West clubs a boost, with Yeovil's victory coming thanks to a brace from top scorer Sarah Wiltshire along with further goals from Nicola Cousins, Atlanta Primus and Helen Bleazard - their sixth victory in their last eight matches.

The opening goal for the Glovers came midway through the first half when Sarah Wiltshire converted her tenth goal of the season from close range after Watford's defence had struggled to clear their lines. The lead was doubled in the lead-up to half time after Atlanta Primus set up Hannah Short, whose header across goal allowed Nicola Cousins the chance to volley the ball home for a 2-0 lead at the break.

The second half saw no let-off with the Glovers grabbing their third within a minute of the restart. Boss Jamie Sherwood sent on debutante Danielle Carlton and she made an instant impact as a threaded ball put Atlanta Primus into a one-v-one situation and she slotted home. On the hour mark, Helen Bleazard smashed the ball home for Yeovil's fourth, and the game finished as it had started with another Sarah Wiltshire goal. Substitute Kelly Aldridge set up Helen Bleazard, and her unselfish cross found Wiltshire who finished well for the 5-0 victory.

Despite the dominant win, it was centre-back Kayleigh Green who won the Player of the Match award, demonstrating that it was a strong performance at both ends of the pitch. She felt that Watford had been stronger challengers than the scoreline suggested and that the solidity of the Glovers team shape had helped release the attacking players further up the field:

"It was great to get the five goals on the board, but we still had to work hard for the result. All credit to Watford, they dug in and they never gave up. It’s important for us at the back that if we are playing in a three, or if we are playing in a four, that we have to stay solid. If we stay solid and the attacking players can get the goals that makes all the difference. You can’t come into FAWSL2 and expect it to be a pushover, we have to work week-in, week-out in training, on the pitch, off the pitch. We believe in Jamie (manager Jamie Sherwood) and we believe in each other and we are like a family on and off the pitch and that shows in the way that we play."

Victory keeps Yeovil three points clear at the top of the division, with Bristol City tucked in behind them in the other automatic slot. There's a seven point gap between the Glovers and third placed Durham Women who also won today, with Everton's defeat seeing them drop to fourth with nine points separating them and the Glovers. As a word of caution both Everton and Durham have two games in hand on the leading pair, meaning that they can bridge the gap. That makes Yeovil's trip to the Toffees' Select Security Stadium next Sunday a particularly significant one, with a home match against Durham coming up at Huish Park on the following weekend. By the end of July the League table will undoubtedly reshape itself again.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 5 Watford Ladies 0.

Scorers: Sarah Wiltshire (19 mins, 1-0), Nicola Cousins (38 mins, 2-0), Atlanta Primus (46 mins, 3-0), Helen Bleazard (60 mins, 4-0), Sarah Wiltshire (62 mins, 5-0).

Yeovil Town Ladies: 1. Beth Howard 3. Lauren Townsend 4. Ellie Curson (Capt) 5. Nicola Cousins 6. Kayleigh Green 7. Sarah Wiltshire 8. Steph Williams 11. Nadia Lawrence 17. Atlanta Primus 23. Helen Bleazard 26. Hannah Short.

Substitutes: 13. Charlotte Johnson 10. Emily Donovan 12. Leah Burridge 21. Danielle Carlton 28. Kelly Aldridge

Watford Ladies: 23. Lucy Gillett 4. Jordan Littleboy 5. Mollie Burgess 9. Ellie Mason 38. Ruby Baxter 36. Julia Ferrandi 32. Katie Stanley 15. Charlotte Kerr 6. Nicole Pepper 37. Anne-Laure Davy 7. Anneka Nutgall (Capt).

Substitutes: 10. Phoebe Read 20. Sophie Cheadle 16. Hannah Samuels 3. Amber Tullett.

Referee: Adrian Quench. Assistants: Michael Ballard and Len Wilcock

Attendance: 455.


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9 July 2016 : Campbell Given Saddlers Trial Match
Former Yeovil Town loan striker Tahvon Campbell is on trial with League One side Walsall. The Saddlers move for him during pre-season points to a loan deal, given that the 19 year old has only just signed a new contract with his parent club West Bromwich Albion - a one year deal, with an additional one year option in Albion's favour.

Campbell was part of a Saddlers side that played during the second half of a pre-season friendly against Norwich City, behind closed doors, at St George's Park, with that second XI also featuring former Glover Joe Edwards. Both played the 45 minutes in a match that ended up in a 2-1 defeat. Tahvon's presence there suggests that the Baggies are looking to push him up a level, following his 18 game spell with the Glovers last season, which came shortly after his three month period with National League side Kidderminster Harriers.

Link: Tahvon Campbell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 July 2016 : Jeffers And Allen Gain Shots Trials
Former Yeovil Town striker Shaun Jeffers has got himself a trial with National League side Aldershot Town. The Hampshire side finished 15th in their division last season, and have also taken winger Iffy Allen on trial, with him having become a free agent since his release by Torquay United last season. Jeffers has already had an introduction to that part of the world, having played for the Shots' Surrey rivals Woking on loan last season, albeit with a back injury interrupting that deal.

The two players were part of a second half side that took to the field for Aldershot in a pre-season friendly against National League South side Gosport Borough. The lower league side went 2-0 up by the break and ran out as 3-1 winners, despite Allen's second half cross that helped Matt McClure give Aldershot a consolation goal.

Aldershot's first half side also featured striker Scott Rendell, who was on Woking's books until the end of last season, although missed pretty much the whole of the 2015-16 campaign after rupturing his cruciate knee ligament on the opening day of the season. He signed for Aldershot over the summer, having run out of contract at Kingfield - rough justice for Cards fans who had run a crowdfunding page raising £12,638 for Rendell's medical treatment and rehabilitation following that injury, yet never saw him play again.

Gosport's line-up also included former Youth Team midfielder Sam Lanahan, who later went on to play for Dorchester Town and Wessex League side Blackfield and Langley.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Iffy Allen : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Scott Rendell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 July 2016 : Gibbons Given Boreham Trial After Ten Month Absence
Former Yeovil Town winger Jordan Gibbons is finally back in football, and on trial with Boreham Wood. The 22 year old former Queens Park Rangers player was released by the Glovers at the end of the 2015-16 season, having spent most of it on the treatment table, with a hip injury seeing him needing an operation that put him out from September 2015 onwards. The last of his four appearances for the club came against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium on September 19th, and that was followed up by two occasions when he was a non-playing substitute, disappearing off the radar from September 29th onwards.

His release from his contract at the end of one year therefore came as little surprise. He's grabbed himself a trial with the National League side, who finished in 19th place last season. He's so far played in two pre-season friendlies, playing in the second half of Boreham Wood's 2-1 win over Brentford on Friday night, and following that up with playing during the first half of their 0-5 defeat against Reading this afternoon. The Hertfordshire side have got nine trialists on their books at present, and so are heavily rotating their current squad over 45 minute periods.

Boreham Wood's squad also features former Glovers loan midfielder Connor Clifford, who captains their side, having signed for them last summer having left Southend United the previous season. He made nine appearances for the Glovers during the 2011-12 season, as a Chelsea loanee.

Link: Jordan Gibbons : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Conor Clifford : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 July 2016 : Lionesses Midfielder Signed By Ladies
At the halfway stage of the FA Women's Super League season, Yeovil Town Ladies have been boosted with the highly rated midfield player Dan Carlton joining them. Carlton, who was a stand out player when both Millwall Lionesses and Yeovil last met, has made the move from The Den and will be up for selection in this Sunday's FA Women's Super League home match when Watford visit Sherborne's Raleigh Grove ground, in the Glovers final match before they return to Huish Park. Manager Jamie Sherwood said of the signing:

"Dan was a player who stood out in both games when we played home and away and in the one all draw at home, she really dominated that midfield area. She is a good honest professional, she will bring a great attitude to training and games, she’s a winner and thats what we want. We want winners with the club, we want people that will keep pushing us and driving us to where we want to be. The group of players here are a good bunch, they work extremely hard and they sacrifice a lot of things. Danielle singing has already raised the intensity in one training session and I hope that will continue in to the games."

Carlton, who trained with the squad on Thursday, said of her move from London to Somerset:

"The girls have welcomed me really, really well, which is a positive for me. It’s always very nervy coming in to a side that have been together and with where they are in the league. I'm really looking forward to getting going. I haven't trained with a squad for about five weeks now, so I was looking forward to getting on the ball and showing what I can do and hopefully I’ve done that."

Commenting on why she made the move to Yeovil, Carlton said she felt she needed a new environment to get back into playing football again:

"I wanted a new challenge. Not enjoying football is a massive, massive error for me, because thats all I've done all my life. Changing to the green and white, I’ll have to get used to that, and the accent, but I’m really buzzing."

You can meet Carlton and the rest of the Yeovil squad this Sunday, when Watford travel to Sherborne. The game kicks off at 2.00p.m. Ticket details can be found here.

Danielle Carlton with manager Jamie Sherwood
Danielle Carlton with manager Jamie Sherwood
Photo © 2016 Yeovil Town Ladies.



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8 July 2016 : Hedges Comes In From Swansea As Latest Recruit
Yeovil Town have taken Swansea City winger/striker Ryan Hedges to Huish Park in a loan deal. The 21 year old already has Football League experience with Stevenage and Leyton Orient and becomes the latest in a growing line of players to come to Huish Park over the past few years. He has arrived on a six month loan deal.

Ryan was born on July 8th 1995 (it's his 21st birthday today) and was brought up in Flintshire in North Wales, attending the Hawarden High School that also took in former England striker Michael Owen and ex-Wales manager Gary Speed. He was on the books of Flint Town until the summer of 2013, until his performances for the Welsh Schools Under-18s team saw him spotted and taken into Swansea's Under-21s side, being given a one year contract upon his arrival.

He has yet to be selected for Swansea's first team, with his experience gained at League One and League Two level. He spent the second half of the 2014-15 season on loan with Leyton Orient, and was one of their goalscorers in Orient's rather destructive 3-0 victory over the Glovers in March 2015, ultimately scoring twice in 17 appearances. The 2015-16 season saw him gain experience with Stevenage, with six appearances during February and March 2016.

Swansea thought well enough of his performances to give him a three year contract last year, which keeps him at the Liberty Stadium until the summer of 2018. He is a Welsh international at both Under-19 and Under-21 level, on top of his Schools Under-18 appearances where he captained their side. So far has nine caps to his name at the Under-21 level.

Ryan has agreed a loan spell that will keep him at Huish Park until January 2nd 2017. Manager Darren Way has said of the player's arrival:

"I am delighted to welcome Ryan, and feel very lucky to get him. There was plenty of interest from other clubs, so I must thank the staff at Swansea and his agent. Ryan has a superb left foot and is a quick and intelligent player."


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8 July 2016 : London Duo Reported As Adding To EFL Trophy Rejections
The gradual crumbling of the Football League's plans for the relaunched EFL Trophy (formerly the Football League Trophy or the Johnstone's Paint Trophy) appears to be continuing. Whilst the League themselves have not made any further announcements, national newspaper reports continue to suggest that the country's biggest Premier League sides will not be entering B-Teams into the competition, with Arsenal and Chelsea the latest to be named as rejecting the invitation to join this season's competition.

The Press Association have done their own delving into the subject on the back of yesterday's news that Manchester United had turned down the invitation, with Liverpool also believed to have raised concerns that they had not seen resolved. Later reports suggested that Tottenham Hotspur had also pulled out.

Today, the Press Association believe that Arsenal and Chelsea have pulled out. According to The Guardian, Chelsea are refusing for the same reason as Spurs, in that they are unhappy with many of the EFL Trophy round dates being wrapped around international breaks when many academy graduates will be away on some level of duty for their national teams. Arsenal's viewpoint is that they see their current Academy fixture list as being sufficient for their needs - the Gunners have historically tended to use the League Cup as their main opportunity to blood youngsters.

The Press Association go slightly against yesterday's Daily Mail report, which claimed Manchester United had already pulled out. They believe that hasn't happened yet, but that along with Liverpool it is the most likely outcome. They also believe Manchester City have made a final decision on the competition, but that no-one is willing to make that public just yet.

The deadline for Premier League clubs to respond to the initial invitation is Monday 11th July. It's not quite all bad news for the Football League in that The Guardian believe Everton, Stoke City and West Bromwich Albion have all said they will enter the competition, whilst they expect Southampton to also give the thumbs up. However, with serious doubt over six of the country's biggest clubs participating in the competition, there are clearly going to be questions asked of the Football League's executive management, in how they consulted with Premier League representatives.

Whilst it's already known that Norwich City were on stand-by as the '17th invited club' in case anyone pulled out, The Guardian believe other EPPP Category One clubs that will be invited (in the order of last season's final table position) include Aston Villa, Fulham and Reading. Club website information also suggests that Middlesbrough, Blackburn Rovers and Wolverhampton Wanderers are the other clubs currently holding Category One status, although this is an annually assessed status that is updated every summer - the financial problems affecting Bolton Wanderers saw them lose their top level status last summer. The Football League do not appear to have allowed for any possibility that they may receive back less than sixteen positive responses.


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8 July 2016 : Sturrock Takes Up Parkway Position
Former Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has found himself a new position - his first since leaving Huish Park last December. Although the 59 year old has retired from frontline management, he had stated that he was happy to provide a level of consultancy for local clubs in terms of how to develop their footballing set-ups and it is that line that he has chosen to take with South West Peninsula League side Plymouth Parkway.

He will become a Football Advisor at a club that has recently changed ownership, with local businessman Mark Russell seeking to progress the club and take it up into the Western League. They are the second highest placed club within the city boundaries behind Sturrock's former club Plymouth Argyle, and are situated in the Manadon/Crownhill area on the north edge of the city.

Sturrock has told the Plymouth Herald that the opportunity to get involved in a club that was under new ownership and seeking to expand its horizons was what persuaded him to get involved:

"I first met Mark to discuss Plymouth Parkway a couple of weeks ago and straight away I could see the passion to drive the club forward and actually felt that I could help with the club moving forward. This was followed with a meeting with (first team manager) Kevin (Hendy)and vice chair Gez Baggott, where discussions moved to how I could help Kevin. I am delighted to be joining such a great club with ambition to grow and looking forward to helping the club succeed."

Sturrock will not be in the dugout on matchdays, but his goal is to provide assistance to manager Kevin Hendy and Reserve Team manager Seve Catindig-Stagg, with the latter in his first season in management. The expectation is that he will provide some inputs on the training ground, but for the actual matches, he will merely be a spectator at their 2,500 capacity ground.


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7 July 2016 : Glovers XI To Make Cheddar Pre-Season Trip
A Yeovil Town XI team will be playing a pre-season friendly against Western League Division One side Cheddar AFC next week. The match will take place on Tuesday 12th July at Bowdens Park, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

This is the same night that the Glovers will also be sending a team to play Dorchester Town at the Avenue Stadium, and so given the fixture against Cheddar has been given a 'XI' suffix to the team, it's probably safe to assume that this will be an Academy side that heads off to Bowdens Park, whilst the first team squad travel down the A37. If that view changes we'll put out better information when it's available.

Cheddar finished 5th in Division One last season, and the match will represent their first pre-season friendly. It will be the start of the club's 125th season, having been formed in 1892.


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7 July 2016 : Premier League Trio Reported As Unhappy With EFL Trophy Plans
Unconfirmed reports suggest that a three Premier League sides may not be quite as enthusiastic about the launch of the revamped Football League Trophy as the Football League would like them to be. Yesterday, they published the competition rules, including the list of sixteen 'invited' clubs that would be drafted into the competition for the first time. However, newspaper reports claim that Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur may not be taking up the offer to enter the competition - something that may come as a surprise given that it had been assumed that it was the larger Premier League clubs who were pushing to get their Academy players more involved in first team football.

According to the Daily Mail they believe that Manchester United have already backed out of the competition, saying that they "have decided that they will instead focus their attention on the Academy League and the U21 Premier League International Cup". They claim that Everton have said yes to the invitation, but that Liverpool have yet to make a decision.

However, the Liverpool Echo claim that Liverpool are "likely to turn down a chance to play in EFL Trophy." They state that the club "have not yet received reassurances on several questions they had asked of the Football League in relation to the new format". One of the reasons claimed is that Liverpool have concerns over the availability of their Anfield ground, with Premier League sides expected to commit to playing such fixtures inside their main stadium, despite some Premier League Under-21 sides using alternative venues for such development squad fixtures.

In The Mirror they report that Tottenham Hotspur have refused the offer due to the Trophy round dates coinciding with many of the planned international breaks, meaning some players will be away anyway: "Spurs fear the scheduling of the EFL Trophy group stage fixtures will clash with international breaks when many of their full-time academy players are set to be away representing their countries. Spurs will instead continue with their commitment to their young players having an established pathway to the first team under Mauricio Pochettino. They will also continue sending players out on loan to play senior competitive football."

Current Football League rules are that Premier League 'invited' clubs will play one of their three Group games at their home stadium, with the other two fixtures being played on the home turf of the other two League One and League Two sides in that group. This means that any Football League side ends up with a one-in-three chance of having one of their EFL Trophy ties staged at a Premier League ground. Once the competition goes into its knockout stage, the draw becomes either dependent on the final group position, or in latter stages at random, meaning that a Premier League 'invited' side may need to commit to multiple home matches at their main stadium.

If any of Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur decline the invitation, the Football League's invites then will head down to the next highest placed EPPP Category One club, which is currently Norwich City. However, with the number of Category One clubs only in the region of 21 or 22, it's not clear what the League would do if more than five Category one clubs decided to refuse the invitation.

Meanwhile League Two side Luton Town have said that some of the more recent changes to the rules that were voted on at the Football League's 2016 AGM have 'hardened their stance' against the competition. Whilst they said they would support the democratically agreed outcome, they had concerns that what was meant to be purely an EPPP Academy side was now turning into a hybrid with clubs able to select up to five over-age players and with no actual restriction on any players being connected with that club's academy in any shape or form. Hatters CEO Gary Sweet explained:

"Whilst we voiced our opposition to the initial plans for 16 EPPP Category One Academy teams to be invited to play in the EFL Trophy, we became supportive after the democratic process ruled that changes would be introduced. The increasing of the age restriction made since the vote was taken has hardened our stance, and Luton Town are now less supportive. But now we have to abide by the decision made for what we must stress again is a one-year trial, and we will continue to seek our supporters’ views as the competition progresses."

There is no date given upon when the Premier League 'invited' clubs have to respond, and as a consequence there is no date upon which the Group Stage teams will be drawn.


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7 July 2016 : Edwards Cleared In Essex Pub Brawl Incident
Former Yeovil Town captain Joe Edwards has been told that he will face no further action from police, following two incidents outside a pub in May. The 25 year old, who is now on the books of Walsall, had been one of a number of people in the area of the Kings Arms pub in Colchester, following his former club Colchester United's completion of their 2015-16 season on May 8th. He had been arrested, along with teammate Alex Gilbey, on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and affray with the second of those two incidents being particularly of interest to Essex Police.

The first incident had seen an argument break out in the pub's beer garden, during which the landlady of the Kings Arms was allegedly struck - there was no suggestion either player was involved in that fracas. Later that evening, the group of players and friends were reported to have returned to an area outside the pub in an attempt to gain readmittance to the venue, but were turned away. During this incident, a fight broke out, and an unnamed man was knocked unconscious, and it was this incident that Edwards and Gilbey were being connected with.

The two players had been arrested and subsequently bailed until July, but a statement from Essex Police has indicated that any line of enquiry involving Edwards and Gilbey is now concluded and the two will not be facing any further action: "Two men from Colchester, aged 25 and 21, arrested on suspicion of assault, criminal damage and affray, have been released from their bail without charge."

Gilbey has since joined Championship side Wigan Athletic. It's not clear if Essex Police are still investigating the incident or if any of the other people in their party are under suspicion of any offence. However, it would seem certain that Edwards and Gilbey's names are now cleared.


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6 July 2016 : 2016-17 EFL Trophy Competition Format, Rules And Prize Money
Whilst most of the information had already leaked out, the Football League have finally now published the competition format and rules for the revamped 2016-17 Football League Trophy, now rebadged as the EFL Trophy. The competition has caused controversy due to the introduction of Premier League B-Teams, supposedly under the guise of them being tied to EPPP Category One Academy sides, but the goalposts have gradually moved on this over time, and the final rules on exactly what a Premier League B-Team may field for their starting eleven has moved even further in the final set of rules.

In the rules below, the Premier League B-Teams are referred to as the 'Invited Clubs'. The list of clubs that have been invited are Arsenal, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Southampton, Stoke City, Sunderland, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United. At present it is not clear when they have to accept the invitation. Reports suggest that if any club turns down the invitation, then the next highest placed Category One team - currently Norwich City - will be sent an invite.

Rules are as follows:

Clubs:

- 48 clubs from League One and League Two.
- 16 invited Category One Academy teams.

Strength of Teams:

- EFL Clubs – a minimum of 5 ‘First Team’ players in the starting 11 as defined under the competition’s existing rules.
- Invited Clubs – 6 of the starting 11 to be U21 (as at June 30). It should be noted that there are no restrictions upon those players selected having to have any connection with that club's Academy.

Group Stage Format:

- 16 groups of 4 teams organised on a regionalised basis.
- Groups to include one invited club and at least one club from each of League One and League Two.
- Clubs to play each other once, either home or away. Invited clubs will play one home game at the club’s first team stadium.

- Clubs will be awarded 3 points for a win and 1 point for a draw. In the event of a drawn game (after 90 minutes), a penalty shootout will be held with the winning team earning an additional point.
- The top two teams will progress to the Knockout Stage.

Knockout Stage:

- Round 2 (32 teams) will remain regionalised with each group winner being drawn at home to a second placed team from a different qualifying group.
- Round 3 (16 teams) and Round 4 (8 teams) will be ‘free’ draws.
- Semi-finals (4 teams) will be a 'free’ draw and will consist of single ties played at the stadium of the club drawn first in each tie.

- If scores are level after 90 minutes in Rounds 2, 3 and 4, the game will be determined by the taking of penalties. The EFL will confirm arrangements for the Semi-Finals and Final in due course following further consultation.

Competition Dates:

- Group Stage
- w/c 29th August 2016
- w/c 3rd October 2016
- w/c 7th November 2016

- Round 2 - w/c 5th December 2016
- Round 3 - w/c 9th January 2017
- Round 4 - w/c 23rd January 2017
- Semi- Final - w/c 20th February 2017
- Final - 2nd April 2017 (Wembley Stadium)

Round Draw Dates:

To be announced later.

Gate Receipts per game:

After deduction of match expenses, all proceeds will be split:
- 45% Home Club
- 45% Away Club
- 10% to the pool account

Invited clubs will donate all or some of their share of gate receipts to a fund that will be shared equally by League One and Two clubs. The proportion given will depend on the round as follows:

Group Stage - Invited Clubs will donate their 45% share to the fund.
Knockout Stage - Invited Clubs will retain 25% of their share and donate 20% to the fund.
Semi-finals & Final - Invited Clubs will retain 30% of their share and donate 15% to the fund

Competition Prize Pool:

Total Prize Fund: Estimated at £1.95 million

Group Stage Win: £10,000
Group Stage Draw: £5,000

Competition Final winner: £100,000.

Other prize fund amounts have yet to be disclosed.


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6 July 2016 : Glovers Trust Website Goes Live Ahead Of Launch Evening
The Interim Board of Directors of the Glovers Trust are pleased to be in a position to provide an update on the recent activities that have been undertaken in preparation for its membership launch, and the planned next steps leading up to and including the first Annual General Meeting.

Having now completed the necessary preliminary tasks, Glovers Trust is now in a position to receive membership applications. The Trust website, www.glovers-trust.co.uk, is now fully operational and will be the definitive source of information for new rules, policies, aims, membership joining instructions and more!

Anyone who wishes to become a member of the Glovers Trust can do so either by completing an online membership application through the website, or by printing an application form and posting the completed version with cheque payment to:

Address: GLOVERS TRUST MEMBERSHIP, PO BOX 5240, YEOVIL, SOMERSET, BA20 9FR.

Adult membership costs £10 with child membership only £1. We are also offering a corporate membership scheme costing £100 for businesses who would like to contribute to the cause.

In recognition of this key milestone, the Glovers Trust have arranged a Launch Party at The 94 Club, Middle Street, Yeovil on Saturday 9th July 2016 from 7.30p.m. We would encourage all Yeovil Town supporters and prospective members to join us for this celebration. As well as providing the opportunity to join the Glovers Trust, those present will also be able to take part in some football related fun, such as a Beat the Goalie competition, a Photo Booth, and a bouncy castle for younger ones. We are also hoping to be supported by a number of former players, and with the opportunity to contribute further to the Trust funds by purchasing exclusive merchandise, an enjoyable evening will be had by all; young and old.

The Glovers Trust Launch Party will not be the only opportunity that prospective members will have to meet members of the current Interim Board. We are delighted to have been able to obtain a trade stand at the Yeovil Show on the 16th and 17th of July and will be utilising the event to extend our presence in the local community and provide visitors with the opportunity to find out more about the Glovers Trust and sign up.

As soon as the initial membership campaign is complete, focus will immediately switch to planning for the first Annual General Meeting, which will take place on Wednesday 14th of September. The meeting will conclude the process for appointing the first democratically elected Trust Board in its history. As the Trust will operate under a one member, one vote principle, all members with voting rights will be invited to stand or nominate any other member for election as a Trust Board representative. The newly elected Board will then oversee the running of the Trust for an agreed period of time, calling on its members to vote on how the Glovers Trust shall identify, prioritise and progress initiatives that will ultimately benefit both the football and local community.

If you would like any further information regarding membership or any other activities that the Interim Board are undertaking, please email communications@glovers-trust.co.uk

ORGANISATION INFORMATION:

Yeovil Town Supporters Society Limited (Glovers Trust) is:

• A Cooperative of Yeovil Town Supporters
• A Community Benefit Society
• Democratic - One Member, One Vote
• Registered with the Financial Conduct Authority
• Independent
• Not for Profit

The Trust was conceptually proposed in October 2015 at a time when Yeovil Town Football Club were facing the prospect of relegation from the Football League. Many of the Yeovil Town supporters in attendance felt that the club had lost much of the support and goodwill of the area that has historically supported it. Following a further meeting to discuss the potential benefits and a near unanimous vote of over 325 supporters in January, Glovers Trust was born. The aim is to create an independent, regulated body that represents the voice of Yeovil Town supporters irrespective of location, with the collective power to influence positive changes and support, where identified in the operation of Yeovil Town Football Club. Ultimately it will be for our members to drive the Glovers Trust forward and for you as a member to identify what you feel is important for the future of Yeovil Town Football Club as well as deciding how best we can assist in our community.

Website: www.glovers-trust.co.uk
Email: communications@glovers-trust.co.uk


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5 July 2016 : Way Disappointed At Tozer's Short Notice Departure
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given his views on the departure of defender/midfielder Ben Tozer. The 26 year old left the club yesterday, signing for League Two rivals Newport County on a one year contract, having spent the last season on the books of the Glovers.

Tozer was out of contract at Huish Park, as of June 30th, and so was free to join another club on a free transfer. Reports last month suggested there was a verbal agreement between Tozer and the club for a new deal, but that the club were not willing to formally put that on the table for him to sign until he had gone through a medical.

Way has expressed his disappointment to the club's website at Tozer's decision to leave, but implied that the club had not given the player the medical at this stage, meaning that the deal was not able to be signed:

"I would like to start by saying I am a little disappointed that Ben is the only player from last year who has decided to leave us and with such short notice, considering Yeovil Town Football Club has provided Ben an unbelievable level of service. The football club spent thousands last year on injured players and every signing now needs to pass a full medical. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that with Ben’s complex situation, so there was always a risk of losing him."

Way thanked his physio Mike Micciche for the effort he had put in regarding Tozer's treatment, and implied that there would now be efforts made to recruit a replacement player:

"I must add that my physio worked tirelessly with Ben over the past year and I must thank Mike for his hard work and efforts. We wish Ben all the best in the future. However, we now move on and look forward to the next summer signing."

Link: Ben Tozer : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Ben Tozer Leaves Yeovil Town.


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4 July 2016 : Ben Tozer Leaves Yeovil Town
Defender/midfielder Ben Tozer has left Yeovil Town. The 26 year old, who was recruited from Northampton Town last summer, has signed a one year contract with fellow League Two side Newport County. He had been offered a deal by the club for next season, but it appeared to be left on the table, subject to a medical being taken by the player. There's been no definitive outcome to that medical, despite the players resuming first team training, and he has now chosen to look elsewhere and sign for the South Wales club, who also number Jack Compton among their ranks.

Ben had been recruited as a right-back by the club, but instead operated in a variety of central midfield roles. The first half of his 2015-16 season was disrupted by a knee injury that required an operation, meaning that we didn't see him until November 8th. From that point onwards he became a regular part of the club's starting line-up, ultimately making 32 appearances, and scoring one goal, until the wear-and-tear on that knee forced him to drop out of the squad once the club's safety in League Two was guaranteed, as he headed under the knife once again. Upon signing for Newport he has implied the decision to do so came very late in the day:

"It has been a bit of a whirlwind with the deal being sorted out so quickly, but I'm delighted to get the deal done and over the line. I have been over the training ground this afternoon and met some of the lads. Speaking to Warren it is clear that he has impressive plans for the squad and it is something that I'm looking forward to being a part of. I'd just like to wish everyone at Yeovil all the very best. Last season was a rollercoaster to say the least. The club is in good hands.."

Link: Ben Tozer : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 July 2016 : Glovers Trust Prepare For Launch Evening Event
This coming Saturday, the Glovers Trust will be holding their Launch Evening with all fans welcome to attend. The event will be taking place at Club 94 (aka the Yeovil Liberal Club) in Middle Street, Yeovil, on Saturday 9th July from 7.30p.m. onwards. It will be used as an opportunity for fans to become the first to sign up to Trust Membership, as well as the opportunity to meet members of the Trust Working Party and to get any questions answered on the night, or to put forward views on the possible direction of the Trust.

Membership fees for the 2016-17 season have been set at £10.00 for adults and £1.00 for those aged Under-16. You can join the Trust on the evening, or there will be provision allowed for fans to join at other times.

The Trust are also looking for any volunteers who can assist with tasks on the night, if you're willing to spend a little additional time prior to the actual 7.30p.m. start - if you're able to help or would like more information, then email Communications@glovers-trust.co.uk - you may need to be available on either the Thursday or Friday evening to help with this preparation.

The Trust have also said that they have met with representatives of the Football Club, with the aim of introducing themselves and also explaining the high level business model and aims that all Supporters Trusts adhere to, to help the club to understand why the Trust was formed. They have released the following statement regarding the meeting:

"We would like to inform our prospective members that three representatives of the Glovers Trust met with Chairman of Yeovil Town FC Mr John Fry, the First Team Manager Mr Darren Way and Company Secretary Mr David Lee at Huish Park on Thursday evening, 30th June.

The Glovers Trust also invited two representatives from Supporters Direct Headquarters in London and a presentation was made to the representatives of Yeovil Town FC to give them as much information as is possible regarding Supporters Trusts, the Glovers Trust and its current activities, aims and objectives.

We would like to confirm that no long-term aims were proposed, agreed or discussed and the Interim Board of Directors are purely focussed on launching and recruiting members ahead of the first AGM which will take place in September. The meeting was productive and it is hoped that armed with the correct information relating to Supporters Trusts, the Club and the Glovers Trust will be able to work together in a spirit of cooperation for the benefit of our Football Club and wider community
."

A couple of months ago, the Trust Working Party produced a list of FAQs to help supporters understand what a Trust is and how it operates - find that via the link below. If you have further questions, either email them, or come along to the Saturday night event and get to know those proposing to reshape the supporter relationship with their football club and the voice that fans will carry in the future.

Link: Frequently Asked Questions And Answers For The Glovers Trust.


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3 July 2016 : White Double Gives County Continental Cup Victory
Yeovil Town Ladies headed out of the Continental Cup on Sunday afternoon, as FAWSL1 side Notts County proved too strong, with the visitors running out as 3-1 winners. Two early goals from Ellie White followed by a third from Fern Whelan just past the hour mark meant that the match was all over by the time that Yeovil's Nadia Lawrence netted with fifteen minutes remaining. With the league cup competition being run on a straight knockout format this season, following previous group stages, the result means a quick heading back to 'concentrating on the league' with all remaining matches representing the FAWSL2 fixtures they will play to focus on their main objective of promotion from the lower division.

Notts County had a bad journey down to Sherborne's Raleigh Grove stadium, meaning that kick-off was delayed by fifteen minutes. However, there were no signs of the Lady Pies being affected in any shape or form by being cooped up on a bus. Within three minutes they took the lead, with Ellen White latching onto a floated free kick from Dani Buet. The visitors' dominance then continued with the second goal coming midway through the half as Chelsea Weston produced a cross that Ellen White headed home for a 0-2 advantage.

County got their third when Fern Whelan headed home a Jo Potter corner, and that was pretty much game over - a situation that paled into insignificance when an injury to Ellis Hillman caused a lengthy delay to the match, as she was stretchered off in a neck brace - the second Glovers player to suffer that fate in three days. Thankfully she has been discharged from hospital tonight, suggesting matters are not as serious as they initially looked.

Yeovil did bag a goal for themselves with fifteen minutes remaining, as Nadia Lawrence latched onto a through ball down the middle, leading to the County defence going on the back foot before she made herself room and smashed the ball past the exposed Notts County keeper. Speaking after the match, captain for the day Helen Bleazard - who was given the armband after Ellie Curson, Sarah Wiltshire, Charlotte Haynes and Annie Heatherson were all rested for the day - felt that individual errors sealed Yeovil's fate although she was pleased that Lawrence had managed to find the net in front of such strong opposition:

"I think it was a few individual mistakes that cost us. We didn’t switch on at a few incidents but we managed to get ourselves back into the game. It was the first time we have scored against Notts County and I think it's a real credit to us and our team ethic. There's a lot of positives we can take from this, and we can hopefully now use them to push on in the league."

Attention now turns back to the FAWSL2 fixtures, with Watford Ladies providing the opposition next Sunday, with the match again being staged at Raleigh Grove, before the Glovers make their return back to Huish Park later in the month.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Notts County Ladies 3.

Scorers: Ellen White (2 mins, 0-1), Ellen White (23 mins, 0-2) Fern Whelan (63 mins, 0-3), Nadia Lawrence (75 mins, 1-3)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2): Beth Howard , Ellis Hillman, Lauren Townsend, Nicola Cousins, Steph Williams, Emily Donovan, Nadia Lawrence, Leah Burridge, Natasha Knapman, Kelly Aldridge, Helen Bleazard

Substitutes: Jessie Jones (60 mins for Emily Donovan), Hannah Short (72 mins for Ellis Hillman), Charlotte Johnson (90 mins for Beth Howard), Kayleigh Green, Atlanta Primus

Notts County (4-3-3): Megan Walsh, Aivi Luik, Dani Buet, Fern Whelan, Jess Clarke, Rachel Williams, Ellen White, Chelsea Weston, Amy Turner, Leanne Crichton, Laura Bassett

Substitutes: Jo Potter (46 mins for Amy Turner), Aileen Whelan (60 mins for Rachel Williams), Jade Moore (80 mins for Leanne Crichton), Lizzie Durack, Maja Krantz, Angharad James

Referee: Samuel Ogles

Attendance: 406.


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3 July 2016 : Arthurworrey Given Shrimpers Pre-Season Trial
Former Yeovil Town loanee Stephen Arthurworrey has joined League One side Southend United on trial. The 21 year old former Fulham centre-back has been confirmed as being part of the pre-season squad currently assembled at Roots Hall, with them also taking former Watford midfielder Tom Rosenthal for training, ahead of a prospective pre-season training camp in Spain.

Boss Phil Brown has told the Southend Echo that he expects to make a decision on both players prior to the overseas trip, and was happy to confirm they were both training in Essex:

"Tom and Stephen will be joining us for pre-season training and could well play in a few of the friendlies we have coming up. We will have a look at them and then decide whether or not to take them to Spain with us in a couple of weeks."

Arthurworrey had been out of the game since last October, when a knee injury saw his season long loan ended, with him returning to Craven Cottage. Chairman John Fry claimed that Arthurworrey's 17 matches during the 2015-16 season had cost the club £90,000 due to the costs of a full season loan agreement, which included Arthurworrey's wages, medical bills, travelling costs and accommodation costs throughout the season. Fry indicated that Arthurworrey's injury prevented the club from taking any interest in him on a permanent basis, although the defender indicated via his Twitter account in early April that he was almost ready to resume training following an operation.

Link: Stephen Arthurworrey : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 July 2016 : Academy Looking To Recruit Players Through Open Trials
Yeovil Town's Academy will be running open trials over the coming week for any young players that believe they can excel within an academy training environment. As well as general recruitment for each age group from other sources, the club are inviting boys from each year group to get involved at trials that will be held on the club's artificial playing surface that is situated next to the Main Stand. The schedule is as follows:

Monday 4th July:
Under 9s: 5.00p.m. - 6.15p.m.
Under 10s: 6.15p.m. - 7.30p.m.

Wednesday 6th July:
Under 11s: 6.00p.m. - 7.15p.m.
Under 12s: 7.15p.m. - 8.30p.m.

Thursday 7th July:
Under 13s: 6.00p.m. - 8.30p.m.

Friday 8th July:
Under 14s: 6.00p.m. - 8.30p.m.

Saturday 9th July:
Under 15s/16s: 12.00 noon - 2.30p.m.

For those who are interested in attending, please email jshulberg@ytfc.net with your details, including name(s) of those you wish to put forward and their age.


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2 July 2016 : Glovers Stage Lady Pies Cup Match Tomorrow
Yeovil Town Ladies kick off their Continental Cup campaign tomorrow afternoon, when they play host to Notts County Ladies in a First Round match. The fixture is being staged at the Jones Stadium (aka Raleigh Grove), home of Sherborne Town FC, and NOT at Huish Park, due to the main Glovers stadium pitch having some summer work being done on it in preparation for the men's 2016-17 season. That means that the Ladies are back at their old stomping ground for this weekend and next weekend. If you're unfamiliar with Raleigh Grove, then there is a fans guide for tomorrow's fixture on the Ladies site that may help.

They face FAWSL1 side Notts County, who currently lie in sixth place (out of nine clubs) with seven points from six games, and so whilst the Lady Pies will come to Raleigh Grove as the favourites, this will be a useful test of the Glovers' own ambitions given they would like to take their club into the higher division for the 2017 season. It may be that both sides choose to ring the changes a little, with a strong chance that Glovers first choice goalkeeper Charlotte Haynes was stretchered off on Thursday night after a collision in their FAWSL2 match against Oxford United Women. Thankfully the diagnosis was only bruising, but with both matches coming in close succession, this may be an opportunity for either Charlotte Johnson or new signing Beth Howard to show what they can do.

Tomorrow's match represents a change in the competition format for this season's Continental Cup. The league cup used to be organised initially in a group format, but that has been scrapped for this season, meaning that clubs go directly into a knockout competition, meaning that with a Preliminary Round having already been played, this represents the final sixteen sides in the competition. Captain Ellie Curson is hopeful that whatever squad changes have to be made for the game, that they can use the positive aspects of Thursday night's 2-2 draw with Oxford as a platform for competing against tomorrow's visitors:

"We'll keep our fingers crossed that we can take positive elements from the Oxford game into our cup tie with Notts County. That cup game is a chance for the whole squad to play. That's really important for us, because we're carrying a few knocks and it's important we utilise our squad well. Sunday gives us a chance to do that."

Tomorrow's match kicks off at 2.00p.m. with Raleigh Grove turnstiles opening at 12.30p.m. Admission prices are £5.00 for adults and £2.50 for concessions. Remember to go to Raleigh Grove and not Huish Park!

Yeovil Town Ladies vs Notts County Ladies - at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne
Yeovil Town Ladies vs Notts County Ladies - at Raleigh Grove, Sherborne



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2 July 2016 : Beck Given Pre-Season Pars Trial
Former Yeovil Town striker Mark Beck is on trial with Scottish Championship side Dunfermline, following his release from the club. The 22 year old played in a pre-season friendly against Alloa Athletic on Wednesday night as one of three supposedly 'unnamed' trialists, with the East End Park club looking to strengthen their side following their promotion from Division One last season. Beck had finished the 2015-16 season on loan at Conference side Wrexham before the Glovers released him, but with the striker failing to find the back of the net during his time in Wales, and having gradually drifted out of their side, it was unlikely that they would show further interest in him.

Photos from the game easily identified Beck as one of the players on display in Wednesday's friendly. He scored Dunfermline's goal in their 1-1 draw with a powerful header, and so hasn't done his chances of earning a contract with them any harm. The potential of a move north of the border shouldn't come as too much of a surprise - he is a former Scotland Under-19 international, and has previously had a loan spell with Falkirk.

Link: Mark Beck : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 July 2016 : Ezwele Becomes Yeovil Town's Fifth Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of West Bromwich Albion defender Josh Ezewele. The 19 year old is a right-back who has agreed a permanent deal with the club - the second time the Glovers have recruited from the Baggies during 2016, having previously borrowed Tahvon Campbell from the same ranks.

Born on January 21st 1997, despite his age he broke into West Brom's Under-21 side during 2015, having shone at Under-18s level. He is eligible to play for both Nigeria and England. Manager Darren Way has said of his arrival:

"Josh will be a great asset to this football club, he has fantastic attributes for a young player. We have had a really good connection with West Brom and their coach Darren Moore, who has worked closely with Josh has recommended him very highly. We are looking for Josh to get a number of games this season to gain more experience and develop as a player, just like Connor Roberts did last season."

Ezewele has agreed a one year permanent contract with the club that will see him stay on the club's books until June 30th 2017.


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2 July 2016 : Ex-Saint Lea Becomes Glovers Fourth Signing
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of former Southampton academy midfielder Joe Lea. The 18 year old's name had been on the rumourmill for the last week or two, after social media links pointed to him having an interest in the club, and that can now be confirmed after he signed a permanent deal with the club.

Joe was born on December 16th 1997 and grew up in the Portsmouth area and was initially part of their youth academy until 2007 when he made the decision to move across the south coast and join the Saints at nine years old. He reached the Under-18s level during the 2013-14 season, and that led to him being given a two year scholarship in the summer of 2014. Southampton's website describes him as "a midfielder who likes to combine creativity with agression, he craves the consistency displayed by Frank Lampard throughout his career as the youngster looks to continue his journey through the ranks". Joe came through the same academy set-up as Glovers midfielder Ollie Bassett, who left their programme a year previously. Manager Darren Way has said of Lea's signing:

"Joe is an exciting young prospect with bundles of energy and is a player I cannot wait to work with. He comes to Yeovil at the same age as Liam Walsh, so I am sure if his performance levels in pre season are good, his opportunity to play first team football will come soon. I must thank Joe's parents and agent for choosing Yeovil Town to help Joe develop his career."

He has signed a one year contract at Yeovil Town that will keep him at Huish Park until June 30th 2017.


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1 July 2016 : McAllister Hangs Up His Boots And Takes Coaching Role With Robins
Former Yeovil Town captain Jamie McAllister has hung up his boots from his playing career and immediately moved into a coaching role. He has joined Bristol City as their Under-21s manager, shortly after leaving Exeter City at the end of last season. Now at 38 years old, Jamie has obtained his UEFA 'A' Licence qualification, and will work under manager Lee Johnson, returning to the Ashton Gate club where he also enjoyed success as a defender during his playing days, where he made 210 appearances for the Robins before being tempted down to Huish Park by Gary Johnson.

McAllister has been helping Bristol City with their Under-16s side as well, but will now be given full responsibility of their Development Squad side. He told City's website that given the opportunity to take up such a key coaching role, he felt he had to call time on his playing career, rather than miss out on it:

"I've been speaking to (Briatol City chief operating officer) Mark Ashton and the gaffer for the last two weeks about the opportunities here and it's all been completed in the last two days. I wanted to keep playing until the age of 40 but as soon as this job came on to the horizon it was just too good to turn down. I've already worked within the Academy with the younger group and now I'm excited to be moving up to the Under-21s, which is a very important stage. You can see the ambition of the club, from the owner and the gaffer, with the stadium nearing completion. I played a charity game at Ashton Gate the other day and it was like a completely different stadium! I just can't wait to get my teeth into the role now."

Link: Jamie McAllister : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 July 2016 : Melanson Makes Dereham Move
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Max Melanson has found himself another club. The youth teamer appeared to have left the Glovers either at the end or towards the end of last season, having disappeared off the radar at the end of his scholarship period. Max has signed for Ryman League Division One North side Dereham Town - who are 15 miles west of Norwich.

Dereham refer to Max as a 'local lad', which fits in with his academy career having started with Ipswich Town, before he made the move south-west to take up a scholarship with Torquay United. When their academy folded, he moved up the road with Glovers Head of Youth Geoff Harrop and spent a year with the Glovers.

He notably scored the winning goal in the club's 2015-16 pre-season friendly against Bristol City. During September and October, whilst the club were going through an acute injury crisis, Melanson sat on the bench for the Glovers first team on five separate occasions, but then headed back to the club's Under-18s side.


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1 July 2016 : Eaves Makes Glovers Return After Bolton Exit
Yeovil Town have confirmed the signing of striker Tom Eaves, following his release from Bolton Wanderers at the end of last season. The move sees the 24 year old join the Glovers permanently, having previously had a loan spell during the 2014-15 season whilst the club were in League One.

Tom is a 6'5" tall striker, who was born in Liverpool on January 14th 1992, and started his career as a Crewe Alexandra academy player, before moving to Oldham Athletic where he was given his first professional contract. There he made 15 appearances at Boundary Park during the 2009-10 season, with his debut coming only just past his 18th birthday. With such early promise in his career, it wasn't too much of a surprise when Bolton Wanderers - then a Premier League club - stepped foward to sign him on a three year contract during the summer of 2010.

His career at the Reebok Stadium never really took off, even though he spent six seasons there. In the end, he only had five first team appearances to his name, with a large number of loan spells with other clubs allowing him to rack up experience elsewhere. His most prolific was his first time out. Moving to Bristol Rovers during the 2012-13 season, he scored seven goals in 16 appearances at League Two level. That allowed him to make the step up to League One, where he joined Shrewsbury in February 2013, scoring six goals in just 10 appearances, including a hat-trick against Crawley Town. During the 2013-14 season, Eaves was loaned out again, joining Rotherham United, where he scored once in nine appearances, before being recalled by Bolton in November 2013. He then rejoined Shrewsbury in a deal that was ultimately extended for the remainder of that season, seeing him score twice in 25 appearances.

Then came Tom's loan spell with Yeovil Town, as Gary Johnson took him to Huish Park in November 2014. His debut saw him become the club's 250th player to represent the Glovers at Football League level. He came to a side that had been struggling for goals up front throughout the season, and his seven appearances didn't see that problem change. A bonus for him though was that his final appearance for the club was as a substitute in the FA Cup Third Round match against Manchester United, that allowed him to bag one of Wayne Rooney's shirts after the game. He then returned to Bolton, before making a further nine game loan spell with League Two side Bury at the tail end of the 2014-15 season, which reaped one goal. His 2015-16 season was spent playing for Bolton's development squad before being released at the end of his contract when that season ended.

Tom has agreed a one year contract with the club that will keep him on the books until June 30th 2017. Manager Darren Way has said of his arrival:

"The club have been tracking Tom for a long time now and we're very pleased to have the option to take him on a permanent deal. He's a hard working player who is athletic and has had very good previous loan spells at other clubs. Tom's an honest player with a good personality and I'm very excited to have him at the football club."

Link: Tom Eaves : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Liam Shephard : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Otis Khan : Yeovil Town Profile.


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1 July 2016 : Shephard Heads Back To Yeovil For Third Spell
Yeovil Town have taken Swansea City right-back Liam Shephard on loan again. The 21 year old arrives for his third loan spell with the club, having featured during the 2014-15 season, initially under Gary Johnson, before being brought back by Darren Way at the tail end of the 2015-16 season.

Liam was born in Pentre in Mid Glamorgan on November 22nd 1994 and was originally on the books of Cardiff City as a youngster. He switched across to Swansea in the summer of 2011, eventually being given a professional contract with the Swans in the summer of 2013. From that point onwards, he began to move up the ranks and by the 2014-15 season he had got as far as the first team teamsheet for Swansea six times, albeit without getting onto the field of play.

That saw them give Shephard a new contract until the summer of 2017. A few weeks later in January 2015, Gary Johnson took him to Yeovil Town where he made his professional first team debut, ultimately staying with the club for the remainder of the season, making 20 appearances and picking up the club's Young Player Of The Season for 2014-15, despite having only arrived midway through the campaign.

Shephard's return to Swansea saw him called up to the Wales Under-21 side during the 2015-16 season, seeing him gain caps against Armenia and Romania. He then made his Swansea first team debut, in an FA Cup Third Round match against Oxford United in January 2016. Later that same season, he returned to Huish Park for a second loan spell, making six appearances for the club under Darren Way's management. Unusually all six games saw him play in midfield, rather than his usual role as a right-back. Way's comments upon re-signing Shephard suggests that it is that full-back slot that he will be assigned to this time around:

"Liam is someone I know really well as someone who has been an integral part of this club. He came back to help me last year during one of the most important periods of this club's history so I know he has a high level of commitment to us. I'm sure he will be a fantastic signing for the club and I'm excited to have him in my back four."

Liam has agreed a half-season loan deal with the club that will see him stay on the club's books until January 2017.

Link: Liam Shephard : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 July 2016 : Short And Curson Claw Back A Point As Ladies Held At Oxford
Yeovil Town Ladies restored their three point advantage at the top of the FAWSL2 table on Thursday night, but had to battle from two goals down to grab a point against Oxford United Women. Their second away match in five days - staged at Abingdon United FC - saw them experience a difficult first half as the home side grabbed two goals from Ini Umotong, leaving them 2-0 down. But goals from Hannah Short and Ellie Curson set up a frantic end to the second period, with the game somehow ending up in a 2-2 draw.

Oxford got themselves off to a flyer just three minutes into the match. Ella Franklin-Frauture put a long ball forward that was latched onto by Ini Umotong, whose pace was enough that she was able to poke the ball home for a 1-0 lead. Although the home side's first half performance made themselves good value for that lead, Yeovil still pressed, with Atlanta Primus having a header cleared off the line, whilst Sarah Wiltshire's effort was palmed around the post. However, Oxford doubled their lead midway through the first half, when Ini Umotong once again got in on the act, jinxing her way past two defenders before firing a shot in off the post for a 2-0 advantage.

Thankfully, Yeovil's response was immediate and incisive. Boss Jamie Sherwood spoke last week about his side's need to react to any possible wobbles in performance, and he got that when a corner saw a Sarah Wiltshire shot come back off the crossbar. The first one to react was Hannah Short, whose rebound header landed in the back of the net for a much tighter 2-1 scoreline.

That saw the Glovers get their tails up, as Ellis Hillman had a goal ruled out for offside, before a Sarah Wiltshire header went just wide of the post before the half time whistle blew. That set up an exciting second half period that saw Ellie Curson find the equalising goal just before the hour mark, as her cross from the right flank looped straight over the Oxford keeper and into the back of the net.

Then came the goalmouth scrambles as Glovers substitutes Kelly Aldridge and Emily Donovan both hit the woodwork, whilst Oxford keeper Hannah Cox led a charmed life as she bravely dived in the box to stop Yeovil grabbing a winner. At the other end, Oxford could have sneaked it in the final minute, as Laura Rafferty got the ball in the back of the net, but for the second time in the match an offside flag went up. That meant that the points were shared, and after the game Glovers captain Ellie Curson admitted she had mixed feelings about that:

"We’re only half satisfied with that. The point is positive in that we’re moving up the table, but at the same time it’s disappointing. In the first half, we didn’t turn up. It was a really poor performance and it’s just not good enough. We can’t expect to win games in the second half. We have to keep performing well and scoring goals. July has given us time to build some momentum up with our games. The important thing now is continuing to perform well, and keep scoring goals."

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

Scorers: Ini Umotong (1-0, 3 mins), Ini Umotong (2-0, 24 mins), Hannah Short (2-1, 26 mins), Ellie Curson (2-2, 58 mins).

Oxford: Hannah Cox, Jess Frampton, Lauren Haynes, Rosie Lane, Ini Umotong, Lauren Allison, Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Holly Pickett, Laura Nichol, Laura Rafferty, Madison Lee

Substitutes: George Timms (12 mins for Madison Lee), Ellie Noble (71 mins for Lauren Allison), Sophie Baker, Charlie Deeley, Mollie Dyer, Demi Lambourne

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes Ellis Hillman, Lauren Townsend Ellie Curson, Nicole Cousins, Sarah Wiltshire, Steph Williams, Nadia Lawrence, Atlanta Primus, Hannah Short, Helen Bleazard

Substitutes: Kelly Aldridge (50 mins for Ellis Hillman), Natasha Knapman (71 mins for Steph Williams), Emily Donovan (80 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Ann-Marie Heatherson, Kelly Snook, Charlotte Johnson

Referee: Phil Staynings

Attendance: 276.


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