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17 July 2017 : 2017-18 Somerset Premier Cup First Round Draw
The First Round draw for the 2017-18 Somerset Premier Cup has been made. Yeovil Town Reserves will play Western League Division One side Bishop Sutton at Huish Park after the County association drew the teams out today.

The full draw is as follows:

Yeovil Town Reserves vs Bishop Sutton
Hengrove Athletic vs Bridgwater Town
Shepton Mallet vs Chard Town
Weston Super Mare vs Brislington
Odd Down vs Frome Town
Taunton Town vs Ashton and Backwell
Cheddar vs Bath City
Portishead Town vs Paulton Rovers
Larkhall Athletic vs Street
Bishops Lydeard vs Radstock Town

The following teams received byes to the Second Round: Clevedon Town, Wellington, Wincanton Town, Welton Rovers, Wells City, Keynsham Town

All ties are to be played during the week commencing 9th October. In the majority of recent seasons, Yeovil Town have fielded their Under-18s side for this tournament, due to their lack of a formal Reserve Team structure.


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17 July 2017 : Admission Prices And Directions For Llanelli Town vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's next pre-season friendly, against Llanelli Town AFC is now available. The match takes place at Stebonheath Park on Wednesday 19th July 2017, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. Admission is available on the turnstiles at the following rates:

Adults £5.00; Concessions £3.00; Under-16s: FREE.

Stebonheath Park is a 3,700 capacity ground which is situated on the North-East side of the town centre:

Address: Stebonheath Park, Penallt Road, Llanelli, Carms, SA15 1EY

Assuming you are coming in from the East side of town, follow the A484 into Llanelli. At Parc Pemberton Retail Park on the edge of town, head over both roundabouts and keep on the A484 as it curves around the North side of Llanelli. At the next large roundabout take the third exit and turn into Frondeg Terrace. This road then curves around to the right. Take the first right turn into Penallt Road, so that you are now going 180 degrees back upon the direction you left the roundabout. Follow Penallt Road back over the top of the A484. The ground entrance is on the right hand side. The car park is on the same side of the ground as their social club. Distance from Yeovil is 150 miles.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Ticketing For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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17 July 2017 : 2017-18 Home Tickets On Sale With Ticket Bundle Offers
The Huish Park Ticket Office now has all of Yeovil Town's 2017-18 first team League Two home games on sale. As usual, fans can purchase in person, via phone, or on an online portal, tickets for matches all the way up to May 2018. The same pricing structure is in place as previous seasons.

There is one significant change, with the club offering up six and twelve game ticket bundles via the online portal, for fans who have not purchased a Season Ticket, but may be confident that they will attend a set number of games. For example a University Student may know they can attend games in August, Christmas and Easter but may not be able to attend other fixtures. They can purchase their own ticket bundle at a cheaper price than if they bought them one-by-one.

Supporters purchasing the Ticket Bundles will be given either six or twelve voucher codes. You do not need to select all of the matches you plan to attend all in one go, meaning that although you'll pay for the bundle up front, you can choose which games you'll attend later in the season, or select them in phases.

Ticket Bundles are sold as either Adult, Senior or Young Person rates. This means you can't mix'n'match categories - i.e. all six/twelve of your tickets must be for the same type of supporter. In addition, you can only use one voucher code per match - i.e. you can't use two codes for the same game. Voucher codes will remain valid for League Two fixtures for the 2017-18 season - it will be a supporter's responsibility to ensure that they use up all voucher codes purchased by the end of the 2017-18 season, or they will expire.

Ticket Bundle prices are as shown below - note that the club have decided to offer a flat rate for seated bundles, rather than differentiate between Wing block seats and more Central block seats. This means you're saving slightly more if you decide to opt for Central block seats. As usual, all tickets and seating positions are subject to availability:

Seated:
Adults: £228 (12 games, £19.00 per ticket) or £120 (6 games, £20.00 per ticket)
Seniors: £204 (12 games, £17.00 per ticket) or £108 (6 games, £18.00 per ticket)
Young Person: £132 (12 games, £11.00 per ticket) or £72 (6 games, £12.00 per ticket)

Terrace:
Adults: £180 (12 games, £15.00 per ticket) or £96 (6 games, £16.00 per ticket)
Seniors: £156 (12 games, £13.00 per ticket) or £84 (6 games, £14.00 per ticket)
Young Person: £132 (12 games, £11.00 per ticket) or £72 (6 games, £12.00 per ticket)


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17 July 2017 : Tickets On Sale For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Tickets for Yeovil Town's League Cup First Round match against Wolverhampton Wanderers are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will take place at Molineux on Tuesday 8th August 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s and aged 17-20: £8.00; Under-17s: £5.00.

The allocation for away fans is in the Steve Bull Stand, lower tier. This is a side-facing stand, capable of seating around 2,750 spectators.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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16 July 2017 : Way Explains Krysiak, James and Zubar Absences
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given an update on the whereabouts of some of his injured players, following yesterday's pre-season friendly against Bristol City. All first team contracted squad players featured, with the exception of goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, defender Tom James and centre-back Stephane Zubar.

None of the three appear to be out for the long term, although Krysiak's issues date from mid-April when he missed the last five matches of the 2016-17 season with a broken foot. He is taking in some limited training at present in his recovery from that problem, and although there is no fixed schedule for his return, Way implied that it was a case of the medical team pacing him:

"I think it's important just to let the medical team take responsibility of that. Last year I thought we did well with the small squad that we had, and sometimes you have to trust the protocol of what Artur has got to go through. If that means making sure that he takes another week, then he takes another week."

Tom James has not featured in either pre-season friendly, whilst Stephane Zubar played against his old club Weymouth but was absent for the Bristol City match. Way explained that James should be back for the club's week in South Wales, and although he didn't put a timescale on Zubar's problems, he described that as an impact injury:

"Tom James had concussion from training. It's very important now, with the rules and regulations that are in place, when anyone gets a little bit concussed that they rest. So he got concussed but it finished today (Saturday) with the amount of time that he had to stay out. Zubes took a heavy knock in the game against Weymouth, so I didn't want to take any risk with him today."

Way has said that he wants to work with a squad of 20 players this season. The arrival of Swansea City defender Keston Davies gave him a theoretical squad of sixteen once he has that trio back from injury. He has said that he expects 'one or two' trialists to go to South Wales for the week, with a contract in mind for them, if the finances allow, whilst he has also hinted that he may be asking Bristol City boss Lee Johnson for a favour in the loan market, albeit without giving any clues. With just two loan players having arrived so far at the club, Way still has room for three more before he hits the Football League limit on matchday squad numbers, meaning that it's likely those will provide the bulk of the remaining arrivals.


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15 July 2017 : Riley-Lowe, Rose and Santos In The Pre-Season Trialist Lists
As with Tuesday night's pre-season friendly against Weymouth, Yeovil Town used this afternoon's home match against Bristol City to field a large number of trialists. Not all of the players fielded on Saturday afternoon matched those who played on Tuesday, plus a few other identities were revealed during the afternoon.

The names of former Plymouth Argyle striker Louis Rooney and former Newport County winger Jennison Myrie-Williams were covered on Tuesday night, whilst any attempt to keep the identity of Jack Compton under wraps seemed a little futile when he was spotted during the warm-ups.

The profiles of the other players spotted during the second half of the match were as follows:

Jack Rose : Goalkeeper, born January 31st 1995 (aged 22) in Solihull. A former West Bromwich Albion academy player who had been on their books since 2005. He turned professional in 2013 and went out on loan to Accrington Stanley in November 2014. He made eight appearances for them which included the two FA Cup matches during that season against Yeovil Town. During the following season he had a five game loan spell with Crawley Town. He was released by West Brom at the end of last season, having made one appearance for their Under-21s in the EFL Trophy last season.

Connor Riley-Lowe : Left back, born January 10th 1996 (aged 21) in Paignton. Part of Exeter City's youth academy from 2007 onwards. Turned professional in April 2014 but only made 14 appearances for them, scattered over three seasons. The middle season saw him spend the whole year on loan with National League South side Truro City clocking up 39 appearances, and scoring twice. Connor also played in Tuesday night's match at Weymouth. He left Exeter at the end of last season.

Alefe Santos: : midfield/winger, born March 1st 1995 (aged 22) in Sao Paulo in Brazil. He moved to England at the age of 12 and was part of Stoke City's academy system before switching to Bristol Rovers in 2011 where he was offered a scholarship. He was given a professional contract in April 2013 and went on to make 27 appearances, scoring one goal. During the summer of 2014, he signed for Derby County after turning down a contract offer at Rovers. There he made just one cup competition appearance for the Rams, but had a three game spell with Notts County on loan during the 2015-16 season, followed by an unproductive loan spell with Eastleigh in the National League. Alefe also played in Tuesday night's match at Weymouth. Derby released him at the end of last season.


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15 July 2017 : Yeovil 1 Bristol City 3 : Quickfire Triple Sinks Glovers In First Home Friendly
Three quickfire first half goals saw Yeovil Town fall to defeat in their first home pre-season friendly, as Championship side Bristol City proved too strong or them. A pair of Bobby Reid goals sandwiched a Hordur Magnusson header that saw three goals in five minutes. A half time change and a formation change, along with a glut of subsitutes saw Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola get his first goal for the club, as he fired home from 25 yards out to pull the score back for it's final 1-3 scoreline.

The Glovers went into the match with three players missing from the squad. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak is back in training but is not ready to play matches since he suffered a broken foot last season. Tom James has been suffering from concussion following a training ground injury, whilst Stephane Zubar suffered a knock during the week. There was one change to compensate against Zubar's absence, with Swansea City loanee Keston Davies coming in for his first match for the club.

Yeovil had a couple of attempts early on, with Connor Smith firing well wide of the target, before Otis Khan went far closer with a free kick that whistled just wide of the post. However, once Bristol City got going they really did get going with three goals in five minutes. The first saw a throw-in flicked on by Aden Flint and into the path of Bobby Reid who opened the scoring from close range with 22 minutes on the clock.

City doubled their lead and once again a set piece and the aerial threat of Aden Flint was the problem. A free kick into the box was headed on by Flint, and with Jonny Maddison coming out to claim the ball, Hordur Magnusson got in ahead of him to head home into an unguarded net for a 2-0 lead.

The visitors were three goals up by 28 minutes, as Callum O'Dowda received a ball down the right flank in far too much space. Also in far too much space when he pulled the ball back towards the penalty spot was Bobby Reid who easily converted the ball into the bottom left corner from 12 yards out for a very static looking goal.

Yeovil made a single half time substitution with the introduction of Olofela Olomola for Connor Smith also allowing a formation change as they switched to a 4-4-2 with Olomola going up front as Otis Khan and Rhys Browne played as orthodox wingers. Then on 70 minutes came ten subtitutions, including nine trialists that had Jack Compton, Louis Rooney, Jennison Myrie-Williams, former Exeter City left-back Connor Riley-Lowe, former Accrington Stanley keeper Jack Rose and former Derby County midfielder Alefe Santos in their numbers.

The new look side bore fruit almost immediately. Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola burst past Korey Smith and fired home a 25 yard strike past Frank Fielding for a 1-3 scoreline after 76 minutes to at least give the home fans something to cheer about. However, with both sides having made a glut of substitutions, inevitably the large number of changes saw the game head to a close without any further goals.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bristol City 3.

Scorers: Bobby Reid (0-1, 22 mins), Hordur Magnusson (0-2, 25 mins), Bobby Reid (0-3, 28 mins), Olufela Olomola (1-3, 76 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-3-3):
1. Jonny Maddison
2. Bevis Mugabi 5. Keston Davies 4. Nathan Smith 3. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 6. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith
11. Rhys Browne 9. Francois Zoko 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Trialist (70 mins) 13. Jack Rose (70 mins) 14. Trialist (70 mins) 15. Omar Sowunmi (70 mins) 16. Trialist (70 mins) 17. Trialist (70 mins) 18. Alefe Santos (70 mins) 19. Trialist (70 mins) 20. Trialist (70 mins) 21. Louis Rooney (70 mins) 22. Olufela Olomola (46 mins for Connor Smith)

Bristol City:
1. Frank Fielding 2. Eros Pissano 3. Joe Bryan 4. Aden Flint 23. Hordur Magnusson 11. Callum O'Dowda 23. Hordur Magnusson 11. Callum O'Dowda 8. Josh Brownhill 7. Korey Smith 20. Jamie Paterson 14. Bobby Reid 9. Famara Diedhiou

Substitutes:
29. Ivan Lucic 13. Scott Golbourne 17. Taylor Moor 26. Zak Vyner 15. Opi Edwards 16. James Morton 21. Marlon Pack 12. Jonny Smith 30. Diego De Girolamo 10. Freddie Hinds 24. Max O'Leary

Referee: Kevin Johnson. Assistants: Matt Eva and Mark Russell. Fourth Official: Ian Harley.

Attendance: 2,636 (with 883 Bristol City supporters).


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15 July 2017 : Compton Back For Huish Park Trial
Yeovil Town are giving a trial to former winger Jack Compton. Having spent last season on the books of Newport County, followed by a loan spell with Merthyr Town, it had been thought that Compton was on his way further west, with him playing for Torquay United in their pre-season friendly at Stoke Gabriel.

However, Compton was not in the Gulls squad last night that travelled to Tiverton Town (another former Glover in Yemi Odubade had arrived in his place) and he's instead materialised as one of the substitutes in this afternoon's home friendly against Bristol City.

Other trialists that are definitely present are former Plymouth Argyle striker Louis Rooney, whilst the confusion over whether Jennison Myrie-Williams is on trial continues - he is present at today's match as a substitute, although there's mixed messages over whether he played on Tuesday night or not.

Link: Jack Compton : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 July 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City
Yeovil Town's line-up for their home pre-season friendly against Bristol City has been selected. The match at Huish Park sees the following line-up selected for the game, with just one change from Tuesday night - Swansea City loanee Keston Davies starts with Stephane Zubar being the man to make way. Once again James Bailey has the captain's armband:

Yeovil Town (4-3-3):
1. Jonny Maddison
2. Bevis Mugabi 5. Keston Davies 4. Nathan Smith 3. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 6. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith
11. Rhys Browne 9. Francois Zoko 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
To be confirmed but include Omar Sowunmi and Olufela Olomola along with nine trialists.


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15 July 2017 : Lea Given Bognor Trial
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea is on trial at Bognor Regis Town. They've just been promoted from the Isthmian League Premier Division into National League South, but are in a state of flux following the departure of manager Jamie Howell, who left shortly after their promotion. Their appointment of Sami El-Abd as his replacement had to be aborted when his job in Brighton and Hove Albion's community department couldn't be mixed with the Bognor role, meaning that they are currently being run by General Manager Jack Pearce.

As a result, Lea is currently one of a number of players who the Bognor Regis Observer describe as 'potential new recruits' rather than formal signings. He played in a 4-0 win against Worthing last weekend and is expected to be in their squad for a pre-season friendly against Portsmouth today.

Lea spent the second half of the 2016-17 season on loan at Gosport Borough last season, and as a former Southampton academy player knows that neck of the woods well. If he gets a contract with Bognor, this would be his first club since leaving Yeovil at the end of last season.

Link: Joe Lea : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 July 2017 : Seventh Signing Completed As Keston Deal Is Done
Yeovil Town have completed a loan deal for Swansea City centre-back Keston Davies. The Welsh Under-19 international has agreed a season long loan with the Glovers that will see him aim to gain first team experience at Huish Park in what is his first outing away from the Liberty Stadium as a professional player. He is a former Fulham and Manchester City academy player who rejoined the Welsh side in the summer of 2014, having originally been part of their junior age groups before making the decision to head to London at the age of 12 years old.

Born on October 2nd 1996 (aged 20) he has been a regular in Swansea City's Under-23 squad that competed in the Premier League 2 division during the 2016-17 season, captaining their side in 17 of their fixtures, and playing across all bar three minutes of their season as they won their division. Earlier in his career, he captained Swansea in the FAW Youth Cup at Under-19 level, scoring in the final against Cardiff City.

Keston was also part of the Swansea City Under-21s side that played in the EFL Trophy during the 2016-17 season. Again captaining their side, he played against AFC Wimbledon, Newport County and Plymouth Argyle in matches that saw Swansea qualify. He ultimately played in six fixtures before Swansea were eliminated on a penalty shoot-out against Coventry City, with him completing 90 minutes in all matches.

The arrival of Keston is the latest new player, with defender Stephane Zubar, midfielders James Bailey, Jake Gray and Connor Smith, wide man Rhys Browne and Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola all being signed since the end of last season.


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14 July 2017 : Yeovil Town Linked With Swansea Centre-Back Loan
Yeovil Town are reported to be on the verge of taking Swansea City Under-23 captain Keston Davies on loan. The WalesOnline website reports that the Glovers will be taking the central defender on a season long loan, after manager Darren Way and assistant Terry Skiverton watched a youthful Swansea site lose 1-0 against Barnet at the Hive Stadium on Wednesday.

Davies was one of the more obvious names that they could have been scouting on that night. He captained their Under-23 side on occasions last season, as a regular in a team that won their league title. He is a 20 year old that has also played for Wales at Under-19s level and so would be very typical of the sort of player that Yeovil Town have taken in the past from the South Wales club.

At present, the Welsh press aren't offering up any quotes or sources for their claims, although the very presence of the management team in North London in midweek made it likely that they were after someone from the two teams.


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14 July 2017 : Roberts Leaves Swansea For Boro Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town loanee Connor Roberts has gone out on loan to a Championship club for the 2017-18 season. The 21 year old has teamed up with former Swansea City boss Garry Monk in a season-long loan for Middlesbrough, three days after he played for Swansea in a pre-season friendly at Barnet.

That crosses Connor off any lists that Yeovil Town supporters (or management teams) may have had for the Neath-born player, who has a contract at the Liberty Stadium until the summer of 2019. Yeovil management team Darren Way and Terry Skiverton were at the Tuesday night match at the Hive Stadium - whether they would have been aware of interest from Middlesbrough at that time isn't known.

Roberts made 54 appearances for Yeovil during the 2015-16 season, but had a rather less successful loan spell with Bristol Rovers during the 2016-17 season. It would appear that Monk doesn't see that as an issue.

Link: Connor Roberts : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 July 2017 : Segregation and Seating Arrangements For Bristol City Friendly
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town take on Championship side Bristol City in a pre-season friendly at Huish Park. The match takes place on Saturday 15th August 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and will see Lee Johnson return to his former club once again.

Supporters wanting to attend tomorrow's match who have not yet purchased a ticket should note that the club will be opening up the Main Stand only for home supporters, whilst visiting Bristol City fans will be given the opposite Screwfix Stand. Both terraces will be closed for this match.

There is no price increase on the day of the game, but you may prefer to buy your tickets in advance to save queuing on the day. Call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or via the club's online portal (home fans only).

The club are running a number of family oriented events on the day of the match, whilst all Under-16s can attend the match FREE of charge. For full pricing and arrangements follow the links below.

Link: Family Football Events Planned For Bristol City Friendly.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Ticketing For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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13 July 2017 : Way And Skivo Make A Trip To The Hive
Yeovil Town's management team Darren Way and Terry Skiverton spent last night watching a pre-season friendly at the Hive Stadium. They were spotted sat in the stands by the North London media, watching a match between Barnet and Swansea City, presumably with their 2017-18 first team squad recruitment in mind, rather than an attempt to scout Barnet as a League Two side at this stage.

The most obvious thing to note is that former Glovers right-back Connor Roberts was in the Swansea City side, whilst former striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was in the Barnet squad. As former loanees, Way has stated he would be happy to see either player return to Huish Park. They would have witnessed Roberts playing the first 70 minutes, whilst Akpa Akpro was a half time substitute for John Akinde, whose 41st minute header ultimately won the match by a 1-0 scoreline.

Whilst that pair are the obvious two for Way and Skiverton to be watching, Swansea did field a few other players that they may have had their eye on. Striker Oliver McBurnie was being linked with Yeovil Town during the 2015-16 season after he scored a hat-trick for Newport County on his loan debut for the Exiles. However, he instead headed to Bristol Rovers on a short five game loan spell. Swansea haven't let him out on loan since, but his performances in the Premier League 2 development squad league were good enough for him to win Player Of The Month in the division for January 2017. They also included midfielder Andy King - a position that the club are fairly well stocked on - and centre-back Keston Davies who captains their Under-23 side.

The question is whether the pair were just window-shopping at the Hive Stadium, or whether they were specifically scouting a player that they knew that parent club was willing to offer up to them. In the case of Roberts (right-back) and Akpa Akpro (wide or central striker) there are obvious gaps in the Yeovil Town first team squad that they would want to fill before August.


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13 July 2017 : Posh Striker Reported As Tuesday Night Trialist
Yeovil Town would appear to have Peterborough United striker Matt Stevens on trial. The 19 year old is another of Tuesday night's unnamed players that are believed to have taken to the field during the second half of the 2-1 win at the Bob Lucas Stadium.

Overall there were nine unnamed players present at the match, with former Plymouth Argyle striker Louis Rooney and former Exeter City midfielder Tom McCready and former Harrogate Town goalkeeper Peter Crook believed to have played in that fixture - others have been guessed at by fans at the game, but not with total success.

Stevens is one that there appears to be more certainty about. He was present at a club training session, and was photographed warming up at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Tuesday. Several Peterborough United supporters on social media have identified him as their player - they were aware that Stevens was training away from London Road, but until this point were not certain as to where he was.

Born on February 12th 1998 in Guildford, he has had an unusual start to his sporting career - he initially was a boxer, with his father being 1970s professional boxer Les Stevens. He stopped boxing at the age of 15, having also represented Aldershot Town, Farnborough and Reading at youth levels during that time. He joined Barnet's scholarship programme in the summer of 2014 and ultimately became their youngest ever first team player, at 16 years and 204 days when he came on as a substitute in a National League match against Alfreton Town.

Stevens made a small handful of appearances for Barnet before Peterborough United moved in during the summer of 2016, giving him a three year contract. Since then he's struggled to break into their side, with just two substitute appearances to his name. He spent the second half of the English 2016-17 season on loan at Sligo Rovers, where he made ten appearances - all from the substitute's bench - scoring one goal.

Given Stevens has a contract running until the summer of 2019 at London Road, he is still a contracted Peterborough player. Hence this trial would appear to be either a view to a loan deal, or that they are looking to cut his stay short of the current arrangements.


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12 July 2017 : A Mixed Bag On Trialist Spotting
Further to this morning's article concerning the identity of last night's trialists against Weymouth, the end result appears to be a bit of a mixed bag. Reporter Chris Spittles, who is a regular on BBC Somerset's commentary team, believes that former Plymouth Argyle striker Louis Rooney and Exeter City midfielder Tom McCready were part of last night's squad that played. However, McCready has apparently already departed so we're not expecting to see him again.

The sighting of former Harrogate Town goalkeeper Peter Crook is also believed to be a correct one, although with Jonny Maddison and Artur Krysiak both contracted for this season, it's questionable as to whether he'd get an offer. On the flipside, fans who had 'spotted' former Wolves right-back Kevin Foley and former Newport County winger Jennison Myrie-Williams at the Bob Lucas Stadium may be disappointed to know that neither player was present in South Dorset last night, if Mr Spittles' sources are correct. Although he believes that Myrie-Williams may have had a conversation with the club in pre-season, and so may or may not turn up at some point - he hasn't at this precise stage.


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12 July 2017 : Fixture Schedule For EFL Trophy Group Games
Following the draw for the Group Stages of the EFL Trophy that were made earlier today, Yeovil Town's schedule of matches have now been confirmed. In accordance with the competition rules, the match against Chelsea Under-21s had been fixed to be played at Huish Park, whilst a random draw has pulled out a match against Plymouth Argyle that will be played at home, along with a trip to St James Park to play Exeter City.

As yet, the exact dates for these fixtures have yet to be confirmed. However, they will be scheduled in the following order:

Exeter City vs Yeovil Town : Week commencing 28th August 2017
Yeovil Town vs Chelsea Under-21s : Week commencing 2nd October 2017
Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle : Week commencing 6th November 2017

For this year's competition, the Football League have given teams an opportunity to move fixtures into different weeks - this is particularly aimed at the Academy clubs who had criticised the scheduling of the competition as clashing with international break weeks. Hence of the three, the Chelsea fixture would be the one that would be most likely to shift, if they request it.


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12 July 2017 : Academy Teams Draw Sees Glovers Facing Chelsea Youngsters In EFL Trophy
Yeovil Town have been drawn against Chelsea Under-21s in the EFL Trophy Group stages. The final part of the draw, which saw all EPPP Category One clubs placed into a group, will see the Glovers host a match against Chelsea youngsters at Huish Park, along with games against Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle that will be randomly drawn.

The completed draws are as follows:

SOUTHERN SECTION:

Group A: Charlton Athletic, Crawley Town, Portsmouth, Fulham
Group B: Colchester United, Gillingham, Southend United, Reading
Group C: Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town, Wycombe Wanderers, West Ham United
Group D: Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Yeovil Town, Chelsea
Group E: AFC Wimbledon, Barnet, Luton Town, Swansea City
Group F: Milton Keynes Dons, Oxford United, Stevenage, Tottenham Hotspur
Group G: Cambridge United, Northampton Town, Peterborough United, Southampton

Southern Category One Clubs: Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea, Fulham, Reading, Southampton, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United.

NORTHERN SECTION:

Group A: Carlisle United, Fleetwood Town, Morecambe, Leicester City
Group B: Accrington Stanley, Blackpool, Wigan Athletic, Middlesbrough
Group C: Blackburn Rovers, Bury, Rochdale, Stoke City
Group D: Crewe Alexandra, Oldham Athletic, Port Vale, Newcastle United
Group E: Coventry City, Shrewsbury Town, Walsall, West Bromwich Albion
Group F: Bradford City, Chesterfield, Rotherham United, Manchester City
Group G: Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Notts County, Everton
Group H: Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United, Sunderland

EFL Trophy Group games will commence during week commencing August 28th. The exact schedule of games will be determined soon.

Link: 2017-18 Season Key Dates For Competitions And Fixtures.


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12 July 2017 : Rooney And McCready On Trial With Yeovil Town
Former Plymouth Argyle striker Louis Rooney and former Exeter City midfielder Tom McCready are both on trial at Huish Park, as they aim to find new clubs. The duo were a selection of nine trialists fielded last night at Weymouth, with fans having to play detective in order to identify players named as just 'Trialist' on the teamsheet.

The end result was that there were a number of players on the pitch that those present managed to fairly easily identify, along with a few more that may need to be seen again during daylight hours.

Striker Louis Rooney is a former Plymouth Argyle youth product. Born in Plymouth on September 28th 1996 (aged 20) he joined their Academy at the age of 9 years old and worked his way through the ranks. Being given a professional contract in June 2015, he was moved into their first team squad but struggled to break through, ultimately making only four appearances, with both of his goals coming against Hartlepool United. After a 2016 loan spell with Truro City that saw him score three goals, Hartlepool then picked him up on transfer deadline day in January 2017. Unusually, the deal was actually completed at Huish Park, after Argyle had played a League Two match - his time at Victoria Park gave him seven appearances but no goals. He left Argyle at the end of last season.

Midfielder and right-back Tom McCready is a former Everton and Hibernian youth player. Born in Ellesmere Port on June 7th 1991 (aged 26 years old), his early first team career was a bit sketchy, playing for Altrincham, Chester and Welsh Premier League side Airbus. He then gained a scholarship from Limestone College in the USA between 2011 and 2014. On his return home, he spent half a season with Morecambe on a non-contract basis, before making 14 appearances. He then signed for Exeter City in February 2015, ultimately spending two-and-a-half years with the Grecians, but only making 19 appearances, scoring one goal. Much of his time there was disrupted through injury, with a groin problem being particularly persistent. He left Exeter at the end of last season.

There were also a number of other players present who fans believe they have identified, and are all free agents. These player names should be treated with a bit of caution, as they are unverified, but are believed to be as follows:

Right-back and midfielder Kevin Foley is a former Luton Town youth player. Born in Luton on November 1st 1984 (aged 32 years old) he joined the Hatters at the age of nine and spent five years as a professional player at Kenilworth Road, making 166 appearances and scoring five goals. In August 2007 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee. He spent eight seasons on their books, three of which were in the Premier League, and was their 2009 player of the season at the top level. He made 213 appearances for Wolves, with the vast majority coming in the top two divisions. At the tail end of his Wolves career, he had two loan spells with Blackpool covering nine games, before short spells with FC Copenhagen, Ipswich Town, Charlton Athletic and Coventry City. He was released by the Sky Blues at the end of last season, having made 12 appearances across half a season.

Goalkeeper Peter Crook has been on the books of Harrogate Town. Born on April 22nd 1994 (aged 23 years old) he has been attracting the interests of a number of scouts. Burnley took him on trial during the summer of 2016 but didn't pursue it. He had been on the books of Harrogate since August 2013 and kept 19 clean sheets during their 2015-16 season. In addition to the confirmed Burnley trial, newspaper reports have claimed interest from other clubs although Harrogate specifically denied claims that Leeds and Swansea had shown interest last summer. At the end of last season, Crook made the decision to leave the club and so is now looking elsewhere.

Winger Jennison Myrie-Williams is a former Bristol City youth product. Born in Lambeth on May 17th 1988 (aged 29 years old), he started his professional career with City, where he made 36 appearances, scoring two goals across four seasons. He's tended to become a bit of a journeyman with loan spells with Cheltenham (twice), Tranmere Rovers, Carlisle United and Hereford United during his early years, followed by short spells with Dundee United, St Johnstone and Stevenage following. His stay at Port Vale between 2012 and 2014 was more fruitful, giving him 101 appearances and 22 goals - probably the high point of his career. Since then short spells with Scunthorpe United, Tranmere (again) and Sligo Rovers saw him move to Newport County for the 2016-17 season where he made 30 appearances, scoring two goals. He had a short trial with the Glovers under Paul Sturrock but this did not lead to anything.


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11 July 2017 : Weymouth 1 Yeovil 2 : Mugabi Helps Turnaround In First Friendly Win
Yeovil Town's opening pre-season match ended in victory tonight, although they had to work hard for it after Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth gave themselves an early lead. The Glovers went into the match selecting what appeared to be a 'first choice' line-up, with only Olufela Olomola and Omar Sowunmi left out of the starting line-up - goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and centre-back Tom James were not used tonight.

The Terras took a 23rd minute lead through two familiar sources. Calvin Brooks broke down the flank and delivered a cross that was converted from close range by Brandon Goodship, who netted on his first appearance since leaving Huish Park at the end of last season.

Yeovil had started well, but lost their rhythm after that goal. They did get a bit of good fortune for the equaliser. Weymouth goalkeeper Mark Travers - on loan from AFC Bournemouth - made a howler of a clearance, with Otis Khan able to fire the ball past the embarrassed keeper for a 1-1 scoreline.

The expected change of the starting eleven at half time didn't happen, with the presumption that the first team were being kept on to complete a turnaround before they were withdrawn. That appeared to be the case as just past the hour mark Yeovil took the lead. A corner kick was half cleared and then recycled, and when the ball was put back in from the right flank, Bevis Mugabi was present with a low header at the back post from close range to put the Glovers 2-1 up.

Then came the mass substitutions - first the front three got replaced, and then four minutes later all other players were taken off, leaving nine trialists on the pitch, all officially unnamed. Weymouth's line-up contained more familiar names with Brooks and Goodship added to by Josh Wakefield and former youth teamers Sam Lanahan, Tiago Sa and Jayden Corbridge in their line-up. Yeovil's line-up significantly included Omar Sowunmi playing as a centre-back - the first time he has been used in such as position since Paul Sturrock was manager. The mix of trialists, Sowunmi and Olomola were good enough to comfortably hold on for the win.

Final Score: Weymouth 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Brandon Goodship (23 mins, 1-0), Otis Khan (32 mins, 1-1), Bevis Mugabi (63 mins, 1-2)

Yeovil Town (4-3-3):
1. Jonny Maddison
2. Bevis Mugabi 5. Stephane Zubar 4. Nathan Smith 3. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 6. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith
11. Rhys Browne 9. Francois Zoko 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Trialist A (68 mins) 13. Trialist D (68 mins) 14. Trialist C (68 mins) 15. Omar Sowunmi (68 mins) 16. Trialist B (68 mins) 17. Trialist H (68 mins) 18. Trialist G (Alfie) 19. Trialist F (68 mins) 20. Trialist E (63 mins for Rhys Browne) 21. Trialist I (63 mins for Otis Khan) 22. Olufela Olomola (63 mins for Francois Zoko)

Weymouth:
Travers, Brooks, Buckley, Wells (C), Down, McCarthy, Wakefield, Davis, Thomson, Goodship, Rodriguez.

Half Time: Baker, Stewart and Trialist on, Thomson, McCarthy and Rodriguez off
60 mins: Tiago Sa (60 mins for Calvin Brooks)

Attendance: 729.


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11 July 2017 : Team News For Weymouth vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's line-up for their first pre-season friendly against Weymouth has been selected. The match at the Bob Lucas Stadium sees the following line-up selected for the game, with five new faces on display:

Yeovil Town (4-3-3):
1. Jonny Maddison
2. Bevis Mugabi 5. Stephane Zubar 4. Nathan Smith 3. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 6. James Bailey 8. Connor Smith
11. Rhys Browne 9. Francois Zoko 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
To be confirmed.


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11 July 2017 : New Home And Away Replica Shirts On Sale Tomorrow
Yeovil Town's two replica kits for the 2017-18 season will go on sale from the Huish Park Club Shop tomorrow. The green and white home kit and the black away kit will have been delayed slightly from their original launch date but should be on sale in all sizes from Wednesday.

Shirts will cost £40.00 for Adults and £30.00 for Junior sizes.

Although a number of fans have requested it, the club have stated that it is not possible to withdraw the controversial three stars that have been inserted into the design above the club crest. Hence both shirts will carry that amendment throughout the 2017-18 season.

New Yeovil Town 2017-18 Home Shirt
New Yeovil Town 2017-18 Home Shirt
© 2017 Yeovil Town FC


Yeovil Town's 2017-18 Away Shirt
Yeovil Town's 2017-18 Away Shirt
© 2017 Yeovil Town FC



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11 July 2017 : Family Football Events Planned For Bristol City Friendly
Yeovil Town are providing a number of events centred around this Saturday's pre-season friendly against Bristol City. The visit of Lee Johnson's side will see a 'Family Football Festival' take place, with various entertainment taking place from 10.30a.m. on the day that fans can view prior to the main 3.00p.m. kick-off.

There is an Under-11s tournament taking place on the top pitch from 10.30a.m. with the Community Sports Trust running their own tournament on the 3G pitch from 1.00p.m. with the finalists from that knock-out getting a chance to play on the main pitch at half time during the Bristol City match.

The club will have music and drinks available from 12.00 noon, whilst the Junior Glovers Cabin that is situated on the corner of the Main Stand and the Home Terrace will be open for entertainment.

At full time, after the match against Bristol City, the club are also planning to allow supporters a chance to have a tour of the dressing room and the first team facilities, with the first team squad and the management team present. We're not sure how immediately after the final whistle this will take place, or what limit there will be on numbers - those who have seen the facilities will know this is quite a confined space. However, it will be offered up to fans after the game.

For all three of the club's home pre-season friendlies, they are providing FREE admission to Under-16s - there are no strings attached to this offer - you just need to collect a ticket for that age group.

Link: Ticketing For Weymouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Ticketing For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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11 July 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Signs Of Life Again
Tonight sees Yeovil Town commence their pre-season friendly schedule with a visit to old rivals Weymouth (your dad may remember them). That seems an ideal moment to take stock of where the squad stands leading into the seven friendlies - the latest Taff's Gloversblog does all that, highlighting three areas that still need to be improved upon over the next four weeks. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views to the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Signs Of Life Again.


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11 July 2017 : Lawless Finds New Club With Orient Move
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Alex Lawless has got himself a new club. The former Luton Town player has signed for National League team Leyton Orient, having been released by the Glovers at the end of last season. He has been given a two year contract at Brisbane Road.

Orient are under new ownership that they hope will turn their club around after a car crash of a 2016-17 season that saw an apparently wealthy club end up with a succession of High Court winding up orders due to non-payment of taxes, whilst the first team squad was stripped down to a large number of youth team graduates, with most high earners shipped out of the club.

They now appear to be restoring a lot of the damage done by previous owner Francesco Becchetti, with the club having been sold to Dunkin Donuts CEO Nigel Travis, whilst they have appointed former Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis as their new manager. Meanwhile a number of the backroom staff have returned to the club, including former Glover Danny Webb who is back in his Youth Team role.

Alex Lawless was one of Yeovil Town's more surprising names on their summer released list, having made 39 appearances, including 35 starts for the club, and generally being a first choice starter when fit. He left the club having scored one goal, in the 4-2 defeat against Grimsby Town in April 2017.

Link: Alex Lawless : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 July 2017 : Wiltshire Brings Second Ladies Spell To An End
Yeovil Town Ladies have confirmed the departure of Sarah Wiltshire from the club. The striker, who recently made her comeback to the green and whites, after giving birth to her first child, will play no longer part for Yeovil.

Wiltshire, who was the leading goalscorer in the WSL2 championship winning season, joined Yeovil from Watford in 2014, before she was snapped up to play professionally for Manchester City. She then returned to Yeovil and in July 2016, she took a break from playing due to pregnancy. Wiltshire, who featured on the BBC recently in a story about returning sports mums, scored the only goal in the opening WSL1 fixture against Liverpool, in front of 1,897 fans at Huish Park, which was just 11 weeks after giving birth. Speaking about her departure, Wiltshire said:

"Thank you to all the staff and players for everything. I've really enjoyed my time at Yeovil and I will look back and know some of my best football memories were made there. Thanks also to the fans for their amazing support over the 3 seasons, especially last year in helping us get promoted. I'd like to wish everyone a very good luck for the new season."

Sarah Wiltshire scores against Liverpool Ladies at Huish Park
Sarah Wiltshire scores against Liverpool Ladies at Huish Park


Wiltshire, who still lives in Hatfield near London, will leave with fond memories and fans will also no doubt send in their thanks to her for her massive contribution over recent years. Manager Jamie Sherwood said of her decision to leave the club:

"Obviously we wanted Sarah to return to the club for the winter season but due to the increased commitment that is required for FAWSL1 and Sarah's logistical geography, it just didn't make it in any way achievable. Sarah has been integral for the development of the team, squad and was a huge contributing factor on why we are now a FAWSL1 club. I personally wish her the best of luck in her new club as it's been a pleasure working with her over the past 4 years and regret that geography could be different. Sarah will always have a home at this club."


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11 July 2017 : Directions For Weymouth vs Yeovil Town
Tonight sees Yeovil Town play their first pre-season friendly of the summer as they travel to play Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth. For two clubs with such historic rivalry, it's unusual to note that this is the first time we've headed to the Bob Lucas Stadium for nine years, with Russell Slade the last manager to take a team there for an August 2008 friendly. The one and only goal was scored by Aidan Downes, who had just joined the club from Everton.

For those travelling to the match, the ground is what used to be known as the Wessex Stadium - you may find that local signposts still mention this - but is now known as the Bob Lucas Stadium. They changed the name of the ground in 2010 in honour of club president Bob Lucas, who at that time was suffering from terminal cancer, and have maintained it since. The full address is:

The Bob Lucas Stadium, Radipole Lane, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9XJ

Most supporters travelling to the game will head down to Weymouth via the A37 from Yeovil, and then get onto the A35 Dorchester bypass going Eastbound for a couple of miles. You need to take the A354 towards Weymouth at the roundabout next to Dorchester Town's ground. Take this road into Weymouth (there are a few sharp bends). At the first roundabout on the edge of town, take the 2nd exit and follow the A35 Town Centre signs. At the 2nd roundabout turn right for the Town Centre again.

At the 3rd roundabout you should start to see signposts for the Bob Lucas Stadium (they may still be labelled as the Wessex Stadium). Take the 2nd exit keeping on the A354 and follow these signs. At the next roundabout, known as Chafeys, take the 3rd exit for the B3157 into Granby Way. The stadium should be visible in front of you at the next roundabout. Take the 3rd exit, which will take you into the stadium car park.

Link: Ticketing For Weymouth vs Yeovil Town.


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10 July 2017 : Shephard Completes Posh Switch
League One side Peterborough United have completed the signing of former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Shephard. The Swansea City Academy graduate has penned a two year deal with the London Road club after spending the first two weeks on trial with them in Spain, as well as playing in a pre-season friendly against St Albans City on Saturday.

Peterborough say that they have completed all paperwork, with the exception of international clearance from the Wales FA, and plan to field him in a second pre-season friendly at Nuneaton tomorrow evening. Manager Grant McCann says that he sees the 22 year old as a versatile player:

"Liam is a good lad and a good character, he has bought into everything in the last few weeks and that was extremely important. He can operate in a couple of different positions and I am really happy that we have been able to get it done."

Peterborough's move means an end to the three loan spells that Shephard had at Yeovil Town, whilst on the books of Swansea, that saw him make 72 appearances, scoring one goal for the club.

Link: Liam Shephard : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 July 2017 : Moore Makes Millers Loan Move
Former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has gone out on loan for the 2017-18 season. The Ipswich Town player has agreed a season-long loan with Rotherham United, who have just dropped into League One for the coming season.

Moore's first step was to get on a plane. Rotherham are out in Austria, and have a friendly against Floridsorfar tomorrow. He's already played in one pre-season friendly for Ipswich, scoring against League of Ireland Premier Division side Drogheda United on Saturday, but will now join a club managed by former Glovers attacker Paul Warne, who gave his views on Moore's arrival:

"He played against us (Rotherham United) last year and did well. We spoke to a few people about him and it was all good news. He has got some amazing attributes. He is really keen and ready to learn. He is very athletic and very strong and it is another striker to add to our attacking force. Kieffer's arrival now gives us more options. I have always said the more strikers and the more competition I can get up front the better. He will play a part in the game tomorrow night and I look forward to seeing how he shapes up. He flew straight out here from Dublin to join up with us, where he played for Ipswich and scored for them on Saturday. I really liked him when I saw him play and when I met him I liked his attitude."

So far, Moore has made eleven appearances for Ipswich since his surprise move to Portman Road in January 2017, albeit with all of those coming from the substitutes bench. With Ipswich having given him an eighteen month contract, his stay in Rotherham will take him to the end of his current deal.

Link: Kieffer Moore : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 July 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Bike Rides And Pre-Season
Last week, Yeovil Town's first team squad got on their bikes for a ride around the countryside as part of their pre-season schedule. Just before they headed off, manager Darren Way spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter about that, along with his latest thoughts on pre-season. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The Start Of Pre-Season Training.


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9 July 2017 : Jones Spotted As Wanderers Trialist
Former Yeovil Town loanee Owain Jones is on trial with another League Two club. Having been released by Swansea City at the end of last season, he has turned up at Wycombe Wanderers for their opening pre-season friendly yesterday against Slough Town.

Although Wycombe's line-up for the match at Arbour Park didn't disclose his name - they listed two unnamed trialists - visiting fans fairly quickly have identified him as the former Swansea Under-23 player who was on Yeovil Town's books for the second half of last season, albeit making just two substitute appearances.

He played the full 90 minutes in a 0-0 draw and seems to have impressed Wycombe supporters at the game from a left-wing position - a string of tweets about him gave his performance the thumbs up, whilst a running poll on a Wycombe fans account heavily backs the idea of putting him on a contract.

Whilst on the subject of former Swansea City trialists, Liam Shephard hadn't been officially named by Peterborough United when he was spotted at a Spanish training camp for the Posh. However, they've now formally named him as one of the players who took part in a 4-1 win over St Albans City on Saturday, playing 45 minutes during that game, with Peterborough selecting two different elevens for each half.

Link: Owain Jones : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 July 2017 : Supporter Segregation Arrangements For First Pre-Season Friendly
Tuesday's pre-season friendly against Weymouth will have segregation in force at the turnstiles. The home side have decided that admission will see home supporters use the turnstiles just beyond the main stadium entrance, whilst visiting Yeovil Town supporters should use the turnstiles at the car park as you enter the ground.

The match takes place on Tuesday 11th July 2017 at the Bob Lucas Stadium, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and represents the Glovers' first pre-season friendly of the 2017-18 season. Admission is via the turnstiles at the following rates:

Adults: £9.00; Concessions: £6.00; Under-16s: FREE.

Weymouth haven't defined their concessionary policy for this fixture, but for their Southern League matches, it applies to Over-65s and Students. They also list similar prices for Unemployed and Registered Disabled, although their decision to separate these from standard concessions suggests it may not apply for all fixtures.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Ticketing For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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9 July 2017 : Olomola Becomes Yeovil Town's Sixth New Arrival Of The Summer
Yeovil Town have made their sixth summer signing ahead of the 2017-18 season. They have added 19 year old striker Olufela Olomola to their first team squad on loan from Premier League side Southampton until January 2018. He is a former Arsenal Academy player who was taken on by the Saints three years ago.

Born in London on September 5th 1997, they gave him a two year professional contract in the summer of 2016, and then blooded him in the Football League Cup last season against Sunderland in October 2016, after he came on as a 26th minute substitute. He also played in three of Southampton's Under-21 outings in the EFL Trophy, scoring twice in three appearances against Crawley Town and Colchester United.

Although he is not capped by either country, he is qualified to play for either Nigeria or England, with his parents both hailing from the former country.

The arrival of Olufela is the latest new player, with defender Stephane Zubar, midfielders James Bailey, Jake Gray and Connor Smith and wide man Rhys Browne all being signed since the end of last season.


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8 July 2017 : Compton Takes Up Gulls Trial
Former Yeovil Town winger Jack Compton is on trial in pre-season with Torquay United. After spending last season on the books of Newport County, followed by a loan spell with Merthyr Town, Compton was released by the Exiles over the summer, and this afternoon found himself named in a Gulls XI that took part in their first pre-season friendly.

Jack played the second 45 minutes of a match against South West Peninsular League Division One East Champions Stoke Gabriel. Torquay lost the match 5-2, having been 1-0 up at half time, although a number of other trialists and development squad players featured in the match.

The 28 year old winger had twice been connected with a return to Yeovil Town by the local media although it would have been a major surprise if he had added to the 23 appearances and five goals he scored during the 2015-16 season. His appearance in a Gulls shirt confirms that he is not at Huish Park in any shape or form during the current pre-season.

Link: Jack Compton : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 July 2017 : Gilmartin Leaves Hornets For Colchester
Former Yeovil Town loanee Rene Gilmartin will be coming up against the Glovers during the 2017-18 season. The 30 year old has left Watford and signed for League Two side Colchester United on a free transfer. The Essex club hasn't disclosed a length of contract.

The Dublin-born keeper had two spells with Watford, which accrued just seven appearances, all of which came during his first spell. He's therefore not played first team football since 2014 when he had a short spell with St Patrick's Athletic in the Republic of Ireland.

He's joined Colchester as their goalkeeper-coach, although will also be registered to play and keep another former Glovers loanee in Sam Walker and second choice Dillon Barnes on their toes, along with providing them with coaching. Colchester's Director of Football Tony Humes said of Gilmartin's arrival:

"We have signed Rene Gilmartin as player/coach in another part of the restructuring of the club. Rene will provide goalkeeping competition for Sam Walker and Dillon Barnes in the first team, whilst assuming the coaching responsibilities at senior level. Rene is a fully qualified coach and has shown his aspirations by gaining his qualifications at a young age while continuing his playing career. He will also work closely with Paul Smith (Head of Academy Goalkeeper Coaching) in the development of all goalkeeping programmes at the club and identifying future goalkeepers for the future."

Walker was actually Gilmartin's replacement at Huish Park, after the latter had played an eight game loan spell under Terry Skiverton's management during the 2011-12 season. When Gary Johnson returned to Huish Park to commence his second spell at the club, he chose to bring in Walker, having worked with him at Northampton Town.

Link: Rene Gilmartin : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Sam Walker : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 July 2017 : Glovers Facing Grecians And Pilgrims In EFL Trophy Draw
Yeovil Town have been grouped with Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle in the Group stages of the 2017-18 EFL Trophy competition. As reported earlier in the summer, the League were anxious to avoid a repeat of the farce that occurred in last season's competition where the North and South divides turned into badly structured groupings. Thus Cheltenham Town will this season face Forest Green Rovers and Newport County instead of having to go all the way up to Blackpool as a 'northern' club.

The League have yet to draw out the Category One club that will be included in the Groups. However, they have stated that the Southern Group clubs will be picked from Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea, Fulham, Reading, Southampton, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur or West Ham United. All of those clubs will be fielding sides predominantly based around an Under-21 line-up.

The Groups are as follows (with a Category One club to be added):

SOUTHERN SECTION:

Group A: Charlton Athletic, Crawley Town, Portsmouth
Group B: Colchester United, Gillingham, Southend United
Group C: Bristol Rovers, Swindon Town, Wycombe Wanderers
Group D: Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Yeovil Town
Group E: AFC Wimbledon, Barnet, Luton Town
Group F: Milton Keynes Dons, Oxford United, Stevenage
Group G: Cambridge United, Northampton Town, Peterborough United

Southern Category One Clubs: Brighton and Hove Albion, Chelsea, Fulham, Reading, Southampton, Swansea City, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United.

NORTHERN SECTION:

Group A: Carlisle United, Fleetwood Town, Morecambe
Group B: Accrington Stanley, Blackpool, Wigan Athletic
Group C: Blackburn Rovers, Bury, Rochdale
Group D: Crewe Alexandra, Oldham Athletic, Port Vale
Group E: Coventry City, Shrewsbury Town, Walsall
Group F: Bradford City, Chesterfield, Rotherham United
Group G: Lincoln City, Mansfield Town, Notts County
Group H: Doncaster Rovers, Grimsby Town, Scunthorpe United

Northern Category One Clubs: Everton, Leicester City, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Newcastle United, Stoke City, Sunderland, West Bromwich Albion

The EPPP Category One clubs will be drawn out on Wednesday 12th July to complete each group. EFL Trophy Group games will commence during week commencing August 28th.

Link: 2017-18 Season Key Dates For Competitions And Fixtures.


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6 July 2017 : Obika Stays In League One With Oxford Move
Former multiple loanee Jonathan Obika has stayed in League One for the 2017-18 season. The Tottenham Hotspur Academy graduate has left Swindon Town - who were relegated to League Two at the end of the 2016-17 season - and joined arch-rivals Oxford United on a two year contract.

Obika is known for his myriad of loan spells whilst he was a youngster at Spurs. As well as his four spells with Yeovil Town, he was borrowed by Millwall, Crystal Palace, Peterbrough United, Swindon Town, Charlton Athletic and Brighton and Hove Albion. It was Swindon who finally broke that chain in September 2014, taking him to the County Ground for what was believed to be a £200,000 fee. He spent three seasons there, scoring 28 goals in 102 appearances.

Swindon had a disaster of a season during 2016-17, and that coincided with Obika's contract running out. Oxford boss Pep Clotet said that his scouting set-up had highlighted the player's availability:

"We have a really good recruitment team here and Jon is someone the club has been monitoring for a while. He has great pedigree, is able to play in a number of positions and gives us options up front, so we are very pleased that he has agreed to join us. We're eager to welcome Jon and begin working him so as to allow him to settle into the squad during pre-season."

Overall, Obika got through 74 matches for Yeovil Town between 2009 and 2012, covering four loan spells that saw him score 18 goals.

Link: Jonathan Obika : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 July 2017 : Main Stand Sponsor Remains An Italian Job
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town announce that the sponsorship of the Main Stand at Huish Park was up for grabs. This followed the apparent ending of a three year relationship with Italian Restaurant chain Tamburino, which operates in Yeovil as well as a number of other local towns.

The club have now announced that the new sponsor of the Main Stand for the 2017-18 season will be ... Tamburino. Things are to stay as you were (hopefully they hadn't unscrewed the signage yesterday!) and it will continue to be known as the Tamburino Stand for the next twelve months.


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6 July 2017 : Former Loanee Massey Makes Latics Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Gavin Massey has moved up a division, after leaving Leyton Orient at the end of last season. He has signed for League One club Wigan Athletic on a two year contract, after exercising an option in his contract to leave Orient following their relegation into the National League at the end of last season.

Massey scored eight times in 36 appearances for the O's last season, and is now approaching 250 appearances at Football League level, mainly from four years spent with Colchester United in League One. He was watched by former Portsmouth boss Paul Cook last season, who has now taken over as Wigan's boss, and Cook said he was impressed with what he saw:

"Gavin is a player we feel can do really well for us. He played against Portsmouth twice last season and scored a great goal at Fratton Park. He's quick, strong and committed and can operate anywhere across the front three. For a player of his age, he has a lot of experience and has played a lot in this division. He adds great competition to the squad."

The 24 year old's career at Yeovil Town came during the 2011-12 season, whilst he was on the books of Watford, with ultimately a hamstring problem putting an end to his 17 appearances at Huish Park.

Link: Gavin Massey : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 July 2017 : Way Turns Attention To A Striker As He Plans One Or Two Additions
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that one of his primary remaining transfer targets is to bring in a new striker for the start of the 2017-18 season. The Glovers released Tom Eaves at the end of the last campaign, whilst Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison and former Bournemouth player Brandon Goodship were two of the other attacking options that disappeared off the club's books.

The only new attacking option brought in over the summer has been former Grimsby Town wide man Rhys Browne, who is more used to pacing up the flanks than playing down the middle. That means only Francois Zoko and defender-turned-striker Omar Sowunmi stand as the club's named strikers that would play down the middle. Unsurprisingly Way has said that getting in a striker is his main aim, as he expects 'one or two' more players to sign for the club in the near future:

"I think we want to make one or two more additions. We're looking for a striker, which everyone is up and down the country, from Premier League downwards, to score you goals. We've met one or two players recently, and then they go off and meet one or two other clubs and then you give them three or four days to decide. So everything is taking shape nicely. So at the moment we're all excited that the new season is going to be coming fast."

In addition to Browne, the club have also recruited defender Stephane Zubar along with former Plymouth Argyle midfielder Connor Smith and former Luton Town midfielder Jake Gray, with holding midfielder James Bailey coming in from Carlisle. The last three players were all involved in League Two promotion races at the end of last season, so Way hopes their 'wealth of experience' at the upper end of the table can be influential for his own squad:

"It's been very good (with the summer recruitment). Obviously with the signings that we've made from clubs that have been very good and successful last year, to come and join Yeovil they've made a big commitment to the club. They've got a wealth of experience and we're looking forward to getting the first game underway against Weymouth. To actually recruit the squad that we have, I feel we're in a better position than what we were last year."


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6 July 2017 : 2016-17 And 2017-18 First Team Squads Compared
The start of the 2017-18 pre-season schedule means that Yeovil Town fans are about to find out how their new squad stacks up. The level of comings and goings makes it hard to judge the strength of the new squad, and in truth we'll probably only fully know how things stand once we've visited Kenilworth Road on August 5th.

Yeovil Town finished the 2017-18 season with 25 players on their books, albeit with seven of those being loanees. At present, they have 14 full time professionals available for selection, and it is probably safe to say that by the time they reach the end of August they will probably have five loan players added to that list.

The table below allows a chance to pair up last season's squad with this season's squad so far. There is colour coding provided - those in GREEN indicate that they were loan players who wouldn't necessarily have been replaced at this stage. Those in RED indicate areas where a permanent signing has been replaced by another permanent signing over the summer.

Position 2016-17 2017-18
Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak Artur Krysiak
Goalkeeper Jonny Maddison Jonny Maddison
Right-Back Liam Shephard n/a
Centre-Back Bevis Mugabi Bevis Mugabi
Centre-Back Alex Lacey n/a
Centre-Back Darren Ward Stephane Zubar
Centre-Back Tom James Tom James
Left-Back Nathan Smith Nathan Smith
Left-Back Ryan Dickson Ryan Dickson
Holding Midfielder Alex Lawless James Bailey
Holding Midfielder Matt Butcher n/a
Midfielder Matt Dolan Connor Smith
Midfielder Kevin Dawson Jake Gray
Midfielder Ben Whitfield n/a
Midfielder Joe Lea n/a
Midfielder Ollie Bassett n/a
Winger Otis Khan Otis Khan
Winger Brandon Goodship Rhys Browne
Winger Owain Jones n/a
Winger Kabongo Tshimanga n/a
Striker Francois Zoko Francois Zoko
Striker Omar Sowunmi Omar Sowunmi
Striker Tom Eaves n/a
Striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro n/a
Striker Shayon Harrison n/a


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5 July 2017 : Former Loanee Parkes Snapped Up By Cumbrians
League Two side Carlisle United have signed up former Yeovil Town loanee Tom Parkes. The 25 year old has penned a two year contract at Brunton Park, having been previously on the books of Leyton Orient, where he scored once in 44 appearances last season.

Parkes had a short two game loan spell with Yeovil Town whilst on the books of Leicester City, with his single month not helped by there being a two-and-a-half week gap in the fixture list due to snowy conditions around the country. He ended up joining Burton Albion, but then moving on to Bristol Rovers, who he joined permanently, making just under 200 appearances for the Gas as they dropped into the Conference, but then immediately enjoyed a double promotion. His single year with Orient meant that he experienced being relegated out of the League a second time, but Carlisle boss Keith Curle believes he is getting a player with plenty of experience:

"Tom is a very combative centre back who has a great left foot. He can step in and play football and he can help us to build our play from the back. Ultimately he likes to defend and there are parts of his game we know we can benefit from greatly. I don't think he's maximised his potential yet because I think he can play at a higher level. He's enjoyed a recent promotion with Bristol Rovers and he's seen the other side of it as well with Leyton Orient. A lot of that was down to the situation behind the scenes at that club, but he'll have learned from it. We're all looking forward to working with him because we think he will have a positive impact on the group."

Link: Tom Parkes : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 July 2017 : Main Stand At Huish Park Available For Sponsorship
The Main Stand at Huish Park has become available for sponsorship. Previously sponsored by Italian restaurant company Tamburino, their arrangements with the Glovers for that sponsorship have been ended after three years. Previously the Main Stand had been under the title of the AgustaWestland Community Stand for a seven year period whilst it had previously been known as the Yeovil College Stand.

The club are therefore looking for sponsorship for the 2017-18 season (and beyond) for the Main Stand - for now it will remain in unsponsored form. Interested parties should contact Commercial Manager Dave Linney at dlinney@ytfc.net or on 01935 847872.

Tamburino plan to continue to support smaller scale corporate sponsorship activities in the future.


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4 July 2017 : Davis Becomes A Gull
Former Yeovil Town left-back Liam Davis has himself a new club for the 2017-18 season. The 30 year old had been on the books of Cheltenham Town during the second half of the 2016-17 season, having spent a year in Sweden playing for their second tier side GAIS. He's now agreed a contract with National League side Torquay United.

Davis made sixteen appearances for Cheltenham, as part of his second spell working under Gary Johnson, but he chose not to extend that relationship further than the original six month contract that had been signed. He will now work under Gulls manager Kevin Nicholson who admitted that he was aware that Davis had some past injury problems that had affected his progress:

"Liam is a player who has done the business at a far higher level. He has had an injury setback but is now fully fit, and ready to show the Yellow Army what he is all about. He's an intelligent and forward-thinking person, and footballer, who fits into what I'm trying to achieve. He has huge athletic potential and a fantastic left-foot and can play a number of positions down the left flank. His experience will help the younger players and it all just adds to my excitement for the start of pre-season."

Link: Liam Davis : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 July 2017 : Bailey Confirmed As Yeovil Town's Fifth Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have made their fifth signing ahead of the 2017-18 season. They have snapped up 28 year old former Carlisle United, Crewe Alexandra and Derby County midfielder James Bailey on a free transfer after he was released by the Cumbrians at the end of last season.

Born in Bollington on September 18th 1988, he is a product of Crewe's youth academy who was given a full professional contract in the summer of 2007, ultimately going on to play 55 times for their first team across three seasons. In the summer of 2010, Derby County signed him for an undisclosed fee, giving him a three year contract that ultimately turned in to a four year stay with the Rams, and 64 appearances for them, scoring one goal - all at Championship level.

The majority of Bailey's appearances came in his first two seasons for the Rams, and after he dropped down the pecking order, they loaned him out twice to League One side Coventry City, clocking up 37 appearances and two goals across both spells.

In the summer of 2014, Barnsley picked him up, remaining there for a year, part of which saw him being managed by former Glover Lee Johnson. As a fellow midfielder, Johnson Jnr eventually took him out of the side, suggesting that Bailey's mental side of the game needed to be improved, saying: "His range of passing is very good. But the tactical, physical and mental sides need to be improved" - he was ultimately released by mutual consent at the end of that season.

Bailey then moved on to play short spells with Indian Super League club FC Pune City and Canadian side Ottawa Fury before returning to England at the start of 2017. He signed a half-season deal with Carlisle United where he made 14 appearances. Carlisle initially offered a deal to him at the end of the season, but with boss Keith Curle not having received a response from the player, the offer was taken off the table, leaving him as a free agent.

James generally plays as a defensive midfielder, and so is an obvious replacement for the departing Alex Lawless, although he can also play as a right-back. He has been given a two year contract by Yeovil Town that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2019.

Yeovil Town's other summer signings include defender Stephane Zubar, midfielders Jake Gray and Connor Smith and wide man Rhys Browne.


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3 July 2017 : Shephard Being Given Posh Trial
Former Yeovil Town right-back Liam Shephard would appear to be on trial with a League One club. Having been released by Swansea City at the end of last season, there had been a small amount of idle speculation that he might return to Huish Park on a permanent basis. At the moment, that would appear unlikely given that Peterborough United have taken him on trial, and have taken the 22 year old out to Spain for a pre-season training camp.

As yet, Peterborough haven't gone firmly public on this, but social media postings from Posh full-back Andrew Hughes showed himself with Shephard and three other team-mates out in Spain which would appear to confirm this status.

Shephard had three loan spells with Yeovil Town, after being initially brought in first by former manager Gary Johnson during the 2014-15 season in League One, impressing as a right-back. During the following season, Darren Way employed him on the right hand side of midfield, whilst Connor Roberts sat in the deeper position. That then led to Liam's lengthiest loan spell during the 2016-17 campaign that saw him head back into his normal full-back role. He also scored his first goal for the club, against Barnet, taking him up to 72 appearances across his three spells. Upon his return to the Liberty Stadium, he was named as one of Swansea's released players.

Link: Liam Shephard : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 July 2017 : Ezewele Signs For National League Newcomers
Former Yeovil Town full-back Josh Ezewele has found himself a new club for the 2017-18 season. The 20 year old former West Bromwich Albion academy player was released by Kidderminster Harriers at the end of last season, after making 11 National League appearances and two FA Trophy appearances and scoring one goal. He has signed for AFC Fylde, who are based in Lancashire and won the 2016-17 season National League North title, and so will compete in fifth tier football for the first time in their club's history.

Ezewele has been given a one year contract, with a second year option tagged on. Fylde boss Dave Challinor has said that although Ezewele will be one of the younger members of his squad, he thinks he has a player with strong potential on his books:

"Josh is a young lad, one of the babies of the squad at 20, but has real potential. There is plenty to work on with him but he will be a real asset. He really wants to push on and feels this is the place to do that, as do we. He is a modern day full-back Ė athletic, a decent size and he can get up and down the pitch. He wants to get forward and he can play so he has all the attributes to be a very good player for us. He is generally good in all areas and itís our responsibility to improve him further still. That was where we struggled last season. We didnít really get what I wanted from our full-backs last season, due to personnel."


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2 July 2017 : Ticketing For Weymouth Vs Yeovil Town
Ticket prices for Yeovil Town's pre-season friendly against Weymouth have been set. The match takes place at the Bob Lucas Stadium on Tuesday 11th July, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission is via the turnstiles at the following rates:

Adults: £9.00; Concessions: £6.00; Under-16s: FREE.

Weymouth haven't defined their concessionary policy for this fixture, but for their Southern League matches, it applies to Over-65s and Students. They also list similar prices for Unemployed and Registered Disabled, although their decision to separate these from standard concessions suggests it may not apply for all fixtures.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol City.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth.

Link: Ticketing For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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2 July 2017 : Former Loanee Tshimanga Makes Non-League Pilgrimage
Former Yeovil Town loanee Kabongo Tshimanga has found himself a new club. The 21 year old was released by Milton Keynes Dons at the end of last season, following his return from his loan spell at Huish Park, but has now signed for National League North side Boston United on a one year contract.

Tshimanga has had a reputation as being a player who can play either on the wing or up front, but it would appears that Boston United manager Adam Murray sees him just as a centre-forward who can get his side goals, and believes the player just needs a settled environment to flourish:

"The centre forward position is one we have been patient on. We wanted someone who was hungry to score goals and had the movement and intelligence to get themselves into constant goalscoring situations. In Kabby we believe we have found a young man with those attributes. He is quick, powerful and intelligent around the box. He scored 42 goals in 25 games for MK Dons at under-18s level and came to National League North and scored five in 10 for Corby Town a couple of seasons ago, so we believe he has goals in him. The next stage for Kabby is a settled environment where his focus is on one club and scoring goals in that environment. We are very pleased he chose us as the club that he wants to be part of. He's played a number of times for MK Dons' first team and will bring a real quality to the team."

The Zaire-born player's time at Huish Park will go down as one of the more unusual loan spells in the club's history. Brought in during January 2017 on a half-season loan deal, and with 13 Milton Keynes Dons first team appearances to his name, including 12 from the first half of the 2016-17 season, he had been expected to play a prominent part in Yeovil's season. Instead, he didn't make it onto a single teamsheet, with Football League restrictions on the number of loans that can be fielded in a matchday squad ultimately scuppering his chances of making a breakthrough. As such, he was to exit with Glovers fans not having seen him kick a ball.


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1 July 2017 : Weymouth Boss Says Zubar Had To Take 'Last Chance' To Return To Football League
Weymouth assistant manager Paul Maitland has said that Stephane Zubar's decision to join Yeovil Town was probably his last chance to break back into the Football League. The 30 year old had been playing on non-contract terms with the Southern League Premier Division side following his release by AFC Bournemouth and had last played at professional level in August 22nd 2015, when he suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury whilst on loan at York City, who at that time were playing in League Two.

Zubar spent nearly a full season out of the game, which made his release by Bournemouth fairly inevitable in the summer of 2016, and so he signed for Weymouth where he managed a 23 game spell for them during the 2016-17 season - an arrangement that he had verbally agreed, at a Weymouth fans forum in April 2017, to extend into next season. However, Maitland has told the Dorset Echo that the Terras management were aware of the situation for around ten days before Zubar departed, and was fairly philosophical about the circumstances:

"We're disappointed. We've known for about 10 days that it was likely to happen. It's worth remembering that there was always this chance that it could happen. He's been very honest that he's been looking to get back into professional football. He's said over the summer the only way he'd leave us is if professional football came his way and we canít begrudge him that now it has. It's with a heavy heart that he's taken that decision. He's spoken at length to myself and Mark about it. He feels it's the last chance he's got to go back into professional football."

Zubar had been given the captain's armband at the Bob Lucas Stadium, meaning that Weymouth will have to replace both his central defensive position, as well as working out who will take the on-pitch leadership by the time their season starts. An extra twist is that Zubar's first chance to take Yeovil Town colours will be in a July 11th pre-season friendly against his old club on the Dorset coast. Maitland hoped that some of the reaction from Weymouth fans to Zubar's u-turn would be diluted by then:

"He's got to support his family and do what's best for them. He built up a bond with the club and the fans but we can't ask a player to turn down an opportunity to go into professional football. He's been great for the club but I'd like to think when Yeovil come down for the friendly he'll get a good reception. He's been nothing but a consummate professional."

Zubar himself put out a statement on the Weymouth website at the time of his departure, saying the lure of full time football was what had influenced his decision, rather than any problems that he had with the club:

"The opportunity to play full-time League football was too hard to turn down. I would not play for any other non-league club. Thanks to all the staff who have looked after me and my family and I wish the whole football club the very best of luck. I will always have this club in my heart and I will always be a fan."

The former Guadeloupe international has signed a one year contract with Yeovil Town, for the 2017-18 season.


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