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31 July 2017 : Mamma Mia! Football League Change Penalty Shoot-Out Rules
The Football League has announced that there will be a change in arrangements for penalty shoot-outs for the 2017-18 season. The changes, which were only brought in at IFAB and FIFA level earlier this year, will see the order of kicks change, in what is being known as the 'ABBA' system.

The logic of the rule change is that currently in penalty shoot-outs, there is perceived to be more pressure on the team taking penalty kicks second, on the basis that once the shoot-out reaches a sudden death situation, the consequences of each penalty kick can be elimination for the second team, whilst for the first team they always have the hope that their goalkeeper will bail them out if they miss their own penalty.

The Football League have decided to take a chance on the new flexibility allowed by IFAB, and opt for the ABBA format. This works in much the same way as a tiebreak works in tennis - Team A takes one penalty, and then Team B takes two. Then Team A takes two, followed by Team B taking two more. The order therefore looks like ABBA-ABBA-ABBA.

The name of the game remains the same - if one side holds an advantage after the two teams have taken five penalties each, then that side wins the shoot-out. Otherwise, the penalty kicks continue in sudden death mode until one of us holds a clear advantage, at which point the winner takes it all.

The new format will be used for the League Cup (Caraboa Cup), EFL Trophy (Checkatrade Trophy) and for the Play-Off matches. Any FA Cup or County Cup competitions organised by the Football Association will continue to adopt the normal ABABAB format.

The Football League have said that this new system will be "trialled as an experiment" although haven't said how long the trial will run - the only certainty is the 2017-18 season competitions.


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31 July 2017 : Midfielder Bailey Takes To The Airwaves In Sports Forum
Yeovil Town midfielder James Bailey will be one of a number of panelists who will take part in the BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol Sports Forum tonight. The event is taking place at the Heineken Lounge at Ashton Gate, home of Bristol City, and will see five sportsmen being quizzed by the audience and presenter Geoff Twentyman in what will be used as a lead-in to the 2017-18 season.

Midfielder Marlon Pack will represent Bristol City, whilst player/coach Lee Mansell will be present on behalf of Bristol Rovers. In addition to James Bailey, they will also feature Bristol Rugby head coach Pat Lam and Bath Rugby forward Charlie Ewels.

You can listen to the event from 7.00p.m. onwards on all BBC Bristol frequencies, as well as on 95.5FM on BBC Somerset and via their online feeds. The actual form usually lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, although the radio show will broadcast for a full two hours.


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31 July 2017 : Mainline Station Works Likely To Disrupt Luton Trip
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to Luton Town this coming Saturday using railway services should note that there are major upgrade works commencing at London Waterloo station during the month of August. The station is being extended to allow for longer platforms, and therefore longer trains on certain routes, as part of a wider £800 million infrastructure upgrade that aims to provide 30 percent more passenger capacity on the network.

The upshot is that between August 5th and August 28th, Platforms 1-9 at London Waterloo will be closed to allow the construction work to take place. To mitigate this, they will temporarily reopen Platforms 20-24 (which is the old Waterloo International station platforms).

South-West trains have indicated during this period that there will be fewer services running, and that certain services may not call at the same stations that they usually do on a standard timetable. They therefore recommend that you check your specific service closely, just in case it has changed during the August period.

For the more simple journey from Yeovil Junction to London Waterloo, the National Rail timetable website shows hourly services leaving at 29 minutes past the hour, taking 2 hours 39 minutes. Going back, trains are timetabled to leave Waterloo at 20 minutes past the hour, taking 2 hours 23 minutes.

Because of the new platform layouts and closures, London Waterloo warn that passengers may experience delays when both entering and exiting the platforms because of the impact of funnelling passengers into a smaller number of platforms. They suggest that at peak times this could lead to queuing and up to 30 minute delays in accessing the platform. You're therefore advised not to leave it until the last minute to board your train, particularly as Saturday 5th August will be the first occasion that they will have introduced the new routing to the platforms - experience of similar work at London Bridge recently was that this created a bit of chaos. Allow extra time.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.


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31 July 2017 : Former Bristol City Striker Recruited By Ladies Team
Yeovil Town Ladies have confirmed the signing of eighteen year old forward Paige Sawyer, shortly after her release from local rivals Bristol City Women. Despite being a Bristol player for many years, Sawyer has not featured in nearly as many FAWSL matches as her ability deserves, and following her release from the Vixens last week, she has signed a one year deal, which will see her grace FA Women's Super League One top flight football at Yeovil Town.

In 2016, Sawyer was selected for the England Colleges National Squad, which then also lead to her being selected in Mo Marley's U18/19 England Development Camp, making 12 first team appearances for Bristol City along the way. In the 2017 Spring Series season, she featured just the once, with her previous club opting for loan players over their developing youth, despite her being one of their best products out of their programme and pathway. On joining Yeovil, Sawyer said:

"After speaking with Jamie on the ethos and passion of this club, I believe that it will help me develop as a player and achieve both my own and the clubs ambitions. I am excited to be starting a new chapter in my football career and look forward to the challenges ahead for the new season in a green and white shirt."

New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Paige Sawyer has come in from Bristol City
New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Paige Sawyer has come in from Bristol City.


Manager Jamie Sherwood said of his new recruit for the 2017-18 season:

"Paige is a player I have known for a number of years. She was actually Katie's [Wife of Jamie Sherwood] first mascot when she played for Bristol. Paige has an opportunity to further her development with us. She has had an excellent education and she brings with her a fresh desire, energy and willingness to the goal we will set out for her as an individual and us as a group. When we sat down and first spoke about the possibility of her becoming a green and white, what impressed me most was she had three targets already set for her season ahead. She is part of a new fresh energy we are looking to harness ahead of the upcoming winter season and I am looking forward to seeing her further her development with us."


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30 July 2017 : Academy Goalkeeper Trials Taking Place Next Month
Yeovil Town Academy are holding goalkeeper trials next month. The trials will be held on an 'open' basis on Monday 21st August at Huish Park, with all budding goalkeepers welcome to attend. They will be split into two separatate sessions during the evening as follows:

Foundation Phase (6-12 years) : 6.00p.m. - 7.00p.m.
Youth Phase (13-16 years) : 7.00p.m. - 8.00p.m.

If you want to attend the trials (or are a parent/guardian wanting to put your child forward) then you must email Head of Academy Recruitment Ali McGivney in advance via AMcgivney@ytfc.net and provide the following information:

Full Name, Home Address, Date of Birth, your current club and the age group you are currently playing in. All information must be sent by Friday 18th August.


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30 July 2017 : 2016-17 Season Supporters Prediction Survey Results
Twelve months ago, we ran our usual predictions survey for readers of this website to attempt to predict the key outcomes of the 2016-17 season, including how Yeovil Town would do by the end of the year. For the third year running, fans struggled badly to accurately predict where their team would finish, even if for this season it was rather more spread in opinion than it had been in the previous two years.

Yeovil Town eventually finished in 20th place in the division. This was a long way off from where some of you thought we'd finish, given that 16 percent of supporters thought we would get promoted. Two of you thought Yeovil Town would be Champions! However, a total of 26 percent had predicted that the Glovers would finish in the bottom ten slots, and that was where we spent much of the second half of the season.

Only four supporters got the eventual 20th placed finish spot on. Those four were Spud Whale, Steve Thurtle, HHH (a name rather familiar with this site!) and Peter Chubb. They didn't have too many people for company - only one fan predicted 19th, and the same was true of 21st, with no-one predicting 22nd. On the flip side, 24 percent of fans thought Yeovil would finish 9th or 10th - those were the two most popular positions.

At the top of the table, we ended up with Portsmouth, Plymouth Argyle and Doncaster Rovers getting automatic promotion. These were very popular choices by those who filled in the survey - for example, 39 percent of you thought Pompey would win the title. The trickier one was Blackpool - although a small number of fans did think they would get promoted, presumably a number felt that their off the field problems would see them struggle a bit more than they did.

No-one got all four promotion spots correct. However, two supporters got the three automatic positions spot on - step up and take a bow Pat Parle and Tim Hubble who successfully predicted Pompey, Plymouth and Donny in that precise pecking order.

At the foot of the table, we said goodbye to Leyton Orient and Hartlepool United. No-one got those right for the simple reason that no-one predicted Orient to drop - there were in fact a number of people who tipped the East Londoners for automatic promotion! A total of 15 of you thought Hartlepool would finish in 23rd place (with another seven predicting they'd finish bottom) but the bigger shares had gone to Newport County and Morecambe who both ended up surviving. As such, no-one came close to getting that pair right (although in fairness the bookies had predicted Orient to be at the other end of the table as well).

We'll open up the Predictions Survey for the 2017-18 season in the next day or two, so get thinking about what your promotion and relegation positions will be, and where you see the Glovers finishing!


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29 July 2017 : Terriers Willing To Offer Some Booty
Yeovil Town's new trialist for this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Tiverton Town at Ladysmead, is Huddersfield Town teenager Regan Booty. The 19 year old was a half time replacement for James Bailey in the 4-2 win in Devon, and played as a holding midfielder in the 4-3-3 formation. There had been claims earlier in the month by commercial website HITC that Booty was on his way to Lincoln City on loan, but there's no obvious evidence that he got there. He is the son of former Crewe Alexandra, Reading, Southend United and Chesterfield defender Martyn Booty.

Born on March 4th 1998, he was given an extended professional contract by the Terriers on January 11th 2017 that keeps him at the club until the summer of 2019, with the Terriers holding the rights to an additional year extension option. At the same time, they announced that they would be moving him into their first team squad on a full time basis. He has captained Huddersfield at both Under-21 and Under-23 level during his time there.

Regan hails from Holmfirth and started in Huddersfield's Academy as part of their Under-9s and has worked his way through since. They appear to have been trying to accelerate his development, pushing him into their Under-18s squad at the age of 15, whilst giving him 12 appearances at Under-21 level whilst he was just 16 years old.

He is a left-footed central midfielder. Clearly given his contractual situation, any move for Regan would be a loan agreement. But at present he is just present as a trialist at the club.


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29 July 2017 : No Easter Parade For Glovers After Striker Absent Again
Yeovil Town would appear to have ended their interest in striker Jermaine Easter. The 35 year old former Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers player had been on trial at Huish Park and had been offered a contract, believed to be a one year deal for the 2017-18 season. He was present at the club as a spectator on Tuesday night, but did not play against his old club.

However, his absence entirely from Saturday afternoon's line-up at Tiverton Town has confirmed as being terminal - the club have been unable to reach agreement with him, according to the Western Gazette, reporting via manager Darren Way after the game. The plan is to target another striker in the next few days instead.

There were few trialists on display at Tiverton. Goalkeeper Oliver Davies is already known to have headed to Bath City on trial, whilst Owain Jones and Connor Riley-Lowe were not present in Devon and so have presumably departed. There was one unnamed new trialist who played in the second half in a midfield position.

The club currently have just two loan players on their books, with Swansea City defender Keston Davies having agreed a full season deal, whilst Southampton striker Olufela Onomola is tied up until January 2018. They can therefore bring in up to three further loan players before they start to hit the limit of five loan players in a matchday squad.


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29 July 2017 : Tiverton 2 Yeovil 4 : Smith Double Gives Glovers Ladysmead Victory
Yeovil Town won their penultimate pre-season friendly this afternoon, as they put four goals past Southern League Premier Division side Tiverton Town at Ladysmead. The Glovers were made to work for it once again as the Devon side came from two goals down to level the game, but ultimately two second half goals gave Yeovil a 4-2 victory in their final away friendly.

The match saw the Glovers revert to a 4-3-3 formation, having used 4-4-2 for much of pre-season, suggesting that formation and tactics are still up for grabs for the 2017-18 campaign. Artur Krysiak got his first start between the sticks, which suggests that both permanent goalkeepers will be fit for the season, whilst there was no sign of Jermaine Easter, who has been offered a contract with the club, but since then has missed the last two friendlies.

The away side took the lead early on, with midfielder Connor Smith firing home from just inside the 'D' area outside the box, and curling the ball into the top corner for a 0-1 lead, after Jake Gray had set up his shot.

Yeovil doubled their lead on the half hour mark, as Tiverton's defence got into a mess. A lack of communication between one of their defenders and the home goalkeeper allowed Francois Zoko a chance to intercept, and he easily passed the ball into an empty net for a 0-2 lead. So far so good.

Two minutes later though, Tiverton drew a goal back from the penalty spot. Tom James was judged to have pushed Nick Hurst inside the box, and Owen Howe slammed the spot kick straight down the middle, relying upon Artur Krysiak having already committed himself, giving a 1-2 half time scoreline.

Yeovil made three half time substitutions, but still conserving the same shape, with Omar Sowunmi, Rhys Browne and a new trialist coming on at the break. However, six minutes in a howler by Artur Krysiak allowed Tivvy to equalise. His attempt to clear his own lines saw the ball passed directly to Jordan Rodgers and he was able to tap the ball home for an easy equaliser at 2-2.

Alefe Santos was introduced as a second half substitute and he needed just five minutes to make an impact. He chested the ball down and volleyed home from inside the box, with a confident looking finish for a 2-3 advantage.

Tiverton legs tired in the closing stages, whilst Yeovil were able to freshen things up as Ryan Dickson came on for Daniel Alfei, allowing the versatile Tom James to switch flanks to the right-back slot. And they got their fourth goal of the afternoon, when Connor Smith struck home a well flighted free kick for the final goal of the afternoon, inside the final ten minutes of the match, to end the day with a 2-4 victory.

Final Score: Tiverton Town 2 Yeovil Town 4.

Scorers: Connor Smith (0-1, 16 mins), Francois Zoko (0-2, 29 mins), Owen Howe (1-2, 31 mins, pen), Jordan Rodgers (2-2, 51 mins), Alefe Santos (2-3, 63 mins), Connor Smith (2-4, 80 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Daniel Alfei 5. Keston Davies 6. Nathan Smith 3. Tom James
11. Jake Gray 4. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith
7. Otis Khan 13. Francois Zoko 9. Olufela Onomola

Substitutes:
Jonny Maddison, Omar Sowunmi (46 mins for Nathan Smith), Rhys Browne (46 mins for Otis Khan), Alefe Santos (58 mins for Francois Zoko), Ryan Dickson (65 mins for Daniel Alfei), Trialist (46 mins for James Bailey)

Attendance: 261.


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29 July 2017 : Team News For Tiverton Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Tiverton Town at Ladysmead. The Glovers team should line-up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Daniel Alfei 5. Keston Davies 6. Nathan Smith 3. Tom James
11. Jake Gray 4. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith
7. Otis Khan 13. Francois Zoko 9. Olufela Onomola

Substitutes:
Jonny Maddison, Omar Sowunmi, Rhys Browne,, Alefe Santos, Ryan Dickson


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28 July 2017 : Former Swansea City Defender Agrees Yeovil Town Contract
Yeovil Town have completed a deal to sign former Swansea City defender Daniel Alfei. The 25 year old becomes the club's nine signing of the summer, and has agreed a two year contract with the Glovers, following a short trial with the club. He signs as a free agent.

Daniel is a defender who has so far played as a right-back in pre-season matches. Born in Swansea on February 23rd 1992 he was part of their set-up from 2006, before turning professional in April 2011. He made four appearances for Swansea, but the majority of his first team experience was gained by loan deals. There he took in Wrexham (17 appearances, two spells), Portsmouth (15 appearances) and Northampton Town (14 appearances).

He was also capped for Wales at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, accruing 37 appearances across the three levels, including 13 for the Under-21s, with four goals across the three levels. He was released by Swansea in the summer of 2016, and spent the 2016-17 season playing for Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town. Manager Darren Way said after signing Alfei that he was surprised that the defender was playing at that level:

"How Daniel has been playing non-league football for Aberystwyth Town is beyond me. It's up to him now to take this opportunity and aim for 40 league games this season."


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28 July 2017 : Directions For Tiverton Town vs Yeovil Town
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play their penultimate pre-season friendly, before the 2017-18 season properly starts. They will be travelling to Southern League Premier Division side Tiverton Town on Saturday 29th July, for a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Ladysmead. At one point this was almost an annual journey - we played them nine times in Devon between 2000 and 2008 (including one FA Trophy match) but after a slightly odd decision to play one such friendly at Huish Park in 2009, we haven't seen each other since.

For those travelling to the match, details of how to get there are as follows:

Address: Ladysmead, Bolham Road, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 6SG

Firstly, drive to Junction 27 on the M5 - for most people this will involve getting onto the M5 at Taunton and heading Westbound towards Exeter. Head towards Tiverton on the A361 dual carriageway travelling for about seven miles. IGNORE the first junction for A396 Tiverton and Bickleigh (Gornhay Cross) and keep going (this is important) a little further until you reach a large roundabout.

Turn left at the roundabout take first exit (A3126) for the Town Centre and Castle, continue along that road for about 400 yds crossing a new roundabout, passing a college, and Tiverton's youth sections field on the left and Tiverton Rugby Club on right until you meet a mini roundabout. You will notice the Exe Valley Leisure Centre on your left. Go straight across (first exit) the mini roundabout. You will see Ladysmead to your right. Go along that road for about 200 yds and turn right into Ladysmead.

Tiverton have opted to charge their standard League admission for their pre-season friendlies which is as follows:

Adults: £9.00; Concessions: £6.50; Under 16s: £1.00.

Update: These prices are confirmed as bring in place for Saturday afternoon's match.


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27 July 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Looking For Clues Ahead Of The New Season
In just over one week's time, the 2017-18 season will commence. Yeovil Town appear to have more or less assembled the squad that they want to take into that season, give or take a final signing and a couple of loans. With that in mind the latest Taff's Gloversblog considers how easy it is to predict where the Glovers are going to finish, and why we may have to wait until we've seen a few League Two games to have a serious idea. Read on via the link below and add your own views at the foot.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Looking For Clues Ahead Of The New Season.


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27 July 2017 : Trialist Keeper Turns Out For Romans
Trialist goalkeeper Oliver Davies would appear to be trying his luck elsewhere. The former Swansea City academy player had been used by Yeovil Town in a couple of their pre-season friendlies, but was not visible during the Tuesday night home match against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park. With his former club Hereford's local press reporting that both the Glovers and Newport County were chasing him, the expectation was that he would be heading over the Severn Bridge, but instead he popped up at Twerton Park last night playing for Bath City.

By coincidence, they were also playing Bristol Rovers in a friendly on Wednesday night, with the Gas selecting fringe and development players for that match. Davies was named between the sticks and played the full 90 minutes which would suggest that he's now moved on from his Yeovil Town trial. With Artur Krysiak sat on the Yeovil bench on Tuesday as an unused substitute, that would imply that he is close to a return to full fitness - something that would tend to negate the need for another goalkeeper.

Bath have just got themselves a contracted goalkeeper. Former Yeovil Town youth team keeper Matt Cafer has recently returned to the South-West after spending time with Gibraltan sides College Europa and Manchester 62. Although Bath have not confirmed it, Matt has stated via his Twitter account that he has a deal in place for the coming season.


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26 July 2017 : Lundstram Makes Blades Switch
Former Yeovil Town loanee John Lundstram has been signed up by Championship newcomers Sheffield United. The 23 year old former Everton academy player has penned a three year contract after leaving Oxford United for an undisclosed fee, which has been reported in the media as being in the region of £500,000 or slightly above.

Lundstram joined Oxford in the summer of 2015 and had been on a three year contract at the Kassam Stadium. However, with only a year left to run on that deal, Oxford have decided to cash in on that deal, ending a stay that saw him complete 96 starts and eight substitute appearances, scoring four goals. Manager Pep Clotet said that they got an 'attractive fee' from the Blades:

"John has been a big part of the club for the past two seasons and has always given his best. He is ambitious and had the chance to play in a higher division, and from our point of view, we tried our best to persuade him to stay. Having said this, we have received an attractive fee for a player who was entering the last year of his contract and this will allow further reinvestment to build squad quality and depth."

Lundstram played for Yeovil Town during their 2013-14 Championship season, scoring twice in 16 appearances. He returned to Everton in March 2014 when his playing time started to dry up slightly, following the arrival of Tom Lawrence and Duane Holmes as loanees that meant the Glovers had to juggle with six loanees. Lundstram almost immediately went out on loan to Leyton Orient during that month.

Link: John Lundstram : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 July 2017 : Yeovil 1 Rovers 3 : Bodin Quickfire Double Sinks Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to their second defeat of pre-season on Tuesday night, as League One side Bristol Rovers scored three times at Huish Park. Although Nathan Smith scored his second goal in pre-season to reduce the deficit, Byron Moore quickly gave Rovers a two goal advantage and a 1-3 win, with Billy Bodin having bagged two goals on either side of half time.

There were four changes to Yeovil Town's line-up for this match. Trialist Daniel Alfei, came in for his first start, whilst Omar Sowunmi and Tom James made for a very new looking back four. Up front there was one change, with Olufela Onomola replacing Jermaine Easter, who sat out the whole night against his old club. Artur Krysiak made it as far as the bench but wasn't used, whilst there was still no sign of Stephane Zubar who missed his fourth game. Ryan Dickson was another player to take the night off.

The first half was one of few chances, with a deflected Olufela Onomola effort going into the keeper's arms, whilst Francois Zoko shot into the side netting from a narrow angle. At the other end, Ellis Harrison almost headed home, but was inches over the crossbar. All in all neither keeper had much to do until the 45th minute when Rovers took the lead with the final kick of the half. A free kick seemed to catch out the defensive line, as Chris Lines put the ball in along the deck and Billy Bodin was able to finish from inside the box for a 0-1 lead.

Three minutes after the break, and the same striker got space inside the box. Ellis Harrison made a bit of a hash of his own shot, but Billy Bodin was alert to quickly divert the ball past Jonny Maddison for a 0-2 lead.

Yeovil Town did react to that second goal, quickly pulling back one of their own. James Bailey got room down the right flank, and he found Nathan Smith who had stayed up following a set piece. His header went into the bottom corner for a 1-2 scoreline and his second of pre-season following a goal at Frome Town on Saturday.

Rovers got their third goal just four minutes later, and once again Bodin was heavily involved. His run caused the Yeovil back line to back pedal and they didn't notice Byron Moore making a well timed run that meant Bodin's threaded pass put him clean through on goal. He lifted the ball over Maddison for a 1-3 lead.

Whilst Rovers made plenty of substitutions, Yeovil held theirs back until as late as possible, presumably with a 'matchday dress rehearsal' in mind. Eventually Alefe Santos got onto the field against his old club, joined by Jake Gray as the central midfield was replaced, whilst there were late sightings of Owain Jones and Louis Rooney as substitutes as those two trialists continue to be used in pre-season. Jones and Rooney almost conjured up a late goal between them, with the former Swansea City man firing wide, but that was as close as it got in the latter stages.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Bristol Rovers 3.

Scorers: Billy Bodin (0-1, 45 mins), Billy Bodin (0-2, 48 mins), Nathan Smith (1-2, 53 mins), Byron Moore (1-3, 57 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Jonny Maddison
2. Daniel Alfei 5. Omar Sowunmi 6. Nathan Smith 3. Tom James
10. Rhys Browne 8. Connor Smith 4. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
9. Olufela Onomola 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 11. Joe Tomlinson, 14. Keston Davies (83 mins for Omar Sowunmi), 16. Louis Rooney (83 mins for Francois Zoko), 17. Owain Jones (83 mins for Olufela Onomola), 18. Jake Gray (78 mins for James Bailey), 19. Alefe Santos (78 mins for Connor Smith), 20. Samyan Ismail and two unused trialists.

Bristol Rovers:
1. Adam Smith 2. Dan Leadbitter 3. Lee Brown 4. Tom Lockyer 5. Tom Broadbent 6. Chris Lines 7. Liam Sercombe 8. Ollie Clarke 9. Ellis Harrison 10. Billy Bodin 11. Byron Moore

Substitutes:
14. Luke Russe (24 mins for Dan Leadbitter) 15. Rollin Menayese (75 mins for Liam Sercombe) 16. Connor Jones (75 mins for Byron Moore) 17. Lewis Ellington (70 mins for Billy Bodin) 18. Tom Jonkerman

Attendance: 1,351 (with 314 Bristol Rovers fans).


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25 July 2017 : Santos Completes Yeovil Town Deal
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of former Bristol Rovers and Derby County midfielder Alefe Santos. The Brazillian has been given a two year contract at the club after a successful trial at Huish Park and is the club's eighth new arrival of the summer.

Born on 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. Derby released him at the end of last season, meaning he joins the club as a free agent.


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25 July 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bristol Rovers
Yeovil Town have selected their starting line-up for the pre-season friendly against Bristol Rovers. The match against League One opposition sees the Glovers make four changes to their eleven starters, with trialist Daniel Alfei preferred to Bevus Mugabi, whilst Omar Sowunmi comes in for Keston Davies in the back line, with Tom James replacing Ryan Dickson.

Whilst the midfield four remain unchanged, Southampton loanee Olufela Onomola comes in for Jermaine Easter, who sits out against his last professional club. The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Jonny Maddison
2. Daniel Alfei 5. Omar Sowunmi 6. Nathan Smith 3. Tom James
10. Rhys Browne 8. Connor Smith 4. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
9. Olufela Onomola 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Artur Krysiak, 11. Joe Tomlinson, 14. Keston Davies, 18. Jake Gray, 19. Alefe Santos, 20. Samyan Ismail and four trialists.


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25 July 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Trialists, Injuries And Loans
Following Saturday's 2-1 victory over Frome Town at Badgers Hill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on trialists Jermaine Easter and Alefe Santos, talks about the injuries to Artur Krysiak and Stephane Zubar and also gives an idea of when he expects to bring in further loan signings. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against Frome Town.


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24 July 2017 : Way Expecting One Or Two Other Clubs To Hold Easter Interest
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admits that former Bristol Rovers striker Jermaine Easter is probably sat on one or two other offers, but is still hopeful that he can tie up a deal for him. The 35 year old has played in the club's last two pre-season friendlies, after becoming a free agent over the summer, and he seems to have done enough in both matches to make Way's mind up, and to offer him a contract for the future.

Easter played the opening 45 minutes in both games, without scoring, and is one of seven trialists the club currently has training with them. However, Way confirmed to BBC Somerset after Saturday's 2-1 win at Frome Town that he is trying to sort out a deal for him, subject to finances:

"I'm looking to try to do something with Jermaine. As you can imagine, he's probably got one or two other clubs that he's thinking about as well. So I'm trying to do my best to get Jermaine in. Again like any deal that we have to do, there are finances as well, that is a problem that we have to deal with. Overall, there were one or two other players that I would like to keep at the football club, so I'll be doing my best over the next few days to make that happen."

Easter's main career success has come during the last few seasons after he joined Bristol Rovers from Millwall in January 2015, whilst they were a National League club. He was part of their side that gained a quick promotion from the fifth tier, netting once in five appearances during the second half of that season. He then scored eight goals in 46 appearances when they gained promotion from League Two a year later. Last season, Bristol Rovers transfer-listed him as they moved into League One, but he still managed to score 5 times in 25 appearances before finally leaving the club. Way believed Easter's experience of those two Rovers promotions would be valuable to his side's younger players:

"The experience that he's gained and having the promotions that he's had with Bristol Rovers, with certain younger players that we've got within the group he's a real good addition, to manage them, help them. He's had success, so he ticks all the right boxes."


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23 July 2017 : Bath Boss Hoping To Finalise Deal For Compton
Former Yeovil Town winger Jack Compton looks as though he will definitely be getting a contract offer with National League South side Bath City, despite not getting onto the pitch in their pre-season friendly yesterday. The 28 year old, who was on the books of Newport County last season before going out on loan to play for Merthyr Town, was on the teamsheet for the Romans trip to Clevedon Town, but remained as an unused substitute.

Bath City boss Gary Owers explained that Compton had picked up a slight groin strain, presumably whilst trialling with Yeovil Town around last weekend's game against Bristol City. Hence he was not risked during the match at the Hand Stadium. However, he has told the Bath Chronicle that he has been trying to sort out a deal with Compton even before he made his surprise reappearance at Huish Park, and given that interest from the Glovers hadn't been followed through, he was now confident that he would finalise a deal with the winger:

"Jack is someone I think we'll finalise a deal with this week. He's a quality player, been around the league and has to come in and show everyone how good he is. He had a slight groin strain today so that will be subject to him being fit. But he's a quality addition to the squad, that sort of left footer that I've been looking for. I've been chasing him since the end of last season. I've been trying to entice him here. He was at Newport and I think he had a few things going on at the end of the season and decided he wanted to stay closer to home.He's been around a few clubs and hasn't got anything sorted or that he can agree, and he's made the decision to come play for us, which I'm pleased about."


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22 July 2017 : Trialist Keeper Leaves Hereford Amidst Interest From Glovers And Exiles
Yeovil Town trialist Oliver Wright has left Hereford, despite only having been on their books for a month. There had been a question mark over his status when the former Swansea City academy goalkeeper joined the club on trial for Wednesday evening's pre-season friendly at Llanelli Town, with the 22 year old having only just left Merthyr Town for his move to Edgar Street. Now Hereford have confirmed that he's moved on again, and that on top of interest from the Glovers, he also has fellow League Two side Newport County after his services.

Wright played his second game for Yeovil in Saturday afternoon's match against Frome Town, replacing Jonny Maddison midway through the second half, but there is no firm indication that he is going to get a contract on the table to sign. Much would depend upon the fitness of first choice keeper Artur Krysiak, who has been out since Easter with a broken foot, although the Polish stopper was a spectator at Badgers Hill, and has been participating in limited training sessions.

Hereford manager Pete Beadle has confirmed that he needs to find a new goalkeeper, and told the Hereford Times that he expects Wright to be either a Yeovil Town or a Newport County player by the time the 2017-18 season starts:

"Ollie has had an offer from Yeovil to do a week there. I spoke to him on Thursday and they wanted him there until the end of the week. I then spoke to him yesterday to ask if he was with us and Yeovil wanted him to play in their game at Frome today (Saturday) and I think they were going to make a decision then. But he also said that Newport had made an offer. So either way, he was going to take one or the other. So unfortunately, Ollie has moved on, which is a shame. I'm disappointed because we worked hard to get him here and was looking forward to seeing him work. But I understand why he's done it because he wants to go back to first team football."


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22 July 2017 : Way Hoping For Two Trialists To Put Pen To Paper
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has named the two players that he would like to get on contracts before the 2017-18 season starts. Whilst the Glovers have predictably got through a myriad of trialists throughout their four pre-season friendlies - including seven in today's match at Frome Town - two of the higher profile trialists have been former Plymouth Argyle and Bristol Rovers striker Jermaine Easter and ex-Derby County and Stoke City midfielder Alefe Santos, who has also previously been on Rovers' books.

Reports after the game, via BBC Somerset's regular commentator Chris Spittles, are that Way has now named both as his main targets, among the seven that featured at Badgers Hill, even if the club have yet to agree financial terms with either player. Chris tweeted: "Yeovil Town boss Darren Way confirms after the game that he would like to sign Jermaine Easter and Alefe Santos", presumably with him having conducted a post-match interview with the manager.

Easter's main asset would be his experience and the fact that he has recently gained promotion from League Two, as a Bristol Rovers player, during the 2015-16 season. Santos has been lively in central midfield, but may be attractive to the club given that he can also play on either flank, or as a right-back and has also played at the top of a midfield diamond. He would therefore be a versatile player if the club are short of numbers or are looking to switch formations.

At present, there are no signatures on paper, so they both still stand as trialists who could leave if they choose to do so. However, the fact that Way has come out and stated his intentions is significant. A reminder of their profiles is below.

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.

Jermaine Easter : striker, born January 15th 1982 (aged 35) in Cardiff. Easter has got a long string of past teams to his name - fourteen of them, to be exact - but with no one club that has defined his career. Some of his more notable success came at his last club, with his two-and-a-half years at Bristol Rovers allowing him to take in a National League and League Two promotion with them. However, they released him at the end of last season after 14 goals in 76 appearances. He had been transfer-listed by Rovers midway through their 2016-17 season in League One, but ended up sticking around until his contract ran out. Before his stay with Rovers, he had spells with Millwall, Crystal Palace, Plymouth Argyle and Wycombe Wanderers. He was a Welsh international for seven years, gaining 12 caps. He has been studying for his UEFA A Coaching Licence at Dragon Park in Newport, admitting that he needs to start thinking about his plans beyond his playing days.


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22 July 2017 : Frome 1 Yeovil 2 : Smith And Browne Cancel Out Early Robins Goal
Yeovil Town had to come from behind beat Frome Town in their fourth pre-season friendly this afternoon. The 2-1 victory at Badgers Hill gave them their third victory in four matches, with all three gained against non-league opposition. But as with other matches, they had to work for it, falling behind before goals from Nathan Smith and former Grimsby Town winger Rhys Browne turned around the game.

Two quick first half goals set the tone of the first half, with both sides competing evenly. Both came from set pieces, with Frome gaining theirs from a free kick. George Miller's set piece went in to the back post and Frome defender Marcus Mapstone was able to strongly head home for a lead that the home side deserved at 1-0.

Almost immediately though, Yeovil Town seemed to wake up from their early slumbers, as they equalised within two minutes. An Otis Khan corner went into the box, and Nathan Smith was in the right position to head home past Kyle Phillips for a 1-1 scoreline.

At half time, the Glovers made four substitutes, with trialist Alefe Santos joining three contracted players in loanees Keston Davies and Olufela Olomola and midfielder Jake Gray as the changes. The half saw Yeovil start far more impressively, winning a number of corners as they pressurised the home side.

They took the lead after a Frome mistake gave the ball away in midfield. Otis Khan picked the ball up on the counter-attack, threaded the ball to Olufela Olomola, whose ball into the box was lashed home confidently by Rhys Browne for a 1-2 advantage to the Glovers.

There could have been more goals at Badgers Hill, with Yeovil creating most of them, despite making seven further changes, which included several of the existing trialists, and youth teamer Samyan Ismail in their numbers as ultimately all eleven players left the field. Omar Sowunmi almost scored from an Otis Khan corner, but a covering defender blocked his header on the line.

Then Yeovil missed their second penalty of pre-season, as Olufela Olomola struck the base of the left hand post, following a foul on Owain Jones, meaning that both he and Rhys Browne have failed to convert in pre-season. That didn't matter though, with Frome rarely threatening in the second period, with the 2-1 scoreline being enough to see the visitors over the line.

Scorers: Marcus Mapstone (1-0, 33 mins), Nathan Smith (1-1, 35 mins), Rhys Browne (1-2, 63 mins)

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

Substitutes:
13. Oliver Davies (69 mins for Jonny Maddison), 12. Daniel Alfei (69 mins for Bevis Mugabi), 14. Omar Sowunmi (46 mins for Keston Davies), 15. Tom James (69 mins for Nathan Smith), 16. Connor Riley-Lowe (69 mins for Ryan Dickson), 17. Owain Jones (69 mins for Otis Khan), 18. Alefe Santos (46 mins for Connor Smith), 19. Louis Rooney (69 mins for Francois Zoko), 20. Olufela Onomola (46 mins for Jermaine Easter), 21. Samyan Ismail (69 mins for Rhys Browne) 22. Jake Gray (46 mins for James Bailey)

Frome Town:
1. Kyle Phillips 2. Rob Hobbs 3. Ben Withey 4. Sam Teale 5. Marcus Mapstone 6. Chas Hemmings 7. Darren Jeffries 8. George Miller 9. Jake Jackson 10. Mikey Bryant 11. Ollie Knight.

Substitutes:
12. Jon Davies 14. Ben Griffiths 16. Ryan Bath 17. Joe Raines 19. Ollie Price

Referee: Paul Rees. Assistants: Kevin Rodd and George Gross. Fourth Official: Ian Harley.

Attendance: 474.


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22 July 2017 : Compton Heads On Trial For Romans
Former Yeovil Town winger Jack Compton has now definitely moved on from his short trial with the Glovers. Having joined the club for their pre-season friendly against Bristol City, he was absent for the midweek match at Llanelli Town, despite that being local to both his home town and his previous club Newport County.

Compton has been named in the squad for Bath City's pre-season friendly at Clevedon Town, wearing No.16 as one of their substitutes. Also in Bath's line-up is former Youth Team goalkeeper Matt Cafer who has spent the whole of their pre-season on trial for the Romans, having returned home from a spell playing for Gibraltar side College Europa, which has included playing in the Europa League, plus a short spell with Manchester 62 in the same Gibraltan Premier Division.


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22 July 2017 : Team News For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's pre-season friendly against Frome Town. Their fourth outing of the 2017 summer, sees them turn out in a charity match for local footballer Jamie Mines at Badgers Hill. Today they have made three changes to their starting line-up, with Jake Gray replaced by Connor Smith in midfield, whilst Francois Zoko comes in for Southampton loanee Olufela Onomola. Swansea City loanee Keston Davies comes in for Omar Sowunmi.

There is one trialist in the line-up, with former Bristol Rovers striker Jermaine Easter playing his second match for the club.

The full line-up is below:

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

Substitutes:
Oliver Davies (gk), Daniel Alfei, 14. Omar Sowunmi, 15. Tom James, Connor Riley-Lowe, Owain Jones, Alefe Santos, Louis Rooney, 20. Olufela Onomola, 22. Jake Gray


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21 July 2017 : GWSC Travel For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Cup First Round match against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The match takes place at Molineux on Tuesday 8th August 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Wolverhampton Wanderers : Saturday 8th August 2017.
Huish Park: 2.00p.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.

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

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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21 July 2017 : GWSC Travel To Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Luton Town. The match takes place at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 5th August 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Luton Town : Saturday 5th August 2017.
Huish Park: 9.15a.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.

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

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Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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21 July 2017 : Directions For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to play Frome Town in a pre-season friendly that will be played at their Badgers Hill ground, which is currently dubbed as the Special Effect Stadium. The match will be used as a Charity event to benefit local semi-professional footballer Jamie Mines, who suffered serious injuries following an electrical shock at work in December 2016 that saw him have to undergo leg and hands amputations.

The full address for those travelling for the 3.00p.m. kick-off is as follows:

Address: Frome Town FC, Special Effect Stadium, Badgers Hill, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset, BA11 2EH.

To get to the ground, use the following directions. Those travelling from the Yeovil area should follow the first set of directions:

From Shepton / Glastonbury side of Town: Sainsbury's Superstore will be visible on your right hand side. Go straight over the next two roundabouts (the second one is a mini roundabout). Carry on that road and pass the Weaver pub on the left hand side just before you climb a slight hill. At the mini roundabout drop down the hill into the centre of Frome. Go through the traffic lights and follow that road to the top of the hill. At the very top, turn right. Go straight over the traffic lights at the Vinetree Pub cross road and Badgers Hill is at the top of the hill on the right hand side.

From Bath side of Town: as you pass the Texaco garage at Beckington (will be on your right side) on the Frome by-pass take the third exit at the next roundabout. At the following roundabout take your first exit left. Go straight over at the next roundabout (Coalway Lane Industrial Estate) and at the next roundabout take your first exit and within 100 yards take the first turning right. Continue on that road and you will pass Selwood School on your right and Frome Town AFC can be found 100 yards on your left hand side.

There is free parking at the stadium. Badgers Hill has a 'pub' style social club at the ground called the Venue and Sports Bar if you are after a pre or post-match pint.

Link: Ticketing For Frome Town vs Yeovil Town.


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20 July 2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage Ticketing For Chelsea U21s and Plymouth Argyle
Further to yesterday's confirmation of a date for Yeovil Town's opening EFL Trophy Group Stage game against Exeter City, there are now dates and prices for their other two Group Stage matches. The two home matches against Chelsea Under-21s and Plymouth Argyle will take place on Wednesday 25th October and Tuesday 28th November respectively.

Admission prices for the two Huish Park matches, which will be 7.45p.m. kick-offs, are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s and Aged 16-21: £5.00; Under-16s: FREE.

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Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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20 July 2017 : The Eight Trialists Who Featured In The Llanelli Town Friendly
Wednesday night's trip to play Llanelli Town saw Yeovil Town field eight trialists across the two halves, with one used during the first half, whilst seven more came on at half time. Once again the club chose not to name any of the players concerned, even though several are in the public domain and have been easily recognised from previous pre-season friendlies.

Last night's match continued to see former Plymouth Argyle striker Louis Rooney, ex-Bristol Rovers and Derby County midfielder Alefe Santos, former Newport County winger Jennison Myrie-Williams, former Exeter City left-back Connor Riley-Lowe - profiles for these players can be found here (Riley-Lowe and Santos) and here (Rooney and Myrie-Williams). There was also the introduction of former Bristol Rovers striker Jermaine Easter who played in his first friendly, having arrived at the club earlier this week for their stay in Wales.

In addition to those five, there were three more trialists involved, all of whom are from the South Wales area, with all having Swansea City connections. These are as follows:

Owain Jones : No introductions needed for this winger, although not too many Yeovil Town supporters have seen him play. He was on loan at the club last season, although only made two substitute appearances, in part due to the Football League rules on matchday loans being listed on the teamsheet. He was trialling for Wycombe Wanderers earlier in July, and got good reviews from that game, but seems to have disappeared from their radar since. Owain was born in Swansea on October 1st 1996 (aged 20) and is a 6 foot tall winger/striker who started off playing for Pontardawe Town Juniors before being picked up by Swansea at the age of ten. He has been capped for Wales at Under-16, Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level. During the 2014-15 season, he scored 16 goals in 20 appearances for their Under-18 side, and was given his first professional contract for Swansea during that year - ultimately winning their player of the season at that level. He was released by Swansea at the end of the 2016-17 season.

Oliver Davies : A 22 year old goalkeeper who started off his career with Swansea City's academy, before spending a couple of loan games out with Kilmarnock. Born on December 31st 1994, Swansea released him during the 2016-17 season, and he spent the remainder of the season on loan at Merthyr Town. He has since moved on to the revamped Hereford United set-up for the start of the 2017-18 season - it's not clear what his contractual status with the club is though.

Daniel Alfei : A 25 year old defender who played as a right-back last night. Born in Swansea on February 23rd 1992 (aged 25) he was part of their set-up from 2006, before turning professional in April 2011. He made four appearances for Swansea, but the majority of his first team experience was gained by loan deals. There he took in Wrexham (17 appearances, two spells), Portsmouth (15 appearances) and Northampton Town (14 appearances). He was also capped for Wales at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, accruing 37 appearances across the three levels, including 13 for the Under-21s, with four goals across the three levels. He was released by Swansea in the summer of 2016, and spent last season playing for Welsh Premier League side Aberystwyth Town.

As this gives a total of eight trialists, then allowing for any misidentification, that should be a complete list of all of the players that were at Llanelli Town last night. It would suggest that former Glover Jack Compton and former Accrington Stanley goalkeeper Jack Rose did not join the club in South Wales for this week's training camp.


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19 July 2017 : Llanelli 0 Yeovil 2 : Khan And Zoko Help Glovers Win In Wales
Yeovil Town picked up a 2-0 victory in South Wales tonight in their third pre-season friendly. They had to work right up until the final kick of the game to guarantee their victory against Welsh Premier League side Llanelli Town, who stayed in the game thanks to missed Glovers chances and strong goalkeeping that stopped the visitors from building up a comfortable lead.

The match saw Yeovil make three changes from Saturday's starting line-up, with Omar Sowunmi preferred to Keston Davies at the back, whilst Connor Smith and Francois Zoko dropped out with Olufela Onomola and trialist Jermaine Easter providing a front two in a 4-4-2. They took the lead with a touch of good fortune, with Otis Khan seeing a free kick swung in from the left evade everyone and sweep straight through into the back of the net for a 1-0 half time advantage.

A total of eleven substitutions were all made at half time, with seven trialists in the second half line-up, and only injured pair Stephane Zubar and Artur Krysiak missing. Llanelli were thankful for the performance of 16 year old Kai Rees, who produced a number of strong saves to stop Yeovil extending their lead. But with the final kick of the game, Francois Zoko, who had been denied on numerous occasions during the half, finally converted from close range to provide a 2-0 victory.

Final Score: Llanelli Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Otis Khan (0-1, 26 mins), Francois Zoko (0-2, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Jonny Maddison
2. Bevis Mugabi 5. Omar Sowunmi 6. Nathan Smith 3. Ryan Dickson
8. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 4. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
9. Jermaine Easter 11. Olufela Onomola

Substitutes: (all on at half time)
13. Oliver Davies
Daniel Alfei, 14. Keston Davies, 15. Tom James, Connor Riley-Lowe
Jennison Myrie-Williams, 18. Connor Smith, Alefe Santos, Owain Jones
21. Francois Zoko, Louis Rooney

Attendance: 381.


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19 July 2017 : Team News For Llanelli Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Llanelli Town at Stebonheath Park. There are three changes to the line-up, compared to Saturday's match against Bristol City. Southampton loanee Olufela Onomola has been given a start tonight, with Connor Smith dropping out, whilst there is an unnamed trialist in place of Francois Zoko - whilst the club don't name him, there's a fair chance it may be Jermaine Easter - we'll see later on. Omar Sowunmi replaces Swansea City loanee Keston Davies

The line-up (with maybe a bit of tweaking on the positioning of the forward line later) is as follows:

Yeovil Town (4-4-2):
1. Jonny Maddison
2. Bevis Mugabi 5. Omar Sowunmi 6. Nathan Smith 3. Ryan Dickson
8. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 4. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
9. Trialist 11. Olufela Onomola

Substitutes:
14. Keston Davies, 15. Tom James, 18. Connor Smith, 21. Francois Zoko plus several trialists.


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19 July 2017 : Date Set For Grecians EFL Trophy Trip
A firm date has been set for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Group game against Exeter City. The match will take place on Tuesday 29th August at St James Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Exeter have also set ticket prices for this game. Due to the closure of the Old Grandstand and the demolition of the St James Terrace, only the Big Bank Terrace and the IP Office Main Stand will be open. We'd expect the IP Office Main Stand to be used for away allocations, although things are a bit blurry given the change in St James Park capacity for the 2017-18 season. Assuming that to be the case, ticket prices will be:

Adults: £12.00; Over-64s and Students: £10.00; Under-18s: £4.00.

At present tickets are NOT on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office yet. We'll provide more detail nearer the time.


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19 July 2017 : Easter Spending Week In Wales In Glovers Training Camp
Yeovil Town are giving a trial to former Bristol Rovers striker Jermaine Easter. The 35 year old is training with the club during their week in South Wales, which includes the Glovers' match against Welsh Premier League side Llanelli Town tonight. Whilst he hasn't been part of the club's two pre-season friendlies so far this summer, it would appear that they have co-opted him for the trip after he featured in club photos from their training base at Vale Resort near Cardiff.

Easter has got a long string of past teams to his name - fourteen of them, to be exact - but with no one club that has defined his career. Some of his more notable success came at his last club, with his two-and-a-half years at Bristol Rovers allowing him to take in a National League and League Two promotion with them. However, they released him at the end of last season after 14 goals in 76 appearances. He had been transfer-listed by Rovers midway through their 2016-17 season in League One, but ended up sticking around until his contract ran out.

Before his stay with Rovers, he had spells with Millwall, Crystal Palace, Plymouth Argyle and Wycombe Wanderers. He was a Welsh international for seven years, gaining 12 caps. He has been studying for his UEFA A Coaching Licence at Dragon Park in Newport, admitting that he needs to start thinking about his plans beyond his playing days.

At present there is no indication of any deal for him being on the table. He joins a long list of recent trialists in pre-season that on Saturday included former Plymouth Argyle striker Louis Rooney, former Newport County wingers Jennison Myrie-Williams and Jack Compton, goalkeeper Jack Rose, left-back Connor Riley-Lowe and former Derby County midfielder Alefe Santos. However, according to manager Darren Way, only one or two are likely to get a deal.


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19 July 2017 : Darren Way Talks About The Bristol City Game
Following Saturday's 1-3 home defeat against Bristol City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on some of the signings, the club captaincy, and of the trialists he played in that match. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC About The Bristol City pre-season friendly.


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19 July 2017 : Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Luton Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 5th August 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices have been set as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over-65s and Under-22s: £13.00; Over-75s and Under-19s: £10.00; Under-17s: £6.00.

Wheelchair users will need to call 01582 416976 for arrangements. Other disabled supporters should go via the Huish Park Ticket Office.

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 Llanelli Town vs Yeovil Town.

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.

The weird and wonderful turnstile entrance to the away section in Oak Road - those are real houses!
The weird and wonderful turnstile entrance to the away section in Oak Road - those are real houses!
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18 July 2017 : Aborted Loanee Wright On Third Trial
Former Yeovil Town loanee (sort of) Andre Wright has been given a trial with League Two side Swindon Town. The former West Bromwich Albion academy player featured in their Monday night 1-1 draw with Salisbury City although will not join them in their pre-season training camp in Portugal for non-footballing reasons.

This is Wright's third attempt to get fixed up with a club after the Baggies decided not to renew his contract at the end of last season. Whilst he was still under contract at the Hawthorns he was allowed to train with Luton Town, but they decided against making a move for him over the summer. He then turned up at League One side Gillingham in early July but nothing came of that. Now he has opted to trial for Swindon, who were relegated into League Two at the end of last season.

Wright stands as one of Yeovil Town's more unusual 'signings', having arrived at the club in January 2017. Within 48 hours though the club and West Brom were notified by the Football League that he could not play for the Glovers that season, due to his earlier Coventry City loan spell, coupled with appearances for his parent club's Under-21 side in the EFL Trophy, which would have meant that Yeovil Town's registration counted as a third club in a single season - a breach of FIFA rules on player registrations. He therefore left Huish Park without getting near a teamsheet.


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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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