Officials for the Football League Trophy First Round match between Yeovil Town and Barnet have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 1st September 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the game will be referee Tim Robinson (West Sussex). He was promoted to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2012 and we've now had him four times as a referee.
The first was for the November 2012 home match against Hartlepool United which we won 1-0. He produced four yellow cards on the day - one against ourselves and three against the visitors. We were relatively happy with his performance, although the visitors may hold different opinion. He can't be blamed too much for Antony Sweeney's second half goal being chalked off for an offside flag, but Hartlepool were furious when he denied them a penalty midway through the second half when Byron Webster blocked a header with his arm. Ball-to-hand ruled Mr Robinson.
We then had him for the March 2013 home game against Walsall. Normally booking-free games get the thumbs up from most football supporters, but on this occasion we felt his 'hands off' approach was a little bit too extreme. We had two strong penalty shouts during the match, as James Hayter appeared to be fouled, quickly followed by Dan Burn getting wrestled to the floor. On both occasions, no decision was given, leaving manager Gary Johnson feeling that he was too inexperienced as an official to cope with what was a crucial fixture:
"He was seeing little pushes and was blowing up for pushes from a corner, but he wasn't seeing the major decisions. The referee has got to find whatever level he's at as well. The assessors have got to find out whether these first year lads that are just coming into the game can handle the big game. That's what they have to decide and we don't have a say in it. They say that we do, but we don't."
This theme somewhat repeated itself for the August 2013 match against Birmingham City - the Championship match that saw the game settled by a Dan Seaborne own goal. Although he eventually went on to book six players, his performance earlier on in the match was rather frustrating. Birmingham were one of these sides that regularly fouled their opponents, and Mr Robinson tried to opt for finger-wags, calling their captain over, and issuing last warnings to avoid dishing out yellow cards. His problem was that even after those last warnings, he continued to dish out 'last last' warnings instead of putting his foot down, and that led to the match getting a bit heated and fraught at times.
He was much better for our April 2015 home match against Sheffield United, that gave Paul Sturrock his first win as the new Yeovil Town manager. A Stephen Arthurworrey goal won the match for the Glovers, and overall the official took a back seat in the game. We can't recall it, but with us running the ball into the corner flags during second half injury time, the 90th minute booking for Josh Sheehan for timewasting looks suspiciously justified! The Sheffield Star gave him a 7/10 mark - judging by their player marks, that suggested they were happy with his performance as well.
Mr Robinson will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Bennett (Devon).
Yeovil Town Ladies headed out of the Continental Cup at the Group Stages yesterday, after FA Cup Finalists Notts County Ladies preserved their 100 percent record in the competition. The Magpies won all five of their matches, scoring 19 goals in the process and conceding just twice, and notched up a 5-0 win at Meadow Lane, in a match that was already a dead rubber for them, having qualified for the knock-out stages with a game to spare.
For the Glovers, it was perhaps a demonstration of the gap that they will need to narrow, if they are to harbour their ambitions of becoming an FA WSL1 club in the future. They held their opponents for half an hour until England international Ellen White slotted home. The crucial moment in the game came just before half time when Alex Greenwood found the bottom corner, changing the dynamics of the half time team talk for both clubs.
Notts County were able to play with freedom in that second period, thanks to their two goal cushion, and they added a third when Rachel Williams turned and shot from the edge of the box for County's third. The home side's Ashleigh Plumptre bagged her first ever senior goal before the game was wrapped up right at the end with a second goal from Ellen White as she turned in a Jess Clarke cross.
For the Glovers, it's definitely a case of 'concentrate on the league' as they face five consecutive FA WSL2 matches to end their season, realistically needing most of those matches to be wins if they are to overhaul the dominant front pair of Doncaster Rovers Belles and Reading FC Women. First up is the ultra-long trip to play Durham Women FC at New Ferens Park next Sunday lunchtime, before they take on Everton Ladies on September 13th in their next home fixture.
Final Score: Notts County Ladies 5 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.
Scorers: Ellen White (30 mins, 1-0), Alex Greenwood (44 mins, 2-0), Rachel Williams (55 mins, 3-0), Ashleigh Plumptre (70 mins, 4-0), Ellen White (88 mins, 5-0)
Notts County: Siobhan Chamberlain; Alex Greenwood, Fern Whelan, Leanne Crichton, Dani Buet; Amy Turner, Jess Clarke, Ashleigh Plumptre, Aileen Whelan; Rachel Williams, Ellen White
Notts County Substitutes: Laura Bassett (63 mins for Fern Whelan), Laura-Jayne O’Neill (68 mins for Alex Greenwood), Sophie Walton (80 mins for Dani Buet), Carly Telford, Desi Scott, Alice Hassall
Yeovil Town Ladies: Alice Evans; Nicola Cousins, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston; Ellie Curson, Shauna Cossens, Annie Heatherson, Sammy Quayle; Alys Hinchcliffe, Sarah Wiltshire.
Yeovil Town Ladies Substitutes: Natasha Knapman (46 mins for Sammy Quayle), Emily Donovan (58 mins for Alys Hinchcliffe), Charlotte Haynes (78 mins for Alice Evans), Stephanie Williams
Yesterday, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock offered up his own views on the club's start to the 2015-16 season, that has seen the club occupy a 21st place place slot in the early League Two table. As a response to Paul's views, the latest Taff's Gloversblog takes a look at the issues that the Glovers boss raises and considers the problems he faces. Read on via the link below and feel free to provide your own views at the foot of the article.
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has given his own views on the club's start to the 2015-16 season, following yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Oxford United. The result left the Glovers stuck in 21st place in the early League Two table - and somewhat below pre-season expectations from fans, who may have hoped for the club to be in the top half of the table. The club's one victory has come against Luton Town last weekend against a side who are also struggling to find their feet so far this season, occupying one place below them.
Sturrock says that he has received a number of letters and emails from supporters about the start to the season, and has spent his time following the Oxford game going back to the club's DVDs to review a number of the games so far. He has given his own views to the club's website on where the current weaknesses lie, believing that many of the errors during matches have come from his more inexperienced matches. With six experienced players sat on the sidelines, with Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) having been absent for most - and in some cases all - of the 2015-16 so far, he feels that is at the heart of the problem:
"It didn't take long to unmask the key problem; that being the individual mistakes by our young and inexperienced players and the inconsistency of our all round performance. I then realised the key ingredient causing these problems was the lack of hardened professionals down the backbone of the team. I then studied most playing squads in our league and found that rebuilding squads this season at most League Two clubs was done having a large amount of hardened pros from the season before. This meant they were strengthening their squad and not rebuilding from scratch."
The Glovers boss also confirms that he missed out on a number of more experienced players during the summer, simply because other clubs were trumping what the club could offer under the Salary Cost Management Protocol (SMCP) rules that League One and League Two clubs have to operate under. As a League Two side, the maximum size of Sturrock's wage budget is 55 percent of the club's financial turnover. He has hinted in recent interviews that he is near the top of that limit although admits that he may not have got the balance of his squad entirely right:
"Rules and regulations have hindered our recruitment by only being allowed 55 percent of our turnover to be used. I think you can appreciate that our turnover lies in the bottom half of the turnover graph. Having picked my targets for an experienced defender and forward, many of the candidates I had chosen were gobbled up by the offer of bigger wages. This has forced me to sign players with potential in those positions. I must put my hand up here and take the blame for wanting my cake and eat it; wanting to have a larger squad with both types of players where instead a smaller squad with more experienced players might have been the better formula."
On the plus side, Sturrock believes that five out of the six absentees are around three weeks away from being able to resume full training - albeit with the issue of their match fitness still at stake, particularly with those who did not take part in pre-season training. With only Simon Gillett expected to remain out until the end of the year, the Glovers boss is hopeful that the others will at least be on the training ground towards the back end of September:
"I believe the injury situation has kicked this club in the teeth. If we had Marc Laird, Kevin Dawson, Ben Tozer, Ryan Dickson and Wes Fogden available from the start, we would have as good a midfield as any in the league. These players are three weeks away before being able to train. That is not playing, just building up their fitness. We have Jack Compton needing to play but is not 100 percent match fit and from the Oxford game we have Jakub Sokolik fracturing a bone in his wrist. As a manager knowing that there is a competent team if we had all players fit is so frustrating. We must keep trying to improve the young bucks, who are going to be needed to play until the squad is healthy."
Sturrock's plea to the fans is for them to be patient over the coming weeks, whilst they wait for those more experienced players to return to the fold. He admits that with hindsight he has made a few errors himself, but believes the crucial thing is for fans to show support to those more inexperienced players, to make sure they do not crumble under expectations over the coming month:
"As I have said in the past, fans are the important ingredient to all football clubs. Nearly 500 fans travelled to Oxford after being buoyed by our performance against Luton Town the week before, only to be exasperated by the result and performance. I plead with our fan base who are going to be frustrated to back them, they need you! I have made mistakes in my selection, style of play and recruitment, but I can assure you I am totally committed to improving this club and I am appealing to you all to keep with us, we need you all!"
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Oxford United kicked off at the Kassam Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about his decision to select Ryan Bird and also explains why Omar Sowunmi and Jamie Burrows didn't travel. Read that interview via the link below.
For those who can bear to view it, match highlights of yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Oxford United are available below. As well as the goals from Danny Hylton and Callum O'Dowda, you'll also find rather a lot of ball possession by the home side in the lead-up to those goals. Just don't expect to see too much of the Glovers on the ball!
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's verdict on the team performance, and his thoughts on the squad and also the future of midfielder David Norris, can be read via the link below.
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock described his side's performance today against Oxford United as mind-boggling when matched up against the way that they played against Luton Town during last week's win. The Glovers slipped to a 2-0 defeat at the Kassam Stadium in a disappointing performance that saw Oxford win at a canter - a Danny Hylton header and an easy finish for Callum O'Dowda was the least that unbeaten Oxford deserved.
Sturrock said that the major difference between the two sides was that Oxford had been building their team under Michael Appleton for just over a year now, whilst his side is brand new. However, he told BBC Somerset that he felt his side were 'shocking' in the way they performed, and particularly singled out how they dealt with situations whilst they didn't have possession:
"Oxford are a good side. I think they've been moulded together for a while now and they're a settled team, and they don't make many changes. I thought that defensively we were shocking right through the team today. After doing so well last weekend, to do how we played today is mind-boggling. When another team has the ball, that's very important and it's something that we've been working on. But certain players today didn't come to the show. Offensively, tackles weren't won, headers weren't won and when that happens, then most of the time the ball is going to end up in front of your goal and cause you concern."
The Glovers boss said that one of his challenges was dealing with some of the younger players in the side, who have little in the way of Football League experience. He didn't name individuals but suggested that three or four of his line-up hadn't come up to scratch on the day, and implied that it was that inexperience that was letting some of them down. He said there was a need to address some of the missing parts from those players games over the coming weeks, to fill in those parts in their games:
"We've worked and worked and worked on certain things, but some of them had individually poor performances today. Obviously when you have three or four that are nowhere near the standards that you expect, it's very difficult to come to a place like Oxford, who haven't lost since March last season. So it is a hard place to come to. The more that we work, the better that we will become, and the more competitive we will become. We've got to get into these younger playees and fill their heads with knowledge. It's a jigsaw puzzle on individual players and a lot of them don't have the full jigsaw. There's four of five of them playing today that won't know the game totally."
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Yeovil Town were deservedly beaten at the Kassam Stadium this afternoon, as Oxford United won 2-0 in a one-sided encounter. The early league form has seen both sides follow very different paths, with Oxford unbeaten in League Two and Yeovil only having won once, and that trend continued as an early Danny Hylton header set the home side on their way. Callum O'Dowda's finish fifteen minutes from time was little more than Oxford deserved, with them also hitting the crossbar through Kemar Roofe, leaving Yeovil stuck in 21st place, whilst their opponents continue to occupy the play-off spots.
Yeovil went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up. The goalscoring hero of last week, Ryan Bird, was preferred up front for Shaun Jeffers but otherwise the basic 4-3-3 formation was maintained. On the bench, Jordan Gibbons got a place on the bench due to minor injuries to Omar Sowumni and Jamie Burrows that meant they stayed out of the squad. With the club's numerous long term injuries of Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) still not back, that meant six players sat on the bench.
The opening goal came after a spell of strong pressure from the home side, with Yeovil's inability to clear their lines being punished. A half-clearance was put back into the box by Alex MacDonald and Callum O'Dowda put the ball back across for Danny Hylton to have an easy finish, with plenty of other Oxford players queued up inside the box even if the striker hadn't converted his chance. With Stephen Arthurworrey having cleared the ball off his goal line earlier after Kemar Roof picked up a loose ball from an Artur Krysiak save, this was not an impressive start by the Glovers.
The pattern continued with misplaced passes and an inability to get forward behind Yeovil's troubles. Ryan Bird looked isolated, with the 4-3-3 formation tending to be more of a 4-5-1 in practice. It was therefore not too surprising to find a tactical substitution taking place just 35 minutes into the match, with David Norris being introduced for Alex Lacey, and a 4-4-2 formation being deployed as Norris went out wide, and Harry Cornick went up front to join Bird. That stabilised things a little and gave Oxford something to think about, with Cornick's strong run and slightly scuffed shot at least bringing some hope as the half closed.
The second period got off to a quiet start, with Oxford happy to calm the game down, but with Yeovil showing very little signs of getting back into it. On the hour mark, Kemar Roofe forced Artur Krysiak to parry the ball away as the home side gradually began to show their authority. Then former Exeter City midfielder Liam Sercombe chipped the ball just wide of the target. With the game tending to quietly drift away, Shaun Jeffers and Mark Beck were introduced as a double substitution, with Ryan Bird and Jack Compton making way, but Yeovil still couldn't get out of second gear to put the home side under serious pressure.
Comical moment of the second half came when referee Kevin Johnson got a bit over-dramatic with his attempts to book Connor Roberts for a foul, with his yellow card flying out of his hand, rather than being calmly raised. Oxford's Danny Hylton dutifully picked up the card for the official, raising the yellow towards Roberts on behalf of the referee. But that was about as amusing as the game got - Oxford got their second of the match with Hylton turning creator, carving open the middle after Yeovil lost possession, and then intelligently laying the ball off for Callum O'Dowda who calmly finished for a 2-0 lead.
And that was pretty much it. Yeovil's only chance of an inert second half came when Shaun Jeffers headed wide a Jakub Sokolik cross. At the other end, the home side were far more menacing - Artur Krysiak had to save again from Kemar Roofe, and then had a bit of luck as a Roofe effort from 25 yards beat the goalkeeper, but thankfully came off the top of the crossbar and away. During injury time, Krysiak saved again from substitute Pat Hoban, with Oxford so comfortable they were able to withdraw three of their star performers during the closing stages and still look the part as the minutes ticked out. For Yeovil, bar a brief spell after David Norris came on, they never got going and deservedly came home with nothing.
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
25. Josh Wakefield 21. Alex Lacey 4. Matt Dolan
23. Harry Cornick 9. Ryan Bird 14. Jack Compton
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers (66 mins for Ryan Bird) 15. Jordan Gibbons 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck (66 mins for Jack Compton) 28. David Norris (34 mins for Alex Lacey)
Oxford United: 1. Sam Slocombe 2. George Baldock 5. Johnny Mullins 6. Jake Wright 3. Joe Skarz 4. Kemar Roofe 8. Liam Sercombe 7. Danny Rose 11. Alex MacDonald 15. Callum O'Dowda 10. Danny Hylton
Substitutes: 9. Pat Hoban (88 mins for Kemar Roofe) 14. Josh Ruffels (83 mins for Callum O'Dowda) 18. John Lundstram 20. Ryan Taylor (83 mins for Danny Hylton) 21. Max Crocombe 31. James Roberts 33. Cheyenne Dunkley
Oxford Bookings: Joe Skarz (foul, 64 mins)
Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (foul, 41 mins), Connor Robers (foul, 67 mins), Stephen Arthurworrey (foul, 86 mins)
Oxford Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 5; Fouls: 8.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Richard Kendall (Bedfordshire) and Matt Corlett (Liverpool). Fourth Official: David Avent (Northamptonshire).
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. The Glovers have made one change from last Saturday's League Two match against Luton Town. That change is not too surprising with two-goal Ryan Bird being drafted into the starting line-up, with Shaun Jeffers dropping to the bench, but otherwise the starting eleven is unchanged.
Long term injuries mean that Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) are unavailable for today's game. There had been hopes that Dickson would be ready for a return this weekend, but a relapse with his groin problem has meant that he's off to see a specialist on Monday to investigate what is wrong there. Last week's substitutes Jamie Burrows and Omar Sowunmi have minor knocks that stop them from being considered for selection today.
The full line-up for the match is as follows:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
25. Josh Wakefield 21. Alex Lacey 4. Matt Dolan
23. Harry Cornick 9. Ryan Bird 14. Jack Compton
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers 15. Jordan Gibbons 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 28. David Norris
Like many Football League clubs, Yeovil Town don't have too much of a past history involving Oxford United - but it's a little longer than some. We haven't met Oxford in the league since the 2004-05 season, largely due to their four year drop into non-league football, but during that campaign we recorded a 6-1 win - a Phil Jevons hat-trick, two from Andrejs Stolcers and one from Kevin Gall produced one of the club's best Football League performances. We'll talk less of the 2-1 defeat that followed at the Kassam Stadium later that season, and also of the 2009-10 season that saw us knocked out by a then non-league side in the FA Cup by a single goal.
Various facts about where Oxford United stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:
Bookies Odds: 15/8 for Promotion via any route. That puts them 3rd in the bookies odds lists (via Ladbrokes)
Today's Match Odds: Yeovil Win 5/1; Oxford United Win 3/5 on; Draw 10/3 (via Bet 365)
New Signings: Kemar Roofe (midfielder/striker, West Bromwich Albion, undisclosed fee), Liam Sercombe (midfielder, Exeter City), Sam Slocombe (goalkeeper, Scunthorpe United), Ryan Taylor (striker, Portsmouth), John Lundstram (midfielder, Everton), Robbie Cundy (centre-back, Academy), AJ George (midfield, Academy), Freddie Grant (left-back, Academy), Canice Carroll (centre-back, Academy), George Baldock (right-back, Milton Keynes Dons, season-long loan)
Results So Far:
Sercombe 5, Hylton 9, Roofe 12, Mullins 54
Roofe 82, Hoban 90
O'Dowda 36, Roofe 49, Hylton 79
Last Line-Up: 1. Sam Slocombe; 2. George Baldock 6. Jake Wright 5. Johnny Mullins 3. Joe Skarz; 11. Alex MacDonald 8. Liam Sercombe 7. Danny Rose 15. Callum O'Dowda; 10. Danny Hylton 4. Kemar Roofe
Substitutes: 18. John Lundstram 9. Pat Hoban 14. Josh Ruffels 20. Ryan Taylor 21. Max Crocombe 22. Sam Long 33. Cheyenne Dunkley
Manager: Michael Appleton - Although he developed his coaching career with West Bromwich Albion, Appleton's first proper management job was with Portsmouth, and was the unfortunate man at the helm as they got relegated from the Championship in 2011-12 - Pompey's financial mess having more influence over that than anything a manager could do. He jumped from one club in a mess to another during the following season by becoming Blackpool's manager - eleven games and 65 days later he jumped ship and headed to local rivals Blackburn Rovers. His stay there lasted only two days longer - after fifteen games Rovers dismissed him. As such his spell with Oxford - who he joined in July 2014, has become his longest in his management career so far - 58 matches, of which he's won 19, drawn 21 and lost 18 of them.
Connections: Former Yeovil Town loanee John Lundstram has become a permanent member of Oxford's first team squad after joining them during the summer. After his 16 game loan spell with the Glovers whilst on the books of Everton, he had further temporary deals with Leyton Orient (twice), Blackpool and Scunthorpe United. He was released by Everton at the end of last season and signed a two year contract at Oxford with the option of a third year.
Yeovil Town's Huish Park Club Shop will be open tomorrow morning to coincide with supporters travelling up to the Kassam Stadium in the morning. The League Two match against Oxford United sees the GWSC coaches depart Huish Park at 11.00a.m. tomorrow morning, and to coincide with that, the club shop will be open for one hour only from 10.00a.m. for supporters to purchase anything that they want to take up to Oxford with them.
As an added incentive, the Club Shop will also be offering a 20 percent discount on all home and away shirts during that hour. This offer is open to all supporters, regardless of whether you're travelling to the Kassam Stadium or not, and so represents a good opportunity to get your hands on a home or away shirt at a cheaper price. The offer is available for that hour only.
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's trip to Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC yesterday. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires, Paul talks about tomorrow's opposition, the win over Luton Town, the form of Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey and the performances of Ryan Bird and Shaun Jeffers. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock is hoping that last weekend's first win of the season will give his team the confidence that they need in order to compete in League Two. Having beaten Luton Town by a 3-2 scoreline at Huish Park, his side travel to play Oxford United tomorrow, with the obvious aim of replicating their second half performance in last weekend's game.
Speaking to BBC Somerset this week, the Glovers boss has said that he could see signs in some of the club's earlier games, that they were capable of producing a performance like last week's win, but that at other times his players had been getting into bad habits, and so last week's match tactics were an attempt to move away from the unwanted parts of the players' performances:
"I think we've had periodic spells in most of the games we've played where we've been not too bad. I think the second half against Exeter, the last twenty minutes against York, and really when you look at those it was coming. I think also that when people are lacking confidence they do silly things. Too many long balls were getting played to height up front. I did feel that it was a definite feature of our game that was disappointing. So we changed it a little and tweaked it a little bit for a different system of play and a different style of play. The players were more adaptive to that, and I think we'd stick by it."
The Glovers will be going into tomorrow's match at the Kassam Stadium with club captain Ryan Dickson still absent. There had been hopes that he would have recovered from a groin problem that has affected him since the opening match of the 2015-16 season. However, he has suffered a relapse on that injury, and so is heading off to a specialist to determine what the root cause if the problem is.
As a result, Sturrock is likely to select from a similar squad to the one that was used against Luton, with the main dilemma being whether he starts with Shaun Jeffers, who did well to deal with the experience of Luton's Steve McNulty, with the Hatters being forced to withdraw the veteran to stop him getting a red card due to the number of fouls he was having to commit on Jeffers. However, Jeffers' replacement on the hour mark during that match was Ryan Bird, who scored twice to help Yeovil win the game. Sturrock was keeping his cards close to his chest over whether Bird would get a starting role in the side on Saturday:
"I don't know that - I'm still deliberating that one. Ryan has great qualities and great attitudes that can be a benefit for the team. But I didn't think that Shaun let himself down as he had a very difficult job against a very physical back four. So it's about making that decision, and I'll leave that one to nearer the time."
Former Yeovil Town trialist Paul Connolly has found himself a new home. The former Plymouth Argyle and Leeds United defender, who finished the 2014-15 season on the books of Luton Town has signed for Conference North side Stockport County today. First team manager Neil Young has suggested that the 31 year old had interest from League One side Blackpool but has chosen to move into non-league football for the first time in his career. His contract length hasn't been disclosed, but Young confirmed that the deal had been done:
"It's a very good signing. He's got that bit of experience you need; he can play centre-back or right-back and I'm very pleased to have got it done. I believe he had been very close to getting a deal at Blackpool but, instead, we've got him to come and play for us."
Connolly featured in Yeovil Town's two pre-season friendlies in Cornwall, against Callington Town and Truro City, but had departed once the club played their third friendly of the summer against Torquay United, and has not been on the radar of any clubs since then. An odd quirk of his decision to join Stockport is that both his current club and his last club go by the informal name of the Hatters - the only two senior clubs to go by that nickname in England.
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make the 115 mile trip to play Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide to the ground and the surrounding area has been updated to include all the information you'll hopefully need for the trip. Find ticketing, travel, parking, a pub guide, statistics and club history all on the page linked below.
For other ticketing and travel information, head via the other links below.
Yeovil Town Ladies' hopes of qualifying past the group stages of the Continental Cup took a dent last night, after they were beaten 4-0 by FA WSL1 side Birmingham City Ladies. Two early goals sealed their fate and set the pattern of the game, although they were not helped by the Glovers hitting the woodwork three times during the match.
Birmingham pair Jo Potter and Coral Haines did the damage early on, with the latter finishing from eight yards to put Birmingham 2-0 up with just seven minutes gone. Then with half an hour gone, Charlie Wellings gave the home side a three goal advantage, which they took into the break, leaving Yeovil with an obvious mountain to climb.
Just before half time, Sarah Wiltshire's ball through to Natasha Knapman had seen the Glovers striker successfully lob the goalkeeper, only to find the ball coming off the crossbar and back out. Early in the second half, the same happened again as Annie Heatherson found the crossbar in the way, whilst late on Sarah Wiltshire struck the goalpost - the thirteenth time that the Glovers have found the goalframe in the way since they returned from the summer break. Their night was summed up when their second half pressure was met by a Birmingham counter-attack that set away Kirsty Linnett to score the fourth and final goal. Speaking after the game, Annie Heatherson declared her frustration at the scoreline:
"Look back at the stats and we must hit the bar more than any other side. I don’t think it’s a coincidence; it’s more to do with our liking to hit long range shots. We hit the woodwork three times and I thought my effort in the second half was in. You’ve got to give a lot of credit though to Birmingham – they don’t look like a side who are second-bottom of the table. They shocked us a bit early on when they showed their experience but we reshuffled at the break and improved. We became more compact and pressed them more and created more chances. Before that, they were playing around us too much. We deserved a goal tonight but that’s football."
The Ladies play their final Continental Cup Group match on Sunday - an away match against FA Cup finalists Notts County Ladies - knowing that they need to win to stand a chance of qualifying through to the next stages. With the Magpies having collected maximum points so far in the group stages, clearly that is going to be a difficult proposition.
Final Score: Birmingham City Ladies 4 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.
Scorers: Jo Potter (5 mins, 1-0), Coral Haines (7 mins, 2-0), Charlie Wellings (29 mins, 3-0), Kirsty Linnett (60 mins, 4-0)
Birmingham Ladies (4-3-3): Sophie Baggaley, Alex Windell, Aoife Mannion, Meaghan Sargeant, Jess Carter, Chloe Peplow, Coral Haines, Jo Potter, Kirsty Linnett, Charlie Welings, Mel Lawley
Birmingham Substitutes: Emily Westwood (46 mins for Jess Carter), Freda Ayisi (46 mins for Mel Lawley), Cheryl Edwards (68 mins for Kirsty Linnett), Kerys Harrop, Remi Allen
Yeovil Town Ladies (4-4-2): Alice Evans, Natalie Haigh, Steph Williams, Ellie Curson, Nicola Cousins, Helen Bleazard, Emily Donovan, Annie Heatherson, Corinne Yorston, Sarah Wilshire, Natasha Knapman
Yeovil Town Substitutes: Shuana Cossens (49 mins for Steph Williams), Alys Hinchcliffe (52 mins for Natasha Knapman), Sammy Quayle (68 mins for Emily Donovan)
Officials for the League Two match between Oxford United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 29th August at the Kassam Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Kevin Johnson (Somerset).
He has been a regular at Huish Park, but in terms of competitive fixtures has only been used twice for a competitive fixture as a man in the middle. Other occasions involved him turning up for a pre-season friendly, whilst he has also been used in the past as an assistant referee and fourth official. Over the summer of 2014, he was promoted to the Football League's referees list, having previously been the man in the middle at Conference level.
He is 38 years old and lives in Weston-super-Mare, where he used to work at the Bristol Evening Post as a newspaper printer, but now works in property maintenance, working in Redfield. He started refereeing during his late teens, progressing through the Bristol and Suburban and Gloucestershire County leagues before taking on Western League and Southern League fixtures.
During the 2014-15 pre-season he took charge of the pre-season friendly against Cardiff City, in a match in which the Bluebirds ran out as comfortable 1-4 away winners. He also took charge of our September 2014 Football League Trophy match against Portsmouth which ended in a 1-3 home defeat. Despite the two results, we can't find too much outrage about his performance, apart from a possible penalty shout when a Sam Hoskins cross appeared to be handled inside the box by a Pompey player.
Where things get more controversial are with the Boxing Day meeting against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. It was an unusual decision to allow him to take charge of a local derby game where his employment is currently in Bristol BS5, and where his former employers are the major media organisation reporting on that club, in an environment where there is clearly going to be a lot of passion and support for that club, and where he will have rubbed shoulders with their supporters on a daily basis. He may not be a City supporter himself, but it would be like someone working at the Western Gazette and then going off and refereeing a Yeovil game.
During the match he awarded Bristol City two penalties - the first was soft, whilst the second came about after he'd belatedly changed his mind over a free kick given Yeovil's way that caught our players out of position as a direct result of his u-turn. He also turned down our own penalty appeal. Overall, City were the better side, and deserved their win in terms of the pattern of play, but manager Gary Johnson was not best pleased saying after the match: "I'd be shocked if anyone thinks they were penalties" - his view was that for the second penalty his defender had won the ball. Overall the referee's performance was poor, and you wonder what the referees association were thinking in terms of giving such an inexperienced official a local derby in his own back yard.
Mr Johnson will be assisted by Richard Kendall (Bedfordshire) and Matt Corlett (Liverpool). The Fourth Official will be David Avent (Northamptonshire).
League One side Crewe Alexandra have finally completed a loan deal for Swansea City left-back Stephen Kingsley. The 21 year old, who was on loan at Huish Park during the second half of last season, has agreed to a 93 days loan deal that will keep him at Gresty Road until November 26th. At that point, Crewe would have to return him to the Liberty Stadium until at least the start of the January transfer window, with that being the maximum period allowed under the Emergency Loan rules.
Crewe have been trying to bring Kingsley into their first team squad now for over a month and have been filling in with other players during the early matches of the 2015-16 season. Boss Steve Davis had said yesterday that he was on the edge of a deal but didn't want to rush matters:
"With the left-back, I don’t want to gamble. I want to get someone who has done the level. You have to take risks, but I’d prefer someone who can hit the ground running. We have options and it is up to me to make the right decision. We have taken our time because we feel it is important. We need a natural left-back who can give defensive solidity and get forward and create problems at the other end."
Kingsley's last act in Swansea colours before heading up the M6 was to play in an Under-21s fixture against Stoke City last night - a match that also saw Liam Shephard make his first appearance of the summer, having missed the whole of pre-season due to injury.
Brympton Parish Council have delivered their feedback on the club's planning application for retail development at Huish Park. The Huish Park land lies under the Brympton parish, and thus they represent the local parish council, rather than Yeovil Town Council, who act as a neighbouring parish, and who provided feedback on the application yesterday.
Brympton have provided some detailed feedback on the application, and recommend to SSDC that the application should be refused. They cite a variety of reasons for this, including the way that the development is going to be financed from a point of view of benefitting the football club and in terms of highways improvements. They also draw attention to the ownership of the Huish Park land, pointing out that part of it is ultimately owned by SSDC, with the club using it under a leasehold agreement. They also do not believe that the club's separate planning application at Lufton - intended to provide replacement Public Open Space land - is sufficient
Their full unedited set of eight objections are as follows:
1. Lack of information on how the holding company will transfer the funds raised to the front line football club.
2. The Retail Footprint has increased from previous application. Out of town retail is against the Local Plan and the National Policy Framework. Brympton is not in need of any new retail. Abbey Manor Park already has a Tesco store. The Lufton Key site will be having its own convenience store, as will the Brimsmore key site. Asda is also within 500 yards of this site.
3. Two new highway accesses are proposed on to Western Avenue, which is already over capacity at peak times. The new accesses are not factored into the Western Corridor Study.
4. The money generated from this sale will be insufficient to finance all the highway issues and new access onto main highway -Western Ave and lorry access onto Lufton Way.
5. SSDC remain owners of a significant part of the development site including location for hotel, coffee shop, convenience store and half of sports clinic. There is no indication that SSDC are willing to be a partner in this development and, even if they were, how would income generated from their part of the site be used for YTFC proposals? SSDC are custodians of the public interest and the benefit of the local residents for use of this land for informal recreation. Are SSDC in favour of selling their share of the land?
6. This area was never designated as a retail area. In fact the Agreement dated 1989 between YTFC and SSDC specifically excludes it.
7. The application form indicates that car parking provision will increase from an existing 636 spaces to 993. How is this possible when swathes of land are being used for retail purposes? The Design Statement says that it is 'likely' that some of the retail parking will be available for YTFC supporters to use. This is seen as a forlorn hope as it cannot be relied upon that the major retailer will make its car park available to football supporters.
8. The suggested alternative community land at Lufton/Thorne Lane, which is the subject of a different application, is not considered to be an acceptable site.
The reference to the land owned by SSDC can be explained by the club's own Questions and Answers document that was published in March 2014. Within this document, the club identified 4.69 acres of land (just under a fifth of the Huish Park land) that they had a leasehold agreement with SSDC. An SSDC planning document also explains the agreement:
"The Council owns approx. 4.6 acres of land along the Western Avenue edge of the site which forms part of the Public Recreation Area. As part of the agreement it is leased to YTFC for 999 years. It can only be used for the playing of team games on pitches or tennis on the courts to be laid out on this land, as a car park ancillary to the football stadium or any social club; in relation to any residual land for informal public recreation and not for any other purpose".
The relevant plot of land is understood to be the lower level of the main car park situated next to the East Stand, with the land boundary being the ridge that runs across the car park. The boundary continues across the top pitches along the same line of sight as the car park ridge. The current plans include the Hotel, Convenience Store and around 50 percent of the Sports Injury Clinic as being cited on this land. The club would either need to purchase the freehold of this land from SSDC, or renegotiate the 1989 Leasehold agreement to enable the land to be used for non-recreational purposes.
Regarding the replacement of the community land at Lufton/Thorne Lane, Brympton Parish Council do not outline why they do not consider it to be an acceptable site. However, within that separate planning application, input from SSDC's Sports Leisure and Arts department states that the intention is for this application to replace obligations towards 12.5 acres of the Huish Park land. However, SSDC estimate that the replacement land covers around 7.5 acres with under 4 acres being provided for community pitches and thus give the view that this is not adequate replacement of land.
They also feel that there is insufficient information provided concerning the quality of the sports pitches that will be provided, and how they will be managed and maintained. They are however satisfied with the location of the replacement land, given that it lies within the general residential area associated with the original site. At present they are not willing to support the application, with the question of the land acreage being an obvious problem that would need to be addressed.
Yeovil Town Ladies, working in partnership with their educational provider Bridgwater College, are pleased to announce details on the NEW development centre for females.
Bridgwater College and Yeovil Town Ladies launch a new Development Centre
The Team BC and Yeovil Town Ladies FC Development Centre will give female players between the ages of U10-U16 the opportunity to train and play at a higher level. Being a part of this centre will NOT detract players from playing for their local grass roots club, school, or advanced coaching centre.
Who is it for?
It is aimed at developing talented female players, who want to improve both technically and tactically. There will be age groups at U10’s (school years 4 & 5 from Sept 2015), U12’s (school years 6 & 7 from Sept 2015), U14’s (school years 8 & 9 from Sept 2015) & U16’s (school years 10 & 11 from Sept 2015).
When will training be?
There will be a 90 minute session every Monday evening and this will run from the beginning of October through to the end of April.
U10, U12 & U14 age groups will train between 6.00-7.30pm and U16 age group will train between 7.30-9.00pm.
Where will it be held?
All sessions will take place at Bridgwater College, where we have access to a range of different facilities, including grass pitches, astro turf pitch, indoor sports hall, classrooms, fully equipped gym, dance studio.
What will training consist of?
Training will be varied in order to develop players all round potential. Sessions will include technical and tactical sessions working to a syllabus of different topics. There will also be indoor Futsal sessions to develop skill and speed of play. Our strength and conditioning coach will also work with all age groups, working on various aspects depending on the age group (eg balance and coordination, power, speed, agility etc) and there will also be occasional classroom sessions to discuss nutrition, psychology and analysis. Players will also have access to a fully equipped gym, along with a studio for activities and classes. Goalkeepers will receive specific goalkeeper training.
Who will take the training sessions?
Each age group will have a head coach who will be a minimum of UEFA B qualified. Each age group will also have an FA Qualified assistant coach. There will also be a Yeovil Town Ladies FC first team player who will be an ambassador and offer extra support and guidance to the players in each age group.
Will there be matches?
Throughout the season there will be fixture opportunities. These will be friendly matches and played in an environment which will aid the development of players. Some fixtures will be held on training nights, with other fixture opportunities being held on weekends.
Do I have to already be playing for a Yeovil Town Ladies team?
No - the centre is designed to encourage female players from the whole region to come together to take part in a well structured and professional environment, whilst continuing to play for their current school, club team or advanced coaching centre.
Is there a cost?
Yes - the cost for the whole season is £160.00. This includes all training and fixture costs, along with training kit. The cost can be split over a period of time, or paid in full at the start of the season.
How do I get involved?
There will be two trial dates on Monday 21st September and Monday 28th September at Bridgwater College. U10’s and U12’s trials are from 6.00-7.30pm. U14’s and U16’s are from 7.30-9.00pm.
During these two trials, players are encouraged to attend to show their potential to train within this environment. Coaches will monitor players during these trials looking at players ability, attitude, team work, athleticism, being able to understand instructions, plus more.
We encourage players who are currently playing at grass roots level or above to attend.
To trial, please complete the trial form which can be downloaded here and return to Team BC and Yeovil Town Ladies Development Centre, Yeovil Town Ladies FC, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, BA22 8YF. Deadline for applications is strictly 17/09/15.
On Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies took on Aston Villa Ladies for the second consecutive weekend. They gained a 2-2 draw in the FA WSL2 division match, and the day after the game, first team manager Jamie Sherwood spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton, Jamie's thoughts on the home point can be read via the link below.
Yeovil Town Council have given the thumbs down to the football club's latest plans to redevelop the land at Huish Park. The Town Council act as a neighbouring parish, with the land falling under Brympton Parish Council's remit, but have an important role given that they cover the main town centre's retail outlets.
The new plans were submitted to South Somerset District Council in early August, with a decision due to be made on the application by October 29th 2015. At present they are being circulated to numerous councils, planning experts and for comment by local businesses and residents and so the Town Council's response will be one of a number of pieces that will be fed back and pooled by SSDC for the final planning committee report that will be issued prior to the October decision.
The Town Council's formal response back to SSDC says that they recommend: "Object, due to inadequate local road infrastructure to cater for increased traffic, impact of the retail development on the town centre and unacceptable offer in terms of replacement POS (Public Open Space)."
At a more detailed level, the Western Gazette report that the development was discussed by the Town Council this week. Eleven councillors abstained from voting due to having vested interests in the football club (such as being shareholders or season ticket holders). Of those who were left, the recommendation for refusal was carried unanimously by four votes to zero.
In terms of the traffic issue, one of the concerns raised was the volume of traffic accessing the junction between Thorne Lane and Western Avenue. SSDC Planning Officer Simon Fox indicated that there is already an obligation for housing developers currently building on the Brinsmore Key Site to provide road improvements once they reach a certain threshold:
"The improved junction is due to be in place when the 100th Brinsmore dwelling has been built. This could happen concurrently with this development."
Councillor David Recardo also objected to the club's plans to build a hotel on land which is currently the lower section of the main car park nearest to Western Avenue. He questioned the height of the building that was going to be placed there:
"It appears that we're looking at a multi-storey build, and if it will house 80 bedrooms then it will be quite a tall building, and not in keeping with the surroundings. I'm all in favour of seeing improvements to the club - frankly for the supporters it is long overdue. I support the upgrade to the sporting facility, but this is too much."
The Town Council's verdict will be an influencing factor in the SSDC Planning Report and committee discussion, but the planning process will allow other interested parties to have their say as well.
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-2 win over Luton Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town central defender Stephen Arthurworrey spoke to the BBC. The on-loan Fulham player scored one goal and set up the other two, and after the match he spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset. Read Stephen's views on the game and his goal via the link below.
Yeovil Town striker Ryan Bird has been included in the Football League's Team of the Week. The former Cambridge United and Portsmouth striker, who joined the club during the summer, has been rewarded for the two goals that he scored during the club's 3-2 win over Luton Town at Huish Park on Saturday. Not bad, considering that he was only on the pitch for 30 minutes during the game. The Football League's thoughts on Ryan's performance are as follows:
"Bird's double helped Yeovil pick up their first win of the campaign, as they came from behind against Luton Town. The Hatters had taken a 2-0 lead at Huish Park, but a Stephen Arthurworrey header put the hosts back in the game, before Bird showcased his finishing skills – scoring twice in the last half-hour to provide his side with the win."
The Football League's team is made up from players across all three divisions and is as follows:
Goalkeeper: David Martin (Milton Keynes Dons)
Defender: Lewin Nyatanga (BarnsleDefender: Aaron Pierre (Wycombe Wanderers)
Defender: Joe Bryan (Bristol City)
Midfielder: Johnny Russell (Derby County)
Midfielder: Bradley Dack (Gillingham)
Midfielder: Kemar Roofe (Oxford United)
Midfielder: Brad Inman (Crewe Alexandra)
Striker: Ryan Bird (Yeovil Town)
Striker: Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers)
Striker: Abdenasser El Khayati (Burton Albion)
Manager: Graham Alexander (Fleetwood Town)
Highlights from the game, which includes all five goals, can be viewed below. You can also read an interview with Ryan Bird that was conducted after the game, via the link below.
Luton Town manager John Still admitted that his team didn't deal with Yeovil Town's ascendancy in the game, once the Glovers began to claw their way back from a two goal deficit on Saturday. The home side were looking as though they were heading for their fifth defeat of the 2015-16 season when early goals from Craig Mackail-Smith and Paul Benson left them 2-0 down with just 18 minutes played of the game at Huish Park.
At that point in the match it looked as though the Hatters were on their way to a fairly easy victory, but the Glovers clawed their way back into the match, thanks to a Stephen Arthurworrey header, then the same player set up Ryan Bird twice during the second period to enable Yeovil Town to win the match by a 3-2 scoreline.
Hatters boss Still told the BBC after the game that he felt Yeovil deserved to win the match, and suggested that once the first goal was scored that his side began to invite Yeovil to attack them, and said his team had failed to move the ball around quickly enough once they did get back into possession:
"The first half was okay - we weren't great but I thought it was okay. In the second half, they upped their game and we couldn't stay with it - it was as simple as that. They got the ascendancy, and I felt that we invited them on to us, because when we were coming out of defence we weren't moving the ball around quick enough. Earlier on in the game we moved the ball quite quickly but we never moved the ball quick enough. If there was a challenge to win, Yeovil won it, and if they got into areas where you want to run with the ball, they ran with it and ran at us, and made us really defend. I just felt that they had the ascendancy and we couldn't wrestle it from them. If I'm being honest I thought they deserved to win today."
One of the more interesting first half battles came between Luton's veteran centre-half Steve McNulty, who found the pace of Shaun Jeffers hard to deal with. McNulty picked up a yellow card and was then beaten in the air by Stephen Arthurworrey for the goal, before picking up another warning for a foul by referee Simon Hooper.
McNulty was then withdrawn at half time, with the obvious reasoning being that if he had committed one more foul during the following 45 minutes then he would have been sent off. But Still explained that his overall view of McNulty's game might have provoked the substitution, even if he hadn't been sat on a final warning following his booking. He said the substitution was an easy decision whichever way he looked at it:
"Absolutely - he had to come off. I don't know why, as I haven't spoken to Steve, but I don't think he was right from early on. He didn't look right to me, and regardless of one or two fouls, I might have made that change at half time. I thought his concentration levels from almost the start were off, I don't know why, but he headed a ball back once without looking and the fella could have got in. I thought he got beat too easily for the goal, thought his concentration levels were really poor. Taking him off at half time was the right thing to do. I think one more foul of any description and he was going to go off."
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-2 win over Luton Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Ryan Bird spoke to the BBC. Having been brought on as a substitute during that game, Ryan scored two goals during the second half and after the match he spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset. Read Ryan's views on the game and his goals via the link below.
In addition to Ryan's interview, there are also other articles and interviews associated with the weekend match against Luton, plus the opportunity to vote for your Man of the Match from that game. Find the articles via the links below.
Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood was left frustrated at the final whistle today, despite seeing his side claw back a late point at the Jones Stadium against Aston Villa Ladies. The 2-2 draw was achieved thanks to an 87th minute goal, which kept the Glovers unbeaten in the FA Women's Super League during the second half of the season. However, with Reading Women putting eight goals past London Bees, and Doncaster Rovers Belles beating Millwall Lionesses 5-0, this was definitely a weekend for the top two sides, who now have an eight point cushion over the third placed Glovers.
The game at the Jones Stadium was one in which the Glovers had to come from behind twice - Amy West gave Villa a ninth minute lead, but they only held it for sixty seconds as Ellie Curson convered a Helen Bleazard corner to level the scores. Villa then took the lead again as Alicia Robinson fired a 19th minute goal, and one that they held right up until three minutes before the end.
In any other world, Sarah Wiltshire's classy 87th minute equaliser would have been one to savour - instead it was Yeovil's get out of jail card, as she cut the ball onto her right foot before unleashing an angled shot into the back of the net. That gave Yeovil a 2-2 draw - better than nothing, and certainly a welcome point given how the game was going, but boss Jamie Sherwood admitted after the match that it wasn't quite what he'd been hoping for in the overall scheme of things:
"We know what we need to do to achieve what we want and a draw is not going to help us at this point. To be fair to the girls they never gave up, and they kept creating chances right throughout the entire game. Every player that we have got within the team has got the quality to change a game – unfortunately we didn't change it enough today. We kept on working, we kept on battling; we needed a take at least a point today to keep everything alive and we'll keep fighting and we’ll keep the pressure on. There was no complacency today, Villa played well. That's maybe been Villa's season this year – they've been a bit of a Jekyll and Hyde side, but they came here with a good game plan and they executed it well."
The next two matches see Yeovil Town Ladies head back into Continental Cup mode. They have a midweek journey to Solihull Moors FC where they will take on Birmingham City Ladies, before next Sunday's trip to FA Cup finalists Notts County Ladies, which will complete the group stages of that competition.
Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 Aston Villa Ladies 2.
Yeovil Town Ladies (4-3-3): Charlotte Haynes; Sammy Quayle, Natalie Haigh, Nicola Cousins, Corinne Yorston; Helen Bleazard, Ellie Curson, Stephanie Williams; Sarah Wiltshire, Natasha Knapman Annie Heatherson
Yeovil Substitutes: Alys Hinchcliffe (54 mins for Sammy Quayle), Emily Donovan (63 mins for Natasha Knapman), Ebony Dover, Shauna Cossens, Stacey Pearson, Jodi Cornwall, Alice Evans
Aston Villa Ladies (4-5-1): Caitlin Leach; Maddy Cusack, Jade Richards, Lauren Haynes, Hannah George; Bethan Merrick, Abbeyleigh Stringer, Sherry McCue, Alicia Robinson, Amy West; Mollie Rouse
Aston Villa Substitutes: Elisha N’Dow (55 mins for Maddy Cusack), Georgie Griffiths (55 mins for Abbeyleigh Stringer), Emily Owen (88 mins for Jade Richards), Hayley Crackle, Jess Myers, Emily Owen, Laura Cooper
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Luton Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about the loss of Wes Fogden, his decision to put Mark Beck and Ryan Bird on the bench, and his thoughts on the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.
Following yesterday afternoon's 3-2 win over Luton Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's verdict on the victory can be read via the link below.
Yeovil Town's win today, provoked the big question of the last time the club had come from two goals down to win a league match. Today saw the Glovers 3-2 win over Luton Town at Huish Park, but they had to do it the hard way, trailing by two goals after just 18 minutes, after Craig Mackail-Smith's and Paul Benson's goals. With Stephen Arthurworrey's header and a brace from Ryan Bird turning the match on its head, one of the questions raised by Glovers fans at the game was when the last time that had happened.
In terms of coming from behind to win a game from a single goal down, the answer is that you don't have to look too far back in the records to find such a case. The Glovers managed it in March 2015, when a 2-1 win over Oldham Athletic was achieved through second half goals from Joel Grant and James Hayter. The Glovers also achieved the same a month earlier with the 2-1 win over Crawley Town at Huish Park.
To find a case of a two goal deficit being overturned though, you have to go back considerably further. Within the context of a two-legged play-off semi-final we achieved this in May 2007 when the club beat Nottingham Forest5-4 on aggregate after being 3-1 down on aggregate midway through the second leg, and of course 2-0 down after the first leg. However, for the last occasion this happened in a bulk standard League fixture, you'll need to head back to October 2005, and the topsy-turvy match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park that saw the club win 4-3 after coming from two goals down - Darren Way, Phil Jevons and a Matt Harrold brace turned the game from a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 advantage. During the 2004-05 season we also took a 2-0 scoreline against Cambridge United and turned that into a 5-3 win.
However, to find the last time the Glovers did this in a home league match, you have to go back a long time. A very long time. On December 4th 1999 - nearly sixteen years ago - the Glovers took on Northwich Victoria at Huish Park in a Conference League match. They fell 2-0 down to the Vics, with goals from Robert Pell and Val Owen leaving them 2-0 down on 66 minutes. The comeback charge was started by Terry Skiverton three minutes later, with Matt Hayfield's equaliser coming soon after that. Then in the 90th minute, Warren Patmore tapped in a Tony Pounder cross, to leave Northwich in despair, and make manager Steve Thompson - then in his first spell in the dugout - a rather happy man.
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock praised his side's grit and determination for battling out a 3-2 win over Luton Town at Huish Park this afternoon. The Glovers had to come from two goals behind after early strikes from Craig Mackail-Smith and Paul Benson which rocked them as the Hatters assumed control of the match. Gradually though, the home side worked their way back into the match, and by the break, a Stephen Arthurworrey header and some increasingly shakey Luton defending gave Yeovil hope that they could get something out of the match.
Up until today's game, Sturrock had presided over four consecutive defeats at the club, including three in the league - hardly what he had hoped for during the start of the season. However, speaking after the game to BBC Somerset, he was mindful of the fact that some of those earlier League Two matches could have ended in draws, which would have given a different perspective on his side's start, even if the points on the board would have been the same. Overall though, it was the performance today that pleased him:
"We were better than in the last couple of weeks, I can assure you. Football is a strange game. We could have had three draws and a defeat this year and we would have said that we'd had a decent start to the season. Instead we've got one win, and we've got the same points. So we've got to be pleased, when we were 2-0 down and things were looking as though they were going to get worse instead of better. The first one was a great strike that should have been stopped, but it makes you start to worry. However, the players have shown grit and determination to get back into the game, and I thought Stephen Arthurworrey came up with a good finish, and we finished the half very well."
Whilst Arthurworrey's goal gave the Glovers some hope, it was the introduction of substitute Ryan Bird on the hour mark that was to produce the key moment of the game. Bird scored with more-or-less his first touch after being introduced as a striker, and then followed that up with a second goal just eleven minutes later, which gave the Glovers a 3-2 advantage. Sturrock admitted that Bird had a habit of being in the right place at the right time, which made him dangerous as a goalscorer:
"The boys kept going throughout the 90 minutes and were the better team during the second half. I think that Ryan Bird would be the first to admit that he's not the best footballer in the world. But saying that, the boy has a knack of being in the right place at the right time. He's quite probably the best finisher amongst the players that we've got. But he's come on and for the first finish he's been in the right area, and for the second one it was a great finish across the goalie. So I'm very pleased for him, as he's one of the ones that I've probably not used so much, and to be fair to him he's come up with the goods today."
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 3-2 win against Luton Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.
Yeovil Town came from two goals down to beat Luton Town at Huish Park today, as they recorded their first win of the 2015-16 season. Having lost their first four matches, including their first three league games, the Glovers looked to be heading in the same direction as a cracking 25 yarder from Craig Mackail-Smith was followed up by a rather easier close range tap-in from his strike partner Paul Benson. The game turned entirely when Stephen Arthurworrey headed home from a Connor Roberts cross and from that moment the Glovers were on top. The other key moment came through the introduction of former Portsmouth striker Ryan Bird. Within a couple of minutes of coming on, Arthurworrey fed him for the equalising goal, and then eleven minutes later, the same combination secured the winning goal, lifting Yeovil up into 19th place and getting them off the mark at last.
The Glovers went into the match making three team changes and a formation change from the side that had taken the field against York City in midweek. Matt Dolan was restored after his one match suspension, whilst there were places in the side for Shaun Jeffers and Jack Compton, displacing Mark Beck and Ryan Bird to the bench. Wes Fogden's broken fingers meant that he was sat in the stands, whilst there was also a formation change, with Alex Lacey moving into midfield against his old club as they put out a 4-3-3 formation with three pacey players put into the front line positions.
The start was about as horrible as it is possible to get. Just 188 seconds into the match, Craig Mackail-Smith - hardly an unknown quantity from his days at Peterborough United - received the ball 25 yards away from goal, chested it down, and with no-one looking to close him down he fired the ball with a looping shot that went straight into the back of the net. That was a real hammer blow for the Glovers, and silenced the Huish Park crowd during the early stages, as the Glovers had a tentative start to the match.
Midway through the first half, that poor start turned into a bit of a nightmare as Mackail-Smith's strike partner got in on the act. Steve McNulty's corner was headed back down by Jonathan Smith into the danger zone and a host of Luton players were queuing up to score, with former Dagenham and Redbridge player Paul Benson able to tap the ball over the line from a yard or two out. Luton weren't exactly rampant, but they were two goals to the good, and the Glovers were looking a bit ragged and shellshocked.
The Glovers didn't line up their first chance until 30 minutes into the match, when a Shaun Jeffers shot was saved by former Glovers loanee Mark Tyler - last seen on the Glovers books nineteen years ago whilst the club were in the Isthmian League! Luton were just starting to wobble a bit, with another veteran Steve McNulty continually fouling Jeffers to stop the more speedy player from breaking clear. With seven minutes to go before the break, Yeovil had a lifeline - a Connor Roberts cross into the box was headed into the back of the net by Stephen Arthurworrey and that was to turn the pattern of the game entirely.
Luton looked nervy, with McNulty having already landed in the book and then getting a final warning from referee Simon Hooper who made it clear what would happen if he carried on with his tactics. It was therefore little surprise to find the visitors swapping the big man for Mark O'Brien at half time, to save him from a likely red card. A more even period ensured, with Paul Benson forcing an excellent save from Artur Krysiak, and that moment was to prove crucial to the eventual pattern of the game.
On the hour mark, former Cambridge United and Portsmouth striker Ryan Bird was introduced into the the side, replacing a tired Shaun Jeffers. Bird has been utilised as a midfielder in recent games but this was his first proper chance to show what he could do up front. The result was rather emphatic. Stephen Arthurworry won the ball out on the flank and provided a low ball in towards Bird, who finished smartly from close range for the equalising goal.
But there was better to come. Eleven minutes after that goal, and thirteen minutes after his introduction, Ryan Bird struck again. There won't be too many games in Stephen Arthurworrey's career where he'll claim one goal and two assists, but it was his pass that set Bird free, and he shot early from the edge of the box to turn the game on its head and put Yeovil 3-2 up, 54 minutes after being 0-2 down. To add insult to the Luton fans feelings, the pre-match sunshine turned into second half rain, soaking those on the away terrace and sending the scurrying down the tunnel towards the tea bar coverings - presumably they didn't want to watch the remainder of the game!
In truth, Luton were finished by that third goal. With the Glovers having youth and adrenalin on their side, they finished the game as the stronger team, and Luton simply faded away, albeit with a late effort from Scott Griffiths worrying a few fans as it bounced off the top of the top of the crossbar. But the Glovers deserved their win, and a climb up to 19th place giving a bit of relief around Huish Park, following a sticky start to the 2015-16 season. A week's break now follows, where hopefully Paul Sturrock can take his new boys onto the training ground to refine what is still a work in progress.
Scorers: Craig Mackail-Smith (4 mins, 0-1), Paul Benson (19 mins, 0-2), Stephen Arthurworrey (38 mins, 1-2), Ryan Bird (62 mins, 2-2), Ryan Bird (73 mins, 3-2)
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
25. Josh Wakefield 21. Alex Lacey 4. Matt Dolan
23. Harry Cornick 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale 9. Ryan Bird (60 mins for Shaun Jeffers) 16. Jamie Burrows 19. Iffy Allen (75 mins for Jack Compton) 17. Omar Sowunmi 22. Mark Beck 26. David Norris
Luton Town: 1. Mark Tyler
30. Luke Wilkinson 6. Scott Cuthbert 5. Steve McNulty 12. Scott Griffiths
10. Ryan Hall 4. Jonathan Smith 8. Cameron McGeehan 11. Danny Green
9. Paul Benson 22. Craig Mackail-Smith
Substitutes: 2. Stephen O'Donnell 7. Alex Lawless (58 mins for Ryan Hall) 15. Paddy McCourt (66 mins for Danny Green) 16. Elliot Justham 17. Pelly Ruddock 23. Josh McQuoid 25. Mark O'Brien (46 mins for Steve McNulty)
Yeovil Bookings: Connor Roberts (87 mins, foul)
Luton Bookings: Steve McNulty (33 mins, foul), Jonathan Smith (88 mins, foul)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.
Luton Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.
Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Mark Howes (Birmingham) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Justin Amey (Dorset).
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for this afternoon's League Two home match against Luton Town. The Glovers have made three changes from Tuesday night's League Two match against York City. Midfielder Matt Dolan returns from his one match ban and is available for selection again, whilst there are places for Jack Compton who gets his first start of the season, whilst Shaun Jeffers is recalled to the side. Midfielder Wes Fogden drops out of the side, having broken his fingers in a fall at York City on Tuesday, whilst Ryan Bird vacates his stand-in midfield position - the other player to drop to the substitutes bench is Mark Beck.
Long term injuries mean that Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) are unavailable for today's game. There is also a rarity - Jordan Gibbons is fit but misses out because there are 19 fit players!
New signing David Norris has had a stomach bug this week, and so has not been chucked in the deep end today - he sits on the bench. The full line-up for the match is as follows in a 4-3-3 formation:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
25. Josh Wakefield 21. Alex Lacey 4. Matt Dolan
23. Harry Cornick 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale 9. Ryan Bird 16. Jamie Burrows 19. Iffy Allen, 17. Omar Sowunmi 22. Mark Beck 28. David Norris
Luton Town: 1. Mark Tyler
30. Luke Wilkinson 6. Scott Cuthbert 5. Steve McNulty 12. Scott Griffiths
10. Ryan Hall 4. Jonathan Smith 8. Cameron McGeehan 11. Danny Green
9. Paul Benson 22. Craig Mackail-Smith
Substitutes: 2. Stephen O'Donnell 7. Alex Lawless 15. Paddy McCourt 16. Elliot Justham 17. Pelly Ruddock 23. Josh McQuoid 25. Mark O'Brien
This afternoon's opponents Luton Town are another club that we only have a very short history with. We've crossed swords on only three occasions, with the first time coming just two matches into our Football League history. We met the Hatters in a League Cup First Round match at Kenilworth Road, and the gap was a bit too visible - a 4-1 defeat during which they had to even score our goal for us, thanks to Emmerson Boyce. Luton's goalscorers on the night included Tony Thorpe, Steve Howard and Kevin Foley which made for a bit of an uneven battle for a side only just promoted from the Conference.
The two clubs then did battle during the 2007-08 season, and the balance of the fixture lists didn't help the Glovers. Luton had just been relegated from the Championship and had a strong team at that time. But they also had deep financial problems that saw them head into administration on November 22nd 2007. Unfortunately for Yeovil Town, they played the Hatters in early October, drawing 0-0 and then had their second fixture on New Years Day 2008. Despite being in administration, the transfer window rules meant that 'Championship level' team was still in place, and was only broken up once the January window properly opened. The Glovers lost 1-0 that afternoon, and then had to watch as many of their rivals during the second half of the season were able to pick up three points against a weakened Hatters side that ultimately slid to League One relegation.
Various facts about where Luton Town stand a couple of games into the 2015-16 season are as follows:
Bookies Odds: 9/4 for Promotion via any route. That puts them 4th in the bookies odds lists (via Sky Bet)
Today's Match Odds: Yeovil Win 14/5; Luton Town Win 11/10; Draw 5/2 (via Bet 365)
New Signings: Scott Cuthburt (Leyton Orient, central defender), Jack Marriott (Ipswich Town, striker), Paddy McCourt (Brighton and Hove Albion, left-wing), Cameron McGeehan (Norwich City, midfield, undisclosed six figure fee), Josh McQuoid (Bournemouth, striker), Stephen O'Donnell (Partick Thistle, right-back), Magnus Okuonghae (Colchester United, central defender)), Dan Potts (West Ham United, left-back), Danny Green (Milton Keynes Dons, right-wing), Mark O'Brien (Derby County, central defender), Craig Mackail-Smith (Brighton and Hove Albion, striker), Olly Lee (Birmingham City, midfielder)
Results So Far: Accrington Stanley (Drew 1-1, Away), Bristol City (Won 3-1, Home, League Cup), Oxford United (Drew 2-2, Home), Bristol Rovers (Lost 0-1, Home).
Last Line-Up: 1. Mark Tyler; 6. Scott Cuthbert 5. Steve McNulty 30. Luke Wilkinson; 2. Stephen O'Donnell 8. Cameron McGeehan 15. Paddy McCourt 26. Nathan Doyle 12. Scott Griffiths; 9. Paul Benson 22. Craig Mackail-Smith
Substitutes: 3. Dan Potts 4. Jonathan Smith 7. Alex Lawless 14. Jack Marriott 16. Elliot Justham 17. Pelly Ruddock 23. Josh McQuoid
Manager: John Still - At the age of 65, he is one of the most experienced managers in the game, particularly at lower league level. We have come across him on countless occasions, as manager of Dartford, Leytonstone and Ilford, Maidstone United, Dagenham and Redbridge and Barnet he has been in the opposition dugouts on many occasions. He's taken two different clubs into the Football League, and two more into the Conference National division, with a total of seven promotions and/or league titles to his name, and over 1,600 matches in charge of those clubs. He's been at Luton since February 2013, covering 124 matches so far.
Connections: There is only one Luton Town player with a Yeovil Town connection and he won't be involved in today's game. Defender/Midfielder Andy Parry played in our pre-season win over Bristol City as a trialist but returned to Bedfordshire - he has not been given a squad number for this season and won't be considered for selection. In terms of the Yeovil Town squad, Alex Lacey will be coming up against his former club for the first time, having spent eight years there as a professional on their books. The two clubs do share a former manager - the late Alec Stock managed Luton between 1968 and 1972.
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Luton Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Paul's views on the latest injury situation, the club's performance at York City, the early season form are all covered via the link below.
Tomorrow's opponents Luton Town have - like Yeovil Town - brought in a short term signing to bolster their first team squad. They have snapped up former Birmingham City and Plymouth Argyle midfielder Olly Lee on a 'short term deal' which they indicate has got certain performance-based triggers that would extend that deal further. He joins them as a free agent, having trained with them for a number of weeks, as well as participating in some of their pre-season friendlies.
Lee is a 24 year old who started his career with West Ham United, but didn't make a first team appearance for them. Instead he had a couple of loan spells with Dagenham and Redbridge in League One and League Two, and then with Gillingham in League Two. After spending the 2012-13 season with Barnet, he was unexpectedly snapped up by Championship side Birmingham City, initially on loan, who he had been on the books of up until the end of last season, making 20 appearances, scoring two goals. During last season, Plymouth Argyle took him on loan, where he scored twice in a fifteen game spell, spread out across two loan deals, having slipped out of the reckoning in Birmingham's first team plans.
Another former Plymouth Argyle midfielder - David Norris - agreed terms with Yeovil Town today, signing on a non-contract basis, also coming in as a free agent, having been on the books of Peterborough United yesterday.
Former Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant has found himself a new club. He has signed for League Two side Exeter City, after spending part of the 2015-16 pre-season training with League One side Bradford City. He has spent much of the summer on international duty with Jamaica in two separate summer competitions and as a result only returned to England in mid-July.
Grant's contract length hasn't been disclosed, but a "sizeable portion" of his wages have been paid by a group of Exeter City supporters operating under the banner of the 1931 Fund, who have invested £100,000 into their club over the past seven seasons, and hope to raise up to £30,000 during the current campaign, as a means of boosting manager Paul Tisdale's playing budget. Members are paying £19 per month to fund the scheme, which is run on behalf of Exeter's Supporters Trust by an Exeter Exiles group.
Overall, Grant made 59 appearances with the Glovers, scoring seven goals. He joins left-back Jamie McAllister, midfielders Arron Davies and David Noble, manager Paul Tisdale and youngsters Josh Read and Joe Charles as players who have donned Yeovil Town colours at various levels over the years.
Yeovil Town have made their nineteenth signing of the 2015-16 season this afternoon. They have brought in former Plymouth Argyle, Ipswich Town and Leeds United midfielder David Norris, who is a free agent at present, having last been on the books of Peterborough United at the end of last season.
Norris was born in Stamford on February 22nd 1981, and began his professional career with Boston United in 1999, having been on the books of Stamford previously, and was part of their side who were promoted into the Conference National division that year. He didn't stay there too long, joining Bolton Wanderers in January 2000 for a fee of £50,000 - a club that he was to ultimately only make five appearances for - all in cup competitions, with loan spells back to Boston (5 appearances, 4 goals) and then Hull City (6 appearances, 1 goal) providing his first team football during that period.
The crucial moment in his career came in October 2002, when Paul Sturrock took him to Plymouth Argyle on loan, scoring on his debut and making seven appearances before he was taken on a permanent basis for an undisclosed fee. There he was a part of their 2003-04 Second Division (third tier) Champions side, as Argyle rose into the Championship division. He became the club's Player of the season in 2006, and went on to make 243 appearances, scoring 28 goals.
By January 2008, Norris moved on to Ipswich Town for an undisclosed fee, and went on to become their club captain, making 118 appearances across three-and-a-half seasons, scoring 16 goals in the process. He then moved on to Portsmouth, having turned down a contract offer at Portman Road, making 42 appearances and scoring eight goals during the 2011-12 season. A move to Leeds United came in the following season where he was also named as their captain during that season. But a knee injury, and the arrival of Brian McDermott as manager changed his position in the pecking order, and McDermott made him available for transfer - as a consequence all bar one of his 36 appearances for the Yorkshire side came during his first season, scoring four goals. He finished the 2014-15 season with Peterborough United, signing a short term contract with the Posh that gave him eight appearances, but they released him at the end of that campaign, and he had yet to fix himself up with a new club.
He has agreed non-contract terms with the club, which will allow both him and the Glovers flexibility over the coming weeks and months as they aim to cover for injuries in the central midfield area.
Yeovil Town Ladies played Aston Villa Ladies on a Continental Cup match last Sunday, winning that match by a 3-1 scoreline. This coming Sunday (August 23rd) they are in action at the Jones Stadium, and the same opponents are heading their way, this time in a FAWSL2 fixture. After the first fixture was played, midfielder Corinne Yorston spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about the pair of matches - you can find her thoughts via the link below.
Officials for Saturday's League Two match between Yeovil Town and Luton Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 22nd August at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Mr Hooper was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2008, and we've had him eleven times as the man in the middle, with ten of those being at Huish Park.
The earliest occasion was October 2008, when a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient saw him a little too trigger-happy in terms of stopping the game and failing to play advantage for both teams. We also weren't too happy about him missing a fairly blatant penalty shout for an off the ball foul on striker Scott Rendell. That was his first match at League One level, so some allowances should be made for his lack of experience at that time.
Next up was the August 2009 trip to play Huddersfield Town, where he was a late replacement as referee. He awarded us a penalty that day, and although we went on to lose the game, anyone who awards a spot kick to an away team at a stadium the size of the Galpharm deserves credit for a brave decision. The third encounter was the November 2009 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic. In a game played in atrocious weather conditions, Mr Hooper sent off Charlton's Sam Sodje half an hour into the game for a professional foul. Another brave decision, but to our (biased) eyes, the correct one. We had no other comments about his handling of the match.
Mr Hooper was at Huish Park for the September 2010 game against Southampton and we were a little less enthused about his brave decision-making. To be fair he had a decent game overall, and did give us one penalty for a trip on Gavin Williams, but it was his earlier decision to not award a spot kick for a foul on Andy Williams in the box that had us grumbling during the game. Moving on to January 2011, he took charge of the home match against Milton Keynes Dons. During this match, he sent off Jean-Paul Kalala for an off the ball incident involving ex-Glover Michael McIndoe. No complaints about the Kalala decision, although our (extremely biased) opinion was that McIndoe should have walked with him. However, we did feel that the whole situation that had been brewing for the previous 84 minutes was partly the responsibility of a referee who wasn't doing enough to diffuse situations.
During 2012, he made two visits to Huish Park. The first was for manager Gary Johnson's first 'proper' game in charge for his second spell, having returned to the club at the start of that week. No complaints here about Mr Hooper's performance during the match against Tranmere Rovers ... except that he failed to finish the match! He suffered a second half hamstring injury and had to leave the field. He then returned for the opening match of the 2012-13 season, taking charge of the League Cup First Round match against Colchester United - zero yellow or red cards during the game, and a pretty tidy performance - on this occasion he lasted the full 90 minutes as well!
Mr Hooper took charge of the 3-0 win over Leyton Orient on New Year's Day 2013. In a match we won easily, he was responsible for "a great piece of refereeing according to our match report (yes, it's true - we praised a referee!) The middle goal that we scored saw a clear foul on Dominic Blizzard in the build-up that saw him blocked off - the match official waved play on as Gavin Williams continued a run with the ball, and that allowed James Hayter a chance to score our middle goal, all thanks to Mr Hooper letting the game flow. He had a decent game all round - just one booking on the day.
During our Championship season he was the man in charge for the March 2014 home game against Ipswich Town. We lost the game by a single goal in a game in which Ipswich's professionalism and organisation snuffed us out of the match. Hence no major complaints about Mr Hooper's performance, although his 68th minute booking for Joe Edwards for apparent 'diving' did lead to a few catcalls in his direction!
During the 2014-15 season we had him twice - in the first match he turned up for our September 2014 home match against Peterborough United. We may well have won the game 1-0 but that didn't stop us having a bit of a grumble about the number of contentious fouls that he awarded against us during the second period, and the way he stretched out second half injury time well beyond that initially signalled. Posh boss Darren Ferguson also had a pop at the officials' performance, suggesting that he should have red-carded a Yeovil player for a foul on Marcus Maddison, although the manager's claims about how many times the player had been fouled during the game were, to be blunt, deluded. Ferguson's overall claims about the official's performance also didn't stack up - he claimed Posh 'scored' a goal that was "in by two yards" - he would have been left embarrassed by his own club's Twitter feed which put out a video still picture that suggested the officials had got that decision spot on.
Marcus Maddison's shot is two yards over the line ... according to Darren Ferguson
Later that same season we had Mr Hooper for the 2-2 draw against Gillingham. As with a couple of our previous reviews of his performance, we suggested he was trigger-happy, creating a stop-start match where the slightest of infringements were being blown up for. That said, we were glad when a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge between defender Nathan Smith and Gills striker Cody McDonald inside the box didn't result in a whistle being blown - seen 'em given. Instead he blew up for a rather more clearcut foul by Gavin Hoyte on Joel Grant allowing Adam Morgan the chance to score what would be his one and only goal in a Yeovil Town shirt - scored 94 minutes into the match. Hence whilst it looked like an obvious decision, the referee deserves credit for being willing to give it given the effect it would have on the game.
Mr Hooper will be assisted by Mark Howes (Birmingham) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Justin Amey (Dorset).
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that whilst he has lost midfielder Wes Fogden for a month following a midweek injury, he does have some good news on the horizon. Earlier today came the bad news that the club's former Portsmouth midfielder was going to be missing for around four weeks after he broke two fingers during the match against York City on Tuesday night. That meant that every one of Yeovil's central midfield players has spent time in the treatment room during the 2015-16 season, despite the campaign being just three league games old.
Fogden will join right-back Ben Tozer (cartilege), midfielder Kevin Dawson (groin), midfielder Simon Gillett (knee), the left-sided Ryan Dickson (groin) and midfielder Marc Laird (torn hamstring) in the stands for Saturday's game against Luton Town, however there is one bit of hope on the horizon. Club captain Dickson has been out since the opening day of the season, when he had to be withdrawn at St James Park with a groin injury. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Sturrock was disappointed with the loss of Fogden but was very hopeful that Dickson would be ready to make a return for the August 29th match against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium:
"With Ryan Dickson, this will be the last game that he misses, so he will be back, which is a little bonus in kind. But Wes Fogden is out for four weeks as he's broken two of his fingers and the specialist has said that it's a really bad break. So he's not going to be available for four weeks, starting now. So that's another blow. I've never had an injury run like this in my life. I've seen a couple, or maybe four or five being unavailable, but with nine players out at certain times - they all seem to be the experienced players, which is even more galling."
Sturrock observed that with the exception of vice-captain Nathan Smith, the majority of his squad's experienced outfield players had been forced onto the sidelines at some point during the pre-season or early season period. That has meant that his sides have been packed with younger, less experienced players rather than those he had planned to use as the backbone to his 2015-16 side. However, he said there was a need not to over-emphasise the loss of those players, and to concentrate upon giving those younger players encouragement whilst they were being blooded, in the hope that some of them may establish themselves as first team regulars:
"Every experienced player seems to be going down at the minute with something. But if we keep going on about it and we keep worrying about it, then it will affect the young boys - their confidence is low enough at this minute in time. It would just be nice to just kick-start our season with a good win, whenever it comes, just to get the squad going. Then at the same time we'd have the dribs and drabs of the more experienced players coming back in again. You never know - the longer it goes on, the younger players might keep the more experienced players out. That would be nice for that to happen, because that then gives competition for places."
On Saturday, Yeovil Town played host to Bristol Rovers in a League Two match at Huish Park. The match ended in a 0-1 home defeat that overall saw the visitors dominate the game. A late goal from Ellis Harrison was enough quality to win the game, but the Glovers nearly sneaked away with a point.
Man of the Match voting was a one-sided affair. Although Jakub Sokolik picked up plenty of votes in 2nd and 3rd place, it was goalkeeper Artur Krysiak who almost swept the board, gaining all bar three of the outright votes, showing how he'd kept the Glovers in the game.
Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:
1. Artur Krysiak 806 (78)
2. Jakub Sokolík 216 (0)
3. Nathan Smith 82 (0)
4. Wes Fogden 66 (1)
5. Stephen Arthurworrey 40 (1)
6. Connor Roberts 28 (0)
7. Harry Cornick 10 (0)
8. Mark Beck 10 (0)
9. Ryan Bird 8 (0)
10. Shaun Jeffers 6 (0)
11. Alex Lacey 2 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.3
Performance : 3.85
Entertainment : 4.74
VOTES RECEIVED : 81
Yeovil Town midfielder Wes Fogden has become the latest of the club's players to land on the treatment table. The former AFC Bournemouth midfielder was ironically named by manager Paul Sturrock as being his last standing midfielder in post-Saturday interviews after a succession of injuries affecting his central players, including Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin) and Marc Laird (torn hamstring).
With Matt Dolan receiving a one match ban for a red card against Bristol Rovers, that left Fogden as the club's last recognised central midfielder, in terms of their permanent squad of players. Unfortunately, he broke his fingers during Tuesday night's match against York City and will now be out for four weeks. Dolan will be able to return to the squad for Saturday's home match against Luton Town, but Fogden's absence means that Dolan's return will not strengthen the squad as such. AFC Bournemouth loanee Josh Wakefield and striker Ryan Bird were the other two players used in central midfielders during Tuesday's game at Bootham Crescent.
The Adam Stansfield Foundation have announced the proceeds from the August 2015 match between Exeter City supporters and Yeovil Town supporters. The match at Topsham Town FC was used as a fundraiser for the Foundation, falling just short of the fifth anniversary of Adam's death, and gave the two clubs the chance to compete for the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy.
On the day, the Glovers triumphed by a 6-1 scoreline, allowing them to hang on to the trophy for the second consecutive match. The Foundation have today indicated that the match raised £260 on the day, which will help their central aims of promoting awareness about bowel cancer, and supporting local sports in the South-West counties. Well done to all of those Grecians and Glovers who contributed on the day.
Exeter City and Yeovil Town supporters teams for the August 2015 match at Topsham
Last Tuesday evening, Yeovil Town played host to Queens Park Rangers in a League Cup First Round match at Huish Park. The match ended in a 0-3 home defeat in what was largely a rather one-sided first half as Sebastian Polter and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas made it all look a bit too easy. An improved second half was marred only by Nedum Onuoha's strike that killed off the tie.
In terms of Man of the Match voting, Jakub Sokolik played as a centre-back and got plenty of praise, as did midfielder Matthew Dolan. The poll winner by a substantial margin though was left-back Nathan Smith, who was also named as the sponsors man of the match.
Full results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:
1. Nathan Smith 464 (40)
2. Matthew Dolan 208 (9)
3. Jakub Sokolík 130 (7)
4. Mark Beck 66 (2)
5. Iffy Allen 50 (1)
6. Harry Cornick 44 (0)
7. Connor Roberts 32 (1)
8. Alex Lacey 20 (0)
9. Wes Fogden 14 (0)
10. Artur Krysiak 8 (0)
11. Shaun Jeffers 8 (0)
12. Stephen Arthurworrey 6 (0)
13. Marc Laird 4 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.25
Performance : 4.98
Entertainment : 5.51
VOTES RECEIVED : 61
On Tuesday night, just before the League Two fixture against York City kicked off, Yeovil Town completed their eighteenth signing of the 2015-16 season. The new arrival was the club's fourth loan signing and their second from AFC Bournemouth, with midfielder Josh Wakefield joining Harry Cornick on a temporary basis. Both players were in the starting line-up for yesterday's 1-0 defeat against York City.
Josh was born in Frimley in Surrey on November 6th 1993 and is therefore 21 years old. He is a player that came through Bournemouth's youth ranks, but only at a late stage, having been spotted playing for a Shanklin side on the Isle of Wight. They gave him a two year scholarship in 2010, with his first professional contract being given in April 2012, towards of that spell. Whilst still a youth scholar, he picked up loan experience with Wimborne Town (1 appearance) and Hamworthy United (4 appearances).
Having been given his professional contract, Wakefield might have expected to have spent a few years playing for their Reserve and Development set-ups, but instead a few weeks later he was thrown in the deep end, making his professional first team debut on April 30th 2012, against Scunthorpe United at the tail end of that season, and following it up a week later with his home debut. Josh then added on two more appearances for the Cherries during the early part of the 2012-13 season, before dropping down their pecking order after the arrival of new manager Eddie Howe and the injection of big cash into Bournemouth's set-up. As such he has failed to add to those four appearances, with his last first team game coming in September 2012, and with him now only being listed as an Under-21 player at Dean Court.
Since then, he's had a loan spell with Dagenham and Redbridge, where he failed to make an appearance during the 2012-13 campaign. He then followed that up with 2013-14 loan spells with Dorchester Town (12 appearances, 2 goals) and Welling United (18 appearances, 1 goal) which took him into Conference South and Conference National football respectively. During the 2014-15 campaign he also had a loan spell with Torquay United (10 appearances, 1 goal) followed by a one month spell with Bristol Rovers that failed to give him any first team appearances.
Josh generally plays as a central midfielder. He has joined Yeovil Town on a one month loan deal that expires on September 19th.
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against York City at Bootham Crescent, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for the BBC, Paul's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.
Last week, Yeovil Town's summer signing Mark Beck spoke to the BBC about the start to the 2015-16 season. As one of seventeen new arrivals at the club, Beck gave his views to BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall about settling into South Somerset, and the issues that presents. In an interview that was broadcast just before the Queens Park Rangers match, Mark's views are recorded via the link below.
For those who can bear to watch, the Sky Sports website has ultra-brief highlights of Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against York City online. They only include two bits of action - the James Berrett goal, which shows the deflection that shot took, and the Stephane Zubar effort that Artur Krysiak saved brilliantly. Watch the video clip via the link below.
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock felt that there was very little to choose between the two teams on Tuesday night, after he watched his side lose against York City at Bootham Crescent. The Glovers lost the match by a single goal after James Berrett's shot through a crowded penalty area saw a deflection take the ball past Artur Krysiak for the key moment in a scrappy game.
Despite the Glovers boss witnessing his side's third consecutive defeat of the 2015-16 season, he felt that the reaction his players had shown on the night, particularly after going behind on 63 minutes, showed good character, and from that point of view he said that was vital if the club was to overcome its habit of losing games over the last few seasons:
"At the end of the day there was very little in the game. They got their deflected goal. But I was very pleased with the attitude of the players as they didn't let their heads go down when they lost that goal. That's what I'm happy with. This club has been on a spiral downwards, and it has a losing mentality. Tonight that twenty minutes after we lost that goal proved to me that when we get healthy then we've got competition for places."
With the Glovers boss having to chop and change his side after every match this season, with different formations and personnel, this has not been a good start to the campaign - a situation made more difficult by injuries to some of the club's more experienced players, such as Ryan Dickson, Marc Laird and Ben Tozer.
Sturrock said that he was hoping for better input from Lady Luck in future games, given the fortuitous nature of Berrett's winner, but he admitted that his side needed to show better attacking intent in the game when going forward with the ball if they were to claw their way back from such deficits:
"It's been one of those kind of rollercoaster starts to the season. In the end we've got to appreciate that things are not going well at this minute in time. People are playing out of position and trying to get through the game. The defenders are working hard but we've got to be more positive in our approach when going forward. I do feel that we can be much better. We're very young and we can be naive, but there are signs. Football has a crazy way of kicking you in the teeth when you're down. Lady luck has just turned her bottom on us at this minute, and I hope she just turns around and gives us a smile sooner or later!"
If you watched Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against York City at Bootham Crescent, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.
Yeovil Town's 2015-16 season remains without a point, after a single goal sent them to defeat at a rain-soaked Bootham Crescent tonight. A strike through a crowded box from former Glover James Berrett just past the hour mark was enough to seal defeat, with the midfielder getting a spot of revenge on a club that decided to let him go over the summer. Yeovil largely huffed and puffed throughout the evening, but never really looked fluent on a greasy surface at any stage during the match.
The Glovers went into the match making one change to the starting line-up with a formation change on top of that. AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield was unveiled to cover for the suspended Matthew Dolan and he came in as a like-for-like swap. However, there was also a formation change, with the 5-3-2/3-5-2 wing-backs line-up being used to match up with York's own formation, and also to represent the tactics Yeovil had used during the second half of their match against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
On a slippery pitch, and in conditions that looked and felt more like a winter's night, the falling rain which got steadily harder throughout the evening created a game that lacked quality throughout, with both sides struggling to find their feet. York were the team to create a little more during the first period, even if many of their attempts went wide of the target - James Berrett and Ben Godfrey were two such players hitting from distance but not with accuracy.
Artur Krysiak was first brought into serious action 40 minutes into the match when some indecisive defending set up Stephane Zubar deep inside the penalty box, but Artur Krysiak blocked the ball brilliantly to stop the fiercely hit shot. Krysiak then parried Russell Penn's drive from the edge of the box for a corner to ensure the game was goalless at the break.
It was not a pretty first half by any stretch of the imagination but at least Yeovil's defending was keeping York largely at bay. The biggest problem was their lack of goal threat and fluency up front. It took 54 minutes of the game for them to have their first shot of note, as Harry Cornick got inside the box and fired at Scott Flinders' near post, only to find the ball beaten away.
York's goal when it came, carried a massive piece of fortune to it. James Berrett, who spent the whole of last season on Yeovil's books, scoring just one goal, managed to ensure he doubled last season's tally with his second goal for York - a 63rd minute drive from 20 yards out that took a massive deflection on its way through, giving Krysiak no chance whatsoever.
The home side had further chances to kill the game in the closing stages, but at that point they seemed to get a five minute attack of nerves, as Yeovil enjoyed a brief passage of pressure, but one in which it felt far too huff'n'puff to be truly effective. Omar Sowunmi became the latest Yeovil Town defender over the years to be used as a late substitute employed up front. Wes Fogden and debut boy Josh Wakefield could have produced a late equaliser, but in all honesty, the quality wasn't there tonight to have deserved such an outcome. Whilst it still is early days, and there is plenty of time for Paul Sturrock to reshape his squad, it's unlikely that performances like tonight are what he is hoping to achieve this season.
York City: 1. Scott Flinders
15. Keith Lowe 16. Dave Winfield 38. Stephane Zubar
2. Marvin McCoy 26. Ben Godfrey 10. Russell Penn 4. James Berrett 27. David Tutonda
9. Vadaine Oliver 22. Reece Thompson
Substitutes: 5. John McCombe 6. Eddie Nolan (68 mins for Ben Godfrey) 11. Josh Carson 13. Anthony Straker 18. Tom Platt 19. Jake Hyde (71 mins for Reece Thompson) 24. Michael Ingham
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
20. Wes Fogden 25. Josh Wakefield 9. Ryan Bird
23. Harry Cornick 22. Mark Beck
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton (69 mins for Ryan Bird) 16. Jamie Burrows 19. Iffy Allen (76 mins for Harry Cornick) 17. Omar Sowunmi (82 mins for Mark Beck) 15. Jordan Gibbons
York Bookings: Vadaine Oliver (36 mins, foul)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
York Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 1; Fouls: 15.
Referee: Mark Brown (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Shaun Hudson (Tyne and Wear) and Marc Edwards (Durham). Fourth Official: Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland).
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for this evening's League Two home match against York City. The Glovers have made one change from Saturday's League Two match against Bristol Rovers. Midfielder Matt Dolan serves a one match ban for the red card that he picked up in that game. To cover for that, AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield is signed on a one month loan and comes into the starting line-up. Positionally speaking Wes Fogden moves into the centre, as a specialised central midfielder to partner Wakefield.
Long term injuries mean that Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin) and Marc Laird (torn hamstring) all remain on the treatment table.
The full line-up for the match is as follows in a 5-3-2/3-5-2 formation:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
20. Wes Fogden 25. Josh Wakefield 9. Ryan Bird
23. Harry Cornick 22. Mark Beck
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton 16. Jamie Burrows 19. Iffy Allen, 17. Omar Sowunmi, 15. Jordan Gibbons
This evening's opponents York City have not been a regular part of Yeovil Town's history - in fact this will be only the third meeting between the two clubs. Both of the other meetings came during the 2003-04 season, when the Glovers were brand new to the Football League and the Minstermen were about to lose their own status at that level. Our one and only visit to Bootham Crescent also came as a midweeker - a lunchtime cloudburst on the Saturday fixture had meant that the originally planned fixture was called off due to a flooded pitch, and with it being so close to the end of that season, it was immediately rearranged to the Tuesday night. The majority of the 193 fans who made the journey had therefore gone through two identical journeys in three days!
York's Darren Dunning gave the home side the lead in a match they desperately needed to win - York's tannoy announcer had said "Ladies and gentlemen, make no mistake, this is the biggest game in our history" just before kick-off, with them deep in the relegation zone that night. But straight from kick-off after the break Paul Terry equalised, and when Andy Lindegaard struck the 70th minute winner, our rather brief match up with York ended - a game or two later they were relegated, and so began an eight year stay in non-league football.
Various facts about where York stand a couple of games into the 2015-16 season are as follows:
Bookies Odds: 16/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them 19th in the bookies odds lists (via Bet Victor)
Today's Match Odds: Yeovil Win 10/3; York City Win 19/20; Draw 5/2 (via Bet 365)
New Signings: Vadaine Oliver (Striker, Crewe Alexandra), George Swan (Defender, Wolverhampton Wanderers), James Berrett (Midfielder, Yeovil Town), Scott Flinders (Goalkeeper, Hartlepool United), Eddie Nolan (Defender, Scunthorpe United), Taron Hare (Centre-Back/Right-Back, Scunthorpe United), Reece Thompson (Striker, Frickley Athletic, undisclosed fee), David Tutonda (Defender, Cardiff City, loan), Stephane Zubar (Defender, AFC Bournemouth, loan)
Results So Far: Wycombe Wanderers (Away, Lost 3-0), Bradford City (Home, Won 4-2 on penalties after 2-2 draw), Hartlepool United (Home, Lost 1-2).
Last Line-Up: 1. Scott Flinders 15. Keith Lowe 16. Dave Winfield 38. Stephane Zubar 2. Marvin McCoy 8. Luke Summerfield 10. Russell Penn 4. James Berrett 27. David Tutonda 9. Vadaine Oliver 22. Reece Thompson
Substitutes: 5. John McCombe 6. Eddie Nolan 11. Josh Carson 13. Anthony Straker 19. Jake Hyde 24. Michael Ingham 26. Ben Godfrey
Manager: Russ Wilcox - A 51 year old former defender who played over 500 games at Football League level for clubs like Northampton Town, Hull City and Doncaster Rovers. He ended his playing career with Scunthorpe United, and was the man who stood in at Glanford Park in 2004 when the Iron were going through a bizarre sequence of events when Brian Laws was sacked by the club, but four games later a boardroom coup saw the man reinstated. Wilcox was Laws' assistant and eventually became boss in his own right in November 2013, taking charge for almost a year before he was fired. He was out of work for just one week before York City came calling. He's been in charge for 39 games, but so far has recorded just 10 wins for the Minstermen.
Connections: Goalkeeper Scott Flinders played nine games for Yeovil Town whilst on loan, whilst on the books of Crystal Palace, during the latter part of the 2007-08 season after Steve Mildenhall suffered a knee ligament injury. Flinders left Palace in 2009 and went on to have a six game spell at Hartlepool United where he made 276 appearances. He signed for York over the summer. Another summer arrival is midfielder James Berrett who is more immediately familiar to Glovers fans, having made 33 appearances, scoring one goal last season. He was one of the players told by Paul Sturrock to find himself a new club and so will have a point to prove tonight.
Officials for the Tuesday night League Two fixture between York City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 18th August 2015 at Bootham Crescent with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mark Brown (East Yorkshire).
Mr Brown was last seen for a Yeovil Town match in March 2014, which ended in a 3-0 defeat against Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road. However, whilst the game was goalless, there was a key moment in the game that saw a perfectly good goal chalked off by Mr Brown after England goalkeeper Rob Green lost his footing inside the box, slicing the ball straight to Luke Ayling who returned the ball into the back of the net. Mr Brown ruled that James Hayter had blocked Green's goal kick, but video footage (below) showed Hayter a good distance from the keeper at the time the kick was taken, and with his back turned - it also confirmed that Green's standing foot slipped. As such it was in our view a refereeing howler, and needless to say Gary Johnson wasn't best pleased after the game. All in all, he didn't have too bad a game, but if the Glovers had managed to take a 1-0 lead, then the game could have taken a very different path, and our suspicion is that Mr Brown assumed there had been some kind of obstruction for Green to have sliced the ball so badly, rather than actually seeing it clearly with his own eyes.
Rob Green is apparently impeded by Yeovil striker James Hayter in lead-up to Luke Ayling's disallowed goal
We had him twice during the 2012-13 season in quick succession. The first saw him involved in the September 2012 away fixture against Preston North End - the League One encounter rather than the second FA Cup game. He was therefore the referee that dismissed Ed Upson on the day for two bookable offences, but in all honesty we couldn't complain about either. The Western Gazette said of his performance: "his decision-making favoured Yeovil and often left both sets of fans annoyed" - as we recall, he was booed off at half time by the home support though more as a general grumbling than any specific incident. Then he turned up for the November 2013 home fixture against Stevenage - a fairly dreadful 1-3 home defeat, and home fans took it out on him during the second half when he made a series of iffy decisions as the game deteriorated - the Gazette added "Mr Brown was incredibly inconsistent, but thankfully often kept his cards in his pocket."
We also had him for the February 2012 match against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough. We lost the game 2-1 and to be honest we can't recall too much to complain about Mr Brown's performance on the night, although he did get a small grumble from assistant manager Terry Skivertonafter the match where he felt that a number of the referee's decisions were a little too home-friendly. Prior to that, he was at Prenton Park for the 1-0 win at Prenton Park over Tranmere Rovers in February 2011. Possibly one of the worst matches for entertainment you'll have set your eyes on in recent years, although Oli Johnson's wonder strike was worth the journey. Mr Brown didn't have a lot to do on the day - just one booking early on, and not much out there to raise the hackles.
Mr Brown's other game in charge came in November 2010, when he saw our 1-0 win over Rushden and Diamonds in the FA Cup. This match brought that rare scenario of a referee gifting the Glovers the key decision in the game - namely the winning goal scored by Andy Williams. Even the most green-tinted of Glovers would admit that Dean Bowditch was probably interfering with play at the time the ball was hit towards goal, but after a lengthy consultation with his linesman, referee Brown awarded the goal. Rushden were furious, and probably with some justification.
The man himself describes his inspiration for getting into refereeing as being "my ex-wife for moving out so I could concentrate on my football and not have to listen to her moaning all day and night". He's now in his fourth season as a Football League referee, and so may be now reconsidering whether he has succeeded in getting less moaning in his ear on a Saturday afternoon.
Mr Brown will be assisted by Shaun Hudson (Tyne and Wear) and Marc Edwards (Durham). The Fourth Official will be Matthew Dicicco (Cleveland).
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock admits that he is having to play a game of patience, as he prepares to take a depleted squad up to Bootham Crescent for a League Two match against York City on Tuesday night. The Glovers could be heading on the 574 mile round trip with just fifteen available players, as Matt Dolan sits outs one match following his red card against Bristol Rovers on Saturday.
Dolan became the latest Glovers player to become unavailable for selection when he picked up two bookings against the Gas, meaning that he faces a one match mandatory suspension from the Football Association, and joins injury victims Ben Tozer (cartilege), Jordan Gibbons (groin), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Omar Sowumni (unspecified injury) and Marc Laird (torn hamstring) who will stay in Somerset for that fixture. Laird was confirmed as being out for six weeks following his second half injury in the midweek League Cup game against Queens Park Rangers - the latest in a long line of midfielders who have fallen by the wayside.
Sturrock has strongly hinted that he has no room to bring in fresh blood into the side, describing his budget as 'topped up' for the immediate future. He told BBC Points West that it was important to stand firm and be patient until some of those unavailable players began to come back into contention:
"Well it can't be anything else (other than patience). This was going to be a hard job with a full 21 players available for selection. We can't fill (the missing positions) from our bench as they're all forward types. So when you look at it that way, we're just going to have to dig deep, drag out some results if we can and then hope to get healthy as quickly as possible. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand that Matt Dolan is out for a game, and we've got no midfield bar Wes Fogden. There's nobody else. All of our midfield players seem to be the ones that are falling by the way-side. So we're probably going to have to look into swapping people around and moving people about, like we had to do on Saturday with forwards playing in midfield. That's not ideal."
Sturrock admitted that the injury list was making things decidedly more difficult than what he had been expecting. However, he said he had been expecting the 2015-16 campaign to be one of consolidation, and added that once players began to return from injury that supporters would begin to see the performances that they saw in pre-season at various stages:
"They're all hard. But from where we are at this moment in time, it's much more difficult than we expected. But (the trip to York City) is an opportunity very quickly for us to get back on our heels. It helps everyone as three points takes you into midtable, which is something that we were hoping to consolidate with this year. This is a consolidation season. We don't want to be in a relegation dogfight, but everybody is appreciative that it's a young team and that it's going to take time. I think the supporters appreciate that. They've seen the pre-season friendlies and the players that we've got and they know that we'll be a decent side once we get everybody back."
Such is the wisdom of the Football League, they're sending Yeovil Town on a 574 mile round trip tomorrow evening to York City. On the same night in the division, they're sending Carlisle United down to Plymouth Argyle, whilst Wycombe Wanderers are routed up to Morecambe. Meanwhile you'll find Newport County fans being packed off to Hartlepool United for the evening.
For those Glovers fans who are mad enough to be heading up to Bootham Crescent, the Ciderspace guide to York City and the surrounding area has been given a rather hefty eleven year makeover, with our last visit having come back in 2004. You'll find directions, parking, ticketing, statistics, and a rather lengthy pub guide via the link below.
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town travel to play York City in a League Two fixture at Bootham Crescent. During the evening, the majority of supporters will be stood on the Grosvenor Road End terrace, which is situated behind the goal. Over the summer, the Minstermen agreed to give sponsorship of the away end to a charity, with that terrace now known as the Prostate Cancer UK Stand for the 2015-16 season.
York City's Grosvenor Road End, now sponsored by the Prostate Cancer charity
Prostate Cancer are the Football League's official charity, operating under the banner of 'Men United' as they look to gain awareness and help raise funds for a disease that affects 40,000 men in the UK every year. With a minimum of 23 League Two sides guaranteed to visit Bootham Crescent over the course of the 2015-16 season, they are looking for travelling football fans to give their support to Prostate Cancer by tweeting photos of fans as either selfies or group photos, using the Prostate Cancer banners as a background.
There are two areas in the ground you can do this - either inside the ground, where the banner is pinned to the back of the terrace, or outside the turnstiles where there is a sign up at a good height for fans to stand under. You could tweet your photos saying something like:
"I'm supporting Yeovil Town and @ProstateUK at York City tonight #ytfc"
along with your photo. If you tag the Ciderspace account (@ytfcciderspace) in there as well, we'll give it a retweet, to encourage others to share their photos. For more information about York City's decision to go into partnership with Prostate UK, see this article.
Outside the turnstiles at York City's Grosvenor Road End, now sponsored by the Prostate Cancer charity
Yeovil Town Ladies kept up their hopes of progressing in the Continental Tyres Cup yesterday, as they secured a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa Ladies. Their win put them in a four horse race with Birmingham City Ladies, Bristol Academy and Notts County Ladies who are all locked on six points each with all clubs bar the Magpies having played three of their five games. An early strike from Alys Hinchcliffe set them on their way, and although Villa fought back at the Jones Stadium, substiture Nicola Cousins restored the lead before Annie Heatherson polished off the match with a late goal.
The opening goal was set up by Shauna Cossens, whose through ball found Alys Hinchcliffe, who was able to round the goalkeeper and slot into an empty net. However, Villa have always presented difficult opposition for the Glovers over the past few years, and they equalised after Olivia Fergusson cut through the Yeovil defence for a 1-1 half time scoreline.
The match stayed that way until boss Jamie Sherwood made a double change just past the hour mark. One of those - Nicola Cousins - made a strong impact on the outcome of the game, when she headed home a Helen Bleazard corner to give advantage back to Yeovil with 14 minutes remaining. With the game now on a knife-edge, Fergusson was denied her second equaliser when Corinne Yorston's superb sliding tackle took the ball away from her. Then right at the death, substitute Annie Heatherson sealed the win with a 90th minute goal to keep the Glovers interest in the cup competition alive.
Attention now turns back to Yeovil's FAWSL2 campaign, where next week they will face ... Aston Villa Ladies. A quirk of the fixture lists mean that Villa will have to head down the motorway for a second Sunday running, with the League fixture somewhat more important for the Glovers' promotion aspirations. Boss Jamie Sherwood was already looking forward to that game:
"We will go into next week’s game in exactly the same way that we set up to go into this game - we've got to do what we have to do to get the points on the board, and if we do it to our levels we will get them. Every team wants to be in the promised land of WSL1, and we’re no different to anyone else. We're chasing and we're enjoying the chase, and we’ve got to keep the pressure on the teams above us."
Sherwood made a number of changes to his line-up for Sunday afternoon's cup match, and so is likely to make changes again next week, with the experience of players like Sarah Wiltshire crucial for the club's Super League campaign. However, he said that he was more than happy with the players he'd put out in the cup game:
"We performed at a decent level, in the first half we created so many chances the game should have been put to bed. But the girls have been professional in the second half and we've won the match. I think there one or two who have staked a claim, but we’ve always talked about the group to get us through the season - it’s always been about the group."
The League match against Aston Villa will take place at the Jones Stadium on Sunday 23rd August 2015, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Either buy your tickets in advance via the Ladies website, or feel free to turn up and pay on the day of the match.
Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 3 Aston Villa Ladies 1.
Yeovil Town Ladies (4-1-4-1): Charlotte Haynes; Sammy Quayle, Ebony Dover, Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston; Natalie Haigh; Alys Hinchcliffe, Emily Donovan, Shauna Cossens, Jodi Cornwall; Annie Heatherson
Yeovil Town Ladies Substitutes: Sarah Wiltshire (62 mins for Alys Hinchcliffe), Nicola Cousins (62 mins for Jodi Cornwall), Ellie Curson (82 mins for Ebony Dover), Stephanie Williams, Stacey Pearson, Natasha Knapman, Alice Evans
Aston Villa Ladies Substitutes: Maddy Cusack (39 mins for Hannah George), Alicia Robinson (71 mins for Abbeyleigh Stringer), Lucy Porter (77 mins for Georgie Griffiths), Amy West, Jess Myers, Laura Cooper, Mollie Rouse
The Away Travel Club has made a donation to the new Academy set up at Huish Park. The Academy was relaunched this summer, with teams ranging from Under-9s to Under-18s as part of the club's youth development programme that sits under the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) Category Three system. To assist them with their player development, the Away Travel Club has handed over a brand new video camera to the academy for them to record their games and for the coaches to analyse the games. Academy manager Geoff Harrop said of the presentation:
"We would like to say a huge thank you to the Away Travel Club for their donation of the camera. It will be a great help to for the players to look back at their performances."
Mark Kelly from the Away Travel Club said:
"As a group we are always pleased to help out with donations to the club. I spoke with Dave Byrne recently and he said they would like a new camera to record. We are happy to oblige and donate one."
The Away Travel Club present a video camera to the Yeovil Town Academy
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak talked about the game and his Man of the Match performance. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskins, Artur gives his views on the game, teammate Chris Weale and the team performance. Read that interview via the link below.
In addition to Artur's interview, there are also other articles associated with the Bristol Rovers game, including your chance to vote for your Man of the Match from that game, along with your 2nd and 3rd placed choices.
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Bristol Rovers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskins, Paul explains his selection for the fixture, as well as giving a full update on midfielder Marc Laird's injury.
For those who want to see highlights of yesterday's 0-1 home defeat against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park, these are now online. As well as the late goal from Ellis Harrison, you can view the key decision that saw Matt Dolan receive his red card, along with other chances during the game. There are two options - a YouTube video directly below, or alternative highlights via Sky Sports.
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Paul's verdict on the match, and his chances of getting further recruits to resolve his side's injury crisis can be read via the link below.
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock admitted that the decision to award the Sponsors Man of the Match award to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak spoke volumes about the balance of the game during this afternoon's match against Bristol Rovers. It may have taken until the 88th minute for Ellis Harrison to score the goal that ensured that the Glovers suffered a 0-1 home defeat, but for much of the game that preceeded that, Yeovil played on the back foot and were endebted to their goalkeeping that they stayed in the game for that long.
Speaking after the match, Sturrock praised his goalkeeper for his performance on the day, but said that the Glovers needed to build up a stable team and squad of players in the same way that Rovers - under the management of Darrell Clarke since March 2014 - have been able to do. He felt the team he had seen out on the pitch in green'n'white colours looked very inexperienced:
"It would have been nice to have taken a point, and it would have been a benefit in kind to us. But they were the better side over the 90 minutes. Our goalkeeper got the Man of the Match, and I think that paints a picture to the story. We are a very inexperienced team at the minute, and are trying to find our feet without our backbone of the team, for example the strikers having to play in midfield and things like that, which is not ideal. So at the end of the day we've come up against a team that were a promotion team last year and are very strong side that have all played together for quite a while, and they all know their jobs. That's something that we are going to have to aim for."
Sturrock admitted that he would struggle to bring additional numbers into his squad for future games, despite the current low numbers that could mean he only takes fifteen players up to York City on Tuesday. With Matt Dolan expected to sit out a one match suspension for a red card this afternoon, and no other players expected to recover in time for the trip to Bootham Crescent, the Glovers boss is woefully short of central midfielders, with Ryan Bird playing out the final 25 minutes of the game in an unfamiliar role. But he said that the league's salary capping rules gave the club little room to manoeuvre. As such he was frustrated in the way that Dolan picked up his cards, with the first being for him blocking the taking of a free kick:
"It was stupidity standing next to the ball (for the first yellow) and I just can't understand that, in being that close. I know you're trying to slow things down, but you knew he was going to get booked for that one. Then he lunged in from the far side. I couldn't see it from here, but putting in a striker down the centre of midfield was not ideal. When you look at my bench today, and the sending off as well, that was another nail in our coffin. The budget is the budget and in the end everybody has got this new ruling that you've got to adhere by. We're topped up and it's going to be a long term thing for us, in that we've got four probable definite starters who aren't going to be back in the next six weeks, who I was kind of building my team around. It's so disappointing to watch the confidence going within the team. But it's my job to rally the troops and it's my job to get them sorted again and get everybody into battle on Tuesday."
If you watched Saturday's 0-1 home defeat against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.
Yeovil Town went down to their third consecutive defeat of the 2015-16 season this afternoon, but it took a single late goal for them to lose out against local rivals Bristol Rovers. The match was sealed by an Ellis Harrison strike just two minutes from time after the Glovers were forced to play the final 25 minutes with ten men, with Matt Dolan's red card coming as the result of two bookable offences. Even with eleven men, Artur Krysiak had to be at his best throughout the match, but that turned the screw further - he couldn't quite block out for the full 90 minutes, leaving the Glovers still looking for their first points on the board in the new campaign.
The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their line-up. One of those was forced, with midfielder Marc Laird out with a torn hamstring and replaced by Wes Fogden. Shaun Jeffers and Iffy Allen dropped out of the side and were replaced by big front pairing Mark Beck and Ryan Bird, as Yeovil headed back to a 4-4-2 and two target men to aim at. Alex Lacey moved into midfield, having played part of the second half there during midweek.
An extremely quiet opening 15 minutes showed Bristol Rovers as slightly the better side, albeit without any serious chances. However, as the half wore on, it became plain which team was on top. Ellis Harrison's shot was parried by Artur Krysiak for a corner, and then the Polish keeper had to be at his best when he pushed an Ollie Clarke attempt over the crossbar. It took Yeovil half an hour to have their first chance of the game - an Alex Lacey header that went wide of the target from a Harry Cornick cross. But other than a Matt Dolan free kick that went into the wall that was as good as it got.
As the half wore on, the game began to turn into the Artur Krysiak show. Chances fell for former Glovers trialist James Clarke, and from former loanee Tom Parkes who headed wide. Then during injury time, Krysiak saved superbly from Matty Taylor to keep the scores level at the break. That was probably the most positive aspect of the 45 minutes - that the home side had stayed firm in terms of their defending, but on the balance of play they had not shown much to get excited about.
The second period opened up with Yeovil matching up Rovers in terms of their formation, as Alex Lacey dropped into defence, whilst Connor Roberts and Nathan Smith converted to wingbacks. Ryan Bird acted as the player in the hole in a 3-4-1-2 formation, as Harry Cornick went up front. As with their previous two matches, the half time break seemed to do the Glovers good, with Matt Dolan producing a good save out of Aaron Chapman after Bird had set him up.
But Dolan's positive contribution in the second half was followed by a negative one with 25 minutes remaining, after he committed a foul on Daniel Leadbitter. Nothing particularly outrageous about the tackle, except that the midfielder was already on a yellow for blocking off a first half free kick, and referee Brendan Malone didn't hesitate too much in sending him off the pitch. That was to change the pattern of the half, with Ryan Bird being forced into playing a full midfield role to cover the loss of Dolan. Rovers brought on wingers to try to force the issue and gain all three points.
During the closing stages, Krysiak was once again forced into a string of saves, parrying from Ellis Harrison's shot for a corner, seeing a Tom Parkes header go over the bar. Harrison then saw another shot parried by Harrison for another set piece, whilst Daniel Leadbitter - booed every time he touched the ball for his role in Dolan's red card - saw his cross/shot deflected for another corner.
With two minutes remaining, Rovers finally got their breakthrough, shortly after a Stuart Sinclair shot was blocked. Substitute Jeffrey Monakana's cross was played into the path of Ellis Harrison and the striker's shot into the back of the net was hit with enough quality to ensure that not even Artur Krysiak's sparking form could stop the ball from hitting the back of the net. 0-1 down, with two minutes left, and with all the play being in one direction for much of the game, not enough time to turn that around and threaten an equaliser at any stage after the goal. The result was undoubtedly a fair result and although it's early days in the season, Yeovil will need to improve their game radically from what they served up today.
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 21. Alex Lacey 4. Matthew Dolan 20. Wes Fogden
9. Ryan Bird 22. Mark Beck
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers (63 mins for Harry Cornick) 14. Jack Compton 16. Jamie Burrows (78 mins for Mark Beck) 19. Iffy Allen
Bristol Rovers: 30. Aaron Chapman
15. James Clarke 6. Tom Parkes 4. Tom Lockyer
2. Daniel Leadbitter 14. Chris Lines 24. Stuart Sinclair 8. Ollie Clarke 3. Lee Brown
9. Ellis Harrison 10. Matty Taylor
Substitutes: 11. Jake Gosling 17. Jermaine Easter (67 mins for Matty Taylor) 21. Cristian Montano (75 mins for Tom Lockyer) 22. Kieran Preston 23. Billy Bodin 28. Jay Malpas 29. Jeffrey Monakana (75 mins for Ollie Clarke)
Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (obstructing a free kick, 17 mins). Red Card: Matt Dolan (second bookable offence, 65 mins).
Bristol Rovers Bookings: None.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 33%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.
Bristol Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 67%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 11; Fouls: 7.
Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: Nigel Smith (Derbyshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). Fourth Official: Adrian Tranter (Dorset).
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for this afternoon's League Two home match against Bristol Rovers. The Glovers have made three changes from Tuesday night's League Cup match against Queens Park Rangers. One of those is forced, with midfielder Marc Laird picking up a torn hamstring during the second half and his place in the line-up is taken by Wes Fogden. The other change sees Mark Beck restored to the line-up, with Iffy Allen dropping to the bench. The other change sees Ryan Bird preferred for Shaun Jeffers who also drops to the bench. That would tend to point to another formation change with a 4-4-2 predicted, with Alex Lacey used as a midfielder.
On the bench there's a welcome return for Jack Compton who has spent five weeks out of action after suffering a calf injury at Truro City last month, but returned to training on Thursday. He will be very short of match fitness, and so is expected to be used sparingly. Once again the bench is very thin, with only five players in total named on the teamsheet.
Yeovil Town's long injury list means that Ben Tozer (cartilege), Jordan Gibbons (groin), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Omar Sowumni (unspecified injury) and Marc Laird (torn hamstring) all remain on the treatment table.
The full line-up for the match is as follows:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 21. Alex Lacey 4. Matthew Dolan 20. Wes Fogden
9. Ryan Bird 22. Mark Beck
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton 16. Jamie Burrows 19. Iffy Allen
This afternoon's opponents Bristol Rovers head to Huish Park for what is the first Football League meeting between the two clubs since the 2010-11 season. Despite Rovers doing the double that year in that set of fixtures, they were relegated from League One at the end of that campaign, and as a result, the only time we've met since then was the September 2012 Football League Trophy tie at the Memorial Stadium, that saw two Ed Upson goals and a late Sam Foley strike win the match by a comfortable 3-0 scoreline - surprisingly so, given that Yeovil scored two of their goals with ten men on the pitch after Jamie McAllister had been sent off after a spot of handbags over a throw-in decision involving former Bristol City team-mate David Clarkson.
Bristol Rovers spent last season in the Conference National division - the first season their club has ever spent at that level. They achieved promotion via the Conference Play-Off Final, beating Grimsby Town and thus making their stay in non-league football a brief one. Various facts about where Rovers stand a couple of games into the 2015-16 season are as follows:
Bookies Odds: 5/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them 10th in the bookies odds lists (via Coral)
Results So Far: Northampton Town (Home, Lost 0-1), Birmingham City (Home, Lost 1-2)
Last Line-Up (League Cup): 1. Steve Mildenhall; 2. Daniel Leadbitter 15. James Clarke 6. Tom Parkes 3. Lee Brown; 24. Stuart Sinclair 8. Ollie Clarke 4. Tom Lockyer 11. Jake Gosling; 9. Ellis Harrison 17. Jermaine Easter.
Substitutes: 10. Matty Taylor 16. Nathan Blissett 21. Cristian Montano 22. Kieran Preston 23. Billy Bodin 27. Ryan Broom 28. Jay Malpas
Last Line-Up (League Two): 1. Steve Mildenhall; 2. Daniel Leadbitter 15. James Clarke 6. Tom Parkes 3. Lee Brown; 24. Stuart Sinclair 14. Chris Lines 4. Tom Lockyer 21. Cristian Montano; 10. Matty Taylor 17. Jermaine Easter
Substitutes: 8. Ollie Clarke 9. Ellis Harrison 11. Jake Gosling 16. Nathan Blissett 22. Kieran Preston 23. Billy Bodin 29. Jeffrey Monakana
Manager: Darrell Clarke - a 37 year old manager who came in as John Ward's assistant in the summer of 2013, having been manager at Salisbury City, where he'd been a former player. When Ward changed his role to Director of Football in March 2014, Clarke took over and was the unlucky man to be holding the baby when Rovers were relegated out of the Football League. However, he took them back into the Football League at the first time of trying, via the Conference play-offs. Has been in charge now for 62 games at the Memorial Stadium.
Connections: Between the sticks for Rovers, Steve Mildenhall played 85 times for Yeovil Town and was part of the club's 2006-07 Wembley Play-Off Final squad. He signed for Rovers initially on loan from Millwall, at the start of 2013, but turned that into a permanent deal that summer. He's now made over 100 appearances for the Gas. Another member of that 2006-07 Glovers squad was Marcus Stewart - you'll find him in the away dugouts, as Clarke's assistant manager. Stewart finished his career at Exeter City where he took on coaching duties, but became the Rovers Development Coach in 2012. At a more obscure level, defender James Clarke is a former Yeovil Town trialist, who spent part of the 2012-13 season playing in friendlies before heading off to Salisbury City where Clarke was his manager.
As part of the build-up to Yeovil Town's home League Two match against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park, manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Paul talks about the club's injury list, and the status of recent victims Ryan Dickson and Marc Laird, as well as the early season form, and his views on tomorrow's opponents. Read that interview via the link below.
Tomorrow's opponents Bristol Rovers have brought in a new goalkeeper for the League Two match at Huish Park. The two sides meet on Saturday 15th August, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off for what will be the Glovers first league home match of the 2015-16 season. They will face a side that has signed Chesterfield goalkeeper Aaron Chapman on a one month loan, due to injuries to current back-up pair Will Puddy and Kieran Preston. Former Glovers keeper Steve Mildenhall has played in both of their fixtures so far this season, and so would be favourite to start in tomorrow's fixture.
Chapman is 25 years old but was only recruited into the professional game two years ago. He is a 6'8" tall goalkeeper who has only made one substitute appearance for the Spireites, with his first team experience coming through loan deals with Chester City and Accrington Stanley. Rovers boss Darrell Clarke gave his views of the signing:
"Aaron is a highly-rated young goalkeeper and I am pleased to be able to welcome him to the club. I am grateful to Chesterfield manager Dean Saunders for allowing him to come to the Memorial Stadium. With Kieran Preston and Will Puddy both out injured at the moment, it was important that we added another goalkeeper to our squad."
A fixture date for Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy First Round match against Barnet has been set. As expected, the game will take place on Tuesday 1st September 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Ticket prices for this match are at a flat rate and are as follows:
Adults: £10.00; Seniors, Young Persons and Disabled: £5.00; Under-16s: £1.00.
As this is a cup competition, this is an 'all pay' fixture - Season Ticket Holders will need to purchase a ticket for the match to reserve their space.
NOTE: Ticket Sales at the moment are for Season Ticket Holders ONLY. This is because only the Main Stand and Home Terrace will be open to home supporters for this fixture, meaning that those normally housed in the East Stand will get priority on sales in the other two parts of the ground. Season Ticket Holders have until Thursday 20th August to get a prioritised seat/place in the ground. General Sales for this match will begin on Friday 21st August.
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that his plans to bring in new players to cover for an injury crisis at Huish Park will heavily depend upon the boardroom's view of the situation. The Glovers were only able to field a squad of sixteen for the midweek League Cup match against Queens Park Rangers, and that situation got worse during the second half when Marc Laird limped off down the tunnel with a hamstring injury, meaning there is a high chance that they could be down to their last fifteen players for tomorrow's League Two home match against Bristol Rovers.
The early part of the 2015-16 season has been complicated with a number of players yet to even kick a ball. This month Ben Tozer (cartilege), Jordan Gibbons (groin), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee) and Jack Compton (calf), Ryan Dickson (groin), Omar Sowumni (unspecified injury) and Marc Laird have been in a busy treatment room, and Sturrock told BBC Somerset that he would need permission from the Board to take on further players, given budget restrictions:
"I have to talk to the Chairman and the Board to see what their thoughts are. In the end, the budget is the budget, but we've got to think about what is best for the team. But that's football. I'm going to talk to the board about strengthening. But we've still got eleven who are going to run out there on Saturday. I know one thing about the eleven who will run out is that they'll roll their sleeves up and they'll give everything that they've got."
One small light at the end of the tunnel is that Jack Compton's calf injury has cleared up, with the former Hartlepool United winger having resumed training on Thursday, meaning that he should be back soon. However, with him having only played in one pre-season friendly at Truro City a month ago, during which he picked up his injury, the 26 year old is very short of match fitness, and Sturrock said he was unlikely to play any serious part in tomorrow's game, even if the player himself was trying to persuade otherwise:
"Compton now has deemed himself fit for Saturday after one day's training! But he's well off it. He's been out for five or six weeks, but with the situation that we're in at the minute, if I pick the team that I'm thinking of picking at this moment then I've got three forward types on the bench, then if I pick Compton and put him on the bench then there's not a midfield player or a defender available. If one of those gets injured at the back or in midfield then we're all of a sudden playing people out of position."
Last week, Yeovil Town launched their new planning application, providing a new blueprint for the Huish Park stadium and surrounding area. Between that announcement and the overhead plans being made available, Glovers Planning Consultant David Bell spoke to the BBC about the plans. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Charlie Taylor, David explains some of the club's thinking behind the new project.
Yeovil Town have postponed tonight's Question and Answer session at Huish Park. The evening was intended to see Chairman John Fry, planning consultant David Bell and first team manager Paul Sturrock answer questions from supporters relating to both the club's new planning development, as well as the start to the 2015-16 season.
The club have indicated that the meeting will now be rearranged to a later date. Tonight's session has been called off due to feedback from supporters who have indicated a willingness to attend, but with the short notice of the meeting, amidst a busy footballing week making that difficult for some to attend.
When we get a new date for this session, we'll provide an update here.
Tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Oxford United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 29th August at the Kassam Stadium. Ticket prices are as follows and are for the North Stand, which is a seated covered facility:
Adults: £20.00; Over-62s, Under-18s and Students (with NUS Card): £13.00; Under-13s: £5.00; Under-7s: Free.
Disabled/Wheelchair supporters pay the above prices, with an assistant admitted free of charge.
Tickets will be on sale on the day of the game and can be purchased through the North Ticket Office adjacent to the Away turnstiles at the Kassam Stadium, but note that these sales are CASH ONLY.
There is free car parking for 2,000 vehicles on first come first served basis, therefore it is recommended supporters try to arrive as early as possible.
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Bristol Rovers have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 15th August 2015 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). He was promoted to the Football League's national referees list during the summer of 2010, at the age of 42. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and ran the line at League level for several years.
Our most recent meeting involving him was for the December 2014 meeting against Leyton Orient, which we lost 3-0 at Huish Park. We can deal with that one very quickly - despite a frosty pitch and therefore difficult playing conditions, he dealt with the game very well, with just one booking on the night, keeping himself firmly in the background. During the previous season, we had him for one competitive fixture. That was the October 2013 home match against Leicester City in the Championship. He awarded two penalties during the match - one for each side - and the video footage backed up his decision-making - a trip by Danny Seaborne went against us, whilst James Hayter was brought down inside the box at the other end. Otherwise there was just one booking for timewasting as the Foxes held onto their 2-1 lead. Our recollection was that he did okey, although the Western Gazette were more critical saying he was "certainly not the worst performance from a referee this season, but far from faultless. His decision making was erratic and Richie De Laet deserved a second yellow card" - De Laet's booking came late on during that match and we can't recall what his other offence was on the night.
Earlier that season we had Mr Malone for a pre-season friendly match against Exeter City during which he sent off Grecians midfielder Tommy Doherty. His boss Paul Tisdale had a bit of a post-match grumble about that decision, but the view from those at the game was that it would have been hard for Mr Malone to do otherwise, with the former Glovers loanee having struck Byron Webster in the face in an off-the-ball incident. He was also present - briefly - for the 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra that represented our final home match of the 2012-13 season proper, before we moved into the play-off matches. We actually only saw him as the match referee for around 30 minutes - he pulled up with a hamstring injury, and had to be replaced by fourth official Adam Bromley. In that brief period we saw him he seemed to be doing okay, but in truth had little in the way of contentious decisions to deal with.
Mr Malone was in charge for the Boxing Day 2011 match against Charlton Athletic - a game we lost 2-3 at Huish Park. On the whole he had a decent game, and in fact called one bit of 'controversy' well - visiting keeper Ben Hamer claimed he'd been fouled for Jonathan Obika's 8th minute opener, but the TV footage later proved that the former Holyrood Community School pupil had in fact slipped in the box under his own steam, with the referee correctly ignoring Charlton's protests. The Western Gazette were less impressed with his handling of the game, saying that he "baffled fans with decisions at throw-ins and corners, while six bookings reflects unfairly on the game" - two of those bookings led to suspensions for Glovers players, so that may have been part of the frustration at his decisions.
Mr Malone was the unfortunate official in charge of the stormy September 2011 encounter against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park. The centre-piece of the game was a controversial Kieran Agard goal, scored after he chased down the Owls defence following an uncontested drop ball. Whatever the moral rights and wrongs of that goal, the Laws of the Game that Mr Malone operates within meant that he could not be blamed for the situation that developed.
He did endure a rather difficult second half, in which Wednesday's players were rather fired up and aggrieved about the incident, and we saw four Glovers go into the book, plus an Owls player. He also ruled out awarding a penalty for a shirt tug on Gavin Massey that could have put Yeovil back in the lead. It wasn't the best 45 minutes of refereeing we've seen, but given the circumstances, probably all bar a few Premier League officials would have struggled to control the situation. He later saw Owls goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes called up by the Football Association for an incident in the tunnel at half time, so clearly was keeping his eyes on what was going on out there.
Our first experience of him as the man in the middle for a first team game was the August 2010 Football League Trophy match against Exeter City. Much as though we'd love to put on our best green-tinted spectacles for the red card dished out to Sam Williams for an off-the-ball incident on the night, there were no real complaints about the decision, and overall Mr Malone dealt with the game well.
The other game involving him as a referee was the 2011 New Year's Day match against Plymouth Argyle. There we can have no complaints either, particularly given that he awarded Yeovil a penalty after Andy Williams appeared to slip inside the box. Mr Malone kindly decided that Argyle's Curtis Nelson had clipped him. Unfortunately, Sam Williams failed to take advantage of the bit of charity, by having the penalty attempt saved. Mr Malone chalked off an Andy Williams 'goal' just before the break - the whistle had blown long before it landed in the back of the net though. Mr Malone was praised by manager Terry Skiverton after the game against the Pilgrims, although felt that there were one or two situations where he could have let the game flow to an advantage:
"I thought the referee (Brendan Malone) was excellent today, but there was one time where Andy (Williams) had got away from the defender, and he got pulled back a bit, and he blew up rather than play the advantage and I think that if he had given the advantage then Andy would have got a shot off. It's a hard job, and I'll say again that he (Brendan Malone) was excellent, but in those situations you may want the advantage."
Mr Malone will be assisted by Nigel Smith (Derbyshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Adrian Tranter (Dorset).
Just before Tuesday night's home match against Queens Park Rangers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul explains the team changes that he made for that game, as well as Ryan Dickson's absence and general thoughts on the team. Read that interview via the link below.
On Saturday, Yeovil Town played their opening fixture of the 2015-16 season, when they took on Exeter City at St James Park. A rather ineffective first half performance was brightened up after the break, as a debut strike from AFC Bournemouth attacker Harry Cornick and a penalty from Matt Dolan levelled the scores before the Glovers lost the game by a 3-2 scoreline.
Man of the Match voting saw Matt Dolan and Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey a whisker away from each other as they polled strongly in 4th and 3rd place. Striker Shaun Jeffers also did well on his competitive debut. However, the poll winner, despite only being on the pitch for 45 minutes, was Harry Cornick, whose impact took just 23 seconds to be known, as he scored with his first touch.
Full poll results for this game are as follows:
1. Harry Cornick 192 (10)
2. Shaun Jeffers 156 (11)
3. Stephen Arthurworrey 104 (6)
4. Matthew Dolan 102 (5)
5. Nathan Smith 56 (4)
6. Ryan Dickson 52 (3)
7. Marc Laird 28 (1)
8. Connor Roberts 10 (0)
9. Wes Fogden 6 (0)
9. Mark Beck 6 (0)
11. Alex Lacey 2 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.92
Performance : 5.55
Entertainment : 6.3
VOTES RECEIVED : 40
As a reminder, if you watched Tuesday night's 0-3 defeat against Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park, you can also cast your Man of the Match votes. This includes anyone who was able to watch the game via a web stream or any of the overseas TV companies that were screening the game. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.
Last night saw Yeovil Town head out of the League Cup at the First Round stage. The 0-3 home defeat against Queens Park Rangers was covered by a number of international television broadcast companies, meaning that we have the unusual situation of the match highlights being provided in Italian by Gazzetta TV. Watch the three goals, and also other chances from Stephen Arthurworrey, Matt Dolan and Nathan Smith during the match, via the link below.
If you prefer more conventional highlights, there is also an English language YouTube clip below.
Following Tuesday night's 0-3 defeat against Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul gives his views on the game, as well as outlining the status of all of the club's long term injuries. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that he is frustrated by individual defensive errors that have been costing his side during the opening two games of the 2015-16 season. The Glovers have conceded six goals so far in their two fixtures, albeit with three of those coming against Championship opposition in tonight's 0-3 defeat against Queens Park Rangers that saw their expensively assembled side easily triumph at Huish Park.
The main bone of contention for the Glovers boss has been that various players have committed errors during the matches early on that have turned a level 0-0 match into one in which his team ended up facing an uphill battle. Exhibit A on tonight's showing was one of last season's outstanding performers Stephen Arthurworrey, who was involved in QPR's opening goal tonight, as visiting striker Sebastian Polter outmuscled the Fulham loanee, ultimately lifting the ball over the advancing Artur Krysiak to give the Londoners the lead. Sturrock told BBC Somerset after the game that this was not the only goal in the past two fixtures that he was unhappy with, although didn't name further names:
"Again you can't legislate for individual mistakes. I think Stephen (Arthurworrey) is a bit down, and he should be a bit down, as he's been involved in a couple of goals lately. But it's individual errors by certain players that are costing us dearly. You can't get started when you are chasing the game. In the first half I felt that we lost two bad goals and our heads went down. I thought that in the second half, after I'd had a little chat with them at half time, we came out and I thought we were a bit more positive in our approach. At the end of the day we maybe could have got a goal back, and who knows what could have happened then."
Sturrock's other frustration has been his side's injury list. Already without Ben Tozer (cartilege), Jordan Gibbons (groin), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee) and Jack Compton (calf) in the lead-up to the start of the 2015-16 season, he lost Ryan Dickson to a groin injury after Saturday's game that will keep him out for a couple of weeks, whilst midfielder Marc Laird slowly limped off with a hamstring injury midway through the second half and will spend a few weeks on the sidelines. The Glovers boss said those sort of problems were preventing him from being able to get some consistency into his side:
"I would say we've got four, five or six players who are out injured at the minute who would probably start for us, so it's difficult at this moment in time to get a settled team, to the standard that I'm looking for. We showed signs early on during the game, but we just don't get a full 90 minutes. But we'll just soldier on. The boy Laird is probably going to miss a couple of weeks with a pulled hamstring. So it's not going well at the minute."
Sturrock has not ruled out the possibility of moving into the loan market to bolster his numbers, although indicated that Gibbons and Compton were getting close to a return from injuries that have disrupted their pre-season preparation. He was therefore non-committal as to whether he would bring in new recruits before the weekend, although agreed that it might be necessary.
If you watched Tuesday night's 0-3 defeat against Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.
Yeovil Town headed out of the League Cup at the First Round stage tonight, as Championship side Queens Park Rangers did more than enough to justify their route into the next stage. The 0-3 scoreline was largely down to an inferior first half performance, with questionable defending helping the Londoners along. Sebastian Polter outmuscled his marker to break through and lift the ball past Artur Krysiak, and four minutes later Jay Emmanuel-Thomas converted a left wing cross from close range in a one-sided first half. A much improved display after the break saw Stephen Arthurworrey's header hit the top of the crossbar but the game was absolutely settled by a fierce shot from Nedum Onuoha inside the box after a loose ball dropped from a corner.
The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up. Artur Krysiak replaced Chris Weale in goal, whilst Ryan Dickson's groin injury meant that there were changes on the wings - Wes Fogden dropped to the bench, and Harry Cornick and Iffy Allen got a chance to impress from the start. There was also a tactical change, with Alex Lacey coming in as a fifth defender, as Mark Beck sat on the bench in a 5-4-1. A slow start implied that the Glovers were fairly comfortable, with neither side having too many chances, but things didn't stay level for too long.
The West Londoners took the lead via some poor defending. Stephen Arthurworrey allowed the ball to run across him, and when Sebastian Polter challenged him, the Fulham loanee was muscled off the ball rather easily allowing the striker to run through. He lifted the ball over the advancing Artur Krysiak and into the back of an empty net. Within four minutes, QPR's second goal put the Championship side in full command. The goal came as a direct result of a skillful run by Cole Kpekawa down the left flank. He broke past Connor Roberts, allowing him a free run down to the byline and when he pulled the ball back, Jay Emmanuel-Thomas was able to force his way in front of Nathan Smith to slot the ball home from ten yards out. 0-2 down in the space of a few minutes. The visitors went on to control the half, with Yeovil occasionally having small runs down the flanks that run into cul-de-sacs, and Rob Green being a near spectator in the lead-up to the break.
A double half time substitution saw Mark Beck and Wes Fogden introduced for Shaun Jeffers and Iffy Allen respectively. That allowed them to set up for the second period in a 4-1-3-2 formation, with Harry Cornick up front with Beck, and Alex Lacey sat in front of the back four. They started the second period well, with a Matt Dolan shot forcing Robert Green into his first real save of the game as the midfielder picked up a loose ball from a clearance. Then from the resultant corner, a Stephen Arthurworrey header bounced onto the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick.
That mini-burst of play in the Glovers favour made QPR's third goal particularly frustrating, given that it came against the run of play in terms of what had happened since half time. A Matt Phillips corner was only half cleared and the ball dropped to Nedum Onuoha, who instinctively hit the ball first time to crash the ball into the roof of the net from around the penalty spot. 0-3 down and definitely no way back from that.
Yeovil's unfortunate luck during the early part of the season continued as midfielder Marc Laird hobbled off down the tunnel on the hour mark after lengthy treatment, meaning another reshuffle, with Jamie Burrows coming on as a forward as Harry Cornick dropped deeper. That removed a lot of the drive from Yeovil's central midfield, and turned the game into a bit of a training ground match, until the closing stages when Junior Hoilett put over the bar, and Nathan Smith had to be at his best to stand up and block a Jay Emmanuel-Thomas run dead.
During the closing stages the Glovers did show some heart a flicked header from Mark Beck went two or three yards wide. Then Nathan Smith, in an unusually central position, let fly from 20 yards out, producing a superb save from Rob Green for a corner - from the set piece Stephen Arthurworrey headed over the bar, denying the Glovers a consolation goal that their second half performance perhaps deserved. Like Saturday at St James Park, it was the first half performance that killed the game, which perhaps shows the 'work in progress' that is Yeovil Town at present.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 3.
Scorers: Sebastian Polter (0-1, 16 mins), Jay Emmanuel-Thomas (0-2, 20 mins), Nedum Onuoha (0-3, 56 mins)
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matthew Dolan 8. Marc Laird 19. Iffy Allen
10. Shaun Jeffers
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale 9. Ryan Bird 16. Jamie Burrows (62 mins for Marc Laird) 20. Wes Fogden (46 mins for Iffy Allen) 22. Mark Beck (46 mins for Shaun Jeffers)
Queens Park Rangers: 1. Robert Green
24. James Perch 5. Nedum Onuoha 4. Grant Hall 42. Cole Kpekawa
16. Michael Doughty 17. Oscar Gobern 7. Matt Phillips 14. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
11. Ben Gladwin 33. Sebastian Polter
Substitutes: 36. Tyler Blackwood (70 mins for Matt Phillips) 8. Tjaronn Chery 13. Joe Lumley 15. Paul Konchesky 20. Karl Henry (59 mins for Ben Gladwin) 21. Massimo Luongo 23. Junior Hoilett (77 mins for Oscar Gobern)
Yeovil Bookings: None.
QPR Bookings: James Perch (25 mins, foul)
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 3.
QPR Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 9.
Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Michael Webb (Surrey). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's League Cup First Round match against Queens Park Rangers. The first competitive home match of the 2015-16 season has seen manager Paul Sturrock make four changes to the team that played against Exeter City on the weekend. In goal, Artur Krysiak is preferred for Chris Weale, whilst there are changes to both wings - one forced, and one tactical. Iffy Allen comes into the side along with Harry Cornick, with Wes Fogden dropping to the bench, whilst Ryan Dickson drops entirely out of the squad, due to a groin injury which is likely to put him out for a couple of weeks. AFC Bournemouth winger Harry Cornick gets his first start in the side.
Jakub Sokolik starts the game, suggesting that with Alex Lacey and Stephen Arthurworrey still on the pitch, we're looking at a formation change - Mark Beck misses out and drops to the bench. Of the other missing players Ben Tozer (cartilege), Jordan Gibbons (groin), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee) and Jack Compton (calf) remain out through injury. The team reads as follows.
Yeovil Town: (5-4-1) 1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sokolik 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matthew Dolan 8. Marc Laird 19. Iffy Allen
10. Shaun Jeffers
Substitutes: 12. Chris Weale 9. Ryan Bird 16. Jamie Burrows 20. Wes Fogden 22. Mark Beck
Queens Park Rangers: 1. Robert Green
24. James Perch 5. Nedum Onuoha 4. Grant Hall 42. Cole Kpekawa
16. Michael Doughty 17. Oscar Gobern 7. Matt Phillips 14. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
11. Ben Gladwin 33. Sebastian Polter
Substitutes: 36. Tyler Blackwood 8. Tjaronn Chery 13. Joe Lumley 15. Paul Konchesky 20. Karl Henry 21. Massimo Luongo 23. Junior Hoilett
New Yeovil Town signing Mark Beck is hoping that his experience of playing in the Football League Cup continues to be a positive one, as he prepares to do battle against Queens Park Rangers tonight at Huish Park. The 21 year old has got happy memories of the League Cup competition, having played in the Carlisle United side that beat Blackburn Rovers during the 2013-14 season that saw their opponents take an interest in the target man during the weeks that followed that fixture, with reports that they were so impressed with his performance that they made an enquiry about his availability.
A year earlier, he came on as a substitute against Ipswich Town and score the 90th minute goal that took the Cumbrians into extra time, in a tie that they ultimately won, setting up a big game against Tottenham Hotspur. He told BBC Somerset that his days of playing against those clubs whilst on the books of Carlisle were a positive experience for him and he wanted to repeat those moments:
"We played the likes of Ipswich, who we actually beat and we beat Blackburn as well. We then went on to play Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland. We played Tottenham at home and Sunderland away. I'm a Sunderland fan so that was a good occasion. As players you take the positives out of the experience in playing against these big teams, so you know what it's like."
Beck's debut for the Glovers was a less fruitful one on Saturday, as he played for a full 90 minutes, but ended up on the losing side, as Yeovil Town lost 3-2 at St James Park against Exeter City. Despite the obvious negative of the defeat, Beck said that his manager Paul Sturrock was looking to put a positive slant on it, given the second half performance:
"He was happy with the character that we showed to get back into the game and our drive to get something out of the game. But conceding that late goal took the game away. So there are positives and negatives to take out of that game. But there were a lot of new faces. With the quality we've got and the squad, we should be alright."
Beck added that this was early days yet. With the club having brought in seventeen new signings over the summer, he admitted that the players were having to undertake a crash course in getting to know each other on and off the pitch. But he felt that was going well so far:
"No-one really knows everyone, so you're sort of forced to get to know everyone and have a bit of bonding together. That's working so far - everyone is getting on with everyone and there's no clashes or anything. So hopefully we'll put that together now on the pitch."
Paul Sturrock should be able to select from roughly the same squad that he took to St James Park, with his current injured crop of players that were unavailable on Saturday still expected to be absent. That rules out Ben Tozer (cartilege), Jordan Gibbons (groin), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee) and Jack Compton (calf). Sturrock has also inferred that at least one of his players is doubtful for tonight - the most obvious candidate is centre-back Alex Lacey who left the field on Saturday with cramp, and so will need a fitness check before tonight's fixture.
Tickets for the game are available in advance and from the Huish Park Ticket Office right up until kick-off tonight.
Yeovil Town supporters who can't get to tonight's League Cup First Round tie against Queens Park Rangers may find it useful to know that tonight's match is a featured game on the BBC 5Live radio station. They have indicated that they will be running live commentary of the match from Huish Park along with two other matches.
Their website indicates that Yeovil vs QPR along with Accrington Stanley vs Hull City on their main frequencies, although their live commentaries list implies that Yeovil's is the primary game on that station. On their digital BBC 5Live Sports Extra station, they are carrying Bristol Rovers against Birmingham City.
As usual, BBC Somerset will be providing their own more local coverage of tonight's games on 95.5FM, but such coverage won't be available online due to licencing restrictions, so for those who live outside the Somerset area, you may find that BBC 5Live is a better option.
Yeovil Town are hosting a Question and Answer evening this coming Thursday. The event will take place on Thursday 13th August from 7.00p.m. with doors opening at 6.30p.m. and will take place in the Legends Lounge (which is the upstairs bar formerly known as the Alec Stock Lounge).
The timing appears to be to allow the club to take questions from supporters concerning the new development plans, however manager Paul Sturrock will also be present to take questions from the audience. Chairman John Fry and Planning Consultant David Bell will be the other two parties present.
Tickets for the event are free of charge, but will be limited to the first 100 people who claim them. Call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or visit them in person.
Officials for Tuesday night's League One First Round match between Yeovil Town and Queens Park Rangers have been published by the Football League. The match takes placed tonight (Tuesday 11th August) at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Mr Langford is a very familiar name on the circuit, and to Yeovil Town supporters, which for a referee is usually for bad reasons. We've had him eleven times across six years so far, with a fair bit of drama involved in those games.
Mr Langford is probably best known amongst Glovers fans for being the man in charge for the April 2010 home match against Southampton which saw one of the more inexplicable decisions we've seen a referee make. Having already sent off Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin for a challenge on Gavin Williams, Mr Langford was faced with the problem of needing to raise a second one, just minutes later when Williams was upended by Jose Fonte whilst clean through on goal.
Doubtless conscious of the effect he would have had on the game in doing so, rather than the clearness of the professional foul, Mr Langford raised a yellow card instead. After the game, the then manager Terry Skiverton slammed Langford's decision-making in his post-match interview saying: "I've got complaints when big decisions need to be made. He wasn't good enough today, and he was a million miles off the pace of the game."
So maybe he did better in the 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in October 2009? Not quite. A failure to stamp his authority on the match, combined with some odd decisions left Skivo fuming after the game, saying of Langford's performance:
"We cannot keep coming up against referees every week that are sub-standard. If I do not do well in my job then I will get the sack and it seems that people can get away with it week-in, week-out and get patted on the back by the people upstairs."
Of our more recent meetings with Mr Langford, the first was the August 2010 away match at Oldham Athletic. This game finished in a 0-0 draw, and we did have a few grumbles with the referee over his refusal to award a penalty for a trip by Latics defender Kieran Lee on Andy Williams. Then he ruled out what would have been a match-winning goal from Dean Bowditch, after Mr Langford claimed that goalkeeper Dean Brill had been impeded in the build-up. Indeed he had, but the video showed that it was his team-mate Reuben Hazell who had prevented Brill from claiming the ball, and not a Yeovil player. It was crystal clear that Mr Langford had made a mistake and the goal should have stood.
He then took charge of the final home match of our 2010-11 season - a 4-2 win over Colchester United. Our match report describes it as one of his better games, although he did seem to be in a rather lenient mood on the day. The most obvious was his decision not to give Colchester's Ben Coker a red card for a professional foul on Jonathan Obika. Within the context of a midtable fairly meaningless end of season fixture, and in the final minute of the match, we saw it as a "common sense" decision - raising a red card would have been of little consequence. However, given Mr Langford's track record, we'd wonder whether that was his thinking at the time.
He then was used for the September 2011 visit of Wycombe Wanderers. That seems to have been one of his quieter performances; or at least that there were few contentious decisions on the day for him to handle. He was then back at Huish Park for the January 2012 home game against Preston North End where red cards at the start and the end of the game dominated the shape of the match. He sent off Preston's Craig Morgan for a professional foul just three minutes into the match - almost identical to the Morgan Schneiderlin incident two years previously, but this time he decided to produce a red.
The problem was that the earlier decision seemed to shape the tone of the game. Preston, under Graham Westley's management, started to indulge in some rather niggly and confrontational tactics, and the yellow card count began to rack up - four against the visitors and two against the Glovers, without Mr Langford appearing to have too much of an idea on how to diffuse the tension. When Paul Huntington committed an aggressive, but ball-winning, 89th minute tackle on Jamie Proctor, Preston's players waded in on the centre-back and Langford fell for it - dishing a red for Huntington, but only a yellow for Proctor who reportedly threw a punch in retaliation. The Glovers appealed against the decision, but with it being undoubtedly a strong tackle, trying to prove that the referee's judgement was wrong, was difficult to present, and the Glovers lost the appeal.
Thankfully the three of the more recent meetings involving Mr Langford have seen decisions go in our favour - one was an April 2013 home match against Shrewsbury Town. We won the match 2-1, and were actually helped on the way by an early penalty decision, with a Byron Webster header being blocked by Shrewsbury striker Tom Eaves. Their boss Graham Turner heavily criticised the decision after the game, complaining that few Glovers appealed for it, and citing that he had 'previous' with their team. From our point of view, that was the only debatable decision in a booking free game.
He then turned up twice during the 2013-14 season - the first was our 4-0 win over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup in January 2014. Overall he had a decent game, producing just one yellow card, but our fourth goal, scored by Kieffer Moore, looked suspiciously offside - something that opposing boss Russell Sladepointed out after the game. Perhaps more of an issue for Mr Langford's linesman in fairness though. After that there was the April 2014 meeting against Blackpool that saw us win 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Again, he gave a decision in our favour - a Tom Lawrence corner was blocked by the hands of Tony McMahon, and James Hayter scored from the spot. He had a decent game overall, and we'll forgive him for his one booking of the game - a 90th minute bit of timewasting by ourselves - probably justified!
Our most recent meeting was for the November 2014 match against Chesterfield at their new stadium - the match that saw Gary Johnson introduce three new players into his side, with Jed Steer, Stephen Arthurworrey and Jordan Clarke joining the club. Overall Mr Langford had a decent game but there was one controversial moment late on. Jordy Hiwula was clearly taken out by Spireites goalkeeper Thomas Lee, who ran out of his box and took him down. The referee decided that this challenge was only worthy of a yellow card, despite Hiwula's run - and of course Lee's motives for taking him out - meaning that if he'd got past the goalkeeper he would have had a gaping goal to aim at. But overall this has been in line with his interpretation of what a professional foul is over the years, so no surprise there.
Mr Langford started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level for the start of the 2008-09 season, it would appear that at the time he was an official that the authorities were looking to fast-track through the system.
Mr Langford will be assisted by Andrew Bennett (Devon) and Michael Webb (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).
Yeovil Town have released further detail concerning their plans for the redevelopment of the land at Huish Park. The 2015 planning application, which was submitted to South Somerset District Council last week, entirely replaces the club's unsuccessful 2012 application, and on this occasion provides development that will affect almost all sides of the stadium land. The list of items proposed by the club were detailed by the club's Planning Consultant David Belllast week, but their positions within the Huish Park site can be identified by an architect's overhead plan that shows the whole 26 acres.
The segments below (which are not exactly to the same scale) show five areas of the land that are up for redevelopment. The club have previously indicated that if they were granted planning permission that each part would be developed as separate phases, rather than the whole land being built on at one time. The major changes are as follows:
North-East corner - replacing the furthest of the two training pitches - Coffee Shop, Convenience Store and Sports Clinic
The North-East Corner currently sites the furthest of two training pitches, and is the part of the land that adjoins Western Avenue and Copse Road. Here a Coffee Shop will cover 420 square metres, whilst an identically sized Convenience Store will be to the east, with an additional 24 square metres building semi-detached from it. To the south, there is a Sports Clinic covering 1945 square metres, and above this will be an additional floor that will house 10 Residential Units - the first mention of housing we've seen associated with the application.
East side - replacing the lower car park - An 80 room hotel
The East Side of the stadium that runs alongside Western Avenue currently is used for car parking for supporters. Whilst the upper ridge of the car park will stay as the main car park for football, the lower ridge will be used to build a new 80 room hotel and associated hotel car parking. There will also be a new access road developed from Western Avenue, running into that car park from the South-East side of the stadium, serving both the hotel and the football club.
South-West side - replacing the beer tent
The South-West Side currently has the infamous Beer Tent occupying land squeezed between the artificial pitch and the corner of the stadium land. In its place there will be a 'four court' Sports Hall, housing a five-a-side football pitch and changing and storage facilities. There is also mention of the refurbishment of a refreshment area as part of the Main Stand - it's not clear what that means in practice at this stage.
North-West Stadium Side - covering the north stand and new facilities
The North-West Stadium Side predominantly concerns the redevelopment of the current north end of the Huish Park stadium, which is the Copse Road End terrace - an open terrace housing away supporters. The plans show a roof being built over the current terrace - in line with more recent club communication, this would imply that the original blueprint for a much larger 3,500 capacity seated stand is off the table - mention of a 'roof' rather than a new stand would also imply that this would stay as terracing.
There is also plans for for a 'wraparound' building that runs from the area that currently houses the Ticket Office booths, running around the corner and across the current away end. The area closest to the current Ticket Office will become a Hospitality building, whilst the corner of the West and North Stands will become the club's new front area, housing administration staff, a new Ticket Office and a new Club Shop. The implication is that this will be a two level building, given that its adjoining area is definitely planned to run on two levels. Disabled parking on this side of the ground will now be provided further to the west, where the small gravel car park is.
On the Ground Floor behind the current away end, there will be Supporters 'Refreshment Facilities' - the club have not made it clear yet whether this will include alcohol sales - last week's interview with David Bell referenced 'the ability to get coffees'. On the first floor of this building, the club plan to hold Academy Facilities and Conference facilities. Mr Bell implied that this would become the new home end of the ground.
The building behind the current away end also will run over (at first floor level) an Access Road that will run underneath parallel with the Copse Road End. This will extend the Supporters/Community Hall out towards the banked area, and is described as a Leisure Area. By its nature, it can probably be assumed that this whole area will be used by supporters on matchday, although there's no detail of what will be inside it. Semi-Detached from it, will be a 2,200 square metre non-food retail store that will run over two storeys as well.
North Side - replacing the Top Pitch land
The North Side of the stadium currently houses the main Top Pitch that is currently used as a first team training pitch, as well as having been regularly used by the Youth Team over the years. This will see two retail stores built on top of it. The first will be a Non-Food Retail store of 4,000 square metres, whilst to its west, there will be an adjoining 'Open Sales Area' of 1,000 square metres. It is suggested that this could be used for a Garden Centre - this would be of the sort that The Range might acquire, although there's been no mention of The Range owner Chris Dawson with respect to this latest application. Parking facilities surround this building, which would probably not be available for football traffic on matchdays.
Following Saturday's 3-2 defeat against Exeter City at St James Par, Yeovil Town midfielder Matthew Dolan spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matt's views on the game and the wider picture can be read via the link below.
The first day of any new season can be a confusing one for all football folk. New signings, new teams, whilst squinting into the August sun trying to work out who is who, and which player is playing in which position. Saturday's League Two opener against Exeter City at St James Park seems to have caused some headaches - Yeovil Town are probably to blame, having brought in 17 new signings over the summer.
During Saturday's match, Exeter's second goalscorer was initially misidentified by those providing the live 'vidiprinter' style feeds to various websites as being Tom Nichols, when actually David Wheeler had scored the 41st minute goal. Then Marc Laird was credited as having scored Yeovil's first goal on Sky Sports (and others) when the video footage confirmed that it was in fact AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick - Laird was the first player to join him in the celebrations after he scored.
The best one of the lot though seems to have come through the post-match report carried by Sky Sports, along with other associated websites falling under their umbrella, such as Football 365. They carried the story that 'Hoskins Nets Debut Winner' which included a picture of 'Hoskins' as the goalscorer.
The Hoskins in fact looks rather familiar - ironically more recognisable to Yeovil Town supporters than some of the players who were on the pitch in their own club colours! The shirt sponsors should have been a giveaway - the University Of Northampton sponsor Northampton Town, where Sam Hoskins has recently signed a one year contract after being released by the Glovers during the summer. The rather older, more experienced, Will Hoskins was signed by Exeter earlier this month, following his release by Oxford United.
Hoskins Confusion - Will Hoskins seems strangely familiar!
Yeovil Town's travelling away attendance for the trip to St James Park represented the largest crowd to follow their team in League Two on the opening day of the 2015-16 season. The Glovers took 1,247 supporters down to Devon for the short 47 mile trip, and that was one of three travelling contingents to break the thousand mark in the fourth tier. Luton Town's 1,175 that headed to the Crown Ground, home of Accrington Stanley, was particularly impressive given that it gave the Hatters almost an even share of the 2,359 crowd.
The away followings for the opening day of the season were as follows:
1,247 : Yeovil Town at Exeter City
1,175 : Luton Town at Accrington Stanley
1,005 : Notts County at Stevenage (unverified figure)
932 : Plymouth Argyle at AFC Wimbledon
905 : Barnet at Leyton Orient
722 : Carlisle United at Mansfield Town
574 : Northampton Town at Bristol Rovers
376 : York City at Wycombe Wanderers
339 : Newport County at Cambridge United
299 : Crawley Town at Oxford United
279 : Dagenham and Redbridge at Portsmouth
247 : Morecambe at Hartlepool United
Yeovil Town Ladies were left frustrated this afternoon, after they were held to a 2-2 draw against London Bees in a match at The Hive. Despite having taken the lead twice in the match, through Natasha Knapman and Shauna Cossens, the home side came back into the match each time, with goals from Paula Howells and Andrea Georgiou forcing a share of the points. That happened on a day in which Reading FC Women won 4-0, whilst Doncaster Rovers Belles were 5-0 victors, thus allowing the front pairing to extend the gap between second and third in the FAWSL2 league table back to six points, with six games remaining.
All seemed to be going well when Bow Jackson's pass found Natasha Knapman just 27 minutes into the match, with her shot flying past Sophie Harris to give Yeovil a 1-0 half time lead. It had been an open first half, with the Ladies once again finding the crossbar between themselves and goal, as Sarah Wiltshire's long range effort rebounded back out, with Annie Heatherson unlucky not to convert the rebound as Harris made a flying save. At the other end, Ellie Curson cleared off the goalline, before Knapman's opener that gave the Glovers their advantage.
Three minutes into the second period though, and Paula Howells ran onto a through ball that allowed the London Bees an equalising goal, and that set up an end-to-end second half. The Glovers thought they were back in command though, five minutes after Shauna Cossens was introduced as a substitute. She finished brilliantly from the edge of the box for a 57th minute 2-1 lead. The snag was that the Bees weren't done, and they pulled the game back square via a Andrea Georgiou free kick and a 2-2 scoreline.
The closing stages saw numerous chances for Yeovil to come away with all three points. Harris denied Shauna Cossens in a one-v-one, then pushed over a Sarah Wiltshire attempt. Then Annie Heatherson had a header cleared off the line from a Helen Bleazard corner. Both sides could have won it in second half injury time, as Lucy Loomes fired over the bar for the home side, before Alys Hinchcliffe could have won it with the last kick of the game, as she broke through, but the shot went wide of the target, meaning the Glovers had to settle for a single point, when in reality they wanted all three out of their trip to North-West London.
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Exeter City kicked off at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts and AFC Bournemouth attacker Harry Cornick who both signed on loan in the lead-up to the match, as well as his decision to select Chris Weale as the starting goalkeeper. Read that interview via the link below.
On Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town lost 3-2 against Exeter City at St James Park. The Sky Sports website is carrying around 90 seconds of highlights for those who want to see the five goals scored, including those from AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick and the penalty from Matt Dolan. Watch via the link below.
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-2 defeat against Exeter City at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's verdict on the game, as well as thoughts on new AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick's role in the game, and the reason why centre-back Alex Lacey came off, can be read via the link below.
Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale felt that his side deserved their three points, after his side beat Yeovil Town by a 3-2 scoreline at St James Park today. The opening day of the 2015-16 season saw the Grecians come out on top despite throwing away a 2-0 lead at the break, having netted through a Tom Nichols penalty and a David Wheeler goal ten minutes later.
Tisdale praised his old club Yeovil Town for the way they came back into the match during the second half as goals from AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick and a penalty from midfielder Matt Dolan levelled the scores, and admitted the game could have gone either way at that point. However, he felt that the bigger picture was that his side had done enough across the whole 90 minutes to justify their win, pointing to the match statistics at the end of the game:
"We deserved to win, as we had more shots and more shots on target. We made it difficult for ourselves with one or two errors, but it's early in the season and we're rusty in some areas, and well done Yeovil Town for taking their chances and coming back and putting us under pressure. It was a very good game all round, but I think that if you look at the shots on goal, I think we probably deserved to get the extra goal. But it wasn't just about what we did, they came back really strongly after half time and they played their game and they did what I expected them to do, and they got that goal straight after half time that suddenly turned the game, and suddenly we were under pressure. I did say to Paul Sturrock after the game that it was a great effort because they really turned it back on us and did everything they could, and it could have gone either way late on.."
Exeter's winning goal came via substitute striker Will Hoskins, who had only been given a contract by the Grecians just over a week ago, following a trial period at St James Park. Tisdale had praise for him and second goalscorer David Wheeler who both scored well-worked goals that split the Glovers defence, via midfield passes, leaving the strikers clean through on goal. The Exeter boss said that from his point of view it was a good way to end the game:
"It was a thrilling end to the game and I would have preferred for it to have been a little less thrilling, but I don't think we are firing on all cylinders yet or physically at our best, so to come away with three points is very pleasing. I was very pleased with the new signings and I am absolutely delighted for Will to score a goal. David (Wheeler) and Will (Hoskins) both timed their runs to perfections, but they were also quality passes from David Noble and Matt Oakley. They were great finishes as both players got clattered when scoring. For any player coming on and scoring on his debut, it is something to remember. He (Hoskins) is nowhere near ready for 90 minutes, but for a two-minute burst, he can do it really well and it was a wonderful goal."
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock admitted that his side had struggled during the first half of this afternoon's match at St James Park. The Glovers suffered a 3-2 defeat against Exeter City on the opening day of the 2015-16 season, but had a poor first half performance predominantly to blame for that, as goals from Tom Nichols via the penalty spot, and David Wheeler just before the break, put the Grecians into a commanding position.
Sturrock told BBC Somerset after the match that he felt his team didn't play to the standards that he had been trying to set during pre-season, although warned that there would need to be plenty of patience as the brand new team attempts to settle down during the new season. He said his players knew they'd under-performed when they came in during the break:
"I think they realised that we'd struggled in the first half. If had put a Yeovil team on the pitch and they'd won 3-0 today, then people would be checking for my magic wand. There's no easy way around shaping a team. Sometimes you learn more from losing than you do from winning. Today in the first half I felt we didn't play to the standards that we were trying to achieve and we didn't play to the game plan. As soon as we came out and got the early goal, we started to go in the right direction. Obviously a straight ball caught out our defence again. But it will take time for this team to settle down."
The Glovers got off to a flyer during the second period, as AFC Bournemouth attacker Harry Cornick needed just 23 seconds to make his mark - finishing on his debut from a long Nathan Smith throw. Then Matt Dolan scored from the penalty spot to pull the game level. Although Will Hoskins scored a late winner for Exeter, Sturrock praised his team for the way they reacted in the second half, and he felt getting the early goal galvanised his side:
"It was a fantastic fightback to get back into the game. We started to create two or three chances in there. We're all gutted obviously as it would be nice to go away from a game with something. But we've got to learn from this. There were a lot of players that have come into this football club with all different standards of fitness, and who came in during different times. So it's difficult to assess who can handle 90 minutes and who can't. There are a couple of other players who haven't had what you would call a real good pre-season."
Sturrock indicated that Alex Lacey's injury that forced him off during the second period is not serious, and he is expected to be fit for Tuesday, whilst he also said that Cornick's second half performance would probably earn him a start against Queens Park Rangers.
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 3-2 defeat against Exeter City at St James Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.
Yeovil Town went down to defeat in their opening match of the 2015-16 season, as neighbours Exeter City got the better of a five goal game. The Glovers downfall was mainly as a result of a poor first half performance. Tom Nichols scored from the penalty spot after Connor Roberts pulled back Alex Nicholls, then ten minutes later David Wheeler successfully broke behind the Yeovil back four thanks to David Noble's slick pass to put City 2-0 up at the break. New AFC Bournemouth loan signing Harry Cornick needed just 23 seconds to make his mark as he latched onto a loose ball via a Nathan Smith long throw. Then Ryan Dickson forced the second penalty of the game, which Matthew Dolan converted. At that point the game could have gone either way, but Grecians substitute Will Hoskins got in behind the Glovers defence with six minutes remaining to fire home the winning goal, and dampen down expectations amongst the 1,247 travelling Glovers.
The Glovers went into the match giving six players full debuts in the starting line-up, whilst three more returned to resume their careers with the club. Only the long-standing Chris Weale and Nathan Smith were part of the club's contracted staff last season as far as the eleven players were concerned. In the opposition, David Noble, Arron Davies and Jamie McAllister were familiar names from past Yeovil sides.
Apart from an early passage of play that saw a Mark Beck header tipped over, and an Alex Lacey blocked attempt from the resultant corner, Yeovil struggled in an attacking sense during the first half. They played a midfield diamond with Matt Dolan occupying the base, whilst Wes Fogden occupied the front-most position, although at times the latter tended to drop into the middle. An early pair of minute's applause to recognise former favourite Adam Stansfield by all four sides of the ground was well observed, during a passage of play when both teams were trying to find their feet in the bright sunshine.
Half an hour into the match, the Grecians gained the upper hand as they won a penalty. An Alex Nicholls shot inside the box was initially blocked by Swansea City loanee Connor Roberts, and as the same player tried to pull the trigger on the loose ball, he was pulled back by Roberts, with referee Gavin Ward blowing for a fairly uncontentious spot kick. Tom Nichols stepped up and scored, and that single goal lead was to open up the match heavily in the favour of the home side.
Ten minutes later, and Exeter doubled their lead, thanks to former Glovers loanee David Noble's well-measured pass behind the back four. That set David Wheeler away, with Alex Lacey losing his marker, and although he collided with Chris Weale in his efforts to reach the through ball, he got his boot there first and slotted the ball into the back of the net. At 2-0, the Grecians were well on top and Yeovil needed the half time whistle to come to reorganise themselves.
The result of the half time dressing room talk was for Paul Sturrock to withdraw the ineffective Wes Fogden and replace him by AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick. His first contribution to the game was emphatic, with Nathan Smith's long throw just 23 seconds into the match not being cleared by the Exeter defence as it was flicked on - Cornick turned with his back to goal and fired home a left-footed shot to pull the game back to 2-1.
Just past the hour mark, Ryan Dickson's turn and run inside the box saw him brought down in the box by Exeter defender Christian Ribeiro for the game's second penalty of the match. Up stepped Matt Dolan to score his second goal for Yeovil Town - the last one came back in April 2013. That put Yeovil firmly back into the match at 2-2 and set up a thrilling end to end finale during which both teams had chances to win it.
Former Glovers legend Arron Davies got a rare move forward as his deflected shot was saved by Chris Weale, then David Wheeler struck the goalpost. At the other end, Harry Cornick caused chaos as Exeter's defence didn't dare tackle him again, and when the ball was released to Shaun Jeffers, his shot was parried for a corner. But with six minutes remaining, and with Exeter having brought on the experience of former Brighton striker Will Hoskins, they managed to fashion a winner. For the second time in the match a through ball - this time from Matt Oakley - allowed an Exeter player to get in behind the Yeovil defence with a yard of free space on the edge of the box as Stephen Arthurworrey chased, and Hoskins was able to easily lift the ball past Chris Weale for what would be the winning goal.
A mixed bag on the opening day, with a poor first half balanced out by a much more impressive second half display, albeit one that still ended in disappointment. But clearly there is a lot more work to do on the side over the coming month or two, and with seventeen new players to blend into the squad this may take some time. These are still early days.
Scorers: Tom Nichols (31 mins, 1-0, pen), David Wheeler (41 mins, 2-0), Harry Cornick (46 mins, 2-1), Matt Dolan (63 mins, 2-2, pen), Will Hoskins (84 mins, 3-2)
Yeovil Town: 12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith
20. Wes Fogden 4. Matthew Dolan 8. Marc Laird 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
22. Mark Beck 10. Shaun Jeffers
Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 6. Jakub Sokolik (74 mins for Alex Lacey) 9. Ryan Bird (86 mins for Ryan Dickson) 16. Jamie Burrows 19. Iffy Allen 23. Harry Cornick (46 mins for Wes Fogden)
Exeter City: 1. Robert Olejnik
11. Arron Davies 6. Christian Ribeiro 39. Troy Brown 5. Jamie McAllister
7. Ryan Harley 8. Matt Oakley 4. David Noble
22. David Wheeler 14. Alex Nicholls 20. Tom Nichols
Substitutes: 2. Danny Butterfield 3. Craig Woodman 13. Clinton Morrison (84 mins for Tom Nichols) 16. Will Hoskins (73 mins for Alex Nicholls) 19. Emmanuel Oyeleke (87 mins for David Noble) 21. James Hamon 26. Jordan Tillson
Yeovil Bookings: None.
Exeter Bookings: David Noble (30 mins, trying to get opposition player booked)
Exeter Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 5.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.
Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Richard Hulme (Somerset). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).
Attendance: 5,659 (with 1,247 Yeovil supporters).
NB: 1,299 away tickets were sold, but 1,247 Yeovil supporters attended the fixture.
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for the opening day of the 2015-16 season. The League Two match against Exeter City sees manager Paul Sturrock give competitive debuts to six brand new players, with Stephen Arthurworrey, Ryan Dickson and Matt Dolan also resuming their Glovers careers after previous spells. Only Chris Weale and Nathan Smith survive from last season's permanent squad, although Arthurworrey was of course a regular part of that line-up.
The curveball in the line-up is the late announcement of Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts, who had been signed up on a month's loan a couple of days ago but had been held back from being unveiled. He will make his debut for the club by covering the full-back slot that has been causing the club problems in the absence of the injured Ben Tozer.
Today's team reads as follows:
Yeovil Town: 12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith
20. Wes Fogden 4. Matthew Dolan 8. Marc Laird 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
22. Mark Beck 10. Shaun Jeffers
Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 6. Jakub Sokolik 9. Ryan Bird 16. Jamie Burrows 19. Iffy Allen 23. Harry Cornick
Yeovil Town have sneaked in their 17th signing of the 2015-16 season just before kick-off against Exeter City this afternoon. They have taken in Connor Roberts on loan from Swansea City. Born in Neath on September 23rd 1995 he is a right-back who can also play as a midfielder who has been part of Swansea's Under-21s and Academy set-ups. He is also a Welsh Under-21 international.
He has signed a one month loan deal with the club and will start in this afternoon's match against Exeter.
Yeovil Town have already beaten Exeter City today, and it's not even Three O'Clock yet. The Yeovil Town Supporters Team were in action today at Topsham Town FC, playing their Exeter City counterparts in the Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy, and the Glovers continue to hold onto that trophy, having defeated the Grecians by a 6-1 scoreline.
The supporters teams goals were scored by Ryan Thurgood, who grabbed a hat-trick, Dan Kadir, captain Dan Coate with an Exeter City own goal contributing the other. The match is a warm-up game for the more competitive match between the two clubs that takes place at St James Park at 3.00p.m. this afternoon, as the opening League Two fixture of the 2015-16 season.
The First Round draw for the Football League Trophy has been made this morning. The teams were pulled out live on Soccer AM and Yeovil Town have been given a home match against Barnet at Huish Park. The Glovers had been placed in the South-West section of the draw, and so were only able to face one of seven other clubs at this stage.
Port Vale vs Carlisle United
Shrewsbury Town vs Oldham Athletic
Accrington Stanley vs Bury
Morecambe vs Walsall
Hartlepool United vs Sheffield United
Doncaster Rovers vs Burton Albion
Notts County vs Mansfield Town
Scunthorpe United vs Barnsley
Yeovil Town vs Barnet Newport County vs Swindon Town
Exeter City vs Portsmouth
AFC Wimbledon vs Plymouth Argyle
Luton Town vs Leyton Orient
Millwall vs Peterborough United
Northampton Town vs Colchester United
Cambridge United vs Dagenham and Redbridge
All First Round ties are due to be played during the week commencing August 31st, with the likely date for most clubs being Tuesday 1st September. The actual fixture date will be confirmed in due course.
This afternoon sees Yeovil Town take on Exeter City in a League Two match at St James Park. With it being a new season, and us not having played the Grecians in a competitive fixture for three-and-a-half years, here's a summary of where our opponents are going into the 2015-16 season.
Bookies Odds: 12/1 for promotion with Stan James. That puts them about 19th in the League Two odds lists.
New Signings: Bobby Olejnik (Goalkeeper, Peterborough United, free transfer), Troy Brown (Central defender, Cheltenham Town, free transfer), Lee Holmes (Left Wing, Preston North End, free transfer), Emmanuel Oyeleke (Midfield/Right-Back, Brentford, free transfer), Will Hoskins (Striker, Oxford United, free transfer), Josh Read (defender, Academy), Alex Byrne (Midfield, Academy), Joe Charles (Right wing, Academy), Cameron Gill (Striker, Academy)
Departures: Pat Baldwin (Central Defender, Weymouth), Scot Bennett (Central Defender, Notts County), Liam Sercombe (Midfield, Oxford United), Graham Cummins (Midfield, St Johnstone), Clinton Morrison (Striker, still training with club)
Pre-Season Results: East Fife (Away, Drew 1-1), Arbroath (Away, Lost 1-0), Weston-super-Mare (Away, Won 2-1), AFC Bournemouth (home, Lost 1-2), Fluminense U-19 (home, Lost 0-2), Sheffield United (home, Lost 1-2), Torquay United (away, Lost 1-2). Exeter have also played a couple of more low key 'squad' friendlies.
Manager: Paul Tisdale - a familiar face to Yeovil Town supporters, given that he is a former midfielder for the club, who played 22 times during the 1999-2000 season, just before the club turned full time. He is the Football League's longest serving manager, having joined the Grecians in the summer of 2006. So far he's managed them for 460 games - impressive for a 42 year old, particularly given that he was the man in charge at Team Bath for five years and 226 games, which included his club becoming the first University side to reach the FA Cup First Round since 1882.
Connections: Tisdale is one of a large number of connections between the two clubs. Whilst the name of Adam Stansfield will be a big focus for the match at St James Park, Exeter's starting line-up is likely to include Jamie McAllister, David Noble and Arron Davies. At a more obscure level, youngsters Joe Charles and Josh Read played for Yeovil Town Under-15s until the club's Academy closed in 2012, and they took their services down to Devon. Joe is from Ilminster, so may have some family and friends with mixed allegiances on the day.
Former Yeovil Town trialist Ashley Vincent has agreed terms with Conference North side Worcester City for the 2015-16 season. The 30 year old had been with the Glovers during their mini-tour of Cornwall, and played in the matches against Truro City and Callington Town.
He was not seen after that moment, and instead began playing in Worcester's pre-season friendlies. Many of Vincent's clubs have come from that part of the world, with Port Vale, Cheltenham Town and Shrewsbury Town. He was born in Oldbury, which is a couple of junctions north of Worcester on the M5, suggesting that this deal suits him from a geographic point of view.
Tickets sales for Yeovil Town's trip to Exeter City tomorrow have now been stopped entirely. The match takes place on Saturday 8th August, as the opening fixture of the 2015-16 League Two season at St James Park. At the point when the Huish Park Ticket Office closed at 4.00p.m. today they had sold 1,299 tickets for the match.
As reported yesterday, there will be NO tickets sold to away fans on the day of the match. Do not travel to St James Park unless you have got a ticket already purchased.
As part of the build-up to tomorrow afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Paul talks about the current status of his injured players going into the game, as well as his thoughts on his opponents and the way his squad is shaping up for the new campaign.
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town commence their 2015-16 season with a trip to Exeter City at St James Park. For those travelling to Devon, the Ciderspace guide has been updated with information on tickets, travel, parking, pub guides, past meetings and other such things. Find it via the link below.
Yeovil Town and AFC Bournemouth have confirmed that the deal to allow attack-minded Harry Cornick to move to Huish Park on loan has been formally completed. The 20 year old has agreed a one month loan deal that will see him stand in line to make his debut against Exeter City tomorrow. Although Cornick is capable of playing in any of the 'attacking' positions on the wing, in the hole or up front, it would seem likely that he has been drafted in to cover the current loss of players such as Jordan Gibbons (groin), Kevin Dawson (groin) and Jack Compton (calf) who would ordinarily occupy wide positions within the side.
Harry was Bournemouth's player of the season for their Under-21 side last season. For a full profile of the club's sixteenth signing of the summer, see yesterday's article linked below.
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to York City are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Bootham Crescent on Tuesday 18th August 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices for this fixture are as follows:
Adults: £18.00; Over-65s, Under-16s, Students (with NUS Card) and Disabled: £12.00; Under-5s: FREE.
Disabled supporters must be in receipt of the middle or higher rate of DLA/PIP. An assistant can be admitted free of charge. For Wheelchair users, call 01904 624447 to book tickets direct from York City's Ticket Office.
The Huish Park Ticket Office have only been sent advance tickets for the Grosvenor Road End, which is largely uncovered terracing, situated behind one goal, with a capacity of 1,785 spectators. York also offer up 332 covered seats in Section U of the Popular Stand, which is situated immediately to the right of the Grosvenor Road terrace, and is a side-facing stand. York will allow fans to upgrade tickets on the day to seated tickets by paying £1.00 extra, but they indicate that this is only available on a first come, first served basis.
Tickets are available on the day of the match at the above prices, but it should be noted that their turnstiles accept cash sales only.
Further to earlier reports, AFC Bournemouth youngster Harry Cornick has apparently now joined Yeovil Town on loan. The 20 year old was reported by a Bournemouth Echo journalist as being chased by the Glovers - the same source now reports that the former Christchurch player has signed on a month's loan ahead of Saturday's trip to Exeter City.
Having made one substitute appearance for the Cherries, he would appear to have been drafted in by Yeovil Town to cover for a squad that is expected to be missing Ben Tozer (cartilege), Jordan Gibbons (groin), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee) and Jack Compton (calf) for the trip to St James Park.
As yet neither club has confirmed this deal, although the Echo's reporting seems certain of their facts. Cornick has featured in a couple of Bournemouth's pre-season friendlies, including recent games against Cardiff City and Salisbury City, but was not used by the Cherries during their recent visit to Huish Park.
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to travel to watch the League Two match against Exeter City should note that you must purchase a ticket in advance for this fixture. The latest information from the Huish Park Ticket Office is that there are a 'handful of tickets' left on the terrace, with seated tickets now sold out.
The remaining tickets will stay on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office (subject to availability) until 4.00p.m. on Friday. At that point, the club are NOT expecting tickets to be available from St James Park on the Saturday - either because they'll be all gone by then, or because there will be too few to warrant going on sale on the day.
To purchase a ticket give the Huish Park Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888 between 9.00a.m. and 4.00p.m. tomorrow - the earlier the better, given the numbers that are now left.
Yeovil Town are being linked with a loan move for AFC Bournemouth winger Harry Cornick. The 20 year old, who was born in Poole on April 9th 1995, has only made one substitute appearance for the Cherries, but is a prospect that they've picked up from non-league football, having started his career with Christchurch. He is capable of playing as a winger, an attacking midfielder, or as a striker.
Born in Poole, he played a full season with Christchurch, scoring eighteen goals in 41 league appearances, despite being aged just 17 at the time. Bournemouth moved in during January 2013, although they immediately loaned him back to his old club. He has since been given loan spells with Welling United, Aldershot Town and Havant and Waterlooville. He wasn't part of Bournemouth's team that travelled to Huish Park during pre-season, generally forming part of their Development Squad ranks.
Reports from a Bournemouth Echo journalist claim that Yeovil are trying to take him on loan. On Tuesday night, the Glovers played their final pre-season friendly against Swansea City missing five wide men through injury, with Jack Compton, Iffy Allen, Ryan Dickson, Kevin Dawson and Jordan Gibbons all absent. Dawson has yet to play in pre-season due to a groin problem, whilst Compton's calf injury means he's not been seen since the club's trip to Cornwall. The other injuries are presumed to be more minor, but with three matches during the opening week of the season it may be that some of those players are not recovering as fast as had been hoped.
As yet there are no firm reports from either club, so this should be taken strictly as a rumour at this stage.
On Saturday, Yeovil Town commence their 2015-16 season, taking on Exeter City at St James Park. This will be the club's first season at League Two level for ten years. That and other factors make it hard to predict what will happen over the next 46 matches. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry considers why the coming season is so hard to call - find it via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views at the foot of the article.
Officials for the League Two match between Exeter City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at St James Park on Saturday 8th August 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, on the opening weekend of the 2015-16 season. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).
Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.
Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, and we had no complaints worth noting about him during that match. Prior to that he had featured as a linesman in various Yeovil matches. Next up was manager Terry Skiverton's first game in charge - back in February 2009 - which saw a 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic, and for the second time we had no problems with Mr Ward's performance. He booked two players each in that game, but without raising the hackles of anyone in the ground too much.
Probably the first time we were critical of him came in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam.
During the 2010-11 season, we had him twice in quick succession, during February and March 2011. He was the man in the middle for the midweek defeat against Peterborough United. We accused him of being "over-fussy" in this match - the same view we'd had in the 2009-10 season. There was nothing too major about his decision-making - just a tendency for him to provide a bit of a stop-start nature to the game, meaning that particularly during the first half the game failed to flow well, and it was difficult for the Glovers to build up a head of steam. We had far less to say about him a month later when he turned up for the away match against Exeter City, although five goals and a great Glovers comeback may have caused any negative vibes towards him to be forgotten!
For the 2011-12 season, we had him just the once. Despite it being a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic in the opening home match of the 2011-12 season, we weren't impressed, saying that he made a "series of erratic decisions had infuriated the home crowd throughout". These included a dreadful tackle on Jonathan Obika that took him entirely out of the game, with the perpetrator Xander Diamond only getting a yellow. The same player committed another poor tackle later in the match and was lucky to stay on the field, although the referee may have been distracted by the fact that a few seconds later he blew for a penalty for a second foul. The Western Gazette said that Mr Ward's performance was "Dreadful, but in equal measure for both sides. Along with his officials he made some truly baffling decisions."
Mr Ward then covered our December 2012 game against Wycombe Wanderers. He made two big decisions during the match - one was to give Keanu Marsh-Brown a yellow card for diving, which secured him a one match suspension. Manager Gary Johnson said after the game that he agreed with the decision, and sounded far more narked with KMB's theatrics. The other decision was to dismiss Wycombe midfielder Matthew Spring for what he viewed as a two-footed tackle. On the one hand Spring's tackle wasn't malicious, but on the other hand, it was fairly typical of what has in recent seasons been given as a red card offence, so was fairly consistent with what we had seen in other Football League matches. Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth though, was not best pleased with the decision, describing it as "harsh".
During the 2013-14 Championship season, he took charge of the September 2013 meeting between Yeovil Town and Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park. The visitors didn't have a single shot on target in open play throughout the whole 90 minutes. It was therefore rather irksome that the match was decided through Charlie Austin's penalty kick - awarded for one of those fifty-fifty mutual shirt-tug bits inside the box that saw Dan Seaborne penalised. Gary Johnson felt Austin had started the tugging, and had then gone down as soon as Seaborne did the same back. The Observer newspaper felt the same, describing it as "the softest of penalties" - there's been worse decisions at Huish Park over the years, but as Johnson said after the game, it was typical of the way the fifty-fifty decisions were awarded during the match.
Most recently, he was present for the August 2014 match against Barnsley, shortly after both clubs had dropped down into League One. Overall Mr Ward had a decent game, although we'd have liked him to have been a bit more commanding in terms of dealing with Barnsley's timewasting tactics that became obvious after Yeovil equalised during the 1-1 draw.
Mr Ward will be assisted by Richard Martin (Weston-super-Mare) and Richard Hulme (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Adam Bromley (Devon).
As part of the build-up to the new 2015-16 season, BBC Points West have produced a video featuring Yeovil Town's management and players. You'll find Paul Sturrock's management office recently repainted, and the away dressing room hijacked outside matchdays as a games room, as the squad provide a preview for the coming season. Watch that video via the link below.
Yesterday evening, just before the match against Swansea City Under-21s kicked off, Sky Sports News visited Huish Park as part of their 92 Live feature. If you missed that clip, which included the tail end of Paul Sturrock's pre-match team talk, along with a short interview with the manager, you can watch the video via the link below.
Yeovil Town have taken on an attacking midfielder from Wanstead as part of their scholarship programme. Dion Macfoy-Johnston is 17 years old and appears to have been part of the Barking Abbey football academy side that travelled down to Huish Park earlier this month for a pre-season friendly against the Glovers Under-18s side.
Macfoy-Johnston was last season on the books of Conference National side Dartford, and had spent his youth development playing in various age groups at Aldersbrook Athletic. His former coach Peter Hacker, who is a former Queens Park Rangers goalkeeper who has since done academy coaching at Tottenham Hotspur, saw him at the age of nine and what he eventually developed into. He told the East London-based Guardian Series paper:
"He came down to our soccer school when he was nine and to be honest, he was pretty terrible and struggled to kick with both feet. But he persevered. He had a great physique and picked things up really quick. He signed for Dartford last year but the travelling was hard for him. He’s got all the attributes but it is up to him to kick on now. You have to have that little bit of luck to make it and hopefully this is his. By the time he was 12 he was one of the most talented players in the side. It has surprised me no-one has picked him up sooner."
He will now be one of eighteen academy players working under the club's new EPPP Category Three academy system, that was relaunched this summer, and has played in a number of pre-season friendlies. The academy side will play its first fixture on Saturday - they also travel to play Exeter City in a South West Youth Alliance fixture.
Yeovil Town's planning consultant David Bell has provided some detail behind what is on the club's plans that have been submitted to South Somerset District Council this week. Yesterday saw the club put out a statement, indicating that they had passed their new planning application to SSDC, that would provide development on the land surrounding the Huish Park Stadium. The latest plans will replace those originally submitted in January 2012, that were withdrawn in June 2014 after it became clear that they were going to be refused.
One of the major factors behind the last application's refusal was that it contained plans for a large food store to be built on the land behind the North Stand. Mr Bell has confirmed that those plans have been dropped entirely, and told BBC Somerset that there would be a variety of outlets put on the Huish Park land:
"There's no supermarket in this one. We've got an enabling and enabled development proposal, where the enabling development includes some retail, but it's got some mixed development. It's got a proposed coffee shop unit, a small convenience store - hopefully with a post office, a clinic for sports injuries where there's an obvious link with the football club and possibilities for NHS referrals, although it wouldn't be a drop-in NHS centre."
Mr Bell also said that one of the centre-pieces of the development would be for a hotel to be built on the land, where that could open up opportunities for the club and the hotel to have a business tie-in that allowed them to promote each other on matchdays:
"The thing that we're getting excited about is the possibility of a hotel. When we were talking to people in the consultation it became quite clear that people were interested in that. We've got to remember that people come to towns to watch football. When I go to away matches, one of the first things that I've got to do, if it's quite a distance, is work out where we're going to stay. So there are some possibilities here where the club can get involved with some business practices, where we can maybe promote nights away along with tickets for the matches themselves."
The club's planning consultant also outlined what would be part of the 'enabled' developments that he spoke of - what the money gained through selling or leasing the Huish Park land to other parties would be spent on. He explained that most of the gains there would involve the long-awaited redevelopment of the Copse Road terrace end of the ground, which currently is used by away supporters, and has remained as an open facility during the 25 years that the ground has been open:
"One of the phases that we've identified would be for a roof over the existing North Stand, which would then become a home stand. Eventually it would be nice to get enough spectators into the ground where we can have home spectators behind both goals. But we would have a roof over that, and to put some facilities behind that on the ground floor, which would be better social facilities, including the ability to get coffees and to chat to your mates. Above that we would be proposing some new facilities that would be shared use from the community point of view, but also to accommodate the existing Academy, plus quite a large social hall which could be opened to the community and I think would be quite useful to the community."
The formal plans should become public, as part of the District Council's statutory planning process, within the next week or two. At that point, it is expected that there will be a thirteen week window for interested parties to respond, either supporting or opposing the application, before it is heard at the Committee stage.
With the 2015-16 season now just a few days away from starting, Yeovil Town supporters should now hopefully have a rough feel for which sides are going to be near the top and bottom of League Two. With that in mind, we've launched a 2015-16 League Two predictions survey, in the same style we've used in many previous seasons on this site.
The objective is simple - predict the three teams that will gain automatic promotion, the play-off winners, the two relegated teams and finally where you think Yeovil Town will finish (if you've already listed them in the previous questions, just add in the exact position you think they'll finish in). The survey will stay open until Saturday 8th August at 3.00p.m. when the League Two season commences.
As a note about the name that you put against the survey, we usually produce a 'good' and 'bad' list of predictions where individual supporters have shown either stunningly accurate predictions, or have somehow managed to tip a side for promotion when they've ended up getting relegated. So when entering your name on the survey, please bear that in mind - feel free to use any name you regularly use on a social network or message board if you're more used to being identified on the internet under that name.
Last season - and let's be blunt about this - Yeovil Town supporters made an utter mess of their predictions! It seems that no-one saw our League One demise coming, with a large number believing that the players they had seen during the 2014-15 pre-season would guide the club out on League One in the opposition direction. Let's hope that this summer's predictions are a little more accurate!
Provide entries using the form below, to stake your claim - shortly after the survey ends - and probably after the Exeter City match on August 8th, we'll provide the highlights of where the main patterns of predictions lie, although for this summary, we won't drop down to individual entries.
Yeovil Town completed their pre-season schedule with an entertaining 3-2 win over Swansea City U21s at Huish Park tonight. In a match that saw both sides take the lead during the game, the Glovers came back from an early Henry Jones goal to level at the break via an Alex Lacey header. During the second period, Ryan Bird scored after he latched onto a long ball, whilst trialist Brandon Beresford fired home with two minutes to go. Swansea completed the scoring with the last kick of the game as Alex Samuel converted a cross, but that was to be merely a consolation for them.
The Glovers went into the match with four wide players missing out through injury, as Iffy Allen, Ryan Dickson, Jack Compton and Jordan Gibbons show concerns as to whether they will be ready and available for the League Two opener on Saturday. As a result, their 4-4-2 was more of a diamond than a flat midfield, with Matt Dolan operating on the base. An open and end-to-end first half saw both teams gain a large number of chances to find the back of the net. Swansea City were the first team to do so successfully, as Jay Fulton picked out Henry Jones, who had plenty of space and time on the ball to fire home from the edge of the box for an 11th minute lead.
Yeovil had created their own decent chances, with Jamie Burrows beating two defenders before forcing Josh Vickers to save low down. Then Vickers palmed away a Wes Fogden attempt from outside the box. Eight minutes after the opening goal, a Marc Laird free kick gave them their equaliser, as he found Alex Lacey inside the box, and the former Luton Town defender used his height well to beat Josh Vickers to the ball and head home.
The second half saw the Glovers make a number of substitutions, including the introduction of former Bristol City winger Jennison Myrie-Williams. Ultimately all four of the trialists included in the squad got onto the pitch as players legs were rested for Saturday. One of the contracted players introduced staked his claim for a place in the starting line-up though, after Jakub Sokolik's long ball up field caught out Swansea substitute Keston Davies. In ran Ryan Bird who finished well to put the home side 2-1 up.
With two minutes remaining, Guyanese international midfielder Brandon Beresford took advantage of Swansea only half clearing their lines, as he struck the ball from the edge of the box to return it into the back of the net for a 3-1 lead. And although two Swansea substitutes combined during second half injury time to pull one back - right-back Dan Alfei's cross was headed home by Alex Samuel, the Glovers were able to finish off pre-season with a win and a few goals - the mentality that they will want as they begin League Two on Saturday.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Swansea City U21s 2.
Scorers: Henry Jones (11 mins, 0-1), Alex Lacey (19 mins, 1-1), Ryan Bird (71 mins, 2-1), Brandon Beresford (88 mins, 3-1), Alex Samuel (90 mins, 3-2).
Yeovil Town: 1. Chris Weale
2. Jakub Sokolik 5. Alex Lacey 6. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
7. Marc Laird 8. Wes Fogden 4. Matt Dolan 11. Jamie Burrows
9. Mark Beck 10. Shaun Jeffers
Substitutes: 12. Artur Krysiak (46 mins for Chris Weale) 13. Sonny Black (59 mins for Marc Laird) 14. Shaun Keith (65 mins for Matt Dolan) 15. Max Melanson 16. Brandon Beresford (46 mins for Stephen Arthurworrey) 17. Jennison Myrie-Williams (46 mins for Jamie Burrows) 18. Jayden Corbridge 19. Ryan Bird (46 mins for Mark Beck).
Swansea City Under-21s: 1. Josh Vickers 2. Connor Roberts (Capt) 3. Raheem Manley 4. Jay Fulton 5. Stephen Kingsley 6. Joe Rodon 7. Ryan Hedges 8. Josh Sheehan 9. Owain Jones 10. Henry Jones 11. Mo Barrow
Swansea Substitutes: 12. Keston Davies (64 mins for Joe Rodon) 13. Oliver Davies 14. Dan Alfei (72 mins for Connor Roberts) 15. Kyle Copp (80 mins for Henry Jones) 16. Dan James (72 mins for Ryan Hedges) 17. Alex Samuel (46 mins for Owain Jones)
Referee: Lee Swabey. Assistants: Adrian Tranter and Andrew Quin.
Yeovil Town have taken former Bristol City winger Jennison Myrie-Williams on trial for tonight's pre-season match against Swansea City Under-21s. The 27 year old was pictured inside the Glovers dressing room as part of Sky Sports footage as part of their day of visiting all 92 professional football clubs, and was subsequently named on the teamsheet as a substitute, as one of four new trialists.
Jennison Myrie-Williams was born on May 17th 1988 in Lambeth, London, but was signed up to Bristol City's academy in 2002. He was given his first team debut by Gary Johnson at the tail end of the 2005-06 season, who turned him into a squad player who clocked up 36 appearances, scoring two goals. As a youngster, Gary sent him out on loan to further his career development, with Cheltenham Town taking him on over two spells totalling 18 appearances, two goals. Tranmere Rovers (26 appearances, 3 goals), Carlisle United (10 appearances) and Hereford United (15 appearances, 2 goals) also took him for temporary spells.
Myrie-Williams was released by Bristol City in the summer of 2009 and spent two years playing in Scotland for Dundee United (28 appearances, 2 goals) and St Johnstone (8 appearances) before he signed for Stevenage for the 2011-12 season. There he didn't really fit in, managing just 19 appearances before Port Vale took him on. That was to turn him into a Football League regular as the Valiants initially borrowed him as a loan player, converting it into a permanent deal when Stevenage released him. He made 101 appearances, scoring 22 goals across just over two seasons.
Most recently, Myrie-Williams signed for Scunthorpe United (20 appearances), before January 2015 saw him reunited with his former Port Vale boss Micky Adams, as he went out on loan to play for Tranmere Rovers where he would have met Marc Laird. He made 18 appearances, scoring three goals. He was released by Scunthorpe United at the end of last season and has since been on trial for Bristol Rovers during pre-season. He is capable of playing on either flank as a winger, but as a left-footer has tended to stick to that flank for most of his career.
Brandon Beresford is a midfielder who was most recently playing for Michigan Bucks. He was born in Loma Linda in California, USA on July 15th 1992 and is a 23 year old midfielder. He has played for University side Graceland Yellowjackets as well as college soccer sides Des Moines Menace and Forest City London in Canada, before heading back across the border to join Michigan, who play in the USL Premier Development League.
Sonny Black is a central midfielder who was part of Crystal Palace's academy set-up. After graduating from their scholarship scheme, he was given a full professional one year contract for the 2014-15 season, playing for their Under-21 squad, but was released at the end of that season. His development suffered somewhat with the Eagles when he suffered a cruciate ligament injury during the first of his two years as a scholar, but had recovered by the time he reached his second year, doing well enough to be offered the professional deal. He is 19 years old (born on June 20th 1996) and although his primary role is as a central midfielder, he can also play on the left side of the pitch in various formations.
The identity of Shaun Keith is a harder one to verify. However, there is a Sean Keith who has most recently been on the books of Highland League side Brora Rangers. He is a winger who used to play for Keith in Scotland, but transferred to Brora at the tail end of last year.
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's pre-season friendly against Swansea City Under-21s. There are four new trialists in the line-up with the most prominent being former Bristol City winger Jennison Myrie-Williams. He is named on the bench, along with the lesser known Brandon Beresford, who appears to be a Guyanese international midfielder who has had a career in the USA so far, plus Sonny Black and Shaun Keith who we haven't identified yet!
Tonight's line-up reads as follows:
Yeovil Town: 1. Chris Weale
2. Jakub Sokolik 5. Alex Lacey 6. Stephen Arthurworrey 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
7. Marc Laird 8. Wes Fogden 4. Matt Dolan 11. Jamie Burrows
9. Mark Beck 10. Shaun Jeffers
Substitutes: 12. Artur Krysiak 13. Sonny Black 14. Shaun Keith 15. Max Melanson 16. Brandon Beresford 17. Jennison Myrie-Williams 18. Jayden Corbridge 19. Ryan Bird.
Swansea City Under-21s: 1. Josh Vickers 2. Connor Roberts (Capt) 3. Raheem Manley 4. Jay Fulton 5. Stephen Kingsley 6. Joe Rodon 7. Ryan Hedges 8. Josh Sheehan 9. Owain Jones 10. Henry Jones 11. Mo Barrow
Swansea Substitutes: 12. Keston Davies 13. Oliver Davies 14. Dan Alfei 15. Kyle Copp 16. Dan James 17. Alex Samuel
Since Yeovil Town issued their initial set of first team squad numbers, there have been four new signings made by the club. Those four players have now been given squad numbers, with Iffy Allen, Wes Fogden, Alex Lacey and Mark Beck taking shirt numbers 19 to 22 respectively. This should in theory finalise the first team squad for the start of the 2015-16 season and the club's trip to Exeter City.
A full list of squad numbers, and the associated player profiles, can be read via the link below.
Yeovil Town have submitted their latest planning application for new developments at Huish Park. The plans, which entirely replace those submitted back in January 2012, have been submitted to South Somerset District Council this week. As yet there is no detail on what those plans entail, but they are based upon draft submissions made during a public consultation held at the club during January 2015.
The club haven't given any indication of what has changed since January, or any highlights of where the public consultation has affected their thinking, but they will now be considered by both District Councillors and employees at SSDC, in order to determine whether the club has overcome the issues that affected its last application, which was eventually shelved back in July 2014.
Chairman John Fry has said via a club statement that he believes that the new plans are a 'vital part' in the club's stategy for the future:
"Many positive actions have been taken in the run up to the start of the new season. This is an absolutely vital part of our strategy to take the club forward. We feel that the new application is a big step forward and is of enormous importance to the town, district and club. It is crucial that we guarantee the longer-term financial future and stability of the Club. This application proposes valuable amenities for both the football club and the community. We are now in a position to push forward with our ambition to go up the leagues and we are interested to hear and discuss the views of all stakeholders including residents, fans and interested investors."
The club describe the submission as a 'complex' application - as yet there are no dates as to when the submission will be fully published, nor when it will be heard at Council level. More detail on the application will doubtless follow in due course once it goes through the planning process.
To read what was put out by the club and other parties at the start of 2015, as part of the public consultation, follow the links below.
Last week saw Yeovil Town name their new club captain for the 2015-16 season, with former Crawley Town left-sided player Ryan Dickson being given the honour. After that role was confirmed by the club, Ryan spoke to BBC Somerset and BBC Points West reporter Alistair Durden about the position, as well as his thoughts on the new season and his new team-mates. Read that interview via the link below.
Last Thursday night, Yeovil Town Ladies played host to Bristol Academy in a Continental Cup match at the Jones Stadium. The morning after that match, striker Annie Heatherson appeared live on BBC Somerset's breakfast programme, speaking to presenter Emma Britton. The output from that interview can be read via the link below.
This coming Saturday, Yeovil Town supporters and Exeter City supporters will be meeting as part of the annual Adam Stansfield Memorial Trophy charity supporters match. This particular match will be particularly poignant, given that it will take place just before the fifth anniversary of Adam's death. The two supporters teams have competed at least once a year for the trophy - currently Yeovil Town are the holders, having claimed it via a 2-1 win at Elmore in May last year.
The game will be played at Topsham FC on Saturday 8th August, and all are welcome to attend the match, although bring plenty of loose change as there will be fundraising activities on the day for the Adam Stansfield Foundation - there will be merchandise from the Foundation on sale, so dig deep. Topsham's Social Club will also be open on the day. Kick-off for the supporters match is 11.00a.m. so there is plenty of time for everyone to get to St James Park for the main event afterwards.
The ground is on a good bus route being served by the K and T buses which run from Exeter City centre and stop right by the entrance to the ground. The number 57 to Exmouth also serves this stop. Topsham Railway station is about a 15-20 minute walk: get off the train and walk over the level crossing and down the road to the mini roundabout and turn right and carry on along Topsham road under the M5 and Topsham FC's ground is on the right. There is also some parking available at the ground.
If you're travelling via the Away Travel Club, they are planning to stop at Topsham Town FC prior to the main match, so you should catch the second half of this game, as well as finding the Foundation merchandise store where you can buy things and make donations.
Premier League side Swansea City have named the squad of players that will travel down to Huish Park for tomorrow's pre-season friendly against Yeovil Town. The Welsh club have agreed to send down an Under-21 line-up to play a Yeovil Town first team line-up - a decent benchmark, given that the Glovers took a trio of players from their Premier League Development squad on loan during the second half of the 2014-15 season.
On that note, the squad of nineteen players that will travel down the M5 does not include any of Liam Shephard, Josh Sheehan or Stephen Kingsley. Sheehan and Kingsley had been used as 'squad' players in Swansea's first team pre-season friendlies, whilst Shephard had picked up an injury, and so it will be a fresh set of faces in Swansea's line-up for tomorrow's match.
Swansea City Under-21s: Josh Vickers, Oliver Davies, Gregor Zabret, Joe Rodon, Dan Alfei, Ryan Hedges, Alex Gogic, Keston Davies, Stephen Fallon, Owain Jones, Alex Samuel, Adnan Maric, Connor Roberts, Sam Evans, Tom Holland, Kyle Copp, Henry Jones, Oliver McBurnie, Dan James.
For admission prices, see the article below. Tickets will be available both in advance via the Huish Park Ticket Office, and from the same outlet right up until the 7.45p.m. kick-off.
League One side Crewe Alexandra have signed up former Yeovil Town loanee Ben Nugent on a permanent basis. The 22 year old has been allowed to leave Cardiff City on a free transfer, and has agreed a two year contract at Gresty Road, that ties him to the club until the summer of 2017.
In total he made 14 appearances for the Bluebirds, but effectively spent the whole of the 2014-15 campaign on loan at Huish Park, albeit on diminishing returns. He made 29 appearances, scoring his one and only goal against Bristol City at Ashton Gate on Boxing Day.
Having been a regular in the starting line-up for the club during the first half of the campaign, Nugent suffered his second red card of the season in a January 2015 away match against Barnsley that earned him a four game ban. By the time he returned from suspension, manager Gary Johnson had been dismissed, and he was substituted in Terry Skiverton's third game in charge, never to be seen.
The arrival of Byron Webster on loan meant that Nugent only managed one further mention on the teamsheet, during a game in which a number of other loan players were unavailable, but he never got onto the pitch after the February 14th match at Doncaster Rovers - the rumourmill suggested he was sent back to Cardiff early, although that was never confirmed.
Tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Exeter City went on General Sale at Huish Park this morning. Having held tickets back to give Season Ticket Holders the main priority for the match at St James Park, the club put the remaining batch on sale at 9.00a.m.
At the time of writing there are still tickets remaining for this game. Just after the busier lunchtime period, the club reported sales of 1,028 tickets, and indicated that Exeter were sending them an additional batch of 200 tickets for the terrace area
The typical capacity given to away supporters is around 1,050 terrace spaces, with a more flexible allocation of around 300 seated tickets. Assuming that still holds for Yeovil Town supporters, that would mean that there would be just over 300 tickets remaining. For pricing see below.
Once you've got your matchday ticket, please organise your travel plans as soon as possible - the Away Travel Club and GWSC details are as shown below.
Further to yesterday's news, former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has completed his move to Norwegian side Viking FK. The Torquay-born player, who turns 23 years old on Saturday, has been officially unveiled by his new club on a one year contract that runs until June 30th 2016, signing for them as a free agent.
Having travelled to Stavanger yesterday, he went through a medical last night, and signed his contract today, meaning he will now be based in Norway across the next year. Manager Kjell Jonevret confirmed his arrival at the club:
"Kieffer is a big and strong striker, and so I see him as a typical in-the-box player. But he has movement and is good with the ball too. Last season he played partly as a defender as well. I think he will give Viking strength and raise the level of both our training and our matches."
Moore's arrival at the club appeared to hinge upon someone else leaving Viking to help balance the books. They have confirmed that Nigerian striker Osita Chikere has left the club by mutual consent, and that was the trigger point that allowed them to return to sign up Moore.
Yeovil Town will definitely feature in the First Round draw of the 2015-16 season, after they were denied a bye in the competition. The club will compete in the South-West section of the competition, and thus already know that they will face one of seven clubs when the draw is made on Saturday. The teams in the South-West section are as follows:
South-West Section: AFC Wimbledon, Barnet, Exeter City, Newport County, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth, Swindon Town, Yeovil Town.
South-West Byes (to Second Round): Bristol Rovers, Coventry City, Oxford United, Wycombe Wanderers.
The draw will take place live on Soccer AM on Saturday 8th August at approximately 10.15a.m. and thus will give the Glovers one of the above seven clubs as their opponents in a single leg tie. First Round ties will be played during the week commencing August 31st.
The other clubs in the First Round draw, and those receiving byes, are as follows:
South-East Section: Cambridge United, Colchester United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Leyton Orient, Luton Town, Millwall, Northampton Town, Peterborough United.
South-East Byes (to Second Round): Crawley Town, Gillingham, Southend United, Stevenage.
North-West Section: Accrington Stanley, Bury, Carlisle United, Morecambe, Oldham Athletic, Port Vale, Shrewsbury Town, Walsall.
Former Yeovil Town trialist Wilson Carvalho has moved on to try his luck with National League (aka Conference National) side Braintree Town. The former Fulham academy player featured in the club's two Cornish pre-season friendlies against Truro City and Callington Town, but has not been seen since.
The 22 year old came on as a 73rd minute substitute in Braintree's pre-season friendly against Ebbsfleet United and scored the winning goal in the 82nd minute - a low 20 yard shot that went into the bottom corner to secure the Essex side a 1-0 victory. Carvalho was then substituted in the 90th minute, suggesting that he had picked up a knock later in the match. Manager Danny Cowley said briefly about the trialist's appearance:
"It was a good strike from Wilson, who certainly has something about him. We'll work hard next week as we focus on getting the season underway."
Former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore is expected to be unveiled as a new signing by Norwegian side Viking FK sometime on Monday. A month ago, the former Torquay United youth player had headed out to Norway on trial, but that deal had been left pending due to the need for the Stavanger club to get players off their books before they could bring him in. After Moore had flown back to England, and featured in a pre-season friendly for Notts County, it seems that he has now headed back to Norway, flying out of Heathrow Airport earlier today.
Norwegian media outlet RA report that Moore has arrived in Stavanger for a Sunday night medical, and assuming that goes well, then he will be unveiled as a permanent signing on Monday. Assistant manager Ian Burchnall has confirmed to RA that he is expecting the deal to be completed soon:
"He has flown in and met with his agent. Tonight he has a compulsory medical check, and if all goes well there we're going to introduce him during the course of tomorrow. Naturally, we have come quite far in the negotiations at this stage, and he will probably train with us on Monday. We were pleased with what we saw when he was here last, but could not do anything in terms of a transfer then. Now we have got the opportunity, and so we have decided to bring him over."
Burchnall has said that Moore's unusual attributes as a striker would make him very different from the players Viking had on their books at present. He also explained that the Norwegians were very aware of his defensive performances, after he played as a stand-in centre-back during the month of January, whilst the Glovers were without Ben Nugent, due to a four match suspension. He said that would be a useful option for them to have:
"Kieffer is a big, physical forward, but nevertheless is very mobile. He gives us something entirely different from the strikers we have today, and can also be used in central defence. At Yeovil, he delivered many good games in defence, so even though he obviously will sign as a striker it is good to know that he can be used in several places."
On Monday morning, tickets for Yeovil Town's opening match of the 2015-16 season will go on General Sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Up until now, the match against Exeter City has seen ticket sales restricted to Season Ticket Holders only - that will be relaxed from 9.00a.m. tomorrow morning, where we'd expect the Ticket Office to be rather busy.
The club initially sold their entire seated allocation, but on Friday they were given around 70 additional seats - assuming these are still available, please consider only taking them if you have elderly or infirmed people, or very young children in your party so these are prioritised against people who need them.
The remainder of tickets will be for the St James Road terrace, which is an open terrace behind the goal. These are available either via phone (01935-847888) or in person at the Ticket Office. If calling and you reach the answer phone service, leave ONE message only. You may also want to purchase your tickets for the forthcoming matches against Swansea City U21s (Tuesday 4th August) and Queens Park Rangers (Tuesday 11th August) to save yourself time.
Once you've purchased your Exeter tickets, please book your away travel via the Away Travel Club or the GWSC as soon as possible. Due to the tickets for this fixture only going on general sale five days before the fixture, both organisations will need to have a quick check on the numbers who have booked, due to the need to fill existing coaches and/or book additional coaches. Hence do not leave your travel plans until the last moment, or you may be disappointed.
For all ticketing and travel information, follow the links below.
Yeovil Town's new Academy is reported to have made offers to eighteen teenagers to enrol in scholarship schemes as part of their youth development programme. The players will be signed onto the programme for a two year period that will see them training at Huish Park as well as taking a BTEC Level Three qualification at Yeovil College, which will see them studying for one-and-a-half days a week.
The club have recruited a team of Academy coaches, headed up by former Northampton Town and Torquay United coachGeoff Harrop, who moved to the club after the Gulls programme was closed down, following their drop into non-league football. Harrop will take on the title of Academy Manager, whilst former Swindon Town youth team manager David Byrne will be the club's Head of Youth, where he is expected to have direct responsibility for the day-to-day running of the club's Under-18s side. The coaching staff will also include Wincanton Town manager Andrew Mitchell - presumably in a dual role.
A report in the Western Gazette provides the number of players who have been offered scholarships, but not their names. However, given the stability of the Under-18s line-ups for their recent matches against Sherborne Town and Frome Town, we'd expect most - if not all - of the players who featured in those games to be on the club's list.
As well as the Under-18s set-up, the club will be running teams from Under-9s through to Under-16s, in much the same way as the old Centre of Excellence was formed, with the club having been recommended for EPPP Category Three academy funding. Harrole told the Gazette that the set-up was now ready to begin:
"We have players ranging from under-9s to under-18s signed up to the Academy for the new season and we have members of qualified staff ready to get going. We all want to see young players in our first team who are developed through the Academy and here at Yeovil Town they will be given every opportunity to impress. The board and manager Paul Sturrock have demonstrated their ambition and drive to develop young players and now the real hard work begins."
Former Yeovil Town winger Joel Grant has turned up on trial for League One side Bradford City. This has been a long slow wait for the Bantams to see the Jamaican international in action, given that he was connected with a move to the Yorkshire club back in mid-June, albeit with him out in Chile with his country's Copa America squad. He was then retained by the Reggae Boys for their Concacaf Gold Cup campaign that saw them unexpectedly reach the final, meaning that Grant has had only a minimal summer break.
He was an unused substitute in Bradford's final pre-season friendly against Burnley yesterday, that saw the Bantams go down by a 2-0 scoreline. Presumably his lack of game time on the day was down to City boss Phil Parkinson seeing the match as a dress rehearsal for their League One opening fixture next Saturday, which may come a bit too soon for Grant, who only returned to England last week.
A Yeovil Town Under-18s side emphatically beat Western League Premier Division side Sherborne Town at Raleigh Grove, in a pre-season friendly. In what had been badged as an 'XI' fixture, it was the club's Academy side that took to the field of play, and after a single goal from Phillip Stroble during the first half, two quick goals from substitute Jack Ball put them into a commanding position just after the break. The match was finished off by late goals, with Stroble getting his second, whilst Ollie Bassett bagged the fifth.
In a much quieter first half, Yeovil Town took the lead when a free kick was put into the Sherborne box. The home side failed to clear their lines properly, leading to a goalmouth melee, and Phillip Stroble was on hand to fire home from ten yards out. That put the Glovers a goal up at the break, although they chose to make a double half time substitution to rotate around the squad that they had at the Grove.
One of those players had an instant impact, scoring twice inside three minutes. Jack Ball netted with his first legitimate touch of the ball, with a previous attempt to win possession being blown up for a foul. The same player then scored from an inswinging corner on 49 minutes to put Yeovil 3-0 up.
Both Yeovil and Sherborne made plenty of second half substitutions, until two late goals finished off the match. The first came from a counter-attacking move, as Ollie Bassett's quick run saw Sherborne stretched, allowing him to feed Phillip Stroble inside the box, who got two bites of the cherry before converting for his second of the afternoon. Then Bassett turned goalscorer himself as he accepted a cross into the box, slotting home for the fifth and final goal of the afternoon.
Full Time: Sherborne Town 0 Yeovil Town Under-18s 5.
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has admitted that he has no fixed thoughts on what sort of a line-up he will be fielding in a week's time against Exeter City when the 2015-16 season commences. With the club having made fifteen new signings during the summer, and the possibility of one or two extra arrivals before the season starts, this has been the club's biggest turnover of playing staff in the last twenty years.
Sturrock also admitted on Tuesday that he was still hunting for a new right-back, given that Ben Tozer has yet to feature for the club due to a knee ligament injury. Paul Connolly, Roddy Collins and Kane Ferdinand have been recent trialists in those positions but have yet to be given offers.
All that suggests that if those don't come to fruition that Sturrock would look towards the loan market, with the most obvious candidate being Swansea City full-back Liam Shephard, who was part of the club's 2014-15 season squad. Earlier in the summer, the Glovers boss had suggested that he had two or three loan players had been earmarked, albeit with their parent clubs being unwilling to allow them to go out on loan until just before the new season started.
Speaking after Thursday's game, Sturrock admitted that he was some distance away from knowing what his eleven for the start of the 2015-16 season would be:
"I'm probably a million miles away yet! I've got to think about the opposition that we're going to play, and the style of play we're going to try. Nobody really knows anybody else's style of play. It's difficult when you get so many players coming in at the same time. It's hard enough remembering their first names, let alone trying to mould them into a team. That will take a lot longer than Thursday (against Bristol City). It will take a good month or two before everybody fits into what we're trying to achieve."
Sturrock's preparations for the 2015-16 season have not been helped by a number of injuries within his current squad of players. In addition to Tozer's absence, Kevin Dawson's groin problem has delayed his comeback from a January knee injury and has yet to feature in pre-season, whilst Simon Gillett's knee ligament injury means he won't be seen until the end of the calendar year. Wingers Iffy Allen and Jack Compton are not expected to feature in Tuesday night's friendly against Swansea City Under-21s, as they attempt to regain their fitness following injuries picked up during recent friendlies, whilst Wes Fogden and Jordan Gibbons missed Thursday's match against Bristol City with minor knocks.
All of that has complicated Sturrock's preparations somewhat, with him needing to see how some of those players recover before considering how his players will line up at St James Park. He admitted that it had been a hard summer, but hoped that the end result would be a turnaround in the club's fortunes once the season got going:
"I haven't had a holiday! It's been eight weeks worth of solid negotiations, and trying to find the right players. Obviously keeping within the budget as well, which is important to all football clubs this season, with the new rules. So it has been a difficult time. I've had to concentrate more on finances, than personnel that I like on the training ground. The last manager did a fantastic job, although obviously there was the disappointment of the last two seasons. Fans have seen a lot of defeats here. Hopefully this (victory against Bristol City) is the start of starting to win. Losing is habit-forming as much as winning is. So let's hope that we've bucked a trend and that we're going in the right direction."
Former Yeovil Town striker Sam Hoskins has been given a permanent contract with League Two rivals Northampton Town after impressing them via a trial. He has been given a one year contract at Sixfields, having been released by the Glovers at the end of last season, and joined the Cobblers on trial at the start of July. He suffered a slight injury after having played in a couple of their friendlies, but provided he passes his medical, he will be confirmed as their player.
Hoskins scored against Sileby Rangers in his first friendly for Northampton, and then later scored in a match against Worthing. Cobblers boss Chris Wilder told the Northampton Chronicle that he was impressed by what he saw:
"Sam won't shirk the physical challenge, he is bright and enthusiastic and he has a bit of pace. As people will have seen in pre-season he gets in and around the six-yard box and he scores goals. He looks like scoring whenever he plays, he has good movement, good abililty, and knows where the back of the net is. Sam is a young player who has been brought up right, in terms of everything he’s done, the way he eats and the way he trains. He has had a bit of a knock in his career, but he has shown really good signs in pre-season. He is a good, hungry young player."
Fellow striker Gozie Ugwu was still noted as training with Northampton a week ago, but a more lengthy injury has meant that Wilder has been unable to reach a decision on him.