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31 August 2016 : Weale Signed Up By Derby County Just Before Transfer Deadline
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale has been signed up by Championship side Derby County. The 34 year old has been without a club since being released at the end of last season, but has been given a one year contract by the Rams, following the exit of Lee Grant and Kelle Roos during the last week before the transfer window closed tonight.

Weale is well known to Derby County boss Nigel Pearson, having played under him whilst at Leicester City, and was part of Pearson's side that reach the Championship play-offs during the 2009-10 seson. He will compete with Derby's remaining goalkeepers Scott Carson and Jonathan Mitchell for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

The East Coker player had three spells with Yeovil Town, the last of which ended during the season just gone when manager Darren Way decided against offering him a new deal at the end of his playing contract. Weale had been acting in a dual playing/coaching role, but Way made the decision to split the two roles this season, with Sam Schulberg taking the off-the-field role, whilst Artur Krysiak and new signing Jonny Maddison have taken the playing roles.

Link: Chris Weale : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 August 2016 : Former Trialist Gape Joins Chairboys On Loan
Former Yeovil Town trialist Dominic Gape will spend half of the 2016-17 season in League Two, after he agreed to sign for Wycombe Wanderers. The 21 year old Southampton midfielder has agreed a loan spell that will keep him at Adams Park until January 3rd. Gape featured in Yeovil Town's pre-season friendlies against Dorchester Town, Bristol City and Merthyr Town, but had disappeared by the time the club came out of their week in South Wales. After he left the club, Alex Lawless came in on a short trial, and so presumably Lawless was manager Darren Way's preferred option out of the pair.

Wycombe have made their deadline day move due to injuries to midfield pair Marcus Bean and Luke O'Nien. Having taken Jason McCarthy on loan last season, manager Gareth Ainsworth decided to return to St Mary's for help in bolstering his squad, and Gape has been the end result. Ainsworth explained:

"We have an excellent relationship with Southampton, as we do with many of the top clubs in England, and that has enabled us to bring a really talented lad in Dominic to Adams Park. Having lost Marcus Bean and Luke OíNien to long-term injuries, it was important to strengthen the midfield and Dominic gives us another option in there. Heís a very bright player, a real ball-winner and he can pick a pass too. There are some excellent young players in the academies of Premier League clubs and coming out on loan can do them the world of good."


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31 August 2016 : Inniss Makes Shrimpers Loan Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Inniss has signed for League One side Southend United on a loan deal. The Crystal Palace defender has agreed terms today to join the Essex club until the end of the 2016-17 season, having also had loan spells with Cheltenham Town, Luton Town, Port Vale and Gillingham during his career.

The 21 year old has still yet to make his first team debut for Palace, having totted up 38 appearances and one goal across those loan spells at Football League level. His time at Yeovil Town came between October 2014 and 2015, making six appearances that probably would have been added to were it not for a red card sustained against Preston North End at the tail end of November, and a small injury that put him out of action earlier in that loan spell.

He was technically recalled by Palace, although there was a hint that they were taking him back to Selhurst Park because of his lack of games at Huish Park, with the Glovers having six loan players on their books at that time as well. He later went on loan to Port Vale that season, and returned to the League One side during the 2015-16 season as well, only for a shoulder dislocation and a hamstring injury to cut what was meant to be a full season loan deal short. Inniss will now directly compete with Jakub Sokolik for a centre-back slot, whose return to Roots Hall has seen him make three appearances so far.

Link: Ryan Inniss : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 August 2016 : Toffees Development Boss Tips Walsh For The Top After He Captains Their B Team
Everton Development Squad manager David Unsworth has said that they are being very selective about where they would consider sending midfielder Liam Walsh on loan next. The 18 year old was a surprise captain for Everton's 'B' Team that took on Bolton Wanderers in the EFL Trophy at the Macron Stadium, providing assists for both goals in their 2-0 win. However, it would seem less than likely that he will be going anywhere on transfer deadline day, with the implication that Charlton Athletic's attempts to take him to The Valley would fall on deaf ears.

The Toffees have previously stated that they would be happy with the volume of matches that Walsh would get with them as part of Everton Under-23's commitments to the EFL Trophy and the Premier League 2 competition (which has been set up to cater for EPPP Category One Development Squad sides) and so were not in a rush to send him out on loan. Unsworth has told the Liverpool Echo that there are circumstances in which Walsh might go out on loan, but given his performances in matches like last night's at Bolton, they saw his development at Goodison Park to be just as important, with Walsh's boss predictng that he is capable of getting to the top of the game and Everton's first team:

"We want to keep him here because we feel he's a future Everton player, but if the right club for a certain individual came in weíd certainly look at it. Youíve seen tonight he's a player who can go right to the very top. He's going to be a top player, he's just going to have to bide his time. He's a great listener. He's a pain in the backside - in the nicest possible way - because all he wants to do is play football - but he's an absolute pleasure to work with. What he did tonight was he led. It's not enough just to be a talented young player at Everton, you need that leadership quality because Goodison can be a daunting place. What Liam did tonight was put in a performance that was a captain's performance. That's why I gave him the captain's armband."

The Liverpool Echo suggest that it would take a Championship club to come in for Walsh before they would consider allowing him to go out on loan, with not even claimed interest from two clubs relegated from second tier football enough to persuade them otherwise. The Echo claim that Bolton were so impressed with Walsh's performance last night that they tried to grab him on loan at the end of last night's game. However, Everton refused their advances. This may give a clue as to why Yeovil Town were unable to persuade Everton to bring him back to Huish Park for a second loan spell!


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31 August 2016 : Thorne Lane Planning Application To Reach Planning Committee Next Month
Yeovil Town are to finally put their plans for replacement training pitches before South Somerset District Council next month. The plans will be heard on Wednesday 7th September, by the Area South Planning Committee and is part of the club's wider development plans that involve Huish Park. National planning policy requires organisations wanting to build on existing sports facilities - such as the pair of top pitches at Huish Park - to provide alternative facilities that at least match those they are seeking to replace. The same policies also require Public Open Space to be replaced on a like-for-like basis - part of the Huish Park land was allocated as 'community' land under the agreement set up by the Council at the time the ground was built in 1990.

The Case Officer's Planning Report recommends the planning application for approval, subject to further assessments, which will include a field evaluation to consider the potential for archaelogical remains in the area. The land is currently a farmer's field situated off Thorne Lane, to the north-west of the ground, and north of Lufton College. The club plan to provide two full sized football pitches and the option for a cricket pitch. There will also be a pavillion building, housing four changing rooms, plus facilities for car parking at the venue.

The planning application will require the land to have a Change of Use agreed by the Council, which will turn the land from Agricultural Usage into Playing Field and Recreational Usage. The club's plans are for the facilities to be open to the community, rather than as private football club facilities. If the plans are approved, then this will potentially act as an enabling factor for the club to build on the land to the north of Huish Park, immediately behind the away end, although Yeovil Town have asked SSDC to assess both planning applications on separate and independent merits, meaning that it is possible for one application to succeed, whilst the other could fail. However, it is unlikely that the Huish Park planning application could go ahead without replacement land - it was one of the fundamental reasons why the club's last application had to be withdrawn.

In terms of the main Huish Park planning application, this has not progressed noticeably since September 2015, with the only tangible movement on the Planning Application having been quarterly requests for SSDC to provide an Extension of Time to the application. The club were expected to provide revised plans to SSDC in April 2016 but four months later these have yet to be submitted. This Thorne Lane planning application was submitted back in June 2015 and now looks as though it will be heard first.


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31 August 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth EFL Trophy Match Highlights
For those who want to see highlights of yesterday's EFL Trophy Group game against Portsmouth, these are now available online. With the game chopped down to the usual two minutes worth of highlights, but seven goals to cram in, as part of the 4-3 win, there's time to show goals from Bevis Mugabi and Izale McLeod along with the two from Tom Eaves, plus Portsmouth striker Michael Smith's hat-trick, but not time for much else! Watch the clip below.




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31 August 2016 : Former Glover Mason Sets New Hull City Transfer Record
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Mason has set a new Hull City transfer record after he agreed to sign for them and leave his boyhood club Tottenham Hotspur. The 25 year old had been at White Hart Lane for 17 years, but chose to sign a three year contract at the KC Stadium, having dropped down the pecking order at Spurs under current boss Mauricio Pochettino. He had not got onto the pitch at all during the 2016-17 season, meaning that his Spurs career ended with 70 appearances and 4 goals.

Mason had been under contract with Spurs until 2020, and his arrival at Hull has been officially confirmed as their record transfer fee. The previous value had been set by Abel Hernandez two years previously, when Hull paid Italian side Palermo £10 million. This time around the fee is undisclosed, although that hasn't stopped the local and national media from providing their own projections which range from £10 million to £13 million and all values in between. Mason gave his reaction to the deal being completed:

"A massive thank you to everyone at Spurs the last 18 years, especially the coaches and players! From an 8 year old boy to captaining the team was a dream come true for me. I spoke with the (Hull City) gaffer a few times and it felt right for me to move on. My gut and my natural thought was here (at Hull) once I found out there was interest. I can't wait to get started and I see this as a massive opportunity for me."

This will be Mason's second permanent club, having gained plenty of loan experience across multiple clubs, thanks to Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers, Millwall, French side Lorient and Swindon Town.

Link: Ryan Mason : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 August 2016 : Way Sees Pompey First Half As Proudest Moment After EFL Trophy Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that his side's 4-3 win over Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy would rank as one of his proudest moments as manager. The Glovers had gone into the Group game on the back of four straight defeats, including a 4-1 loss against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium on the weekend. Way had acknowledged after that defeat that the result was the worst under his nine month tenure as manager, but with the Glovers ending that losing run on Tuesday night, his view was that took his side from the Saturday low, to a midweek high:

"I asked them for a success story tonight, on the back of Saturday and there's no better way than with that performance. Certainly the first half for me, as a manager, I would say that's up there as the proudest moment. We went through a lot of adversity last year but to see the players that we're bringing on, my team has had to be very resilient. They've worked very hard. They've travelled up and down the country and to show that fighting spirit, that game had everything. I really appreciate that effort tonight."

The damage was done during a first half performance that saw the Glovers score four times during the opening 40 minutes, with Bevis Mugabi and Izale McLeod scoring their first goals for the club. The second and fourth goals from the home side came from Tom Eaves, who was occupying the left side of the three forwards - the first time he has been asked to play that role since returning to the club, having previously been given his preferred central position. Way felt that his striker's performance was hard to handle:

"I don't think they knew how to handle Tom at times and I think that first half performance from Tom was an absolute masterclass and he deserved those goals, with he way he took them. We talk about being clinical in both boxes, and I can just see an improvement every time the boys have adversity."


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30 August 2016 : EFL Trophy Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
If you watched Tuesday night's 4-3 win against Portsmouth at Huish Park in the EFL Trophy, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.


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30 August 2016 : Yeovil 4 Portsmouth 3 : Eaves Double Helps Thwart Smith Hat-Trick
Yeovil Town won their first Group game in the relaunched EFL Trophy competition tonight, as a goal-heavy game at Huish Park saw them beat Portsmouth by a 4-3 scoreline. Six of the seven goals came during the first half. After Pompey had taken the lead, Bevis Mugabi deflected home a Matt Dolan free kick. That was followed by Tom Eaves bagging two goals, whilst Izale McLeod got his first for the club. Michael Smith had already scored twice during that first half, and he bagged his hat-trick ten minutes into the second period for what proved to be the final goal of the game. Reading's B-Team won their match against Bristol Rovers by a 3-2 scoreline, giving Yeovil primary position in the group on goals scored.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the line-up that featured against Doncaster Rovers on the weekend. Jonny Maddison made his debut between the sticks as Artur Krysiak was rested, whilst the international call-up for Ryan Hedges meant that there was a space for Izale McLeod to make his first start for the club, playing as the central of the three strikers with Tom Eaves taking a wide role. The other change saw Ben Whitfield get his first start for the club, as Kevin Dawson sat the night out, meaning that there were only give players named on the bench. The Pompey line-up was particularly changed - an entire eleven were swapped out from their weekend fixture, meaning that a 'Reserve XI' took to the field, with their back four made up of three midfielders and a full-back, supplimented with only four substitutes, one of whom was a 17 year old youth team keeper.

Despite Yeovil having the best of the early chances, with Izale McLeod having a shot deflected into the side netting, whilst Matt Dolan shot wide, it was the visitors who took the lead. Their goal came through two of their more experienced players with Kal Naismith's cross being headed home with power and ease by Michael Smith for a 1-0 10th minute lead.

If that might have caused concerns that maybe Pompey's second choice eleven were a little stronger than originally thought, Yeovil's response was a good one. Matt Dolan lined up a shot from distance, and the ball flicked off Bevis Mugabi with the turn on the ball enough to deceive Liam O'Brien. The Glovers then took the lead when Alex Lawless produced a neat ball over the top of the Pompey defence, that was placed well enough to wrong-foot the Portsmouth back line, and Tom Eaves nipped in behind them to control the ball and fire home from 15 yards out to put Yeovil 2-1 up.

Yeovil extended their lead further with only 27 minutes on the clock when Izale McLeod scored a well-worked goal. Running at the Portsmouth defence, he laid the ball off to Otis Khan, who turned and passed it back into McLeod's path, allowing the striker room to fire the ball past Liam O'Brien for a 3-1 lead. But the goals kept flowing, and Pompey hit back again, with Michael Smith the man that Yeovil couldn't handle once more. Again, Kal Naismith was the provider, feeding the striker inside the box, and he managed to turn and out-muscle Nathan Smith, firing low past Jonny Maddison.

Two minutes later, the goal feast continued. Again Alex Lawless was the goal creator, as he put the ball out to Tom Eaves in a wide position. Eaves ran with the ball, the Portsmouth defence backed off, inviting him to shoot, and he did just that - firing a shot from the edge of the box for a 4-2 lead. There weren't even 40 minutes on the clock at that stage!

Perhaps invitably, the second half proved to be a bit more of a sedate affair. Ten minutes into the half, Portsmouth grabbed a goal back to make things interesting, with Michael Smith getting his claim for possession of the match ball. Adam May's cross into the box saw the Portsmouth striker head the ball back across the goal and into the opposite corner, for what was a bit of a 'training ground' effort. 4-3 and now the match was going to be tight. Smith could have had a fourth, just before he was substituted, with Pompey having the advantage of bringing on players like Conor Chaplin and Noel Hunt, despite this being the 'second XI'.

The away side had appeals for a leveller turned down when Amine Linganzi thought he'd scrambled the ball over the line, with keeper Jonny Maddison diving low to smother the ball. Neither referee nor linesman seemed impressed by Pompey appeals, and that turned out to be their best chance during the closing stages, with a Gareth Evans effort that went over the bar representing their other main effort. Yeovil go top of the Southern Section Group A, with away matches against Bristol Rovers and Reading B to come - the latter won their match at the Memorial Stadium by a 3-2 scoreline, and so stand as the other victors on the night.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Portsmouth 3.

Scorers: Michael Smith (0-1, 10 mins), Bevis Mugabi (1-1, 14 mins), Tom Eaves (2-1, 22 mins), Izale McLeod (3-1, 27 mins), Michael Smith (3-2, 37 mins), Tom Eaves (4-2, 39 mins), Michael Smith (4-3, 54 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith
28. Ben Whitfield, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 18. Izale McLeod, 9. Tom Eaves.

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak 15. Kyle Copp (88 mins for Otis Khan) 17. Omar Sowunmi 20. Joe Lea (74 mins for Ben Whitfield) 22. Ollie Bassett.

Portsmouth:
13. Liam O'Brien 33. Ben Close 15. Adam Barton 5. Matthew Clarke 22. Kal Naismith 30. Adam May 23. Kyle Bennett 24. Amine Linganzi 18. Ben Tollitt 9. Michael Smith 26. Gareth Evans

Substitutes:
2. Tom Davies (60 mins for Matthew Clarke) 19. Conor Chaplin (55 mins for Ben Tollitt) 20. Noel Hunt (72 mins for Michael Smith) 34. Nick Hall

Yeovil Bookings: Liam Shephard (foul, 45 mins), Otis Khan (foul, 60 mins)

Portsmouth Bookings: Adam Barton (foul, 3 mins), Ben Close (foul, 62 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 3; Fouls: 10.

Portsmouth Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and John Law (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley (Devon).

Attendance: 1,534 (with 270 Portsmouth supporters).


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30 August 2016 : EFL Trophy Team News For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's EFL Trophy Group match against Portsmouth at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers make X changes to the line-up compared to the side that lost 4-1 against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges is on international duty with Wales Under-21s and so he drops out of the side, with former Notts County striker Izale McLeod replacing him.

In goal, Jonny Maddison gets his first start as Artur Krysiak sits out a game. The other change sees Ben Whitfield displace Kevin Dawson, who isn't in the squad tonight - we're not sure if that's him resting or if there's an injury. Confirmed injured absentees this evening include Darren Ward (knee), Josh Ezewele (knee), Ryan Dickson (ankle), Francois Zoko (hip flexor) and Alex Lacey (broken arm). Striker Tahvon Campbell is ill and so does not play.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith
28. Ben Whitfield, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 18. Izale McLeod.

Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett

Portsmouth:
13. Liam O'Brien 33. Ben Close 15. Adam Barton 5. Matthew Clarke 22. Kal Naismith 30. Adam May 23. Kyle Bennett 24. Amine Linganzi 18. Ben Tollitt 9. Michael Smith 26. Gareth Evans

Substitutes:
2. Tom Davies 19. Conor Chaplin 20. Noel Hunt 34. Nick Hall

Tonight's competition will see the match played for just 90 minutes, with no extra time. If the sides are level after 90 minutes, then each team will collect one point each for the draw, but will then go to a penalty shoot-out. The winners of the penalty shoot-out would then collect an additional point, with the losers keeping their point for the draw. If the match ends with a win for either side, then a more standard three points is collected for the Group table.


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30 August 2016 : Addicks Attempt To Loan Walsh Rejected
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Walsh is being linked with a move to League One side Charlton Athletic. His parent club Everton are reported to have rebuffed an approach by the Addicks, who are managed by former Glovers boss Russell Slade, with the TeamTalk website claiming that other unnamed clubs have also made approaches to take him on loan.

There's no quotes or sources provided to back up their claims, or indeed much more detail about Charlton's interest, except to state that any arrangements would be for a loan spell, rather than anything permanent. One of the other clubs that were known to be interested in Walsh (although TeamTalk don't mention them!) are Yeovil Town, with manager Darren Way saying in early August that he had been talking to Everton - a comment that he repeated around the time the two clubs met in the EFL Cup Second Round match at Goodison Park.

However, since that match, Way has bolstered his squad to 24 players, including five long term loan deals. With AFC Bournemouth duo Matt Butcher and Ben Whitfield included within those numbers, along with Swansea City pair Liam Shephard and Ryan Hedges, plus West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell, the suspicion would be that Way made the decision to trigger 'Plan B' when he brought Whitfield into the club last week. Any further loan signings by the club would leave them with an awkward four month quandary, where matchday teamsheet rules would leave them forced to stick one player in the stands, with a maximum of five loanees allowed per matchday squad.

It would be no surprise though if Everton did allow Walsh the chance to go out on loan sometime before the transfer window closes. Back in early August, the rumourmill suggested that Yeovil Town had been told that the Toffees were only prepared to make a late decision on Walsh, presumably with the goal of letting him push up a division from the League Two football he played during 2015-16, provided a suitable club came in for his services. However, another theory may be that Everton prefer him to develop in their Under-23 side, with Development Side boss David Unsworth suggesting that there were plenty of matches in the new Premier League 2 competition (created for EPPP Category One academy sides) for players like Walsh to compete in:

"We wanted to give Liam games as well, so that was behind the loan (to Yeovil Town last season), but this year with the programme we've got - certainly up until Christmas - we really want to do well in the Under-23s. There are a lot of games coming up and Liam, along with everyone else, has got to impress the new manager because he's not seen them play before. So it is really important that they give themselves every opportunity here to do that and he will only doing that by producing performances like he did on (last) Monday night, because I thought he was terrific."

Link: Liam Walsh Yeovil Town Statistics.


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30 August 2016 : Dolan Looking Forward To EFL Trophy Despite Format Changes
Yeovil Town midfielder Matty Dolan insists that he is looking forward to playing in tonight's EFL Trophy, despite him being aware of some of the disdain about the new competition format around the leagues. The Glovers commence their involvement in the 2016-17 version of the competition formerly known as the Football League Trophy (and in its sponsored form as the Johnstones Paint Trophy) that will see them play three Group matches, with Portsmouth their opponents tonight. That will be then followed by an away match against Bristol Rovers, followed by a game against a Reading B team, at the Madejski Stadium, based on the Berkshire side's Under-21 team.

Dolan had two loan spells with the Glovers during the 2012-13 season before returning to the club on a permanent basis during the summer of 2015. He told BBC Somerset that he saw the EFL Trophy as an opportunity for the playing squad to reach Wembley in the final, and recalled that when he first played for the club, whilst on loan from Middlesbrough, they were getting close to a Football League Trophy Final, having met Leyton Orient in an Area Semi-Final back in January 2013. As such he had some good memories of the competition:

"You've got to look forward to it. People will always disregard the JPT, as it was. But what a chance for this club to get to Wembley again. My first ever game for the club was in the (Area) semi-final of the JPT so I know how close we can get, and I know how close we will get. So I'm looking forward to it."

Much of the contention over the new competition format has come through the decision to admit sixteen Premier League and Championship sides into the competition, with them fielding sides based on EPPP Category One Academy set-ups that will see at least six Under-21 players in the competition, although there is no compulsion for those players to have been directly affiliated to that club's Academy system. Dolan admitted that he had been reading a fair bit about the issues surrounding the new format, but said that his goal was to help the team get back into the habit of winning matches again, with the Glovers having suffered four defeats in a row:

"Obviously the format has changed and there's been a lot of speculation about it. I've seen a lot of things on the internet and a lot of things on Twitter bout this new format. But we want to go out there, and we want to put winning ways back into our club. If you can get off to a winning start in a group in any competition, then it sets you up in good stead. Obviously we'll be looking to get as many wins as we can between now and the end of the season, so why not win these games, and get the bounce back."

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.


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30 August 2016 : Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game
Yeovil Town have reduced online ticketing prices for their forthcoming League Two match against Cheltenham Town. The match takes place on Saturday 24th September at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, and will see former manager Gary Johnson return to the club in the dugouts for the first time since February 2015. Match tickets bought in advance are already reduced against pre-match prices if you order tickets by phone or in person at the Ticket Office. However, for this fixture, the gap between the advance online price and the on-the-day price is now £5.00 for non-Junior tickets.

For the Cheltenham Town fixture, an adult purchasing a ticket for the match on the Home Terrace (Thatchers Gold Terrace) will pay the following:

Special Online Advance Price: £15.00 (compared with usual £17.00 online price)
Advance Tickets Purchased by Phone or at Ticket Office: £18.00
On The Day Purchase Price: £20.00.

The offer applies to Adult, Seniors, Disabled and Young Person tickets. The prices for Juniors (Under-16s) are £6.00 across the whole ground (except for the Main Stand Premium seats) regardless of when and how you purchase them. To make an online purchase for this game, follow the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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30 August 2016 : Chairman Fry Predicts Lower League Clubs Will Go Out Of Business In Transfer Window Changes
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has spoken out about the changes to the Transfer Window system that are set to hit Football League clubs from tomorrow evening onwards. The closure of the August transfer window will introduce a new world for lower league clubs, with the scrapping of the emergency loan and youth loan system that had been habitually used by clubs throughout that period. That means that between September 1st and January 1st, it will not be possible to sign any further loan players or permanent signings, with the free agent market and personnel from non-league clubs the only outlet for Football League sides who may have misjudged the situation or encounter extreme bad luck in terms of injury or suspension.

Whilst the Glovers are well prepared for this eventuality - having recruited five loan players on half-season or full-season deals, Fry has told Four Four Two magazine that he believes that the new rules could put some lower league clubs out of business, claiming it is a restraint of trade:

"No other business would operate in this kind of restriction - it's a restriction of trade. It's inherently restrictive and anti-competitive. The legislation means we're being forced into a situation which could put a number of lower league clubs out of business. It just isn't fair and it's no way to run the employment part of your business."

Fry's logic is presumably that clubs might have to over-commit in terms of squad recruitment to act as a safety net just in case players get injured during each half season period. However, Football League sides will still be bound by the SCMP (salary capping) rules that prevent their sides from spending more than a certain percentage of their turnover on player wages, so the amount that clubs will be able to spend will not change - for League Two sides, that limit will be capped at 55 percent.

Certainly the new rules will change the way clubs need to approach loan signings. Last season, the Glovers used 12 loan players, and whilst the likes of Connor Roberts and Harry Cornick ended up becoming two of the club's most used players, others like Christian Maghoma, Jake Howells, Josh Wakefield and Liam Shephard did not break into double figures, showing some of the short-termism afoot within the club.

Hence it's more likely that clubs will be forced into longer-term thinking, with half-season loans making them plan ahead, whilst youth development will also become relevant with the need for cheaper 18 or 19 year olds needed within a squad to cover the 'what if' scenario. Sky Sports pundit Ian Holloway, himself a former manager, comes up with a typical Hollowayism to show his belief that the rule change will ultimately benefit the bigger clubs, with them able to afford larger squads that sides like Yeovil Town will not be able to:

"This rule change will be a disadvantage to the clubs with smaller budgets. It means you have to have your squad assembled by the end of the first window, which is going to suit the bigger clubs with the bigger budgets. You'll have to spend more before the window closes as you're not allowed to add to it if you get injuries, suspensions, loss of form to players and so on. It's going to make things tougher for the smaller clubs and hands the bigger clubs an advantage. If my washing machine breaks, I shouldnít have to wait until the end of the year to fix it. It's madness. What happens if I havenít got enough money to have two washing machines? Newcastle will have two or three, so theyíll be more efficient and Iíll be walking around in dirty clothes looking like a tramp."


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30 August 2016 : EFL Trophy Officials For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Officials for the EFL Trophy Group match between Yeovil Town and Portsmouth have been published by the Football League. The match takes place tonight (Tuesday 30th August) at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

He had been a regular at Huish Park, but during earlier years he was largely appearing for friendly fixtures, or as an assistant referee or fourth official. Over the summer of 2014, he was promoted to the Football League's referees list, having previously been a referee at Conference level, whilst performing an assistant's role in the Football League.

Mr Johnson is 39 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 presumably isn't a City supporter, 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 wondered what the referees association were thinking in terms of giving such an inexperienced official a local derby in his own back yard.

We crossed swords again in August 2015 for the 2-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. There he had a much quieter game, with the home side thoroughly deserving their victory. He did give us one moment of amusement - he went for a little bit too much showmanship in trying to book Connor Roberts for a foul, and in his hurry to brandish a yellow card, it flew out of his hand. Oxford's Danny Hylton had a calmer approach to things, and picked up the card, showing it to Roberts on behalf of the referee. A minor point, but sometimes referees forget that they are not meant to be a part of the performance.

The most recent match involving Mr Johnson was the March 2016 League Two match against Carlisle United. There we thought the match official was in a very lenient low-key mood, choosing not to intervene on a few occasions when he could have - notably when Carlisle's Martin Smith was booked for kicking the ball away, got a last warning for a further foul, and then fouled again. Somehow he stayed on the pitch. Despite this apparently favourable outcome for Carlisle personnel, their manager Keith Curle wasn't happy after the match, accusing Johnson of being biased - words that we're surprised the FA didn't take an interest in. He complained that Johnson's geographical roots were influencing his decision-making - a bit surprising given that Mr Curle, as a Bristolian himself, should know that someone from Bristol isn't going to willingly hand our favours to someone from Yeovil!

Mr Johnson will be assisted by Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and John Law (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Adam Bromley (Devon).

Link: July 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.

Link: September 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 3.

Link: December 2014 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2015 : Oxford United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 0.


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29 August 2016 : EFL Trophy Disciplinary Rules Finally Published
Less than 24 hours before the new EFL Trophy format is due to be played, the Football League have decided that it might be a good idea if they publish the revised disciplinary rules that have been agreed for the competition. As reported yesterday, there have been question marks over the disciplinary process relating to the competition, sparked by the ongoing suspension to Cheltenhan Town midfielder Kyle Storer and consequently Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi.

Whilst the EFL Trophy disciplinary system is brand new and detailed, the headline news from what the Football League have published should mean that Mugabi is able to play in Tuesday night's EFL Trophy match against Portsmouth, but will be suspended for one game only, in the League Two match against Blackpool. The League's article states:

"Any EFL or Premier League player who is serving a ban or is set to serve a suspension for a yellow or red card offence will be eligible to play in this week's opening group games in the Checkatrade Trophy."

Based on that sentence alone, Cheltenham Town should be calling the Football League in the morning and asking why they've been given the impression that Storer is unable to play in the tournament. The answer may lie in that his offence was dealt via a separate FA Disciplinary Commission, rather than by an automatic suspension via a yellow or red card.

The other significant news is that the EFL Trophy disciplinary system will be entirely self-contained within the competition, and the League say "in normal circumstances" cautions and sendings off will not affect any other Football League or Premier League fixtures. Their caveat of "normal circumstances" presumably allows them to take a more serious situation, such a a player physically assaulting a referee, outside those rules. But in general terms, the disciplinary system will work separately, in the same way that bookings for players in European tournaments are treated differently to those obtained in domestic tournaments.

Red cards in the EFL Trophy will receive the following punishments, with the bans being served in future EFL Trophy matches:

Serious Foul Play - 3 matches
Violent Conduct - 3 matches
Spitting at an opponent or any other person - 6 matches
Denial of an Obvious Goal Scoring Opportunity - 1 match
Using offensive or insulting or abusive language/gestures - 2 matches
Receives a second caution in the same match - 1 match

Yellow cards in the EFL Trophy will be treated according to the following accumulative process:

a) If a player accumulates two cautions in the EFL Trophy up to and including the quarter-final fixtures, he will be suspended automatically from the next EFL Trophy match.
b) A player who receives a further two cautions during the EFL Trophy up to and including the quarter-final matches, will be suspended automatically for a further two matches.

Suspensions commence immediately, upon the next EFL Trophy fixture. Player suspensions roll over to the following season's EFL Trophy schedule if they are not fully served. This could mean that a player that later moves to a club that is in the Premier League or Championship, whose club has not entered the EFL Trophy competition, would be suspended for potentially years, until he joins another club that does play in that competition!

The Football League have also reminded clubs that League One and League Two sides must name a minimum of five 'First Team' players in their starting eleven, whilst EPPP Category One Academy clubs must have at least six under-21 players in their starting line-up. The definition of what constitutes a 'First Team' player is a complex one buried within the Football League rules, but in general terms is based on the line-up that team selected during their previous fixture, and the club's most used players during that season so far.


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29 August 2016 : Ugandan FA Told Short Notice To Blame For Mugabi Withdrawal
The Uganda national team have confirmed that they will not be expecting Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi to join them over the international break. The Cranes had been expecting the 21 year old to be released by the Glovers after Saturday's League Two match against Doncaster Rovers for a pair of matches against Kenya and Comoros but doubts over that surfaced following Saturday's match, with Glovers boss Darren Way indicating that Mugabi would not be travelling.

Ugandan Head Coach Micho Sredejovic said that he has now received a communication from Yeovil Town suggesting that the Ugandan FA had not given enough notice for him to be released, and that Bevis had also been in contact to explain the situation:

"Bevis (Mugabi) informed us that he will not travel because his club was informed at short notice. It is unfortunate but we shall move ahead with the preparations. At the moment, we have to concentrate on the two upcoming matches. The good thing is that Yeovil Town wrote and explained the situation."

Mugabi's call-up came through last Wednesday, on the same day that Ryan Hedges learned of his Wales Under-21 call-up. There were reports that Liam Shephard was also on the stand-by list for the same squad, but at present there are no signs of any drop-outs that might see Shephard asked to join Hedges.

In practice, the club and Mugabi's decision to remain in England may not mean a great deal, if the current reports concerning the EFL Trophy rules on player suspensions turn out to be correct. As suspected, the Bank Holiday weekend has meant that there has been no update from the Football Association concerning Saturday's red cards and suspensions affecting League One and League Two players.


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29 August 2016 : Hedges To Miss Two Games As International Break Starts
Yeovil Town will definitely be without Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges for tomorrow evening's EFL Trophy Group match against Portsmouth. The 21 year old had been called up to play in the Wales Under-21 side during the forthcoming international week, with matches against Denmark (Friday, at Wrexham) and Luxembourg (next Tuesday, at Bangor) scheduled as part of the Euro 2017 Qualifying Group stages.

The question had been whether Hedges will miss one match or two for Yeovil Town - the answer is that he will be absent for tomorrow night's match against Portsmouth as well as Saturday's League Two fixture against Blackpool, returning to Huish Park sometime next Wednesday. More recently national squads have been tending to insist that their players are released for training ground days with their squads immediately after the weekend fixtures, and the past flexibility of allowing players to join up late appears to have gone.

That means that the Glovers will go into tomorrow night's match without Hedges as well as Bevis Mugabi who was sent off during Saturday's match against Doncaster Rovers - there's still no firm clarity on whether the defender will serve an effective one or two match suspension. The other player who may be missing is Ollie Bassett who is due to go to a training camp with Northern Ireland Under-19s. As there are no scheduled matches for Ollie's meet-up, there may be more flexibility here.

Currently Darren Ward (knee), Josh Ezewele (knee), Ryan Dickson (ankle), Francois Zoko (hip flexor) and Alex Lacey (broken arm) are all injured, and there's no sign that any will be available for the game. Dickson is targetting a return for Saturday's match against Blackpool. Ward is due to return to training this week, although having only managed one substitute appearance and zero pre-season training, his return may need to be managed more slowly. Zoko is known to be out for three or four weeks, whilst Lacey is not expected to return until around mid-October.

Tickets for tomorrow night's match are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office - follow the links below. Note that only the Main Stand is open to home supporters for tomorrow's game, which kicks off at 7.45p.m.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.


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28 August 2016 : Quinn Nets On Her Debut As Ladies Take Late Point Home
Yeovil Town Ladies extended their lead at the top of the FAWSL2 division this afternoon, despite having to settle for a point against Super League newcomers Sheffield. The Glovers had former Portsmouth striker Lucy Quinn making her debut, having signed earlier this month and she gave herself 'super sub' status by coming off the bench to grab a vital late goal that ensured that they came home from a long weekend in Yorkshire with a point.

The Glovers had travelled north 24 hours earlier to take in the men's League Two fixture against Doncaster Rovers, staying overnight in the area. They had to ride their luck at times against a team that have been gradually improving since their promotion, and who are currently on a seven game unbeaten run. Hannah Cain was particularly unlucky in that she hit the crossbar half an hour into the match, did the same from close range right on the stroke of half time, and then followed that up by striking the post five minutes into the second half.

Sheffield took the lead with 70 minites to go when Chloe Dixon set up Jodie Michalska who converted from around six yards out, and the concern was then that the Glovers might come home empty handed. But they persisted in the closing stages, with Annie Heatherson forcing Juliana Draycott into a save from a glancing header, before Nicola Cousins narrowly put one over the crossbar. Ellie Curson kept the pressure up with a low driven shot that was saved.

Then came the grandstand finish. With two minutes remaining, two Yeovil substitutes combined to great perfection. Kelly Aldridge crossed from the left, and leaping high was debutante Lucy Quinn who headed home for an 88th minute equaliser at 1-1. That then led to the question of whether Yeovil could grab a late late winner and they almost did it. An Ellie Curson corner four minutes into injury time found a head in a crowded goalmouth. Home keeper Draycott saved the attempt, then dropped the ball in a sea of bodies, with the ball being bundled over the line. Unfortunately, the referee judged that the goalkeeper had been fouled in the midst of that melee and the goal was chalked off. That left Quinn pleased after the game with her goal, but perhaps wishing it had been all three points:

"It was a good debut. I didn't know how much I'd play today so it's amazing to get on and I think we were a little unlucky just to get a point. I'm a bit of a perfectionist, I always want three points. I know Sheffield are a decent side. I know how tough and resilient they are. Maybe if you offered me a point in 20 minutes once the adrenaline has gone I might take it. I'm confident we can still go up, the girls are so talented and it's such a great group. They're experienced and determined; we can't get ahead of ourselves and if we just keep doing what we do then I think we'll do it. It's about one game, one goal, one week at a time and thatís the way we have to look at it."

Yeovil's additional point advantage in the league table came due to second placed Bristol City losing 0-1 at home on Saturday, although with the victors being third placed Everton Ladies, that result has a few swings'n'roundabouts about it. The latest table shows Yeovil having a three point advantage on Bristol City and a five points over Everton, with Durham six behind, although the latter two are still in the hunt with a game in hand each, meaning it's still a four horse race. Next up for the Ladies is a Sunday 11th September fixture against London Bees that will be staged at Huish Park, with no FAWSL2 fixtures scheduled for next weekend. With four games remaining in the 2016 season, strong support will be needed back on Glovers home turf.

Final Score: Sheffield Ladies 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 1.

Scorers: Jodie Michalska (70 mins, 1-0), Lucy Quinn (88 mins, 1-1)

Sheffield FC (4-3-3): Juliana Draycott; Sarah Jackson, Billie Murphy, Danielle Lea, Ellie Gilliatt; Sherry McCue, Hannah Dale, Jodie Michalska; Chloe Dixon, Chelsea Flanagan, Hannah Cain

Substitutes: Emma Johnson (71 mins for Hannah Dale), Kenedy Owen (85 mins for Chelsea Flanagan), Olivia Wild (90 mins for Danielle Lea), Claire Wallhead, Carla Ward, Kirsty Hanson

Yeovil Town (3-5-2): Charlotte Haynes; Hannah Short, Kayleigh Green, Nicola Cousins; Lauren Townsend, Steph Williams, Danielle Carlton, Ellen Curson, Kelly Snook; Nadia Lawrence, Ann-Marie Heatherson

Substitutes: Lucy Quinn (53 mins for Lauren Townsend), Jessie Jones (61 mins for Steph Williams), Kelly Aldridge (70 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Charlotte Johnson, Ellis Hillman, Kirsten Rendall, Leah Burridge

Referee: Ian Dudley

Attendance: 313.


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28 August 2016 : EFL Trophy Rule Confusion Could See Mugabi Penalised
Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi could be facing an unfortunate double punishment for the red card he picked up during yesterday's League Two match against Doncaster Rovers. The 21 year old, who was recruited from Southampton over the summer, suffered an early exit in the match at the Keepmoat Stadium, after picking up two yellow cards in that match, leaving his side a man short for the final 14 minutes of that match.

Normally, a dismissal for two bookings would result in a simple one match suspension, but a local newspaper is claiming that a quirk in the rules of the revamped EFL Trophy (formerly the Football League Trophy aka the Johnstone's Paint Trophy) could result in League One and League Two players being effectively suspended for an additional game. The Gloucester Echo have reported on an issue affecting Cheltenham Town midfielder Kyle Storer, who was given an extended eight match ban by the Football Association over the summer, due to a biting incident on the final day of the 2015-16 season.

The Robins had expected Storer's ban to end after their EFL Trophy tie against Blackpool on Tuesday night, with that representing their eighth match of the 2016-17 season - like Yeovil Town they will have played in five league matches, two EFL Cup games, and one EFL Trophy match by the time they reach that stage. However, the paper's understanding is that the new format of the EFL Trophy is going be classified as a non-first team competition for the purposes of bookings and suspensions after the sixteen invited EPPP Category One Academy clubs raised concerns about their players picking up yellow and red cards in such competitions.

Cheltenham then raised the question of whether Storer could play in the EFL Trophy tie as a 'Reserve Team' competition and then complete the eighth match of his suspension in their Saturday match against Plymouth Argyle. The paper claims that Cheltenham were initially told 'yes' and then almost immediately told 'no'. Their understanding now is that Storer's suspension will now run for nine matches, because they are unable to count the EFL Trophy match as one of his suspended games, and are not allowed to field him in any competition whilst he is suspended.

If that logic was applied to Bevis Mugabi, then he would be suspended immediately following his red card at the Keepmoat Stadium, and then would be unable to play for Yeovil Town until they have played their next League Two fixture against Blackpool on Saturday. In effect he would miss two matches, rather than one as he would also miss Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group match against Portsmouth.

It is of course possible that Storer's unusual circumstances mean that he is being treated differently to standard suspensions. However, the Football Association's website also details the suspension handed out to Mansfield Town's Danny Rose who was issued with a straight red card against Yeovil Town on Tuesday 16th August - an offence that carried an automatic three match ban. The FA have indicated that Rose's suspension runs from August 16th until September 3rd, during which time the Stags will have played Plymouth Argyle, Leyton Orient, Doncaster Rovers (in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday) and Cambridge United with the latter taking place on September 3rd. The FA describe this as a three match suspension, despite Mansfield being due to play four games during that period. This backs up the Gloucester Echo's reporting of Storer's situation whose eight match suspension is also listed on their website in similar terms.

To confuse the issue further, both the Football Association and Football League rules then contradict the FA's own Suspension dates and the Gloucester Echo reports. The FA's rulebook for the 2016-17 Season states that First Team Competitive Matches cover "matches in the following competitions: FA Challenge Cup, FA Challenge Trophy, FA Premier League, Football League, Football League Cup, Football League Trophy, the National League and The FA WSL." Meanwhile the Football League's own rules published for the EFL Trophy back this up by stating: "the Competition is a 'First Team Competitive Match' for the purposes of the Football Associations Regulations for Disciplinary Procedures."

As yet, the FA's website has not caught up on this weekend's red cards, and due to the Bank Holiday may not do so until Tuesday morning. However, once details are available Mugabi's situation should be treated in the same way as other League One and League Two weekend dismissals which include Rochdale's Callum Camps (two yellow cards, one game), Blackpool's Jack Payne (professional foul, one game), Scunthorpe United's Jordan Clarke (two yellow cards, one game), Accrington Stanley's Mark Hughes (serious foul play, three games) and Hartlepool United's Toto Nsiala (professional foul, one game).

If it does turn out to be an effective two match ban, the misfortune is added to when it's considered that manager Darren Way strongly implied in his post-match interview that he had cajoled Bevis Mugabi into staying in England, rather than taking up an international call-up for Uganda over the coming week or so. If his suspension does cover two matches, then it will precisely cover the period of time that he would have spent away on duty for his country.

We'll confirm whether the suspension covers a one or two match period once the FA's website is updated.


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28 August 2016 : Video : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 4-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, these are now available online. As well as the five goals scored during the match, which included the first goal scored by Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges, you can view the incident that saw Bevis Mugabi get his marching orders for two bookable offences. Watch the two minutes worth of highlights via the video clip below.




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27 August 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Doncaster Rovers Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the overall team performance, the red card issued to Bevis Mugabi and his international call-up with Uganda. He also gives an update on Ryan Dickson's injury. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Doncaster Rovers Away Game.


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27 August 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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27 August 2016 : Way Slams Mugabi's Lack Of Discipline As 'Critical Incident' Sees Glovers Defeated
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way described the red card dished out to defender Bevis Mugabi as a 'critical incident' in the 4-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium today. The former Southampton player was dismissed for two bookable offences, in the 76th minute of the match, whilst the Glovers were 2-1 down, and Way was brutal in his post-match words as he suggested the Ugandan had 'let the football club down through a lack of discipline'.

Two late goals from former Glover Andy Williams gave Donny an emphatic victory, and Way suggested that Mugabi's international call-up to the Uganda national side may have been preying on his mind, saying that the player needed to learn and grow up from the incident:

"The sending-off was a key moment and a critical incident, as I think the boys were always in that game. I thought that at stages, I'd talked to Bevis before the game to check that he was mentally okay with being called up for Uganda. I keep talking about players where life can get in the way sometimes. He's had a lot on his mind, where does he go or does he not go (to Uganda). It is disappointing and Bevis Mugabi has apologised because that completely changed the dynamics of the game. I was disappointed with the first yellow card and very frustrated, as the referee did not need to give that. He's won the ball and he's gone to play quick, and the next thing is they've stopped play and he's got involved in a tussle. But he has to learn and he has to grow up, and grow up quick."

The tone of the game was set when Williams netted the first of his three goals within a minute of the game kicking off, as Doncaster immediately forced a corner from which they scored. Way believed that an unnamed defender had failed to pick up either Donny centre-back Andy Butler or the eventual goalscorer in Williams as part of the set piece move. He said that the players had dealt with a lot of distractions this week but wanted them to focus more in such situations:

"That was another player not taking responsibility with marking in the box when he got given someone to mark. So I'm learning from this group every week. as there's been a lot of distractions in the build up to this game. Having said that, the players have got to be strong enough now. I think that psychologically it was a big game and I tried to explain that to the players, only because of what people perceive you as. I think they've worked hard up until today. But people will perceive that you are a relegation team. It's important that I support them as the manager, to ensure that we come back strong now against Blackpool at home."

As for Mugabi, the expectation is that he will serve his one match suspension during Tuesday night's EFL Trophy match against Portsmouth. He had been expected to be away on international duty for that match and Saturday's home game against Blackpool, but Way said that his understanding was that the player would be remaining in England across those two fixtures, and would not head overseas, but said that was a decision that had been taken before today's match:

"I think he has already made the decision. If not he would have had to have made travel arrangements. He'll have to think long and hard to himself that this football club has allowed him an opportunity to be able to play, and I don't expect players to let other players or myself down, or the football club down by a lack of discipline. As it stands at the moment (he is not travelling to Uganda), nothing suggests any different, to where it was before the game."

As yet there's no word from the Uganda end of things, with their press yesterday still reporting that they expected Mugabi to travel for the pair of international fixtures.


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27 August 2016 : Doncaster 4 Yeovil 1 : Williams Nets Hat-Trick Against Former Club
Yeovil Town crashed to a 4-1 defeat against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium this afternoon. In a match that saw former Glovers striker Andy Williams grab a hat-trick, the Glovers were in problems just 27 seconds into the match when he opened the scoring in the first move of the game. Two quickfire goals from James Coppinger and Ryan Hedges swung the game one way and then the other, but a red card for Bevis Mugabi after he picked up two bookings meant that the home side got the upper hand again, and they capitalised with two late Williams goals to give him the match ball and slide Yeovil down into 21st place.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged side from the team that started against Everton on Tuesday night. However, two new signings and one international clearance meant that they could bolster their substitutes bench with Izale McLeod, Ben Whitfield and Kyle Copp all able to land on the teamsheet. Ollie Bassett was the only fit player to miss out, with all other absentees still injured with Ryan Dickson, Francois Zoko, Alex Lacey, Josh Ezewele and Darren Ward all missing. Former Glover Craig Alcock was also absent for the opposition with an ankle injury, but a second player in Andy Williams started up front with John Marquis as Donny's pair of strikers.

Always concentrate from the start of the match, they say. That clearly hadn't been heeded, as Doncaster took kick-off and within a matter of seconds had forced a corner as Nathan Smith was forced to clear. In came the corner kick from James Coppinger, defender Andy Butler headed the ball across the area, and Andy Williams pounced, just 27 seconds into the match. 1-0 and numerous people had barely sat down in their seats.

That early goal seemed to galvanise Doncaster as they threaten to score a couple of times directly after that opener. Andy Williams fed John Marquis, but his shot was saved by Artur Krysiak. Then Andy Butler put a header wide from a James Coppinger free kick. Krysiak had to be alert as he saved again from Marquis, after a Bevis Mugabi clearance had been intercepted by Williams, setting his strike partner free.

Yeovil struggled badly to get into the game until around the half hour mark. Although their approach play was decent enough, putting players into a shooting position was proving difficult, but they did at least finish the half in a more composed fashion, as Tom Eaves got in the club's first shot of the game, before putting a header wide. A Matt Butcher attempt then went well over the bar, but at least in an environment that ended the half with the Glovers giving Doncaster something more serious to think about. A Ryan Hedges shot from the edge of the box was smothered by home keeper Marko Marosi, before another Eaves effort on the angle forced Marosi to block at his near post. Some of these chances weren't necessarily compelling, but they at least showed some promise from the slow start.

Ten minutes into the second period though, Doncaster forged further ahead. They'd already reestablished their authority when Artur Krysiak had to make a flying save from a John Marquis header where he picked out a James Coppinger cross. However, when Donny won a free kick following a foul by Kevin Dawson, a flowing move set up Tommy Rowe and his cross into the box found Coppinger whose 15 yard finish was confidently taken. 2-0 down.

Izale McLeod was immediately introduced as a substitute for the Glovers, replacing Tom Eaves, and although he didn't have a lot to do with what followed 30 seconds after he got onto the pitch, Yeovil immediately pulled a goal back. A defensive blunder by Doncaster's Matty Blair saw his attempt at a back header let Ryan Hedges grab possession, and he moved confidently through, finishing well to give the Glovers a goal back at 2-1 and a foothold back in the game which for 60 seconds it looked as though they'd lost.

Then came two of the more significant moments of the game that didn't involve goals. Separated by ten minutes, Bevis Mugabi was booked for being involved in the aftermath of a spot of handbags on the pitch which started when James Coppinger went in late on the defender. Initially play seemed to go on, but then a bit of push'n'shoving broke out that saw both players booked, with many of Donny's players having spent much of the game trying to provoke incidents like this or influene rookie referee Michael Salisbury, who didn't always have a grip on the situation. Then in the 76th minute, Andy Williams managed to get goal side of Mugabi in a Doncaster attack, and the former Southampton academy defender hauled him back. In this case, it probably was a booking, and with the first yellow already produced, Mugabi was off.

The defence reorganised itself, with Kevin Dawson dropping into the right-back role, as Liam Shephard switched cross to the other side. Yeovil did have a mini-flurry, as the ten men battled for an equaliser, with Izale McLeod and Matt Butcher putting chances wide. But in the final ten minutes, Doncaster began to pick some wide open spaces, and with eight minutes left, Andy Williams got his second. Set up by James Coppinger, the pass into the box gave him a simple ten yard finish against a stretched Yeovil defence. Then in the 90th minute, Andy Williams picked up the match ball to take home with him as he headed home at the near post for a 4-1 scoreline and a rather disappointing result. The size of the defeat will doubtless lie in the man disadvantage the Glovers had in the closing stages. However, defensively they experienced problems even with eleven men on the pitch, with the home side deserving their win from that point of view.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Doncaster Rovers 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Andy Williams (1-0, 1 min), James Coppinger (2-0, 54 mins), Ryan Hedges (2-1, 55 mins), Andy Williams (3-1, 82 mins), Andy Williams (4-1, 90 mins)

Doncaster Rovers:
13. Marko Marosi
12. Mitchell Lund 15. Joe Wright 6. Andy Butler 27. Cedric Evina
16. Jordan Houghton 17. Matty Blair 10. Tommy Rowe 26. James Coppinger
9. John Marquis 11. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
23. Alfie Beestin 1. Ross Etheridge 8. Riccardo Calder 14. Harry Middleton (55 mins for Mitchell Lund) 19. Liam Mandeville (85 mins for James Coppinger) 21. Joseph Pugh 29. Reece Fielding

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi 18. Izale McLeod (54 mins for Tom Eaves 19. Tahvon Campbell (61 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Joe Lea 28. Ben Whitfield (75 mins for Ryan Hedges).

Doncaster Bookings: James Coppinger (66 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (55 mins, foul), Bevis Mugabi (67 mins, retaliation), Matt Dolan (84 mins, foul). Red Card: Bevis Mugabi (76 mins, second bookable offence)

Doncaster Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). Fourth Official: Michael Denton (Lancashire).

Attendance: 4,686 (with 167 Yeovil supporters).


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27 August 2016 : Team News For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's match, compared with the Tuesday night match against Everton.

Kyle Copp has now obtained his international clearance, and sits on the bench alongside new signings Izale McLeod and Ben Whitfield. Absentees this afternoon include Darren Ward (knee), Josh Ezewele (knee), Ryan Dickson (ankle), Francois Zoko (hip flexor) and Alex Lacey (broken arm). Youth team graduate Ollie Bassett is the one player to sit out the match whilst fit.

Zoko is expected to be out with his hip problems for around three or four weeks, having had his attempt at a comeback last weekend aborted by the time we reached midweek - he's only made on substitute appearance this season, including pre-season. Meanwhile Ward, who has also just had one substitute appearance during 2016-17, is expected to start training again next week - something that may be significant given that Bevis Mugabi will be out for the next two fixtures on international duty, with Ryan Hedges and Ollie Bassett also due to be missing at least one game next weekend. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi 18. Izale McLeod 19. Tahvon Campbell 20. Joe Lea 28. Ben Whitfield.

Doncaster Rovers:
13. Marko Marosi
12. Mitchell Lund 15. Joe Wright 6. Andy Butler 27. Cedric Evina
16. Jordan Houghton 17. Matty Blair 10. Tommy Rowe 26. James Coppinger
9. John Marquis 11. Andy Williams

Substitutes:
23. Alfie Beestin 1. Ross Etheridge 8. Riccardo Calder 14. Harry Middleton 19. Liam Mandeville 21. Joseph Pugh 29. Reece Fielding

This is Yeovil Town's fifth game on the road in the month of August and comes five days after a long trip to Everton in the EFL Cup. With eight matches during the calendar month, players will inevitably be finding the going tough and manager Darren Way has said they have had to focus significantly on player recovery ahead of the Doncaster game:

"We've just tried to focus upon the recovery. We've tried to do everything within our powers as a football club, like ice baths and making sure that they eat the right food at the right time. So we make sure that they are well conditioned and that every player is going to turn up on the Saturday, and that we make sure that they've got their legs."

Doncaster's manager is former Peterborough United and Preston North End manager Darren Ferguson, who is the son of former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. Darren says that he has met him a couple of times so far, despite this being the first occasion that they'll come up against each other as front line managers:

"We've come across each other at meetings, when we go away on the (Football Association coaching) courses. We had a manager's meeting recently outlining all of the rules and regulations for the season. So I've sat down with him amd talked to him. I explained to him that I was very thankful with the way his dad supported me when I took over. We get on great, but he'll be looking for three points just as much as I will."


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27 August 2016 : Dawson Reaches Three Figure Milestone For Yeovil Town
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson reached an important milestone in his Glovers career. The Irishman played his 100th appearance for the club in the EFL Cup Second Round match against Everton - not a bad match to reach three figures. In terms of continuity, Kevin is the club's longest serving player, having been brought in from Republic of Ireland side Shelbourne at the start of the January 2013 transfer window.

Whilst he's been a regular in the Glovers first team starting line-up when fit and available, the length of time it's taken him to reach 100 appearances lies in the rather hellish 2015 calendar year that saw him go one year and fifteen days without making an appearance, due to a mix of hip, pelvis and groin problems. He returned into the fold during mid January 2016, and made a limited number of appearances during the second half of the 2015-16 season. For the current campaign, he's so far started in every match so far, getting in complete games in all bar two of those, suggesting he is over the worst.

Barring any disasters, Kevin should be in the starting line-up for this afternoon's match against Doncaster Rovers for what would be his 101st appearance for the club. He's been to the Keepmoat Stadium twice during his Yeovil Town career and is a side that he knows well:

"Obviously I've played against them a few times before, and I've played against them away as well. They're a good team. They'll be solid and compact and there will be a decent crowd there, so I'm looking forward to the game. I think personally we will just play our own game. When we play in the formation that we have for most of the season and pre-season, we've shown that we're a match for anyone. If we go there on the day and keep doing what we're doing then I think we'll get a result."

Link: Kevin Dawson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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27 August 2016 : Morecambe Crowd Hits A Saturday Low
Last Saturday's attendance for the League Two fixture against Morecambe set an unwanted record for Yeovil Town. The 2,937 spectators that were declared for the match against the Shrimps represented the lowest Saturday attendance since the club entered the Football League. It was also the club's second lowest attendance for a home league fixture since that same 2003 promotion.

The last time the club carried a Saturday home league crowd that was lower than last weekend's attendance was for the April 27th 2002 home match against Dover Athletic when 2,852 showed up in what was a dead rubber fixture, with the top of the Conference being contested by the since-disgraced Boston United side and runners up Dagenham and Redbridge. At that time, the Glovers were preparing for the FA Trophy Final, with them ultimately finishing 14 points behind in third place behind the front pair.

The distinction between Saturday fixtures and Tuesday night fixtures is an important one, given that the Glovers tend to suffer their lowest crowds of each season during midweek matches, with transport links, and working and family commitments impacting upon fans' ability to get to games, as well as the inevitable temptation of midweek Sky Sports televised matches. Statistical data from last season showed across the league an 8-9 percent drop in crowds for night games. In the table below, half of the club's lowest ten Football League attendances have occurred on a Tuesday night despite them having only taking place across a small handful of occasions across the league.

The lowest ten Football League crowds at Huish Park (with midweek fixtures annotated) are as follows:

06.11.2012 : 2,900 : L1 vs Stevenage (Tuesday night, adjacent home fixture)
20.08.2016 : 2,937 : L2 vs Morecambe
20.10.2015 : 2,954 : L2 vs Mansfield Town (Tuesday night, adjacent home fixture)
24.11.2015 : 2,963 : L2 vs Wycombe Wanderers (Tuesday night)
06.10.2012 : 3,002 : L1 vs Colchester United (adjacent home fixture)
05.09.2015 : 3,024 : L2 vs Morecambe (adjacent home fixture)
26.09.2015 : 3,078 : L2 vs Hartlepool United
25.10.2011 : 3,121 : L1 vs Leyton Orient (Tuesday night, adjacent home fixture)
01.10.2011 : 3,127 : L1 vs Bury
13.09.2011 : 3,134 : L1 vs Wycombe Wanderers (Tuesday night, adjacent home fixture)

The fact that Morecambe were the visitors for last Saturday's fixture is clearly a large factor - last season's fixture between the two clubs saw 3,024 turning up with 104 of them coming down from Lancashire - on Saturday 50 away supporters travelled, meaning that the drop in home fans was just 33 compared with last season. However, it is unusual for crowds at this stage of the season to drop so low - as per the above table the low point tends to be during the Autumn school term period between mid-September and mid-November, where perhaps the novelty of a new season has worn off, but before the second half of the season tends to provoke promotion/relegation six-pointers.

The other factor that can strongly affect low home crowds comes when Yeovil Town have two home fixtures in quick succession. Faced with the cost (and time commitment) of attending two home fixtures in around three or four days, many fans have to compromise and so one of the games gets dropped - where one of those matches is a midweeker, or where another match presents bigger opposition, such as Portsmouth, inevitably one of the pair suffers and it's no surprise to find that six of the above ten lowest gates came on occasions when the fixture list threw up a pair of home fixtures across a Saturday-Tuesday or Tuesday-Saturday period. In the case of the Morecambe fixture that isn't the case with the Glovers only having two home league fixtures across the whole of August, separated by a fortnight on either side.


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26 August 2016 : Officials For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Doncaster Rovers and Yeovil Town have been chosen by the Football League. The match takes place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 27th August 2016 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Michael Salisbury (Lancashire).

Those who have followed the 2016-17 season so far will note that aside from Tuesday night's EFL Cup Second Round tie against Premier League side Everton, the Glovers appear to be the guinea pigs for the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMO, aka the Referees' Association). So far this season, we've been given four referees who have been in their first year as a Football League referee, plus another who was in his second year at that level.

Hence it's little surprise to find that for our trip to Doncaster Rovers, we are going to get our fifth 'first year' referee. Once again, he's an official who has been pushed through the system quickly - he only became a National League referee twelve months previously. If the surname Salisbury seems familiar, then his father is Graham Salisbury who we've had on many an occasion, so hopefully his father's experience will rub off.

So far Salisbury Jr has taken charge of three matches - all at League Two level. He has produced a fairly modest seven yellow cards and zero dismissals.

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). The Fourth Official will be Michael Denton (Lancashire).


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26 August 2016 : Duffy Makes Seagulls Switch After Blackburn Spell Ends
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy has headed south today after leaving Blackburn Rovers. The 24 year old has signed a four year contract with Brighton and Hove Albion after cutting short what had been a rather tempestuous start to his 2016-17 season at Ewood Park. Three own goals, a red card and the decision to turn down a contract offer with Rovers gave him a hellish August, although matters did improve on Tuesday night when he headed the winner for Blackburn in their 4-3 League Cup victory against Crewe Alexandra - at least meaning that his final match in Lancashire was a positive one.

Once Duffy had made the decision to turn down his new contract offer with Blackburn, they had to consider cashing in on him given that he was in the final year of the contract he signed back in September 2014 when he left Everton. After Brighton made two unsuccessful bids to sign him, they got third time lucky and have now grabbed him on a club record fee.

Exactly what that fee was isn't being disclosed, except to say that it broke Albion's previous transfer fee record which stood at £2.5 million for their signing of Craig Mackail-Smith. The national press pitched Duffy's transfer fee as in the region of £4 million or £4.5 million. The Brighton Argus disagrees and says they've been told that this is over-inflated and that the actual figure is "considerably lower" than the nationals are claiming. Brighton Manager Chris Hughton says Duffy has been a long term target:

"I'm delighted that our perseverance has finally paid off and we've completed the signing of Shane. He's an excellent addition for us. He has a lot of experience for his age, having played in the Premier League, Championship, Europa League and international football for Ireland. He's a very good defender and now gives me four quality, senior options for the two central defensive positions."


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26 August 2016 : Darren Way Reflects On The Two Thousand Mile Month
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has highlighted the amount of mileage his side have been clocking up during the first month of the 2016-17 season, but believes the end goal will be worth the long hours on the road. The Glovers have had a rather busy August, and will play their seventh match on the weekend by travelling to Doncaster Rovers for a League Two fixture, before polishing off that month with an EFL Trophy Group match against Portsmouth at Huish Park.

That will see the club complete five away fixtures, including two lengthy away matches in the EFL Cup at Walsall and Everton, meaning some very late nights for players and supporters. Way told BBC Somerset that meant that they were having to do a lot of their work whilst on the road, rather than on the Huish Park training ground:

"I think we've worked out that over the total month, within nine games that it could be 1,500 miles. So there's been a lot of work that's gone into being sat on a coach. But having said that, that's part and parcel of the job. They know that when you sign up to be a footballer and you play for Yeovil Town, then you get used to travelling, and they've still got to perform as well. So it was a great occasion (at Everton) and an experience that will be with them for the rest of their life. So by being on that coach and getting in at five o'clock in the morning, it's certainly worth it."

Way's estimate of 1,500 miles actually does not include tomorrow's trip to Doncaster. Once the mileage to Luton Town (148), Walsall (155), Mansfield Town (215), Everton (242) and Doncaster Rovers (244) is totted up as a round trip, any fans or players going to all five fixtures from Yeovil will have travelled 2008 miles, not allowing for the inevitable extras that hotel stopovers and roadwork diversions add on to that total.

Results have so far given the Glovers two wins, one draw and three defeats, albeit with one of those losses coming against a Premier League side in Everton. However, with the club currently in 16th place in the early League Two table, Way would like to see a few more wins on the board. He is largely happy with the performances though:

"We know our performance is not that far off. But having said that, this time last year when we had one or two results where it was 1-0 the other way, we've got to make sure that we turn that around, and that we come out as winners. We've talked to the players today about psychologically what it means to go to Doncaster and get three points, because it then gives the impression that it's been a fantastic start to the season."

Yeovil Town will travel to Doncaster with three extra players available to select from. Whilst the signings of Izale McLeod (see here) and Ben Whitfield (see here) had a higher profile, the other player who will get the opportunity to head to Yorkshire knowing that he could be on the teamsheet is Kyle Copp, whose international clearance came through this week. Having travelled to the likes of Luton Town and Everton in recent weeks with the first team squad merely as a guest of the club, Kyle will now be a fully registered player and Way is pleased to have that settled:

"It's good. Kyle has been around here for a while. It seems like he's been here forever. But to get the clearance through I think means a lot for the player, because he wants to get started and he's a good player with good ability. So it will be nice to get him up and running."

For those travelling to tomorrow's match, the Ciderspace guide, plus ticketing and travel information are linked below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Doncaster Rovers.


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26 August 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to the Keepmoat Stadium, where we will face the familiar sight of Doncaster Rovers. Whilst we're sure that most of those travelling must have been to Donny before, the Ciderspace guide gives you directions, parking, a pub guide, statistics and other such stuff all on one handy page. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Doncaster Rovers.

The main front to the Keepmoat Stadium
The main front to the Keepmoat Stadium.
Photo © 2013 Ciderspace



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25 August 2016 : Whitfield Signed Up By Glovers On Loan
Yeovil Town have made their fourteenth signing of the 2016-17 season. They have taken midfielder Ben Whitfield on loan from Premier League side AFC Bournemouth, giving them giving them their fifth loanee in their current squad. The 20 year old has agreed a six month loan with the Glovers that will keep him at Huish Park until January 2017.

Ben was born on February 28th 1996 in Bingley and has been working his way through Bournemouth's academy system, having signed for them from Guiseley in January 2014. He was picked up by the Cherries after he broke into Guiseley's first team from the age of 16 years old, whilst also playing for their Under-18s side. He also played more junior age youth football for Bradford City and West Yorkshire side Silsden before making the move to Guiseley. He has some first team experience with another non-league side in Kidderminster Harriers. The loan deal was a fairly fruitful experience with him managing 29 appearances, scoring six goals across two spells during the 2015-16 season. He is under contract at Dean Court until the summer of 2017. He has yet to play for Bournemouth's first team.

Whitfield will now pair up with his Cherries Under-21 teammate Matt Butcher who is also on loan at Huish Park. The club's other loanees are West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell and Swansea City pair Liam Shephard and Ryan Hedges. The maximum number of loan players that can be listed on a teamsheet on any given matchday is five, meaning that in practical terms this should represent the club's final loan signing. If they do choose to take on any further loanees, then the 'sixth loan' would have to sit in the stands for each game. Whilst that might be acceptable for a couple of matches, it would be a surprise if Darren Way was prepared to have that situation on his hands for a half season period.


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25 August 2016 : McLeod Signed Up By Yeovil Town After Magpies Release
Yeovil Town have made their thirteenth signing of the 2016-17 season. The Glovers have brought in Izale McLeod today on a free transfer. He has signed a contract until the end of this season. McLeod had his contract with Notts County terminated by mutual consent today, and so joins the club as a free agent.

The 31 year old (born October 15th 1984, in Perry Barr, Birmingham) has been a regular on the Glovers rumourmill over the years, having had a long career at Football League level that has taken in Portsmouth, Barnet, Milton Keynes Dons and Crawley Town. He had not featured for the Magpies so far this season, despite making 41 appearances last season, scoring ten goals. Manager Darren Way has said he's a player he's had his eye on for a while now:

"He's a player I've kept my eyes on for a number of years, I remember he completely dominated a game against us one year where he had one chance and scored. Izale's a goal scorer with a wealth of experience who is going to add to our squad and he's got fantastic ability which will drive the other players on."

He started his career with Derby County, rising through the youth ranks and making his debut at the age of just 17 years old, in September 2002. There he made 41 appearances, scoring four goals, plus a seven game loan spell with Sheffield United. After two years as a professional, that led to a move to Milton Keynes Dons which put his name into the limelight when he netted 60 times in 135 appearances, across four seasons, including 24 scored during his final 2006-07 season with them.

That led to Charlton Athletic taking interest as he moved into the Championship for a fee of £1.1 million. His move there didn't quite work out for him, as he managed just 39 appearances and four goals across a three year period, getting farmed out on loan to Colchester United (2 appearances), Millwall (8 appearances, 2 goals) and Peterborough United (4 appearances).

Dropping back down to lower divisions turned out to be the decision that reignited McLeod's career. In the summer of 2010, his contract with Charlton was cancelled and he joined Barnet on a one year deal. Despite them being a struggling side, he scored netted 36 times in 86 appearances across a two year period. Once again, bigger clubs came calling and after two years with the Bees, he signed for Portsmouth where he scored 11 goals in 27 appearances, before moving back to Milton Keynes Dons (53 appearances, 11 goals).

More recently, McLeod signed briefly for Northampton Town (4 appearances, 1 goal) as a loan arrangement but then spent the 2014-15 season with Crawley Town where he managed another healthy haul, scoring 21 goals in 47 appearances. Last season he was with Notts County where he made 41 appearances scoring 10 goals, but seemed to have dropped out of their plans over the summer, and had not been used so far this season.

McLeod has picked up three major player awards, being named the Football League's League Two Player of the Year for 2006-07 whilst he also made it into the PFA's Team of the Year for the same season, following that up with a second nomination during 2011-12. He will wear the No.18 shirt during his time at Huish Park.


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25 August 2016 : International Boss Advised Mugabi To Make Summer Switch
Uganda Head Coach Micho Sredojevic has said that he recommended that Bevis Mugabi moved clubs over the summer, if he was to realise his chances of playing international football. The 21 year old was a summer signing from Southampton after spending the whole of the pre-season period training with the club, and the initial impression had been that the defender was a candidate for a loan move, given that he was under contract at St Mary's Stadium until the summer of 2017, but when his contract at Huish Park was drawn up, it was a one year contract on a permanent basis that he agreed, thus ending his stay with the Saints.

Sredojevic this week called up Mugabi for a pair of Uganda international matches against Kenya and Comoros and it appears that the Serbian had spoken to Mugabi earlier in the year, suggesting that getting first team football experience would be better for him rather than sitting in Southampton's Under-21 side. Sredojevic said he had watched him play this season and was impressed by some 'stellar' performances:

"I advised him (Mugabi) to move from Southampton and find playing time if he was to realise his dream of playing for Uganda. I have been following his stellar performances at Yeovil this season and I think he is ripe to play for the (Uganda) Cranes."

Although Mugabi was brought into the club with his abilities as a centre-back in mind, it seems that Uganda have been particularly interested in his switch to a right-back role - something that he did several times for the Southampton Academy sides. They have a current issue in that their established full-back Denis Guma is suspended for the next AFCON 2017 qualifier, meaning that Mugabi could be an easy fit into his country's side to cover for Guma's exclusion.

Mugabi is one of three Yeovil Town players who are expected to be on international duty after the Bank Holiday weekend. As reported yesterday, Ryan Hedges is on Wales Under-21 duty, whilst youth team graduate Ollie Bassett has been called up to a Northern Ireland Under-19 training camp. All three would be absent for the Blackpool fixture on September 3rd, with the expectation that some or all of them will have reported to their national squads at the point when the EFL Trophy tie against Portsmouth is due to be played.

Link: International Call-Up For Mugabi By Cranes For Pair Of Matches.

Link: Hedges Given Welsh International Call-Up.

Link: Bassett Given International Training Camp Call-Up.


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25 August 2016 : Darren Talks About Everton Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Everton kicked off at Goodison Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the experience of playing at a Premier League ground, as well as briefly touching on the availability of Francois Zoko and Ryan Dickson.

NB: It is a very short interview - that is all that was broadcast on the night.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Everton.


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25 August 2016 : Roberts Makes Gas Loan Switch
Former Yeovil Town loanee Connor Roberts has signed a loan agreement with League One side Bristol Rovers. The Swansea City right-back will move to the Memorial Stadium on a six month agreement, thus moving up one division higher than he played during the 2015-16 campaign. Having been a near ever-present for the Glovers last season - he missed one game due to an international call-up - Roberts was always expected to head up at least one level to test his development at a higher tier. Rovers boss Darrell Clarke has said of the deal:

"I would like to welcome Connor to the club and wish him a successful time with us. Connor was a regular in Yeovilís League Two side last season and can play on the right or left, as a full back or wing back, and will provide competition to Daniel Leadbitter and Lee Brown for either of those places."

The Glovers are fairly well stocked in the right-back position, and so they weren't expected to move again for Roberts. His Swansea City team-mate Liam Shephard yesterday committed to spending the whole of the 2016-17 season at Huish Park, whilst former West Bromwich Albion player Josh Ezewele should provide back-up once he is fit to play. Former Southampton defender Bevis Mugabi has also played at right-back this season for the Glovers, having played there several times for the Saints academy teams.

Link: Connor Roberts : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 August 2016 : Video : Everton vs Yeovil Town EFL Cup Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park, these are now available online. As well as the four goals scored by the home side, they also show one of Yeovil's best efforts, as Matt Butcher fired narrowly over the bar whilst the game was goalless. Watch that via the clip below.




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24 August 2016 : Everton 4 Yeovil 0 : Late Kone Double Stops Valiant Glovers
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten on Tuesday night against Premier League side Everton as the three tier gap between the two sides became apparent in a 4-0 defeat. The Glovers were competitive in the way they closed down their opponents, but struggled to test Toffees keeper Maarten Stekelenburg throughout the evening, going behind to a first half Aaron Lennon angled shot from inside the box. The Glovers' resolution held up to around the point at which Ross Barkley's free kick in the 69th minute crept in at the near post. That was the cue for a bit of showboating by the home side as they dominated possession in the closing stages, with two goals from substitute Arouna Kone giving the Toffees a route into the Third Round.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up. Despite Darren Way's protestations on Saturday that Ryan Dickson hadn't been taken off against Morecambe due to an ankle injury, there was always a suspicion that had caused his withdrawal from the team. That proved to be the case when he dropped off the teamsheet - thankfully Liam Shephard had recovered from his Achilles injury, although that still meant a shuffle across the back four, with Nathan Smith taking his more traditional left-back role. On the bench, Francois Zoko was also missing, with presumably some sort of a recurring problem with his ongoing hip flexor issues.

The match opened in a frenetic end-to-end manner, with Romelu Lukaku firing over the bar. At the other end, Otis Khan broke through but couldn't quite get his shot away from deep inside the box, with an Everton defender snuffing out the sort of chance that a lower league defender probably wouldn't have been wise to. Matt Butcher and Bevis Mugabi shot wide, whilst Tom Eaves headed over the bar - in truth none of the efforts had Everton too worried, although Butcher's was notable for the way that he turned his marker with a fair bit of skill. At the other end, Liam Shephard had to be alert as he cleared the ball off his own goal line from Lukaku.

Whilst that period of the game had been relatively even, Everton did give the impression that they could be clinical if they were given enough chances, and 28 minutes into the match they grabbed the lead. Lukaku threaded the ball down the flank to James McCarthy, putting him behind the Glovers back line, and when he pulled the ball back to Aaron Lennon who fired home an angled shot for a 1-0 lead. That was the cue for the home side to finish the half strongly. They had penalty appeals waved away when Yannick Bolasie went down inside the box beyond a challenge from Bevis Mugabi - referee Christopher Kavanagh called it correctly with the former Crystal Palace player having chosen to fall beyond the tackle. A number of corners closed the half, with Artur Krysiak under pressure on a number of occasions - notably when he mis-punched a ball in the direction of his own net, but thankfully the ball was cleared. A Mason Holgate header cleared the bar from another set piece.

Yeovil opened the second period with a Matt Dolan free kick going comfortably wide. Rather closer was a shot from Everton full-back Bryan Oviedo which rippled the netting, but on the wrong side, creating an illusion for those sat on the opposite side of the stadium that had Toffees fans on their feet briefly thinking they'd scored. The killer goal came with 21 minutes remaining when Toffees captain Ross Barkley perhaps surprised Artur Krysiak by firing home a free kick at the near post from what was a fairly narrow angle. 2-0 and that was going to give a mountain to climb.

Not that you would have known it from the noisy 903 fans in the away supporters section. They belted out every chant they could as if they were the club that had the two goal advantage, whilst the Everton fans were curiously muted, apart from when their side stuck a dangerous ball into the box. The Toffees probably weren't really being helped by some hopelessly wayward shooting. Yannick Bolasie, Romelu Lukaku and Mason Holgate all spurned marvellous chances to extend the lead as Yeovil spent much of the half on the back foot.

It wasn't until both clubs made a series of substitutions that Everton finally put the game out of sight though. One of those brought on was Arouna Kone and he needed just four minutes to make his mark. He went on a weaving run from the left flank, leaving Matt Butcher backing off a bit too much, and when he got sight of the edge of the box, he let fly with an extremely well taken solo goal. Arouna Kone then took advantage a second time in the final minute of the match, as the Yeovil defenders failed to clear an aerial ball from Tom Cleverley. As the ball bounced deep inside the box, Kone pounced and then showed some clever feet to give himself some room to control the ball, put it onto his favoured foot, and then fire home from close range. Game most definitely over.

At 4-0 down, you could have forgiven the Yeovil Town supporters if they'd headed out of the stadium on the final whistle. However, whilst the final 20 minutes did turn into a bit of Everton showboating, the first 70 minutes of the match were most definitely competitive, and the away fans all stayed behind to applaud the players, with Everton also showing a nice touch by putting 'Yeovil True' over the tannoy, played in full whilst both fans and players were applauding each other. There'd been a significant gap between the two clubs by the time of the 90 minutes by the end, but in terms of the appreciation handed out to the players at the end, it most certainly didn't feel like a 4-0 scoreline.

Final Score: Everton 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Aaron Lennon (28 mins, 1-0), Ross Barkley (69 mins, 2-0), Arouna Kone (83 mins, 3-0), Arouna Kone (90 mins, 4-0)

Everton:
22. Maarten Stekelenburg
12. Aaron Lennon 30. Mason Holgate 5. Ashley Williams 25. Ramiro Funes Mori 20. Bryan Oviedo
17. Idrissa Gueye 8. Ross Barkley 16. James McCarthy
14. Yannick Bolasie 10. Romelu Lukaku

Substitutes:
1. Joel 3. Leighton Baines 4. Darron Gibson (66 mins for James McCarthy) 6. Phil Jagielka 9. Arouna Kone (79 mins for Ross Barkley) 11. Kevin Mirallas 15. Tom Cleverley (66 mines for Mason Holgate)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell (63 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Joe Lea (76 mins for Kevin Dawson) 22. Ollie Bassett

Everton Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 60 mins)

Everton Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 11; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire). Assistants: Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire) and James Mainwaring (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

Attendance: 24,617 (with 903 Yeovil supporters).


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24 August 2016 : Copp Given Lawful Authority To Play
Former Swansea City midfielder Kyle Copp has finally completed his registration with Yeovil Town. The move has been on hold, pending international clearance, having agreed terms with the club ten days ago, but needing to send papers through the Wales FA. Having travelled with the first team squad to Luton Town and last night's match at Everton but without being able to be named on the teamsheet, he will now be able to travel to Doncaster Rovers knowing that manager Darren Way can select him. Copp has been registered with the club on a non-contract basis, and will wear the No.15 shirt during his time with the club.

A couple of other player moves around the country have strongly implied delays with the Wales FA this summer regarding international clearance. Former Glover Mark Beck had to wait two weeks for his registration with Darlington to get confirmed, after the Wales FA delayed his clearance - something that was necessary due to his loan spell with Wrexham last season. That delay meant he missed the start of the 2016-17 season with the Quakers, despite being signed on July 29th, well ahead of the opening weekend. Then one week ago, League Two side Accrington Stanley were given a suspended fine by the Football League for failing to push through Janoi Donacien's registration correctly - once again the Wales FA were involved, as Donacien had last played for Newport County, but Accrington played him during two matches whilst his international clearance was still outstanding.


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24 August 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Everton Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on his team's performance, the debut for former Southampton midfielder Joe Lea and the travelling 903 supporters, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Everton Away Game.


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24 August 2016 : Hedges Given Welsh International Call-Up
Yeovil Town winger/forward Ryan Hedges has been given an international call-up. The Swansea City loanee has been selected by the Wales Under-21 squad that will play Denmark in a match staged at Wrexham's Racecourse Ground on Friday 2nd September, before moving down the road to Bangor where Luxembourg will be the visitors on Tuesday 6th September.

Both matches are Euro 2017 Qualifying matches, with Wales currently third in their group, and one point off Romania in second place. The match against Denmark is critical as they are the current group leaders. The schedule means that Hedges will miss the League Two home game against Blackpool, and from past experience would be likely to miss the EFL Trophy match against Portsmouth, with squad call-ups tending to take place early in that week.

Wales U21s: Billy O'Brien (Manchester City), Michael Crowe (Ipswich Town), Declan John (Cardiff City), Jordan Evans (Wrexham), Joseph Wright (Doncaster Rovers), Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers), Adam Henley (Blackburn Rovers), Gethin Jones (Everton), Dominic Smith (Shrewsbury Town), Dan James (Swansea City), Josh Sheehan (Swansea City, on loan at Newport County), Lee Evans (Wolves), Ryan Hedges (Swansea City, on loan at Yeovil Town), Tom O'Sullivan (Cardiff City), Wes Burns (Bristol City, on loan at Aberdeen), Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers), Harry Wilson (Liverpool).


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24 August 2016 : International Call-Up For Mugabi By Cranes For Pair Of Matches
Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi has been given an international call-up by Uganda. Head coach Micho Sredejovic, who hails from Serbia, has selected a 32 man squad for the team known as the Uganda Cranes, made up of four goalkeepers, ten defenders, ten midfielders and eight strikers for a pair of matches that will take place across the next international break.

The first match against Kenya will be used as a friendly fixture to allow the Head Coach to assess the large squad and to see who he can use for more competitive fixtures in the future. That will then be followed quickly by an AFCON 2017 Qualifier match against Comoros where Sredejovic is expected to use a slimmed down version of his squad, based on the outcome of the first friendly match.

Both matches will be staged at the Nelson Mandela National Stadium in Namboole. The friendly fixture against Kenya will take place on Tuesday 30th August 2016, with a 5.00p.m. kick-off, whilst the game against Comoros will take place on Sunday 4th September with a 5.00p.m. kick-off. Micho said of Mugabi's inclusion:

"Like other players abroad I have been following him closely for the last two years when he was at Southampton. The squad has 16 players who play out of the country and 16 domestic players. We are in a sensitive period where many players have been in transfers. The Kenya friendly is a bridge to the most important match against Comoros. Players who impress and prove that they are worthy will play in the Comoros game."

To our knowledge, this is the first time that Mugabi has had an international call-up although it was well known during his Southampton academy days that he was eligible to represent both England and Uganda. Based on the international fixture dates, the Uganda call-up would see him miss the EFL Trophy match against Portsmouth as well as the League Two home game against Blackpool.

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Salim Jamal Magoola (El Merriekh, Sudan), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA, Uganda), Ismail Watenga (Vipers, Uganda)

Defenders: Nicholas Wadada (Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Nsubuga (SC Villa, Uganda), Bevis Mugabi (Yeovil Town), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Al Shorta, Iraq), Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Timothy Denis Awanyi (KCCA, Uganda), Rashid ĎMertasackerí Toha (Onduparaka, Uganda), Halid Lwaliwa (Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Benson Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda), Godfrey ĎJajja Waluí Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya)

Midfielders: Khalid Aucho (Baroka, South Africa), Tonny Mawejje (Knattspyrnufelagio řrottur, Iceland), Geofrey ĎBabaí Kizito (Than Quảng Ninh, Vietnam), Moses Oloya (Kuban Kransndor, Russia), Kezironi Kizito (Vipers, Uganda), Ivan Ntege (KCCA, Uganda), William Luwagga Kizito (Rio Ave, Portgual), Vincent Kayizzi Walugembe (KCCA, Uganda), Abdulmalick Vitalis Tabu (Sports Club Villa Jogoo, Uganda)

Strikers: Geofrey Massa (Baroka, South Africa), Farouk Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium), Yunus Sentamu (FC Ilves, Finland), Emmanuel Arnold Okwi (Sonderjyske), Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA, Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda), Muhammed Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda), Erisa Ssekisambu (Vipers, Uganda)


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24 August 2016 : Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to play Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road are now on advance sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 17th September 2016, and admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Over-65s, Students, Unemployed, Armed Forces: £14.00; Under-18s: £5.00

Both Wheelchair users and Ambulant Disabled are not charged for entry and can take an assistant free of charge as well. Ambulant Disabled supporters must be on mid-higher rate of DLA. Wheelchair users need to call Leyton direct on 0871 310 1883.

Leyton Orient note that some seats have a restricted view but there is space to move about in the stand if necessary. Away supporters are allocated the East Stand Upper Area, via entrance C and D. The East Stand was the club's original main stand - now the oldest part of the ground, and is a side-on view to the pitch, with some pillars in the way. Their usual practice is to allocate up to 1,200 spaces for supporters across two blocks.

If you choose to purchase on the day of the game, the East Stand Ticket Office is situated in Brisbane Road. Note that admission prices on the day will increase by £2.00 for Adults, and by £1.00 for the concessionary rate. Under-18s ticket prices remain the same, regardless of when they are purchased.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Doncaster Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.

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

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


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24 August 2016 : Swansea City Duo Extend Loan Arrangements
Swansea City pair Liam Shephard and Ryan Hedges have extended their stay at Huish Park. The loan players will now stay at the club for the remainder of the 2016-17 season with both players having settled in as regulars within the Glovers first team line-up.

Shephard is currently in his third loan spell at Huish Park, and made his 29th appearance for the club in last night's EFL Cup Second Round tie against Everton. Hedges made his 6th appearance for the club last night, having started in every fixture so far this season. Manager Darren Way said of the decision to extend their deals:

"I think itís a fantastic move for both parties - Swansea and Yeovil - that both players have decided to extend their loan deals until the end of the season. It shows what direction this Football Club is going in. Both players have been great additions to Yeovil Town and Iím sure thatís only going to get stronger as the team keeps growing."

Link: Ryan Hedges : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Liam Shephard : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 August 2016 : GWSC Travel To Doncaster Rovers
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Doncaster Rovers. The match takes place at the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday 27th August 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Doncaster Rovers : Saturday 27th August 2016.
Huish Park: 7.45a.m.
Adult Members: £30.00; Member Concessions: £28.00
Adult Non-Members: £32.00; Non-Member Concessions: £30.00

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

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth.

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

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


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24 August 2016 : Darren Way Happy With Resilience As Supporters Stay Yeovil True
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his players gave everything at Goodison Park last night, despite coming out on the wrong end of a 4-0 scoreline against Everton. The Glovers defence came under heavy pressure throughout the evening, but Way felt that his team stood up to that challenge until around the point when the Toffees scored their second crucial goal of the evening, via a Ross Barkley free kick.

Prior to that, an Aaron Lennon first half strike gave the Glovers a difficult task, but they stuck at it, and there was always the hope that at 1-0 they would still be within a chance of springing a surprise. Way told BBC Somerset that his team showed plenty of resilience, but said that he was particularly touched by the reception given by the 903 travelling supporters who applauded the team off the field, and by Everton themselves, who chose to play the 'Yeovil True' song over the tannoy in full after the final whistle had blown:

"We had large spells without the ball, which we knew. We had to defend with unbelievable resilience, which I thought up until that second free kick (scored by Ross Barkley) at 1-0, we were thinking that we were in a chance of getting back in it. The boys gave everything and to see the scenes after the game with the supporters was fantastic. I think the way our supporters conducted themselves from the start at the whistle to the end, that makes me emotional. I think it was a nice touch that Everton played our Yeovil True song, which was good, and the supporters really did clap us off, and even the Everton fans there towards the end gave us a good clap."

Whilst many Premier League clubs would choose to field a weakened team in an early round of the League Cup, Toffees boss Ronald Koeman arguably strengthened his, by introducing Ashley Williams, Yannick Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku into his side for the game. They also profitted when they introduced substitute Arouna Kone who was able to bag two well-taken late goals to finish off the evening. Way admitted that the home side had showed plenty of quality:

"They've got quality players. When I looked at the teamsheet it's enough to scare the life out of you, as far as the quality that they have got. You could see that with the subs that they brought on, who were very effective. I think that top class players will score top class goals at Premier League level, and the moment you switch off they can hurt you. I was a little bit disappointed with our defending in transition, when we should have kept the ball a little bit more often, from our front three. But I can't be too critical. They've come to Goodison Park and they've tried to give everything that they've got, and there was certainly no player showing a lack of effort. They had to cover large distances. I was proud of the players today - really proud. They had to shift left and right and their workload was immense."


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24 August 2016 : Everton 4 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten on Tuesday night against Premier League side Everton as the three tier gap between the two sides became apparent in a 4-0 defeat. The Glovers were competitive in the way they closed down their opponents, but struggled to test Toffees keeper Maarten Stekelenburg throughout the evening, going behind to a first half Aaron Lennon angled shot from inside the box. The Glovers' resolution held up to around the point at which Ross Barkley's free kick in the 69th minute crept in at the near post. That was the cue for a bit of showboating by the home side as they dominated possession in the closing stages, with two goals from substitute Arouna Kone giving the Toffees a route into the Third Round.

Full report to follow later ....

Final Score: Everton 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Aaron Lennon (28 mins, 1-0), Ross Barkley (69 mins, 2-0), Arouna Kone (83 mins, 3-0), Arouna Kone (90 mins, 4-0)

Everton:
22. Maarten Stekelenburg
12. Aaron Lennon 30. Mason Holgate 5. Ashley Williams 25. Ramiro Funes Mori 20. Bryan Oviedo
17. Idrissa Gueye 8. Ross Barkley 16. James McCarthy
14. Yannick Bolasie 10. Romelu Lukaku

Substitutes:
1. Joel 3. Leighton Baines 4. Darron Gibson (66 mins for James McCarthy) 6. Phil Jagielka 9. Arouna Kone (79 mins for Ross Barkley) 11. Kevin Mirallas 15. Tom Cleverley (66 mines for Mason Holgate)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell (63 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Joe Lea (76 mins for Kevin Dawson) 22. Ollie Bassett

Everton Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 60 mins)

Everton Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 11; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 6.

Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Andrew Hendley (West Midlands) and Anthony Da Costa (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Samuel Allison (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 24,617 (with 903 Yeovil supporters).


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23 August 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Everton vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday evening's 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Everton vs Yeovil Town.


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23 August 2016 : Team News For Everton vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's EFL Cup Second Round match against Everton at Goodison Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change for this evening's match. Ryan Dickson is out with an ankle problem but Liam Shephard is fit enough to start following his Achilles injury. That means a back four reshuffle.

Absentees this evening include Darren Ward (knee), Josh Ezewele (knee) and Alex Lacey (broken arm). Francois Zoko is also out tonight. As yet there is no sign of Kyle Copp having obtained his international clearance - the Glovers are putting out a five
man bench.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett


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23 August 2016 : Dubious Goals Committee Rules Against Campbell In Saddlers Cup Win
Ahead of tonight's EFL Cup Second Round tie against Everton, the Football League have ruled on one of the more curious issues surrounding Yeovil Town's First Round tie against Walsall. The opening goal at the Bescot Stadium had been awarded to West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell on the night, meaning that at the time he was credited 'officially' as having got the final touch from the free kick delivered by Ryan Hedges.

As we reported the day after the game the decision to award the goal to Campbell was a bemusing one, given that video footage clearly showed that the Baggies striker was around 15 yards away from the goal, with the more realistic scenario being that one of Alex Lacey or Saddlers defender Amadou Bakayoko should be credited with the goal, with the home player heading Lacey's ball across the box into the back of his own net.

The Football League have now announced that their Dubious Goals Committee have studied the footage and have declared it as an own goal, with Amadou Bakayoko presumably not thanking them for that decision - Tahvon Campbell therefore loses his claim on that goal.


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23 August 2016 : Darren Talks About The Start To The 2016-17 Season
On Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way appeared live on BBC Somerset as part of their Saturday Sport programme to talk about the club's start to the 2016-17 season. In an extended interview, Darren talks to presenter Geoff Twentyman about the Olympic Games, Darren's summer recruitment, the club's geographic location, Under-21 football and also his preparation for matches. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC About The Start To The 2016-17 Season.


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23 August 2016 : Officials For Everton vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the EFL Cup Second Round match between Everton and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place tonight at Goodison Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and sees the Glovers playing their first competitive fixture against the Toffees. The man in charge of the occasion will be Christopher Kavanagh (Lancashire).

Having had a whole string of first year referees, along with one second year referee, unsurprisingly the PGMO are not willing to allow a rookie to be unleashed at Goodison Park. Mr Kavanagh and his two assistants are part of the newly formed Select Group 2 officials who have been earmarked to take charge of Championship fixtures. That said, he is still a relatively new official. He was promoted to the Football League during the summer of 2014. He worked his way through the Manchester League whilst still in his teens, and gained his promotion to Football League ranks at the age of just 28 years old. He is the Referees Development Officer for the Manchester FA.

We've had him just the once - the April 2015 trip to Fleetwood Town. This was a real car-crash performance, but we're not talking about the officials. We're talking about our defence that parted like the Red Sea, merrily inviting the home side to go on and score. Which they did, clocking up one of the most one-sided 4-0 victories we've been embarrassed to witness. The idea of attaching blame to the officials would have been laughable, given that they don't have the responsibility for 20 yard gaps down the middle of the park, which Fleetwood exploited.

Mr Kavanagh will be assisted by Nick Greenhalgh (Lancashire) and James Mainwaring (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire).

Link: April 2015 : Fleetwood Town 4 Yeovil Town 0.


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22 August 2016 : Walsh Gets Near Full Game For Toffees Under-23s
Any thoughts that former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Walsh might be queued up to feature against his old club in tomorrow night's EFL Cup Second Round tie can be pretty much ruled out. The 18 year old had been the subject of media speculation that the Toffees might use the Tuesday night fixture as a means to give him his first team debut, but instead the midfielder has been playing for Everton's Under-23 side in a match against Derby County at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.

Walsh played the first 88 minutes of the match on Monday night, playing in a Toffees Under-23 side that closely matched the team they'd put out against Reading on the previous week, again supporting the presumption that Everton first team boss Ronald Koeman will be fielding a strong side in the match against Goodison Park, instead of blooding youngsters. The only player missing from Everton's Under-23 line-up that could be of significance tonight was midfielder Ryan Ledson, who played 28 matches on loan for Cambridge United last season, and already has one Europa League appearance to his name for the Toffees. The expectation is that Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Bolasie and Ashley Williams will be the three main players who will profit by Koeman's squad rotation in the EFL Cup match.

Everton Under-23s: (vs Derby County) Mateusz Hewelt, Antonee Robinson, Callum Connolly, Jonjoe Kenny, Gethin Jones, Liam Walsh (88 mins for Beni Baningime), Tom Davies, Kieran Dowell, Harry Charsley, David Henen (57 mins for Antony Evans), Courtney Duffus (57 mins for Callum Dyson).


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22 August 2016 : Ticket Sales Close For Toffees Trip
Yeovil Town are expected to be backed by an away following of in the region of 900 tomorrow night when they travel to play Premier League side Everton at Goodison Park tomorrow evening. The Glovers play their first competitive match against the Toffees in an EFL Cup Second Round tie, and despite ticketing arrangements having only been known ten days ago, there will be a decent away following in the Bullens Road Lower Tier for the match.

The ticket sales should mean that fans will have a reasonable amount of room in the Lower Tier area - some of the concerns raised about the facilities in the Goodison Park away end lay in the restricted views towards the back of that area, but hopefully those in the back two blocks of the stand will be able to sit close to the front area.

The Glovers haven't had too many midweek away League Cup matches against prominent opposition in the past to compare ticket sales with. During the 2005-06 season, they took in the region of 500 supporters to Championship side Ipswich Town that saw them win 2-0 thanks to goals from Darren Way and Kevin Gall. During the following 2006-07 season, a rather more local trip to Southampton saw 2,043 travel, in what was our first visit to St Mary's Stadium.

Then in 2008-09, the Glovers bagged a pair of games against high profile opposition. Their match against Championship side Charlton Athletic saw 490 fans witness Paul Warne's winning goal. A few weeks later, and the Glovers were off to play Middlesbrough, with 418 fans visiting the Riverside Stadium to witness the Premier League side show a gap in class with a 5-1 scoreline.

Note that we are not expecting any further tickets for this match to be put on sale at the Goodison Park end for away supporters. If that situation changes, we'll post an update. For those who are going, the Ciderspace guide and travel plans are linked below.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Everton.


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22 August 2016 : Darren Talks About Morecambe Team Selection
Just before Saturday's home match kicked off against Morecambe at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the damage done to Alex Lacey's arm in last week's match at Luton Town, the problems Nathan Smith had with a head wound, and the interest that he had in bringing former Glover Michael Rose back to Huish Park over the summer, which subsequently came to nothing.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Morecambe.


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22 August 2016 : Toffees Boss Promises Minimal Changes For Glovers Cup Visit
Tomorrow night's opponents Everton have said that they will be fielding close to a full strength team for their EFL Cup Second Round tie against Yeovil Town. The match at Goodison Park takes place on Tuesday evening, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, and the big question was whether the Toffees would heavily rotate their squad when they face a team three divisions lower than themselves, in a competition that might not be their primary focus.

Koeman, who moved to the north-west over the summer from Southampton said that it was not his habit to stick out Reserve Team sides in cup competitions, and that he saw himself making a maximum of three changes to tomorrow night's line-up. He said that it was important that as a new manager he got to know his new players quickly:

"I like to win every competition and we will take it very seriously. I'm not a manager to make eight or nine changes in the team because we are starting in a new situation. As a new manager, I need to know the players. Maybe one or two, a maximum of three players, because of the programme and what they did in the last two weeks, will get a rest."

Everton will definitely not field Muhamed Besic and Matthew Pennington as they have just undergone surgery. On Saturday they won 2-1 against West Bromwich Albion and fielded the following line-up:

Everton: 22. Maarten Stekelenburg ; 30. Mason Holgate 6. Phil Jagielka 25. Ramiro Funes Mori 16. James McCarthy ; 17. Idrissa Gueye 18. Gareth Barry 3. Leighton Baines 11. Kevin Mirallas ; 8. Ross Barkley 7. Gerard Deulofeu

Substitutes: 1. Joel 5. Ashley Williams (81 mins for Kevin Mirallas) 10. Romelu Lukaku (38 mins for James McCarthy) 12. Aaron Lennon 14. Yannick Bolasie (61 mins for Gerard Deulofeu) 15. Tom Cleverley 20. Bryan Oviedo

Koeman's words would tend to pour cold water on any speculation that former Glovers loanee Liam Walsh might be thrust from his new role in Everton Under-23s into tomorrow night's line-up, although it's possible the Toffees boss may field a sprinkling of youngsters on his bench. The three players who the Everton website suggest are most likely to be involved tomorrow are the ones who came off the substitutes bench during their match at the Hawthorns. Although they stress that it's not a definitive decision at this stage, they name Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Bolasie and Ashley Williams as the three they believe will start tomorrow's match, with the latter two awaiting their first start in Everton colours since signing during the summer. Koeman confirms Bolasie as a starter and throws out hints as to the other two being on his mind:

"For them, itís really important to have game time. In the case of Ashley, he did not play a friendly (in pre-season). It will be a very good occasion for him to start playing and to get in that rhythm of the games. (Yannick) Bolasie also is a new player and he will start tomorrow. Itís the same situation for Romelu (Lukaku) because he has not played a lot before. Of course, he played the friendly against Espanyol but after that he was 10 days out of training. He needs game time to get in his best shape."

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Everton.


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22 August 2016 : Final Day For Everton Ticket Sales
Today is the final day for ticket sales for the EFL Cup Second Round tie against Everton at Goodison Park. The match takes place tomorrow, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and if you have not purchased a ticket for this match you have until 5.00p.m. to purchase a ticket for the match. Visit or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 as soon as you can. Although opposition clubs have had a recent habit of doing late u-turns on ticket sales, the current information that we have is that Everton will not be selling tickets to away supporters on the day of the game. If that policy changes, we'll provide an update, but for the moment assume that 5.00p.m. is your absolute deadline.

For tickets, travel and the Ciderspace guide and everything you need for your trip up to the North-West, follow the links below.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Everton.


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21 August 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Everton
On Tuesday evening, Yeovil Town make their first ever trip to Everton's Goodison Park stadium, for an EFL Cup Second Round tie. For those travelling to the fixture, the Ciderspace guide gives you directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and other such stuff via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Everton.

Inside Goodison Park Stadium, looking out from the Main Stand across to the Bullens Road Stand
Inside Goodison Park Stadium, looking out from the Main Stand across to the Bullens Road Stand.
Photo © 2016 Isaac Woodward.



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21 August 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Morecambe Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights of yesterday's 0-1 defeat against Morecambe at Huish Park, these are now available online. As well as the winning goal from Kevin Ellison that was scored during the second period, you can view first half chances for Kevin Dawson, Tom Eaves and Matt Dolan. There's also a second half attempt from Tahvon Campbell. Watch two minutes worth from the game via the link below.




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20 August 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Morecambe Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Morecambe at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the 0-1 defeat, the late substitution of Ryan Dickson and the interpretation that it had been down to injury, the prospects of Liam Shephard returning from injury and the Tuesday night trip to Everton. Read that via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Morecambe Home Game.


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20 August 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-1 home defeat against Morecambe at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Morecambe.


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20 August 2016 : Darren Way Rues Dominance Not Turning Into Goals
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that visitors Morecambe had been able to pick his side off on the counter-attack today, making his side's dominance in terms of the number of chances, somewhat irrelevant when it came to the final scoreline. The busiest player in the entire stadium was Shrimps goalkeeper Barry Roche who pulled off a number of excellent saves from the likes of Tom Eaves, Kevin Dawson and Matt Dolan throughout the afternoon, and was then able to help his side shore things up when Kevin Ellison gave his side a 55th minute advantage on the counterattack.

That 0-1 scoreline was as much as Morecambe needed to collect all three points, and as much as the Glovers tried to test Roche on many further occasions, they couldn't break through. Way said that his side had the greater number of chances, particularly in the first half, but acknowledged that the pattern of opposition keepers and defenders soaking up the pressure, and then hitting the Glovers on the counter-attack would be a tactic that his side would need to deal with:

"I think that is going to happen this year, certainly at home. We were very dominant in the first half and we had a lot of final third chances. We got into their final third on thirty-plus times during the first half. But I have to make sure that I keep the players believing. It's difficult on the back of Tuesday and I was looking for that reaction. I think late on, as far as our game plan of just hitting the front two strikers, the players weren't making the right decisions to create them more problems, with them sitting back and then Morecambe hitting us on the counter-attack. I think the players are starting to understand that all the information that I'm providing them is actually coming true. They've had a lot of games now, and a lot of the games the opposition have lost on stats but they've ended up winning the game."

The winner from Kevin Ellison came in precisely that manner, with substitute Lee Molyneux providing the through ball that put the Shrimps striker through on goal. Way said that he had spotted a missed header earlier in the move that he felt set Morecambe up for that winner, but didn't name any players he felt should have been putting in that challenge:

"It was disappointing in the way they scored their goal, certainly from how strong they've been since I've been manager. I think there was a decisive header that had to be won and it wasn't won, and then you get runners off that ball. But I think that overall the players are deflated and it's up to me as a manager to make sure I pick them up and get them to go again at Goodison Park."

The substitution of Ryan Dickson late on during the second half appeared at first sight to be related to the left-back's ongoing problems with his right ankle, having taken a bad foul during the second period. However, Way denied that the decision to take Dickson off and bring Omar Sowunmi on had any bearing on Dickson's ankle, explaining that he wanted to get an extra tall striker onto the field of play during the closing stages of the match, as the Glovers finished with two central strikers and two wide strikers for the final flurries of the game.


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20 August 2016 : Yeovil 0 Morecambe 1 : Shrimps Go Top As Roche Keeps Glovers Firing Blanks
Yeovil Town went down to their second consecutive 0-1 defeat this afternoon, after Morecambe went top of League Two thanks to their away victory. The Shrimps got all three points when Kevin Ellison converted a Lee Molyneux pass ten minutes into the second half, leaving the Glovers kicking themselves for a wasteful first half period in which they could have easily bagged a couple of goals. Visiting keeper Barry Roche was in particularly good form, keeping out some of the best Yeovil efforts that included shots from Matt Dolan and Tahvon Campbell, but for the second match running a single goal cost them, ending the day in 16th place.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged side from that which lost 1-0 to Mansfield Town in midweek - a touch surprising given that Ryan Dickson and Nathan Smith both came off with injuries. On the bench, Alex Lacey had to drop out entirely with a broken arm that will keep him out for six to eight weeks. Morecambe's own preparations were not helped for the match after Ryan Edwards pulled up during the warm-ups meaning that they had to adjust their teamsheet with Alex Kenyon unexpectedly finding he was their starting centre-back. Former Glover Michael Rose played as a holding midfielder for Morecambe, slightly advanced from his more traditional left-back role.

The first half opened with both sides having a ludicrous number of chances at each end, as the game became attackers vs attackers, yet without the crucial goal that would have set the game up. Alex Lawless produced a long range effort that clipped the top of the crossbar as it went over. But at the other end, as both defences struggled to deal with the early attempts, Jack Dunn's shot was parried by Artur Krysiak, with Kevin Ellison hitting the post on the rebound. Kevin Dawson and Tom Eaves then had a pair of chances each, with Eaves having one shot deflected for a corner, and then Barry Roche saving his second shot over the bar.

As the half wore on though, the chances began to dry out at both ends, with a few injuries and stoppages seeing the tempo die down a touch. Roche saved again from a Ryan Hedges effort and the feeling was that by half time the Glovers could have been a goal or two up. That made matters rather frustrating when ten minutes into the second half Morecambe took the lead. They counter-attacked well after substitute Lee Molyneux had threaded a pass through to Kevin Ellison and the Morecambe striker confidently struck the ball home to give his team the lead.

Inevitably, with the away side a goal up, they were going to slow the game down and put players behind the ball, but there were times that Yeovil didn't really help themselves, with stray passes often seeing moves break down just at the vital point. A double substitution did briefly shake things up with Francois Zoko and Tahvon Campbell coming on to replace Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges, and Campbell in particularly looked threatening - one free kick he took deflected off the wall for a corner. But then things died down again, with the late introduction of Omar Sowunmi for Ryan Dickson producing a bit of a case of 'throwing the kitchen sink' at the situation as they finished with four players up front.

Barry Roche had the last word, saving efforts from Tahvon Campbell and a Matt Dolan free kick - if it were possible to award Man of the Matches to opposition players, then he would have been a contender, even if Bevis Mugabi got the nod as one of the more solid performers on the day. The end result was a shut-out, and a slightly disappointing slide down to 16th in the table. For now though, all eyes will go towards Goodison Park, and a bit of Tuesday night escapism against Premier League Everton.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Morecambe 1.

Scorers: Kevin Ellison (0-1, 55 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 13. Francois Zoko (64 mins for Otis Khan) 17. Omar Sowunmi (83 mins for Ryan Dickson) 19. Tahvon Campbell (64 mins for Ryan Hedges) 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett

Morecambe:
1. Barry Roche
2. Liam Wakefield 4. Alex Kenyon 16. Alex Whitmore 14. Luke Conlan
17. Andrew Fleming 24. Michael Rose
9. Tom Barkhuizen 20. Jack Dunn 11. Kevin Ellison
23. Cole Stockton

Substitutes:
3. Aaron McGowan (82 mins for Aaron McGowan) 7. Paul Mullin 10. Lee Molyneux (51 mins for Tom Barkhuizen) 12. Danijel Nizic 18. Rhys Turner (76 mins for Jack Dunn)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 40 mins)

Morecambe Bookings: Andrew Fleming (foul, 79 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 9; Fouls: 8.

Morecambe Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Andrew Hendley (West Midlands) and Anthony Da Costa (Cambridgeshire). Fourth Official: Samuel Allison (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 2,937 (with 50 Morecambe supporters).


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20 August 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Morecambe at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's match, despite injuries to Ryan Dickson and Nathan Smith during the midweek match against Mansfield Town.

As reported earlier, defender Alex Lacey has an arm injury that will keep him out for six-to-eight weeks meaning that he comes off the bench today. Other absentees this afternoon include Liam Shephard (Achilles), Darren Ward (knee) and Josh Ezewele (knee). As yet there is no sign of Kyle Copp having obtained his international clearance - the Glovers are putting out a six man bench.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 13. Francois Zoko 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett

Morecambe:
1. Barry Roche
2. Liam Wakefield 4. Alex Kenyon 16. Alex Whitmore 14. Luke Conlan
17. Andrew Fleming 24. Michael Rose
9. Tom Barkhuizen 20. Jack Dunn 11. Kevin Ellison
23. Cole Stockton

Substitutes:
3. Aaron McGowan 7. Paul Mullin 10. Lee Molyneux 12. Danijel Nizic 18. Rhys Turner


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20 August 2016 : Lacey Out For Six To Eight Weeks After Scan Shows Problems
Yeovil Town will be without central defender Alex Lacey for about six-to-eight weeks after a scan showed a more serious problem with his arm. The 23 year old picked up the injury one week ago during the away match against his old club Luton Town, after Hatters striker Danny Hylton pushed him over the advertising boards, and into the Oak Road end, which is sunk slightly below ground level, meaning that Lacey suffered a drop of around three foot into the stand area.

He attempted to continue in that game, but ultimately had to be substituted, and for the Tuesday night trip was put on the substitutes bench, rather than be risked in that fixture. Ironically, Lacey had to be introduced as an early substitution, after Ryan Dickson suffered a repeat of an ankle injury that he also sustained in the same Luton Town fixture. However, concerns over the state of Lacey's arm have continued, and on Friday they put him in for a scan. Darren has confirmed the results are not good:

"I've got one or two injuries that have been forced upon me. Alex Lacey got pushed over an advertising board the other week and he is out for six to eight weeks, which is very disappointing. I only found that one out yesterday when the doctor sent him for a scan. So I haven't ended up with injuries through our own fault - it's just been malicious in the way that certain individuals have treated our players. They've got to be strong enough and they've got to have a real strong mentality to be able to deal with that, because that is what the opposition see as our weakness."


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20 August 2016 : Glovers Trust First AGM And Board Elections
The newly formed Glovers Trust will be holding their first Annual General Meeting in the middle of next month. This is an important milestone in the Trust's progress, given that it will allow Trust members their first chance to elect the Trust's Board of Directors. Since its formation, the Trust has been operating with an interim Board based on the original Working Party that helped establish the Trust. However, at the AGM those who help shape the Trust's future direction will be democratically elected.

Trust members also have the opportunity to put themselves forward, or to act as one of the nominees for someone wanting to stand. In line with the Trust's constitution, the Trust board will be formed of a minimum of six people, and a maximum of ten people, with specific roles including Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Membership Secretary. To put yourself forward as a candidate for the Trust board, you must complete a Nomination Form (downloadable here) get two Trust Members to nominate you, and on the form complete a manifesto of up to 450 words describing what benefit you can bring to the Board - e.g. what experience you have, and what direction you think you could take the Trust in.

All Trust Board nomination forms must arrive by Wednesday 31st August 2016 and be sent to secretary@glovers-trust.co.uk or by post to Election Working Group, Glovers Trust, PO BOX 5240, Yeovil Somerset, BA20 9FR. All nominations will be pooled by an independent group and then published on the Trust's website in advance of the AGM. Members will then have the opportunity to vote at the Trust AGM, or provide proxy votes in advance of the AGM. It is therefore important that what you put on your nomination form details what you want to present to members, as those voting by proxy will only have sight of that nomination form.

The AGM will be held on Wednesday 14th September 2016. The venue for the AGM will be confirmed soon.


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19 August 2016 : Everton vs Yeovil Town Ticket Sales Over The Weekend
Yeovil Town supporters still wanting to purchase tickets for the EFL Cup Second Round tie against Everton next Tuesday should note the following arrangements for the final few days of sale. The match takes place on Tuesday 23rd August at Goodison Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are currently on general sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office as follows:

You can purchase in person, or over the phone, from 9.00a.m. on Saturday morning prior to the League Two home match against Morecambe. However, please try to make any Everton purchases by 1.00p.m. - after that point the club reserve the right to restrict Ticket Office purchases to the Morecambe fixture itself, to ensure that everyone gets in to that match before the 3.00p.m. kick-off. Hence if you're heading to Huish Park with the intention of buying both, then get down there early.

Due to the Ticket Office having coped with the volumes of supporters looking to purchase tickets for the match so far, they will NOT be opening on Sunday - however the online portal will remain open. They will then be opening from 9.00a.m. until 5.00p.m. on Monday 22nd. This will, at present, be your last chance to purchase tickets. Current expectations are that Everton will not be selling any tickets to away supporters from the Goodison Park end on the day of the game, hence Monday at 5.00p.m. will be your final deadline to purchase.

As of around 4.00p.m. on Friday the club had sold around 720 tickets. For purchase information and travel options follow the links below.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town.


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19 August 2016 : Darren Previews The Morecambe Home Game
As part of the build-up to the home match against Morecambe on Saturday, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about the prospect of playing Everton next Tuesday, as well as focussing upon tomorrow's opponents and some of the key players, and how he thinks his players will react to the midweek Mansfield Town defeat. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Morecambe.


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18 August 2016 : EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Portsmouth are on advance sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 30th August 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and represents the first of three such ties in the revamped competition that used to be known as the Football League Trophy (Johnstone's Paint Trophy).

Ticket prices for this fixture are flat across the ground and are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Seniors (Over-65s) and Young Persons (Aged 16-21): £5.00; Juniors (Under-16): £1.00.

There is no increase in prices on the day, but you will have to purchase from the Huish Park Ticket Office prior to entering the turnstiles.

Tickets are only on sale for the Tamburino Main Stand for home supporters for this fixture.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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18 August 2016 : Darren Way Plays The Waiting Game Over Future Loan Signing Plans
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is likely to wait until close to the end of the August transfer window before he finalises his squad for the first half of the 2016-17 season. The Glovers brought in four loan players when fixtures kicked off in League Two, leaving them with one obvious spare space in their squad that it had always been suspected that the Glovers would aim to fill. Currently Swansea City pair Liam Shephard and Ryan Hedges plus West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell and AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Butcher fill those positions, but clubs are allowed to field up to five loanees in a matchday squad of 18 players.

Way has told BBC Somerset today that he expects to wait until a day or two before the transfer window closes on Wednesday 31st August, before he makes his final move, simply because the better loanees out there are inevitably either close to their first team plans, or are of potential interest to higher division clubs. Hence the Glovers boss is preparing to sit and wait a while to see who becomes available:

"We're always looking at that, but some of the better ones are close to the first team. With it being from window to window now, they want to leave those decisions as late as possible to make sure that they don't miss out on anything that they have with their own squads. There are one or two that we've spoken to and we're still waiting. There's always players that are out there and available, but it's just that we've got off to such a good start, and all of the players are giving everything that they've got, I don't want to change too much. Unfortunately we lost the game (against Mansfield) on Tuesday but that happens. This is a strong group, we keep going and we'll look forward to the next two games which are Morecambe and Everton."

Back in early August, Way made clear that he still carried an interest in Everton midfielder Liam Walsh. Although he's since recruited Matt Butcher as a loanee, Walsh hasn't gone anywhere yet - on Saturday he played in Everton Under-23's side that opened their Premier League 2 campaign (a new league set up for EPPP Category One clubs) against Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s. Walsh played a full 90 minutes in their 2-0 win at Broadhall Way, Stevenage.


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18 August 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Morecambe have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 20th August 2016 at Huish Park with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee John Busby (Oxfordshire).

So far this season, Yeovil Town have had three 'first year' referees and one 'second year' referee take charge of their fixtures. For the home match against Morecambe we will get our fourth referee to have been promoted over the summer of 2016. Like others, he's been heavily fast-tracked - he was only promoted to Conference National level during the summer of 2015, having started refereeing in the year 2000.

He's taken charge of two League Two fixtures this season - both ended in 1-1 draws with a total of seven yellow cards spread across the two fixtures. At the tail end of the 2014-15 season he was given two prestige cup final appearances - he was the Fourth Official for the FA Youth Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City in the second leg at Stamford Bridge. He was also chosen as the main referee for the Nike Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, between Arsenal U14s and Reading U14s. He has also taken charge of the Oxfordshire FA Senior Cup Final and a FA Vase Semi-Final.

Mr Busby will be assisted by Andrew Hendley (West Midlands) and Anthony Da Costa (Cambridgeshire). The Fourth Official will be Samuel Allison (Wiltshire).


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18 August 2016 : Luton Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town made the trip to Kenilworth Road, where they played Luton Town in a League Two match. The end result saw a 1-1 draw with striker Tom Eaves grabbing his first goal for the club deep into the second half.

Man of the Match voting saw goalkeeper Artur Krysiak acknowledged, as he was kept rather busy during the first half. Fans also liked the performance of Bevis Mugabi, who started off the match playing as a right-back but then moved into a centre-back position. However, the poll winner was Tom Eaves, with his 78th minute goal providing the Glovers with a classic target man finish.

Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Tom Eaves 82 (6)
2. Bevis Mugabi 70 (5)
3. Artur Krysiak 56 (2)
4. Matt Butcher 50 (2)
5. Tahvon Campbell 44 (3)
6. Alex Lawless 28 (1)
6. Kevin Dawson 28 (1)
8. Matthew Dolan 22 (1)
9. Otis Khan 10 (1)
10. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.68
Performance : 7.64
Entertainment : 7.73
VOTES RECEIVED : 22

If you were at the Mansfield Town match on Tuesday night, a reminder that you can still cast your vote for the game. Please do so by heading here.


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17 August 2016 : Darren Talks About Mansfield Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Mansfield Townkicked off at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the inclusion of Nathan Smith in the side, and the return of Francois Zoko. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Mansfield.


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17 August 2016 : General Sale And Online Ordering For Everton vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town Season Ticket Holders are reminded that today is the final day for them to get advance priority purchase on tickets for the EFL Cup Second Round tie against Everton at Goodison Park. The match takes place on Tuesday 23rd August with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Whilst the Ticket Office will close at 5.00p.m. tonight, the Online Ticket Portal will remain open on a 24 hour basis. This subsequently means that by the marvels of modern technology, that tickets should go on General Sale from midnight tonight, if you want to purchase online. Access your ticketing account, or create a new one if you've never used it before via the link below. Note that online portal accounts for Season Ticket Holders have to be specifically linked with their status as a Season Ticket Holder, so don't create a new account if you fall into that category - give the Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888 or email them at ticketoffice@ytfc.net and give them your details and your Season Ticket Number.

Tomorrow morning, the Ticket Office will open at 9.00a.m. tomorrow for General Sale, but both telephones and the physical booths at Huish Park are expected to be very busy. Hence unless you're prepared to be patient, the online route is strongly recommended, as those orders will be picked up and processed in the background by the club.

For full ticketing and travel information, see the earlier articles linked below.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Ticketing For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town.


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17 August 2016 : Video : Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Mansfield Town, these are now online. The game was decided via a Matt Green penalty kick during the second half, despite the Stags spending almost the entire game down to ten men due to Danny Rose's early red card. View two minutes worth of action from that game via the video clip below.




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17 August 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Mansfield Town Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the defeat, as well as updating on the injuries sustained to Ryan Dickson and Nathan Smith on the night. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Mansfield Town Away Game.


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17 August 2016 : Walsall vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday, Yeovil Town travelled to play Walsall in an EFL Cup First Round tie. The end result was a 2-0 victory gained thanks to an opening goal credited (somehow!) to Tahvon Campbell followed by a sixty-plus yard goal from Matt Dolan that became talked about rather a lot in the days that followed.

Man of the Match voting saw Alex Lacey and Matt Butcher playing as a centre-back pairing and they both got the thumbs up from fans at the game. At the other end of the pitch, Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges polled well as a wide man in the side's three-pronged attack. However, the Man of the Match winner on the night was midfielder Matt Dolan - no great surprise given the moment of magic he produced deep into extra time.

Full results are as shown below:

1. Matthew Dolan 60 (4)
2. Ryan Hedges 40 (2)
3. Matt Butcher 28 (2)
3. Alex Lacey 28 (2)
5. Kevin Dawson 24 (1)
6. Artur Krysiak 14 (1)
7. Alex Lawless 14 (0)
8. Ryan Dickson 12 (1)
9. Tom Eaves 8 (0)
10. Bevis Mugabi 4 (0)
11. Otis Khan 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.38
Performance : 8.62
Entertainment : 8.15
VOTES RECEIVED : 13


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17 August 2016 : Darren Way Feels Players Not Strong Enough In The Mansfield Battle
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that his players were not strong enough in the battle during last night's match against Mansfield at Field Mill. The Glovers lost 1-0 to a Matt Green second half penalty, but probably felt that they failed to seize on an opportunity when a red card for Danny Rose left the Stags operating with ten men for 81 minutes of the match, giving the Glovers a chance to wear down their opponents.

Instead it was ten-man Mansfield who managed to stamp their control on the game, frustrating Yeovil by their physical approach to the game, and by deliberately running down the clock and the tempo of the match. Despite five minutes worth of injury time being played in both halves, the Glovers couldn't capitalise on the man advantage and instead succumbed themselves when Green converted a spot kick after goalkeeper Artur Krysiak had brought down Mitchell Rose inside the box. Way told BBC Somerset after the game that his players had failed to live up to their previous standards:

"I knew it wasn't going to be an easy game. It was a frustrating game to watch, but I was more disappointed with the decision-making from our players today. Certainly with the younger ones, there's always that question mark, as it's new to them as to how they handle this situation. I just felt that from what they'd done previously they didn't live up to their standards today. It's always difficult when you are up against ten men, because they just slow the game down. It was a sending off, and someone else led with an elbow, but I explained to the lads that was what it was going to be like and we had to stand up to that battle. I didn't feel some of them were strong enough in that battle."

The Glovers were not helped by two injuries forcing them to reorganise their defence during the match. After the game, Way confirmed that Ryan Dickson's substitution was down to the ankle injury that he sustained at Luton Town on Saturday flaring up again. Meanwhile, Nathan Smith's half time substitution was due to him needing stitches above an eye, following an incident involving a Mansfield player just before the Fourth Official's board went up for first half injury time.


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16 August 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday evening's 1-0 defeat against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.


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16 August 2016 : Mansfield 1 Yeovil 0 : Ten Men Stags Make Glovers Pay Penalty
Yeovil Town succumbed to their first defeat of the 2016-17 season tonight, as a second half penalty saw them lose by a single goal to Mansfield Town. The match was a curious one given that the Glovers played 81 minutes worth of the match with a man advantage after Danny Rose was given a straight red card for a foul on Otis Khan, but then struggled to show dominance with that extra man. Instead it was the Stags that grabbed the win, after Artur Krysiak brought down Mitchell Rose, and Matt Green who had been involved in that build-up, executed the spot kick. On a frustrating night, that was how it ended, with Yeovil ending up in 12th place in the ridiculously early league table.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up from Saturday's trip to Luton Town. Alex Lacey's arm injury sustained at Kenilworth Road when he took a tumble into the away end of the ground meant that he sat on the bench for the start of the match, whilst Nathan Smith came in as a centre-back. Otherwise the only change was that Francois Zoko got his name onto a teamsheet for the first time this season.

Mansfield started the stronger, as Chris Clements fired wide, with the shot taking a deflection for a corner. From that set play, Danny Rose headed over the bar. Unfortunately for the Stags striker, that was about as much football that he was about to see. Referee John Brooks was taking charge of only his second Football League match, and he was given a big decision to make when Rose slid in on Glovers wide man Otis Khan. After a slight delay, Mr Brooks deemed that the challenge was either two footed or that studs were raised, and so took out of his back pocket a straight red card, leaving Mansfield down to ten men for 81 minutes.

Unsurprisingly, regardless of whether the decision was right or wrong, Mansfield's home crowd and dugout erupted with fury, and that set the tone of much of the game. However, it didn't seem to change the early pattern, with Alex Lawless being forced to put in a superb block tackle to stop Chris Clements getting in a shot, whilst Matt Green put one over the bar. Yeovil were having to rely upon breakaways, with Ryan Hedges getting his run right midway through the half, but not really having anyone to meet his dangerous ball across the face of the box. It took Otis Khan to get our first attempt in on goal, but that was with nearly 30 minutes on the clock.

Then came the obligatory Yeovil Town injury. Ryan Dickson didn't appear to have recovered from the ankle problem he played through at Luton, and he was forced to limp off, meaning that Alex Lacey, who probably would have preferred to have sat out with his bruised arm, having to be introduced with an hour still to play. This meant that Nathan Smith dropped wide to play as the full-back, with Lacey coming in as a centre-back.

Ryan Hedges had a 20 yard attempt comfortably saved, but at the other end Mansfield were still very strong, as Mitchell Rose put a header just over the bar. With their man disadvantage coming from a forward position, they weren't significantly having to alter their shape, instead using Rose to push forward when needed.

Yeovil were forced into a second injury related substitution at half time for an incident just before the break when Nathan Smith appeared to pick up a whack in the face. Receiving lengthy treatment to a problem just above his eye, he managed to continue, but was taken off at the break with Tahvon Campbell replacing him. Cue the significant substitution merry-go-round as Kevin Dawson dropped to right-back, Matt Butcher moved to left-back, whilst Bevis Mugabi and Alex Lacey took the centre roles. Meanwhile Campbell went up front, with Otis Khan dropping into midfield to take up a deeper position.

The new look line-up didn't really look strong enough in midfield, with Otis Khan losing possession twice - Artur Krysiak did well to block an Adam Chapman shot from one such occasion. Just past the hour mark, and Yeovil gave the ball away in the middle of the park for the third time in quick succession. Matt Green took advantage and bombed through on goal. Krysiak saved well, palming the ball out, but when it reached Mitchell Rose, he was forced to bring the player down for a penalty. Green took the ball and fired it home for a 1-0 lead.

Yeovil switched formations straight after the goal, taking off Otis Khan, and bringing on Francois Zoko, allowing the striker the chance to team up with Tom Eaves in a 4-4-2, as Ryan Hedges and Tahvon Campbell played wide roles. The big problem was that with Mansfield now a goal up, their spoiling tactics were now being played to perfection, largely by stopping the Glovers from playing and frustrating them. Yeovil did get the ball in the net through Ryan Hedges but with the linesman's flag already up, it wasn't likely to count. Tom Eaves also headed over the bar, but Yeovil couldn't really build up the head of steam they needed, with a flurry of late bookings and even a mini-brawl getting Mansfield what they wanted - the clock ran down, the pace slowed down, and the Stags got their three points.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Mansfield Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Matt Green (64 mins, 1-0, penalty)

Mansfield Town:
12. Brian Jensen
2. Rhys Bennett 4. Lee Collins 15. Kyle Howkins 3. Malvind Benning
7. Adam Chapman 8. Chris Clements 19. Mitchell Rose 23. Ashley Hemmings
10. Matt Green 32. Danny Rose

Substitutes:
34. Darius Henderson (90 mins for Christopher Hamilton) 6. George Taft (85 mins for Matt Green) 11. James Baxendale 14. Kevan Hurst 22. Christopher Hamilton (60 mins for Ashley Hemmings) 24. Jamie McGuire 37. Zayn Hakeem

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Alex Lacey (33 mins for Ryan Dickson) 13. Francois Zoko (68 mins for Otis Khan) 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell (46 mins for Nathan Smith) 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett

Mansfield Town Bookings: Kyle Howkins (foul, 55 mins). Rhys Bennett (timewasting, 73 mins), Adam Chapman (foul, 90 mins), Malvind Benning (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Danny Rose (serious foul play, 9 mins).

Yeovil Bookings: Artur Krysiak (foul, 63 mins), Tahvon Campbell (foul, 75 mins), Matt Butcher (foul, 90 mins)

Mansfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 6; Fouls: 15.

Referee: John Brooks (Leicestershire). Assistants: Declan Ford (Lincolnshire) and James Wilson (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Simon Bennett (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 2,503 (with 130 Yeovil supporters).


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16 August 2016 : Team News For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have selected their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill. Team selection sees the Glovers make one change from the line-up that drew with Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Central defender Alex Lacey took a nasty tumble off the pitch in Saturday's match, injuring his arm as he fell into the Oak Road end of the ground, and that's almost certainly behind the decision to replace him with Nathan Smith at the back, although Lacey is good enough to sit on the bench.

On that bench, Francois Zoko makes his return following his hip flexor problems that kept him out throughout the pre-season period, but it seems there is now a light at the end of the tunnel as he makes it onto the teamsheet. Absentees this evening include Liam Shephard (Achilles), Darren Ward (knee) and Josh Ezewele (knee). The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi, 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Alex Lacey 13. Francois Zoko 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett

Mansfield Town:
12. Brian Jensen
2. Rhys Bennett 4. Lee Collins 15. Kyle Howkins 3. Malvind Benning
7. Adam Chapman 8. Chris Clements 19. Mitchell Rose 23. Ashley Hemmings
10. Matt Green 32. Danny Rose

Substitutes:
34. Darius Henderson 6. George Taft 11. James Baxendale 14. Kevan Hurst 22. Christopher Hamilton 24. Jamie McGuire 37. Zayn Hakeem


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16 August 2016 : Strong Pre-Season Reaping Rewards For Tom Eaves
Yeovil Town striker Tom Eaves believes a strong pre-season schedule has been responsible for his side's promising start to the 2016-17 season. Ahead of tonight's match against Mansfield Town, the 24 year old has enjoyed his own start to the campaign, having scored his first goal for the club in Saturday's 1-1 draw against Luton Town as he helped grab his side a point at Kenilworth Road.

That gave the Glovers a draw against one of the clubs likely to be challenging for promotion this season, and with wins over Notts County on the opening day of the season, and a surprise victory against Walsall in the EFL Cup, the results have gone beyond many fans expectations. Eaves says that getting the basics right during pre-season have been a big factor in that:

"I think it's off the back of just a really good pre-season, to be honest with you. Pre-season has been really structured and really organised, and it's been a successful one. It's been good. Obviously we did bring a lot of youngsters in, but they seem to be thriving on it at the minute and it's showing. Hopefully we can carry on this form. The morale is good at the moment in the changing room. There's certainly a convivial atmosphere, which is contagious and hopefully if we can snowball that on throughout the season there's no doubt in my mind what we can achieve this season."

Eaves was substituted late in Saturday's draw at Kenilworth Road, but he appeared to play down suggestions that his withdrawal was for any serious reasons. He said he felt very fit for this stage of the season:

"On a personal level, I feel I'm almost as fit as I can be. I think there's room for improvement, as there's always room for small little improvements. But the team look very fit at the moment and if we can carry that on through the season there's certainly no concerns in my mind that we can't push for promotion."

So far, the club have played Saturday, Tuesday and Saturday, and know that by the end of August they will have played eight fixtures, with five League Two matches being added to by two EFL Cup matches, along with one EFL Trophy Group game. Eaves said that made for a busy time, particularly given that the coaching team had a policy of studying each opposition side both before and after each game:

"It's been a laborious month, as we do analyse every single team regardless. We always look at the other teams. But more than anything I think we focus upon ourselves, more importantly, and at the same time let the other team worry about us - whilst keeping an eye on what they're doing."


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16 August 2016 : Accrington Escape Points Deduction Over Ineligible Player
League Two side Accrington Stanley have escaped a points deduction, and a tangible fine, despite fielding an ineligible player for the opening two matches of the 2016-17 season. The Lancashire side fielded former Aston Villa defender Janoi Donacien during their fixtures against Doncaster Rovers and Bradford City despite not having obtained international clearance for the player prior to those games.

Accrington won both matches, and in the past action issued by the Football Association and Football League has tended to mean that teams lose any points they collected during that time, whilst being expelled from the relevant cup competitions involved. But more recent adjudications have muddied the waters with some clubs being given points deductions and other clubs merely being given a fine.

The case in point here is that whilst Donacien was an Aston Villa player, he ended the 2015-16 season on loan with Newport County, who were his last club before he was released by Villa at the end of his contract. Accrington picked him up as a free agent and gave him a short term permanent contract but appear to not have noticed that his last competitive fixture came whilst on the books of a Welsh club, thus requiring international clearance via the Welsh FA.

Accrington beat Doncaster by a 3-2 scoreline and then won their EFL Cup tie against Bradford via an 11-10 penalty shoot-out. They were subsequently charged by the Football League for failing to register Donacien correctly and pleaded guilty. However, they have only been issued with a £5,000 fine which has been suspended for twelve months, meaning that unless they repeat the offence over the next year, they will only have to pay the costs of the disciplinary hearing. The Football League have explained:

"The registration of Janoi Donacien had not received international clearance on expiry of his loan at Newport County under regulation 44.2. This constitutes a technical offence and misconduct on the part of the club. Following an expedited process and matters put forward in mitigation, the club has accepted the charge and the fine issued will be suspended for a period of 12 months."

The Football League have not revealed the costs of the hearing, but at present that is the only financial effect upon Accrington with respect to the offence, assuming they do not offend a second time.


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16 August 2016 : Everton Tickets Available For Physical Purchase
Yeovil Town Season Ticket Holders wanting to physically purchase their tickets for the EFL Cup Second Round match against Everton can now visit the Huish Park Ticket Office. This morning's delivery of tickets from Goodison Park, for the match that takes place next Tuesday, 23rd August, has been made meaning that anyone who wants to hand over cash and get their ticket on the spot can do so, as of 11.30a.m. today.

The club are also encouraging Season Ticket Holders to purchase via their internet portal, whilst you can also purchase over the phone via 01935-847888. If you're not a Season Ticket Holder, then please do not call or visit at this stage - Season Ticket Holders have priority over purchases, with General Sale only starting on Thursday morning.

For full ticketing and travel information, see the earlier articles linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town.


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16 August 2016 : Officials For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place tonight - Tuesday 16th August - at Field Mill, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture tonight will be referee John Brooks (Leicestershire).

For the third match in four so far this season, we're getting an official that is brand new to the Football League, having been promoted to this level in the summer of 2016. Given the other official (Nicholas Kinseley, who took charge of the Luton fixture) is only a second year official, the Glovers seem to be singled out for such scenarios. So far Mr Brooks has had one game, looking after the Blackpool vs Exeter City on the opening day of the season.

Mr Brooks came to the attention of the national media back in January 2013, in his role as a Premier League assistant referee, when he was picked up on camera speaking to Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott after a fixture at the Emirates Stadium, suggesting that Lescott and his teammates should go and thank the travelling Man City supporters, given that they had paid £62 for the privilege of supporting their team. The PGMOL (referees' organisation) dropped him from his next game after it became a talking point in the media, but we suspect that most fans would be firmly on the side of Mr Brooks!

Mr Brooks will be assisted by Declan Ford (Lincolnshire) and James Wilson (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Bennett (Staffordshire).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Mansfield Town.


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16 August 2016 : Bassett Given International Training Camp Call-Up
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett has been given an international call-up for a training camp with Northern Ireland. The 18 year old is currently in his first season as a full time professional, having come through the club's Under-18s side, as well as earlier spells on the books of Aston Villa and Southampton as part of their Academy set-ups. He has been invited to spend time with the Northern Ireland Under-19s set-up at the start of September.

At present there's not much detail behind his call-up, except to note that his inclusion is almost certainly across the weekend of September 3rd, when there is a scheduled international break for Premier League and Championship sides, with England playing Slovakia on that Sunday. There is no scheduled Northern Ireland Under-19 fixture, but they have a series of three Euro Under-19 qualifiers in early October in Poland, against Macedonia, Slovakia and Poland, suggesting that the September training camp is an opportunity for Head Coach Stephen Craigan to look at his options in a more informal environment ahead of any potential call-ups one month later.

Yeovil Town play at home against Blackpool on that weekend, although on recent seasons the international call-ups for players have also affected the preceding midweek fixtures, which could affect the EFL Trophy tie against Portsmouth.


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15 August 2016 : Zoko Believed Ready To Return To Action As Luton Injury Scares Die Down
Yeovil Town should be close to being able to name a full bench of players for tomorrow night's match against Mansfield Town tomorrow, having struggled in the last two matches to fill all seven places. Early season niggles have seen a large number of players limp out of training sessions and matches, leaving only five on the bench for the trip to Walsall whilst for Luton Town on Saturday only six were included.

For the trip to Field Mill though, on the surface of things, it seems possible that striker Francois Zoko will provide a seventh member of that substitutes bench. The Western Gazette don't indicate how fit he is, but after Saturday's match at Kenilworth Road, manager Darren Way indicated that "he'll be training next week - I've got a decision to make" suggesting that the hip flexor problems that had wiped out his pre-season may now be easing.

Elsewhere it would appear that all of the players who suffered knocks at Luton on Saturday should be able to play on Tuesday. The most serious looking was Alex Lacey who had to leave the pitch in the 33rd minute with an arm injury, having attempted to continue for much of the half following a fall that saw him tumble over the advertising boards and into the deep-lying Oak Road end of the ground. Left-back Ryan Dickson also showed some concerns, having spent the tail end of the first half hobbling with an ankle injury. Meanwhile Way admitted in his post-match interview that Nathan Smith's position on the substitute's bench was a dubious one, given that he'd suffered some discomfort in the warm-ups before the match, having suffered a foot injury during the Notts County fixture.

The Gazette claims that all three are fit and available, which would just then leave Darren Ward (knee), Josh Ezewele (knee) and Liam Shephard (Achilles) as the three who are most likely to sit at home. At present there isn't any set date or expectation for when those three players might be available, with Ward having managed just 19 minutes worth of football across the whole of pre-season and competitive matches, whilst Ezewele hasn't got onto the pitch since the July 26th pre-season friendly against Salisbury.


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15 August 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town are on the road again with a trip to Field Mill, as they play Mansfield Town in a League Two fixture. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to provide you with directions, pub guides, club statistics and history and other information about the game. Remember that this is an ALL TICKET game, and so if you've not purchased a ticket, then do not travel to the game. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Mansfield Town.

The North Stand
The North Stand at Field Mill.
Photo © 2003-16 Ciderspace



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15 August 2016 : GWSC Coach Payments For Everton vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to pay for their Green and Whites Supporters Club travel to Everton should note that they will have personnel at Huish Park during the week for fans to either book travel and/or make payments. As part of the EFL Cup Second Round trip to Goodison Park, the GWSC have asked for all coach payments to be made up front. To enable that to happen, Paul Hadlow will be present in the GWSC Programme Shop at the following times:

Tuesday : 10.30a.m. - 12.30p.m.
Wednesday : 10.00a.m. - 1.00p.m.
Thursday : 9.00a.m. - 1.00p.m.
Friday : 1.00p.m. - 4.30p.m.
Saturday : 10.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. (day of Morecambe home fixture)

If you're visiting at any other time of the day, or find Paul is unavailable, please drop any payments into Yeovil Town reception, in a sealed envelope addressed to "Paul Hadlow, GWSC".

For ticketing and travel information, see the earlier articles linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town.


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15 August 2016 : Away Travel Club Plans For Everton vs Yeovil Town
The Away Travel Club have set their plans for the EFL Cup Second Round tie against Everton. The match will be played on Tuesday 23rd August at Goodison Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

They will be leaving from the Away End of the Huish Park stadium at 11.30a.m. The cost of travel will be £28.00 and must be paid in full in advance of the trip. To place your booking, call Jonny Woolmington (after 5.00p.m.) on 07725322284 or Sara Kelly on 07939608338 (before 5.00p.m.)

Please ensure that you make arrangements to pay your fare before the day of the trip. The recommended method is to pay in the Beer Tent prior to the Morecambe home match on Saturday 20th August. If you can't pay on that day, please liase with John or Sara to sort out alternative arrangements at the time of your booking.

For all other Everton ticketing and travel arrangements, see the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.


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15 August 2016 : Alex Lawless Talks About His Kenilworth Road Return
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, Yeovil Town midfielder Alex Lawless spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Alex talks about his first ever return to Kenilworth Road and the reception he got, as well as reflecting upon his side's performance. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Alex Lawless Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Luton.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Luton Town Away Game.


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15 August 2016 : Darren Talks About Luton Town Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Luton Town kicked off at Kenilworth Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the inclusion of Bevis Mugabi in the side, the rather young bench he had to select for the game, and his plans to sign former Swansea City midfielder Kyle Copp. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Luton.


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14 August 2016 : Video : Luton Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-1 draw against Luton Town, these are now online. As well as Stephen O'Donnell's opening strike for the home side, and the second half header from Tom Eaves, highlights include a rather impressive first half save from Artur Krysiak, and another second half effort from Tom Eaves.




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14 August 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Luton Town Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about his side's performance, the injury to Alex Lacey and the performance of Bevis Mugabi who was making his full debut today. He also explains why Nathan Smith never got on the pitch, despite the defensive injuries. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Luton Town Away Game.


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13 August 2016 : Way Proud Of Second Half Performance Against Side He Tips For Promotion
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said he was proud of his side's second half performance at Kenilworth Road today, where they put a Luton Town side that he is tipping for promotion onto the back foot for long periods. The 1-1 draw against the Hatters probably came close to reflecting the balance of the match, as the home team dominated the first period, taking the lead through Stephen O'Donnell's 25 yard strike. But then after the break it was the Glovers who turned the tables, and they got the majority of the best chances, equalising 12 minutes from time thanks to a header from Tom Eaves.

Luton have got themselves off to a strong start to their 2016-17 season, winning their opening day fixture by gaining a 3-0 away win against last year's play-off contenders Plymouth Argyle before producing one of the shocks of the EFL Cup First Round by beating Aston Villa 3-1 live on Sky Sports. As such, Yeovil Town became the first club to stop the side led by former Glovers assistant manager Nathan Jones in their tracks. Way was impressed by the way his side reacted to the first half pressure, and felt that they were the ones who had turned on the style during the second half:

"I think we knew it was going to be a good game. I know the way Nathan plays. I thought our boys were amazing. I thought the goalkeeper Christian Walton pulled off some world class saves to stop us. I know I'm going to be biased but I think we should have won that game. The boys gave everything. I talked to them at half time. I don't know how they're going to deal with adversity. I think I counted that there are seven (new players) and when I look at their situation of being at the football club, I've not seen them in this environment. So they came out in the second half and I was a very proud manager, with a group of players that have stood the test at Kenilworth Road. When you look at Aston Villa and how difficult it was for them (in the League Cup), they're a good team and they going to get promoted this year."

Way was less impressed with Luton striker Danny Hylton and his involvement in an early incident that saw former Luton defender Alex Lacey get an ugly return to his old club - shoved over the advertising boards and down into the Oak Road Stand, which sits at a lower level to the pitch, meaning that Lacey faced a nasty fall. Ultimately losing his player to an arm injury before the break, Way thought the officials should have taken some action after the incident. He also explained why Nathan Smith was never brought onto the pitch following his recent injury, despite being named on the bench today:

"He (Nathan Smith) warmed up, but then he came in and it was still (a problem) and I didn't want to take that risk. If I lost Nathan, not knowing that I was going to lose Alex Lacey which I thought was an absolute joke in getting pushed over the boardings. As I said to the officials, I lose a player like that, because of that situation, and they just say get back onto the pitch and carry on as normal. I think that it's unacceptable to push somebody over a boarding. It's definitely an arm injury from where he landed. So I'm disappointed but we'll move onto the next player who is going to step up to the mark. I keep saying it, when someone steps out - Bevis Mugabi stepped in this week. Those sort of stories make me proud, and the boys gave him a little ripple (of applause) after the game just to say well done. They respect each other so much that when someone is out, then someone else steps up to the mark."


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13 August 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.


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13 August 2016 : It's A Fair Copp - Former Swansea Academy Player Agrees Terms
As reported earlier today, Yeovil Town have agreed a deal to put former Swansea City attacking midfielder Kyle Copp on a permanent contract. The 19 year old (born November 1st 1996) was a part of Swansea's academy system for ten years, rising through their Under-18s and into their Under-21s side. In the season before he left the Liberty Stadium, Swansea's website described him as follows:

"A promising midfielder with a keen eye for goal, Copp has stepped up to the Under-21 side in recent seasons and will be looking to make his mark in 2015-16. Has represented Wales at youth level and scored a number of important goals for club and country, while he signed his first professional contract at the Liberty Stadium in the summer of 2015."

Copp left Swansea in the summer of 2016, after they decided against renewing his contract at the club, and he played in Yeovil Town's pre-season friendlies against Dorchester Town and Salisbury. He was still involved with the first team squad during the final pre-season friendly against Swindon Town but didn't get onto the pitch, whilst he was pictured at a couple of the club's Community days in which he joined contracted members of the first team squad.

Kyle travelled to Luton Town today, but international clearance had not come through for his registration with the Glovers - a necessary hurdle given that his last club Swansea report to the Welsh FA. However, manager Darren Way told BBC Somerset that he will be putting him onto a contract as soon as that comes through:

"I think that from what I've seen from Kyle, I want to give him the opportunity to see if he can handle first team football. Unfortunately the deal has not gone through at the moment. We're working on it because of the Wales TMS (Transfer Matching System) so we have to wait on that. He is someone that is going to add some strength and depth to our squad. Hopefully I can make one or two (signings) because when you look at our bench, it seems very light at the moment."

The club have indicated that Copp will be signed up on non-contract terms, meaning that either party will be able to terminate the agreement at any time, although the provisions of the transfer window system mean that if Copp decided himself to go elsewhere, he'd have to drop out of League Football or wait until January. The club would be able to tie him to a proper contract later if things work out well.


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13 August 2016 : Luton 1 Yeovil 1 : Eaves Header Stops Hatters Progress
A second half goal from Yeovil Town striker Tom Eaves gave his side a well earned point at Kenilworth Road this afternoon. The former Bolton Wanderers striker, who rejoined the club over the summer, scored with a typical striker's 78th minute header from a right wing cross from Kevin Dawson that saw his side come back from being a goal down. Luton's first half display saw them reach half time with a superb Stephen O'Donnell blaster from 20 yards out that gave them the lead. But after the break a formation change brought Yeovil back into contention, with Eaves ensuring a point each in a 1-1 draw.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up, with another injury forcing that situation. Liam Shephard had picked up a kick on his ankle/Achilles area at Walsall on Tuesday night, and he dropped out of the side, with Bevis Mugabi coming into the side. On the bench Nathan Smith was deemed fit enough to sit on the bench, although ultimately was never used despite further injury problems materialising, suggesting that he was only marginally ready to play. Youth team graduate Ollie Bassett who had been left out of the first two matchday squads finally got his first position on the teamsheet. However, Darren Ward (knee), Josh Ezewele (knee) and Francois Zoko (hip flexor) all missed out.

The first half opened up with the two sides formations being key as to how things panned out. Whilst the Glovers stuck to their tried'n'trusted 4-3-3 formation, Nathan Jones opted to put Luton out in a 4-4-2 line-up. It was the home side that looked the most dominant in the opening 45 minutes, with them doubling up on the flanks to good effect. Yeovil actually had the first chance, as Matt Dolan had a shot blocked, with the ball looping up over the bar for a corner. But then Glen Rea forced the best out of Artur Krysiak as the Pole produced a flying save from the Luton midfielder's header.

There wasn't an awful lot that Krysiak could have done about what followed in the 26th minute of the match. Perhaps being critical, someone in the Glovers midfield or back line should have been at the back post when the ball was put in from the left side of the pitch but then got flicked onto the right flank, where Stephen O'Donnell was in acres of free space. But once O'Donnell teed it up - and he was given plenty of space to do so - his shot from 25 yards out was hit like a rocket into the top corner. No-one likes conceding a goal, but it's hard to argue with them when they fly in like that.

Yeovil had their own problems in defence to deal with of a different nature. Alex Lacey might have expected a friendly welcome back to his old club, but instead he got a bit of early rough-housing from Danny Hylton five minutes into the match, when the Luton striker gave him one of those rather cynical shoves just as the ball was running out of play. Such is the tightness of the Kenilworth Road ground at the Oak Road end of the ground, that simple shove was enough to send Lacey over the advertising boardings and down a three foot drop into the Oak Road Stand. Whilst Lacey managed to get himself to his feet fairly quickly following that fall, he twice needed first half treatment on an arm injury, and on the second occasion, the Glovers bench decided to withdraw him.

On came Tahvon Campbell which forced a rather major reshuffle. Bevis Mugabi had to switch to centre-back, Kevin Dawson had to drop to right-back, whilst Tahvon Campbell moved up front, with Ryan Hedges dropping into a deeper role. With a makeshift defence trying to get their bearings, Luton tried to take advantage, although thankfully Pelly Ruddock's finishing was woeful - the ball reached him after the Glovers had struggled to clear their lines, but with defenders and goalkeeper dragged out of position due to the earlier play, Ruddock sliced his effort wide of the target. Then as four minutes of injury time was played due to Lacey's problems, Jack Marriott fired an angled shot wide of the target. The Glovers finished the half with Ryan Dickson needing treatment and heavily limping, after he fell awkwardly in one goalmouth scramble, meaning that the half time whistle was somewhat welcome for Yeovil given that it only left them with a single goal disadvantage.

During the closing stages of the first period Yeovil appeared to try to tweak their formation a couple of times - Luton's control down the flanks had been too great at times. For the second period, they tweaked it again, with Tahvon Campbell and Tom Eaves providing a central pairing whilst Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges played as midfield wide men. That seemed to give them more balance, and they even had the ball in the back of the net when Bevis Mugabi was one of three Yeovil players queued up at the back post from a left-wing cross. Unfortunately he had strayed into an offside position, and by the time the ball was netted, the linesman's flag was obviously raised.

Chances were starting to come Yeovil's way. Tom Eaves seemed to lose his balance on the edge of the box, but used that fall to his advantage as he got up and hooked the ball towards goal - a move that almost took home keeper Christian Walton by surprise as he had to claw the ball away to his right. Then we had a game of total pinball inside the Luton penalty box - a 15 or 20 second period in which Luton couldn't clear their lines inside the area, but neither could the Glovers get a toe onto the ball towards goal, even if flying bodies showed how desperate both sides were in their respective efforts. Tahvon Campbell then went close, as Walton again seemed to struggle with the flight of the ball, being forced to parry the shot away as it dug off the turf in front of him.

Whilst Luton were the better side in the first half, there was little doubt which side had the better of the second period. So when the ball came out to Kevin Dawson in an advanced position with 12 minutes remaining, his ball into the box saw Tom Eaves score a richly deserved equalising goal, with the header into the corner a classic 'target man' striker's goal that the Glovers have tended to lack in recent seasons. 1-1 and game on!

During the closing stages, Yeovil lost Tom Eaves to an injury, as he sat on the turf in front of the dugouts, leading to a late drinks break whilst the Glovers lined up Omar Sowunmi to come on for the final six minutes. The Glovers could have won it right at the end of five minutes of second half injury time when Matt Dolan lined up a free kick on the edge of the box. He flighted it brilliantly, but the ball just about cleared the crossbar, and in the end both sides had to settle for a point each. As a side expected to challenge for promotion this season, Luton away was a useful benchmark for the Glovers own ambitions, and whilst two games into a 46 game season is far too early to make firm judgements, in terms of the 90 minutes out there, once Yeovil had found their footing, they came out of it well, hopefully suggesting that there aren't too many sides in League Two they should be fearing at this stage - the fact that nine teams are currently all sharing four points after two matches suggests that this could be a very wide open division.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Stephen O'Donnell (1-0, 26 mins), Tom Eaves (1-1, 78 mins)

Luton Town:
1. Christian Walton
2. Stephen O'Donnell 5. Johnny Mullins 6. Scott Cuthbert 3. Dan Potts
17. Pelly Ruddock 8. Cameron McGeehan 16. Glen Rea 10. Jordan Cook
9. Danny Hylton 14. Jack Marriott

Substitutes:
7. Jake Gray (58 mins for Pelly Ruddock) 20. Isaac Vassell (86 mins for Jack Marriott) 4. Jonathan Smith (65 mins for Cameron McGeehan) 19. Olly Lee 23. Josh McQuoid 31. Craig King 36. James Justin

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 21. Alex Lacey 16. Matt Butcher 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
23. Ryan Hedges 9. Tom Eaves 10. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 3. Nathan Smith 17. Omar Sowunmi (83 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Tahvon Campbell (33 mins for Alex Lacey) 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett

Luton Town Bookings: Jack Marriott (foul, 77 mins), Dan Potts (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Ryan Dickson (foul, 48 mins), Tom Eaves (foul, 66 mins)

Luton Town Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 9; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley (Essex). Assistants: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Thomas Harty (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Nigel Smith (Derbyshire).

Attendance: 7,800 (with 303 Yeovil supporters).


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13 August 2016 : MacDonald Switches Cherries For Latics
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shaun MacDonald has signed for Championship side Wigan Athletic. He has penned a two year contract for an undisclosed fee after leaving AFC Bournemouth on a permanent basis. The former Swansea City midfielder has not been registered in time for their match against Blackburn Rovers this afternoon but will be available for their next fixture on Tuesday night.

His new manager Gary Caldwell hoped that MacDonald's experience of rising from League One into the Premier League with the Cherries would suit Wigan's ambitions, given they have just been promoted from League One into second tier football:

"He is a quality addition to the squad. A terrific pro who understands the way we want to play, a skillful midfielder capable of fitting into our system. He is a a great person too, with a great attitude who has gone through a similar experience at Bournemouth to where we are now, a team coming up from League One to the Championship and playing a certain brand of football. The fact he has recent international experience with Wales shows just how highly he is rated."

MacDonald had five separate loan spells with the Glovers between 2009 and 2011 whilst on the books of Swansea City making 64 appearances and scoring nine goals.

Link: Shaun MacDonald : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 August 2016 : Team News For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have selected their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Team selection sees the Glovers make one change from the line-up that beat Walsall by a 2-0 scoreline at the Bescot Stadium on Tuesday. In addition Darren Way has announced he is about to sign former Swansea City attacking midfielder Kyle Copp on a contract, subject to international clearance - that has not come through in time for today's match.

Bevis Mugabi replaces Liam Shephard at right back due to the Swansea City player's injury sustained on Tuesday night. Nathan Smith returns to the bench. Absentees this afternoon include Liam Shephard (Achilles), Darren Ward (knee), Francois Zoko (hip flexor) and Josh Ezewele (knee). The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Alex Lacey, 16. Matt Butcher, 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 3. Nathan Smith 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett


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13 August 2016 : Darren Previews The Luton Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Luton Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ollie Cox, Darren's thoughts on the EFL Cup draw against Everton and the trip to Kenilworth Road can be found via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Luton Town.


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12 August 2016 : Late Ticket Purchases For The Luton Town Game
Any Yeovil Town supporters who have yet to make a firm decision on whether to attend tomorrow's League Two fixture against Luton Town should have one last chance to get themselves a match ticket. The game is designated as an ALL TICKET fixture for away supporters - something that is standard practice from Luton for all away supporters, meaning that you will not be able to directly purchase from the Kenilworth Road end of the ground.

However, like last season Luton have done a bit of a mini u-turn on arrangements - they will accept telephone purchases via their Ticket Office up until midday on Saturday, on 01582416976 if any fans want to make a late decision. In addition, the GWSC still have a few spaces left on their coach heading up to the game, hence anyone who wants their transport laid out for them should give them a call or a text to book up.

For details on both, follow the links below. We'd recommend that you make sure you've got your ticket purchased at the Luton end before departing.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

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

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal Page.


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12 August 2016 : Ticket Sale Arrangements For Everton vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have provided their ticketing arrangements for the EFL Cup Second Round match against Everton at Goodison Park. As reported earlier today, the match will be played at Goodison Park on Tuesday 23rd August 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices for the match can also now been confirmed as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over-65s and Under-22s: £10.00; Under-18s: £5.00.

Yeovil Town have been given an initial allocation of 1,800 tickets, but with capacity to extend that to 3,000 spaces if sales demand it. The initial batch will be sent to the Huish Park Ticket Office on Monday for arrival on Tuesday morning. The tickets will be put on sale initially to Season Ticket Holders ONLY with the following arrangements:

Tuesday 16th and Wed 17th : Season Ticket Holders Only. 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Thursday 18th : General Sale. 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Friday 19th : General Sale - Ticket Office open until 7.00p.m.
Saturday 20th : General Sale - Ticket Office will allow Everton sales in the morning but from 1.00p.m. onwards reserve the right to limit to Morecambe ticket purchases only.
Sunday 21st : To be announced (if ticket sales demand)
Monday 22nd : General Sale. 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Tuesday 23rd : No Ticket Sales from the Huish Park end. Goodison Park sales to be advised nearer the time.

It will also be possible for supporters registered on the Ticket Office online portal to purchase tickets online - up to five tickets will be allowable using this method. There will be no limit via phone sales or in person. The club will be sending out an email to all Season Ticket holders who they have email addresses for with login instructions, so keep an eye on your Inbox, and your Spam folder just in case anything drops into there, if you've not used the online ticket portal before.

NOTE: If you're planning on turning up to the Ticket Office on the Tuesday to purchase tickets in person, please do not do so in the morning, as the physical tickets are only expected to arrive via the morning post, and the club will need time to receive them and count the batches before putting them on sale. We'll ask the Ticket Office to send a message once they're able to put physical tickets on sale. This will not affect those purchasing over the phone or internet, as the tickets will be distributed later.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

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

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal Page.


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12 August 2016 : Long Range Strike Sees Dolan Given League's Team Of Midweek Nomination
Yeovil Town midfielder Matty Dolan has been included in the Football League's Team of the Week. Strictly speaking, this is a team of midweek given that it's based on the performances put in during each club's EFL Cup fixtures. No surprises for working out why Matty has been included in the side - his 60-plus yard goal scored against Walsall on Tuesday night has been replayed a few times by fans and pundits after he decided to 'do a David Beckham' on the Saddlers keeper from deep inside his own half. The Football League's own view on his strike was as follows:

"If you haven't seen this man's goal that helped see off Walsall in Round One, then where have you been?! Dolan's wonder strike from his own half capped off a fine midfield display for the Glovers as the Sky Bet League Two side sealed a place in the next round."

The overall team, plus manager, also includes former Glovers manager Gary Johnson, whose Cheltenham Town side inflicted a 1-0 defeat on Russell Slade's own Charlton Athletic side that was another one of the ties that saw 'League Two defeating League One' during the midweek matches. The team the Football League has nominated is as follows:

Goalkeeper: Simon Eastwood (Oxford United)
Defender: Ben Tilney (Milton Keynes Dons)
Defender: Fraser Franks (Stevenage)
Defender: Ethan Ampadu (Exeter City)
Midfielder: Piero Mingoia (Cambridge United)
Midfielder: Matty Dolan (Yeovil Town)
Midfielder: Pelly Ruddock (Luton Town)
Midfielder: Jamie Murphy (Brighton & Hove Albion)
Forward: Jack Dunn (Morecambe)
Forward: Tom Nichols (Peterborough United)
Forward: Ryan Lowe (Crewe Alexandra)

Manager: Gary Johnson (Cheltenham Town)


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12 August 2016 : GWSC Travel For Everton vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming EFL Cup match against Everton. The match takes place at Goodison Park on Tuesday 23rd August 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Everton : Tuesday 23rd August 2016.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £31.00; Member Concessions: £29.00
Adult Non-Members: £33.00; Non-Member Concessions: £31.00

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

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

NOTE CAREFULLY: Given the number of people likely to travel to this fixture, the GWSC would like all supporters to pay in full in advance of the trip. Hence when placing your booking, please ensure that you drop money into the football club to guarantee your booking. Alternatively if you're travelling with them to either the Luton Town or Mansfield Town fixtures, then take the additional money to one of those fixtures to make sure your place is reserved.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

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

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal Page.


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12 August 2016 : Date And Ticket Prices Set For Everton EFL Cup Tie
Yeovil Town's EFL Cup Second Round tie against Premier League side Everton now has a firm date. The match will be played at Goodison Park on Tuesday 23rd August 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Everton have also published ticket prices for the game which appear to be flat across the whole ground. These are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over-65s and Under-22s: £10.00; Under-18s: £5.00.

At present there are no tickets on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office, so please do not call them. We will provide an update when ticketing arrangements at the Yeovil end are known, but we do not expect that to happen before Monday. However, our expectation is that the away allocation will be sufficient to cater for everyone given this shouldn't be a sell-out match.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal Page.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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12 August 2016 : EFL Cup Second Round Televised Ties Chosen
The Football League have selected the live matches for broadcast in the Second Round of the EFL Cup. No surprise whatsoever that Yeovil Town's trip to Everton has not been selected, with the Goodison Park location bound to count against the Glovers in terms of the way Sky Sports will have viewed the chances of there being an upset. Instead they've opted to cover two matches that involve lower division sides playing at home against higher division outfits, with Championship side Burton Albion's match against Liverpool and the all-Lancashire clash between Accrington Stanley and Burnley being picked.

The schedule for the live matches will be as follows:

Tue 23/08/2016 : 19:45hrs : Burton Albion vs Liverpool
Wed 24/08/2016 : 19:45hrs : Accrington Stanley vs Burnley

As yet, we don't know what date the club's match against Everton will be staged, although the fact that the two TV ties have been selected, and Everton's neighbours Liverpool now have a firm date for their match, should hopefully allow that to be confirmed soon.

Link: EFL Cup Second Round : Full Draw As Glovers Get Toffees Tie.


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12 August 2016 : Officials For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Luton Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 13th August 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Nicholas Kinseley (Essex).

In terms of refereeing at Football League level, he is a new kid on the block, having only been promoted to this level over the summer of 2015 a single trial game in League Two during the 2014-15 campaign. Prior to his promotion we saw him during the December 2012 match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park when he was a linesman at that time.

We had him as a man in the middle twice during the 2015-16 season, with his performances memorable for entirely opposite reasons. The first was the September 2015 home match against Morecambe, where his actions had a big effect on the match. He sent off Shaun Jeffers for a straight foul on Aaron McGowan - the video replay tended to show that Jeffers wasn't very good at tackling, but there was nothing particularly malicious in it, but off he went, and he was joined at half time by manager Paul Sturrock who let the referee know what he thought of the decision as they went down the tunnel at the break - Sturrock got a one match ban for the game at Crawley Town later that month. The club appealed against the striker's dismissal, but the problem with the Appeals Panel decisions are that you have to provide evidence that the referee got it wrong, and although Jeffers barely made any connection he had raised his leg and so presumably that was enough for them to back the referee. Overall he had the look of a rookie at a new level, and there were times during the game when he seemed to be letting everything get out of control. Meanwhile, having been 2-0 up, Yeovil collapsed in the final five minutes and lost the game by a 2-4 scoreline, with the red card inevitably a key talking point after the match.

We then faced him in April 2016 for the match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way. On this occasion the match referee was in a super-lenient mood, letting tackles go that he probably shouldn't have. In the 84th minute a hopelessly wild and late 'tackle' by Ben Kennedy on Kevin Dawson as he flew up the wing looked like a cast iron red card, particularly when fans were already aware of the standard that Kinseley had set when deciding to dismiss Shaun Jeffers in the earlier season fixture. But referees are a law unto themselves at times, and Kinseley somehow decided that Kennedy's thuggery was of less concern to him than Jeffers' more innocent clumsiness. The end result was a yellow card, and a furious Yeovil bench. Like the September 2015 match, the Glovers also ended up with one of their management team getting banned by the FA for giving his opinion to Mr Kinseley about the incident. This time Terry Skiverton was the one to get a rap over the knuckles, a £500 fine and a single match ban for 'insulting language and/or behaviour'.

So which Nicholas Kinseley will we get on Saturday? The trigger-happy one, or the super-lenient one? Who knows. Mr Kinseley will be assisted by Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Thomas Harty (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Nigel Smith (Derbyshire).

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 4.

Link: April 2016 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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12 August 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to Kenilworth Road when they take on Luton Town in a League Two fixture. As a result, the Ciderspace guide has been updated ahead of that trip. Find the usual selection of directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide and club statistics via the link below. Note that this is an ALL TICKET game for away fans - don't turn up without having purchased a ticket!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

The Main Stand at Luton's Kenilworth Road ground - side facing
The Main Stand at Luton's Kenilworth Road ground - side facing.
Photo © 2016 Ciderspace.



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12 August 2016 : Way Sees Glovers As Better Prepared For Everton Test Than Last Season
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes he has a stronger group of footballers to handle the difficult prospect of a trip to Premier League side Everton than he had eight months ago when the two clubs nearly met. The Glovers were a penalty shootout away from playing the Toffees last season in the FA Cup, but lost to Carlisle United after extra time, with the width of a goalpost taking them out of the competition.

That meant that the Cumbrians got the prize of playing Everton on their own patch, but later this month Yeovil Town will get the chance to travel to Goodison Park when they face Everton in an EFL Cup Second Round tie. Whilst last season's FA Cup exit left the club with plenty of 'what if' questions, they can now focus on what is a definite tie that will be staged during the week commencing August 22nd (with the exact date yet to be set). Way told BBC Somerset that although his club had to wait a bit for the prize of playing the Toffees, he felt his side were in a better position to cope with such a test now:

"It's very good. It's nearly a year on from when we missed that penalty, so it will be nice to go up there. I think we've got a stronger group to handle it, and I think they deserve that. They can test themselves now against Premier League. It's a good opportunity for them to put themselves into the shop window. You've got to look at it financially as well, so it's about whatever gives most to the football club. I'm not privileged enough to know what the finances are from that side of it, but I know that it's going to be a good tie and it's going to help this football club. The football club deserve it, because it's a great club."

To show how times can change over an eight month period, back in January Matt Dolan was one of the players ruing his luck, given that it was his spot kick in the shoot-out against Carlisle that came off the post, giving the Cumbrians the chance to seal victory by a 5-4 scoreline. Earlier this week, Dolan's goal against Walsall became one of the most talked about of the EFL Cup First Round, as he scored Yeovil's second against the Saddlers from inside his own half - a strike in excess of 60 yards.

The goal has been compared to a 1996 strike that a young David Beckham managed against the original Wimbledon side whilst playing for Manchester United, when he scored past Neil Sullivan from the half-way line. Now retired from the game, Way says he wants to contact Beckham and show him Dolan's goal that was scored from an even greater distance. Way feels that Dolan deserves his moment in the spotlight and wants to know Beckham's views on it:

"I thought his goal was absolutely fantastic. It needs to be talked about. I am going to try to do my best now to get hold of David Beckham. I want to be able to see what his comments are on it, because I think it's coming up to 20 years now since he scored his goal. I think when I look at that goal, as a manager, I have to say a big well done to Matt, because to have that confidence and to be able to guide that ball like he did, into the back of the net from the distance he was at - I thought it was from the halfway line on the day, but I think we're going back into our own half - that is what dreams are made of. He deserves a special mention and I've got to do the best that I can to try to get David Beckham's comments on that now."


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12 August 2016 : GWSC Travel To Mansfield Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Mansfield Town. The match takes place at Field Mill on Tuesday 16th August 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Mansfield Town : Tuesday 17th August 2016.
Huish Park: 12.30p.m.
Adult Members: £27.00; Member Concessions: £25.00
Adult Non-Members: £29.00; Non-Member Concessions: £27.00

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

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

NOTE CAREFULLY: The match against Mansfield Town is ALL TICKET for Yeovil Town supporters. You must purchase your ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office - no sales are available on the day of the game. For ticketing arrangements, follow the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal Page.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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11 August 2016 : Ayling Completes Elland Road Transfer
Former Yeovil Town defender Luke Ayling has completed a transfer to Championship side Leeds United. The 24 year old has penned a three year contract at Elland Road, leaving Bristol City after two years at the club, having switched from Yeovil Town in the summer of 2014. He leaves after 95 appearances at Ashton Gate, scoring four goals, standing as their only outfield ever-present player during their 2014-15 campaign that gave them both League One promotion and the Football League Trophy, which saw him appear on 58 occasions.

Officially neither side has disclosed a transfer fee for his services. He had just under one year left on his contract in Bristol that was due to end in 2017. Former Swansea City boss Garry Monk has taken him on, and Ayling has said that his new club's ambitions to play in Monk's own style of football had influenced him, revealing that Leeds first made contact five days ago:

"I heard about five days ago that there might be a chance of me coming here, then things started to move quickly on Monday night and I started driving down this week. I was really happy. Garry Monk has told me that he wants me to come in and play football in the right way. He likes players to get on the ball and show themselves and be the player that they want to be. I like the ball at my feet and hopefully I can bring something different to the team. I hope to bring loads of energy and get up and down the wing. I think Iím quite good with the ball at my feet and I always try to play football in the right way."

Unofficially, the press have pitched Ayling's transfer fee at £750,000. There had been claims yesterday that Scottish Premiership side Celtic were the club that were in for him, but by the afternoon, the media had restated the interest as being 'Celtic or Leeds' whilst by the evening, their reports had simply become 'Leeds'. It would seem likely that they had picked up the reason for City omitting him from their EFL Cup squad that travelled to Wycombe Wanderers, but had not predicted his destination correctly.

In terms of whether the Glovers will gain out of this deal, we are still none the wiser - with both clubs not disclosing Ayling's transfer fee paid by Leeds, and Yeovil Town having never disclosed their valuation for Ayling's transfer to Bristol City in the summer of 2014, nor whether they had a sell-on fee included, this is effectively speculation of a 2016 transfer fee based upon the speculation of a 2014 transfer fee, based on a theoretically speculative sell-on percentage fee.

It's therefore impossible to even guess at how Yeovil Town may have benefitted from such a deal. However, based on the unofficial values having been put about during 2014 and 2016, any percentage sell-on fee would be based upon the profit made on such a deal - i.e. the difference between the (rumoured) £200,000 transfer that took him from Huish Park to Ashton Gate, and the 2016 claim that £750,000 took him from Ashton Gate to Elland Road. If there is a sell-on percentage fee coming Yeovil Town's way, it is therefore important to note that it would be based on the (theoretical) £550,000 profit made, and not on the absolute value of the 2016 transfer. And even that depends on whoever negotiated Yeovil Town's 2014 deal having inserted such a percentage deal into the arrangements.

Link: Luke Ayling : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 August 2016 : Ticketing Deadlines For Luton Town And Mansfield Town Trips
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to the League Two matches against Luton Town and Mansfield Town are reminded that these two games are ALL TICKET for away supporters. Both clubs operate a policy of not selling tickets on the day of the game to away supporters, and so you must purchase your tickets in advance from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

The deadline for buying tickets for the Luton Town match will be 4.00p.m. on Friday. Meanwhile supporters looking to purchase tickets for the Mansfield Town trip should purchase by 5.00p.m. on Monday. If you can't get to the ticket office in person, then call them on 01935-847888 and you can purchase via debit/credit card. Tickets purchased close to the deadline will be available for pick-up from the home side's Ticket Office.

For full pricing, see each article linked below.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal Page.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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11 August 2016 : Birmingham City Ladies To Visit For Friendly Fixture
Yeovil Town Ladies have arranged a friendly match for later this month. With the FAWSL fixtures few and far between due to a mini-break in the competition, and numerous international call-ups, there's a need to keep the squad fit during that time, and so they have invited FAWSL1 side Birmingham City Ladies to a friendly that will take place on Sunday 21st August. The match will take place at the Alvington Training Complex on Alvington Lane, with kick-off as 2.00p.m.

Birmingham will represent tough opponents, given they are currently 4th in the FAWSL1 table and have made it as far as the Continental Cup Semi-Final stages, with a tie against London Bees that they would be favourites to win - if so they'd play one of Arsenal or Manchester City in the final. For the Glovers, this fixture takes place one week before they resume their final five FAWSL2 fixtures of the season, with a trip to Sheffield Ladies on the following weekend.

If you've not been to Alvington before, the venue is situated just off Bunford Lane, behind the Airfield Tavern pub. Entry for the fixture will be £2.00 for adults, with Under-16s admitted free of charge.


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11 August 2016 : Ticketing For Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Doncaster Rovers are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 27th August 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Doncaster are running a 'Back to School' promotion for this game with reduced admission for all supporters. Because of the reduced rates there are no concessions other than Under-16s. Prices as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Aged 16 and Under: £5.00.

Disabled supporters pay the appropriate prices but can admit an assistant free of charge.

Doncaster Rovers have also introduced a Junior Away Squad Membership this year. It is free of charge to join for away junior fans if they complete an application form, and once they fill in their details, they receive a £3.00 reduction on their ticket, thus getting them in for £2.00. This is only applicable on tickets brought in advance of matchday. Supporters need to fill in their details on the application forms provided or if ordering on the phone give permission for the ticket office to complete a form on their behalf. A junior membership card will be issued to the junior supporter.

Away supporters are usually allocated the Corsan North Stand, which is a covered seated stand situated behind one of the goals. Up to 3,344 supporters can be accommodated here. Doncaster also allow room for away fans in the East Stand, but only tend to use this for either very small or very large away followings. We'll have just the North Stand on this occasion.

You can purchase on the day of the match at the same prices, with the exception of the offer on 'junior away squad' tickets.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal Page.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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11 August 2016 : Video : Walsall vs Yeovil Town EFL Cup Highlights
For those who want to view the YouTube variety of match highlights from Tuesday night's EFL Cup First Round tie against Walsall, these are now available online. Watch the video clip of goals from the 2-0 win over the Saddlers, including the first which was credited to Tahvon Campbell (but we're not sure about that one!) and the stunner from Matt Dolan that scored from inside his own half - both during extra time.




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10 August 2016 : EFL Cup Second Round : Full Draw As Glovers Get Toffees Tie
Yeovil Town have been given an away draw in the Second Round of the EFL Cup tonight. The reward for the First Round win over Walsall is a tie against Premier League side Everton at Goodison Park. The ties were drawn out by Sky Sports tonight and produced the following:

Queens Park Rangers vs Rochdale
Scunthorpe United vs Cardiff City or Bristol City
Watford vs Gillingham
Peterborough United v Swansea City
Everton vs Yeovil Town
Millwall vs Nottingham Forest
Sunderland vs Shewsbury
Luton vs Leeds United
Chelsea vs Bristol Rovers or Bristol City
Burton Albion vs Liverpool
Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra
Accrington Stanley vs Burnley
Crystal Palace vs Blackpool
Morecambe vs AFC Bournemouth
Preston North End vs Oldham Athletic
Oxford United vs Brighton
Reading vs Milton Keynes Dons
Fulham vs Middlesbrough
Newcastle United vs Cheltenham Town
Exeter City vs Hull City
Derby County vs Carlisle United
Northampton Town vs West Bromwich Albion
Wolves vs Cambridge United
Stevenage vs Stoke City
Norwich City vs Coventry City

The slightly odd placing of Bristol City twice in the draw is dependent upon the result of the Bristol Rovers vs Cardiff City match on Thursday night. Whoever wins in that televised tie will take the place in the draw, with Bristol City taking the other slot.

All League Cup Second Round ties will be played during the week commencing August 22nd, with the majority of ties likely to be played on Tuesday 23rd August. We'll confirm the date for Yeovil Town's tie as soon as it is known.


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10 August 2016 : Whose Goal Was It Anyway? Opener At Walsall Causes Confusion
There appeared to be some significant confusion as to who scored Yeovil Town's opening goal against Walsall last night at the Bescot Stadium. The 103rd minute goal came via a Ryan Hedges free kick that was put into the box, but with the final touch having come at the far end of the ground to the Glovers fans, it was hard to conclude exactly who had got the decisive touch. Walsall fans behind the goal were convinced that it had been an own goal, but from the press box, the 'official' data feed given out to the likes of BBC and Sky named Tahvon Campbell as the goalscorer, meaning that he has currently been given the credit.

Whilst we're not aware of the goal being screened on television yet - Sky Sports News chose to only show Matt Dolan's goal in their rolling news feed - the highlights clip on their website sheds some light on the goal. What seems clear is that the Ryan Hedges free kick is floated to the far side of the back post where Alex Lacey is left unmarked. He powers a header towards the goal (see Freeze Frame 1 below) at which point Walsall substitute Amadou Bakayoko (No.20) tries to deal with the danger at what is now the near post.

The angle doesn't make it clear how big a touch Bakayoko gets on the ball, but by Frame 2 below the ball is on its way into the net, and by Frame 3 the substitute appears to have realised his role in the goal, putting his hands to his head and dropping to his knees. At this point, Yeovil's players run off celebrating and there's a small cut on the video highlights before they are seen in a team huddle celebrating. Due to the team huddle it's hard to see who is being congratulated although one player reaches over and ruffles Alex Lacey's head.

In terms of the role that Tahvon Campbell plays in the goal, the video suggests "not a lot"! The quality of the Freeze Frames make it hard to spot player movement, but in the three frames below, Campbell appears to start off at bottom left of the picture before moving into a rear central position close to the match referee. Of the Yeovil players closest to the ball when Lacey's header goes back across the goal mouth, substitute Bevis Mugabi and striker Tom Eaves appear to be the two closest to Bakayoko, but neither seem to make contact with the ball.

The conclusion appears to be that of the Glovers players, Alex Lacey has the greatest claim, with Bakayoko doubtless not in a hurry to put himself down on the scoresheet. Lacey tweeted last night, suggesting he knew he had a claim for the goal, thanking the Glovers fans for their attendance, but then hashtagging his tweet with #IScoredAsWellBuTheyGaveItToTavhon - it seems he may have a point!

Alex Lacey heads the ball towards goal from the Ryan Hedges free kick
Alex Lacey heads the ball towards goal from the Ryan Hedges free kick. Note Tahvon Campbell is bottom left of the still frame.

The ball flies into the net, with Walsall's No.20 Amadou Bakayoko appearing to get his head on the ball
The ball flies into the net, with Walsall's No.20 Amadou Bakayoko appearing to get his head on the ball. Note Tahvon Campbell is now at the rear centre of the still frame closest to the referee.

Players realise a goal has been scored as Walsall's No.20 Amadou Bakayoko falls to his knees
Players realise a goal has been scored as Walsall's No.20 Amadou Bakayoko falls to his knees. Note Tahvon Campbell is wearing No.19 and is closest to the referee.



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10 August 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Notts County : Man Of The Match Result
On Saturday, Yeovil Town opened up their 2016-17 season with a League Two match against Notts County. The end result was a 2-0 win with Otis Khan scoring on his debut, whilst the more familiar name of Kevin Dawson bagged the opener.

Man of the Match voting saw a wide spread of players named by fans as having impressed them throughout the afternoon, with five players gaining nine or more first placed votes. The top three saw central striker Tom Eaves pick up plenty of votes following his return to the club over the summer, following his release from Bolton Wanderers. Centre-back Alex Lacey is in his second season with the club and he got off to a good start as he looks to establish a regular role in the side. In the end the majority of fans agreed with the Match Sponsors, with winger Otis Khan a fairly comfortable poll winner - a good start to his life in Somerset following his summer transfer from Barnsley.

Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Otis Khan 440 (27)
2. Alex Lacey 274 (18)
3. Tom Eaves 198 (10)
4. Nathan Smith 172 (10)
5. Kevin Dawson 162 (9)
6. Alex Lawless 110 (6)
7. Liam Shephard 46 (3)
8. Ryan Hedges 44 (0)
9. Ryan Dickson 30 (1)
10. Matthew Dolan 28 (0)
11. Artur Krysiak 18 (1)
12. Darren Ward 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.56
Performance : 7.76
Entertainment : 7.36
VOTES RECEIVED : 85


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10 August 2016 : Ayling Links With Celtic Move Brings Question Of Sell-On Clause
Media reports in Bristol suggest that former Yeovil Town right-back Luke Ayling could be on his way out of Ashton Gate. The 24 year old is currently on Bristol City's books, but is being linked with a move to Scottish Premiership side Celtic by the Bristol Evening Post after the former Arsenal trainee was left at home, whilst the City squad travelled to Adams Park to play Wycombe Wanderers in an EFL Cup First Round tie. The same paper is also naming Championship side Leeds United as another interested party.

Normally with former Glovers players, we'd wait until the ink was dry before penning a 'Where are they now' article, but Ayling's potential route into Scotland is of particular interest to Glovers fans given the unanswered question of whether Yeovil Town inserted a sell-on clause into the deal that was struck between the two clubs when he headed up the A37 in August 2014.

Ayling left the Glovers after turning down a new contract offer at the club, but with him aged Under-24 the Glovers were entitled to a training and development fee from Bristol City that was settled via an undisclosed agreement. The rumourmill at the time pitched the fee as being in the region of £150,000 to £200,000, doubtless with a few clauses built in such as appearance-based milestones that would net the club further income. It is also common practice in such deals to insert a sell-on clause that would entitle the club to a percentage of any profit made on any secondary transfer, such as the one rumoured by the Evening Post.

The BEP suggest that Ayling's absence from Adams Park could be linked to Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers looking for a new right-back. They don't offer up any quotes or sources to support this, but point to the arrival of Sunderland loanee Adam Matthews and the availability of other options such as Mark Little and Zak Vyner in the City ranks as being evidence of them having a surplus of right-back options. Ayling has just under a year left on the City contract he signed when he left Yeovil Town, and with him about to go past his 25th birthday, City would be in a position where they'd either want to cash in on his value, or tie him on a longer term deal.

There's no mention of any financial figures in the report, suggesting things are fairly speculative at this stage. At the time of Ayling's move from Huish Park, this site did take note of one such deal for a tribunal fee set for a defender with a fairly similar background to Ayling, with Troy Archibald-Henville's move from Exeter City to Swindon Town having resulted in both clubs unable to reach agreement on the transfer terms. The tribunal set a basic valuation of £200,000 for the player, with various appearance-based add-ons, along with a 20 percent sell-on clause.

With those as the 'market conditions' set that year, it should be hoped that Ayling's deal would have been constructed along similar lines. If he does leave Ashton Gate for Celtic Park, the question will arise as to whether Yeovil Town are entitled to a windfall, and if so how large that sum might be. Watch this space.

Link: Luke Ayling : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Updated: The Bristol Evening Post have now extended their claims of interest in Luke Ayling to Leeds United. The same logic would apply if anything bears fruition out of that story as well.


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10 August 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Walsall EFL Cup Game
Following Tuesday night's 2-0 win over Walsall in the EFL Cup First Round, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's post-match verdict can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Walsall EFL Cup Game.


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10 August 2016 : GWSC Travel To Luton Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Luton Town. The match takes place at Kenilworth Road on Saturday 13th August 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Luton Town : Saturday 13th August 2016.
Huish Park: 9.15a.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

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

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

NOTE CAREFULLY: The match against Luton Town is ALL TICKET for Yeovil Town supporters. You must purchase your ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office - no sales are available on the day of the game. For ticketing arrangements, follow the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal Page.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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10 August 2016 : Video: Walsall vs Yeovil Town Sky Sports Highlights : View Matt Dolan's 60 Yard Strike
For those who want to watch video highlights of Tuesday night's EFL Cup First Round tie against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, the Sky Sports footage is now online. As well as giving you an idea of whether Tahvon Campbell will successfully claim the opening goal, you can also view the 60 yard strike by Matt Dolan that stole the show during the second half of extra time.

There will probably be YouTube highlights online later today. For UK viewers though, watch via the video clip below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Walsall vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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10 August 2016 : Way Praises Dolan's Level Of Arrogance After Long Range Strike
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that it took a level of arrogance from Matty Dolan to score the goal that he managed at the Bescot Stadium last night. The midfielder scored from inside his own half after he spotted Walsall keeper Neil Etheridge out of position during the second half of extra time in the EFL Cup First Round tie at the Bescot Stadium.

That gave Yeovil a 2-0 victory, with the first goal credited to Tahvon Campbell by the national press feeds (although the video strongly suggests it was an own goal). Whilst it may take a bit of unravelling to decide exactly who gets the first goal, there was no doubt about who was claiming the second. Way told BBC Somerset that the way Dolan weighted the ball as it was struck from 60 yards was particularly impressive:

"You can't take away that arrogance to actually hit it from that distance and to get the weight of the pass absolutely spot on, the keper was chasing all the way back into the net. That just sums it up at the moment. It was absolutely amazing. We talked about pressing, and I wanted a real good press and I thought they did that. Out of possession they looked to steal the ball on numerous occasions. It was difficult to deal with that direct ball that Walsall were playing and with the amount of changes that were made. I thought that Matt Butcher and the whole back four were phenomenal. Then obviously Liam Shephard came off but Bevis Mugabi stepped up to the mark."

With Walsall having reached the League One play-offs last season, and having started their own 2016-17 campaign at that level in confident fashion, Yeovil's victory was somewhat unexpected given that they sit in the division below. However, Way cited the club's pre-season victory over Swindon Town that saw them gain a win over another third tier side and said he was proud of the overall performance the team had put in:

"That's pleasing - we've done it against Swindon, and then they've done it to a good Walsall team. They were off the back of a good result at the weekend. They nearly went full strength against us. I think they only made two changes to their starting line-up. We expected them to make more changes to be honest. But it was a great performance and all-round performance from back to front. I feel very proud of the players."


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10 August 2016 : Dolan Overjoyed After Scoring Goal Inside His Own Half
Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan said that having spotted Walsall keeper Neil Etheridge off his line at an earlier free kick had given him the spark to attempt his audacious 60 yard goal against the Saddlers on Tuesday night. The 23 year old scored his fifth goal for the Glovers in the EFL Cup First Round tie at the Bescot Stadium, but it was certainly his most spectacular, as he converted a lobbed shot from inside his own half that was reminiscient of David Beckham's legendary 1996 goal against Wimbledon that put his name in the spotlight.

Dolan's 111th minute goal sealed the win for the club in a 2-0 win, after Tahvon Campbell had been credited as scoring the opener at the Bescot (although video footage points to it being an own goal). He told BBC Somerset after the game that his manager Darren Way had been trying to encourage the midfield three to shoot more in matches:

"The gaffer has been encouraging us midfielders to shoot, so I took a touch and I saw the keeper was off his line, so I thought why not have a pop. I managed to execute it well and it went in. I'd seen him earlier on with the free kick, that he tended to move a bit and he was off his line. So I thought why not give it a try. I struck it well, and the rest is history. I knew it was going over his head, but I was panicking about where it was going to bounce, but obviously once I saw the net rustle I had a big sense of relief and was just overjoyed. The boys are through to the next round so I was pleased with that one."

The victory over the Saddlers gives Yeovil Town the possibility of drawing a Premier League side in the Second Round, when the teams are pulled out late on Wednesday night. With the exception of those top flight clubs involved in European competitions, the Glovers will stand a chance of matching themselves up against one of the big guns, which includes Chelsea and Liverpool who both failed to qualify for any European competitions at the end of last season. Dolan admitted that going into extra time though wasn't ideal for the players legs:

"With the amount of hard work that we put in, it was maybe not ideal for us to go into extra time this early on in the season. But we want to carry on our positive run and a positive start to the season, and that's the way to do it. We're into the next round, so let's get a big dog for the club. There's some amazing teams out there - Bristol City are there and teams like that. But hopefully we'll get what we deserve. Hopefully we'll get a big tie which would be brilliant for the club and brilliant for the lads. We'll keep our fingers crossed."

Link: EFL Cup Second Round Draw Schedule.

Link: Walsall 0 Yeovil 2 : Dolan Wonder Strike Downs Saddlers.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Walsall vs Yeovil Town.


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9 August 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Walsall vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-0 win against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Walsall vs Yeovil Town.


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9 August 2016 : EFL Cup Second Round Draw Schedule
The draw for the Second Round of the EFL Cup will be made tomorrow evening. The reward for Yeovil Town's 2-0 victory over Walsall at the Bescot Stadium tonight will be known after approximately 10.00p.m. on Wednesday evening, when the draw will be made live on Sky Sports ipon the conclusion of the Luton Town vs Aston Villa televised match.

One unusual quirk of the draw tomorrow will be that Premier League side Liverpool will be guaranteed an away tie, in terms of where the match will be scheduled. There is development work going on at Anfield which means that they have requested that even if they come out of the hat as a 'home' match, they will have the fixture reversed to be played on their opponents ground. The Football League have explained:

"In the event that Liverpool are drawn at home in Round Two then they will be given special dispensation by the EFL Board to play the fixture at the opposing club due to the ongoing redevelopment work at Anfield. If the draw dictates this is required then the EFL Board will determine a level of compensation to be paid by Liverpool to the opposing club. The Board of the EFL carefully considered a request from Liverpool and felt that in these particular circumstances it was wholly appropriate to agree to a fixture reversal."

In addition to Liverpool, the Second Round draw will also include all other Premier League sides that are not involved in European competitions - thirteen additional clubs that also include Chelsea and Everton. In addition Newcastle United and Norwich City from the Championship will join the competition. The draw is not regionalised, but will be seeded - if we pick up the seeding information before the draw we'll publish it, but in practice it will mean that the remaining clubs in the competition will be split down the middle according to last season's league position. Yeovil Town will be unseeded, meaning that the Glovers will almost certainly face a side from the top two divisions, or a club from the top end of League One.


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9 August 2016 : Walsall 0 Yeovil 2 : Dolan Wonder Strike Downs Saddlers
Yeovil Town knocked League One side Walsall out of the EFL Cup at the First Round stage tonight, after two extra time goals sealed the win. The additional 30 minutes saw West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell credited with the opening goal after the home side failed to clear a Ryan Hedges free kick into the box, with some Saddlers fans at that end of the ground believing it may have come off one of their player's heads. Then came the goal of the night, as midfielder Matt Dolan spotted goalkeeper Neil Etheridge out of position shortly after the home side had taken a free kick, and he returned the ball from the halfway line, leaving the keeper scrambling and to put Yeovil into the Second Round.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their side that took to the field against Notts County on the weekend. AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher came into the side for his full debut, perhaps surprisingly taking a centre-back position for the evening. With Nathan Smith out with a foot injury and Darren Ward's knee problem having flared up, Yeovil were down to just five substitutes for the match, with Ollie Bassett apparently fit but not selected.

Yeovil had the lion's share of the first half, with the pace of Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan upsetting the home side. Matt Dolan forced a save from a header, whilst Ryan Hedges had two quick chances - one that was palmed away for a corner, with another going over the bar after Liam Shephard had set him up on the counter-attack. Walsall really only had one chance on the 45 minute period, with Erhun Oztumer forcing Artur Krysiak into an excellent save, with the subsequent corner causing some concern as it curled in, forcing the keeper to palm the ball away rather uncomfortably.

The second period was much more even, with a few clues having come from a prior ten minute period in which the Saddlers had found their feet a little. Former Glover Joe Edwards shot well wide of the target, with him playing a right-back role for the Saddlers since his summer move from Colchester United. One downside to the half was that Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard picked up a kick on the ankle or Achilles that forced him off the field, with Bevis Mugabi replacing him at right-back - Shephard tried to continue, but it was clear with his hobbling that he was not in a fit state to do so.

In the closing stages of the ninety minutes, both sides tried to win it, with Walsall making all three substitutions early - a risky decision they were to probably later regret. Alex Lacey had to block out a Simeon Jackson header for a corner, but at the other end Alex Lawless struck a 20 yard effort just over the bar, whilst Tom Eaves shot wide from a cross with two minutes to go. Then during injury time, Matt Dolan could have won it with a well taken free kick that was finger tipped around the post for a corner.

In truth, both sides had produced a lot of shots, but without the two keepers being involved in enough of them. It therefore took extra time to settle it. Walsall were hampered during this period by a clear injury to Adam Chambers who missed the final ten minutes of normal time with a hamstring problem. He came back on for extra time but was clearly in problems, leaving the Saddlers stretched at times.

During extra time, Tahvon Campbell was introduced - a player that Walsall knew very well because he had spent much of pre-season on trial for them. They chose not to take him on, and a couple of minutes after his introduction they were maybe regretting that. A Ryan Hedges free kick was put into the box, and amidst a crowd of players, the ball landed in the back of the net with Campbell the credited scorer, even if Walsall fans at that end suspected that Walsall substitute Amadou Bakayoko might be the guilty party - no question of who is most likely to want the goal. 1-0 up!

At the other end, Amadou Bakayoko was most definitely involved when Walsall struck the top of the crossbar as he tried for an immediate response. But 111 minutes into the match came a moment of craziness. Goalkeeper Neil Etheridge had just taken a free kick for his club deep in his own half and when Walsall lose possession, Matt Dolan spotted an opportunity. Striking the ball from the halfway line, he spotted the goalkeeper off his line, and struck a 50-60 yard shot direct into the back of the net, with Etheridge never recovering his ground. 2-0 and now cruising.

Walsall never recovered from that with their tired limbs never likely to get two goals back in the remaining nine minutes. For the Glovers, they had to be patient and wait for their moment to get the win, and will have their own tiredness to contend with for Saturday's trip to Luton. But as a start to the 2016-17 season, two 2-0 victories, and a goal that fans will want to rewatch a few times over the next few days, scored against a side who were in the League One play-offs at the end of last season, that's about as good as they could have hoped for.

Final Score: Walsall 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Tahvon Campbell (103 mins, 0-1), Matt Dolan (111 mins, 0-2)

Walsall:
1. Neil Etheridge
2. Joe Edwards 16. Matt Preston 5. Jason McCarthy 3. Rico Henry
7. Adam Chambers 6. George Dobson 11. Kieron Morris 10. Erhun Oztumer
18. Josh Ginnelly 9. Simeon Jackson

Substitutes:
13. Craig MacGillivray 15. Liam Kinsella (69 mins for George Dobson) 20. Amadou Bakayoko (69 mins for Erhun Oztumer) 21. Kacy Butterfield 24. Kory Roberts 25. Qamaruddin Maziar Kouhyar 33. Andreas Makris (63 mins for Josh Ginnelly)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 6. Alex Lacey, 16. Matt Butcher, 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi (54 mins for Liam Shephard) 17. Omar Sowunmi (116 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Tahvon Campbell (101 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Joe Lea

Walsall Bookings: Matt Preston (foul, 79 mins), Rico Henry (foul, 90 mins), Joe Edwards (foul, 106 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 40 mins), Matt Dolan (excessive celebration, 112 mins), Tom Eaves (foul, 114 mins)

Walsall Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 6; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 24; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 9; Fouls: 24.

Referee: Robert Jones (Merseyside). Assistants: Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Mark Jones (Nottinghamshire). Fourth Official: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).

Attendance: 2,699 (with 166 Yeovil supporters).


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9 August 2016 : Team News For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have selected their starting line-up for tonight's EFL Cup First Round tie against Walsall at the Bescot Stadium. Team selection sees the Glovers make one change from the line-up that beat Notts County by a 2-0 scoreline at Huish Park on Saturday. AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Butcher will play in a defensive role today, replacing Nathan Smith at the back, but otherwise things are as they were for the weekend game.

On the bench there are just five players with Darren Ward suffering a relapse with his ongoing knee problem and youth team graduate Ollie Bassett not selected - we're not sure if Ollie's absence is down to injury or other unavailability. Striker Francois Zoko (hip flexor) and Josh Ezewele (knee) are known absentees. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 6. Alex Lacey, 16. Matt Butcher, 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 20. Joe Lea

Walsall:
1. Neil Etheridge
2. Joe Edwards 16. Matt Preston 5. Jason McCarthy 3. Rico Henry
7. Adam Chambers 6. George Dobson 11. Kieron Morris 10. Erhun Oztumer
18. Josh Ginnelly 9. Simeon Jackson

Substitutes:
13. Craig MacGillivray 15. Liam Kinsella 20. Amadou Bakayoko 21. Kacy Butterfield 24. Kory Roberts 25. Qamaruddin Maziar Kouhyar 33. Andreas Makris

Tonight's match will be played to a conclusion. If the tie is level after 90 minutes, then the match will go into 30 minutes of extra time. If the scores are still level, then the match will be settled by five penalty kicks each, followed by sudden death penalty kicks if required. There will be no replay match.


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9 August 2016 : Fixtures Set For EFL Trophy Group Games
Firm dates have now been set for all three dates for Yeovil Town's involvement in the EFL Trophy Group Stages. They are due to face Portsmouth, Bristol Rovers and Reading B in three fixtures as part of the revamped competition that features sixteen 'B Teams' badged under EPPP Category One Academy sides.

Whilst we already knew the dates for the Bristol Rovers match, all three are now available. The fixtures are set as follows:

Tue 30/08/2016 : 19:45hrs : Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth
Tue 04/10/2016 : 19:45hrs : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town (Memorial Stadium)
Wed 09/11/2016 : 19:30hrs : Reading B vs Yeovil Town (Madejski Stadium)

As yet, no tickets are on sale for these fixtures. We'll bring further details on that nearer the time.

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


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9 August 2016 : Academy Friendly Against Swanage Tonight
Whilst the first team head up the M5 (and a little bit of the M6) to Walsall tonight, Yeovil Town will be taking an Academy side to play Swanage Town and Herston. The Dorset Premier League will be hosting the match at Day's Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Swanage haven't mentioned whether an admission fee will be charged for this fixture.

Swanage's ground can be found at Days Park, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1NN. It's situated on the north side of the town, just off Ulwell Road, which runs between Ulwell and Swanage.


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9 August 2016 : Saddlers Look To Ring Changes As Record Signing Stands By
League One side Walsall have said that they will look to rotate their squad during tonight's EFL Cup First Round tie against Yeovil Town. The two sides meet at the Bescot Stadium (kick-off 7.45p.m.) with the Saddlers hoping to build on a successful 2015-16 season that saw them reach the League One play-offs, as well as enjoying strong FA Cup and League Cup runs.

They have shown their ambition over the summer, breaking their club transfer record by bringing in Cyprus striker Andreas Makris from Anorthosis Famagusta. Whilst the fee itself was not disclosed, their previous record had been a £175,000 transfer set back in 1979 - local media reports claimed the fee for Makris to be in the region of £300,000.

With that kind of money being spent on one player, some eyebrows might have been raised on Saturday by the fact that he only made it as far as the substitutes bench. However, manager Jon Whitney told the Walsall Advertiser that another summer signing - Simeon Jackson, who had been brought in from Blackburn Rovers - had been part of the club's pre-season schedule and so got the nod:

"Andreas Makris wasn't close to starting because I think it would have been very unjustified for Simeon Jackson to come out. Simeon was always my number one up there. But Makris has come into the fold and he's done well this week which is why he was on the bench. I've got a great squad to pick from and I will rest a couple on Tuesday because that was always my plan as in a lot of the positions we play, it's a really intense workout. It's still early in the season and we are still trying to develop fitness levels so it's hard to play two games so quickly. Saturday was a very difficult situation for me to leave the likes of Liam Kinsella and Maz Kouhyar off the bench because they have worked so hard and you want to reward these players with a place on the bench."

Jackson scored twice in Walsall's 3-1 win over AFC Wimbledon on Saturday, and so will doubtless be involved in some capacity. In addition to Makris, the other players Whitney references are Liam Kinsella (son of Mark Kinsella) who is a 20 year old youth team graduate, and 18 year old midfielder Maz Kouhyar who also came through their youth ranks following his release by Coventry City as a youngster. The fact that Whitney references them suggests that they might make tonight's squad, although most likely in terms of the substitutes bench. The Saddlers boss believes he has a strong squad and is prepared to use it to keep players fresh:

"That's life - I had to pick and we've got such a strong squad that there are going to be people disappointed. Yeovil is a new game, a different day and it's pleasing for me that we've got another game so quick and I can blood a few again on Tuesday. And they will be needed because we have a lot of games and we can't bring loan players in. Tuesday is a chance for them to come into the fold if they can prove they are ready."

One player who will probably miss tonight's match is James O'Connor who suffered a head injury during their match on Saturday. Matt Preston stands by to replace him. Yeovil Town should come up against a familiar name in midfield as well tonight, with former club captain Joe Edwards having moved to the Bescot Stadium over the summer, after his contract with Colchester United ended - he started in Saturday's match.

For ticketing and travel information, plus tonight's officials, see the previous articles linked below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.

Link: Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Trio To Have Fitness Assessed Ahead Of Walsall Trip.


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9 August 2016 : Officials For Walsall vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the EFL Cup First Round tie between Walsall and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 9th August 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Robert Jones (Merseyside).

On Saturday, we were given a brand new rookie official in the form of Ollie Yates (Staffordshire) who was given his first ever Football League match at Huish Park. For the match against the Bescot Stadium, we will be getting Mr Jones who is also a rookie, having only refereed his first Football League match on Saturday. He took charge of Newport County's home match against Mansfield Town, where he produced just two yellow cards in a five goal game.

A connection with Saturday's referee is that both men were present at the same venue for their final match as National League level referees. Whilst Mr Yates was on Fourth Official duties for the Forest Green Rovers vs Grimsby Town tie, Mr Jones got the job in the middle, with both getting their promotions later that summer.

Mr Jones will be assisted by Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Mark Jones (Nottinghamshire). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Morris (Herefordshire).


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8 August 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Walsall
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town play their first away match of the 2016-17 season. They have been given an away match in the EFL Cup (formerly Football League Cup aka Carling Cup aka Capital One Cup) and that means a trip to play League One side Walsall. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to the Bescot Stadium has been dusted off and tweaked to include the latest ticketing and travel news as well as the usual collection of statistics, club history and pub and bar information. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Walsall.

The Community Stand
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The Community Stand, which will be used to house away fans for this 2016-17 fixture.
Photo © 2005-2016 Ciderspace



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8 August 2016 : Trio To Have Fitness Assessed Ahead Of Walsall Trip
Yeovil Town will go into tomorrow evening's EFL Cup match against Walsall. The Glovers head off to the Bescot Stadium for their first match against the Saddlers since the 2014-15 season, with Yeovil's drop into League Two having seen the two clubs separate for the time being.

No surprises that Yeovil will travel up the M5 with three of their players needing to be looked at before they are considered for selection. Right-back Josh Ezewele missed Saturday's match with what manager Darren Way described on Saturday as "a training ground incident" - he suffered a swollen knee and wasn't ready to join the squad for the opening day of the season. Ezewele is not expected to be missing for too long, but probably won't be risked for tomorrow's match.

Another player who had problems with an impact injury was defender Nathan Smith. He had to be substituted after he collided with Notts County's striker Vadaine Oliver and couldn't continue. Smith is understood to only have bruising and that is not causing the club any concern, but it's possible with Darren Ward needing match fitness and Bevis Mugabi waiting in the wings that he may be rested tomorrow.

Lastly, there is better news concerning striker Francois Zoko. He is not expected to be back for tomorrow night's match, but is at least back in training, having missed the whole of pre-season with a hip flexor problem. Given the athleticism needed to operate in a forward position, it is more likely that Zoko will gradually be introduced back into the fold from the substitutes bench when he is ready.

Meanwhile despite having previously said that he only wanted a first team squad of 20 players, and having currently recruited a squad of 21 first teamers by last Friday, it would appear that Darren Way may still add to the size of that group by the end of August. No names are given out by the Glovers boss to the Western Gazette but the most likely outcome is that he is still leaving room for a fifth loan spot, given that he currently has Swansea City's Ryan Hedges and Liam Shephard along with AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Butcher and West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell. Way says he will add to the current list of 21 players:

"At the moment I am still looking at bringing other players in. It is just a matter of waiting. I want that bench to be putting pressure on the first team and going into the season strong. I am not done yet - I want more."

This season both the loan and permanent transfer markets will close on August 31st, with no emergency loan market available this season. That means from September 1st until January 1st no player movement from club to club will be allowed. However, clubs will still be able to bring in players who are deemed to be free agents. Given the National League have this season opted out of the transfer window system they were voluntarily shadowing, this would appear to allow Football League clubs the ability to bring in players from that level - previously it was only possible from National League North/South level downwards, which obviously gave professional clubs rapidly diminishing returns on recruiting from non-league level outside the transfer window.


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8 August 2016 : Sheehan Makes Exiles Loan Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Josh Sheehan has signed on loan for League Two side Newport County. The 21 year old Swansea City midfielder has signed for the Exiles until January 21st 2017, joining Ben Tozer and Jack Compton as the group of ex-Glovers playing at Rodney Parade.

Sheehan had two loan spells with the Glovers - once under Terry Skiverton during the second half of the 2014-15 season, and then another under Paul Sturrock during the first half of the 2015-16 season. He made the decision to return to the Liberty Stadium shortly after Darren Way's permanent appointment as Yeovil Town manager. Overall he made 29 appearances for the Glovers, scoring two goals.

Link: Josh Sheehan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 August 2016 : Darren Talks About Notts County Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Notts County kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the new season, the three new signings the club made on the Friday, including his views on AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Butcher. Darren also talks about Tom Eaves and why Josh Ezewele wasn't in the side. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Notts County.


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8 August 2016 : Otis Khan Talks About The Notts County Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town winger/striker Otis Khan spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the former Barnsley player talks about scoring on his Glovers debut as well as the game itself. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Otis Khan Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Win Against Notts County.


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7 August 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Notts County Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of yesterday's 2-0 win over Notts County at Huish Park, these are now available online. As well as the goals from Kevin Dawson and Otis Khan, you can see two other Khan efforts that go just wide of the post, and another Dawson shot that goes wide. In the second half they show Matt Dolan's free kick that came off the woodwork. Watch the clip via the YouTube video below.




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7 August 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Notts County Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match, the goals from Kevin Dawson and Otis Khan and the injury to Nathan Smith can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Notts County Home Game.


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6 August 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Notts County
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win against Notts County at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Notts County.


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6 August 2016 : Darren Way Sees Dawson's Goal As An End To His Absolute Nightmare
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he gave midfielder Kevin Dawson a round of applause after he scored the club's opening goal of the 2016-17 season. The Irishman netted his first goal for the club since August 2014, when he netted a goal at Walsall's Bescot Stadium at the start of the 2014-15 season. Today's goal in the 2-0 win over Notts County had a touch of controversy about it as Dawson challenged goalkeeper Adam Collin for the ball, converting the loose ball in the 16th minute of the match, setting Yeovil on their way to victory.

Way focussed upon Dawson's torrid year that saw him miss the whole of 2015, after hip, pelvis and groin problems wiped out the whole year, leaving him trying to stage a comeback at the tail end of the 2015-16 season that eventually had to be aborted due to further groin problems that saw him sit out for an extended summer. Now having had a full pre-season without any reactions, Dawson will hopefully have a more fruitful 2016-17 campaign and his boss said that he hoped that nearly two years worth of what he referred to as an 'absolute nightmare' could now be put to an end:

"I think he was brave, and it was up to the keeper to secure that ball, and I think there was an opportunity to win it. That's what he's done. Kevin Dawson was one that I spoke to at half time, and I gave him a little ripple (of applause) at half time. I said I love adversity, and Kev Dawson has had two years of an absolute nightmare. I feel proud of him for the way that he conducted himself. It's not easy with what he's gone through. To start his journey straight away in League Two football (this season), and to score, the boys wanted to win that for him. So I'm pleased for Kev."

The match against the Magpies was won inside the opening 23 minutes, with former Barnsley midfielder Otis Khan netting the second after he latched onto a loose ball when goalkeeper Collin spilt a shot from Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges. Both Khan and Hedges are at the start of their professional careers, having only made a tiny number of first team appearances for other clubs, and Way took exception to an unnamed article previewing Yeovil's season that referred to the Glovers squad being full of relatively inexperienced players. He felt that performances like that from Hedges, Khan and other Glovers first team squad players would quickly put them on the footballing map:

"I was more delighted with the first twenty minutes. I thought the way the boys played was electric. They looked sharp and they caused Notts County all sorts of problems, in getting shots off and playing in the final third. It was exciting football. I can't remember what article it was, but somebody actually put that we can't really predict Yeovil's future because they've brought in a lot of inexperienced players and a lot of unknown players. But if you watch that game today, I think they made a real good stead to show that they are now known as to who they are and how they play. The front three caused a lot of problems. I think at one stage Notts County were going to change their shape, but they left it a little bit late on when they matched us up and just went direct. But we've got to deal with that as well. So I was really pleased overall. It's a great start, but it's just the manner that they did it."


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6 August 2016 : Yeovil 2 Notts County 0 : Dawson And Khan Give Glovers Perfect Start
Yeovil Town got off to a winning start this afternoon at Huish Park, as they beat Notts County by a 2-0 scoreline. The damage was done during the middle period of a first half that the Glovers dominated, with midfielder Kevin Dawson scoring his first goal for the club for nearly two years as he challenged Magpies keeper Adam Collin for the ball, then nudged the loose ball home. Then seven minutes later, Otis Khan scored on his debut, as the former Barnsley winger was the first to react to a Ryan Hedges shot that Collin could only parry, with another loose ball put into the net. A more even second half followed, but the advantage was always in Yeovil's favour.

The Glovers went into the match selecting a very predictable starting line-up - having spent most of pre-season shaping their team around roughly the same nine or ten players, the final eleven selected was the same as that put out for the last pre-season friendly against Swindon Town. On the bench, three players who signed yesterday - Bevis Mugabi, Tahvon Campbell and Matt Butcher - were joined by club captain Darren Ward who had recorded from his knee problem enough to get his first chance of football, having missed the whole of pre-season. Josh Ezewele had a knee problem whilst Francois Zoko's hip flexor issue kept him out. Ollie Bassett was the one first teamer not in the matchday squad who was fit and available.

The visiting side probably edged the opening ten minutes of the match without creating too much to worry Yeovil, even if they kept a degree of pressure on the Glovers defence. Eventually it was Yeovil who began to exert their authority on the game. Tom Eaves headed wide of the target ten minutes in, and then the pace and trickery of Otis Khan saw him weave through the County defence with the only disappointment being that he slightly fluffed his lines on his finish, with the ball squirting just wide of the post, even if the Huish Park crowd tried to roar it into the net.

Yeovil's opening goal had a touch of controversy to it from Notts County's point of view. Otis Khan was involved in the build-up and when Liam Shephard's cross was put into the box, Kevin Dawson went up and challenged for the ball with goalkeeper Adam Collin. The keeper fumbled the ball, and Dawson pounced for his first goal in Yeovil Town colours in nearly two years. That was the signal for the Glovers to dominate the match with Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan particularly effective. It was therefore fitting that they were involved in Yeovil's second goal that happened just 23 minutes into the game. Hedges made it, with his turn and shot being parried by Collin, and on hand for the loose ball was Khan who stuck in the rebound from inside the box for a 2-0 lead.

Notts County looked shellshocked and Yeovil probably should have been further ahead by half time. It was only in the ten minutes leading up to the break that the Magpies managed to get any sort of stability in their defence, with it being clear that their three centre-backs against Yeovil's three forwards was stretching them way too much. The visitors only effort throughout the first half was a Jonathan Forte effort that went extremely high and wide, and they looked and played like a rattled side. The fact that Notts County captain Carl Dickinson and midfielder Matt Tootle got into an angry exchange as they walked towards the tunnel said it all about how the visitors had been dominated.

Inevitably, a half time dressing down by Notts County manager John Sheridan sent them out as a far more organised and determined side in a much more balanced half. The problem the Magpies faced though was that they had to break down a Glovers side that now had a two goal advantage and could soak up a lot more pressure by putting men behind the ball and battling to close down their opponents. Nathan Smith's superb block tackle to stop Jonathan Stead getting in on a Jonathan Forte cross was typical with the defender sending the ball out for a corner. Then Forte headed wide of the target.

Sheridan made substitution, introducing Vadaine Oliver, who had been on York City's books last season, and in the closing stages, they also changed from their questionable 3-5-2 formation. But still Yeovil kept them on their toes, with a Matt Dolan free kick being curled over the wall, whilst at the other end, referee Ollie Yates' policy of pretty much doing nothing throughout the match helped the Glovers when Matt Tootle appeared to go down inside the box via an outstretched boot, but the Staffordshire official decided not to intervene.

The one downside to the afternoon was an injury to Nathan Smith, who collided with substitute Vadaine Oliver and then spent a protracted amount of time hobbling around and then eventually stood on the touchline waiting for a decision to be made on whether he was going to be substituted - eventually Darren Ward was thrust into action - the first sight we've had of him in any shape or form since March 25th with the captain having missed the whole of pre-season. That bit of lack of match practice may have affected the way that Artur Krysiak was forced into his first major save of the match, with Jonathan Forte shruggling off attempts by Ward to force him sideways and away from goal.

In the end it was a comfortable victory. The goal that Notts County needed to change the perspective of the match never came, even if they applied themselves better in the second period. For Yeovil they ended with substitute Tahvon Campbell nearly setting up Ryan Hedges for a third, but the Swansea City loanee put the ball wide of the target. The 2-0 scoreline was an accurate reflection of the game, driven by Yeovil's first half 20 minute period in which they stretched the visitors defence, and Notts County never really did enough to justify getting back into the game. A good start, and what the Glovers need if they are to make 2016-17 a happier time than the sluggish way the last two campaigns have commenced.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 0.

Scorers: Kevin Dawson (1-0, 16 mins), Otis Khan (2-0, 23 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 6. Alex Lacey, 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 16. Matt Butcher (84 mins for Kevin Dawson) 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell (79 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Joe Lea 26. Darren Ward (71 mins for Nathan Smith)

Notts County:
1. Adam Collin
5. Richard Duffy 6. Haydn Hollis 31. Thierry Audel
18. Elliott Hewitt 2. Matt Tootle 23. Alex Rodman 33. Stanley Aborah 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
11. Jonathan Forte 30. Jonathan Stead

Substitutes:
13. Scott Loach 4. Alan Smith (63 mins for Elliott Hewitt) 37. Mike Edwards 24. Adam Campbell 7. Genaro Snijders 9. Vadaine Oliver (56 mins for Jonathan Stead) 26. Graham Burke (63 mins for Stanley Aborah)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Notts County Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 1; Fouls: 11.

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Ollie Yates (Staffordshire). Assistants: Matt Eva (Surrey) and Michael Webb (Surrey). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Attendance: 3,715 (with 492 Notts County supporters).


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6 August 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for the 2016-17 season opener against Notts County. The match sees three players make their full debuts for the club, with Alex Lawless, Otis Khan and Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges all getting the nod in the starting line-up. The eleven chosen is a familiar one to fans who have watched recent pre-season friendlies, with the line-up the same as that selected for the club's final friendly against Swindon Town.

Two players drop out of the squad today through injury. Striker Francois Zoko has missed the whole of pre-season with a hip flexor problem. Meanwhile young full-back Josh Ezewele has a knee injury he picked up during the last week. Midfielder Ollie Bassett is the one first team squad player who is fit and available but not selected. Captain Darren Ward makes it as far as the bench, despite having missed the whole of pre-season with last season's knee injury.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard, 6. Alex Lacey, 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 20. Joe Lea 26. Darren Ward

Notts County:
1. Adam Collin
5. Richard Duffy 6. Haydn Hollis 31. Thierry Audel
18. Elliott Hewitt 2. Matt Tootle 23. Alex Rodman 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
33. Stanley Aborah
11. Jonathan Forte 30. Jonathan Stead

Substitutes:
13. Scott Loach 4. Alan Smith 37. Mike Edwards 24. Adam Campbell 7. Genaro Snijders 9. Vadaine Oliver 26. Graham Oliver

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said ahead of the game that he regarded the new season as a clean slate compared to what had gone before over the previous nine months of his managerial reign. He added that the club's early results and performances would probably shape how fans saw the season panning out:

"I just think that we start again. I've had to crash through a new door. Football is easily forgotten when the first game kicks off, with social media now, if you don't get off to a good start. What we've got to make sure is that supporters see the same drive and the same hunger as what they did last year and they'll stick with us."

One of the players making his debut today is former Luton Town midfielder Alex Lawless. He will pick up the role vacated by Ben Tozer as a holding midfielder who will aim to protect the back five. Way sees that as a key role.

"He organises - he's got good awareness and he reads the game fantastically well. He's someone that can start off play with us and set up every single one of our attacks. Having said that, he can also make sure that we go on the run of nine clean sheets that we had last year. So it's quite an important role."


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6 August 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Notts County have been published by the Football League. The 2016-17 season opener against Notts County takes place on Saturday 6th August 2016 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Ollie Yates (Staffordshire).

We've never had Mr Yates as an official in any shape or form, primarily because he's been promoted to the Football League refereeing lists during this summer, and so we will be giving him his full League debut on Saturday. Perhaps surprisingly the 2015-16 season appears to be his only year at National League level, suggesting that he's been rapidly fast-tracked up the divisions. He has been a Football League assistant referee since 2009, and his final match at National League level was to act as Fourth Official in the Play-Off Final between Grimsby Town and Forest Green Rovers - usually a sign that the PGMOL are planning to promote you.

Mr Yates will be assisted by Matt Eva (Surrey) and Michael Webb (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (Bristol).


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6 August 2016 : Darren Previews The Notts County Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the local media about the game. Read Darren's pre-match thoughts on his opponents, how they approached pre-season and their injury situation. Read that via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The Media As Part Of The Build-Up To Notts County.


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6 August 2016 : Extended Pre-Match Rates For Notts County Game
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to make a late decision on attending Saturday afternoon's League Two fixture against Notts County can do so and avoid the standard matchday tariffs that are usually in force for walk-up purchases at Huish Park on matchdays. Last week saw the club launch a new online ticketing portal, providing a slightly new look to the way that supporters can purchase their tickets for home matches. To help encourage fans to use this new portal, tickets for the match against the Magpies will be sold at pre-match rates up until 12.00 noon today. This includes the £1.00 reduction that has been put in place for all non-Junior tickets purchased over this platform, meaning that there's a £3.00 difference if you purchase online before midday, compared to if you turn up just before kick-off in person.

As well as buying your Notts County tickets this way, you can also purchase tickets for 2016-17 League Two home fixtures against Morecambe, Blackpool and Hartlepool United at the same time. If you're using a desktop or laptop computer, you should be able to pick out specific seats in the ground (mobile and tablet enhancements will be made later in the year) as well. The launch of the new ticketing platform means that online booking fee has been changed from £2.50 to £0.45 bringing it in line with the fee charged for debit card purchases over the phone.

Logon via the link below. If you've not done it before, then your customer number should be printed on any past ticket receipts, with your initial password set to your postcode with no spaces. Once you've signed in for the first time, change your password to something else. If you can't login, then try using the password reset function - otherwise give the Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888 and they'll look up your Customer Number for you, based on your name and address.

The Ticket Office will also be honouring the pre-match prices either at the ground or over the phone (01935-847888) up until midday for this first League Two fixture. However, note that this wouldn't include the £1.00 reduction that you get against each non-Junior ticket purchased on the internet.

To illustrate the three options, an adult Home Terrace (Thatchers Gold Stand) ticket will cost you £17.00 if purchased online before midday on Saturday, £18.00 if purchased in person or on the phone before midday, or £20.00 if purchased when you walk up during the three hours before kick-off at the ground.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal Page.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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5 August 2016 : 2016-17 First Team Squad Numbers Updated
Earlier today, Yeovil Town made three new signings, ahead of the home match against Notts County that will open up the 2016-17 season. As a result we've updated the first team squad number list that was published this morning to include those three players. Centre-back Bevis Mugabi joined from Southampton and has taken the No.5 shirt. Midfielder Matt Butcher joined on loan from AFC Bournemouth and he has taken the No.16 shirt. That shirt was claimed by West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell last season but he has taken the No.19 shirt.

The full (updated) list of squad numbers can be viewed via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Player Profiles and Squad Numbers.


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5 August 2016 : Mugabi Joins Yeovil Town From Southampton
Yeovil Town have signed up Southampton Under-21 defender Bevis Mugabi - their third signing of the day ahead of the 2016-17 season. He has been at the club during the whole of pre-season as a trialist but has now committed to staying at Huish Park on a permanent deal.

Bevis was born on May 1st 1995 (21 years old) and started his career at Fulham before switching to Southampton as a teenager. He has had call-ups to England Under-17s in the past but an injury during the 2013-14 season thwarted his progress a touch. Despite that, Saints gave him a contract until the summer of 2017 - a two and a half year deal signed in February 2015.

He is predominantly a centre-back but Southampton have also used him as a right-back during academy fixtures, where he has risen to their Under-21s side. He has signed a one year contract with Yeovil Town keeping him at the club until the summer of 2017.


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5 August 2016 : Butcher Signs On Loan From Cherries
Yeovil Town have taken AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Butcher on loan ahead of the new 2016-17 season. The 6'2" tall player was born in Portsmouth on May 14th 1997 (19 years old) and joined the Cherries youth academy at the age of thirteen. Since then he has progressed up the youth ranks, eventually being offered a professional deal at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Matt has one League Cup and one FA Cup first team appearance to his name for Bournemouth, playing in the League Cup as a substitute against Hartlepool United in August 2015 and following that up with a full 90 minutes against Birmingham City in the FA Cup during the following January. Otherwise he's gained first team experience through loan deals with Gosport Borough (1 appearance), Poole Town (9 appearances) and Woking (11 appearances, 2 goals) with the latter spell coming at the tail end of the 2015-16 campaign as he finished the season on loan at Kingfield.

He has agreed a deal with the club that will see him stay at Huish Park until January 2017. Manager Darren Way said of his arrival at the club:

"I feel we've been very lucky to sign Matt and I am very grateful to the manager Eddie Howe for allowing the deal to go through. I have watched Matt a lot last year and I feel we have signed a very good player who will bring a wealth of talent to our team."


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5 August 2016 : Tahvon Returns To Huish Park
Yeovil Town have taken striker Tahvon Campbell back on loan ahead of the 2016-17 season. The West Bromwich Albion player had an 18 match spell at the club during the 2015-16 campaign, scoring one goal along the way, and has spent part of pre-season on trial with League One side Walsall.

With the Saddlers deciding against taking up a chance to bring him to the Banks Stadium, Yeovil Town have stepped in and given him a loan deal which runs until January 3rd 2017. There is no loan recall agreement built in.

Link: Tahvon Cambell : Yeovil Town Statistics


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5 August 2016 : 2015-16 and 2016-17 First Team Squads Compared
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town launch a new 2016-17 League Two season, with a new first team playing squad. Although it's still possible for managers to add to their squad, in terms of either permanent signigs or half/full season loan deals right up until August 31st, the new campaign will see the Glovers operate with a significantly reduced squad size. At the time the final whistle blew on the 2015-16 season, they had 28 players on their books. At present there are 21 players listed within the club's ranks, with three of those arriving on Friday afternoon - Tahvon Campbell, Matt Butcher and Bevis Mugabi. Way had indicated that he planned to add to his squad ahead of the Notts County match and has since done so:

"I've managed to reshape the squad. It's still a bit light at the moment on the bench, and I'm still waiting on one or two signings. Hopefully we can push them through by Saturday, and we'll go into the game full of confidence."

Comparing last season's squad with this season's squad, it's clear to see that it is in the midfield and striker areas that there has been the biggest cull in squad size. There are reasons for that in that Mark Beck was out on loan with Wrexham, whilst Shaun Jeffers spent part of that period at Woking, whilst in midfield, the fitness of Simon Gillett and Wes Fogden was an issue. With the Glovers struggling to find the back of the net under both Paul Sturrock and Darren Way, a number of the loan players brought in were also forward-thinking players.

The match-up between last season's first team squad and this season's squad can be shown below, showing where the changes have been made over the summer. Given Darren's preference for a 4-3-3 formation, we've classed the club's wingers alongside the strikers given that is the line in the formation they're most likely to line up in.

The goalkeepers match up in terms of numbers, as do the defence, with the loss of Jakub Sokolik being filled on Friday afternoon by Bevis Mugabi. In midfield there's been a cull of two players, but with Fogden and Gillett missing during the second half of the 2015-16 season, this is in reality a like for like in terms of where the club stood before, given that Matt Butcher signed on loan on Friday afternoon. Up front and on the wings there is a massive drop of players, and given Way's preference to use a three-pronged attack, this may be a little light given that if Otis Khan or Ryan Hedges are unavailable. The signing of Tahvon Campbell this afternoon may help reduce the effect of that problem, with Kevin Dawson and Ollie Bassett (classed in the list as midfielders) also able to fit those 'wide' roles if needed.

GOALKEEPERS: (2 before, 2 after)
2015-16: Artur Krysiak, Chris Weale
2016-17: Artur Krysiak, Jonny Maddison

DEFENDERS: (7 before, 7 after)
2015-16: Nathan Smith, Ryan Dickson, Alex Lacey, Darren Ward, Liam Shephard (loan), Jakub Sokolik, Connor Roberts (loan),
2016-17: Nathan Smith, Ryan Dickson, Alex Lacey, Darren Ward, Liam Shephard (loan), Josh Ezewele, Bevis Mugabi

MIDFIELD: (8 before, 6 after)
2015-16: Matt Dolan, Kevin Dawson, Ollie Bassett, Ben Tozer, Simon Gillett, Marc Laird, Wes Fogden, Liam Walsh (loan)
2016-17: Matt Dolan, Kevin Dawson, Ollie Bassett, Alex Lawless, Joe Lea, Matt Butcher (loan)

STRIKERS/WINGERS: (11 before, 6 after)
2015-16: Francois Zoko, Omar Sowunmi, Tahvon Campbell (loan), Leroy Lita, Jordan Gibbons, Shaun Jeffers, Jack Compton, Mark Beck, Ryan Bird, Brandon Goodship (loan), Harry Cornick (loan)
2016-17: Francois Zoko, Omar Sowunmi, Tahvon Campbell (loan), Tom Eaves, Otis Khan, Ryan Hedges (loan)

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Player Profiles and Squad Numbers.

Update: Article updated to reflect the loan signing of Tahvon Campbell, Matt Butcher and Bevis Mugabi, which took place shortly after this article was published.


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5 August 2016 : Wakefield Given Shots Deal
Former Yeovil Town loanee Josh Wakefield has joined National League side Aldershot Town. The 22 year old had been on trial at Yeovil Town during the early batch of friendlies for the 2016-17 season, suggesting that the Glovers might have been interested in taking him on a permanent deal. However, by the time the club reached their week in South Wales, and the friendly against Merthyr Town, Wakefield had disappeared, with the obvious implication that his trial had ended.

He turned up at Aldershot Town, playing in the second half of their pre-season friendly against Wycombe Wanderers on July 26th, and although the Shots didn't use him in their following friendly against Crawley Town, they've given him a contract of unspecified length. Wakefield said he hoped the move to the Hampshire club would give him the opportunity of a run of games:

"One thing Iíve probably lacked in recent years is a good run of games, where Iíve been able to hit the ground running, so one of my aims this season is to get a lot of games under my belt and really start kicking on. I've played a lot of Under 21s football, and the step-up to menís football is a lot greater than some people think, so for me to be in a first-team squad every week is what I want and will help me to push on. The standard of players here is very good so if selected Iíll be raring to go and eager to play well."

Link: Josh Wakefield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 August 2016 : 2016-17 First Team Squad Numbers Released
First team squad numbers for the 2016-17 Season are now available. As usual, the departure of a number of players over the summer has allowed some of last year's squad the opportunity to change their shirts from last season, and Alex Lacey has swapped his No.21 shirt for a No.6 shirt. Striker Francois Zoko is clearly not superstitious as he's changed his No.39 shirt for a No.13 shirt. Last season, Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard wore the No.32 shirt, but with his loan deal coming at the start of the season, he has taken the No.2 shirt. Youth Team graduate Ollie Bassett had the No.28 shirt last season and he has now moved to a No.22 shirt.

Of the new first team squad members, aside from Shephard, the other new players who have grabbed the classic "1 to 11" shirts are Tom Eaves who has the No.9 shirt and Otis Khan who has the No.10 shirt. For those who like to look at gaps in numbering and imagine possible future signings, there is a current vacancy for the No.5 shirt, although that may be masked by the fact that captain Darren Ward has chosen to keep his No.26 shirt, despite being a likely first team regular once he is fully fit.

The full list of squad numbers can be viewed via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Player Profiles and Squad Numbers.


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5 August 2016 : 2016-17 League Two Title And Promotion Betting Odds
Betting odds ahead of the 2016-17 season still see the bookies playing down Yeovil Town's chances ahead of the coming season. Immediately after the 2015-16 Season play-off finals, we had a look at the early betting odds for the following season, and the view of the bookies was that they expected the Glovers to be on the lower reaches of the League Two table, albeit not quite in the problems that they were in during the first half of the 2015-16 season.

With the new season just two days away, we've revisited the betting odds, which according to BetVictor (other bookies are available!) that Crawley Town, Newport County and Morecambe are the three clubs to stay above. If you think they're wrong at their end of the League Table, then Portsmouth are the clear favourites, with Doncaster Rovers, Luton Town and Leyton Orient as the other clubs that are highly rated.

If you're wondering how well the bookies did last season they didn't do too badly but significantly overcooked the prospects of Portsmouth and the wealthy owners of Leyton Orient. Tucked in behind those two were eventual automatic promotion teams Oxford United, Bristol Rovers and Northampton Town. They failed entirely to predict the rise of play-off winners AFC Wimbledon. At the bottom they were correct in their prediction that Dagenham and Redbridge would struggle but had overcooked York City's prospects, instead believing that play-off contenders Accrington Stanley would get relegated - whoops!

Bookies odds for the 2016-17 season are as follows - we've chosen BetVictor purely because they had wider odds for the Glovers (William Hill, Betfair and 188 Bet also had matching odds):

League Two Champions: Portsmouth 4/1; Doncaster Rovers, Luton Town, Leyton Town 8/1; Plymouth Argyle, Cambridge United, Carlisle United 14/1; Blackpool, Colchester United, Notts County 20/1; Cheltenham Town, Wycombe Wanderers, Grimsby Town, Accrington Stanley, Mansfield Town 25/1; Exeter City, Crewe Alexandra, Barnet 33/1; Hartlepool United 40/1; Stevenage, Yeovil Town 50/1; Crawley Town, Newport County 66/1; Morecambe 80/1.

League Two Promotion: Portsmouth Evens; Doncaster Rovers 5/4; Luton Town, Leyton Orient 7/4; Plymouth Argyle, Cambridge United, Carlisle United 10/3; Colchester United, Notts County, Wycombe Wanderers 5/1; Grimsby Town, Mansfield Town, Accrington Stanley 11/2; Cheltenham Town 6/1; Crewe Alexandra, Exeter City 7/1; Barnet 8/1; Hartlepool United 9/1; Stevenage, Yeovil Town 10/1; Crawley Town, Newport County 14/1; Morecambe 16/1.

Link: May 31st 2016 : 2016-17 Early League Two Betting Odds.

If you think you know better than the bookies (or maybe want a free punt!) then log your entry for our usual pre-season Predictions Survey - follow the link below for instructions.

Link: 2016-17 Season Supporters Prediction Survey.


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4 August 2016 : The Identity Crisis Of The Football League Trophy
Remember the Football League Trophy? It's that competition that you've probably only just remembered that you shouldn't be calling it "the LDV" and that you're pretty sure it should be called "the JPT", or possibly the Paint Pot Trophy. It's a competition that has suffered an identity crisis over the years, and you'd be forgiven if you couldn't keep up with it's latest name.

It started off life as the Associate Members' Cup during the 1983-84 season, and only actually gained its title as the Football League Trophy for the 1992-93 season. During that time, it has been known in sponsored form as the Freight Rover Trophy, the Sherpa Van Trophy, the Leyland DAF Cup, the Autoglass Trophy, the Auto Windscreens Shield, the LDV Vans Trophy and finally for the last nine years it's been the Johnstone's Paint Trophy - a rare moment of stability.

This summer, in line with a whole load of rebranding some marketing consultants decided the Football League needed, the league itself became rebranded as the English Football League, with the EFL acronym and logo chosen, and this in turn meant that we had to stop calling this competition the Football League Trophy, and to start calling it the EFL Trophy. So throughout the whole summer, journalists and websites have found themselves habitually typing "the EFL Trophy, formerly known as the Football League Trophy, which in its sponsored form was known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy", which is a bit of a mouthful.

From today, the competition will now be known as the Checkatrade Trophy after the League secured what they describe as "record value partnership" for the sponsorship. They don't describe how long the sponsorship will be, but presumably given the controversies surrounding this year's competition, which has seen sixteen Premier League and Championship 'B Teams' co-opted into the competition on a 'trial' basis, the length of the deal must surely be for one year only.

In the meantime, journalists everywhere will have to remind their readers that it is now "the EFL Trophy under sponsorship as the Checkatrade Trophy, formerly known as the Football League Trophy, which in its sponsored form was known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy".


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4 August 2016 : Newport Fan Given Banning Order After Object Thrown At Glovers Keeper
A Newport County supporter has been issued with a Football Banning Order following an incident at Huish Park last season. Craig Shipley of Newport has been named as the man who threw a cup onto the pitch during the League Two match against Yeovil Town on April 2nd 2016.

Newport instigated their own temporary ban immediately after the incident, which appeared to involve the object being aimed at goalkeeper Artur Krysiak who was defending his goal area at that end. The cup was reported as being full of liquid at the time it was thrown onto the pitch, but thankfully did not hit the keeper.

Shipley has now been issued with a three year Football Banning Order that prevents him from being within 700 metres of Rodney Parade - Newport's home ground - for a five hour period before and after home fixtures. He is also banned from entering any town or city where County away fixtures are being played. He will also be banned from all Wales international fixtures for the same period, and will have to surrender his passport. Any breach of the above conditions will be deemed to be a criminal offence, even if his actions on the day do not directly amount to a new offence.

The prosecution identified a number of other incidents involving Shipley that they claimed showed him to be a supporter who could offend again, without the Banning Order being put into effect. He was claimed to have behaved 'threateningly' towards police officers during a match against Exeter City, as well as having entered the field of play on another occasion. Outside of football, the prosecution also identified two incidents of violent behaviour committed on public transport during 2012.

Shipley was also fined £350, along with a £35 surcharge and prosecution costs of £85.


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4 August 2016 : Ladies Quintet Given International Call-Ups
Yeovil Town Ladies have had five players called up into international squads or training camps during their current four week break from FAWSL2 action. The Glovers don't have a fixture in the calendar until August 28th when they travel to play Sheffield Ladies in a League fixture, but in the meantime several of their squad will be keeping fit by joining up with some of their country's best female footballers.

Wales duo Kayleigh Green and Nadia Lawrence will be with the Welsh Senior Squad for a friendly against the Republic of Ireland, which has been pencilled in ahead of two more internationals against Israel (September 15th) and Austria (September 20th). Wales are out of contention in terms of Euro 2017 qualification meaning that the latter two fixtures will be all about pride and planning for the future.

In addition, Jessie Jones and Kelly Snook have been given call-ups into the England Under-17 Pre World Cup selection squad, as part of a training camp for that competition. Finally goalkeeper Charlotte Haynes will get her chance to shine again with the England Under-20 squad, following her call-up into that squad.


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4 August 2016 : Portsmouth Planning Mass Walk-Outs For EFL Trophy Group Games
Supporters representing Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy opponents Portsmouth say that they are planning protests around their competition group games. The SOS Pompey group are looking into a number of things they can do during their home matches against Bristol Rovers and a Reading B team, to show their displeasure at the Football League's decision to co-opt sixteen 'B Teams' (officially badged as EPPP Category One Academy sides) into the competition, and the concerns raised by fans groups that this could lead to a slippery slope of such B Teams being introduced into the main League competition, when plans to restructure the Football League are being touted for the 2019-20 season.

Portsmouth fans are in a delicate situation, given that they are owned by their Supporters Trust, who voted against the EFL Trophy restructuring, and so SOS Pompey have discussed ways in which they could protest without causing harm to their own club, given the message that they want to reach is to the Football League's Board of Directors rather than the hierarchy at Fratton Park.

SOS Pompey representative Bob Beech has told the Portsmouth News that although they discussed methods such as Charlton Athletic's on-pitch disruption methods such as mass throwing of tennis balls onto the pitch to force the game to be stopped, those present were against that given that it would cause problems for Pompey's stewards and potentially for the club as a whole:

"At the meeting we discussed various ways of protesting, from boycotting to the Charlton method of throwing tennis balls on to the pitch. We were the vanguard of making it a fan-owned club and are proud of that. Yet we still have a duty of care to the club, especially when Pompey were one of the very few who stood up to be counted by voting against this. Getting games abandoned would cause the club problems, so that
was ruled out immediately. Then we discussed the fact it is going to cost Pompey money to put these games on in a competition they donít want to be in
."

The end result is that Portsmouth fans plan to hand over their money at Fratton Park, go through the turnstiles, have a pre-match pint, and then when the whistle blows to start the match, they hope to provoke a mass walk-out of the stadium, to leave the ground predominantly empty. Beech explained:

"Clubs have to pay for stewarding, regardless of boycotts, so buying a ticket at least helps Pompey a little financially. So weíre going to attend the game and the moment the referee blows the whistle to kick off, show our contempt for the competition and the Football League by getting up and leaving. We have other things in mind which, for now, will remain under wraps. The Reading game is the one we are targeting in particular. They shouldnít be in the competition. It is supposed to be a cup for minnows to see their club go to Wembley and win a trophy, that is the whole point. We have contacted the Football Supportersí Federation because we want to start getting fan groups together, united as one."

Portsmouth have been given two matches at Fratton Park against Bristol Rovers and Reading B, but SOS Pompey have not made specifically clear what they would do for their one away match, which is scheduled to take place during the week commencing August 29th (with the exact date yet to be confirmed). The suspicion would be that whilst it would be easy to persuade those living in Fratton and Southsea to walk to the ground, hand over their tenner, have a pint then go home, that a good number of Pompey fans would choose not to leave their homes for that game.

Only one of Yeovil Town's three group games has a definitive date - the Tuesday 4th October trip to play Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, that stands as the middle fixture in that schedule. There has been some anecdotal evidence of Rovers fans planning to boycott that fixture, along with their other group games, although as yet there doesn't appear to be the kind of coordination that Portsmouth are planning.


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4 August 2016 : 2016-17 Season Supporters Prediction Survey
With the 2016-17 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 2016-17 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 6th 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.

It's worth noting that the last couple of seasons have seen fans not do too well in their predictions! During our 2014-15 League One season and 2015-16 League Two season fans had expected the club to be in the top end of the table, based on what they'd seen in pre-season but it didn't quite work out like that, so the challenge there is to provide some more accurate predictions than in more recent years!

Provide entries using the form below, to stake your claim - shortly after the survey ends - and probably after the Notts County match on August 6th, 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.

Link: 2016-17 League Two Season Prediction Survey.


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4 August 2016 : 2015-16 Supporter Prediction Survey Results
Twelve months ago, we ran a predictions survey for readers of this website to attempt to predict the key outcomes of the 2015-16 season, including how Yeovil Town would do by the end of the year. It's fair to say that for the second year running, the main thing that can be concluded is that Glovers fans aren't particularly good at predicting the outcome for their own team! However, ahead of the launch of the 2016-17 Season Predictions Survey, it's time for a review of how everyone did last year.

Yeovil Town eventually finished in 19th place in the division. However, a total of 43 percent of you expected the Glovers to either get automatic promotion, or a play-off spot based on how the team had done in pre-season and the players that had been recruited. A total of 34 percent of those voting expected Paul Sturrock's side to eventually get promotion - half expected it to happen automatically, whilst half thought we'd be doing it via Wembley Stadium.

In the end, most fans were an utter mile off. Just 11 percent of fans thought the Glovers would finish in the bottom ten positions, and in fact only five fans thought we would finish in the bottom six. There was only one person who predicted that we would finish in 19th place - step forward and take a bow Laurence Jacks for doing what no-one else could do.

At the top of the table, we eventually ended up with Northampton Town promoted as Champions, with Oxford United and Bristol Rovers taking the automatic promotion slots, whilst AFC Wimbledon took promotion via the play-offs. This created a huge problem with voters, given that Northampton and Wimbledon were particularly unfancied. At least 19 percent of you thought Oxford United would go up, whilst there was a begrudging 15 percent that thought Bristol Rovers would get a double promotion. The popularity vote tended to go to Portsmouth, with Notts County, Leyton Orient, Luton Town and Plymouth Argyle being the other clubs who got heavily tipped. Because of this, the best predictions that fans made for the promotion slots saw a select number get two of the four promotion places correct - Barry, Herbie, Jon Wells, Mark Swatridge and Matthew Glover - but none of those got the exact positions of those clubs correct.

At the foot of the table, predictions were a lot better, given that 20 percent of you expected York City to drop, coupled with 21 percent who reckoned Dagenham and Redbridge would fall. The big error of judgement was that 33 percent of fans thought Accrington Stanley would get relegated - instead they nearly got promoted. Correct answers fell to Andy (Zippy), Dan Coate, John G Swanton, Mitchell Clarke, Oliver Dowding and Steven McBob who got the correct pair of clubs. Andy and Steven were particularly impressive because they even got them in the correct order!

We'll open up the Predictions Survey for the 2016-17 season a bit later, so get thinking about what your promotion and relegation positions will be, and where you see the Glovers finishing!


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4 August 2016 : Darren Way Still 'Trying' For Walsh Loan Return
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he has not given up hope yet of taking Everton midfielder Liam Walsh back to the club. The 18 year old had an excellent loan spell at Huish Park during the second half of the 2015-16 season, making 17 appearances for the club, scoring one goal across a four month period.

Since his return to Goodison Park, Walsh has had a mixed pre-season. He was named as part of a 21 man Under-21 squad that joined a July training camp near Valencia in Spain, featuring in a club video (see below) that saw him score three well hit training ground goals from the edge of the area. However, later in the month Walsh was given a red card in a match against Espanyol Under-21s in a mini-tournament staged in Northern Ireland. He was most recently seen in an Everton Under-23 side that played a pre-season friendly against National League side Southport on the weekend.

As yet there have been no hints in the media that Walsh is being lined up for a loan at any level, although it would be a surprise if no Football League sides had made enquiries about a player who did get plenty of attention during the second half of last season. The one man who has made it clear he would like to take him back is Darren Way, and he told BBC Somerset that he is still 'trying' to persuade Everton that Walsh should come back to Huish Park:

"I'm trying and I'm trying every minute of every day. He was a fantastic player and a great addition to the team. When I first looked at him at 5'4" and smaller than me, I was looking at how he was going to keep Yeovil Town in the Football League and me in a job. But as soon as he crossed that white line, he was a fantastic character, a great personality with a real hunger and a real desire and he ticked all the boxes of what I look for in my players."

One fly in the ointment may be that Roberto Martinez - Way's main connection at Goodison Park - is no longer their manager, with former Southampton boss Ronald Koeman now in charge, although Yeovil Town ought to have built up enough brownie points with staff at Everton given that in addition to Walsh they had also taken on Shane Duffy under former boss Gary Johnson.

Way has also touched on the availability of captain Darren Ward (knee) and striker Francois Zoko (hip flexor) who have not played a single minute of pre-season. The Glovers boss has been particularly guarded over their availability, or any prospect of a return date. However, with lack of any match practice it would be a surprise if either were considered for selection against Notts County on Saturday. Instead, Way prefers to concentrate upon the players he knows are available:

"Him (Darren Ward) and Zoks (Francois Zoko) have obviously not played any part in pre-season. Unfortunately that happens and that's part and parcel of football and they have to deal with that. But what I've got is I've got a group of players that I've stuck with throughout pre-season and they're performing really well. It's important that we make sure that we keep that going."




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4 August 2016 : Chelmsford Boss Describes Two Year Wait To Sign Jeffers
Chelmsford City manager Rod Stringer has given his views on how he came to sign up Yeovil Town striker Shaun Jeffers for the 2016-17 season. The local press have described the former Newport County player's capture as a 'real coup' for the club, revealing that much of Stringer's knowledge of the Bedford-born player lay in his 2013-14 season spell with Peterborough United that preceded his move to South Wales.

At that time, Stringer was manager of fellow National League South side Bishop's Stortford, who had Kyle Vassell - now at Blackpool - on their books. Stringer explained to the Essex Chronicle that he had been trying to do a loan deal with Peterborough as part of the Vassell move. Unfortunately for Stringer, Newport County were doing their own swap deal with Posh, as they sold Conor Washington to the London Road club, and instead Jeffers ended up going to the higher division club. As a result, the Chelmsford boss had been keeping an eye on Jeffers ever since:

"I've been keeping an eye on him for a long time. I knew about him when he was at Peterborough when I sold Kyle Vassell to them. He was possibly going to do a loan to (Bishop's) Stortford as part of it. Then he went to Newport. One of my pals is his agent and I've just been keeping tabs on him. We kept it to ourselves so when he became available I didn't want to lose the opportunity to bring him in. He will give us pace, he's a good size, he's athletic and he will score us goals in this league and he should be a good signing. He'll give us a bit of pace up front, because we haven't had anyone who could go in behind, which really gives us four centre-forwards plus Hugo (Skepelhorn), who can play in the pocket, out wide or up top."

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 August 2016 : Darren Way Talks About The 2016-17 Season
As part of the build-up to the 2016-17 Football League season, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was interviewed by BBC Points West this week. In an interview conducted by Geoff Twentyman, Darren gives his hopes for the coming season, what his working day is like, and how he's viewed his first pre-season as manager. Read that via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Ahead Of The 2016-17 Season.


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3 August 2016 : New Ticketing Portal Launches With Online Purchase Offer
Yeovil Town's new online ticketing portal was launched last week, providing a slightly new look to the way that supporters can purchase their tickets for home matches. Currently the club have put on sale 2016-17 League Two home fixtures against Notts County, Morecambe, Blackpool and Hartlepool United and will roll out further batches of home fixtures further down the line.

In addition to improvements for desktop and laptop views that allow fans to pick out specific seats in the ground (mobile and tablet enhancements will be made later in the year), the key difference for supporters is that the online booking fee has been changed from £2.50 to £0.45 bringing it in line with the fee charged for debit card purchases over the phone. An additional £0.55 (postage cost) is levied if you want your tickets posted out, but you can avoid that if you choose to pick your tickets up from the ground on the day of the game.

In another move to encourage fans to start using the online portal, non-junior tickets purchased prior to matchday will cost £1.00 less than they would if you ordered over the phone or visited the Ticket Office in person. For example, the online price of an Adult Home (Thatchers Gold) Terrace ticket purchased by Friday afternoon for a Saturday fixture will cost you £17.00 online instead of £18.00 over the phone, or in person. Prices for Seniors and Young Persons are also reduced by the same amount. Junior prices remain at a flat rate of £6.00 regardless of when and where you purchase them.

The effect of this is that purchasing tickets online (apart from Junior tickets) will be cheaper than calling or visiting the Ticket Office. Hence logon via the link below. If you've not done it before, then your customer number should be printed on any past ticket receipts, with your initial password set to your postcode with no spaces. Once you've signed in for the first time, change your password to something else. If you can't login, then try using the password reset function - otherwise give the Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888 and they'll look up your Customer Number for you, based on your name and address.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal Page.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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3 August 2016 : Jeffers Signed Up By Clarets For New Season
Former Yeovil Town striker Shaun Jeffers has found himself a new club. Having had pre-season trials with Aldershot Town and Boreham Wood, the 24 year old former Newport County and Peterborough United player has signed for Chelmsford City. They haven't revealed any length of contract, having just indicated that he played in two pre-season friendlies before they signed him up.

Chelmsford play in National League South, meaning that Jeffers has had to drop two levels to get himself a deal. The Clarets finished 15th in the table during the 2015-16 season.

Link: Shaun Jeffers : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 August 2016 : Date Set For Bristol Rovers EFL Trophy Tie
League One side Bristol Rovers have confirmed the match date and admission prices for their EFL Trophy match against Yeovil Town. The game is the middle fixture of the three group games that will take place later this year, with a home match against Portsmouth and a trip to play a Reading B side at the Madjeski Stadium representing the other two fixtures.

The match against Bristol Rovers will take place at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday 4th October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. As yet Rovers haven't clarified which facilities Yeovil Town will be getting for the fixture, but they have split prices according to whether fans are sat in the Main Stand or on their home terrace as follows:

Main Stand (Seated): Adults: £10.00; Under-16s/Over-65s: £5.00.
Home Terraces (Standing): Adults: £5.00; Under-16s/Over-65s: £1.00.

At present tickets are NOT on sale at Huish Park - once we know our own allocation, and where fans will be situated for the night, we'll provide an update, but it would seem likely that prices will be based on the above 'seating vs standing' tariffs above - probably the big question will be whether they open up the side terracing for Yeovil fans for what is likely to be a comparatively low attendance fixture.

Link: Ticketing For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Walsall vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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3 August 2016 : Loza's Port Vale Plans Get Called Off
Former Yeovil Town loanee and trialist Jamar Loza appears to be enduring a difficult summer. Having spent some time on trial at Huish Park during the first few weeks of July, the former Norwich City player headed to League One side Port Vale who, based on quotes from Saturday appeared to have a contract on the table for him that was 'pretty much done'.

By Monday, Port Vale's press officer hinted there was an issue with one of the Valiants' planned signings, indicating that "somebody has thrown a spanner in the works" and suggesting that they would only now be signing one of the two new players they had unveiled during their pre-season friendly against Manchester United. That has now been confirmed by manager Bruno Ribeiro who has told BBC Radio Stoke that Loza will not be signing for them, although in a slight contradiction he suggests that it is down to Loza's performances in a match that followed suggestions that he had agreed a deal with their club:

"He's not staying with us. We need a striker to score goals and can play winger too. He can play but we need one player who will go forward more with crosses and in the last two games he didn't do this. I think we need a goalscorer, that's more important now because we don't have so much money."

Loza's social media habits so far this summer have provided an accurate reflection of his movements around the country. He has recently started following Shrewsbury Town on Twitter, having also recently unfollowed Yeovil Town.


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3 August 2016 : Darren Way: Social Media Can Affect Players Emotions
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that social media can affect players emotions if they pay too much attention to it during the season. The Glovers boss admits that he finds networks such as Facebook and Twitter frustrating given that they can provide instant reactions to events on and off the field that he believes can subsequently affect players' decision-making.

Way was speaking at the BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol Sports Forum last night, which was held at Bristol City's Ashton Gate, where the various managers and coaches from the region were giving their views on topical issues. One of the questions raised was what their views were on the use of social media by players and the way they interact with supporters. He told those present that he felt that it led to fans pre-judging certain players - almost certainly a reference to recent signing Tom Eaves whose previous loan spell with the club during the 2014-15 season didn't take off - and also that it tended to encourage people to say things on the day of the game that they might not say a day or two later:

"I think social media plays a big part now as a manager. You've got Facebook, you've got Twitter and you've got Snapchat. As a manager what I find frustrating now is how a supporter can make a perception of a player and almost break him before he's come to the club, if he's had a bad previous spell. That's hard as a manager and it can be quite frustrating at times because it sort of affects their emotions, and when you look at emotions you tend to find that it affects their decision-making. All of us supporters, when we're carrying emotions, or as managers, we make wrong choices at times and your decision-making can be a little bit different. If you let it pass by another day, you think a little bit different after a loss. After a win it's easy, as you don't have to think about it. That's one thing that I find frustrating now as a manager, because I think it wasn't there previously. Some people go off the back of Twitter or Facebook now and it can affect peoples decisions."

Way even went as far as to suggest that bad social media posts could cost a player their careers with a football club - certainly in the past Yeovil Town have had a couple of players in which their posts have contributed to their downfall under previous management. However, he said that players needed to accept criticism on the internet and become resilient to it:

"I think they've got to be resilient to it. Every manager and every player is going to win and lose football matches. There is going to be a level of criticism aimed at the sport that we're playing, whether it's rugby or whether it's football and they have to be able to handle that situation. I have explained to my players this year that it isn't going to go away - it's always going to be there. It's part of the future and you have to learn about it quickly. I'm going to try to protect them in the best way that I can, and I'm going to look out for them and watch their backs, but when you're a young player you make bad decisions and they're going to make mistakes. You've just got to hope that it's not a big one, like some players have made, that could cost their careers. That's how big it is, especially for a 16 or 17 year old that's posting."

Way added that in general terms, the amount of criticism that management and players received after poor performances was inevitable, pointing out that a local newspaper poll raised just prior to his appointment as first team manager had him at the bottom of the list of people that fans wanted to see appointed as the replacement to Paul Sturrock last December, with the paper putting him on just two percent of the vote. However, he said that things like that had to be used as a motivation to succeed:

"Certainly with the adversity that we went through last year, as you can imagine the level of criticism that was aimed at us as players, I think I only had two percent of the vote on the Western Gazette (poll) and one of those was my missus! No-one wanted me to be the manager at the time, so I had to ride that, but I expected that at the same time. I really did expect the criticism to come but I just had to handle that, and I'm saying to the players that you've got to deal with that in the same way and almost use it to spur you on, because it can be a motivation as well."


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2 August 2016 : Two Radio Show Appearances For Darren Way
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way will be featuring on BBC local radio twice in the next 24 hours ahead of the 2016-17 season. Tonight sees Darren joining Bristol City manager Lee Johnson and Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke along with personnel from Bristol and Bath rugby clubs on a BBC Local Sports Forum that is taking place at Ashton Gate tonight. There will be coverage of that forum on both BBC Somerset and BBC Bristol tonight via all the usual frequencies from 7.00p.m.

Then tomorrow, Darren will find his alarm clock going off rather early as he prepares to join BBC Somerset Breakfast show presenter Claire Carter as a guest co-presenter for the morning. The show starts at 6.30a.m. and lasts for 2.5 hours. Again, all usual frequencies, including 95.5FM, 1566AM and online will allow you to hear that.


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2 August 2016 : America Beckons As Ladies Say Farewell To University Pair
Yeovil Town Ladies are currently on a mini-break from FAWSL action, and that has also signalled the moment where they have had to say farewell to two of their players. Whilst Lucy Quinn has arrived this week from Portsmouth as a new signing, heading through the out door are goalkeeper Beth Howard and striker Atlanta Primus.

Both are off to the USA for University scholarships - Howard for her third year and Primus for her first. Howard's stay was always intended to be a short one, having come in at the tail end of June, whilst she was on her summer break from studies at Ryder University. She kept two clean sheets in four matches, having been pushed into action following an injury to Charlotte Haynes, who returned between the sticks on the weekend.

Striker Atlanta Primus came into the side in January 2016 from FAWSL1 side Chelsea but had an injury interrupted spell with the Glovers, having suffered a knee injury in April whilst on international duty followed by more recent concussion that kept her out of contention - she scored twice in six appearances.

Boss Jamie Sherwood paid tribute to the pair, recognising that both players had contributed to the strong form the Glovers have shown during 2016, and recognised the way that Howard had stepped in following the injury to Haynes that could have impacted their season, but instead turned out to be business as usual:

"I would like to place on record a huge thank you to Beth Howard, who came into the squad and the transition between (first choice goalkeeper) Charlie (Haynes) and Beth was seamless. That goes to show the quality Beth possesses and the respect she has held within our squad. Primrose (Atlanta Primus) has been an absolute pleasure to work with. Her character, beliefs and personality are a huge credit to her and her family.My only regret is that we didn't get to see her on the pitch as much as we and she would have liked. She has scored crucial goals when involved and that is all you can ask of her. I wish her well and will look forward to seeing the Primus name at the top of the scoring charts in the USA. It's a dream come true and she knows that she has a home with us here at Yeovil Town Ladies FC."


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2 August 2016 : Sokolk Hints At Different Choice If He Could Relive Glovers Decision Again
Former Yeovil Town defender Jakub Sokolik has hinted that he would have made a 'different decision' if he could rewind his time back to 2014. The former Liverpool academy player spent two years with the Glovers, signing a two year contract at Huish Park shortly after his release by Liverpool, but at the time there was sizeable interest from Southend United who had been trying to take him on following a 2013-14 loan spell at Roots Hall.

Sokolik did make it back to Essex for a loan spell midway through the 2014-15 season, but that was ended suddenly when a serious knee injury put him out for the rest of that season, meaning that he played few games during that campaign. He returned to Somerset and subsequently had a decent 2015-16 campaign, playing regularly under both Paul Sturrock and Darren Way. Despite that game time, he has suggested to the Southend Echo that two years previously he probably should have signed for Southend, rather than Yeovil:

"Sometimes when you make a decision you wish sometimes you made a different decision. I was quite young, it was two years ago and that was the decision I made. In my first year at Yeovil I came back to Southend on loan and got injured, which put me out for the season. The second season was OK and I was playing games but hopefully I'll play as many games as I can for Southend now and as a club we can push for the play-offs and promotion. Iíve been here before, so I know a few people and the players already, which certainly helps. Itís not like Iím going somewhere I donít know, so Iím very happy."

Ironically, Sokolik's decision to sign for the Glovers instead of Southend was reported at the time to be down to Yeovil Town being a League One club, whilst the Shrimpers were stuck in League Two. Two years later, and those positions have swapped, and that may also have some bearing on why Sokolik has decided to make his move back to Essex.

Link: Jakub Sokolik : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 August 2016 : League Announce Second Tier Of Professional Referees
The Football League and the Professional Game Match Officials (PGMOL) body have announced a new layer of match officials ahead of the 2016-17 season. Back in 2001, the PGMOL revolutionised the refereeing structure by the introduction of 'Select Group Referees' - a set of named referees in a given season that would become full time professionals, able to concentrate on their personal fitness, as well as attending regular conferences to discuss decision-making and future direction.

The PGMOL have now announced a second layer to that professional structure, with the introduction of the Select Group 2 - a set of 18 additional contracted referees and 36 Assistant referees that will become professionals and will be primarily used for Championship fixtures. The effect of this will be that in addition to the Select Group 1 officials that will be used for Premier League matches, those given Select Group 2 status will now generally not be used for League One and League Two fixtures.

The names of referees for the 2016-17 season that will be classed as being part of Select Group 2 are as follows: James Adcock, Peter Bankes, Darren Bond, David Coote, Andy Davies, Scott Duncan, Geoff Eltingham, Simon Hooper, Tony Harrington, Chris Kavanagh, Oli Langford, James Linington, Andy Madley, Steve Martin, Tim Robinson, Jeremy Simpson, Keith Stroud and Andy Woolmer. The names of the 36 assistant referees have yet to be revealed.

The costs of the Select Group 2 set-up have been met by Championship clubs, with the Football League revealing that each club has contributed £50,000 directly to the scheme. Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said that the move was necessary because of the increased scrutiny being placed upon referees at Championship level:

"The expectations that were being placed on some our officials were exceptionally unfair, given the fact they may have been holding down a demanding full-time job during the week and then being asked to referee a game at the weekend that could have significant consequences for managers, players and supporters. Now, they will have the opportunity to meet regularly, share learnings and devote more time to their profession that will only serve to improve consistency on the pitch. The move to full time officials also presents us with a more long-term opportunity of supporting our ex-players and getting them back into the professional game by training as a match official. We all want refereeing to become a career and not just a job."

Harvey added that this was something that had been driven by the Championship division clubs, but claimed that there would also be benefits that would trickle down to League One and League Two, given that the training programme that would be set up could be accessed by other referees further down the divisions:

"Itís also important to stress that itís our Clubs who have driven forward this initiative and they deserve great credit for identifying an issue and then being prepared to find - and fund - a solution that will have a positive impact on the game for many years to come. Each Championship club has committed to £50k worth of additional investment, meaning there is no requirement to find this money from our central funds. The 18 Select Group 2 officials will predominantly work across the Championship, but as part of the new PGMOL development programme it will allow an enhanced training programme for officials in League One and Two, ensuring all 72 of our clubs benefit."

The Football League have also provided additional clarification concerning the allocation of referees to key games, where recent media stories, mainly at Premier League level, have drawn attention to a referee's connection with one of the clubs he is officiating. The PGMOL and Football League will now no longer appoint referees or their assistants to matches where they:

* Reside in the same town or city as either club
* Have played for any of the participating clubs at youth, under-21 (reserve) or senior level
* Take an active interest in a club (season/match ticket currently or previously)
* Have personal connections with a participating club.


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2 August 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : From Webb To Way
With all pre-season friendlies complete, and the 2016-17 season about to hit us like a steam train, it's time to take stock of where we are. The latest Taff's Gloversblog is written by Old Green Eyes and gives his perspective of the current squad and the pre-season schedule. Read that via the link below, and as usual provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : From Webb To Way.


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2 August 2016 : No Fee For Bird As Way Gives Views On Departure
National League side Eastleigh have provided a bit of extra detail behind the transfer of striker Ryan Bird that saw him leave Yeovil Town yesterday. The 28 year old former Portsmouth, Cambridge United and Hartlepool United player departed after just over a year at Huish Park, having only featured in one pre-season friendly against Dorchester Town during the pre-season period, meaning that his departure had been expected.

With the deal having gone through just prior to Eastleigh's pre-season friendly against Gosport Borough, information on the transfer wasn't clear, and reports from the BBC and the Southampton Daily Echo suggested that there had been an 'undisclosed fee' involved in the deal. However, Eastleigh's official site make clear that they picked the striker up as a free agent, after Yeovil Town made the decision to sever Bird's contract earlier in the day. As a consequence, Bird would have joined them on a free transfer.

Eastleigh manager Chris Todd also confirmed rumours that Eastleigh had been trying to recruit Bird for some time, stating that they had tried to take him from Yeovil Town during January 2016, when it became clear that he was dropping down the pecking order at Huish Park under new manager Darren Way. On that occasion the deal fell through, but half a season later Todd got his man:

"Ryan has been a target for some time, we tried to sign him before the last transfer window in January. Ryan was released by Yeovil earlier in the day and we moved quickly to secure the signature."

Bird has signed a one year contract with the Hampshire side. Having only driven down to Gosport on the afternoon, Bird was only named as a substitute in Eastleigh's friendly - he replaced another former Glover Yemi Odubade in a substitution made during the final 17 minutes of the match.

Meanwhile, Darren Way himself has given his views on why Bird departed, suggesting that the goalscoring form of other players across both last season and the current pre-season had meant that they had stepped in ahead of Bird, leaving him with few opportunities to succeed:

"As I said last year, I had a lot of forwards. I like forwards, as forwards score you goals and if one isn't doing it then someone else will step in. Unfortunately for Ryan, the front three have done fantastically well. There's three players who have done very well. I have been really impressed with Tom Eaves, Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges. Hedges is a Welsh international and he's got a good combination with Liam Shephard who he's played with over the last three years. So to have them in now, in an early loan spell, has worked well for the team."

Link: Ryan Bird : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 August 2016 : Ryan Bird Exits Yeovil Town - Confirmed
Yeovil Town striker Ryan Bird has left the club. He is playing for National League side Eastleigh today in their pre-season friendly against Gosport Borough tonight. As yet the Hampshire side haven't officially announced the deal but did tweet earlier that they were going to be unveiling two new signings ahead of the match. Just before kick-off, BBC Solent tweeted that Bird was one of two players they had captured, with Ryan Creswell also signed up at the same time. The BBC have since deleted that tweet, although the Creswell one is absolutely confirmed, with Bird named on their teamsheet for the game.

Bird's exit from Yeovil Town has been on the cards for some time. He had only played in one pre-season friendly, as a starter against Dorchester Town, and was an unused substitute against Bristol City. Thereafter he was omitted entirely from all following squads, with the club's explanation that he was "ill" even though he was seen in the stands with injured pair Francois Zoko and Darren Ward during Saturday's match against Swindon.

He now looks to have left the club after eight goals in 42 appearances. At present we don't know any details about contract or fees involved or whether this is a permanent or temporary deal - it would seem that the u-turn on the announcement may be that paperwork hasn't entirely gone through yet. Bird was under contract until the summer of 2017.

Link: Ryan Bird : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Updated: Ryan Bird's exit is now 100 percent confirmed. There is no mention of a transfer fee, but he has left on a permanent basis to join Eastleigh. The BBC Sport website indicates that both Creswell and Bird have attracted "undisclosed fees" as part of the transfer, although it's not clear where the BBC have got that information from - Eastleigh have yet to put up their own statement confirming the deal.


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1 August 2016 : Jones Extend Yeovil Town Sponsorship Deal
Jones Building Group have announced a new three year sponsorship deal with Yeovil Town. They have agreed a three year contract to act as the club's main sponsors, keeping their name on the front of the club's shirts until the summer of 2019. They had taken over the main sponsorship of the club last summer after a short break, having also been involved as the shirt sponsor between 2009 and 2012, and having provided extensive sponsorship for both Yeovil Town Ladies and the club's Centre of Excellence during its previous existence.

Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said of the extended partnership between the football club and the Building Group:

"ĒWe have worked with Jones Building Group for a number of years and they have been brilliant sponsors and supporters of Yeovil Town Football Club. We have always had a happy relationship with Dave Jones and his company. It is nice to have them as main club partners/sponsors for the next three seasons and we appreciate the faith they have shown in our club."

Commercial manager Dave Linney, who is in charge of the club shop as well as all of the club's sponsorship arrangements, also expressed his thanks to Jones for their continued inputs into the club:

"This is another great chapter in the history of Yeovil Town Football Club, and we are delighted to have secured this main partnership and sponsorship for three years. This shows tremendous loyalty to our club by Jones Building Group, and we thank Dave Jones and Mark Porter for their continued support. Commercial partners are the lifeblood of any sporting organisation these days."

Managing Director of Jones Building Group Mark Porter, who is also a Director of the Yeovil Town Ladies set-up said that the deal had a lot to do with many Jones employees being committed Glovers fans:

"We are delighted to extend our term as main club partner and sponsor of Yeovil Town. A good number of our employees are Yeovil Town fans. Our company started here in Yeovil, and we now have offices in five locations. But home to us is still Yeovil. Our sponsorship is all about helping Darren and his management team to rebuild and climb the football pyramid. With the Yeovil Town Ladies knocking on the door of Super League One we are hoping that both teams can continue to promote the Yeovil Town brand with pride. We are looking forward to some good times ahead as the main club partner and sponsor."


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1 August 2016 : Teamgroup Photoshoot Gets Washed Out
Yeovil Town's annual press photo call had to be scaled back today, after bad weather disrupted proceedings. The annual photoshoot is normally planned to allow a new teamgroup shot to be taken, showing all the club's new signings, but that was aborted due to rain in Somerset. Instead, photographers present had to make do with individual 'head and shoulders' shots taken under cover.

The press day often provides a few clues as to whether any prospective trialists or loanees are likely to sign for the club, with a few players being squeezed into teamgroup line-ups before they've officially put pen to paper, or of outgoing players being left out of the line-up. As a result of the group shot being abandoned though, any chance of that happening was out of the question.

The club plan to revisit the teamgroup photoshoot on Friday, when theoretically the weather forecast looks a little brighter.


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1 August 2016 : Davies Makes Accrington Switch
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Arron Davies will spend the 2016-17 season with League Two side Accrington Stanley. The 32 year old left Exeter City at the end of last season, having spent four years at St James Park, where he made 148 appearances, scoring 10 goals. He has signed a one year contract at the Crown Ground.

Davies has been on the books of two other clubs since he last played for the Glovers in 2010, having spent a year with Peterborough United (28 appearances) and another season with Northampton Town (19 appearances) with Gary Johnson responsible for both moves. He then went on to play for Exeter in 2012, where he has unusually featured in a full-back role at times - much deeper than the attacking positions Glovers fans new him for.

Accrington were one of the division's surprise packages last season, as they reached the League Two play-offs, and Davies says that has much to do with why he has decided to make the lengthy journey north for the season:

"I'm delighted to have signed. I played against Accrington twice last season and both times I thought that they were superb and the best footballing team Iíd seen. I spoke to the gaffer a few weeks back and it progressed from there. Iím delighted to get it done and raring to go. No matter what club you are at you have to strive to do the best you can and aim for the top. Everyone will be thinking about promotion at this time of the year and weíre no different."

Link: Arron Davies : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 August 2016 : Rose Signs Deal With Shrimps
Former Yeovil Town left-back Michael Rose has signed for League Two side Morecambe. The 34 year old was released by Rochdale at the end of last season, after three years at Spotland and 132 appearances. He has agreed a one year contract with the Shrimps, having featured in a number of their pre-season friendlies and will now form part of their 2016-17 squad.

Rose has had three other major clubs since leaving Yeovil Town in 2006, having spent four years with Stockport County (123 appearances), one year with Swindon Town (41 appearances) and two years on the books of Colchester United (40 appearances). His time with Rochdale gained him a nomination in the PFA's League Two Team of the Year - the same honour he got at Yeovil Town at the end of the 2004-05 season.

He's now gone through the 500 game barrier as a professional player, including the 49 appearances he made for the Glovers as they were promoted from League Two. Morecambe boss Jim Bentley is hopeful that his level of experience can help some of his younger players:

"I have always admired Michael and he was someone I was keen to sign once I knew he had been released. We have a young squad overall and his vast experience will be vital for us this season. He is a leader and he can play in a number of positions and he is an excellent addition to our squad."

Link: Michael Rose : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 August 2016 : Loza Lined Up For Valiants Contract After Trial Game
Further to Saturday's news, concerning former trialist and loanee Jamar Loza, it would now seem likely that he will be joining Port Vale on a permanent basis. The former Norwich City academy player played for the Valiants on Saturday against a Manchester United academy side, in a match Vale won 4-2, with the 22 year old being used as a right-winger during the second half.

Loza had played in Yeovil Town's first three pre-season friendlies but had disappeared by the time they came out of their week in South Wales, and did not play in the friendlies against Salisbury and Swindon Town, suggesting that either the club or the player had lost interest in the trial. In addition to Loza, Port Vale also featured Benfica goalkeeper Miguel Santos and assistant manager Michael Brown has told the Stoke Sentinel that whilst the pair played as 'trialists', in truth both were being lined up as full blown signings at Vale Park:

"They are pretty much done, that is why they were here and involved. So hopefully some more additions. Jamar is a young player still that will look to try and progress and see if he can be a starter in the team at some point, but he obviously still has a lot to learn. Then a goalkeeper that they know well from Portugal."

Meanwhile former AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield, who played in the club's first two friendlies against Dorchester Town and Bristol City, turned up at Aldershot last week for a pre-season friendly against Wycombe Wanderers. However, by the time the Shots reached their Saturday friendly against Crawley Town, Wakefield had disappeared again, suggesting that he only got one match to impress before being let go.

Link: Jamar Loza : Yeovil Town Statistics.

Link: Josh Wakefield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 August 2016 : Ladies Bring In The Mighty Quinn From Pompey
Yeovil Town Ladies have signed up Portsmouth midfielder Lucy Quinn for the final stages of the 2016 FAWSL2 season. The 22 year old had been playing at FAWPL South level last season for Pompey and scored 11 goals in 28 games, and was due to link up with the Hampshire squad for the start of their 2016-17 campaign which runs across a winter season format. Instead she will be jumping up two levels to play for the Glovers, as they continue their promotion challenge.

Quinn wasn't present for the club's weekend 2-0 win over Aston Villa Ladies - she was away in Portugal where she is taking part in a slightly different sport, representing England at the European Championships for Beach Football. Her stay out there had been extended, due to England reaching the Third/Fourth placed play-offs in the competition. To add to the confusion, Lucy plays in goal when she is on a sand surface, but when she returns to England and a grass surface, she will be at the other end of the field, where she generally plays an attack-minded midfield role, or as a right-winger.

Boss Jamie Sherwood said of the decision to bring Quinn into his squad: "Lucy will give a different dimension to our attacking threat, along with fierce competition for places in our final games of the season."

Link: Villa 0 Yeovil 2 : Short And Heatherson Send Glovers Top Again.


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