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13 August 2017 : Former Loanee Campbell Takes Up Solihull Loan Deal
National League side Solihull Moors have signed up former Yeovil Town loanee Tahvon Campbell on loan. The 20 year old West Bromwich Albion striker has been sent across the Midlands to Damson Park where he will stay until January 2018, in what will be his fourth loan club, following two deals with the Glovers, plus temporary stays with Kidderminster Harriers and Notts County.

He will now play for a side that finished in 16th place in the National League last season, in addition to knocking Yeovil Town out of the FA Cup. Solihull announced the deal on the morning of their trip to Boreham Wood on Saturday - he was present with their squad before the match, but did not make the teamsheet, implying that the registration papers didn't quite go through in time. Their manager Liam McDonald believes that once he does make it into the team that he'll fit their style of play:

"I'm delighted as Tahvon is a player that fits into the style of play that I'm looking to play this season. He'll add quality to the squad. He's a terrific football player and it's a massive coup for us. He's got a lot of experience for such a young lad and he'll help add to what we've already got in the squad. He's quick, skilful, he scores goals and he's a strong boy. I'm looking forward to getting him out on the pitch and showing people what he can do. I'm sure he'll be a big asset for us."

Campbell was an unused substitute in both FA Cup matches against Solihull Moors last season, meaning that their paths didn't cross at that time.

Link: Tahvon Campbell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 August 2017 : The Growing Trend Of The Huish Park Low Crowd As Record Is Broken Again
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town record its lowest attendance for a Football League match. The 2,464 crowd that turned up for the opening day of the 2017-18 season against Accrington Stanley beat the record that was set just under a year ago for the September 2016 game against Hartlepool United, which recorded 2,749 - a drop of 285 spectators.

Such a situation wasn't at all surprising. Although the club have not released any figures concerning season ticket sales over the summer, it had been widely assumed that they would be down. For the 2016-17 season, sales were in the region of 1,950 which in itself was a drop, given it was the first time that they'd fallen below the 2,000 barrier since entering the league - at their peak in the 2005-06 season the club recorded 3,600 sales but had more recently hovered around the 2,200 mark.

There are a number of comparisons that can be made in terms of Saturday's attendance:

1. It was the lowest attendance for a League fixture at Huish Park since the club played Southport on April 23rd 2002 when 1,941 fans turned up to an end-of-season Tuesday night fixture that was a dead rubber match. The club did play four fixtures at Dorchester Town's stadium early on during the 2002-03 season - two of those would have beaten Saturday's attendance even though they were not staged in Yeovil, whilst two dropped just below that mark.

2. It was the lowest home attendance for the opening home fixture of a season since the club played Kettering Town on August 19th 2000 when 2,302 spectators turned up. The usual pattern is for the first home match in a season to get a boost as fans see their first football for three months. The seasonal lows are usually Tuesday night fixtures between September and November, or just after New Year's Day.

3. Whilst Accrington Stanley are probably not the most attractive of opening day opponents, the gate was still 527 down on last season's encounter, which saw 2,991 turn up for a 1-1 draw. The previous attendance against Accrington saw 3,207 spectators, so the trend is downwards.

4. Until the start of the 2015-16 season, Yeovil Town had only recorded one sub-3,000 gate. That was for a Tuesday night home fixture against Stevenage, staged three days after the club had gone out of the FA Cup at the First Round stage in November 2012. Past history has shown us that early FA Cup exits have also generally been a trigger for a mini-slump on gates. That 2012 gate stayed out on its own until just over two years ago. Since then the club have recorded ten more crowds under 3,000 - two were during the 2015-16 season, but eight were during the 2016-17 season, showing that this has become the norm, rather than something exceptional. Thirteen of the club's fifteen lowest Football League gates have happened during the last two years.

5. The good news is that these sort of figures shouldn't be repeated for Yeovil Town's next home match. With Coventry City our next visitors, the club should be looking at a healthy away following. Coventry brought 2,136 away fans for our August 2012 match in front of 6,006 spectators. However, for the January 2015 game, both ends of the stadium had dropped, with 538 away fans turning up in a total gate of 4,422 - at the time Coventry were going nowhere, and so there wasn't so much interest from their fans. It would be a surprise, given Coventry are top of the early League Two division, if that latter 4,422 gate dropped significantly.

6. There may be trouble ahead. Whilst the Coventry game shouldn't give the club a headache, the September 9th and 12th pairing of Cheltenham Town and Morecambe may do. Another factor in low Huish Park crowds tends to be when two home matches are paired up within a week of each other. Not all fans can afford to go to both games, and so one of them suffers - usually the midweeker. So the expectation would be for the Cheltenham crowd to hold up well, helped by a localish away following. However, asking Morecambe fans to trek down from Lancashire on a Tuesday night in their masses might be a step too far. Last year's crowd of 2,937 is highly likely to be lower.

Fifteen Lowest Huish Park Crowds:
12.08.2017 : 2,464 : L2 vs Accrington Stanley
10.09.2016 : 2,749 : L2 vs Hartlepool United
28.02.2017 : 2,766 : L2 vs Mansfield Town
03.12.2016 : 2,817 : L2 vs Crawley Town
14.02.2017 : 2,847 : L2 vs Cambridge United
06.11.2012 : 2,900 : L1 vs Stevenage
20.08.2016 : 2,937 : L2 vs Morecambe
20.10.2015 : 2,954 : L2 vs Mansfield Town
24.11.2015 : 2,963 : L2 vs Wycombe Wanderers
19.11.2016 : 2,985 : L2 vs Colchester United
18.03.2017 : 2,991 : L2 vs Accrington Stanley
06.10.2012 : 3,002 : L1 vs Colchester United
05.09.2015 : 3,024 : L2 vs Morecambe
26.09.2015 : 3,078 : L2 vs Hartlepool United
03.09.2016 : 3,108 : L2 vs Blackpool


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13 August 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the win, the performance of Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola and also the size of the crowd at Huish Park on the opening day of the 2017-18 season and his views on those who attended on the day. Read the interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Game.


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12 August 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from Saturday afternoon's 3-2 victory over Accrington Stanley, these are now available. The Sky Sports website has around one-and-a-half minutes of coverage of the game, showing the two goals scored by Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola plus Francois Zoko's second of the 2017-18 season. They also cover the brace scored by Accrington's Kayden Jackson. Watch the video clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley Match Highlights.


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12 August 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 3-2 win against Accrington Stanley 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 Accrington Stanley.


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12 August 2017 : Yeovil 3 Accrington 2 : Olomola Double Gives Glovers First Points
Yeovil Town won their opening home match of the 2017-18 season this afternoon, although had to see off a dogged Accrington Stanley side at Huish Park. The visitors took the lead through Kayden Jackson, but the home side came back in a 12 minute purple patch that ultimately win the match. Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola bagged the equaliser, before Francois Zoko gave the Glovers the lead. A minute later and a ball over the top saw Olomola bag his second of the match with Yeovil well on top by half time. A second goal for Kayden Jackson and plenty of Stanley pressure made it a nervy end, but Yeovil held on for all three points and their first of the new campaign.

For the third consecutive game, manager Darren Way opted for a formation change to start the fixture. Daniel Alfei and Tom James dropped out of the side and were replaced by Bevis Mugabi at right-back and Olufela Olomola up front as the team reshuffled to fit into a 4-4-2. With no new bodies in the squad the eighteen picked itself once the eleven were selected. Accrington arrived late at Huish Park due to traffic, and with reports of a stomach bug sweeping their camp that saw two players pull out, and a third sat on the bench just to make up numbers.

Yeovil started as the slightly superior side, with a long range shot from Otis Khan the best of their early efforts. But they fell behind just 12 minutes into the match, when a Billy Kee shot from outside the box could only be parried by Artur Krysiak straight into the path of Kayden Jackson. With no-one closing down the striker, he was able to fire the loose ball into the back of the net for a 0-1 advantage.

Although there was initially a good response to that goal, with Connor Smith shooting wide of the post, Yeovil seemed to tie themselves in knots for a short period, trying to work out how to get back into their stride, with misplaced passes not helping. But those nerves were calmed 26 minutes into the match as Olufela Olomola started and finished his first goal for the club. It was his run that saw the ball laid off to Otis Khan and when Khan's shot was blocked, the ball fell loose to the Southampton loanee who ran in to fire home the equalising goal.

At that point, a nervous Yeovil became a confident Yeovil, and it was Accrington on the back foot. Francois Zoko almost made it 2-1 when his shot was parried onto the crossbar by Aaron Chapman. But the Ivorian got his second of the season shortly after that, with Connor Smith starting a move that involved Otis Khan, Olufela Olomola and Rhys Browne before the latter played to Zoko. He needed two attempts to get the ball in the back of the net, but the important thing was it gave the Glovers the lead for the first time in the game.

With Accrington all over the place, a nice bit of Route One gave Yeovil their third within a minute. James Bailey stuck a long ball over the top of the Accrington back line, and Olufela Olomola raced onto it, helped by a flat-footed visiting defence. He slotted home the one-v-one from just outside the box for a 3-1 margin that hadn't looked too likely twelve minutes earlier.

Accrington unsurprisingly made a half time substitution, swapping over their full-backs positions and taking off Tyler Forbes as Reagen Ogle came on. The visitors almost got a goal within a minute of the restart as James Bailey was dispossessed and Jordan Clark shot at goal, but Artur Krysiak got down to save well. However, eight minutes into the half they pulled a goal back, with Omar Sowunmi over-committing himself as Billy Kee slipped a ball through the centre of defence, allowing Kayden Jackson to get behind and score, for the 3-2 scoreline.

Both sides had chances to score, as Otis Khan's free kick was beaten away by keeper Aaron Chapman. But it was very much the visitors on the front foot. Their best chance came when Jordan Clark had a driven shot tipped onto the crossbar by Artur Krysiak, and from the resultant corner Billy Kee's header was stopped by the Yeovil keeper. Mark Hughes headed over a Janoi Donacien cross to keep the pressure up.

It was only in the closing few minutes that Yeovil managed to get themselves in the other half to wind the clock down, as Otis Khan had another attempt blocked by Chapman, whilst a mazey Francois Zoko run was only let down by the final shot that went over the bar. They managed to see out the four minutes of added time, and collect their first points of the 2017-18 season. Thankfully that 20 minute period leading up to half time had won them the match, although Accrington certainly played their part in the second half.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Accrington Stanley 2.

Scorers: Kayden Jackson (0-1, 12 mins), Olufela Olomola (1-1, 27 mins), Francois Zoko (2-1, 38 mins), Olufela Olomola (3-1, 39 mins), Kayden Jackson (3-2, 53 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 2. Daniel Alfei 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge (80 mins for Olufela Olomola) 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos

Accrington Stanley:
1 Aaron Chapman
2 Tyler Hornby-Forbes 3 Mark Hughes 18 Tom Dallison 4 Janoi Donacien
7 Jordan Clark 28 Seamus Conneely 6 Liam Nolan 11 Sean McConville
29 Billy Kee 10 Kayden Jackson

Substitutes:
5 Ben Richards-Everton 8 Scott Brown 9 Jonathan Edwards 14 Mekhi Leacock-McLeod (88 mins for Tom Dallison) 16 Simon Bloch Jorgensen 17 Erico Sousa 20 Reagan Ogle (46 mins for Tyler Hornby-Forbes)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (foul, 25 mins)

Accrington Stanley Bookings: Reagan Ogle (foul, 54 mins), Tom Dallison (foul, 66 mins), Janoi Donacien (foul, 83 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 1; Fouls: 17.

Accrington Stanley Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 9; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Robert Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Richard Wild (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 2,464 (with 88 Accrington Stanley supporters).


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12 August 2017 : Darren Way Pleased With Players Response In Accrington Victory
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised the way that his players responded to last week's 8-2 defeat against Luton Town, specifically mentioning Southampton loan striker Olufela Olomola after the club's 3-2 win over Accrington Stanley. The summer signing, who is with the club until January 2018, scored two first half goals during a 12 minute patch that saw the Glovers go from 0-1 down to 3-1 up, with the evergreen Francois Zoko bagging the other.

Way felt that with the start to the season that his players had endured this week, that they had to deal with a lot of adversity. But admitted that Olomola had deserved his starting spot in today's side, after being left out of the starting line-up against Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek:

"He's a good player; a fantastic player. I think he was disappointed not to start against Wolves. But they're learning and they've got to learn quickly of what it takes to win League Two matches. Everyone put their full shift in today. I think the players have got to take a lot of credit. I thought it's been a tough week as a manager, which I prepared myself for with two tough games. There's been a lot of question marks, as you would imagine. But I thought that the resilience that the players showed today was amazing. I felt very proud to stand there and watch them with the attacking play for 35 minutes, which was the best I've seen. They've had a lot of adversity this week. But to go up against a good Accrington team with a lot of power and pace is very pleasing to the eye."

Way was asked about today's attendance, with the 2,464 crowd at Huish Park being the club's lowest on their home soil since the 2001-02 season, and a record low for a home Football League game. With this being a record that has been broken on successive occasions over the last two years, with sub-3,000 crowds becoming more common, he was asked for his thoughts on that, but said he was focussed only on those who were at the ground today, alluding to 'negative' comments on social media platforms from unnamed supporters:

"I don't focus on that. I focus on the supporters that came and supported their football club today. You're going to get elements on social media now of people being negative. That's life, but I just have to focus on the supporters that turned up today and supported this fantastic football club that's been to the Championship. I've been here seventeen or eighteen years now, and our supporters are good, and I want to remind the supporters who turned up today, that this is a great club."


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12 August 2017 : Yeovil 3 Accrington 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town won their opening home match of the 2017-18 season this afternoon, although had to see off a dogged Accrington Stanley side at Huish Park. The visitors took the lead through Kayden Jackson, but the home side came back in a 12 minute purple patch that ultimately win the match. Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola bagged the equaliser, before Francois Zoko gave the Glovers the lead. A minute later and a ball over the top saw Olomola bag his second of the match with Yeovil well on top by half time. A second goal for Kayden Jackson and plenty of Stanley pressure made it a nervy end, but Yeovil held on for all three points and their first of the new campaign.

Full report to follow ....

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Accrington Stanley 2.

Scorers: Kayden Jackson (0-1, 12 mins), Olufela Olomola (1-1, 27 mins), Francois Zoko (2-1, 38 mins), Olufela Olomola (3-1, 39 mins), Kayden Jackson (3-2, 53 mins).

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 2. Daniel Alfei 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge (80 mins for Olufela Olomola) 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos

Accrington Stanley:
1 Aaron Chapman
2 Tyler Hornby-Forbes 3 Mark Hughes 18 Tom Dallison 4 Janoi Donacien
7 Jordan Clark 28 Seamus Conneely 6 Liam Nolan 11 Sean McConville
29 Billy Kee 10 Kayden Jackson

Substitutes:
5 Ben Richards-Everton 8 Scott Brown 9 Jonathan Edwards 14 Mekhi Leacock-McLeod (88 mins for Tom Dallison) 16 Simon Bloch Jorgensen 17 Erico Sousa 20 Reagan Ogle (46 mins for Tyler Hornby-Forbes)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (foul, 25 mins)

Accrington Stanley Bookings: Reagan Ogle (foul, 54 mins), Tom Dallison (foul, 66 mins), Janoi Donacien (foul, 83 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 1; Fouls: 17.

Accrington Stanley Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 9; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Robert Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Richard Wild (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 2,464 (with 88 Accrington Stanley supporters).


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12 August 2017 : Yeovil 3 Cheltenham 0 : Academy Side Gain Strong Home Win
Yeovil Town Under-18s won their opening home match of the 2017-18 season this morning with a confident 3-0 victory over Cheltenham Town. Despite a goalless first half, the Glovers took control of the match in a one-sided second period in front of around 36 spectators.

They opened the scoring five minutes after the break when third year Academy player Samyan Ismail danced his way past a number of Cheltenham players before firing home from an acute angle for the lead. They then doubled their lead when Paulius Golubickas also put the Robins defence on the back foot, with a quick one-two on the edge of the box dissecting the defence before he finished into the roof of the net.

Yeovil got their third of the morning when defender Jeremiah Gyebi broke forward, smashing the ball off the woodwork and into the back of the net for the 3-0 win, with Cheltenham struggling to compete in the second period.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 3 Cheltenham Town Under-18s 0.

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Chandler Hallett, Charlie Fripp, Jeremiah Gyebi, Brad Cherrett, Lewis Dix, Jack Rice-Lethaby, Hong Wan, Jack Hilton-Jones, Samyan Ismail, Paulius Golubickas, Neville Nzembela.

Substitutes: Devon Arnold (64 mins for Jack Rice-Lethaby), Gabriel Rogers (64 mins for Neville Nzembela), Tom Hayes (69 mins for Lewis Dix), Harry Haughton (90 mins for Brad Cherrett)

Yeovil Town Under-18s celebrate going 2-0 up in their League match
Yeovil Town Under-18s celebrate going 2-0 up in their League match
Photo © 2017 Tim Lancaster/Ciderspace.



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12 August 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Yeovil Town have announced their starting line-up for the League Two home match against Accrington Stanley. The Glovers have made two changes to the side that lost 1-0 against Wolverhampton Wanderers in midweek at the Molineux Stadium. Despite a much-improved defensive performance on Tuesday, Daniel Alfei and Tom James drop out of the side.

They are replaced by Olufela Olomola and Bevis Mugabi, which inevitably implies a formation change. The most likely one is a 4-4-2 formation, depending on where Otis Khan plays on the day.

The team lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-4-2)
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 2. Daniel Alfei 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos


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12 August 2017 : Spotlight On Accrington Stanley
Whilst last Saturday's opening day trip to Luton Town pitched Yeovil Town up against one of the more wealthy sides in the division, today's home game against Accrington Stanley gives them a taste of the other end of the scale. Last season saw the Lancashire club run on an average gate of 1,699 - the lowest in League Two, and under half of Yeovil Town's 3,567 crowds.

Just before the season started, Accrington Chairman Andy Holt went public on some of the finances his club was working against, in an interview with the Daily Mail. They operate against an overall turnover of £2 million a year - in January 2015 Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry stated the Huish Park annual turnover was £3 million.

Accrington's wage bill is £15,000 a week, equating to an annual figure of just £780,000. Albeit based on League One income, in that same 2015 statement, Fry pitched Yeovil's as in the region of £1.3 million (a later interview upped it to £1.4 million). Whilst Yeovil's will have come down since their own fall into League Two, the figures give an idea of what Accrington are up against, given that it's often common for Yeovil Town to be regarded as the paupers.

Despite this, Holt believes Accrington will still end up losing £300,000 a season, unless any big cup draws or player sales come in to save their day. He cites the problems of trying to upgrade the Crown Ground to try to cut down on the large number of postponements they've had due to waterlogged pitches. As a result £150,000 has been spent on a new water main, whilst £200,000 went on new drains for the pitch. They have earmarked £100,000 for a new power supply to the stadium. Like all League Two clubs, they receive Premier League 'solidarity payments' of around £430,000, but Holt's Twitter account has become famous for his frequent rants about how little that is in practice to the amounts being spent on transfer fees and agent payments at that level.

As far as the 2017-18 season playing squad is concerned, Accrington suffered two summer blows, when 23 year old striker Shay McCartan was sold to Bradford City last season for an undisclosed fee, having netted eleven goals for them last year. Defender Matty Pearson was also sold to Barnsley for an undisclosed fee - he had netted nine goals last season. They also released Terry Gornell, Steven Hewitt, Paddy Lacey, Arron Davies, Elliott Parish, Bradyen Shaw, Luke Wall and Nathan Webb as part of a squad refresh.

In their place, striker Kayden Jackson is a 23 year old, recruited from Barnsley over the summer, having made 24 appearances at this level as a Grimsby Town loanee last season. Centre-back Ben Richards-Everton is a 25 year old former Dunfermline player. Goalkeeper Simon Bloch Jorgensen is an obscure one - a 24 year old who last played for Bronshoj Boldklub in the Danish Third Division.

Defenders Tom Dallison and Tyler Forbes are Brighton and Hove Albion loanees with experience playing for Cambridge United and Fleetwood Town respectively. Striker Jonny Edwards is another borrowed player, with the 20 year old being a Hull City player who played ten times in an earlier loan spell with Accrington last season. Other summer signings include 22 year old Portuguese midfielder Erico Sousa who they tried to sign last season but couldn't sort his registration papers. They also have 20 year old former Wolves and Rangers winger Mekhi McLeod whilst midfielder Liam Nolan is a 22 year old signed from Southport, who was previously part of the Crewe Alexandra academy production line.

Despite all their financial restrictions, Accrington have managed to punch well above their weight. Under the management of John Coleman - the man who took them into the Football League - they finished 13th last season, whilst they stunned League Two during the 2015-16 campaign by finishing in 4th place - outside the automatics on goal difference - but ultimately losing in the play-offs. They had a slow start last season, yet finished strongly. Were it not for the loss of McCartan and Pearson over the summer, their second half of the season form had been projecting a top three finish this season. They'll need to hope those two key players have been replaced if they are to aim for that sort of position.


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11 August 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Accrington Stanley Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Accrington Stanley at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on the Luton Town and Wolverhampton Wanderers performances, his ongoing plans for squad recruitment, and injury news before the game. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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11 August 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley
Officials for the League Two fixture between Yeovil Town and Accrington Stanley have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 12th August 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, and the man in charge of the game will be referee Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Mr Sarginson was promoted to the Football League's referee list in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during that 2008-09 season - the first being a November 2008 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United where we felt he contributed to the game becoming a bit scrappy and tetchy by not taking better early control of the fixture, ultimately leading to six bookings. Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons where his presence was a lot less obvious, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it. During the following season, he was present for the August 2009 Tuesday night match against Exeter City that ended up in a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Just the one booking that night, which we had no complaints about, and a good unfussy performance.

After that, he took charge of the October 2011 2-2 draw against Colchester United. Here he did us a bit of a favour - chalking off a goal for the home side after Steven Gillespie was ruled to have fouled Glovers keeper Jed Steer when putting the ball into the net. Not too surprisingly, the Essex club were less than delighted about the decision; Gillespie said after the game: "Keepers get protection, everyone knows that. I had a bit of leverage with the arms, but I thought it was a goal. I was up and away to celebrate. Even a couple of their lads after the game said they didn’t see anything wrong with that." The Western Gazette had a somewhat different view of Mr Sarginson's performance, saying that their main grumble was the six yellow cards - four against Yeovil - that he dished out saying that he "gave a number of soft free kicks and yellow cards but was largely spot on with his decisions."

Our paths crossed in December 2011, when we managed a 0-0 draw against Rochdale up at Spotland. This was a decidedly dull game where the biggest incident involved a red card given to Kerrea Gilbert. Partly because the midfielder was already on a yellow card, there seemed to be a bit of confusion over whether he'd been given a second yellow or a straight red. But in terms of the actual incident, it wasn't one that we made a big fuss about either way - an over-the-top tackle. The Western Gazette said of Mr Sarginson's contribution to the afternoon: "Neither side can have complaints about his competent afternoon."

The December 2013 meeting involving him though was a corker that will live long in the memories of Yeovil Town supporters - although Paul Ince will be doing the best to blot it out of his mind. That match seemed to be heading towards a relatively normal 1-0 win for the Glovers until Blackpool seemed to lose the plot in the closing minutes. Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie all got their marching orders in the 90th minute - two for a pair of yellow cards in quick succession, whilst Fuller got his for lamping Luke Ayling.

Sometimes you can blame a referee for losing control of the match, and sometimes the responsibility has to come firmly onto the players. This was a case of the latter, as the Tangerines ended the game with just eight men, and Ince endured what he described a bit of a crap night - amongst other things! Ince's team ended up with eight players sent off before Christmas, and himself given a five match ban in another match, but denied his side had a disciplinary problem and instead blamed the officials and the fixture computer. Which is a bit 'crap' really. Like ourselves, the Western Gazette felt the referee was given little choice in the matter saying "the referee was having a perfectly straightforward night until someone in the Blackpool dugout pressed the self-destruct button. He had no option but to send off three visitors in an unnecessarily fiery finale."

Having dealt with such a 'crap' game, Mr Sarginson would probably have been glad to have had a much quieter match for our January 2015 away match against Preston North End. A couple of late bookings was about his only impact in a 1-1 draw. No complaints. We then had him twice during the 2015-16 season - firstly for the October 2015 match against Cambridge United, where we had a horrible first half performance, followed by a decent second period - but all of our own making. We can't recall him playing too big a part in that game, even if he brought his yellow card out four times. Just over a month later, he took charge of our 1-0 victory over Stevenage in the FA Cup. Aside from turning down a strong Stevenage penalty appeal - which we won't argue about! - he had a quiet game.

We has him three times during the 2016-17 season. The first was for the 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road - another quiet match with just one booking. He then took charge of the December 2016 match against Portsmouth - we've not really got a clue as to how good or bad a night he had there, as the game was much too foggy for anyone to be able to see! He handed out just one 90th minute booking, so maybe he couldn't see any fouls out there either!

He had a greater impact on the game in his third 2016-17 visit. For the 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town, he had to make a fifth minute decision that could have changed the course of the game, when Kevin Dawson's lobbed shot was obviously handled by goalkeeper Scott Shearer outside his box. Whilst many were expecting a red card, for denying a goalscoring opportunity, Mr Sarginson raised only a yellow. It looked a very dodgy decision - unfortunately the video camera showed the lob from the wrong angle, meaning we couldn't be certain the ball was travelling towards goal when it was handled. But not too surprisingly manager Darren Way wasn't happy with the decision, saying after the game:

"It was a clear sending off. I thought the referee's decision was poor. But I don't want to be a manager that makes excuses. But if I have to be honest, if that wasn't in the first five minutes then he would clearly have to go, because the ball was carrying momentum towards goal, and quite clearly he lifted his hand. It would have changed things."

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Ben Cobb (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

Link: February 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 0.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Portsmouth 0.

Link: October 2016 : Crewe Alexandra 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 0.

Link: October 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Cambridge United 3.

Link: January 2015 : Preston North End 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Blackpool 0.

Link: December 2011 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2011 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2009 : Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: November 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 1.


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10 August 2017 : Way Still Waiting To Get New Recruits Across The Line
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has implied that there are no new deals in the pipeline ahead of Saturday's League Two home match against Accrington Stanley. Whilst plenty could change in the 24-48 hour period leading up to the match, at present it would appear that the Glovers will be going into that match using the only available squad of eighteen players that they have on their books at present.

This summer has seen a number of planned moves for players break down in various ways. Hopes of bringing in experienced striker Jermaine Easter broke down at the end of July, whilst it became obvious last weekend that plans to take Huddersfield Town midfielder Regan Booty on loan had also been curtailed with the player back in Yorkshire.

More recently, the club have been linked with loan moves for Birmingham City midfielder Corey O'Keeffe and AFC Bournemouth winger Jordan Green who travelled with the first team last weekend. Added to that, experienced centre-back Stephane Zubar's one year deal with the club was curtailed this week, meaning that Way's side are still a few players light for the 2017-18 season. He told BBC Somerset today that conversations were happening but that nothing had got near completion:

"We've had one or two conversations with players, managers and Directors of Football, because I think all of them play a part, and unfortunately at the moment we've not managed to get one across the line, but it's in the process."

With eight goals conceded on the weekend at Kenilworth Road against Luton Town, and Zubar's exit from the club, the obvious presumption is that one of Way's targets would be the sort of defender that Darren Ward had been for the club for the past eighteen months. Way hasn't absolutely confirmed that is what he is aiming for. However, he had said that there were at least a couple of players watching Tuesday night's match against Wolverhampton Wanderers, and suggested it was up to the existing players to prove that he didn't need to bring in that sort of a player:

"There were one or two players watching the game (against Wolves) in the stand. Do they force me to get experience in, when I feel they've got the qualities and they've got the attributes, they've got the strength, they've got the pace and they've got the power? But they have to be able to handle the pressure of League Two football. Everyone will push you towards getting an experienced player in, but I'm hoping that the group that we've got will take that responsibility on board."


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10 August 2017 : Cornick Makes Permanent Hatters Move
League Two side Luton Town signed up former Yeovil Town loanee Harry Cornick earlier this week. The 22 year old has penned a two year permanent deal at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night with the Hatters paying an undisclosed fee for his services. They have the option of an additional year against him, ending his stay at AFC Bournemouth.

Cornick wasn't registered in time to play in Luton's midweek League Cup match but should be in their squad for a Saturday trip to Barnet. Having recruited him, manager Nathan Jones said he had his eye on him for some time, but surprisingly said he saw him as a forward rather than the wide player Yeovil had tended to use him as:

"I’ve been an admirer of Harry’s for many years now. We tried to get him last year but it wasn’t possible, so when we knew he was available this time, we went straight into him. Fair play to the board, they’ve backed me once again on another signing which will provide extra competition in the attacking area. He’s different to what we’ve got. He can play wide, but we see him as a real quick front man who is a good age. He’s at that tip of being potential, but he’s not a young on. He’s brave, and he’s shown that with the loans he’s gone on. He is committed to playing football games. He’s not prepared just to stay in the comfort zone at Bournemouth. He had a number of offers, but chose to come here so we are delighted and are looking forward to working with him.”

Whilst Nathan's thoughts on where Harry might play would come as a surprise, it won't be too shocking to find where he initially scouted him - Yeovil Town. The Luton boss said that he was coaching at Brighton and Hove Albion when Cornick first caught his eye:

He was on my list when I was at Brighton in terms of young players to watch and I watched him many times playing for Yeovil. He scored on a number of occasions and he has attributes that we know we can use, but also he has enough in his armoury for us to improve him to a significant level. I wouldn’t quite say that they are bigger clubs than us, but he’s turned down higher league clubs than us to come here because he sees what we are trying to do. He believes in what we are trying to do here and he believes that he can improve significantly under us because we are not looking to make small strides, we are looking to make great ones. That’s his ambition as well."


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10 August 2017 : Darren Talks About Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Wolverhampton Wanderers kicked off at Molineux 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 tactical changes he made for that game, as well as revealing some of the talks that he'd had with AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe about loan targets. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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9 August 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Wolverhampton Wanderers Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the game itself and the revised formation, as well as dropping a few hints about his need to bring in additional players. Read the interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Wolverhampton Wanderers Game.


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9 August 2017 : Bassett Finds New Club As He Heads Back Home
Former Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Ollie Bassett has found himself a new club. He has signed for Northern Premier League side Coalville Town, penning a one year contract with them. There had been local media reports linking the former Southampton academy player with a move to Championship side Barnsley back in May, but there was no sign of that happening at the Yorkshire end, and in fact the Leicestershire club have stated that the 19 year old has been training with them throughout pre-season but as a trialist.

Coalville report that Ollie's arrangements had been that he would stay with them throughout the pre-season period on an informal basis on the understanding that if a Football League side came in for him, that he might walk. With no suitable deal on the table, and the 2017-18 season having started, he has now agreed to put pen to paper for a club that is close to his family home.

Ollie scored twice for Coalville in pre-season. He agreed terms with them for the 2017-18 season on Tuesday night.

Link: Ollie Bassett : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 August 2017 : Car Parking Charges Increase For The 2017-18 Season
Yeovil Town have increased car parking charges for the 2017-18 season. Supporters wanting to park at the ground will now be charged £3.00, compared to the £2.00 that was in operation for previous seasons.

The club have offered a 'season ticket' for those wanting to cover costs for all League and Cup matches (excluding Ladies fixtures) and that will cost £50.00. Any visiting minibuses will be charged £6.00 per game, whilst coaches will be charged £18.00 per game.

If you want to purchase the car park season ticket, contact the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888.


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9 August 2017 : Wolves 1 Yeovil 0 : Dicko Divides Sides In Improved Defensive Display
Yeovil Town went out of the League Cup at the First Round stage on Tuesday night as Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers beat them by a single goal. Whilst the Glovers' defence was a leaky sieve at at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, they were particularly resolute at Molineux and it took until the 76th minute before Nouha Dicko broke the deadlock by heading home from a corner. Yeovil created very few chances of their own, but had a chance to steal the tie earlier in the second half when substitute Sam Surridge shot wide from inside the box.

The Glovers went into the team making three changes to their line-up, along with a formation change following Saturday's 8-2 trouncing at Luton Town. In came two centre-backs in Tom James and Omar Sowunmi, with Keston Davies dropping to the bench. The extra defender meant that Jake Gray also dropped out of the central midfield. Up front, Rhys Browne was preferred to Olufela Onomola, forming a 3-4-3 that tended to slide into a 5-4-1 at times once the home side had put their foot on the ball and begun to enjoy the lion's share of possession. Wolves fielded a side that contained nine changes from their Saturday Championship line-up, which included former Glovers loanee Jack Price in their line-up - only Boly and Bonatini had started in their opening fixture against Middlesbrough.

Wolves provided the early attacks, with Jordan Graham's cross being headed over the bar by Leo Bonatini. Then Connor Ronan had two long distance shots, but both were dragged wide of the post. Tom James did well to head clear a dangerous Ruben Vinagre cross from close to his own crossbar. However, in truth Artur Krysiak was not directly having to work hard to deal with those chances, and in fact it was Yeovil that carved out the game's first on target chance, with Otis Khan cutting in from the left flank, and firing at the near post - albeit with Will Norris comfortably saving the shot.

The home side saw Nouha Dicko fire over the crossbar on the turn, and then really should have taken the lead from a succession of corners, with Willy Boly heading just wide of the target in an area of goal where he should have got it on target. Krysiak almost spilled one when a Connor Ronan effort seemed to disappear under his body, but he got his bearings at the second attempt, leaving the game goalless at the break.

Overall, Yeovil had been doing well to keep Wolves away from direct on target shots, but it was inevitable that a half time team talk would see Wolves try to exploit their pressure a bit better in the second half. Ruben Vinagre caused Krysiak problems again by a shot that he needed two attempts to hold onto it. Then Nouha Dicko was inches over the crossbar as he received a left flank ball, turning on the edge of the box and providing a well hit shot that was probably Wolves' best move of the game.

Yeovil's chances were few and far between. Tom James perhaps had been watching videos of Matt Dolan in the same competition from last season when he tried a 70 yard lob midway through the half, but Will Norris comfortably claimed the attempt. Then with substitutions being made and AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge being introduced, came Yeovil's big chance to create an upset, as he received the ball with his back to goal, but turned and dragged his shot wide of the target, when maybe a second more composure could have buried it.

Wolves then got their breakthrough. Ruben Vinagre's attempt on goal was blocked by Omar Sowunmi for a corner. When that was swung in by Jordan Graham, the connection was made six yards out by Nouha Dicko, with the ball appearing to deflect off his shoulder, rather than a clean contact header but at that sort of close range it was going to end up in the back of the net. 1-0 down.

In the closing stages, Yeovil Town reorganised by switching to a 4-3-3 which saw Omar Sowunmi pushed up front, but they couldn't really put Wolves under any great degree of pressure with that Surridge chance eventually becoming their main opportunity on the night. Compared to Luton on Saturday, the defensive display was far more solid - the only snag was that it came at the cost of ten of the eleven players mainly concentrating on that defensive shape. In a League Two environment, the onus will be on Yeovil to be more expansive. But perhaps the priority on Tuesday night was to not see a repeat of the Luton debacle and on that front they succeeded.

Final Score: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Nouha Dicko (76 mins, 1-0)

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
31 Will Norris 4 David Edwards 5 Ryan Bennett 6 Danny Batth 9 Nouha Dicko 11 Jordan Graham 15 Willy Boly 19 Jack Price 20 Connor Ronan 29 Ruben Vinagre 33 Leo Bonatini

Substitutes:
2 Matt Doherty 13 Harry Burgoyne 16 Conor Coady 18 Diogo José Teixeira da Silva (69 mins for Leo Bonatini) 25 Roderick Miranda 26 Bright Enobakhare (69 mins for David Edwards) 27 Romain Saiss (81 mins for Connor Ronan)

Yeovil Town: (3-4-3)
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 6. Nathan Smith
2. Daniel Alfei 4. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 3. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 13. Francois Zoko 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray (81 mins for Connor Smith) 14. Sam Surridge (55 mins for Francois Zoko) 24. Olufela Onomola (66 mins for Otis Khan) 30. Alefe Santos

Wolverhampton Wanderers Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 10; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 2; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Robert Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Richard Wild (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 9,478 (with 440 Yeovil Town supporters).


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9 August 2017 : Video : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the League Cup First Round, these are now online. The Sky Sports website is carrying 1.5 minutes of coverage, which includes Yeovil's second half chance that fell to AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge, just before the winning goal from Nouha Dicko. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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9 August 2017 : Way Pleased As Tactical Switch Isolated Wolves Play
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was happy in the way that his side isolated Wolverhampton Wanderers for long periods of the game, despite eventually heading out of the League Cup at the First Round stage. The 1-0 defeat at Molineux on Tuesday night saw the Glovers perform a rearguard action at times, putting men behind the ball to soak up the Wolves pressure. But on the whole that was a successful experience, with many of the home side's goal attempts being forced wide of the target until their second half winner.

At Luton Town, the Glovers had employed a 4-3-3 formation, but on this occasion switched to a 3-4-3 formation that almost mirrored the tactics that Wolves were employing. That allowed players to match up with their opponents more successfully than they had at Kenilworth Road. Way told BBC Somerset that much of the work had to come in the wide areas, with the Championship club using the full width of their pitch:

"We tried to play a 3-4-3, so we still had three attackers. Wolves had the best play I've seen of late of switching the play to wide areas. We tried to isolate that, and I thought we did. We hit them on the counter-attack three or four times in the first half. We had one or two shots. Then in the second half you could see that (Sam) Surridge's chance was a great chance to put us 1-0 up."

The eventual winning goal came from a corner, as Nouha Dicko headed home from close range in the 76th minute. Despite that defeat, Way was encouraged by his side's defensive performance, particularly given the 8-2 pasting they had taken on Saturday. He felt that closing up the defence had been one of his priorities:

"To concede from a set play, we're a little bit disappointed, but overall I've got to say that on the back of Saturday (at Luton) it's very encouraging. With the amount of goals we conceded on Saturday, the first thing that we had to do was to make sure that defensively we looked very good. I think we limited them to shots and crosses and I feel very proud of the players. It was amazing with the supporters that travelled today, so a big thank you must go to them. Overall I was really pleased with the game."

Two of the players brought in on the evening were centre backs Tom James and Omar Sowunmi, both of whom were only used sparingly last season. Way singled them out for praise as part of the readjustments to his starting eleven, and believes that will help the team going into Saturday's match against Accrington Stanley:

"With the group that we've got, we had Tom James and Omar Sowunmi who have come in tonight, I thought they were excellent. They handed a really good Wolves team. It was always going to be a difficult game, but it's important now that the players make sure that they use that fuel today to make sure that we go into this Accrington game on fire."


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9 August 2017 : Wolves 1 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went out of the League Cup at the First Round stage on Tuesday night as Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers beat them by a single goal. Whilst the Glovers' defence was a leaky sieve at at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, they were particularly resolute at Molineux and it took until the 76th minute before Nouha Dicko broke the deadlock by heading home from a corner. Yeovil created very few chances of their own, but had a chance to steal the tie earlier in the second half when substitute Sam Surridge shot wide from inside the box.

Full report to follow later ....

Final Score: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Nouha Dicko (76 mins, 1-0)

Wolverhampton Wanderers:
31 Will Norris 4 David Edwards 5 Ryan Bennett 6 Danny Batth 9 Nouha Dicko 11 Jordan Graham 15 Willy Boly 19 Jack Price 20 Connor Ronan 29 Ruben Vinagre 33 Leo Bonatini

Substitutes:
2 Matt Doherty 13 Harry Burgoyne 16 Conor Coady 18 Diogo José Teixeira da Silva (69 mins for Leo Bonatini) 25 Roderick Miranda 26 Bright Enobakhare (69 mins for David Edwards) 27 Romain Saiss (81 mins for Connor Ronan)

Yeovil Town: (3-4-3)
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 6. Nathan Smith
2. Daniel Alfei 4. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 3. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 13. Francois Zoko 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray (81 mins for Connor Smith) 14. Sam Surridge (55 mins for Francois Zoko) 24. Olufela Onomola (66 mins for Otis Khan) 30. Alefe Santos

Wolverhampton Wanderers Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Wolverhampton Wanderers Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 10; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 2; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Robert Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Richard Wild (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 9,478 (with 440 Yeovil Town supporters).


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8 August 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux 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 Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.


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8 August 2017 : Team News For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for the League Cup First Round against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium. The match sees three changes to the starting line-up compared to the team that played at Luton Town on Saturday.

Centre-back Stephane Zubar has been confirmed as having left the club this afternoon, and so drops off the squad list without making a competitive appearance.

The line-up is as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-3)
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 6. Nathan Smith
2. Daniel Alfei 4. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 3. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 13. Francois Zoko 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 15. Olufela Onomola 30. Alefe Santos


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8 August 2017 : Former Loanee Thomas Gains Foxes Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee George Thomas has signed for Premier League side Leicester City. The outgoing Coventry City player, who operates as either an attacking midfielder or a secondary striker, has agreed a three year contract with the Foxes for an undisclosed fee.

The 20 year old had come to light last season when he scored nine goals, including the Sky Blues winning goal in the EFL Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, whilst later representing Wales Under-20s in the Toulon Stadium in France. With his contract expiring at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry have had to accept a compensation fee from Leicester, with them planning to use him for their Under-23 squad initially, rather than immediately throw him into their first team squad.

Thomas played five times for Yeovil Town during the 2015-16 season, under Paul Sturrock's management, as part of his development as an 18 year old.

Link: George Thomas : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 August 2017 : Zubar Leaves Yeovil Town Without Making An Appearance
Yeovil Town have confirmed the departure of central defender Stephane Zubar. The former AFC Bournemouth and Weymouth player was announced as having been been signed on a one year contract at the start of July, but had only featured in one pre-season friendly against the Terras before being ruled out of subsequent matches due to an unspecified knee injury.

The club are now claiming that Zubar's deal was on 'non contract' terms with the option of a month-to-month extension, and that they have now decided to release him on the basis that he is still working his way back to full fitness. The defender did not feature in the club's annual photoshoot, leaving supporters asking questions as to his whereabouts. To add to the confusion, manager Darren Way claims that he may turn back to Zubar in the future if he regains full fitness:

"Stephane is currently recovering from a knock. However, I have not ruled out a potential return for him once he has regained his fitness and been fully rehabilitated."

He departs without making a competitive appearance for the club.


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8 August 2017 : Officials For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 8th August (tonight) at Molineux, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Robert Lewis (Shropshire).

Mr Lewis is actually a very long standing referee at this level, but we've only seen him on a very sparing basis. We last saw him in September 2015 for an away match against Accrington Stanley. We lost the game 2-1 and can't remember anything about him - he got through the match without raising a single card. Earlier that year, in February, he took charge of the match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park seeing a 1-1 draw. He had a good game, and even the more green-tinted of us recognised that his decision to award Paddy Madden a penalty after he was fouled by Byron Webster was a correct one. No worries either way though, as Gareth Stewart saved the spot kick. Otherwise he was very unobtrusive, with just one booking during the match.

We then have a seven year gap, as you'll have to search all the way back to March 2008 for previous encounter. That was a home match against Millwall in which we lost 1-0. Three bookings on the day across both sides, and not a mention of the referee in what was a poor game. Just over a year previously, Mr Lewis had turned up for a home match ... against Millwall ... which we lost 1-0. In that February 2007 match he was rather more card heavy as Millwall ended up with five players booked, including two for timewasting. Largely he did OK, although he did deny Yeovil a rather substantial penalty appeal.

We first had Mr Lewis back in September 2006 when he took charge of the 3-2 win over Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm Stadium. Our first impression of him was mixed; he did some things well, but was a little too visible during the match, booking four Yeovil players, without bringing out his cards for the home side.

A partial explanation of why we didn't see him between 2008 and 2015 can be determined by the fact that he dropped down to non-league officiating between 2008 and 2010, but he also went through a few other phases where he wasn't officiating in matches. During the 2016-17 season he only refereed between December 2016 and March 2017, totalling 16 matches. He has already done a game during the 2017-18 season though - Saturday's match between Fleetwood Town and Rotherham United which passed off with just three bookings.

Mr Lewis will be assisted by Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Richard Wild (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire).

Link: September 2015 : Accrington Stanley 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2015 : Scunthorpe United 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Link: February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Link: September 2006 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.


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8 August 2017 : Ticketing U-Turn As Wolves Tickets Are Available On The Night
Having yesterday indicated that Tuesday night's League Cup match against Wolverhampton Wanderers was an all ticket match, Yeovil Town have now stated that tickets for the game will be available 'on the turnstiles'. The Tuesday 11.00a.m. deadline only applies to when tickets will be sold from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Supporters who have not bought a ticket can travel to Molineux and purchase at the ground if they cannot get to Huish Park before then.

We assume that the mention of 'on the turnstiles' means that cash admission is possible. If not, then the Wolves Ticket Office is situated on the corner of the Stan Cullis Stand as it meets Waterloo Road.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Link: Ticketing For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

The outside of Molineux Stadium from the Waterloo Road side
The outside of Molineux Stadium from the Waterloo Road side
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8 August 2017 : Glovers Take Bournemouth Attacker On Trial
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for AFC Bournemouth winger/striker Jordan Green. The 22 year old is reported to be training with the Glovers in the hope of earning a deal with the club - it's not wholly clear whether this is interest in a permanent move or a loan move. The claims are made by the Bournemouth Echo who also report on interest in former loanee Harry Cornick from Blackpool and Luton Town who are both linked with a permanent move for the 22 year old.

Green was born in New Cross, London on February 22nd 1995, and was a former Fulham youth player. He was ditched by them due to his size - as a 16 year old he was only five foot tall, and even now stands at just five foot six inches. After his release, he played for Central Midlands League side Pheonix followed by Southern League side Banbury United before Bournemouth gave him a second opportunity in professional football in the summer of 2015. After a trial he was given a one year contract with the Cherries.

He's yet to make a first team appearance for Bournemouth. His main bit of first team experience came during the 2016-17 season when he played for Newport County on loan, making 16 appearances and scoring two goals. He was due to spend the second half of that season on loan with Leyton Orient but the deal ended up being aborted due to an issue with his international clearance, concerning the return of registration papers upon the conclusion of his Newport deal. As such he never got on the pitch for Orient.

The Echo's description of the arrangements with Green state that he is "set to train with Yeovil as he bids to stake a claim for a contract", leaving it open as to what sort of a move that would be. There are no quotes or sources to elaborate on the Glovers' interest.

Subsequent reports from BBC Somerset reporter Chris Spittles state that Green was with the first team squad that travelled to Luton Town on Saturday, but presumably only as a spectator. That would suggest that his trial has been running for a while now.


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7 August 2017 : Newport 2 Yeovil 2 : Academy Open Season With Draw
Yeovil Town Under-18s managed a draw in the opening match of their 2017-18 season on Saturday. Their 2-2 draw against Newport County came in South Wales saw them fall behind, but then take the lead in a topsy-turvy game that ultimately ended up all-square.

After the home side had taken the lead through Michael Cook, Yeovil equalised when Gabriel Rogers scored from a 25 yard free kick. They then grabbed a second half lead when Neville Nzembela was the first to follow up on a Devon Arnold shot that was parried. The game ended up all square when Newport got their second goal of the game with five minutes remaining.

Final Score: Newport County Under-18s 2 Yeovil Town Under-18s 2.

Scorers: Michael Cook (1-0), Gabriel Rogers (1-1), Neville Nzembela (1-2), Evan Press (2-2)

Yeovil Town: Tommy Scott, Charlie Fripp, Thomas Hayes, Jeremiah Gyebi, Wan, Brad Cherrett, Jack Rice-Lethaby, Jack Hilton-Jones, Neville Nzembela, Gabriel Rogers, Harry Haughton.

Substitutes: Lewis Dix (51 mins for Thomas Hayes), Devon Arnold (51 mins for Harry Haughton), George Calverley (84 mins for Jack Rice-Lethaby), Isaac Atherley (84 mins for Gabriel Rogers), Hallett.


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7 August 2017 : Redknapp Confirms Yeovil's O'Keeffe Interest
Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp has confirmed Yeovil Town's interest in one of his players, that emerged earlier today. The club's interest in loaning midfielder Corey O'Keeffe would also imply that any plans to take Huddersfield Town midfielder Regan Booty have ended, given that a week has gone by without the club's plans to set up a loan ever reaching fruition.

Whilst Booty was a defensive midfielder who could also deputise as a left-back, O'Keeffe is a midfielder who can also deputise as a right-back, suggesting that what manager Darren Way is trying to find is some cover for James Bailey much in the same way that Matt Butcher provided a back-up for Alex Lawless last season, as well as offering a bit of versatility.

Redknapp confirmed that he was willing to loan out 19 year old O'Keeffe, and that Yeovil Town had been in contact. The Glovers set up a number of loan agreements with Tottenham Hotspur whilst Redknapp was boss there, and so this would appear to be renewed contact now that the 70 year old is back in work. He told the press today:

"With Corey, I might let him go out on loan to Yeovil and get some games. He needs to go out and play league football. I think it would do the kid the world of good to go out and play some football. I spoke to Yeovil and they said they want to loan him. There's every chance that one will happen."

Booty has returned back to Yorkshire. Although the Glovers showed interest in signing him on loan following his appearances in friendlies against Tiverton Town and AFC Bournemouth, all has gone entirely silent since last Wednesday, with no word from either club. On Sunday, Booty tweeted that he was off to watch Scholes Cricket Club, who are based in Holmfirth - Booty's home town which lies south of Huddersfield. He would therefore appear to have returned to his parent club without the deal being struck. Interest in another similar player in O'Keeffe almost guarantees that Way has switched to another target.


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7 August 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Wolverhampton Wanderers
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town play their first ever competitive fixture against Wolverhampton Wanderers as they travel to Molineux for a League Cup First Round fixture. With that in mind, there's a brand new Ciderspace guide to look through, giving you directions, parking, a pub guide and statistics to help you on your way, plus plenty of photos of the ground. Read it via the link below - note this is an ALL TICKET game for Yeovil fans buy them by 11.00a.m. on Tuesday to avoid disappointment.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Link: Ticketing For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

The outside of Molineux Stadium from the Waterloo Road side
The outside of Molineux Stadium from the Waterloo Road side
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7 August 2017 : Darren Way 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. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the inclusion on the team he selected, the late loan deal for AFC Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge and the inclusion of Swansea City loanee Keston Davies. He also explains why he only has six players on his bench, with the need for further recruits. Read the interview in full via the link below.

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


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7 August 2017 : Refund Arrangements For Supporters At The Luton Town Match
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to apply for a refund on their match ticket from Saturday's match against Luton Town can now do so. Fans must claim their refund by Monday 14th August at 5.00p.m. and can do so by visiting the Ticket Office in person, provided they take a valid matchday ticket with them.

If you're unable to get to the Huish Park Ticket Office in person by that time, you can apply for your refund by post, by mailing your matchday ticket to:

Huish Park Ticket Office, Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF

You need to include a daytime contact telephone number inside the envelope with your ticket. A ticket office member of staff will then phone you and process the refund via a credit or debit card (excluding American Express).

Supporters are asked to avoid requesting a refund between 2.00p.m. and 3.00p.m. on Saturday, as priority will be given to those purchasing tickets for the Accrington Stanley home match.


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7 August 2017 : Yeovil Town Linked With Teenage Birmingham Midfielder
Yeovil Town are reported to be lining up a loan move for Birmingham City midfielder Corey O'Keeffe. He is a 19 year old who can also play as a right-back, and has represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level.

Corey was born in Birmingham on June 5th 1998, and was part of Cadbury Athletic's youth system until Birmingham took him on in 2008. He was given a scholarship in 2014 that turned into a full professional contract in May 2016. He has been playing for Birmingham's Under-23 side, but has one first team appearance to his name - gained on December 10th 2016 when he came on as a 74th minute substitute for them against Newcastle United.

The Birmingham Mail who report Yeovil's interest, state that he has played in a few of Birmingham's first team friendlies this summer, and captained a Birmingham XI that beat a Wolves XI, but is currently some distance off their first team. At present there's no quotes or confirmation of Yeovil Town's interest in him, but inevitably the club do still need to bolster their first team squad.


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7 August 2017 : Wolves League Cup Visit Made ALL TICKET For Away Fans
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to travel to Tuesday night's League Cup First Round match against Wolverhampton Wanderers will need to buy a ticket in advance. There has been a surprise decision to make the match ALL TICKET (at least from an away fans point of view) with no tickets available from Molineux on the day of the game.

Tickets will remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until Tuesday 11.00a.m. and at that point if you've not bought a ticket you'll not get into the game. This is despite the Glovers having so far only sold a few hundred tickets for a stand that allows up to 2,750 spectators. For further information on ticketing follow the links below. If you can't get to Huish Park in person by tomorrow, then buy them over the phone, and they can put them aside for collection at the Molineux end.

Link: Ticketing For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.


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7 August 2017 : 2017-18 Yeovil Town Ladies Full Fixture List
This morning, Yeovil Town Ladies revealed their opening fixture of the 2017-18 season, with a home match against Manchester City kicking off proceedings. After a short delay, the other fixtures for the campaign have now been revealed.

The full list of Ladies fixtures are as shown below, with all home games at Huish Park. Note that as this is FAWSL1, all fixtures are subject to interest from television companies and so may be tweaked to suit the needs of BT Sport and the BBC. There will also be Continental Cup and FA Women's Cup fixtures added in due course:

Sun 24/09/2017 : Manchester City (Home, 2.00p.m.)
Sat 30/09/2017 : Bristol City (Away, 5.30p.m. Stoke Gifford Stadium)

Sun 08/10/2017 : Sunderland (Home, 2.00p.m.)
Sun 29/10/2017 : Chelsea (Away, 2.00p.m. Kingsmeadow)

Sat 11/11/2017 : Everton (Home, 2.00p.m.)

Sun 10/12/2017 : Reading Women (Home, 2.00p.m.)

Sun 06/01/2018 : Liverpool (Away, 5.30p.m. Select Security Stadium)
Fri 26/01/2018 : Birmingham City (Home, 7.45p.m.)

Sun 11/02/2018 : Arsenal (Away, 2.00p.m. Boreham Wood)
Wed 21/02/2018 : Chelsea (Home, 7.45p.m.)

Sun 25/03/2018 : Everton (Away, 2.00p.m. Select Security Stadium)
Wed 28/03/2018 : Reading Women (Away, 7.45p.m. Wycombe Wanderers)
Sat 31/03/2018 : Liverpool (Home, 3.00p.m.)

Wed 18/04/2018 : Birmingham City (Away, 7.45p.m. Solihull Moors)
Sat 21/04/2018 : Arsenal (Home, 3.00p.m.)
Sun 29/04/2018 : Manchester City (Away, 2.00p.m. Academy Stadium)

Sat 12/05/2018 : Bristol City (Home, 3.00p.m.)
Sun 20/05/2018 : Sunderland (Away, 12.00noon Hetton Centre)


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7 August 2017 : Manchester City Visit Opens Ladies New FAWSL Season
The Football Association has today announced the fixtures for the forthcoming FA Women's Super League season. The 2017-18 season will be the first to run from September to May, following a move from the original March to November summer season. Yeovil Town Ladies begin with an opening home fixture against Manchester City Women.

The likes of Lucy Bronze, Steph Houghton and Jill Scott, who were competing in the Euro semi-final representing England Lionesses recently, will visit Huish Park for the first time, on Sunday 24th September 2017, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off

Ticket details for this game along with Season Tickets, will be announced soon.

The opening weekend fixtures are as follows:

FA Women's Super League 1
Arsenal Women FC v Birmingham City Ladies FC
Chelsea Ladies FC v Bristol City Women FC
Everton Ladies FC v Liverpool Ladies FC
Reading FC Women v Sunderland AFC Ladies
Yeovil Town Ladies FC v Manchester City Women FC

FA Women's Super League 2
Aston Villa Ladies FC v Brighton & HA Women FC
Durham Women FC v Tottenham Hotspur Ladies FC
London Bees v Doncaster Rovers Belles FC
Millwall Lionesses FC v Watford Ladies FC
Oxford United Women FC v Sheffield FC Ladies

NOTE: Full fixture list will follow shortly - they seem to have got lost in the ether!


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6 August 2017 : Opening Day Defeat Is League's Worst For 55 Years
Yeovil Town's 8-2 defeat against Luton Town on Saturday had the Football League statistians scratching their heads at the size of the scoreline. The tendency is for the opening day of each season to throw up a few eye-catching scores but rarely anything of this magnitude. It is to Tuesday night's League Cup opponents Wolverhampton Wanderers that we turn to, and a 1962 Football League First Division match against Manchester City for something comparable.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, the tendency was for football to be a more high scoring game. Even so, the result between the two sides on August 18th 1962 hadn't been expected. A Wolves side that had finished 18th during the previous season took on Man City who had finished 10th in that previous year's table. Under the management of Stan Cullis (you'll notice his name on the side of one of the Molineux Stands, if you visit on Tuesday night), Wolves had a highly successful time during the 1950s, with three league titles, but were about to go through a bit of a decline in their fortunes.

The 8-1 scoreline at Molineux saw Ted Farmer score four goals for the home side, with the first of those coming inside two minutes. Jimmy Murray scored twice, and Terry Wharton and Alan Hinton bagged one each, with four of those goals coming in a ten minute interval just after half time. Manchester City were on their way to relegation, with their defence being their problem - 102 goals conceded in 42 games was the worst in the division. Wolves finished in 5th place, but as the second highest scorers in the division.

Since that moment - 55 years ago - in which Manchester City conceded eight goals, no Football League side has conceded eight or more goals on the opening day of the season. Until we reached August 5th 2017, of course.

Whilst the scoreline represents Yeovil Town's record Football League defeat - beating the 0-6 home defeat against Stevenage that was set on April 14th 2012 - it is fortunately a long way off eclipsing any league records. The 13-0 scoreline for a Football League fixture has been set twice, with Stockport County's victory over Halifax Town (January 6th 1934) and Newcastle United's win over Newport County (October 5th 1946) recognised as the two records for the competition.


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6 August 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Luton Town Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 8-2 defeat 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's view on his side's defending and the overall start to the 2017-18 season can be read in full via the link below.

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


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6 August 2017 : Club Apologise And Offer Fans Refund After Luton Town Debacle
Yeovil Town's first team squad and staff have agreed to issue a refund to the fans who travelled to Luton Town yesterday. The 8-2 defeat at Kenilworth Road was the club's worst defeat in the Football League, with the Hatters dominating from start until end on the day. Club captain James Bailey and first team manager Darren Way have issued apologies on behalf of the team to those who went to the match and Bailey has confirmed that they will be providing a refund to fans who travelled, telling the club website:

"We know we let ourselves and the fans down. We felt the same as everyone else connected with the club and know the performance was unacceptable. The support we had at Luton was fantastic and we didn’t repay them how we wanted. Most were still there at the end of the game when our performance didn’t merit that. As a group, we want to apologise and give fans their money back."

Manager Darren Way was criticised by supporters for not directly apologising to fans in his post-match interview. He has now also done so and hopes that will also be figuratively repaid by results in the coming weeks:

"Saturday was never going to be easy but the manner of the defeat was totally unacceptable and I apologise to the supporters and take full responsibility for that. Paying supporters their money back is a collective decision, we’re not happy with just apologising but at the same time know our best apology will come on the pitch in the coming weeks."

As yet, the club have not indicated how they will apply the refund to supporters - information is expected on Monday. Fortunately, with it being an all-ticket match, the majority of fans who travelled will have a record of their purchase via the Huish Park Ticket Office. However, the club have advised fans to retain their matchday tickets, which appears to be the most likely way of issuing the refund.


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5 August 2017 : Darren Way Worried At Manner Of Luton Goals After Heavy Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that the manner of goals that his side conceded against Luton Town on Saturday afternoon was 'worrying'. The 8-2 defeat at Kenilworth Road was the club's worst result since entering the Football League, with them conceding five goals in the opening 38 minutes, despite taking the lead in that match through Otis Khan's eighth minute free kick.

Thereafter, things went rapidly downhill, with the game littered with sloppy defending and strong finishing from Luton's strike force - 5=1 by half time, and then 8-2 by the time the game ended. Way said that he would take responsibility for the defeat, but said that he hadn't seen defending like that during the club's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth three days previously:

"You could see the amount of goals that went in were very very worrying. We played against Bournemouth on Wednesday and we didn't concede like that. We know Luton are a threat and we knew it was going to be a difficult game, but it was just the manner of the goals and the way that they went in, and we're bitterly disappointed. They've got to be able to perform, and in that first half it wasn't nice to watch. I've got to make sure as the manager of the football club that I take responsibility, and I make sure that we regroup and go again against Wolves on Tuesday. But you can quite clearly see as far as bringing Keston off and bringing Omar on, that back four position needs to be worked on, and we have to make sure that we're far more resilient than what we showed today."

Way said that he had wondered if his new look defence were ready for the 2017-18 season, given that players like Swansea City loanee Keston Davies - who was substituted at half time at Kenilworth Road - and former Aberystwth Town right-back Daniel Alfei had only come into the club over the summer. He felt that there was still work to be done although added that wasn't just a back four issue:

"I think it's the first time in pre-season where you look at it, and you come out and you think, is the back four ready? I wasn't 100 percent sure. I'm not just blaming the back four. It was just too easy for them to put one direct ball in behind us. They cut us open a number of times, and for us to concede in the manner that we did. It wasn't a problem for us going forward at times, as I thought we looked a threat. We could have scored four goals today. But to concede that amount of goals - and I've been at Yeovil for a long time - I have to take full responsibility."


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5 August 2017 : Video : Luton Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who dare watch, there are match highights of this afternoon's 8-2 defeat against Luton Town available online. You can view all ten goals, plus a saved penalty, via the Sky Sports website which gives you two-and-a-half minutes worth of footage of the match. This includes Yeovil's goals that were scored by Otis Khan and Francois Zoko. Watch via the link below.

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


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5 August 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 8-2 defeat 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.

NOTE: Yes, we're aware this was a very bad performance! However, please only select players that got on the pitch. Try to select players that you feel were less at fault for the result!

NOTE: There were some technical problems we spotted last week that may have resulted in website errors when sending Man of the Match votes last season. If you're one of those that was getting the errors before, then apologies, but this will hopefully be fixed.

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


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5 August 2017 : Luton 8 Yeovil 2 : Hatters Run Riot In Glovers Record League Defeat
Yeovil Town went down to their heaviest ever Football League defeat on the opening day of the 2017-18 season this afternoon. Luton Town ran riot with an 8-2 victory despite Otis Khan giving the Glovers an 8th minute lead. That was as good as it got. Olly Lee's quick equaliser, was followed by a hat-trick for James Collins, a thunder-crack of a goal from Alan McCormack, and a brace for Isaac Vassell. Yeovil pulled back a late goal from Francois Zoko but substitute Elliot Lee.

The Glovers went into the match naming the exact same eleven that had played three days previously against AFC Bournemouth in their final pre-season friendly, with the major surprise being that Connor Smith recovered from an ankle problem. Bevis Mugabi and Stephane Zubar were the two injured players to miss out, leaving only six substitutes on the bench.

The game opened up in extreme fashion with Luton almost going two goals up inside the opening five minutes. James Collins was the unlucky man as he first found Artur Krysiak parrying the ball away, and then being denied by Nathan Smith clearing off his own goal line after Krysiak had blocked an earlier attempt.

That therefore created a bit of a surprise when Yeovil took the lead, although it was a thing of beauty. With eight minutes on the clock, Francois Zoko was fouled on the edge of the box. The way the wall was lined up, it looked likely that Otis Khan would have to aim at goal on the left side, but instead he produced a brilliant curling strike that bent around the right side, giving Marek Stech zero chance of spotting it until it hit the back of the net.

Sadly that was as good as the day got. Four minutes later, and an Isaac Vassell cross from the left flank was smartly finished from inside the box by Olly Lee for an early 1-1 scoreline. Then with James Collins menacing the Yeovil defence, he finally got his first goal of the afternoon when a through ball from Birmingham loanee Andrew Shinnie caught Yeovil's defence flat-footed for their second goal.

Luton went further ahead from a corner. The ball into the box was cleared out by Francois Zoko, but into the path of Alan McCormack. He struck the ball perfectly through a crowd of players from 25 yards out, leathering it into the back of the net for 3-1.

The Hatters were destroying the Yeovil defence, with James Collins having a close range finish ruled out for a foul on Artur Krysiak. But the actions of match referee Gavin Ward didn't help Yeovil for much longer as a simple ball through the middle for Isaac Vassell allowed him the chance to slot home for 4-1. Two minutes later and Isaac Vassell did it again as he got in behind the defence, putting the ball into the far corner across the face of Krysiak. 5-1 down and just 38 minutes on the clock.

It seems incredible to note that there could have been more goals during the first half. Yeovil were awarded a penalty for a foul inside the box, but Yeovil's day was made worse by Marek Stech saving Otis Khan's kick by diving low to his left. At the other end, Olly Lee struck the left hand post from the edge of the box. Really 5-1 underplayed what could have been the scoreline by the time half time came.

The second half was a more sedate balanced affair, even if it gave four more goals. Yeovil replaced Keston Davies at half time, with Omar Sowunmi coming on, although the Swansea City loan man wasn't particularly at fault for the goals - this was a question of the whole defensive unit, including the midfield, not performing.

Yeovil started the half much better - Marek Stech produced a terrific one handed save from a Francois Zoko effort - but they still found themselves 6-1 down. James Collins thumped the ball home, and it wasn't long before he was celebrating his hat-trick, as he drove the ball from outside the box past a shell-shocked Artur Krysiak.

The Glovers did pull one goal back, as Ryan Dickson's left-wing cross was headed home by Francois Zoko from close range. But there was still time for Luton to get their eighth of the afternoon. Late into eight minutes of added time - caused by a nasty clash of heads between Omar Sowunmi and Marek Stech - Luton substitute Elliot Lee headed home from a corner for an 8-2 scoreline.

Whilst opening day matches can be freakish, the sheer chasm between the two sides at Kenilworth Road was frightening. If Luton had hit double digits, no-one could have complained. Yeovil's defending was dire - not just as a back four, but also in terms of the midfield three that were meant to protect them. Sometimes a thrashing belies the true balance of the game - on this occasion it didn't. That has to be a warning sign to the Yeovil management.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Luton Town 8 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Otis Khan (0-1, 8 mins), Olly Lee (1-1, 12 mins), James Collins (2-1, 19 mins), Alan McCormack (3-1, 24 mins), Isaac Vassell (4-1, 36 mins), Isaac Vassell (5-1, 38 mins), James Collins (6-1, 58 mins), James Collins (7-1, 66 mins), Francois Zoko (7-2, 67 mins), Elliot Lee (8-2, 90 mins)

Luton Town:
1 Marek Stech
7 Jack Stacey 4 Alan McCormack 6 Scott Cuthbert 3 Dan Potts
17 Pelly Ruddock
11 Andrew Shinnie 44 Alan Sheehan
8 Olly Lee
20 Isaac Vassell 19 James Collins

Substitutes:
5 John Mullins (75 mins for Andrew Shinnie) 10 Jordan Cook 16 Glen Rea (64 mins for Alan McCormack) 21 Jack Senior 22 Luke Gambin 36James Shea 38 Elliot Lee (69 mins for James Collins)

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

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge (71 mins for Olufela Onomola) 17. Omar Sowunmi (46 mins for Keston Davies) 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos (64 mins for Connor Smith)

Luton Town Bookings: Alan McCormack (41 mins, foul), Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (60 mins, foul), Glen Rea (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Connor Smith (32 mins, foul), Olufela Onomola (62 mins, foul), Daniel Alfei (90 mins, foul)

Luton Town Match Statistics: Possession: 62%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 13; Corners: 4; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 38%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Nicholas Cooper (Suffolk) and Gregory Read (Surrey). Fourth Official: Kevin Howick (Berkshire).

Attendance: 8,101 (with 258 Yeovil Town supporters).


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5 August 2017 : Luton 8 Yeovil 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to their heaviest ever Football League defeat on the opening day of the 2017-18 season this afternoon. Luton Town ran riot with an 8-2 victory despite Otis Khan giving the Glovers an 8th minute lead. That was as good as it got. Olly Lee's quick equaliser, was followed by a hat-trick for James Collins, a thunder-crack of a goal from Alan McCormack, and a brace for Isaac Vassell. Yeovil pulled back a late goal from Francois Zoko but substitute Elliot Lee.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Luton Town 8 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Otis Khan (0-1, 8 mins), Olly Lee (1-1, 12 mins), James Collins (2-1, 19 mins), Alan McCormack (3-1, 24 mins), Isaac Vassell (4-1, 36 mins), Isaac Vassell (5-1, 38 mins), James Collins (6-1, 58 mins), James Collins (7-1, 66 mins), Francois Zoko (7-2, 67 mins), Elliot Lee (8-2, 90 mins)

Luton Town:
1 Marek Stech
7 Jack Stacey 4 Alan McCormack 6 Scott Cuthbert 3 Dan Potts
17 Pelly Ruddock
11 Andrew Shinnie 44 Alan Sheehan
8 Olly Lee
20 Isaac Vassell 19 James Collins

Substitutes:
5 John Mullins (75 mins for Andrew Shinnie) 10 Jordan Cook 16 Glen Rea (64 mins for Alan McCormack) 21 Jack Senior 22 Luke Gambin 36James Shea 38 Elliot Lee (69 mins for James Collins)

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

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge (71 mins for Olufela Onomola) 17. Omar Sowunmi (46 mins for Keston Davies) 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos (64 mins for Connor Smith)

Luton Town Bookings: Alan McCormack (41 mins, foul), Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu (60 mins, foul), Glen Rea (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Connor Smith (32 mins, foul), Olufela Onomola (62 mins, foul), Daniel Alfei (90 mins, foul)

Luton Town Match Statistics: Possession: 62%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 13; Corners: 4; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 38%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Nicholas Cooper (Suffolk) and Gregory Read (Surrey). Fourth Official: Kevin Howick (Berkshire).

Attendance: 8,101 (with 258 Yeovil Town supporters).


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5 August 2017 : Team News For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for the 2017-18 season opener against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. The match sees six new players make their debuts in the starting line=up, out of the ten that were signed over the summer, with another three on the bench.

Centre-back Stephane Zubar misses out following the knee injury that he picked up during the opening pre-season friendly against Weymouth. Bevis Mugabi still has an ankle injury.

The line-up is as follows:

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

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddisoni 9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge 17. Omar Sowunmi 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos


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5 August 2017 : How Luton Town's Squad Has Changed Over The Summer
As with most of the clubs around League Two over the summer, Saturday's opponents Luton Town have refreshed their squad in preparation for the 2017-18 season. Having reached the League Two Play-Off Semi-Finals last season, their obvious goal is to skip that whole lottery and aim for the automatic slots.

To achieve that, they've brought in eight new signings. The pick of those are probably goalkeeper Marek Stech, who was part of Yeovil Town's side that was promoted into the Championship, and striker James Collins who gained promotion with Northampton Town and scored 22 goals last season with Crawley Town. They'll need Collins to fire quickly, as main man Danny Hylton has missed the whole of pre-season following an operation, and won't be fit this afternoon.

Not everything has gone Luton's way over the summer. They lost Cameron McGeehan to Barnsley (despite him having a broken leg last season) whilst Jack Marriott has been signed up by Peterborough United. However, they seem to have used the money from those deals to strengthen their all-round squad.

There are connections galore in the two line-ups. Nathan Jones will be in the dugouts, whilst Marek Stech and Lawson D'Ath are both former Yeovil Town players. In the Glovers line-up, Jake Gray will be in midfield for the first time since his summer move.

Luton's changes during the summer of 2017 are as follows:

INCOMINGS:
Andrew Shinnie (Birmingham, Loan) : 27 year old former Hibernian midfielder, cited as a replacement for Cameron McGeehan
James Collins (Crawley Town, Undisclosed) : 26 year old who scored 22 goals last season and gained a 2015-16 promotion with Northampton
Alan McCormack (Brentford, Free) : 33 year old right-back or midfielder who has bags of experience with Southend United, Swindon Town and Brentford
Marek Stech (Sparta Prague, Free) : The 27 year old goalkeeper doesn't need an introduction here! Managed only seven appearances for Sparta Prague in three years.
James Shea (AFC Wimbledon, Free) : 26 year old goalkeeper who is expected to be back-up to Marek Stech
Elliot Lee (Barnsley, Free) : 22 year old striker who was on the books of West Ham. Brother of Olly Lee, also at Luton
Jack Stacey (Reading, Undisclosed) : 21 year old right-back who was on loan at Exeter City for last season, before Luton stepped in
Harry Isted (Stoke City, Free) : 20 year old former Stoke City goalkeeper. Expected to be used in their Development Squad.

OUTGOINGS:
Cameron McGeehan (Barnsley, Undisclosed) : 22 year old who had been a key part in Luton's side until he broke his leg in January
Jack Marriott (Peterborough, Undisclosed) : 22 year old striker who had been a regular in their side, scoring 12 goals.
Jake Gray (Yeovil, Undisclosed) : The 21 year old scored 4 goals in 28 appearances before Luton let the Glovers sign him
Stephen O’Donnell (Kilmarnock, Free) : Luton released him at the end of last season.
Craig Mackail-Smith (Released)
Craig King (Retired)
Zane Banton (St Albans City, Free)
Danny Green (Released).


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5 August 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Luton Town Game And 2017-18 Season
As part of the build-up to the 2017-18 season, and with one eye on this afternoon's trip to Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren givens his views on how strong he thinks his current squad is compared to last season, where he thinks they should be aiming for, and what sort of opposition the Hatters will present. Read that via the link below.

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


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4 August 2017 : Green Is A Green Again After The Italian Job
Following her loan period in Italy, Kayleigh Green has returned to Yeovil Town Ladies for the fast approaching winter season. Green signed for ASD Calico Femminile Chieti, after helping guide the Lady Glovers to their WSL2 championship winning season in 2016 and spent the whole of Spring away from Yeovil.

A Welsh international with over 20 senior caps, Green can play either as a centre back or a centre forward. It was in the centre forward position, that Green headed in the crucial goal away at The Hive, back in October 2016, scoring the opener to help secure promotion against London Bees. With the fixture release for the new season put back until Monday 7th August, Green along with her team mates will be keen to see who is up first, as they begin life in the top tier of English football.  Speaking about her return Green said:

"I am excited to be back playing for Yeovil. My dream has always been to play at the highest level, and I have that chance here. It's going to be a difficult challenge this season competing with some of the best teams in women's football but I'm really excited to get started. We have signed some quality players which has made our squad stronger and I'm looking forward to starting the campaign in WSL1 and enjoying the upcoming season with Yeovil."

Manager Jamie Sherwood was equally excited about Green's return to Somerset saying:

"It was always our intention to bring Kayleigh back to the club after her loan agreement had ended. We felt it was an opportunity for Kayleigh to experience a different culture, environment and way of playing, which would benefit her development and in turn we would gain an improved player. Since her return, her enthusiasm, energy and detail that she wants from herself and her team mates has been excellent. Her energy, determination and experience will be crucial for us as a young vibrant squad who want to emerge from this season delivering the targets that we will set out in the pre season period. It's great to see Kayleigh back and her versatile ability allows us to create depth within the squad."

Kayleigh Green comes flying back in to return for Yeovil Town Ladies
Kayleigh Green comes flying back in to return for Yeovil Town Ladies
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4 August 2017 : Extended Arrangements For Any Fans Without Luton Town Match Tickets
As has been the case for a few of our recent meetings against Luton Town, the Hatters have provided some ultra-late arrangements for Yeovil Town supporters who may have missed the 'All Ticket' deadline for tomorrow's fixture, but still want to get to the game.

The Huish Park Ticket Office closed at 4.00p.m. today and so stopped sales for this match. However, fans who still want to travel to tomorrow's game at Kenilworth Road can get a ticket by calling Luton's Ticket Office on 01582 416 976. Their office will be open until 5.00p.m. on Friday and from 9.00a.m. until 12.30p.m. on Saturday for sales to away supporters.

Note that this does not change the 'All Ticket' status of the game - you must buy in advance over the phone. Any tickets purchased will be handed over to a steward who will be outside the Oak Road away end on the day. These must be pre-paid tickets - there are no cash purchases on the day.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Mainline Station Works Likely To Disrupt Luton Trip.

Link: Officials For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : How The Glovers May Line Up At Kenilworth Road.


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4 August 2017 : Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's trip to Forest Green Rovers is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 19th August 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the New Lawn. This match will be an ALL TICKET game.

Tickets are not yet available at Huish Park but are expected to arrive by noon on Monday 7th August. The away allocation is on the West Terrace and is entirely STANDING ONLY – there are no seats available. The West Terrace is an uncovered standing terrace at the moment – Forest Green are currently building a covered seating area, but it won’t be ready in time for our fixture. You are advised to bring suitable clothing if the weather forecast is bad, as the ground is at the top of a steep hill which catches the weather. Entry on the day will be via Turnstiles 9 and 10.

There is a very limited amount accessible seating for Disabled Supporters and Wheelchair Bays, in the East Stand. This must be booked in advance by contacting the FGR Reception as early as possible, as these seats will quickly sell out.
Call the FGR reception on 01453 834 860. 9.00a.m. to 3.00p.m., Monday to Friday.

Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £16.00; Seniors £12.00; Young person (Aged 16-21): £8.00; Juniors: £5.00; Under-11s: FREE

Update: 14/08/2017: This is no longer an All Ticket game. Tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park end until Thursday 17th August at midday. Thereafter they will be sold from Forest Green on the day of the match. Note that if you choose to pay on the day, then Adults/Seniors increase by £2.00 whilst Young Persons and Juniors increase by £1.00.

The New Lawn is a new stadium from Yeovil Town supporters point of view (unless you went to a pre-season friendly) and is just up the road from the original ground. Forest Green have provided the following advice:

Parking:
Parking is available at the neighbouring school, within easy walking distance (90m) from the stadium, at a £5 per vehicle (cash only). If you choose to park in the local residential area, please park with consideration for our neighbours and adhere to local parking enforcement. Forest Green recommend using coach travel or car shares to minimise the number of vehicles. Parking at the stadium is reserved for pre-booked guests only (hospitality, Blue Badge holders). If you’re a Blue Badge holder or need a space close to the stadium for accessibility reasons, please contact the FGR reception to book a space in advance. Please note that these spaces are fully booked for every game.

By Train/Bus:
If you're travelling by train, the nearest station is in Stroud. Buses to Forest Green Rovers run approximately every 30 minutes from Stroud/Gloucester (number 63).

Food and drink:
Home supporters have exclusive access to the Green Man – our onsite pub. Away supporters will have exclusive use of our away bar: a marquee located at the front of the ground. The bar opens 3 hours before kick-off and will serve a range of lager, cider, wine and soft drinks until kick-off. There’ll also be a selection of bar snacks available from the bar on the day. Inside the ground, you'll be able to purchase hot food, cold drinks, hot drinks and snacks from the West Terrace catering outlet, once the turnstiles open.

How to find us:
The New Lawn is located near Nailsworth on the A46, nine miles from Junction 13 of the M5, or 16 miles from Junction 18 of the M4.

Address: The New Lawn, Another Way, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL6 0ET.

There are small cut-through lanes up to the ground: we strongly advise drivers not to follow these lanes as they can become heavily congested; just use the main A419/A46 to reach Nailsworth Town and then head up Nympsfield Road to the stadium.


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4 August 2017 : Whitfield Joins Valiants On Loan
League Two side Port Vale have agreed terms to loan out AFC Bournemouth midfielder Ben Whitfield. The 21 year old former Yeovil Town loanee has signed an agreement to stay at Vale Park until January 2018. He has been given the No.31 shirt at Vale Park.

Whitfield had a highly successful loan spell at Huish Park last season, but will now try his luck at another League Two club. In total he made 42 appearances, scoring three goals for the Glovers. Port Vale open their season at Crawley Town tomorrow.

Link: Ben Whitfield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 August 2017 : EFL Trophy Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticket information for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Exeter City is now available. The match will take place on Tuesday 29th August with a 7:45p.m. kick-off at St James Park.

As already covered back in June, St James Park is undergoing significant redevelopment this season, with the St James Road terrace closed, and the Old Grandstand also being taken down and rebuilt. As a result, the club have been given just 350 tickets for this fixture in the IP Office Main Stand. Prices are as follows:

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

Because of the limitation on tickets, these will be sold to Season Ticket Holders ONLY from 9.00a.m. on Monday 7th August. If there are still tickets available then the remainder will then go on general sale from Monday 14th August. If there are any tickets available on the day of the match, these would be sold in Exeter at the same prices, on a first come, first served basis (although you travel at your own risk!)

Wheelchair Disabled: There are 3 pairs of tickets for away wheelchair fans in the away disabled bay of the Main Stand (by the away seats). Prices are as per the concession price for this stand (£10.00) with the assistant admitted free of charge. Under 18s Wheelchair Disabled supporters would pay £4.00. Fans should ring Exeter City directly on 01392 411243 (option 2 or 3) to book these.

Ambulant Disabled: These fans are charged the appropriate age related price and an assistant receives a free ticket.

For more explanation of what is going on at St James Park, head here. It is likely that there will be similar arrangements for our League Two fixture later in the season.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Chelsea Under-21s and Plymouth Argyle.

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

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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4 August 2017 : Last Chance For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town Match Tickets
A reminder to Yeovil Town supporters that tomorrow's League Two match against Luton Town is ALL TICKET for away supporters. This is a standard policy for away fans for all of Luton's matches, and our understanding is that it is due to the unusual layout and location of the Oak Road turnstiles.

The Huish Park Ticket Office will be selling tickets for the match until 4.00p.m. on Friday - either visit in person, or purchase over the phone, via the internet portal, or on 01935-847888. Any tickets purchased that can't be collected from Huish Park today will be handed over to a steward who will be outside the Oak Road away end on the day. These must be pre-paid tickets - no cash purchases on the day.

Luton have in the past given some late late instructions for anyone trying to purchase on the day of the match. However, our advice for the moment is to treat the Friday 4.00p.m. deadline as absolute - don't travel unless you or someone else has purchased your ticket.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Mainline Station Works Likely To Disrupt Luton Trip.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : How The Glovers May Line Up At Kenilworth Road.


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4 August 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : How The Glovers May Line Up At Kenilworth Road
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to play Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. With pre-season now over, it's possible to concentrate upon the real thing. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the likely line-up for the game and how the squad overall is looking. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own comments at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : How The Glovers May Line Up At Kenilworth Road.


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4 August 2017 : 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 on Saturday 5th August 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Kenilworth Road and is the opening match of the 2017-18 season. The man in charge of the fixture is referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, followed by a February 2009 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic - no complaints about either game. Probably the first time we were critical of him came in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam.

During the 2010-11 season, we had him twice in quick succession, during February and March 2011. He was the man in the middle for the midweek defeat against Peterborough United. We accused him of being "over-fussy" in this match - the same view we'd had in the 2009-10 season. There was nothing too major about his decision-making - just a tendency for him to provide a bit of a stop-start nature to the game, meaning that particularly during the first half the game failed to flow well, and it was difficult for the Glovers to build up a head of steam. We had far less to say about him a month later when he turned up for the away match against Exeter City, although five goals and a great Glovers comeback may have caused any negative vibes towards him to be forgotten!

For the 2011-12 season, we had him just the once. Despite it being a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic in the opening home match of the 2011-12 season, we weren't impressed, saying that he made a "series of erratic decisions had infuriated the home crowd throughout". These included a dreadful tackle on Jonathan Obika that took him entirely out of the game, with the perpetrator Xander Diamond only getting a yellow. The same player committed another poor tackle later in the match and was lucky to stay on the field, although the referee may have been distracted by the fact that a few seconds later he blew for a penalty for a second foul. The Western Gazette said that Mr Ward's performance was "Dreadful, but in equal measure for both sides. Along with his officials he made some truly baffling decisions."

Mr Ward then covered our December 2012 game against Wycombe Wanderers. He made two big decisions during the match - one was to give Keanu Marsh-Brown a yellow card for diving, which secured him a one match suspension. Manager Gary Johnson said after the game that he agreed with the decision, and sounded far more narked with KMB's theatrics. The other decision was to dismiss Wycombe midfielder Matthew Spring for what he viewed as a two-footed tackle. On the one hand Spring's tackle wasn't malicious, but on the other hand, it was fairly typical of what has in recent seasons been given as a red card offence, so was fairly consistent with what we had seen in other Football League matches. Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth though, was not best pleased with the decision, describing it as "harsh".

During the 2013-14 Championship season, he took charge of the September 2013 meeting between Yeovil Town and Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park. The visitors didn't have a single shot on target in open play throughout the whole 90 minutes. It was therefore rather irksome that the match was decided through Charlie Austin's penalty kick - awarded for one of those fifty-fifty mutual shirt-tug bits inside the box that saw Dan Seaborne penalised. Gary Johnson felt Austin had started the tugging, and had then gone down as soon as Seaborne did the same back. The Observer newspaper felt the same, describing it as "the softest of penalties" - there's been worse decisions at Huish Park over the years, but as Johnson said after the game, it was typical of the way the fifty-fifty decisions were awarded during the match.

He was present for the August 2014 match against Barnsley, shortly after both clubs had dropped down into League One. Overall Mr Ward had a decent game, although we'd have liked him to have been a bit more commanding in terms of dealing with Barnsley's timewasting tactics that became obvious after Yeovil equalised during the 1-1 draw.

During the 2015-16 season he was present twice - firstly for the match against Exeter City at St James Park. For this opening day fixture, he awarded two penalties - one for each side - and the post-match video showed he'd got both decisions spot on. He also did what more referees should be doing, in our humble opinion - booking Exeter's David Noble after he did his best to cajole the official into booking one of our own players. Later that season, he was there for the March 2016 home match against Notts County, which we won 1-0. We thought that Curtis Thompson was very lucky to stay on the pitch for committing an obvious yellow card tackle on Liam Walsh, but the game was nearly over, and Mr Ward chose to bring over the Magpies captain to explain what would happen if Thompson committed a third foul.

We had Mr Ward once during the 2016-17 season. For that match, he had a fairly unobtrusive game, with the only contentious bit being what happened in the 95th minute. He decided to add on a few extra valuable seconds for a ball that had run down the sidelines and took ages to collect for a throw-in. With the final whistle about to blow, Francois Zoko flicked the throw-in into the path of Ben Whitfield, and he lashed it first time into the back of the net. Stevenage weren't too happy about the extra seconds added on, but we definitely were as we got a 2-2 draw out of it.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Nicholas Cooper (Suffolk) and Gregory Read (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Howick (Berkshire).

Link: November 2016 : Stevenage 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2015 : Exeter City 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 1.

Link: September 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 1.

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 3 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: March 2011 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 2.

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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3 August 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town
On Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to Kenilworth Road when they take on Luton Town in a League Two fixture that is the opening match of the 2017-18 season. 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.

Link: Mainline Station Works Likely To Disrupt Luton Trip.

The weird and wonderful turnstile entrance to the away section in Oak Road - those are real houses!
The unique Oak Road turnstiles at Luton - wheelie bins optional
Photo © 2016-17 Ciderspace.



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3 August 2017 : Surridge Loan Deal For Yeovil Town's Tenth Signing
Yeovil Town have agreed a deal with AFC Bournemouth to loan out their striker Sam Surridge. The 19 year old arrives on a season long loan, having been on the substitutes bench in last night's pre-season friendly at Huish Park.

Born on July 28th 1998, Sam hails from Wimborne and is part of Bournemouth's Academy system. He went out on loan to Poole Town last season and scored eight goals in 16 fixtures, and so the Cherries are aiming to push him up a level this time around. Boss Darren Way said of the striker's arrival:

"Sam first came to our attention last January, and we feel this next move is a fantastic move for Sam and Yeovil Town. I’m sure he’ll follow on from the previous loanees we’ve had from Bournemouth in enjoying the environment here, and we must thank Eddie Howe for his comments last night and for trusting us with the development of his young talent."

Sam's Bournemouth teammate Benik Afobe believes that the teenager is capable of breaking into Bournemouth's first team in due course, saying last month:

"Sam is a good lad and a good finisher. He works hard. He is still young and has a lot to learn. He isn't the finished article but his finishing ability is very high. He likes scoring goals. You can see that every time a finishing drill is put on, he wants to join in. He is quite tall and is going to fill out. He will get stronger and his finishing is probably his best attribute, which is a great attribute to have. You can see he has the hunger to score goals and he did that last season. Every time he has trained with us, he has done well."

In January 2017, Bournemouth gave him an 18 month contract, meaning that his loan deal with the Cherries will run for the remainder of that deal. He has been with Bournemouth since the age of 14, having played locally for Bournemouth Sports. They had planned to send him out on loan to Gillingham in January, but the deal fell through after the Kent side had a change of first team management.

Surridge didn't get on the pitch in last night's match, but has now stayed in South Somerset and will form part of the squad that travels to Luton Town on Saturday. He will wear the No.14 shirt whilst he is at Huish Park.


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3 August 2017 : Bailey Takes Over Captaincy Duties For 2017-18 Season
It's not going to cause too many surprises, given that he has held the role throughout pre-season - midfielder James Bailey has been confirmed as Yeovil Town's new captain for the 2017-18 season. The former Carlisle United player has been used as a holding midfielder in the club's 4-3-3 formation, whilst playing in the centre for 4-4-2 line-ups, and will replace Darren Ward, who was the last properly named captain at Huish Park last season.

Bailey will wear the No.16 shirt during matches - squad numbers were also confirmed this afternoon. There is no vice captain named at present - when Ward was injured during last season, the armband later went to Ryan Dickson before Nathan Smith took it over following Dickson's own injury. With the myriad of pre-season friendly substitutions it hasn't been possible to read into any of the players who have taken over the armband when Bailey has been taken off.


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3 August 2017 : 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Player Squad Numbers
Yeovil Town's first team squad numbers for the 2017-18 season have been released, ahead of the opening fixture against Luton Town. There are only two changes to existing player shirt numbers compared to last season, making it fairly easy to remember numbers. Wide man Otis Khan takes the No.7 shirt, having previously worn the No.10. Meanwhile Tom James takes the No.23 shirt having worn the No.32 shirt last season.

All nine new signings have now got confirmed shirt numbers. These are all identified in our player profiles sections along with details of each player's history prior to joining the club.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Player Profiles.


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3 August 2017 : 2017-18 Season Yeovil Town Predictions Survey
With the 2017-18 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 2017-18 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 5th 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.

Provide entries using the form below, to stake your claim - shortly after the survey ends - and probably after the Luton Town match on August 5th, 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: 2017-18 League Two Season Prediction Survey.


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2 August 2017 : Yeovil 1 Bournemouth 3 : Afobe Double Ends Pre-Season In Defeat
Yeovil Town went down to defeat in their final pre-season friendly, as Premier League side AFC Bournemouth gained a comfortable victory at Huish Park. Fielding for the opening 45 minutes what looked to be a candidate for their starting line-up for the opening day of the 2017-18 season at Luton Town, the Glovers took the lead through Swansea City loanee Keston Davies but couldn't deal with the Cherries passing abilities, running out as 1-3 losers on the night.

The opening period of the game was AFC Bournemouth vs Artur Krysiak. The Polish keeper was being given a number of long range shots to test him - he parried a Marc Pugh effort for a corner, and then deal with a Brad Smith cross from the left that the windy and rainy elements turned into a shot which he put over the bar. Lys Mousset broke through, but found Krysiak able to save with his legs for another corner.

Having been on the back foot, it was somewhat surprising that Yeovil took the lead from their first good chance. An Otis Khan corner kick went around eight yards out from goal, and that allowed Swansea City loanee Keston Davies the chance to muscle off his marker and provide a simple clean header into the left side of goal for a 1-0 lead.

Play was disrupted when Connor Smith seemed to fall awkwardly after a challenge midway through the first half. He gingerly limped off the field, helped by Mike Micciche, with what appeared to be an ankle problem - and certainly one that was putting him in enough pain such that he probably would have needed to have come off in an ordinary Football League match - Alefe Santos replaced him.

It seemed as though Krysiak was going to keep Bournemouth at bay for the duration of the game, when he palmed away an Andrew Surman drive. But he was to suffer the disadvantage of trying to kick the ball from the Copse Road End in the driving wind and rain, and one such goal kick failed to reach the halfway line. When Bournemouth counterattacked, Ryan Fraser threaded the ball through to Lys Mousset who neatly dinked the ball over the advancing Krysiak for a 1-1 scoreline.

Five minutes later and Bournemouth took the lead with a disappointingly soft goal. A corner from Ryan Fraser saw Nathan Ake fire at goal. Keeper Artur Krysiak spilt what should have been a comfortable save, and Benik Afobe was able to knock the ball past him on the rebound from close range. 1-2 down.

Krysiak redeemed himself by saving another Andrew Surman shot from the edge of the box, although he and his team were rather fortunate to see a Lys Mousset strike come off the woodwork, after the Bournemouth man had shimmied his way past Yeovil defenders. It gave Bournemouth merely a single goal advantage at half time but their play had been noticeably superior.

Yeovil made five half time substitutions, as Bournemouth made just the one - a pattern that became noticeable during the second period as the Glovers proceeded to change their entire eleven, incorporating two members of their Under-18 squad, Huddersfield Town trialist Regan Booty, and a quartet of new trialists that had appeared on the bench.

Bournemouth extended their lead in easy fashion - Marc Pugh got himself room down the left flank and he was able to execute a simple pull back from inside the box, which Benik Afobe converted from close range for a 1-3 lead.

With Yeovil's side now full of trialists and players that didn't know each other, Bournemouth's crisp passing on the deck meant that those players rarely saw the ball to impress anyone watching. The end result was that little could be learned from that second period, with the Yeovil XI struggling to get a tempo going before they lost the ball again. That in itself was understandable given the three division gap between the two sides, but it's hard to know what Darren Way would have learned from that second half, or those players looking to justify a contract.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Scorers: Keston Davies (1-0, 15 mins), Lys Mousset (1-1, 29 mins), Benik Afobe (1-2, 35 mins), Benik Afobe (1-3, 54 mins)

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

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (66 mins for Artur Krysiak), 11. Rhys Browne (46 mins for Olufela Onomola) 14. Regan Booty (46 mins for James Bailey) 15. Omar Sowunmi (46 mins for Nathan Smith), 16. Trialist (55 mins for Jake Gray) 17. Jeremiah Gyebi (66 mins for Keston Davies), 18. Trialist (55 mins for Otis Khan) 19. Tom James (46 mins for Ryan Dickson), 20. Trialist (46 mins for Francois Zoko) 21. Trialist (55 mins for Daniel Alfei) 22. Alefe Santos (23 mins for Connor Smith), 23. Samyan Ismail.

AFC Bournemouth:
32 Adam Federici
15 Adam Smith 38 Baily Cargill 5 Nathan Ake 14 Brad Smith
6 Andrew Surman (Capt) 8 Harry Arter
7 Marc Pugh 24 Ryan Fraser 31 Lys Mousset
9 Benik Afobe

Substitutes:
Aaron Ramsdale (72 mins for Adam Federici), Matt Butcher (72 mins for Adam Smith), Harry Cornick, Sam Surridge, Ben Whitfield, Matt Worthington (72 mins for Brad Smith), Mikai Dobre, Jack Simpson (46 mins for Baily Cargill), Kyle Taylor

Attendance: 3,473 (with 1,013 Bournemouth fans)


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2 August 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for their final pre-season friendly prior to the start of the 2017-18 season. They take on Premier League side AFC Bournemouth at Huish Park and have named one change to their line-up compared to the team that started against Tiverton Town. Left-back Ryan Dickson comes in for Tom James in a like-for-like swap.

The line-up reads as follows:

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

Substitutes:
Jonny Maddison, Tom James, Omar Sowunmi, Jeremiah Gyebi, Alefe Santos, Rhys Browne, Regan Booty, Samyan Ismail, plus four trialists.

AFC Bournemouth:
32 Adam Federici
15 Adam Smith 38 Baily Cargill 5 Nathan Ake 14 Brad Smith
6 Andrew Surman (Capt) 8 Harry Arter
7 Marc Pugh 24 Ryan Fraser 31 Lys Mousset
9 Benik Afobe

Substitutes:
Aaron Ramsdale, Matt Butcher, Harry Cornick, Sam Surridge, Ben Whitfield, Matt Worthington, Mikai Dobre, Jack Simpson, Kyle Taylor


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2 August 2017 : Rooney Gets New Trial In Cumbria
Former Yeovil Town trialist Louis Rooney has travelled a very long distance in search of a new club. The 20 year old former Plymouth Argyle striker was named as a trialist for National League side Barrow in a pre-season friendly against Witton Albion last night. The Cumbrians finished 7th in the 2016-17 season table, and for much of the season were hovering just outside the play-off slots.

Rooney was named as the No.12 on the teamsheet - reports are sketchy as to how much time he got on the pitch in Barrow's 3-1 win, in which they fielded a significant number of other trialists. Two of Barrow's goals last night were scored by former Leicester City midfielder Harry Panayiotou, who played for Yeovil last summer during their friendlies leading up to the 2016-17 season, but failed to earn a contract. After a few more fruitless trials, he signed for Barrow in September 2016.


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2 August 2017 : No Concerns From Glovers Despite Rain Ahead Of AFC Bournemouth Friendly
Yeovil Town have stated that they have no issues regarding the pitch for tonight's pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth. A heavy band of persistent rain across Somerset and Dorset today has led to a flurry of messages across social media, highlighting concern about the match going ahead.

The Glovers have said that they do not have any concerns relating to the 7.45p.m. kick-off:

"Despite some rain this morning, there are no concerns regarding the pitch and no pitch inspection planned."

AFC Bournemouth have also sent out a similar message regarding the game, which represents Yeovil's final pre-season friendly:

"Despite the heavy rainfall in Dorset, we're expecting our game to go ahead this evening."

The club indicated that 2,200 tickets had been sold for tonight's game. The visitors had sold out their 800 allocation for the game, but are able to purchase at the Ticket Office other spaces in the Screwfix Stand. All home supporters will be housed in the Tamburino Main Stand.

Given there were large queues at the Ticket Office for the 2,600 crowd that turned up for the recent Bristol City friendly, it may be wise to purchase in advance, or to allow time for some queuing if you are turning up tonight without buying a ticket.

Both the Beer Tent and the Alec Stock Lounge will be open to both sets of supporters from 6.00p.m.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Bournemouth.


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2 August 2017 : Way Believes Glovers Still Need To Do More Business
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admits that he still needs to recruit more players before the summer transfer window closes. The Glovers head towards Saturday's opener at Luton Town with eighteen senior players on their books, and so can still name a full teamsheet, and appear to be close to agreeing a loan deal for a Huddersfield Town youngster. However, they appear to be thin on the ground in certain positions within the squad, having failed to reach an agreement with former Bristol Rovers striker Jermaine Easter.

Way has one more pre-season friendly to look at his squad of players, but also implies he will be using it to look at some of the opposition's squad of players, with AFC Bournemouth heading to Huish Park tonight. The Cherries have passed Yeovil a steady list of younger players in recent years, with Harry Cornick, Ben Whitfield, Matt Butcher and Josh Wakefield having all played on loan during the past few seasons. The Yeovil boss suggested that he would be having a conversation with manager Eddie Howe after the match:

"We've got to do more business; that's for sure. But I don't want to panic. I've got (Bournemouth manager) Eddie Howe in the office (on Wednesday evening) so that will be interesting. As you can see from their pre-season friendlies, the likes of Harry Cornick, Matt Butcher and Ben Whitfield have all been involved. So to get any player, with the Premier League season starting in another two weeks, you can understand why they wanted to leave players behind."

It would seem more than likely that Yeovil will be doing a deal with Huddersfield for their 19 year old midfielder Regan Booty. He played in Saturday's pre-season friendly at Tiverton Town as an unnamed trialist, but was quickly identified by those at Ladysmead. Booty was also present for the club's 2017-18 First Team Squad photo - something that would imply that he is about to sign a loan deal for the club. Way says that nothing is cast in stone yet, but admits it is being talked about:

"At the moment we would like to do the deal, but as far as contracts being drawn up from both sides, we'll have to wait and see what happens."

As the club reaches the finale of its pre-season schedule, it currently has a record of having beaten every non-league side that it has faced, whilst it has lost to both Football League clubs that it played. As such, results have fitted to what would be expected on paper, and Way says he is pleased in terms of how the games have gone:

"I'm very pleased as to where we are. It's not perfect. I don't think that as a manager it's ever going to be perfect. There's still a lot of work to be done. But we've played a lot of teams now, and so far I've been very encouraged by some of the performances that we've put on show."

The club's main injury doubts lie with two of their defenders. Bevis Mugabi has missed the last two friendlies with an ankle injury, whilst Stephane Zubar has been out with an unspecified 'knock' since the first pre-season friendly.


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1 August 2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies Make Return To Huish Park After Spring Series Tour
Yeovil Town Ladies have confirmed that they will be returning to Huish Park for first team matches for their FAWSL1 2017-18 Season. The change to the winter format for the Ladies game created a question mark over whether Yeovil Town's main stadium would be used for the campaign, particularly after the Ladies side spent the Spring Series touring grounds such as Bridgwater and Taunton whilst the club's main pitch was refurbished. However, they will definitely be hosting the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Everton, Birmingham City, Reading, Sunderland and Bristol City in what will be their first 'proper' season in the top flight level.

The new 2017-18 season is scheduled to begin on Sunday 24th September, and fixture information is expected to be available at some point tomorrow when the FAWSL1 fixture list comes out. The club will host the majority of their home fixtures on Sundays with a scattering of midweek games. Boss Jamie Sherwood is obviously glad to get a fixed stadium for the coming season:

"Huish Park is a special place and one where we have had much success of recent times. The support which we have had whilst playing in front of the home crowd here, has undoubtedly helped us, as we really do play for our fans. We hope to do everyone in Yeovil, Somerset and the surrounding area proud and by bringing top flight football to Huish Park, we hope that we can see excellent support towards the club."

Fixtures, season ticket prices and standard admission prices will be set in due course.


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1 August 2017 : Former Glovers Loanee Caulker Back On The Training Ground At QPR
Former Yeovil Town loanee Steve Caulker is back in football training, having spent the last nine months on the sidelines. The Queens Park Rangers player has not featured since October 2016, having been out with a hip injury, but also with numerous off-the-field issues beginning to materialise - notably a March 2017 incident that led to a £12,500 courtroom fine and a driving ban for failing to provide a breath test.

The former Tottenham Hotspur and Swansea City star admitted in a June 2017 interview with The Guardian that his career and personal life was going off the rails. In addition to drink and gambling addictions, Caulker told the paper of his struggles with mental health issues, explaining that his state of mind was why a January 2017 loan deal with Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow was eventually aborted, despite the two clubs agreeing the deal.

Caulker told the paper that his March 2017 arrest was his wake-up call, with the driving ban meaning that visits to see his young son in Somerset would become much harder, admitting that any further appearances in court would result in jail time. He chose to seek medical advice for his problems, and said that he had stopped drinking entirely.

Although QPR's board have shown signs that they would rather off-load Caulker than deal with any baggage that may remain, their manager Ian Holloway has now welcomed him back into first team training, with the 25 year old having been absent when the squad initially reconvened in early July. Holloway explained that Caulker had only just returned to the fold, but welcomed his presence and believed that could be good for both parties. Holloway told The Guardian there was still a potential England player lurking under the surface:

"I am delighted to have him back. That is a potential England centre-half again. Obviously it's not ideal for me because he's only just been training with me. It's been pretty well documented. His article in the newspaper was as open as I’ve ever seen any footballer. Part of me was really sad about that, part of me was pleased and proud of him to actually admit that and now he’s in a fantastic place. He wants to come back and he wants to work and I can't believe I'm the lucky person who's going to work with him. The lads feel the same way. For me, now, it's about helping him, with how up front and honest he’s been, to keep playing, keep working and keep improving. I'm delighted to have him."


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1 August 2017 : Terriers Boss Gives Views On Booty Interest
Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner has confirmed Yeovil Town's interest in taking teenage midfielder Regan Booty on loan. Whilst there has been no confirmed deal announced, the 19 year old was identified as being a trialist during the second half of Yeovil Town's 4-2 win over Tiverton Town, and was believed to have been the club's single unused trialist during their previous friendly against Bristol Rovers, having been at the club's training ground during that period.

Wagner has told the Huddersfield Examiner that from his point of view, there has not been a formal request issued for Yeovil Town to loan his player at this stage, but with the Football League 2017-18 season due to kick off on Saturday, he was expecting to hear something in the coming week:

"He was with them (Yeovil Town) on trial and it looks as if they are interested on a loan but there is nothing decided so far but it is something that may happen over the next week. Just like Jack Payne (on loan at Oxford United) and Jordy Hiwula (on loan at Fleetwood Town), this is another great opportunity for a youngster to get minutes under their belt. If there is a possibility which suits all of us then we will do it – if not they stay with us."


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