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31 August 2017 : Inniss Finds The Only Way Is Essex Again
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Inniss has moved out on loan to League Two side Colchester United today. The Crystal Palace centre-back has been signed up by the Essex side for the rest of the 2017-18 season - one of five signings they have made during the final 24 hours before the Transfer Window closes.

This will be the 22 year old's seventh loan club and eighth loan spell, as he awaits the chance to make his first Palace senior appearance. The last one was in Essex as well - his 12 game spell with Southend United during the 2016-17 season was heavily interrupted - once by a prison sentence for an assault conviction, then by two shoulder dislocations, the second of which ended his season early.

Inniss represented Yeovil Town during the 2014-15 season, having been brought in by Gary Johnson during October 2014. Again he struggled for game time at Huish Park, with a training ground injury, the Football League rules on the number of loanees allowed in a matchday squad, and a red card all contributing to a slightly stop-start experience. He ended up making six appearances, with Palace recalling him in early January 2015, to enable them to send him out on loan to Port Vale instead.

Link: Ryan Inniss : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 August 2017 : Cherries Midfielder Becomes Yeovil Town Deadline Day Signing
Yeovil Town have completed a new signing as part of the latter stages of Transfer Deadline Day. They have brought in AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Worthington on a loan deal that will run until January 2018. The 19 year old becomes the club's thirteenth signing of the summer - he can also play as a right-back. He teams up with striker Sam Surridge who is also on the club's books.

Born on December 18th 1997, he is a former Portsmouth youth team player, who switched across to Southampton, and then later Bournemouth. He's made one Premier League appearance as a substitute during the 2016-17 season, as a 74th minute substitute on the final day of the season against Leicester City. He also had a four game loan spell with Eastbourne Borough during the 2015-16 season.

Worthington was at Huish Park during the August 2017 pre-season friendly against AFC Bournemouth, and was a 72nd minute substitute for them on the night. At the tail end of last season, he was captaining Bournemouth's Under-21s side. He becomes the latest in a long chain of Cherries to try their luck on loan at Huish Park including Brandon Goodship, Josh Wakefield, Ben Whitfield, Matt Butcher, Harry Cornick, and this season Sam Surridge.


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31 August 2017 : Harrold Leaves Saturday's Opponents To Join Orient
Former Yeovil Town striker Matt Harrold won't be at the Broadfield Stadium when we visit Crawley Town on Saturday. He has signed for National League side Leyton Orient as part of Transfer Deadline Day, penning a two year deal at Brisbane Road. The 33 year old had been on the books of Crawley for three years, and had briefly been their Caretaker Manager last season, albeit without any serious intention of turning that into a permanent arrangement.

Harrold was a 2005-06 season signing for Yeovil Town at the tail end of Gary Johnson's first stay at Huish Park, although mainly featured under Steve Thompson's management, spending just over one season with the Glovers before Southend United signed him up exactly eleven years ago. He made 80 appearances for Crawley Town, although suffered from numerous injuries that stopped him from being a real regular in their side.

Link: Matt Harrold : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 August 2017 : Way Still Making 'One Or Two Phone Calls' On Transfer Deadline Day
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he is still making 'one or two phone calls' to strengthen his first team squad, ahead of tonight's Transfer Deadline. The window shuts at 11.00p.m. UK time tonight, which will bring to an end all permanent transfer and loan transfer dealings until the New Year, meaning that all Premier League and Football League clubs have to finalise their squads for the next four months.

At present, the Glovers are only expected to do minor changes to their squad, with the current thinking being that their primary target is a central midfielder - although other wildcard rumours have surfaced today that would provide a bit of a surprise if they happened. Way hasn't given too much away in his weekly Thursday afternoon press interview, except to say that he is still looking to bring people in. He told the press:

"You can never say never. I'm trying to make phone calls but it has to be the right player at the moment because the dressing room is very tight, very resilient and is a good group of lads. Do we need to be stronger? Yes. Is there more work to do? Yes. But I have to make sure that if I add to the group, that it's the right personality and right character to keep the momentum that we've got at the moment going. I've made one or two phone calls to strengthen so we'll wait and see."

Way currently has a squad of twenty players on his books. The club have said that they do not expect any departures to take place today, meaning that it's about whether any new arrivals are carried over the line. The current belief is that Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sean Goss is Way's latest midfield target, although in South London today, the Charlton Athletic local press have claimed that goalkeeper Dillon Phillips is a target for Yeovil - something that would raise some significant eyebrows if it turned out to be true.

All will become clear (or maybe nothing will happen at all) by 11.00p.m. tonight.


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31 August 2017 : Yeovil Town Linked With Charlton Athletic Stopper
This wasn't a transfer day deadline link we expected to see. Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Charlton Athletic goalkeeper Dillon Phillips. The South London press are claiming that the Glovers are competing with fellow League Two side Barnet to take him on a season long loan deal, with boss Karl Robinson looking to loan him out.

Phillips was born on June 11st 1995 (aged 22) in Hornchurch and has made 16 appearances for Charlton's first team. However, the bulk of his first team experience came through Cheltenham Town during the 2015-16 season when he had a 37 game loan spell with the Robins. He'd also had earlier loan spells with Whitehawk and Bishop's Stortford.

If this rumour had turned up ten days ago, it might have had more legs to it, with first choice goalkeeper Artur Krysiak having had a definite day to forget against Forest Green Rovers. However, on Saturday, he was given the Sponsors Man of the Match during the 2-0 victory over Coventry City and played a full 90 minutes against Exeter City in the EFL Trophy, when fans might have thought that Jonny Maddison would have taken up that minor cup fixture.

After the match, manager Darren Way gave his views on his goalkeeper, suggesting Krysiak needed more game time for the Glovers - something that a loan move would point against. Hence we wonder if the South London News Shopper paper have belatedly picked this one up in the wake of the Forest Green defeat, and that time has since moved on elsewhere.


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31 August 2017 : Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Crawley Town and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd September at the Broadfield Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be your friend and ours, Mr Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire).

If you don't know who Our Trev is, then you've probably been living under a rock. His name has been legendary amongst Glovers fans for over a decade - whether it's referring to him as "the Whistling Kettle" in games, or berating other referees to ask "Are you Kettle in disguise?" at any duff decision. His reputation has grown over the years, and we're not the only football club who knows of his legendary status.

Going back 17 years, our first view of him was on a Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, 2000. We won the match against Hednesford Town 4-2 but still came away talking about an utterly bizarre refereeing performance that included two farcical penalty decisions for the penalties. The thing about Trevor is he likes to be noticed - and he doesn't care what you think of him. Presumably he believes this is 'imposing' himself, but as far as fans are concerned we don't pay good money for the pleasure of watching strutting, whistling and gesticulating from the official, we pay to watch a game of football. It wasn't too long before the inevitable nickname of the Whistling Kettle became lodged in supporters minds, and it would be hard for us to forget such an obvious name.

His appointment to the National List in 2003 coincided with our rise into the Football League, but his position in the RAF found him moving to East Anglia and we saw far less of him. However our fates have remained intertwined, and his highest refereeing honour to date, was as Fourth Official at the 2007 League One Play-off Final at Wembley.

When in the middle his performances had improved over the intervening years, and he was hardly noticeable in games at Huish Park against the likes of Blackpool and Chesterfield and more recently Port Vale, or away at St Mary's in the League Cup. Even we had to stick on our neutral hats and admit that probably Gary Roberts deserved to walk for a high tackle whilst on a yellow card at Cheltenham Town in our meeting in April 2009 - such an opportunity to get the cards out for that was meat'n'drink for Trevor.

And that's what he does - you'll rarely get a 'last warning' with Our Trev, he'll whip out a card quicker than a sharp-shooter in an old-fashioned Western film, and by the time you're midway through the second half, you've entirely lost count. In the case of a Southend United vs Canvey Island televised cup tie, even he lost count as to who he had booked and when, by showing a 'second' yellow card to a player who hadn't been booked - a sort of a Graham Poll incident only with just the one yellow being involved.

Then there was the match in January 2011 at Hillsborough saw a 2-2 draw that ramped up his reputation for the more modern Yeovil Town supporter, who might not have appreciated why us old-timers rant'n'rave every time his name gets mentioned. This game was littered with seven yellow cards being raised, two red cards, and a twice taken (and missed) penalty. On that night, it was at times like watching one of those motorway pile-ups, where you realise that once one car crashes, that it's going to release a horrible chain of events. On 53 minutes, not a single card had been raised, but in the remaining 37 minutes, everything went a bit crazy.

The red card for Luke Ayling was a typical Kettle dismissal - the majority of League One referees would not have considered raising a second yellow, giving the player one last chance on what wasn't a particularly bad tackle, but no, off he went. Equally, the Giles Coke twice-taken spot kick on the video showed the major encroachment actually came from Yeovil players and not from the Owls, so we got a bit lucky there. Even though there were no complaints on Adam Virgo's red card for a professional foul, the general feel of the night was that this was a Kettlesque performance.

We then had him three months later against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. We're not sure if the Latics had done their homework on the official, but they seemed to do rather a lot of trying to wind things up, combined with the odd dodgy tumble inside the box to see if Our Trev would bite. He didn't on that count, but still managed to raise his yellow card seven times, including sending poor old Luke Ayling from the field for a second time.

We were then serenaded by our One True Love on Valentines Day 2012, as we journeyed to play Wycombe Wanderers. This romantic encounter was never a dirty game, but Mr Kettle was in the mood for handing out cards to those he loved - providing eight players across both teams a memento of their floodlit evening. We're not sure if we should praise him or heckle him for the fact that the Glovers had to take off Gavin Williams during that game to stop him from being sent off. In most other circumstances Gav wouldn't have been in danger - to be fair to the referee, he apparently did tell the Glovers bench that Gavin's next foul would see him leave the field, thus inviting us to get Gavin off before he did. He also managed to conjure up seven minutes of second half injury time in a game where the physios had barely entered the field of play.

On Tuesday 12th March 2013, we were left almost disappointed. The Football League's website had quite firmly stated that Mr Kettle would be joining us for the evening home game against Crawley Town. By the time we got to kick-off, his name had been replaced by James Adcock. Mr Adcock had a game so bad that a number of people still assumed it was Our Trev annoying the players and fans, but mercifully he was sat at home watching TV.

However, he made his mighty return later that year for the August 2013 fixture against Reading during our year in the Championship. With 13 minutes remaining of a gutsy Glovers performance, Luke Ayling and Adam Le Fondre did battle close to the home terrace touchline, and with the ball looking like it was about to run out of play, Le Fondre went own. The Whistling Kettle decided to do his thing and award the penalty that won the game for the Royals. Watching back on the match video, the decision looked horrifically soft, and manager Gary Johnson berated the decision:

"I'm gutted for the lads because they've had that great performance taken away from them by that particular decision. And if you give that decision as it was, then you've got to give the one at the other end (when Michael Ngoo went down in the box), because in my opinion they are exactly the same. This particular referee likes to give penalties on occasions and is very quick to give them. I just think that sometimes you have to think about it for a couple of seconds. I'm going home pleased with my team, but a little bit angry with how the game has been won."

In February 2016, we're not sure if Our Trev was maybe a bit off colour, but for the match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road - a vital six-pointer in which he could have easily stepped in and become the star of the show - he actually had a good unobtrusive game, with just one late yellow card and very little input into the game of note. He was rather more visible for the April 2017 game against Carlisle United - our most recent encounter - where he was the man that dismissed Ben Whitfield from the field of play. The challenge on Tom Miller looked more accidental than vicious, but when a crowd of opposition players all surround Kettle after a controversial incident, you know the red card is coming out. To be fair, if it wasn't him in charge, we probably would have nodded in agreement.

However, if you're wondering if he can stay out of the limelight now he's getting older then you'd be wrong. In February 2017, he took charge of the League Two match between Cambridge United and Newport County. During that game he awarded a penalty, and gave a red card to Newport's Mitchell Rose late on during the match. Whilst they couldn't appeal against the penalty itself, Newport successfully appealed against the red card dished out to Rose, and were successful in doing so. However, Kettle still had the last laugh - during the incident, Rose had knocked the red card out of Kettle's hand with it dropping to the floor, and so Rose was charged by the FA for misconduct. The end result was that he received a five match ban for that part of the incident, penalising him for a card that the FA agreed should never have been raised.

Mr Kettle will be aided and abetted by Daniel Cook (Essex) and Stephen Brown (Kent). The Fourth Official who will be trying to pacify the two management teams will be Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire).

Link: January 2011 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: February 2012 : Wycombe Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Reading 1.

Link: February 2016 : Dagenham and Redbridge 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 2.


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31 August 2017 : Former Loanee Flinders Brought In By Cheltenham Town
Former Yeovil Town loan goalkeeper Scott Flinders has been signed up by League Two side Cheltenham Town. The 31 year old has signed for Gary Johnson's side as a free agent, having spent the second half of last season on the books of National League side Macclesfield Town.

Cheltenham haven't disclosed the length of his contract, but have confirmed the permanent deal this morning. He is best known for his six years that he spent with Hartlepool United, where he made 276 appearances, including scoring a 94th minute header against Bournemouth in 2011, but was more recently on the books of York City for two years. Johnson has said of his capture:

"Scott has played over 400 league and cup games in his career and there is no substitute for experience. My staff and I have watched many of those games, so we know exactly what we are getting with him. Scott has been training with us over the last week and is keen to make a really big impression at Cheltenham."

Despite him being a former Yeovil Town player, Flinders hasn't worked with Johnson before. He came in for the Glovers during the 2007-08 season under Russell Slade as a Crystal Palace loanee, after Steve Mildenhall damaged knee ligaments. He played nine times for the Glovers before Blackpool moved in for their own loan deal for him. Given Slade's next move was to bring in Asmir Begovic though, that wasn't quite so much of a disaster as first thought.

Link: Scott Flinders : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 August 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Exeter City EFL Trophy Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's EFL Trophy tie against Exeter City kicked off at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why he kept Artur Krysiak in the line-up, as well as his thoughts on the inclusion of Sam Surridge and Jordan Green and the recall of Dan Alfei and Tom James. Read the interview in full via the link below.

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


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30 August 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Exeter City EFL Trophy Game
Following Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Exeter City at St James Park, 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 victory, along with the injury to Olufela Olomola and the club's Transfer Window recruitment plans. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Exeter City EFL Trophy Game.


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30 August 2017 : Video : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town EFL Trophy Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights from Tuesday night's 3-1 victory over Exeter City at St James Park, these are now available online. The two minutes includes the goals from AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge and wide pair Rhys Browne and Otis Khan that gave the Glovers their victory in the first of three EFL Trophy Group Stage fixtures. Watch the video clip below.




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30 August 2017 : Darren Way Mulls Over Two Key Areas Ahead Of Transfer Window Closure
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he has got two key areas on his mind, as he reaches the final two days of the Summer Transfer Window. All permanent and loan deals must be completed by 11.00p.m. UK time on Thursday night, at which point clubs will only be able to bring in free agents and players from non-league football as part of any emergency squad strengthening.

Way currently has a squad of twenty players to choose from - precisely the target that he had set earlier in the summer, although it seems that he still holds an interest in bringing in at least one additional player. This week has seen the West London press link the club with a move for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sean Goss - a rumour that appears to be consistent with some of Way's other attempts to bring in another player into that position.

The club still have one more slot available for a loan player, with Southampton's Olufela Olomola, AFC Bournemouth's Sam Surridge, Millwall centre-back Sid Nelson and Swansea City defender Keston Davies all on the club's books. So the assumption is that by 11.00p.m. on Thursday the club will take a fifth loanee until January. Although Way appears to confirm that Connor Smith's injury means cover in that position is still on his mind, he admitted that the injury to Olomola may change his thinking:

"I do (want to bring in another signing), but in every game it seems to change the goalposts. With the incidents that we've had, certainly with Fela (at Exeter City), it leaves me a little bit light up top, so I may need to look in that area. Also as well, with Connor Smith being out, it leaves me light in the midfield. That's what you get when you've got a small squad. It's important that I make sure that I get the balance right. But as I've said, the players are in good performance levels at the moment, and I want to keep that going. So far the Board have supported me, in the club that we're managing. We're all working to resources, whether it's myself or Morecambe."

Way also disclosed that he had an enquiry about one of the players that has been outside his starting eleven in recent weeks, revealing that a rival manager had contacted him, presumably in a speculative manner to see if that player might be available. Way doesn't name the player concerned, or whether he would allow that player to leave, but says he is happy his squad are the subject of attention:

"Our bench is a lot stronger than last year and that's proven by one or two phone calls that I've taken from other clubs before the Window closes. They were just asking about their situation, which is good. I've never had that before, and it shows that we're going in the right direction. It's good to have that."


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30 August 2017 : Darren Way Gives Update On Olomola's Injury
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given an update on the injury sustained to Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola last night. The 19 year old had to be withdrawn after being the victim of a poor tackle by Troy Archibald-Henville just beyond the half hour mark. After treatment, he attempted to carry on, but had to be substituted seven minutes later, after it became clear that he could not continue.

The prognosis on his injury is that it is a gashed shin. With the injury coming early on during the match, Way made reference to the way that he lost Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges last season, when he suffered an ankle injury following a foul by Exeter's Troy Brown in last season's Boxing Day clash between the two sides that saw him lose the winger for a month, leading to an effective end to his loan spell. Way hopes that the injury to Olomola is not as bad as that, but told BBC Somerset that he had concerns about the way it had come about:

"It was a poor tackle. Obviously I had flashbacks of the incident that we had (involving Ryan Hedges) at our place. I don't think it was anyone's fault, but with the situation when I lost a player last time, I'm hoping that it's not the same extent of injury. Fingers crossed that he will be alright - he tried to play on, but it was a bad tackle. He's got a nasty gash on his shin, and he's got ice on it now, as we speak, so we've just got to make sure that the swelling goes down, and keep fingers crossed for Saturday."

With fellow striker Francois Zoko being rested last night, he will almost certainly be recalled for the weekend trip to Crawley Town. If Olomola doesn't make it, then Sam Surridge, who scored his first goal for the club last night, would be the most obvious replacement - he played a full 90 minutes at St James Park, but had previously been restricted to substitute appearances.


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29 August 2017 : Yeovil Town Linked With Loan Deal For QPR Midfielder
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sean Goss. The 21 year old former Exeter City and Manchester United youth product has been tipped for a loan move ahead of Thursday's transfer window deadline, and a report tonight has claimed that the Glovers are the main team that has expressed interest in taking him on.

Born in Wegberg, Germany on October 1st 1995, but with his family having moved to Crediton, he had been part of Exeter's Academy system since the age of eight years old, but was sold to Manchester United for a fee of £100,000 at the age of 17 years old after he had scored 13 times for Exeter's Under-16s. That led to him getting a trial with United as part of a youth tournament in the Netherlands before they took him on in the summer of 2012.

Goss made it as far as Manchester United's first team bench, being named on their teamsheet in a November 2015 match against Watford, but never made it as far as getting onto the pitch. Instead, he was signed by Queens Park Rangers in January 2017 on a three-and-a-half year contract for £500,000. He played six times at Championship level for QPR during the 2016-17 season - three starts and three substitute appearances - but has not been involved this season.

The West London press, who name Yeovil Town as interested in his services, suggest that manager Ian Holloway - who was the man who brought him to Loftus Road - does not currently see him as being in his first team plans, and so has offered him up to other clubs.

His profile and position would tend to fit other recent Yeovil Town targets, with the Glovers having chased Birmingham City midfielder Corey O'Keeffe and Huddersfield Town midfielder Regan Booty but without either deal reaching fruition. The feeling is that the Glovers are after one last loan deal before the transfer window shuts, and that a defensive midfielder is their primary target, with only James Bailey able to operate in that position as a preferred role.


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29 August 2017 : EFL Trophy Man of the Match Voting for Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 3-1 win against Exeter City at St James Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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29 August 2017 : Exeter 1 Yeovil 3 : Surridge Nets First Goal In Comfortable Victory
Yeovil Town gained a win in the first of their three EFL Trophy Group Stage matches, as they beat Exeter City 3-1 at St James Park tonight. All of the goals were scored during the second period, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge getting his first goal for the club within a minute of the restart. The game was put beyond doubt when two quick goals from Rhys Browne and Otis Khan put the Glovers into a three goal lead, and although City youngster Jack Sparkes pulled one back there was no late repeat of the horror show from last season, with the visitors coming home with three Trophy Group points. The only down side was that Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola didn't make it until half time, with an apparent dead leg forcing him off.

The Glovers went into the match making five changes to their starting line-up, as they rested a number of players. Connor Smith was the only forced one in that line-up, after he picked up a slight knock on Saturday, with Jake Gray replacing him. Otherwise, Tom James and Daniel Alfei came in at the back for Sid Nelson and Ryan Dickson, Jordan Green was preferred for Rhys Browne, and up front Francois Zoko got the night off with Sam Surridge replacing him.

The first half was a bit of a stop-start affair caused by two lengthy injuries. The first came after Jordan Green had gone in with a fierce challenge on Exeter left-back Luke Croll. That resulted in a five minute break, whilst the stretcher bearers - and ultimately an ambulance - was needed to get him off the pitch and off to hospital, although it wasn't 100 percent clear what Croll's injury was, although Exeter confirmed the purpose was to get an x-ray for him.

In terms of the football, it took a while for the Glovers to get going, despite having the first opportunity, as Jordan Green's effort was easily saved. At the other end, Artur Krysiak had to save a Jake Taylor angled effort. However, the keeper was well beaten by Reuben Reid strike on goal shortly afterwards - thankfully he saw the shot also beat his far post. Reid also saw another attempt on goal deflect off Bevis Mugabi and out for a corner.

It wasn't all one-way traffic at all - Jake Gray had one effort saved and another go wide, but in terms of the better efforts, Exeter looked the more likely to score. However, the half fizzled out a bit thanks to another lengthy injury issue, with Troy Archibald-Henville's over-zealous challenge hitting Olufela Olomola high up on his left leg. The Saints loanee did get back up and hobble around for a further seven minutes of play, but with it being clear he wasn't going to get through the game, he was withdrawn, with Rhys Browne entering the field as a right-winger meaning that Jordan Green pushed up to partner Sam Surridge.

That new front line partnership was to reap rewards within a minute of the half time break concluding. Jordan Green did the absolute damage, as his weaving run took him past a couple of defenders, before a short square of the ball gave Sam Surridge an easy tap-in from close range - the first goal for the AFC Bournemouth loanee since his arrival on loan, and a 0-1 lead.

Exeter nearly hit back straight away when Reuben Reid put Matt Jay through, but his shot went into the side netting, and the Grecians didn't look quite as interested as they did in the first half. Both sides were fortunate to finish with eleven men - whilst the two first half tackles that saw players injured had been tasty, the reaction of Rhys Browne and Jordan Moore-Taylor to a foul by the latter saw referee Oliver Langford having to intervene. Given Browne had appeared to put his hand in the Exeter player's face, he could have easily walke.

Instead, Rhys Browne proceeded to score Yeovil's second goal of the night 20 minutes later. He took advantage of a simple ball through the middle from Otis Khan and got in behind the Exeter defence, producing a confident finish to double the lead. Things got even better when three minutes later, Khan decided to do it all on his own - his run in from the flank took him via the byline where he finished from an impossible angle for a 3-0 lead.

Not that any Yeovil Town supporter who was at St James Park last season would count their chickens on a three goal lead with ten minutes remaining. Particularly when Exeter quickly pulled a goal back, as Jack Sparkes headed home a goal for Exeter for a 1-3 scoreline. Things could have looked a bit scary if Troy Archibald-Henville's header had not been cleared off the line by Tom James. Thankfully there was no repeat performance of last season's collapse, with Exeter having already made three substitutions, they were in no position to throw late strikers onto the pitch, and so Yeovil ran out as reasonably comfortable victors. On the plus side, the goals are being shared around all front line positions - on the minus side they better hope that Olufela Olomola's injury isn't too bad.

Final Score: Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Sam Surridge (0-1, 46 mins), Rhys Browne (0-2, 75 mins), Otis Khan (0-3, 78 mins), Jack Sparkes (1-3, 80 mins)

Exeter City:
13 James Hamon
25 Jake Taylor 15 Jordan Moore-Taylor 39 Troy Brown 23 Luke Croll
31 Jack Sparkes 24 Alex Byrne 5 Troy Archibald-Henville 10 Lee Holmes
33 Reuben Reid 20 Matt Jay

Substitutes:
1 Christy Pym 3 Craig Woodman 4 Lloyd James (59 mins for Jordan Moore-Taylor) 6 Jordan Tillson 19 Liam McAlinden (64 mins for Reuben Reid) 29 Harry Kite (9 mins for Luke Croll) 30 Josh Key

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Daniel Alfei 5. Bevis Mugabi 23. Tom James 3. Nathan Smith
15. Jordan Green 16. James Bailey (Capt) 10. Jake Gray 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies 9. Rhys Browne (39 mins for Olufela Olomola) 11. Ryan Dickson 25. Sid Nelson (86 mins for Daniel Alfei) 30. Alefe Santos (46 mins for James Bailey)

Exeter City Bookings: Troy Archibald-Henville (foul, 32 mins), Jordan Moore-Taylor (off the ball incident, 52 mins), Lloyd James (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Jordan Green (foul, 5 mins), Rhys Browne (retaliation, 52 mins), Sam Surridge (stopping free kick, 75 mins), Otis Khan (stopping free kick, 90 mins)

Exeter City Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 7; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Oliver Langford (West Midlands). Assistants: Mark Russell (Somerset) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). Fourth Official: Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Attendance: 1,509 (with 159 Yeovil Town supporters).


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29 August 2017 : EFL Trophy Team News For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Group Stage tie against Exeter City at St James Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers make five changes to the eleven that took to the field against Coventry City on the weekend.

Millwall loanee Sid Nelson was getting cramp at the end of Saturday's game and so he drops to the bench for tonight, replaced by Tom James. Right-back Daniel Alfei hasn't been in the last two matchday squads, but he comes in for Ryan Dickson who sits on the bench - there will be some defensive reshuffling in the back four for this - we presume James will take the left-back slot, given Smith has generally been in the centre.

In midfield, Jake Gray gets a start ahead of Connor Smith whilst Jordan Green comes in for Rhys Browne. Finally up front Sam Surridge is in the starting line-up with Francois Zoko dropping out.

With the first team squad now expanded to twenty available players, that means two players have to miss out. Midfielder Connor Smith, defender Omar Sowunmi and striker Francois Zoko are all left out, meaning the club have deliberately only fielded six substitutes for tonight's match. Sowunmi's suspension is enforced due to a suspension from last season, whilst Smith has an unspecified injury - however, Zoko is believed to be fit.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Daniel Alfei 5. Bevis Mugabi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
15. Jordan Green 16. James Bailey (Capt) 10. Jake Gray 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies 9. Rhys Browne 11. Ryan Dickson 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Exeter City:
13 James Hamon
25 Jake Taylor 15 Jordan Moore-Taylor 39 Troy Brown 23 Luke Croll
31 Jack Sparkes 24 Alex Byrne 5 Troy Archibald-Henville 10 Lee Holmes
33 Reuben Reid 20 Matt Jay

Substitutes:
1 Christy Pym 3 Craig Woodman 4 Lloyd James 6 Jordan Tillson 19 Liam McAlinden 29 Harry Kite 30 Josh Key


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29 August 2017 : Darren Way Willing To Repeat EFL Trophy Selection Policy For This Season's Ties
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has suggested ahead of tonight's visit to Exeter City, that he will be aiming to repeat his selection policy for the 2017-18 EFL Trophy competition, despite the ongoing criticism of the competition. The Glovers reached the Quarter-Final stage last year, ultimately losing 5-2 against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, playing six matches in total in a trophy that was heavily restructured to include Under-21 teams from clubs with EPPP Category One Academy systems, thus increasing the number of fixtures being played.

Although the Trophy ties saw other issues such as Otis Khan's lengthy ankle injury coming out of that competition, Way believes that the trophy was to the benefit of his players, and he hoped that his side would be able to repeat trips to grounds such as Reading and Bristol Rovers in this season's matches:

"It gives our players another opportunity like last year to go to Bristol Rovers, Reading and Luton. We wouldn't have played Bristol Rovers last year if it wasn't for the Checkatrade. So it's a great experience in every game. Your management is different, and it gives some of our other players that weren't playing regularly, a chance to really push to get into the first team. There was no better way than getting to the Quarter-Finals. Unfortunately we couldn't get that one step further, but I still feel that financially and for the benefit of the players, it's a good cup."

Last season saw Way generally put Jonny Maddison between the sticks, whilst defender Darren Ward was rested throughout the competition, even when fit and available. But on the whole, the Glovers chose to field a strong eleven, even when the likes of Portsmouth were making eleven changes to their line-ups. Although there probably will be some changes for tonight's game at St James Park, the Glovers boss said he would be prepared to repeat Saturday's starting line-up if he felt it was right:

"I didn't make too many changes last year. I still want the squad to make sure that it's consistent because I think that's important. I want to try to win every match. I want the team that I feel is right to win that match. If it means the team that was starting on Saturday, then that team will be starting."


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29 August 2017 : EFL Trophy Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the EFL Trophy Group Stage fixture between Exeter City and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 29th August (tonight) at St James Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Oliver Langford (West Midlands). We've had him twelve times across eight years so far, although in the last couple of years, meetings have dried up due to him being on the Select Group 2 Referees List that means he predominantly looks after Championship games these days.

Mr Langford is probably best known amongst Glovers fans for being the man in charge for the April 2010 home match against Southampton which saw one of the more inexplicable decisions we've seen a referee make. Having already sent off Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin for a challenge on Gavin Williams, Mr Langford was faced with the problem of needing to raise a second one, just minutes later when Williams was upended by Jose Fonte whilst clean through on goal.

Doubtless conscious of the effect he would have had on the game in doing so, rather than the clearness of the professional foul, Mr Langford raised a yellow card instead. After the game, the then manager Terry Skiverton slammed Langford's decision-making in his post-match interview saying: "I've got complaints when big decisions need to be made. He wasn't good enough today, and he was a million miles off the pace of the game."

So maybe he did better in the 2-2 draw with Brighton and Hove Albion in October 2009? Not quite. A failure to stamp his authority on the match, combined with some odd decisions left Skivo fuming after the game, saying of Langford's performance:

"We cannot keep coming up against referees every week that are sub-standard. If I do not do well in my job then I will get the sack and it seems that people can get away with it week-in, week-out and get patted on the back by the people upstairs."

Of games that followed, he was present for the August 2010 away match at Oldham Athletic. This game finished in a 0-0 draw, and we did have a few grumbles with the referee over his refusal to award a penalty for a trip by Latics defender Kieran Lee on Andy Williams. Then he ruled out what would have been a match-winning goal from Dean Bowditch, after Mr Langford claimed that goalkeeper Dean Brill had been impeded in the build-up. Indeed he had, but the video showed that it was his team-mate Reuben Hazell who had prevented Brill from claiming the ball, and not a Yeovil player. It was crystal clear that Mr Langford had made a mistake and the goal should have stood.

He then took charge of the final home match of our 2010-11 season - a 4-2 win over Colchester United. Our match report describes it as one of his better games, although he did seem to be in a rather lenient mood on the day. The most obvious was his decision not to give Colchester's Ben Coker a red card for a professional foul on Jonathan Obika. Within the context of a midtable fairly meaningless end of season fixture, and in the final minute of the match, we saw it as a "common sense" decision - raising a red card would have been of little consequence. However, given Mr Langford's track record, we'd wonder whether that was his thinking at the time.

He then was used for the September 2011 visit of Wycombe Wanderers. That seems to have been one of his quieter performances; or at least that there were few contentious decisions on the day for him to handle. He was then back at Huish Park for the January 2012 home game against Preston North End where red cards at the start and the end of the game dominated the shape of the match. He sent off Preston's Craig Morgan for a professional foul just three minutes into the match - almost identical to the Morgan Schneiderlin incident two years previously, but this time he decided to produce a red.

The problem was that the earlier decision seemed to shape the tone of the game. Preston, under Graham Westley's management, started to indulge in some rather niggly and confrontational tactics, and the yellow card count began to rack up - four against the visitors and two against the Glovers, without Mr Langford appearing to have too much of an idea on how to diffuse the tension. When Paul Huntington committed an aggressive, but ball-winning, 89th minute tackle on Jamie Proctor, Preston's players waded in on the centre-back and Langford fell for it - dishing a red for Huntington, but only a yellow for Proctor who reportedly threw a punch in retaliation. The Glovers appealed against the decision, but with it being undoubtedly a strong tackle, trying to prove that the referee's judgement was wrong, was difficult to present, and the Glovers lost the appeal.

Not everything has gone against us - one of the more favourable outcomes was an April 2013 home match against Shrewsbury Town. We won the match 2-1, and were actually helped on the way by an early penalty decision, with a Byron Webster header being blocked by then Shrewsbury striker Tom Eaves. Their boss Graham Turner heavily criticised the decision after the game, complaining that few Glovers appealed for it, and citing that he had 'previous' with their team. From our point of view, that was the only debatable decision in a booking free game.

He then turned up twice during the 2013-14 season - the first was our 4-0 win over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup in January 2014. Overall he had a decent game, producing just one yellow card, but our fourth goal, scored by Kieffer Moore, looked suspiciously offside - something that opposing boss Russell Slade pointed out after the game. Perhaps more of an issue for Mr Langford's linesman in fairness though. After that there was the April 2014 meeting against Blackpool that saw us win 2-1 at Bloomfield Road. Again, he gave a decision in our favour - a Tom Lawrence corner was blocked by the hands of Tony McMahon, and James Hayter scored from the spot. He had a decent game overall, and we'll forgive him for his one booking of the game - a 90th minute bit of timewasting by ourselves - probably justified!

We saw him for the November 2014 match against Chesterfield at their new stadium - the match that saw Gary Johnson introduce three new players into his side, with Jed Steer, Stephen Arthurworrey and Jordan Clarke joining the club. Overall Mr Langford had a decent game but there was one controversial moment late on. Jordy Hiwula was clearly taken out by Spireites goalkeeper Thomas Lee, who ran out of his box and took him down. The referee decided that this challenge was only worthy of a yellow card, despite Hiwula's run - and of course Lee's motives for taking him out - meaning that if he'd got past the goalkeeper he would have had a gaping goal to aim at. But overall this has been in line with his interpretation of what a professional foul is over the years, so no surprise there.

The most recent meeting was the August 2015 League Cup First Round match against Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park. At the time the two sides met, the Glovers had dropped into League Two, two seasons after meeting the West Londoners in the Championship. The end result was a bit of a one-sided affair and a 0-3 defeat, largely due to the gulf between the two sides. No complaints about the officials, who were incidental in this.

Mr Langford started refereeing at the age of 15, working through the Midland Combination and Midland Football Association leagues. Given that he only spent one season as a referee in the Conference National division before being moved up another level for the start of the 2008-09 season, it would appear that at the time he was an official that the authorities were looking to fast-track through the system.

Mr Langford will be assisted by Mark Russell (Somerset) and Mark Pottage (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Link: August 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 3.

Link: November 2014 : Chesterfield 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2014 : Blackpool 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2014 : Yeovil Town 4 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: April 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Shrewsbury Town 1.

Link: January 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Preston North End 1.

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 4 Colchester United 2.

Link: August 2010 : Oldham Athletic 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Southampton 1.

Link: October 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton 2.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 0.


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29 August 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Season Ticket Holder Trends At Yeovil Town
Either around the Early Bird deadline, or at the start of the new seasons, Yeovil Town usually release details of their Season Ticket sales to fans. This season and last season it didn't happen, and with crowds dropping, fans have inevitably asked why such information hasn't been released. The latest Taff's Gloversblog has a look at Season Ticket sales since the club entered the Football League, and how the club announced such figures, to determine whether such a 'policy' does or doesn't exist. Read that blog, via the link below, and as usual add your own views to the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Season Ticket Holder Trends At Yeovil Town.


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29 August 2017 : Ticketing Deadline For St James Park Visit
Tickets for tonight's match at Exeter City will be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until midday today. You can purchase either in person, or over the phone (01935-847888) for the EFL Trophy Group Stage match - if you buy over the phone, you can collect on the night.

Once we get beyond midday you'll need to take your chances at the St James Park end. Exeter will be selling tickets on the night, but be warned that the Glovers have only been given a very limited allocation of tickets for the game, hence sales will be on a first come, first served basis.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

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

Link: GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.


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29 August 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City
Tonight sees Yeovil Town head down to Devon for an EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Exeter City. For those travelling to the match, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover this season's ticketing, travel, statistics and also some changes to the layout of St James Park as they redevelop their stadium. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

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

Link: GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

The IP Office Main Stand (formerly known as the Flybe Stand) - this will be home for away fans for the 2017-18 season
The IP Office Main Stand (formerly known as the Flybe Stand) - this will be home for away fans for the 2017-18 season
Photo © 2009-2017 Ciderspace



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28 August 2017 : Millwalll Loanee Nelson Given EFL Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town loanee Sid Nelson has been given recognition on his debut after helping his temporary side to a 2-0 win over Coventry City over the weekend. The Millwall defender was included in the Football League's Team of the Week for the weekend just gone.

Sid helped the Glovers gain their first clean sheet of the 2017-18 season and so lines up in the representative eleven that also includes one of his Lions teammates at the back. At the other end of the park, there's recognition for former Yeovil striker Tom Eaves who netted a hat-trick for Gillingham over the weekend. Of Nelson's contribution, the Football League say:

"After leaking 14 goals in their opening three league games, Darren Way brought in Millwall’s Nelson on loan to try and stem the tide. His plan worked, with the Lions' loanee going off to a standing ovation after helping Yeovil to a win and a clean sheet against Coventry City."

The full line-up reads as follows:

Joe Fryer (Stevenage)
Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Shaun Hutchinson (Millwall), Sid Nelson (Yeovil Town)
Kamil Grosicki (Hull City), Kyel Reid (Colchester United), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds United), Alex Woodyard (Lincoln City), Gwion Edwards (Peterborough United)
Frank Nouble (Newport County), Tom Eaves (Gillingham)

Manager: Harry Kewell (Crawley Town).


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28 August 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Coventry City Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match kicked off against Coventry City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the inclusion of Millwall loanee Sid Nelson and the strengths of the opposition ahead of the game. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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28 August 2017 : GWSC Travel To Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Crawley Town. The match takes place at the Broadfield Stadium on Saturday 2nd September 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Crawley Town : Saturday 2nd September 2017.
Huish Park: 9.15a.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

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

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

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

Link: GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town 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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28 August 2017 : Interview With Yeovil Town's New Supporters Director
On Saturday lunchtime, Yeovil Town's new Supporters Director David Mills spoke to the BBC about his position within the club. With questions from Saturday Sport presenter Geoff Twentyman, David gives his views on the club's matchday experience, the role of the Chief Executive at Huish Park, and his thoughts on the club's attendances and income. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: David Mills Speaks To The BBC About His New Role As Supporters Director


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27 August 2017 : Supporters Director States Revealing Season Ticket Sales Is Not Club Policy
Yesterday, Supporters Director David Mills was interviewed by the media, prior to kick-off for the League Two match against Coventry City. As well as appearing live on BBC Somerset, he was also asked questions by the Western Gazette about his role at the club, what is being done about the club's matchday experience, and the concerns raised over the club's matchday attendances.

There were two key things to note from the Gazette's interrogations. The first is confirmation of what most fans had suspected, that Season Ticket sales for the 2017-18 Season were down compared to last season's figures. Surprisingly, we aren't going to be told what those figures are, with David Mills claiming that it is not a club 'policy' to reveal such numbers, despite them being commonly available in the past. He explains:

"The club has never issued season ticket holder numbers as far as I know so I don't think we'd change that policy. I can say that the number is less than it was last year but I don't particularly see that as a huge obstacle to get to (an overall average gate of) 3,500. What we need to do to get to that level as an average throughout the season is to deliver on and off the pitch and everyone at the club is committed to doing that."

Last season, the club achieved an average gate of 3,567, which had been their lowest set of attendances since the 2001-02 season. As has been well documented in the past few weeks, the start to the 2017-18 season saw the club record a record low for a single game of 2,464 against Accrington Stanley. Although yesterday's gate against Coventry City saw a much more respectable 3,754 turn up, that figure included 1,056 travelling supporters. Mills added that he felt that this wasn't just a Yeovil thing, claiming that Football League attendances last season had dropped:

"I know that attendances in the Football League, and in League Two last season were down generally anyway, so I don't think it's a Yeovil problem specifically as such, but obviously that opening game (against Accrington Stanley) didn't help with the 8-2 at Luton, but we’ve moved on from that substantially."

We'll provide the detail behind the BBC interview later in the weekend, as well as looking at some of the claims made.


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27 August 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Coventry City Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home League Two fixture against Coventry City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on his side's 2-0 win, another goal for Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola and the debut of Millwall loanee Sid Nelson. Read the interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Coventry City Game.


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26 August 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Coventry City Match Highlights
For those who want to view the goals from this afternoon's 2-0 win over Coventry City, these are now online. The Sky Sports website has included the strikes from Rhys Browne and Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola that won them the match, as well as a late chance for the Sky Blues. Watch the clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Coventry City Match Highlights.


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26 August 2017 : Sky Blues Boss Claims His Side Were Denied Blatant Penalties At Huish Park
Coventry City manager Mark Robins felt that his side were denied 'blatant penalties' that could have given them a route back into this afternoon's match against Yeovil Town at Huish Park today. First year referee Martin Coy had to deal with a lot of pressurising from the Sky Blues players throughout the game, who spent much of the game trying to get him to give big decisions.

Two of those were claims for spot kicks to be awarded, with a first half challenge by new Yeovil Town loanee Sid Nelson on Tony Andreu being waved away by the referee, whilst with ten minutes to go, Bevis Mugabi challenged Marc McNulty causing him to go down inside the box. To cap all that, Robins claimed that the move that saw Olufela Olomola grab his fourth goal for the Glovers began with a player controlling the ball with his hand. As such, he believed his side had some rough justice from the officials throughout the game:

"I'm disappointed and I'm also annoyed at the fact that we've had two - certainly one - unbelievably blatant penalties not given. Their second goal was a handball right in front of the dugout. Their player moved it forward with his arm and it wasn't deemed to be a handball, so I'm aggrieved at that. It was laughable but there were lots of decisions that weren't great. It sounds like sour grapes. I don't want to stand here and talk about decisions but it does have a bearing on things."

Robins pointed the finger at his own goalkeeper Liam O'Brien after his error gave Yeovil Town the lead through Rhys Browne. After O'Brien got into a muddle with full-back Chris Stokes, the Sky Blues boss felt that his keeper should have stayed inside his own box, rather than create a scenario where he was walking out into no-man's land. He put that down to bad decision-making but felt his own side should have been ahead before that stage:

"We could have gone in front - should have gone in front - but didn't and then the mistake puts you on the back foot. We've got to learn and we'll learn quickly. A lot of it was good play and some of it was downright bad luck and bad decision making on quite a few people's parts. I don't think we were moving well enough in the penalty area to get that elusive touch and teams are working really hard against us. It's a cup final for everybody we play, we've had our supporters walking past the changing room there telling us what they think, and they're right to feel angry."


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26 August 2017 : Darren Way Happy To Get The Balance Right In Coventry Victory
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side had got the balance right today, after his side produced a more conventional looking scoreline in their 2-0 victory over Coventry City at Huish Park. Their early 2017-18 season scorelines have been at times perplexing, with 22 goals scored across three fixtures, but with the majority of those going in the wrong end.

Today against the Sky Blues, it was Rhys Browne and Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola who gave his side victory, and the Glovers boss said after the game that he felt they had caused Coventry problems from start to finish as part of the victory:

"I'm very pleased because we put a lot of hard work in this week. I explained to the players that if we get the balance right between defence and attack then normally we're going to end up either winning games or drawing games, with the attacking threat that we've got. I thought we caused them problems from start to finish. We looked very organised out of possession, but in possession towards the end there it was very pleasing. They're a side with huge resources, take a great support and have good players but we handled that extremely well and looked the better side. Today we got it absolutely spot on."

One of the key introductions for this afternoon's match was Millwall loanee Sid Nelson, who made his debut for the club as part of a half-season loan deal. The end result was the first clean sheet of the 2017-18 season. With 14 goals having gone in their own net during the three preceding games, that was a transformation. Way felt that the change to a 4-4-2 formation today had also helped his team:

"It looked like we were enjoying defending. As a team with two banks of four and the front two as the first line of defence was very pleasing. From a psychological point of view, the way the players have handled the pressure that has been on them from the amount of goals that have been flying in (at the other end of the pitch) has been fantastic. You can see the reaction from the supporters. They got behind the team and have gone home very happy today."


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26 August 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Coventry City
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win against Coventry City 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 Coventry City.


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26 August 2017 : Yeovil 2 Coventry 0 : First Goal For Browne Sinks Sky Blues
Yeovil Town gained their first clean sheet of the 2017-18 season, as they banished some of their defensive woes in a 2-0 victory over Coventry City at Huish Park. A goal in each half won the day, with former Grimsby Town winger Rhys Browne getting his first Football League goal after he took advantage of a defensive howler during the first half, and that was followed up by Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola getting his fourth goal in four games when he fired home the crucial second with 15 minutes remaining.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up, with both in the defensive line. Tom James and Omar Sowunmi dropped out from last weekend's game at Forest Green Rovers, with Millwall loanee Sid Nelson and winger Rhys Browne replacing them. Once again, that meant that the formation was changed, with the 4-4-2 that was used in the last home match against Accrington Stanley being employed.

Coventry started as the more impressive side, with Jodi Jones forcing Artur Krysiak into a smart early save, whilst Marc McNulty shot wide from distance. However, despite Yeovil having to put men behind the ball, the visitors didn't capitalise on this early pressure, even if McNulty managed a much more impressive attempt 25 minutes in when he slipped past Sid Nelson and fired a shot that beat Krysiak but also beat the far post.

Yeovil had struggled to create chances - their best effort by Otis Khan had seen the winger's shot unfortunately blocked by Francois Zoko. But it was Khan's creativity that gave them the lead just short of the half hour mark. His ball through the Coventry defence and into no man's land saw Coventry's defence make an absolute meal of it. Goalkeeper Liam O'Brien looked favourite to get to it first, but not without leaving his goal area. As he dithered, the end result was a collision between O'Brien and one of his defenders, allowing Rhys Browne to ghost in and slot the loose ball home for a 1-0 lead.

That was oddly the main action of the first half, as Yeovil had to frequently play like an away side, defending far more solidly than they had done in recent weeks, and thus denying Coventry clear pot shots on Artur Krysiak's goal. After the break, it was Yeovil who began to assert their authority, as they attacked the home end, and Bevis Mugabi headed a corner just wide, created by some superb running by Francois Zoko.

Coventry began to turn the tide the other way, and Artur Krysiak was at full stretch when he parried a Tony Andreu shot onto the post, and out for a corner. Then Marc McNulty again found himself shooting marginally on the wrong side of the goal post, and was denied again after Krysiak produced a superb close range sae from his header, pushing the ball away for a corner.

At that point, a Coventry equaliser looked the more likely outcome, but Yeovil's front line have been much more efficient during this season than in recent years. They were only to record two shots on target throughout the entire 90 minutes, but that was enough to win the game. Catching Coventry on the break, a through ball to Olufela Olomola saw him muscle off the attention of Liam Kelly, and he fired a shot across the face of Liam O'Brien and into the bottom far corner for a 2-0 lead, and to entirely deflate Coventry's ambitions.

Coventry ran out of steam thereafter, and it was Yeovil who could have bagged a third, as O'Brien pushed a Rhys Browne shot over the bar. It was a rather more balanced performance than Yeovil have shown so far this season, getting the attacking and the defending in more even measure. That meant a rarity - three points and a clean sheet. The addition of Sid Nelson no doubt helped that happen, but the team overall ended up putting in a much more organised display, with the two banks of four, and that was a big influence.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Coventry City 0.

Scorers: Rhys Browne (1-0, 27 mins), Olufela Olomola (2-0, 75 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 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 6. Keston Davies (90 mins for Sid Nelson) 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 15. Jordan Green 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos

Coventry City:
13 Liam O'Brien
2 Jack Grimmer 15 Dominic Hyam 4 Jordan Willis 3 Chris Stokes
18 Duckens Nazon 6 Liam Kelly 8 Michael Doyle 11 Jodi Jones
19 Tony Andreu
10 Marc McNulty

Substitutes:
1 Lee Burge 7 Peter Vincenti 9 Maxime Biamou (81 mins for Duckens Nazon) 12 James Pearson 16 Stuart Beavon (63 mins for Tony Andreu) 20 Dion Kelly-Evans 31 Ben Stevenson

Yeovil Bookings: Olufela Olomola (foul, 15 mins), Connor Smith (foul, 56 mins), Bevis Mugabi (foul, 90 mins)

Coventry City Bookings: None

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Coventry City Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 9; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Martin Coy (County Durham). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Robert Dabbs (Dorset). Fourth Official: Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 3,754 (with 1,056 Coventry City supporters).


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26 August 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Coventry City
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's home League Two match against Coventry City has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers make two changes to the eleven that took to the field against Forest Green Rovers last weekend. Millwall loanee Sid Nelson comes straight into the starting line-up, displacing Tom James. Meanwhile Omar Sowunmi drops out and is replaced by Rhys Browne

For the fifth game running there's a formation change - the pattern appears to be that manager Darren Way is employing a different formation at Huish Park, compared to that used in the club's away matches. The expectation today is that we'll be back to the 4-4-2 that was used against Accrington Stanley.

With the first team squad now expanded to twenty available players, that means two players have to miss out. Today these are left-back Daniel Alfei and defender Omar Sowunmi.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 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 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 15. Jordan Green 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos

Coventry City:
13 Liam O'Brien
2 Jack Grimmer 15 Dominic Hyam 4 Jordan Willis 3 Chris Stokes
18 Duckens Nazon 6 Liam Kelly 8 Michael Doyle 11 Jodi Jones
19 Tony Andreu
10 Marc McNulty

Substitutes:
1 Lee Burge 7 Peter Vincenti 9 Maxime Biamou 12 James Pearson 16 Stuart Beavon 20 Dion Kelly-Evans 31 Ben Stevenson


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26 August 2017 : Glovers Trust Information For The Coventry City Game
With the new 2017-18 season now getting underway at full speed, the Glovers Trust have provided some information concerning their activities and topics of interest for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Coventry City. If you're a Trust Member and either need to renew your subscription, or have issues you want to talk about then they will be situated in both the Marquee at Huish Park (aka the Beer Tent) and in The Arrow public house. Even if you are not a member, feel free to pop by and talk to them about what the Trust is doing, particularly if you're thinking of joining for this season.

They are currently working through a number of Membership Renewals, including Membership Card collections for the 2017-18 season. See below for more details of that, and also how you can get a discount in The Arrow on food orders if you are a signed up Trust Member. The Trust's current talking points are as follows (although feel free to bring up any other topics with them on the day):

Match: Coventry City (Home)

Trust Presence:  Arrow & Supporters Marquee - approximately 1.00p.m. to 2.30p.m.

Marquee Services:  50/50 draw, membership renewals, pre-ordered membership collections.

Arrow Services: 50/50 draw, membership renewals, pre-ordered membership collections (where specified), 20% discount on pre-match food orders (Trust Members only).

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Boosting membership, recruiting volunteers (particularly comms and event organisation), joining the Trust Board.

Other points of note:
The online shop has been updated to provide supporters with a choice of where they wish to collect orders placed via the Trust webshop (Marquee or Arrow).  Orders should be available for collection as long as they have been placed and paid in full 48 hours before the matchday.  Supporters who have already purchased and therefore didn't have this option should email membership@glovers-trust.co.uk if they would rather collect their pack from the Arrow, as orders for collection will be held by the marquee team by default.

We seem to have a problem whereby standing orders that were set up have not consistently been triggered.  This appears to be predominantly impacting forms that were completed between June and September 2016.  An audit is currently underway by the finance/membership leads to proactively contact said individuals but anyone who was expecting a debit to be taken but has not seen one but hasn't seen one should visit one of the stands or email membership@glovers-trust.co.uk

We are mindful that at the Accrington game a number of supporters experienced a problem collecting membership cards for applications that had been submitted via paper forms.  The team are working to correct this problem so that all of these applications will be available for collection from the marquee ahead of the Coventry match.

The Arrow have been fantastic to us in offering the 20% discount on pre-match food orders from Trust Members, and have been incredibly hospitable to the Trust on match-days, much to the credit of Jack Neal.  We'd love to see Trust members making good use of the offer and would love to develop similar initiatives with other organisations too if anyone has any thoughts on what they would like to see. 


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25 August 2017 : Academy Side Lose Out In Bournemouth
Yeovil Town Under-18s went down to defeat this afternoon, in their Youth Alliance match against AFC Bournemouth. The match at the Canford Arena saw the Cherries grab a 2-0 half time lead, via Luke Nippard and Ash Pope before Yeovil Town pulled a goal back late on in the match via a set piece from Jack Hilton-Jones. Despite threatening a comeback, the Academy side ended up losing by a 2-1 scoreline.

Bournemouth's Under-18s manager Alan Cornell has given his view on the goal that his side conceded, as well as wider comments on the pattern of the game from both sides point of view:

"The first half was good. Yeovil began on the front foot but we were patient and didn't get frustrated. We played a good move and built up well for the first goal. We had spoken about moving the ball from side to side to make gaps and look for space. We scored our second just before half time and we put ourselves in a good position. In the second half Yeovil had a go while we lacked quality. The things we did well in the first half we didn't after the break and that invited the pressure onto us. Eventually Yeovil scored from a set piece, it was good that we could work on a different side of the game with defending from set pieces but disappointing that we couldn't maintain our clean sheet."

Yeovil Town's late goal, when it arrived, was one to savour. Jack Hilton-Jones scored it - a 25 yard strike that ended up in the top corner of the net. Despite pulling a goal back, the Glovers couldn't force a late equaliser.

Final Score: AFC Bournemouth U18s 2 Yeovil Town U18s 1.

Scorers: Luke Nippard (1-0), Ash Pope (2-0), Jack Hilton-Jones (2-1).


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25 August 2017 : Glovers Trust Give Response To Attendance Issues At Huish Park
The Glovers Trust have issued a statement outlining their views on a club statement regarding attendances at Huish Park. The statements relate to the first home match of the 2017-18 season against Accrington Stanley that saw a 2,464 crowd announced by the club - the lowest since the club entered the Football League, and one that Huish Park hadn't seen since a Tuesday night fixture against Southport in April 2002.

The club's response to that crowd came twelve days later, via a statement issued to the Western Gazette (badged as Somerset Live on the internet) and came after the paper had put a number of questions in writing to Glovers Chairman John Fry. These included asking for details of how many Season Tickets had been sold for the 2017-18 season, as well as why the club felt attendances were falling, and what impact it would have upon the club and the first team playing budget if they did not recover.

The bulk of the club's statement was analysed by this site in a Taff's Gloversblog article yesterday, where a club statement claimed that it was too early for any analysis of attendance trends, but pointed to the 'school holidays' and the opposition on display, in Accrington Stanley, as the two factors they were willing to disclose. The club's statement included the following:

"With regard to the attendance against Accrington Stanley, with just one home game under our belt it's too early in the season to suggest any trend in attendances. Falling during the school holidays and combined with one of the lowest anticipated away crowds of the campaign the attendance was not far off what we had projected for that fixture. Fans will always be at the centre of our future thoughts and that is why the club is pleased to see the Supporters Alliance beginning to have more influence. Delivering what supporters want from their matchday experience is of ever-growing importance, and as a direct result of the Alliance's requests in the last month alone several alterations and additions have been made to the matchday experience."

The Trust view is that certain questions, such as the number of Season Tickets sold, had been evaded by the club in their response, and describe the club's explanation as being flawed:

"The Glovers Trust are extremely disappointed with the detail in the response from Yeovil Town FC to the questions posed by Somerset Live this week.  The Club representatives have yet again avoided answering challenging questions and the response provided feels vague and fundamentally flawed when comparing seasonal match-day trends from past campaigns.   Questions such as the number of season tickets sold for this season should be very simple to answer. The perceived lack of concern expressed in the statement is surely a worry for supporters who are struggling to understand the direction that our Club is being taken in."

As well as the Supporters Alliance Group, which includes representatives from the club's official supporters groups, the independent Glovers Trust have also been engaging with the club regarding issues relating to the Match Day Experience at Huish Park. However, despite having that direct engagement, they feel that they are in the dark concerning what changes have been made for this season, and so want to see the detail behind this:

"The Trust would also be interested in the finer detail when the Club refer to the enhancements to the Match day experience instigated from the Supporter Alliance Group.  As meeting minutes have yet to be published it is difficult to quantify what positive changes have been introduced and also if they have been raised directly from engagement with the Alliance Group. The Trust are still waiting on responses and action plans to many of the points raised in the survey last season that were shared with the club."

Yeovil Town's Supporters Director David Mills will be appearing live on BBC Somerset tomorrow at around 1.15p.m. as part of their Saturday Sport programme, answering questions about the club's current situation. The question of attendances is almost guaranteed to come up - hopefully the BBC will be able to challenge the club on any questions that fans feel remain unanswered or unchallenged.


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25 August 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Coventry City Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Coventry City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alfred Reynolds, Darren gives his views on the opposition's key players, the arrival of Millwall defender Sid Nelson, and the overall preparation of the team. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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25 August 2017 : Former Loanee Mason Seeking Third Specialist's Opinion Over Footballing Future
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Mason has still yet to receive confirmation from specialists that he is able to return to professional football, following a horrific head injury in January. The former Tottenham Hotspur academy player was badly injured during a match between Chelsea and his current club Hull City, after he collided with Gary Cahill, and had to have an emergency operation at St Mary's Hospital near Paddington, due to a fractured skull.

Whilst Mason visited his club's training ground at the end of last season to meet with his teammates, he has yet to resume full contact training - the issue appears to be that he has been given conflicting advice from two different specialists over whether he is fit to return, or whether he needs a further operation.

Hull City head coach Leonid Slutsky has explained the situation to BBC Radio Humberside and has said that their plan is to send him to a third specialist to give a further diagnosis on his current situation, and admits the conflicting reports make the situation a difficult one to judge:

"It's a difficult situation. One doctor is saying one thing and another saying another, so he will get a third opinion on Monday. He will have a decision about his future, if he needs an operation or not. Ryan is a big hero for me, but now the question is not just about football but about his life. It's very serious. He wants to play but he must make a decision not only about himself but also his family. It's more than only football."

Slutsky's words would tend to suggest that there is also a third possibility, as to whether it is safe for him to return to football at any time. At the age of 26, he should still in theory have years of professional football ahead of him, but clearly his own overall physical health is more important than that.


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25 August 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Coventry City
Officials for the League Two fixture between Yeovil Town and Coventry City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 26th August 2017 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Martin Coy (County Durham).

He is a brand new referee on the Football League circuit, having been promoted to this level in the summer of 2017. Mr Coy began refereeing in 2002, starting in the Durham Sunday League before working his way upwards. He was promoted to the latest level at the age of 33, after four seasons looking after the National League main division. His finale at that level was to take charge of a 2016-17 National League play-off match between Forest Green Rovers and Dagenham and Redbridge at the New Lawn.

So far, he's only taken charge of two Football League matches, both at League Two level. He's kept a low key presence, with just two yellow cards across both fixtures at Stevenage and Carlisle United. We've obviously never had him for a match yet - clearly someone with a sense of humour at the Referees Association has decided sending him from County Durham down to Somerset on an August Bank Holiday weekend is a good idea. Let's hope he sets off early!

Mr Coy will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Robert Dabbs (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire).


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24 August 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Do The School Holidays Really Affect Huish Park Attendances?
Twelve days after Yeovil Town's record low Football League crowd of 2,464, the club have issued a statement giving their views on the numbers that turned up to Huish Park on Saturday 12th August. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks into two factors the club identify within their statement, and what they believe they are doing about it, and gives a view on whether the club are thinking along the right lines. Read that blog via the link below, and as usual feel free to add your own opinions.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Do The School Holidays Really Affect Huish Park Attendances?


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24 August 2017 : Sky Blues Bringing Large Travelling Contingent For Huish Park Visit
Saturday's opponents Coventry City are reporting strong sales for their visit to Huish Park. The Sky Blues are visiting on Saturday 26th August for a League Two fixture that represents their first League meeting since the 2014-15 season, although a 2015-16 Football League Trophy match at Huish Park took place in October 2015 just after Yeovil had dropped into League Two, with the Glovers winning after a penalty shoot-out.

Coventry are reporting that they had sold 830 tickets as of this morning, with their advance sales ending on Friday at midday. As their initial allocation of tickets was 965, they're not going to go much above that figure even if there is a late rush. As usual, they'll be able to purchase further terrace tickets on the day (and seats if there are any left in the away section) at an increased price.

The Sky Blues will arrive in South Somerset lying in fourth place in the early League Two table - their 100 percent record was dented last weekend by a 0-1 home defeat against Newport County. With their fans not used to seeing fourth tier football, there will be plenty of early hope that they can get promotion at the first time of asking. However, oddly history is against them - they haven't managed a top six finish in any division since the 1969-70 season.

For Coventry's last Football League visit to Huish Park, they took a total of 538 spectators to the match, in a total crowd of 4,422. The lower away numbers was due to the match being held in late January 2015, when Yeovil lay in 23rd place in League One, whilst Coventry were in a deeply unenthusiastic position of 17th - where they ended up finishing by the end of that campaign. The match itself ended up in a 0-0 draw.

There was rather more enthusiasm for Coventry's opening game of the 2012-13 season. In what was their first visit to Huish Park, having just been relegated from the Championship, they brought 2,136 travelling fans to Huish Park, in a total crowd of 6,006. They may have been rather more disappointed to find their first season in League One ended in 15th place, whilst Yeovil Town finished in 4th place, with the subsequent Play-Off Final victory over Brentford giving them promotion. On the day, Richard Hinds was our scorer, after Cody McDonald had put the visitors ahead.


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23 August 2017 : Kingsley Leaves Swansea City For Tigers
Former Yeovil Town loanee Stephen Kingsley has signed for Championship side Hull City. The 23 year old left-back has left Swansea City after three years in South Wales despite a 2016-17 season that implied he was on the edge of a regular first team breakthrough. Instead he has signed a three year contract with the Tigers, for an undisclosed fee.

Kingsley had joined Swansea from Falkirk after he'd made his debut for them at the age of sixteen. By the time Swansea signed him up, he'd already broken through the 100 appearances barrier for their first team, despite being 19 years old at the time. Having made his Swansea City debut during the 2015-16 season, he made 13 appearances for them last season, including 12 matches in the Premier League. However, he's now cut his ties and headed to the KCOM Stadium, and to a side that were relegated at the end of last season. The Stirling-born player admitted everything had come about very quickly:

"I'm delighted to get the deal done. It's come around quite quickly but I'm just delighted it's got over the line now and I can't wait to get training in the morning. It's time for me to really kick on now and get plenty of games at a very competitive level like the Championship."

Stephen's time with Yeovil Town came during the second half of the 2014-15 season, whilst the club were playing at League One level, playing under both Terry Skiverton and Paul Sturrock's management. Although he was part of the Glovers side that were relegated to League Two at the end of that season, he remained as one of the more promising players in that side, making 12 appearances overall.

Link: Stephen Kingsley : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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23 August 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's last home match saw them pick up their first win of the season. The League Two victory over Accrington Stanley saw them win by a 3-2 scoreline, thanks to a 12 minute purple patch enjoyed by the Glovers just before half time that saw Olufela Olomola grab two, whilst Francois Zoko scored another.

Whilst the Wolves Man of the Match voting saw the defenders shine in the poll, this time around it was the attackers. Middle goalscorer Francois Zoko played up front in a 4-4-2, whilst Otis Khan was in a wide slot, and both fared well. The poll winner by a considerable distance though was Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola, who converted a rebound, as well as getting on the end of a long ball to score Yeovil's third.

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

1. Olufela Olomola 340 (27)
2. Otis Khan 126 (4)
3. Francois Zoko 116 (4)
4. Omar Sowunmi 114 (7)
5. James Bailey 20 (1)
6. Rhys Browne 20 (0)
7. Nathan Smith 16 (0)
8. Bevis Mugabi 10 (0)
9. Artur Krysiak 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.51
Performance : 7.21
Entertainment : 7.81
VOTES RECEIVED : 43


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22 August 2017 : Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town travelled to Molineux for their first ever competitive meeting against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The end result was an early exist from the competition, with a 1-0 defeat, via a Nouha Dicko second half header, but thankfully an improved performance on the opening day of the season.

Man of the Match voting saw the three centre-backs get the plaudits. Nathan Smith and Tom James provided some of the rearguard action on the night, but the poll winner by a small margin was Omar Sowunmi, showing that this was very much a night for the Glovers' defensive attributes, rather than their attacking ones.

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

1. Omar Sowunmi 154 (11)
2. Tom James 140 (9)
3. Nathan Smith 50 (2)
4. Artur Krysiak 48 (2)
5. Otis Khan 18 (0)
6. Ryan Dickson 8 (0)
7. James Bailey 8 (0)
8. Rhys Browne 6 (0)
9. Olufela Olomola 4 (0)
10. Daniel Alfei 2 (0)
11. Connor Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.36
Performance : 6.72
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 25


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22 August 2017 : Bridcutt Makes Forest Switch
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Bridcutt has signed for Championship side Nottingham Forest. The 28 year old has penned a three year deal at the City Ground, after leaving Leeds United - officially the fee is undisclosed but the Nottingham press are reporting it as a £1 million deal. The defensive midfielder has gained extensive experience with Brighton and Hove Albion and Sunderland earlier in his career.

Yeovil Town gave Bridcutt his Football League debut, six months after he'd signed his first professional contract with Chelsea. As an 18 year old, he made nine first team appearances for the Glovers, under the management of Russell Slade, and was loaned out to Watford during the following season.

He'll need to wait a short while for his debut, as he'll be sat in the stands for Forest's League Cup match against Newcastle United on Wednesday, having already played for Leeds at the First Round stage. Forest manager Mark Warburton feels that he's got an experienced player on his books now:

"I am delighted to have captured the services of an experienced Championship performer. He has had a technical education through Chelsea and numerous other clubs now, and he is a proven performer at this level. He understands our style of play and we are delighted to welcome him on board."

Link: Liam Bridcutt : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 August 2017 : EFL Trophy GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Exeter City. The match takes place at St James Park on Tuesday 29th August 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Exeter City : Tuesday 29th August 2017.
Huish Park: 4.30p.m.
Adult Members: £12.00; Member Concessions: £12.00
Adult Non-Members: £14.00; Non-Member Concessions: £14.00

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

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

NOTE: For this match, Exeter City are only giving away supporters 350 tickets. We would strongly recommend that you purchase a ticket before arranging any travel plans, in case our allocation sells out.

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

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town 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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21 August 2017 : Mayes Hat-Trick Sinks Academy Side
Yeovil Town Under-18s went down to defeat on Saturday after Portsmouth proved too strong for them at Furze Lane. Having started their season with a win and a draw, the young Glovers went down to a 5-1 defeat, with Matt Mayes getting a hat-trick for the home side.

Most of the damage was done during the second period. At the break, Yeovil trailed by a single goal, with Mayes firing a shot into the top corner after 15 minutes. Pompey doubled their lead early in the second half when Dan Smith's shot was parried into the path of James Whiting who converted the loose ball from close range. Then Portsmouth went 3-0 up as Bradley Lethbridge struck a rising shot just before the hour.

Yeovil Town's goal came through Devon Arnold, and he pulled the scoreline back to 3-1, but Portsmouth ran away with the match in the closing stages. Matt Mayes managed to latch onto another rebound from a Dan Smith shot, and then the same player got his hat-trick late on for the 5-1 victory for the home side.

Final Score: Portsmouth Under-18s 5 Yeovil Town Under-18s 1.


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21 August 2017 : Nelson Brought In On Loan As Glovers 12th Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have signed up Millwall central defender Sid Nelson as part of a loan deal. The 21 year old has agreed terms with the club until January 2018 and becomes the club's fourth registered loan player, with Southampton striker Olufela Olomola, Swansea City defender Keston Davies and AFC Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge all borrowed from other clubs.

Nelson is a local lad from Millwall's point of view - he was born in Lewisham on January 1st 1996, and signed for the Lions at the age of eight years old, with many of his family being supporters of the club. He turned professional in August 2014, after having captained their Youth Team. His senior debut came on December 28th 2014, whilst Millwall were still a Championship club. He's so far accumulated 38 appearances for them across three seasons, although mainly acting as an understudy to familiar names such as Byron Webster.

In January 2017, Nelson got a taste of League Two, as a loan deal sent him off to Newport County. There he played on 14 occasions for the South Wales club in their much-improved second half of the 2016-17 season, before returning to the New Den. He didn't play against the Glovers in the Easter weekend match at Rodney Parade, having dropped out of their starting line-up during the tail end of their season, but stayed on their books until the final match that saw them stay up.

A small pre-season injury meant that he missed part of Millwall's build-up to the 2017-18 season, and therefore they had flagged him as available for loan, with match time obviously important to get him back into their first team reckoning.


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21 August 2017 : Police Contact Yeovil Town After Smoke Devices Used At Forest Green
Yeovil Town have issued a short statement concerning the use of smoke bombs during the League Two match at Forest Green Rovers. Just prior to kick-off, there were two smoke devices (for avoidance of doubt, these were not flares) that were set off on the West Terrace. As a result, the club have been contacted by Gloucestershire Police, and have said that they will issue stadium bans from Huish Park in the event of anyone being caught using such a device during this or any future match. The statement says:

"The club has been contacted by the police, so any future misdemeanours could result in a fine or harsher penalties from the Football Association. Anyone caught using or being in possession of a flare or smoke bomb – attempting to enter a stadium, lighting it, holding it or throwing it – will be passed over to the authorities and will instantly receive a ban from Huish Park."

Although the club have not stated it, supporters should note that use or possession of a pyrotechnic device inside a Football Stadium, or its proximity (even if you have not set it off) risks a criminal prosecution. If found guilty, in addition to a Criminal Record, the Police can also apply for a Banning Order, which would cover home, away and international fixtures, including the surrender of passports around such periods. You therefore use such devices at your own risk, accepting the consequences.


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21 August 2017 : Modern Football Is Rubbish : Part 437b
There is a positive reason for Yeovil Town to have gone out of the League Cup at the First Round stage. Our defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers just under two weeks ago means that everyone in South Somerset will get a good night's sleep. For the thirty-two clubs that enter the Third Round draw later this week, they will not be quite so lucky.

The Football League has announced that the Third Round draw of the competition will be made on Thursday 24th August 2017 ... at 4.15a.m. ... that's QUARTER PAST FOUR IN THE MORNING. Unless you're a night shift worker or an insomniac, you're going to be in deep sleep around that time.

The reason for the Football League apparently losing what's left of its tiny mind, is that the competition is operating under the title of the Carabao Cup this season, sponsored by a Thai energy drink manufacturer, which is handy given anyone planning to stay awake that long will need to drink about 20 of them to stay conscious. The League have chosen that well known heartland of English League football of Beijing, China for the draw to take place in, where it will be a rather more sociable 11:15hrs in the morning.

On the plus side, it should give the Football League a few hours to sort out whatever mess is made with the draw this time around, with teams listed twice on the draw for the First Round, whilst for the Second Round corrections had to be made according to which teams were actually playing home or away. For the Third Round, they can probably safely assume that no-one west of China will be watching live.


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21 August 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Case For The Defence
Yeovil Town's 4-3 defeat at the hands of Forest Green Rovers on Saturday sent the statistics gurus wild with our start to the 2017-18 season. The club have been involved in 22 goals in their three opening League Two fixtures - something that is by far the highest tally in professional football at the moment. Unfortunately, fourteen of them have gone in the wrong end - the latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at why that's happened, and the chain of events that have turned the team into a bit of a leaking sieve. Read on via the link below, and as ever add your own views to the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Case For The Defence.


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20 August 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Forest Green Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Forest Green Rovers kicked off at the New Lawn, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains his decision to include Tom James in the side at the expense of Rhys Browne, in a change to the formation, gives his views on Forest Green's set-up and style, and also on the new signing of former AFC Bournemouth attacker Jordan Green. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Forest Green Rovers.


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20 August 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Forest Green Rovers Match
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-3 defeat against Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn, 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 his side's attacking and defending, as well as his thoughts on the future recruitment of defensive reinforcements. Read the interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Forest Green Rovers Match.


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19 August 2017 : Darren Way Calls For Money For Defensive Reinforcements After FGR Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admits that his side needs defensive reinforcements, following Saturday afternoon's 4-3 defeat at Forest Green Rovers. The statistics of the day mean that the Glovers have been involved in a remarkable 22 goals in their first three League fixtures of the 2017-18 season, but with 14 of those going in the wrong end, including the opening day 8-2 defeat against Luton Town two weeks ago.

Way said after the match at Kenilworth Road that one of his priorities in recruitment was for an experienced central defender. With Darren Ward's injury problems meaning that he left the club at the end of last season, coupled with the aborted signing of Stephane Zubar this summer, the Glovers have lacked a commanding experienced centre-back in their line-up for much of 2017, and the need for that was apparent as mistakes allowed the home side chances to come back from being 1-3 down just before half time. Way said that he had tried various formation changes to settle the defence down, but reiterated that he still needed to bring at least one player in from the outside:

"We've tried changing shape. We had five at the back today. We were 3-1 up. Unfortunately the players that have been playing have had the opportunity to do well, but it's quite clear that we have to make sure that we get reinforcements. I've asked for reinforcements, and we've got do our best to make sure we shore that back line up. A lot of us are looking at the same players, but we may unfortunately need to spend a little bit of money to bring a top one in. I feel that if we do that, we've got a really good chance of being successful with the attacking play that we've got we'll score goals. Someone needs to come out of the pack with leadership skills, and show aggression and look like they're enjoying defending. I think that at times, certainly in the first half, there were aspects of the game where I wanted a centre-half that enjoys defending."

One of the key goals of the game came after Charlie Cooper's speculative long range strike was fumbled by goalkeeper Artur Krysiak through his hands into the back of the net just after half time, meaning that mistakes weren't just about defenders. Miscommunication between Krysiak and his defence also led to Forest Green's final winning goal, as the Pole came off his line, only to be beaten by an Omar Bugiel header. Way was asked about the Cooper goal, and said that Krysiak would have to carry the can for that:

"I think that when I look at the individual himself, he has to take responsibility for that. He will be under heavy criticism and he's got to make sure that he deals with that and make sure that he bounces back in training. Unfortunately we're on the back of a defeat and I'm very very disappointed, certainly for the supporters that have travelled today, having been 3-1 up. If you look at the games that we've played, some of our attacking play has been very very good and you feel quite confident as a manager that we've scored some good goals. We're 3-1 up and you ask them to protect away from home and be solid, but some of the individual errors that we made were very frustrating."


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19 August 2017 : Video : Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 4-3 defeat against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, highlights are now online. The three Glovers goals from Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola, wide man Otis Khan and main striker Francois Zoko can be viewed, as well as the goals that gave the home side their second half comeback. Watch the video via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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19 August 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 4-3 defeat against Forest Green Rovers at The New Lawn, 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 Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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19 August 2017 : Forest Green 4 Yeovil 3 : Two Goal Lead Thrown Away In Defensive Collapse
Yeovil Town threw away a two goal lead that they held twice against Forest Green Rovers, to lose 4-3 at the New Lawn this afternoon. The Glovers held a 3-1 advantage at one stage during the game, with Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola scoring from close range, whilst Otis Khan added an early penalty. A Christian Doidge header looked to be a brief respite for the home side, when Francois Zoko headed home his third goal of the season. But things began to fall apart during first half injury time. Reece Brown's free kick gave Rovers home hope at the break, and they took control in the second period as goalkeeping errors allowed Charlie Cooper and Omar Bugiel to win the match. Yeovil have now conceded 16 goals in their first three league matches, with them shooting themselves in the foot far too frequently during the afternoon.

The Glovers went into the match changing their formation for the fourth game in a row. Out went Rhys Browne as a winger and in came Tom James as a defender, meaning that the outcome was the formation that was used at Wolverhampton Wanderers - either a 3-4-3 or a 5-4-1 depending on high up the field the four wide players were intended to be. With Bevis Mugabi one of those wide players and Dan Alfei not even making the eighteen, this looked to be a case of Yeovil trying to solidify at the back.

Although Forest Green started off showing some nice intricate passing skills, it was the visitors that grabbed the lead with two early goals. Francois Zoko's ninth minute shot was palmed out by Forest Green keeper Bradley Collins, straight into the path of Olufela Olomola and he gratefully shot home the rebound from 10 yards out.

Things got even better on 14 minutes when Otis Khan cut in from the left flank. Moving the ball onto his right foot and cutting across the defenders, a bit of a daft challenge by Charlie Cooper gave Yeovil a penalty. Despite Khan having already missed a spot kick at Luton two weeks ago, Khan was the man who stepped up and converted from the spot for a 0-2 lead.

Yeovil's defence didn't look particularly confident, even when they had those goals to their name, and midway through the first half, Forest Green pulled a goal back. Dale Bennett, who had a 10 minute loan spell for Yeovil during the 2012-13 season, has become a mainstay of Forest Green's first team, and it was his cross that gave Christian Doidge an easy training ground header for a 1-2 scoreline, with the Glovers defence having badly misjudged the flight of the cross.

The game was open - far too open. Liam Noble and Luke James had chances for the home side, and either team could have scored during an open period. But it was Yeovil who struck gold with just 38 minutes gone. A left wing cross from Otis Khan was well flighted to the back post and Francois Zoko was able to head home from close range for a 1-3 lead.

In the lead-up to the half time whistle, Yeovil could have closed the game out and slowed the tempo down. But instead the level of open play was to an extreme. Reece Brown fired a terrific shot off the inside of the post, with the ball eventually deflecting out for a corner. But in first half injury time, the same player got a second chance, which he took from a free kick, awarded for a handball just outside the box by James Bailey. Brown stepped up and fired the ball home around the wall, for what would be a crucial goal in the final kick of the half. At 2-3, Forest Green now had a bit of hope.

Four minutes into the second period, and with the home crowd fired up, Rovers got an equaliser through a goalkeeping error. Charlie Cooper - son of Forest Green's manager - fired a speculative long range shot that went through a Yeovil defender's legs on its way towards goal. Even allowing for only being partially sighted, Artur Krysiak should have done better, as the ball slipped through his hands for a 3-3 score.

Darren Way made a substitution, switching Rhys Brown for Omar Sowunmi, and thus being able to turn the line-up back into a 4-4-2. But in truth, Forest Green looked the more dangerous side during the second half, with Yeovil now having to rely on a policy of counter-attacking, rather than their more frequent forward play they'd shown in the first half. They did have chances, with Rhys Browne having the pick of the two - one that Ryan Dickson set up for him on a breakaway, but keeper Collins parried away. Within a minute he had another shot blocked.

But Forest Green were to win the match through another defensive error. Tom James headed the ball up in the air, rather than away from his penalty box, and Artur Krysiak came off his line to try to claim it. Substitute Omar Bugiel was easily first to the ball and headed the ball past Krysiak with it gently bouncing into a completely unguarded net. From 1-3 up, to 4-3 down, this was a calamity of a way to concede.

Six minutes of injury time didn't help Yeovil get a goal back. Poor refereeing during the afternoon from David Webb didn't help either, but the standard of defending overall - from both sides, in fairness - was atrocious throughout the 90 minutes. In theory, with 22 goals from three league fixtures, Yeovil Town fans are being entertained. But with 14 of those goals going in the wrong end, that aspect is currently killing them early on in the season.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Forest Green Rovers 4 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Olufela Olomola (0-1, 9 mins), Otis Khan (0-2, 14 mins), Christian Doidge (1-2, 23 mins), Francois Zoko (1-3, 35 mins), Reece Brown (2-3, 45 mins), Charlie Cooper (3-3, 49 mins), Omar Bugiel (4-3, 79 mins)

Forest Green Rovers:
1 Bradley Collins
2 Dale Bennett 6 Emmanuel Monthe 16 Jack Fitzwater 3 Scott Laird
5 Lee Collins
8 Liam Noble 10 Reece Brown
15 Charlie Cooper
33 Luke James 9 Christian Doidge

Substitutes:
7 Keanu Marsh-Brown 11 Omar Bugiel (63 mins for Luke James) 14 Shamir Mullings 17 Daniel Wishart (78 mins for Reece Brown) 18 Callum Evans 20 Alex Iacovitti (46 mins for Jack Fitzwater) 23 Sam Russell

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
24. Olufela Olomola 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies 9. Rhys Browne (55 mins for Omar Sowunmi) 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge (67 mins for Olufela Olomola) 15. Jordan Green (84 mins for Connor Smith) 30. Alefe Santos

Forest Green Rovers Bookings: Emmanuel Monthe (59 mins, throwing ball away), Charlie Cooper (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (69 mins, handball)

Forest Green Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 15.

Referee: David Webb (County Durham). Assistants: Joe Clark (West Midlands) and Abbas Khan (East Midlands). Fourth Official: Mark Griffiths (West Midlands).

Attendance: 2615 (with 526 Yeovil Town supporters).


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19 August 2017 : Team News For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have announced their starting line-up for the League Two home match against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn. The Glovers have made one change to the side that beat Accrington Stanley last week at Huish Park. Defender Tom James displaces Rhys Browne in the starting line-up, which would point to another formation change, with the 3-4-3/5-4-1 used at Wolverhampton Wanderers being the most likely shape.

With the club now having nineteen players in their squad, one player has to drop out. Today that is Daniel Alfei.

The team lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (5-4-1)
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
24. Olufela Olomola 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies 9. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 15. Jordan Green 30. Alefe Santos


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19 August 2017 : The Lowdown On Forest Green Rovers And Their Team
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday afternoon represents the first meeting between the two sides for over 14 years, and the first between the pair at Football League level. You have to go back to the 2002-03 season when a Colin Addison managed Forest Green side played Yeovil on Boxing Day at The (Old) Lawn ground. A total of 648 Glovers fans travelled to the match, in a total crowd of 1,836 but they went home disappointed, as a Terry Skiverton own goal and a Kayode Odejayi strike put the home side two goals up. In the final minute, Skivo managed to redeem himself by netting at the other end, but a 2-1 defeat was the final scoreline.

The match is of historical significance because December 26th 2002 - our last visit to Nympsfield Road where the old Forest Green ground stood - represented our final league defeat in non-league football. The Glovers went the whole of the second half of the season without losing a Conference match - a run of eighteen matches, and the end result was promotion to the Football League.

At the time we played Forest Green, they were a very different club to the one that exists now. As a part time Conference side, they were one of the newest arrivals at that level, and for many seasons that followed, they seemed to be living on the edge - twice reprieved from relegation by other clubs misfortunes. As described in more detail on our Opposition Guide during the 2010-11 season they were taken over by Ecotricity owner Dale Vince who has put millions into the club.

Despite getting promotion last season from the National League they have still brought in a large number of summer signings. Two of the more eye-catching ones have been Scott Laird, a 29 year old former Stevenage and Preston North End left-back who hails from Taunton and was last on the books of Scunthorpe United - and Lee Collins, a 28 year old defender who has extensive experience with Port Vale and Northampton Town, but was last on the books of Mansfield Town.

Younger players have also arrived. Goalkeeper Bradley Collins is a Chelsea loanee who has been so far established as their first choice keeper, although Sam Russell was their main custodian last season. Two other loanees are centre-backs with Jack Fitzwater (West Bromwich Albion) and Alex Iacovitti (Nottingham Forest) having been borrowed just before the season started. In midfield they've taken on two relatively young former Birmingham City players with Reece Brown and Charlie Cooper signed up. On the wing, Luke James was a Peterborough United player who didn't really make the grade at London Road, but at 22 years old still has time on his side. Jordan Simpson is an 18 year old midfielder who worked under boss Mark Cooper at Swindon Town. Meanwhile Callum Evans is a 21 year old versatile defender brought in from Barnsley.

There are two former Yeovil Town players in the Forest Green ranks - one fans will remember, and one they probably won't! Winger Keanu Marsh-Brown had a rather patchy 2012-13 stay with the Glovers that was abruptly ended midway through the season, with him heading off to Barnet. He signed for Forest Green in June 2015, and probably for the first time in his career he has stabilised his performances and some of the off-the-field things that tended to leave him (and many Glovers fans) frustrated.

Dale Bennett was on Yeovil's books at the same time as Marsh-Brown. He was brought in as a central defender on loan from Watford in December 2002, but his entire Glovers career lasted 10 minutes. He came on as a substitute against Carlisle United, then later suffered a back injury and went back to Vicarage Road for treatment. One month later he signed for Forest Green, where he's been ever since, with 160 club appearances to his name.

They have two other players worthy of note. Midfielder Liam Noble will be familiar to Glovers fans as a former Notts County player. The Magpies got rid of him largely because of his disciplinary record - he was sent off six times across an 18 month period - but have spent this summer in a rather loud bidding war trying to get him back to Meadow Lane. At present they've not succeeded. The other player to watch is striker Christian Doidge. He is a former Dagenham and Redbridge player who scored 27 goals in 43 appearances for Rovers during their promotion season.

Doidge has so far scored Forest Green's only goals in the Football League. Despite projections by a number of pundits that they could shoot straight through the division, they've had a slightly sticky start in League Two, with one draw and one defeat. They are therefore still waiting for that historic moment - a first victory in the Football League. Hopefully Yeovil Town can make them wait a bit longer.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Forest Green Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Forest Green Rovers.


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18 August 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Forest Green Rovers Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two fixture against Forest Green Rovers at the New Lawn, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on his side's more recent results, the signing of AFC Bournemouth winger/striker Jordan Green, his hopes for further recruitment and his views on the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Forest Green Rovers.


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18 August 2017 : Stewart Back Between The Sticks After A Two Year Break
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeping coach is back between the sticks after a two year break. The former AFC Bournemouth goalkeeper, had been working with the Cherries Under-15 side as part of their Academy, as well as providing general goalkeeper coaching at the South Coast club. However, he has now also now signed up as a player for Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth at the age of 37, on non-contract terms.

Stewart made his debut in the Terras' midweek 4-1 win over Frome Town at Badgers Hill - a victory sparked by a goal scored by former Glover Josh Wakefield after just 28 seconds. Their second goal on the night was scored by Brandon Goodship in what was their first victory of the season.

Gareth was last registered for playing duties during the 2014-15 season, when he was the club's goalkeeping coach, mainly under Terry Skiverton's two spells and Gary Johnson's second spell. He only made six playing appearance, usually sitting on the bench as a back-up to the club's first choice keepers across a five year period. However, when the club dropped into League Two, Stewart was released, with incoming manager Paul Sturrock citing budgetary issues as at the heart of the decision.

Link: Gareth Stewart : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 August 2017 : Officials For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Match officials for the League Two fixture between Forest Green Rovers and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 19th August 2017 at the New Lawn, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee David Webb (County Durham).

This particular David Webb (who is not our former manager and club owner, in case you were wondering!) is from the north-east, which probably explains why we've not got much history with him, even though he's been at Football League level as a referee since the summer of 2008. We've had him just four times. The first was for an away match against Notts County in September 2010 at Meadow Lane. That game was a bit of a car crash - we lost 4-0 with a team that included Luke Ayling as a right winger and Adam Virgo as a striker! We lost badly, and to be honest the end scoreline flattered us. The idea of attaching any blame to the match referee for it would be laughed out of town.

We then had him for a March 2013 away match against Hartlepool United. A bit of a dull game all round, with only a Paddy Madden shot off the underside of the crossbar theatening to break the deadlock. As for the officials - they didn't seem to get visibly involved, which was nice. Two Hartlepool bookings, but nothing shown in our direction, in what was a low key game and an eventual 0-0 draw. No real complaints either about his performance in the October 2014 match against Sheffield United, which we lost 2-0 at Bramall Lane. There was the odd decision we quibbled over, but he didn't really change the course of the game at any stage.

The most recent match he took charge of was in October 2015, when we travelled to play Carlisle United in a League Two fixture. Although he booked four players, the decisions we recall couldn't be argued with. The end outcome had more to do with Yeovil running out of fit defenders as a 2-0 advantage became a 3-2 defeat.

Mr Webb started life as a referee 18 years ago after he spotted an advert in a football programme recruiting referees, and went into the Consett Sunday League in the North-East, whilst running the line in the Wearside League. Heading through the Northern League and the Football Conference, he spent just one season at Conference level before being promoted to the Football League lists in the summer of 2008. In early 2009 he was England's representative at the Dallas Cup international youth tournament and also took charge of the Under-16s international between England and Scotland during the same season.

Mr Webb will be assisted by Joe Clark (West Midlands) and Abbas Khan (East Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Mark Griffiths (West Midlands).

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

Link: October 2014 : Sheffield United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2013 : Hartlepool United 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2010 : Notts County 4 Yeovil Town 0.


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17 August 2017 : Way Gets Green At Second Time Of Asking
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has explained that his decision to sign up AFC Bournemouth attacker Jordan Green was the second time that he had tried to sign the player. The 22 year old had a difficult second half of the 2016-17 season, shortly after a half-season loan spell with Newport County ended. On January 31st, Leyton Orient announced that they had taken him on loan for the second half of the campaign, but were ultimately thwarted due to his papers not being returned by the Wales FA on conclusion of his spell at Rodney Parade.

Whilst Bournemouth put an appeal in to FIFA to explain the circumstances, Green was left in limboland and was unable to play for his parent club or Orient, with the exception of an Under-21s friendly match. As a result, he ended up sitting out a sizeable chunk of the second half of the season. Way explained that whilst Orient were trying to push the deal through, he had also tried to bring Green in around the same period:

"We looked at him in the last January transfer window, but there were complications with the TMS and the contract, with him playing in Wales, but unfortunately it didn't go through. But I've kept a close eye on him during the summer, and I've kept in close contact with Eddie (Howe) and what his situation is."

Since the end of the 2016-17 season, it appears that Bournemouth have been willing to release the former Fulham academy player, meaning that what would have been a January loan deal, now becomes a permanent transfer, with him agreeing a one year contract with the Glovers. Way believes that he is still not the finished product, but sees him as a good addition:

"It's been good that we can get him over to Yeovil and get him on the pitch ASAP, because he's got a lot of attributes for a supporter (to watch). He's quick, he's clever. We've just got to make sure that we work on his end product in the final third. But I think he will be a good addition to the squad."

Way is still known to be searching for additional players before the August transfer window closes, with him indicating that 'both' permanent and loan acquisitions are among his targets. He says that he has made further moves but doesn't want to rush into them:

"We have, but I don't want to panic. I also at the same time want to give the indviduals that are holding a place at the moment an opportunity, and it's up to them as a team to make sure that we put in exactly the same performance and energy levels that we showed on Saturday, apart from to make sure that we don't concede."


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17 August 2017 : Luton Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Around a week-and-a-half ago, Yeovil Town commenced their 2017-18 season with a trip to Luton Town. The 8-2 scoreline was the club's worst Football League result, and the first time the club had conceded eight goals in a league match for nearly 50 years. The only plus points were an Otis Khan free kick and a Francois Zoko header that hit the back of the net at the other end of the park.

Man of the Match voting did see one defender pick up some plaudits, with Omar Sowunmi having come on as a half time substitute with his side already 5-1 down. Striker Francois Zoko finished runner up in the poll, whilst the overall vote winner was wide man Otis Khan, whose opening goal had provided some early, but fruitless, hope.

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

1. Otis Khan 94 (8)
2. Francois Zoko 76 (4)
3. Omar Sowunmi 32 (2)
4. Olufela Olomola 16 (0)
5. Daniel Alfei 16 (1)
6. Ryan Dickson 14 (1)
7. Sam Surridge 8 (0)
8. James Bailey 8 (0)
9. Nathan Smith 6 (0)
10. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)
10. Alefe Santos 2 (0)
10. Jake Gray 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4
Performance : 2.56
Entertainment : 5.44
VOTES RECEIVED : 18


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17 August 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Forest Green Rovers
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make their first trip to Forest Green Rovers for over 14 years. There's a new ground as well, which means that the 2003 edition of the Ciderspace guide to our opponents has been pretty much ripped up and thrown away. There's a new guide in its place and you can find it below. Club history, past meetings, directions, parking and a pub guide are all included below.

Note that this game is no longer all ticket - but prices do go up if purchased on the day of the game. You'll need to buy advance tickets from Huish Park by 12.00 noon today to avoid this.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Forest Green Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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16 August 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Three Games And A Crowd
A midweek period without a match allows us to catch our breath a bit, and assess the opening three games of the 2017-18 season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog assesses that, including the (very) bad along with the (mercifully) good. There's also some thoughts on the club's record low crowd at Huish Park, and why that has come about in such a sharp manner. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views to the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Three Games And A Crowd.


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16 August 2017 : Six New Glovers Trust Board Positions Available For Election
The Glovers Trust has outlined its procedures for the election of new board members for the 2017-18 season. In line with its constitution, the Trust's Membership determine which people should sit on the Trust Board during each season. This summer there are six board positions up for grabs.

You must be a Trust member to stand for selection, and you must be nominated by two other existing Adult Trust members. To apply for nomination, you must complete the Nomination Form (downloadable here, MS Word document) and return it to the Trust Secretary. Note that your Trust Manifesto statement will be made public - this is where you can outline your background as a supporter, and what skills you may have that could benefit the Trust. This will help members who do not know you personally.

The timetable for the Board Elections will be as follows:

Wednesday 6th September : Deadline for completed nominations. Nominations will not be accepted after this date.
Wednesday 13th September : Members will receive voting packs containing manifestos of those standing for nomination.
Wednesday 4th October : Deadline for completed votes. Votes will not be accepted after this date.
Wednesday 11th October : Glovers Trust AGM takes place (at Yeovil Labour Club) and election results are announced.

More detail on the process can be found on the Nomination Form and on the Glovers Trust website. However, for any further queries, you can email secretary@gloverstrust.co.uk

Whilst on the subject of the Trust, membership subscriptions for the 2017-18 season became due on July 1st. Those who registered using Standing Orders would have already had their fees debited. Those who paid by other means would need to make sure they make a payment to continue their membership benefits. This will be important when it comes to the above voting, as you must be a Trust Member to be able to elect Board Members.

Fees are set in exactly the same way as last season: £10 for Adult Membership, £1 for Youth Membership and £100 for Corporate Membership. If you didn't join last season but want to sign up, then you can purchase online via their shop, or find them in the Beer Tent before home games.


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16 August 2017 : Green Is Go As Bournemouth Winger Is Confirmed
Further to our earlier story, Yeovil Town have completed the signing of AFC Bournemouth winger/forward Jordan Green. The outstanding question was what sort of deal would be on the cards - the club have now confirmed that the player has arrived on a permanent basis, signing a one year contract that will keep him at the club until the summer of 2018. He arrives on a free transfer and is capable of playing as both a wide man and as a front line forward.

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.

Green becomes Yeovil Town's 10th signing of the summer. He joins right-back Daniel Alfei, wide man Rhys Browne, midfield quartet James Bailey, Connor Smith, Jake Gray and Alefe Santos. In addition they have loan defender Keston Davies and loan strikers Olufela Olomola and Sam Surridge on their books. They had signed an 11th player in defender Stephane Zubar, but he has already left the club, due to injury.


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16 August 2017 : Green Deal For Bournemouth Winger Claimed To Be On Again
Yeovil Town are reported as being on the verge of signing AFC Bournemouth winger/striker Jordan Green. The club are claimed to have agreed a deal with 22 year old, according to an online journalist who has written for Sky Sports in the past, and now tends to publish with the HITC commercial website.

It's not wholly clear whether this is interest in a permanent move or a loan move. Green was training with the club just before the start of the 2017-18 season, and was with the Glovers first team squad on the opening day of the season when they travelled to play Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. Since then, all had gone very quiet, leading to an inevitable question of whether those plans had been killed. If today's rumours are true, it would seem the deal is still on. Today's tweet from journalist Pete O'Rourke claims:

"Yeovil Town have agreed a deal to sign Bournemouth forward Jordan Green".

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.


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16 August 2017 : Continental Cup Draw Sees Ladies Given Spurs and Chelsea Clashes
Yeovil Town Ladies have been given details of their draw in the Group Stages of the 2017-18 Continental Cup. Run as a League Cup competition, in parallel with the main FAWSL fixtures, the Ladies have been placed in Group Two South, which will see them come up against Brighton and Hove Albion, Bristol City, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur between now and Christmas.

Teams play each other once during the Group stages, with a rough balance of Home/Away fixtures. For the Group stages, all matches will complete inside 90 minutes. However, there will be a penalty shoot-out if the scores are tied at that stage. The points system will see three points awarded to a side that wins their match inside normal play. A team will receive two points if they win a penalty shoot-out after the scores are tied. A team will receive one point if they lose a penalty shoot-out after the scores are tied.

The top two teams in each Group progress to the Quarter-Final stages which becomes a straight knock-out competition. For that stage, extra time will be permissible if scores are level. Teams will be allowed to make a fourth substitution during that period if required.

Yeovil Town Ladies will face away matches against Brighton and Hove Albion and Chelsea, whilst they will host Tottenham Hotspur and Bristol City. The revised fixture list now looks like this:

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.)
Wed 11/10/2017 : Brighton and Hove Albion (Away, 7.45p.m. Culver Road) (Continental Cup Group)
Sun 29/10/2017 : Chelsea (Away, 2.00p.m. Kingsmeadow)

Wed 01/11/2017 : Tottenham Hotspur (Home, 7.45p.m.) (Continental Cup Group)
Sat 11/11/2017 : Everton (Home, 2.00p.m.)
Wed 15/11/2017 : Bristol City (Home, 7.45p.m.) (Continental Cup Group)

Sun 03/12/2017 : Chelsea (Away, 2.00p.m. Kingsmeadow) (Continental Cup Group)
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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16 August 2017 : Walsh Extends Yeovil Town Ladies Stay With Permanent Contract
Yeovil Town Ladies FC have retained the services of shot stopper Megan Walsh for the 2017-18 FA Women's Super League season. Walsh, who joined Yeovil last season from Notts County on a short term basis following their club's shock withdrawal from the Super League, made her debut against Bristol City Women at The Viridor Stadium and went on to play in goal for the reminder of the Spring Series.

Goalkeeper Megan Walsh, who is an England U23 player, is currently in Taipei where she is representing Great Britain at the World University Games and will joining back up with the Somerset side upon her return at the end of August. Since joining the club in May, Walsh made a total of six appearances and fans soon took to her, after some excellent displays in the Yeovil goal. These performances were noticed and recognised, as she was voted as the 2017 Spring Series Supporters Player of the Season, receiving over 30 percent of the votes. Speaking about remaining at the club, Walsh said:

"I'm really excited to be at Yeovil this year for what will be a challenging season. The resilience and determination from the girls showcases what this team is all about and I can't wait for the season to begin."

Manager Jamie Sherwood spoke highly of Walsh saying after he persuaded her to stay with the Glovers beyond her initial spell:

"Megan was a stand out player from the 2017 Spring Series. She wants to reach the very top of the game and I know she will put in the hard work which it requires. I am delighted to see her return as she adds further steel, determination and experience to the young, energetic and motivated squad. This is another signing to show that we are here to compete and challenge and not just take part in the winter programme."

Yeovil Town Ladies sign up Megan Walsh on a permanent basis
Yeovil Town Ladies sign up Megan Walsh on a permanent basis.



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15 August 2017 : Nugent Becomes Gillingham's Third Ex-Glovers Signing
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ben Nugent has signed for League One side Gillingham. The former Cardiff City academy product was released by Crewe Alexandra at the end of last season, having been at Gresty Road for two years. He's now signed a one year contract with the Gills, as a free agent.

Nugent joins fellow centre-back Alex Lacey and striker Tom Eaves as former Glovers players at Priestfield, with all three signed up this summer. They also have Max Ehmer on their books as a longer-standing defender. Boss Ady Pennock said of Nugent's arrival:

"I'm very pleased to get Ben on board; he provides good competition in the centre of defence. We're a little bit short on centre-backs and with Ben it's a case of he does what it says on the tin. He's a winner, he's played a lot of games in the league and he’s the type of character we need."

Nugent played 29 games for Yeovil Town during the 2014-15 season, as a Cardiff City loanee, mainly under Gary Johnson's management, with his time on the pitch radically reducing after Terry Skiverton's re-introduction as first team boss during the second half of that season.

Link: Ben Nugent : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 August 2017 : Lawrence Completes Seven Million Pound Rams Deal
Former Yeovil Town loanee Tom Lawrence has signed for Championship side Derby County. The 23 year old Welsh international has left Leicester City after a three year stay with the Foxes, that accrued just four first team appearances. The former Manchester United academy player spent most of his time out on loan, with spells playing for Rotherham United, Blackburn Rovers, Cardiff City and Ipswich Town, with the latter seeing him play 36 times for the Tractor Boys, scoring 11 goals. At the end of last season, Lawrence picked up their Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year awards before returning to Leicester.

Officially, the transfer fee is undisclosed, but is reported by the national media as being in the region of £7 million. He's penned what Derby have only described as a 'long term' contract. Lawrence hasn't been registered in time to play in their Championship home match against Preston North End, but will become available after tonight's game.

Lawrence's time with Yeovil Town dated from February 2014, when they gave him three month's experience as part of a loan spell whilst the Glovers were a Championship side. He went on to score twice in 19 appearances.

Link: Tom Lawrence : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 August 2017 : Football League Considering Transfer Window System Changes
The Football League are to hold discussions that would consider changes to the Summer Transfer Window rules for its member clubs in future seasons. Whilst the 2017-18 season will see the Window close on August 31st, in line with long-established rules, there are moves afoot to change things so that the Window closes at the start of each season, rather than three or four weeks into the campaign.

The move is one that looks to be supported by the Premier League, with national newspaper reports suggesting that there will be a meeting held next month to vote on new proposals. The change would need a two-thirds majority for it to go through at that level, but the Daily Telegraph believes that only a few of the smaller clubs - they name Watford - are against the changes. Premier League clubs believe it will stop the regular under-current of players and agents trying to engineer moves to other clubs during the early weeks of the season, thus disrupting their matches and squad selection.

The EFL have now confirmed that they plan to also put the issue onto the table, presumably with one eye on how the Premier League members vote, with it being possible that the new deadline would be brought in for the start of the 2018-19 season. The requirements for Football League sides - particularly those in the bottom two divisions - may be very different to those engaging in multi-million pound business though and so there's no guarantee both votes will go the same way. The EFL's statement says:

"The EFL board and its clubs have previously expressed the opinion that closing the summer transfer window in advance of the season commencing would be an improvement on the current position. On this basis, we will be tabling the matter for discussion with clubs in September. It will be important that all the consequences of such a decision are fully considered, as the requirements of our clubs are different to those in Europe's top flight leagues."

There are two issues that the Premier League and Football League will need to address. The first is the question of what such an early closure would mean for international transfers, where a French or German (or even Scottish or Irish) transfer window may remain open for business, but the English pyramid system considers the window to be closed. The usual rule of thumb is for the country taking the incoming transfer to define whether the transfer can be completed, meaning that there might still be a risk of players leaving the country beyond that English Leagues deadline.

The second issue would be whether that new Transfer Window deadline would also include loan transfers, or whether Football League sides would still be able to carry out deals for half-season or full-season loans up until the FIFA-imposed deadline.


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15 August 2017 : Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two fixture against Crawley Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Broadfield Stadium on Saturday 2nd September 2017 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. You have a choice of seating or terracing, with prices set as follows:

East Stand - Seated:
Adult: £20.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Under-21s: £13.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-16s: £4.00; Under-11s: £1.00.

North Stand - Terracing:
Adult: £16.00; Over-65s: £12.00; Under-21s: £11.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-16s: £4.00; Under-11s: £1.00.

In addition to the above, you can purchase Family Tickets that provide admission to either the Seated or Terracing areas at the following rates:

East Stand - Seated:
Family Ticket (2x adults and 2x U16) : £34.00
Family Ticket (1x adults and 1x U16) : £17.00

North Stand - Terracing:
Family Ticket (2x adults and 2x U16) : £30.00
Family Ticket (1x adults and 1x U16) : £15.00

Ambulant Disabled supporters will pay the relevant age bracket above but can admit an assistant free of charge. For Wheelchairs access call Crawley direct on 01293 410 000.

Tickets will also be available on the day at the same prices as above. However, the nearby ticket cabin will be cash only. For card payments you will need to go to their Ticket Office. Any tickets purchased for collection will be held at the ticket cabin.


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14 August 2017 : Forest Green Rovers Ticketing Arrangements Changed For Saturday
Not for the first time this season, one of Yeovil Town's away matches has had its ticketing arrangements changed. Saturday's match against Forest Green Rovers was declared as an 'All Ticket' match, despite it being highly unlikely that the Glovers would sell out the West Terrace at The New Lawn.

That decision has now been reversed - the same applies to home supporters for the match. Tickets at the Huish Park end will remain on sale until midday on Thursday, after which you will need to purchase them from the New Lawn end on the day.

It is worth noting that you still may wish to purchase in advance. Tickets purchased for Adults and Seniors are increased by £2.00 on the day, whilst for Young Adults and Juniors they go up by £1.00.

For full ticketing and travel arrangements follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Exeter City 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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14 August 2017 : Summer Trialist Goalkeeper Signs For Southampton
Former Yeovil Town trialist Jack Rose has been signed up by Premier League side Southampton. The 22 year old, who played against Bristol City in a pre-season friendly last month, has been given a one year contract at St Mary's Stadium, signing for them on a free transfer, following his release by West Bromwich Albion at the end of last season.

Rose only lasted the one game at Yeovil Town, playing in the second half of the match at Huish Park, but not teaming up with the squad that then headed off to South Wales during the week that followed. He now joins three former Glovers keepers, in Alex McCarthy, Stuart Taylor and Kingsley Latham who are all on Southampton's books, and has revealed that he has been training with the Premier League side for just over a week now:

"I came in for a week or so to get a feel for the place and show them what I could do and I’m excited to be here now. Everyone knows about the reputation Southampton have in bringing through young players and they give you opportunities. It makes it more real when you see the young players being given chances in the first-team so that’s one of my goals. There is a great pool of goalkeepers here who I can learn from to develop my game."

Another recent trialist, Connor Riley-Lowe signed for Cornish side Truro City just before the season started. The left-back had two loan spells with them whilst he was on the books of Exeter City but has now agreed terms on a permanent basis.


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14 August 2017 : GWSC Travel To Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Forest Green Rovers. The match takes place at The New Lawn on Saturday 19th August 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Forest Green Rovers : Saturday 19th August 2017.
Huish Park: 10.45a.m.
Adult Members: £16.00; Member Concessions: £14.00
Adult Non-Members: £18.00; Non-Member Concessions: £16.00

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

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

For full ticketing details, see the earlier article linked below. Note that although the game is no longer all ticket, prices do increase on the day.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Exeter City 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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14 August 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Accrington Stanley Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Accrington Stanley kicked off 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 talks about his decision to select Bevis Mugabi and Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola and how far he got in his search for extra bodies to add to his first team squad. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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14 August 2017 : Tickets On General Sale For Exeter City EFL Trophy Tie
A reminder that tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Exeter City are now on General Sale. The ticket allocation for this fixture meant that Season Ticket Holders were given an initial priority on purchase, but this is now opened up to all supporters.

The match will take place on Tuesday 29th August with a 7:45p.m. kick-off at St James Park. There are only 350 tickets available for this fixture, meaning that although it's not an all-ticket game, there is no guarantee that tickets will be available on the night. Hence if you are going to this game, we'd strongly advise that you buy tickets now. For further information, head to the earlier article, linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Exeter City 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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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
Photo © 2017 Ciderspace.



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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
Photo © 2017 Ciderspace.



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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
Photo © 2017 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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