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20 August 2018 : Carl Dickinson's Views On The Early 2018-19 Games
Late last week, Yeovil Town left-back Carl Dickinson gave his views on his new side's start to the 2018-19 season, along with his return to his former club Notts County. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Richard Hoskin, Carl gives his pre-match views on both Yeovil's and County's summers, the club's performance against Aston Villa and the sort of standards he thinks the team need to set themselves. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Carl Dickinson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Notts County.


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20 August 2018 : Ticketing For EFL Trophy Exeter City And West Ham Home Games
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Group Stage matches that will be played at Huish Park are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The matches against Exeter City and West Ham United Under-21s will be staged on home soil, whilst there is also an away match against Bristol Rovers set for October 9th. At present we're awaiting information on ticketing for the Rovers trip.

The match against Exeter City will take place on Tuesday 4th September, whilst the game against West Ham United Under-21s now has a date set for Tuesday 6th November. Both games will have 7.45p.m. kick-offs.

Pricing for both fixtures will be as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Over-65s, Aged 16-21 and Disabled: £5.00; Under-16s: £1.00.

Only the Screwfix Stand (East) and the Tamburino Stand (Main) will be open for these games with the Thatcher's Gold Terrace closed for both fixtures due to anticipated numbers. As the club are unable to offer the same priority period to all season ticket holders due to the terrace being closed, in the interest of fairness tickets for these fixtures will just go on general sale from today. Hence order early if your specific seat is important to you.

Tickets will be available either in person at the Huish Park Ticket Office or via 01935-847888. They should be available online later today.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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20 August 2018 : Fisher Named In EFL Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town striker Alex Fisher has been included in the Football League's version of their Team Of The Week. The eleven chosen by the EFL spans all three divisions, and so it's not too often that League Two players feature. On this occasion, Fisher's hat-trick against Notts County was a clear stand-out and so he is included in their level key players from the weekend.

The League's selection, which includes former Yeovil Town defender Luke Ayling, reads as follows:

Ben Alnwick (Bolton Wanderers)
Bryan Oviendo (Sunderland), Kyle McFadzean (Burton Albion), Leon Legge (Port Vale), Luke Ayling (Leeds United)
Siriki Dembele (Peterborough United), Shaun Williams (Millwall), Harvey Barnes (West Bromwich Albion), Matt Phillips (West Bromwich Albion)
Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth), Alex Fisher (Yeovil Town)

Manager: Darren Moore (West Bromwich Albion)


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20 August 2018 : Academy Pompey Win Keeps Glovers On Top
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side kept themselves on the top of their league on Saturday, after they gained a 1-0 victory over Portsmouth. In a match played at Pompey's Roko training ground in Copnor Road, the Academy side won the game when Dan Nield's 52nd minute lobbed shot went over Pompey keeper Leon Pitman and into the back of the net for the only goal of the game.

There were chances for more goals in the game, with the Glovers having to clear a Portsmouth header off the line five minutes latter, whilst the visitors also hit the crossbar later in the second half. But Nield's goal proved to be enough to take all three points, and to leave the Glovers unbeaten at the start of the 2018-19 season.

This was Yeovil's third game of the 2018-19 season, having recorded a 1-1 home draw with AFC Bournemouth last Saturday, with Archie Sturdy their goalscorer that day. They also beat Bristol Rovers 2-0 on their travels, with Dan Nield and Neville Nzembela the scorers. That's been good enough to put them on top of the table, albeit with a big imbalance of games scheduled so far by certain clubs.

Youth Alliance South West Division Table
Youth Alliance South West Division Table (c/o Soccerway)



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19 August 2018 : Second Phase Of Roadworks Near Huish Park Mean Revised Road Closure
Yeovil Town supporters visiting Huish Park over the last six weeks will have been aware of roadworks close to the ground, particularly affecting their exit route from the ground after the game. As of tomorrow morning, and therefore commencing with Tuesday night's Oldham Athletic game, the road restrictions and closures are going to change, as the current building of a new cycleway and a retaining wall along Lufton Way and Western Avenue moves into a second phase.

Overnight on Monday, Lufton Way will fully reopen, whilst it will be the turn of Western Avenue to experience a partial closure. Western Avenue will be closed Southbound Only between the Houndstone (Halfords) Roundabout and the Preston Road (Asda) Roundabout. In addition, there will be a speed limit set up of 20mph along Stourton Way, presumably to stop any possibility of that road turning into a rat-run. We'd expect these restrictions to remain in place for a similar period of time compared to the Lufton Way closures - i.e. six-to-eight weeks, although Somerset County Council have not put a firm timescale on it, except to say that the current Phase 1 finished ahead of schedule.

The main effect it will have on Yeovil Town supporters will once again be after the matches. Going into the ground, you'll be able to travel Northbound up Western Avenue as normal (with the single lane still open). However, after the match, you'll need to either head home via Thorne Lane, or do an anti-clockwise loop around Huish Park so that you meet the Preston Road roundabout via Lufton Way. The latter route is recommended for away supporters, as it ultimately guides you onto the A3088 and A303.

Map showing the road closure that will take effect from Monday 20th August - Southbound Only
Map showing the road closure that will take effect from Monday 20th August - Southbound Only


Map showing the temporary 20mph restriction on Stourton Way
Map showing the temporary 20mph restriction on Stourton Way



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19 August 2018 : Glovers Quartet Given Team Of The Week Nominations
Four of Yeovil Town's personnel have been named in the Team Of The Day for the weekend just gone. The League Paper's selection for League Two includes three outfield players and first team manager Darren Way for their roles in the Friday night 4-0 win over Notts County at Meadow Lane. Two of those chosen are loanees with Middlesbrough midfielder Alex Pattison selected alongside Norwich City winger/striker Diallang Jaiyesimi (although it might help if they knew where he has been playing for the Glovers). No surprise that hat-trick hero Alex Fisher is also in their line-up.

There's also a Glovers theme to the rest of the team, with former midfielder Matt Dolan joined by AFC Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge, who we'll see on Tuesday when Oldham Athletic come to Huish Park. The full line-up (complete with the odd formation) reads as follows:

Dave Richards (Crewe Alexandra)
James Gibbons (Port Vale), Krystian Pearce (Mansfield Town), Joe Romanski (Swindon Town), Joseph Mills (Forest Green Rovers)
Luke James (Forest Green Rovers), Alex Pattison (Yeovil Town), Diallang Jaiyesimi (Yeovil Town), Matt Dolan (Newport County)
Alex Fisher (Yeovil Town), Sam Surridge (Oldham Athletic)

Manager: Darren Way (Yeovil Town).

This is the first time during the 2018-19 season that Glovers players have been named in either the League Paper or Football League's team selections.


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18 August 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Notts County Team Selection
Just before Friday night's League Two match against Notts County kicked off at Meadow Lane, 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 injury to Brentford loanee Reece Cole, the early performances of Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison, the return of Jake Gray to the teamsheet, the injury to Francois Zoko and plans for a fifth loan signing in the next few days. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 August 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game
Following Friday night's 0-4 away win against Notts County at Meadow Lane, 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 givens his views on the match, including the hat-trick for Alex Fisher. Read that in full via the link below.

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


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18 August 2018 : Video : Notts County vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch longer match highlights of Friday night's 0-4 win against Notts County at Meadow Lane, these are now online. these are now online. The two minute YouTube based footage shows all three Alex Fisher goals, the late header for Yoann Arquin, plus County's failed penalty attempt and an absolute sitter they missed in the second half. There's also the moment that Diallang Jaiyesimi hit the crossbar. Watch the video clip below.




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18 August 2018 : Way Praises Fisher's Response After One Of The Club's 'Best Performances'
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised striker Alex Fisher for his reaction to suffering disappointment on Tuesday night against Aston Villa, as three days later he scored his first ever senior hat-trick. The 28 year old netted three out of the four goals in the 4-0 away win against Notts County, having had to deal with a low moment in midweek when his penalty was saved in a League Cup match, that ultimately cost his side a chance to take the lead in that game.

By the end of Friday, Fisher was all smiles again, and Way said that the key thing was the way the former Motherwell and Inverness Caledonian Thistle player bounced back from that situation. He told BBC Somerset that he was delighted with the reaction Fisher had shown to that low moment:

"I have spoken to the players and said I will protect every single player in my team until the day I die. So I told him to keep his head up. He was disappointed, but I just said that your reaction, and your bouncebackability now, to play in this game will tell me exactly how confident you are now to hit the back of the net. That's what you've seen today. I really feel that the difference within this group is when you're under pressure. They had ten minutes of pressure, and they had seen that out. Then with our quality of players, with all of the players that we've brought to the football club we're going in the right direction. Most of the players are ours, so it's good news."

The victory at Meadow Lane, helped by former Magpie Yoann Arquin's late goal to add to Fisher's hat-trick, gave Yeovil their first victory of the 2018-19 season. Way described the performance as one of the best that he'd seen during his spells with the club, including from when he had been a player himself:

"We've been looking for three points, and I think the three points matched the performance. I've been here at Yeovil for a long time now, and I've been here as a player, I've been here as a coach and now I've been here as a manager. But that was by far up there with the best performance that I've seen. It's taken time. There's something special in the dressing room. This has not been an overnight thing, and I think the supporters can sense something."


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17 August 2018 : Video : Goals From Notts County vs Yeovil Town
For those who want to see the goals from Friday night's 0-4 win against Notts County at Meadow Lane, these are now available online. The Sky Sports footage only shows the four goals, plus Notts County's unsuccessful penalty attempt, but you can view the hat-trick from Alex Fisher and the fourth from Yoann Arquin in just over a minute's worth of footage.

We'd expect longer footage to appear over the weekend - when it's available we'll post the extended highlights.

Link: Sky Sports : Goals From Notts County vs Yeovil Town.


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17 August 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Notts County vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Friday night's 0-4 win against Notts County at Meadow Lane, 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: You can vote if you were at Meadow Lane watching the game, or if you watched the video of the game via any online streaming service.

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


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17 August 2018 : Notts County 0 Yeovil 4 : Fisher Hat-Trick Stuns Magpies
Yeovil Town thrashed Notts County by a 4-0 scoreline at Meadow Lane on Friday night, as Alex Fisher netted a hat-trick to stun one of the pre-season promotion favourites. The shock result was steered in the direction of the visitors just after the half hour mark when two quickfire goals from Fisher set them on their way. Both were similar, with Yoann Arquin's right-wing cross and Wes McDonald's left wing cross both resulted in close range finishes from the centre-forward. Fisher got his third when Alex Pattison put a ball over the top for him to chase, and Notts County's miserable evening was finished when former Magpie Carl Dickinson put in the cross that former Magpie Yoann Arquin headed home, leading to a chorus of boos from the home supporters, and to temporarily push Yeovil into 4th position ahead of Saturday's fixtures.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up, as Brentford loanee Reece Cole was not fit enough to make the teamsheet, with his knee problem seeing him drop out early on during the Tuesday night League Cup match. His place in the side was taken by Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison. There was also the welcome sight of Jake Gray on the bench, six months after a serious ankle injury had put him out of the squad.

The first period was an extremely open one, with both sides clocking up chances to score. Yeovil started the better, as Diallang Jaiyesimi's through ball to Alex Fisher saw his shot deflected out for a corner, with Omar Sowunmi heading over the crossbar from the resultant set piece. Notts County managed to get the ball in the back of the net at the other end, but Nathan Thomas's close range finish from a Kristian Dennis flick-on was ruled out with him in an offside position.

Yeovil really should have been ahead when a Wes McDonald cross into the box was completely mis-kicked by Diallang Jaiyesimi, with Yoann Arquin maybe being a bit surprised to find the ball reaching himself behind the Norwich City player. He also sliced at the ball, hooking it a yard wide of goal when the opportunity was there to score.

Notts County had a fifteen minute spell where they began to look more dangerous, but the Glovers defence held firm, with Nathan Baxter having to both parry and save shots from the home side. Just as they relieved that pressure, Yeovil took the lead 34 minutes into the match. The ball was fed out to Yoann Arquin on the right wing. He cut across a defender before putting in a low cross that found Alex Fisher, who produced a first time close range finish for a 0-1 advantage.

Two minutes later, and on the next attack, Yeovil Town doubled their lead. This time it was Wes McDonald who was the instigator. His left wing run saw him get into some space, and the cross into the box produced an identical result - Alex Fisher evaded his marker, and converted it first time from close range, and suddenly they were 0-2 up, leading to a stunned silence from the home sections of the ground.

Yeovil almost managed to grab a third before half time, as a Yoann Arquin cross into the box took a deflection of a County defender's leg, with the ball coming off the post and back out, leaving County fans increasingly frustrated at what they were seeing. It wasn't that they had been completely outplayed - it was just that Yeovil were more decisive and more direct in the final third, and Fisher's finishing had been the clear difference between the two sides.

Notts County were again thwarted by the offside flag early in the second half, after Kristian Dennis was pulled up as he tried to finish from close range. But then Yeovil hit the woodwork for a second occasion during the match, as Diallang Jaiyesimi's strong run saw his shot palmed onto the crossbar by Ross Fitzsimons. That was enough for Kevin Nolan to make a double substitution and a formation change as they tried a 3-5-2 shape to try to get themselves back into the match.

That change really didn't seem to suit the Magpies, as they lost their shape particularly in the middle. A poor defensive header let Diallang Jaiyesimi through, with his shot parried out for a corner, and when Alex Fisher almost prodded home from the set piece, the growing discontent from the home sections of the ground became a loud chorus of boos, as only a defensive block near the goalline stopped Yeovil getting their third.

With just under 20 minutes left, Magpies fans views on their team performance continued to slide, as that third goal finally came. Alex Pattison's ball over the top was well placed for Alex Fisher to run onto, and he finished well by scoring off the inside of the post to become the first Yeovil player to score a hat-trick since Jack Compton's January 2016 trio scored against AFC Wimbledon. He made that position clear, by holding three digits in the air as he celebrated his goal.

Notts County's day was about to get worse. They thought they had a foothold back into the match when Enzio Boldewijn went down inside the box under pressure from former Magpie Carl Dickenson. A penalty was awarded, but when Kane Hemmings stepped up, his spot kick crashed off the crossbar and back out again to keep the score at 0-3.

Darren Way had an unusual 83rd minute experience, after he received a yellow card after appearing to show dissent at a foul by Tom Crawford on Carl Dickenson 83 minutes into the match, with a summer rule change meaning that managers can now get carded. Presumably he wanted a greater punishment for the offence, but that duly came in the best way possible, as from the set piece, Dickenson got one over his old club. His ball into the box was headed home by Yoann Arquin - another former Magpies player - to send hundreds of home fans streaming out of the ground.

There was the extra bonus of Jake Gray being able to get a five minute cameo as a substitute after his six month lay-off from an ankle injury. Alex Fisher even had a late opportunity to get a fourth when he was put through, but got his footwork all wrong and ended up shooting at the keeper. Having already collected the rights to the matchball, he won't have been too disappointed. More home boos rang out on the final whistle, as Yeovil Town - briefly at least - rose to 4th in the table ahead of the other eleven weekend fixtures. It was a more than welcome way for them to record their opening win of the season, and we will find out in time whether County's position as one of the pre-season favourites for promotion, and Yeovil's position as one of the favourites for relegation can be justified. On tonight's performance, the bookies may need to go back to the drawing board for one or both of those sides.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Notts County 0 Yeovil Town 4.

Scorers: Alex Fisher (34 mins, 0-1), Alex Fisher (36 mins, 0-2), Alex Fisher (72 mins, 0-3), Yoann Arquin (84 mins, 0-4)

Notts County:
1 Ross Fitzsimons
4 Elliott Hewitt 5 Richard Duffy 16 Shaun Brisley 23 Daniel Jones
11 Enzio Boldewijn 8 David Vaughan 17 Noor Husin 10 Nathan Thomas
9 Kristian Dennis 15 Kane Hemmings

Substitutes:
3 Pierce Bird 7 Lewis Alessandra 14 Andy Kellett (57 mins for Nathan Thomas) 18 Terry Hawkridge 22 Tom Crawford (57 mins for David Vaughan) 30 Jon Stead (68 mins for Kristian Dennis) 40 Max Culverwell

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
21. Wes McDonald, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 10. Jake Gray (84 mins for Wes McDonald), 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry (87 mins for Diallang Jaiyesimi), 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke, 30. Alefe Santos

Notts County Bookings: Shaun Brisley (foul, 45 mins), Noor Husin (foul, 74 mins), Tom Crawford (foul, 83 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 30 mins), Nathan Baxter (timewasting, 81 mins), Darren Way (ungentlemanly conduct, 83 mins)

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 25; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Assistants: Andrew Halliday (North Yorkshire) and Daniel Robathan (Surrey). Fourth Official: Craig Hicks (Surrey).

Attendance: 7,439 (with 188 Yeovil Town supporters)


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17 August 2018 : Zoko Out With Long Term Knee Injury
Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko will be out with a long term injury, following the injury that he sustained during last Saturday's League Two match against Mansfield Town. The 34 year old was the victim of a poor tackle from Stags player Hayden White in the 87th minute of that match, and did not complete the game.

He has been diagnosed with a knee injury and according to BBC Somerset will be absent for eight-to-twelve weeks - i.e two or three months. That's likely to mean the Glovers will have to do without him until around the end of October, if that prognosis holds firm.

Zoko had been named as 'club captain' at the start of the season. Whilst he is out, the armband will pass to Omar Sowunmi. Zoko had finished as the club's leading goalscorer during the three seasons he'd been with the club so far, scoring 15 goals last year, but if he is to extend that record will have to do that from a far smaller selection of games this year.

Link: Francois Zoko : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 August 2018 : Team News For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Friday night's League Two match against Notts County at Meadow Lane. The match sees one change to their starting line-up for the match, compared to the Tuesday game against Aston Villa. Brentford loanee Reece Cole appeared to be struggling for fitness during the Tuesday evening game and his place is taken by Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison.

There is one welcome return on the bench. Midfielder Jake Gray had been out since February with an ankle problem but is back as a substitute after a six month absence.

The Glovers have one long term absentee, with James Bailey out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Winger Rhys Browne's hamstring injury will keep him out during August, whilst Stuart Nelson is expected to be back soon from a calf injury. Defender Shaun Donnellan has a thigh strain, whilst striker Francois Zoko has a knee injury. Midfielder Jordan Green serves the third of a three match suspension.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
21. Wes McDonald, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 10. Jake Gray, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke, 30. Alefe Santos

Notts County:
1 Ross Fitzsimons
4 Elliott Hewitt 5 Richard Duffy 16 Shaun Brisley 23 Daniel Jones
11 Enzio Boldewijn 8 David Vaughan 17 Noor Husin 10 Nathan Thomas
9 Kristian Dennis 15 Kane Hemmings

Substitutes:
3 Pierce Bird 7 Lewis Alessandra 14 Andy Kellett 18 Terry Hawkridge 22 Tom Crawford 30 Jon Stead 40 Max Culverwell


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17 August 2018 : Yeovil Town v Mansfield Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town played host to Mansfield Town in their first home match of the 2018-19 season. The match was a quickfire 2-2 draw with the Glovers twice leading, then twice being immediately pegged back. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi got his first of the club, whilst former Stags midfielder Yoann Arquin scored against his old side. But each time, Mansfield hit back quickly.

Man of the Match voting saw Bevis Mugabi recognised for his strong performance at right-back that saw him play a full 90 minutes whilst Tom James was suspended. On the wing Yoann Arquin was recognised for his goal and a good home debut. The poll winner came by a significant landslide, with all bar three voters considering Sessi D'Almeida to be their player of the day - the second match running that he'd been given that honour, and something that the Match Sponsors at Huish Park also agreed with.

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

1. Sessi D'Almeida 432 (42)
2. Yoann Arquin 86 (1)
3. Bevis Mugabi 84 (1)
4. Wes McDonald 52 (0)
4. Diallang Jaiyesimi 52 (0)
6. Nathan Baxter 34 (0)
7. Carl Dickinson 26 (1)
8. Omar Sowunmi 16 (0)
9. Gary Warren 14 (0)
10. Alefe Santos 6 (0)
11. Alex Pattison 2 (0)
11. Francois Zoko 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.4
Performance : 7.07
Entertainment : 7.73
VOTES RECEIVED : 45


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17 August 2018 : Dickinson Looking Forward To Meadow Lane Return
Yeovil Town left-back Carl Dickinson makes a quick return to Notts County on Friday night, just a couple of months after a two year spell at Meadow Lane came to an end. The 31 year old made 72 appearances for the Magpies, before gradually dropping down the pecking order towards the end of the 2017-18 season, leading to his release from the club.

Whilst the likes of Yoann Arquin and Francois Zoko are also ex-Magpies players, Dickinson is likely to be the player with the most to prove, given that it was current manager Kevin Nolan who made the decision to allow him to leave, as County let go of a large proportion of their old guard, in the hope of refreshing their squad. Dickinson has told BBC Somerset that tonight's fixture is one of the first he looked out for back in June when the fixtures came out:

"It's one that I'm looking forward to. It's probably the one that I looked out for first when the fixtures came out. I'm just excited as it is another game to go and try to play well. It just so happens to be against my old team. I'm just looking forward to trying to get our first three points of the season."

Although Yeovil have yet to win a match during the 2018-19 season, their performance against Championship side Aston Villa in the League Cup on Tuesday night will have given them some heart, narrowly losing the game by a 1-0 scoreline. Dickinson is hopeful that the players can maintain that standard in every game during the remainder of the season:

"I think it just shows in the short space of time how far we've come and what we're actually trying to do this season. I think as long as you give 100 percent and wear your heart on your sleeve and give everything, then I that speaks volumes, and I think we've done that, especially in the last two games. That's the standard that we set ourselves, and we have to make sure that we maintain that in every game."


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17 August 2018 : Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Notts County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Friday 17th August 2018 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Meadow Lane. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Simon Hooper (Wiltshire). Mr Hooper was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2008, and we've had him twelve times as the man in the middle, with eleven of those being at Huish Park.

The earliest occasion was October 2008, when a 0-0 draw with Leyton Orient saw him a little too trigger-happy in terms of stopping the game and failing to play advantage for both teams. We also weren't too happy about him missing a fairly blatant penalty shout for an off the ball foul on striker Scott Rendell. That was his first match at League One level, so some allowances should be made for his lack of experience at that time.

Next up was the August 2009 trip to play Huddersfield Town, where he was a late replacement as referee. He awarded us a penalty that day, and although we went on to lose the game, anyone who awards a spot kick to an away team at a stadium the size of the Galpharm deserves credit for a brave decision. The third encounter was the November 2009 1-1 draw against Charlton Athletic. In a game played in atrocious weather conditions, Mr Hooper sent off Charlton's Sam Sodje half an hour into the game for a professional foul. Another brave decision, but to our (biased) eyes, the correct one. We had no other comments about his handling of the match.

Mr Hooper was at Huish Park for the September 2010 game against Southampton and we were a little less enthused about his brave decision-making. To be fair he had a decent game overall, and did give us one penalty for a trip on Gavin Williams, but it was his earlier decision to not award a spot kick for a foul on Andy Williams in the box that had us grumbling during the game. Moving on to January 2011, he took charge of the home match against Milton Keynes Dons. During this match, he sent off Jean-Paul Kalala for an off the ball incident involving ex-Glover Michael McIndoe. No complaints about the Kalala decision, although our (extremely biased) opinion was that McIndoe should have walked with him. However, we did feel that the whole situation that had been brewing for the previous 84 minutes was partly the responsibility of a referee who wasn't doing enough to diffuse situations.

During 2012, he made two visits to Huish Park. The first was for manager Gary Johnson's first 'proper' game in charge for his second spell, having returned to the club at the start of that week. No complaints here about Mr Hooper's performance during the match against Tranmere Rovers ... except that he failed to finish the match! He suffered a second half hamstring injury and had to leave the field. He then returned for the opening match of the 2012-13 season, taking charge of the League Cup First Round match against Colchester United - zero yellow or red cards during the game, and a pretty tidy performance - on this occasion he lasted the full 90 minutes as well!

Mr Hooper took charge of the 3-0 win over Leyton Orient on New Year's Day 2013. In a match we won easily, he was responsible for "a great piece of refereeing according to our match report (yes, it's true - we praised a referee!) The middle goal that we scored saw a clear foul on Dominic Blizzard in the build-up that saw him blocked off - the match official waved play on as Gavin Williams continued a run with the ball, and that allowed James Hayter a chance to score our middle goal, all thanks to Mr Hooper letting the game flow. He had a decent game all round - just one booking on the day.

During our Championship season he was the man in charge for the March 2014 home game against Ipswich Town. We lost the game by a single goal in a game in which Ipswich's professionalism and organisation snuffed us out of the match. Hence no major complaints about Mr Hooper's performance, although his 68th minute booking for Joe Edwards for apparent 'diving' did lead to a few catcalls in his direction!

During the 2014-15 season we had him twice - in the first match he turned up for our September 2014 home match against Peterborough United. We may well have won the game 1-0 but that didn't stop us having a bit of a grumble about the number of contentious fouls that he awarded against us during the second period, and the way he stretched out second half injury time well beyond that initially signalled. Posh boss Darren Ferguson also had a pop at the officials' performance, suggesting that he should have red-carded a Yeovil player for a foul on Marcus Maddison, although the manager's claims about how many times the player had been fouled during the game were, to be blunt, deluded. Ferguson's overall claims about the official's performance also didn't stack up - he claimed Posh 'scored' a goal that was "in by two yards" - he would have been left embarrassed by his own club's Twitter feed which put out a video still picture that suggested the officials had got that decision spot on.

Marcus Maddison's shot is two yards over the line ... according to Darren Ferguson. Sometimes referees know more than managers!
Marcus Maddison's shot is two yards over the line ... according to Darren Ferguson. Sometimes referees know more than managers!


Later that same season we had Mr Hooper for the 2-2 draw against Gillingham. As with a couple of our previous reviews of his performance, we suggested he was trigger-happy, creating a stop-start match where the slightest of infringements were being blown up for. That said, we were glad when a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge between defender Nathan Smith and Gills striker Cody McDonald inside the box didn't result in a whistle being blown - seen 'em given. Instead he blew up for a rather more clearcut foul by Gavin Hoyte on Joel Grant allowing Adam Morgan the chance to score what would be his one and only goal in a Yeovil Town shirt - scored 94 minutes into the match. Hence whilst it looked like an obvious decision, the referee deserves credit for being willing to give it given the effect it would have on the game.

The most recent meeting involving Mr Hooper came in August 2015, during Paul Sturrock's managerial reign. The Glovers went 0-2 down before coming back to win the match by a 3-2 scoreline. Overall we thought the match officials had a good game, particularly in the handling of 'big' Steve McNulty, who was committing rather too many fouls. He got a warning, then a booking, and then a final warning, with the latter clearly signalled. Luton decided to substitute him, which couldn't really be complained about.

Mr Hooper will be assisted by Andrew Halliday (North Yorkshire) and Daniel Robathan (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Craig Hicks (Surrey).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: August 2009 : Huddersfield Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Charlton Athletic 1.

Link: September 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Southampton 1.

Link: January 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: January 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Tranmere Rovers 1.

Link: August 2012 : Yeovil Town 3 Colchester United 0.

Link: January 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Leyton Orient 0.

Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Ipswich Town 1.

Link: September 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Peterborough United 0.

Link: February 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Gillingham 2.

Link: August 2015 : Yeovil Town 3 Luton Town 2.


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16 August 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Notts County
On Friday night, Yeovil Town travel to Notts County for a League Two fixture. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to Meadow Lane has been updated, to cover directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide and plenty of statistics. Find that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

The Jimmy Sirrel Stand - named after a former manager
The Jimmy Sirrel Stand - named after a former manager.
Photo © 2005-17 Ciderspace



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16 August 2018 : Harrison Confirmed As New Academy Manager
Yeovil Town have confirmed that Jamie Harrison has been appointed as the club's new Academy Manager. As reported last week there has been a large turnover of staff within the Academy ranks, with four of the most senior coaches in last season's set-up all being shown the door, which the club describe as being due to contracts expiring. As a result Antonio Falanga (Lead Professional Development Phase Coach), Steve Rutter (Head of Coaching), Adrian Foster (U16s coach) and Paul Wilson (Academy Manager) are now all confirmed as having left the building.

At present, only Harrison is confirmed as being part of the new set-up. Back in 2015 when the Academy was relaunched, he was recuited as the Academy Co-Ordinator, but will now take on the top job within the new set-up - a promotion that he confirmed last month would mean that he would step down as manager of Western League Division One side Corsham Town. He has past experience at Southampton and Bristol Rovers within their Academy structure, and will now take Paul Wilson's old role. Harrison has said of his new role:

"I have learnt from the many experiences in recent years and feel in a good position to make Yeovil Town Academy the best category three setup in the country. In a short space of time we have transformed the academy and are already seeing very positive results with the progression and development of players, coming from a closer working relationship with the first-team staff. We have made a positive start and now it's about raising the standards of everything we do to ensure that every young Yeovil academy player reaches their full potential."

New Chief Operating Officer David Mills, whose role includes overseeing the Academy from an Executive position, has explained that the separate operating company Yeovil Town Academy Limited is now being brought into the main Yeovil Town Football Club structure. He had high hopes of Harrison's new role within the organisation:

"I am delighted by Jamie's appointment – in his other positions in the Academy Jamie has shown vision, leadership and clear understanding of the one club ethos that is so important at the club. During his time as Assistant Academy Manager, we saw a clear and immediate improvement in Academy operations, so I have no doubt that Jamie will prove to be a highly effective Academy Manager.Until recently the Academy was run via Yeovil Town Academy Limited but bringing the Academy operations back in-house allows for much greater unity and efficiency across the group and gives Academy players improved links with the first team."

At present, the club have not confirmed the appointment of Terry Moore, who was pictured in the club's squad photograph for the Under-18s set-up. They have also not indicated how the positions for Falanga, Rutter and Foster will be filled at this stage. However, on Saturday Moore was the main person occupying the dugouts for the Under-18s match against AFC Bournemouth, whilst Luke Middlewick is reported to have taken charge of the Under-16s side that day.


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16 August 2018 : Bury vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
The opening day of the 2018-19 season saw Yeovil Town travel to Bury's Gigg Lane ground. The end result was an 89th minute 1-0 defeat, not helped by red cards dished out to Tom James and Jordan Green that put their team on the back foot.

Man of the Match voting saw two of this season's summer signings impress. Centre-back Shaun Donnellan was one of the old boys who impressed on the day, whilst goalkeeper Nathan Baxter's debut as a Chelsea loanee was an impressive one as he helped keep his side in the game right up until the penultimate minute. However, the poll winner by a comfortable margin was former Blackpool midfielder Sessi D'Almeida, who was also making his debut.

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

1. Sessi D'Almeida 114 (9)
2. Nathan Baxter 50 (3)
3. Shaun Donnellan 32 (2)
4. Yoann Arquin 22 (0)
5. Carl Dickinson 14 (0)
6. Bevis Mugabi 8 (0)
7. Diallang Jaiyesimi 6 (0)
8. Alefe Santos 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.57
Performance : 5.57
Entertainment : 5.57
VOTES RECEIVED : 14


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16 August 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Aston Villa Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Aston Villa 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 gives his views on a first start for Brentford loanee Reece Cole, why striker Alex Fisher hasn't been starting and his decision to immediately recall Tom James to the side. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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15 August 2018 : Bruce Disappointed With Villa Performance Against Yeovil's Big Huge Monsters
Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce admitted that he was disappointed with his side's performance on Tuesday night, despite them securing their third consecutive win of the 2018-19 campaign. Their 1-0 win over Yeovil Town was only secured in the 77th minute by a close range Conor Hourihane tap-in, as a Villa side containing nine changes from their weekend first team line-up struggled to gain momentum at times.

Bruce admitted that the level of changes that he made to his side may have contributed to the way the game unfolded, with Yeovil Town having a goal disallowed, as well as having a second half opportunity for Alex Fisher to score from the penalty spot. Villa survived, and ultimately won the match, but their boss told the Birmingham Mail that he didn't find the performance to be an acceptable one:

"It's nice to keep the momentum, but we can't kid ourselves that we can accept that. And I'm not. I've told them that I'm disappointed and that I won't accept that. The whole lot, as well. If we're being brutally honest then we've got away with one. I've made some big changes and put some young lads in the team but it just goes to show how difficult it is for them. We've got away with it but it was crucial for the young players to get to know what it’s really like in a cup tie. They've sampled it and will be better for it."

Bruce admitted that he wouldn't have had an issue if Diallang Jaiyesimi's first half goal had stood, having not been aware of why referee John Brooks had disallowed it. He described Yeovil Town's side as full of 'big huge monsters' and felt that the occasion meant that Glovers players, rather than his own, had risen to the occasion. He admitted that was difficult for his own side:

"It's a difficult thing to what they're playing in - live on the television, in a cup tie, down here against a team playing for their lives. It's their (Yeovil's) cup final and they were right up for it. Physically, they were big huge monsters and we found it difficult at times. They made it a great cup tie for them and on another night they could have gone through. I wouldn't have had any gripes with it (Yeovil's ruled out goal)."


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15 August 2018 : Darren Way's Sky Sports Post-Match Interview
Following Tuesday night's televised match against Aston Villa at Huish Park, manager Darren Way spoke to Sky Sports about the game. His live post-match interview can be read via the link below, and inevitably centres on his views on the match officials following the 0-1 defeat.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To Sky Sports After The 0-1 Defeat Against Aston Villa.


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15 August 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Aston Villa Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-1 defeat against Aston Villa 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 game's more contentious decisions, his team's overall performance, as well as the fitness status of Shaun Donnellan, Francois Zoko, Jake Gray and Reece Cole. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Aston Villa Game.


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14 August 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 0-1 defeat against Aston Villa, these are now available online. With this having been a live televised match, they have provided six minutes of footage from the match, including the winning goal from Conor Hourihane as well as Yeovil's disallowed goal, and the penalty decision that went their way. Watch that video via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa Match Highlights.

Update: There are ten minutes worth of YouTube based highlights available below.




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14 August 2018 : Darren Way Felt Glovers Were Done By The Officials
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side had been 'done by the officials' during Tuesday night's 0-1 defeat against Aston Villa. Although Conor Hourihane ultimately won the match for the visitors in the 77th minute, Way's ire stemmed from a decision made by referee John Brooks just before the half time break that saw his side have a goal chalked off. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi looked to have given his side the lead, when he stabbed home from close range at the back post from a Carl Dickinson corner, but the referee ruled that there had been a foul inside the box before it reached the loanee.

With Sky Sports pundits scratching their heads at half time trying to work out the exact reason, Way was unhappy with the outcome, with the most likely explanation being that Mr Brooks believed that defender Gary Warren had fouled his marker as the ball came across. However, the reasons were not obvious, even from multiple angles, and Way described that decision as a costly one:

"We've been done by the officials. It's costly. I've looked at it three or four times, and it amazes me. But my team kept going. They showed a true fighting spirit. Alex Fisher was a little bit unlucky in that he's missed a penalty, but we've made sure that we've remained strong. It was nice for the cameras to be here tonight to witness that performance because the team looks very strong. More importantly to see our supporters at the end of the game - I've tried to send out the message that this football club needs to over-achieve by unity, and I feel we're doing that at the moment."

Way added that he was impressed with his side's overall performance, noting the debut of Gabriel Rogers - a winger from the club's Under-18 side, that gave the club their first senior appearance from the Academy ranks for three years. He explained that he had not attempted to approach the match referee to ask him to explain his decision, saying that he would use that moment to explain to his players that events like that can happen during games:

"No, I've not. Listen, it's hard to take. It's costly for the football club just because of the rewards that are on the end of it. I'm just glad that the cameras were there to see that tonight, because I think we have to raise awareness from us as managers, and me at 38 years of age. It's not just happened here; it's happened in the league. I have to make sure that we deal with that as a team. I'm trying to make huge steps for my players to try to understand that sometimes decisions go the wrong way. But we move on, and I'm really impressed with that performance, because for me that excites me. I'm confident in the players. Some of our young players like Gabby Rogers made their debut tonight, and this football club is moving forward."


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14 August 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa
If you watched Saturday's 0-1 defeat against Aston Villa 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.

NOTE: As with all televised matches, if you saw the game at Huish Park, or on Sky Sports or on any similar streaming service, please cast your vote as if you were at the game.

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


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14 August 2018 : Yeovil 0 Villa 1 : Hourihane Steers Villans Through In Front Of The Cameras
Yeovil Town were narrowly edged out in the League Cup First Round, as a late goal from Conor Hourihane settled a competitive match against Aston Villa in front of the Sky Sports cameras. The Glovers felt hard done by during the first half, as Diallang Jaiyesimi had a goal ruled out, supposedly for a foul inside the box, but then missed a second half opportunity to take the lead wen Alex Fisher saw his penalty kick saved. That was to prove costly when substitute Jonathan Kodjia squared for Hourihane on 77 minutes, and he was able to convert from close range at the back post for a 0-1 scoreline and to confirm Yeovil's exit from the competition at the first stage.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up compared to the team that turned out against Mansfield Town. Shaun Donnellan had a thigh injury and was replaced by Gary Warren, whilst Francois Zoko had a knee problem and was replaced by Alex Fisher. Two more tactical changes saw Tom James preferred to Bevis Mugabi at right-back, whilst Reece Cole came in for Alefe Santos in the centre of midfield. Villa fielded a team that contained nine changes to their Saturday team, as they gambled on resting players against League Two opposition.

A quiet start to the game saw Yeovil emerge as the team that began to carve out the chances. After an over-hit Omar Sowunmi cross into the box sailed over the bar, Alex Fisher produced the game's first proper chance. He slid in on a Villa defender, won the ball and then hooked a shot towards the top left corner. It was heading just wide but keeper Andre Moreira wasn't to know that as he palmed the shot away for a corner. Then Yoann Arquin hit a fierce volley a yard or two wide of the posts after he picked up on a poor Villa defensive clearance.

It took Villa 25-30 minutes to find their feet. A tame Albert Adomah header was followed up by Rushian Hepburn-Murphy's sliced shot that deserved better from Andre Green's strong wing play and cut-back. The visitors began to dominate possession and overrun the midfield, and either because of that or a possible fitness problem, Reece Cole was withdrawn half an hour into the match, replaced by Alex Pattison.

That seemed to stabilise matters a little, and Alex Fisher's quick turn inside the box was only matched by Andre Moreira's quick reactions to get low down to his left to save it. At the other end, Nathan Baxter was just as impressive as he palmed an Andre Green 30 yarder over the crossbar.

Then Yeovil had two great efforts to open the scoring, both involving Diallang Jaiyesimi. The first saw him put through in a one-v-one, but he pushed the ball too close to Moreira, allowing the keeper to smother the ball before he could get his shot off. Then came a big controversial moment, as a Carl Dickinson corner went across a crowded goalmouth, with a shot being cleared off the line before it fell at the back post to Jaiyesimi. He stabbed the ball home from close range, but referee John Brooks harshly ruled it out, with it not being altogether clear what the infringement was - the most likely being Gary Warren's flying body inside the box as he attempted to get a touch on the ball, seeing him run into a defender, but if so that was a softer than soft decision.

There was more controversy in the second period,as Conor Hourihane picked up a loose ball inside the box. His shot was superbly anticipated by Gary Warren as he flung his whole body across the box to block it, leaving Villa players calling for a penalty kick for handball. It looked a close one! Instead it was Yeovil who got their own penalty kick, as Tommy Elphick grappled with Omar Sowunmi inside the penalty box, and this time the whistle did blow. Unfortunately for Yeovil their big chance was fluffed - Alex Fisher's effort was a bit telegraphed and weak, allowing Moreira the chance to dive low to his left to keep the ball out.

With the match not going their way, Villa introduced Jonathan Kodjia and Jack Grealish just before the spot kick decision, and Kodjia turned the heat up in the match when he got involved in an off the ball incident involving Gary Warren. Thankfully both players escaped with a yellow card each. Grealish also showed his influence as he produced a 25 yard drive that cannoned off the crossbar, giving Yeovil a clear warning that the big boys were now on the pitch. Yeovil were still occasionally bright, with Alex Pattison's well driven shot going a couple of yards wide, but enough to worry the visitors.

With 13 minutes remaining, Villa finally got the breakthrough they wanted. Jonathan Kodjia broke down the right, then cut along the byline before delivering a cross that took a deflection off Omar Sowunmi before landing at the feet of Conor Hourihane at the back post. Merely a foot out, he couldn't miss, and Yeovil were 0-1 down.

Villa played out the remaining time fairly professionally, even though Yeovil introduced Korrey Henry as a late substitute to try to shake things up. There was also a five minute opportunity for Academy winger Gabriel Rogers - the first player from that level to appear for the club since Ollie Bassett's pair of appearances in 2015. But the closest the team went to getting something out of the match in the closing stages was when Gary Warren hooked the ball over the bar inside a crowded goalmouth. As the final whistle blew, attention turned to the 'what if' - What if Diallang Jaiyesimi's goal had stood, and what if Alex Fisher's penalty had been converted. Villa will progress, but they didn't have it easy on the night.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Aston Villa 1.

Scorers: Conor Hourihane (0-1, 77 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
21. Wes McDonald, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 8. Reece Cole, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 15. Gabriel Rogers (85 mins for Alex Fisher), 17. Alex Pattison (33 mins for Reece Cole), 19. Korrey Henry (82 mins for Diallang Jaiyesimi), 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke, 30. Alefe Santos

Aston Villa:
23. Andre Moreira 2. Ritchie De Laet 4. Axel Tuanzebe 24. Tommy Elphick 3. Neil Taylor 6. Glenn Whelan 14. Conor Hourihane 34. Jake Doyle-Hayes 19. Andre Green 37. Albert Adomah 29. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy

Substitutes:
31. Mark Bunn, 16. James Bree (83 mins for Andre Green), 5. James Chester, 7. John McGinn, 10. Jack Grealish (57 mins for Jake Doyle-Hayes), 36. Harry McKirdy, 26. Jonathan Kodjia (58 mins for Rushian Hepburn-Murphy)

Yeovil Bookings: Gary Warren (off the ball incident, 63 mins), Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 65 mins)

Aston Villa Bookings: Conor Hourihane (foul, 24 mins), Jake Doyle-Hayes (foul, 44 mins), Tommy Elphick (foul, 59 mins), Jonathan Kodjia (off the ball incident, 63 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 37%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.

Aston Villa Match Statistics: Possession: 63%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 15.

Referee: John Brooks (Leicestershire). Assistants: Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Tim Robinson (West Sussex).

Attendance: 6,123 (with 1,966 Aston Villa supporters).


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14 August 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Tuesday night's League Cup match against Aston Villa at Huish Park. The match sees four changes to their starting line-up for the match. Defender Shaun Donnellan was substituted at half time during the Mansfield Town match with a thigh strain and he is off the teamsheet entirely, replaced by Gary Warren. Right-back Tom James returns from his suspension and takes the place of Bevis Mugabi

In midfield Alefe Santos drops to the bench, replaced by Brentford loanee Reece Cole. Up front, Francois Zoko picked up a knock on Saturday and he is replaced by Alex Fisher.

The Glovers have two long term absentees, with midfielder Jake Gray having been out since February with an ankle problem - he's not expected to return until September. In addition James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Winger Rhys Browne's hamstring injury will keep him out during August, whilst Stuart Nelson is expected to be out for the next one or two games with a calf injury. Midfielder Jordan Green serves the second of a three match suspension.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
21. Wes McDonald, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 8. Reece Cole, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 17. Alex Pattison, 19. Korrey Henry, 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke, 30. Alefe Santos

Aston Villa:
23. Andre Moreira 2. Ritchie De Laet 4. Axel Tuanzebe 24. Tommy Elphick 3. Neil Taylor 6. Glenn Whelan 14. Conor Hourihane 34. Jake Doyle-Hayes 19. Andre Green 37. Albert Adomah 29. Rushian Hepburn-Murphy

Substitutes:
Mark Bunn, James Bree, James Chester, John McGinn, Jack Grealish, Harry McKirdy, Jonathan Kodjia

NOTE: Due to rule changes made this summer, there will be no extra time in this season's League Cup competition. With the exception of the Wembley final, all fixtures will be settled by just 90 minutes worth of football, with games going directly to penalties if the match is drawn - the same rules that the sister Football League Trophy uses.


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14 August 2018 : Card Payments For Tonight's Aston Villa Game
At present, Yeovil Town's Huish Park Ticket Office is experiencing problems concerning card payments. This is part of a global problem affecting Mastercard that is affecting chip-and-pin card terminals, and at present the club are unable to use these devices. Whilst Mastercard are trying to fix the issue, it may not be fixed prior to tonight's match against Aston Villa.

The club can by exception manually enter card payments by typing in the card numbers and billing addresses, but clearly that is going to slow things down significantly. Hence if you have not purchased a ticket for this game yet, you are strongly advised to take enough CASH to pay for your tickets to help keep queues moving.

We've not been given confirmation, but we suspect that the same problem will also affect the Huish Park Club Shop.

Link: Roadworks And Partial Closure Near Huish Park During July And August.

Link: Ticket Pricing For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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14 August 2018 : Way Challenging Players To Get Noticed In Televised Cup Game
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that the staging of tonight's televised League Cup tie against Aston Villa should be an opportunity for his players to get noticed. The match is being covered in full on Sky Sports as one of two First Round ties selected for live transmission, and that will put both the playing squad and the stadium on the national map for the evening.

Way has told BBC Somerset that he believes that any players that have ambitions will want to use such matches as a chance to further themselves, and that little things like seeing Sky's subcontractors fitting television gantries around the ground in the lead-up to the fixture would make them realise that this was not an ordinary game:

"Every player at Yeovil, if they've got ambition, they want to be noticed. You get noticed by cup games. You can hear the noise outside the ground now where there are (television) gantries going up. So there's a lot of preparation that you lead up to in a Sky game and the players would sense that."

The Glovers boss predicted that Villa would make some squad changes, and that anyone hoping to see 22 year old winger Jack Grealish - the subject of extreme transfer speculation from Tottenham Hotspur during the summer Transfer Window - might be disappointed. Regardless of which side Villa put out though he said his side wouldn't be fearful:

"Well again it's nothing to be fearful of. We're coming up against eleven players. What team he plays, and whether Jack Grealish plays, I doubt it. You can see the owners have got very very deep pockets to be able to keep that type of player. But I think they may make one or two changes."

Way had extreme praise for Villa manager Steve Bruce, who was appointed as manager at Villa Park in October 2016, just after their relegation from the Premier League, and whilst they were on a horrific run of form, particularly away from home. Bruce managed to provide a turnaround on his club's fortunes during the 2017-18 season, despite a backdrop of financial issues and ownership changes, and took them to the Championship play-off final in May, ultimately losing to Fulham. The Glovers boss felt he had done a great job to transform them back into being a side capable of reaching the Premier League once again:

"It's just the way that he deals with football management. It's sheer class, the way that he dealt with the pressure that he was under, when he was trying to remould a football club that was in chaos. I think he's done a great job, and I can totally understand why Steve Bruce is still at Aston Villa, because he's one of the best managers with one of the best CVs to suggest that he can get Aston Villa back in the Premier League."

Yeovil's team tonight will see a number of players absent for the fixture. Long term injuries have kept midfielders James Bailey (knee) and Jake Gray (ankle) out since last season, and currently they are joined by Stuart Nelson (calf) and Rhys Browne (hamstring) that have much shorter recovery times expected. Winger Jordan Green will also be missing, as he serves the second of a three match suspension. There are two significant doubts for tonight - Shaun Donnellan went off at half time against Mansfield with a thigh problem that has been troubling him for a couple of weeks, whilst Francois Zoko appeared to jar ligaments in the same match, seeing him limp off in the 89th minute, despite it leaving his side down to ten men.


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14 August 2018 : Diallang Jaiyesimi Talks About The Mansfield Town Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Mansfield Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's on loan winger/striker Diallang Jaiyesimi spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the Norwich City player gives his thoughts on his first goal for the club and his arrival in Somerset, including what sort of positions he has tended to play so far. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Diallang Jaiyesimi Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Mansfield Town.


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14 August 2018 : Villa Expected To Co-Opt Five Younger Players For Tonight's League Cup Clash
Clues as to what sort of a team Aston Villa will field for Tuesday night's League Cup First Round tie at Huish Park can be obtained from their Monday evening Premier League 2 match. They staged an Under-23 fixture against Norwich City Under-23s that allowed those analysing the teamsheet to make strong predictions as to who may have headed down to Somerset on their first team coach.

The presence of striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy in Aston Villa's squad tonight won't be a surprise given that he's played in both of their Championship games so far this season. However, they also left out four other prominent Under-23s players from Monday night's fixture, which suggests that - allowing for unreported injuries - they would be part of tonight's squad.

Centre-back Easah Suliman has had recent loan experience with Cheltenham Town and Grimsby Town. Midfielder Jake Doyle-Hayes is a 19 year old who they've got under contract until 2020 and is a Republic of Ireland youth international. Winger Corey Blackett-Taylor has made two senior appearances for Villa, with his second coming in a League Cup game last season, and so may get a third tonight. Finally striker Harry McKirdy is well known to those following League Two sides, given the 21 year old has spent the last two seasons on loan with Stevenage and Crewe Alexandra, playing 29 times at this level.

More local football fans may want to keep an eye out for right-winger Albert Adomah and striker Jonathan Kodjia. Both are former Bristol City players that have been a regular part of Villa's first team squad over the last couple of years.


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14 August 2018 : Reminder Of Partial Road Closures Near Huish Park Tonight
If you've not been to Huish Park for any of Yeovil Town's pre-season friendlies, or Saturday's League Two match against Mansfield Town, you may not be aware of significant roadworks in the area. The loop around Huish Park, encompassing Lufton Way and Western Avenue is currently running as a partial one-way system, given that one leg of Lufton Way will be closed to Eastbound traffic.

This will affect parking options around the roadworks, but will particularly affect those wanting to leave the ground from the Main Stand side of the ground and head towards the Preston Road (Asda/Palmers) Roundabout. You'll be forced to go clockwise via Western Avenue, which is likely to cause congestion where you meet traffic leaving from the East (Screwfix) Stand car park.

For tonight's match there will be special traffic management procedures in place. Following the final whistle exit from the ground will only be from Lufton Way or Copse Road into Western Avenue - i.e. you'll be forced to turn right when you come out of both Main Stand and East Stand car parks. There will be two lanes exiting Copse Road - use the left hand lane if you intend to go via Thorne Lane and the A37 and use the right-hand lane if you are intending to use the A3088 (for the A303) or Preston Road.

For full details on the roadworks, see the July news item, linked below.

Link: Roadworks And Partial Closure Near Huish Park During July And August.

Link: Ticket Pricing For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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14 August 2018 : Villa Close To Sell-Out On Away Allocation For League Cup Clash
Championship side Aston Villa should be taking close to a capacity allocation for tonight's League Cup First Round match against Yeovil Town. The match takes place at Huish Park with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and is live on Sky Sports. Despite the television coverage, as of early Tuesday morning they had just 33 terrace spaces left to sell, meaning that they should have just over 1,900 away supporters at the ground.

That does mean that the Hospitality Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) at Huish Park will only be open to home supporters, due to the volume of spectators expected at the ground. You should therefore collect your matchday ticket from the Ticket Office first, as you'll be asked to show it upon entry into the Marquee.

Whilst all other arrangements tonight should hold as per a normal league fixture, the higher than usual crowd is likely to make Huish Park a busier place than normal. With Sky Sports televising the match, expect there to be pressure to stick to the 7.45p.m. kick-off, even if there is queuing outside. So arrive with plenty of time to spare.

Link: Ticket Pricing For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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13 August 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa
Officials for the League Cup First Round match between Yeovil Town and Aston Villa have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 14th August 2018 with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee John Brooks (Leicestershire).

He was promoted to this level in the summer of 2016, meaning that we've had him just three times, with two of those during the 2016-17 season. The first was for the August 2016 match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, which somehow saw us lose the match 1-0. Mr Brooks had made a brave decision just nine minutes into that match when he considered that Danny Rose had committed a two-footed tackle on Otis Khan and delivered a red card that not too many officials would have done in what was only his second match at that level. After we failed to take advantage of the extra man, he gave Mansfield a second half penalty, after Artur Krysiak fouled inside the box, with the successful spot kick becoming the winner.

For the penalty, that seemed to be the correct decision, with Artur left exposed by some poor defending. As for the red card, there were mixed views in both the Yeovil and Mansfield camps, although not from the perspective you'd expect. The Western Gazette claimed the dismissal was controversial, saying the referee "caused controversy when he sent Rose off after just nine minutes when a yellow card would probably have been more justified." However, Mansfield website StagsNet disagreed, feeling their man deserved to go, saying the referee "got the big decisions right, the red card and the penalty." The Gazette also had complaints about Nathan Smith being allowed to receive treatment for a head injury at the tail end of the first half, adding: "Brooks then bizarrely allowed Smith to be treated for over five minutes on the pitch rather than sending him to the sidelines" - Smith had suffered a head injury and didn't reappear for the second period as he needed stitches in a gash in his head, perhaps giving a clue that the referee saw immediate medical treatment as the priority.

Our second game involving Mr Brooks saw him take charge of the EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s in January 2017. Matches in this competition tend not to get us too animated, but what was worthy of note was that the match referee again did another early dismissal, sending Reading's Sandro Wieser off for a rather red-blooded tackle during the opening 20 minutes. As we observed at the time, the referee was being brutally consistent in his decision-making across the two matches. What was also notable was the card count - across both 2016-17 fixtures he produced 15 yellow cards and two straight red cards.

He was at Huish Park twice in quick succession during the 2017-18 season. The first was the January 2018 FA Cup Third Round tie against Bradford City. On this occasion he had much more of a background role, with four yellow cards and nothing we can recall that was particularly controversial about them. We did worry a bit that an early booking for Jared Bird might lead to a hefty number of cards during the afternoon, given the benchmark he set for a fairly average foul, but he managed to keep things sensible throughout the remainder of the game.

He was then named for the March 2018 match against Forest Green Rovers, but ended up calling it off due to a waterlogged pitch. So he returned a month later for the game that would ensure our Football League survival for the 2017-18 campaign. The game itself was woeful. Rovers were in an identical situation, with both sides needing a draw, and the end result was we got served up with a 0-0 draw that by the second half turned into a pedestrian affair. After the match, manager Darren Way blamed the referee for the quality of the game, although we thought that was horrifically harsh. Visiting keeper Bradley Collins suffered a head injury which contributed to most of the ten minutes of second half injury time, and no referee will try to rush treatment in that situation. When play restarted, it was fairly obvious both sides had the result they wanted, and as long as they played within the rules, there wasn't anything any match officials could do about walking-paced sideways passing.

Mr Brooks came to the attention of the national media back in January 2013, in his role as a Premier League assistant referee, when he was picked up on camera speaking to Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott after a fixture at the Emirates Stadium, suggesting that Lescott and his teammates should go and thank the travelling Man City supporters, given that they had paid £62 for the privilege of supporting their team. The PGMOL (referees' organisation) dropped him from his next game after it became a talking point in the media, on the basis that officials shouldn't get involved in such matters, but it felt harsh given the content of what he said shouldn't have been controversial.

Mr Brooks will be assisted by Mark Pottage (Dorset) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Tim Robinson (West Sussex). The latter is also a League level referee, and so with this being a televised game, the authorities are already prepared if Mr Brooks doesn't finish the game.

Link: August 2016 : Mansfield Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: January 2017 : Yeovil Town 4 Reading Under-21s 2.

Link: January 2018 : Yeovil Town 2 Bradford City 0.

Link: April 2018 : Yeovil Town 0 Forest Green Rovers 0.


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13 August 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Mansfield Town Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Mansfield Town 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 gives his thoughts on the return of Omar Sowunmi, how he signed right-winger Wes McDonald and on the return of Otis Khan to Huish Park. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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12 August 2018 : Outgoing Director Andy Rossiter Explains Why He Stepped Down From The Board
On Thursday, long-standing Director Andy Rossiter resigned his position from the Yeovil Town Board of Directors. Andy had an association with the club dating back to March 1995 when he first stood as a Director of the club, coming in when the Glovers were at their lowest ebb, and on the edge of being relegated down to the Isthmian League. He stood as a Board member that began to turn the club's fortunes around at the time of Graham Roberts' management spell.

Andy took a break from his formal Boardroom duties during the 2000s, due to his relocation to Spain, but still kept strong ties with the club as a supporter, and a club sponsor. He returned to England and then returned to the club's Board in 2010, becoming Chairman of Yeovil Town Academy when it was relaunched in the summer of 2015 under the League's new EPPP structure. He continued in that role until early 2018.

He now steps down from the Board for a second time, although will be maintaining his sponsorship of the away terrace for the 2018-19 season, as the Radio Cabs Away Stand. Andy has provided his full views on his decision to step down from the Yeovil Town Board, including explaining his role in a Consortium that had been set up last season, and his current opinion on the direction that both the club and the Academy are taking.

Andy's thoughts on his resignation are as shown below:

"It is with regret, and a lot of sadness and gut-wrenching heartache, that on Thursday I resigned as a Director of my beloved YTFC. It is well over 20 years ago that John Fry with my help, and twelve other board members started out on a journey to get YTFC out of debt and in to the Football League. We achieved both and just over 15 years ago our promotion to the Football League was achieved. I was the last remaining Director along with John Fry from that group.

"I have many reasons for deciding to resign, the first being that I recently spent a lot of time getting a consortium of local business and wealthy YTFC fans together. I was encouraged to do this by people at the club, along with Mark Palmer. The group was almost complete and had funds to complete the purchase of YTFC and finance it for the years ahead. My belief is Manchester United came to town and the rest is history; any sale was never going to happen after that. After a few further meetings, I realised a purchase was going nowhere. I have signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) with the club, so I am not able to talk about the details of our offer for another 10 months.

"In the main I have enjoyed my time in office at YTFC. The club has some very hard working full and part-time staff members throughout the club. I have always found most of them helpful, whilst I also did several roles at the club. A big thank you goes out to them; many of whom I now consider friends.

"What a fantastic journey it has been - Championship Football as a high point; I felt we never looked out of place there either. We have since had a very poor last three or four seasons by our standards. Over a thousand fans stopped coming last season, I believe mainly down to the lack of results, style of football and our league position. Last season we had just 4 away wins and only 8 wins at home; this may not help encourage the fans back to support this coming season. I do not believe our Manager has the experience or skills set to get us promoted; I will be overjoyed if he does.

"The second reason is that I have stopped believing in the clubs Owner’s (Norman Hayward) vision. I personally and strongly feel it is time for a change of ownership.

"Further to this I do not agree with the John Fry’s views on a few things including how the Academy should be run. After all the blood sweat and tears to establish the Academy I was asked to stand aside because I did not agree with our manager's views on general football matters. I am very disappointed to now see how the club is dismantling the Academy and has treated some staff members off it. These are the very people who got the Academy through it's audit successfully this year just a few months ago. Now they find their positions have become untenable or they have not had their contracts renewed. These same people who recruited and got three scholars to a standard where they have trained with the first team and were good enough, with two getting squad numbers this season.

"I strongly believe the Academy should be focused on coaching and developing all ages to provide income from the club-developed players that could be sold to other clubs, or contracted to our first team squad, with Exeter City FC a good example of this.

"The Academy should be able to provide a more local and stable first team base of players that will have been coached to YTFC standards, along with the clubs philosophy.

"In my opinion, the Academy and all football related business should be controlled by a professional Director of Football, as someone who takes charge of both the Academy and First Team matters including recruitment. Steve Perryman is a good example of this, who has recently retired at Exeter City.

"I will continue to come to matches as a fan first and foremost, but I am now free to give my own views on the team's efforts, and free to question the tactics of the manager. In the long term, I would be happy to return to the Board of Directors, if the right set of circumstances were in place; I would never say never.

"I have always been a fan of the football club, and regardless of what the future holds, I will always want it to succeed. I believe the club needs to plan an uplift and a change in direction in order to restore both a higher position in the football pyramid and the how supporters feel about their football club. I will always fight for what I believe is best for this football club's future
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12 August 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Mansfield Town Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Mansfield Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the match, reveals knocks that both Shaun Donnellan and Gary Warren have been carrying, and also absolutely confirms the amount that West Bromwich Albion were willing to pay for Tom James. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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11 August 2018 : Darren Way Sees A Side Growing In Their Performances After Mansfield Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that his team are 'growing' into what he expects to see this season in League Two. The Glovers boss praised his side's performance and hunger after their 2-2 draw against Mansfield Town at Huish Park that saw Diallang Jaiyesimi and Yoann Arquin score their first goals for the club since signing over the summer.

Way felt that his team had played well against a team that had had seen a lot of money ploughed into their first team squad, with one of those examples being the sight of Otis Khan lining up against his old club, shortly after having completed a summer transfer move unofficially believed to have cost them £150,000. The manager told BBC Somerset he was pleased with his team's quality of play:

"I feel this team at the moment are growing. It's probably the first time as a manager where I've seen a real good hunger. I thought the quality of the football within our play matched that. I think that's the first time. I thought the supporters were excellent throughout and I thought they appreciated that performance. We've got very good players, but we knew that coming up against Mansfield today, you could look at their team from back to front, and it's got experience. The owner has ploughed a lot of money into that football club. They were expected to get promotion last season and probably with the amount of money that they've spent, with Otis Khan being one of them, which was a signficant fee, they've probably got to get promoted this year."

Both Mansfield goals came shortly after throw-ins and free-kicks resulted in secondary balls into the box that saw Craig Davies and Matt Preston capitalise. Way admited that he wasn't happy with the source from those goals, saying that his team needed to make sure that they were switched on when set pieces were taken:

"I was very disappointed. I'm looking at the set plays. We talked about NFL the other day. Actually at what point do you switch on. It's cost us today, no matter how much you look at it. It's cost us and it cost us against Bury, and the players have got to share responsibility and be accountable for that. To go 1-0 up in the manner that we did, and then 1-1 leaves you deflated. But they bounced back for 2-1, and then it was a weak goal to concede. Having said that, there were some amazing performances."


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11 August 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Mansfield Town at Huish Park, video footage is now available online. In addition to the goals from Diallang Jaiyesimi and Yoann Arquin, you can see the two Stags equalising goals, as well as Omar Sowunmi's superb goalline clearance during the second half. Watch two minutes worth of footage via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town Match Highlights.




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11 August 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town
If you watched Saturday's 2-2 draw against Mansfield Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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11 August 2018 : Yeovil 2 Mansfield 2 : Glovers Pegged Back Twice In Home Opener
Yeovil Town drew their first home match of the 2018-19 season at Huish Park this afternoon, as all four goals in a 2-2 scoreline were concentrated into the opening period. The Glovers saw Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi latch onto a bit of Route One for the opener, but former loanee Craig Davies quickly equalised. Then the home side restored their lead as former Stags player Yoann Arquin scored his first for the club, before Matt Preston restored the balance. Both teams needed to organise their defences better than they had in the opening 26 minutes, leading to a much quieter second half, although Omar Sowunmi's second half clearance off his own line ensured his side got a point out of the game, to leave Yeovil in 20th place after two games.

The Glovers went into the match making two enforced changes, due to the double red card obtained last weekend at Bury. Tom James dropped out for Omar Sowunmi who was returning from his own suspension, and that meant that Bevis Mugabi moved to the right-back slot. Jordan Green commenced a three match suspension, with Wes McDonald getting his debut for the club, having joined from Birmingham City during pre-season. In the opposition line-up, Otis Khan and Craig Davies lined up against their former club.

The game got off to a flying start after just five minutes. A long ball over the top from Carl Dickinson caught Mansfield's back line flat-footed, as Diallang Jaiyesimi raced onto the pass. His first touch saw him control the ball, whilst his second saw him roll a shot past Conrad Logan for a 1-0 lead.

Frustratingly they only held that lead for four minutes. Alefe Santos tried to clear the ball from inside his own half, but it got blocked off by a Mansfield player, with the ball ricocheting into the path of former loanee Craig Davies. With him in space, he was able to fire home past Nathan Baxter for an ultra-quick response, at 1-1 after just nine minutes.

Otis Khan, who was booed by many throughout the first period, shot into the side netting after he got into space, but it wasn't long before Yeovil got their noses back in front with the next major chance of the match. Omar Sowunmi fired a shot on goal, and when Conrad Logan only parried the attempt, Yoann Arquin was on hand to follow up the rebound on the far post and fire home from close range at 2-1.

So could Yeovil now hold onto the lead? They could have extended it further when Bevis Mugabi put through Diallang Jaiyesimi, with him behind the Mansfield back line. But as Logan came off his line, his attempt to lift the ball over the keeper also cleared the crossbar. And nine minutes later, the visitors instead drew level once again, as old boy Otis Khan's cross was headed home by Matt Preston for a 2-2 scoreline.

Mansfield finished the half as the stronger side, with Krystian Pearce shooting over the bar after a quickly taken free kick caught the defence napping. Then Tyler Walker shot wide from a Mal Benning pass, with Yeovil's defence and midfield sometimes not too sure whether to play the ball out of their own half, or whether to belt it into Row Z. With four goals though, there could be no complaints about the entertainment.

Half time saw Gary Warren replace Shaun Donnellan, with a thigh problem explained as the reason for his withdrawal. Sessi D'Almeida fired over the crossbar early on, before Alefe Santos was also replaced, with one erratic pass, and a fairly obvious yellow card perhaps contributing to the decision to bring Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison on for his debut. Yeovil again continued to be enterprising with Bevis Mugabi's pass to Diallang Jaiyesimi seeing him turn and shoot inside the box, but dragging it wide. There was then a double effort from Yoann Arquin, with his first shot saved by Logan, but with the second clearing the crossbar.

Mansfield did have their second half moments, and ultimately came the closest to grabbing the fifth goal of the game. Craig Davies had earlier forced Nathan Baxter into a strong low save from an Otis Khan cross, but Baxter had to be grateful to Omar Sowunmi minutes later, as Davies produced a header that had the keeper beaten, with Sowunmi's header off the line coming off the underside of the crossbar before coming back out again.

Yeovil managed to hang in there, and in fact had to play out the final minutes of the match with ten men, after they'd made all three substitutes. Francois Zoko was the victim of a foul from Hayden White, which earned the Stags player a booking. When Zoko tried to get back on to continue, he went down on the deck almost immediately, leading to him slowly limping off with what looked like jarred ligaments. As such, the final four minutes of injury time had to be played out with a little bit of caution - thankfully the closest Mansfield got was a Matt Preston header from an Otis Khan free kick that went wide of the target. It ended all square, giving Yeovil their first point of the 2018-19 season against a side strongly fancied for promotion this season, with the Glovers ending the day in 20th place in the ultra-early League table.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Mansfield Town 2.

Scorers: Diallang Jaiyesimi (1-0, 5 mins), Craig Davies (1-1, 9 mins), Yoann Arquin (2-1, 17 mins), Matt Preston (2-2, 26 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
21. Wes McDonald, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 30. Alefe Santos, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips, 4. Gary Warren (46 mins for Shaun Donnellan), 8. Reece Cole 9. Alex Fisher 15. Gabriel Rogers, 17. Alex Pattison (56 mins for Alefe Santos), 19. Korrey Henry (74 mins for Diallang Jaiyesimi)

Mansfield Town:
1 Conrad Logan
2 Hayden White 4 Matt Preston 5 Krystian Pearce
22 Christopher Hamilton 7 Alexander MacDonald 6 Neal Bishop 10 Otis Khan 3 Malvind Benning
19 Tyler Walker 9 Craig Davies

Substitutes:
12 Robert Olejnik 8 Jacob Mellis (87 mins for Alex MacDonald) 11 Will Atkinson 16 Callum Butcher (83 mins for Craig Davies) 17 Ryan Sweeney 27 Lewis Gibbens 29 Jordan Graham

Yeovil Bookings: Alefe Santos (foul, 55 mins)

Mansfield Town Bookings: Malvind Benning (foul, 45 mins), Neal Bishop (foul, 77 mins), Alex MacDonald (handball, 83 mins), Hayden White (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 12.

Mansfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Neil Hair (Huntingdonshire). Assistants: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Ronald Ganfield (Somerset). Fourth Official: Christopher Wade (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,795 (with 315 Mansfield Town supporters).


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11 August 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's match against Mansfield Town at Huish Park. The match sees two changes to their starting line-up for the match. Right-back Tom James is suspended, and his place in the side is taken by Omar Sowunmi, who has just completed his own suspension - that will mean that Bevis Mugabi moves out onto the right side. Midfielder Jordan Green starts the first of a three match suspension, and his place is taken by former Birmingham City winger Wes McDonald.

The Glovers have two long term absentees, with midfielder Jake Gray having been out since February with an ankle problem - he's not expected to return until September. In addition James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Winger Rhys Browne's hamstring injury will keep him out during August, whilst Stuart Nelson is expected to be out for the next two or three games with a calf injury.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
21. Wes McDonald, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 30. Alefe Santos, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips, 4. Gary Warren, 8. Reece Cole 9. Alex Fisher 15. Gabriel Rogers, 17. Alex Pattison, 19. Korrey Henry

Mansfield Town:
1 Conrad Logan
2 Hayden White 4 Matt Preston 5 Krystian Pearce
22 Christopher Hamilton 7 Alexander MacDonald 6 Neal Bishop 10 Otis Khan 3 Malvind Benning
19 Tyler Walker 9 Craig Davies

Substitutes:
12 Robert Olejnik 8 Jacob Mellis 11 Will Atkinson 16 Callum Butcher 17 Ryan Sweeney 27 Lewis Gibbens 29 Jordan Graham


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11 August 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Mansfield Town Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Mansfield Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset Breakfast Show presenter Claire Carter, Darren gives his views on the Tom James transfer breakdown, the strength of the squad for the coming season, the resignation of Director Andy Rossiter and his target for the 2018-19 campaign. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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11 August 2018 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Mansfield Town Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play their first League Two home match of the 2018-19 season against Mansfield Town. The Glovers Trust will have a presence at this game, and the good news is that they will be back at Huish Park, as well as at The Arrow. Having spent part of the 2017-18 season operating only out of the local pub, they are returning with a gazebo being used close to the Ticket Office prior to kick-off where personnel will be present to take Membership payments, as well as discussing any hot topics that you may have.

Key details for their activities on Saturday 11th August are as follows:

Match: Mansfield Town (H)

Trust Presence: Huish Park (gazebo near Ticket Office) approximately 1.00p.m. to 2.30p.m. and The Arrow - approximately 1.30p.m. to 2.30p.m.

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals and merchandise sales.

Arrow Services: 50/50 draw, membership renewals, 20% discount on pre-match food orders (subject to confirmation by new management team)

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Board Election Process, Alliance Group progress.

Other points of note:
1. Membership renewals are due to cover the 2018/19 season, mailshots have been sent out to past and present members and the usual application mechanisms still apply. You can apply and pay online by heading here or pay in cash at Huish Park or The Arrow.
2. We have introduced a new 'Young Adult' rate of £5 per year that is available for 17 to 21 year olds.
3. We have a renewed presence at Huish Park this season as well as the Arrow. We will be sharing a gazebo-style structure with other supporter groups around the Tamburino Stand vicinity.
4. Details of the AGM date and election timelines will be released shortly. Members who wish to stand for nomination can collect a form from either location or speak to the team for further details.
5. There is a vacancy for the Trust Secretary position. Anyone with good organisational or secretarial skills should read more details here.


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10 August 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Mansfield Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 11th August 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Neil Hair (Huntingdonshire).

As is often the case at this time of the season, Yeovil Town tend to get given a lot of first year officials for them to dip their toes into the water. Mr Hair was promoted to the Football League over the summer, having spent the last two seasons refereeing at National League level. His final match of last season saw him take charge of the National League play-off final at Wembley between Boreham Wood and Tranmere Rovers.

He's taken charge of one match so far, making his Football League debut at Oldham Athletic last Saturday, for a League Two match against Milton Keynes Dons. He produced two yellow cards on the day.

Mr Hair will be assisted by Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Ronald Ganfield (Somerset). The Fourth Official will be Christopher Wade (Hampshire).


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10 August 2018 : Secretary Required For Glovers Trust Board
The Glovers Trust Board urgently require a volunteer who would be willing to take up the position of Trust Secretary, starting with immediate effect. With the Trust Annual General Meeting approaching, this is a significant role within the Trust Management Structure and would suit a member or supporter who is keen to help the Glovers Trust to develop and evolve.

A full Job Description can be found below. If you would like further information wish to apply for the position, please contact Stuart Burrell via the email address chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk

The scope of the role is as follows:

Key Tasks:
• Act as an initial point of contact for those looking to join or seeking information about the Trust.
• Ensure the Trust membership to Supporters Direct is up to date.
• Deal with outgoing and incoming correspondence as required.
• Keep Trust records accurate and up to date.
• Attend all meetings.
• Liaise with Chairperson to arrange meetings.
• Prepare agendas in conjunction with the Chairperson and take minutes from committee meetings.
• Ensure that all Trust members have relevant information before and after meetings.
• Protect the members’ interests by ensuring that the constitution is followed properly and that the Trust is functioning properly.
• To take advice from other sources including legal and financial advice where this is necessary and where the committee does not have the required expertise.
• Ensure that any delegated responsibilities are carried out timely and effectively.

Qualities Required:
• Commitment to attend meetings and accept responsibility for the performance of key tasks as allocated by the committee and/or membership.
• Commitment to the values of the Trust.
• Commitment to support all motions and initiatives undertaken by the committee.
• Committed to undertaking all key tasks defined in the Secretary’s job description.
• Strength of character to ensure that the membership’s interests are protected.

Skills Required:
• An understanding of the Trust movement and the aims and objectives of the Trust.
• Management skills.
• Administrative skills.
• Well organised and conscientious.
• Have tact and discretion.
• Communication skills.
• Be methodical and reliable.
• Be able to maintain confidentiality.
• Be able to react to opportunities and make decisions.

Responsible To:
• The membership of the Trust.
• The Trust Board.


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10 August 2018 : Yeovil Town Appoint New Chief Operating Officer
Yeovil Town have appointed David Mills as the club's new Chief Operating Officer. Although it is badged as a 'newly created position' by the club, its definition appears to mirror that previously occupied by Martyn Starnes between December 2007 and July 2013 at Huish Park as the club's Chief Executive. The club state that he will be responsible for non-first team activity at the club, overseeing Yeovil Town Academy and being Chairman of the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust. Chairman John Fry will be 'concentrating exclusively on strategic policy and ground redevelopment at Huish Park' - the division that he chose when Starnes arrived at the club.

David had been titled as the club's Business Development Manager - that position will now disappear from the club's employment structure. He was also the club's Supporters Director but will be resigning that position with immediate effect due to the conflict of interest. He will remain as an Associate Director - a non-Board position - which he has held since his time with Yeovil Town Ladies, a position he was appointed to in 2013. Chairman John Fry has said of the new appointment:

"Over the last year, David has developed a first-class understanding of how the club needs to move forward off the field. I have given David a mandate to bring change and more positive thinking to off the field operations where they need that type of support. Having said that, there are some hugely committed people in the off the field team and we need to make sure these talented people are best utilised and given support to develop. It is also vital that the Academy and Community Sports Trust operations continue to grow but with improved linkages to the main part of the club, particularly the first team."

The club plan to discuss the future role of the Supporters Director at the next Supporters Alliance Meeting.


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10 August 2018 : Academy Coaching Changes For 2018-19 Season
Yeovil Town's Academy has had leadership changes over the summer, leading into the 2018-19 season. Although the club have not confirmed those personnel changes, those present at the pre-season friendly against Gillingham Town earlier this month, which was run as an Under-18s fixture noted that all of Paul Wilson, Steve Rutter and Antonio Falanga were absent from the dugout area, with first team assistant manager Terry Skiverton and another unidentified coach taking charge of the match.

Our understanding is that all three of Wilson, Rutter and Falanga left the club over the summer, with former Glovers striker Adrian Foster, who had provided coaching and interim Under-18s management on a number of occasions also departing.

The club's annual team photograph for the Academy, covering the 2018-19 season and taken, showed Jamie Harrison and Terry Moore as the two main management/coaching personnel, with all of the above absent from the photo-shoot. Harrison has had a background role within the club's Academy for the past few years as their Academy Co-ordinator, and had also been first team manager of Corsham Town, as well as working with Bristol City's Academy. Harrison stepped down from his Corsham role in July, announcing that he had been promoted to the position of Assistant Academy Manager at Yeovil Town. He explained last month:

"I have had to make a very difficult decision to step down as manager of Corsham Town. I have recently been promoted to assistant Academy manager at Yeovil Town and the role is too demanding to continue. I feel it is only fair to both organisations that I make this decision now."

Moore had been Southampton's Assistant Academy Manager, as well as providing youth coaching for Cardiff City. His time with Saints has seen him provide coaching for players such as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Luke Shaw and James Ward-Prowse during their younger years, whilst he's also done coaching sessions in Alabama in the USA.

The other two personnel pictured in the Academy line-up for the 2018-19 season were Luke Middlewick, who is listed as the Under-16s lead coach, and Josh Knowles, who we can't find any information on, but at a guess may be the Academy physio.


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9 August 2018 : Glovers Director Resigns After Two Spells On Club's Board
Yeovil Town director Andy Rossiter has resigned his position on the club's Board of Directors. The Radio Cabs owner had been in his second spell with the club as a Director, having originally come onto the Board during the late 1990s. He took a break from the Board when he relocated to Spain, but returned to England in 2010 to become a Boardroom member for a second time.

In addition to his resignation, the club have also stated that they are merging the Academy operations into the club's main structure, meaning that they do not plan to replace his role as Chairman of Yeovil Town Academy - a position that he had held since the youth development structure was relaunched, The club suggest that with the Academy and main Football Club having previously operated at arm's length - a typical method to help segregate funding and safeguarding issues - that they will now operate as a single entity.

Rossiter was the club's second longest serving Director, behind Chairman John Fry, having been appointed in March 1995, and he paid tribute to his outgoing director:

"Andy has influenced many different areas of the club during his time as a director, but as his role with the Academy has now ended I fully understand his decision to stand down. I was pleased to hear that despite his decision, Andy will still maintain his strong support of the club both as a fan and as a club sponsor via his business Radio Cabs, for which we are hugely grateful."

The man himself has paid tribute to those that he had worked with at the football club, and said that he would remain as an ordinary supporter at Huish Park in the coming years:

"It was a difficult decision to resign, especially when my best friend and best man at my wedding was John Fry. However, the time was right to go. I will stay as a season ticket holder as I have always been a fan before a director and I wish the club every success for the coming season. I would also like to say that I have nothing but respect for the hardworking part-time and full-time off-the-field staff who deserve a big thank you from me in whichever position I held. My wife and I have also enjoyed my involvement as a director of YTFC, with many directors and their wives now being lifelong friends."


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9 August 2018 : Former Loanee Burn Makes Deadline Day Switch To Seagulls
Former Yeovil Town defender Dan Burn has completed a transfer deadline day move to Brighton and Hove Albion. The 26 year old former Fulham player has agreed a four year contract with the Seagulls, as part of an undisclosed transfer fee, that is being reported in the national press as being worth up to £5 million to his current club Wigan Athletic.

The arrangements are slightly unusual in that Burn is remaining at the DW Stadium until January 2019 before moving down to Sussex. This is in part due to him sustaining a pre-season injury that has stalled his progress, but Brighton have been happy enough to commit to putting him on a permanent contract that will see him back in the Premier League for the second half of the 2018-19 season. Manager Chris Hughton has said of the signing:

"We are delighted to welcome Dan to the club. He has a wealth of experience from his time with Fulham, Birmingham City and Wigan amongst others. He's an imposing figure and had an excellent season helping Wigan to the League One championship. He also impressed in an excellent FA Cup run to last season's quarter-finals. He's currently recovering from an injury sustained during pre-season, but he will remain with Wigan. That also benefits both Dan and ourselves as it will enable him to get fully up to speed in terms of fitness before January."

Burn's move will see him team up with Shane Duffy in January. Although both were highly successful Glovers loanees, they did not play in the same team, with Duffy acting as Burn's replacement, after the latter had been part of Yeovil Town's 2012-13 League One Play-Off Winning team, scoring one of the goals in their 2-1 win at Wembley Stadium against Brentford.

Link: Dan Burn : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 August 2018 : Tom James 'Still Here As We Speak'
All appears to be quiet on the Western front concerning Yeovil Town on transfer deadline day with respect to the club's incomings and outgoings. At present there is no sign from either the Yeovil Town end or the Swansea City end that there is anything concrete about to happen with defender Tom James, who earlier in the week was linked with another transfer bid by The Sun and Sky Sports.

With clubs having until 5.00p.m. to complete permanent transfers involving a transfer fee, the expectation would be that if anything was about to happen, that James would be in a car heading over the Severn Bridge. However, the lunchtime view from manager Darren Way to BBC local radio was that James was still at Huish Park:

"You can never say never. He's got until Five O'Clock. He's still here as we speak. If it happens we wish him well, and if it don't he's fully committed to Yeovil Town FC."

Swansea's side of things doesn't point to any movement in that direction. Their first team manager Graham Potter is unwell and has taken the day off. Assistant Billy Reid has confirmed that they have Declan John in for a medical, and so is expected to sign. They still believe that some of midfielder Sam Clucas or centre-backs Federico Fernandez or Jordi Amat could leave the club before 5.00p.m. but nothing has materialised yet. If Fernandez or Amat were to go, that could see Swansea after defensive replacements, but at present their main efforts appear to be for them to reduce their Premier League wage bill.

In truth, whilst today's Transfer Deadline Day may capture the attention of Sky Sports and the national media, it may not be quite so significant for League One and League Two sides. When the new rules were voted in by the Football League in February 2018, the door was left wide open enough to allow deals involving loan agreements, free agents and for free transfers between Football League sides to still be conducted up until the end of August. Thus there is enough wiggle room to still conduct the sort of business that most clubs at this level would normally see through. The August 31st deadline may be more more significant to fourth tier clubs still trying to complete their squads.


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9 August 2018 : Krysiak Makes Norwegian Move After Glovers Exit
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak has moved to Norway for the next stage of his professional career. After heading back to Poland over the summer, and holding talks and trialing with a couple of clubs in his home country, he has decided to sign for Norwegian club FK Bodo, commonly known as Glimt in their home country.

Artur has signed an agreement with his new club that will keep him there until 2019. He joins a side that won the Norwegian First Division in 2017, and are now playing in the Eliteserien - Norway's top flight division. He reveals that he has been out there since the start of August, training with the club:

"I'm very excited. I have been training with the team for the last ten days and had good contact with the players and especially the coaches. It is important for me to have a good relationship with the coaches. We have the same style and the same ideas. I am very pleased to have signed with Bodo. When you get into the dressing room and the boys talk to you, you are open and attentive, so you know it's a good gang. In Bodo, the team will have ball possession and play. They are very good and I look forward to doing my very best for the club. I'm sure I can share both ideas and experiences with the team."

The expectation is that Krysiak's wife and eight-month-old daughter will be moving out to Norway with him, in due course.

Link: Artur Krysiak : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 August 2018 : Carl Dickinson Talks About The Bury Defeat
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Bury at Gigg Lane, Yeovil Town left-back Carl Dickinson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Carl gives his view on the game and the key incidents. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Carl Dickinson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against Bury.


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8 August 2018 : Former Academy Keeper Given Magpies Loan
Former Yeovil Town Academy player Kingsley Latham has gone out on loan for first team experience. The Southampton keeper has signed an agreement with Southern League Premier South side Dorchester Town that will keep him at the Avenue Stadium until January 2018.

The 19 year old has been present in Dorset throughout pre-season, although officially as a trialist. That anonymity didn't last too long when Yeovil Town arrived for a pre-season friendly on July 24th, with some fans able to recognise Latham between the sticks from his time with the Yeovil Town Under-18 side. He didn't have the best of nights against his old club, given he allowed a speculative Yoann Arquin 40 yard drive to squirm underneath him for the opening goal. But it appears that across the whole pre-season schedule he has done enough to impress Dorchester's management team.

Magpies boss Steve Thompson admits that he didn't know a lot about Latham when he took him on trial. However, just before he left Dorchester for Exeter City, former Glovers goalkeeper Chris Weale gave Thommo a tip-off and suggested that he should look at him. Steve told the Daily Echo how he got to know him:

"Obviously Kingsley is a goalkeeper and we needed to bring one in. Chris Weale recommended him – I knew nothing about him. I spoke to Southampton Academy and they were keen for him to go out and get that experience of men's football that Kingsley needs. He's a very big lad, 6'4" or 6'5" and he's learning the game. I think he's a good prospect and hopefully he can develop very quickly as has happened with other players that have joined the club."

Kingsley left Yeovil Town in February 2017 after a short trial with Southampton, with the Glovers receiving an undisclosed compensation fee under the EPPP Academy system rules. He was initially given a contract until June 2018, but Southampton have now extended that by a year, to run until next summer.


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7 August 2018 : Former Loanee Wing Gains First Championship Start For Boro
Barely a few weeks ago, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he was trying to bring back Middlesbrough attacking midfielder Lewis Wing on loan for a second spell at Huish Park. The implication was that he would be trying to reserve one of his five loan slots for the 2018-19 season for one of the better performers of the second half of last season.

Last week thoughts of that happening appeared to be dampened by the arrival of Alex Pattison on loan - a similar style of player from the same club, implying that Boro had offered the Glovers a 'Plan B'. That has tended to look the case in the last few days, with Wing having made his debut in the Championship for his parent club on Saturday, following that up by gaining his first league start for the club at the Riverside Stadium in their 3-0 win over Sheffield United.

His impact in his first two games has been obvious. On Saturday he came on as a 56th substitute against Millwall at the New Den. At that point his side was 2-0 down, but they managed to grab a 2-2 draw, with Wing providing the assist for George Friend's 97th minute equaliser. On Tuesday night he started the match, and again had an impact on the result, providing a cross into the box for Aden Flint to head home Boro's second of the evening - by the time he came off 82 minutes into the match his side had the game wrapped up with a 3-0 win.

Wing played in six out of Middlesbrough's eight pre-season friendlies, again providing assists for a number of goals. Speaking just before the opening day of the season, he admitted he was aware that he was on the edge of first team selection, having been fully involved in their first team squad, but was trying to adopt a wait-and-see policy:

"I just want to break through to the first team and hopefully go from there. I've had a good pre-season so hopefully I’m asking questions. I want to see what happens here first but I'm not ruling out a loan. I'm just going to see what happens in the next couple of weeks. I don't think I've done anything wrong, I've worked hard, I’ve kept my head down and even if I'm not in the squad I'll just keep digging away and hopefully it will come. I just keep pinching myself saying 'it's real'. I've just really enjoyed getting to know the lads, they're a good group and I'm looking forward to the season with them. I think we are looking strong, we've got a strong team and I think we are going to be a real success this year."

Wing's early breakthrough would imply that he will now stay with Middlesbrough, with it looking likely that the 23 year old will be in Boro's first team squad in some capacity for the short and medium term. Again speaking in the lead-up to that Championship debut, he acknowledged the experience that he'd gained at Huish Park last season, and felt it had helped develop him:

"It was a really good experience to be fair. I think I finished with 25 games and I played every minute and every second so it was good experience, a good learning curve and made me the player I am today."


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7 August 2018 : Heatherson Goes Pro With New Ladies Contract
The last time Annie Heatherson kicked a ball for Yeovil Town Ladies FC in a competitive match was back on the 20th May at South Shields, where she scored a first half goal, in the 2-1 defeat to Sunderland. But gleaming with a big smile and re-energised, Annie has signed a professional contract, which will see her remain as a Yeovil Town Ladies FC player for the 2018-19 FA Women’s Super League season.

In her self made video, created inside the Performance Gym at the clubs training ground of Bridgwater and Taunton College, she said "I'm really excited to have signed my professional contract with Yeovil Town this year. The girls are all raring to go and cant wait for the season to start."

Under new leadership in Lee Burch, the new Head Coach has been pleased by what he's seen of Heatherson saying: "Annie has already shown me a great passion, belief and desire for both the club and the team. She has impressed me with her attitude both on and off the pitch and above all, her quality with the football has shone through. I'm looking forward to seeing what Annie can achieve for us this season and I'm really pleased to have signed her."

If you've not purchased your 2018-19 Season Ticket for Yeovil Town Ladies, you can do so by clicking here.




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7 August 2018 : National Press Link James With Another Championship Bid
Yeovil Town defender Tom James is once again being linked with a move away from Huish Park. Last Thursday saw his planned transfer to West Bromwich Albion collapse, with mixed messages from the Glovers end and Hawthorns end as to what killed that deal. Since then, West Brom have brought in Manchester City loan defender Tosin Adarabioyo on loan, who appears to fill the hole they were trying to deal with. So that just leaves the question of Swansea City, who had been generally named as the lead party in any James interest, yet didn't appear to have put any money on the table.

The story now is that Swansea are belatedly interested, having hovered around the edges of the rumourmill throughout the summer. The theory with the South Wales club was that they were unable to place a firm bid for James until they had offloaded some of their former Premier League players, with them now having to comply with the Football League's version of the Financial Fair Play rules. Claims made by The Sun (pinch of salt required!) are that boss Graham Potter is 'ready to sign' James, with a £400,000 figure mentioned. On Twitter, there is also a report that a Welsh journalist has echoed this, although it's not clear if this is a reaction to The Sun's information, or whether he's got that from closer to home.

What might have changed Swansea's perspective in the last few days is that on August 2nd, they sold centre-back Alfie Mawson to Fulham for £20 million. Earlier in the summer, Kyle Bartley had moved to West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee. However, they still have Kyle Naughton and Connor Roberts on their books as dedicated right-backs, so it may still come down to whether Naughton is likely to come off their wage bill before the transfer window closes on Thursday. At present all the signs are that Swansea have put him up for sale, but he missed their opening match of the season against Sheffield United with a groin problem and so may not be available for sale before the deadline.

On Saturday, manager Darren Way said in his pre-match interview that "I still think there will probably be one more bid" and "there will be scouts here today" which tended to suggest that he was still aware of interest from other clubs. The permanent transfer window deadline is 5.00p.m. on Thursday 9th August, although that is a bit of a fudge, with clubs still able to negotiate loan transfers with a January permanent transfer agreed, right up until the end of August.


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6 August 2018 : GWSC Travel For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Notts County. The match takes place at Meadow Lane on Friday 17th August 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Notts County : Friday 17th August 2018.
Huish Park: 12.30p.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

UPDATE: Departure time corrected to 12.30p.m. - had previously stated 12.00 noon.

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: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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6 August 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Bury Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Bury kicked off at Gigg Lane, 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 injuries to Stuart Nelson and Rhys Browne, the debut for Norwich City winger Diallang Jaiyesimi and his views on the week that Tom James experienced - before events of the game unfolded.

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


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6 August 2018 : Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Colchester United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 2nd October 2018 at the Community Stadium with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Fans intending to make the trip should note that there is a monumentally complicated sliding scale of admission prices, based on how early you purchase your ticket.

The effect of this is that an Adult ticket can cost as much as £7.50 less if you purchase your ticket now, compared to if you leave it until matchday itself.

Tickets Purchased Up to August 27th:
Adults: £16.50; Concessions: £12.00; Under-18s: £8.50; Under-14s: £3.50; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.50.

Tickets Purchased Up to September 10th:
Adults: £18.00; Concessions: £14.00; Under-18s: £9.50; Under-14s: £4.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.50.

Tickets Purchased Up to September 25th:
Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £15.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-14s: £4.50; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.50.

Tickets Purchased Up to October 1st:
Adults: £22.00; Concessions: £16.00; Under-18s: £11.50; Under-14s: £5.00; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.50.

Tickets Purchased On Matchday (From The Community Stadium):
Adults: £24.00; Concessions: £18.00; Under-18s: £13.50; Under-14s: £5.50; Under-11s: FREE*; Additional U11s: £1.50.

The free tickets for Under-11s are sold only if you are purchasing an Adult ticket at the same time. You can get up to four Under-11 tickets under a single adult ticket. After that the 'Additional Under-11s' charge applies.

The Concessionary rate applies to Over-65s and members of the Armed Forces (with ID).

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge, provided they are on the middle or higher rate of Disabled Living Allowance. The main ticket price is as per the age bracket above.

Parking at the ground can be prebooked at www.colutickets.com. For disabled parking call 01206 755161.

Given the complexities of the above pricing structure, the Ticket Office will not be selling these online - you'll need to call them on 01935-847888 or visit the Ticket Office in person.

We've done several different locations at Colchester's current ground, but for our last few visits, away fans have been switched to the East Stand, getting a couple of blocks, with Block E1 being their starting point. This is the one nearest the corner flag where the East and North Stands join.

Link: Ticket Pricing For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa.

Link: Ticket Pricing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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6 August 2018 : Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Ticket prices for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Notts County are now available. The match takes place on Friday 17th August 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Meadow Lane. The match was moved from its normal Saturday slot, due to an international cricket match taking place at Trent Bridge on that day.

Notts County have heavily reduced admission prices for this fixture, to a flat rate around the ground. This will mean the following prices are in effect for advance purchases:

Adults and Over-65s: £10.00; Under-18s: £5.00; Under-12s: £1.00; Under-7s: FREE.

All Under-12s and Under-7s tickets must be purchased along with an Adult/Senior ticket. Disabled supporters pay the above rates, but can take an assistant free of charge if they are on the Higher Rate of disability.

With the exception of the Under-7s rate, all prices will increase on the day by £2.00. If you buy on the day, it is a CASH ONLY booth next to the away end, where there may be queuing on the night.

Update: At present, tickets are not on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. However, they will go on sale on Tuesday 7th August 2018, from 9.00a.m.

Link: Ticket Pricing For Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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5 August 2018 : Way Explains Nelson and Browne Injuries
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has explained why goalkeeper Stuart Nelson and winger Rhys Browne did not make the teamsheet for yesterday's League Two opening fixture against Bury at Gigg Lane. With both having been regulars during the pre-season schedule, their exclusion from the teamsheet was a surprise, but was explained as being caused by injuries.

Nelson had played every minute of every main pre-season match, but he picked up a calf injury on the training ground, that is expected to keep him out for between two and four weeks. Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter got a chance for his debut for the club as a result. Way explained to BBC Somerset what had happened to Nelson and admitted that it had disrupted his planning:

"He's pulled a muscle within his calf. We're probably looking at two-to-four weeks. That's disappointing because I've probably changed the whole style of play, knowing that I've got a keeper that can distribute the ball from back to front. But I'm expecting exactly the same from Nathan Baxter. The only problem I've got is I've not seen a lot of him in training. But he'll be fine and he'll be able to handle that."

The absence of Rhys Browne was rather more obvious to those fans who were present at the final main pre-season friendly at Corby Town. He went down in pain early in the second half during that match and immediately signalled to the bench that he had a problem. That's been diagnosed as a hamstring injury, and the BBC local radio coverage yesterday said that they expected him to be absent for around four or five weeks. Way said that despite that, he was happy with the overall outcome of his pre-season schedule:

"Rhys is unfortunate as he got injured against Corby. He's had a fantastic pre-season, but it's someone else's opportunity. So overall I look at it and I feel there are other clubs that are perhaps carrying three or four injuries. But I've managed to only lose two out of the whole eleven that I've worked with in every single game."

Yeovil Town have two other long term absentees, with Jake Gray's February ankle injury expected to keep him out until September. Meanwhile midfielder James Bailey had a knee operation in July 2018, and hasn't been seen since Boxing Day 2017. A date for his return hasn't been made clear at this stage.

The Football Association are expected to confirm bans for defender Tom James and midfielder Jordan Green tomorrow. James should receive a single match suspension for his two bookable offences he received at Bury, whilst Green's serious foul play is expected to earn him a three match ban.


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4 August 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Bury Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Bury at Gigg Lane, 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 two red cards, and the overall team performance via the link below.

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


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4 August 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Bury vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Bury at Gigg Lane, 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 Bury vs Yeovil Town.


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4 August 2018 : Video : Bury 1 Yeovil Town 0 : Match Highlights
For those who want to watch the match highlights of Yeovil Town's 1-0 defeat against Bury at Gigg Lane, these are now online. You can see around 1.5 minutes of footage that shows you both red cards issued to Tom James and Jordan Green as well as the eventual winning goal from Gold Omotayo. Watch via the Sky Sports website below.

Link: Sky Sports : Bury 1 Yeovil Town 0 : Match Highlights.




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4 August 2018 : Darren Way Admits Ill-Discipline Cost His Side The Game
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that a lack of discipline from his players cost them the game, after they went down to defeat on the opening day of the 2018-19 season. The Glovers boss was unimpressed by Tom James, who received his marching orders in the 54th minute of the match, having picked up two yellow cards during the match against Bury. When Jordan Green followed him into the dressing room 13 minutes later for a studs up tackle, that left his side down to nine men, and gave the Shakers the opportunity to score an 89th minute winning goal through Gold Omotayo.

Way said that the players had been told to take the responsibility of their own discipline, following a 2017-18 season that had seen them pick up ten red cards. He said he had discussed the issues with new club captain Francois Zoko, and so saw it as a problem for the players to deal with. Speaking to BBC Somerset, Way's belief was that James' second half tackle had cost his side the game:

"A lack of discipline cost us that game. I like to call my players men. I thought the players that remained on the pitch played like men. But we're very disappointed with that lack of discipline. It's not like we've not talked about this situation. I gave Francois Zoko a sheet. If it was me today, I think the players need to take the responsibility of that discipline, because they are the ones that have set the rules. I felt that really we were the stronger team, but that was a big turning point when Tom got sent off. Tom will be disappointed with that and he has to take responsibility. At 22 years of age, I ask my players to be men, but I felt that situation cost us the game."

Although Way appeared to accept both red cards as being fair, he expressed his frustration with referee Dean Whitestone claiming that he was only making decisions against one team. He believed that Bury's Tom Miller should have suffered a similar fate when he went in for an aerial challenge with Yeovil winger Yoann Arquin, and suggested that Whitestone's failure to deal with that incident was the difference between winning and losing:

"I feel the referees are not making decisions on both teams. There was an incident there, where Yoann Arquin nearly got his cheek bone broken at one stage, and there wasn't even a yellow. Then the boy is in a one-v-one down in the corner, and it was the same player Tom Miller, and he gets a yellow. That's the difference I think, sometimes between winning and losing. But we all know what the situation is with refereeing, as I went to a League Managers meeting the other day, and we spent probably 20 minutes talking about the standard of refereeing. So I don't want to go on about that, as I expect my team to be able to deal with that situation."


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4 August 2018 : Bury 1 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Discipline Problems Continue As They Suffer Late Defeat
Yeovil Town went down to defeat on the opening day of the season, as their poor discipline from last year was carried into the new campaign. It took an 89th minute goal from Bury substitute Gold Omotayo to win the match, as he finished from inside the box, but the end to that game came via the Glovers shooting themselves in the foot on two separate occasions. Defender Tom James was sent off for two bookable offences early in the second half, and 13 minutes later Jordan Green was given a straight red for a studs-up challenge that left Yeovil down to nine men. That led to a fairly even encounter turning into one-way traffic, and Omotayo just about gave the Shakers all three points in the 89th minute as the home team won 1-0.

The Glovers went into the match with five players gaining their debuts for the start of the 2018-19 season. The big surprise in those five was Nathan Baxter, who hadn't played in any of the pre-season matches, being thrown into the deep end after Stuart Nelson picked up a training ground calf injury that ruled him out entirely. The other forced change from many of the pre-season friendlies resulted from Rhys Browne picking up a hamstring injury in last week's match at Corby Town, meaning he'll have a month on the sidelines - to the benefit of Yoann Arquin who started in that position.

The opening stages of the match were relatively quiet, with Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi firing a couple of yards wide, before Nicky Adams committed an awful slice over the bar at the other end. Although Yeovil were bright in the opening ten minutes, gradually the home side began to asset their authority in possession. The Shakers couldn't really threaten the goal too much though. Their best effort on goal came when a Chris Stokes effort took a deflection, with Nathan Baxter saving well and a linesman's flag saving any follow up by Chris Dagnall.

The second half opened with Will Aimsin firing over the bar, but Yeovil managed their best spell of the match after the break, with Francois Zoko's deflected shot forcing home keeper Joe Murphy into his first major save, and that was followed by Yoann Arquin cutting in on his right foot from the wing, before his attempt also deflected, travelling over the crossbar.

But last season, Yeovil Town had the most red cards in the Football League, and although many of the personnel have changed over the summer, that pattern of play hasn't. Tom James had already been booked just before half time, and he went in on a sliding tackle on Danny Mayor ten minutes into the second half. It would have been hard to imagine any other outcome - a second yellow and with the visitors down to ten men. That saw a forced readjustment, with Gary Warren introduced to restore the back four, and Diallang Jaiyesimi withdrawn, to form a 4-4-1.

Bury upped the tempo, and the temperature of the game rose after Alefe Santos lost possession in the middle of the park allowing Neil Danns a chance to race through. When Shaun Donnellan tackled inside the box, Danns went down, leading to a heated argument between the pair and other nearby players over whether Danns had taken a dive. That temperature was still in the game when Jordan Green went in for a rash studs up tackle on Danns, and after a crowd of players surrounded referee Dean Whitestone, he broke clear and produced a straight red card for Green, leaving Yeovil down to nine men, with twenty-plus minutes still left to play.

That turned the game into Attackers vs Defenders, and left Yeovil substituting Francois Zoko for Reece Cole, to leave themselves nominally with Yoann Arquin as the front man in a 4-3-1 formation - but with both of their original strikers off the field. Bury introduced Gold Omotayo for his debut in the closing stages as the remaining nine Yeovil players dug in deep, and the visitors only held out. But in the 89th minute, a Neil Danns ball into the box saw Will Aimson still forward from a set piece, and he knocked the ball into the path of Omotayo who finished inside the box for a 1-0 score that in the final 20 minutes had been on the cards.

Inevitably being down to nine men meant that judging the squad as a whole on a single game becomes almost impossible. Prior to those red cards, the game had been fairly balanced, albeit with the Shakers having much more of possession. But as per last season, keeping eleven men on the field of play has been a thorn in Yeovil Town's side in a repetitive fashion, and so they cannot use that as an excuse for the final score that eventually materialised.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Bury 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Gold Omotayo (89 mins, 1-0)

Bury:
1 Joe Murphy
2 Tom Miller 4 Will Aimson 5 Adam Thompson 6 Eoghan O'Connell 3 Chris Stokes
31 Neil Danns 12 Callum Styles 10 Danny Mayor
11 Chris Dagnall 7 Nicholas Adams

Substitutes:
8 Stephen Dawson 13 Mathew Hudson 15 Byron Moore (65 mins for Tom Miller) 18 Dominic Telford (72 mins for Chris Stokes) 21 Callum McFadzean 27 Gold Omotayo (77 mins for Chris Dagnall) 33 Harry Bunn

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 30. Alefe Santos, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips, 4. Gary Warren (55 mins for Diallang Jaiyesimi) 8. Reece Cole (70 mins for Francois Zoko) 9. Alex Fisher (82 mins for Yoann Arquin) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 21. Wes McDonald

Bury Bookings: Tom Miller (foul, 49 mins), Neil Danns (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (foul, 44 mins), Red Card: Tom James (second bookable offence, 54 mins), Jordan Green (serious foul play, 67 mins)

Bury Match Statistics: Possession: 62%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 11; Fouls: 11.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 38%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Matthew Parry (Merseyside) and Paul Newhouse (County Durham). Fourth Official: Mark Cunliffe (Merseyside).

Attendance: 3,151 (with 227 Yeovil Town supporters)


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4 August 2018 : Two 'Captains' Announced By Club With Zoko Taking Duties Today
Yeovil Town have provided some unusual arrangements for the 2018-19 season, regarding the captaincy of the team. They have named Francois Zoko as the 'club captain' for the 2018-19 season, and the striker has taken the armband for Saturday's League Two opener against Bury. However, they have also announced Omar Sowunmi as having been appointed as 'captain'.

Exactly how this works isn't clear. With Sowunmi suspended today, it is easy to interpret things at Gigg Lane, with Zoko unambiguously taking captaincy duties for the day. However, it's not clear what will happen if both players are selected inside the same eleven.

From a refereeing point of view, he will expect one player to wear the captain's armband on the day, and for that player to be there for the coin toss, and for any 'team' disciplinary issues or instructions that the referee wishes to relay to that club. In practice one player will effectively assume the actual captaincy, with the other becoming vice-captain - how this will work will only become clear once both players are available for selection.


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4 August 2018 : Team News For Bury vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's match against Bury at Gigg Lane. The match sees five players make their debut for the club in the starting line-up, with former Notts County left-back Carl Dickinson, ex-Blackpool midfielder Sessi D'Almeida and Norwich City loan winger/striker Diallang Jaiyesimi all given a chance to impress. There's also a surprise with the first sighting of goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, due to Stuart Nelson having a calf problem. Finally Yoann Arquin starts on the wing due to Rhys Browne picking up an injury last weekend.

Defender Omar Sowunmi serves the second of a two match suspension that commenced last season when he was given a red card against Mansfield Town at the tail end of last season.

The Glovers have two long term absentees, with midfielder Jake Gray having been out since February with an ankle problem - he's not expected to return until September. In addition James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Winger Rhys Browne picked up a hamstring injury at Corby Town last weekend and sits out the match, whilst Stuart Nelson was injured in training this week.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 30. Alefe Santos, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
24. Steve Phillips, 4. Gary Warren, 8. Reece Cole 9. Alex Fisher 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 21. Wes McDonald

Bury:
1 Joe Murphy
2 Tom Miller 4 Will Aimson 5 Adam Thompson 6 Eoghan O'Connell 3 Chris Stokes
31 Neil Danns 12 Callum Styles 10 Danny Mayor
11 Chris Dagnall 7 Nicholas Adams

Substitutes:
8 Stephen Dawson 13 Mathew Hudson 15 Byron Moore 18 Dominic Telford 21 Callum McFadzean 27 Gold Omotayo 33 Harry Bunn


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4 August 2018 : April and May 2018 Man Of The Match Results
The final batch of Man of the Match results from the 2017-18 season are published below. Showing the players that finished last season most strongly, it came as part of a questionable end to that campaign that saw the Glovers thrash Coventry City 6-2, but then fail to win in their final eight matches.

With apologies for taking so long in uploading these results (we will try to do better for the 2018-19 season, provided we don't end up playing two games a week for three consecutive months!) here is the final account of that season:

Coventry City (Away) : Scorers : Alex Fisher (2), Francois Zoko (2), Sam Surridge (2).

1. Francois Zoko 142 (11)
2. Alex Fisher 88 (3)
3. Stuart Nelson 24 (1)
4. Omar Sowunmi 22 (2)
4. Jared Bird 22 (2)
6. Shaun Donnellan 20 (1)
7. Rhys Browne 16 (1)
8. Lewis Wing 14 (0)
8. Jordan Green 14 (0)
10. Jonny Maddison 6 (0)
10. Sam Surridge 6 (0)
12. Ryan Dickson 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 9.62
Performance : 9.62
Entertainment : 9.62
VOTES RECEIVED : 21

Luton Town (Home) : Lost 0-3.

1. Omar Sowunmi 94 (6)
2. Stuart Nelson 50 (2)
3. Jared Bird 48 (4)
4. Alex Fisher 40 (3)
5. Lewis Wing 30 (2)
6. Tom James 30 (1)
7. Jordan Green 24 (1)
8. Bevis Mugabi 8 (0)
9. Steve Phillips 6 (0)
10. Oscar Gobern 4 (0)
10. Shaun Donnellan 4 (0)
12. Sam Surridge 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.26
Performance : 5.68
Entertainment : 4.84
VOTES RECEIVED : 19

Swindon Town (Away) : Drew 2-2. Scorers: Lewis Wing and Alex Fisher.

1. Alex Fisher 30 (3)
2. Lewis Wing 14 (0)
3. Oscar Gobern 6 (0)
4. Jonny Maddison 2 (0)
4. Tom James 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6
Performance : 6.67
Entertainment : 5.33
VOTES RECEIVED : 3

Wycombe Wanderers (Home) : Lost 0-1.

1. Alex Fisher 114 (10)
2. Omar Sowunmi 86 (4)
3. Oscar Gobern 30 (2)
4. Ryan Dickson 22 (1)
5. Jordan Green 18 (0)
6. Tom James 16 (0)
7. Lewis Wing 12 (0)
8. Rhys Browne 10 (1)
9. Shaun Donnellan 10 (0)
10. Otis Khan 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.06
Performance : 7.22
Entertainment : 6.89
VOTES RECEIVED : 18

Accrington Stanley (Away) : Lost 0-2.

1. Omar Sowunmi 10 (1)
1. Alex Fisher 10 (1)
3. Shaun Donnellan 6 (0)
3. Tom James 6 (0)
5. Lewis Wing 2 (0)
5. Marcus Barnes 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4
Performance : 4
Entertainment : 4
VOTES RECEIVED : 2

Notts County (Away) : Lost 1-4. Scorer: Alex Fisher.

1. Alex Fisher 42 (3)
2. Jared Bird 18 (1)
2. Bevis Mugabi 18 (1)
4. Lewis Wing 12 (1)
5. Omar Sowunmi 12 (0)
6. Oscar Gobern 10 (1)
7. Marcus Barnes 10 (0)
8. Shaun Donnellan 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.71
Performance : 5.43
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 7

Forest Green Rovers (Home) : Drew 0-0.

1. Omar Sowunmi 126 (10)
2. Bevis Mugabi 96 (7)
3. Shaun Donnellan 36 (1)
4. Alex Fisher 32 (1)
5. Lewis Wing 22 (1)
6. Tom James 16 (0)
6. Otis Khan 16 (0)
8. Jordan Green 14 (0)
9. Jonny Maddison 12 (1)
10. Oscar Gobern 10 (1)
11. Francois Zoko 6 (0)
11. Marcus Barnes 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.41
Performance : 4.82
Entertainment : 4
VOTES RECEIVED : 22

Mansfield Town (Home) : Lost 2-3 : Scorers : Bevis Mugabi and Francois Zoko.

1. Bevis Mugabi 122 (10)
2. Tom James 80 (4)
3. Omar Sowunmi 46 (3)
4. Lewis Wing 26 (1)
5. Alex Fisher 22 (0)
6. Shaun Donnellan 8 (0)
7. Connor Smith 6 (0)
7. Francois Zoko 6 (0)
7. Otis Khan 6 (0)
10. Jordan Green 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.84
Performance : 6.21
Entertainment : 7.47
VOTES RECEIVED : 19

Lincoln City (Away) : Drew 1-1 : Scorer : Jordan Green.

1. Jared Bird 18 (1)
2. Artur Krysiak 12 (1)
3. Jordan Green 10 (1)
4. Francois Zoko 6 (0)
4. Shaun Donnellan 6 (0)
6. Tom James 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.67
Performance : 8
Entertainment : 7.33
VOTES RECEIVED : 3


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4 August 2018 : Way Sees Glovers As 'Miles Ahead' From Last Season
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes his side are 'miles ahead' of where they were last season. The start to the 2017-18 season saw the club hit with their worst league result in nearly 50 years when they lost 8-2 at Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, but will hope to be going into the 2018-19 campaign in much better shape when they face Bury at Gigg Lane.

The eventual finish to that 2017-18 season was not as bad as the start implied, with Luton ultimately gaining automatic promotion, whilst the Glovers managed a 19th placed slot that kept them afloat. Way said that it was important that even if his team end up in the top half of the table, that they learned how to deal with those bad result so they won more than they lost. Overall though, he told BBC Somerset that his side were miles ahead of last season's preparation and recruitment:

"I've never been in a situation where you get to the second part of the season and you're in the top half of the table, pushing for promotion, consistently winning football matches. You're going to hit adversity, and you're going to lose football matches, with every team. But you want that bouncebackability, where you're winning more games than what you lose. When I look at the squad, and I look at my starting eleven, and where I started the season last year, to where we are this year, we're miles ahead."

Whilst the club have lost Otis Khan to Mansfield Town, and have let three of the old guard leave the building, with Ryan Dickson, Nathan Smith and Artur Krysiak no longer part of the club, they have brought in ten new players for the 2018-19 season. Way hoped that fans would be able to see what he was viewing on the training ground during the coming months:

"It's important that the supporters judge themselves, come to watch a game and see the young talent that we've got, see the experience that we've added, and hopefully they can see what I'm seeing on the training ground every day. If we get results that go along with that, then we can all be successful."

One player who won't be on the teamsheet at Gigg Lane is defender Omar Sowunmi. He picked up a suspension at the end of last season, which rolls into today's match, and so will have to sit out the game. However, the club did get a bonus when he agreed to sign a new contract with the club, despite being out of contract and free to move to another club. Way said that Sowunmi's development as a player was more important than any finances that the club could have got through a compensation fee from any interested club:

"Forget finances, that's where he needs to be right now as far as his development is concerned. Omar trusts me, because he's seen players like Connor Roberts and Otis Khan and how long it's taken them to develop. Realistically, Omar has really only had one season. Normally you benefit on the second season, so if we can keep hold of him next year, we've done very very well."


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4 August 2018 : How Yeovil Town's Team Has Changed Since The End Of Last Season
Yeovil Town's 2018-19 season kicks off on Saturday afternoon, with a League Two match against Bury at Gigg Lane. This week has seen the club ore or less complete their summer shopping, even if there is a bit of time left before the permanent transfer window closes, with the loan transfer window closing at the end of the month.

The club have brought in ten new signings, all of which can be read about in the Player Profiles section of the site. Below we've tried to do a direct comparison between the squad that ended the 2017-18 season, and the one that will start the 2018-19 season.

As a guide to what is below, where players have changed, we've tried to match up the best possible pairing between last season and this season, to enable a fair comparison. In certain areas, there is no available comparison, so we've inserted a 'n/a' (not available) note against this season. For the moment, we've not included the club's two Academy players that have been given first team squad numbers - if you prefer to do so, then they become two 'spare' midfielders for the coming season.

The squad for the coming season, and its comparison with last season, reads as follows:

GOALKEEPERS:
2017-18 2018-19
Stuart Nelson Stuart Nelson
Jonny Maddison Nathan Baxter (loan)
Artur Krysiak n/a

DEFENDERS:
2017-18 2018-19
Tom James Tom James
Bevis Mugabi Bevis Mugabi
Omar Sowunmi Omar Sowunmi
Shaun Donnellan Shaun Donnellan
Nathan Smith Gary Warren
Ryan Dickson Carl Dickinson
Dan Alfei n/a
Corey Whelan (loan) n/a

MIDFIELDERS:
2017-18 2018-19
Rhys Browne Rhys Browne
Jake Gray Jake Gray
James Bailey James Bailey
Alefe Santos Alefe Santos
Jordan Green Jordan Green
Oscar Gobern Sessi D'Almeida
Connor Smith Reece Cole (loan)
Lewis Wing (loan) Alex Pattison (loan)
Jared Bird (loan) Wes McDonald
Otis Khan Yoann Arquin

STRIKERS:
2017-18 2018-19
Francois Zoko Francois Zoko
Alex Fisher Alex Fisher
Sam Surridge (loan) Diallang Jaiyesimi (loan)
Marcus Barnes (loan) Korrey Henry
Ryan Seager (loan) n/a


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3 August 2018 : March 2018 Man Of The Match Results
Just in time for the new season, our disorganised selves haven't mopped up the remaining Man of the Match results. By the skin of our teeth, we bring you the results from the March 2018 matches that made up the penultimate month.

That month saw the club gain one win (against Colchester United), one draw and one defeat, as well as the EFL Trophy exit at the hands of Shrewsbury Town. The final Man of the Match results for those matches are as follows:

Shrewsbury Town (Away, EFL Trophy) : Lost 1-0.

1. Francois Zoko 190 (16)
2. Omar Sowunmi 68 (3)
3. Otis Khan 56 (1)
4. Sam Surridge 34 (1)
5. Ryan Dickson 14 (1)
6. Jonny Maddison 14 (0)
7. Tom James 12 (0)
8. Connor Smith 6 (0)
9. Rhys Browne 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.05
Performance : 6.27
Entertainment : 5.82
VOTES RECEIVED : 22

Newport County (Home) : Lost 0-2.

1. Omar Sowunmi 234 (22)
2. Jordan Green 42 (1)
3. Francois Zoko 40 (1)
4. Connor Smith 32 (0)
5. Tom James 30 (0)
6. Jonny Maddison 20 (0)
7. Ryan Dickson 18 (1)
8. Corey Whelan 8 (0)
9. Lewis Wing 4 (0)
10. Alex Fisher 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.2
Performance : 5.2
Entertainment : 5.2
VOTES RECEIVED : 25

Exeter City (Away) : Drew 0-0.

1. Omar Sowunmi 102 (8)
2. Shaun Donnellan 70 (3)
3. Stuart Nelson 64 (3)
4. Tom James 42 (3)
5. Ryan Dickson 12 (1)
6. Jordan Green 12 (0)
7. Francois Zoko 8 (0)
7. Rhys Browne 8 (0)
9. Lewis Wing 4 (0)
10. Otis Khan 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.78
Performance : 6.67
Entertainment : 6.89
VOTES RECEIVED : 18

Colchester United (Away) : Won 1-0. (Scorer : Alex Fisher).

1. Stuart Nelson 130 (11)
2. Omar Sowunmi 26 (0)
3. Shaun Donnellan 24 (1)
4. Alex Fisher 20 (0)
5. Bevis Mugabi 6 (0)
6. Tom James 4 (0)
7. Jared Bird 2 (0)
8. Jordan Green 2 (0)
9. Francois Zoko 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.42
Performance : 7.67
Entertainment : 7.17
VOTES RECEIVED : 12


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3 August 2018 : 2018-19 Season Preview : Darren Way RoarSport Podcast Interview
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has featured in a lengthy podcast interview, ahead of the 2018-19 season. The RoarSportUK website conducted a 47 minute interview with him on Tuesday, whilst the Tom James transfer talks with West Bromwich Albion were still 'live'.

As part of the interview he talks about the circumstances that led to him taking on the first team manager's job, his position over the last two-and-a-half years, some of the criticism he's received over that time, and the club's falling attendances. He also gives his views on working with Terry Skiverton and Paul Terry and his relationship with Chairman John Fry. He also talks about his plans for the 2018-19 season.

Listen to that interview via the link below. RoarSport UK can be found on Twitter by clicking here.

Link: RoarSport UK : Darren Way Podcast Interview.


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3 August 2018 : Former Loanee Miller Reappears With Latics After A Year Off
Former Yeovil Town striker Ishmael Miller will play in League Two during the 2018-19 season. He has signed a deal with Oldham Athletic, where he had been on trial during pre-season. He has been away from professional football for more-or-less two and a half years, with only a minimal three game spell with Bury taking place since he dropped out of Huddersfield Town's line-up during mid-January 2016.

As far as can be seen, Miller has not suffered any fitness issues over the last few years to explain the radical drop-out of the game. After his 20 game loan spell at Yeovil Town came to an abrupt end during the 2013-14 season, he left Nottingham Forest, and that led to spells with Blackpool and Huddersfield Town also in the Championship, with none of those spells pulling up any trees, but on the other hand he managed to keep his appearance count ticking over.

All of that changed on January 19th 2016. Having given Miller 21 appearances up until that point, midway through the season Huddersfield dropped him, and he never set foot on the pitch again. He spent the 2016-17 season on the books of Bury, but that was almost as fruitless, with him gaining just three substitute appearances to his name. Then in the 2017-18 season, he disappeared entirely off the radar, with no sign that he registered with any club.

Suddenly he's popped up again during pre-season. The connection may be that Oldham Athletic's new boss is Frankie Bunn, who coached Miller at the start of his career at Manchester City. He's been given a one year contract at Boundary Park, and will be wearing the No.11 shirt for them.

Link: Ishmael Miller : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 August 2018 : Pattison Deal Confirmed As Glovers Get Boro Midfielder On Loan
Yeovil Town have completed a move for Middlesbrough midfielder Alex Pattison. The 20 year old is a product of their Academy system, and has had previous loan experience with National League North side York City. He has signed a season-long deal with the club, for the 2018-19 season.

Born in Darlington on September 6th 1997, he was signed by Middlesbrough at the age of nine years old. He progressed through to their Under-18s where he was nominated for the Academy League's Goal of the Month in September 2014 for a strike against Manchester United, and gradually broke into their Under-23 line-up.

Middlesbrough co-opted him into their senior squad for pre-season tours in the summer of 2016 and 2018. His 2017-18 season was disrupted through a broken ankle in July 2017, but when he regained fitness they put him out on loan to York City in December 2017.

Alex becomes Yeovil Town's tenth signing of the summer. So far, the list of arrivals have included Norwich City loan winger Diallang Jaiyesimi, former Notts County left-back Carl Dickinson who has been signed permanently, Chelsea loan keeper Nathan Baxter, former Inverness Caledonian Thistle centre-back Gary Warren, ex-Blackpool and Barnsley midfielder Sessi D'Almeida, ex-West Ham United utility player Korrey Henry, Brentford loan midfielder Reece Cole and former Birmingham City midfielder Wes McDonald.


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3 August 2018 : McDonald Becomes Yeovil's Ninth Signing After Birmingham Exit
Yeovil Town have completed the signing of former Birmingham City winger Wes McDonald. He left the Midlands side at the end of last season, and has agreed a six month deal with the club on a permanent basis. Although flexible in midfield, he generally plays as a right-winger.

Born in Lambeth on May 4th 1997, he made his move from Fulham in December 2013, playing through Birmingham's Under-18s and Under-23 sides. He also had loan spells with non-league sides Nuneaton (in February 2016) and Solihull Moors, playing on five occasions for the latter side during the early part of the 2017-18 season.

Back in February 2018, McDonald was one of four Birmingham junior players who were told that they were free to find other clubs. He played for Queens Park Rangers Under-23s in March 2018 as a trialist, but that did not lead to anything concrete.

Wes becomes Yeovil Town's ninth signing of the summer. So far, the list of arrivals have included Norwich City loan winger Diallang Jaiyesimi, former Notts County left-back Carl Dickinson who has been signed permanently, Chelsea loan keeper Nathan Baxter, former Inverness Caledonian Thistle centre-back Gary Warren, ex-Blackpool and Barnsley midfielder Sessi D'Almeida, ex-West Ham United utility player Korrey Henry, Brentford loan midfielder Reece Cole and French striker/winger Yoann Arquin.


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3 August 2018 : Board Of Directors Changes At Yeovil Town Ladies
As well as preparing for their first year as a professional team on the pitch, Yeovil Town Ladies FC has announced a new Board of Directors to move the Club forward at this exciting time. Announcing the changes, Chairman Steve Allinson is confident that these developments reflect the strategy of growing the Club from a sustainable base through the involvement of experienced business people who all share a commitment to make a difference to women's football in the South West.

Every member of the Board brings different strengths and will be responsible for a particular area of expertise.

Becky Bevins, managing director of Rebecca Bevins HR Consultancy, becomes HR Director and Company Secretary. Alison and Kevin Smith, owners of Brook Financial, become joint Finance Directors and also with responsibility for the Youth section of the Club.

Darren Shulter and Anna Shutler (the former mayor and mayoress of Yeovil) have taken on responsibility for the commercial arm of the Club together with Andy Bevins who will also be the Utilities Director with particular responsibilities on match days.

Sam Reilly, Head of Sports, Outdoor Education and Public Services at Bridgwater and Taunton College, will build on the excellent relationship we have with the College by becoming the Partnership and Education Director.

Katherine Bolton, head of marketing at Yeovil College will be responsible for the strategic marketing and communications plan as the Club seeks to expand its reach into other areas. Mark Jones, Solicitor with Pardoes, will lead on the Community and Engagement programme which the Club sees as one of the key areas to increase awareness of the importance of sport and healthy lifestyle.

Finally, Jamie Sherwood has swapped his dugout role to become Director of Football and provide the Board with a link to the core football work being undertaken by the on field management team. Steve Allinson said of the appointents:

"Every business needs to be constantly evolving and a football Club is no different. We say thank you to both Mark Porter and Ben Tupman who both gave great service to the Club in recent years. Moving forward though, I am thrilled at every one of these appointments as each person brings a particular area of expertise to us and also a real desire to make a difference. Despite being very busy professional people, they are all giving their time and expertise in a non-executive role. The Club is now in a very strong position off the field to face the increased challenges that professional football brings."

Mr Allinson also confirmed that due to other professional and charitable commitments, Emma Britton had reluctantly had to stand down from her honorary role as Club President. He said:

"Emma will always be a great friend of Yeovil Town Ladies FC, but we recognise that she has many demands in her life, and so we look forward to seeing her this year as a fan whenever possible."

The FA Women's Super League fixtures have been released and season tickets are on sale now. To purchase, please click here.


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3 August 2018 : Yeovil Town Linked With Middlesbrough Midfielder
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Middlesbrough midfielder Alex Pattison. The 21 year old is a product of their Academy system, and has had previous loan experience with National League North side York City.

Born in Darlington on September 6th 1997, he was signed by Middlesbrough at the age of nine years old. He progressed through to their Under-18s where he was nominated for the Academy League's Goal of the Month in September 2014 for a strike against Manchester United, and gradually broke into their Under-23 line-up.

Middlesbrough co-opted him into their senior squad for pre-season tours in the summer of 2016 and 2018. His 2017-18 season was disrupted through a broken ankle in July 2017, but when he regained fitness they put him out on loan to York City in December 2017.

The TeamTalk website - part of the Sky Sports group - have stated that Pattison is on his way to Yeovil Town, with the implicatioh that this will be a loan deal. At present neither club has made any comment on this situation, although given the Glovers have been trying to get midfielder Lewis Wing back to the club, it would be no surprise if attention has turned to alternative prospects, given that rave reviews for Wing's pre-season performances suggest that if he goes out on loan anywhere, that Middlesbrough would be attempting to push him higher.


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3 August 2018 : 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Squad Numbers
Yeovil Town's squad numbers for the 2018-19 season have been published. With eight new signings so far, those new players obviously have had their own squad numbers allocated, but there are a couple of changes to existing players numbers. Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson has taken on the No.1 shirt to recognise his new position at the club. Defender Omar Sowunmi has now taken a No.6 shirt, having previously taken No.17.

Last season Rhys Browne held the No.9 shirt but now switches to a more conventional No.7 to reflect his status as a winger. That No.9 shirt is now taken by Alex Fisher. Winger Jordan Green held the No.15 shirt last season, but now takes the No.11 spot. Academy player Gabriel Rogers has been given a first team squad number and takes Green's old shirt. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke is the other Academy player to be given this status.

For those who look for gaps there is no player allocated to the No.2 shirt. Whilst that might have been left, pending the situation with Tom James, that has since resulted in him staying at Huish Park, it might suggest the club are still after a full-back. For the full list of squad numbers, see the first team profile page.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Profiles.


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2 August 2018 : 2018-19 League Two Predictions Survey
It's that time of year again. Every year, we invite Yeovil Town supporters (and other interested readers) to make their predictions concerning how they think the coming season is going to go. Who will be the three clubs that get automatic promotion, and who will go up via the play-offs? Meanwhile which two teams will end up heading down into the National League.

Finally, and particularly if you haven't named them already (!) you are invited to predict where you think Yeovil Town will finish at the end of the season proper. Last season, ten of you correctly predicted the final outcome - just under 5 percent of the total numbers voting - which gives an idea of how tough it is to predict the future.

As before, when you're posting your entry, feel free to use your social media handle/nickname if that is your preferred way of being recognised on the internet, but ideally make it obvious enough that you can pick yourself out if you are one of the fans that successfully predicted any of the key positions. Vote via the link below.

The survey will stay open until Saturday 4th August at 3.00p.m. when the League Two season commences.

Link: 2018-19 League Two Season Prediction Survey.


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2 August 2018 : Arquin Deal Confirmed As Eighth Summer Signing
Yeovil Town have made their eighth signing of the summer. They have completed a deal with former Notts County and Mansfield Town striker Yoann Arquin. The 30 year old has signed a six month contract, following a trial that involved him playing in matches against Plymouth Argyle, Dorchester Town and Corby Town, where the club have often employed him as a left-winger. He is a French-born player, who has most recently been playing in Kazakhstan.

Born in Le Harve, he is a 6'2" forward that played for Nancy, Nantes and Paris St Germain's B Teams, as well as playing for fourth tier side Quimper Kerfeunteun and Paris-based Red Star 93. In the summer of 2011, he moved to England and signed for Hereford United, who at that time were in their final season in the Football League. When they were relegated, he moved to Notts County where he spent two years, making 65 appearances, scoring 13 goals.

Arquin then went north of the border in 2014, where he played for Ross County and St Mirren, before playing in Turkey for 1461 Trabzon and then Syrianska in Sweden. A return to England during the 2016-17 season saw him have a 14 game spell with Mansfield Town, before he went overseas again to sign for Kazakhstan Premier League club FC Kaisar.

Internationally, he's represented the country of Martinique - a French overseas territory - where he has gained 17 caps scoring four goals. Upon signing him, manager Darren Way said of Arquin:

"Yoann adds yet more experience to our squad and knows what League Two is all about. He's hungry to return to English football and we've given him a platform to show what he can do, so he needs to demonstrate that winning mindset to become a big part of this team. His pre-season performances have excited those who've watched and I look forward to seeing more of that in competitive action."

Yoann becomes Yeovil Town's eighth signing of the summer. So far, the list of arrivals have included Norwich City loan winger Diallang Jaiyesimi, former Notts County left-back Carl Dickinson who has been signed permanently, Chelsea loan keeper Nathan Baxter, former Inverness Caledonian Thistle centre-back Gary Warren, ex-Blackpool and Barnsley midfielder Sessi D'Almeida, ex-West Ham United utility player Korrey Henry and Brentford loan midfielder Reece Cole.


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2 August 2018 : Yeovil Town Linked With Former Birmingham Midfielder
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for former Birmingham City midfielder Wes McDonald. He is an ex-Fulham and Crystal Palace academy player who left London as a 16 year old to sign for the Midlands side, but was told he was free to find a new club earlier this year. He's been noted as playing all the way across the midfield area, including both wing positions, although the view of Birmingham fans is that he is predominantly a right winger.

Born in Lambeth on May 4th 1997, he made his move from Fulham in December 2013, playing through Birmingham's Under-18s and Under-23 sides. He also had loan spells with non-league sides Nuneaton (in February 2016) and Solihull Moors, playing on five occasions for the latter side during the early part of the 2017-18 season.

Back in February 2018, McDonald was one of four Birmingham junior players who were told that they were free to find other clubs. He played for Queens Park Rangers Under-23s in March 2018 as a trialist, but that did not lead to anything concrete.

The claims linking McDonald with a move to Yeovil Town are made by a former Sky Sports journalist, who now acts a freelancer producing articles for various national commercial websites. He was one of the two Football Insider journalists who covered this week's story concerning Tom James.


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2 August 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Bury
On Saturday, Yeovil Town open up their 2018-19 season with a trip to Gigg Lane, home of Bury. For those travelling to the game, the Ciderspace guide will give you directions, parking, a pub guide, past meetings and everything you need for your long trip up the M6, Find it via the link below along with other information about the match.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bury.

Link: Ticketing For Bury vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Bury vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Bury vs Yeovil Town.

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2 August 2018 : 2017-18 Season Prediction Survey Results
Just ahead of the 2018-19 season commencing, and a chance for Yeovil Town fans to predict how next season will proceed, we're providing a final look back at the 2017-18 season and how fans predicted things would go. The season ultimately saw Accrington Stanley (1st), Luton Town (2nd) and Wycombe Wanderers (3rd) go up in automatic slots, whilst Coventry City were the play-off winners. At the foot of the division, the relegated teams were Barnet and Chesterfield. Yeovil Town finished in 19th place at the end of the season.

So how did Glovers fans get on with predicting these major positions? Of course almost no-one saw the majestic rise of Accrington Stanley - no-one predicted them as Champions, and only five fans thought they'd get promoted, despite them having had a couple of impressive seasons. Wycombe were also badly predicted, with only 14 fans (11 through automatic promotion) expecting them to go up. Almost the entire supporter base expected Luton Town to go up - it would be easier to list those fans who didn't exect that to happen.

A number of supporters managed to get two of the three automatic promotion teams but no-one got them in the correct order, with the main failing being that too many of you put Luton down as Champions. However, kudos to Daniel Robertson, David Welfare, Matt Tilley, Mike Cleverley, Neil Langsdale, Oldun, Ross McKendrick, Simon Endicott, Will Ranner (Wycombe Wanderers and Luton Town) and Herbie, Kenny Swain, Rob Hampson (Accrington Stanley and Luton Town) who all picked out a pair of the automatically promoted clubs.

For the relegation positions, there was one large snag. Absolutely no-one thought that Chesterfield - relegated from League One at the end of the previous season - would shoot straight through from third tier football, and straight into the National League. Ten of you correctly predicted that Barnet would finish in 23rd place though - these were Antony M, Graham Adams, Mark Spalding, John Underdown, Darren Bryant, Leigh Riggs, Matt Crivelli, Sammack1, Sharon Atkins, Don Gibson, Chris Murton and Nick Johnson.

In terms of where supporters thought their own team might finish, there were ten who managed to get that 19th position spot on. Step forward: Cosmo Radford, Navin, Gavin Dodge, Louis Purchase, Mat Lake, David Welfare, Barry Crossan, Spud Whale, Richard Lane and Kane Woodgate. Well predicted!

By contrast there were four fans who thought Yeovil Town would gain automatic promotion last season! In fairness most opted for positions from 10th place downwards, with only 19 supporters believing the club would occupy any of the top nine places. The most popular positions predicted last season were 14th and 18th - a rather better ratio than we've seen in past seasons where there's been a tendency to over-estimate Yeovil Town's finishing position.

We'll launch the 2018-19 season predictions survey later today.


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2 August 2018 : Tom James Transfer To West Brom Confirmed As OFF
Yeovil Town have confirmed that Tom James' move to West Bromwich Albion has collapsed. The 22 year old will now remain at Huish Park for the 2018-19 season, with yesterday's planned move called off.

Reports earlier today stated that James had failed a medical at the Hawthorns. The club state that he was unable to agree 'personal terms' with the Championship club - a difference of opinion that will doubtless become apparent in the coming weeks and months when he is seen out on the field of play during Yeovil Town's 2018-19 season.

For the time being, any thoughts of Tom James going elsewhere will end. He will remain a Yeovil Town player until further notice.


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2 August 2018 : James Deal Is Claimed To Have Collapsed
Media reports claim that West Bromwich Albion's move for defender Tom James has been called off. The Football Insider website, which has tended to lead the way in terms of this weeks commentary on the Welshman's planned transfer from Huish Park to the Hawthorns, is claiming that although the Glovers had accepted a £400,000 offer, that James had failed a medical yesterday and that the deal will now no longer proceed.

There's not a lot of detail provided by the website, with them just stating that "concerns arose from James' medical and the player is set to return to Yeovil". If so that would leave him theoretically available for Saturday's trip to Bury, provided whatever the nature of the outcome of that medical does not cause Yeovil Town concerns themselves. Sometimes clubs have been known to pull out of deals, if they believe that a player is likely to need treatment or an operation that might delay their availability, and so this may have been what happened. Last season, the 22 year old was a near ever-present, with any absence from the side more down to tactical selection than any question regarding his overall fitness.

As yet, Yeovil Town have not confirmed any issues regarding James' transfer, with them having only declared that a bid for his services had been agreed early on Wednesday morning. West Bromwich Albion will almost certainly keep a diplomatic silence on their decision-making, given they had not gone public over their interest in James.


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1 August 2018 : BBC Points West : Yeovil Town Team Talk Taxi Feature
This week, BBC Points West have been hitting the road, to preview the new football season. In a feature dubbed Team Talk Taxi (which may bear a passing resemblance to a popular car-based karaoke feature!) you get three minutes worth of Alistair Durden driving Yeovil Town manager Darren Way around the town, having a chat and playing a few tunes.

Be warned, this video clip may contains some singing of a questionable nature! Watch via the link below.

Link: BBC Points West : Yeovil Town Team Talk Taxi Feature.


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1 August 2018 : 2018-19 Yeovil Town Ladies Fixtures Released
Fixtures for Yeovil Town Ladies' 2018-19 season have been published. The schedule will see the female Glovers welcome Arsenal Women to Dorchester in first league home game of season on September 19th. That is preceded by a trio of Continental Tyres Cup Group Stage games, with Yeovil facing London Bees at The Hive in the Continental Tyres Cup on 19th August, before welcoming Crystal Palace to Dorchester Town in the same competition on 26th August.

They then travel to top four side Reading Women in the Women's Super League opener on 9th September, before then facing Tottenham Hotspur back in Continental Tyres Cup action, also at Dorchester. They then face last season's SSE FA Women's Cup runners up Arsenal, with the game taking place in midweek under the lights at The Avenue Stadium.

Dorchester's ground has been named as Yeovil's new home ground for the upcoming season, and will host all league and cup matches this coming season, in an effort to ensure stability and continuity of fixtures for fans, sponsors and broadcasters. With that in mind, all Sunday scheduled fixtures will kick off at 3.00p.m. (subject to change if being broadcast live on BT Sport or BBC) with all midweek home games scheduled on Wednesdays with a 7.45p.m. kick off.

Season tickets are on sale now, which permits entry to ALL league and cup home games. To purchase, click here.

The full round up of fixtures are as follows:

19th August 2018 Away v London Bees (Continental Tyres Cup Group Stage)
26th August 2018 Home v Crystal Palace (Continental Tyres Cup Group Stage)
9th September 2018 Away v Reading (FA Women’s Super League)
16th September 2018 Home v Tottenham Hotspur (Continental Tyres Cup Group Stage)
19th September 2018 Home v Arsenal (FA Women’s Super League)
30th September 2018 Away v West Ham (FA Women’s Super League)
14th October 2018 Away v Liverpool (FA Women’s Super League)
21st October 2018 Home v Bristol City (FA Women’s Super League)
28th October 2018 Away v Brighton and Hove Albion (FA Women’s Super League)
4th November 2018 Home v Everton (FA Women’s Super League)
18th November 2018 Away v Chelsea (FA Women’s Super League)
25th November 2018 Home v Manchester City (FA Women’s Super League)
2nd December 2018 Away v Birmingham City (FA Women’s Super League)
6th December 2018 Away v Chelsea (Continental Tyres Cup Group Stage)
9th December 2018 Home West Ham (FA Women’s Super League)
12th December 2018 Home v Brighton and Hove Albion (Continental Tyres Cup Group Stage)
13th January 2019 Home v Liverpool (FA Women’s Super League)
27th January 2019 Away v Bristol City (FA Women’s Super League)
10th February 2019 Home v Reading (FA Women’s Super League)
21st February 2019 Away v Arsenal (FA Women’s Super League)
13th March 2019 Home v Brighton and Hove Albion (FA Women’s Super League)
31st March 2019 Away v Everton (FA Women’s Super League)
21st April 2019 Home v Chelsea (FA Women’s Super League)
28th April 2019 Away v Manchester City (FA Women’s Super League)
12th May 2019 Home v Birmingham City (FA Women’s Super League)

Details are soon to be released regarding an opportunity for fans to watch a pre-season game, ahead of the season starting, along with an open invite to a fans event. More details on this soon.

Season tickets are on sale now, which permits entry to ALL league and cup home games. To purchase, click here.


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1 August 2018 : Glovers Confirm 'Record Fee For A Defender' Received For Tom James
Within half an hour of this morning's news breaking concerning Yeovil Town defender Tom James, the club themselves have now put out a statement confirming today's events. They have stated that they have agreed an 'undisclosed sum' that will provide the club's 'record transfer fee received for a defender'. In the club's statement, they do not name the interested club, but they tag the article with West Bromwich Albion, inadvertantly confirming that they are the club that placed the bid. Thus it seems fairly obvious that it is the reported £400,000 offer that has been circulating this week.

The club say that James will now discuss personal terms and undergo a medical ahead of the move. As such, we'd expect this situation to be completely resolved within the next 24 hours.

Link: Tom James : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 August 2018 : Commercial Website Claims 'Bid Accepted' For Tom James
This week's rumourmill concerning Yeovil Town defender Tom James appears to be speeding up with reports that the Glovers have agreed a transfer fee with Championship side West Bromwich Albion. Commercial website Football Insider, who had been the site to first link the former Cardiff City defender to the West Midlands side, now state that a fee of £400,000 has been set, and that James will travel to the Hawthorns today for a medical. If this is true, then all would be revealed either by the end of today or during tomorrow as to what his fate is.

Although many of the rumours over the last 4.5 months concerning Tom James have been speculative and at time random, matters this week do seem to have moved in an accelerated manner. The Football Insider website claims that their information has come from a 'well placed source' at the club, and tends to tie in with information Glovers fans present at the Monday night friendly at Gillingham and off air at the BBC local radio sports forum, that James would be gone by the end of this week. If this is true, then it would suggest that Swansea City have either moved too slowly, or were not involved as heavily as has been claimed during the past few weeks.

Link: Tom James : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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