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31 August 2018 : Whelan Heads Back Into League Two For Gresty Road Loan Spell
Former Yeovil Town loanee Corey Whelan has returned to League Two as part of a loan deal. The Liverpool right-back has signed a deal with Crewe Alexandra that will keep him at Gresty Road until January 7th 2019. He is actually a former Crewe Academy player, having been on their books until he was nine years old.

Whelan made 11 appearances for Yeovil Town during the second half of the 2017-18 season, scoring one goal, but often ended up as a victim of the rules concerning loan players within matchday squads that only allow clubs to name a maximum of five players on a teamsheet. As such he had a bit of a stop-start experience at Huish Park.

When he wasn't playing for Yeovil, he was frequently captaining Liverpool's Under-21s side, as well as playing for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s. He will now hope for more regular football back at his old childhood club.

Link: Corey Whelan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 August 2018 : Former Loanee Davies Makes Deadline Day Switch To Magpies
Former Yeovil Town loanee Keston Davies has joined Notts County on loan. The Swansea City centre-back has been recruited on a season long loan by new boss Harry Kewell, who also arrived at Meadow Lane today.

The 21 year old had been back at Swansea during the second half of the 2017-18 season where he's now made 47 appearances for their Under-23s side. His stay at Huish Park wasn't a great one, with his unfortunate debut being the 8-2 defeat against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road that saw him substituted at half time. That was to be his one and only start at League Two level with his remaining appearances coming either as a substitute or in minor competitions such as the Checkatrade Trophy.

Davies will have to wait a short while to make his debut for the Magpies - he was signed by them after the Friday deadline for Saturday weekend games, and has already played for Swansea Under-21s in the Checkatrade Trophy, meaning that he cannot play for Notts County's team in the same competition. He will therefore stand to make his debut at Exeter City in eight days time.


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31 August 2018 : Worthington Makes Forest Green Loan Switch
League Two side Forest Green Rovers have signed up former Yeovil Town loanee Matt Worthington on loan. The 20 year old has agreed a deal to stay at the New Lawn until January 2019. The Cherries put him under contract until the summer of 2019, meaning that he's currently running through the final year of his current deal at Dean Court.

Worthington spent the first half of the 2017-18 season on loan at Huish Park, but the various parties at the time were unable to agree an extension to those arrangements. At the time, manager Darren Way implied that the decision was one made by Cherries boss Eddie Howe, but Forest Green suggest that the deal was "cut short by an ankle injury" - something that wasn't disclosed at the time as a relevant issue.

Worthington has said he has signed for the Gloucestershire side because of their style of football, saying that the way boss Mark Cooper approached games was different to the usual 'direct' League Two style:

"I think what sets Forest Green apart from the majority of League Two clubs is that they like to play football. I think a lot of League Two clubs are quite direct, but that's what I know – to play football and keep the ball on the floor - so hopefully I'll be able to fit in easily. The aim will be for me to get as many games as possible and try and get a bit more experience and take that back with me. Obviously I enjoyed my loan spell with Yeovil last season and this year I want to kick on again and get some more games."


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31 August 2018 : Home Game Against Milton Keynes Called Off Due To International Call-Ups
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Milton Keynes Dons has now been called off due to international call-ups. The match was due to be played on Saturday 8th September 2018, but will now be rescheduled to be played on Tuesday 25th September 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The club have been given permission to postpone the match due to the unavailability of Middlesbrough loanee Enes Mahmutovic who has yet to team up with the club, but is due to represent Luxembourg that weekend. In addition, as reported this morning Sessi D'Almeida has been called up into the Benin side. The club indicate that there is a third player that will be representing their country next weekend, but do not state who that is.

Under Football League rules, clubs can request postponements when three or more players are called up into international squads. The Football League have confirmed the fixture can now be moved to an alternative date.


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31 August 2018 : N'Gala Back In The Football League
League Two side Crawley Town may have lost their manager Harry Kewell and assistant Warren Feeney this morning, but they've gained defender Bondz N'Gala. The 28 year old has been recruited by the Sussex club on a short term one month contract, with the former Glovers centre-back being a free agent since he left Dagenham and Redbridge at the end of last season.

Bondz has had a rather nomadic experience since dropping out of the Football League in November 2016. He signed for Eastleigh, but then in February 2017 found himself the victim of FIFA player registration rules that prevented him from moving back into the league when Gillingham tried to sign him up. Having already torn up his Eastleigh deal, he then signed for Dover Athletic, before moving on to Dagenham for the 2017-18 season, where he made just nine appearances, before going out on loan with Leyton Orient. His deal with the Daggers was terminated a year early, leaving him free to find another club.

As such, Crawley become his sixth club (including the aborted Gillingham move) in under two years, but does give him the benefit of getting a foothold back in the Football League, albeit against an ultra-short term contract.


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31 August 2018 : Olomola Makes Yeovil Town Return
Yeovil Town have made their thirteenth signing of the summer today, as the second August transfer window draws to a close. They have brought in striker Olufela Olomola from Scunthorpe United on a loan deal until January 2019, giving the club their sixth loan player. He is of course well known to Yeovil Town supporters, from his 2017-18 season loan spell whilst he was on the books of Southampton, staying with the Glovers for a half-season spell.

Olufela is a former Arsenal Academy player who was taken on by Southampton in the summer of 2014 as part of their Academy system. Born in London on September 5th 1997, the Saints gave him a two year professional contract in the summer of 2016, and then blooded him in the Football League Cup against Sunderland in October 2016, after he came on as a 26th minute substitute.

He also played in three of Southampton's Under-21 outings in the EFL Trophy during the 2016-17 season, scoring twice in three appearances against Crawley Town and Colchester United. Although he is not capped by either country, he is qualified to play for either Nigeria or England, with his parents both hailing from the former country. He plays mainly as a front line striker, but can also play in wide positions.

Olufela was on Yeovil Town's books from the summer of 2017, staying with the club until January 2018. They reportedly tried to purchase him on a permanent basis, but he chose to stay at St Mary's Stadium, until that summer, before signing up with League One side Scunthorpe on a permanent basis. Despite that, he now returns to the club for a second spell. During his first spell he made 28 appearances, scoring seven goals.

Olufela becomes Yeovil Town's thirteenth 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, former Birmingham City midfielder Wes McDonald, Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison, Bradford City striker Omari Patrick and Middlesbrough loan defender Enes Mahmutovic. Brentford midfielder Reece Cole had been signed but has since returned to his parent club.


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31 August 2018 : Way Gives Thoughts On Mahmutovic Role
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given his views on what sort of role he thinks new loan signing Enes Mahmutovic will play within his squad. The 21 year old arrived from Middlesbrough on a season-long loan, in what is presumed to be the fifth and final loan deal the club will negotiate, prior to the Loan Transfer Window closing at 5.00p.m. today.

Mahmutovic's actual arrival at the club will be delayed by a couple of weeks, as he is about to go on international duty with Luxembourg, which means that he will not feature in tomorrow's League Two match against Grimsby Town, or next weekend's home match against Milton Keynes Dons. However, once he does arrive at the club, Way implies that the versatile defender will be mainly used on the right side of defence, either as a full-back or as the right-most player in a centre-back system. He highlighted the two games he'd played under Tony Pulis in the League Cup earlier this month:

"Tony (Pulis) has played him at right-back. He's played in two big games for Middlesbrough this year - one against Rochdale, one against Notts County. He played on the right of the three against Rochdale, and played right-back against Notts County. So I'm looking at the direct ball and he can deal with that."

The Glovers suffered from a leaky defence during the 2017-18 season, particularly away from home, where they carried the second worst record in the division, conceding four or more goals on six separate occasions across the year. Although the 2018-19 season has only seen the club play two away matches so far, Way is confident that they will not see a repeat of that, with the current crop of players having not conceded in their last three games:

"One thing I've got, is I've got clean sheets. I've got defenders that want to head and kick it, and if they can't head or kick it, then normally they'll kick the opponent, not in a nasty way, but just because they're very tenacious to keep the ball out of the back of the net. That goes a long way in games away from home."

The signing of Mahmutovic could represent the final bit of player movement at Huish Park until January 2019, with the club's only realistic option for incoming players now being free agents. In terms of outgoings, Way suggested that he had a higher power telling him what to do:

"It could be (the final player movement). But my missus has said that she doesn't want me to sell anyone. So no players unfortunately will be going out. (That includes Tom James) at the moment."

A more fundamental reason why Tom James may not be moving anywhere is that the club have sent him for a scan on an injury he sustained in last Saturday against Stevenage. Whilst the club haven't divulged the nature of his problem, the fact that they have requested a medical diagnosis would suggest he is a doubt for tomorrow's trip to Grimsby Town. However, winger Wes McDonald is reported to be available for selection despite his problem that saw him substituted in the same game.

At present there is no prospect of any of the club's long term injured players being ready to return to the side. James Bailey (knee) and Francois Zoko (knee) are both out long term, whilst goalkeeper Stuart Nelson said last weekend that he was not back in proper training following his calf injury. The club have not provided any detail behind injuries to Shaun Donnellan (thigh) or Rhys Browne (hamstring) in terms of how much longer they will be on the sidelines.


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31 August 2018 : Notts County Appoint New Manager As Crawley Town Lose Theirs
League Two side Notts County have appointed a successor to manager Kevin Nolan, who was sacked earlier this month. They have recruited former Liverpool player Harry Kewell from Crawley Town, along with his assistant manager Warren Feeney, in a move that leaves the 14th placed Sussex side with an unexpected vacancy. The Magpies have had to pay Crawley a compensation fee for both coaches to allow their contracts at the Broadfield Stadium to be severed.

Notts County have also stated that they plan to appoint a 'vastly experienced' Technical Director to sit above Kewell as part of a restructuring of their club, who currently sit at the foot of the Football League. However, he has stressed that Kewell will still be in charge with respect to transfers and team selection:

"Having now worked in football for a significant period of time, I have had the opportunity to learn from other clubs what good looks like. I have therefore decided to appoint a technical director, who will set the club's overall footballing philosophy and be on hand to support and mentor the manager as required. Harry will, however, be solely responsible for our first-team squad, having the final say on transfers, tactics and team selection. He has enjoyed an excellent start to his managerial career and I am hugely impressed with his knowledge and attention to detail. I thoroughly enjoyed our discussions about the role and have been left with no doubt that he has a fierce ambition to succeed and a real enthusiasm to work for Notts County. I'm excited to see how he implements his exciting methods and look forward to him working with our new technical director."

Kewell's actual reign will not begin until after the weekend. Notts County will have Caretaker Manager Mark Crossley and academy manager Jon Goodman in the dugout for tomorrow's match against Forest Green Rovers. They had planned to also use Steve Chettle in a Caretaker dugout role, but he is unavailable tomorrow, due to a family wedding.

Meanwhile at Crawley, they have asked senior players Jimmy Smith and Filipe Morais to take charge of their trip to Oldham Athletic tomorrow, as they now turn attention towards replacing Kewell and Feeney.


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31 August 2018 : D'Almeida Given International Call-Up
Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida has been given an international call-up. The 22 year old has been named in a 21 man squad that will travel to play in a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifying match against Togo in their capital city Lomé on Sunday 9th September 2018.

Coach Michel Dussuyer, who has just started his second spell as Benin's national manager, has brought one new player into his squad, as well as recalling four players who had dropped out of the international reckoning, one of which includes D'Almeida. He was last selected for his national side whilst he was a Bordeaux player back in 2015. An anterior cruciate knee ligament injury during the 2016-17 season, whilst on the books of Barnsley, meant that he dropped out of the reckoning and he hasn't been considered since.

During the 2018-19 season though, Sessi has become a regular starter in Yeovil Town's side, with a couple of eye-catching performances, and so Dussuyer has brought him back into the fold, meaning that he will be absent for the League Two home match against Milton Keynes Dons. The Benin squad are popularly known as the Squirrels - the players that have been selected are as follows:

Goalkeepers: Fabien Farnolle (Yeni Malatyaspor, Turkey), Saturnin Allagbé (Niort, France).

Defenders: Junior Salomon (Plateau United, Nigeria), Olivier Verdon (Sochaux, France), Khaled Adenon (Amiens, France) Moise Adilehou (Levadiakos, Greece), Chams-deen Chaona (Stade Gabesien, Tunisia), David Kiki (Brest, France), Emmanuel Imorou (Caen, France).

Midfielders: Jordan Adeoti (Auxerre, France), Sessi d'Almeida (Yeovil Town, England), Mama Seibou (SC Toulon, France), Stephane Sessegnon (Gençlerbirgi, Turkey) Anaane Tidjani (US Ben Guerdane, Tunisia), David Djigla (Niort, France), Jodel Dossou (FC Vaduz, Lichtenstein).

Attackers: Jacques Bessan (Tunisian Stadium, Tunisia), Marcellin Koukpo (CS Hammam-Lif, Tunisia), Steve Mounié (Huddersfield, England), Michael Poté (Adana Demrispor, Turkey), Désiré Sègbè Azankpo (Senica, Slovakia).


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30 August 2018 : Grimsby Hit By Thomas Suspension For Glovers Visit
Saturday's opponents Grimsby Town have been dealt a blow by the news that striker Wes Thomas will have to serve a suspension this Saturday. The 31 year old, who was recruited from Oxford United over the summer, was sent off during second half injury time during their match against Newport County at Rodney Parade last Saturday.

Grimsby put in an appeal based on the belief that Thomas was merely controlling a high ball at the point that he came into contact with a Newport player. This was classified as Serious Foul Play, which would have led to a three match ban. Rather unusually, the Football Association have rejected Grimsby's appeal, but have reduced the player's suspension period down to two matches.

From the point of view of Yeovil Town's visit to Blundell Park, Thomas will remain suspended, with this being his first match on the sidelines. They will also definitely be without midfielder Elliott Whitehouse who ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in the summer. Centre-back Danny Collins, right-back Reece Hall-Johnson and striker/winger Harry Cardwell all missed their match at Rodney Parade last Saturday, with the general vibe from the Grimsby end being that they expect all three to still be absent on the weekend.


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30 August 2018 : Yeovil Town Finalise Twelfth Summer Signing As Second Boro Player Arrives
Yeovil Town have completed a loan deal for Middlesbrough defender Enes Mahmutovic. He is a 21 year old centre-back who can also play as a right-back, although has also played in other defensive areas. He becomes the club's fifth loan agreement, meaning that unless there are any unexpected injuries, that should complete the business in that area, given restrictions on matchday squad selection with respect to borrowed players.

Born in Pec, in what was Serbia and Montenegro but is now part of the Republic of Kosovo, he moved to Luxembourg at a young age - a country that has since become his chosen national side. He started his career with CS Fola Esch in Luxembourg , playing there between 2014 and 2017, making 31 appearances.

Enes then was bought up by Middlesbrough in May 2017, for an undisclosed fee. He played for their Under-23 side during the 2017-18 season, but made his debut for the club on August 14th 2018, in a League Cup match against Notts County, scoring in that match. As such, he is claimed to be the only Luxembourg player to score in the English professional leagues. Two weeks later, he played against Rochdale in the next round of that competition.

He has eight full international appearances for Luxembourg, having also played for their Under-21s side. Manager Darren Way said that the player has come to the club as the latest in a chain of recommendations that he's been given:

"Enes is another international who we've brought to the club and I'd personally like to thank Tony Pulis for allowing it to happen. We have a pathway here that's a process in which I trust. Connor Roberts spoke highly of Lewis Wing before he came, and Lewis recommended Alex Pattison who's made an excellent start to life in green and white. Now it’s Alex's turn and he’s spoken highly of Enes and I think it's important to listen to their views; they share the pitch with these players so their opinion matters to me on top of the groundwork we do as staff. There's a bit of pressure on Alex now given how well all the other players have done after being recommended! I look forward to working with Enes once he's back from representing his country."

The defender will only join the club formally after next weekend's international break, meaning that the earliest we'll see him play would be the September 15th trip to Newport County. However, with the transfer window closing on Friday, the club had to complete the deal now.

Enes becomes Yeovil Town's twelfth 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, former Birmingham City midfielder Wes McDonald, Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison and Bradford City striker Omari Patrick. Brentford midfielder Reece Cole had been signed but has since returned to his parent club.


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30 August 2018 : Whitfield Agrees Permanent Valiants Move
League Two side Port Vale have completed the permanent signing of former Yeovil Town loanee Ben Whitfield. The 22 year old has signed a two year permanent deal, bringing to an end his time with AFC Bournemouth, and committing himself to the Valiants until the summer of 2020.

Whether it was purely coincidental, or whether there was a specific reason for doing so, Whitfield chose to refollow Yeovil Town's Twitter account earlier this week, giving rise to the question of whether he had an interest in returning to a club where he spent the whole of the 2016-17 season. However, that also coincided with speculation at the Vale end that they were reigniting interest in a player that they'd tried to buy earlier this year.

Whitfield spent the 2017-18 season at Vale Park as part of a season long loan spell. As with his time with the Glovers, he was a mainstay in their side in League Two, making 39 appearances and scoring four goals. In January 2018, Vale tried to sign him on a permanent basis for a fee of around £35,000, but that deal didn't complete, with Whitfield making the decision to continue his stay at Vale Park on a loan basis. He returned to Bournemouth at the end of that season and at that point it looked as though Vale's interest in taking him on permanently was dead in the water.

Vale manager Neil Aspin has stated that his club had still been working in the background to try to negotiate a deal with the attacking midfielder, that has now finally reached fruition. They've now recruited him today, along with Blackburn Rovers midfielder Lewis Hardcastle, and Aspin said that was always his aim:

"We've had numerous discussions on Ben and my position has never changed. The Ben Whitfield that played when I joined, certainly through December, did very well. He was an asset to the team and worked exceptionally hard. The chairman has always been very keen to bring him back to the club. I wanted to meet with Ben and his father first to speak to them. As far as I'm concerned it's a fresh start and he will be considered like all of the other players for a place in the team."


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30 August 2018 : Officials For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Grimsby Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 1st September 2018 at Blundell Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire).

He was promoted to the National League at the start of the 2016-17 season, and spent two years at that level before getting a quick promotion to the Football League in the summer of 2018. He is a PE Teacher from Sheffield. So far he's taken charge of three Leaue Two matches, where he has produced just three yellow cards in three matches.

Obviously with him being brand new to refereeing at this level, we've not had him for a Yeovil Town match as a man in the middle. The one occasion where he's turned up for a Yeovil game was as an assistant referee in an October 2015 match against Notts County at Meadow Lane - a 2-0 defeat that didn't see too many hackles raised at the officials on the day.

Mr Bramall will be assisted by Barry Gordon (County Durham) and Simon Clayton (County Durham). The Fourth Official is Paul Graham (Manchester).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Grimsby Town.

Link: Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.


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30 August 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Grimsby Town
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make a lengthy trip to play Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. Having not gone there in 11 years, we're now travelling up twice in five months. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and where to have a pint. Read that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Grimsby Town.

Link: Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

The Osmond Stand - this is where the away supporters are housed
The Osmond Stand - this is where the away supporters are housed



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29 August 2018 : Mugabi Absent From Cranes Squad For AFCON Qualifier
Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi has been left out of the Uganda national squad for the forthcoming international week. The Cranes have selected a 30 man squad for the AFCON Qualifier against Tanzania that is due to take place in the Mandela National Stadium in Namboole on Saturday 8th September 2018.

Mugabi had been part of Uganda's national squad for two matches during the summer but didn't get onto the pitch - a slight surprise given that he was understood to have played well during his debut match in March 2018 against Sao Tome and Principe, and a follow-up game against Malawi. However, he's now been left out of the squad entirely, with his place in the side taken by Murushid Jjuuko, who is a free agent currently training with Vipers SC - a possible slant towards the selection of more local players, with Head Coach Sebastian Desabre having opted for twelve home-based players in his squad.

Back in March, Yeovil Town had their trip to Accrington Stanley called off due to what was reported at the time as five international call-ups, later clarified as four. This time around there shouldn't be any such problems. Defender Shaun Donnellan is currently out with a thigh strain, whilst Rhys Browne has been absent since the Corby Town pre-season friendly with a hamstring problem.

Last season, the club had Corey Whelan on their books, who played for Republic of Ireland Under-21s, but he is now back at Liverpool. Finally, Tom James was the theoretical fifth player who had been put on a stand-by list for Wales Under-21s back in March, but he has now gone through his 22nd birthday, and so won't be considered for that level of football moving forward. At present we're not aware of any of the club's new crop of players as representing their country.

There is already one League Two match on Saturday 8th September that has been called off due to international call-ups, with Mansfield Town having three players out for what would have been a trip to Crewe Alexandra. Yeovil Town are expected to play host to Milton Keynes Dons on that same day.


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29 August 2018 : Notts County vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town made the trip to Meadow Lane, for a League Two match against Notts County. The end result was an eye-catching 4-0 victory for the Glovers, with Alex Fisher scoring a hat-trick, whilst Yoann Arquin netted against his old club.

Man Of The Match voting saw Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison given plenty of credit from a midfield position, with him having provided an assist for the third goal of the night. Winger Wes McDonald also provided an assist for the second goal. No great surprise that the poll winner was hat-trick hero Alex Fisher, who ultimately led the way by a comfortable margin.

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

1. Alex Fisher 124 (8)
2. Wes McDonald 50 (1)
3. Alex Pattison 48 (4)
4. Diallang Jaiyesimi 34 (2)
5. Omar Sowunmi 26 (2)
6. Carl Dickinson 26 (1)
7. Yoann Arquin 22 (1)
8. Sessi D'Almeida 12 (1)
9. Gary Warren 12 (0)
10. Nathan Baxter 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 9.45
Performance : 9.5
Entertainment : 9.4
VOTES RECEIVED : 20


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28 August 2018 : Academy Side Suffer First Defeat In Youth Alliance Cup
Yeovil Town Under-18s went down to their first defeat of the 2018-19 season on Tuesday afternoon. The Academy side lost 3-0 against Oxford United in the Youth Alliance Cup, in a match played in Oxfordshire. The Glovers' best efforts came from long range, as they narrowly missed the target, but the home side got the edge in the tie just before the half time break.

Oxford intercepted a Yeovil pass inside their own half, leaving the back four stretched, and a chance for Ryan Crooks to tap the ball into an empty net after Slavi Spasov had rounded the keeper. Spasov then got free behind the Glovers back four with 14 minutes remaining, before substitute Conor Ferguson wrapped things up with eight minutes remaining.

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

Scorers: Ryan Crooks (45 mins, 1-0), Slavi Spasov (76 mins, 2-0), Conor Ferguson (82 mins, 3-0).


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28 August 2018 : Patrick Confirmed As New Glovers Loan Signing
Yeovil Town have brought in a new signing as the late August transfer window draws to a close. As reported earlier today, they have brought in Omari Patrick from Bradford City with him being signed on a deal until January 2019. He is currently the fourth loan player on the club's books, thus allowing one more place to be filled in terms of matchday squad rules.

Born in Slough on May 25th 1996, he was part of the Bisham Abbey based FAB Academy, before signing up with local side Beaconsfield SYCOB, scoring 14 goals in 49 appearances. That was enough to catch the eye of Kidderminster Harriers who he spent the 2015-16 season with, playing 18 times.

During the summer of 2016, he signed for Barnsley, with him being earmarked for their Under-23 side initially. A year later, he signed for Bradford City, initially being given a one year contract in May 2017, bit with the Bantams giving him a three year deal later that year that ties him to Valley Parade until 2020. There he made a first team breakthrough, scoring three times in 24 appearances, albeit with only eight of those coming as League One starts.

When Yeovil Town drew Bradford City in the FA Cup in January 2018, Patrick was missing from their squad due to a knee injury. That was to keep him out of their side for three months around that period of the season, and as a result he only made five appearances for the Bantams during 2018, and so far has not managed to break into their first team during the 2018-19 season.

He has a reputation for being blessed with extreme pace, and he has good reason for that - his father is a Commonwealth Gold medal winner in athletics, whilst his Godfather is Linford Christie, who won Gold medals at the Olympics, World and European Championships and Commonwealth Games. As such when Bradford signed him up in May 2017, Head Of Recruitment Greg Abbott admitted that Patrick's athleticism was ahead of his football coaching, and said that their aim would be to improve his development in that area. Speaking just over a year ago, he explained:

"His pedigree as an athlete is fantastic. Not only is Linford Christie his godfather but Omari's dad won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. Yet he's had no professional coaching. We took him into training and the lads were remarking how well he'd done. That was the first time he'd ever trained with somebody's first team and he's 20. He's missed probably three or four years, so in terms of his development he's probably only about 17. I've watched Omari two or three times and he's everything we haven't got. He's lightning quick, runs in behind and is good with both feet. For what he'll cost us, it's worth us developing him for a year to see if he can get to the level we want. If he doesn't, then we've given it our best shot."

Patrick should act as cover for Francois Zoko, who is expected to be out with a knee injury until around the end of October or early November. Bradford have confirmed that he will be eligible to play in the FA Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy, but indicate that could return to Valley Parade in January 2019. Manager Darren Way has said of Patrick's arrival at the club:

"Omari is a special talent, so I'm hoping he can bring that to Yeovil. He will have to carry all of our values and principles but if he does, I'm sure he'll be a success and go on to bigger and better things. I look forward to working with Omari and welcome him to the club."

Omari becomes Yeovil Town's eleventh 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, former Birmingham City midfielder Wes McDonald and Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison. Brentford midfielder Reece Cole had been signed but has since returned to his parent club.


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28 August 2018 : Glovers Linked With Loan Deal For Bantams Striker
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Bradford City player Omari Patrick. The 22 year old striker, who can also play as a winger is reported to be on the edge of a loan move to Huish Park, according to the Yorkshire Post, with the Bradford Telegraph and Argus also stating they believe he will be going out on loan this week to a League Two side, stopping short of naming the club.

Born in Slough on May 25th 1996, he was part of the Bisham Abbey based FAB Academy, before signing up with local side Beaconsfield SYCOB, scoring 14 goals in 49 appearances. That was enough to catch the eye of Kidderminster Harriers who he spent the 2015-16 season with, playing 18 times.

During the summer of 2016, he signed for Barnsley, with him being earmarked for their Under-23 side initially. A year later, he signed for Bradford City, initially being given a one year contract in May 2017, bit with the Bantams giving him a three year deal later that year that ties him to Valley Parade until 2020. There he made a first team breakthrough, scoring three times in 24 appearances, albeit with only eight of those coming as League One starts.

When Yeovil Town drew Bradford City in the FA Cup in January 2018, Patrick was missing from their squad due to a knee injury. That was to keep him out of their side for three months around that period of the season, and as a result he only made five appearances for the Bantams during 2018, and so far has not managed to break into their first team during the 2018-19 season.

He has a reputation for being blessed with extreme pace, and he has good reason for that - his father is a Commonwealth Gold medal winner in athletics, whilst his Godfather is Linford Christie, who won Gold medals at the Olympics, World and European Championships and Commonwealth Games. As such when Bradford signed him up in May 2017, Head Of Recruitment Greg Abbott admitted that Patrick's athleticism was ahead of his football coaching, and said that their aim would be to improve his development in that area. Speaking just over a year ago, he explained:

"His pedigree as an athlete is fantastic. Not only is Linford Christie his godfather but Omari's dad won a gold medal in the Commonwealth Games. Yet he's had no professional coaching. We took him into training and the lads were remarking how well he'd done. That was the first time he'd ever trained with somebody's first team and he's 20. He's missed probably three or four years, so in terms of his development he's probably only about 17. I've watched Omari two or three times and he's everything we haven't got. He's lightning quick, runs in behind and is good with both feet. For what he'll cost us, it's worth us developing him for a year to see if he can get to the level we want. If he doesn't, then we've given it our best shot."

At present, the Yorkshire Post haven't provided any quotes or sources to go with their links with Yeovil Town. However, the Glovers are known to be trying to provide cover for Francois Zoko whilst he is out with a serious knee injury, whilst Patrick's profile of a young pacey winger/forward fits strongly with the sort of player that manager Darren Way has tended to go for in the past.


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27 August 2018 : Sessi D'Almeida's Views On His Debut Goal Against Stevenage
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Stevenage at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Sessi gives his views on scoring his first goal for the club, along with his attitude to the game. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Sessi D'Almeida Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Win Against Stevenage.


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26 August 2018 : Glovers Duo Given Team Of The Day Nomination
Yeovil Town have had two personnel included in the Team Of The Day following the weekend's matches. The League Two selection provided by the League Paper sees Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison and manager Darren Way nominated in their team, following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Stevenage.

Pattison's run and acceleration sparked Yeovil's first goal, as he provided the assist for Alex Fisher, as Way's side worked themselves into a play-off position for the first time since December 3rd 2016 (excepting the 18 hour period when Yeovil played at Notts County ahead of all League Two clubs last weekend).

The team selected reads as follows:

Lee Nicholls (Milton Keynes Dons)
George Francomb (Crawley Town), Scot Bennett (Newport County), George Edmundson (Oldham Athletic), Harry Toffolo (Lincoln City)
Dannie Bulman (Crawley Town), Lee Frecklington (Lincoln City), Alex Pattison (Yeovil Town), Mal Benning (Mansfield Town),
James Norwood (Tranmere Rovers), Bruno Andrade (Lincoln City)

Manager: Darren Way (Yeovil Town).


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26 August 2018 : Yeovil 3 Argyle 1 : Academy Maintain Unbeaten Start
Yeovil Town Under-18s continued their unbeaten start to the 2018-19 season on Saturday morning as they gained a 3-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle. The Glovers had to be patient during a first half that saw both teams have chances. Whilst Yeovil were on top, Mani Skett hit the crossbar for the Pilgrims, whilst at the other end, the visitors were heavily reliant upon keeper Harry Townsend for a number of first half saves.

Right on the stroke of half time, Yeovil took the lead through Nestor Shako as he provided a confident finish to give his side the advantage their play deserved at the break. The doubled their lead just short of the hour mark when Daniel Ojo managed to make himself room with the ball, before firing a shot in off the post.

With 18 minutes remaining, Argyle reduced the deficit when substitute Rubin Wilson headed home off the underside of the crossbar. But that route back into the game only lasted seven minutes, as Yeovil's own substitute Harry Haughton produced the goal of the game as he finished from 25 yards out for a 3-1 victory that keeps his side on top of the table.

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


Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 3 Plymouth Argyle Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Nestor Shako (1-0, 45 mins), Daniel Ojo (2-0, 58 mins), Rubin Wilson (2-1, 72 mins), Harry Haughton (3-1, 79 mins).

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Tommy Scott, Lewis Dix, Tai Fleming, George Calverley, Daniel Ojo, Archie Sturdy, Alex John, Hong Wan, Nestor Shako, Tyrique Spencer-Clarke, Neville Nzembela.

Substitutes: Devon Arnold (56 mins for Archie Sturdy), Harry Haughton (64 mins for George Calverley)

Plymouth Argyle: Harry Townsend, Michael Peck, Brandon Pursall, Jude Boyd, Ollie Tomlinson, Rio Garside, Joe Seery, Aaron Goulty, Klaidi Lolos (Rubin Wilson 70), Mani Skett (Jimmy Miller 75), Owen Price (Angel Waruiuh 30). Substitute not used: Max Childs.


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26 August 2018 : Video : Two Minute Highlights From Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
For those who want to view slightly longer matchday highlights from Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Stevenage, these are now available online. As well as the two goals from Alex Fisher and Sessi D'Almeida, they show both yellow card incidents that saw Michael Timlin sent off, as well as some of the second half chances that the visitors created. Watch the YouTube clip below.




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26 August 2018 : Nolan Shown The Door At Meadow Lane After Horror Start To Season
League Two side Notts County have become the second side at fourth tier level to fire their manager. They have sacked Kevin Nolan, along with his assistant Richard Thomas after a dreadful start to the 2018-19 season that saw last year's Play-Off Semi-Finalists rooted to the foot of the Football League and with only a point to their name.

The state of their defence has come under heavy scrutiny during that period. Along with their 0-4 home defeat against Yeovil Town nine days ago, they lost 3-1 against Lincoln City yesterday, and have conceded 16 goals in their last five fixtures. Chairman Alan Hardy also drew attention to the club's form during the second half of the 2017-18 season that saw them slip from an automatic promotion position, and into the lottery of the play-offs, pointing out that it wasn't just a reaction to those five results:

"This is a decision we've made with the best interests of Notts County at heart. While the beginning of our 2018-19 campaign has been bitterly disappointing, the board and I believe results and performances throughout 2018 have not been good enough overall. The last eight months have seen us win only eight of our 28 Sky Bet League Two matches, a run which saw us surrender our position in the automatic promotion places before suffering defeat in the play-off semi-finals. Our away form has also been a continuing concern, with only two league victories recorded on the road since the turn of the year. Ultimately, a continuation of this form would not allow us to meet our targets for the season and, having conceded 16 goals in our last five matches and being without a win in our last 10 competitive games, we feel now is the time to move forward with a new manager at the helm. This club will nevertheless always owe Kevin a huge debt of gratitude for his work in saving us from relegation from the EFL when I first arrived in January 2017. It was a truly remarkable turnaround and we wish him and his team every success in the future."

Notts County have given Steve Chettle and Mark Crossley the role of Joint Caretaker Managers until they permanently resolve the vacancy at Meadow Lane.


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26 August 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Stevenage Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two game against Stevenage kicked off 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 having to deal with a variety of opposition tactics, as well as his views on Jordan Green and Jake Gray. He also confirmed there was a player present at the game, who he plans to sign up. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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25 August 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Stevenage Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Stevenage at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the win, as well as hinting that another signing is imminent at the club. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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25 August 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Stevenage Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Stevenage, these are now available online. In just under two minutes worth of footage, you'll find both goals from Alex Fisher and Sessi D'Almeida, you'll also find two early efforts from Wes McDonald, an Omar Sowunmi header, and the incident that led to Michael Timlin getting his marching orders late on. Watch that on Sky Sports via the link below.

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


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25 August 2018 : Darren Way Feels Glovers Dictated Play From Start To Finish In Stevenage Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believed his side dictated play from start to finish in Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Stevenage at Huish Park. The Glovers did their main damage during the first half when goals from Alex Fisher and Sessi D'Almeida put the home side in firm control of the match.

Although the visitors came back into the match after the break and created more chances, Way told BBC Somerset that he felt that his team were always in control of the situation throughout the 90 minutes:

"Fantastic performance. I thought that there was probably never a spell in that game where I felt we were out of control. We dictated it from start to finish and we looked a real threat going forward, and two of the goals were fine finishes. The team are looking good. What we've got to make sure is that we're consistent, and doing that week-in, week-out. Having said that, after 27 minutes they've changed shape. They got a little bit deeper, they got men behind the ball, and they went for it in the second half. They left four up front at times. We managed to stay strong and show huge resilience and we've kept another clean sheet."

Way said that he was particularly happy with his summer recruitment, singling out three players that have signed for the club during the summer. Centre-back Gary Warren came in from Inverness Caledonian Thistle, left-back Carl Dickinson was at Notts County last season, whilst Sessi D'Almeida was a trialist who had been on the books of Blackpool last year. Way felt that bringing in those three players had been key to improving his side's fortunes this year, and has in the past implied that an uplift in budget from the club's Owner Norman Hayward and the Chairman John Fry had allowed him to do that:

"They're slight improvements that he's made every season. Every area now you look at, we've got Carl Dickinson who we replaced for Ryan Dickson, we've got Gary Warren now who replaced Nathan Smith and we've got Sessi D'Almeida as a replacement for Connor Smith. So we have to look at our recruitment strategy and have we improved it. So big thanks must go to the Owner and the Chairman for allowing me to do that. I think the thing for me is to make sure that I've focussed on this year. We had two situations with games where we didn't score but you always know that is going to come. Today with the way that we're playing, it was always going to get to a stage where the opposition was going to find us a real threat, and that's what you've seen today."

Way also confirmed that he had a new player present at the game today, who was watching the club, prior to agreeing a deal. At present, no name has been revealed, with the implication that will only happen once the paperwork has cleared the Football League's system. However, expectations are that it will be a loan signing.

There was no information given on the injuries to Tom James and Wes McDonald at this stage - both had to leave the field during the first half, but at present there is no indication of the nature of their injuries or the severities.


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25 August 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
If you watched Saturday's 2-0 win against Stevenage 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 Stevenage.


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25 August 2018 : Yeovil 2 Stevenage 0 : Dominant First Half Sinks Boro
Yeovil Town gained their first home victory since February 13th when they gained a comfortable 2-0 win over Stevenage. The three points gained was all about the first half performance, as the Glovers dominated proceedings. Alex Fisher scored his fourth goal of the season when he converted great work by Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison. Then three minutes from the break Sessi D'Almeida scored his first for the club from inside the box. The visitors only really came into the match during the second period, but Yeovil counterattacked well, and the match was effectively ended by Michael Timlin's dismissal for two bookable offences, that saw them end the game with ten men, and to send Yeovil into the final play-off position after five games.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting eleven and an unchanged bench for the first time this season, with the eleven being a constant for the third game running. In the opposition line-up, defender Ben Nugent came up against his old club, but wasn't to get onto the pitch as he remained an unused substitute.

Wes McDonald started as a bright light in Yeovil's side early on as he cut inside from the left flank, firing off a shot that went a yard wide. The same player forced a save from visiting keeper Paul Farman, with most of the play in the Stevenage half. However, play was disrupted by Tom James going down just 15 minutes into the match - with no tackle coming in, the reason for that wasn't clear, but it was enough for him to have to leave the field after a delay, and be replaced by Bevis Mugabi.

That change didn't seem to disrupt the Glovers, as they took the lead midway through the half. All the leg work was done by Alex Pattison as he burst through the centre of the park. Just as a Stevenage player seemed to be doing something to stop his run by getting a tackle in, he slipped the ball across the area perfectly for Alex Fisher to fire home for a 1-0 lead that the balance of play undoubtedly deserved.

Stevenage's reaction, in a game where they hadn't created a chance, was to do a tactical adjustment as Jimmy Ball made way for winger Emmanuel Sonupe, allowing them to switch from their opening 4-3-3 that had allowed far too much space for Wes McDonald, as they matched Yeovil up in a 4-4-2. Ironically that change was shortly followed by that being the last Yeovil were to see of McDonald - he also suffered an off the ball injury, as he went down in pain, and he had to be replaced by Jordan Green - two forced substitutions for the Glovers in the opening 35 minutes.

Once again that change didn't seem to affect the Glovers as they doubled their lead three minutes before the break. Substitute Jordan Green got into his stride on the right flank, and he squared the ball for Sessi D'Almeida, who fired off a full-blooded shot from around the penalty spot to put Yeovil 2-0 up at the break, in a half that Stevenage had contributed almost nothing bar a Scott Cuthbert header that Nathan Baxter had easily saved.

The half time break saw Stevenage make another tactical adjustment as Ben Kennedy - often the scourge of Yeovil Town - was withdrawn and Alex Reid was brought in as a replacement. They started more brightly with Kurtis Guthrie having a shot saved before Scott Cuthbert headed over the bar from a Stevenage set piece. A brilliant block by Carl Dickinson stopped a Reid cross reaching another Stevenage substitute Danny Newton, and there was always the concern that if the visitors could pull a goal back, that the tone of the game might change.

However, Yeovil gradually began to get their counterattacking play going, with Jordan Green and Sessi D'Almeida particularly effective. A series of fouls were to prove crucial in that respect as Stevenage began to pick up bookings. Michael Timlin was one of those who took out D'Almeida, and when he took out Green with three minutes remaining as he stretched their defence, there was only going to be one outcome - a second yellow card and Stevenage down to ten men.

From the resultant free kick, Jake Gray picked up the loose ball, and fired a shot through a crowded area, forcing Paul Farman to save with his legs in what had been a fairly rare chance for Yeovil in the second period. Danny Newton kept up the visitors faint hopes as he forced two 90th minute attempts on goal - one blocked by Omar Sowunmi, and another saved by Nathan Baxter, but overall Yeovil blocked them out fairly well, with the best of their flair play having happened during the opening 45 minutes. Whilst it may be ultra-early, the result after five games lifts them up to seventh place in the League Two table - occupying the final play-off place as one of six clubs on eight points.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Stevenage 0.

Scorers: Alex Fisher (1-0, 24 mins), Sessi D'Almeida (2-0, 42 mins)

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

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips, 5. Bevis Mugabi (15 mins for Tom James), 10. Jake Gray (71 mins for Sessi D'Almeida), 11. Jordan Green (35 mins for Wes McDonald), 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 30. Alefe Santos

Stevenage:
1 Paul Farman
2 Luther Wildin 5 Scott Cuthbert 25 Ronnie Henry 3 Johnny Hunt
4 Michael Timlin 7 Jimmy Ball 8 Joel Byrom
10 Ben Kennedy 9 Alex Revell 28 Kurtis Guthrie

Substitutes:
11 Emmanuel Sonupe (27 mins for Jimmy Ball) 14 James Ferry 19 Danny Newton (57 mins for Kurtis Guthrie) 22 Alex Reid (46 mins for Ben Kennedy) 27 Seny Timothy Dieng 30 Luke Wilkinson 31 Ben Nugent

Yeovil Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (excessive celebration, 43 mins), Nathan Baxter (timewasting, 85 mins)

Stevenage Bookings: Emmanuel Sonupe (foul, 36 mins), Michael Timlin (foul, 60 mins), Alex Reid (foul, 65 mins). Red Card: Michael Timlin (second bookable offence, 87 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Tom Nield (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Steven Plane (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 2,635 (with 115 Stevenage supporters).


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25 August 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Stevenage at Huish Park. The match sees an unchanged starting line-up for the match, compared to the Tuesday night game against Oldham Athletic. There's also an unchanged bench, meaning that the eighteen is constant across two games for the first time this season.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder 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. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury that will keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October. Winger Rhys Browne's hamstring injury will keep him out during August, whilst goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is expected to be back soon from a calf injury. Defender Shaun Donnellan has a thigh strain. Brentford loanee Reece Cole has returned to his parent club after his season-long loan was cut short.

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:
25. Steve Phillips, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 10. Jake Gray, 11. Jordan Green, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 30. Alefe Santos

Stevenage:
1 Paul Farman
2 Luther Wildin 5 Scott Cuthbert 25 Ronnie Henry 3 Johnny Hunt
4 Michael Timlin 7 Jimmy Ball 8 Joel Byrom
10 Ben Kennedy 9 Alex Revell 28 Kurtis Guthrie

Substitutes:
11 Emmanuel Sonupe 14 James Ferry 19 Danny Newton 22 Alex Reid 27 Seny Timothy Dieng 30 Luke Wilkinson 31 Ben Nugent


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25 August 2018 : Yeovil Town vs Aston Villa : Man Of The Match Result
Ten days ago, Yeovil Town played host to Aston Villa in a League Cup First Round tie at Huish Park. The Glovers were a little unfortunate to come out with a 0-1 defeat, with Diallang Jaiyesimi having a first half goal ruled out, whilst Alex Fisher's penalty kick was saved.

Man of the Match voting saw new arrivals at the club dominate proceeedings. Centre-back Gary Warren and Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi impressed on the night. But the winner by a sizeable margin - and for the third match running - was Sessi D'Almeida. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Sessi D'Almeida 478 (42)
2. Diallang Jaiyesimi 106 (3)
3. Gary Warren 86 (2)
4. Alex Pattison 82 (3)
5. Omar Sowunmi 60 (1)
5. Wes McDonald 60 (1)
7. Nathan Baxter 42 (0)
8. Yoann Arquin 34 (2)
9. Tom James 22 (1)
10. Carl Dickinson 16 (0)
11. Alex Fisher 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.13
Performance : 8.22
Entertainment : 8.04
VOTES RECEIVED : 55


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24 August 2018 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Stevenage Game
Saturday will see Yeovil Town take on Stevenage at Huish Park in a League Two match. The Glovers Trust will be providing a presence at this match, although only at The Arrow on this occasion, due to resourcing constraints caused by the Bank Holiday weekend. Find them there, or drop them a direct message if you can only get to Huish Park and have something urgent to talk about.

With the AGM and Trust Board nomination process having commenced, members or interested parties are welcome to talk about that, and how you could get involved. Details are as follows:

Match: Stevenage (Home)
Trust Presence: The Arrow - approximately 1.30p.m. to 2.30p.m. Due to resourcing constraints on the Bank Holiday, the Trust will not use the Huish Park gazebo for this game. The plan is to return for the next home game.
Arrow Services: 50/50 draw, membership renewals, 20% discount on pre-match food orders
Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Board Election Process & Forms, Alliance Group progress, Secretary Vacancy.
Other points of note:
* Details of the AGM date and election timelines have been released. Members who wish to stand for nomination can collect a form from the Huish Park stall or speak to the team for further details. Details of the process can be read here.
* The Trust is in urgent need of a Secretary, at minimum to assist with the planning of the AGM. Anyone who is able to assist or would like further information should email Stuart Burrell (chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk). Details on the role can be read here.


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24 August 2018 : Brentford Highlight Lack Of Game Time For Cole's Early Return
Championship side Brentford have given their own views on why midfielder Reece Cole returned to Griffin Park. The 20 year old has been back in West London since Yeovil's League Cup match against Aston Villa that saw him substituted 33 minutes into that match. During the last 10 days, press interviews from the Yeovil Town end have pointed to a knee problem as being behind Cole's withdrawal on the night, and his subsequent absence.

During yesterday's press interviews, the Glovers boss maintained that view, and said that Cole's future would be one made by both club's medical teams, explaining:

"At the moment we have a situation where Reece came to the football club and he took a slight knock in a game. It was important that was cleared up for us to complete our games programme. So he's close, but between both medical teams we've got a decision to make."

Brentford have strongly implied that the agreement with Yeovil has been terminated by mutual consent to enable the possibility of a loan out to a second club before the second summer transfer window closes on Friday 31st August. After watching him play and score in their B Team's Tuesday night 2-1 win, they've decided to take him back. Brentford's Co-Director of Football Phil Giles has said that their concern was that Cole didn't appear likely to start as many matches as they had hoped he would manage and that they were looking for a 'better' loan opportunity:

"It is essential with any loan that our player has the opportunity to play, and preferably start, as many games as possible. When it appeared that Reece wouldn't be playing as much as we would wish, we reached an amicable solution with Yeovil for Reece to return to Brentford so he could train with us and potentially find another, better loan opportunity. Reece continues to have a fantastic attitude towards wanting to play games and we are pleased to see him back training with Brentford FC for now, albeit we'd have hoped for a successful loan with Yeovil."

FIFA rules on the number of professional clubs each player can turn out for will now restrict Cole's options. Having already recorded two first team appearances for Yeovil Town during the 2018-19 season, he will only be able to make appearances for one more club in a first team competition. Thus if they do decide to send him out on a second loan, that deal will need to be committed until the end of the season, and upon his first appearance for that club he will be unable to play for Brentford's first team until next season.

In terms of the differences of emphasis between Yeovil Town's account of the situation, and Brentford's own account, time will tell whether Cole is able to play the amount of football the Bees hope he will be able to.


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24 August 2018 : Cole Loan Deal Cut Short After Two Games
Brentford loanee Reece Cole has left Yeovil Town and returned to Griffin Park. The 20 year old had agreed a full season loan at the club, to cover the duration of the 2018-19 campaign, but ultimately this has lasted just two appearances and 55 minutes, with the last of those coming in the League Cup match against Aston Villa.

Whilst there had been high hopes for the Academy product, he had suffered from inflammation of the knee in the aftermath of that match, and he returned to Griffin Park where he played for their development squad on Tuesday night, scoring and assisting in a 2-1 win over AFC Bournemouth Under-23s. Despite that, the decision has been taken for his loan spell at Huish Park to be terminated by mutual consent.

The background to Reece's issues lie with a knee problem that cut short his 2017-18 season at Newport County. Although he returned to full fitness and played for Brentford's Reserves during the second half of the season, he needed a further operation over this summer, and so it would appear Brentford would prefer him to have rehabilitation and games at his own pace.

The best of luck to him in the future.


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24 August 2018 : Way Wanting To Avoid Final Day Drama On Player Outgoings
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he does not want any final day surprises at the end of the month when the secondary Summer Transfer Window closes next week. Football League clubs can still bring in new players, as well as effectively sell them, under a complex set of conditions that still allow most deals to go through, despite the introduction of an earlier primary Transfer Window earlier in the month.

From a Yeovil Town point of view, it means that it is still theoretically possible for the future of Tom James to come up once again. Although there has been little tangible news on that front since his early August move to West Bromwich Albion collapsed, the rules still mean that another EFL club could take James on loan, but with a pre-arranged permanent transfer clause, including an agreed fee, built in that would be triggered on January 1st 2019. At present there's no known prospect of that happening, but Way told BBC Somerset that if any club leaves that until Friday 31st, that himself and Chairman John Fry are going to be decamping to somewhere without a phone signal:

"I remember the last deadline day, I sent the Chairman fishing down in Weymouth. This time, you never know, I may get him to do something different where you can't make contact, because to do the business in the last minute, it is very difficult for us to adjust. I'll be making sure that if anyone wants any of our players, then they can do it a couple of days before, because if not then we're going to be on fishing trips."

At present, the club have Stuart Nelson (calf), Shaun Donnellan (thigh), James Bailey (knee), Reece Cole (knee), Rhys Browne (hamstring) and Francois Zoko (knee) all ruled out of tomorrow's visit of Stevenage to Huish Park, meaning that the first team squad remains slightly light on numbers.

Way has stated that he wants to bring in two new players, with one of those positions almost certainly being the need to fill the gap left by Francois Zoko's long term knee injury that is expected to rule him out until roughly the end of October. The Glovers boss said that he hoped he could bring in both recruits by the end of next week:

By the time it closes, I want two players. We've tried to do our business early. I feel we've got strength and depth within our squad, provided we don't get any more injuries, and the team looks good."

Way added that he still didn't have a firm direction in terms of the future of Brentford midfielder Reece Cole, who had been signed on a season-long loan, but has so far played just 55 minutes across two appearances. Knee inflammation, believed to be a reaction to a summer operation, has kept him out of the last few games, whilst he has returned to his parent club for observation. Way said the matter was still in the hands of the medical teams:

"At the moment we have a situation where Reece came to the football club and he took a slight knock in a game. It was important that was cleared up for us to complete our games programme. So he's close, but between both medical teams we've got a decision to make."

The club's expectation is that midfielder Sessi D'Almeida will be fit to play against Stevenage tomorrow, despite hobbling off with a foot injury during the second half of Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic.


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24 August 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Stevenage have been appointed by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 25th August 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tom Nield (West Yorkshire).

He's originally from Huddersfield and is 27 years old and was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2017. He has already officiated in front of large crowds though, as he was selected to referee in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and ended up acting as an assistant referee in the Gold Medal match between Russia and Ukraine in front of 16,000 fans. His interest in refereeing at an early age also meant that during the same year he was elected Chairman of the RA-FA Youth Council, which seeks to further refereeing amongst the younger generation. His final act as a non-league referee was to be the Fourth Official in the 2016-17 National League Play-Off Final between Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green Rovers.

We saw him twice during the 2017-18 season, in what was his first year at Football League level. The earliest was the November 2017 match at Adams Park seeing Wycombe Wanderers beat us by a 2-1 scoreline. He made one big decision during the match, penalising Tom James for a foul on Paris Cowan-Hall which gave Wycombe a second goal from the penalty spot. Although manager Darren Way didn't directly criticise the match official for the penalty, he claimed he had a 'poor' game, believing his own side had been denied a spot kick:

"I don't want to use the referee as an excuse but I thought he was very poor today. Very inexperienced. I think you could hear the backlash from both sets of the benches, and even the crowd. But again, he's going through that development stage, so I presume he can only get better from the mistakes that he makes."

In March 2018, he was present at the Community Stadium for a League Two match against Colchester United. For the second match running he gave a penalty against Yeovil, after Ryan Dickson fouled Kane Vincent-Young right on the line of the area. Thankfully Sammie Szmodics saw his shot saved by Stuart Nelson and we went on to win the game 1-0, via Alex Fisher. Aside from the penalty decision, he had a quiet game, and of course because we won the game on this occasion there were far fewer grumbles.

Mr Nield will be assisted by Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Steven Plane (Worcestershire).

Link: November 2017 : Wycombe Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2018 : Colchester United 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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23 August 2018 : GWSC Travel For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Grimsby Town. The match takes place at Blundell Park on Saturday 1st August 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Grimsby Town : Saturday 1st September 2018.
Huish Park: 7.00a.m.
Adult Members: £32.00; Member Concessions: £30.00
Adult Non-Members: £34.00; Non-Member Concessions: £32.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Exeter City And West Ham Home Games.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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23 August 2018 : Way Still Hoping For Two More Recruits Before Final Summer Window Closure
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he still has plans to bring in two more players, prior to the August transfer window deadline. The current rules allow the Glovers to be able to recruit players on half or full season loans, as well as recruiting free agents, which can include players that have had their contracts severed by their current club. Clubs can also sign up players on loan, but with a permanent transfer clause built into the deal that gets executed in January, which for a club of Yeovil's standing leaves more or less all doors still open.

Way had strongly suggested after the August 14th match against Aston Villa that he was on the edge of bringing in a player, whilst on the day of the Notts County League Two match, he explained that they had an agreement in place that had only been stopped because the club had missed the Friday 12.00 noon deadline to allow him to play in that game. Despite that, there were no additions in place for Tuesday's Oldham Athletic fixture, suggesting there are other reasons for that deal not having completed.

At present, the loan market is inevitably the most obvious route for Yeovil Town to take. They have four loan players registered on their books, with Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, Middlesbrough midfielder Alex Pattison, Brentford midfielder Reece Cole and Norwich City winger/striker Diallang Jaiyesimi all registered on full season deals that are intended to keep them at the club for the duration of the 2018-19 season. However, Cole is currently back at Griffin Park having assessments done on inflammation of the knee, bringing into question whether he is able to cope with regular first team football, so soon after a summer operation.

In principle though, the Glovers have one loan space remaining, in terms of what they are able to select in a Matchday squad, which would rise to two spaces, if Cole's return to West London becomes permanent. Way has not explicitly said which positions he is looking to fill, although Tuesday's post-match interview appeared to be leaning in the direction of his concern about Cole's future, which would point to a midfielder, whilst the three month absence of Francois Zoko has left the squad short of forward options until around the end of October.

The end of August Transfer deadline day will be Friday 31st August. At present the Football League don't have put a time on the deadline, but in the past they have operated until 5.00p.m. for loan-related business.


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23 August 2018 : Glovers Trust Views On Club Director's Resignation And Consortium Bid
Earlier this week, outgoing Director Andy Rossiter gave his views on his resignation, and his involvement in a Consortium that has been trying to buy the club. As a result of that interview, BBC Somerset invited the Glovers Trust onto the programme to give their views on the subject. With questions from presenter Matt Faulkner, Trust membership secretary Brendon Owen gives his view on those topics - read it in full via the link below.

Link: The Glovers Trust Speak To The BBC About Andy Rossiter's Resignation And The Consortium.


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23 August 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Oldham Athletic Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's League Two match against Oldham Athletic kicked off 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 threats he felt Oldham would pose, and the experience of Gary Warren and Carl Dickinson and how he is able to manage that. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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22 August 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
If you watched Tuesday's 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic 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 Oldham Athletic.


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22 August 2018 : Andy Rossiter's Full BBC Interview About His Board Resignation
On Tuesday morning, outgoing Yeovil Town Director Andy Rossiter appeared live on BBC Somerset's Breakfast programme to talk about his decision to step down from the Board Of Directors. With questions from presenter Claire Carter, Andy gives his views on the club's Academy, his attempt to form a Consortium to take over the running of the club, and his hopes that one day that will eventually happen.

Read that interview in full, via the link below. During the interview, and at the end, the BBC stressed that they had asked Yeovil Town to put up a representative on air, to act as a response to those views, but the club declined the opportunity.

Link: Andy Rossiter Speaks To The BBC About His Decision To Step Down From The Board.


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22 August 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic 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 draw, the performance of the referee, and how Oldham controlled the tempo of the game, and also gives a view on Brentford midfielder Reece Cole, and remaining interest in the loan market. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Oldham Athletic Game.


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22 August 2018 : Video : Two Minute Highlights From Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
For those who want to watch match highlights from Tuesday evening's 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic, lengthier footage is now available online. With two minutes of the best from yesterday's game, they show the two headed efforts from Omar Sowunmi along with a first half chance for Norwich City striker Diallang Jaiyesimi. They also show the best efforts from Oldham, including Dan Gardner's strike off the post. Watch via the video clip below.




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22 August 2018 : Cole Gets Playing Time For Bees As Injury Is Assessed
Yeovil Town loanee Reece Cole played and scored in a match for Brentford's B Team last night. In what is effectively his parent club's Development Squad set-up, the 20 year old took part in the opening 62 minutes of a match against AFC Bournemouth Under-23s on Tuesday night at Griffin Park.

Cole played as the left-sided midfielder in a 4-3-3 formation for the Bees, and helped create one goal, and score the second in a 2-1 victory. His 47th minute turn in midfield freed him from his Bournemouth marker and allowed him to play a lobbed pass into the path of Marcus Forss who scored the opener. On the hour mark, goalscorer and provider were swapped around, as Forss squared the ball across the face of the area for Cole to get a close range finish.

Brentford's website singled out Cole as "a thorn in Bournemouth's side". He was withdrawn shortly after scoring, although there's no indication of an injury. Cole has been back at Griffin Park for the last week since he had to withdraw half an hour into Yeovil Town's League Cup tie against Aston Villa on August 14th. He was later judged to have had knee inflammation - a possible reaction to two operations that he has had in the past year, with the last having happened during the summer.

Following Tuesday night's match against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that there was a possibility that problem may have an impact on his loan spell, with the obvious question being whether Cole would be better off getting League Two football for his experience, or whether Brentford's physios would be better off rationing his game time through their own B Team set-up. Way was expecting some feedback this week over what the future held:

"We've got Reece Cole's situation, so I'll find out the fall-out from that tomorrow, and we'll have to find out whether we can continue with that scenario. He played for Brentford and they're assessing him, because he's been carrying a little injury. It's important that club understands how that injury is having an impact on his loan spell. So that's important, and we are speaking to other clubs."


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22 August 2018 : Way Pleased With Glovers Resilience After Oldham Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his side's resilience after their 0-0 draw against Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night. In a night of few chances, both sides did have notable opportunities to have won the game, with Latics midfielder Dan Gardner firing off the inside of the post, whilst Omar Sowunmi saw two headers fail to find the back of the net in each half.

With the match finely balanced throughout the night, it was a case of one side waiting for a killer chance to seal all three points, but apart from the Gardner and Sowunmi efforts, those never really turned up. Way told BBC Somerset that he could see the game from two angles, and as a game that his side could have conceded late in the game in past encounters:

"It depends on how you want to look at it. I think before we may have perhaps conceded late on. So the team showed great resilience. I would say it's probably frustrating as far as the decision with Ishmael Miller. I think that in any other situation, he was under pressure, it would have been a yellow if he wasn't already on a yellow, and he should have been off the field. So there's not much consistency in what we're seeing for the team, but we have to accept that. I thought the first 20 minutes we looked a real threat and I think they struggled to get out of their half. We had some real good clear-cut chances, and sometimes it doesn't go your way. Having said that, I feel the players and the supporters have got a real positivity."

The Glovers dominated possession and territory during the first 20 minutes of the match, albeit without creating firm chances. As the half wore on, Oldham began to get their own foothold in the game, and Jose Baxter's introduction at half time as a replacement for former Glover Ishmael Miller changed the dynamics of the game. Way said that as a result, it was hard for his side to keep up that early dominance:

"I just feel that when I look at their team, I have to respect because they've got some good players. Ishmael Miller played for us in the Championship and he's got a wealth of experience. Chris O'Grady up top can cause some real problems. And my team is still growing. So to do it for 90 minutes, I think that will come. If you go 1-0 up, that changes the dynamics of the game and the way that they play. They were quite brave leaving four up at times. Unfortunately we didn't come out as winners. Having said that, there are so many positives to take."


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22 August 2018 : Video : Brief Highlights From Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
For those who want to watch ultra-brief highlights of Tuesday night's match against Oldham Athletic, these are now online. Whilst the 0-0 draw might not have had a mountainful of chances, their 48 seconds of coverage appears to only consider the first half of the match, capturing Omar Sowunmi's first half header and Diallang Jaiyesimi's shot into the side netting. However, they then stop, and entirely omit the best two chances of the whole game - one for Oldham and one for Yeovil - which happened after the break. Hopefully the YouTube version, due for Wednesday lunchtime, will be a bit more thorough! Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Brief Highlights From Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic.


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21 August 2018 : Gary Johnson Sacked After Cheltenham's Slow Start
Cheltenham Town have become the first League Two side to press the big red button, by sacking their first team manager Gary Johnson. The 62 year old, who also made his name at Yeovil Town, across two spells, as well as at Bristol City, has been shown the door after 172 games in charge, which included leading Cheltenham back into the Football League at the first time of asking.

Johnson was fired after Tuesday night's 1-1 draw with Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose, that gave them their first point of the season. The Robins finished the evening in 20th place but it would appear that the seeds were sown on Saturday, with Johnson being called into a Board meeting after the club's 0-1 home defeat against Carlisle United - a scoreline that had affected their first three League Two fixtures. Their early problems can be put partly down to the summer loss of last season's top goalscorer Mohammed Eisa, who reaped Cheltenham a figure believed to be in the region of £1.5 million, but with it being completed on July 23rd, there has been no sign of Johnson spending big as a replacement.

His legacy at Whaddon Road will have been the quick turnaround that he achieved for them during the 2015-16 season, by ensuring that they finished as Conference Champions one year after they were relegated. As such he broke a 27 year hoodoo on the 'fifth division' as the first club since Darlington to win the league immediately after relegation. He also put himself into a small hall of fame, as one of only two managers at that time that had won the Conference more than once - John Still (Maidstone United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Luton Town) being the other. Since then, Micky Mellon (Fleetwood Town, Tranmere Rovers) has made it a gang of three.

With Johnson having suffered some serious health issues in the last few years, there was a hint that Cheltenham might be his last front line position. However, it would be a surprise if he didn't turn up in an 'upstairs' role at a club in the future. Good luck to him.


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21 August 2018 : Yeovil 0 Oldham 0 : Huish Park Sees Midweek Stalemate
Yeovil Town ground out a goalless draw with Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night at Huish Park, in a match of very few chances. The game took a while to open up, and it was only during the second period that the key chances in the game materialised. Latics midfielder Dan Gardner had the best one as he struck the inside of the post early in the second half, whilst Omar Sowunmi's header from a set piece later in that half went wide of the post, as the game fizzled out into a 0-0 draw.

The Glovers opened the match by naming the exact same starting line-up that had been present against Notts County last Friday - no surprises there! The one change was on the bench as Jordan Green completed his three match suspension, and displaced Tyrique Spencer-Clarke. In the opposition side Ishmael Miller returned to his old club, but Sam Surridge missed out due to fitness problems he's had so far this season.

Although Yeovil started off playing the ball around very well, and controlling the territory and the possession, their problem was that they couldn't really get any clear-cut chances to get potential reward from that play. In fact with the exception of a Tom James free kick that struck the defensive wall, and Diallang Jaiyesimi's shot that was blocked by a defender, it took 27 minutes before either side got anywhere near a proper shot. Dan Gardner's long range shot was well wide, but stood as the first shot to get as far as the byline.

That was the signal for the game to open up a bit more than it had one, with a Carl Dickinson free kick being met by the head of Omar Sowunmi, but the ball was palmed away for a corner. From that set piece, Sessi D'Almeida struck the ball over the crossbar. Then came Diallang Jaiyesimi's best effort of the half as he made his way in from the flank before firing an angled shot into the side netting, with a few gasps from the crowd suggesting some thought the net ripple was around the other side.

The other side show of the opening period was the situation regarding former Glovers striker Ishmael Miller. He'd already been booked for a high foot earlier in the half, and when he left his foot in on Gary Warren in the final minute of the first half, both he and the Latics captain were given lengthy commentaries from match referee John Busby about what might happen on his next foul. No surprise then that the half time break saw Jose Baxter come on as a half time sub to protect Miller.

The introduction of Baxter seemed to benefit the balance of Oldham's attacking play, and they came ultra-close with the best chance of the match on 49 minutes when quick interchange of play involving Baxter saw Dan Gardner released and he fired a shot off the inside of the post that came back across the goal, but stayed on the correct side of the line.

Yeovil couldn't really get their creative side going during the second half, in open pay. Wes McDonald was replaced by Jordan Green to provide a spark, but it didn't change things significantly. Sessi D'Almeida fired an effort from outside the box over the crossbar, but also needed replacing due to a foot injury he'd picked up earlier in the half. Yeovil's key chance of the game came again from a Carl Dickinson free kick, and an Omar Sowunmi header. It should have been on target, but instead flew just wide of the post.

The game ended with defences firmly on top, and a slightly tetchy atmosphere as referee John Busy failed to deal with a few niggles between players, and decisions not given. But from a footballing perspective, neither side looked likely to win, and that was how it ended - the Glovers drop one place to 12th in the early League Two table - two off the play-offs and four off relegation, as things gradually take shape across the division.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Oldham Athletic 0.

Scorers: None.

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:
25. Steve Phillips, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 10. Jake Gray (74 mins for Sessi D'Almeida), 11. Jordan Green (62 mins for Wes McDonald), 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 30. Alefe Santos

Oldham Athletic:
1 Daniel Iversen
23 Rob Hunt 26 Peter Clarke 4 George Edmundson 3 Andy Taylor
22 Johan Branger 6 Dan Gardner 17 Christopher Missilou 27 Gevaro Nepomuceno
10 Chris O'Grady 11 Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
8 Jose Baxter (46 mins for Ishmael Miller) 13 Zeus de la Paz 14 Jonathan Benteke 18 Sam Graham 19 Callum Lang (65 mins for Gevaro Nepomuceno) 28 Mohammed Maouche 34 Thomas Haymer

Yeovil Bookings: None

Oldham Athletic Bookings: Ishmael Miller (foul, 11 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Oldham Athletic Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire). Assistants: Ben Cobb (Dorset) and Paul Lister (Devon). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,904 (with 262 Oldham Athletic supporters).


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21 August 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Tuesday night's League Two match against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. The match sees an unchanged starting line-up for the match, compared to the Friday night game against Notts County. Midfielder Jordan Green returns from a three match suspension and he gets back onto the bench, with Academy midfielder Tyrique Spencer-Clarke dropping out.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder 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. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury that will keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October. Winger Rhys Browne's hamstring injury will keep him out during August, whilst goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is expected to be back soon from a calf injury. Defender Shaun Donnellan has a thigh strain, whilst Brentford loanee Reece Cole has knee inflammation.

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:
25. Steve Phillips, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 10. Jake Gray, 11. Jordan Green, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 30. Alefe Santos

Oldham Athletic:
1 Daniel Iversen
23 Rob Hunt 26 Peter Clarke 4 George Edmundson 3 Andy Taylor
22 Johan Branger 6 Dan Gardner 17 Christopher Missilou 27 Gevaro Nepomuceno
10 Chris O'Grady 11 Ishmael Miller

Substitutes:
8 Jose Baxter 13 Zeus de la Paz 14 Jonathan Benteke 18 Sam Graham 19 Callum Lang 28 Mohammed Maouche 34 Thomas Haymer


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21 August 2018 : Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Newport County are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 15th September 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Rodney Parade.

Tickets bought in advance will cost as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Over-60s: £15.00; Aged 16-21, Students with NUS card: £13.00; Under-16s: £7.00; Under-12s: £5.00; Under-6s: FREE.

The Under-6 tickets are free provided there is an Adult ticket purchased at the same time.

Disabled Supporters pay the above prices, but can take an assistant free of charge.

If you purchase tickets on the day, they will be available from the mobile ticket unit adjacent to the away turnstiles at Gate 6. However, all prices increase by £2.00 on the day.

Tickets are for the Bisley Stand which is side-facing facilities shared with home fans. You'll need to access the turnstiles via Corporation Road - access is via a footpath between two residential houses so it's quite easy to miss - the only obvious marker is two blue poles. There's 580 covered seats, with the rest of the stand occupied by home fans.

Link: Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Exeter City And West Ham Home Games.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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21 August 2018 : Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
Advanced tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Grimsby Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 1st September 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Blundell Park.

Tickets bought in advance are priced as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Over-65s, Aged 15-18, Students with NUS Card: £12.00; Unaccompanied Under-14: £7.00; Accompanied Under-14: £5.00.

Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters pay relevant age category as above, but can take an assistant free of charge. To book wheelchair places, call Grimsby direct on 01472 605050.

The Osmond Corner Stand is the area reserved for away fans. The total capacity of this area is 1,904, but for various games they allow home supporters to use a section of it. The standard away allocation is for 580 unreserved seats. Entry to the stand is in Harrington Street.

Note that there is a matchday surcharge of £2.00 for all ticket categories except for the Junior rates, if you choose to purchase on the day of the match.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Exeter City And West Ham Home Games.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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21 August 2018 : Notice Of 2018 Glovers Trust Annual General Meeting And Election Process
The Glovers Trust Board of Directors are pleased to announce that the date of the 2018 Annual General Meeting has been set. The meeting will take place on Wednesday the 17th of October at 7:45p.m. The venue is still pending confirmation but will be held at a public establishment in Yeovil.

As well as providing an update on the Trust activities in the past twelve months, and inviting members who attend to ask questions, the AGM will also be used to confirm the result of the nomination process for election onto the Trust Board. This process will give Trust Members who wish to represent the Trust at Board level the opportunity to stand for nomination, with a maximum of 8 positions up for grabs. Key milestone dates for this process are outlined below:

• 24th August 2018 - Nomination packs are available for those who wish to stand
• 14th September 2018 - Deadline for submitted nominations
• 21st September 2018 - Members receive voting packs
• 12th October 2018 - Deadline for completed votes to be submitted
• 17th October 2018 – Results announced at AGM

Should less than nine individuals stand for election then there will be no requirement for a vote and those who have put themselves forward will be formally welcomed onto the Board at the AGM. For the Trust to grow and evolve it is important that there is healthy competition for Board positions and so the current Trust Board would urge all members to consider whether they can spare time to directly influence the Trust aims and objectives.

The Trust Board are also in urgent need of a Secretary to lead the nomination and election process. At present the Secretary role is being shared amongst Board members which is not sustainable or correct if the existing Trust Board are to remain truly separated from the process. We would therefore urge anyone with good organisational skills to get in touch with the Trust Chairman via the chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk email address. Whilst an individual who can commit to the role for the longer term would be preferable, the Trust Board are also willing to consider anyone who feels that they can simply assist in the nomination and election process. There is full details on the role that can be read here.

As ever, if any members or prospective members would like to get in touch to discuss matters relating to this or any other subject, please contact us via the communications@glovers-trust.co.uk email address.


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21 August 2018 : Alex Fisher Talks About His First Career Hat-Trick
On Monday, Yeovil Town striker Alex Fisher gave his views on his first ever career hat-trick. Having netted three times in the 4-0 win against Notts County on Friday night, he spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Charlie Taylor about that match, and the team's overall form. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Alex Fisher Speaks To The BBC About His First Career Hat-Trick.


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21 August 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Oldham Athletic have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 21st August 2018 (tonight) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be John Busby (Oxfordshire).

We've had him on four occasions before. Three of those were during the 2016-17 season. The earliest was the August 2016 home match against Morecambe - at the time that was only his third game in charge at Football League level. Prior to his arrival we'd had a series of first year officials for some reason, and there were quite a few that we were less than impressed with. We lost the match 0-1 despite having a large amount of the play. Our recollection was that he wasn't too bad, but the Gazette disagreed saying he "Lacked authority, which infuriated the players and fans alike at times, and got a number of decisions wrong as he looked out of his depth at times" - the game ultimately produced one booking each, so perhaps they felt he was a bit too hands-off.

For the November 2016 EFL Trophy Group Stage game against Reading Under-21s we were probably more glad that he stayed hands-off. A rather red-blooded tackle by Bevis Mugabi just before the break could have got him more than the yellow card he was given. The theory was that the class of the competition and a near-empty stadium probably saved him the walk. That was the referee's only card of the night, so again it was a quiet performance.

He was more lively in the January 2017 match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. There he dished out eight bookings - four for each side. The game did get a bit tetchy during the second half, with Francois Zoko and Josh Payne getting carded for some handbags. Manager Darren Way was convinced that Payne should have got more than that:

"It's amazing. It's another decision from the referees that seem to be going against us at the moment. I don't know whether it looks like sometimes it's easier not to give it against us. But they have to reflect upon their own performance. I'm seeing it consistently every week, and it's frustrating. But what can you do about it? He's just quite clearly lashed out at Francois. So that's disappointing."

Way's complaints - and the post-match questions aimed at him - tended to overlook another key decision that had gone in his side's favour. During the second half, Nathan Smith produced a goal line clearance that appeared to have the 'hand of Maradona' involved in it. Crawley appealed loudly, and we were slightly amazed (but thankful) that Mr Busby gave nothing, as it would have led to a red card and a penalty.

The 2017-18 season saw Mr Busby involved in one Yeovil Town match. That was the EFL Trophy Third Round game against Forest Green Rovers that saw us win 2-0. Such ties tend to be a little bit on the sleepy side in terms of controversial incidents and this one was definitely the case, with two early goals contributing to a half-paced second period where Rovers seemed to have more-or-less conceded the tie, and where officials didn't need to intervene.

In terms of his overall career, at the tail end of the 2014-15 season he was given two prestige cup final appearances - he was the Fourth Official for the FA Youth Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City in the second leg at Stamford Bridge. He was also chosen as the main referee for the Nike Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, between Arsenal U14s and Reading U14s. He has also taken charge of the Oxfordshire FA Senior Cup Final and a FA Vase Semi-Final. He's been heavily fast-tracked - he was only promoted to Conference National level during the summer of 2015, having started refereeing in the year 2000.

He has taken charge of four fixtures this season. The most recent was Saturday's game between Bury and Forest Green Rovers where he sent off Forest Green's Gavin Gunning for two bookable offences. Overall though his record stands at a fairly modest 10 yellow cards, along with that Gunning dismissal.

Mr Busby will be assisted by Ben Cobb (Dorset) and Paul Lister (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Morecambe 1.

Link: November 2016 : Reading Under-21s 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2017 : Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: January 2018 : Yeovil Town 2 Forest Green Rovers 0.


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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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