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25 August 2019 : Omotayo Signing Completed By Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have confirmed that all the paperwork for striker Gold Omotayo is now complete, and therefore he becomes the club's player. The 25 year old former Bury player joins the club as a free agent on a one year contract that will keep him at the club until June 2020.

Gold attended the club's National League match against Maidenhead United as a spectator, and although his signature is now confirmed, he will not be eligible to play in the Bank Holiday Monday match against Dagenham and Redbridge, due to deadlines on National League player registrations. He will therefore train with the club this week and be in line to make his debut against Notts County on Saturday.

For a full profile on Gold Omotayo and manager Darren Sarll's view on the player, see Saturday's articles linked below. He will wear the No.10 shirt during his time with the club.

Link: Darren Sarll's Views On Gold Omotayo's Arrival.

Link: Gold Omotayo Player Profile.


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25 August 2019 : Barrow vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town were on the television cameras, in a National League match against Barrow. The match wasn't a classic, with the dull spectacle settled by a Scott Quigley goal just after the half time break. Yeovil struggled to create openings during the entire 90 minutes, with the Cumbians creating the game's best three chances.

No surprise then that the Man of the Match votes went heavily towards defensively minded players. Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson was recognised for another strong performance, whilst central defender Tom Bradbury was just ahead of him in the poll. However, ahead of everyone by a sizeable distance was right wing-back Craig Alcock, who is starting to get into form following his exiled status last season.

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

1. Craig Alcock 128 (10)
2. Tom Bradbury 44 (3)
3. Stuart Nelson 44 (1)
4. Tom Whelan 34 (2)
5. Myles Hippolyte 24 (1)
6. Matt Worthington 16 (1)
7. Albi Skendi 14 (0)
8. Courtney Duffus 12 (1)
9. Carl Dickinson 12 (0)
10. Remeao Hutton 6 (0)
10. Lawson D'Ath 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.11
Performance : 3.37
Entertainment : 2.84
VOTES RECEIVED : 19


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25 August 2019 : EFL Turn Sights On Bolton After Bury's Deferral
Having spent much of August 2019 with Bury in their sights, the EFL now appear to be moving onto fellow League One side Bolton Wanderers. Both clubs were given 12 point deductions over the summer, due to their insolvency events, under standard league rules. However, Bolton were granted permission to start the 2019-20 season, on the assumption that their sale to a consortium known as Football Ventures (Whites) Limited, a company headed by Sharon Brittan and Parminder Basran was in advanced talks with Bolton's administrators and on its way to a successful takeover.

Two events appear to have brought into question how likely that is to happen. Firstly former Watford owner Laurence Bassini, who had also bid for ownership of the club, was granted a court order, blocking the sale of one of the companies associated with the club. Whilst that court order has now been amended, enabling the deal to go through, Football Ventures have still yet to complete the takeover.

On Tuesday, Bolton postponed their match against Doncaster Rovers, citing welfare issues, due to the significant number of Under-18 players they were having to field for that fixture. This decision didn't go down well, given that Doncaster state that they found out about the game being called off, via Bolton's social media, rather than through direct communications, whilst a fairly weak EFL statement later strongly implied that they had also not been consulted in the decision.

In the wake of that postponement, first team manager Phil Parkinson and his assistant Steve Parkin resigned their positions, whilst Bolton conceded five goals against Ipswich Town on Saturday - the third consecutive match in which they've leaked that many. The Football League have now stepped in, giving Bolton's administrators and prospective owners until Tuesday 27th August at 5.00p.m. to provide them with a credible plan for the sale of the club, or they will execute a Notice of Withdrawal of Bolton's membership of the Football League. The EFL's statement says:

"Having been previously advised in writing on the morning of the start of the season that the deal was all but agreed and only awaiting completion signatures, there has been constant contradictory information and no finalisation of the deal. The current situation cannot continue and the time to resolve the current impasse is now fast running out. Whilst it is understood as recently as yesterday that the parties were once again in a position to complete the formalities, there appears to be additional frustrating delays that are only serving to have a negative and detrimental impact.

"The EFL urges all parties to communicate and come together to find the necessary and final solutions so that Bolton Wanderers can start to plan for its long term future and end months of uncertainty for all those associated with the Club, in particular the players, staff, supporters and the local Bolton community. If a successful conclusion to a sale is not found or there are no credible plans for the Club to continue the season in administration by the planned Board meeting at 5pm on Tuesday 27th August 2019, then the EFL Board will consider lifting the suspension on the Notice of Withdrawal of the Club's membership of the League which was issued when the Club entered into administration in May 2019
."

If the Football League's position is in line with what they adopted for Bury, the Notice of Withdrawal would have a 14 day period against it, thus giving Bolton until Tuesday 10th September before they would be expelled from the Football League.


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25 August 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Maidenhead United Game
Following the 1-2 home defeat against Maidenhead United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll 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 match, and also explains why Gold Omotayo was a spectator at the game. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Maidenhead United Game.


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24 August 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Maidenhead United
If you watched Saturday's 1-2 defeat against Maidenhead United 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 Maidenhead United.


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24 August 2019 : Yeovil 1 Maidenhead 2 : Smile Leaves Glovers Frowning After First Home Defeat
Yeovil Town slipped to their first home defeat of the 2019-20 season, as Maidenhead United grabbed all three points at Huish Park. The 1-2 result came as the Magpies scored two second half goals, with Josh Smile's 56th minute free kick taking a deflection on its way into the back of the net. With five minutes remaining, Daniel Whitehall's long range strike put the visitors in a comfortable position, and although Courtney Duffus quickly pulled one back with his third goal of the season, that wasn't enough to worry the Berkshire side, with Yeovil stuck in a 13th place midtable position once the day's results had come in.

The Glovers went into the match fielding one change to their starting line-up, as Charlie Lee came in for his first start of the season, displacing Remeao Hutton. The extra midfielder allowed for a formation change, with 3-4-1-2 being abandoned for the first time at the start of a game, and a 4-3-1-2 being employed, with Lawson D'Ath as the most advanced midfielder, whilst Charlie Lee provided a holding role. In the opposition line-up Seth Nana Twumasi provided a full-back role for Maidenhead.

The first half was rather devoid of serious chances from either side. Yeovil had the better of them, with Tom Whelan opening proceedings by firing comfortably over the bar. Myles Hippolyte almost embarrassed Maidenhead keeper Taye Ashby-Hammond when he tried to catch the striker's 25 yard strike but ended up almost spooning it into his own net, catching the ball on the second attempt.

Maidenhead's best effort on goal came when a Ryan Upward effort took a deflection off a Yeovil defender, wrong-footing Stuart Nelson but with the ball skidding wide for a corner. That was as close as they got, but Yeovil weren't much better. Their set pieces this season haven't been up to scratch this season, and that was emphasised when Lawson D'Ath ballooned a free kick well over the bar. 0-0 at the break and it wasn't pretty.

The second half by contrast contained more action in the first 120 seconds than the opening 45 minutes had. Lawson D'Ath bore down on goal, but Taye Ashby-Hammond blocked the ball well to deny him a proper shot. However, Myles Hippolyte couldn't compose himself properly on the rebound, with the ball flying over the crossbar. Straight down the other end and Josh Kelly went close, with his shot crashing off the underside of the crossbar and back out as the Magpies created their best effort on goal.

That was the warning sign for Yeovil, as eleven minutes into the second half, Maidenhead took the lead. The goal had a bit of fortune about it as Josh Smile's free kick flew through a crowded goalmouth, off the body of Myles Hippolyte and into the back of the net. Initially up went a linesman's flag, disallowing the goal for an offside. But when the match referee Tom Reeves checked with his assistant who he thought had touched the free kick on its way through, he overruled his assistant and awarded the goal. 0-1 down.

It was almost 0-2 just 60 seconds later. A cross into the box was blocked at close range by the arm of Carl Dickinson. Despite Yeovil protests, referee Tom Reeves pointed to the spot. Not for the first time though, Stuart Nelson came to their rescue. Jake Cassidy's spot kick was saved superbly to keep the deficit at a single goal and to keep his side in the game.

Two minutes later and Nelson was at it again, palming a Jake Cassidy shot around the post for a corner. It took a while for Yeovil to recompose themselves after that problematic period, with Lawson D'Ath forcing Taye Ashby-Hammond into a parried save. Yeovil then briefly thought they had equalised when Tom Bradbury 'scored' from a set piece, only to find a linesman's flag going up to deny him. On this occasion, there was no overruling from the officials, and the offside decision stood.

Yeovil gambled by bringing on Rhys Murphy, who had only limped off with a hamstring problem ten days ago. But with five minutes to go, they were undone on the break with a goal that appeared to have killed the game. Courtney Duffus lost possession from a Yeovil attack, and Maidenhead fed the ball up field, eventually finding substitute Daniel Whitehall. He hit a speculative shot from distance, and it flew past Stuart Nelson and into the corner of the net to put Yeovil 0-2 down.

Just sixty seconds later, and what seemed to be a lost cause turned into a flicker of hope for Yeovil Town. In a multi-man move involving Lawson D'Ath and substitute Gabriel Rogers, they found Rhys Murphy who threaded the ball to Courtney Duffus. The striker has already scored twice at Huish Park, both at the away end of the ground. This time he did it at the home end as he slotted home with four minutes remaining to give Yeovil hope at 1-2.

Centre-back Luke Wilkinson hasn't been seen at all since he was signed up in June, due to a pre-season injury. His debut for Yeovil Town was an unconventional one - an 89th minute introduction as a striker. He almost got himself an assist - it was his cross into the box during five minutes of second half injury time that saw Courtney Duffus head just wide of the target. Right at the death, Gabriel Rogers had a shot turned around the post for a corner, but there wasn't enough time to get anything out of it, with Maidenhead taking all three points on the day. Yeovil slipped once place to 13th, once all twelve Saturday fixtures had been played, with a growing pattern that their lack of creativity in the final third is causing them some problems.

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Maidenhead United 2.

Scorers: Josh Smile (0-1, 56 mins), Daniel Whitehall (0-2, 85 mins), Courtney Duffus (1-2, 86 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
2. Craig Alcock 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury, 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
7. Matt Worthington, 26. Charlie Lee 23. Tom Whelan
8. Lawson D'Ath
11. Myles Hippolyte, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
12. Marcin Brzozowski 6. Luke Wilkinson (89 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 9. Rhys Murphy (71 mins for Myles Hippolyte) 16. Gabriel Rogers (80 mins for Tom Whelan) 24. Remeao Hutton

Maidenhead United:
21 Taye Ashby-Hammond 4 Joe Ellul 5 Aron Davies 15 Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 16 Ryheem Sheckleford 24 Alan Massey 19 Ryan Upward 28 Josh Smile 10 Josh Kelly 9 Jake Cassidy 11 Bernard Mensah

Substitutes:
7 Shamir Fenelon (76 mins for Bernard Mensah) 8 James Comley (67 mins for Aron Davies) 12 Bradley Keetch 14 Daniel Whitehall (71 mins for Josh Smile) 17 Henry Landers

Yeovil Bookings: Charlie Lee (foul, 19 mins), Tom Whelan (foul, 75 mins), Matt Worthington (foul, 88 mins)

Maidenhead United: Joe Ellul (foul, 45 mins), Jake Cassidy (timewasting, 90 mins), James Comley (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Yeovil Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots On Target: 6; Shots Off Target: 8; Corners: 7.

Maidenhead United Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots On Target: 3; Shots Off Target: 5; Corners: 5.

Referee: Tom Reeves (Coventry). Assistants: Michael D'Aguilar (Staffordshire) and Richard Walker (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Shane Mansfield (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 2,179 (with 102 Maidenhead United supporters).


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24 August 2019 : Sarll Confirms Omotayo Medical With Completion Imminent
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll believes that former Bury striker Gold Omotayo should be able to team up with his squad properly from tomorrow, after he completed a medical at Huish Park today. The 25 year old was present at the club's 1-2 home defeat against Maidenhead United as a spectator, and is on the verge of being announced as a permanent signing for the club, having become a free agent over the summer, following the chaos at Gigg Lane.

Sarll explained after the match that with the Maidenhead match taking place, he wasn't sure as of 5.00p.m. today whether all the paperwork had gone through. But he expected the Swiss-born player to link up with his squad tomorrow, and be ready to play by next weekend's home match against Notts County. Sarll told BBC Somerset:

"He completed a medical today, and I think the paperwork is done. In the hysteria of today and the disappointment of today I've got to make sure that's been tied up, but he'll be with us from tomorrow. We haven't made the deadline for him to play on Monday (at Dagenham and Redbridge). But he's going to be with us, and he's going to be a physical presence. He's got good league experience, he's a good age."

Omotayo has had one season's experience as a professional with Bury, having arrived from Swiss League football, via non-league Whitehawk. He also had a short spell with Maidstone United last season, giving him a taste of this level of football. Sarll stressed that meant that he was not signing a player that he saw as the finished article:

"People have got to understand when we sign a player, it's very seldom that I can sign a player that is the finished article of where he's going to be as an individual. When you think about signing Lee Collins or somebody like that, he is where he is and he's at his peak in terms of his age and his career. That costs quite a lot to get those, and we can't do that. So the thing with Gold is that we're going to have to develop him. It's going to take time. It won't be a case of we throw him in and all our prayers are answered. We're going to have to work with him. It's another new player. We're going to have to work on the relationships between him and the other creative players, but he will give us that physicality that we've missed up front."

Omotayo scored against Yeovil Town in the August 2018 League Two match against Yeovil Town at Gigg Lane, on the opening day of the 2018-19 season.

Link: Omotayo At Huish Park Today Ahead Of Reported Signing.


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24 August 2019 : Yeovil 1 Maidenhead 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town slipped to their first home defeat of the 2019-20 season, as Maidenhead United grabbed all three points at Huish Park. The 1-2 result came as the Magpies scored two second half goals, with Josh Smile's 56th minute free kick taking a deflection on its way into the back of the net. With five minutes remaining, Daniel Whitehall's long range strike put the visitors in a comfortable position, and although Courtney Duffus quickly pulled one back with his third goal of the season, that wasn't enough to worry the Berkshire side, with Yeovil still stuck in a 12th place midtable position.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Maidenhead United 2.

Scorers: Josh Smile (0-1, 56 mins), Daniel Whitehall (0-2, 85 mins), Courtney Duffus (1-2, 86 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
2. Craig Alcock 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury, 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
7. Matt Worthington, 26. Charlie Lee 23. Tom Whelan
8. Lawson D'Ath
11. Myles Hippolyte, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
12. Marcin Brzozowski 6. Luke Wilkinson (89 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 9. Rhys Murphy (71 mins for Myles Hippolyte) 16. Gabriel Rogers (80 mins for Tom Whelan) 24. Remeao Hutton

Maidenhead United:
21 Taye Ashby-Hammond 4 Joe Ellul 5 Aron Davies 15 Seth Nana Ofori-Twumasi 16 Ryheem Sheckleford 24 Alan Massey 19 Ryan Upward 28 Josh Smile 10 Josh Kelly 9 Jake Cassidy 11 Bernard Mensah

Substitutes:
7 Shamir Fenelon (76 mins for Bernard Mensah) 8 James Comley (67 mins for Aron Davies) 12 Bradley Keetch 14 Daniel Whitehall (71 mins for Josh Smile) 17 Henry Landers

Yeovil Bookings: Charlie Lee (foul, 19 mins), Tom Whelan (foul, 75 mins), Matt Worthington (foul, 88 mins)

Maidenhead United: Joe Ellul (foul, 45 mins), Jake Cassidy (timewasting, 90 mins), James Comley (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Referee: Tom Reeves (Coventry). Assistants: Michael D'Aguilar (Staffordshire) and Richard Walker (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Shane Mansfield (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 2,179 (with 102 Maidenhead United supporters).


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24 August 2019 : Omotayo At Huish Park Today Ahead Of Reported Signing
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for former Bury striker Gold Omotayo. The 25 year old is present at Huish Park for this afternoon's National League game against Maidenhead United and is reported as being in line for a contract with the Glovers. He scored against Yeovil Town at Gigg Lane on the opening day of the 2018-19 season, and is a free agent in the wake of the chaos going on at his old club.

Born in Zurich, Switzerland on January 27th 1994, he actually began his career as a goalkeeper for FC Zurich's youth set-up before moving to FC Schlieren and FC Wettswil-Bonstetten. He arrived in England in January 2018 and scored nine goals for Whitehawk during the second half of the 2017-18 season at Isthmian League level.

That was enough for Bury to give him a professional contract in the summer of 2018, and on his debut, Yeovil Town kindly gave him a goalscoring start, as he netted the last minute winner for the Shakers in the August 2018 victory at Gigg Lane. That was to be his only goal for Bury as he made 17 appearances, with 13 of those coming from the bench. He also had a five game loan spell with Maidstone United that saw him score once in five appearances at National League level.

Reporter Chris Spittles, on duty for BBC Somerset this afternoon, has spotted Omotayo at Huish Park and believes he will sign for the club, although will only be able to play after the Bank Holiday weekend fixtures. He explains:

"I understand Yeovil Town are set to sign former Bury striker Gold Omotayo. He is at Huish Park today to sign but deal won't be completed in time for him to play today or Monday. He scored against Yeovil on the opening day of last season. Omotayo looks to be what the Yeovil Town squad needs - a big, strong, physical striker. Manager Darren Sarll needs more striking options and had been searching for a target man. Omotayo fits the bill."

As yet there's been no comment from Yeovil Town on his presence at Huish Park.


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24 August 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town v Maidenhead United
Yeovil Town have issued their starting line-up for the National League match against Maidenhead United. The match at Huish Park sees one change to the starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field at Barrow last Saturday, with midfielder Charlie Lee coming in for Birmingham City loanee Remeao Hutton.

Centre-back Luke Wilkinson has missed the whole of pre-season and the 2019-20 matches so far, but is back on the bench in a surprise move. There's also a return for striker Rhys Murphy on the bench, which comes earlier than expected given manager Darren Sarll had ruled him out for this weekend.

Defender Lee Collins has a hamstring injury. Academy graduates Nestor Shako, Daniel Ojo and Alex John don't make the teamsheet, whilst striker Ryan Seager and left-sided Olly McCoy also sit it out.

The team lines up as follows - the addition of Lee points to a formation change with the most likely question being how the midfield four will organise themselves. However, it looks like either a 4-3-1-2 or a diamond formation. The other option is that Lee plays as a defender, in which case the previous 3-4-1-2 could still be deployed, with Alcock and Dickinson as the wing-backs:

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
2. Craig Alcock 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury, 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
7. Matt Worthington, 26. Charlie Lee 23. Tom Whelan
8. Lawson D'Ath
11. Myles Hippolyte, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
12. Marcin Brzozowski 6. Luke Wilkinson 9. Rhys Murphy 16. Gabriel Rogers 24. Remeao Hutton


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24 August 2019 : Bury Granted A Four Day Extension To Save League Status
League One side Bury have been granted what appears to be a final extension in their attempts to avoid being expelled from the Football League. The Shakers have been given until 5.00p.m. on Tuesday 27th August to conclude an eleventh hour (literally!) takeover that the League were notified of late on Friday night. As such, although Bury will still not commence their 2019-20 season at this stage, they do have four more days to attempt to satisfy the EFL demands, with the most likely route coming via new ownership.

On Friday night, a consortium named as C&N Sporting Risk put out a statement confirming that they had bid for the ownership at Bury. A joint statement from Henry Newman and Rory Campbell - the son of former Labour Party Press Secretary and Strategist Alistair Campbell - declared they were in talks with current Bury owner Steve Dale stating:

"We can confirm that over past 10 weeks we have been in discussions with Bury FC, the EFL and others with a view to putting forward a proposal to buy the club. It is a very complicated scenario and there remain a number of outstanding legal/other issues that have to be addressed. Our background is in football and data analytics and it should therefore not be surprising we are taking a very detailed forensic look at realities of Bury's finances. A club like Bury ought to have a viable long term future even if short term future is clearly very challenging. To that end we have been in talks with EFL regarding an extension so we can continue to explore prospects for a purchase. We will be making no further comment at this stage."

At 11.50p.m. on Friday night - ten minutes before Bury were due to be expelled from the League, the EFL confirmed that they had received comminication from C&N Sporting Risk and that they would be discussing the detail. The EFL Board have since held a Saturday morning Conference Call to discuss the details and the outcome is that they have granted the short term extension. The EFL's Saturday lunchtime statement reads:

"Shortly before Friday's 11.59p.m. Notice of Withdrawal deadline, the EFL received notification that an offer for the Club had been accepted and a request was submitted to extend for a further period in order to successfully conclude a sale. The Board has fully considered the information that has been made available by C&N Sporting Risk and whilst no formal sale has been completed, despite reports to the contrary, enough credible information was presented to allow the Board to agree to work exclusively with the Club and C&N Sporting Risk over this Bank Holiday weekend in an attempt to finalise the change of control and achieve a positive outcome for Bury FC."

The EFL have reiterated their stance though that they are not prepared to consider an extension that would require further postponements to be made against Bury's fixture list, with five League One matches, and a League Cup tie already called off. They have therefore made clear that the 5.00p.m. deadline on Tuesday must be the last:

"The EFL Board, however, remains firmly of the view that the League cannot be in a position whereby any more of the Club's 2019-20 fixtures will be suspended due to the integrity of the competition, the impact on other clubs in the League and therefore has stated that matters must be concluded by 5pm on Tuesday 27th August 2019. If in the event a successful outcome is not achieved by this point, then Bury FC's share in the EFL will be withdrawn and its membership in the League will come to an end."


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24 August 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Maidenhead United Game
This afternoon, Yeovil Town play host to Maidenhead United in a National League fixture. The Glovers Trust will be present before the game, and able to deal with any membership enquiries that you may have - they'll be under the gazebo by the Ticket Office. They are also taking questions for the next Supporters Alliance meeting which takes place in early September, so if you have current issues or things you want put to the club, drop by and speak to them.

Full details of their plans for the day and recent Trust developments are shown below:

Match: Maidenhead United (Home)

Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.

Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Takeover updates, Trust Board Elections, Alliance Meeting Input.

Other points of note:
1. There are still a nominal number of Membership subscriptions which expired on 1st of July and are due for renewal. If you are unsure you can check your account online via our registration page or come and see us ahead of the game.

2. The nomination process for elections to the Trust Board are open, full details can be found here. If you are interested in taking a more active part in the decision making that takes place at Board level, feel free to pop and see us at the gazebo or email communications@glovers-trust.co.uk.

3. Members of the Trust Board will be representing the Trust at the next Supporters Alliance meeting on Thursday 5th of September. If you have any specific questions or feedback that you would like us to take forward through this forum, please get it touch or have a chat with us via the above communication methods.


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23 August 2019 : Only Limited Progress Made On Bury's Deadline Day
Despite a lot of press talk today, and an endless number of interviews being conducted by Bury owner Steve Dale, the Football League have stated that they only see 'limited progress' in last ditch attempts to stop the Shakers from being expelled from the Football League. The League One side has until midnight tonight to either provide proof of financial viability under Dale's current Ownership, or to provide a commitment to handover the football club to alternative Owners that are capable of satisfying Football League regulations.

Dale's interviews today have claimed that he has a 'prospective buyer' for the club as well as other interested people, and this buyer has been in contact with the Football League to discuss the current situation. However, in a statement issued at 5.00p.m. today, the EFL have said that as things stand they do not have enough information to give hope to Bury's fans that their club can start the 2019-20 season:

"As of 5pm there has been limited progress made either by the current ownership providing the required evidence in regard to outstanding financial information, or through a change of control being achieved with new owners. The EFL will continue to provide all support available and will keep working to find a resolution to the ongoing issues ahead of the Notice of Withdrawal deadline, which remains at 11.59p.m. on Friday 23rd August."

EFL Chief Executive Debbie Jevans has said in interviews over the last day that she is reluctant to provide any last minute extensions, and that if they are granted they will only be considered for a 24-48 hour period, pointing out that with five League One fixtures already needing to be rearranged, that the League couldn't consider any further fixture backlog to build up. The League's statement continues to make clear that the most likely scenario is that Bury will be expelled from the EFL if there is not substantial progress by midnight tonight:

"If a successful solution is not found ahead of tonight's deadline, the Club's share in the EFL will be withdrawn and its membership in the League will come to an end. The EFL will move to confirm the position as soon as possible, with an update to be provided on Saturday 24th August."

Jevans has hinted in interviews that she would only consider a further extension if there was clear evidence that a prospective buyer was on the edge of an agreement, such that the extra 24-48 hours would make a difference to drive that deal through. However, she ruled out any extension that involved 'weeks', meaning that Bury's match against Tranmere Rovers will be the last postponed fixture the EFL will grant.

If there is no change in the situation over the next seven hours, Bury's 2019-20 League One record will be expunged with the EFL having stated that this would result in three clubs being relegated from League One, whilst one club would be relegated from League Two at the end of the 2019-20 season to rebalance numbers. The identity of Bury FC would at that stage have to be mothballed until the 2020-21 season, with the Shakers needing to apply to leagues further down the pyramid, depending on what sort of state they are in at that stage.


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23 August 2019 : Unchanged Squad Expected For Bank Holiday Pair
Yeovil Town will go into this weekend's pair of matches against Maidenhead United and Dagenham and Redbridge with roughly the same playing squad that travelled to Barrow last weekend. The Glovers have no fresh injury concerns, despite right-back Craig Alcock being left with five stitches in a wound just above the eye after he was elbowed in the face by one of the Cumbrians early on during the 1-0 defeat.

Alcock didn't suffer concussion, meaning that he is clear to play in this weekend's matches. However, the club will continue to be without striker Rhys Murphy and defender Lee Collins who both picked up hamstring injuries during the 3-1 midweek win at Ebbsfleet United that preceded the trip to Barrow. The early diagnosis of that pair was that they'd miss at least two weeks worth of football, meaning the earliest anyone would see them would be the end of the month.

There is one good bit of news from the camp, in that central defender Luke Wilkinson is now back in training. The former Stevenage player player missed the whole of pre-season due to injury, and was seen around the start of the season still on crutches. However, he is now back on the training ground, although it would be likely that he would need a few weeks there in the first instance as a belated 'pre-season' to get him back up to the same level of fitness as his teammates.

Meanwhile, first team manager Darren Sarll is now a Somerset boy! The Glovers boss had started off commuting from his Bedfordshire home, but now thankfully has property in the Yeovil area, allowing him (and his car) to settle down during the evenings. He moved into his new home yesterday.


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22 August 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Maidenhead United
Officials for the National League fixture between Yeovil Town and Maidenhead United have been published. The match takes place on Saturday 24th August 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tom Reeves (Coventry). He's a member of Coventry Referees Association but is affiliated to the Birmingham County FA.

He is a former PE Teacher, who used to be Head of Year at his school. Rather unusually for a referee, his daytime job is working at a professional football club, with him being employed as a PL Sport Manager in Coventry City's Sky Blues In The Community charitable trust set-up. He took charge of the 2017-18 National League South play-off final between Braintree Town and Hampton and Richmond as he moved up the ladder in the refereeing world.

He's had one season refereeing at National League Premier level, with him taking charge of 17 league fixtures, raising 56 yellow cards and three red cards. So far this season he's looked after one fixture, turning up at Meadow Lane for the 1-1 draw between Notts County and Wrexham, that saw him produce two yellow cards.

Mr Reeves will be assisted by Michael D'Aguilar (Staffordshire) and Richard Walker (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Shane Mansfield (Wiltshire).


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21 August 2019 : Priestnall Tells Glovers Trust The Next 48 Hours Are Crucial
The Glovers Trust have been attempting to get an update on the club's long-running takeover saga this week. It is now 68 days since Yeovil Town issued a statement indicating that they had identified 'new owners' of the Football Club, and that they were "close to signing the required legal documents." The prospective owners were later revealed to be Scott Priestnall and Errol Pope, but so far the pair have not completed the process that would enable them to replace current Owner Norman Hayward and Chairman John Fry.

The club's last update on the takeover was published on August 3rd, reporting that the pair had passed the FA Owners' and Directors' Test as individuals, but had yet to be given approval for the change of Ownership by the National League, with the actual share purchase agreement also outstanding.

The Trust have been in contact with Priestnall this week, and they have been given a fairly ambiguous response from the would-be Owner, indicating that the next 48 hours are 'crucial' to finalising the deal. A Trust statement explains it from their point of view:

"We have noticed the lack of updates coming out of the club about the progress of the takeover. We dropped Scott Priestnall a line yesterday to see if we could get any more information on how things are going. While we understand that detail isn't easy to give when deals aren't complete and non-disclosure agreements are in place, but what Scott did tell us is that 'the next 48 hours are crucial to getting this deal finalised'. What that exactly means isn't clear. We just hope that the coming days will bring some clarity about the immediate future of the club."

Priestnall's mention of 'the next 48 hours' would tend to point to Friday being a significant day in the calendar. With this weekend being the August Bank Holiday period, it may be that one party or the other has an expectation of a deadline being met before the three day break, although it's obviously impossible to know whether that is a notional deadline or a hard deadline. The one thing that can be concluded is that Priestnall believes that the takeover process is still ongoing and has not collapsed at this stage.


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21 August 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Dagenham and Redbridge
Next Monday, Yeovil Town make the trip to Dagenham and Redbridge's Victoria Road. This is a familiar venue from both our Football League and non-league days, taking us around the M25. For those heading to Essex, the Ciderspace guide gives you directions, ticketing, pub guides, statistics, past meetings and other stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Dagenham and Redbridge.

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

The Pondfield Road Stand at Victoria Road
The Pondfield Road Stand at Victoria Road
Photo 2013 Gibbo's 92



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20 August 2019 : Sixth Bury Postponement Leaves Them Staring Into The Abyss
The Football League have confirmed the postponement of League One side Bury's trip to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday. The postponement represents the sixth match involving the Shakers that has been called off during the 2019-20 season, but may be the most significant of those fixtures that the EFL have pulled so far.

The fixture was due to be played on Saturday 24th August - one day after a League deadline that Bury must meet, if they are to avoid expulsion from the Football League. They were given notice on August 8th 2019 that if they did not provide the League with information in terms of how they planned to meet its financial demands for the 2019-20 season, they would cease to be a member of the Football League.

Bury collapsed into administration under Steve Dale's ownership over the summer, but he retained control of the club by negotiating a CVA with the club's creditors. Over the summer, The Guardian newspaper exposed that Dale had been running the club since December 2018 without having passed the League's Ownership Tests, and that - coupled with the insolvency event - has resulted in the EFL belatedly clamping down on Dale's ownership, leaving the Shakers unable to start their season.

The League have repeatedly demanded information disclosing how Bury plan to meet commitments in respect of football creditor debts, payment to unsecured creditors as part of the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), whilst disclosing the source and sufficiency of their funding for the 2019-20 season. As of tonight Dale had failed to provide that information, making clear that Bury now have just three days to comply with the EFL's request, or face being kicked out of the competition they have been a part of since 1894.

Making note of "the lack of significant progress" that has been made, the League appear to paving the way for that expulsion to happen, explaining in tonight's statement what affect that would have on the competition:

"If a solution is not found by the deadline, [it will] result, regretfully, in the Club no longer being a member of the League. Should this happen, Bury's record from the 2019-20 season would be expunged with League One consisting of 23 Clubs for the remainder of the campaign and the number of relegation places reduced to three at the conclusion of 2019-20 season. Four promotion places would remain from League Two ensuring a full complement of 24 teams in League One in 2020-21. Bury would then be free to make an application to the Football Association to re-join league competition further down the English football pyramid from season 2020-21."

The League have also stated today that Bury have been expelled from the League Cup competition, with their First Round tie against Sheffield Wednesday being declared as a walkover.

Bury's only realistic hope appears to be if they can obtain a buyer who can take the club off Dale's hands. However, the prospect of that happening appears to be fading with reports today that Dale turned down an offer from a former Chairman of another Football League club to buy his shareholding. The offer is reported to have included a pledge to satisfy all aspects of Bury's CVA, with the exception of debts owed to Dale, but it appears that their current owner is holding out for his slice of the pie, demanding that his debts are repaid, even if that risks the possible expulsion of the club from the league.

Tonight saw a second League One club fail to fulfill one of its fixtures. Bolton Wanderers, whose own takeover following administration has yet to complete, are currently fielding a side made up of a large number of 17 and 18 year olds from their Academy system, and yesterday made the decision to postpone their home match against Doncaster Rovers, citing the welfare concerns of their younger players.

It appears that Bolton postponed the fixture without informing the EFL of their problems, whilst opponents Doncaster Rovers are claiming that they only found out the game was called off via Bolton's social media account. In theory that should result in Bolton receiving an automatic disrepute charge by the EFL for failing to fulfill a fixture, but a pathetically weak statement from the League in response to this event did not mention any such charge.

Back in April 2019, Bolton were hit with the same charge after failing to stage their match against Brentford at the tail end of the 2018-19 season. A second attempt to stage the fixture also failed, and with the end of the season being reached, Brentford were awarded a notional 1-0 victory to complete the season's results. However, despite four months having passed, the EFL have still yet to stage the disciplinary hearing for that April case. A further charge for this latest breach should have been issued, but the League's lack of governance in both Bolton's and Bury's cases tends to suggest that they have lost control of their ability to self-regulate their own competition.


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20 August 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : Television Test Suffers A Bad Reception
Having had just about enough time to return from Barrow, Yeovil Town now get the rarity of a clear week in the fixture list before the mayhem resumes next week. As we pause for breath, the latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at where the team stands after five games of the season, the constraints on the side, and inevitably the outstanding question of the club's takeover (again). Read on via the link below, and pass your own viewpoints at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Television Test Suffers A Bad Reception.


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19 August 2019 : National League Launch Academy League System
The National League have announced the launch of their own Academy system, that will see two Youth competitions run in a league format during the 2019-20 season. The new set-up will see 22 clubs participate, with a cup competition planned for later in the season. The set-up will be split into a regionalised North and South section, with no promotion or relegation. Clubs will be admitted to the leagues under a licencing system - at present the standards clubs must reach to be admitted to the divisions have not been made public.

The League will start on September 11th 2019 and will see twelve clubs in the Southern section, with ten clubs in the Northern Section. National League Head Of Player Development Gary Owers has said of the new plans:

"The National League and National League Youth Alliance is committed to Youth Development. As part of our ongoing strategic approach we have implemented a scheme for Clubs to demonstrate their own commitment to raising and maintaining standards in this area. The licencing process involved Clubs meeting required criteria set by The National League. The aim of a National League Football Academy is to provide an environment and player pathway which allows Clubs to develop and produce more and better home grown players."

The two regionalised divisions are as follows:

National League Football Academy North:
Hartlepool United, York City, Guiseley, FC Halifax Town, Alfreton Town, AFC Fylde, Solihull Moors, Boston United, Chester, Darlington

National League Football Academy South:
Chippenham Town, Dartford, Hampton and Richmond Borough, Maidenhead United, Bromley, Woking, Weston Super Mare, Boreham Wood, Dover Athletic, Sutton United, Oxford City, Aldershot Town.

At present, Yeovil Town's own Academy side is continuing to participate in the Football League's South West Youth Alliance division. Despite being relegated from the Football League, the club is eligible to claim full grants from the EFL for their EPPP Category Three status during the 2019-20 season, and will be eligible to claim 50 percent of that grant during the 2020-21 season if the first team are still in the National League. Thus they remain in their current division as follows:

Football League South West Youth Alliance:
Swindon Town, AFC Bournemouth, Portsmouth, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle, Oxford United, Forest Green Rovers, Cheltenham Town, Bristol Rovers, Yeovil Town, Newport County.

However, if the Glovers have not been promoted back to the EFL by the summer of 2021, they would be expected to fund the Academy themselves, and it's questionable whether they would be able to continue in the current South West Youth Alliance division beyond that point. Barnet and Chesterfield have maintained their positions in the Football League's Youth structures, in their second season outside the Football League, and so it will be worth watching to see if both drop out of the Youth Alliance structures next summer (assuming their first teams are not promoted).

Dagenham and Redbridge dropped their EPPP Category Three set-up immediately upon their relegation in the summer of 2016, downgrading to Category Four, and appeared to even stop that in the summer of 2018. Hartlepool United have decided to enter the above National League competition, but had maintained their Youth Alliance membership up until the summer of 2019. Prior to the formation of the above National League division, Hartlepool had expressed plans to join a different Under-19s League, which strongly suggests that if Yeovil Town's first team aren't back in the EFL by 2021, that their membership of the Youth Alliance structure would also be ended.

During the tail end of the 2018-19 season, Yeovil Town's current owners made the decision to close down the Yeovil Town FC Academy Limited company and on July 30th 2019, that company was formally dissolved and struck off the Companies House register. The club have never explained this decision, with Accounts not being filed for the organisation during its final two years of business, but it would appear that the Academy is now being run directly under the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited company (aka the original Yeovil Town FC company). With Academy Head of Coaching Terry Skiverton and Academy Goalkeeping Coach Darren Behcet also part of Darren Sarll's first team management, both parts of the club's set-up are largely sharing the same resources at present.


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19 August 2019 : Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Tuesday, Yeovil Town travelled to Kent to play Ebbsfleet United in a National League fixture. The match saw the Glovers win 3-1 at Stonebridge Road, for only their second away victory of 2019. Strikes from Rhys Murphy, Remeao Hutton and Tom Whelan provided the goals in their first visit to that ground for sixteen years.

Man of the Match voting saw Tom Whelan recognised as he produced an 81st minute goal that sealed the three points. However, goalkeeper Stuart Nelson was once again high up in the polls as he helped keep Yeovil in the game during the first half hour, which saw Ebbsfleet have their best spell. The poll winner was Courtney Duffus, who didn't score on the night, but was involved heavily in how the final goal was scored.

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

1. Courtney Duffus 72 (6)
2. Stuart Nelson 52 (4)
3. Tom Whelan 42 (3)
4. Myles Hippolyte 18 (1)
5. Tom Bradbury 16 (1)
6. Craig Alcock 16 (0)
6. Albi Skendi 16 (0)
8. Remeao Hutton 12 (0)
8. Matt Worthington 12 (0)
10. Lawson D'Ath 6 (0)
11. Carl Dickinson 4 (0)
12. Lee Collins 2 (0)
12. Rhys Murphy 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.13
Performance : 6.93
Entertainment : 7.33
VOTES RECEIVED : 15


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18 August 2019 : GWSC Travel For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the National League match against Dagenham and Redbridge. The match takes place at Victoria Road on Monday 26th August 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Dagenham and Redbridge : Monday 26th August 2019.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: 28.00; Member Concessions: 26.00
Adult Non-Members: 30.00; Non-Member Concessions: 28.00

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 Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Individual Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.

Link: 2019-20 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures and Results.


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18 August 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Barrow Away Game
Following Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Barrow at Holker Street, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match and his views on injuries and the fitness of Charlie Lee can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Barrow Away Game.


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17 August 2019 : Sarll Unhappy With Final Third Aggression As Mistakes Cost Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll felt his side lost a very poor football match on Saturday afternoon via a series of three mistakes that led up to the winning goal. The crucial moment in the 1-0 defeat against Barrow came just after half time when Scott Quigley was able to turn inside the box and score from 12 yards out, after he managed to evade Carl Dickinson's attempts to stop him. However, the Glovers boss believed that wasn't the only error that was committed in the lead-up to that moment that meant his side went home empty handed from Holker Street.

Speaking to BT Sport after the match, Sarll bemoaned the 46th minute goal, but said his side's lack of aggression in the final third at the other end of the pitch did mean that the defenders would need to get through the game without committing an error. He admitted that at both ends, they hadn't been up to the standards of previous matches:

"There's never a goal in a game that's well timed. I was probably like every person in the stadium, in that I thought it was a bad game. It was a really poor football match and they are the games that you either come away with a really disciplined draw, or you nick it because your opponent has made a mistake. On this occasion we're the ones that made the mistake. I don't think we did enough for three points, but with the importance of getting a draw at places like Barrow, the need to concentrate is vital. We lacked a real aggression in the final third, and that's not been like us at all. We've been very aggressive in all parts of the pitch. I thought our physical performance was down today, based on the other games. I don't want to keep winging and moaning about the size of the squad, but that's what happens when you've got a small squad."

Without Rhys Murphy and Lee Collins due to hamstring injuries, Sarll had the opportunity to look at different players in various positions. He emphasised that he would still need the month of August to assess the pros and cons of his new squad, and what that would mean for his future recruitment. However, he expressed his disappointment that there was so little to enthuse the travelling supporters, many of whom had been stranded on the M6 in the lead-up to kick-off, arriving only at half time:

"What today did, with the injuries that we've had, is to give people an opportunity to play, that haven't, and for me to see them. I haven't seen a lot of all of them competitively yet. We need to make sure we keep working within and recruiting as best as we can on the outside. It's going to be an important month. I've always said this is going to be a learning month. It's going to be a month of recruitment and I think we have to always go back to what the blueprint is, and the DNA is, and work objectively. I don't think today is a huge travesty. I really appreciate the effort by the supporters to come this far to support is, especially those poor devils who broke down on the motorway. I'm really really disappointed that we couldn't give them more entertainment to take them all the way back home."


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17 August 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Barrow vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday night's 1-0 defeat against Barrow at Holker Street, 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: In line with our policy on televised matches, you can vote whether you were at the game or watching it on television today.

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


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17 August 2019 : Barrow 1 Yeovil 0 : Quigley Strike Gives Glovers Misery On The Road
Yeovil Town went down to defeat against Barrow at Holker Street in Saturday teatime's televised game. The BT Sport audience didn't witness a classic, with the home side having easily the best chances on the day. They took the lead one minute after half time when Scott Quigley turned inside the box from a long throw-in to slot the ball into the net from 12 yards. Yeovil offered almost nothing in an attacking sense, and had to be thankful that the Cumbrians missed a couple of other chances to extend their lead.

Team selection for the Glovers was based on how they started the second half at Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night. The hamstring injuries for Lee Collins and Rhys Murphy meant that Carl Dickinson was brought in as a defender, whilst Remeao Hutton was brought in as a left wing-back, to allow Myles Hippolyte to play as a front line striker. On the bench, Olly McCoy and Gabriel Rogers were brought onto the teamsheet.

The match was played in blustery conditions that saw merely a tiny scattering of Glovers fans on the away terrace during the first half, with a load of fans stranded on the M6 after their coach broke down. They missed very little in the opening 45 minutes, with the majority of that play coming from the home side. An early shot from Lawson D'Ath went into the keeper's arms to show a bit of promise, but Yeovil's attacking play wasn't on song at all.

Defensively they weren't helped by losing Craig Alcock for five minutes after he got an elbow in the face from a Barrow player that referee Peter Gibbons chose to see as innocent, but left the Glovers down to ten men for a lengthy period. Thankfully that didn't cost the visitors - it took Barrow until around midway through the first half to get into an attacking mode, with John Rooney getting a pair of chances to score. Firstly his free kick went through the questionable Yeovil wall but into the side netting, and a couple of minutes later, he sent a 20 yard strike just wide of the posts.

That was largely all that had happened during a forgettable 45 minute period as those stuck on the M6 made their way into the ground at the break. Just one minute into the second half and they probably felt like walking out again. A long Barrow throw-in saw Scott Quigley turn inside the box and wriggle his way clear of Carl Dickinson, with the Barrow player able to fire home from 12 yards and into the far corner for a poor start to the second half.

Ryan Seager was introduced as a substitute for Remeao Hutton, which meant that Myles Hippolyte moved into the left wing-back position to allow Seager a chance to go up front. But there was little or no creativity coming from midfield, and instead Barrow looked the most likely team to score. Olly Dyson was particularly dangerous and he dragged Stuart Nelson to his near post before passing to Dior Angus, who spooned the pass over the crossbar from six yards out.

Another Glovers change that tried to shake things up saw Charlie Lee replace Matt Worthington. Whilst that initially looked like a like-for-like swap, it saw Yeovil switch to a 4-3-3 formation, with Seager operating on the left side of a front three whilst Hippolyte operated on the right side, with Craig Alcock and Carl Dickinson now operating as full-backs.

But Yeovil couldn't find a spark, and once again Barrow went close through the quick feet of Olly Dyson, who was causing problems down that left side. He skipped through the penalty box and then pushed the ball through the six yard area, with it only needing a Scott Quigley touch to convert from a yard out. That was the way the game was - the home side were marginally more creative in what was a poor game overall. Yeovil offered next to nothing up front and never looked like equalising at any time. Fifteen hours on a motorway is a long way to travel for that little football. Yeovil slip down to 12th place, two points off the play-offs and three above relegation in the early National League table.

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Barrow 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Scott Quigley (46 mins, 1-0)

Barrow:
1 Joel Dixon 27 Bradley Barry 6 Adrian Samuel Hird 2 Connor Brown 8 John Rooney 4 Jason Taylor 10 Lewis Hardcastle 14 Oliver Greaves 23 Olly Dyson 20 Dior Angus 9 Scott Quigley

Substitutes:
5 Josh Granite 7 Jack Hindle (72 mins for Dior Angus) 12 Matty Elsdon 15 Mark Waddington (90 mins for Oliver Greaves) 17 Morgan Penfold

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury, 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton
8. Lawson D'Ath
11. Myles Hippolyte, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
12. Marcin Brzozowski 15. Ryan Seager (56 mins for Remeao Hutton) 16. Gabriel Rogers 22. Olly McCoy (80 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 26. Charlie Lee (65 mins for Matt Worthington)

Barrow Bookings: Jason Taylor (foul, 44 mins), Lewis Hardcastle (foul, 53 mins), Joel Dixon (timewasting, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Albi Skendi (foul, 18 mins), Remeao Hutton (foul, 30 mins), Tom Bradbury (foul, 37 mins), Charlie Lee (foul, 74 mins)

Barrow Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots On Target: 1; Shots Off Target: 6; Corners: 4.

Yeovil Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots On Target: 3; Shots Off Target: 3; Corners: 4.

Referee: Peter Gibbons (Cheshire). Assistants: Blake Antrobus (Shropshire) and Robert Wainwright (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Ed Duckworth (Cheshire).

Attendance: 1,218 (with approx 80 Yeovil Town supporters)


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17 August 2019 : Team News For Barrow vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have issued their starting line-up for the National League match against Barrow. The match at Holker Street sees two changes to the starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field at Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday night. Striker Rhys Murphy limped off half an hour into that match - his position numerically is taken by Remeao Hutton with Myles Hippolyte moving forward. At the back Carl Dickinson replaces Lee Collins who was also injured in the same game.

Centre-back Luke Wilkinson is out with a long term injury. Defender Lee Collins and striker Rhys Murphy both have hamstring injuries. Academy graduates Nestor Shako, Daniel Ojo and Alex John don't make the teamsheet.

The team lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury, 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton
8. Lawson D'Ath
11. Myles Hippolyte, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
12. Marcin Brzozowski 15. Ryan Seager 16. Gabriel Rogers 22. Olly McCoy 26. Charlie Lee


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17 August 2019 : Yeovil Town vs Stockport County : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town played a home fixture against Stockport County, in their third National League fixture of the 2019-20 season. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, with Courtney Duffus getting his second goal of the season, but a late Adam Thomas equaliser cancelling that out.

Man of the Match voting saw Eastleigh MOTM winner Albi Skendi make another strong showing with a third placed finish. Ahead of him was right wing-back Craig Alcock, who is now finally getting a run in the team. The poll winner though, by a sizeable distance was goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, who kept his side in the game with a number of significant saves. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Stuart Nelson 188 (14)
2. Craig Alcock 78 (5)
3. Albi Skendi 76 (4)
4. Lawson D'Ath 38 (1)
5. Courtney Duffus 34 (1)
6. Matt Worthington 28 (0)
7. Tom Whelan 18 (1)
8. Remeao Hutton 16 (1)
9. Lee Collins 14 (1)
9. Rhys Murphy 14 (1)
11. Tom Bradbury 8 (0)
12. Nestor Shako 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 30


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17 August 2019 : Officials For Barrow vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the National League fixture between Barrow and Yeovil Town have been published. The match takes place on Saturday 17th August 2019, with a 5.20p.m. kick-off at Holker Street. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Peter Gibbons (Cheshire).

As has been the case throughout the 2019-20 season so far, we've not had Mr Gibbons before, so this will be another new experience. This is his third season as a National League Premier level referee. Last season he took charge of 17 matches, producing six red cards and 60 yellow cards. His final game of the 2018-19 season was the National League Play-Off Semi-Final match between AFC Fylde and Harrogate Town, suggesting he's one of the higher ranked officials in this division. He's had one game so far this season, looking after Notts County's 1-1 draw with Stockport County on August 6th.

He has two job roles outside football. He is a Captain for EasyJet, based at Liverpool Airport and before that at Manchester Airport, with 11 years of service and over 11,000 flying hours experience, including 8,000 in command. He's also a Simulator Instructor, providing training for Airbus A320 and B757 and B767 models in Woodford, Manchester.

Mr Gibbons will be assisted by Blake Antrobus (Shropshire) and Robert Wainwright (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Ed Duckworth (Cheshire).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Barrow.

Link: Ticketing For Barrow vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Barrow vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Barrow Match To Be Screened Live At Huish Park.


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16 August 2019 : Darren Sarll Previews The Barrow Away Game
As part of the build-up to the National League match between Barrow and Yeovil Town at Holker Street, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on the injuries to Lee Collins and Rhys Murphy, the start to the season, the lengthy trip to Barrow and the task of being on television this weekend. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Sarll Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Barrow Game.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Barrow.

Link: Ticketing For Barrow vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Barrow vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Barrow Match To Be Screened Live At Huish Park.


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16 August 2019 : Glovers Trust Commence 2019 Board Elections Process
The Glovers Trust have opened up their annual Elections process to decide who sits on the Glovers Trust Board for the 2019-20 season. The opportunity is for Trust Members to have a greater influence on proceedings than an ordinary member, and also to volunteer their time to drive the Trust in a particular direction, based on member feedback and voting.

The process of electing new Board members is controlled by the Trust's constitution, and they have laid down that process and this year's timetable. Those wishing to become a Board member must be an active member of the Trust and must be nominated by two other adult Trust members. You can then include your own statement explaining why you want to be involved in the Trust at Board level and what benefits and experience you can offer. Members then get the opportunity to vote for those they feel would take the Trust in the best direction. Details of this process are explained by the Trust as follows:

"With the 2019-20 season now under way with a new-look football team, it is also the time of the year that presents an opportunity for change on the Glovers Trust Board. We are looking for nominations from adult members interested in serving on the Trust Board from October 2019. This is our fourth year of operation and we are looking for up to four new Board members who wish to take an active role in developing the Trust and influencing our relationship with what we anticipate will be a new-looking YTFC. Your support is vital in sustaining a successful Trust that can challenge and support the Club if have an opinion then this is your chance to do something about it.

"If you are interested then you will firstly need to ensure that you hold an active Trust membership, which may have expired on or before June 30th 2019. Renewing is simple and can be completed online by visiting the Trust website here, or if you would rather visit us in person, pop by the gazebo at Huish Park ahead of a home match. For those of a more traditional nature, there is also a postal option; visit our website here for more details.

"Once you have confirmed that your membership subscription is active, simply complete the Trust Board nomination form (MS Word Document) and return by Friday the 6th of September. Candidates must be nominated by two other adult Trust members, and complete a statement outlining why they want to get involved with the Board. Eligible forms will be included in our Election manifesto to be sent to all members, who will then vote for their preferred candidates. Results will be announced at our third AGM to be held in Yeovil, week commencing 7th October (exact date and venue TBC).

"Full details of this process can be found in polices 7, 8 and 9 here and should be fully read and understood ahead of nominating but a summary is as follows:

"1. Friday 16th August The nomination form is published online here (MS Word document). Trust members wishing to stand for election must submit a form which must include nominations from 2 Trust members along with a manifesto of no more than 450 words.
2. Friday 6th September Deadline for completed nominations. All nomination forms must be received by the Trust Secretary, either by email (secretary@glovers-trust.co.uk) or post (FAO Trust Secretary, Glovers Trust, PO BOX 5240, Yeovil Somerset, BA20 9FR) by the end of the day and will not be accepted after this date.
3. Friday 13th September Members will receive voting packs containing manifestos of those standing for nomination.
4. Friday 4th October Deadline for completed votes to be received by the Trust Secretary. Votes will not be accepted after this date.
5. W/C 7th October Glovers Trust AGM takes place and election results are announced.

"Whilst the Trust Board endeavour to act on the views and beliefs of our members, we will not always get things right and fully respect the views of our former members who have decided against renewing for now. Wed love to hear from you as to why you have taken this decision and what we could do to entice you back its a team game after all!

"If you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us via membership@glovers-trust.co.uk or communications@glovers-trust.co.uk.
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15 August 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Barrow
On Saturday, Yeovil Town fans face a very difficult journey up the length of the M6. The 307 mile journey to reach Barrow's Holker Street ground is our second longest of the 2019-20 league season, and the first time we've been there for over 20 years. You'll find directions, parking, ticket prices, statistics, past meetings and a pub guide are all documented via the link below. Don't forget it's a 5.20p.m. kick-off though!

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Barrow.

Link: Ticketing For Barrow vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Barrow vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Barrow Match To Be Screened Live At Huish Park.

Barrow's Main Stand - a newer part of the ground built in the mid-1990s
Barrow's Main Stand - a newer part of the ground built in the mid-1990s.



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15 August 2019 : Experienced Duo To Miss Barrow Trip Due To Injury
Yeovil Town will make the ultra-long trip up to Barrow on Saturday without two of their key players. Striker Rhys Murphy, who was the club's main goalscorer during the pre-season schedule, headed off the pitch just over half an hour into Tuesday night's National League match against Ebbsfleet United, minutes after he scored the opening goal of the game. He was joined at half time by captain Lee Collins, with both diagnosed on the night as having hamstring injuries.

First team manager Darren Sarll has today confirmed that the pair will be absent for the trip to Cumbria and whilst there's no full diagnosis on their injuries, he has told the press today that "it'll be at least two weeks for both" players, thus suggesting that they can be ruled out for the remainder of August at this stage. The Glovers boss admitted that losing both at the same time would stretch his squad:

"They're struggling as of now, and you never realise how stretched you are until these things happen, especially with the players of Lee Collins and Rhys Murphy. Their worth to us is huge. So it's a disappointing one and we took no risks with it. As soon as they felt it, let's miss them for one or two games, rather than six to eight games. But you're looking at a minimum of two weeks."

The decision over who will replace Collins is an easy one, given that Carl Dickinson replaced him at Stonebridge Road, and also took over the captain's armband, with Sarll giving him significant credit after the match. In terms of the striker position, it seems most likely that Myles Hippolyte will partner Courtney Duffus on Saturday, with Birmingham City loanee Remeao Hutton taking the left flank role that saw him score from on Tuesday night.

Yeovil Town's only other known injury is central defender Luke Wilkinson, who missed the whole of pre-season as well as all competitive fixtures so far. His exact prognosis isn't known, although his use of crutches earlier this month suggested that he was a while off from a recovery.

Link: Ticketing For Barrow vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Barrow vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Barrow Match To Be Screened Live At Huish Park.


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15 August 2019 : Yeovil Town vs Eastleigh : Man Of The Match Results
Just over a week ago, Yeovil Town played their opening home game of the 2019-20 season. The 1-0 victory was gained very early on, as Courtney Duffus struck just 90 seconds into the National League fixture against Eastleigh at Huish Park. The Hampshire side's attempts to get back into the match failed meaning the Glovers gained their first three points of the new campaign.

Man of the Match voting saw fans impressed by Lawson D'Ath, who had won the Barnet Man of the Match. However, on this occasion he was beaten into third place by right wing-back Craig Alcock who is now finally getting a run in the side. Top of the tree though was Albi Skendi, who was playing as a central defender on the night. Full results are as shown as follows, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Albi Skendi 294 (21)
2. Craig Alcock 198 (13)
3. Lawson D'Ath 154 (9)
4. Stuart Nelson 126 (4)
5. Lee Collins 116 (6)
6. Rhys Murphy 72 (1)
7. Courtney Duffus 68 (3)
8. Tom Bradbury 22 (1)
9. Remeao Hutton 18 (1)
10. Matt Worthington 16 (1)
11. Tom Whelan 12 (1)
12. Daniel Ojo 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.68
Performance : 6.58
Entertainment : 6.77
VOTES RECEIVED : 62


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14 August 2019 : Video : Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Tuesday night's 3-1 victory over Ebbsfleet United, these are now online. The victory at Stonebridge Road saw Rhys Murphy, Remeao Hutton and Tom Whelan find the back of the net and you can find six minutes worth of footage from the game via the YouTube clip below.




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14 August 2019 : Barrow Match To Be Screened Live At Huish Park
Yeovil Town have decided to open up the Alec Stock Lounge on Saturday, to screen the club's National League fixture against Barrow. The match takes place at Holker Street on Saturday 17th August 2019, with a 5.20p.m. kick-off and is being screened live on the BT Sport channel.

The club will be opening up the first floor bar for drinks, as well as showing the match on television from Huish Park. Note carefully that the club have said that the Lounge will be open from 5.00p.m. - this is the exact time that the BT Sport coverage starts from Holker Street, so you'll want to get yourself settled in as soon as the bar opens.

For those heading to the match in Cumbria, ticketing and travel information is available below.

Link: Ticketing For Barrow vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Barrow vs Yeovil Town.


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14 August 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Ebbsfleet United Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Ebbsfleet United at Stonebridge Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll 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 match, the injuries to Rhys Murphy and Lee Collins, the signing of Charlie Lee and how Marcin Brzozowski was recruited. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Ebbsfleet United Away Game.


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14 August 2019 : Sarll Praises Team Professionalism After Midweek Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll thought his side put in a professional performance during their 3-1 victory over Ebbsfleet United on Tuesday night. The club's first visit to Stonebridge Road for sixteen years saw goals from striker Rhys Murphy, Birmingham City loanee Remeao Hutton and former Salisbury midfielder Tom Whelan to put them into seventh place in the ultra-early National League table.

With the Glovers only 1-0 up at the break, Sarll said his half time team talk was to warn them of naivety, with the club having let slip a similar scoreline on Saturday against Stockport County. However, speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, the first team boss thought they started the second period particularly well:

"I thought we were very professional actually. I said at half time, I just didn't want us to be naive, and to show naivety. The way we started the second half was fabulous. Our forward running was good all night. I was really hard on Matt Worthington and Tom Whelan on Saturday and I thought they were terrific, as was Carl Dickinson when he came on. Myles Hippolyte played 90 minutes after being out for the count a couple of weeks ago. Remeao Hutton who I left out tonight, came on and was so disciplined, and wee Charlie Lee when he came on was massive as he always is. So it's a good night. It's lovely to win and I love sharing wins with people. I'd rather they be shouting my name and smiling, rather than singing that you're going to get sacked in the morning and cursing at me! So I love sharing that moment with our supporters, who again worked hard to get up here tonight."

Sarll was rather surprised to be told after the game that Murphy had claimed the opening goal of the night, having assumed that Tom Bradbury's strike through the penalty box had gone directly in. But Murphy was credited as the scorer, which took the Glovers boss by surprise:

"I didn't know who scored it. I thought it was Tom Bradbury who scored it. If it was (Rhys Murphy), then he thoroughly deserves it. He's a wonderful finisher and it's only a matter of time. Harry Kane normally has a month off in August and then kicks on. But if it's Rhys, then Rhys will be delighted because he's a selfish so-and-so just like most good forwards. But if it was Tom, then Tom takes it so well. I know this word doesn't go down too well, but he's so violent in his approach to the ball and so aggressive. I thought he made it, but whoever scored I don't care."

The downside to Murphy's night was that his game was ended two minutes later, after he had to be substituted due to injury. Sarll confirmed that the striker had a hamstring injury, and that defender Lee Collins, who was replaced at half time, had a similar problem. However he was pleased to restore Carl Dickinson to the starting line-up for his first match since he was exiled under the previous management team:

"It's a hamstring and Lee Collins is the same. So they'll be bad ones for us. Rhys Murphy is sub-30 and Collins is a little bit older. Normally the older ones take a little bit longer. But it was nice to have Carl Dickinson ready and willing to go, and how good was he? I thought he was very good. Everyone looks better when you win!"


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13 August 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 3-1 win against Ebbsfleet United at Stonebridge Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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13 August 2019 : Ebbsfleet 1 Yeovil 3 : Seven Month Wait For Away Victory Is Ended
Yeovil Town gained their first away victory for seven months on Tuesday night after they beat Ebbsfleet United 3-1 at Stonebridge Road. Their first on the road victory since January 12th was secured thanks to three different scorers, with Rhys Murphy turning in a Tom Bradbury strike during the first half to set the tone of the game. Birmingham City loanee Remeao Hutton cut in from the flank to double the lead two minutes after the break, and although Ebbsfleet got some joy via an Aswad Thomas header in the closing stages, midfielder Tom Whelan put it out of sight three minutes later with his first goal for the club, leaving Yeovil in 7th place in the ultra-early National League table.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up. Myles Hippolyte was back from his concussion problems and he replaced Remeao Hutton in the left wing-back slot to start the game. On the bench there was rather more change, with two new signings in Marcin Brzozowski and Charlie Lee, and the return of Carl Dickinson, which meant that Darren Sarll could afford to leave all four of the Academy graduates off the teamsheet along with loanee Olly McCoy.

The opening 30 minutes saw both sides create plenty of chances, with the home side probably having the greater quantity. Rhys Murphy hit the opening effort straight into the keeper's arms, whilst Courtney Duffus saw his first attempt come off a defender for a corner, before a second effort from the striker went a yard or so wide.

Ebbsfleet's main danger seemed to come from John Goddard in midfield, but he struck a free kick well over the bar as the home side began to get back into it. Miles Weston's 25 yard effort whistled past Stuart Nelson's post, and then a bit of brave defending was needed as Lee Collins and Tom Bradbury had to block shots, with Collins heading over his own crossbar to stop former Glover Gozie Ugwu stealing in for a goal. Nelson was fairly fortunate with a Josh Umerah shot that he spooned instead of catching, but managed to do enough to get it over his own crossbar.

Just short of the half hour mark though, the tone of the game changed with the opening goal. Tom Bradbury drove a shot at goal through a crowded penalty area and Rhys Murphy got a touch on the ball to divert it past home keeper Nathan Ashmore for a 0-1 lead. Unfortunately for Murphy that was his final contribution of the game, with him going down injured a couple of minutes later with a leg problem, that saw him immediately replaced by Remeao Hutton, as Myles Hippolyte went up front.

With Ebbsfleet having lost all of their matches so far, that goal clearly dented their confidence, and it wasn't until the final couple of minutes before the break that they perked up again. Before that, Lawson D'Ath's ambitious effort from the halfway line worried Nathan Ashmore who was standing in a very advanced position - the goalkeeper managed to backpedal quick enough to stop any danger of embarrassment on his behalf. At the other end, two efforts from John Goddard restored Ebbsfleet's spark a little, but they went in a goal down at the break.

At half time, Carl Dickinson appeared as a replacement for Lee Collins, also taking the captain's armband in the process, suggesting that Collins had become the second player to pick up a knock. But there wss no stopping Yeovil Town as two minutes into the half they doubled their lead. Birmingham City loanee Remeao Hutton may be playing on the left flank, but he showed Ebbsfleet he is most certainly classy on his right foot as he cut inside from the wide position before firing off an excellent shot that was buried into the net for a 0-2 lead.

Now with a cushion, Yeovil looked comfortable for long stretches of the second half, with Ebbsfleet having to resort to fouls to slow down the running from the visitors. The only worry up until the closing stages was when John Goddard went down inside the box under a shove, but thankfully referee Carl Brook wasn't interested. It was only in the final 20 minutes that Ebbsfleet looked like they might get back into the match, enjoying a 10 minute spell where they got territory and possession. They were rewarded with 12 minutes remaining as Aswad Thomas headed home John Goddard's free kick, and suddenly the worry was that this might turn out to be 'game on' at 1-2.

But Ebbsfleet's brief rally didn't last that long. Only three minutes later, a good flowing move by the Glovers saw Courtney Duffus set up Myles Hippolyte, who put the ball nicely into the path of midfielder Tom Whelan. The former Salisbury player fired home with nine minutes remaining to restore a two goal advantage at 1-3 and ensure that there was no route back for Ebbsfleet.

Despite referee Carl Brook somehow conjuring up six minutes of injury time at the end, with the exception of a Brandon Thomas-Assante header that flashed wide, Ebbsfleet were already beaten, and that allowed a stress-free ending to the match, and a relatively comfortable win against the National League's bottom club, that lifts Yeovil up into seventh place - a decent start for the 2019-20 season given the level of transition in the club, and perhaps a stable base to build on during the next few weeks.

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Ebbsfleet United 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Rhys Murphy (0-1, 27 mins), Remeao Hutton (0-2, 47 mins), Aswad Thomas (1-2, 78 mins), Tom Whelan (1-3, 81 mins)

Ebbsfleet United:
1 Nathan Ashmore 3 Aswad Thomas 5 Ayo Obileye 15 Jamie Grimes 11 Myles Weston 2 Jack King 10 John Goddard 8 Jimmy Ball 6 Lawrie Wilson 9 Gozie Ugwu 12 Josh Umerah

Substitutes:
7 Sean Shields (55 mins for Lawrie Wilson) 13 Harry Palmer 18 Alfie Egan 19 Brandon Thomas-Asante (70 mins for Josh Umerah) 20 Bondz N'Gala

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
4. Lee Collins (Capt), 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury,
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 11. Myles Hippolyte
8. Lawson D'Ath
9. Rhys Murphy, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
12. Marcin Brzozowski 3. Carl Dickinson (46 mins for Lee Collins) 15. Ryan Seager 24. Remeao Hutton (30 mins for Rhys Murphy) 26. Charlie Lee (77 mins for Lawson D'Ath)

Ebbsfleet United Bookings: Jack King (foul, 57 mins), Aswad Thomas (foul, 64 mins), Josh Umerah (foul, 68 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Myles Hippolyte (delaying restart, 49 mins)

Ebbsfleet United Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots On Target: 2; Shots Off Target: 10; Corners: 6.

Yeovil Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots On Target: 5; Shots Off Target: 5; Corners: 1.

Referee: Carl Brook (East Sussex). Assistants: Ryan Head (Norfolk) and Martyn Holmes (Norfolk). Fourth Official: Ian Fissenden (Kent).

Attendance: 1,057 (with approx 150 Yeovil Town supporters)


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13 August 2019 : Team News For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have issued their starting line-up for the National League match against Ebbsfleet United. The match at Stonebridge Road sees one change to the starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field at Stockport County. The versatile Myles Hippolyte returns to the side after his concussion - given he replaces Remeao Hutton who drops to the bench, it's probably safe to assume he's playing as a left wing-back tonight.

There is a change required on the bench, with Liam Driscoll having returned to Reading through injury, whilst Queens Park Rangers keeper Marcin Brzozowski replaces him. Midfielder Charlie Lee was signed today, having been on the books of Leyton Orient last season, and also he sits on the bench. There's also the return of Carl Dickinson, who picked up a knock at the tail end of pre-season.

Centre-back Luke Wilkinson is out with a long term injury. Academy graduates Nestor Shako, Daniel Ojo, Alex John and Gabriel Rogers don't make the teamsheet, whilst Birmingham loanee Olly McCoy is also absent.

The team lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
4. Lee Collins (Capt), 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury,
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 11. Myles Hippolyte
8. Lawson D'Ath
9. Rhys Murphy, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
12. Marcin Brzozowski 3. Carl Dickinson 15. Ryan Seager 24. Remeao Hutton 26. Charlie Lee


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13 August 2019 : Yeovil Town Bring In QPR Keeper As Driscoll Replacement
Yeovil Town have brought in a replacement goalkeeper for Reading Under-23s player Liam Driscoll. The Australian suffered a 'minor injury' whilst on loan at Huish Park and returned to his parent club on Tuesday afternoon. In his place comes Queens Park Rangers keeper Marcin Brzozowski on an initial one month loan deal.

He is a 20 year old Polish keeper who has been part of QPR's Academy set-up but has also had loan experience with Ashford Town and Harlow Town. Born in October 29th 1998, he has been part of QPR's Under-23s side most recently, having been on their books since the age of 11 years old.

Marcin is Polish born and lived there until the age of 10 years old, whilst playing for Zawisza Bydgoszcz. When his parents moved to the UK, he started playing for Sunday League side Kempton Park until QPR scouts spotted him and brought him into their Academy system. He signed a new contract with QPR in May 2019, covering him for the 2019-20 season.


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13 August 2019 : Driscoll Back At Madejski Stadium After Injury Curtails Loan Spell
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Liam Driscoll will miss out on tonight's National League trip to Ebbsfleet United. The 20 year old was currently in the early stages of a six month loan spell at the club, but has returned to his parent club Reading for treatment on an unspecified injury.

A tweet from Reading's Academy set-up today describes it as a 'minor injury' but presumably not something that they were prepared to allow the Glovers to treat. They explain:

"Young goalkeeper Liam Driscoll is set to return to Reading FC and will receive treatment for a minor injury after a short loan spell with Yeovil Town."

For the moment it would leave the Glovers without a back-up to Stuart Nelson. Driscoll did not make a first team appearance, with his only game time coming in the pre-season friendly against Stratford Town. His loan spell was due to run until January 2nd 2020.

Update: Yeovil Town have confirmed that this will be the end of Liam Driscoll's loan spell at Huish Park, despite it being a minor injury.


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13 August 2019 : Former Leyton Orient and Peterborough Midfielder Signs Up
Yeovil Town have signed up former Leyton Orient midfielder Charlie Lee on a one year deal. The 32 year old former Stevenage player worked under manager Darren Sarll at Broadhall Way, and was part of Orient's National League squad that gained promotion back to the Football League at the end of the 2018-19 season. He is a former Tottenham Hotspur Academy player who was promoted three times during his four year stay at Peterborough United.

Born in Whitechapel on January 5th 1987, he was part of Tottenham's Academy system, penning a professional contract in July 2005. He didn't get as far as their first team but was an unused substitute on a small number of occasions. He enjoyed a short six game loan spell with Millwall during the 2006-07 season.

He was released by Spurs in May 2007 and signed for Peterborough United, where he was to spend four years, making 177 appearances and scoring 16 goals, mainly from a central midfield position. During this time he was part of their 2007-08 League Two promotion, 2008-09 League One promotion and then 2010-11 League One play-off winning sides.

During his latter days at London Road, he went out on loan to Gillingham and he ultimately signed a permanent deal with them, going on to make 111 appearances, scoring 11 goals. There he was part of their 2012-13 League Two promotion winning side. He was released in the summer of 2014 and signed for Stevenage, ultimately working under Darren Sarll, where he made 130 appearances, scoring 14 goals, with the final year coming directly under Sarll's first team management.

He then went on to sign for Leyton Orient in the summer of 2017. He made 43 National League appearances, scoring three goals, with the majority of those coming during their 2018-19 promotion season - his fifth promotion of his career. Lee's time at Orient had been disrupted by a 2017-18 ACL injury that put him out of contention from August 2017 onwards, but he recovered well to be a regular part of their squad during the following year. Manager Sarll has said of his latest acquisition:

"I'm delighted to add Charlie, someone I know very well I know his personality, his qualities and hes going to be a huge addition to our playing squad. Charlie has played from this league all the way up to the Championship and knows what it takes to get out of these leagues, so I believe its a real coup to have him here and ends the long hunt for an experienced midfielder."

Lee normally plays as a central midfielder, but can deputise in any of the back four positions.


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13 August 2019 : Officials For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the National League match between Ebbsfleet United and Yeovil Town have been published. The match takes place on Tuesday 13th August 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Stonebridge Road. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Carl Brook (East Sussex).

As with all of our National League fixtures so far, we're dealing with a new set of officials. We have had Mr Brook on one occasion before, but as an assistant referee, in an April 2014 Championship match against Charlton Athletic. Remembering dodgy linesman decisions from over five years ago, is a difficult task!

This is his fourth season refereeing at National League Premier level. Last season, he managed to take charge of 26 matches, showing a top-heavy eight red cards, coupled with 77 yellow cards. This season he's started in much the same vein. Whilst his most recent game was last Tuesday's 2-2 draw between Boreham Wood and Wrexham that saw three yellow cards, he was busy on the opening day of the season down at Eastleigh as he sent off two Notts County players in the closing stages of the game. The Magpies appealed against the dismissal of Damien McCrory in the 90th minute for serious foul play, but lost the appeal, with them having little complaint about the earlier dismissal of Michael Doyle for an elbow on Reda Johnson.

Mr Brook will be assisted by Ryan Head (Norfolk) and Martyn Holmes (Norfolk). The Fourth Official will be Ian Fissenden (Kent).


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12 August 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Ebbsfleet United
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town make their first visit to Stonebridge Road in 16 years. As a result the Ciderspace guide to Gravesend and Northfleet Ebbsfleet United has needed a very hefty makeover to given you directions, ticketing, parking, a pub guide and past meetings between the clubs. Find that via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Ebbsfleet United.

Link: Ticketing For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town.

The main facade of the Stonebridge Road end of the ground, housing the newest stand
The main facade of the Stonebridge Road end of the ground, housing the newest stand



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12 August 2019 : GWSC Travel For Barrow vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the National League match against Barrow. The match takes place at Holker Street on Saturday 17th August 2019, with a 5.20p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Barrow : Saturday 17th August 2019.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: 35.00; Member Concessions: 33.00
Adult Non-Members: 37.00; Non-Member Concessions: 35.00

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 Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barrow vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Individual Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.

Link: 2019-20 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures and Results.


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12 August 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Stockport County Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Yeovil Town's 1-1 draw against Stockport County, these are now available online. There is over ten minutes worth of footage covering the opening goal from Courtney Duffus and the late equaliser from Adam Thomas during the afternoon. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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11 August 2019 : Priestnall's Family Background In Football
Yeovil Town's prospective co-owner Scott Priestnall's family has had a background in the football business that has not been disclosed during his takeover of the club. Whilst Priestnall's own publically published CV centres around the entertainment business, other family members have had an active involvement in two football clubs - namely Luton Town and Swindon Town - that wasn't previously apparent.

Scott's CV states that he became Managing Director of Eminence Leisure at the age of 24 years old. Companies House information shows that this company went into liquidation, with a winding up order commencing in September 2009, whilst the company was finally dissolved in February 2015. This was a company that at the time was claimed to be Britain's largest booking agency, and had been trading for seven years at the time of its collapse.

One of the Directors at that company was Martin Priestnall, who is 60 years old, and so seems likely to be Scott's father. He was listed as a Director of that company from its founding in September 2002 up until its demise in 2009. However, Wikipedia also names a Martin King as the founder of Eminence, listing him as "the founder and managing director of the Luton based corporate entertainment booking agency". There is no Companies House listing for King, with Martin Priestnall the only name listed with the forename Martin.

The same Wikipedia entry also states that King was a Director of Luton Town between July 2005 until March 2007, with his resignation being prompted by Luton's decision to sack first team manager Mike Newell. However, a search of Companies House reveals that the only Director that was registered under the company Luton Town Football Club Limited (04977080) during that period was Martin Priestnall, who served between July 1st 2005 and March 15th 2007. It therefore seems logical to conclude that Priestnall and King are the same person.

Mike Newell's sacking and King/Priestnall's departure from Luton Town came at a point where the huge problems were about to manifest at Kenilworth Road. Newell had said in an interview prior to his sacking that he believed that 'bungs' were rife within the football industry. That led to a Football Association enquiry, and in November 2007, Luton were issued with 50 charges by the FA, alleging that between 2004 and 2007, they had made agent payments through a holding company, Jayten Stadium Limited, rather than through the club, breaching FA rules.

Whilst the claims of 'bungs' were not substantiated, and a number of the initial charges were dropped, Luton were eventually given a 50,000 fine and a 10 point deduction in June 2008 for making the payments via the third party company. By July 2008 that had turned into a 30 point deduction after Luton had collapsed into administration and had breached the Football League's rules for failure to agree a CVA. The end result was that chairman Bill Tomlins was banned from football for five years, finance director Derek Peter was banned for a year and directors Richard Bagehot and John Mitchell were both fined.

Martin King (aka Priestnall) was not one of those charged by the FA. However, his tenure (where Companies House lists him as the Managing Director) ultimately preceded the point at which Luton crashed from the Championship in the 2006-07 season, into the National League in the summer of 2009, with three consecutive relegations.

In January 2013, King was named as one of group that took over Swindon Town, who were led by Jed McCrory under the name of Seebeck 87 Ltd. However, it appears that King did not take up a Boardroom position at the County Ground, with Seebeck 87's Directors instead listing a Deborah Priestnall as one of their Directors. A later Swindon Advertiser article describes her as "the wife of former Luton Town director Martin King, who played a consultancy role to Town in the early months of Jed McCrory's tenure". A posting on a Swindon Town fans forum around that time suggests that the difference in surnames may come down to Deborah's own maiden name being used.

Deborah Priestnall did not take up a Directorship under the Swindon Town Football Club company, but she was later named in April 2014 as part of a High Court battle involving Swindon Town, where Jed McCrory was in dispute with current Swindon Town owner Lee Power over the ownership of the club, with both McCrory's company and Power's company claiming to own the club. McCrory had attempted to appoint Deborah Priestnall to the Swindon Town board, along with two other people, but was blocked by Power, thus resulting in the eventual legal dispute that was later won by Lee Power.

Mrs Priestnall's involvement with Seebeck 87 Ltd would appear to be significant. She was also a Director of non-football companies called Seebeck 104 Limited and Seebeck 107 Limited. The unusual name comes from a building called Seebeck House, in Seebeck Place in Milton Keynes. Neither of these companies saw any football-related individual involved in their set-up, with both companies since dissolved.

So far, Scott Priestnall has not indicated that any member of his family has had experience within the football industry. In early July he referred to Jed McCrory as his potential mentor in managing the off-the-field affairs of Yeovil Town, saying: "Jed has obviously had more experience in operating football clubs - more experience than I have. He'll be a great help to me". However, he has not hinted at his family having had any involvement in Luton Town or Swindon Town up until this point.


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11 August 2019 : N'Gala Teams Up With Tuesday Night Opponents
Former Yeovil Town central defender Bondz N'Gala will be lining up against his old club on Tuesday night, when the Glovers head to Kent for a National League match against Ebbsfleet United. The 29 year old has signed an unspecified contract with the Kent side, arriving as a free agent after leaving Crawley Town at the end of the 2018-19 season. His registration came in time for him to make his debut during Ebbsfleet's 1-0 defeat against AFC Fylde on Saturday.

N'Gala has had a bit of a nomadic career over the last couple of seasons. His movement around the South-East seemed to accelerate during the 2016-17 season when he fell foul of FIFA's tightening of rules concerning player transfers. Having left Barnet after two years at the Hive Stadium, he'd signed for Eastleigh in November 2016, but then tried to sign a deal with League One side Gillingham. When they put the paperwork through, they were warned that he could not play in the Football League that season because that was his third club of the campaign, and he instead dropped down two levels to play for Dover Athletic on a short term deal. He then spent the next two seasons playing for Dagenham and Redbridge, Leyton Orient and then Crawley Town but overall has only managed 47 appearances across those last six clubs.

He signs for an Ebbsfleet side that have started the 2019-20 season poorly, currently sitting at the bottom of the National League Table. Their squad has undergone a radical transition over the summer, and they've also brought in former Yeovil Town pair Alex Lawless and Gozie Ugwu. The Glovers travel to Stonebridge Road on Tuesday night for their first visit to that ground since January 2003, when the opposition were known as Gravesend and Northfleet.

Link: Ticketing For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town.


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11 August 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Stockport County Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 against Stockport County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll 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 game, the team performance and also discusses the fitness of Myles Hippolyte. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Stockport County Home Game.


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10 August 2019 : Yeovil 1 Stockport 1 : Late Equaliser Stops Chance Of Second Home Win
Yeovil Town had to settle for a draw on Saturday afternoon at Huish Park when a late Adam Thomas goal secured Stockport County a 1-1 draw in the third round of National League fixtures. The Glovers had led the match from midway through the first half when Courtney Duffus latched onto a Lawson D'Ath ball across the box that deflected off Rhys Murphy into his path for the striker to score his second goal in two games. Inevitably Stockport put pressure on the home side during the closing portion of the game but it took them until the 87th minute for them to find their goal, with Thomas nipping in between Tom Bradbury and Stuart Nelson to score from close range.

The Glovers went into the match fielding the same starting eleven that had won the match against Eastleigh on Tuesday, with the only change coming on the bench as Nestor Shako was preferred to Gabriel Rogers. They came up against a Stockport County side that were promoted from National League North over the summer, but had been good enough to embarrass them during the 2018-19 season in the FA Cup at a time when 43 places separated the two clubs. They now met as equals in the same division.

The opening 20 minutes of the match were a curiosity, where Yeovil Town had the territory and the possession, but weren't able to turn it into anything concrete, with Stockport defending well enough to stop anything worthwhile happening in the final third. At the other end, Elliot Osborne's free kick from long range went straight into the arms of Stuart Nelson - that was as far as the visitors got.

The opening goal therefore came with the game's first meaningful chance. Lawson D'Ath's ball across the face of the box took a deflection off Rhys Murphy and into the path of Courtney Duffus. Put in on goal in more or less the same position he was in on the pitch on Tuesday night, the striker proved that lightning can strike twice, as he stroked the ball home for his second goal in two games. 1-0 up.

Nyal Bell and Sam Minihan both went close for Stockport as they tried to hit back, with Bell curling a shot that just about cleared the crossbar, whilst Minihan tried to lob Stuart Nelson after a ball was half cleared but also lobbed the crossbar. There was then a moment of controversy when Paul Turnbull took a very obvious dive inside the penalty box. Referee Sam Allison had earlier booked Courtney Duffus for what he saw was diving, yet chose not to do the same for Turnbull. Glovers defender Lee Collins was also lucky not to land in the book, after the referee's lack of action saw him decide to get involved when Turnbull got to his feet, which then meant the match official belatedly did have to get involved, although he decided just to issue a fingerwagging.

Stockport really should have been level just before the break. Stockport drew Stuart Nelson to his near post when they attacked down Yeovil's left flank, meaning that when the ball was squared to Frank Mulhern he had an open goal to aim at. He got his shot on target, but wasn't relying upon Nelson recovering his ground and sticking out a hand to get in the way of the ball. The force of the shot should have still seen the ball land in the net, but instead it looped over the crossbar for an incredible save.

The second half opened with Rhys Murphy scampering away on the counterattack from a Stockport corner, with his lengthy run and curling effort going wide of the posts. But Stockport were starting to get a nose for a goal, with Elliot Osborne's long ranger palmed by Stuart Nelson for a corner. Frank Mulhern was also denied as he tried unsuccessfully to lob the keeper.

At the other end Matt Worthington had a couple of decent opportunities to score through runs down the centre. One saw his 25 yard strike beat Stockport keeper Ben Hinchliffe's flailing dive down to his right, but also beat the goalpost by half a yard. Worthington then had a double attempt, as he shot from the edge of the box, only to find a Stockport defender bravely blocking him. That allowed him a second bite and Hinchliffe this time did need to get his body behind it for a corner.

Stockport were in the process of making substitutions to try to change the game. Like Tuesday, Yeovil Town either couldn't or wouldn't, with their inexperienced bench giving them few options other than Ryan Seager. One of Stockport's substitutes Adam Thomas tested Stuart Nelson yet again, but the Glovers keeper blocked well at his near post.

But that turned out to be the warning sign. A through ball was played in behind the Yeovil defence, and with three minutes remaining the defence switched off. Tom Bradbury was the most likely looking guilty party as Adam Thomas took advantage and poked the ball past Stuart Nelson for an 87th minute equaliser. 1-1 and they hadn't quite held out.

That was more or less it for the footballing action, with much of injury time taken up by a bit of handbags as Stockport took offence at Yeovil deciding to directly attack from a throw-in, after the visitors felt they'd kicked the ball out for a player to receive treatment. Whether this was miscommunication after the ball was kicked out, or whether Yeovil felt that the Hatters were trying to waste a bit of time, it ended up with firstly the players getting involved in push'n'shove in the centre circle and then Darren Sarll and Jim Gannon getting in a war of words over it. Referee Sam Allison decided to issue a finger wagging and let the whole thing fizzle out.

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stockport County 1.

Scorers: Courtney Duffus (1-0, 21 mins), Adam Thomas (1-1, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
4. Lee Collins (Capt), 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury,
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton
8. Lawson D'Ath
9. Rhys Murphy, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
25. Liam Driscoll 15. Ryan Seager 16. Gabriel Rogers 17. Daniel Ojo 22. Olly McCoy (89 mins for Tom Whelan)

Stockport County:
1 Ben Hinchliffe
5 Ashley Palmer 6 Jordan Keane 2 Sam Miniham 3 Dan Cowan
21 Ben Jackson 4 Paul Turnbull 8 Sam Walker 10 Elliot Osborne
16 Nyal Bell 9 Euan Frank Mulhern

Substitutes:
7 Adam Thomas (59 mins for Nyal Bell) 11 Jake Kirby (64 mins for Sam Walker) 13 Ian Ormson 17 Connor Dimaio (79 mins for Sam Miniham) 18 Festus Arthur

Yeovil Bookings: Courtney Duffus (24 mins, diving), Stuart Nelson (60 mins, timewasting), Albi Skendi (67 mins, foul)

Stockport County Bookings: None.

Yeovil Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots On Target: 2; Shots Off Target: 9; Corners: 5.

Stockport County Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots On Target: 5; Shots Off Target: 9; Corners: 7.

Referee: Sam Allison (Wiltshire). Assistants: Robin Cox (Oxfordshire) and Andrew Genders (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Matthew Rushton (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 2,602 (with 217 Stockport County supporters).


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10 August 2019 : Sarll Unhappy With Poor Performance Despite Stockport Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll thought his side put in a poor performance against Stockport County on Saturday afternoon. Despite leading the match for much of the game, and only conceding an equalising goal in the 87th minute, the Glovers boss wasn't happy with the fact that his team didn't finish the game off, feeling that they didn't make the Stockport goalkeeper work hard enough during the 90 minutes.

Having led since the 21st minute goal from Courtney Duffus, they put in a solid, if unspectacular performance, but couldn't hold on to tht slender lead. Speaking after the game, Sarll told BBC Somerset that they needed to finish their attacking phases off:

"I thought we were poor for much of the afternoon. We actually created more opportunities than we produced in the first half. I was really disappointed in the second half with the way that we didn't finish that attacking phase off. We had so many moments where we were one-v-one with a defender. In the back of my mind I was backing the forwards or the attacking player in possession to make the goalie work and we couldn't quite do that. I think we also saw in the second half our legs a little bit wiggle away from Tuesday night, which was draining. That's obviously where you need a bit of support from the size of your squad, and that's what I really don't feel comfortable with at the moment."

Sarll also added that one defensive error was responsible for the 87th minute equalising goal from Adam Thomas. Although he didn't name names, it's likely that he was pointing at Tom Bradbury, who failed to deal with a through ball to the substitute, allowing the ball to be put into the net from inside the box. Sarll said his defence had played well overall, but the single error during the 90 minutes proved costly for his side:

"I think that a defender has given away a goal. It was a pretty simple goal. Whenever you're towards the back end of a game, just kick the ball in the stand. It's a real simple premise that we all learn at six or seven years old. If you can't play then you kick the ball away. That's the job of the defender. So I thought they were good for the most part and I think they've been very good in the three games, but again that little error at the end has cost us two points. At Barnet I didn't think the mistake cost us three points, because I didn't think we were going to win it. But after Tuesday night I thought we'd see this one out 1-0 and it would have been a good end."


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10 August 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
If you watched Saturday's 1-1 draw against Stockport County at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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10 August 2019 : Yeovil 1 Stockport 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town had to settle for a draw on Saturday afternoon at Huish Park when a late Adam Thomas goal secured Stockport County a 1-1 draw in the third round of National League fixtures. The Glovers had led the match from midway through the first half when Courtney Duffus latched onto a Lawson D'Ath ball across the box that deflected off Rhys Murphy into his path for the striker to score his second goal in two games. Inevitably Stockport put pressure on the home side during the closing portion of the game but it took them until the 87th minute for them to find their goal, with Thomas nipping in between Tom Bradbury and Stuart Nelson to score from close range.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stockport County 1.

Scorers: Courtney Duffus (1-0, 21 mins), Adam Thomas (1-1, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
4. Lee Collins (Capt), 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury,
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton
8. Lawson D'Ath
9. Rhys Murphy, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
25. Liam Driscoll 15. Ryan Seager 16. Gabriel Rogers 17. Daniel Ojo 22. Olly McCoy (89 mins for Tom Whelan)

Stockport County:
1 Ben Hinchliffe
5 Ashley Palmer 6 Jordan Keane 2 Sam Miniham 3 Dan Cowan
21 Ben Jackson 4 Paul Turnbull 8 Sam Walker 10 Elliot Osborne
16 Nyal Bell 9 Euan Frank Mulhern

Substitutes:
7 Adam Thomas (59 mins for Nyal Bell) 11 Jake Kirby (64 mins for Sam Walker) 13 Ian Ormson 17 Connor Dimaio (79 mins for Sam Miniham) 18 Festus Arthur

Yeovil Bookings: Courtney Duffus (24 mins, diving), Stuart Nelson (60 mins, timewasting), Albi Skendi (67 mins, foul)

Stockport County Bookings: None.

Yeovil Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots On Target: 2; Shots Off Target: 9; Corners: 5.

Stockport County Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots On Target: 5; Shots Off Target: 9; Corners: 7.

Referee: Sam Allison (Wiltshire). Assistants: Robin Cox (Oxfordshire) and Andrew Genders (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Matthew Rushton (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 2,602 (with 217 Stockport County supporters).


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10 August 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
Yeovil Town have issued their starting line-up for the National League match against Stockport County. The match at the Huish Park sees an unchanged starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field at Eastleigh.

Centre-back Luke Wilkinson is out with a long term injury, and is not expected to feature for a couple of months. Defender Carl Dickinson has a more minor injury but still misses out. Myles Hippolyte is out with concussion. Academy graduates Alex John and Gabriel Rogers don't make the teamsheet.

The team lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
4. Lee Collins (Capt), 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury,
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton
8. Lawson D'Ath
9. Rhys Murphy, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
25. Liam Driscoll 15. Ryan Seager 17. Daniel Ojo 21. Nestor Shako 22. Olly McCoy


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10 August 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
Officials for the National League match between Yeovil Town FC and Stockport County have been published. The match takes place on Saturday 10th August 2019 (today) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of this fixture will be referee Sam Allison (Wiltshire).

For the first time this season, we're actually getting an official that has seen Yeovil Town play - Mr Allison has been the Fourth Official at four of our past League Two fixtures, although he's never managed to get beyond organising the substitutions and keeping the two benches in check. He's 39 years old and is a firefighter in Trowbridge who lives in Melksham. He's moved up through the Chippenham Sunday League, Wiltshire League and Western League structures and even has some playing experience with Clevedon, Bath City, Salisbury, Chippenham and Frome Town where he played as a winger.

He's been refereeing at National League Premier level for three seasons now. Last season he did 17 games, producing 64 yellow cards and three red cards. He's taken charge of one match this season, on the opening day of the season for Aldershot's home match against AFC Fylde, where he produced two yellow cards.

Mr Allison will be assisted by Robin Cox (Oxfordshire) and Andrew Genders (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Matthew Rushton (Wiltshire).


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10 August 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Stockport County Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play host to Stockport County in a National League fixture at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be present at the fixture before the match, close to the Ticket Office. With both annual membership renewals due (for most members) and elections coming up for Board members, now is a good time to either get to know their plans, or help shape future direction of the Trust. Details are as shown below:

Match: Stockport County (Home)

Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.

Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Takeover updates, Trust Board Elections, Meeting with SSDC, Blueprint Feedback.

Other points of note:
* There are still a nominal number of Membership subscriptions which expired on 1st of July and are due for renewal. If you are unsure you can check your account online via our registration page or come and see us ahead of the game.
* We have commenced planning for the annual nomination and election process to the Trust Board. Full details will be communicated in due course but in you are interested in taking a more active part in the decision making that takes place at Board level, feel free to pop and see us at the gazebo or email communications@glovers-trust.co.uk


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9 August 2019 : Darren Sarll Previews The Stockport County Home Game
As part of the build-up to the National League home game against Stockport County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset journalist Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on reacting to a midweek win over Eastleigh, preparing for a run of games, scouting the opposition and his latest thoughts on recruitment. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Sarll Previews The Stockport County Home Game.


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9 August 2019 : Sarll After Quality Rather Than Quantity In Remaining Transfer Targets
Yeovil Town first team manager Darren Sarll has said that he is still on the look-out for new signings, but admits that out of the hundreds of footballers who are currently without contracts around the country, only a small handful suit what he is after. The problems of the club's first team squad were emphasised this week when they had to secure their 1-0 victory over Eastleigh by delaying their first substitution until the 90th minute - at that time bringing on an 18 year old in Daniel Ojo to try to relieve tired legs.

With only striker Ryan Seager on the bench offering any sort of relative experience for him to use on the night, and Luke Wilkinson, Carl Dickinson and Myles Hippolyte all sitting the game out injured, Sarll is well aware of the need to bring in extra players, but has said that the majority of those still available on the market do not meet his demands:

"I'm just waiting by the phone all the time now. I know there's hundreds of unemployed footballers. But there aren't hundreds of unemployed footballers that I like. There's probably only four or five left in those hundreds that would suit what we need at Yeovil, would suit Yeovil, would suit the way I play, would suit the characteristics of the persons that I like. I'd say there's probably about a dozen on our list and you just kind of hope you catch the plate before it drops and smashes. It's not like we're being stingy or things like that. We've put out offers and appropriate offers to how Yeovil values them, because we have a certain wage structure - a midtable budget really. We have to make sure that we value any incoming player in relation to the players that we've already got here."

Sarll is currently working without a permanent fixed backroom team, and with no scouting structure in place. However, he said that allowed him to directly target those players himself, stressing that 'quality' rather than 'quantity' was what he was ultimately after:

"I've been very lucky in my time to have Heads of Recruitment and things like that, that do these sort of things for you. But I've enjoyed it, because it's just allowed me to get on with what I want to do, and not be interfered with, and just go out and try to sign some players. It's not like we need loads of quantity, we need quality in certain positions that raise our glass ceiling a little bit higher again. I'm not interested in adding average. I just want to add different ingredients to make the nicest cake that I possibly can."


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9 August 2019 : Ticketing For Barrow vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's National League fixture against Barrow is now available. The match will take place on Saturday 17th August 2019, with a 5.20p.m. kick-off at Holker Street.

Tickets are at present only on sale on the day of the match and will be priced as follows:

Brian Arrowsmith Main Stand (Seated): Adults: 18.00; Over-65s and Students: 14.00; Under-21s: 5.00; Under-16s: 3.00.

Holker Street Terrace (Standing): Adults: 15.00; Over-65s and Students: 12.00; Under-21s: 5.00; Under-16s: 3.00.

Barrow's standard allocation is to allow for 520 terrace places and up to 130 seated tickets. Segregation will be in force for this game, with Yeovil Town fans using Turnstiles D and E to enter the ground. Turnstiles are CASH ONLY.

NOTE: Barrow are currently in the process of revamping their online ticketing system, but at present this is unavailable. If this situation changes before the game, we'll publicise what is available for Away Supporters. However, for the time being, payment on the day is the only option.

There is space for five wheelchairs in the away end; however this area is currently uncovered. A covered area with step free access is available in the home area of the ground if required. Disabled/ambulant disabled supporters will pay the concession ticket price (as per Seniors and Students), with free entry for one assistant if required.

Link: Ticketing For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Individual Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.

Link: 2019-20 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures and Results.


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8 August 2019 : Bury Given Notice Of Expulsion From The Football League
League One side Bury are facing expulsion from the Football League. Having been part of the set-up since 1894, the Shakers now have just 14 days to resolve their financial issues that have centred around Steve Dale's ownership at Gigg Lane. Dale became owner of the club in December 2018, and helped guide them to promotion at the end of the 2018-19 season into League One, but without passing the EFL's Ownership Tests.

Over the summer, the Shakers have been hit by a financial crisis that has led to them collapsing into administration, meaning that if they do start the 2019-20 season, they will start the campaign on minus 12 points. However, their first two fixtures of that season have been suspended due to the EFL belatedly clamping down on Dale's ownership, questioning whether he has the finances to take the club forward, even after their creditors accepted a CVA that would reduce the club's debts.

The Football League have so far suspended Bury's first two League One fixtures, preventing them from starting the season, and have today suspended their League Cup match against Sheffield Wednesday due to their inability to provide the League with a business plan that would demonstrate their financial viability. An EFL statement explains:

"The League were seeking further information into how they planned to meet its commitments in respect of football creditor debts, payment to unsecured creditors as part of the Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA), alongside source and sufficiency of funding for season 2019-20. Following extensive discussions and correspondence between the Club's ownership and the League - the additional information provided lacks the clarity required and as a result of the League not being able to defer the decision any later than today, the Club's Carabao Cup tie on Tuesday 13 August 2019 will not take place as scheduled in accordance with Carabao Cup rules."

With this now being three suspended fixtures in Bury's calendar, the Football League have now given Bury notice of expulsion of the league, giving them until August 23rd 2019 to provide the outstanding information. If they do not do so, then Bury will cease to be a member of the Football League. Their statement explains:

"After Wednesday's deadline for information was passed without a successful resolution, [the League] will now lift the suspension on the notice of withdrawal of membership of the EFL. Bury were served the notice of withdrawal of membership on 25 July 2019 and it has remained suspended until today (8 August 2019). As per the League's Articles of Association, this will now give the Club 14 days (until 23 August 2019) to meet all outstanding requirements of the League's insolvency policy or its membership of the EFL will be withdrawn."

With the 2019-20 season having already started, the effect would be that League One would be played using 23 clubs for the duration of the campaign, if Bury cannot satisfy the League's requirement. In addition, Sheffield Wednesday would be given a walkover in the League Cup.

If Bury are kicked out, then at the end of the 2019-20 season, the Football League would adjust its numbers by relegating one less club from League One and League Two, but promoting the same numbers, taking them back up to their 72 club membership. Exactly how far this would ripple downward would depend on Bury FC (or a pheonix club) applying to any of the National League, Northern Premier League or levels below for membership of their respective divisions. However, without financial income for the 2019-20 season, if Bury are expelled from the Football League, it's hard to see how they would survive in their current form without twelve months of income.

Bury's fate will be known in August 23rd 2019.


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8 August 2019 : Duffus Hoping Confidence Goes Through The Roof After Early Strike
Yeovil Town striker Courtney Duffus believes that scoring his first goal of the 2019-20 season will help his confidence in the weeks and months to come. Having only featured in a minimal way during pre-season, the former Oldham Athletic player was chucked straight into the deep end on Tuesday night against Eastleigh, due to Myles Hippolyte suffering concussion in the Saturday defeat at Barnet.

Duffus took good advantage of that unexpected opportunity, taking just 90 seconds to get on the scoresheet, in what would turn out to be the winning goal in a 1-0 victory. The striker told BBC Somerset after the match that goal really gave him a lift, and he hoped that would give the team some momentum coming into a busy run of games:

"For any striker who scores in any minute of any game, confidence just goes through the roof after that. You want to get on the ball, you want more shots, and that's just how it works. It's nice to give the fans something to cheer about and something to really get behind. Hopefully we can get a bit of momentum going for the fans as well. We've got to get the recovery done now because the games are coming thick and fast. So we've got to win Saturday and again on Tuesday. We've had a tough pre-season. For me, it's my first 90 minutes and we're only going to get fitter and stronger as the games come."

Duffus recognised that his lack of game time had been for a reason, with first team manager Darren Sarll hinting that the striker's fitness levels were not what they should be during the pre-season period. However, Duffus said that scoring a goal so early on was what mattered to him, and he hoped he could take advantage of that opportunity in the future:

"Obviously for anyone to play the first (home) game of the season and score within two minutes, especially as a striker, is a dream come true, for any start of any season. I just have to keep my head down, and train hard. The opportunity came tonight and I took it with both hands. Not playing and not being involved, that's for a reason and all I can do is keep my head down and work for that opportunity, and when it does come I've got to take it like I did tonight. Obviously it's a lot more physical after the relegation, playing in this league, so it suited me a bit more really. I missed out on last weekend, so I'm just buzzing to back amongst it today."


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8 August 2019 : Grant Given Pilgrims Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town defender Josh Grant has gone out on loan. He has signed for League Two side Plymouth Argyle in a half-season loan deal that will last until January 2020. The 20 year old Chelsea Academy graduate will get his chance to impress in a second loan spell having been on Yeovil's books during the second half of the 2018-19 season.

Josh made just eight appearances for the Glovers after former boss Darren Way brought him in during the January transfer window, with the latter part of his time with the club being wiped out due to an Achilles injury that meant he only played once under Neale Marmon. Although he is relatively versatile, Yeovil Town used him exclusively as a right-back during his time at Huish Park.

Link: Josh Grant : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 August 2019 : Transfer Window? What Transfer Window?
Today will see a lot of mention of Transfer Windows in the national media, with the window closing for Premier League and Championship clubs in England. In addition, you'll find a second transfer window set for Monday 2nd September that will affect League One and League Two clubs.

With Yeovil Town new to the National League structure after a sixteen year break, it's worth noting how the the two transfer windows affect the club. In simple terms: It Doesn't.

In the past, the top division of the National League attempted to mirror the Football League rules, in an attempt to align itself as England's "fifth division". However, in June 2016, they decided to scrap their adherance to the transfer window systems. Hence in simple terms, National League clubs can permanently transfer or loan players into their club at any time during the season.

The one and only transfer window deadline that exists in this division is towards the end of the season, when new player registrations are blocked beyond the fourth Thursday in March at 5.00p.m. Beyond that point, clubs can only register new players with the express permission of the National League Board - usually reserved for situations where a club has none of their recognised first team goalkeepers available to play in a match. Hence for this season, Thursday 26th March 2020 is the only transfer window deadline clubs need to worry about.

National League rules still provide restrictions in terms of how clubs can sign and use players throughout the season. Principle rules are as follows:

1. Players must be registered by 5.00p.m. on a Friday before any weekend (including Bank Holidays) fixture. For midweek games, players must be registered more than four hours before kick-off (i.e. usually by 3.45p.m.)

2. Clubs cannot sign more than one player from another club at any one time, unless a period of 14 days has passed between registration. Where this is required, the club must seek approval from the National League Board.

3. Clubs can only play up to two Work Experience players in one match (although there is no limit on how many you can sign).

4. Clubs can only name up to five Short Term Loan, Long Term, Youth Loan or Work Experience players on a teamsheet (although there is no limit on how many you can sign).

5. No more than four Short Term Loan, Long Term or Youth Loan deals may be done from one club in a single season, unless the fifth (and final) loan is a Youth Loan.

6. No more than two Short Term Loan transfers to/from another club can be in place at any one time.

7. A club can use up to 12 Short Term Loan transfers in a single season. The minimum period for a Short Term loan must be 28 days, but extensions can be rolled until the end of the season, with recalls allowed during the extension period, if agreed. This is with the exception of goalkeepers, which can be recalled at any time, if agreed.

8. Clubs can have up to six Long Term Loan transfers in a single season. Long term loans must be either a full season in length, or be a half-season starting or ending during the month of January. Long term loans cannot be recalled, with the exception of goalkeepers.

9. Youth Loans only apply to players either in their second or third year scholarship, or where they are a contracted player aged 20 or under on July 1st at the start of the season. Unlimited Youth Loans are allowed. Youth loans cannot extend beyond the player's 21st birthday, and must be a minimum of 28 days. Players can train and play for their Parent club in Reserve/Youth competitions if agreed.

NOTE: The above rules apply to incoming transfers and loans. For outgoing transfers and loans, the rules of the league the player is transferring to will apply in the main.


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7 August 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Eastleigh Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights from Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Eastleigh these are now available online. Watch just over eight minutes of footage, which includes the early goal from striker Courtney Duffus, via the YouTube clip below.




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7 August 2019 : Surridge Takes Swans Loan Deal
Yesterday afternoon saw former Yeovil Town loan striker Sam Surridge complete a temporary move to Championship side Swansea City. His parent club AFC Bournemouth have been quietly pushing the 21 year old up the ranks in a succession of loan moves that have taken in Weymouth, Poole Town, Yeovil Town and during last season Oldham Athletic.

He has now penned a season-long loan deal at the Liberty Stadium in what would appear to be the final precursor to Bournemouth attempting to integrate him with their first team squad, assuming all works out well in South Wales. This will be his first spell at Championship level, and Surridge is hoping that will give him regular football in that division:

"I want to play regular football and score goals, that is what I have come here to do. It will help me and it will help Swansea and if I am scoring goals everyone will be happy. I've been on a few loan spells now and I think it is the best thing for me at the moment, to try and carry the momentum on from what was a big year for me. I want to carry it on. So, this is a massive season for me and that's why I wanted to come here and show what I can do."

Following Surridge's 2017-18 season loan with Yeovil Town, he began to gain greater prominence with his 2018-19 loan spell with Oldham Athletic that saw him score 12 goals in just 20 appearances for the Latics, in a half-season loan, giving him the September 2018 League Two Player Of The Month Award in the process. At the tail end of his loan spell he scored against Fulham in an FA Cup match that saw the Premier League side knocked out of the competition on their own patch.

That led to Bournemouth deciding to recall him from Oldham, and he made his Premier League debut for them as a substitute against Arsenal in February 2019, later following it up with a second appearance against Crystal Palace.

Link: Sam Surridge : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 August 2019 : Ticketing For Dagenham and Redbridge vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's National League fixture against Dagenham and Redbridge are now on advance sale. The match takes place on Monday 26th August 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Victoria Road. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: 21.00; Concessions: 15.00; Aged 10-16: 12.00; Under-10s: 2.00.

Concessions are for Over-65s and Students carrying valid ID. Note that if you are buying the Under-10s tickets, you must do so with an Adult ticket.

Ambulant Disabled pay the above prices but can admit an assistant free of charge. Wheelchair Users should contact Dagenham and Redbridge direct on 020 8592 1549 Ext 2 to place bookings.

Tickets will be available online shortly, as well as over the phone from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Tickets will come off sale on Friday 23rd so the Huish Park Ticket Office can return them in time for sales on the day of the Bank Holiday Monday fixture. Hence tickets won't be available at the Maidenhead United game on the Saturday (24th August).

Away supporters are housed in the West Stand (also known as the Pondfield Road Stand) , which is a relatively new development at Victoria Road. The capacity of this stand is 1,224, and you are situated behind one goal.

Link: Ticketing For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Individual Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.

Link: 2019-20 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures and Results.


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7 August 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Eastleigh Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 win against Eastleigh at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll 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 victory, and also his overall views on the strength of the squad. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Eastleigh Home Game.


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7 August 2019 : Sarll Praises Endeavour, Spirit And Togetherness After Eastleigh Victory
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll felt his team showed endeavour, spirit and togetherness on Tuesday night, having beaten Eastleigh 1-0 at Huish Park. The first home match of the 2019-20 National League season saw a gritty performance rather than one with flair, with the new first team boss freely admitting that his side needed to be better at.

However, Sarll told BBC Somerset that those battling qualities stood out for him, but joked that he'd rather not have to do so much work himself on the sidelines to try to direct his new team in that way:

"I thought they showed lots of human endeavour and human spirit and good togetherness. I thought there were some key moments, and there were some moments that we got away with - let's not paper over the cracks here - that we're going to need to be so much better at. You can see how hard I'm having to work during games. While we're trying to stitch this thing together, I'm trying to use every available moment to get over information of how I want things done. It's very easy from the technical area. It's a lot more difficult when you've got to be the lad that's carrying out the orders from the lunatic on the sideline! Hopefully at some point, they'll be able to let me slow down and stand still and enjoy watching them play."

One of the heroes of the hour came from an unexpected source - striker Courtney Duffus. The former Oldham Athletic striker had only played seven minutes of Yeovil Town's final three pre-season friendlies, and had not been part of the squad that was named on the teamsheet at Barnet on Saturday. As such it was a surprise when he started the match on Tuesday night, but a decision that was vindicated when he scored a second minute goal that turned out to be a winner. Sarll gave his views on why Duffus hadn't been playing up until Tuesday night:

"I've not seen Courtney play an awful lot, because of his fitness levels in pre-season. So we had to tailor him appropriately. I just thought why not? I know Ryan Seager will be disappointed probably not to start, but they're the decisions you have to make as a manager. Those decisions are always verified when you win. So no-one can be really unhappy if they've got Yeovil at the deepest point of their soul and wants the best for them."

The attendance of 2,813 for the club's first match back in non-league football was a pleasant surprise, ranking slightly above the 2,795 that had seen the club's League Two opener against Mansfield Town at the start of the 2018-19 season. Sarll praised the support that his team got, describing it as 'absolutely brilliant' and said that it was good that they got to see the way his team was prepared to battle:

"The good thing for the supporters here tonight is that they got to see a battling team. Not a great team in possession - they weren't great. We are going to have to be so much better. But they were battling like a team that was fighting for their life. They saw a manager and coaching staff fighting for those points, and I thought there was a moment, probably on eighty-odd minutes where the Thatcher's end came alive and the noise was just brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. Imagine this place when we're playing good football as well and we get that side of it right, it will just be a really terrific ground. They gave me a taste tonight of what it could be, and it was exhilarating at times."


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6 August 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Eastleigh
If you watched Tuesday's 1-0 win against Eastleigh 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 Eastleigh.


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6 August 2019 : Yeovil 1 Eastleigh 0 : Early Duffus Strike Breaks Wait For A Win
Yeovil Town picked up their first victory of the 2019-20 season, thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over Eastleigh. Fans had to be in their seats early as Courtney Duffus netted just 90 seconds into the match for what turned out to be the only goal of the game. In a nervy match, Eastleigh dominated possession and territory, but struggled to create killer chances, allowing the Glovers a chance to clock up their first victory since March 2nd 2019 - a total of 157 days.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up compared to the team that lost 1-0 at Barnet. Myles Hippolyte had suffered concussion in that fixture, and so in came Courtney Duffus - a man who had played in only seven minutes of football in the club's final three pre-season friendlies and hadn't even made it onto the teamsheet in London on Saturday. The only other change came on the bench, as Gabriel Rogers returned following his week with Brentford Under-23s, with Nestor Shako sitting out the evening.

Given Courtney Duffus had been out of favour since Darren Sarll's arrival, this was his big chance to impress the new boss. He needed just 90 seconds. After Michael Green had flashed a ball across the face of goal for Eastleigh, at the other end Rhys Murphy flicked the ball into the path of his strike partner. Duffus ran on and calmly slotted the ball under the body of Max Stryjek for the opening goal. 1-0 up - dream start!

Eastleigh had their chances in the first half. Ben Williamson got in behind the Yeovil defence after Eastleigh counter-attacked on a Yeovil corner, but unlike Duffus he blazed his shot over the crossbar. Wing-back Michael Green was also creative for the visitors, as he first forced Stuart Nelson into a strong save on an angled drive, and then saw Nelson palm his attempt for a corner. Former Bristol Rovers player Joe Partington tried to lob Nelson with another chance but cleared the crossbar.

Yeovil were comfortable on the ball and had started the game well, but were relying on Eastleigh not being too hot in front of goal. The need for that became more acute during the second period when Eastleigh introduced former Glover Scott Rendell as a half time substitute, and began to pen the home side in towards their own goal. At first it seemed as though Yeovil were going to ride that one out fairly comfortably - for all their territory, Eastleigh couldn't find a serious route through.

However, as the half wore on, and Yeovil's legs tired, they had to ride their luck a few times. A Stuart Nelson punch didn't create distance away from his own goalmouth, but Yeovil got lucky as Scott Rendell put the loose ball wide. A Jack Payne free kick flew wide of the goal as the crowd held their breath.

Yeovil's best second half chance came from a set piece as a Matt Worthington free kick found Rhys Murphy, but his shot was turned around the post by Max Stryjek for a corner. The chances were mostly falling to Eastleigh though, and only good defending stopped them capitalising, notably when Scott Rendell's shot inside a crowded goalmouth was cleared off the line by a Yeovil defender. They managed to do enough to snuff out the Hampshire side through grit and determination rather than flair and skill - the main concern were the tired legs and the lack of viable substitutions that Darren Sarll had available to freshen things up. But for the first time since early March, it was the taste of victory, and that is what matters the most on the night.

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Eastleigh 0.

Scorers: Courtney Duffus (1-0, 2 mins)

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
4. Lee Collins (Capt), 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury,
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton
8. Lawson D'Ath
9. Rhys Murphy, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
25. Liam Driscoll 15. Ryan Seager 16. Gabriel Rogers 17. Daniel Ojo (90 mins for Lawson D'Ath) 22. Olly McCoy

Eastleigh:
1 Max Stryjek
5 Reda Johnson 6 Andrew Boyce 15 Alex Wynter
2 Joe Partington 17 Cavanagh Miley 19 Danny Hollands 8 Jack Payne 3 Michael Green
10 Tyrone Barnett 18 Ben Williamson

Substitutes:
4 Robert Atkinson 7 Jack McKnight (72 mins for Danny Hollands) 9 Scott Rendell (46 mins for Tyrone Barnett) 11 Sam Smart (81 mins for Andrew Boyce) 14 Tom Bearwish

Yeovil Bookings: Tom Whelan (foul, 77 mins)

Eastleigh Bookings: Michael Green (foul, 51 mins), Alex Wynter (foul, 55 mins)

Referee: Lloyd Wood (Essex). Assistants: Adam Ricketts (Bristol) and Declan O'Shea (Army). Fourth Official: Graham Pearce (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 2,813 (with 194 Eastleigh supporters).


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6 August 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town v Eastleigh
Yeovil Town have issued their starting line-up for the National League match against Eastleigh. The match at the Huish Park is the club's first home game of the 2019 season, and this sees one change to the starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field at Barnet. Myles Hippolyte suffered concussion at the Hive Stadium that forced his substitution and he sits out the game and is replaced by Courtney Duffus.

There's one other change on the bench, with Gabriel Rogers coming into the sixteen after his week's training with Brentford Under-23s, which means that Nestor Shako sits this one out.

Centre-back Luke Wilkinson is out with a long term injury, and is not expected to feature for a couple of months. Defender Carl Dickinson has a more minor injury but still misses out. Myles Hippolyte adds to the absentees tonight, but is expected to only be out for around a week.

The team lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
4. Lee Collins (Capt), 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury,
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton
8. Lawson D'Ath
9. Rhys Murphy, 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
25. Liam Driscoll 15. Ryan Seager 16. Gabriel Rogers 17. Daniel Ojo 22. Olly McCoy

Eastleigh:
1 Max Stryjek 2 Joe Partington 3 Michael Green 5 Reda Johnson 6 Andrew Boyce 15 Alex Wynter 17 Cavanagh Miley 18 Ben Williamson 19 Danny Hollands 8 Jack Payne 10 Tyrone Barnett

Substitutes:
4 Robert Atkinson 7 Jack McKnight 9 Scott Rendell 11 Sam Smart 14 Tom Bearwish


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6 August 2019 : Barnet vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Saturday saw Yeovil Town play their opening match of the 2019-20 season. The 1-0 defeat against Barnet meant the day didn't quite go as planned, but from a Man of the Match voting point of view gave fans a chance to give their verdict on some of the newer players in the side.

One of the old boys scored well though, as goalkeeper Stuart Nelson got the thumbs up for a number of strong saves. Albi Skendi, who was one of eight new players in the starting line-up, was recognised for a strong showing as a centre-back. However, the poll winner was a player that was only announced on the morning of the match, with Lawson D'Ath coming back to the club he'd spent time with as a loan player.

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

1. Lawson D'Ath 126 (8)
2. Albi Skendi 82 (6)
3. Stuart Nelson 80 (5)
4. Rhys Murphy 56 (3)
5. Myles Hippolyte 28 (1)
6. Craig Alcock 24 (0)
7. Tom Bradbury 14 (0)
8. Remeao Hutton 12 (1)
8. Nestor Shako 12 (1)
10. Lee Collins 6 (0)
11. Tom Whelan 4 (0)
12. Matt Worthington 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.27
Performance : 5.15
Entertainment : 5.38
VOTES RECEIVED : 26


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6 August 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Eastleigh
Officials for the National League match between Yeovil Town and Eastleigh have been published. The match takes place on Tuesday 6th August 2019 (tonight) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lloyd Wood (Essex).

As will be common during the early months of our returning membership of the National League, there's not a lot of history between ourselves and this referee. He's a member of Barking and Dagenham Referees Association. Last season he took charge of 19 matches in the National League, producing three red cards and 43 yellow cards - a very modest total. One of those three dismissals did involve tonight's opponents, with Alex Wynter being sent off for two bookings inside 32 minutes of their August 2018 meeting against Ebbsfleet United. But he returned to Hampshire for a rather more sedate single booking affair in April 2019 for their home match against Gateshead.

Mr Wood will be assisted by Adam Ricketts (Bristol) and Declan O'Shea (Army). The Fourth Official will be Graham Pearce (Wiltshire).


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6 August 2019 : 2019-20 First Team Replica Kit On Sale Tonight
Yeovil Town's first team Home and Away replica kits will be going on sale in the Huish Park Club Store tonight. Ahead of the Tuesday evening National League home fixture against Eastleigh, the shop will have them stocked from 5.30p.m. onwards.

Prices for the kits are set as follows:

Adults: 42.00 (Shirts); 20.00 (Shorts); 10.00 (Socks).

Juniors: 32.00 (Shirts); 17.00 (Shorts); 10.00 (Socks).

At present, due to a shortage, the club can't put names and numbers on the back of shirts at this stage. That option will return once they get sufficient stock.

2019-20 Home Kit
2019-20 Away Kit
Yeovil Town's 2019-20 home and away kits - on sale now. Photos 2019 Yeovil Town FC



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6 August 2019 : Screwfix Extend East Stand Sponsorship Agreement
Yeovil Town have confirmed that the East Stand at Huish Park will continue to be sponsored by Screwfix. The stand has previously been known as the Bartlett Stand and the Cowlin Stand, and for a few months in 2011 was unsponsored. But since October 2011 it has been known as the Screwfix Community Stand, and the club have confirmed that the Yeovil-based firm have extended their relationship to cover the 2019-20 season.

Commercial manager Dave Linney has thanked Screwfix for their ongoing relationship with the club:

"We are delighted that local neighbour, Screwfix, has extended their support of Yeovil Town Football Club with the continued naming rights of The Screwfix Community Stand and we are extremely grateful to everyone involved at Screwfix for their loyalty and commitment to the club."

Yeovil Town have still yet to comment on what appears to be the end to two sponsorship agreements at Huish Park, with Tamburino and Radio Cabs having been removed from the club's list of main sponsors. We presume that both areas of the ground will go by their unsponsored names of the Main Stand and Away Terrace respectively for tonight's game against Eastleigh and other future home games, until further notice.


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6 August 2019 : Tony Pounder (Senior) RIP : 1935 - 2019
Former Yeovil Town forward Tony Pounder (senior) has passed away at the age of 84 years old. The former Luton Town, Coventry City and Crewe Alexandra player spent the bulk of his playing days as a Glovers player. He lived in the area following his retirement from the game, and passed away on July 31st 2019 at La Fontana Care Home in Martock.

Born in Sheffield on March 16th 1935, he was an outside right with Atlas Sports when Luton Town signed him as a professional in December 1955. He spent half a season there, making three appearances before he moved on to Coventry, playing the first half of the 1957-58 season at Highfield Road, scoring once in six appearances. In December 1957 he joined his third professional club and this was more fruitful, as he made 29 appearances for Crewe Alexandra, scoring six goals.

Over the summer of 1959, Jimmy Baldwin brought Tony in as new signing. Initially he struggled to break into the side, making just 11 appearances during the 1959-60 season, and largely featuring for the club's Reserve Team. However, when Basil Hayward came in as the new manager, Pounder began to flourish. He was a mainstay of the team between 1960 and 1966, making 295 appearances for the club, scoring 34 goals.

Under Hayward's successful tenure, Pounder was a key part of the team that won the 1963-64 Southern League title, and also in the side that won the Southern League Cup in 1960-61 and 1965-66. He also helped add to Yeovil's growing FA Cup reputation as giantkillers, playing his part in the side that knocked Third Division leaders Walsall out of the FA Cup in the 1960-61 season. He was then part of the side that created a glorious 1963-64 cup run, knocking Southend United and Crystal Palace out of the FA Cup Third Round for the sixth time in the club's history, with them ultimately bowing out against Bury.

Despite still being a regular in the side, Pounder was released in the summer of 1966. A year before that departure, he was given a testimonial match in April 1965 to recognise his five years of service, with Plymouth Argyle visiting. Appropriately he scored in that match, with former Glover Danny Paton guesting in that side and also scoring on that day.

Although Tony left the club in 1966, that wasn't the end of the name of Tony Pounder at Yeovil Town FC. His son also went by the same name and went on to become a popular player for the club across multiple spells in a career that also took in Bristol Rovers and Hereford United, playing a relatively similar role to his father.

Tony's funeral details have already been announced, and will take place on Friday 16th August at Yeovil Crematorium. Full details of the obituary notice are as follows:

"POUNDER Tony Senior Passed away at La Fontana Care Home on the 31st July 2019, aged 84 years. Much loved husband, dad, grandad and great grandad. Tony will be sadly missed by all his family and friends. Funeral service will take place at Yeovil Crematorium on Friday 16th August 2019 at 1.20pm. Family flowers only please, donations in memory of Tony for Alzheimers Research UK may be sent c/o Clive Wakely A.J. Wakely & Sons, 33 Sparrow Road, Yeovil. BA21 4BT Tel : 01935 479913 Please make cheques payable to the charity."

Our sincere condolences to Tony's family, many of whom have maintained their support for Yeovil Town over the years.


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6 August 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Delayed Start At The Hive
Saturday saw Yeovil Town kick off the 2019-20 season with a trip to the Hive Stadium. The 1-0 defeat against Barnet gave us our first sight of a Darren Sarll led side in a competitive fixture. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at that day out in Barnet Edgware, and also considers the latest developments in the club's takeover that were announced on the morning of the match. Feel free to provide your own thoughts at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Delayed Start At The Hive.


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5 August 2019 : Glovers Given Bye In Somerset Premier Cup Draw
The draw for the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup for the 2019-20 season has been made. With Yeovil Town now back in the National League, this is now designated as a first team competition for the first time in sixteen years, meaning that the competition rules require that the Glovers field a certain strength of side, rather than the Academy team that they have used in recent seasons.

As it happens, the Glovers will be able to sit and wait before they decide what sort of side they want to field in this competition. They are one of seven clubs that gained a bye to the Second Round stage when the draw was made this evening. The draw and list of clubs given an automatic route into the next stage is as follows:

First Round Draw:
Odd Down vs Paulton Rovers
Wellington vs Wells City
Shepton Mallet Town vs Bath City
Ashton and Backwell United vs Wincanton Town
Larkhall Athletic vs Street
Frome Town vs Bridgwater Town
Radstock Town vs Portishead Town
Clevedon Town vs Keynsham Town
Welton Rovers vs Brislington

Byes to Second Round:
Weston-super-Mare (holders), Yeovil Town, Hengrove Athletic, Cheddar, Bishop's Lydeard, Taunton Town, Bishop Sutton


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5 August 2019 : Moore Swaps Tykes For Latics In Seven Figure Transfer
Former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has signed for Championship side Wigan Athletic. The 26 year old has been given a three year contract at the DW stadium after the Latics agreed an undisclosed fee with Barnsley for his services. That fee is reported by Wigan's local press and other sources as being worth 2.5 million, rising to around 3 million if various clauses are later met.

The former Paignton Saints, Truro City and Dorchester Town player's career has really taken off in the last two years after Ipswich Town agreed to loan him to Rotherham United. Under former Glover Paul Warne he netted 13 goals and provided five assists in 24 appearances. Rotherham tried to sign him up permanently but Barnsley nipped in ahead of them, giving Moore a permanent contract in January 2018.

At Oakwell, Moore scored 23 goals in 55 appearances, finishing as their top goalscorer during the 2018-19 season and being a key part of their side that won promotion to the Championship. As a result he was named in the PFA's League One Team Of The Year.

Link: Kieffer Moore : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 August 2019 : GWSC Travel For Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the National League match against Ebbsfleet United. The match takes place at Stonebridge Road on Tuesday 13th August 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Ebbsfleet United : Tuesday 13th August 2019.
Huish Park: 1.45p.m.
Adult Members: 28.00; Member Concessions: 26.00
Adult Non-Members: 30.00; Non-Member Concessions: 28.00

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 Ebbsfleet United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Individual Matchday Admission Prices.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.

Link: 2019-20 Yeovil Town First Team Fixtures and Results.


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5 August 2019 : Club Readvertise First Team Physio Position
Yeovil Town have stated that they are still attempting to fill the vacancy for a first team physio at the club. The position was originally advertised in June as a successor to Mike Micciche who left Huish Park on June 4th. Applicants are still being welcomed for this role, with the job specification as per the original vacancy. The club have given some new information, indicating that the role would attract a salary of up to 35,000 depending on that person's experience.

The new closing date for this vacancy is 5.00p.m. on Friday 9th August 2019 - i.e. five days time. To submit your CV, contact Chief Operating Officer David Mills at dmills@ytfc.net or via post at:

Yeovil Town FC, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF.


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5 August 2019 : 2019-20 National League Betting - Title, Promotion, Relegation and Top Scorer
Saturday saw the 2019-20 National League season kick-off, with Yeovil Town playing at that level for the first time since the 2002-03 season. Before the league table begins to influence the way the bookmakers think the season is going to go, it's worth having a look at how the markets think the season is going to go. Earlier in the summer, most bookies had Yeovil Town down as solid midtablers, but did not believe they would be challenging the top clubs in the division.

That picture hasn't changed too much, although if anything Yeovil's odds have drifted slightly - we were at 16/1 for the National League title in May with SkyBet but are now priced at 20/1, whilst BetVictor provide odds as wide as 33/1 if you are still full of optimism following the opening day's fixtures.

Back in May, the bookies had gone for a rather predictable front pair as favourites, with former Football League sides Chesterfield and Notts County given the smallest odds. In County's situation, that was highly questionable, given their financial problems that existed at the time. By the start of the season, bookies' opinion has shifted somewhat, with AFC Fylde ranked as favourites, and clubs such as Wrexham and Torquay United coming in sharply.

The other thing that had changed between May and August is that many bookies are now offering ordinary promotion odds (to include the winners of the Play-Off Final), along with relegation odds as well as betting on who will be the National League's top goalscorer. Latest pricing via SkyBet (except where stated) is as follows:

National League Title Winners: AFC Fylde 9/2; Wrexham, Chesterfield 9/1; Notts County, Torquay United, Barnet 11/1; Solihull Moors 14/1; Harrogate Town, Eastleigh, Bromley, Stockport County, Yeovil Town 20/1; Dover Athletic 22/1; Dagenham and Redbridge, Sutton United, Hartlepool United 25/1; Halifax Town, Barrow, Woking 28/1; Maidenhead United, Ebbsfleet United 40/1; Boreham Wood, Chorley 50/1; Aldershot 150/1.

National League Promotion: AFC Fylde 11/4; Chesterfield 9/2; Wrexham, Notts County 11/2; Torquay United,. Barnet 6/1; Solihull Moors 7/1; Harrogate Town, Bromley, Stockport County, Yeovil Town 10/1; Eastleigh 11/1; Sutton United, Dagenham and Redbridge, Dover Athletic, Hartlepool United 12/1; Halifax Town, Dover Athletic 14/1; Woking 16/1; Ebbsfleet United 20/1; Maidenhead United 22/1; Boreham Wood, Chorley 25/1; Aldershot 50/1.

National League Relegation: (BetVictor) Aldershot 11/10; Boreham Wood, Barrow, Ebbsfleet United 7/4; Maidenhead United, Chorley 2/1; Woking, Halifax Town 3/1; Dagenham and Redbridge, Notts County 7/2; Dover Athletic 4/1; Hartlepool United, Sutton United, Eastleigh 5/1; Stockport County, Yeovil Town 8/1; Bromley 12/1; Harrogate Town 16/1; Torquay United 20/1; Solihull Moors 25/1; Chesterfield, Barnet 40/1; AFC Fylde, Wrexham 66/1.

National League Top Goalscorer: (BetVictor) Danny Rowe (AFC Fylde) 3/1; Paul McCallum (Solihull Moors) 6/1; Scott Boden (Chesterfield), Jamie Reid (Torquay United) 8/1; Jonathan Hooper (Wrexham) 10/1; Kristian Dennis (Notts County) 14/1; Kane Hemmings (Notts County), Alfie Pavey (Dover Athletic) 20/1; Shaquile Coulthirst (Barnet), Rhys Murphy (Yeovil Town) 25/1; Tom Denton (Chesterfield), Mark Beck (Harrogate Town) 33/1; Michael Cheek (Bromley), Dave Tarpey (Woking), Enzio Boldewijn (Notts County) 40/1; Ryan Seager (Yeovil Town), Courtney Duffus (Yeovil Town) 66/1 (large number of players priced at 66/1).


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5 August 2019 : Director And Ownership Regulations In The National League
On Saturday, Yeovil Town made a further statement concerning the club's ongoing takeover process. The statement divulged that the consortium had passed the "FA Owners' and Directors' test" but still required "formal approval of the change of ownership by the National League". Inspection of the National League and Football Association rules shows that these are two very different steps that the would-be owners have to step through in order to complete their takeover.

Whilst Yeovil Town were in the EFL, both of the above aspects were handled directly by the Football League. Now the club are in the National League, these are split into two halves, and are entirely separate in their format. An explanation of these two processes is as follows:

1. FA Owners' and Directors' Test.

This is the test that the club statement informed fans that Scott Priestnall and Errol Pope have passed. Despite the name, it is not directly a test of the Ownership itself, but is a certification of any individuals who may wish to take up the position as an 'officer' of the club. This applies to any individual who plans to take up a position within a Football Club that may include being a Director on the Company Board, or representing a role such as Company Secretary. The FA define an Officer as being "any individual person operating the powers that are usually associated with" acting as a Director. In other words, this covers individuals involved in the Ownership, 'Junior Directors' who may be appointed to the Board but do not hold shares (currently this is true of Club Director Alan Chamberlain for example), and any 'Shadow Director' who may hold power to instruct the actual Directors in a particular way. An example of the latter would be Jon Goddard-Watts, who owned Yeovil Town between 2001 and 2006, but chose not to sit on the Board of Directors.

The Football Association's process is that each applicant Officer must complete a form that is a self-declaration and is signed both by the applicant and by a representative of the Football Club. The FA request a minimum 14 days notice of intent to appoint that individual. The applicant must list past positions held at other football clubs and also provide a declaration that they do not breach any of a number of conditions, such as:

a) Holding a position in another football club that could influence the management or administration of that club
b) Being disqualified as a Director under Company Law
c) Holding an unspent conviction in the areas of a Dishonest Act, corruption, perverting the course of justice, a serious breach of the Companies Act, breaching the Football Spectators Act, Ticket Touting, Sexual Offences, imprisonment for more than twelve months (that is unspent)
d) Holding a personal Bankruptcy Order or Individual Voluntary Arrangement
e) Taking two or more football clubs into an insolvency event since 2005.
f) Subject to disqualification or strike-off from a professional body such as the Law Society, Bar Council or Institute of Chartered Accountants.
g) Been an Officer of a club that has been expelled from any of the major (down to Southern and Isthmian League level) leagues.

There are a number of other similar clauses. Applicants must sign off against these clauses to confirm they do not fall foul of any of them. There are fines for any individuals or football clubs that knowingly provide a false declaration, or fails to submit such an application for a would-be Officer of the club. Any club found to have appointed an Officer under false pretences must remove that Officer, or risk suspension of League membership.

2. Approval of the Change Of Ownership by the National League.

This is the part of the regulations which the club statement says that Priestnall and Pope's consortium have yet to complete. This regulation is a test of the Ownership itself, and not of the individuals. This is governed by National League rules 2.13 - 2.17 under the title of Ownership and Change of Control. Here the overall aim of the test is to examine "the consequences of the change in Control on the Club's future financial position". In simple words, can the new Ownership cover the current debts, and current contractual commitments (e.g. players wages) that have been established by the existing Ownership.

The National League request at least 10 days notice of intent to change the Ownership or significant control at a Football Club. Clubs must "submit to the Board up to date information including financial information (such as budgets)". Upon receipt of that information, the National League can request that the new Ownership appears before them (which Yeovil Town state has happened) in order to "provide evidence of the source and sufficiency of any funds which the purchaser proposes to invest in or otherwise make available to the Club" - in other words, show us the money!

If the National League are not wholly convinced as to the source of funding, they can at their discretion allow the club's membership of the League to continue, but may apply either strict adherence to a budget, the application of an embargo on player registrations, a request for financial guarantees, or payment of a Bond to act as a safety net.

And Finally ...

Once the Ownership or Significant Control change is approved by the National League, clubs must display a statement of Ownership on the club's official website and within the club's matchday programme. At present, Yeovil Town's website declares its 'significant interest' as merely being Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, rather than identifying the actual named individuals (currently Norman Hayward and John Fry).

National League rules (Rule 2.13) state that "the Club shall also publish the identities of the ultimate owner (i.e. the name of an individual) of each Significant Interest in the Club" whilst Football League regulations (Rule 113.6) adopt a similar line, saying that clubs "shall publish the identities of the ultimate owner (Person, not Entity) of each Significant Interest in the Club." As such, declaring that 'Yeovil Town Holdings Limited' own the Football Club falls short of both EFL and National League regulations at present, because both leagues demand the naming of individual(s)/person(s) and not a parent company. Hopefully this will be changed if/when the current Takeover is completed.


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5 August 2019 : Video : Barnet vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's 1-0 defeat against Barnet at the Hive Stadium, these are now online. You'll find just under four minutes worth of footage, including the penalty award that Simeon Akinola converted for the winning goal, via the YouTube video below.




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4 August 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Barnet Away Game
Following Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Barnet at the Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match, the injury to Myles Hippolyte and the wherebouts of Gabriel Rogers can be read in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Barnet Away Game.


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4 August 2019 : Sarll Explains Brentford Trip For Gabriel Rogers
Yeovil Town boss Darren Sarll has said that he does not expect to lose attacking midfielder Gabriel Rogers at this stage, despite him spending the week training with Championship side Brentford's Under-23s set-up. The 18 year old was not part of the club's squad that travelled up to Barnet on Saturday, and has been in another part of London throughout the last week.

Sarll clarified after today's game that the time Rogers spent at Griffin Park was not with a view to a move, and was more to do with his career development. The Glovers boss is a former Brentford youth team manager and reserve team manager, and so has used contacts up there to give his Academy graduate a bit of a different experience to what he is used to. He was asked by BBC Somerset if that might lead to Rogers leaving:

"No, I don't think so. I think he will be a Yeovil player. I wanted to give Gabby the experience of training with a kind of an in between group - a group that's not quite first team and not quite youth team. I think it gives them a real personal guide as to where they are. He'll be back with us on Monday morning - back in the building. He's a very valuable member of our football club. So there's certainly no chance of us giving anyone away. But I thought it would be a good experience for him, and I've done it a lot of times in the past with young players. I sent a young player to Watford at one point with Zola and players like that. So I just think it's good for their experience."

Rogers is under contract at Huish Park until June 2021, and has made seven first team appearances for the club, with the last of those coming on March 30th 2019. However, he did not feature at all in the club's final two pre-season friendlies during July, which may suggest that he needs to work on his development first, before breaking back into the first team squad.


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3 August 2019 : Hippolyte A Doubt For Eastleigh Visit After Head Clash
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll admits that winger/striker Myles Hippolyte will be a doubt for Tuesday night's home fixture against Eastleigh after he suffered a head injury during the 1-0 defeat at Barnet. The former Dunfermline Athletic player, who was making his debut for the club, was involved in a collision midway through the first half, and although he continued up until the half time break, he had to be replaced by Ryan Seager for the second period.

Sarll told BBC Somerset after the match that he had to deal with the issue carefully because of the risk of concussion. Whilst he implied that it was more of a precaution than a major problem, he said that his early expectations were that Hippolyte might need to be rested on Tuesday:

"It was a blow, because he is a good athlete and he brings a natural balance to our set plays as well, because he's left-footed. He came off, and I felt he looked physically very sharp, and him and Rhys Murphy do like playing. But these are things we're going to have to get through over the course of the season. He obviously had to come off with a bang to his head, which meant we had to take the right precautions, because someone's health and safety is far more important than a game of football, and we'll just have to address it. I've seen him in there with the doc and the physio, and I'll probably get the lowdown on the bus (on the way home) and have a greater idea. If I was a betting man, I would say he probably wouldn't make Tuesday."

Over the last four years, the Football Association have brought in guidelines for clubs concerning players suffering head injuries. If the club's physio or the doctor in attendance at the game believes that player has suffered concussion as part of an injury, clubs are expected to conform to a medical protocol to prevent that player returning to the field of play before a period of time has passed. Whilst Sarll doesn't confirm any evidence of concussion, his words tend to point in that direction.


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3 August 2019 : Barnet 1 Yeovil 0 : Akinola Penalty Sinks Glovers On Opening Day
Yeovil Town went down to defeat in their first National League match for sixteen years, as a penalty kick separated the two sides. Barnet gained their 1-0 victory thanks to Simeon Akinola who forced Lee Collins into a foul on the hour mark and then stepped up to send Stuart Nelson the wrong way for the only goal of the game. Yeovil competed physically, but lacked flair at times, with their best effort on goal coming via a Rhys Murphy second half free kick. But Akinola could have netted before his spot kick when he sent a first half shot that came off the top of the crossbar and back into Nelson's arms, with the home side edging the game overall.

The Glovers went into the match naming seven new signings along with one returning player. With Stuart Nelson and Craig Alcock having only played minor parts during the 2018-19 season, this was more or less a brand new team compared to the side that was relegated from the Football League at the end of last season - three of the five substitutes on the bench were brand new to the Yeovil Town first team as well.

During the first 20 minutes, the Glovers competed physically and at a fully committed rate. Birmingham City loanee Romeao Hutton fired a low drive on the angle to force former Glover Scott Loach to get down to his right and make a strong save. He then denied Rhys Murphy from long range, who was Yeovil's main focus of their attack, with the ball being threaded into him wherever possible.

A stoppage, which involved an injury to Myles Hippolyte seemed to upset the rhythm of the game and Barnet began to find their own feet, with Jack Taylor heading wide. Then Simeon Akinola headed over the bar from a Cheye Alexander cross. The Bees went very close though during the lead up to half time when the Glovers couldn't clear their defensive lines, and Akinola almost took advantage, lobbing Stuart Nelson but also seeing the ball come off the crossbar and back into the grateful arms of Nelson. Overall an even half, and not too many clearcut chances.

The second period saw Barnet begin to take control of Yeovil's midfield and thus began to stretch Yeovil's back four. This was typified by a cross into the box from Dan Sparkes that was met first time by the unmarked Simeon Akinola but Stuart Nelson produced a wonderful close range reflex save to deny him. Spaces began to open up down the middle, with David Tutonda rifling a shot wide of the post after he burst through.

That sort of stretching of the play was much of the reason why Yeovil conceded a penalty on the hour mark. Simeon Akinola turned sharply on the corner of the box, and captain Lee Collins knew he'd been sold by the striker, and stuck out a trailing leg to bring him down. Up stepped Akinola, who with a slow-motion run, did enough to force Stuart Nelson in one direction before he pushed the ball into the opposite corner. 1-0 to Barnet.

Yeovil had a five minutes spell in which they managed to get their act together with some crisp passing. But overall they were bypassing their own midfield far too much in the second period, with Matt Worthington and Tom Whelan struggling to get a foot in. Their best effort of the second half came via a set piece when Rhys Murphy curled a free kick around the wall, but Scott Loach was good enough to palm the ball away to stop the equaliser.

Play fizzled out with four minutes of injury time seeing Dan Sparks firing wide of the target in a match where the Bees deserved the three points on their second half display, and where Yeovil looked what they were - nearly an entirely new team that at times didn't quite know each other and weren't quite creative enough to get clearcut chances created. This may be a slow curve back upwards if the Glovers are to reverse last year's relegation, rather than any big blast, based on the opening 90 minutes.

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Barnet 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Simeon Akinola (61 mins, 1-0, pen)

Barnet:
1 Scott Loach
2 Cheye Alexander 5 Ricardo Santos 4 Callum Reynolds 23 David Tutonda 16 Harry Taylor
7 Jack Taylor 6 James Dunne 21 Medy Elito
11 Dan Sparkes 14 Simeon Akinola

Substitutes:
8 Charlee Adams 10 Shaquile Coulthirst (73 mins for Simeon Akinola) 13 Rihards Matrevics 27 Ephron Mason-Clark (86 mins for Medy Elito) 29 Jack Barham

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
4. Lee Collins (Capt), 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury,
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton
8. Lawson D'Ath
9. Rhys Murphy, 11. Myles Hippolyte

Substitutes:
25. Liam Driscoll 15. Ryan Seager (46 mins for Myles Hippolyte) 17. Daniel Ojo 21. Nestor Shako (81 mins for Remeao Hutton) 22. Olly McCoy

Barnet Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Lee Collins (61 mins, foul), Lawson D'Ath (78 mins, foul)

Referee: Alan Dale (Suffolk). Assistants: Ashley List (Cambridgeshire) and Michael Begley (London). Fourth Official: Stuart Kyle (London).

Attendance: 1,666 (with 553 Yeovil Town supporters)


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3 August 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Barnet vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 1-0 defeat against Barnet at The Hive Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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3 August 2019 : Team News For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have issued their starting line-up for the National League 2019-20 season opener against Barnet. The match at the Hive Stadium is Darren Sarll's first competitive match in charge of the club and it sees seven players making their debut for the club, with an eighth in Lawson D'Ath starting a second spell.

Centre-back Luke Wilkinson has missed the whole of pre-season through injury, and is not expected to be back for a while. Defender Carl Dickinson has missed the last few friendlies with a more minor problem and so doesn't play today.

During much of pre-season, Darren has been operating with a 3-4-1-2 formation, so the assumption is that the team will line up in the following way:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
1. Stuart Nelson,
4. Lee Collins (Capt), 18. Albi Skendi, 19. Tom Bradbury,
2. Craig Alcock, 7. Matt Worthington, 23. Tom Whelan, 24. Remeao Hutton
8. Lawson D'Ath
9. Rhys Murphy, 11. Myles Hippolyte

Substitutes:
25. Liam Driscoll 15. Ryan Seager 17. Daniel Ojo 21. Nestor Shako 22. Olly McCoy

NOTE: National League rules mean that you can only name five substitutes on your teamsheet during each matchday. Hence expect a truncated looking bench for all matches bar the FA Cup during this season.


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3 August 2019 : Officials For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the National League match between Barnet and Yeovil Town have been published. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd August 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at The Hive Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Alan Dale (Suffolk).

As the club have now dropped down a tier, outside the Football League, they will spend most of this season encountering new officials to love (or hate). So it's a big farewell to Trevor 'Whistling' Kettle, au revoir to Chris Sarginson who gave Paul Ince such a 'crap' night, and no more of Kevin Johnson who Otis Khan had an unfortunate altercation with.

On Saturday, the first of the new crop is Alan Dale. He's an Ipswich-based official, who was promoted to the Football League's list of assistant officials at just 24 years old. He started refereeing at the age of 14 and is a teaching assistant at Great Cornard Primary School in Ipswich. The year that he was promoted as a linesman, he was at Wembley Stadium, acting as an assistant referee for the 2012-13 Conference Play-Off Final between Wrexham and Newport County.

During the last two seasons he's been refereeing at National League Premier level - last season saw him take charge of 20 matches, producing a fairly average looking 60 yellow cards and four red cards.

Mr Dale will be assisted by Ashley List (Cambridgeshire) and Michael Begley (London). The Fourth Official will be Stuart Kyle (London).


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3 August 2019 : D'Ath Arrival Confirmed By Glovers
Attacking midfielder Lawson D'Ath has signed a permanent deal with Yeovil Town, following a short pre-season trial. The 26 year old has agreed a two year contract with the club, keeping him on Yeovil's books until June 2021. Last season he was with Milton Keynes Dons, where he was part of their League Two promotion winning squad - the third time in his career that he achieved promotion at that level. He was on trial with Swindon Town earlier this summer, but following his appearance in a Glovers shirt against Bristol City Under-23s last Saturday, he has now put pen to paper. He will wear the No.8 shirt during his time with the Glovers.

D'Ath has already had one spell with the club, as well as another trial spell that didn't lead to a deal. Born in Witney on December 24th 1992, he was a product of Reading's Academy system. He only managed three minutes of first team football for the Royals, as a substitute in the FA Cup and it was during that time that he was blooded by Yeovil Town during a 2011-12 loan spell, making 14 appearances under Terry Skiverton's management, scoring one goal. He later had similar loan spells with Cheltenham Town (3 appearances, 1 goal), Exeter City (8 appearances, 1 goal) and Dagenham and Redbridge (21 appearances, 1 goal) when all three clubs were in League Two.

At the end of the 2013-14 season, Reading released him and as a free agent he played for Yeovil Town, turning out in a July 2014 friendly at Basingstoke Town. That didn't turn into anything concrete and he ended up signing for Northampton Town. There he spent two-and-a-half seasons, with him bring a regular in their side that won the League Two title during the 2015-16 season, ultimately making 95 appearances, scoring 13 goals.

D'Ath dropped out of Northampton's side during the following season and he signed for League Two side Luton Town in January 2017 for an undisclosed fee. There he played a minor part in Luton's 2017-18 League Two promotion season, overall making 26 appearances, scoring one goal. Another move in the summer of 2018 saw him join Milton Keynes Dons where he made 17 appearances during the one season he was with them, giving him his third League Two promotion accolade before he left them in the summer of 2019, leaving him as a free agent. Manager Darren Sarll has said of his arrival:

"Lawson is a player like Rhys Murphy and Lee Collins that I've tried to sign on numerous occasions before. The facts speak for themselves that he has three promotions in the last four years and we have capitalised, I believe, on a huge error by league clubs that they have not secured this serial winner. Winning comes in many forms and Lawson's is very evidently his winning mentality, along with his intelligence and creativity. I think Lawson can be a show stopper for the club and he can claim more personal and collective success with us."

Link: Lawson D'Ath : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 August 2019 : Prospective Owners Complete FA Owners And Directors Test
Yeovil Town have issued a statement regarding the ongoing company takeover process at Huish Park. It is now 50 days since the club announced that they had identified a preferred bidder, having reached agreement with a consortium that is now known to be fronted by Scott Priestnall and Errol Pope. They had agreed to purchase the shareholding currently held by the Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited (HPSPL) company that is fronted by Norman Hayward, with Chairman John Fry.

The club's statement this morning highlights that Priestnall and Pope have now passed the National League Ownership Tests, run by the Football Association. Their statement reads as follows:

"Following a period of intense behind the scenes activity over the last few weeks, the change of ownership of Yeovil Town FC has moved on significantly. Over the last 10 days, two key parts of the process have taken place the new ownership meeting the National League and passing the FA Owners' and Directors' test. The final step is completing the required share purchase agreement and subsequent formal approval of the change of ownership by the National League. This positive news has been complemented by the successful completion of two key commercial contracts which includes a new main sponsorship deal with Jones Building Group. In addition, although season ticket sales will continue for several more days, sales are already substantially over 1,000 and final season ticket numbers could be similar to last seasons levels.".

The club quote Scott Priestnall as saying:

"Both I and the existing owners are very keen to see the legal process completed as soon as possible and a meeting with them this week helped clarify a number of key issues. I am very much looking forward to seeing the first league game at Barnet today and have been very encouraged by the news that so many Yeovil fans are travelling to back Darren and the team."


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3 August 2019 : BBC Local Radio National League Coverage For The 2019-20 Season
With Yeovil Town having entered the National League again, there is one major change in terms of how Glovers fans can listen to live commentary of the club's fixtures. For Saturday's match against Barnet - and this should be the case for the whole season - the BBC are able to broadcast the match online.
Football League rules mean that the BBC have to block out all online commentaries for matches in their three divisions, to allow the EFL to make use of their online streaming platforms. For the National League, this does not apply, and so the BBC set up live pages each week detailing how you can tune into their local radio commentaries for each fixture.

In practice, it may be that the standard BBC Somerset live internet page is left running with the Yeovil Town commentary, but in case they don't do that, the page linked below will give you access to the commentary as a dedicated page for the National League. Click the audio icon at the top of the page after 2.00p.m. on Saturday to tune in.

Link: BBC Somerset/Bristol : Barnet vs Yeovil Town Live Commentary.


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3 August 2019 : National League TV Highlights Coverage For The 2019-20 Season
Whilst the Football League will continue to show highlights of its fixtures on Quest TV for the 2019-20 season, Yeovil Town supporters wanting to see their goals on TV will need to tune to a new channel for the coming campaign. With television rights for the National League held by BT Sport, they will also be the channel you'll need to head to, in order to catch goal-based highlights for the season.

BT Sport will be running a weekly programme covering Saturday fixtures only - it doesn't appear that any midweek highlights are scheduled. The provisional slot each week will be at 7.30p.m. on a Saturday night, although this may shift according to what live matches they have on in the Saturday teatime slot. If you are still travelling back from a game at that hour, don't panic, as they repeat the show several times over the weekend and into Monday - for example this weekend sees them provide a Saturday midnight repeat slot and a Sunday repeat at midday.

The programme will last 30 minutes, which should provide all of the goals from the twelve weekend fixtures. BT Sport have also said that there will be YouTube-based footage of games, whilst they have a mobile application that will show goal clips. Currently BT Sport hold the broadcast rights until the end of the 2020-21 season, meaning that this will be in place for the next two seasons.

In addition, they'll be televising full live matches on many weekends. See the initial broadcast list, linked below. It includes Barrow's home match against Yeovil Town on August 17th.

Link: BT Sport List Of National League Live Matches.


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2 August 2019 : Darren Sarll Previews The Barnet Away Game
As part of the build-up to Yeovil Town's opening National League match against Barnet at the Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town first team manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Darren's views on where his team stands in pre-season, the latest injury news ahead of the trip, his targets for the season, who will be in the dugout with him, his views on the takeover and on the opposition themselves are all discussed. Read this extended interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Sarll Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The Trip To Barnet.


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2 August 2019 : Outgoing Glovers Academy Goalkeeper Signed By Southampton
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Tommy Scott has been signed up by Premier League club Southampton. The 19 year old has been given a one year contract at St Mary's Stadium, joining Kingsley Latham, who is also a former Yeovil Town Academy player.

Tommy sat on the first team bench for Yeovil Town on six separate occasions during the 2018-19 season, as a back-up at times when the Glovers were short of a second keeper. He didn't get onto the field of play during that time, but was a regular for the club's Under-18s side during his two year scholarship at Huish Park.

He was not offered a contract by the Glovers at the end of last season, and so joins Southampton as a free agent - the second of last year's crop to end up on the books of a Premier League club, with midfielder Hong Wan securing a move to Wolverhampton Wanderers. In addition, Under-16s player Marco Rus was signed by Southampton over the summer, giving an indication of how closely the Saints have been monitoring the club's Academy. Tommy has said of his move, having trained with Southampton during pre-season:

"It's a great club to come to and Im happy to be here and finally get settled in to get ready to go for the season. I think that's what really sold it to me; the staff, everyone is polite, it's always friendly and you're learning every day. The facilities speak for themselves really so there's nothing not to like. You only have to look at some of the players that have come through the Academy and gone on to the world stage internationally and at the biggest clubs in the world. You can see the young players here playing and theyre not only coming on but starting, especially in pre-season. That gives you a boost because you think 'if they can do it, why can't I?' I just want to become the best I can be, work and prove to the club and everyone around that I deserve to be here. I want to be here for as long as I can and make the most out of the training."

Southampton's Academy Director is former Yeovil Town player Matt Hale, who has kept a close eye on the Glovers Academy since it restarted. He has said that he's been impressed by what he has seen so far:

"Tommy has really impressed us during pre-season with some solid performances and a strong appetite for learning in his training programme. He has a good foundation in which for us to help him build and develop further. Tommy will be a competitive addition to our already progressive young goalkeeping group in the Academy's professional development phase."


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2 August 2019 : Jones Building Group Agree New Club Sponsorship
Yeovil Town have confirmed that Jones Building Group have extended their main sponsorship of the club for the 2019-20 season. They have been the club's shirt sponsor since 2015, having also had a similar spell between 2009 and 2012 and have now extended that arrangement for one more season. Their existing three year deal ran out over the summer, meaning that there was a question mark over whether that relationship would be continued.

They have now made the decision to agree a one season commercial agreement with the club, meaning that their logo will be on the front of the club's 2019-20 season playing shirts. Commercial Manager Dave Linney has said of the deal:

"We are very grateful for the tremendous loyalty to our club by Jones Building Group and would like to thank Dave Jones and Mark Porter for their continued support. Commercial partners are the lifeblood of any sporting organisation these days and we are only too pleased to have the backing of Jones Building Group as we embark on our journey to regain EFL status. We are under no illusion that this will not be an easy process, however, with the commitment of sponsors, advertisers and supporters this will set us on our way to achieve the success we all want."

Jones Managing Director Mark Porter has referred to both current and prospective new owners in having agreed the extension with them:

"Every supporter out there knows how difficult it was to see our club relegated and this sponsorship is a sign of our commitment to see a return to the Football League. I am pleased that both the existing and potential new owners have agreed to accept our support to the club for a further year. We look forward to seeing a successful season on and off the pitch."

The club have not commented on the situation with respect to Tamburino's Main Stand sponsorship or the away terrace sponsorship from Radio Cabs. The latter was confirmed as having ended yesterday, whilst the current presumption is that Tamburino have also ended their relationship, having been removed from the club's website.


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2 August 2019 : McCoy Loan Deal Completed By Glovers
Yeovil Town have agreed a loan deal for Birmingham City midfielder Olly McCoy. The 21 year old winger has agreed to sign for the Glovers on a temporary basis until January 2020, adding to the squad before Saturday's National League opener against Barnet.

Born on March 13th 1998, he is a former Beaconsfield player who was recruited by Birmingham in January 2017, following a loan spell from his former club. He also played for the FAB Academy during his teens. As an 18 year old he went immediately into their Under-23 set-up. During the 2018-19 season, he was a regular at that level, making 31 appearances for the Blues. That was good enough to see him given a new 12 month contract at St Andrews, which runs until the summer of 2020.

He is listed as a winger on Birmingham's website, with no specific flank mentioned. However, he featured for Yeovil Town in their final pre-season friendly against Bristol City Under-23s as a left wing-back during that game. He now joins Yeovil Town on a temporary basis until January 2nd 2020. There is no recall clause on the loan, but he will be eligible to play in non-first team fixtures for Birmingham throughout the course of his loan spell.


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2 August 2019 : Hutton Loan Deal Completed By Glovers
Yeovil Town have agreed a loan deal for Birmingham City defender Remeao Hutton. The 20 year old full-back has agreed to sign for the Glovers on a temporary basis until January 2020, providing the club with a boost in numbers before Saturday's National League opener against Barnet.

Born on September 28th 1998, he was initially on the books of Walsall as an Academy player. He was released by the Saddlers and signed for Hednesford Town before Birmingham moved in for him during the latter stages of the 2016-17 season. In the summer of 2019, Birmingham rewarded him for some promising performances in their Under-23s set-up by giving him a two year contract at St Andrews, which runs until the summer of 2021.

He is a versatile defender who is listed as a right-back on Birmingham's website, but as a left sided midfield player on Hednesford Town's website! He has also featured as a central defender and as a wide midfield player. Hutton trialled for Northampton Town in pre-season, with a view to a loan spell with them, but they chose not to proceed. He then featured for Yeovil Town in their final pre-season friendly against Bristol City Under-23s as a left wing-back and now links up with the Glovers on a more extended basis until January 2nd 2020. There is no recall clause on the loan, but he will be eligible to play in non-first team fixtures for Birmingham throughout the course of his loan spell.


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2 August 2019 : Yeovil Town's 2019-20 First Team Squad Numbers
Yeovil Town's first team squad numbers for the 2019-20 season have now been confirmed. With a large number of signings coming in over the summer there's some radical changes to the squad list for the club's first National League season for 16 years. For those that like to look at possible gaps in the squad, in the eyes of the manager, the published numbers still leave room for a No.5, a No.8 or a No.10 - generally filled by a centre-back, a central midfielder and a supporting striker in a traditional eleven.

In terms of existing players, right-back Craig Alcock has moved from No.24 to take the No.2 shirt. Midfielder Matt Worthington swaps No.8 for No.7. Striker Courtney Duffus moves from No.11 to No.14, whilst striker Ryan Seager takes No.15 having previously held No.27. Attacking midfielder Gabriel Rogers moves from No.15 to No.16, whilst his fellow Academy Graduate Daniel Ojo takes No.17 having previously been No.26.

For the full squad list, including profiles of the new arrivals, head via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town First Team Player Profiles.


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2 August 2019 : Sarll Gives Views On Technical Area Staff For The 2019-20 Season
Yeovil Town first team manager Darren Sarll has revealed the staff that he expects to be in his dugout for Saturday's 2019-20 National League opener against Barnet. The former Stevenage and Watford coach has arrived at Huish Park with absolutely no backroom staff at his disposal, and with the exception of Andrew Crofts - who joined as a player-coach but almost immediately left for an Under-23s role with Brighton and Hove Albion, he has no new recruited staff to aid him.

During pre-season, the Academy's Head of Coaching Terry Skiverton and the Academy's Goalkeeping Coach Darren Behcet have been visible at first team training sessions and in the dugout for pre-season friendlies. Sarll stops short of giving them a formal appointment to the first team management, but has confirmed that both will be travelling to the Hive Stadium on Saturday:

"Terry Skiverton will be on the bench. He's helped me enormously since he's been here with me. He's still an Academy coach, and he's still predominantly with the Academy, but you do need a bit of support on matchdays otherwise you end up running around doing absolutely everything, filling the water bottles up. Five and a half weeks ago I arrived here and it was me and Dan (Powell), the kit man! That was it! So we've managed from there to have Darren Behcet come up from the Academy as well to work with Stuart Nelson every day. He's been fantastic."

Saturday will therefore be the first time that Skiverton has been seen in a First Team dugout for a competitive game since December 8th 2018, at which point he resigned his position as Assistant Manager to Darren Way, switching across to the Academy after the Christmas holidays. Sarll said he was tapping into a large amount of knowledge, both in terms of his coaching experience, as well as his own local knowledge of the area:

"With Terry, he has been a very successful captain here. He's worked his way all through the coaching to the assistant manager, to the manager, to the assistant manager. He knows what it's like to stand in that area on his own. He has been great at things like organisation, warm-ups, set plays. His coaching ability for anyone who wants to know is of an outstanding nature, and I feel very comfortable when he is in the belly of his delivery with our players. He is a really intense guy and thoroughly professional. He is OCD in terms of organisation. He wants to make sure he's on the money and on the ball. He's been a great help. He's been a big help to me and my family, in terms of where do I live, and where do I look at. So he's been a real support to me since I joined, and Darren Behcet. They've been fantastic. So those two primarily will be the technical staff."

Yeovil Town have twice advertised for a first team physiotherapist to act as a successor to Mike Micciche for the 2019-20 season. As yet there has been no formal announcement in terms of who is going to take on that role, with the club using an unnamed person in pre-season, who is presumably either a temporary freelance appointment, or another person borrowed from the Academy structure.

Elsewhere, Sarll has not ruled out later making a formal appointment for backroom staff, but has implied that he wants to use his budget on playing staff, rather than coaching staff at this stage.


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1 August 2019 : Radio Cabs Confirm End Of Huish Park Stand Sponsorship
Yeovil Town sponsor and former Director Andy Rossiter has confirmed that Radio Cabs have ceased the majority of their sponsorship at the Football Club. Earlier on Thursday, it was evident that both Radio Cabs and Tamburino had been removed from the club's website as major sponsors of the club, with the former having sponsored the Away Terrace for over five years, whilst the Italian Restaurant had the naming rights for the club's Main Stand for a similar period.

Andy has had two phases at Huish Park as a Director of Yeovil Town, and through his company Radio Cabs he has been a lengthy sponsor of the club. In addition, he also backed two consortiums during the 2017-18 season and the summer of 2019 that attempted to purchase the football club outright. However, he has said that with the exception of one advertising board and his own personal season tickets, he would be bringing to an end his current commitments, which included the rights to one of the Main Stand executive boxes. He explained:

"Radio Cabs have for some 24 seasons sponsored YTFC. We been very happy to do this and in the last six seasons we have spent very good money by way of advertising boards around the ground, sponsorship of matches, taking an executive box for match days and sponsoring the away end all for the club's benefit. In the last few years I don't feel that we have been appreciated by the YTFC Chairman and Ownership. So because of the lack of leadership at the top of our Club, I don't feel we can continue with any further funding. Having said that my wife and I have bought our season tickets and we will be leaving one advertising board up at the club. The sad thing is I believe Tamburino feel the same."

Andy added that he was still waiting to see what happened with the club's current takeover plans. Prospective owners Scott Priestnall and Errol Pope obtained a provisional agreement with Yeovil Town's current Owner Norman Hayward earlier this summer, but 48 days later the club have still yet to announce absolute completion. He said that he was still hoping that the would-be owners could be successful in their aims to takeover the club:

"As a fan, I hope Scott and his group get a deal across the line soon, as it would be unthinkable if the current Owner along with Chairman John Fry were to continue after the season we just had. If Scott takes over, and providing he has the funds to take the club forward, I for one will be 100% behind his group."


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1 August 2019 : 2019-20 Season Yeovil Town Prediction Survey
On Saturday, the 2019-20 season begins, with Yeovil Town beginning a new era back in the National League. This maybe complicates things in terms of our annual predicitions competition, which gives fans a chance to stick their necks on the block in terms of where their own club will finish, along with which six clubs will occupy the major positions.

Lodge your predictions of who you think will win the National League, who will win the play-offs and who will occupy the four relegation positions, as well as where Yeovil Town will finish. Use the link below and make sure that you lodge your predictions by 2.59p.m. on Saturday before everything kicks off for the new season.

Link: 2019-20 Season Yeovil Town Prediction Survey.


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1 August 2019 : Two Club Sponsors Disappear From View
Yeovil Town would appear to have lost two major sponsors in the lead-up to the 2019-20 season. Changes to the club's website in the last week or so have seen Tamburino and Radio Cabs removed from the list of club sponsors, suggesting that they will not play a part moving forward.

Up until recently, the club's website displayed all major club and league sponsors as follows:

1. Jones Building Group - Main Shirt Sponsor
2. Tag Teamwear - Shirt Manufacturer
3. Thatchers - Sponsors of the Home Terrace
4. LV Bet - Designated National League betting partner
5. Tamburino - Sponsors of the Main Stand
6. Screwfix - Sponsors of the East Stand
7. Radio Cabs - Sponsors of the Away Terrace.

All club website pages had the following banner at the foot of that page:

Yeovil Town's website footer banner - how it used to look
Yeovil Town's website footer banner - how it used to look


Fast forward to today, and the names of Tamburino and Radio Cabs are no longer present. All other sponsors remain as listed below:

Yeovil Town's website footer banner - how it looks today
Yeovil Town's website footer banner - how it looks today


This would strongly imply that the club now require new sponsorship of the Main Stand and of the Away Terrace. Tamburino had been Main Stand sponsors since July 2014, whilst Radio Cabs became the titled sponsors of the away terrace in March 2014.

Despite the name of Jones Building Group still remaining on the club's website, they do have to explictly announce a decision on their ongoing sponsorship. The club's main shirt sponsor's deal was a three year contract that was announced exactly three years ago today, meaning that deal has now quietly expired. Given the players' matchday shirts will be travelling on a team coach to Barnet tomorrow, the decision of whether to extend the Jones relationship or to obtain a new shirt sponsor is likely to have already been taken. However, as yet there had been no announcement. The club have been wearing last season's EFL shirts for their six pre-season friendlies, which continue to display the Jones logo.


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1 August 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Barnet
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town head to North-West London to play Barnet at the Hive Stadium. A reminder that you should not travel to Barnet - the play around six miles down the road in Edgware, and you'll find the Ciderspace guide available to take you there, giving you directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and where to have a pint. Read that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Barnet.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Barnet's North Stand - hopefully this time we'll get to sit in it!
Barnet's North Stand - hopefully this time we'll get to sit in it!



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1 August 2019 : 2018-19 Season Prediction Survey Results
Over the years this site has been in existence, it's become a bit of a tradition to hold a predictions survey to allow fans to gauge where they think Yeovil Town and other clubs will finish for a given season. As a final act from the 2018-19 season, we divulge how well everyone did in determining who was going to finish where. Given the events that transpired, this was a predictions competition where the losers were actually winners - you had to predict Yeovil Town to finish in 24th place in the League Two table to 'win'.

In total, 11 percent of fans expected the Glovers to be relegated when the 2018-19 season began, probably based on the previous couple of campaigns that had seen us skate closer to the thin ice. At the other end of the scale, 15 percent of fans thought that the club would be promoted, with four fans believing that Yeovil Town were heading for first place in the table!

Six of you got Yeovil Town's eventual 24th placed finish spot on. Well done (if that's the right phrase!) to Peter Taylor, Andy Farmer, Barrie David, Robin Gill, JJ Edmunds and Mark Fraser for their unfortunate accuracy. At this stage we'd normally see who correctly predicted both relegation spots, but absolutely no-one saw Notts County's demise, and in fact at the start of the season 38 percent of fans thought they'd be getting promoted.

The teams that did finally get promoted were Lincoln City, Bury, Milton Keynes Dons, with Tranmere Rovers joining them via the play-offs. With the exception of Tranmere, who had just come up from the National League, these were popular choices.

Five supporters managed to get all three automatic promotion slots correct. Although no-one got the precise order correct - it seems that not everyone expected Lincoln to win the division - a shout-out is deserved to Chris Brown, Dean Mountain, Gavin Dodge, Jordan Lynk and Leigh Riggs who got those top three slots correct. Also worthy of note are Robin Gill and Steven Watts, who didn't get all three correct, but managed to include Tranmere Rovers in their top three list, who did ultimately go up via the play-offs.

If anyone wants to know how well or how badly they did, drop an email or a private message on social media and we'll look up your result. We'll bring the 2019-20 Season survey online later on today, in what is likely to be an extremely difficult one to predict, given the new league and its tendency to throw up surprise packages.


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