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30 September 2015 : Paulton 2 Yeovil 3 : Young Glovers Secure County Cup Win
Yeovil Town secured a route through to the second round of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight in an entertaining encounter at Winterfield Road. A side made entirely out of the club's Academy players, beat Southern League Premier Division side Paulton Rovers by a 3-2 scoreline as Paul Akinuli, Jack Ball and Ollie Bassett got the goals with Yeovil's pace on the counterattack a big influence on the game.

The Glovers went into the match fielding only two players who have had sight of first team football to their name with Ollie Bassett and Max Melanson having been on last night's teamsheet at Accrington Stanley. They got off to a slow start and fell behind when a Kyle Tooze corner was tapped in from close range by Jordan Ricketts - son of former Glovers centre-back Tony Ricketts.

It took until midway through the half for the Under-18s to adjust to the game, but they took advantage of sloppy Paulton passing on the half hour mark, with Paul Akinuli intercepting the ball, and exchanging passes on the counterattack with Ollie Bassett - receiving the return ball before calmly passing the ball into the corner. Paulton's passing was at fault when Yeovil took the lead a minute before the half time whistle. The ball fell into the path of former Yate Town youth player Jack Ball, whose diagonal run meant that the home side failed to pick him up, ensuring that Yeovil went in ahead at the break, despite Paulton having had much of the early play.

During the second half, Yeovil's pace out of their own half again caught Paulton out. On the hour mark, Paul Akinuli and Ollie Bassett combined once again, with Akinuli's run making the goal, which he could have had a crack at himself, but unselfishly squared the ball into the path of Bassett who was unmarked in a more central position to ensure a 3-1 lead.

Paulton fought back, and Jay Malpas was unlucky with one effort that struck the top of the crossbar. They then set up an exciting finale when Jordan Ricketts produced a cross that Ross Staley was able to convert from close range, giving the home side some hope. But Yeovil held on for the win - the only downside being an injury to Ollie Bassett during the final minute of the match, but with the final whistle blowing soon afterwards, it was impossible to tell whether that knock was a serious one.

Final Score: Paulton Rovers 2 Yeovil Town Reserves 3.

Scorers: Jordan Ricketts (1-0, 14 mins), Paul Akinuli (1-1, 29 mins), Jack Ball (1-2, 45 mins), Ollie Bassett (1-3, 61 mins), Ross Staley (2-3, 76 mins).

Yeovil Town XI: 1. Kingsley Latham 2. Mitchell McCann 3. Philip Strobel 4. Max Melanson 5. Ben Griffiths 6. Sam Boulton (Capt) 7. Samyan Ismail 8. Arthur Warren 9. Paul Akinuli 10. Ollie Bassett 11. Jack Ball.

Substitutes: 12. James Needles 14. Harry Bell 15. Charlie Fripp 16. Jayden Corridge

Paulton Rovers: 1. Ben John (Capt) 2. Jordan Walker 3. Jack Allward 4. Jay Malpas 5. Craig Allan 6. Josh Ford 7. Aaron Brown 8. Jordan Ricketts 9. David O'Hare 10. Kyle Tooze 11. Ross Staley

Substitutes: 12. Alex Grimshaw 14. Josh Morgan-Williams 15. Nathan Rudge 16. Kelvin Douglas 17. Richard Fey.

Referee: Adam Penwell. Assistants: Alex Tremlett and Tyler Ganfield.


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30 September 2015 : Team News For Paulton Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's Somerset Premier Cup match. The line-up is entirely composed of players from the club's Academy system, with only Max Melanson and Ollie Bassett being familiar names to those following first team football - both were unused substitutes against Accrington Stanley last night. The remainder of the team come from the club's Under-18s set-up and reads as follows:

Yeovil Town XI: 1. Kingsley Latham 2. Mitchell McCann 3. Philip Strobel 4. Max Melanson 5. Ben Griffiths 6. Sam Boulton (Capt) 7. Samyan Ismail 8. Arthur Warren 9. Paul Akinuli 10. Ollie Bassett 11. Jack Ball.

Substitutes: 12. James Needles 14. Harry Bell 15. Charlie Fripp 16. Jayden Corridge


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30 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Accrington Team Selection
Just before kick-off against Accrington Stanley on Tuesday night, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about his decision to recall Wes Fogden, but put Shaun Jeffers on the bench upon his return, and also his thoughts on having two difficult away matches this week. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Accrington.


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30 September 2015 : Sheehan Given Welsh International Call-Up
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Josh Sheehan has been given an international call-up. The Swansea City player has been included in the Wales Under-21 squad that will travel to Denmark next month, meaning that he will miss the homes match against Coventry City and Dagenham and Redbridge as a consequence.

The Welsh are playing a UEFA U21 Championship Qualifying Group 5 match at the Aalborg Stadion on Friday 9th October, with a 17:45hrs BST kick-off. Denmark are the top seeds in the group, meaning that on paper at least, this is the toughest match in the Group stages. Wales have already beaten Bulgaria and Luxembourg and so have made a strong start to the competition.

The squad named by Wales also includes right-back Liam Shephard, who was on loan at Huish Park last season. The set of players who will travel to Denmark are as follows:

Billy O’Brien (Manchester City)
Michael Crowe (Ipswich Town)
Declan John (Cardiff City)
Gethin Jones (Everton)
Jordan Evans (Fulham)
Joseph Wright (Huddersfield Town, on loan with Accrington Stanley)
Jordan Williams (Liverpool, on loan with Swindon Town)
Josh Yorwerth (Ipswich Town)
Josh Sheehan (Swansea City, on loan with Yeovil Town)
Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers, on loan with Bradford City)
Ryan Hedges (Swansea City)
Tom O’Sullivan (Cardiff City)
Wes Burns (Bristol City)
Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers)
Harry Wilson (Liverpool)
Jake Charles (Huddersfield Town)
Liam Shephard (Swansea City)
Louis Thompson (Norwich City, on loan with Swindon Town)

With the Denmark match taking place on the Friday evening, this means that Josh Sheehan will only be travelling back from that game on the day that Yeovil Town are scheduled to play Dagenham and Redbridge - Saturday 10th October - meaning that they will have to reshuffle their midfield on that day. Josh has also indicated that he will miss the preceding Tuesday night match against Coventry City in the Football League Trophy, as the squad will meet up for training sessions during that week.


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30 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Accrington Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul gives his views on the game, as well as explaining which of his three injured players are the closest to a return, including the dilemma that he faces ahead of Saturday's trip to Portsmouth. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Accrington Away Game.


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29 September 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
If you watched tonight's 2-1 defeat against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground, 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 Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.


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29 September 2015 : Accrington 2 Yeovil 1 : Crooks Strike Seals Fourth Away Loss
Yeovil Town went down to a deserved defeat tonight at the Crown Ground as a strong Accrington Stanley side beat them by a 2-1 scoreline. The home side stayed in command for the majority of the game, leading from the eighth minute when Josh Windass took advantage of Billy Kee's header into his path. The Glovers equalised but it was with their only shot on target on the night, with Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan firing home his first goal for the club from the edge of the box. Accrington continued their domination though, and they deservedly sealed their fourth consecutive win when Matt Crooks struck an excellent long range goal early in the second half, and the Glovers struggled to create chances to make an equaliser likely at any time thereafter.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up, with Wes Fogden's hand injury deemed to have healed enough to justify starting him with it heavily bandaged up. He played in a five man midfield, with youth teamer Ollie Bassett making way. The only other change saw Shaun Jeffers included in the squad following his three match ban, giving the Glovers the luxury of seven substitutes on their bench, albeit with two of those drawn from the Under-18s side.

The start of the game set a pattern that was to be followed for large parts of the match - Accrington on top. Jakub Sokolik and Wes Fogden blocked a couple of early shots, but within eight minutes the home side breached the Yeovil defence, with Billy Kee's header landing into the path of the onrushing Josh Windass, who confidently converted into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead. Accrington deserved that lead, and they followed that up with Sean McConville and Seamus Conneely headers that went wide, and another attempt from Windass that saw him try to lob Krysiak.

Yeovil had created extremely little, with only a Jake Howells chance going wide of the target. It was therefore a welcome surprise when they equalised with their first attempt on target. Swansea City loanee Josh Sheehan didn't score during his first loan spell with the club but 35 minutes into his second appearance of his current loan spell, he struck a low drive from the edge of the box and into the corner of the net. 1-1 and a chance for the Glovers to regroup on level terms. Straight after Ryan Bird shot over the bar, as the half ended on more level terms with respect to both teams play - Accrington were kept much quieter bar a Josh Windass effort that Artur Krysiak saved.

When the second half opened, it looked as though Yeovil had continued the more promising play that had closed the half off - Ryan Bird broke through but fired wide of the target during the opening minutes. But nine minutes into the second period, Accrington went ahead again. Matt Crooks exchanged quick passes with Billy Kee that gave him free room to run on goal, and he unleashed a curling drive from 25 yards out that gave Krysiak little chance, giving the home side a 2-1 advantage.

That advantage rarely looked like being surrendered. If anything Accrington could have grabbed another goal or two along the way, as Krysiak got down to save from Sean McConville, and then stopped Josh Windass who had cut in from the right flank only to find the goalkeeper blocking his shot. During the closing stages, Shaun Jeffers came on for Jake Howells as Yeovil changed to a 4-4-2 formation, with Wes Fogden providing the width on the right, whilst Jeffers joined Ryan Bird up front. But there were not enough chances or territorial pressure put on Accrington to worry them during the night, and the game ended with the home side in an improbable fourth place in the table, whilst Yeovil are left languishing in 22nd place, and still trying to keep their heads above water, with ten games now on the board.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Accrington Stanley 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Josh Windass (8 mins, 1-0), Josh Sheehan (35 mins, 1-1), Matt Crooks (54 mins, 2-1)

Accrington Stanley:
33. Jason Mooney
12. Liam Wakefield 15. Joe Wright 2. Matty Pearson 22. Adam Buxton
7. Piero Mingoia 28. Seamus Conneely 14. Matt Crooks 11. Sean McConville
8. Josh Windass
29. Billy Kee

Substitutes:
1. Ross Etheridge 6. Andrew Procter 9. Adam Morgan 10. Terry Gornell 17. Shay McCartan 21. Gerardo Bruna 25. Liam Goulding (None used).

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers (76 mins for Jake Howells) 15. Jordan Gibons 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 27. Max Melanson 28. Ollie Bassett

Accrington Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Accrington Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Rob Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Tony Peart (North Yorkshire) and James Bell (South Yorkshire). Fourth Official: Matthew Donohue (Manchester).

Attendance: 1,309 (with 84 Yeovil supporters).


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29 September 2015 : Team News For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one changes to their starting line-up for tonight's League Two match against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground. Wes Fogden has recovered sufficiently from a broken hand to start for the Glovers and he comes into the starting line-up, displacing Ollie Bassett. The expectation is that Fogden will operate in midfield with either a 4-5-1 or 4-4-1-1 line-up.

Striker Shaun Jeffers has completed a three match suspension following a red card sustained during the home match against Morecambe and he returns to the bench. In terms of the long term injury list, Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Jamie Burrows (ankle), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Alex Lacey (groin) are all still out. Marc Laird (torn hamstring) is very close to a return but hasn't been risked yet.

Tonight's line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 10. Shaun Jeffers 15. Jordan Gibons 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 27. Max Melanson 28. Ollie Bassett

Accrington Stanley:
33. Jason Mooney
12. Liam Wakefield 15. Joe Wright 2. Matty Pearson 22. Adam Buxton
7. Piero Mingoia 28. Seamus Conneely 14. Matt Crooks 11. Sean McConville
8. Josh Windass 29. Billy Kee

Substitutes:
1. Ross Etheridge 6. Andrew Procter 9. Adam Morgan 10. Terry Gornell 17. Shay McCartan 21. Gerardo Bruna 25. Liam Goulding


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29 September 2015 : Accrington Stanley : The Lowdown
Tonight's opponents Accrington Stanley are somewhat deceptive in the challenge that they pose as a club. Theoretically they are the smallest club in the division - certainly they have the smallest crowds, with an average of 1,590 and the league's lowest crowd of the season when just 1,073 turned up for their match against Mansfield Town in their last Tuesday night fixture. But as Glovers fans know very well, being a 'small' club doesn't mean that you can't compete - at present Accrington are on a seven game unbeaten run, lying 5th in the table, having scored seven goals in their last two matches.

The two sides met twice last season, where we learned plenty about Accrington's ethics under manager John Coleman. During the 2014-15 FA Cup ties it was hard to pick out any stand-out players within their line-up, but they moved efficiently as a unit of players, giving the Glovers very little time on the ball. Hard-working and industrious would accurately describe them, although they still had a bit of flair down the flanks as well. It took Yeovil two matches to get past what was a team in the division below them, and even then they needed late goals from Simon Gillett and Kieffer Moore to kill Stanley's FA Cup hopes.

This season's early form implies that they have improved further as an outfit, and they are currently unbeaten at home. Their top goalscorers are Josh Windass (who is the son of Dean Windass) who operates as a goalscoring midfielder, whilst Glovers fans may recall the name of Billy Kee, who was linked by the national media to the Glovers in the summer of 2010, but ultimately joined Torquay United. Accrington were reported as being after him at that time, and eventually they got their man.

Various facts about where Accrington Stanley stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 16/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them joint 20th in the bookies odds lists (via Paddy Power)

Match Odds: Yeovil Win 9/2; Accrington Win 7/10 on; Draw 3/1 (via Bet365)

New Signings: Tom Davies (centre-back, Fleetwood Town), Ross Etheridge (goalkeeper, Derby County), Billy Kee (Scunthorpe United, striker), Sean McConville (Chester, right wing, undisclosed fee), Jason Mooney (goalkeeper, York City), Adam Morgan (striker, Yeovil Town), Matty Pearson (midfield, FC Halifax Town), Anthony Barry (midfield, Forest Green), Liam Wakefield (centre-back, Doncaster Rovers), Jack Phillips (midfield, Preston Cables), Joe Wright (centre-back, Huddersfield Town, loan)

Recent Results:
29/08/2015Northampton TownHomeSBL2D1-11526Windass 55
01/09/2015BuryHomeLDVL1-21344Bruna 83
05/09/2015PortsmouthAwaySBL2D0-015745
12/09/2015Bristol RoversAwaySBL2W1-06351Kee 68
19/09/2015Exeter CityHomeSBL2W4-21403Windass 33, 34, Mingoia 61, Kee 63
26/09/2015Crawley TownAwaySBL2W3-01659Crooks 45, Windass 45, Kee 89

Last Line-Up: 33. Jason Mooney; 22. Adam Buxton 15. Joe Wright 3. Dean Winnard 2. Matty Pearson; 7. Piero Mingoia 28. Seamus Conneely 8. Josh Windass 11. Sean McConville; 14. Matt Crooks 29. Billy Kee

Substitutes: 1. Ross Etheridge 4. Anthony Barry 6. Andrew Procter 10. Terry Gornell 12. Liam Wakefield 17. Shay McCartan 21. Gerardo Bruna

Injuries and Suspensions: Dean Winnard was a first half substitution in Stanley's win at Crawley due to a mix of hamstring and back problems, and isn't expected to be fit. On top of that fellow defender Tom Davies has a knee injury and missed the same game. Meanwhile captain Terry Gornell has an ankle problem which has been troubling him lately - they've been sitting him on the bench but in the knowledge that he's not really able to play for a significant length of the game. The loss of Winnard and Davies causes a headache - they may look to use full-back Matt Pearson in a central role to fill the gap.

Manager: John Coleman is to Accrington Stanley what Gary Johnson was to Yeovil. He's currently in his second spell at the Crown Ground, having had a thirteen year spell that took in 587 games and delivered them Northern Premier League Division One, Northern Premier League and Conferene National league titles and of course entry into the Football League. After leaving them in 2012, he had brief spells with Rochdale, Southport and Sligo Rovers, but returned to his spiritual home in September 2014. His second spell has produced a solid return so far

Connections: Midfielder Anthony Barry was signed by Yeovil Town from Accrington in January 2006 as a replacement for Lee Johnson and went on to have a successful two and a half year period with the club. He might have made more than the 74 appearances he clocked up, were it not for a horrific knee injury he sustained at Chesterfield shortly after his arrival, but he went on to become part of the 2006-07 League One Play-Off Final squad. In 2008 he headed off to join Chester City. During last season he rejoined Accrington Stanley on loan, and over the summer has signed for them permanently - effectively his third spell with the club. Striker Adam Morgan is also on their books, having moved to Accrington over the summer following his stuttering 19 game run. So far he's failed to make an impact at the Crown Ground - one start in the JPT, and two League substitute appearances are all he's managed and he hasn't got onto the pitch in a league game since August 22nd, and hasn't even been on their teamsheet in the last four matches - as far as we can tell he is fit and available for selection.


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29 September 2015 : Howells Looking Forward To Jeffers Boost
Yeovil Town travel to Accrington Stanley tonight, guaranteed to receive a boost in their playing squad for the game. Striker Shaun Jeffers has been sat in the stands since this month's home match against Morecambe after being shown a red card in that match, but his three match ban has been served, and he is therefore in the first team squad for the game.

The Glovers may also travel with midfielder Marc Laird, who has returned to training and is seen as the most advanced of the half dozen players who have been going through rehabilitation over the past week - however, the furthest that he will reach is the bench, given that he has been absent since the August 11th League Cup match against Queens Park Rangers and therefore is woefully short of match fitness following a torn hamstring sustained in that match.

One player who is gradually building up his fitness and form is Luton Town loanee Jake Howells, whose 85 minutes on Saturday against Hartlepool United was enough for him to receive the match sponsor's Man of the Match award at the end of the game. He has yet to be on the same football pitch as Jeffers, but told BBC Somerset that he'd been impressed by his new team-mate in training:

"Shaun has got a great attitude, to be honest with you. He comes in and he works hard although he knows he can't play. He was gutted to be sent off, of course, and miss three games. But the way he's taken it - he's got to keep himself fit and sharp and he's done that every day. He's got his head down and he's worked hard and I bet he's over the moon to be back playing on Tuesday."

The team bus went up the M6 yesterday, stopping in a hotel on Monday night, as the club prepare for two difficult away trip, with Saturday seeing them head off to Portsmouth. Tonight's match represents a 522 mile round trip, and Howells said that it is important that the players prepare well given the amount of travelling they are doing this week:

"All the boys know what to do. All the coaches and the manager said we needed ice baths and for everyone to do it properly, because it's a big game. Every game is a big game, but we've got two tough away games now, and the aim is that we go there and we get something from the games. It's a long way but that's football. The league is so tight that a win can move you up places, and we'll go there on Tuesday and hopefully we will get something."

Tonight's League Two schedule sees another evening where football fans will be sent up and down the motorway on extreme distances. In addition to Yeovil's trip to Accrington, the Football League have decided to send Bristol Rovers up to Hartlepool, whilst Carlisle United fans get a trip down to Leyton Orient. Going in entirely the other direction, Luton Town fans will get a day trip to Morecambe whilst Oxford United fans head off to York City.

Link: Officials For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley.

Link: Admission For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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29 September 2015 : Officials For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 29th September 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Crown Ground. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Rob Lewis (Shropshire).

Mr Lewis is actually a very long standing referee at this level, but we've only seen him on a very sparing basis. He was last seen fairly recently though, with a February 2015 match against Scunthorpe United at Glanford Park seeing a 1-1 draw. He had a good game, and even the more green-tinted of us recognised that his decision to award Paddy Madden a penalty after he was fouled by Byron Webster was a correct one. No worries either way though, as Gareth Stewart saved the spot kick. Otherwise he was very unobtrusive, with just one booking during the match.

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

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

A partial explanation of why we didn't see him between 2008 and 2015 can be determined by the fact that he dropped down to non-league officiating between 2008 and 2010, but he also went through a few other phases where he wasn't officiating in matches. This season he's been a regular though - five games, 22 yellow cards and he's yet to issue a dismissal.

Mr Lewis will be assisted by Tony Peart (North Yorkshire) and James Bell (South Yorkshire). The Fourth Official will be Matthew Donohue (Manchester).

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

Link: March 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

Link: February 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Millwall 1.

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


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28 September 2015 : Jake Howells Talks About The Hartlepool United Defeat
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-2 home defeat against Hartlepool United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's on loan winger Jake Howells spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the Luton Town player talks about his performance that got him the match sponsors man of the match, along with the team's efforts and his own fitness levels. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Jake Howells Speaks To BBC Somerset After The 1-2 Defeat Against Hartlepool.


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28 September 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town head up the length of the M6 where they will take on Accrington Stanley in a League Two fixture at the Crown Ground. Ahead of that fixture, the Ciderspace guide to the Crown Ground has been given a lick of paint to contain the latest information on ticketing, parking, pubs, statistics and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley.

Link: Admission For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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28 September 2015 : Ticketing For Paulton Rovers vs Yeovil Town XI
This coming Wednesday, Yeovil Town will take on Paulton Rovers in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. This match will be played at Winterfield Road on Wednesday 30th September, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. Paulton have confirmed that the match is definitely going ahead, despite the Glovers being in League Two action 24 hours earlier at Accrington Stanley.

For that reason, we'd expect that any player that gets significant game time during Tuesday's match against Accrington will not feature in the Wednesday night game against Paulton. Logic would suggest that the only first teamers that might be involved would be those who have not had a great deal of game time lately, or any player coming back from injury that needs match fitness. Otherwise, we'd expect the bulk of the team to be fielded from the club's Academy side. Admission prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £7.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: FREE (if accompanied by a paying adult).

Tickets can be bought on the night. Somerset County Cup ties are settled on the night, with extra time and penalties taking place if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

Link: Admission For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Coventry City.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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28 September 2015 : Ladies Bow Out Of Super League Promotion Chase After Oxford Defeat
Yeovil Town Ladies saw their hopes of promotion mathematically ended on Sunday as a single goal saw them slip to defeat for the first time since the summer break. The Ladies have shown a gallant effort to claw back the strong start made by pre-season favourites Doncaster Rovers Belles and Reading FC Women, but that pair are now guaranteed FAWSL1 football next season after Kayleigh Hines struck early on in the match at the Jones Stadium to give Oxford the points.

The Glovers struggled to create large numbers of chances during the game - apart from the goal the most notable incident was an unfortunate one, with Natalie Haigh being stretchered off during the second half, leading to an extraordinary 20 minutes injury time and a trip to hospital for the Glovers player - thankfully her head injury has just seen her suffer concussion, and she was allowed to return home on the same day.

As far as the overall match was concerned, Ellie Curson admitted that her side hadn't done enough to win the game, and explained that she was frustrated that they hadn't made enough of the club's home advantage on the day:

"We never got going, we didn’t provide them with a challenge. With them coming to our pitch, we should be letting them know that we are here, but I don’t think we did that. It’s really disappointing, nothing went right for us. Every week we should go into a game thinking that we are going to win, but I don’t think that was the case. It was an awful goal to concede as well."

Defeat means that Yeovil Town Ladies will definitely be playing at the FAWSL2 level for the 2016 season, although their current third place spot still means that they have a great chance of finishing in the highest position in the club's history - an obvious target for them that will be contested by Everton Ladies and also Sunday's winners, who moved to within four points of the Glovers, with the Toffees three points behind but with a game in hand. Curson rued what might have been though and admitted that results like yesterday were probably the reason why Doncaster and Reading had triumphed:

"Winning here would have been what we wanted and what we needed, but we’ve made things very hard for ourselves with silly results like London Bees away when we should be picking up three points and here we shouldn’t be losing to teams below. Everybody knows we didn’t turn up today, we’re all disappointed especially myself. Individually, it’s probably seen my most successful season, but as a team we didn’t turn up today including myself."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Oxford United Ladies 1.

Scorers: Kayleigh Hines (0-1, 11 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies (4-3-3): Charlotte Haynes; Ellie Isaac, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston; Stephanie Williams, Ellie Curson, Ellis Hillman; Emily Donovan, Natasha Knapman, Sarah Wiltshire

Yeovil Substitutes: Nicola Cousins (84 mins for Natalie Haigh), Annie Heatherson (84 mins for Emily Donovan), Sammy Quayle (90 mins for Ellis Hillman), Shauna Cossens, Alys Hinchcliffe, Alice Evans.

Oxford United Ladies (4-5-1): Demi Lambourne; Chloe Bruce, Rosie Lane, Sahara Osborn-Ricketts, Madison Lee; Ella Franklin-Fraiture, Kat Nutman, Kayleigh Hines, Katie Stanley, Holly Pickett; Lauren Allison

Oxford Substitutes: Lindsay Dinker (89 mins for Holly Pickett), Nicole Barrett (90 mins for Lauren Allison), Hannah Cox, Ellie Noble.

Referee: Jo Stimpson.

Attendance: 321.


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28 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Hartlepool Team Selection
Just before Saturday's home match against Hartlepool United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about a wide variety of subjects including the signing of Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan, the reintroduction of Wes Fogden into the squad, how Hartlepool striker Billy Paynter nearly ended up in the Glovers line-up and even a mention of dinosaurs! Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Hartlepool.


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27 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Hartlepool Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-2 home defeat against Hartlepool United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul gives his views on the match as well as looking forward to the two difficult away trips against Accrington Stanley and Portsmouth. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Hartlepool Home Game.


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26 September 2015 : Sturrock: Glovers Didn't Deserve Late Hartlepool Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock felt that his side deserved more from this afternoon's match against Hartlepool United, after he'd watched his side sink to a 1-2 defeat. The Glovers had been easily in the match for the majority of the game, but were sunk by a late goal from Pools substitute Brad Walker that denied them the point they had looked like getting up until that point.

That meant that the Glovers suffered their third home defeat of the 2015-16 season, but whilst Sturrock has freely admitted that on certain other occasions his side has got what they deserved, he told BBC Somerset after today's performance that he felt that result was hard on his players, even if he did admit that they showed a touch of naivety at times:

"There's been lots of times when I've come in here and we've deserved nothing out of the game, in the way that we've played. Today I think we added to the way that we performed at Crawley, and it's been a real kick in the teeth with that late goal. I can't ask for anything more as far as their attitude and their will to win is concerned. In the end, there's perhaps a naivety at times when we're trying to chase the game, when we get ourselves too many players forward up the park. There's also the aspect of a couple of players that are maybe not totally fit yet."

Two of the players to get withdrawn during the second period were Jake Howells - who received the Match Sponsor's player of the day award, along with youth team attacking midfielder Ollie Bassett. Sturrock explained that both players were substituted more because they were starting to lose their legs, rather than any reflection upon their performance, and added that there were a couple of others who were also running out of steam. From that point of view, he hoped that the imminent return of players such as Shaun Jeffers, who completed his three match suspension today, would allow more options on the substitutes bench to choose from:

"Jake Howells did well, but he got a little bit leggy, whilst Josh Sheehan hasn't played at that pace for quite a while. That said, I thought he had a good debut. There's not much I can really say, as you people have seen the same game as me. We didn't do anything different from the way that we'd been playing in the first half. I thought Ollie (Bassett) just couldn't get himself on the ball (in the second half). At the end of the day it's always hard to take somebody off, but I did feel that Ollie had run his race, and I thought that Iffy's exhuberance might just give us a goal. But it was a goal at the wrong end. What I would say is that I'd like a few more of the (injured) players to come back and give me an edge, with competition for a place or two, maybe with those coming of the bench as well. So that's something that I'm looking forward to."


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26 September 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
If you watched this afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Hartlepool 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 Hartlepool United.


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26 September 2015 : Yeovil 1 Hartlepool 2 : Walker Takes Advantage Of Glovers Late Fade
Yeovil Town suffered a frustrating 1-2 home defeat at the hands of Hartlepool United this afternoon, after a late Brad Walker goal sealed their fate. The Glovers played their part for all bar the final fifteen minutes - Scott Fenwick was credited with a touch on a Jake Carroll free kick that seemed to deceive Artur Krysiak, but five minutes later the home side were level thanks to Ryan Bird's fourth goal of the season as he converted a Jake Howells cross. Both sides had opportunities to win the match, but as the second half closed, the Glovers seemed to tire and go into their shells, and substitute Walker was able to get a close range goal to ensure Hartlepool's long journey back to the north-east was a profitable one, whilst the Glovers slip to 21st place in the League Two table.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their side. The departure of one loanee - AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield returned to his club during the week - was matched by the arrival of another with Josh Sheehan who came in for his second loan spell for the club from Swansea City. Ollie Bassett kept his place in the side, to enable his home debut, and the only other change to the squad was the addition of Wes Fogden following his recovery from a broken hand - even so he was strapped with bandages to protect it, in case he needed to be used.

The game itself was one of few chances throughout, with the game taking a long time to get going - Hartlepool defenders blocked balls from Nathan Smith and Harry Cornick into the box before they could reach the danger zone. Then Josh Sheehan actually got a proper shot in, as Connor Roberts set him up via a right flank run. It took half an hour before Hartlepool had a shot of note, and it landed into the back of the net. A Jake Carroll free kick into the box saw Scott Fenwick credited with a faint touch as it landed in the back of the net, with Artur Krysiak having had to only deal with collections up until that moment.

The Glovers did well to hit back within five minutes. Good build-up down the left from Nathan Smith and Jake Howells saw the ball put into the box, and there was Ryan Bird in the right place at the right time once again, to score his fourth goal of the season and to quickly level the scores. Josh Sheehan put the ball over the bar just after that equaliser and certainly at that point in the game, the Glovers could go in at the break feeling fairly positive about their situation.

The second period didn't really spark for either side, with former Glover Michael Woods having a shot for one of the few notable attempts. The biggest talking point was referee Fred Graham's decision to force Jakub Sokolik to stay off the field of play whilst he had a head injury attended to - even after the centre-back had been cleaned up, the Essex official frustrated the home crowd by insisting on a break in play before he would let Yeovil get eleven men back on the pitch. Thankfully the only damage was to Sokolik's nose.

Chances remained few and far between, with a Matt Dolan free kick parried by Hartlepool keeper Adam Bartlett, into the path of Jakub Sokolik, but his header went wide on the rebound. Then Jake Howells fired into the side netting as one half of the ground incorrectly assumed it had hit the inside of the net. But as the game closed out, chances began to fizzle out, and Yeovil began to tire, dropping into their shells, despite Iffy Allen being introduced to liven up the attacking part of Yeovil's team.

But then came the sucker punch, and in fairness during the preceding five minutes it had been looming. The fact that it came from two Hartlepool substitutes may give a clue as to why the game turned, with Kudus Oyenuga providing the ball - with a mis-hit shot that turned into a cross that Brad Walker was able to turn in from close range, just three minutes after his introduction, for a bit of a scruffy winning goal. Yeovil faded out of the game and with few alternative options on the substitutes bench, and only a matter of minutes remaining, they weren't able to scare Hartlepool during the minutes that followed, leaving them slipping into a disappointing 21st place position by the time the final whistle blew.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 2.

Scorers: Scott Fenwick (0-1, 32 mins), Ryan Bird (1-1, 37 mins), Brad Walker (1-2, 83 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird 28. Ollie Bassett

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 15. Jordan Gibons 19. Iffy Allen (71 mins for Ollie Bassett) 20. Wes Fogden 22. Mark Beck (85 mins for Jake Howells) 27. Max Melanson

Hartlepool United:
13. Adam Bartlett
27. Brad Halliday 26. Andrew Boyce 5. Scott Harrison 3. Jake Carroll
16. Nicky Featherstone 6. Matthew Bates 14. Michael Woods
17. Scott Fenwick 10. Billy Paynter 15. Rhys Oates

Substitutes:
8. Brad Walker (80 mins for Michael Woods) 11. Kudus Oyenuga (65 mins for Scott Fenwick) 18. Lewis Hawkins 20. Dan Jones 22. Josh Nearney 23. Connor Smith (90 mins for Rhys Oates) 31. Peter Denton

Yeovil Bookings: Ryan Bird (kicking ball away, 34 mins), Josh Sheehan (foul, 76 mins)

Hartlepool Bookings: Michael Woods (foul, 64 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 1; Fouls: 9.

Hartlepool Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Fred Graham (Essex). Assistants: Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Antony Coggins (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Ronald Ganfield (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,078 (with 79 Hartlepool supporters).


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26 September 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Yeovil Town have made one change for this afternoon's League Two match against Hartlepool United at Huish Park. With AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield returning to his parent club, his place in the starting line-up is taken by a familiar face with Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan rejoining the club on loan today. The other change comes on the bench, with Wes Fogden returning to the squad after he broke his hand during last month's away match againgst York City - he will wear protection on his hand if he is asked to play.

The list of absentees from the first team squad otherwise remains a lengthy one - Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring), Jamie Burrows (ankle), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Alex Lacey (groin) are all still out. Shaun Jeffers serves the final game of a three match suspension.

Manager Paul Strurrock returns to the dugouts, having served a one match ban during last week's game against Crawley Town. The team reads as follows, with youth teamer Max Melanson named on the bench:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird 28. Ollie Bassett

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 15. Jordan Gibons 19. Iffy Allen 20. Wes Fogden 22. Mark Beck 27. Max Melanson

Hartlepool United:
13. Adam Bartlett
27. Brad Halliday 26. Andrew Boyce 5. Scott Harrison 3. Jake Carroll
16. Nicky Featherstone 6. Matthew Bates 14. Michael Woods
17. Scott Fenwick 10. Billy Paynter 15. Rhys Oates

Substitutes:
8. Brad Walker 11. Kudus Oyenuga 18. Lewis Hawkins 20. Dan Jones 22. Josh Nearney 23. Connor Smith 31. Peter Denton


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26 September 2015 : Sheehan Makes Return For Second Yeovil Town Loan Spell
Yeovil Town have confirmed the return of Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan to the club. The academy graduate has rejoined for a second loan spell, effectively replacing AFC Bournemouth loanee Josh Wakefield, who returned to his parent club this week after his month's loan at Huish Park ran out. He has agreed a 93 day loan with the club that will keep him at Huish Park until late December.

Sheehan returns to a club where he made 13 appearances during the 2014-15 season, arriving in February 2015, as part of a trio of players from the Premier League side's development squad. He featured in a variety of midfield, wide and attacking midfield positions for the club. Since his return to the Liberty Stadium he has been captaining their Under-21 side - in May he led his team to the 2014-15 Professional U21 Development League 2 title, just after Yeovil's League One season ended, and he has continued to wear the armband into the current campaign.

He was born in Llanelli, Wales on March 30th 1995, and joined Swansea's youth system at the age of 10 years old, and was given a professional contract with the club during the 2012-13 season. Swansea gave him a new unspecified contract in the summer just gone. He has also made nine Wales Under-19 appearances alongside four further caps for the Welsh Under-21 side.

Link: Josh Sheehan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 September 2015 : Oxford United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of August was a trip to Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. The match was a rather one-sided affair, with Oxford thoroughly deserving their 2-0 win. A goal in each half from Danny Hylton and Callum O'Dowda was the least the home side deserved, with the Glovers struggling to create chances at the opposite end of the field.

No surprise then, that the Man of the Match voting saw the majority of the praise given to players at the other end of the field for keeping the scoreline respectable. Centre-back Jakub Sokolik and left-back Nathan Smith were two of those to pick up a good number of votes, but the runaway winner was goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, who continued his strong form during the early part of the 2015-16 season. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Artur Krysiak 152 (11)
2. Nathan Smith 36 (2)
3. Jakub Sokolík 32 (2)
4. Matthew Dolan 32 (1)
5. Stephen Arthurworrey 20 (1)
6. Josh Wakefield 16 (1)
7. David Norris 8 (0)
8. Mark Beck 6 (0)
9. Jack Compton 2 (0)
9. Harry Cornick 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.63
Performance : 3.47
Entertainment : 3.79
VOTES RECEIVED : 19


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25 September 2015 : Hartlepool United : The Lowdown
Saturday's opponents Hartlepool United have been a regular part of Yeovil Town's history since 2005, even if we've not met in the last two years. A total of thirteen meetings have seen a lot of miles clocked up across the country, notably during the 2010-11 season when the weather Gods conspired against us in the FA Cup, leaving Glovers fans on the edge of the town centre when a game got called off, meaning that a select few had to do the journey all over again on a Tuesday night.

Our last meeting between the two clubs came in a March 2013 goalless draw at Victoria Park, with the home match having been won by a single goal from Joe Edwards earlier that season. Hartlepool suffered relegation from League One at the end of that season, meaning that by the time we came back down from the Championship, they were struggling at the wrong end of League Two. Last season was a bit of a scrap for them, with them looking nailed on for relegation at the turn of the year, before a late rally under new boss Ronnie Moore pulled them out just at the right moment, achieving a 22nd place and safety via the penultimate game of the 2014-15 season. They started this season extremely well, but have struggled to score in recent matches, and currently occupy 14th place, meaning that if the Glovers were to beat them by a two goal margin then they'd rise above their opponents.

Various facts about where Hartlepool United stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 25/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them joint 19th in the bookies odds lists (via Betfair)

Match Odds: Yeovil Win 7/4; Hartlepool United Win 17/10; Draw 12/5 (via ToteSport)

New Signings: Rakish Bingham (forward, Mansfield Town), Rhys Oates (forward, Barnsley), Carl Magnay (defender, Grimsby Town), Harry Worley (defender, Stevenage), Jake Carroll (defender, Huddersfield Town), Trevor Carson (goalkeeper, Cheltenham Town), Billy Paynter (striker, Carlisle United), Kudus Oyenuga (midfield, Dundee United), Adam Bartlett (goalkeeper, Gateshead), Peter Denton (goalkeeper, Rotherham United), Andrew Boyce (defender, Scunthorpe United, loan), Brad Halliday (defender, Middlesbrough, loan)

Recent Results:
25/08/2015AFC BournemouthHomeCC2L0-44890
29/08/2015Carlisle UnitedHomeSBL2L2-34935Harrison 6, Paynter 70
01/09/2015Sheffield UnitedHomeLDVD1-12221Fenwick 51
05/09/2015Wycombe WanderersAwaySBL2L1-23468Magnay 43
12/09/2015Exeter CityAwaySBL2L0-13135
19/09/2015Cambridge UnitedHomeSBL2D0-03665

Last Line-Up: 13. Adam Bartlett; 27. Brad Halliday 26. Andrew Boyce 5. Scott Harrison 3. Jake Carroll; 14. Michael Woods 6. Matthew Bates 16. Nicky Featherstone; 9. Rakish Bingham 10. Billy Paynter 15. Rhys Oates

Substitutes: 4. Harry Worley 8. Brad Walker 11. Kudus Oyenuga 17. Scott Fenwick 20. Dan Jones 23. Connor Smith 31. Peter Denton

Injuries and Suspensions: Striker Rakish Bingham has a hamstring injury, and the expectation is that if he does not recover that Scott Fenwick will be promoted from the substitutes bench. Billy Paynter has also been suffering hamstring problems of late, but he got through last weekend's match without problems and so is expected to start as the middle man in a three-pronged attack.

Manager: Ronnie Moore - A real veteran of the Football League with approaching 850 games to his name, spread over two spells with Rotherham United, two with Tranmere Rovers, plus a year with Oldham Athletic. Over the years, Moore's teams have had a reputation of preferring 'results' over 'style', and generally he's been able to get enough success through those methods to justify his ethos. That point was emphasised during his first spell with Tranmere, where their board decided to fire him at the end of the 2008-09 season, despite his team only missing out on the League One play-offs on the final day of the season. Tranmere's board issued a statement that pretty much implied they had dismissed him because his football was boring, making the decision to bring in crowd-pleaser John Barnes as his successor. The next season Tranmere went from nudging the play-offs under 'boring' Moore, to a relegation scrap under 'exciting' Barnes - be careful what you wish for. His arrival at Hartlepool, in December 2014, has also cemented his reputation as a fire-fighter, taking them from a position where they were ten points adrift of safety in League Two, into a safe position by the time the season ended.

Connections: There is one small Glovers connection in the visiting side - midfielder Michael Woods clocked up two starts and three substitute appearances for the Glovers during the tail end of the 2011-12 season, not long after Gary Johnson's return to the club, but a red card effectively ended his time at the club, and although he was invited back for pre-season training the following season, he opted to stay up north, eventually signing for Doncaster Rovers. In the Glovers ranks, midfielder Matt Dolan was born in the town and has had two loan spells with them - one just after his 2013 spell with Yeovil whilst he was still on the books of Middlesbrough, followed by a 2014 spell whilst he was on the books of Bradford City - a total of 26 appearances and two goals. We also have winger Jack Compton within our ranks, although a calf injury will mean he won't play against his former club. Jack made 61 appearances, scoring five goals across a two year period, and actually left Hartlepool to join Yeovil, to enable him to move a bit closer to his South Wales roots. Striker Ryan Bird also knows the Hartlepool scene well, having had a successful loan spell up there last season whilst on Cambridge United's books. In the Hartlepool ranks, we narrowly missed out on seeing goalkeeper Scott Flinders and midfielder Jonathan Franks - they went to York City and Ross County over the summer.


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25 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Hartlepool United Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Hartlepool United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Paul talks about tomorrow's opponents, the latest injury situation, including Kevin Dawson's recent problems, and the return of Josh Wakefield to AFC Bournemouth. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Hartlepool.


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24 September 2015 : Sturrock Cautious In Rushing Back Injured Players For Pools Visit
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that he is being cautious regarding the reintroduction of some of his injured players into the matchday squad. The Glovers boss currently has ten players missing from his squad, with another player serving a three match suspension, meaning that once again he will take a paper-thin squad into Saturday's League Two home match against Hartlepool United, with very few of those players expected to make a significant contribution to that match.

Theoretically Sturrock has had five of those absentees return to training this week, with Ben Tozer (cartilege), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring), Wes Fogden (broken fingers) and Jamie Burrows (ankle) all in various stages of recovery. One player who won't be considered is midfielder Kevin Dawson who had returned to training over the last week or two, having missed most of the calendar year with a pelvic injury. The Irishman had returned to solo running on the training ground, but has had to pull out of that following an unspecified problem. Sturrock told BBC Somerset that was the risk of rushing such players back, even if a few of those on the edge of a return were trying to convince him they were ready for action:

"There's one or two that are telling me that they're close, but those have had no training and no fitness training either or have missed the pre-season. So I'm very loathe to all of a sudden stick players in. Kevin Dawson came back into training but he's picked up another injury that is something completely different (to his pelvic problem). That's going to happen to one or two of them because of the situation that we're in, where you're going from no training at all, to battle conditions in a league game. It's very difficult, but there are so many who are going to be coming back very very soon. But very few are going to be ready for Saturday, so it's going to be a very familiar line-up teamwise."

Although Sturrock offered no clues as to which players were the closest to a return, logic would sugget that Wes Fogden would be the most likely to be available. His broken hand was a complex enough fracture to require wires to be fitted into his hand to fix the joint, but in the meantime would have allowed him to continue to do lower body training of a limited kind. Fogden was due to have the wires removed last week, from the injury that he sustained at York City just over a month ago - a match in which AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield made his debut.

Wakefield's loan spell ended this week meaning the Glovers will need to make at least one change to the line-up that took to the field against Crawley Town last Saturday, and given Sturrock hinted it was Yeovil's decision to allow him to leave, that opens up an obvious space in midfield. Sturrock explained:

"Josh went back. At the end of the day he did very well for us but his loan period wouldn't have taken us up to the windows, so we're having to think of those things. We're always looking to benefit the squad, so we'll be looking into that."

Sturrock's reference to the transfer window will be concerning the emergency loan rules that allow the club to borrow players for up to 93 days from another club. Any deal for Wakefield would have been forced to end around mid-November, however if he does move into the market for a new player at any time now, the Glovers would be able to run that deal almost as far as New Year's Day, should they wish to do so. The unanswered question is therefore whether he Glovers boss has an immediate replacement lined up, or whether one of his long term injured players is ready to step into Wakefield's shoes on Saturday.


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24 September 2015 : Wakefield Makes Bournemouth Return After Loan Deal Ends
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Josh Wakefield has permanently returned to AFC Bournemouth after his loan spell at Huish Park was not extended. The 21 year old had been on the club's books for a month, having made his debut for the Glovers on the day of their match against York City.

He made six appearances for the club, with a slight interruption due to an ankle injury, but started in every game in which he has been fit, providing key cover for the club's hefty injury list in the centre of midfield.

His initial month deal ran out after last Saturday's game against Crawley Town. After returning to Bournemouth to play in their Hampshire Senior Cup match against Havant and Waterlooville in midweek, the Cherries have retained their academy graduate, thus ending his time with the Glovers.

Link: Josh Wakefield : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 September 2015 : Dave Linney Talks About The Meet The Manager Evenings
Tonight, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock will be attending the first of two Meet The Manager evenings at Huish Park. Also present will be the club's Planning Agent David Bell, who is managing the club's two planning applications for land development at Huish Park and at a nearby Lufton site.

Ahead of those meetings, Yeovil Town Commercial Manager Dave Linney spoke to the BBC about the purpose of the meeting. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton, the interview can be read via the link below.

Link: Dave Linney Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Meet The Manager Evenings.

You can also find further information about the planning development and tonight's meeting via the links below.

Link: David Bell Speaks To Ciderspace About The Club's Two Planning Applications.

Link: Two Meet The Manager Evenings Arranged.


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24 September 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Officials for the League Two fixture between Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 26th September 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Fred Graham (Essex). He's had a few mixed performances, although thankfully the lesser ones are back in the mists of time, and when you've had a referee thirteen times there's going to be a few occasions where you ended up grumbling about him.

Our most recent meeting was the January 2014 match against Birmingham City at St Andrews in the Championship. He had a good game, although we felt he missed one key decision just before half time - or at least chose not to make it. Kieffer Moore was hauled back inside the box by Birmingham captain Paul Robinson - it would have been a penalty, a red card and as we were already on our way to a 2-0 win thanks to two early James Hayter goals, any scored spot kick would have been game over. Mr Graham seemed to be badly positioned and maybe that affected his thinking - either way it wasn't given. Thankfully we still won the game.

In the April 2013 game against Notts County at Meadow Lane, he awarded a penalty for a foul by Dan Burn inside the box that was a fairly easy decision to make. Overall we thought he had a decent game although the Western Gazette described his performance as more mixed: "Good in the first half, poor in the second. Having officiated with authority in the opening period he became inconsistent after the break. No arguments with the penalty, however." The Nottingham Post meanwhile said: "The ref could easily have sent off Yeovil defender Dan Burn when he tripped the Magpies' star man Alan Judge inside the penalty area, but only showed him a yellow card" - we'd wonder what they were smoking in the home section of the press box - definitely a penalty, a foul worthy of a yellow card, but we're struggling to work out how they thought it was a red.

The December 2012 away game against Portsmouth at Fratton Park saw Mr Graham raise a yellow card six times during the game, with four of those against Pompey players. Our main gripe was that we felt that Adam Webster's recklessly late tackle on Gavin Williams just before the half time break could easily have been a straight red card - instead a yellow was waved. The Western Gazette were rather more critical of him, saying that it was "surprising that his inconsistent refereeing did not lose control of the game on a tough surface. Failed to punish crunching tackles but pounced on innocuous challenges".

The four meetings prior to that involving him were fairly anonymous - albeit with two of them being end of season games that didn't mean too much to the Glovers. The most recent of that group was the October 2011 Football League Trophy tie against AFC Bournemouth that saw us come out with a 3-2 defeat. Not much to complain about there in terms of the officiating as we were too busy grumbling about the defending. He issued just one booking that night, despite a 90th minute spot of handbags sparked by a Glovers penalty appeal that could have seen cards dished out.

Before that, Mr Graham was there for the February 2010 trip to Charlton Athletic - a 2-0 defeat where it was largely poor shooting by the Glovers that cost them. Prior to that was the final match of the 2008-09 season - a home match against Colchester United where Chris Weale didn't have one of his better games, but Mr Graham didn't have too much to do.

We had him for the final match of the 2007-08 Season at Nottingham Forest, which we lost 3-2 at the City Ground. Here we weren't too happy with a controversial free kick that brought Forest their third crucial goal, with Terry Skiverton pulled up for a dubious foul. Forest weren't complaining as it brought them the slice of good fortune they needed to gain promotion from League One.

We also had Mr Graham twice more during the 2007-08 season. In the December 2007 home game against AFC Bournemouth, his main cardinal sin was to add on five minutes of additional time, with most left scratching their heads as to where it had all come from. Otherwise things weren't too bad - his red card for Nathan Jones for an on-the-line handball was a fairly easy decision to make.

However, in the September 2007 trip to Brighton and Hove Albion he managed to cause significant controversy. A penalty was awarded to Brighton after a supposed handball in the box following a Brighton free kick. The guilty party was believed to be Paul Warne but not even slow motion and freeze-frame on the goal highlights from that weekend could deduce exactly why Mr Graham had awarded the spot kick, with the ball being thumped into the centre of a defensive wall. Ball to hand in pretty much anyone's book. Thankfully the Glovers still won the game 2-1.

He also did the Boxing Day match against Brighton on the previous season where he managed to wind up the home fans a treat by allowing a few thunderous Glovers tackles to go without blowing his whistle. We then had him for the 4-1 defeat at Roots Hall against Southend United, then before that the 5-2 win over Cambridge United during which he failed to see the funny side of Phil Jevons goal celebration that poked fun at Michael Rose's lovelife, deciding to book players for ungentlemanly conduct for what was a fairly trivial moment.

The records show that the majority of Mr Graham's games have been eastern and southern counties away trips, but a rare trip to Huish Park was made in August 2004, for the 3-1 win over Rushden and Diamonds, which was his first Football League match involving the Glovers - way back then, we didn't mention him at all.

Mr Graham will be assisted by Marvyn Amphlett (Worcestershire) and Antony Coggins (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Ronald Ganfield (Somerset).

Link: January 2014 : Birmingham City 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2013 : Notts County 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2012 : Portsmouth 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2011 : AFC Bournemouth 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2010 : Charlton Athletic 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: May 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Colchester United 2.

Link: May 2008 : Nottingham Forest 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 AFC Bournemouth 1.

Link: September 2007 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: December 2006 : Brighton and Hove Albion 1 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: September 2005 : Southend United 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2004 : Cambridge United 3 Yeovil Town 5.

Link: August 2004 : Yeovil Town 3 Rushden and Diamonds 1.


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23 September 2015 : Wakefield Features In Cherries Cup Defeat
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Josh Wakefield played a full 90 minutes for his parent club AFC Bournemouth last night in the Hampshire Senior Cup. Josh featured for a Cherries Under-21 side that travelled to Havant and Waterlooville, suffering a 4-0 defeat in part due to the fact that their first team were also playing on the same night at Preston North End in the Football League Cup. Bournemouth's squad for the more senior game was much changed from their standard Premier League side, with Shaun MacDonald getting a rare start as he scored the opening goal in that game, and the call-ups created a ripple effect in the young squad at was available on the South Coast.

In the County Cup match at West Leigh Park, it was former Glovers striker James Hayter who did the damage, scoring twice in Havant's win against his old club. Josh seems to have got through the 90 minutes without issue - his inclusion in the Cherries squad may be that Yeovil Town's arrangements with Bournemouth run under the Youth Loan system, which allows the parent club to recall their player for non-first team competitions on an ad-hoc basis. Those loan rules shouldn't affect his ability to play this coming Saturday, however his initial month deal ended on September 19th meaning that the Glovers would need to invoke a loan extension for him to be able to play in Saturday's match against Hartlepool United.

AFC Bournemouth: 1. Pat O'Flaherty, 2. Jon Muleba, 6. Jack Simpson, 5. Jake McCarthy, 3. Ollie Harfield, 7. Sam Matthews, 4. Matt Worthington, 8. Josh Wakefield, 11. Tomas Andrade, 10. Ben Whitfield, 9. Josh O'Hanlon.

Substitutes: 12. Jordan Lee (71 mins for Josh O'Nanlon 15. Jordan Green (61 mins for Sam Matthews), 25. Callum Stanton, 14. Corey Jordan, 16. Ben Walker.


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22 September 2015 : Bell Gets Gulls Deal
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Fergus Bell has got himself a new club for the foreseeable future. The 24 year old former Mansfield Town player clearly isn't fussy about geography when it comes to choosing his football clubs - he spent most of July on trial with Hartlepool United but didn't get offered a deal up in the north-east, and so has now switched attention entirely down to the far south-west by signing for National League side Torquay United.

His status at the club may not be the most secure one - he was announced as a signing on a non-contract player an hour after the Gulls confirmed the news that manager Paul Cox left the club for 'personal reasons', having only been appointed to the job during the summer. On Monday, their Director of Football Dean Edwards also resigned, with a club statement indicating that he had offered to leave, recognising 'financial restraints' at the club.

That's left John Ramshaw as their caretaker manager, and he had a baptism of fire as the Gulls succumbed to an extraordinary 3-7 home defeat - Torquay's worst home result since October 1995. Not too much blame can be attacked to Bell - he was introduced as a 60th minute substitute for his debut at which point Torquay were already 2-4 down. That represented his first bit of competitive football since the pair of matches that he played for the Glovers at the tail end of the 2014-15 season.

Link: Fergus Bell : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 September 2015 : Harry Cornick Talks About The Crawley Win
Following Saturday's 1-0 win over Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town loanee Harry Cornick talked about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the AFC Bournemouth loanee talks about his stunning 25 yard strike, as well as the debut of youth teamer Ollie Bassett. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Harry Cornick Speaks To BBC Somerset After The 1-0 Win Over Crawley.


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21 September 2015 : Yeovil Town's Planning Agent Gives Views On The Club's Development Plans
Currently Yeovil Town have two planning applications lodged with South Somerset District Council, that are pending consideration. One relates to the provision of community facilities in the Lufton area, whilst the other is a much larger scale development on the Huish Park land itself. Whilst those two applications are in progress, the club's Planning Agent David Bell agreed to answer some questions that had been debated amongst supporters over the past few weeks.

As a consequence, we sent through a set of questions, which David has provided his views on, that hopefully give an idea of his thinking, and hopefully answer a few of the more common questions from a fan's point of view. However, for those who may have other questions, or follow-up questions to the topics raised, David will be at the football club both this Thursday and next Thursday as part of an evening that will see manager Paul Sturrock in attendance. Get free tickets for either evening via the Huish Park Ticket Office or see the article linked below for more information.

You can also send your views to SSDC on the planning applications, whilst they are still under review - contact and reference details are provided at the foot of the Questions and Answers list with David, via the link below.

Link: David Bell Speaks To Ciderspace About The Club's Two Planning Applications.

Link: Two Meet The Manager Evenings Arranged.


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21 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Crawley Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Crawley Town kicked off at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about his touchline ban that meant he was sat in the stands for the game, as well as explaining why he chose to blood youth team player Ollie Bassett in a League Two match. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Crawley.


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20 September 2015 : Video : Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from yesterday's 1-0 win over Crawley Town, there is just over two minutes worth available online. As well as the stunning strike from AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick that won the match, you can view two further chances for Cornick along with one for Ryan Bird, plus see how close Crawley went when Lee Barnard and Sonny Bradley hit the woodwork. Watch the video below.




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20 September 2015 : Date Set For County Cup First Round Trip
Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup First Round tie against Paulton Rovers has a date set. The match will take place at Paulton's Winterfield Road ground on Wednesday 30th September, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. This will see the match scheduled just 24 hours after the first team's League Two match against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground. Given that scheduling, it's probably safe to say that any of the players who get significant game time in that match will not be considered for selection in the County Cup match.

One option that manager Paul Sturrock does have is that six of his long term injured players are currently scheduled to be back in training at the tail end of next week. Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring), Wes Fogden (broken fingers) and Jamie Burrows (ankle) are all expected to get away from the physio room and onto the grass by the end of next week. Sturrock indicated in yesterday's post-match interview that he expected only one of those to be ready for next Saturday's match against Hartlepool United - most likely Wes Fogden, with the remainder more likely to return for the following week's trip to Portsmouth.

Thus the Glovers boss does have the option of using the Paulton Rovers fixture as a means of giving some of those players 45 minutes worth of football to stretch their legs. Whatever he chooses, the remainder of the squad will doubtless be padded out by players from the club's Under-18s side, with more senior players such as Chris Weale and Iffy Allen other obvious options. Which players he dares risk though will probably only be considered once the first team squad have returned from Accrington.


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19 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Crawley Away Match
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's verdict on the match, and also his expectations concerning his side's injury list for next week's home match against Hartlepool United, can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Crawley Away Game.


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19 September 2015 : Sturrock Praises Cornick's Best Game After Crawley Win
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock believed that AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick put in his best performance for the club this afternoon, as his goal helped the Glovers to their first away win of the season. Cornick's 28th minute long range strike was undoubtedly worthy of winning a football match, as he struck a 25 yard shot into the top corner for a 1-0 win over Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium.

Sturrock explained that the 20 year old had been given a bit more of a free role during today's match, and he felt that worked well in allowing the best parts of Cornick's game to come out and flourish. He also told BBC Somerset after the match that his side had been good at taking on information during a free week on the training ground, and were starting to get an idea of what he expected of them:

"I'm very pleased that they took on the information that we worked on during the week. We had two or three other chances as well. The pressure that the home team put on us in the second half probably merited them getting a goal but I think it would have been gutting for the boys if we didn't come away with something from it. Harry has probably had his best game for us. He had a bit more freedom today and people passed the ball to him. When you pass the ball to him he gets on a run and he can cause a lot of problems. So I was pleased for him."

The Glovers boss still felt that there was room for improvement, admitting that Crawley had applied too much pressure upon his team during the second period. He said that his players needed to work out how to relieve pressure a bit better, with one or two clearances leading to the home side being able to recycle play and build up secondary attacks, rather than seeing the Glovers getting the ball down the other end of the pitch:

"I was really disappointed that our clearances weren't clearances. There were too many times that we skied things and knocked things down to people rather than getting height and distance. It's something that we've worked on in the past and we should have been much clearer with our defensive duties. That obviously put pressure on them because they had to put blocks in and make sure that nobody got in shots on goals. They're definitely taking more information on board. They definitely tried to mirror it in the first half. In the second half it got a bit more difficult along the way as they tired and they got a bit more tied up. We didn't influence the game. But everyone kept their shape and that was the important thing. I would have liked another goal just to make it easier but to be fair to Crawley their second half performance was as a home team should be."


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19 September 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched this afternoon's 1-0 win against Crawley Town at the Broadfield 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 Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.


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19 September 2015 : Crawley 0 Yeovil 1 : Cornick Strike Seals First Away Win
Yeovil Town gained their first away win of the 2015-16 season this afternoon, as a single goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick proved to be the winner. Cornick rifled home his third of his loan spell with the Glovers when he took advantage of a Matt Dolan pass to move forward and fire home from 25 yards out, and that was good enough to seal a strong away win and lift the club up into 20th position. Crawley created plenty of attacking chances, particularly in the second half, and they struck the woodwork via Lee Barnard and Sonny Bradley. But far too few of their efforts failed to directly trouble Artur Krysiak and the visitors held on to leapfrog their opponents.

The Glovers went into the match still very short of players, with ten injuries and one suspension meaning that they selected from just fourteen senior players. Omar Sowunmi's ankle injury meant that 17 year old Ollie Bassett - an attacking midfielder from the youth team - was given a surprise Football League debut - the first youth team player to get onto the field of play since the academy was reformed. Another youth-teamer Max Melanson was also on the bench to keep the squad numbers looking vaguely respectable.

Early chances saw Lee Barnard shoot wide, whilst Matt Dolan produced one of his typical long range drives after Josh Wakefield set him up. Then a Harry Cornick cross almost resulted in an own goal after a Crawley defender seemed to misjudge where he was, producing a header that came dangerously close to his own net. Then Ryan Bird really should have put Yeovil a goal up after a defensive error from Jon Ashton allowed a long clearance from Jakub Sokolik to bounce, leaving the striker clean through on goal but he shot wide. Ashton was again at fault when Harry Cornick was put through, but this time goalkeeper Freddie Woodman was forced into a save.

The opening goal that was to prove so crucial came 28 minutes into the match. Matt Dolan's pass found Harry Cornick, and the AFC Bournemouth loanee drove forward by a few yards before unleashing a terrific 25 yard shot that went all the way into the top corner - Cornick's third of the season showing the impact he has made since arriving on the opening day of the season. That goal was followed by youngster Ollie Bassett getting his first shot - wide of the target, but a positive sign for him to get room around the box.

Crawley's best spell of the half came in the closing stages when Lee Barnard hit the outside of the goalframe as he headed at goal following sloppy defending from a corner. Then Jimmy Smith fired just over the bar from the edge of the box. But what was telling was the amount of work Artur Krysiak had to do during the half. Crawley boss Mark Yates clearly wasn't impressed by that, and sent on former Glover Lewis Young into a right wing position, reshuffling his midfield into a more attacking formation. When a sluggish start to the second half still didn't improve things further, with Yeovil's defence comfortable, Roarie Deacon was replaced by Bobson Bawling.

Finally Crawley seemed to step up the gears and throw players forward, with centre-back Sonny Bradley striking the crossbar from a set piece, with Stephen Arthurworrey remonstrating with the match referee about some aspect of that set piece, that had caused him to lose his marker. Artur Krysiak then made a rare serious save - Bradley's header again showing Crawley were best placed to pressurise Yeovil from set pieces.

As Ollie Bassett was replaced by Jordan Gibbons with 17 minutes remaining, Crawley pressed the gamble button again with Ross Jenkins introduced as a third sub, meaning that Crawley often had four or five players in attacking positions during the closing stages. Luke Rooney put a free kick over the crossbar, but Crawley couldn't get their shots on target and that was ultimately why their pressure didn't tell in the end. Yeovi held on, jumping above their opponents in the League Table, and into a rather more comfortable 20th place position in the League Two table. That will give them a spot of welcome breathing space, as they produced a battling performance and a valuable three points on the day.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Harry Cornick (28 mins, 0-1)

Crawley Town:
1. Freddie Woodman
23. Liam Donnelly 16. Jon Ashton 6. Sonny Bradley 3. Christian Scales
10. Luke Rooney 8. Jimmy Smith 4. Simon Walton 11. Conor Henderson
9. Lee Barnard 20. Roarie Deacon

Substitutes:
12. Callum Preston 14. Lewis Young (46 mins for Conor Henderson) 17. Bobson Bawling (59 mins for Roarie Deacon) 22. Ross Jenkins (72 mins for Simon Walton)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 25. Josh Wakefield 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird 28. Ollie Bassett

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 15. Jordan Gibons (73 mins for Ollie Bassett) 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 27. Max Melanson

Crawley Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Crawley Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 6; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire). Assistants: Anthony Da Costa (Cambridgeshire) and Dave Bushell (London). Fourth Official: Robert Whitton (Essex).

Attendance: 2,112 (with 287 Yeovil supporters).


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19 September 2015 : Sturrock Given Dugout Ban For Crawley Trip
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock will be watching today's match against Crawley Town from a seat in their Main Stand. The Glovers boss has been given a one match ban, which he will serve today, for remarks he made to the Fourth Official Timothy Wood during the League Two match against Morecambe after referee Nicholas Kinseley red-carded Shaun Jeffers in that game. Sturrock was sent to the stands during that match as well, and whatever was included in the referee's report of that game has been enough to ensure that he was not allowed to take to the dugouts today.

Sturrock appeared to be aware that he had been sanctioned during his post-match interview last weekend, when he suggested that he had been also fined for his remarks. Terry Skiverton and Darren Way will take charge in the dugouts, with Sturrock believed to have full communication with the pair from his seat in the stands. He will return to the dugouts for next weekend's match against Hartlepool United.


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19 September 2015 : Team News For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change for this afternoon's League Two match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. Defender-turned-striker Omar Sowunmi was stretchered off during last weekend's draw against AFC Wimbledon and is expected to be out for three weeks with the ankle injury he sustained. Defender Alex Lacey was initially on the teamsheet for that game but pulled up with a groin problem and is expected to be out for about two weeks. Sowunmi's position in the side is taken by Ollie Bassett, who is an attacking player for the Youth Team - this is his debut for the club.

The list of absentees from the first team squad remains as it has been - Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring), Wes Fogden (broken fingers), Jamie Burrows (ankle) and Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) are all still out. Shaun Jeffers serves the second of a three match suspension. Manager Paul Strurrock will be sat in the stands for today's match, as he serves a one match suspension following his sending off against Morecambe.

The team reads as follows, with youth teamer Max Melanson named on the bench:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 25. Josh Wakefield 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
9. Ryan Bird 28. Ollie Bassett

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 15. Jordan Gibons 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 27. Max Melanson

Crawley Town:
1. Freddie Woodman
23. Liam Donnelly 16. Jon Ashton 6. Sonny Bradley 3. Christian Scales
10. Luke Rooney 8. Jimmy Smith 4. Simon Walton 11. Conor Henderson
9. Lee Barnard 20. Roarie Deacon

Substitutes:
12. Callum Preston 14. Lewis Young 17. Bobson Bawling 22. Ross Jenkins


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18 September 2015 : Expected First Team Squad For Crawley Trip
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock is expected to select from the same squad of players that were available to him upon the final whistle of last weekend's League Two match against AFC Wimbledon. The journey to the Broadfield Stadium will begin without defender Alex Lacey (groin) and defender-turned-striker Omar Sowunmi (ankle) who were both casualties of that match, with Lacey's name being scrubbed off the teamsheet at the last minute, whilst Sowunmi's afternoon was ended by a dreadful tackle and a stretcher down the tunnel.

They will sit out the match, with longer term absentees Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring), Wes Fogden (broken fingers), Jamie Burrows (ankle), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) and Shaun Jeffers (three match suspension) also unavailable, meaning that a total of eleven players will be missing from the line-up.

This gives Sturrock a total of fourteen senior players to select from : Artur Krysiak, Connor Roberts, Stephen Arthurworrey, Jakub Sololik, Nathan Smith (Captain), Harry Cornick, Josh Wakefield, Matt Dolan, Jake Howells and Ryan Bird are joined by last week's bench-warmers Chris Weale, Jordan Gibbons, Iffy Allen and Mark Beck - one of those outfield players will be brought into the starting line-up to replace Sowunmi. On top of that at least one youth teamer will travel, with Max Melanson having been put on the bench for last weekend's match at Huish Park. Sturrock has had a couple of other players from the Under-18 squad on the training ground this week, suggesting that he is toying with giving Melanson a bit of travelling company.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Crawley.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Bring In Former Hornets Midfielder.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Bring In Latics Loan Striker.

Link: Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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18 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Crawley Town Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's trip to Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Paul explains the latest injury situation, including those to Alex Lacey and Omar Sowunmi, his views on the opposition, and also his belief on where Yeovil Town will progress in the long term this season. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Crawley.


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18 September 2015 : Crawley Town : The Lowdown
Whilst meetings between Yeovil Town and Crawley Town have been sporadic over the years, in the last couple of months we've got a bit in common. Both clubs were relegated from League One at the end of last season, whilst both have recently changed their first team managers, with Mark Yates arriving at the Broadfield Stadium. On top of that, both clubs have had a high turnover of players over the summer - Crawley have recruited fourteen players so far, with fifteen leaving at the end of last season.

All that, plus some injury problems (though not on the same scale as the Glovers!) has made for a slow start for Crawley - their 19th place position shows a club in transition and a club that is having to juggle its resources a bit. Mr Sturrock and Mr Yates should be able to exchange a few notes on their respective positions, with both managers looking at similar issues.

Last season, all results between Yeovil and Crawley went with the home side. We met them in the FA Cup which meant that the Glovers got two victories at Huish Park - goals from Gozie Ugwu and AJ Leitch-Smith over-turned Izale McLeod's opener in the last meeting - all three strikers have left their respective clubs. In the last meeting at the Broadfield Stadium a year ago, midfielder Marvin Elliott haunted the club he'd trialled for during pre-season - he also left Crawley over the summer, and hasn't found a new club yet.

Various facts about where Crawley Town stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 28/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them 21st in the bookies odds lists (via SkyBet)

Match Odds: Yeovil Win 5/2; Crawley Town Win 6/5; Draw 5/2 (via ToteSport)

New Signings: Joe McNerney (defender, Woking), Simon Walton (midfield, Stevenage), Luke Rooney (midfield, Ebbsfleet United), Shamir Fenelon (striker, Brighton and Hove Albion), Jon Ashton (defender, Stevenage), Lee Barnard (striker, Southend United), Roarie Deacon (midfield, Stevenage), Callum Preston (goalkeeper, Birmingham City), Bryan van den Bogaert (defender, Royal Antwerp), Ross Jenkins (midfield, Watford), Freddie Woodman (goalkeeper, Newcastle United, loan), Liam Donnelly (defender, Fulham, loan), Christian Scales (defender, Crystal Palace, loan), Rhys Murphy (striker, Oldham Athletic, loan).

Results So Far:
08/08/2015Oxford UnitedAwaySBL2D1-16349Edwards 56
11/08/2015Peterborough UnitedAwayCC1L0-22500
15/08/2015AFC WimbledonHomeSBL2L1-22988Edwards 34
18/08/2015PortsmouthHomeSBL2D0-04003
22/08/2015Cambridge UnitedAwaySBL2W3-05459Deacon 39, 47, Edwards 87
29/08/2015Wycombe WanderersHomeSBL2D0-02466
12/09/2015Mansfield TownAwaySBL2L0-42524

Last Line-Up: 1. Freddie Woodman; 23. Liam Donnelly 16. Jon Ashton 6. Sonny Bradley 3. Christian Scales; 7. Gwion Edwards 4. Simon Walton 8. Jimmy Smith 14. Lewis Young; 18. Matt Harrold 20. Roarie Deacon

Substitutes: 9. Lee Barnard 10. Luke Rooney 11. Conor Henderson 12. Callum Preston 17. Bobson Bawling

Injuries and Suspensions: Lanre Oyebanjo and Gavin Tomlin will be absent with long term injuries. Defender Joe McNerney has a knee injury and missed last week's game although Crawley indicate he's back in training. Gwion Edwards starts a three match suspension, whilst Matt Harrold limped out of last weekend's match against Mansfield Town after just 24 minutes and the initial view was that would leave him on the sidelines for a couple of weeks, although Crawley are now saying he is 'fifty-fifty' for the match. That is likely to leave Crawley very short in numbers on their bench, as the six they fielded last weekend were their last remaining professionals. To compensate for that, they've signed Ross Jenkins this week on a short term deal, along with striker Rhys Murphy as a short term loan from Oldham Athletic.

Manager: Mark Yates - The 45 year old had a long playing career as a midfielder for Kidderminster Harriers and Cheltenham Town. When he finished his playing career, he went on to manage both clubs - Kidderminster between 2006 and 2009, followed by a five year stretch with Cheltenham. As such, despite being a low key name in management circles, he's actually clocked up close to 500 games in the dugouts. He became Crawley's manager shortly after their relegation to League Two, and thus is in pretty much the same boat as Paul Sturrock where he is defining his new style and regime at the club.

Connections: Last season, Crawley Town's side was a mass of ex-Glovers. That situation has thinned out with a number of departures over the summer. However we should still face former winger Lewis Young, who has been on their books since July 2014 and has made 51 appearances, though has yet to score a goal. That game time is far in excess of the meagre two starts and 15 substitute appearances he managed for the Glovers. In addition, Gavin Tomlin is still on their books, but he's yet to make an appearance for them this season - he had a abductor muscle tear and hernia surgery in July and so is undergoing rehab and is not expected back until the tail end of this month. Gavin made 84 appearances, scoring 16 goals for the club across two seasons and was our top goalscorer for the 2008-09 campaign. Finally Matt Harrold has been on Crawley's books since the summer of 2014. He made 54 appearances, scoring ten goals, largely during the 2005-06 season - leaving us for Southend United just before the transfer window closed in August 2006. He's a doubt for this match, with a hamstring problem (see above).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Bring In Former Hornets Midfielder.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Bring In Latics Loan Striker.

Link: Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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17 September 2015 : Saturday's Opponents Bring In Latics Loan Striker
Saturday's opponents Crawley Town have brought in their second new signing of the day. They have taken 24 year old striker Rhys Murphy on loan from League One side Oldham Athletic on an emergency loan until 19th December. The West Sussex side have been without former Glover Gavin Tomlin with a long term injury since the summer break, whilst Matt Harrold left the pitch with a hamstring injury last week, whilst top scorer Gwion Edwards is starting a three match suspension this weekend.

That has left them short of fire power, and so Murphy, who joined the Latics under Lee Johnson in February 2015, has been drafted in. Oddly his first goal for Oldham came last Saturday against Peterborough United - one of three matches he's played for them during the 2015-16 campaign. As a former Arsenal trainee, he's had loan spells with Brentford and Preston North End, but the major part of his professional career came via Dagenham and Redbridge, who he spent 18 months with, scoring 14 times in 46 appearances at League Two level.

Crawley have already brought in former Watford midfielder Ross Jenkins as a free agent earlier today. See below for a summary of his career.

Link: Saturday's Opponents Bring In Former Hornets Midfielder.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town.

Link: Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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17 September 2015 : Saturday's Opponents Bring In Former Hornets Midfielder
Saturday's opponents Crawley Town have brought in a new midfielder ahead of the match at the Broadfield Stadium. They have recruited former Watford player Ross Jenkins, who has been given a contract until January 2016, having been a free agent since the end of last season. The 24 year old had played 95 times for the Hornets, scoring two goals before they let him go. He will be eligible for Saturday's match.

Since then he's been in the USA where he had a trial with Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire. After he returned to England, he began training with League One sides Wigan Athletic and Gillingham. During his time with Watford he'd also had loan experience with Plymouth Argyle and Barnet.

Crawley have been somewhat short of players recently, with Lanre Oyebanjo and former Glover Gavin Tomlin out with long term injuries. Defender Joe McNerney missed last weekend's match against Mansfield Town with a knee injury - a costly game for the Red Devils given that striker Matt Harrold - another former Glover - limped out of that match with a hamstring injury, whilst top scorer Gwion Edwards was red carded for a serious foul and so commences a three match ban. Crawley only fielded six substitutes in that game, and thus with Harrold and Edwards expected to reduce those numbers further, the addition of Jenkins should provide some balance.


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17 September 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make the trip to West Sussex, when they will be playing Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. For those travelling, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to include directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide and match statistics. Find that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town.

Link: Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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16 September 2015 : Connor Roberts Talks About His Loan Extension
Last week, Yeovil Town's on-loan right-back Connor Roberts agreed a loan extension with the club that will allow the Swansea City youth product to stay at the club until the second week in October. After sorting out that deal, he spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt about the contract extension, his playing time at the club, the Glovers injury list and the team's start in the league so far. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Connor Roberts Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To AFC Wimbledon.


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16 September 2015 : Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Crawley Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 19th September 2015, at the Broadfield Stadium, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Ben Toner (Lancashire).

For the third match in a row, we've been given an official who is in his first year as a Football League referee. He's taken charge of four League Two matches and one Football League Trophy tie so far this season. Collectively he's dished out 18 yellow cards and one red card during that time. Oddly nearly all of those cards have been weighted towards two matches - nine yellows in a draw between Mansfield Town and Oxford United, followed by six yellows and a red for Notts County's last minute 3-2 win over Luton Town. The latter match saw Luton's Scott Cuthbert dismissed for a professional foul, with the winning goal being scored from the resultant free kick, but highlights footage shows the official got that decision spot on.

Despite his inexperience as a League referee, he has had some variety to his career so far - in the summer of 2014, he was selected to represent the English FA in the Dallas Cup, which during that year included youth and development teams from Fulham, Fluminense of Brazil, River Plate of Argentina and the US Under 20 National team. He hails from Darwen and is a teacher at Fleetwood High School and so presumably won't be given too many Fleetwood Town matches to look after.

Mr Toner will be assisted by Anthony Da Costa (Cambridgeshire) and Dave Bushell (London). The Fourth Official will be Robert Whitton (Essex).

Link: Admission For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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15 September 2015 : Lacey And Sowunmi Ruled Out For Crawley Trip
Yeovil Town's lengthy injury list seems likely to mean that two of the players named on last week's teamsheet will not be travelling to Crawley Town this weekend. Defender Alex Lacey pulled out of the warm-ups with a groin problem, and thus forced an ultra-late alteration to the starting line-up for last Saturday's match against AFC Wimbledon, whilst defender-turned-striker Omar Sowunmi was stretchered off after he was the victim of an ugly looking tackle by Dons defender Will Nightingale.

The current prognosis on the pair is that Lacey will miss about two weeks of football, whilst Sowunmi will not be used for around three weeks, according to the Western Gazette. They join Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring), Wes Fogden (broken fingers), Jamie Burrows (ankle) and Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) on the treatment table, whilst Shaun Jeffers (three match suspension) has two more matches sat on the sidelines.

Manager Paul Sturrock has previously said that he is hoping that the home match against Hartlepool United will represent the point at which he starts to see light at the end of the tunnel. The Glovers boss said on Saturday that he saw that match as being the key one by which some of those players may return. Kevin Dawson is already back in non-contact training, whilst Wes Fogden is having wires in his broken hand removed tomorrow. Whilst Compton is expected to remain out for another three weeks, the list of Dawson, Tozer, Dickson, Laird, Fogden and Burrows should resume training on or around the Hartlepool weekend. Jeffers will definitely return after that match, given he completes his suspension that weekend.

The only player known to still have a seriously long term problem is Simon Gillett, who is not expected to return to the side until around Christmas, following his knee injury sustained at the start of the year. Of the others, it will all be a case of match fitness. The likes of Fogden should be able to get the all-clear relatively quickly given the nature of his injury and his ability to do some limited gym work - albeit one-handed. However, Dawson and Tozer in particular will need to be eased back more gently given they have not kicked a football since last season and so need a 'pre-season build-up'.


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15 September 2015 : Ellie Curson Talks About The Ladies Draw Against The Toffees
Following Sunday's 0-0 draw against Everton Ladies at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Ladies midfielder Ellie Curson spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Jack Murley, Ellie talks about the Toffees, their league position, the injury to Annie Heatherson during the match, as well as her experience of playing on the main Huish Park stadium pitch in front of a larger crowd. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Ellie Curson Talks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Everton Ladies.


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15 September 2015 : Glovers Boss Sturrock Releases Autobiography
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock is to release his own autobiography tomorrow. The book has been co-authored by Sturrock and and freelance journalist Bill Richards, who was the Chief Sports Writer with the Plymouth Herald for nine years, covering a large chunk of Paul's management career. Entitled Luggy: The Autobiography of Paul Sturrock, the book is out in hardback form, priced £18.99, although Amazon are currently carrying it at £12.91.

The books is published by Pitch Publishing and is 256 pages in length. The ISBN number is 9781785310454 and the publisher's book summary states:

"Paul Sturrock is widely admired as a manager, having turned around football clubs' fortunes both in England and his native Scotland. As a player he represented his beloved Dundee United and Scotland, and later managed the Tangerines after leading St Johnstone into the SPL. Moving south, he led Plymouth Argyle from bottom place in the basement division to the Championship within four seasons. Sturrock's uncompromising managerial style didn't fit with Southampton's players or owners; however Saints' loss was Sheffield Wednesday's gain, and promotion was again won to the Championship against all odds. Having stabilised Swindon Town, he returned to Plymouth for a sad swansong dominated by the club entering administration and Sturrock's own revelation that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease. A return to management with Southend United saw him guide them to a Wembley final, but left the club before getting the chance to lead his team out onto the hallowed turf. Now at the helm of Yeovil Town Paul's warts-and-all autobiography will both touch and inspire fans at all his clubs, and supporters of the beautiful game everywhere."

Given Paul has only recently joined Yeovil Town, we wouldn't expect this book to contain any major Glovers content, but it may be of strong interest to Glovers fans who want to get inside the head of their manager and what he has achieved over the years. The book is released tomorrow - September 16th 2015.

Link: Amazon Website : Luggy: The Autobiography of Paul Sturrock.


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14 September 2015 : Ryan Bird Talks About The Wimbledon Draw
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Ryan Bird spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Ryan's views on the match, his strike partner Omar Sowunmi and defender Jakub Sokolik can be read via the link below.

Link: Ryan Bird Speaks To BBC Somerset After The 1-1 Draw Against AFC Wimbledon.

Other interviews, match report, video and the opportunity to vote for your man of the match, can be accessed below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against AFC Wimbledon.

Link: Video : Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon Match Highlights.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The AFC Wimbledon Home Match.

Link: Yeovil 1 Wimbledon 1 : Glovers Pegged Back By Akinfenwa.

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


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14 September 2015 : Eastmond Takes Sutton Deal
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Craig Eastmond has found himself a new club. The 24 year old, who signed for the Glovers from Colchester United, has signed a deal with Conference South side Sutton United, who are currently 11th in the table, nine matches into their season. Eastmond made his debut by playing 90 minutes in a 1-0 win over Gosport Borough. His deal with Sutton is described as being on a 'rolling' basis, suggesting that this is a short term arrangement at present.

Eastmond had briefly trialled with Dagenham and Redbridge in pre-season but has not been seen since then, with this being his first piece of competitive football since leaving Huish Park at the end of last season. He managed just seven minutes worth of football for the Glovers - a substitute appearance against his old club Colchester United, at their Community Stadium in March.

Link: Craig Eastmond : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Wimbledon Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match at Huish Park kicked off, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul gives views on new loan signing Jake Howells, the return of Josh Wakefield and his new front pairing chosen for that game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against AFC Wimbledon.

Other interviews, match report, video and the opportunity to vote for your man of the match, can be accessed below.

Link: Video : Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon Match Highlights.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The AFC Wimbledon Home Match.

Link: Yeovil 1 Wimbledon 1 : Glovers Pegged Back By Akinfenwa.

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


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13 September 2015 : Glovers Criticised In Food Hygeine Report In National Press
Yeovil Town have been highlighted by a national newspaper survey into Food Hygiene in football stadiums across the country. The Glovers were one of three clubs out of the top four divisions to have below standard reports issued by the Food Standards Agency when The Mirror newspaper surveyed all 92 clubs. The paper used Freedom of Information requests to clubs, as well as the publicly available ratings that are published online, and found that Dagenham and Redbridge, Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town had the lowest ratings.

Overall, the Food Standards Agency consider football grounds to be in good health when it comes to the storage, preparation and serving of food inside stadiums. They were able to obtain ratings for 90 out of the 92 clubs, with Accrington Stanley exempt (because nothing they serve on the premises requires an inspection), whilst Barnet are in a new stadium that is yet to be inspected. Of those 90 clubs, 83 of them have achieved Food Standards Agency ratings of either 4 or 5 - meaning "Good" or "Very Good". A further four clubs gained a "Satisfactory" mark of 3, leaving just three clubs falling below that mark.

Mansfield Town achieved a score of 1, which indicates that "Major Improvement Is Necessary", whilst Yeovil Town and Dagenham recorded scores of 2, which indicates that "Improvement Is Necessary". Mansfield reacted to that score and have made improvements and obtained a reinspection that gave them a new score of 4 since the Mirror's baseline date, with the Stags putting out a press statement to that effect, declaring the paper's rating as 'out of date'. Their reinspection was dated July 21st 2015, but hadn't made it to the FSA website by the time the Mirror baselined their information on August 1st 2015. That reinspection, coupled with the updated score, therefore left Yeovil and Dagenham at the bottom of the pile.

Yeovil Town's inspection was made on November 24th 2014. The Mirror's information they obtained via the Freedom of Information act states that: "Yeovil Town was criticised by inspectors for its 'dirty' kitchen walls and floor, 'very dirty' oven and food debris being stuck on utensils. The report added: "The meat slicer had old food debris stuck around the blade. The upright freezer ... was dirty inside and out." Dagenham's report went under the banner of outsource company Julies Fast Foods, with their inspection being held on March 11th 2015 - the paper doesn't offer any details as to why their inspection scored that low.


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13 September 2015 : Toffees Produce Stalemate For Yeovil Town Ladies
Yeovil Town Ladies and Everton Ladies battled out a goalless draw at Huish Park this afternoon, as both sides found their promotion hopes dented by resolute defending. The third and fourth placed sides came up against each other as the 2015 FAWSL2 season heads into its final key moments, but it was leaders Doncaster Rovers Belles and second placed Reading FC Women, who were not in league action this weekend, who gained the most, as the shared points left Everton nine points behind Reading, whilst Yeovil now are five points behind the Royals, having played a game more.

With both sides needing all three points, this was a competitive end-to-end encounter, with both clubs having chances throughout the match. Sarah Wiltshire broke through for the Glovers, only to be denied by Kirstie Levell's flying save. However, at the other end, Charlotte Kaynes had to keep out chances from Ellie Stewart and Michelle Hinnigan, with the latter being parried for a corner. In the lead-up to the break, the Glovers went close in quick succession, as Annie Heatherson headed over the bar and Corinne Yorston shot wide, ensuring the game would stay finely balanced for the second period.

It was no surprise to find the second half was more of the same - literally, with Kirstie Levell having to save from Sarah Wiltshire for the first chance of that period. The match was also highly bruising - Annie Heatherson had already received treatment after she was clattered during one Yeovil attack, but in one 70th minute incident she was not so lucky, being stretchered off after a lengthy delay. The Glovers finished the game in the ascendancy as chances for Wiltshire again, and Nicola Cousins were saved, Natalie Haigh put a header wide, and then Wiltshire had another attempt deflected for a corner, ultimately meaning that the Glovers had to settle for a single point. They remain unbeaten in FAWSL2 during the second half of the season, showing how competitive they are at this level, but with three games remaining they will probably need to win them all if they are to give Reading a scare in the final stages of the season.

Full Time: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Everton Ladies 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes; Nicola Cousins, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston; Stephanie Williams, Ellie Curson, Ellis Hillman; Annie Heatherson, Natasha Knapman, Sarah Wiltshire

Yeovil Substitutes: Sammy Quayle (67 mins for Ellis Hillman), Emily Donovan (71 mins for Annie Heatherson), Alys Hinchcliffe (87 mins for Natasha Knapman), Ellie Isaac, Shauna Cossens, Jessie Jones, Alice Evans

Everton Ladies: Kirstie Levell; Lindsay Johnson, Ellie Stewart, Gabby George, Paige Williams; Emily Hollinshead, Michelle Hinnigan, Kelly Jones, Danielle Turner; Simone Magill; Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah

Everton Substitutes: Jess King (59 mins for Emily Hollinshead), Danielle Lea (88 mins for Paige Williams), Vicky Jones (88 mins for Lindsay Johnson), Megan Walsh, Claudia Walker, Lauren Davies

Referee: Chris Mannering

Attendance: 534.


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13 September 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon, two minutes worth of footage is now online. As well as the opening goal from Ryan Bird and the equaliser from Adebayo Akinfenwa, the video also shows the Dons hitting the woodwork twice, along with the tackle by Will Nightingale that saw Omar Sowunmi stretchered off with an ankle injury - judge for yourself whether referee Adam Hopkins was right to consider it a yellow card offence.




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13 September 2015 : John Fry Talks About The Club's New Planning Application
With Yeovil Town having submitted a new planning application to South Somerset District Council around a month ago, Chairman John Fry spoke to the BBC, providing his views on where the club stood at the start of the 2015-16 season. With questions from BBC Somerset's Saturday Sport presenter Geoff Twentyman, John talks about his hopes under manager Paul Sturrock and his expectations concerning the planning application. Read that interview via the link below.

NOTE: The interview was conducted on the morning of the home match against Bristol Rovers, and so the football-related questions should be read with that in mind, given that we've played half a dozen matches since.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The Start To The 2015-16 Season.


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12 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The AFC Wimbledon Home Match
Following Saturday afternoon's League Two match against AFC Wimbledon at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about the match and the injuries to Alex Lacey and Omar Sowunmi. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The AFC Wimbledon Home Match.


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12 September 2015 : Sturrock Happy With Point After Injuries Disrupt Glovers Again
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock felt that a point against AFC Wimbledon this afternoon was 'about right', particularly given the circumstances of the game and how things unfolded. The Glovers had to settle for a 1-1 draw that lifted them into 22nd place in the League Two table despite Ryan Bird giving them a first half lead that they held on until the 79th minute.

A pre-match problem that saw Alex Lacey drop out of the side was coupled with Omar Sowunmi getting stretchered off during the second period, which constrained the tactical options the Glovers could use to seal all three points, and instead Wimbledon equalised through Adebayo Akinfenwa's headed goal eleven minutes from time. Sturrock said given the circumstances and the general pattern of the game, that coming out with a point was a pleasing thing, given the way the game could have ended:

"It doesn't get any easier when your centre-back who is playing comes off in the warm-up, then just after half time the boy who was causing a lot of problems gets carried off. We just haven't got the squad and the quality to handle that, and we were backs to the wall during the second half really because of that. So I think taking a point was about right. Maybe some might see it a bit differently but for the circumstances that finished up happening in the game, I'm quite pleased with a point."

One of the key points in the match came when Omar Sowunmi was taken out by a poor tackle from Wimbledon centre-back Will Nightingale, with stand-in referee Adam Hopkins issuing a yellow card, whilst the striker left the field on a stretcher. Having seen his own player Shaun Jeffers red-carded last week for a straight foul - a decision that cost Sturrock his position in the dugouts after he voiced his opinions to the Fourth Official - the Glovers boss said that he was reluctant to give his views on a key incident two weeks running, and wanted to concentrate on Sowunmi's performance:

"I'm not going to say anything more about tackles and what's happening in football. I said enough last week and it's cost me a few bob. So I'll keep my powder dry. It's how the season is unfolding, but I think we've got to be positive in our thoughts and take the positives from today rather than the negatives. Omar Sowunmi has played very few games at centre-forward and you can see that, but he's a trier and at the end of the day he's in there, he's shown the prowess and he's nearly scored again today. So I'm going to keep working on him, as his fitness levels are poor, although saying that, they're going to get poorer if he's going to be out for a few weeks. Omar is not going to be available for next week, I can assure you that, with the way that he's looking."


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12 September 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon
If you watched this afternoon's 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon 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 AFC Wimbledon.


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12 September 2015 : Yeovil 1 Wimbledon 1 : Glovers Pegged Back By Akinfenwa
Yeovil Town had to settle for a draw against AFC Wimbledon this afternoon at Huish Park, despite another Ryan Bird goal giving them a half time advantage. Bird's third goal of the season appeared to be settling the Glovers on their way to a win, but the visitors enjoyed a much stronger second half, and struck the woodwork twice across the 90 minutes. They eventually equalised eleven minutes from time when Adebayo Akinfenwa converted from close range from a corner. Yeovil's day was marred by Omar Sowunmi being stretchered off with an ankle injury during the second half, adding to the club's lengthening injury list.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up - three on the teamsheet and then a fourth during the warm-ups. Ryan Bird replaced the suspended Shaun Jeffers, whilst Jake Howells made his debut for the club as he replaced the injured Jack Compton. In midfield, Josh Wakefield had recovered from an ankle injury and so replaced Jordan Gibbons who dropped to the bench. There was also a fourth change after the teamsheet had been printed, as Alex Lacey was withdrawn during the warm-ups, with Jakub Sokolik being forced into action, despite a cast on his arm protecting a fractured wrist.

A slow start gave Wimbledon the initial upper hand. Artur Kryiak had to save a George Francomb attempt, which saw Connor Roberts hack the loose ball away close to his goal line, then Krysiak saved again from a Tom Elliott effort. Yeovil gradually found their feet, with Omar Sowunmi particularly impressive in the way that he has improved as a defender-turned-striker. He fed Ryan Bird who shot over the bar, then a Matt Dolan free kick was saved by Dons keeper James Shea. Gradually the match became more even with Sowunmi firing just wide of the target before Adebayo Akinfenwa's shot from the edge of the box was comfortably saved.

The 26th minute goal that gave Yeovil their advantage was a nicely worked set piece. A long throw-in by Swansea City full-back Connor Roberts was flicked on by Omar Sowunmi, and Ryan Bird perfectly anticipated the move to convert from close range for a 1-0 advantage. It wasn't a dominant 1-0 by any stretch of the imagination - Wimbledon had their chances during the opening 25 minutes, but it at least game the Glovers something to build on.

The Huish Park injury jinx that has plagued the 2015-16 campaign spread to the referee just after the goal. Referee Lee Swabey was making his competitive debut as a referee at Huish Park, but he lasted just 38 minutes of the match, before he pulled up and had to hand over his whistle to his assistant Adam Hopkins, as the officials rotated around, allowing Swabey to take over Fourth Official duties. The half finished with Wimbledon unlucky not to get an equalising goal, as a forward run from their midfielder Jake Reeves saw him fire off a shot that came off the inside of the post and came back out across the goal. But at half time, all was well.

The second half opened up quietly from both sides point of view, but nine minutes into the half came a nasty moment in the game. Dons centre-back Will Nightingale cynically took out Omar Sowunmi when the striker had beaten him, getting nowhere near the ball. Referee Adam Hopkins decided to just produce a yellow card. Sowunmi was not so lucky - after a lengthy delay he was stretchered off with an ankle injury, with Mark Beck having to replace him up front.

That change seemed to benefit Wimbledon far more than it did Yeovil, with Paul Robinson heading against the crossbar from a Tom Elliott cross as the visitors threatened. Will Nightingale was lucky again when he committed another foul on Mark Beck, earning him and Wimbledon's captain a lengthy talking to, giving the centre-back the benefit of a final warning.

As the game became more and more edgy, with the Glovers getting sucked too deep for their own good, Wimbledon won a corner in the 79th minute. George Francomb's delivery saw Artur Krysiak over-commit himself and Adebayo Akinfenwa headed home from close range for the equalising goal. On the balance of play, undoubtedly deserved, but frustrating that the Glovers had lost points from a winning position for the second weekend running.

The worry was that Yeovil might cave in at this stage, with some players looking dead on their feet, and seven minutes worth of injury time signalled - the majority of which was for the Omar Sowunmi injury. But they just about held out for a point that lifts them out of the relegation zone and above Barnet who lost at Portsmouth, with basement club Newport County also losing. Whilst that may therefore be a point gained, the injuries to Alex Lacey in pre-match and the worrying ankle problem suffered by Omar Sowunmi will cause manager Paul Sturrock further headaches, with all five loan places now used up, and the treatment table getting ever more crowded.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 AFC Wimbledon 1.

Scorers: Ryan Bird (1-0, 26 mins), Adebayo Akinfenwa (1-1, 79 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 25. Josh Wakefield 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
17. Omar Sowumni 9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 15. Jordan Gibbons (90 mins for Jake Howells) 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck (54 mins for Omar Sowunmi) 27. Max Melanson

AFC Wimbledon:
1. James Shea
2. Barry Fuller 6. Paul Robinson 5. Will Nightingale 12. Jonathan Meades
17. Andy Barcham 4. Dannie Bulman 8. Jake Reeves 7. George Francomb
10. Adebayo Akinfenwa 9. Tom Elliott

Substitutes:
11. Sean Rigg (75 mins for Andy Barcham) 14. Adebayo Azeez (70 mins for Tom Elliott) 16. Tom Beere 20. Ryan Sweeney 22. Karleigh Osborne 24. Joe McDonnell 26. Egli Kaja

Yeovil Bookings: None.

AFC Wimbledon Bookings: Will Nightingale (50 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 6.

AFC Wimbledon Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 7; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon). Assistants: Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Andrew Turner (Devon). Fourth Official: Chris Powell (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,687 (with 593 AFC Wimbledon supporters).


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12 September 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Yeovil Town have made three changes for this afternoon's League Two match against AFC Wimbledon at Huish Park. Midfielder Josh Wakefield, who is on loan from AFC Bournemouth, returns from an ankle injury and replaces Jordan Gibbons, who drops to the bench. Striker Ryan Bird replaces the suspended Shaun Jeffers. New loan signing Jake Howells, who has arrived on a month's deal from Luton Town, comes into the starting line-up and is expected to play on the left-wing.

The list of absentees from the first team squad continues to be a long one - Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring), Wes Fogden (broken fingers) and Jamie Burrows (ankle) are joined by Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) and Shaun Jeffers (three match suspension). Jakub Sokolik (fractured wrist) makes it as far as the bench.

Update: 2.45p.m. Alex Lacey has pulled out with a warm-up injury problem and Jakub Sokolik will become a late replacement in the starting line-up.

The team reads as follows, with youth teamer Max Melanson named on the bench:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 6. Jakub Sololik 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 25. Josh Wakefield 4. Matt Dolan 26. Jake Howells
17. Omar Sowumni 9. Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 15. Jordan Gibons 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 27. Max Melanson


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12 September 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Luton Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town played host to Luton Town in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The match was a topsy-turvy one, with the visitors taking an early two goal lead, but a Stephen Arthurworrey header and two second half goals from Ryan Bird created a great comeback and a 3-2 win and the first three points of the season.

Man of the Match voting saw Harry Cornick come in for a lot of praise, but he was beaten into third place by Ryan Bird, whose second and third placed votes were heavily responsible for the number of points he scored. The overall winner though was Fulham loanee Stephen Arthurworrey, who not only scored the first, but also provided the assists for both of Bird's second half strikes. Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Stephen Arthurworrey 662 (56)
2. Ryan Bird 296 (6)
3. Harry Cornick 294 (14)
4. Jakub Sokolík 96 (5)
5. Matthew Dolan 86 (3)
6. Nathan Smith 70 (3)
7. Artur Krysiak 54 (2)
8. Jack Compton 44 (2)
9. Connor Roberts 42 (2)
10. Josh Wakefield 10 (0)
11. Shaun Jeffers 8 (0)
12. Jamie Burrows 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.73
Performance : 7.29
Entertainment : 8.17
VOTES RECEIVED : 93


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12 September 2015 : York City vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
During the middle of last month, Yeovil Town travelled to Bootham Crescent, for a League Two match against York City. The end result was a frustrating game, settled by a single James Berrett goal in a 1-0 defeat, with the quality of the game not helped by steady rain and a greasy surface that meant that both sides struggled to create clearcut chances.

Man of the Match voting saw left-back Nathan Smith and centre-back Jakub Sokolik praised for their performances on the day. However, the outright winner was goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, who was only beaten by an unfortunate deflection from Berrett's strike that he could do little about. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Artur Krysiak 102 (7)
2. Jakub Sokolík 54 (3)
3. Nathan Smith 32 (2)
4. Mark Beck 10 (1)
5. Stephen Arthurworrey 10 (0)
6. Wes Fogden 8 (0)
7. Iffy Allen 6 (0)
8. Jack Compton 2 (0)
8. Harry Cornick 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.08
Performance : 4.15
Entertainment : 4
VOTES RECEIVED : 13


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12 September 2015 : AFC Wimbledon : The Lowdown
In the strictest sense of the definition, AFC Wimbledon are one of professional football's newest clubs, having only been formed in May 2002, just twelve months before Yeovil Town worked their way into the Football League. They started life in the Combined Counties League Premier Division, and worked their way up to become a Football League club just nine years later, and have been in League Two ever since.

In the spiritual sense though, AFC Wimbledon are the old Wimbledon FC that became known as the Crazy Gang in the 1980s, as they occupied the top flight of English football. They are also old Southern League rivals of Yeovil Town, with the two clubs regularly competing for the top spots between 1965 and 1977. Their position as 1974–75, 1975–76 and 1976–77 Southern League Champions meant that they deservedly were elected as members of the Football League in the summer of 1977, meaning that our last match between Wimbledon was on May 7th 1977, at their old Plough Lane ground.

The Dons returned for pre-season friendlies in 1979, 1992 and 1999 for pre-season friendlies, before the set of shameful events took place that saw their club franchised out to Milton Keynes, seeing the breakaway club formed that is certainly recognised amongst grass roots football supporters as the true child of that original Wimbledon football club. Since they've entered the league, finishes of 16th, 20th, 20th and 15th show that they have occasionally flirted with a return to non-league, most notably during the 2012-13 campaign that saw them start the final day in the relegation zone. But they've retained that position, and currently occupy a comfortable 13th place slot in the early League Two table.

Various facts about where AFC Wimbledon stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 10/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them joint 11th in the bookies odds lists (via Betfair)

Today's Match Odds: Yeovil Win 5/2; AFC Wimbledon Win 6/5; Draw 5/2 (via Bet Victor)

New Signings: Andy Barcham (left-wing, Portsmouth), Jonathan Meades (left-back, Oxford United), Christian Toonga (midfield, Arsenal), Tom Elliott (striker, Cambridge United), Lyle Taylor (striker, Scunthorpe United, undisclosed fee), Paul Robinson (centre-back, Portsmouth).

Last Six Results:
11/08/2015Cardiff CityAwayCC1L0-16314
15/08/2015Crawley TownAwaySBL2W2-12988Akinfenwa 51, Barcham 76
22/08/2015Carlisle UnitedAwaySBL2D1-15949Barcham 36
29/08/2015Exeter CityHomeSBL2W2-13803Francomb 28, Azeez 82
01/09/2015Plymouth ArgyleHomeJPT1L2-31251Azeez 7, Taylor 25
05/09/2015Mansfield TownAwaySBL2D1-13042Elliott 6

Last Line-Up: 1. James Shea; 2. Barry Fuller 22. Karleigh Osborne 6. Paul Robinson 12. Jonathan Meades; 7. George Francomb 4. Dannie Bulman 8. Jake Reeves 11. Sean Rigg; 9. Tom Elliott 10. Adebayo Akinfenwa

Substitutes: 5. Will Nightingale 14. Adebayo Azeez 19. David Fitzpatrick 24. Joe McDonnell 25. Daniel Gallagher 26. Egli Kaja 33. Lyle Taylor

NOTE: Lyle Taylor is suspended following a red card last week, and so there will be at least one squad change. Winger Andy Barcham is expected to be recalled to the squad following injury.

Manager: Neal Ardley - A veteran of the original Wimbledon's glory days, who was a youth player on their books who spent every single one of their top flight seasons on the Dons books, playing in 245 league games across eleven seasons. He spent five years as a coach with Cardiff City's academy before taking on the AFC Wimbledon job in October 2012 for his first front line appointment. So far he's been in charge for 149 games, and so Saturday's match will give him a mini-milestone.

Connections: Dons striker Adebayo Akinfenwa spent the early part of the 2007-08 season training with the Glovers, after he tried to recover from a broken leg sustained at the tail end of his Swansea City career. Two months later, he signed up for Millwall, reuniting with his former boss Kenny Jackett. Initially, Akinfenwa's presence appeared to just purely be a favour, but when he played in one Yeovil Town Reserves match in October 2007, there had been hopes that he might sign a short term deal with the club. A couple of weeks later, Jackett made his move and off he went. Akinfenwa's 45 minutes worth of Reserve Team football therefore stands as one of the more obscure 'former players' you'll come across in Yeovil's history.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To AFC Wimbledon.


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11 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The AFC Wimbledon Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against AFC Wimbledon at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Paul talks about tomorrow's opponents, their striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, the latest injury situation, and the possible need to delve into the youth team to fill the bench. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To AFC Wimbledon.


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11 September 2015 : Hatters Winger Brought In On Loan
Yeovil Town have made another loan signing ahead of tomorrow afternoon's match against AFC Wimbledon. They have brought in left-sided player Jake Howells, who appears to have been brought in as a reaction to the injury to Jack Compton, who has been ruled out for a month with a torn calf muscle.

Howells was born in Hemel Hemstead on April 18th 1991 and is a 5'9" player who usually turns out as a left-winger although he is capable of playing any left-sided role on the park. After beginning his career with Hemel Hempstead, he teamed up with Watford's academy set-up before joining Luton Town in July 2007 as part of their youth structure.

He has from a professional career point of view been a one-club man, making 317 appearances for the Hatters and scoring 31 goals in the process. He has not played any first team football for Luton this season, hence their willingness to loan him out. Jake won their Young Player of the Year award during the 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2010–11 seasons and obviously was part of their Conference promotion winning side during 2013–14, and obviously knows Alex Lacey well. He is currently Luton's 17th highest appearance maker.

He has signed on a one month loan deal that runs until October 10th - covering the home match against Dagenham and Redbridge. Howells was transfer-listed by Luton at his own request, and has a year left on his contract to run.


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11 September 2015 : Brandy Linked With Glovers Yet Again
Media reports claim Yeovil Town are interested in taking on former Manchester United, Swansea City and Walsall winger/striker Febian Brandy. The 26 year old is currently a free agent, having left Rochdale at the end of last season and both HITC Sport and Sky Sports are suggesting that Oldham Athletic, York City and Yeovil Town are after his services.

Neither media outlet provides any quotes or sources, suggesting that this is an agent-led story, with the 26 year old on the search for what would be his twelfth professional club. The Glovers have often popped up on the rumourmill in connection with his services - most recently in the summer of 2013 when the Walsall press suggested he was in talks with manager Gary Johnson. A few weeks later Brandy signed a contract with Sheffield United, with no confirmation of whether those reports had grounding to them.

Brandy was also linked with loan moves to the club whilst he was on the books of Manchester United, having impressed during two loan moves to Swansea City, who at that time were in the same division as the Glovers. More recently, he's become a bit of a journeyman, with only his two spells with Walsall showing some serious stability - last season saw him make a single substitute appearance for Rotherham United, coupled with an eight game loan spell for Crewe Alexandra before he spent half a season with Rochdale that saw him make one start and three substitute appearances before being released in May.

Given the Glovers currently have shortages of players in defence and midfield, a move for another attacking player would be a surprising one, although it may be that getting any sort of squad numbers is the priority for manager Paul Sturrock. Another thing to note is that past media reports have highlighted Brandy's Manchester base as being a strong factor, with him tending to opt for clubs within a commutable distance of that city.


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11 September 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and AFC Wimbledon have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 12th September 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge will be referee Lee Swabey (Devon).

For the second match running, Huish Park is hosting a referee who is in his first year at Football League level as a man in the middle. He's so far taken charge of five matches - four League Two games and one Football League Trophy match - that have seen him raise 10 yellow cards and two red cards. One of those was to Notts County midfielder Liam Noble, which led to his manager Ricardo Moniz openly criticising his player's disciplinary record. His other dismissal came when he sent off Northampton Town's Jason Taylor for a professional foul on Barnet's John Akinde - again this offence doesn't seem to have raised any hackles from any Cobblers quarters.

He is 31 years old and was born in Plymouth. Although this will be Mr Swabey's first visit to Huish Park as a match referee for a competitive fixture, he shouldn't need directions. He's been a regular at the club stretching back nine years as an assistant referee and a fourth official, since becoming a Football League official in the summer of 2006. He also got a trial run during pre-season, as he took charge of our 3-2 win over Swansea City Under-21s which seemed to pass off without major incident.

Mr Swabey will be assisted by Adam Hopkins (Devon) and Andrew Turner (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Chris Powell (Dorset).


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10 September 2015 : Glovers Pair Face Fitness Tests Ahead Of Wimbledon Visit
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that he will give fitness tests to two of his players during Friday's training session, to see if they are fit enough to turn out in Saturday's League Two match against AFC Wimbledon. Defender Jakub Sokolik has missed the last two matches with a fractured wrist, after he had his arm upgraded to a heavier cast that prevented him from being able to step out onto a pitch, whilst AFC Bournemouth loanee Josh Wakefield missed last Saturday's defeat against Morecambe with an ankle injury.

Both players will be assessed to see if they can play, with Sturrock telling BBC Somerset that the major doubt about Sokolik was whether the lighter cast that he has been fitted with now would do enough to protect his wrist. However, he would take medical advice on both players before deciding whether to add them to his paper-thin squad for the visit of the Dons:

"We have got Jakub Sokolik and Josh Wakefield who will have late fitness tests probabably tomorrow, to determine whether they're fit. So I'm very hopeful that they'll be available. The problem is that the cast that Jakub has had to be changed to a softer one, which does affect him if he lands on it. He's still getting pain, so that is a worry. So we'll take the medical advice on that one tomorrow."

Despite the possibility of those two players being fit for the match, Sturrock is a long way short of having a full squad to select from, with definite absentees including Ben Tozer (cartilage), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring), Wes Fogden (broken fingers), Jamie Burrows (ankle) and Jack Compton (calf) along with the suspended Shaun Jeffers.

As a result, Sturrock is going to register one of the club's Under-18s players for the game, to help bolster numbers on the substitutes bench. Whilst not naming the player concerned, he threw out a strong hint that the youngster is either a defender or a midfielder, given the shortfall within the squad in recent weeks:

"I'm not going to fill the bench (on Saturday). I think I will bring one of the youth players in, who did quite well in a closed door game that we had earlier in the week. So he'll come in and sit on the bench. He's in a position that we don't have many players for. Jordan Gibbons has been playing with an injury as well, but he's just going to have to play again. It's not ideal but that's the situation that we're in."

Sturrock has had some good news this week, with Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts and attacking AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Cornick both agreeing one month extensions with the club that will keep them at Huish Park until mid-October. Given the pair were only signed up just before the start of the 2015-16 season to cover the gaps in the Glovers squad, they have been a clear hit, with Roberts having played every single minute of the club's eight matches, whilst Cornick has started in all games bar the opening day match that saw his debut. Sturrock admitted that he'd have been in a real fix if he hadn't recruited the pair when he did:

"On the injury front, we'd have been in real problems if we hadn't taken them on. I think that Harry and Connor have done really well, for young players, so I'm pleased that they've added a month on to their loan time. So there's that, but there is the disappointment of Jack Compton (who is out for a month with a calf injury) and the disappointment of Shaun Jeffers (who is suspended for three matches)."


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10 September 2015 : Football League Consider Rebranding Options
Reports suggest that the Football League is seeking a rebrand of its divisional structures again. The Daily Telegraph states that the League have engaged with a marketing company called Futurebrand with the aim of improving the way the League markets itself, with particular reference to digital content and the attraction of younger audiences.

The Telegraph's reporting directly suggests that the League are looking at changing the divisional names of the Championship, League One and League Two, although it's noticeable that Chief Executive Shaun Harvey's words to the paper are a little more vague than that:

"We've entered into a very extensive consultative process with all the stakeholders, including the Premier League, sponsors and fans. There is no limit to where that work can go and, equally, there is no certainty that there will be any form of radical change. We felt we needed to undertake this rebrand at this stage, where the Football League is strong, to build on that base, rather than look to cover up any shortcomings. Ultimately, this is about finding the right basis for the Football League to go on for the next 20 years."

It's not clear which fans groups the League are engaging with at this stage. The Telegraph's report claims that the move is unrelated to the League's need to find new sponsors for the competition, with them planning to break with current sponsors Sky Bet at the end of this season - however, it would seem unlikely that any prospective sponsor would want rebranding to be done midway through their package deal.

The Football League have undergone a series of rebranding exercises in recent years. When the Premier League produced a top flight breakaway division in the summer of 1992, the League's reaction was to uplift the naming of each division, meaning that Division Two clubs became members of Division One, with the bottom two divisions following the same pattern.

That all stayed in place for twelve years, until in the summer of 2004, they rebranded again, with the formation of the Football League Championship, with League One and League Two taking the titles of the other two divisions. That has remained in place since that date, with only the competition sponsors changing. The last major rebrand coincided with Coca Cola's sponsorship agreement, so the fact that the sponsorship is up for grabs whilst the league are doing this, is surely not the coincidence the League claim it is.

Whilst that rebranding can work from the point of view of a specific Football League season, it creates a minefield when documenting the League from a historical point of view, given that Division Four, Division Three and League Two can - depending on the seasons being referred to - be the exact same thing, whilst 'Division Three' and 'Division Three' can be entirely different divisions when referencing different seasons! As such, journalists and bloggers end up having to make reference to 'fourth tier football' to make themselves clear, which at that point means that all important branding gets discarded.

Ultimately, whatever the Football League decide, Yeovil Town will still face AFC Wimbledon and Hartlepool United as their next two home matches, and fans will base their decision of whether to attend based on their perceptions of the clubs involved in the match and not whether League Two has suddenly become the Starburst Supremacy Showdown League Of Giants. But in a world where Regular, Deluxe and Super-Sized have replaced small, medium and large in fast-food consumer society, expect something ridiculous to turn up. Perhaps rather than spend money on expensive consultants, the Football League could take up the suggestions made by this site back in 2004 when they made their last changes.


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10 September 2015 : Compton Becomes Another One That Bites The Dust
Yeovil Town have confirmed that winger Jack Compton will be missing for Saturday's home match against AFC Wimbledon and is likely to be out until mid-October. Having only recently made his debut for the club, following a pre-season calf injury, the former Hartlepool United man pulled up midway through the first half of last week's home match against Morecambe and had to be substituted.

Jack's injury has been confirmed as another calf problem, having torn a calf muscle, and he will now miss the next month with that injury, with it being projected that he will need three weeks rest, followed by a week or two on rehabilitation. He will therefore join the club's ever-lengthy list of players who are stuck on the sidelines, which includes Ben Tozer (cartilage), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring), Wes Fogden (broken fingers), Jamie Burrows (ankle) and Jakub Sokolik (fractured wrist).

On loan AFC Bournemouth midfielder Josh Wakefield is expected to be available for Saturday's game, following his recent ankle injury. However, striker Shaun Jeffers begins a three match ban following his red card last weekend.


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10 September 2015 : Glovers Appeal Against Jeffers Red Card - But Are Unsuccessful
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they did launch an appeal against the dismissal of striker Shaun Jeffers earlier this week. Unfortunately, the appeal has been unsuccessful and he will now serve a three match ban. Shaun was given a straight red by referee Nicholas Kinseley during the first half of the 2-4 defeat against Morecambe on Saturday, with the Glovers going 2-0 up almost immediately after his exit. Unfortunately a second half collapse saw the Shrimps score four times and run away with all three points.

With Shaun's red card now definitely standing, he will miss Saturday's home match against AFC Wimbledon, followed by the trip to Crawley Town and the home match against Hartlepool United. He will return for the Tuesday night trip to Accrington Stanley.


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10 September 2015 : Natasha Knapman Talks About The Ladies Win Over Durham
Yeovil Town Ladies are approaching the climax to their 2015 FA Women's Super League system, with just four games remaining and a big game coming up on Sunday. Last weekend, they made their longest journey of the season, with the trip to Durham Women, which resulted in a 1-0 win. The winning goal was scored by Natasha Knapman, and after the game she spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about that mammoth journey, as well as looking forward to Sunday's game against Everton Ladies, which sees third vs fourth go head-to-head in a game that has been switched to Huish Park. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Natasha Knapman Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Durham.


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9 September 2015 : Ugwu Signs Chairboys Deal
Former Yeovil Town striker Gozie Ugwu has found himself a new club. The 22 year old has been signed up by League Two side Wycombe Wanderers on a contract that lasts until the end of the 2015-16 season, having spent the last week or two training with them. He had spent part of the pre-season period training with Northampton Town, but an injury sustained after playing in a couple of friendlies seemed to scupper any chance he had of a deal at Sixfields, and all has been quiet regarding his status since then.

Gozie will get a chance to return to his old club on November 24th, when the Chairboys are our visitors in a League Two midweek match. Last season saw him score five goals in 22 appearances for the club, having arrived on a short term deal with the Glovers from Scottish side Dunfermline. However, he was one of a large number of players released by the club when they slipped into League Two at the end of the season and has been a free agent ever since.

Link: Gozie Ugwu : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 September 2015 : Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Portsmouth is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd October 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Fratton Park. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Aged 61 and Over & Aged 17-22 & Ambulant Disabled (Adult): £15.00; Unaccompanied Under-17s: £10.00; Ambulant Disabled (Junior): £5.00.

Under-17s will pay £5.00 if tickets are purchased at the same time as an Adult or Seniors ticket.

Wheelchair disabled supporters are charged £10.00, with an assistant admitted free of charge. These must be purchased/reserved via the Portsmouth Ticket Office on 023-9277-8559 - you are strongly advised to book in advance.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Milton Road end of the ground, with space allocated for around 2,000 supporters. This is a covered seated area situated behind the goal. However, you should note that this is not purpose-built seating, but a conversion job from the original terraced end, and so general opinion is that the seating can be a bit cramped, and you may have to be a bit choosy about seats that have poor views.

Link: Admission For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Admission For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Coventry City.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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9 September 2015 : Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Crawley Town is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 19th September 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Broadfield Stadium. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office and are priced as follows:

Seated (East Stand):
Adults: £20.00; Aged 65 and Over, Aged 18-21: £16.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-16s: £8.00; Under-11s: £6.00.

Standing (North Terrace):
Adults: £16.00; Aged 65 and Over, Aged 18-21: £12.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-16s: £8.00; Under-11s: £6.00.

Crawley also offer Family Tickets for the game, based on the number of Adults and number of Under-16s in the party. These are as follows:

Seated Family ticket (2x adults + 2x U16): £44.00
Seated Family ticket (1x adult + 1x U16): £23.00

Standing Family ticket (2x adults + 2x U16): £38.00
Standing Family ticket (1x adult + 1x U16): £20.00.

Wheelchair users need to call Crawley direct on 01923 410 000 to purchase tickets and reserve spaces. Disabled supporters pay the above prices, but can an admit an assistant free of charge.

A cash turnstile will be open on the day. However all concession and family tickets must be brought from ticket office, which is situated in the middle of the car park outside the main club entrance.

Link: Admission For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Coventry City.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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9 September 2015 : Admission For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Accrington Stanley are now available. This match takes place on Tuesday 29th September 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Crown Ground. For this match there are NO advance sales from Huish Park - supporters must pay cash only on the day at the turnstiles. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions including mature students with ID: £15.00; Under-17s: £10.00; Under-12s: £5.00.

Disabled supporters who require an assistant will need to come to the ticket office to have their proof of disability checked. They will pay at the ticket office and have tickets issued to get them into the ground.

Once fans have entered the ground, they can choose to sit or stand. Accrington's usual policy is to allocate the Coppice Terrace to away supporters, which is situated at one end of the ground, and houses up to 1,800 spectators. It is open to the elements, like the Copse Road End at Huish Park, so take suitable coats if you're planning on being on the terrace. They also usually allow for part of the Whinney Hill side of the ground to be given to away supporters, which provides some covered seating - usually around 200 are provided for away supporters.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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9 September 2015 : Cornick Agrees Yeovil Town Loan Extension
Yeovil Town have successfully extended the loan agreement for AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Cornick. The 20 year old has played in all eight of Yeovil Town's fixtures so far this season, after arriving on loan on the eve of the 2015-16 season. He has scored two goals - against Exeter City and Morecambe, having largely been used in either wide or attacking positions.

Like Connor Roberts, who has also had his agreement extended today, the extension allows the Glovers to keep him for a further month, which should cover the next six or seven matches.

Link: Harry Cornick : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 September 2015 : Roberts Extends Yeovil Town Loan Spell
Yeovil Town have successfully extended the loan stay of Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts. The decision has been a bit of a no-brainer from a Glovers point of view, given that the academy product has started in every game since joining on an initial one month loan. He has made six league appearances and two cup appearances since arriving at the club on the opening day of the 2015-16 season.

The loan agreement has been extended by a further month, which would cover him for the next six or seven matches - neither club has put a precise date on when the new agreement will run to.

Link: Connor Roberts : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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8 September 2015 : Omar Sowunmi Talks About Playing Up Front
On Saturday, one bit of positivity was that defender-turned-striker Omar Sowunmi scored in his first league start for the club. After the 2-4 defeat against Morecambe, Omar spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset and gave his views on playing up front, as well as his thoughts on the overall game and the red card given out to Shaun Jeffers. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Omar Sowunmi Speaks To BBC Somerset After The 2-4 Defeat Against Morecambe.


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8 September 2015 : Date And Admission Prices Set For Coventry City JPT Tie
Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy tie against Coventry City now has a firm date. As expected, the tie will be played at Huish Park on Tuesday 6th October 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The Glovers were paired against the League One side after defeating Barnet by a single goal in the First Round of the competition.

Admission prices for this fixture are the same as the First Round tie and are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Seniors, Young Persons, Disabled: £5.00; Under-16s: £1.00.

As per standard policy, disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge.

For the full draw details, see Saturday's article.

Link: Football League Trophy : Full Second Round Draw.


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8 September 2015 : Two Meet The Manager Evenings Arranged
Yeovil Town have arranged two 'Meet The Manager' evenings to replace one that was postponed last month. Fans are invited to attend Huish Park on Thursday 24th September or Thursday 1st October where they will be able to listen to and ask questions of manager Paul Sturrock.

Both events will take place in the Legends Lounge (formerly known as the Alec Stock Lounge, situated on the first floor) and will start at 6.30p.m. Tickets are free of charge, but you'll need to obtain one from the Huish Park Ticket Office as spaces on both evenings will be limited to the first 100 people.

Also in attendance on the nights will be Yeovil Town's Planning Consultant David Bell, who will be on hand to answer any questions about the club's planning application that was submitted last month.

To book places, either call the Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or visit them in person to pick up the ticket.


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7 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Morecambe Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Morecambe kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Paul talks about the injury to Josh Wakefield, along with a catch-up on the club's long term crocks. There's also his thoughts on Jordan Gibbons, who was making his first start for the club, as well as his pre-match views on the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Morecambe.


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7 September 2015 : Glovers Seek Old Kit Donations To Help Refugees
Yeovil Town are asking supporters to provide donations of clothing to help provide help to refugees currently entering mainland Europe. The club have initiated their own donations to the cause by providing numerous items of old kit from previous seasons, and are asking fans to add to those donations, by digging out old shirts and associated leisurewear. The donations don't have to be specific to Yeovil Town - any shirts or associated sportswear will be of use, although obviously the main objective is to provide supplies on behalf of the football club.

The club will be donating to Calaid who have been providing humanitarian relief in Calais, in France - for more information, see their website at www.calaid.co.uk - anything that can be provided should be sent (or dropped off in person) to:

James Healey, Yeovil Town Football Club, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset BA22 8YF.

Last year, on Channel 4 News, they ran a feature on a Yazidi man fleeing Iraq and the journey he was having to make to escape his homeland. As part of the footage, he was seen wearing a Yeovil Town home shirt - doubtless a donation from an earlier collection, which shows how far and wide aid agencies are able to help people who need it the most.

A Yazidi man in Iraq, wearing a Yeovil Town shirt
A Yazidi man in Iraq, wearing a Yeovil Town shirt.
Photo c/o Channel 4 News



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7 September 2015 : Durham Victory Sets Ladies Up For Everton Six-Pointer
Yeovil Town Ladies ensured that their interest in the FA Women's Super League second tier promotion race keeps going after they won 1-0 against Durham Women. A single goal from Natasha Knapman was enough to stretch their unbeaten league run to five games, and with Saturday's big match between Reading FC Women and Doncaster Rovers Belles ending all square, it cut the gap between them and the front pair down to six points. Next weekend's home match against Everton Ladies - who with games in hand also have their own promotion hopes - promises to be a real six-pointer at Huish Park.

The crucial goal came shortly after the Glovers had an effort ruled out for offside, and with Knapman having seen two headed chances go wide of the target. But when a great team move saw Natalie Haigh feed Natasha Knapman in the lead-up to the half time break, this time she made no mistake - lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Helen Alderson and into the back of the net.

During the second half Yeovil, who had made an overnight stop for this fixture as their longest trip of the season, had chances from Knapman again, whilst Bow Jackson missed from close range. Then Alys Hinchcliffe found Alderson equal to her strike, meaning that they couldn't quite clinch that second goal to allow them to relax a bit during the closing stages. Speaking after the game, Knapman recognised that Durham had put up a strong fight:

"We came here wanting three points and nothing else and we would've been really disappointed to leave with anything other than that. They didn't make it easy for us at all, but we too made it difficult. We weren't very clinical in front of goal. We created a lot of chances, but didn't take as many as we could have. However, we managed to get the win and that's all that matters, as well as what I think was a good solid performance."

Next up is the big one. On Sunday 13th September the Ladies will host a match against Everton Ladies, in what is a 3rd vs 4th FAWSL2 clash. The match has been switched to Huish Park for a 2.00p.m. kick-off, hopefully allowing a larger crowd to attend the game. With just four games of the season left for the Glovers, whoever wins the match will hopefully keep the pressure up on Reading and Doncaster, whilst the loser will probably in reality be planning for another season at FAWSL2.

Final Score: Durham Women 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 1.

Scorer: Natasha Knapman (0-1, 43 mins).

Durham: (4-3-3) Helen Alderson, Lauren Jordinson, Chloe Macek, Julie Nelson, Sarah Wilson, Rachel Lee, Beth Hepple, Nat Gutteridge, Nicki Gears, Courtney Corrie, Jordan Atkinson

Durham Substitutes: Gaby Banks (46 mins for Chloe Macek), Amelia Pereira (59 mins for Jordan Atkinson), Meg Lawson (74 mins for Courtney Corrie), Anna Moorhouse, Erin Kelley, Jess White

Yeovil Town Ladies: (4-4-2) Charlotte Haynes, Ellis Hillman, Natalie Haigh, Helen Bleazard, Corinne Yorston, Stephanie Williams, Shauna Cossens, Emily Donovan, Annie Heatherson, Sarah Wiltshire, Natasha Knapman

Yeovil Substitutes: Bow Jackson (63 mins for Shauna Cossens), Alys Hinchcliffe (78 mins for Annie Heatherson), Leah Burridge (89 mins for Emily Donovan), Alice Evans

Referee: Helen Conley

Attendance: 302.


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7 September 2015 : Sturrock Provides Injury List Update
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has given an update on his side's lengthy injury list, as he attempts to manage a paper-thin squad that left him fielding just four substitutes in Saturday's League Two match against Morecambe. The situation got worse during that match as Jack Compton limped off with a calf problem during the first half, whilst a red card for Shaun Jeffers means that he faces the prospect of a three match ban unless the club choose to appeal.

With the club already having got four loan players on their books to cover for injuries, and the implication that Sturrock is around the limits of his playing budget, it is likely that those limited numbers will continue to be a problem. Players missing on Saturday included Ben Tozer (cartilage), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring), Wes Fogden (broken fingers), Jamie Burrows (ankle), Jakub Sokolik (fractured wrist) and Josh Wakefield (ankle).

Speaking to BBC Somerset on Saturday, Sturrock said that aside from AFC Bournemouth loanee Josh Wakefield, whose injury was more minor, he thought right-back Ben Tozer and midfielder Kevin Dawson were two of the players who were getting close to full training again, with the latter having already got back onto the training ground for physio work, but he said that he would not be rushing any players back:

"Josh Wakefield's ankle has swollen up and it's pretty tender and sore. But he should be okay for next week. I think that Dawson and Tozer are the (next) nearest two. Ryan Dickson has just had another operation on his groin, and we'll wait and see how that unfolds on Monday. Marc Laird is making slow progress, whilst Wes Fogden basically should be able to start training soon, but he can't play. Sokolik is in the same boat. So we'll wait and see, but I'm not going to rush them back, as I think that would be stupidity."

Sturrock added that particularly with Tozer and Dawson, who have yet to feature in any shape or form this season, having missed the entire pre-season training schedule, that it was not just about getting those players back onto the training ground. With Dawson not having played since early January, and Tozer having had little football during the tail end of Northampton Town's 2014-15 campaign, both players will be very short of proper fitness, and so the Glovers boss said there was a need for caution when the medics do give them the green light to head into full contact training:

"With the situation that we're in we don't want to lose games because of it, but we also want these players to be available for the rest of the season. If we take them back and start them playing straight away, without a proper pre-season or a proper Reserve game at least, then they would pick up other injuries. So we're going to have to be very very careful about how we bring these players back."


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6 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Morecambe Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-4 home defeat against Morecambe at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul gives his views on the red card for Shaun Jeffers, the injury to Jack Compton and his own sending off, as well as the club's shortage of players. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Morecambe Home Game.


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6 September 2015 : Sturrock Unhappy With Soft Jeffers Dismissal
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock said that he was unhappy with referee Nicholas Kinseley's decision to send off Shaun Jeffers yesterday, but he will review the video first before deciding whether to appeal. Kinseley, who is in his first season at Football League level, dismissed striker Shaun Jeffers for a foul on Aaron McGowan, and then later dismissed Sturrock himself for his reaction to the incident.

That left Yeovil down to ten men for 63 minutes, with their situation having already been complicated by winger Jack Compton suffering a calf strain which meant the Glovers had already been forced into one tactical adjustment. Sturrock had to watch from the stands as his side lost a two goal lead to ultimately lose the match by a 2-4 scoreline, and after the game he told BBC Somerset that his first reaction was that Jeffers' actions were more that of an innocent collision, than one with any malicious intent to it:

"From where I was, it looked very soft. I think he did show studs, but he did clear the ball but then collided into their boy, but with no malice. So I was very disappointed. I was more disappointed that the referee took as long as he did to think about it, and also went into a discussion with one of their players about it. At the end of the day I don't know if he was influenced or not. But I'm saying that it was obviously a big feature of the game. We'll have to see how bad it looks. But the boy hasn't got that in him. He hasn't got that kind of tackle in him. So I'm a bit disappointed that he's got three games (ban), so that's a hard one. But we'll make that decision (whether to appeal) on Monday."

As for the game, the Glovers had already gone a goal up through Harry Cornick early on, and doubled their lead straight after Jeffers' dismissal with an Omar Sowunmi header. But with their only available outfield substitutes being strikers, Sturrock was short of options in how his side could defend that lead. Morecambe's three substitutions all ultimately proved to be effective, with Lee Molyneux and Kevin Ellison scoring, whilst Paul Mullin provided an assist, and Sturrock admitted that the options that the two sides had on the bench was also a factor in how the match unfolded, but felt that his side could have held out if they'd kept eleven men on the field:

"For an hour, we'd matched them in all departments, and they'd done everything that they needed to do. Morecambe made a couple of changes, freshened their team up and we lost the goal, which has put us on the back foot. When you look at our bench, we had two strikers and a winger, and the winger had to come on after 20 minutes. That was difficult, as there were a couple (who were tiring) - Jordan Gibbons was having his first full game and he was paddling in water up to his waist during the last 20 minutes - but how do you put strikers on into those positions? I'm exasperated again, as we really got into the players as they'd done so well to get the 2-0 lead. I think it would have been completely different if it had been eleven v eleven."


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5 September 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
If you watched Saturday 2-4 defeat against Morecambe 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 Morecambe.


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5 September 2015 : Yeovil 2 Morecambe 4 : Ten Man Glovers Let Two Goal Lead Slip
Yeovil Town threw away a two goal lead against Morecambe this afternoon at Huish Park, they headed back into the League Two relegation. As of 64 minutes into the fixture, they were leading through an early Harry Cornick strike, that was followed by a half-hour goal from Omar Sowunmi. But the deceptive part was that the Glovers were having to play with ten men for an hour after Shaun Jeffers was dismissed for a straight foul, with rookie referee Nicholas Kinseley also sending Paul Sturrock to the stands for his reaction to that decision. The end result was that once Aaron Wildig pulled one goal back, the rearguard action from the Glovers imploded, leading to Andrew Fleming, Lee Molyneux and Kevin Ellison grabbing late goals to win the match.

The Glovers went into the match making one change, with Josh Wakefield's ankle injury ruling him out and forcing Jordan Gibbons to become the club's latest makeshift midfielder, having finished the game there on Tuesday night. With Jakub Sokolik's fractured wrist not having allowed him to wear a lighter cast, he was not included in the squad, meaning that Yeovil's substitute bench included just three outfield players, as Paul Sturrock selected his only available fifteen first teamers.

The paper-thin squad got off to a superb start, as Jack Compton'a cross into the box was met by AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick, who netted his second goal for the club from close range, with just 62 seconds on the clock. Shaun Jeffers then had an effort saved in a bright period for the home side.

Morecambe began to gradually assert some control, albeit without bothering Artur Krysiak too much, but two significant events around the 25 minute mark began to unravel their ability to compete across the 90 minutes. First Jack Compton picked up an injury, and had to be replaced by Iffy Allen, and then a minute later, Shaun Jeffers committed a foul on Morecambe's Aaron McGowan that was deemed to be 'studs up' by referee Nicholas Kinseley, and Yeovil were down to ten men.

Despite the man disadvantage, Yeovil's next trick was to go a further goal up. Nathan Smith's cross into the box was headed home by makeshift striker Omar Sowunmi - he may be a centre-back by trade, but if Paul Sturrock is to turn him into a striker, then moments like that will give him the belief that he can do it.

The half ended with referee Nicholas Kinseley seemingly losing total grip on the game. Paul Sturrock was sent to the stands for saying too much to the Fourth official about the Jeffers dismissal, whilst a flare-up during first half injury time suggested that Morecambe were also losing their heads as two of their players landed in the book in quick succession.

Yeovil came out during the second half and whether it was managerial instruction or the psychology of being a man light, they sat too deep. At first that seemed to work, as Morecambe struggled to get near Artur Krysiak, but things unravelled via a quality goal as substitute Paul Mullin's cross was met by an acrobatic goal from Aaron Wildig just past the hour mark to bring it back to 2-1.

Inevitably Morecambe got up a head of steam, and seven minutes later they equalised as a Laurence Wilson cross was converted from close range by Andrew Fleming for a 2-2 scoreline, and obviously the concern now was that Yeovil would cave in. Mark Beck was sent on as a bit of extra physical presence, with Ryan Bird having also been introduced as a substitute, but Morecambe continued to press and Yeovil remained deep.

Ironically though, the Glovers conceded the crucial third goal when they lost possession from a corner. Morecambe counter-attacked with pace, and Aaron Wildig's pass found substitute Lee Molyneux and with the Yeovil defence stretched and out of position, Morecambe had an 85th minute lead. Their win was firmly secured during second half injury time when another Morecambe substitute Kevin Ellison headed home Paul Mullin's cross from close range to sink the ten men, and push them into the League Two relegation zone at the end of a very topsy-turvy afternoon.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 4.

Scorers: Harry Cornick (2 mins, 1-0), Omar Sowunmi (30 mins, 2-0), Aaron Wildig (64 mins, 2-1), Andrew Fleming (71 mins, 2-2), Lee Molyneux (85 mins, 2-3), Kevin Ellison (90 mins, 2-4)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 15. Jordan Gibbons 4. Matt Dolan 14. Jack Compton
17. Omar Sowumni 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 9. Ryan Bird (68 mins on Omar Sowunmi) 19. Iffy Allen (25 mins for Jack Compton) 22. Mark Beck (79 mins for Iffy Allen)

Morecambe:
1. Barry Roche 3. Aaron McGowan 5. Adam Dugdale 6. Ryan Edwards 19. Laurence Wilson 13. Alan Goodall 15. Aaron Wildig 9. Tom Barkhuizen 17. Andrew Fleming 7. Jamie Devitt 16. Shaun Miller

Substitutes:
4. Alex Kenyon 10. Lee Molyneux (46 mins for Aaron McGowan) 11. Kevin Ellison (76 mins for Shaun Miller) 12. Paul Mullin (57 mins for Alan Goodall) 14. Nathan Bondswell 21. Jack Ryan 30. Kieran O'Hara

Yeovil Bookings: Red Card: Shaun Jeffers (27 mins, foul)

Morecambe Bookings: Jamie Devitt (45 mins, foul), Aaron McGowan (45 mins, foul), Ryan Edwards (58 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 3.

Morecambe Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 5.

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley (Essex). Assistants: John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 3,024 (with 104 Morecambe supporters).


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5 September 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
Yeovil Town have made one change for this afternoon's League Two match against Morecambe at Huish Park. Midfielder Josh Wakefield, who is on loan from AFC Bournemouth, misses out on the game due to a slight ankle injury sustained during Tuesday's win over Barnet. His place in the side is taken by Jordan Gibbons. Omar Sowunmi retains his place up front. Jakub Sokolik (fractured wrist) is not in the squad.

Long term injury victims Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) unsurprisingly remain out of the squad.

The team reads as follows with only four substitutes available:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 15. Jordan Gibbons 4. Matt Dolan 14. Jack Compton
17. Omar Sowumni 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 9. Ryan Bird 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck


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5 September 2015 : Football League Trophy Full Second Round Draw : Glovers Get Home Tie
Yeovil Town have been given a home tie in the Second Round of the Football League Trophy. The Glovers will play Coventry City at Huish Park in the next round of the competition as a reward for beating Barnet on Tuesday night. The balls were drawn out live on Sky Sports this morning, in four regionalised groupings, and have produced the following draw:

Port Vale vs Blackpool
Bury vs Morecambe
Crewe Alexandra vs Wigan Athletic
Fleetwood Town vs Shrewsbury Town
York City vs Doncaster Rovers
Sheffield United vs Notts County
Rochdale vs Chesterfield
Bradford City vs Barnsley
Yeovil Town vs Coventry City
Plymouth Argyle vs Exeter City
Oxford United vs Swindon Town
Bristol Rovers vs Wycombe Wanderers
Millwall vs Northampton Town
Crawley Town vs Southend United
Stevenage vs Dagenham and Redbridge
Gillingham vs Luton Town

All ties will be played during the week commencing October 5th, with the most likely date for each club being Tuesday 6th October.


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5 September 2015 : Morecambe : The Lowdown
Like Barnet on Tuesday, Morecambe are a club that we regularly played at Conference National level, but we have never met at Football League level until now. We last met in the FA Trophy in February 2003, when a Kirk Jackson goal was cancelled out by a Ryan Zico Black second half equaliser. Then came a trademark Terry Skiverton header five minutes from time to send us through to the Fifth Round of the competition. Current Morecambe boss Jim Bentley was a substitute that afternoon, and has been a part of Morecambe's set-up ever since that season.

As a smaller club at League Two level, inevitably the bookies tend to tip Morecambe badly, but their 11th place finish last season shows they're no cannon fodder. As Paul Sturrock has pointed out in his pre-match interview, the Shrimps have got themselves a bit of a head of steam over the last three games - going 3-0 up at Fratton Park against Portsmouth before being pulled back for a draw, then whipping last season's League One side Notts County 4-1, followed by knocking last season's JPT Finalists Walsall out of the cup in midweek. Nine goals in their last three games implies a side that shows plenty of attacking intent, particularly when considering the stature of the clubs they have played during that time.

Various facts about where Morecambe stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 20/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them 21st in the bookies odds lists (via Betfair)

Today's Match Odds: Yeovil Win 7/4; Morecambe Win 8/5; Draw 5/2 (via Bet Victor)

New Signings: Tom Barkhuizen (striker, Blackpool), Adam Dugdale (centre-back, Tranmere Rovers), Lee Molyneux (left-wing, Tranmere Rovers), Peter Murphy (right-back, Wycombe Wanderers), Aaron Wildig (midfielder, Shrewsbury Town), Shaun Miller (striker, Coventry City), Tony Thompson (goalkeeper, Rotherham United)

Last Six Results:
11/08/2015Sheffield UnitedHomeCC1L0-12168
15/08/2015Accrington StanleyHomeSBL2W1-01865Wildig 13
18/08/2015Wycombe WanderersHomeSBL2L0-11395
22/08/2015PortsmouthAwaySBL2D3-316052Barkhuizen 11, Goodall 25, Fleming 38
29/08/2015Notts CountyHomeSBL2W4-11621Goodall 20, Mullin 65, Kenyon 88, Devitt 90
01/09/2015WalsallHomeJPTW2-01332Devitt 57, Barkhuizen 72

Last Line-Up: (in League Two) 1. Barry Roche; 2. Shaun Beeley 22. Andy Parrish 5. Adam Dugdale 3. Aaron McGowan; 13. Alan Goodall; 15. Aaron Wildig 9. Tom Barkhuizen 17. Andrew Fleming; 7. Jamie Devitt 16. Shaun Miller

Substitutes: 4. Alex Kenyon 10. Lee Molyneux 12. Paul Mullin 14. Nathan Bondswell 18. Charlie Bailey 21. Jack Ryan 19. Laurence Wilson

Manager: Jim Bentley - He can probably be described as a northern version of Terry Skiverton! At 39 years old, he is a former defender who spent his first five years playing for Telford United before switching to Morecambe in the summer of 2002. Since then he has been a mainstay, clocking up nine years for the Shrimps as a player, but during the latter days of his playing career taking on Reserve Team coaching roles. In May 2011 he became their player-manager, although in practice chose that moment to retire from the playing side of the game, and concentrate on management. He is now 210 games into that career, which when added to in the region of 350 playing appearances gives an idea of how part of the woodwork he is up there.

Connections: Standing at opposite ends of the country, there aren't too many connections between the two clubs, and no strong ones within the current squad that we've spotted! There were media claims last summer that we were chasing striker Shaun Miller, but he ended up signing for Coventry City for a year. Striker Phil Jevons and winger Lee Elam have played for both clubs. During the summer Morecambe tried to sign up AJ Leitch-Smith, but he ended up choosing Port Vale instead.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Morecambe.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Morecambe.

Link: Nathan Smith Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Morecambe.


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5 September 2015 : Nathan Smith Talks About Captaincy And The Morecambe Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Morecambe at Huish Park, Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Nathan talks about the club's injury list, taking on the first team captaincy and his hopes that the midweek win over Barnet will give the club a lift. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Nathan Smith Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Morecambe.


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4 September 2015 : Football League Trophy Draw Time Changed
The Football League have indicated that tomorrow's Football League Trophy draw will take place a little later than originally planned. The Second Round draw will be broadcast live on Sky's Soccer AM programme but will now be done just after 11.00a.m. during their programme schedule, rather than the previously publicised (and earlier) time.

The draw will pitch Yeovil Town against one of seven other clubs in the 'South-West Section' (we use that term loosely!) of the competition, as a reward for beating fellow League Two side Barnet on Tuesday night. For the four geographic groupings and the draw schedule, see the article linked below.

Link: JPT Second Round Ball Numbers And Regional Groupings.


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4 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Morecambe Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Morecambe at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Paul talks about the club's continuing injury and illness problems, the role of Omar Sowunmi as a striker on Tuesday, and what he's thought of watching Morecambe's last three matches.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Morecambe.


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4 September 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
Officials for Saturday afternoon's League Two match between Yeovil Town and Morecambe have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 5th September 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the game will be referee Nicholas Kinseley (Essex) who hails from Rayleigh.

In terms of refereeing at Football League level, he is a new kid on the block, having only been promoted to this level over the summer after a single trial game in League Two last season. Our one single meeting with him came during the December 2012 match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park when he was a linesman at that time.

So far, he's taken charge of four matches, producing 11 yellow cards and two red cards. Match reports from the two games where he dished out red cards don't seem too controversial, when read from the local media end that saw their players dismissed - one was a 90th minute "needless" second yellow card for a Northampton Town player, whilst the second came when Luton Town striker Jack Marriott made a gesture to Leyton Orient fans after he missed a header, which Luton's management team later admitted was unacceptable.

Mr Kinseley will be assisted by John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire).


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3 September 2015 : Flu Adds To Yeovil Town's Injury Woes
Yeovil Town's preparation for their League Two home match against Morecambe has been disrupted by the loss of two of their squad to illness. With the squad already down to its bare bones - the Glovers could have as few as fifteen players available for selection on Saturday, the last thing anyone needs is illness on top of that, but manager Paul Sturrock explained today that one player had been absent from the training ground today, whilst another dropped out halfway through the Thursday training session due to feeling ill.

Unsurprisingly he hasn't named the players concerned, but joked to BBC Somerset that if any more players went down with injury or illness then it might finish himself off in the process, such was the stress of trying to field a sensible eleven for Saturday's game:

"We've got a little bit of flu in the camp, which would probably do me in, if it gets any worse! There's two unwell at this minute in time. One trained and one didn't, and the one that trained had to come out halfway through. So fingers crossed that we get them well in time."

Sturrock will be definitely without long term injury victims Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) on the weekend, and has a significant doubt over whether defender Jakub Sokolik will be able to play, given that he has a fractured wrist that needed a heavier cast put on it during the week that would ban him from being able to play in matches.

One player who is borderline for the match is AFC Bournemouth loanee Josh Wakefield. His ankle problem is not serious but Sturrock indicates that they will assess him before making a decision on whether he can be used on the weekend. He continued to express his frustration at the level of absentees in his squad at the moment:

"Josh Wakefield will know today whether he's going to be available for the weekend. I have never had anything like this happen to me before. It's normally 10 percent of your staff, or maybe two or three more than that, but to be up at nine or ten. It isn't any training (issue) - very few of them have been injured in training. It's been match injuries - Marc Laird walked off during one of the games with a hamstring pull. The two fractures were in game situations. At the end of the day it's been very scary."

With numbers so thin on the ground, Sturrock has also confirmed the earlier news that he will be looking to pick up the phone to AFC Bournemouth and Swansea City to discuss loan extensions for Harry Cornick and Connor Roberts, with that pair's deals due to expire after Saturday's League Two match.


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3 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Barnet Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Barnet kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul explains the absence of Jakub Sokolik, the introduction of Omar Sowunmi as a striker and the use of Alex Lacey as a midfielder and a defender. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Barnet.


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3 September 2015 : Norris Signs Tangerines Deal
Former Yeovil Town midfielder David Norris has quickly found himself a new club. He has signed a deal with League One side Blackpool, with the Tangerines giving him a contract until the end of the 2015-16 season - effectively a ten month contract. The former Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town player signs as a free agent, with the Glovers having deregistered him as a player just before the transfer window closed.

Norris made one substitute appearance for the club - coming on during the first half of Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Oxford United, and had been on the club's books on a week-to-week contract. Blackpool boss Neil McDonald already knows Morris from his time at Bolton Wanderers and so was happy to immediately sign him up on the sort of length deal he needed to give him job security:

"He's going to bring lots of energy, certainly experience and he's a brilliant communicator. He's a box-to-box player and a goalscorer as well, and he'll help bring the young players on because we have not an inexperienced team but a young team. He's played lots of games in his career at all levels."


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3 September 2015 : Cherries Media Indicate Green Light For Loan Duo Extensions
Reports in the Bournemouth media suggest that Yeovil Town have been given the green light to extend deals for AFC Bournemouth pair Josh Wakefield and Harry Cornick. The two players are part of the Cherries Under-21 set-up but are both on loan via one month deals at Huish Park. An article in Tuesday's Bournemouth Echo as part of their coverage of the transfer window deadline stated that they expected all four of the players who are currently loaned out to Yeovil Town and Torquay United to be allowed to extend their current deals, with the Premier League side in no hurry to issue recalls.

Of the two players relevant to the Glovers, Josh Wakefield's initial one month loan run until September 19th, and so he has just over two weeks left of his current deal. The ankle injury that he picked up on Tuesday night makes it unlikely that the club will be rushing into immediate decisions there.

The status of Harry Cornick will need to be resolved more immediately. His one month loan was confirmed on August 7th on the eve of the opening day of the 2015-16 season, and so the final match of his current spell would be Saturday's match against Morecambe. With the attacking midfielder having played in all seven of the club's matches so far, and there being a significant shortage of squad numbers, it would be surprising if the club didn't immediately seek to extend that arrangement after Saturday's match is over.

Although not falling under the remit of the Bournemouth Echo, and so there is less of a steer on his availability, the initial one month loan deal for Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts will also expire after this weekend. Like Cornick, he has featured in all matches and so from Yeovil's point of view - particularly with Ben Tozer not having featured at all this season due to injury - they'd almost certainly want to keep him on board.

In Tuesday night's post-match interview, manager Paul Sturrock was earmarking the September 26th match against Hartlepool United as the date upon which he'd expect the likes of Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) to become available again, albeit with a number of those players likely to be woefully short of match fitness when they do return, with Tozer and Dawson missing pre-season entirely. Hence it seems highly likely that the need for borrowed players will continue for at least the next month.


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3 September 2015 : Tuesday Night Substitution Sets Yeovil Town Milestone
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town's first substitute of the evening set a club milestone. The introduction of Jordan Gibbons as a 35th minute replacement for Josh Wakefield meant that he was the 500th player that the club have used in competitive first team matches since the Glovers moved to Huish Park in 1990. With Huish Park having only recently gone through its 25th anniversary as a ground, that is an average of 20 new players for each season.

Jordan will hopefully move off that rung shortly, but he is currently one of 59 people who have made just one appearance for the club during that time, with another obvious example being midfielder David Norris who recently left the club after just one substitute appearance. It's no surprise to find that the majority of the players who at the top of the tree joined the club during their non-league days, with the likes of Terry Skiverton, Tony Pennock and Warren Patmore as those who have represented the club the most.

The introduction of Jordan onto the pitch also meant that he was the club's 275th player to be used since the club entered the Football League. Of those, all bar three have been used in actual league matches (rather than just cup competitions). The milestone for the 200th player to feature for the club in the Football League was broken by Rohan Ince in September 2012 with the milestone for all competitions being broken a few weeks earlier by Nathan Ralph. What this tells us is that the club have got through 75 new players in just over three seasons, meaning that it will probably be only a year or so before we break through the 300 barrier there!

The full list of all 500 players that have made Yeovil Town first team appearances since the club's ground move can be viewed via the link below. There's a hefty bit of database processing going on when this script is run, so expect it to take a few seconds to display!

Link: Yeovil Town Player Appearances Since The Club Moved To Huish Park.


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2 September 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Barnet Match Highlights
For those who want to view the condensed highlights of last night's 1-0 win over Barnet in the Football League Trophy, they are now online. As well as the moment that Bira Dembele turned Harry Cornick's cross into his own net, there's also the moment that Aaron McLean clipped the crossbar, along with second half efforts from Matt Dolan, Shaun Jeffers and Jordan Gibbons that could have given the Glovers a wider margin of victory in the closing stages. Watch it via YouTube below.




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2 September 2015 : JPT Second Round Ball Numbers And Regional Groupings
Yeovil Town will find out who they have drawn in the Second Round of the Football League Trophy on Saturday morning. The Second Round format of the competition will still see the teams split into four regional groups, with the Glovers unsurprisingly occupying the South-West second of the competition. That should have them a high chance of a local derby match, with Bristol Rovers, Exeter City, Plymouth Argyle and Swindon Town all in that group, although a quirk of the way the geographical split is done could still see them sent off to that well-known West Country resort of Coventry City!

The draw will be made live on the Soccer AM programme at just after 11.00a.m., with the following groupings and ball numbers in place - Yeovil Town will have ball number eight:

South West:
1. Bristol Rovers 2. Coventry City 3. Exeter City 4. Oxford United 5. Plymouth Argyle 6. Swindon Town 7. Wycombe Wanderers 8. Yeovil Town

South East:
1. Crawley Town 2. Dagenham and Redbridge 3. Gillingham 4. Luton Town 5. Millwall 6. Northampton Town 7. Southend United 8. Stevenage

North West:
1. Blackpool 2. Bury 3. Crewe Alexandra 4. Fleetwood Town 5. Morecambe 6. Port Vale 7. Shrewsbury Town 8. Wigan Athletic

North East:
1. Barnsley 2. Bradford City 3. Chesterfield 4. Doncaster Rovers 5. Notts County 6. Rochdale 7. Sheffield United 8. York City

All ties will be played during the week commencing October 5th, with the most likely date for each club being Tuesday 6th October.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Barnet JPT Home Game.

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

Link: Yeovil 1 Barnet 0 : Own Goal Seals Trophy Win.

Update: The Football League have revised the draw schedule - it will now take place just after 11.00a.m.


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2 September 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Barnet JPT Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Barnet at Huish Park in the Football League Trophy, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about the game, as well as the departure of David Norris and injuries to Josh Wakefield and Jakub Sokolik. He also gives his views on budget constraints within the game at present.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Barnet JPT Home Game.


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2 September 2015 : Sturrock Talks About Norris Departure And Wakefield And Sokolik Injuries
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has explained why former Plymouth Argyle midfielder David Norris departed the club this week, just one substitute appearance into his stay in South Somerset. The 34 year old, who had last been on the books of Peterborough United, lasted one substitute appearance at Oxford United on Saturday before heading through the out door before last night's Football League Trophy match against Barnet.

As expected, Sturrock has explained that the transfer window was a big factor in why that decision happened, with the rules forcing players and clubs to commit themselves to longer term deals that run between transfer windows, Any player who leaves a club after the window closed is effectively left in limboland until the window reopens and unable to sign for another club at Conference National level or above.

The effect of that was that Yeovil Town needed to either offer Norris a half-season contract that would take him up until January 1st, or to release him and leave him as a free agent where he will be able to sign for another interested club in due course. Sturrock told BBC Somerset that the player's lack of pre-season training meant that the club couldn't offer him that longer term deal at this stage:

"The chap was on a week to week contract. The problem was that he hadn't had many matches and had been training on his own, so the decision to give him a long term contract just wasn't feasible. But if you gave him a short term contract then it means that he can't go and sign for anybody else until the (January) window is open. So I think we sat down and came out with the right decision. He is a free agent, and he'll be able to sign for somebody else."

With that leaving the Glovers a man down, the last thing Sturrock needed was another injury. But he got one, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Josh Wakefield limping off during the first half of Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Barnet. Sturrock admitted that made him a significant doubt for Saturday's match:

"He's rolled his ankle, we think, so he'll struggle for Saturday. What we've got there today is what we're going to have on Saturday. The boy Gibbons has been out for a long time as well but then all of a sudden he's had to play in a position that he's not used to. So you've got to take all of these things into consideration."

On top of that, defender Jakub Sokolik is a serious doubt for Saturday after he was pulled out of last night's match. He played against Oxford United with a light cast on a fractured wrist, but by Tuesday that had been replaced by a larger heavier cast, amid concerns that the fracture was more serious than was initially thought. He will be off to see a specialist today (Wednesday):

"He's going for an MRI scan on Wednesday and a specialist just to see how bad it is. If the specialist feels that a shorter cast would be capable, then that means that he can bandage it up. If he then gets permission, most referees would be okay with that. So that's a decision that we'll know on Wednesday."


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1 September 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Barnet
If you watched Tuesday night's 1-0 win against Barnet 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 Barnet.


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1 September 2015 : Norris Leaves Huish Park After One Match
Yeovil Town have parted company with former Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town midfielder David Norris after just one appearance. The 34 year old had been on the club's books on a non-contract basis, which seemed to be as a matter of convenience for all parties, with him having not found a club since leaving Peterborough United at the end of last season.

As a former Paul Sturrock player from his time at Home Park, the Yeovil boss gave him his one and only substitute appearance on Saturday against Oxford United as a 34th minute replacement for Alex Lacey. However, he did not feature in tonight's match against Barnet and Sturrock confirmed to the press after tonight's match that Norris has now left Huish Park.

With the transfer window closing tonight, the obvious aim for the midfielder will have been to keep his options open as a free agent. If he had stayed on the club's books beyond the transfer window closing, that would have prevented him signing for another club. However, he will now be able to register as a free agent for any club he chooses. Norris therefore joins an unusual list of Yeovil Town players - those who have been on the club's books, yet have never set foot on the pitch at Huish Park.


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1 September 2015 : Yeovil 1 Barnet 0 : Own Goal Seals Trophy Win
Yeovil Town won their way through the First Round stages of the Football League Trophy at Huish Park tonight, although needed a bizarre winning goal to divide the two sides. The 1-0 scoreline was achieved when AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick provided a cross into the box that was sliced into his own net by Barnet defender Bira Dembele. In a match in which both teams struggled to warm the hands of the two goalkeepers, that was as much as was needed to seal the game in a low key encounter watched by just 1,203 spectators at the ground.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their line-up from Saturday. Jakub Sokolik dropped out of the squad, with him carrying a cast on his arm to protect himself from a fractured wrist he played through last Saturday. That allowed Alex Lacey to drop into the heart of defence, and for a 4-4-2 formation to be used. Not many would have predicted the man who would partner Shaun Jeffers up front - Omar Sowunmi was given a chance to show what he could do at the other end of the field as a front line striker, despite Ryan Bird and Mark Beck being available and on the bench. There was no sign of non-contract player David Norris, with it later being confirmed that he had broken ties with the club in advance of the transfer window closing, which would allow him choice of who he signs for next.

The first half was a near non-event, with Barnet edging the game on chances, but without Artur Krysiak needing to do too much to protect his goal. Their best chance came from an improbable distance as a 35 yard free kick from Aaron McLean grazed the top of the crossbar. Bira Dembele headed over the crossbar midway through the half, and then was unwittingly involved at the other end of the pitch. A Harry Cornick cross into the box seemed to be going nowhere, until the defender stuck out a boot and sliced it into his own net - incredibly Yeovil hadn't had a single shot during the game at that point, yet were a goal to the good.

Josh Wakefield had to be withdrawn with an ankle injury before the break, that will make him a doubt for Saturday, and just past the hour mark Omar Sowunmi was replaced after going down with cramp with Ryan Bird replacing him. Gradually as the second half wore on, Yeovil began to show some assertion at the attacking end of the park, as a Matt Dolan long range attempt went wide of the post, whilst a Harry Cornick effort was deflected over for a corner. Then Shaun Jeffers fired over from close range, followed by Jordan Gibbons shooting over the bar from a longer distance attempt. Whilst there was nothing to actually trouble Jamie Stephens in the Barnet goal, it at least showed a second period that was more befitting of the scoreline, even if the final match statistics might raise a few eyebrows! In truth, although Stephens had to do little, neither did Artur Krysiak - he saved a late free kick effort, but otherwise just had to mop things up. A game of very few genuine chances, and one with a very unusual winning goal.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Barnet 0.

Scorers: Bira Dembele (0-1, 37 mins, own goal)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 25. Josh Wakefield 4. Matt Dolan 14. Jack Compton
17. Omar Sowumni 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 9. Ryan Bird (65 mins for Omar Sowumni) 15. Jordan Gibbons (35 mins for Josh Wakefield) 19. Iffy Allen (81 mins for Jack Compton) 22. Mark Beck

Barnet:
21. Jamie Stephens 2. Gavin Hoyte 4. Bira Dembele 3. Elliot Johnson 6. Michael Nelson 8. Curtis Weston (Capt) 9. John Akinde 15. Ben Tomlinson 16. Tom Champion 19 Shaun Batt 24. Aaron McLean

Substitutes:
5. Bondz N'Gala 12. Luke Gambin 17. Sam Muggleton (9 mins for Elliot Johnson) 22. Matthew Stevens (46 mins for John Akinde) 23. Ryan Gondoh (56 mins for Shaun Batt)

Yeovil Bookings: Josh Wakefield (34 mins, foul), Alex Lacey (61 mins, foul), Jordan Gibbons (86 mins, timewasting)

Barnet Bookings: Sam Muggleton (63 mins, foul), Bira Dembele (75 mins, foul), Matt Stevens (76 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Barnet Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.

NOTE: As Yeovil's winning goal came via the foot of a Barnet defender, the shot did not count as a shot on target in the eyes of Opta's press statistics for the game.

Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Andrew Bennett (Devon).

Attendance: 1,203 (with 87 Barnet supporters).


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1 September 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Barnet
Yeovil Town have made two changes for tonight's Football League Trophy First Round tie against Barnet at Huish Park. As is often the case with clubs at this stage of the competition, the Glovers have rotated their squad somewhat, with Shaun Jeffers coming in for Ryan Bird, whilst Omar Sowumni coming in for Jakub Sokolik, who was carrying a fractured bone in his wrist on Saturday. Souwmni will be playing as a front line striker tonight, in a 4-4-2 line-up.

Long term injury victims Ben Tozer (cartilege), Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Ryan Dickson (groin), Marc Laird (torn hamstring) and Wes Fogden (broken fingers) unsurprisingly remain out of the squad. The Football League Trophy rules only allow for five substitutes to be named - there's no David Norris tonight so we're not sure what that means for his future at the club, given a decision needed to realistically be made by tonight regarding his position as a non-contract player, if he was not to be tied to the Glovers once the transfer window closed this evening.

The rules for tonight are that the cup tie must be settled on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then the match goes immediately to penalties with no extra time being played.

The team tonight reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 5. Stephen Arthurworrey 21. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Captain)
23. Harry Cornick 25. Josh Wakefield 4. Matt Dolan 14. Jack Compton
17. Omar Sowumni 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 9. Ryan Bird 15. Jordan Gibbons 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck

Barnet:
21. Jamie Stephens 2. Gavin Hoyte 4. Bira Dembele 3. Elliot Johnson 6. Michael Nelson 8. Curtis Weston (Capt) 9. John Akinde 15. Ben Tomlinson 16. Tom Champion 19 Shaun Batt 24. Aaron McLean

Substitutes:
5. Bondz N'Gala 12. Luke Gambin 17. Sam Muggleton 22. Matthew Stevens 23. Ryan Gordon


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1 September 2015 : Ladies Switch Toffees Promotion Six-Pointer To Huish Park
Yeovil Town Ladies will be returning to Huish Park once again, with their next FA WSL2 match lined up to take place on the main stadium pitch. Their match against Everton Ladies will take place on Sunday 13th September, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off, and sees the Glovers take on another side who are also trying to chase down a promotion place as the Women's Super League reaches its climax.

Earlier this season, the Ladies took on Millwall Lionesses in a match that produced a club record crowd of 722 spectators, and so the obvious hope is that the club will be able to manage that figure as both sides go for the win.

Once again, the opportunity to see the Ladies on the big stage will also give supporters a chance to use Yeovil Town's Sunday Carvery for a pre-match meal. A two course meal will cost £9.50 and you can book your place there in advance to make sure a table is reserved for you. Normal admission fees apply for this FA WSL2 match, with £4.00 adults and £2.50 concessions - you can book in advance via the same link, or turn up on the day of the match.


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1 September 2015 : Club 'Survival' At Risk Through Town Council Opposition To Plans
Yeovil Town have issued a riposte to the recent decision made by Yeovil Town Council to recommend a refusal of the club's latest planning application. The Town Council act as a neighbouring consultee to the application, with the actual decision-making being made by South Somerset District Council, and as such they are just one of many parties who will have an input into the overall planning process. The Town Council's overall verdict was to object on three fronts - increased traffic in the area, the effect the retail development would have upon the town centre and the replacement public open space. But club representatives believe that if SSDC were to listen to those views, the club's 'survival' in its current form would be affected, and so have put out their own views on the subject.

In terms of the three areas of concern listed in the response back to SSDC, the club's own response considers two of these - the issue of the public open space is not mentioned. In terms of the effect the application would have on the town centre, the club's Planning Consultant David Bell suggested that there had been differing views amongst councillors in terms of what the net outcome would be upon the town:

"What Yeovil needs, in my opinion, is to be a viable town full of life and vitality at all locations. I agree with the individual town councillor that not everyone wants or needs to go into the town centre every day. In reality, the town of Yeovil should be about more than just the small area and interests of the Yeovil designated town centre area defined by a line drawn on a map. That councillor put his head above the parapet and did say that he thought some services in the north-west part of town would be useful. His reward was to be berated by another councillor. This is an 'enabling application' and, as explained in the submitted reports, the planning principle is upheld in the High Court, by the Planning Inspectorate and some very forward thinking local authorities. This is explained in length in the reports and is the chance for South Somerset to shine."

In terms of increased traffic in the area as a consequence of the planning application being approved, Mr Bell said he felt that SSDC Case Officer Simon Fox had presented to the town councillors the overall traffic management plans that had been considered in a positive light, and so stood by the club's proposals in that area:

"The SSDC Planning Officer attending the meeting did a thorough, professional job on the night and did remind the councillors that the documents submitted with the planning application considered traffic in detail. The club has put forward a solution for the Thorne Lane junction based upon the very successful traffic management experiments carried out at the Manchester United cup match in January. We are trying to help the locals argue for a change in the local authority stance and, as explained in the reports, there is an obvious and logical solution to the current weekday peak period congestion. The answer, clearly, is not to put even more give-ways in the way of the very dominant major flows as is currently proposed by others."

Both Mr Bell and Chairman John Fry give strong words on the risks of the planning application being rejected, echoing warnings of dire consequences that were given when the club's March 2011 planning application began to show signs of creaking at the seams. For this latest application, Mr Bell suggested that the 'survival' of the club was at stake, in terms of its current set-up:

"The survival of the club depends upon revenue and other investment. Without the new facilities and the proposed short term capital and longer term revenue, the club is very unlikely to remain in the current format. A vision of the future without turning around the income looks bleak. The devastating impact of severe cuts on the match day experience and all the additional benefits in favour of a core business based expenditure will hit the town and district hard."

Mr Fry felt that the Councillors were underestimating the value of the football club to the town itself and said that the club's own ambitions to return to Championship level football would be blunted if they could not proceed with the plans to develop the stadium:

"The strategic and financial value of the football club to the community seems to be underestimated by many. Our aspirations are for League One then Championship football with a stadium that is self-financing and providing the match day experience that our loyal fans deserve. To do this the stadium complex must be used more than two or three times a month. These matters also contribute to the local economy and a new, purpose built hall available to our supporters and the wider community for social and leisure would contribute to the feel good factor."


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1 September 2015 : Barnet : The JPT Lowdown
It may be surprising to note that Yeovil Town have yet to play Barnet in a Football League match. In a measure of how time flies, it was just under twelve years ago when the Bees turned up to Huish Park with first team manager Martin Allen bizarrely dressed in a hunting jacket in the dugout, and issuing pre-match interviews that spoke of his team biting into green apples on the basis that this would psychologically prepare his team for beating the team in green. It didn't quite work - the rather rampant Glovers won the FA Cup Second Round match by a 5-1 scoreline, with Gavin Williams bagging a brace, whilst Colin Miles, Nick Crittenden and Jake Edwards also netted.

Up until that point, both clubs had been regular rivals - you can count 48 meetings between the two clubs at Southern League and Conference level along with associated cup competitions between 1967 and 2003. And then it all stopped. Yeovil were in the Football League, and although Barnet have yo-yo'd a bit on that front in terms of their own league status, we've stayed at least a division above them during that time. Barnet are the only club to have won the Conference three times - in 1990–91, 2004–05 and 2014–15 and arrive at Huish Park for tonight's Football League Trophy as members of the Football League for the third time.

Various facts about where Barnet stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Bookies Odds: 14/1 for Promotion via any route. That puts them 20th in the bookies odds lists (via Coral)

Today's Match Odds: Yeovil Win 8/5; Barnet Win 13/8; Draw 23/10 (via Bet 365)

New Signings: Tom Champion (Cambridge United, midfielder), Bira Dembele (Stevenage, centre-back), Gavin Hoyte (Gillingham, right-back), Kevin Lisbie (Leyton Orient, striker), Ben Tomlinson (Lincoln City, striker), Shaun Batt (Leyton Orient, right wing), Michael Nelson (Cambridge United, centre-back), Jamie Stephens (Newport County, goalkeeper), Aaron McLean (Bradford City, striker). On top of that, eight players from their youth set-up have been given professional contracts.

Last Six Results:
11/08/2015MillwallAwayCC1W2-14454Akinde 11, Yiadom 102
15/08/2015Wycombe WanderersHomeSBL2L0-22560
18/08/2015Northampton TownHomeSBL2W2-02466Akinde 63, 90
22/08/2015Bristol RoversAwaySBL2L1-37107Weston 85
25/08/2015Wolverhampton WanderersAwayCC2L1-27384Dembele 76
29/08/2015Cambridge UnitedHomeSBL2D0-02406

Last Line-Up: 21. Jamie Stephens; 2. Gavin Hoyte 4. Bira Dembele 5. Bondz N'Gala 3. Elliot Johnson; 7. Andy Yiadom 8. Curtis Weston 11. Mauro Vilhete 14. Sam Togwell; 9. John Akinde 18. Michael Gash

Substitutes: 6. Michael Nelson 12. Luke Gambin 16. Tom Champion 17. Sam Muggleton 19. Shaun Batt 24. Aaron Mclean 31. Kai McKenzie-Lyle

Manager: Martin Allen - Since we last saw him in the aforementioned FA Cup match, he's left Barnet, returned, left again, returned, left again ... and returned. His fourth spell with the Bees began in March 2014, and he is currently 67 matches into that job, having been the man who took them up as Conference champions over the summer just gone. When he was early in his management reign, the word was that he didn't like his 'Mad Dog' nickname - either money talks or he's mellowed, given that the D**ly M**l have given him a weekly column entitled 'Mad Dog on Monday'. Built around all of those Barnet spells he's been in management for twelve years, and assuming he stays in charge of Barnet he will break the 500 match barrier later this season. Other than this summer's honours, he was also the boss who took Gillingham into League One at the end of the 2012-13 season. As per the above FA Cup match, he has an unconventional approach to management at times, although ironically with his apparent embracing of his nickname he appears to have been quieter on that front in recent years.

Connections: Bondz N'Gala was on Yeovil's books during the 2011-12 season. He made 35 appearances, scoring two goals in a team that struggled in League One, particularly during the first half of that season. Since leaving Huish Park, he's spent a season at Stevenage and another at Portsmouth, but joined Barnet for the start of the 2014-15 season. He's been a regular for them with 52 appearances, including all seven this season. In the other direction, Iffy Allen arrived at Huish Park over the summer after the Bees released him. So far he's managed three appearances for ourselves, and with managers tending to rotate their JPT squads a bit, he may be one to benefit tonight. On a lesser note Barnet midfielder Sam Togwell was a player who Russell Slade tried to bring in during the summer of 2008, with his club at the time Barnsley agreeing terms for him to depart the club. But Slade was experiencing budget restrictions, and although all terms seemed to be agreed for Togwell to join at the player's end and Barnsley's end, the deal collapsed due to Slade needing to ship a player out the door before the board would authorise it - as a result Togwell headed off to Scunthorpe United and we missed out on him.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Barnet.

Link: JPT Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Barnet.

Link: Football League Trophy Full First Round Draw.


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