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30 September 2016 : Darren Previews The Plymouth Argyle Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match between Plymouth Argyle and Yeovil Town at Home Park, Glovers boss Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, with ten games of the season gone there's a look at tomorrow's league leaders, but also an opportunity to reflect upon the usual 'ten game block' that the team has just played. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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30 September 2016 : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town travelled to East London to play Leyton Orient in a League Two fixture. The match saw the club break a five game losing run in the league, by beating Orient by a 1-0 scoreline thanks to a Tom Eaves goal, and a few vital defensive blocks in the final five minutes of the match.

Man of the Match voting saw Darren Ward recognised on his comeback to the club having been out for six months bar a single substitute appearance on the opening day of the season. Also praised was match winner Tom Eaves who was the runner up in the poll. The winner by a considerable margin was left-back Nathan Smith who managed to both play like a wing-back at times during the game, as well as being one of the three players that produced vital blocks to stop Orient from equalising.

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

1. Nathan Smith 200 (18)
2. Tom Eaves 90 (2)
3. Darren Ward 46 (3)
4. Kevin Dawson 20 (0)
5. Alex Lacey 18 (0)
6. Liam Shephard 16 (1)
6. Matt Butcher 16 (1)
8. Matthew Dolan 16 (0)
8. Otis Khan 16 (0)
10. Artur Krysiak 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.84
Performance : 7.28
Entertainment : 6.4
VOTES RECEIVED : 25


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30 September 2016 : Shephard On Stand-By For Armenia Trip
Yeovil Town's on loan right-back Liam Shephard is named in the stand-by list for the Wales Under-21 squad that will travel to play Armenia during the next set of international fixtures. The Under-21s head off to the FFA Academy Stadium in Yerevan on Tuesday 11th October 2016, with a 5.00p.m. local time kick-off in their final UEFA Under-21 EURO 2017 Group 5 match, with the Swansea City player ready to join that squad if there are any defensive or right-sided drop-outs from the original squad named by manager Geraint Williams.

Perhaps surprisingly, there is no place for Ryan Hedges in the list of players that will face Group 5's basement side. The most likely explanation is that Wales ended their chances of qualification from this group with a pair of poor results against Denmark and Luxembourg, meaning that they are now unable to qualify from their group. Hence it may be that Williams has one eye on the future, with 21 year old Hedges now likely to have played his last game at that level of international football. However with Shephard, Connor Roberts and Josh Sheehan - both named in the squad - all 21 years old, their time is also drawing to an end.

In the main Wales senior squad, there are four players with Yeovil Town connections named. Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), midfielder Shaun MacDonald (Wigan Athletic), Simon Church (Roda JC Kerkrade) and Tom Lawrence (Leicester City, on loan at Ipswich Town) are in the 23 man squad that will be used for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Georgia next week.

Wales Under-21s vs Armenia : Main Squad
Billy O'Brien (Manchester City)
Michael Crowe (Ipswich Town)
Declan John (Cardiff City)
Jordan Evans (Wrexham)
Joe Rodon (Swansea City)
Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers)
Connor Roberts (Swansea City, on loan at Bristol Rovers)
Gethin Jones (Everton)
Dominic Smith (Shrewsbury Town, on loan at Barrow)
Regan Poole (Manchester United)
Dan James (Swansea City)
Josh Sheehan (Swansea City, on loan at Newport County)
Jake Charles (Barnsley)
Tom O'Sullivan (Cardiff City)
George Williams (Fulham, on loan at MK Dons)
Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers)
Harry Wilson (Liverpool).

Wales Under-21s vs Armenia : Stand-By List
Tom King (Millwall)
Louis Gray (Everton)
Tom James (Cardiff City)
Theo Wharton (Cardiff City)
Rob Evans (Wrexham)
Cian Harries (Coventry City)
Liam Shephard (Swansea City, on loan at Yeovil Town)
George Thomas (Coventry City)
Jamie Thomas (Burnley, on loan at Ayr Utd)
Tyler Roberts (West Bromwich Albion, on loan at Oxford Utd)
Ethan Ampadu (Exeter City)
Callum Saunders (Crewe Alexandra)
Owain Jones (Swansea City).


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30 September 2016 : Advance Ticketing Deadline For Plymouth Argyle Trip
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to purchase advance match tickets for the League Two fixture against Plymouth Argyle should note that you have until this afternoon to get them at the lower price. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be open until 4.00p.m. today, but fans should complete purchases for this game by 3.00p.m. - visit them or call them on 01935-847888. At that point, tickets will go off sale, and will only be available from Home Park on the day of the match, where you will pay £2.00 extra (for Family Tickets this is per person, so this makes a notable difference).

As of early this morning, the club had sold 380 tickets, so there will be plenty on sale on the day of the game. For ticketing prices, travel arrangements and the Ciderspace guide that gives you parking, directions and pub information, follow the earlier items below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Only One Player Missing For Selection Ahead Of Plymouth Argyle Trip.

Link: Officials For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.


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30 September 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Plymouth Argyle
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travel to Home Park, where they will take on Plymouth Argyle in a League Two fixture. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide to Plymouth and its surroundings has been updated to include ticketing, directions, parking, plus the usual pub guide and club statistics. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Only One Player Missing For Selection Ahead Of Plymouth Argyle Trip.

Link: Officials For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Home Park Turnstiles at Plymouth Argyle
Home Park Turnstiles at Plymouth Argyle


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29 September 2016 : Only One Player Missing For Selection Ahead Of Plymouth Argyle Trip
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is hopeful that he will be going into Saturday's trip to Plymouth Argyle missing just one player in his first team squad. The Glovers have suffered for the second season running somewhat, with a series of injuries that have left them without players, with the older, more experienced players particularly missing from the match teamsheet for much of the season. Striker Francois Zoko has managed just two substitute appearances back in mid-August so far this season, whilst captain Darren Ward's game time was limited to just one substitute appearance until he made his comeback a couple of weeks ago.

With Zoko still missing, left-back Ryan Dickson out with an ankle injury recently, and Izale McLeod's more recent arrival at Huish Park interrupted within four games of his arrival with a knee problem, the number of absentees have been maintained. However, in the lead-up in the trip to Home Park, Way believes he only has one player that is now not quite ready to get on the team bus on the weekend:

"Hopefully I'll end up with only one player injured going into that game, which is fantastic news. I'm not going to mention names but I'm just saying we've only got one player as we speak, who could have been fit but we just felt that from a rehabilitation point of view from the time that he's been out, that we'll just give him until Tuesday. What we've got to do now is to make sure that with the players which we've got back that they stay fit."

Whilst Way is cautious of naming which of Zoko, Dickson and McLeod is not yet ready to play, his talk of 'rehabilitation' and 'the time that he has been out' would tend to suggest that the one player that would not travel to Devon would be Francois Zoko. The Ivory Coast man missed the whole of pre-season with a hip flexor problem, then briefly returned for 48 minutes worth of substitute appearances across two fixtures during August, but has been absent since August 20th, with hip problems still affecting him. Thus it may be that he needs a longer lead time to ease his way back into the team, with the club's pair of matches against Bristol Rovers (EFL Trophy) and Clevedon Town (Somerset Premier Cup) representing a good opportunity for himself or any other players needing match practice to get back to kicking a football in a less intense environment.

Way's suggestion that he only has one player missing would tend to imply that he has no concerns about striker Tom Eaves, who was spotted in the warm-ups at the Abbey Stadium on Tuesday night, prior to the Cambridge United match, training on his own with the club's physio with attention seemingly drawn to his right ankle. However, the 24 year old did complete a full 90 minutes on the night, with Way playing down the issue after the game.

Link: Officials For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.


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29 September 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played host to Hartlepool United in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The end result was one of extreme frustration, as the Glovers took the lead through Matt Butcher's first goal for the club, but then succumbed to two goals from Hartlepool winger Nathan Thomas, with the second one coming during second half injury time. The end result was a 1-2 home defeat.

Man of the Match voting saw fans give two old-timers the thumbs up in this game, with Nathan Smith operating as a centre-back on this occasion, whilst Kevin Dawson played on the right side of the midfield three. The Man of the Match in supporters' eyes though was Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges, who played a full 90 minutes as one of the wide forwards.

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

1. Ryan Hedges 126 (10)
2. Kevin Dawson 80 (5)
3. Nathan Smith 64 (5)
4. Matt Butcher 48 (0)
5. Liam Shephard 36 (3)
6. Otis Khan 22 (1)
7. Alex Lacey 20 (0)
8. Alex Lawless 16 (1)
9. Ben Whitfield 4 (0)
9. Matthew Dolan 4 (0)
11. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)
11. Tom Eaves 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.08
Performance : 5.04
Entertainment : 5.12
VOTES RECEIVED : 25


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29 September 2016 : Thorne Lane Planning Application : Written Reasons For Refusal
The South Somerset District Council Area South Planning Committee have published their Reasons For Refusal for the club's Thorne Lane planning application. Plans to convert a farmer's field into a recreational ground on a plot of land at Lufton were considered by Councillors on Wednesday 7th September 2016. However, they voted to refuse the application.

The written Reasons for Refusal have now been published, and the precise wording of the Committee is as shown below, and encompasses three factors:

01. The proposed engineering works and the changing rooms/facilities would have an adverse impact upon the character of the area and nearby designated heritage assets. The proposal is therefore contrary to policies EQ2 and EQ3 of the South Somerset Local Plan and paragraphs 131-134 of the NPPF.

02. The proposed recreation facility fails to provide the necessary safe access to and from the site for pedestrians and cyclists. The proposal is therefore contrary to policy TA5 of the South Somerset Local Plan and paragraph 32 of the NPPF.

03. The creation of a recreational facility in this isolated location has the unacceptable potential to result in crime, disorder and anti-social behaviour and as such is contrary to policy EQ2 of the South Somerset Local Plan and paragraph 58 of the NPPF.

The NPPF is the National Planning Policy Framework - a document published by National Government which sets out the Government of the day's planning policies for England and how they are expected to be applied by Local Councils when making planning decisions across the whole country. The Local Councils in turn also set out their Local Plan referenced above, which is intended to identify what needs the immediate area may have. Both documents are used in all Planning Applications in order to determine the outcome.

The draft meeting minutes associated with the Area South Planning Committee have also been published showing some of the detail behind the decision. Two of the Councillors withdrew from the debate and left the room due to conflicts of interest - Councillor John Clark is a Vice President at Yeovil Town and Season Ticket Holder, whilst Councillor Mike Lock is a Shareholder and Season Ticket Holder at the club. Two other Councillors declared a personal interest in the application, with Councillor Graham Oakes stating that he is a minor shareholder at the club and Season Ticket Holder, whilst Councillor Rob Strickland has an association with Yeovil Town Ladies. However, in the latter two cases, their declaration was seen as sufficient, rather than see them leave the room.

The final vote on the Planning Application is recorded in the minutes as four votes in favour of the application, six votes against the application and zero abstentions. There had been media reports that a number of Councillors had abstained, but the minutes indicate that this was not the case. Following this vote, there was a secondary vote to agree the written Reasons For Refusal, and on this matter, the four Councillors who had voted in favour of the application abstained, presumably on the basis that they'd not played in part in the refusal, with the six who had done so, being used to agree the final wording shown above. However, the vote itself shows a balance of four in favour, six against. The identity of who voted in which direction is not disclosed.

In terms of the mention of Heritage Assets in the Reasons For Refusal, the SSDC minutes reveal an update from SSDC's Conservation Officer read out at the meeting, where they indicated they were objecting on the grounds that the Application had not addressed the issue of historic assets in the area:

"There are a number of heritage assets close to the application site. These include Lufton Manor, Lufton House and Lufton Church. The proposal is of a significant scale in an area of open countryside. The three historic assets I’ve mentioned enjoy a rural setting, and Lufton Manor features a sizeable associated area of planned parkland. I cannot find any supporting statements within the application documents to show that this has been considered. Paragraph 128 of the NPPF makes it clear that the applicant should describe the significance of any heritage assets affected by the proposal. There is no evidence within the application documents to demonstrate that the significance of the setting of these assets has been taken into account in developing the proposal."

The club have the right to either amend and resubmit the Planning Application. They could also request an Appeal against the decision made by the Area South Committee. However, our understanding is they would have to present evidence showing why those three Reasons For Refusal should not have been agreed. If they Appeal merely on the grounds that they didn't like the decision, then they'd risk having all costs of the Appeal, including the Council and the Planning Inspectorate, awarded against them. Hence the reasons for Appeal would need to be clear. As yet, the club have not revealed any future intentions regarding their plans at Thorne Lane or at Huish Park, with the latter Application having been left in limbo since September 2015.


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29 September 2016 : Officials For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Plymouth Argyle and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 1st October 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Home Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne and Wear).

He is in his four season as a Football League referee, having been promoted in the summer of 2013, and his north-east residence means we've only seen him on two previous occasions. The first was for the FA Cup Second Round tie against Accrington Stanley back in December 2014 at the Crown Ground, which ended in a 1-1 draw. Overall he had a reasonable game, although we recall getting a bit frustrated at the number of times he was blowing his whistle up for second half free kicks. As it happens, we weren't playing too well at that point in the game, so that may have been more down to our levels of angst regarding a cup tie that was on a bit of a knife-edge rather than those decisions necessarily being wrong!

Most recently, he was in charge for a rather happy away day - the April 2016 match against Barnet at The Hive Stadium. Although he awarded a penalty against us, when Alex Lacey fouled John Akinde, the video replay made clear that was the correct decision. Elsewhere in a seven goal thriller, it was the finale of the game that stuck in the mind rather than anything the officials may have done. They certainly didn't slow the game down at any stage!

He is generally a little top heavy on the card count, with 102 yellows and six reds across 30 games last season. This year has seen him continue that theme with 46 yellows and three reds across just 11 games. The most recent of those reds came on Tuesday night in the 1-1 draw between Hartlepool United and Luton Town. Mr Stockbridge dismissed Hartlepool captain Nicky Featherstone and it's fair to say that his boss Craig Hignett was not best pleased about it saying: "The sending-off typifies the standard of refereeing. Nicky won the ball, both studs up. The explanation was Nicky caught him the chest, which he didn’t. It’s never a red card in a million years." Despite this, there's no sign that Hartlepool have appealed against the decision.

Mr Stockbridge will be assisted by Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Link: December 2014 : Accrington Stanley 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2016 : Barnet 3 Yeovil Town 4.


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28 September 2016 : Darren Talks About Cambridge United Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Cambridge United kicked off at the Abbey Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why Kevin Dawson got the nod ahead of Ben Whitfield, and also what sort of a challenge he predicted Cambridge would pose. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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28 September 2016 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Clevedon Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's home match against Clevedon Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will take place on Wednesday 5th October at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The match is a Somerset Premier Cup First Round tie against Western Football League Premier Division opposition. Prices for the match are set as follows:

Adults: £4.00; Seniors/Juniors/Disabled: £2.00.

Due to the expected numbers attending the game, only the Tamburino Main Stand will be open for this fixture. These tickets won't be sold online, but can be purchased either over the phone, in person at the Ticket Office, or on the night of the game with the same prices applying in all cases.

For all other ticketing, travel and related news that's currently relevant, follow the links below.

Link: 2016-17 Somerset Premier Cup First Round Draw.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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28 September 2016 : Video : Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view the match highlights of Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, these are now online. Watch two minutes with of highlights, which includes the winning goal from Mark Roberts, via the YouTube clip below. You'll find Yeovil's best chance of the night coming right at the end of the clip, with a second half injury time shot going over the crossbar.




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28 September 2016 : Feeney Fired As Exiles Hit Rock Bottom
League Two side Newport County have become the second club in League Two to sack their manager this week. They have parted company with first team boss Warren Feeney after their side went bottom of the Football League last night, following a run of three consecutive defeats and seven league matches without a win.

Newport have also fired assistant manager Andy Todd, leaving Sean McCarthy and James Bittner, who had been first team coaches, installed as joint Caretaker Managers of the club. They have indicated that they will make a permanent appointment "as soon as possible".

Feeney had been in charge since January 2016, having arrived as an assistant to John Sheridan three months earlier. The 35 year old's previous management experience had come through Irish side Linfield. He leaves Newport with a record of seven wins, eight draws and nineteen defeats.

Link: Leyton Orient's Revolving Door Produces First Managerial Casualty.


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28 September 2016 : Way Having To Manage Darren Ward Playing Time Whilst Using Experience
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he will have to aim to push captain Darren Ward through 90 minutes of football, if he is to avoid the problem of having to pre-schedule a substitution into each match. The 38 year old returned to first team football at Leyton Orient ten days ago and managed to get through a full match on that day, but during Saturday's game against Cheltenham Town and last night's trip to Cambridge United, he had to be withdrawn midway through the second half.

Given Ward's return to the side coincided with the Glovers back line looking a lot more solid, there's obviously a need to have him on the pitch for the full game, but that has had to be balanced against the need to not aggravate the knee problem he has had for most of 2016. Way told BBC Somerset that himself and the medical team would have to manage that situation, adding that three more experienced players should be close to ready for Saturday's trip to Plymouth Argyle. The end goal had to be to get Ward on the pitch for longer periods though:

"It will have to. Between myself and the medical team we'll have to make sure that becomes longer, and we'll see how he reacts in every game. But it's important to have Darren in, as he's a captain and he's a leader. He's someone valuable to have in our side, with Ryan Dickson, Izale McLeod and Francois Zoko not involved. Hopefully they'll be available for Saturday. That makes the squad a lot stronger because you can see there at times we do look young away from home."

Last night's situation was complicated by the fact that another of the club's substitutes had to be used on replacing Liam Shephard, after he limped off shortly before the Glovers conceded the only goal of the game at the Abbey Stadium. Way played down any concerns over his injury though:

"I've not spoken to the physio yet, but I'm sure he'll be okay for Saturday."

The other issue Yeovil Town had last night was the fitness of striker Tom Eaves. He was spotted before the game warming up only with physio Mike Micciche, rather than with the rest of the squad, with his right ankle appearing to be causing him a few problems. Way explained that this was something that Eaves had played through on Saturday against Cheltenham, and again was a situation that they were managing, rather than needing to pull Eaves out of the side:

"He just had a slight problem and we thought it was right to make sure that he warmed up a little bit different rather than pushing too early. But that was no different from how it was on Saturday. The group is in there now and with any defeat that you get you're disappointed. But we have to make sure that in the position that we're in, in the table, that the boys keep believing and that they stay strong."


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28 September 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday evening's 1-0 defeat against Cambridge United at the Abbey 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 Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.


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27 September 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cambridge United Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Cambridge United Game.


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27 September 2016 : Cambridge 1 Yeovil 0 : Roberts Strike Lifts U's Off The Bottom
Yeovil Town went down to defeat tonight against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, as a single goal divided the teams. In a match that had few chances, with the majority going to the home side, the three points were settled when Mark Roberts converted from close range after Artur Krysiak had pulled off a save from a corner. At the other end, the Glovers struggled badly to create chances, with home keeper Will Norris untested throughout the night, and despite Matt Butcher having two late attempts during second half injury time, both went over the bar to send his side home with a 1-0 defeat.

The Glovers went into the match making one change from the side that beat Cheltenham Town 4-2 on the weekend. Kevin Dawson had served his one match suspension and thus displaced Ben Whitfield who had been drafted in for that match. That meant Kyle Copp who had been sat on the bench, shuffled back out again, bringing the team sheet back to where it was two games ago. Joe Lea was the one other fit player to sit the game out, with Ryan Dickson, Izale McLeod and Francois Zoko still not ready for returns.

The first half was one that entirely lacked any shots that would force both goalkeepers into saves of note, with both largely collecting crosses. That was not to say that there weren't moments of drama, with Adam McGurk almost intercepting an Artur Krysiak attempt to clear his lines. Then Alex Lacey had to block an attempt by Ben Williamson for a corner. Otherwise, most of the half was about players putting the ball over the crossbar - Ryan Hedges at one end after he stretched for a Matty Dolan cross, and then Luke Berry at the other end.

Adam McGurk's free kick curled around a defensive wall but wide of the posts, whilst Cambridge had appeals for a penalty turned down after Nathan Smith's challenge was deemed to be worthy of a corner for Cambridge, but nothing more from referee Mark Haywood. Instead the referee dished out a yellow card to Luke Berry with him unimpressed by the midfielder's persistent moaning about the decision. Not that everything Mr Haywood did was perfect - he seemed to be allowing play to slow down significantly during the half, particularly by his decision to allow lengthy on-pitch treatment for Max Clark for a head injury that led to five minutes of injury time when he could have told the player to leave the pitch. During that injury time Leon Legge connected with the goal frame instead of the ball as he stretched for a Jake Gosling cross, leading to another delay, but both sides went in goalless at the break.

It said a lot about the match at the Abbey Stadium that it took until the 65th minute for either side to produce a shot on target. Unfortunately for Yeovil Town, it also was the moment that a goal was scored. Harrison Dunk's corner was headed towards goal by Adam McGurk. Artur Krysiak produced an excellent save to keep the ball out, but he couldn't do a lot about the rebound which fell to Mark Roberts who fired home from close range. 1-0 down.

Liam Shephard had picked up a knock just prior to that goal and wasn't on the pitch for that corner, and he had to be replaced immediately afterwards, with Bevis Mugabi replacing him. Then Darren Ward's legs started to tire due to his lack of match play, and he was also replaced by Alex Lawless, with Matt Butcher dropping into the back four, and playing as a right-back, whilst Mugabi switched centrally. That meant that two of the substitutions went on defensive reshuffles, rather than what Yeovil really needed to do to change the game, which was at the other end, where Yeovil's front three were being efficiently snuffed out, with only a Tom Eaves header over the bar representing an opportunity.

In reality, Cambridge looked the more likely to extend their lead with substitute Uche Ikpeazu forcing Alex Lacey to clear off his goal line. Then Artur Krysiak produced a terrific save to stop Mark Roberts getting another goal, as he palmed the ball around the post for a corner. During injury time, with men being pushed up, Yeovil did manage to get two decent chances, with Matt Butcher firing over at the far post from a Ryan Hedges cross, and then another attempt minutes later that went over the bar. But during the whole 90 minutes, Yeovil had failed to test home keeper Will Norris - a far cry from Saturday's goalfest at Huish Park. Cambridge deservedly won, and after two consecutive wins, the Glovers were brought firmly back down to earth with an inert attacking performance.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Cambridge United 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Mark Roberts (65 mins, 1-0)

Cambridge United:
1. Will Norris
28. Brad Halliday 5. Mark Roberts 6. Leon Legge 2. Greg Taylor
19. Jake Gosling 8. Luke Berry 20. Max Clark 11. Harrison Dunk
10. Ben Williamson 17. Adam McGurk

Substitutes:
13. David Gregory 14. Josh Coulson 15. Sean Long 16. Thomas Dallison-Lisbon 24. Conor Newton (75 mins for Adam McGurk) 26. Uche Ikpeazu (60 mins for Uche Ikpeazu) 29. Matthew Foy

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 16. Matt Butcher, 4. Matt Dolan,
23. Ryan Hedges 9. Tom Eaves 10. Otis Khan.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi (67 mins for Liam Shephard) 8. Alex Lawless (73 mins for Darren Ward) 14. Josh Ezewele 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 28. Ben Whitfield (79 mins for Otis Khan)

Cambridge United Bookings: Luke Berry (dissent, 38 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lacey (foul, 35 mins), Liam Shephard (foul, 54 mins), Kevin Dawson (foul, 73 mins)

Cambridge United Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 11; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire). Assistants: George Warren (London) and Graham Kane (East Sussex). Fourth Official: Robert Massey-Ellis (West Midlands).

Attendance: 3,556 (with 98 Yeovil supporters).


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27 September 2016 : Team News For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium. The match sees the Glovers make one change for this evening's match, compared with last week's match against Cheltenham Town. Midfielder Kevin Dawson has completed a one match ban served on Saturday for picking up five yellow cards and he replaces AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield in the line-up.

That means that Kyle Copp sits out tonight's match, due to Whitfield dropping to the bench, with Joe Lea another fringe player to miss out. Confirmed injured absentees this evening include Francois Zoko (hip flexor), Ryan Dickson (ankle) and Izale McLeod (knee). Midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 16. Matt Butcher, 4. Matt Dolan,
23. Ryan Hedges 9. Tom Eaves 10. Otis Khan.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi 8. Alex Lawless 14. Josh Ezewele 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 28. Ben Whitfield

Cambridge United:
1. Will Norris
28. Brad Halliday 5. Mark Roberts 6. Leon Legge 2. Greg Taylor
19. Jake Gosling 8. Luke Berry 20. Max Clark 11. Harrison Dunk
10. Ben Williamson 17. Adam McGurk

Substitutes:
13. David Gregory 14. Josh Coulson 15. Sean Long 16. Thomas Dallison-Lisbon 24. Conor Newton 26. Uche Ikpeazu 29. Matthew Foy


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27 September 2016 : Matt Dolan Talks About The Cheltenham Town Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-2 win over Cheltenham Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Matty Dolan spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matty gives his views on the win and the usual way he scored his team's third goal. Read that (slightly short) interview via the link below.

Link: Matt Dolan Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Win Against Cheltenham.


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27 September 2016 : Rovers Attempt To Reduce Losses In Staging EFL Trophy Ties By Closing Stands
Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy opponents Bristol Rovers have disclosed that they made a financial loss by staging their last Group match against Reading Under-23s. The Glovers are their next opponents in the competition on Tuesday 4th October, at the Memorial Stadium (kick-off 7.45p.m.) and Rovers are concerned enough to make the decision to close various sections of the ground for this fixture, in an attempt to cut down on stewarding and operational costs on the night.

Rovers had already made clear that travelling Yeovil Town supporters would only get tickets for the Brunel Professional Risks South Stand - the covered 'marquee' style stand situated behind one of the goals - with the side paddock terrace not being open that evening. They have now stated that they will not be opening that East side of the ground at all - known as the Dribuild Stand, with the home terrace section on that side of the ground also closed. In addition, there will be no Rovers fans admitted to the South Stand area (usually away fans share facilities with home supporters in that area) whilst the corner South West Stand will also be closed.

All that means is that with Yeovil Town fans given one block of the South Stand, all Rovers fans will be situated in the tall West Stand area, which caters for both seating and terracing, and the Blackthorn Terrace which is situated at the North end of the stadium.

Bristol Rovers have taken the decision, after just 1,418 spectators turned up to their August 30th home match against a Reading 'B Team' that inflicted a 3-2 defeat that current puts them bottom of the Group Table. They indicate that this was the first time they had ever made a loss in staging a Football League Trophy tie - a measure of the apathy and discontent supporters have shown to the Football League's controversial restructuring of the competition.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.


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27 September 2016 : Darren Previews The Cambridge United Game
Earlier this morning, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the build-up to tonight's trip to Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium. With questions from BBC Somerset Breakfast show presenter Claire Carter, Darren's thoughts on the club's recent turnaround on form, the early targets they set, and tonight's opponents can be read via the link below.

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


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27 September 2016 : Jamie Sherwood's Verdict On The Everton Ladies Win
Following Sunday afternoon's 1-0 win over Everton Ladies at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Ladies Jamie Sherwood spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Jack Murley, Jamie gives his views on the vital win that took the Ladies back to the top of the FAWSL2 division. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Everton.


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27 September 2016 : Officials For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Cambridge United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 27th September 2016 (tonight) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Abbey Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mark Haywood (West Yorkshire).

He's been listed as a referee at Football League level since the summer of 2006, although his West Yorkshire address means our paths have only occasionally crossed. The earliest occasion was for the January 2008 match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. In that game, he sent off Marc Bircham for two bookable offences, and although neither of Bircham's tackles were particularly bad ones, they were the sort that most referees would produce a card for. So no complaints there.

We then had him for the March 2010 local derby against Bristol Rovers at Huish Park. The Western Gazette regarded him as "a little bit lenient" during the match - two bookings a-piece for both teams, but nothing particularly out of the ordinary. We're probably at our most critical of Mr Haywood in his handling of the August 2010 home match against Leyton Orient on the opening day of the 2010-11 season. There was no one individual incident that upset us, but we regarded his overall performance as "messy" on the day.

He was present for the November 2011 League One home match against Exeter City. This ended in a lively 2-2 draw. One of those goals was scored via the penalty spot after the match official awarded a spot kick to the Grecians, but it looked a fair decision to these eyes. He seemed to get involved in a spot of late yellow card flurries - four raised in the final eleven minutes - but otherwise for a local derby that has seen a fair few dismissals over the years, he managed to keep all 22 players on the pitch.

The most recent visit involving this official was for the 1-1 draw against Portsmouth in February 2016. On the whole he had a good game, getting involved in just one major incident that even Pompey fans would probably concede was inexcusable from their player's point of view. Ten minutes from the end of the game, defender Christian Burgess committed a foul from behind, gobbed off to the referee after he'd received a yellow for the offence, and then sixty seconds later he decided to try to slice Ryan Dickson in two with a rash tackle. Sometimes referees can't stop crass stupidity. We did note that overall Mr Haywood was in a lenient mood, deciding to deal with an off the ball incident involving Connor Roberts and Michael Smith with a finger-wagging - notable given a similar incident on the previous week involving Nathan Smith and a different official had seen a red card dished out. But for the Burgess incident, Mr Haywood had little choice in the matter.

Mr Haywood will be assisted by George Warren (London) and Graham Kane (East Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Robert Massey-Ellis (West Midlands).

Link: January 2008 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol Rovers 3.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: November 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 2.

Link: February 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 1.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cambridge United.


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26 September 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Everton Ladies Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Sunday afternoon's Yeovil Town Ladies win over Everton Ladies at Huish Park, these are now online. Watch a minute's worth of action from the FAWSL2 match, which includes Kelly Aldridge's winning goal, via the YouTube video below.




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26 September 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Cambridge United
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town travel to the Abbey Stadium, home of Cambridge United, for a League Two match. In advance of the trip, the Ciderspace guide has been tweaked from our last visit - find directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and a pub guide all bundled into one page. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cambridge United.

A view of the South Stand. This is the away section for Yeovil Town's 2016-17 season visit
A view of the South Stand. This is the away section for Yeovil Town's 2016-17 season visit.
Photo © 2004-16 Ciderspace



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26 September 2016 : Khan Given League Paper Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town wide player Otis Khan has been included in the League Paper's Team of the Week, following his performance against Cheltenham Town on Saturday. The former Barnsley and Sheffield United player scored his second goal for the Glovers on Saturday in the 4-2 win at Huish Park, but also provided assists for Yeovil's second and third goals on the day.

As a result he's been named in a team that also includes former Glovers loanee Zoumana Bakayogo, who is now on the books of Crewe Alexandra. Their team and manager of the day is as follows:

Bobby Olejnik (Exeter City)
Danny Grainger (Carlisle United), Danny Collins (Grimsby Town), Luke Croll (Exeter City), Zoumana Bakayogo (Crewe Alexandra)
Gary Roberts (Portsmouth), Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town), Patrick Lacey (Accrington Stanley), Otis Khan (Yeovil Town)
Jonathan Stead (Notts County), Adam McGurk (Cambridge United)

Manager of the Day: Shaun Derry (Cambridge United).

You can read what Otis had to say about his match on Saturday, via the interview below.

Link: Otis Khan Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Win Against Cheltenham.


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26 September 2016 : Darren Talks About Cheltenham Town Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Cheltenham Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the selection of AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield over Alex Lawless, gives his views on the return of Gary Johnson to Huish Park, and also gives an injury update on Izale McLeod, Ryan Dickson and Francois Zoko. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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26 September 2016 : Leyton Orient's Revolving Door Produces First Managerial Casualty
League Two side Leyton Orient have done it again. Just nine matches into the 2016-17 season, they are reported to have sacked manager Andy Hessenthaler, with his side in 14th place and after two defeats in a row, one of which was against Yeovil Town nine days ago. Orient lost 3-1 against Notts County on the weekend, and BBC Radio London report that was his last game in charge, making him the first managerial casualty of the season. With Orient due to host Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday night, assistant Andy Edwards has been put in charge.

Hessenthaler's reported exit is extraordinary given that Orient only formalised his appointment over the summer, with the former Gillingham boss having been given a rather weird five game 'interim' role that saw him replace former boss Kevin Nolan, with the latter supposedly reverting to a playing role - Nolan later left without kicking a football.

Assuming the BBC are correct - Orient have yet to confirm it - the 51 year old becomes the latest departure under Italian owner Francesco Becchetti that has led to them working through seven management teams in just over two years. During that time Orient have dropped from 2014-15 League One Play-Off Finalists under former Glovers boss Russell Slade into a midtable League Two side that upon Yeovil Town's recent visit to Brisbane Road were seeing signs of significant unrest from the stands, mainly aimed at Becchetti. Leyton Orient blog a View From The West Stand got their crystal ball predictions after that game pretty close by saying "I suspect one or two more defeats will spell the end of his (Hessenthaler's) short tenure and Francesco Becchetti will finally cut out the middle man and simply appoint himself as manager" with most of the criticism aimed at the club's owner.

Leyton Orient's Managers under Francesco Becchetti:
1. Russell Slade (12 games)
2. Kevin Nugent (7 games)
3. Mauro Milanese (8 games)
4. Fabio Liverani (27 games)
5. Ian Hendon (31 games)
6. Kevin Nolan (15 games)
7. Andy Hessenthaler (16 games)
8. Andy Edwards (Caretaker)


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26 September 2016 : GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers. The match takes place at The Memorial Stadium on Tuesday 4th October 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Bristol Rovers : Tuesday 4th October 2016.
Huish Park: 4.45p.m.
Adult Members: £13.00; Member Concessions: £13.00
Adult Non-Members: £15.00; Non-Member Concessions: £15.00

NOTE: The above prices are set as a maximum that you'll pay for this trip. If the GWSC manage to fill coaches to the game, then that price should drop.

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

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

For all other ticketing, travel and related news that's currently relevant, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Cambridge United.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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26 September 2016 : Video : Bassett Goes Close On Dorchester Home Debut
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Ollie Bassett made his home debut for Dorchester Town on Saturday, as he made his second appearance for the Magpies. Ollie played the whole of the second half in their 1-0 win, with the winning goal scored by Nathan Walker three minutes into the second period.

Ollie came on for former Glovers youth teamer Lewis Morgan and came close to scoring on his home debut, when he attempted to emulate one of Matt Le Tissier's famous goals, teeing the ball up past St Neots Town defenders before narrowly clearing the crossbar. You can watch ten minutes worth of highlights via the YouTube clip below - if you just want to watch the second period, that starts at 4:25 mins, whilst the Bassett effort comes in around 8:33 mins on the video, and is worth a watch.

Dorchester Town: Murphy, Jermyn, Smeeton, Martin, Oldring, Dillon, Yates (Jerrard 69), Morgan (Swann 46), Walker, Mateus, Wood (Bassett 46)




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26 September 2016 : Otis Khan Talks About The Cheltenham Town Victory
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-2 win over Cheltenham Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town wide man Otis Khan spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Otis reflected on a game that saw him score once and grab two assists. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Otis Khan Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Win Against Cheltenham.


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25 September 2016 : Ladies 1 Everton 0 : Aldridge Strike Puts Ladies Top Again
Yeovil Town Ladies went back on top of the FAWSL2 division this afternoon, as their neck-and-neck race with Bristol City Women shows no sign of slowing down. The Glovers got probably their most vital win of the 2016 season so far with a 1-0 victory over third placed Everton Ladies, meaning that with Bristol City having beaten Durham Women by a similar scoreline yesterday, the top two were able to reassert their authority by creating a five point gap at the top of the division. The vital goal was scored midway through the first half, as Kelly Aldridge went on a solo run before unleashing a powerful drive into the back of the net for what was to be the winner.

The match was understandably tense, with both teams having a real chance of promotion, even after today's result, with both benches and teams having moments when competitiveness threatened to boil over. But referee Samuel Allison just about managed to keep a lid on it in a match that had few chances, with inevitably midfield competitiveness and defensive doggedness coming out on top. The end result is that the Glovers top the table on 33 points, with a five goal superior goal difference compared with Bristol City Women who lie on the same points. Everton lie five points behind, but with a game in hand, whilst Durham are not quite out of it given they lie six behind with a game in hand. With Durham playing Everton, and then Everton hosting Bristol City before the Glovers next kick a ball on Sunday 30th October against London Bees (at The Hive, home of Barnet FC) there are still twists'n'turns ahead, but today's result still keeps the Glovers in control of their own destiny.

Ladies boss Jamie Sherwood said that whilst Aldridge's goal had been crucial in giving his side the win, he pointed to a period towards the end of the second half where Everton had inevitably put some pressure on his tiring Yeovil side as they tried to force an equalising goal. He felt that the noise from the Huish Park crowd had been instrumental in finding his players a new lease of life:

"Kelly (Aldridge) has got that kind of ability, we knew that when we brought her in. She has quality, she has raw aggression and she has the ability to do something a bit special. We wanted to make sure that we gave back to the supporters what they gave us in our last game and today the supporters were absolutely immense, with 15 minutes to go they picked us up. We were tired, we were under the cosh and their support took right through to the end and I can’t thank them enough. We owed them a performance and we did that. Last time, I said this week wouldn't be a defining week and I still believe it won't be a defining moment."

Sherwood's side had to battle back from the disappointment two weeks ago of a home defeat against London Bees, which had blown the FAWSL2 promotion race wide open between a quartet of clubs, thus putting the pressure on the Glovers who have spent so much of the 2016 season on top of the table. He paid tribute to his staff and players for the way they had responded to that setback, and in doing so had defeated one of their key promotion rivals at a crucial stage in the season:

"Over the last couple of weeks we have dug deep, we've created a ground zero and we've built a stronger structure. Today you've seen what can happen and what we can do and I’m very proud of them. They do it for each other, it's about having a togetherness as a family. Sometimes families don't get what they want and they have a little bit of a discussion along the way and then they pull together. For families that's what makes you strong, and there's something special about this group of players and I've said it from the start and I'll continue to say it – there is a special bond between us, the staff and the players."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Everton Ladies 0.

Scorers: Kelly Aldridge (1-0, 23 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: 1. Charlotte Haynes, 5. Nicola Cousins, 4. Ellie Curson (Capt), 6. Kayleigh Green, 28. Kelly Aldridge, 27. Danielle Carlton, 15. Kelly Snook, 21. Lucy Quinn, 9. Annie Heatherson, 23. Helen Bleazard, 26. Hannah Short.

Substitutes: 2. Ellis Hillman (64 mins for Kelly Snook), 3. Lauren Townsend, 8. Steph Williams, 10. Emily Donovan (78 mins for Annie Heatherson), 11. Nadia Lawrence (69 mins for Kayleigh Green), 12. Leah Burridge, 22. Kirsten Rendall

Everton Ladies: 1. Kirstie Levell 2. Vicky Jones 3. Danielle Turner 8. Michelle Hinnigan (Capt) 11. Kelly Jones 12. Georgia Brougham 15. Chloe Kelly 19. Rosella Ayane 20. Megan Finnigan 23. Gabby George 25. Emily Hollingshead

Substitutes: 13. Alex Brooks 4. Jenna Dear (56 mins for Emily Hollingshead) 5. Ellie Stewart (46 mins for Georgia Brougham) 9. Krystal Johnson 21. Millie Turner 28. Lauren Davies

Referee: Samuel Allison. Assistants: Shaun Tobin and James Gallagher.

Attendance: 617.


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25 September 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of yesterday's 4-2 win over Cheltenham Town, these are now available online. In the highlights, you get four goals and four different goalscorers, as Otis Khan, Darren Ward, Matt Dolan and Tom Eaves all get in on the act. In between Cheltenham's Aaron Downes and Billy Waters find the net.

Needless to say with only two minutes of highlights, there's not an awful lot more that can be squeezed in, although they do manage to show a moment in which Cheltenham's Easah Suliman almost put the ball into his own net under pressure from Tom Eaves - watch the video clip via the YouTube video below.




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25 September 2016 : Ladies Chairman Previews The Everton Ladies Game
This afternoon sees the second match of the weekend at Huish Park, as Yeovil Town Ladies take on Everton Ladies in an FAWSL2 match. The game sees the club in first place take on the visitors in third place, and in the lead-up to that game, Ladies Chairman Stephen Allinson spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Simon Parkin about the season so far, and the size of today's challenge. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Stephen Allinson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Everton Ladies.


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24 September 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cheltenham Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-2 home win over Cheltenham Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the win. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explained why long standing blind supporter Audrey Dyson, who is around 91 years old, inspired his side in a pre-match talk, and also explained the substitution of Darren Ward when the game was at a critical stage. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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24 September 2016 : First Half Performance In Cheltenham Win Leaves Way Blown Away
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that his side's first half performance blew him away after they rattled in three goals in the opening 45 minutes that ultimately put them safely on their way to a 4-2 win over Cheltenham Town. The Glovers got on their way thanks to early goals from Otis Khan and Darren Ward and always kept their distance from a Robins side that struggled to cope particularly with the pace and running of the Sponsors' Man of the Match Otis Khan.

The Half time 3-1 lead was completed by Matt Dolan's diving header, despite the visitors gaining some composure when former Glovers trialist Aaron Downes headed home four minutes before the break. But overall, Way was a happy man after the game and felt that players like Khan were getting stronger as the season developed:

"That first half blew me away. I think the supporters were excited. Otis was unbelievable in training all week. I said that whenever you get one-v-one with someone and you approach them, then make sure you feel confident. I've certainly seen that from Otis. I feel that as a young group, that they're growing stronger in evry game. In every game they're trying to push different targets. I've seen the team today represent me as well."

The club's second goal was scored by captain Darren Ward who made a classic centre-back's run from a Khan corner, getting his first goal for the club in eight months. That early two goal lead was to provoke visiting manager Gary Johnson into making an early double substitution and tactical reshuffle, and whilst Way praised his side's work on set pieces, he admitted he was surprised at how Cheltenham had lined up when kick-off came:

"Terry is working religiously on set plays, and the attention of detail that we go through at this football club is very high. I think Gary would know that, and it was a good goal. We knew the way that they were going to set up today, and I was a little bit surprised Gary only put one up front, and they got men behind the ball. But I think that when they made that (double substitution) change, it's always difficult at Yeovil when you're going one way because the wind seems to hold the ball up. What I've seen is a dominant performance from the players, who I trust 100 percent."


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24 September 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 4-2 win against Cheltenham Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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24 September 2016 : Yeovil 4 Cheltenham 2 : Unhappy Return For Johnson As Khan Inspires Glovers
Yeovil Town gained their second victory in a row after they defeated Gary Johnson's Cheltenham Town by a 4-2 scoreline at Huish Park. In an action-packed match, the Glovers gained the upper hand right from the start when Otis Khan gave them an early lead, as he followed up an Eaves cross that was spilt by the keeper. They then doubled their lead as Khan turned provider, with his corner headed home by Darren Ward. Cheltenham then began to claw their way back into the game as an Aaron Downes header gave them hope, but Matt Dolan's diving header right on the stroke of half time restored a two goal advantage. The second half was equally eventful, as Billy Waters got on the rebound of a penalty kick that was saved by Artur Krysiak, but the game was polished off by Tom Eaves who netted his fifth goal of the season to lift Yeovil into 19th place.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up with Ben Whitfield replacing the suspended Kevin Dawson in a like for like swap. With Francois Zoko, Ryan Dickson and Izale McLeod all injured that meant the one change to the bench was the addition of the one spare player, with Kyle Copp getting on the teamsheet. In the Cheltenham side, there were two players with Yeovil connections - James Dayton was a Crystal Palace loanee who played under Russell Slade, whilst Aaron Downes was a trialist under Gary Johnson's second spell with the club, who is now his captain at Whaddon Road.

Yeovil Town got off to a perfect start as they took the lead just six minutes into the match. After Harry Pell had put wide from a corner, it was a goalkeeper error at the other end that helped the Glovers on their way. Tom Eaves put a cross into the box, and Russell Griffiths made a bit of a hash of it, spilling the ball into the path of Otis Khan who made himself room before putting the ball into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Matters got even better with just 16 minutes on the clock. This time Otis Khan turned provider, as he took a corner to the near post, and running in with a well timed header was captain Darren Ward who put his side 2-0 up, leaving Cheltenham looking shaken, to say the least. Griffiths redeemed himself a little by saving from Khan after he made a powerful run, and then Ryan Hedges nearly engineered another goal as his run caused Cheltenham problems, with defender Easah Suliman just about getting in the way of Tom Eaves' follow-up.

No surprise that Gary Johnson wasn't happy. His side looked uncomfortable throughout the opening half hour, and they made a double substitution and a reshuffle, with Billy Waters and Jack Munns coming onto the pitch for Suliman and Jonathan Smith. That seemed to immediately help them stabilise their formation, with James Dayton putting over the bar. Four minutes before half time they got a goal back, as Aaron Downes headed home from a corner, and the worry was that the visitors would get back into the match.

However, Yeovil restored their two goal advantage deep into first half injury time with Otis Khan once again the thorn in Cheltenham's side. His run forced a save from Russell Griffiths, but the ball looped back up in the air, with Matt Dolan producing an improvised diving header from the edge of the box to quickly send the rebound past the prone goalkeeper for a 3-1 half time lead. No doubt that was a crucial goal, as Cheltenham had looked dangerous from their substitution, and if they'd gone in just a goal behind, the second half could have looked very nervy.

That wasn't to say they couldn't make a game of it. Just before the hour mark, Cheltenham managed to reduce the deficit, after they got themselves a penalty. Rob Dickie was pushed inside the box by Tom Eaves, and Danny Wright stepped up for the spot kick. His penalty attempt was well parried by Artur Krysiak, but unfortunately the Robins were far more alert for the rebound, with substitute Billy Waters running in to net the rebound from the loose ball.

Cheltenham never really built up the head of steam that they could have in the closing stages, although the game inevitably became an end-to-end affair. Rob Dickie shot just wide of the target, then at the other end, Yeovil substitute Alex Lawless had a shot well saved by Griffiths who palmed out for a corner. But in the 90th minute they got themselves the goal they needed to give them that breathing space, with Tom Eaves running through for an excellent solo goal, with his legs far more fit to cope with the 90 minutes than the visiting defenders were, scoring his fifth goal of the season for a 4-2 win as he literally dribbled the ball over the line and into the back of the net. Back-to-back wins for the first time in the league this season, and a nice four point cushion on the bottom two, will serve them well as they go into Tuesday night's trip to Cambridge United.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 Cheltenham Town 2.

Scorers: Otis Khan (1-0, 6 mins), Darren Ward (2-0, 16 mins), Aaron Downes (2-1, 41 mins), Matt Dolan (3-1, 45 mins), Billy Waters (3-2, 57 mins), Tom Eaves (4-2, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
28. Ben Whitfield, 16. Matt Butcher, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi (67 mins for Darren Ward) 8. Alex Lawless (67 mins for Ben Whitfield) 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell

Cheltenham Town:
1. Russell Griffiths
26. Easah Suliman 5. Aaron Downes 6. Daniel Parslow 24. Daniel O'Shaughnessy
27. Jonathan Smith 7. Harry Pell 28. Robert Dickie 17. Jordan Cranston
21. James Dayton
9. Danny Wright

Substitutes:
2. Jack Barthram 8. Billy Waters (31 mins for Jonathan Smith) 10. Amari Morgan-Smith 11. Jack Munns (31 mins for Easah Suliman) 12. Calum Kitscha 14. Asa Hall (81 mins for James Dayton) 29. Josh Thomas

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (foul, 73 mins), Matt Butcher (foul, 78 mins), Liam Shephard (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Cheltenham Town Bookings: Danny Wright (foul, 90 mins), Harry Pell (off the ball incident, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.

Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). Fourth Official: Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,448 (with 290 Cheltenham supporters).


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24 September 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers make one change for this afternoon's match, compared with last week's match against Leyton Orient. Midfielder Kevin Dawson is serving a one match ban after picking up five yellow cards, and his place in the side is taken by Ben Whitfield. On the bench, Kyle Copp comes in as the extra substitute.

Confirmed injured absentees this afternoon include Francois Zoko (hip flexor), Ryan Dickson (ankle) and Izale McLeod (knee). Midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
28. Ben Whitfield, 16. Matt Butcher, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi 8. Alex Lawless 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell

Cheltenham Town:
1. Russell Griffiths
26. Easah Suliman 24. Daniel O'Shaughnessy 5. Aaron Downes 6. Daniel Parslow 17. Jordan Cranston
7. Harry Pell 28. Robert Dickie 21. James Dayton
9. Danny Wright 27. Jonathan Smith

Substitutes:
2. Jack Barthram 8. Billy Waters 10. Amari Morgan-Smith 11. Jack Munns 12. Calum Kitscha 14. Asa Hall 29. Josh Thomas

Whilst this match will inevitably be pitched up as the first managerial meeting between Darren Way and Gary Johnson - in the Cheltenham dugouts - Darren has explained that the pair have been on opposite sides before, shortly after Darren left for Swansea City and Gary left for Bristol City. The two sides met in a game in which City won 1-0, but Darren reveals that it was a bad-tempered match with seven bookings, a red card and a bit of a bust-up in the tunnel, although he stressed he wasn't involved in that:

"I've actually played against Gary, as a player. I'll never forget it because it all kicked off in the tunnel, for whatever reason! It wasn't me, but that was the last time that I went up against him. Knowing Gary as I know Gary, he's a winner. He demands a lot from his staff and from his players, and I respect him very much. He's obsessed with football, just like I am. That's not a bad thing. When people say you're obsessive, it can be perceived as if you've got something wrong with you, but he just loves the game, and so do I."

Perhaps unusually, given Johnson's ground-ball style he adopted at Yeovil Town throughout both of his spells at the club, Way suggests that Cheltenham are now playing a more 'direct' style of play, and predicts that his defence will have to deal with a lot of physical play throughout the afternoon:

"They play a lot of direct balls from back to front and then pick up seconds. The ball gets put into wide areas and then the cross comes into the box. So we know we're going to have to deal with that physical aspect on Saturday."


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24 September 2016 : Top Four Go Head To Head In FAWSL As Ladies Welcome Everton
On Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies are in action against Everton Ladies in what is an undeniably huge FAWSL2 encounter. This afternoon sees Bristol City Women (2nd) take on Durham Women (4th) and that will be followed up tomorrow with the Glovers (1st) taking on the Toffees (3rd) meaning that the shape of the top four could be significantly changed by the end of Sunday afternoon. The match against Everton will take place on the main Huish Park stadium pitch on Sunday 25th September, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off.

One of the targets for the Ladies will be their current stadium record of 831 spectators, which was set for the April 2016 home match against Millwall Lionesses, but with the significance of tomorrow's match, that record could easily be broken. You can buy tickets online by heading here, or pay for your ticket on the day, with Adults admitted for £5.00, whilst Concessions are available at £2.50. There is a family ticket available (two adults, two concessions) for £12.00. Fans are housed in the Main Stand, with all the usual facilities open to all fans.

Ladies midfielder Helen Bleazard has plenty of experience of big matches, having played in the FA Women's Cup Final twice , as well as picking up senior caps for the Wales national side. She said that it was important for the Glovers to focuss on the game itself, rather than any wider things that might be going on elsewhere:

"It is another big game, they have still got Bristol to play too so it is a crunch game. We know what they are about and we know we did not perform to anywhere near where we should have done away from home so we know we have a point to prove. We have not got a points target, we just take it each game as it comes. Everyone is talking about promotion but we are keeping grounded. We know we are top of the table but we know if we don’t focus on each game then it will cost us, not just first or second but promotion too."

For those who can't make the match at Huish Park, BBC Somerset will be returning to the venue for the second match running, providing live commentary of the match on 1566MW during the afternoon. You can also listen to the match online by heading here if you live outside the Somerset area.


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23 September 2016 : Johnson Admits Glovers Return Will Add Extra Spice To Cheltenham Match
Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson admits tomorrow afternoon's League Two trip to Yeovil Town will have a bit of 'extra spice' to it, even if he says he has happy memories of his time at Huish Park. The Robins boss makes his first trip back to Somerset since he left the club in early February 2015, with the club in League One, ending his second spell with the Glovers, with three promotions and one FA Trophy to his name across both spells.

Since then, he's collected more silverware, as he took over a Cheltenham Town side that were on their way out of the Football League. It took Johnson just twelve months to gain his second Conference League title as manager, lifting them back into League Two, meaning that both clubs now meet at the same level for the first time since the 2008-09 season when Cheltenham had a three season spell in League One football.

Johnson said that he saw tomorrow's game as going back to see good friends, but admitted that with that came a significant bit of rivalry, with current Yeovil Town management team Darren Way and Terry Skiverton being former players and coaching staff under Johnson. He said that would bring a bit of extra excitement to the occasion:

"I'm always excited by games that we play, and if they have a little bit of extra spice to it then that's even better. Of course there's a little bit of spice because of the importance of the game, for a start, as both teams need to get a result. But then I'm going back to see some good friends that I've made over the years, in what was probably eight years in total maybe from the first stint and the second stint. I had a great relationship with Darren Way and Terry Skiverton and the rest of the staff that were there. So there are really only happy memories there. When I drive into the car park and I see the astroturf pitch outside, we worked very hard to get that down and used it exclusively. That was not quite a statue of me, but at least I left a bit of a legacy there."

The other legacy that will be visible to Johnson when he arrives at Huish Park, will be the array of photographs around the stadium that feature his sides, particularly of the club's May 2013 League One Play-Off Final win at Wembley Stadium. Johnson said he could understand if any of them had been taken down over the years, but pointed out that with Way and Skiverton in charge of the first team now, that the Wembley success was just as much theirs as his:

"I think that most managers who have come in after me the first time, and after me the second time have taken down those photos, because I've still got a few of them in my garage! Quite rightly so, because when you take over as a manager, you don't want the old manager there with pictured of him holding the cup up and with the pictures of that success. But the thing with Darren and Terry is that they were a major part of that success, with both the first time and the second time - the first time as players and the second time as coach and assistant manager. I'm looking forward to it. I saw Darren in Dubai, as we were on holiday, with my son (Lee Johnson) and Darren. We tried very hard not to talk about football, and Darren is paranoid about giving anything away, so we just talked about kids and swimming pools and the sun. I'm looking forward to seeing them because they were very much part of Yeovil's success."

Johnson admitted that after his current side Cheltenham, that he still regularly looked out for Yeovil Town's and Bristol City's results, as the two clubs that had brought himself success during his management career. However, inevitably there was a reminder of who is current employers were, and the realisation that Darren Way would not be doing him any favours either:

"I obviously want them to do well, after Saturday and after we play them next (at Whaddon Road) because I still keep an eye on their results and I still keep an eye on Bristol City's results for obvious reasons. But we're getting paid to do a job for the football club that pay us. Both managers will be doing all they can to win this game of course. If there are any oneupmanships to be had out there, I'm sure both of us are clever enough to use it if we need to, without being disrespectful, because I think both managers respect each other."


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23 September 2016 : Way Saw Everton Defeat As Factor In Club's Run Of Form
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that the club's EFL Cup defeat against Everton last month took something out of his side, which was only restored during last weekend's 1-0 win over Leyton Orient. The Glovers return to Huish Park tomorrow afternoon, where Cheltenham Town will be the visitors and will hope to build on the three points they gained at Brisbane Road that took them out of the relegation zone and ended a run of form that had not seen them pick up a point in the Football League since August 13th.

Three games into that run, the Glovers had travelled to Goodison Park for an EFL Cup Second Round tie against Premier League side Everton, and lost 4-0 - no real disgrace given two of those goals were netted during the final few minutes of the match. However, Way told BBC Somerset that he feels that defeat took a lot out of his side's play:

"Sometimes when you get beaten like we did against Everton, the lads were a little bit deflated even though it's Everton, and they're beating everyone. It was a tough test, and I think where they thought they were invincible perhaps, it was a big hit for the players. I'm saying that because that was the last time that I could see the team really flying about on the pitch, until Saturday."

Last week saw Tom Eaves net the vital winner, whilst defensive blocks from Alex Lacey, Nathan Smith and Kevin Dawson were notable in that they ensured that Orient couldn't get an equalising goal in the closing stages, preserving their clean sheet. Way felt that his side had shown a lot of hard work in achieving that win:

"With the run of defeats that we had, we just never had that hard work ethic or energy, even though I knew deep down the players were trying to give everything. Unfortunately it was a run (of defeats). But I feel Saturday (against Leyton Orient) was a massive game, and what I know is that this squad can handle pressure."

The Glovers go into the match with Kevin Dawson serving a single match suspension for accumulating five yellow cards, meaning that there will be one change to the side that won at Brisbane Road - it's unlikely given that win that Way will seek to rock the boat too much other than that enforced change. Striker Francois Zoko's hip flexor problems have made him a consistent absentee this season, whilst Ryan Dickson has had an on-off ankle problem that meant he was absent last weekend, although he is meant to be in contention for a place in the squad now.

The other issue that Way has addressed is to stress that West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell is still a firm part of his plans, despite local media reports earlier in the week that speculated that his loan spell might have come to an end. That was sparked by Campbell's appearance for West Brom's Under-23 side on Monday night during which he scored two goals, with the 2016-17 standard loan rules allowing that to be done in tandem with Yeovil Town appearances.

Way explained that Campbell's lack of starts for the Glovers had led to that Under-23 match appearance - a policy that been used for some of the club's past Youth Loans - and that having seen the match against Aston Villa Under-23s, Way was impressed with the loanee's performance:

"Tahvon has been a little bit unfortunate in that he has not started. But I think sometimes that happens in football. I'm the manager and you've got to make those sort of decisions. You've got to take every match on its own merits and you've got to take every training session on its own merit. At the moment, his merit is quite good because he's gone and played for West Brom against Villa, and I've watched the game and he'd done very well."

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town.


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23 September 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Cheltenham Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 24th September 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

If you're thinking the name of a referee called Salisbury seems familiar, we had Michael Salisbury for the August trip to Doncaster Rovers - Graham is his father. Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, with only two of those in the last six years, although oddly the last three have all been at Huish Park.

He last turned up for a Yeovil Town match in December 2015, which gave us a 2-2 draw against Barnet. This was thankfully a game all about the football, with the visitors dominating the first half, whilst we came back in the second. No visibility of any refereeing influence - there were a few grumbles about Barnet's second goal being possibly offside, but the match video was entirely inconclusive. He was also present for our May 2014 home match against Middlesbrough - our final match at Championship level. We were easily outclassed on the day against a Boro team that were ultimately going to do well during the following season, and so no complaints about the result or the referee's performance. With us already down, it had a bit of an end-of-season feel to it all.

You then have to go all the way back in February 2010 for his next match, when we took on Milton Keynes Dons, winning the game 1-0. Of course after the game, Franchise boss Karl Robinson moaned and moaned although on this occasion not at the referee, who booked six players but we can't see too much evidence of him having caused too much controversy on the day.

Earlier that same season, he took charge of the previous month's away fixture at Tranmere Rovers that saw the Glovers lose 2-1 at Prenton Park. He was also the referee that inspected the pitch on Friday 15th January when the original fixture got called off due to a waterlogged pitch, so was quite busy with Glovers matches during 2010. Photos of Tranmere's Prenton Park pitch were published on the day of that postponement; his decision was a fairly easy one to make. Neither the postponement, nor the match when it got eventually played attracted any controversy.

The experience of Mr Salisbury in Yeovil Town matches has been on the whole a good one. He was present for the 3-2 win over Swindon Town in December 2008, which was an emotional occasion for all the wrong reasons, as the club played its first football match following the road traffic accident that Darren Way had been involved in during that month. We did grumble about Mr Salisbury's decision to book Lee Peltier for revealing a tribute to Darren under his shirt when he scored Yeovil's second, but in truth this is a problem for the footballing authorities to resolve - the referee was merely acting under instructions.

A December 2007 match against Bradford City saw no complaints about his actions, whilst the April 2006 tie against Bristol City saw us praise him for standing strong against a vociferous home crowd. Finally an away match at Northampton Town in March 2005, saw Mr Salisbury's actions help the Glovers gain their goal in a 1-1 draw, allowing a free kick to be taken quickly, whilst Cobblers players were caught out of position.

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Barnet 2.

Link: May 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Middlesbrough 4.

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: January 2010 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2008 : Swindon Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: January 2007 : Bradford City 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2005 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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22 September 2016 : Deadline For Cheltenham Online Ticketing Offer Set
A reminder to those who have yet to purchase matchday tickets for Saturday's home match against Cheltenham Town, that the club are running an online ticketing offer for this match. Full details can be found here, but given that the offer can make a difference of up to £5.00 on admission prices between the online price and what you'd pay if you roll up five minutes before kick-off, you'd be strongly advised to consider booking your tickets via the internet, unless you've got very non-standard requirements that would require assistance from the Ticket Office.

The online ticketing offer for this match will be valid up until midday on Saturday 24th September - i.e. three hours before kick-off. After that point, tickets will be unavailable online, and you'll have to purchase direct from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

If you book tickets online, you can collect on the day from a dedicated booth that is situated about six yards from the main Ticket Office windows. The online system is available 24 hours a day, with orders processed by the Ticket Office on their next working day. Access it by heading here - we link to it on most Ticket Office related items.

For all other ticketing, travel and related news that's currently relevant, follow the links below.

Link: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Cambridge United.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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22 September 2016 : Football League Abandon B-Teams In Restructure But Leave Other Options Open
The Football League has issued a statement in which it had ruled out a number of possible options regarding its plans for the Whole Game Solution. The wider scope of the plans are to consider the introduction of an additional division in the Football League structure, whilst reorganising the existing divisions to form five divisions of 20 clubs each, although subsequent discussions have suggested that other options that could raise the number of professional teams to 106 clubs are also on the table.

The Football League's member clubs met today, following a letter that was sent to all member clubs on August 17th, asking for their views on various topics of conversation. At today's meeting, they have agreed that they will no longer consider options that had been on the table for Premier League 'B Teams', non-English sides or those outside the English football pyramid. The effect is to remove any possibility of EPPP Category One Under-23 sides infiltrating the English football pyramid structure, or the likes of Celtic or Rangers being invited to join the English leagues. By default, this means that the National League (aka the Football Conference) would have to fill any resizing of the Football League's membership.

The Football League have stated that issues such as the resizing of divisions, Regionalisation and Winter Breaks still remain on the table. However, at present, the view of current League One and League Two (and theoretical League Three) clubs is that they would NOT want a Winter Break, meaning that it could be up to Championship division clubs as to whether they want to go it alone in adopting a Winter Break.

EFL Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has given his own views on the outcome of the meeting, and stated that there would also be consultation with the National League, Football Association and fans groups to determine future direction:

"At the very outset of this process it was made clear that any decisions in respect of the future direction of the Whole Game Solution would be taken by clubs themselves and our announcement today comes as a result of their valued input. I am extremely grateful for their candour and support during the first part of this consultation that will ultimately help shape a final proposal for voting on in June next year."

"The logical place for many was to source the additional teams for League Three from the National League but we felt it important that the debate was introduced at an early stage and an opportunity was provided for all Club owners’ and executives’ to voice any opinions and, where applicable, table concerns. We will now continue our consultation with the National League with a little more certainty as to what any change could mean for them. These conversations will include the FA in their capacity as the Governing Body not a competition organiser."

"In addition, our dialogue will continue with the Premier League as we focus on ensuring we achieve our specific and primary objective of improving distributable revenue to our clubs and reaching a format that benefits the EFL, its competitions and the wider professional game. The next round of consultation will also see us undertake some work with fan groups and other stakeholders to ensure that those people who are invested in the future our game are given an opportunity to register their views."


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22 September 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : Putting Pegs In Round Holes
Last weekend saw Yeovil Town stop a five game Football League losing run, and also gain their first clean sheet since the opening game of the season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the factors that helped the Glovers break that run, and lift the club out of the Relegation Zone with a 1-0 win over Leyton Orient. There's also a follow-up on some of the recent off-the-field events that have been rumbling on. Read that via the link below, and add in your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Putting Pegs In Round Holes.


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22 September 2016 : Pompey Fans Survey Shows Disapproval Of Whole Game Solution
A large Supporters survey by a League Two club has overwhelmingly rejected the Football League's proposals for the Whole Game Solution. The Portsmouth Supporters Trust commissioned a survey to gain feedback to various additional questions that the League's Board had fielded to clubs, with their survey also being promoted by the main Portsmouth football club, with the Pompey main board planning to use the Trust report as feedback into their own final response.

The end result is a fairly emphatic one. Portsmouth got 1,281 responses to their survey, with them also asking for those filling in the form to declare their allegiances. Of those that responded, 41 percent were Portsmouth Supporters Trust members, whilst an overall 93.6 percent were Portsmouth supporters (regardless of Trust membership. A further 5.3 percent were supporters of other Football League clubs, whilst a tiny number of respondents said they supported either a Premier League or non-league club.

Portsmouth's survey questions mirrored that of a letter sent to Football League member clubs, whereas a similar survey by Yeovil Town used a modified set of questions. On each occasion, the response was for the current Football League format to be maintained, with a substantially large majority, thus giving a strong response back for the main Pompey board to consider.

Their results were as follows, with the majority view in bold:

1. Would you be in favour or against changing the Professional League Structure from the current 92 teams, to 100 teams playing in five divisions of 20 clubs?

In Favour: 9.31%. Against: 85.84%. Undecided: 4.85%

2. Should the bottom two divisions of the EFL be regionalised into a North/South division?

Yes: 9.30%. No: 87.72%. Undecided: 2.97%.

3. If the proposed changes were adopted, where would you rather the additional teams come from?

National League (Conference): 93.2%. B-Teams/Under-21/23s: 0.47%. Invited teams from Scottish/Welsh Leagues: 3.55%. Combination of all three: 2.76%.

4. Would you be in favour of a Winter Break, or against it?

In Favour: 13.35%. Against a Winter Break: 79.16%. Undecided: 7.49%

5. Would you be happy to see two rounds of the FA Cup moved into midweek slots?

Yes: 13.96%. No: 77.49%. Undecided: 8.55%

6. Would you be in favour of FA Cup Replays, or would you like fixtures decided on the day?

In favour of Replays: 66.64%. Decided On The Day: 29.53%. Undecided: 3.83%.

7. Should the FA Cup Final be after the last game of the regular season?

Yes: 93.13%. No: 4.84%. Undecided: 2.03%.

8. What should happen to the EFL Checkatrade Trophy?

Keep current format with U23 sides: 1.87%. Revert back to L1 and L2 clubs: 61.28%. Scrap the competition: 34.89%. Don't know: 1.95%.

It is worth noting that Yeovil Town indicated in their official response to the Football League that they were in favour of Regionalisation and of a Winter Break. Whilst we don't know the strength of feeling either way for Yeovil Town supporters, the 87.72% (against Regionalisation) and 79.16% (against Winter Break) that responded against change among (mainly) Pompey supporters would point to that not being a popular move if it was typical of football supporters across the land.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Are Winter Breaks And Regionalisation Really The Answer?

Link: Yeovil Town Supporting Winter Breaks And Regionalisation In League Shake-Up.

Link: New Football League Consultation Plans Further Expansion Of Divisions.


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21 September 2016 : Laird Signs For Scottish League New Boys As He Returns Home
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Marc Laird has found himself a new club. The 30 year old has decided to return to the city where he was born and sign for Edinburgh City, who have just been promoted into Scottish League Division Two, having won the Lowland League two seasons running. The move back to Scotland brings to an end a twelve year period during which Laird spent time with English league clubs, commencing with Manchester City but then moving into the Football League with Millwall, Leyton Orient, Southend United and Tranmere Rovers notable highlights.

Laird left Yeovil Town at the end of last season, and has been without a club throughout that time, with reports that he had returned to Scotland. Edinburgh manager Gary Jardine knew Laird during his teenage years, before Man City signed him, and so when the midfielder asked to use the club's training facilities Jardine was happy to help out. He has since agreed to sign for them, and so will stand by to make his debut against Annan Athletic this coming Saturday. Jardine said of Laird's arrival:

"Marc is a quality footballer who is vastly experienced having tasted success in being promoted with Millwall but more recently helping Yeovil Town to stay in the Football League last season. The players are working extremely hard to turn things around just now and bringing in someone of Marc's quality will give everyone at the Club a lift."

Laird's new side have endured a bumpy start to their arrival in Scottish Professional Football. They've gained just one point since their promotion into the main Scottish professional league structure, and so sit bottom of the table and four points short of safety.

Link: Marc Laird : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 September 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Blackpool : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played Blackpool in a League Two encounter at Huish Park. The end result was a bit of a second half disaster as the Tangerines won the match easily with a 0-3 scoreline thanks to a pair from Colin Daniel and a late goal from Armand Gnanduillet. Blackpool even had the luxury of missing a penalty.

Man of the Match voting saw holding midfielder Alex Lawless and Matt Butcher - who played as a centre-back - given praise for their roles in the match. The poll winner though was an unusual one, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield winning the result despite only being on the pitch for the final 19 minutes of the match.

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

1. Ben Whitfield 112 (9)
2. Alex Lawless 86 (4)
2. Matt Butcher 86 (4)
4. Matthew Dolan 74 (4)
5. Nathan Smith 70 (5)
6. Tahvon Campbell 52 (3)
7. Artur Krysiak 38 (3)
8. Liam Shephard 20 (2)
9. Kevin Dawson 14 (0)
10. Izale McLeod 10 (1)
11. Tom Eaves 8 (0)
12. Ryan Dickson 8 (0)
13. Otis Khan 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.36
Performance : 2.94
Entertainment : 3.78
VOTES RECEIVED : 36


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21 September 2016 : Tom Eaves Talks About The Leyton Orient Win
Following Saturday's 1-0 win against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town striker Tom Eaves spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Tom's views on the victory, which included his winning goal, can be read via the link below.

Link: Tom Eaves Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Leyton Orient.


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21 September 2016 : Baggies Boss impressed With Campbell's Threat
West Bromwich Albion Development Coach James Shan has said that he was impressed with Tahvon Campbell's visit back to the West Midlands on Monday, that saw him play for their Under-23s side and score twice. The 19 year old Yeovil Town loanee was in the Baggies squad for that match after he had been an unused substitute in the Glovers trip to Leyton Orient, with the match being an opportunity for him to visit his parent club as well as boost his match fitness.

His return to the Baggies side certainly played a part in their 5-2 win over Aston Villa's Under-23 side. In Albion's previous four Premier League 2 fixtures they'd scored four goals, but in this match they more than doubled that total inside 90 minutes, with Campbell's brace coming during the second half that allowed his side to open up a three goal margin, in what had been a tighter first half. One of the differences in the way his parent club used him on Monday night is they played him as their side's main central striker, whereas much of Yeovil Town's usage of him has played him in a wider position. Shan said after the game that he thought that position had suited him:

"I thought Tavhon was very good. His work as a Number 9, playing off against people is good. He's a threat when he gets faced up one-v-one. His movement is good, so he gives you dimensions in that final third of the pitch, he can do a bit of everything. Obviously the result is a fantastic one. I thought some of our final third creativity was very good. To score five goals and to play in the manner that we did, controlling and dominating the game, I thought we were magnificent. I thought our final third play was terrific. Obviously having such a large part of our squad go out on loan - we've had 8 players out on loan – maybe we as an under-23 staff dampened our expectations a little bit (in terms of results). We'll just take it game by game. I'm competitive, the players are competitive, we want to win games in the right manner."

Campbell's guest appearance for West Brom's development side does not affect his loan status with Yeovil Town, with 2016-17 loan rules allowing players to make non-first team appearances for their parent club whilst continuing the term of their loan.


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20 September 2016 : Ladies Boss Says Club Remains In Control Of Financial Destiny
Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood has stated that his club 'controls their own destiny' when it comes to the finances behind the organisation. The Ladies side operates in FA Women's Super League 2, and is currently sat on top of their division, hoping for promotion to the top tier of Women's football as the 2016 Season draws to an exciting close.

Last week, the Yeovil Town Ladies set-up was one of three key areas that Yeovil Town men's Chairman John Fry strongly implied were under threat if South Somerset District Council did not approve the club's currently dormant plans to redevelop Huish Park, with the club wanting to provide a retail-based development on two sports pitches behind the away end of the ground. The Yeovil Town Academy and Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust were also claimed by Fry to be in jeopardy, suggesting the men's club would be 'unable to fund or accommodate' those three related organisations beyond the end of the 2016-17 Season.

Sherwood, who has been part of the club's set-up since June 2014, has told BBC Sport that his side are wholly financially independent and so do not rely upon the men's club for funding. He said that he was proud of the links the Ladies club had with the men's Glovers set-up, but said that in terms of financial affairs and operations, they were able to operate under their own steam. He played down Fry's comments:

"Sometimes as a little sister, a big brother can say something he didn't mean. This is what a family is like but be rest assured, our destiny is in our own hands. Nothing is begged or borrowed from the men's programme. We control our own destiny. No-one else controls it. We are an independent club - we have our financial structures, we have our own board. We have our own coaching staff. We are very proud to be part of Yeovil Town Football club because it is a massive football club in the south west. But I can assure every single one of our fans that our destiny is in our own hands and that's the way it will stay."

The Ladies will be seeking to control their own on-the-field destiny as well this coming Sunday when they take on Everton Ladies at Huish Park, in an FAWSL2 fixture. This match sees the Glovers in first place, taking on an Everton side who currently lie just two points behind, with a game in hand. As such, this match is a proverbial six-pointer and the Ladies will be hoping that serves as an opportunity for them to beat their current attendance record of 831 spectators. Tickets can be bought in advance or on the day, with the match kicking off at 2.00p.m. on Sunday 25th September.


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20 September 2016 : Poland Trip For Bassett As Northern Ireland Issue Call-Up For Trio Of Games
Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Ollie Bassett has been called up to represent Northern Ireland as part of a trio of international matches taking place next month. The 18 year old, who is currently out on loan with Dorchester Town, will travel to Poland to play three matches that are part of the UEFA European Championship Under-19 qualifying group games against Slovakia, Macedonia and Poland. The three games will take place in tight succession between October 6th and October 11th.

Ollie had been called up to an Under-19s training camp during the last international break, participating in two training ground matches as part of a trial run for Head Coach Stephen Frail, who has recently replaced Stephen Craigan. This is his first proper call-up for competitive matches, and he will therefore be absent for the period around which Yeovil Town's first team are scheduled to play Wycombe Wanderers, although with him currently down at the Avenue Stadium getting first team experience with Dorchester, this shouldn't be an issue for the Glovers.

The very best of luck to Ollie on his international trip.


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20 September 2016 : The Return Of The ABUFP As 'Supporters Alliance Group'
Yeovil Town have announced plans to resurrect the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership meetings. Between 2004 and 2010, the football club had held a series of meetings with a number of supporters groups and club directors and senior staff to discuss issues relating to the club, and in an attempt to improve the running of the club from the supporters point of view. The format went under numerous revamps and changes, with it being known as the Customer Charter Meeting, Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership and the Supporters Liaison Group, but the group meetings appeared to fizzle out around the end of the 2009-10 season and were not restarted.

As reported yesterday, the Glovers Trust had indicated that there were new plans to establish a 'Supporters Alliance Group' and this new group will take on the 'Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership' (generally known as ABUFP) name that had existed between 2007 and 2009. The club have confirmed that they have invited representatives from the Green and White Supporters Club, the Disabled Supporters Association, the Junior Glovers, Bridport Glovers and the Cary Glovers to the first meeting with Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry being present. The Glovers Trust had also been invited, but declined the offer due to the implication that the meetings were for 'affiliated' supporters groups, with the Trust wishing to preserve their independence.

The club plan to hold four ABUFP meetings a year, with the first taking place at 7.00p.m. tonight. The intention is to produce and publish minutes, showing what has been discussed.

Link: Board Responsibilities Defined By Glovers Trust As They Seek Action Plan.


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20 September 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Portsmouth : EFL Trophy Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of the month of August came in the Group stages of the EFL Trophy, where they took on a much changed Portsmouth side at Huish Park. The end result was a good one with Tom Eaves bagging two goals, whilst Izale McLeod and Bevis Mugabi chipped in with one each in a 4-3 home win.

Man of the Match voting saw Izale McLeod recognised for being part of what was probably the best team goal on the night, whilst midfielder Matt Dolan also picked up plenty of votes. The poll winner on the night was streets ahead, with striker Tom Eaves deemed by most of you to be the best player on the park.

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

1. Tom Eaves 108 (9)
2. Matthew Dolan 30 (1)
3. Izale McLeod 20 (1)
4. Otis Khan 18 (1)
5. Alex Lawless 10 (0)
6. Ben Whitfield 8 (0)
6. Nathan Smith 8 (0)
8. Bevis Mugabi 6 (0)
8. Matt Butcher 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.75
Performance : 7
Entertainment : 8.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 12


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20 September 2016 : 2016-17 Football League Loan Rules Clarified
Last night's appearance by Tahvon Campbell in West Bromwich Albion's Under-23s side has raised some questions about how the new loan rules work for Football League clubs. The 19 year old scored twice in a 5-2 win over Aston Villa's Under-23s side at Walsall's Bescot Stadium, in a match that is part of the Premier League 2 competition - a confusingly named league designed to support clubs with EPPP Category One academy set-ups that allow what is effectively a youthful reserve team or development squad to play in a more competitive environment.

Changes to the Football League's loan rules that were approved at their 2016 Summer AGM allow players like Campbell to turn out in this competition, even if they are on loan with another club. A distribution from the Portugal AGM, via the Football League stated that:

"A player registered on a standard loan may continue to play non-first team football for his parent club during the term of his loan period."

The effect is that Campbell - and potentially other Yeovil Town loanees, if it's written into the loan agreement - can return to their parent clubs for singular matches or training sessions whenever is mutually convenient to both clubs. Campbell's situation will be typical of the way that tends to be applied - with him being an unused substitute at Leyton Orient, West Brom's Monday night Under-23 fixture will have given the Baggies an opportunity to view their own player, whilst giving him the match time that he missed on the weekend. The flexibility of the rules mean that Campbell can return to Huish Park without any impact on his loan agreement. He will not be allowed to be selected for any WBA first team matches, or to move on loan to another club before the January transfer window opens.

The changes to the 2016-17 Standard Loan rules borrow from the now discarded Youth Loan rules. When Yeovil Town borrowed a number of players from Tottenham Hotspur, it was quite common for them to return to their parent clubs for Development squad matches, particularly during periods when they did not feature for Yeovil Town's first team. During the 2009-10 season, Jonathan Obika and Andros Townsend both appeared for Spurs in midweek matches, with Development Coach Clive Allen confirming at the time that this was part of both players Youth Loan agreements with Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient respectively.


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20 September 2016 : Kevin Dawson Picks Up Football Association Suspension
Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson has picked up a suspension from the Football Association. The 26 year old picked up his fifth yellow card of the 2016-17 season during Saturday's match against Leyton Orient, and so will sit in the stand during Saturday's League Two home match against Cheltenham Town as an automatic one match suspension.

This season has seen Dawson booked against Walsall and Everton in the League Cup, as well as matches against Morecambe and Doncaster Rovers and so had reached four yellow cards by the end of August. The FA have confirmed that his fifth was reached at Brisbane Road, making him the first Yeovil Town player to serve a suspension this season.

Kevin will be available again for the Tuesday night trip to Cambridge United which takes place three days later.


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19 September 2016 : Campbell Scores Twice In Baggies Five Goal Win
Yeovil Town's on loan striker Tahvon Campbell scored twice for West Bromwich Albion's Development Squad side tonight. The 19 year old was playing for their Under-23 side in a Premier League 2 match against Aston Villa's Under-23s side that was played at Walsall's Bescot Stadium. Playing a full 90 minutes for the Baggies, he was part of a 5-2 away win that saw him keep his match fitness levels up, having been an unused substitute during Saturday's match against Leyton Orient.

This is the first we've seen of the new loan rules kicking in, where deals must be for half-season or full-season periods that respect the Summer and January transfer windows, but where loanees can return to their Parent club and participate in non-first team fixtures, thus allowing a compromise on the rules that were handed down by FIFA that ended the Emergency Loan and Youth Loan systems over the summer. Campbell could still to return to Huish Park after tonight's match - the arrangements can be as flexible or as rigid as both clubs demand as part of their loan agreement, provided the loaned player is not selected for first team football matches by his parent club before the next transfer window opens.

Campbell got his first from the penalty spot, when he converted a 56th minute goal from twelve yards, after Jonathan Leko had been fouled. He then converted a 71st minute second goal, acrobatically finishing at the back post for what turned out to be the final goal of the evening.

Final Score: Aston Villa Under-23s 2 West Bromwich Albion Under-23s 5.

Scorers: Russian Hepburn-Murphy (14 mins, 1-0), Rekeem Harper (22 mins, 1-1), Callum McManaman (29 mins, 1-2), Russian Hepburn-Murphy (34 mins, 2-2), Kane Wilson (41 mins, 2-3), Tahvon Campbell (56 mins, 2-4), Tahvon Campbell (71 mins, 2-5).

West Bromwich Albion Under-23s: 1. Jack Rose 2. Allan Nyom 3. Kane Wilson 4. Shaun Donnellan 5. Jack Fitzwater 6. Dara O'Shea 7. Jonathan Leko 8. Rekeem Harper 9. Tahvon Campbell 10. Callum McManaman 11. Chris Brunt.

Substitutes: 12. Robbie McCourt 13. Alex Palmer (GK) 14. Zac Elbouzedi 15. Bradley Sweeney 16. James Smith.


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19 September 2016 : GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Plymouth Argyle. The match takes place at Home Park on Saturday 1st October 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Plymouth Argyle : Saturday 1st October 2016.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £15.00
Adult Non-Members: £17.00; Non-Member Concessions: £17.00

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

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

Link: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Cambridge United.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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19 September 2016 : Glovers Duo Given League Paper Team Of The Week Nominations
Yeovil Town have had two of their club personnel included in a national newspaper's Team of the Day for League Two. Left-back Nathan Smith and manager Darren Way are included in The League Paper's own selection for last weekend's fixtures, following the club's 1-0 victory over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.

Darren's nomination will have been considered against the fact that the Glovers came into the match occupying 23rd place, yet were able to beat a side occupying 8th place, on their own home patch. Nathan's performance on the day was particularly strong during the second period when his penetration down the left flank made him look more like a wing-back than the full-back role the formation officially considered him to be. He also was one of three players who made vital blocks during the closing stages to stop Orient grabbing an equalising goal.

The League Paper's own selection is as follows:

Aaron Chapman (Accrington Stanley)
Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town), Anthony Stewart (Wycombe Wanderers), Harry Davis (Crewe Alexandra), Harrison Dunk (Cambridge United)
Jack Dunn (Morecambe), James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers), James Jones (Crewe Alexandra), Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley)
Paul-Arnold Garita (Plymouth Argyle), Jonathan Stead (Notts County)

Manager: Darren Way (Yeovil Town).

If you agree or disagree with their selection for Nathan Smith, a reminder that you can vote for your Man of the Match via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game.

Link: Video : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.

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


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19 September 2016 : EFL Trophy Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 4th October 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Memorial Stadium. Prices for this fixture are set as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Over-65s and Under-16s: £1.00.

Disabled supporters can gain admittance for £1.00 with an assistant able to join them free of charge, subject to the usual proof of entitlement.

Yeovil Town supporters will all be housed in the South Stand on this occasion - the covered 'marquee' style stand behind one goal. The side terrace next to the Main Stand will not be open on this occasion. The area fans will be in is sponsored this season as the Brunel Professional Risks South Stand.

NOTE: Tickets for this match will be available online shortly.

Link: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Cambridge United.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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19 September 2016 : Board Responsibilities Defined By Glovers Trust As They Seek Action Plan
Further to last week's Annual General Meeting board elections, the Glovers Trust have now outlined the roles that each elected Board member will have over the coming 12 months. Last week saw the first ever properly elected board, who will now represent the 273 members that signed up prior to the AGM, along with anyone else who signs up from this point onwards.

Each Glovers Trust Board member will have the following responsibilities:

Chairman – Brendon Owen
Vice-Chairman – Adam Forster
Treasurer – Simon Brimble
Membership Secretary/Youth Lead – Olly Jennings
Communications Officer – Stuart Burrell
Corporate Liaison – Josef Fischer
Events Coordinators – Paul Binding, Hugh Male and Catherine Reed.

They have also co-opted Dean Mountain, who will have a non-Board position as the Trust Secretary.

With the new Board now in place, their next step will be to canvass the opinions of all members, in terms of what they feel the Trust Board should focus upon in the immediate future. The Glovers Trust had been given an invitation to attend a collective meeting of other Yeovil Town Supporters Groups, such as the GWSC and the Yeovil Town DSA. However, after a Board meeting, they decided to decline the club's offer, explaining that the club's plans to set up a 'Supporters' Alliance Group' would be more suitable for officially affiliated organisations. In a letter to the club, they explained why they were declining the offer:

"The general agenda (of the Tuesday meeting) will centre around a 'Supporters Alliance Group'. Having considered the invitation the Board wish to indicate that the offer of attendance is declined. We would like to point out that we are a totally independent community benefit society and in order to maintain that independence for our members we do not feel that joining an Alliance Group is in our best interest. The Board are actively seeking members opinions on ways to improve the match day experience at Huish Park and to halt the drift in crowd attendances. We shall shortly draw up an agenda and will seek a Board to Board meeting in order to progress our aims in an effort to help the Club and Supporters reconnect."

The Trust next plans to distribute a survey to members, to get thoughts on the direction of the Trust. Once the results are known, the Trust board plan to seek a 'Board to Board' meeting with the club, instead of tomorrow's more general supporters meeting:

"The Trust Board will canvass opinions of its members via a survey that we anticipate will be circulated in the coming week. From this the Trust Board plan to collate the feedback and identify key themes that are viable for presentation to the Club to, for example, improve revenue streams or the match-day experience for supporters. With that complete, the Trust Board intend to organise a meeting with the Yeovil Town Board of Directors to discuss these themes and agree a collective action plan."


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19 September 2016 : GWSC Travel To Cambridge United
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Cambridge United. The match takes place at The Abbey Stadium on Tuesday 27th September 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Cambridge United : Tuesday 27th September 2016.
Huish Park: 12.15p.m.
Adult Members: £27.00; Member Concessions: £25.00
Adult Non-Members: £29.00; Non-Member Concessions: £27.00

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

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

Link: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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19 September 2016 : Darren Talks About Leyton Orient Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Leyton Orient kicked off at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talked about the return of Darren Ward from injury and the need for the players to stay in control during the club's difficult spell of form. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 September 2016 : Virgo Sees Glovers Chairman's Views On Attendances As Breathtaking
Former Yeovil Town central defender Adam Virgo has given his own response to last week's views from Glovers Chairman John Fry on the club's falling attendances at Huish Park. Last week saw Fry warn that he would cut budgets if attendances did not improve at the club, following the club's record Football League low attendance of 2,749 against Hartlepool United.

The slant of Fry's words appeared to put the focus onto the club's supporters, stating that the club had planned for average gates for this season of 3,700, but that the club needed attendances of 4,200 to be 'comfortable' with their finances. However, with the last three attendances for home league matches having fallen around a thousand short of that target, and in the bottom ten crowds since the club entered the Football League, clearly that target is going to struggle to be met, even if more lucrative matches during the second half of the season should help push up the current 3,127 average.

Virgo provides a regular page for The League Paper and in one of his columns today, he feels that Mr Fry's words were 'breathtaking' feeling that he needed to carry more responsibility as Chairman for fans failing to show up at the ground in the numbers that they used to:

"Fry says that unless the Glovers are in the top half by Christmas, he'll cut costs. To me that's just breathtaking. The reason Yeovil are second bottom isn't the fans or the manager. It's a chairman who has consistently failed to invest, doesn't hand out long-term contracts and lurches from season to season with no coherent plan. Fry had a chance to build from a position of strength when Yeovil were in the Championship. He blew it. Before he blames others, Fry should take a long hard look at himself."

Earlier in the week, Virgo who played for the club during the 2010-11 season, under Terry Skiverton's first spell as manager whilst the club were in League One, had given plenty of views on Twitter about the club's recent problems, saying to fans asking him questions:

"If the worst happens this season will be down to one person and that isn't Darren Way. I really feel for the fans. No stability at all on playing squad. Like any business, it all starts from the top and they look to blame. If Yeovil end up in the National league they will be there for a long time."

Although it didn't make the final cut, Virgo suggested his Sunday article enlikened the club's Board to the Wiltshire tourist attraction Stonehenge explaining that "nothing has changed and (they) charge a fortune to see the same thing."

Link: Yeovil Town Average Attendances Since 1979.

Link: Huish Park's Lowest Ten Football League Attendances

Link: Adam Virgo : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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18 September 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game/. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Leyton Orient.


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18 September 2016 : Video : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-0 win over Leyton Orient these are now available online. As well as the winning goal from Tom Eaves, the highlights include an early near post effort from Nathan Smith, another Eaves effort from a Smith cross, and Orient's late chance that saw Jay Simpson denied by a Kevin Dawson clearance off the line, with Smith in place to block the follow-up. Watch the video via the clip below.




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17 September 2016 : Way Full Of Praise For Best Performance So Far From Eaves In Orient Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised the performance of match winner Tom Eaves this afternoon, declaring his 90 minutes against Leyton Orient as being the best that he'd seen him play. The former Bolton Wanderers striker netted his fourth goal of the 2016-17 season, following his arrival at Huish Park over the summer, and today's was the most valuable, as he scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory at Brisbane Road.

Eaves had to operate in a slightly tweaked formation in East London, as he played a slightly more isolated role, particularly in the first half when Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges occupied slightly deeper roles than in recent matches. The target man therefore had to be patient and wait for the ball on occasions, but got his reward with 14 minutes remaining when he headed home a Hedges cross to give his team all three points. Way told BBC Somerset that he'd been asking his players to stay calm under the pressure of five consecutive League Two defeats, and was particularly pleased with the way that Eaves had worked to those instructions:

"I thought his performance today was the best that I've seen. I've had to do a lot of work with Tom throughout the week, not just with Tom but with every individual. We've not stopped and we've worked every day. I feel the players deserve a little bit of a break, and to look forward to the game now on Saturday. I wanted the players to play cool, and I asked the lads to control the balls and to control what they can. I didn't want them to worry about anything else other than their own individual performances. We kept it simple with Tom for him to just hold the ball up, and to be aggressive in the box when the ball comes in and I felt that was his performance, in everything that he could control when the ball came to him."

With the club having dropped into the League Two relegation zone in recent weeks, and a losing run having developed, the big concern over the last fortnight has been whether Yeovil Town could put themselves on the right course to drag themselves out of the bottom two. With today's result lifting them up to 21st place in the table, Way paid tribute to both the playing staff and other off the field staff for standing firm under that pressure:

"I thought that every player, including substitutes and staff stood strong this week. Every member of staff - it's not just in the dressing room. You're talking in the ticket office, secretaries, the media - I just thought everyone was working so hard behind the scenes and they don't give up. That's what I ask for as a manager - that never give up attitude - and that's what you see there. I think the performance was amazing. We talked to the lads about staying cool and calm. I think we're four points behind Leyton Orient, and this is a massive club. They've got big resources, a big budget, and it was the way the team adapted today to play at Leyton Orient. We've been here enough times to know that it is a difficult place to come. So we're really pleased."


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17 September 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-1 away win against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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17 September 2016 : Orient 0 Yeovil 1 : Eaves Heads Glovers Out Of Relegation Zone
Yeovil Town ended their Football League losing run this afternoon, after a single goal from Tom Eaves saw them secure all three points against Leyton Orient. In what was a typically dogged away performance, the winning goal came when Matt Butcher put in a cross that Eaves headed in from six yards out. Both sides had their chances, with Orient going closest in second half injury time, but Kevin Dawson was stood on the goal line to block a late attempt from home substitute Jay Simpson, helping to lift his side up to 21st in the table.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up, with club captain Darren Ward making his first start of the 2016-17 season following a succession of knee problems. Alex Lawless was the player to head to the subs bench, with Matt Butcher moving up into his normal midfield position. Izale McLeod was absent with a knee injury. In the Orient line-up, Tom Parkes, Gavin Massey and Harry Cornick were all rather familiar faces.

The first half was a relatively even affair, with neither side truly threatening the goalkeepers, even if there was the sense that Orient were creating the better ones. The Glovers were operating with a slightly deeper formation than usual, with Tom Eaves operating as the most advanced strikers, and with the suggestion that Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges were there to keep a closer eye on Orient's familiar wingers of Gavin Massey and Harry Cornick.

Gavin Massey had an early shot saved by Artur Krysiak before Liam Kelly stuck a shot over the crossbar. Then Harry Cornick also cleared the goal frame from a narrow angle. Yeovil took around 25 minutes to create their first decent effort of note, with a Ryan Hedges effort deflecting off an Orient defender's leg, but Alex Cisak did well to cover the change in direction. Overall, a 0-0 at the break was pretty much what both sides deserved, with the goalkeepers mainly dealing with crosses rather than hard shots.

The second period threatened more of the same, with both sides fairly inert. But gradually Yeovil began to get on top as Orient's forced half time substitution began to expose a weakness down their right flank. Nicky Hunt had suffered a block challenge just before the break, and he didn't reappear, with Aron Pollock replacing him for the second period. That seemed to suit Yeovil, with Nathan Smith almost turning himself into a wing-back as the Glovers put pressure on that flank.

The danger signs were there for Orient when Smith made a smart turn to skin the full-back, before putting in a cross, which unfortunately saw Tom Eaves head into the goalkeeper's arms. But with 14 minutes remaining another cross from that area produced gold. A short corner from Otis Khan saw Matt Butcher produce a quick cross that flipped over Alex Cisak's head, and that gave Eaves the simplest of conversions at the from six yards out, for a 1-0 lead.

That inevitably meant that Orient tried to push forward in the closing stages, and there were a few jittery moments in the final minutes. Gavin Massey had a shot blocked by a superb full body slide by Alex Lacey, who in theory is still nursing a broken arm, but showed no sign of fear as he threw his body across the box. Then two minutes into injury time, substitute Jay Simpson beat Artur Krysiak with a shot from inside the box, but Kevin Dawson was stood on the goal line and he managed to clear the ball to safety to ensure three very valuable points. Sometimes it was scrappy, sometimes it was nervy, but based on the last five league matches, any Yeovil fan will take three points whichever way they come.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Tom Eaves (0-1, 76 mins)

Leyton Orient:
1. Alex Cisak
16. Nicky Hunt 37. Yvan Erichot 6. Tom Parkes 3. Callum Kennedy
20. Harry Cornick 4. Liam Kelly 8. Robbie Weir 11. Gavin Massey
21. Jordan Bowery 10. Paul McCallum

Substitutes:
9. Oliver Palmer 12. Charlie Grainger 15. Nigel Atangana (63 mins for Robbie Weir) 18. Ulrich N'Nomo 22. Sandro Semedo 25. Aron Pollock (46 mins for Nicky Hunt) 27. Jay Simpson (63 mins for Jordan Bowery)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 16. Matt Butcher, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi (89 mins for Ryan Hedges) 8. Alex Lawless 14. Josh Ezewele 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 28. Ben Whitfield

Leyton Orient Bookings: Yvan Erichot (foul, 60 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Butcher (foul, 26 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 35 mins), Kevin Dawson (foul, 55 mins)

Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 1; Fouls: 7.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 7; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire) and Stephen Finch (Suffolk). Fourth Official: Nigel Lugg (Surrey).

Attendance: 4,557 (with 272 Yeovil supporters).


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17 September 2016 : Team News For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. The match sees the Glovers make one change for this afternoon's match, compared with last week's match against Hartlepool United.

Club captain Darren Ward returns to the side, with Matt Butcher moving out into midfield, displacing Alex Lawless

Confirmed injured absentees this afternoon include Francois Zoko (hip flexor) and Ryan Dickson (ankle). Ollie Bassett is out on loan at Dorchester Town, whilst Kyle Copp and Izale McLeod miss out - the latter has a minor knee injury.
The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 16. Matt Butcher, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi 8. Alex Lawless 14. Josh Ezewele 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 28. Ben Whitfield


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17 September 2016 : Doncaster Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
At the tail end of August, Yeovil Town played out a League Two match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. The end result was a bit of a nasty experience - whilst Ryan Hedges got his first goal for the club, a red card for Bevis Mugabi, and a hat-trick for former Glover Andy Williams gave us a 4-1 defeat. James Coppinger got the other goal for the home side.

Man of the Match voting saw fans impressed by the performance of Izale McLeod, which may be a bit damning of the rest of the team given that he only came on as a 54th minute substitute in that game. However, the poll winner was Ryan Hedges, whose goal was his first for the club since arriving on loan from Swansea City. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Ryan Hedges 32 (2)
2. Izale McLeod 14 (0)
3. Artur Krysiak 10 (1)
3. Bevis Mugabi 10 (1)
3. Tom Eaves 10 (1)
6. Matthew Dolan 6 (0)
7. Nathan Smith 4 (0)
8. Tahvon Campbell 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4
Performance : 3.6
Entertainment : 4.4
VOTES RECEIVED : 5


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16 September 2016 : Darren Previews The Leyton Orient Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two home match against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren goes into detail about how he is dealing with the club's run of five league defeats, and how he thinks the players are reacting to that situation. Read the interview via the link below.

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


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16 September 2016 : Way Sticking To Principles To End Five Game Run
Yeovil Town go into tomorrow afternoon's League Two match against Leyton Orient attempting to end a run of five consecutive defeats in league action. Poor form over that period has seen them slip down to 23rd place whilst their hosts lie just outside the play-off positions, with rather different thoughts on their minds, having won four of their last six matches.

First team manager Darren Way believes that he needs to stick to his principles ahead of that fixture, with the broad message coming out of the Glovers camp being 'don't panic' as they attempt to put their form back on the track that the first week of the 2016-17 season had suggested they were taking. Way told BBC Somerset that he believes his newer players need time to develop, and that now is not the right time to change the broad aims of what they are doing:

"You've got to allow these types of players to develop, and at the same time the manager has got to show a cool head, and be calm and collected, and to keep believing and stick to his principles. They haven't got that personality to go into their shells. If that had been the case they wouldn't have had a performance like they did against Walsall away, Luton away or Everton away. So you know it's in there - it's just a matter of timing and a little bit of luck. I don't want to say luck, because sometimes you've got to earn that, then the results will follow."

Way admits that he is aware of various opinions around the club that have suggested that changes of various things, such as formations or personnel, should be made to help improve things. However, he feels that is more of a reaction to the recent results, rather than something that would necessarily benefit his club's current situation. He emphasises the need to stay in control of the current situation:

"Now all of a sudden you're in a position where as a manager you've had a few bad games, or run of results or indifferent performances, and then everyone feels that a change or whatever the case may be is needed at times. But I think the majority of supporters are very supportive of what we're doing at this football club. You can't put one specific thing on it. You just seem to work on the areas where you think they can improve you as a team. As I've said to you, it's important that if people start panicking then they start doing different things. My job as a manager is to show that I'm in control of what I'm doing."

Not too much has come out of the Glovers camp to indicate as to what sort of a squad they will be taking up to Brisbane Road. However theoretically it could be that only one genuine first teamer stays on the sidelines this weekend. Youth team graduate Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town, meaning that he will not be part of the squad. Striker Francois Zoko seems to be the only definite absentee, with his hip flexor issues still keeping him out. However, club captain Darren Ward will now have completed over a week's worth of training sessions, and so could be considered for selection, whilst Ryan Dickson was only supposed to miss one match to give him a chance to rest his ongoing ankle injury. Otherwise, there have been no other injuries reported, with all of last week's substitutions being tactical.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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16 September 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : Are Winter Breaks And Regionalisation Really The Answer?
This week saw Yeovil Town give their support to the concept of Winter Breaks and Regionalised League structures, as part of the Football League's consultation into their Whole Game Solution document. With this representing a change in scope from the original document circulated by the Football League, these two aspects haven't been considered that much so far. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers these two topics, and also the way the overall consultation process is panning out. Read that via the link below, and pass your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Are Winter Breaks And Regionalisation Really The Answer?.


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16 September 2016 : Advance Purchase Deadline For Leyton Orient Tickets
For the avoidance of doubt, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be selling match tickets for tomorrow's League Two home match against Leyton Orient up until midday today. At that point, tickets will go off sale and you'll not be able to buy them from the Yeovil Town end.

If you haven't bought a ticket by then, you can still purchase on the day, but be aware that there is a matchday surcharge on any tickets purchased from Brisbane Road. Give the Huish Park Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888 if you want to avoid that - you can also book away tickets online.

For ticketing, travel, the Ciderspace guide and other related things, follow the links below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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15 September 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient
On Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to play Leyton Orient in a League Two fixture. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to Brisbane Road has been updated to include the latest ticketing information, travel, directions, parking, a pub guide and club statistics ahead of the fixture. Find it via the link below.

NOTE: If you usually travel to the game via Leyton Midland Road don't - there are engineering works on London Overground on the day. The guide covers all the other routes into the town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

The East Stand at Brisbane Road - the right-most end is where we'll be sat on Saturday
The East Stand at Brisbane Road.
The East Stand at Brisbane Road - the right-most end is where we'll be sat on Saturday.
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15 September 2016 : Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two fixture between Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match will take place on Saturday 17th September 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Brisbane Road. The man in charge of the fixture will be Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

Mr Deadman is a very familiar name whose experience in refereeing stretches back to our non-league days. He was promoted to the Football League's lists two seasons after we were, and we've had him seven times since then, with five of those coming during the last three years.

Both of the 2008 meetings that represented our earliest Football League encounters came on the road. He took charge of the League One match against Gillingham at Priestfield where he did wind up the locals by denying them a couple of penalty decisions in a 0-0 draw. In the middle of that, he gave midfielder Stephen Maher an unfortunate afternoon - red-carding him within four minutes of him landing in the pitch for what was deemed to be an overly aggressive tackle. We thought Mr Deadman was a little impetuous in the way he raced in with his red card to placate the baying Gills crowd, who had got a bit hysterical over some of his decisions leading up to that. But then conversely we then saw the more obvious of the two penalty appeals against us waved away, and we wondered if he had that Maher sending off on his mind as he did so.

Five months later we came across Mr Deadman in an away match against Hereford United. Although games against the Bulls tend to be fairly feisty affairs, he handled this one relatively well, even if we had some quibbles about him allowing Hereford's goal to stand with our (biased) view that Asmir Begovic had the ball kicked out of his hands. Two minutes after the 82nd minute goal that pulled the game back to 2-1, we had two players booked for timewasting - probably justified!

During the 2013-14 season, we had him for the September 2013 Championship meeting against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. He managed to get through a booking-free night, and we don't recall him upsetting anyone, even though we lost the game by a 2-1 scoreline. The Western Gazette said he had "a quiet evening and [was] faultless in his decisions" and given his anonymity on the night, we can't disagree with that.

However, he was more central to the March 2014 home match against Bolton Wanderers, where he awarded us a penalty after Alex Baptiste brought down Kevin Dawson. There did seem to be a reluctance to give the spot kick, with only the persistence of a linesman's flag eventually persuading Mr Deadman to blow his whistle. Perhaps the dithering from the referee was down to the fact that in giving the foul, he had to also present Baptiste with a red card. Unfortunately Ishmael Miller's penalty hit the post and the Trotters grabbed a late equalising goal. Match reports from the Bolton end don't seem to have moaned too much about the Baptiste decision, despite Deadman's less than authorative decision-making.

Later that same year, he was in charge for the November 2014 home match against Preston North End. During the match he dismissed Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss for one of those fifty-fifty full-blooded tackles that seem to sometimes be seen by referees as a legitimate part of the game, but sometimes be viewed as serious foul play. Deadman called it as the latter, leaving us down to ten men for part of the second half. The impression you got was that Gary Johnson didn't agree with the decision, but on the other hand knew that appealing against it would be fairly pointless, given the grey area over these sorts of tackles.

We then had him twice during the 2015-16 season, for an away match against Portsmouth and a home game against Wycombe Wanderers. On both occasions he was fairly low key in what he did. For the Pompey game he dealt with what was at that time League Two's biggest crowd of the season in a decent way - just one booking and very little intervention. For the Wycombe match, he chose to take a less conventional line when Luke O'Nien went over in the box, claiming a penalty for a challenge by goalkeeper Chris Weale. Instead of either awarding a penalty or dishing out a booking for a dive, he decided to book Ben Tozer for getting involved in the argument that broke out after that event, when others had been expecting a yellow to be raised for one of the two main parties involved.

Overall Mr Deadman does have a bit of a reputation across the Football League as being one of the more heavy-handed referees, with cards a-plenty - during the 2011-12 season he managed to raise over 209 yellow cards and 14 red cards and that inevitably gave him an unwanted high profile amongst football supporters and media personnel. His 17 yellow cards and zero red cards from five games during this season suggests that with age and experience he has calmed down from those earlier displays.

Mr Deadman will be assisted by Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire) and Stephen Finch (Suffolk). The Fourth Official will be Nigel Lugg (Surrey).

Link: November 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Wycombe Wanderers 1.

Link: October 2015 : Portsmouth 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Preston North End 2.

Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Bolton Wanderers 2.

Link: September 2013 : Ipswich Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2008 : Hereford United 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2008 : Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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15 September 2016 : Bassett Provides Assist In Big Win For Magpies
Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Ollie Bassett made his debut for Dorchester Town last night, as part of a side that won 4-0 against Frome Town. The 18 year old was only on the field for 11 minutes, after arriving as a 79th minute substitute, but that was still enough time for him to claim an assist in the Magpies' fourth goal.

By the time Ollie got onto the pitch, Dorchester were cruising in a Southern League Premier League match against Frome Town at Badgers Hill. They had already scored three times, whilst Frome were down to ten men, after Clayton Green was red-carded. However, in the 88th minute Bassett contributed to Dorchester's fourth goal of the evening, threading the ball through to Nathan Walker who scored his third goal of the night, with the other coming from Mario Mateus.

For those who like spotting former Yeovil Town players, it's no surprise to find Dorchester's side is littered with them, with Jake Smeeton, Lewis Morgan, Ben Wood and Magpies assistant manager Nick Crittenden all in last night's squad. They also have Yeovil Town groundsman Jordan Mullis on their books as a goalkeeper, although he was not involved last night.

As Dorchester went out of the FA Cup to Banbury United a couple of weeks ago, they have a blank Saturday this weekend, with their next match due to take place on Saturday 24th September, where Bassett would hopefully line up against St Neots Town at the Avenue Stadium.

Dorchester Town: Murphy, Oldring, Smeeton, Jermyn, Martin, Dillon, Morgan (Jerrard 81), Yates, Walker, Mateus (Bassett 79), Wood (Sayers 83). Subs not used: Crittenden, Ayunga.


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15 September 2016 : Yeovil Town Supporting Winter Breaks And Regionalisation In League Shake-Up
Yeovil Town have provided their official response to the Football League's Whole Game Solution proposals. The club are responding to the Football League's request for information from member clubs regarding plans to change the structure of the League to form an additional division, dubbed League Three, as well as expanding its membership to either 80 or 86 clubs from the current level of 72 members, with the Premier League sitting on top of that.

The club's response is something of a surprise given that they are in theory midway through a 'consultation' period with supporters, where they have asked fans for feedback. Despite the deadline for that 'consultation' not having passed, the club have already provided their formal response back to the Football League, bringing into question exactly what usage they've made of fans views on the subject.

The headline news is that the club are opposed to the introduction of 'B Teams' in the Football League, as well as the far-fetched idea of co-opting Scottish League sides. However, Yeovil Town support the introduction of a Winter Break into the season, as well as supporting a return to Regionalised football, with one proposal on the table being a return to the old Division Three North and South that were abolished by the Football League in 1958. What the club haven't been clear on is whether they support the introduction of the 'fifth division' into the Football League and the expansion of the membership.

In terms of the introduction of a Winter Break, they say "the Club would support the introduction of a winter break, highlighting the quantity of matches small squads across the lower divisions have to contend with." It should be noted that clubs will still play the same quantity of matches throughout the season, so this is something the club will still have to contend with. However, the introduction of a Winter Break would mean that clubs would be potentially sacrificing their Boxing Day and New Year's Day Bank Holiday fixtures, if the timetable adopted by many European countries is adopted.

In terms of regionalisation, the club support a return to the North/South Divisions saying: "Yeovil Town FC would like to see the regionalisation of divisions retaining the current 24 team format. The Club feels regionalisation could be beneficial for both supporters and individual Clubs, in terms of expenditure and the reduction of travelling time to long distance matches, with special focus on mid-week fixtures. With fixtures more likely to be amongst local teams, this would produce bigger gates and receipts.

As far as the wider question of the Whole Game Solution proposals are concerned, the club have not stated whether they back the expansion of the Football League's membership or not. However, they question the wider benefits of the League's proposals:

"Fans from lower league Clubs already see the distribution of funds within the football pyramid to be vastly unequal, therefore any 'Whole Game Solution' proposal must address this issue. It is a fact that Clubs operating in the Premier League and Championship are getting richer and Clubs further down the pyramid, such as Yeovil, are getting poorer each season. With this in mind, change is required, but we do not need a 'Whole Game Solution' that covers over this fact. We should cherish and protect the game at the lower end of the pyramid, otherwise good Clubs are going to forced back into semi-professional football. Is that the "End Game" that is being proposed through the 'Whole Game Solution' proposals?"

The club point to the widely boycotted EFL Trophy matches that has seen many clubs fans launch protests against the competition, admitting that fans are voting with their feet:

"Unfortunately, the Club's directors already see this as another proposal to further benefit the Premier League and Championship Clubs and are finding it extremely difficult to see any advantages for Clubs in the lower leagues such as Yeovil. Realistically, it will be financial solutions that will be backed by the Clubs operating in the EFL; this is what happened with the EFL Trophy vote at the Conference in Portugal this summer - the proposals were sold to Clubs on financial rewards and not principles. However, supporters have since seen the situation differently and are now voting with their feet by boycotting fixtures. This is bad PR for the EFL, for our Clubs and for our sponsors. Is this what is going to happen with the 'Whole Game Solution' proposals?"


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14 September 2016 : Glovers Trust Elect First Board At AGM
The newly formed Glovers Trust have announced the results of their Board elections from their first AGM. That Annual General Meeting allowed the Trust Members to elect their first 'proper' Board with it previouly having been run on an interim basis by members of the original Working Party. At tonight's AGM, held at the Yeovil Labour Club, the following ten people were elected to the Board:

Paul Binding, Simon Brimble, Stuart Burrell, Josef Fischer, Adam Forster, Olly Jennings, Hugh Male, Brendon Owen, Catherine Reed, Andrew Richardson

They will now stand as Trust members' representatives over the coming twelve months. There were three other candidates who put themselves forward for election - hopefully they will still play a part 'from the backbenches' as members.

As yet, individual Committee positions, which will at minimum include Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary, have yet to be announced. Note that you can still join the Trust - head here at any time for 2016-17 Season Membership.


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14 September 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : Time For Solutions, Not Problems
Since the club's failed planning application at Thorne Lane, a string of quotes and statements have been given by either the club or their representatives, outlining problems that the club faces. On top of that, as the club sunk to its fifth successive Football League defeat, it claimed an unwanted record - their lowest League crowd. The latest Taff's Gloversblog battles through most of what's been said, and questions what is being done upstairs at Huish Park other than listing problems. Read it via the link below, and feel free to pass your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Time For Solutions, Not Problems.


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14 September 2016 : Budget Cuts Will Happen If Attendances Do Not Improve, Warns Fry
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has warned that the club faces budget cuts if the current level of attendances do not improve at Huish Park. The club have been setting unwanted records this season, with a record Football League low crowd being sent against Hartlepool United of 2,749, with other gates against Morecambe and Blackpool also falling into a 'bottom ten' list of crowds since the club were promoted in the summer of 2003.

It appears that based on that Hartlepool attendance, the club are around a thousand short on spectators, with 2016-17 budgets having been set against a forecast of 3,700 with Fry claiming that in reality they need in the region of 4,200 spectators to be 'comfortable' in their financial accounting. So far all five of the club's home fixtures have fallen below the lower of those two benchmarks

Fry claims that first team manager Darren Way has been given a playing budget that will allow him to reach the top half of the League Two table, and there's an inference that he believes that the club's low attendance relate to the club's 23rd place table position. However, otherwise there's no suggestion from the Glovers Chairman as to how these crowds could be improved. He has told the Western Gazette that he will be meeting with unnamed Directors to discuss the current situation:

"We have set a squad budget against our 2016-17 forecasted football revenues based on a crowd average for league matches at Huish Park of 3,700. That was the gate average for paying supporters last season. We need a gate average of 4,200 to be comfortable this season. We are well below this and if attendances do not improve soon then I will be forced to make expenditure cuts. I will be meeting with my executive directors to assess the situation. Smaller attendances will mean a smaller budget and a cycle of diminishing returns."

Mr Fry has also taken issue with the reaction from some spectators to the club's last two home performances against Blackpool and Hartlepool United that saw the team booed off the pitch at full time in both fixtures, with the reaction from the 0-3 Blackpool defeat particularly vociferous. Fry is concerned that this could affect the confidence of players:

"I understand how fans feel, but slagging off players and booing the team off the pitch does not help confidence. We have some great supporters, but we need more of them, not less. We all need to be patient and continue to support our team through good and bad times. We have the players, the budget and the setup to be in a top half position. I am confident the manager will turn things around soon."

Yeovil Town are next at Huish Park on Saturday 24th September, where the return of Gary Johnson and a more healthy away following from the more local Cheltenham Town supporters should mean that the low point of the last three League home attendances shouldn't be hit in the immediate future.


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13 September 2016 : Reid Swaps Pilgrims For Grecians
Former Yeovil Town striker Reuben Reid has finally found himself a new club. The 28 year old was a free agent after choosing to leave Plymouth Argyle at the end of last season, and he'll have spiced things up significantly in Devon by signing a contract with Exeter City - at present the length of the deal is unspecified.

After leaving Home Park after three-and-a-half years there, the expectation had been that he had his eyes set on a move into League One, with Argyle having only just missed out on promotion last season. However, as the 2016-17 campaign started, and Reid was still without a club, it became apparent that not quite as many clubs were chasing him - or at least none that could agree terms. League Two side Newport County tried to snap him up earlier this month, but eventually confirmed they had ended talks.

It turns out that a recommendation from former Yeovil Town youth team player Jake Reid played a hand in Reuben - Jake's younger brother - deciding to join Exeter. The older of the two brothers played for Grecians boss Paul Tisdale (another former Glover!) during the 2005-06 season whilst Tisdale was in his first management job at Team Bath. Reuben met with Tisdale in a pub in Bath on Sunday and said the conversation the pair had, plus his brother's recommendation convinced him to move to St James Park:

"My brother has had a career in football down in the lower leagues, but he said the only thing he wished was that he had spent more time with Paul. He said had he done that he would have played at a higher level and for a longer period of time. That was enough for me. My brother said he is not your conventional Football League manager. He does things differently, but he said I could benefit from working with him. I played against his teams for years now throughout my career and Exeter, whether they have been in the division above or League Two, have always been good on the eye to watch."

Reid's final season with Plymouth perhaps suggested his time was up, with injuries and the form of other strikers restricting him to seven goals in 32 appearances. Prior to that he'd had a pair of golden seasons, scoring 41 goals in 103 games - with the first season coming whilst he was a Yeovil Town player, with the club at that time up in the Championship division. At that time it looked as though he would move out of fourth tier football - either with Argyle, or via another club calling - but for the moment that ship seems to have sailed.

Link: Reuben Reid : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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13 September 2016 : Bassett Joins Magpies On Loan
Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Ollie Bassett has gone out on loan. The 18 year old has joined Southern League Premier Division side Dorchester Town on what is described as a 'short term loan' - presumably one month - and is set to join their first team squad that travels to play Frome Town tomorrow evening.

Ollie has regularly warmed the bench during the 2016-17 season but has not added to the two League Two appearances he made under Paul Sturrock during the 2015-16 season. He has recently been involved in a Northern Ireland Under-19 training camp where he played in two training ground matches against Development Squad sides. However, he was not included in Yeovil Town's squad for last weekend's match against Hartlepool United, with the club having the unusual luxury of having three fully fit players sat in the stands that day, with only Francois Zoko and Ryan Dickson out injured, whilst Darren Ward is almost at the end of his rehabilitation period.


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13 September 2016 : Fry Threatens To Withdraw Community Funding At End Of Season If Plans Unapproved
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has threatened to stop funding the club 'community' operations at the end of the 2016-17 season, if the club is unable to get planning approval for its developments at Huish Park. In the wake of the club's refusal of plans to develop land at Thorne Lane that would have provided community-based recreational facilities at a site 1.5 miles from Huish Park, Fry has implied that problems in getting both this application and more substantial developments on the main Huish Park site would see the club 'unable to continue to fund' any community sports facilities at the club.

He claims that there are three areas of the club at stake here. The Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, which sits as a separate charitable status company, the Yeovil Town Ladies set-up, which is constituted as an entirely separate legal entity, and the Yeovil Town Academy which only reopened just over a year ago, having been scrapped in 2013.

Whilst the club have yet to decide whether they plan to appeal against the Thorne Lane planning decision, he suggests that problems in moving the main Huish Park application forward are also causing him problems. The application has effectively remained dormant for twelve months now, after SSDC wrote to the club in September 2015, requesting further information on the plans that had been submitted, and highlighting certain areas of their application that would cause problems if it was presented to a formal Planning Committee.

As yet, the club have not provided a formal response on that back to SSDC, although did circulate some revised plans in April 2016 to the media. Those revised plans have not been submitted to the Council at this stage, meaning that at present the Huish Park application remains in limbo, as a pending application that shows no sign of being pushed through to be heard by the committee.

Fry has told the Western Gazette that if they cannot get a Change of Use granted for the land at Huish Park, then they would be 'unable to continue' their community strategies at the end of the 2016-17 season:

"The club has for a number of years been developing a very successful community strategy, which involves three main operations; our Community Sports Trust, our ladies football operations and our football academy. Each of these community activities uses the Huish Park Stadium during the evenings on weekdays and over the weekends. What we have been asking for is a change of use of land to enable our community sports resources to be developed and continued at Huish Park. Without the support of the council we will be unable to continue to fund or accommodate our community strategies beyond the end of this season. Our priority has to be our Football League operations and to provide better match day experiences for our supporters."

What isn't clear from Fry's words is whether the club's stop in funding would merely see those Community, Academy and Ladies set-ups downsized to fit their new funding availability, or whether they would be closed entirely. All three activities are given grants by other authorities such as the Football League, the Football Association and the Football League Trust. However, some of those grants require a level of financial commitment to be made by the football club as well, meaning that if one part is withdrawn, the other part could be in jeopardy. Conversely it's not clear to what extent each section of the club is reliant upon the football club - for example our understanding was that when Yeovil Town Ladies applied for FAWSL membership, one of the conditions of their application was that they would be constituted as a wholly separate commercial organisation.

It is worth stressing that the 'Change of Use' on the land that Mr Fry refers to is that of the Huish Park Top Pitches and surrounding land, and not the Thorne Lane land. However, with one application widely expected to act as the replacement land for the Huish Park facilities, it is likely that one cannot proceed without the other - something that the National Planning Policy Framework, and Sport England (a division of the National Government's Department of Media, Culture and Sport) would enforce. Hence, the obligation to find suitable replacement pitches is on both counts a national planning concern that SSDC would have to adhere to. There's no indication of whether the club have an alternative to the rejected Thorne Lane application at this stage.


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13 September 2016 : Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match against Cambridge United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 27th September at the Abbey Stadium, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Advance ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £15.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-5s: FREE.

Concessions apply to those aged 64 and over, those aged 18-21 years old, and those carrying a valid Student NUS Card.

All tickets increase by £2.00 if they are purchased on the day at the Abbey Stadium.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the relevant age band as above but can admit an assistant free of charge.

Wheelchair users will be charged £15.00 and can admit an assistant free of charge. Contact Cambridge United on 01223 566 500 to purchase tickets.

Whilst last season, Yeovil Town supporters were mainly situated in the South Habin Terrace, this season we're going to be all situated in the South Stand which is situated behind the goal and is a covered all-seater stand.

Update: Tickets for this fixture can now be purchased online - follow the links below. If you need an Ambulant Disabled or Wheelchair Disabled ticket, continue to use the telephone-based bookings as above.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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13 September 2016 : First AGM To See Glovers Trust Vote In New Board
Tomorrow evening, the Glovers Trust will hold their first ever AGM. The event will be held at Yeovil Labour Club (click here for full details) with the main aim being to elect the Trust's first proper board. Up until now, the Trust has been run by members of the Working Party that helped create the organisation, with various personnel taking on Interim roles in the lead-up to the first AGM.

At tomorrow night's meeting, those roles will be formalised, with Trust members able to cast their votes against thirteen candidates that have put their names forward for a maximum of ten Board positions. There will be four fixed roles of Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer and Membership Secretary along with six additional Board Member positions.

Each member of the Trust can vote for up to ten of the candidates (you need not vote for all ten candidates, but do not vote for more than ten!) If you can't make it to the meeting, then you can complete a proxy voting form (MS Word document) that must be printed, signed and scanned, then emailed to secretary@glovers-trust.co.uk by midnight tonight. You can either nominate a fellow Member to vote on your behalf at the meeting, or cast your vote via the form, in which case the Secretary will cast your vote for you.

The relevant candidates who are standing for nomination are shown below (in alphabetical order, no preference intended). You can also find small manifestos of each candidate planning to stand, by heading here (PDF File, Adobe Acrobat Reader needed) - you may want to have a read of their profiles before arriving at the AGM itself, so you're clear who you would like to see appointed:

Paul Binding
Simon Brimble
Stuart Burrell
John Farley
Josef Fischer
Adam Forster
John Hogben
Olly Jennings
David Roderick Jones
Hugh Male
Brendon Owen
Catherine Reed
Andrew Richardson

For those coming to the AGM in person, ensure you arrive by 7.30p.m. otherwise you risk missing out on the voting stages. If you've still not signed up to the Glovers Trust, you can do so at any time, but to be able to vote at tomorrow's AGM, you must register for membership by midnight tonight.

Once the Trust Board is voted in, the Board will then be able to begin the process of setting the Trust's short term and long term aims, as well as canvassing members for key policy and direction. Good luck to all candidates on Wednesday night.

Link: Glovers Trust Set Venue For First AGM.


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13 September 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town Ladies vs London Bees Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of the FAWSL2 match between Yeovil Town Ladies and London Bees, these are now available online. Watch the two goals from Lucy Quinn that opened up the scoring, followed by the second half fightback from London Bees that ultimately won them the match by a 2-3 scoreline, via the video clip below.

The Ladies are next in action in twelve days time, when Everton Ladies visit Huish Park in another FAWSL2 fixture, that will see the first placed Glovers clash against the third placed Toffees.




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13 September 2016 : Jones Given England Under-17s Women's World Cup Call-Up
Yeovil Town Ladies have had one of their players selected for the England squad that will compete in the FIFA Women's Under-17 World Cup. Midfielder Jessie Jones has been selected by manager John Griffiths, meaning that she will be away between September 30th and October 21st when the tournament is staged in Jordan.

This is the first time that this age group have qualified for World Cup Finals and they will compete against Brazil, Nigeria and North Korea in Group C. The only other occasion that saw the Under-17s reach the World Cup Final stages was back in 2008, but on that occasion, thy were invited rather than qualifying. They achieved third place in the European Championship thanks to a 2-1 win against Norway back in May. Yeovil Town Ladies boss Jamie Sherwood said of Jones's call-up:

"This is excellent news for Jessie regarding the England selection. She has worked very hard to regain her spot back in the squad and that goes to show the hunger, drive and desire she has had. I am very proud of her development over the past 18 months and the action plan devised by ourselves and others have given her the opportunity to continue her progression. It's the pinnacle of anyones career representing your country and to do it at a World Cup has to be the highest accolade. We are very proud of this talented young lady and as a club we wish her every success in the coming weeks."

Group C fixtures will see England Under-17s play North Korea on October 1st, Nigeria on October 4th and Brazil on October 8th. The full squad named is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Ellie Roebuck (Manchester City), Katie Startup (Chelsea), Georgia Valentine (Reading)

Defenders: Flo Allen (Bristol City), Taylor Hinds (Arsenal), Lois Joel (Chelsea), Anna Patten (Arsenal), Kelsey Pearson (Blackburn Rovers), Grace Smith (Aston Villa), Lotte Wubben-Moy (Arsenal)

Midfielders: Anna Filbey (Arsenal), Laura Hooper (Arsenal), Jessie Jones (Yeovil Town), Hollie Olding (Chelsea), Connie Scofield (Birmingham City)

Forwards: Ellie Brazil (Birmingham City), Hannah Cain (Sheffield FC), Niamh Charles (Liverpool), Alessia Russo (Chelsea), Georgia Stanway (Manchester City), Ella Toone (Manchester City)


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12 September 2016 : Inniss Gets Quick Release From Jail Term After Appeal
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Inniss has been released from jail, after his appeal in the Crown Court was successful in part. Having been sentenced to 14 weeks in jail, following an assault in a bar, Croydon Crown Court have now agreed to classify the Crystal Palace defender's term as a suspended sentence, meaning that he will not have to spend any further time behind bars. The suspension is in place for 18 months, meaning that if he commits a similar offence during that time, it would be activated. Inniss has now been ordered by the Court to perform 240 hours of unpaid work, pay £300 in compensation to the victim and to spend 20 days on an alcohol rehabilitation course.

With his offence now in the public eye, the local and national media were able to cover his appeal in full. His offence related to an incident in Beckenham in Kent, when he got into an argument in a bar called Time, at around 2.00a.m. during the early hours of Sunday 1st May. The court heard that Inniss used a bottle to attack a man involved with the other group he was in dispute with. Inniss pleaded guilty to the offence itself, but when Bexley Magistrates Court ordered an immediate sentence, his legal team decided to appeal.

The Court heard that in incidents separate to the May 2016 offence, Inniss has been given three previous cautions by police - one for a public order offence in 2011, one for common assault in August 2015 and one for being drunk and disorderly and resisting a police constable in March 2015. In mitigation, his defence told the court that the 21 year old had not had a regular teenage life, with his father having been sent to prison, whilst his mother had been a drug addict, leaving him having to bring up his two younger siblings at that time.

Inniss is currently on a season long loan with League One side Southend United. Palace Chairman Steve Parish has indicated that althofugh the club are prepared to support him, given a number of other off the field family issues Inniss has been dealing with, he felt that it needed to be on the condition of it being a 'last chance' with the Eagles:

"We're pleased, but obviously it's the last chance for Ryan. We can't condone what Ryan did, but I've known him for a long time. He's an extremely young man. He needs to get himself back on track, and we've got to help him deal with his issues. We're concerned for this victim and can't condone what he did, but we think the court made the right decision. He's going to have this hanging over his head for 18 months. He knows he has to change his behaviour, and this is his last opportunity to make something of his life and career, and he has every opportunity to do so."

Inniss will now get a rather belated chance to make his Southend debut - the club he had signed for on Transfer Deadline Day, only for them to discover his availability for last Saturday's trip to Scunthorpe United had been rather abruptly curtailed.

Link: Ryan Inniss : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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12 September 2016 : Yeovil Town 'Suspicious' Of Whole Game Solution Aims To Expand Football League
Yeovil Town have stated that they are 'suspicious' of the proposed changes being put forward by the Football League regarding its Whole Game Solution consultation. The initial proposals were published in May 2016 and revealed plans to expand the Football League professional structure to four divisions of 20 clubs, with the Premier League remaining sat above it. That initial proposal was for the League to be expanded by eight clubs, with a ripple down effect introduced during the summer of 2019, which would see clubs in the bottom half of League Two effectively relegated down into a newly formed League Three.

More recent information from the League was communicated on August 17th outlining that the Football League had behind the scenes moved the goalposts further, proposing that there should be fourteen additional clubs (instead of the initially proposed eight) giving a total of 86 Football League clubs and 20 Premier League clubs in the professional game structure.

With those additional proposals having not been made public as part of the supposed consultation with supporters, the content of the letter to Football League clubs was leaked into the public domain just over a week ago, revealing that the League were also consulting on other aspects such as a Winter Break and turning the FA Cup into a midweek competition that had never been part of the Whole Game Solution consultation document.

Yeovil Town have issued a statement believing that there is a lack of information available to them to properly assess the League's proposals, although like many supporters - and this website - their theory is that these are proposals that are aimed to benefit the Premier League rather than the Football League's lower league clubs:

"The Club currently believes there is a lack of detailed information regarding the proposed changes to the structure and format of the EFL, although feels the changes outlined would be primarily beneficial for clubs operating in the Premier League and not the EFL - the needs of Yeovil Town FC are substantially different to that of teams in the top division of the professional game in England."

The club have invited fans to respond to a survey that can be found here. You'll need to provide your views by Monday 19th September. Note that the club refer to there being a total of 100 clubs in the League's proposals. Our understanding is that the Football League are now consulting with respect to an increase to both 100 and 106, with League One, Two and Three being earmarked to carry 22 clubs instead of the publicly stated 20 clubs.

Yeovil Town plan to present their final views to the Football League in September, shortly after the above deadline, in an EFL Club meeting on September 22nd.

Link: Yeovil Town Survey On The Football League's Proposals.


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12 September 2016 : Hartlepool Visit Sets Football League Low Point
Yeovil Town's home attendance for the League Two match against Hartlepool United continued the club's recent theme for recording low figures during the 2016-17 season. The 2,749 figure that was put out by the club on Saturday afternoon represented the Glovers' lowest attendance for a League match since they entered the Football League just over 13 years ago.

Three weeks previously, the club had set a benchmark low for a Saturday fixture when Morecambe visited Huish Park, but with 212 fewer people declared for Saturday's count, the game against Pools became a historic low. The last time that the club recorded a gate lower than that was on Tuesday 23rd April 2002, when they played a midweek fixture against Southport at the tail end of the 2001-02 season.

It is worth noting that of the club's ten lowest Football League crowds, three of them have occurred during the past month. Of the others, four of them fell during last season, whilst the other three date from 2011 and 2012. The bottom ten reads as follows:

10.09.2016 : 2,749 : L2 vs Hartlepool United
06.11.2012 : 2,900 : L1 vs Stevenage
20.08.2016 : 2,937 : L2 vs Morecambe
20.10.2015 : 2,954 : L2 vs Mansfield Town
24.11.2015 : 2,963 : L2 vs Wycombe Wanderers
06.10.2012 : 3,002 : L1 vs Colchester United
05.09.2015 : 3,024 : L2 vs Morecambe
26.09.2015 : 3,078 : L2 vs Hartlepool United
03.09.2016 : 3,108 : L2 vs Blackpool
25.10.2011 : 3,121 : L1 vs Leyton Orient

At present, the club are recording an average attendance of 3,127 which is down 20.6 percent on last season's overall average. There are some factors relevant to that in that the Glovers have just played three clubs in a row that are from Northern outputs carrying only small away followings, with the more lucrative fixtures against Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City to come later on in the season. However, even allowing for the quirk of the fixture list, this is clearly pointing towards a drop from last season's 3,936 average - itself the worst seasonal average the club had recorded since it entered the league.

The next three home fixtures should offer some respite from the recent lows, with the visits of Cheltenham Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Newport County, all of which offer the visit of clubs lying around 100 miles from Huish Park and so should bring better followings than the above northern trio could offer. However, in mid-November, the visit of Colchester United on Saturday 19th, followed by Crawley Town three days later on the 22nd could challenge some of the above crowds, particularly if form on the pitch is still of concern at that point in time.


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12 September 2016 : County Cup First Round Tie Gets New Date
Yeovil Town Reserves have had their First Round date for the Somerset Premier Cup rearranged. The date had only been confirmed last week but is now on the move again. The First Round draw was made in July, and paired the club up against Western Football League Premier Division side Clevedon Town at Huish Park. The match will now be played on Wednesday 5th October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off - one week later than the original schedule.

The first team squad travel to play Bristol Rovers on Tuesday 4th October at the Memorial Stadium, meaning that at most this game would only feature those who do not get significant game time in that EFL Trophy Group Match fixture. We've yet to see current manager Darren Way's policy on what sort of a team he will field for the County Cup fixture.

As yet, tickets are not on sale for this match, but are usually set at a heavily reduced rate, with only the Main Stand opened for the evening. Once they are known, we'll provide an update.

Link: 2016-17 Somerset Premier Cup First Round Draw.


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12 September 2016 : Chairman Fry Saw Community Facilities As Helping SSDC Deliver Sports Strategy
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry believes that the football club's Planning Application for new community pitches at Thorne Lane were specifically set out to satisfy SSDC's 'sports and well-being strategies' for the wider area. The Glovers planning application was heard by the SSDC Area South Planning Committee last Wednesday but was thrown out in a two hour hearing. Whilst the specific written reasons have yet to be published, the general vibe was that concerns over road safety and the accessibility of the Lufton site were part of those noted by the six Councillors who had opposed the plans.

Fry has suggested to the Western Gazette that the club's plans were in place to help another part of SSDC that deals with the general health and well-being of the local area, which encourages the availability and participation in sports and sporting facilities in the area. The Glovers Chairman states that this had been part of their plans:

"Our Lufton Community Sports resource with that of the provision of the Huish Park Community Sports Stand, was to be Yeovil Town Football Club's contribution towards helping South Somerset District Council deliver its sports and well-being strategies for the Yeovil and district sports community. I am therefore very disappointed for our community sports partners, at SSDC's planning committee's decision to refuse approval for the Lufton development."

The club's planning application did not reference any intention to link in with SSDC's Community Health and Leisure (which represents health and well-being) department strategy, with the submission of the plans to the Council indicating that they were ultimately to satisfy the replacement of pitches on the Huish Park site. The main Introduction to the club's planning application explains the background to the Planning Application. The club's document they submitted stated:

"The proposals come out of a recent exercise undertaken by the football club in relation to assets and viability at the Huish Park Stadium. Currently, there is some open space at the stadium site that was (when the club moved there and the ground was further developed in the 1990's) intended for the provision and development of formal pitch areas. A closer look at those aspirations when moving the stadium shows that they could not fully be provided at the stadium site and are likely to be detrimental to the club in terms of operation, aims, aspirations and viability. The conclusion is that such facilities should be focused at a purpose built site that can be incorporated for community use within the facilities available across South Somerset."

As a response to the club's Planning Application, Steve Joel, who is the SSDC Assistant Director for Health and Well-Being, responded to the Planning Application in August 2015 with a series of objections to the Application, saying that his department could not support it. One of the key areas had been that the management of the new recreational facilities was not clear and said that his department had not received a proposal and so was oppositing the plan:

"No specific proposal has been submitted to enable CHL (SSDC's Community Health and Leisure) to determine if this test (regarding the management of the recreational facilities) has been met. CHL would expect to see YTFC set out the current arrangements and the detailed ownership and legal structure, articles, membership, availability, programming, charging, maintenance, and financing arrangements for the new proposal. CHL is concerned that the land may only be available from the current landowner 'in the short term'. To satisfy the test the replacement provision must be available on at least equivalent or better terms than the playing fields it is intended to replace at Huish Park. As such the proposal fails to demonstrate that equivalent or better management arrangements will be in place."

A later submission by the club identified Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust as the body who would act as the management organisation for the new facilities, and so may have resolved some of the issues raised by SSDC CHL. However, the SSDC Case Officer's report noted that SSDC CHL's position still hadn't changed as they had not provided a further response to those revised proposals. The Planning Report said: "On the basis that the replacement offer is not of equivalent or better standard there is no support for the proposal. CHL consulted on amended plans/additional information in April and July 2016 but no further comments received."

John Fry's statement also refers to "the provision of the Huish Park Community Sports Stand", implying that the construction of the new stand at the away end of Huish Park had been affected by the Council's decision. Whilst there may be a domino effect from last Wednesday's decision, it's worth noting that the new Stand at Huish Park was not part of the plan that was submitted to SSDC - that forms part of an entirely independent planning application.

Fry has told the paper that he hopes that that the club's Planning Agent David Bell will be able to view the written Reasons for Refusal by the end of this week, and that will help shape the future direction of the club's strategy for developing facilities at Huish Park and other associated areas:

"This is not good news for the future of the Club's Community plans. As a private business we have not been asking for public money, but approval for a change of use of land so that better resources can be provided for our staff, our players, our customers and the local sports community. As soon as our planning agent, David Bell, has been given the reasons by SSDC for the refusal of our community sports planning application, he will recommend to my directors the way forward. Hopefully this will be done by the end of this week."

There is no mention of the main Huish Park planning application, and how Mr Fry sees that as moving forward in the future. The Huish Park application has been effectively dormant since September 2015, with the club requesting Extensions Of Time on a rolling basis every three months to keep the application alive, pending their response to a series of questions and observations raised by SSDC at that time.


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12 September 2016 : Darren Talks About Hartlepool Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match kicked off against Hartlepool United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the return of Alex Lacey and explains the absence of Ryan Dickson. He also gives his views on the availability of Ryan Hedges and being able to select what was close to the side he put out on the opening day of the season. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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11 September 2016 : Yeovil 2 London Bees 3 : Second Half Shock Leaves Ladies Hurting
Yeovil Town Ladies succumbed to their first home league defeat of the 2016 season this afternoon, after London Bees grabbed a surprise 3-2 win at Huish Park. The match was the proverbial game of two halves, with the Glovers well in control of the match at the break, thanks to a brace from former Portsmouth striker Lucy Quinn. However, within a minute of the second period the Bees showed they meant business as Evie Clarke pulled one back, and they ran out as winners as Jo Wilson latched onto sloppy defending, whilst Nikki Watts got the winner from the penalty spot, leaving Yeovil still on top of the FAWSL2, but with the 2016 FAWSL2 four horse race looking like it will go down to the wire.

The Glovers got off to a great start midway through the first half in unusual style. Lucy Quinn was on corner duties, and her flighted ball into the box went through a crowd of players and flighted directly into the back of the net for a slightly unexpected opening goal. Meanwhile all seemed to be going thoroughly to plan when they extended their lead right on the stroke of half time. Once again Lucy Quinn was the goalscorer as she grabbed her third goal in two appearances since joining from Portsmouth, and this time there was no question of whether she meant it, with her getting in behind the London Bees from a ball over the top, and then slotting home past the keeper for a 2-0 lead. So far, so good, at half time.

Within a minute of the restart matters seemed to go decidedly wrong. Bees striker Evie Clarke netted within a minute and although there was a pause whilst both teams half-expected an offside flag to go up, it never came. Ten minutes later, and things got rather sloppy - a backpass fell into the path of Jo Wilson and she was able to run through and fire home past Charlotte Haynes for an equaliser.

Whilst Yeovil battled hard to try to get themselves back into the match, with the introduction of Steph Williams and a small formation shuffle aiming to steady the ship, the Bees had the ascendancy and they got themselves a penalty kick when Danielle Carlton was judged to have handled inside the box. Up stepped Nikki Watts who fired home, and a somewhat frustrating closing 20 minutes by the Glovers meant they couldn't get the goal they needed, with offside flags and good goalkeeping from Sophie Harris denying them an equaliser. Boss Jamie Sherwood admitted that his side hadn't come out after the break in the way that they should have, and said his players were hurting at the way that they'd let the game slip:

"Just before we were coming out for the second half, everyone in the dressing room was very focused – we all knew what our jobs were, but unfortunately sometimes you don't get what you want you get what you deserve. We came out and played well in the first half, but for some reason in the second half we just seemed to switch off and that's very unlike us. The title and promotion challenge will go right to the wire. I don't think it will be defined by the next games – I think it will be the next set of games after that will decide who goes up. The players are absolutely hurting and we need to make sure that we come back stronger."

The Ladies next match comes in two week's time, and it will be on a weekend in which the top four sides all clash. Whilst second placed Bristol City Women host fourth placed Durham Women on the day before, Sunday 25th September will see Yeovil Town Ladies - still top on goal difference - take on third placed Everton Ladies. As boss Sherwood states, these won't be the promotion deciders, but as six-pointers, they will no doubt shape the final outcome. With the match taking place in two week's time, there's a fair chance the Ladies will break their club attendance record - today's crowd of 811 came within 20 spectators of doing that, and with the significance of the match against the Toffees, the hope will be that the previous 831 record will fall on that day.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 2 London Bees 3.

Scorers: Lucy Quinn (1-0, 20 mins), Lucy Quinn (2-0, 45 mins), Evie Clarke (2-1, 46 mins), Jo Wilson (2-2, 56 mins), Nikki Watts (2-3, 71 mins, pen)

Yeovil Town Ladies (3-4-1-2): Charlotte Haynes; Nicola Cousins, Hannah Short, Kayleigh Green; Kelly Aldridge, Ellie Curson, Danielle Carlton, Kelly Snook; Nadia Lawrence; Lucy Quinn, Annie Heatherson

Substitutes: Helen Bleazard (29 mins for Kelly Snook), Steph Williams (58 mins for Kayleigh Green), Leah Burridge for (85 mins for Kelly Aldridge), Charlotte Johnson, Lauren Townsend, Jessie Jones, Emily Donovan

London Bees (4-4-2): Sophie Harris; Manuela Naprta, Deanna Cooper, Merrick Will, Sophie Fogarty; Andria Georgiou, Emma Beckett, Nikki Watts, Paula Howells; Jo Wilson, Evie Clarke

Substitutes: Hana Lalani (88 mins for Jo Wilson), Ellie Perkins (90 mins for Paula Howells), Beth Davies, Holly Greenwood, Lucy Withers

Referee: Adrian Tranter

Attendance: 811.


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11 September 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United Match Highlights
For those who want to view the highlights of yesterday's 1-2 home defeat against Hartlepool United, these are now online. As well as the goal scored by Matt Butcher and Hartlepool's brace from Nathan Thomas, you can view two first half efforts from Matt Dolan and a Nathan Smith header. There's also an ultra-late effort from Matt Butcher. Watch the video clip below.




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11 September 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Hartlepool United Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home defeat against Hartlepool United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the match, his team's performance and the club's overall position can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Hartlepool United Game.


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10 September 2016 : Darren Way : Reaction And Manner Of Goals Conceding Are Costing Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that his side's reaction and the manner of the goals they are conceding is proving costly, as they headed to their fifth consecutive League Two defeat this afternoon. The 1-2 home defeat was damaging not only for the fact that it kept them in the League Two relegation zone, but in the way they let a single goal lead slip, with the winner from Nathan Thomas scored during injury time to give the away side, who sat just above them in the table all three points.

Way's sides have managed to lose matches or drop points throughout this season from positions where they have had chances earlier in the match to gain a comfortable lead, and today's match was typical of that, with the Glovers on top at half time in every aspect bar the scoreline. However, the second period saw them gradually slip away, despite Matt Butcher's opening goal, and from the point at which Thomas equalised through a bit of Route One football, the warning signs were there. Way admitted he was going over the same things each time:

"I think that with the amount of attempts that we had in the first half, we got in their final third around 35 times. But it feels like I keep on going over the same things. What we do know is that in games where the goals have gone in, they have been very very costly to us. I think it's our reaction and the manner of the goals. it took one ball (from the goalkeeper) and we had two back at the time, and they seemed to slip in. But you were thinking to yourself that we needed to hold on then."

Even at 1-1, Way felt that his side had enough chances to have still won the match. However, he believed that some of his younger more inexperienced players were going on a learning curve and needed to come up to the standards of League Two football if they were to turn the current run of defeats into wins:

"We still had one or two chances down the other end, but I never felt throughout that game that it was going to be one of those where we deserved to lose. That's the disappointing thing. I think for me as a manager, it's difficult because you don't want to be stood here not being honest, but I have to make sure that I keep the group together, and I have to make sure the group learn. They are learning quickly, and certainly the young players that I've brought in have to make sure that they get to the level as quick as possible because we have to win football matches."


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10 September 2016 : Yeovil 1 Hartlepool 2 : Last Minute Strike Gives Fifth Consecutive League Defeat
Yeovil Town suffered a final minute defeat this afternoon, as Hartlepool United took all three points at Huish Park to keep the Glovers in the League Two relegation zone. The damage was done by Nathan Thomas who managed to overturn an opening goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher, who has put the Glovers ahead 11 minutes into the second half. But Thomas latched onto a long ball to equalise, then scored the winner deep into injury time when he fired an angled drive into the back of the net for a rather sickening 1-2 home defeat for Yeovil.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to the side that lost 0-3 against Blackpool on the previous weekend. One was enforced, as Ryan Dickson's ankle problem put him out for another game. The big surprise was that Alex Lacey replaced him and captained the side - he hadn't been due back on the playing field for another month following his broken arm, but was able to play with a light cast supporting the arm. The other change was semi-enforced with Izale McLeod suffering a slight niggle that probably wouldn't have allowed him to complete a game, although Ryan Hedges' return from international duty made him an obvious replacement. On the bench, Josh Ezewele made it onto the teamsheet for the first time this season.

Hartlepool had been thrashed 6-1 on the previous weekend against the might of Stevenage, and their defensive wobbles showed early on, most notably when Matt Dolan stuck a ball into the sky and bodies rushed in to claim it. Goalkeeper Trevor Carson was one of those, but his fumbled attempt to grab the ball saw it go into the back of the net under pressure from Nathan Smith. It was a fairly obvious foul, but the confusion it caused showed how much the visitors had the jitters, and that was something Yeovil needed to exploit.

They did it fairly well during the first period in terms of controlling possession, but not so much in terms of getting big chances that would seriously worry Hartlepool. Gradually over the course of time, Hartlepool began to organise well enough to get bodies in the way of shots and that meant that Ryan Hedges had one attempt go out for a corner, whilst Kevin Dawson saw another from the edge of the box blocked by a full body of a Pools defender. On the occasions when they did break clean through, Hartlepool managed to hold their heads above water, with Hedges finding the best chance of a goalless half ended when Trevor Carson managed to block with his feet at the near post. Tom Eaves saw another effort deflect wide for a corner, with his header going over the bar at the next attempt.

The visitors were timewasting right from the very start - goalkeeper Trevor Carson's goal kicks were turning into a soap opera with the number of changes he made to his positioning of the ball on each kick, with referee Charles Breakspear giving him two verbal warnings whilst an increasingly irate home crowd voiced their complaints. Third time around, the yellow card came out. At the other end, they managed only a couple of attempts. The main point of criticism of the Glovers first half performance was that they were increasingly narrow in their attack, which allowed Hartlepool the opportunity to crowd bodies around the middle third of the width of the pitch, rather than trying to get the play stretched.

Hartlepool's Rob Jones was limping during the final five minutes of the half, so it was no surprise to find him replaced at the break. They also used that as an opportunity to change from their opening 3-5-2/5-3-2 formation and line up with a 4-3-3 that matched the Glovers up. That seemed to help the visitors more than it helped Yeovil, with Nathan Thomas having a shot pushed around the post by Artur Krysiak early on, as they forced the initative. In a bit of a twist though, Yeovil managed to take the lead during this period, despite it being their least impressive spell of the match up until that point. A corner from Matt Dolan was knocked about and headed back into the box. Matt Butcher seemed to have zero room to turn inside the box as Pools blocked him off, but he turned their defenders twice before firing home a low shot that seemed to take a small deflection on its way into the net.

With Yeovil 1-0 up, this was bound to change Hartlepool's attitude to the game. Ironically it was an ultra-quick goal kick from Trevor Carson - who had been the first half pantomime villain for how much time he was taking with them - that gave Hartlepool an equaliser ten minutes later. Yeovil had a corner which Carson claimed, and he chose to launch a rocket up field at speed. As the ball dropped from the sky, Liam Shephard made a bit of a pig's ear of the bounce, and Nathan Thomas - their only player up field, pounced on it, and weaved his way through before slotting the ball past the advancing Krysiak.

At this stage, Yeovil seemed to go into their shells somewhat, either through wanting to protect the point that they had, or perhaps through fear of what might come. Hartlepool were gradually becoming the superior side, and attempts to freshen things up by the introduction of Tahvon Campbell and Izale McLeod didn't really do what Darren Way presumably hoped it would. Instead Hartlepool were creating the chances - they had a goal chalked off after substitute Lewis Alessandra followed up a Nathan Thomas shot that Artur Krysiak fumbled, with the linesman's flag only going up when Alessandra went in for the loose ball and put it in the net.

But with four minutes of injury time signalled, the moment Yeovil had been fearing happened midway through that period. Winger Nathan Thomas, who had been Hartlepool's main outlet throughout the afternoon, got himself room on their right flank, and from the corner of the box, he curled a superb shot across the face of Artur Krysiak's goal for a 92nd minute winning goal. The home terrace, which had been horrifically sparse with the club's worst ever Football League crowd, suddenly got even more empty, and there were few in the ground still there to make their feelings known with some full time whistle booing. It wasn't as bad as last week's Blackpool defeat, but once again the Glovers had failed to make their periods of dominance count, whilst the opposition had made sure they had made their best periods of the game were fruitful, and that's what won them the game.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 2.

Scorers: Matt Butcher (1-0, 56 mins), Nathan Thomas (1-1, 67 mins), Nathan Thomas (1-2, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey, 3. Nathan Smith, 16. Matt Butcher
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves, 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Kyle Copp 18. Izale McLeod (77 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Tahvon Campbell (77 mins for Otis Khan) 28. Ben Whitfield (84 mins for Alex Lawless)

Hartlepool United:
1. Trevor Carson
5. Rob Jones 22. Aristote Nsiala 26. Scott Harrison
2. Carl Magnay 4. Nicky Featherstone 18. Lewis Hawkins 28. Josh Laurent 33. Liam Donnelly
7. Nathan Thomas 9. Padraig Amond

Substitutes:
10. Billy Paynter 13. Adam Bartlett 15. Lewis Alessandra (46 mins for Rob Jones) 17. Nicky Deverdics (86 mins for Lewis Hawkins) 19. Jordan Richards 32. Bradley Fewster (77 mins for Padraig Amond) 34. Tom Heardman

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (75 mins, foul)

Hartlepool United Bookings: Trevor Carson (40 mins, timewasting), Josh Laurent (84 mins, foul), Nicky Deverdicks (90 mins, foul), Nicky Featherstone (90 mins, timewasting)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 9; Fouls: 18.

Hartlepool United Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). Fourth Official: Colin Lymer (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,749 (with 66 Hartlepool United supporters).


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10 September 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town v Hartlepool United
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-2 home 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 v Hartlepool United.


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10 September 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Hartlepool United at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers make two changes for this afternoon's match, compared with last week's match against Blackpool. Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges returns from international duty having been involved in two Wales Under-21 matches. Defender Bevis Mugabi is back following a single match suspension from a sending off two weeks ago against Doncaster Rovers and sits on the bench.

Confirmed injured absentees this afternoon include Darren Ward (knee), Francois Zoko (hip flexor). Ryan Dickson also drops out today. That allows Alex Lacey to make a surprise return to the side well ahead of schedule.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey (Capt) 16. Matt Butcher 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Kyle Copp 19. Tahvon Campbell 18. Izale McLeod 28. Ben Whitfield

Way's side go into the match in 23rd place in the League Two table, and on the back of a poor 0-3 home defeat against Blackpool on the previous weekend. Having now lost four consecutive League Two matches, there is clearly concern at recent results. Way admits that there is pressure, particularly on some of his younger or inexperienced players:

"This is the first time that it's happened to a lot of the players, because they've not been involved in a club where they've had to play professional football as competitive football with thre points. There's a pressure to that, and pressure does different things to different people and it's the first time that they've been under this pressure."

This afternoon's opponents Hartlepool United are hardly in better form, having been thrashed 6-1 by Stevenage last weekend. Way expects his opposite number Craig Hignett to get a sharp reaction from his own players:

"They are a team that have been on the back of a heavy defeat, so they've been wounded. They'll be looking for a reaction. So knowing the manager (Craig Hignett), and the way the manager is, he's got a lot of experience and he'll probably make changes for the good of the team. He'll probably bring in a little bit more experience, but we have to make sure that we get a reaction from our performance on Saturday."


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10 September 2016 : Jamie Sherwood Previews The Ladies London Bees Game
This weekend, Huish Park plays host to two football matches. Not only do you get the men's match against Hartlepool United on Saturday afternoon, there's also the Ladies' FAWSL2 home match against London Bees. Ahead of that match, Ladies boss Jamie Sherwood spoke to the BBC about the game, and the overall situation his side find themselves in at the top of FAWSL2 with four games to go. Read that interview with BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To London Bees.


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10 September 2016 : Dolan Taking Fans Reaction On The Chin
Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan believes that the players have to take last week's reaction from supporters at Huish Park on the chin, and try to get people back on side when Hartlepool United travel down to play a League Two fixture this afternoon. The club's 0-3 home defeat against Blackpool saw widespread booing on the final whistle, as an inert first half was followed by a rather abject second period during which all three goals were conceded.

That was comfortably the worst performance of the 2016-17 season so far, and Dolan was philophical about the reaction the players had got from the club's supporters at the end of the game, telling BBC Somerset that they had the right to show a reaction like that, but he hoped that a better performance this afternoon could win people over:

"As players we've got to take that on board. They obviously had every right to be disappointed and disgruntled with what happened last Saturday because that's not good enough from us. We're happy to take that on the chin and we're happy to bounce back from that. We want to keep them on our side and we want to go forward together as a football club - players, staff and fans - we want to all be singing off the same hymn sheet, and press on together as a football club and achieve what we know we can achieve."

The visit of Hartlepool gives Dolan a chance to play against his home town club, who are also a side that he has enjoyed two loan spells with whilst on the books of Middlesbrough and Bradford City in 2013 and 2014. Whilst he was at Boro one of his coaches was Craig Hignett who was one of the Academy coaches at the Riverside Stadium, meaning that there will be a few familiar faces for the midfielder today. He also said that his family were using the weekend as an opportunity to pay a visit:

"My dad travels a long way, and he generally doesn't miss a game. So he'll be down anyway. But my mum and my nana will maybe come down this week. My mum won't watch as she gets a bit nervous, but my dad will watch as he's always there."


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9 September 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : Groundhog Day
This week saw Yeovil Town (or rather their Holding Company) treading in the direction of the Council offices to have a planning application heard. And not for the first time, they headed out of those offices without anything to show. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers where the club stands now, and also why on the field on play we may also have a feeling of deja vu as well. Read that via the link below. As always, add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Groundhog Day.


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9 September 2016 : Former Glovers Loanee Inniss Reported As Sent To Prison
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Inniss has had a rather significant hitch to the start of his loan spell with League One side Southend United. The 21 year old Crystal Palace player had signed a loan deal with the Shrimpers on transfer deadline day and had been due to make his debut for them this weekend, having played a full 90 minutes in Southend's Under-21 side in a midweek match against Barnet.

However, a rather oblique report in the Southend Echo states that Inniss will now not be available for selection, because he's been sent to prison after pleading guilty to a criminal offence. Normally court cases involving footballers are meat'n'drink for local newspapers with news of any footballer's arrest or trial covered in great detail even before it gets anywhere near the court itself.

It seems that this one has slipped under the radar, with the South London Press who would normally cover Inniss's parent club not even picking it up, whilst the Essex press have only discovered it after the event. A Crystal Palace spokesperson as confirmed that something had happened but without confirming the exact nature of the issue:

"Crystal Palace Football Club are aware of the Ryan Inniss court case and sentence which is subject to appeal. Therefore, at this time the club cannot comment further on the matter, for legal reasons."

Since the news has broken, an ITV News reporter has tweeted that they believe he has been jailed for an assault, and will be inside for fourteen weeks. The inevitable question will be whether Southend boss Phil Brown knew of the pending court appearance when he signed him up just ten days ago, or whether Palace and Inniss kept the situation under wraps, hoping that it wouldn't affect his situation.

Update: An ITV News story reports that the incident relates to an 'assault by beating' that occurred within a public bar in May. He was sentenced at Bexley Magistrates' Court for 14 weeks. They report that he will be appealing the length of his sentence at Croydon Crown Court on Monday, but for now he remains in custody.

Link: Ryan Inniss : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 September 2016 : Walsh Signs New Toffees Contract
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Walsh has been rewarded for his form during 2016 by a new contract with Premier League side Everton. The 18 year old midfielder spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan at Huish Park, putting in some impressive performances along the way that looked significantly beyond his years, particularly given he was making his professional first team debut in the process.

During the 2016-17 season, Everton have resisted further attempts by clubs to take him out on loan again, with Yeovil Town, Bolton Wanderers and Charlton Athletic all reported to have been interested in borrowing him to further his first team experience. Instead, the Toffees have preferred to blood him in Everton's Under-23 side, who are playing in the newly formed Premier League 2 competition, which is designed to give EPPP Category One Academy clubs an opportunity to play competitive regular fixtures.

Walsh has become a regular part of that Everton side, which roughly approximates to a youthful Reserve Team set-up under Development Team boss David Unsworth. They have been impressed enough to give him a new contract that will run until June 2019 - a three year deal. Born just down the road in Huyton, and having been at the club since the age of five, Walsh is understandably happy to have his future tied down:

"I am made up. Since I signed my first contract it’s what I’ve wanted. It’s the club I want to be at and I want to play for. With the new manager (Ronald Koeman) coming in and giving me the contract straight away it shows that he has got a bit of belief in me and I want to prove him right. I have a lot to thank Unsy (David Unsworth) for as well, I have worked with him a lot and he has made me work very hard and that is what you need to get new contracts. A lot of other staff through the Academy have helped me along the way and I am thankful to them all."

Link: Liam Walsh : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 September 2016 : Online Ticketing Purchasing For Leyton Orient And Plymouth Argyle Matches
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to purchase tickets for the forthcoming League Two fixtures against Plymouth Argyle and Leyton Orient can now do so online. Previously, the online ticketing system had been provided for home matches at Huish Park, but with the launch of the new ticketing platform over the summer, the Ticket Office are now able to set up the system to sell away tickets as well. Head to the ticketing portal and purchase them as normal.

Note that the availability of tickets for away matches apply only to 'simple' ticket purchases. Where the away fixture ticketing packages include bundled ticket offers (e.g. family tickets) or where additional information needs to be captured, such as provisioning for disabled supporters, these should still be ordered via phone, rather than online.

For example, for the Plymouth Argyle match, anyone wanting to buy Ambulant Disabled tickets or discounted Family Tickets please call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935 847888. For Wheelchair bays please call Plymouth direct on 01752 907700.

For the Leyton Orient match, anyone wanting to buy Ambulant Disabled, or the Military and Unemployment Concessions tickets, please contact the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935 847888. For Wheelchair bays please call Leyton direct on 0871 3101883.

Note that because the home side sets ticket prices for Yeovil Town away fixtures, the online purchase discount does not apply for away tickets - you'll pay the same price regardless of which method you choose. However, you could purchase tickets for a mix of home and away fixtures via the Portal, where there is a financial incentive to do so.

For full details on the ticketing prices, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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9 September 2016 : Way Hoping Blackpool Defeat Gives Incentive For Hartlepool Bounceback
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that last weekend's damaging defeat against Blackpool will give his side an extra incentive to pick up all three points when Hartlepool United come to Huish Park tomorrow. The Glovers go into the match on the back of four consecutive League Two defeats, but with the overall performance and magnitude of the result having dipped badly during the last match against the Tangerines.

Way has told BBC Somerset that he believes that if the Glovers had beaten Blackpool, then people would be viewing the first batch of nine games in a very different light. But with the result putting his side into 23rd place in the League Two table he recognises that rebalancing things after the previous Saturday's result is essential:

"We knew it was going to be tough in this first month. I think that if we'd won on Saturday (against Blackpool) then it looks like we've had an okay start. But because of that defeat it just puts a bit more of an incentive to make sure that we get a win on Saturday. What I do know is that I've got an honest group of players who are working hard for me and the football club. When you know that, you can sleep straight at night."

The final whistle at Huish Park last weekend was greeted by considerable booing from supporters who were at the game - probably the first time this season that dissent had been shown on the back of a result on home turf. Way said that he had no issue with that sort of a reaction to the performance on the day:

"No, I think that's part of football. I think that when you lose, people have put in a lot of passion and a lot of commitment. I've certainly seen that from the Yeovil supporters. As a football club now, and as a team, you've got to win. If not, then the supporters are entitled to voice their concerns. The players know that, and they're strong enough to deal with that, because we really appreciate their support."

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United.

Link: Defensive Duo Back On The Training Ground For Glovers.


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8 September 2016 : Defensive Duo Back On The Training Ground For Glovers
Yeovil Town's first team squad will definitely be boosted by two players when they take on Hartlepool United in Saturday's League Two match at Huish Park. Defender Bevis Mugabi served a one match suspension last weekend for the red card that he picked up on the previous weekend at Doncaster Rovers. Meanwhile Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges will also return after his two game absence due to international duty with the Wales Under-21s side. Attacking midfielder Ollie Bassett will also be back in the fold although his Northern Ireland Under-19s call-up did not clash with any Glovers first team matches.

Darren Way's side should also be drawing close to being able to count on two more players in the near future who have missed the majority of both pre-season and the nine competitive fixtures so far. Right-back Josh Ezewele, who hasn't played a single minute of competitive football since signing for the club, and club captain Darren Ward, who has made just one short substitute appearance this season, both trained with the first team today, and so have a bit of light at the end of the tunnel.

Given how little football either player has participated in during 2016-17 season, it would be a surprise if either did much above warming the bench this weekend. Darren Ward attempted a 19 minute appearance against Notts County on the opening day of the season, having missed the whole of pre-season, but then had to immediately withdraw from the first team after he suffered further problems with the knee injury that has caused him discomfort for much of the 2016 calendar year. The club will therefore be reluctant to risk a further set-back in his recovery.

Striker Francois Zoko (hip flexor) and Alex Lacey (broken arm) remain on the sidelines. If the original prognosis on the injuries still hold, Zoko is expected back towards the end of this month, whilst Lacey will need until mid-October before he returns to action.


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8 September 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Hartlepool United
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Hartlepool United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 10th September 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

He was promoted in the summer of 2013 onto the Football League referees list. However, as it was his first season at the new level and we were in the Championship it took until the 2014-15 campaign when we met twice at League One level. The first was the September 2014 match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. There he had a fairly quiet game, with just one booking, whilst Crawley's two second half goals that gave them a 2-0 win were more down to uncertain defending than dodgy refereeing.

We then had him for the home match against Walsall, which turned into a lively Tuesday night match from a referee's point of view. He managed to award a penalty to both sides - both decisions probably correct - but with both failing to hit the back of the net, with goalkeepers coming out on top, with Scott Loach our hero for the Walsall spot kick, whilst Adam Morgan had his saved. The referee was also put under the spotlight when Stephen Kingsley was stretchered off with a fractured cheekbone after a rather physical challenge by Tom Bradshaw - a lengthy chat with his assistant presumably concluded that neither he nor Mr Breakspear had seen the incident. On top of that, the referee booked six players - three each way - and there was just the feeling that he was a bit too involved in the game. Manager Terry Skiverton certainly took that line, feeling that the Kingsley incident had affected the referee's judgement saying "after that, the referee seemed to take a bit of a backtrack, and I think he lost the game ... I just felt that they all seemed to lose the plot within the game."

We had him three times during the 2015-16 season. The first was an October 2015 home match against Mansfield Town. This game had an extraordinary end to it, with the Stags scoring their goal 99 minutes and 41 seconds into the match. Whilst this was deep into injury time, there was some justification for it as lengthy injuries to Artur Krysiak and Stephen Arthurworrey had resulted in several second half delays, although we had gone marginally beyond the signalled nine minutes and suspect the free kick that Reggie Lambe scored from would have been the final action of the game. Otherwise, the referee had a fairly decent game. After that, he was present for the Boxing Day match against Plymouth Argyle. We lost 1-0, and he booked five players across both teams, but we don't recall any hackles being raised.

His most recent match came at the tail end of the 2015-16 campaign. He took charge of the 1-1 draw against Northampton Town which on the whole was a decent game. However, we felt the longer the game went on, the more the referee seemed to be getting wrapped up in the match, rather than taking charge of it. Three bookings in the final five minutes looked over the top within the context of the rest of the match where he'd adopted a very lenient approach to it all.

He's rapidly been moved through the divisions, with his 2013 promotion being his fourth move up the lists in four seasons, and given that he attained that at the age of 24, it would suggest he is one of the officials the authorities are hoping to fast-track through the system - sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. Last season he was very top heavy with the number of players he booked - 142 cautions and four dismissals across 37 matches is one serious hit rate, whilst his 34 bookings and two red cards from seven matches during 2016-17 suggests more of the same.

Mr Breakspear will be assisted by Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). The Fourth Official will be Colin Lymer (Hampshire).

Link: September 2014 : Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 1.

Link: October 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 1.

Link: December 2015 : Plymouth Argyle 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 1.


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8 September 2016 : Planning Agent Reacts To Thorne Lane Refusal
Yeovil Town's Planning Agent David Bell has given his reaction to the earlier news concerning the rejection of the club's planning application for recreational facilities at Thorne Lane. The club had hoped to provide two new football pitches, an optional cricket pitch, and a pavilion for changing facilities at a location on the west side of Thorne Lane, running north of Lufton College, but it was rejected on Wednesday by the Area South Planning Committee that oversea the area on behalf of South Somerset District Council.

There is some contradiction in terms of how close the vote was. In a statement issued by the club, they state that the application was rejected by a 'narrow margin'. However, the Western Gazette claims that six councillors voted against the proposals, with five more abstaining, out of a total of twelve councillors. They don't state how the 12th councillor voted. Our understanding is that the difference of reporting may lie in the fact that there were two votes - the crucial one that decided whether to Accept or Reject the application, and then a secondary vote that documented what will stand as the written 'Reasons For Refusal'. In those circumstances, it would be logical if those who voted to Accept the application abstained from voting on the 'Reasons for Refusal'. When SSDC publish their meeting minutes and report, we'll provide clarification on this.

Mr Bell, who has been representing the club on both of their current planning applications appears to understand it as a 'narrow' defeat. He says that he is not clear at this stage what the reasons for rejection were at the end of the two hour session, and so plans to wait until the committee put their thoughts in print before advising the club what it should be doing next:

"All associated are obviously going to be disappointed after the proposal was narrowly defeated in the council chamber. The application was recommended for a grant of permission by the officers, but after a lengthy two-hour meeting with two adjournments councillors narrowly voted to refuse the application. The reasons for refusal were not clear in the council chamber and therefore I will wait for written confirmation before commenting further or considering possible further action."

The club do have the right to resubmit a planning application for a second occasion, if they feel any shortcomings can be rectified. If they feel the application has been unfairly considered, then they can also launch an appeal. However, in both cases, there are costs involved, particularly with the latter route where the Planning Inspectorate can award costs against the club if they feel the appeal has been made on unreasonable grounds - i.e. if you are just appealing for the sake of appealing. Hence, as David Bell suggests, the club's next step will be to view the written reasons for refusal and then to consider if those reasons are sound, or whether any amended application would help resolve the reasons given. Again, when these are made public, we'll publish them here.


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7 September 2016 : Thorne Lane Planning Application Rejected By SSDC Committee
Yeovil Town's plans to build a new recreational facility off Thorne Lane, in Lufton, Yeovil have been thrown out by the Planning Committee. The plans had been put before SSDC's Area South Planning Committee this afternoon, with a view to building two football pitches, an optional cricket pitch and a pavillion on a farmer's field on the west side of Thorne Lane. Although the plans run wholly independent from the club's main Huish Park planning application, the common viewpoint was that the Thorne Lane application was there to act as an enablement for the two Top Pitches at Huish Park to be replaced on a like-for-like basis - something that is required under national planning policy, and policed by Sport England, part of the Government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

This afternoon, the plans have been views by the Area South Committee and they have made the decision to reject the application on the grounds of highway safety, and concerns about building on green land space currently occupied as an agricultural field. The distance between the current Huish Park site for the pitches, and the site at Lufton was also considered to be a factor. The final committee report should follow in due course, however, the Western Gazette have reported the decision in advance of this being published.

The rejection of the Thorne Lane plans effectively puts the club's Huish Park planning application in limbo. Without replacement pitches for the Huish Park site Top Pitches, the Sport England body would be highly unlikely to back the club's plans, and in the past have threatened to force the club's previous application into an expensive national level enquiry if SSDC did try to wave it through. Hence if the club do still wish to build on the Huish Park land, they will need to find alternative pitch replacements.

The Area South Committee's decision is something of a surprise, given that their Planning Case Officer's report recommended the plans for approval. However, that is not a binding decision, with each Councillor entitled to take an alternative viewpoint. Our understanding is that the vote was a tight one, separated by a margin of one or two, and that those who voted for/against did not necessarily match up with those who had voted for/against the club's previous application - we'll analyse that if that information comes to light.

For now, the club will need to return to Square One in locating replacement pitches within the Abbey Manor area.


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7 September 2016 : Yeovil Town's Planning Agent Talks About The Thorne Lane Application
This morning, Yeovil Town's Planning Agent David Bell appeared live on BBC Somerset to talk about the club's Planning Application for recreational facilities at Thorne Lane. With questions from presenter Jack Murley, you can read what David's views were on the application as it awaited assessment, via the link below.

Link: David Bell Speaks To The BBC About The Thorne Lane Planning Application.


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7 September 2016 : Everton vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Late last month, Yeovil Town made their first ever trip to Goodison Park, where they took on Premier League side Everton in an EFL Cup Second Round tie. The challenge against a near full strength Toffees side was always going to be a hard one, but the side deserved credit in that the 4-0 away defeat only became such a scoreline thanks to two late goals that changed the perspective of the result.

Man of the Match voting saw striker Tom Eaves recognised for the way that he had battled with Premier League defenders and had managed to come out on top on a few occasions throughout the evening. Perhaps not surprisingly though, the top two positions went to Yeovil Town defenders who had kept their opponents at bay for at least much of the opening 70 minutes. Nathan Smith played as a left-back on the night and got the thumbs up for his performance, but the poll winner was Bevis Mugabi, who occupied a centre-back position on the night.

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

1. Bevis Mugabi 68 (3)
2. Nathan Smith 54 (5)
3. Tom Eaves 48 (4)
4. Matt Butcher 46 (1)
5. Matthew Dolan 32 (2)
6. Liam Shephard 26 (1)
7. Kevin Dawson 10 (1)
8. Ryan Hedges 8 (0)
9. Alex Lawless 2 (0)
9. Tahvon Campbell 2 (0)
9. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.47
Performance : 6.71
Entertainment : 8.24
VOTES RECEIVED : 17


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7 September 2016 : Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Plymouth Argyle are now on sale at Huish Park. The match takes place at Home Park on Saturday 1st October 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-65s/Aged 18-21: £15.00; Under-18s: £7.00.

Plymouth also offer a family ticket, where Juniors brought with an Adult are charged at £5.00. The Ticket Office also have a limited amount of tickets in our allocation for the family area. These seats are within the away section but can have access to the family concourse. These tickets are only available to families and adults accompanying children.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the above rates but can take an assistant free of charge. For Wheelchair Disabled tickets supporters must call Plymouth direct on 01752 907 700.

Away fans at Home Park are placed in the Barn Park End - a covered seated stand behind one of the goals. There is a standard allocation of 1,300 supporters, although the overall capacity can be increased up to 2,022 spectators for the whole end.

Note that all prices will increase by £2.00 if tickets are purchased on the day of the game. Note that in the case of the above Family Ticket, that increase applies to both spectators - i.e. it will cost £4.00 more.


Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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7 September 2016 : Date Set For County Cup First Round Tie
Yeovil Town Reserves have had a date set for their First Round involvement in the 2016-17 Somerset Premier Cup. The First Round draw was made in July, and paired the club up against Western Football League Premier Division side Clevedon Town at Huish Park. The match will now be played on Wednesday 28th September, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The first team squad travel to play Cambridge United on Tuesday 27th September at the Abbey Stadium, meaning that at most this game would only feature those who do not get significant game time in that League Two fixture. In more recent years, various Yeovil Town managers have chosen to field the club's Under-18s side (except for years in which that team has not existed) - we've yet to see current manager Darren Way's policy on such things in action.

As yet, tickets are not on sale for this match, but are usually set at a heavily reduced rate, with only the Main Stand opened for the evening. Once they are known, we'll provide an update.

Link: 2016-17 Somerset Premier Cup First Round Draw.


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7 September 2016 : Bassett Returns From Northern Ireland Training Camp
Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Ollie Bassett has returned back to Huish Park, after three days with the Northern Ireland Under-19s set-up. The former Southampton and Aston Villa academy player had been invited to attend a training camp that gave boss Stephen Craigan an opportunity to screen a larger group of players ahead of a trio of matches that take place in Poland early next month against Macedonia, Slovakia and Poland.

The training camp was held at the Lilleshall Hall National Sports Centre in Shropshire and saw Northern Ireland's next generation meet up between Sunday and Tuesday - handy scheduling which meant that Ollie didn't miss any Yeovil Town matches. They played two training ground matches against local development squads, with Ollie being used for 30 minutes against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday where they drew 1-1, before playing a full 90 minutes in the match against Stoke City on Tuesday, which Northern Ireland won 1-0.

Ollie now returns to Huish Park, where he will be available for Saturday's home match against Hartlepool United. He will then have to wait and see if Head Coach Craigan wants him to travel to Poland early next month for what would be his first formal call-up at that level.


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6 September 2016 : Welsh Double Appearance For Hedges Ends In Frustration
Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Hedges has added two more Wales Under-21 caps to his career over the international break. The Swansea City loanee has missed the last two Glovers matches after being involved in two UEFA Under 21 European Championship Qualifier matches against Denmark and Luxembourg on Friday night and Tuesday teatime respectively.

Neither match will have ended in the way that the Welsh will have hoped it would - on Friday night at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham they were well beaten as group leaders Denmark won 4-0 with goals from Pione Sisto, who netted twice, plus Marcus Ingvartsen and substitute Kasper Dolberg. Ryan played a full 90 minutes in the match but the Danish side were far too strong on the night.

This afternoon, Wales headed off to Nantporth, home of Bangor City, and needed a last minute goal to save their blushes against Luxembourg. Along with Armenia, the visitors are way out of contention in the Group Stages, but they grabbed a shock lead when Kevin Kerger scored 15 minutes into the match. Wales needed a goal scored a minute into injury time by substitute Jake Charles, to stop Luxembourg gaining their first Group win, but the eventual 1-1 draw won't have done their qualification chances much good. Ryan Hedges played just the opening 45 minutes, replaced by Thomas O'Sullivan at half time.

The end result of the two matches are that Wales drop into fourth place in the group, on 13 points from 9 games, with Bulgaria (14 points) and Romania (16 points) the only two teams that can challenge leaders Denmark (19 points). The two matches over the last five days have given Ryan his 10th and 11th caps at Under-21 level, having picked up five more at Under-19 level. Assuming his substitution today was merely tactical, he'll now return to Huish Park, in preparation for the home match against Hartlepool United. Wales U21s are next on international duty on October 11th 2016, when they travel to play Armenia in their final Group match - their qualification chances are now looking extremely slim.

Wales U21s vs Denmark U21s:
Starting XI: 1. Billy O'Brien 2. Gethin Jones 3. Jordan Evans 4. Josh Sheehan 5. Dominic Smith 6. Thomas Lockyer 7. Harry Wilson 8. Ellis Harrison 9. Wes Burns 10. Thomas O'Sullivan 11. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Michael Crowe 13. Connor Roberts 13. Regan Poole (61 mins for Josh Sheehan) 15. Joseph Rodon 16. Jake Charles (71 mins for Wes Burns) 17. Daniel James (51 mins for Ellis Harrison) 18. Theo Warton.

Wales U21s vs Luxembourg U21s:
Starting XI: 1. Billy O'Brien 2. Gethin Jones 3. Jordan Evans 4. Regan Poole 5. Joseph Rodon 6. Thomas Lockyer 7. Harry Wilson 8. Josh Sheehan 9. Wes Burns 10. Daniel James 11. Ryan Hedges.

Substitutes: 12. Michael Crowe 13. Connor Roberts 14. Thomas O'Sullivan (46 mins for Ryan Hedges) 15. Dominic Smith 16. Jake Charles (75 mins for Dan James) 17. Ellis Harrison (82 mins for Wes Burns) 18. Theo Wharton.


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6 September 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Morecambe : Man Of The Match Result
Last month saw Yeovil Town take on Morecambe in a League Two match at Huish Park. The match ended in a 0-1 home defeat, with a Kevin Ellison strike ten minutes into the second period condemning them to defeat against an opposition that managed to end the day on top of the League Two table, with the Glovers having been punished for missing a series of first half efforts.

Man of the Match voting saw midfield duo Alex Lawless and Matt Dolan impressive in the usual 4-3-3 formation. Meanwhile up front Tom Eaves got the thumbs up from Glovers fans as the most impressive of the front three players. Those watching were particularly impressed by the showing of former Southampton defender Bevis Mugabi, who won the poll by a comfortable margin, whilst playing all bar the final six minutes of the game as a right-back, before finishing off the game in the centre of defence.

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

1. Bevis Mugabi 256 (18)
2. Tom Eaves 122 (5)
3. Matthew Dolan 90 (5)
4. Alex Lawless 84 (7)
5. Artur Krysiak 50 (2)
6. Matt Butcher 46 (3)
7. Ryan Hedges 22 (0)
8. Kevin Dawson 18 (0)
8. Nathan Smith 18 (0)
10. Otis Khan 6 (0)
11. Tahvon Campbell 4 (0)
12. Francois Zoko 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.3
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 6.6
VOTES RECEIVED : 40


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6 September 2016 : Thorne Lane Planning Application - Recommendations From The Case Officer Report
On Wednesday, Yeovil Town's plans for new community and leisure facilities at a location just off Thorne Lane will be heard by South Somerset District Council. The plans are 100 percent separate from those the club submitted back in July 2015 for the redevelopment of Huish Park, and Wednesday's meeting of the Area South Planning Committee will not consider the club's proposals at that site.

The plans for Thorne Lane date from June 2015, and propose to turn a farmer's field into a community-based recreation park. The formal application asks for "The change the use of land from agricultural to community playing field and recreation use along with pavilion, associated access, replacement field accesses, car parking and associated works." The site is on the west side of Thorne Lane (the narrow part of it that runs to the north of the ground leading out towards Thorne Coffin and Lufton village, and is to the north of Lufton College. The site is 12.6 acres - just under half the size of the whole Huish Park stadium land.

Outline plans for Yeovil Town's Thorne Lane development
Outline plans for Yeovil Town's Thorne Lane development.

Because the football club have submitted the application separately from their (on hold) plans for Huish Park itself, the Council's planning committee will purely assess the application on its own merits, as the creation of a standalone recreation ground. The process so far has considered both vehicle and foot access to the new facility, the land's ability to drain water, the parking facilities, the security of the site when it is not in use along with other general factors such as the environment, pollution, and whether the site may have any historic significance. In addition, local residents and businesses have been able to provide contributions. In advance of the formal Committee hearing, the Council's Case Officer has provided a 20 page report summarising all of these findings.

The Case Officer's final Recommendation is for plans to be Approved, subject to a number of conditions that the club will need to meet if they wish to follow through with the application. The Area South Planning Committee still have the right to agree or disagree with the Case Officer's report, but will use it as a means to guide them, given that the report describes the local and national planning regulations that are applicable, and how the Case Officer has determined whether they have been met.

There are twenty numbered conditions attached to the Case Officer's recommendation. These include the need to check the site for the potential of archeological remains, a badger survey, tree protection and planting, water drainage (both natural land drainage, and sewer drainage) and further definition of the access points to the site, including visibility and carriageway obstructions. They also require detailed plans for the pavillion and equipment store buildings, both in terms of ground floor plans and building material construction and any security or external lighting, and the routing of any overhead cabling. The club must also submit details of the quality of the pitch surfaces and construction, the Management and Maintenance scheme for the site, its hours of use and access, and the management responsibilities. With some of the content the club is advised to consult with Sport England (a National Government public body) - an important factor if they plan to use the site as leverage for the disposal of the two Top Pitches at Huish Park. Finally, and most importantly, the recommendation is for the Planning Permission to be granted for a three year period - if the application is not followed through by that point, a fresh application would need to be submitted.

Whilst the overall view of the planning application is for it to be Recommended for approval, various parties have objected to the plans. The most prominent of these lie with Brympton Parish Council, which the application falls under, and a number of local residents. Brympton Parish Council reference poor highway access and road safety in terms of travelling to the site, the loss of agricultural land and the security and management of the site. They also state that if the site is to replace the Public Open Space at Huish Park, then they regard it as too far away from the original site - as the two planning applications are being assessed independently, this may not be relevant at this stage, but could become an issue when the Huish Park application is heard.

SSDC have also received 25 letters from 13 local parties (mainly residents), of which 12 of those parties are providing objections. Many of these comments echo that expressed by Brympton Parish Council, but add to this concerns about the site attracting anti-social behaviour, and have a risk of flooding, as well as questioning the need for the facility within the area. There are a number of other comments from local residents that the SSDC Case Officer has listed in the above set of twenty planning conditions they state the club would need to follow if they wanted to follow through with the application. The Case Officer's conclusion is to consider the lack of recreational faciities in the town and surrounding area, whilst controlling other concerns via the planning conditions.

The Area South Planning Committee will consider the Case Officer's report, as well as other associated submissions, such as those from the Highways Department. They can choose a different outcome to that recommended by the Case Officer, or change the list of planning conditions before the final outcome is determined. If the Committee do agree to approve the application, then it is important to note a few additional things. Planning Permission does not guarantee the recreation facility will be built, or to dictate when it will be built (apart from the proposed three year period for which permission is granted). The club could immediately build the facility, subject to the planning conditions, or it could wait for the outcome of the main Huish Park planning application, which at present does not have a date upon which it will be assessed.

The Glovers Trust has met with the football club and been informed that the facility will cost £1.5 million to build, but that the club expected private investors to provide half of that sum. It's not clear who those investors are, or whether the club has them lined up, or whether their involvement is dependent on the main Huish Park application. However, given the club's ultimate motives are to use the Thorne Lane plans as a means to satisfy the replacement of the two Huish Park Top Pitches and associated Public Open Space, it would seem most likely that even with planning permission the Thorne Lane application will only be executed if the Huish Park application is approved.

At present, the Huish Park application has not moved since September 2015 - the club had intended to provide revised plans back in April 2016 but these have never been submitted to SSDC, meaning that the original July 2015 plans are still the only ones that have been formally submitted to SSDC. The club has so far requested three 'Extensions of Time' to SSDC, rolling the application timeframe over by three months on each occasion. The last extension of time ran out on July 31st 2016, meaning a further extension should be provided. Hence although Wednesday's Planning Committee hearing may see the Thorne Lane application reach fruition, the Huish Park application will remain unchanged.


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5 September 2016 : Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
In the middle of August, Yeovil Town travelled to Field Mill where they took on Mansfield Town in a League Two match. The eventual 1-0 defeat came about through a 64th minute Matt Green penalty - a bit of sloppy passing in the middle of the park that led to Artur Krysiak conceding a penalty.

Man of the Match voting saw goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, and midfielder Kevin Dawson who was playing on the right of the trio, poll well. However, the winner on the night was holding midfielder Alex Lawless, who largely had kept the Stags at bay on a frustrating night. Results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Alex Lawless 20 (2)
2. Kevin Dawson 18 (0)
3. Artur Krysiak 16 (1)
4. Alex Lacey 12 (1)
5. Francois Zoko 10 (1)
6. Matt Butcher 6 (0)
7. Matthew Dolan 2 (0)
7. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.6
Performance : 6.4
Entertainment : 4.8
VOTES RECEIVED : 5


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5 September 2016 : GWSC Travel To Leyton Orient
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Leyton Orient. The match takes place at Brisbane Road on Saturday 17th September 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Leyton Orient : Saturday 17th September 2016.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £23.00; Member Concessions: £21.00
Adult Non-Members: £25.00; Non-Member Concessions: £23.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Online Ticketing Offer For Cheltenham Town Game.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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5 September 2016 : Darren Talks About Blackpool Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Blackpool kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the return of Ryan Dickson from injury, the performance of Jonny Maddison in midweek and the return of Artur Krysiak, and also the partnership of Tom Eaves and Izale McLeod. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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4 September 2016 : Glovers Trust Set Venue For First AGM
The Glovers Trust have confirmed a venue for their first Annual General Meeting which will take place in just over a week's time. The event will take place on Wednesday 14th September at 7.30p.m. with the Yeovil Labour Club being used to host proceedings. For those who haven't been there, you'll find it fairly close to the previously used Club 94 venue. Rather than walking up the pedestrianised Middle Street area towards Club 94, turn right at the Sir William Dampier (Wetherspoon pub) and head to the next roundabout, which serves as the entrance to both Yeovil Bus Station and the main car park for the Quedam Shopping Centre. The Labour Club is situated on the opposite of that roundabout.

Address: Yeovil Labour Club, Unity Hall, Central Road, Yeovil, BA20 1JL.

There is a small public car park (67 places) in front of their building that is free to park after 6.00p.m. Note the Quedam car park closes in the evenings so that option won't be suitable.

One of the main purposes of the AGM will be to elect the Trust's first ever formal Board, with the Trust having so far been run on an interim basis by members of the Working Party that helped form the Trust organisation. This is therefore the point at which the elected Trust Board will gain a democratic mandate from its members to act on its behalf, and to begin to pool views from members on key issues. Nominations for Board positions are now closed - the next step should be for that shortlist to be published, and for voting procedures to be laid down. This will include proxy voting procedures for those who are unable to physically be present at the AGM.

What this means is that if you are planning to join the Glovers Trust, and to have an influence upon its first AGM, and the composition of its first Board, then now is the time to join. Head to this page to purchase membership.

On Saturday, three members of the Trust's Working Party were invited to attend a meeting at Yeovil Town Football Club, along with representatives of the Green and Whites Supporters Club and the Disabled Supporters' Association. The purpose of the meeting was to allow Chairman John Fry and the club's Planning Agent David Bell a chance to outline their plans for the Thorne Lane application that is intended to provide a community-based sports facility that would theoretically act as the replacement land and facilities for the two training pitches at Huish Park, if the club's separate and independent plans to build on land to the north of the Huish Park stadium reach fruition.

The Trust Working Party who attended the meeting said of the content that was shown at the meeting to those present:

"Plans were produced showing outlines for two football pitches and a cricket pitch together with a pavilion to accommodate four changing rooms. A further plan showed the proposed pavilion. Mr Bell said that the Club had looked long and hard for a suitable site for this community facility and whilst the land had not been purchased there was an agreement should planning be passed. He said that the facility would not be open to professional teams but would be solely for the use of local amateur organisations, such as local youth football teams, cricket club or rounders teams. The cost of providing this facility was estimated in the region of £1,500,000.00 with the pavilion alone costing £400,000.00. Whilst the Club was committed to put up part of the cost, private investors were likely to match pound for pound."

As had been hinted in communication between Yeovil Town Football Club and South Somerset District Council, the meeting was told that the goal was for the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust to act as the body that would manage the facilities at Thorne Lane once they were opened. The Glovers Trust Working Party explained:

"Once the facility was up and running it was anticipated that the Club's own Community Trust would be responsible for management and maintenance costs as it was felt that the Trust would be able to obtain grants that would not be available to others. Mr Fry issued a general invitation to supporters to attend the Council meeting on Wednesday and offer their support for the application. He said that they wished to be more involved with community activities and the Club felt that this application would be an asset to the youngsters of the area, including the disabled and those who attend Mencap's Lufton Manor establishment."

Due to this meeting with the club falling prior to the first Glovers Trust AGM, Brendon Owen, who is acting as the Interim Chairman of the Trust, has told Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry that the Trust cannot either support or hold any position on the club's plans until the first Trust Board is elected. At that stage the Trust Board would potentially be able to debate and consult with its members to either determine a collective position on the subject, or choose not to hold a collective position and leave it up to individual members.


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4 September 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Blackpool Match Highlights
For those who can bear to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-3 defeat against Blackpool at Huish Park, these are now online. As well as both goals from Colin Daniel and the late finish from Armand Gnanduillet, there's the decision that saw the visitors awarded a penalty, as well as the spot kick itself. As for Glovers chances in the two minute's worth, don't expect to find any! Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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4 September 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Blackpool Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Blackpool at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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3 September 2016 : Darren Way Unhappy With Hunger, Desire and Commitment After Blackpool Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way accused his players of lucking hunger, desire and commitment today, as they slumped to a 0-3 home defeat against Blackpool at Huish Park. The Glovers were easily beaten as they suffered a second half collapse that saw Colin Daniel score twice and Armand Gnanduillet net a late goal, in a match in which the latter also skied a penalty kick out of the ground. Whilst the game was actually goalless at the break, Yeovil lacked penetration throughout the 90 minutes, with most of their better chances coming through long range attempts.

Way admitted to BBC Somerset after the match that his side were significantly under par and felt that Blackpool's front line had easily unpicked his own central defenders, whilst throughout the team he suggested that far too many players dropped their performances below the standard he had been used to during his time as manager:

"We've had a discussion in the dressing room about the performance today. We keep talking about performances and individuals and I just felt the manner and the way we got defeated today is perhaps the first time as a manager, where the team didn't show any hunger, desire or commitment to be able to go and win a League Two football match. I've explained to the players every win is not going to be easy, but we were up against a Blackpool team today where it wasn't rocket science what they were doing. They just played the ball from back to front, and had two centre-forwards that spinned down the side of our centre-halves, and nine times our of ten kept possession of the ball."

Way made the decision to line up Tom Eaves and Izale McLeod in the front three, repeating the formation that he had used in midweek for the EFL Trophy win over Portsmouth. But he implied that he felt that pairing hadn't worked because it had encouraged the other players to choose longer balls into the front line, rather than passing the ball through. The outcome was that Way didn't feel that worked as he had hoped it would:

"Every time we tried to play forward, we had no ball retention, and we didn't have much imagination and that's the first time really that I didn't see the game that I played so much last year. I have to ask whether the system, as far as playing Tom Eaves and Izale McLeod up top together gave the players an excuse to play long direct balls forward, but it's very important that as a manager I remain confident that we can work on what we need to work on next week, and then go into the Hartlepool game making sure that that it's a win that we definitely need. That's very very important. You could see Blackpool today, I think they've gone midtable."


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3 September 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town v Blackpool
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-3 home defeat against Blackpool at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

NOTE: Recognising the level of performance in this game, if in doubt please select the three 'least worst' players of the afternoon! Please do not select players that did not get onto the pitch - the votes will only get deleted and will not count.

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town v Blackpool.


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3 September 2016 : Yeovil 0 Blackpool 3 : Second Half Collapse Sees Glovers Enter Relegation Zone
Yeovil Town were comfortably beaten this afternoon, as they lost 0-3 against Blackpool at Huish Park. After a fairly inert but relatively even first half, the Tangerines took full second half control as Colin Daniel bagged two goals, with a 30 yard strike and a run behind the Glovers defence giving him his brace. Just prior to the second and crucial goal, Blackpool even had the luxury of missing a penalty, with Armand Gnanduillet wasting the opportunity high over the crossbar. But even he managed to find the mark when he converted three minutes from time, to ensure that Yeovil Town entered the relegation zone for the first time this season, with only Cambridge United propping them up.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes from the line-up who had beaten Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy in midweek. None of the swaps were too surprising - Bevis Mugabi finally served the one match suspension the odd EFL Trophy rules delayed, and he was replaced by Ryan Dickson who was returning from an ankle injury. Kevin Dawson was rested in midweek and he returned to replace Ben Whitfield. Then in goal, Artur Krysiak returned to see Jonny Maddison sit on the bench. Ryan Hedges was still on international duty, but Tahvon Campbell had returned from illness to sit on the bench.

The first half was a flat affair from the point of view of both sides. But at least it was relatively even. Both sides struggled to create meaningful chances, with the corner count the only truly significant statistic. Tom Aldred headed wide of the target, whilst at the other end Otis Khan gave Yeovil their first attempt, even if he sliced it well wide. Blackpool had the edge on meaningful attempts, with Brad Potts putting the ball wide from close range, after a goalmouth scramble saw him get a loose ball. Then Armand Gnanduillet fired well wide after Colin Daniel set him free. Yeovil managed just one futher attempt on goal, but Izale McLeod's shot from outside the box was an easy one to save. The half time score was ultimately a totally deserved 0-0, but the concern was that the visitors were getting slightly the better opportunities.

The second period opened up with more of the same. Yeovil had changed from their trusted 4-3-3 formation to a 4-4-2 in the closing stages of the first half, but it hadn't really altered their attacking intent, which was generally flat throughout the afternoon. At the other end, Blackpool were worryingly ramping up their attempts - Artur Krysiak had to palm the ball away from a Colin Daniel shot which skidded off the surface nastily, and then the visitors missed a huge chance as Brad Potts headed wide from a Daniel cross, with the goal gaping.

No surprise then that on the hour mark, Blackpool took the lead. Colin Daniel had been the creator of the majority of Blackpool's chances, and perhaps he decided that if his team mates were not going to convert his chances, he might as well have a go himself. Letting fly from 30 yards out, the ball flew past Artur Krysiak for a superb opening goal - if you were a Tangerines fan of course. 0-1 down.

That goal was the cue for two reactive substitutions. Yeovil brought on Tahvon Campbell for Otis Khan to try to address their lack of attacking intent. Meanwhile Blackpool did what all good away sides do when they're a goal up at Huish Park - took off striker Kyle Vassell and brought on midfielder Bright Osayi-Samuel, giving them a more defensive 4-5-1 formation. Not that this stopped their superiority - having penalty appeals turned down when Brad Potts was tackled by Matt Butcher. When it wasn't given, no surprise to find referee Graham Horwood decide not to give Yeovil a blatant free kick in a dangerous position just 60 seconds later, as a Blackpool player tried to take Tahvon Campbell's shirt home as a present. Nothing given either way.

Two chances for Matt Dolan - both from distance - gave Yeovil some hope with Sam Slocombe misjudging the first badly as he scooped it for a corner. Then Slocombe did better with a second effort after substitute Ben Whitfield - on for Kevin Dawson - set him up. But with under ten minutes remaining, it was Blackpool who had the opportunity to seal the game when substitute Bright Osayi-Samuel was fouled by Liam Shephard, for a fairly uncontroversial penalty kick.

Yeovil thought they had a let-off when Armand Gnanduillet 'did a Chris Waddle' by flying the spot kick well over the crossbar, but a lack of concentration after that mini high point saw Blackpool finally take advantage less than a minute later. Brad Potts threaded the ball through to Colin Daniel and he was given far too much room down the right flank to be able to run with the ball and cut through, finishing well for a 0-2 lead.

Four minutes later, things began to get rather messy as Blackpool increased their lead further. Brad Potts crossed into the box, and that gave Armand Gnanduillet the chance to redeem himself following his earlier spot kick failure. In plenty of space inside the box, he got himself an easy tap-in, and Yeovil were truly dead and buried at 0-3. The full time boos around the ground were unsurprising. Whilst the first half was hardly clever, the second period fell well below what would be expected, and six matches into the 2016-17 season, Yeovil find themselves in the relegation zone for the first time. They will be urgently wanting to address that to avoid any repeat of recent seasons.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 3.

Scorers: Colin Daniel (0-1, 59 mins), Colin Daniel (0-2, 83 mins), Armand Gnanduillet (0-3, 87 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 18. Izale McLeod, 9. Tom Eaves

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell (61 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett 28. Ben Whitfield (71 mins for Kevin Dawson)

Blackpool:
1. Sam Slocombe
2. Kelvin Mellor 5. Clark Robertson 15. Tom Aldred 3. Andy Taylor
8. Brad Potts 4. Jim McAlister 22. Danny Pugh 23. Colin Daniel
7. Kyle Vassell 31. Armand Gnanduillet

Substitutes:
26. Michael Cain 16. Eddie Nolan 27. Dean Lyness 6. Will Aimson 11. Henry Cameron 17. Mark Yeates (89 mins for Brad Potts) 21. Bright Osayi-Samuel (61 mins for Kyle Vassell)

Yeovil Bookings: Liam Shephard (foul, 82 mins)

Blackpool Bookings: Kyle Vassell (foul, 45 mins), Colin Daniel (80 mins, foul), Tom Aldred (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Blackpool Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 10; Fouls: 21.

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). Fourth Official: Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 3,108 (with 190 Blackpool supporters).


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3 September 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Blackpool
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Blackpool at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers make three changes for this afternoon's match, compared with the Tuesday night match against Portsmouth. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak is back between the sticks after Jonny Maddison made his debut in midweek. Defender Bevis Mugabi is out serving a one match suspension for the red card he was given in last weekend's League Two match against Doncaster Rovers. His place in the side is taken by Ryan Dickson. Finally Kevin Dawson who was rested in midweek replaces Ben Whitfield who moves to the bench.

Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges continues to be on international duty and so misses his second match in a row. Striker Tahvon Campbell returns from illness and sits on the bench. Confirmed injured absentees this afternoon include Darren Ward (knee), Josh Ezewele (knee), Francois Zoko (hip flexor) and Alex Lacey (broken arm).

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 16. Matt Butcher, 3. Nathan Smith, 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 4. Matt Dolan,
10. Otis Khan, 18. Izale McLeod, 9. Tom Eaves.

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 20. Joe Lea 22. Ollie Bassett 28. Ben Whitfield

Blackpool:
1. Sam Slocombe
2. Kelvin Mellor 5. Clark Robertson 15. Tom Aldred 3. Andy Taylor
8. Brad Potts 4. Jim McAlister 22. Danny Pugh 23. Colin Daniel
7. Kyle Vassell 31. Armand Gnanduillet

Substitutes:
26. Michael Cain 16. Eddie Nolan 27. Dean Lyness 6. Will Aimson 11. Henry Cameron 17. Mark Yeates 21. Bright Osayi-Samuel


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2 September 2016 : Darren Way Previews The Blackpool Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two home match against Blackpool at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ollie Cox, Darren reflects on the midweek win over Portsmouth, his knowledge of Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer and his thoughts on the first month of the season so far. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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2 September 2016 : Live Radio Broadcast For Ladies Match Against London Bees
Yeovil Town Ladies will once again take to the airwaves later this month, as one of their key remaining fixtures in the FAWSL2 calendar takes place in nine days time. They are due to take on London Bees at Huish Park on Sunday 11th September, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off and BBC Somerset plan to provide a full live broadcast of the match.

Coverage of the afternoon's proceedings will begin at 1.00p.m. with presenter Jack Murley once again in the hotseat, giving an hour's worth of analysis before the match kicks off. You'll find the BBC on 1566MW or online during the afternoon.

The Ladies would of course prefer those spectators within driving distance of Huish Park to see the game with your own eyes. Admission for Adults for the fixture is £5.00, whilst there are Concessions available at £2.50. Either purchase on the day, or get your tickets booked online via this page.


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2 September 2016 : Way Hoping To Take Portsmouth Performance Into Blackpool Game
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way wants to use his side's performance in the EFL Trophy against a Portsmouth side in midweek, and take that into the club's League Two campaign. The Glovers host Blackpool at Huish Park looking to end a sequence of three consecutive Football League defeats that have seen their side head down to 21st place in the early League Two table.

Tuesday night's result against a much-changed Pompey side, in the Group stages of the EFL Trophy gave the club a mini-boost as they won that game by a 4-3 scoreline with Tom Eaves grabbing two of those goals whilst Bevis Mugabi and Izale McLeod also scored. With that being comfortably the most goals the club have scored in a single game during the 2016-17 season, the first half was a particularly fruitful one with all four goals scored during the opening 40 minutes. He hopes that sort of attacking intent in front of goal can be repeated again against the Tangerines:

"You want those performances every week. That's what we plan to get a performance and that's what the boys have worked on. Unfortunately we had two or three results that didn't go our way. Having said that, if you win against Blackpool with the month that we've had, which has been very very intense, we're still in a position where we can change that on Saturday. The boys are going to do everything that they can to get a result on Saturday, that's for sure."

Just before last weekend, the club brought Ben Whitfield into the club on loan from AFC Bournemouth as well as taking striker Izale McLeod on a permanent deal, shortly after his release from Notts County. That has given the squad a few more options, with Kyle Copp also being fully registered following his international clearance. Both McLeod and Whitfield started Tuesday night's match and so there's a fair chance they will be in line for full league debuts tomorrow. Way seemed impressed by those who had come in for the EFL Trophy game:

"With the players that I've brought in, certainly with Ben Whitfield it was a big moment to see Ben play against Portsmouth and the way that he played. We played Jonny Maddison and I thought he did great, and I thought his kicking was excellent. I thought Artur supported Jon very well. Then you had Izale McLeod coming in to make his home debut. So from the early signs that I've seen, at the moment I can see strength in there."

In terms of team selection, the weirdness of the new EFL Trophy disciplinary rules meant that Bevis Mugabi was able to play in Tuesday's match, but that also means that he will be forced to sit out tomorrow's match as part of his one match suspension - something that affects Blackpool's Jack Payne for identical reasons. His place in the side could be taken by Ryan Dickson, who has missed the last two matches with an ankle problem but was due to be back and training this week. If Dickson is fit, expect Nathan Smith and Matt Butcher to occupy the central spots, whilst Liam Shephard plays the other full-back position. The other possibility could be that Darren Ward is slotted into the back four as he was due to resume training this week but that would be a major gamble given that he only managed 19 minutes on the opening day of the season before the knee problem that has affected him since January forced him to sit it out again.

Elsewhere on the park, Kevin Dawson was rested on Tuesday night and so he should be in the squad tomorrow. However, that then begs the question of whether Ben Whitfield drops to the bench again. Up front with Ryan Hedges on international duty, his place will probably be taken by Izale McLeod, with the likelihood being that the three-man attack will line up in the way they did on Tuesday, with Tom Eaves taking a wide left slot. That then leaves Alex Lacey (broken arm), Josh Ezewele (knee) and Francois Zoko (hip flexor) as the three who are expected to watch the game from the stands.


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2 September 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Blackpool
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Blackpool have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd September 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Having grumbled so far this season that Yeovil Town were acting as guinea pigs for the PGMO's new crop of 'first year' referees, for Saturday's match we have someone with plenty of experience.

We've had Mr Horwood five times before as a match referee. The first was for the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2007 at Huish Park. We were more than happy with his first half performance, but felt that the longer the game went on, the more he seemed to be conscious of the match scoreline - booking Yeovil players for apparent time-wasting that had been no worse than offences committed by Brighton players whilst the score had been level, and awarding the Seagulls a series of controversial decisions. As such, he seemed to be getting a little too wrapped up in the game, rather than letting it flow as he had done so during the first period.

The second was the January 2009 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Not the best of games to watch by any stretch of the imagination, but all of that was forgotten when Gavin Tomlin's 94th minute goal sent the away support slightly mad. We managed to recover our composure enough to remember that Mr Horwood had "an excellent game". We were due to have Mr Horwood for a home League One match against Stockport County in September 2009, but by the time everyone got to Huish Park, Mr Horwood had been replaced for an unspecified reason.

Next up was the April 2010 match at Griffin Park that saw Brentford and Yeovil Town share a 1-1 draw. The two teams also shared two highly dubious refereeing decisions. The one that went for us was a penalty that Brentford conceded for a handball that visiting supporters at the other end of the field didn't spot. Gavin Tomlin showed no mercy against his former club. But they do say luck levels itself out, and so it did when Mr Horwood penalised Luke Ayling for an excellent sliding tackle, and Brentford stuck a superb equaliser from the dead ball situation. No damage done to either side, but two wrongs don't make a right.

We were due to have Mr Horwood refereeing our October 2010 home match against Swindon Town but for the second time in being named as a match official for a Yeovil Town match, he was withdrawn and replaced by Mick Russell. He was then named for the December 2010 game against Carlisle United, but that match was called off long before the Cumbrians or Mr Horwood could get near the ground. He finally made it down for the rearranged match in March of that season, and overall had a "tidy" game, but one that was ended early by an injury during the second half, meaning that he had to be 'substituted'. Most recently he was present for the August 2014 League One match that opened the 2014-15 season against Doncaster Rovers. The 0-3 scoreline had us more concerned about the performance of our defensive line, than of the officials.

It's worth noting that although Mr Horwood has been officiating at Football League level for a decade, our meetings have been a little sporadic, and part of that is down to his own movements. During the 2011-12 season he officiated very briefly at Conference level, followed by a more full-looking season at the same level during the next year. By the start of the 2013-14 season though he was back refereeing at Football League level again, only to spend the 2015-16 season only doing a short spell between October and January that meant he only took charge of twelve games last year. This season has only seen him take charge of one fixture - the opening day draw between Cambridge United and Barnet - a quiet match with just one booking.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Jan 2009 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : April 2010 : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 0.

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Doncaster Rovers 3.


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1 September 2016 : McCarthy Given England Senior Squad Call-Up
Former Yeovil Town loan goalkeeper Alex McCarthy has been given a call-up into the England senior squad. A slight injury concern to Southampton's first choice keeper Fraser Forster has seen the 26 year old former Reading academy product replace his new club teammate in Sam Allardyce's squad.

Alex will compete with first choice keeper Joe Hart and Tom Heaton for a place in the side for a World Cup Qualifier against Slovenia on Sunday 4th September in a match that will be played in the City Arena, Trnava with a 5.00p.m. BST kick-off. As the keeper to only just be called up into the squad, he will doubtless be third in the pecking order, but the recognition for him under new Three Lions management will be a confidence boost for him.

This is not the first time McCarthy has been noticed by the England national set-up. In May 2013, he was called up into the squad for friendlies against the Republic of Ireland and Brazil but did not get onto the pitch in either game. His most senior honours are therefore his three England Under-21 caps gained during the 2010-11 season - one year after his spell at Huish Park.

McCarthy has yet to make his Southampton debut, having joined them on a three year contract from Crystal Palace on August 1st, for an undisclosed fee.

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Torino, loan from Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Alex McCarthy (Southampton)

Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Michail Antonio (West Ham United), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)

Strikers: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

Link: Alex McCarthy : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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1 September 2016 : New Football League Consultation Plans Further Expansion Of Divisions
The Football League has written to its member clubs asking them for their views on further information relating to their Whole Game Solution plans. The initial proposals were published in May 2016 and revealed plans to expand the Football League professional structure to four divisions of 20 clubs, with the Premier League remaining sat above it. The effect would be to expand the Football League membership by eight clubs, whilst reducing the size of each of its divisions by four clubs, meaning a trickle-down effect for a number of clubs when the restructuring is done, which is expected to come in during the summer of 2019, if 90 percent of Member Clubs agree.

When these proposals were published, heavy criticism of the initial plans led to the Football League insisting that all affected parties, such as Supporters Groups, would be consulted before anything was laid down in stone. It's therefore concerning that on August 17th they wrote to their member clubs asking for a response to a set of questions and subject topics by September 2nd - i.e. tomorrow. The Football Supporters Federation imply that they have yet to be consulted, whilst there is only evidence of one Football League club - Doncaster Rovers - having used the questionnaire as a means to consult with their own local supporters groups.

The letter to clubs asks them to provide views on whether they would be interested in having a Winter Break in their fixtures, whether the bottom two divisions should be regionalised or kept in their current nationwide form, and whether the Football League should add fourteen additional teams to its structure (compared with the current proposals for eight clubs to be added). They also ask for views on where those additional clubs should be sourced from. It is worth noting that the published version of the Whole Game Solution document made zero reference to these possibilities, despite it being labelled as a consultation document.

In addition, the Football League's letter asks clubs for their views on changes to the FA Cup - something that is entirely outside the remit of the Football League or its Whole Game Solution document. They are considering moving FA Cup rounds into midweek slots, to enable more weekend fixtures for Premier League and Football League competitions. This was part of a different consultation spearheaded by the Football Association and Premier League back in February 2016, where they were considering scrapping FA Cup Replays entirely and turning it into a midweek competition, with the supposed aim of relieving fixture congestion and improving the performances of English clubs in Europe and that of the England national team. One sign of that has already gone through, with FA Cup Quarter-Final Replays scrapped this season, with Semi-Final and Final replays already gone in previous seasons. However, these proposals are separate to the Football League's plans, and should be led by the Football Association.

The change in the number of clubs that would be admitted to the Football League would result in each of the Football League's bottom three divisions (League One, League Two and the new League Three division) being formed of 22 clubs, rather than of 20 clubs. This would result in twelve additional clubs being admitted to the League at the end of the 2018-19 season, with the additional two being drawn from the basis of the bottom two clubs in League Two at the end of the 2018-19 season being passed into the League Three structure, rather than the National League. The effect of this would be that the Football League would be formed of 86 clubs as opposed to the current 72 clubs.

Doncaster Rovers supporter Martin O'Hara holds positions with both the Viking Supporters Co-Operative (Doncaster's Supporters Trust) and also with the Football Supporters Federation as their Deputy Chairman, and so was able to use his links with the Doncaster main board to facilitate a meeting with his club. He has told the FSF that there are worries that the way this is being done is a means to introduce B-Teams into the Football League structure:

"A lot of supporters believe that this is an attempt to introduce Premier League B-teams. Although there is a 90% acceptance rule in place, unfortunately there’s a suspicion among fans that such safeguards could be done away with. Our club is trying to do the right thing by engaging with supporters on these proposals. But there needs to be proper consultation at every club."

The pattern of the Football League providing a public 'Whole Game Solution' consultation document, whilst canvassing member clubs with a different private set of proposals has echoes of the way the 2016-17 season EFL Trophy competition was formed, with B-Teams suddenly being announced on a supposed 'trial' basis, and with competition rules changing on the fly, seemingly at the whim of the Premier League clubs, rather than that of the Football League's member clubs that their Board of Directors are supposed to represent. The background to that competition led to the disciplinary rules being only published on the night before the competition started, leading to Yeovil Town taking their final main training session in the build-up to Tuesday night's fixture against Portsmouth believing that Bevis Mugabi was suspended, only to find out that a late rule change meant that he was not! Those changes appeared to be at the request of the Premier League and Championship EPPP Category One 'invited' clubs, with the Football League's member clubs being the last to find out the truth.


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1 September 2016 : Darren Talks About Portsmouth EFL Trophy Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about why Tahvon Campbell and Kevin Dawson missed out on the midweek fixture, his thoughts on linking up Tom Eaves and Izale McLeod in the same line-up, and the inexperience of his substitutes bench. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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1 September 2016 : Goodship Loaned Out By Cherries Again
Former Yeovil Town loanee Brandon Goodship has gone out on loan again, with Braintree Town his latest destination. Having spent the second half of the 2015-16 season on loan with the Glovers, he will now head to Essex where he will play for the National League side until January 2017, joining fellow Cherries player Sam Matthews who moved at the same time.

Braintree were one of the National League's surprise packages, finishing in third place in last season's table, before losing out in the play-offs. However, they have made a slow start to the 2016-17 season, and currently sit in the relegation zone in 21st place.

Goodship's time with Yeovil Town was disrupted a little bit in that he was the player most often acting as the club's 'sixth loan' under the Football League's matchday rules concerning teamsheets. As such he made just ten appearances, with six starts, during his time with the Glovers. He did score one extremely vital goal though - the only goal of the game in the club's February 2016 victory over Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road.

Link: Brandon Goodship : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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