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22 September 2017 : Plymouth 0 Yeovil 3 : Academy Side Secure Impressive Win
Yeovil Town Under-18s gained an impressive 3-0 victory against Plymouth Argyle Under-18s this afternoon. In a match played at Harper's Park in Plymouth, the match looked as though it was going to be a tight affair early on, as the two sides went in at the break goalless, even if the Glovers dominated most of the play during that period.

Matters changed 57 minutes into the match when Paul Golubickas broke the deadlock, and that was followed by full-back Joe Tomlinson scoring a second fifteen minutes later. It was very much game over nine minutes from time, when a ricochet inside the penalty box saw the crucial touch come off Argyle defender Ollie Tomlinson for the third and final goal of the game.

The Academy side are next scheduled to be in action on Saturday 29th September, for a more normal 11.00a.m. kick-off against Exeter City, with the venue expected to be the Huish Park Top Pitch.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle Under-18s 0 Yeovil Town Under-18s 3.

Scorers: Paul Golubickas (0-1, 57 mins), Joe Tomlinson (0-2, 72 mins), Ollie Tomlinson (0-3, own goal, 81 mins).


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22 September 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Port Vale Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two fixture against Port Vale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Adam Whitty, Darren gives his thoughts on the club's home form, Port Vale's change of management, the style he expects, and of main striker Tom Pope ahead of that game. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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22 September 2017 : Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Cambridge United and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 17th October 2017 at the Abbey Stadium, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Tickets are priced as follows:

Adults (Aged 22-63): £20.00; Seniors (Aged 64 and over), Students (with NUS Card), Aged 18-21: £15.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-12s: £5.00; Under-5s: FREE.

For the Under-5s tickets you must call the Huish Park Ticket Office to book.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay relevant price as above, with an assistant ticket admitted free of charge. Please call the Huish Par Ticket Office on 01935 847888. For Wheelchair bays please call Cambridge directly on 01223 566500 - these are £15.00 with an Assistant admitted free of charge.

There is a £2.00 surcharge on all tickets when purchased on the day of the game.

For some of our earlier visits, Yeovil Town supporters were mainly situated in the South Habin Terrace. However, for our last visit, we were all situated in the South Stand which is situated behind the goal and is a covered all-seater stand. Given this is a Tuesday night fixture, we'd expect the same to apply again.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Colchester United Match Given Kids For A Quid Offer.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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22 September 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Port Vale have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 21st September 2017 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

If you're thinking the name of a referee called Salisbury seems familiar, then it's worth noting that Michael Salisbury is also a regular Football League referee - Graham is his father - meaning that it's easy to get the two mixed up. Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, although oddly the last four have all been at Huish Park.

He last turned up for a Yeovil Town match in September 2016, which was the 4-2 win over Cheltenham Town. Although he booked five players, it's mainly the football that we remember it for, with Gary Johnson's side having a particularly torrid time down the flanks as Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges had possibly their best game of the season. With six goals there wasn't a lot of focus upon the refereeing.

The same was true for his visit in December 2015, which gave us a 2-2 draw against Barnet. This was another game that was 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 Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire). The Fourth Official is Mark Pottage (Dorset).

Link: September 2016 : Yeovil Town 4 Cheltenham Town 2.

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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21 September 2017 : Sodje Brothers Money Laundering Trial Collapses
The criminal trial at the Old Bailey involving former Yeovil Town defender Efe Sodje has collapsed. The case, which related to charges of money laundering, started two weeks ago and saw four people in the dock, with Efe joined by his brother, former Brentford, Reading and Leeds United defender Sam Sodje, and two non-footballers in Emmanuel Ehikhamen and Andrew Oruma.

The quartet were accused of being behind an £80,000 international money laundering scam that had allegedly targetted companies in Colombia, India and Abu Dhabi during 2013. They had all denied the charges, and the trial had just moved into its third week when it was halted by Judge Georgina Kent. She discharged the jury and declared the proceedings null and void.

The reasons for the trial being stopped are not specified - almost certainly because there are plans for a new trial to be held. There will be a new hearing taking place on September 29th 2017 that will set a date for a retrial. The only information given is that the trial was halted for 'legal reasons' and that the stoppage occurred whilst Sam Sodje was giving evidence in his defence.

Usual reasons for a trial collapsing tend to be because a piece of key evidence, such as an exhibit or a police file, or a witness was unavailable. With plans for a retrial to be held, fresh jurors will have to be selected, which would provide a clue as to why there has been no disclosure as to why the first trial collapsed. At some point after September 29th, they will start from the beginning again.


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21 September 2017 : Football League Propose Rule Change For Full Strength Squad Definitions
The Football League have put forward proposals that will enforce 'full strength teams' to be played during the closing stages of each season, to enforce the integrity of the competition. This issue has been one that has bubbled away over numerous seasons, but came to a head during the tail end of the 2016-17 campaign when Huddersfield Town made ten changes to their starting line-up for a match against relegation-threatened Birmingham City. The Blues won their match 2-0, leading to complaints from Blackburn Rovers and Nottingham Forest who were also hovering around the relegation zone, with both sides feeling that their second tier status had been threatened by Huddersfield's actions.

Blackburn and Forest's objections centred on Football League Regulation No.24 which states that clubs must play a 'full strength' team in all fixtures. However, after analysing the definition of the rule, and consulting Huddersfield for their views, the League admitted that they could not accurately determine when that rule had been breached. With Huddersfield at that time guaranteed a Championship play-off position, their motive had been to protect players from burn-out and injuries, meaning that their argument was that they were just managing their overall first team squad.

The end result is that Regulation No.24 will be tightened up. The revised rule will be for any match taking place after the Fourth Thursday in March (the old deadline for player registrations and transfers before the transfer window rules were tightened up) to adhere to new rules:

"From the fourth Thursday in March, any team sheet for a League game should include at least 10 outfield players who featured on the team sheet for the League game before."

Assuming two goalkeepers are in the matchday squad, this means that teams will only be able to make a maximum of six outfield changes to their teamsheet. The actual vote on the rule change will take place in February 2018. It's not clear if it would be enforced for this season, or whether it would be put in place for the 2018-19 season.

We can only recall these circumstances affecting the Glovers on one previous occasion. The May 2007 League One fixture against Gillingham saw Russell Slade make six changes to his starting line-up, with a 5th placed finish guaranteed regardless what result they got at Priestfield. On that occasion, Gillingham were in a safe mid-table position meaning that the team selection didn't cause any controversy, particularly as the 'weakened' Yeovil Town side still won the match 2-0. That selection would have still just about been within what the Football League are proposing.

The Football League have also looked into the potential of additional substitutions being allowed in matches. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) have allowed individual leagues and competitions greater flexibility in allowing additional substitutions to allowed within their rules and there had been talk about this being introduced for competitions where extra time is played. However, for the time being, the League's member clubs appear to have given it the thumbs down, meaning that a maximum of three will continue to be allowed.


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21 September 2017 : Summer Transfer Window Changes Move Another Step Closer
The Football League have issued a statement this afternoon, confirming that their clubs have expressed support for the Summer Transfer Window to be closed before the current deadline. The traditional August 31st cut-off period is expected to be brought forward until just before the start of each season, meaning that clubs will not be able to make any permanent signings from around the first Saturday in August until after New Year's Day.

At present, the exact wording on the new rule has not been defined, but it is expected to be put in place for the start of the 2018-19 season. Clubs will be invited to vote on the actual wording at another Chairmen's meeting in February 2018. The League have said that one difference from the Premier League rules that were agreed earlier this month is that clubs will be allowed to make standard loan signings (of half-season and full-season duration) between the start of the season and the August 31st cut-off. The League have said this was backed "overwhelmingly" suggesting that as long as the precise wording is good, then it will fly through next February's meeting.

Another important issue will be to understand how things lie with respect to signing free agents and players from non-league clubs. However, Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has said that he believes that the plans do have strong support:

"Today was all about understanding a direction of travel in what is a hugely emotive matter not only for clubs and managers but supporters as well. The clubs have been clear in their mandate and we will now go away and look to develop a set of proposals before moving this matter on to the next stage, which would be a formal vote in order to change our regulations."


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21 September 2017 : Olomola Fully Fit With Whole Squad On The Training Ground
Yeovil Town will be able to welcome back Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola for this weekend's League Two match against Port Vale. The 20 year old had been the only absentee in recent weeks, due to an ongoing leg injury that he picked up in the recent EFL Trophy Group Stage match at Exeter City at St James Park.

Olomola tried to play through his injury during the two games that followed, but had to be substituted against Crawley Town and Cheltenham Town, with him aggravating the problem in the latter game. That has led to him being entirely withdrawn from the club's last two fixtures, but last Saturday manager Darren Way said that he expected him to be definitely fit for the visit of the Valiants.

That has now been confirmed in this afternoon's press conference, meaning that the club will be selecting from a full squad of twenty-one players, meaning that the only dilemma will be which players drop out of the squad. In recent matches the versatile Omar Sowunmi has been one of those players to drop out, whilst Swansea City loanee Keston Davies also missed out last weekend. Right-back Daniel Alfei has also been another player to drop out of the squad this season, although was named in the eighteen last weekend.


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21 September 2017 : Glovers Trust Take Match Sponsorship For Ladies Opening FAWSL Game
The Glovers Trust are pleased to announce that they have taken the opportunity to team up with Yeovil Town Ladies ahead of their
forthcoming FAWSL1 opening fixture against Manchester City Ladies. The match takes place at the main Huish Park stadium on Sunday 24th September with a 2.00p.m. kick-off, with tickets ofor the game on sale now.

The Trust will be acting as Match Sponsors for the fixture, which opens up the 2017-18 season - the first time the FAWSL have switched to a winter format. As such, they will be supporting the Ladies on the day, as well as helping to spread the word of what the Trust is all about and how to join. The Trust have paid tribute to the achievements of the Ladies team in their statement:

"The achievements they have made over a short space of time stand as a testament to their dedication on and off the pitch and the Trust are thrilled to be sponsoring the match. We will have a strong presence within Huish Park before and after the game so please pop to one of the stalls and find out more and become a member."

For ticketing and fixture information relating to Sunday's game against Manchester City and the forthcoming FAWSL1 season, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Manchester City Ladies.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town Ladies Fixture List.

Glovers Trust are Match Sponsors for the opening FAWSL1 match against Manchester City Ladies
Glovers Trust are Match Sponsors for the opening FAWSL1 match against Manchester City Ladies



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20 September 2017 : League Two Chairman Warns EFL Funding Plans Could Destroy Their Own League
Some of the detail behind what the Football League's new television rights deal has been made public. The new deal was announced by the Football League earlier this month and commences from the 2019-20 season onwards, giving Sky Sports a further five years worth of broadcasting rights on top of their current arrangements. The League promoted the new deal as providing a 36 percent increase in funds for the 72 member clubs, and an overall package of £600 million over a five year period.

Accrington Stanley Chairman Andy Holt is one of the more transparent (and often outspoken) people amongst the 72 representative Chairmen, and he has raised his concerns about the growing gap between the Championship division and League One and League Two in terms of the amount of money each club gets from television and sponsorship deals, as well as solidarity payments made by the Premier League. Holt makes reference to an agreement set up between the Premier League and the Football League for the way that funds are distributed, with Championship clubs receiving 80 percent of each package, whilst League One sides receive 12 percent, with League Two teams getting 8 percent.

That split had been agreed at at time when revenue figures were much lower. However, because it is deemed to be a constitutional issue within the league, it requires a 75 percent majority for the ratio to be changed. Holt points out that means that even if all League One and League Two clubs vote for change, that will still only give a 66.6 percent majority, meaning that a small number of Championship clubs would need to vote for change. The question came up at the Football League 2013 AGM, but reports at the time claimed that Yeovil Town - as a newly promoted Championship club - voted against change; a decision they may be regretting now.

Holt calculates that the new Football League broadcasting deal with Sky Sports will give member clubs £1,050,000 for each Championship club per season, with League One sides receiving £157,000 whilst League Two teams will get £105,000 per season. That's only a small slice of the pot, with sponsorship deals with Sky Bet, Carabao and Checkatrade boosting it further, whilst there are payments made by the Premier League - dubbed Solidarity Payments - that were recently renegotiated as part of the formation of the EPPP Youth Academy structure, and the subsequent transfer system associated with it.

The Accrington Chairman has also published a ten year income plan showing how the overall distribution of funds is expected to affect each Football League division. The data is in bar graph form which means you have to estimate the exact figures, but it shows Championship income growing from £7 million in 2017 to £13 million in 2027. However, for League One clubs this will grow from around £1.75 million to just over £2 million in the same timeframe. Meanwhile League Two clubs will change from around £1.5 million to around £1.75 million. As can be seen, whilst Championship clubs will see their income almost double, the growth for League One and League Two will barely keep up with inflation.

Holt's problem is that either explicitly, or implicitly, the income changes will eventually create a second Premier League style division, where clubs trying to get promoted from League One into the Championship will find it almost impossible to stay there, because initially their income for their first year would be based on their League One promotion season. Similarly, any club relegated from the Championship into League One would still be receiving the tail end of their income for second tier football, which would give them the ability to leapfrog back quickly. Holt wants the issue raised at a Chairman's meeting tomorrow and warms that the growing gap between the second tier and third tier could 'destroy' the Football League, as it is currently constituted:

"An idiot can see that unless you join the Championship soon, the gap will grow so big as to make it impossible. The governing bodies know this (if they didn't they do now) and yet deliberately pursue a policy that will break away the Championship. My opinion is there will be PL1 (Premier League 1) and PL2 (Premier League 2) that is it. The rest will wither and fade. There will be little hope of generating enough income in a football league of 48 clubs. The funding formula deliberately decouples the Championship from League One and League Two. It's really as simple as that. So the only topic of tomorrow's (Thursday's) meeting should be the funding formula. Nothing else matters. This is what will destroy the Football League. It's shocking that members of the EFL have allowed the Championship to get ten times (that of) League Two clubs of the income generated."

Holt is also scathing about the League's plans to change the Summer Transfer Window for the Football League to align it with a new format agreed with the Premier League earlier this month. He questions which clubs have been calling for the changes to be made, and infers the motive may be to ensure that the Championship division rules stay closely aligned with the Premier League. His view is that this is not a priority for League One and League Two clubs, although views from other Chairmen and Managers, including Yeovil Town's Darren Way, would suggest this isn't a universal opinion. This is due to be on the agenda for tomorrow's meeting.


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20 September 2017 : Thommo Given Magpies Management Job
Former Yeovil Town manager Steve Thompson has been appointed as the new manager of Dorchester Town. The 54 year old has been out of work since the summer after spending six years with Woking working as an assistant manager under Garry Hill. A change of ownership at Kingsfield meant that Hill and Thompson were shown the door at the end of the last campaign, with the new owners having already committed to appoint their own management for the 2017-18 season.

Thommo will inherit a Dorchester side in a bit of disarray. They currently lie in 22nd place in the Southern League Premier Division, having gained just three points from seven games. They are kept off the bottom by the fact that Dunstable Town and Gosport Borough seem to be suffering even greater problems, with all three teams having conceded by the bucketful. Dorchester's goal difference is currently minus 20, with them on a run of six consecutive defeats, that include 5-0, 4-0 and 4-1 scorelines along with an embarrassing FA Cup First Qualifying Round exit at the hands of AFC Portchester of the Wessex Premier League.

Although Steve is best known at Yeovil Town for his role as an assistant manager, he had two front-line spells, acting as the final manager of the club's semi-professional era during the 1999-2000 period, before becoming the club's boss again for the majority of the 2005-06 season after Gary Johnson moved up the road to join Bristol City. He also managed Truro City during the 2009-10 season before his move back to Woking, who he represented during his playing days.

At present Dorchester haven't provided any detail behind Steve's appointment. His first game in charge will be an early six-pointer, with a trip to 23rd placed Dunstable Town.


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19 September 2017 : Away Day Losing Sequence Is Worst For 33 Years
The problems that Yeovil Town are experiencing on the road during 2017 have reached a level that has not been seen for 33 years. Fans watching the club away from home have now witnessed eight consecutive defeats - four from the 2017-18 season, and four more from the tail end of the 2016-17 season. The last time the Glovers picked up a point on their travels was the infamous 3-3 draw against Exeter City on March 25th 2017 - six months ago.

This is quite comfortably a Football League record for the Glovers. The last time the club encountered such a barren run of form away from home came in 1984, once again split across two seasons. That was a chaotic time for the club, as demonstrated by the fact that the consecutive defeats the club suffered were spread across three management teams. Steve Coles had been the club's manager at the tail end of the 1983-84 season, before Ian McFarlane took over for the start of the 1984-85 season. But after losing every League game in his short tenure, McFarlane quit, with Gerry Gow coming in as manager.

After a 2-2 draw with Telford United on April 17th 1984, the Glovers lost every Gola League match (the sponsored name for the Conference at the time) until they gained a 3-3 draw with Maidstone United on November 24th 1984. This was a run of ten consecutive away defeats in the League, made up of two games from the 1983-84 campaign and eight from the 1984-85 season - just over seven months elapsed time between fans seeing their side gain a point away from home.

In terms of watching away matches without seeing Yeovil Town win, the club are still a few games short of threatening their Football League record. At present, the Glovers have gone ten matches away from home without a victory - the last one was gained at Morecambe on March 11th 2017, with two draws following that before the current run of eight defeats.

As part of their Football League history, the club have had three runs longer than that. At the tail end of Gary Johnson's second spell with the club in the 2014-15 season, the Glovers began a run of away matches without a win that didn't end until Paul Sturrock had taken over the management. The 11 game run consisted of four matches under Johnson and seven under Terry Skiverton before Sturrock beat his old club Swindon Town in his first away fixture.

That 11 game run was equalled under Russell Slade during the 2007-08 season. Whilst the Glovers started that season well, the wheels came off, particularly on their travels, during the second half of the campaign with a run that lasted from just before Christmas until the penultimate away match of the season, where they managed a surprise victory over promoted Swansea City to secure their own League One status.

The club's Football League record for matches without a win currently stands at 14 games. This was set across the 2008-09 season and the 2009-10 season. At the time that Slade was pushed out by the club, they'd been on a run of four wins in a row, which had included three consecutive away victories. However, the change in management was to invoke a marked change in form on the road. After Steve Thompson had one game as a caretaker manager on February 17th 2009, Terry Skiverton took charge, and the club went the remainder of the season without an away win, and it wasn't until they got to October 20th 2009 that they gained a victory over Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium - the same venue that had started the bad run.

In recent seasons, the club's record on the road has been luke warm, to say the least. From the point at which Gary Johnson left the club in February 2015 until now, their record reads 9 wins, 16 draws and 34 defeats, made up of 54 goals scored and 109 goals conceded from 59 games across a two-and-a-half year period. Current manager Darren Way's overall away record reads 7 wins, 13 draws and 20 defeats, made up of 46 goals scored and 73 conceded in 49 games. Aside from the club's current run of ten away matches without a League Two win, they are currently on a run of one away victory in 20 matches, stretching out to almost a year.


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19 September 2017 : Academy Side Draw A Blank Against Oxford
Yeovil Town Under-18s maintained their unbeated home record on Saturday by gaining a 0-0 draw against Oxford United Under-18s. In a match played on the Huish Park Top Pitch, both sides struggled to create clearcut chances, in a low key game. The Glovers tried to shake things up during the second half, with a number of tactical substitutions that included three different players move to left wing positions, with Jack Rice-Lethaby and Gabriel Rogers trying their luck out there as part of switches and rotations to try to unlock a resolute Oxford defence.

Oxford United Under-18s manager Leon Blackmore-Such felt that his side had been the better team for around three-quarters of the game, but had been put under pressure during the closing stages of the match. He was surprised that the game ended up without a goal though:

"You don't get too many 0-0 draws in youth football but this was a decent point when you consider it was our fourth straight away game. We started OK and the performance was decent but we couldn't quite finish off some really promising moves. Up until the last quarter of the game I'd say we were on top but they came back into it a bit more late on so a draw was probably a fair result. If you can't win then make sure you get a point and the lads at the back deserved their clean sheet, with everyone else working very hard as well."

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

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Tommy Scott; Charlie Fripp, Jeremiah Gyebi, Brad Cherrett, Joe Tomlinson; Samyan Ismail, Jack Hilton-Jones; Gabriel Rogers, Paul Golubickas, Jack Rice-Lethaby; Nestor Sako

Substitutes: Harry Haughton (for Paul Golubickas), Devon Arnold (for Nestor Sako), Lewis Dix (for Jack Rice-Lethaby), Alex John.

Oxford United Under-18s: Clayton, Carr, Chilcott, Niblett, Berry-Hargreaves, McCreadie, Heap, Hopkins, Crooks, James, Lofthouse

Substitutes: Cowan (46 mins for McCreadie), Stevens (46 mins for Lofthouse), Samford


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18 September 2017 : Colchester United Match Given Kids For A Quid Offer
Yeovil Town are running a promotional ticketing offer for the League Two home match against Colchester United. The match takes place on Saturday 30th September 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. For this fixture, the club will be allowing all Junior (Under-16) admission for £1.00 only - a continuation of the Kids For A Quid offer that has been run at the ground for many seasons.

For those who don't know what happens, it's quite simple. It requires no adults, no forms to fill in - just simply a single pound coin (or any other loose change!) for each Under-16 supporter, to be presented at the Ticket Office, or online, in return for a Junior ticket. There are no limitations, so take your whole youth club with you if you want to - as long as the stadium doesn't run out of seats/spaces (!) you'll get in for that price.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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18 September 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Grimsby Town Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Grimsby Town kicked off at Blundell Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the inclusion of Tom James in the side at the expense of Otis Khan. He also gives his views on meeting West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis and Sunderland boss Simon Grayson before the match. Darren also provides an update on Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola's injury. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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18 September 2017 : Good Evans! Ladies Make Their Second Signing Of The Morning
With less than a week until Yeovil Town Ladies kick off their FA Women's Super League One campaign, Georgia Evans has joined the club. Manchester City Women visit Huish Park on Sunday 24th September and Evans has become the newest addition to a young energetic Yeovil team, where she joins from local side Bristol City. She is also the second signing of the day, following the arrival of Chloe Melton this morning.

Evans is 21 years old and is currently away in Astana, Kazakhstan representing her country on international duty. She is a midfielder with a hard working attitude and a player which manager Jamie Sherwood is pleased to bring in. Sherwood said:

"Georgia is a tenacious midfielder who is comfortable playing in either a holding role or a more advanced and destructive role. She has experience at this level and her attitude and desire to continue to prove herself at this level is a great indication of her character. It won't be long before she is a Huish Park favourite! I feel that G's [Georgia Evans] wealth of experience at such a young age and prior knowledge of this level will again strengthen this young squad and give us a stronger willingness to deliver our goals."

In the 2016 season, which saw Bristol City promoted to WSL1 after finishing runners up to Yeovil, Evans made 20 appearances for the Vixens. When speaking about her new challenge of joining Yeovil, Evans said:

"I am really excited to have signed for Yeovil Town Ladies FC, a club which is growing each season and I am hoping to help with that, on and off the pitch. I'm buzzing for the challenge ahead and to be playing in Green & White."

Player sponsorship is available for Georgia Evans, and for more information, email sponsorship@yeoviltownladies.com

For ticketing and fixture information relating to Sunday's game against Manchester City and the forthcoming FAWSL1 season, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Manchester City Ladies.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town Ladies Fixture List.

New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Georgia Evans
New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Georgia Evans



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18 September 2017 : Melton Signs Up For Ladies Ahead Of Manchester City Opener
Former Minot State University player, Chloe Melton has signed for Yeovil Town in the lead up to the green and whites opening match of the season. The 23 year old forward had a spell previously with Reading Women, before she moved to America. Melton impressed manager Jamie Sherwood and fellow coaches Colin Staples and Ryan Moon during pre-season - enough to earn herself a place in the squad. On signing, Melton said:

"I am delighted to start the next chapter of my career with such a hard working and passionate team. It has always been my dream to play at the highest level of Women's football and I am excited to have the opportunity to do so with such a great bunch of girls. I hope to achieve my ambitions and help drive the club to continue to develop and be successful. I am excited to grow as a player and as a team and I look forward to the challenges the upcoming season brings."

Melton will be in line to make her debut this coming Sunday when the Yeovil Town Ladies 2017-18 season kicks off with a home match against Manchester City. Tickets are on sale for the match, which takes place at Huish Park on Sunday 24th September, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Fans can buy either advance match tickets or a full season ticket for the Ladies' first ever full season at FAWSL1 level, following the partial Spring Season earlier this year, as Ladies football switches to a winter format. Manager Jamie Sherwood said of Melton's arrival at the club:

"Chloe has shown a great attitude since coming in. Her character and work ethic, is something which will be invaluable this coming season. She has a keen eye for goal and her athleticism will give us another option and an added dimension."

For ticketing and fixture information, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Manchester City Ladies.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town Ladies Fixture List.

New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Chloe Melton
New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Chloe Melton



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17 September 2017 : GWSC Travel For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Chesterfield. The match takes place at the Proact Stadium on Tuesday 26th September, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Chesterfield : Tuesday 26th September 2017.
Huish Park: 12.30p.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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17 September 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Grimsby Town Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on his side's defending from set pieces, and why he thinks Grimsby ended up winning the game. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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16 September 2017 : Video : Goals From Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
For those who want to view the goals from this afternoon's League Two match against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, these are now online. The Sky Sports website is showing just the three goals in the 2-1 defeat, with Grimsby's Danny Collins and Scott Vernon scoring from set pieces, whilst Francois Zoko grabbed his fifth goal of the season. Watch the goals via the clip below.

Link: Sky Sports : Goals From Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.


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16 September 2017 : Next Saturday's Opponents Part Company With Their Manager
You wait for one managerial departure to happen in League Two, and then two come along at once. Port Vale have decided to part company with manager Michael Brown during an evening that has also seen Gary Caldwell sacked by Chesterfield. The Valiants are currently in 24th place, meaning that both relegation zone clubs have sacked their managers at more or less the same time.

Brown had been in charge since Boxing Day 2016, meaning that he has been manager for 34 games, of which he won just six of them. Like Chesterfield's boss Gary Caldwell, Brown was put in charge to save a League One side from relegation problems. The 40 year old was a replacement for Bruno Ribeiro, but he was unable to save his side from relegation. This season they've managed four points from eight games, the last of which was a 1-1 draw against fellow strugglers Forest Green Rovers at Vale Park. A few hours later he was relieved of his duties by mutual consent. Their CEO Colin Garlick said of the decision:

"We are all very disappointed with the start to the season, I know Michael and his staff have worked extremely hard to try and rebuild the club and achieve the results that we were looking for but unfortunately, this has not happened. I would like to thank Michael for his hard work and wish him and his family all the very best for the future."

They have given David Kelly and Chris Morgan the joint responsibility as Caretaker Managers. Port Vale are Yeovil Town's next opponents next Saturday at Huish Park, meaning that the Glovers will now face two teams facing management changes in two games.

Link: First League Two Managerial Casualty Of The Season As Spireites Pull The Plug.


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16 September 2017 : First League Two Managerial Casualty Of The Season As Spireites Pull The Plug
League Two has its first managerial casualty of the 2017-18 season. Chesterfield have sacked Gary Caldwell after just eight months in charge, during which he presided over their relegation from League One into League Two. The Derbyshire club lost 1-2 at home to Accrington Stanley today, leaving them with just one win in ten matches this season, and in 23rd place in the League Two table.

Caldwell's management spell delivered just three wins in 29 matches, having been appointed on January 17th 2017 as a successor to Danny Wilson who had been fired due to the Spireites run of form during the 2016-17 season. However, Caldwell has shown no sign of arresting that slide, and so with them in the relegation zone, they've decided to pull the plug. Director Ashley Carson has said of the move:

"Gary has worked very hard during his time at the club, but we find ourselves in a lowly position after providing him with substantial backing in the transfer market. After making a very poor start to the season, we feel that now is the time to appoint a new manager to bring about a change in fortunes."

Chesterfield are Yeovil Town's next away opponents, with the Glovers making a midweek trip to the Proact Stadium on Tuesday 26th September. As yet they have not announced who will be their Caretaker Manager, or whether they have a replacement up their sleeve.

In unconnected news, Birmingham City also parted company with Harry Redknapp today. He had suffered six straight defeats in all competitions, with the Blues currently in 23rd place in the Championship division. He had only been appointed on April 18th - three games before the end of the 2016-17 season.


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16 September 2017 : Darren Way Unhappy With Players Set Piece Marking After Grimsby Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that he was unhappy with the standard of his players marking inside the box from set pieces today, after they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. Having conceded twice from set pieces during Tuesday night's fixture against Morecambe, the Glovers once again were undone by a corner and a free kick, despite Francois Zoko notching his fifth goal of the 2017-18 season.

With Grimsby boss Russell Slade's style of football being so well known to the Glovers management, there was a bit of predictability that a Danny Collins header from a corner, and a second half Scott Vernon header from a free kick ended up winning the match. Way admitted to BBC Somerset that he had discussed this threat before the game:

"We identified it before the game, and we were talking about players taking responsibility, and to concentrate and make sure that they can handle that physical battle in the box. I thought that when you come away from home, to score again and come back from the first set play, we had a chance of making sure that we had an opportunity there to gain maximum points. We haven't, and then they have a second set play and then we concede from that. So we have to do more work on the training ground, and players have to take the responsibility of marking their man in the box."

Way suggested that some of his side's defending had been naive, pointing to the number of times that his back four had been turned by the Grimsby attackers during the game. He felt that away from home - where the club have now lost eight games in a row at League Two level - the Glovers were not standing up to the physicality of some of the matches and the pressure that they would come under:

"With all the work we do on the training ground, I don't know whether I have to put something into place that is going to make them focussed and make them concentrate a little bit more, because there's definitely a naivety in the group. At League Two level all they did was get the ball at their feet and just turned our back four. It was very physical, and that's what you've got to deal with. I've got to make sure that this group understands that. That is what League Two football is all about. We've got to make sure that we meet those demands straight away. An away performance is sometimes where you have to win ugly. There will be a sustained pressure in front of their supporters that they have to handle. I didn't think we did that well."


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16 September 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Grimbsy Town at Blundell 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 Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.


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16 September 2017 : Grimsby 2 Yeovil 1 : Set Pieces Cost Glovers Again On The Road
Yeovil Town went down to their fourth consecutive defeat on their travels, as two set pieces saw them lose 2-1 against Grimsby Town. Trailing early on, after a Danny Collins header from a corner, the Glovers managed to get a foothold into the match when Sam Surridge set up Francois Zoko for his fifth goal of the season, scored from the edge of the box. But another set piece saw them come home pointless when former Blackpool striker Scott Vernon came on as a substitute and headed home the winning goal from a free kick, leaving the Glovers sliding down to 19th place.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their side although it was a complex one. Otis Khan surprisingly dropped to the bench, with Tom James coming in as an extra defensively minded player. That led to a formation change, with the flat 4-2-2 being replaced by a midfield diamond, with James operating in front of the back four, whilst Alefe Santos as the most advanced midfielder. In the opposition line-up James Berrett came up against his old club and Rhys Browne sat on the bench against the side he left over the summer.

Yeovil conceded early on at Blundell Park back in April, and they did it again in the 8th minute of the match, with a set piece once again the problem. Former Glover James Bennett swung in a deep corner that was close enough to goal for Artur Krysiak to have a bite at it. His faint punch put him out of position which meant that Danny Collins got a free back post header that he angled home for a 1-0 lead for the home side.

That was a lead they deserved with Krysiak having already saved from a Collins header, whilst he parried away a Martyn Woolford shot from outside the box. However, midway through the half, the Glovers got an equaliser with their first shot of the match, after AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge got possession on the left side of the box. He squared the ball across to Francois Zoko and he lashed home a left-footed curler from the edge of the box into the bottom corner for a 1-1 scoreline.

The Glovers really only had one other first half attempt - a Tom James free kick that went straight into the arms of James McKeown. Grimsby were still on top, as Nathan Clarke headed narrowly wide of the target from a corner, whilst another Krysiak save was needed to stop Martyn Woolford from squeezing the ball at the near post. Thankfully the final 10 or 15 minute period of the first half levelled out, with Grimsby's chances drying up a bit, meaning the two clubs went in level at the break.

An early attempt by Siriki Dembele after the second half commenced was matched by a Sam Surridge shot after Alefe Santos put him through. The home side had a penalty appeal turned down after Sid Nelson attempted to shield the ball back to Artur Krysiak, with Jamille Matt trying to squeeze in the middle. He went down in the box, leading to appeals, but referee Graham Horwood wasn't interested, leading to the game heating up in terms of the home crowd's animation, and some of the tackles going on out there.

Actual clearcut chances weren't really there, except when Grimsby got their set pieces. With 20 minutes remaining, that was crucial for them as Paul Dixon's free kick sparked a second home goal. The ball was headed back across the box by Nathan Clarke, and substitute Scott Vernon was able to win the second ball to head home for a 2-1 scoreline - the fourth goal in five days that Yeovil have conceded from set pieces.

Inevitably that was the time to introduce Otis Khan, and to lose the diamond formation, with Khan and Jordan Green lining up on opposite flanks. In the closing stages former Grimsby winger Rhys Browne came on to take the right wing slot as Green went up front but Yeovil couldn't really create anything of note that would worry the Grimsby defence. The end result was a fair one - but the Glovers do need to sort out what they do on the training ground to defend set pieces, because it is accounting for far too many of the goals they're conceding at present.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Grimsby Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Danny Collins (8 mins, 1-0), Francois Zoko (21 mins, 1-1), Scott Vernon (71 mins, 2-1)

Grimsby Town:
1 James McKeown
2 Ben Davies 6 Danny Collins 5 Nathan Clarke 3 Paul Dixon
27 Siriki Dembele 19 Luke Summerfield 7 James Berrett 25 Martyn Woolford
10 Sam Jones 29 Jamille Matt

Substitutes:
9 JJ Hooper 11 Sam Kelly (82 mins for Siriki Dembele) 14 Karleigh Osborne 17 Harry Cardwell (90 mins for Sam Jones) 20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 21 Scott Vernon (66 mins for Jamille Matt) 30 Ben Killip

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 16. James Bailey (Capt)
30. Alefe Santos
13. Francois Zoko 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 2. Daniel Alfei 4. Matt Worthington 7. Otis Khan (73 mins for Tom James) 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne (81 mins for Sam Surridge) 15. Jordan Green (68 mins for Alefe Santos)

Grimsby Town Bookings: Sam Jones (foul, 26 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (foul, 40 mins)

Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 7; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire) and Nigel Smith (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: Mark Dwyer (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 3,945 (with 60 Yeovil Town supporters).


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16 September 2017 : Team News For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the one that took to the field against Morecambe on Tuesday at Huish Park. The big surprise is that Otis Khan is dropped to the bench, with Bevis Mugabi coming into the side.

On the bench there is only one other change, with Dan Alfei preferred for Swansea City loanee Keston Davies.

The three first team squad members to miss out today include defender Keston Davies and defender Omar Sowunmi, with the latter now having missed five league games in a row. Olufela Olomola's absence is enforced due to his leg injury.

The team reads as follows, with a 4-1-2-1-2 (midfield diamond) as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 16. James Bailey (Capt)
30. Alefe Santos
13. Francois Zoko 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 2. Daniel Alfei 4. Matt Worthington 7. Otis Khan 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne 15. Jordan Green

Grimsby Town:
1 James McKeown
2 Ben Davies 6 Danny Collins 5 Nathan Clarke 3 Paul Dixon
27 Siriki Dembele 19 Luke Summerfield 7 James Berrett 25 Martyn Woolford
10 Sam Jones 29 Jamille Matt

Substitutes:
9 JJ Hooper 11 Sam Kelly 14 Karleigh Osborne 17 Harry Cardwell 20 Diallang Jaiyesimi 21 Scott Vernon 30 Ben Killip


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16 September 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town played host to Cheltenham Town in a League Two match at Huish Park. There wasn't much to say about the game itself, with the 0-0 draw accurately describing the match - Cheltenham came the closest by hitting the woodwork, whilst it took the Glovers 86 minutes to provide an attempt on goal.

Man of the Match voting saw left-winger Otis Khan, as the man who produced that one shot, pick up some positive vibes, whilst centre-back Nathan Smith also got praise for his performance. The poll winner was a runaway decision, with goalkeeper Artur Krysiak having to produce a number of strong saves throughout the afternoon to keep his side in the game.

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

1. Artur Krysiak 230 (21)
2. Nathan Smith 54 (2)
3. Otis Khan 52 (2)
4. Sid Nelson 36 (1)
5. James Bailey 10 (0)
6. Bevis Mugabi 8 (0)
7. Jordan Green 8 (0)
8. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)
9. Sam Surridge 6 (0)
10. Francois Zoko 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.08
Performance : 3
Entertainment : 3.15
VOTES RECEIVED : 26


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16 September 2017 : Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Two week ago, Yeovil Town travelled to play Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. The end result was a rather frustrating 2-0 defeat, with two Jordan Roberts goals giving the Sussex side a very deserved win, in a match where Yeovil's best spell was the opening ten minutes, with the game fading from them in stages thereafter.

Man of the Match voting saw three attacking players given the nod by those who were present. Striker Francois Zoko finished in third place, whilst substitute Jordan Green polled well despite only being on the pitch for 25 minutes - ten as a striker and fifteen minutes as a right-winger. The poll winner by the tiniest of margins was left winger Otis Khan, who had provided a few bright sparks early on during the game.

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

1. Otis Khan 22 (2)
2. Jordan Green 22 (1)
3. Francois Zoko 18 (0)
4. Sid Nelson 12 (1)
5. Artur Krysiak 10 (1)
6. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)
6. Nathan Smith 2 (0)
6. Rhys Browne 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.4
Performance : 3.6
Entertainment : 3.2
VOTES RECEIVED : 5


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16 September 2017 : Slade Expecting Different Glovers Test After Summer Turnover
Yeovil Town's trip to Grimsby Town this afternoon comes merely nine League Two matches after the last visit to Blundell Park. The two sides met at the tail end of the 2016-17 season, with the Glovers coming out with a 4-2 defeat caused by a sluggish start to that game. Such is the remarkable turnover of players each summer at Huish Park, that it's likely that only four players who started in that fixture will be in the eleven that take to the field in today's game, with just seven out of the eighteen players on the teamsheet still on the club's payroll.

Opposition manager Russell Slade acknowledges that the team his side will face today will look very different to the one they easily saw off in April, so isn't reading too much into that result ahead of the game. He clearly knows Glovers management team Darren Way and Terry Skiverton very well, having managed them both as players, and he had good memories of them from his time as Yeovil Town's manager:

"They're great characters. Darren would give you everything, and Skivo was a very clever, no nonsense centre half as well who had decent feet. They're good types, and I wish them well – but just not today. They've got a lot of new players, the turnover of players in this league is very high and apart from Nathan Smith at the back, I think they've changed the midfield and they've retained Zoko up front so other than maybe three players, I think it's a very different Yeovil side to the one we played at the back end of last season."

Slade's side have also started rather erratically, and currently lie in 15th place in the League Two table - two positions and one point better off than the 17th placed Glovers. There is no obvious pattern to their results, and Slade believes that having only come in at the tail end of last season that he needs time to rebuild his team. He admits that one of the key things is that their home form needs to improve - they've lost two out of their opening three fixtures at Blundell Park:

"I think it's imperative that you're strong at home so we want it to be unpleasant and we want it to be a fortress. We haven't achieved that yet but there's momentum to be gained from what we're doing and let's hope we can get the result we want on Saturday and that'll be three wins in four. That inconsistency is a little bit of a concern, but by the same token there’s lots of new partnerships in the side. It has been a process with a lot of new players coming in, some coming in late as well, so for all that chemistry to gel does take a little bit of time, and I don’t think I am a quick fix manager. When I was last at the football club, it was a rebuilding job in that first season for me, and then we built on that and were a massive force in that second season. I think we can still be a force (this season) – we’ve got the nucleus of a strong group together."

For all of the information on this afternoon's game, head to any of the earlier articles listed below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Grimsby Town.

Link: Officials For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

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


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15 September 2017 : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town : EFL Trophy Man Of The Match Result
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town travelled down to Devon, where they faced Exeter City in an EFL Trophy Group Stage match. The end result was a 3-1 victory gained through three second half goals, as Sam Surridge, Rhys Browne and Otis Khan did the damage, in a Glovers side that had been switched around a bit for the cup game.

Man of the Match voting saw Rhys Browne impress after he came on as a replacement for the injured Olufela Olomola, whilst Jordan Green picked up votes following his role as a right-winger, with him pushing further forward after that same change. The poll winner though was Otis Khan, who scored the third and final goal of the evening from an ultra-narrow angle.

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

1. Otis Khan 36 (3)
2. Jordan Green 26 (2)
3. Rhys Browne 18 (0)
4. Nathan Smith 14 (1)
5. Jake Gray 14 (0)
6. Sam Surridge 10 (1)
6. James Bailey 10 (1)
8. Artur Krysiak 10 (0)
9. Alefe Santos 2 (0)
9. Tom James 2 (0)
9. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.5
Performance : 7.5
Entertainment : 7.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 8


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15 September 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Grimsby Town Game
As part of the build-up to the match against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on away day preparation, coming up against old boss Russell Slade and of the fitness of Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola. Read the interview via the link below.

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


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15 September 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Grimsby Town
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make a lengthy trip to play Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. Having not gone there in 11 years, we're now travelling up twice in five months. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and where to have a pint. Read that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Grimsby Town.

Link: Officials For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

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



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15 September 2017 : Officials For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Grimsby Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Blundell Park on Saturday 16th September 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

We've had Mr Horwood eight 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'.

He headed down to Huish Park 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. There was another 0-3 home defeat during the early part of the 2016-7 season, with the September 2016 League Two match against Blackpool on the messy side from our point of view. We had one gripe with him during the match. We'd been a bit lucky that Brad Potts didn't get a penalty when he was tackled inside the box by Matt Butcher. When the referee decided not to take any action a minute later when a Pools defender tried to take Tahvon Campbell's shirt home with him, it was comical that it was not given, and reeked of an official trying to balance out his own error.

Our two most recent meetings with him were both in April 2017 as we had him twice in quick succession. The first of these was the 3-1 defeat against Portsmouth at Fratton Park. He managed to come out of the match without raising a single yellow card, although did have one major decision to make. He gave Portsmouth their opening penalty, but it was one that even green'n'white supporters would have nodded along with, as Bevis Mugabi miscontrolled a ball inside his own box, with the end result being a fairly obvious foul on Gary Roberts, which Gareth Evans dispatched. We don't recall too much else that was contentious - most seemed to come down to Pompey's superiority on the day, and the Glovers making one too many formation changes that seemed to upset things a bit at times. He then turned up at Huish Park for the 1-1 draw against Stevenage - as the final home game of the season it was a bit of an end-of-season affair, and that matched his performance, with no bookings again and no obviously dodgy decisions.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire) and Nigel Smith (Derbyshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Dwyer (West Yorkshire).

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

Link: Jan 2009 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: 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.

Link: September 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 3.

Link: April 2017 : Portsmouth 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2017 : Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 1.


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14 September 2017 : Way Issues 'Good News' Over Olomola Injury
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has remained coy on the exact status of Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola, but suggests that it won't be too long before fans see him back in a Glovers shirt. The 20 year old is the only known injury doubt for Yeovil Town's trip to Grimsby Town, which will see the Glovers travel up tomorrow and take in West Bromwich Albion's training ground to stretch their legs on Friday on the way to Lincolnshire.

The obvious question is whether Olufela will be on the team bus for this weekend. On Tuesday, Way indicated that he was waiting for a surgeon's report on the striker's leg injury, which was caused by a bad tackle during the club's EFL Trophy Group match against Exeter City. The Glovers boss didn't tell BBC Somerset what the outcome was, but strongly suggested it was a positive outcome:

"It's good news - that's all I can say. It's very very good news. So we'll wait and see."

Saturday's opponents Grimsby have got four injury concerns ahead of the game at Blundell Park. Midfielder Jamey Osborne (knee) and striker Akwasi Asante (groin) are definitely out for Russell Slade's side. They also have significant doubts over midfielder Mitch Rose who was substituted at half time against Accrington Stanley, with Luke Summerfield the obvious replacement if he does not recover. They are hopeful that captain Nathan Clarke will be fit for this weekend, even though he suffered a knee injury in the same fixture, which Grimsby came home from with a 2-1 victory.


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14 September 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Morecambe Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Morecambe kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why he made four changes, the injury status of Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola and the effect he believed the weather conditions would have on the game. Read the interview in full via the link below.

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


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14 September 2017 : Three New Glovers Trust Board Members Join For The 2017-18 Season
The Glovers Trust have announced the addition of three new appointments to the Trust board for the 2017-18 season. On completion of the nomination process, they have brought Ryan Blatchford, Rod Jones and Dean Mountain in as Board members. They will join Brendon Owen, Simon Brimble, Stuart Burrell and Andrew Richardson who all served on the Board last season.

The constitution of the Trust allows for up to ten Board members to be elected. As there were only three nominations on this occasion, the election process becomes unnecessary as there remains an excess of Board positions. They therefore become automatically elected. Of the three new Board members, Rod had already been working with the 2016-17 Board as a co-opted member, but now takes his position on a formal basis, whilst Dean had been acting as Trust Secretary. Ryan comes in as an existing member, and a fresh face for the Board. A Trust statement says:

"As there were more places on the Board available than nominations received there is no need for an election to decide who will join the Board following the AGM in October. We are naturally disappointed that the full democratic process of electing new members to the Board via voting has not been possible. Healthy competition for places is always a more preferable outcome but the Trust will continue to grow and we are confident that the three new Board members will help to make the Trust stronger."

Ahead of their 2017 AGM, the Glovers Trust plan to discuss their direction for the 2017-18 season. As always, the direction is shaped by its members and so they want to hear from supporters as to what their key topics for the twelve month period should be. The Trust add:

"The new members will shortly be integrated with the existing Board members and we will collectively discuss the plans and approach for the coming year. As always feedback from Trust members is invaluable so please communicate with your Board via Twitter, Facebook, email or face to face in the Marquee and The Arrow on home match days."

With Dean Mountain now moving into a dedicated Board position, the Trust now have a vacancy for a new Secretary – if you wish to volunteer for this role or would like more details then please contact the Trust via communications@glovers-trust.co.uk - use this email for any other points you wish to make.

The Glovers Trust were due to meet yesterday with Supporters Director David Mills to request an update on progress from their last meeting with the club. The plan is to release further detail on the outcome of that meeting in due course.


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14 September 2017 : Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Newport County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 7th October at Rodney Parade with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following rates:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s: £16.00; Aged 16-21 and Students: £14.00; Under-16s: £8.00; Under-12s: £6.00; Under-6s: FREE.

Students must hold a valid NUS Card or equivalent date-recorded/photographic proof of education. The offer for the Under-6s is only valid when accompanied by a paying Adult or Senior - although we doubt too many five year olds travel to Newport on their own!

Tickets are for the Bisley Stand which is side-facing facilities shared with home fans. As per last season it doesn't look like they'll be opening the facilities behind the goal for us.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the above rates according to their age. Wheelchair disabled supporters must liaise directly with Newport - call them on 01633 674963 or email supporterservices@newport-county.co.uk. Personal assistants can be admitted free of charge if you are on the Middle or Higher Rate of Disabled Living Allowance.


Link: Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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13 September 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Morecambe Home Game
Following Tuesday night's home match against Morecambe at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on his side's two goal slip, the overall game, and another record low crowd at Huish Park for a Football League fixture. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 September 2017 : Glovers Waiting On Surgeon's Report For Olomola's Injury
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given an update on the ongoing injury to Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola, who has been struggling for fitness during the preceding three matches. The striker was left out of the squad against Morecambe last night, due to a leg injury that was sustained in the EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Exeter City just over two weeks ago.

Olomola had to be substituted in that match, having hobbled about for five minutes after being the victim of a foul by Exeter's Troy Archibald-Henville. He made a surprise return in the following Saturday's game at Crawley Town but had to be substituted midway through the second half, whilst for Saturday's match against Cheltenham Town he received a second knock in the same area and also had to come off, lasting only 45 minutes.

As such, Olufela was left out entirely from Tuesday night's home match, and Way said that his injury has been referred to a surgeon, with them currently awaiting the output of a report on his injury. Speaking to BBC Somerset before Tuesday's match, Way admitted he wasn't sure if the problem was just bruising, or whether the surgeon's report might uncover something more substantial:

"You could see that he took a heavy knock (on Saturday against Cheltenham). It was like Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan last year. With the quality that he's got, he's going to be a target. He's been hit on two occasions now. The one at Exeter was close to being a broken leg, and then we had the one on Saturday. So we've got to see the extent of the injury. We're still waiting to have his medical assessment from a surgeon, as far as what the swelling is. But hopefully fingers crossed it's a little bit of swelling and it will go down and he'll be back for Saturday."


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13 September 2017 : Darren Way Unhappy At Concentration Levels For Set Pieces Last Night
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt his side had switched off from two set pieces last night, after they surrendered a two goal lead against Morecambe at Huish Park. Having gained the advantage through Francois Zoko and Sam Surridge, it was former left-back Michael Rose who provided the two set pieces that got his side back into the match for a 2-2 draw - the first a long throw that was flicked on at the near post, followed by a corner that bounced through the penalty area before being converted.

The Glovers know plenty about Rose from his time spent at Huish Park between 2004 and 2006 and so shouldn't have found this much of a surprise. However, speaking after the game, Way felt that his team should have shown better concentration levels from the set pieces that his former teammate delivered throughout the game:

"We're very disappointed not to pick up maximum points. Also with the work that we've put in from set plays, with the conditions, the weather played a massive part tonight. we knew that, but with concentration levels, we have to make sure that we do better than that. I think one or two players switched off. It's not that they cut us open through general play, but as for the long throws and long free-kicks, we knew we had to deal with that and on two occasions there we didn't and that's what's disappointing after being 2-0 up. We have to make sure we all share responsibility and defending set plays you have to be very strong."

Way also cited the overall match conditions, with the game being played in a strong end to end wind. With Yeovil only one goal up at half time, the danger was that Morecambe might capitalise with the wind at their backs during the second period, and the Glovers boss felt the conditions didn't help:

"I was pleased in the first half by the way that we moved the ball around. But I knew the game was going to be different tonight with the conditions. If it was a night that was not wet and not windy, I think we would have had a little bit more of an entertaining game. But you have to make sure that you play the conditions. We're disappointed - very very disappointed - that we didn't pick up maximum points tonight."


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13 September 2017 : Video : Goals From Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
For those who want to see the goals from yesterday's 2-2 draw against Morecambe at Huish Park, these are now available online. The Sky Sports website gives just under a minute's worth of footage - so only the four goals scored - to the Tuesday night fixture, meaning you can see how Francois Zoko and AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge got their goals, as well as what went wrong after that. View the clip via the link below.

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


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12 September 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-2 draw against Morecambe at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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12 September 2017 : Morecambe Crowd Sees Huish Park League Record Crashing To A New Low
Yeovil Town's attendance against Morecambe tonight set a new club record - for the second time this season. The August 12th record Football League low crowd against Accrington Stanley of 2,464 lasted precisely one month before it was broken on a second occasion. Tonight for the League Two home game against Morecambe, only 2,205 supporters were registered at Huish Park for the 2-2 draw that left the Glovers in 17th place in the table.

The new 'record' now means that the club's lowest three Football League crowds have all been set within the 2017-18 season, and from three of the four League Two fixtures played so far. The exception to the rule was the home match against Coventry City, but that crowd of 3,754 was kept well away from the records by the presence of 1,056 travelling Sky Blues fans - there had been only 2,698 home fans in the ground on that day.

Tonight's record low of 2,205 ticked a lot of boxes - a low travelling away support, a Tuesday night fixture immediately after a Saturday fixture, and some dreadful weather conditions. However, it is becoming clear that the overall level of attendances at the ground this season are significantly below anything that has been seen at Huish Park for a long time.

Currently the average gate for the four games played in League Two stands as 2,789. That's the lowest since the 1999-2000 season, and is currently on a par with the 2,779 average gates that the club recorded in the 1996-97 season when the Glovers won the Isthmian League title. Only three Conference seasonal averages between that point 20 years ago and now dipped below that level.

Fifteen Lowest Huish Park Crowds:
12.09.2017 : 2,205 : L2 vs Morecambe
12.08.2017 : 2,464 : L2 vs Accrington Stanley
09.09.2017 : 2,732 : L2 vs Cheltenham Town
10.09.2016 : 2,749 : L2 vs Hartlepool United
28.02.2017 : 2,766 : L2 vs Mansfield Town
03.12.2016 : 2,817 : L2 vs Crawley Town
14.02.2017 : 2,847 : L2 vs Cambridge 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
19.11.2016 : 2,985 : L2 vs Colchester United
18.03.2017 : 2,991 : L2 vs Accrington Stanley
06.10.2012 : 3,002 : L1 vs Colchester United
05.09.2015 : 3,024 : L2 vs Morecambe


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12 September 2017 : Yeovil 2 Morecambe 2 : Two Goal Lead Thrown Away By Glovers
Yeovil Town let slip a two goal lead tonight, as two late Morecambe goals saw their problems of last season rear their ugly head again. All seemed to be going well for the Glovers when Francois Zoko netted his fourth goal of the season, and that was added to midway through the second half as AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge scored his first goal for the Glovers. But a minute later, the home nerves were back again as Adam McGurk pulled a goal back, and for the third season running Kevin Ellison proved a thorn in Yeovil's side by scoring the final goal of the game to end the match with a 2-2 draw, meaning that two points were very much thrown away.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to the line-up that played against Cheltenham on Saturday. One of those was forced with Olufela Olomola ruled out due to his ongoing leg injury - he was replaced by Sam Surridge. Bevis Mugabi was swapped for Tom James, whilst in midfield there was a bit of reshuffling with Jake Gray filling a wide right position in the place of Rhys Browne, whilst Alefe Santos got his first start as Connor Smith dropped out. In the opposition line-up, the familiar face of Michael Rose occupied a defensive midfield position.

The match was played in end-to-end blustery windy conditions that Yeovil had behind their backs in the first half as they attacked the away end of the ground. Their early shots from Otis Khan and Alefe Santos - one over the bar, and one wide of the posts - suggested the pre-match instruction was to shoot on sight and to use the conditions to their advantage. Whilst that was certainly the theme for the opening 15 minutes, things began to dry up a bit after that, with the Morecambe keeper not really being tested.

The visitors, who had begun tentatively, gradually grew into the game, with Kevin Ellison firing wide of the target on the break. Then Artur Krysiak had to save at the feet of Aaron Wildig after Ryan Dickson had lost his footing, allowing the Morecambe man to break through. It was beginning to look as though the Lancashire side were getting on top of the game.

All of that changed, just after Francois Zoko had livened things up at the other end. He was fed by Sam Surridge, and unleashed a shot that came back off the crossbar, with Surridge not really getting enough power on the rebound header to worry Morecambe keeper Barry Roche. But eight minutes before the break, Zoko was alert to spot a defensive howler from Dean Winnard. The centre-back's backpass was far too weak to reach Roche - Zoko pounced and intercepted the ball, rounding the keeper and slotting into an empty net for a 1-0 lead.

That was enough to send Yeovil in at the break with the advantage - the question was whether they would see that as advantage enough to cope with the elements against them. The answer appeared to be yes, when Yeovil started the second period playing sensibly - passing the ball on the deck in a manner that probably would have helped their first half play. They also produced the move of the match 20 minutes into the second period by grabbing their second goal of the night. Jake Gray's right wing run and cross found Sam Surridge in the centre and he slotted home into the far corner for a 2-0 lead.

Unfortunately, that two goal advantage was also the moment things started to unravel. A minute later, a Michael Rose throw-in was flicked on at the near post, and bounced around Yeovil's goal area. It wasn't cleared, and Adam McGurk lashed the ball home for a 2-1 scoreline. It also inevitably put Morecambe's tails up, with Kevin Ellison shooting just over the bar minutes later.

The away side changed their formation to a flat 4-4-2 during the second period to match up Yeovil, and that also seemed to tip the balance of play. They were to equalise with 13 minutes remaining and once again Michael Rose provided the set play that did it. His corner was swung in, and Kevin Ellison nodded the ball home from six yards out for a 2-2 scoreline.

Ellison - who has scored in three consecutive Huish Park visits now - could have won the match when he broke through with five minutes remaining, but his shot went over the bar. A mass of late substitutions for both sides saw each manager try to swing things their way, but the end result for Yeovil was one of frustration, with two points dropped from a two goal cushion. When that is witnessed by the club's record Football League low crowd of just 2,205, that is not the way to win the punters back. It was a brighter performance than Saturday's game against Cheltenham, but it was still the same outcome, as Yeovil struggled again to see off another club below them.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 2.

Scorers: Francois Zoko (1-0, 37 mins), Sam Surridge (2-0, 65 mins), Adam McGurk (2-1, 66 mins), Kevin Ellison (2-2, 77 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 30. Alefe Santos 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington (82 mins for Alefe Santos) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne (88 mins for Jake Gray) 15. Jordan Green (80 mins for Otis Khan)

Morecambe:
1 Barry Roche
2 Aaron McGowan 6 Dean Winnard 5 Steven Old 3 Patrick Brough
21 Elliot Osborne 24 Michael Rose
7 Garry Thompson 15 Aaron Wildig 11 Kevin Ellison
28 Adam McGurk

Substitutes:
4 Alex Kenyon (88 mins for Elliot Osborne) 8 Andrew Fleming 10 Adam Campbell (80 mins for Adam McGurk) 12 Danijel Nizic 17 Mitchell Lund 22 Max Muller 29 Callum Lang (62 mins for Aaron Wildig)

Yeovil Bookings: Artur Krysiak (timewasting, 58 mins)

Morecambe Bookings: Steven Old (foul, 17 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 10.

Morecambe Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Craig Hicks (Surrey). Assistants: John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Attendance: 2,205 (with 38 Morecambe supporters).


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12 September 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Morecambe at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name four changes compared to the one that took to the field against Cheltenham Town on Saturday at Huish Park. The major one is that Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola drops entirely out of the squad, with his leg problem still playing up - he is replaced by AFC Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge.

The other three changes appear to be tactical, with Alefe Santos getting a rare start, in favour of Rhys Browne. Midfielder Jake Gray comes in for Connor Smith, whilst Tom James plays instead of Bevis Mugabi.

With the first team squad standing at 21 available players, that means two players have to miss out. Today these are right-back Daniel Alfei and defender Omar Sowunmi, with both now having missed four league games in a row. Olufela Olomola's absence is enforced.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
30. Alefe Santos 16. James Bailey (Capt) 10. Jake Gray 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne 15. Jordan Green

Morecambe:
1 Barry Roche
2 Aaron McGowan 6 Dean Winnard 5 Steven Old 3 Patrick Brough
21 Elliot Osborne 24 Michael Rose
7 Garry Thompson 15 Aaron Wildig 11 Kevin Ellison
99 Adam McGurk

Substitutes:
4 Alex Kenyon 8 Andrew Fleming 10 Adam Campbell 12 Danijel Nizic 17 Mitchell Lund 22 Max Müller 29 Callum Lang


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12 September 2017 : Yeovil 3 Wimbledon 1 : Comfortable Cup Win For Academy Side
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side gained an impressive 3-1 victory this afternoon over AFC Wimbledon Under-18s. The fixture was the Second Round of the Youth Alliance Cup Southern Section, with the Glovers having had a bye at the First Round stage. In a game played on the Top Pitch at Huish Park, both sides took a while to warm up and get going in an early phase that lacked chances.

The Glovers took the lead 35 minutes into the game when a Jack Rice-Lethaby free kick was played short to Gabriel Rogers. His wasn't great, but it was good enough to create confusion in the Wimbledon defence, as they failed to clear their lines, giving Jeremiah Gyebi a chance to convert from close range.

The home side doubled their lead before the break from the penalty spot. A push in the back on a Yeovil attacker by Wimbledon's No.4 allowed the match referee to make an easy decision. Up stepped Samyan Ismail to put his side 2-0 up at the break from the spot kick. That was a lead the Glovers deserved, with Wimbledon having failed to muster a serious shot on target during the first half.

The second period saw Paul Golubickas and Lewis Dix introduced, with the latter change seeing the home side switch to a 5-3-2. Wimbledon pulled one goal back midway through the second period, after they took advantage of some slack marking from a free kick, with the Londoners getting a free header. But substitute Golubickas produced an excellent through ball two minutes later, finding Nestor Sako who fired home into the bottom right hand corner to score his second goal in three games. To add to Wimbledon's poor day, they had a player sent off after the full time whistle, as they watched their opponents celebrate getting into the Third Round.

Final Score : Yeovil Town Under-18s 3 AFC Wimbledon 1.

Scorers: Jeremiah Gyebi (1-0), Samyan Ismail (2-0), Wimbledon Scorer (2-1), Nestor Sako (3-1)

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Tommy Scott, Charlie Fripp, Brad Cherrett, Jeremiah Gyebi, Joe Tomlinson, Nestor Sako, Jack Hilton-Jones, Samyan Ismail, Jack Rice-Lethaby, Gabriel Rogers, Neville Nzembela.

Substitutes Used: Paul Golubickas (for Neville Nzembela), Lewis Dix (for Gabriel Rogers), Alex John (for Jack Rice-Lethaby)


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12 September 2017 : Academy Side Suffer Forest Green Defeat
Saturday saw Yeovil Town Under-18s go down to defeat against Forest Green Rovers in a Youth Alliance fixture over the weekend just gone. In a match played in Cirencester, the Gloucestershire side asserted their authority with a goal in each half that gave them a two goal cushion.

The first came early on during the opening period when Jordan Stevens fired home from the edge of the box. They could have been further ahead, having struck the woodwork twice during the match, but doubled their lead during a spell of Yeovil pressure in the second half - catching the Glovers on the counter-attack, with Jordan Stevens getting his second of the morning.

Yeovil managed to pull a late goal back when Jack Rice-Lethaby fired home from a narrow angle, but with little time remaining they couldn't force the draw.

Final Score: Forest Green Rovers Under-18s 2 Yeovil Town Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Jordan Stevens (1-0), Jordan Stevens (2-0), Jack Rice-Lethaby (2-1).


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12 September 2017 : Krysiak Finding New Coaching Techniques To Be An Intense Experience
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak has said that the arrival of new goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips has made for an 'intense' experience as he's had to adjust to some of the techniques the new man uses. The former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers keeper replaced Sam Shulberg at the club last week, with his arrival currently badged as an 'interim appointment'.

That has led to Krysiak being involved in double training sessions during last week. Although it could be argued that is currently paying off given that the Pole picked up the Sponsors Man of the Match award following the 0-0 draw against Cheltenham Town on Saturday, as the Glovers were forced to adopt a significantly rearguard approach at Huish Park. Krysiak told BBC Somerset that he certainly welcomed the opportunity to be coached by someone who had made that many appearances, but admitted that it had been hard work:

"It's been intense. If I was to say eight out of ten, where ten is really difficult, then I would say that it is eight. But I would say that's a good thing because if you are mentally strong on the training ground then you can easily do 90 minutes, and still be mentally strong. Personally, his experience is amazing. Just coming in and explaining things, and how you can make some of the saves. He's just worked on some of the technique. Having someone like Steve, who has over 600 appearances is amazing. You can learn everything from him. To have someone like this will be vital."

Krysiak's season so far has been a rather up'n'down affair. Having conceded eight goals at Luton Town on the opening day of the season, he had a definite day to forget at Forest Green Rovers as two clear keeper errors contributed to the final two goals in the 4-3 defeat. However, he said he was pleased that manager Darren Way had not taken him out of the side after that game:

"The manager was really helpful. He understood that I'd had a really difficult pre-season, because of the injury. We had a chat, and he believed in me, and he explained that to me even after the mistakes. It is good to have someone who believes in you and will still play you every week."

Krysiak's main competition for his place is Jonny Maddison, who has yet to make a competitive appearance this season. Overall, Krysiak feels that having a fully fit squad of 21 players at present is helping the team keep their standards high, and suggests that despite their current 18th place that the club can still achieve something 'amazing' this season:

"If there was a lack of competition, then Yeovil's standards would have dropped. I think we've got a really good squad and a really hungry squad to win games, and it's amazing that this squad can produce something amazing this year. We just need to believe in ourselves and our performances and we will be fine."


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12 September 2017 : New Five Year Broadcasting Deal For Football League
The Football League have reached a new UK broadcasting agreement with Sky Sports that will run from the 2019-20 season. The current deal was due to run out at the end of next season, with the League having put the deal out to tender to all parties. However, Sky will be keeping the rights with a five year deal.

The League have stated that the new deal is worth £600 million across the five year period, with that representing a 36 percent increase per season when compared to current arrangements. This will cover the main Football League season, the Play-Offs, the League Cup and the EFL Trophy until May 2024. The detail behind the new arrangements will include a maximum of 150 live Football League matches including:

· 16 Championship games on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings;
· A minimum of 20 League One and League Two matches;
· The 15 Play-Off matches including all three Finals;
· 15 matches from the League Cup including the Final;
· The Semi-Final and Final of the EFL Trophy.

The League will also be allowing clubs the opportunity to provide live streaming of matches online to residents in UK and Ireland provided it takes place outside Saturday afternoons and where the game is not live on Sky Sports. This will typically be done via the current club subscription services, which are badged as iFollow on most websites - but users will have to pay a significant premium for a season pass. This has been made available to overseas supporters for this season, and involves a single camera at Yeovil's level. They will also be adding in live EFL Trophy streaming, which currently isn't available. Sky Sports will also have the option of doing the same for live Championship fixtures, via interactive and digital services - they have indicated that they plan to do so for all midweek fixtures at second tier level.

Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has said that the new deal brings 'long term financial certainty' to the League's 72 member clubs:

"In agreeing a deal over five seasons, it delivers a guaranteed increase in the level of income distributed to EFL Clubs from 2019/20 and long-term financial certainty was an absolute priority throughout this process. It is a partnership that as well as having mutual tangible benefits, allows the EFL to maximise reach and exposure for its competitions, alongside providing further opportunities for Clubs to generate additional incremental revenues through iFollow. The new opportunity for EFL Clubs to live-stream their matches through a direct to consumer service in the UK is a revolutionary and exciting step forward for football broadcasting rights in the UK and we will monitor its progress closely to determine how this model can be considered for future EFL rights cycles."


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12 September 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Morecambe
Officials for the League Two fixture between Yeovil Town and Morecambe have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 12th September 2017 at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Craig Hicks (Surrey).

He is a brand new referee at Football League level, having been promoted in the summer of 2017. He began refereeing in Surrey local games in 2001, before progressing up through the ranks. He was given the 2016 Surrey County Cup Final between Merstham and Godalming Town, and then a year later he bowed out on his National League duties by taking charge of a 2017 Play-Off Semi-Final between Aldershot and Tranmere Rovers.

So far he's been given four League Two matches and two EFL Trophy Group games. His 16 yellow cards and zero red cards across six matches is modest so far. His last match was Cheltenham Town's home game against Stevenage, which saw four players cautioned.

Mr Hicks will be assisted by John Flynn (Oxfordshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Derrien (Dorset).


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11 September 2017 : Cheltenham Supporters Trust Raises Concerns About Drum Drama
Cheltenham Town's Supporters Trust have said that they have lodged a complaint with Yeovil Town following an incident during the match at Huish Park on Saturday. The situation appears to have stemmed from visiting supporters who brought a drum into the away section of the Screwfix Stand for the League Two fixture.

Around 15-20 minutes into the match, which ended 0-0, there appeared to be an altercation between Cheltenham supporters and a couple of the club's stewards regarding the use of the drum. This was confiscated, and in the aftermath reports from Robins fans suggest that two of their group were ejected from the stadium.

Supporters who were present in the away section at the ground have said that they did seek advance permission from Yeovil Town to take the drum into the ground, and that they were granted this. In addition, the drum was allowed through the turnstiles. The problem appears to have materialised when their fans began to use it, at which point stewards received a complaint, presumably from a home supporter also in the Screwfix stand. At that point, they were told to stop using it.

Cheltenham have complained about the inconsistency of the decision made by Yeovil Town, as well as alleging that the conduct of at least one steward was antagonistic. They have captured a video where it is claimed a gesture is made by a steward to their supporters. As a result, the Robins Trust and Cheltenham Town have raised 'concerns' with Yeovil Town and have asked for more detail about the incident. The Robins Trust state:

"We have spoken to everyone involved in the incident at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon and shared our concerns with the club earlier. The club and the Trust have been in touch with Yeovil to share our concerns, and we will update everyone when we receive a response."


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11 September 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Figuring It Out - One In Five Fans Ditch Season Tickets
On Saturday, Yeovil Town finally released their Season Ticket sales figures for the 2017-18 season. This prolonged episode had been the subject of much debate amongst Glovers fans, and our suspicions were confirmed with the release of the figures - a heavy drop and the lowest the club had recorded since entering the Football League. The latest Taff's Gloversblog analyses the figure, the way the club handled the issue, and some thoughts on why it may have materialise in that way. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own thoughts to the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Figuring It Out - One In Five Fans Ditch Season Tickets.


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11 September 2017 : Darren Way 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 gives his views on the inclusion of AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Worthington and what he thinks he can bring to the side, the fitness of Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola and midfielder Connor Smith and the issues of facing a Gary Johnson led side. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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10 September 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cheltenham Town Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Cheltenham Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on both the defensive and attacking side of his team's game. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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9 September 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town Match Highlights
All credit to Sky Sports - they've managed to find some match highlights from Yeovil Town's League Two match against Cheltenham Town. The match finished in a 0-0 draw and you can view a minute-and-a-half of footage, that includes the visitors' key chance that saw Mohamed Eisa hit the post before Danny Wright stuck the rebound wide from six yards out. The footage also includes 100 percent of Yeovil's chances - a Bevis Mugabi flicked header that went well wide, and an Otis Khan shot in the 86th minute that was easily smothered. Watch it all via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports Website : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town Match Highlights.


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9 September 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw 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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9 September 2017 : Darren Way Takes Positives Out Of Team's Resilience After No-Score Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way tried to take the positives out of this afternoon's 0-0 draw against Cheltenham Town today, despite there being little for fans to get excited about. In a match in which the visitors dominated the whole 90 minutes, the Glovers could only count one relatively tame shot on target in the 86th minute to their name, leaving the Robins wondering why their chances hadn't given them a win.

Way told BBC Somerset after the match that he felt that a Yeovil Town side from last season would have lost that match, and so praised his side's resilience during the game. However, he admitted that there was a lack of attacking flow from his team throughout that. Way was happy with his side's defending of that situation:

"I think that if we perhaps look at last year, certainly in the last ten minutes, then a goal would have flown in. So I have to be pleased with how resilient the group was in defending, considering we have conceded a few goals. But we were disappointed to be at home, and yet we didn't really have our attacking flow. I think that's what maybe the supporters were disappointed with, in that we couldn't pick the right pass at the right time. Every time Otis went one-v-one it looked like it got caught under his feet. But having said that, I knew it wasn't going to be an easy game, playing against a team that are bottom of the league that have been chasing us for some time, and that are very hungry to get three points at Yeovil. So I have to take the positives out of it."

Way's side ended the day in 17th place in the League Two table - one place higher than they'd started the day. However, he spoke about taking his side on Tuesday night against Morecambe with an aim of getting into the play-offs - something that is just about mathematically possible, but with an inferior goal difference, and a full fixture list is probably unlikely. He drew attention to the point that he had twelve new players in his first team squad, and said they were still trying to understand how they needed to play:

"We've got twelve new players and they're getting to know me and I'm getting to know them. Sometimes they are having an indifferent performance but it's not through (lack of) trying, because I do trust and believe in this group. Football has got an amazing story really, because when you look at the first game at Luton, the group have grown stronger together. I don't know how many points Luton are on now, but we go into this Morecambe game now, trying to get three points and looking to get into the play-offs. So I'm a positive manager, and I do trust and believe in my players. As I've said, I share responsibility on a loss, and I also share responsibility when we win."


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9 September 2017 : Yeovil 0 Cheltenham 0 : Shot-Shy Glovers Escape With A Point
Yeovil Town gained their first goalless draw of the season this afternoon, but had the width of a goalpost and some impressive shot-stopping to thank for that. Visitors Cheltenham Town had the lion's share of the chances throughout the 90 minutes, with it taking 86 minutes for the Glovers to record their one and only shot on target. At the other end, Mohamed Eisa struck the foot of the post, with Danny Wright somehow missing an open goal on the rebound. With Artur Krysiak making enough saves to take the Sponsors Man of the Match, the Glovers were fortunate to come away with the 0-0 draw that they got.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting line-up for the third match running, with the only change being the inclusion of Matt Worthington on the bench, in favour of Alefe Santos, with Omar Sowunmi and Daniel Alfei once again missing out. In the opposition dugout there was of course Gary Johnson, whilst his starting eleven included goalkeeper Scott Flinders and right-sided midfielder Kevin Dawson who were back at their old clubs.

The first half was one sided to an extreme, with not a single Yeovil Town attack or shot of any note. At the other end, Cheltenham really only had one key attacking sequence although that should have put them ahead. Early on, a Danny Wright header went wide, whilst Mohamed Eisa found his run on goal blocked by a superbly timed tackle by Ryan Dickson - it needed to be given that it was inside his own box. Then came the visitors killer chance - Eisa fired off a shot against the goal post, and when the ball came out, Wright was six yards out with Artur Krysiak out of position due to the original attempt. Somehow Wright missed it - a real let-off for the Glovers.

That miss may have explained why Danny Wright was substituted midway through the half, with the player showing significant frustration by striking the players dugout fiercely as he left the field. Cheltenham also felt that Sid Nelson should have been off the field - his pull-back on Mohamed Eisa brought him an obvious yellow card but with the Cheltenham striker running towards goal, the visitors surrounded referee Dean Whitestone, convinced it should have been another colour. Towards the end of the half, Jordan Cranston forced Artur Krysiak to push a shot over the crossbar meaning it stayed goalless when it probably shouldn't have been.

A half time substitution that saw Olufela Olomola brought off suggests he is still struggling for fitness after his recent leg injury. He was directly replaced by Jordan Green up front, but the former Bournemouth player only got seven minutes in that position before the withdrawal of Rhys Browne for Sam Surridge meant that Green spent most of the half as a right winger. It didn't really change the pattern of the game, with Cheltenham still well on top.

Artur Krysiak was pulling off a number of significant saves, with a Jaanai Gordon shot being turned around for a corner, and the same result happened ten minutes later after Mohamed Eisa set up Gordon again. Then from the resultant corner Eisa put a shot narrowly wide. For the Glovers, they only managed two shots all afternoon - a fairly tame Bevis Mugabi header from an Otis Khan cross that saw the defender put the ball comfortably wide, and then finally in the 86th minute a Khan shot from 25 yards out gave Scott Flinders his only bit of exercise during the whole afternoon - a comfortable save, greeted by some deliberately over-the-top cheering from the Huish Park crowd, who had struggled to get themselves worked up for any form of entertainment from their home side all afternoon.

Cheltenham faded a bit in the final ten minutes, although they could have still snatched a 93rd minute winner, as substitute Freddy Hinds broke through on goal, but Artur Krysiak narrowed the angle and the Bristol City loanee struck into the side netting. It gave the Glovers a point, and a point was the most they could have ever hoped for, in a poor quality game with almost no attacking intent from the home side.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Cheltenham Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray (75 mins for Connor Smith) 14. Sam Surridge (52 mins for Rhys Browne) 15. Jordan Green (46 mins for Olufela Olomola) 23. Tom James

Cheltenham Town:
24 Scott Flinders
11 Carl Winchester 28 Taylor Moore 2 Jamie Grimes 3 Jordan Cranston
8 Kevin Dawson 4 Kyle Storer (Capt) 25 Joe Morrell 7 Harry Pell
9 Daniel Wright 20 Mohamed Eisa

Substitutes:
1 Jonathan Flatt 14 Daniel O'Shaughnessy 15 William Boyle 17 Jerell Sellars (70 mins for Joe Morrell) 18 Matt Bower 26 Jaanai Gordon (23 mins for Daniel Wright) 27 Freddy Hinds (61 mins for Mohamed Eisa)

Yeovil Bookings: Sid Nelson (foul, 36 mins)

Cheltenham Town Bookings: Jordan Cranston (foul, 78 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 2; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 17.

Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Craig Taylor (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Marc Whaley (Devon).

Attendance: 2,732 (with 220 Cheltenham Town supporters).


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9 September 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged side compared to the one that took to the field against Crawley Town last weekend at the Broadfield Stadium. There is only one change to the bench, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Worthington getting onto the bench for the first time.

With the first team squad standing at 21 available players, that means three players have to miss out. Today these are midfielder Alefe Santos, left-back Daniel Alfei and defender Omar Sowunmi, with the latter pair having now missed three league games in a row.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 15. Jordan Green 23. Tom James

Cheltenham Town:
24 Scott Flinders
11 Carl Winchester 28 Taylor Moore 2 Jamie Grimes 3 Jordan Cranston
8 Kevin Dawson 4 Kyle Storer (Capt) 25 Joe Morrell 7 Harry Pell
9 Daniel Wright 20 Mohamed Eisa

Substitutes:
1 Jonathan Flatt 14 Daniel O'Shaughnessy 15 William Boyle 17 Jerell Sellars 18 Matt Bower 26 Jaanai Gordon 27 Freddy Hinds


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9 September 2017 : 2017-18 Season Ticket Holder Figures Published
Yeovil Town's 2017-18 Season Ticket sales have finally been announced. The club have confirmed that they sold a total of 1,534 tickets to supporters in the run-up to their third season in a row in fourth tier football.

Based on unofficial sales figures from the 2016-17 season of 1,950, the figure announced would represent a drop in Season Ticket Holders of around 416 spectators, which will go a long way towards explaining the club's record low attendance for the opening home match of the 2017-18 season, when just 2,464 fans turned up for their match against Accrington Stanley.

It's worth noting that the 1,534 figure for this season is approaching half that sold for the 2014-15 season, which recorded an official figure of 2,749 sales. A total of 44.2 percent of fans from that season have decided not to commit to a season ticket. The average gate for that 2014-15 season was 4,346 but despite having a high profile match against Coventry City on the August Bank Holiday weekend, the early two fixtures have set a current average of 3,109 - we will see in due course how that overall average attendance progresses.

This site has compiled a complete set of Season Ticket Sales information for each season the club has been in the Football League, of which the vast majority have been derived from club supplied or publicised figures. These are shown below.

Yeovil Town Season Ticket Sales Statistics:
2003-04 Season : 3,000
2004-05 Season : 3,220
2005-06 Season : 3,600
2006-07 Season : 2,800
2007-08 Season : 2,900
2008-09 Season : 2,260
2009-10 Season : 2,100
2010-11 Season : 2,100
2011-12 Season : 2,014
2012-13 Season : 1,975
2013-14 Season : 2,767
2014-15 Season : 2,749
2015-16 Season : 2,296
2016-17 Season : 1,950
2017-18 Season : 1,534

NOTE: The 2009-10 and 2010-11 figures were slight estimates, as the club announced for each season when they passed through the 2,000 barrier but did not provide a final figure - we've assumed an uplift based on the 2,000 announcement being made just prior to the early bird sales deadline on both occasions. The 2016-17 season is an unofficial figure, but one cited by two separate club sources. All other figures are directly taken from club or Football League supplied information.

Link: Yeovil Town Average Attendances Since 1979.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Season Ticket Holder Trends At Yeovil Town.


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9 September 2017 : Johnson Gives Way The Silent Treatment
Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson has admitted that he hasn't spoken to Darren Way in the last few weeks. The problem is of course not one of two managers falling out, but the problem of what they actually talk about. With Way having been a player under Johnson during his first spell between 2001 and 2005, and then having become first team coach during his second spell between 2012 and 2015, the pair know each other acutely, which means that when Yeovil meet Cheltenham at Huish Park today, any tactical battle will be fought knowing that one probably has the other sussed out even before they've made the change.

That said, Johnson has told the Gloucestershire Echo that he has largely put a hold on communication with Way, on the basis that their caution in revealing too much about their plans would have degenerated into just talking about what food they had been eating. He felt it would be better if they didn't talk until after the game:

"We haven't spoken recently, not because we are not very close, but because we are rivals this weekend. You don't want to be talking about what we are having for breakfast or other small talk. Darren is one for sure, and he won’t mind me saying this, who will always be trying to work out what you are trying to get out of him, especially in the lead up to the game. He’ll have done his homework, we'll have done ours and it'll be a passionate affair I am sure."

Johnson's Cheltenham side currently lie in 24th place in the League Two table, although that is a deceptive one given that they can climb above the 18th place Glovers if they were to win today. However, the early start for the Robins has brought into question what sort of a season they're likely to have. Johnson has tried to take the pressure off his players, by making it clear where the responsibility for the poor start to the season lies within his club:

"As the manager I take responsibility for every dodgy result, every dodgy performance, everything that goes on at the club which is not quite right because you can affect it and change it. Any responsibility is always the manager's. A manager is there to be shot at and people keep talking about not taking responsibility, but I think I do that enough. I am working very hard to get it right for the majority of supporters who have stayed behind us. Eventually the team will settle down when players become more consistency, but their inconsistency is my fault."


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9 September 2017 : Glovers Trust Information For The Cheltenham Town Game
The Glovers Trust will be present in the Supporters Marquee today, to allow fans a chance to meet Board members and to discuss any topics they wish to bring up. Membership renewals for the 2017-18 season are still ongoing as they head closer to their AGM date, whilst this week the club have announced a number of changes to their catering facilities - the Trust would like feedback on whether these are the right changes, and how well those are working.

Their plans for the day are as follows, although feel free to bring up your own topics for discussion as you spot them:

Match: Cheltenham Town (Home)

Trust Presence: Supporters Marquee - approximately 1.00p.m. to 2.30p.m. Due to availability issues, at present they won't be in The Arrow.

Marquee Services: 50/50 draw, membership renewals, pre-ordered membership collections.

Arrow Services: There will still be a 20% discount on pre-match food orders (Trust Members only) even if no Trust board members are present today.

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Recruiting volunteers and catering improvements (both observations and feedback on changes made and suggestions for further improvements).

Other points of note:
The deadline has now passed for members wishing to stand for election to the Trust Board.  Further communications will be made in the next week, with regards to the next steps. Less than six candidates put themselves forward for election, meaning that voting may not be necessary.

Members of the Trust Board are meeting with David Mills next Wednesday (13th September), primarily to understand the finer details of the Catering proposals and current progress with improvements that were suggested in meetings earlier this year. 


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8 September 2017 : Way's Thoughts On Gary Johnson And His Cheltenham Squad
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given his views on what to expect from a Gary Johnson led Cheltenham Town side when the two managers and two teams meet at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon. Whilst seeing Johnson in an opposition dugout these days is no great surprise - this will be the seventh time that he has pitched a team against the Glovers in a competitive fixture across his management spells with Bristol City and Cheltenham - it usually adds a bit of flavour to a standard League Two fixture.

The two clubs came out with one win a-piece during the 2016-17 season, with home advantage counting on both occasions. The 4-2 victory for Yeovil Town in September 2016 saw one of the club's best performances of last season. However, by the time we reached February 2017, they put in one of their worst, with a 2-0 defeat at Whaddon Road. Way doesn't reveal too much about how he expects Johnson to play, but does expect a 4-4-2 formation that will probably match up his own team's recent line-up:

"We worked together for a number of years, as a player, and certainly as a coach. So I know the way that Gary operates, and he'll know the way that he'll want to come here and play. He plays 4-4-2 quite a lot. The ball goes from back to front with numbers at times. He'll force the ball wide when he can, with crosses in, and normally there's an overload in the box. But we have to make sure we understand that pattern and at the same time apply a big force up against that. We've got to take them the other way when that happens."

Cheltenham Town were one of the busiest teams on or around Transfer Deadline Day, with Gary's son Lee Johnson giving him a helping hand with three loan players from Bristol City being recruited in Freddie Hinds, Taylor Moore and Joe Morrell. They also then brought in former Glovers loanee Scott Flinders as a free agent. All four got on the pitch in their 0-1 defeat against Stevenage last weekend, and Way is expecting a repeat of that:

"Yes, he's a good guy and I've got a lot of respect for him, for someone that's been in the game and has managed the number of games that he has, he deserves a lot of credit. But when Saturday comes, this is Yeovil Town and he'll be managing Cheltenham and we've got to do everything that we can to get our clubs three points. It will be a passionate affair. He has recruited new players. Lee (Johnson) has certainly helped him, and given him three players that made their debuts on Saturday. They are good players, so I presume they will be playing their part. He's got good forwards and he's got a number of forwards so it will be interesting to see who he has as the pairing. Also he's got Kevin Dawson who we had last year."


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8 September 2017 : Mobile Number Set Up To Report Tea Bar and Marquee Issues
Yeovil Town have set up a new mobile number for fans to report any issues with the tea bars and Marquee for forthcoming home matches. Starting with tomorrow's match against Cheltenham Town, fans will be able to text or call if there are issues with the supply or operation of such facilities before or during the game.

Over the course of many years, fans have been persistently complaining over social media, or in meetings with the Football Club that the stock of key items has run out or not been available on a given day. The club have now committed to a target, saying that "unless there is exceptional, unexpected demand, all tea bars should now never run out of products and definitely not before half-time".

If you find that this is not the case, or there are other issues you want to draw peoples attention to, then you can text or call 07517 048274. This number will be monitored by either the club's Stadium Manager or the Supporters Director on matchdays. Note that this number will not be monitored outside matchdays.

The club are also moving the 'Glovers On A Roll' external van so that it is adjacent to the Junior Glovers Family Area - at present we're not certain whether that will be inside or outside the stadium.

There is also a package offer that allows fans to purchase a 6oz burger, chips and a drink for £4.99 for the next two home games. The drink can either be a hot or cold drink from the teabars, or you can use it to get a pint inside the Marquee. You'll need to use a voucher, which we presume will bridge the problem of purchasing from two outlets, given the burger and chips need to be claimed from the vans.

The club have also stated they have looked into the possibility of a Speed Bar inside the Marquee, but say they cannot do this due to 'licencing conditions' - we're not sure what the nature of those would be. They plan to have an extra member of staff on duty behind the bar to alleviate the queuing inside the Marquee.


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8 September 2017 : Dawson Looking Forward To First Huish Park Return Tomorrow
Former Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson will make his first return to Huish Park tomorrow, since leaving the club that established his Football League career across a four-and-a-half year period. The Irishman is now on the books of Cheltenham Town, working under his old Glovers boss Gary Johnson, with both heading to Somerset for a League Two fixture.

Whilst returning to his old club is a common situation for Johnson, who has been back as both Bristol City and Cheltenham Town manager, this will be a new experience for Dawson, who rejected the offer of a new deal with the Glovers at the end of last season. The Dublin born player had arrived in England in January 2013, as a friend of Paddy Madden, having left League of Ireland side Shelbourne at the end of 2012. Six months later he'd become one of Yeovil's Wembley heroes, and a regular in a side playing in the Championship. Dawson recalls that time fondly and says this was the first fixture he looked for when the 2017-18 fixtures were released:

"This was obviously the first one I looked for, after spending a number of years there. We had some good times so naturally it was the first one I looked for. It was a whirlwind few months, as I came over (from Ireland) and played right the way through to the end of the season, and then got promoted. We then got to play in the Championship, so that was quite good! We had a committed group, with maybe not a lot of quality, but we worked hard for each other. Paddy (Madden) scored a lot of goals and we propelled from there and went on an unbelievable run. At the time we felt unbeatable, which can happens with a flick of a button so I am hoping it can happen here this season."

Dawson's new side will arrive at Huish Park currently bottom of the table although in a position such that a win would guarantee they'd leapfrog the 18th placed Glovers. He feels the Robins shouldn't be where they are and says that once he's said hello to old friends and has pulled on a Cheltenham shirt, then he'll be putting all of that to one side:

"Once you cross the line it is business as usual. You look forward to going back, as I still have a lot of good friends there. Hopefully it will be a good reception, but you put that to one side and just get on with the game. To be honest with you, I think we are in a bit of a false position at the moment. But it is up to us to prove that it is false and get some wins racked up and get up that table as quick as we can."


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8 September 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town
Officials for the League Two fixture between Yeovil Town and Cheltenham Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 9th September 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Bedfordshire).

This is an official that we've had a huge number of times over the years, including three from the 2016-17 season. The first was a home match against Newport County in October 2016. This was Graham Westley's first game in charge of the Exiles, and what we got was a fairly typical physical approach from our opponents. Mr Whitestone adopted a stand-off approach, which sometimes frustrated the home crowd, but overall he kept a good lid on the game, with just one booking. A month later, he was present for the November 2016 match at Accrington Stanley that saw us draw 1-1. This was a booking-free game, and in terms of refereeing controversy, an incident-free game. He then turned up for a second Newport County match - the Easter holiday game at Rodney Parade. We thought he did quite well in that game - particularly when there had been a bit of a dust-up between players just before half time between two sets of players. There he decided to calm it down and issue a couple of yellows rather than try to take centre stage.

Prior to those three, he was there for the November 2015 fixture against Gillingham in the Football League Trophy. He had a quiet game on that evening, with just one booking, and the game ended up in a penalty shoot-out which we won. Other recent matches include the September 2014 League One match against Coventry City that saw the Sky Blues having just returned to the Ricoh Arena. There were also two games during the 2013-14 season. He was present for the opening day of the season when we travelled to Millwall. Although we won the game, some of his decision-making was messy, particularly in terms of who he chose to land on the book, but at least he didn't do anything too dramatic. He then turned up for the October 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough where we were too busy grumbling about our ability to defend, than noticing what the referee was doing.

With so many of Mr Whitestone's past matches to wade through, it's worth just highlighting a few of the more prominent meetings we've had with him. During the February 2013 League One match against Scunthorpe United he actually did us a few favours (yes referees do sometimes do this!). His failure to penalise Byron Webster for his first half tackle on Akpo Sodje raised a few eyebrows - it could have been a red card for a professional foul, but he kindly waved play on, and Scunny manager Brian Laws got his marching orders for telling the referee what he thought of the decision at the half time break.

Then in the second half, Callum Kennedy's tackle on Sam Foley inside the box also went in our favour, as Mr Whitestone pointed to the penalty spot. Video replays suggested it was a fair tackle. Brian Laws livid after the match? Unsurprisingly, having had time to view the incidents on the DVD he wasn't too impressed. A rather honest Byron Webster admitted that Laws had a right to be annoyed in his post-match interview. So all in all, a 'good' performance from Mr Whitestone from our point of view, and a 'bad' one if you were an Iron fan.

He was responsible for one of the worst refereeing performances we saw during the 2010-11 season, when we had a November 2010 visit to The Valley that saw Charlton Athletic gain a 3-2 win. Two players got sent off, with Charlton's Christian Dailly and Yeovil's Paul Huntington not finishing the game. Dailly's challenge on Sam Williams didn't look like a red even for those of us wearing green'n'white. The later decision to send off Huntington looked like a referee doing his best to 'correct' his earlier error. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton said after the game that he felt the referee had got it wrong on both counts, and we'd tend to agree. Overall, Mr Whitestone made a pig's ear of the game, summed up by five further bookings across both sides, and not a single one of the yellows involving a foul.

In the August 2008 home match against Leeds United he gave us a penalty decision that was controversial even with green-tinted spectacles on, although it was about time that we had one. However, despite us being particularly grateful for any small gifts that might come our way, the rest of his performance wasn't too clever, clocking up eight bookings in the match, but subsequently bottling several opportunities to produce second yellow cards for a number of Leeds players. Whilst that left us displeased, Leeds were just as miffed, calling Whitestone 'embarrassing'. Probably the one criticism that both camps would agree on was that Whitestone failed to be firm in his early decisions, and thus created a rod for his own back.

We then had the dubious pleasure of Mr Whitestone back on New Year's Day 2008 when he took part in the 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road. Whilst the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Glovers, who were outplayed from start to finish by a Luton side about to be broken up after going into administration, the performance of Whitestone left a nasty taste in the mouth. Card-happy and inclined to be influenced heavily by what the crowd told him to do, he red-carded Paul Warne late on in the game for a trivial second bookable offence when far worse tackles from the home side had gone unpunished. There are few occasions when we'd suggest that a referee wasn't neutral, but it's hard to describe him any other way when he's got that badly sucked into home crowd pressure.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Craig Taylor (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Marc Whaley (Devon).

Link: April 2017 : Newport County 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2016 : Accrington Stanley 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Newport County 0.

Link: November 2015 : Gillingham 1 Yeovil Town 1 (Yeovil won 5-4 on penalties).

Link: September 2014 : Coventry City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2013 : Middlesbrough 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2013 : Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2013 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Scunthorpe United 0.

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: November 2010 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 2.

Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 1.

Link: January 2008 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link:September 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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8 September 2017 : Worthington In Line For Squad Selection For Cheltenham Visit
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has confirmed that AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Worthington will be in line for selection in this weekend's home fixture against Cheltenham Town. The August Deadline Day signing was not considered for selection in last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Crawley Town with him having spent the whole week training at Dean Court with his parent club, mainly prior to his loan move.

The 19 year old is at the club until January 2018 and will now become a regular part of the first team squad on the training ground at Huish Park. Way says that he could field him either as a right-back or as a central midfielder in his team, although implies that those who made 'mistakes' at Crawley may still get a chance to correct them:

"Matt will be in tomorrow (Friday). He's a good player. He plays with steel and determination. He can play at right-back or in centre-midfield. But I think that it's important that when players make mistakes, that you allow them to correct that, because we all share the same responsibility at this football club. I think it's important that when we lose, we all lose together. When we win, we win together."

Last weekend was the first League Two fixture when the Glovers had failed to find the back of the net, having been generally free-scoring in their matches - even if defensively they had been suspect on numerous occasions. Way insists that his team's fire power in the attacking third is still potent, and is hoping for a repeat of the 'balance' in the last home match against Coventry City that saw the club win 2-0 against the Sky Blues:

"The club over a number of years, and certainly in the last four years, have not had a creative force going forward. That's what we have recruited. I think that when you have got ball carriers that can take the ball from one end of the pitch to the other, at pace, with power, I feel that certainly if we get the balance right like we did against Coventry then we are going to score goals."

Worthington's availability should mean that Darren Way has a full squad of twenty-one players to choose from on Saturday. In recent matches, right-back Daniel Alfei and centre-back Omar Sowunmi have been the two to miss out - Way will now need to explicitly choose a third to sit in the stand.


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7 September 2017 : Goalkeeper Coach Changes As Former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers Keeper Arrives
Yeovil Town have said farewell to goalkeeper coach Sam Shulberg, confirming that he has left the club. The former Torquay United academy player has been replaced by former Bristol City and Bristol Rovers keeper Steve Phillips who is described as joining the club on an 'interim' basis.

Schulberg had been part of the Yeovil Town Academy, after being recruited by Geoff Harrop upon his own move from Torquay to Yeovil, and took up a Goalkeeping Coach role for youth keepers. He was promoted to a first team role during the 2015-16 season, when Darren Way took over as first team manager, on the basis that he did not want Chris Weale operating in the dual role that he had undertaken under Paul Sturrock. When Weale left the club, Shulberg took the position on a full time basis - he'd therefore been in that first team role for just over a year-and-a-half.

Phillips is a 39 year old former professional goalkeeper who was born in Bath and had a nine year spell with Bristol City, making over 250 appearances before making a controversial switch across the city to Bristol Rovers. There he spent four years before joining Crewe Alexandra. During his latter years he has been playing in non-league football for Shepton Mallet Town, Nantwich Town, Bath City and Mangotsfield United. He had been Mangotsfield's Caretaker Manager at the time of his appointment at Huish Park, but has now relinquished that position.

Away from his playing time in non-league football, Phillips had a brief spell as a goalkeeping coach for Bristol Rovers Academy, and has been coaching school-age children in the Bristol area. The club haven't indicated under what terms his 'interim' appointment has been made. He will also become Head of Goalkeeping for the club's Academy, where we're told he has already been providing coaching for the Academy keepers during the early part of this season.


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7 September 2017 : Premier League Agree Summer Transfer Window Changes
The Premier League have agreed changes to their Summer Transfer Window system that will begin for the 2018-19 season. They have voted to change the rules so that all incoming transfers must be completed by 5.00p.m. on the Thursday before each season starts. The BBC Sport website has indicated that the vote was not unanimous, but was sufficient for it to be passed for next season, meaning that at least 14 clubs were in favour. This will mean that 5.00p.m. on Thursday 9th August 2018 will be the deadline for clubs wanting to buy players.

Currently, the remainder of the European window will be open until August 31st, meaning that Scottish Premier League, and other mainland European nations operating under UEFA will continue with the normal system. Premier League clubs will still be able to make outgoing transfers to Scottish Premier League, Welsh Premier League, Football League or other mainland Europe clubs until that day.

As far as the Football League are concerned, they will take a separate vote on this - however, the vibes were that they would put forward a vote that would propose to mirror the Premier League rules. There is a meeting due between the League's 72 clubs where this will be voted on. Newspaper reports from individual clubs have tended to anecdotally suggest that clubs are in favour of the change. One of the main flies in the ointment was what the Football League would do in scenarios where the opening weekend of the two Leagues was not the same.

If the Football League were to adopt the same rules as the Premier League, then it would bring an end to all English League domestic transfers on August 9th (assuming this is also the Football League's opening weekend), with sales only able to be made to National League clubs and those further down the pyramid.

The motive behind this rule change is to allow managers to finalise their main squads before the season starts, rather than have to deal with unsettled players being on the edge of leaving their clubs whilst early matches are being played. It would not change the provisions of the January transfer window.


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7 September 2017 : Welsh Invasion Continues As Ladies Bring Two More Over The Bridge
With just 17 days to go until the opening FA Women's Super League One fixture at Huish Park, Yeovil have signed Welsh duo Laura O'Sullivan and Hannah Miles. O'Sullivan, is the number one goalkeeper for her national team and has a good number of senior caps to her name, with appearances against some of the best teams in the world. O'Sullivan said of her decision to sign for the club:

"I've always dreamed of competing at the highest level of the game and to do it with Yeovil and the group of players and staff here is an amazing feeling. What this club has achieved in a short space of time is remarkable and I hope I can continue to help push the club and the girls on, to achieve our aims and aspirations."

Manager Jamie Sherwood, who has now signed for players from Wales in the last 24 hours, in the build-up to the 2017-18 season, said of O'Sullivan's arrival:

"Laura, with her determination to achieve at the highest level, has earned the Welsh number one shirt. I felt it was the right time to invite her to join our club and she hasn't disappointed. Her attitude to training, learning and the additional work we do with our players has been excellent and to the highest of standards. We have an excellent goalkeeper pool at this club and their togetherness and determination to be number one is a great situation for the club."

On putting pen to paper, 19 year old full-back Hannah Miles, who has eight caps for Wales, said:

"I'm delighted to have signed for Yeovil. I'm really looking forward to the challenge ahead and I cant wait to get started with the season."

Sherwood gave his views on the arrival of Miles, saying that he expected her athleticism to make a difference to the side:

"Hannah is another young and hungry player who plays with no fear and has excellent athleticism to attack and has a ruthlessness in defence. These attributes attracted us to her and we are looking forward to developing her along with the rest of the group this coming season."

Both players are available to sponsor. For more information, please email sponsorship@yeoviltownladies.com

New goalkeeper Laura O'Sullivan and full-back Hannah Miles
New goalkeeper Laura O'Sullivan and full-back Hannah Miles



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7 September 2017 : Sodje Brothers Money Laundering Case Starts At The Old Bailey
Former Yeovil Town defender Efe Sodje appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday, as one of several people charged with money laundering. His brother Sam Sodje and two other non-footballers in Emmanuel Ehikhamen and Andrew Oruma are accused of running a banking scam that channelled £80,000 from companies in Colombia, India, Italy and Abu Dhabi. All four deny the charges, whilst a fifth in Akpo Sodje - another member of the Sodje footballing family - is currently living in Dubai and has refused to travel home to be interviewed.

This case has been running for a year now, since four members of the Sodje family were arrested in October 2016, with the quartet appearing at the Old Bailey in December 2016 for the charges to be read out. At that time, the names of Bright Sodje and Stephen Sodje were also on the charge sheet, but they were not part of yesterday's proceedings.

The prosecution claim that the offences took place in November 2013. The BBC report that those accused were not involved in the actual fraud, but that it is claimed that they received money, transferred it on or withdrew it in cash knowing or suspecting it was the proceeds of crime. The money is claimed to have been put into bank accounts belonging to Emmanuel Ehikhamen and Akpo Sodje. The scam allegedly involved victims being sent email-based invoices from suppliers they dealt with, but with the provision of fake bank details to which the money should be sent. Prosecutor Julian Christopher QC has said of the case:

"This case is about international money laundering. In November 2013 a number of companies around the world - in Columbia, India, Italy and Abu Dhabi - were the victims of fraud. They were sent emails which they thought came from their suppliers to whom they owed money, but the emails provided new, false, bank details to which the money should apparently be sent. There were two bank accounts to which these companies were tricked into sending money. One belonged to the first defendant, Emmanuel Ehikhamen, the other to a man named Akpo Sodje, brother of the defendants Efe Sodje and Sam Sodje. The prosecution allege that all four of them and also the defendant Andrew Oruma were involved in an arrangement to facilitate the receiving and onward transmission of money which had been obtained by these frauds, keeping some as financial rewards for their assistance."

Efe Sodje was part of Yeovil Town's 2004-05 League Two title winning squad, whilst Sam was a trialist during the club's 2003-04 season, whilst he was on the books of Margate.

The case is continuing. All four of the accused deny the charges put against them.

Link: Efe Sodje : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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6 September 2017 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Manchester City Ladies
Advance tickets for the opening fixture of Yeovil Town Ladies' 2017-18 FAWSL1 season against Manchester City Ladies are now on sale. The match takes place on Sunday 24th September 2017, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off on the main Huish Park stadium pitch.

Admission prices for the Ladies matches are set in a two-tier manner, in that you will pay more if you purchase on the day, than you will if you buy an advance ticket over the internet. There are also Season Tickets available, which covers FAWSL1 matches (but excludes cup games such as the SSE FA Women's Cup and Continental Cup). Prices are as follows:

Advance Internet Sales:
Adults: £5.00; Child/Concessions: £2.50; Family Ticket: £12.00.

On The Day Cash Sales:
Adults: £7.00; Child/Concessions: £3.00; Family Ticket: £16.00.

Full 2017-18 Season Ticket:
Adults: £40.00; Child/Concessions: £20.00; Family Ticket: £110.00.

Child/Concession tickets apply to children under 16 years, Students, Seniors aged 60 or above, and disabled supporters.

Family tickets are for two adults and two children only.

To purchase your ticket, head to the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : Ticketing Website.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town Ladies Fixture List.


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6 September 2017 : Ticketing : Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games Now On Sale
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's remaining two EFL Trophy Group Stage games are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The matches against Chelsea Under-21s and Plymouth Argyle will take place on Wednesday 25th October and Tuesday 28th November respectively.

Admission prices for the two Huish Park matches, which will be 7.45p.m. kick-offs, are as follows:

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

All normal areas of the ground will be open for these two fixtures. If you are a Season Ticket Holder, the club will hold your usual seat/space until one week before the scheduled fixture date. At this point if you have not purchased your ticket, they will allocate those seats for General Sale.

You can purchase on the night at the same prices. However, the usual caveats about queuing at the Ticket Office apply - allow extra time if you choose that route.

Link: Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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6 September 2017 : Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Chesterfield is now available. The match takes place on Tuesday 26th September 2017 at the Proact Stadium, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Aged 65 and Over: £13.00; Aged 17-20, Students, Armed Forces: £10.00; Aged 16 and Under: £8.00.

Students and Armed Forces (and anyone who is borderline on the above age groups) must bring ID to confirm entitlement.

Ambulant Disabled pay the above rates, according to your age. Chesterfield's policy is to allow an assistant to gain admission free of charge for Wheelchair Disabled supporters. For ambulant disabled supporters, they require proof of entitlement, using the documentation issued by the Department of Works and Pensions showing that the Disabilty Living Allowance is in the Middle or Higher Rate of Care. Note that they will ask you to take a reserved seat as part of their stadium emergency evacuation procedure.

Wheelchair Disabled supporters must book by calling 01246 269 300. This is also the number to contact Chesterfield's Disability Coordinator Karen Wood if you have any queries over facilities or need extra assistance. She can also be emailed at karenwood@chesterfield-fc.co.uk. There is a raised platform within the North Stand that is allocated for away supporters, and this will serve needs in most cases.

Yeovil Town supporters have been allocated the North Stand. This is a covered seated stand behind a goal, that holds up to 2,112 spectators. If it's bad weather, we'd suggest sitting a few rows back, as the first few rows tend to attract the rain, despite the cover.

There are no matchday surcharges for this game. However, note that Chesterfield's ground operates via cashless turnstiles. If you do not buy from Huish Park in advance, you will need to purchase your ticket from a booth that is situated just outside the turnstiles at the North Stand. If lots of away fans turn up at the same time, then expect some queues.

Link: Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Chelsea Under-21s and Plymouth Argyle.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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6 September 2017 : Double Signing For Ladies As World University Games Pair Arrive
Yeovil Town Ladies have made a double signing ahead of their 2017-18 season. Centre midfielder Chloe Lloyd and centre back Gemma Evans have only just recently returned from representing Great Britain at the World University Games, but have been signed up upon their return back to England. Lloyd and Evans had been training with the Yeovil squad, prior to their departure to Taipei, in Asia, where they represented the Great Britain University Female Football Team.

Both Lloyd and Evans are students from the University of South Wales, and bring with them, a hunger and desire for the upcoming season, which starts on 24th September, with a home match against Manchester City Women at Huish Park. Midfielder Chloe Lloyd said of her arrival:

"I'm delighted to have signed for Yeovil Town. The girls have been really welcoming. It's going to be a tough season, but I'm excited to see what it brings."

Both players have been on the radar of manager Jamie Sherwood for some time. Lloyd will boost the midfield area of the pitch and with her passing and vision, along with her calmness in possession, will be a good addition to an already strong central area. Meanwhile Evans will secure up the defence, which will have to be resilient against some of the best forwards in the world and use her game understanding and knowledge to her advantage.

New Ladies signings Chloe Lloyd and Gemma Evans
New Ladies signings Chloe Lloyd and Gemma Evans


Like Lloyd, Evans is also a Wales International. She has competed at the elite levels on the world stage, including playing against the European Champions Netherlands back in July, ahead of their UEFA tournament, which the Dutch eventually went on to win. On signing, she said:

"It feels good to have finally made a decision and to sign for Yeovil Town Ladies. I look forward to the challenges ahead at a great club, with a good bunch of girls."

Both players will be in the squad for this Sunday's pre-season friendly against Oxford United where supporters can see the new squad in action FREE of charge. The match is being staged at the Alvington Training Complex, which is situated behind the Airfield Tavern on Alvington Lane, in Yeovil (BA22 8UX). Kick-off is at 2.00p.m. with the gates opening an hour earlier, and will see the female Glovers take on a FAWSL2 side, thus representing a strong test for both teams. Boss Jamie Sherwood is keen for fans to get to know both new players and adds:

"Chloe and Gemma are two players which will give everything they've got to help this team and club succeed. The recent changes in personnel makes our squad a young, energetic and hungry team, who will support each other and run until they physically can't run any more. I am sure that fans will see this commitment from everyone involved, not least from Chloe and Gemma."

If you'd like to become a player sponsor to either players, please email sponsorship@yeoviltownladies.com


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6 September 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Coventry City : Man Of The Match Result
Just under two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played Coventry City in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The outcome was a 2-0 victory with an opening goal from Rhys Browne being added to by a second half effort by Olufela Olomola that gave them their second home win in a row.

Man of the Match voting saw Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola poll well on the back of that goal, but he was beaten by two defensive minded people. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak had been given the nod by the Match Sponsors at the end of the game, but fans felt that Millwall loanee Sid Nelson was the most deserving of that award.

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

1. Sid Nelson 270 (20)
2. Artur Krysiak 198 (8)
3. Olufela Olomola 172 (10)
4. Rhys Browne 98 (4)
5. Bevis Mugabi 52 (5)
6. Nathan Smith 50 (4)
7. Ryan Dickson 36 (0)
8. Otis Khan 34 (1)
9. Francois Zoko 10 (0)
10. Connor Smith 8 (0)
11. James Bailey 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.94
Performance : 7.92
Entertainment : 7.96
VOTES RECEIVED : 52


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5 September 2017 : Amankwaah Back In West Country With Romans
Former Yeovil Town right-back Kevin Amankwaah has moved back into the West Country, after agreeing a deal with National League South side Bath City. The 35 year old has agreed an unspecified deal with the Romans after a three year spell playing for Sutton United as part of their side that was promoted into the main National League division during the 2015-16 season - a club that he made over 100 appearances for. He has been registered in time to play in their match against Oxford City tonight.

Amankwaah dropped out of the Football League after a six month spell with Northampton Town during the 2013-14 season, and played for Salisbury City before his move to South London. He was brought into Yeovil Town by Gary Johnson, initially as a Bristol City loan player, and became part of the club's 2004-05 League Two title winning squad.

His place in Yeovil Town history was established when he became the club's first player to score at League One level, netting in a home match against Blackpool in August 2005 - his only goal for the Glovers. However, a year later, the club sold him to Swansea City after they came in with a £250,000 bid for him, whilst he had just a year left to run on his contract.

Link: Kevin Amankwaah : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 September 2017 : Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town made the trip to Gloucestershire, where they played Forest Green Rovers for the first time in 14 years. The end result was not a pretty one, given the Glovers were 2-0 and then 3-1 up through Olufela Olomola, Otis Khan and Francois Zoko. The second half collapse saw them lose the game, going home with a 4-3 defeat.

It won't surprise many to find that three attacking players headed up the poll, and that it was the three goalscorers. Francois Zoko and Otis Khan ended up tied on points, but separated by virtue of Otis getting more first placed votes. However, the winner was Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola, who netted the first of the afternoon.

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

1. Olufela Olomola 80 (4)
2. Otis Khan 66 (5)
3. Francois Zoko 66 (3)
4. Tom James 16 (1)
5. Artur Krysiak 10 (1)
6. Omar Sowunmi 6 (0)
7. Nathan Smith 4 (0)
8. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6
Performance : 4.8
Entertainment : 7.2
VOTES RECEIVED : 15


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4 September 2017 : Yeovil 2 Swindon 0 : Academy Team End Robins 100 Percent Start
Yeovil Town Under-18s ended Swindon Town's 100 percent League record on Saturday, in their fifth Youth Alliance fixture of the 2017-18 season. In a match played on the Huish Park top pitch, the game remained goalless at the break in an even 45 minute period, punctuated by a couple of injury breaks that affected the flow of the game.

The deadlock was broken midway through the second half, when debutant Nestor Sako scored the opener. Samyan Ismail broke up play inside Swindon's half and fed Gabriel Rogers. He drove into the box and pulled the ball back for Sako, who slotted the ball home under the body of the diving keeper.

Yeovil got their second of the morning just five minutes later. A long ball up field saw Swindon's defence flounder under pressure with a misdirected header. Rogers and Jack Rice-Lethaby raced through, and the latter was able to confidently finish to the keeper's right for the 2-0 victory that ended Swindon's winning start to the season, and pushes Yeovil into the upper part of midtable, albeit with a couple of teams below them having games in hand.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 2 Swindon Town Under-18s 0.

Scorers: Nestor Sako (1-0), Jack Rice-Lethaby (2-0)

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Tommy Scott, Charlie Fripp, Brad Cherrett Jeremiah Gyebi, Tom Hayes, Nestor Sako, Jack Hilton-Jones, Samyan Ismail, Jack Rice-Lethaby, Gabriel Rogers, Neville Nzembela

Substitutes Used: Lewis Dix (for Gabriel Rogers), Isaac Atherly (for Nestor Sako)


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4 September 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Crawley Defeat Gives That Deja Vu Away Day Feeling
On Saturday, Yeovil Town lost their fourth away match in a row, when they went 2-0 down against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. Picking through the bones of that one, the latest Taff's Gloversblog has a look back at the game, how the goals were conceded, and some of the emerging patterns. Find the article via the link below, and as usual pass your own verdict, particularly if you were present yourself.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Crawley Defeat Gives That Deja Vu Away Day Feeling.


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4 September 2017 : Duffy Heads Home First International Goal In World Cup Qualifier
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shane Duffy got his first senior international goal over the weekend. The Republic of Ireland international, who is currently on the books of Brighton and Hove Albion, managed to score for his country in the World Cup qualifying match against Georgia, heading home a 4th minute goal after home keeper Giorgi Makaridze had made an error.

In a match at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena, Tbilisi, Georgia, the visitors couldn't capitalise upon that early goal, and eventually drew the match 1-1 with Valeri Qazaishvili equalising. However for Shane - who now has twelve full international caps for his country - it represented a landmark moment in his career.

The 25 year old former Everton academy graduate was promoted with Brighton into the Premier League at the end of the 2016-17 season, having played 31 times for them and scoring twice during their promotion season and has so far played in three Premier League matches for them during this season.

Link: Shane Duffy : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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3 September 2017 : GWSC Travel For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Grimsby Town. The match takes place at Blundell Park on Saturday 16th September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Grimsby Town : Saturday 16th September 2017.
Huish Park: 7.00a.m.
Adult Members: £32.00; Member Concessions: £30.00
Adult Non-Members: £34.00; Non-Member Concessions: £32.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Chelsea Under-21s and Plymouth Argyle.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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3 September 2017 : Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for the League Two match between Grimsby Town and Yeovil Town is now available. The match takes place at Blundell Park on Saturday 16th September, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following rates:
 
Adults: £18.00; Aged 65 and Over or Aged 15-18 or NUS Students: £11.00; Unaccompanied Aged 14 and Under: £7.00 ; Accompanied Aged 14 and Under: £5.00.

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair disabled supporters are charged £18.00 with an assistant going free of charge. You need to be on the High or Enhanced rate of Living Allowance. For Ambulant Disabled tickets you can buy direct from Huish Park, whilst for Wheelchair Bays, call 01472 605 050. If you need information on facilities or further assistance, Adie Merrikin is the club's Disability Liaison Officer - call on 01472-605050 or 07850464884 for information. Disabled supporters enter the ground via Harrington Street, which is at the rear side of the ground, compared to the Ticket Office, so you may prefer to arrange to collect tickets upon entering the stadium.

Grimsby have also provided additional information regarding their disabled facilities. There is no raised platform for Wheelchair Users, and at present they are in the middle of fitting a disabled toilet within the away end. If the lack of facilities there causes you concern, then they allow access for Disabled Supporters in their Main Stand where there is a designated disabled toilet and changing facilities. They will provide tea/coffee free of charge to disabled fans to recognise the current shortcomings - just let a steward or the DLO know of your needs and they will fetch them.
 
All of the above prices increase by £2.00 if you purchase on the day of the game, with the exception of the two Junior (Aged 14 and Under) rates.
 
The Osmond Corner Stand is the area reserved for away fans. The total capacity of this area is 1,904, but for various games they allow home supporters to use it. The standard away allocation is for 580 unreserved seats. Entry to the stand is in Harrington Street.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Chelsea Under-21s and Plymouth Argyle.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town League Two Game Ticketing Bundle Offers.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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3 September 2017 : It's Not Just Midfielders That Can Do Howlers, Sky!
There's always been a suspicion that once Sky Sports and their ilk step out of their safety net of the Premier League, that they can be left floundering. When the international break comes round, they have to step out of their comfort zone and head to League One and League Two for their coverage, and at this point, you sense they're not quite so in tune with what's going on.

This appeared to be confirmed by yesterday's coverage of the Crawley Town League Two match against Yeovil Town. Whilst Glovers midfielder Connor Smith did commit one obvious mistake during yesterday's 2-0 defeat, it was a bit of a surprise to get home from the Broadfield Stadium, and find Sky headlining with "Has Yeovil's Connor Smith already produced the miss of the season?" as part of their post-match coverage. In a video-based article, Sky ask:

"Yeovil Town midfielder Connor Smith has already produced a candidate for miss of the season. The former Republic of Ireland international may very well claim that he was pulled back by a Crawley Town defender just before making contact with the ball during Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash. However, either way, the 24-year-old should still have hit the target from virtually on the goal line after making contact with an inswinging free-kick from near the left-hand touchline. And that miss compounded a bad afternoon for his side, who went down 2-0 at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

Was Yeovil's Connor Smith tugged back as he tried to finish from close range against Crawley? Or was it just an awful miss? Watch now! Watch the above video to see Smith's shocking miss!
"

Slightly surprised to find that we couldn't recall Connor missing any big chances, we watched the video. It appears that Sky Sports thought Yeovil were the team in red, whilst Crawley were the team in black. And that they can't tell their Connor Smith from their Jimmy Smith - midfielder for Crawley Town. It was Jimmy's dreadful second half miss whilst his side were 2-0 up that Sky were actually trying to refer to ... but in a bit of a bad way.

They did get round to correcting it by mid-morning Sunday - you can view the actual two minute highlights via the link below, but remember when watching that Crawley are the team in red, and Yeovil are the team in black!

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

It's not just midfielders that can do howlers!
It's not just midfielders that can do howlers! The player that is circled is Connor Jimmy Smith of Yeovil Crawley Town



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3 September 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Crawley Town Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town at the Broadfield 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's verdict on his side's performance can be read in full via the link below.

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


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2 September 2017 : Crawley 2 Yeovil 0 : Roberts Double Sinks Lacklustre Glovers
Yeovil Town sunk to their third consecutive away league defeat this afternoon, as a Crawley Town side picked up their first back-to-back wins for seven months in a 2-0 scoreline at the Broadfield Stadium. Yeovil's defending didn't help themselves as two key errors saw Jordan Roberts get a goal in each half - the first from a poor crossfield pass that was intercepted, and the second from a goal kick that was returned directly into the path of danger with Roberts able to capitalise on both occasions. Yeovil's attacking performance gradually ran out of ideas despite a good early start, with the home side deserving their win.

With the EFL Trophy tie against Exeter City in midweek having produced a win after five changes had been made, the question was whether Darren Way would stick with that side, or change back to the team that had won against Coventry. The answer was that the players who had won the League Two match got the nod - rather precisely in fact, with the exact same eleven and exact same substitutes being employed. That meant Omar Sowunmi sat out for the third consecutive game, whilst Dan Alfei missed his second league match in a row, with latest signing Matt Worthington not considered for selection, having spent most of the week down in Dean Court. Crawley's line-up included former Glover Lewis Young, with striker Matt Harrold having missed out on meeting his former club due to his deadline day move to Leyton Orient.

Considering the way the game was going to pan out, Yeovil started the match in a fluent attacking way, getting in behind the Forest Green back line on two or three occasions during the opening ten minutes. Pick of the chances was a Francois Zoko ball across the box that just needed a touch from an in-rushing Olufela Olomola, or indeed any Crawley defender for it to get in the back of the net. It missed everyone.

The warning signs from the home side began to materialise when Jordan Roberts fired just wide on the angle of the area, and then Enzio Boldewijn saw his breakthrough on goal blocked by the legs of Artur Krysiak. But 12 minutes into the game, the Glovers shot themselves in the foot by sloppy play inside their own half. Connor Smith's attempt to pass the ball out from his own half was easily intercepted by Jimmy Smith, and his ricocheted touch found its way to Roberts, who slotted home a low shot into the bottom right hand corner from the edge of the box. 1-0 down.

The home side continued to assert themselves strongly. An Enzio Boldewijn first time effort on goal after a Crawley free kick was flicked on, was blocked well by Krysiak, whilst Millwall loanee Sid Nelson produced a superb flying full body block on a Jordan Roberts shot to stop him getting his second of the afternoon from close range. The flow of the game wasn't being helped by a series of injuries - four minutes of added time showed the way that had totted up the period in which players had been standing around - at one point two Crawley players lay injured on the deck which wasn't helping Yeovil either. It made for a stop-start end to the half.

Connor Smith, whose error had led to the goal, was replaced at half time by Jake Gray. But six minutes into the second period, another hopelessly soft goal saw Yeovil concede again. Artur Krysiak's goal kick drifted over to the left side, and only just across the line before former Glover Lewis Young returned a first time volley down the right touchine. Yeovil's defence looked to have collectively gone to sleep. Enzio Boldewijn got acres of room to chase the ball down, and when he produced a low squared ball into the centre, Jordan Roberts got an easy tap-in from close range to give Crawley a 2-0 advantage.

Crawley could have easily had a third goal six minutes later when Jimmy Smith was guilty of an awful miss - his connection from a yard out after a Crawley Town free kick was put in at the back post saw the ball go over the crossbar, despite having half the goal to aim at. Yeovil's chances on goal were even more scarce than in the first half, with one of their more worthy efforts coming when an Otis Khan free kick was challenged for by Nathan Smith, resulting keeper Glenn Morris being distracted enough to make a meal of it and scoop the ball up in the air, but the loose ball was hacked away. Morris also punched an aerial ball onto his own crossbar under pressure, but when the ball came down, referee Trevor Kettle blew up for a foul, which looked justified.

Jordan Green replaced a tired looking Olufela Olomola, and he worked hard in the 25 minutes that he got, although the best he managed was a shot into the side netting from a narrow angle. Bevis Mugabi also had a header from a corner blocked by a Crawley defender, but the feeling was that any hope that Yeovil had of getting back into the match was fizzling out, with Crawley looking ever more comfortable with their own efforts to smother the game. There could be few complaints about the final outcome.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Jordan Roberts (12 mins, 1-0), Jordan Roberts (51 mins, 2-0)

Crawley Town:
1 Glenn Morris
2 Lewis Young 15 Josh Yorwerth 22 Josh Lelan 19 Cedric Evina
10 Dean Cox 8 Jimmy Smith 21 Dannie Bulman 11 Jordan Roberts
28 Panutche Camara 7 Enzio Boldewijn

Substitutes:
4 Josh Payne (87 mins for Dean Cox) 5 Joe McNerney 12 Yusuf Mersin 17 Kaby 20 Aryan Taj 24 Dennon Lewis (80 mins for Jordan Roberts) 26 Ibrahim Meite (71 mins for Panutche Camara)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray (46 mins for Connor Smith) 14. Sam Surridge (75 mins for Rhys Browne) 15. Jordan Green (65 mins for Olufela Olomola) 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos

Crawley Town Bookings: Lewis Young (27 mins, foul), Jimmy Smith (29 mins, foul), Dannie Bulman (61 mins, foul), Ibrahim Meite (88 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Sid Nelson (17 mins, foul), Otis Khan (60 mins, kicking ball away), Nathan Smith (69 mins, foul)

Crawley Town Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 7; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire). Assistants: Daniel Cook (Essex) and Stephen Brown (Kent). Fourth Official: Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 2,024 (with 222 Yeovil Town supporters).


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2 September 2017 : Darren Way Sees Defensive Mistakes As Costing Inconsistent Glovers
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that defensive mistakes cost his side dearly after a 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. The Glovers saw a goal in each half scored by Jordan Roberts as they failed to find the net in the league for the first season in a flat lacklustre performance.

The goals themselves came across as being sloppy, with the opening strike coming after Connor Smith had attempted to play the ball out of his own half, only to find his pass blocked by Crawley midfielder Jimmy Smith. The ball was threaded through to Roberts who scored from the edge of the box for a 12th minute lead that gave the home side a clear foothold in the game. Way thought that his side had started the match well, but that those mistakes ended up being significant setbacks for his side:

"I think the mistakes for the goals cost us. With the first one, we were on top for the first 15 minutes and we had some great chances. That goal flied in and there was a little bit of anxiety and we couldn't find our passes. Having said that we got back into the game, and then we made the mistake for the second goal. There wasn't sustained pressure, but I just felt that the performance level and the inconsistency from the previous two games was disappointing. I think it is the word inconsistency, with the group of players that I've got. They're getting to know me, I'm getting to know them. Some of them need to know the difference between a home performance and an away performance, because that has to be proved, and we have to improve that to be successful this year."

The second goal came out of a chain of events. Firstly goalkeeper Artur Krysiak's kick only just about dropped into their opponents half, allowing Crawley the chance to launch a counter-attack. Secondly, Yeovil Town were caught flat-footed by former Glover Lewis Young's first time forward ball into the path of Enzio Boldewijn, who squared for Roberts to get an embarrassingly easy tap-in for his second of the day. Way felt his side did not look as solid when without the ball as they'd done in other recent fixtures:

"I think that Artur has obviously tried to play the ball quick. We had one or two players with their backs turned to the ball, and it's dropped to one of them, and he's taken one touch and got it in behind and he (Jordan Roberts) got in on the end of it. We were out of shape, but at that time it's important to make sure that you're solid and compact. We didn't have that today. In previous games we looked solid out of possession but it wasn't there today."


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2 September 2017 : Video : Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of this afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, these are now online. With two minutes worth of highlights, the Sky Sports website has footage of both of the goals from Jordan Roberts, and how those materialised, along with the pick of Yeovil's chances from an Otis Khan free kick and a Francois Zoko cross-area ball that came close to getting a boot on it. There is also a fairly incredible miss from Crawley's Jimmy Smith in the second half. Watch the footage via the clip below.

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


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2 September 2017 : Crawley 2 Yeovil 0 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town sunk to their third consecutive away league defeat this afternoon, as a Crawley Town side picked up their first back-to-back wins for seven months in a 2-0 scoreline at the Broadfield Stadium. Yeovil's defending didn't help themselves as two key errors saw Jordan Roberts get a goal in each half - the first from a poor crossfield pass that was intercepted, and the second from a goal kick that was returned directly into the path of danger with Roberts able to capitalise on both occasions. Yeovil's attacking performance gradually ran out of ideas despite a good early start, with the home side deserving their win.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Jordan Roberts (12 mins, 1-0), Jordan Roberts (51 mins, 2-0)

Crawley Town:
1 Glenn Morris
2 Lewis Young 15 Josh Yorwerth 22 Josh Lelan 19 Cedric Evina
10 Dean Cox 8 Jimmy Smith 21 Dannie Bulman 11 Jordan Roberts
28 Panutche Camara 7 Enzio Boldewijn

Substitutes:
4 Josh Payne (87 mins for Dean Cox) 5 Joe McNerney 12 Yusuf Mersin 17 Kaby 20 Aryan Taj 24 Dennon Lewis (80 mins for Jordan Roberts) 26 Ibrahim Meite (71 mins for Panutche Camara)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray (46 mins for Connor Smith) 14. Sam Surridge (75 mins for Rhys Browne) 15. Jordan Green (65 mins for Olufela Olomola) 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos

Crawley Town Bookings: Lewis Young (27 mins, foul), Jimmy Smith (29 mins, foul), Dannie Bulman (61 mins, foul), Ibrahim Meite (88 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Sid Nelson (17 mins, foul), Otis Khan (60 mins, kicking ball away), Nathan Smith (69 mins, foul)

Crawley Town Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 7; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire). Assistants: Daniel Cook (Essex) and Stephen Brown (Kent). Fourth Official: Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 2,024 (with 222 Yeovil Town supporters).


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2 September 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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2 September 2017 : Team News For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged squad compared to the eighteen that took to the field against Coventry City last weekend in the club's last League Two fixture.


With the first team squad now expanded to 21 available players, that means three players have to miss out. Today these are midfielder Matt Worthington, left-back Daniel Alfei and defender Omar Sowunmi.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 15. Jordan Green 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos


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2 September 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Crawley Town Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to BBC Somerset. Darren gives his views on some improved form, the club's summer recruitment, his thoughts on the opposition and on his side's recent formations. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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1 September 2017 : Darren Way Believes First Team Squad Is Stronger Than Last Season
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that he has a stronger squad to field from during the 2017-18 season, compared to the players that were at his disposal last year. Having brought in thirteen new players - albeit with one of those having already departed - Way now has 21 players to see him through until January 1st when the January Transfer Window will allow him to make changes to that line-up.

Way pointed to his substitutes bench as evidence of his squad's improved strength, believing that those he now holds in reserve are better than those he had at his disposal last season. With the likes of centre-back Keston Davies, midfielders Alefe Santos and Jake Gray and right-back Daniel Alfei having missed out on recent Football League fixtures, the Glovers boss told BBC Somerset that he saw many of his fringe players as being worthy of a starting place:

"We've built momentum within the squad. It's not just eleven players. I thought that with the changes that we made, I can genuinely say that we are stronger than what we had last year. When I look at the bench now, there's players there that could be playing. I can't say that lightly. There's one or two at the moment that are pushing really strongly for a starting place."

Way's side faltered last season from December onwards, as injuries to players and a questionable January transfer window left his side looking much weaker during the second half of the season. He believes that by having the stronger squad, that they will avoid the pitfalls of last season and be able to cope with the 46 League games now:

"I think when you look at the dynamics of a season, when you're looking at plus-40 games, and the massive contribution that the players have got to put in physically, it's a real test to some of the younger players. We had to rely heavily on playing Matt Butcher, whether it was at centre-half or left-back or centre-midfield. So we need that versatility within the group to make sure that it is strong enough to select a team week-in, week-out that is strong enough to compete in League Two."

Yeovil Town go into the next four months with a full set of five loan players, on top of the sixteen permanent signings Way is able to choose from. Of those loanees, Sam Surridge and Keston Davies are committed for the duration of the 2017-18 season, whilst striker Olufela Olomola, midfielder Matt Worthington and defender Sid Nelson's futures will have to be reassessed during January 2018.


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1 September 2017 : Advance Ticketing Deadline For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to travel to Crawley Town for tomorrow's match, can still purchase advance tickets for the game. The tickets for the Broadfield Stadium will remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until 3.00p.m. on Friday - after that point they will be taken off sale at the Yeovil end.

It will still be possible to purchase tickets from the Crawley Town end on the day of the game, but you'll need to buy them on a Cash Only basis from the Ticket cabin close to the away end. If you want to purchase tickets by debit/credit card on the day, you will need to head around to the Crawley Ticket Office instead. On past visits, we've also known supporters who want concessionary tickets, but are borderline in age, to be sent to the Crawley Ticket Office for proof of identity.

Any tickets purchased over the phone from the Huish Park Ticket Office will be sent for collection at the Ticket Cabin at Crawley on the day. For more information on tickets and travel, follow the links below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.


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1 September 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to Sussex where they face Crawley Town in a League Two fixture. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide to the Broadfield Stadium and its surrounding area has been updated to include this season's ticketing, match statistics, previous meetings, pub guides and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crawley Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

The Broadfield Stadium, home of Crawley Town
The Broadfield Stadium, home of Crawley Town
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1 September 2017 : Walsh Makes Birmingham Loan Move
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Walsh has sealed a move to Championship side Birmingham City. The 19 year old Everton Academy graduate has penned a loan agreement at St Andrews that will run until January 3rd 2018, in a deal that was completed just before the Transfer Window shut on Thursday night.

This is Walsh's first loan move since his 2015-16 season stint with Yeovil Town in League Two that saw him put in 17 highly impressive appearances for the Glovers during the second half of last season. During the 2016-17 campaign, he played exclusively for Everton Under-23s, scoring six goals in a side that won the Premier League 2 league title.

Walsh was given the League's Player of the Month Award award for February 2017 and was nominated for the same award in November 2016. At the end of the season, he was nominated for a Player Of The Season Award by the league, and was briefly called up to the England Under-20 squad, before having to decline it due to needing a summer operation on his foot.

Liam now gets his first chance to prove himself at Championship level over the next four months.

Link: Liam Walsh : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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