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14 September 2018 : Henry Given Dolphins Loan Move
Yeovil Town striker Korrey Henry has gone out on loan. The former West Ham United player has joined Southern League Premier Division South side Poole Town on a month's loan, that will hopefully give the 18 year old more first team experience.

Korrey featured heavily during pre-season for the Glovers, but after making three first team substitute appearances for the club, he has not got onto the pitch since the August 17th match against Notts County and has only accumulated 30 minutes of competitive first team football so far.


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14 September 2018 : Final Deadline For Glovers Trust Board Positions
Today represents the final deadline for Glovers Trust members to put themselves forward for election onto the Trust Board. As part of the Trust annual election process (published here), members have until the end of Friday 14th September 2018 to nominate themselves for the position, and therefore to have themselves included in the list of candidates that members can vote for.

If you want to nominate yourself, you need to be a valid Trust member, and be nominated by two other Trust members. There is a form that needs to be filled in that can be downloaded here. If you have not yet renewed your membership, or wish to join as a new member, then you can do so by heading here. This is important for ordinary members who wish to cast votes as part of the election process, or at the Trust AGM. As the voting process will commence in a week's time, ordinary members should ensure they have renewed by then.

For full details on the election process and the Trust AGM, head to this earlier article. For any additional information that is required, email communications@glovers-trust.co.uk


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14 September 2018 : Officials For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Newport County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 15th September 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Rodney Parade. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Peter Wright (Liverpool).

He is a first year referee at Football League level, having been promoted in the summer of 2017. This means we've only had him before as a Fourth Official. His final act of last season was to take charge of the National League Play-Off tie between Tranmere Rovers and Ebbsfleet United. Since moving into the Football League, he's taken charge of four League Two matches and one EFL Trophy tie, managing 16 yellow cards and three red cards. All three of those dismissals have come in his last three fixtures, so let's hope he's got that out of his system!

Mr Wright will be assisted by Joe Clark (West Midlands) and Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Daniel Lamport (Wiltshire).

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Newport County.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.


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14 September 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Newport County
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make a fairly short journey to Rodney Parade, when they will take on Newport County in a League Two match. The Ciderspace guide has been updated for the day, with directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics, a pub guide and numerous other bits. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Newport County.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

The Bisley Stand - where Yeovil fans will be sat on the day
The Bisley Stand - where Yeovil fans will be sat on the day



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13 September 2018 : Quartet In The Frame For Newport County Selection
Yeovil Town will travel to Newport County on Saturday, able to potentially add four extra players to their first team squad. Having had a ten day break, due to the decision to postpone the League Two match against Milton Keynes Dons, that has also allowed them additional time to work with some of their injured players, as well as being able to add one additional loan signing that had yet to arrive in Somerset, despite his deal commencing two weeks ago.

Of the players that will be available for the trip to Rodney Parade, defender Shaun Donnellan is the most obvious, given that he was released by the club to turn out for the Republic of Ireland Under-21s on Tuesday night, having been out with a thigh problem since the home match against Mansfield Town on August 11th. There are no reported side-effects from his trip to Dublin.

Donnellan should be joined by winger Wes McDonald. The former Birmingham City player missed the trip to Grimsby Town two weeks ago, due to an unspecified knock he picked up on the previous weekend. However, at the time, McDonald's exclusion was thought to be a minor one, and he is known to be back in training this week and so should be immediately available for selection. Fellow winger Rhys Browne is also back on the training ground, having recovered from a hamstring strain picked up during the pre-season friendly at Corby Town on July 28th, meaning he's yet to make an appearance this season. Whether he needs more time to regain his match fitness may decide if he is risked this weekend.

There's also a chance that Middlesbrough loanee Enes Mahmutovic may make his debut for the club. The Luxembourg international had not made it down to Huish Park since he put pen to paper on a season long loan on August 30th. After two matches where he was an unused substitute for his country, Enes finally arrives and so becomes available for selection. One problem that causes though, is that manager Darren Way now has to start leaving out one of his six loan players for each matchday squad that he names. Only five can be put onto any given teamsheet, meaning that will be an issue for the next three-and-a-half months.

Unless something unexpected is on the cards, midfielder James Bailey (knee), striker Francois Zoko (knee), goalkeeper Stuart Nelson (calf) and defender Tom James (hip flexor) are not expected to travel to Wales for the game. However, Sessi D'Almeida will be available again, having missed the EFL Trophy match against Exeter City due to his international call-up for Benin.


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13 September 2018 : Johnson Makes Quick Management Return With Gulls Job
National League South side Torquay United have appointed Gary Johnson as their new first team manager. The 62 year old has made a quick return to football, following the decision by Cheltenham Town to part company with him last month. Aside from his success with Bristol City, Johnson's career has been built within the National League structure, having been only one of three managers to get more than one club promoted into the Football League. For the Gulls, he'd need to achieve two promotions to take them back into the League, having lost their status in 2014. They were relegated to sixth tier level at the end of last season.

Torquay parted company with manager Gary Owers earlier this week and have immediately turned to Johnson as his successor. They haven't revealed the length of deal the Bristol-based manager is on but Chairman Clarke Osborne has said that he sees him as a manager who can take his side to promotion:

"Following our discussions with Gary Owers and decision that we should part company, we have worked hard and at a pace to find a coach able and motivated to find that winning formula and take this Club to promotion. I am delighted to announce that we have been able to attract someone of Gary Johnson's proven ability and clear determination. Equally as important, I believe that Gary Johnson will add further to the excellent work of building our football infrastructure and youth programme. Gary will be meeting the players and staff at the Club this morning and I am sure will be hard at work by lunchtime. I know that everyone is going to give him a warm welcome to Torquay United."

Johnson takes over a side in 14th place in the table, and three points off the top seven positions that give a club a chance in the National League South play-offs. He believes that ultimately he can lead the Devon side back into the Football League:

"It has been a crazy 36 hours in meeting Clarke Osborne and his team, understanding the Club, understanding his ambition and resource and seeing the determination to succeed. I have been really impressed with the plans to equip Torquay United with the facilities and finance to challenge in the football league and I believe that I can lead the Club back to Division 2 and beyond. It is for these reasons that I have chosen to take up this challenge. It's not going to be easy but a strong professional organisation and determined, resourceful owners provide the tools to succeed. I am really looking forward, to meeting everyone and to this challenge."


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13 September 2018 : Advance Ticketing Deadline For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to the League Two match against Newport County on Saturday should note the deadline for the advance purchase of tickets. The Huish Park Ticket Office will be selling advance priced tickets for the game up until 3.00p.m. on Friday 14th. At that point they will go off sale and thereafter will only be available on the day of the game from the Rodney Parade end, via the ticket booth outside the away turnstiles.

Supporters should note that there is a £2.00 surcharge for any tickets purchased on the day of the match, so use the Huish Park Ticket Office if you want to avoid that. Book online via the Ticketing Portal (linked below) or call them on 01935-847888.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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12 September 2018 : Bevis Mugabi Talks About The 2018-19 Season And Squad Strength
Last week, Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi spoke to the BBC about the start to the 2018-19 season. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Bevis gives his view on the EFL Trophy, the club's newer recruits, his views on the squad strength, and of his own international hopes.

The interview was conducted just prior to the Exeter City match in the EFL Trophy that took place last Tuesday. Read it in full, via the link below.

Link: Bevis Mugabi Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Exeter City.


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12 September 2018 : Mahmutovic Sits Out Second Luxembourg Game
Yeovil Town's soon-to-be on-loan defender Enes Mahmutovic sat out a second consecutive international match, as Luxembourg secured a 3-0 away win against San Marino on Tuesday night. The UEFA National League match saw the Middlesbrough right-sided defender travel with his country, but was an unused substitute - the same outcome he had on Saturday during their 4-0 win over Moldova.

For the record, Luxembourg's goals came from Maxime Chanot, Aurelien Joachim and Daniel Sinani. Their next fixtures are on Friday 12th October when they travel to Belarus and on Monday 15th October when they are home to San Marino. If Mahmutovic is selected for those games then like Sessi D'Almeida and Shaun Donnellan, he would be absent from Yeovil Town's trips to Bristol Rovers and Cheltenham Town, in terms of the current fixture list.

The Luxembourg match completes Yeovil Town's interest in the international break, and means that by Thursday morning Mahmutovic should finally make it to Somerset, two weeks after he penned his loan agreement with the club. Of the three Glovers players who were involved during the international break, ironically Shaun Donnellan - who was not part of his country's initial squad list - was the only player to get onto the pitch, earning his seventh cap for Republic of Ireland Under-21s.


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11 September 2018 : Donnellan Makes Injury Comeback As Germany Run Riot
Yeovil Town central defender Shaun Donnellan made his comeback from injury on Tuesday night, but had to endure a difficult game at the Tallaght Stadium. The 21 year old was only called up to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad on Sunday, after the suspensions of two players left Head Coach Noel King short of players from the original squad that had been selected whilst Donnellan was undergoing rehabilitation on a thigh injury.

Tonight saw Donnellan named as a substitute against Germany Under-21s, but he was needed as early as the 15th minute, after Cork City's Sean McLoughlin went down injured. The Glovers player was his replacement, meaning that he featured for the final 75 minutes of the match. What happened wasn't pretty - by the time Donnellan set foot on the field of play Aaron Seydel had netted a fifth minute goal for Germany. They went on to win the match 6-0, with Cedric Teuchert getting a hat-trick, and Suat Serdar getting a brace, with three of those goals coming as penalties.

From a Yeovil Town point of view, it hopefully provides some reassurance that Donnellan has now recovered from the thigh injury he sustained against Mansfield Town on August 11th, and that he can now be brought back into the first team fold for League Two fixtures. Tonight was his seventh cap at Under-21 level.

The Under-21s are next in action on October 11th when they travel to Israel, followed by an away match against Germany on October 16th. Like Sessi D'Almeida, that would leave him absent for the away matches against Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy, and the League Two trip to Cheltenham Town.

Final Score: Republic of Ireland Under-21s 0 Germany Under-21s 6.

Republic Of Ireland Under-21s:
Kieran O'Hara, Conor Shaughnessy, Sean McLoughlin, Ryan Delaney, Corey Whelan, Ryan Manning, Liam Kinsella, Joshua Cullen, Jake Mulraney, Reece Grego-Cox, Harry Charsley.

Substitutes: Joe Quigley, Jamie McGrath (54 mins for Ryan Manning), Ronan Hale, Rory Hale, Shaun Donnellan (14 mins for Sean McLoughlin), Liam Bossin

Attendance: 2,325.


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11 September 2018 : Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Ten days ago, Yeovil Town made the long away trip to Grimsby Town. In what was a tight League Two match, largely dominated by defences, the match gave the Glovers a 1-0 victory when Omari Patrick scored his first goal for the club since arriving on loan from Bradford City.

Man of the Match voting saw Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi and centre-back Gary Warren given the thumbs up for their performances on the day. But Warren's centre-back partner Omar Sowunmi also had a fine game as his side gained another clean sheet in the win at Blundell Park. He won the polling on the day, with full results shown below:

1. Omar Sowunmi 56 (3)
2. Gary Warren 42 (4)
3. Diallang Jaiyesimi 24 (1)
4. Nathan Baxter 22 (1)
5. Omari Patrick 14 (1)
6. Carl Dickinson 14 (0)
7. Sessi D'Almeida 12 (0)
8. Alex Pattison 10 (1)
9. Bevis Mugabi 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.73
Performance : 7.09
Entertainment : 6.36
VOTES RECEIVED : 11


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10 September 2018 : Cheltenham Bring In Former Player As Gary Johnson Replacement
League Two side Cheltenham Town have appointed a new first team manager to replace Gary Johnson. They've taken their time in reaching their decision, given they fired Johnson on August 21st, but have finally recruited former defender Michael Duff as their new boss. He is a 40 year old, who has most recently been coaching Burnley Under-23s, and this will be his first front line position.

Duff is a familiar name to Yeovil Town supporters - he was a Cheltenham defender who scored their 93rd minute winning goal at Whaddon Road in April 1999 that saw the home side promoted to the Football League in a 3-2 win. He made 337 appearances for them, across an eight year period, before signing for Burnley. There he spent twelve years as a player, clocking up 383 appearances, giving him 20 years as a professional across just two clubs.

He stayed at Burnley when he hung up his boots at the age of 38 years old and then moved into coaching positions in Burnley's Academy. He's obtained his UEFA A Licence during that time, and Robins chairman Andy Wilcox believes that the recuitment of Duff has put his team in a much stronger position than it has been before:

"We are absolutely delighted to have Michael Duff on board as our new manager. I think this will be the start of a new era at Cheltenham Town and the Board are very excited to have made this appointment. It has been a very intense few weeks and it has probably taken a bit longer than we wanted because as well as searching for a new manager, we have also strengthened the squad with six new players. I would like to pay tribute to (Caretaker Manager) Russell Milton and all the backroom staff, who have done a magnificent job in difficult circumstances, and I must also thank my fellow Board members, who have all worked extremely hard over the past four weeks. I am certain that the club is now in a much stronger position and we can all move forward together."

Cheltenham Town have not revealed the length of Duff's contract at this stage.


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10 September 2018 : EFL Trophy Ticketing For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for the EFL Trophy Group Stage game between Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 9th October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Memorial Stadium. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Aged Over-65 or 16-21: £7.00; Under-16: £5.00; Under-11: £1.00.

Wheelchairs and ambulant disabled supporters pay £7.00 (Or £5.00 if Under-16) and can take an Assistant free of charge.

Past policy of Bristol Rovers has tended to be to close off certain parts of their stadium for EFL Trophy Group Stage games, and so it may be that only the seated area behind the goal is allocated to fans. We'll confirm this as soon as it is clear.


Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Yeovil Town vs West Ham United.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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10 September 2018 : Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for the League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town are now on sale. The match takes place on Saturday 13th October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Whaddon Road. Advance tickets are as follows:

Adults £21.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Under-18 and Student (with NUS card): £7.00

Disabled supporters on middle or higher disability allowance pay the relevant band as above, with an assistant admitted free of charge. Wheelchairs bays are available at £15.00 with an Assistant admitted free of charge.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Hazlewoods Stand, which is the newest part of the ground, and is situated behind the goal, where the old Whaddon Road Terrace used to be. There is provision for up to 1,100 away supporters.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Yeovil Town vs West Ham United.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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10 September 2018 : Lita Back In English Football With Margate Move
Former Yeovil Town striker Leroy Lita is back in English football again. The 33 year old has signed for Isthmian League Premier Division side Margate, with his international clearance meaning that he will be available for selection from this week onwards. The former Bristol City and Reading striker has recently returned from Thailand where he's been playing for Sisaket, where he scored five goals in 21 appearances.

Sisaket have been his only club since he was released by Yeovil Town in the summer of 2016, with that arrangement having come to an end in September 2017, after they were reported to have fallen behind with his salary payments, amidst general financial problems. His agent at the time stated that his club were more than a month in arrears in terms of his wages, resulting in a breach of contract on the club's behalf, and leaving Lita free to find another club.

He's taken his time in finding a new club, and now joins a club who finished 7th in the Isthmian League last season, and are currently lying in 13th place in what is seventh tier football. Lita has been present at Margate's last two home matches as a spectator, and was formally unveiled to their crowd against Lewes on Saturday.

Link: Leroy Lita : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 September 2018 : D'Almeida Sits Out Benin AFCON Draw
Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida was an unused substitute for Benin on Sunday afternoon. The 22 year old had been given a call-up for an African Cup Of Nations qualifying match against Togo in their capital city Lomé, in what was the second of six Group Stage matches. Benin picked up a point as they drew 0-0, with the result keeping them in second place, behind Algeria.

Sessi's two caps for his country came back in 2015, whilst he was on the books of Bordeaux in France. Benin played a 3-4-3 on the day, with David Kiki (Brest, France), Jordan Adeoti (Auxerre, France), captain Stephane Sessegnon (Genēlerbirgi, Turkey) and Chams-deen Chaona (Stade Gabesien, Tunisia) selected as the midfield quartet - Kiki and Chaona played as advanced full-backs in their system, leaving Adeoti and Sessegnon as the two genuine midfielders.

All four players in the midfield roles played out a full 90 minutes during the game, meaning that there wasn't an opportunity for Sessi to get onto the pitch. He'll have to wait until mid-October, when Benin are due to play a double-header against Algeria on October 10th and October 13th in the next two rounds of AFCON qualifying fixtures. If he's selected for the squad, that will cover the away matches against Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy, and the League Two trip to Cheltenham Town.


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9 September 2018 : Donnellan Given Belated Call-Up For Second Republic International
Yeovil Town defender Shaun Donnellan has been added to the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for their Tuesday night match. The centre-back was not included in the list of players announced by the Irish FA last week, with a thigh injury having kept him out of action at Huish Park over the last month. As such, they did not consider him able to join the squad for Friday night's match against Kosovo.

Donnellan's rehabilitation, and suspensions for two players has meant that Head Coach Noel King has been forced to reshuffle his squad for the second match of the international break, with them due to play Germany at the Tallaght Stadium, with a 6.00p.m. (local time) kick-off on Tuesday 11th September.

Cork City defender Sean McLoughlin and Donnellan have been called up to replace Ryan Sweeney and Ronan Curtis, who will not be part of Tuesday's squad. Both replacement players joined the national squad earlier today at a training session at the FAI National Training Centre, Abbotstown and thus will be considered for selection.

The revised squad is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United, loan Macclesfield Town), Liam Bossin (Nottingham Forest).

Defenders: Danny Kane (Cork City FC, loan AFC Fylde), Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Connor Shaughnessy (Leeds United), Ryan Delaney (Rochdale), Corey Whelan (Liverpool, loan Crewe Alexandra), Sean McLoughlin (Cork City), Shaun Donnellan (Yeovil Town).

Midfielders: Jake Mulraney (Hearts), Jamie McGrath (Dundalk), Ryan Manning (QPR, loan Rotherham United), Harry Charsley (Everton), Josh Cullen (West Ham United, loan Charlton Athletic), Rory Hale (Derry City).

Forwards: Joe Quigley (Maidstone), Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town), Ronan Hale (Birmingham City, loan Derry City).


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9 September 2018 : No Game Time For Mahmutovic In Nations League Tie
Yeovil Town loanee Enes Mahmutovic was an unused substitute in his country's UEFA Nations League match on Saturday night. The Middlesbrough defender was called up for Luxembourg this weekend for a home match against Moldova but did not get onto the field of play, as they won 4-0 at the Stade Josy Barthel.

Mahmutovic was named on the teamsheet, but wasn't needed as his team took full control of the game from the 34th minute onwards, scoring three more in the second half. They'll now travel to San Marino on Tuesday night, with an evening kick-off, for their second Nations League match, in a group that also contains Belarus, who currently top the standings.

The 21 year old has provided one of the more unusual situations in Yeovil Town's history - a player that has gone on international duty after his loan spell has officially started with the club, but before the player has managed to travel down from the North-East to Somerset. He's expected to arrive at Huish Park next Thursday.

Of the other Yeovil Town players named by the club as being on international duty, Shaun Donnellan was not listed in the squad published by the Republic of Ireland's FA, and so wasn't part of their Friday night match. Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida is currently in Togo, waiting to see if he is on the teamsheet for Benin's AFCON qualifier that takes place at teatime today.


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8 September 2018 : Glovers Pushed Out Of Play-Offs After Weekend Fixtures
Yeovil Town dropped three places in the League Two table this afternoon, as they were one of four clubs to sit out the weekend fixtures. The Glovers ended the weekend in eighth place, with ten fixtures taking place across the afternoon, as wins for Swindon Town, Carlisle United and Exeter City saw them head into the top seven places.

Exeter's 5-1 victory over Notts County was one of the more eye-catching scorelines of the day, as the Magpies' defensive woes during 2018-19 continued, despite their change of first team management. The Grecians climbed into third place as County finished the day having conceded 21 goals in their seven league fixtures, leaving them still firmly rooted to the foot of the division.

League Two leaders Lincoln City stayed top, but suffered a 0-1 home defeat against Crawley Town, as their new boss Gabriele Cioffi watched from the stands, ahead of his takeover of proceedings on Monday morning. Lincoln's defeat means that surprise package Newport County continue their fine start, with a 0-1 win at Boundary Park to lift them into second place and behind the Imps only on goal difference.

Managerless Cheltenham Town were the only team near the bottom of the table to pick up a victory, as they won 1-3 at Northampton Town. The six sides occupying the bottom six positions all lost on the day, meaning that Notts County and Macclesfield Town are still stuck in the relegation zone and yet to pick up their first wins of the season.

The statistics of the day are that Yeovil Town finish the weekend one point outside the play-off spots, and two points off the automatic promotion places. They remain nine points off the relegation zone. Their game in hand against Milton Keynes Dons, who currently lie in 6th place and one point ahead of them, will take place at Huish Park on Tuesday 25th September.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.


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8 September 2018 : Glovers Academy Side Extend Lead With Robins Victory
Yeovil Town Under-18s stayed top of their division on Saturday with an emphatic win over second placed Cheltenham Town. In a match played at Alvington, spectators saw a goalless first half, with the home side frustrated as they scored twice only for a linesman's flag to go up on two separate occasions.

The deadlock was swiftly broken after the half time break, with Yeovil switching to a 4-3-3 formation that saw Gabriel Rogers play in a centre-forward position with Neville Nzembela occupying the right-flank whilst Nestor Shako took the wide left position. That produced an instant result as Rogers got himself into space, slipped the ball behind the Cheltenham backline, and allowed Shako the chance to fire the ball underneath the keeper for a 1-0 lead.

Goalscorer turned provider for the second goal, as Hong Wan played a long ball over the top of the flank, allowing Nestor Shako a chance to run onto the pass. He cut the ball onto his right foot and then found Gabriel Rogers who fired a near post shot from the edge of the box for a 2-0 lead.

Nestor Shako got his second and Yeovil's third from the penalty spot by firing into the top right corner, before he claimed his hat-trick with a header from six yards out to put Yeovil 4-0 up against the second placed Robins. Although Cheltenham got themselves a consolation goal from a corner, they ended up well-beaten, with a result that will extend Yeovil's lead at the top of the division, with 16 points from their opening six games.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 4 Cheltenham Town Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Nestor Shako (1-0), Gabriel Rogers (2-0), Nestor Shako (3-0), Nestor Shako (4-0), Cheltenham Scorer (4-1).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Tommy Scott, Lewis Dix, Tai Fleming, Daniel Ojo, George Calverley, Alex John, Hong Wan, Gabriel Rogers, Harry Haughton, Nestor Shako, Neville Nzembela

Substitutes: Dan Neild (for Alex John), Archie Strudy (for Nestor Shako)


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8 September 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Looking Upwards, Rather Than Down?
The unexpected international break gives Yeovil Town a chance to pause for thought during the early weeks of the 2018-19 season. That gives a chance for the latest Taff's Gloversblog to have a review of how things stand both on the field and off the field during the first month of that season and to see where the improvements and the challenges lie.

Read that blog via the link below, and as ever feel free to add in your own thoughts on how things stand in both areas. Read on via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Looking Upwards, Rather Than Down?


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8 September 2018 : Yeovil Town vs Stevenage : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played host to Stevenage in a League Two match at Huish Park. The match ended in a 2-0 win for the Glovers, with Alex Fisher getting his fourth goal of the season, whilst Sessi D'Almeida grabbed his first. The visitors took a while to get their game going, but ultimately gave up the ghost when they went down to ten men in the final five minutes.

Man of the Match voting saw three of this season's new crop take the top three places. Centre-back Gary Warren was praised for his role in their clean sheet. However, he was a long way behind the lead pair in the polling. Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison provided the assist for the opening goal of the game, but he was beaten into second place by a narrow margin by Sessi D'Almeida who has now won four Man of the Match polls since his summer arrival.

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

1. Sessi D'Almeida 364 (24)
2. Alex Pattison 346 (24)
3. Gary Warren 130 (2)
4. Omar Sowunmi 64 (4)
5. Alex Fisher 42 (0)
6. Carl Dickinson 34 (2)
7. Wes McDonald 18 (1)
8. Nathan Baxter 10 (0)
9. Bevis Mugabi 8 (0)
10. Jordan Green 6 (0)
11. Yoann Arquin 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.35
Performance : 8.35
Entertainment : 8.35
VOTES RECEIVED : 57


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7 September 2018 : Crawley Opt For The Italian Job As Kewell Successor
League Two side Crawley Town have appointed a successor to Harry Kewell, who left the Broadfield Stadium last month to become Notts County's first team manager. They have recruited former Birmingham City coach Gabriele Cioffi on a three year contract - a 43 year old who is a former Italian Serie B defender.

This is his first front line role, having previously held Academy coaching positions with Australian side Adelaid United and Arabian Gulf League side Al Jazira. His most recent position saw him working as a coach under Gianfranco Zola at St Andrews during the 2016-17 season, joining them in December 2016. The implication is that he's been out of work since Zola was shown the door in April 2017. Crawley Director of Football Selim Gaygusuz has said that Cioffi should inherit the best squad the club have had in League Two:

"We had over 80 applicants for the vacancy and appointing a new Head Coach has been an exhaustive process which we started more than a week ago. We wanted a Head Coach with passion, dedication and someone who is prepared to work hard to improve our existing squad. In our extensive discussions with Gabriele we were impressed with his ideas and enthusiasm for the job and his short and long-term vision. He will inherit, in our opinion, the best squad we've had during our time in League Two and we are all looking forward with Gabriele to help take the club forward."

Cioffi won't be in the dugout tomorrow, with the decision taken to allow Caretaker Management duo Filipe Morais and Jimmy Smith one last matchm, whilst their successor sits in the stand at Lincoln City with a watching brief. Glovers fans will get an early chance to see what his side looks like when they travel to the Broadfield Stadium on September 29th.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.


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7 September 2018 : Football League Open Up Pandora's Box Over Live Match Streaming
The Football League have created controversy over the use of their live match streaming platform for this weekend's round of League One and League Two matches. On the weekend that it celebrates its 130th Anniversary, the League is implicitly offering fans a chance to stay at home in their armchairs to watch matches via their iFollow platform, despite Saturday 3.00p.m. matches having had a long-standing agreement that they would not be broadcast live within the UK.

Under general provisions for live broadcasting of games, television and online platform providers have always been barred from screening matches between 2.45p.m. and 5.15p.m. on a Saturday afternoon, with that 'blackout' being put in place to ensure that Saturday afternoon attendances around the country were not affected by the lure of supporters being able to spend Saturdays at home or in a pub, and would be encouraged to go out and watch their clubs live at the ground.

During last season, the Football League introduced live video streaming of EFL Trophy matches to its iFollow platform, on the basis that such games were already low priority for fans to attend. However, a new Broadcasting agreement with Sky Sports that commenced at the start of the 2018-19 season has extended the rights for them to show multiple midweek Championship fixtures via their Red Button functionality, and this was coupled with EFL Clubs launching a 'pay per view' concept where fans could pay a £10.00 fee per game to watch evening fixtures - something that was provided to Glovers fans for the recent away match at Notts County as well as the home game against Oldham Athletic.

Having allowed that scope creep to take place, the Football League have now taken it one step further. All Saturday afternoon 3.00p.m. kick-off matches taking place this weekend will be available to view via their iFollow platform, for the same £10.00 subscription. With that subscription being available per device, rather than per person, there is nothing to stop a supporter hooking their laptop up to their main living room television, and inviting their friends around for the afternoon, all for the same single £10.00 fee. Suddenly that pesky long distance trip to Carlisle United just got a lot cheaper and a lot more manageable for fans.

The obvious downside is that the home club loses out through gate revenue, and secondary spend through pies, pints and programmes. With the iFollow revenue being collected by whichever club the subscription is purchased through, any club that is playing away from home has the incentive to sell subscriptions for their own financial benefit that will potentially come at the expense of the home club. With no sharing of revenue for League fixtures, the away club's clear financial priority will be to encourage fans to stay at home, rather than go to the game.

Clubs that are promoting subscriptions for this weekend's matches are indicating that this change has been authorised due to there being an International Break for Premier League and Championship clubs, with one or two fixtures such as Yeovil Town's home match against Milton Keynes Dons also being called off. But clearly those League One and League Two home clubs that are left with fixtures to play still want to attract punters to their ground.

One club its particularly irked is Accrington Stanley, who do not use the standard Football League website platform or its associate iFollow service, and thus will gain zero financial benefit from this move. Their 3.00p.m. kick-off against Burton Albion also risks the possibility of exiled Accrington fans or visiting Brewers fans deciding to stay at home, thus creating a negative effect for them.

Accrington Chairman Andy Holt believes that this rule change was not directly discussed at the League's 2018 AGM, and believes the issue of Saturday streaming was 'deliberately avoided', pointing out that the Football League's circular buried the issue behind a UEFA document with the EFL briefing saying that it would be "utilised for League games that are played outside the period covered by UEFA's Article 48" - an oblique reference to UEFA's own rules on Broadcasting live games. He explained:

"I'm furious. In a document it relates to a sub section in UEFA rules that we know nothing about. My decision relating to ifollow did not consider this. You know I'm trying my best to get behind the EFL but they sicken me with stunts like this. In a disgraceful sleight of hand the EFL have sneaked a change to the rules in without proper debate in Portugal. We have spoken to Bury and Morecambe and they like us knew nothing about it. The bottom line (in the EFL briefing) was never flagged up or properly discussed. I need a Philadelphia lawyer now to understand the sneaky way changes are pushed through. I would not and do not agree with this change. I guarantee you if I'd realised I would have kicked off in Portugal. The issue is that the EFL did not specifically tell us about the rule change. They are there to represent our clubs and have to properly debate substantive issues with their stakeholders."

Holt also adds that in addition to Bury and Morecambe, he has been told by Port Vale that they also were unaware of the rule change. With the EFL having quietly moved into scope Checkatrade Trophy games, then evening games, and now International Break weekends into the scope of live domestic streamed matches, the question all 72 EFL Chairmen should be asking is how far that scope creep will continue, and why the EFL's senior executives chose to push it through in a way that at least four League Two Chairmen were unaware of.


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7 September 2018 : Alcock Signs Short Term Deal With Robins
Former Yeovil Town right-back Craig Alcock has signed a short term deal with Cheltenham Town. The 30 year old was a stated target for the Glovers over the summer, but he has now signed an agreement with the Robins that takes him through until January 2019, having left Doncaster Rovers at the end of last season.

Cheltenham Town had also tried to sign Alcock over the summer, but the Gloucestershire club have stated that the Truro-born player had been planning to sign for a higher division club, and so had turned them down. That deal with the unnamed club then fell through, leaving him without a club.

He's now returned back to Whaddon Road to agree a deal with them - his old boss Gary Johnson has since left the building, meaning that he's now signed up with Caretaker Manager Russell Milton, who is about to relinquish that role, with a permanent manager about to be announced. Milton gave his views on finally securing Alcock:

"Craig is an experienced full-back that we have been after for a while and I'm pleased to get this one over the line. We tried to sign him over the summer but it fell through because he had an offer elsewhere and it hasn't quite happened. He's been training with another club to keep fit and he's a good lad as well so we're pleased to have him on board. Craig is a good all-round full-back. He is good on the ball and can get up and down the pitch. I'm sure he is going to be a good player for us."

Glovers boss Darren Way had stated in May 2018 that he was trying to bring Alcock back to Huish Park. But the loan signing of Middlesbrough defender Enes Mahmutovic, who is due to arrive in Somerset around next Wednesday or Thursday, would have brought an end to his search for cover in the full-back area.


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6 September 2018 : Former Loanee Roberts Nets First International Goal
Former Yeovil Town loanee Connor Roberts netted his first ever senior international goal on Thursday night, as Wales demolished the Republic of Ireland in their opening UEFA Nations League tie. The Swansea City player netted the fourth of the evening as Ryan Giggs' side won 4-1 at Cardiff City Stadium. Another former Glovers loanee Tom Lawrence, currently on the books of Derby County, scored the opener in a one-sided encounter.

It was Lawrence who set the tone of the game rolling, as he latched onto a Joe Allen through ball, lashing home a sixth minute goal for what was his third international goal in 14 appearances. The crowd then saw Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey extend Wales to a 3-0 half time lead against a very shaky looking Republic of Ireland side.

On 55 minutes came a big moment in the rising career of Connor Roberts. The 22 year old, who has already made six first team appearances for Swansea City this season, isn't one to get too far forward, having never scored a professional first team goal. But he was far enough forward on the edge of the box when a ball from Gareth Bale was switched across the box. Roberts controlled the ball, and then hit an 18 yard strike with his left foot for the fourth Wales goal of the evening, on the night of his third cap.

Ireland, whose side included ex-Glovers centre-back Shane Duffy, managed to get a consolation goal later in the half when substitute Shaun Williams shot past Wayne Hennessey - another former Glover - for a 4-1 scoreline. But that didn't dampen the spirits of a Welsh side full of younger players, who will now meet Denmark in their next Group game on Sunday.


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6 September 2018 : 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles
Yeovil Town are repeating their ticket bundling offer for the 2018-19 season. The offer for home League Two matches, offers six and twelve game ticket bundles via the online portal or through the Ticket Office, for fans who have not purchased a Season Ticket, but may be confident that they will attend a set number of games. They can purchase their own ticket bundle at a cheaper price than if they bought them one-by-one.

Supporters purchasing the Ticket Bundles will be given either six or twelve voucher codes. You do not need to select all of the matches you plan to attend all in one go, meaning that although you'll pay for the bundle up front, you can choose which games you'll attend later in the season, or select them in phases.

Ticket Bundles are sold as either Adult or Senior rates. This means you can't mix'n'match categories - i.e. all six/twelve of your tickets must be for the same type of supporter. In addition, you can only use one voucher code per match - i.e. you can't use two codes for the same game. Voucher codes will remain valid for League Two fixtures for the 2018-19 season - it will be a supporter's responsibility to ensure that they use up all voucher codes purchased by the end of the 2018-19 season, or they will expire.

Ticket Bundle prices are as shown below - note that the club have decided to offer a flat rate for seated bundles, rather than differentiate between Wing block seats and more Central block seats. This means you're saving slightly more if you decide to opt for Central block seats. As usual, all tickets and seating positions are subject to availability:

Seated:
Adults: £228 (12 games, £19.00 per ticket) or £120 (6 games, £20.00 per ticket)

Terrace:
Adults: £180 (12 games, £15.00 per ticket) or £96 (6 games, £16.00 per ticket)
Seniors: £156 (12 games, £13.00 per ticket) or £84 (6 games, £14.00 per ticket)

Note: The offer is not currently on the Online Ticketing Portal, but there are plans for it to be introduced shortly.


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6 September 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Exeter City EFL Trophy Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage game against Exeter City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the thinking behind his four changes, the unchanged back five, the inclusion of Daniel Ojo in the side, and his views on the Checkatrade Trophy. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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5 September 2018 : GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Newport County. The match takes place at Rodney Parade on Saturday 15th September 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Newport County : Saturday 15th September 2018.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £13.00
Adult Non-Members: £17.00; Non-Member Concessions: £15.00

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 Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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5 September 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Exeter City EFL Trophy Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-0 draw with Exeter City in the EFL Trophy, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the performance within the 90 minute period, the penalty shoot-out, and the break his players will now have before their next game at Newport County. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Exeter City EFL Trophy Game.


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5 September 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City EFL Trophy Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights from Yeovil Town's 0-0 draw against Exeter City in the EFL Trophy, these are now available online. In the two minute's worth of footage, you'll find first half and second half chances for Jordan Green, the latter of which was followed up by an Omari Patrick effort. They also show the spot kick that Patrick missed on the night, coupled with Exeter's winning penalty from Jack Sparkes that gave them a bonus point. Watch the footage below.




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5 September 2018 : Way Puts Emphasis On Clean Sheets After Penalty Shoot-Out Loss
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he wanted to concentrate on the positives of his side gaining another clean sheet, following Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Exeter City. The Glovers drew the match at Huish Park with a 0-0 scoreline across the 90 minutes of open play, but then lost a penalty shoot-out 4-3 that gave the Grecians a bonus point from the first of three matches at this stage.

Way preferred to reflect upon his side's performance during the open play period, that saw the club gain their fifth consecutive clean sheet in all competitions. He told BBC Somerset that he was happy with the fact that they still created a number of chances during the game:

"It's important that we look at the positives. It's another clean sheet. I can't have a go at anyone. I thought that Alex Pattison in the second half was very very effective, and Omari won us the game on Saturday. So I've told them to keep their heads up. They still gave everything. We had two or three efforts in a one-v-one with the goalkeeper, and on a normal day they've gone in for us. The players kept fighting until the end, and we were unfortunate to lose it on penalties."

The penalty shoot-out was lost when Alex Pattison had his spot kick saved before Omari Patrick blasted his attempt over the crossbar. Way chose not to push any blame on Patrick, pointing out that on Saturday, the Bradford City striker had won his side a League Two fixture at Grimsby Town by scoring the only goal of the game:

"It's just unfortunate. Omari won us the game on Saturday, and he's missed a penalty. You've got to be brave to take penalties. I've been involved in a number of penalty shoot-outs. We've won some and we've lost some, and we've been very successful previously. So it's one of those things and we move on."

The Glovers made four changes on the night of the game, swapping out both of their strikers and both of their central midfielders, giving other players their chance in the starting line-up. One of the players missing was midfielder Sessi D'Almeida, who has started his international duty with Benin this week. Way admitted that his team missed his energy on the pitch:

"Yes, 100 percent - it's obvious. But certain individuals need to follow that suit. Having said that, I thought that when Alex Pattison came on, he was very very effective. These players will make mistakes. I keep saying that making mistakes doesn't mean that they're failures. They're developing and probably someone you could look at tonight is Bevis Mugabi. I thought he was phenomenal. He's probably up there as the best one-v-one player that I've seen defensively, and I've been very impressed with his performance tonight."


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4 September 2018 : EFL Trophy Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
If you watched Tuesday night's penalty shoot-out defeat against Exeter City 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 Exeter City.


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4 September 2018 : Yeovil 0 Exeter 0 : Sparkes Spot Kick Gives Grecians Bonus Point
Yeovil Town picked up a point, but lost their penalty shoot-out against Exeter City on Tuesday night, in their opening EFL Trophy Group Stage match at Huish Park. In a match that finished 0-0 in normal time, the Glovers had their best chance in open play when a second half trio of chances saw Jordan Green and Omari Patrick spurn efforts on goal. When it came to the spot kicks, although Chiedozie Ogbene fired well wide to put Yeovil in charge, the Glovers failed to convert consecutive penalties from Alex Pattison and Omari Patrick, allowing Grecians Academy player Jack Sparkes the chance to give his side a bonus point and put them on top of their group after one game.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up for the game. Sessi D'Almeida was on international duty, whilst Alex Pattison was sat on the bench, allowing Jake Gray and Alefe Santos a chance to pair up in midfield. Up front, Alex Fisher and Diallang Jaiyesimi dropped to the bench, with Omari Patrick and Olufela Olomola replacing them, although Patrick started the game on the wing, with Yoann Arquin going up front.

In what was a rather quiet first half, the visitors created the better of the opportunities, even if it was Olufela Olomola's burst through as he chested the ball down, that brought off the game's first save, with his drive being parried away by James Hamon. Exeter were pressing the midfield well, and they saw a Jayden Stockley free kick deflect off the Yeovil defensive wall and over the bar, before a flowing move by Hiram Boateng saw him set up Lee Martin, only to find Nathan Baxter in the way.

Exeter got the ball in the back of the net five minutes before the break through Jayden Stockley, although he was flagged offside from Hiram Boateng's pass almost immediately, meaning that even the Exeter striker probably knew it wouldn't have counted. It was a half of very few efforts on goal, with the tempo of the match far lower than previous league games, and Yeovil's midfield struggling to get dominance of the ball. A few reshuffles saw Jordan Green finish the half up front, with Yoann Arquin moving back to the wing, but it still didn't spark anything of note.

The second period saw a more end to end brighter affair as the game began to open up. The Glovers had a wonderful opportunity early on in this period, with Jordan Green getting behind the Exeter back line, only to find James Hamon blocking his shot. As the goalmouth turned into diving bodies, Green saw a second effort blocked, before Omari Patrick and Olufela Olomola got in each other's way, with Patrick's weak shot easily saved by the recovering Hamon.

Alefe Santos gave away possession in midfield, allowing Exeter to break through Lee Martin, who in turn set up Jayden Stockley, with the striker's shot going across the face of goal. That was to be the end of Santos, as he was replaced a minute later by Alex Pattison. That allowed Yeovil to up their game far more in the centre, with Omari Patrick having a teed up shot blocked well by James Oakes for a corner.

With the game now firmly opening up, Jordan Tillson's shot saw Nathan Baxter parry the ball around the post for a corner, with Tillson putting over the crossbar from the resultant set piece, as he rose highest for the header, but misdirected it. But the longer the half went on, the more it fizzled out, with Alex Pattison having one 30 yard effort going over the bar, whilst another attempt went well wide. Yeovil did force a succession of three late corners, but Exeter by then were getting bodies in the way, meaning the game went to a shoot-out.

The first five spot kicks were all well delivered, meaning that when Exeter's Chiedozie Ogbene shot well wide of the goal, the Glovers should have been in a commanding position at 3-2 up, and a goal advantage. But Alex Pattison saw his spot kick saved, meaning that when Omari Patrick blasted his penalty well over the crossbar, it was the Grecians that had the advantage. Up stepped Exeter City's 17 year old Jack Sparkes - who had already netted against Yeovil Town as a 16 year old in last season's competition, and he scored the winning penalty to give Exeter a 4-3 victory from the shoot-out, and the extra bonus point.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Exeter City 0. (Exeter City win 3-4 on penalties)

Scorers: None.

Penalties: Diallang Jaiyesimi (1-0, Scored), Matt Jay (1-1, Scored), Olufela Olomola (2-1, Scored), Archie Collins (2-2, Scored), Carl Dickinson (3-2, Scored), Chiedozie Ogbene (3-2, MISSED), Alex Pattison (3-2, SAVED), Tristan Abrahams (3-3, Scored), Omari Patrick (3-3, MISSED), Jack Sparkes (3-4, Scored).

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 10. Jake Gray, 30. Alefe Santos, 8. Omari Patrick
24. Olufela Olomola, 18. Yoann Arquin

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips, 9. Alex Fisher, 14. Diallang Jaiyesimi (65 mins for Jordan Green), 15. Gabriel Rogers, 17. Alex Pattison (52 mins for Alefe Santos), 19. Korrey Henry, 26. Daniel Ojo

Exeter City:
13 James Hamon
18 James Oates 23 Luke Croll 4 Dara O'Shea 3 Craig Woodman
27 Archie Collins 6 Jordan Tillson 44 Hiram Boateng 7 Lee Martin
17 Matt Jay 11 Jayden Stockley

Substitutes:
2 Pierce Sweeney 8 Nicky Law 19 Tristan Abrahams (77 mins for Lee Martin) 24 Chiedozie Ogbene (56 mins for Hiram Boateng) 31 Jack Sparkes (66 mins for Jayden Stockley) 32 Felix Norman 41 Will Dean

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Exeter City Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 8; Fouls: 14.

Exeter City Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Assistants: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Savvas Yianni (Weston-super-Mare).

Attendance: 1,518 (with 160 Exeter City supporters).


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4 September 2018 : EFL Trophy Team News For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Tuesday evening's EFL Trophy Group Stage against Exeter City at Huish Park. The match sees four changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to last weekend's match against Grimsby Town. In midfield Alefe Santos replaces Sessi D'Almeida who drops off the teamsheet to start his international duty. He is partnered by Jake Gray with Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison dropping to the bench. Up front, there is a new front pairing with Scunthorpe United loanee Olufela Olomola and Bradford City loanee Omari Patrick given their first starts, with Diallang Jaiyesimi and Alex Fisher dropping to the bench.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury that will keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October. Winger Rhys Browne's hamstring injury is still keeping him out, whilst goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is yet to resume training following a calf injury. Defender Shaun Donnellan has a thigh strain. Tom James (hip flexor) and Wes McDonald (unspecified) are more recent injury issues.

Middlesbrough defender Enes Mahmutovic is on international duty with Luxembourg, although has yet to arrive at Huish Park to commence his loan spell, and won't do until midway through next week. Midfielder Sessi D'Almeida is on international duty with Benin, with them travelling to Togo this weekend.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 10. Jake Gray, 30. Alefe Santos, 18. Yoann Arquin
24. Olufela Olomola, 8. Omari Patrick

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips, 9. Alex Fisher, 14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 17. Alex Pattison, 19. Korrey Henry, 26. Daniel Ojo

Exeter City:
13 James Hamon
18 James Oates 23 Luke Croll 4 Dara O'Shea 3 Craig Woodman
6 Jordan Tillson 27 Archie Collins 44 Hiram Boateng
17 Matt Jay 11 Jayden Stockley 7 Lee Martin

Substitutes:
2 Pierce Sweeney 8 Nicky Law 19 Tristan Abrahams 24 Chiedozie Ogbene 31 Jack Sparkes 32 Felix Norman 41 Will Dean


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4 September 2018 : Ticketing For Crawley Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Crawley Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 29th September with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Broadfield Stadium. You have a choice of seating or terracing, with prices set as follows:

East Stand - Seated:
Adult: £20.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Under-21s: £13.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-16s: £4.00; Under-11s: £1.00.

North Stand - Terracing:
Adult: £16.00; Over-65s: £12.00; Under-21s: £11.00; Under-18s: £10.00; Under-16s: £4.00; Under-11s: £1.00.

Ambulant Disabled supporters will pay the relevant age bracket above but can admit an assistant free of charge. For Wheelchairs access and other disabled bookings call Crawley direct on 01293 410 000.

Tickets will also be available on the day at the same prices as above. However, the nearby ticket cabin will be cash only. For card payments you will need to go to their Ticket Office. Any tickets purchased for collection will be held at the ticket cabin.

Supporters can use the Redz Bar (situated outside the opposite South Stand) before the game.

There is very limited car parking available on a first come, first served basis. This is charged at £5.00 per car.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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4 September 2018 : EFL Trophy Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Officials for the EFL Trophy Group Stage match between Yeovil Town and Exeter City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 4th September 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. With such early competition fixtures often being low-key affairs, with little controversy, the League have decided to liven things up by appointing Trevor Kettle (Rutland). Fortunately, the disciplinary rules for the EFL Trophy run entirely independently from the main Football League suspension rules, meaning that whatever happens tonight can't affect the main League campaign.

If you don't know who Our Trev is, then we'll assume that you're new to Planet Earth. His name has been legendary amongst Glovers fans for approaching two decades - whether it's referring to him as "the Whistling Kettle" in games, or berating other referees to ask "Are you Kettle in disguise?" at any duff decision. His reputation has grown over the years, and we're not the only football club who knows of his legendary status.

Going back 18 years, our first view of him was on a Bank Holiday Monday, August 28th, 2000. We won the match against Hednesford Town 4-2 but still came away talking about an utterly bizarre refereeing performance that included two farcical penalty decisions for the penalties. The thing about Trevor is he likes to be noticed - and he doesn't care what you think of him. If he's given one penalty decision in a game, then he has no qualms in giving another - the same applies to yellow and red cards, and if anything there's a perception that once the card-waving genie is out of the bottle, it's hard to put it back in.

His appointment to the National List in 2003 coincided with our rise into the Football League, but his position in the RAF found him moving to East Anglia and we saw far less of him. However our fates have remained intertwined, and his highest refereeing honour to date, was as Fourth Official at the 2007 League One Play-off Final at Wembley.

When in the middle his performances had improved over the intervening years, and he was hardly noticeable in games at Huish Park against the likes of Blackpool, Chesterfield and Port Vale, or away at St Mary's in the League Cup. Even we had to stick on our neutral hats and admit that probably Gary Roberts deserved to walk for a high tackle whilst on a yellow card at Cheltenham Town in our meeting in April 2009 - such an opportunity to get the cards out for that was meat'n'drink for Trevor.

And that's what he does - you'll rarely get a 'last warning' with Our Trev, he'll whip out a card quicker than a sharp-shooter in an old-fashioned Western film, and by the time you're midway through the second half, you've entirely lost count. In the case of a Southend United vs Canvey Island televised cup tie, even he lost count as to who he had booked and when, by showing a 'second' yellow card to a player who hadn't been booked - a sort of a Graham Poll incident only with just the one yellow being involved.

Then there was the match in January 2011 at Hillsborough saw a 2-2 draw that ramped up his reputation for the more modern Yeovil Town supporter, who might not have appreciated why us old-timers rant'n'rave every time his name gets mentioned. This game was littered with seven yellow cards being raised, two red cards, and a twice taken (and missed) penalty. On that night, it was at times like watching one of those motorway pile-ups, where you realise that once one car crashes, that it's going to release a horrible chain of events. On 53 minutes, not a single card had been raised, but in the remaining 37 minutes, you needed a calculator to keep up with what was going on.

The red card for Luke Ayling was a typical Kettle dismissal - the majority of League One referees would not have considered raising a second yellow, giving the player one last chance on what wasn't a particularly bad tackle, but no, off he went. Equally, the Giles Coke twice-taken spot kick on the video showed the major encroachment actually came from Yeovil players and not from the Owls, so we got a bit lucky there. Even though there were no complaints on Adam Virgo's red card for a professional foul, the general feel of the night was that this was a Kettlesque performance.

We then had him three months later against Oldham Athletic at Huish Park. We're not sure if the Latics had done their homework on the official, but they seemed to do rather a lot of trying to wind things up, combined with the odd dodgy tumble inside the box to see if Our Trev would bite. He didn't on that count, but still managed to raise his yellow card seven times, including sending poor old Luke Ayling from the field for a second time.

We were then serenaded by our One True Love on Valentines Day 2012, as we journeyed to play Wycombe Wanderers. This romantic encounter was never a dirty game, but Mr Kettle was in the mood for handing out cards to those he loved - providing eight players across both teams a memento of their floodlit evening. We're not sure if we should praise him or heckle him for the fact that the Glovers had to take off Gavin Williams during that game to stop him from being sent off. In most other circumstances Gav wouldn't have been in danger - to be fair to the referee, he apparently did tell the Glovers bench that Gavin's next foul would see him leave the field, thus inviting us to get Gavin off before he did. He also managed to conjure up seven minutes of second half injury time in a game where the physios had barely entered the field of play.

On Tuesday 12th March 2013, we were left almost disappointed. The Football League's website had quite firmly stated that Mr Kettle would be joining us for the evening home game against Crawley Town. By the time we got to kick-off, his name had been replaced by James Adcock. Mr Adcock had a game so bad that a number of people still assumed it was Our Trev as they abused Adcock with Kettle-heckles, but mercifully he was sat at home watching TV.

However, he made his mighty return later that year for the August 2013 fixture against Reading during our year in the Championship. With 13 minutes remaining of a gutsy Glovers performance, Luke Ayling and Adam Le Fondre did battle close to the home terrace touchline, and with the ball looking like it was about to run out of play, Le Fondre went own. The Whistling Kettle decided to do his thing and award the penalty that won the game for the Royals. Watching back on the match video, the decision looked horrifically soft, and manager Gary Johnson berated the decision:

"I'm gutted for the lads because they've had that great performance taken away from them by that particular decision. And if you give that decision as it was, then you've got to give the one at the other end (when Michael Ngoo went down in the box), because in my opinion they are exactly the same. This particular referee likes to give penalties on occasions and is very quick to give them. I just think that sometimes you have to think about it for a couple of seconds. I'm going home pleased with my team, but a little bit angry with how the game has been won."

In February 2016, we're not sure if Our Trev was maybe a bit off colour, but for the match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Victoria Road - a vital six-pointer in which he could have easily stepped in and become the star of the show - he actually had a good unobtrusive game, with just one late yellow card and very little input into the game of note. He was rather more visible for the April 2017 game against Carlisle United - our most recent encounter - where he was the man that dismissed Ben Whitfield from the field of play. The challenge on Tom Miller looked more accidental than vicious, but when a crowd of opposition players all surround Kettle after a controversial incident, you know the red card is coming out. To be fair, if it wasn't him in charge, we probably would have nodded in agreement.

We had him twice during the 2017-18 season. The first was in September 2017, when he took charge of the League Two match against Crawley Town. In all honesty, he didn't have a big impact on the match, even if he lived on the edge with seven bookings, that left you wondering who had and hadn't been booked. We didn't have a good day, losing the match 2-0, and Kettle stopped us from getting back into the match late on after he blew up during a goalmouth scramble, but despite our green-tinted spectacles we thought Crawley's keeper had been fouled. It wasn't a particularly good day, but the officials didn't come into that. Most recently he took charge of the April 2018 match against Swindon Town at the County Ground. There he was unusually restrained - a rather robust challenge by Omar Sowunmi just before half time led to a melee that usually results in Our Trev raising a red or two - instead he just dished out two yellows, and otherwise stayed out of the game.

If you think it's just Yeovil Town matches that he does this for, then you'd be wrong. In February 2017, he took charge of the League Two match between Cambridge United and Newport County. During that game he awarded a penalty, and gave a red card to Newport's Mitchell Rose late on during the match. Whilst they couldn't appeal against the penalty itself, Newport successfully appealed against the red card dished out to Rose, and were successful in doing so. However, Kettle still had the last laugh - during the incident, Rose had knocked the red card out of Kettle's hand with it dropping to the floor, and so Rose was charged by the FA for misconduct. The end result was that he received a five match ban for that part of the incident, penalising him for a card that the FA agreed should never have been raised.

Mr Kettle will be aided and abetted by Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Savvas Yianni (Weston-super-Mare).

Link: January 2011 : Sheffield Wednesday 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: February 2012 : Wycombe Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: August 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Reading 1.

Link: February 2016 : Dagenham and Redbridge 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 2.

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

Link: April 2018 : Swindon Town 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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3 September 2018 : 2018-19 EFL Trophy Player Selection Rules
The Football League have published full details of their rules for the 2018-19 EFL Trophy. The rules have gradually been tweaked over the years, with the last changes being announced around the League's 2018 Summer AGM. The League have now made further changes, which continue to relax the rules over what each club can field as an eligible team.

Although this won't affect Yeovil Town at present, the new rules allow players that are on loan with National League clubs (including all three divisions) can be recalled back to their parent club and play in the competition for the evening, before resuming their loan agreement with the National League side. This is only allowed for long-term (half-season, full-season) loans.

When the revamped Trophy competition was relaunched for the 2016-17 season, the rules stated that a club's starting eleven must contain at least six of the players that had started the club's previous first team fixture, or include six of the club's eleven most regular starters. Only one of the two methods could be used to select the team. That definition has gradually been heavily eroded.

The 2018-19 definiton now allows Football League clubs to select just four outfield players in the starting line-up that meet the 'recognised first team player' definition. That definition has now been expanded further, with the criteria for an individual player (rather than the team) being allowed to be any of the following:

a) Started the club's immediately preceding first team fixture
b) Starts the club's immediately following first team fixture
c) Is in the top ten players who have started the most first team fixtures during the season
d) Has made 40 or more starting appearances in first team fixtures or international equivalents during his career (which can be during previous seasons or for previous clubs)
e) Is on loan from an EPPP Category One Academy club

The choice of goalkeeper is no longer assessed for the competition rules - only outfield starters are considered. Clubs that do not meet the rules can be fined up to £5,000 per game where this is breached.

The effect of this season's rule changes, is that Yeovil Town would find it hard to breach the competition rules. Considering the players that currently have a first team squad number, and based on their last starting line-up, only Korrey Henry, Wes McDonald, Tyrique Spencer-Clarke, Olufela Olomola and Gabriel Rogers would fail to make this criteria. However, given the rules allow six such outfield players to be selected, it would only be once they started dipping into their Under-18 side that they would need to pay clear attention to the rules.


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3 September 2018 : Irish FA Omit Donnellan From National Squad Due To Injury
Barely 30 minutes after Yeovil Town named defender Shaun Donnellan as having been called up for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 internationals, the FA of Ireland have announced that he will NOT feature due to injury. The squad announced on the FAI website does not name Donnellan in their eighteen man squad - he was one of three players the Glovers had named as the underlying reason behind the postponement of their League Two match against Milton Keynes Dons this weekend.

Head Coach Noel King has selected an eighteen man squad for the trip to Kosovo along with the home match against Germany, which includes former loanee Corey Whelan, who is currently in another temporary spell away from Liverpool, on the books of Crewe Alexandra.

Of Donnellan, King confirms that Donnellan won't be part of his squad due to injury, with the player having been out since August 11th due to a thigh problem:

"The players are really looking forward to the week ahead and the squad are excited about the fixtures. They've got ourselves into a great position going into the games and they'll look to secure more crucial points in these next two games. The group are missing a few players, the likes of Connor Dimaio, Olamide Shodipo and Shaun Donnellan so the group will have to come together and work hard during the week to get the results we need."

Goalkeepers: Kieran O'Hara (Manchester United, loan Macclesfield Town), Liam Bossin (Nottingham Forest).

Defenders: Danny Kane (Cork City FC, loan AFC Fylde), Ryan Sweeney (Stoke City, loan Mansfield United), Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Connor Shaughnessy (Leeds United), Ryan Delaney (Rochdale), Corey Whelan (Liverpool, loan Crewe Alexandra).

Midfielders: Jake Mulraney (Hearts), Jamie McGrath (Dundalk), Ryan Manning (QPR, loan Rotherham United), Harry Charsley (Everton), Josh Cullen (West Ham United, loan Charlton Athletic), Rory Hale (Derry City).

Forwards: Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth), Joe Quigley (Maidstone), Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town), Ronan Hale (Birmingham City, loan Derry City).


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3 September 2018 : Donnellan Given Republic Of Ireland Call-Up
Yeovil Town centre-back Shaun Donnellan has been named as the third player called up into his national squad for this coming weekend. Whilst the names of Sessi D'Almeida (Benin) and Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) were already known to have been called up on international duty, the identity of the third person that had caused this weekend's League Two match against Milton Keynes Dons to be called off had not previously been divulged.

Donnellan's inclusion in the Republic of Ireland Under-21 squad for a pair of international matches is something of a surprise, given that he's missed the last five matches with a thigh injury. The 21 year old was substituted at half time during the August 11th match against Mansfield Town and has not appeared on a teamsheet since. Donnellan himself has said he still has a week's worth of rehabilitation left on his injury, adding today:

"Still got a tough week of rehab to go. Hoping to be right for a massive game."

Despite that, the club have allowed him to be released to travel to Kosovo for a UEFA European Championship U21 qualifier on Friday 7th September, which will be followed up by a home match against Germany on Tuesday 11th September.

The call-up for Sessi D'Almeida was known about last week and will see him travel to play against Togo in a 2019 African Cup of Nations Qualifier.

Meanwhile the call-up for Middlesbrough defender Enes Mahmutovic was made prior to his loan transfer being agreed. He will travel to Luxembourg to play Moldova on Saturday, before an away match against San Marino next Tuesday. Only after that game he will finally make his first trip down to South Somerset to commence his loan agreement.


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3 September 2018 : Francois Zoko Talks About His Recent Knee Injury
Last month, Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko suffered a serious knee injury, when he was the victim of a foul, during second half injury time against Mansfield Town. Whilst he hobbles about, he's still managed to make it to a couple of games as a spectator - the latest was Saturday's 1-0 victory over Grimsby Town. There he spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, explaining what his current fitness looks like and some of his views on the squad and the newer signings, as well as the role that he can still play when he gets to games. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Francois Zoko Speaks To The BBC About His Recent Injury.


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3 September 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Grimsby Town Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two 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 talks about the return of Scunthorpe United loanee Olufela Olomola, the injuries to Tom James and Wes McDonald and his views on the squad expansion. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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2 September 2018 : Omari Patrick Talks About His Debut Goal And The Grimsby Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 victory over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, Yeovil Town's on loan striker Omari Patrick spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the Bradford City loanee gives his views on the goal itself, the victory and his initial impressions of around a week at Huish Park. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Omari Patrick Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Win Against Grimsby Town.


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2 September 2018 : Video : Two Minute Highlights From Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
For those who want to view lengthier match highlights of Saturday's 1-0 victory over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, these are now available online. There are two minute's worth of YouTube footage available below. In addition to the winning goal from Bradford City loanee Omari Patrick, they also feature a first half chance from Diallang Jaiyesimi, along with a late effort on goal from Patrick. Watch the clip below.




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2 September 2018 : Glovers Defender Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town defender Carl Dickinson has been named in the Team Of The Week for the weekend's matches. The former Notts County left-back has been an ever-present in the Glovers' 2018-19 season side, and played a full 90 minutes in the club's 1-0 victory over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park - their fourth clean sheet in a row.

The team for League Two, as selected by The League Paper includes one other former Glover, with Reuben Reid scoring for Forest Green Rovers in their 3-1 away win against Notts County at Meadow Lane.

The full line-up is as follows (and it's the paper that's put Dickinson in as a centre-back, not ourselves!):

Bobby Olejnik (Mansfield Town)
Brad Halliday (Cambridge United), Carl Dickinson (Yeovil Town), Michael Bostwick (Lincoln City), Jason Shackell (Lincoln City)
David Amoo (Cambridge United), James Jones (Crewe Alexandra), Lee Frecklington (Lincoln City), Luke Norris (Colchester United)
Reuben Reid (Forest Green Rovers), Jordan Bowery (Crewe Alexandra)

Manager: Danny Cowley (Lincoln City).


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1 September 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Grimsby Town Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 away win against Grimsby Town 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 gives his views on the victory, his squad's overall strength, the substitution of Jordan Green and the two week break from league action the club now face. Read that interview, via the link below.

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


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1 September 2018 : Video : Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town Short Match Highlights
For those who want to watch short highlights of Yeovil Town's 1-0 win over Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, these can now be viewed online. The Sky Sports website shows a minute's worth of footage which includes a first half effort from Diallang Jaiyesimi, as well as the winning goal from Bradford City loanee Omari Patrick. They also show footage of an incident where Mariners fans felt they should have been awarded a first half penalty. Watch the highlights via the link below.

We'll provide longer highlights of the game tomorrow lunchtime.

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


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1 September 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-1 win against Grimsby 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.

NOTE: As only 72 fans were at Blundell Park, all votes will count significantly. If you saw the game on any internet live streams, feel free to also cast your vote for such games.

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


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1 September 2018 : Grimsby 0 Yeovil 1 : Patrick Nets Debut Winner As Glovers Go Fifth
Yeovil Town picked up their third win in four games, as they edged past Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. In a match where defences were largely on top, the Glovers had to remain patient as a number of Nathan Baxter saves gave them their fourth clean sheet in a row. The match was settled when Bradford City striker Omari Patrick produced a solo goal to net on his debut for the club twelve minutes from time, lifting Yeovil up to 5th place in the League Two table and a point inside the play-off positions.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their line-up from last weekend's home match against Stevenage. Both were forced with Tom James and Wes McDonald having limped off during the first half of that match. Whilst the nature of their injuries wasn't disclosed, their places were taken by Bevis Mugabi and Jordan Green respectively. Diallang Jaiyesimi returned to the club he'd had a loan spell with last season, whilst Jordan Cook came up against his former loan club.

Although Alex Fisher tried his luck from distance with a 40 yard attempt that cleared the crossbar, it was Grimsby that carved out the bulk of the first half efforts on goal. Charles Vernam was lively up front for the Mariners and he forced Nathan Baxter into a save as the Chelsea loanee pushed the ball out for a corner. From that set piece Baxter was in the way of an Alex Whitmore header. Vernam then had a shot that deflected off Omar Sowunmi as the home side forced the issues.

Yeovil's best chance of the half came from Diallang Jaiyesimi. In front of the supporters that had backed him last season, he teamed up with Jordan Green, having two bites in front of goal, with the second effort going just wide of the posts. Other than that Yeovil were struggling to get clear openings, with their best periods of pressure coming from corner kicks. Not that Grimsby were doing too much at the other end, with them restricted to shots from distance as a set piece from Jake Hessenthaler, and a wayward effort from Luke Hendrie missed the target.

The second half pointed to more of the same, as JJ Hooper's poor shot was followed up by Jordan Cook heading wide of the target for the home side from John Welsh's shot. Yeovil tried to spark some life into their front line as Olufela Olomola came on for Jordan Green, with the winger having gone down in pain just before he was withdrawn. That change saw Diallang Jaiyesimi drop into Green's position, whilst Olomola went up front. There was a further reshuffle ten minutes later as Omari Patrick came on for his debut, with Jaiyesimi ending his day - Patrick occupied a left-wing slot.

Still it looked as though the game would remain goalless, with Nathan Baxter pushing another Charles Vernam effort away for a corner. But out of the blue, came Omari Patrick's first major contribution to the game, and it turned out to be a big one. Twelve minutes into his Yeovil Town career, danced his way across a pair of Grimsby defenders to give himself room, cut past Luke Hendrie, and then fired a low shot into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead!

Grimsby's reaction was to introduce Mitch Rose, and to play three at the back during the final ten minutes. Yeovil in turn withdrew Alex Fisher for a more defensive approach, as Jake Gray came on, with Yoann Arquin moved up front. Grimsby began putting direct balls into the box, with Rose the main contributor - from one of his free kicks that Harry Clifton recycled, Jordan Cook headed just over the crossbar, whilst a number of long throws saw Yeovil have to dig deep.

The Glovers could have sneaked a second goal on 90 minutes as Omari Patrick caught the home side on the break. But he dragged his shot wide, meaning they had to ride out four minutes of injury time. They did that successfully, lifting themselves to fifth in the League Two table. A pointer to that rise comes more with their defensive solidity this season, with four clean sheets in a row, which was a particularly important factor on a day where they didn't always fire on all four cylinders, apart from Patrick's moment of magic.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Grimsby Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Omari Patrick (0-1, 78 mins)

Grimsby Town:
1 James McKeown
24 Harry Davis 25 Alex Whitmore 12 Akin Famewo 27 Luke Hendrie
16 Martyn Woolford 4 John Welsh 7 Jake Hessenthaler 9 JJ Hooper
18 Charles Vernam 11 Jordan Cook

Substitutes:
8 Mitch Rose (81 mins for Harry Davis) 14 Louis Robles 15 Harry Clifton (65 mins for Martyn Woolford) 19 Andrew Fox (61 mins for JJ Hooper) 20 Max Wright 22 Elliot Embleton 23 Sam Russell

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips, 8. Omari Patrick (66 mins for Diallang Jaiyesimi), 10. Jake Gray (82 mins for Alex Fisher), 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 24. Olufela Olomola (56 mins for Jordan Green), 30. Alefe Santos

Grimsby Town Bookings: Jordan Cook (foul, 64 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 20 mins)

Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Barry Gordon (County Durham) and Simon Clayton (County Durham). Fourth Official: Paul Graham (Manchester).

Attendance: 4,284 (with 72 Yeovil Town supporters)


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1 September 2018 : Way Pleased With Defensive Spine After Victory On 'Desert' Pitch
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was happy to come away with all three points at Blundell Park on Saturday afternoon, as they moved their way up to fifth place in the League Two table. The 1-0 victory came as part of a tight game, after Bradford City loanee Omari Patrick netted on his debut for the club, twelve minutes from time, giving the Glovers their third win in their last four matches.

The 90 minutes was largely about attrition, rather than style, with chances often scarce during the match. Way blamed the lack of game flow on Grimsby's pitch, describing it as a 'desert' suggesting that the Mariners had adopted a tactic of keeping the watering of the pitch down to a minimum in the lead-up to the match:

"Very good to come away from home and play like we did, in the manner that we did. I have to say that it was hard for us to play our game. I look at the pitch, and the pitch was like a desert. It was very dry and it stopped us playing the way that we wanted to play. Fair play to them, as obviously they kept it dry for a reason. So it was hard to get that flow that we've had in previous games. But we knew that they would probably tire and we would get that opportunity in the squad that we've got at the moment."

Whilst Way acknowledged the match-winner Patrick, he reserved his main praise for centre-back pairing Gary Warren and Omar Sowunmi, who had to do a lot of defending, particularly late on in the match when Grimsby adopted a direct approach to try to force an equalising goal:

"It was a great goal. So yes we're very pleased. So having said that, being in the technical area what pleased me more was the spine of the team, which I touched on previous to the game. I thought with Gary Warren and Omar Sowunmi, when you've got that base and they're heading, kicking, blocking and tackling, you can build on that. It was proud for me to watch that. When you build good squads, that's what good squads do. A good back four, strong and very competitive and a desire to win."


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1 September 2018 : Grimsby 0 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town picked up their third win in four games, as they edged past Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. In a match where defences were largely on top, the Glovers had to remain patient as a number of Nathan Baxter saves gave them their fourth clean sheet in a row. The match was settled when Bradford City striker Omari Patrick produced a solo goal to net on his debut for the club twelve minutes from time, lifting Yeovil up to 5th place in the League Two table and a point inside the play-off positions.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Grimsby Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Omari Patrick (0-1, 78 mins)

Grimsby Town:
1 James McKeown
24 Harry Davis 25 Alex Whitmore 12 Akin Famewo 27 Luke Hendrie
16 Martyn Woolford 4 John Welsh 7 Jake Hessenthaler 9 JJ Hooper
18 Charles Vernam 11 Jordan Cook

Substitutes:
8 Mitch Rose (81 mins for Harry Davis) 14 Louis Robles 15 Harry Clifton (65 mins for Martyn Woolford) 19 Andrew Fox (61 mins for JJ Hooper) 20 Max Wright 22 Elliot Embleton 23 Sam Russell

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips, 8. Omari Patrick (66 mins for Diallang Jaiyesimi), 10. Jake Gray (82 mins for Alex Fisher), 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 24. Olufela Olomola (56 mins for Jordan Green), 30. Alefe Santos

Grimsby Town Bookings: Jordan Cook (foul, 64 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 20 mins)

Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Thomas Bramall (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Barry Gordon (County Durham) and Simon Clayton (County Durham). Fourth Official: Paul Graham (Manchester).

Attendance: 4,284 (with 72 Yeovil Town supporters)


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1 September 2018 : Team News For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. The match sees two changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to last weekend's match against Stevenage. Defender Tom James limped off 15 minutes into last weekend's match and doesn't make the squad, with Bevis Mugabi comes into the side to replace him at right-back. Winger Wes McDonald was claimed to be fit in Thursday's press interviews, but hasn't made it onto the teamsheet, with his place taken by Jordan Green.

New Scunthorpe United loan signing Olufela Olomola returns for his second spell with the Glovers and he sits on the bench. Bradford City loan striker Omari Patrick comes into the squad and also sits on the bench today.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury that will keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October. Winger Rhys Browne's hamstring injury is still keeping him out, whilst goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is yet to resume training following a calf injury. Defender Shaun Donnellan has a thigh strain. Tom James and Wes McDonald have unspecified injuries.

Middlesbrough defender Enes Mahmutovic is implicitly the club's sixth loanee this afternoon, as he's yet to arrive at Huish Park - he won't do so until after next weekend's international break, due to his call-up to the Luxembourg national squad, which happened prior to his loan agreement being finalised.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi, 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt), 4. Gary Warren, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida, 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
14. Diallang Jaiyesimi, 9. Alex Fisher

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips, 8. Omari Patrick, 10. Jake Gray, 15. Gabriel Rogers, 19. Korrey Henry, 24. Olufela Olomola, 30. Alefe Santos

Grimsby Town:
1 James McKeown
24 Harry Davis 25 Alex Whitmore 12 Akin Famewo 27 Luke Hendrie
16 Martyn Woolford 4 John Welsh 7 Jake Hessenthaler 9 JJ Hooper
18 Charles Vernam 11 Jordan Cook

Substitutes:
8 Mitch Rose 14 Louis Robles 15 Harry Clifton 19 Andrew Fox 20 Max Wright 22 Elliot Embleton 23 Sam Russell


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1 September 2018 : Yeovil Town vs Oldham Athletic : Man Of The Match Result
Ten days ago, Yeovil Town took on Oldham Athletic in a League Two match at Huish Park. The end result was a 0-0 draw that in the main accurately described the pattern of the game - a match in which defences were on top, but where both teams struggled to trouble the goalkeepers.

Man of the Match voting saw Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison impress in the centre of midfield, along with his partner Sessi D'Almeida. But the poll winner on the night was centre-back Omar Sowunmi, who picked up almost double the points of his two nearest challengers, to produce a clear outright winner.

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

1. Omar Sowunmi 172 (13)
2. Sessi D'Almeida 94 (6)
3. Alex Pattison 92 (6)
4. Diallang Jaiyesimi 50 (2)
5. Carl Dickinson 42 (1)
6. Gary Warren 36 (0)
7. Wes McDonald 22 (1)
8. Tom James 18 (1)
9. Yoann Arquin 8 (0)
10. Nathan Baxter 4 (0)
11. Alex Fisher 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.5
Performance : 6.67
Entertainment : 6.33
VOTES RECEIVED : 30


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