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19 September 2019 : Yeovil Town Given Clean Bill In Home Office Arrest Statistics
Yeovil Town's strong record for good supporter behaviour continued into the 2018-19 season, according to the official statistics issued by the Home Office. The publication of their annual Football Related Arrests and Banning Orders shows that during last season there were zero arrests - the second year that no arrests have been recorded.

There is a slight inconsistency recorded in terms of the Home Office statistics in that they record one new Football Banning Order against Yeovil Town that was issued prior to August 1st 2019. That banning order was enforced on Tuesday 4th June and relates to an incident that took place at Exeter City's St James Park on Boxing Day 2018. The inconsistency may come down to reports that the individual was not a Yeovil Town supporter, but happened to be occupying that end of the stadium on that day. However, the Banning Order issued in Court contained details that were specific to his whereabouts in relation to Huish Park on matchdays.

Overall, the club's record has been near-exemplary over the past five years, with just two arrests in the last four years, one of which related to a supporter entering onto the field of play, whilst the other during the 2016-17 season related to a pyrotechnics incident where the accused was later found not guilty. By comparison, neighbours Bristol Rovers saw 12 arrests, Bristol City had 28, whilst Exeter City had three. Inside the Football League only Accrington Stanley, AFC Wimbledon, Crawley Town, Morecambe and Peterborough United had zero arrests across the season.

Nationwide there are currently 1,771 Football Banning Orders in place, which continues the downward trend that has been the case since figures were first published in 2011 - a 44 percent drop since that period, and down from 1,822 since last season. Similarly the number of arrests have declined, with 1,381 last season, compared to 1,542 during the previous year, and 3,089 during the 2010-11 season. Both trends are clearly going in the right direction.

The one disappointing statistic nationwide has been a sudden spike in hate crime statistics, of which 79 percent related to race. The Home Office recorded 193 matches where a hate crime incident occurred, up from 131 on the previous season. Whilst they surmise that part of this increase may be related to fans being given better ways of reporting such incidents, such as matchday mobile phone applications or texting services that can quietly alert stewards to a particular block in a ground, others are due to specific targeted abuse of players such as Manchester City's Raheem Sterling and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

The country's biggest offenders are Stoke City with 80 arrests during the 2018-19 season, with 62 of those relating to a Stoke City Under-21s fixture that was staged at local rivals Port Vale's ground in December 2018, where Stoke supporters smashed windows and toilet facilities in the away end at Vale Park, in what was by far the worst single incident of the 2018-19 season. Leeds United (49) and Aston Villa (42) are the second and third worst clubs in the country for arrests.


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19 September 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : Turning Brief Top Seven Encounters Into Permanent Stays
Just under two weeks ago, Yeovil Town entered a top seven slot in the National League table. Perhaps wisely, there hasn't been too much emphasis put on that, even though they followed that up last Saturday by a win over AFC Fylde that pushed them into fourth place. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at some of the problems the club has had in the past of maintaining that position, and how they overcame a hurdle when they beat the Lancashire side. There's also a look at where the club's takeover stands, if you can bear to read about it. Read on via the link below and feel free to pass your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Turning Brief Top Seven Encounters Into Permanent Stays.


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19 September 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Solihull Moors
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travel to the south side of Birmingham, where they will visit Solihull Moors for the first time in three years. As a result, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover this trip to cover ticketing, parking, a pub guide, statistics and all the other useful stuff for visiting Damson Park. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Solihull Moors.

Link: Ticketing For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

The Main Stand at Damson Park
The Main Stand at Damson Park.
Photo © 2019 Paul Andrews/Ciderspace



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18 September 2019 : Supporter Alliance Meeting Minutes : Thursday 5th September 2019
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town's Supporters Alliance Group held their first meeting of the 2019-20 season. Discussing recent stadium issues, the club's screening of the televised match against Barrow, issues surrounding the match at Barnet, and the National League's ticketing policy were discussed at that meeting. The full minutes can be read via the link below.

Link: Supporter Alliance Meeting : Thursday 5th September 2019.


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18 September 2019 : Season Ticket Sales Record Drop Following Club's Relegation
Yeovil Town suffered a drop in Season Ticket Sales of 18 percent this summer, following the club's relegation from the Football League. Summer 2019 sales have been confirmed as 1,244, which includes 184 Junior Glovers season tickets, compared to the 1,518 total that was recorded for the 2018-19 season.

Aside from the obvious drop into National League football, which will have deterred a number of fans from buying a Season Ticket, it's highly likely that the club's long-running takeover saga will have eaten into that figure, with a number of fans making the decision that they would not purchase a new ticket until the club's current owners had left the building. Yeovil Town has spent much of 2019 going through a series of takeover processes without completion, with the current Ownership providing minimal outward communication.

The 18 percent drop is also reflected in early 2019-20 season attendances, which are currently down by 17 percent, averaging 2,449 compared to last season's 2,953 which represented a tiny rise on the average attendance, mainly due to boosted crowds in the club's final four games of that season. This year, there will have been a hit on overall matchday crowds due to a drop in visiting supporter numbers as well.

Obviously, the club's current league position (if maintained) and more attractive home fixtures against Woking, Aldershot, Torquay United and Wrexham may help address that current shortfall, as would the club takeover if it completes and takes the club in a new and better direction. However, for the short term at least, the club will operate with 274 less Season Ticket Holders than it did last year.

Yeovil Town Season Ticket Sales Statistics:
2003-04 Season : 3,000
2004-05 Season : 3,220
2005-06 Season : 3,600
2006-07 Season : 2,800
2007-08 Season : 2,900
2008-09 Season : 2,260
2009-10 Season : 2,100
2010-11 Season : 2,100
2011-12 Season : 2,014
2012-13 Season : 1,975
2013-14 Season : 2,767
2014-15 Season : 2,749
2015-16 Season : 2,296
2016-17 Season : 1,950
2017-18 Season : 1,534
2018-19 Season : 1,518
2019-20 Season : 1,244


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18 September 2019 : FA Youth Cup Draw Sees Academy Given Shots Trip
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have been drawn away in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup. With the first team having dropped into non-league football, the Academy side now commences its involvement in the competition much earlier, and they will face a trip to Aldershot Town in this round.

A date for the fixture has yet to be arranged, but in principle it will be played during the week commencing September 30th, and will be a 7.30p.m. kick-off at the Recreation Ground. The match will be settled on the night, using extra time and penalties if required. Aldershot's admission prices for this fixture will be as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Concessions: £3.00.

Aldershot's policy on concessions are that they apply to Over-65s, Military Personnel, Young Adults (aged 19-21) and Students. There's a slight bit of ambiguity here, in that they have not set a Juniors rate for this fixture, which tends to imply that these would also fall into that category for that match.

As soon as a firm date is known, we'll publicise it on the news page.

Note: The first team are also due to travel to Aldershot later this month - for ticketing and travel details for that fixture, see the articles linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Aldershot Town vs Yeovil Town (First Team).

Link: GWSC Travel For Aldershot Town vs Yeovil Town (First Team).

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.

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


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17 September 2019 : Saturday's Opponents Bring Back Last Season's Top Goalscorer On Loan
Saturday's National League opponents Solihull Moors have managed to bring their 2018-19 season top goalscorer back to Damson Park. They have recruited striker Adi Yussuf on loan until January 5th 2020, four months after he left Solihull to sign for League One side Blackpool. The 27 year old has yet to play for his new club, and so has returned to the West Midlands on a temporary basis.

Yussuf only spent one season at Solihull, having been signed from Barrow in the summer of 2018. However, he became a key part of their side that finished runners-up in the 2018-19 National League table, scoring 21 goals in 54 appearances in all competitions, with four of those coming in FA Cup matches. He moved on to Bloomfield Road at the end of the season. Solihull manager Tim Flowers has said that he sees Yussuf's failure to establish himself at third tier level as being down to Blackpool changing their management team over the summer, after he signed up:

"We're delighted to have Adi back for a short period of time. He made the jump up to League One at the end of last season and that was a reflection of all his hard work. However, due to the managerial situation and different ideas, he has found himself out of the picture at Blackpool. We are bare bones all over pitch at the moment, not just up front. We need to get some bodies in, and Adi was open to coming. We welcome him back with open arms and hope he continues with where he left off from last season."

Solihull currently lie in 12th place in the National League table, five points behind Yeovil Town but with a game in hand. They lost 3-0 at Barrow on Saturday and have not won a game in five matches, scoring only two goals.

Link: Ticketing For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.


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17 September 2019 : Jimmy Smith Talks About The AFC Fylde Win And His Debut
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-2 win over AFC Fylde at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Jimmy Smith spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Jimmy's views on scoring in his first match since he arrived on loan from Crawley Town, and the team's overall performance can be read via the link below.

Link: Jimmy Smith Speaks To The BBC After The 3-2 Win Against AFC Fylde.


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16 September 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs AFC Fylde Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Yeovil Town's 3-2 victory over AFC Fylde at Huish Park, these are now available online. You'll find four and a half minutes worth of footage that includes all five goals, including the three scored by Rhys Murphy, Myles Hippolyte and Crawley Town loanee Jimmy Smith. View the footage via the YouTube clip below.




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16 September 2019 : Hutton Named In National League's Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town's on loan full-back Remeao Hutton has been included in the Team of the Week, chosen by the National League. The Birmingham City player has played in 10 out of Yeovil Town's 11 matches this season, and took a right-back slot for Saturday's 3-2 win over AFC Fylde, but has also been utilised as a right wing-back, and as a left wing-back earlier in the season.

He is named by the National League's betting partner, in a side that like the Non-League Paper also includes AFC Fylde's substitute Kurt Willoughby who scored two second half goals. The team selected is as follows:

James Belshaw (Harrogate Town)
Remeao Hutton (Yeovil Town), Tom Champion (Boreham Wood), Ricardo Santos (Barnet), Sam Wood (Bromley)
Curtis Weston (Chesterfield), Ethan Chislett (Aldershot Town), John Rooney (Barrow)
Kurt Willoughby (AFC Fylde), Joe Quigley (Dagenham and Redbridge), Kyle Wootton (Notts County)


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16 September 2019 : Worthington Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Worthington has been named in the Team Of The Week for the weekend just gone. The former AFC Bournemouth Academy player has been recognised for his efforts in the 3-2 win over AFC Fylde that saw him put in a battling performance in the middle of the park. Slightly unusually, the nominations made by the Non-League Paper include representatives from both sides, with Fylde substitute Kurt Willoughby recognised for his second half performance that produced two goals for the visitors.

The team chosen includes former Yeovil Town loanee Scott Loach and reads as follows:

Scott Loach (Barnet)
Manny Onariase (Dagenham and Redbridge), Connor Hall (Harrogate Town), Lewis Kinsella (Aldershot)
Wes Fonguck (Barnet), Matt Worthington (Yeovil Town), Jim O'Brien (Notts County), Curtis Weston (Chesterfield), John Rooney (Barrow)
Joe Quigley (Dagenham and Redbridge), Kurt Willoughby (AFC Fylde).

Manager: John Sheridan (Chesterfield).


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16 September 2019 : Glovers Loan Round-Up Sees John, Shako And Ojo Receiving Praise
Yeovil Town have got five players out on loan at present, with four of them in action over the last week. The most senior of those players is striker Ryan Seager and he gained his third appearance for National League South side Havant and Waterlooville on Saturday. Whilst the 23 year old gained 66 minutes and 45 minutes during his first two appearances for the Hawks, on this occasion, he was rationed to coming on for the final 11 minutes of their match on Saturday.

By then, Havant and Waterlooville were 1-2 down at home to Braintree Town and the Essex side scored in the 88th minute to give them a 1-3 away win, to leave Havant in third place and now ten points behind runaway leaders Wealdstone. Havant's next match is at home to Taunton Town in the FA Cup Second Qualifying Round - at present it's not clear if Yeovil Town will allow him to become cup-tied in this competition.

Heading west on the South Coast, Gosport Borough have played a pair of matches since Nestor Shako and Alex John joined them on loan just under a week ago. On the day that they were signed up, the pair made an immediate debut in the Southern League Cup, enduring a difficult evening as Sholing Sports beat then 5-1 last Wednesday night. Both players played the full 90 minutes with John providing the 66th minute free kick that saw Sam Argent head home. Manager Lee Molyneaux was full of praise for the pair, and said that 'rave reports' would be going back to Huish Park about them:

"They were a stand-out for me. Absolutely superb. For their age, with two 19 year olds, Alex John got on the ball a lot and I think Nestor had about eight or nine shots. For a striker to have eight or nine shots - he didn't score, but he's had eight or nine shots, with a lot of them on target, they can ricochet or they can go in. He gets a shot off, which is what we haven't had. So I'm really pleased and they'll be getting rave reports to Yeovil. I spoke about Nestor getting the shots off, but Alex John gets on the ball so well. In any position he wants the ball. So I'm not surprised he's with the Welsh (Under-19s) international team."

Given both Shako and John were both given the thumbs up for their performances, the omission of Shako for Gosport's weekend trip to Truro City would suggest that the attacker picked up an injury at some point during the Sholing Sports match. John played the opening 78 minutes in that game, and had to watch from the dugouts when Truro scored their 95th minute goal in a 1-0 win for the Cornish side. They have a ten day break now as they are out of the FA Cup, and will host Poole Town on Wednesday 25th September.

Up in Wiltshire, Melksham Town had a local derby against Highworth Town. This allowed Daniel Ojo to make his debut as part of his three-and-a-half month loan deal with the Southern League Division One South side. Melksham won the match 3-0, with all three goals scored by former Glovers - Jack Ball got two and Phil Ormrod got the other. As far as we can tell, Daniel played the full 90 minutes. Certainly he was on the pitch in the 82nd minute when Highworth Town's Twitter account started to look at the opposition players, singling out Ojo who was wearing the No.3 shirt:

Highworth Town's Twitter account wish they'd taken Daniel Ojo on loan
Highworth Town's Twitter account wish they'd taken Daniel Ojo on loan


Melksham didn't field Tai Fleming, who is on work experience alongside Ojo. Instead Fleming was captaining Yeovil Town Under-18s in their 1-1 draw against Oxford United Under-18s, having also played in the Thursday night match against Plymouth Argyle Under-23s in the Premier League Under-23 Cup at Home Park. Finally, Your Sport Swindon have produced some short video clips of some of Daniel Ojo's play during the match, and why Highworth's Twitter account might have been waxing lyrical about him. Watch the video clip below.




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15 September 2019 : GWSC Travel For Aldershot Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the National League match against Aldershot Town. The match takes place at the Recreation Ground on Tuesday 24th September 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Aldershot Town : Tuesday 24th September 2019.
Huish Park: 2.45p.m.
Adult Members: £18.00; Member Concessions: £16.00
Adult Non-Members: £20.00; Non-Member Concessions: £18.00

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 Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Aldershot Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.

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


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14 September 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The AFC Fylde Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-2 victory over AFC Fylde at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match and the debut of Jimmy Smith can be read in full via the link below.

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


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14 September 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs AFC Fylde
If you watched Saturday's 3-2 win against AFC Fylde at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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14 September 2019 : Yeovil 3 Fylde 2 : Glovers Ride Out Rollercoaster For Fourth Straight Win
Yeovil Town gained their fourth consecutive National League victory on Saturday afternoon, via a 3-2 win over AFC Fylde at Huish Park. Two early goals set them on their way as Rhys Murphy's return to the side took just four minutes to make an impact as he fired home from a short free kick. The lead was doubled when Myles Hippolyte converted from a Matt Worthington cutback. Fylde began to work their way back into the match and on the hour mark Kurt Willoughby converted from a long throw-in. Just as the visitors looked likely to get an equaliser, substitute Jimmy Smith had a debut to remember as he netted the third, and whilst Kurt Willoughby pulled one back in the final five minutes, the Glovers held on for a victory that lifts them up to fourth place in the table.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up compared to the team that beat Halifax Town 2-0 last Saturday. One of those was forced, with Courtney Duffus suffering a hamstring problem last weekend that meant he couldn't play against AFC Fylde. He was replaced by Rhys Murphy who was returning from his own hamstring problem. The other two changes enabled a tactical switch - the withdrawal of Albi Skendi and Tom Bradbury meant that Lee Collins could return to the side as captain, but also that James Tilley could come in, allowing the 3-4-1-2 to become a 4-1-3-2.

It didn't take long for Yeovil to get their noses in front. Although Danny Rowe got the game's first shot on goal, which took a deflection for a corner, at the other end the Glovers scored with their first chance. James Tilley had been brought down outside the box, and when he took the free kick short, that allowed Rhys Murphy to drill the ball into the bottom corner for a superb finish and a 1-0 lead after just four minutes.

Murphy's early play was dangerous, as he turned inside the box and forced James Montgomery to make a strong save. Fylde's top goalscorer from last season Danny Rowe again tried his luck, but was probably a bit too ambitious with a free kick that sailed over the crossbar. Instead it was Yeovil who were more clinical in front of goal as they doubled their lead just 14 minutes into the match. Once again Murphy was the instigator, with his shot taking a deflection onto the path of Matt Worthington. The midfielder pulled the ball back across the goal, and found Myles Hippolyte who was able to finish smartly from inside the box. 2-0 up and apparently cruising.

Yeovil could have easily had more as Fylde looked a bit shellshocked. Luke Wilkinson had a header saved, and then Rhys Murphy had the ball in the back of the net from a Wilkinson pass, only to find the linesman's flag going up for offside as he prepared to slot home. Wilkinson even tried an overhead kick, showing the level of confidence in their side that one of their centre-backs was willing to try such acrobatics in front of goal.

No surprise that AFC Fylde - last season's National League Play-Off Finalists - would eventually get their act together. Having started the match using a 4-3-3, they switched to a 4-4-2, putting Danny Rowe into the centre alongside Jordan Williams and that seemed to get them going, with Liam O'Brien saving a Mark Yeates attempt, whilst Rowe shot wide. A breakaway move saw Williams shoot over the crossbar from inside the box, and then came Fylde's best chance of the half, with Rowe's shot being parried by O'Brien for a corner. There was no doubt the visitors weren't quite out of the game as much as the 2-0 scoreline at half time suggested.

That theme continued into the second half, even though Fylde clearly wanted to shake it up further, making a double half time substitution that saw former Yeovil Town trialist James Craigen withdrawn, having unusually been placed as a right-back for the opening 45 minutes. Although James Tilley got an early chance for Yeovil and Matt Worthington headed wide, the visitors were dominant by now.

As such it wasn't too surprising that they pulled a goal back on the hour mark, as Yeovil didn't defend a long throw properly, allowing substitute Kurt Willoughby the opportunity to prod home from close range and to set the game up at 2-1 with half an hour remaining.

Jimmy Smith was brought on for his debut straight after the goal, and took a while to make his mark, as Fylde saw Jordan Williams shoot over the crossbar, and a Danny Rowe shot held by Liam O'Brien. The Yeovil goalkeeper then made an outstanding save as he pushed a Scott Duxbury shot onto the post, with Fylde inches away from an equalising goal.

On such things can games change. Albi Skendi was introduced as a late substitute, replacing Rhys Murphy in a change that saw a reshuffle, with Skendi moving into midfield, whilst Myles Hippolyte moved into a front line position. That was to prove very influential as four minutes after his introduction Skendi helped break up a Fylde move in the centre of the park, before threading a ball through to fellow substitute Jimmy Smith. The Crawley Town loanee produced a confident low finish to restore Yeovil's two goal cushion at 3-1, and surely now game over?

Not quite. With four minutes remaining, Kyle Jameson put a low ball across the face of the Yeovil Town area, and substitute Kurt Willoughby was on hand to sweep the ball home for a 3-2 scoreline and another twist in the match.

Thankfully that fifth goal in the game didn't quite spark any late drama despite five minutes of injury time. Yeovil managed to wind down the clock via a succession of throw-ins that went their way, and whilst Fylde grabbed a couple of injury time corners, they couldn't fashion a clearcut chance to get themselves a late equaliser. For the Glovers the 3-2 victory gave them four consecutive wins for the first time since February/March 2016 - maybe not in the clinical way the opening 20 minutes of the match had threatened to do, but against one of last season's play-off finalists it would have been a surprise if the entire 90 minutes had been free of drama.

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 AFC Fylde 2.

Scorers: Rhys Murphy (5 mins, 1-0), Myles Hippolyte (14 mins, 2-0), Kurt Willoughby (59 mins, 2-1), Jimmy Smith (78 mins, 3-1), Kurt Willoughby (86 mins, 3-2)

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
27. Liam O'Brien
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 4. Lee Collins (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 28. James Tilley
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 9. Rhys Murphy

Substitutes:
2. Craig Alcock 5. Jimmy Smith (60 mins for James Tilley) 8. Lawson D'Ath 18. Albi Skendi (74 mins for Rhys Murphy) 19. Tom Bradbury (80 mins for Lee Collins)

AFC Fylde:
1 James Montgomery 3 Scott Duxbury 5 Kyle Jameson 28 James Craigen 4 Neill Byrne 18 Mark Yeates 8 Ryan Croasdale 10 Danny Philliskirk 11 Jordan Williams 27 Nick Haughton 9 Danny Rowe

Substitutes:
6 Alex Whitmore (46 mins for Hames Craigen) 15 Danny Bradley (72 mins for Mark Yeates) 18 Kurt Willoughby (46 mins for Nick Haughton) 20 Elton Ngwatala 21 Dan Lavercombe

Yeovil Bookings: Lee Collins (foul, 16 mins), Matt Worthington (foul, 51 mins)

AFC Fylde Bookings: Kyle Jameson (ungentlemanly conduct, 59 mins)

Yeovil Town Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots on Target: 7; Off Target: 5; Corners: 6.

AFC Fylde Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots on Target: 7; Off Target: 4; Corners: 7.

Referee: Savvas Yianni (Somerset). Assistants: Marcus Carmichael (Hampshire) and Craig Green (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Ryan Saward (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 2,395 (with approx 50 AFC Fylde supporters)


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14 September 2019 : Never Lose That Joy Of Winning - Sarll Happy With Fylde Victory
Yeovil Town first team manager Darren Sarll said that his players should never lose that joy of winning, as he watched his side carve out a 3-2 victory over AFC Fylde. The club's fourth consecutive victory came at times by the seat of their pants, as the visitors threatened to come back into the game, particularly during a second half period where Yeovil had to do a lot of defending.

That was a far cry from the opening 20 minutes of the match that had seen Yeovil race into a 2-0 lead, with Rhys Murphy and Myles Hippolyte putting them in control of the match. But Kurt Willoughby's goal on the hour mark made things decidedly nervy until Jimmy Smith scored somewhat against the run of play. Willoughby then got a second to ensure the nerves didn't go away, but the Glovers held on for all three points.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Sarll said that some of his players were a bit disappointed with the way they'd let the opposition get a chance of having a foothold back into the match. He reminded them after the match that there was only one thing that mattered on the final whistle:

"When I woke up this morning all I wanted to do was to win the game. I didn't care how it came, whether it was pretty, nice, entertaining or not. I just wanted to win. Of course I'll take it, and I absolutely love winning games. I just said to the players, I think if you're a little bit disappointed in your own performance or the team performance, I think sometimes human nature takes that joy away from the win. They should never lose that joy of winning, because that's what it's all about. We are here to win. I reminded the players of that, because when I went on the pitch, I think I saw 20 players out of 22 slumped after the final whistle. I think both teams deserve a lot of credit, because they put in a lot of emotion and physical energy into that. I said to them, never let that get in the way of what we're here for. We aren't here for anything else but winning games. It was disgusting from 17 minutes on from my point of view, and I felt out of control, which is not a nice feeling for a control freak!"

Today's team selection saw Rhys Murphy and Lee Collins recalled to the side, following recent injuries. Sarll explained that both players were withdrawn in the closing stages to protect them, rather than there being any obvious issues, whilst he admitted that Murphy's recall was forced somewhat by the injury to Courtney Duffus last weekend during the closing stages at Halifax Town. However, he said both had come through the game in one piece:

"It's a smashing win. I'm not really fussed where it takes us in the league right now, and I enjoyed some of the highlights in the first half where at times we were very very good. Rhys Murphy did a good job. Courtney unfortunately took an injury last week and couldn't get himself fit to play. So Rhys had to come in probably a bit earlier than I'd like. I probably would have kept Courtney in. But Murphy is a proper player and a proper centre-forward and a good finisher. We threw him on, but hopefully we caught him just as cramp started to set, and he won't have any problems moving forward with his fitness. We can really work with him now. It was the same with Lee Collins. I took Lee Collins off because of the heat of the day and the energy which we put in the first half, which was probably a bit too much in the end."


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14 September 2019 : Yeovil 3 Fylde 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town gained their fourth consecutive National League victory on Saturday afternoon, via a 3-2 win over AFC Fylde at Huish Park. Two early goals set them on their way as Rhys Murphy's return to the side took just four minutes to make an impact as he fired home from a short free kick. The lead was doubled when Myles Hippolyte converted from a Matt Worthington cutback. Fylde began to work their way back into the match and on the hour mark Kurt Willoughby converted from a long throw-in. Just as the visitors looked likely to get an equaliser, substitute Jimmy Smith had a debut to remember as he netted the third, and whilst Kurt Willoughby pulled one back in the final five minutes, the Glovers held on for a victory that lifts them up to fourth place in the table.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 AFC Fylde 2.

Scorers: Rhys Murphy (5 mins, 1-0), Myles Hippolyte (14 mins, 2-0), Kurt Willoughby (59 mins, 2-1), Jimmy Smith (78 mins, 3-1), Kurt Willoughby (86 mins, 3-2)

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
27. Liam O'Brien
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 4. Lee Collins (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 28. James Tilley
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 9. Rhys Murphy

Substitutes:
2. Craig Alcock 5. Jimmy Smith (60 mins for James Tilley) 8. Lawson D'Ath 18. Albi Skendi (74 mins for Rhys Murphy) 19. Tom Bradbury (80 mins for Lee Collins)

AFC Fylde:
1 James Montgomery 3 Scott Duxbury 5 Kyle Jameson 28 James Craigen 4 Neill Byrne 18 Mark Yeates 8 Ryan Croasdale 10 Danny Philliskirk 11 Jordan Williams 27 Nick Haughton 9 Danny Rowe

Substitutes:
6 Alex Whitmore (46 mins for Hames Craigen) 15 Danny Bradley (72 mins for Mark Yeates) 18 Kurt Willoughby (46 mins for Nick Haughton) 20 Elton Ngwatala 21 Dan Lavercombe

Yeovil Bookings: Lee Collins (foul, 16 mins), Matt Worthington (foul, 51 mins)

AFC Fylde Bookings: Kyle Jameson (ungentlemanly conduct, 59 mins)

Referee: Savvas Yianni (Somerset). Assistants: Marcus Carmichael (Hampshire) and Craig Green (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Ryan Saward (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 2,395 (with approx 50 AFC Fylde supporters)


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14 September 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town v AFC Fylde
Yeovil Town have issued their starting line-up for the National League match against AFC Fylde. The match at Huish Park sees three changes to the starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Halifax Town last Saturday. Striker Rhys Murphy comes in for Courtney Duffus who is out with a hamstring injury. Defender Lee Collins returns and takes the captain's armband with Albi Skendi dropping to the bench. Brighton and Hove Albion loanee James Tilley comes in as a midfielder with Tom Bradbury dropping to the bench.

New loan signing Jimmy Smith joined from Crawley Town earlier in the week and he sits on the bench, with Lawson D'Ath returning from injury.

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson (groin) remains out. Attacking midfielder Gabriel Rogers, midfielder Tom Whelan and left-sided loan player Olly McCoy don't make the squad.

Goalkeeper Marcin Brzozowski has returned to Queens Park Rangers at the end of his loan spell. Striker Ryan Seager is on loan with Havant and Waterlooville. Teenagers Daniel Ojo and Tai Fleming are on loan at Melksham Town. Academy graduates Nestor Shako and Alex John are on loan with Gosport Borough.

The team lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
27. Liam O'Brien
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 4. Lee Collins (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 28. James Tilley
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 9. Rhys Murphy

Substitutes:
2. Craig Alcock 5. Jimmy Smith 8. Lawson D'Ath 18. Albi Skendi 19. Tom Bradbury


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14 September 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs AFC Fylde
Officials for the National League game between Yeovil Town and AFC Fylde have been published by the National League. The match takes place on Saturday 15th September 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Whilst this is Yeovil Town's 11th new official of the 2019-20 season, this one is slightly more familiar given that he hails from Weston-super-Mare. As such, he's been a Fourth Official or an assistant referee for several matches at Huish Park, and was the man in the middle for our pre-season friendly against Taunton Town in July 2019.

This is his third year at National League Premier level, with last season seeing him take charge of 13 matches, with a fairly modest 39 yellow cards and one red card waved at players. This season he's looked after four matches, with 17 yellow cards raised. The most recent saw him make an ultra-long trip up the M6 to take charge of Barrow against Hartlepool United on a Tuesday night ten days ago - it can probably be assumed he didn't get to bed too early on that occasion.

Mr Yianni will be assisted by Marcus Carmichael (Hampshire) and Craig Green (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Ryan Saward (Gloucestershire).


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14 September 2019 : Glovers Trust Plans For The AFC Fylde Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town play host to AFC Fylde in a National League match at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be in force for this fixture, providing their usual presence close to the ticket office under the gazebo. They've provided early information on their October AGM, including the Trust Board positions, and also confirm that they held a face to face meeting with prospective owner Scott Priestnall earlier this week.

Full details on their updates and whereabouts can be read below:

Match: AFC Fylde (Home)

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

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.

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

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Takeover updates, Trust Board Vacancies, Meeting Updates.

Other points of note:
1. The Trust will be sharing the Gazebo this weekend with Officers from the Yeovil Neighbourhood Police team. The Team will be on hand to promote their forthcoming week of tackling knife crime. They will be sharing the Gazebo with us ahead of the match to give advice and information, and to answer any questions. We would encourage people to talk to them if they feel threatened or the need to protect themselves.

2. The Trust Board are planning to hold this years AGM in the Alec Stock Lounge at Huish Park after the match against Harrogate Town on Saturday the 12th of October, between 5:30pm and 7:00pm. All active Trust members of all ages are welcome to attend and pose questions to the Trust Board.

3. There are still a nominal number of Membership subscriptions which expired on 1st of July and are due for renewal. If you are unsure you can check your account online via our registration page or come and see us ahead of the game. Note that you will be uneligible to attend the AGM without an active membership subscription.

4. The nomination process for elections to the Trust Board have closed. Sadly no members put themselves forward to stand on the Trust Board and two of the current Board members have decided to step down in October. This presents challenges for the Trust Board on a number of levels and will be a prominent point of discussion at the AGM. The Trust Board do have the power to co-opt new members outside of the election process so if you are interested in helping to make key decisions that affect the direction of the Trust then please pop by and find out more.

5. The meeting with Scott Priestnall and Alliance member groups took place as planned on the 12th of September and the Trust Board took the opportunity to pose questions, including those submitted by members. We are expecting the meeting notes to be available for ciruclation within the next week and will publish them acordingly as soon as they are received and validated.


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13 September 2019 : Darren Sarll Previews The AFC Fylde Home Game
As part of the build-up to the National League match against AFC Fylde at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on the form of his players, their recent wins, current injuries and his management of players that have gone out on loan. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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13 September 2019 : Three Players Possibly Returning For Fylde, But Two Needing Treatment
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll is hopeful that he will be able to add three previously injured players to his teamsheet for Saturday's match against AFC Fylde, although is conscious that as that happens he risks losing two more. Defender Lee Collins has been missing since August 13th with a hamstring strain, whilst striker Rhys Murphy and attacking midfielder Lawson D'Ath have suffered knocks that have kept them out of the last few matches.

The big downside is that striker Courtney Duffus picked up a hamstring problem in the closing stages of Saturday's 2-0 win over Halifax Town and is doubtful for this weekend, whilst Charlie Lee was withdrawn early in the second half after suffering a dead leg from a block tackle. Sarll told BBC Somerset that Lee was probably fifty-fifty over whether he would be selected:

"Rhys Murphy and Lee Collins have today been good, as has Lawson D'Ath. Obviously Jimmy Smith coming in is good, as he's available and healthy. Courtney Duffus is still struggling and hasn't trained this week. Apart from that it's fine. Charlie Lee is touch-and-go, maybe fifty-fifty. But Murphy, Collins and D'Ath I've had no issues, so far. It's a big day today though for them. It will be a big test for them to see if they're match-worthy today."

If Charlie Lee doesn't get through, then Crawley Town loan midfielder Jimmy Smith stands a strong chance of being rushed into the starting line-up. There's been no mention of goalkeeper Stuart Nelson, who has been missing with a groin problem, suggesting that Liam O'Brien may be the only goalkeeper named on the teamsheet for tomorrow's National League fixture.

Yeovil Town go into the match on the back of three consecutive wins - the first time they'd managed to do that in the league since the early part of the 2018-19 season. That's lifted them up to sixth place in the league table, and just inside the play-off spots. Sarll acknowledged that the three victories and the performance at Halifax were pleasing, but he felt some of the reaction to the wins was excessive, with him preferring to describe as a 'good seven days' rather than anything more than that:

"Everyone has gone a little bit ... maybe not overboard because I understand in the last three or four years that there have not been too many seven days like we've just had. But they've gone a little bit doolally with it really and I keep saying that we've had a good seven days. In a season, seven days is quite a small part of a season. We've got to stop worrying about what the seven days was before, and attack Saturday. We'll attack Saturday like we attacked Notts County after losing three. I'm still yet to look at a league table; I'm still yet to look at a form table. I just want to win on Saturday. That's it. When you really break down football and all the nonsense that goes with it, that's all that's really important. It's the one game that is in front of you, which is this Saturday. Moving on from that as quickly as possible, whether you're in a state of elation or a state of manic depression, and then go after the next one, and then the next one."


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13 September 2019 : Sarll Gives Thoughts On Club's Five Loan Outs
Yeovil Town first team manager Darren Sarll has given his views on his decision to send four of his younger players and striker Ryan Seager out on loan to lower division clubs. The club has sent two players out to Gosport Borough and two more to Melksham Town, whilst Seager has joined Havant and Waterlooville, with all bar second year scholar Tai Fleming struggling to get onto the teamsheet during the 2019-20 season.

Sarll said he felt that the first team professional squad had been overloaded by the decision to offer four Academy players professional contracts, all from the same year group, with Gabriel Rogers, Daniel Ojo, Alex John and Nestor Shako given deals, prior to the new manager's arrival. Sarll said that he had no problem with the quartet individually, but said in the case of the latter trio, it was important that they got out and played football:

"Whether you're old or young, no-one gets better by not playing football. So you've got to play football matches. I think all four have done really well in-house behind the scenes. I think it's a bit naive of us as a club that were relegated to have so many young pros. I think that's very naive of us. I've made that clear within the club. I really like working with all four of them; I really do. But you've got to play football, and like I've said especially with young players, their first introduction into senior football will be very difficult. It would be even harsh of me to put those young players into that position where they would have to be the pivotal point of a team that is expected to challenge at the top of a division."

During the 2018-19 season that saw the club relegated from the Football League, the club blooded a number of Academy players, sometimes in controversial circumstances. Left-back Daniel Ojo was given his League debut in February 2019 at the expense of Carl Dickinson, who ultimately was sidelined by both Darren Way and Neale Marmon, with Ojo playing in six matches during the closing stages of that campaign. Meanwhile Academy striker Devon Arnold was brought on for his debut on New Year's Day, seconds after the Glovers had gone 1-4 down in a League Two match against Cheltenham Town. Sarll didn't name specific scenarios, but said in general that the policy of putting such young players into overly pressurising situations was unfair on them:

"I thought it was really unfair with some of them last year being put into the relegation battle. That's really unfair. They would have taken a hell of a whalloping mentally. Some of the things I hear about young players going on, and they're being booed because of the decision that the manager has made. That's their first taste of senior football, and they've got 3,000 booing. Wow! It takes a brave manager to do that! In my experience with the young ones, they need to just keep playing and if they're not in the first team, and they're not considered to be one of the first names on the teamsheet, then they've got to go and play somewhere else, if they're still developing at that stage in their career. Gabby Rogers is probably the one that has featured the most, and right here, right now I think it's vital that we keep him amongst Dickinson, Collins, Nelson and Lee because they're shaping him in a way that I think Gabby needs. But he might go out on loan, as might a couple of others."

The one exception to the five players that have gone out on loan is Ryan Seager, who is 23 years old and has had a reasonable amount of experience with Crewe Alexandra, Milton Keynes Dons and Dutch side Telstar. However, Sarll felt that Seager's problem was that he'd never managed to have a sustained run of games at any of those clubs that would help him build up a rhythm in his game. With him not getting onto the pitch at Yeovil he felt it was important for Seager's career to get a run like that going at one club:

"I wanted Ryan Seager to go out on loan because Ryan has never had a continuous sustained period of senior football. So I wanted him to have that and I wanted him to experience that. I think it was holding him back, not having that kind of momentum in his games programme, where he can play week in, week out and really lead the line and be the man and all those things he was as a youth team player at Southampton, where he's never been as a senior player. So I thought that was really important and I did it for the benefit of Ryan Seager."


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12 September 2019 : Plymouth 2 Yeovil 0 : Glovers Exit Under-23s Cup
A Yeovil Town Under-23s side went out of the Premier League Under-23 Cup on Thursday night, with a 2-0 scoreline ending their first season in the competition. A goal in each half from Plymouth Argyle allowed the home side to progress to the Group Stages in this Second Qualifying Round tie at Home Park, as Klaidi Lolos and Cameron Sangster did the damage.

The Glovers fielded a side built almost entirely around their Under-18s set-up, with only 18 year old Gabriel Rogers providing inputs from the professional ranks. Despite this, they had plenty of first half opportunities, with Rogers cutting inside and sending a shot from the edge of the box just wide of Mike Cooper's near post. Dan Neild fired wide from distance, followed by Devon Arnold's drive over the crossbar from inside the box.

Argyle's slow start gradually began to be resolved, with their captain Adam Randell getting two good chances to score. But barely a minute after Klaidi Lolos had struck the crossbar, the Argyle striker broke the deadlock, latching onto a through ball from Reuben Collum. He rounded Glovers keeper Kacper Kowalczyk, who almost got a touch on the ball, before Lolos slotted home for a 1-0 lead for the Devon side at the break.

Yeovil had been unfortunate not to level, with Toby Stephens forcing Mike Cooper into a strong save from 12 yards out, with the loose ball being hacked away. He then saved at his near post from Gabriel Rogers, who had skinned two Pilgrims defenders before firing off a shot. That theme continued during the second period with Devon Arnold seeing a pair of chances going wide.

But on the night, Argyle's finishing was superior. As the game drew towards a close, Klaidi Lolos forced Kacper Kowalczyk to save with his legs, but there wasn't a lot the Glovers keeper could do about the one that doubled the Pilgrims' lead. In an attempt to clear his lines, defender Toby Stephens ended up putting the ball onto his own crossbar, and Cameron Sangster took advantage of the chaos to score from close range on the rebound. Despite Gabriel Rogers and Devon Arnold forcing Argyle keeper Mike Cooper into further saves, they couldn't force a late goal, and so head out of the tournament after two matches, with Argyle getting a chance in the Group matches.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle U23s 2 Yeovil Town U23s 0.

Scorers: Klaidi Lolos (1-0, 34 mins), Cameron Sangster (2-0, 78 mins)

Yeovil Town Under-23s:
1. Kacper Kowalczyk 2. Dylan Abora-Poku 5. Tai Fleming (Capt) 10. Daniel Neild 11. Alfie Sturdy 14. Devon Arnold 15. Declan Rose 16. Gabriel Rogers 17. Toby Stephens 18. Sam Wright 20. George Calverley

Substitutes:
9. Ben Hughes 19. Alfie Lloyd 21. Ezray Omba 22. Adam Heaton

Plymouth Argyle Under-23s:
31. Mike Cooper 2. Jarvis Cleal 3. Reuben Collum 7. Jude Boyd 9. Rubin Wilson 14. Ollie Tomlinson 15. Alfie Wotton 19. Klaidi Lolos 20. Adam Randell (Capt) 26. Mike Peck 28. Cameron Sangster

Substitutes:
13. Tyler Coombes (GK) 16. Brandon Pursall 17. Angel Wariuh 22. Rhys Shirley 29. Luke Jephcott.

Attendance: 297.


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12 September 2019 : Team News For Plymouth Argyle U23s vs Yeovil Town U23s
Yeovil Town's starting line-up for the Premier League Under-23 Cup match against Plymouth Argyle has been named. The Second Qualifying Round match takes place at Home Park tonight for a place in the Group stages. Tonight's team sees the Glovers select almost entirely from their Under-18s set-up with Gabriel Rogers the only professional player named in the fifteen players selected.

The match will be settled tonight, with extra time and penalties if required. The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town Under-23s:
1. Kacper Kowalczyk 2. Dylan Abora-Poku 5. Tai Fleming (Capt) 10. Daniel Neild 11. Alfie Sturdy 14. Devon Arnold 15. Declan Rose 16. Gabriel Rogers 17. Toby Stephens 18. Sam Wright 20. George Calverley

Substitutes:
9. Ben Hughes 19. Alfie Lloyd 21. Ezray Omba 22. Adam Heaton

Plymouth Argyle Under-23s:
31. Mike Cooper 2. Jarvis Cleal 3. Reuben Collum 7. Jude Boyd 9. Rubin Wilson 14. Ollie Tomlinson 15. Alfie Wotton 19. Klaidi Lolos 20. Adam Randell (Capt) 26. Mike Peck 28. Cameron Sangster

Substitutes:
13. Tyler Coombes (GK) 16. Brandon Pursall 17. Angel Wariuh 22. Rhys Shirley 29. Luke Jephcott.


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12 September 2019 : Mugabi Makes Scottish Premiership Move
Former Yeovil Town defender Bevis Mugabi has got himself a new club. He's been signed up by Scottish Premiership side Motherwell, who currently lie in fifth place in the 2019-20 season league table, with four matches played. He's signed a short term deal until January 2020, having had trials with League One sides Wycombe Wanderers and Bury during July, with the latter obviously never reaching a final offer due to the Shakers' expulsion from the Football League.

Mugabi's delay in finding a new club was also hindered by his participation in the Africa Cup of Nations Finals in Egypt, where he played regularly for Uganda, meaning that he only returned to England in mid-July. He's now making his first trip to Scotland, and he's explained that he asked former Glovers striker Alex Fisher what life was like north of the border. Mugabi explained:

"I'm excited for a new challenge at Motherwell. I can't wait to get started. I spoke to some of my old team-mates who had played in Scotland, including Alex Fisher. They told me it was a great opportunity, with Alex telling me how great a place Motherwell was."

Manager Stephen Robinson has said that he does have a clear vacancy in his first eleven for Mugabi to grab a place, due to some injury problems involving central defenders, suggesting that he sees him filling in there, rather than at right-back. Robinson explained:

"We've an injury concern over one of our centre backs, so Bevis comes in to shore up the gap that might leave. He's an experienced player with a lot of games under his belt in England. He's big, strong and will give us another option at the back."


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12 September 2019 : Brzozowski Returns To Loftus Road As Loan Ends
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Marcin Brzozowski has returned to Queens Park Rangers. The 20 year old was at Huish Park on a one month loan spell, having been brought in as a replacement for Reading keeper Liam Driscoll. He made two appearances for the Glovers, but lost his place to Liam O'Brien and also picked up an injury that meant that he didn't travel to Halifax Town on Saturday.

His one month loan deal has now expired and the club will not be extending it further. At present, it's not clear when first choice goalkeeper Stuart Nelson will recover from his groin injury, but for now it seems that O'Brien will remain between the sticks for Saturday's match against AFC Fylde.

Link: Marcin Brzozowski : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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12 September 2019 : Fleming Joins Ojo In Wiltshire
Yeovil Town second year scholar Tai Fleming has joined Daniel Ojo on loan. The pair will both play for Southern League Division One South side Melksham Town, with Fleming's deal badged as a Work Experience Loan deal, which in practice means the Glovers still have control on his whereabouts, with the defender able to be selected for the Premier League Under-23 Cup and FA Youth Cup matches. It's not clear if this would extend to the Somerset Premier Cup at this stage.

Fleming is a 17 year old defender, who has recently been captaining the club's Under-18s side. He was recruited from Norwich City's Academy system just over a year ago, and featured for the club's first team in a number of their early pre-season friendlies this summer. The best of luck to him in his new environment.

The latest loan deal brings the total of players away from Huish Park up to five. Striker Ryan Seager is at Havant and Waterlooville, midfielders Alex John and Nestor Shako are at Gosport Borough, whilst Ojo and Fleming will be at Melksham Town.


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12 September 2019 : Ojo Becomes Fourth Glovers Player To Go Out On Loan
Yeovil Town left-back Daniel Ojo has gone out on loan. He has joined Southern League Division One South side Melksham Town, after struggling to break into the first team squad during the 2019-20 season. He will stay with the Wiltshire side until January 2020.

Ojo has so far played just one minute of first team football, whilst he has not been named on the teamsheet since the club's third match of the season, with an increased squad size gradually limiting his chances of being selected. Having made seven appearances during the 2018-19 season, mainly as a result of Carl Dickinson's temporary exile from Huish Park. Dickinson's return to the fold has made it hard for the 18 year old to break into the side, and so the loan move makes sense to all parties at this stage.

Daniel is the fourth Yeovil Town player to go out on loan, with Ryan Seager at Havant and Waterlooville and midfield pair Alex John and Nestor Shako at Gosport Borough at present. The best of luck to Daniel during his time in Wiltshire.

Update: Article updated to include the length of the loan deal.


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11 September 2019 : Shako And John Head Out On Loan
Two of Yeovil Town's younger first team players have gone out on loan today. Midfielder Alex John and attacking midfielder/winger Nestor Shako have both joined Southern League Southern Premier Division side Gosport Borough on loan deals that will run until January 2020.

Both players were given professional deals over the summer as 18 year old graduates of the club's Academy system. However, John has not made it onto a teamsheet during the 2019-20 season, whilst Shako has played just nine minutes of football on the opening day of the season at Barnet, with him only getting onto the teamsheet on three occasions.

Gosport are currently 13th in their league table, but three points off the division's play-off system. The best of luck to them over the next three and a half months.


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11 September 2019 : Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for the National League fixture between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 5th October 2019 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Victoria Park.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Smith and Graham Stand, which is a covered seated stand situated behind one of the goals. However, they will charge fans at their terrace rates on the basis that they are not opening any standing accommodation for away fans for this fixture. Tickets are only available in advance via Hartlepool's online portal. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults (Aged 19 and Over): £18.00; Concessions: £9.00; Under-16s: £5.00; Under-5s: FREE.

Concessions apply to those aged 60 or over, Students, those aged Under-19 and members of the Armed Forces.

To purchase tickets in advance, head to Hartlepool United's ticketing website, with the Yeovil match available here. Choose Block E in the Smith and Graham Stand. There are e-ticket and SMS options you can choose if you don't have a printer.

Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters are charged as per the above categories but can admit an assistant free of charge if they are on the higher rate of DLA or the enhanced rate of PIP. Tickets must be purchased from Hartlepool's main Ticket Office. Please take proof of status or a letter of entitlement.

If you choose to pay on the day, then credit/debit card payments must be made at the main Ticket Office which will be open from 10.00a.m. Alternatively, cash only payments can be made direct from Turnstiles 1 or 2, which are situated next to the Ticket Office on Clarence Road. Turnstiles will open around one hour before kick-off. However, allow extra time for queuing if you pay on the day.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle U23s vs Yeovil Town U23s.

Link: Ticketing For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Aldershot Town vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.

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


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10 September 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : Happy Talk At Halifax
Saturday afternoon saw Yeovil Town go all the way up to Halifax Town and then come all the way back with three points. Not too surprising that the latest Taff's Gloversblog is a Sunny Side Up offering, providing a review of how that game went, and where the team and squad stand after ten games of the 2019-20 season. Read on via the link below, and feel free to post your own views on how things are progressing.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Happy Talk At Halifax.


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10 September 2019 : GWSC Travel For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the National League match against Solihull Moors. The match takes place at Damson Park on Saturday 21st September 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Solihull Moors : Saturday 21st September 2019.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £24.00; Member Concessions: £22.00
Adult Non-Members: £26.00; Non-Member Concessions: £24.00

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 Plymouth Argyle U23s vs Yeovil Town U23s.

Link: Ticketing For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Aldershot Town vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.

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


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10 September 2019 : Ticketing For Aldershot Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for the National League fixture between Aldershot Town and Yeovil Town is now available. The match takes place on Tuesday 24th September, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Recreation Ground.

Advance tickets are only available via Aldershot's online ticketing website. Head to this page for the Yeovil Town match (the main menu page is here). Prices depend on whether you're purchasing Terrace tickets or Stand tickets. These are as follows:

ONLINE ADVANCE TICKETS:
Seated: Adults: £18.00; Concessions: £14.40; Juniors: £6.30.
Terracing: Adults: £16.20; Concessions: £12.60; Juniors: £4.50.

The online prices will be available until midnight on the Saturday 21st September. After that point, you need to purchase on the day of the game. Prices will then be as follows:

MATCHDAY TICKETS:
Seated: Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £16.00; Juniors: £7.00.
Terracing: Adults: £18.00; Concessions: £14.00; Juniors: £5.00.

Concessions apply to Over-65s, Military Personnel, Young Adults (aged 19-21) and Students. Juniors apply to those aged 18 and Under.

For children Under-11, they can obtain FREE admission with a full-paying Adult. However, these tickets need to be purchased from the ticket office prior to entry through the turnstiles, and do not appear to be available online.

Disabled tickets (along with assistants) should be booked in advance via the Aldershot Ticket Office. You can purchase on the day, but Aldershot warn that there are limited Wheelchair spaces, so this is not advised - you'll also need to go via the Ticket Office on the day if you've not prebooked.

All Away Supporters enter the ground via Redan Hill to through turnstiles 11 (terrace) and 12 (seats). This game will be segregated. Away supporters will be seated in the South Stand, whilst those standing will be in the South East Corner of the stadium, which is an uncovered terrace. Turnstiles open at 6.30p.m.

Away supporters are welcome into Aldershot's hospitality lounges. For more details and prices for their packages, please contact mark.butler@theshots.co.uk

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle U23s vs Yeovil Town U23s.

Link: Ticketing For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.

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


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10 September 2019 : Gold Omotayo Talks About The Halifax Town Win
Following Saturday afternoon's National League match against Halifax Town at the Shay Stadium, Yeovil Town striker Gold Omotayo spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gold gives his views on his two goals, his arrival at the club, and the difficulties of training over the summer following Bury's financial problems. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Gold Omotayo Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Win Against Halifax Town.


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9 September 2019 : Hippolyte Named In National League's Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Myles Hippolyte has been included in the National League's Team Of The Week. Their selection, chosen by their betting partner, includes the former Dunfermline Athletic player following his performance in the club's 2-0 victory over Halifax Town.

Hippolyte played as the most attacking midfielder, operating just behind the front pair, and it was his early deflected shot that came off the woodwork into the path of Gold Omotayo for the opening goal of the game. After the match, manager Darren Sarll named Hippolyte as one of two players who he saw as star performers on the day of the match.

The team chosen - as with the Non-League Paper's weekend selection - includes former Yeovil Town loanee Kabongo Tshimanga in the line-up and is as follows:

Joel Dixon (Barrow)
Dion Kelly-Evans (Notts County), Ben Gerring (Torquay United), Aaron Cunningham (Hartlepool United), Luke Croll (Dagenham and Redbridge)
Jake Andrews (Torquay United), Harry Beautyman (Sutton United), Myles Hippolyte (Yeovil Town)
Chris Holroyd (Chorley), Michael Cheek (Bromley), Kabongo Tshimanga (Boreham Wood)


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9 September 2019 : Smith Loan Deal Confirmed By Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town's loan deal for Crawley Town midfielder Jimmy Smith has now been confirmed. The 32 year old former Leyton Orient and Stevenage player has agreed a four month loan deal, until January 2nd 2020, and will now head to Huish Park to play under Darren Sarll, who he rubbed shoulders with during the 2013-14 season.

Smith has yet to play for Crawley during the 2019-20 season, having missed the majority of the 2018-19 season with an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury. As such the motive would appear to be to give him a chance to get himself proper game time at a slightly lower level, in order to resurrect his career in the Football League. At the same time, Yeovil Town get another experienced body in midfield to compete with the likes of Charlie Lee, James Tilley and Matt Worthington, as well as providing an option for wing slots if a 4-4-2 is deployed. Crawley Director of Football Selim Gaygusuz has said of the move:

"Jimmy has opted to to go Yeovil so he can get some game time under his belt. After missing much of last season this is something he needs and we wish him all the best at Yeovil. He will come back to us in January and I'm sure he will work hard to try and force his way into the squad in the second half of the season."

For a full profile of Jimmy's career, see the earlier news item. He will wear the No.5 shirt whilst he is at Yeovil Town.

Link: Jimmy Smith : Player Profile.


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9 September 2019 : Smith Expected To Agree Yeovil Town Loan Move
Yeovil Town are believed to be signing Crawley Town midfielder Jimmy Smith on loan. The 32 year old is expected to move to Huish Park on a temporary deal in a bid to get more football than he is currently getting at his parent club in League Two.

Born in Newham in London, on January 7th 1987, he's a former Chelsea Academy player, who made one first team appearance for them back in the 2005-06 season, coupled with loan spells with Queens Park Rangers (31 appearances, 6 goals), Norwich City (9 appearances), Sheffield Wednesday (13 appearances) and Leyton Orient.

When Chelsea released him in the summer of 2009, he decided to join Orient permanently, spending four seasons with them as a regular in their side, making 189 appearances, and scoring 22 goals. Smith then moved onto Stevenage, playing for them during the 2013-14 season. At that time, Glovers first team boss Darren Sarll was Stevenage's Head of Youth and so he would have come into contact with Smith on the training ground. Although he was a regular in their side, making 47 appearances and scoring three goals, he left them following Stevenage's relegation from League One into fourth tier football.

In the summer of 2014, Smith signed for Crawley Town for an undisclosed fee. He's been on their books for the last five years, and had been a regular for them up until last season. Unfortunately an anterior cruciate ligament injury in September 2018 meant he spent the whole of that year out of action, returning only for a two minute cameo on the final day of the season. He's not been able to force his way into their side this season, meaning that his career at Crawley has stalled on 169 appearances and 20 goals.

At Crawley, Smith became their captain, relinquishing that only upon his long term injury. He generally plays as a central midfielder although can occupy wide roles if required.

At present neither club have properly revealed the move. However, at 2.58p.m. today, Crawley Town's website briefly put up an article entitled "Jimmy Smith Joins Yeovil Town On Loan" - this has been taken down already which would imply that the deal has been done, but both clubs planned to release the information later in the day.


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9 September 2019 : Seager Gains A Pair Of Sub Appearances In First Hawks Week
Yeovil Town striker Ryan Seager's loan spell with National League South side Havant and Waterlooville has started off with a pair of substitute appearances. The 23 year old has been given the chance of obtaining more first team football via a temporary deal with the Hawks that will see them keep him until January 2020.

On Wednesday 4th September, Ryan made his debut for Havant, coming on as an early 15th minute substitute, following an injury to Alfie Rutherford, giving him a quick chance to impress. By that time Havant were 1-0 up, and they went on to beat Hungerford Town 3-1, with Seager himself being substituted in the 81st minute for fellow striker Danny Kedwell, giving him a total of 66 minutes on the field of play.

On Saturday 9th September, Havant made the trip to Maidstone United, and for the second game running, Seager was on the bench. He came on as a half time substitute in that match, replacing Bradley Tarbuck. At that point, Havant were 1-0 down, but recovered to draw the game by a 2-2 scoreline, with Seager ultimately getting 45 minutes of football during that game.

Havant and Waterlooville next play on Saturday, with a National League South home match against Braintree Town.


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9 September 2019 : Video : Halifax Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's National League match against Halifax Town these are now online. There is just over four-and-a-half minutes worth of footage from the 2-0 victory available, including the two goals that Gold Omotayo scored on the day, to open up his Glovers account. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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8 September 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Halifax Town Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win over Halifax Town at the Shay Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's full verdict on the match, along with injury updates on Charlie Lee and Courtney Duffus, can be read via the link below.

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


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8 September 2019 : Glovers Duo Given Team Of The Day Nominations Following Halifax Win
Yeovil Town duo Gold Omotayo and Darren Sarll have been nominated for the Team Of The Day. The eleven players and manager have been chosen by the Non-League Paper following yesterday's matches in the National League, which included Yeovil's 2-0 win over Halifax Town, choosing the twelve personnel that they believe have had the most influence on the weekend's results.

Striker Gold Omotayo, who was on the books of Bury last season, recorded his first two goals of his Yeovil Town career, scoring in each half, to secure all three points. Meanwhile first team manager Darren Sarll had a very good week, with his team picking up a maximum nine points from their last three fixtures, with yesterday's victory toppling the National League leaders on their own patch.

The full eleven and Manager of the Day are shown below, with former Glovers loanee Kabongo Tshimanga also includeed in their line-up:

Jamie Butler (Sutton United)
Kenny Clark (Dagenham and Redbridge), Marc-Anthony Okoye (Bromley), Courtney Meppen-Walters (Chorley)
Matt Robinson (Dagenham and Redbridge), John Rooney (Barrow), Kalvin Kalala (Torquay United), Sorba Thomas (Boreham Wood)
Kabongo Tshimanga (Boreham Wood), Michael Cheek (Bromley), Gold Omotayo (Yeovil Town)

Manager : Darren Sarll (Yeovil Town).


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8 September 2019 : Premier League U23 Cup Ticketing For The Plymouth Argyle Game
Premier League Under-23 Cup opponents Plymouth Argyle have put tickets on sale for their match against Yeovil Town. The Second Qualifying Round game, which will decide which club joins Fulham, Everton and Watford in the next stages, takes place at Home Park on Thursday 12th September, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

During the last match, Yeovil Town fielded an Academy side, supplemented by a few fringe first team players. Competition rules allow clubs to field up to three overage players in outfield positions, whilst the goalkeeper can be any age.

Plymouth Argyle's pricing for this fixture (which appears to be unsegregated) is as follows:

Adults: £6.00; Over-65s and Under-23s: £4.00; Under-18s: £2.00; Under-12s: £1.00; Under-8s: FREE.

The Under-8s tickets are provided only with a paying adult ticket. There is also a Family Ticket on offer, which admits two Adults and two Under-18s for £10.00.

Link: Ticketing For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices.

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


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8 September 2019 : Sarll Happy With Aggression From Creative Players After Halifax Victory
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll feels that the aggression from his side's creative players is beginning to create dividends, after watching his side win 2-0 against Halifax Town on Saturday afternoon. The victory against the morning's National League leaders at the Shay Stadium, came via two strikes from former Bury striker Gold Omotayo, who opened his account for the club in his third appearance.

However, Sarll singled out the likes of Matt Worthington and Myles Hippolyte for their contributions to the victory, with Hippolyte claiming an assist for the opening goal, whilst it was Worthington's ball into the penalty box that set up Omotayo for his second of the afternoon. That sort of play had a lot to do with the increased number of chances the Glovers created during the game, and Sarll said that came down to how his midfield creators were begining to impose themselves on the opposition:

"I think that what is starting to show, especially with the creative players, is the aggression that is coming out of their play. Matt Worthington and Myles Hippolyte were not only goood in possession today, but they won the ball back and they covered some ground. No-one gets a minute's composure or a minute to relax when they're pressing you. I thought they were our best two players by a mile. They're showing good aggression and if they're going to play for me, they're going to have to that aggression. I thought James Tilley when he came on, he showed that same aggression, and he continued in the right sort of vein."

On the overall match, Sarll added that his side could have easily grabbed five or six goals by half time, with home keeper Sam Johnson having to be in strong form to keep the scoreline down in that opening period. As such he always felt the second goal would eventually come Yeovil's way:

"I thought we were good. I thought it was a good performance. I thought we got better and better into the game. In the first half I thought we could have been five or six up probably with the amount of good chances, and the amount of saves that the goalkeeper had to make. It was excellent in the first half. Then in the second half I just thought we showed a lot more control and a lot more composure. We looked as though we had some good organisation in our shape, and I just felt it was only a matter of time before we got that second goal and extended the lead, and again we probably could have had two or three more in the second half."

In terms of injuries, midfielder Charlie Lee came off with what appeared to be a dead leg early in the second half, after he was on the wrong end of a strong first half challenge. Sarll doesn't believe this is a serious knock, but had more concerns about striker Courtney Duffus, who limped off in the 81st minute with a hamstring problem, with the club's physio needing to advise whether he thinks the issue is general fatigue, or whether he may have torn anything.


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7 September 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Halifax Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 2-0 win against Halifax Town at the Shay Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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7 September 2019 : Halifax 0 Yeovil 2 : Double Gold Lifts Glovers Into Play-Off Spots
Yeovil Town picked up their third win in a row with a 2-0 victory over National League leaders Halifax Town on Saturday. Two goals from former Bury striker Gold Omotayo set his Glovers career on its way, with the first coming after he lashed the ball into the roof of the net, with just four minutes on the clock. The home side twice hit the woodwork during the second period as they tried to get an equalising goal, but Omotayo got his second with 24 minutes remaining when he hit a loose ball inside the box to double Yeovil's lead, ultimately lifting his new side up to 6th place in the National League table.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up compared to the team that had beaten Sutton United in midweek. In came Albi Skendi, replacing Gabriel Rogers, which allowed the chance for a formation, with the 3-4-1-2 line-up being restored. There was a pre-match blow, with goalkeeper Marcin Brzozowski dropping out through injury, leaving no substitute keeper on the bench.

The match got off to a perfect start from Yeovil Town's point of view as they took the lead four minutes into the match. Myles Hippolyte's shot from the edge of the box took a deflection off a Halifax player and rebounded off the post and back out into play. In the chaos that caused, Gold Omotayo managed to get some room on the left side of the area, firing off an angled drive that flew into the roof of the net past the Halifax keeper. 1-0 up.

Halifax keeper Sam Johnson was rather busy during the first half, as he saved a long range Matt Worthington attempt, with his one handed parry over the crossbar from a Courtney Duffus shot particularly impressive. Halifax did try to force their way back into the game with Liam Nolan forcing Liam O'Brien to tip over for a corner, with Josh Staunton finding his header going wide from the resultant corner.

However, Yeovil looked superior going forward, with Remeao Hutton's overlapping runs on the right flank particularly effective. He produced one curling cross that Gold Omotayo had turned over the crossbar by Sam Johnson as he headed towards goal. Johnson denied Yeovil again, as Carl Dickinson's cleverly chipped free kick was nudged around the post for a corner. But Yeovil really should have been further ahead before the break, particularly when Matt Worthington was unmarked inside the six yard box with a Hutton ball put into the box towards him. Anywhere away from Johnson and it was a guaranteed goal, but the keeper got a reflex arm out to spoon it away. A long range Myles Hippolyte attempt saw Johnson scrambling just before the break, in a highly impressive half for the Glovers.

Halifax brought on top goalscorer Liam McAlinden at the break, and appeared to be fired up, noticeably when Tobi Sho-Silva forced the match referee to restart the second half four times as the striker encroached before Yeovil could kick off. Sho-Silva's enthusiasm was channelled in a better way for Halifax when he slammed a 20 yard strike off the foot of the post a couple of minutes into the half - a reminder for Yeovil that they hadn't won the match yet.

Midfielder Charlie Lee picked up a dead leg five minutes before the half time whistle and his attempts to continue were in vain, as James Tilley replaced him in midfield. That change seemed to lose Yeovil a bit of tempo, and Halifax's improved start to the second period was again emphasised when Jeff King struck a shot from the edge of the box off the crossbar as they caught Yeovil on the break.

Yeovil though had the perfect answer in terms of how to shut up Halifax's improved showing. On 66 minutes, a Matt Worthington shot wasn't held by Sam Johnson, and inside a crowded box, Gold Omotayo was able to react to slam the ball into the back of the net from around 10 yards out. 2-0 up, and finally a buffer to shield their lead.

That goal seemed to take the wind out of Halifax's sails somewhat, and they got a bit tetchy about the situation, with Halifax manager Pete Wild being cautioned for dissent to one of the occasions when referee Joe Hull didn't award his side a free kick. Yeovil's passage through the final minutes was a comfortable one, despite Courtney Duffus limping off near the end. In fact they could have had a third goal on 90 minutes when Gold Omotayo ended up clean through on goal. He ended up in a face-off with keeper Sam Johnson, and the Halifax's staring contest won on that occasion, with Omotayo being denied the match ball by the keeper's block. However, the three points were the main thing that mattered and with Yeovil lifting themselves into sixth position after ten games, this is exactly the sort of start to the new season they would have hoped for.

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Halifax Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Gold Omotayo (0-1, 4 mins), Gold Omotayo (0-2, 66 mins)

Halifax Town:
1 Sam Johnson 2 Michael Duckworth 3 Jerome Binnom-Williams 6 Liam Nolan 4 Nathan Clarke 14 Josh Staunton 8 Jack Earing 10 Cameron King 20 Jeff King 7
Jamie Allen 11 Tobi Sho-Silva

Substitutes:
12 Will Appleyard 15 Liam McAlinden (46 mins for Jack Earing) 16 Jacob Hanson 17 Josh MacDonald (87 mins for Jeff King) 21 Danny Williams (75 mins for Cameron King)

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
27. Liam O'Brien
18. Albi Skendi 6. Luke Wilkinson 19. Tom Bradbury
24. Remeao Hutton 7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
2. Craig Alcock (62 mins for Remeao Hutton) 16. Gabriel Rogers 22. Olly McCoy (81 mins for Courtney Duffus) 23. Tom Whelan 28. James Tilley (47 mins for Charlie Lee)

Halifax Town Bookings: Jack Earing (28 mins, foul), Pete Wild (dissent)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Worthington (37 mins, foul), Remeao Hutton (43 mins, foul), Gold Omotayo (77 mins, foul)

Halifax Town Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots On Target: 7; Shots Off Target: 6; Corners: 5.

Yeovil Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots On Target: 8; Shots Off Target: 6; Corners: 7.

Referee: Joe Hull (Cheshire). Assistants: Martin Chester (Lincolnshire) and Christopher Reeson (Lincolnshire). Fourth Official: Darren Brown (Manchester).

Attendance: 2,341 (with 153 Yeovil Town supporters)


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7 September 2019 : Team News For Halifax Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have issued their starting line-up for the National League match against Halifax Town. The match at the Shay Stadium sees one change to the starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Sutton United on Tuesday. Albi Skendi is preferred to Gabriel Rogers who drops to the bench. There's one further change on the bench, with goalkeeper Marcin Brzozowski absent through injury, with Olly McCoy replacing him.

Defender Lee Collins (hamstring), goalkeeper Stuart Nelson (groin) and striker Rhys Murphy (hamstring) remain out. Midfielder Lawson D'Ath and Marcin Brzozowski are out with unspecified knocks. Academy graduates Nestor Shako, Daniel Ojo and Alex John don't make the teamsheet. Striker Ryan Seager has started a loan spell with Havant and Waterlooville.

The team lines up as follows, with an assumption that Skendi's return will see the Glovers revert to their wing-backs formation, although the versatility of Charlie Lee and Skendi means this is flexible:

Yeovil Town: (3-4-1-2)
27. Liam O'Brien
18. Albi Skendi 6. Luke Wilkinson 19. Tom Bradbury
24. Remeao Hutton 7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
2. Craig Alcock 16. Gabriel Rogers 22. Olly McCoy 23. Tom Whelan 28. James Tilley


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7 September 2019 : National League Duo Commence Scottish Challenge Cup Involvement
The eagle-eyed may notice that Saturday's National League fixtures are a few clubs short, with just nine matches taking place during the normal Saturday kick-off time. Whilst Barnet have called their match off, due to international call-ups, and Hartlepool United and Woking will play in an evening televised match, Solihull Moors and Wrexham will be otherwise engaged.

The latter two clubs will be participating in the Scottish Challenge Cup, currently under the catchy title of the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup. This unusual arrangement started last season, with Sutton United and Boreham Wood participating in the competition, alongside representatives of the NIFL Premiership, Welsh Premier League, and League of Ireland Premier Division.

That invitation is being extended to this season as well, with Solihull and Wrexham selected as the two highest placed National League sides from the 2018-19 season that did not achieve promotion. That means Solihull will be travelling to play Kelty Hearts today in Fife, whilst Ayr United have to head south to visit Wrexham's ground.

The competition will also see Ballymena United and Glenavon from Northern Ireland, The New Saints and Connah's Quay Nomads from Wales and Bohemians and Waterford from the Republic of Ireland participating in the Third Round stage. Last season Connah's Quay Nomads reached the final of the competition, almost leading to a Welsh side lifting the trophy.

If Yeovil Town don't get promoted this season, but finish 2nd, 3rd or 4th at the end of the 2019-20 season, then potentially they would also be invited into this competition during the 2020-21 season.


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7 September 2019 : Officials For Halifax Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the National League match between FC Halifax Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the National League. The match takes place on Saturday 7th September 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Shay Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Joe Hull (Cheshire). This is our tenth match of the 2019-20 season and the trend of the Glovers being given brand new officials continues, with us yet to be given an official that we have history with as a referee - he's been a linesman and a fourth official for two Football League matches but that's it.

This is Mr Hull's third season of refereeing at National League Premier division level. Last season he did 22 matches, with a very modest 47 yellow cards and one red card across the entire season. This season has continued that pattern with eight yellow cards from three matches, with no dismissals as yet. The most recent was the match between Bromley and Boreham Wood two weeks ago.

Mr Hull will be assisted by Martin Chester (Lincolnshire) and Christopher Reeson (Lincolnshire). The Fourth Official will be Darren Brown (Manchester).


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6 September 2019 : Darren Sarll Previews The Halifax Town Away Game
As part of the build-up to the National League match against Halifax Town at the Shay Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren discusses the club's first back-to-back wins of the season, the current injury list, and Halifax's position at the top of the table. Read that interview via the link below.

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Halifax Town.

Link: Ticketing For Halifax Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Halifax Town vs Yeovil Town.


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6 September 2019 : No New Injury Problems Expected For Halifax Town Trip
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll is expecting to travel to Halifax Town on Saturday with roughly the same squad as was used on Tuesday night. Although he admits that he has some minor concerns about striker Courtney Duffus and midfielder Charlie Lee, he said they related to ongoing problems that they'd played through during Tuesday night's match against Sutton United, rather than anything new.

As such, they should be able to visit the Shay Stadium, to play the National League leaders with more or less the same players that have picked up two consecutive home wins during the last week. Sarll told BBC Somerset that he was particularly confident that Charlie Lee would play on Saturday, despite multiple issues:

"I don't think we got an injury on Tuesday. On Tuesday we came out unscathed, which was really positive, because we've still got some massive high risk players that are having to play a lot of minutes week-in, week-out. I think Charlie Lee seems to pick up lots of knocks just naturally because of the way that he plays. I've just seen him in the corridor and he's got two dead legs and a sore Achilles, and he's had a sore shoulder or something like that. But people like Charlie just play. They just say I'm fine and then they get on with it."

Three players that won't be present in Yorkshire are defender Lee Collins (hamstring), striker Rhys Murphy (hamstring) and goalkeeper Stuart Nelson (groin). All three have been missing in recent matches due to injury, and Sarll said there was no chance of any of them being back for the weekend:

"No they're not, in terms of Saturday, as a short term target, I don't think they're anywhere near Saturday. It will largely depend on how both of them respond today. But it's probably a bit too soon. Stuart Nelson won't be available either. Courtney Duffus played with a little bit of an injury on Tuesday night. Me and Courtney will have a couple of minutes together at some point I'm sure. The thing with Courtney is that he's actually putting his body into positions where I can understand him getting injured. It wouldn't be for the fact of him being soft or a little bit meek and mild. He's actually throwing his weight and his muscles and his power around. That's what happens when big boys do that. They start taking whacks and knocks and they have to get up and recover."

This week has seen Sarll bring in Brighton and Hove Albion winger James Tilley and former Coventry City goalkeeper Liam O'Brien brought into the club, with both getting onto the pitch during the Tuesday night match, to make their debuts. Sarll said that may not be the last of the arrivals, saying that he would always be asking questions of the Yeovil Town Board:

"I think the Board would love me to say I'm happy. I'm never happy - I've asked for two more since Tuesday! So I'm always asking and it's my job to ask and it's my job to push the boundaries. The day I stop asking is the day that I don't foresee any improvement in the playing squad. For me personally that would be a very sad day. So I'm always asking, and between myself, Terry Skiverton, Darren Behcet and even Nick Crittenden, who is a former player here and now Head of Finance, we're always on the phone and we're always getting phone calls about players that are available. I've really enjoyed that part, in that someone who works in the Finance department is out watching games for me."

As a former Assistant Manager of Dorchester Town, Crittenden's scouting role is not too much of a shock. The former wide man recently appeared as a co-commentator on BBC Somerset, revealing on the day of Yeovil Town's home match against Maidenhead United that he had been down to Plainmoor eleven days previously to view Torquay United's home match against the Berkshire side, feeding scouting information back to Sarll in terms of how the opposition set up during that match.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Halifax Town.

Link: Ticketing For Halifax Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Halifax Town vs Yeovil Town.


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5 September 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Halifax Town
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make their first visit to The Shay Stadium for sixteen years. They face the reformed FC Halifax Town club that replaced the original Halifax Town club in 2008, but in terms of fans and stadium structure remains the same. The Ciderspace guide has had almost an entire rewrite given the time and circumstances that have passed - find directions, parking, pub guides, past meetings and their current form listed via the link below, to help you on your way.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Halifax Town.

Link: Ticketing For Halifax Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Halifax Town vs Yeovil Town.

Outside Halifax's Shay Stadium
Outside Halifax's Shay Stadium



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5 September 2019 : Yeovil Town vs Maidenhead United : Man Of The Match Result
Twelve days ago, Yeovil Town played host to Maidenhead United in a National League fixture at Huish Park. The game ended in a 1-2 home defeat, with Courtney Duffus providing the only plus point, at the tail end of a match in which the visitors had already gone two goals up.

Perhaps reflective of the game, the top three players on the day all occupied defensive positions. Two of those were full-backs, with captain Carl Dickinson occupying left-back slot and landing third spot in the polling. Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson continued to get high ratings from fans, but the poll winner - for the second match running - was right-back Craig Alcock, who has started the 2019-20 season strongly.

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

1. Craig Alcock 70 (5)
2. Stuart Nelson 68 (3)
3. Carl Dickinson 38 (2)
4. Charlie Lee 24 (2)
5. Matt Worthington 22 (2)
6. Lawson D'Ath 18 (1)
7. Courtney Duffus 18 (0)
8. Albi Skendi 14 (1)
9. Tom Bradbury 6 (0)
9. Rhys Murphy 6 (0)
11. Gabriel Rogers 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.29
Performance : 4.94
Entertainment : 5.65
VOTES RECEIVED : 17


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5 September 2019 : Premier League U23 Cup Next Round And Group Stages Set
Yeovil Town's first season participating in the Premier League Under-23 Cup will see them given the carrot of matches against Everton, Fulham and Watford, if they can overcome Plymouth Argyle in the next Qualifying Round stage.

The Premier League have made the draw for this competition today, setting out the Group stages, which would see each side play each other home and away, with the top two sides from each group then moving into a knockout stage, as quarter-finalists.

Standing between that is a Second Qualifying Round match against Plymouth Argyle, which will be played on Thursday 12th September, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off at Home Park. This match would be settled on the night, with extra time and penalties, if required.

The Group Stage draw produced the following set of clubs:

Group A: Charlton Athletic, Colchester United, Reading, Swansea City

Group B: Everton, Fulham, Plymouth Argyle or Yeovil Town, Watford

Group C: Hull City, Newcastle United, Southend/Scunthorpe United, West Bromwich Albion

Group D: Aston Villa, Cambridge United/Exeter City, Doncaster Rovers, Portsmouth

Group E: AFC Bournemouth, Nottingham Forest, Southampton, Stoke City

Group F: Huddersfield Town/Oxford United, Liverpool, Sunderland, Wigan Athletic

Group G: Blackburn Rovers, Burnley, Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough

Group H: Birmingham City, Derby County, Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers


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4 September 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Sutton United Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's 1-0 victory over Sutton United these are now available online. There is just over three minutes worth of footage that includes Tom Bradbury's winning goal, available via the YouTube clip below.




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4 September 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Sutton United Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Sutton United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the home victory can be read in full, via the link below.

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


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4 September 2019 : Seager Takes Hawks Loan Move
Yeovil Town striker Ryan Seager has agreed a loan switch from Huish Park. The 23 year old has joined National League South side Havant and Waterlooville in a deal that will last until January 2020. The Hawks are currently in third place in their division and are undefeated so far this season, and thus challenging for promotion back to the division they were relegated from at the end of last season.

Seager has struggled to break into the first team during the 2019-20 season, making two substitute appearance, totalling just 80 minutes. He did not make the club's teamsheet in last night's 1-0 win over Sutton United, with his last game time coming in the August 17th match at Barrow. However, since that game he scored a hat-trick for a Yeovil Town XI badged as an Under-23 side in their Premier League Under-23 League Cup qualifying match against Newport County.

He will join a Havant side with a couple of familiar faces. They currently have goalkeeper Kingsley Latham on loan from Southampton on a six month deal, whilst midfielder Wes Fogden has been on their books since leaving Yeovil Town in 2016.

The best of luck to Ryan during his stay at Westleigh Park.


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3 September 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Sutton United
If you watched Tuesday's 1-0 win against Sutton United at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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3 September 2019 : Yeovil 1 Sutton 0 : Bradbury Strike Gives Glovers Upward Motion
Yeovil Town managed their second consecutive home win as a goal from Tom Bradbury proved crucial against Sutton United. During a match that at times was frustrating for players and fans, patience eventually paid off in the 68th minute when Bradbury converted from close range, with Gold Omotayo's initial shot being blocked on the line. The visitors struggled to threaten after that point, allowing Yeovil a 1-0 victory that lifts them up to 9th place in the National League table, just one point off the play-off slots.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. Goalkeeper Liam O'Brien came in to make his debut for the club, displacing Marcin Brzozowski. Attacking midfielder Lawson D'Ath sat the game out with a knock, as Gabriel Rogers made his first start of the 2019-20 season. In the opposition line-up, Craig Eastmond played as a right-back for Sutton, with the visitors left so threadbare they could only name four substitutes, with one of their starters, Ben Wyatt, being signed on the day of the match to fill the holes.

Sutton started off reasonably well with Tom Bradbury having to block one shot on goal. However, Kenny Davis managed to get past the Yeovil back four by firing in a shot that debut boy Liam O'Brien got down to save well. However, once Yeovil got going they tried Sutton's defensive luck on a number of occasions, with former Glover Craig Eastmond sliding in to turn a cross out for a corner, whilst Ben Goodliffe put a Carl Dickinson cross over his own crossbar. Another inventive corner saw Luke Wilkinson head back across goal into the part of Charlie Lee who put a deflected header over the crossbar in what was close to a role reversal of their Saturday goal.

Sutton United's best effort on goal saw Harry Beautyman accept a David Ajiboye pullback which he fired at Liam O'Brien, but found the keeper equal to it as he palmed it over the crossbar. At the other end, Gabriel Rogers did well to weave his way inside the box, but his right-footed effort went into the side netting. Meanwhile Courtney Duffus put a shot wide from inside the box after Sutton couldn't clear their lines properly. A half that was generally okay, but needed a bit more of an attacking spark to scare Sutton United's defence, with their goalkeeper Jamie Butler not having a great amount to do.

The second period was a frustrating one to start with, as Yeovil attempted to unlock the Sutton United defence. Gabriel Rogers and Myles Hippolyte were swapped around in an attempt to shake things up, but the Glovers were struggling to create direct chances, with the only chance being a Tom Bradbury header that went over the bar from the corner.

Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder James Tilley was brought on to replace Rogers just beyond the hour mark, and five minutes after that the breakthrough finally came. Courtney Duffus got the ball to the byline and pulled it back to Gold Omotayo. His initial shot was blocked on the line by Craig Eastmond, but the loose ball fell well to Tom Bradbury who fired home from close range for a 1-0 lead, and a bit of relief around the ground.

With Yeovil having their noses in front, they got a bit more room behind the Sutton defence to get further goals. A Charlie Lee header went over the crossbar, and then Myles Hippolyte had a strong pair of chances. One saw goalkeeper Jamie Butler block his shot at the near post and out for a corner, and then a defender got his body in the way of a second Hippolyte effort and yet another corner kick.

Sutton United never particularly looked like they were going to get back into it, despite them bringing on all three of their remaining outfield players. The match itself wasn't a classic, but it relied on a bit of patience to make the breakthrough. Once Yeovil got it, the three points looked relatively comfortable, lifting them up to 9th in the table, and a much more comfortable looking position than they'd had just eight days ago.

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Sutton United 0.

Scorers: Tom Bradbury (68 mins, 1-0)

Yeovil Town: (4-1-3-2)
27. Liam O'Brien
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 19. Tom Bradbury 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 16. Gabriel Rogers
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
12. Marcin Brzozowski 2. Craig Alcock (90 mins for Remeao Hutton) 18. Albi Skendi (90 mins for Myles Hippolyte) 23. Tom Whelan 28. James Tilley (63 mins for Gabriel Rogers)

Sutton United:
26 Jamie Butler 5 Ben Goodliffe 22 Ben Wyatt 4 Jonathan Barden 15 Craig Eastmond 8 Kenny Davis 6 Jamie Collins 10 Harry Beautyman 17 David Ajiboye 27 Aaron Jarvis 21 George Tuson-Firth

Substitutes:
1 Ben Dudzinski 11 Dylan Kearney (89 mins for David Ajiboye) 14 Craig Dundas (84 mins for Aaron Jarvis) 20 Tommy Wright (78 mins for George Tuson-Firth)

Yeovil Bookings: Tom Bradbury (25 mins, foul), Myles Hippolyte (62 mins, foul), Courtney Duffus (71 mins, foul)

Sutton United Bookings: Aaron Jarvis (42 mins, foul), Craig Eastmond (71 mins, retaliation), Kenny Davis (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Town Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots on Target: 2; Off Target: 11; Corners: 9.

Sutton United Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots on Target: 2; Off Target: 1; Corners: 1.

Referee: Matthew Russell (Hampshire). Assistants: Craig Scriven (Somerset) and Daniel Flynn (Bristol). Fourth Official: Richard Lawrence (Devon).

Attendance: 2,279 (with 82 Sutton United supporters)


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3 September 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town v Sutton United
Yeovil Town have issued their starting line-up for the National League match against Sutton United. The match at Huish Park sees three changes to the starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Notts County on Saturday. New goalkeeper signing Liam O'Brien comes straight into the side, displacing Queens Park Rangers loanee Marcin Brzozowski who drops to the bench. Meanwhile Gabriel Rogers comes into the starting line-up with Lawson D'Ath dropping out of the squad tonight due to injury.

Defender Lee Collins has a hamstring injury. Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson has a groin injury. Striker Rhys Murphy has a second hamstring problem. Academy graduates Nestor Shako, Daniel Ojo and Alex John don't make the teamsheet, whilst left-sided Olly McCoy and striker Ryan Seager sit it out.

The team lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
27. Liam O'Brien
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 19. Tom Bradbury 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 16. Gabriel Rogers
11. Myles Hippolyte
10. Gold Omotayo 14. Courtney Duffus

Substitutes:
12. Marcin Brzozowski 2. Craig Alcock 18. Albi Skendi 23. Tom Whelan 28. James Tilley


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3 September 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Sutton United
Match officials for the National League match between Yeovil Town and Sutton United have been published. The match takes place on Tuesday 3rd September 2019 (tonight) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Matthew Russell (Hampshire).

Nine games into the 2019-20 season and Yeovil Town are still being given a set of officials they've never seen before, in terms of their listed status. Mr Russell is no exception, having only been promoted to the National League Premier division level over this summer. He's taken charge of three matches at this level, raising 12 yellow cards and one red card. He didn't muck about with the dismissal, sending off Ebbsfleet United's Jack King just eight minutes into the new season for a professional foul, although that doesn't appear to have attracted too much controversy.

Mr Russell will be assisted by Craig Scriven (Somerset) and Daniel Flynn (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Richard Lawrence (Devon).


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3 September 2019 : Football League Member Clubs To Discuss Bury's Future
The Football League have issued a statement concerning their approach to the 2020-21 season, in the wake of Bury's expulsion from the league. They are currently operating with 71 clubs for the 2019-20 campaign, with League One holding just 23 clubs, due to Bury's fixture list being removed from the calendar. With the dust having settled, and fellow League One side Bolton Wanderers having financially stabilised for the foreseeable future, attention has now turned to what will happen next May. The League's statement reminds readers why the Shakers' had their membership withdrawn:

"The EFL Board reached the decision to withdraw Bury FC's membership in accordance with the Articles of Association as adopted by the EFL and all member clubs. With regret, this action was taken in the absence of evidence of Bury FC's ability to meet its financial commitments, whether by the current ownership or any other credible buyer for the Club. Withdrawal of membership was a consequence of severe financial problems at Bury FC over an extended period of time, which had recently led to an insolvency event and a 12-point deduction."

The League had already confirmed that at the end of the 2019-20 season, they will now only relegate three clubs from League One (with Bury implicitly being the fourth), whilst the usual four promotion places will be in place at the top of League Two. However, in terms of League Two relegation, the EFL have not been specific, having only said that they would table the issue to member clubs at a September 2019 club meeting involving Chief Executives and Chairmen.

They have now issued a statement that appears to act as a discussion paper for that meeting, acknowledging recent campaigning from Bury North MP James Frith and Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham, who are attempting to get Bury readmitted into the EFL at League Two level for the 2020-21 season. Such a move is unprecedented, given that in the past clubs that have been expelled or have had to resign from the Football League have had to work their way back up through the English Football Pyramid, applying to the Football Association for admittance into a tier of football that would reflect their status. The EFL statement draws attention to that process and says the only current method clubs have of entering the Football League is via promotion from the National League:

"The Board recognises the efforts being made by supporters' groups, local authorities and political leaders and their desire for Bury FC to re-enter the EFL from the 2020-21 season. However, the only established procedure for entry to the EFL is through promotion from the National League as part of the wider football pyramid. There is no precedent for a Club to enter the EFL directly through an application for admission or readmission following withdrawal of membership. In the current circumstances, the process by which a former EFL Club would obtain re-entry to the league system in England is via an application to the Football Association. On consideration of that application, the FA would determine the appropriate League for entry, subject to them meeting the relevant entry requirements of that League."

Despite the existing rules and conventions, the EFL adds that it has put on the agenda an agreement to discuss both Bury's position and ultimately decide what happens with the League Two relegation slots at the end of the 2019-20 season. The League explained this would happen regardless of past convention, to get the mood from the mrember clubs:

"Notwithstanding the above, and in acknowledgement of the extreme nature of the problems at Bury FC, the EFL Board had agreed it is appropriate to discuss the matter with member Clubs. This is a complex situation that raises questions of due process, precedent and fairness as well as financial implications. The EFL will consult with its Clubs over the coming weeks. Prior to formal consideration by any league competition of an eventual application from Bury FC to return to league football, clear evidence would be required of the Club’s financial viability and its ability to fulfil its ongoing commitments."

The current default approach would be for League Two to relegate only one club at the end of the 2019-20 season, and to promote two clubs from the National League. This would ripple down the football pyramid until it reached a point where all leagues were back up to their defined number of member clubs. However, in the above proposal for Bury to be readmitted at League Two level, then two clubs would be relegated as normal, with Bury's position acting as if they had been relegated from League One. Whilst this doesn't affect the thoughts of National League clubs, the Chairmen of Oldham Athletic (22nd, League Two), Stevenage (23rd) and Scunthorpe United (24th) may hold strong opinions on how Bury's fate should be decided.

There is no firm date set for the Football League to discuss the matter at this stage.


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3 September 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : What Happens Next With The Takeover?
On Saturday, Yeovil Town supporters finally got some news concerning the long-running takeover saga at Huish Park. With prospective co-owner Scott Priestnall making his first visit to Somerset of the 2019-20 season proper, he was interviewed about progress. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry centres around where things stand right now, based on the facts available, and then sprinkles in a few views on what was said. Read on, via the link below, and feel free to post your own views on what is happening.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : What Happens Next With The Takeover?


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2 September 2019 : Extra Goalkeeper Drafted In As Cover Following Nelson Injury
Yeovil Town have brought in former Coventry City, Portsmouth and Dagenham and Redbridge goalkeeper Liam O'Brien. The 27 year old is a free agent having left the Sky Blues and his arrival would suggest that Stuart Nelson's groin injury is going to keep him out for the foreseeable future - a situation that has left the Glovers down to just one goalkeeper in their last two matches.

Born in Ruislip on November 30th 1991, he is a former Queens Park Rangers and Portsmouth youth product. He was let go by QPR in February 2008, with him moving to Fratton Park, getting a scholarship deal with them in that summer. He didn't get as far as making a senior appearance for them, but was an unused substitute on a scattering of occasions. He played for Eastbourne Borough on loan in September 2010, making one appearance.

O'Brien moved to Barnet in January 2011, playing at League Two level where he made 23 appearances across three seasons. He also had a five game loan spell with Hastings United during the 2012-13 campaign as a short term loan deal. He spent the 2013-14 campaign on the books of Brentford but had to compete with three other goalkeepers and so struggled to get near their first team.

Instead he switched to Dagenham and Redbridge where he enjoyed the most fruitful part of his career so far, playing 39 times in League Two for them across a two year spell, although unfortunately was their keeper when they dropped out of the Football League. In 2016 he switched back to Portsmouth and finally got his debut for the club - eight years after signing for them originally. That came at Huish Park in an August 2016 EFL Trophy tie that saw the Glovers beat a second string Pompey side 4-3 on the night.

He's spent the last two seasons playing for Coventry City where he played a small part in their promotion from League Two, ultimately making 19 appearances for them across two seasons. He was released at the end of the campaign with his last first team appearance for the Sky Blues coming in November 2018.

O'Brien will wear the No.27 shirt whilst at the club, and is eligible to play against Sutton United. The club have specifically described his contract at Huish Park as "undisclosed" meaning the length of the deal will not be made public.


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2 September 2019 : Tilley Loan Deal Is Confirmed By Glovers
Yeovil Town have confirmed that they have completed a loan move for Brighton and Hove Albion winger James Tilley. The 21 year old, who also has experience with League of Ireland side Cork City, has agreed to sign for the club on a loan deal until the end of the 2019-20 season.

The left-footer can play on the wing or in a variety of attacking positions, and so should provide competition for the likes of Lawson D'Ath and Myles Hippolyte in attacking roles that sit either just behind or support the main front line strikers.

For a full profile on James, see the earlier article, linked below. He will wear the No.28 shirt during his time with the club and is eligible to play against Sutton United on Tuesday night.

Link: James Tilley : Player Profile.


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2 September 2019 : Yeovil Town Linked With Move For Seagulls Winger
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for Brighton and Hove Albion winger James Tilley. He is a 21 year old left-footed player who can play either in a wide position, an attacking midfield position, or as a striker. He is named by the Football Inside website, who believe he is going to join the club on a loan arrangement until the end of the 2019-20 season.

Born in Billingshurst, West Sussex on June 13th 1998, he is a product of Brighton's Academy system that has made a scattering of first team appearances. Having been on their books since he was 12 years old, he made his debut for Brighton as a 95th minute substitute on the final day of the 2014-15 season, whilst still 16 years old. Since then he has managed two more substitute appearances, both in the League Cup. The last of those gave him his first goal, as he scored the winner against Barnet in the EFL Cup at the Amex Stadium.

In addition to his minimal first team appearances, he has also represented Brighton's Under-21 team in the EFL Trophy, making ten appearances and scoring one goal. During the first half of 2019, James went out on loan to League Of Ireland club Cork City, where he made 22 appearances, scoring one goal in a League Cup match against Cobh Rangers.

Tilley's father is Chairman of Sussex County League club Billingshurst. He is under contract with Brighton until June 2020. The obvious connection here would be former Yeovil Town midfielder Andrew Crofts, who had been lined up as a player-coach to work under Darren Sarll, but jumped ship during pre-season to go and take up a coaching position within Brighton Under-23s.

As yet this deal has not been confirmed by either club.


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2 September 2019 : Dickinson Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town left-back Carl Dickinson had been named in the National League's own Team Of The Week for the weekend just gone. The selection is compiled by League sponsors Vanarama and they have included the defender after he played 90 minutes in the 3-1 victory against his old club Notts County. Carl put in a strong performance at the back, but also provided the free kick that sparked Yeovil's second goal of the afternoon, eventually scored by Luke Wilkinson.

Carl has had to play a variety of roles this season, with him playing as a left-sided central defender in a 3-4-1-2, a left wing-back in the same formation and also on Saturday a more conventional full-back position in the 4-3-1-2 that was utilised against the Magpies.

The National League's own Team of the Week is as follows:

Ben Hinchliffe (Stockport County)
Peter Kioso (Hartlepool United), David Stephens (Boreham Wood), Alan Massey (Maidenhead United), Carl Dickinson (Yeovil Town)
Ethan Chislett (Aldershot Town), Jack Taylor (Barnet), Jordan Williams (AFC Fylde),
Inih Effiong (Dover Athletic), Jake Hyde (Woking), Liam McAlinden (FC Halifax Town)


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2 September 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Notts County Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's 3-1 win over Notts County these are now available online. The National League match saw the Glovers triumph via goals from Courtney Duffus, Luke Wilkinson and Myles Hippolyte with the visitors grabbing an ultra-late penalty. There is just under four minutes worth of footage available, via the YouTube clip below.




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1 September 2019 : Wilkinson Given Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town central defender Luke Wilkinson has been included in the Team Of The Day for the weekend just gone. The former Stevenage player is the first Glovers representative of the 2019-20 season, having played 90 minutes in the 3-1 win over Notts County on Saturday. Luke scored Yeovil's middle goal in the 81st minute when he headed home from a Carl Dickinson free kick that Charlie Lee had nodded across the face of the box.

Wilkinson has had a disruptive start to his new life back in his home county of Somerset. A pre-season injury prevented him from making his debut until August 24th, when he came on as a late substitute against Maidenhead United, whilst he only started his first match for the club during the recent Bank Holiday Monday fixture against Dagenham and Redbridge, making Saturday's match his third game for the Glovers.

The eleven players and manager have been selected by The Non-League Paper and are as follows:

Sam Johnson (FC Halifax Town)
Ash Palmer (Stockport County), Luke Wilkinson (Yeovil Town), Joe Ellul (Maidenhead United)
Jack Taylor (Barnet), Jordan Williams (AFC Fylde), Adam McDonnell (Boreham Wood), Aaron Eyoma (Aldershot)
Jake Hyde (Woking), Liam McAlinden (FC Halifax Town), Inih Effiong (Dover Athletic)


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1 September 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Notts County Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-1 win over Notts County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match can be read in full, via the link below.

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


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