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31 October 2016 : Morgan Gets Fourth Club Of The Year After Curzon Deal
Former Yeovil Town striker Adam Morgan is back in football, after what appears to be around six months out of the game. The 22 year old former Liverpool academy player has signed for National League North side Curzon Ashton on an unspecified deal, having been a free agent since the tail end of last season. He made his debut as a substitute in a home league match against Gainsborough Trinity, coming on midway through the second half, in a match watched by 202 spectators.

Curzon Ashton are based in the Greater Manchester suburb of Ashton-under-Lyne - the 'Curzon' part relates to a 1963 merger of Curzon Road Methodists and Ashton Amateurs, who both played in a Manchester Football League at the time, with the merged club having gradually risen up through the pyramid. This is Morgan's first club since he left Northern Premier League Division One North side Colwyn Bay in April 2016 - he only lasted a month there, with Colwyn's website stating that they cancelled his contract after he failed to turn up for a midweek fixture at Sutton Coldfield.

Prior to that, Morgan had been on the books of Hemel Hempstead, who play at National League South level. However, his time there lasted only one month, with his contract being cancelled by mutual consent after he failed to significantly break into their side, with Hemel noting on his departure that he'd failed to find the back of the net in three starts. Tudors boss Dean Brennan gave a rather blunt view of his time he'd spent at Vauxhall Road, questioning his workrate:

"Adam had a chance with us Ė he started three games but I think he's only had two shots. Youíve got to work hard, first and foremost. All I ask of the players is that first and foremost they work their hardest for their families, and then for their team-mates and then for the football club and the supporters. If they do that, no-one can ever knock them. But Iím sorry to say that Adam Morgan was one player who never wanted to work hard enough for us. I'm not trying to kill the lad, I'm just being honest. You've got to earn the right to play football Ė nobody's just going to give you the ball because youíve got a bit of ability. Adam's going to have to grasp that, otherwise he might find himself out of football. I hope the kid does grasp it, because he seemed like a decent kid. I hope he learns from the lessons he's had at Hemel, and at Accrington, and at Yeovil and whatever other clubs he's moved on from."

Morgan's move to Curzon Ashton will represent his fourth club of 2016, but with him yet to hit double digits in terms of accumulated appearances during the calendar year - five for Colwyn and three for Hemel until this weekend's substitute appearance. He left Accrington Stanley by mutual consent in January 2016 after quickly dropping down their pecking order, and has since been struggling to nail down a club to call his own.

Link: Adam Morgan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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31 October 2016 : Darren Talks About Grimsby Town Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Grimsby Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about being able to select the same starting eleven, the question of why Tom Eaves didn't get a start, the fitness of AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher, and the state of the opposition in the wake of them losing Paul Hurst to Shrewsbury Town. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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31 October 2016 : Sherwood Dedicates Ladies Promotion To All Involved In Club's Rise
Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood dedicated the club's promotion to everyone who had been involved with the Ladies set-up over the last two-and-a-half years and beyond. Sherwood's arrival at the club came back in June 2014, as he joined from Cardiff City Ladies as a first team coach, taking over as manager a few months later when Sarah Lawler stepped down due to her commitments to the Football Association.

Since then, Sherwood has taken over the good foundations laid down by Lawler to cement the club's standing in the FA Women's Super League and to turn them from last year's fourth placed side into a team that has been on top of the table for the majority of the last five months, bar the odd 24 hour period when Bristol City Ladies have played their match a day earlier.

Whilst the credit for the Ladies' rise will rightly fall onto Sherwood's shoulders, he saw it more as a club that had built itself up over the previous two-and-a-half years, and wanted all of those personnel who had played their part during that time to be recognised:

"It is our victory. We're not just built by one person. We are built by many people - the players, the staff, the supporters and the volunteers. Every single one of us that have been involved over the last two-and-a-half years and beyond. Twenty-six years of this club is pure history, and now we've written a new chapter, and we'll enjoy this chapter. But we've got to write a new one now."

Victory at the Hive Stadium over London Bees was achieved thanks to two second half goals from Kayleigh Green and Nadia Lawrence, giving them the 2-0 victory that meant they returned to the top of the table, leaving Everton Ladies five points behind with a game remaining. However, Sherwood acknowledged that his side had to endure a nervous first 45 minutes on Sunday afternoon, and felt his team needed the half time team talk to stop being swallowed up by the occasion:

"Today wasn't a great performance by any stretch of the imagination. The second half was full of a bit of courage and a lot of bravery, but I think in the first half we were a bit overawed by the occasion, and a little bit scared of where we were, for the first time this season. But we chatted at half time and we came out and we showed what Yeovil Town Ladies can do."

Attention now turns to the Sunday 6th November match against Sheffield which will now become a celebratory match for the Glovers promotion to FAWSL1, with the club still hoping to break the 1,000 barrier on their attendances for this season. However, Sherwood says that the team and management do not plan to rest on their laurels, and still want the FAWSL2 title, with that aspect going down to the wire with themselves and Bristol City Ladies having gone neck-and-neck throughout the entire 2016 season:

"We've still got one more game to go. We've been top of the table since May, and that will be our driver now for this week. The girls will enjoy tonight. I still don't think that we've actually realised that we've done it. But you've got to dream, and when I walked into this club I had a dream that we would be able to compete with the best. We've shown over time that we can."


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30 October 2016 : London Bees 0 Yeovil 2 : Green Targets Title After Ladies Secure Promotion
Yeovil Town Ladies rose to the highest level of women's football on Sunday afternoon, after they achieved promotion from FAWSL2 with a 2-0 away victory over London Bees. The victory was achieved via two second half goals with a Kayleigh Green header and a Nadia Lawrence breakaway goal sealing membership of the FAWSL1 division for 2017, that will see them rubbing shoulders with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in next season's division - an absolute world away from their roots as Yetminster Ladies and Sherborne Town Ladies, before they were adopted by the Glovers at the turn of the century.

The match at the Hive Stadium - home of Barnet's men's side - saw the Ladies backed by over 100 travelling supporters, who had to watch a somewhat nervy first half period in which the magnitude of the fixture was perhaps showing as one too many misplaced passes and a couple of shots going wide of the target keeping the game goalless at the break. Early attempts for Lucy Quinn and Kayleigh Green saw the visitors fire wide, but the big problem was that when Yeovil gave the ball away, often around the halfway line, they were letting their opponents in on goal.

The home side had an early penalty appeal turned down when a Charlotte Haynes' challenge saw a Bees player go over inside the box, whilst there was significant drama midway through the half when Barnet had a double chance to take the lead. A misplaced pass in midfield saw the home side break but Jo Wilson's shot was blocked by the experienced Helen Bleazard before the rebound effort by Evie Clarke was brilliantly headed over the bar by Bleazard to keep the game goalless. Clarke was then in again, with a shot taking a nasty bounce that forced Haynes to palm the ball away for a corner, to avoid the ball creeping into the net.

All-in-all the first half showed nerves, nerves and more nerves and they needed to settle themselves down and get on the ball properly. Whilst they did that in the closing stages of the first period, it was after the break that the Glovers began to get their foot on the ball and show the level of authority that has seen them lead the FAWSL2 division for much of the season. Just over ten minutes into the second half, a much improved second period saw them take the lead, as a Lucy Quinn cross saw Kayleigh Green rise first, and she headed home via the underside of the crossbar and a flailing goalkeeper's palm, for a crucial 1-0 lead.

Yeovil were by far the better team during the second period, but there was inevitably the worry that a single goal might play on nerves again during the closing stages. However, in typical 'promotion decider' fashion, the crucial goal came nine minutes from time just after Yeovil had been put under extreme pressure from a Bees corner, with Charlotte Haynes being forced to palm the ball away as a bit of desperate defending saw the ball finally hacked away. Two substitutes introduced for extra legs during the closing stages proved crucial, as England World Cup Under-17 player Jessie Jones broke up the right flank in a counter-attack, and she squared the ball across in a three-on-one break, with fellow substitute Nadia Lawrence cleverly chipping the ball past Barnet keeper Sophie Harris for what will go down as the goal that won Yeovil Town Ladies promotion to the FAWSL1 division.

It shouldn't be forgotten though that Green's header provided the catalyst earlier in the half, and that was notable given that she usually plays as a defender for the Glovers, with her being pushed up front as boss Jamie Sherwood switched from the previous 3-5-2 they'd played in their last fixture against Everton into a 4-3-3 for the match at the Hive. Green normally only turns out up front for her Wales national team, but she was happy to switch for today's game. She stressed that whilst promotion was ideal, the Glovers still had a firm eye on the FAWSL2 title - something that they will almost certainly achieve if they can beat Sheffield Ladies next weekend at Huish Park:

"At the moment we're going to ride the buzz out but it's not over yet, we still have 90 minutes plus to go. Yes we got promotion which is the most important thing, that's what we wanted, but we want to take the trophy home. The fans have travelled everywhere with us and itís something nice to give back to them. I'm a defender but I've been playing striker for my country, it's just nice that Jamie (Sherwood) has put me up front. What I've been doing with Wales, heís believed in me that I can do it for my club which is great. Itís my first goal of the season. It's been a good season, weíve had hard times but we've had good times
as well, we're a team that stick together and believe in each other
."

Final Score: London Bees 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Scorers: Kayleigh Green (56 mins, 0-1), Nadia Lawrence (81 mins, 0-2)

London Bees: Sophie Harris; Manuela Naprta, Deanna Cooper, Merrick Will, Sophie Fogarty; Rebecca Anderson, Emma Beckett, Nikki Watts, Paula Howells, Jo Wilson, Evie Clarke

Substitutes: Holly Greenwood (46 mins for Deanna Cooper), Hana Lalani (83 mins for Jo Wilson), Aoife Hurley, Shayla Burgess, Andria Georgiou, Dani Scanlon, Ellie Perkins

Yeovil Town: Charlotte Haynes; Helen Bleazard, Hannah Short, Danielle Carlton, Kelly Snook; Ellen Curson, Nicola Cousins, Ann-Marie Heatherson, Lucy Quinn, Kelly Aldridge, Kayleigh Green

Substitutes: Nadia Lawrence (65 mins for Kelly Aldridge), Jessie Jones (76 mins for Kayleigh Green), Stephanie Williams (90 mins for Danielle Carlton), Ellis Hillman, Emily Donovan, Leah Burridge, Kirsten Rendell

Referee: Ashvin Degnarain

Attendance: 495.


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30 October 2016 : Green And Lawrence Seal Promotion Dream For Yeovil Town Ladies
Yeovil Town Ladies achieved promotion to the highest level in women's football this afternoon, after they beat London Bees by a 2-0 scoreline at the Hive Stadium. The victory guarantees that they will be playing at FAWSL1 level during the 2017-18 season, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Manchester City, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea next year.

Promotion was achieved whilst backed by over 100 travelling supporters as two second half goals saw them return to the top of FAWSL2. Kayleigh Green set them on their way as her header came off the underside of the crossbar, to help deal with what had been a nervous first half performance. Then came the crucial second as with nine minutes remaining two substitutes combined - Jessie Jones burst forward on the counter-attack and her ball across the face of box saw the Bees short of numbers in the centre and Nadia Lawrence was on hand to chip the ball past the home goalkeeper for a 2-0 victory.

With promotion achieved, attention now turns to whether the Ladies can get the icing on the cake - the FAWSL2 title. With them now back at the top of the table, they need to match Bristol City Ladies goal-for-goal next weekend, with the Glovers taking on Sheffield FC at Huish Park on Sunday 6th November, kick-off 2.00p.m.

A fuller report will follow later today.

Final Score: London Bees 0 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Yeovil Town Ladies celebrate promotion at The Hive Stadium
Yeovil Town Ladies celebrate promotion at The Hive Stadium
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30 October 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from yesterday's 0-0 draw against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, these are now available online. Two minutes worth of the game that lifted the Glovers to 11th place in the League Two table can be viewed via the YouTube clip below.




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30 October 2016 : Bristol City's Rise Benefits Ladies In FAWSL Promotion Battle
There can't be too many situations where getting knocked off the top of the league table can actually increase your prospects of getting promoted. However, that was the situation that materialised yesterday for Yeovil Town Ladies, who can mathematically secure promotion from the FAWSL2 division this afternoon, thanks to Bristol City Women leapfrogging them into top spot, guaranteeing their own route into FAWSL1 as they saw off Everton Ladies by a 3-2 scoreline.

The confusing mathematical situation was thanks to the 2nd and 3rd placed clubs meeting on Merseyside yesterday evening, with the Toffees still firmly in the promotion race. However, the nature of the 'six-pointer' was that Bristol's win was like a cup final for them - guaranteeing that Everton can no longer overtake the Robins - with a five point advantage with one game to go, Bristol will make a quick return to FAWSL1 after only one season away at that level. The game wasn't without drama though - Everton had a 96th minute penalty saved that would have denied the Bristolians promotion!

The result also means that Yeovil Town Ladies can be promoted IF they beat London Bees at the Hive Stadium (home of Barnet's men's club) today. Everton's dropped points mean that the best they can reach is second place, which happens to be where the Glovers currently lie. Currently Jamie Sherwood's side have a two point advantage, with a game in hand. What this means is the following:

If Yeovil Town Beat London Bees: The Glovers will be guaranteed promotion to FAWSL1, as they would be five points clear of Everton with one game remaining.

If Yeovil Town Draw With London Bees: The Glovers would not yet be promoted. They would need a point against Sheffield next weekend, or would need Everton to drop points during their next fixture.

If Yeovil Town Lose To London Bees: The Glovers would not yet be promoted. They would need a win against Sheffield next weekend, or would need Everton to drop points during their next fixture.

The latter two scenarios could also lead to situations where Yeovil Town Ladies and Everton Ladies end up tied on the same number of points. At present this would favour the Glovers, as they have scored more goals, and have a superior goal difference of four goals. However, that sort of scenario is not for the faint-hearted!

The other carrot on the stick for the Ladies is of course the FAWSL2 title itself. Whilst Bristol City now lie three points clear at the top, the Glovers would almost secure the title themselves if they beat London Bees and then match Bristol City's result on the final day of the season. Once again, goal difference favours the Glovers if the two teams are tied, with Bristol needing to overhaul a four goal deficit.

For those who are not at the Hive Stadium this afternoon, BBC Somerset will be providing live commentary on their 1566 MW frequency or over the internet. If that's not enough, then there is the rather surreal prospect of BBC 5Live Sports Extra also providing live commentary on the game, as the Ladies end up being broadcast on national radio for the first time. Both links will be available at some point during the hour leading up to kick-off - you'll probably have to refresh your browser a few times before they kick in as live links as at present they are just labelled as 'Coming Up'.

Link: BBC Sport : 5Live Sports Extra and BBC Somerset Live Commentary.


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30 October 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Grimsby Town Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on his team's performance, their attacking threat and where he thought the overall result stood in terms of the last year can be read via the link below.

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

NB: The link to the interview is now corrected - the initial version gave an error!


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29 October 2016 : Bassett Scores First Goal To Help Magpies Progress In Trophy
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett scored his first ever competitive first team goal on Saturday afternoon. The 18 year old has just started a second loan spell with Southern League Premier Division side Dorchester Town, having had a four game one month deal temporarily ended earlier in the month, with the club delaying the loan deal whilst they awaited news on the availability of the Glovers own loan players with various Premier League clubs ahead of their involvement in the FA Cup.

Ollie was given permission to start his second spell on Friday, and he came off the bench to help Dorchester get through their FA Trophy First Qualifying Round tie against Barnstaple Town. As a 56th minute substitute, he came on with his side 2-0 up via goals from Tom Blair and Nathan Walker. But the Magpies got the jitters with 15 minutes to go when Barnstaple got a goal back via James Mayne, to set up a typical cup tie finish, with strong tackles and bookings ramping up the pressure.

Bassett got his goal in the 93rd minute to ease Dorchester nerves, when he accepted a ball into the box from fellow substitute Mario Mateus, and he cut the ball onto his left foot before providing a strong finish into the back of the net to kill off any hopes their Devon opponents might have had of a comeback.

Bassett's Yeovil Town teammate Joe Lea, who is also on loan at Dorchester Town currently, was an unused substitute in Saturday's match - the first time in five matches that he's not got onto the field of play during his time with the club.

Dorchester Town: Murphy, Yates, Smeeton, Wood, Oldring, Dillon, Blair (Jermyn 89), Morgan, Walker (Mateus 56), Jerrard (Bassett 56), Martin


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29 October 2016 : Darren Way Hails 'Biggest Result' In Eleven Months Of Management After Grimsby Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side's 0-0 home draw against Grimsby Town stands as his 'biggest result' during the eleven months that he has been manager. The Glovers boss took charge of his 49th match in charge today, and so will complete a minor milestone during next weekend's FA Cup First Round tie against Solihull Moors, but considered that shutting out the Mariners across the 90 minutes was a great achievement.

In truth, nearer side had too many chances across the match, with Grimsby's Omar Bogle unsurprisingly their main danger man on the day. But even he couldn't stop Yeovil's fourth consecutive clean sheet in the league, and their fifth in all competitions. Way told BBC Somerset after the game that he felt that the visitors' pace and power meant that was a great result for his team:

"That for me is my biggest result since I've been here as a manager, knowing what we were up against here today. I have to give Grimsby credit as they're a very good team. Every time they received the ball, they've got pace and they've got power, and they can cause teams a lot of threats. Just the way that we stood strong and were very resilient, that's what you need within your team to be successful."

Yeovil Town struggled to create direct chances on goal during the match, but they did come inches away from converting a few, notably when one Otis Khan ball across the face of the six yard area narrowly missed an incoming Ryan Hedges. That was fairly typical of how the Glovers' afternoon went, and Way admitted that it was one limitation of his side's performances at present, with the Glovers having only scored in excess of one goal in a game on two occasions this season:

"I think we had a lot of final third play. We've been working on it all week. We've had Ryan Hedges, Otis Khan and Francois Zoko in the same areas, working the same system. I just think that when the ball got flashed across the box once or twice, that this team is that close to getting that little bit of luck that they deserve, so that instead of a 1-0 and clean sheets, that they go with two, three or four (goals). That is the final product that this team is missing at the moment."

Darren Way confirmed that Tahvon Campbell's 25th minute exit from the game was due to an ankle injury. They will be sending him off for a scan on Monday to confirm how serious or trivial the West Bromwich Albion loanee's problem is.


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

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


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29 October 2016 : Yeovil 0 Grimsby 0 : Fourth League Shut-Out Lifts Glovers Into Top Half
Yeovil Town gained their fourth clean sheet in a row in the league, and their fifth in all competitions, but couldn't find a way past a resolute Grimsby Town side this afternoon. In truth, the 0-0 draw saw the visitors gain the more clear-cut chances throughout the afternoon, with top scorer Omar Bogle having a first half effort tipped over the bar, and another whistle just wide of the post, whilst the same player had strong penalty appeals waved away. Yeovil's best effort came during a period of second half pressure, as an Otis Khan ball flashed across the face of the box, with Ryan Hedges inches away from connecting, but they struggled to test Grimsby keeper James McKeown on the whole.

The Glovers went into the match naming the exact same starting eleven and substitutes as they had in the previous weekend's match against Crewe Alexandra, with Matt Butcher the only absentee that related to injury and fitness concerns. In the opposition line-up there was the familiar face of James Berrett, who joined Grimsby from York over the summer, as they started life without their manager Paul Hurst, who left their club on Monday, leaving Dave Moore in charge.

Matt Dolan had an early free kick that cleared the crossbar fairly easily, before Grimsby striker Omar Bogle showed on three separate occasions why he is their danger man. The first event saw a bit of controversy as referee Brendan Malone did the Glovers a favour - waving away strong appeals for a penalty, after Bogle appeared to be brought down inside the box under pressure from Darren Ward. Following that let-off, Bogle then produced a 20 yard shot that Artur Krysiak had to palm over the crossbar, and then a few minutes later flashed a shot across goal and wide of the post with Krysiak looking beaten.

Yeovil were struggling to create decent output at the other end, and their cause wasn't helped by Tahvon Campbell picking up a leg injury midway through the half. However, given that allowed Tom Eaves to make an early appearance onto the field - the player who had helped change the balance of the game at Crewe last weekend - that wasn't a real disaster. However, the chances really failed to materialise - Kevin Dawson dragged one wide of the target after he was set up by Matt Dolan, and even Grimsby's chances on goal seemed to dry up as the half closed with the game quietly levelling out.

James Berrett fired just over the bar after Omar Bogle set him up early in the second period, before Yeovil began to enjoy their best spell of the match, albeit without serious chances coming on hand to test goalkeeper James McKeown. One of the best just needed a final touch on the ball, as Otis Khan's tricky ball across the six yard box saw Ryan Hedges throwing himself at the ball, with barely a touch needed to turn it into the net - unfortunately no-one managed to connect.

Francois Zoko was introduced for the final half hour, as a replacement for Otis Khan, with a little bit of dissent to Khan's withdrawal being shown by the home crowd who felt that he was one of the more lively attacking players out there. However Zoko put himself about well, as he headed over the bar from a Matt Dolan corner. Tom Eaves then put a rare shot on target into the goalkeeper's arms as he headed on goal, but it was a weak attempt and perhaps symptomatic of the main problem Yeovil had during the afternoon.

Grimsby did try to wind the clock down during the closing stages, but could have stolen the points in the final ten minutes, as James Berrett fired a shot that Artur Krysiak couldn't hold onto, but Darren Ward was alert to the situation and cleared the loose ball. Overall Grimsby had the better chances on the day, but with defences firmly on top during the afternoon, perhaps 0-0 was the fairer result. It's one that lifts Yeovill into the top half of the table, and two points off the play-off line, as attention now turns to the FA Cup.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Grimsby Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 2. Liam Shephard 9. Tom Eaves (25 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko (63 mins for Otis Khan) 18. Izale McLeod 28. Ben Whitfield

Grimsby Town:
1. James McKeown
12. Zac Mills 6. Josh Gowling 22. Danny Collins 3. Danny Andrew
8. Craig Disley 16. James Berrett 19. Luke Summerfield
18. Tom Bolarinwa 21. Scott Vernon 9. Omar Bogle

Substitutes:
5. Shaun Pearson 10. Dominic Vose 11. Rhys Browne (83 mins for Tom Bolarinwa) 14. Kayden Jackson (85 mins for Scott Vernon) 20. Andrew Boyce 26. Brandon Comley (79 mins for Craig Disley) 30. Dean Henderson

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lawless (foul, 30 mins), Bevis Mugabi (foul, 37 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 50 mins)

Grimsby Town Bookings: James Berrett (diving, 30 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 5; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). Assistants: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Robert Dabbs (Dorset). Fourth Official: Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Attendance: 3,733 (with 387 Grimsby supporters).


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29 October 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Grimsby Town at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name an inchanged starting line-up compared with last week's match against Crewe Alexandra. The bench remains also unchanged, meaning we've got the same eighteen players for the first time this season.

Absentees due to injury this afternoon are believed to lie only with one player, in Matt Butcher - he's believed to be more or less ready for a return. Omar Sowunmi, Kyle Copp and Josh Ezewele are presumed fit but do not make the bench. Midfielders Ollie Bassett and Joe Lea are on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 2. Liam Shephard 9. Tom Eaves 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko 18. Izale McLeod 28. Ben Whitfield

Grimsby Town:
1. James McKeown
12. Zac Mills 6. Josh Gowling 22. Danny Collins 3. Danny Andrew
8. Craig Disley 16. James Berrett 19. Luke Summerfield
18. Tom Bolarinwa 21. Scott Vernon 9. Omar Bogle

Substitutes:
5. Shaun Pearson 10. Dominic Vose 11. Rhys Browne 14. Kayden Jackson 20. Andrew Boyce 26. Brandon Comley 30. Dean Henderson


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29 October 2016 : Ellie Curson Previews The Ladies Trip To London Bees
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town Ladies head off to North-West London for the penultimate match of their 2016 FAWSL2 season. They will be coming up against London Bees at the Hive Stadium, which is also home of the men's Barnet team. Ahead of that match, captain Ellie Curson spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Claire Carter about the game, and the wider picture involving the league, that sees the Bees as their final away fixture, followed by next week's finale against Sheffield. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Ellie Curson Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To London Bees.


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28 October 2016 : Glovers Receive Over 500 Responses To Matchday Experience Survey
Yeovil Town have given an interim update to a club survey that they ran concerning the matchday experience at Huish Park. The survey was run earlier this month between October 12th and October 19th in the wake of a record Football League low crowd that had been set during the previous month of 2,749, and with overall League gates having dropped by 18.4 percent against the previous season.

As yet, the club have not divulged any information concerning the themes they have obtained from those survey results, except to state that they had "over 550 responses" to their request, which was filled in via an online web form. The club have said that they are looking at 'solutions' to a number of areas identified by fans although stop short of saying what parts of the club or the overall matchday experience might need to be addressed:

"The results are continuing to be analysed and discussed amongst the Executive at the Football Club. Whilst the Club acknowledges the key areas marked for improvement in the survey, solutions and potential alternatives are still being looked into with changes and improvements to be announced shortly."

The club have also said that they plan to approach the Glovers Trust for their views, with the newly formed organisation having provided its own internal consultation with its membership just prior to the club's own survey, to help establish its own direction.


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28 October 2016 : Darren Previews The Grimsby Town Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the club's fitness, the visit of Grimsby and the effect that their manager's departure is likely to have on their side, and his side's recent form. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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28 October 2016 : Bassett Heads Back To The Avenue Stadium On Loan
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett has headed back to Dorchester Town on loan. He has already had a one month loan spell with the Southern League Premier Division, during which he made four appearances, interrupted slightly by his call-up into the Northern Ireland Under-19s side.

Plans to extend Bassett's stay at the Avenue Stadium were put on hold, after manager Darren Way said he wanted to see which loan players he had available for next weekend's FA Cup First Round tie against Solihull Moors. The answer would appear to be that most - if not all - will be available to him, and so with a current near-injury-free squad, Ollie has been allowed to rejoin the Magpies. He has signed up in time to be available for their FA Trophy tie against Barnstaple Town.

Ollie will now team up with fellow Glovers midfielder Joe Lea, who has already made four appearances for Dorchester in the two-and-a-half weeks that he's been on their books. As before, his loan deal will run for one month, with the exact end date unspecified by the club.


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28 October 2016 : Final Day For Reserved Seats For Solihull Moors Cup Tie
A reminder that today is the final day for Yeovil Town Season Ticket Holders to guarantee their usual seat in the ground for the FA Cup First Round match against Solihull Moors. The cup tie takes place in eight days time, and whilst this match won't sell out, those season ticket holders who have a regular seat in the ground will have their allocated space held back for purchase.

After today, all unsold seats/spaces will be put out for General Sale - you'll still be able to purchase tickets but the Huish Park Ticket Office may not be able to guarantee your usual seat for that game. Obviously if you're on the terrace and a Season Ticket Holder, this isn't an issue!

The Ticket Office is open until 6.00p.m. tonight either via phone on 01935-847888 or in person, or you can purchase online via the link below. You can also purchase tickets for forthcoming trips to Reading Under-23s and Stevenage, or tomorrow's match against Grimsby Town via the same link.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors.

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-23s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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28 October 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers : Man Of The Match Result
Two-and-a-half weeks ago, Yeovil Town met up with Wycombe Wanderers in a League Two match at Huish Park. The end result was a 1-0 win, secured via a goal from Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges, who got the rebound from an Alex Lawless shot.

Man of the Match voting saw the polls go away from those who were involved in the goal itself. Centre-back Alex Lacey was once again high up in the voting, whilst Bevis Mugabi's performance at right-back got noticed. The poll winner though was wide man Otis Khan, who played all bar the last three minutes of the game.

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

1. Otis Khan 184 (14)
2. Bevis Mugabi 172 (8)
3. Alex Lacey 150 (10)
4. Darren Ward 122 (4)
5. Tahvon Campbell 116 (8)
6. Matthew Dolan 108 (5)
7. Nathan Smith 108 (4)
8. Ryan Hedges 52 (3)
9. Alex Lawless 30 (2)
10. Kevin Dawson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.4
Performance : 6.72
Entertainment : 6.07
VOTES RECEIVED : 58


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27 October 2016 : Grimsby Missing Duo For Weekend As Glovers Near Full Squad Selection
League Two side Grimsby Town will arrive at Huish Park on Saturday minus two of their first team squad. One of those absentees - midfielder Sean McAllister - shouldn't affect them too significantly, given that the 29 year old midfielder has not got onto the field of play since mid-August, but the recent loss of experienced full-back Ben Davies will be more problematic, given that he had featured 13 times in their line-up this season until he disappeared from their line-ups a couple of weeks ago.

New Grimsby Town caretaker manager Dave Moore has been able to give an accurate prognosis on both players - he is also the club's physio, who has temporarily stepped up a level following the departure of Paul Hurst and Chris Doig to Shrewsbury Town earlier this week.

Moore has indicated that McAllister has a groin problem that will involve him going under the knife soon, whilst he has ruled out Davies with a calf strain that is likely to keep him out for at least another week, meaning that neither will travel from the east coast down to Somerset.

The other big question is what to expect of Grimsby, given that their management departure had nothing to do with poor form - quite the opposite given that they occupy a solid 8th placed slot in the League Two table, which is probably slightly above expectations given they were only promoted back into the Football League via the play-offs, at the end of last season. Having gone five games without a defeat on their travels, Moore suggests that he won't be doing anything too radical following Hurst's departure:

"I'm certainly not looking to make any radical changes or anything like that, the style of play away from home has been good. I'm not looking to change because I think we've been okay. I see my role as steering the ship. I'm not saying we're going to improve dramatically, but hopefully we're not going to deteriorate dramatically. I'd like to be in a position where we can go along okay and we can give the board of directors a chance to take their time (over a new managerial appointment)."

As far as Yeovil Town are concerned, manager Darren Way has indicated that he has pretty much zero injury concerns going into the weekend fixture. His one significant decision will be whether to being AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher back into the squad, with him having missed the last four fixtures with an unspecified injury.

Given the Glovers have not conceded a single goal whilst he's been absent, it would seem likely that Way will not be rushing into making such a decision, particularly given that he had Omar Sowunmi, Kyle Copp, Josh Ezewele and Ollie Bassett all fit and available last weekend, but without them making the teamsheet. It would seem more likely that his major dilemma will be whether to stick with the starting line-up that won 1-0 against Crewe Alexandra last weekend, or whether to recognise the contribution that Tom Eaves made when he came on as a substitute during the final half hour of that match, with Tahvon Campbell, as the man he replaced, being the player most likely to make way.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town.

Link: Mariners Confirm Hurst Exit Ending Media Speculation Over Way.


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27 October 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town
Officials for the League Two fixture between Yeovil Town and Grimsby Town have been chosen by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 29th October 2016 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brendan Malone (Wiltshire). He was promoted to the Football League's national referees list during the summer of 2010, at the age of 42. Mr Malone is a former Hampshire League footballer, who had to retire from the game at the age of 23 due to a knee injury. He took up refereeing as a result, and ran the line at League level for several years.

We last saw him on two occasions during the 2015-16 season. The most recent was the trip to Notts County's Meadow Lane ground, which saw the home side win 2-0 in October 2015. There was one booking a piece, and of the key incidents, such as a free kick that led to the Magpies' opening goal scored by Stanley Aborah, we weren't complaining. Before that he was present for the home match against Bristol Rovers. His main contribution during the match was to dish out a red card to Matt Dolan, following two yellow cards. The first was when Dolan blocked off the taking of a free kick, whilst the second was a trip on a Rovers player midway through the second half. Nothing outrageous about either Dolan incident, but on the other hand nothing outrageous about Mr Malone's decision to raise a yellow for both. We've seen referees show more leniency, particularly in the case of the second yellow, but that's more of a matter of consistency between officials. Rovers won the game 1-0 and deserved it on the balance of play.

He took charge of the December 2014 meeting against Leyton Orient, which we lost 3-0 at Huish Park. We can cover that one very quickly - despite a frosty pitch and therefore difficult playing conditions, he dealt with the game very well, with just one booking on the night, keeping himself firmly in the background. During the previous season, we had him for one competitive fixture. That was the October 2013 home match against Leicester City in the Championship. He awarded two penalties during the match - one for each side - and the video footage backed up his decision-making - a trip by Danny Seaborne went against us, whilst James Hayter was brought down inside the box at the other end. Otherwise there was just one booking for timewasting as the Foxes held onto their 2-1 lead. Our recollection was that he did okay, although the Western Gazette were more critical saying he was "certainly not the worst performance from a referee this season, but far from faultless. His decision making was erratic and Richie De Laet deserved a second yellow card" - De Laet's booking came late on during that match and we can't recall what his other offence was on the night.

Earlier that season we had Mr Malone for a pre-season friendly match against Exeter City during which he sent off Grecians midfielder Tommy Doherty. His boss Paul Tisdale had a bit of a post-match grumble about that decision, but the view from those at the game was that it would have been hard for Mr Malone to do otherwise, with the former Glovers loanee having struck Byron Webster in the face in an off-the-ball incident. He was also present - briefly - for the 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra that represented our final home match of the 2012-13 season proper, before we moved into the play-off matches. We actually only saw him as the match referee for around 30 minutes - he pulled up with a hamstring injury, and had to be replaced by fourth official Adam Bromley. In that brief period we saw him he seemed to be doing okay, but in truth had little in the way of contentious decisions to deal with.

Mr Malone was in charge for the Boxing Day 2011 match against Charlton Athletic - a game we lost 2-3 at Huish Park. On the whole he had a decent game, and in fact called one bit of 'controversy' well - visiting keeper Ben Hamer claimed he'd been fouled for Jonathan Obika's 8th minute opener, but the TV footage later proved that the former Holyrood Community School pupil had in fact slipped in the box under his own steam, with the referee correctly ignoring Charlton's protests. The Western Gazette were less impressed with his handling of the game, saying that he "baffled fans with decisions at throw-ins and corners, while six bookings reflects unfairly on the game" - two of those bookings led to suspensions for Glovers players, so that may have been part of the frustration at his decisions.

Mr Malone was the unfortunate official in charge of the stormy September 2011 encounter against Sheffield Wednesday at Huish Park. The centre-piece of the game was a controversial Kieran Agard goal, scored after he chased down the Owls defence following an uncontested drop ball. Whatever the moral rights and wrongs of that goal, the Laws of the Game that referees are bound to meant that he could not be blamed for the situation that developed.

He did endure a rather difficult second half, in which Wednesday's players were rather fired up and aggrieved about the incident, and we saw four Glovers go into the book, plus an Owls player. He also ruled out awarding a penalty for a shirt tug on Gavin Massey that could have put Yeovil back in the lead. It wasn't the best 45 minutes of refereeing we've seen, but given the circumstances, probably all bar a few Premier League officials would have struggled to control the situation. He later saw Owls goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes called up by the Football Association for an incident in the tunnel at half time, so clearly was keeping his eyes on what was going on out there.

Our first experience of him as the man in the middle for a first team game was the August 2010 Football League Trophy match against Exeter City. Much as though we'd love to put on our best green-tinted spectacles for the red card dished out to Sam Williams for an off-the-ball incident on the night, there were no real complaints about the decision, and overall Mr Malone dealt with the game well.

The other game involving him as a referee was the 2011 New Year's Day match against Plymouth Argyle. There we can have no complaints either, particularly given that he awarded Yeovil a penalty after Andy Williams appeared to slip inside the box. Mr Malone kindly decided that Argyle's Curtis Nelson had clipped him. Unfortunately, Sam Williams failed to take advantage of the bit of charity, by having the penalty attempt saved. Mr Malone chalked off an Andy Williams 'goal' just before the break - the whistle had blown long before it landed in the back of the net though. Mr Malone was praised by manager Terry Skiverton after the game against the Pilgrims, although felt that there were one or two situations where he could have let the game flow to an advantage:

"I thought the referee (Brendan Malone) was excellent today, but there was one time where Andy (Williams) had got away from the defender, and he got pulled back a bit, and he blew up rather than play the advantage and I think that if he had given the advantage then Andy would have got a shot off. It's a hard job, and I'll say again that he (Brendan Malone) was excellent, but in those situations you may want the advantage."

Mr Malone will be assisted by Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Robert Dabbs (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Laver (Hampshire).

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Exeter City 3.

Link: January 2011 : Plymouth Argyle 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: September 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield Wednesday 3.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Charlton Athletic 3.

Link: April 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra.

Link: October 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Leicester City 2.

Link: December 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 3.

Link: August 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol Rovers 1.

Link: October 2015 : Notts County 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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27 October 2016 : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played an EFL Trophy Group match against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. The match ended in a 0-0 draw which then gave us the unusual prospect of a penalty shoot-out that allowed the winners a 'bonus point' - the first time we can recall that happening in a competitive fixture involving the club.

Man of the Match voting saw a couple of the club's fringe players grab the limelight. AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield got a rare start, and fans liked what they saw. A more regular starter Alex Lacey was solid at the back on the night. The poll winner by a significant margin though was goalkeeper Jonny Maddison, who was making only his second appearance for the club.

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

1. Jonny Maddison 66 (6)
2. Alex Lacey 16 (1)
3. Ben Whitfield 10 (0)
4. Nathan Smith 8 (0)
4. Bevis Mugabi 8 (0)
6. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)
6. Tahvon Campbell 6 (0)
8. Otis Khan 2 (0)
8. Izale McLeod 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7
Performance : 7.43
Entertainment : 6.57
VOTES RECEIVED : 7


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26 October 2016 : Matt Dolan Talks About The Crewe Alexandra Victory
On Saturday, Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan scored his third goal of the 2016-17 season, as he helped his side win 1-0 against Crewe Alexandra. Following the match, he spoke to journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matt talks about the winning goal, and the strength he sees throughout the squad over the past few weeks. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Matt Dolan Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Crewe Alexandra.


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26 October 2016 : Lea Clocks Up Full Ninety For Magpies In Slough Defeat
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea completed a full 90 minutes for Dorchester Town last night, as the games continue to come thick'n'fast for the teenager. Since arriving at the Avenue Stadium just ten days ago, he has played in four different matches, including last night's 2-1 defeat against Slough Town in Berkshire.

This is the first time that Joe has made a full 90 minute appearance for Dorchester, having previously played 160 minutes worth of football across three matches, comprising of two starts and one substitute appearance. It was an unusual one as well, as Slough's Arbour Park ground has a 3G pitch - something that Dorchester themselves are planning to install over the summer of 2017.

The Magpies will now switch to a cup competition, as they face Barnstaple Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday, in what should give Lea his fifth match in just over two week's worth of loan experience.

Dorchester Town: Murphy, Jermyn (Yates 46), Smeeton, Martin, Oldring, Dillon, Lea, Jerrard (Mitchell 65), Walker, Wood, Blair.


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26 October 2016 : Knights Loses Out On Chance Of FA Cup Return After Red Card
Former Yeovil Town winger Darryl Knights looks to have missed out on his chance to play against his old club. The 28 year old, who played for the Glovers on loan from Ipswich Town during the 2006-07 season, before signing up permanently, was given a red card in Solihull's 0-1 home defeat against National League leaders Forest Green Rovers last night.

The incident is reported as being a 79th minute stamp on former Glover Kieffer Moore who is now on Forest Green Rovers books, and so would be classified as violent conduct with a three match ban. Assuming there is no appeal or change to the classification to that incident, Knights would be suspended for three matches, which would cover their trip to Braintree Town on Saturday, followed by the FA Cup First Round tie against Yeovil Town on Saturday 5th November, plus one other National League fixture.

Knights made nine appearances for the club across the 2006-07 and 2007-08 season, and was part of the club's 2006-07 League One Play-Off Final squad that played Blackpool at Wembley Stadium. However, he failed to seriously break into the Glovers first team, and ended up dropping into non-league football with Kidderminster Harriers and Newport County before heading to Solihull in 2012.

Link: FA Cup First Round Ties Moved To Sunday Include Taunton's Match.

Link: FA Cup First Round Televised Matches Selected.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors.

Link: 2016-17 FA Cup First Round Draw.

Link: So Who Are Solihull Moors Exactly?


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25 October 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : Good Things Come In Threes
Yeovil Town's 1-0 victory at Crewe Alexandra had a feeling of deja vu about it. A sequence of 1-0, 1-0, 1-0 is certainly not to be sniffed at, and the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry provides a review of that game, and why the online statistics may not give an accurate view of the game. There's also a look at the recent claims on the rumourmill that had linked Darren Way with the Shrewsbury Town job over the weekend, and why that might be a bit premature at this stage. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Good Things Come In Threes.


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25 October 2016 : Glovers Keeper Krysiak Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Artur Krysiak has been nominated in the Team of the Week for the Football League Paper. He kept his third clean sheet in a row during Saturday's 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, and made three key first half saves to keep the scoreline blank during the match that was won by a Matty Dolan free kick.

That's allowed Artur to take his place in the following team listed by the paper, based on League Two matches on Saturday:

Artur Krysiak (Yeovil Town)
Alex Whitmore (Morecambe), Scott Cuthbert (Luton Town), Aaron Downes (Cheltenham Town), Carl Dickinson (Notts County)
Adam Campbell (Notts County), Robbie Weir (Leyton Orient), Luke Berry (Cambridge United), Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle)
Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town), Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Manager: Gary Bowyer (Blackpool).


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24 October 2016 : Efe Sodje Arrested Following National Crime Agency Allegations
Former Yeovil Town defender Efe Sodje is one of four members of his family who have been arrested, after allegations of Fraudulent Trading. The quartet of Efe, Sam, Bright and Stephen have all been charged following an investigation by the National Crime Agency, into claimed irregularities concerning the Sodje Sports Foundation. They have been bailed and will appear in Court next month.

Efe Sodje is listed as living in Gatley in Cheshire, whilst his brother Sam - who was a former Yeovil Town trialist - is listed as residing in Abbey Wood in South East London, along with his brother Stephen. The Sodje family were all keen sportsmen, with Bright playing rugby league, whilst Sam played in the Premier League for Reading.

The statement issued by the National Crime Agency, according to the Daily Mail states that they were arrested in July, but have now been charged and set to appeal in Court in mid-November:

"Four people have been charged with fraud offences after an investigation by the National Crime Agency. Bright, Efetobore, Samuel and Stephen Sodje were charged with fraudulent trading and bailed until November 14 when they will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court. The four were arrested on July 13 after a three-year NCA investigation into alleged irregularities at the Sodje Sports Foundation."

As yet, there's no details of exactly what has been alleged, although the inference from the Mail is that it relates to the Foundation's charitable status, with them saying the organisation enjoyed 'tax exceptions and other benefits' - it's not clear if that is a general statement about the Foundation, or something specific to the case.

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

Link: Efe Sodje : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 October 2016 : Darren Talks About Crewe Alexandra Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Crewe Alexandra kicked off at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the level of experience he is able to name on his teamsheet, his warning against complacency, the Gresty Road pitch, and gave his views on the now since filled Shrewsbury Town management position. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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24 October 2016 : FA Cup First Round Ties Moved To Sunday Include Taunton's Match
The Football Association have listed nine FA Cup First Round ties that have been moved to be played on Sunday afternoon. The good news for Somerset-based football fans is that Taunton Town's home match against Barrow is one of those which will now take place on Sunday 6th November at Wordsworth Drive, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off, thus avoiding a clash with Yeovil Town's First Round match against Solihull Moors.

The matches have been moved to allow the BBC to show a 'Final Score' programme, which will actually be screened as an 'in game' rolling show from the 2.00p.m. kick-off times, showing the major incidents and goals from each of the ties, as they go in, along with in-studio discussion of the matches during periods when nothing is happening. Last season, Yeovil Town were selected for their trip to Maidstone United, which gave the club a £12,500 broadcast fee - something that presumably all of the clubs chosen will also receive.

As yet, the Football Association haven't announced the final list, but their fixture list has already been changed to cover the following clubs, many of whom - including Taunton Town - have already confirmed their fixture changes, and the reasons for those moves:

Sheffield United vs Leyton Orient
Taunton Town vs Barrow
Alfreton Town vs Newport County
Maidstone United vs Rochdale
St Albans City vs Carlisle United
Boreham Wood vs Notts County
Hartlepool United vs Stamford
Morecambe vs Coventry City
Blackpool vs Kidderminster Harriers

Link: FA Cup First Round Televised Matches Selected.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors.

Link: 2016-17 FA Cup First Round Draw.

Link: So Who Are Solihull Moors Exactly?


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24 October 2016 : Mariners Confirm Hurst Exit Ending Media Speculation Over Way
Further to this morning's earlier news, League Two side Grimsby Town have officially confirmed the departure of manager Paul Hurst. They have released a statement announcing his departure, along with his assistant Chris Doig, also confirming that they did receive a formal approach from League One side Shrewsbury Town over the weekend for his services.

Grimsby have stated that they agreed a compensation amount with the Shrews, and so gave Hurst permission to hold talks with them with their blessing. Shrewsbury Town have also confirmed Hurst's and Doig's arrival, via a tweet, although have yet to provide a formal statement.

Hurst took Grimsby back into the Football League, having arrived at Blundell Park in March 2011, and so he leaves them with big shoes to fill. For Saturday's trip to Yeovil Town, Grimsby have appointed Dave Moore as their Caretaker Manager. He is their club's physiotherapist, who acted as Caretaker Manager back in February 2011 prior to Hurst's arrival at the club.

Moore is a former Grimsby Town right-back who also had a two year management spell with Scunthorpe United between 1994 and 1996, before becoming Grimsby's physio in 2001. During the 15 years he's spent with the Mariners, he's also acted as their assistant manager at various stages.

Confirmation of Hurst's exit from Blundell Park and his arrival at the Greenhaus Meadow will end media speculation linking Darren Way with the vacancy. In truth though, it would appear that Hurst was Shrewsbury's number one choice throughout that time.


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24 October 2016 : Grimsby Boss Hurst Reported As Shrewsbury-Bound
Saturday's League Two opponents Grimsby Town are reported to have lost their first team manager Paul Hurst. The 42 year old has been widely assumed to be the unnamed manager that League One side Shrewsbury Town have been chasing, despite one commercial website, HITC, naming Yeovil Town boss Darren Way as an apparent target.

The speculation at the Grimsby end increased when Hurst failed to show for his post-match press duties, following Grimsby's 0-1 home loss against Cheltenham Town, instead handing the reins to his assistant Chris Doig, suggesting that there were some questions that Hurst didn't want put to him at that moment in time.

This morning, BBC Radio Humberside are reporting that Hurst has left Blundell Park, although have yet to get official confirmation of that fact, and whether he has left with Grimsby's agreement, or simply resigned. Either way, they believe he is Shrewsbury-bound. The BBC state:

"Nobody at Grimsby Town is available for comment. Our understanding is that Paul Hurst has left the club. We're expecting him to join Shrewsbury."

Over the weekend, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way stated that there had been no official approach for his services. Assuming the BBC are correct in their reporting about Hurst, it would seem likely that will remain the case.


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24 October 2016 : Lea Starts In Redditch Draw As Former Glovers Full-Back Reaches Milestone
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea made his third appearance for Dorchester Town over the weekend, as he helped his temporary side to a 0-0 draw against Redditch United. With him having been part of the Magpies' midweek 3-0 victory over Frome Town he was named in an unchanged side and played the first 69 minutes of a tight match, operating in a 4-2-3-1 formation that saw him as one of three midfielders playing behind main striker Nathan Walker.

Lea's three appearances for the Magpies have now seen him play 160 minutes in just over a week's worth of football, made up of two starts (Frome 68 mins, Redditch 69 mins) and one substitute appearance (Dunstable Town, 23 mins). He won't get much rest, as on Tuesday night Dorchester are off to play Slough Town in Berkshire in another Southern League Premier Division match, before taking on Barnstaple Town in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Dorchester's draw was notable for it marking the 300th appearance for former Yeovil Town full-back Jake Smeeton, and he was presented with a salver before the match to recognise that milestone. Smeeton had been on the club's books as a Youth Team player during the 2005-06 season, before being given a professional contract during the 2006-07 campaign, during which he had a loan spell with Chard Town. However, he was released in the summer of 2007 without making a first team appearance. He then signed up with Dorchester, who have been his main club for first team football with the exception of a loan spell with Poole Town.

Smeeton has been recently playing as a holding midfielder in Dorchester's side, rather than the left-back slot he occupied earlier in his career. Dorchester manager Mark Jermyn had high praise for Smeeton after his 299th appearance that saw him bag two of the three goals against Frome, with one coming from a free kick position:

"He's been one of the best players at this football club for a very long time. He's probably not got the credit he deserves. You put him anywhere and he can play. He's made that position (central midfield) his own now and his free-kicks are very good."

Dorchester Town: Murphy, Crittenden (Jermyn 76), Smeeton, Wood, Oldring, Dillon, Lea (Jerrard 69), Morgan, Walker, Mateus, Blair (Martin 65)


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23 October 2016 : Video : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-0 victory against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, these are now online. Watch two minutes of footage, which includes Matty Dolan's winning free kick, via the YouTube video below.




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23 October 2016 : Way States No Approach On The Shrewsbury Job
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given his views on internet media reports linking him with the vacant management post at Shrewsbury Town. On Friday, claims were made by a commercial website that Way was one of their club's targets for the position, albeit with there being no quotes or open sources to back up those suggestions.

Way was asked for his take on those reports by BBC Somerset just before the match at Crewe Alexandra kicked off yesterday, and he gave a fairly stock answer on the situation:

"I think it's always an honour when you're linked with other clubs, certainly in the league above. But I've got a three year contract here, and until the Chairman pulls me in his office and says that someone has made an official approach, you have to make sure that you remain focussed on the job in hand, and that's to win football matches for Yeovil Town football club."

Way was also asked if there had been an approach for his services, and he replied simply "No - no" to the question. Shrewsbury's on-the-record position is that they had shortlisted their position - vacated by Micky Mellon earlier this month - and had formally interviewed three unnamed people for their manager's job.

Both BBC Shropshire and the Shropshire Star believe that Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst is the main man that Shrewsbury are trying to take to the Greenhaus Meadow, but that they are being frustrated by the issue of Hurst still being under contract at Blundell Park. Hurst did take charge of his side in their 0-1 home defeat against Cheltenham Town yesterday, but significantly did not carry any post-match interviews, implying that he knew a few of the likely questions would be awkward for him.

Shrewsbury Chief Executive Brian Caldwell refused to confirm if Hurst was the man they were after, or who his other two short-listed candidates were. However, he did state that his club were specifically targeting one individual, with the other two on his shortlist being left aside for now. He said though that there was a deadline in terms of their negotiations with their primary target, and if that deadline passed, they would move on to others on the shortlist:

"It's coming close to the deadline of giving up on first option. If we don't get one then we need somebody in. You saw from the performance today and how it panned out and the draining on the players. We're all aware and all as frustrated as the supporters. We totally understand where everyone's coming from. I can't name names or go any further, it wouldn't be fair. You've got to keep your options open. We're looking at a couple of options just now - if one doesn't come off then we go the other way. There'll be no Sunday off or Saturday night either. We're in the situation that we need to get somebody in as quick as possible. It's just over two weeks but it feels like two months and everybody feels the same."

Shrewsbury lost their fourth game in a row yesterday, having been defeated in every fixture since Mellon walked to take up a job with Tranmere Rovers. They now lie six points adrift of safety, at the foot of League One.


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23 October 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Crewe Alexandra Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the club's third consecutive win.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Crewe Alexandra Game.


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

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


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22 October 2016 : Darren Way Believes Anything Is Achievable After Crewe Away Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that 'anything is achievable' after witnessing his side pick up a hat-trick of 1-0 victories at Gresty Road this afternoon. Their third single goal victory came against Crewe Alexandra, after victories against Newport County and Wycombe Wanderers, lifting the Glovers up to 13th in the League One table, and taking them further away from some early season struggles.

The Glovers lie just one point away from the play-off slots now, albeit with half a dozen other teams between them at the actual top seven positions. But Way told BBC Somerset that he now believed that his team could achieve things if they maintained their current form:

"I feel that it's been in the players. I've always believed from the start. I had a spell where I had to say to supporters to be patient. But you could see the scenes at the end of the game. The way the supporters have sung throughout the game has been fantastic. I said to the players I put a sign up for the players and all staff over breakfast, anything is achievable this year, and that's what I believe."

This afternoon's winner came from Matt Dolan who scored an excellent 62nd minute free kick into the bottom right hand corner for his third goal of the season. He felt that goal was testament to Dolan's hard work at the club which he felt sometimes went unnoticed:

"It was a fantastic finish. He's been an amazing servant to me as a manager. He's someone who I feel very proud to manage and I think he deserves that goal. But I also had to say to the players, these 1-0s are not a fluke. They're well managed, well performed and well drilled. With the hard work that goes behind the scenes at the football club, I don't think everyone sees how hard those players work. I've tried to create that culture on the shop floor. As I said the other day, if you don't then you don't fit into what we're trying to achieve."

Way has also today played down claims linking him with the vacant Shrewsbury Town position, indicating that he was flattered to be linked with the position, but stating that there had been no official approach - a fairly standard response to such things, but with the Shropshire local media still looking elsewhere, as they believe Grimsby Town boss Paul Hirst is their club's main target.


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22 October 2016 : Crewe 0 Yeovil 1 : Dolan Set Play Gives Glovers Three In A Row
Yeovil Town picked up their third consecutive League Two victory this afternoon, as they recorded their third 1-0 win in that time. The victory over Crewe Alexandra came thanks to a Matt Dolan free kick that curled into the bottom right hand corner just beyond the hour mark, leaving the home side frustrated at the fact that their striker Chris Dagnall had hit the crossbar in each half. The Glovers rise to 13th place in the table, but just one point off the play-off slots and six away from the bottom two as they begin to look upwards in the table.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting line-up compared to the team that beat Newport County 1-0 last weekend. The only change to the teamsheet was that Liam Shephard made his return from a leg injury, with him displacing Josh Ezewele on the substitutes bench. Crewe's line-up featured former Yeovil Town loanee Ben Nugent, but he sat on the bench for the start of the match. Another former loanee Zoumana Bakayogo started at left-back.

The game opened up with both sides not really creating too much in a half that saw away fans squinting into the late autumn sunshine. Jon Guthrie headed wide, whilst Bevis Mugabi had to block the ball in a crowded goal mouth to send it out for a corner as Crewe edged things. A better chance for Crewe saw Ryan Lowe get in behind the Glovers back four, with Artur Krysiak taking a whack in the face as he came out to smother the ball.

At the other end, Tahvon Campbell went close from a narrow angle as his shot from close range struck the back of the goal frame. But then Ryan Lowe broke through at the other end, again as the Glovers back four failed to deal with another chip over the top, and they were fortunate that the Crewe striker's touch was a soft toe-poke that Krysiak blocked.

There was little doubt that whilst both sides had relatively even possession, with Yeovil Town perhaps even edging that, the longer the half went on, the more it became obvious that Crewe had the better chances. The difference was the delivery of the ball - on one occasion a wicked cross was put in at the far post that had everyone stretching for it, and the slightest touch from Harry Davis or Ryan Lowe would have guaranteed a goal. Then Chris Dagnall struck the underside of the crossbar, with the ball bouncing out and away. At the tail end, a long range Alex Lawless strike provided an attempt for the Glovers, but compared to what Crewe had served up, it was a little fortunate the game was still at 0-0.

The second period saw the busy Tahvon Campbell wriggle free and take a shot that bounced nastily and forced Ben Garratt to tip the ball around his post for a corner. But the initial feeling was this game was going to head for more of the same until Tom Eaves was introduced just short of the hour mark. Whilst he didn't have anything to do with the goal that was scored three minutes later, his physical presence seemed to upset the Crewe defence, and they gave away a free kick when former loanee Zoumana Bakayogo fouled Ryan Hedges. Up stepped Matt Dolan who curled a beauty around the wall for a 1-0 lead that seemed to be a little out of the blue.

That said, following that goal, the Glovers went on to play their best football of the game, with Crewe only having one serious sniff to get back into the match. Elsewhere, Otis Khan had a shot saved, whilst Ryan Hedges found his attempt deflected by a defender for a corner after he was set up by Tom Eaves. Then substitute Francois Zoko met a Dolan free kick at the near post but the ball was squeezed wide. Crewe's golden chance came via Chris Dagnall again, as he headed against the crossbar in the closing stages, but the home side seemed to wither after Dolan's goal, and the end result was that Yeovil were able to gain a fairly comfortable win, even if at times during the closing stages they did defend a little deep. Up to 13th now, and just one place away from being able to call themselves a "top half of the table side" - something that wasn't on the cards a few weeks ago.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Crewe Alexandra 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Matt Dolan (62 mins, 0-1)

Crewe Alexandra:
1. Ben Garratt
2. Oliver Turton 3. Jon Guthrie 4. Harry Davis 14. Zoumana Bakayogo
22. Alex Kiwomya 18. Billy Bingham 15. Danny Hollands 11. George Cooper
7. Ryan Lowe (Capt) 9. Chris Dagnall

Substitutes:
6. Ben Nugent 8. James Jones (58 mins for Billy Bingham) 13. Dave Richards (GK) 17. Daniel Udoh 23. Perry Ng 25. Callum Ainley (75 mins for Danny Hollands) 36. Tom Lowery

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 2. Liam Shephard 9. Tom Eaves (59 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko (76 mins for Otis Khan) 18. Izale McLeod 28. Ben Whitfield

Crewe Alexandra Bookings: Chris Dagnall (2 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Otis Khan (25 mins, foul)

Crewe Alexandra Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 8; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.

NOTE: The above statistics are very suspect in terms of the shots from both sides - Crewe definitely had shots on target during the match.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Natalie Aspinall (Lancashire) and Wade Smith (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Paul Marsden (Lancashire).

Attendance: 3,659 (with 177 Yeovil supporters).


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22 October 2016 : Team News For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. The match sees the Glovers name an inchanged starting line-up compared with last week's match against Newport County. There's only one change to the bench as well, with Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard coming into the squad after recovering from his leg injury.

Absentees due to injury this afternoon are believed to lie only with one player, in Matt Butcher. Omar Sowunmi, Kyle Copp, Josh Ezewele and Ollie Bassett are presumed fit but do not make the bench. Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 2. Liam Shephard 9. Tom Eaves 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko 18. Izale McLeod 28. Ben Whitfield


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21 October 2016 : Darren Previews The Crewe Alexandra Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the opposition, the decrease in injuries, and the need to avoid complacency. Read that via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks to The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Crewe Alexandra.


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21 October 2016 : Loza Signed Up By Stones Following Trial Match
Former Yeovil Town loanee and trialist Jamar Loza has found himself a new club. The former Norwich City academy player has been a free agent since he was released by the Carrow Road club at the end of last season, and seems to have been a little unlucky in the number of clubs he has trialled with over the summer months. Loza started off training at Huish Park, but then headed off to Port Vale where it looked as though a deal was about to be announced, only for the Valiants to call it off at the last moment.

He then headed north, trialling for Inverness Caledonian Thistle before then turning up playing for a Colchester United Under-23s side, although there was no word on whether that was a formal trial or a case of a player using a local club as a means to keep fit.

He's now signed for National League side Maidstone United, having trained with them over the last couple of weeks, and scoring in a behind closed doors friendly. The Stones are currently 17th in the National League, in what is the first season that the relaunched club has spent at this level. They've not revealed the length of Loza's contract at this stage.


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21 October 2016 : Glovers Given Welsh Trip In FA Youth Cup Draw
Yeovil Town Under-18s have been given an away draw in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup. They will travel to play Newport County, with both clubs entering the competition at this stage, as the Academy sides of Football League clubs.

All ties in this round of the competition must be completed by Saturday 5th November, with them normally being scheduled as midweek evening games on the hosting club's main stadium pitch. Once there is a firm date, time and venue, we'll provide an update.

Last season was the first time the relaunched Academy had entered the FA Youth Cup, and saw the Glovers beat Forest Green Rovers before going out of the competition on penalties, as Met Police gained a Second Round victory following a marathon eighteen kick shoot-out.

The full draw is as follows:

1 Bradford City v Hartlepool United
2 Chester v Fleetwood Town
3 Sheffield United v Crewe Alexandra
4 FC United of Manchester v Carlisle United
5 Hyde United or Irlam v Morecambe
6 Wrexham v Accrington Stanley
7 Bolton Wanderers v Blackpool
8 Scunthorpe United v Grimsby Town
9 Oldham Athletic v Bury
10 Altrincham or Tranmere Rovers v Doncaster Rovers
11 FC Halifax Town v York City
12 Rochdale v Ryton & Crawcrook Albion or Darlington 1883
13 Dunkirk v Coventry City
14 Notts County v Romulus
15 Peterborough United v Port Vale
16 Shrewsbury Town v Wolverhampton Casuals
17 Bedworth United v Mansfield Town
18 Chesterfield v Walsall
19 Boston United v Hereford
20 Boreham Wood v Northampton Town
21 Cambridge United v Beaconsfield SYCOB
22 Barnet v Luton Town
23 Southend United v Leyton Orient
24 Dagenham & Redbridge v Colchester United
25 AFC Sudbury v Framlingham Town
26 Milton Keynes Dons v AFC Hornchurch
27 Ware v Stevenage
28 Charlton Athletic v Maidstone United
29 Millwall v Worthing
30 Gillingham v Corinthian
31 Folkestone Invicta v Merstham
32 AFC Wimbledon v North Greenford United
33 Gloucester City v Poole Town
34 Newport County v Yeovil Town
35 Radstock Town v Exeter City
36 Oxford United v Bristol Rovers
37 Andover Town v Oxford City
38 Cheltenham Town v Plymouth Argyle
39 Salisbury v Swindon Town
40 Portsmouth v Eastleigh


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21 October 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make the trip to Gresty Road, home of Crewe Alexandra for a League Two fixture. To help you on your way, the Ciderspace guide covers ticketing, directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and other such things via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Crewe Alexandra.

The legendary Ice Cream Van Stand - housing away supporters on the north side of the ground
The legendary Ice Cream Van Stand - housing away supporters on the north side of the ground
Photo © Whitby Morrison 2016



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20 October 2016 : Speculative Claims Linking Way With Shrews Job
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is being linked with the managerial vacancy at Shrewsbury Town, if you believe one commercial website. The Here Is The City (HITC) site has run a rather speculative looking article suggesting that the Glovers boss is a 'contender' for the post vacated by Micky Mellon when he left the New Meadow earlier this month.

Shrewsbury have been without a manager since October 6th when Mellon left to take up a position at Tranmere Rovers. His departure appeared to have an element of 'jump before you get pushed' about it, given that the Shropshire side were bottom of League One with only two wins from 11 games. Three further defeats have made that situation worse and they're now five points from safety and stuck in 24th position in the table.

The HITC article contains no quotes, or firm names, claiming that they are using "sources close to the (Shrewsbury) club", and don't offer a lot else other than a brief resume of Way's career so far. Elsewhere, the Shropshire press are painting a very different picture, believing that they are on the verge of naming their new manager, having shortlisted three candidates. The on-the-record bit from the Shropshire Star comes from Chief Executive Brian Caldwell who suggests that it is touch and go as to whether they'll have their new man in place by Saturday, or whether existing Caretaker Manager Danny Coyne would lead the team out for one last time:

"We're down to the final three. It's a close call and we know It's hard for everyone to be patient. We want to get the right person in for the job and we'd be happy if it was any of the three. Never say never - if we can make an appointment the new manager will lead the team out. There's a possibility Danny (Coyne) might still be in charge (of the team), but we're making every effort. All three (shortlisted managers) have bought into the club, they're hungry and want to take the club to the next level. We want someone who demands to be successful. We need someone with driving enthusiasm. You can get an understanding of people if you speak to them face to face. You can judge someone in the first 15-20 minutes of speaking to them. We feel we've got the right ones, they had those attributes."

The Shropshire press appear to be in the dark as to who the three shortlisted candidates are, merely choosing to rule out two names - Alan Archibald (at Partick Thistle) and John Hughes (formerly of Inverness) - who had been on their rumourmill, stating that they believe those two are no longer being considered. BBC Radio Shropshire had also named Archibald, but pointed out that Shrewsbury had been trying to agree a compensation package.

As such, unless both Shrewsbury Town and Yeovil Town have managed to keep things extraordinarily quiet, or that Salop have been forced down a radical change of plans, the HITC reports connecting Way with the vacancy would seem to sit a significant distance away from what the Shrewsbury local media are saying. If that situation changes, or when Shrewsbury announce their new boss, we'll provide an update.


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20 October 2016 : Way Has Two More Players To Select From For Crewe Trip
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way should be able to boost his squad by at least two more players when they get on the team bus to Crewe Alexandra this weekend. The Glovers boss has been just short of full availability over the past week, with only Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard (leg) and AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Butcher on the treatment table. Those were the only two unplanned absentees, with the likes of Kyle Copp and Omar Sowunmi not making the teamsheet as the club have enjoyed an unusual embarassment of luxuries in terms of options to put on the playing field.

Way has told BBC Somerset today that Shephard will definitely be available for selection, after dropping out of the squad when he was a victim of a couple of nasty challenges in the recent away matches at Plymouth Argyle and Cambridge United that eventually wore him down three weeks ago. Butcher dropped out after the same game due to an unspecified injury, and he may be the one player who needs a fitness test before Way decides whether he should take him up to Gresty Road or not. The Yeovil boss explained the situation:

"Sheps (Liam Shephard) has trained all week, so he's good. We're just waiting on Butch (Matt Butcher) as to whether he's going to be available to play. You could see that having the whole squad - Francois Zoko, Ryan Dickson, Liam Shephard and Tom Eaves - players like that have got really good potential to have. To have that firepower like Izale McLeod is very good to have as a manager."

Way will also be boosted by another player being available, as midfielder Ollie Bassett's four game loan spell at Dorchester Town came to an end last Saturday. Way has chosen not to allow that deal to be extended - something of a surprise given the club would have the rights to a 24 hour recall on any further months he spent at the Avenue Stadium. However, Way is concerned about the number of players he may have at his disposal when Solihull Moors come to Huish Park on Saturday 5th November in the FA Cup First Round. He explained his thinking:

"Ollie Bassett has come back as I've not got clearance on the loans as yet for the FA Cup. So I've got to make sure that if anything was going to happen with my loan players, through not having clearance, that I've got enough players within the squad to fulfil that important fixture. I can't see it being a problem, but I couldn't afford to take that risk."

Although Way didn't elaborate as to which of his five loan players he might have an issue with for FA Cup selection, Swansea City duo Ryan Hedges and Liam Shephard should be free to play in that competition, given the club committed to a season long loan back in August, meaning that their parent club will not be worrying about whether there is any risk of their players becoming cup tied. That would therefore just leave West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell, and AFC Bournemouth duo Matt Butcher and Ben Whitfield as players who could be stopped from playing in the competition. However, the only circumstances where that is likely is if those clubs foresee those players either performing for their parent clubs in the January FA Cup Third Round stages, or if they believe they could move to another loaning club who might want them to be available for an FA Cup tie.

In terms of Bassett's status - and that of Joe Lea who has just started a loan spell at Dorchester Town - loan rules allow clubs to issue 24 hour recalls against short term loans, that can still be exercised between Football League sides and non-league sides outside the transfer window, provided the loan deal has gone beyond its initial month loan. This week, fellow League Two side Barnet cut short a three month loan agreement with National League side Lincoln City for their midfielder Tom Champion, after he'd spent a month at Sincil Bank, with the 30 year old having failed to hold down a place in the Imps side during his first month. It will not be possible for the club to recall Lea until he has got through a full month at the Abbey Stadium, however the move to bring Bassett back is something of a surprise given on previous seasons, the 24 hour recall clause has allowed clubs to make decisions such as Barnet and Lincoln's at short notice.


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20 October 2016 : FA Cup First Round Televised Matches Selected
The Football Association have announced the FA Cup First Round fixtures that will be televised early next month. All three of the fixtures selected by the BBC and BT Sport follow the pattern of 'non-league club at home, playing Football League club away', in the tradition of trying to engineer a cup upset. That means that Swindon Town, Oxford United and Fleetwood Town are the three 'giants' thrown into the ring, with Eastleigh, Merstham and Southport the 'plucky minnows' whose players' day time jobs will be gleefully reeled off by commentators throughout the 90 minutes (although in full-time Eastleigh's case, they may struggle on this).

The set of fixtures chosen are as follows:

Fri 04/11/2016 : Eastleigh vs Swindon Town (BBC One, 7.55p.m.)
Sat 05/11/2016 : Merstham vs Oxford United (BT Sport, 12.30p.m.)
Mon 07/11/2016 : Southport vs Fleetwood Town (BT Sport, 7.45p.m.)

At present the FA haven't revealed the Broadcast Fee for these ties, but last season it was £67,500 per club, and we don't expect that to have changed.

Each First Round winning club (irrespective of whether they're being televised or not) will receive £18,000 if they get through to the next round.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors.

Link: 2016-17 FA Cup First Round Draw.

Link: So Who Are Solihull Moors Exactly?


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20 October 2016 : Officials For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two fixture between Crewe Alexandra and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 22nd October 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Gresty Road. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Mr Sarginson was promoted to the Football League's referee list in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during the 2008-09 season with the first being November 2008's 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United. We were a little unimpressed by Mr Sarginson's handling of the game, where six players got booked, but where a firmer grip on some of the earlier action might have stopped the game from boiling over at various points. In the end the only surprise was that both sides kept 11 players on the pitch.

Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons in March 2009. Perhaps our attention was swayed a little with three new loan signings in the side on that day, but the match referee doesn't get a mention in our match report, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it. We then had him for the August 2009 Tuesday night match against Exeter City that ended up in a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Just the one booking that night, which we had no complaints about, and a good unfussy performance.

After that, he took charge of the October 2011 2-2 draw against Colchester United. Here he did us a bit of a favour - chalking off a goal for the home side after Steven Gillespie was ruled to have fouled Glovers keeper Jed Steer when putting the ball into the net. Not too surprisingly, the Essex club were less than delighted about the decision; Gillespie said after the game: "Keepers get protection, everyone knows that. I had a bit of leverage with the arms, but I thought it was a goal. I was up and away to celebrate. Even a couple of their lads after the game said they didnít see anything wrong with that." The Western Gazette had a somewhat different view of Mr Sarginson's performance, saying that their main grumble was the six yellow cards - four against Yeovil - that he dished out saying that he "gave a number of soft free kicks and yellow cards but was largely spot on with his decisions."

Our paths crossed in December 2011, when we managed a 0-0 draw against Rochdale up at Spotland. This was a decidedly dull game where the biggest incident involved a red card given to Kerrea Gilbert. Partly because the midfielder was already on a yellow card, there seemed to be a bit of confusion over whether he'd been given a second yellow or a straight red. But in terms of the actual incident, it wasn't one that we made a big fuss about either way - an over-the-top tackle. The Western Gazette said of Mr Sarginson's contribution to the afternoon: "Neither side can have complaints about his competent afternoon."

The December 2013 meeting involving him though was a corker that will live long in the memories of Yeovil Town supporters - although Paul Ince will be doing the best to blot it out of his mind. That match seemed to be heading towards a relatively normal 1-0 win for the Glovers until Blackpool seemed to lose the plot in the closing minutes. Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie all got their marching orders in the 90th minute - two for a pair of yellow cards in quick succession, whilst Fuller got his for lamping Luke Ayling.

Sometimes you can blame a referee for losing control of the match, and sometimes the responsibility has to come firmly onto the players. This was a case of the latter, as the Tangerines ended the game with just eight men, and Ince endured what he described a bit of a crap night - amongst other things! Ince's team ended up with eight players sent off before Christmas, and himself given a five match ban in another match, but denied his side had a disciplinary problem and instead blamed the officials and the fixture computer. Which is a bit 'crap' really. Like ourselves, the Western Gazette felt the referee was given little choice in the matter saying "the referee was having a perfectly straightforward night until someone in the Blackpool dugout pressed the self-destruct button. He had no option but to send off three visitors in an unnecessarily fiery finale."

Having dealt with such a 'crap' game, Mr Sarginson would probably have been glad to have had a much quieter match for our January 2015 away match against Preston North End. A couple of late bookings was about his only impact in a 1-1 draw. No complaints. We then had him twice during the 2015-16 season - firstly for the October 2015 match against Cambridge United, where we had a horrible first half performance, followed by a decent second period - but all of our own making. We can't recall him playing too big a part in that game, even if he brought his yellow card out four times. Just over a month later, he took charge of our 1-0 victory over Stevenage in the FA Cup. Aside from turning down a strong Stevenage penalty appeal - which we won't argue about! - he had a quiet game.

As an assistant referee, he has waved the flag at an FA Vase Final, a Football League Play-Off Final and a UEFA Cup tie. As a referee, his biggest game was to take charge of the Conference Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg tie between Torquay United and Exeter City.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Natalie Aspinall (Lancashire) and Wade Smith (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Paul Marsden (Lancashire).

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 0.

Link: October 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Cambridge United 3.

Link: January 2015 : Preston North End 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Blackpool 0.

Link: December 2011 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2011 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2009 : Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: November 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 1.


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20 October 2016 : Lea Targets Goals And Assists During Magpies Stay
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea has said that he hopes he can contribute with goals and assists during his time at Dorchester Town. The 18 year old commenced a one month loan deal with the Magpies on Saturday morning and has already gained one substitute appearance and one start, with the latter coming in a 3-0 win over Frome Town on Tuesday night.

Not too surprisingly, Lea took a recommendation to join Dorchester from his Glovers teammate Ollie Bassett, who has just completed a four game loan spell at the Avenue Stadium. Although Bassett has now returned to Huish Park, leaving Lea as the single loanee down in Dorset, he told the Dorset Echo that he was enjoying the experience of it all:

"I really enjoyed it. Itís great to get three points in your first start. Itís good to get some game time. Iíve spoke to Ollie (Bassett) and he said it was great so when the chance came to come here, I didnít hesitate. Itís a good club and I know he wants to come back. I want to play well. I look at the league table and I really think we can push on and move up the table. Over the next two or three games I want to be contributing with goals and assists and getting wins on the board."

Partly due to Champions League football, and a fair quantity of Football League fixtures on the night, the localish derby against Frome was watched by just 249 spectators - a far cry from Lea's professional first team debut which took place in front of 24,617 spectators. Lea admitted that presented a very different experience, but said that he had been wanting some first team game time and that was the priority for him:

"It was a different experience. Iíve been a bit frustrated because I havenít been getting on the pitch much for Yeovil. But, Iíve had some great experiences there for an 18-year-old. Coming here, it helps me as a player and a person. Itís important to play the menís game."

Lea's next action will hopefully be on Saturday, when Redditch United visit the Avenue Stadium for a Southern League Premier Division match.


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19 October 2016 : Confirmed Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors
Ticketing Arrangements for the FA Cup First Round tie against Solihull Moors can now be absolutely confirmed. The match will take place on Saturday 5th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Tickets will go on sale from Friday 21st October at the following prices:

Adults: £15.00; Aged 65 & over: £10.00; Aged 16Ė21: £10.00; Aged 15 and Under: £5.00.

The Main Stand Premium block seats (formerly allocated to Vice Presidents) will be priced at £20.00 regardless of age.

This is an 'all pay' fixture meaning that Season Ticket Holders must purchase their tickets for this game. Your usual seat/space will be reserved for you until Friday 28th October, meaning that you've got just over a week to purchase. At that point, any unsold seats/spaces will go to general sale.

For non-Season Ticket Holders you can also purchase your tickets from Friday 21st October. There are no limits on purchasing. All three home sections of the ground will be open.

Tickets will be available on the day of the game at the same prices.

NOTE: One small correction - Solihull supporters are still being allocated the usual away block in the Screwfix Stand, in Block P.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-23s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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19 October 2016 : Provisional FA Cup Pricing For Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors
Ticket prices for Yeovil Town's First Round match against Solihull Moors have been released. The match is set to be played on or around Saturday 5th November 2016 at Huish Park, with the exact date yet to be confirmed.

Solihull have been given ticket prices for this fixture and these will be as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Aged 65 & over: £10.00; Aged 16Ė21: £10.00; Aged 15 and Under: £5.00.

The Main Stand Premium block seats will be priced at £20.00 regardless of age.

Solihull Moors supporters will be seated in the Screwfix Stand, Block P as usual.

Update: Confirmed pricing is as above - full details are found here.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-23s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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19 October 2016 : Moors Boss Targets Cup Upset For First Round Meeting
Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round opponents Solihull Moors believe they have a chance of creating a 'cup upset' when they visit Huish Park next month, even if they appear to be unimpressed by the draw itself. Manager Marcus Bignot should be very familiar with Huish Park, having last visited the club during the 2007-08 season whilst on the books of Millwall, whilst he also was a familiar name during the mid-1990s as he began his first team career at Telford United.

However, whilst the Breakfast show host for BBC WM Radio Adrian Goldberg> tried to big-up the prospect of Solihull gaining their first match against Football League opposition since they formed from a merger of Moor Green and Solihull Borough, it seemed that Marcus was rather more reserved in his views of, suggesting that enthusiasm for the FA Cup First Round draw probably died when Paul Ince pulled out Yeovil Town, whilst David James responded in pulling out Bignot's side.

Bignot suggested that the draw hadn't really been what his club had been hoping for, but that he saw it as an opportunity to knock the Glovers out of the competition, suggesting that his team would be aiming to do it 'first time' rather than to take it to a replay:

"Obviously the excitement of the First Round draw meant that we were all there at the Football Club. When the draw was made, it probably won't have grabbed the imagination, and the enthusiasm probably died for a few of the supporters. But once you look at the draw then it's got all of the ingredients of a cup upset. It's certainly an opportunity for us to make some more headlines. Let's do it first time."

Solihull are currently 14th in the National League (aka the Conference National Division), with 19 points from 15 games, although are in reasonable form at present, having gained two wins and three draws from their last six matches, in what is their first season in fifth tier football.

The FA Cup First Round tie will be played on or around Saturday 5th November, with the exact match date yet to be confirmed.


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19 October 2016 : Bassett Returns As Lea Gains First Start
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett appears to have had his loan spell with Southern League Premier Division side Dorchester Town ended. He was absent from their teamsheet for their 3-0 win over Frome Town last night, and the Dorset Echo report that he has 'returned to his parent club after a month with the Magpies'. He made four appearances for the Dorset side, interrupted by his call-up into the Northern Ireland Under-19s side - he played a full 90 minutes against Dunstable Town on Saturday.

There's been no confirmation from either the Dorchester or Yeovil Town end of Bassett's situation, but his initial month spell had expired around the weekend, with no indication either way as to what his future would entail. In his place has come fellow midfielder Joe Lea who got his first start for Dorchester last night, having made his debut as a substitute on the weekend. He played the opening 68 minutes of a match that was won by two goals from former Glover Jake Smeeton and a late strike from substitute David Jerrard, in a match that saw Frome reduced to ten men, with their manager being later sent to the stands.

Magpies: Murphy, Crittenden, Smeeton, Wood, Oldring, Dillon, Lea (Yates 68), Morgan, Walker, Mateus (Jerrard 82), Blair (Jermyn 68).


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18 October 2016 : Yeovil Town Academy Seeking A Qualified Physio
Yeovil Town Academy are looking for a full time Physiotherapist to oversee the Youth Team and Academy sides. The candidate must hold Membership of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (MCSP)

Candidates must have good communication skills, be flexible and have a positive attitude. You will be required to have a Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check. The job is dependent on suitable references.

Rate of pay will be discussed and will be dependent on experience. Please contact Kelly Roberts on 01935 847880 for any further information or questions, or send your CV and covering letter by email to academy@ytfc.net.


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18 October 2016 : Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town made the shortish trip to Plymouth Argyle's Home Park ground for a League Two match against the Pilgrims. The end result was a bit of a nasty jolt as the divisional leaders gained an eventually comfortable 4-1 win, with only a Darren Ward goal from close range just before the break giving them some respite at 2-1.

On loan Swansea City player Ryan Hedges picked up a number of Man of the Match votes, despite having only come into the pitch for the final 33 minutes of the game, as he took on a left-wing role. In the centre of the park Matt Dolan was seen as one of the more consistent performers on the day. However, the poll winner was goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, giving a strong indication that fans didn't hold him responsible for any of the goals conceded on the day, as the club endured a particularly difficult end to the match.

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

1. Artur Krysiak 48 (4)
2. Matthew Dolan 34 (2)
3. Ryan Hedges 26 (2)
4. Darren Ward 22 (0)
5. Alex Lacey 20 (1)
6. Liam Shephard 12 (1)
7. Kevin Dawson 8 (0)
8. Nathan Smith 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.1
Performance : 4.6
Entertainment : 5.6
VOTES RECEIVED : 10


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18 October 2016 : Eaves Goal Chalked Off As The League Reveals The Butler Did It
Bad news for Tom Eaves. The Football League's Dubious Goals Committee have been meeting this week, and they have confirmed what had been suspected about the winning goal against Newport County on Saturday. The 80th minute winner in the 1-0 victory appeared to take a touch off Eaves, and that was good enough for the club's Tannoy announcer to award it to him, along with Opta, who provide the statistical feeds to the likes of the BBC and Sky Sports.

However, the League's own committee have reviewed the footage and have decided that for the official record books, the goal will be recorded as a Dan Butler own goal, with the Newport defender having taken the decisive touch that turned the ball into the back of the net for the 1-0 result.

This is the second occasion that a Yeovil Town player has had their goal tally reduced by the Football League, with Tahvon Campbell having his 'goal' in the EFL Cup against Walsall changed to an Amadou Bakayoko own goal, after the League's Committee correctly spotting that Campbell was nowhere near the ball when it was headed into the back of the net.


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18 October 2016 : Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final game of September saw them make the trip to Cambridge United for a League Two fixture at the Abbey Stadium. The end result was a rather low key performance, with the Glovers losing out to a second half goal in a 1-0 defeat.

Man of the match voting saw Matt Dolan and Otis Khan praised for their efforts on the night. However, the poll winner was Nathan Smith who was occupying the left-back position for the evening. Full results are as shown below:

1. Nathan Smith 20 (2)
2. Otis Khan 20 (1)
3. Matthew Dolan 12 (0)
4. Tom Eaves 10 (0)
5. Ryan Hedges 4 (0)
6. Ben Whitfield 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.67
Performance : 4.67
Entertainment : 4.67
VOTES RECEIVED : 6


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17 October 2016 : So Who Are Solihull Moors Exactly?
Tonight's FA Cup First Round draw gave Yeovil Town a new encounter, as they drew out National League side Solihull Moors in a home tie. This is the first time that the club have come up against this side, who were only formed in 2007, as a merger of Moor Green and Solihull Borough. Their Damson Park ground was previously the home of the latter club, and if you're a hardcore supporter of Yeovil Town Ladies then you'll have already been there, as they host Birmingham City Ladies there as well. Solihull is situated eight miles South-East of Birmingham city centre.

The merger of the two clubs came about partly due to an arson attack on Moor Green's original ground that rendered that venue unusable. They moved in with Solihull during 2005 and ground-shared with them up until January 2007 where their Board of Directors determined that they had to either find the money to rebuild their ground, or form a permanent merger with Solihull. The end result was that the merged club took Moor Green's Conference North divisional place, whilst Solihull Borough's 3,050 capacity ground became the home of the new club.

They are managed by former Queens Park Rangers defender Marcus Bignot, who Glovers fans may remember playing for Telford United, Kidderminster Harriers and Rushden and Diamonds, as well as having a brief spell with Bristol Rovers, before he got his move to QPR, which gave him the most fruitful spell of his professional career. They won the National League North Division last season as Champions and have made a comfortable 14th placed start at that level. Bignot has been there as manager since the summer of 2011, and so has played a big part in their recent climb into the National division - he also used to manage Birmingham City Ladies.

Solihull's side includes former Yeovil Town midfielder Darryl Knights, who was part of Yeovil Town's 2006-07 League One Play-Off Final squad that played Blackpool at Wembley Stadium, as a young Ipswich Town loanee - a deal that was later turned into a permanent acquisition. Now aged 28 years old, he has been on Solihull's books for four years, having sandwiched spells with Kidderminster Harriers and Newport County between him leaving Huish Park in the summer of 2008, having failed to significantly break into Yeovil Town's first team.

Link: 2016-17 FA Cup First Round Draw.

Link: Darryl Knights : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 October 2016 : FA Cup Full First Round Draw : Glovers Given Home Tie
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the First Round of the 2016-17 FA Cup. After the draw was made live on BBC2 this evening, the Glovers will face Solihull Moors at Huish Park. This is the first time we've played Solihull, who currently lie in 14th place in the National League. The full draw is as follows:

Sheffield United vs Leyton Orient
Millwall vs Southend United
Dagenham and Redbridge vs FC Halifax Town
Merstham vs Oxford United
Taunton Town or Hemel Hemstead Town vs Barrow
Southport vs Fleetwood Town
Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors
Stockport County vs Torquay United or Woking
Dartford vs Sutton United
Walsall vs Macclesfield Town
Port Vale vs Stevenage
Northampton Town vs Harrow Borough or Margate
Cambridge United vs Dover Athletic
Westfields vs York City or Curzon Ashton
Milton Keynes Dons vs Spennymoor Town
Gillingham vs Brackley Town
Alfreton Town or Gateshead vs Newport County
Portsmouth vs Wycombe Wanderers
Maidstone United vs Rochdale
Bury vs AFC Wimbledon
St Albans City vs Carlisle United
Boreham Wood vs Notts County
Mansfield Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Braintree Town vs Eastbourne Borough
Hartlepool United vs Stamford or Wrexham
Bolton Wanderers vs Grimsby Town
Bradford City vs Accrington Stanley
Oldham Athletic vs Doncaster Rovers
Eastleigh vs Swindon Town
Shrewsbury Town vs Barnet
Morecambe vs Coventry City
Crawley Town vs Bristol Rovers
Whitehawk vs Stourbridge
Colchester United vs Chesterfield
Lincoln City or Guiseley vs Altrincham
Exeter City vs Luton Town
Charlton Athletic vs Scunthorpe United
Cheltenham Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Peterborough United vs Chesham United
Blackpool vs Kidderminster Harriers

All ties will be played across the weekend of Friday 4th November - Monday 7th November, with a number of ties selected by the BBC and BT Sport for transmission.

FA Cup First Round Draw


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17 October 2016 : Smith Named In League Paper's Team Of The Day
Yeovil Town left-back Nathan Smith has been included in the Team of the Day inside The League Paper for the weekend just gone. The increasingly versatile player was operating in his primary position for the 1-0 victory over Newport County and he ended up featuring in a line-up that looked like this (and yes they did stick him in as a right-back - he's not that versatile!):

Christie Pym (Exeter City)
Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town), Michael Raynes (Carlisle United), Fraser Franks (Stevenage), Mal Benning (Mansfield Town)
Rommy Boco (Accrington Stanley), James Coppinger (Doncaster Rovers), Cameron McGeehan (Luton Town), Lee Holmes (Exeter City)
Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town), Danny Hylton (Luton Town)

Manager of the Day: Darren Sarll (Stevenage).


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17 October 2016 : Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Stevenage are now on sale. The match takes place at Broadhall Way on Saturday 12th November 2016 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for tickets bought in advance are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £17.00; Under-22s: £12.00; Under-16s: £8.00; Under-12s: £6.00.

Concessions are for supporters aged Over-60, Students, UB40 holders, Ambulant disabled and members of the Armed forces/emergency services. Proof of entitlement is required in all cases.

All of the above prices increase by £2.00 on the day.

There are also Family Tickets available in advance only:

1 adult and 2 Under-16s: £30.00
2 adults and 2 Under-16s: £40.00

Wheelchair users must contact the ticket office at Stevenage on 01438 223223 Ext 62. Note that tickets will be allocated in a section at the North end of the ground - the opposite end to the away section.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the South Stand - an all-seated 1,400 capacity covered stand, situated behind one of the goals. Its current signage dubs it as the Matrix Stand.

All tickets can be purchased online via the link below with the exception of Disabled, UB40 holders, members of the Armed forces/emergency services and Family Tickets, which should all be purchased via phone (01935-847888) or at the Huish Park Ticket Office.


Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-23s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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17 October 2016 : Miller Back In Football After Shakers Deal
Former Yeovil Town striker Ishmael Miller has found himself a new club. Having been a free agent since his summer release by Huddersfield Town. The 29 year old has signed a contract with League One side Bury that runs until the end of the 2016-17 season, and made a 19 minute debut from the substitutes bench in their rather tempestuous 2-0 defeat against local rivals Rochdale, as both teams aimed to cement their current League One play-off credentials.

Miller's time with Huddersfield Town lasted 37 appearances and produced four goals, but his time in Yorkshire appeared to dry up around the end of 2015, as he managed only two ultra-late FA Cup substitute appearances during January 2016 before effectively having a nine month break from first team football as he rapidly headed out of favour. There were strong rumours that Huddersfield had been trying to offload him during the January transfer window, so it was little surprise that he ended up on their Released List at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Over the summer, Miller was linked with moves to Wigan Athletic and Coventry City, but with both clubs sending out signals that either the rumours were not true, or that nothing had reached fruition. The former Manchester City academy product was born in Moston, and was understood to still have strong roots in the Manchester area when he played for Yeovil Town, so this move to Gigg Lane may well suit him, if he can recover any match fitness he's lost through being out of action for most of the calendar year.

Link: Ishmael Miller : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 October 2016 : Lea Makes Magpies Debut As Bassett Returns To Club Football
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea made his Dorchester Town debut on Saturday, but himself and Ollie Bassett couldn't stop their side falling to defeat. The Magpies went down to Dunstable Town by a 2-1 scoreline with Nathan Walker getting their goal in Hertfordshire in the 88th minute - too late to stage a late comeback.

Lea, who has just started a one month loan spell at the Avenue Stadium, came on for the final 23 minutes of the game as he replaced Dory Yates - his first bit of first team football since the August EFL Trophy match for Yeovil Town against Portsmouth.

Ollie Bassett got in a full 90 minutes - the first time he's played a full match for the Magpies. He had just returned from an international spell for Northern Ireland Under-19s and took up a midfield slot in a 3-5-2 formation that also featured former Glovers Nick Crittenden and Ben Wood. However, Dorchester weren't able to deal with Dunstable scoring two second half goals that ultimately killed the game off.

Dorchester Town: Murphy, Crittenden, Martin, Jermyn, Oldring, Dillon, Jerrard (Blair 73), Yates (Lea 67), Walker, Bassett, Wood (Mateus 62)


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17 October 2016 : FA Cup First Round Draw Revised Ball Numbers
The FA Cup First Round draw will take place this evening, as League One and League Two clubs enter the competition. As reported on Friday, Yeovil Town have taken Ball No. 48 and they will join what will ultimately be 32 non-league sides, once the remaining First Round Replays are sorted out. One side who won't be involved in that list are our old foes Weymouth, who dropped out of the competition on Saturday as they were thrashed 6-0 by Kidderminster Harriers.

For those who like the 'romance of the cup' there are three clubs to keep an eye on to see who they land. Westfields play in the Midland Football League Premier Division and rank as the smallest club in the competition, and are situated within the city of Hereford. Stamford AFC hail from Lincolnshire, and play in the Northern Premier League Division One South, although they have to win a replay against Wrexham if they want to go any further. Meanwhile the considerably local Taunton Town will be trying to reach the First Round Proper for the first time in 35 years when they travel to Hemel Hemstead tomorrow night for a replay - their initial tie was watched by an impressive 1,282 spectators at Wordsworth Drive.

When you watch the draw, if you hear Yeovil Town have been drawn against a ball number higher than 48, then we've drawn a non-league side, whilst if you hear one lower than 48 then we have Football League opposition. The ball numbers - now revised after the weekend fixtures - are as follows:

League One and League Two:
1 Accrington Stanley 2 AFC Wimbledon 3 Barnet 4 Blackpool 5 Bolton Wanderers 6 Bradford City 7 Bristol Rovers 8 Bury 9 Cambridge United 10 Carlisle United 11 Charlton Athletic 12 Cheltenham Town 13 Chesterfield 14 Colchester United 15 Coventry City 16 Crawley Town 17 Crewe Alexandra 18 Doncaster Rovers 19 Exeter City 20 Fleetwood Town 21 Gillingham 22 Grimsby Town 23 Hartlepool United 24 Leyton Orient 25 Luton Town 26 Mansfield Town 27 Millwall 28 Milton Keynes Dons 29 Morecambe 30 Newport County 31 Northampton Town 32 Notts County 33 Oldham Athletic 34 Oxford United 35 Peterborough United 36 Plymouth Argyle 37 Port Vale 38 Portsmouth 39 Rochdale 40 Scunthorpe United 41 Sheffield United 42 Shrewsbury Town 43 Southend United 44 Stevenage 45 Swindon Town 46 Walsall 47 Wycombe Wanderers 48 Yeovil Town

Non-League Clubs:
49 Southport 50 Alfreton Town or Gateshead 51 Macclesfield Town 52 FC Halifax Town 53 Stockport County 54 Barrow 55 Stourbridge 56 Altrincham 57 Lincoln City or Guiseley 58 Spennymoor Town 59 Wrexham or Stamford 60 York City or Curzon Ashton 61 Whitehawk 62 Westfields 63 Sutton United 64 Chesham United 65 Dagenham & Redbridge 66 Torquay United or Woking 67 Taunton Town or Hemel Hempstead Town 68 Braintree Town 69 Brackley Town 70 Dartford 71 St Albans City 72 Boreham Wood 73 Eastbourne Borough 74 Harrow Borough or Margate 75 Maidstone United 76 Kidderminster Harriers 77 Solihull Moors 78 Dover Athletic 79 Merstham 80 Eastleigh

The draw will be made live on BBC2 (or BT Sports) on Monday 17th October, as part of a programme starting at 7.00p.m. The FA expect the draw to commence from approximately 7.10p.m. onwards. The draw is made on a nationwide and unseeded basis.

Link: 2016-17 FA Cup Prize Money Pool.


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16 October 2016 : Darren Talks About Newport County Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Newport County kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on being able to name an unchanged side, whilst bolstering his bench with three additional experienced players, can be read via the link below.

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


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16 October 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Newport County Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's 1-0 win against Newport County at Huish Park, these are now available online. As well as the winning goal, which is currently credited to Tom Eaves (but with a big touch from Newport defender Dan Butler) you can view two minutes worth of highlights via the YouTube clip below.




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16 October 2016 : Tom Eaves Talks About The Newport County Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Newport County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Tom Eaves spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Tom gives his views on the winning goal and having to watch the game as a substitute. He also suggests the team might now have a new target on their hands! Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Tom Eaves Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Newport County.


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15 October 2016 : Darren's Verdict On The Newport County Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Newport County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match can be read in full, via the link below.

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


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15 October 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Newport County
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win against Newport County 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 Newport County.


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15 October 2016 : Darren Way Expected Westley Effect After Viewing Bluebirds Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that a Friday night Sky Sports fixture gave him a taste of what to expect, in the lead up to this afternoon's 1-0 victory over Newport County. Whilst the match between Cardiff City and Bristol City saw two clubs operating in the Championship division, and thus two divisions higher, the key aspect to that match was the appointment of Neil Warnock by the Bluebirds, with his debut in the dugout helping to inspire his new team to a 2-1 victory.

The following afternoon at Huish Park, Way had to face the familiar figure of Graham Westley, who had just been appointed by Newport County as the successor to Warren Feeney who left the Exiles late last month. Way said the way he saw the Bluebirds team react to the new boss gave him a warning of what to expect from Westley's new players, and he told his players to make sure they matched what was an early Newport attempt to break down Yeovil's defence, which ultimately never came:

"I just said to them that we've got to make sure that we work as hard, if not more than them. I watched the Cardiff game last night, and from the reaction they got from (new Cardiff City manager) Neil Warnock, I expected the same today, when a new manager (Graham Westley) takes over. So it wasn't an easy game. They were bottom of the league, but you could see their level of commitment and the way they approach the game. But the way our players are playing at the moment, they're really playing for that shirt, and there's real togetherness within the group."

The eventual outcome was that the Newport 'storm' blew itself out partway through the first half, and whilst neither side particularly took advantage across the 90 minutes, a goal ten minutes before the end - which Way said Tom Eaves would definitely be claiming - was all they needed for victory. Way said that the climb up to 15th place in the table was a chance for the club to overcome what he said was three years worth of looking downwards instead of getting some momentum:

"I'm pleased for the players. I said before the game that the players wanted to take responsibility and ownership today for that result. So fair play to them, as they deserve it. The hard work that they have put in behind the scenes has been immense. Supporters don't see that. I said to them today that if they win today, then it's the first time in three years that I've been at the football club, and with the adversity that we've had that we could create a real positivity that could carry some momentum between us and the supporters."


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15 October 2016 : Yeovil 1 Newport 0 : Late Eaves Goal Makes It Three In A Row
Yeovil Town picked up their third home win in a row this afternoon, as a single goal once again proved to be the difference between themselves and Newport County. The crowd had to be patient throughout a game of few chances, with the 1-0 scoreline secured when substitute Tom Eaves was credited with a close range finish after Ryan Hedges won the ball inside the box, even if video footage suggests it will eventually go down as a Dan Butler own goal. Both sides struggled to test the goalkeepers in a game played in rainy slippery conditions, but that single goal allowed the Glovers to climb up to the dizzy heights of 15th in the League Two table.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting line-up - a definite rarity during the 2016-17 season. On the bench they were also able to co-opt three of their more experienced players, with Ryan Dickson, Francois Zoko and Tom Eaves all returning from recent illness and injuries. The Newport side had plenty of familiar faces, with Ben Tozer and Josh Sheehan in midfield, and Jack Compton sat on the bench.

The first half saw both sides struggle to test the goalkeepers significantly, even if Newport started off with a head of steam that they couldn't possibly maintain across the whole distance, thrusting players forward as they charged into the box on the end of fairly direct looking balls. At the other end Otis Khan had a shot deflected wide of the target, before Matt Dolan put one over the bar, with the midfielder later forcing a corner as his shot was deflected wide off a defender's boot. Dan Butler and Sean Rigg had chances for Newport, but once Yeovil weathered that early storm, the match died down and Yeovil began to get on the ball a lot more albeit without any big chances, with the most notable thing being the driving rain that began to turn the game a bit scrappy in the closing stages of the half. Yeovil looked more polished than their opponents but only a Ryan Hedges attempt had actually tested Joe Day between the sticks.

The second period implied more of the same, although it took a long time for Yeovil to build up momentum, with Newport looking fleetingly dangerous during the early stages. Thankfully they didn't have their shooting boots on, with Jennison Myrie-Williams seeing his fine run ending in embarrassment as he sliced a shot so wide it looked closer to a crossing attempt. Then former Glover Ben Tozer, whose long throw-ins had been a feature of the first half, showed that he was pretty handy on the right flank as he pulled in a cross that Scot Bennett headed over the crossbar.

Yeovil made tactical substitutions, with Tom Eaves replacing Tahvon Campbell, and then later Francois Zoko coming on for Otis Khan. The latter change initially looked like a 4-3-3 but at one point Zoko moved into a central position, with Ryan Hedges behind the front two and it was during this period that Yeovil got their crucial goal. A cross from Ryan Hedges was bobbled across the face of goal, and the big question was whether Tom Eaves had got the vital touch on the ball - as was announced over the tannoy, and given out by Opta to the likes of Sky and BBC - or whether defender Dan Butler put it into his own net.

The cast iron certainty though was that Yeovil were 1-0 up, and Newport had ten minutes plus five additional minutes of injury time to change that. At the other end though, it was Yeovil who had the best chance to score the next goal, with Francois Zoko breaking clean through, only for a superb save by Joe Day to deny him. The same two players were involved in another more basic save, and Newport couldn't really carve out anything during those closing stages to look worrying. The end result was that they ended the day five points adrift at the foot of the table, whilst the Glovers climbed up to a dizzy looking 15th place in the table - four points off the relegation line if you're a pessimist, and three points off the play-offs if you're an optimist. Welcome to mid-table, Yeovil Town!

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Newport County 0.

Scorers: Tom Eaves (1-0, 80 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves (56 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko (76 mins for Otis Khan) 14. Josh Ezewele 18. Izale McLeod 28. Ben Whitfield (90 mins for Ryan Hedges)

Newport County:
1. Joe Day
2. Jazzi Barnum-Bobb 17. Scot Bennett 4. Darren Jones 3. Dan Butler
27. Sean Rigg 16. Josh Sheehan 12. Ben Tozer 11. Jennison Myrie-Williams
9. Jon Parkin 13. Marlon Jackson

Substitutes:
7. Jack Compton (70 mins for Marlon Jackson) 15. Jordan Green (65 mins for Jennison Myrie-Williams) 18. Kyle Cameron 21. Liam Angel 30. James Bittner 32. Finley Wood (86 mins for Josh Sheehan)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Newport County Bookings: Jon Parkin (dissent, 64 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 9; Fouls: 2.

Newport County Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) and Louis Marks (Hampshire). Fourth Official: John Flynn (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 3,353 (with 439 Newport County supporters).


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15 October 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Newport County
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Newport County at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up for this afternoon's match, compared with the previous weekend's game against Wycombe Wanderers. The only changes come on the bench, where Ryan Dickson (illness), Tom Eaves (ankle) and Francois Zoko (hip flexor) all return to the teamsheet and sit on the bench.

Absentees this afternoon Liam Shephard (leg) and Matt Butcher. Omar Sowunmi and Kyle Copp are presumed fit but do not make the bench. Midfield pair Ollie Bassett and Joe Lea are on loan with Dorchester Town, with the latter's deal being announced this morning.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko 14. Josh Ezewele 18. Izale McLeod 28. Ben Whitfield

Newport County:
1. Joe Day
2. Jazzi Barnum-Bobb 17. Scot Bennett 4. Darren Jones 3. Dan Butler
27. Sean Rigg 16. Josh Sheehan 12. Ben Tozer 11. Jennison Myrie-Williams
9. Jon Parkin 13. Marlon Jackson

Substitutes:
7. Jack Compton 15. Jordan Green 18. Kyle Cameron 21. Liam Angel 30. James Bittner 32. Finley Wood


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15 October 2016 : Ward Embracing The Challenge Of Overcoming Knee Problems
Yeovil Town captain Darren Ward admits that the year 2016 has been a challenging one for him, as he has had to manage a knee injury that has heavily restricted his appearances. The 38 year old has made only six appearances so far this season, and has managed just 17 appearances during the calendar year, after problems developed on a snowbound pitch at Morecambe all the way back in mid-January. Ward managed to complete 90 minutes in that match, but was missing for a five week period before he returned. However, that comeback only lasted just over a month before he had to drop out for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Although he was a substitute on the opening game of the 2016-17 season, Ward missed the whole of the pre-season campaign, and then dropped out again until mid-September. Ward was also protected when he was rested during the recent EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers, as he has eased his way back into the side. He told BBC Somerset that despite this all happening during the twilight part of his footballing career, this is actually something that is new to him:

"It's just part of the process really. Over my career, I've hardly ever been injured. This is new to me at 38 years old, which sounds a bit crazy. My injury record, and the file I have is literally about that big. So it's kind of a case of so what do I do here, because it's a bit crazy. But I'm just doing what I've been told, and I'm working hard again as I always do, to look to continue for as long as I can."

Ward has had some hope that his troubles can be put behind him, with him having completed a full 90 minutes in the last two League Two matches against Plymouth Argyle and Wycombe Wanderers. And with the club having kept three clean sheets in the six appearances that he's made so far, he is hoping that shows he can play a regular part in the club's season from here onwards:

"It's a challenge and it's part of football. You've got to embrace it and try to understand it, and understand what challenge lies ahead. I certainly do that. I keep on and I'm relentless in what I do. We all get well supported by the staff around the club. It's there to be worked on and to improve, and to make you a better player. But I've played the last two 90 minutes, which is ahead of schedule and that's fantastic. I'm looking forward to hopefully getting another one on Saturday."

One notable statistics in terms of Ward's appearances for Yeovil Town during the 2016-17 season is that all four of their League Two victories have come with Ward on the pitch at some point during the match - three starts and one substitute appearance. Outside cup competitions, the Glovers have yet to win without Ward playing some part in those games.


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15 October 2016 : Lea Becomes Second Magpies Loanee
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea has gone out on loan. He has been given a chance to get first team football at Southern League Premier Division side Dorchester Town, who also have fellow midfielder Ollie Bassett on loan at the Avenue Stadium. He will play for them for an initial month period.

Lea's games for Yeovil Town this season have both come in cup competitions, with late substitute appearances against Everton in the EFL Cup and Portsmouth in the EFL Trophy. However, he hasn't got onto the pitch since that August 30th game against Pompey, and has only managed to get onto the teamsheet on three separate occasions after that point.

Although the club have not stated what the future of Ollie Bassett is likely to be, in terms of his own Magpies loan, it would appear that their manager is expecting to field him for today's match against Dunstable Town, saying as part of a preview interview: "Hopefully we will have Ollie Bassett back (from international duty) for the weekend."


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14 October 2016 : Darren Previews The Newport County Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Newport County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about his side's attitude to tomorrow's match, the appointment of Graham Westley as Newport boss, and his team's injury situation. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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14 October 2016 : FA Cup First Round Draw Ball Numbers
Further to Wednesday's news concerning the FA Cup First Round draw, the Football Association have now released the ball numbers that will be used for next week's introduction into the competition. As is nearly always the case, Yeovil Town have taken Ball No. 48 - the only time we haven't at the First Round stage has been when York City have been in the Football League, but due to their relegation over the summer, we're now back to being the last ones in the alphabet. This therefore produces the following list of clubs:

League One and League Two:
1 Accrington Stanley 2 AFC Wimbledon 3 Barnet 4 Blackpool 5 Bolton Wanderers 6 Bradford City 7 Bristol Rovers 8 Bury 9 Cambridge United 10 Carlisle United 11 Charlton Athletic 12 Cheltenham Town 13 Chesterfield 14 Colchester United 15 Coventry City 16 Crawley Town 17 Crewe Alexandra 18 Doncaster Rovers 19 Exeter City 20 Fleetwood Town 21 Gillingham 22 Grimsby Town 23 Hartlepool United 24 Leyton Orient 25 Luton Town 26 Mansfield Town 27 Millwall 28 Milton Keynes Dons 29 Morecambe 30 Newport County 31 Northampton Town 32 Notts County 33 Oldham Athletic 34 Oxford United 35 Peterborough United 36 Plymouth Argyle 37 Port Vale 38 Portsmouth 39 Rochdale 40 Scunthorpe United 41 Sheffield United 42 Shrewsbury Town 43 Southend United 44 Stevenage 45 Swindon Town 46 Walsall 47 Wycombe Wanderers 48 Yeovil Town

Non-League Clubs: (playing in the Fourth Qualifying Round tomorrow)
49 Southport or Chester
50 Alfreton Town or Gateshead
51 North Ferriby United or Macclesfield Town
52 Harrogate Town or FC Halifax Town
53 Stockport County or Bishop Auckland
54 Barrow or Tranmere Rovers
55 Nantwich Town or Stourbridge
56 Altrincham or Matlock Town
57 Lincoln City or Guiseley
58 Lincoln United or Spennymoor Town
59 Stamford or Wrexham
60 York City or Curzon Ashton
61 Welling United or Whitehawk
62 Westfields or Leiston
63 Sutton United or Forest Green Rovers
64 Chesham United or Potters Bar Town
65 Dagenham & Redbridge or Wealdstone
66 Torquay United or Woking
67 Taunton Town or Hemel Hempstead Town
68 Braintree Town or Bromley
69 Beaconsfield SYCOB or Brackley Town
70 Tonbridge Angels or Dartford
71 Egham Town or St Albans City
72 Boreham Wood or Hendon
73 Aldershot Town or Eastbourne Borough
74 Harrow Borough or Margate
75 Maidstone United or Billericay Town
76 Kidderminster Harriers or Weymouth
77 Solihull Moors or Kettering Town
78 Burgess Hill Town or Dover Athletic
79 Merstham or Ebbsfleet United
80 Eastleigh or North Leigh

The draw will be made live on BBC2 (or BT Sports) on Monday 17th October, as part of a programme starting at 7.00p.m. The FA expect the draw to commence from approximately 7.10p.m. onwards. The draw is made on a nationwide and unseeded basis.

Link: FA Cup First Round Draw To Take Place Next Week>.


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14 October 2016 : EFL Trophy Ticketing For Reading Under-23s vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy tie against Reading Under-23s are on sale now from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Wednesday 9th November 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Madejski Stadium. Ticket prices for this fixture will be as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Aged 17 and Under: £1.00.

Note that there are no other aged-based concessions for this fixture - i.e. Seniors will pay the Adult price. Wheelchair and ambulant disabled supporters also pay above prices but can admit an assistant free of charge, if required.

Tickets will be on sale at the Huish Park end until end of business on Monday 7th November. If you've not purchased by then, you can buy on the day of the game, with the same prices in force.

Away supporters are housed in the South Stand, which is a covered seated area behind the goal. Reading can either allocate half the capacity at 2,327 seats, or open up the full stand capacity which is 4,350 seats. We think they'll be opting for a partial block on this occasion! Tickets and Turnstiles are available via Gates 9 or 10.

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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14 October 2016 : A Minute's Applause For Gerry Gow
Yeovil Town will be holding a minute's applause prior to Saturday afternoon's fixture against Newport County. The moment will be used to recognise the contribution to the club made by former manager Gerry Gow who passed away earlier this week, aged 64 years old.

Gow managed the club between 1984 and 1987, as well as making 59 appearances for the Glovers, having had a lengthy playing career in the professional leagues for Bristol City, Manchester City, Rotherham United and Burnley. He later went on to manage Weymouth.

Funeral details, along with tributes to Gerry can be found in earlier articles linked below.

Link: Funeral Details For Gerry Gow.

Link: Former Players And Media Pay Tribute To Gerry Gow.

Link: Former Glovers Manager Gerry Gow Passes Away.


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14 October 2016 : Funeral Details For Gerry Gow
Funeral details for former Yeovil Town manager Gerry Gow have been confirmed by his family. The 64 year old passed away earlier this week from lung cancer, with tributes to his playing and management career following from many of his former clubs, including Bristol City and Manchester City, who he played for in the top flight.

The Funeral Service will be held on Friday 4th November at 2.00p.m. at Easton Methodist Church, Easton Square, Portland Dorset, DT5 1BX. They will then move on to Weymouth Crematorium at 3.15p.m. for a short ceremony. There will then be a wake held at South Portland Working Men's Conservative Club which is in the same square in Easton as the Methodist Church.

There are no restrictions on attendance - all who knew Gerry are welcome to attend and pay their respects.


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14 October 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Newport County
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Newport County have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 15th October 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

This is an official that we've had a huge number of times over the years. We last saw him in during a November 2015 fixture against Gillingham in the Football League Trophy. He had a quiet game on that evening, with just one booking, and the game ended up in a penalty shoot-out which we won.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) and Louis Marks (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be John Flynn (Oxfordshire).

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

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

Link: October 2013 : Middlesbrough 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2013 : Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2013 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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13 October 2016 : Glovers Team Selection Options 'Strong' For Newport Visit
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that his options for team selection against Newport County look 'strong', although has not given too much away about who might be involved. Whilst the Glovers boss would seem likely to preserve the majority of the side that beat Wycombe Wanderers by a 1-0 scoreline last weekend, he has implied that a number of the club's recent absentees will be fit and available for the visit of the 24th placed Exiles.

Just under a week ago, the club were without Ryan Dickson, but he should be available for selection having missed the match due to illness. The question is who will join him, with Liam Shephard having missed the club's last two fixtures with a leg injury, whilst AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Butcher has also been absent for the same length of time. Striker Tom Eaves has been out for a game longer with an ankle problem aggravated in the midweeker at Cambridge United, whilst Francois Zoko has been 'nearly' ready for a return from his hip flexor problems for rather a long time.

Rather than name names, Way merely implies that some of those players who have not been involved will get a chance on Saturday, but claims that he has a 'strong' side to select from for the Newport match:

"It looks strong - very strong. It's hard enough to pick a team in training without upsetting someone, let alone on a matchday. So yes, it's good. There will be a few players that have not played that will be out there to prove a point. So if I was a player now, then you can't rest."

Yeovil Town go into the match in 18th place in the current table, having spent much of the season so far occupying the lower reaches of League Two. Whilst that still only puts them three points above the relegation zone, two home victories over Cheltenham Town and Wycombe Wanderers have helped put them in a better position, lying also three points off clubs in 12th, 13th and 14th in a congested mid-table pack. Way is hoping that a third home victory would help propel his side into a much more lofty situation:

"We're training to win; every day, every week. Players have got to become winners. That's what I've tried to do around the football club since I become manager. It's trying to get everyone into a thought process of winning. I think that it's a different mentality and Saturday gives them the first chance within that space of time that I've been here, to push forward for the reaches of the higher part of the table, rather than the lower."

Saturday's visitors Newport are understood to have no new injury concerns, following their 0-0 draw against Colchester United last weekend, and will add two players to last weekend's squad. Former Glover loanee Josh Sheehan was on Wales Under-21 duty, whilst defender Kyle Cameron was out with the Scotland Under-21 side, and both will be available for selection.


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13 October 2016 : Saturday's Opponents Appoint Backroom Staff As Westley Returns To Huish Park
Saturday's opponents Newport County have appointed two backroom staff to support new manager Graham Westley ahead of their match with Yeovil Town. This will be Westley's first game in charge of the Exiles, having merely had a watching brief for their match at Colchester United that was overseen by Caretaker duo Sean McCarthy and goalkeeper coach James Bittner.

Whilst it seems that Bittner is staying at Rodney Parade in his current role, McCarthy's promotion has been a brief one, as he has also joined Feeney and former assistant Andy Todd in exiting the club after the 0-0 draw with Colchester. In their place comes Dino Maamria, who will act as Westley's assistant - no surprise given that the 45 year old followed Westley to Preston North End as well as working with him during Westley's various spells with Stevenage.

Westley has also appointed Michael Flynn as his third in command, with the 35 year old having already been on the payroll at Rodney Parade as an off-the-field Football and Business Development Director. Flynn had been a first team coach under previous manager John Sheridan and spent five seasons across three spells playing for Newport as a midfielder. Westley states that he has used Flynn as a bit of local knowledge:

"He knows the football club. One of the most important things when you come from afar is someone really close who's on your side, who is helping you run the football club and make sure you don't make basic errors. I've met Michael, I knew Michael and he's coming in to work with us as well so we've got a strong team there."

Westley will bring his team to Huish Park with them currently eight matches without a win, and bottom of the Football League, having gained just one victory all season. Despite those statistics, when he was formally unveiled on Monday on a contract that will take him until June 2018, he was hopeful that the existing players were good enough to escape their relegation concerns, singling out former Glover Ben Tozer for particular praise based on his Saturday performance in Essex:

"Weíre going to have to work together in the next three months. I hope that nobody leaves in January and nobody arrives in January. I hope that this group of people can come together, find a winning way and produce a formula that gives the fans what they want, which is a winning football team. Iíve seen a goalkeeper in Joe Day who could be playing in the Championship very easily and Iíve seen a lad in Ben Tozer who looks like a Championship player all over. And thatís just to name two players. Thereís plenty of ingredients here."

As a bit of symmetry, the last time Yeovil Town fans saw a Graham Westley side was at Huish Park on February 12th 2013, where his side lost 3-1, despite taking the lead, with goals from James Hayter, Nathan Ralph and Paddy Madden providing the turnaround. One day later, and Westley was sacked at a coffee shop in Waterloo Station in London. On Saturday, his Newport County career will begin at Huish Park again.


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13 October 2016 : Ryan Hedges Talks About The Wycombe Wanderers Victory
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town's on loan wide man Ryan Hedges spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the Swansea City academy graduate talks about his winning goal and his decision not to travel to Armenia to play for Wales Under-21s. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Ryan Hedges Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Over Wycombe Wanderers.


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12 October 2016 : Darren Talks About Wycombe Wanderers Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about Bevis Mugabi, Tahvon Campbell and why Dominic Gape's summer trial with the Glovers never reached fruition. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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12 October 2016 : FA Cup First Round Draw To Take Place Next Week
Yeovil Town's interest in the 2016-17 FA Cup will become known next Monday as the draw for the First Round proper is made. This coming weekend, the Fourth Qualifying Round fixtures will be played - mostly on Saturday 15th October - and once the outcome of the majority of those fixtures are known, all League One and League Two clubs will enter the competition.

Comprising of 48 League One and League Two sides, and 32 non-league sides (once replays are sorted), the FA Cup First Round draw will give us 40 ties. Assuming it is run on the same basis as previous seasons, the draw will be unregionalised and unseeded, meaning that it is just as likely for Yeovil Town to be drawn against Weymouth, as it is for us to get a trip to Bishop Auckland, or indeed yet another trip to Walsall!

The draw will be screened live on BBC2 at 7.00p.m. on Monday 17th October in a 30 minute programme presented by Mark Chapman. The BBC's usual policy is to screen it live from a grass roots club or sports centre, with a local footballer and a local grass roots coach chosen to perform the draw.

Each club that wins through the FA Cup Rounds will receive the following sums, as part of the competition prize pool:

First Round Proper winners : (40 clubs) £18,000
Second Round Proper winners : (20 clubs) £27,000
Third Round Proper winners : (32 clubs) £67,500
Fourth Round Proper winners : (16 clubs) £90,000
Fifth Round Proper winners : (8 clubs) £180,000
Sixth Round Proper winners : (4 clubs) £360,000
Semi-Final winners : (2 clubs) £900,000
Semi-Final losers : (2 clubs) £450,000
Final runners-up : (1 club) £900,000
Final winners : (1 club) £1,800,000

Amounts are accumulative per club for each round that they win - i.e. a club winning a First Round match and a Second Round match would receive £18,000 + £27,000 as part of their run. There are additional sums given out to those clubs who take part in televised ties, regardless of whether they win or lose the tie, which are paid out as Broadcast Fees.


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12 October 2016 : Club Launches Supporters Matchday Survey
Yeovil Town have launched a supporters survey to gather views from fans on their matchday experience at Huish Park. Over the years there have been a number of grumbles and criticisms at what is served up at the club, and with recent attendances having fallen to a record Football League low of 2,749 for the home match against Hartlepool United, there is a need for the club to see what pain points fans are experiencing.

Fans have until midnight on Wednesday 19th October (i.e. just over a week) to record their views. Thereafter the club plan to collate the results for distribution to the relevant Departments within the club for analysis and action. See below to fill in the survey.

Link: Yeovil Town Matchday Experience Survey.


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11 October 2016 : Bassett International Break In Poland Ends In Defeat
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett's involvement in the Northern Ireland Under-19s squad came to a low key end today, after he was an unused substitute in their final Group match against Poland. The 18 year old has been present in Poland for a trio of UEFA European Under-19 Championship Qualifying Group matches, and made his international debut last Thursday against Slovakia that saw him play in the first 54 minutes of their opening group fixture.

Northern Ireland have since moved on to play their other two Group games, managing a 2-1 win over FYR Macedonia on Saturday, followed by a 1-0 defeat against Poland this afternoon. On both occasions, Ollie was an unused substitute.

Unfortunately the results mean that Northern Ireland finished third in their group, and have no hope of qualifying as the best placed team at that level, as they lost both games against the qualifying teams of Slovakia and Poland - the yardstick by which the 'best placed' third placed teams are selected for the Elite Group stage. Ollie and his countrymen will now return home to domestic action.

The outstanding question is exactly where Ollie will return. His one month loan spell with Dorchester Town commenced on September 13th and so is up for renewal. He had gained some limited first team experience during that time, although obviously his stay in Dorset was curtailed by his international call-up. The question is therefore whether Dorchester wish to extend his deal by another month based on what they'd seen of him so far. His month at Dorchester saw him play in the following games:

14/09/2016 : Frome Town (Away) : Substitute 11 minutes.
24/09/2016 : St Neots Town (Home) : Substitute 45 minutes
27/09/2016 : Chippenham Town (Home) : Start 80 minutes

Link: Bassett Makes International Debut As Own Goal Settles Group Match.


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11 October 2016 : Former Players And Media Pay Tribute To Gerry Gow
Yesterday saw the sad news that former Yeovil Town manager Gerry Gow had passed away, after a battle with lung cancer. Whilst to Glovers fans Gerry was their Player-Manager across a three year period, his profile as a player carried a long distance, given that he had played top flight football with Bristol City and Manchester City earlier in his career, enjoying success with both clubs.

That led to many of the national and local press, as well as former players from that era expressing their thoughts on Gerry's career and personality. His twelve years at Ashton Gate deservedly take up the lion's share of the tributes, with Bristol Evening Post journalist Andy Stockhausen revealing that his earliest direct encounter with Gow was actually in the opposition side, with him having played for Maidenhead United against Yeovil Town during Gow's player-manager spell with the Glovers. Stockhausen said that even with Gow in his thirties, he still gave him the runaround:

"My first encounter with the man came in the mid-1980s. The occasion was an Isthmian League Cup replay between Maidenhead United and Yeovil Town and I was detailed to mark the Glovers' player-manager. Not only did Gerry give me ten years, he also gave me a lesson in anticipation and positioning. My speed of foot was no match for his speed of foot and I was relieved when he finally ran out of steam and was substituted 20 minutes before the end."

Before that, Stockhausen said he recalled seeing Gow in his playing prime when a newly promoted Bristol City side had the audacity to turn up to Arsenal's old Highbury ground and win 1-0. He watched that match from the home end of the ground on that day in 1976:

"I remember Gerry Gow in his playing heyday and was stood alongside Arsenal fans at Highbury's Clock End when Bristol City returned to the old First Division in 1976. They don't make players like Gerry any more. A granite Glaswegian, he was a no-nonsense midfield enforcer, who would never shirk a tackle. A fearsome competitor, he made up for a lack of touch and finesse with his unquenchable will to win. There was no disputing the man's spirit and will to win. Those are the qualities I and many thousands of City fans will best remember him for. There is no doubt that the Bristol City family has lost a good man and we may never see his like on the Ashton Gate pitch again."

When Bristol City were relegated from the top flight, Gow managed to return there, signing for a John Bond led side in 1980. Although his stay at Maine Road was not a lengthy one, it was good enough to get him an FA Cup Final losers medal, as his side reached the old Wembley Stadium and a showdown with Tottenham Hotspur. His son Chris Gow revealed that playing for Manchester City was a dream come true for their family as so many of them supported the club, with him leaving behind three children - Chris, Rachael and Jennifer - along with nine grandchildren:

"He was a tough-tackling Scot, which everybody in the terraces loved. He was a real 110 percenter, in everything he did. He loved Manchester City and we are all City fans ourselves, all my kids, nieces and nephews too. My dad had the most brilliant memories of playing there and he loved the city. I absolutely could not have asked for a better dad. He has been there for all of us; we are all completely lost because he was the most loving father. We have never lived more than a mile away from each other as we are such a close knit family."

Whilst brief tributes came on Twitter from the likes of former Crystal Palace striker Mark Bright, Gow's former Rotherham United team-mate John Breckin and Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown, a more lengthy one came from his former Manchester City captain Paul Power who said that whilst Gow might have had a reputation as a hard man on the pitch, his personality off it was very different:

"He was an absolute gentleman off the pitch, and a real family man as well. He was just one of those players - a Scottish thing perhaps - where he had that competitive instinct, and he always went in 100 percent for any challenge. He'd never shirk any responsibility like that. When you needed to win possession of the ball in the middle of the park, he was always there and ready to do it. But he wasn't just a ball winner, he was a good footballer and a good passer of the ball - mostly short passes, but he could spray the ball about a little bit from time to time. So he was more than a ball winner; he was a skillful player as well. He was very friendly with Tommy Hutchinson and Bobby McDonald. All three of them came to the club together and they stayed in a hotel in Altrincham. They all used to go and play darts in a pub in Altrincham and I'm sure those two will miss him sadly."

Gerry's last notable contribution to the game of football came at Weymouth where he was their manager from February 1989 across almost two years, covering 83 matches, for which they won 23 and drew 23 games, putting his boots on in one match against Maidstone United on April 11th 1989. On that day he was not attempting to make a playing comeback, but instead had to step in as a left-back due to the Terras having an injury crisis on the day. Weymouth player Simon Browne told the Dorset Echo that he recalled them bringing in Gow because of the results he'd obtained at Yeovil Town, and explained that he'd got to know his family well even after his playing days:

"He came to the club (Weymouth) with quite a reputation because he had quite a great deal of success with Yeovil. I think the board of directors at the time were hoping he was going to bring the same success down to Weymouth. He was a friendly Scotsman but, I guess when you met him at first you were a little bit on edge because he had a reputation of a hard Glaswegian and a tough-tackler but he was good company to be with. I actually work with Gerryís wife. I knew Gerry better in the last few years. We have had a few Christmas nights and social nights together. Gerry was very modest about his football career. He said he had a great time at Man City and Bristol City and all his times in football."

Link: Former Glovers Manager Gerry Gow Passes Away.


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11 October 2016 : Presidential Elections For Ladies As David Mills Bows Out After A Decade
Yeovil Town Ladies President David Mills is stepping down from his position, to make way for a change in direction at the club. David has been a key part of the Ladies set-up for more than a decade - firstly as Chairman, amd then as the club's honourary President when he stepped aside in 2014 to allow current Chairman Stephen Allinson the chance to take on the Chairman's position with the Ladies having entered the FA Women's Super League structure.

David's time with Yeovil Town Ladies saw the club win FA Digital Club of the Year, the FA Gold Respect Award on two occasions, and also the FAWSL2 Club of the Year Award. He was part of the administrative team that compiled the club's successful application for FAWSL membership.

Just as his decision to step down as Chairman was with the Ladies' rapid progress in mind, his decision to relinquish the President's position is also down to the club's success, with them two games away from a possible promotion into FAWSL1, which would see them playing at the highest level in the country. David explains that if that happens, the club will need to seek a President that plays a more active role, rather than his existing honourary title:

"In preparation for likely life in FAWSL1, the Board want to make the position of Club President a more active ambassadorial one based on an elected two year term. The role of honourary President was right for me, but I do not have the time for an active role any more and it would be wrong of me to stand in the way of the Club developing as it wishes."

Mills points out that the measure of the progress he's seen over the last ten years has been that the club's Intermediate side are now playing in the same division that their First Team used to play in, giving an idea of the new standards that the club has met:

"Ending my formal connections with the Club now also has a neat symmetry as when I first became associated with Yeovil, the first team were playing in the South West Womenís Football League where the Intermediate team are now. The phenomenal journey the club has made since, both in terms of on the field success and an unmatched collection of FA Awards, has been all down to the Club's players, Managers, coaches and volunteers at all levels from the first team right through to the youngest youth teams. They should be very proud of what they have achieved."

David's successor as Chairman, Stephen Allinson, naturally paid tribute to the man he had worked with over the years:

"David's contribution to our Club will never be forgotten and we owe him and his wife Lorna a huge debt of gratitude for their time and commitment over many years. All of us at the Club wish them both every success and happiness in the future. I add my personal thanks to David. He asked me to be part of this great club. The success now is built on the unsung efforts of so many, with David at the fore."

The Ladies resume their season on Sunday 30th October against London Bees (at The Hive, home of Barnet FC) which will be their final away match of the FAWSL2 season, before they return back to Huish Park on Sunday 6th November for their final fixture against Sheffield Ladies.


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11 October 2016 : Former Celtic Academy Midfielder Given Trial By Glovers
Yeovil Town are giving a trial to former Celtic academy midfielder Ryan Caird. He is a 19 year old (born February 3rd 1997) who is a free agent at present. He has represented Scotland at Under-15, Under-16 and Under-17 as well as playing for Celtic's Under-17 and Under-19 teams.

Ryan attended Cathkin Secondary School in Cambuslang, Lanarkshire before switching to St Ninianís High School in Kirkintilloch, East Dunbartonshire which has an educational partnership scheme with Celtic. His agency describe him as a box-to-box midfielder, who is 5'11" and right-footed.

They state that his career highlight so far was scoring 19 goals in 42 appearances for Celtic's junior teams during the 2013-14 season, which included helping their Under-19 side to win the Scottish League Championship for that age group. He was on Celtic's books across a ten year period.

Theoretically, the Glovers could sign him up outside the transfer window, due to his free agent status. However, we've been aware of other free agents passing through Huish Park over the last month or two, such as former Tottenham Hotspur and York City midfielder Kenny McEvoy who was spotted around a month ago, but whose presence on the training ground didn't lead to anything more concrete.

In an interview on Saturday, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry said "we have spent all of the (playing budget) money for the season" suggesting that unless a cup run or two develops, any further recruitment would be done on a 'one in, one out' basis.


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10 October 2016 : Club Planning Official Affiliation Of Supporters Groups To Govern League Regulation
Yeovil Town have released details of the discussions held last month with respect to the formation of a 'Supporters Alliance Group' at the club, acting as a replacement to the club's long dormant Customer Charter Meetings. Those meetings had run between 2004 and 2010, under various guises, notably the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership (ABUFP), but died a death in after March 2010 and had not been resurrected until now.

The club reveal that they are responding to rules introduced at the Football League 2016 AGM which required all football clubs to meet with "a representative group of supporters at least twice a year to discuss strategic / major issues". Whilst some clubs were already compliant with what was seen largely as good working practice, Yeovil Town have needed to set up those meetings to fall in line with the League's new direction.

The club's initial meeting was held on September 20th, and was attended by Chairman John Fry, manager Darren Way and four other club employees including new Club Secretary Kirstie Baker, who is to act as the Secretary for the Supporters Alliance Group for the 2016-17 season. The Supporters Groups present at the meeting were the Disabled Supporters Association, the Green and White Supporters Club, the Junior Glovers Club, the Executive Lounge Members Group (formerly the Vice Presidents) and the Bridport Glovers Club. The Cary Glovers had been invited but sent apologies for unavailability. Actual individuals representing those groups are not identified.

The club have explained that they plan to form an official affiliation for all those Clubs attending those meetings, and that those clubs will have to apply for membership of the Supporters Alliance Group, which will include a set of rules:

"Yeovil Town Football Club recognises the Supporter Groups in attendance as the official supporter organisations of YTFC and as such these are the Clubs/Groups that are to be assessed for affiliation to the main club. As per the EFL regulation, Football Clubs are to engage with supporters and we see this Affiliation group as a way for the supporters to have one voice in the running of YTFC. We would like to get the Alliance formally underway. There will be a set of rules that will provide the guidelines to set up the process. These will be agreed with the Clubís Executive Group, and membership forms will be sent out over the next few months, to the supporter club/group officials. This will start the affiliation process to form the ĎAchieve by Unity Supporters Consortiumí that will meet with the Club Directors and Exec Staff, at least twice per season."

The concept of an 'official affiliation' with 'rules' associated with the process would explain why the Glovers Trust - constituted as an independent organisation - decided to turn down the club's offer to join the Supporters Alliance Group. The national Government's Expert Working Group had recommended that any such meetings should leave enough room for independent Supporters Groups and Supporters Trusts to be able to fit into such arrangements, but it's not clear if the Football League's final regulations implemented this.

Aside from establishing the purpose of the Supporters Alliance Group, the club also fielded a number of questions, on rather familiar topics, such as falling crowds, club income, and what the club is doing in order to attract supporters back to the club. One of the other topics brought up was that of recent comments made by Chairman John Fry in the media concerning the withdrawal of community facilities. The club's updated response to that question was as follows:

"If we do not get the Ďchange of useí consent from SSDC for the land at Huish Park and for our Community Pitch resource at Lufton, then we will not have the finance to develop any secondary spend facilities for our supporters, or to provide the resources to accommodate or to continue with our Community activities at the Huish Park Stadium. The resources for our Football League squad operations, is our priority. There is no spare capital from our normal operations to replace or provide better facilities for our supporters, staff and players. To raise the essential money to compete and stay in the FL, we need to increase value of the land around the Stadium; this will enable the North End Community Stand to be built, and the essential supporter, staff and community facilities to be provided."


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10 October 2016 : GWSC Travel To Crewe Alexandra
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Crewe Alexandra. The match takes place at Gresty Road on Saturday 22nd October 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Crewe Alexandra : Saturday 22nd October 2016.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £27.00; Member Concessions: £25.00
Adult Non-Members: £29.00; Non-Member Concessions: £27.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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10 October 2016 : Former Glovers Manager Gerry Gow Passes Away
Former Yeovil Town manager Gerry Gow has died, aged 64. The former Bristol City and Manchester City midfielder, who also had spells with Rotherham United and Burnley before moving into management at the tail end of his playing career with the Glovers, passed away overnight following a battle with cancer.

Gerry's arrival at Yeovil Town in 1984 came during one of the most difficult spells during the club's history. During the early 1980s the Glovers had been in a steady decline. They had been saved from relegation from the Conference (then known as the Gola League) on two occasions purely by the inability for clubs below them in the pyramid to pass ground regulations.

His arrival initially had a false start, when he was overlooked by the Yeovil Town board in the summer of 1984 in favour of Ian MacFarlane, but by August 29th 1984, Gow got a second phone call as MacFarlane had taken a coaching job with Burnley and he arrived at the old Huish ground. With him he brought a number of former Bristol City players including Paul Thorpe, Paul Cheesley, Jon Economou and Tom Ritchie. He also signed a younger from Nairn County called John McGinley and brought the national news cameras down to Huish when he unveiled cricketer Ian Botham as a mid-season signing, boosting the crowd to 2,099, a decent proportion of which were journalists!

In terms of results, Gow couldn't arrest the slide which had begun over the previous two seasons. The Glovers were relegated for the first time in the club's history, and unusually chose the Isthmian League, rather than their more traditional roots in the Southern League, with the club favouring that division on the basis that they saw it as an easier league to get out of.

The snag was that the club needed to finish as Champions in order to get promoted, and on two seasons running, Gow found himself in a two horse race. Despite bringing in further high profile signings - Kevin Reeves from Manchester City, Paul Randall from Bristol Rovers and Forbes Philipson-Masters from Bristol City, as well as dipping into the London leagues to find a young Alan Pardew from Dulwich Hamlet, Gow found first Sutton United and then Wycombe Wanderers to pip his side at the post.

Not that anyone could suggest the football wasn't entertaining. In 1985-86, they scored 92 goals, and finished in 91 points, and 14 points clear of third place - the snag was that Sutton were four points better off. The following season saw more of the same. In the early part of 1987, Gow resigned for personal reasons, with it being unclear as to whether he felt his side had lost the race already to Wycombe, or whether there were other issues afoot. His legacy at Yeovil Town was that he had turned the corner for the club - taking them from a side that had suffered three years of constant malaise, into a team that looked confident, attacking and entertaining.

Two years later, Gerry became Weymouth's manager, spending the 1989-90 season there, whilst in 2012, he was awarded a long overdue testimonial for his services to Bristol City as a Legends side played a Manchester City Legends side, as a reward for 12 years worth of service at Ashton Gate.

Gerry had been known to be battling with cancer over the last few months, with his son Chris Gow posting an announcement this morning confirming that his father had passed away:

"Today the world fell apart for our family. My beautiful dad passed away in the early hours of the morning; 64 years young, he lost his battle to the most disgusting disease. Me and my family are broken hearted and nothing will ever fill the void in our hearts. RIP my hero, my best mate, my dad."

Our deepest condolences to Gerry's family - hopefully the fondness that his time at Yeovil Town and Bristol City has been remembered over the years will bring them solace in the coming days and weeks.


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9 October 2016 : Chairman John Fry Talks About The 2016-17 Season So Far
Before yesterday's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry spoke to the BBC about the 2016-17 season so far. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Geoff Twentyman, in an interview that was conducted live on Saturday Sport, John gives his views on the playing form, the club's budgets, his respect for the supporters, the club's matchday experience, crowd levels, whether he'd consider selling the club, and many many other topics!

This is a very lengthy interview, so pour yourself your favourite drink (the stronger the better!) and read the full transcript of what the Glovers Chairman said, via the link below.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The 2016-17 Season So Far.


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9 October 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers, these can now be viewed online. Two minutes of match footage from the 1-0 win features the winning goal from Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges, whilst you'll also see a first half effort from Nathan Smith that gave us our first shot on target in the match. There's also an Alex Lacey header that bounces down and goes over the bar, and a bit of Otis Khan trickery that flashed across the face of goal. In the second half, as emphasised by the balance of the match footage, there's not a lot! Watch the video via the YouTube clip below.




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8 October 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Wycombe Wanderers Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the win, including views on Bevis Mugabi, Ryan Hedges and Tahvon Campbell, can be read via the link below.

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


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8 October 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win against Wycombe Wanderers 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 Wycombe Wanderers.


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8 October 2016 : Darren Way Pleased With Commitment After Hedges Gave Up International For Glovers Winner
Yeovil Town picked up three points this afternoon against Wycombe Wanderers, thanks to a player that in another world might not have been on the pitch today. Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges had every right to be on international duty this weekend with Wales Under-21s, with his national side away in Armenia this weekend in preparation for a European Under-21 Championship Qualifier match. However, with his country having failed to qualify in the tournament, and this being almost certainly the 21 year old's final match at that level, he volunteered to bow out early, and to stay in Somerset throughout the international break.

That reaped his reward during a tight 1-0 victory over the Chairboys, as he followed up on an Alex Lawless shot in the 36th minute that came off the goalpost, gaining himself a tap-in and his second goal in Yeovil Town colours. Speaking after the match to BBC Somerset, boss Darren Way felt that Hedges' level of commitment to the club was typical of what he was getting out of his players and staff at the moment:

"It was, but that's none of my doing, by the way! He came in and knocked on my door and explained the situation to me. I think you've always got to feel very proud to play for your country. It just shows the level of commitment from a young player that wants to fight for this club. That's what I need right now. I see it everywhere. I see staff that are constantly striking to be successful, and every player and member that we've got on this shop floor has got to work hard."

Way said he felt that his side's performance across the 90 minutes demonstrated his team's togetherness. Whilst Hedges grabs the headlines for the goal, the initial shot from Lawless deserves a mention, whilst the overall play as a unit of players stopped Wycombe from building up a head of steam. Way said that the players had spent a lot of time together in recent weeks and that showed on the pitch:

"It was a fantastic performance. Some of the players that are in that dressing room we talked about before the game. They live together, they eat together, they fight together and they travel together. We spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks and what I saw was a real togetherness to get that performance to what it was today. When we first started off, we tried to get him (Alex Lawless) free on the ball. That's exactly what happened and we got our tactics spot on. I thought we caused them real problems - big problems - certainly in the first half. Towards the end there we could have hit them on the counter-attack more."


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8 October 2016 : Yeovil 1 Wycombe 0 : Hedges Goal Ensures Home Form Reaps Rewards
Yeovil Town picked up all three points this afternoon, as a single goal from Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges saw off Wycombe Wanderers in a League Two match at Huish Park. The game was one where neither goalkeeper had too much to do throughout the afternoon, but the crucial moment came 36 minutes into the match when an Alex Lawless long range effort was touched onto the goalpost by Wycombe's on loan Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, and he couldn't do a lot when Hedges came in for the rebound, converting from close range. The Glovers stood firm despite a late aerial barrage from the visitors with the back four snuffing them out well to move them back up to 18th with twelve games played.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes as a trio of players who were rested for the midweek EFL Trophy tie against Bristol Rovers returned to the side. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, defender Darren Ward and midfielder Kevin Dawson all returned to the line-up as Jonny Maddison dropped to the bench along with Ben Whitfield, whilst an illness meant Ryan Dickson stayed at home entirely. Injuries to Tom Eaves, Liam Shephard and Matt Butcher meant they were missing along with long term absentee Francois Zoko. Wycombe's line-up included former Glovers trialist Dominic Gape, who is on loan with the Chairboys.

Wycombe came into the game having lost four out of their previous five away matches, and showed little sign during the opening stages that they were going to do anything to overcome that. However, neither did Yeovil in an opening 20 minutes that saw little in the way of chances, with a Bevis Mugabi shot going well wide, before Nathan Smith became the first player to truly worry the Wycombe defence, as their goalkeeper was forced to palm the ball away for a corner. From another corner Alex Lacey's downward header cleared the crossbar after it bounced over, with Jamal Blackman happy to watch it. It took 35 minutes before Wycombe did anything, with a Garry Thompson effort going wide of the target as they created an opportunity by beating the offside trap.

Everything seemed to be pointing towards a goalless first half, until Alex Lawless let fly 36 minutes into the match. His long distance strike forced Jamal Blackman to touch the ball onto his own goal post, and as the ball span loose across the goal, Ryan Hedges was the first to reach it, and managed to tap the ball into an empty net to put Yeovil Town 1-0 up. That goal gave Yeovil a lift, and they played their best football of the half in the ten minutes leading up to half time, with Otis Khan getting free on a couple of occasions, with one of his attempts flashing across the goal. Wycombe looked largely devoid of inspiration, with Paris Cowan-Hall getting their one and only on target shot of the half as Artur Krysiak pushed the ball to safety. There wasn't an awful lot to the half, but the important bit was that the Glovers had their noses ahead.

The second period was more of the same, with it taking another 20 minutes for the match to warm up. That suited Yeovil well as they began to swallow up possession of the ball, denying Wycombe the chance to build up a head of steam. Inevitably, Wycombe brought on Adebayo Akinfenwa as the man to try to upset Yeovil's back four, but unlike a few previous matches that have involved the Big Beast, he never really managed to influence the game to a great degree. One of his early contributions was to lay the ball off to Danny Rowe but the midfielder fired wide. And that was essentially Wycombe's problem in that they did little to worry Artur Krysiak throughout the match, with Yeovil's back four particularly impressive in the way that they stopped the danger before it got near the Polishman.

In the closing stages, Wycombe did try other tactics to try to upset the apple cart, with big defender Aaron Pierre going up front as they left three at the back, but apart from a Paul Hayes shot that Krysiak saved well, and a shot from substitute Nick Freeman that went into the side netting, they didn't really invoke any great pressure. Good organisation and concentration, rather than flamboyance and flair gave Yeovil Town all three points. Fortunately even if Yeovil Town's away form is rather shakey, their home results have been holding themselves above water, with them finishing the day in 18th place.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Scorers: Ryan Hedges (1-0, 36 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
6. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 14. Josh Ezewele 17. Omar Sowunmi 18. Izale McLeod 20. Joe Lea 15. Kyle Copp 28. Ben Whitfield (87 mins for Otis Khan)

Wycombe Wanderers:
27. Jamal Blackman
16. Michael Harriman 5. Anthony Stewart 6. Aaron Pierre 3. Joe Jacobson
7. Garry Thompson 18. Danny Rowe 25. Dominic Gape 11. Sam Wood
9. Paul Hayes 12. Paris Cowan-Hall

Substitutes:
2. Sido Jombati 4. Stephen McGinn 10. Matt Bloomfield (70 mins for Dominic Gape) 13. Barry Richardson 20. Adebayo Akinfenwa (64 mins for Garry Thompson) 22. Nick Freeman (82 mins for Joe Jacobson) 23. Will De Havilland

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Wycombe Wanderers Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 35%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 4.

Wycombe Wanderers Match Statistics: Possession: 65%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire). Assistants: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Michael Webb (Surrey). Fourth Official: Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 3,187 (with 319 Wycombe supporters).


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8 October 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers make three changes for this afternoon's match, compared with the midweek EFL Trophy tie against Bristol Rovers. Some of those are no surprise as more experienced players return to the first team starting line-up, with Artur Krysiak replacing Jonny Maddison in goal. Captain Darren Ward is back, with Ryan Dickson dropping entirely out of the squad. Kevin Dawson is back in the starting line-up, displacing Ben Whitfield.

Absentees this afternoon is Francois Zoko (hip flexor), Ryan Dickson (ill), Tom Eaves (ankle) Liam Shephard (leg) and Matt Butcher. Midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town, and also on international duty with Northern Ireland Under-19s.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
6. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 14. Josh Ezewele 17. Omar Sowunmi 18. Izale McLeod 20. Joe Lea 15. Kyle Copp 28. Ben Whitfield

Wycombe Wanderers:
27. Jamal Blackman
16. Michael Harriman 5. Anthony Stewart 6. Aaron Pierre 3. Joe Jacobson
7. Garry Thompson 18. Danny Rowe 25. Dominic Gape 11. Sam Wood
9. Paul Hayes 12. Paris Cowan-Hall

Substitutes:
2. Sido Jombati 4. Stephen McGinn 10. Matt Bloomfield 13. Barry Richardson 20. Adebayo Akinfenwa 22. Nick Freeman


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7 October 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Wycombe Wanderers have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 8th October 2016 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture is referee Lee Probert (Wiltshire).

It's certainly unusual for Yeovil Town to be given a Select Group referee for one of their matches, with those officials usually reserved for Premier League matches. However, with the top two divisions on an International Break, it seems a few of the country's most recognised referees are going to stretch their legs down at a lower level than they're used to.

He is a 44 year old who started his career refereeing matches in the Bristol and South Gloucestershire area. He was appointed to the Football League's referees list in the summer of 2003, and thus was 'promoted' at the same time as the Glovers. Between 2003 and 2007 he took charge of Football League matches until in the summer of 2007 he was promoted again, and thus since then has largely disappeared from view from a Glovers point of view.

Thus we've only seen him once in the last ten years, and that was whilst we were a Championship level club. He was present for the December 2013 home match against Barnsley that ended up in a 1-1 draw at Huish Park. We thought he had a bit of a messy game overall - after we'd taken the lead, he awarded the visitors a penalty that seemed questionable when Jamie McAllister was judged to have fouled Tomasz Cywka inside the box. He also ruled out what would have been a winning goal for the Glovers when Ishmael Miller got the ball in the net, only to be penalised for handball. On that occasion though, we felt the referee was probably correct. Overall though, he left the pitch to loud booing at the full time whistle. An altercation between both sets of players in the 90th minute probably didn't help his claims to have had control of the match.

Many years before that, and just before he was promoted to the Premier League's Select Group officials list, he was present for the March 2006 home match against Brentford. Mr Probert has tended to have a reputation as a bit of a card-waving type over the years, and he didn't disappoint - six yellow cards spread across both teams, and whilst a couple were justified, a few more seemed to be excessive. He didn't wave quite so many cards in the December 2004 match against Grimsby Town - just the three - but we still remembered him well from that game. A studs up tackle by Thomas Pinault on Michael Rose got off with just a yellow card, whilst we were decidedly miffed that an official who had blown his whistle repeatedly all afternoon didn't agree that Grimsby keeper Anthony Williams had fouled Phil Jevons inside the box late on. Thankfully we still won the game 2-1, otherwise we would have been ranting about that one a lot more.

That then leaves us with two encounters during the 2003-04 season, to complete our Football League meetings involving Mr Probert. On both occasions, he was unusually anonymous, and so we'd have to put him down as having had a good game, on the basis that he doesn't warrant a mention of critical note. The 0-0 draw against Cheltenham Town in April 2004 was such a snoozefest, it looks like we were too far in our slumbers to give him a mention. Three months earlier against Rochdale, we were a lot more cutting in our assessment, mainly because he wasn't giving any decisions, when we thought he needed to be more assertive. However, given Mr Probert's problem in recent years has been to be too assertive, we best not shout about that too loudly.

Mr Probert will be assisted by Adam Bromley (Devon) and Michael Webb (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Adam Nunn (Wiltshire).

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 1.

Link: March 2006 : Yeovil Town 1 Brentford 2.

Link: December 2004 : Yeovil Town 2 Grimsby Town 1.

Link: April 2004 : Yeovil Town 0 Cheltenham Town 0.

Link: January 2004 : Yeovil Town 1 Rochdale 0.


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7 October 2016 : Darren Previews The Wycombe Wanderers Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Wycombe Wanderers in a League Two match at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren initially talks about Kevin Dawson's red card, but then moves on to the subject of the opposition, and the wider challenge of the season. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 October 2016 : Westley Returns To League Two With Exiles Appointment
League Two side Newport County have appointed a new manager as the successor to Warren Feeney, who was dismissed last month. The Exiles have opted to take former Stevenage and Preston North End boss Graham Westley, who was last seen in management in April 2016, when he left his post at Peterborough United after just 41 games in charge.

Westley has attracted a distinct reputation across the Football League over the years for his rather idiosyncratic style of management, and some of the quotes he's given to the press over the years. His most successful period in management came during the second of three spells he's had with Stevenage, where he took them into the Football League during the 2009-10 season, followed by a promotion from League Two via the play-offs a year later.

Elsewhere, his performances have been rather more mixed. His thirteen month spell with Preston was a woeful one that was ended by a night at Huish Park, whilst the feeling was that with his third spell at Stevenage, that his decision to leave for Preston had soured his relationship with their fans, with Boro eventually and very quietly opting not to renew his contract at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Off the field - merely a few yards off the field - Westley became a legend in Yeovil Town circles for his performance whilst Farnborough Town's manager, early in the 2002-03 season that led to him being dismissed from the field of play by the match referee, and then clinging onto the Dorchester Town Main Stand railings as he refused to consider the attention of stewards and police who were attempting to gently remove him from the ground entirely.

His views on football have often made him headline material, and whatever happens at Newport for the remainder of the 2016-17 season it probably won't be dull from an outsider's point of view. We'll get an early taste of Westley's side in eight days time when the 24th placed Exiles travel to play Yeovil Town.


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7 October 2016 : Darren Way Has 'Words' With Dawson Over Disciplinary Concerns
Yeovil Town boss Darren Way has said that he has had words with midfielder Kevin Dawson about his recent discipline in matches. The 26 year old received his first red card on Tuesday night during the EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers as he received two ultra-quick yellow cards from referee James Adcock, with the first coming for a push on Cristian Montano, followed by him showing dissent to that initial decision.

That comes within the context of a 2016-17 season that has already seen him pick up seven yellow cards in other fixtures, and serve a separate on match suspension for that accumulation of cards. Those are odd statistics, given that Dawson has not been a player to pick up large numbers of cards on previous seasons - he has already exceeded the total number of cautions that he received across past seasons where he has been a regular in the club's side, despite being only 13 matches into the current campaign. Way told BBC Somerset that he has had a conversation with Dawson about recent circumstances:

"Yes of course, he just knows that he lost his discipline. It happens in life; people show their emotions in different ways, and he made a mistake. But you deal with these situations in house, and every player will grow stronger. I had it with Liam Walsh at Cambridge away last year. You stand there as a manager whilst they're walking off the pitch, and you hope that they take responsibility straight away. I'm hoping that he's done that."

The quirk of the EFL Trophy disciplinary rules means that he will be available for Saturday's home match against Wycombe Wanderers, and will continue to be able to play all the way into November, until the club play their final EFL Trophy Group match against Reading B when he will serve his one match suspension.

In terms of squad availability for the weekend's match, much will depend upon which players were just being 'rested' against Bristol Rovers in midweek, and which ones have more serious injury concerns. The expectation is that defender Darren Ward, right-back Liam Shephard and midfielder Matt Butcher were just putting their feet up following a bit of wear'n'tear over the past few months worth of football, whilst Artur Krysiak should return between the sticks.

One player that may be slightly more doubtful is striker Tom Eaves who had missed the previous weekend's match at Plymouth Argyle with an ankle injury that he played through at Cambridge United - he has missed two matches in a row, and so his prescence in tomorrow's squad may be a bit less certain. The only other player whose situation makes him a doubt is fellow striker Francois Zoko, who has been missing for the whole of the 2016-17 season, with the exception of two brief substitute appearances in August, with hip flexor muscle problems, although over the past few weeks he has been rated as 'close' to a return.


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6 October 2016 : Way Wanting Realism And Patience To Build Club Up Again
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way wants there to be a degree of patience at the club, as he attempts to put the Glovers back onto a stronger footing at League Two level. His side have got off to a luke warm start to the 2016-17 season, and currently lie in 21st place in the League Two table, having gained 10 points from their 11 fixtures so far, putting them just one point above the relegation zone, pointing to another difficult season for the club.

On the flip side, League Two once again has a packed midtable, where teams that do get a batch of wins in a row can climb quickly up the table, with the likes of Plymouth Argyle and Notts County now occupying top seven positions after they started slowly to their seasons. Way points to the fact that his predecessors Terry Skiverton and Paul Sturrock were unable to arrest the club's recent slide, and told the media today that any change in the club's fortunes wasn't going to happen overnight:

"With League Two games now, the level has gone up, and it's very high. Every game you play in now, the energy, desire and commitment that goes into it and the margin of error is high, because you have to win. We've got a lot of positives. We've got the Academy and the Ladies football, but I'm afraid to say it's going to take time to reach the dizzy heights of where we were before. I've had one pre-season and now we're starting on a journey to build a football club back up again. That's not going to happen overnight. We've had two managers that have tried to do it before me and couldn't."

Way has even cited Premier League clubs Chelsea and Manchester United in his assessment of the situation, pointing to poor recent seasons that those clubs have had, despite their recent Premier League title successes. He feels that supporters need to be realistic in terms of their expectations of what their football club can achieve each season:

"I know the energy, work and commitment that the staff are putting in behind the scenes makes me proud to come in every day and to be manager. I'm a supporter of Chelsea. I want them to win the league every year but they don't necessarily do that. And they've got millions of pounds to spend. Man United supporters want their team to win every week and they don't do that. So you have to be realistic as to where we are as a football club."


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6 October 2016 : Bassett Makes International Debut As Own Goal Settles Group Match
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett made his international debut this morning, as he started for Northern Ireland U19s. Ollie played the first 54 minutes of a UEFA European Under-19 Championship Qualifying Group match against Slovakia Under-19s that was staged at the Public stadium, Torun in Poland as part of a three match mini-tournament taking place over the next week. Unfortunately, the match was settled by an own goal, with Oldham Athletic defender Dylan King putting into his net 37 minutes into the match.

Bassett was replaced by Stevenage's Mark McKee nine minutes into the second half, but his country couldn't get back into the match, with the final 45 minutes turning into a stormy affair as both sides finished the game with ten men. Slovakia's Christian Herc was dismissed with six minutes remaining, and in second half injury time Everton striker Shayne Lavery was also sent off, in a match that also saw seven other players booked.

Northern Ireland will now head to the Olympic Municipal Stadium Inowroclaw in Inowroclaw where they will face FYR Macedonia on Saturday. The top two sides qualify from their group to the Elite Stage of the competition, meaning that they still have a chance to overhaul today's result over the next two fixtures.

Full Time: Northern Ireland Under-19s 0 Slovakia Under-19s 1.

Northern Ireland Under-19s: 1. Conor Hazard 2. Nathan Kerr 3. Matthew Smyth 4. Joe Crowe (Capt) 5. Dylan King 7. Shea Gordon 8. Shayne Lavery 10. Chris Gallagher 11. Kyle McLean 15. Ollie Bassett 17. Jack White

Substitutes: 12. Tiarnan Hargan 6. Cal Templeton 8. Daniel Rooney 13. Brendan Glackin (68 mins for Jack White) 14. Caolan Marron 16. Mark McKee (54 mins for Ollie Bassett) 18. Tre Sterling.


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6 October 2016 : Football League Offer Financial Incentives For Fielding Young Players
The Football League are to offer cash incentives for clubs who field young English (or for certain clubs, Welsh) players in their starting line-ups. They have put aside a sum of £2.25 million that will be spread across three seasons, giving £750,000 per year for clubs that "regularly promote home grown players from their academies into the first team."

The League have stated that those clubs that provide starting positions for players in Football League fixtures, where they are under the age of 21 and are qualified for England (or Wales for Cardiff City and Newport County) will be financially rewarded for doing so, using this new sum of money that has been allocated.

Dubbed as 'EFL Futures' the programme is designed at providing an incentive for clubs to field young English (or Welsh) players as a means to benefit the England national team in the long run. They point out that 14 of the players who were in England's Euro 2016 squad were at one point registered with a Football League Academy, thus demonstrating that clubs outside the Premier League are vital for developing the best English players in the country.

League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has said that he sees the incentive scheme as being a positive step in increasing the number of 'home grown' players that reach the England squad in future years:

"The EFL has, quite rightly, been deeply engaged in playing our part in resolving some of the key issues that were identified in the England commission report. Our challenge was ensuring we looked to address these issues in a way that worked for the EFL and our clubs. We are acknowledging the fact that a high performing England national team is good for the game as a whole in this country and we are therefore committed to doing everything we can to help the national team develop. I hope todayís announcement is further evidence of the EFL taking the initiative and trying to help find their part of the solution to what is a collective problem."

Harvey has claimed that the League's changes to the EFL Trophy have also helped introduce a more youthful culture to the tournament, although it's worth noting that the EPPP Category One sides are not constrained in having to field English or Welsh players in their line-ups, or for the players selected to have been sourced from their Academies. Ironically, one of the younger sides in the competition on Tuesday night was Luton Town, who fielded eight players under the age of 21, but by doing so broke the competition rules, meaning that Harvey could end up mandating a fine against the League Two side. In contrast, he highlights the number of young players being fielded in the competition:

"To date, our highest profile initiative is the introduction of Category 1 teams in the Checkatrade Trophy and despite some of the negative attention that has almost appeared to engulf the competition, it has provided an opportunity for over 200 under-21 players to be involved in competitive football as well as providing the financial incentive the competition required for League One and League Two clubs. These opportunities didnít exist previously. Clearly, there is still plenty of work to be done in this area but the provision of these additional funds through EFL Futures ensures we are on track with our commitment to make a significant, valuable and lasting contribution to the future fortune of the England national team."

This new EFL Futures programme clearly will be of benefit to those Football League clubs with strong academy systems, although the devil will be in the detail. The Football League do not divulge whether the £750,000 allocation per season is a pool that will be divided and weighted against those clubs fielding the most Under-21s, or whether this will be a 'cash per game' award for each time such a player lands on the teamsheet.

There are also a number of unanswered questions. The League's statement references clubs promoting from their Academies into the first team. Hence would a player like 18 year old midfielder Joe Lea, who came from Southampton's academy system, qualify for the Glovers to receive payments under the new system, given that he has not come from Yeovil Town's academy? The press release also does not address the question of loan players - would 19 year old Tahvon Campbell fall under the EFL Futures payment system if he started a Yeovil Town match? Or would he be seen as West Bromwich Albion's player?

There is then the question of nationality. Players whose parents and grandparents hail from multiple countries do not have to choose their nationality until they are actually selected for one of the more senior squads. Players such as Shane Duffy have flipped their nationality with the former Glovers loanee having played for Northern Ireland at up to Under-21 level before deciding to switch to the Republic of Ireland squad. Presumably Ollie Bassett (Northern Ireland) and Bevis Mugabi (Uganda) would not currently qualify for payments to be made, even though they later could choose to switch nationality, given both are English-born players. Although Otis Khan is aged 21 years old and therefore ineligible, he qualifies for both Pakistan and England and so is another example of a player who could choose to receive a call-up from either country.

Depending on what the actual rules are, the list of current Yeovil Town players who are aged Under-21 and therefore might qualify under the EFL Futures rule, are as follows:

Bevis Mugabi (Uganda, England), Jonny Maddison, Josh Ezewele, Kyle Copp (Wales), Matt Butcher (AFC Bournemouth loanee), Tahvon Campbell (West Bromwich Albion loanee), Omar Sowunmi, Joe Lea, Ollie Bassett (Northern Ireland, England), Ben Whitfield (AFC Bournemouth loanee)


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5 October 2016 : Youthful Glovers Head Out Of County Cup At First Stage
Yeovil Town went out of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight at the first hurdle, as a solitary goal from Western Football League Premier Division side Clevedon Town was enough to separate the two sides. The 0-1 defeat came through a side that was built around the club's Under-18s line-up, with around four second year scholars supported by six first year scholars, with a number of Under-16s players making up the remainder of the teamsheet, with no full time professionals on show partly due to the first team's EFL Trophy match at Bristol Rovers on the previous evening.

The match was won as early as the 11th minute, with Jake Harris heading home from a Jake Llewellyn corner for what turned out to be the only goal of the game. Clevedon's line-up featured Isaac Reid, who is the younger brother of Exeter City striker and former Glover Reuben Reid, with Isaac having played for Yeovil Town Under-18s during the 2010-11 season. His current side could have been several goals ahead by the break, were it not for some dogged defending by the young Glovers, who did well to hang in there against a bigger and more physical side. Clevedon will go on to play Chard Town at home in the next round of the competition.

Full Time: Yeovil Town Reserves 0 Clevedon Town 1.

Scorer: Jake Harris (11 mins, 0-1)

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Kingsley Latham 2. Jack Rice-Lethaby 3. Joseph Tomlinson 4. Arthur Warren 5. Jeremiah Gyebi 6. Jayden Corbridge (Capt) 7. Daniel Buckley 8. Jack Hilton-Jones 9. Callum Morton 10. Dion Macfoy-Johnston 11. Bradley Cherrett.

Substitutes:
12. Archie Watts 13. Jake Williams 14. Harry Haughton 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Charlie Fripp

Clevedon Town:
1. Ben Murray 2. Callum Kingdon 3. Jake Llewellyn 4. Archie Ferris 5. Ryan Gissing 6. Kaine Gazzard 7. Toby Yeates 8. Kevin Camergo (Capt) 9. Isaac Reid 10. Jake Harris 11. Daine O'Connor

Substitutes:
12. Ellis Joe 14. Liam Knight 15. Alex White 16. Alex Camm

Referee: Stephen Fearnley. Assistants: Andrew Hobbs and Kevin Rodd. Fourth Official: George Enever.

Attendance: Approx 82 (unofficial, hand counted!)


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5 October 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Clevedon Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for tonight's Somerset Premier Cup First Round tie. The Glovers are playing Western Football League Premier Division side Clevedon Town at Huish Park, and unsurprisingly with last night's game having been staged in the EFL Trophy against Bristol Rovers, the club have opted for a very youthful approach to tonight's match, with only the club's Academy side being considered for selection.

The team selected tonight is as follows:

Yeovil Town Reserves:
1. Kingsley Latham 2. Jack Rice-Lethaby 3. Joseph Tomlinson 4. Arthur Warren 5. Jeremiah Gyebi 6. Jayden Corbridge (Capt) 7. Daniel Buckley 8. Jack Hilton-Jones 9. Callum Morton 10. Dion Macfoy-Johnston 11. Bradley Cherrett.

Substitutes:
12. Archie Watts 13. Jake Williams 14. Harry Haughton 15. Gabriel Rogers 16. Charlie Fripp

Tonight's match will be completed on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then the match goes into 30 minutes of extra time. If the teams are still level after 120 minutes, then the game will be settled by penalty kicks.

The winners of tonight's match will be playing Western Football League Division One side Chard Town, with the Second Round draw having already taken place.


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5 October 2016 : EFL Trophy Crowds Plummet Again But Luton Town Opt For A Youthful Approach
Last night's EFL Trophy Group Stage games continued the farce of the competition, as supporters voted with their feet, and clubs chose inventive ways to get around the competition's team selection rules. Whilst a mere 130 Yeovil Town supporters turned up to watch Bristol Rovers play in a crowd of 2,117 the surprise is that actually that turned out to be the fourth best attendance on the night! Four years ago, the two clubs had met at the same stage of the competition, with 2,810 fans turning up and 296 in the away end, whilst all the way back in October 2001, we took over 1,000 fans in an overall gate of 4,301 for a Second Round tie.

Matters around the country were little different, with some spectacularly low crowds on show. Barnet took the prize of the club with the lowest gate, with just 457 turning up for their match against Norwich City B at the Hive Stadium. In fact the lowest six crowds of the night came from clubs hosting 'B Teams' - a far cry from Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry's belief when the competition was relaunched that it would 'appeal to fans' when the Academy sides came to clubs grounds. Those clubs who hosted Norwich City, Brighton and Hove Albion, Leicester City, Stoke City, Middlesbrough and Southampton last night all said otherwise, as the bottom six attendances, with even Swansea City ranking as the eighth worst crowd of the night for their local trip to Newport County which persuaded just 807 fans to turn up from South Wales.

If the Football League want to know which direction to go in, then it is worthy noting that the localness of the fixtures gave the competition its biggest gates. Swindon Town vs Oxford United gave us the best crowd on the night of 2,698 but Southend United vs Leyton Orient, the aforementioned Rovers/Yeovil tie, and Millwall vs Gillingham were four of the top five crowds on the night. In other words typically the sort of ties that existed in the competition at the First Round stage on previous seasons.

We can but applaud some of the humour from some clubs, with Chesterfield managing dry sarcasm (we hope) when they boasted of their record crowd in last night's match against Accrington Stanley stating: "We have a crowd number, our best yet in the @CheckatradeTrpy, 976 is the figure". Accrington responded to queries about the numbers who had travelled with their club, furiously denying claims that only two Accy fans had gone to the game: "Reports of an away following of two at Chesterfield last night are untrue. We counted at least six."

Down at Portsmouth, last night gave Fratton Park its lowest post-war crowd, as just 1,355 turned up to see the Southern Group A match against Reading B. Meanwhile the 609 that turned up for Grimsby Town's treat of seeing the reigning Premier League Champions Leicester City take their Under-23 side to Blundell Park gave them their lowest crowd for a cup competition at that ground.

Clubs were also doing their best to get around the complex team selection rules, which require around five or six recognised first team players to be fielded. So applause is due to Bradford City who had the idea of substituting goalkeeper Colin Doyle just three minutes into the game against Bury so they could put on an additional young player for the majority of the match. Assistant manager Kenny Black explained the substitution by saying "I thought Colin Doyle had a poor 45 seconds" - hopefully such comments won't have affected Doyle's confidence too much!

Some clubs decided to ignore the rules entirely. Luton Town manager and former Glover Nathan Jones, who was previously a Development Squad coach at Charlton Athletic, and so is a big believer in youth development, decided to field eight Luton players aged Under-21 years old, having made eleven changes to their team.

Despite the sheer inexperience of the side, the Hatters were still good enough to beat West Bromwich Albion's team of Under-23s, and Jones took a hardnosed attitude by pointing out that if the Baggies were allowed to field their youngsters, then why shouldn't he be able to? He said that if the Football League did take issue with the decision, then he'd invite them to view the DVD and judge whether his side had been weakened in the way they played against the Premier League's EPPP Category One side, and would be happy to pay the fine himself if they insisted:

"If anyone wants to fine us for that group of youngsters, I'll pay the fine myself, because it would be an absolute disgrace. Premier League sides are allowed to develop their youngsters. I'm telling you, ours are better. Why can't we play ours? Anyone who's involved - the EFL, Checkatrade, the FA - who wants to fine us, watch the game because you lot could be recognising these (Luton) youngsters (in first team competitions) sooner than you think."


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5 October 2016 : Darren Talks About Bristol Rovers Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy kicked off at the Memorial Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the resting of four of his players on the night, as well as the selection of fringe players such as West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell and goalkeeper jonny Maddison. Read his thoughts via the link below.

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


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5 October 2016 : Video : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town EFL Trophy Match Highlights
For those who want to watch two minutes worth of Match Highlights from last night's EFL Trophy Group Stage game between Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town, these are now online. When we say 'two minutes worth of highlights' though, what we actually means is 60 seconds of actual in-game action, 30 seconds of the incident that led to Kevin Dawson getting his marching orders, and 30 seconds worth of penalties being taken. This sums up the 0-0 draw at the Memorial Stadium. Watch the YouTube clip below.




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5 October 2016 : Football Association Clarify Dawson Suspension After Rovers Red Card
The Football Association have provided clarity on Kevin Dawson's suspension, following his red card against Bristol Rovers last night. The 26 year old was dismissed in the EFL Trophy Group Stage match at the Memorial Stadium in the 74th minute of the match, but his exit from the game was an unusual one in that he had been given a yellow card by referee James Adcock, followed by an almost immediate red card.

That led to the question of whether Dawson's dismissal was for two near-simultaneous yellow cards, or whether referee Adcock had upgraded the offence to a straight red. The Football Association have logged Dawson's suspension as being for one match only, which tells us that he has in fact received two ultra-quick yellow cards - one for his reaction to a foul by Rovers player Cristian Montano, and another for his reaction to Mr Adcock's decision to book him, instead of the person who had fouled him.

Dawson will therefore miss the EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Reading B at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday 9th November. He will be eligible to play in all Football League and FA Cup matches in between those dates - players who receive yellow or red cards during the EFL Trophy tournament will only serve suspensions within that competition, according to rules set by this year's competition.

The midfielder has already served one suspension this season for accumulating five yellow cards during the 2016-17 season - his current tally stands as seven yellow cards and one red across his thirteen appearances.

Link: EFL Trophy Disciplinary Rules Finally Published.


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5 October 2016 : Rovers 0 Yeovil 0 : Dawson Sees Red As Glovers Lose Shoot-Out
Yeovil Town lost on a penalty shoot-out at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday Night, after themselves and Bristol Rovers ground out a game of few chances in a 0-0 draw. The low key nature of the competition was reflected in the way that both teams approached the game, with the main notable note of the 90 minutes being a red card dished out to Kevin Dawson, who was initially booked for an off the ball incident but was then given a red card for his reaction to that. Despite the man disadvantage the Glovers hung on, but in the penalty shoot out it was Rovers who got the bonus point that EFL Trophy rules allow, with Ryan Hedges being the only one of the ten penalty takers to have his kick saved.

Both sides went into the match making six changes to their starting line-ups. For Yeovil Town that was slighly deceptive, in that two of those changes were to restore the club's front line that had been abandoned on Saturday, with Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges coming back into the eleven. However, with Tom Eaves still being rested following his ankle injury, Tahvon Campbell played the central role. As with the previous EFL Trophy tie, Jonny Maddison replaced Artur Krysiak, whilst Ben Whitfield replaced Kevin Dawson. The other change saw Liam Shephard and Darren Ward given the night off, with Bevis Mugabi coming in as a right-back - a change that saw Nathan Smith move from his left-wing position into a centre-back slot.

The first half needed little in the way of summary. Both sides battled away in midfield, but created painfully little in the way of chances. Cristian Montano had a narrow angle ball across the box that was stopped by Jonny Maddison before it could turn into anything dangerous, whilst Luke James drove a ball into the danger zone that everyone missed. At the other end, Ryan Hedges fired two shots at goalkeeper Kelle Roos, but these were comfortably saved. The Glovers did get the ball into the back of the net, after Roos dropped the ball from a cross, but it was deemed that Nathan Smith had leant on him rather too much when the ball was in the air and the 'goal' was ruled out long before it crossed the line.

Rovers had a penalty appeal turned down when Luke James went down in the box across a challenge from Alex Lawless, but the feeling was that there had been a little bit too much theatrics involved. Neither keeper had a lot to do throughout the half though, and a 0-0 scoreline was undoubtedly a fair one at the break. The measure of how soporific the half had been was when the Fourth Official seemed to belatedly realise that he was meant to raise the electronic board for one additional minute of time, but did so as referee James Adcock blew up, making that signal a rather irrelevant one.

The second period gave both clubs much of the same early on. However, Bristol Rovers had big appeals for a goal when a Cristian Montano shot/cross came off Alex Lacey and headed towards the goal line. Goalkeeper Jonny Maddison clawed the ball back from the line, and despite the protests he seemed to have done enough to convince the linesman that the ball hadn't crossed for a goal. Goal line technology for an EFL Trophy Group match in front of 2,000 spectators probably can't be cost justified.

Yeovil made two substitutions, and a formation change, with Ben Whitfield's replacement by Izale McLeod allowing the Glovers to switch to a 4-4-2 with Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges going into wide midfield roles, as McLeod joined Tahvon Campbell up front. Not long after that, Khan came off, replaced by Kevin Dawson in a like for like swap. Unfortunately, the Irishman's role in the game was to last just fifteen minutes. He was fouled by Cristian Montano, and when he reacted to that by pushing the Rovers player in the chest. When he got a yellow card for that, he appeared to give some verbal thoughts to the referee and out came the red card - differing reports exist on whether Dawson was getting a second yellow for dissent, or whether he was getting a straight red for foul language - the Football Association will no doubt enlighten the club, but Dawson will definitely be out for the next EFL Trophy Group match.

Down to ten men, that then meant that Yeovil were under more pressure in the closing stages, particularly given that Rovers top scorer Matty Taylor had come onto the pitch. Taylor got the best chance of the whole evening, saving it for the 90th minute when it would have no doubt won the game. He turned in the box and shot, but goalkeeper Jonny Maddison read it well by getting down low for a superb save.

The quirks of the EFL Trophy meant that we were now set for penalty kicks, and these were of high quality. The only player to error was Ryan Hedges, who took the fourth spot kick of the ten, with his shot being too close to goalkeeper Kelle Roos. Rovers took theirs with extreme confidence, and the end result was that Yeovil were only able to take four of theirs before Christian Montano gave the home side a perfect five-out-of-five and thus a 5-3 win from the shoot out. Rovers take two points from the game, whilst Yeovil take one. That means that all four teams in the group can still qualify on the final match, with Yeovil's trip to play a Reading B side meaning that whoever wins that game will definitely qualify, whilst the losers will need to keep an eye on the Portsmouth vs Bristol Rovers scoreline that night.

Link: 2016-17 Latest EFL Trophy Group Table.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Penalty Shootout: Luke James (1-0, SCORED), Ryan Dickson (1-1, SCORED), Billy Bodin (2-1, SCORED), Ryan Hedges (2-1, SAVED), Matty Taylor (3-1, SCORED), Izale McLeod (3-2, SCORED), Charlie Colkett (4-2, SCORED), Alex Lawless (4-3, SCORED), Cristian Montano (5-3, SCORED).

Bristol Rovers:
33. Kelle Roos
2. Daniel Leadbitter 15. James Clarke 6. Peter Hartley 3. Lee Brown
21. Cristian Montano 34. Hiram Boateng 24. Stuart Sinclair 22. Byron Moore
29. Luke James 30. Rory Gaffney

Substitutes:
1. Steve Mildenhall 5. Mark McChrystal 7. Lee Mansell 10. Matty Taylor (67 mins for Rory Gaffney) 17. Jermaine Easter 23. Billy Bodin (76 mins for Byron Moore) 35. Charlie Colkett (66 mins for Lee Brown)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
6. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
28. Ben Whitfield 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 7. Kevin Dawson (59 mins for Otis Khan) 17. Omar Sowunmi 18. Izale McLeod (54 mins for Ben Whitfield) 14. Josh Ezewele 20. Joe Lea 15. Kyle Copp

Bristol Rovers Bookings: James Clarke (88 mins, foul), Charlie Colkett (90 mins, off the ball incident).

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lawless (63 mins, foul), Kevin Dawson (74 mins, retaliation), Bevis Mugabi (90 mins, off the ball incident). Red Card: Kevin Dawson (74 mins, second bookable offence)

Bristol Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Nick Hopton (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: Simon Barrow (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 2,117 (with 130 Yeovil supporters).


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5 October 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers EFL Trophy Tie
Following Tuesday night's penalty shoot-out defeat against Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy at the Memorial Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren gives his views on Kevin Dawson's red card, the performance of goalkeeper Jonny Maddison and the penalty shoot-out itself. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers EFL Trophy Tie.


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4 October 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday evening's penalty shoot-out defeat against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial 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 Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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4 October 2016 : Darren Way Happy With 'Terrific Performance' At Memorial Stadium
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way described his side's 0-0 draw against League One side Bristol Rovers as an 'unbelievable terrific performance', despite his side ultimately losing the chance of a bonus point in a penalty shoot-out. The complications of the EFL Trophy Group Stage format meant that their opponents gained two points from the fixture, whilst Yeovil gained just one, after the two sides met in the much maligned minor competition format.

The end result put the Glovers in second place in the table with one Group Stage match remaining, and despite the 90 minutes presenting few clearcut chances, he told BBC Somerset that he felt his younger players in particular had gone 'toe-to-toe' with some more experienced Rovers players, and so could be proud of their efforts on the night:

"I thought the way the players performed today, from start to finish, even with a man sent off, that was an unbelievable terrific performance from my lads. They're (Bristol Rovers) a team that have had time to build what they've got, and they've had a lot of success. But to see some of the younger players go toe-to-toe with their good squad that they've got, was an amazing effort. It wasn't until the sending off where I felt that they had sustained pressure. Up until the sending off, there must have been three or four balls into the box where with a little bit of luck that drops down and it's into the back of the net. But I'm more proud of the way that the players have turned up today, because when you look at some of their CVs, they haven't got a lot of games."

Yeovil had to cope with just ten players on the pitch during the final fifteen minutes after Kevin Dawson was dismissed in the 74th minute of the match following a flare-up with Christian Montano. Dawson initially was shown a yellow card, but referee James Adcock then took a red out of his back pocket, leading to some confusion as to whether Dawson had been given two quick yellows, or whether Adcock's second move had been to produce a straight red. Way admitted he was not too sure himself:

"I'm not too sure. I haven't spoken to the referee yet. We'll deal with that in-house. It was disappointing. But I have to make sure that I talk about the players and the way that they responded after the sending off, and the way that they stuck together. They were very resilient. Bristol Rovers is not an easy place to come to, no matter what game. I've played in many a Rovers game over the years to know that you've got to show a fighting spirit. They're a team that's on the up, and with the relegation that they had, the way that Darrell Clarke has built that team up, they've got a real team ethic. So to go up against that, was an amazing achievement from our players."

Whatever the consequences of Dawson's dismissal, his suspension will be served in EFL Trophy matches ONLY, with him free to play Football League matches despite the red card. His suspension will commence when Yeovil Town play Reading Under-23s in their third EFL Trophy Group Match.


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4 October 2016 : Bristol Rovers 0 Yeovil 0 : Dawson Sees Red As Glovers Lose Shoot-Out
Yeovil Town lost on a penalty shoot-out at the Memorial Stadium tonight, after themselves and Bristol Rovers ground out a game of few chances in a 0-0 draw. The low key nature of the competition was reflected in the way that both teams approached the game, with the main notable note of the 90 minutes being a red card dished out to Kevin Dawson, who was initially booked for an off the ball incident but was then given a red card for his reaction to that. Despite the man disadvantage the Glovers hung on, but in the penalty shoot out it was Rovers who got the bonus point that EFL Trophy rules allow, with Ryan Hedges being the only one of the ten penalty takers to have his kick saved.

A full report on this match is now online here.

Link: 2016-17 Latest EFL Trophy Group Table.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Penalty Shootout: Luke James (1-0, SCORED), Ryan Dickson (1-1, SCORED), Billy Bodin (2-1, SCORED), Ryan Hedges (2-1, SAVED), Matty Taylor (3-1, SCORED), Izale McLeod (3-2, SCORED), Charlie Colkett (4-2, SCORED), Alex Lawless (4-3, SCORED), Cristian Montano (5-3, SCORED).

Bristol Rovers:
33. Kelle Roos
2. Daniel Leadbitter 15. James Clarke 6. Peter Hartley 3. Lee Brown
21. Cristian Montano 34. Hiram Boateng 24. Stuart Sinclair 22. Byron Moore
29. Luke James 30. Rory Gaffney

Substitutes:
1. Steve Mildenhall 5. Mark McChrystal 7. Lee Mansell 10. Matty Taylor (67 mins for Rory Gaffney) 17. Jermaine Easter 23. Billy Bodin (76 mins for Byron Moore) 35. Charlie Colkett (66 mins for Lee Brown)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
6. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
28. Ben Whitfield 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 7. Kevin Dawson (59 mins for Otis Khan) 17. Omar Sowunmi 18. Izale McLeod (54 mins for Ben Whitfield) 14. Josh Ezewele 20. Joe Lea 15. Kyle Copp

Bristol Rovers Bookings: James Clarke (88 mins, foul), Charlie Colkett (90 mins, off the ball incident).

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lawless (63 mins, foul), Kevin Dawson (74 mins, retaliation), Bevis Mugabi (90 mins, off the ball incident). Red Card: Kevin Dawson (74 mins, second bookable offence)

Bristol Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.

Referee: James Adcock (Nottinghamshire). Assistants: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Nick Hopton (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: Simon Barrow (Staffordshire).

Attendance: 2,117 (with 130 Yeovil supporters).


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4 October 2016 : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town : Glovers Make Six Changes For EFL Trophy Tie
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's EFL Trophy Group game against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. The match sees the Glovers make six changes for this evening's match, compared with the weekend defeat against Plymouth Argyle. Inevitably, given the lesser status of the competition, there is a fair bit of squad rotation for the game, with goalkeeper Jonny Maddison, right-back Bevis Mugabi, midfielder Ben Whitfield and a new front three of Otis Khan, Tahvon Campbell and Ryan Hedges given the nod.

The only confirmed injured absentee this evening is Francois Zoko (hip flexor) - other players are assumed to be 'rested' for the evening, including Liam Shephard, Darren Ward and Matt Butcher. Midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town, and also on international duty with Northern Ireland Under-19s.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
6. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
28. Ben Whitfield 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 7. Kevin Dawson 17. Omar Sowunmi 18. Izale McLeod 14. Josh Ezewele 20. Joe Lea 15. Kyle Copp

Bristol Rovers:
33. Kelle Roos
2. Daniel Leadbitter 15. James Clarke 6. Peter Hartley 3. Lee Brown
21. Cristian Montano 34. Hiram Boateng 24. Stuart Sinclair 22. Byron Moore
29. Luke James 30. Rory Gaffney

Substitutes:
1. Steve Mildenhall 5. Mark McChrystal 7. Lee Mansell 10. Matty Taylor 17. Jermaine Easter 23. Billy Bodin 35. Charlie Colkett

Despite this being the EFL Trophy, midfielder Alex Lawless said prior to the fixture that he was conscious that the match was a local derby, and also felt that the players needed to show a reaction to what he saw as a poor performance against Plymouth:

"It's going to be even bigger for us. It's big for the supporters in terms of rivalry, and it's going to be big for the players because we've got a point to prove. Hopefully we'll make sure of that. You need a winning mentality and to be bouncing back. So it's a quick opportunity to do that. I'm sure that the squad will take advantage of that opportunity."


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4 October 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Cheltenham Town : Man Of The Match Result
Ten days ago, Yeovil Town played host to Cheltenham Town in a League Two match at Huish Park. The match saw the Glovers win by a 4-2 scoreline with four different goalscorers on the pitch as Otis Khan, Darren Ward, Matt Dolan and Tom Eaves all finding the net.

one of the players who didn't weigh in was AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield but you were still impressed with him enough to see him come in third place in the Man of the Match voting. The top two players though were a sizeable distance ahead of the pack. Whilst many of you opted for striker Tom Eaves, the runaway winner was wide man Otis Khan, who clocked up one goal and two assists in his best Yeovil Town performance so far.

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

1. Otis Khan 538 (47)
2. Tom Eaves 292 (10)
3. Ben Whitfield 78 (2)
4. Matthew Dolan 58 (0)
5. Darren Ward 34 (0)
6. Artur Krysiak 22 (0)
7. Nathan Smith 16 (1)
8. Alex Lacey 14 (0)
9. Matt Butcher 12 (0)
10. Liam Shephard 4 (0)
11. Ryan Hedges 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 8.33
Performance : 8.13
Entertainment : 8.53
VOTES RECEIVED : 60


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4 October 2016 : Darren Way Wanting Wembley Visit Despite EFL Trophy Controversies
Ahead of tonight's fixture against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way insists that he still wants to get to Wembley Stadium with the EFL Trophy, even if he recognises that there is plenty of disquiet among supporters about the competition. The controversial introduction of 'B Teams' into what used to be known as the Football League Trophy (aka the Johnstone's Paint Trophy) has led to fans voting with their feet, with just 1,534 spectators turning up to last month's supposedly attractive fixture against Portsmouth last month.

Tonight's match is likely to see another low attendance, with Rovers closing sections of the ground in an attempt to cut down on stewarding costs, after revealing that they made an operating loss in staging last month's match against the Reading B side. However, Way sees it as an opportunity to take his side as far as the Wembley Stadium final - something the club have never done before:

"It just gives me another game to play against Bristol Rovers, which is good. It's another game for the players to gain confidence, like they did against Portsmouth. As a manager I'm looking forward to it. I know there's been a lot said about it because of the Under-23 teams coming in. But I'm sure that if there's a chance to get to Wembley, then I don't want to turn that down as a football club."

Matches against Bristol Rovers normally fit the classic 'local derby' feel to them, with plenty of red cards and memorable incidents over the years. Whilst the last meeting between the two clubs, in April 2016, was a rather calmer affair with all 22 players staying on the field of play, Way still saw the 2-1 defeat as a fiery game:

"There were a lot of tasty tackles. Bristol Rovers versus Yeovil has always been a bit fiery. I thought last year was a good game at their place. Leroy Lita came on and pulled it back level, and then they scored once again. But they were a team that was high in form, and I'm sure that Darrell (Clarke) will be doing his best to win the game, like I will."

Anyone trying to predict tonight's starting line-up for Yeovil Town will be undoubtedly flying a kite, considering the Glovers line-up at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday was an unexpected one, with all three front line players removed from the starting line-up. On top of that, the EFL Trophy has often presented an opportunity for clubs to rotate their playing squads within the limits of the competition rules and Way says that he does plan to make changes for the game:

"It just gives some of the other players that perhaps haven't had that opportunity, that had to come on because of one or two injuries. They'll be able to take that opportunity on Tuesday."

The only player who definitely won't be involved is midfielder Ollie Bassett, who is on international duty with Northern Ireland Under-19s in Poland. However, the Glovers have had captain Darren Ward struggling to complete 90 minutes following his comeback from a knee injury, whilst right-back Liam Shephard has twice had to limp off in recent matches due to leg injuries, and they could be two players told to take the night off. Elsewhere, Way has to consider the match fitness of Izale McLeod and Ryan Dickson who made their comebacks from injury on Saturday, and whether they need to stretch their legs, or be given the night off. On top of that, in the last group match, goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and midfielder Kevin Dawson were both rested for the night, and so could be swapped out again.

Bristol Rovers will not be fielding any of Ellis Harrison, Tom Lockyer, Jake Clarke-Salter or former Glover Connor Roberts who are on international duty. But the twist to the EFL Trophy rules means that striker Jermaine Easter is likely to feature despite him being midway through a three match suspension, with the disciplinary procedures running independently of other competitions.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.

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

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Rovers Attempt To Reduce Losses In Staging EFL Trophy Ties By Closing Stands.

Link: Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.


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4 October 2016 : Northern Ireland Publish Squad List And Schedule For Bassett's Poland Trip
The Northern Ireland FA have announced their final squad that flew out to Poland on Monday. They have a series of three Euro Under-19 qualifiers against Macedonia, Slovakia and Poland with the set of players including Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett, who has been on loan at Dorchester Town over the last few weeks. Ollie will be with his country's squad over the next week, having met up with them on Sunday.

The three scheduled matches all take place in Poland in a short space of time and are as follows:

Thu 06/10/2016 : 11.00 : Northern Ireland vs Slovakia (Public Stadium, Torun)
Sat 08/10/2016 : 11.00 : Northern Ireland vs FYR Macedonia (Olympic Municipal Stadium Inowroclaw, Inowroclaw)
Tue 11/10/2016 : 15.30 : Northern Ireland vs Poland (Public Stadium, Torun)

The top two sides from the Qualifying Group stages played over the next week will automatically reach the Elite Stages with only one Third Placed team with the best record against the top two in their group making it through as well. Those 13 groups will therefore produce 27 qualifiers, who will then compete in the Elite Stages along with the top seed making it a total of 28 teams.

The squad they have taken for the trip is as follows:

Goalkeepers:
Conor Hazard (Celtic)
Tiarnan Hargan (Derry City)

Defenders:
Nathan Kerr (Stevenage)
Joe Crowe (Norwich City)
Dylan King (Oldham Athletic)
Matthew Smyth (Dundee)
Cal Templeton (Leicester City)
Caolan Marron (Glenavon)
Jack White (Wigan Athletic)

Midfielders:
Shea Gordon (Sheffield United)
Mark McKee (Stevenage)
Kyle McLean
Daniel Rooney (Plymouth Argyle)
Ollie Bassett (Yeovil Town, on loan at Dorchester Town)
Chris Gallagher (Shrewsbury Town)

Forwards:
Brendan Glackin (Oldham Athletic)
Tre Sterling (Fleetwood Town)
Shayne Lavery (Everton)

Ollie's international call-up effectively means that his one month loan spell with Dorchester Town has been curtailed for the time being. He missed their 2-1 win over Hayes and Yeading United on Sunday as he had already met up with the Under-19s squad, and will be absent for their next three fixtures. By the time he returns after the three matches in Poland, his deal will have expired meaning that all parties will need to make a decision at that point as to whether the Magpies take out an extension on that deal.


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4 October 2016 : Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the EFL Trophy Group match between Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 4th October 2016, at the Memorial Stadium, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Adcock (Nottinghamshire).

Mr Adcock is a newbie on the circuit as far as Football League refereeing goes, having been promoted to the National List over the summer of 2011. We've had him on five separate occasions - two during the 2011-12 season, two during the 2012-13 season and once during the 2013-14 season. The first experience of him was for the fairly horrible December 2011 FA Cup defeat against Fleetwood Town. On the night he booked four players, and then dished out red cards to Bondz N'Gala and Fleetwood's Steve McNulty as they committed secondary fouls.

We've got few complaints about either red card - in the case of Bondz, Mr Adcock had given a clear 'last warning' to him, and despite the difficult playing conditions, manager Terry Skiverton chose not to withdraw him and admitted after the game that he was well aware that the centre-back was on a knife-edge saying: "he could have got sent off before that ... the referee gave him enough warnings". The Western Gazette agreed, saying he "had no choice with the red cards and kept a lid on a difficult game."

We then had Mr Adcock for the April 2012 home match against Rochdale that saw the Glovers reach the 50 points that more or less saw them safe for the season. We weren't too unhappy with his performance on the day, although the Western Gazette notes that he "threatened to ruin a good afternoon with indifferent decision making but thankfully had little impact on proceedings."

From the 2012-13 season, we had him for the away match at Scunthorpe United. Despite the 4-0 win at Glanford Park, we weren't 100 percent happy with his performance on the day, with six bookings across a game in which we felt that he was "messy". However, he deserved credit for allowing play to go on after a foul on Ed Upson, which allowed an advantage to be played that saw Reuben Reid eventually score.

Later that season saw him take charge of the March 2013 home match against Crawley Town. A late change from the originally publicised Trevor Kettle (phew!) he only made one decision that caused post-match talk - a 90th minute cross into the box that Crawley felt that was blocked by the arm of Kevin Dawson, but he chose to wave away, keeping the scores tied at 2-2. Otherwise, we'd agree with the Western Gazette assessment of matters that said he "went about his job quietly in a game with little incident."

During the 2013-14 season he visited Huish Park twice, but only took charge of one game. He was the nominated official for our postponed fixture on New Year's Day 2014 against Watford, and so was the man who decided that six foot of water in dugouts and fast-flowing streams of water along the main stand wasn't really good for playing a football match. Those who were at Huish Park, or saw the accompanying Sky Sports footage would know that this wasn't really a controversial decision. During the next month he returned again for the same fixture which had become a Tuesday night match. That passed off relatively peacefully in a 0-0 draw.

He is a PE teacher at Sutton Centre Community College, and lives in Long Eaton, just outside Nottingham, and is 31 years old. He took his first refereeing course at the age of 16, and his father David was an assistant referee at Football League level who usually comes to watch his son's games.

Mr Adcock will be assisted by Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire) and Nick Hopton (Derbyshire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Barrow (Staffordshire).

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Fleetwood Town 2.

Link: April 2012 : Rochdale 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2012 : Scunthorpe United 0 Yeovil Town 4.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Crawley Town 2.

Link: February 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Watford 0.


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3 October 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town step out on their third consecutive away fixture, and this time it's the EFL Trophy that the club will compete in. A trip to Bristol Rovers awaits, and the Ciderspace guide to the Memorial Stadium, the surrounding area, ticketing, travel, parking and a pub guide along with various past meetings and statistics can all be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.

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

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Rovers Attempt To Reduce Losses In Staging EFL Trophy Ties By Closing Stands.

South Stand - half of this is used for seating away supporters
South Stand - half of this is used for seating away supporters.
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3 October 2016 : EFL Trophy Competition Rule Team Selection Options
When Yeovil Town played their last EFL Trophy Group game against Portsmouth they stuck to a first team line-up that was fairly recognisable to their previous first team fixture. The three changes they made to their team were well within the rules of the competition, but in truth were driven partly by necessity, with Ryan Hedges on international duty at that time, and only five substitutes being fielded that night that prevented them from doing wholesale changes of the nature that Pompey did at Huish Park. For tomorrow night's fixture at the Memorial Stadium against Bristol Rovers though, they should have far more flexibility to hand.

In theory, Portsmouth should have been fined by the Football League during last month's EFL Trophy Group game for failing to put out a 'full strength' first team side. Pompey made eleven changes to their team, and the EFL Trophy rules state that any club that failed to select a 'full strength' side would be penalised for doing so, in an effort to preserve the integrity of the competition. The rules state:

"Each EFL Club shall play its full available strength in and during all Matches. The League will from time to time issue a policy as to what constitutes 'full available strength'. Any Club failing to meet this requirement will be required to pay a fine of up to £5,000."

Whilst there's been utterly no sign of the Football League carrying out its threat to fine clubs - possibly for fear of causing more controversy in a competition that is already enraging plenty of football fans - the old Football League Trophy competition rules of what constituted 'full strength' could be drawn from two separate means. A team would be defined as being at full strength if at least ONE of the following rules could be met:

a) A club's starting line-up must include at least six of the 11 players who started the club's fixture immediately preceding OR following the relevant Trophy fixture

OR

b) A club's starting line-up must include at least six of the 11 players who have started the most league and cup matches so far during the season.

More recent media reports suggest that the limit on the number of players may have been lowered to 'five' starters instead of 'six' although the Football League have not published this themselves. Clubs are not allowed to pick'n'choose from the two rules above - they must be considered in isolation.

The starting eleven at Plymouth Argyle was as follows: 1. Artur Krysiak, 2. Liam Shephard, 3. Nathan Smith, 4. Matthew Dolan, 6. Alex Lacey, 7. Kevin Dawson, 8. Alex Lawless, 11. Ryan Dickson, 16. Matt Butcher, 18. Izale McLeod, 26. Darren Ward.

The eleven most used players by Yeovil Town this season can be seen here and include: Matt Dolan, Matt Butcher, Artur Krysiak, Tom Eaves, Otis Khan, Alex Lawless, Kevin Dawson, Ryan Hedges, Nathan Smith, Liam Shephard and Alex Lacey.

Thus assuming Darren Way doesn't 'do a Portsmouth' then he could easily rest Darren Ward or Izale McLeod from Saturday's match, and not have them count towards his quota if he uses the second benchmark. However, if he chose to give Liam Shephard the night off, then that would count towards his quota based on either method.

If the Glovers were to rest all of McLeod, Ward, Shephard, Tom Eaves, Kevin Dawson and Ryan Dickson (six of the players with fitness concerns) then they would still be able to make at least one more change on top of that (using the 'most used players' rule) before they would be in danger of crossing the line in terms of the competition rules.

For Wednesday night's Somerset Premier Cup First Round tie against Clevedon Town, matters are far more flexible. Because Yeovil Town are a Football League side, the match is designated by the FA as a 'non-first team competition' as far as the Glovers are concerned. As such they are free to field a full 'Reserve Team' line-up, or the next level down (i.e. the Under-18s) should they choose to do so, without fear of consequences.

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

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Clevedon Town.


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3 October 2016 : Ticketing For Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's trip to Crewe Alexandra are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Gresty Road on Saturday 22nd October 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets for this fixture are priced as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Seniors: £17.00; Aged 12-16: £10.50; Under-11s: £6.50

Disabled supporters pay £17.00 and can admit an assistant free of charge.

Away supporters get the North Stand, which holds 1,680 and gives a side view. There are a couple of pillars but this shouldn't be a problem for anyone with the numbers we are likely to take.

Tickets are available on the day of the match at the same price, but you'll need to purchase from their Away Ticket Office, as they do not do cash sales on the turnstiles.

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

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Clevedon Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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3 October 2016 : Alex Lawless Talks About The Plymouth Argyle Defeat
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Alex Lawless spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Alex's short account of the weekend's performance can be read via the link below.

Link: Alex Lawless Speaks To The BBC After The 1-4 Defeat Against Plymouth Argyle.


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2 October 2016 : Leyton Orient Opt For The Italian Job
League Two side Leyton Orient have named their latest manager, who acts as the successor to Andy Hessenthaler. They have chosen former Sampdoria and Fiorentina manager Alberto Cavasin as the successor to the former Gillingham boss, who was fired late last month after an average start to the 2016-17 season. Cavasin is a 60 year old former right-back who has spent the majority of his playing and management career in Italy, generally at Serie B and Serie C level.

He has been given a two year contract at Brisbane Road, which given the last couple of seasons in East London would be an eternity compared to how long their last eight managers have lasted. The major surprise in Cavasin's appointment is that he appears to have not had a front line job in football since a brief 2010-11 season spell with Sampdoria which saw them relegated into Serie B, before he bowed out. More recent mentions of him in the Italian media appear to paint him as a go-to Media Pundit, particularly when any of his former clubs are in town, which include the likes of Brescia, Lecce and Cesena.

His major achievement was to win the Panchina d'Oro (Manager of the Season) award whilst Lecce's boss in the 1999-2000 season, but a string of sixteen positions in 21 years worth of management without too much impact generally tells a story. The five year gap in his CV since the summer of 2011, and his lack of exposure to English league football may also be a concern.

Cavasin has brought in Alfredo Vergori as part of his arrival as the club's Head of Fitness, who will work with existing fitness coach Simone Lucchesi. He has also retained Caretaker Manager Andy Edwards, whose record over two games gave the club one draw and one defeat, whilst first team coach and former Yeovil Town player Danny Webb will also keep his role in that team.

Over the course of time, we will find out how quickly the list below grows again.

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


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2 October 2016 : Darren Talks About Plymouth Argyle Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Plymouth Argyle kicked off at Home Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about his decision to entirely change his front three for the match against the Pilgrims, the return of Ryan Dickson and Izale McLeod to the side, and Friday's news that Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges would not be going on international duty. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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2 October 2016 : Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup, if they can overcome their First Round opponents. The Glovers take on Western Football League Premier Division side Clevedon Town on Wednesday 5th October at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, and the winners of that tie will face Western Football League Division One side Chard Town at home in the next stage of the competition. Chard were one of six sides to get a bye at the First Round stage, and so will be entering the competition at that stage.

The full Second Round draw is as follows, with Yeovil Town's tie the only match that has not been played at the First Round stage:

Keynsham Town vs Hengrove Athletic
Bath City vs Wellington
Wincanton vs Bishop Sutton
Paulton Rovers vs Radstock Town
Larkhall Athletic vs Weston Super Mare
Brislington vs Bridgwater Town
Odd Down vs Taunton Town
Yeovil Town OR Clevedon Town vs Chard Town

All Second Round ties are scheduled to be played during the week commencing November 7th 2016.

Ticketing information for Yeovil Town's Wednesday evening match against Clevedon can be found via the link below. Just 24 hours before that match, Yeovil Town are also in action in the EFL Trophy against Bristol Rovers, thus guaranteeing that there will be two very different starting elevens for those two matches, although as yet we don't know what manager Darren Way's attitude will be to the County Cup.

In his post-match interview, Way stated that he would have to make changes for the Bristol Rovers trip, due to injury and fitness concerns regarding the players who had played during Saturday afternoon's match at Home Park against Plymouth Argyle. That would suggest that there will be a number of players sitting out both games, to give the club physios a full week to work on them.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Clevedon Town.

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

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

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.


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2 October 2016 : Video : Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of yesterday's 4-1 defeat against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, these are now online. With five goals scored during the game, there's not too much other highlights included in the two minute clip, but you can see the opener from Jimmy Spencer, two goals from Jake Jervis and one from Graham Carey along with the close range effort from Darren Ward that was scored by Yeovil just before half time, as well as a couple of other Argyle chances. View the YouTube clip below.




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1 October 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Plymouth Argyle Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's post match thoughts can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Plymouth Argyle Away Game.


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1 October 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 4-1 defeat against Plymouth Argyle at Home 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 Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.


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1 October 2016 : Darren Way: Game Plan Was Working Until Argyle Broke Deadlock
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believed his side's game plan at Plymouth Argyle was working this afternoon, up until the point when the first goal went in at Home Park. The Glovers had set themselves up with new tactics in an attempt to combat League Two's current leaders, but ultimately went down to a 4-1 defeat, with the only positive point being Darren Ward's second goal of the 2016-17 season.

Argyle took 39 minutes to find the back of the net, as Jimmy Spencer opened the scoring, with the big problem being that a second goal came swiftly after as Jake Jervis gave the Pilgrims some breathing space. Although Ward's goal allowed the Glovers to rally, Way felt after the game that the opening goal was crucial, as he had been hoping to send his side in at the break still level, something that they fell short of by six minutes:

"I thought that right up until when the first goal went in, that the plan was working. We were trying to frustrate them, and we got one or two chances. Overall, I think we got in the final third as much as they did in the first half. But we came here to try to make sure that we didn't concede during the first half. I was disappointed as there was a deflection. But I thought we could have defended better individually one-v-one on the edge of the box."

The gambit by Darren Way had been to set his side up in a 4-5-1 formation, rather than his favoured 4-3-3, with defender Nathan Smith used as a left-winger, whilst Kevin Dawson became a much more defensive minded right-winger, leaving Izale McLeod up front on his own. Way felt that if he had employed his usual front three tactics of Tom Eaves, Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges, that may have caused his side more problems. He felt that the more defensive outlook was better suited for playing the table-toppers, but admitted that some of his side were looking a little bit sorry for themselves at the end, after Graham Carey and a second for Jake Jervis had ensured the points went firmly in Plymouth's direction:

"I think that with the quality that you are up against, they are a top of the league team. You could see the difference in the way that they played between the lines. We could have come here and played our 4-3-3 and left them high up but I just felt that would have caused more of a problem. Having said that, we still had chances. I think that I've got to be very careful in the way that I manage the group, because I didn't want them to come here today and take that result and think the whole result was going to be based around the rest of the season. That's not the case. It was a difficult place to come to and we have to make sure that the group remain strong and that we keep our belief. Towards the end there were one or two that just looked like they were a little bit despondant. It's important for me as a manager that I keep them strong."


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1 October 2016 : Plymouth 4 Yeovil 1 : Jervis Double Keeps Argyle On Top
Yeovil Town continued their erratic form in League Two this afternoon, as two consecutive wins have now become two consecutive defeats, after a 4-1 loss against leaders Plymouth Argyle. Stubborn first half resistance was broken six minutes before the break when Jimmy Spencer found room to fire home through a crowd of players after a corner had been half cleared. Almost immediately, Jake Jervis doubled the home side's lead, but Yeovil had a route back into it just before the half time whistle blew as Darren Ward converted a Matt Dolan cross from close range. The Glovers' best spell came early in the second half, with the game turning after Izale McLeod had a shot blocked, with Argyle's Graham Carey scoring their third less than a minute later. Matters were polished off four minutes from time when Jake Jervis got his second, to keep the home side on top of the division, whilst Yeovil lie just one point above the relegation line.

The Glovers went into the match making one of their most radical changes to their line-up of the 2016-17 season so far. The entire front three who have been a mainstay of the line-ups so far were removed, with Tom Eaves having an ankle injury, whilst Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges sat on the bench. Up front Izale McLeod acted as a lone striker, supported by wide men Kevin Dawson and Nathan Smith, whilst Alex Lawless became a central midfielder and Ryan Dickson slotted in at left-back in a 4-5-1 formation.

All that pointed to the main Glovers tactic being an attempt to snuff out the home sides attack and to frustrate them during the game. During the opening 25-30 minutes that worked relatively well, with much of the game eaten up in feisty competitive midfield challenges that you'd expect from a pseudo-local derby match. Yeovil had an early penalty appeal as an Alex Lawless header was blocked from close range by Sonny Bradley's arm, whilst at the other end, Ben Purrington's cross was blocked by Darren Ward. The referee was entirely consistent with both decisions - nothing given.

Argyle were forced to try to pick out long range attempts, with Graham Carey's effort a notable one. Then Jimmy Spencer saw his shot parried by Artur Krysiak with the angle of the shot defeating Ben Purrington on the rebound as he put the ball into the side netting. As the half progressed though, Izale McLeod began to look more and more isolated at the far end, whilst Plymouth began to force the issue. Jimmy Spencer forced a corner, and when that ball came into the box, Matt Dolan's clearance eventually reached Spencer again, with him giving himself room before firing through the goalmouth of players, with the ball possibly taking a deflection on its way into the net. 1-0 down.

That first goal quickly saw another goal follow. Alex Lawless lost possession and Graham Carey broke up field. He played in Jake Jervis whose shot took a deflection off Alex Lacey and into the back of the net, with two goals scored in four minutes to put Argyle 2-0 up. The danger there was that the game could end up out of sight by the time we reached the break, but they got themselves a lifeline just as they reached the half time point. Yeovil had barely managed a chance on goal during that first half, but when a set piece was recycled, Matt Dolan found Darren Ward at the back post, and the centre-back grabbed his second goal in just over a week to put the Glovers back in the match at the break.

The second period opened up with Ryan Dickson playing in front of Nathan Smith in a slight tactical switch. Yeovil seemed to have far more attacking intent with Alex Lawless having a shot from the edge of the box saved by Luke McCormick. Then Nathan Smith missed a superb chance to level after a Matt Dolan cross saw him completely free and six yards out with his header going wide of the target. Lawless then saw another effort go wide.

Argyle took a while to get back into their stride, with Jake Jervis firing from long range just after Ryan Hedges had been introduced for Ryan Dickson on the left flank, with the former Plymouth player's match fitness finally defeating him. The Glovers had to reshuffle again as Bevis Mugabi came on for an injured Liam Shephard, with his ongoing hobbling becoming an issue, having been badly fouled on his troublesome leg earlier in the match.

The turning point of the game came 70 minutes into the match. Izale McLeod had struggled to hold the ball up on his own but he had a golden opportunity to equalise inside the box, only to find David Fox getting in the way of his shot, with the ball going out for a corner. Within a minute, Plymouth were to extend their lead. With the Yeovil defence having got themselves a bit out of position, Graham Carey burst through the midfield area, easing past Matt Butcher, and then struck an excellent 30 yard strike past a stranded Artur Krysiak for the crucial goal of the game.

At that point, Yeovil started to show signs of tiring. Izale McLeod was replaced by Tahvon Campbell, with the more experienced of the two strikers having had little football due to his recent knee injury, and unable to last the distance. However, players like Darren Ward were starting to show fatigue, with him having to last the full 90 minutes after all three substitutes had been made. That may have been a factor in why Argyle wrapped things up rather easily in the closing stages, as substitute Craig Tanner broke through, Alex Lacey seemed to stumble, and Jake Jervis got an easy tap-in at the far post for a 4-1 result.

In the end, the Glovers did have small glimpses in which they could have got back into the game, particularly during the early part of the second half. However, those Smith and McLeod chances didn't put the pressure on Plymouth that could have made the difference, and in the end a tiring Yeovil side could have suffered in the closing stages. Plymouth stay top, and once again Yeovil Town lie just one point above the dotted line in 21st place.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jimmy Spencer (39 mins, 1-0), Jake Jervis (43 mins, 2-0), Darren Ward (45 mins, 2-1), Graham Carey (71 mins, 3-1), Jake Jervis (86 mins, 4-1)

Plymouth Argyle:
23. Luke McCormick
2. Gary Miller 5. Nauris Bulvitis 15. Sonny Bradley 16. Ben Purrington
4. Yann Songo'o 24. David Fox 14. Jake Jervis 10. Graham Carey
11. Ryan Donaldson 9. Jimmy Spencer

Substitutes:
6. Connor Smith 7. David Goodwillie (88 mins for Graham Carey) 8. Jordan Slew 18. Oscar Threlkeld (77 mins for David Fox) 21. Vincent Dorel 22. David Ijaha 27. Craig Tanner (82 mins for Ryan Donaldson)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 16. Matt Butcher 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan 3. Nathan Smith
18. Izale McLeod

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi (68 mins for Liam Shephard) 10. Otis Khan 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell (75 mins for Izale McLeod) 23. Ryan Hedges (57 mins for Ryan Dickson) 28. Ben Whitfield

Plymouth Argyle Bookings: David Fox (foul, 7 mins), Craig Tanner (foul, 84 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (foul, 35 mins), Ryan Hedges (foul, 62 mins), Kevin Dawson (foul, 67 mins)

Plymouth Argyle Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 21; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 7; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 20.

Referee: Sebastian Stockbridge (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Adrian Tranter (Dorset) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Attendance: 8,529 (with 495 Yeovil supporters).


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1 October 2016 : Team News For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. The match sees the Glovers make three changes for this afternoon's match, compared with the Tuesday night against Cambridge United. All three strikers are dropped, with Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges putting their feet up in the dugout, whilst Tom Eaves has an ankle problem that keeps him out entirely.

In their place come Ryan Dickson and Alex Lawless with Izale McLeod the one player we can be confident of playing up front. The change of personnel would point to a 4-5-1 with Kevin Dawson and one of Ryan Dickson or Nathan Smith as the wide left player.

Fringe players Kyle Copp, Joe Lea and Josh Ezewele miss out on the teamsheet, but are presumed to be fit. The only other confirmed injured absentee this afternoon is Francois Zoko (hip flexor). Midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson, 16. Matt Butcher 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan 3. Nathan Smith
18. Izale McLeod

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 6. Bevis Mugabi 10. Otis Khan 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges 28. Ben Whitfield

Plymouth Argyle:
23. Luke McCormick
2. Gary Miller 5. Nauris Bulvitis 15. Sonny Bradley 16. Ben Purrington
4. Yann Songo'o 24. David Fox 14. Jake Jervis 10. Graham Carey
11. Ryan Donaldson 9. Jimmy Spencer

Substitutes:
6. Connor Smith 7. David Goodwillie 8. Jordan Slew 18. Oscar Threlkeld 21. Vincent Dorel 22. David Ijaha 27. Craig Tanner


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