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31 October 2017 : Yeovil 0 Exeter 3 : Academy Pay A Double Penalty In Cup Exit
Yeovil Town headed out of the FA Youth Cup at the First Round stage tonight, as Exeter City secured a comfortable victory at Huish Park. The Grecians had the better of long periods of the game, but only took control of the match properly in the second half, and had to convert two penalties to make life really comfortable for themselves.

Exeter's best first half effort was perhaps unintended, as James Dodd's free kick from a wide position flew into the penalty box, missing everyone, but leaving goalkeeper Charlie Philpott with the difficult task of keeping his eye on the ball, and then palming it onto the crossbar. Philpott was playing his second match for the Under-18s side, getting his chance after Tommy Scott's recent call-up into the first team squad. He was beaten by a Brandon Parsons low shot on one occasion, but Charlie Fripp was in the right position to clear off the line.

The Grecians finally made their breakthrough two minutes into the second period, as Joel Randall fired a shot into the roof of the net. They then got a firm hold on the game with two quick penalties midway through the second half. Thomas Hayes was penalised was penalised for bringing down Josh Key inside the box, and Will Dean converted the 70th minute penalty.

By then, Exeter had brought on Jack Sparkes as a substitute. The wide player had already played 90 minutes against a Yeovil Town first team side in the EFL Trophy back in August, and he won the Grecians a second spot kick when he drew a foul from Charlie Philpott. Up stepped Will Dean a second time, and once again he converted. That put the game out of sight, and although the Glovers stretched some legs with Lewis Dix and Devon Arnold introduced as late substitutes, there was no route back into the game, thus meaning the experience of the FA Youth Cup this season ended after one match.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 0 Exeter City Under-18s 3.

Scorers: Joel Randall (0-1, 47 mins), Will Dean (0-2, 70 mins, pen), Will Dean (0-3, 77 mins, pen)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Charlie Philpott 2. Charlie Fripp 3. Joe Tomlinson 4. Thomas Hayes 5. Jeremiah Gyebi 6. Bradley Cherrett 7. Jack Rice-Lethaby 8. Jack Hilton-Jones 9. Neville Nzembela 10. Gabriel Rogers 11. Nestor Shako.

Substitutes:
13. Chandler Hallett 14. Lewis Dix (82 mins for Tom Hayes) 15. Alex John 16. Hong Wan (54 mins for Charlie Fripp) 18. Devon Arnold (78 mins for Neville Nzembela).

Exeter City Under-18s:
1. Felix Norman 2. Sam Haynes 3. Jordan Dyer 4. Mitch Thomas 5. Joe Beltsten 6. Will Dean 7. Josh Key 8. Josh Williams 9. Brandon Parsons 10. James Dodd 11. Joel Randall

Substitutes:
12. Lucas White 14. Harry Gardner 15. Louis Morrison 16. Lewis Wilson 17. Jack Sparkes.

Attendance: 209.


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31 October 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town U18s vs Exeter City U18s
Yeovil Town Under-18s have chosen their starting line-up for tonight's FA Youth Cup First Round tie against Exeter City. The match at Huish Park, sees the Glovers maintain the use of Charlie Philpott between the sticks, with first choice keeper Tommy Scott not involved tonight.

That is of significance to the Glovers first team. Scott was named on the bench for the League Two match against Stevenage - his absence would suggest that Jonny Maddison may not be fit for Saturday's game against Southend United, if the Under-18s keeper is being withdrawn from tonight's side.

The line-ups are as follows:

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Charlie Philpott 2. Charlie Fripp 3. Joe Tomlinson 4. Thomas Hayes 5. Jeremiah Gyebi 6. Bradley Cherrett 7. Jack Rice-Lethaby 8. Jack Hilton-Jones 9. Neville Nzembela 10. Gabriel Rogers 11. Nestor Shako.

Substitutes:
13. Chandler Hallett 14. Lewis Dix 15. Alex John 16. Hong Wan 18. Devon Arnold.

Exeter City Under-18s:
1. Felix Norman 2. Sam Haynes 3. Jordan Dyer 4. Mitch Thomas 5. Joe Beltsten 6. Will Dean 7. Josh Key 8. Josh Williams 9. Brandon Parsons 10. James Dodd 11. Joel Randall

Substitutes:
12. Lucas White 14. Harry Gardner 15. Louis Morrison 16. Lewis Wilson 17. Jack Sparkes.


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31 October 2017 : Olomola Appeal Turned Down By Football Association
Yeovil Town have lost their appeal against the red card handed out to Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola. The 20 year old was sent off in the 3-0 win against Stevenage at Huish Park in the 63rd minute. The club sent in an appeal against the dismissal, but that has been rejected by the FA's Appeals Panel.

He will now serve a three match suspension, at the same time as fellow striker Francois Zoko. Both players will definitely miss the FA Cup First Round match against Southend United on Saturday, plus the trip to Carlisle United on the following weekend.

If the FA Cup First Round home tie is drawn, they will also be suspended for the First Round Replay. If the First Round tie is won or lost on the initial tie, then the third match of the suspension will be a League Two match against Swindon Town.


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31 October 2017 : Ticketing For Wincanton Town vs Yeovil Town
Western League side Wincanton Town have set a date and admission prices for their Somerset Premier Cup tie against Yeovil Town. The match will take place on Tuesday 7th November with a 7.30p.m. kick-off at the Wincanton Sports Ground in Moor Lane. Admission will be as follows:

Adults: £6.00; Concessions: £4.00; Students with ID: £3.00; Unaccompanied Under-16s: £2.00; Accompanied Under-16s: FREE.

Admission will be on the turnstiles on the night of the game.

Link: FA Youth Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Southend United.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth EFL Trophy Game.

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


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30 October 2017 : Swindon 3 Yeovil 2 : Academy Side Defeated In Wiltshire
Yeovil Town Under-18s went down to defeat on Saturday in their Football League Youth Alliance match against Swindon Town Under-18s. The 3-2 defeat came at Stanley Park Sports Ground, near Chippenham, and saw the home side take the lead when Jordan Edwards scored at the near post with a flying header early in the first half.

The Glovers equalised midway through the half when a Gabriel Rogers corner was knocked on inside the box, into the path of Jeremiah Gyebi. Allowing the ball to bounce once inside the box, he hit a clean strike from close range for an equaliser at 1-1.

Swindon regained the lead just before the break. With first choice keeper Tommy Scott having been called up to first team duty at Huish Park, Charlie Philpott was between the sticks. A deep cross in from the right flank saw him be the victim of a heavy challenge as the initial ball was punched clear, and although he recovered his ground well, he could only parry the second attempt by Luke Haines, which looped up in the air and towards the net, with the linesman ruling that Charlie Fripp's attempt at a goalline clearance had been in vain.

The second period saw Gabriel Rogers hit the crossbar with a shot from the edge of the box, but it was Swindon who got the next crucial goal, with Jordan Edwards producing an acrobatic volley from inside the box, converting a cross in from the right flank with a first time shot that gave Philpott little time to reach. Late on Harry Haughton gave Yeovil some hope when he finished low into the right hand corner from the edge of the box, but the home side ran out as winners.

Yeovil Town Under-18s next match is on the Huish Park Main Stadium Pitch - a home game against Exeter City in the FA Youth Cup First Round against Exeter City, on Tuesday 31st October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off (later than originally announced).

Final Score: Swindon Town Under-18s 3 Yeovil Town Under-18s 2.

Scorers: Jordan Edwards (1-0), Jeremiah Gyebi (1-1), Luke Haines (2-1), Jordan Edwards (3-1), Harry Haughton (3-2).


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30 October 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Stevenage Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Stevenage kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Rob Scanlon, Darren explains why Ryan Dickson was still absent, the inclusion of Matt Worthington in the team, and also the absence of Jonny Maddison. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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30 October 2017 : Surridge Given Football League Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town striker Sam Surridge has been included in the Football League's Team Of The Week, for the weekend just gone. The AFC Bournemouth loanee scored two goals in Yeovil Town's 3-0 win over Stevenage, and that has seen him nominated in an eleven that represents all three divisions of the EFL.

The League have this to say about Sam's performance:

"At the double was Yeovil Town's Surridge, who scored his third and fourth goals of the campaign in a 3-0 win over Stevenage. He scored two fine first-time finishes, either side of playing a part in the Glovers' second goal on a comfortable afternoon at Huish Park."

The Football League's line-up also includes former loanee Josh Morris, who is now on the books on League One side Scunthorpe United. The eleven, plus manager, look like this:

Goalkeeper: Colin Doyle (Bradford City)
Defender: Matty Taylor (Swindon Town)
Defender: Joel Lynch (Queens Park Rangers)
Defender: John White (Southend United)
Midfielder: Josh Morris (Scunthorpe United)
Midfielder: Kieran Dowell (Nottingham Forest)
Midfielder: Jorge Grant (Notts County)
Midfielder: Mark Duffy (Sheffield United)
Forward: Sam Surridge (Yeovil Town)
Forward: Mikael Mandron (Colchester United)
Forward: Josh Parker (Gillingham)

Manager: Mark Robins (Coventry City)


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30 October 2017 : Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two fixture between Wycombe Wanderers and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 25th November at Adams Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults (26 – 59): £20.00; Seniors (60 & over): £17.00; Young Adults (19-25): £15.00; Juniors (12-18): £11.00; Under-11s: £5.00.

Ambulant disabled pay relevant price band, as above, with an assistant ticket free of charge, if on the medium rate of DLA or above. Call the Ticket Office at Huish Park to book.

For Wheelchair Bays please call 01494 441118 to place your bookings.

Yeovil Town supporters will be given unreserved Seating in the Panache Stand. This is a covered seated stand situated behind one goal, catering for up to 1,850 spectators on the East side of the ground, and in its unsponsored form is known as the Hillbottom Road End.

Link: FA Youth Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Southend United.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth EFL Trophy Game.

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


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30 October 2017 : Yeovil Town Launch Appeal Against Olomola Red Card
Yeovil Town have decided to appeal against the red card issued against Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola on Saturday. The striker was dismissed in the 63rd minute of the match for violent conduct, with referee Christopher Sarginson also sending off Stevenage substitute Kevin Toner in the aftermath of the incident.

The situation was sparked after Olomola grappled with Stevenage full-back Joe Martin on the floor, with Martin receiving a yellow card for his involvement. The club will have sent a video of the incident to the Football Association, who will now convene a video panel to give their view of the situation.

For the appeal to be successful, they must be confident that referee Sarginson made an incorrect decision. If the situation is ambiguous or unknown then the referee's decision would be final. The club will receive a decision within the next few days, and certainly before Saturday's match against Southend United.

The club have allowed the red card issued against Francois Zoko to stand. He will miss the FA Cup First Round tie against Southend United and the trip to Carlisle United. If the FA Cup match against Southend goes to a replay, then he will be suspended for that replay. Otherwise the third match of the suspension will be the League Two fixture against Swindon Town.


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30 October 2017 : Video : Swindon Town U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Yeovil Town Under-18s and their 3-2 defeat against Swindon Town Under-18s from Saturday, these are now available online. You'll find four minutes worth of footage from the match, which saw Jeremiah Gyebi and Harry Haughton net for the Glovers. Watch all five goals via the YouTube clip below.




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29 October 2017 : Chelsea 6 Yeovil 0 : Four Minute Burst Sees Glovers Punished At Kingsmeadow
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered their heaviest defeat of the 2017-18 season this afternoon, as they came up against a free-scoring Chelsea Ladies side. In a match played at Kingsmeadow (currently also the home of men's League One side AFC Wimbledon) the home team won 6-0 - a scoreline that keeps them top of the FAWSL1 division, and ensures the Glovers stay bottom, with both clubs having 100 percent records at opposite ends of the table.

The result itself was little surprise, given that Chelsea came into the match having netted 13 times already in their three opening fixtures, but Yeovil will be disappointed that three of the goals scored came during a four minute first half spell. Crystal Dunn had already put Chelsea ahead early on, but it was what happened between the 19th and the 23rd minute that did the real damage.

Erin Cuthbert managed a dancing run that saw her spin past three defenders before finding Eniola Aluko who fired home. Three minutes later, Crystal Dunn's left flank run allowed her to cross into the box for Karen Carney to score with a bullet header at the back post. One minute after that and it was 4-0 as Ji So-Yun's shot was saved by Megan Walsh, but with the ball falling loose, Dunn was the first to follow up and net her second from close range.

In the second period, Yeovil had a few more chances of their own, along with a penalty appeal that was turned down, but had to stop and admire as Karen Carney shot Chelsea's fifth of the afternoon from 25 yards out into the bottom corner. Then Carney set up Eniola Aluko from a free kick, allowing her to volley home for the 6-0 final scoreline.

Despite the scoreline, captain Megan Walsh made a number of strong saves during the afternoon. That was something that boss Jamie Sherwood was keen to stress when assessing a match that ensures the Glovers stay bottom of the division. Sherwood said that he had changed his side's formation to try to neutralise Chelsea's approach, but admitted that during that three-goal first-half blitz they had been pulled apart. He was pleased with the second half response:

"We changed formation and changed what we wanted to try and do to combat them. We know what Chelsea are capable of doing, and unfortunately with the international break we haven't had much time with the players. So it was a brave decision from a staff side of it. In the first half, yes, Chelsea pulled us around a bit, but we are learning, and in the second half we showed we can do what we need to do. It was a tough first half, don't get me wrong, but we stuck to our task, stuck to our guns, showed a lot of character to come out in that second half and actually deliver what we wanted to put out there. We're very lucky we've got Megan (Walsh). She made some world class saves, and she's one of the best goalkeepers in this league. She's earning her keep, and plying her trade really well for us. And I think Meg will be a player to watch in the future."

Chelsea's victory keeps them level pegging with Manchester City at the top of the division, with both clubs currently holding a 100 percent record, and having already racked up a sizeable goal difference with it - 34 goals between the pair across their four games each. That is possibly the crumb of comfort that Yeovil Town Ladies need to hold onto, in that ten of their twelve goals conceded this season have come in games against the top two - they will hope for better fortune when they face clubs that are closer to their pecking order in the coming weeks.

Final Score: Chelsea Ladies 6 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.

Scorers: Crystal Dunn (1-0, 7 mins), Eniola Aluko (2-0, 19 mins), Karen Carney (3-0, 22 mins), Crystal Dunn (4-0, 23 mins), Karen Carney (5-0, 63 mins), Eniola Aluko (6-0, 69 mins)

Chelsea Ladies: (3-1-3-3): Carly Telford; Millie Bright, Gilly Flaherty, Magdalena Eriksson; Katie Chapman; Hannah Blundell, Karen Carney, Ji So-Yun; Erin Cuthbert, Eniola Aluko, Crystal Dunn

Substitutes: Claire Rafferty (63 mins for Magdalena Eriksson), Gemma Davison (65 mins for Hannah Blundell), Ramona Bachmann (75 mins for Katie Chapman), Becky Spencer, Maria Thorisdottir, Fran Kirby, Maren Mjelde

Yeovil Town Ladies: (3-4-2-1): Megan Walsh, Bow Jackson, Nicola Cousins, Gemma Evans; Kelly Aldridge, Chloe Lloyd, Georgia Evans, Nadia Lawrence; Jessie Jones, Kayleigh Green; Ella Pusey

Substitutes: Leah Burridge (58 mins for Kelly Aldridge), Hannah Miles (79 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Chloe Melton (81 mins for Ella Pusey), Beth Howard, Harriet Lambe, Charlotte Buxton, Rachel Hignett.

Yeovil Ladies Match Statistics: Possession: 63%; Shots: 35; Shots On Target: 13; Corners: 5; Fouls: 9.

Chelsea Ladies Match Statistics: Possession: 37%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 0; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Ian Fissenden

Attendance: 1,821


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29 October 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Stevenage Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-0 victory over Stevenage at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Rob Scanlon, Darren gives his views on the overall team performance, and on the red cards issued against his players. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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28 October 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Stevenage Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of this afternoon's League Two home game against Stevenage, these are now online. As well as the two goals from Sam Surridge and the middle goal from Olufela Olomola, the footage also shows the mass brawl that broke out in the second half, resulting in Olomola's dismissal, and the later incident that saw Francois Zoko sent off. Watch via Sky Sports using the link below.

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


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28 October 2017 : Darren Way Sees Defensive Discipline As The Difference In Stevenage Victory
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way preferred to focus upon the discipline of his side's defending today, rather than on what went on at the other end of the pitch during the second half. The Glovers achieved their fourth clean sheet of the 2017-18 season, as they beat Stevenage 3-0 at Huish Park, but did so in fiery circumstances, after they finished the game with nine men. A brace of goals from AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge was added to by Southampton striker Olufela Olomola's seventh goal of the season, that meant the game was pretty much wrapped up by half time.

Although Way praised Surridge for his two goals, he put focus on his side's defending and the way that they had stopped Stevenage from getting a foothold back into the game. He said that aspect of the game had made the difference in the overall outcome:

"We knew they were an attacking threat. But I think we exploited their weaknesses, and in the first half it could have been 5-0 or 6-0. You've always got to be cautious, because I've been in that position at Exeter. But to do it with two less players and hold on, then credit must go to them. It was a great performance from Sam (Surridge), for his age. But it's not just him. I think I said it last week, that experience builds mindset. What you can see is that every game that these players play, they're gaining more confidence, they're gaining more experience, and they're look like they're enjoying it. That's a big big thing. I just think the difference today was the discipline today, defensively, because that's what excites me. Every time we've been strong, resilient and we keep the ball out the back of the net, we're such a danger going forward, and that's what you've seen today."

After the first half goals, came the second half dismissals. In a bad-tempered second period, the major talking point came when a bad tackle from Stevenage's Joe Martin sparked a brawl that included 21 players and many of the nearby benches. In the aftermath, referee Chris Sarginson dismissed Olufela Olomola for his reaction to that foul, and then belatedly dismissed Stevenage substitute Kevin Toner for his involvement in the afters. In a separate incident Francois Zoko was also sent off for a high foot, leaving Yeovil down to nine men. But Way felt that referee Sarginson could have avoided the brawl if he had blown up at the point when Olomola began to be fouled, and suggested the officials had got the decision wrong:

"I thought on the first sending off, he should have given a foul earlier. He just let that happen. Unfortunately when you get sendings off, a lot of them happen on the touchline, just because there are numbers here. I think it was one of those situations where he's got in a tussle, the referee decides not to blow the whistle, and it goes on, and then before you know it you've got two players on the ground and everyone running at them. But I think if you give that (foul) a little bit earlier, you don't see those scenes. I was more disappointed that you had a lot of staff, certainly from an officials point of view, as you had the fourth official, you had the linesman and you had the referee, and they still got it wrong. So that's disappointing. But I'm going to focus upon the positives and it was a great performance for the supporters today."

Way didn't give any hint that he was planning to appeal against either red card. Assuming no appeal goes ahead, both players stand to be suspended for three matches.


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28 October 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 3-0 win against Stevenage 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 Stevenage.


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28 October 2017 : Yeovil 3 Stevenage 0 : Surridge Brace Marred By Double Red Card For Glovers
Yeovil Town picked up their fourth home win of the 2017-18 season in dramatic style, as they beat Stevenage 3-0, but finished the game with nine men. All the football came during the first half as AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge grabbed two goals - the first coming after he capitalised on a loose ball in the box, with the second being the result of an Otis Khan corner. In between Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola, who took a square ball from Khan for his seventh goal of the season. The second half saw the darker side of the game, with a challenge from Stevenage's Joe Martin sparking a 21 man brawl that saw Olufela dismissed for retaliation, and Stevenage substitute Kevin Toner also sent off for his role in the aftermath. Francois Zoko was also sent off against his old club in a separate incident, leaving the Glovers short of two strikers by the time the game ended.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes from their last League Two match against Barnet. Midfield pair Jake Gray and Connor Smith dropped to the bench, with Matt Worthington coming into the midfield, whilst an extra striker was deployed in Sam Surridge, resulting in Olomola Olufela being pushed out onto the flank. The other change was a forced one - Tom James had deputised in midweek for Ryan Dickson due to concussion sustained last weekend, but Dickson still wasn't fit enough to return. On the bench, youth teamer Tommy Scott got onto the teamsheet with Jonny Maddison injured. Meanwhile Stevenage went into the match with last season's top goalscorer Matt Godden, and key playmaker Ben Kennedy both injured, whilst experienced midfielder Jonathan Smith was suspended.

Stevenage had the better of the early play, with Dale Gorman's shot deflected for a corner, before Chris Whelpdale struck the post after the Glovers failed to clear their lines from a corner, with his turn and shot almost opening the scoring from close range. Yeovil couldn't really get into the match in an attacking sense for the opening 20 minutes, with Stevenage's deep crosses into the box giving them much to think about.

On their first shot of the game though, the Glovers got their noses in front. A long throw by Tom James was flicked on, and then a succession of shots on goal peaked when James Bailey's attempt ricocheted into the path of Sam Surridge. He fired the loose ball home for a 1-0 lead from inside the box.

Three minutes later, and Yeovil were 2-0 up. Catching Stevenage on the counter-attack, Otis Khan could have taken the ball on himself for a crack on goal, but he instead squared it for Olufela Olomola and goal number seven for the Southampton player was fired home.

Having struggled to create chances for 20 minutes, Yeovil then went on to create the lion's share of the attempts as Stevenage went into their shells. Otis Khan had a low shot saved by Joe Fryer as he watched his defence wobble, and five minutes from time the keeper would also have had rights to question their marking from set pieces. An Otis Khan corner came into the box, and such was the space that Sam Surridge got, he was able to fire the ball home from close range to give his club a 3-0 advantage.

Stevenage made a double substitution at half time to try to deal with their situation, and the end result was that they recovered slightly from those three quickfire goals. There was an uncomfortable moment when a Dan Newton shot was parried by Artur Krysiak with the loose ball deflecting off Nathan Smith and narrowly wide for a corner. Newton then saw Krysiak deny him in more conventional circumstances as another shot went out for a corner.

The visitors' afternoon got more difficult when Fraser Franks seemed to get a head injury that resulted in a lengthy stoppage, and ultimately their third substitution with Kevin Toner coming on. But Toner's afternoon was to last only ten minutes. When Joe Martin went in for a heavy tackle with Olufela Olomola, that sparked a large brawl on the halfway line, with those in the dugouts also spilling onto the pitch in their efforts to drag players away. Referee Chris Sarginson took his time, but eventually signalled for Olomola to go for an early bath, with Toner also dismissed for something that happened in the aftermath. Martin, who had kicked the whole thing off by his tackle, escaped with a yellow card.

With eight minutes remaining, and in a rather irate feisty atmosphere, Francois Zoko was also dismissed for a high foot on Jack King. In fairness to Zoko, his action was not genuinely malicious, but his dismissal was consistent with many of the recent dismissals in the Premier League when players have made contact high up the body. That left Yeovil down to nine men, and with their two key strikers off the field.

In all of that kerfuffle, the football tended to be forgotten during the second period, and not even eight minutes of injury time could focus minds back on what was meant to be the two clubs' proper focus. In the end, there couldn't be any arguments about the actual result, which moves Yeovil up one place to 17th. But unless the club are able to lodge appeals, the likely three match bans could make things difficult over the next two or three weeks.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Stevenage 0.

Scorers: Sam Surridge (1-0, 24 mins), Olufela Olomola (2-0, 27 mins), Sam Surridge (3-0, 40 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
24. Olufela Olomola 16. James Bailey (Capt) 4. Matt Worthington 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
31. Tommy Scott (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne (81 mins for Otis Khan) 10. Jake Gray 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Stevenage:
1 Joe Fryer
25 Ronnie Henry 20 Terence VanCouten 5 Fraser Franks 3 Joe Martin
7 Chris Whelpdale 17 Dale Gorman 4 Jack King 11 Thomas Pett
19 Danny Newton 9 Kyle Wootton

Substitutes:
6 Luke Wilkinson (46 mins for Terence VanCouten) 15 Alex Samuel (46 mins for Kyle Wootton) 16 Chris Day 18 Tom Conlon 22 Kevin Toner (53 mins for Fraser Franks) 29 Luke Slater 33 Ben Wilmot

Yeovil Bookings: James Bailey (foul, 42 mins). Red Card: Olufela Olomola (off the ball incident, 63 mins), Francois Zoko (serious foul play, 82 mins).

Stevenage Bookings: Jack King (foul, 27 mins), Joe Martin (foul, 63 mins), Dale Gorman (foul). Red Card: Kevin Toner (off the ball incident, 63 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). Fourth Official: Adam Bromley.

Attendance: 2,439 (with 101 Stevenage supporters).


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28 October 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Stevenage at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the one that took to the field against Barnet last Saturday at the Stadium, (or four changes if you compare it to Wednesday's EFL Trophy tie against Chelsea Under-21s).

Left-back Ryan Dickson had been absent entirely during Wednesday night's EFL Trophy match against Chelsea Under-21s, due to concussion, and he remains absent with Tom James in the line-up. In Midfield, Matt Worthington is preferred to Connor Smith. Midfielder Jake Gray also drops to the bench from last Saturday's game with an extra forward on the pitch as Sam Surridge comes in.

On the substitutes bench, there's a surprise as Under-18s goalkeeper Tommy Scott gets his first place in a matchday squad, due to an injury to Jonny Maddison.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), attacker Jordan Green (unspecified injury), Jonny Maddison (unspecified injury) and Ryan Dickson (concussion).

The team reads as follows - with four attacking players on the pitch, it is hard to call the formation before kick-off - what's below is a best guess:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
24. Olufela Olomola 16. James Bailey (Capt) 4. Matt Worthington 7. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
31. Tommy Scott (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Stevenage:
1 Joe Fryer
25 Ronnie Henry 20 Terence VanCouten 5 Fraser Franks 3 Joe Martin
7 Chris Whelpdale 17 Dale Gorman 4 Jack King 11 Thomas Pett
19 Danny Newton 9 Kyle Wootton

Substitutes:
6 Luke Wilkinson 15 Alex Samuel 16 Chris Day 18 Tom Conlon 22 Kevin Toner 29 Luke Slater 33 Ben Wilmot


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28 October 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Chelsea Under-21s Team Selection
Just before Wednesday night's home match against Chelsea Under-21s kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives particular views on Matt Worthington, Alefe Santos and Sam Surridge, why Ryan Dickson was missing, and also explains why a new face was in the dugouts on the night. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Chelsea Under-21s.


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28 October 2017 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Stevenage Game
This afternoon, Yeovil Town play host to Stevenage in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. As usual, the Glovers Trust will be present at the ground, in the Marquee (aka the Beer Tent) and also at The Arrow before the game. One of their key topics is their 'Big Ten Challenge' which you can read about on the earlier news item, whilst they have also been working through last season's membership lists to sort out any issues that fans may have had in renewing their subscriptions for the 2017-18 season.

As usual, you can talk to them about any topics you like by seeing them in person before the game. See below for full details:

Match: Stevenage (Home)

Trust Presence: Supporters Marquee and The Arrow - approximately 1pm to 2:30pm.

Marquee Services: Membership renewals, pre-ordered membership collections.

Arrow Services: 50/50 draw, membership renewals, 20% discount on pre-match food orders (Trust Members only).

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Suggestions for the 10 item challenge set out by David Mills.

Other points of note:
1. There will be no 50/50 draw in the Supporters Marquee for this match as the Football Club are trying to raise as much money as possible for the Children in Need charity.
2. The Trust are keen to promote the challenge set by David Mills to outline 10 items that could be implemented to improve the match day experience at Huish Park. The promotional flyer can be viewed here.
3. The Trust are currently running a campaign to remind supporters that Trust memberships were due for renewal on July 1st, with further nudges sent on Thursday evening. If anyone is unsure of their membership status please contact membership@glovers-trust.co.uk. The Trust are appreciative of the fact that there may also be some supporters who are not planning on renewing and so the Trust Board are keen to understand the reasons from any supporters who feel this way. Feedback can be directed in person via the Trust stalls or again via email to membership@glovers-trust.co.uk.
4. There are still a number of membership applications awaiting collection from the marquee. If any supporters have purchased membership, please don't forget to collect your card from the Trust team.


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28 October 2017 : The Glovers Trust Big Ten Challenge
David Mills, Supporter Liaison Director for Yeovil Town, has been set a challenge by the Glovers Trust to change 10 things at Huish Park to improve the match day experience. He has agreed to a three month time limit for these tasks. The Glovers Trust invite you to set some of these challenges, be it catering, ticket prices, quality of the beer, stewarding, pot holes – you name it.

Send us up to ten ideas to make a visit to Huish Park better than it is now. We will select the top ten achievable ideas and present them to David Mills, Supporter Liaison Director and challenge him to get the problems sorted. Please send your ideas to communications@glovers-trust.co.uk by the November 10th 2017.

The Glovers Trust Big 10 Challenge - Help Them Provide Ten Improvement Tasks
The Glovers Trust Big 10 Challenge - Help Them Provide Ten Improvement Tasks



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27 October 2017 : Return Of Keston Davies Pleases Way
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he was pleased with the performance of Swansea City defender Keston Davies when he brought him in from the cold on Wednesday night against Chelsea Under-21s. The 21 year old had only played a solitary minute of football since the opening day of the 2017-18 season when he was taken off at half time during the club's Football League era record 8-2 defeat against Luton Town back in August. Since then, he's been an unused substitute on 13 different occasions, with even that single minute substitute appearance coming two months ago.

As such, Keston's 67th minute introduction on Wednesday broke that unfortunate run, giving him some game time in a less pressuring environment, for his third appearance of the season. Only second choice goalkeeper Jonny Maddison seen less time on the pitch, having yet to make an appearance. Way admitted that both have had to be very patient in waiting for their turn:

"Keston came on (against Chelsea Under-21s) and I was really pleased. I think he's been very very patient. Unfortunately he hasn't had as many opportunities as others. But I think (that with) the whole squad, you could look at even Jonny Maddison where he could be a little bit disappointed that I didn't change that, but I think it was important that we kept Artur's momentum going, because I think he's getting stronger. We're improving, I'm improving, but we've got to make sure that we get a good result on Saturday."

Saturday's match against Stevenage will see the starting eleven probably revert back to something closer to last weekend's line-up, with the Glovers having made six changes to their team. Way also expects a different style of football to the way that Chelsea Under-21s performed, with their visitors offering a fairly standard method of playing the ball around in League Two:

"It's a completely different way (to Chelsea Under-21s) - two forwards in a 4-4-2 up front. They look to get in behind. They've got pace and they've got power. They can be direct at times. They'll split and try to switch play on us, but we've got to make sure that we keep improving every day in training, and make sure that we stick together. I think we've lost one home game, so we look forward to that."

Way's reference to his side's home form that has seen just one defeat perhaps belies their overall League form, which sees them go into the match in 18th place and just four points off the relegation spots. The Glovers boss insisted that he was right to focus only on positives that he could find, and said that he was realistic about his club's prospects:

"I always focus on the positives. I think that's really important. For where we are as a football club, we all want more; of course we do. But I think that with the resources that we've got, sometimes you have to be realistic. I'm a realist, and I think the players, as far as the players that we've got, are giving their maximum. They're going to have good performances, they're going to have bad performances, but there's one thing that I know, is that I can trust them."

Yeovil Town should be able to recall Ryan Dickson to the squad for Saturday's game after he sat out the midweeker with concussion. However, Jordan Green is thought to be not ready yet for a return following an unspecified injury, whilst Daniel Alfei's knee injury keeps him out for the rest of the season.


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27 October 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Stevenage. The match takes place on Saturday 28th October 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). This is his first visit to Huish Park for the 2017-18 season, even though he almost got down here in August.

Mr Sarginson was promoted to the Football League's referee list in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during that 2008-09 season - the first being a November 2008 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United where we felt he contributed to the game becoming a bit scrappy and tetchy by not taking better early control of the fixture, ultimately leading to six bookings. Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons where his presence was a lot less obvious, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it. During the following season, he was present 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 didn’t 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.

We had him three times during the 2016-17 season. The first was for the 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road - another quiet match with just one booking. He then took charge of the December 2016 match against Portsmouth - we've not really got a clue as to how good or bad a night he had there, as the game was much too foggy for anyone to be able to see! He handed out just one 90th minute booking, so maybe he couldn't see any fouls out there either!

He had a greater impact on the game in his third 2016-17 visit. For the 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town, he had to make a fifth minute decision that could have changed the course of the game, when Kevin Dawson's lobbed shot was obviously handled by goalkeeper Scott Shearer outside his box. Whilst many were expecting a red card, for denying a goalscoring opportunity, Mr Sarginson raised only a yellow. It looked a very dodgy decision - unfortunately the video camera showed the lob from the wrong angle, meaning we couldn't be certain the ball was travelling towards goal when it was handled. But not too surprisingly manager Darren Way wasn't happy with the decision, saying after the game:

"It was a clear sending off. I thought the referee's decision was poor. But I don't want to be a manager that makes excuses. But if I have to be honest, if that wasn't in the first five minutes then he would clearly have to go, because the ball was carrying momentum towards goal, and quite clearly he lifted his hand. It would have changed things."

We were due to have Mr Sarginson for the August 2017 home match against Accrington Stanley, with him listed in the Football League's set of appointed officials. By the time we got round to matchday, he had been replaced by Robert Lewis, with that decision having been taken a day or two before the game itself.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). The Fourth Official will be Adam Bromley.

Link: February 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 0.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Portsmouth 0.

Link: October 2016 : Crewe Alexandra 0 Yeovil Town 1.

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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27 October 2017 : New Coach In The Glovers Dugout This Week
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has confirmed that he has taken on an additional coach in the last few days. For Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage tie against Chelsea Under-21s, the home dugout had former Norwich City and Bristol Rovers midfielder Jamie Shore acting as one of the named Glovers coaches during the game.

Shore isn't a stranger to Yeovil Town, and his connections with Way go back two decades. Shore was two years ahead of Way, but both were part of the same Norwich City academy system. Like Way, Shore didn't make it as a professional at Carrow Road, with a serious knee injury an subsequent problems plaguing his brief professional career. He left Norwich in 1998 and signed for Bristol Rovers. His path crossed briefly with Way at this stage, given that in July 2000, Way had an unsuccessful trial with the Gas, the result of which was that he headed down the A37 to trial for Yeovil instead.

Jamie retired from professional football in 2002, and spent time in non-league for Brislington and Mangotsfield United, but has largely forged a career in coaching and scouting. He has worked with Team Bath and Blackpool in youth coaching capacities as well as running a satellite development centre for West Bromwich Albion. He's been running his own Soccer Schools programme, as well as working as a Talent Scout for Norwich City. Last season, he was also involved with Yeovil Town's Academy for a short period, taking charge of Under-18s fixtures.

Way explained that at present there are no permanent arrangements for Shore's involvement with the club, but said that with only himself and Terry Skiverton involved in the main coaching duties that having a third person around would be helpful to him:

"Jamie has been in, over the last two days. He's a great coach, and he's good for me to have around the building. He's an extra pair of hands, which is needed, because when you've been the manager of the football club, and when I look at Gary (Johnson), he had Terry and myself, and at the moment it's just been myself and Terry. So the workload that he has taken is not a permanent fixture, but Jamie has got time and he's come in as an extra pair of hands to help me out."

Shore is the second person that Way has recruited during the 2017-18 season, with goalkeeping coach Steve Phillips having arrived at the club, also on an 'interim' basis, with Sam Shulberg leaving the club.


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26 October 2017 : FA Youth Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup First Round tie against Exeter City are now available. The match will take place on Tuesday 31st October 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults and Seniors: £4.00; Juniors: £1.00.

The fixture will see only the Main Stand opened for the event. All fans will be able to gain admission to the Alec Stock Lounge on the night; we presume there are no plans to open up the Beer Tent that night.

NOTE: The original 7.00p.m. kick-off time has now been revised to 7.45p.m.

The match will be settled on the evening, with extra time and penalties, if required.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Southend United.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth EFL Trophy Game.

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

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


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26 October 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Chelsea Under-21s Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Chelsea Under-21s at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on coming up against the West London development squad team, and of the penalty shoot-out that gave his side a bonus point. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Chelsea Under-21s Game.


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26 October 2017 : Darren Way Happy To Support 'Brilliant' EFL Trophy Competition After Penalty Shoot-Out Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way reiterated his support for the much-maligned EFL Trophy competition, after his side stood on the edge of qualification from the Group Stages. The Glovers gained a penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea Under-21s last night, as they drew 1-1 in normal time, restoring them to the top of their group with just one game remaining against Plymouth Argyle.

Whilst many supporters around the country have boycotted the competition, Huish Park held a surprisingly high gate of 1,896 last night, boosted by allowing all Under-16s into the ground free of charge. Way said that seeing his side pitched against other clubs' development squads was an enjoyable challenge, because it was radically different to what his players normally face in League Two football:

"My aim is always to support this competition. I think it's brilliant, as a manager. For me to go and operate against a Chelsea team that play a different style than League Two football - we had it with Reading last year - I really enjoy dealing with that tactically. I thought my players put into practice what we worked on in the training ground. It was pleasing for me tonight to go up against (Chelsea Development squad manager) Joe (Edwards). I know him really well, as I was on my Pro Licence with him. So he knows a lot about me. But I thought the way that we pressed the ball tonight against technically very good players, that's a real big achievement from our players."

Yeovil Town won the penalty shootout by scoring five perfect penalties, with Francois Zoko netting the final decisive kick. With Chelsea's youngsters having seen Luke McCormick denied by Artur Krysiak in their first spot kick, that gave the Glovers a 5-3 win. Way was pleased with the contribution new goalkeeper coach Steve Phillips had made in preparing Krysiak for the shootout:

"To finish the penalties in the way that we did, with their technical ability, was very pleasing. There's one or two that have been practicing. They've been working on them extremely hard. But a special mention has to go to (goalkeeper coach) Steve (Phillips) as well, because of his attention to detail with Artur was magnificant. There's footage on anything now, with all of our players. That's what makes it so tough. When you're coming up against the opposition, they can see your pattern, and they can see every movement, every individual."


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25 October 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Chelsea Under-21s
If you watched Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Chelsea Under-21s 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 Chelsea Under-21s.


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25 October 2017 : Yeovil 1 Chelsea Under-21s 1 : Perfect Penalties Give Glovers Bonus Point
Yeovil Town won a penalty shoot-out against a Chelsea Under-21 side at Huish Park in the EFL Trophy tonight. Their second Group Stage match saw them draw 1-1, with a first half goal credited to Sam Surridge (but may see Rhys Browne given the final touch) coming from an Otis Khan corner, before Luke McCormick levelled the scores 12 minutes. The two sides couldn't be separated in the 90 minutes, which resulted in spot kicks for a bonus point. Yeovil managed a perfect five, holding the advantage as McCormick had Chelsea's first penalty saved. That allowed Francois Zoko the chance to net the crucial fifth spot kick, to give the Glovers two points, as Chelsea's youthful side picked up one.

The Glovers went into the match making six changes to their starting line-up from Saturday's match against Barnet. Only one of those changes was forced, with Ryan Dickson suffering concussion in Saturday's game, with his place taken by Tom James. The other significant change saw James Bailey sit the night out, as Nathan Smith took the captaincy, whilst there were starting places for Sid Nelson, Matt Worthington, Alefe Santos, Rhys Browne and Sam Surridge. With Chelsea's first team co-opting a number of youngsters into their League Cup game at Stamford Bridge, they faced an Under-21 side that had nine teenagers starting for them.

That perhaps explained why the visitors got off to a very slow start, and one in which they failed to threaten at all. Not that Yeovil were exactly pressuring at the other end but they did manage a few shots, with Tom James and Matt Worthington firing well wide of the target, whilst Otis Khan's free kick was more accurate, but still went a foot or two wide of the post.

Midway through the half, Yeovil got their noses in front. Otis Khan's corner into the box was met by a header from AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge who powered the ball towards the net. Both the tannoy annoucer and the PA/Opta score feeds gave him as the official scorer, but with a question mark over whether Rhys Browne touched the ball on its way over the line. Regardless of who ends up with it, the important thing was that it was a 1-0 lead.

It was rather frustrating when Chelsea equalised with their first shot of the evening. A Reece James cross was dangerous and was spilt by Artur Krysiak, but only into the path of Luke McCormick. One attempt, one goal, and from a team that had done very little in the preceding 33 minutes to suspect they could get the game back at 1-1. However, they could have stolen the lead right on half time when Jacob Maddox intercepted the ball on the halfway line, and ran through, only to find his shot touched by Krysiak wide of the post.

The second half saw little in the way of goalmouth action apart from one critical burst. Rhys Browne shot over the bar early on but the game fizzled out a bit, with a series of substitutions breaking up play - one of which saw Sid Nelson take the captain's armband when Nathan Smith came off. Yeovil's two best efforts came within a minute of each other, as Jake Gray's turn and shot from the edge of the area was saved for a corner, followed by Bevis Mugabi's header which was tipped onto the top of the bar from the resulting set piece. Then Otis Khan found his drive five minutes later parried for another corner.

But the two teams couldn't be separated across the 90 minutes. A penalty shoot-out needed to settle who got the bonus point, and in front of an empty Yeovil home terrace it was the Glovers who took advantage early on, particularly as goalscorer Luke McCormick had his attempt saved by Artur Krysiak who stood his ground on a penalty down the middle. Then came a series of perfect penalties from both teams under the new ABBA penalty system, which allowed Francois Zoko a chance to step up and take the fifth. He did so confidently, giving Yeovil Town an extra bonus point from the evening, whilst Chelsea Under-21s took one. That leaves them needing just to draw to guarantee qualification from the Group Stages, and with Plymouth as their next opponents, that result would also guarantee winning their mini-table. Chelsea and Exeter will have to rely on a positive result for one team to progress themselves.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Chelsea Under-21s 1 (Yeovil win 5-3 on penalties).

Scorers: Sam Surridge (1-0, 22 mins), Luke McCormick (1-1, 34 mins)

Penalties: Alefe Santos (1-0, SCORED), Luke McCormick (1-0, SAVED), Martell Taylor-Crossdale (1-1, SCORED), Sam Surridge (2-1, SCORED), Otis Khan (3-1, SCORED), Harvey St Clair (3-2, SCORED), Trevoh Chalobah (3-3, SCORED), Olufela Olomola (4-3, SCORED), Francoid Zoko (5-3, SCORED).

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 30. Alefe Santos
9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies (67 mins for Nathan Smith) 8. Connor Smith 13. Francois Zoko (83 mins for Jake Gray) 16. James Bailey 17. Omar Sowunmi 24. Olufela Olomola (64 mins for Rhys Browne)

Chelsea Under-21s:
61. Jamie Cumming 51. Joseph Colley 56. Richard Nartey 50. Trevoh Chalobah 53. Josh Grant 54. Jacob Maddox 46. Ruben Sammut (Capt) 55. Luke McCormick 64. Reece James 48. Kylian Hazard 67. Martell Taylor-Crossdale

Substitutes:
57. Harvey St Clair (62 mins for Kylian Hazard) 72. Nicholas Tie 52. Cole Dasilva (77 mins for Richard Nartey) 45. Miro Muheim (90 mins for Reece James) 60. Juan Castillo 58. Charlie Brown 68. Tariq Uwakwa.

Yeovil Bookings: Alefe Santos (42 mins, foul), Rhys Browne (52 mins, foul)

Chelsea Under-21s Bookings: Luke McCormick (80 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 10; Fouls: 15.

Chelsea Under-21s Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Matt Eva (Surrey) and Justin Amey (Dorset). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: 1,896 (with 145 Chelsea Under-21s supporters).


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25 October 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Chelsea Under-21s
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Chelsea Under-21s at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name six changes compared to the one that took to the field against Barnet on Saturday at the Hive Stadium.

Left-back Ryan Dickson picked up a knock in the match at Barnet that saw him subbed at half time. He is replaced in the side by Tom James. Defender Sid Nelson comes back, displacing Omar Sowunmi. Captain James Bailey misses his first place in the starting line-up, as Rhys Browne comes in. Midfielder Connor Smith is replaced by Alefe Santos. Midfielder Matt Worthington displaces Olufela Olomola. Up front, Sam Surridge replaces Francois Zoko.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), attacker Jordan Green (unspecified injury) and Ryan Dickson (unspecified injury).

The team reads as follows, with a big question mark over the formation, given there is only one true forward in the line-up.

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 30. Alefe Santos
9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 13. Francois Zoko 16. James Bailey 17. Omar Sowunmi 24. Olufela Olomola

Chelsea Under-21s:
61. Jamie Cumming 51. Joseph Colley 56. Richard Nartey 50. Trevoh Chalobah 53. Josh Grant 54. Jacob Maddox 46. Ruben Sammut (Capt) 55. Luke McCormick 64. Reece James 48. Kylian Hazard 67. Martell Taylor-Crossdale

Substitutes:
57. Harvey St Clair 72. Nicholas Tie 52. Cole Dasilva 45. Miro Muheim 60. Juan Castillo 58. Charlie Brown 68. Tariq Uwakwa.


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25 October 2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage Mathematics For Tonight's Chelsea Under-21 Match
Tonight's EFL Trophy fixture against Chelsea Under-21s takes place at a stage in the Group competition where one result could ensure qualification to the knockout stages. The other two sides in the group - Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City - have already fulfilled their second group game, meaning that tonight's match sees Yeovil and Chelsea play catch-up in the competition.

What it also means is that a victory for Yeovil Town would guarantee a route through to the Second Round knockout stages. Currently both Chelsea and Exeter lie on one point each. A Glovers win would move them onto six points, thus guaranteeing a top two finish.

The EFL Trophy is complicated when it comes to drawn fixtures. In those circumstances, the two teams would go to a penalty shoot-out. Both sides would be guaranteed a point each, prior to the shoot-out, but can gain an additional bonus point if they come out on top from the penalties. Thus the side that wins the penalty shoot-out gets two points, whilst the side that loses it gets one point.

For a 'winning draw' Yeovil Town would go top of the group, but would be still three points ahead of Chelsea Under-21s. That means they could still be caught on goal difference if they lost their final group game against Plymouth and Chelsea beat Exeter City by a suitable margin. For a 'losing draw', Chelsea would be just one point behind Yeovil, meaning multiple results could see them caught.

If Yeovil Town lose tonight's match, then they would drop to third in the Group Stage table, meaning that Chelsea and Plymouth would be in the driving seat, with both a point ahead. Yeovil Town would have to beat Plymouth in their final match to guarantee qualification - anything else and they'd be reliant on specific scorelines in the other final fixture.


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25 October 2017 : Darren Way Looking For A Pressing Game To Combat Chelsea Under-21s
Yeovil Town play host to Chelsea Under-21s tonight in a EFL Trophy Group Stage match. This is the second of three group games, following the club's win over Exeter City in August, and will see them face a side that will be based on Chelsea's Development Squad team. With the West Londoners' first team involved in a League Cup tie against Everton tonight, that will guarantee that no senior players are co-opted into the squad that travels down to Somerset, given the Blues will probably aim to use their main fixture at Stamford Bridge as a chance to rest a few of their more key players.

That has meant that Dujon Sterling and Ethan Ampadu have been left behind in London, despite their age meaning they could have played in the match at Huish Park. On top of that, Chelsea have a habit of loaning out large numbers of players each season. According to Wikipedia they have a total of 33 players borrowed by other clubs, ranging from Spartak Moscow to National League side Woking. What's left will head down to Somerset, where Joe Edwards (no not that one!) and Andy Myers will be the men in charge in the away dugout. Speaking ahead of tonight's game, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way speculates that we may see Eden Hazard's younger brother Kylian Hazard in their line-up:

"They've got a lot of players there certainly. I think someone said the other day that they've got 40 players out on loan. Eden Hazard's brother (Kylian Hazard) looks technically a fantastic player, so whether we see him down at Huish Park will be interesting. But because the stakes are so high now at Premier League level, unfortunately not enough good young players are getting their opportunity at the Premier League level."

In past EFL Trophy fixtures, Way has tended to make three or four changes to his usual Saturday line-up, although has tinkered far less than many other managers in the competition, meaning that they should be selecting something close to a first team. Way says that it is important that those players selected concentrate on a pressing game, to prevent Chelsea Under-21s getting too much time to build up possession:

"It's about what we do. With the games that we come up against, obviously you've got to make sure that you get your pressing right. If not, with the technical ability that some of these younger players have got, they're not playing for Chelsea in the Premier League for no reason; they're good players. They've not been allowed to go out on loan, but they've all got bright futures in the game. So we have to make sure that we do our homework, but as I always say it's about our performance."

One player who will be a doubt for tonight's game is left-back Ryan Dickson. Way has confirmed that his substitution at Barnet on Saturday was due to an injury. Although he doesn't see it as too big a problem, there will inevitably be a chance of him being rested for tonight's game, with Tom James the most obvious beneficiary:

"At the moment we're okay. Ryan Dickson had to come off at half time, so we'll have to assess him. But he was okay when he got off the bus, but I didn't know whether his injury was a problem or certainly a bigger problem going into this game. So hopefully fingers crossed we'll be okay."

Right-back Daniel Alfei is out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, whilst Jordan Green has been absent for the last four matches with an unspecified injury.


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25 October 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Chelsea Under-21s
Officials for the EFL Trophy Group Stage match between Yeovil Town and Chelsea Under-21s have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Wednesday 25th October 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Kevin Johnson (Somerset).

He had been a regular at Huish Park, but during earlier years he was largely appearing for friendly fixtures, or as an assistant referee or fourth official. Over the summer of 2014, he was promoted to the Football League's referees list, having previously been a referee at Conference level, whilst performing an assistant's role in the Football League.

Mr Johnson is 40 years old and born in Bristol. He lives in Weston-super-Mare, where he used to work at the Bristol Evening Post as a newspaper printer, but now works in property maintenance, working in Redfield. He started refereeing during his late teens, progressing through the Bristol and Suburban and Gloucestershire County leagues before taking on Western League and Southern League fixtures.

During the 2014-15 pre-season he took charge of the pre-season friendly against Cardiff City, in a match in which the Bluebirds ran out as comfortable 1-4 away winners. He also took charge of our September 2014 Football League Trophy match against Portsmouth which ended in a 1-3 home defeat. Despite the two results, we can't find too much outrage about his performance, apart from a possible penalty shout when a Sam Hoskins cross appeared to be handled inside the box by a Pompey player.

Where things get more controversial are with the Boxing Day meeting against Bristol City at Ashton Gate. It was an unusual decision to allow him to take charge of a local derby game in the city of his birth, where his employment is currently in Bristol BS5, and where his former employers are the major media organisation reporting on that club, in an environment where there is clearly going to be a lot of passion and support for that club, and where he will have rubbed shoulders with their supporters on a daily basis. He presumably isn't a City supporter, but the choice of an official with such obvious links to the Bristol media made him an unusual choice.

During the match he awarded Bristol City two penalties - the first was soft, whilst the second came about after he'd belatedly changed his mind over a free kick given Yeovil's way that caught our players out of position as a direct result of his u-turn. He also turned down our own penalty appeal. Overall, City were the better side, and deserved their win in terms of the pattern of play, but manager Gary Johnson was not best pleased saying after the match: "I'd be shocked if anyone thinks they were penalties" - his view was that for the second penalty his defender had won the ball. Overall the referee's performance was poor, and you wondered what the referees association were thinking in terms of giving such an inexperienced official a local derby in his own back yard.

We crossed swords again in August 2015 for the 2-0 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. There he had a much quieter game, with the home side thoroughly deserving their victory. He did give us one moment of amusement - he went for a little bit too much showmanship in trying to book Connor Roberts for a foul, and in his hurry to brandish a yellow card, it flew out of his hand. Oxford's Danny Hylton had a calmer approach to things, and picked up the card, showing it to Roberts on behalf of the referee. A minor point, but sometimes referees forget that they are not meant to be a part of the performance.

He was present for the March 2016 League Two match against Carlisle United. There we thought the match official was in a very lenient low-key mood, choosing not to intervene on a few occasions when he could have - notably when Carlisle's Martin Smith was booked for kicking the ball away, got a last warning for a further foul, and then fouled again. Somehow he stayed on the pitch. Despite this apparently favourable outcome for Carlisle personnel, their manager Keith Curle wasn't happy after the match, accusing Johnson of being biased - words that we're surprised the FA didn't take an interest in. He complained that Johnson's geographical roots were influencing his decision-making - a bit surprising given that Mr Curle, as a Bristolian himself, should know that someone from Bristol isn't going to willingly hand our favours to someone from Yeovil!

Mr Johnson took charge of three 2016-17 fixtures. The first was the August 2016 EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Portsmouth. With that being a seven goal thriller, there wasn't room enough in the 4-3 win for us to get too agitated about referees. There was one late moment where his decision-making did become key, when he denied Pompey what would have been an 8th goal in the match and a late equaliser, with the visitors appealing that Amine Linganzi had bundled the ball over the line. In fairness to the referee, that was probably one for his assistant to decide - the answer was 'no' and Yeovil got the win.

The other two 2016-17 fixtures were League Two games. The first was the December 2016 fixture against Barnet. There he had a fairly quiet match, and our downfall was more down to our inability to finish in front of goal, with Barnet executing a classic smash'n'grab with their only shot on target of the entire match. He then turned up for the January 2017 home match against Plymouth Argyle. We thought he was rather fussy overall during our 2-1 win, with four bookings in the last seven minutes. However, even we conceded that timewasting in the final minute by Artur Krysiak came across as a little comical.

Mr Johnson will be assisted by Matt Eva (Surrey) and Justin Amey (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Link: July 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Cardiff City 4.

Link: September 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Portsmouth 3.

Link: December 2014 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2015 : Oxford United 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 0.

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 4 Portsmouth 3.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Barnet 1.

Link: January 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Plymouth Argyle 1.


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24 October 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Barnet Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Barnet kicked off at the Hive Stadium, 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 why he's giving Omar Sowunmi an extended run in the side, why he selected Jake Gray for the game, and his thoughts on the opposition and the conditions. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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24 October 2017 : Date Set For FA Youth Cup First Round Tie
A date for Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup First Round tie is now available. The match against Exeter City will take place on Tuesday 31st October 2017, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. The game will be held on the main Huish Park Stadium pitch. As yet, admission prices are not available - expect just the Main Stand to be open for this game.

Exeter City are currently top of the Football League Youth Alliance South West division. The match will be played to a conclusion on the night, with extra time and penalties used if the scores are level after 90 minutes.

Link: FA Youth Cup : Full First Round Draw.


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23 October 2017 : GWSC Travel For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Carlisle United. The match takes place at Brunton Park on Saturday 11th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Carlisle United : Saturday 11th November 2017.
Huish Park: 6.00a.m.
Adult Members: £36.00; Member Concessions: £34.00
Adult Non-Members: £38.00; Non-Member Concessions: £36.00

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 othe

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Southend United.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

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

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


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23 October 2017 : Yeovil 2 Bournemouth 1 : Nestor Double Sinks League Leaders
Yeovil Town Under-18s knocked AFC Bournemouth Under-18s off the top of the Football League Youth Alliance table on Saturday, by gaining a shock 2-1 win at Huish Park. In a match played on the Top Pitch, the Glovers came into the game facing a side that had conceded only four times in nine matches and had dropped points in only two games, giving them a difficult challenge to compete with.

They got themselves into a commanding position by half time. Their first goal came with just a quarter of an hour gone, as they hit the Cherries on the counter-attack. Jack Hilton-Jones won the ball and found Neville Nzembela. His run saw him provide a defence splitting pass through to Nestor Shako, who managed to score at the second attempt after his initial shot on goal was blocked.

Yeovil doubled their lead just before the half time break, when a Gabriel Rodgers cut-back allowed Nestor Shako a chance to get his second goal of the game. He chipped the Cherries goalkeeper from 12 yards out, to give his side a 2-0 half time advantage during a 45 minute period that had seen Bournemouth pass the ball around well, but without managing the sort of shots that would worry Tommy Scott.

The visitors did respond during the second half, with their hour-mark equaliser seeing them pull a goal back, as a cross to the back post saw them head home for a 2-1 scoreline. However, they couldn't get a second goal, and in the closing stages it was Yeovil that went the closest, with substitute Devon Arnold hitting the woodwork, as the home side recorded their fourth league win of the 2017-18 season, leaving them in 7th place in a congested Youth Alliance midtable area.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 2 AFC Bournemouth Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Nestor Shako (1-0), Nestor Shako (2-0), Bournemouth Scorer (2-1)

Yeovil Town Under-18s: Tommy Scott; Charlie Fripp, Brad Cherrett, Tom Hayes, Joe Tomlinson; Jack Hilton-Jones, Samyan Ismail; Nestor Shako, Paul Golubickas, Gabriel Rogers; Neville Nzembela

Substitutes Used: Devon Arnold (for Neville Nzembela), Lewis Dix (for Nestor Shako).


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23 October 2017 : FA Youth Cup : Full First Round Draw
Further to Friday's news, the full draw for the FA Youth Cup First Round has now been published. This stage sees all Under-18s sides associated with League One and League Two teams join the draw, which includes Yeovil Town. They have been drawn against Exeter City in a match that will almost certainly be played on the main Huish Park stadium pitch.

The full draw reads as follows:

1 Tranmere Rovers v Blackburn Rovers
2 Morecambe v Wigan Athletic
3 Carlisle United v Nelson or Prescot Cables
4 Bradford City v Blackpool
5 Oldham Athletic v Bury
6 Accrington Stanley v Rochdale AFC
7 Hartlepool United v Altrincham or Chester
8 Guiseley AFC v Fleetwood Town
9 Gateshead or Wrexham v Salford City
10 Evesham United v Shrewsbury Town
11 Rotherham United v Bottesford Town
12 Doncaster Rovers v Walsall
13 Dunkirk or AFC Rushden and Diamonds v Tamworth or Alfreton
14 Stourbridge v Port Vale
15 Grimsby Town v Mansfield Town
16 Long Eaton United v Scunthorpe United
17 Chesterfield v Notts County
18 Lincoln City v Coventry City
19 Handsworth Parramore v Crewe Alexandra
20 Barnet v Wingate and Finchley
21 Colchester United v Cheshunt
22 Milton Keynes Dons v Southend United
23 Leyton Orient or AFC Hornchurch v Biggleswade Town
24 Peterborough United v Cambridge United
25 Hitchin Town v Dagenham & Redbridge
26 Buckingham Athletic v Northampton Town
27 Clanfield 85 v Cambridge City
28 Luton Town v Stevenage
29 Bishop's Stortford v Boreham Wood
30 Charlton Athletic v Whitehawk
31 Bromley v Chipstead
32 Marlow v AFC Wimbledon
33 Welling United v Margate
34 Gillingham v Portsmouth
35 Lewes v Camberley Town
36 Bristol Rovers v Forest Green Rovers
37 Swindon Town v Newport County AFC
38 AFC Totton or Ash United v Cheltenham Town
39 Plymouth Argyle v Eastleigh
40 Sholing v Clevedon Town
41 Gloucester City v Oxford United
42 Yeovil Town v Exeter City

All ties must be scheduled to be played by Saturday 4th November. In practice for most fixtures this will be a midweek evening game.


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23 October 2017 : Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Brunton Park on Saturday 11th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance prices for this fixture are as follows:
 
Adults: £19.00; Over-65s: £16.00; Aged 18-22: £13.00; Aged 11-17: £10.00; Under-11: £7.00; Under-6: FREE.

The Under-11 and Under-6 pricing is conditional on them being bought at the same time as an accompanying person from the three adult categories.

There are also three Family Ticket bundles priced as follows, with the Junior rates relating to the three Under-18 categories:

1 adult and 1 Junior: £27.00; 1 Adult and 2 Juniors: £35.00; 1 Senior and 1 Junior: £24.00.

Ambulant Disabled pay rates as above, but can take an assistant free of charge if required. Wheelchair Disabled supporters are admitted free of charge, with an assistant also able to enter free of charge. Carlisle's policy here is to freely admit that their wheelchair facilities are not the best - they are situated at the front of the Main (West) Stand, and do not have the best of views. They are therefore priced with that in mind.

All prices, with the exception of the three Junior rates increase by £3.00 if purchased on the day of the game. This includes the three Family Tickets which are increased as per the bundle price.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Southend United.

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

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


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23 October 2017 : Redknapp Throws Hat Into Ring On Scotland Job
Harry Redknapp, who had been announced by Yeovil Town as 'working in an advisory role with the first-team' earlier this month, has thrown his hat into the ring for the Scotland national team job. The 70 year old, who left Birmingham City earlier this season, has given his views on the vacancy following Gordan Strachan's departure after they failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals.

All has gone quiet in terms of Redknapp's announced role and his solitary appearance at Huish Park on October 5th - media speculation that he would be present for the October 14th home game against Crewe Alexandra didn't materialise, whilst a TalkSport interview on that same day saw him talk of other issues, without the Glovers getting a single mention. A further interview with the Sports Gazette briefly states that he "popped down" to Yeovil Town for the day so that the management team could "pick his brains a bit", but again stopped short of suggesting that he had any further plans to attend training sessions.

Redknapp was asked over the weekend if he would be interested in taking the Scotland job. Although he's strongly implied that he has retired from full time club management, that didn't exclude the possibility of being part of a national team's set-up - he briefly was Jordan's manager in 2016. He suggests that the current vacancy would be attractive to him:

"Of course. It must be a fantastic job to have. I think Gordon (Strachan) did what he could. I must be truthful, I watched the Scotland games and not the England games, because there was nothing on the England games. Those last two Scotland games, the win against Slovakia, the late goal, I kicked every ball that day. Then I thought Scotland had a chance, and then 1-0 up in the second game (against Slovenia), it would've been a real great achievement to have qualified, but I think Gordon did what he could. It's a difficult job. I wouldn't see myself having any chance of getting it, but it would be a great job for someone."

Redknapp actually tips his former side-kick for the job. He had former Scotland striker Joe Jordan as a first team coach at Portsmouth, Tottenham and Queens Park Rangers, which might leave open the question of whether he might also be keen on a role in the set-up if Jordan was given the job. He doesn't elaborate on that, but states that he would see him as a good man for the national team role:

"Joe would be a good man - you'd have your life on Joe, he's a fantastic fellow. You'd have him on your side any day of the week. He's a very quiet gentleman away from the pitch for someone who was so aggressive on it. But when Joe speaks, you listen, because he talks an awful lot of common sense."

The BBC Sport and BBC Scotland interview does not make any reference to Yeovil Town at any stage.


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23 October 2017 : On Sale : FA Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Southend United
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round tie against Southend United go on sale this morning. The tie will be played on Saturday 4th November 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Admission prices are flat across the ground and are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Concessions including Young Adults: £10.00; Juniors: £5.00.

Season ticket holders will have their seats/spaces held for a week, to ensure you can keep your usual places. Those seats/spaces will be released into general sale on Monday 30th October.
 
Tickets are available online and season ticket holders can log on to their account where they will find their default seat reservation already set up, and so just need to pay for their ticket. Non-season ticket holders can also purchase tickets online in the normal way.

There are no limits on the number of tickets you can purchase - all supporters can purchase now. You can also book via phone on 01935-847888 or visit the Ticket Office in person during standard office hours.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

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

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


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22 October 2017 : Khan Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town winger Otis Khan has been nominated in the Team Of The Week for League Two. The eleven, selected by the League Paper, awards the former Barnsley player a place in the side following his sixth goal of the 2017-18 season, in the 1-1 draw against Barnet at the Hive Stadium on Saturday. Khan scored in the 81st minute of the game to gain his side a late point.

Also included in the team is one former Glover, with Scott Flinders recognised for his performance in Cheltenham Town's 1-0 win over Lincoln City, which lifted Gary Johnson's side up to 14th in the League Two table.

The full eleven, plus a manager of the day, is as follows:

Scott Flinders (Cheltenham Town)
Jack Grimmer (Coventry City), Jordan Willis (Coventry City), Leon Legge (Cambridge United), Wiseman (Chesterfield)
Panutche Camara (Crawley Town), Reece Brown (Forest Green Rovers), Otis Khan (Yeovil Town), David Worrall (Port Vale)
Jevani Brown (Cambridge United), Shawn McCoulsky (Newport County)

Manager: Mark Cooper (Forest Green Rovers).


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22 October 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Barnet Away Game
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw against Barnet at the Hive 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 gives his views on the match, Otis Khan's goal, and the late penalty appeal that they didn't get. Read the interview via the link below.

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


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21 October 2017 : Video : Barnet vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Barnet at the Hive Stadium, these are now online. As well as the 81st minute goal from Otis Khan, you can also see other chances, including a first half effort from Khan, and a second half cross from Nathan Smith that looped onto the crossbar. There's also footage of the late Rhys Browne incident that saw him go down inside the box during the 90th minute of the match, without a penalty being given. Watch the footage via the link below.

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


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21 October 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Barnet vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Barnet at the Hive 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 Barnet vs Yeovil Town.


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21 October 2017 : Darren Way Criticises Poor Decision-Making After 'Obvious' Penalty Denied In Barnet Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way described the moment that his side were denied a late penalty in this afternoon's draw against Barnet as poor-decision making. The Glovers boss was unhappy with referee Andy Woolmer, who decided not to take action after substitute Rhys Browne went down in the box under pressure from Barnet defender Charlie Clough in the 90th minute. That meant that the game ended in a 1-1 draw at the Hive Stadium, rather than the Glovers having a chance for an ultra-late winner.

Way suggested that if Mr Woolmer had thought it wasn't a penalty, that he should have booked Browne for diving, and described it as an 'obvious' decision when speaking after the game:

"I think you've only got to look at the reaction of the supporters for what I'd say was five seconds. There was disbelief that he didn't give it, and if he thought it was a dive, then why hasn't he booked Rhys? So it was very very poor decision-making on that situation. I think it's pretty obvious. You could see it yourself from the angle you were sat at, and you had the same angle as me."

Yeovil had already come back into the match thanks to Otis Khan's sixth goal of the 2017-18 season, when he latched onto an excellent pass from substitute Sam Surridge. That cancelled out the early opener from Simeon Akinola, who had curled in a shot from the edge of the box in the 6th minute. Barnet enjoyed wind-assisted conditions in the first half, whilst Yeovil took the advantage in the second. Way claimed that his side had mastered the elements more successfully, based on how he saw the balance of play:

"The players showed a real true grit and determination in the second half there. I think our supporters could see with the way that they applauded them at the end there, and I have to thank them for that. The players need support; it's not easy in this league. We've got a lot of players at the moment who are a new group, and in every game they are gaining experience. The conditions were very very bad going one way, and you could see that. We pinned them in during the second half. But I thought our second half was better than their first half. With the players' fightback in the second half, I think we had 42 final third entries, and there was only going to be one team that came out of that with a win. Unfortunately, the officials took that away from us."


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21 October 2017 : Barnet 1 Yeovil 1 : Khan Leveller Gives Glovers A Late Point At The Hive
Yeovil Town came from behind to rescue a point against Barnet at the Hive Stadium today. Trailing from the 6th minute, after Simeon Akinola curled in a shot from the edge of the box, they struggled to get a foothold in the match during a first period where they were playing into the wind. Not too surprisingly, they found the conditions more comfortable after the break, but the closest they came was when Nathan Smith struck the crossbar unintentionally from a wind-assisted cross. However, with nine minutes remaining, Otis Khan latched onto a defence-splitting pass to fire home the equalising goal and send Yeovil home with a 1-1 draw.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes from their line-up that had lost at Cambridge United. In came Connor Smith for Rhys Browne, meaning that a 4-3-3 was employed for the start of the fixture. The other change saw Francois Zoko return from suspension, displacing Sam Surridge. In terms of the bench, the extra man meant Keston Davies dropped out of the squad entirely. Barnet's line-up saw six players missing through long term injuries, including last season's top goalscorer John Akinde, but despite those gaps, former loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro could only get as far as their bench.

The Glovers played against the wind during the first half, and they got a warning of what to expect early on, when Simeon Akinola curled an effort from the edge of the box that saw Artur make a flying save to his left to beat the ball away. Unfortunately, they didn't heed the warning sign. two minutes later the same player got into the same area of the pitch, and this time he hit his shot with a little more loop on it, and it flew past Krysiak for a 6th minute 1-0 scoreline.

Barnet held the upper hand, with Ryan Dickson superbly cutting out one low cross into the box to stop it going near the back post. By contrast, Yeovil's attacking players struggled to get near the ball, not helped by several early balls being lumped up into the air, meaning that in the high winds, they never reached their destination. Otis Khan managed to create Yeovil's best two efforts of the first half - the first saw him cut in from the left flank and produce a shot that was parried away, and then set up the delivery of a free kick that saw Olufela Olomola produce an excellent first time volley, that unfortunately cleared the crossbar.

There were a couple of nasty moments during the first half. One came when Connor Smith grappled with Mauro Vilhete on the edge of the box. It looked like a fifty-fifty incident, but as soon as referee Andy Woolmer blew for it in Barnet's favour, it caused concerns - thankfully it was awarded an inch or two outside the box. There was then a second moment involving Vilhete, as he tried to head the ball towards goal from close range as it bounced dangerously inside the box. Krysiak just got his finger tips on it to turn it over the bar.

Tom James appeared for the second half, replacing Ryan Dickson at the back, whilst Barnet brought on Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro for Shaquile Coulthirst, who had suffered an injury in the lead-up to half time - one of two Bees players to need lengthy treatment. Akpa Akpro then joined his teammates in needing treatment when he collided with Omar Sowunmi and then the advertising boards, in a nasty looking incident close to the touchline - fortunately both players were able to continue.

This created a bit of a stop-start affair to the game - not helped by referee Andy Woolmer twice denying the Glovers an advantage to pull the game back for a free kick in their favour. Yeovil weren't creating a lot of chances, until Nathan Smith almost scored with an unintentional effort - his 40 yard deep cross came back off the crossbar as it got caught in the wind, which made you wonder why Yeovil hadn't tried to make more of the second half conditions. Olufela had the best intentional effort, but was perhaps a bit tentative in the way he approached a narrow angle one-v-one with keeper Craig Ross. His shot was palmed by the keeper, which took the pace off it enough to allow Michael Nelson a chance to clear off the line.

They changed personnel and formations when Rhys Browne came on for Connor Smith, and then made their final gamble when Sam Surridge replaced Olufela Olomola. Within two minutes of his introduction, Surridge produced the first bit of true Glovers quality of the game - a beautiful defence splitting pass that freed up Otis Khan on the left flank. He cut inside and towards goal, and then shot across Craig Ross's goal for an 81st minute equaliser.

Thereafter, Yeovil could have won the game, as they finished the remaining nine minutes and the extra six from injury time on top in the game for the first time. With the tempo raised, Barnet looked a little panicked, and they almost lost the game entirely when substitute Rhys Browne raced into the box, under pressure from Charlie Clough. The Barnet defender lifted out a leg, and Browne went over it, but referee Andy Woolmer decided not to get involved, despite loud appeals from away fans who had a full view of the incident. It was not to be, and instead both teams went home with only a point to their name - a result that probably neither team really wanted in the end.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Barnet 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Simeon Akinola (1-0, 6 mins), Otis Khan (1-1, 81 mins)

Barnet:
21 Craig Ross
5 Ricardo Santo 6 Michael Nelson 4 Charlie Clough
20 Mauro Vilhete 12 Jack Taylor 18 Wesley Fonguck 13 David Tutonda
10 Jamal Campbell-Ryce
11 Shaquile Coulthirst 14 Simeon Akinola

Substitutes:
16 Harry Taylor 19 Fumnaya Shomotun 24 Andre Blackman 25 Jean-Louis Akpro (46 mins for Shaquile Coulthirst) 27 Ephron Mason-Clark (85 mins for Simeon Akinola) 30 Justin Amaluzor (87 mins for Jamal Campbell-Ryce) 34 Renell McKenzie-Lyle

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 16. James Bailey (Capt) 8. Connor Smith
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington 9. Rhys Browne (64 mins for Connor Smith) 14. Sam Surridge (79 mins for Olufela Olomola) 23. Tom James 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Barnet Bookings: David Tutonda (foul, 82 mins), Jean Louis Akpa Akpro (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Omar Sowunmi (foul, 52 mins), Tom James (foul, 60 mins), Otis Khan (foul, 85 mins)

Barnet Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Daniel Robathan (Bedfordshire) and Darren Blunden (Kent). Fourth Official: Stuart Butler (Kent).

Attendance: 1,751 (with 273 Yeovil Town supporters).


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21 October 2017 : Team News For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Barnet at the Hive Stadium has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the one that took to the field against Cambridge United on Tuesday at the Abbey Stadium. Striker Francois Zoko was suspended on Tuesday night, but returns and displaces AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge. Jake Gray comes in with Rhys Browne dropping out.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), attacker Jordan Green (unspecified injury) and Keston Davies.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington 9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge 23. Tom James 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos


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21 October 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Barnet Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Barnet at the Hive Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about his side's recent form, their consistency, and recent visits to the Hive Stadium. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Previews The Barnet Away Game.


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20 October 2017 : Officials For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two fixture between Barnet and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 21st October 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Hive Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire). Mr Woolmer was a regular in our non-league days, but meetings have thinned out somewhat since we've got into the Football League.

Two of these matches were in the 2005-06 season. One was the 2-0 win over Ipswich Town in the League Cup, where he had a good game that night. However, we were less happy about his performance in the 0-1 home defeat against Scunthorpe United where we described him as "a candidate for the worst official to visit Huish Park this season" - not a good accolade given that the game took place at the tail end of that season. Our report said that "it's difficult to imagine one official being so constantly berated by supporters throughout an entire game" with the Northamptonshire official in general favouring the 'easy' decisions throughout the match, rather than the 'big' ones that might have turned the game.

We nearly had Mr Woolmer for an FA Cup First Round match against Stockport County during the 2008-09 season, but by the time the game took place, he had been replaced. We then had him for a home match against Brentford in January 2011 - five bookings but nothing that got a mention in our match report. He also turned up down in Devon for a Paint Pot Trophy game against Torquay United. The match finished 2-2, with the Glovers winning on penalties, and we can't recall anything too bad about his performance.

Then there was the February 2014 home game against Millwall - again five bookings, but again nothing that made us get too angry with him. Later that season he was present for a March 2015 home game against Bristol City. A 0-3 home defeat might have seen us trying to pin the blame on someone else, but with City being worthy Champions that season, it was more of a case of 'mind the gap' rather than anything the officials were doing.

The most recent meeting came in an October 2015 League Two match against Dagenham and Redbridge. That match became a game of two halves, as Yeovil came from two goals down to draw 2-2. The referee's involvement in the game was fairly minimal, with just one booking, and little controversy all round - it had been a half time double substitution and a formation change that had sparked the comeback.

One positive thing to note about Mr Woolmer is that Hereford United utterly loathe him. This stems from a 2003-04 Conference Play-Off Semi-Final when he red-carded Andy Tretton for a professional foul during the Edgar Street leg. Despite the decision appearing to be the correct (if wholly accidental) one as Tretton lost his bearings and collided with an Aldershot Town striker, Woolmer was given the blame for the incident, resulting in alleged damage to his car after the game, and stewards having to protect him from an irate fan who invaded the pitch.

As a referee, he rarely sends a player off, but tends to raise plenty of yellow cards - perhaps an official that does believe in the idea of a 'caution' being a deterrent to players. During the past three-and-a-bit seasons he's sent off just three players. That said, during 2017, his involvement in refereeing has been extremely minimal - he dropped out after a January 8th match at the start of this year, and has only done two fixtures since, with both being around three weeks ago.

Mr Woolmer will be assisted by Daniel Robathan (Bedfordshire) and Darren Blunden (Kent). The Fourth Official will be Stuart Butler (Kent).

Link: August 2005 : Ipswich Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Yeovil Town 0 Scunthorpe United 1.

Link: January 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Brentford 0.

Link: October 2012 : Torquay United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Millwall 1.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Bristol City 3.

Link: October 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Dagenham and Redbridge 2.


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20 October 2017 : Date And Time Set For FA Cup First Round Tie
There is now absolute confirmation of a date and time for Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round tie against Southend United. The match will take place on a standard Saturday afternoon, with the match kicking off at 3.00p.m. on Saturday 4th November 2017.

Ticket prices have been announced - see the article linked below. These will be flat rate across the whole ground. We'd expect those to go on sale from Monday morning onwards.

Link: Admission Prices Set For Yeovil Town vs Southend United.

Link: Three FA Cup First Round Ties Selected For Live Coverage.

Link: FA Cup First Round Draw : Full Draw Details.


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20 October 2017 : Way Cites Squad Stability As Behind Slow Start To Season
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes his side's stuttering form during the 2017-18 season is partially due to a lack of stability within the squad. The Glovers have thirteen new players within their current squad, with a fourteenth in Stephane Zubar not making it as far as the start of the season before the club decided to let him go.

Some erratic performances, such as Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at Cambridge United, see the club lying in 18th place in the League Two table. This tends to point away from Way's own views following transfer deadline day where he believed he had a stronger squad this season than he had during the previous season. As yet, results haven't tended to back that up, but the Glovers boss cites the loss of midfield pair Kevin Dawson and Matt Dolan along with centre-back Alex Lacey as being three instances where his first team could have had more stability if they'd remained on the club's books:

"We're coming up against Cambridge, for example, where he's had that team together for a year. Unfortunately I lost Kevin Dawson to Cheltenham and Matt Dolan to Newport. I think that probably if you added those two, and perhaps you look at Alex Lacey as well, then that gives you with a little bit more stability. But I'm sure that is going to come strong with the group that we've got; very strong."

Way also suggests that within his newer squad, he only has around five players who are used to the theme of playing three games in a week, across a Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday format. With the club in the middle of a phase where they are playing four League Two matches and one EFL Trophy tie within the space of fifteen days, he believes that this will be a new experience for a significant number of his players. But he believes his side are improving in their performances:

"I think that with the group that we've got now, there's a lot of new players that have not played. I think I only counted five that have played Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday, Wednesday, Saturday and then an FA Cup game for this month. So I think it's an experience, and experience builds their mindset. I think the group are improving. I think that every individual that we've got in the group is now starting to understand what League Two football is all about. It's a completely different flow of traffic within the game, and it's relentless at the same time. I think that for where we are, I've been to Cambridge twice prior to that, and I think that towards the end that was the closest I've been as a manager to come out of that place with a result, and certainly a draw."


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20 October 2017 : Glovers Given Grecians Test In FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town Under-18s have been given a home draw in the First Round of the FA Youth Cup. They will face rather familiar opposition, with the visit of Exeter City Under-18s, who also play in their league division.

Last season saw the Glovers knocked out in the Fourth Round stage of the competition by Broxbourne Borough, having created a shock in the Third Round when they beat EPPP Category One side West Bromwich Albion on their home turf.

Ties in the FA Youth Cup are normally played on the main stadium pitch. They must be scheduled to be played by Saturday 4th November, with a midweek fixture date the usual plan for most clubs.

The full draw will follow in due course.


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20 October 2017 : Admission Prices Set For Yeovil Town vs Southend United
Yeovil Town have issued ticketing prices for their FA Cup First Round tie against Southend United. As yet there is no firm date for this fixture, with the club having yet to be told whether their tie will be moved from the standard November 4th fixture date that most clubs will schedule their tie for. However, prices for this game will be as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Concessions including Young Adults: £10.00; Juniors: £5.00.

As yet, tickets are NOT on sale, and presumably won't be until a firm date is agreed. We'll update when a firm date is known. Currently it appears that a number of clubs are now belatedly being moved to become Sunday 2.00p.m. kick-offs, meaning that the BBC look like they will be running their rolling 'Final Score' programme that afternoon.

Link: Three FA Cup First Round Ties Selected For Live Coverage.

Link: FA Cup First Round Draw : Full Draw Details.


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20 October 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Barnet
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town head to North-West London to play Barnet at the Hive Stadium. A reminder that Barnet don't play in Barnet anyore - they are around six miles down the road in Edgware, and you'll find the Ciderspace guide available to take you there, giving you directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and where to have a pint. Read that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Barnet.

Barnet's North Stand - now open for away supporters
Barnet's North Stand - now open for away supporters



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19 October 2017 : Glovers Trust Membership Renewal Reminders
Around the time of this month's Glovers Trust AGM, there was some discussion amongst members regarding the Trust's membership renewal process. With subscriptions due on an annual basis, based on the same calendar as the football season, the Trust had received renewals from many of their members for the 2017-18 season, but with the uncertainty over whether any supporters whose membership had lapsed had been intentional, or whether they needed a reminder. With some fans also having taken out Standing Orders with their banks, but others having paid by debit card or cash, some fans were uncertain of their membership status.

As a result, the Glovers Trust have this week sent out a reminder email to all of last season's members who they believe have an expired membership, on or around Tuesday 17th October. If you're in doubt about your membership status then check your mailbox, and you may have an email sent from membership@glovers-trust.co.uk - you may want to check your spam folder just in case it's dropped into there. The email subject title is "Your Glovers Trust Membership Has Expired - Don't Delay, Renew Today". We'd recommend that you add this email address and communications@glovers-trust.co.uk to your email address book, so your mail provider treats them as a trusted contact.

If you want to purchase membership for the 2017-18 Season (whether renewing or as a new joiner) then you can head here and do it all online. For those that prefer old-fashioned methods, then you can send a cheque to Glovers Trust Membership, PO Box 5240, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 9FR. There is an application form (PDF File) you can fill in, to accompany this. For more information on Membership head here. You can also renew, using cash or cheque, prior to any home game (usually within the Marquee and the Arrow).

The Glovers Trust would also like to hear from any former members who are planning NOT to renew. Clearly they can only improve on what they do if they get feedback, and so if that's your plan, drop them a line.

For any queries or feedback, or if you're still not sure on your membership status, drop them an email at communications@glovers-trust.co.uk


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19 October 2017 : Three FA Cup First Round Ties Selected For Live Coverage
The Football Association have confirmed details of three matches that have been selected for live coverage for the FA Cup First Round. All three matches follow the pattern of a Non-League Club playing host to a Football League side, as BT Sport and the BBC hope for an upset along the way. The trio of Milton Keynes Dons, Mansfield Town and Fleetwood Town are presented as the 'giants' they hope to see killed.

Eighth tier side Hyde United are one of three sides at that level left in the competition, and they take the Friday night spot, whilst the newest club in the competition, Shaw Lane Association, will have their tie screened on Saturday lunchtime. There's then an all-Lancashire tie on Monday night with Chorley guaranteeing that they will be in the Second Round draw for at least an hour or two. The ties selected are as follows:

Fri 03/11/2017 19:55 Hyde United vs Milton Keynes Dons
Sat 04/11/2017 12:30 Shaw Lane Association vs Mansfield Town
Mon 06/11/2017 19:45 Chorley vs Fleetwood Town

All six clubs will receive a Broadcast Fee of £67,500. All winning clubs, regardless of TV status, will receive £18,000 from the Prize Fund.

We have belatedly spotted a few ties being switched to a Sunday, which has happened at First and Second Round stage over the last couple of seasons for a BBC Sport rolling coverage programme of around eight ties. Neither club has confirmed it yet, but it seems increasingly likely that Yeovil Town's home match against League One side Southend United woud therefore be a Saturday 4th November tie with a standard kick-off time, but that's not yet absolutely confirmed.

Link: FA Cup First Round Draw : Full Draw Details.


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19 October 2017 : FA Issue First Ever Charge For Conning Match Officials In A Game
The Football Association have charged a player with 'successful deception of a match official' in what will be a landmark case under revised disciplinary rules. The changes came in over the summer, allowing players to be retrospectively charged by the FA under key criteria, and Carlisle United striker Shaun Miller has become the first player to be brought before the FA, following the Cumbrians' 3-3 draw against Wycombe Wanderers on Tuesday night.

The scope of the rule change was to allow the FA to use video evidence in cases where players had successfully deceived match officials in the awarding of two key decisions. The first relates to a player diving to win a penalty. The second relates to a player feigning contact that results in an opposing player being sent off, whether by a straight red card or via two yellow cards. The exact wording of the disciplinary rule change says the FA will take action "where there is clear and overwhelming evidence to suggest a match official has been deceived by an act of simulation, and as a direct result, the offending player's team has been awarded a penalty and/or an opposing player has been dismissed."

In this scenario, it is claimed that Miller dived to win his side a penalty in the 35th minute of that game. Jamie Devitt netted from the penalty spot, but the FA indicate that video evidence shows that it should not have been awarded. Miller has until 6.00p.m. tonight to confirm or deny the charge against him. An FA panel made up of one former match official, one former manager and one former player will review the evidence, and if they are unanimous in their verdict, the player would issue a two match ban.

The regulations only apply to incidents where match officials are deceived. If a player dives or feigns contact with another player and this is spotted by the match officials within the field of play, then standard punishment - usually a yellow card - will follow.


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19 October 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Cambridge United Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's League Two fixture against Cambridge United kicked off at the Abbey Stadium, 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 inclusion of AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge in the side, and why he retained Omar Sowunmi in the line-up, despite Millwall loanee Sid Nelson being fit. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 October 2017 : Fallon Leaves Gulls For Magpies
Former Yeovil Town striker Rory Fallon has signed for Southern League Premier Division side Dorchester Town. Now reaching the tail end of his playing career, at the age of 35 years old, he has teamed up with Steve Thompson, and made his debut for the Magpies last night in their 2-2 draw with Kings Langley. Having once played for New Zealand in the World Cup, and for Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town in the Championship, his surroundings yesterday saw him play in front of just 176 spectators in Hertfordshire.

Fallon has recently started to turn his mind to coaching roles, although his move to Dorchester sees him come in only as a player. In the summer of 2016, he joined Truro City as a player-coach, but only lasted six months there. He had started the season with National League side Torquay United, but has now moved to Dorset. There is no mention of a contract at this stage.

He ended up having two spells with Yeovil Town during his career - one was a six game loan spell during the 2004-05 season under Gary Johnson that saw him score on his debut against Scunthorpe United. He was then brought back for the start of the 2011-12 season under Terry Skiverton, but after he was given a month-to-month contract, Skiverton changed his mind on a longer term deal that had been in the pipeline and he joined Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen instead.


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18 October 2017 : Wellens Given Latics Job After Successful Caretaker Spell
League One side Oldham Athletic have confirmed the appointment of their new first team manager. They have decided to give the job to 37 year old Richie Wellens, who had been operating on a Caretaker basis since the departure of John Sheridan. Wellens made the selection process increasingly easy for the Latics, taking them from the foot of the League One table, to outside the relegation zone with four wins and one draw to his name.

There had been a rather wild claim by the HITC website, linking Darren Way with the job late last month. However, they were the only outlet to directly link Way's name with the position, with the Oldham press choosing to look elsewhere, and no sign that the Glovers boss was ever genuinely in the frame. Names such as Ex-Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes and Clarence Seedorf were linked with the job, although in the case of Scholes, that turned out to be a red herring.

With both Scholes and Wellens having been part of the Old Trafford Academy set-up, and Scholes having done some informal youth coaching at Boundary Park, it transpired that Scholes was merely meeting Chairman Simon Corney to give his views on who should be appointed, rather than applying for it himself. Corney explained the decision-making:

"What started out to be a very hard decision ended up being an easy one. Richie has shown great character and performed way beyond our expectations, bringing an upturn in fortune and results for the club. To a man, each and every player has approached me to express their hope and desire for Richie to continue as manager and that simply cannot be ignored. Perhaps most telling was my conversation with Paul Scholes a few weeks ago who told me that to look any further than Richie would be crazy. Paul is someone that I often turn to for advice regarding Oldham Athletic matters and he was unequivocal in his praise for Richie adding that he, as he always is, would be willing to offer him any help or advice if asked. Richie has already demonstrated great tactical awareness during games and I think I speak for all the fans when I say not only have the results been impressive but also the manner in which he has achieved them."

Wellens, who had only been appointed as a first team coach in the summer of 2017, has been given a two year contract in his new position. He had previously been at Oldham as a player between 2005 and 2007, along with a brief loan spell, but had spent the bulk of his playing days with Blackpool, Leicester City and Doncaster Rovers.


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18 October 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cambridge United Away Game
Following Tuesday night's match against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the 2-1 defeat can be read in full via the link below.

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


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18 October 2017 : Darren Way Admits Failure To Track Runners Gifted Cambridge Goals
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that his side's failure to track runners was the theme of their downfall, as they lost 2-1 against Cambridge United on Tuesday night. The Glovers lost their sixth away match in seven league outings when two Cambridge goals in six minutes exposed poor marking. First Uche Ikpeazu got in behind the back line, beating the offside trap, before a George Maris header in acres of space doubled the home side's lead.

That gave Yeovil an uphill battle from the 26th minute onwards, and they were unable to get themselves fully back into the game. Way told BBC Somerset that their failure to keep a clean sheet had cost them:

"The defending and certainly aspects of how you defend, and tracking runners, with the first two goals I felt were too easy. We were very disappointed with the manner and the way we defended. We said that if we came away from home and kept a clean sheet, then you could see that we were a real threat there towards the end. What I have to do is to make sure that this young group that we've got keep fighting and keep believing, and make sure that we stay away from that bottom two."

Yeovil managed to get one goal back during a much improved second half, with Bevis Mugabi heading home a Ryan Dickson cross on the hour mark. Way was pleased that his side had kept battling up until the end, with a last minute chance for Otis Khan being cleared off the line:

"I think that when I look at the game overall, I was pleased that the team kept fighting and had real good chances. We could have come away with a draw. But yes, we are disappointed, and we're always disappointed when we don't win. I'm more disappointed that the supporters made a huge commitment and travelled all that way, to come and see Yeovil get three points. But unfortunately it didn't, and we've got to make sure that we march on now to Saturday."


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17 October 2017 : Video : Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat against Cambridge United, these are now available online. As well as the three goals, which included a header from Bevis Mugabi, you can also view two other key incidents - namely the opening minute 'goal' that was ruled out for offside just before Olufela Olomola's shot, then at the tail end of the game, the opportunity for Otis Khan that was cleared off the line. Watch via the Sky Sports clip below.

Link: Sky Sports : Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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17 October 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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17 October 2017 : Cambridge 2 Yeovil 1 : First Half Errors Sink Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to defeat on Tuesday night, as two quick first half goals condemned them against Cambridge United. The home side opened their account when Uche Ikpeazu latched onto a through ball that beat the offside trap, and that was added to six minutes later when George Maris headed home a cross into the box. The Glovers performed better in the second period, and pulled a goal back on the hour mark when Bevis Mugabi headed home a Ryan Dickson cross, but despite throwing men forward late on, they couldn't force an equalising goal, going down to a 2-1 defeat.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up as the suspended Francois Zoko sat out the night, with Sam Surridge coming into his position. The only other change was on the bench as Sid Nelson was brought back following an operation he'd had on a broken nose last week. Cambridge United's line-up featured arch-villan Jabo Ibehre, who moved down from Carlisle United over the summer to sign for the U's.

Yeovil could have been a goal ahead after just 30 seconds. Straight from Olufela Olomola's kick-off, Cambridge hadn't touched the ball before it was threaded to Rhys Browne. His shot was parried by David Forde, but as soon as Forde saved Sam Surridge's follow-up shot, the offside flag went up meaning that Olomola's third rebound shot into the back of the net happened in dead play.

The home side thereafter created all of the remaining first half chances. Jabo Ibehre's shot was saved by Artur Krysiak, and the same player had another attempt blocked out by Bevis Mugabi for a corner. Cambridge's opening goal came 20 minutes into the match with a long ball through the middle from Jeavani Brown was met by Uche Ikepeazu, who confidently rounded Krysiak and slotted home for a 1-0 lead. Yeovil's defenders pleaded in vain for an offside flag that didn't come, with Ryan Dickson being booked for his protests.

Six minutes later, and Cambridge doubled their lead on their next major attack. Brad Halliday's cross into the box found Yeovil's defence had gone missing, and George Maris was available to take advantage of that, planting a six yard unmarked header past Krysiak for a 2-0 lead. They could have extended their lead further when Ikpeazu shot over the bar, but thankfully went in at the break only two goals ahead.

Yeovil tried switching their formation around towards the end of the first half, switching to a 4-3-3, and later a diamond during the second period. Jake Gray was introduced as an early second half substitute. Oddly it was the two full-backs who hadn't been switching positions that fashioned out a goal for the Glovers on the hour mark. Ryan Dickson got his second assist in two matches as he produced a cross for Bevis Mugabi, who had bombed forward in open play to plant a header past David Forde for a 2-1 scoreline.

That made the final 30 minutes of the match a stretched affair, as Yeovil threatened a draw, whilst Cambridge also threatened to extend their lead. George Maris hit the outside of the post from a Piero Mingoia cross for Cambridge. Then Otis Khan put over the crossbar, before Jeavani Brown curled a shot narrowly over after Uche Ikpeazu put him through.

Yeovil's problem was that for all of their attempts to throw people forward - emphasised when Alefe Santos came on for James Bailey late on - they couldn't quite deliver the big chances. Their best of the lot by a mile came when a recycled corner fell at the feet of Otis Khan, with his shot being cleared off the line by Jabo Ibehre - the thorn in Yeovil's side this time round for legitimate reasons. Four minutes of injury time couldn't produce another killer chance, and the end result was Yeovil's sixth away defeat in seven matches, and a slip to 18th in the League Two table.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Cambridge United 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Uche Ikpeazu (1-0, 20 mins), George Maris (2-0, 26 mins), Bevis Mugabi (2-1, 60 mins)

Cambridge United:
1 David Forde
2 Brad Halliday 6 Leon Legge 5 Greg Taylor 3 Jake Carroll
7 Piero Mingoia 4 Gary Deegan 20 Jeavani Brown 18 George Maris
9 Uche Ikpeazu 14 Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
11 Harrison Dunk 12 George Taft 13 Dimitar Mitov 16 Liam O'Neil (90 mins for Uche Ikpeazu) 21 Medy Elito (87 mins for George Maris) 26 Matthew Foy 27 Kyle Howkins

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray (51 mins for Connor Smith) 23. Tom James 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos (81 mins for James Bailey)

Cambridge United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Ryan Dickson (dissent, 20 mins)

Cambridge United Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 12; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Rob Smith (Hertfordshire) and Callum Walchester (Suffolk). Fourth Official: Daniel Cook (Essex).

Attendance: 3,328 (with 91 Yeovil Town supporters).


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17 October 2017 : Team News For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Cambridge United at The Abbey Stadium has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the one that took to the field against Crewe Alexandra last Saturday at Huish Park. Striker Francois Zoko is suspended, and so his place in the side is taken by AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge. Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola limped off in Saturday's match, but is deemed fit enough to start tonight's match.

There's one change to the bench, with Millwall defender Sid Nelson having returned from an operation on a broken nose.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), attacker Jordan Green (unspecified injury) and striker Francois Zoko (suspended).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 14. Sam Surridge

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Cambridge United:
1 David Forde
2 Brad Halliday 6 Leon Legge 5 Greg Taylor 3 Jake Carroll
7 Piero Mingoia 4 Gary Deegan 20 Jeavani Brown 18 George Maris
9 Uche Ikpeazu 14 Jabo Ibehre

Substitutes:
11 Harrison Dunk 12 George Taft 13 Dimitar Mitov 16 Liam O'Neil 21 Medy Elito 26 Matthew Foy 27 Kyle Howkins


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17 October 2017 : Interview With Insight 63's Mark Palmer About Consultancy For Yeovil Town
Last week saw Yeovil Town engage with the services of a company called Insight 63 Limited, who provide football consultancy services. Their Director Mark Palmer is liaising directly with Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry and club owner Norman Hayward. In an interview with BBC Somerset, Mark explains why he is here and what he hopes to do. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Mark Palmer Speaks To The BBC About Insight 63's Involvement With Yeovil Town.


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17 October 2017 : Officials For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Cambridge United and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 17th October 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Abbey Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Andy Haines (Tyne and Wear).

We've had Mr Haines seven times before in competitive matches, with all bar one occasion being away from home. The most recent one was for that solitary Huish Park fixture - a January 2015 match against Coventry City that ended up in a 0-0 draw. This was a tale of two penalties - one saved, and one not given. He was willing to give Coventry a rather soft looking penalty when Seth Nana Twumasi and Reda Johnson tangled inside the box - thankfully Jed Steer saved it. Late on, Johnson appeared to be the transgressor when he shoved AJ Leitch-Smith in the back, but despite loud appeals nothing was given. In general he dealt with the game well, but we weren't too happy about his decision-making inside the two boxes.

Mr Haynes was present for the November 2012 FA Cup match against Preston North End at Deepdale. We lost the match 3-0, and finished the game with ten men after Ed Upson was shown a straight red card for a second half foul. On that decision itself, we thought it was probably merited, although it was a game that panned out in a way that was typical of the thuggish tactics that Graham Westley's sides have become notorious for - Preston's players did plenty of rolling around on the floor, and pushing'n'shoving to try to create that sort of atmosphere, and although Mr Haines generally took it for what it was, it wasn't always perfect, and after the game Gary Johnson admitted he wasn't happy with the level of control the officials had on the fixture:

"I thought the officials affected the game today, and it was very difficult to go beyond that and get our game going. Not only were we not playing well, but there was another team not playing well either, and that wasn't Preston. You've got to be doubly clever when the officials put themselves into a situation where they're just waiting for something. The opposition are clever, they're at home and they've got the crowd on their side, and there was a little bit of screaming and shouting from the line that we had to try to compete with ourselves. That's what people do."

In April 2012, Mr Haines took charge of the 2-2 draw against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. No complaints on the day from either camp, and just the one booking, made for a quiet game. Prior to that, he looked after the October 2010 1-0 win over Rochdale. In general he was fairly uncontroversial, except for one last minute incident when he rejected suggestions that Luke Freeman deserved a penalty after he was brought down by Craig Dawson. Mr Haines said no, but Terry Skiverton said after the game that he disagreed:

"That's two times now where we've had that referee (Andy Haines) - once against Leeds away and then today - where I think we should have had a stonewall penalty. I think the only thing he (Rochdale defender Craig Dawson) didn't do was to bring an axe out!"

As Skivo suggests, we'd also seen him in a match against Leeds United - two in fact, and both at Elland Road. We weren't too happy with some of Mr Haines' decision-making early on in the October 2009 game, although his biggest decision came after the match when Leeds striker Tresol Kandol was given a retrospective red card for attacking Sam Williams after the final whistle. Not much you can do as a referee when players decide to do that.

In the March 2009 meeting, also at Elland Road, Mr Haines didn't have too much of a bad game, and certainly didn't affect the final result, but Glovers boss Terry Skiverton wasn't totally happy with Mr Haines' performance, citing his side's two bookings as part of his post-match views on the official as being evidence that the bigger side was receiving favourable decisions.

Prior to the two Elland Road matches, we had Mr Haines for a pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle and a number of occasions as an assistant referee. His one other time in the middle came in January 2008 for a 2-2 draw at Port Vale. We had no major complaints about him on the night.

Mr Haines will be assisted by Rob Smith (Hertfordshire) and Callum Walchester (Suffolk). The Fourth Official will be Daniel Cook (Essex).

Link: January 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Coventry City 0.

Link: November 2012 : Preston North End 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2012 : Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2010 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2009 : Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2009 : Leeds United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: Jan 2008 : Port Vale 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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16 October 2017 : Video : Bristol Rovers U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights from Yeovil Town Under-18s home match against Bristol Rovers Under-18s, these have been published online. There is just under five minutes worth of coverage of the 1-4 home defeat, which includes a goal for Paulius Golubickas during the second half of the match. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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16 October 2017 : 2017-18 Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Draw
Yeovil Town have been drawn away from home in the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The Glovers will travel to play Wincanton Town, following their 1-0 victory over Bishop Sutton that was secured thanks to an Academy side. The full draw for the competition read as follows:

Chard Town vs Wellington
Keynsham Town vs Bath City
Taunton Town or Ashton and Backwell vs Weston-super-Mare
Clevedon Town vs Hengrove Athletic
Wells City vs Paulton Rovers
Welton Rovers vs Larkhall Athletic
Radstock Town vs Odd Down
Wincanton Town vs Yeovil Town.

All ties are due to be played during the week commencing November 6th. This is the midweek period immediately following the FA Cup First Round, meaning that although the Glovers first team have no scheduled fixture during this period, it would be no surprise if the Academy side were given the nod again.


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16 October 2017 : FA Cup First Round Draw : Glovers Given League One Opponents
Yeovil Town have been drawn to play against League One side Southend United in the First Round of the FA Cup. The match will be played at Huish Park over the weekend of November 3rd - November 6th, with the draw having been made live on BBC2 and BT Sport this evening.

The full FA Cup First Round Draw is as follows:

Stevenage vs Nantwich Town or Kettering Town
Bradford City vs Chesterfield
Port Vale vs Oxford United
Newport County vs Walsall
Morecambe vs Hartlepool United
Yeovil Town vs Southend United
Peterborough United vs Tranmere Rovers
Cambridge United vs Sutton United
Forest Green Rovers vs Macclesfield Town
AFC Fylde vs Kidderminster Harriers
Luton Town vs Portsmouth
Shrewsbury Town vs Aldershot Town
Hereford vs AFC Telford
Guiseley vs Accrington Stanley
Blackburn Rovers vs Barnet
East Thurrock United or Ebbsfleet United vs Doncaster Rovers
Leatherhead vs Brackley Town or Billericay Town
Boreham Wood vs Blackpool
Shaw Lane Association vs Mansfield Town
Colchester United vs Oxford City
Plymouth Argyle vs Grimsby Town
AFC Wimbledon vs Lincoln City
Rochdale vs Dover Athletic or Bromley
Coventry City vs Maidenhead United
Chorley or Boston United vs Fleetwood Town
Carlisle United vs Oldham Athletic
Notts County vs Bristol Rovers
Dartford vs Swindon Town
Cheltenham Town vs Maidstone United or Enfield Town
Woking or Concord Rangers vs Bury
Crewe Alexandra vs Rotherham United
Gillingham vs Dagenham and Redbridge or Leyton Orient
Hyde United vs MK Dons
Gainsborough Trinity vs Slough Town
Solihull Moors or Ossett Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Northampton Town vs Scunthorpe United
Charlton Athletic vs Truro City
Wigan Athletic vs Crawley Town
Gateshead vs Bath City or Chelmsford City
Exeter City vs Heybridge Swifts

The winners of each First Round tie will receive £18,000 from the FA's prize pool. Further add-ons will be made for any clubs selected for TV coverage, which will be irrespective of the result of the game.


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16 October 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Cambridge United
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town travel to the Abbey Stadium, home of Cambridge United, for a League Two match. In advance of the trip, the Ciderspace guide has been tweaked from our last visit - find directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and a pub guide all bundled into one page. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cambridge United.

A view of the South Stand. This is the away section for Yeovil Town's 2017-18 season visit
A view of the South Stand. This is the away section for Yeovil Town's 2017-18 season visit.
Photo © 2004-17 Ciderspace



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16 October 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Crewe Alexandra Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Crewe Alexandra kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his thoughts on the decision to recall Rhys Browne to the starting line-up, why Millwall loanee Sid Nelson missed his first game since arriving on loan, and the inclusion of Omar Sowunmi in his place. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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16 October 2017 : Team Of The Week Slot For Browne
Yeovil Town winger Rhys Browne has been included in the Team of the Week for League Two, for the weekend just gone. The nomination by the Football League Paper sees the former Grimsby Town player included in their eleven, after he scored in the Glovers' 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra on Saturday.

Rhys had been recalled to the starting line-up for the first time in seven matches, and he got his reward 15 minutes into the match, scoring the opening goal of the game. There's another familiar name in the eleven, with Matt Dolan getting the nod for Newport County after his current side won 4-0 at Forest Green Rovers. The Manager of the Day is also a familiar name, with Nathan Jones recognised for his side's 7-1 thrashing of Stevenage at Kenilworth Road, which thankfully means we're not the only side to have lost by a six goal margin in Bedfordshire this season!

The full eleven reads as follows:

Jack Bonham (Carlisle United)
Neal Eardley (Lincoln City), Matt Tootle (Notts County), Troy Brown (Exeter City), Jordan Thorniley (Accrington Stanley)
Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley), Luke Berry (Luton Town), Matt Dolan (Newport County), Rhys Browne (Yeovil Town)
Tom Pope (Port Vale), Danny Hylton (Luton Town)

Manager: Nathan Jones (Luton Town).


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16 October 2017 : Yeovil 1 Rovers 4 : Gas Gain Comfortable Academy Win
Yeovil Town Under-18s went down to a heavy defeat on Saturday morning at Huish Park, as a Bristol Rovers side proved too strong for them. The Academy side lost 4-1 to their Rovers counterparts, with Harry Warwick grabbing a brace, whilst Tom Mehew and James Spruce scored for the visitors. Yeovil's single goal came from Paul Golubickas.

The problems for the Glovers started with an early penalty being conceded for an obvious foul in the box, which gave Rovers their opening goal. In a relatively even first half, the Glovers had started well before that penalty was awarded, but were not particularly on top of their game for the majority of the half, with most of their chances coming on the counter-attack, and without genuinely causing the Rovers keeper any serious nerves.

They were also guilty of being caught napping immediately after the break. Possession was given away, and Rovers scored their second goal within a minute of the restart. That was followed two minutes later by Bristol Rovers getting their third of the morning on the counter-attack for a 0-3 advantage.

Yeovil did pull one back almost immediately through Paul Golubickas, to stop the Rovers advantage getting too extreme. The Glovers tried a few tactical switches during the second half, with the introduction of Gabriel Rogers as a substitute allowing him to take up a right-wing position, whilst Tom Hayes performed left-back duties, with Jack Hilton-Jones and Brad Cherrett finishing the game as a centre-back pairing. But Rovers grabbed a late fourth goal to give the visitors a comfortable win on the day.

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

Scorers: Rovers Scorer (0-1), Rovers Scorer (0-2), Rovers Scorer (0-3), Paul Golubickas (1-3), Rovers Scorer (1-4)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Tommy Scott, Charlie Fripp, Brad Cherrett, Tommy Hayes, Lewis Dix, Samyan Ismail, Jack Hilton-Jones, Alex John, Nestor Shako, Paul Golubickas, Neville Nzembela

Substitutes:
Gabriel Rogers (for Lewis Dix), Harry Haughton (for Samyan Ismail)


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16 October 2017 : Last Chance For Advance Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town Match Tickets
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town travel to play Cambridge United in a League Two fixture at the Abbey Stadium. For those fans intending to go to the game, but have yet to purchase a ticket, the Huish Park Ticket Office is handling advance ticket sales until 5.00p.m. tonight. At that point onwards, they will only be sold on the Tuesday evening at the Abbey Stadium end - note that there is a £2.00 surcharge on all tickets bought on the night of the game.

For full details on ticketing and travel, plus other matches that are on sale, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

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

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


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15 October 2017 : GWSC Travel For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Barnet. The match takes place at the Hive Stadium on Saturday 21st October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Barnet : Saturday 21st October 2017.
Huish Park: 9.15a.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

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 Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

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

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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15 October 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Crewe Alexandra Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win against Crewe Alexandra 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, including Olufela Olomola's injury and the yellow card for Francois Zoko can be read in full via the link below.

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


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15 October 2017 : FA Cup First Round Draw Schedule And Ball Numbers
On Monday evening, Yeovil Town and other League One and League Two clubs will find out who they have drawn in their opening round of the FA Cup. The FA Cup First Round draw will see 48 Football League sides and ultimately 32 non-league sides (once a number of Fourth Qualifying Round replays are sorted) compete across the weekend of 3rd - 6th November 2017.

The First Round draw takes place on Monday 16th October, and will be broadcast live on BBC Two and on BT Sport at around 7.10p.m. with the BBC starting their coverage from 7.00p.m. as usual. Winning clubs from the First Round will receive £18,000 from the FA's prize fund. Former FA Cup winner Dean Saunders will be one of the guests on the show, with another guest to be announced later. Actual presenter will depend on which channel you pick - the BBC will use Mark Chapman.

The draw itself is entirely unseeded an unregionalised meaning you can draw anyone in the list of 80 clubs anywhere throughout the country. The list of clubs includes Hereford (65) and Bath City (67), with the latter provided they win their replay against Chelmsford City). There's also a possibility of lightning striking twice given Solihull Moors (50) are still in the hat, whilst for those who like the unusual, Shaw Lane Association (52) are a Northern Premier League Premier Division side who were only formed in 2012 as Shaw Lane Aquaforce, and are based in Barnsley. They've had four promotions in five seasons to get to their current position, and had only previously got as far as the Preliminary Round.

The ball numbers are as follows, with Yeovil Town as usual taking Ball Number 48, given our position in the alphabet:

Football League Clubs:
1. Accrington Stanley 2. AFC Wimbledon 3. Barnet 4. Blackburn Rovers 5. Blackpool 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. Forest Green Rovers 22. Gillingham 23. Grimsby Town 24. Lincoln City 25. Luton Town 26. Mansfield Town 27. Milton Keynes Dons 28. Morecambe 29. Newport County 30. Northampton Town 31. Notts County 32. Oldham Athletic 33. Oxford United 34. Peterborough United 35. Plymouth Argyle 36. Port Vale 37. Portsmouth 38. Rochdale 39. Rotherham United 40. Scunthorpe United 41. Shrewsbury Town 42. Southend United 43. Stevenage 44. Swindon Town 45. Walsall 46. Wigan Athletic 47. Wycombe Wanderers 48. Yeovil Town.

Non-League Clubs:
49. Tranmere Rovers 50. Solihull Moors or Ossett Town 51. Hartlepool United 52. Shaw Lane Association 53. Chorley or Boston United 54. AFC Telford United 55. Gainsborough Trinity 56. Nantwich Town or Kettering Town 57. Gateshead 58. Guiseley 59. AFC Fylde 60. Kidderminster Harriers 61. Hyde United 62. Macclesfield Town 63. Brackley Town or Billericay Town 64. Dagenham and Redbridge or Leyton Orient 65. Hereford 66. Aldershot Town 67. Bath City or Chelmsford City 68. Oxford City 69. Maidenhead United 70. Heybridge Swifts 71. Woking or Concord Rangers 72. Truro City 73. Dover Athletic or Bromley 74. Slough Town 75. Dartford 76. Boreham Wood 77. Maidstone United or Enfield Town 78. Leatherhead 79. Sutton United 80 East Thurrock United or Ebbsfleet United.


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14 October 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra Match Highlights
For those who want to see match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra, these are now available online. As well as the goals from Rhys Browne and Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola, you'll find footage of the two big chances for the visitors that saw their shots hit the woodwork. Watch via Sky Sports through the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra Match Highlights.


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14 October 2017 : Zoko And Olomola Problems Risk Strike Force Change For Cambridge Trip
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way remained coy after Saturday afternoon's 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra in giving an update on the injury of Olufela Olomola. The Southampton loanee was substituted 15 minutes before the end of the victory at Huish Park, having had lengthy treatment close to the touchline. That brought an immediate end to a day that had seen him notch his sixth goal of the 2017-18 season, with him being replaced by AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge and bringing an inevitable doubt as to whether he would be fit for Tuesday night's trip to Cambridge United.

The situation is complicated by Olomola's strike partner Francois Zoko picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, which should see him given a one match ban by the FA when the Glovers travel to the Abbey Stadium. The worst case scenario is that the Glovers have to entirely change their strike force for match if Olomola does not recover in time. Exactly what injury he picked up wasn't clear, with him going down off the ball and away from any Crewe players, with the only evidence being a heavy limp as he left the field of play to be substituted.

Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Way said he would consult with his medical staff first, and admitted that Zoko's suspension meant that he couldn't take any risks in terms of what the problem was with his strike partner:

"Again, I've got to wait and see. So I'll speak to the medical staff in a minute. We'll have to assess Fela in the right way, and make sure that he's prepared for Tuesday. I couldn't mess about. Not with Zokes and the position that he is in now. Obviously as I've said to you before, with a squad of 21 players, we're going to be up against it this month, and I've got to make sure everyone is finely tuned."

The obvious beneficiary for Zoko's absence would be Sam Surridge who came on as a substitute today. However, if Olomola is also missing, that could require some further juggling of the squad, given that Jordan Green has missed the last two matches with an unspecified knock. Given today's game was the first of five matches in just over a fortnight, Way said that he was expecting some injuries and suspensions to be picked up, and added that he would rather see it as an opportunity for whichever players came in:

"I was always prepared and I understand the situation that we are in when you're working with those sort of small numbers. But what an opportunity it is for someone else to come in and grab that. I need to make sure that it's a positive story. I can stand here now and be disappointed, but it's important that I prepare right now. With the squad of players that we've got, as long as we're organised and as long as we stick together, we can be a real success in this league."

Olomola himself seemed in bright spirits after the match, and did not draw attention to his injury on his Twitter account. He focussed only on his goal and the victory, saying:

"BIG BIG three points today also happy to get my 6th goal of the season."


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14 October 2017 : Darren Way Enjoys His 'Best Week As A Manager' After Victory Over Crewe
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way claimed that he had experienced his best week as a manager, after his side's 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra. Goals in each half from Rhys Browne and Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola gave his side their first win in five home matches, after the club had endured a sticky run of form, to lift them up to 17th in the League Two table.

Way made reference to the week's worth of training that his side had at Huish Park since last Saturday's 2-0 reverse against Newport County. With no midweek fixture for the first team, the players had trained every day since the match at Rodney Parade, and the manager told BBC Somerset after the match that it was his most enjoyable time over the last two years, despite the position his side were in leading up to the game:

"I said to the players, it's been my best week as a manager. I've really enjoyed this week. I'm not saying that lightly because I've never said that to them before. But to deal with all of the decision-making that we've had to do and the hard work that's been put in, it's been a really enjoyable workplace for me to come to."

Having lost their last home match against Colchester United, whilst throwing away a two goal lead against Morecambe, Way's side have had substantial criticism on the final whistle after matches in recent weeks. Today there was warm applause after the victory and a much improved performance. Way said that the reaction from games was part of football management and said the objective had been to put on a performance that would persuade fans to return for the next home fixture:

"To be honest, that's football management, isn't it? If you don't win then you've got to expect criticism, and it's about how you deal with that. I thought the way the players dealt with it this week, and the manner was terrific. Everyone was working hard. I thought they deserved that result today. We asked for a performance where the supporters want to go home, and then are coming back to watch the next one. I think the players gave absolutely everything today. With 2-0 and a clean sheet, I don't think you can ask for more."


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14 October 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-0 win against Crewe Alexandra 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 Crewe Alexandra.


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14 October 2017 : Yeovil 2 Crewe 0 : First Home Win In Five Games Lifts Pressure Off Glovers
Yeovil Town picked up their first home win in five matches, thanks to a 2-0 win over Crewe Alexandra this afternoon. The Glovers scored a goal in each half with Rhys Browne netting his third goal of the season after an Otis Khan cross had been flicked on by Francois Zoko. Then Olufela Olomola doubled the lead after he converted a Ryan Dickson cross. Crewe had their own chances as they hit the woodwork twice during the game, but the home side saw the game out in a more positive manner than they have done in recent matches, to push them up to 17th in the League Two table.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up, with Sid Nelson having to withdraw from the squad due to an operation on a broken nose. His position was taken by Omar Sowunmi. Matt Worthington's place in the side was taken by Rhys Browne as a formation change saw 4-3-3 replaced by 4-4-2. In the back four, a straight swap saw Bevis Mugabi preferred for Tom James. In the Crewe line-up, Zoumana Bakayogo was one of those former Glovers you forgot existed - his loan period during the 2013-14 season was cruelly ended by an ACL injury in his one appearance at St Andrews, against Birmingham City.

This was an open match throughout the 90 minutes that swung from end-to-end at frequent intervals. Olufela Olomola got the first shot of the game in, but it was deflected by a defender meaning the Crewe keeper Dave Richards got an easy take. Things were rather closer at the other end, when Chris Cooper's effort clipped the outside of the goalpost, before Olomola got in behind the Crewe defence only to fire wide.

Yeovil took the lead, a quarter of an hour into the match. Otis Khan's low cross was flicked across the box by Francois Zoko into the path of Rhys Browne. He only had a narrow angle to shoot, but fired home from close range for his third goal of the season, and to give him a lift after being recalled to the starting eleven. That level of confidence showed when Olomola put him through on goal, but Browne's chance to put his side two up went over the bar.

As the half closed, Crewe began to get a grip on the game, with Artur Krysiak getting down low to his right to save a Jordan Bowery effort, before a Tom Lowery cross forced Krysiak to palm the ball away as it went dangerously close to goal. Krysiak saved again from a Callum Ainley effort, and then from Bowery as a throw-in allowed Lowery to cross into the box. Crewe had enough chances to have easily equalised by the time the half time whistle blew, but thankfully Yeovil just about stood firm.

Ten minutes of the second half pointed to more of the same, albeit with Crewe's chances being limited to Conor Grant putting an effort over the bar. But ten minutes into the half, Yeovil doubled their lead with their first chance of the second period. Ryan Dickson burst down the left flank, and put in a cross that found Olufela Olomola. His shot took a deflection that caused the ball to loop, and that was good enough to give him his sixth goal of the season and to give the Glovers a decent cushion at 2-0.

Crewe introduced the experienced Chris Dagnall as a substitute, and then went ultra-close when an Eddie Nolan header hit the crossbar, but then found Jordan Bowery wasting the rebound as it went over the bar. There was a lengthy delay when Olufela Olomola went down injured close to the touchline, which required lengthy treatment and an immediate substitution - the big concern being that his fall to the turf didn't appear to be from any obvious contact from any Crewe players - Sam Surridge replaced him.

Having allowed two goal leads to slip against Forest Green, Morecambe and Chesterfield this season, all eyes were on the clock and what might happen if Crewe got a goal back. But actually Yeovil had enough efforts in the closing stages to have justified a third goal as they caught the visitors on the break. Rhys Browne had a shot parried away by the keeper, Francois Zoko put over the crossbar from a Sam Surridge move, and then Browne had another effort saved by the keeper's feet. Their one wobble was when Artur Krysiak dropped the ball inside his own box, but Ryan Dickson was on hand to block the ball on the line.

The only negative points came from Francois Zoko picking up his fifth yellow card of the season, which will see him heading for suspension, whilst there will be concern at Olufela Olomola's injury during the second period. But on the flip side, the first clean sheet in seven games, and the first home win in five games pulled Yeovil up to 17th in the table, and stops some of the recent concern over their results for the time being.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.

Scorers: Rhys Browne (1-0, 15 mins), Olufela Olomola (2-0, 56 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge (74 mins for Olufela Olomola) 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos (89 mins for Otis Khan)

Crewe Alexandra:
13 Dave Richards
2 Perry Ng 6 Michael Raynes 12 Eddie Nolan 3 Zoumana Bakayogo
14 Callum Ainley 16 Tom Lowery 28 Conor Grant 11 George Cooper
7 Chris Porter 10 Jordan Bowery

Substitutes:
1 Ben Garratt 4 Brad Walker 9 Chris Dagnall (61 mins for Callum Ainley) 18 Harry Pickering (79 mins for Zoumana Bakayogo) 20 Charlie Kirk (79 mins for Jordan Bowery) 24 Lewis Reilly 27 Sam Stubbs

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (89 mins, handball)

Crewe Alexandra Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 18.

Crewe Alexandra Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,360 (with 127 Crewe Alexandra supporters).


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14 October 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the one that took to the field against Newport County last Saturday at Rodney Parade. Millwall loanee Sid Nelson needed an operation to correct a broken nose during the week, and he is replaced by Omar Sowunmi.

Right-back Bevis Mugabi returns to a starting position, with Tom James going onto the bench. The other change sees Matt Worthington drop to the bench, with Rhys Browne coming in as an extra wide man.

The three first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), defender Sid Nelson (broken nose) and attacker Jordan Green (unspecified injury).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Rhys Browne 8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 23. Tom James 30. Alefe Santos

Crewe Alexandra:
13 Dave Richards
2 Perry Ng 6 Michael Raynes 12 Eddie Nolan 3 Zoumana Bakayogo
14 Callum Ainley 16 Tom Lowery 28 Conor Grant 11 George Cooper
7 Chris Porter 10 Jordan Bowery

Substitutes:
1 Ben Garratt 4 Brad Walker 9 Chris Dagnall 18 Harry Pickering 20 Charlie Kirk 24 Lewis Reilly 27 Sam Stubbs


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14 October 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Port Vale : Man Of The Match Result
Late last month, Yeovil Town played a League Two home fixture against Port Vale at Huish Park. The Glovers fell behind in the game due to a Tom Pope first half goal, but managed to dig out a 1-1 draw thanks to a second half scrambled Otis Khan goal.

Man of the Match voting saw centre-back Nathan Smith recognised, alongside Matt Worthington who was an unexpected early substitute due to a serious injury to Dan Alfei, which saw him playing 80 minutes as a right-back. The poll winner on the day though was Otis Khan, who bagged his fourth goal of the season.

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

1. Otis Khan 86 (6)
2. Matt Worthington 56 (5)
3. Nathan Smith 52 (4)
4. James Bailey 44 (2)
5. Sid Nelson 26 (0)
6. Ryan Dickson 22 (1)
7. Francois Zoko 20 (0)
8. Jake Gray 10 (1)
9. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)
10. Daniel Alfei 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.18
Performance : 4.55
Entertainment : 3.82
VOTES RECEIVED : 22


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14 October 2017 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Crewe Alexandra Game
On Saturday afternoon, Yeovil Town play a League Two home match against Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be on duty prior to the game in both the Supporters Marquee and The Arrow, in what is their first visit to the ground following their 2017 AGM. If you watched their AGM online or were present at the meeting, or read the output, you might have some views on the topics discussed, so come along and give them feedback.

At the AGM and also after the game, there were some discussions regarding membership and renewals. If you're in doubt over your current membership status, either pop over and see them, or drop them a message to check. The Trust are also reaching out to supporters with respect to a 'ten item challenge' set by Supporters Director David Mills, and they would like your inputs on this topic. See below for full details:

Match:  Crewe Alexandra (Home)

Trust Presence:  Supporters Marquee and The Arrow - approximately 1.00p.m. to 2.30p.m.

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

Arrow Services: 50/50 draw, membership renewals, 20% discount on pre-match food orders (Trust Members only).

Specific Discussion Points of Interest:  Recruiting volunteers, promoting membership, thoughts on AGM, 10-item challenge (see below points of note). 

Other points of note:
The Trust AGM took place on Wednesday 11th of October. Those who missed it can watch the recording from the Western Gazette Facebook page (note this video is 60 minutes long, and you may need a Facebook account).
 
The Trust have donated a number of 2016 branded Polo Shirts to an orphanage in Moshie, Africa.  More information can be found in the article here.  

The minutes from a meeting that members of the Trust Board held with David Mills in September have now been approved and are now published on the Trust website.  A key outcome from the meeting is a 10-item challenge that David has set out to the Trust.  David wants the Glovers Trust to identify ten realistic off the field things that he could do to improve the fan experience at Huish Park. He pledged to complete the ten tasks within a period of three months and if there was a good reason why any could not be done explain why this is the case. The Trust Board intend to build a list derived from feedback of all Yeovil Town supporters and will be meeting to discuss the format and medium for recording suggestions. If you have ideas of what should be included in that list, either discuss directly in the Beer Tent or the Arrow, or drop them an email.

There are still a number of membership cards awaiting collection from the marquee.  If any supporters have purchased membership, please don't forget to collect your card from the Trust team.


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13 October 2017 : Michael McIndoe Gives On Views On What Led Him To Bankruptcy
Former Yeovil Town winger Michael McIndoe has given what is believed to be his first public reaction to accusations concerning his running of an investment scheme for other footballers. The 37 year old has largely gone to ground over the last five years, following allegations that he had been involved in a Ponzi/pyramid investment scheme involving a number of professional footballers.

When the former Bristol City and Wolverhampton Wanderers player was declared bankrupt in October 2014, owing in the region of £3.5 million pounds. In addition, police were brought in to investigate his financial affairs, following allegations of fraud. At present, no charges have been brought against him. At the time of his bankruptcy, seventeen men were listed as potential creditors, including former Glovers Lee Johnson and Leon Best, plus Matt Murray, Carl Ikeme, Freddy Eastwood, Andy Keogh, Lloyd Dyer, David Bell, Isaac Osbourne, Roy O'Donovan, Alan Sheehan and Sam Baldock along with a player's agent and a former Wolves youth player.

McIndoe has now given his own public reaction to those events - principally because he has published his own autobiography. Entitled 'Wildling: My Autobiography', the book is a 252 page paperback that covers his childhood in Edinburgh as well as his playing career, as well as his well-known alcohol and gambling problems that were disruptive during the latter days of his time at Yeovil Town.

He has a very different viewpoint on what caused his bankruptcy to what has been reported in the national press. He denies being part of any Ponzi scheme, and states that his debts related to his gambling problems, as well as a failed investment in an Oxford Street London night club. He claims all of the money he owed to former team-mates and others in the game were ordinary personal loans:

"I have never run any kind of investment scheme or Ponzi scheme. They were all personal loans, and 80 per cent of them were done through lawyers. The money I borrowed was for a multitude of things, consolidating loans, to help me in my financial situation. There was gambling involved, yes - some was to pay off gambling debts but I wanted to get into business."

The business venture appears to have suffered from some poor dilligence in terms of the future of Stamp nightclub in Oxford Street. Situated close to Soho Square, it was one of the buildings that had been earmarked for demolition as part of the Tottenham Court Road Station expansion that will serve the new Crossrail line, meaning that there was already an enforcement order in place when he took it over. He blames an unnamed former business partner for what materialised, adding:

"I got ripped off, I feel annoyed at trusting people I shouldn’t have done."

McIndoe claims he has not gambled for five years now. He says that he plans to get back into football in some capacity, although doesn't elaborate in what capacity that might be, nor how welcome he might be if he happens to bump into any of those people that he owed money to.


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13 October 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Officials for the League Two fixture between Yeovil Town and Crewe Alexandra have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 14th October 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be Ben Toner (Lancashire).

Mr Toner is in his third season as a Football League referee and we've had him twice. The first was the September 2015 League Two match against Crawley Town that saw us gain a 1-0 victory at the Broadfield Stadium. He had an ultra-quiet game, with zero bookings, and we can't recall too much during the match that suggested he should have intervened at any key stage.

Our most recent match came against Luton Town in the February 2017 EFL Trophy tie, that saw Yeovil knocked out by a 5-2 scoreline. As well as the seven goals, there were also four bookings spread across the two sides, although nothing we can recall anyone getting fussy about, although with it being the Checkatrade competition, arguments about the result weren't too heavy at that point anyway.

Despite his inexperience as a League referee, he has had some variety to his career so far - in the summer of 2014, he was selected to represent the English FA in the Dallas Cup, which during that year included youth and development teams from Fulham, Fluminense of Brazil, River Plate of Argentina and the US Under 20 National team. He hails from Darwen and is a teacher at Fleetwood High School and so presumably won't be given too many Fleetwood Town matches to look after.

So far this season, he's taken charge of 8 matches, handing out 21 yellow cards and one red card. That dismissal came on September 16th when he dismissed Oldham Athletic's Eoin Doyle in the 90th minute for two bookable offences in their home game against Shrewsbury Town.

Mr Toner will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Matthew Lee (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Samuel Ogles (Hampshire).

Link: September 2015 : Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2017 : Luton Town 5 Yeovil Town 2.


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13 October 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Crewe Alexandra Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two fixture against Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on training this week, the club's current run of four home matches without a win, and the reaction from supporters regarding the club's overall form. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 October 2017 : An Insight Into Insight 63 - Yeovil Town's New Advisors
On Thursday, Yeovil Town announced that they had engaged with a company called Insight 63 Limited. The person that will be directly involving himself with the club is Mark Palmer, with his remit covering both on and off the field issues. The club's statement does not identify any specific end goal or problem that Insight have been brought in to resolve, except that Palmer says that "the ultimate aim is to take YTFC back up the football pyramid".

The club statement doesn't divulge a lot of information about Insight or Mr Palmer. However, various searches around the internet have made it possible to build up a limited picture. Insight 63 was formed in October 2014. However, for its first year, it was a dormant company, with operational accounts only made available from October 2015 onwards. It's therefore been in active existence for two years.

Insight is registered as a company at Kemp House, 152-160 City Road in London, and the club's statement describes them as being 'based in London'. However, this is not a physical office address. This is a virtual address hosted by a company called Capital Office who provide facilities for large numbers of companies, largely on the basis that they give them a 'prestige' address but without the expense of actually having to rent the building. Companies can hire rooms as needed, or simply use the address as a mail-forwarding facility.

Anyone operating a company could use the above address as a 'front' to their organisation, simply by visiting www.yourvirtualofficelondon.co.uk where they invite you to 'Impress With A London Address' from as little as £7.70 a month. But your actual business operations can be based in Cornwall, if you prefer. By what is almost certainly a concidence, both The Famous Company Limited and Famous Etc Limited - two of the many companies that were used to front the girl group Viva Pitch that attended Huish Park in 2013, were both registered as having their office at the same address as Insight 63 Limited.

Mark Palmer is Insight's sole director, and owns all shares in the company. It's therefore likely that his company is a one-man band. He is registered as living just outside Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. The single year of accounts that have been filed for Insight show a very modest amount of trading, with the Profit and Loss account showing that they made a loss of £2,839 for the year ending September 30th 2016, with current assets of £2,313. The company's position allows them to file unaudited abbreviated accounts, meaning that the size of the company is deemed small under Company Law.

Impress state on their website that their main line of business revolves around the following five key areas:
• Locating direct buyers / majority shareholding
• Financial partners & investors
• Restructuring of debt
• Increasing existing revenue streams
• Opening up new innovative streams of Revenues

Palmer also describes his own views on the company, via his Linked In profile:

"Insight is a London based advisory firm working specifically in and focused on the professional football market. We work on driving investment into football clubs and our working knowledge of the sport allows us to leverage our significant experience and track record, to gain direct access to club opportunities within this unique space. Acting on a bespoke and confidential basis both on the sell and buy side, we source, negotiate and help close transactions, as well as providing an operational platform for the investor after the transaction is completed, if that is required.

We have a deeply experienced management team that work alongside club ownership to locate and source potential joint venture partners, equity partners, through to parties that may be interested in acquiring a club and it’s assets. Many of the projects we work on also have significant property development angles, including regeneration of land owned by a club, through to stadium improvement and relocation. Inspired by our passion for sport our main objective is to help both clubs and investors utilise their skill sets and assets to the full to provide a sustainable model for the future of the game, for many future generations of supporters to enjoy
."

Searches for any football clubs working with Insight 63 draws a solid blank. However, in the case of Mark Palmer, there is one instance where his name pops up as a public figure. In 2008, he was part of a company called S1 Sports Limited. In this role, he acted as the spokesman for a consortium that were attempting to purchase AFC Bournemouth, who at the time were in administration. He was described at the time as being a Cherries supporter. There is no suggestion of him being part of the actual consortium that tried to purchase the club - reports describe him as a front man for Mel Griffin and Jim Moore who were the actual interested parties.

Despite Palmer holding talks with administrator, and his group subsequently placing a formal bid on July 22nd 2008 with the Administrator, it would appear that the consortium did not receive a formal reply to their offer, with an alternative party preferred for the sale of the Bournemouth club. Palmer put out a statement confirming that his consortium's offer had been withdrawn, due to their deadline having passed.


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12 October 2017 : Yeovil Town Appoint New Advisor To Liaise With The Board
Having recently announced the arrival of a Football Advisor at Huish Park, Yeovil Town have now announced that another advisor has been engaged by the club. They have engaged with Mark Palmer who runs a football consultancy business registered in London called Insight 63 Limited. The club describe Palmer as having "vast experience at a high level working confidentially with a number of league clubs in England and across Europe" although don't reveal which clubs have been involved.

The club's statement quotes Palmer as working alongside Chairman John Fry and says that the remit will cover both on and off the field operations. Palmer says:

"Using the experience, knowledge and contacts that I have gained in football, I will be striving to drive the club forward whilst working alongside the Chairman. I will be looking at how we can improve the fortunes of the club both on and off the field, while looking at everything from stadium facilities, the further integration of the club within the local community, through to developing a winning team and making the club a more viable proposition for investors and businesses to engage with. The ultimate aim is to take YTFC back up the football pyramid. I am excited by the challenges at Huish Park. However, at the same time I am under no illusions and understand the challenges that lay ahead while being respectful of where the club has come from."

Fry says that he has known Palmer for over three years, and that he is personally aware of his reputation within the footballing industry. He adds:

"We are very pleased to welcome Mark Palmer to Huish Park in this new advisory capacity. He is someone that I have known for over three years through his work and reputation in football. With the all-round experience he has, Mark will prove to be an excellent acquisition for the club and will very quickly play a significant role in the future of the club and moving it forward on all levels. Although Insight 63 Ltd usually work strictly on a confidential basis with clubs, both Mark and I thought it was important that our fans know we are working proactively and openly to enhance YTFC’s future."

Insight do not appear to have an open office in London, with their registered company address being a virtual address in City Road, London housing a large number of companies, and effectively acting as a PO Box for their communications and registration. Insight were formed in October 2014, with Palmer as their sole director.


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12 October 2017 : Brighton 4 Yeovil 2 : Natkiel Double Sinks Ladies In Cup Group Game
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered defeat in their opening Continental Tyres Cup Group Stage match on Wednesday evening, as Brighton and Hove Albion won 4-2 in Sussex. The midweeker saw the Glovers radically change their standard Super League line-up, with eight changes made from Sunday's line-up against Sunderland, in what is the Ladies' league cup tournament.

One of those changes was the introduction of goalkeeper Laura O'Sullivan and she made an early save from Ini Umotong, before a Nicola Cousins chance for Yeovil at the other end threatened the Brighton goal. There were warning signs for Yeovil though, as an Umotong header came off the crossbar from a Fliss Gibbons cross midway through the half. Gibbons then showed her own aerial prescence with the opening goal as she scored on the near post from a Sophie Perry corner.

Brighton doubled their lead just before the break, when Ini Umotong got space behind the back four, rounding keeper O'Sullivan in a one-v-one before slotting the ball into the empty net. The Seagulls even managed to squeeze in a third goal two minutes later when Kate Natkiel got her first of the night just before the half time whistle blew.

The home side looked to be running away with the tie midway through the second half when Hope Powell's side went four goals up. This saw Kate Natkiel grab her second with the goal of the night, as her long range shot was rifled into the back of the net off the goalframe for a 4-0 lead.

With Yeovil looking dead and buried, their problems were added to when Bow Jackson went down injured, leaving them to play the remainder of the game with ten players, due to all three substitutions having been made. But oddly that was to be the point at which they gave the scoreline more respectability. Substitute Kayleigh Green's bursting run saw her square the ball to Paige Sawyer, who scored on her debut. Then Green's impact became even greater as she netted herself deep into injury time to put a few smiles on the players faces when the final whistle blew.

Final Score: Brighton and Hove Albion 4 Yeovil Town Ladies 2.

Scorers: Fliss Gibbons (28 mins, 1-0), Ini Umotong (42 mins, 2-0), Kate Natkiel (44 mins, 3-0), Kate Natkiel (70 mins, 4-0), Paige Sawyer (90 mins, 4-1), Kayleigh Green (90 mins, 4-2).

Brighton and Hove Albion: Lucy Gillett, Bethan Roe, Ameila Ritchie, Laura Rafferty, Sophie Perry, Aileen Whelan, Jenna Legg, Danielle Buet, Fliss Gibbons, Ini Umotong, Kate Natkiel.

Substitutes: Kirsty Barton (46 mins for Danielle Buet), Natalie Taylor (71 mins for Kate Natkiel), Laura Hartley (76 mins for Lucy Gillett), Chloe Sansom, Lucy Somes, Bronwen Thomas.

Yeovil Town: Laura O'Sullivan, Leah Burridge, Nicola Cousins (C), Paige Sawyer, Chloe Melton, Hannah Miles, Bow Jackson, Ella Pusey, Chloe Lloyd, Rachel Hignett, Georgia Evans.

Substitutes: Kayleigh Green (61 mins for Chloe Melton), Katie Jones (67 mins for Rachel Hignett), Kelly Aldridge (76 mins for Leah Burridge), Gemma Evans, Annie Heatherson, Bethany-May Howard, Jessie Jones.


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11 October 2017 : Glovers Trust 2017 AGM Report
Yeovil Town's Glovers Trust held their Annual General Meeting this evening. In a meeting held at Yeovil Labour Club, this allowed them to present their first full year of existance, with their previous AGM last summer having represented the start-up of the independent Supporters Trust. This meeting allowed the Trust an opportunity to review their achievements over the last twelve months, obtain feedback from members, and shape direction moving forward.

The Glovers Trust accounts have been produced in draft form, and show a total of £5,117.74 in their current account. There is around £1,000 worth of merchandise held as current stock that should later turn into money. It was explained that the irregular length of the first accounting year, and initial set-up costs meant that it would take another year to see what was typical of an accounting year for the Trust. Outgoing costs included the implementation of a PO Box number for postal communications, Supporters Direct membership, FCA Membership, Website, Match Sponsorship (a figure of £600 was negotiated to not include an Executive Box, as normal match sponsorship rates were £900 with a Box). Unfortunately due to Treasurer Simon Brimble being ill and absent from the AGM, the full breakdown of the figures could not be presented. The final accounts are to be audited and will then be published to members.

Trust Membership figures were disclosed at the meeting. In October 2016, the Trust had 270 adult members, 44 junior members and 3 corporate members. In October 2017, this had changed to 125 adult members, 7 junior members and 3 corporate members. Brendon acknowledged his disappointment at the change in membership numbers. However, he said that part of the drop-off may be explained by fans not visiting Huish Park this season. Once the Trust have had their first Board meeting of the 2017-18 season, they plan to contact expired members to see if there are reasons to renew, and to encourage those who have yet to renew to rejoin.

The Trust described the progress that they had made in liaising with the Yeovil Town Ladies side. They said that their decision to sponsor the Ladies had given them access to Huish Park that they had been unable to get during men's matches. They noted that three of the Ladies board had subsequently become Trust members, whilst a member of the Glovers Trust had attended a Ladies meeting concerning their current efforts to secure funding for their full time status. They hope to set up a strong partnership between both bodies on an ongoing basis.

Trust Chairman Brendon Owen said that at present the Trust were unable to sign up to the Supporters Alliance Group due to the rules and regulations that each group attending is expected to sign up to as a condition of membership of the alliance, pointing out that it would completely compromise the Trust's independence from the club. They had consulted with Supporters Direct who had been behind the formation of the Football League rules that require clubs to meet with fans groups at least twice a year, and the Trust had been told that the intention of the new regulations had been for independent Supporters Trusts to be included in those meetings without compromise.

After these discussions with Yeovil Town Supporters Director David Mills, regarding the Supporters Alliance Group, Brendon attended an Alliance meeting as a silent observer. At the meeting were representatives from GWSC, DSA, Cary Glovers, Junior Glovers and Bridport Glovers groups. Company Secretary Kirsty Baker and Supporters Director David Mills represented the club, with Kirsty recording the minutes. Brendon said he was impressed with GWSC and Junior Glovers inputs into issues brought up at the meeting. However, he had concerns that only Kirsty and David were present from the club and that no Yeovil Town Board members were present. Brendon said that by not being directly present at the meeting, there was a risk of emotions being diluted when written on paper.

The Football Club, through Kirsty and David, are looking to change the constitution of the Supporters Alliance Group to remove clauses that meant that groups could be removed if they spoke out against the club, or stood as independent of the club. The Trust members gave their views on whether it is in the interests of the Trust to join the Alliance if the constitution is changed. Concern was raised amongst members that the lack of minutes from those meetings meant that it was impossible to judge the worthiness of attending such a forum. Those members present said that it would be easier to offer an opinion if they could view minutes or the associated rules that groups have to sign up to. The Board will defer a decision on this until they have viewed the revised Alliance Group constitution and the minutes of the meeting that Brendon attended.

In a separate Trust meeting with David Mills - he asked the Trust to set a challenge to set ten realistic achievable challenges for David to do over a three month period that he could follow through and try to complete, to demonstrate that the club could react to supporter concerns. The Trust plan to shortly circulate this idea to members, and will attempt to select the ten best suggestions from members and present them to him as a challenge to carry out.

The meeting also discussed methods and ways of improving communication and awareness of the Glovers Trust and its aims. The Trust Board also noted that with seven Board positions filled out of the ten that the constitution allowed for, they would encourage further volunteers to step forward. Those who do wish to volunteer and help the Board should contact the Glovers Trust directly.


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11 October 2017 : Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month saw Yeovil Town travel to play Grimsby Town in a League Two fixture at Blundell Park. The match ended up in a 2-1 defeat, with the main bright spot of the game being Francois Zoko's equalising goal midway through the first half. Unfortunately, two set pieces - a corner and a free kick - proved to Yeovil's undoing.

Man of the Match voting saw three defensive players take the honours. Millwall loanee Sid Nelson and long-serving Nathan Smith were the centre-back pairings on the day and they got recognition for their performances. The poll winner though was goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, perhaps giving an indication that the scoreline could have been worse than it was.

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

1. Artur Krysiak 38 (3)
2. Nathan Smith 18 (1)
3. Sid Nelson 12 (1)
4. Francois Zoko 10 (0)
5. Sam Surridge 2 (0)

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


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11 October 2017 : Glovers Trust AGM To Take Place Tonight
The Glovers Trust will be holding their AGM tonight, following their first full year in operation. The meeting will take place at the Yeovil Labour Club in Central Road (BA20 1JL) starting at 8.00p.m. As well as the formal change of Trust Board representatives, that will see Ryan Blatchford, Rod Jones and Dean Mountain become board members, the Trust will also provide an update on their last twelve months operations, as well as using a question and answer session to help provide clarity on such matters, and to shape the future.

All current Trust members are welcome to attend, whilst there should be membership forms available on the night if you've yet to sign up or renew your membership.

Glovers Trust AGM Notice
Glovers Trust AGM Notice



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10 October 2017 : Yeovil 1 Bishop Sutton 0 : Late Nzembela Strike Sees Glovers Through
Yeovil Town needed a late goal to proceed through to the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup tonight. The match at Huish Park, against Western League Division One opponents Bishop Sutton was won by a 86th minute strike from substitute Neville Nzembela at a point where the match appeared to be heading for extra time.

The Glovers fielded a line-up entirely built around their Academy Under-18 side, with Antonio Falanga managing the team in the dugouts. His side dominated the first half, but without being able to come up with chances that would worry the Bishop Sutton goalkeeper too much. Their opponents played deep to defend, frustrating the Yeovil side.

That appeared to be bearing fruits for them up until four minutes before the end of the scheduled 90 minutes, when a long ball up field was played into the path of Neville Nzembela. He lobbed the advancing goalkeeper from 25 yards out for a classy finish, giving Yeovil Town a route through to the Second Round stages.

Final Score: Yeovil Town (Academy) 1 Bishop Sutton 0.

Scorer: Neville Nzembela (1-0, 86 mins)

Yeovil Town Academy:
1. Tommy Scott 2. Charlie Fripp 3. Lewis Dix 4. Jack Hilton-Jones 5. Thomas Hayes 6. Bradley Cherrett 7. Gabriel Rogers 8. Samyan Ismail 9. Nestor Shako 10. Paulius Golubickas 11. Jack Rice-Lethaby

Substitutes:
13. Isaac Atherley 14. Alex John 15. Harry Haughton 16. Jamie Irwin 18. Neville Nzembela

Bishop Sutton:
1. Fraser Thomas 2. James Pool 3. Sam Roberts 4. Kai Long 5. Nathan Rendell 6. Tom Clark 7. Sam Downes 8. Jake Keen (Capt) 9. Mason Daggar 10. Josh Keen 11. Chris Hind

Substitutes:
12. Zak Francis 13. Corey Rawlings 15. Sam Glasson 16. Adam Young.

Referee: Matt Eva. Assistants: Dave Lilly and George Cross. Fourth Official: Shaun Enever.

Attendance: 148.


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10 October 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Bishop Sutton
Line-ups for tonight's Somerset Premier Cup First Round tie at Huish Park are now available. The match sees Antonio Falanga's side selected from the club's Under-18 squad, with no first team professionals involved for the match against Bishop Sutton.

The match will be played to a conclusion tonight, with extra time and penalties if needed. The line-ups are as follows:

Yeovil Town Academy:
1. Tommy Scott 2. Charlie Fripp 3. Lewis Dix 4. Jack Hilton-Jones 5. Thomas Hayes 6. Bradley Cherrett 7. Gabriel Rogers 8. Samyan Ismail 9. Nestor Shako 10. Paulius Golubickas 11. Jack Rice-Lethaby

Substitutes:
13. Isaac Atherley 14. Alex John 15. Harry Haughton 16. Jamie Irwin 18. Neville Nzembela

Bishop Sutton:
1. Fraser Thomas 2. James Pool 3. Sam Roberts 4. Kai Long 5. Nathan Rendell 6. Tom Clark 7. Sam Downes 8. Jake Keen (Capt) 9. Mason Daggar 10. Josh Keen 11. Chris Hind

Substitutes:
12. Zak Francis 13. Corey Rawlings 15. Sam Glasson 16. Adam Young.


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10 October 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Doing Defeats Textbook Style
Yeovil Town's weekend just gone was one of the hype of Harry Redknapp appearing at Huish Park, followed by the hopes dashed at Rodney Parade, home of Newport County. The latest Taff's Gloversblog picks up some of the themes that developed around both topics, and how recent results have shaped the club's season. Read on via the link below, and provide your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Doing Defeats Textbook Style.


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10 October 2017 : Former Loanee Prijovic Fires Serbia Into Russia Finals
The current international break has seen a lot of outstanding issues decided, in terms of who will go to the 2018 World Cup Finals in Russia. Former Yeovil Town loanee Aleksandar Prijovic had a night to remember, as he scored the winning goal that put his country Serbia into the finals for the first time since 2010. Their 1-0 win came thanks to his presence as a substitute, as he netted in the 74th minute of the game, to leave them top of their group.

This was Prijovic's first goal for his country at senior level, with last night being his fifth cap. He's had a slightly unusual international pedigree, in that he has played for both Serbia and Switzerland between Under-17 and Under-21 levels, but is now tied to his parents country, rather than his country of birth. Not too surprisingly Prijovic declared last night's strike as the biggest in the 27 year old's career so far:

"It can be said that this is the biggest goal in my career. I dreamed of getting an important goal for the country. We deserve this. When I scored the goal, I thanked God because I had dreamed of this my whole life."

Prijovic is currently playing for Greek side PAOK, who he signed for in January 2017 on a four-and-a-half year contract. His Yeovil Town career was rather more low key, having played four games for the club during the 2008-09 season under Russell Slade as an 18 year old, on loan from Derby County. His spell with the club was partly curtailed due to an illness that meant he returned to Derby, but when he was fit and available, Slade had left the building and new manager Terry Skiverton chose not to follow through an extension on his deal.

Link: Aleksandar Prijovic : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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9 October 2017 : Jamie Sherwood Talks About The FAWSL Restructuring Plans
Nine days ago, Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood appeared live on the BBC to discuss the club's early start to the FAWSL1 2017-18 season. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Geoff Twentyman, Jamie talks about the challenge of early opponents Manchester City Ladies and Bristol City Women, and also gives his views on the Football Associations plans to restructure the FAWSL divisions. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC About The FA Restructuring Plans.


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9 October 2017 : Serious Knee Injury Puts Alfei Out For The Season
Yeovil Town right-back Daniel Alfei will miss the remainder of the 2017-18 season. The former Swansea City academy player, who had arrived at the club from Aberystwyth Town, was injured during the opening ten minutes of the League Two match against Port Vale last month, and substituted with a knee injury.

That injury has now been diagnosed as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury, meaning that he has now gone under the knife for an operation. Although the surgery has been deemed as a success, the typical six-to-nine month recovery time required for such injuries means that the club have already ruled him out for the remainder of this season.

The 25 year old is at Yeovil Town on a two year contract, but will now sit out his first year with just four appearances to his name. The best of luck to him in his recovery process.


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9 October 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Newport County Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Newport County kicked off at Rodney Parade, 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 taking charge of his 100th game, his day with Harry Redknapp on Thursday, and the recall of Connor Smith to the side. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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9 October 2017 : Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Barnet is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 21st October 2017 with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Hive Stadium.

Tickets will NOT be on sale from Huish Park. All tickets will be sold from the Barnet end, at their Hive Stadium. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £23.00; Under-21s and Aged 65 and Over: £14.00; Under-17s: £5.00.

You can prebook tickets by purchasing online via the Hive Stadium online web portal. This allows you to purchase E-tickets which have a barcode on them. You'll need to right-click and download them and then have access to a printer to be able to print them off prior to travelling to the game.

If printing things off is difficult for you, then you can still purchase on the day from the Away Ticket Office. Both cash and cards are accepted.

We've been allocated Barnet's new North Stand, which is situated behind one goal, holding 1,900 spectators. It is an all-seater covered stand with unrestricted views in all seats.

For Disabled Supporter tickets please contact Barnet on 020 8381 3800 for further information. Barnet's website only mentions facilities in the East and West Stands - but with the North Stand having only recently opened, that may be an oversight.

Car parking is available in the matchday car park at a charge of £5.00 per car. Vehicle access is from Camrose Avenue (postcode HA8 6AG). Pedestrian access is from either Camrose Avenue or Whitchurch Lane.

Link: Ticketing For County Cup vs Bishop Sutton.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

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

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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9 October 2017 : Academy Side Given Bishop Sutton Test
Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup tie against Bishop Sutton at Huish Park will see them fielding an Academy side. The match takes place on Tuesday 10th October 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off and is a First Round fixture against the Western League First Division side.

County Cup ties for Football League clubs are always classified as non-first team competitions, but with the Glovers not having a formal Reserve Team or Development Squad structure, this has been a grey area for the last eight years. In most seasons, it's been the club's Under-18 side that has fulfilled the fixture, and tomorrow evening's game will see players from Paul Wilson's and Antonio Falanga's side turn out for the game.

For ticketing arrangements see below. We'd expect only the Main Stand to be open for this fixture.

Link: Ticketing For County Cup vs Bishop Sutton.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

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

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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8 October 2017 : Crowdfunding Target Set By Ladies To Preserve FAWSL1 Status
Yeovil Town Ladies have launched a Crowdfunder page as part of their efforts to meet the new regulations that have been put in place for next season's FAWSL competition. The restructuring plans, which were announced by the FA last month, require all clubs applying for FAWSL1 status for the 2018-19 season to set themselves up as a full time club as well as creating an Academy system.

With the FA insisting that all clubs have to submit their FAWSL1 and FAWSL2 applications by November 10th 2017, this has left the Yeovil Town Ladies side with just over a month to plan out their application and raise funds to support it. With every penny and every pound crucial, they have created the Crowdfunder page in order to allow fans around the globe a chance to contribute towards the grand total. They need to raise £350,000 to give themselves a solid foundation for a FAWSL1 licence, with the costs of set-up and wages increasing if the female Glovers do choose to go down the FAWSL1 line to keep their current status.

Crowdfunding is becoming a popular method of raising funds for projects in the leisure and entertainment industry. League Two side Stevenage are currently using this as a method of funding a new 1,600 capacity North Stand at their Broadhall Way ground, and had succeeded in raising over half a million pounds, with fans purchasing a mini-bond scheme to help fund the developments.

The Ladies model is explained on the page linked below. You can pledge small amounts or £10 or £20 if you prefer (or any other amount), whilst for richer individuals or corporate sponsors, you can make specific pledges between £1,000 and £12,000 that provide benefits in returnm, such as matchday tickets, adverts in the programme, social media plugs, news stories and other stated benefits for your Company.

The Ladies have stated that all money will be used as a means to help develop Yeovil Town Ladies, and that even if the FA refuse their 2018-19 application for FAWSL1 membership, they will use the funding to develop the club further:

"Should our application to gain a Tier 1 license be unsuccessful, your pledge will be used to further develop our club, enabling us to become a Tier 1 club at the earlist opportunity".

For full details, and to be able to donate, head to the link below. For any further information on the scheme, email them at achievebyunity@yeoviltownladies.com or you can reach them via their social media platforms.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies Crowdfunding Page.


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8 October 2017 : Yeovil 0 Sunderland 1 : Ramshaw Strike Leaves Ladies Still Searching For Points
Yeovil Town Ladies lost out by a single goal for the second successive game this afternoon, as a Keira Ramshaw strike proved to be the only difference between the two sides at Huish Park. The 0-1 scoreline came as part of a game of few chances, with the winning goal scored after a Lucy Staniforth saw Abby Joice's initial shot blocked well by Megan Walsh, only for Ramshaw to stab home the rebound from close range.

Sunderland had edged the first half chances, with Kylla Sjoman and Lucy Staniforth trying long range efforts that Megan Walsh dealt with easily, and aside from the goal itself, their main chance came when a Chloe Lloyd backpass almost let in Ramshaw, but with Walsh rushing off her line to avert the danger.

The Black Cats got the best chance of the second half when substitute Simona Koren slipped the ball under the body of Megan Walsh, but with the ball rolling wide of the post. Yeovil Town saw more of the ball after the break, but couldn't find the equaliser they needed with Gemma Evans firing wide of the target before an Annie Heatherson effort from outside the box was saved by the Sunderland keeper. Deep into second half injury time, Kayleigh Green went close as she fired another goalbound attempt, but Anke Preuss saved again to deny Yeovil their first point of the season.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Sunderland Ladies 1.

Scorers: Keira Ramshaw (0-1, 36 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies:
1. Megan Walsh (Capt) 16. Bow Jackson 2. Gemma Evans 4. Ellie Curson 5. Nicola Cousins 6. Kayleigh Green 8. Jessie Jones 9. Annie Heatherson 11. Nadia Lawrence 20. Chloe Lloyd 28. Kelly Aldridge

Substitutes:
13. Laura O'Sullivan 14. Hannah Miles 18. Ella Pusey (83 mins for Ellie Curson) 27. Georgia Evans (66 mins for Annie Heatherson) 7. Paige Sawyer 3. Leah Burridge 10. Chloe Melton (72 mins for Nadia Lawrence)

Sunderland Ladies:
31. Anke Preuss 14. Hayley Sharp 5. Kylla Sjoman 6. Victoria Williams 4. Ellie Stewart 11. Zaneta Wyne 37. Lucy Staniforth 8. Kasia Lipka 20. Dominique Bruinenberg 17. Abby Joice 7. Keira Ramshaw

Substitutes:
1. Rachael Laws 2. Danielle Brown (70 mins for Keira Ramshaw) 9. Simona Koren (59 mins for Zaneta Wyne) 18. Mollie Lambert (88 mins for Dominique Bruinenberg) 12. Tyler Dodds

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 7.

Sunderland Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Richard Hulme Assistants: Linda Lindskog and Andrew Hobbs. Fourth Official: Kevin Lewis.

Attendance: 348.


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

Cambridge United : Tuesday 17th October 2017.
Huish Park: 12.15p.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For County Cup vs Bishop Sutton.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

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

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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8 October 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Newport County Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Newport County at Rodney Parade, 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 Way's Verdict On The Newport County Away Game.


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8 October 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Newport County vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Newport County at Rodney Parade, 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 Newport County vs Yeovil Town.


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7 October 2017 : Video : Newport County vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Newport County at Rodney Parade, these are now available online. As well as the goals from Padraig Amond and Joss Labadie that won the match, the footage also covers the Glovers' two main chances, with a Francois Zoko first half deflected shot, and a late chance for Olufela Olomola that hit the crossbar. Watch the highlights on Sky Sports via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Newport County vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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7 October 2017 : Darren Way Believes Newport Bullied His Side From Start To Finish
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side were bullied into submission at Rodney Parade this afternoon, as they lost 2-0 against Newport County. Conceding two goals from set pieces, the Glovers struggled to show any level of authority over the 90 minutes, and were well beaten in terms of the overall pattern of play outside those two goals.

Way felt his side didn't stand up to Newport's level of physicality, with the likes of former Glovers midfielder Ben Tozer standing at 6'2" in the centre of the park. He felt that the Exiles had imposed their game on Yeovil, more than his own side had managed to do on their hosts, and told BBC Somerset that he wasn't happy with the way his side had allowed that level of bullying to happen:

"I have got to be honest, we're a team that I wouldn't say are naturally built like Newport. I think Newport are built for that game. They have recruited for that strength, like Ben Tozer. But we have to make sure that we understand League Two football. I keep saying it every week that one or two of the younger players have got to live up to that. I just felt at times they bullied us. I don't like that - not to be bullied. That's one thing that should never happen in football. I accept missed tackles and arriving late, but I thought they bullied us from start to finish."

In his pre-match interview, Way had highlighted the number of goals that Newport had scored from set pieces, explaining that they had been preparing for that on the training ground. They will have also known the strengths that former midfielder Matt Dolan had in his delivery from corners and free kicks. Despite that, it was the former Middlesbrough player, who only joined Newport from Yeovil over the summer, who produced the two corners that resulted in Padraig Amond and Joss Labadie heading home. Way admitted that his side had failed to deal with that aspect of the game, although cited the first Amond goal as crucial for shaping the game:

"We knew about it, and we'd worked on it all week. I think that 57 percent of their goals were scored from set plays. Obviously they've got the threat of Ben Tozer. So to concede, in the 45th minute, it was very very disappointing. The half time team talk had to change. It changes the whole dynamic of the game. It changes your half time team talk and it changes the players' mindset. But we knew that threat, and I understand the supporters' frustration. I know as far as our preparation is concerned that we did everything that we could to combat that, and as always I accept responsibility."


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7 October 2017 : Newport 2 Yeovil 0 : Set Pieces Cost Glovers Once Again
Yeovil Town went down to their fifth away defeat in six league games this afternoon, as Newport County picked up a comfortable 2-0 win at Rodney Parade. The Glovers were never really in the game, and lost the points due to two corner kicks from former midfielder Matt Dolan. his delivery into the box allowed Padraig Amond to score just before the break, and ten minutes into the second half Joss Labadie got on the end of a corner from the same player as the Welsh side dominated. The best chance for the Glovers came in second half injury time when Olufela Olomola hit the crossbar but by then they were well beaten.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up with Nathan Smith coming in for Omar Sowunmi, who surprisingly dropped entirely out of the first team squad, one game after he'd been recalled directly into the first eleven. The other replacement was Connor Smith, who came in for Jake Gray, with Smith having missed playing time recently through illness. In the opposition line-up, Ben Tozer and Matt Dolan both started, meaning that this was a game of old boys versus new boys in the centre.

Newport lined up in a 3-5-2 formation, and it was their wing-backs and others moving into wide positions that dominated the game against Yeovil's more narrow 4-3-3 formation. Early on, Ben White put over the crossbar. That was followed up by Matt Dolan dispossessing Matt Worthington, which saw him cross into the box, but Padraig Amond's header went over the bar as well. The Exiles then went close as Joss Labadie spurned an effort six yards out as he too put over the crossbar when he really should have buried it.

Yeovil's chances were few and far between, but Francois Zoko produced an effort out of nothing as he cleverly turned his man and saw his shot deflected off a defender's boot, with Joe Day doing brilliantly to deal with the ball as it span in the opposite direction. But in the main it was the home side that had the greater intent.

That said, it did look as though the Glovers had weathered the storm right up until the point that the board went up for three minutes of added time before the break. Matt Dolan's free kick caused problems in the box and was deflected out for a corner. With the pressure now back on the Glovers defence, Dolan's corner kick was spot on, and allowed Padraig Amond the chance to head home for a goal that the home side deserved, and one that had come at a crucial point in the game.

Instead of Yeovil coming out after the break fired up, it was more of a case of Newport upping the gears as Joss Labadie's header from a Dolan free kick was saved by Artur Krysiak, with Frank Nouble thankfully firing the loose ball wide of the posts. Then Labadie shot over the bar from Nouble's cross. As such it wasn't much of a surprise when Newport doubled their lead. Once again Dolan was the instigator, once again it was a corner, and once again it was a well planted header. Labadie, who could have had a hat-trick before that moment finally got on the scoresheet for a 2-0 advantage.

Newport could have sat back and enjoyed their lead, but instead they showed great intent to try to get their third. Yeovil's opportunities were few and far inbetween with only a long range Tom James free kick that sailed high and wide and another set piece that peacefully floated into the keeper's arms getting near their box. It was nearly three when a long range Joe Day goal kick saw Padraig Amond latch onto the ball, with the Yeovil defence sleeping. Amond's shot was well saved by Artur Krysiak who was the one player who stayed alert.

A Mickey Demetriou free kick whistled narrowly wide of the post, just after Dolan had been withdrawn to a standing ovation. That was the theme of the closing stages, with Newport having the luxury of withdrawing both goalscorers as Padraig Amond and Joss Labadie also left to big applause. Yeovil tried to introduce their own substitutes with Rhys Browne, Sam Surridge and Alefe Santos all coming on, but without any real coherence as to how they would change the game. In the end Yeovil's best chance came during second half injury time when Francois Zoko set up Olufela Olomola but the Southampton loanee's shot came back off the crossbar. Yeovil came out with nothing, and nothing was what they deserved.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Newport County 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Padraig Amond (45 mins, 1-0), Joss Labadie (55 mins, 2-0)

Newport County:
1 Joe Day
17 Scot Bennett 6 Ben White 28 Mickey Demetriou
2 David Pipe 4 Joss Labadie 8 Matthew Dolan 12 Ben Tozer 3 Dan Butler
9 Padraig Amond 10 Frank Nouble

Substitutes:
11 Lamar Reynolds (85 mins for Padraig Amond) 14 Jazzi Barnum-Bobb 15 Shawn McCoulsky 20 Tom Owen-Evans (88 mins for Joss Labadie) 27 Sean Rigg (71 mins for Matt Dolan) 30 James Bittner 32 Calaum Jahraldo-Martin

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 4. Matt Worthington
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 9. Rhys Browne (58 mins for Connor Smith) 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge (52 mins for Otis Khan) 30. Alefe Santos (79 mins for Matt Worthington)

Newport County Bookings: Joss Labadie (27 mins, foul), Matt Dolan (45 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Sid Nelson (43 mins, dissent), Francois Zoko (50 mins, foul)

Newport County Match Statistics: Possession: 68%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 10; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 32%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Nicholas Kinseley (Essex). Assistants: Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: John Farries (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 3,689 (with 291 Yeovil Town supporters).


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7 October 2017 : Ton Up For Darren Way
This afternoon sees Yeovil Town manager Darren Way reach a personal milestone in his management of the club. The 37 year old takes charge of his 100th game as part of the League Two fixture at Newport County's Rodney Parade ground, having been in charge of the Glovers since December 2015. He was the replacement for Paul Sturrock, initially acting as an interim manager until the club gave him the job on a permanent basis on New Year's Eve.

Darren had been operating under the title of Technical Coach since February 2010 - an appointment that coincided with his decision to retire from the game, following his December 2008 road traffic accident that had effectively ended his playing career. He served as a coach under Terry Skiverton, Gary Johnson and Paul Sturrock, always acting as the third in line, meaning that his leapfrogging of Skiverton in December 2015 came as a surprise.

His immediate impact on the club's form was strong, helping the Glovers escape relegation during the second half of the 2015-16 season, whilst the first half of the 2016-17 season pointed to more of the same, with the club occupying a solid upper mid-table position, and even briefly nudging into the play-off spots for one single game in December 2016, after the 5-0 victory over Crawley Town.

Unfortunately, the year 2017 has been rather more bleak for results, with Way's side struggling for wins, with a slide down the table seeing them finish in 20th place at the end of the 2016-17 season. This season has seen a similar start, although thankfully with enough points to keep their head above water, going into this afternoon's game in 17th place in the League Two table.

Darren Way's managerial career statistics for Yeovil Town break down as follows:

Overall Record:
Games 99 Wins 30 Draws 35 Losses 34 Win Ratio 30.3%

When this is broken into both Seasonal and Calendar year segments, this gives the following for League games only:

Seasonal Records: (League Games Only)
2015-16 : Games 26 W9 D10 L7 F24 A25 Pts37. Win Ratio 34.6%
2016-17 : Games 46 W11 D17 L18 F49 A64 Pts50. Win Ratio 23.9%
2017-18 : Games 11 W3 D3 L5 F17 A24 Pts12. Win Ratio 27.3%

Calendar Records: (League Games Only)
2015 : Games 4 W0 D3 L1 F3 A4. Pts 3. Win Ratio 0.0%
2016 : Games 45 W17 D13 L15 F46 A47. Pts64. Win Ratio 37.0%
2017 : Games 34 W6 D14 L14 F41 A62. Pts 32. Win Ratio 17.6%


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7 October 2017 : Ton Up For Ryan Dickson
Yeovil Town left-back Ryan Dickson celebrates a personal milestone this afternoon. The 30 year old has been selected in the starting line-up for the League Two match against Newport County at Rodney Parade, meaning that he will play in his 100th match for the Glovers. Pitched across two spells, the former Southampton and Brentford player as remained a regular in the side when fit and available for selection.

Ryan's milestone has been a bit of a slow burner, and dates all the way back to the 2007-08 season when he played for Yeovil Town Reserves as a trialist, whilst on the books of Plymouth Argyle. However, Brentford moved in for him, with a loan offer that turned into a permanent deal, meaning the Glovers never fielded him as a first team player at that time.

He finally pulled a first team shirt on for the club in January 2012. He was actually brought into the club by Terry Skiverton, as a Southampton loanee, but with Gary Johnson taking over the management position two days later, his 2011-12 season loan spell saw him exclusively play under the latter manager. His stay only lasted five matches though, with Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade taking him from under his former club's noses, with the decision being made due to Orient's ability to commit to the loaner term loan deal.

He came back as a trialist during the summer of 2013, but a lack of match fitness prevented the club from making another move for him. Instead he ended up at Colchester United in the division below. A year later, he moved on to Crawley Town where he was their 2014-15 Player of the Season. However, with a young family, Ryan wanted to move closer to home, and that allowed Paul Sturrock to sign him in the summer of 2015.

Since then, he's been a regular starter for the club, making 94 appearances across just over two seasons, meaning that today is his 100th appearance for the club, with the vast majority of those games played in his usual left-back position.

Link: Ryan Dickson : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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7 October 2017 : Team News For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Newport County at Rodney Parade has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the one that took to the field against Colchester United last Saturday at Huish Park.

Defender Nathan Smith served a one-match suspension last weekend and he comes back into the side, replacing Omar Sowunmi in the starting line-up. Meanwhile Connor Smith, who had been suffering from illness in recent games comes back into the side, displaying Jake Gray. On the bench, Bevis Mugabi returns from injury following a training ground knock a couple of weeks ago.

The three first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury), defender Omar Sowunmi and attacker Jordan Green (unspecified injury).

The team reads as follows, with the exact formation depending on where Otis Khan plays - with a 4-3-3 or a 4-4-2 possible:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 4. Matt Worthington
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 9. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 30. Alefe Santos


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7 October 2017 : Ladies Boss Wants To Keep The FAWSL1 Dream As A Reality
Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood has said that he wants the dream of FAWSL1 football to stay as a reality, as his side battles both on and off the field to preserve that status. The club have just started their first full season at that level, and host Sunderland Ladies at Huish Park tomorrow (kick-off 2.00p.m.) with a Ladies fans and media forum being held immediately after the game.

The Ladies plan to discuss the Football Association plans to restructure the women's side of the game, including the incorporation of full time football in the top flight, and the need for every club to set up an Academy if they want to play at FAWSL1 level next season. Sherwood says he understands why the FA are making such a change, but adds that will have an effect on the aspirations of any club that sits in the divisions below that, with the danger of a closed shop developing. He says he's tried to see both sides:

"There's two ways of looking at it. You have to take the emotion out of it from a Yeovil perspective. For the Women's game and England and for England to be the best team that they can be, then it makes sense. But when you put the emotion into it and you think of teams like Yeovil, Bristol and other teams that are in the WSL then there's a little bit more of a different feeling about it. For us as a club, we know what we set out on this road to do, and that's to establish ourselves as a WSL1 club. Football is about aspirations and ambitions and winning your way through. You want to win promotion and be in the highest league possible. So it doesn't matter if you're in the Conference, you have that dream to go through into the Premier League. We were in WSL2 and we had that dream to be in WSL1. We worked hard to achieve it, and we'll work even harder to make sure that stays a reality for ourselves."

After the Sunderland game, the Ladies plan to hold their Fans and Media Forum at around 4.00p.m. in the Alec Stock Lounge, with all those who hold a matchday ticket invited to attend. Sherwood said that the club's overall ambition was still to play at the top level, and explained how things would unfold after the game:

"We'll get everyone into the ground, and speak to them and make sure that everyone sees the plans for Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club, both in the short term and in the long term. I think that the timescales that the FA have set is maybe the bigger problem. But I think the reality for every club like Yeovil, since the day I walked into the club, was to achieve promotion and get ourselves into WSL1. Now we're here we want to establish ourselves. The aspiration has always been for us to be a full time club. We've taken great steps this season to be in an even closer position. So hopefully throughout the coming weeks and coming months, we can make sure that does become our reality, and that we are a WSL1 club come 2018-19."

Advance tickets for the match against Sunderland can be purchased here. The Ladies are asking for a 'pack the park' mentality for tomorrow's fixture - one of the FAWSL1 licence clauses for next season is for clubs to have firm targets for attendances at their games, to ensure that they can be as self-sufficient as possible, and with the female Glovers having been one of the best attended clubs in the country, this is likely to be one of their strengths. Turnstiles will be open from 12.30p.m. for the 2.00p.m. kick-off. The after match event is to begin from 4.00p.m. after the full-time whistle.


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6 October 2017 : Lawrence And Hedges Gain Career Firsts In Welsh Victory
Two former Yeovil Town loanees had an evening to remember, as Wales gained a 1-0 victory over Georgia in Tbilisi. The match was won by Tom Lawrence, whose 49th minute goal saw him beat Georgia keeper Giorgi Loria from 20 yards with a swerving drive after Aaron Ramsey put him through. This was his first senior international goal, having now represented his country nine times. Lawrence is now on the books of Championship side Derby County but was part of Manchester United's squad when Gary Johnson took him on a 19 game loan spell during the 2013-14 season whilst the club were in the Championship.

It was also a notable day for Ryan Hedges, even though he didn't get on the field of play. The 22 year old had been given his first ever senior call-up for Wales for the Friday night game, after injuries to other players saw him drafted into the squad. Ryan is currently on the books of Championship side Barnsley, where he has made 13 appearances this season, scoring three goals. Given he had a sluggish start following his move from Swansea City in January 2017, shortly after they curtailed his 2016-17 season loan spell with Yeovil Town, it would seem that he is now becoming more of a regular for the Tykes, even if his last three appearances for them have been from the bench.

Both players will stay with the Welsh squad over the weekend, with a huge home game against the Republic of Ireland still to come on Monday night. The Wales squad also featured a third former Yeovil Town loanee with Wayne Hennessey keeping a clean sheet this evening.

Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Davies, Williams, Chester, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, King, Lawrence, Vokes.

Subs: Maxwell, Ward, Ampadu, Lockyer, Taylor, Edwards, J.Williams, Brooks, Woodburn, Hedges, Robson-Kanu.


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6 October 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Newport County Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Newport County at Rodney Parade, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, there's an inevitable heavy emphasis on the arrival of Harry Redknapp, but also views on former midfielders Matty Dolan and Ben Tozer and Saturday's opponents. Read that via the link below.

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


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6 October 2017 : Exiles Boss Wary Of Yeovil Town Managerial Milestone
Newport County manager Mike Flynn says that he is aware that his opposite number in the dugouts is marking a milestone tomorrow afternoon when he visits Rodney Parade. The League Two match against Yeovil Town will be first team manager Darren Way's 100th game in charge of the Glovers, having been put in charge of proceedings back in December 2015.

Way's current record gives him 30 wins, 35 draws and 34 defeats across those 99 fixtures in all competitions, and will take his side into South Wales in 17th place in the League Two table - six points behind a Newport side who are in 10th position. The Exiles are currently unbeaten on their newly relaid home turf, and may even be in a slightly false position when it's considered that their summer refurbishment meant a delay in playing matches at Rodney Parade - only four of their eleven fixtures have been on home turf.

Flynn recognises the milestone that Way is going to hit on Saturday, but hopes that he won't be celebrating it too hard by the end of the game:

"He might not be celebrating his achievement on Saturday at 16:50 but of course, it's good to see Darren getting 100 games under his belt. He is Yeovil through and through and he’s doing well for a young manager. It's tough, I don’t suppose that he's got the biggest of budgets but he’s hanging on in there and he’s given it a good go."

Despite being the higher-placed League Two side, Flynn has said that he is wary of the battling qualities that his opponents have, and recognises that they have picked up a few good results this season, notably in their last away match, which saw Yeovil triumph against Chesterfield in a 3-2 victory at the Proact Stadium:

"Yeovil will be another difficult challenge. They are a battling team, got some good players and will come here and want to take the points. If you don’t work your opponent then every game will be twice as difficult so we have to be up for it, treat them with respect and hopefully we'll come away with the points. It's nice that Yeovil have picked up some good results, they are ticking along and it will be another tough test that we will have to prepare right for."

The Newport boss also noted the arrival of Harry Redknapp to Huish Park yesterday, as an unpaid football advisor. Redknapp is not expected to be present for tomorrow's fixture against Newport, and Flynn felt that it might take him a while to get used to some of the issues affecting League Two sides around the country:

"Harry has a wealth of experience. I'm not sure how much he knows about League Two so it may take him a few weeks to get used to the players and the league. But listen, he’s a well-known character and I'm sure he will be a tremendous help for Darren this season."


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6 October 2017 : Officials For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Newport County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 7th October 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Rodney Parade. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Nicholas Kinseley (Essex).

In terms of refereeing at Football League level, he was promoted to this level over the summer of 2015 a single trial game in League Two during the 2014-15 campaign. Prior to his promotion we saw him during the December 2012 match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park when he was a linesman at that time.

We had him as a man in the middle twice during the 2015-16 season, with his performances memorable for entirely opposite reasons. The first was the September 2015 home match against Morecambe, where his actions had a big effect on the match. He sent off Shaun Jeffers for a straight foul on Aaron McGowan - the video replay tended to show that Jeffers wasn't very good at tackling, but there was nothing particularly malicious in it, but off he went, and he was joined at half time by manager Paul Sturrock who let the referee know what he thought of the decision as they went down the tunnel at the break - Sturrock got a one match ban for the game at Crawley Town later that month. The club appealed against the striker's dismissal, but the problem with the Appeals Panel decisions are that you have to provide evidence that the referee got it wrong, and although Jeffers barely made any connection he had raised his leg and so presumably that was enough for them to back the referee. Overall he had the look of a rookie at a new level, and there were times during the game when he seemed to be letting everything get out of control. Meanwhile, having been 2-0 up, Yeovil collapsed in the final five minutes and lost the game by a 2-4 scoreline, with the red card inevitably a key talking point after the match.

We then faced him in April 2016 for the match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way. On this occasion the match referee was in a super-lenient mood, letting tackles go that he probably shouldn't have. In the 84th minute a hopelessly wild and late 'tackle' by Ben Kennedy on Kevin Dawson as he flew up the wing looked like a cast iron red card, particularly when fans were already aware of the standard that Kinseley had set when deciding to dismiss Shaun Jeffers in the earlier season fixture. But referees are a law unto themselves at times, and Kinseley somehow decided that Kennedy's thuggery was of less concern to him than Jeffers' more innocent clumsiness. The end result was a yellow card, and a furious Yeovil bench. Like the September 2015 match, the Glovers also ended up with one of their management team getting banned by the FA for giving his opinion to Mr Kinseley about the incident. This time Terry Skiverton was the one to get a rap over the knuckles, a £500 fine and a single match ban for 'insulting language and/or behaviour'.

Our most recent meeting involving Mr Kinseley was for the August 2016 meeting against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. For the third time in three games, we felt that he had misjudged a key situation in a game, when former Hatters defender Alex Lacey was shoved over a retaining wall by Luton striker Danny Hylton early in the first half. Lacey was eventually diagnosed with a broken arm, having fallen into a 'moat' area in the Oak Road Stand, and our opinion was that Hylton knew exactly what he was doing. Manager Darren Way was very unamused describing the decision after the game as "an absolute joke" - although he didn't say what punishment he thought Hylton should have had, he certainly felt the officials should have taken stronger action.

Mr Kinseley will be assisted by Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be John Farries (Oxfordshire).

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 4.

Link: April 2016 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2017 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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6 October 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Newport County
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make a fairly short journey to Rodney Parade, when they will take on Newport County in a League Two match. The Ciderspace guide has been updated for the day, with directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics, a pub guide and numerous other bits. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Newport County.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

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



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5 October 2017 : Valiants Appoint New Management Team
League Two side Port Vale have appointed a new management team. They have recruited Gateshead manager Neil Aspin. The 52 year old has taken up his first management role at Football League level, having also taken charge of Harrogate Town and FC Halifax Town across the last 12 years.

Vale's decision to hire Aspin is no doubt influenced by his playing days. He turned out on 410 occasions as a Port Vale defender between 1989 and 1999, winning their Player of the Season on two separate occasions. He comes in as the replacement to Michael Brown who had been in charge when the Valiants were relegated to League Two over the summer, as well as being in charge during their sluggish start to the 2017-18 season.

They have also brought in former Stoke City Director of Football John Rudge, who will work at Vale Park under the same title. Once again he will need little introduction to his new club, given he was Vale's manager for 16 years, which included winning three promotions and the Football League Trophy. Rudge's time at the club included the recruitment of Aspin to the club - ultimately he became his club captain.

In the wake of the new management team arriving, Caretaker Managers David Kelly and Chris Morgan have left the club. They have also said farewell to Chief Scout Darren Wrack, meaning that once Brown is factored in, four people have headed through the out door in total. The new management team take over with Port Vale lying in 22nd place in the League Two table, on just five points. The bottom three clubs have all been cut adrift by five points, meaning that Vale, Chesterfield and Forest Green Rovers have some distance to make up to drag other teams into the relegation spots.


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5 October 2017 : Darren Way and Harry Redknapp Talk About The Football Advisor Role
Yesterday morning, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way and the vastly experienced former manager Harry Redknapp appeared live on the BBC to discuss plans at Huish Park. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Claire Carter, both were interviewed on the breakfast programme to talk about the situation. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way and Harry Redknapp Speak To The BBC About The Football Advisor Role.


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5 October 2017 : Ticketing For County Cup vs Bishop Sutton
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's County Cup fixture are now available. The Somerset Premier Cup First Round tie against Bishop Sutton will take place on Tuesday 10th October at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for the game will be as follows:

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

Tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office in advance by calling 01935-847888 or by visiting in person.

This fixture counts as a non-first team fixture. In more recent seasons, the club have selected an Academy side for this fixture, although they have not been explicit in this on this occasion.

Link: 2017-18 Somerset Premier Cup First Round Draw.


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5 October 2017 : Redknapp Plays Down Suggestion Of Long Term Glovers Relationship
Former Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp has played down suggestions that his relationship with Yeovil Town will turn into anything long term. The 70 year old was interviewed by TalkSport radio today about wider issues, but inevitably touched on the subject of his 'football advisory' role at Huish Park.

Redknapp has said that he does not regard the offer as a 'long term' commitment and that he does not have firm plans to attend Yeovil Town fixtures - something that goes against the general steer given in the lead up to announcements concerning Redknapp's role. He describes it more as an occasional arrangement:

"No, I'm going down this morning (Thursday) but I can't (go full time). Darren Way rang me and just asked if I would go down if I had any spare time, to just pop down and spend the morning with him or whatever. I just said that if I get the time, or when I can, then I would do it. But I wouldn't be making a commitment to it long-term or full-time. I am going to go down this morning, have a cup of tea with him, and sit down and have a chat with him. But after that, if I can get to a game I will do, but it is not something I will be doing full on, that's for sure."

"Darren Way is a great lad, and I got to know him a few years ago as he came to Tottenham a couple of times to watch them training. He's dead keen and he just said could I go and spend a little bit of time, if I get any spare time, to sit down and go through some of the problems that he is facing as a young manager. Going down to Yeovil today, I'm quite looking forward to it as I'll have a cup of tea with the boys and I'm looking forward to seeing them. Terry Skiverton who is the assistant is another real Yeovil lad and was a good player for Yeovil. Him and Darren are doing a good job on limited resources."

"If you look at Steve Perryman, I couldn't get into a position like Steve is in. He is full time, but look at the great job he has done down there at Exeter with Paul Tisdale. Stevie Perryman is such a football brain to have for a young man like Paul Tisdale over the years. Steve has been there for about 12 years now or maybe even more, giving his experience to Paul Tisdale. I think that's fantastic. But it's not for me long-term or full on. But there's got to be guys out there who have managed and played, with experience who can go into a football club and help a young manager. I think it's something that should be done more."

Redknapp spends the remainder of the interview, largely talking about Tottenham Hotspur, England and Harry Kane. The above represents the Yeovil-specific content.


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5 October 2017 : Ladies Switch Club Forum To Coincide With Sunderland Visit
Yeovil Town Ladies have changed their plans for their public forum that was due to be held next Monday. The forum had been set up to discuss the club's future in the light of the Football Association plans that were published late last month. The Ladies provided their own initial response to the FA's plans, which included an invitation to all interested parties to attend a meeting to discuss a shortfall in funding, coupled with the need for the Ladies to turn full time in order to preserve their current FAWSL1 status. That forum will now be switched to take place on Sunday, immediately after their FAWSL1 match against Sunderland Ladies at Huish Park.

The switch of plans has been done because of the large amount of support for the event, but also to help concentrate minds around a matchday when a large proportion of their support would naturally be at Huish Park anyway. The Ladies explain their plans:

Further to our Club Statement released last week, following The FA's announcement to restructure the top of the women's football pyramid, Yeovil Town Ladies FC are now in a position to share the next steps with its fans, business community and media. The club urges fans to 'Pack The Park' in this Sundays match v Sunderland which kicks off at 2.00p.m. Following this fixture, the club is giving everyone connected with the club in all capacities, the opportunity to discuss the recent announced changes, but to also find out ways in which they can get involved and support its future development. 

The forum event was originally planned for Monday evening, however in view of the large amount of support already sent in to the club, it has been decided to move this event to a day earlier, whilst also encouraging a big attendance at the next FA Women’s Super League home match. A new email address has been set up, giving people the chance to send in questions or suggestions to achievebyunity@yeoviltownladies.com and this will be monitored in the lead up to Sunday, with any key questions or information shared where possible.

Following the match on Sunday, the Alec Stock Lounge, will be made available to fans, media and businesses, where spokespeople from the club will be on hand to share some ideas and plans, which will assist with our application for a Tier 1 license in the 2018-19 season, and therefore, keeping its deserved place in the top of the women’s game, where it worked so hard over a number of years to gain its place on merit. Only those with a matchday ticket are eligible to attend this post match event and should numbers attending this be so high, the forum will be delivered on a larger scale in a slightly different way, in order to get our message and plans over to everybody in attendance and those keen to support us moving forward.

The packed Main Stand at Huish Park for a FAWSL fixture
The packed Main Stand at Huish Park for a FAWSL fixture


The club mantra of Achieve By Unity, is one which helped the club win the Club of the Year award twice in three years, which was presented by The Football Association in 2014 and 2016. This lead to success on the pitch as well as off it, when last year, Yeovil Town Ladies FC reached their current high profile after winning the league, beating Bristol City, who were second and Everton in third. The club, staff, players and board and committed to remaining ambitious and whilst focusing on this current season of football, the application for the 2018-19 season has been given a deadline of 10th November for submission. 

Tickets for Sundays match v Sunderland can be purchased online here, with turnstiles open from 12.30p.m. for the 2.00p.m. kick-off. The after match event is to begin from 4.00p.m. after the full-time whistle. We are committed to still providing a great matchday experience, and Sunday is no different, so aside from this, come along and watch some elite level top flight football.


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4 October 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Hype About Harry
Yesterday brought some rather unexpected news, as the name of Harry Redknapp was announced as a Yeovil Town appointment. Coming in as a 'football advisor' just a few weeks after leaving Birmingham City, his arrival has inevitably raised a few eyebrows. The latest Taff's Gloversblog examines both the benefits and the pitfalls of such an appointment, as well as looking closer into a few of the things that he has said. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Hype About Harry.


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4 October 2017 : Harry Redknapp Gives Thoughts On His New Advisor Role At Yeovil Town
Harry Redknapp has said that he will be making his first visit to Huish Park tomorrow, as he commences his first day as an informal football advisor at Yeovil Town. On an unpaid, non-contract basis, the 70 year old former Birmingham City and Tottenham Hotspur boss will be working with first team manager Darren Way in a role that is not strongly fixed, but would appear to be one that will involve Redknapp sitting in the stands and watching, rather than directly getting involved in the dugout area on matchdays.

Redknapp has had past contact with both of Yeovil Town's current management team. He was Spurs boss at the time the Premier League side loaned the Glovers a batch of youngsters, including Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend when Terry Skiverton was in charge of the team. More recently he was Birmingham's boss when Way attempted to bring midfielder Corey O'Keeffe to Huish Park, as a loan deal in the summer. Whilst that deal didn't go through, it did establish some contacts, and Redknapp explained to BBC Somerset how he saw his role in the early days:

"I've known Darren for quite a while and he's a great guy. I think he's doing an excellent job down at Yeovil. He just said if I could come in, whenever I get time to pop down and just be around him for a little bit. I know Terry Skiverton well, and to just be around when I get the time and the opportunity, if I can pass a little bit of experience on, then I'm only too pleased to help. I'm going to pop down tomorrow (Thursday). I'll come down and have a chat with the boys and Darren."

Redknapp also has a strong connection with the Yeovil Town board, given that club owner Norman Hayward and Director Brian Willis were both on the AFC Bournemouth board during the 1990s, whilst Redknapp was in his first managerial job. Despite the Glovers' current 17th place position in the League Two table, he said that he felt the club was still doing well given its constraints:

"I think they've done well under the circumstances. It's difficult, as Darren is not working on a big budget there, so he's obviously got a tough job on his hands. But Yeovil is a good job, and a club with great tradition. I know one or two of the Directors there as well. It's all about just getting the best out of the players that he's got there, which I'm sure he does. But there will be little pitfalls along the way, and little things that he hasn't encountered before that I've come across in all of the games that I've managed, where I can give him a little bit of advice."

The Sandbanks-based former manager has taken charge of seven different clubs (along with two spells at Portsmouth) and has had a reputation for bringing in prominent players for large transfer fees. He admitted that wasn't going to be an option at Yeovil Town. However, he said that one pattern to the sort of clubs that he'd been involved in, was that they were often near the bottom of their division when he arrived:

"I've always taken over clubs that have been stuck at the bottom of the league. I've never met anybody that can suddenly turn very average players into great players. So I've always gone into clubs and tried to improve them, and bring better players in, as well as working with them. But Darren has got a tight budget there, and he can't just go out and bring players in willy-nilly. He's got to work with what he's got. So that's what he does, and he does that very well."


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3 October 2017 : Harry Redknapp Advisory Role Confirmed By Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have confirmed this morning's news concerning their plans to work with former Birmingham City, West Ham United and AFC Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp. The news broke via a BT Sport football pundit programme that the 70 year old was interested in working with manager Darren Way, and the club have now gone on the record to state that this will be going ahead. They describe it as an 'approach' to Redknapp, although later welcome him to Huish Park, suggesting that their expectancy is that all parties are in agreement.

Redknapp's employment is described as being 'an advisory role with the first team' although there's no detail on the exact scope that role will entail yet. Redknapp has said in recent interviews that he was after a part time position that would allow him to work with a younger manager. He stated that he would provide that position free of charge, which would imply that there is no contract between Redknapp and the club at this stage. Way himself has said in the club's statement that he hopes Redknapp will be able to pass on his knowledge to him during his time at the club:

"Harry has been in the game a long time and is someone I highly respect for all the experience he's gained and achievements he's accomplished. I'm still starting my journey in management and feel the opportunity to bring in someone like Harry to offer advice and pass on his knowledge is a no-brainer. There's no pressure or long-term commitment from either side, but I'm looking forward to having Harry at Huish Park and we welcome him to the club."

Current expectation is that Redknapp would not be in the dugouts on matchdays, but would watch the game from the stands, although we'll see how things unfold in due course.


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3 October 2017 : Redknapp Initial Contact Made By Glovers Boss Darren Way
Earlier reports that former Birmingham City and West Ham United manager Harry Redknapp might be working with Yeovil Town, may appear to have some legs to them. The 70 year old appeared on a BT Sport programme earlier this week, and told the programme that he was still interested in a footballing role, specifically citing Yeovil Town as a club that he could envisage working with on a part time basis.

Redknapp has subsequently revealed in a secondary interview, that he has received specific contact from Yeovil Town boss Darren Way, thus removing the question of whether Redknapp was just talking about a hypothetical situation, or one where there had been hard contact between himself and the Glovers. This afternoon, freelance journalist Chris Spittles, who regularly reports for BBC Somerset has given his understanding of the developments, believing that Redknapp may be at Huish Park this week, and that he will attend future matches. Chris explains in a series of tweets:

"Yeovil Town boss Darren Way contacted Harry Redknapp after seeing Harry quoted about working with a young manager when he left Birmingham City. Way is keen to utilise Harry's experience and contacts to help Yeovil Town and the board are happy for Harry to get involved. Redknapp could be at Huish Park this week under Darren's invitation and intends to attend upcoming Yeovil matches. Darren has been criticised for his perceived insular approach but on this occasion has looked outside Yeovil for help. I know Harry divides opinion in football these days, but surely Yeovil Town have nothing to lose if he's willing to work with Darren Way in an advisory role."

Chris doesn't divulge where he's got his information from, although given that it's been retweeted by the club's Press Officer, the content would appear to have some semi-official backing. As yet, there's no title for Redknapp's role, although in secondary interviews, he saw his goal as being that of a Director of Football position, that would presumably not be in the dugout on matchdays.

Redknapp indicated that he had no interest in pursuing a full time management position at any club, having left his job at Birmingham City on September 16th 2017, indicating that the most he would consider would be a part-time role within commutable distance of his South Dorset home. He has performed this sort of role at two other football clubs - in January 2016 when he became a Director at Wimborne Town, and then in March 2016 when he was brought in at Derby County to work as a Football Advisor to head coach Darren Wassall until the end of the 2015-16 season. Both appointments ultimately became short term affairs. At the time of his appointment at Derby he insisted that he would not be performing a hands-on role at the club:

"I'm not director of football. I won't be bringing any players in, I won't be making any signings. I'll sit in the stand. I'm not going to run down to the dug-out or have a hotline to the touch line."


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3 October 2017 : Glovers Supporters Director Talks About Recent Huish Park Attendances
Yesterday, both BBC Somerset and BBC Points West ran features on Yeovil Town concerning the club's low attendances during the early part of the 2017-18 season. They centred on the 1,534 figure that was released by the club last month detailing the 2017-18 Season Ticket Sales, and also on the crowds that have turned up to the League Two home fixtures so far.

Yeovil Town have had six league home fixtures during the 2017-18 season. With the exception of the match against Coventry City, which fell on a Bank Holiday weekend, and saw the Sky Blues bring 1,056 away supporters, in a crowd of 3,754, the other five home fixtures have all fallen below what had been the club's record low Football League crowd of 2,749, which in itself had only been set during September 2016 for the game against Hartlepool United. Whilst the new low is now recorded as 2,205 for the September home match against Morecambe, any of those five fixtures would have 'beaten' that Hartlepool figure:

12.09.2017 : 2,205 : L2 vs Morecambe
12.08.2017 : 2,464 : L2 vs Accrington Stanley
30.09.2017 : 2,556 : L2 vs Colchester United
23.09.2017 : 2,614 : L2 vs Port Vale
09.09.2017 : 2,732 : L2 vs Cheltenham Town

As part of BBC Somerset's coverage, they spoke to Supporters Director David Mills, with presenter Claire Carter asking him why he felt crowds had dropped, and what the club planned to do about it. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: David Mills Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Recent Attendances.


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3 October 2017 : Harry Redknapp Offers Up Services To Yeovil Town Free Of Charge
Former Birmingham City and AFC Bournemouth manager Harry Redknapp has openly thrown his hat into the ring, saying that he would like to get involved at Yeovil Town. Whilst the Glovers board and first team management have not made any comment suggesting that they are seeking such a person, Redknapp has suggested he would be willing to work at Huish Park free of charge, with current manager Darren Way as some kind of a football consultant.

Redknapp was speaking as a pundit on BT Sport's Score programme, being asked what he might seek to do in the wake of being sacked by Birmingham City after a string of poor results at the start of the 2017-18 season, and was asked where his career might take him. He suggested that a part time role, close to his home in Sandbanks, might suit him and specifically named Yeovil Town and Darren Way:

"What I wouldn't mind doing is going in with a young manager somewhere and going in a couple of days a week to help out. Up the road from me at Yeovil, if the young manager there rang me, I don't want any money for it, I'd go in and do a couple of days with him and just see if I can help. Darren Way is a smashing lad, with the smallest budget I think in the Football League. It'd give me something to do in the mornings. Something like that would suit me fine. I'm not going to travel; I'm not going to move house now. But a couple of days a week and to watch them play on Saturdays, I'd enjoy that."

Redknapp's claim that Yeovil Town have the smallest budget in the Football League might raise the eyebrows of personnel at Morecambe and Accrington Stanley. In an October 2016 interview with Chairman John Fry - his last full-length radio interview - he described the club as being "just below halfway mark with the budget size" in comparison with other League Two clubs.

There is an obvious Yeovil Town connection with Redknapp already in place. Glovers owner Norman Hayward was Chairman at AFC Bournemouth during the 1990s, and was the man at the helm when Redknapp left Dean Court at the end of the 1991-92 season. There are conflicting reports as to how Redknapp departed the club, but he was given a £100,000 pay-off on his exit, suggesting it was by 'mutual' agreement. He then moved on to West Ham United, as assistant manager to Billy Bonds, later taking up the first team manager's position.


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2 October 2017 : Academy Seeking New Youth Development Coach
Yeovil Town are recruiting a new Lead Coach for the Youth Development Phase of their Academy. This covers the year groups from Under-12 up to Under-16 and is a full time (40 hours) position, with an expectation that the person recruited will be flexible with their working hours across evenings, Saturdays and Sundays, as per training and matchday schedules.

The candidate must hold a UEFA A Licence, and either hold or be working towards the FA Youth Award for Modules 1, 2 and 3. They need to hold the FA Advance Youth Award with age-specific specialism relevant to the above year groups.

Desirably, the candidate should be a Member of the FA Licence Club currently and have experience of working within the EPPP framework, and experience of coaching at Academy level. They should desirably hold a Basic First Aid for Sport Certificate, FA Safeguarding certificate, Children Certificate and up to date Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate. In terms of the latter, the club state that any role will be subject to a full enhanced DBS check.

The successful applicant will need to work within the EPPP Guidelines. They will manage and oversee all operations of the Youth Development Phase, and work with the Head of Coaching to deliver coaching sessions in line with the club's Academy Framework. They will need to use the PMA System to record all player records, session planning and administration in an accurate and timely manner.

Interested parties need to contact Academy Manager Paul Wilson by 5.00p.m. on Friday 6th October. CVs and covering letters should be emailed to pwilson@ytfc.net - they clarify that only those who are successful in obtaining an interview will be contacted in response to the application.


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2 October 2017 : Bristol 1 Yeovil 0 : Brown Strike Sinks Ladies
Yeovil Town Ladies went down to a narrow defeat on Saturday evening, after a single goal from local rivals Bristol City Women left them still looking for their first points of the 2017-18 season. Their 1-0 defeat came via a Frankie Brown shot just before the half hour mark, as she bundled the ball home from close range, with Yana Daniels having cut in from the left hand side before she put a cross in to the far post.

The match at the Stoke Gifford Stadium had seen the home side provide the majority of the chances in the first period, with Megan Walsh twice saving from Lauren Hemp - the same player later looped a long range shot off the corner of the crossbar, with Walsh stranded, whilst Danique Kerkdijk found her shot on goal deflected just wide of the post before the break.

In the second period, Yeovil were much stronger, as they tried to force an equalising goal. A Gemma Evans free kick found Nicola Cousins, but her shot went narrowly wide. Then Kayleigh Green had a pair of chances to score, only to find Bristol keeper Sophie Baggaley in the way. Yeovil were also denied a late penalty when there appeared to be some holding back in the box, but referee Andrew Sheppard was unconvinced. Speaking after the game, striker Annie Heatherson admitted the first half wasn't up to scratch, but thought her side improved after the break:

"We didn't click in the first half and our awareness of where players were wasn't good. But once we'd managed to start that out in the second half it was a lot better for us. People might think we're going to be among the favourites for relegation this season, but we don't care about that because it's pressure we don't need. The season isn't over one or two games and we know that as it goes on we'll get better and get some results. We can be good in an attacking way and in a defensive way, but the important thing is putting the two together in the same game."

Yeovil Town Ladies are next in action on Sunday, when Sunderland Ladies are the visitors to Huish Park. Tickets for the game can be purchased here.

Final Score: Bristol City Women 1 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.

Scorer: Frankie Brown (29 mins, 1-0)

Bristol City Women: (3-5-2): Sophie Baggaley; Frankie Brown, Danique Kerkdijk, Millie Turner; Loren Dykes, Chloe Arthuer, Julie Biesmans, Carla Humphrey, Yana Daniels; Lauren Hemp, Charlie Estcourt.

Substitutes: Poppy Wilson (65 mins for Frankie Brown), Olivia Fergussson (73 mins for Carla Humphrey), Flo Allen (82 mins for Julie Biesmans), Aimee Watson, Aimee Palmer, Lily Woodham, Eloise Wilson.

Yeovil Town Ladies: (4-5-1): Megan Walsh; Hannah Miles, Nicola Cousins, Gemma Evans, Chloe Lloyd; Ella Pusey, Annie Heatherson, Ellie Curson, Jessie Jones, Nadia Lawrence; Kayleigh Green.

Substitutes: Kelly Aldridge (65 mins for Ella Pusey), Chloe Melton (75 mins for Nadia Lawrence), Beth Howard, Leah Burridge, Bow Jackson, Georgia Evans, Paige Sawyer.

Referee: Andrew Sheppard

Attendance: 621.


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1 October 2017 : GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Newport County. The match takes place at Rodney Parade on Saturday 7th October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Newport County : Saturday 7th October 2017.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £14.00; Member Concessions: £14.00
Adult Non-Members: £16.00; Non-Member Concessions: £16.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chelsea U21 and Plymouth Trophy Games.

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

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

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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1 October 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Colchester United Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Colchester United 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 views on his side's performance, the reaction of the crowd to the game, and the performance of Matt Worthington can be read via the link below.

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


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