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12 October 2018 : Top Two Meet In Youth Alliance League Match On Saturday
Yeovil Town supporters looking for a match on Saturday, in the wake of their postponed League Two fixture against Cheltenham Town, can still support a Glovers team. The club's Under-18s side are involved in a top-two clash against Oxford United in a match that will be played on the Top Pitch at Huish Park.

Admission is free of charge, with the match kicking off at 11.00a.m. on the main pitch. At present, Yeovil Town have risen back to the top of the division, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Newport County a fortnight ago, which saw Neville Nzembela and Archie Sturdy being followed up by last weekend's 1-1 draw against Exeter City where Nzembela netted again. That put them above Oxford by a single point, although Saturday's visitors have two games in hand that mathematically give them the advantage. If Yeovil were to beat them though, that give give a different perspective to the table.

All fans are welcome to attend, and support a team that has so far lost only one League fixture, and on Tuesday night beat Western League opposition in the form of Bishop Sutton, knocking their first team out of the Somerset Premier Cup by a 4-0 scoreline.

South West Youth Alliance League Table
South West Youth Alliance League Table as of October 12th 2018.



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12 October 2018 : Dolphins Boss Believes Henry Loan Is At An End
Yeovil Town striker Korrey Henry would appear to have had his loan spell with Poole Town ended. The 18 year old was on a month's deal with the Southern League Premier Division South side but that period has now ended. Dolphins manager Tom Killick has previous stated that although he would like to be able to extend those arrangements, the current state of play is that he has been unable to do so.

During Korrey's stay at Tatnam Farm. he scored four goals, including a hat-trick against Farnborough Town. His playing time was restricted to just three matches, due to Poole's involvement in three FA Cup matches during the month, with Killick stating that he had not been given permission by the Glovers to field the striker in that competition, doubtless to stop him becoming cup-tied when Yeovil enter at the First Round Proper stage in November.

Killick explained that he had spoken to Yeovil Town ahead of Poole's Saturday home game against Taunton Town, but his understanding was that he wasn't going to get permission for that deal to be extended:

"The month is up now unfortunately. When we spoke to Yeovil, they weren't sure they were going to be in a position to let him out at this stage."

Although it might be advantageous to allow Korrey's loan spell to continue in South Dorset, the Glovers have been hit by a number of recent injuries, that has meant that they have sometimes had to field two Academy players on the substitutes' bench in recent League Two fixtures. It would therefore seem likely that Poole's inability to extend the current terms lies with concerns over the lack of available depth in the current squad, although manager Darren Way said recently that he would have four players back for the Tranmere Rovers game, one of which is known to be Gary Warren, who has sat on the bench as an unused substitute in the last two fixtures.


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12 October 2018 : FA Youth Cup First Round Draw Gives Glovers An Exiles Trip
Yeovil Town's Under-18s have been given an away draw in the First Round of the 2018-19 FA Youth Cup draw. The tie is a familiar one in that it has pitched them against Newport County in a match that will be played at Rodney Parade. The Exiles' youth side play in the same division as the Glovers, with the most recent match between the pair seeing Yeovil winning 2-0 in South Wales on September 29th.

The full draw for the First Round, which sees all EFL clubs enter the competition, reads as follows:

1 North Shields or AFC Fylde v Bury
2 Doncaster Rovers v Rochdale
3 Fleetwood Town v Carlisle United
4 Morecambe v Crewe Alexandra
5 Blackpool v Guiseley or Ossett United
6 Tranmere Rovers v Accrington Stanley
7 FC Halifax Town v Sunderland or Litherland Remyca
8 Hyde United or Salford City v Bradford City
9 Hartlepool United or Chester v Barnsley
10 Tadcaster Albion or Altrincham v Oldham Athletic
11 South Shields or Chorley v Macclesfield Town
12 Scunthorpe United v AFC Telford United or Rugby Town
13 Rugby Borough or Solihull Moors v Matlock Town or Sutton Coldfield Town
14 Shrewsbury Town v Lincoln City
15 Cogenhoe United or Aylestone Park v Grantham Town or Halesowen Town
16 Grimsby Town v Mansfield Town
17 Long Eaton United or Hereford v Milton Keynes Dons
18 Port Vale v Kidderminster Harriers or Chesterfield
19 Walsall v Notts County
20 Burton Albion v Coventry City
21 Stevenage v Colchester United
22 Peterborough Sports v Barnet or Bishops Stortford or Walsham Le Willows
23 Cambridge United v AFC Sudbury or Wroxham
24 AFC Rushden or Diamonds v Southend United or Leyton Orient
25 Luton Town v Brentwood Town or Saffron Walden Town
26 Hullbridge Sports or Aveley v Peterborough United
27 Northampton Town v King’s Lynn Town or Dereham Town
28 Carshalton Athletic or Worthing v Cray Wanderers or Raynes Park Vale
29 Ascot United or Wingate & Finchley v Kings Langley or Tring Athletic
30 Phoenix Sports v Welwyn Garden City or Andover Town or Hampton and Richmond Borough
31 Croydon or Lewes v Bognor Regis Town or Sutton United
32 Charlton Athletic v Metropolitan Police or Whitehawk
33 Reading City v Oxford United or Hemel Hempstead Town
34 AFC Wimbledon v Gillingham
35 Leverstock Green v Dartford or Dulwich Hamlet or Maidenhead United
36 Exeter City v Plymouth Argyle
37 Newport County v Yeovil Town
38 Portsmouth v Bristol Rovers
39 Forest Green Rovers v Cheltenham Town
40 Cirencester Town or Aldershot Town v Clevedon Town or Brockenhurst
41 Torquay United or Yate Town v Didcot Town or Totton & Eling
42 Swindon Town v Team Solent or Moneyfields

As yet, a date for this tie has not been set. However, all matches are due to be fulfilled by Saturday 3rd November 2018. They usually take place at each club's main stadium (although a few clubs such as Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United have special dispensation) with the majority of clubs picking a midweek evening to stage the ties.

Last season saw Yeovil Town make an early exit in the competition, losing at home to Exeter City, although they have had recent success, getting as far as the Fourth Round during the 2016-17 season before bowing out to Broxbourne Borough. That year had seen them manage a significant shock result as they beat EPPP Category One side West Bromwich Albion - an outcome that saw the Baggies make a move for Glovers striker Callum Morton in the aftermath of that tie.


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12 October 2018 : Browne Hoping For Club Boost From Antigua Call-Up
Yeovil Town winger Rhys Browne is hoping that his switch to international football this weekend will boost his own club football performances for this season. The 22 year old has been called up by Antigua and Barbuda, having already gained eight caps at that level, and will be hoping to get onto the pitch in a CONCACAF Nations League match that takes place at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in the Bahamas.

So far, Rhys has had a disruptive 2018-19 season, after getting injured in the club's final major pre-season friendly against Corby Town - a hamstring problem that meant he was absent from the field of play until September 22nd. So far he's only managed to make two starts, with four substitute appearances and has not got through 90 minutes. Browne told BBC Somerset that he hopes that getting in an extra game in whilst his teammates are having a rest, will help him catch up:

"I'll be getting an extra game in, and I think I need it because I've missed so much of the season already through being out through injury. It will be good to get an extra game in and get a step up to where the boys are at the moment. I'm just trying to get back to where I was. Obviously it didn't come overnight in getting there, so I know it's not going to happen overnight again. It's a slow process."

Browne has flown to the Bahamas where he will play in a stadium that has promised free admission to the local public and any visiting away supporters. He is hopeful that it will be a different experience for him, compared to a Football League match:

"Very exciting. It's a different experience, and a different kind of football. So it's very exciting and I can't wait to get out there. We're playing against Bermuda in the Gold Cup on Friday evening. It's quite close to Antigua, so there will be quite a few vuvuzelas going off. It will be quite big."

Tonight's match in the Bahamas kicks off at 6.00p.m. local time, which should be 11.00p.m. UK time.

Link: Browne International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: D'Almeida International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: Mahmutovic International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: Donnellan International Call-Up Confirmed.


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11 October 2018 : Donnellan Delayed International Departure Explained
When Yeovil Town centre-back Shaun Donnellan turned out on Tuesday night for the Glovers against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday night, it came as a mini-surprise. The 21 year old had been listed on the Republic of Ireland's squad list that has travelled out to Israel and will head on to Germany over the weekend for a second fixture early next week. With the Irish scheduled to play their first fixture in the Akko Municipal Stadium in Israel at 3.00p.m. UK time on Thursday, the obvious question was why he was at the Memorial Stadium playing 90 minutes on Tuesday night.

The answer is now more obvious - Donnellan was suspended for the Thursday afternoon match in Israel and so was never going to take to the field. Presumably he has therefore only joined the Republic of Ireland squad as a spectator for today's squad, and will play a more relevant part when his country turns out at the Albstadion in Heidenheim next Tuesday, when he will be eligible to play.

For the record, Ireland lost their match 3-1, with Gavriel Kanichowsky, Yarden Mordehai Cohen and Jonathan Cohen scoring for the home side, whilst Ronan Hale provided some brief joy for Ireland as he equalised in the 63rd minute. The result means that Ireland cannot qualify for the Italian 2019 Finals tournament. Although they could still finish as runners up if they were to provide a shock against Germany on Tuesday, they cannot catch Tuesday's hosts, whilst there are five other teams in runners-up positions at present that have points tallies that exceed anything the Irish could get for the four places left open for the best-performing second-placed teams. As such Tuesday night's match will become a game for pride. Germany need a win to guarantee finishing top of the group, although a draw will pretty much guarantee that by virtue of their vastly superior goal difference.


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11 October 2018 : Jaiyesimi Injury Confirmed As Season-Ending Problem
Yeovil Town's on loan winger/striker Diallang Jaiyesimi has been diagnosed with a season-ending injury. The Norwich City player has suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury and will require an operation and lengthy rehabiliation that means he will not play again during the 2018-19 season. He was injured by a poor tackle during the September 2018 midweek match against Milton Keynes Dons and was stretchered off, and has since returned to Carrow Road.

Overall DJ made eleven appearances for the club, scoring two goals. We wish him all the best in his recovery, and will look forward to monitoring his progress during the 2019-20 campaign.

Link: Diallang Jaiyesimi : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 October 2018 : Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Morecambe's Globe Arena are now available. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Prices for the fixture are as follows:

Adults: £21.00; Over-65s: £17.00; Aged 18-22 and Students (with ID): £15.00; Under-18s: £6.00; Under-11s: FREE*.

Under-11s are only free if they are obtained at the same time as an Adult ticket - one adult, one child. Otherwise you pay the Under-18s rate.

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters pay £17.00 or relevant lower age category.

We will be housed in the Peter McGuigan Stand, blocks A and B, with unreserved seating. This is Morecambe's main stand and runs along the side of the pitch. The overall capacity of this stand is 2,173 - we get two out of the five blocks, so around 40 percent of the capacity.

There are no price changes on the day of the game, but you will have to pay cash only on the turnstile.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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11 October 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Bristol Rovers Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage match kicked off at the Memorial Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on Jake Gray's inclusion, the addition of three Academy players and the age of his squad, and the challenge of Bristol Rovers. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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10 October 2018 : Academy Side Get County Cup Progression Through Arnold Hat-Trick
Yeovil Town gained a comfortable victory in the First Round of the Somerset Premier Cup on Tuesday night. With the first team squad travelling to play Bristol Rovers on the same evening, the team that travelled to Bishop Sutton for the County Cup competition was wholly based around the Academy's Under-18s side.

On top of that, with Gabriel Rogers, Tyrique Spencer-Clarke and Daniel Ojo forming part of the first team squad, the team that headed to Lakeview was somewhat stretched. Despite that, they were still able to progress to the Second Round against Western League Division One opposition, winning the tie 4-0 after being a goal up at half time.

There was a hat-trick for First Year Scholar Devon Arnold on the night, with the other goal being scored by a player from the club's associated Elite Player Development Programme - at present we don't know their name.

The Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup is yet to be drawn, but with most ties played during this week, we'd expect that to take place within the next week.


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10 October 2018 : Video : Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those that want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's 2-0 defeat in the EFL Trophy against Bristol Rovers, these are now available online. There are two minutes worth of YouTube-based highlights, which includes Alex Jakubiak and Alex Rodman's goals that mathematically eliminated the Glovers from the competition. Watch the clip below.




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10 October 2018 : Browne International Call-Up Confirmed
Yeovil Town winger Rhys Browne has been called up for his country, as part of the coming international break. The 22 year old has been named by manager Fernando Abraham for a CONCACAF Nations League match against Bahamas. That game will take place on Friday 12th October 2018, with a 6.00p.m. (local time) kick-off at the Thomas A Robinson National Stadium in the Bahamas.

The squad selected for the match is as follows:

Antigua and Barbuda:
Molvin James (Tryum), Joshua Parker (Gillingham), Prince Walter (Grenades), Calaum Jahraldo-Martin (Newport County), Murphy Parker, Mervyn Hazelwood (Tryum), Mahlon Romeo (Millwall), Novelle Francis (Empire), Courtney Wildin (Nantwich), Brandon Emanuel (Five Islands), Joele Jacobs (Swetes), Junior Benjamin (Ottos Rangers), Karanja Mack (Parham), Peter Byers (SAP), Quinton Griffith, Rhys Browne (Yeovil Town), Myles Weston (Ebbsfleet United), Javorn Stevens (Greenbay Hoppers).

Browne missed the call-up for his national side in September, due to the hamstring injury he sustained in pre-season that has so far limited him to six appearances, with only one start in League Two fixtures. He started his second match during Tuesday night's match at Bristol Rovers, but after clocking up a booking and a final warning, he was substituted at half time.

Rhys is the fourth Yeovil Town player to receive an international call-up for the coming weekend's collection of matches. Sessi D'Almeida (Benin), Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) and Shaun Donnellan (Republic of Ireland Under-21s) will all spend time away from Somerset over the coming week.

Link: D'Almeida International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: Mahmutovic International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: Donnellan International Call-Up Confirmed.


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10 October 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game
Following Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial 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 match, and his side's mathematical exit from the competition can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Bristol Rovers Game.


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10 October 2018 : Sowunmi Facing Lengthy Spell On The Sidelines
Yeovil Town captain Omar Sowunmi has been ruled out for the remainder of 2018, after scans showed up the severity of his ankle injury. The centre-back was injured during the League Two home fixture against Milton Keynes Dons, and has now seen the specialist that oversaw his operation during the 2016-17 season when he suffered a similar injury.

Sowunmi has now been ruled out for between 10 to 12 weeks, which at best would see him missing until around New Year's Day, but possibly into January 2019. He's so far played in 10 games this season, with 78 appearances, scoring five goals as part of his 3.5 seasons with the club.


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10 October 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-0 defeat against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

NOTE: Voting is extended to those physically at the Memorial Stadium, as well as anyone who watched the match via an online streaming platform.

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


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9 October 2018 : Way Cites Lapsed Concentration Levels For Rovers Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that lapsed concentration levels in their defending cost them during their EFL Trophy defeat against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. They mathematically exited the competition after two Group Stage fixtures, due to a 2-0 defeat that saw Alex Jakubiak and Alex Rodman score second half goals to put the game out of sight.

Way was concerned that one of the goals that his team conceded was fairly similar to a goal that Exeter City scored on Saturday, and he was disappointed with that. He felt that his centre-backs needed to be more disciplined with their marking inside the box when situations like that developed during games:

"We felt that one ball flipped down the side a little bit like Exeter. We were disappointed with our defending in the box. As a team we know with the numbers that we've had out tonight and the quality that they've got and the depth that they've got, we didn't have it. But I also know what I'm managing, and it's unfortunate that I'm managing a very very young group. We came up against a good Bristol Rovers team and we really created a good number of chances, and we had the best chances. Unfortunately we had lapsed concentration, and they've gone 1-0 up. I thought in the last 15 minutes, one or two players under pressure find it very difficult. I've got two centre-halves now where it's important that I have to man-manage the situation, because I still think they're good players. They're going to make mistakes, but with the last two games it's key to make sure you've got disciplined marking inside the box."

Aside from the defending, Way also said that a couple of the key chances that fell to striker Alex Fisher should have been taken. The former Inverness Caledonian Thistle player ended up in two great scoring positions, in each half, but was unable to convert them, with Rovers keeper Jack Bonham putting in a solid performance. The Glovers boss felt that Fisher should have been able to find a gap past the keeper with those efforts on goal:

"Not close enough. If we'd taken our chances - with Alex Fisher it probably fell to our best in-form striker, as far as the top goalscorer is concerned. He was a little bit disappointed that we didn't get that goal. Alex will be disappointed that he's not put the ball in the back of the net, just because it's clear and it's a one-v-one with the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper is not that big. So anything to the side of him, he would have struggled to get. Alex is frustrated."


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9 October 2018 : Rovers 2 Yeovil 0 : Second Half Double Confirms Glovers Exit From Trophy
Yeovil Town went out of the EFL Trophy at the Group Stage of the competition on Tuesday night, as Bristol Rovers secured their own route into the knock-out stages. The 2-0 defeat came via two second half goals, with Alex Jakubiak smashing a shot into the top right hand corner, before Alex Rodman sealed the result via a deflected shot that guaranteed Rovers and Exeter City will proceed to the next stage. The Glovers had their own chances, with Alex Fisher twice denied in one-v-ones, but will now play out their final match against West Ham United Under-21s as a dead rubber fixture.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up as they selected their strongest available eleven for this fringe competition. Sessi D'Almeida was on international duty with Benin, and that meant that Rhys Browne came in as the single change, with Jake Gray moving into a central position, to allow Browne to go wide. In the Rovers side, Ed Upson came up against his old club, with former trialist James Clarke in the centre of their defence.

Early chances in the match largely fell to the home side, with Alex Rodman's shot being saved by Nathan Baxter onto the post, for the game's first effort. That was quickly followed up by Alex Jakubiak firing wide of the post, and then over the crossbar, before he finally found the target, putting a drive across the face of goal that Baxter got down to save. Chances continued to fall to the Gas, with Ed Upson doing one of his typical shots from distance, whilst Liam Sercombe tried the same - both went wide of the target.

If Yeovil had been quiet in terms of clearcut chances, the one that they did get during the first period was a big one. Ed Upson's misplaced pass across the edge of his box was intercepted by Alex Fisher. But Jack Bonham anticipated the problem quickly and got down to block the shot on goal. Aside from that chance, the other Yeovil-related issue was that Rhys Browne had been booked for a challenge early in the match, and he finished the first period by landing on a final warning for a second poor challenge, meaning one more foul and he'd be off.

No surprise then, that there was a half time substitution with Browne going off and Omari Patrick getting 45 minutes to make his mark. As per the end to the first half, Alex Fisher got into a great position, as his run in behind the back four caught Rovers out. But again Jack Bonham blocked the ball, for the second big chance of the match.

That was to be costly, as five minutes into the half Bristol Rovers took the lead. Kyle Bennett received a throughball from Sam Matthews, and Bennett's pullback found Alex Jakubiak, who fired into the top right hand corner via the near post for a 1-0 lead. Bennett then went close as a buoyant Rovers took control of proceedings with the 25 yard shot just clearing the crossbar.

Yeovil still had their chances, but it wasn't Alex Fisher's night. The one time that Jack Bonham looked less than rock solid, by misjudging a cross, Fisher was there to head towards goal, but found Ed Upson getting in the way on the goal line. Yeovil continued to have efforts on goal but without big conviction - Jordan Green fired well over the bar from a Fisher cross, when he should have tested the keeper. Then Olufela Olomola and Omari Patrick allowed Bonham to make fairly comfortable saves as time began to run out.

As the game entered the final ten minutes, and the Glovers put on Yoann Arquin to replace Alex Fisher, it was Carl Dickinson who took over the captaincy. At that stage, Yeovil might have considered going for broke, but it never quite happened, as Rovers got their second crucial goal with six minutes remaining. Alex Rodman cut in from the wing, and fired off a shot that appeared to take a large deflection on its way into the back of the net. 2-0 down now, and there was no way back from that.

Aside from a late Yoann Arquin attempt, Yeovil couldn't muster anything of note to threaten the scoreline, and so mathematically exit the EFL Trophy at the earliest possible stage. If Fisher's chances had gone in, things might have looked a bit different, but once Rovers got the lead, they began to control things. A ten day break begins now, and with the exception of the FA Cup in November, there is one very clear target now - concentrate on the league.

Link: 2018-19 EFL Trophy Southern Group D Latest Table.

Final Score: Bristol Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Alex Jakubiak (50 mins, 1-0), Alex Rodman (84 mins, 2-0)

Bristol Rovers:
13 Jack Bonham
2 Daniel Leadbitter 15 James Clarke 16 Tom Broadbent 28 Michael Kelly
26 Sam Matthews 6 Ed Upson 7 Liam Sercombe 33 Alex Rodman
23 Kyle Bennett 17 Alex Jakubiak

Substitutes:
10 Tom Nichols (76 mins for Kyle Bennett) 21 Adam Smith 27 Rollin Menayese 30 Alfie Kilgour 32 Luke Russe (86 mins for Sam Matthews) 40 Cameron Ebbutt 43 Deon Moore (88 mins for Alex Jakubiak)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison, 11. Jordan Green
9. Alex Fisher (Capt) 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 4. Gary Warren 8. Omari Patrick (46 mins for Rhys Browne) 15. Gabriel Rogers (87 mins for Jordan Green), 18. Yoann Arquin (74 mins for Alex Fisher) 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 26. Daniel Ojo

Bristol Rovers Bookings: Daniel Leadbitter (foul, 37 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Rhys Browne (foul, 13 mins)

Bristol Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 6; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 10; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Rob Jones (Cheshire). Assistants: John Flynn (Wiltshire) and Billy Smallwood (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Attendance: 1,179 (with 125 Yeovil Town supporters)


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9 October 2018 : EFL Trophy Southern Group D Updated Table With Glovers Eliminated
Yeovil Town headed out of the EFL Trophy tonight, despite having only played two of their three Group Stage matches. Their 2-0 defeat at the Memorial Stadium guarantees that opponents Bristol Rovers qualify along with Exeter City. Meanwhile Yeovil Town's home match against West Ham United Under-21s will effectively become a mid-season friendly match, with both sides guaranteed to be leaving the competition after that final match.

Rovers got their goals tonight in the second half, with Alex Jakubiak and Alex Rodman putting the Gas through to the knockout stages, and lifting them to the top of their Group table.

The current Group Stage table looks as follows:

Team P W D L F A Pts GD
1Bristol Rovers 2 2 0 0 4 0 6 +4
2Exeter City 2 1 1 0 2 0 5 +2
3Yeovil Town 2 0 1 1 0 2 1 -2
4West Ham U21s 2 0 0 2 0 4 0 -4


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9 October 2018 : Team News For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium. The match sees the Glovers named one change to the starting line-up for the match, compared to Saturday's match against Exeter City. Winger Rhys Browne replaces Sessi D'Almeida who is on international duty. That makes for a midfield reshuffle, with Jake Gray moved into a central role. There's a mini-surprise as Shaun Donnellan starts, despite Republic of Ireland Under-21s having called him up for two matches in the coming week.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury since the August match against Mansfield Town that is expected to keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October.

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is yet to resume training following a calf injury. Wes McDonald (unspecified) remains out. Midfielder Alefe Santos has said via his Twitter timeline that he is injured, but with no disclosure on the nature of that problem. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match - as yet there's no prognosis on his injury, but he was spotted on Saturday on crutches and with his ankle in a protective boot. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) is back at Carrow Road due to a knee injury. Striker Korrey Henry is on loan with Poole Town.

In addition to the injured absentees, there are also players on international duty. That means that Sessi D'Almeida (Benin) and Enes Mahmutovic (Luxembourg) don't make the squad tonight. This is the only match they should miss in terms of their overseas trips, with Saturday's trip to Cheltenham Town already called off.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison, 11. Jordan Green
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 4. Gary Warren 8. Omari Patrick 15. Gabriel Rogers, 18. Yoann Arquin 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 26. Daniel Ojo

Bristol Rovers:
13 Jack Bonham
2 Daniel Leadbitter 15 James Clarke 16 Tom Broadbent 28 Michael Kelly
26 Sam Matthews 6 Ed Upson 7 Liam Sercombe
23 Kyle Bennett 17 Alex Jakubiak 33 Alex Rodman

Substitutes:
10 Tom Nichols 21 Adam Smith 27 Rollin Menayese 30 Alfie Kilgour 32 Luke Russe 40 Cameron Ebbutt 43 Deon Moore


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9 October 2018 : Football Association Confirm D'Almeida Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed that Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida will serve a one match suspension for an accumulation of yellow cards. The 22 year old was cautioned for an incident in the 90th minute against Exeter City, after an Alex Pattison foul caused a flare-up between the two sides.

Sessi's caution means that he is the first Yeovil Town player to pass through the bookings threshold for the 2018-19 season. Because the EFL Trophy disciplinary rules run independently of Football League matches, his suspension will not be served as part of the Bristol Rovers game, but will instead be a one match suspension against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 20th October.

The 2018-19 season has seen a subtle change to the disciplinary rules, that would have been noticed in the last few weeks. Sessi's booking on Saturday was his sixth in all competitions for the 2018-19 season, and so under last season's rules he would have served his suspension much earlier, after his fifth caution.

For the current season, the Football Association have split disciplinary issues into competition-specific suspension rules, in the same way that the EFL Trophy carries its own independent rules. Because one of Sessi's six bookings came in the League Cup First Round tie against Aston Villa, that does not count towards his League tally. Thus in terms of the general five, ten and fifteen suspension thresholds, the revised rules for EFL clubs are as follows:

a) Five EFL Competition Cautions means a one match ban. This ban is waived once the player's club has played 19 league fixtures
b) Ten EFL Competition Cautions means a two match ban. This ban is waived once the player's club has played 37 league fixtures
c) Fifteen EFL Competition Cautions means a three match ban. This ban is waived once the player's club has played 46 league fixtures (and thus doesn't cover the play-offs)

The Football Association indicate that players competing in the League Cup and FA Cup will incur competition-specific suspensions for yellow card accumulation, after a player has received two yellow cards, but that this will be subject to the competition rules. This is already the case for the Football League Trophy.

It should be noted that the Football Association have not changed the rules on Red Card suspensions, meaning that if a player is sent off then (with the exception of the EFL Trophy) existing rules will continue to apply.

In theory, Sessi would be allowed to play in Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage tie against Bristol Rovers. However, along with Shaun Donnellan and Enes Mahmutovic, he is on international duty, meaning that he is not expected to be at the Memorial Stadium tonight.


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9 October 2018 : Rovers Trip Sees Glovers Needing Points To Stay In EFL Trophy
Tuesday evening sees Yeovil Town play their second EFL Trophy Group Stage match of the 2018-19 season. They will travel to the Memorial Stadium, where they will take on League One side Bristol Rovers as their single away tie at this stage of the competition.

The match could end up finalising some of the positions in Southern Group D, with the possibility that the two teams that progress to the knockout stage, and the two teams that get knocked out sorted by 9.30p.m. tonight.

The current Group Stage table looks as follows:

Team P W D L F A Pts GD
1Exeter City 2 1 1 0 2 0 5 +2
2Bristol Rovers 1 1 0 0 2 0 3 +2
3Yeovil Town 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
4West Ham U21s 2 0 0 2 0 4 0 -4

The current standings mean that Yeovil Town cannot afford to lose against Bristol Rovers. If they do, then Rovers and Exeter City are guaranteed to qualify, and Yeovil's final Group Stage match against West Ham United Under-21s would become a dead rubber game. West Ham are already out of the competition, regardless of how the final matches progress.

If Yeovil Town draw against Bristol Rovers within the 90 minute period, but then lose the penalty shoot-out, then they would remain in the competition, but would need to beat West Ham Under-21s in the final match, and hope that the final match between Exeter and Bristol Rovers produced a positive result for one side within the 90 minutes. If the Exeter vs Rovers game ended in a draw, then Yeovil Town would be out, regardless of the West Ham result. Yeovil would also need to overturn a two goal difference in that final game. They would not be able to overhaul Exeter City.

If Yeovil Town draw against Bristol Rovers within the 90 minute period, but then win the penalty shoot-out, then they would be just a point behind Rovers. At this stage, they could overhaul both sides, meaning that a win against West Ham Under-21s would give them a chance, but they would still have to wait for the outcome of the other group game.

If Yeovil Town beat Bristol Rovers, then they would be able to guarantee progression from the Group Stages with a win over West Ham Under-21s.

With the exception of the last scenario, the Glovers may complete their third Group Stage match against West Ham Under-21s, not knowing their fate. This is because their final Group Stage match takes place on November 6th, but the Exeter City vs Bristol Rovers tie is not scheduled to take place until a week later, giving those sides an obvious tactical advantage if they can qualify based on a specific result.

If the final Group Stage tables get complicated, with teams finishing level on points, then positions will be finalised by the following hierarchy of rules:

1. Goal Difference
2. Higher number of goals scored in the Group Matches
3. Number of wins (after normal time i.e. not the result of any drawn match followed by penalties)
4. The record against each other in the Group Match, taking into account in order of precedence, points gained, goal difference, higher number of goals scored.
5. If all of the above fails to produce an order of precedence, then clubs will take part in the drawing of lots. It's not clear how that draw will take place if it involves a club that is not playing when the final game is completed.


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9 October 2018 : Officials For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the EFL Trophy Group Stage match between Bristol Rovers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 9th October 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Memorial Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Mr Stroud has been used for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years. His selection for such local derbies and significant matches suggests he's doing what the Football League want of him, yet as fans we haven't always agreed with that - one particular away match at Swansea City (mentioned later) gave him a bit of a reputation.

Because he sits on the 'Select Group 2' list of officials, our meetings have thinned out, with his list of matches mainly concentrated around Championship games. The last time we met was for the March 2018 match against Exeter City in a League Two match at St James Park that ended in a 0-0 draw. For a local derby it was a surprisingly low-key game, and Mr Stroud was part of that, with him staying out of any big decisions.

We had him for the 2015-16 EFL Trophy match against Oxford United - a match that saw us go out of the tournament by a 3-2 scoreline. We were a little fortunate in that match that Mr Stroud decided to call Jakub Sokolik's tackle on Chris Maguire during the second half to be a legal one. Maguire thought otherwise - there was a strong risk of a red card if he had, which meant that one went our way.

During the 2012-13 season we had him three times - two for competitive games, and once for a friendly match. The most recent of those was the 0-2 home defeat against Swindon Town. Matches against our Wiltshire semi-local rivals are often tetchy affairs, but we felt that the nine bookings handed out by Mr Stroud were excessive and almost seemed to be ramping up the temperature of the game, rather than cooling it down.

The other competitive match was the 4-1 defeat against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road in September 2012. There he was relatively quiet ... either that or our own awfulness overshadowed anything that an official might throw at us. The Western Gazette notes that he "had very little to do in a well-tempered, largely one-sided affair." He was also the referee for the pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle that saw Nick Chadwick sent off - on that occasion the correct decision, although for the purposes of pre-season preparation for the two clubs, it might have been more helpful if Mr Stroud had forced Argyle to make a substitution, rather than leave one side with ten men.

The August 2011 match against Sheffield United at Huish Park though saw him run true to form - eight yellow cards raised across a stop-start afternoon, completed by a second half injury time red card to Curtis Haynes-Brown when many officials might have shown a bit of common sense and realised that the final whistle was about to blow. The Western Gazette's view of his performance gives a similar tone: "Unfortunately the referee's performance overshadowed displays from two teams keen to get the ball down and impress ... (Keith Stroud) ensured the game failed to flow. Arguably the weakest (refereeing) display Yeovil have witnessed so far this season."

His preceding match involving the Glovers were thankfully a bit more low key. There was the November 2010 local derby defeat against AFC Bournemouth, where we had plenty more things to grumble about on the pitch than the men in black. Mr Stroud booked four players that night, but we doubt that anyone will remember anything other than Josh McQuoid and company ripping through the Glovers back line for one of the more one-sided games of football viewed, and probably the low-point of that season.

Before that was 2009 Christmas holiday game against Swindon Town. We won't use his performance on the day to excuse our own team's poor performance that saw them well beaten, but it is a trifle galling when you are forced to withdraw your striker because you can see the referee is getting suckered in by histrionics from the home side's players and bench. By the time Sam Williams was withdrawn, to save him from a second yellow card, we were 3-1 down anyway, so had little or no effect upon the final scoreline. One Swindon goal though did appear to be more down to poor officiating - a shove in the back by Billy Paynter on Nathan Smith allowed our left flank to be exposed and a crucial second goal scored. We were poor that day, but so were the officials.

The time before that was one of Mr Stroud's better performances. The match in April 2008 was the 0-1 home defeat against Leeds United, and he can't be blamed for the farce that had developed off the field, on the terrace and in the stands. He dished out a red card to Leeds defender Alan Sheehan after a melee developed, and resisted temptation to even up the sides three minutes later when a Marc Bircham-induced second shoving contest broke out.

A year previously, Mr Stroud had done us a favour! The home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but his decision in that match broke a two year long barren run where the Glovers had been denied penalty appeal after penalty appeal. The trip on Nathan Jones inside the box finally gave us a chance from 12 yards out. Overall though despite that decision finally going our way, we were unimpressed by a catalogue of others throughout the game.

Then came a Friday night against Swansea City in November 2005. Whilst that night is largely remembered for a bit of Lee Trundle extravagance, it shouldn't be forgotten that Mr Stroud gifted Swansea their opener - a penalty that was exposed on the video as a perfect sliding tackle by Efe Sodje. On top of that, he red carded Lee Johnson when the hapless official mistook a slap on the forearm for a handball appeal as an offensive gesture. To rub salt into the wounds, his chance to even up the numbers with a second yellow card offence for Trundle late on was declined - probably because of its proximity to the rather vociferous home fans. Certainly one of the messiest displays of officiating we've had the displeasure to witness.

A month after the Swansea game, he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note. Over the years we've had him though, that hasn't always been the case. He's been an official that likes to be noticed in games, which is not what players or spectators want in a match.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by John Flynn (Wiltshire) and Billy Smallwood (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Andy Woolmer (Northamptonshire).

Link: March 2018 : Exeter City 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2015 : Oxford United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 2.

Link: September 2012 : Leyton Orient 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield United 1.

Link: November 2010 : AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2009 : Swindon Town 3-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0-1 Leeds United.

Link: April 2007: Yeovil Town 2-1 Leyton Orient.

Link: December 2005: Yeovil Town 1-1 Bristol City.


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8 October 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers
Tomorrow evening sees Yeovil Town step out on their second EFL Trophy Group Stage game. A trip to Bristol Rovers awaits, and the Ciderspace guide to the Memorial Stadium, the surrounding area, ticketing, travel, parking and a pub guide along with various past meetings and statistics can all be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Bristol Rovers.

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

Link: GWSC Travel To Bristol Rovers.

South Stand - half of this is used for seating away supporters
South Stand - half of this is used for seating away supporters.
Photo © 2015-18 Ciderspace



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8 October 2018 : Alex Fisher Talks About The Exeter City Draw
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Exeter City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Alex Fisher talked about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Alex gives his views on his fifth goal of the season, the importance of Scunthorpe United loanee Olufela Olomola in the side, and his thoughts on Tuesday night's trip to Bristol Rovers in the EFL Trophy. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Alex Fisher Speaks To The BBC About The 2-2 Draw With Exeter City.


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8 October 2018 : Yates Leaves Silkmen With Zero Percent Win Ratio
League Two side Macclesfield Town have sacked their first team manager Mark Yates. The former Cheltenham Town and Crawley Town boss had only been appointed in June 2018, but heads out of Moss Rose without a single win to his name, and with the Silkmen bottom of the Football League. They currently lie on four points and are already five points from safety.

Yates had been given a three year contract, and was appointed as a successor to John Askey, who jumped ship immediately following Macclesfield's promotion to the Football League, after League One side Shrewsbury Town came calling for his services. That clearly led to some unwanted disruption to their return to the Football League, and a Macclesfield statement recognised that Yates also had some injury issues to contend with. However, they felt the time had come for change:

"Mark was brought in to the club during the summer and despite a plethora of injuries to deal with, as well as an enormous amount of bad luck on occasions, fought gallantly in a bid to lift our league position to where we all want it to be. We would like to thank Mark for his services to the club and wish him the very best of luck in his future career."

Assistant Managers Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth have been given the Caretaker Manager roles until further notice, with Macclesfield having not made any indication of how quickly they intend to appoint a successor. Yates' final game in charge was Saturday's 0-1 home defeat against Notts County, who had also been in the relegation zone up until recently. His final record reads that he was in charge for just 16 games, with zero wins, seven draws and nine defeats.


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8 October 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Exeter City Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on why his defence have been making mistakes, his decision to retain Alex Fisher in the side, and why Yoann Arquin lost his place. He also explains the fitness levels of Gary Warren. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 October 2018 : Lakeview Visit For County Cup Tie This Week
Tuesday night sees Yeovil Town enter the Somerset Premier Cup at the First Round stage. The Glovers were drawn against Western League Division One side Bishop Sutton during the draw made in July and the tie will take place at their Lakeview Ground on Tuesday 9th October, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. The address for the ground is:

Address: Bishop Sutton FC, Lakeview, Wick Road, Bishop Sutton BS39 5XN.

You'll find the ground is just off the A368, close to Chew Valley Lake (hence the name!) - use the Butchers Arms as a landmark in the village and you should find a side road that leads you to the ground at the rear of the pub.

With this fixture taking place at the same time (give or take fifteen minutes) as the club's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers at the Memorial Stadium, this will undoubtedly be a game undertaken by the club's Under-18s side.

Note that there is a competition rule change in place for the 2018-19 season. With the exception of the Final, extra time has been scrapped for all ties where the scores are level after 90 minutes. At that stage, the tie will go directly to a Penalty Shoot-Out.

The other major rule change to the competition for the 2018-19 season has already been triggered. Holders Weston-super-Mare received a first round bye thanks to their status as 2017-18 winners. The full draw is linked below.

Yeovil Town's record in this competition has not been a good once since they entered the Football League. They last won the trophy in the 2004-05 season - all of their preceding 22 occasions that they won the trophy (and its predecessor known as the Somerset Professional Cup) came as a non-league side.

Link: 2018-19 Somerset Premier Cup First Round Draw.


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7 October 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Two Minute Match Highlights
For those who want to see the YouTube-based highlights of Saturday afternoon's match, these are now available online. As well as the four goals scored in the 2-2 draw, which includes strikes from Jordan Green and Alex Fisher, the two minutes worth of footage also includes a Fisher effort that went over the bar during the first half. Watch the clip below.




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6 October 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Exeter City Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Exeter City 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 verdict on the game, his thoughts on his side's defending, and a brief look forward to Tuesday night's EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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6 October 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Exeter City, these are now available online. There is just under two minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the two goals scored by Jayden Stockley as well as Yeovil's Jordan Green and Alex Fisher.

The footage also includes a first half volley from Alex Fisher, and a second half Fisher header that went over the bar as the pick of Yeovil's other chances on the day. Watch the clip via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Match Highlights.


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6 October 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
If you watched Saturday's 2-2 draw against Exeter City at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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6 October 2018 : Darren Way Praises Second Half Forward Momentum And Motion In Grecians Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he was pleased with his side's second half forward momentum against Exeter City, even if the Glovers had to settle for just a point against Exeter City. The 2-2 draw came about in during a game that saw the pendulum swing both ways, with Jayden Stockley scoring the first and last goals of the afternoon for the visitors.

Having had a first half where they had struggled to create clear-cut chances, the Glovers came out of the traps at full speed during the early period of the second half, and equalised through Jordan Green before Alex Fisher's fifth goal of the season gave them a 2-1 advantage. Way admitted that a defensive mistake during the first half had given Exeter the edge, but he was impressed by what he saw during the second half:

"Very disappointed (not to win). But I have to say, it's the team that normally makes the fewest mistakes. I felt for the first 15 minutes, we got into the final third, were very very aggressive and got on the front foot. Then we made a mistake, which we have done in previous games, and we find ourselves 1-0 down. Then all of a sudden there were one or two misplaced passes and we came in, and we made sure we regrouped and we started again. I thought in the second half they couldn't have started any better. We played with pace, power, forward momentum, forward motion. Our attacking threat is very very strong. We found ourselves 2-1 up and they were well-worked goals - very well-worked goals - and we were causing them all sorts of problems."

Way felt that Exeter's route back into the match came when they changed formations and introduced striker Jonathan Forte, who was signed by the Devon side over the summer of 2018, by new boss Matt Taylor. However, the Glovers boss felt that former manager Paul Tisdale's influence over the club he left for Milton Keynes Dons over the summer was still there to be seen:

"We were unfortunate not to go three (3-1) and then they brought on Jonathan Forte, and I think that's really the difference. I talk about Exeter City, and that's probably 14 years worth of Paul Tisdale's work, with the energy that they've got and the experience that they've got, and I'm looking at a 19 year old in goal for us. So that is a great effort. I said to the players that unfortunately if you are not at your game in League Two, they'll eat you up and spit you out, and they didn't do that to our players today."


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6 October 2018 : Yeovil 2 Exeter 2 : Stockley Stops Glovers Second Half Comeback
Yeovil Town picked up a point in an end-to-end 2-2 draw at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon against Exeter City. The match was a typical West Country encounter, with both sides having chances to take all three points - the visitors took the lead when Jayden Stockley headed home a ninth minute cross. Yeovil had struggled to create first half chances, but early in the second half Jordan Green equalised as he finished an Olufela Olomola cross. It was another assist for Olomola 13 minutes later, as he allowed Alex Fisher a close range finish to put Yeovil ahead on the hour mark. But Exeter's crosses were dangerous throughout, and Jayden Stockley headed home his second goal of the day with 15 minutes left, to provide an entertaining but frustrating end to the match, and to leave Yeovil still in 15th place.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up for Exeter's second visit of the season. Jake Gray was brought in for Yoann Arquin, with the midfielder initially occupying a wide left position in a 4-4-2. The other major news was the return of Gary Warren to the bench after his hamstring injury, but otherwise things were as you were. Aaron Martin and Nicky Law were in the Grecians starting line-up as former players making a return to Huish Park.

After a frenetic opening ten minutes, full of fierce tackles, typical of a local derby, Exeter got themselves an early lead through a bit of defensive indecision. Hiram Boateng was given far too much space in midfield during the first half and it was his ball into the box that floated in towards the six yard line. Bevis Mugabi challenged, but Jayden Stockley rose with more authority to head home past Nathan Baxter, who might wonder if he should have punched the ball away himself before it was headed home. 0-1 down.

Dean Moxey's turn inside the box forced Nathan Baxter to save, as Exeter imposed themselves on the game. Yeovil had the odd chance, but in the main they went nowhere near home keeper Christy Pym - Tom James shot wide from an Alex Fisher knockdown, and then an Alex Pattison header went comfortably wide of the target. James might have scored a superb free kick at Colchester on Tuesday night, but the least said about his free kick attempt midway through the first half, the better. Fisher put over the bar from distance, with his shot not getting as much dip on it as he would have liked. Their only shot on target was a fairly tame Fisher effort after Olufela Olomola set him up. They weren't out of it, but Exeter's approach play was superior, with the goal emphasising the key problem of how to stop crosses going in towards Stockley during the match.

Half time didn't see any obvious tactical changes, but it did bring an immediate change to the pattern of the match, as Yeovil equalised within three minutes of the restart. A poor back header by Luke Croll was intercepted by Olufela Olomola, and it was his driving run into the box that saw the ball squared to Jordan Green. He fired home for his third goal of the season, and a 1-1 equaliser.

That put Yeovil's tails up, and Croll had to provide better defensive work to stop Alex Fisher getting room to get a shot off, five minutes later as he tried to give himself room to shoot. But Croll wasn't having a good afternoon, and he was involved in the move on the hour mark, as he was undone by Olufela Olomola did him for pace as the Scunthorpe loanee ran towards goal. He squared the ball to Alex Fisher who got himself a two yard tap-in for his fifth goal of the season, and to put Yeovil 2-1 up.

Exeter's response was to immediately change their formation, taking off their holding midfielder Jordan Tillson and bringing on striker Jonathan Forte as they switched from a 4-3-3/4-5-1 approach to a standard 4-4-2. Yeovil continued to control the play, with Alex Fisher heading over the bar, and that made Exeter's equaliser, fifteen minutes from time a little frustrating. Once again it was the crossing into the box that caused the danger - Dean Moxey was the provider - and once again it was Jayden Stockley's aerial strength that saw him head home for a 2-2 equaliser.

Both sides tried for victory in the closing stages - Matt Jay came on for Exeter, whilst Rhys Browne replaced Jake Gray. During second half injury time came the only aggressive bit on the game, with Alex Pattison's fierce tackle earning him a booking, which caused a lot of pushing and shoving, with Sessi D'Almeida coming out with a yellow for himself on the back of that melee. Hiram Boateng came close to winning it in the 96th minute, when his shot span off Bevis Mugabi and out for a corner, but a point each was a fair outcome across the 90 minutes, keeping Yeovil in 15th place, with them now taking a break for two weeks in terms of League Two activity as part of an international break.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Exeter City 2.

Scorers: Jayden Stockley (0-1, 9 mins), Jordan Green (1-1, 48 mins), Alex Fisher (2-1, 61 mins), Jayden Stockley (2-2, 75 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt), 17. Alex Pattison 10. Jake Gray
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 4. Gary Warren 7. Rhys Browne (81 mins for Jake Gray) 8. Omari Patrick (90 mins for Jordan Green) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 18. Yoann Arquin 29. Enes Mahmutovic

Exeter City:
1. Christy Pym
2. Pierce Sweeney 5. Aaron Martin 6. Jordan Tillson 7. Lee Martin 8. Nicky Law 11. Jayden Stockley 21. Dean Moxey 23. Luke Croll 25. Jake Taylor (Capt) 44. Hiram Boateng

Substitutes:
4. Dara O'Shea 10. Lee Holmes (70 mins for Lee Martin) 13. James Hamon 14. Jonathan Forte (62 mins for Jordan Tillson) 17. Matt Jay (76 mins for Nicky Law) 19. Tristan Abrahams 24. Chiedozie Ogbene

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Pattison (90 mins, foul), Sessi D'Almeida (90 mins, off the ball incident).

Exeter City Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.

Exeter City Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Matthew Donohue (Manchester). Assistants: Ben Cobb (Dorset) and Ronald Ganfield (Somerset). Fourth Official: Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Attendance: 4,223 (with 1,328 Exeter City supporters).


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6 October 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Exeter City at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change to the starting line-up for the match, compared to Tuesday's match against Colchester United. Midfielder Jake Gray comes in for Yoann Arquin, suggesting that Gray will be used in a wide-right position today.

Defender Gary Warren has recovered from his hamstring hamstring problem and sits on the bench. That means Academy player Tyrique Spencer-Clarke drops off the teamsheet.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury since the August match against Mansfield Town that is expected to keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October.

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is yet to resume training following a calf injury. Wes McDonald (unspecified) remains out. Midfielder Alefe Santos has said via his Twitter timeline that he is injured, but with no disclosure on the nature of that problem. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match - as yet there's no prognosis on his injury. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) is back at Carrow Road due to a knee injury. Striker Korrey Henry is on loan with Poole Town.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt), 17. Alex Pattison, 11. Jordan Green
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 4. Gary Warren 7. Rhys Browne 8. Omari Patrick 15. Gabriel Rogers, 18. Yoann Arquin 29. Enes Mahmutovic

Exeter City:
1. Christy Pym
2. Pierce Sweeney 5. Aaron Martin 6. Jordan Tillson 7. Lee Martin 8. Nicky Law 11. Jayden Stockley 21. Dean Moxey 23. Luke Croll 25. Jake Taylor (Capt) 44. Hiram Boateng

Substitutes:
4. Dara O'Shea 10. Lee Holmes 13. James Hamon 14. Jonathan Forte 17. Matt Jay 19. Tristan Abrahams 24. Chiedozie Ogbene


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6 October 2018 : Glovers Trust Presence For Today's Exeter City Game
The Glovers Trust have clarified that they will unfortunately not have a formal presence at Huish Park or The Arrow today. Due to other commitments by Board members surrounding today's match against Exeter City, they'll not be able to man their usual positions before the game.

Normal service will resume for the October 20th match against Tranmere Rovers. They'll also be available for their AGM, which will take place on Wednesday the 17th of October, at Yeovil Sports & Social Club, Johnson Park, Coronation Avenue, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 3DX, starting at 8:15p.m.

If you have any requests, or need further information before those two dates, contact chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk for information.


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6 October 2018 : Donnellan International Call-Up Confirmed
Yeovil Town central defender Shaun Donnellan has been included in his country's Under-21 national squad for a pair of matches taking place next week. Manager Noel King has selected 20 players for a squad that will travel to both Israel and Germany in UEFA Under-21 Qualifying Group matches that will decide which teams go through to main finals tournament in Italy during 2019.

As has been the case for most matches during the last couple of years, Donnellan has been selected alongside Liverpool defender Corey Whelan, who is currently on loan with Crewe Alexandra, but was at Huish Park during the second half of last season.

The squad for the matches are as follows:

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

Defenders:
Danny Kane (Cork City, loan AFC Flyde), Corey Whelan (Liverpool, loan Crewe Alexandra), Ryan Sweeney (Stoke City, loan Mansfield Town), Ryan Delaney (Rochdale), Jimmy Dunne (Burnley, loan Hearts), Sean McLaughlin (Cork City), Shaun Donnellan (Yeovil Town).

Midfielders:
Josh Cullen (West Ham United, loan Charlton Athletic), Harry Charsley (Everton), Ryan Manning (QPR, loan Rotherham), Liam Kinsella (Walsall), Jordan Shipley (Coventry City), Jamie McGrath (Dundalk).

Attackers:
Reece Grego-Cox (Crawley Town), Ronan Hale ( Birmingham City, loan Derry City), Joe Quigley (Maidstone United), Jake Mulraney (Hearts), Ronan Curtis (Portsmouth).

Ireland's first fixture is against Israel, taking place on Thursday 11th October at the Akko Municipal, Akko at 17:00hrs local time. They then move to Germany, where they will play on Tuesday 16th October, with a 18:15hrs local time kick-off at the Albstadion, Heidenheim. Ireland need strong results in both matches, and in particular for the Germany match if they are to qualify for the 2019 finals. They currently lie five points behind Germany and only the top side in each group is guaranteed to qualify. If Ireland cannot catch Germany, then they will need to be one of the best four runners ups across the Qualifying Groups, but are currently behind Norway on goal difference, in third place.

Shaun's involvement means that he will be absent for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers on Tuesday 9th October. He should be available for the League Two home match against Tranmere Rovers on Saturday 20th October. This is in line with Sessi D'Almeida and Enes Mahmutovic who will be on international duty with Benin and Luxembourg respectively.

Link: D'Almeida International Call-Up Confirmed.

Link: Mahmutovic International Call-Up Confirmed.


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5 October 2018 : Rail Disruption For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Yeovil Town and Exeter City supporters heading to Saturday's League Two match at Huish Park by train, should note that there will be significant service disruption on the railways during the day. There is a reduced service on all South Western Railway services (formerly South-West Trains) throughout Saturday 6th October due to an RMT Strike. On some routes there will not be any rail service or bus replacement service.

For most Yeovil and Exeter supporters, they'll be using the Exeter St Davids to London Waterloo line that passes through Yeovil Junction. For this line, it is being run as two separate shuttle services as follows:

1. London Waterloo to Salisbury - Rail Service with one train per hour
2. Salisbury to Yeovil Junction - Rail Service with one train every two hours

There will be no trains running between Yeovil Junction and Exeter St Davids at all. There will be Bus Replacement Services running along three different routes, with two of those passing through Yeovil. They are set to run once every two hours. These are as follows:

1. Salisbury, Yeovil Pen Mill, Honiton, Exeter Central, Exeter St Davids
2. Yeovil Junction, Crewkerne, Axminster, Honiton, Exeter Central, Exeter St Davids

There is a timetable detailing both services and how they interlink if you need to use them both. Download it by clicking here. If you're coming in from another route, you'll need to work out your plans by heading here.


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5 October 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Exeter City Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Exeter City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset journalist Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on his side's recent run of defeats and what he is doing to resolve that, his thoughts on former Grecians' boss Paul Tisdale's legacy, and the fitness of Gary Warren and the injury to Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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5 October 2018 : Loan Watch : Henry Goal Helps Dolphins Progress In Cup
Yeovil Town striker Korrey Henry had another successful match during midweek, as he scored again for Poole Town. The former West Ham United Academy player was given a full 90 minutes and a penalty shoot-out against Dorchester Town in a Southern League Cup First Round tie at the Avenue Stadium on Tuesday night, and his contribution was significant in helping the Dolphins progress.

Henry scored his fourth goal in three appearances for Poole during the second half when he took advantage of an Olly Balmer through ball, and slotted the ball past the Magpies keeper to cancel out Tom Blair's first half opener. That saw the match end in a 1-1 draw, meaning that the cup tie went to a penalty shoot-out. At that point, Henry was also influential, scoring Poole's third penalty to put them 3-2 up before two saves from young Dolphins keeper Ben Rolleston won them the shoot-out by a 4-2 scoreline.

The 18 year old will be given the weekend off, with Poole boss Tom Killick confirming after the match that Henry has been denied permission to play in their FA Cup Third Qualifying Round at Horsham. He had already missed their Second Qualifying Round tie against Cinderford Town, suggesting that the Glovers are at present being cautious about his availability in the competition when they join it at the First Round stage in November. As a result he'll next play in a Southern League home match against Taunton Town on October 13th, which comes close to the end of his first month's loan agreement. Killick has said that he would like to extend arrangements, but is awaiting the views of Yeovil Town at present.

Full Time: Dorchester Town 1 Poole Town 1. (Poole Town win 4-2 on penalties).

Scorers: Tom Blair (1-0), Korrey Henry (1-1).

Poole Town:
1. Ben Rolleston 2. Jack Dickson 3. Sam Griffin 4. Mark Jamieson 5. Quassi Waters 6. Franklyn Clarke (captain) 7. Oli Lowes 8. Steve Devlin (captain) 9. Korrey Henry 10. Olly Balmer 11. Adam Grange

Substitutes:
GK. Richardson 3. Jake Smeeton 12. Patrick McKay (for Quassi Waters) 13. Charlie Turner (for Oli Lowes) 14. Sam Herrington (for Steve Devlin)

Attendance: 227.


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5 October 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town against Exeter City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 6th October 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Ollie Yates (Staffordshire).

We've had him once before, which was the opening day of the 2016-17 season, when we beat Notts County by a 2-0 scoreline. He had a quiet unobtrusive game, taking the attitude of letting the game flow throughout, and not making any big decisions. That went in our favour when County's Matt Tootle appeared to be tripped in the penalty box during the second period. Play on was the verdict, on a day when he got through the entire day without a booking.

That was his first ever match in the Football League, after his promotion into the League during the summer of 2016. He'd been given a fasttrack promotion, having spent just the 2015-16 season at National League level. He has been a Football League assistant referee since 2009, and his final match at National League level was to act as Fourth Official in the Play-Off Final between Grimsby Town and Forest Green Rovers. Since that Notts County match we've not seen him - a large break from refereeing between October 2016 and March 2018 explains that absence. During the 2018-19 season he's been back full time, and has done eight matches, with 23 yellow cards raised - he's yet to dismiss a player during that time.

Mr Yates will be assisted by Christopher Husband (Worcestershire) and Grant Taylor (Warwickshire). The Fourth Official will be Steven Plane (Worcestershire).

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 2 Notts County 0.


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5 October 2018 : Warren Expected To Return To The Teamsheet
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is confident that centre-back Gary Warren's name will be on the teamsheet for Saturday's match against Exeter City. As well as giving his views on the injury to Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi, the Glovers boss says he is ready to welcome back his influential 34 year old back into the fold, although hinted earlier in the week that this might only be as a benchwarmer for the game.

Speaking on Thursday, Way seemed much more confident that he would be able to call on Warren, who was last seen in the September 15th 6-0 win over Newport County, but limped off towards the end of that match with a hamstring injury. Having gone six matches in all competitions without conceding a goal, since then the club have conceded 10 goals in four matches, giving a strong indication of his influence on the pitch. Way says that just having him around the place will be beneficial:

"Gary Warren, I'm hoping fingers crossed, will be back for Saturday. We're not sure in what capacity. So that is important to have his eyes and ears about the place, because he is a good leader. He leads by example, and I feel he's got a very good prescence. There's no reasons for him not to be involved on Saturday."

One player who definitely won't be involved on Saturday, or for the foreseeable future. He was stretchered off during the 1-1 draw against Milton Keynes and has since returned to Carrow Road for extended treatment on a knee injury. Although the Glovers have not divulged how long the 20 year old will be out for, all the vibes are that this will be a long term injury. Way praised the player's contribution whilst he was with the club:

"Our first thoughts are that it's not good news, and that's all we can say until we get a clinical assessment. He's had scans, but I think it's important that we let the professionals do their work and give that assessment. For me it's an emotional blow. I built a great relationship with him. I thought his behaviour was spot on. I thought his performances were top class. There's no doubt in my mind that he brought something different that I've never seen at Yeovil before. The level of skill and the ability that the player had. But to lose him in the manner that we did, that for me is frustrating. As I've said, I've got an emotional attachment with that player, and I'm absolutely gutted."


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4 October 2018 : Mahmutovic International Call-Up Confirmed
Yeovil Town loanee Enes Mahmutovic has been included in the squad for Luxembourg's pair of UEFA League Of Nations matches taking place next week. The Middlesbrough defender is named in his country's squad that will travel to Belarus on Friday 12th October, and then play a home match against San Marino on Monday 15th October.

Head Coach Luc Holtz has selected the same squad that won matches against Moldova and San Marino in September. These are as follows:

Goalkeepers:
Anthony Moris (Excelsior Virton) Ralph Schon (Strassen), Tim Kips (Magdeburg)

Defenders:
Laurent Jans (FC Metz), Kevin Malget (F91), Mathias Jänisch (FCD03), Enes Mahmutovic (Yeovil Town), Dirk Carlson (Grasshopper Zurich), Chris Philipps (Legia Varsovie), Maxime Chanot (New York City), Christopher Martins Perreira (Estac)

Midfielders:
Vincent Thill (FC Pau), Leandro Barreiro (FSV Mainz), Danel Sinani (F91), Lars Gerson (IFK Norrköping), Mario Mutsch (Progrès), Oliver Thill (FC Oufa), Florian Bohnert (Pirmasens)

Strikers:
David Turpel (F91 Dudelange), Gerson Rodrigues (Sheriff Tiraspol), Daniel Da Mota (RFCU), Aurelien Joachim (Excelsior Virton), Maurice Deville (Mannheim)

The expectation is that Enes will miss Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers on October 9th at the Memorial Stadium. However, he should be back in England in plenty of time for the October 20th League Two match against Tranmere Rovers. During the two September 2018 matches that Luxembourg played, Enes was an unused substitute on both occasions.


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4 October 2018 : D'Almeida International Call-Up Confirmed
Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida has been confirmed as selected in the Benin national squad that will play in two internationals next week. They are set to play two AFCON 2019 Qualifying Group matches against Algeria, with the first of those taking place on Friday 12th October, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off (UK Time) at the Stade Mustapha Tchaker in Blida, Algeria. That will then be followed up with a return fixture on Tuesday 16th October, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off (UK Time) at the Stade de l'Amitié, in Cotonou, Benin.

Both teams are currently tied at the top of their group, with Algeria having the superior goals scored record, so this fixture will go a long way towards deciding who qualifies from Group D. Sessi has been named in a squad of 22 players selected by Head Coach Michel Dussuyer, who will be expected to meet initially in France on Monday 8th October.

The full squad reads as follows:

Goalkeepers:
1 Fabien Farnolle (Malatyaspor - Turkey), 2 Saturnin Allagbe (Chamois Niortais - France)

Defenders:
3 Seïdou Baraze (Moulins Yzeure Foo - France) 4 Khaled Adenon (Amiens - France) 5 Moïse Adilehou (Levadiakos - Greece) 6 Charms Deen Chaona (Stade Gabésien - Tunisia) 7 Emmanuel Imorou (SM Caen - France) 8 David Kiki (Stade Brestois - France) 9 Junior Salomon (Plateau United - Nigeria) 10 Olivier Verdon (Sochaux - France)

Midfielders:
11 Jordan Adeoti (Auxerre - France) 12 David Djigla (Chamois Niortais - France) 13 Jean Marie Guera (Enyimba - Nigeria) 14 Sessi D'Almeida (Yeovil Town - England) 15 Seibou Mama (SC Toulon - France) 16 Stéphane Sessegnon (Gençlerbirligi - Turkey)

Forwards:
17 Jacques Bessan (Stade Tunisien - Tunisia) 18 Marcellin Koukpo (CS Hammam - Tunisia) 19 Steve Mounie (Huddersfield - England) 20 Jodel Dossou (FC Vaduz - Liechtenstein) 21 Mickaël Pote (Adana Demirspor - Turkey) 22 Désiré Segbe Azankpo (FK Senica - Slovakia)

On the last occasion Sessi was called up for his country, Sessi was left as an unused substitute. However, with two matches in five days, there should be a higher chance of him getting onto the pitch. With the call-up commencing next Monday, he will be absent for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy tie against Bristol Rovers, but will not miss a League Two match, as the trip to Cheltenham Town has been postponed.


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4 October 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Colchester United Away Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's League Two match against Colchester United kicked off at the Community 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 recent form of Alex Fisher, the inclusion of Bevis Mugabi, and also explains the current injury status of Gary Warren and Omar Sowunmi along with expectations of how many players will return after the international break. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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3 October 2018 : GWSC Travel For Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers. The match takes place at the Memorial Stadium on Tuesday 9th October 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Bristol Rovers : Tuesday 9th October 2018.
Huish Park: 4.45p.m.
Adult Members: £13.00; Member Concessions: £11.00
Adult Non-Members: £15.00; Non-Member Concessions: £13.00

NOTE: This is a provisional upper cap on prices for this tie. The charge may be lowered if they can guarantee filling their coach. Hence please place bookings as soon as possible if you are going.

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 Bristol Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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


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3 October 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat against Colchester United at the Community 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.

NOTE: Voting is extended to those physically at the Community Stadium, as well as anyone who watched the match via an online streaming platform.

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


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3 October 2018 : Video : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Match Highlights
For those who want to watch lengthier match highlights of Yeovil Town's 3-1 defeat against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, these are now available online. Two minutes worth of YouTube based footage shows you the four goals, including an ultra-late free kick from Tom James. There's not a lot else in the way of Yeovil Town attacking footage, with all other major opportunities on goal coming from the home side. Watch the clip below.




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3 October 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Colchester United Away Game
Following Tuesday night's 3-1 defeat against Colchester United at the Community Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict can be read via the link below.

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


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3 October 2018 : Video : Colchester United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to see match highlights of Yeovil Town's League Two match with Colchester United from Tuesday night, these are now available online. With around 75 seconds worth of coverage, Sky Sports are just giving you the four goals scored in Colchester's 3-1 win, thus showing Tom Eastman's first half effort before Frank Nouble's brace in the second period. Right at the end, you can see Tom James get a consolation goal for the Glovers. Watch the clip below.

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


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2 October 2018 : Colchester 3 Yeovil 1 : Nouble Double Sinks Glovers Again
Yeovil Town went down to a 3-1 defeat against Colchester United at the Community Stadium on Tuesday night. In what was a comfortable win for the Essex side, they took the lead midway through the first half when Tom Eastman fired home a loose ball from a corner kick that Yeovil failed to clear. Frank Nouble doubled Colchester's lead on the hour mark with a 25 yard strike, and the same player wrapped up the points with his second of the match with six minutes remaining as he fired in off the underside of the bar. Glovers defender Tom James scored a free kick with the final kick of the match, but that was definitively a consolation goal on a night where his side dropped down to 15th place in the table, having picked up one point out of their last four matches.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up compared to the trip to Crawley Town. Bevis Mugabi replaced Enes Mahmutovic as a centre-back. Meanwhile both wingers were displaced, with Jake Gray and Rhys Browne dropping to the bench. Yoann Arquin took the left flank, whilst Jordan Green went deeper to take the right flank. That allowed Alex Fisher to come in as a front line striker. In the Colchester side, Rene Gilmartin sat on the bench as a substitute goalkeeper.

Colchester started on the front foot, by forcing a couple of early corners, one of which resulted from Sammie Szmodics forcing Nathan Baxter down low to his left to push the ball around the post. Ryan Jackson was then set up by Luke Norris, with a similar outcome as Baxter's goalkeeping kept the scoreline blank, but ensured that the home side had the pressure. All Yeovil had to show for their efforts were two Olufela Olomola efforts - one a tame shot into the home keeper's arms, and another that was dragged well wide.

The home side deservedly took the lead from one of their many corners, 25 minutes into the game. Courtney Senior's set piece was headed onwards by Harry Pell, and as Yeovil failed to clear their lines, Tom Eastman picked up the loose ball and shot into the back of the net inside the crowded penalty box for a 1-0 lead.

Colchester continued to hold the cards, with Luke Norris keeping Nathan Baxter's hands warm with a well driven shot. Then Harry Pell fired wide for the Essex side. Yeovil had tried to build things up patiently with their passing following the goal, but couldn't really deliver a killer through ball against a Colchester side that were keeping themselves well organised at the back. Instead at the other end, they could have grabbed a second, with a Shaun Donnellan backpass just before the break letting in Luke Norris. As the striker tried to toe-poke the ball past Baxter, the keeper got enough on it to slow the ball down, and Bevis Mugabi cleared off the line to keep the score down to one goal at the break.

Yeovil had struggled to get in behind the Colchester back line throughout the first half, so it was pleasing to see the second period opening up with Jordan Green breaking down the flank and getting himself room enough to put in Alex Fisher. But the shot at the near post went wide of the target, and it was to be a bit of a false dawn, with normality resumed after that with the home side getting back on the front foot. Yeovil's cause wasn't helped by Carl Dickinson getting booked for bringing down Courtney Senior who was on a dominant run, and then a minute later fouling the same player again, which put him on a last warning from referee Craig Hicks.

On the hour mark, Colchester increased their lead, thanks to Frank Nouble. The former Newport County player gave himself room to unleash a dipping 25 yard shot that flew into the back of the net for a crucial 2-0 lead, and again one that on the balance of play was hard to argue with. Yeovil responded by introducing Jake Gray as a substitute, with Alex Fisher's withdrawl seeing Yoann Arquin go up front, with Gray playing an unusual left-wing slot.

With that change not having the desired effect, Omari Patrick was introduced just nine minutes later, with Arquin getting just nine minutes as a striker before making way. That was the signal to change formations, with 4-3-3 being adopted for the final 20 minutes, as Jordan Green and Patrick played as wide forwards, with Olufela Olomola operating in the centre. Apart from an Olomola shot that went well wide, nothing much changed, with even Colchester doing little to attack themselves. That meant that Rhys Browne came on for the final ten minutes for Sessi D'Almeida, with Carl Dickinson assuming the captaincy.

With six minutes remaining, Colchester briefly increased their tempo and that was good enough for them to extend their lead to 3-0. Shortly after Sammie Szmodics had forced Nathan Baxter into yet another save, Luke Norris put a fierce shot just over the bar from a corner. But another defensive error was to prove costly, as Shaun Donnellan lost possession to Szmodics, and when he squared the ball to Frank Nouble, he was able to fire in off the underside of the bar for the home side's third of the night.

Deep into second half injury time, Yeovil Town got themselves a consolation goal. Having never looked as though they were going to score in open play, Tom Eastman's foul on Olufela Olomola allowed the Glovers a rare set piece. Tom James stepped up to take it, and he rifled a 20 yard free kick into the back of the net, via the top left corner. Too little too late though, as kick-off was barely allowed to take place before the final whistle blew, and Yeovil Town had to reflect on a night in which they had been firmly second best, and had slipped down to 15th in the League Two table, albeit still only three points off the play-off positions. They might for the first time this season though need to be aware that the bottom two spots are now only seven points away. They need to pick things back up as soon as possible.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Colchester United 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Tom Eastman (1-0, 25 mins), Frank Nouble (2-0, 59 mins), Frank Nouble (3-0, 84 mins), Tom James (3-1, 90 mins)

Colchester United:
1 Dillon Barnes
2 Ryan Jackson 18 Tom Eastman 5 Luke Prosser 22 Kane Vincent-Young
4 Tom Lapslie 8 Harry Pell
7 Courtney Senior 10 Sammie Szmodics 45 Frank Nouble
9 Luke Norris

Substitutes:
11 Brennan Dickenson (81 mins for Courtney Senior) 14 Brandon Comley 16 Diaz Wright (88 mins for Tom Lapslie) 19 Mikael Mandron (89 mins for Luke Norris) 25 Rene Gilmartin (GK) 35 Ollie Kensdale 39 Aaron Collins

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt), 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 8. Omari Patrick (69 mins for Yoann Arquin) 7. Rhys Browne (79 mins for Sessi D'Almeida) 10. Jake Gray (60 mins for Alex Fisher) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 29. Enes Mahmutovic

Colchester United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Carl Dickinson (foul, 52 mins)

Colchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 10; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Craig Hicks (Surrey). Assistants: Carl Fitch-Jackson (Suffolk) and Callum Walchester (Suffolk). Fourth Official: Graham Kane (East Sussex).

Attendance: 2,435 (with 93 Yeovil Town supporters)


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2 October 2018 : Way Believes Players Are Not Strong Enough To Recover From Conceding Goals
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that he felt that his side needed to be strong enough to cope with going a goal down in a match, to be able to recover their recent lost form. The Glovers lost 3-1 against Colchester United on Tuesday night in what was a comfortable victory for the Essex side, with them dominating both halves of football at the Community Stadium to keep their own hopes of promotion from League Two running strong.

For Yeovil, it was their third defeat in four matches, and the third time they had conceded three goals in a match - a far cry from the preceding period that had seen them keep five clean sheets in a row in League Two. Way said after the game that his players had not been disciplined enough from set pieces, but there was also that perception that when they went behind in the game, that they lost their will to battle back from that deficit - a similar tale to defeats against Swindon Town and Crawley Town over the last ten days:

"It was a disappointing result. I felt that for the first goal from the set play, we've just talked to the players in there now, and we just feel there's been a little lack of discipline in the marking. We talked about them (Colchester), and I think they're 50 percent set plays, and I feel that goals change games. There's one thing that I've noticed, that the group of players that we've got at the moment when we go a goal down, are not strong enough to be able to come back from that. It's disappointing, it's frustrating, but I feel we're missing one or two players and we need them back."

Way himself targetted a top seven position towards the end of last season, and recently even referenced the players' ambition to get into the automatic promotion slots. But he denied that not achieving that this season would be a failure, and made reference to his side's injury list, which saw eight players unavailable for selection, including centre-back Gary Warren, whose absence through a hamstring strain has coincided with the Glovers' loss of form. Way admitted that Colchester's win was a comfortable one, but said there were mitigating circumstances:

"It was (too comfortable) but I have to say I'm looking at it, and at the same time I'm understanding that this is a difficult period with eight players out. I look at Colchester, and I know that one or two have mentioned that if we don't get promoted this year, then it's been a failure. It's absolutely ridiculous, because we're in a situation where if you talk about budgets and the players that they've had, we've got a very young team tonight. I don't want to put too much pressure on the players, but having said that, we've got to make sure that our ambitions and our hopes are high. But it's difficult because it's been a tough run."

Way has indicated that Gary Warren has a chance of making the substitutes bench for Saturday's game against Exeter City, with the underlying implication that a starting position would come too soon. He is hoping that up to four of his injured eight players will be available to him after the international break, when the club are due to play Tranmere Rovers on October 20th, although doesn't hint at who the other three players might be.


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2 October 2018 : Colchester 3 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to a 3-1 defeat against Colchester United at the Community Stadium on Tuesday night. In what was a comfortable win for the Essex side, they took the lead midway through the first half when Tom Eastman fired home a loose ball from a corner kick that Yeovil failed to clear. Frank Nouble doubled Colchester's lead on the hour mark with a 25 yard strike, and the same player wrapped up the points with his second of the match with six minutes remaining as he fired in off the underside of the bar. Glovers defender Tom James scored a free kick with the final kick of the match, but that was definitively a consolation goal on a night where his side dropped down to 15th place in the table, having picked up one point out of their last four matches.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Colchester United 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Tom Eastman (1-0, 25 mins), Frank Nouble (2-0, 59 mins), Frank Nouble (3-0, 84 mins), Tom James (3-1, 90 mins)

Colchester United:
1 Dillon Barnes
2 Ryan Jackson 18 Tom Eastman 5 Luke Prosser 22 Kane Vincent-Young
4 Tom Lapslie 8 Harry Pell
7 Courtney Senior 10 Sammie Szmodics 45 Frank Nouble
9 Luke Norris

Substitutes:
11 Brennan Dickenson (81 mins for Courtney Senior) 14 Brandon Comley 16 Diaz Wright (88 mins for Tom Lapslie) 19 Mikael Mandron (89 mins for Luke Norris) 25 Rene Gilmartin (GK) 35 Ollie Kensdale 39 Aaron Collins

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt), 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 8. Omari Patrick (69 mins for Yoann Arquin) 7. Rhys Browne (79 mins for Sessi D'Almeida) 10. Jake Gray (60 mins for Alex Fisher) 15. Gabriel Rogers, 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 29. Enes Mahmutovic

Colchester United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Carl Dickinson (foul, 52 mins)

Colchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 20; Shots On Target: 10; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Craig Hicks (Surrey). Assistants: Carl Fitch-Jackson (Suffolk) and Callum Walchester (Suffolk). Fourth Official: Graham Kane (East Sussex).

Attendance: 2,435 (with 93 Yeovil Town supporters)


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2 October 2018 : Team News For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Tuesday night's League Two match against Colchester United at the Community Stadium. The match sees the Glovers name three changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to Saturday's match against Crawley Town. At the back, Bevis Mugabi comes in for Middlesbrough loanee Enes Mahmutovic. There's a change on both wings, with Yoann Arquin coming in for Jake Gray, whilst Jordan Green drops deep to fill a position left vacant by Rhys Browne. That allows Alex Fisher a chance to come in as a front line striker.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury since the August match against Mansfield Town that is expected to keep him out for eight-to-twelve weeks, meaning he will be absent until around the end of October.

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson is yet to resume training following a calf injury. Defender Gary Warren has a hamstring problem. Wes McDonald (unspecified) remains out. Midfielder Alefe Santos has said via his Twitter timeline that he is injured, but with no disclosure on the nature of that problem. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match - as yet there's no prognosis on his injury. Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi (knee) has returned to Carrow Road for treatment on his injury. Striker Korrey Henry is on loan with Poole Town.

The team this evening lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan, 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green, 20. Sessi D'Almeida (Capt), 17. Alex Pattison, 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
25. Steve Phillips 8. Omari Patrick 7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 15. Gabriel Rogers, 22. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 29. Enes Mahmutovic

Colchester United:
1 Dillon Barnes
2 Ryan Jackson 18 Tom Eastman 5 Luke Prosser 22 Kane Vincent-Young
4 Tom Lapslie 8 Harry Pell
7 Courtney Senior 10 Sammie Szmodics 45 Frank Nouble
9 Luke Norris

Substitutes:
11 Brennan Dickenson 14 Brandon Comley 16 Diaz Wright 19 Mikael Mandron 25 Rene Gilmartin (GK) 35 Ollie Kensdale 39 Aaron Collins


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2 October 2018 : Colchester Facing Defensive Headache For Glovers Visit
Tuesday night's opponents Colchester United will go into tonight's League Two match against Yeovil Town, with their own team selection headaches to contend with. Like Saturday's opponents Crawley Town, who only had one fit and available centre-back in Bondz N'Gala, the Essex side are facing a similar problem in that club captain Luke Prosser is the last man standing in that same position for the game.

Colchester are expected to be missing Frankie Kent who picked up an ankle injury in their home match against Bury on Saturday, whilst Tom Eastman suffered a head injury in the same match. Expectations from the Essex press are that they might go to three at the back, using Kane Vincent-Young and Ryan Jackson as part of a central trio, with the two full-backs playing a more central role. Their other alternative is to give 18 year old Ollie Kensdale his debut, having trained with them during pre-season. Whoever is selected, Prosser will undoubtedly be their guiding light and he told the East Anglian Daily Times that he felt there were options that he could work withL

"We are all raring to go. We have got to adapt to all the injuries. Hopefully one or two might recover, but if not then we will adapt – that's what a squad is for. I'm 30 years old and I have plenty of experience, so I will give advice to whoever is alongside me, whether it be Kane (Vincent-Young) or Ryan (Jackson). We also have young boys coming through, like Ollie Kensdale, who trains with us day in, day out, and who had a good pre-season. So we have back-up, although the gaffer (John McGreal) will have a headache or two I'm sure."

Colchester's other headache is that their leading goalscorer Luke Norris is also a doubt for this fixture. This morning he was nominated for the League Two Player of the Month award, having scored seven goals so far this season. But he is an extreme doubt for the Tuesday night match. Boss John McGreal doesn't rate his chances of playing:

"Luke's ankle does not look too good. He carried on, but his ankle doesn't look too good at the moment, so we will have to wait and see. I think the fans appreciated how we came back strongly in the game, and Luke again got in the right areas, to either get in shots or win us a penalty. We will have to see the extent of the injuries."

Yeovil Town have their own issues for tonight's match at the Community Stadium. As well as the list of players who missed Saturday's match at Crawley Town, they also have a doubt over Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison, who came off during the first half of that match with an unspecified injury. The implication is that none of those who missed the Crawley game will be ready to return, whilst there is no prognosis on Pattison's problem at present.


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2 October 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Running Out Of Steam At Crawley
Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Crawley Town saw Yeovil Town drop some of the standards that they'd shown earlier in the 2018-19 season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry takes a look at what went on at the Broadfield Stadium, analyses the good and the bad, along with the wider picture of why the last three fixtures might not have hit those dizzy heights. Read that blog via the link below and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the blog.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Running Out Of Steam At Crawley.


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2 October 2018 : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Is Postponed
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road has been postponed. The match was due to be played on Saturday 13th October, but has been called off due to international call-ups within the Glovers ranks.

The club do not state which players have been called up for that weekend, but the most likely scenario is that midfielder Sessi D'Almeida, centre-back Shaun Donnellan and centre-back Enes Mahmutovic will have had their September call-ups for the latest round of fixtures. It is highly likely that whichever players have been called up will also miss the EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers, although that game is still set to go ahead.

The trip to Cheltenham Town will now move to a midweek slot, with the actual date yet to be defined. Any tickets purchased for the October 13th match will remain valid, or can be refunded via the Huish Park Ticket Office if you cannot make any rearranged date.


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2 October 2018 : Officials For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Match officials for the League Two match between Colchester United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 2nd October 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Community Stadium. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Craig Hicks (Surrey).

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

He's seen two Yeovil Town fixtures so far. The first was the September 2017 League Two game against Morecambe. That match ended up in a 2-2 draw, with the Lancashire side coming from two goals down to equalise. His one Glovers booking was against Artur Krysiak for timewasting, which we felt was justified - although windy conditions were against him in the second period, we thought he was taking a bit too much time to prepare his goal kicks, and Mr Hicks agreed.

He then turned up for our FA Cup First Round match against Southend United at Huish Park. On this occasion the official's decisions went firmly in our favour. He awarded us a decisive 29th minute penalty when Sam Surridge was tripped inside the box, which was converted by Otis Khan for a 1-0 victory. Whilst the Essex side didn't have too many complaints about that, they were rather more riled by the decision to rule out an 'equaliser' five minutes before the end of the match, when a ball into the box deflected off Rhys Browne and landed in the back of the net, with the match official deciding that Artur Krysiak had been impeded. Southend boss Phil Brown later stated that he'd had a letter from the FA confirming that the goal shouldn't have been ruled out - not that he could do anything about that by that stage.

So far Mr Hicks has been given 10 matches this season, where he's booked 39 players and sent off two. Last season saw him get through 124 bookings and six red cards across 38 matches, so he's certainly not a light-touch referee. That said, the six yellows he gave out across the two fixtures he was at Huish Park for didn't feel excessive at the time.

Mr Hicks will be assisted by Carl Fitch-Jackson (Suffolk) and Callum Walchester (Suffolk). The Fourth Official will be Graham Kane (East Sussex).

Link: September 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 2.

Link: November 2017 : Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 0.


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1 October 2018 : Curle Provides Quickfire Replacement At Sixfields
League Two side Northampton Town have wasted little time in appointing a successor to Dean Austin, who was sacked on Sunday night. They have appointed former Carlisle United boss Keith Curle less than 24 hours after Austin's dismissal, with the Bristolian given a deal until the summer of 2020. Despite the lack of preparation time, he will take charge of the Cobblers for their League Two match against Bury at Sixfields on Tuesday night, all of which tends to point to them having lined Curle up in parallel with Austin's removal.

Curle, who has also managed Torquay United, Chester City and Notts County, left Carlisle at the end of last season, having made the unusual decision to tell their Board of Directors that he would be leaving at the end of the 2017-18 season when his contract run out, rather than seek new terms with the Cumbrians. The 54 year old has brought in Colin West as his assistant boss, who filled a similar role at Carlisle and Notts County. As a result Andy Todd has joined Austin in leaving Sixfields. Northampton Chairman Kelvin Thomas suggested that their appointment was based on the position that they were in, having slid down from League One at the end of last season, and now being dangerously close to the bottom two places in the division below:

"In the position we are in we think we needed a manager with a lot of experience of League 2 and Keith has that. He has managed around 400 games at this level and we think he is exactly who we need right now. He took over at Carlisle United in similar circumstances and did an excellent job, not only steering them out of trouble but developing a squad that was able to challenge for promotion in the following seasons. He is respected for the job he did at Carlisle United and we believe he will give us strong leadership and he won't be shy to ruffle feathers to get results."


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1 October 2018 : Rutter Teams Up With Jones After Leaving Huish Park Academy
Former Yeovil Town defender, first team manager and Head Of Academy Coaching Steve Rutter is back in football, following his exit from Huish Park. The 55 year old has been unveiled as Luton Town's first team assistant manager, reporting directly to another former Glover in Nathan Jones. The two men have never directly worked together at club level, although have had a couple of near misses over the years.

Rutter has revealed that he has been aware of Jones and his footballing career all the way back to the early 1990s when he was Yeovil Town's first team manager. At that time, Jones was a teenager playing for Merthyr Tydfil, and Rutter tried to sign him at Conference level, a few years before Jones got his professional move to Luton Town as a player.

The two parties then met again, whilst Rutter was working for the Football Association and UEFA as a coach educator, taking managers and coaches through their UEFA Pro and A Licences. At that time, Jones was taking his own coaching badges, meaning that Rutter became one of his mentors through his time with Yeovil Town, Brighton and Hove Albion and Luton Town.

When Jones became Luton Town's first team manager in January 2016, the pair spoke again, with Rutter coming close to becoming his assistant manager when he first arrived at Kenilworth Road. That move wasn't followed through on, with Paul Hart being appointed in May 2016 as Jones's No.2, but with Hart joining Notts County as their Technical Director earlier this season, that has led to a vacancy, meaning that Rutter got another phone call.

Jones explained that his decision to go for Paul Hart two-and-a-half years ago came down to Hart's level of experience in lower league football, allowing him to act as a guide for the then inexperienced Jones. Now with 150 matches behind him, and a promotion into League One, Jones believed that he needed a different kind of coach, and so was happy to take Rutter on at the second attempt:

"I spoke to Steve when I first came here and if I couldn't have got Paul Hart, then Steve would have got the job. As it was, I had a fantastic relationship with Paul and that's why I went for him. I wanted a very good coach, and Steve is a fantastic coach from his FA background. And I wanted a real good football person who knows our environment. He knows me and is someone I can trust, someone who will lighten the load of myself and Joaquin in a coaching sense, and in the office. It's a very good appointment. One I thought long and hard about but one that, if I'm honest, for the calibre of what I knew about Steve, it was an easy decision."

Rutter, who managed Yeovil Town between 1991 and 1993, before returning for two spells at Huish Park recently as the club's Head of Youth Coaching, left the Glovers over the summer as one of a number of changes at the club's Academy, with a club statement implying that his contract had expired without being renewed. He gave his views on having worked with Jones within an FA and UEFA coaching environment:

"It's probably easy to say now, but he was always somebody who was very attentive, really hard-working around his courses and you could see it really meant something to him – he did it with a bit of passion. I like that, that's what draws you to people really. They have got the same work ethic as you, the same sort of mentality and he worked very hard, like a lot of lads who get through their coaching badges, and he has taken his time to build his career as a coach and a manager. I am from Northampton originally so Luton are one of the clubs that was close to me. I watched them when I was younger and it's a traditional football club. It's a good place to work."


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1 October 2018 : Jaiyesimi Injury Sees Carrow Road Return For Treatment
Yeovil Town's on loan winger/striker Diallang Jaiyesimi has returned to his parent club, following his knee injury. At present, it's still not known how long he'll be out for, with the club having not given a firm prognosis on the problems he sustained during the League Two match against Milton Keynes Dons, but it appears to be serious enough for him to return to Norwich City for his treatment to be undertaken.

Jaiyesimi has had an MRI scan, without any detail behind what that has uncovered being revealed. However, after seeing a specialist on Monday, the decision to let the Carrow Road medical team take over his recovery process would suggest that they do not expect him to return to action for the coming weeks. For the time being, the club will operate with five loan players on their books, thus giving Bradford City striker Omari Patrick more of a look-in than he's had in recent weeks.

The club have yet to divulge the seriousness of Omar Sowunmi's ankle injury, with the centre-back going off during the same match.


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1 October 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town make the trip to the Community Stadium in Essex. For those travelling, the Ciderspace guide to Colchester United has been updated to reflect this year's fixture. The usual diet of directions, parking, ticketing and pub info can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Colchester United.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Community Stadium-East
East Stand - the usual facilities for our more recent visits
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1 October 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Crawley Town Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Crawley Town kicked off at the Broadfield Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why Alex Fisher and Yoann Arquin were dropped to the bench, along with the introduction of Jake Gray and Rhys Browne along with Enes Mahmutovic. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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