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11 October 2019 : Darren Sarll Previews The Harrogate Town Game
As part of the build-up to the National League match against Harrogate Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Alfie Reynolds, Darren gives his views on daring to think about promotion at this stage, the physical fitness of his squad, the mental side of his team's approach to attacking play, and his views on the opposition. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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11 October 2019 : Whelan Becomes Seventh Glover To Go Out On Loan
Yeovil Town midfielder Tom Whelan has gone out on loan. He has signed for National League South side Chippenham Town on an initial 28 day loan, having largely dropped out down the pecking order at Huish Park over the last few weeks. Whelan was brought in from Salisbury City over the summer, and was a regular starter in the Glovers line-up early on. But the arrival of Charlie Lee and Jimmy Smith at the club has seen him drop off the teamsheet.

Whelan started the club's first six fixtures, but then was used as a substitute for the final two matches in August. He was then an unused substitute for the first two games in September, and has not made the matchday squad for the last six matches. Chippenham boss Mark Collier has said of the deal:

"Tom was a big target in the summer for us, I am very grateful to Terry Skiverton at Yeovil Town for getting this deal over the line."

He has been given clearance to play for Chippenham in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy for any ties they play during his time at Hardenhuish Park.

Yeovil Town now have seven players out on loan, with Gabriel Rogers at Salisbury City, Ryan Seager at Havant and Waterlooville, Daniel Ojo and Tai Fleming at Melksham Town and Nestor Shako and Alex John being borrowed by Gosport Borough.


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11 October 2019 : Ticketing For Chorley vs Yeovil Town
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's National League match against Chorley are now available. The match takes place on Saturday 26th October 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Victory Park. Prices for our 2019-20 season visit are flat across the ground and are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Concessions: £12.00; Aged 18-21: £7.00; Aged 12-17: £5.00; Under-12s: FREE.

Concessions apply to Over-60s, NHS, first responders and Armed Services (with valid ID).

Under-12s are free, provided they are purchased alongside an Adult ticket, with a limit of four children per adult. Otherwise you pay the Aged 12-17 price.

Tickets can be purchased online, in advance, from the Chorley end only - there will be no sales from Huish Park. You can either print them out (make sure you print out the attached PDF file, rather than the email), or use a smartphone to show the barcode on your ticket as you go through the turnstiles. Chorley's ticketing website can be found here, whilst the specific event for our 2019-20 visit can be found here. Online sales stop at 11.00a.m. on the day of the match.

If you don't want to purchase online, they can be purchased on the day, at the same prices, subject to the usual caveats of allowing extra time for queuing.

Disabled supporters pay the above admission prices but can admit an assistant free of charge, where required. There are a limited number of disabled parking spaces available. You'll need to call their club offices on 01257-230007 between 10.00a.m. and 3.00p.m.

Link: Ticketing For Haringey Borough vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Haringey Borough vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Matchday Ticket Bundles.

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


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10 October 2019 : Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Draw
The Second Round draw for the Somerset Premier Cup has been made. Yeovil Town received a bye at the First Round stage, but have now been given an away tie against Radstock Town. The Miners play in Western League Division One at the Southfields Recreation Ground and are currently in 10th place in that division, havving won four and lost four games.

At present we don't know first team manager Darren Sarll's attitude to County Cup competitions. In recent seasons, the Glovers have entirely handed the competition over to the Academy's Under-18s side, including the matchday dugout positions. However, with the club having dropped into non-league football again, and this now standing as a first team competition, there may be a different attitude to who lands on the teamsheet.

The full draw is as follows:

Taunton Town vs Bath City
Welton Rovers vs Larkhall Athletic
Keynsham Town vs Bridgwater Town
Ashton and Backwell vs Hengrove Athletic
Paulton Rovers vs Weston-super-Mare
Wells City vs Bishop Sutton
Radstock Rown vs Yeovil Town
Cheddar vs Bishop Lydeard

All ties are due to be played during week commencing November 11th.


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10 October 2019 : Hartlepool Part Company With Hignett
National League side Hartlepool United have sacked their manager Craig Hignett after a poor run of form. The County Durham club had only won one match in their last seven fixtures - against Yeovil Town last Saturday - and lost 2-1 on Wednesday night against Stockport County in a match that was televised live on BT Sport. Having an increased audience never does a manager's chances of survival any good when they end up on the losing side, and today the Pools Board have made the decision to remove Hignett from his post along with assistant manager Ged McNamee.

Wednesday night's defeat left Hartlepool stuck in 16th place although still only four points off the play-off positions, meaning that whoever comes in will still be able to shape their season. Chairman Raj Singh has told Hartlepool's club website that it was a tough decision for him to make, and suggested he still had a good relationship with Hignett:

"This has been, undoubtedly, one of the toughest decisions of my professional life. My relationship with Craig is well known and we were desperate for that to turn into success for the Club we both care so much about. In business, you have to take a step back and decide if you have complete faith in where you are heading and if you are not then you have to be decisive. I owe it to myself, and to the fans who have shown such great support, to make decisions as I see them in the best interests of the Club. The harsh reality is that we have not made the points progress we had hoped for on the back of the efforts that have been made. Craig and Ged have both been loyal, hard-working and given everything to try and deliver success, and we firmly believe they leave us with a stronger base as we seek to challenge in what is a very open National League this season. I want to thank them for all their efforts."

What may not have helped Hignett's cause was that he received a two match ban from the Football Association on Monday, after being charged with misconduct for using words towards the officials that were 'threatening in nature' during their home match against Dover Athletic on September 21st. That match gained unwanted national exposure after it was held up for over ten minutes, following reports of racist abuse from the Hartlepool home end aimed at Dover scorer Inih Effiong. Hignett wasn't directly involved in that incident, but appears to have got himself involved in something else around that same period of the game.

Hartlepool have announced that first team coach and former player Antony Sweeney is to take over as Caretaker Manager for the immediate future.


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10 October 2019 : Bromley Keeper Undergoes Shoulder Operation
National League side Bromley have provided an update concerning their goalkeeper Mark Cousins. The 32 year old former Barnet and Dagenham and Redbridge suffered a horror injury in the September 28th match against Yeovil Town at Huish Park, when he suffered a second minute collision with Yeovil Town striker Rhys Murphy, who was knocked out in the collision and also had to be substituted.

The injury to Cousins saw the match delayed for 19 minutes, with the keeper being stretchered off, having suffered concussion as well as significant shoulder ligament damage. Not too surprisingly, he has needed an operation on that shoulder, and the current projection is that he will be spending around three months on the sidelines. If that holds true, then he should be back between the sticks in January 2020. Cousins has given his own views on where things stand for him to Bromley's club website:

"It's been a tough couple of weeks, but the shoulder is feeling good now. I saw a specialist last Monday evening and he booked me in the following afternoon for an operation, which was a fairly quick and simple procedure. It's a three month recovery in terms of letting everything heal, but I'm out of the sling now and I have a bit of movement, and I can start with my shoulder strengthening exercise now. (Physio) Paul Smith has been fantastic. He got me in to see one of the top surgeons so quickly, which is a bonus, because I dont think I could have waited much longer with the state my shoulder was in! Because of that, my recovery can begin sooner and I can put my full focus on getting back fit."

Obviously we wish him a speedy recovery from his injury, and hope he's back playing by the turn of the year.


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10 October 2019 : Tickets For Haringey Borough vs Yeovil Town Now On Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's Fourth Qualifying Round tie against Isthmian League Premier Division side Haringey Borough are now on sale. The match will take place on Saturday 19th October 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Coles Park.

Admission prices are flat across the entire ground. Yeovil Town's allocation is for standing terrace tickets only and are priced as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: FREE.

Concessions apply to Senior Citizens, Students and Under-21s - ID may be requested.

Tickets are available via the Huish Park Ticket Office, on their online portal or by calling 01935-847888. You can also visit in person. The club will be selling on Saturday up until 1.30p.m. prior to the Harrogate Town match. The cut-off point is to allow priority to be given to purchases for the Harrogate fixture only. You'll still be able to buy tickets online, and then throughout the following week (subject to availability).

Disabled supporters should contact the Huish Park Ticket Office directly as soon as possible, as Haringey are looking into providing a viewing platform and so need to gauge numbers. Similarly, if you are an ambulant disabled supporter, contact the Ticket Office directly for any available seats, so they can take down your details.

The match will be segregated, with toilet facilities and bar and catering facilities made available to away supporters on the day. The bar will be open before, during and after the game.

Please purchase your tickets as early as possible, to avoid disappointment. There are around 600 tickets provided to the Huish Park Ticket Office. At present it is not clear what facilities will be provided for collection on the day of the game, so if you can't get to the Huish Park Ticket Office, make sure you request the tickets are posted to you when using the online portal.

In addition, there has been no decision made yet, in terms of whether tickets will be available on the day of the match. That will be subject to availability once Haringey know how many tickets have been sold at both ends. Hence for now, assume it will operate as an 'all ticket' match.

Link: GWSC Travel For Haringey Borough vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Matchday Ticket Bundles.

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


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10 October 2019 : GWSC Travel For Haringey Borough vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round tie against Haringey Borough. The match takes place at Coles Park on Saturday 19th October 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Haringey Borough : Saturday 19th October 2019.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

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

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

NOTE: For this trip, it's possible there may be multiple coaches running to the game. As additional coaches are only booked on demand, please place your bookings for this trip as early as possible, to provide an accurate measure of how many people are travelling by Coach on the day.

Link: Early Ticketing Arrangements For Haringey Borough vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Matchday Ticket Bundles.

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


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9 October 2019 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Woking Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's 3-1 victory over Woking these are now available online. There is nearly 13 minutes worth of footage from the match, showing the two goals from Rhys Murphy along with Jimmy Smith's strike, plus the second half goal that was scored by the Cards to reflect their improved second half. Watch that video via the YouTube clip below.




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9 October 2019 : Two FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Matches Selected For Live Transmission
Two FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round matches have been selected for live transmission next weekend. The BBC have opted to show Potters Bar Town's home tie against Barnet via their streaming services, whilst BT Sport have opted to show York City's home match against Stockport County.

The attraction for the BBC's match is that it is a local derby of sorts, with seventh tier Potters Bar staging a tie against a National League club whose current ground lies ten miles away in Camrose Avenue. However, for many Barnet fans, they'll find their 'away trip' a decidedly easier one than their home matches, with Potters Bar's ground lying under four miles from the old Underhill stadium. The BBC's choice of viewing will kick off at 12.30p.m. on Saturday 19th October and be available on the BBC Sport website, the associated BBC Sport app, and on iPlayer.

Later that same day, at 5.20p.m. BT Sport will provide a tie between National League North side York City and National League Premier side Stockport County. The obvious tie-in here is that both clubs used to be Football League sides, but are now having to battle their way through the Qualifying Rounds. That tie will be broadcast on ordinary television, in the slot that BT have regularly used this season to broadcast National League fixtures. This is York's second televised tie, with the BBC having selected them for their Second Qualifying Round tie against Irlam last month.

Broadcast fees during the Qualifying Round phases are fairly nominal, with the BBC's fee for streaming matches pitched at £2,000 per club - i.e. both home and away clubs receive the sum of money. It's not clear whether BT Sport would pay out a similar fee, or whether its placement on a dedicated television channel would require a higher fee.


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9 October 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Woking Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 3-1 win against Woking at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the win, and the arrival of new striker Chris Dagnall. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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9 October 2019 : More Ticketing Information For Haringey Borough vs Yeovil Town
A date has been confirmed for Yeovil Town's Fourth Qualifying Round tie against Isthmian League Premier Division side Haringey Borough. The match will take place on Saturday 19th October 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Coles Park.

Tickets are not yet on sale but prices have been set between the two clubs. Admission prices are flat across the entire ground:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: FREE.

Concessions apply to Senior Citizens, Students and Under-21s - ID may be requested.

Do NOT contact the Huish Park Ticket Office yet, as Haringey only plan to ship tickets out to the club towards the end of the week. So the exact time they'll go on sale will only be known when they arrive in the post. The club are expecting an allocation of around 600 tickets. Due to Harringey only having 280 seated places in their stadium, it is expected that 99 percent of Yeovil's allocation will be standing terrace tickets only. Once the club know how many seated tickets they have (if any) then it is likely that these will be held back for disabled/infirmed supporters and not put on direct sale.

Once tickets are put on sale, we'll provide another update with more precise arrangements.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Matchday Ticket Bundles.

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


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9 October 2019 : Sarll Pleased To Have Players Back On Song Following Woking Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll said that he was pleased to have his players back on song, after last Saturday's blip at the hands of Hartlepool United. Saturday's trip to Victoria Park saw their seven game winning run ended, but three days later at Huish Park, the Glovers ensured it was business as usual as they saw off fourth placed Woking by a 3-1 scoreline.

In particular, the first half performance saw the Cards blown away as Yeovil raced to a three goal advantage, leaving no doubt that the team was capable of bouncing back from disappointment, as Rhys Murphy grabbed two goals and Crawley Town loanee Jimmy Smith got the fourth of his loan spell. Sarll told BBC Somerset that he could see improvements even over previous home match performances:

"First and foremost it was really nice to see the players back to being them, and making sure that Saturday was a bad day at the office, like you and I discussed. But blimey, when this group of players really put their foot down - it's a good sight. I thought again, you look at the Fylde performance, for 30 minutes we were excellent, but that was 45 minutes of real good play. So we're getting better, defintely."

Sarll said he didn't view it as a perfect performance, believing that his side's attacking players could still be more clinical in the final third of the field. He said a lot of it was down to players having the belief that they could go past the last man in the opposition defence:

"They're still too passive for me in the box. You get moments where James Tilley could drive in and dribble at them and go past a player, and then he crosses. Then you've got those moments with Rhys when he gets in a one-v-one with the centre-halves or he gets in a one-v-one with the left-back. I've got massive faith in these boys and they can go past the next one. So I still think we have to address that edge to us when we go in and around the box. But the squad is getting very strong now and the standard has to be very high to even get on the bench at times. So it's a really pleasing problem to have."

After the pulsating first half performance, came a rather more flat second half, from a Yeovil point of view. The Glovers weren't able to add to their tally, and the Cards even made the game mildly edgy as Ibrahim Meite's long range strike into the top corner gave them some hope. Sarll said he wasn't unduly worried by the match going back to 3-1, but he was aware that it was a drop-off in performance after the break:

"I just hope that people don't go home disappointed that the second half didn't reflect the first half, because we are ahead of schedule even in producing a first half of that standard, let alone 90 minutes of that standard. So I was really pleased with the pace and the power of us in the first half. The goalkeeper has not really had a save to make. Their goal was an outstanding strike from distance. So I didn't feel too worried or agitated. I was a little bit disappointed we couldn't maybe affect the goal a lot. But when you bring on Chris Dagnall and you bring on Lawson D'Ath and you bring on Albi Skendi, they're really good people to make sure the job gets done. So I'm really pleased tonight. I'm pleased to have our boys back, and that's the key thing for me tonight."


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8 October 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Woking
If you watched Tuesday's 3-1 win against Woking 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 Woking.


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8 October 2019 : Yeovil 3 Woking 1 : Murphy Double Puts Glovers Back On Track
Yeovil Town picked up their sixth home win of the 2019-20 season on Tuesday night, as a strong first half performance ensured a 3-1 victory. Striker Rhys Murphy produced Woking's downfall, as he converted from close range from a James Tilley ball across the box just 12 minutes in, and then followed that up with a second just before the break as he hit the rebound on his own penalty kick after Cards keeper Craig Ross saved the initial shot. Yeovil squeezed in a third as Murphy set up Crawley Town loanee Jimmy Smith to put his side three clear at the break. The second half saw Woking rally, via a long range Ibrahim Meite goal, but Yeovil's strong start to the game won them the three points to keep them in third place in the table, one point off leaders Halifax Town.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up from the team that lost at Hartlepool United on Saturday. One of those was a surprise with Courtney Duffus coming back from a hamstring injury and going straight into the starting line-up, as Gold Omotayo dropped to the bench. Myles Hippolyte dropped entirely out of the squad, along with Lawson D'Ath, with Matt Worthington and James Tilley providing the replacements in the midfield engine room. On the bench, Chris Dagnell stood by to make his debut for the club.

From Yeovil's point of view, they got off to a slow start, despite an early header from Jimmy Smith that went into the keeper's arms, followed by a Charlie Lee effort that went wide. Woking were sharp, as Dave Tarpey's shot forced Adam Smith to palm the ball away for a corner, forcing the game's early bit of territory and pressure.

But Yeovil then took the lead just 12 minutes into the match, with their first bit of decisive play. A Courtney Duffus cross to the back post found James Tilley. The Brighton midfielder attempted to fire the ball back across goal, and it fell into the path of chief goal poacher Rhys Murphy, who finished from close range to give Yeovil the start that they craved. 1-0 up elevated by a huge roar from the appreciative home terrace.

That was the signal for Yeovil to get proper control of the game. James Tilley was unfortunate not to get himself a penalty when his shot appeared to be blocked by the arms of a Woking defender, with the only possible excuse from referee Daniel Middleton being the close range nature of the drive. The referee's lack of action on a number of decisions seemed to be causing some definite niggle between both sets of players, with the game at times threatening to boil over - but thankfully never quite going that far.

In the minutes leading up to the break, the Glovers suddenly took the game by the scruff of the neck. Courtney Duffus held the ball up well inside the box and when he tried to give himself room in the box, Manny Parry brought him down inside the area for a penalty kick. Up stepped Rhys Murphy for the spot kick, but it was well saved by Cards keeper Craig Ross, only for the loose ball to fall straight back into the path of Murphy. The striker got it right on the second attempt, burying the ball into the back of the net for a 2-0 lead.

That two goal advantage became a three goal gap by the half time break. Courtney Duffus was brought down outside the box, and for once we had a good refereeing decision. As Woking's defence froze, expecting the free kick, Rhys Murphy was the man who didn't hestitate and as he put a through ball in for Jimmy Smith the midfielder calmly finished for his fourth goal of his Yeovil Town loan spell, and a 3-0 half time lead for the Glovers that meant they were in total control of the game.

That scoreline seemed to affect the way the second half panned out. Woking made a double substitution at the break, coupled with a formation change, and although Courtney Duffus forced Cards keeper Craig Ross into a bit of a messy save for a corner early on, the dominance of Yeovil Town's first half display wasn't really there after the break. In fact the game went into a total lull with neither side creating anything of note.

That should have suited Yeovil more than it suited Woking - until the Cards got a goal out of the blue. Ibrahim Meite - one of their half time substitutes - picked the ball up in space and unleashed a 25 yard strike right into the top corner of the net to pull the game back to 3-1, and to give Woking a small slither of hope.

The Cards began to create a number of chances that their previous 67 minutes worth of play hadn't. Moussa Diarra's header went wide, Kane Ferdinand fired over the crossbarand then Ibrahim Meite shot wide. Adam Smith had to keep himself busy from a Dave Tarpey free kick, that he palmed away for a corner, as the game suddenly began to take an edge, with everyone knowing in the stadium that if Woking grabbed a second they might make it interesting.

Still, Yeovil should have sealed it. Having made their own substitutions in the second period - one forced, due to a James Tilley injury - Carl Dickinson's parried shot could have gifted substitute Albi Skendi a goal. Unfortunately the former Stratford Town man's attempt on the rebound was cleared off the line. At the other end, a Max Kretzschmar free kick was turned over the crossbar by Adam Smith, and at that point Yeovil began to ease a little bit as the game finally ticked into injury time. There was just about enough time for Lawson D'Ath to force Craig Ross into one last save for the Cards, before the five minutes of added time were up, confirming Yeovil's victory on a night where they had the game wrapped up by half time, but took their foot off the gas too much in the second half. They remain in third place on the back of that win, but one lie just one point off the top after Halifax's surprise stalemate against Chorley saw them drop points.

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Woking 1.

Scorers: Rhys Murphy (1-0, 12 mins), Rhys Murphy (2-0, 41 mins), Jimmy Smith (3-0, 45 mins), Ibrahim Meite (3-1, 67 mins)

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
31. Adam Smith
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 4. Lee Collins (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 28. James Tilley
5. Jimmy Smith
14. Courtney Duffus 9. Rhys Murphy

Substitutes:
8. Lawson D'Ath (61 mins for James Tilley) 10. Gold Omotayo 18. Albi Skendi (81 mins for Jimmy Smith) 19. Tom Bradbury 33. Chris Dagnall (61 mins for Courtney Duffus)

Woking:
13 Craig Ross 2 Jack Cook 3 Josh Casey 6 Moussa Diarra 5 Ben Gerring 4 Manny Parry 16 Shaun Donnellan 8 Kane Ferdinand 14 Godfrey Poku 22 Jamar Loza 7 Dave Tarpey

Substitutes:
1 Sam Howes 10 Max Kretzschmar (46 mins for Ben Gerring) 11 Paul Hodges (54 mins for Jamar Loza) 12 Nathan Collier 18 Ibrahim Meite (46 mins for Godfrey Poku)

Yeovil Bookings: Remeao Hutton (24 mins, foul)

Woking Bookings: Ibrahim Meite (87 mins, kicking ball away)

Referee: Daniel Middleton (Derbyshire). Assistants: Colin Hubbard (Dorset) and Sean Rothwell (Devon). Fourth Official: Lewis Sandoe (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,397 (with 172 Woking supporters)


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8 October 2019 : Team News For Yeovil Town v Woking
Yeovil Town have issued their starting line-up for the National League match against Woking. The match at Huish Park sees three changes to the starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Hartlepool United on Saturday. Striker Courtney Duffus returns following a hamstring injury, displaying Gold Omotayo. In midfield Matt Worthington comes in for Lawson D'Ath whilst James Tilley displaces Myles Hippolyte.

Goalkeepers Stuart Nelson (groin) and Liam O'Brien alongside right-back Craig Alcock (back). Midfielder Tom Whelan, attacker Myles Hippolyte and left-sided Olly McCoy make the squad.

Striker Ryan Seager is on loan with Havant and Waterlooville. Teenagers Daniel Ojo and Tai Fleming are on loan at Melksham Town. Academy graduates Nestor Shako and Alex John are on loan with Gosport Borough. Attacking midfielder Gabriel Rogers is on loan with Salisbury City.

The team lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
31. Adam Smith
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 4. Lee Collins (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Matt Worthington 26. Charlie Lee 28. James Tilley
5. Jimmy Smith
14. Courtney Duffus 9. Rhys Murphy

Substitutes:
8. Lawson D'Ath 10. Gold Omotayo 18. Albi Skendi 19. Tom Bradbury 33. Chris Dagnall

Local radio commentary should be provided by BBC Somerset as usual tonight on 95.5FM. If the usual FM or online methods fail, then this link takes you to tonight's online commentary links for the National League.


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8 October 2019 : Dagnall Signed Up By Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have signed up former Tranmere Rovers, Rochdale and Crewe Alexandra striker Chris Dagnall. The 33 year old has been a free agent since leaving Tranmere at the end of the 2018-19 season and has signed for the Glovers ahead of Tuesday night's match against Woking.

Born in Liverpool on April 15th 1986, he is a 5'8" striker who began his career with Tranmere. He made his debut at the age of 17 years old, ultimately going on to make 44 appearances for them, scoring seven goals. Dagenell dropped down to League Two level to play for Rochdale, initially on loan, but signing for them on a permanent basis in the summer of 2006. He spent four and a half years there, where he made 176 appearances scoring 60 goals.

Dagnell was signed up for Scunthorpe United for the 2010-11 campaign, playing in the Championship for the first time. Although the Iron were relegated at the end of that season, he stuck around, making 68 appearances, scoring 13 goals. He then returned to the Championship, joining Barnsley in January 2012, for an undisclosed fee, reuniting him with former Rochdale boss Keith Hill. He spent two and a half years there, making 61 appearances, scoring 11 goals, with his time at Oakwell punctuated by loan spells with Bradford City (7 appearances, 1 goal) and Coventry City (6 appearances, 1 goal).

Having spent must of his career playing for Northern clubs, Dagnall was signed up by Russell Slade in January 2014, becoming part of Leyton Orient's side that reached the League One play-off final at Wembley Stadium, going on to make 64 appearances, scoring 20 goals at League One level.

Dagnell then had a slightly nomadic period that saw him take in India Super League side Kerala Blasters (9 appearances, 5 goals) and Scottish Championship side Hibernian (15 appearances). The 2016-17 sseason saw him return to England, signing for Crewe Alexandra in League Two (82 appearances, 24 goals), whilst during the 2018-19 season he spent half a year with Bury (19 appearances, 3 goals) before rejoining Tranmere Rovers for a short five game spell during the latter half of the 2018-19 season.

Dagnall has been given a contract until the end of the 2019-20 season, and has been registered in time to play in tonight's match


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8 October 2019 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Woking
Officials for the National League fixture between Yeovil Town and Woking have been published by the National League. The match takes place on Tuesday 8th October 2019 (tonight), with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Daniel Middleton (Derbyshire).

This is match No.16 of the season, and for the sixteenth occasion, Yeovil Town will be getting a referee they've not crossed swords with before. He's in his third season as a National League Premier referee. Last season he took charge of 23 games, producing five red cards and 73 yellow cards. This year has seen him a little top heavy, given that in his five matches so far, he's produced 26 yellows and one red card. His most recent match involved Dover Athletic's 0-2 defeat against Halifax Town.

He did create a bit of infamy for himself back in April 2019, when he dismissed former Yeovil Town loanee James Dayton when he was playing for Leyton Orient in a match against Sutton United. Dayton was badly injured during the match, suffering a dislocated ankle, that saw him stretchered off. Whilst lying on a stretcher, Dayton's frustration at his injury saw him throw the boot he was holding, with it bouncing close to the match official. Rather than taking that as the actions of a man in pain, Mr Middleton decided to see it as violent conduct towards himself, and so in a complete misjudgement of the situation, showed a red card to a man lying on a stretcher with a dislocated ankle. Marvellous!

Mr Middleton will be assisted by Colin Hubbard (Dorset) and Sean Rothwell (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Lewis Sandoe (Dorset).


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8 October 2019 : Early Ticketing Information For Haringey Borough vs Yeovil Town
Reports from the Haringey Borough end state that they have set ticket prices for their FA Cup match against Yeovil Town. The Fourth Qualifying Round tie at Coles Park will see the club make their first ever visit to that part of London. The unofficial fans website for Haringey pitches admission prices as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Under-16s: FREE.

Concessions apply to Senior Citizens, Students and Under-21s - ID may be requested.

At present, their unofficial website is badging it as a Saturday 19th October 3.00p.m. kick-off - we're not sure if that's an assumption on their behalf, or a firm decision. Around ten minutes walk east on White Hart Lane, Tottenham Hotspur play Watford with the same kick-off time, meaning that if Haringey do hold to standard arrangements, that road will be busy.

Given the match will be taking place in around 11 days time, and given the set-up of the Isthmian Premier Division club, it may be that the Huish Park Ticket Office doesn't get advance sales. However, once arrangements and a confirmed kick-off time are known, we'll provide another update.


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7 October 2019 : Skiverton Takes On Academy Manager Role
Yeovil Town have restructured their Academy, following the exit of Academy Manager Jamie Harrison. The club have agreed that Academy Head of Coaching Terry Skiverton will succeed Harrison, taking over the role of Academy Manager.

Meanwhile, it transpires that Ryan Northmore is still with the club. Having been absent from Under-18s matches for the last three fixtures, Northmore has been announced as the club's new Academy Head Of Coaching, leaving the Professional Development Phase Lead Coach position vacant. The club have recently advertised this role as vacant, which coupled with Northmore's absence implied he had left the club. However, he is still at Huish Park and now takes over a new role, replacing Skiverton.

Terry Skiverton has been also performing the role of Acting Assistant Manager for the 2019=20 season, as well as taking charge of a number of Under-18s fixtures during that time.


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7 October 2019 : FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round : Full Draw Details
Yeovil Town have been given a away draw in the Fourth Qualifying Round of the FA Cup. They will face Isthmian League Premier Division side Haringey Borough at Coles Park, Tottenham after the draw was made live on TalkSport2 radio by Danny Murphy and John Motson today.

This is Yeovil's first match at this stage of the competition since the 2002-03 season, joining all National League Premier clubs in the draw, alongside 40 clubs from Tier 6 and below.

The full draw is as follows:

Hednesford Town vs Boston United
Gateshead vs Colne
Barrow vs Solihull Moors
Whitby Town or Gloucester City vs Stourbridge
Hartlepool United vs Brackley Town
Nantwich Town vs Kings Lynn Town
Chorley vs Spennymoor Town
Southport vs Altrincham
Tamworth or Hereford vs Darlington
York City vs Stockport County
Notts County vs Belper Town
Chesterfield vs Wrexham
FC Halifax Town vs Harrogate Town
AFC Fylde vs Peterborough Sports

Whyteleafe vs Chippenham Town or Slough Town
Haringey Borough vs Yeovil Town
Havant and Waterlooville vs Dulwich Hamlet
Ebbsfleet United vs Woking
Welling United vs Eastleigh
Bromley vs Aldershot Town
Maidstone United vs Kings Langley
Maidenhead United vs Bristol Manor Farm or Wealdstone
Oxford City vs Margate
Canvey Island or Bowers and Pitsea vs Chicester City
Hayes and Yeading United vs Poole Town
Royston Town vs Maldon and Tiptree
Potters Bar Town vs Barnet
Torquay United vs Boreham Wood
Sutton United vs Billericay Town
Weymouth vs Dover Athletic
Dartford vs Kingstonian or Weston-super-Mare
Carshalton Athletic vs Dagenham and Redbridge

All Fourth Qualifying Round ties will take place over the weekend of Saturday 19th October - i.e. just under two weeks time. Tie winners will receive £18,750 from the Prize Fund, whilst losers will gain to the tune of £6,250.

WARNING: Do not assume this is a Saturday 3.00p.m. kick-off. The ground in Coles Park is on the west side of White Hart Lane and Tottenham Hotspur play Watford in a Saturday 3pm fixture on October 19th, around ten minutes walk from that location. It would therefore not be surprising if the FA Cup game was moved to the Sunday.


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7 October 2019 : Ball Numbers For The FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Draw
The Football Association have confirmed the regional splits and ball numbers for this afternoon's FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round draw. The regionalised split will see 14 Northern ties and 18 Southern ties, with Yeovil Town positioned in the Southern Section. The Glovers have been given Ball No.13 (not good if you're superstitious!) and will face one of the other 35 Southern-based clubs.

Note that the ball numbers are repeated in each region, so there is also a Northern Ball No.13. The draw will be made live on TalkSport2 radio from 1.30p.m. onwards. Ball numbers are as follows:

Northern Section:
1 AFC Fylde 2 Barrow AFC 3 Chesterfield FC 4 Chorley FC 5 FC Halifax Town 6 Harrogate Town FC 7 Hartlepool United FC 8 Notts County FC 9 Solihull Moors FC 10 Stockport County FC 11 Wrexham AFC 12 Spennymoor Town 13 Altrincham 14 Hednesford Town 15 Nantwich Town 16 Peterborough Sports 17 King’s Lynn Town 18 Whitby Town or Gloucester City 19 Gateshead 20 Stourbridge 21 Belper Town 22 York City 23 Tamworth or Hereford 24 Colne 25 Southport 26 Darlington 27 Boston United 28 Brackley Town

Southern Section:
1 Aldershot Town FC 2 Barnet FC 3 Boreham Wood FC 4 Bromley FC 5 Dagenham & Redbridge FC 6 Dover Athletic FC 7 Eastleigh FC 8 Ebbsfleet United FC 9 Maidenhead United FC 10 Sutton United FC 11 Torquay United FC 12 Woking FC 13 Yeovil Town FC 14 Oxford City 15 Carshalton Athletic 16 Dulwich Hamlet 17 Canvey Island or Bowers & Pitsea 18 Bristol Manor Farm or Wealdstone 19 Kingstonian or Weston Super Mare 20 Haringey Borough 21 Welling United 22 Maldon & Tiptree 23 Chippenham Town or Slough Town 24 Margate 25 Whyteleafe 26 Kings Langley 27 Potters Bar Town 28 Hayes & Yeading United 29 Royston Town 30 Poole Town 31 Havant & Waterlooville 32 Billericay Town 33 Dartford 34 Weymouth 35 Chichester City 36 Maidstone United

All Fourth Qualifying Round ties will take place over the weekend of Saturday 19th October - i.e. just under two weeks time.


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7 October 2019 : Rhys Murphy Talks About The Hartlepool United Defeat
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town striker Rhys Murphy spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Rhys gives his views on his fifth goal of the season, the team's performance, and Tuesday night's match against Woking. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Rhys Murphy Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Defeat Against Hartlepool United.


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7 October 2019 : Video : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Saturday's 2-1 defeat against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, these are now available online. There is five-and-a-half minutes worth of footage available, that shows the equalising goal from Rhys Murphy, along with the two Pools goals and the best of the other action. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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6 October 2019 : Wrexham Agree Keates Return As New Management Appointment
National League side Wrexham have made a new managerial appointment, with the return of Dean Keates to the Racecourse. He replaces Bryan Hughes who was sacked on September 26th, with the Welsh side having had a slow start to the 2019-20 season that had seen them stuck in the relegation zone. Another former manager Brian Flynn has been their Caretaker Manager for the last three matches, during which they've managed a single place rise to lie outside the relegation zone on goal difference.

Keates is a former Wrexham player and manager, who made 180 appearances with the club and was their captain when they won the FA Trophy in 2013. He became their first team manager in October 2016, spending 73 games in charge, before departing to take up the vacant Walsall job in March 2018. His time with the Saddlers lasted just over a year, but he's been out of work since April 2019 with the Midlands side ultimately on their way to relegation at the time of his departure.

Wrexham have now confirmed he will begin his second spell as manager, having given him a contract until the summer of 2021. Club President Dixie McNeil headed up the Dragons' recruitment process on behalf of the Wrexham Supporters Trust, and he said the decision to bring Keates back was a unanimous one:

"I wish Dean all the very best of luck for the rest of the season. It’s really nice that he wanted to come back to the club and I hope that the Wrexham supporters will get behind Dean. Together we can turn this season around and I believe Dean can push us up the league table, although we are behind the play-off places at the moment, there are still over 90 points to play for. We talked to a number of people about the position, which we narrowed down to and then interviewed five people. Dean gave a very good interview and we decided he was by far the best person for the job."


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6 October 2019 : 2019-20 FA Cup Prize Fund
With Yeovil Town set to be drawn out as part of the FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round stage of the 2019-20 season competition, it's worth noting the price money at stake this year. Having remained flat for many seasons, the 2018-19 season saw the Prize Fund doubled, thus making it a more lucrative competition than before.

The 2019-20 competition is funded out of the same pool of money, but with some small adjustments during the Qualifying Round stages that mean that even clubs losing at that stage will receive a pay-out, although that has meant that the sums available to the winners have been reduced to compensate. As usual there will be additional funds payable to clubs that are selected for live television coverage or extended highlights packages.

The Prize Fund details for the 2019-20 season are as shown below, with the number of eligible clubs for the payout shown in brackets. Sums are accumulative - i.e. if you win a Fourth Qualifying Round match and a First Round match, the amount the club gains is added together, up until the point where that club goes out of the competition.

Fourth Round Qualifying winners (32) £18,750
Fourth Round Qualifying losers (32) £6,250
First Round Proper winners (40) £36,000
Second Round Proper winners (20) £54,000
Third Round Proper winners (32) £135,000
Fourth Round Proper winners (16) £180,000
Fifth Round Proper winners (8) £360,000
Quarter-Final winners (4) £720,000
Semi-Final winners (2) £1,800,000
Semi-Final losers (2) £900,000
Final runners-up (1) £1,800,000
Final winners (1) £3,600,000

Yeovil Town haven't played at this stage of the competition since the 2002-03 season, when they needed two ties against Bath City to reach the First Round Proper, eventually going out to Cheltenham Town at home.


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6 October 2019 : FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round Draw Schedule And List Of Clubs
The Football Association have confirmed details of the draw for the Fourth Qualifying Round of the 2019-20 FA Cup. The round will see the 24 teams from the National League Premier division - including Yeovil Town - join the 40 winning clubs from Saturday's Third Qualifying Round ties, representing non-league sides from Tier 6 and below.

The draw will be broadcast live on the talkSPORT2 radio station at 1.30p.m. on Monday 7th October. It will be a regionalised draw, split across Northern and Southern regions, with Danny Murphy and John Motson drawing the balls out.

Exactly how the Northern and Southern sections will be split, hasn't been publicised by the FA. During the Third Qualifying Round, they used an uneven set of Northern and Southern ties, with 17 in the Northern Section and 23 ties in the Southern Section. However, this means that when they attempt to include the Tier 5 National League clubs, they will need to either rebalance the remaining Tier 6 (and below) clubs or allocate an uneven number of Tier 5 clubs to each section.

Thus the list of clubs below is approximate, and it may be that one or two clubs may get reallocated to a different section. However, what can be said with certainty is that Yeovil Town will be in the Southern Section of the draw, meaning that they could come up against old foes Weymouth, or other local sides such as Bristol Manor Farm (subject to a replay), Weston Super Mare (subject to a replay) or Poole Town. They could also face Havant and Waterlooville which would provide some complications given that striker Ryan Seager is on loan there, and has been allowed to be cup-tied by the Glovers. It's also possible for them to be drawn against a fellow National League Premier club.

The list of Northern and Southern clubs that will go into the hat on Monday - subject to a bit of tweaking of the regional split - is as follows:

Tier Six And Below Northern Clubs: (17 clubs from the Third Qualifying Round)

1 Spennymoor Town 2 Altrincham 3 Hednesford Town 4 Nantwich Town 5 Peterborough Sports 6 King’s Lynn Town 7 Whitby Town OR Gloucester City 8 Gateshead 9 Stourbridge 10 Belper Town 11 York City 12 Tamworth OR Hereford 13 Colne 14 Southport 15 Darlington 16 Boston United 17 Brackley Town

Tier Six And Below Southern Clubs: (23 clubs from the Third Qualifying Round)

1 Oxford City 2 Carshalton Athletic 3 Dulwich Hamlet 4 Canvey Island OR Bowers & Pitsea 5 Bristol Manor Farm OR Wealdstone 6 Kingstonian OR Weston Super Mare 7 Haringey Borough 8 Welling United 9 Maldon & Tiptree 10 Cirencester Town OR Slough Town 11 Margate 12 Whyteleafe 13 Kings Langley 14 Potters Bar Town 15 Hayes & Yeading United 16 Royston Town 17 Poole Town 18 Havant & Waterlooville 19 Billericay Town 20 Dartford 21 Weymouth 22 Chichester City 23 Maidstone United

National League Premier Clubs (Northern-Most 11):

AFC Fylde, Barrow, Chesterfield, Chorley, Halifax Town, Harrogate Town, Hartlepool United, Notts County, Solihull Moors, Stockport County, Wrexham

National League Premier Clubs (Southern-Most 13):

Aldershot, Barnet, Boreham Wood, Bromley, Dagenham and Redbridge, Dover Athletic, Eastleigh, Ebbsfleet United, Maidenhead United, Sutton United, Torquay United, Woking, Yeovil Town

All Fourth Qualifying Round ties will take place over the weekend of Saturday 19th October - i.e. just under two weeks time.


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5 October 2019 : Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Hartlepool United Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's full views on the game can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Sarll's Verdict On The Hartlepool United Away Game.


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5 October 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 2-1 defeat against Hartlepool United at Victoria 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 Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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5 October 2019 : Hartlepool 2 Yeovil 1 : Winning Run Ended By Late Kennedy Goal
Yeovil Town's seven match winning run was brought to an end on Saturday afternoon, as Hartlepool United managed a 92nd minute goal to gain a 2-1 victory at Victoria Park. The Glovers had been trailing for much of the second half when Gime Toure convered from close range, but they thought they had a lifeline on the stroke of 90 minutes when Rhys Murphy's header pulled a goal back. Unfortunately that joy lasted only a minute, as Jason Kennedy restored Hartlepool's lead to send Yeovil to a defeat that sees them remain in third place in the National League table, but ends the club's best run of form since the 2012-13 season.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. Both of those involved the right side of the pitch, with Craig Alcock's back injury forcing him to drop out of the squad, with Remeao Hutton getting back into the starting line-up as a result. The other change saw Matt Worthington - who had started all fourteen matches this season - drop to the bench, with Lawson D'Ath coming into his position on the right side of midfield. Alcock's absence meant that Olly McCoy got onto the bench.

Hartlepool started the match in a confident mood, with striker Gime Toure particularly dangerous. He created the opening chance of the match, which saw Adam Smith get a palm on the ball to turn it around for a corner. That was quickly followed by Fraser Kerr's attempt from the resultant set piece, that Smith had to claim. Although Jimmy Smith shot over the bar from distance for Yeovil's first effort, Toure's quick play was causing the greater danger, with him cleverly looping the ball just over the crossbar as Hartlepool held the upper hand.

That was emphasised more as the half wore on. Fraser Kerr put a header wide from a Ryan Donaldson corner, before Donaldson went close with a low drive across the box that doubled as a shot and a cross that just needed a touch to turn it in - thankfully it disappeared out the other side without a connection. Toure's efforts on goal continued, with a free kick that went over the crossbar, with Luke James also adding to the home side's goal attempts - the major criticism of them was that few had troubled Adam Smith, but the Glovers went in at the break knowing they were fairly fortunate to be level on the balance of play.

Two minutes into the second half and they hadn't heeded that warning. Peter Kioso's cross took a couple of deflections across the face of the Yeovil penalty box, and the ball fell to Gime Toure, who was able to finish from close range, for a 1-0 lead that Hartlepool had deserved across the 47 minutes that had passed. They could have had another shortly after, as another Kioso cross found Ryan Donaldson in free space inside the box, but his header went over the crossbar.

Darren Sarll responded to the pattern of play continuing by bringing on Albi Skendi and James Tilley for Myles Hippolyte and Lawson D'Ath, with both players ending up in the centre of midfield in a like-for-like swap. That seemed to perk Yeovil up a notch as they enjoyed their best spell of the game, with a Charlie Lee run and shot going wide of goal, followed by a Rhys Murphy first time snap shot that was well saved by home keeper Ben Killip - the first on target attempt he'd needed to warm his hands to.

But Yeovil's problem was that Hartlepool had their noses in front and could stretch the play a bit - Ryan Donaldson cut inside from the wing to fire over the crossbar, whilst Mark Kitching perhaps went unintentionally close, as his cross into the box ended up bouncing off the top of the crossbar and out for a goal kick. Yeovil's final throw of the dice came with 20 minutes left to play, as Olly McCoy replaced Gold Omotayo, with the Birmingham City loanee even playing up front for a while before he was later swapped with Albi Skendi to give the front line a bit more presence.

Luke Wilkinson had a great opportunity to equalise when he headed wide of the target - kicking the advertising board in frustration, knowing he probably should have tested the keeper. It all began to look as though it was going to end in a single goal defeat right up until the Fourth Official signalled for five minutes of added time. At that point, it briefly looked like there was a twist - James Tilley's cross into the box found Rhys Murphy and the striker's header confirmed his fifth goal of the season for a 90th minute equaliser. At 1-1, surely a point was heading home now?

Actually, no. Hartlepool needed just one minute to restore their advantage. Substitute Nicky Featherstone put a cross into the box that was dangerous on its own, but Jason Kennedy got a touch on the ball to divert it into the back of the net for a 92nd minute 2-1 advantage to Hartlepool. Despite there still being three or four minutes of action left, Yeovil couldn't produce any more late drama, and so saw their seven game winning run ended in the North East with the first points dropped since August. Thankfully with Bromley losing for the second game in a row, the damage on that is not too great, with Halifax Town now taking top spot, whilst Yeovil go into Tuesday night's match against Woking with third and fourth place meeting each other in what will be a big game at Huish Park.

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Hartlepool United 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Gime Toure (1-0, 47 mins), Rhys Murphy (1-1, 90 mins), Jason Kennedy (2-1, 90 mins)

Hartlepool United:
1 Ben Killip 2 Peter Kioso 5 Fraser Kerr 4 Michael Raynes 3 Mark Kitching 15 Gus Mafuta 19 Kenton Richardson 28 Jason Kennedy 7 Ryan Donaldson 33 Luke James 23 Gime Toure

Substitutes:
8 Nicky Featherstone (76 mins for Luke James) 9 Nicke Kabamba (88 mins for Gime Toure) 11 Josh Hawkes 14 Gavan Holohan 20 Aaron Cunningham

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
31. Adam Smith
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 4. Lee Collins (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Lawson D'Ath 26. Charlie Lee 11. Myles Hippolyte
5. Jimmy Smith
10. Gold Omotayo 9. Rhys Murphy

Substitutes:
7. Matt Worthington 18. Albi Skendi (55 mins for Myles Hippolyte) 19. Tom Bradbury 22. Olly McCoy (71 mins for Gold Omotayo) 28. James Tilley (55 mins for Lawson D'Ath)

Hartlepool United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: James Tilley (foul, 82 mins), Carl Dickinson (dissent, 90 mins)

Referee: Steven Copeland (Liverpool). Assistants: Alex Gray and Nicholas Hawksby (North Riding). Fourth Official: Joseph Goodwin (West Riding).

Attendance: 3,273 (with 138 Yeovil fans).


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5 October 2019 : Sarll Feels Glovers Lacked Real Purpose In Hartlepool Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll felt that his side lacked real purpose in the two penalty boxes today, after watching his side slip to a 2-1 defeat against Hartlepool United. The club's first loss since the August Bank Holiday Monday trip to Dagenham and Redbridge brought to an end a run of seven victories in a row - the club's best run of form since their 2012-13 League One Play-Off Winning season under Gary Johnson. Despite Rhys Murphy cancelling out Gime Toure's 47th minute goal, after he netted in the 90th minute, Pools grabbed victory a minute later through Jason Kennedy to send Yeovil home pointless.

Sarll told BBC Somerset that his view was that his team didn't get that final shot or that final defensive clearance right during the 90 minutes as a whole, feeling there were problems in both boxes. Lacking the clearcut chances of previous matches, his view was his defenders were having to make too many last ditch blocks, and that gave a Hartlepool side that hadn't won in five matches too much hope on the day:

"I thought we lacked real purpose in everything we did - everything. There was no real intent in everything we did. I thought we got into lots and lots of positions in both boxes, where we had maybe one more stage or phase of the play to go, such as going past someone, getting around someone, finding one more pass or something like that to finish. We had lots of three-v-threes, four-v-fours and those types of moments. We never ever did enough - nowhere near enough in the conviction of those scenarios and incidents. I thought it was the same at the other end. There were too many last gasp moments for us defensively, and too many moments where Luke Wilkinson probably made a brilliant block, or Lee Collins timed a really good interception. I thought there were too many, and we gave them too much hope."

The Glovers boss added that there were opportunities for his team to score that weren't taken. However, he didn't think the team were good enough on the day, and he warned that with his team now sat in the League table as a top three side, that the opposition would be looking at Yeovil Town in a different way when they came up against them and the squad needed to deal with that:

"Rhys Murphy probably should have had a penalty, Luke Wilkinson on the back post headed it over, rather than down and in like he's been doing for countless weeks. There were so many of those ifs, buts and maybes, where sometimes you look at it and you think if we played until next October would we still score playing this way? I thought the couple of subs that came on in the second half all did well and all made us improve, but we were nowhere near good enough today. We've got to understand this now, as I had this at Stevenage when we went on a really long fabulous run, that teams look at you in a slightly different way to how they did maybe a month or so ago. We've got to accept that and take that responsibility, and I think we want to take that responsibility if I look deep down."


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5 October 2019 : Hartlepool 2 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town's seven match winning run was brought to an end on Saturday afternoon, as Hartlepool United managed a 92nd minute goal to gain a 2-1 victory at Victoria Park. The Glovers had been trailing for much of the second half when Gime Toure convered from close range, but they thought they had a lifeline on the stroke of 90 minutes when Rhys Murphy's header pulled a goal back. Unfortunately that joy lasted only a minute, as Jason Kennedy restored Hartlepool's lead to send Yeovil to a defeat that sees them remain in third place in the National League table, but ends the club's best run of form since the 2012-13 season.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2019-20 Latest National League Table.

Final Score: Hartlepool United 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Gime Toure (1-0, 47 mins), Rhys Murphy (1-1, 90 mins), Jason Kennedy (2-1, 90 mins)

Hartlepool United:
1 Ben Killip 2 Peter Kioso 5 Fraser Kerr 4 Michael Raynes 3 Mark Kitching 15 Gus Mafuta 19 Kenton Richardson 28 Jason Kennedy 7 Ryan Donaldson 33 Luke James 23 Gime Toure

Substitutes:
8 Nicky Featherstone (76 mins for Luke James) 9 Nicke Kabamba (88 mins for Gime Toure) 11 Josh Hawkes 14 Gavan Holohan 20 Aaron Cunningham

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
31. Adam Smith
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 4. Lee Collins (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Lawson D'Ath 26. Charlie Lee 11. Myles Hippolyte
5. Jimmy Smith
10. Gold Omotayo 9. Rhys Murphy

Substitutes:
7. Matt Worthington 18. Albi Skendi (55 mins for Myles Hippolyte) 19. Tom Bradbury 22. Olly McCoy (71 mins for Gold Omotayo) 28. James Tilley (55 mins for Lawson D'Ath)

Hartlepool United Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: James Tilley (foul, 82 mins), Carl Dickinson (dissent, 90 mins)

Referee: Steven Copeland (Liverpool). Assistants: Alex Gray and Nicholas Hawksby (North Riding). Fourth Official: Joseph Goodwin (West Riding).

Attendance: 3,273 (with 138 Yeovil fans).


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5 October 2019 : Team News For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have issued their starting line-up for the National League match against Hartlepool United. The match at Victoria Park sees two changes to the starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Bromley last Saturday. Right-back Craig Alcock has a back injury, and so Remeao Hutton will replace him at right-back. In midfield, Lawson D'Ath gets the nod over Matt Worthington, who drops to the bench.

Goalkeeper Stuart Nelson (groin) and striker Courtney Duffus (hamstring) remain out alongside goalkeeper Liam O'Brien. Midfielder Tom Whelan doesn't make the squad.

Striker Ryan Seager is on loan with Havant and Waterlooville. Teenagers Daniel Ojo and Tai Fleming are on loan at Melksham Town. Academy graduates Nestor Shako and Alex John are on loan with Gosport Borough. Attacking midfielder Gabriel Rogers is on loan with Salisbury City.

The team lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town: (4-3-1-2)
31. Adam Smith
24. Remeao Hutton 6. Luke Wilkinson 4. Lee Collins (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
8. Lawson D'Ath 26. Charlie Lee 11. Myles Hippolyte
5. Jimmy Smith
10. Gold Omotayo 9. Rhys Murphy

Substitutes:
7. Matt Worthington 18. Albi Skendi 19. Tom Bradbury 22. Olly McCoy 28. James Tilley


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5 October 2019 : Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the National League fixture between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town have been published by the National League. The match takes place on Saturday 5th October 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Victoria Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Steven Copeland (Liverpool).

For the fifteenth occasion this season, we'll be coming up against a new official from the point of view of him acting as a referee - we've had Mr Copeland as an assistant referee or as a Fourth Official on several occasions, but never as the main man. He was promoted to National League Premier over the summer and so is new to this level. He's looked after three matches, raising 12 yellow cards. He's already done a Hartlepool match, looking after their opening day fixture against Sutton United that saw just two bookings and saw Pools lose by a 1-3 scoreline.

Mr Copeland will be assisted by Alex Gray and Nicholas Hawksby (North Riding). The Fourth Official will be Joseph Goodwin (West Riding).


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4 October 2019 : Darren Sarll Previews The Hartlepool United Away Game
As part of the build-up to the National League fixture against Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town manager Darren Sarll spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on winning runs, striker Rhys Murphy's condition, this weekend's opponents, the departure of Jamie Harrison and the direction of the club's Academy. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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4 October 2019 : No Ill-Effects For Murphy After Horror Collision In Bromley Game
Yeovil Town first team manager Darren Sarll has said that he expects striker Rhys Murphy to be on the team bus to Hartlepool United this weekend. The club's main striker appeared to be knocked out during last weekend's National League match against Bromley at Huish Park, following a nasty collision with visiting keeper Mark Cousins who left the field on a stretcher with major ligament damage to his shoulder.

Whilst Cousins is likely to need lengthy treatment on the sidelines, Murphy has been seen by a doctor twice during the week, and is reporting no side effects from the problems that saw him also laid out on the pitch for close to ten minutes before being substituted. Sarll told BBC Somerset that the health of both players was the primary concern, although he was mystified in terms of the way referee Aaron Jackson had viewed the incident:

"I think he's seen the doctor twice now, and thus far it's all okay, which is great. Obviously the lad's health and well-being is more important than anything. He just showed his anticipation to put himself into that position. I think he got a nudge from the centre-half which probably forced him into the goalkeeper. First of all we send our best wishes to Mark Cousins and hope he gets a speedy recovery from his dislocation. But I think the referee gave a free kick to them. He must have been off his head that day, because that was what started the whole thing. I couldn't believe it when the Fourth Official said we're going to restart the game with a free kick to Bromley. Sorry, did I hear that properly? But let's not go down there!"

For last week's match, goalkeepers Stuart Nelson (groin) and Liam O'Brien along with striker Courtney Duffus (hamstring) were all left out due to injury. There's been no fresh update on those players, although assistant manager Terry Skiverton had pitched in mid-September for Nelson and Duffus to need around "two to three weeks" before they could get back onto the training ground.


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4 October 2019 : Darren Sarll Named Manager Of The Month After September Clean Sweep
Yeovil Town first team manager Darren Sarll has been named as the Manager of the Month for 2019. The award for the National League Premier division, recognises his side's playing record that saw them win six games out of six, including ending the unbeaten playing record of league leaders Bromley last weekend.

No surprise then that he's picked up the award for the division - his first since becoming manager of the club in June 2019. Sarll has been joined by Barrow player John Rooney, who scored seven goals during the month of September, including strikes in five consecutive matches - he picks up the Player Of The Month Award. The National League have also recognised Dover Athletic's Stefan Milton as their volunteer of the month for the same division.

Darren Sarll - National League Premier Manager of the Month for September 2019
Darren Sarll - National League Premier Manager of the Month for September 2019
Photo © 2019 National League



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4 October 2019 : Yeovil Town Issue Clarification On Bromley Ballboys Incident
Yeovil Town have issued a statement concerning events that took place last Saturday regarding the removal of their ballboys during the latter stages of the National League match against Bromley. In the wake of an incident during the final ten minutes of the match, at which point Yeovil Town were winning the match by a 3-1 scoreline, one ballboy appeared to delay the restart of the match on two occasions.

After a short delay, he was asked, by a combination of the match officials and a Yeovil player, to leave the pitch perimeter, but this was quickly followed by all of the club's other ballboys being withdrawn in phases, on a stand-by-stand basis. The club's statement says that from their perspective only one ballboy was withdrawn under instruction from the match officials, with the others being withdrawn by a club official after that incident. The club states:

"Following a post-match review of our recent home game with Bromley, the club would like to clarify that match officials only instructed YTFC to remove one ball boy from duty during the second half. The remaining ball boys were withdrawn by a club official who took into account the welfare of the remaining ball boys and the fact that the fixture was nearing completion. YTFC ball boys have a strong tradition of high standards over many years and this isolated incident at the recent game should not detract from this. Having investigated and clarified this matter the club will make no further comment."

The incident led to a series of fabricated media headlines claiming that "eight" ballboys had been shown "red cards" by the match referee, despite the fact that even the one ballboy who left the field appeared to do so with the assistance of a club official, with the referee not in close attention. The others were removed whilst the game was in flow, with home terrace ballboys being withdrawn around five minutes after the key incident, with no apparent intervention from the match referee.


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4 October 2019 : Academy Side Given Home Draw In FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town's Under-18s side have been drawn at home in the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Youth Cup. The reward for beating Aldershot Town on the road is a home tie against Andover Town, which should be played at the main Huish Park Stadium, unless agreed by exception with the Football Association.

All Third Qualifying Round matches are due to be played during the week commencing Monday 14th October 2019, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off recommended by the FA for all hosting clubs. At present there is no midweek fixture during that period at Huish Park, which should allow the club flexibility over the date. We'll confirm that as soon as it is known.


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4 October 2019 : Sarll Confirms Harrison Departure
Yeovil Town first team manager Darren Sarll has confirmed the departure of Academy Manager Jamie Harrison. The former Corsham Town manager has been at the top of the club's Academy structure since August 2018, although he had held other positions within the youth set-up for the previous three years when the Academy was reformed in the summer of 2015, having previously held roles with Southampton and Bristol Rovers.

Sarll told BBC Somerset that it was Harrison's decision to have a break from football, but that he would be using the opportunity of the vacancy to change the way the top end of the Academy was structured, with the goal being to try to push some of the club's Under-18s players through into senior football at an accelerated rate. He praised Harrison for his work ethic at the club during his time at Huish Park:

"Jamie Harrison has decided to have a break from football. He's worked terrifically hard here in his time. He's a very very popular member of the staff at the football club. He feels he wants to have a break from it and he's going to move on. We're going to be making a few changes to the Academy, especially at the top end, and the senior end of the Academy. I just feel we need to prepare our Under-18s a little quicker for what is their next step, which is their success in first team football. I want to accelerate that process, and ultimately give those young people that best chance possible to play senior football and first team football at Yeovil. From Jamie's point of view, we really thank him for his work ethic. He's been nothing but a gentleman since I've worked here. We'll go down the road of looking to replace him in good time."

Both Harrison's and Under-18s manager Ryan Northmore's departure from the club became obvious once fans began to see the sight of the club's Academy Head of Coaching, and acting First Team Assistant Manager Terry Skiverton taking on a third role whilst in the dugouts for the last two Under-18s fixtures against Plymouth Argyle and Aldershot Town. Sarll explained that himself and Skiverton were attempting to spread the workload, and whilst that did mean they were putting in extra hours, from Sarll's point of view he said that he would have been looking to provide those sorts of inputs anyway:

"I have got a development background and I love the process of developing players. Terry and I took the Under-18s for training this morning. Terry took the game (at Aldershot Town) on Monday night, and we both took training on last Thursday and last Friday. We're trying our hardest to give those young people their best chance. We feel at the moment the best chance is for them to have as good coaching and as good standards as possible in their Monday to Friday life. Terry and I feel that's me and him, along with Darren Behcet who is our goalie coach for the goalkeepers at that age group. I could certainly do without the extra workload. But I think it's the right thing to do for those young people. While I'm working at football clubs, I'm always going to commit to the football in every age group, because I think there's more for a manager to be responsible for than just 20 men in a first team squad. I like doing things that make a difference or might have an impact ten years down the road. Hopefully I'm here, but whether I'm here or not, I like to leave it in a better state."


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4 October 2019 : Repackaged Season Ticket Offer Gets Small Extension
The deadline for Yeovil Town's relaunched Season Ticket plan has been extended. The 17 game package (now effectively 16 games, since the Bromley match was played) was launched following the club's Ownership change, with the idea of attracting supporters that had decided to suspend their Season Ticket purchases, whilst they waited to see the outcome of that takeover process.

The new offer publicised here was due to end today but will now be extended until 4.00p.m. on Monday 7th October. Yeovil Town play Woking on Tuesday 8th October, and with a further home match against Harrogate Town taking place on the following Saturday, the offer closure will therefore draw a line against that pair of fixtures.

Fans wanting to take advantage of the offer should therefore visit or call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 before the end of Monday. Prices are detailed in the article linked below.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Matchday Ticket Bundles.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices (16 Game Package).

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


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4 October 2019 : First Team Physio Job Readvertised Again
Yeovil Town has advertised its vacancy for a new first team physiotherapist for a fourth time. The position was originally advertised in June as a successor to Mike Micciche who left Huish Park on June 4th. Applicants are still being welcomed for this role, with the job specification as per the original vacancy. The role would attract a salary of up to £35,000 depending on that person's experience.

The new closing date for this vacancy is 5.00p.m. on Friday 11th October 2019 - i.e. seven days time. To submit your CV, contact Chief Operating Officer David Mills at dmills@ytfc.net or via post at:

Yeovil Town FC, Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF.

Throughout the 2019-20 season, the club have been using Sherborne-based Martin Armand as their acting first team physio. Martin has held a position within the club's Academy system since October 2018, but the aim is to recruit a permanent person to this role.


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3 October 2019 : Assistant Academy Coach Positions Available
Yeovil Town are looking to recruit new Academy staff between their Under-9s and Under-16s age groups. They are searching for multiple Academy Casual Coaches, along with multiple Volunteer Academy Coaches.

The Academy Casual Coach positions are part time paid positions, where the expectation is that the person taking the job will be a UEFA B licence qualified coach, overseeing players in various age groups according to EPPP regulations.

The Volunteer Academy Coaches are unpaid positions, hence the club recommends the applicant lives within 30 minutes of the club. The applicant must hold an FA Level 2 coaching badge, and they will be in place to support the Lead and Assistant Academy coaches within a specific age group. Applicants must have completed the FA's Safeguarding Children course, and be prepared to complete a DBS Check.

Applications must be sent to James Hillier, either via post or email at jhillier@ytfc.net by 5.00p.m. on Thursday 31st October 2019.


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3 October 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make the ultra-long 325 mile journey to Hartlepool United for a National League fixture. The season's longest trip hasn't been done for nearly three years, and so the Ciderspace guide to Victoria Park has been updated to cover ticketing, parking, club statistics, a pub guide and all the usual things to help you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Neale Cooper Stand
The Neale Cooper Stand
Photo © 2007-19 Ciderspace



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2 October 2019 : Harrison Resigns Yeovil Town Academy Post
Yeovil Town Academy Manager Jamie Harrison has resigned his post at the club. His departure is the second this week, and the third major one in recent weeks, with Professional Development Phase (Under-18s) manager Ryan Northmore leaving the club, whilst Head of Academy Recruitment Ali McGivney announced his own departure recently, leaving a hole in the top positions within that part of the club.

That has meant that the Academy's Head of Coaching Terry Skiverton has taken charge of the club's last two Under-18s fixtures against Plymouth Argyle and Aldershot Town, covering Northmore's position. However, in an email Harrison has sent out as a departure message to players and parents, he indicates that Skiverton will also be covering his own position in the immediate future. Harrison explains:

"Two weeks ago I resigned from my position as Academy Manager. I have served the club well for four and a half years and I personally feel that the time is right for me and my young family, to seek a new project and fresh challenge. The club have moved swiftly to reorganise the staff structure and you will now be in the very capable hands of Terry Skiverton, who will lead the Academy to new heights as Academy Manager.

"I am proud of the job I have done for the club since I arrived back in April 2015, to help create the Yeovil Town Academy, acting every day with dignity, integrity and diligence. I took over as Academy Manager at a difficult time and I am now leaving the youth setup in the best shape it has ever been in, with a great staff and top quality players in each age group. The Academy will continue to produce players and realise it's vision from when we first started off: of local, talented footballers playing for Yeovil Town FC first team.

"I must thank the Academy and club staff for all their support during my time and for how tirelessly they work to provide the best Category 3 Academy they possibly can for the players. As always I must thank the players and parents for your hard work and efforts at training and on match days. I wish you all the very best in your individual football journeys and I am sure our paths will cross at some point in the future
."

As yet, Yeovil Town haven't confirmed Harrison's departure, although yesterday's confirmation of Northmore's own departure could only be deduced by them advertising for a new Professional Development Phase Lead Coach. Hence it may be that Harrison's own exit is only acknowledged when they begin the search for his successor.


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2 October 2019 : Extended BBC Interview With Scott Priestnall About His First Home Game In Charge
On Saturday, Yeovil Town's new co-owner Scott Priestnall went live on air on the BBC's Saturday Sport programme to talk about his first home match in charge of the club. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Geoff Twentyman, Scott discusses the current finances of the club, his thoughts on new Board members, the club's position in the football pyramid, the land around Huish Park, the Academy and projected crowd sizes. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Scott Priestnall Speaks To The BBC About His First Home Match In Charge Of The Club.


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1 October 2019 : Glovers Trust Meeting With Scott Priestnall
Last month, the Glovers Trust met with new co-owner Scott Priestnall, with the aim of building a stronger relationship between the club's supporters and the new regime at the Football Club. Scott attended alongside Chief Operating Officer David Mills, discussing a wide range of topics, including the takeover, new loans taken out against the Huish Park stadium and land, his plans for the club's Board and the overall business plan.

The minutes of that meeting can be read unedited below. We've introduced a few bold highlighting to aid the viewing of certain topics.

Glovers Trust
Minutes of Meeting with Scott Priestnall
25th September 2019, Huish Park, Yeovil


Present:

Scott Priestnall (SP), David Mills (DMi), Stuart Burrell (SB), Brendon Owen (BO), Simon Brimble (SBr),Terri Burt (TB), Vernon Edwards (VE), Jon Hartley (JH), Dean Mountain (DM)

SB started by thanking Scott Priestnall for meeting with the Glovers Trust so quickly after taking over. He explained that the meeting was an opportunity for both sides to find out more about each other, and to ask questions. This is a fresh start and the Trust are hopeful there will be plenty of opportunities to work together for the good of the Club.

SP agreed that this is a fresh start for everyone, and that he is looking to use all resources available to him to progress the Club. Although he has experience of working in Football Clubs, this is his first time as front man. He wants to engage with the fan base, including all supporters’ groups.

SP confirmed that John Fry and all the other directors have now stood down. He expressed his appreciation for Mr Fry’s help and support during the takeover process, and said that he would like to do something to mark his 25 years at the club at a later date. He stated that he had a very good relationship with John, as well as Norman Hayward, and that this had helped to complete the takeover.

SP was asked about the land charge registered on 20th September, that seemed to be secured against Huish Park. He said that this was against him and Errol Pope, rather than the Club and also that it was a drawdown facility to help with realising value of the surrounding land at Huish Park. He explained that although he and Errol Pope had funds available that contribute to the budget for the next two seasons, the charge was set up as a mechanism to provide funding very quickly should an extraordinary need arise that would help to make the club more self-sustainable.

SBr praised SP for the season ticket offers, ticket bundles and Kids for a Quid schemes that have been offered this week. He asked what plans SP had to improve the match day experience. SP said he realised that this was a problem and it is something that will be worked on in the coming weeks. There are no easy answers, but as a start Huish Park will be cleaned up over the next week. He intended to speak to all service staff prior to Saturday’s game about how to treat people and what their responsibilities are. SP said he had worked in service industries in the past and knows what needs to be done to get this right.

SP confirmed that he has meetings lined up next week with some of the covenant holders. These had been looming over the club for too long and urgently need to be sorted out – the club cannot continue to trade with its hands tied behind its back. The covenant relating to the sale of alcohol is a particular problem and will be a priority. Some other covenants are calculated on a formula basis so should be easier to sort out. He acknowledged that the relationship between the previous owners and some of the covenant holders had broken down. He has taken legal advice on the covenants, but wants to sort out the issues face to face, and in a respectful way. He acknowledged that the land around Huish Park would have to be developed to move the Football Club forward. He has no pre-conceived ideas of what will happen with the land. He has discussed with the Chief Executive of the Council some of the options. It is unlikely they would support any retail outlets on the site, but there plenty of other possibilities.

SP confirmed that an application to extend the marquee license has been submitted. In the longer term he would like to use the bar space available in the main stand in a more creative way, but has to stick with the current situation for now.

SP confirmed that Errol Pope will attend the game against Bromley on Saturday. His background is in banking. Due to his busy work schedule it is unlikely he will spend a great deal of time at the Club, so SP will run it on a daily basis, along with David Mills. SP explained that he (SP) is the majority shareholder, but was not sure of the exact spilt at the moment.

SP confirmed that they have no lease for the training facilities at Alvington, and so are looking at other options just in case.

SP said that he felt the playing budget was about average for the league, but YTFC have got value for money in the players they have signed. No additional signings are planned at the moment, and anyone coming in now needs to improve the team rather than adding numbers. Darren Sarll is happy with the squad, but they have to take into account that we may lose players in January.

The budget is being reviewed over the next few weeks, and is very fluid at the moment. There are some differences between the one that the previous owners submitted to the league and the one that the Club are working to at the moment. The budget has not been based on crowds increasing beyond the current levels. However, increased crowds will make a big difference to what is available – crowds of 4,000 could generate an additional £20k income per game, which could transform the club.

SP stated how important the Academy was, particularly to enable YTFC to produce its own assets. Our geographical location should give us a large pool of young players to choose from – they need to come to Yeovil rather than Southampton, Exeter, etc. However, funding for the Academy will half next season, and end the season afterwards (if the Club to not gain promotion back to the EFL), so the structure is under review. The National League is a tough physical league, which makes it difficult to blood young players, so consideration will have to be given to that in the review. SP stated that both Errol Pope and Darren Sarll have experience of football Academies. A meeting will also be held shortly with Yeovil College to see how they can develop their partnership.

SBr asked about a finance option for season tickets – SP confirmed this should be resolved next week. The Club should have data on supporters who took this option last year but have not renewed.

JH asked how SP plans to change the culture of the Club, particularly how to address the lack of leadership whilst keeping staff levels right. SP stated that he had run businesses that had been in similar situations before. He will be talking to all staff over the next few weeks, and it is likely that cut backs will be required. We are a non-league club now and have to be set up as such. However, once complete the Club will be left with a more dynamic and secure staff team – no one will get away without contributing. YTFC needs to ensure it has the right people in the right positions, and if not, it will get them. He would also like to increase the use of volunteers to complement the paid Club staff. SP felt there might be a lack of morale at the Club (non-playing side), due to a lack of empowerment and would look to address this.

SP wants to focus on driving up revenue, but acknowledges companies need a good reason to invest in the Club. He will also focus on increasing secondary spend at the Club, including a vision to offer high quality food and drink. JH suggested the angle of using YTFC as a champion of Somerset products. BO recommended speaking to Yeovil Ales, based just over the road from Huish Park. The Trust also agreed to pass on contact details for a catering consultant who is happy to work with the Club.

JH said that the Glovers Trust published a blueprint for the Club, outlining what we felt the core values and standards should be. SP requested that a copy of this is forwarded to him. VE asked if all the advertising boards around the ground had been paid for – it turned out that this was not the case and this will be addressed.

DM asked whether there was a plan for fan representation at Board level. SP said he was undecided on the make-up of the Board at the moment, but expected it to include 4 or 5 people. He said it was likely that it would include fan representation.

SBr asked SP if he intended to speak to Geoff Twentyman on Radio Bristol. SP said he had no plans to but is happy to speak to media and supporters, and will not hide away.

SB stated that some supporters don’t recognise the value of the Trust. SP said that he understood the role of Supporters Trusts from working with other Football Clubs. He understands why there is sometimes a difficult relationship between those running clubs and supporters’ groups, but also that they can be mutually beneficial. SBr stated that we want to help, but there will be times when we have to challenge him and the Club. SP stated he understood this and would not shy away from difficult conversations. He also expected to challenge the Trust and its’ members as well, and expected us to make suggestions and help where we can, particularly in two key areas: engaging with the community (including increasing the number of young supporters, and getting supporters back to the Club); and developing relationships with local businesses. He is always open to good suggestions from anyone – groups or individual supporters.

SP confirmed that he does not yet have a business plan for the club, but will do soon. At the moment he does not have a firm direction for the Club to go in, but it must move forward. The plan will be formulated over the next few weeks as he understands the Club and talks to staff and relevant third parties.

SP expressed his surprise at the small number of people interested in buying the Club. He sees it as a great opportunity, particularly because of the history and the large catchment area. He is very pleased to finally take over and is able to put some of his plans into action. Asked if he still expected to here in 25 years, SP said it depends if he gets to buy Tottenham first.

BO asked about the possibility of bringing flags and banners back to the Thatcher’s terrace. SP said he would speak to the stadium manager the following day, and as long as it’s not a Health and Safety issue he would try and make sure this is allowed.


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1 October 2019 : Northmore Leaves Huish Park After Three Months In Charge
Yeovil Town's Under-18s manager Ryan Northmore appears to have left Huish Park after just three months in the role. The former Weston-super-Mare, Bath City and Dorchester Town goalkeeper, who also had a brief playing spell with the Glovers, had only taken up the position in July 2019 but was absent from the dugouts for the Youth Team's last two fixtures against Plymouth Argyle and Aldershot Town.

Although the club have not formally announced his departure, they have stated that they are looking to fill the position of Academy Lead Coach for the Professional Development Phase - Northmore's titled role at the club. They require his replacement to hold a UEFA A Licence and an FA Advanced Youth Award certificate. During the last two matches, the Academy's Head of Coaching Terry Skiverton has filled Northmore's position in the dugouts.

The club is accepting applications for the job for the attention of James Hillier by post or by emailing him at JHillier@ytfc.net - the deadline for applications to be received is Wednesday 9th October 2019.


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1 October 2019 : Ticketing For Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's National League fixture between Chesterfield and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 29th October. with a 7:45p.m. kick-off at the Proact Stadium. Tickets purchased in advance will cost the following:

Adults: £18.00; Over-65s: £14.00; Aged 17-21, Student, Armed Forces (with valid ID): £11.00; Aged 16 and Under: £7.00.

Tickets are available on the day of the match, but note that all of the above prices increase by £1.00 on the day. Chesterfield's ground operates via cashless turnstiles, so you will also need to buy from a ticket booth before you enter the ground.

The Huish Park Ticket Office will have tickets on sale until 4.00p.m. on Monday 28th October.

Yeovil Town supporters will be allocated the North Stand. This is a covered seated stand behind a goal, that holds up to 2,112 spectators.

Disabled supporters requiring a wheelchair space must liase with Karen Wood on 01246 269300. You can also email her at karenwood@chesterfield-fc.co.uk. There is a raised platform within the North Stand that is allocated for away supporters, and this will serve needs in most cases. Disabled supporters pay the above rates, according to your age, with an assistant admitted free of charge for those on Middle/High Rate of Care. For infirmed disabled supporters, they ask that you take a reserved seat as part of their stadium emergency evacuation procedure.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

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

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Matchday Ticket Bundles.

Link: 2019-20 Huish Park Season Ticket Prices (17 Game Package).

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


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1 October 2019 : Aldershot 2 Yeovil 6 : Arnold Shoots Down Shots In FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town's Academy side gained a comfortable win in the FA Youth Cup on Monday evening when they knocked Aldershot Town Under-18s out of the competition. The 6-2 win at the Recreation Ground ensured the Glovers progressed through the Second Qualifying Round stage in their first tie of the 2019-20 season.

Their progress was kickstarted by a first half goal from Dan Neild, who got in behind the Aldershot defence before chipping the ball over the advancing keeper. Yeovil doubled their lead shortly after, when striker Devon Arnold was tripped in the box by Shots defender Dan Walster. Having gained the decision, Devon converted the spot kick, providing a 2-0 advantage at the break.

Four minutes into the second half, Dan Neild got his second goal of the game as he received a cutback from Arnold, with the midfielder firing home from inside the box for a 3-0 lead. Aldershot quickly pulled a goal back via Woody Angell. But the match was put out of sight when George Calverley restored the three goal cushion after he converted a free kick awarded for handball.

Yeovil got their fifth with Devon Arnold undoubtedly the creator, with his shot coming off the near post, with the ball rebounding off Shots captain Harry Taylor and into his own net. The home side could have made things interesting in the closing stages when Danilo Pereira was tripped inside the box. But Taylor's unfortunate night got worse as his penalty kick was brilliantly saved by Kacper Kowalczyk.

Devon Arnold got in on the act again in the closing stages to score Yeovil's sixth, thereby meaning he would definitely want to claim the preceding goal for his hat-trick! Jaan Stanley grabbed a consolation goal for the home side, but they were well beaten in the end.

Yeovil Town now go into the hat for the Third Qualifying Round draw, which we'd expect to take place at the end of this week.

Final Score: Aldershot Town U18s 2 Yeovil Town U18s 6.

Scorers: Dan Neild (0-1), Devon Arnold (0-2, pen), Dan Neild (0-3), Woody Angell (1-3), George Calverley (1-4), Devon Arnold (1-5), Devon Arnold (1-6), Jaan Stanley (2-6).

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Kacper Kowalczyk 2. Dylan Abora-Poku 3. George Calverley 4. Declan Rose 5. Tai Fleming 6. Sam Wright 7. Archie Sturdy 10. Ben Hughes 9. Devon Arnold 8. Dan Neild 11. Alfie Lloyd.

Substitutes:
18. Max Famy, Christie Ward, 17. Frank Monk (88 mins for Archie Sturdy), 16. Jacob Shock, 13. Callum Neal, 12. Ezray Omba (90 mins for Sam Wright), 15. Brad Smith (86 mins for Ben Hughes).


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