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30 November 2015 : Darren Ward Talks About The Glovers' Current Plight
Last week, Yeovil Town centre-back Darren Ward gave his views on the club's recent performances and what they need to do to get themselves out of trouble. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren's thoughts on that, just prior to Saturday's trip to Northampton Town, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Ward Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Northampton.


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30 November 2015 : Football Agent Payments Record Small Drop
Yeovil Town have published the details of their payments to Football Agents over the preceding twelve months. The payment disclosure is part of an annual set of statistics that are published by the Football League and their member clubs in an effort to enforce transparency in the amount of money that is paid to such third parties.

The Glovers spent a total of £55,806.80 during the period between October 1st 2014 and September 30th 2015. Exact comparisons between previous seasons is hard as the reporting period has changed slightly based on previous disclosures. However, for the nearest preceding period of July 1st 2013 to June 30th 2014, this is down slightly from the £61,550 that was paid out for the 2013-14 season.

For the 2012-13 season, the club had paid out £36,265 to Football Agents, whilst for the 2011-12 campaign they had paid just £8,720, meaning that although the figure has come down slightly since the 2013-14 campaign, in terms of recent years it still stands as a high value.


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30 November 2015 : Sturrock A 'Realist' Over Future At Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock admits that he is a 'realist' about his own position at Huish Park, and admits he could face the sack if results don't improve. The 59 year old is currently managing a club who are 92nd in the Football pyramid - bottom of the Football League, and whilst only two points separate the club from the safety line, a run of twelve League Two games without a win has tended to loom above some impressive cup wins.

Sturrock has been interviewed by The Scotsman newspaper, centring upon his decision to permanently move down to Cornwall, hinting that until he met his Cornish partner that he had envisaged returning to Scotland for his retirement years. The paper appears to have caught him at the moment when the club fell to the foot of the division on Tuesday night, following the 0-1 home defeat against Wycombe Wanderers. He admitted that when he heard fans aiming vitriol at the Huish Park Directors' box at that match, he knew that wouldn't go down well, saying that in his experience such criticism tended ultimately result in one thing:

"I am a realist. When fans turn and shout into the directors' box instead of at me, it is a dangerous time. The chairman gets stick; they don't like it - no one likes criticism. At the end of the day I’ve had stranger sackings. It could be my last job."

Whilst the paper inevitably talks about his career as a manager of Dundee United and St Johnstone, and his 20 game international stint that saw him play twice in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico, they also focus upon his life in Cornwall. Whilst he says that he believes that managing the Glovers could be his last professional job in football, he still doesn't see himself stopping entirely if he does leave Huish Park. He insists that he doesn't want to leave a 'half finished' job at Yeovil, but if the worst came to the worst that he would look for a more local-based role in non-league football:

"Saltash, Bodmin or Truro. A team where I can keep my hand in. I still feel I have advice to give to somebody. I want to do clinics for coaches too. But I want to transform Yeovil like I have transformed nearly every club I have been at. I don’t like failure. Dundee United irked me because I did leave something half-finished."

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Northampton Away Game.


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29 November 2015 : Video : Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights from yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Northampton Town, just under two minutes worth can be viewed online. As well as the two goals, you'll find chances falling to George Thomas and Josh Sheehan, along with two Harry Cornick efforts, including the one that struck the crossbar during the second half. Watch the clip via the link below.




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29 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Northampton Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Northampton Town kicked off at Sixfields, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about why he'd put Francois Zoko on the bench, and his decision to recall Ryan Dickson, Josh Sheehan and George Thomas to the side. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Northampton.


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28 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Northampton Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Northampton Town at Sixfields, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's view on his side's performance and his belief that the club can recover from their current predicament, can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Northampton Away Game.


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28 November 2015 : Sturrock Maintains Faith That Team Can Turnaround Relegation Form
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock admits that he is aware that his own tenure as first team boss is at stake, but still believes he can turn the club around before the end of the 2015-16 season, despite this afternoon's 2-0 defeat at Northampton Town. The Glovers remain rooted to the foot of the Football League, with a two point margin separating them from the safety line, after York City crashed 1-5 at home, whilst Dagenham and Redbridge were pegged back by a last minute goal from Plymouth Argyle that forced them to accept a 1-1 draw.

The concern for Sturrock lies in the fact that his team have now gone 12 League Two matches without a win, stretching back to the club's 1-0 victory against Crawley Town on September 19th. In between, the club have gained three cup victories to break up their problems in the Football League, but inevitably the main focus has come on the club's precarious league position, which was emphasised on Tuesday night by them going to the foot of the table. Sturrock told BBC Somerset after today's defeat that he was aware that a sequence like that couldn't carry on forever, but still maintained faith that his group of players were capable of turning the situation around, and claimed he would resign if he ever felt that wasn't the case:

"Obviously you don't have to be a rocket scientist to understand that twelve (league) games without a win is getting to the wrong end. But to be fair, I still believe that I can turn this around, as a football club. At the end of the day, if I didn't have that faith, I would walk away from the whole scenario myself. But I still believe that I brought these players here, and I believe in these players. Our aim has to be to be in this league at the end of this season. That's all we've got to do, is to make sure that we have got two teams below us in this league. Then we can sort out the chaff from the corn, as far as who we build our team around for next season."

The Glovers lost the match after Lawson D'Ath's 35th minute breakaway goal was added to by Marc Richards's second half tap-in. Sturrock felt that his side had competed well against a top three side who are the division's leading form team, but added that his team needed to be just as clinical from their chances as the Cobblers ended up being. He drew attention to one early first half effort that saw Harry Cornick break through on goal, only to slip on the turf, giving the chance for the Cobblers keeper Adam Smith to rescue the situation for the home side:

"The result was very disappointing, but I was buoyed by the performance in the first half, and parts of the second half. I thought we were the better team in the first half. We had the chance when Harry Cornick got put through and he could have put that one in, but he didn't even get a shot on goal at the end of it. That might put a different complexion on the game. We passed the ball much better today than we've done in the past. In the second half it seemed to be more difficult when we'd got the wind, as it seemed to run away from us. But I asked my team today to pass the ball and be confident on the ball and I thought they were much better as a unit today. The difference is that they scored their two goals from their two chances in the game, and we scored no goals off our three or four chances in the game."


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28 November 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Northampton Town at Sixfields, 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 Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.


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28 November 2015 : Northampton 2 Yeovil 0 : D'Ath Kills Off Glovers Again
Yeovil Town lost 2-0 against Northampton Town at Sixfields this afternoon, to emphasise the gap between the two clubs currently operating at opposite ends of the table. Whilst there wasn't a huge gap between the two sides in terms of performance, the Cobblers held the upper hand in terms of quality, and gained victory thanks to former Glover Lawson D'Ath's breakaway goal during the first half that was followed up by a second half tap-in from Marc Richards. The Glovers hit the crossbar through Harry Cornick during the second period but once the second goal went in, the air was one of a training ground match, giving the home side a very comfortable win that put them level top, leaving Yeovil still rooted at the bottom of the division.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up - unusually all three were voluntarily, with manager Paul Sturrock choosing to freshen up a starting eleven that he viewed as being tired in midweek. Club captain Ryan Dickson came back into the line-up, displacing Matt Dolan, whilst loan pair Josh Sheehan and George Thomas, who had lost their places whilst they were on international duty, replaced Ryan Bird and Francois Zoko, with Thomas playing up front alongside Harry Cornick.

The game was played in blustery conditions with the Glovers facing the wind during the first half. Overall they did okay, although struggled to get the front pair into the game, with supply often not there. George Thomas turned and fired the ball wide of the far post in one early chance, then Josh Sheehan forced goalkeeper Adam Smith into a parried save with John-Joe O'Toole having to hack the ball away. Northampton had plenty of possession but couldn't do a lot with it, with the most that they managed being a Xander Diamond effort that deflected out for a corner.

Given the gap between the two clubs, it was ironic that Northampton took the lead thanks to a Yeovil corner. The ball was cleared up field, with Alfie Potter finding former Glovers loanee Lawson D'Ath inside the Yeovil half. There might have been a case for a Glovers defender to have 'taken one for the team' by fouling one of Potter or D'Ath as part of the move, but the tackle never came and the midfielder was able to round Chris Weale and push the ball into an empty net.

That was pretty much the main chance of a fairly inert 45 minutes, in which Yeovil had never been seriously outclassed, even if there was a question mark over where they were going to produce the goal they needed to get back into the game. The answer was that they weren't - Northampton were the ones that got the next goal 12 minutes into the second period, and after they had done little else to threaten the Yeovil goal. Nicky Adams got in down the right flank and his cross into the box wasn't defended properly, allowing Marc Richards the chance for an easy tap-in and a 2-0 scoreline. Northampton had only had two genuine clear-cut chances, but they'd shown how clinical they were by being two goals up.

Yeovil did once threaten to get back into the match, and had their best chance of the game after a Ryan Dickson corner saw keeper Adam Smith only half punch out, leading to a goalmouth melee that saw Harry Cornick head against the crossbar for the second consecutive weekend. Yeovil tried a series of substitutions, with Ryan Bird, Francois Zoko and Shaun Jeffers all introduced as attackers to try to force a way back into the match. Yet oddly enough the introduction of the three strikers also coincided with the game going dead - Northampton knew they had the three points and didn't push too hard for anything more, whilst Yeovil looked like the beaten team that they were - never genuinely outclassed, yet never looking like they had the belief to get back into the match. As the rain poured down over Sixfields, the result became more and more inevitable, long before the final whistle blew.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Northampton Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Lawson D'Ath (1-0, 35 mins), Marc Richards (2-0, 57 mins)

Northampton Town:
1. Adam Smith
12. Josh Lelan 5. Zander Diamond 6. Ryan Cresswell 16. David Buchanan
8. Joel Byrom 21. John-Joe O'Toole 7. Lawson D'Ath 10. Nicky Adams
15. Alfie Potter 9. Marc Richards

Substitutes:
4. Jason Taylor (76 mins for John-Joe O'Toole) 11. Ricky Holmes 14. Sam Hoskins 18. Rod McDonald 19. Ryan Watson (84 mins for Marc Richards) 20. Dominic Calvert-Lewin (52 mins for Alfie Potter) 26. Ryan Clarke

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith
20. Wes Fogden 2. Ben Tozer 30. Josh Sheehan 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
23. Harry Cornick 16. George Thomas

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 4. Matt Dolan 6. Jakub Sokolik 9. Ryan Bird (69 mins for Wes Fogden) 10. Shaun Jeffers (81 mins for Harry Cornick) 25. Christian Maghoma 39. Francois Zoko (60 mins for George Thomas)

Northampton Bookings: John-Joe O'Toole (foul, 33 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Josh Sheehan (foul, 66 mins)

Northampton Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 9; Fouls: 5.

Referee: James Linington (Isle of Wight). Assistants: John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Paul Howard (London). Fourth Official: Christopher Husband (Worcestershire).

Attendance: 4,989 (with 199 Yeovil supporters).


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28 November 2015 : Team News For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for the League Two match against Northampton Town at Sixfields this afternoon. Club captain Ryan Dickson comes into the side, displacing Matt Dolan who drops to the bench. There are also adjustments in the attacking positions, with Ryan Bird and Francois Zoko sitting out the game, as Josh Sheehan and George Thomas come into the side.

New loan signing Christian Maghoma, who was brought in from Tottenham Hotspur on the day the loan transfer window closed and he sits on the bench, with Mark Beck dropping entirely out of the squad as the one change to the eighteen selected.

The club's injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) is unchanged from Saturday. Marc Laird (hamstring) and Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) are expected to return to training next week in preparation for the FA Cup match against Stevenage on December 5th.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows (with an assumption made on the starting formation):

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith
20. Wes Fogden 2. Ben Tozer 30. Josh Sheehan 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
23. Harry Cornick 16. George Thomas

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 4. Matt Dolan 6. Jakub Sokolik 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 25. Christian Maghoma 39. Francois Zoko


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28 November 2015 : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town : Man of the Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match in October saw them make the ridiculously long journey up to Cumbria where they faced Carlisle United in a League Two match. Whilst the previous weekend's match against Cambridge United had seen them claw their way back from a three goal deficit, this time around they were the side that took the lead, with an early two goal advantage gained via Ryan Bird and Harry Cornick. Unfortunately the joy didn't last and the outcome was the same - a 3-2 defeat.

Man of the Match voting saw midfielder Wes Fogden and goalscorer Harry Cornick recognised for their contributions to the game. The poll winner was the other goalscorer - with Ryan Bird registering his seventh of the season. Full results are as shown below, with MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Ryan Bird 36 (2)
2. Harry Cornick 28 (2)
3. Wes Fogden 18 (0)
4. Jakub Sokolík 14 (1)
5. George Thomas 10 (1)
6. Connor Roberts 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6
Performance : 5.33
Entertainment : 6.67
VOTES RECEIVED : 6


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28 November 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United : Man of the Match Result
Yeovil Town's penultimate game in October saw them play host to Cambridge United in a League Two match at Huish Park. The game was a veritable one of two halves - a catastrophic opening half hour in particular saw the Glovers go three goals down, before goals from Ryan Bird and Josh Sheehan at least made things look less embarrassing than it could have been, even if the 2-3 home defeat still meant zero points.

Man of the Match voting saw goalscorer Ryan Bird and defender Jakub Sokolik separated only by virtue of the number of fans who had given them their top vote. The poll winner from that game though was Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts, who once again put himself up as one of the club's star performers of the season so far.

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

1. Connor Roberts 148 (11)
2. Jakub Sokolík 92 (8)
3. Ryan Bird 92 (5)
4. Josh Sheehan 76 (2)
5. Nathan Smith 54 (2)
6. George Thomas 34 (2)
7. Ryan Dickson 28 (1)
8. Harry Cornick 24 (0)
9. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)
10. Marc Laird 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.22
Performance : 4.69
Entertainment : 5.75
VOTES RECEIVED : 32


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28 November 2015 : Christian Maghoma Talks About Signing For Yeovil Town
On Thursday, Yeovil Town made their final signing of 2015, as Tottenham Hotspur central defender Christian Maghoma arrived at the club on a short term loan deal. As he put pen to paper, he spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt about his early experience of the town and what he hopes to get out of his time at the club. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Christian Maghoma Speaks To The BBC On The Day He Signed On Loan.


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27 November 2015 : Officials For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Northampton Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 28th November 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Sixfields. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee James Linington (Isle of Wight).

Mr Linington was promoted for the start of the 2008-09 season after a number of years of holding a flag in Yeovil Town games, and since being given a whistle he has taken charge of thirteen Yeovil Town matches to largely favourable impressions. The most recent of those was the April 2015 home match against Chesterfield that saw us throw away a two goal lead to lose by a 2-3 scoreline - something that hammered a nail into our League One relegation coffin. Towards the end of the game, he went a bit booking-happy but as we recall that was largely down to over-celebration from Chesterfield players for the winning goal, coupled with our own players getting rather frustrated by their own positions. Not much that officials can do to deal with that.

Earlier that season he was at Huish Park for the December 2014 FA Cup Second Round Replay against Accrington Stanley. We were a bit irritated by some of the free kicks being awarded on that night, although that might have been a symptom of a match that was tense and tied at 0-0 right up until the final six minutes. We then got a bit of a rub-of-the-green from the referee - Simon Gillett's opening goal had an element of hand control about it, but it was allowed to stand.

He also was present for the Championship home fixture against Wigan Athletic that saw us go down by a 0-1 scoreline in November 2013. Speaking after the game, Gary Johnson had a bit of a mini-rant relating to the amount of timewasting that Wigan had been able to get away with and a feeling that any fifty-fifty decisions were going against them:

"We don't get the fifty-fifty decisions ... Not only were Wigan stopping our momentum, when the momentum was really good at times, the officials were stopping our momentum. They allowed them to take their time over everything when we were in the ascendancy. You can't work out at the end when they're saying "yeah, yeah, yeah they are wasting time" - then their lad dives for the fifth time, and nothing happens, and you're thinking well what's going on? ... Four minutes - six substitutions at thirty seconds each, which is three minutes - so they (Wigan) wasted just one minute in that game?"

Prior to that, Mr Linington took charge of the April 2013 away match at Stevenage. We thought he had a good game that day, even though he sent off Dan Burn in the closing minutes. He'd taken the attitude of adding on additional time for some fairly blatant timewasting for Boro in the first half as they tried to slow the pace of the game down, and even a Glovers fan would have had sympathy over the comical way that Burn was dismissed - taking an age over a throw-in that would have tried the patience of a saint.

Two months previously, he took charge of the February 2013 home win over Brentford that saw us triumph by a 3-0 scoreline. A few of his first half decisions were somewhat irritating, and we felt that he was rather lenient in allowing Bees defender Shaleum Logan to stay on the pitch when he continued to foul whilst on a yellow card to a point at which any player not already sat on a card would surely have been booked. Brentford's own match report cited four penalty appeals that they were unhappy with - we can't recall the validities of those claims either way.

We also had Mr Linington for the New Year's Eve 2011 match against AFC Bournemouth. We had four bookings that day, and lost the game 3-1, and so you'd think that would give us cause for a good grumble. However, we were too busy complaining about our own side's performance to worry about the referee - the Western Gazette says that he had "a relatively easy afternoon for the official who went about his job competently."

Prior to that we had the February 2011 match against Plymouth Argyle. Not too much to report on his performance that night, although he did give Argyle's Yannick Bolasie a red card in the final minute of the game. It later transpired that Bolasie had been dismissed for spitting. Argyle chose not to comment directly on the incident, doubtless for fear that the Football Association would step in, but their entire lack of complaints about it rather suggested they agreed with the dismissal.

Earlier in that same season, we had Mr Linington for the August 2010 home game against Hartlepool United. No complaints about the referee; plenty of complaints about the team's performance in a woeful 0-2 defeat. Prior to that was the March 2010 game against Norwich City that ended up in a 3-0 defeat at Carrow Road. If we'd tried to blame the referee for that result we'd have been laughed out of town. In a one-sided encounter, coming up with any mention of refereeing faults would have been churlish. Just the one booking - for Jean-Paul Kalala of course!

That was one of three 2009-10 encounters with Mr Linington. Just before the Carrow Road match was a December 2009 home match against Walsall that finished with a 1-3 home defeat in appalling weather conditions. We had a slight grumble about Walsall's tendency to slow play down once they got their noses in front and would like to have seen Mr Linington be more authoritative in the way that he dealt with that gamesmanship.

Prior to that was another game against Norwich City in the same season; looking after the August Carling Cup game. The scoreline was a 0-4 which at the time ranked as Yeovil's heaviest home defeat since entering the Football League. There were some post-match grumbles from midfielder George O'Callaghan about the opening goal, which came from the penalty spot.

The 2008 Christmas holiday trip to Millwall, where a 1-1 draw at the New Den saw the game flow well, with plenty of attacking football from both sides. As for Mr Linington, we barely noticed him, which is always a good thing. The other match in October 2008 saw Crewe Alexandra as our opponents at Huish Park, and there's little doubt that the 3-2 scoreline and the thrilling way the game ebbed and flowed will have influenced our thoughts on the referee, but bar a minor quibble that he didn't get out his cards for one theatrical Crewe dive, our recollection is one of general happiness with his performance on the night in what was his first ever match at League One level.

Mr Linington will be assisted by John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Paul Howard (London). The Fourth Official will be Christopher Husband (Worcestershire).

Link: October 2008 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 2.

Link: December 2008 : Millwall 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 4.

Link: December 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Walsall 3.

Link: March 2010 : Norwich City 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 2.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Link: December 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Bournemouth 3.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Brentford 0.

Link: April 2013 : Stevenage 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Wigan Athletic 1.

Link: December 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Accrington Stanley 0.

Link: April 2015: Yeovil Town 2 Chesterfield 3.


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27 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Northampton Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Northampton Town at Sixfields, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Paul's views on his club's current table position and the loan transfer window as it closed, an be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Northampton.


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27 November 2015 : Black Friday Discount At Yeovil Town Club Shop
Yeovil Town's main Club Shop is having a weekend sale that should give supporters an opportunity to purchase presents ahead of the Christmas period. As part of 'Black Friday' they are giving all stock a 20 percent discount - that includes all replica shirts and items such as the new Football Manager 2016 game.

The offer is for orders made either directly in store, or via telephone on 01935-847877. You can take advantage of the discount either today, or on Monday 30th November, during normal office hours. If you want to have a browse at what sort of stock they have, you can visit the online club shop first, although note that to get the discount you'll need to either visit or phone your orders through.


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27 November 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Northampton Town
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town make the trip to Northampton Town, where they will visit Sixfields for the first time in seven years. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to include ticketing information, parking, a pub guide, statistics and a club background detailing some of Northampton's recent off the field issues. Read that via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Northampton Town.


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27 November 2015 : Curson Signs Up For 2016 Ladies Season
Yeovil Town Ladies midfielder Ellie Curson, who was named as Jamie Sherwood's Managers Player of the Year for her display in the 2015 FA Women's Super League season, has committed to a contract offer for the 2016 promotion chasing season. As a stand out player for the Ladies team, Ellie, who has had involvement at international level for Wales, has signed a one year deal, to keep her with the Green and Whites. Scoring two goals and making twenty one appearances in the last campaign, Sherwood was keen to secure Curson for the future. The manager explained:

"I am thrilled to have secured Ellie Curson for the 2016 season. She is a player I have coached and known since the age of 10 and it's so pleasing to see the player she has become. Her presence at Yeovil Town Ladies in 2015 has really grown and her maturity from having a full season playing, excites me for the 2016 season."

Curson said that she was happy to commit to the club, describing the FAWSL2 2015 season as the one that she had enjoyed the most in her career so far:

"I was absolutely over the moon receiving the managers player of the year award. Last season was the most enjoyable season that I have ever experienced. Working with Jamie, Michelle and all other staff, along with becoming a regular starting player within the team, has given me the confidence to play to my potential. I can't wait for the 2016 season to start. As a team and as individuals we have high expectations and will do everything we can to achieve these."

Ellis Curson - committing herself to the Ladies for the 2016 season
Ellis Curson - committing herself to the Ladies for the 2016 season
Photo © Yeovil Town Ladies/Pinnacle



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27 November 2015 : Maghoma Hopes To Put A Smile On Yeovil Fans Faces
New Yeovil Town loan signing Christian Maghoma has said that he wants to put a smile back on the faces of Yeovil Town fans during his time with the club. The Tottenham Hotspur central defender arrived at the club yesterday, on the day the loan transfer window closed, and thus will be the club's final arrival between now and the start of January. He has been down at Huish Park this week, blending in with his new surroundings and he took in Tuesday night's home game against Wycombe Wanderers, as a spectator, and so got a feel as to the environment that he was stepping into before he put pen to paper on Thursday.

This is Maghoma's first bit of experience outside the Spurs academy system, and he told BBC Somerset upon his arrival that although one of his goals was to improve personally as a player, he was fully aware of the predicament the club find themselves in, and had clear targets of what he hoped to achieve for the club:

"It's obviously to improve as a player and to gain that experience as well. But it's to help the team get out of the relegation zone, and then get out of the relegation battle. I came to watch the Wycombe game and you can see that everyone is frustrated. The people in Yeovil - the fans - don't want Yeovil to go down to the Conference. They want to stay in the Football League, and I know how much it means to them, and I know how much it means to the club. So I want to help them and I want people to smile again at Yeovil. I think that motivates me more than anything, to come here and to try to help turn the team around. I think that everyone knows that we're not in the best position. The gaffer knows that and the coaching staff know that and the players know it as well. I think that everyone needs to come together. If I can be a part of that and help them out then I'll be glad to."

Back in 2009, Yeovil Town introduced a flurry of Tottenham Hotspur academy players to the world of professional first team football, with the likes of Andros Townsend, Jonathan Obika and Ryan Mason taking their first steps as teenagers. However, it is inevitably Steven Caulker - currently on loan with Premier League side Southampton - that Maghoma is behind compared to, given his age and his upbringing. The 18 year old admitted he had never met Caulker, but when he was in the process of signing up that coaches at the Spurs and Yeovil ends mentioned him as a player Maghoma should follow in the footsteps of:

"I've never spoken to him but I've heard a lot about him. Terry and Darren especially have told me how well he did when he was here. The coaching staff at Tottenham have told me the same. Obviously after that you know he went on to play for England, and he went on to bigger and better things. So if I can follow in his path, then I'll be happy. I'm a centre-half and I'm good on the ball, and I'd say good in the air as well. But obviously I'm learning and I'm still only 18 years old and I'm still in my development phase as well. I've got a lot to learn but I've got a lot to give as well."


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26 November 2015 : Supporters Trust Working Party Meets Tonight
Tonight, the group of volunteers who are aiming to set up a Supporters Trust for Yeovil Town fans, will undertake their first working party meeting. The smaller group meetings are being set up to allow the working party to go through the steps needed to formalise the Supporters Trust, which include operating under a framework set up by the Supporters Direct umbrella body. This will lead to a fully constituted organisation that can later elect a formal committee through a membership structure.

Whilst the majority of those in the working group will be attending in person, they will be setting up a Periscope session, so that any fans who want to listen in via the internet can do so. The Periscope user you need to look for is lindy349852 and they plan to start the meeting from 7.30p.m. If we get an internet link to the Periscope session, we'll put it out via our @ytfcciderspace Twitter account.


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26 November 2015 : Yeovil Town Complete Maghoma Deal
Yeovil Town's loan move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Christian Maghoma has now been finalised. As reported on Wednesday, the academy product was a guest at the club during their 0-1 home defeat against Wycombe Wanderers earlier this week, leading to the assumption that he was present with a view to a loan deal being set up.

That deal has now been confirmed, and he had signed on a loan basis until January 2nd 2016, bringing the club's number of loan players back up to five. They currently have Bournemouth attacker Harry Cornick, Swansea City duo Connor Roberts and Josh Sheehan along with Coventry City striker George Thomas. Of those, Sheehan's deal will run out during late December, but the club will be able to roll over Cornick's and Roberts' youth loan deals into January without too much cause for concern. Thomas has already had his deal extended as far as January 3rd.

For a full profile on Christian Maghoma, see the earlier article, linked below.

Link: Christian Maghoma : Player Profile.


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26 November 2015 : Yeovil Town Fans Given Good Ratings In Home Office Arrest Figures
Yeovil Town have once again recorded impressive figures with respect to the Government's Home Office annual report on Football related arrests and banning orders. The report collates together statistics around designated football grounds (covering the Premier League, Football League and Conference National division) along with supporters attending England and Wales international fixtures. The statistics also include the behaviour of fans in club European competitions.

For the 2014-15 season, Yeovil Town recorded just one arrest. That was for an alleged breach of an existing banning order, rather than necessarily anything relating to a matchday. There is one long-standing football banning order against an unnamed supporter, and under such court orders, individuals have to adhere to certain instructions such as surrendering their passport around England fixtures, or signing in at a police station during a Saturday afternoon to act as proof that they did not attempt to attend a game. If they do not adhere to the conditions of their banning order, they risk being arrested again. There is no indication of what that person did to incur that alleged breach.

Otherwise, the club are given a clean bill of health. Zero new banning orders, and zero arrests associated with the actual football fixtures. For the 2014-15 season, the Glovers were in League One and by comparison Milton Keynes Dons and Crawley Town managed zero arrests, whilst Fleetwood Town had one. Across League One there were 291 arrests with Barnsley (42), Sheffield United (32) and Port Vale (29) as the worst offenders.

With no 'new' arrests, obviously the club has no new banning orders, with that one legacy case in place. Crawley Town, Milton Keynes Dons and Notts County were the only other clubs not to incur a new banning order.

Overall nationally, the trend for football banning orders is downward. There are 2,181 'live' banning orders in place, representing a small drop of 92 compared to this time last year. Of those 37 percent of them relate to Premier League clubs. This continues the pattern of a consistent fall, with 3,174 being recorded in late 2011. Again, in terms of the new banning orders enforced, the annual total is 484, which represents a decrease of 194 compared to the previous year and pretty much half of the 960 that were enforced during 2010.

In terms of arrests, these statistics have often courted controversy in terms of their usage, given that the Home Office do not divulge how many arrests result in subsequent convictions, versus how many of those were found innocent or later had their charges dropped. However, statistics nationally are down by 400, with 1,873 arrests across the country. Of these the most common offences were public disorder (34%), alcohol offences (22%) and violent disorder (16%).


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26 November 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers Match Highlights
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town played Wycombe Wanderers in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. Two minutes worth of highlights can be viewed from the 0-1 defeat, via the YouTube clip below.

In the video you'll find Chris Weale making a couple of smart saves, Harry Cornick heading off the line, as well as a Ryan Bird effort that went just wide just before the break. Right at the end, in the 90th minute, Wycombe are also forced to clear off their own goal line in a crowded goalmouth.




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26 November 2015 : Thomas Loan Deal Extended By Glovers
Yeovil Town have announced a loan extension for Coventry City striker George Thomas. The 18 year old's original one month deal had expired on Saturday, but he made his fourth appearance for the club during Tuesday night's 0-1 home defeat against Wycombe Wanderers, giving rise to the expectation that his deal would be extended further.

That loan arrangement has now been secured, and he will remain at Huish Park until January 3rd 2016. He has so far made two starts and two substitute appearances with the club, with part of his first month being interrupted by him being cup-tied in the Football League Trophy, blocked from playing in the FA Cup, and a call-up for the Wales Under-19s national side.


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26 November 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town U18s vs Met Police Match Highlights
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town's Under-18 side played an FA Youth Cup Second Round match against Met Police at Huish Park. Unfortunately, things didn't go the Glovers' way, with the Police progressing through to the Third Round via a 7-6 penalty shoot-out win, giving them a trip to Burnley. However, you can view just under 17 minutes worth of highlights from the game via the YouTube video below.




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25 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Wycombe Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Wycombe Wanderers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about the introduction of Francois Zoko into the squad, and the ability to have a bit of depth on his substitutes bench in the last game or two. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To BBC Somerset Just Before Kick-Off Against Wycombe Wanderers.


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25 November 2015 : Yeovil Town Nominated For JPT Award
Yeovil Town are one of three clubs to be nominated for Team of the Round for the Football League Trophy Area Quarter-Finals. The Glovers have been nominated alongside Millwall and Morecambe for their performance in knocking out League One side Gillingham at their Priestfield stadium. Having also knocked out Coventry City in an earlier round, the Glovers have dispatched the top two League One sides, and with the Gills league home record this season reading WWWWWDWDWW they are the only club to have tasted victory at Priestfield in all competitions.

Whilst Yeovil's win came via a penalty shoot-out, Millwall gained a 5-3 victory over League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. Morecambe's victory was also claimed on the road, with their 1-0 win over League One side Rochdale seeing them nominated.

Sponsors Johnstone Paint, and a panel of judges will agree from that three-team short-list by early next week. The winning club will receive a supply of free paint from the sponsors for them to use on a club-related project. They will also receive a trophy recognising the feat.

Yeovil Town are due to play Oxford United in the Area Semi-Final stages, with the match at the Kassam Stadium taking place on Tuesday 8th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Link: Ticketing For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.


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25 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Wycombe Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 0-1 home defeat against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's thoughts on the defeat, his own team selection and the player performances can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Wycombe Home Game.


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25 November 2015 : Spurs Academy Defender Linked With Glovers Loan Deal
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for a Tottenham Hotspur academy player in the lead-up to Thursday's loan transfer window deadline. According to reports from BBC Somerset, central defender Christian Maghoma was present at Huish Park for Tuesday night's home match against Wycombe Wanderers, watching the game as a spectator. Inevitably, they speculate that his presence was to sound the club out ahead of a loan deal that would need to be agreed within the next 36 hours or so.

Born on November 8th 1997, the 18 year old was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, but grew up in London, attending Finchley Catholic High School. He has played for England Under-16s, and was part of the side that won the Victory Shield in 2012. He has tended to operate ahead of his age group for Tottenham throughout the time that he's moved through their ranks, making his Under-18s debut during the 2013-14 season whilst still eligible for the Under-16 side, playing 18 times and scoring twice at that level. Last season saw him graduate into Tottenham's Under-21 side, whilst still a 17 year old, playing six times and scoring once whilst also turning out 20 times for their Under-18 side - a level that he captained them at on a number of occasions. His debut goal at Under-21 level came against Fulham in May 2015.

He has been part of the Spurs side that won the Premier League Under-18 Champions Cup in September 2014, as well as the IMG Cup in Florida in December 2014. His older brother is Jacques Maghoma, who also came through the Spurs youth ranks, before enjoying a four year spell with Burton Albion, followed by two years with Sheffield Wednesday. Jacques is currently on the books of Birmingham City and at 28 years old has become a full Congo international. There is also a third Maghoma brother, Paris, playing for Spurs Under-15s.

At present, the only lead on this is the BBC Somerset sports bulletin that named him as a spectator at last night's game, but we can't think of too many reasons why a Premier League's academy player would choose a trip to Huish Park on a Tuesday night for their entertainment!


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24 November 2015 : Sturrock Demands Ruthless Streak To Beat League Two Sides
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock felt that his players lacked a ruthless streak tonight, as they lost to a single goal against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park. The 0-1 defeat came via a moment of quality from Chairboys midfielder Luke O'Nien, who curled a shot from the edge of the box with twenty minutes remaining for what would be the winning goal, sending the Glovers to the bottom of the league, after Dagenham and Redbridge won their match at AFC Wimbledon tonight.

Sturrock kept his side locked in the dressing room for a full hour after the fixture had ended, and when he emerged, he told BBC Somerset that he felt his side needed to be more ruthless in their approach to League Two fixtures. He pointed out that his players had the quality to compete with sides such as Coventry City and Gillingham during their Football League Trophy matches, but questioned whether they had the grit to deal with a more physical League Two game, suggesting that the opponents had bullied some of his players, without them responding to that sort of game:

"As far as the game is concerned, it proved today that we have to be ruthless in our approach to these games, which I don't feel that today we showed that ruthless streak tonight. Wycombe basically bullied us, and at the end of the day that's the disappointing thing for me. We played Coventry and we played Gillingham, who are the top two teams in League One and we never looked out of sorts. But today there were too many players who didn't respond to the performance that we needed. I called upon the players to get that three points, but I do feel that as the game unfolded we didn't show that ruthlessness."

The Glovers boss admitted that his own team selection might, with hindsight, have been better served by him rotating his squad. He felt that certain players looked tired from their excursions during Saturday's away match against Newport County, but that he had stuck with the same starting eleven on the basis that those players had largely been responsible for helping the club set up a run of four games without defeat. Looking back upon the game, he felt that making changes would have freshened up the side to a greater extent than the three substitutions he made allowed him to do:

"Obviously I gave the players who had done so well in the last two or three games that opportunity to solidify their position. I had a few sleepless nights thinking about what I should have done, and obviously looking at it now the freshness would have been a benefit in kind. I put more legs in there as there were a couple that looked weary right through the game. So as far as that's concerned, I do feel that I should have made changes. But hindsight is a fantastic thing."


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24 November 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
If you watched Tuesday night's 0-1 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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24 November 2015 : Yeovil 0 Wycombe 1 : O'Nien Strike Sends Glovers To The Bottom
Yeovil Town fell to the bottom of the Football League tonight as a single goal from Wycombe Wanderers midfielder Luke O'Nien dealt a crucial blow to their hopes of turning their form around. The Chairboys have one of the best away records in the division, and they showed why by waiting for Yeovil to make mistakes and then catching them efficiently on the break during a first half that saw Chris Weale rescue them on several occasions. The game was sealed when O'Nien fired from 20 yards with an excellent curling effort that gave Weale no chance, and from there onwards the visitors snuffed Yeovil out for a 0-1 result that was a bit too comfortable for their own good. Dagenham's win at AFC Wimbledon puts Yeovil bottom of the Football League as the bottom pair swap positions, showing the magnitude of the club's fall over the past two years.

Yeovil went into the match fielding the same eleven that had started against Newport County on the weekend, with the only change being that Jakub Sokolik was added to the substitutes bench, giving a full set of save players. That included Coventry City striker George Thomas, whose one month loan deal expired on the weekend, but was cleared to take a position on the bench. Sokolik and Thomas and the sparse 2,963 crowd watched an inert opening 15 minute spell during which neither side managed to create a chance.

Matters finally began to warm up midway through the half, although it was more through Yeovil's nervous jitters than through Wycombe's incisive play. Alex Lacey mis-kicked the ball and that allowed Garry Thompson to break through - thankfully Chris Weale continued where he left off on Saturday with an excellent save for a corner. From that set piece, Harry Cornick was well positioned on the goal post to clear off the line. That was followed by another defensive error that let through Luke O'Nien on goal. When he crashed to the floor inside the box under Chris Weale's challenge, Huish Park held its breath but referee Darren Deadman was unmoved - until Ben Tozer squared up to O'Nien, accusing him of diving, which earned Tozer a booking.

It took a while for Yeovil to settle down from that fifteen minute period in which they threatened to shoot themselves in the foot, but eventually they finished the half well - a Francois Zoko effort was saved, and then goalkeeper Matt Ingram had to work hard to tip a Ryan Bird shot over the crossbar. But still individual errors threatened to be their undoing - again Garry Thompson wasn't tracked, again he ran through on goal, but again Chris Weale superbly anticipated the danger, running off his line to block the ball and keep the score goalless at half time.

Early second half action saw Harry Cornick almost catch Wycombe sleeping after the half time break. But on the whole Wycombe looked more organised during the second period, and it was easy to see why they'd only conceded four goals on their travels this season. As Ryan Bird and Francois Zoko tired, so did Yeovil's impetus up front. Matt Dolan had a stuttering game, and he was replaced by Ryan Dickson, prompting a midfield reshuffle that saw Harry Cornick switch to the right flank and Wes Fogden move into the centre. Occasionally there were little flashes, with Matt Ingram having to punch away from a dangerous cross with both Ryan Bird and Darren Ward charging in. Then Ben Tozer broke clear but he shot too early from the edge of the box allowing Ingram an easy save.

That brief flurry was snuffed out with 20 minutes remaining when Luke O'Nien produced the killer blow that would win the match. Aaron Holloway laid the ball off to the midfielder who got plenty of space, and he struck a superb shot from the edge of the box that curled past Chris Weale to give the Chairboys a 0-1 lead. That was immediately followed by Wycombe making a defensive substitution - very obviously emphasising their game plan.

George Thomas and Shaun Jeffers were introduced as fresh legs to replace Ryan Bird and Francois Zoko up front, and the Coventry City man did produce one impressive moment as he threaded the ball through to Ryan Dickson who was clean through on goal, but once again Matt Ingram stopped the equaliser, with a superb save. Then in injury time, Yeovil did actually beat Ingram at last, only to find centre-back Aaron Pierre heading off his own goal line after the keeper made a rare error in coming out for, and missing, a free kick into the box from Ryan Dickson. But overall, Wycombe defended their lead well, whilst a cutting edge eluded Yeovil - the reason why they will spend the rest of this week propping up the entire Football League.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Wycombe Wanderers 1.

Scorers: Luke O'Nien (0-1, 70 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer 20. Wes Fogden
9. Ryan Bird 39. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 6. Jakub Sokolik 10. Shaun Jeffers (77 mins for Ryan Bird) 11. Ryan Dickson (60 mins for Matt Dolan) 16. George Thomas (74 mins for Francois Zoko) 22. Mark Beck 30. Josh Sheehan

Wycombe Wanderers:
1. Matt Ingram
22. Jason McCarthy 6. Aaron Pierre 5. Anthony Stewart 2. Sido Jombati
19. Michael Harriman 20. Luke O'Nien 10. Matt Bloomfield 11. Sam Wood
7. Garry Thompson 9. Paul Hayes

Substitutes:
12. Jason Banton 13. Barry Richardson 15. Ryan Sellers 16. Aaron Holloway (59 mins for Garry Thompson) 17. Max Kretzschmar (72 mins for Paul Hayes) 18. Danny Rowe

Yeovil Bookings: Ben Tozer (off the ball incident, 20 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 63 mins)

Wycombe Bookings: Aaron Pierre (foul, 49 mins), Luke O'Nien (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 7.

Wycombe Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). Fourth Official: Mark Russell (Somerset).

Attendance: 2,963 (with 154 Wycombe supporters).


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24 November 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged side for their starting line-up for the League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park tonight. Defender Jakub Sokolik returns from a three match suspension following his red card against Maidstone United, meanwhile the assumption has to be that Coventry City loanee George Thomas has extended his stay at the club given his deal ran out on Saturday - both sit on the bench.

The club's injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) is unchanged from Saturday. Marc Laird (hamstring) and Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) are getting close to a return but are not expected to resume proper training until after this weekend's trip to Northampton Town.

The full team for this evening's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer 20. Wes Fogden
9. Ryan Bird 39. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 6. Jakub Sokolik 10. Shaun Jeffers 11. Ryan Dickson 16. George Thomas 22. Mark Beck 30. Josh Sheehan


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24 November 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town played a League Two home match against Mansfield Town at Huish Park. Facing a side who came to Somerset occupying a play-off position, the Glovers did okay in patches, albeit without being particularly dangerous in the final third. However, during the tenth minute of injury time - added on after a head injury to Artur Krysiak - the Stags pounced with an ultra-late Reggie Lambe goal, giving Yeovil a 0-1 home defeat that sunk a few hearts.

With most of the best play coming from the club's defenders, once again the top four Man of the Match votes came from defensive-minded players. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and Swansea City loanee Connor Roberts collected together a large number of votes, but they were beaten by a significant margin, with Jakub Sokolik way out in front as the poll winner.

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

1. Jakub Sokolík 264 (21)
2. Connor Roberts 156 (7)
3. Artur Krysiak 114 (3)
4. Nathan Smith 80 (5)
5. Ryan Dickson 46 (1)
6. Marc Laird 36 (2)
7. Stephen Arthurworrey 30 (2)
9. Harry Cornick 16 (1)
10. Shaun Jeffers 14 (1)
11. Iffy Allen 10 (1)
12. Josh Sheehan 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.36
Performance : 4.59
Entertainment : 4.14
VOTES RECEIVED : 44


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24 November 2015 : Dolan Tips New Signing Zoko To Be A Handful In League Two
Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan has high hopes that his club's latest recruit can be a real handful over the next couple of months, once he's settled into the team. The club signed up striker Francois Zoko as a free agent, with the Ivory Coast born player having been on the books of Blackpool last season, but it was as part of a loan spell at Bradford City last year that Dolan got to know him well.

Zoko spent just over the second half of the 2014-15 campaign playing for Bradford as part of a 21 match loan spell, meaning that when Glovers boss Paul Sturrock decided to make a move for a player who had been on trial with Luton Town and Oxford United earlier in the season, that Dolan was able to offer some views. He told BBC Somerset what his experience of Zoko was like and his expectations of him in the coming months:

"Francois is going to be a handful in this league. I was with him at Bradford last year. The gaffer mentioned him to me, and Francois is a top quality player and his CV shows that he's done it around these leagues and he's done it higher. So Francois is going to be a great signing for the football club, and once we can get him fit, I think you'll see a lot more from him. He'll bring goals, but it's not so much that, he'll bring a lot of other players into the game. So he'll be a great signing for us."

Tonight sees Yeovil Town in League Two action against Wycombe Wanderers at Huish Park, hoping to build on a short run of form that has seen them go four games without defeat. Their last home outing against Stevenage probably should have seen them pick up all three points, but a dominant performance was let down in the final few minutes as the visitors grabbed an equalising goal in a 2-2 draw. Dolan said he hoped that tonight his team could go one better:

"Obviously we were really close last Saturday (against Stevenage), and I think we deserved the win. If it wasn't for us being a bit naive at a set piece and maybe giving away a couple of daft free kicks, we would. But I think the fans will be a lot more impressed with the performance from last Saturday, and hopefully we can put on a good performance on Tuesday and grab the all important three points."

The deceptive part of the club's recent four game unbeaten run has been that two of those successes have come in cup competitions, meaning that it has done little to change the current League Two table position. Dolan was clear on where he saw the priority lying in terms of the three competitions the club are involved in:

"We've been doing really well in the JPT and obviously you want to progress as far as you can in the cup competitions because obviously it brings important revenue into the football club, which can benefit you in your league position in terms of bringing players in, and things like that. But the league is our main thing, and climbing up that league now is our whole priority."

Tonight will see Jakub Sokolik return to the first team squad following a three match suspension incurred due to his red card in the FA Cup First Round match against Maidstone United. However, there is a question mark on the availability of Coventry City teenager George Thomas - his one month loan spell ran out after Saturday's match against Newport County and neither club have revealed whether his three game stay at Huish Park will be extended.

None of the club's other injured players are expected to return - Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) and Marc Laird (hamstring) are targetting a return around the December 5th FA Cup match against Stevenage. However Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee) and Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) remain out as long term absentees with no date put on their return to training.


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24 November 2015 : Roadworks Delayed To Avoid Tonight's League Two Match
Yeovil Town supporters heading to tonight's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers should NOT be affected by roadworks starting in the area. As reported on Sunday, Wessex Water will be laying a new mains pipe on Copse Road over the next week, which will lead to traffic lights being set up on the junction with Western Avenue.

Avon and Somerset Police have indicated that the actual set-up of the traffic lights has been delayed to avoid a clash with the fixture, and that there will also be provisions made for the forthcoming matches against Stevenage (December 5th) and Barnet (December 12th) - which will be made clear nearer the time once the contractors know how far through the works they've got:

"Fans attending game (on Tuesday) night should not be affected by the traffic lights on Copse Road - work delayed one day to avoid fixture. Special arrangements will be in place if necessary for the two Saturday fixtures on 5th & 12th."

At this stage, that would suggest the main effect on Yeovil Town supporters should hopefully be just those visiting the club outside matchdays - in those circumstances we'd recommend that you head to Huish Park via the Lufton Way turning, rather than via Western Avenue, as once the roadworks commence will lie beyond the main entrance to the club.


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23 November 2015 : Notts County vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month saw Yeovil Town head up to Meadow Lane where they played Notts County in a League Two match. The end result was a 2-0 defeat, via Stanley Aborah's deflected free kick that was quickly followed by Izale McLeod breaking the offside trap. Whilst the Magpies didn't entirely dominate the match, they did enough to demonstrate a gap between the two teams, and the end scoreline couldn't be argued with on a day in which the Glovers lacked a cutting edge up front.

Man of the Match voting certainly emphasised that point, with the top five players representing the back four and the goalkeeper. Artur Krysiak and left-back Nathan Smith were two of those who claimed plenty of votes, but the poll winner was Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts, who put in yet another consistent performance on a day in which too many were below par.

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

1. Connor Roberts 28 (2)
2. Nathan Smith 22 (2)
3. Artur Krysiak 22 (1)
4. Stephen Arthurworrey 20 (1)
5. Jakub Sokolík 16 (1)
6. Josh Sheehan 6 (0)
7. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)
8. Matthew Dolan 2 (0)
9. Shaun Jeffers 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.44
Performance : 3.33
Entertainment : 3.56
VOTES RECEIVED : 9


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23 November 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Wycombe Wanderers have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 24th November 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

Mr Deadman is a very familiar name whose experience in refereeing stretches back to our non-league days. He was promoted to the Football League's lists two seasons after we were, and we've had him six times since then, with four of those coming during the last couple of years.

Both of the 2008 meetings that represented our earliest Football League encounters came on the road. He took charge of the League One match against Gillingham at Priestfield where he did wind up the locals by denying them a couple of penalty decisions in a 0-0 draw. In the middle of that, he gave midfielder Stephen Maher an unfortunate afternoon - red-carding him within four minutes of him landing in the pitch for what was deemed to be an overly aggressive tackle. We thought Mr Deadman was a little impetuous in the way he raced in with his red card to placate the baying Gills crowd, who had got a bit hysterical over some of his decisions leading up to that. But then conversely we then saw the more obvious of the two penalty appeals against us waved away, and we wondered if he had that Maher sending off on his mind as he did so.

Five months later we came across Mr Deadman in an away match against Hereford United. Although games against the Bulls tend to be fairly feisty affairs, he handled this one relatively well, even if we had some quibbles about him allowing Hereford's goal to stand with our (biased) view that Asmir Begovic had the ball kicked out of his hands. Two minutes after the 82nd minute goal that pulled the game back to 2-1, we had two players booked for timewasting - probably justified!

During the 2013-14 season, we had him for the September 2013 Championship meeting against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. He managed to get through a booking-free night, and we don't recall him upsetting anyone, even though we lost the game by a 2-1 scoreline. The Western Gazette said he had "a quiet evening and [was] faultless in his decisions" and given his anonymity on the night, we can't disagree with that.

However, he was more central to the March 2014 home match against Bolton Wanderers, where he awarded us a penalty after Alex Baptiste brought down Kevin Dawson. There did seem to be a reluctance to give the spot kick, with only the persistence of a linesman's flag eventually persuading Mr Deadman to blow his whistle. Perhaps the dithering from the referee was down to the fact that in giving the foul, he had to also present Baptiste with a red card. Unfortunately Ishmael Miller's penalty hit the post and the Trotters grabbed a late equalising goal. Match reports from the Bolton end don't seem to have moaned too much about the Baptiste decision, despite Deadman's less than authorative decision-making.

Later that same year, he was in charge for the November 2014 home match against Preston North End. During the match he dismissed Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss for one of those fifty-fifty full-blooded tackles that seem to sometimes be seen by referees as a legitimate part of the game, but sometimes be viewed as serious foul play. Deadman called it as the latter, leaving us down to ten men for part of the second half. The impression you got was that Gary Johnson didn't agree with the decision, but on the other hand knew that appealing against it would be fairly pointless, given the grey area over these sorts of tackles.

Overall Mr Deadman does have a bit of a reputation across the Football League as being one of the more heavy-handed referees, with cards a-plenty - during the 2011-12 season he managed to raise over 209 yellow cards and 14 red cards and that inevitably gave him an unwanted high profile amongst football supporters and media personnel. His 41 yellow cards and one red card from 14 games during this season suggests that with age and experience he has calmed down from those earlier displays.

Mr Deadman will be assisted by Adam Bromley (Devon) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Russell (Somerset).

Link: October 2015 : Portsmouth 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Preston North End 2.

Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Bolton Wanderers 2.

Link: September 2013 : Ipswich Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2008 : Hereford United 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2008 : Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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23 November 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Dagenham and Redbridge : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town played a League Two match against Dagenham and Redbridge at Huish Park, that saw two of the division's struggling sides go head-to-head. The match ended in a 2-2 draw, but involved the Glovers having to come from two goals down, with a Ryan Bird header creating the comeback, before Jakub Sokolik's rather unusual equaliser gained a point, as the ball ricocheted off his head from an attempted goalkeeper clearance.

Man of the match voting saw Ryan Bird nominated highly as one of the two goalscorers, whilst Swansea City loanee Connor Roberts was once again given the thumbs up for his showing as a right-back. However, the poll winner by a sizeable margin was Jakub Sokolik - we'd assume more for his defensive performance, rather than any suggestion that he knew a lot about his first ever Yeovil Town goal!

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

1. Jakub Sokolík 318 (28)
2. Connor Roberts 134 (6)
3. Ryan Bird 62 (2)
4. Shaun Jeffers 56 (1)
5. Ryan Dickson 40 (0)
6. Wes Fogden 36 (2)
7. Stephen Arthurworrey 20 (1)
7. Marc Laird 20 (1)
9. Harry Cornick 18 (1)
10. Nathan Smith 8 (0)
10. Artur Krysiak 8 (0)
11. Jake Howells 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.07
Performance : 4.67
Entertainment : 5.48
VOTES RECEIVED : 42


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23 November 2015 : JPT Tickets For Oxford United On Sale Now
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final tie against Oxford United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will be played on Tuesday 8th December with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices for this fixture will be as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over-65s, Under-18s and Students in full time education: £10.00; Under-13s: £5.00; Under-7s: FREE.

The Under-7s offer is only applicable when tickets are purchased with a paying adult.

Ambulant disabled supporters pay the above rates according to their age/status but can admit a personal assistant free of charge.

Tickets will remain on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office until 12.00 noon on the day of the game. Thereafter you'd need to purchase from the Kassam Stadium.

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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23 November 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Coventry City : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town played their Football League Trophy tie against Coventry City at Huish Park. They managed to restrict the high-flying League One side to a 0-0 draw, eventually winning the match via a penalty shoot-out, with four perfect penalties scored whilst the Sky Blues had two of theirs saved, giving Yeovil a 4-3 win with Matt Dolan not needing to step up for the final kick.

Man of the Match voting saw left-sided pair Nathan Smith and Ryan Dickson given praise for their role in the match, in what was largely a battling defensive performance. However, the Man of the Match by a considerable margin was goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, with his two shoot-out saved particularly influential in the outcome.

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

1. Artur Krysiak 304 (26)
2. Ryan Dickson 64 (3)
3. Nathan Smith 52 (2)
4. Connor Roberts 50 (1)
5. Harry Cornick 38 (0)
6. Marc Laird 32 (2)
7. Stephen Arthurworrey 22 (0)
8. Matthew Dolan 20 (0)
9. Wes Fogden 12 (0)
10. Jake Howells 8 (0)
11. Ryan Bird 6 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.91
Performance : 6.82
Entertainment : 7
VOTES RECEIVED : 34


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23 November 2015 : Chris Weale Talks About The Newport Draw
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Newport County at Rodney Parade, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Chris Weale spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Chris talks about his personal performance and the overall team performance, as well as his views on Artur Krysiak and Darren Ward. Read that via the link below.

Link: Chris Weale Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Newport.


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22 November 2015 : Roadworks Outside Huish Park For The Next Four Weeks
Roadworks around the Huish Park area over the next month could cause some disruption for supporters travelling to the club. Somerset County Council's Road Division has notified that there will be works commencing tomorrow morning for a four week period in Copse Road, which runs parallel with the away end of the ground, and also covers the entrance to the club's East Stand car park.

The work is being carried out by Wessex Water and will see them installing a "new 200mm Ductile Iron water main" in Copse Road, approximately 10 metres west of the Western Avenue junction. Because of this they will be operating multi-way traffic control signals on that junction, which would cover both Copse Road and Western Avenue around that junction.

Roadworks will start on Monday 23rd November 2015 and are scheduled to complete by Friday 18th December 2015. That would theoretically affect the home matches against Wycombe Wanderers (Tuesday 24th November), Stevenage (Saturday 5th December, FA Cup) and Barnet (Saturday 12th December) which take place during that period.

Past experience of roadworks in the Huish Park area has been that they've made provisions to set aside the traffic lights around matchdays where possible. However, there's no mention of this either way - if we can find out what the actual effect will be around the above three games, we'll post it here or on our @ytfcciderspace Twitter account as appropriate. However, if you're heading up to the ground for match tickets or the club shop on a non-matchday, you might want to loop around the Lufton Way side of the ground to avoid the traffic lights.


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22 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Newport County Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Newport County at Rodney Parade, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about the game, as well as giving injury updates on Marc Laird and Jack Compton, along with his thoughts on the Thursday loan transfer window deadline. Read that via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Newport County Game.


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22 November 2015 : Video : Newport County vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
Highlights from yesterday's 0-0 draw against Newport County are now online for those who want to view two minutes worth of yesterday's game. Inexplicably, the highlights entirely miss out Harry Cornick's header that hit the underside of the crossbar, which gave Yeovil their best chance of the 90 minutes. Instead they focus upon a Francois Zoko effort that went over the bar, and Cornick's late header that was saved by Newport keeper Joe Day. They also miss out Matt Dolan's final minute free kick that just cleared the crossbar. Elsewhere in the highlights, you can view two excellent saves from goalkeeper Chris Weale. View them via the video below.



To view the early Cornick header, you'll need to switch across to the Sky Sports footage, which does show Matt Dolan's free kick that nearly gave Yeovil the lead inside the first ten minutes.

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


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22 November 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Newport County vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Newport County at Rodney Parade, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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21 November 2015 : Mixed Feelings For Sturrock After Newport Draw
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock had mixed feelings about his side's performance against Newport County at Rodney Parade today. The 0-0 draw saw the Glovers keep their first clean sheet in the league since October 3rd, and only their third of the 2015-16 League Two season, meaning that there was an obvious positive to take from an away point against one of his side's relegation rivals.

However, speaking to BBC Somerset after the game, he had some concerns about the way his team started the second half, believing that an unnamed player had been guilty of making too many sideways or backward passes that had gifted Newport possession and territory, putting the Glovers on the back foot, during a final 45 minutes that saw them forced to do far more defending than they'd had to do so suring the first period. He was pleased with the way his side had defended their goal, but wasn't so happy with how that situation had materialised:

"I think you've got to give Newport total respect as this is their eighth game without defeat. That's no mean feat within itself. In the end, the tone was set in the second half with one of our experienced players playing back and square passes too many times, and we finished up having to defend our box for about two or three minutes. People were told at half time certain things and they didn't play to that criteria. So it meant that we got ourselves on the back foot. But we defended very very well, and I was very pleased with us as far as our unit was concerned. Now the icing on the cake is to get the wide players in there and the strikers, to get us the goals that we need."

Yeovil were particularly indebted to goalkeeper Chris Weale, who made two impressive saves from Newport's Scott Barrow during the second half - one that saw him brilliantly anticipate a short ball that went across the face of the area, diving close to Barrow's feet, then another that saw him dive low to his goal line to smother a shot. Sturrock felt that what he was seeing from Weale justified him keeping a first choice slot that has largely been held by Artur Krysiak this season. However, he added that whilst away draws were good, they were only of benefit if they started to be accompanied by home victories:

"Chris Weale had a good save down to his left from a set piece, I think. He's been very confident since he's come back into the team. He's kept the jersey because of that, so at the end of the day I'm very pleased with him. I'm pleased with the back four as well, as it was a clean sheet. Last week we've had a draw, but this week we've got a clean sheet. So as far as that's concerned we've gone four games now without losing. They are draws away from home, but we've got to turn our home form around, because that's the criteria for climbing the league - draws away from home and wins at home."


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21 November 2015 : Newport 0 Yeovil 0 : Deadlock Leaves Little Unchanged In Bottom Five Battle
Yeovil Town and Newport County battled out a goalless draw at Rodney Parade this afternoon, in blustery conditions and a scrappy game, both sides could have easily stolen all three points, with the Glovers creating their best chances during the first half, whilst the Welshmen dominated the second. Yeovil's best came early in the game when a flicked header from a free kick saw Harry Cornick hit the underside of the crossbar. But in the second half, Chris Weale had to brilliantly save from two Scott Barrow efforts to keep his clean sheet intact, meaning both sides left with a point, and little unchanged in the bottom five positions near the foot of the table.

The Glovers made just one change to their starting line-up, with new signing Francois Zoko being thrown straight into the deep end for Omar Sowunmi who hadn't recovered from an ankle injury sustained last week. There were also recalls for George Thomas and Josh Sheehan, who had returned from international duty, with Thomas playing the final match of his initial month loan at the club. Iffy Allen missed out due to illness which meant that despite the two numbers coming back, the bench remained at six players.

The match opened up with Yeovil almost getting a dream start inside the first ten minutes. Wes Fogden was fouled out on the right flank and when Matt Dolan's free kick was put into the box, Harry Cornick's flicked header crashed off the underside of the crossbar, bounced down and Newport managed to scramble the loose ball away to safety. The home side were struggling to contain some bright opening play from Francois Zoko, with one run seeing him squeeze in via the byline only for his cut-back to be hacked away. Newport keeper Joe Day seemed shaky as crosses came in and he struggled to command his area.

Gradually though, Newport forced their way back into the match, with Alex Rodman's shot was blocked, with the return effort by Lenell John-Lewis being claimed by Chris Weale for his first save of the game. There was also a nervy moment when Weale stopped the ball inside the box, only to find Zak Ansah apparently reclaiming it, with an open goal and the keeper still on the deck. However, referee Mark Heywood ruled that Weale had been fouled, despite Newport fans trying to suggest the opposite.

In the middle of sloppy play and misplaced passes from both sides, Yeovil began to carve open a few decent chances at the other end. Ryan Bird had a shot from the edge of the box well blocked and deflected out for a corner. Francois Zoko also had two worthy efforts in the closing stages - a long range effort that went over the bar, and then a header inside the box that he really should have done better with, sending that over the bar, and apparently twisting his hip in the process, leaving him needing some treatment. At the other end, Chris Weale still had to be alert enough to stick a leg out to divert a Zak Ansah effort out for a corner, in what was a fairly even half of play, but one in which the Glovers had slightly edged in terms of the better chances.

The second period saw a rather different outlook on the game. One of the frustrations of the Glovers this season has been for the balance of a match to shift radically from half to half, and this was certainly the case as Newport attacked the end that the 460 travelling Yeovil fans were situated at. Sloppy passing gifted Newport territory, with one backpass from Nathan Smith letting in Zak Ansah, but fortunately a defensive block put it out for a corner. Minutes later, Chris Weale was on hand to make the save of the match - a short cross was put across the face of the goal to Scott Barrow, who was in an unmarked position but the keeper flung himself in the direction of the wing-back, anticipating the shot and got his full body in the way to block the ball.

That wasn't to say that all of Yeovil's defence were at sea - gradually they began to compose themselves, but with Newport still on top. Alex Lacey took a whack in the face as he bravely cleared the ball - a Newport player unwittingly landing his boot as Lacey dived forward to clear. The same player was also on hand to clean up his own mistake, as he shinned the ball poorly out of his own area, but then had the resolution to throw his body in the way to ensure that didn't turn into a crucial error. Darren Ward was also immense in the way that he mopped up every aerial ball going, to the extent that you had to check that there weren't two of him out on the pitch at the same time - for a 37 year old he was certainly rather mobile in the way he anticipated every cross into the area.

Yeovil began to make a number of substitutions - no surprise that Francois Zoko was the first to fall, with it being his first competitive game of the 2015-16 season - George Thomas replaced him up front. Overall, the forwards and wingers were struggling to provide any second half impression, with any balls cleared out of defence rarely being hung onto before Newport regained possession. Ryan Bird was also replaced, with Ryan Dickson coming on as a substitute, freeing Harry Cornick to join Thomas up front.

In the closing stages, Mark Byrne flashed a shot inches wide of the post, before Chris Weale had to be on hand yet again, with the keeper and Nathan Smith combining to block a Scot Bennett effort that was followed up by substitute Scott Boden, with Weale diverting the ball out for a corner. Despite all this though, it was Yeovil who finished the game threatening an extreme smash'n'grab, as a Harry Cornick header had to be tipped over the crossbar by Joe Day for a corner. Then with the very last kick of the game, a Matt Dolan free kick whistled inches over the crossbar, touching the goal netting as it went through, and leaving Glovers fans at the far end celebrating for a split second the 'winning' goal - it wasn't to be, and on the balance of the second half play, it would have been incredibly harsh on Newport. The end result is little change near the bottom - York and Dagenham's defeats mean it was a point gained of sorts, with Stevenage and obviously Newport also drawing. However, it merely emphasised the fact that the Glovers are in a serious five-way battle near the foot of the division, and they will need to turn a few of these into wins if they are to gain the advantage over their rivals.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Newport County 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Newport County:
30. Joe Day
21. Matt Partridge 18. Scot Bennett 16. Andrew Hughes
24. Jazzi Barnum-Bobb 23. Alex Rodman 33. Mark Byrne 7. Medy Elito 3. Scott Barrow
10. Lenell John-Lewis 9. Zak Ansah

Substitutes:
2. Danny Holmes 4. Tommy O'Sullivan (82 mins for Scott Barrow) 6. Matt Taylor 8. Yan Klukowski (90 mins for Alex Rodman) 15. Joe Green 19. Scott Boden (68 mins for Zak Ansah) 39. Aaron Collins

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer 20. Wes Fogden
9. Ryan Bird 39. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 10. Shaun Jeffers (88 mins for Harry Cornick) 11. Ryan Dickson (76 mins for Ryan Bird) 16. George Thomas (68 mins for Francois Zoko) 22. Mark Beck 30. Josh Sheehan

Newport Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Newport Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Mark Heywood (Cheshire). Assistants: Simon Barrow (Staffordshire) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Justin Amey (Dorset).

Attendance: 3,084 (with 460 Yeovil supporters).


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21 November 2015 : Team News For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for the League Two match against Newport County at Rodney Parade. Omar Sowunmi suffered an ankle injury in last weekend's match against Stevenage and his place is taken by former Carlisle United striker Francois Zoko who makes his debut for the club up front.

Loan duo Josh Sheehan and George Thomas return from international duty and sit on the bench for today's game. Iffy Allen and Ollie Bassett drop out of the squad.

Defender Jakub Sokolik serves the third of a three match suspension for the red card he gained during the FA Cup First Round match against Maidstone United. The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Marc Laird (hamstring) remains a constant theme.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer 20. Wes Fogden
9. Ryan Bird 39. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 10. Shaun Jeffers 11. Ryan Dickson 16. George Thomas 22. Mark Beck 30. Josh Sheehan


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21 November 2015 : Ivory Coast Striker Signed Up By Glovers
Yeovil Town have given a short term contract to former Blackpool and Bradford City striker Francois Zoko. The 32 year old has been snapped up as a free agent ahead of this afternoon's League Two match against Newport County. He has been without a club since the end of last season, but has been on trial with Luton Town and most recently Oxford United but had yet to reach an agreement with those clubs. He has signed a two month deal until January 20th.

Born in Daloa, Ivory Coast, he played out his early years in France, turning out for AS Nancy and Laval before moving to Belgian side Mons. A brief spell with Turkish side Hacettepe Spor Kulubu during the 2008-09 season followed, before he returned for a second spell in Belgium with KV Oostende. During that time he also represented the Ivory Coast at Under-20 and Under-23 level.

In the summer of 2010, Zoko made his move into English league football, signing for Carlisle United after a short trial, spending two seasons there as a regular first teamer, making 102 appearances and scoring 24 goals. He then moved on to Notts County for just over a year (45 appearances, 8 goals). Zoko then moved on to Stevenage where he netted 16 times in 40 appearances at League One level

Last season, he was snapped up by Championship side Blackpool but was to only score once in 14 appearances. Most of his season was spent on loan with League One side Bradford City, but he was only able to establish himself as an impact substitute, with 18 of his 21 appearances coming from the bench. With the Tangerines releasing him, he has since been attempting to get himself fixed up with a new club, and was even linked with this afternoon's opponents in the lead-up to today's fixture, with manager John Sheridan admitting he had missed out on signing an unnamed striker during the last week.


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21 November 2015 : Darren Ward Talks About His Arrival At Yeovil Town
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town signed up former Millwall and Swindon Town defender Darren Ward on a short term deal. A day after he was unveiled as a new player for the Glovers, he spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin about his experience of being out of contract over the summer months, and why he struggled to find a club, as well as his views on his personal fitness at this stage in his career. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Ward Speaks To The BBC After He Made His Debut For Yeovil.


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20 November 2015 : Youth Team Trip To Devon Called Off
Yeovil Town have had tomorrow's Under-18s match called off. The match against Plymouth Argyle had been due to be played at the Pilgrims training ground at Seale Hayne in Newton Abbott but the pitch is waterlogged and so the match has been postponed. The Football League Youth Alliance fixture will now be rearranged to a later date.


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20 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Newport County Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Newport County at Rodney Parade, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Paul talks about his plans for the loan transfer window closure and the turn of the year, as well as the status of Matt Dolan and Omar Sowunmi. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To BBC Somerset As Part Of The Build-Up To Newport County.


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20 November 2015 : Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Advance ticketing information for Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Plymouth Argyle is now available. The match takes place on Saturday 26th December (Boxing Day) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Home Park.

Tickets will go on General Sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office from Monday 23rd November and will be priced as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over 65s and Students: £15.00; Under-18s: £7.00.

Family Tickets are available at a price of £25.00 (Adult £20.00, Junior £5.00).

Ambulant disabled supporters pay their relevant age rate as above, but can take an assistant free of charge. Wheelchair bays and accompanying tickets for assistants will need to be booked directly from the Plymouth ticket office on 0845-872-3335.

Note that all prices will increase by £2.00 if tickets are purchased on the day of the game.

The Ticket Office have a limited allocation of tickets for Plymouths Family Area which allows access to a family friendly concourse. Tickets in this area are strictly for families or groups of supporters accompanying children.

Away fans at Home Park are placed in the Barn Park End - a covered seated stand behind one of the goals. There is a standard allocation of 1,300 supporters, although the overall capacity can be increased up to 2,022 spectators for the whole end.

Plymouth's Barn Park End
Plymouth's Barn Park End - where Yeovil fans will be sat on the day


Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Newport County.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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19 November 2015 : Football League Clubs Given Security Briefings By League
The Football League have issued all member clubs with a statement and a security briefing in the wake of last week's terrorist attacks in Paris. With two international fixtures called off during the week due to security alerts, European clubs have obviously been asked to be on their guard with respect to fixtures over the coming weeks and months. The League's statement on the situation reads as follows:

"Since the tragic events in Paris on Friday night, The Football League has been in regular contact with all of its member clubs asking them to remain vigilant in maintaining the high levels of matchday and non-matchday security that is in place at their stadiums. While there is no specific intelligence of a heightened threat to our matches, the League is nonetheless in constant dialogue with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, the Police, the Premier League, the Sports Ground Safety Authority and other key stakeholders to ensure that clubs are aware of the latest intelligence and advice. We would also ask supporters to be vigilant and patient of any measures implemented by club security staff that are intended to protect their well-being."

At League Two level, we'd expect there to be little noticeable difference in match arrangements, with any tighter security or stewarding likely to be considered further up the pyramid, and in particular in France and its adjacent mainland countries. However, from a spectator point of view, making sure you don't leave any unattended baggage when you're inside stadiums, and being prepared for a bit more scrutiny when entering the stadium may be necessary.


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19 November 2015 : Officials For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Newport County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 21st November 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Rodney Parade. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Mark Heywood (Cheshire).

Mr Heywood's name is very familiar, but is not to be confused with referee Mark Haywood of West Yorkshire. Heywood hails from Northwich and was promoted to the Football League's referees list for the start of the 2011-12 season. As a consequence we've only had him for three previous matches as the main referee.

The earliest was for the January 2012 trip to Bury. His performance that day was a decent one, and he can't be blamed too much for the game's major talking point. A penalty award for a trip by Joe Edwards seemed to be a fair one, but it was the bizarre sight of Bury duo Steven Schumacher and Giles Coke slugging it out over who should take the spot kick that caught the eye - both players being booked for their handbags inside the box - two out of the three bookings he made on the day. Theoretically Mr Heywood could have done more than he did over the Schmacher/Coke incident, but in truth the outcome was probably the most pragmatic one.

Later that year, but in the following season, he was present for the November 2012 match against Swindon Town at the County Ground. The 4-1 defeat did not make for a pretty afternoon, although not much of that was down to the refereeing. That said, matches against our Wiltshire neighbours always seem to be tetchy affairs, and on home turf our opponents had a habit of using the crowd to their cynical advantage - get fouled, roll around on the floor, and wait for the crowd to goad the referee into raising a card. That needs a strong official, and we're not convinced Mr Heywood was that man, getting a bit wrapped up in that circus.

Most recently, he was involved in the February 2015 match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. We lost the match by a 3-0 scoreline but we seemed to be more tetchy about our own side's performance, in a one-sided encounter, than anything involving the officials. Try as we might, bad defending and a lack of incisiveness up front can't be pinned on the man in black.

Mr Heywood will be assisted by Simon Barrow (Staffordshire) and Christopher Wade (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Justin Amey (Dorset).

Link: January 2012 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2012 : Swindon Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2015 : Doncaster Rovers 3 Yeovil Town 0.


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19 November 2015 : Sturrock Goes Against Wholesale Changes For Newport Trip
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has said that he is highly likely to stick with the main core of the players who have featured over the last three matches for the club's trip to Newport County, even if he does bring in new blood by Saturday. The Glovers boss has previously said that he wants to enhance his existing squad before the loan transfer window closes in a week's time, with a centre-back the most likely target, but has played down expectations that such a player might arrive in time for the trip to Rodney Parade.

Sturrock has told BBC Somerset that any recruitment done before next Thursday's deadline would be with the busy December footballing schedule in mind, and suggests that even if one did drop now that he wouldn't be in too much of a hurry to disturb the make-up of a team that has gained victory in two of their last three matches, and is now unbeaten in three fixtures:

"I think that (bringing in a new player) would be a bit too soon, and I think it would be a slap in the face to the players if I was to bring a fresh face in and play them straight away. I think they deserve the opportunity to keep this run going. So there won't be any of what you'd call wholesale changes. If there is a change it would be maybe one player."

The closure of the loan transfer window on November 26th forces clubs to concentrate their minds, with all first team squads fixed for the December and Christmas holiday period. Sturrock said that whilst he would be still looking to bring in an extra player, his main priority was to confirm with AFC Bournemouth, Swansea City and Coventry City the loan status of players like Harry Cornick, Josh Sheehan, Connor Roberts and George Thomas to make sure there was little risk of those players being recalled at any time before January 1st, with all four currently on rolling short term loan arrangements:

"The first thing that we've got to clarify is the ones that we've got at this minute, and if we can guarantee that they're going to stay. So that's the first thing that we'll look at. The next thing is the targets that we have and that we're in negotiations with - and that's several people, as we're spinning plates at this minute in time. We're just waiting to hear back from agents and clubs."

Theoretically, the closure of the loan transfer window does still allow clubs the ability to sign up free agents, such as Darren Ward. However, Sturrock felt that was a very limited avenue to explore, given that the players in that situation would generally not have played any football for many months and so would be unlikely to have a suitable level of match fitness:

"There are a couple of people, but I'm at the stage now where I have to be safe in my mind. We can't afford any more mistakes, so I'd have to be really safe in having a look at people before I would make a conscious decision to bring in somebody who hasn't played all season yet."

Sturrock also returned his thoughts to the possibility that he might allow certain players to move out on loan, with a view to getting them off the club's books in January. Whilst no names have been revealed by the Yeovil manager, he has previously pointed to players that are currently struggling to get minutes on the field of play and with the turn of the year approaching, he wants to sort out their futures:

"I've made my decision on several players, and they know that now. Basically now I'm attempting to move them on. I think you've got to be honest with footballers. I've got to put my hand up and say that I made some mistakes in the transfer market, and I can assure Yeovil fans that I'll make some more - because that's the nature of the beast. But what you try to do is to make more positive signings than negative signings. Hopefully, as I've said, as the season unfolds, we'll get really healthy and then we'll start to see a really strong Yeovil team."

For this weekend, loan pair Josh Sheehan and George Thomas should have returned from international duty, allowing them to be included in this weekend's squad that travels to Newport. However, centre-back Jakub Sokolik will be serving the third game of his three match suspension and will sit out the fixture. Midfielder Matthew Dolan is expected to recover from the ankle problem that saw him limp off last weekend, but there are doubts that striker Omar Sowunmi will be fit to play after aggravating a similar problem.


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19 November 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Newport County
On Saturday, Yeovil Town make their first ever trip to Rodney Parade, when they will take on Newport County in a League Two match. That means there's a brand new Ciderspace guide in place for the match, with directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics, a pub guide and numerous other bits. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Newport County.

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



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18 November 2015 : Eighteen Penalty Shoot-Out Sees Glovers Exit FA Youth Cup
Yeovil Town went out of the FA Youth Cup tonight, after a penalty shoot-out sealed their fate against Met Police. In a game that went the full distance, and then a little bit more, it took 18 penalties between the two teams to settle the match, after Luke Brant's in-match penalty put the Londoners a goal up early during the second half. That seemed to wake the Glovers up and they applied increasing pressure during the closing stages of the game before substitute Dion Macfoy-Johnson latched onto a loose ball in the 89th minute for the equalising goal, after a deep free kick had seen the ball fall his way.

The two sides couldn't be separated during the extra time, despite some tiring legs out there, and so it went to penalty kicks. Even then, the players headed into a long night as on two separate occasions, adjacent pairs of penalties were missed or saved, taking the shoot-out into sudden death, with both sides having to select their final kickers on the fly as almost the entire outfield teams got involved. Matters were settled via penalties No.17 and No.18. Met Police had the advantage of taking kicks first which inevitably put each Yeovil player under pressure to score. When Chris Ogunlana scored to make it 7-6 in favour of the visitors, Arthur Warren's penalty came off the crossbar and ensured that Met Police will be heading off to Turf Moor, home of Burney, next month in the Third Round of the competition.

Full Time: Yeovil Town Under-18s 1 Met Police Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Luke Brant (0-1, 49 mins), Dion Macfoy-Johnson (1-1, 89 mins).

Penalties: Luke Brant (0-1), Ollie Bassett (1-1), Dudley Pearn (1-2), Ben Griffiths (2-2), Tane Caubo (2-3), Dion Macfoy-Johnson (SAVED), Luke Robertson (SAVED), Samyan Ismail (3-3), Josh Greenleaf (3-4), Jayden Corbridge (4-4), Connor Gayles (MISS), Paul Akinuli (SAVED), Ethan Chislett (4-5), Sam Boulton (5-5), Matt Hancock (5-6), Tiago Marques Sa (6-6), Chris Ogunlana (6-7), Arthur Warren (MISS).

Yeovil Town: 1. James Needle 2. Ben Griffiths 3. Tiago Marques Sa 4. Samyan Ismail 5. Jayden Corbridge (Capt) 6. Sam Boulton 7. Arthur Warren 8. Jack Ball 9. Paul Akinuli 10. Ollie Bassett 11. Philip Strobel

Substitutes: 12. Kingsley Latham 14. Dion Macfoy-Johnson (63 mins for Philip Strobel) 15. Prince Iwyen-Nwabudike 16. Callum Morton (74 mins for Jack Ball) 17. Taylor Scarff

Met Police: 1. Kallum Lunn 2. Chris Ogunlana 3. Luke Brant 4. Dudley Pearn (Capt) 5. Matt Hancock 6. Connor Gayles 7. Danny Scantlebury 8. Luke Robertson 9. Tane Caubo 10. Ethan Chislett 11. Lemar Fowakes

Substitutes: 12. Ben Marrett GK. Matt Willett 14. David Opoku 15. Josh Greenleaf 16. Andrius Lukaskus

Referee: Samule Ogles. Assistants: Rudi Burton and Wayne Thomas.


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18 November 2015 : Early Team News For Newport Makes Sowunmi A Doubt
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has indicated that midfielder Matt Dolan should recover in time for this weekend's crucial trip to Newport County. Dolan was one of two injury concerns to come out of the 2-2 draw against Stevenage last Saturday, with the Glovers being forced into substitutions for both Dolan and striker Omar Sowunmi, with both suffering ankle injuries.

Of the two, Sowunmi's is deemed to be the most serious, with his a slightly less serious aggravation of the previous ankle problem that saw him stretchered off against AFC Wimbledon earlier in the season. He is a doubt for the journey to Rodney Parade, but Sturrock has told the Western Gazette that he is expecting that Dolan will be on the bus. He also gave updates on Marc Laird (hamstring) and Jack Compton (calf) who are out with longer term problems:

"Sowunmi is going to struggle for the weekend, but I am confident that Dolan will make it. Compton and Laird aren't far away but the nearest they'll be is Northampton (in ten days time)."

Sturrock has reconfirmed his position from Saturday that he is still looking for a new loan signing to bolster his squad as the club nears the loan transfer window deadline, with clubs barred from signing players from 5.00p.m. on Thursday 26th November onwards, until the January transfer window opens. Sturrock's words last weekend suggested he was concerned at the lack of central defensive cover in the wake of Stephen Arthurworrey's return to Fulham.


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18 November 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town U18s vs Met Police
Yeovil Town have selected their line-up for tonight's FA Youth Cup Second Round match against Met Police at Huish Park tonight. The match will see the winners of tonight's game get a trip to Turf Moor in the Third Round stage, with Burnley their opponents.

Tonight's fixture will be played to a conclusion, with extra time followed by penalties if required. The line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town: 1. James Needle 2. Ben Griffiths 3. Tiago Marques Sa 4. Samyan Ismail 5. Jayden Corbridge 6. Sam Boulton 7. Arthur Warren 8. Jack Ball 9. Paul Akinuli 10. Ollie Bassett 11. Philip Strobel

Substitutes: 12. Kingsley Latham 14. Dion Macfoy-Johnson 15. Prince Iwyen-Nwabudike 16. Callum Morton 17. Taylor Scarff


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18 November 2015 : Ticketing For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final tie against Oxford United are now in place. The match will be played on Tuesday 8th December with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices for this fixture will be as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over-65s, Under-18s and Students in full time education: £10.00; Under-13s: £5.00; Under-7s: FREE.

The Under-7s offer is only applicable when tickets are purchased with a paying adult.

Note that tickets are NOT on sale at present from the Huish Park Ticket Office, hence do not call them at this stage. When the batch of tickets has arrived at Huish Park we will provide a further update.


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18 November 2015 : Ward Laments False Start To Season That Kept Him Out Of The Game
Yeovil Town's newest signing Darren Ward has explained some of the circumstances that led to him being left without a club after leaving Swindon Town at the end of the 2014-15 season. The experienced 37 year old had finished last season playing for Crawley Town as part of a half season loan spell, but then left the County Ground as a free agent. He has revealed that a collapsed move to Oxford United over the summer months was a big factor in why it took him until earlier this month to find himself new employment, having agreed terms at Huish Park that take him as far as the January transfer window.

Ward has told BBC Somerset that his agent had been negotiating with Oxford during pre-season and that he had been led to believe that there was strong interest from the Kassam Stadium, and that a contract was on the table. However, after Oxford resolved a situation with an unnamed player on their books, the offer to Ward was withdrawn, and that left him in the lurch, with other interested clubs having subsequently filled their playing squads:

"I was going to be signing for Oxford quite some time ago. I was told by my agent that this was going to happen. They were really interested and we started to talk about contracts, and there was quite a lot of negotiation between the club and my agent, although not through me. There were probably about seven or eight contracts on the table from a number of clubs who were interested, of which at the time I felt that Oxford United seemed to be the best one to suit me. But then I was told that wasn't going to happen, because there was an issue at the club in Oxford that got resolved, regarding one of their players, which I didn't have a clue about. So that left me in the lurch. I wasn't happy whatsoever, because of other clubs then going on to sign their defenders, and then there wasn't an opportunity at any club."

The former Watford trainee was subsequently forced to train on his own during the early part of the 2015-16 season, from his home base in Hertfordshire, although press reports suggested that he had been using Dagenham and Redbridge's training facilities just before he agreed his deal with the Glovers.

Missing the first three months of the 2015-16 season, Ward described the challenge of keeping himself fit as possibly the hardest thing he had faced as a professional player. He felt that had taught him a few things about the people who were around him and willing to support him, but was glad he had come out of the other side with what he saw as a fresh start to things:

"My training programme has been about fitness and gruelling. People who know me know how hard I work, and when I'm not playing I work harder. So it's been very very tough - not just physically but mentally, to keep yourself going, keep yourself getting up early, doing your stuff properly and making sure that you're doing what's needed, and to be called upon if needed once there's a contract. So it's been very difficult and probably the most testing time in my career. From there on, you certainly see who is on your side and who is not. That helps you to make certain decisions. I've had to move on, from a few people, and move on to probably a fresher approach to things, and fortunately there was something that came up at Yeovil."


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17 November 2015 : Haynes Motors In For New Ladies Deal
Yeovil Town Ladies goalkeeper Charlotte Haynes has put pen to paper to commit herself to Jamie Sherwood's team for next season. Having just completed her first full season of senior football, Haynes has seen her improvement recognised, with regular call ups to the England U19 training camps along with making appearances in goal for her international team.

At the recent club awards night, Haynes was also presented with the Emerging Talent award in front of over one hundred guests at Huish Park. On signing for the 2016 season Haynes said:

"I am delighted to have re-signed with Yeovil Town Ladies. I thoroughly enjoyed my first season, which with the help of Jamie, Tony and the team, I have developed my skills further. We have a great team and loyal supporters who all made me welcome from the start. I'm really looking forward to the 2016 season and hopefully you will see us progress to WSL1."

Manager Jamie Sherwood said of the new deal to keep Haynes with the Glovers:

"Since signing Charlie eighteen months ago, we knew that she had the tools, but we have had to be patient and measured with her development. A lot of praise has to go to Charlie for her attitude and desire to work hard, but for me a lot of praise has to also go to Tony Rich who has worked with Charlie and has showed great belief in her ability."

Goalkeeping coach Tony Rich commented on her progression as a player:

"Since joining as a raw 17 yr old Charlotte has evolved into an international goalkeeper, who has huge potential She is a fast and willing learner and a pleasure to work with."

Sherwood is hoping his squad can improve on its position achieved this year and achieve promotion to FAWSL1 in 2016. The Ladies have just finished their second season at FA WSL2 level, finishing in fourth place - the highest position and best points total the club have managed during their history so far.

Charlotte Haynes - new Yeovil Town Ladies deal
Charlotte Haynes - new Yeovil Town Ladies deal.
Photo © 2015 Terry Fisher/Yeovil Town Ladies



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17 November 2015 : FA Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Advance ticketing for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round match against Stevenage are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will take place on Saturday 5th December, with 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices are flat across the ground and are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Seniors (Over-65s) and Young Persons (Aged 16-21): £10.00; Juniors (Under-16s): £5.00

Season Ticket Holders have until Friday 27th November to reserve their usual seats/spaces before those seats are put into the general allocation. However, tickets are on sale to all supporters as of today.

If the tie goes to a replay, prices for this fixture are already agreed between the two clubs and would be as follows:

Seated:
Adults: £20.00; Concessions: £17.00; Under-22: £15.00; Under-12s: £5.00.

Terracing:
Adults: £15.00; Concessions: £13.00; Under-22: £10.00; Under-12s: £5.00.

Visit the Huish Park Ticket Office in person for the Huish Park tickets, or give them a call on 01935-847888.


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17 November 2015 : Shaun Jeffers Talks About The Stevenage Draw
Following Saturday's 2-2 draw against Stevenage on Saturday, Yeovil Town striker Shaun Jeffers spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Shaun talks about scoring his first goal since his summer move from Newport County and his thoughts on the club's last three results. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Shaun Jeffers Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Stevenage.


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16 November 2015 : Roberts Agrees Further Loan Extension With Glovers
Yeovil Town have agreed a further loan extension for Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts. He has been the only player in the Glovers side to play in every minute of the 2015-16 season, having made 22 appearances for the club, and he will now stay with the club until December 16th, which would cover him up until the home match against Barnet as well as any theoretical FA Cup Second Round Replay that might be needed.

The club currently has four loan players on their books, with Roberts joined by AFC Bournemouth attacker Harry Cornick, Coventry City youngster George Thomas and Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan. Manager Paul Sturrock hinted in his post-match interview that he was looking to bring in a fifth loan player before the loan transfer window closes in roughly 10 days time.


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16 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Stevenage Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Stevenage kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about the team he selected, as well as the need for his team to defend from set pieces - something that ultimately did materialise! Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Stevenage.


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15 November 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Stevenage Match Highlights
Highlights from yesterday's 2-2 draw with Stevenage at Huish Park are now online. As well as the goals scored by Harry Cornick and Shaun Jeffers, you'll find a further header from Jeffers as well as the free kick move from Ryan Dickson that struck the goalpost. Watch that via the video clip below.




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15 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Stevenage Home Game
Following yesterday's 2-2 draw against Stevenage at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul gives his views on why the Glovers twice let a single goal lead slip, and also talks about his plans for a new player, with the loan transfer window closing later this month. Read that via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Stevenage Home Game.


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14 November 2015 : Sturrock Felt Players Ran Out Of Steam In Stevenage Draw
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock felt that his side ran out of steam right at the tail end of this afternoon's match against Stevenage, as they failed to quite last the distance, following three games in six days. The Glovers drew 2-2 against Stevenage in a League Two match today, but probably should have picked up all three points in a match that they had the greater share of the chances, but suffered an 88th minute sucker punch as weak defending from a set piece saw Tom Pett head home the final goal of the day.

That came at the end of a busy week that had seen the club make two long trips to Kent as they played Maidstone United in the FA Cup, followed by a Football League Trophy tie against Gillingham. With the first match seeing the Glovers play out the match with just nine men, and the second game going to a penalty shoot-out, the club have put in some long hours involving a restricted number of players. Speaking after today's draw, Sturrock told BBC Somerset that he felt that the game turned on a Ryan Dickson free kick that hit the post in the 87th minute, that let the visitors off the hook, and allowed them to score from their own set piece a minute later:

"I'm disappointed that these three games came so quick together. I think the last ten or fifteen minutes was definitely how it unwound, and that was a feature of having had two hard games before this one. But in the end if somebody told me I was winning two and drawing one, I would have bitten their hands off for that. I feel we ran out of steam during the last ten minutes of the game. There was also a naivety from certain individual players, about silly free kicks around our box, and that's cost us dear as well. I think Ryan Dickson hit the post, but in the next minute Stevenage were down the other end and we gave a silly free kick away. Then in the next minute, in it comes - goal. We're going to have to learn very very quickly. The stats don't lie as to the high percentage of goals that are scored from set pieces. I've emphasised it so many times. But I do feel that they were all disappointed obviously, and in the end we are still undefeated in three games."

On positive notes, the game saw former Newport County striker Shaun Jeffers grab his first goal for the club as he headed home a Matt Dolan corner, whilst AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick fired home his sixth goal of the season. Sturrock felt both players had been misfiring during some of their previous performances, but felt that both were starting to show signs of blending into their new surroundings:

"Shaun has got to kick on. He would agree that his performances have been mediocre. But last Tuesday (against Gillingham) and during today, we started to see glimpses of a more confident Shaun Jeffers and hopefully getting the goal will benefit him. Harry again took a long time to settle down into this league, because of his upbringing and being in Under-21 football and Under-19 football. It's a different ball game, and he has taken a long time to really find his feet defensively and offensively. But I do feel that we've now got a more rounded player on our hands."


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14 November 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Stevenage at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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14 November 2015 : Yeovil 2 Stevenage 2 : Late Goal Stops Glovers Winning Run
Yeovil Town had to settle for a draw at Huish Park this afternoon, despite twice taking the lead against Stevenage and also creating the greater share of the chances in a 2-2 draw. After a goalless first half, three goals in six minutes shaped a more open second period. AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick scored his sixth goal of the season as he fired a low shot in from the edge of the box, but that was cancelled out three minutes later as Dean Wells equalised from close range following a corner. Yeovil bounced back immediately though as former Newport County striker Shaun Jeffers headed home a Matt Dolan corner and it looked like the Glovers were heading for three deserved points. However, a late Stevenage free kick saw Tom Pett unmarked inside the box and able to take a share of the points that kept the home side stuck in 23rd place in the League Two table.

The Glovers went into the game making one change to their starting line-up from Tuesday night's penalty shoot-out win over Gillingham, with Ryan Bird replacing Shaun Jeffers up front, but otherwise things were unchanged despite the availability of goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and club captain Ryan Dickson who had returned from suspension and a slight ankle problem. George Thomas and Josh Sheehan were unavailable due to international duty whilst Jakub Sokolik was serving the second of a three match ban, meaning that the club could only name a six man bench.

It was a rather low key first half from the point of view of both sides. The Glovers edged it in terms of chances, but these were few and far between, with a Ben Tozer effort from a corner going well wide of the target, before Steven Schumacher fired wide from close range at the other end of the pitch after the Glovers defence failed to clear their lines. As the half closed off, it was the home team that began to get into their stride, with a Wes Fogden cross seeing an Omar Sowunmi header saved by Chris Day. That was followed by Fogden putting through Ryan Bird but he shot wildly over the bar. Not too bad a half, but on the other hand nothing to get too excited about.

Just before the break, Omar Sowunmi had been the victim of a poor challenge on the sore right ankle that had put him out for several weeks during the Morecambe game, and although he hobbled his way to the break there was no surprise when he didn't reappear - he was replaced by Shaun Jeffers. The second half opened with a flurry of three goals inside six minutes, with Yeovil twice taking the lead. The first saw Harry Cornick grab his sixth goal of the season, as he weaved his way past two or three Stevenage players before hitting a low shot from the edge of the box into the bottom corner for a 1-0 lead.

Unfortunately Yeovil only held onto that for two-and-a-half minutes. A Tom Conlon cross into the box was allowed to travel too far across the face of the box and Dean Wells was allowed to convert from around six yards out to pull things back to 1-1. However, the see-saw nature of the second period was to swing back in the other direction almost immediately. Stevenage conceded a corner, and when Matt Dolan put the ball into the box, Shaun Jeffers was on hand to head the ball home for his first goal since arriving in the summer from Newport County. Back to 2-1 and a deserved advantage.

Wes Fogden could have grabbed a third when he tried to emulate Harry Cornick's earlier run, only to find Chris Day saving well to keep his side in the game. Then Shaun Jeffers did the same with the Stevenage defence backing off, but he shot wide of the target. A Ryan Bird header from a Nathan Smith cross went over the bar, with there being no doubt about which team was on top of the game - except that they couldn't get that third crucial goal.

The warning signs came when with ten minutes remaining a Chris Whelpdale shot clipped the top of the goal netting as it looped just clear of the crossbar, and that was soon followed by Matty Dolan being forced off with an ankle injury, with Ryan Dickson replacing him and forcing a midfield reshuffle. The elements were not helping Yeovil either as a series of goal kicks and clearances seemed to get caught in the swirling wind. Still, Yeovil had their opportunities to win the game - Stevenage were committing some rash tackles, with Connor Ogilvie and Steven Schumacher deservedly landing in the book in quick succession. From the earlier foul - after Harry Cornick had been crudely taken out - Ryan Dickson's free kick struck the goal post and pinged back out.

With two minutes remaining, that set piece was to become significant as Stevenage equalised against the run of play. Connor Ogilvie's free kick, after Nathan Smith had brought down Adam Marriott, saw the ball put into the box, and poor marking allowed Tom Pett a chance to head home for a 2-2 scoreline. Six minutes of injury time didn't really produce anything worthy to give either side victory, although a late save by Chris Weale from a Steven Schumacher stopped the scoreline getting worse. That made for slight frustration on the final whistle - the overall performance deserved all three points, but their weakness on defending set pieces had cost the club dearly, leaving them still stuck in the relegation zone.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Stevenage 2.

Scorers: Harry Cornick (52 mins, 1-0), Dean Wells (55 mins, 1-1), Shaun Jeffers (58 mins, 2-1), Thomas Pett (88 mins, 2-2)

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer 20. Wes Fogden
9. Ryan Bird 17. Omar Sowunmi

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 10. Shaun Jeffers (46 mins for Omar Sowunmi) 11. Ryan Dickson (84 mins for Matt Dolan) 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 28. Ollie Bassett

Stevenage:
16. Chris Day
25. Ronnie Henry 5. Fraser Franks 19. Dean Wells 30. Connor Ogilvie
11. Thomas Pett 8. Steven Schumacher 18. Dean Parrett 7. Chris Whelpdale
31. Armand Gnanduillet 32. Tom Conlon

Substitutes:
4. Jamie McCombe 6. Mark Hughes 9. Brett Williams (84 mins for Dean Parrett) 14. Adam Marriott (75 mins for Tom Conlon) 17. Rohdell Gordon 22. Charlie Lee 23. Jerome Okimo

Yeovil Bookings: Wes Fogden (90 mins, foul)

Stevenage Bookings: Dean Parrett (44 mins, foul), Connor Ogilvie (86 mins, foul), Steven Schumacher (90 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Philip Gibbs (West Midlands). Assistants: Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Ronald Ganfield (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,230 (with 126 Stevenage supporters).


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14 November 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Yeovil Town have made one change to their starting line-up for the League Two match against Stevenage at Huish Park. Top scorer Ryan Bird swaps places with Shaun Jeffers in the starting line-up but otherwise manager Paul Sturrock keeps faith with the side that won on penalties against Gillingham in the Football League Trophy.

Club captain Ryan Dickson had a minor knock that saw him rested during midweek and he comes back into the squad but only as far as the bench. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak has completed his one match suspension and so returns to the playing squad, but also only makes it as far as the bench.

Defender Jakub Sokolik serves the second of a three match suspension for the red card he gained during the FA Cup First Round match against Maidstone United. The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Marc Laird (hamstring) remains a constant theme. Loan duo Josh Sheehan and George Thomas are on international duty with Wales Under-21s and Wales Under-19s respectively.

The full team for this afternoon's match reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer 20. Wes Fogden
9. Ryan Bird 17. Omar Sowunmi

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 10. Shaun Jeffers 11. Ryan Dickson 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 28. Ollie Bassett

Stevenage:
16. Chris Day
25. Ronnie Henry 5. Fraser Franks 19. Dean Wells 30. Connor Ogilvie
11. Thomas Pett 8. Steven Schumacher 18. Dean Parrett 7. Chris Whelpdale
31. Armand Gnanduillet 32. Tom Conlon

Substitutes:
4. Jamie McCombe 6. Mark Hughes 9. Brett Williams 14. Adam Marriott 17. Rohdell Gordon 22. Charlie Lee 23. Jerome Okimo


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14 November 2015 : John Fry Reacts To Supporters Trust Formation Plans
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has given his first reaction to plans by a group of supporters to form an independent Supporters Trust associated with the club. Earlier this month, a fans' meeting at Yeovil Liberal Club (aka Club 94) agreed to set up a working party that would go through the steps needed to formally constitute a Supporters Trust organisation - something that has never existed at Huish Park before.

The club's statement sees Mr Fry drawing attention to the role that the Green and White Supporters Club play at the club, whilst also mentioning the Disabled Supporters Club, both of which are given 'official' status by the club as their own designated organisations. Fry points out that he has a good relationship with those two bodies and says he expects that a number of GWSC members will get involved in a Supporters Trust organisation when it is formed:

"We must remember that this club has had some of its most successful years being run by the present board, who have an excellent relationship with our two official supporter groups, The G&W Supporters Club and the Yeovil Town (DSA) Disabled Supporters Association. These Supporter Groups have through good and bad times shown tremendous commitment to Yeovil Town. I am proud to say our Supporters Clubs are well established and run by their committee members and can be relied upon to support the Club at both home and away games. Every season the G&W Supporters Club provide free of charge their help with numerous jobs around the stadium, which, over the years has saved the Club many thousands of pounds. These are the true supporters who deserve recognition and respect for the work they are already undertaking. I am therefore sure the G&W Supporter Club members will be at the heart of any Supporter Trust activity."

Mr Fry and his board have been criticised on occasions for not being open and transparent with supporters in terms of the club's plans and decision-making, and the club's methods of financing. He refutes that, and says that although he believes the club is being run efficiently and effectively that he is willing to meet with any Supporters Clubs in the future to discuss their aims and concerns:

"I have a very open and professional Board of Directors who are all long serving supporters of the Club. My Directors provide their expertise and time for free. As directors, we act as custodians of the Club, to ensure the business is run efficiently and effectively for our supporters. Other than obvious issues of confidentiality, my directors are encouraged to be transparent in their dealings with supporters and the press. It is therefore in the interest of my Directors and the Club, to have effective two way communications with our Supporter Clubs. I will ensure that this is the case. It is indeed encouraging that supporters are sufficiently active and enthusiastic about their club to get the ball rolling. I would be delighted to meet with the representatives from any of our Supporter Clubs at any time in the future."

At present, the Supporters Trust working party is examining the steps they need to take to establish a formalised Supporters Trust - at the November meeting, there were broad aims stated that would involve them meeting with umbrella organisation Supporters Direct sometime in December, and again in the New Year, who would provide them with consultation and advice in terms of how to set up the organisation and get it running at some point during 2016.


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14 November 2015 : Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final Draw Gives Glovers Away Tie
Yeovil Town have been drawn away from home in the Area Semi-Final of the Football League Trophy. The draw was made today, live on the Soccer AM programme and gave the Glovers a tie against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium. The full draw is as follows:

Fleetwood Town vs Morecambe
Wigan Athletic vs Barnsley
Oxford United vs Yeovil Town
Southend United vs Millwall

Area Semi-Final ties are due to be stages during week commencing December 7th - a few days after the FA Cup Second Round weekend.


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14 November 2015 : Minute's Silence To Precede All Football League Games
There will be a minute's silence prior to all Football League fixtures taking place this weekend. The League have tweeted that "a minute's silence will precede all matches this weekend following the tragic events of the Paris Attacks. The silence is a mark of respect to those that lost their lives last night and as a show of solidarity with the people of France". This will include this afternoon's League Two home match against Stevenage which kicks off at 3.00p.m.


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13 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Stevenage League Game
As part of the build-up to the home League Two match against Stevenage at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Paul reflects upon the two recent cup victories and the prospect of facing a side close to them in the league table, as well as the latest injury and player availability news. Read that via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Stevenage.


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13 November 2015 : FA Youth Cup Draw Gives Turf Moor Trip For Second Round Winners
The winners of Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup Second Round tie will be given a long trip to Turf Moor at the Third Round stage. The Glovers academy side are due to play Met Police next week at Huish Park, and the team that comes out on top in that Second Round match will head off to Burnley sometime just before Christmas, and play on the Clarets main stadium pitch.

The full Third Round draw reads as follows:

Lincoln City or Wigan Athletic v Cambridge United or Stevenage
Coventry City or Crewe Alexandra v Stoke City
Manchester United v Queens Park Rangers
Blackburn Rovers v (Newport County or Barton Rovers) or Southend United
Swansea City v Sheffield Wednesday
Oldham Athletic or Morecambe v AFC Bournemouth
Charlton Athletic v Millwall or Woodbridge
Notts County or Rochdale v Leyton Orient or Luton Town
Arsenal v West Bromwich Albion
Nottingham Forest v Brighton and Hove Albion
Derby County v West Ham United
Mansfield Town or Dereham v Sunderland
Hull City v Norwich City
Exeter City or Oxford United v Bolton Wanderers
Ilkeston or Shrewsbury Town v Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur v Rotherham United
Wolverhampton Wanderers v MK Dons
Reading v Chesterfield or Sheffield United
Liverpool v Ipswich Town
Biggleswade or Worthing v Middlesbrough
Southampton v Birmingham City
Bristol Rovers or Portsmouth v Manchester City
Everton v Aston Villa
Carlisle United or Doncaster Rovers v Preston North End
Leicester City v Cheltenham Town or Barnet
Burnley vs Yeovil Town or Met Police
Chelsea v Huddersfield Town
Watford v AFC Wimbledon or Ebbsfleet United
Brentford v Leeds United
Bristol City vs Cardiff City
Fulham v Scunthorpe United or Bury
Accrington Stanley or Fleetwood Town v Crystal Palace

All Third Round ties must be played by Saturday 19th December 2015.

Yeovil Town's Second Round tie against Met Police will be played on Wednesday 18th November on the Huish Park main stadium pitch, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

Tomorrow morning the Under-18s are in action against Newport County in an FA Youth Alliance South-West match that will be played on the Top Pitch at Huish Park. Kick-off is at 11.00a.m. and admission is free of charge.

Link: Date And Admission Prices Set For Met Police FA Youth Cup Tie.


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13 November 2015 : BBC Sunday Final Score FA Cup Ties Selected
The Football Association have announced the group of eight matches that will be used by the BBC as part of their Sunday FA Cup Final Score coverage. Each of the eight matches will have live cameras at the relevant grounds, with the 2.00p.m. kick-offs allowing the BBC the chance to present a rolling coverage of the key moments from the Second Round ties. The list of matches chosen for Sunday 6th December is as follows:

Aldershot Town or Bradford City v Chesham United (2.00pm) – Live Single Camera Footage
Peterborough United v Luton Town (2.00pm) – Live Single Camera Footage – Still TBC
Exeter City v Port Vale or Maidenhead United (2.00pm) – Live Single Camera Footage
Cambridge United v Doncaster Rovers (2.00pm) – Live Single Camera Footage
Colchester United v Altrincham (2.00pm) – Live Single Camera Footage
Welling United v Carlisle United (2.00pm) – Highlights
Dagenham & Redbridge or Morecambe v Whitehawk (2.00pm) – Highlights
Braintree Town or Oxford United v Forest Green Rovers (2.00pm) – Live Overseas Broadcast

With the three full live matches having been chosen yesterday, the above group of eight games effectively finalises all of the matches that will be moved over the Second Round weekend. It should be therefore safe to assume that Yeovil Town vs Stevenage will take place on Saturday 5th December at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off, although the formal announcement on that has yet to be made.

Each of the sixteen clubs selected for the BBC's Second Round coverage on Sunday will receive £12,500 as a Broadcast Fee. All Second Round winners will receive £27,000 from the FA's Competition Pool.

Link: FA Cup Second Round Full Live Selections Announced.


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13 November 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Stevenage have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 14th November 2015 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Philip Gibbs (West Midlands).

An Assistant Headteacher at a Secondary School in Birmingham, Mr Gibbs qualified as a referee in 1993 and was promoted to the National List in 2008. We last saw him for the November 2014 FA Cup First Round tie against Crawley Town which we won 1-0, thanks to an early Jordy Hiwula goal. Apart from a couple of low key Crawley bookings, he didn't get too involved in the fixture at all.

Mr Gibbs was present in the middle on a rather happy day - our May 2013 Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg victory over Sheffield United. The 2-0 scoreline and the post-match celebrations will be permanently etched into the memory, however we can't remember the referee featuring much at all - which is probably a good thing. He booked Kevin Dawson for excessive celebration after he opened the scoring. But probably because 7,000 of us were also excessively celebrating, we have no recollection of what he did without checking the DVD.

Earlier that same season, in December 2012, Mr Gibbs was present for our 4-1 win over Oldham Athletic. His major decision was to issue a red card to Latics substitute Robbie Simpson for a dangerous challenge on Marek Stech. Simpson had already made a similar challenge on Stech earlier in the half, and we felt that the referee could have helped himself if he'd had a word with the player after the first one, instead of just letting it go as an ordinary foul. Oldham had a bit of a grumble about the decision, but in the end decided not to appeal.

In March 2012, he took charge of the home match against Hartlepool United. This was actually a booking-free game, which normally we'd give the thumbs up to, but we felt that led to some 'odd' decisions being made, where most referees would have brought out their cards. But on the plus side, a referee who didn't want to take centre-stage.

A similar story is to be told for the August 2010 League Cup match against Crystal Palace. Only one booking in this match, late on in the game, but in a match where there were two separate incidents of players squaring up to each other, he made the decision to just opt for a spot of finger wagging rather than a bit of Kettleism. He also declined the opportunity to award Dean Bowditch a penalty, which the then manager Terry Skiverton had a bit of a post-match grumble about, although without being too harsh on the official for it.

Prior to that, saw Mr Gibbs in January 2010 at Leyton Orient. It is only fair to point out that the 0-2 defeat at Brisbane Road was the product of a dismal lacklustre performance by the Glovers, rather than anything to do with the officiating of Mr Gibbs. In fact the most notable refereeing incident in the game was Nathan Smith picking up a booking without ever entering the field of play: stopping to rather too vigorously dispute the decision of an assistant referee in awarding a corner to the home side, whilst he was supposed to be having a limb stretching trot up and down the touchline.

The earliest case of Mr Gibbs refereeing a Glovers match was away at Griffin Park in the Football League Trophy First Round. We recall being rather unimpressed with his performance that night, even if he did award us a penalty which Gavin Tomlin converted. For completion purposes, Mr Gibbs was due to take charge of our April 2010 home clash against Southampton, but a late change of officials meant that Oliver Langford took over.

Mr Gibbs will be assisted by Andrew Laver (Hampshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will Ronald Ganfield (Somerset).

Link: September 2008 : Brentford 2 Yeovil Town 2 (Brentford winning 4-2 on penalties).

Link: January 2010 : Leyton Orient 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: August 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Crystal Palace 1.

Link: March 2012 : Yeovil Town 0 Hartlepool United 1.

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 4 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: May 2013 : Yeovil Town 2 Sheffield United 0.

Link: November 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Crawley Town 0.


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13 November 2015 : Duo Return For Stevenage Visit As Sturrock Ponders Keeper Options
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock expects to select from more or less an unchanged squad of players for tomorrow's League Two match against Stevenage, although will welcome back two of his more experienced players for the fixture. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak served a one match suspension during Tuesday night's penalty shoot-out win over Gillingham in the Football League Trophy, whilst captain Ryan Dickson was rested for that fixture, with him having played through Sunday's match against Maidstone United whilst carrying a slight knock.

The club's longer-term absentees of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Marc Laird (hamstring) remain as they are, whilst Jakub Sokolik serves the second of a three match suspension. With the squad still remaining thin, a frustration for manager Paul Sturrock is that loan pair George Thomas and Josh Sheehan are both on international duty with two different Wales squads. He explained to BBC Somerset the situation:

"George Thomas and Josh Sheehan are missing out because of international duty. It's a big blow, but it's nothing that we could prevent. It would have been nice to have had that added strength and freshness as well but it's not going to be there, so we soldier on with boys from the other day. Ryan Dickson should be okay for that game though, so it does give an extra couple of bodies to come in."

Krysiak's return to the squad should allow youth keeper James Needle the opportunity to resume his duties with the club's Under-18s side, giving Sturrock two senior keepers to choose from. However, the Glovers boss said that Krysiak's availability wouldn't necessarily mean that Chris Weale would lose his place in the starting line-up, strongly hinting that he would stick with the player who had stepped in upon Krysiak's dismissal at Maidstone:

"I'm a great believer in people keeping the jersey when you win, rather than all of a sudden changing it again just for the sake of it. I do feel that Wealey did really well the other night. I'll deliberate over the next couple of days. I'm not totally writing off that I might change the goalkeeper but at this moment in time I'm swaying towards Wealey, who has done nothing wrong."


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13 November 2015 : Derry Given Cambridge Job
League Two side Cambridge United have appointed a new manager as a successor to Richard Money. They have opted to appoint former Notts County first team boss Shaun Derry on a contract until the summer of 2018. He inherits a side currently in 18th place in the League Two table, albeit still only six points off a play-off place at the bottom edge of a very congested midtable pack. At the age of just 37, this will be his second front line job, having started at Meadow Lane where he began his career as a midfielder.

Derry left Notts County at the tail end of the 2014-15 season, after they went on a run of three wins in 24 matches that saw them slide to one place above the relegation zone on goal difference. Despite using two different management teams during the final five weeks of the season, they were relegated to League Two. His job with the Magpies had started off impressively when he saced them from relegation during the 2013-14 season, whilst his start to the following campaign had also started off positively. However, their slide during the second half of the season cost Derry his job just 77 matches into his managerial career.


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12 November 2015 : Thomas Plays And Scores In Welsh UEFA Tournament
Yeovil Town's on loan attacker George Thomas played and scored for his national side this morning as part of a trio of UEFA Championship Qualifying matches happening over the next five days, that will see him miss Saturday's home match against Stevenage. Thomas, has so far played in two Glovers matches, but has been absent for the last two games, with his parent club Coventry City refusing him permission to play in the FA Cup match at Maidstone United, whilst he was cup-tied for Tuesday night's game against Gillingham in the Football League Trophy.

As it happens, Thomas probably wouldn't have featured for the Glovers on Tuesday regardless of his status in that competition. Like Swansea City loanee Josh Sheehan, he had been called up into one of the Welsh international squads, with Sheehan joining the Under-21s, whilst Thomas has travelled to Georgia to spend the week playing for Wales Under-19s. Today he played against the host side, with Rhys Arbuzzese and Dan James scoring early on before Thomas added the third before half time in a 3-0 win.

The match was the first of three games that are all being staged at the same venue as part of a quickfire Group qualification stage. Wales will play Austria on Saturday morning at 09:00hrs GMT, whilst on Tuesday 17th November, Wales play their final Group game against Albania in a 10:00hrs GMT kick-off. He will then return to Huish Park, meaning that in theory he will just miss the one fixture, and provided he is fit, he'll be available for the following weekend's fixture against Newport County.

Wales Under-19s: Lewis Thomas (Swansea City), Luke Pilling (Tranmere Rovers), Cian Harries (Coventry City), Cameron Coxe (Cardiff City), Rhys Abbruzzese (Cardiff City), James Graham (Everton), Aron Davies (Fulham), Regan Poole (Manchester United), Joe Morrell (Bristol City), Dylan Thomas (Aberdeen), Lloyd Humphries (Cardiff City), Jamie Thomas (Bolton Wanderers), George Thomas (Coventry City, on loan with Yeovil Town), Connor Tighe (Brighton & Hove Albion), Daniel James (Swansea City), Mark Harris (Cardiff City), Nathan Broadhead (Everton), Tyler Roberts (West Bromwich Albion)

Link: Sheehan Given Welsh Call-Up For Two Games.


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12 November 2015 : Football League Unveil The Emperor's New Clothes
Back in September 2015, the Football League revealed that they were undergoing a consultation process, to determine plans to rebrand the League. A marketing company called Futurebrand had been engaged who would undertake "a very extensive consultative process ... about finding the right basis for the Football League to go on for the next 20 years."

To undertake this future vision, the League indicate that they held surveys, interviews and focus groups with clubs, stakeholders, commercial partners and more than 18,000 football supporters. Consultees included the Football Association, the Premier League, the Professional Footballers Association, the Football Supporters Federation, the League’s competition sponsors (Sky Bet, Capital One and Johnstone’s Paint), its broadcast partners (Sky Sports, Channel 5 and Pitch International) and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Today, after all that consultation, and all those cheques made payable to Futurebrand, they have unveiled the new branding for the 2016-17 season onwards. The Football League will become known as ... the English Football League. Or EFL if you're wanting to be a bit more informal. There will also be a new logo, made up of 72 miniature balls split into three groups of 24 balls. Each club will be given its own unique variant in its own club colours. Existing divisional names will remain unchanged. If you dare, there is a 44 second video below showing an animation of the new logo.

The Welsh press, which currently represents local clubs Cardiff City and Newport County, but have at times seen Wrexham and Swansea City (and others) pass through as Football League members, have given a slightly withering view on the change. For the rest of us, it's very much a case of 'carry on as you are'.




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12 November 2015 : FA Cup Second Round Full Live Selections Announced
Live television broadcasters have selected their key matches that they will cover over the FA Cup Second Round weekend. As with the First Round stage, three ties will be screened live by the BBC and BT Sport, spread across the Friday night, Sunday lunchtime and Monday evening, with the same split and scheduling of channels.

For the second round running, the BBC head the short distance from their main studios to Salford City on a Friday night, whilst BT Sport will be heading off to Rochdale and Grimsby Town. Fixtures are as follows:

Fri 04/12/2015 : 19:55hrs : Salford City v Hartlepool United (Live on BBC Two)
Sun 06/12/2015 : 12:00hrs : Rochdale v Bury (Live on BT Sport 2)
Mon 07/12/2015 : 19:45hrs : Grimsby Town v Shrewsbury Town (Live on BT Sport 2)

Each of the above six clubs will net a £72,000 broadcast fee, whilst all Second Round winners - regardless of whether they are televised - would stand to gain by £27,000.

There are also two First Round Replays scheduled to be televised next week by BT Sport. Here the Broadcast Fee will be £33,750 per club, with the games scheduled as follows:

Wed 18/11/2015 : 19:45hrs : Bradford City v Aldershot (Live on BT Sport 2)
Thu 19/11/2015 : 19:45hrs : Maidenhead v Port Vale (Live on BT Sport 2)

As yet, the BBC's Sunday afternoon Final Score selection of eight matches has not been announced for this round. However, the matches between Cambridge United vs Doncaster Rovers and Welling United vs Carlisle United have already been switched to Sunday afternoon kick-offs with the hosting clubs indicating that they have already been told they will be two of those ties chosen. We'll clarify the full list as soon as it is known.


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12 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Gillingham Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Gillingham kicked off in the Football League Trophy, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Radio Kent reporter Ronan Sully, Paul explains the unusual circumstances that faced Ben Tozer on Tuesday night, his problem of managing players who fail fitness tests or who are short of match fitness, and also the benefits the Football League Trophy competition can bring the club. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To BBC Somerset Just Before Kick-Off Against Gillingham.


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12 November 2015 : Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town made the trip to Fratton Park for a League Two match against Portsmouth. The end result was a 0-0 draw that owed a lot to some very dogged defending, particularly during the second half. That said, the Glovers could have held the lead at half time with a Ryan Bird header being cleared off the line.

Man of the Match voting saw AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick and goalkeeper Artur Krysiak gain plaudits for their role in the game. The poll winner by a reasonable margin though was defender Stephen Arthurworrey, whose ability to block out Pompey efforts before they got near the goalkeeper was outstanding on the day.

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

1. Stephen Arthurworrey 120 (9)
2. Artur Krysiak 76 (5)
3. Harry Cornick 52 (4)
4. Nathan Smith 40 (2)
5. Jakub Sokolík 36 (1)
6. Wes Fogden 20 (1)
7. Connor Roberts 18 (1)
8. Matthew Dolan 18 (0)
9. Ryan Bird 14 (0)
10. Josh Sheehan 12 (0)
11. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.26
Performance : 7.22
Entertainment : 7.3
VOTES RECEIVED : 23


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11 November 2015 : Final Eight For JPT Decided
Yeovil Town will face one of Millwall, Oxford United or Southend United in the Area Semi-Finals of the Football League Trophy, after all Quarter-Final ties were completed tonight. There were two Southern Area ties held over until this evening, and both games went in favour of the higher placed clubs, presenting the Glovers with a strong challenge, no matter who they face in the next stage of the competition.

Oxford United are the Southern Area's only other League Two side, but currently occupy an automatic promotion slot in the table. They beat Dagenham and Redbridge by a 2-0 scoreline at Victoria Road. Meanwhile League One side Southend United knocked out Bristol Rovers by a 1-0 scoreline. The Glovers will learn which team they will face as part of Saturday morning's draw, which will be live on the Soccer AM programme.

Southern Area: Millwall, Yeovil Town, Oxford United, Southend United

Northern Area: Barnsley, Fleetwood Town, Morecambe, Wigan Athletic.

Area Semi-Final ties are due to be stages during week commencing December 7th - a few days after the FA Cup Second Round weekend.


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11 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Gillingham JPT Game
Following yesterday's 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Gillingham in the Football League Trophy, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the win. With questions from BBC Radio Kent reporter Ronan Sully, Paul explains what he did this time around when it got to the penalty shoot-out, and his overall thoughts on the team performance, and the effect that new experienced players have had on the players on the pitch. Read that via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To BBC Somerset After Penalty Shoot-Out Win Over Coventry.


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11 November 2015 : Sturrock Hails Best First Half Performance Of The Season
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock felt that his team put in their best first half performance of the season last night, after they knocked League One promotion-chasing side Gillingham out of the Football League Trophy. The Kent side currently lie in third place in the League One table, but were put on the back foot during an opening 45 minutes that saw AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick open the scoring as he cut in from the left flank to fire his fifth goal of the season into the top right hand corner.

The game itself had to be settled via a penalty shoot-out after Bradley Garmston fired home in a rare Gillingham chance just before the break, with that being followed by a much more even second half. For the second round running that led to the Glovers triumphing via spot kicks, with five perfect penalties, and Sturrock told BBC Somerset that he was pleased with his side's shape and felt that things were starting to look a bit brighter:

"Very very pleasing and probably the best performance we've had all season. I think we thoroughly deserved to win the game. They battled hard and they had to withstand an onslaught during the last five or ten minutes. But we've shown great shape over the last two games, and at the end of the day we've got our just rewards. We've had several games this year where I've been frustrated. Now the shoe is on the other foot, maybe Lady Luck is starting to shine."

During the last two matches, Sturrock has employed Ben Tozer as a midfielder, having been unable to use the former Northampton Town player at all during the 2015-16 season so far, due to a pre-season knee injury that required an operation. On top of that, he has recently recruited former Millwall centre-back Darren Ward, placing him into the heart of his defence. He felt that being able to field a greater level of experience in what is generally a very young side was a big factor in why the last two performances had shown positive results:

"I think that through this season we've had so many stories about players being injured, and a lack of this and a lack of that, and the lack of experienced players. I think that we showed tonight that when you add the two or three experienced players - I thought Ben Tozer was excellent and Darren Ward organised the back four well. Now our experienced men are coming back, I don't think it's any coincidence that we've started to be competitive within games. A fan can pay his money and expect work rate and attitude, and they've got oodles of that. I think that some of them have got good ability as well, and we're starting to see that now. There's talkers on the pitch, and there's organisers on the pitch, who are moving the players around, which we didn't have at the beginning of the season."


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11 November 2015 : Cornick Extends Yeovil Town Stay Again
Yeovil Town have successfully extended the loan spell for AFC Bournemouth attacker Harry Cornick for a further month. Harry scored his fifth goal of the 2015-16 season last night in the penalty shoot-out win against Gillingham and will now remain at Huish Park until December 9th.

Harry has been a near ever-present in the Yeovil Town line-up this season - Sunday's visit to Maidstone United in the FA Cup was the first match that he'd not set foot on the pitch - and last night was his 20th appearance of the season. He has also scored against Exeter City, Morecambe, Crawley Town and Carlisle United, with his goals making him the club's second top scorer behind Ryan Bird.


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11 November 2015 : Odd Down 4 Yeovil 1 : Glovers Head Out Of County Cup
Yeovil Town went out of the Somerset Premier Cup at the second round stage on Tuesday night, after losing 4-1 against Toolstation Premier side Odd Down. The match was arranged to take place at the same time that the first team squad were playing at Gillingham in the first team squad, thus guaranteeing that it was an Under-18s side that took to the field, although even that was short of James Needle and Ollie Bassett, who had been given first team squad call-ups, weakening their side somewhat. Goals from Adnan Hiroli, Matt Guy, Kye Simpson and Rich Dawley saw the Combe Hay side progress at the expense of a young Glovers side that fought hard but came up short against a team of men.

The home side are enjoying a good league season having lost only once in fourteen games and took that confidence into the early exchanges. And they took the lead on eight minutes when Adnan Hiroli was given time and space to turn and volley past Kingsley Latham in the Glovers goal. Odd Down pushed hard for number two and both Cory Simpson and Chris Marty shot wide from good positions. Yeovil replied with Jack Ball’s spectacular volley just dipping over the crossbar and as they grew into the game, Philip Strobel’s exciting 40 yard run ended in Down’s former League keeper Stuart Jones saving down low.

The Glovers ended the half on a high with Ball shooting at the keeper from the edge of the box and Paul Akinuli firing just wide but they were dealt a double blow early in the second period. From a corner two minutes after the break, Matt Guy rose to head home and within three minutes it was 3-0 through an own goal although striker Kye Simpson will claim the strike.

Yeovil had made three substitutions in rapid succession introducing Max Melanson, Ben Griffiths and Jack Lethaby-Rice with Dion Macfoy-Johnson, Taylor Scarff and Samyan Ismail coming off. And it was the first of those, Max Melanson, who gave Yeovil hope of a comeback when he drilled a low free kick into the corner of the net just after the hour mark. Late on, Odd Down had another scare when a defender sliced a clearance onto his own crossbar but when the next goal came, it was in the Yeovil net as Rich Dawley's spectacular strike flew into the net. Lethaby-Rice came close in stoppage time with a shot that Jones did well to keep out but it was Odd Down who move into the quarter finals.

Final Score: Odd Down 4 Yeovil Town Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Adnan Hiroli (1-0, 8 mins), Matt Guy (2-0, 47 mins), Kye Simpson (3-0, 50 mins), Max Melanson (3-1, 65 mins), Richard Dawley (4-1, 81 mins).

Yeovil Town: 1. Kingsley Latham 2. Taylor Scarff 3. Tiago Marques Sa 4. Arthur Warren 5. Jayden Corbridge (Capt) 6. Sam Boulton 7. Samyan Ismail 8. Jack Ball 9. Paul Akinuli 10. Dion Macfoy-Johnson 11. Philip Strobel

Substitutes: 12. Ben Griffiths (49 mins for Taylor Scarff) 13. Jack Lethaby-Rice (51 mins for Samyan Ismail) 14. Prince Iwyen-Nwabudike 15. Joe Daniels 16. Max Melanson (47 mins for Dion Macfoy-Johnson).

Attendance: 82.

[Report by Martin McConachie.]


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10 November 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's penalty shoot-out win against Gillingham at Priestfield, 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 Gillingham vs Yeovil Town.


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10 November 2015 : Gillingham 4 Yeovil 5 : Another Glovers Penalty Shoot-Out Win After 1-1 Draw
Yeovil Town gained their second consecutive penalty shoot-out win in the Football League Trophy tonight, as they produced five perfect penalties to get past League One side Gillingham at the Area Quarter-Final stages. The Glovers had managed a 1-1 draw across the 90 minutes, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick scoring his fifth goal of the season to give them a deserved lead. With Ben Tozer hitting the crossbar from distance, it was somewhat disappointing that the Gills equalised before the break as Bradley Garmston cut in from the left to fire home. A more even second half led to deadlock, and when the spot kicks were taken it looked as though fans were in for a long night. But Rory Donnelly missed Gillingham's fifth penalty of the night, allowing Swansea City loanee Connor Roberts a chance to be the hero as the Glovers won the shoot-out by a 5-4 scoreline.

Manager Paul Sturrock rang the changes heavily for the game, making five changes, albeit with three being enforced. Artur Krysiak and Jakub Sokolik were suspended, whilst Josh Sheehan was away on international duty. They were replaced by Chris Weale, Alex Lacey and Matt Dolan respectively. Captain Ryan Dickson had been playing with a knock on Sunday and so he was rested in favour of Harry Cornick, whilst up front Shaun Jeffers was swapped for Ryan Bird.

The start made by the Glovers was emphatic to say the least. Omar Sowunmi had an early header go wide, then Shaun Jeffers broke through only to put the ball wide of goal. Matt Dolan had a shot from distance, and then came the spectacular - Ben Tozer apparently hasn't trained on grass yet since coming back from injury, due to Sunday's preparation for the Maidstone game, but he seemed to have his bearings rather spot on as he spotted Gillingham goalkeeper Stuart Nelson off his line and decided to lob him from 50 yards out. The ball crashed off the crossbar, with Sowunmi unable to convert the rebound.

All of this was inside the first 13 minutes of the match, with Gillingham having barely got out of their own half, when Harry Cornick opened the scoring - his fifth of his loan spell at the club. A forward header by Omar Sowunmi set Cornick on his way, and he raced past John Egan before shooting into the top corner to give the Glovers a very deserved 1-0 lead.

Gillingham may be merely a point off the top of League One but it took them until midway through the first half before they did anything of note, but Chris Weale was in a dominant mood, as he punched the ball away on three separate occasions to stop crosses hitting their target. If anything, it should have been Yeovil going further ahead as Wes Fogden put Omar Sowunmi through but he put his effort wide of the post instead of testing the keeper.

That made the home side's equalising goal rather galling, given that they had done so little during the half. Bradley Garmston received the ball, and cut inside Connor Roberts before angling an unstoppable 43rd minute shot into the far corner. Frustrating given the way the Glovers had dominated the first period, but it meant that they went in at the break with a 1-1 scoreline instead of the two or three goals their play deserved.

Gillingham made a half time substitution and a formation change, abandoning their wingback formation to match up Yeovil's 4-4-2. That made for a far more even second half, albeit one that didn't contain too many clearcut chances until the closing stages. A Shaun Jeffers run released Harry Cornick for a chance of his second goal, but he fired over, then a Matt Dolan attempt from the edge of the box was saved. Alex Lacey probably should have done better when he saw the ball drop at his feet after Darren Ward headed back across goal from a Dolan free kick.

But as the game drew to a close, it was Gillingham who came closest to winning it as they forced a series of corner kicks and shots on goal, with Chris Weale in fine form to stop them. He sent out attempts by Bradley Garmston and Bradley Dack for corners, but the best one of the lot came a couple of minutes into injury time when he made a flying stop from a Doug Loft effort. That was good enough to ensure the game went to spot kicks, with it becoming very clear who had won the toss to take the kicks, with them taking place in front of an entirely empty stand, neutralising Gillingham's home advantage. Up stepped each player, but with high quality penalties, it seemed as though a long night was ahead - until Rory Donnelly's attempt, the ninth of the evening, was skied. That allowed Connor Roberts the honour of taking the tenth penalty knowing he would send his side through - he made it five out of five for the Glovers and to give them an Area Semi-Final berth.

Final Score: Gillingham 1 Yeovil Town 1. (Yeovil win 5-4 on penalties).

Scorers: Harry Cornick (0-1, 13 mins), Bradley Garmston (1-1, 43 mins)

Penalties: Bradley Dack (1-0), Matt Dolan (1-1), John Egan (2-1), Ryan Bird (2-2), Doug Loft (3-2), Ben Tozer (3-3), Ben Williamson (4-3), Harry Cornick (4-4), Rory Donnelly (MISSED), Connor Roberts (4-5).

Gillingham:
1. Stuart Nelson
2. Ryan Jackson 4. John Egan 26. Harry Lennon 50. Adedeji Oshilaja 3. Bradley Garmston
7. Doug Loft 44. Josh Wright 23. Bradley Dack
10. Cody McDonald 17. Rory Donnelly

Substitutes:
9. Ben Williamson (80 mins for Cody McDonald) 11. Jermaine McGlashan (74 mins for Josh Wright) 12. Glenn Morris 15. Aaron Morris 16. Emma Osaoabe (46 mins for Adedeji Oshilaja)

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith
20. Wes Fogden 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer 23. Harry Cornick
10. Shaun Jeffers 17. Omar Sowunmi

Substitutes:
29. James Needle (GK) 9. Ryan Bird (66 mins for Omar Sowunmi) 19. Iffy Allen (90 mins for Shaun Jeffers) 22. Mark Beck 28. Ollie Bassett

Gillingham Bookings: Bradley Dack (37 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Gillingham Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 10; Fouls: 16.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Nigel Lugg (Surrey) and Carl Fitch (Suffolk). Fourth Official: Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 1,832 (with 64 Yeovil supporters).


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10 November 2015 : Team News For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made five changes to their starting line-up for the Football League Trophy match against Gillingham at Priestfield. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and centre-back Jakub Sokolik are suspended and their places in the side are taken by Chris Weale and Alex Lacey.

Coventry City loanee George Thomas is cup-tied and so cannot play tonight. Josh Sheehan is entirely off the teamsheet, which would imply that he is already away on international duty - his place is taken by Matt Dolan. Captain Ryan Dickson had a knock before Sunday's match at Maidstone United but played through it - he's been rested tonight entirely - Harry Cornick replaces him. Finally Ryan Bird is swapped for Shaun Jeffers.

The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Marc Laird (hamstring) remains as it has been.

The full team for this evening's match reads as follows, with youth team goalkeeper James Needle named as a back-up to Chris Weale:

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 21. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer 20. Wes Fogden
10. Shaun Jeffers 17. Omar Sowunmi

Substitutes:
29. James Needle (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 19. Iffy Allen 22. Mark Beck 28. Ollie Bassett

Gillingham:
1. Stuart Nelson
2. Ryan Jackson 4. John Egan 26. Harry Lennon 50. Adedeji Oshilaja 3. Bradley Garmston
7. Doug Loft 44. Josh Wright 23. Bradley Dack
10. Cody McDonald 17. Rory Donnelly

Substitutes:
9. Ben Williamson 11. Jermaine McGlashan 12. Glenn Morris 15. Aaron Morris 16. Emma Osaoabe


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10 November 2015 : Playing Minutes Important For Sturrock In JPT Tie
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has hinted that he may use tonight's Football League Trophy tie as a means to prioritise getting certain players game time in order to improve their match fitness. The Glovers have had a significant number of injuries during the 2015-16 season so far, but have had a number of those players return to action in recent weeks, whilst another new arrival Darren Ward had not played any first team football until Sunday's match at Maidstone United.

With Artur Krysiak and Jakub Sokolik suspended for tonight's game, and Coventry City loanee George Thomas cup-tied, line-up changes are inevitable, with Chris Weale and Alex Lacey the most likely to benefit through the defensive absences. However, despite Gillingham currently lying in third place in League One and just one point off the top, and therefore hot favourites for tonight's tie, Sturrock said that he may have one eye the bigger picture and told BBC Somerset that he may look to pick his side with the aim of getting those who are short of match fitness back into the swing of things:

"It's a tough one. They're flying at this minute in time and they're near the top of their league. They've got some good players and they've got a good manager, and they're playing with confidence. It gives a couple of players maybe an opportunity to get some playing minutes in, which is essential and important to us for the games that are coming up after."

In practice, this may not change too much for tonight's game. Long term injury victims Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Marc Laird (hamstring) will not feature, meaning that once Krysiak and Sokolik are excluded, tonight's squad may just involve a bit of rotation of the club's sixteen remaining players, with only five substitute places allowed for tonight's match.

The 7.15p.m. kick-off will be played to a conclusion tonight. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then no extra time will be played, with both sides moving immediately to penalty kicks.


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10 November 2015 : FA Confirm Krysiak And Sokolik Bans
The Football Association have confirmed the suspension periods for Yeovil Town pair Artur Krysiak and Jakub Sokolik. Both were dismissed in Sunday's FA Cup First Round match against Maidstone United and thus will start their suspensions with tonight's Football League Trophy tie against Gillingham.

Goalkeeper Krysiak will serve a one match suspension, with his red card being recorded as a professional foul (i.e. the denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity), and so his place in the side tonight will be taken by Chris Weale, who played during the final 33 minutes of the match against Maidstone. However, the Glovers will have two goalkeepers to choose from for Saturday's League Two match against Stevenage.

Defender Sokolik has received a three match ban, with his dismissal falling under the category of serious foul play. He will miss tonight's trip trip to Gillingham, Saturday's home League Two match against Stevenage, and the following weekend's trip to Newport County. He will return for the November 24th home match against Wycombe Wanderers.

The Glovers will also have other selection issues to contend with over the next two games. Striker George Thomas is cup-tied for tonight's match against Gillingham, having played against the Glovers in the previous round of the Football League Trophy. Meanwhile on Saturday, Josh Sheehan will be missing on Wales Under-21 international duty as part of two matches being played on Friday and Tuesday. Theoretically, Sheehan can play in tonight's fixture, but for the First Round tie, he had been asked to report for international duty for a few days prior to the actual fixture, so we'll have to wait and see whether that gets repeated for tonight's game.

Link: Sheehan Given Welsh Call-Up For Two Games.

Link: Thomas Absent For Cup Ties.


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10 November 2015 : Young Glovers Head For Odd Down Visit
Despite Yeovil Town's First Team playing against Gillingham in the Football League Trophy tonight, the Glovers will also be in action in the Somerset Premier Cup at the same time. They will be playing Odd Down in the Second Round of the competition, having beaten Paulton Rovers 3-2 at the First Round stage.

Given that both games take place on the same night, the Glovers will undoubtedly be sending their Under-18 side to Combe Hay Lane. For anyone who may be going, the address is as follows:

Address: Lew Hill Memorial Ground, Combe Hay Lane, Odd Down, Bath BA2 8PA.

Kick-off tonight at Odd Down is 7.45p.m.


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10 November 2015 : Officials For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the Football League Trophy Area Quarter-Final between Gillingham and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Priestfield tonight, Tuesday 10th November, with a 7.15p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

We last saw him in September 2014, for the League One match against Coventry City that saw the Sky Blues having just returned to the Ricoh Arena. In a booking-free game without major incidents, we lost by a 2-1 scoreline and we can't remember him having any influence on the game. We also had him twice during the 2013-14 season. He was present for the opening day of the season when we travelled to Millwall. Although we won the game, some of his decision-making was messy, particularly in terms of who he chose to land on the book, but at least he didn't do anything too dramatic. He then turned up for the October 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough where we were too busy grumbling about our ability to defend, than noticing what the referee was doing.

Mr Whitestone was in charge for the away match at Bury in April 2013, at the tail end of the League One season, where we'd already qualified for the Play-Offs. He didn't have a lot to do during the game, although was a little perplexing during the final minute of the match when he booked five players in second half injury time, almost as if he had a quota to fill for the season that he'd realised at the last second that he was running short of.

Before that we'd had him in February 2013 for the home League One match against Scunthorpe United. How do we judge this performance? With green-tinted spectacles we could call him the best referee in the country, after he gave two key decisions in our favour. Trying to be a bit more neutral, we will admit that his failure to penalise Byron Webster for his first half tackle on Akpo Sodje raised a few eyebrows - it could have been a red card for a professional foul, but he kindly waved play on, and Scunny manager Brian Laws got his marching orders for telling the referee what he thought of the decision at the half time break.

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

We also saw him in October 2011 when he took charge of the home 0-1 defeat against Huddersfield Town. He doesn't appear to have caused too much major controversy during the game, although when three of the match's four bookings come from dissent it suggests that the players may not have been 100 percent happy with what was going on. However certainly his performance didn't influence the game significantly.

The same can't be said for his November 2010 visit to The Valley when he took charge of Charlton Athletic's 3-2 win over the Glovers. During this match, he sent two players off, with Christian Dailly given a second half red card that was followed 12 minutes later by Paul Huntington getting his marching orders.

This was one of the worst refereeing performances we saw during the 2010-11 season - both dismissals were extremely dubious - Dailly's challenge on Sam Williams didn't look like a red even for those of us wearing green'n'white. The later decision to send off Huntington looked like a referee doing his best to 'correct' his earlier error. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton said after the game that he felt the referee had got it wrong on both counts, and we'd tend to agree. Overall, Mr Whitestone made a pig's ear of the game, summed up by five further bookings across both sides, and not a single one of the yellows involving a foul.

Prior to that, we had him for a January 2009 home game against Scunthorpe United. Skiverton will remember that game well - he got sent off during the first half after Mr Whitestone deemed that he'd used his elbow on a Scunny player. That controversial decision inevitably had an influence on the result, although the visitors were on their way to promotion from League One.

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

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

Thankfully his two other appearances in Yeovil Town Football League games are more anonymous, in September 2007 at home to Leyton Orient, where he was quite free with the yellow cards, and back in September 2006 when Crewe Alexandra were the visitors.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Nigel Lugg (Surrey) and Carl Fitch (Suffolk). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Aylott (Bedfordshire).

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

Link: October 2013 : Middlesbrough 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2013 : Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2013 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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10 November 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Gillingham
Tonight, Yeovil Town head all the way back to Kent again for a Football League Trophy tie against Gillingham. For those hardy souls heading to Priestfield, the Ciderspace guide will give you directions, parking, a pub guide and other such things all available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Gillingham.


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9 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Maidstone Team Selection
Just before Sunday afternoon's match against Maidstone United kicked off at the Gallagher Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Paul talks about new signing Darren Ward and what he hopes he will bring to the team, and also some of the risks he feels he is having to take in order to bring some of his recently injured players back to full match fitness. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Maidstone.


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9 November 2015 : FA Cup Second Round Draw : Glovers Given Home Tie
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the Second Round of the FA Cup. In tonight's draw, which was broadcast live on BBC2, the Glovers were given a tie against Stevenage at Huish Park as a reward for beating Maidstone United in yesterday's First Round tie at the Gallagher Stadium. By coincidence, Stevenage are also Yeovil's next League Two opposition, also at Huish Park, this coming Saturday.

The full draw for the Second Round reads as follows:

Aldershot Town or Bradford City vs Chesham United
Barnet vs Brackley Town or Newport County
Peterborough United vs Luton Town
Portsmouth vs Accrington Stanley
Stourbridge vs Eastleigh
Northampton Town vs Northwich Victoria or Boreham Wood
Exeter City vs Port Vale or Maidenhead United
Cambridge United vs Doncaster Rovers
Grimsby Town vs Shrewsbury Town
Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Rochdale vs Bury
Welling United vs Carlisle United
Leyton Orient vs Scunthorpe United
Millwall vs Wycombe Wanderers
Colchester United vs Altrincham
FC United of Manchester or Chesterfield vs Walsall
Sheffield United vs Mansfield Town or Oldham Athletic
Salford City vs Hartlepool United
Dagenham and Redbridge or Morecambe vs Whitehawk
Braintree Town or Oxford United vs Forest Green Rovers

Second Round ties will be played between December 4th and December 7th, with the expectation that a number of games will be scheduled for live transmission for Friday night, Sunday lunchtime and Monday evening, along with a number of games selected for the Sunday afternoon 'rolling live coverage' that was used yesterday.

Clubs that win their Second Round ties will gain £27,000 as part of the competition prize pool. Yesterday saw Yeovil Town gain £12,500 as a Broadcast Fee along with £18,000 as First Round winner.


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9 November 2015 : Video : Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights of yesterday's 1-0 win against Maidstone United in the FA Cup First Round, a video is now online. The four minutes of highlights include the two red cards issued against Jakub Sokolik and Artur Krysiak, as well as the crucial goal scored by Wes Fogden. You can also see why Maidstone's late 'equaliser' was chalked off for offside. View via the video below.






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9 November 2015 : FA Cup Second Round Ball Numbers And Draw Schedule
Yeovil Town will enter the FA Cup Second Round draw tonight, following their 1-0 win over Maidstone United yesterday. They have been given Ball No.31 in a draw that will be broadcast live on BBC2 at 7.00p.m. tonight, with the actual draw taking place 10 or 15 minutes into the show. The Second Round draw is much smaller, with the big influx of Premier League and Championship clubs coming during the Third Round draw stage.

The Ball Numbers to listen out for tonight are as follows:

1 Peterborough United 2 Port Vale or Maidenhead United 3 Barnet 4 Chesham United 5 Cambridge United 6 Mansfield Town or Oldham Athletic 7 Altrincham 8 Eastleigh 9 Northwich Victoria or Boreham Wood 10 Northampton Town 11 Brackley Town or Newport County 12 Grimsby Town 13 Hartlepool United 14 Salford City 15 Stourbridge 16 Stevenage 17 Millwall 18 Aldershot Town or Bradford City 19 Walsall 20 Bury 21 Portsmouth 22 Sheffield United 23 Welling United 24 Wycombe Wanderers 25 Luton Town 26 Doncaster Rovers 27 Exeter City 28 Dagenham & Redbridge or Morecambe 29 Leyton Orient 30 Shrewsbury Town 31 Yeovil Town 32 Braintree Town or Oxford United 33 Whitehawk 34 Accrington Stanley 35 Scunthorpe United 36 Forest Green Rovers 37 Carlisle United 38 FC United of Manchester or Chesterfield 39 Rochdale 40 Colchester United.

Second Round ties will be played between December 4th and December 7th, with the expectation that a number of games will be scheduled for live transmission for Friday night, Sunday lunchtime and Monday evening, along with a number of games selected for the Sunday afternoon 'rolling live coverage' that was used yesterday.

Clubs that win their Second Round ties will gain £27,000 as part of the competition prize pool. Yesterday saw Yeovil Town gain £12,500 as a Broadcast Fee along with £18,000 as First Round winner.


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9 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Maidstone Away Game
Following yesterday's 1-0 win over Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Paul's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Maidstone Away Game.


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8 November 2015 : Sturrock Praises Nine Men Heroes
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock admits that he was faced with an unknown situation during this afternoon's FA Cup First Round match against Maidstone United. Despite having 22 years worth of management experience, he believes that today was the first time that he'd had to deal with managing a side that had been reduced to nine men. The Glovers saw Jakub Sokolik dismissed for a straight red card in the seventh minute of the match for a foul, and that was followed just before the hour mark when goalkeeper Artur Krysiak got his marching orders for a professional foul.

That meant his side played the final 33 minutes of the match with a two player deficit, and he told BBC Somerset after the game that the nine players that remained on the pitch deserved extreme credit for the way they saw the game out against a Maidstone side who had won nine matches in a row as they attempt to gain consecutive promotions. He felt his players had shown resilience and heart to come out of that situation with the win:

"I've never played in a game where I've only had nine men - ten men yes, but nine men no. Every one was a hero, and they worked their tails off from start to finish. We kept our shape as we wanted it, and everyone has worn their heart on their sleeves today. It was backs to the wall and this is a hard place to come. I'd defy anyone to come here and get an easy game, and it gets harder when you've only got nine men. At the end of the day they're a decent side with some decent players in there and it was always going to be difficult place to come. My players showed great resilience today and did all the right things and I'm proud of every one of them."

Given the Glovers have not been in good form themselves recently, Sturrock hoped that the win would give his players a mental boost as they go into a number of vital League Two matches against fellow strugglers Stevenage and Newport County in the next couple of games. Down to nine men, Sturrock admitted that it would have been very easy for a team to have caved in at that point:

"We're in the draw for the next round now, and I'm hoping that the players will have that freshness and that it will be the start of a little run for us. They had one that was tipped over the bar, and there were a couple that went past the post, but we didn't have a real save to make. Everyone did their job properly. The situation arose with the nine men and teams normally capitulate, but this lot are made of stern stuff and I was really pleased that they were still biting and scratching at the end, as it would have been very easy for them to have keeled over and finished off with another defeat."

Sturrock said that he had no arguments about the red cards issued to Jakub Sokolik and Artur Krysiak, describing the first dismissal as stupidity, and putting the second down to poor communications between Krysiak and defender Connor Roberts in the lead-up to the foul that saw the goalkeeper walk. Sokolik is expected to miss the next three matches, whilst Krysiak's ban should be for Tuesday night's trip to Gillingham in the Football League Trophy.


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8 November 2015 : Maidstone 0 Yeovil 1 : Double Red Card Can't Stop Glovers Progress
Yeovil Town won their way through to the Second Round of the FA Cup this afternoon despite having to battle against the odds. Reduced to ten men for 83 minutes of the game after Jakub Sokolik was dismissed for a straight foul, they also lost goalkeeper Artur Krysiak just before the hour mark for a professional foul. Despite that two men disadvantage, the remaining nine men defended heroically, and were good enough for a 1-0 win when Wes Fogden converted a loose ball into the net ten minutes into the second period for the only goal of the game.


The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the line-up that lost 3-2 against Carlisle United last weekend. In came new signing Darren Ward who was unveiled just before kick-off, slotting in at the back, as Alex Lacey dropped to the bench. There was also a surprise inclusion for Ben Tozer - Yeovil fans getting their first sight of him since his arrival this summer, with a knee injury having thwarted him from playing any part so far. He replaced George Thomas who was blocked by his parent club from playing in today's tie. Up front, Omar Sowunmi was preferred for Harry Cornick who finally got a chance to put his feet up for the afternoon, having been one of the club's most used players this season. There was good news, as Jakub Sokolik and Nathan Smith passed pre-match fitness tests, having been substituted last weekend with hip and ankle problems.

Any tactical plans Yeovil may have had went clean out of the window just seven minutes into the match. A tackle by Jakub Sokolik in the centre of the park on James Rogers saw the Maidstone players rush in and immediately crowd referee Michael Bull, and after eventually creating some body space for himself, the Essex official decided that it was worthy of a red card offence - leaving Yeovil playing 83 minutes with just ten men.

Initially, they reorganised as Ben Tozer, who had started as a central midfielder, dropped deeper to fill the hole left by Sokolik, but around ten minutes later, Omar Sowunmi was withdrawn as a second striker, allowing Tozer to push back up, whilst Alex Lacey came on as an early substitution.

It was a messy scrappy first half, with Yeovil struggling to cope with the unusual and often erratic bounce of Maidstone's artificial surface, demonstrated when Ryan Dickson picked up a yellow card for his high foot on Callum Driver, as the ball lifted sharply off the playing field - technically a more dangerous tackle than the one that Sokolik had committed, so we can be thankful that referee Bull wasn't Trevor Kettle.

Maidstone rarely threatened, despite the man advantage, with Alex Flisher scuffing a chance badly wide. At the other end, a Josh Sheehan free kick went straight into the Maidstone wall, and the half fizzled out with neither side doing enough to warrant anything other than the 0-0 scoreline that was on the board.

Ten minutes into the second period, Yeovil found a route to goal via a set piece. Alex Flisher had just fouled Ben Tozer and when the ball was swung into the box, Alex Lacey's challenge on goalkeeper Lee Worgan had him flapping a bit with a weak palm outwards. Wes Fogden hit the ball first time as it fell loose and although he scuffed his strike a touch, his attempt was good enough to ensure it span into the corner of the net.

From joy though, to anguish just two minutes later. A defensive error by Connor Roberts saw Alex Osborn put clean through on goal, and when Artur Krysiak came outside his area to deal with the situation, he brought down the Stones player, leaving referee Bull with little option but to produce his second red of the day. Maidstone failed to take advantage of the free kick situation, but with Yeovil now down to nine men, and Chris Weale intoduced for Josh Sheehan, this was going to be a long long 35 minutes.

Just to prove though, that football can be a hard game to predict, Yeovil actually played their best football whilst only having nine men on the pitch, with Darren Ward rock solid at the back, and some impressive hold-up play down the flanks from the likes of Wes Fogden, Connor Roberts and Ryan Bird. They could even have gone two goals up when Alex Lacey's header from a Ryan Dickson cross had to be cleared off the goal line.

During the closing five minutes - and five minutes of added injury time - Maidstone finally began to build up a head of steam, and they were off celebrating when they had the ball in the back of the net, thanks to a diving header from Alex Akrofi. As the home players raced off in celebration though, their final minute 'goal' was chalked off thanks to an offside flag from a linesman. Yeovil breathed a sigh of relief, and avoided that banana skin, passing their way through into the Second Round - even if suspensions for Jakub Sokolik (three matches) and Artur Krysiak (one match) will have dampened their enthusiasm a little.

Final Score: Maidstone United 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Wes Fogden (55 mins, 0-1)

Maidstone United:
1. Lee Worgan
2. Callum Driver 5. Immanuel Parry 4. Jamie Coyle 3. Tom Mills
7. Matt Bodkin 6. Jack Paxman 8. James Rogers 10. Alex Osborn
11. Alex Flisher 9. Jay May

Substitutes:
12. Steven Watt 19. Mitch Pinnock 16. Bobby-Joe Taylor 14. Alex Akrofi (63 mins for Alex Osborn) 18. Adam Birchall (81 mins for Alex Flisher) 15. Frannie Collin (74 mins for Jay May) 17. Ben Bridle-Card

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith
30. Josh Sheehan 2. Ben Tozer 20. Wes Fogden 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
9. Ryan Bird 17. Omar Sowunmi

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (58 mins for Josh Sheehan) 4. Matt Dolan 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 21. Alex Lacey (18 mins for Omar Sowunmi) 22. Mark Beck 23. Harry Cornick

Maidstone Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Ryan Dickson (foul, 24 mins). Red Card: Jakub Sokolik (serious foul play, 7 mins), Artur Krysiak (professional foul, 57 mins)

Maidstone Match Statistics: Possession: 65%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 8; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 35%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Michael Bull (Essex). Assistants: Thomas Ramsey (Essex) and Ashvin Degnarain (London). Fourth Official: Neil Davies (London).

Attendance: 2,811 (with approx 265 Yeovil supporters).


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8 November 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Sunday's match against Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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8 November 2015 : Team News For Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for the FA Cup First Round match against Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium. Coventry City have refused permission for George Thomas to play in today's tie, but Darren Ward comes in as a new signing as a free agent and he is expected to play at the back.

Jakub Sokolik (hip) and Nathan Smith (ankle) were casualties of last weekend's trip to Carlisle United but have been passed fit to play in today's game. Ben Tozer (knee) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) have been out of action for lengthy periods but resumed training this week and have been included in the starting line-up. Harry Cornick drops to the bench, along with Alex Lacey.

The club's long term injury list includes Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) and Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and they are joined by Marc Laird (hamstring) who is expected to be sidelined for around three weeks.

The full team for this afternoon's match (with a bit of guesswork on the formation) reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 2. Ben Tozer 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward 3. Nathan Smith
30. Josh Sheehan 20. Wes Fogden 11. Ryan Dickson (Captain)
9. Ryan Bird 17. Omar Sowunmi

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale 4. Matt Dolan 10. Shaun Jeffers 19. Iffy Allen 21. Alex Lacey 22. Mark Beck 23. Harry Cornick


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8 November 2015 : Ward Signed Up As Defensive Cover
Yeovil Town have brought in defensive cover for this afternoon's FA Cup First Round match against Maidstone United. They have signed up former Millwall, Swindon Town and Crawley Town centre-back Darren Ward who comes in as a free agent on a short term contract for today's game, signing a deal until January 2016. Darren has been a free agent since the end of last season, but is reported to have been training with League Two rivals Dagenham and Redbridge over the previous month.

Born in Kenton, Harrow in North-West London he is a former Watford player who has been in professional football since the 1995-96 season. A broken leg gave him a slow start to his Hornets career, with it taking a 1999 loan spell with Queens Park Rangers to get noticed by Watford's top flight management team, with his return to Vicarage Road giving him experience at Premier League level, playing against the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal. His side suffered relegation to the Championship and he became a regular at Championship level, clocking up 67 appearances and two goals, moving on to Millwall for a fee of £500,000 in October 2001.

Ward became a regular in the Millwall back line for three and a half seasons at League One and Championship level and he was a part of the Lions side that played in the 2004 FA Cup Final against Manchester United. A year later he signed for Crystal Palace for a fee of £1.1 million where he made 69 appearances, scoring six goals across two seasons before joining Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer of 2007. As Wolves headed up into the Premier League, Ward dropped down the pecking order, seeing short loan spells with Watford (9 appearances, one goal), Charlton Athletic (16 appearances) and Millwall (10 appearances).

The latter was to give him another spell back at the New Den, as he was part of their 2009-10 League One promotion-winning side, making a further 99 appearances, and scoring three goals, with the last two seasons happening at Championship level. During his final season with Millwall, a 19 game loan spell with Swindon Town was turned into a permanent arrangement in January 2013 where he made 69 further appearances across two-and-a-half season.

Most recently, Ward spent the second half of the 2014-15 season playing for Crawley Town at League One level, managing 18 appearances and one goal during the final four months of the season. Overall he has played almost 600 times at Football League and Premier League level. During the latter part of his playing career, he has been looking into fitness techniques and offering nutritional advice for sportsmen via his blog as well as offering financial advice to players. In a rather different field of business, he also helps run a cattery in Hertfordshire!


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8 November 2015 : BBC FA Cup Coverage Today - Glovers Net Highlights Fee
Yeovil Town supporters not travelling to the Gallagher Stadium on Sunday afternoon, should benefit from some more detailed highlights footage of the game that will be shown during the day. There will be nine TV cameras set up at the ground for the FA Cup First Round match against Maidstone United with the club's game being chosen as one of the main highlights matches that will be shown on BBC2 later today at 6.30p.m.

Prior to that, BBC1 and BBC2 will be running an 'FA Cup Final Score' programme during the afternoon - a bit of a misnomer given that the coverage will actually be of eight live matches from a central studio, with the pundits going to each game in turn as the action unfolds. The FA's detail on this is slightly confusing in that they only list the Maidstone match for 'highlights', rather than 'live' but given that the match is being beamed live for overseas coverage in Croatia, Serbia, Slovenia and Norway, as well as via the Fox Soccer 2 Go online premium subscription channel in the USA, it would be surprising if the BBC were unable to provide streamed footage as key incidents occur. The list of matches being covered and the type of coverage is listed by the FA as follows:

Bristol Rovers v Chesham United (2pm) – Live Single Camera Footage
Brackley Town v Newport County (2pm) – Highlights
Aldershot Town v Bradford City (2pm) – Live Overseas Broadcast
FC Halifax Town v Wycombe Wanderers (2pm) – Live Single Camera Footage
Gainsborough Trinity v Shrewsbury Town (2pm) – Live Single Camera Footage
Maidstone United v Yeovil Town (2pm) – Highlights
Braintree Town v Oxford United (2pm) – Live Single Camera Footage
Whitehawk v Lincoln City (2pm) – Live Single Camera Footage

Each of the above clubs will benefit to the tune of £12,500 as a Broadcast Fee. The winning clubs will also receive £18,000 as First Round winners.

NOTE: If you are able to view live coverage of Sunday's game either because you are a resident in that country, or have internet-based coverage, then feel free to put in a Man of the Match vote after the game.


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8 November 2015 : Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
As the final game of September, Yeovil Town made a long Tuesday night trip to Accrington Stanley for a League Two match. The end result was a 2-1 away defeat, despite Josh Sheehan providing an equalising goal towards the end of the first half. That cancelled out a Josh Windass opener, but during the second period Matt Crooks restored Accrington's lead, which they rarely looked like surrendering.

Man of the Match voting saw striker Ryan Bird and midfielder Wes Fogden recognised, whilst left-winger Jake Howells picked up a number of votes. However, the poll winner ended up being the goalscorer on the night, as Josh Sheehan gained a comfortable victory. Full results are as shown below:

1. Josh Sheehan 28 (2)
2. Jake Howells 14 (0)
3. Wes Fogden 12 (1)
4. Ryan Bird 12 (0)
5. Artur Krysiak 12 (1)
6. Connor Roberts 10 (1)
7. Harry Cornick 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.4
Performance : 4.8
Entertainment : 6
VOTES RECEIVED : 5


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7 November 2015 : Maidstone United : The Lowdown : Glovers Aim To Stop Nine Game Winning Streak
This is either the first time, or the 34th time that Yeovil Town and Maidstone United have met in a competitive fixture, depending on whether you see the current Stones incarnation as a new club, or a continuation of the old club. The Kent side were rivals of the Glovers between 1974 and 1989 in a multitude of Southern League, Bob Lord Trophy, FA Trophy and Conference matches, with their final meeting coming in November 1989 whilst Maidstone were riding on the crest of a wave, with future Newcastle United and England striker Warren Barton and future Brighton and Hove Albion striker Mark Gall within their ranks.

As the two clubs meet for the first time in 26 years, once again Maidstone are riding on the crest of a wave. They have enjoyed two promotions in the last three seasons, and are threatening to shoot straight through the Conference South division at the first time of asking, with their third placed position seeing them rising on the back of nine straight league and cup wins (see below) and with a new stadium just three years old and being expanded literally up to the Friday before the gates open to squeeze extra spectators into the ground.

Yeovil Town will travel to the Gallagher Stadium with very different issues. Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jack Compton (torn calf muscle) and Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) will definitely not travel, whilst Stephen Arthurworrey's loan spell has ended with him not expected to return again this season. Then last weekend Jakub Sokolik (hip) and Nathan Smith (ankle) limped out of action during the match, meaning that manager Paul Sturrock faces an almighty dilemma, with Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Ben Tozer (knee) having in theory returned to training, but with Tozer not having a single minute of football of any kind to his name since joining the club over the summer, a lack of match fitness will be an issue. However, with top scorer Ryan Bird being his only option to plug the gap at the back, which would leave the Glovers short of firepower up front, he will also be loathe to do that, making Sunday's line-up for the game almost impossible to predict.

Various facts about where Maidstone United stand at this stage of the 2015-16 season are as follows:

Match Odds: Yeovil Win 17/10; Maidstone United Win 13/8; Draw 12/5 (via ToteSport)

Recent Results:
Maidstone United are on a run of nine consecutive wins in Conference South and FA Cup matches that have lifted them up to third place in the League Table, in their first season at this level. The last time they failed to win a game was on Saturday 5th September, when they gained a 0-0 away draw against Gosport Borough. That includes five consecutive home wins, with the sequence reading as follows:

12/09/2015 : Maidstone United 1 Havant and Waterlooville 0 (Adam Birchall 6 mins)
15/09/2015 : Maidenhead United 0 Maidstone United 2 (Jay May 18 mins, Joe Healy 27 mins)
19/09/2015 : Maidstone United 1 Bath City 0 (Jay May 6 mins)
26/09/2015 : Maidstone United 6 South Park 2 (FAC2Q) (Jay May 19 mins, Matt Bodkin 40, 60, 87 mins, Joe Healy 43 mins, Alex Akrofi 81 mins)
03/10/2015 : Ebbsfleet United 0 Maidstone United 1 (Joe Healy 56 mins)
10/10/2015 : Maidstone United 2 Dunstable Town 0 (FAC3Q) (Alex Osborn 71 mins, Jay May 75 mins)
17/10/2015 : Maidstone United 1 St Albans City 0 (Alex Flisher 75 mins)
24/10/2015 : Chippenham Town 0 Maidstone United 2 (FAC4Q) (Jay May 40 mins, Bobby-Joe Taylor 90 mins)
31/10/2015 : Concord Rangers 1 Maidstone United 2 (Alex Akrofi 62 mins, James Rogers 63 mins)

Last Line-Up:
Lee Worgan, Jamie Coyle, Tom Mills, Steve Watt, Manny Parry, James Rogers, Matt Bodkin, Joe Healy, Jay May (Frannie Collin 84), Adam Birchall (Alex Akrofi 58), Alex Osborn (Alex Flisher 79).

Substitutes Not Used:
Bobby-Joe Taylor, Ben Bridle-Card

Team Selection, Injuries and Suspensions: Maidstone Joe Healy will miss the First Round tie having picked up a one match suspension due to accruing five yellow cards. Otherwise their only other doubt lies with midfielder Alex Brown, who has been out with a knee injury.

Manager: Jay Saunders - Appointed in March 2011, with the club on their way to a rare relegation down to the Isthmian League Division One South. Despite presiding over the actual relegation, he was given the job permanently that summer, as a 32 year old player-manager, and the captain of their team at that time. Since then he has taken them through two promotions, in 2012-13 and 2014-15, with the latter coming as Champions. He is assisted by Nicky Southall, who had a lengthy professional career with the likes of Hartlepool United, Gillingham and Nottingham Forest before making Kent his permanent home.

Connections: Whilst there are no current connections between the two clubs, there seemed to be a lot of players switching between the two sides whilst they were rivals at Conference League level. Striker Clive Green was sold to Maidstone in 1981 for £8,000, whilst in 1985 midfielder Gerry Pearson came in the other direction to live in Somerset. Striker Mick Doherty also played for both clubs, having been signed by the Glovers in 1987 for £11,000. Later in 1990, Howard Pritchard arrived at the new Huish Park for a fee of £5,000. Head back to the 1970s and Brian Thompson was a versatile player who arrived at the club from Sunderland in 1974, but later went on to have a lengthy career at London Road, Maidstone.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Maidstone United.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To BBC Somerset As Part Of The Build-Up To Maidstone.

Link: Officials For Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town.


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7 November 2015 : Officials For Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the FA Cup First Round match between Maidstone United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place at the Gallagher Stadium on Sunday 8th November 2015, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Michael Bull (Essex).

He hails from Chelmsford, and started refereeing when he was running a youth side back in 1992, when his own team were struggling to get a recognised official to take charge of matches. That took hiup through the Essex Senior League and through the pyramid into the Conference National division. He was given the right to take charge of Football League matches in the summer of 2013, although had been given a short trial period during the previous season, where a League Two match between Wycombe Wanderers and York City became a baptism of fire. The man himself explained:

"My very first Football League game was between Wycombe Wanderers and York City in February 2013. I gave a penalty after just 82 seconds! It was my very first decision - a correct one I might add - and I also gave a second one before half time. But I think giving such a big call so early on really helped me settle into the game. It must have gone well!"

A few months later, whilst Yeovil Town were visiting Wembley Stadium in May 2013 for the League One Play-Off Final, Mr Bull was doing the same, for the Conference Play-Off Final between Wrexham and Newport County. That was to be his final moment at non-league level, starting properly at Football League level for the 2013-14 season.

As we were in the Championship and he was deemed to be a rookie, we didn't cross paths until the 2014-15 campaign. That was for the September 2014 home match against Crewe Alexandra which ended in a 1-1 draw. We don't recall any major decisions - good or bad - being made by him on the night - we got a couple of bookings but nothing that warranted mention in the match report.

Mr Bull will be assisted by Thomas Ramsey (Essex) and Ashvin Degnarain (London). The Fourth Official will be Neil Davies (London).

Link: September 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Crewe Alexandra 1.


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7 November 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Maidstone United
Tomorrow sees Yeovil Town make their first trip to the reincarnated Maidstone United's new Gallagher Stadium. For those travelling for the FA Cup First Round tie, the Ciderspace guide gives a club history and past meetings with Yeovil Town, plus directions, parking and a pub guide. Find it via the link below.

NOTE: If you've not got a ticket in your hand, you're too late - this is an ALL TICKET fixture and you will not gain admission on the day of the match.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Maidstone United.

The Main Stand at the Gallagher Stadium
Traditional terraced stand for the home support behind the goal.
Photo © 2015 NonLeague123



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6 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock Previews The Maidstone Away Game
As part of the build-up to the FA Cup First Round tie against Maidstone United at the Gallagher Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Paul talks about his side's current injury situation, the availability of Coventry City attacker George Thomas, and the challenge of playing a non-league side away from home.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To BBC Somerset As Part Of The Build-Up To Maidstone.


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6 November 2015 : Relegated Football League Clubs To Benefit From Payments Increase
Football League Chairmen and representatives have agreed to increase the level of Parachute Payments throughout the Football League and the National League (aka the Conference League) for the start of the 2016-17 season. At an EGM yesterday, they agreed to amend the rules that are in place to provide financial protection against clubs that are playing in a lower division, but are still servicing player contracts that may have been agreed at a higher level.

Currently the provisions for Parachute Payments are provided for clubs falling from the Premier League to the Championship and from League Two to the Conference, although at some point in the last few seasons, there have been provisions introduced for clubs being relegated between Football League divisions. Back in January 2015, the club revealed that they received £120,000 as a parachute payment after their relegation from the Championship, into League One, but Chairman John Fry said he did not believe that was sufficient to help clubs who had made financial commitments. Football League figures reveal that the Glovers would have received £50,000 as payments when they dropped into League Two this season.

Mr Fry should therefore be belatedly happy that the rules will now be changing to allow an increased level of parachute payments when clubs are relegated. Changes will be as follows:

Clubs relegated from the Championship to League One will receive 11.1 percent of the Basic Award payment to Championship clubs for one season. Based on current figures that would provide a sum of £230,000 for a club relegated, as opposed to the current £120,000 compensation.

Clubs relegated from League One to League Two will receive 12.6 percent of the Basic Award payment to League One clubs for one season. Based on current figures that would provide a sum of £85,000 for a club relegated, as opposed to the current £50,000 compensation.

Clubs relegated from League Two to the National League would receive 100 percent of the Basic Award payment made to League Two clubs in the first year following relegation. Then in their second season, they would receive 50 percent of the Basic Award payment made to League Two clubs in the first year following relegation - provided they did not achieve promotion at the first attempt. Currently clubs receive 50 percent of the Basic Award payment and for the first season only.

Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said that the decision was reached due to concerns raised by the League over clubs falling into financial distress shortly following a relegation and claimed the new arrangements would help protect those clubs:

"In recent seasons we’ve seen a number of clubs suffer severe financial trauma following relegation from The Football League and in some cases fold altogether. As a result, it became increasingly clear that we needed to review existing arrangements and address our approach to managing the financial transition for clubs in these circumstances. I would like to pay tribute to our clubs for taking this decision which is testament to their collective solidarity, given that the League's financial distribution formula means that the bulk of this money will come from funds that would otherwise be provided to Championship clubs, who are ultimately the least likely to benefit from it."

In other news from yesterday's EGM, the League have also introduced a new regulation requiring clubs to ensure that their playing squads and grounds remain available for a period of up to four days after the end of the season. The ruling has been made after last season saw Blackpool vs Huddersfield Town abandoned on the final day of the 2014-15 season after Blackpool fans invaded the pitch at half time to demonstrate against their club's ownership. Their attempt to restage the match was not possible - fortunately the fixture itself did not substantially affect the final divisional placings.

The Football League have also stated that existing regulations relating to clubs that default on transfer payments have been strengthened - although they don't elaborate upon what has been changed.


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5 November 2015 : Fans Open Meeting Agrees Direction For New Supporters Trust
A group of Yeovil Town supporters tonight agreed to set up a working party that will form a Supporters Trust in the near future. In a meeting held at Yeovil Liberal Club (aka Club 94), around 100 fans debated the current state of the club, and also how a Supporters Trust could help fans have a greater say in the running of their club. Supporter Brendon Owen acted as compere for the evening, taking fans through details of how other clubs had implemented Trusts to represent their supporters, including Exeter City, who have full control over the running of their football club as club owners, and have raised in excess of £1.75 million since taking over during 2003. He also showed details of Brentford's Supporters Trust and how they had implemented their organisation.

Brendon explained to the meeting that he was just a fan who wanted to see movement and change within the club, both in terms of how fans felt about their club and how the club acted towards those concerns, and said that he wanted to bring back into the fold some of the supporters who may have been staying away from Huish Park, because they had lost faith with the current way the club was serving its fans and its community:

"I just felt it was time to get the ball rolling. We're all here because we love our football club. Like me you are probably very sad and disappointed at what is happening both on and off the field. I've called this meeting to turn that sadness and disappointment into something positive, for the future well-being of Yeovil Town. Tonight's meeting is to discuss the setting up of a Supporters Trust and that alone. Yeovil Town supporters have been without a genuine voice for far too long. There is a great deal of knowledge, expertise, energy and enthusiasm amongst not only those who attend regularly but amongst the huge swathe of disaffected fans who are staying away. They are watching carefully for signs of change - a change that will encourage them to renew their passion for Yeovil Town. Harness the skills of all these people, and who knows where we could go? Let's bring the pride and joy back to being a Glover."

Brendon described a Supporters from a technical perspective and how the it would benefit supporters in giving it a common voice:

"A Supporters Trust is a democratic co-operative - one member, one vote - not-for-profit organisation that seeks to influence the running and in some cases the ownership of a club. It is democratic, meaning that it is not under the control of one or two individuals who hold all the votes. It is equitable and fair, honest and open. A co-operative is the combining together of equals for a common cause - in our case bringing our football club back to the community that it pupports to serve. One member, one vote gives a voice to every single supporter in a collective powerful and constructive way. Not for profit means that all fees and funds are to be used for the benefit of the Trust's objectives. It has to be open, accountable and affordable to all. It is for this meeting to decide the way forward, but I would suggest that a Supporters Trust could give us a strong business-like structure, to influence not only current problems, but also long-term strategy."

Brendon suggested that a Trust's short term aims might be to attempt to construct a dialogue with the club to effect change, with strength in numbers more able to influence the club's thinking. However, he stated that a long term aim might be to elect fans representatives onto the Yeovil Town board, who could act as a fully-participating active member of the club's hierarchy. A further objective might be for the Trust to buy a shareholding in the club that would give the supporters a stake in the club and a powerful revenue stream. The Trust would be wholly independent from Yeovil Town Football Club and would exist regardless of any positive or negative views the club itself might have on the existence of the Trust.

He explained that he had already been in contact with Supporters Direct - an umbrella organisation that help set up and provide expertise for Supporters Trusts around the country. Supporters Direct are willing to meet with a Glovers fans working party. Brendon revealed that in the lower leagues, there are now only four other League Two clubs without a Trust in place, whilst at League One level, nearly 100 percent of the current division has a Supporters Trust. He also took through the steps that a Trust would have to go through in order to achieve formal launch, including the establishment of an initial working group that would form a Trust constitution, register the trust, establish a website presence, open a bank account and other relevant activities. Those would all need to be worked through prior to the first AGM that would vote for the first committee that would elect the Trust board.

At the end of the meeting, and after a lengthy question and answer session, there was a request for a show of hands and those present unanimously agreed that a team of informal volunteers should move forward with the aim of working their way through the above steps. Brendon's expectations are that the volunteers would hold a formal meeting with Supporters Direct in early December, with a further meeting with Supporters Direct early in the New Year. However, he said much depended upon how hard and how quickly the working group could complete the necessary documentation and governance steps to allow the Trust to be formally recognised.


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5 November 2015 : Yeovil Voice Group Talks About The Supporters Trust Meeting
Tonight will see a group of Yeovil Town supporters meet at Yeovil Liberal Club (aka Club 94) to discuss the feasibility of Yeovil Town fans forming a Supporters Trust organisation. Meeting organiser and compere for the evening will be Brendan Owen, who has written two books about the Glovers over the past ten years or so, and this morning he spoke to BBC Somerset presenter Emma Britton about what he was expecting from the meeting. Read his thoughts via the link below.

Link: Brendan Owen Talks To The BBC About The Formation Of A Supporters Trust.


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5 November 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Putting Trust In Supporters
The last week has seen a lengthy interview with Chairman John Fry on the current state of the club published, whilst fans have called for a Supporters Trust to be formed. The latest Taff's Gloversblog tries to unravel some of what has been said about the club's off-the-field running that inevitably ripples into what we see on-the-field. Read it via the link below, and feel free to add your own views on the subjects raised.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Putting Trust In Supporters.


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5 November 2015 : Date And Admission Prices Set For Met Police FA Youth Cup Tie
Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup Second Round tie now has a firm date. The match against Met Police, who defeated Dulwich Hamlet on penalties in a First Round shoot-out, will be played on Wednesday 18th November on the Huish Park main stadium pitch, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

Admission prices for this game will be £4.00 for adults and £2.00 for concessions.

The Glovers earned their right to the Second Round match thanks to Tuesday night's 4-0 win over Forest Green Rovers.


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5 November 2015 : Final Warning For Maidstone United Ticket Purchases
Yeovil Town supporters wishing to attend the FA Cup First Round match against Maidstone United on Sunday who have not yet purchased a ticket are reminded that this match is an ALL TICKET game. Those supporters who have not yet purchased a ticket should note the following:

Tickets will NOT be available on the day of the match. The final time for purchasing tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office will be 4.00p.m. on Friday - subject to ticket availability - there were around 100 left for the terrace yesterday, with seated tickets having already sold out.

There will be no provision for duplication of missing tickets, or the ability for Yeovil fans to collect purchased tickets at the Maidstone end on the day of the game. Hence if you are wanting your tickets posted then you will need to purchase tickets by the end of today so that the Ticket Office can send them out via recorded delivery.

Those who can pick up their ticket in person can do so provided they make sure they visit the Huish Park Ticket Office by 4.00p.m. on Friday.

For ticketing information, follow the links below - you can also purchase tickets for other matches as listed below.

Link: Ticketing For Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.

Link: GWSC Travel To Maidstone And Gillingham.


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5 November 2015 : Thomas Absent For Maidstone Cup Tie
Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has confirmed that he will have to make at least one change to his starting line-up for Sunday's FA Cup First Round tie against Maidstone United. The Glovers travel to the Gallagher Stadium for their first meeting since the Conference South side reformed in the early 1990s, but they will do so without Coventry City attacker George Thomas who has been blocked from playing in the competition by his parent club. Thomas will also sit out next Tuesday's trip to Gillingham as he is cup-tied, having played as a second half substitute against Yeovil in the previous round. Sturrock confirmed to BBC Somerset that the loanee would not be seen during the next two fixtures:

"George Thomas has not been allowed to play in the FA Cup, so that's another scenario, and he's cup-tied for the next one (against Gillingham) as he played against us."

The other two main issues for Sturrock lie in his regular first choice back four, as centre-back Jakub Sokolik (hip) and left-back Nathan Smith (ankle) picked up injuries against Carlisle United last week and have not trained at all. They are only expected to get near the training ground on Saturday, which will then be used to assess how easily they can get through the match. Slim options for selection in their places include Ben Tozer and Omar Sowumni but with Tozer not having kicked a ball yet this season, he would clearly be a huge risk. Sturrock explained the situation:

"Jakub won't train until the day before the game, and neither will Smithy. We've got one other that took a knock in that game as well, and hasn't trained, but we'll keep that one to ourselves. Ben Tozer has trained in the last two days, and Omar Sowunmi did most of the training this morning. I'm not going to say what I think (of their chances of playing) - but at the end of the day we'll wait and see."

Sturrock has also been out looking for new loan signings, with Stephen Arthurworrey's knee injury and subsequent operation meaning that he is not expected to play for the club again this season. That gives both a loan space as well as a shortage in defensive numbers. The Glovers boss says he has been asking clubs to borrow some of their players, but with him asking just prior to the FA Cup weekend, there are few players of any quality who would be allowed to come in and become cup-tied from the point of view of their parent club:

"I've obviously been chatting to several football clubs about the availability of certain players. But none of them would give me any opportunity for me to take anybody this week, because of the cup ties, as we've got Tuesday night as well. So it's very difficult at this time to bring anyone in."


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4 November 2015 : Maidstone To Set Stadium Record For Yeovil Town Visit
Sunday's opponents Maidstone United are confident that they will be setting a new stadium attendance record when Yeovil Town come to visit in the FA Cup First Round. The two clubs meet at the Gallagher Stadium, which has been their home for the past three seasons, and is currently undergoing development work to expand its capacity to meet Conference South requirements.

When Maidstone drew Yeovil out of the hat, they decided to accelerate that building work, and thus hope that by tomorrow they will be able to increase the capacity of their stadium from its 2,363 level to 2,950 for Sunday's game. Maidstone's home tickets went on General Sale to their supporters at lunchtime today, and by 4.00p.m. had sold out entirely. Speaking just before their ticket office reported the sell-out, Chief Executive Bill Williams explained that they would be bringing in the safety people tomorrow to rubberstamp the new ground capacity, with the building work now more or less completed:

"We've got everything going on with ticket sales, we're cracking the whip with tidying the place up and we're cracking the whip with the builders making sure everything is finished. We've got the safety people and fire chiefs due in tomorrow morning to tick all the boxes, but the builders and architects don't envisage any problems at all. We don't know it it's going to be a sellout. We've got about 50 tickets left and at last count Yeovil had sold 50 per cent of their 400 allocation."

Our understanding is subsequent to Mr Williams' comments that Yeovil Town had sold around 300 tickets by lunchtime today, meaning that the Gallagher Stadium would be around 100 short of that capacity limit. With tickets remaining on sale from Huish Park until Friday (subject to availability) it would be surprising if the Glovers didn't eventually take their full allocation. However, regardless of that, Maidstone's current stadium record was for their August 2015 meeting with Ebbsfleet United - the first time the new Maidstone club had met the former Gravesend and Northfleet side in their new guises - and that record is now certain to fall.

Co-owner Terry Casey has said that Maidstone - who joined the competition in the Second Qualifying Round of the FA Cup - had effectively paid for the cost of their ground improvements by virtue of this season's cup run. He now wanted to turn his club's attention to the possibility of raising the ground's capacity even further in the future. Currently the Stones lie in 3rd place in their first season at Conference South level, but would need to resize the Gallagher Stadium to cope with 4,000 spectators if they were to take the next step upwards:

"The FA Cup money is being used to pay off the summer building works. We’re just spending a little bit on the feasibility study of increasing to 4,000. Everything we’ve done, we’ve used our own money and I don’t want to get in a situation where we have to borrow. The cup run wasn’t crucial but it’s helping and if win on Sunday that will be another £18,000. You’re on a merry-go-round and you can’t get off, can you? You can’t say ‘let’s go down to Concord and lose 1-0 because we can’t afford to go up.’ It’s going to cost at least another £500,000 and probably £750,000 to £1 million. The feasibility study is looking at all the different options."


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4 November 2015 : York Opt For McNamara Solution
League Two side York City have appointed a new management team. Following the departure of Russ Wilcox earlier this season, they have decided to bring in former Dundee United and Partick Thistle boss Jackie McNamara as their new first team manager. He will be assisted by Simon Donnelly who is a former teammate of McNamara from his time with Celtic as a player.

McNamara is a former Scotland international, who was capped 33 times for his country, as well as playing in the 1998 World Cup. He managed Partick Thistle in 2011, taking them to second place in the Scottish Championship before Dundee United made their move in early 2013. As Dundee United boss, he took them to a Scottish Cup Final and Scottish League Cup Final, giving them 4th and 5th placed finishes in the Scottish Premiership. However, he was fired in late September 2015, with them sat second from bottom of the Premiership after a surprise poor start to the season.

York currently lie one place above Yeovil Town in the League Two table.


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4 November 2015 : Sheehan Given Welsh Call-Up For Two Games
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Josh Sheehan has been given another international call-up for two matches taking place next month. He has been named in the Wales Under-21 squad that will play in two UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifiers against Armenia and Romania. Those two fixtures span the date of the club's home match against Stevenage on Saturday 14th November, meaning that Josh will miss that game for certain.

Wales play host to Armenia in Bangor on Friday 13th November, before moving across to the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham for a game against Romania on Tuesday 17th November. The big question will be exactly when they plan to call up their international squad - on the previous occasion, Josh had to miss the club's Football League Trophy tie against Coventry City as he was expected to report for training sessions prior to the game. By coincidence, the club are also in JPT action next Tuesday against Gillingham - just three days before the Armenia game. However, there may be a bit more room for leeway given that both Welsh games are being played in North Wales.

The full Wales Under-21 squad, which includes former loanee Liam Shephard, reads as follows:

Wales Under-21s: Billy O'Brien (Manchester City), Michael Crowe (Ipswich Town), Declan John (Cardiff City), Gethin Jones (Everton), Jordan Evans (Fulham), Joseph Wright (Huddersfield Town, on loan with Accrington Stanley), Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers), Josh Yorwerth (Ipswich Town, on loan with Crawley Town), Josh Sheehan (Swansea City, on loan with Yeovil Town), Lee Evans (Wolverhampton Wanderers, on loan with Bradford City), Ryan Hedges (Swansea City), Tom O'Sullivan (Cardiff City, on loan with Newport County), Wes Burns (Bristol City), Ellis Harrison (Bristol Rovers), Harry Wilson (Liverpool, on loan with Crewe Alexandra), Jake Charles (Huddersfield Town), Liam Shephard (Swansea City), Louis Thompson (Norwich City, on loan with Swindon Town).


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3 November 2015 : Yeovil 4 FGR 0 : Second Half Rout Sees A Strong FA Youth Cup Return
A commanding second half performance by Yeovil Town Under-18s secured their route through to the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup at Huish Park tonight. Their 4-0 win came via four different goalscorers, after a goalless first half that saw Forest Green Rovers battle well, albeit with the Glovers starting to show their class, with chances for Jack Ball and Philip Strobel just before the half time break, particularly from the latter who forced a strong save out of Luke Merchant as the final chance of that half.

The deadlock was broken by Jack Ball just eight minutes after the break. He gave himself room inside the box to apply a low finish into the net for a 1-0 lead. That was to sopen the floodgates somewhat, as Rovers were forced into a rearguard action with Tom Anderson forced to clear the ball off his own line from a Paul Akinuli attempt. But that respite was only to last seconds more - the ball was recycled and Akinuli was able to head home for the second, squeezing it past the keeper at the back post.

Yeovil's third came via an excellent chipped through ball by Ollie Bassett, who found Samyan Ismail, giving the midfielder the chance to finish with his right foot. The game was put out of sight by Bassett himself, whose central midfield run saw him exchange passes without breaking his stride, allowing him a chance to stick a looping 20 yard shot into the top right hand corner - a fitting way to win any cup match. The Glovers will now face Met Police at home in the next round - with the date for that fixture yet to be set.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 4 Forest Green Rovers 0.

Scorers: Jack Ball (1-0, 53 mins), Paul Akinuli (2-0, 60 mins), Samyan Ismail (3-0, 68 mins), Ollie Bassett (4-0, 86 mins).

Yeovil Town Under-18s: 1. James Needle 2. Ren Griffiths 3. Tiago Maquis-Sa 4. Max Melanson 5. Jayden Corbridge 6. Sam Boulton 7. Samyan Ismail 8. Jack Ball 9. Paul Akinuli 10. Ollie Bassett 11. Philip Strobel

Substitutes: 12. Kingsley Latham (GK), 17. Prince Iwyen-Nwabudike (88 mins for Jayden Corbridge), 14. Arthur Warren (72 mins for Philip Strobel), 15. Taylor Scraff, 16. Dion Macfoy-Johnston (77 mins for Paul Akinuli)

Forest Green Rovers Under-18s: 1. Luke Merchant 2. Macauley Dodson 3. Matt Evans 5. Elliott Ripley 6. Jack Freeman 7. Tom Anderson 8. Will Hayward 10. Joe Stokes (Capt) 11. Jordan Morris 12. Elijah Simpson 19. Jordan Islip

Substitutes: 14. Tom Ravenhall 15. Tom Leonard 17. Idris Mahmood 18. Ollie Yates 20. Will Emery.

Attendance: 249.


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3 November 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town U18s vs Forest Green Rovers
Yeovil Town have named their line-up for tonight's FA Youth Cup First Round tie against Forest Green Rovers. The match at Huish Park represents the club's first venture into the competition for three years. The winners stand to gain a home tie against Met Police in the second round, after they beat Dulwich Hamlet last night via a 4-2 penalty shoot-out after the two sides ended up in a 2-2 draw after extra time. Dulwich should have been hot favourites to win that match, but ended up down to ten men after one of their players was red carded via two cautions - one for taking his shirt off after scoring, then another after kicking the ball away - softest sending off ever?

Tonight's Yeovil Town line-up reads as follows:

Yeovil Town Under-18s: 1. James Needles 2. Ren Griffiths 3. Tiago Maquis-Sa 4. Max Melanson 5. Jayden Corbridge 6. Sam Boulton 7. Samyan Ismail 8. Jack Ball 9. Paul Akinuli 10. Oli Bassett 11. Philip Strobel

Substitutes: Kingsley Latham (GK), Iwyen-Nwabudike, Arthur Warren, Scraff, Dion Macfoy-Johnston


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3 November 2015 : John Fry Talks About Yeovil Town's Current Problems
Last week, Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry was interviewed by BBC Points West as part of a feature that was broadcast during the latter part of the week. During that interview he gave his views on the club's fall from the Championship division, the current problems the club faces, and his views on Paul Sturrock and the management and recruitment of players.

This isn't the absolute complete transcript of the interview - other portions of the interview have been carried during the past week or so. However, it represents as much of a transcript as has been broadcast so far.

Link: John Fry Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Situation During The 2015-16 Season.


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3 November 2015 : October 2015 Glovers Supporters Survey Results
Last week, this site ran a supporters survey, designed at gauging the current mood within the Yeovil Town fanbase, as we landed around a third of the way through the 2015-16 season. The survey was launched shortly after the club's 2-3 home defeat against Cambridge United that left them in the League Two relegation zone in 23rd place in the table, with the survey being closed off on the day that we played Carlisle United, thus meaning that all bar a couple of the votes were cast between those two fixtures. There were just under 400 votes cast during that time.

A range of 14 topics were brought up - all with multi-choice options. These covered whether fans still backed various parts of the management team, and the boardroom team, questions around the club's incoming revenue and what might cause or cure problems in that area, and also what ownership and supporters set-up you would like to see in place at the club.

The first six questions concerned whether fans thought that any personnel should be changed at the club. Taking each option in order of the strength of opinion, 82 percent of supporters (with 63 percent showing strong views) thought that current owners John Fry and Norman Hayward should sell the club to another party. Only seven percent disagreed with this, with the remainder sat on the fence. As a separate, but inevitably closely linked, option, fans were asked whether Mr Fry should just be replaced as Chairman - the results were almost identical but with a slight softening of opinion down the scale - 80 percent (61 percent strongly) felt he should step down, with 13 percent disagreeing.

The question was also asked whether the club's other directors should be stepping down. Here the views were much less strong in feeling, with 64 percent (38 percent strongly) stating there should be change. Interestingly only 10 percent disagreed, with a large number (26 percent) sat on the fence, which might suggest that supporters found the question a difficult one to quantify, with those outside the ownership less visible to fans.

The other area that got strong views was the question of whether the club's coaching team of Terry Skiverton and Darren Way should be overhauled. A total of 80 percent (58 percent strongly) felt they should be replaced, with just 12 percent disagreeing and the remaining 8 percent not stating a view.

When it came to the manager Paul Sturrock, this was the one area that fans weren't generally looking for change, even if there wasn't universal backing for the first team boss. A total of 30 percent (16 percent strongly) thought he should be replaced. A total of 54 percent (27 strongly) thought he shouldn't be replaced.

Finally, the survey asked whether what the club should be considering is either no change at all, or minimal changes. A fair number of fans (30 percent, with 10 percent strongly agreeing) said that they thought stability was a good idea, but the larger majority at 64 percent (34 percent strongly) wanted to see some change at the club. When asked what that one change should be, if fans could pick just one, then 49 percent wanted to see the ownership at the club changed, with 29 percent opting for the backroom coaching staff. Only seven percent each saw the First Team Manager, the Chairman's position or changing just small things as being their preferred option. The verdict on the Chairman's position worth noting - it strongly implies that fans see John Fry's position as co-owner, rather than his position as Chairman to be the more pressing matter.

The survey then moved onto the question of the club's revenues. There is a broad spread of opinion across supporters as to whether the club are being unfairly hampered by the Football League's salary capping regulations, known as SCMP (or up in the Championship as Financial Fair Play). There was a very slight feeling (41 percent vs 37 percent) that the SCMP regulations weren't helping the club, but with all five survey options polling very close to a five-way split, there was no strong consensus for any of the views.

Where views did get very strong was that the club itself was not maximising its current revenues. A total of 87 percent of supporters (65 percent strongly) felt the club could be reducing the effect of the salary capping rules by doing more to bring money into the club. Just 2 percent disagreed with this - by far the strongest verdict of the survey results across all fourteen questions.

The club's hopes are that they will boost their revenues by building a Retail Park on land at the ground - however, there is not a lot of faith within the fanbase that this will reach fruition. Just 7 percent predict that the plans will be approved by the Council, with 76 percent of fans (56 percent strongly) believing that the plans will not go through. Even if they do go through, just 27 percent believe it will solve the club's problems (with only 2 percent strongly believing this). A total of 53 percent of fans (30 percent strongly) don't think it will resolve our problems.

Moving onto the question of club ownership, the survey asked what sort of an ownership model fans felt most comfortable with. The most popular model (with 43 percent) was for a consortium with outright ownership, who were prepared to allow Supporters Trust representation on the board to ensure views were heard. Behind that, fans views were for a Supporters Trust to have outright ownership (26 percent), followed by an individual or a consortium having outright ownership with their own spending power (20 percent). The two options that got the thumbs down were for committee-style collectives of multiple owners (8 percent) or for the current situation to be maintained (2 percent).

When it comes onto the subject of Supporters Trusts themselves, this got a strong thumbs up. A total of 74 percent of fans (45 percent strongly) wanted to see a Supporters Trust having a partial or whole influence in the running of the club, with just 8 percent being against the idea. When it comes to joining such a body, 55 percent would be interested (30 percent strongly) with just 15 percent saying they wouldn't want to be involved. Perhaps inevitably, given Yeovil Town do not currently have a Supporters Trust at present, there were a number of people sat on the fence - 17 percent of you wanted more information on how a Supporters Trust could influence the running of the club, whilst 29 percent would want more information before deciding whether to join one.

That makes Thursday's meeting to discuss the possible formation of a Supporters Trust hopefully well-timed. Follow the link below for details about the meeting at Yeovil Liberal Club on November 5th.

Link: Yeovil Fans Call Meeting For Supporters Trust.


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2 November 2015 : Fry Foresaw Glovers Problems The Day They Won At Wembley
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry believes he saw Yeovil Town's current problems coming on the day that the club reached the Championship division. The Glovers chief conducted an interview with BBC Points West for a feature last week where he gave his belief that the club's current position in the League Two relegation zone stemmed from the point at which the club fell from second tier football, indicating that the problems of readjusting the club's finances had impacted on their ability to compete when they came back down.

Elsewhere in that interview, Fry indicated that he saw the dangers that lay ahead as early as the moment that the club were promoted to that level in May 2013, as the club celebrated its success at Wembley Stadium in the League One play-off final. He told BBC Points West that whilst fans were celebrating he had concerns on his mind as to where it might lead the club:

"When we came into that Championship I could see what was coming. I was probably the one person that day when looking around at the celebrations and I thought 'hang on a minute, we have to get the money in here'. Probably my biggest regret is I could not think of a way. My key worry was making sure this club did not go broke. We did very well in the Championship. We competed and we competed well but we just didn't quite have it. It has cost us dearly."

Since then, the club has suffered two consecutive relegations and currently finds itself stuck in 23rd place in the League Table, having briefly occupied the bottom slot across a 23 hour period over the weekend before Dagenham and Redbridge displaced them. That has seen Fry come in for heavy criticism from supporters, particularly during the recent home match against Cambridge United that saw chants coming from the home terrace during and after the game.

The Chairman claimed that the criticism did not cause him concern personally, and that he still had the ambition of staying at the club until the off-the-field development plans were completed around Huish Park, with the club's Retail Park planning application still pending:

"I don't take any notice, I have broad shoulders. It's a free world and it does not bother me. From my point of view we have to keep the customers onside. I've done this club service for 20 odd years free of charge. I will leave this place with pride in what I have achieved, in what my staff have achieve and what we have built. The door to the boardroom is always open. I do not want abuse. If fans have got anything to say come and see me, but don't meet in a mob. Come in here and see me and I will try and progress things. My biggest legacy will be to leave this club in the league with completed facilities. I'm working just as hard to get these plans in place for this club."


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2 November 2015 : Gillingham JPT Tickets Now On Sale
Yeovil Town suppporters planning to travel to Gillingham next Tuesday should note that advance tickets are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The Glovers travel to Kent on Tuesday 10th November 2015, for the 7.15p.m. kick-off at the Priestfield Stadium and you can purchase tickets for that game now.

Note that the Ticket Office will be open until 7.00p.m. tomorrow in the lead-up to the FA Youth Cup match against Forest Green Rovers (see below for ticketing) so if you want to purchase tickets for that, Gillingham or Maidstone United (season ticket holders only) then you can buy them against slightly extended opening hours tomorrow. Follow the links below for each relevant match.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town U18s vs Forest Green U18s.

Link: Ticketing For Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Gillingham vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Maidstone and Gillingham.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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2 November 2015 : Money Fired As Cambridge Boss
League Two side Cambridge United have fired their first team manager. They have described the decision to relieve Richard Money of his duties as being due to "the disappointing pattern of results over the last nine months and because the current squad is not showing consistent signs of achieving it's potential" and have placed assistant manager Joe Dunne in charge of proceedings for this Saturday's FA Cup tie against Basingstoke Town.

Cambridge currently lie in 18th place in the League Two table and lost 1-2 at home to Bristol Rovers on Friday night, as they conceded a one goal advantage. Their form had been a little bit mixed, having won two and lost two in their last four fixtures, including the win over Yeovil Town just over a week ago. Pre-season had seen them recruit a fairly expensive looking squad, notably taking striker Barry Corr from League Two play-off winners Southend United - Corr has done the business as their top goalscorer, but it seems that the U's had higher expectations than their current position, albeit one that leaves them still just six points off a play-off place in a congested mid-table area.

Money had been in charge of Cambridge since October 2012, giving him 170 games in charge. He won 67 of those matches, and took Cambridge back into the Football League at the end of the 2013-14 season as play-off winners, as well as winning the FA Trophy. Last season saw them finish in 19th place as their first season back in the Football League.


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2 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock Talks About Carlisle Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Carlisle United kicked off at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul talks about Marc Laird and Stephen Arthurworrey's injuries along with what kept Wes Fogden out of action last week. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Carlisle United.


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1 November 2015 : Yeovil Fans Call Meeting For Supporters Trust
A group of Yeovil Town supporters have called a public meeting to seek support for starting up a Supporters Trust organisation in the near future. The meeting will be held on Thursday 5th November at Yeovil Liberal Club (aka The 94 Club), which is situated in the town centre:

Address: Yeovil Liberal Club, 94 Middle Street, Yeovil, BA20 1LT.

You'll find the Club (not affiliated to any political party of similar name) is situated in the pedestrianised area of Middle Street and easiest approached from the direction of the William Dampier (Wetherspoon) pub end of that area. The meeting will be held from 7.30p.m. until around 9.00p.m. to discuss the needs and aims of forming such a Supporters Trust.

Yeovil Liberal Club
Yeovil Liberal Club.


Wikipedia defines a Supporters Trust as "a formal, democratic and not-for-profit organisation of fans who attempt to strengthen the influence of supporters over the running of the club they support". This is generally achieved under a framework recommended by the Supporters Direct organisation, which acts as an umbrella body making it the largest network of democratic football supporter organisations. They currently help provide a network for 13 Premier League, 51 Football League, 25 Football Conference and 56 other non-league clubs in England, allowing supporters a chance to have a single co-ordinated voice within their club and their community, with some clubs having subsequently allowed their Supporters Trust to take on shareholdings or director or owner level representation.

At present, the exact constitution and direction of any Yeovil Town Supporters Trust has yet to be agreed - if you want to help influence its direction or provide any views, please join Thursday's meeting. They have set up a Facebook page and Twitter account to help with communication. Follow the links below.

Link: The Yeovil Voice : Facebook Page.

Link: The Yeovil Voice : Twitter Account.


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1 November 2015 : Video : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view the highlights from yesterday's match against Carlisle United these are now online. Catch all five goals, including the early Ryan Bird header and the impressive team goal that gave Harry Cornick Yeovil's second, via the clip below. You may want to press pause after the Cornick goal goes in though - Carlisle's three goals in the 3-2 defeat follow after that!




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1 November 2015 : Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Carlisle Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock spoke the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Paul's views on the match, including injuries to Jakub Sokolik and Nathan Smith, can be read via the link below.

Link: Paul Sturrock's Verdict On The Carlisle Away Game.


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1 November 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 3-2 defeat against Carlisle United at Brunton 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 Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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