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30 November 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United : Man Of The Match Result
A week-and-a-half ago, Yeovil Town played host to Colchester United in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The match looked as though it was going to be a highly frustrating one, as Kurtis Guthrie scored for the Essex side early in the second half. But it became the tale of two substitutes, as Francois Zoko and Tahvon Campbell struck ultra-late efforts to give Yeovil all three points in a 2-1 win.

Man of the Match voting saw all three forward players take the top slots. Otis Khan and Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges were in 3rd and 2nd place respectively. However, the poll winner by a sizeable margin was centre man Tom Eaves. Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as shown below:

1. Tom Eaves 296 (25)
2. Ryan Hedges 146 (7)
3. Otis Khan 74 (2)
4. Darren Ward 70 (1)
5. Francois Zoko 58 (3)
6. Alex Lacey 48 (2)
7. Kevin Dawson 42 (2)
8. Matthew Dolan 16 (1)
9. Liam Shephard 16 (0)
10. Ben Whitfield 10 (1)
11. Tahvon Campbell 10 (0)
12. Matt Butcher 4 (0)
13. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.95
Performance : 6.86
Entertainment : 7.05
VOTES RECEIVED : 44

A reminder that if you were at the Accrington Stanley match, then polling is still open for this game. We're a bit short on voters for this match, due to the lower than usual turn-out, so if you went to the game, stick your vote in via the link below.

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


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30 November 2016 : Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Two weeks ago, Yeovil Town played their FA Cup First Round Replay against Solihull Moors at Damson Park. The match didn't go to plan, with extra time and penalties seeing the Glovers knocked out of the cup, despite Francois Zoko opening the scoring during extra time, with the 120 minutes worth ultimately ending in a 1-1 draw, due to a questionable looking penalty decision.

Man of the Match voting leaned heavily towards the defensive side of the team, with the National League side having put rather more pressure on the Glovers back line than was wanted. Centre-back Alex Lacey was one of the better performers, but the poll winner was goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, who was ultimately only beaten by an in-game spot kick, and the ones converted after the final whistle.

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

1. Artur Krysiak 48 (4)
2. Alex Lacey 16 (1)
3. Darren Ward 6 (0)
3. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)
3. Otis Khan 6 (0)
6. Matthew Dolan 4 (0)
7. Ben Whitfield 2 (0)
7. Francois Zoko 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.67
Performance : 3.67
Entertainment : 3.67
VOTES RECEIVED : 6


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30 November 2016 : Bassett Claims Double Assist In Magpies Win
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett played a big part in helping his loan club Dorchester Town gain their first win in three games last night. The former Southampton academy player commenced his third month at the Avenue Stadium and made a clear impact in the Magpies' 2-0 win over Cinderford Town by claiming two assists in his 12th appearance for the club.

Ollie played the first 84 minutes of the match, by which point Dorchester were two goals to the good. In the 63rd minute he cut in from the left flank and delivered a ball to Nathan Walker who looped the ball over the Cinderford goalkeeper to break the deadlock, with the Dorset Echo describing him as "a bright spark (in the team) as is becoming custom with the teenager".

In the 83rd minute, Dorchester doubled their lead, thanks to a Bassett corner, as he found defender Matt Oldring who headed home the second decisive goal. Overall, the Magpies made hard work of their victory, with former Glover Jake Smeeton missing a first half penalty, however those two second half goals settled them down and lifted them up into 14th place in the table.

There was no game time for Joe Lea again on Tuesday night - his ankle injury has now kept him out for four consecutive matches. Whilst Bassett's loan spell now runs until just beyond Boxing Day, Lea's is due to end on December 17th.

Dorchester Town: Murphy, Brookes, Smeeton, Martin, Walker, Dillon, Jerrard (Morgan 55), Oldring, Wood, Bassett (Ayunga 84), Blair (Mitchell 87).


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29 November 2016 : Stevenage vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Just over two weeks ago, Yeovil Town travelled to play Stevenage in a League Two match at Broadhall Way. The match was a bit of a rollercoaster, with the Glovers at one stage both winning and then later losing the match, before snatching a 2-2 draw as AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield scored with the last kick of the game, with Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges having netted earlier in the match.

The Man of the Match voting saw centre-back Darren Ward excel as he put in a generally solid 90 minutes, whilst goalscorer Ryan Hedges was recognised for his performance that saw him net the opening goal. However, the poll winner was target man Tom Eaves, who provided a strong outlet for the Glovers particularly in the first half when they were struggling to relieve some of the pressure from the home side.

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

1. Tom Eaves 52 (4)
2. Ryan Hedges 44 (2)
3. Darren Ward 26 (1)
4. Alex Lacey 24 (1)
5. Matthew Dolan 14 (1)
6. Ben Whitfield 12 (1)
7. Nathan Smith 10 (1)
8. Francois Zoko 6 (0)
9. Otis Khan 4 (0)
9. Liam Shephard 4 (0)
11. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.36
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 6.73
VOTES RECEIVED : 11


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29 November 2016 : Glovers Topping List For Smallest Used Squad In Top Four Divisions
Yeovil Town have been named as the club in the top four English League divisions to have used the least number of players during the season so far. The statistics, which applies to League fixtures only, show that the Glovers have used 19 players so far, with PlaymakerStats stating that this is one less player than Premier League sides Leicester City and Chelsea, who have used 20 players.

Whilst we haven't run through all 92 clubs ourselves to double-check, the statistic certainly stands up for Yeovil Town. This site's Appearance Statistics page shows the list of Glovers players that have featured in all competitions, and shows that in terms of League fixtures only, goalkeeper Artur Krysiak is unsurprisingly top of the tree, having featured on all 18 League Two matches so far.

The list of players the club has selected from is made more notable by the fact that within that list of 19 players, Izale McLeod has since left the club, whilst Omar Sowunmi has not got onto the pitch since August 20th and has played just 14 minutes worth of League Two football, meaning that in practice manager Darren Way is selecting from a squad of 17 players.

There are five players who have not got onto the pitch for a League Two match this season, with goalkeeper Jonny Maddison, midfielders Joe Lea and Kyle Copp and right-back Josh Ezewele having been used only in cup competitions, whilst Ollie Bassett has not made any first team appearances. That means that the Glovers have used 23 players once all competitions are factored in.

Of course the whole season has yet to pan out, and so we've not seen what will transpire during the January transfer window, nor the remaining 28 League Two fixtures. However, it would be a big surprise if the club get near matching the 2015-16 season that saw them get through 36 players, with a long injury list and a change of management contributing highly to those problems. During the 2014-15 season, there were 40 players used, with three management teams deployed.

Since entering the Football League, the fewest number of players selected in any season was the 28 players used during the 2003-04 - their first year in the Football League. In more recent years, the club's over-reliance upon the Emergency Loan System has tended to encourage the quick recruitment and removal of players from the squad on a month-to-month basis.

Whether it is Darren way consciously trying to rely upon a smaller number of recognised first team players, or whether it is FIFA Regulations, or club budget constraining that decision, at present - albeit with the club not yet at the halfway stage of the season - the pointers are towards a smaller turnover of players than in recent years.

Link: 2016-17 Yeovil Town First Team Appearances.


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29 November 2016 : Bassett Extends Magpies Loan Deal
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett has extended his loan spell with Dorchester Town. The Northern Ireland Under-19 international has so far spent two separate months at the Avenue Stadium, scoring three times in eleven appearances, and becoming a regular starter in their side.

Ollie's second month loan spell went through the calendar month yesterday, and it's now been confirmed that he will stay there for a third month, which should take him to just beyond the Boxing Day fixture list.

Fellow loanee Joe Lea's deal with the Magpies runs until December 17th, although he has missed the last three matches with an ankle injury. Dorchester are due to take on Cinderford Town in a Southern League Premier Division match - the game has survived a 1.00p.m. pitch inspection, and so at this current time is still on.


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29 November 2016 : Otis Khan Talks About The Accrington Stanley Draw
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground, Yeovil Town attacker Otis Khan spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Otis talks about scoring his fourth goal of the 2016-17 season, and the overall mood in the camp after the away point. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Otis Khan Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Accrington Stanley.


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28 November 2016 : Warne Given Interim Job At Millers
Former Yeovil Town attacker Paul Warne has been placed in charge of Championship side Rotherham United on an interim basis. The situation has transpired after their permanent manager Kenny Jackett resigned from his position after just five matches at the New York Stadium.

Jackett had been brought in on October 21st, replacing Alan Stubbs and signing a three year contract with the Millers. However, his tenure has lasted just one draw and four defeats, with them currently marooned at the foot of the Championship division, on just seven points from 18 matches, and 11 points from safety, with a vastly inferior goal difference of minus 25. His last match saw them beaten 1-2 at home to Leeds United on the weekend.

Warne - now aged 43 years old - is Rotherham's fitness coach. He returned to the Millers for a second spell after he left Yeovil Town in the summer of 2009, having failed to agree terms on a new deal with the Glovers. There he stayed until his retirement from the game in 2012, at which point he was offered a coaching role.

Rotherham hint that Warne's appointment will only be a temporary one, stating that he has agreed to "take care of first team matters on an interim basis whilst the Board of Directors begin the process of appointing a new first team manager." However, in titling him as an 'interim' manager it could be that they recognise that few managers will want their CV to be affected by a club that appears to be heading back down into League One.

Link: Paul Warne : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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28 November 2016 : Reading U21s vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played the first of three away matches in a row as they travelled to play Reading Under-21s in an EFL Trophy Group Stage match. The game ended up in a 2-0 victory with two substitutes helping the Glovers on their way, as second half goals from Tom Eaves and Francois Zoko put them top of their group, qualifying for the Second Round stage.

Man of the Match voting saw second choice goalkeeper Jonny Maddison continue his impressive displays between the sticks during EFL Trophy matches, as he kept a second clean sheet. The poll vote though was won by defender Nathan Smith - again with that clean sheet influential in the outcome of the game. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Nathan Smith 36 (3)
2. Jonny Maddison 22 (1)
3. Alex Lacey 10 (1)
4. Tom Eaves 10 (0)
4. Matthew Dolan 10 (0)
6. Ryan Hedges 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.8
Performance : 8
Entertainment : 7.6
VOTES RECEIVED : 5


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28 November 2016 : Glovers Attacker Khan Given Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town attacker Otis Khan has been named in the Team of the Day for League Two. The nominations, made by the Football League Paper see Khan included for his performance in the 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley, which saw him score with a free kick early in the second half.

Khan is nominated in a side that features no less than four Colchester United players (they beat Crewe Alexandra 4-0) along with the Essex side's boss, with the quartet including former Glovers loan goalkeeper Sam Walker, who presumably had a busier afternoon than the scoreline suggests! The team lines up in a 4-4-2 as follows:

Sam Walker (Colchester United)
Tom Eastman (Colchester United), Scott Cuthbert (Luton Town), Troy Brown (Exeter City), Richard Brindley (Colchester United)
Otis Khan (Yeovil Town), Liam Mandeville (Doncaster Rovers), Luke Gambin (Barnet), Owen Garvan (Colchester United)
Scott Kashket (Wycombe Wanderers), Charlie Wyke (Carlisle United)

Manager: John McGreal (Colchester United).


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28 November 2016 : Darren Talks About Accrington Stanley Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Accrington Stanley kicked off at the Crown Ground, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren explains the absence of Darren Ward and Matt Dolan, as well as his side's current unbeaten run. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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28 November 2016 : Bassett Plays Full Game In Magpies Defeat, But Lea Remains Absent
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett played a full 90 minutes for Dorchester Town on Saturday afternoon, but couldn't stop his temporary side from falling to defeat. His eleventh appearance for the Magpies saw him play in a Southern League Premier Division match against Kettering Town but ended in a 1-0 defeat, leaving them in 18th place in the league table.

Dorchester's hopes weren't helped too much with them hitting the crossbar twice through former Glovers players, with Ben Wood unlucky during the first half, before Jake Smeeton saw a second half penalty do the same. The full game for Bassett comes at the tail end of his one month loan, which went through this time last month. The two clubs didn't disclose the exact end date of his current deal, leaving open the question of whether that allows them to squeeze tomorrow night's home match against Cinderford Town into that initial month.

As for fellow midfielder Joe Lea, he was absent for the third game running - an unfortunate statistic, given he has not made an appearance during his second month loan spell yet. Joe suffered an ankle injury in the warm-ups for their match against Chesham United on November 19th. He had originally been named on their teamsheet that day, but was a late withdrawal, and has not featured since. There's no word yet, on when he is likely to return.

Dorchester Town: Murphy, Brookes, Smeeton, Martin, Walker, Dillon, Jerrard (Morgan 72), Oldring, Wood, Bassett, Blair


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27 November 2016 : GWSC Travel To Carlisle United
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming Lesgue Two match against Carlisle United. The match takes place at the Crown Ground on Saturday 17th December 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Carlisle United : Saturday 17th December 2016.
Huish Park: 6.00a.m.
Adult Members: £33.00; Member Concessions: £31.00
Adult Non-Members: £35.00; Non-Member Concessions: £33.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For West Bromwich Albion FA Youth Cup Trip.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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27 November 2016 : Video : Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground, these are now available online. Watch the opening goal from Otis Khan, and the late equaliser from Romauld Boco via two minutes worth of highlights, via the link below.




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27 November 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren gives his views on the late equalising goal, and the wider picture surrounding the game and the team's form. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Accrington Stanley Game.


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26 November 2016 : Accrington Describe Vyner Hospital Trip As Precautionary
Accrington Stanley are hopeful that Zak Vyner's trip to hospital partway through this afternoon's match against Yeovil Town was just precautionary. The 19 year old Bristol City defender is on loan at the Crown Ground until January 2017, and started this afternoon's League Two match against the Glovers, as one of the regulars in Stanley's line-up this season.

Around 35 minutes into this afternoon's match, Vyner went down, with his problems appearing to be unrelated to any specific passage of play. After a five minute delay that saw the Accrington physio and club doctor examine him, a stretcher was called for, and he left the field of play, with some obvious concern for his health.

Later in the second half, the blue lights of an ambulance were visible outside the Crown Ground, suggesting that Vyner had been taken to hospital. Accrington have since confirmed that to be the case. However, manager John Coleman said that his understanding was that his condition was not serious, and that they believe he was suffering from asthma at the time:

"The first diagnosis is that it was an asthma attack. He's been taken to hospital but we are hoping that is just a precaution."

Needless to say, we hope he is back to full health as soon as possible, and then is able to get back onto the field of play again.


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26 November 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground, 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 Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.


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26 November 2016 : Way Focussed On Positives Although Admits Players Are Gutted
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way preferred to focus upon the positives of his side's play today, despite them conceding in the 90th minute against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground. A goal from Romauld Boco in second half injury time took away the Glovers hopes of coming home with all three points, with them having to settle for a 1-1 draw despite Otis Khan scoring a free kick early in the second half.

Whilst the feeling was that the late goal represented two points dropped, Way told BBC Somerset that he wanted to focus upon the amount of possession and chances that his side had during the match, rather than what happened at the end of the match:

"I've said all week, that by looking at the negatives, that is definitely not going to guarantee us success. Focussing on the positives, I thought throughout we had large spells of possession, and we got in the final third a number of times. We had real good chances, and I think it's just a matter of time before it ends with two or three (goals) and that's what we need, just to take the pressure off us in the last ten minutes, so you don't end up with that."

Way admitted that his players were 'gutted' at the result on the final whistle. But he said that he would be doing his best to pick the players back up, believing that matches like Stevenage and Accrington that have seen them come away with single points, would eventually turn into wins once the Glovers discovered the art of killing off games:

"There were good opportunities and I think that's why the players are so frustrated. That's why I think we've come so far in a short space of time, that the players are sat in there and are absolutely gutted. I don't want them to be gutted because I feel proud of the team and I feel proud of what they've achieved so far. I just feel it's only a matter of time before these away performances become wins. I thought that throughout it was a fantastic away performance. I thought that every single player gave everything that they possibly could give, and it makes it seven games now unbeaten. I've been to this stadium with Gary (Johnson) as the manager, and we knew even years ago how difficult it was to come to Accrington and we knew today wasn't going to be easy. So to come away and not get beaten, I have to make sure that I keep the players up beat."


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26 November 2016 : Accrington 1 Yeovil 1 : Late Boco Strike Halts Glovers Charge
Yeovil Town conceded a last minute goal against Accrington Stanley this afternoon as a goal from Romauld Boco pegged them back. The Glovers had been leading from early in the second half, after Otis Khan scored his fourth goal of the 2016-17 season, and his second direct free kick during that time. The Glovers had looked as though they were snuffing out any hopes of the home side getting back into the match, as the clock ran down, but a long ball up the middle was deflected through to Boco, and he ran through to score the equaliser for a 1-1 draw, thus ensuring the Glovers end the day in 13th place, but still two points off the top seven.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up, all of which were largely enforced. Matt Butcher was suspended for one match, and so his place in the side was taken by Alex Lawless who was returning from injury. Matt Dolan's hamstring problem was known about, and so it wasn't too surprising to find Ben Whitfield taking his spot in the side. However, a few eyebrows were raised by the absence of captain Darren Ward - with swelling on his knee meaning that he sat out the match, with Nathan Smith coming into the centre of defence, with Ryan Dickson taking the armband.

It was a fairly scrappy first half, that commenced with Kevin Dawson firing well wide of the target. The Glovers were having the better of it though, with a long range Ryan Hedges being saved by Elliot Parish, whilst with another chance, Otis Khan fired the ball towards the far post, with Parish beaten, and Ryan Hedges heading in for the loose ball, but an Accrington defender managed to clear his lines before the open goal could be capitalised. It took around midway through the second half before Accrington could get a foothold in the match, with a Matty Pearson attempt saved by Artur Krysiak, followed up by a Shay McCartan free kick that went to the near post but was pushed away by the Glovers keeper for a corner.

From that same corner, Nathan Smith had to hack the ball away, and as the first half closed, there was just a feeling that the home side were finding their feet, as John O'Sullivan narrowly fired over the crossbar. However, their attempts to put pressure on Yeovil were not helped by a lengthy delay and concern for Zak Vyner who had landed on the deck, requiring physio, then doctor, then a stretcher to take him off the field with what seemed to be concern about his breathing, although it wasn't clear if that was connected with a physical challenge, or if he was suffering from other issues. Either way, he thankfully was moving as he left the pitch. Accrington threatened again as the half closed, as defender Mark Hughes got two chances - a header that took a nasty deflection off Tom Eaves, but Krysiak reacted to, and then a free header that he put over the bar. Right on the half time whistle, Tom Eaves almost squeezed one in from a narrow angle, but the Accrington keeper saved with his legs. All-in-all, fairly even.

The breakthrough came five minutes into the second half when Otis Khan was fouled by Paddy Lacey on the corner of the area. With Matt Dolan injured, there was no issue in terms of who was going to take the set piece, although with it being on the left side, it more suited a right-footer. That became even more apparent, when Khan curled his shot around the right side of the wall and through a crowd of players, and into the far corner of the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.

With the goal being scored at more or less the same point in the game as Dolan's was netted at Crewe a few weeks ago, the aim was an obvious one - to snuff the home side out for the remainder of the match. Accrington were showing some danger though through substitute Romauld Boco, who came on immediately after Khan's goal, and he 'scored' just under 15 minutes after Khan's goal, although a linesman's flag going up meant that probably even the substitute knew it wasn't going to count, as he failed to beat the offside trap.

Accrington hadn't scored a goal for four matches, and with the Glovers providing almost a 4-5-1 rearguard, they were struggling to find space on the park. Jordan Clarke fired over the bar, but even that was from distance. With 17 minutes remaining, the familiar substitution of Otis Khan for Francois Zoko saw the Glovers switch to a 4-4-2 diamond, whilst towards the end, they changed again, with the unusual sight of Bevis Mugabi playing as a rather defensive-minded right-flank player when he replaced Ben Whitfield. With Tom Eaves having a shot finger-tipped over the bar, all seemed to be going to plan as the clock wound downwards.

Unfortunately for Yeovil Town, their slice of luck in seeing late goals go for them in recent weeks, on this occasion went against them. As the fourth official signalled for four minutes injury time, a long free kick became their undoing. The spot of Route One saw Yeovil's centre-back pairing appearing to not communicate as to who was going to challenge Gary Taylor-Fletcher for the ball, and that meant that when he flicked the ball on, fellow substitute Romauld Boco was in the clear, and was able to convert a late equalising goal. Two points undoubtedly dropped, and one place lower in the League Two table - even if many fans probably would have taken a point before the match kicked off, the timing will have stung somewhat.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Accrington Stanley 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Otis Khan (0-1, 51 mins), Romuald Boco (1-1, 90 mins)

Accrington Stanley:
1. Elliot Parish 6. Zak Vyner 3. Mark Hughes 2. Matty Pearson 11. Sean McConville 27. John O'Sullivan 8. Scott Brown 28. Seamus Conneely 7. Jordan Clark 10. Shay McCartan 29. Billy Kee

Substitutes:
4. Arron Davies 5. Omar Beckles 9. Terry Gornell 14. Romuald Boco (60 mins for Shay McCartan) 15. Gary Taylor-Fletcher (71 mins for Billy Kee) 17. Patrick Lacey (39 mins for Zak Vyner) 20. Aaron Chapman

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 28. Ben Whitfield
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi (85 mins for Ben Whitfield) 13. Francois Zoko (73 mins for Otis Khan) 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Kyle Copp 18. Omar Sowumni 19. Tahvon Campbell (90 mins for Tom Eaves)

Accrington Stanley Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Accrington Stanley Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Ricky Wootton (West Yorkshire) and Joe Simpson (Manchester). Fourth Official: Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire).

Attendance: 1,263 (with 110 Yeovil Town supporters).


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26 November 2016 : Way Explains Ward And Dolan Injuries
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has explained some of the background to his team selection for this afternoon's match against Accrington Stanley this afternoon. Whilst the suspension of AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher was already known about, the big surprise was the absence of captain Darren Ward, who was not known to be carrying any problems until this afternoon.

Way has played down any serious issues concerning Ward, except to tell BBC Somerset that he is carrying swelling on his knee - a problem that first materialised back in January 2016, after the visit to Morecambe, and then later saw him drop out of the squad at the tail end of the 2015-16 season, with him ultimately needing an operation that saw him miss all pre-season friendlies and much of the early part of the 2016-17 matches.

Hence Way has explained that with Ward suffering from some swelling, they have taken him out of the squad, and are working on the basis that he needs resting, after having played several midweek and weekend matches in a row, including 120 minutes against Solihull Moors in the FA Cup:

"There's no big problem there. It's just that he had a bit of swelling on his knee, where we've had the Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday with extra time. So it's just cautious really, to make sure that we look after him. I think it's important and I think we've done that really well between the medical staff and the loading that we've given the players, from the day we came back in pre-season to where we are now. We've been really pleased with the squad and their fitness levels. you can see in the way they're finishing games at the moment, they're really strong and will be a big proven point today."

The suspicion always was that midfielder Matt Dolan would be missing for this afternoon's match, after he limped out of last Saturday's match against Colchester United in the 42nd minute, breaking his run of having played in every minute of the 2016-17 season. Whilst the club didn't confirm that he would be absent, the fact that he needed a scan on a hamstring injury suggested that it would be a while before he returned. However, Way has said that it is not a serious problem for Dolan:

"It's not too bad, but it's got to be managed. We trust the physio. Matty is disappointed because he's been a massive feature, certainly in the last year and during this year. But it's important that he moves on quickly and does everything that he can't to get back as quickly as possible."


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26 November 2016 : Team News For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the team that played against Colchester United on last Saturday. AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher is suspended for picking up his fifth booking of the season, and so he drops out, with Alex Lawless making his return from a groin injury problem. The other main issue is that Matt Dolan has a hamstring injury, and so he misses his first match of the 2016-17 season, and his place in the team is taken by Ben Whitfield.

The twist in the tale is that captain Darren Ward has dropped out of the squad entirely - his place is taken in the side by Nathan Smith, with Ryan Dickson taking over the armband. Ward has swelling on his knee - the problem that has troubled him at several points during 2016, although manager Darren Way has said the decision to withdraw him is more of a precaution, and may have something to do with the Accrington pitch being rather hard and frosty - the sort of problem that caused Ward issues back in January at Morecambe. Josh Ezewele and Kyle Copp come in onto the bench, meaning every fit and available player has been selected. Midfielders Joe Lea and Ollie Bassett are on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 28. Ben Whitfield
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Kyle Copp 18. Omar Sowumni 19. Tahvon Campbell

Accrington Stanley:
1. Elliot Parish 6. Zak Vyner 3. Mark Hughes 2. Matty Pearson 11. Sean McConville 27. John O'Sullivan 8. Scott Brown 28. Seamus Conneely 7. Jordan Clark 10. Shay McCartan 29. Billy Kee

Substitutes:
4. Arron Davies 5. Omar Beckles 9. Terry Gornell 14. Romuald Boco 15. Gary Taylor-Fletcher 17. Patrick Lacey 20. Aaron Chapman


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26 November 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors : Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played the first of two FA Cup ties against National League side Solihull Moors. The match at Huish Park ended up in a 2-2 draw after the Glovers squandered a two goal lead via Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan, sparked partly by the sending off of Kevin Dawson.

Man of the Match voting saw both goalscorers feature prominently in the final analysis. Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges came in third place, whilst Nathan Smith got kudos for his performance in the left-back position. The poll winner - and by a sizeable margin - was Otis Khan, whose free kick early in the second half should have put the Glovers on to victory.

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

1. Otis Khan 166 (13)
2. Nathan Smith 72 (4)
3. Ryan Hedges 50 (2)
4. Alex Lacey 38 (2)
5. Ben Whitfield 38 (0)
6. Matthew Dolan 36 (2)
7. Darren Ward 4 (0)
8. Liam Shephard 2 (0)
8. Tom Eaves 2 (0)
8. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.08
Performance : 4.92
Entertainment : 5.25
VOTES RECEIVED : 24


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25 November 2016 : Darren Previews The Accrington Stanley Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's trip to Accrington Stanley at the Crown Ground, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about the postponement of the Crawley Town fixture and its subsequent rearrangement, his team's low goalscoring record, and the need to keep the whole squad involved in games. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Accrington Stanley.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley.

Link: Scan Report Awaited For Dolan Injury.

Link: Accrington Success In Red Card Appeal.

Link: GWSC Travel To Accrington Stanley.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.


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25 November 2016 : Officials For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Match officials for the League Two match between Accrington Stanley and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Crown Ground on Saturday 26th November 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

This is an official that we've had a huge number of times over the years, with the last occasion only being last month, for the home match against Newport County in October 2016. This was Graham Westley's first game in charge of the Exiles, and what we got was a fairly typical physical approach from our opponents. Mr Whitestone adopted a stand-off approach, which sometimes frustrated the home crowd, but overall he kept a good lid on the game, with just one booking. Before that, he was there for the November 2015 fixture against Gillingham in the Football League Trophy. He had a quiet game on that evening, with just one booking, and the game ended up in a penalty shoot-out which we won.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Ricky Wootton (West Yorkshire) and Joe Simpson (Manchester). The Fourth Official will be Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire).

Link: October 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Newport County.

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

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

Link: October 2013 : Middlesbrough 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2013 : Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2013 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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25 November 2016 : Way Focussed On Getting The Balance Right, Despite Attack Issues
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that although he admits his side needs more end product in the attacking third of the pitch, he is not looking at radically changing what his side is doing so far. The Glovers' 2016-17 season so far is a slight conundrum - on the one hand they lie just outside the League Two play-offs, in 12th place, and are unbeaten in six League Two matches. However, on the other hand they have got there with a negative goal difference, and the joint lowest number of goals scored, alongside Crawley Town and Cambridge United, having netted just 18 times in 17 games.

Way agrees that his side aren't scoring as many goals as he would like them to - last weekend's home match against Colchester United provided a good example of that during the first 85 minutes, where the Glovers dominated long spells of the match, yet couldn't find the back of the net. However, he told BBC Somerset that he saw it as a case of needing to get the balance right within the side:

"It's important that you get the balance right, and not just focus on whether we've not got enough end product in the final third. We have to make sure that we're focussing on what has got us to where we are. So far, being two points off the play-offs, with a game in hand, I think has been a fantastic success. Do we want more goals? Of course we want more goals, but at the moment the team is in a stable place, and we're all working hard for each other, and I'm sure that will come."

Way felt that it was important for his team to focus upon the positive aspects of what his team was doing, such as the unbeaten run of League games, and the number of clean sheets, rather than the negatives of worrying about how many goals his team was scoring:

"I think that my main thing as a manager, coming up to around ten months in charge, I'm not saying that being positive all of the time is going to guarantee us success. But by being negative and looking at the negatives, that is definitely not going to guarantee us success. So what I have tried to do is to focus upon the positives, focus upon the players that we've brought in, how well they've done and certainly with the results with us not losing in six (league games) now, and having nine clean sheets, which is a big thing. You can see a real confidence within the group."

One possible key to unlocking the number of goals scored by the team could be the recent form of Francois Zoko. He missed the whole of pre-season due to a hip flexor muscle issue, and only began to break back into the side during mid-October. He has not started a single match this season, but has scored three times in the club's last four matches. Way was asked if Zoko's recent goal glut gave him any pause for thought in terms of putting him into the starting line-up:

"It does, because when I look at the front three as it stands at the moment, I could change it with another whole three. Every single player is playing a massive role in responsibility to make this club successful."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley.

Link: Scan Report Awaited For Dolan Injury.

Link: Accrington Success In Red Card Appeal.

Link: GWSC Travel To Accrington Stanley.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.


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25 November 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town head up the length of the M6 where they will take on Accrington Stanley in a League Two fixture at the Crown Ground. Ahead of that fixture, the Ciderspace guide to the Crown Ground has been given dusted off and spruced up to contain the latest information on ticketing, parking, pubs, statistics and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Accrington Stanley.

Accrington's Main Stand
Accrington's Main Stand
Photo © 2014 Ciderspace



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24 November 2016 : Scan Report Awaited For Dolan Injury
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that the club are still waiting for a scan report to come back on midfielder Matt Dolan's recent injury. The news tends to lean against him getting on the team bus to Accrington Stanley this weekend. The 23 year old limped out of the 2-1 win over Colchester United on Saturday, and was not expected to be available for selection for the midweeker against Crawley Town - a presumption that was never confirmed when the match was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Dolan's 42nd minute substitution ended up breaking a 23-and-a-half match run during which the former Middlesbrough academy player had spent on the pitch, playing every minute of every game, including two extra time stints in cup competitions. It would now seem a significant risk that his set of 24 starts dor the 2016-17 season will now be halted, even if Way didn't conclusively tell BBC Somerset that he was out of the team:

"Matt Dolan is the only one that we're still waiting on, for a scan report. So I'm disappointed for Matty, to miss the minutes when he came off. But he's been fantastic since he's come back this summer. He's worked really hard, and I think that it's important that he maintains that."

Just as one midfielder lands on the treatment table, another one has come off it. Alex Lawless has been absent for the whole of the month of November - missing five matches with a groin injury. He returned to the training ground last Thursday but was not risked for the home game against Colchester United. With Dolan's injury, the caution on the return of Lawless looks to have paid off, given that Way says that he will be fit enough to start at Accrington:

"He'll be ready to start, so we're really pleased. We actually just spoke now, between myself and Mike (Micciche) the physio, as to how far we've come in a short period of time - to see the amount of players that we've got fit and available, and the attention to detail and the attention to detail that we talk through every day."

Given that Matt Butcher is serving a one match suspension on Saturday, if Dolan is absent at the Crown Ground, the most likely scenario is that Lawless would occupy the deepest lying central midfield position, and that Ben Whitfield would get a chance to partner with Kevin Dawson as the two more forward-thinking central players.

Link: Accrington Success In Red Card Appeal.


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24 November 2016 : McLeod Heads Off To Steel Park
Former Yeovil Town striker Izale McLeod has moved into non-league football for the immediate future. He has signed for Northern Premier League side Corby Town - effectively a drop of three divisions from where we was with the Glovers, and at the start of this season, Notts County.

Not much detail is known about the signing at present - all Corby have done is to announce his signature, and to indicate that he is ready to play against Barwell on Saturday. It would seem likely that McLeod will be at Steel Park on a non-contract basis, and using the club as an opportunity to get himself fit and in the shop window for the January transfer window.

Corby is around 50 miles south of Nottingham, rather implying that this may be geographically convenient for him, having totted up Derby County, Milton Keynes Dons, Peterborough United, Northampton Town and Notts County all in that strip of the M1 area. McLeod left Yeovil Town just two weeks ago, having failed to force his way into their starting eleven, but it would be a surprise if he stayed that low in the pyramid beyond the end of January.

Link: Izale McLeod : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 November 2016 : Accrington Success In Red Card Appeal
Yeovil Town's League Two Saturday opponents Accrington Stanley have successfully appealled against the red card that was issued against their defender Mark Hughes on Tuesday night. As reported earlier this week, Hughes was dismissed by referee Richard Clark in their 2-0 defeat against Hartlepool United.

The offence was levelled against Hughes on the basis that he had denied Pools striker Padraig Amond a goalscoring opportunity inside the box, although neither the Accrington or Hartlepool press and club websites seemed too sure exactly what he'd done. It would appear that video evidence suggested that no infringement had been made or that it didn't fit into the 'goalscoring opportunity' criteria, as the FA Regulatory Commission have now overturned that decision on appeal.

It means that Hughes will now be able to play in Saturday's match against Yeovil Town, with the red card now voided. However, Yeovil Town's midfielder Matt Butcher won't be travelling to Accrington as his one match suspension that was due to be served on Tuesday night now rolls over to Saturday's game, due to the midweek postponement of the Crawley Town match. His place in the squad should be taken by Alex Lawless who came back into training a week ago following his groin injury problems, whilst the club will have to wait on Matt Dolan's hamstring injury to determine whether he is fit enough to travel to Lancashire.


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24 November 2016 : Home Office Football Arrest Statistics Give Glovers Clean Bill Of Health
The Government's Home Office have released their annual report into football arrests and banning orders today. The statistics cover the 2015-16 season, during which Yeovil Town had just begun life in League Two football. The good news is that we can present Yeovil Town's statistics in an extremely simple form: the club had ZERO arrests, and now has ZERO new banning orders. There is one historic football banning order that has been carried over on a year-to-year basis, with the actual offence dating back a number of years.

Needless to say, even at League Two level, not many clubs can boast these kind of statistics. Accrington Stanley and Wycombe Wanderers stand as the only clubs in League Two without an active banning order, whilst further upstream Milton Keynes Dons and Burton Albion can record the same statistic.

In terms of football related arrests (which it should be carefully noted, do not imply a successful conviction) only Accrington Stanley and Morecambe managed to join Yeovil Town at League Two level in not having any arrests during the 2015-16 season. Obviously bigger clubs will have more chance of problems - Portsmouth top the tree with 39 arrests, whilst Oxford United - then in League Two - recorded 29, with Plymouth Argyle having 26 arrests.

Looking at the wider picture around the divisions, matters are not quite so rosey, with the number of football arrests rising for the first time in three years - generally the overall trend has been for a fall in those statistics over the last couple of decades. There were 1,895 arrests across England and Wales, for matches covering games designated under the Football Spectators Act - which covers all professional divisions, the National League National Division and international matches. This is a small rise of 22 arrests when compared to the previous season, although it should be noted that when compared to the 2011-12 season this is still a 20 percent (468 arrests) drop.

In terms of banning orders, there were 2,085 orders in place at the end of the reporting period. These typically run for a three to five year duration, depending on the severity of the offence committed, and so may related to historical issues. The current numbers represent a drop of 96 from the last reporting period. This continues the steady decline - in November 2012 there were 2,731 banning orders in place, meaning that these have dropped by almost a quarter. Banning Orders are generally used for more serious offences, such as those involving violence or pyrotechnics, or cases where they believe the offender is likely to repeat their actions.

Link: 2014-15 Home Office Football Arrest Statistics.

Link: 2013-14 Home Office Football Arrest Statistics.


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24 November 2016 : Ladies Boss Sherwood Nominated For Coach Of The Year Award
Yeovil Town Ladies manager Jamie Sherwood has been nominated for a Sports Coach Of The Year award. The nomination has been made as part of the Believe in Somerset Awards for 2016, with the event itself due to be held at the Haynes Motor Museum on Thursday 8th December.

Sherwood has been invited to attend the event, with a guest, and will join three other nominees, with Yeovil Netball Club's Jan Lawes, golfing coach Joe Hallet and martial arts coach Kire Antoski all up for the award. The awards evening will also recognise other categories such as Outstanding Young Person of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Sporting Hero Award, Child of Courage Award and Apprentice of the Year.

It shouldn't be too hard to analyse why Sherwood has been nominated. Having joined the Ladies set-up 2.5 years ago, he has helped establish them as an FA Women's Super League club, whilst in an outstanding 2016 season he has helped take them to the top of the FAWSL2 division, ultimately winning the title, and promotion into the top tier for the first time in the club's history. Sherwood said of his nomination:

"To be shortlisted for this award is an amazing achievement and recognition for the club and the season we have had. I am extremely proud to be manager of a great club but I am also immensely privileged to work alongside great coaching staff and I feel this is a nomination for my staff also. I am looking forward to attending such a brilliant occasion and celebrating all the categories."

Needless to say, congratulations to Jamie on his nomination, and good luck to him on the night.


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24 November 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Grimsby Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match of the month of October saw them play a home match against Grimsby Town at Huish Park. The match ended up in a 0-0 draw, with the visitors edging the chances across the 90 minutes, but without either side gaining the vital goal. Not too surprisingly, a number of the top pollers in the Man of the Match voting went to defensively minded players. Centre-back pairing

Darren Ward and Alex Lacey were two of those, with Lacey being the player that picked up the most outright votes. However, he was beaten by central midfielder Kevin Dawson, who played a full 90 minutes in his usual position on the right side, and ended up as the poll winner thanks to gaining more second and third placed votes.

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

1. Kevin Dawson 130 (8)
2. Alex Lacey 126 (10)
3. Darren Ward 106 (5)
4. Alex Lawless 88 (7)
5. Nathan Smith 56 (3)
6. Otis Khan 48 (1)
6. Matthew Dolan 48 (1)
8. Artur Krysiak 40 (1)
9. Ryan Hedges 38 (2)
10. Bevis Mugabi 28 (2)
11. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)
12. 4 (0)
13. Francois Zoko 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.18
Performance : 6.2
Entertainment : 6.15
VOTES RECEIVED : 40


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23 November 2016 : Orient Fire Another Manager As Edwards And Webb Junior Step Up
League Two side Leyton Orient have surprised no-one by firing yet another manager today. The East London side have become a 'comedy club' or 'crisis club' depending upon which side of the Brisbane Road fence you sit on by running through a string of managers since Francesco Becchetti bought the club in the summer of 2014.

The latest to leave the building is Alberto Cavasin, whose reign lasted a whole ten (TEN) games before being shown the Exit door. His record saw him gain two wins and eight defeats, including a 6-0 battering in the FA Cup First Round against Sheffield United. His final outing was to lose 0-1 at home to fellow strugglers Exeter City - a result that saw them match a Football League record for poor home form, having been defeated in nine out of their opening ten fixtures.

Cavasin's failure also comes as little surprise. As this site reported last month upon his appointment, the 60 year old had not held a front line job in football since the 2010-11 season, and had never managed a UK-based football club, bringing into question exactly what he knew about the English leagues. The answer would appear to be: 'very little'. Head of Fitness Alfredo Vergori and Matteo Festa (who we're not too sure what he did!) have also been given the boot.

Orient have now given the job to Andy Edwards until the end of the 2016-17 season - he had taken caretaker charge after their last sacking, with two matches to his name. His assistant will be former Yeovil Town striker Danny Webb, who had risen from being Youth Team Manager to First Team Coach just seven weeks ago, and now becomes the second in command.

Edwards takes over a side that are above the relegation zone on goal difference in 22nd place. During the two-and-a-bit years that Becchetti has owned the club, Orient have gone from League One Play-Off Finalists under former Glovers boss Russell Slade, into a club that is in serious danger of going out of the Football League.

Leyton Orient's Managers under Francesco Becchetti:
1. Russell Slade (12 games)
2. Kevin Nugent (7 games)
3. Mauro Milanese (8 games)
4. Fabio Liverani (27 games)
5. Ian Hendon (31 games)
6. Kevin Nolan (15 games)
7. Andy Hessenthaler (16 games)
8. Andy Edwards (2 games, Caretaker)
9. Alberto Cavasin (10 games)
10. Andy Edwards


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23 November 2016 : Crewe Alexandra vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
At the tail end of October, Yeovil Town made the trip to Crewe Alexandra, for a League Two fixture at Gresty Road. The 1-0 victory was gained thanks to a bit of magic from Matt Dolan, whose free kick just past the hour mark flew directly into the back of the net.

Man of the Match voting was fairly spread across the board, but at the top end of the polling, goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and holding midfielder Alex Lawless were recognised for their efforts in helping their club to a clean sheet. The poll winner though was the goalscorer - with Matt Dolan largely coming out on top due to the volume of voters who gave him their second or third placed votes on the day.

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

1. Matthew Dolan 62 (3)
2. Alex Lawless 38 (3)
3. Artur Krysiak 36 (2)
4. Kevin Dawson 20 (1)
5. Tom Eaves 16 (1)
5. Ryan Hedges 16 (1)
5. Darren Ward 16 (1)
8. Bevis Mugabi 6 (0)
9. Alex Lacey 4 (0)
10. Nathan Smith 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7
Performance : 7.17
Entertainment : 6.83
VOTES RECEIVED : 12


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23 November 2016 : New Date Set For Crawley Town Home Game
Yeovil Town have arranged a new date for their League Two home match against Crawley Town. The match was called off on Tuesday due to a waterlogged pitch but has now been rescheduled. It will now be played on Saturday 3rd December 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.

This fixture date is the same weekend that the majority of clubs will be playing FA Cup Second Round fixtures. However, with both Yeovil and Crawley knocked out of the competition at the First Round stage, both had a free weekend, making this date an obvious choice to fill the calendar.

Supporters who had already purchased tickets for the original Tuesday fixture will be able to gain admittance to the rearranged fixture with no need to exchange tickets - the original ticket remains valid. If you cannot make the rearranged date, we'd advise that you visit or contact the Huish Park Ticket Office as soon as possible (and definitely before the day of the fixture) to sort out an exchange for another fixture, or a refund.


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23 November 2016 : Yeovil Town vs Newport County : Man Of The Match Result
Last month saw Yeovil Town play a home League Two match against Newport County at Huish Park. The match was the first to see new Exiles boss Graham Westley in charge, meaning that inevitably the visitors were trying to impress a new manager. It took 80 minutes for Yeovil to make the breakthrough, and even then they needed an own goal for the 1-0 win - a goal initially credited to Tom Eaves was eventually ruled to be a Dan Butler own goal.

Man of the Match voting saw Alex Lawless feature prominently as the holding midfielder in the 4-3-3 line-up, whilst Nathan Smith was praised for his role as a left-back. The poll winner though was Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges, playing in his usual wide position. Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, were as follows:

1. Ryan Hedges 154 (12)
2. Nathan Smith 128 (9)
3. Alex Lawless 122 (10)
4. Otis Khan 88 (4)
5. Alex Lacey 82 (3)
6. Matthew Dolan 54 (1)
7. Darren Ward 32 (0)
8. Bevis Mugabi 20 (1)
9. Artur Krysiak 12 (0)
10. Tom Eaves 8 (0)
11. Tahvon Campbell 6 (0)
12. Kevin Dawson 4 (0)
13. Ben Whitfield 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.42
Performance : 6.75
Entertainment : 6.1
VOTES RECEIVED : 40


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23 November 2016 : Bassett On Target Again But Magpies Suffer At Cirencester
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett has netted his second goal in two games for Dorchester Town as he nears the end of his second month's loan at the Avenue Stadium. There wasn't quite as much joy behind the goal he scored on Tuesday night, given that the Magpies were 4-0 down against Cirencester Town at the time. He netted what was a consolation goal with 15 minutes of the match remaining, as he cut in from the flank and fired home from the corner of the area.

In the 4-1 defeat he almost helped his loan side make things interesting in the closing stages, as his free kick was a whisker away from picking up Franklyn Clarke inside the box, who the Dorset Echo consider he was providing a good partnership with, with much of Dorchester's attacking endeavours coming from the pair. Unfortunately by the time Bassett managed to find the net, the game was long gone with four conceded at the other end. Manager Mark Jermyn praised Bassett for scoring his third goal in ten games, although signed a note of caution that the teenager needed to work on other parts of his game:

"Ollie scored a good goal. He's a young player that has to work on other sides of his game. He's certainly a threat going forward but, in this league, he needs the other side of it as well. That is something he needs to adjust to."

For the second game running Joe Lea missed the match - the Echo indicate that he has picked up an injury, thus explaining his current absence, but don't state how long that is likely to keep him out for.

Dorchester Town: Murphy, Yates (Brookes 82), Smeeton, Martin, Oldring, Jermyn, Clarke, Morgan (Jerrard 60), Walker, Bassett, Blair


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22 November 2016 : Sitting Out The Evening Sees Glovers Drop Four Places
Yeovil Town's postponed League Two match against Crawley Town meant that a number of their rivals were able to leapfrog them, whilst the Glovers had the evening off. Ten League Two fixtures took place, with Stevenage and Doncaster Rovers having already moved their match to FA Cup Second Round day, as soon as both clubs knew that they were out of the competition.

The Glovers ended up in 12th place by the end of the evening, with Barnet, Mansfield Town, Wycombe Wanderers and Crewe Alexandra all gaining wins in their fixtures. A defeat for Blackpool meant that they dropped out of the play-off slots, replaced by Crewe who stand in 7th position, on the same number of points as Grimsby Town. The effect of those results are that if Yeovil Town had played their fixture and beaten Crawley, then they would have climbed into the play-off places - they stand two points off the top seven.

The gap between success and failure still remains painfully small. Cheltenham Town slipped into the relegation zone after a 0-3 home defeat against Colchester United, whilst Newport County's stay off the bottom of the table lasted just three days as Exeter City gained a 0-1 away win over Leyton Orient. The Grecians really need to remove the jinx that is on St James Park these days - that was their sixth away victory of the season, but they've only picked up one point at home during that time. Currently only eight points separate Grimsby Town in 6th place, from Cheltenham Town in 23rd place - League Two's top five clubs still have a decent buffer, despite Luton Town and Portsmouth meeting this evening, with Pompey taking all three points.

Saturday's opponents Accrington Stanley had a night to forget as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat against Hartlepool United, leaving them in 18th place, and four points behind Yeovil Town. However, when the two sides meet on Saturday, they will be without full-back Mark Hughes - he was dismissed as part of the incident that gave Pools their opening goal. A controversial penalty was awarded, with Hughes getting his marching orders, with current thinking that he denied a goalscoring opportunity. Assuming Accrington do not appeal, Hughes will be suspended for Saturday's match. Accrington are now on a run of four consecutive defeats in the league, and their problem is that they've only scored once in five matches.

It is worth noting that Yeovil Town defender Matt Butcher will also be suspended for the trip to Accrington. Having picked up his fifth yellow card of the season on Saturday, he was due to serve that ban on Tuesday night, but with the Crawley match being postponed, that will now roll over to Saturday's trip.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.


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22 November 2016 : N'Gala Leaves Bees For Spitfires In Club Record Signing
Former Yeovil Town centre-back Bondz N'Gala has moved into non-league football, after leaving League Two side Barnet. The 27 year old has signed for National League side Eastleigh, who also have Ryan Bird and Jake Howells on their books. Perhaps unexpectedly, given some of their summer recruitment, which included the likes of former Sheffield Wednesday defender Reda Johnson and Northampton Town centre-half Ryan Creswell, they are sat in 11th place in the table.

N'Gala has joined the Spitfires for what is officially described as a 'record transfer fee signing' although we don't get any clues as to what that means in practice. At present Creswell is out with a long term knee injury, meaning that the centre-back has been recruited to fill a key gap in their side.

Since leaving Yeovil Town at the end of the 2011-12 season, the Forest Gate born player has spent one season with Stevenage and another with Portsmouth before he signed for Barnet in the summer of 2014, becoming part of their National League 2014-15 squad that won the title and promotion back into the Football League. He had been a regular in their side, making 14 appearances in all competitions, including a full 90 minutes in Barnet's side on Saturday, hence their decision to allow him to join Eastleigh is a slight surprise.

Link: Bondz N'Gala : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 November 2016 : A Presidential Appointment As Emma Joins The Ladies Ranks
Yeovil Town Ladies have announced the appointment of a new Club President, from the start of next year. They have appointed BBC broadcaster Emma Britton to the position from January 1st 2017, for an initial two year period, replacing David Mills, who announced that he would be stepping down from his role.

Emma's connection with Yeovil Town Ladies began whilst she was the Breakfast Show presenter for BBC Somerset, and thus became the first radio broadcaster to regularly give the female Glovers regular air time. During that time, she became a Season Ticket Holder at the club's former Raleigh Grove ground. She also famously (or should that be infamously!) joined the Ladies playing ranks for one training session, as part of her 'Emma Tries' feature on her show, that allowed her to experience what it was like to train with the Ladies. Although she has recently moved up the road to host a similar show for BBC Radio Bristol, she has maintained her links with the club, and we have no doubt that anyone who has attended the 2016 home matches at Huish Park will have heard Emma, voicing announcements over the stadium tannoy in a vociferous way!

Her connection with the female Glovers will become even stronger from next year onwards, as they begin a new chapter in the FAWSL1 division, and Emma has said she is delighted to take that position:

""I'm absolutely honoured to be asked to be the club's president. I have been so impressed by the way the club performs both on and off the pitch and I particularly love the way they value their relationship with the fans. It's an exciting time to be involved and I look forward to being a part of it."

Ladies Chairman Steve Allinson believes that Emma has already been taking on that 'ambassador' role that they wanted the new President to provide, and so saw her as a good fit for the position:

"Emma has been a fantastic ambassador for us this year and has struck up a real rapport with, not only the management and players, but also our fans. It is great that she has accepted our invitation to undertake this honorary position and both myself and the whole Board look forward to sharing ideas and plans with her as we move into the next stage of our exciting journey. We really hope that Emma will enjoy her time with us as President in the same way we have enjoyed her support in recent times."


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22 November 2016 : Pompey Fixture Switched To Friday Night
Yeovil Town have changed the fixture date for their League Two fixture against Portsmouth. The match was due to take place on New Year's Eve, which is a designated Saturday fixture in the Football League's calendar. They will now be playing the match on Friday 30th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

The logic has been to allow both clubs some additional time to prepare for their January 2nd fixtures, on which day Yeovil Town will travel to play Crawley Town in what is a New Year Bank Holiday Monday fixture. However, on the flip side, the moving of the match to the Friday night may impact on away fans, exiles and those with young families being able to attend the match.

If you've already purchased your ticket for this match, it will remain valid. If you can't make the new date, then call/visit the Ticket Office for an exchange or refund against that purchase.


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22 November 2016 : MATCH OFF : Yeovil Town vs Crawley Town Hit By Weather
Yeovil Town's League Two fixture against Crawley Town has been postponed. Heavy rain in the Somerset area has made the Huish Park pitch unplayable and therefore the match has been CALLED OFF. A new date will need to be arranged for this fixture in due course.

The club have indicated that the postponement was due to a saturated pitch, particularly around the centre circle, and an area towards the away terrace. They are expecting further rain to fall in the area from 4.00p.m. onwards that would have made that situation worse. Thus the match was called off to prevent Crawley supporters, and ultimately Yeovil Town supporters from needing to travel to the game.


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22 November 2016 : Yeovil Town Ground Staff Monitoring Pitch Ahead Of Crawley Match
Yeovil Town have issued a note of caution ahead of tonight's League Two match against Crawley Town that is due to take place at Huish Park. Heavy rain yesterday caused some localised flooding in the Somerset area. Although today's forecast is for more showery conditions, rather than heavy rain, the club have said via Twitter that they are currently monitoring the situation, implying that they are not absolutely confident of the match going ahead:

"The ground staff will be monitoring the pitch ahead of tonight's game with Crawley Town due to heavy rain. The weather is different to what was forecast yesterday. Yeovil Town will keep fans posted on any decision made."

At present there are no pitch inspections planned, and no suggestion that any decision is imminent. Needless to say if any tangible news does materialise, we'll provide an update. Check this page or our Twitter feed or our Facebook page for any developing situations.


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22 November 2016 : Tahvon Campbell Talks About The Colchester United Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win against Colchester United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Tahvon Campbell spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Tahvon gives his thoughts on scoring the winning goal, and having to watch the majority of the game from the subs bench. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Tahvon Campbell Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against Colchester United.


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21 November 2016 : Dolan Doubt As Doctor Considers Injury
Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan is being assessed by the club doctor to determine what sort of a problem he has, ahead of Tuesday night's home match against Crawley Town. In truth it would be somewhat of a surprise if the 23 year old did manage to get his name in the starting line-up for the League Two match, given that he limped off the pitch with a hamstring strain in Saturday's 2-1 win over Colchester United, with minimal recovery time possible between the two matches.

Despite that, manager Darren Way is still holding out hope today - either that or trying to keep opposite number Dermot Drummy guessing about the Glovers' line-up for tomorrow, for a match in which there will need to be at least one central midfield change, with Matt Butcher dropping out of the side through suspension. Way has told the club that Dolan is still being assessed:

"He’s being assessed by the doctor. He’s not struggling too much but we’ll have to wait and see. The players are looking strong and everyone wants to play. They all want to work very hard to make this football club successful."

The Glovers go into the Tuesday night fixture in 8th place in the League Two table, with them four points and eight places ahead of their opponents, who are currently on a dreadful run of form, with only two points from their last six matches, and three consecutive 3-1 defeats. Way is hoping that his side's home form will remain strong for tomorrow, with four wins out of their last five in the League at Huish Park:

"The players were very happy with their performance on Saturday. We’ll be looking to create the same positive energy. It’s important for the group to carry on the momentum in the league, certainly with the target of pushing for the play-offs. Our home form has been terrific. It’s so important we keep this winning habit going."

Link: FA Confirm Butcher Suspension For Crawley Visit.


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21 November 2016 : Francois Zoko Talks About The Colchester United Win
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win against Colchester United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Francois gives his thoughts on the equalising goal that he scored, and the team's overall performance. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Francois Zoko Speaks To The BBC After The 2-1 Win Against Colchester United.


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21 November 2016 : FA Confirm Butcher Suspension For Crawley Visit
Yeovil Town will have to make at least one change to their starting line-up for tomorrow's League Two match against Crawley Town at Huish Park. AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Butcher will serve a one match suspension during that match, after the Football Association confirmed that he picked up his fifth yellow card of the 2016-17 season.

The 19 year old was carded in earlier season matches against Mansfield Town (home), Leyton Orient (away) and Cheltenham Town (home) but picked up more recent cautions in the FA Cup Replay against Solihull Moors along with a yellow card against Colchester United on Saturday. He will therefore sit out one match.

The Glovers will also have a possible doubt over fellow midfielder Matt Dolan, who limped out of the Colchester game with what was reported as a hamstring strain. If Dolan's problem isn't trivial then it may be that Alex Lawless is brought back into the fold in some shape or form - he resumed training last Friday following a short layoff due to a groin strain.


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21 November 2016 : Glovers Trust Give Survey Feedback To Board Members
The Glovers Trust have reported details of the meeting that they held with representatives of Yeovil Town Football Club last week. As well as four representatives of the Trust Board, the delegation of eight club representatives included Chairman John Fry along with two directors in David Lee and Andy Rossiter along with five of the club's employees.

As well as providing the club with a reminder of the Trust's constitution and general aims, the Trust also presented some of the themes Members gave feedback on from the Trust's own survey. The club have yet to complete work on processing the responses from their own survey, which was conducted slightly later, but believe that the Trust's findings are broadly in line with what they have viewed so far. The club have set a target for the end of November to publish their own findings.

The meeting discussed a number of tangible issues raised by the Trust. One is the external facade of the stadium, which creates a 'scruffy and dirty' impression of the stadium, giving rise to a perception that the stadium is being neglected. The club have responded saying that they have engaged with an external company who have agreed to provide the stadium with a power wash within the 'next few weeks' at no cost to the club. This process will be repeated on an annual basis.

The Trust also raised concerns that mud is accumulating at the front of the Screwfix Stand, in the flat area. This is caused by water running from the East car park down the slope and to the edge of the stand, with mud accumulating as a result of the water flow. The club are looking for volunteers to help use shovels and a wheelbarrow to take the mud away from the area, as it cannot be done using industrial machinery without damaging the tarmac. As yet there's no date for that to happen.

A couple of rather familiar topics were also brought to the table. The club's £2.00 surcharge on matchday tickets and overall ticket prices were discussed. It was pointed out that the cut-off between pre-match and match-day pricing has now been amended to be at 12.00 noon for a Saturday match, compared with the previous 6.00p.m. Friday cut-off. The club plan to engage the Trust when they come round to holding talks about the 2017-18 Season ticketing packages.

The club's Catering operations were also discussed - the club are considering outsourcing the operations, provided they can make a profit from such a franchise. For general issues, given the problems are so wide-ranging, the club have decided to hold a dedicated meeting to discuss problems and concerns in this area.

Chairman John Fry cited the issue of attracting volunteer workforce around the club. Here he admitted that the Ladies club were having more success at attracting volunteers to their set-up than the men's club, where the number of volunteers had dwindled over the years. The Trust's notes on this said:

"[John Fry] said that when the Club was in the non-league pyramid, fans would regularly volunteer to do odd jobs around the ground but since the Club became fully professional and joined the Football League volunteer numbers had dwindled. He cited the Ladies Team as an example of how help from volunteers has transformed the atmosphere at their games. The Trust attendees suggested that goodwill had been reduced on both sides and that the supporters felt very little goodwill coming from the Club and so in turn there was very little appetite to offer goodwill back. It was pointed out that it would be necessary to make the fans feel valued and needed and only then would help and assistance perhaps flow back from supporters."

The Trust gave the view that the club needed to provide some sort of incentive or appreciation of value, and that such communication needed to be improved, so that supporters were engaged with in a better way. The expectation is that the Trust will meet again with representatives from the Football Club, although a date has yet to be set for this next meeting.


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21 November 2016 : GWSC Travel To Accrington Stanley
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming Lesgue Two match against Accrington Stanley. The match takes place at the Crown Ground on Saturday 26th November 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Accrington Stanley : Saturday 26th November 2016.
Huish Park: 7.15a.m.
Adult Members: £31.00; Member Concessions: £29.00
Adult Non-Members: £33.00; Non-Member Concessions: £31.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For West Bromwich Albion FA Youth Cup Trip.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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20 November 2016 : Video : Watch Ollie Bassett's 70 Yard Solo Run In Winning Magpies Goal
Yesterday's Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett scored the winning goal for Dorchester Town as they beat Chesham United by a 3-2 scoreline. Ollie is in the middle of his second loan spell with the Magpies and netted in the 91st minute of that match. The highlights of that game are now online, and it becomes apparent that his goal is a bit of a cracker! Taking a Dorchester clearance from deep inside of his own half, Ollie runs two-thirds of the length of the pitch, before finishing off with a deflected finish and a rather wonderful solo goal.

Watch the video via the clip below - if you want to skip directly to the final goal, then start the video around 2:55 minutes into the clip.

Link: Bassett The Last Minute Matchwinner As Magpies Sink Chesham.




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20 November 2016 : Darren Talks About Colchester United Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's home match against Colchester United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains his decision to swap AFC Bournemouth loanees Ben Whitfield and Matt Butcher around in the starting line-up, and his thoughts on the opponents, as well as his team's reaction to the Tuesday FA Cup defeat. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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20 November 2016 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Colchester United, these are now available online. Watch the goals, as Kurtis Guthrie put the visitors ahead, before an ultra-late comeback from Francois Zoko and Tahvon Campbell helped secure all three points for the Glovers. Two minutes worth of highlights can be viewed via the YouTube clip below.




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20 November 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Colchester United Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win over Colchester United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset's Saturday Sport presenter Geoff Twentyman, Darren's verdict on the match can be read via the link below.

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


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19 November 2016 : Bassett The Last Minute Matchwinner As Magpies Sink Chesham
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett was the match winner for Dorchester Town on Saturday afternoon, as he scored a late winner in their Southern League Premier Division match against Chesham United. The Magpies had to come from behind, and deal with Chesham levelling the scores again, and looked to be heading for a draw, until Bassett popped up with a 91st minute goal and a 3-2 win.

Chesham took the lead through 39 year old Darren Purse, who had a five game loan spell with Yeovil Town whilst on the books of Millwall, during the 2011-12 season. They held that until half time, but Dorchester began their fight-back early in the second half when former Glover Jake Smeeton was pushed inside the Chesham penalty box, and picked himself up to score an equaliser from the penalty spot.

Ollie Bassett was then involved in the goal that gave Dorchester the lead, albeit in an unexpected way. He was involved in a short corner routine with Franklyn Clarke who took the set piece, and when Bassett gave the ball back to Clarke, the Dorchester midfielder fired home, beating the goalkeeper at the near post at an improbable angle. That wasn't enough to win the match though, as Chesham levelled with 65 minutes to go, gaining their own penalty kick as Drew Roberts converted.

It looked as though Dorchester would have to accept a point from the game, as torrential rain came down and the pitch cut up at the Avenue Stadium. Despite that, Ollie Bassett had a set of sure feet as he dribbled his way past two Chesham defenders before pulling a shot from the edge of the box that took a deflection that wrong-footed the visiting keeper, giving Dorchester all three points.

This was Bassett's second goal for Dorchester Town across his two loan spells, having netted against Barnstaple Town in the FA Trophy in late October. This afternoon was his ninth appearance for the Magpies across the two loan spells - he's still got at least two more games in his one month loan deal before a decision has to be made over his future. Unusually, there was no position for midfielder Joe Lea in Dorchester's squad today - there's no sign as to whether that was tactical or whether Joe has picked up a knock - he's just started a second month's loan deal at the Avenue Stadium.

Final Score: Dorchester Town 3 Chesham United 2.

Scorers: Darren Purse (0-1, 6 mins), Jake Smeeton (1-1, 47 mins), Franklyn Clarke (2-1, 50 mins), Drew Roberts (2-2, 65 mins), Ollie Bassett (32, 90 mins)

Dorchester Town: Murphy, Jermyn, Smeeton (C), Martin, Oldring, Dillon, Clarke, Morgan, Walker, Bassett, Blair

Substitutes: Jerrard (90 mins for Bassett), Mitchell, Wood (59 mins for Blair), Yates, Brookes (90 mins for Clarke)


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19 November 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-1 win against Colchester United 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 Colchester United.


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19 November 2016 : Substitute Impacts Please Darren Way After Late Win Over Colchester
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his substitutes for the impact that they had upon the game, after two of them helped his side gain a 2-1 victory over Colchester United at Huish Park this afternoon. The match looked to be heading to a 0-1 defeat with five minutes to go, after Kurtis Guthrie had given the Essex side a lead early in the second half, and with the home team having failed to take advantage of a glut of chances.

On came West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell and experienced striker Francois Zoko and both players scored in the closing stages, with Zoko's 85th minute goal levelling the scores, before Campbell netted his first goal of the season with a minute to go, to gain a 2-1 victory and lift the Glovers into 8th place in the League Two table. Way told BBC Somerset after the match that he felt his original trio of front men had been unlucky to score, but was pleased with the impact the final front three made:

"I think that sometimes we get a little bit criticised with being easy to analyse, but difficult to beat, because I'm playing the same shape as what I have played as a manager. But with that front three, you don't realise the pressure that they put a team under. In the first half they were very dominant and I thought we were very unfortunate not to score with the chances that we had. I explained to the three that I brought on, that's where we made the impact. Whether they start, or whether they come on, I've mixed it, and what you could see is that they took that opportunity and took it really well."

Way has tended to adopt a pattern of only making substitutions once the clock ticked past the 70th minute, introducing attacking players, as needed, for the final 15-20 minutes of the match. For this game, he surprised a few people by making his first tactical change of the afternoon just 53 minutes into the match, when Zoko came on for Otis Khan. Way said that was a legacy of the club's extra time excursions at Solihull Moors, where he felt the 120 minutes played that night had maybe seen a few of his players burn out a bit earlier than normal:

"I thought that was a big key to today, because of the extra time that we had on the Tuesday. I thought there were one or two players that had run their race. I had that planned before the game, and the players have put that into place. What you could see is that we're trying to create an environment around here, and a positive environment. Again it's another game at home where we've done very well. In every game at League Two level now, you have to put an unbelievable effort in. With the group of players that we've got, and with the spirit that we've got within the camp, I just feel this is a special group."


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19 November 2016 : Yeovil 2 Colchester 1 : Late Campbell Strike Sees Glovers Turn Over U's
Yeovil Town grabbed a late late comeback this afternoon, as they came from 1-0 down to beat struggling Colchester United by a 2-1 scoreline. The Glovers looked as though their improved League Two form was going out of the window when Kurtis Guthrie gave Colchester a close range headed lead early in the second half. But Yeovil needed two substitutes to claw the game back, as Francois Zoko netted his third goal in four games - all from the bench - with four minutes remaining, whilst the three points were won as West Bromwich Albion loanee Tahvon Campbell netted his first goal of the season, to lift the Glovers into eighth place in the table.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to the team that turned out at Solihull Moors on Tuesday night. Matt Butcher returned, displacing his AFC Bournemouth teammate Ben Whitfield, allowing the chance to establish a clear holding midfielder in the line-up. On the bench, there was a spot of confusion as to whether Nathan Smith was there or not - initially not named, but then appearing on the teamsheet and warming up. He turned out to be available, with the club reported to have awaited late clearance from the FA over medication he had been using before fielding him. Josh Ezewele turned out to be the substitute that never was. In the opposition, goalkeeper Sam Walker was a familiar face between the sticks.

The first half was one of clear dominance in favour of the Glovers, with Artur Krysiak a near spectator until the half began to close. Otis Khan had a shot saved by Sam Walker, before a couple of Matt Dolan free kicks were a bit too tame to worry the former Chelsea keeper. It took a while for Yeovil to get fully into their stride, but once they did they were very clearly on top - except that they couldn't find the back of the net. A Kevin Dawson attack down the flank fed Tom Eaves, but he shot wide, and then Otis Khan tested Walker from inside the box, with a shot that was a bit too easy for the position the wide man was in.

Then came the killer chance of the half, as Liam Shephard's low cross into the box was zipped across the six yard line, only for a stretching Tom Eaves to spoon his attempt over the crossbar, when he should have buried it. Shephard and Eaves tried the same again, a few minutes later but on that occasion Eaves couldn't quite connect. It was only in the closing five minutes that Colchester showed any kind of attacking intent, with Denny Johnstone putting one wide, before Brennan Dickenson forced Artur Krysiak into his one and only true save of the entire half. Yeovil were instead left kicking themselves as to how they didn't hold a half time lead, with Walker denying Ryan Hedges after he got in behind the Colchester back line. 0-0 it was, but it shouldn't have been.

Five minutes into the second half, and that level of wastefulness in front of goal appeared costly when Colchester took the lead with only their second meaningful effort on goal. A Brennan Dickenson cross seemed to wrong-foot Artur Krysiak when it took a deflection, and when Kurtis Guthrie found his initial effort coming off the crossbar, the Colchester player seemed to be the only man in the box looking to react, and he headed home the rebound from a few yards out. 0-1 down.

Inevitably, the great Colchester slowdown of play began. Francois Zoko came on for Otis Khan, with the latter player's withdrawal being booed by fans as the wide man headed off the field - fans presumably frustrated at how many occasions Khan has been taken off. Initially that saw the team switch to a Diamond formation, with Zoko and Tom Eaves up front, as Ben Whitfield provided the most attacking outlet whilst Matt Butcher sat at the base of the diamond. Drey Wright almost doubled Colchester's lead as he flashed the ball narrowly across the face of the box, with Guthrie again having provided the spark.

The formation change didn't really do anything to change the match, and so fifteen minutes later it changed again, with Kevin Dawson being withdrawn for Tahvon Campbell. That took the team back to a 4-3-3 with Campbell joining Eaves and Zoko up front, whilst Ryan Hedges dropped deeper into midfield. A lot of fouls and a lot of bookings appeared to suit Colchester more than it suited Yeovil, and with Darren Ward heading over the crossbar from a Ryan Hedges free kick, it all seemed to point to a 0-1 defeat.

However, with five minutes remaining, Yeovil Town got the breakthrough they needed. A Ryan Hedges corner was only partly cleared, and when the ball dropped to Francois Zoko deep inside the box, he turned and fired home from a narrow angle for the equalising goal. Zoko has now scored three times in four matches - all after coming on as a substitute, and looks to be establishing the goalscoring form he had last season, having missed the first few months due to injury.

Better was to come with a minute of normal time remaining. Ryan Hedges fed the ball through to Ben Whitfield, and he found Tahvon Campbell inside the box. The West Bromwich Albion player fired home at the empty Copse Road End to sink Colchester - just four minutes after they thought they were going back to Essex with all three points, they were going home with nothing. There was no late comeback, despite five minutes worth of injury time, and with the ultra-tight League Two table, what would have been a 14th placed finish to the day saw Yeovil end up in 8th place, and outside the play-offs on goal difference. Conversely for Colchester, they could have ended the day in 16th place, but instead they are facing up to life inside the relegation zone - all through four minutes worth of a single game. Expect more of the same over the next 29 matches of the season.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Colchester United 1.

Scorers: Kurtis Guthrie (0-1, 50 mins), Francois Zoko (1-1, 86 mins), Tahvon Campbell (2-1, 89 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko (53 mins for Otis Khan) 14. Josh Ezewele 18. Omar Sowumni 19. Tahvon Campbell (68 mins for Kevin Dawson) 28. Ben Whitfield (42 mins for Matt Dolan)

Colchester United:
1. Sam Walker
2. Richard Brindley 18. Tom Eastman 14. Alex Wynter 12. Kane Vincent-Young
4. Tom Lapslie 24. Craig Slater
7. Drey Wright 28. Kurtis Guthrie 11. Brennan Dickenson
17. Denny Johnstone

Substitutes:
6. Frankie Kent 19. Macauley Bonne (87 mins for Denny Johnstone) 21. Dion Sembie-Ferris (77 mins for Drey Wright) 25. Dillon Barnes 31. Tariqe Fosu (90 mins for Tom Lapslie) 32. Glen Kamara 41. Louis Dunne

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (19 mins, foul), Matt Butcher (foul, 61 mins), Alex Lacey (foul, 64 mins), Ryan Hedges (kicking ball away, 90 mins)

Colchester United Bookings: Tom Eastman (foul, 73 mins), Drey Wright (dissent, 75 mins), Tom Lapslie (foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Colchester United Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon). Assistants: Brian Durie (Gloucestershire) and Matt Eva (Surrey). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Attendance: 2,985 (with 143 Colchester supporters).


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19 November 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Colchester United at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that played against Solihull Moors on Tuesday night. That is a case of two AFC Bournemouth loanees swapping places - Matt Butcher comes into the starting line-up, with Ben Whitfield dropping to the bench.

Left back Nathan Smith is served a one match suspension in midweek, after he picked up his fifth booking of the 2016-17 season, and so he is in theory available for a return. He takes his place on the bench, and Josh Ezewele drops out. Confirmed absentees due to injury this afternoon are believed to lie only with one player, in Alex Lawless, who only returned to training on Thursday following a groin injury. Kyle Copp is presumed fit but does not make the bench. Midfielders Joe Lea and Ollie Bassett are on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 3. Nathan Smith 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko 18. Omar Sowumni 19. Tahvon Campbell 28. Ben Whitfield

Colchester United:
1. Sam Walker
2. Richard Brindley 18. Tom Eastman 14. Alex Wynter 12. Kane Vincent-Young
4. Tom Lapslie 24. Craig Slater
7. Drey Wright 28. Kurtis Guthrie 11. Brennan Dickenson
17. Denny Johnstone

Substitutes:
6. Frankie Kent 19. Macauley Bonne 21. Dion Sembie-Ferris 25. Dillon Barnes 31. Tariqe Fosu 32. Glen Kamara 41. Louis Dunne


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19 November 2016 : Ben Whitfield Talks About The Stevenage Draw
Following last Saturday's 2-2 draw against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town midfielder Ben Whitfield spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the AFC Bournemouth loanee talks about his dramatic late goal, and his father's presence at the game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Ben Whitfield's Verdict On The Stevenage Away Game.


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19 November 2016 : Ladies Receive National Award Following FAWSL2 Success
Yeovil Town Ladies triumphed at last night's 2016 FA Women's Football Awards. The Ladies picked up the FAWSL2 Club Of The Year Award - the second time they have done so in the last three years - giving them additional recognition for what has been an incredible season for them.

In addition to the most obvious achievement of winning the FAWSL2 title, despite intense pressure from Bristol City Women, who were also promoted, the Ladies were also growing from strength to strength in the stands where they increased their average attendance across the season from 431 in the 2015 campaign, to 743 average during the 2016 season. That included the 1,483 who turned up for the club's final match against Sheffield Ladies, which gave them a new club record, but also was confirmed as a new FAWSL2 competition record.

Hence at Friday night's award ceremony, which was held at Wembley Stadium, they received the award for a second time, following up on the 2014 Award that was given to them after they successfully established themselves as a FAWSL club. Now they receive it as they move up into FAWSL1, thus marking another new era for the Ladies. FA director of football participation and development Kelly Simmons said of the Awards evening and the overall state of the Ladies' game:

"It has been another big year for women’s football with so many achievements across our international and domestic game, on and off the pitch. This evening was a real celebration of all the hard work undertaken by people across women’s football and to see the strides we are taking in terms of participation, attendances and the quality of the game. It’s crucial that we continue to build on this work in 2017 which will be a pivotal year for the women’s game, particularly with England’s involvement in the Euros and the FA WSL’s transition to a more traditional football calendar, and keep growing the game in every area."

Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL2 Club Of The Year 2016
Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL2 Club Of The Year 2016.
Photo © 2016 Yeovil Town Ladies


The full Awards list from the evening read as follows:

Vauxhall England Women's Player of the Year : Jordan Nobbs (Arsenal)
Vauxhall England Women's Young Player of the Year : Millie Bright (Chelsea)

FA WSL Goal of the Season : Claire Emslie (Bristol City)
FA WSL Manager of the Year : Nick Cushing (Manchester City)

FA WSL 1 Players’ Player of the Year : Lucy Bronze (Manchester City)
FA WSL 1 Club of the Year : Manchester City
FA WSL 1 Top Goalscorer : Eniola Aluko (Chelsea)

FA WSL 2 Players’ Player of the Year : Ini-Abasi Umotong (Oxford United)
FA WSL 2 Club of the Year : Yeovil Town
FA WSL 2 Top Goalscorers : Jo Wilson (London Bees), Ini-Abasi Umotong (Oxford United)

FA WPL Manager of the Year : Lindsey Stephenson (Middlesbrough)
FA WPL Club of the Year : Brighton & Hove Albion

FA WPL Premier Division Players’ Player of the Year : Lynda Shepherd (Blackburn Rovers)
FA WPL Division One Players’ Player of the Year : Gemma Woodford (Shanklin)

FA WPL Northern Division Top Goalscorer : Emily Heckler (Huddersfield Town)
FA WPL Southern Division Top Goalscorer : Gemma Shepherd (Charlton Athletic)
FA WPL Division One Midlands Top Goalscorer : Jade Cross (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
FA WPL Division One North Top Goalscorer : Bianca Owens (Middlesbrough)
FA WPL Division One South East Top Goalscorer : Kallie Balfour (Gillingham)
FA WPL Division One South West Top Goalscorer : Katie German (Larkhall Athletic)

#WeCanPlay Participation Award : Crawley COGS
Special Award: Contribution to Women’s Football in Media : She Kicks / Jen O’Neill
Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Football : Hope Powell CBE


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18 November 2016 : Darren Previews The Colchester United Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Colchester United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren reflects upon the midweek FA Cup exit against Solihull Moors, as well as looking ahead to his side's remaining 30 league fixtures and his views on Saturday's opponents. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 November 2016 : Date And Ticketing Prices Set For West Bromwich Albion FA Youth Cup Trip
Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup Third Round match against West Bromwich Albion now has a date set. The match will take place on Tuesday 6th December at The Hawthorns, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. It's worth noting that this is the same evening that Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy tie against Milton Keynes Dons takes place (see below for ticketing arrangements for that tie).

The match at The Hawthorns will see cash-only turnstiles opened for the following prices:

Adults: £5.00; Concessions: £1.00.

The FA Youth Cup match will be played to a conclusion on the night, with Extra Time and Penalties being used if the scores are level after 90 minutes and 120 minutes respectively.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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18 November 2016 : Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 17th December 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £19.00; Aged 65 and Over: £16.00; Aged 18-22: £13.00; Aged 11-17: £10.00; Aged 7-10: £7.00; Aged 6 and Under: FREE.

There are also Family tickets available at the following rates, with Juniors being those aged 11-17 years old :

1 Adult + 1 Junior : £27.00
1 Adult + 2 Juniors : £35.00
1 Senior + 1 Junior : £24.00

Ambulant Disabled supporters pay the relevant ticket price by age band as above, but can admit an assistant free of charge if they are on the higher rate of DLA.

Wheel Chair bays cost £4.00 with an assistant free of charge. Note that Carlisle are refreshingly honest, and state that they price the admission prices for Wheelchair users at a low rate because they regard their disabled facilities as not the best - you're uncovered and at ground level at the foot of the stand.

Tickets are available either direct from the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 or via the online ticketing Portal. However, if you're after one of the Family Ticket packages, disabled tickets, or Under-6 tickets then you'll need to liaise via the Huish Park Ticket Office, as these cannot be managed online.

Away supporters will be housed in Section 3 of the East Stand, currently dubbed the Pioneer Food Service Stand. This is a side-facing all-seater stand. Carlisle appear to not be using their away terrace at all this season, and have also slightly shifted the away fans block - Section 1 and 2 in the stand will be unoccupied due to the poor views.

You can purchase tickets on the day of the match from the East Stand Ticket Office, but note that they only accept cash from that office, whilst matchday prices increase by £3.00 for the Adult, Senior, Young Adult categories. Meanwhile Family Tickets go up by £3.00 per ticket bundle (and not per individual ticket).

The East Stand, which now takes the name of the Pioneer Food Service Stand - away fans are put in the block shown just beyond the black separators
The East Stand, which now takes the name of the Pioneer Food Service Stand - away fans are put in the block shown just beyond the black separators.
Photo © 2004-2015 Ciderspace


Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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18 November 2016 : M3 Closure To Affect Colchester And London-Based Glovers
Yeovil Town and Colchester United supporters travelling down to Huish Park for tomorrow's League Two match from the London and South-East area should note that a significant Motorway closure may hamper their journey. The demolition of the Woodlands Lane Bridge, which is situated between M3 Junction 2 and Junction 3 will mean that the M3 will be closed across the coming weekend in both directions.

The M3 will be closed from 9.00p.m. on Friday 18th November until 5.30a.m. on Monday 21st November - a situation that is likely to make the nearby M25 and the adjacent junctions extremely busy. The Highways Agency have given 'official diversion routes' for those needing to specifically navigate between the two junctions, but these send you around on a massive loop that take you through Bagshot and Bracknell which are congested at the best of times.

Thus the best advice is to avoid that whole area if you're travelling from London and Essex, and to take the M4 Westbound off the M25, and follow it until you reach the Central Reading turn-off at Junction 11. Turn onto the A33 down to Basingstoke, and then rejoin the M3 Westbound at Junction 6, and then onto the A303 one junction later. Follow the same in reverse on your way home. It's likely that there will be additional traffic on this route as a result of the M3 closures though, so allow additional time to travel.


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18 November 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Colchester United
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Colchester United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 19th November 2016 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Despite being a very familiar name to Yeovil Town supporters, this is the first time that Mr Huxtable has been the main referee for a Glovers fixture. As a Devon man, he has been a frequent visitor to Huish Park as one of the allocated assistant referees or Fourth Officials. However, it was only over the summer of 2016 that he was promoted to the Football League's referees list and this is the first time we've met since then.

He is aged 32 years old and hails from Torrington, and is a self-employed builder. He is a Manchester United fan, but we'll try not to hold that against him. He has been progressing through the North Devon League, Western League Premier, Southern League Premier, Conference South and National divisions and got as far as the latter level in the summer of 2012, and so did four years at that level.

Since progressing into the Football League, he has done 17 matches - nine in League Two, three in League One, three EFL Trophy games and two FA Cup ties. His 53 bookings and one red card are pretty typical, working out as just over three bookings a game. His one dismissal was when he sent off Luton Town's Jordan Cook - given the Luton Twitter account stated that the referee was left with 'little choice' following a late challenge, whilst the Luton press described it as "two stupid bookable offences (the second of which) he lunged late into a needless challenge" it seems the match official's decision wasn't too hotly contested at Kenilworth Road.

Mr Huxtable will be assisted by Brian Durie (Gloucestershire) and Matt Eva (Surrey). The Fourth Official will be Simon Knapp (Bristol).


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18 November 2016 : Pennock Given Hull First Team Coaching Role
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeper Tony Pennock has formally joined the first team coaching staff at Premier League side Hull City. The 45 year old has been at Hull since 2014 as their Academy manager, having previously acted in the same role at Swansea City. He has been acting as one of the coaching staff since former Hull boss Steve Bruce took up the Aston Villa job and took Stephen Clemence with him. As a result, Pennock started to appear in the dugout area on an interim basis during the middle of last month.

Pennock has now been the formal title of First Team Coach, working under Phelan, with his Academy manager position being filled by Jon Beale who had been one of Pennock's senior academy coaches. He had been Swansea's Academy Manager between July 2008 and November 2013, and was their Goalkeeper-Coach, as well as a short spell during which he was Port Talbot Town's manager. His new arrangements with Hull are to last for the remainder of the 2016-17 season, after which they will presumably be reviewed or extended.


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17 November 2016 : Way Wanting To Move On Quickly From Midweek Cup Woes
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he wants to move on quickly from Tuesday night's FA Cup First Round defeat against Solihull Moors, and not dwell too much on what might have been. The Glovers lost the Replay at Damson Park via a penalty shoot-out, having failed to show their superiority in the match across 210 minutes worth of outfield play, and must now concentrate on the league, with Colchester United visiting Huish Park this weekend.

Way wanted to turn focus back on the club's League Two campaign as well as their current Second Round position in the EFL Trophy. Sixteen matches into the League campaign, Yeovil Town lie in 10th place in the table, one point off the play-offs, albeit in an ultra-tight midtable pack that sees just six points separate Grimsby Town in 6th from Exeter City, who lie in the relegation positions in 23rd place.

Just two weeks away from the date when he took over the first team management job, Way told BBC Somerset that he wanted the focus to be upon what the players had achieved during 2016, and his belief that they could force their way into the play-off positions this season:

"I'm going to move on quickly because we've got a lot of positives, with what this group have achieved this year. We've got 30 games to go, we're a point off the play-offs and we're still in the Checkatrade Trophy against MK Dons. I feel that the group have given everything this year, and from where we were last year is a complete turnaround. So we want to make sure that we keep that momentum going."

Way admitted that his team had received criticism for the manner in which they exited the FA Cup on Tuesday night. However, he served his own criticism against referee Carl Boyeson, who awarded the home side a penalty for an apparent foul by Liam Shephard on Solihull's Omari Sterling-James, suggesting the decision was 'pathetic and weak'. The Glovers boss said he expected his players to react in a positive manner to that setback:

"I'm expecting a reaction and a big powerful performance on Saturday and I think that's all you can ask for. They're not stupid - they know that there's a level of criticism when you lose against a non-league team. But I also have to say that Solihull gave an unbelievable desire and commitment to win that game. I was bitterly disappointed with the referee's decision. I thought that it was pathetic and weak. But you have to deal with that. We move on and we move on quick, and we make sure that we keep believing in where we want to go and what we want to achieve this year."


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17 November 2016 : Lea Extends Magpies Stay
Southern League Premier Division side Dorchester Town have agreed to extend the loan deal for midfielder Joe Lea. The former Southampton academy player has just come to the end of his first month at the Avenue Stadium, making six appearances, and missing just one fixture due to a minor injury.

He will now extend his relationship with Dorchester until December 17th and thus will be available for selection for their home match against Chesham United this coming Saturday. Fellow Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett remains on loan with the Magpies - his deal is running to a different timeframe and so isn't up for renewal at this stage.


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17 November 2016 : 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park
Yeovil Town have put on sale a Mini-Season Ticket covering the second half of the 2016-17 season. The half-season period will cover all ten fixtures from the home match against Plymouth Argyle onwards, which takes place on Saturday 7th January 2017.

As usual, the goal is to capture the Christmas shopping market, given that these would make a good present for a family member or friend if they are not already a season ticket holder. The prices take admission down to £14.60 for an adult for the home terrace, compared to the £17.00 you would pay if you bought an advance ticket via the internet for a single match. So if you're confident that you or the person you're going to purchase for is going to attend most, or all of the home games during the second half of the season, then you'll save money by paying for the mini-season ticket.

At present, this offer is not available online, but will be added to the club's online ticketing portal in due course. In the meantime if you call or visit the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888 they'll sell you one in person or over the phone. Please avoid trying to purchase during the couple of hours leading up to kick-off before home matches, as they'll be only selling tickets for that day's fixture during that period.

The Mini-Season Ticket offer will be in place until Friday 6th January 2017.

Ticket Type Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Premium £219 £219 £219 £219
Tamburino Stand Centre £188 £163 £106 £36
Tamburino Stand Wings £171 £120 £106 £36
Screwfix Stand Centre £180 £147 £106 £36
Screwfix Stand Wings £163 £130 £106 £36
Thatchers Terrace £146 £116 £81 £36


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17 November 2016 : Lawless Joins First Team Squad For Training Today
Yeovil Town could be able to add to their available first team squad for this weekend's League Two home match against Colchester United. The Glovers return to Football League action on Saturday, following the disappointment of their midweek FA Cup exit against Solihull Moors, and will be guaranteed to add left-back Nathan Smith to their list of available players, given that he served a one match suspension on Tuesday night, having picked up his fifth yellow card of the 2016-17 season.

The other possible addition to the playing squad is midfielder Alex Lawless. The former Luton Town player last turned out in the home League Two match against Grimsby Town on October 29th but has had a groin injury since that point which has kept him out for four consecutive matches, but now seems to be on the edge of a return, with the plan that he would join the first team's squad training sessions. Manager Darren Way told today's press conference that he would see what reaction Lawless showed to that session before considering him for selection:

"Alex Lawless is training today. We’ll see how he deals with the session but we could go into Saturday’s game with a full squad."

Lawless was the only absentee through injury for Tuesday night's match. With Nathan Smith guaranteed to return, then the return of Lawless should give the club a full squad to select from, with the exception of Ollie Bassett and Joe Lea who are out on loan with Dorchester Town.


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17 November 2016 : Moore Heads Back To Gulls On Loan
Former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has been sent out on loan by his parent club Forest Green Rovers. They have allowed him to join fellow National League side Torquay United - a club the 24 year old started his career with as a youth player. He has agreed to join the Gulls for a 28 day period, along with Bristol City striker Shawn McCoulsky.

Although Moore has played 14 times for Forest Green this season, scoring four goals, there has been a slight hint that he has slipped a little down their pecking order, having made only two substitute appearances in their last three fixtures, with the other seeing him merely warming their bench. Of his 30 appearances he's made in the league for Forest Green since January, sixteen of them have come from the bench, suggesting that they see him more as a 'squad' player than a guaranteed name on the teamsheet.

Whilst Forest Green's expensively assembled side currently stand nine points clear at the top of the National League, Torquay are stuck in 18th place and two points off the relegation zone, and have not won in seven matches in all competitions. Manager Kevin Nicholson sees the recruitment of the two strikers as a means to stop that poor form:

"Kieffer's proven at this level and higher, he's a very hard-working guy and the chance for him to come here, play some football and push some of our lads was something that he wanted to do. The boys that are here already need to see this as a challenge now. They've had my backing the whole time I've been here and I will do everything in my power to help them improve as people and players and help us get the results we should be getting."


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16 November 2016 : BBC 2016-17 Price Of Football Survey : Glovers Prices Compared With League Two Clubs
The BBC Sport website has published their latest Price Of Football survey results, detailing the cost of attending matches up and down the land. The BBC use typical benchmarks, such as the cost of a ticket, a drink, a pie and a programme to work out how cheap or how expensive certain clubs are. Benchmarks are based on the concept of a 'walk up' punter and so do not consider any membership offers, package offers or ticket bundles clubs may have at any given time.

Yeovil Town's prices, when compared with other League Two sides, break down as follows:

Cheapest Season Ticket: £295 : Seven clubs are more expensive, mostly by small amounts. Mansfield are the most expensive at £330, mainly because they charge a single flat price for all season tickets.
Dearest Season Ticket: £432 : Only Morecambe and Exeter are more expensive - for reasons unknown Morecambe offer a £519 season ticket.

Lowest Single Ticket: £20.00 : Notts County, Leyton Orient and Blackpool are the most expensive at £22.00 with Colchester at £21.00.
Highest Single Ticket: £25.00 : Morecambe, Colchester United and Blackpool are the most expensive. The £29.00 for Colchester's Community Stadium is a bit steep!

Lowest Away Ticket: £16.00 : Yeovil are one of the better priced clubs for this - Doncaster at £10.00 and Colchester at £14.50 beat it.
Highest Away Ticket: £24.00 : On the other hand, when away fans are put in the seated area, Yeovil become the second most expensive, behind Colchester's £29.00.

Matchday Programme: £3.00 : Almost everyone in the division charges the same. Blackpool and Carlisle United charge £2.00 whilst Newport County charge £3.50.

Pies: Not Available : What no pies? It seems that Yeovil Town are almost unique in football by not selling the classic half time snack.
Tea: £2.00 : Five other clubs also charge this rate. Only Doncaster Rovers go higher at £2.10.

Adult Shirt: £40.00 : A large proportion of clubs (fifteen) charge this sort of amount (give or take a penny), with Barnet's £49.90 and Crawley's £35.00 the more extreme.
Junior Shirt: £30.00 : A total of eleven clubs charge this amount (give or take a penny). Crawley's £25.00 is the cheapest, whilst Barnet's £41.59 is rather steep.

In League Two, Plymouth Argyle declined to respond to the BBC Sport request for information - they were the only club in 224 polled who refused the BBC's approach. This may well be the Martyn Starnes effect - as Yeovil's CEO he was highly critical of the survey, and last season again voiced concerns, complaining that as Home Park was an all-seater stadium, comparison with club's with terraced facilities were in theory unfair.

Based on the above data, overall Yeovil Town sit at the upper end of League Two when it comes to ticket pricing, with the exception of away tickets for the Copse Road Terrace. There's no single category in which they are the highest - an unwanted award that they got in 2014-15 as a League One club. However, for most tickets they sit in the top batch of clubs. For catering, programmes and shirts, Yeovil Town seem to sit right in the middle of the pack, with a lot less variation between clubs.

For the cheapest matchday ticket the BBC indicate Yeovil are 7 percent above the League average, whilst for the most expensive, we're 9 percent above the league average. For season tickets, our cheapest is 9 percent above the average, whilst the most expensive season ticket is 13 percent above.

We'll save the most damning statistic for last. It costs Yeovil Town supporters £17.58 to see a home goal at Huish Park, based on last season's scores and prices. This is the most expensive in the division, with Accrington a bargain £4.65, whilst the most expensive other than Yeovil is Crawley at £13.81. Ouch!

Link: 2014-15 Price Of Football : BBC Survey Labels Yeovil Town As Most Expensive League One Club.

Link: 2014-15 Price Of Football : Glovers Dismiss 'Unfair, Unrealistic And Totally Misleading' BBC Survey.

Link: 2015-16 Price Of Football : Annual Price Of Football Survey Sees Ranked Good Value For Away Fans.

Link: 2015-16 Price Of Football : Yeovil Town Comparison Statistics.


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16 November 2016 : Twelve Clubs Fined As Luton Hammer League's EFL Trophy Double Standards
Almost as if the Football League are trying to make today a 'publish bad news day', the governing authority have published a list of fines incurred by member clubs as part of the 2016-17 EFL Trophy. The two top offenders are Portsmouth, who played in Yeovil Town's group, and Luton Town, who have provided a thorny response to the League's decision to give them the maximum fine.

The League's statement indicates that in addition to fining clubs that broke the competition rules on the strength of teams fielded, they have also fined clubs that committed "transgressions that were not within the spirit of the rules." The League clarified the strength of each Football League team as being subject to the following rule:

"The ‘full strength’ policy for the season 2016/17 competition was five of the starting line-up must have started the previous or following game (a reduction from six in season 2015/16) or five of the starting 11 who have made the most starting appearances in League and domestic Cup competitions fixtures during the current season."

However, they have also fined the likes of Bradford City and Bristol Rovers the sum of £3,000 each, even though they did field starting elevens that complied with the above rule. Their transgression appears to be due to the fact that both clubs substituted their goalkeepers within two minutes of Group Stage fixtures, so they could get an additional 'fringe player' onto the pitch for the match. The Football League have decided that this is against the spirit of the rules.

The full list of clubs fined are as follows:

Luton Town - £15,000 (£5,000 per match)
Portsmouth - £15,000 (£5,000 per match)
Bradford City - £3,000
Blackpool - £3,000
Bristol Rovers - £3,000
Milton Keynes Dons - £3,000
Millwall - £3,000
Charlton Athletic - £3,000
Peterborough United - £3,000
Sheffield United - £3,000
Southend United - £3,000
Fleetwood Town - £5,000

Luton Town manager Nathan Jones had laid down the gauntlet to the Football League after he decided to field eleven changes for their Group Stage match against West Bromwich Albion Under-21s, with eight players in the Hatters line-up aged Under-21. Luton's argument was that if EPPP Category One Academy sides such as WBA could field young sides in the competition, then it was unfair that Football League sides were unable to field their own Development Squad sides. Luton ended up beating the Baggies, and proved good enough to qualify from their Group.

Hence their club statement accuses the Football League of double standards - being happy to encourage the development of Premier League youngsters through the EFL Trophy, but specifically banning the same practice within their own member clubs:

"We had the second highest attendance in our one home game against a fellow senior EFL club, which we believe was only because we were playing our youngsters. We acknowledge our breach of the competition rules, but does our 'offence' make a mockery of the competition any more than a club substituting their first-choice goalkeeper after just a couple of minutes of the game to ensure they met the five-player starting rule. Which is more in keeping with the spirit of the game? Which supports the competition's ethos of promoting young talent more? That is clearly disingenuous and by fining us this amount the EFL is effectively saying that promoting young talent is only acceptable if they’re with an EPPP1 club, and they are depriving their own member clubs' young players access to first-team football."


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16 November 2016 : Evans Takes Over Stags Management Role
League Two side Mansfield Town have appointed their new first team manager who will succeed Adam Murray. It's taken them two days to decide who should be in charge, and they have opted for former Crawley Town and Leeds United manager Steve Evans, who has agreed a two and a half year contract at Field Mill.

Evans has been out of work since he was sacked by Leeds in May 2016, where he lasted just 38 games in charge. He had been heavily linked with a couple of other clubs during the early part of this season, but was unveiled as the new Stags manager this afternoon. He has taken Paul Raynor to Field Mill - his assistant manager who has consistently followed him around across twelve years and four different clubs - this will be the fifth time they've worked together.

The 54 year old is is claimed in Mansfield's press release as having achieved 'nine promotions' during his management career - Wikipedia only identifies seven, whilst two of those seven were whilst he was at Boston United, where the Lincolnshire side 'won' promotion to the Football League, but only by false salary details being declared on player contracts - something for which the Football Association suspended him from the game for a total of 20 months. Evans and Boston Chairman Patrick Malkinson were later found guilty of tax fraud, with £323,000 being claimed by HMRC as being withheld between April 1997 and June 2002 - corresponding to the period under which Evans 'achieved' his two promotions.

Evans later returned to Boston for a second spell, although unsurprisingly without the 'creative accounting' was unable to repeat his earlier successes, and was the man at the helm when they were relegated out of the Football League. He then moved on to manage Crawley Town and Rotherham United before his most recent management stint at Leeds. He has now agreed terms with a Mansfield side who lie in 18th place and are three points off the relegation spots, yet also three points off the play-off spots.


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16 November 2016 : Glovers Trust Meeting Yeovil Town Executive And Directors Tonight
Yeovil Town have stated that they are holding a meeting tonight with the Glovers Trust regarding recent Supporters Surveys conducted by both the club and the Trust over the last few months. The club's own survey was run between October 12th and 19th, with the club receiving "over 550 responses". The club are now quantifying that as "several thousand comments" which they say they are still working through.

For tonight's meeting with the Trust, Board Directors David Lee and Andy Rossiter will be attending along with a number of unspecified 'executive' representatives of the club. The club claim that the Glovers Trust "will deliver the findings of their survey to build into the Club’s action plan regarding the matchday experience at Huish Park." Earlier this month the Trust had already highlighted that areas such as the cleanliness of the stadium walls and surrounds, along with potholes in the club car parks had been repeatedly raised by their members.

As yet there is no detail from the club's own survey as to what their key findings were, whilst it is worth noting that the Trust's own survey did not just focus upon the Huish Park matchday experience.

Link: Trust Provide Intermediate Response To Membership Survey.

Link: Glovers Receive Over 500 Responses To Matchday Experience Survey.


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16 November 2016 : EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons
Ticketing arrangements for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Second Round match against Milton Keynes Dons are now available. The match will take place on Tuesday 6th December 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off, after the Glovers qualified as Group Stage winners earlier this month.

Tickets for this fixture will go on sale on Monday 21st November to all supporters. All areas of the ground will be open as normal. Prices are constant throughout the ground and are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Concessions: £5.00; Juniors: £1.00.

Concessions will apply to Seniors, those aged 16-21 years old and Ambulant and Wheelchair Disabled.

Season Ticket holders will have their seats/spaces reserved until Friday 25th November. After this time, unclaimed seats will go on general sale as well.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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16 November 2016 : Solihull 1 Yeovil 1 : Penalty Shoot-Out Sees Glovers Out Of Cup
Yeovil Town crashed out of the FA Cup at the First Round stage on Tuesday night, after National League side Solihull Moors beat them in a penalty shoot-out. Across 210 minutes worth of football in the two ties, the Glovers couldn't stamp their superiority on the game, despite taking the lead in the Replay when substitute Francois Zoko crashed home a superb strike off the underside of the crossbar, three minutes into injury time. Six minutes later, Akwasi Asante's penalty levelled the scores after Liam Shephard was judged to have fouled Omari Sterling-James, and that meant that the game ended up with a set of penalty kicks deciding the tie. Solihull's spot kicks were perfect whilst Ryan Dickson and Tom Eaves failed to convert theirs, giving the home side a trip to Luton Town in the next round, whilst the Glovers will spend that Saturday Christmas shopping.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up. Kevin Dawson had completed his two match suspension for two separate offences, and went straight back into the side, with Matt Butcher dropping to the bench. Ben Whitfield got a reward for his weekend injury time goal against Stevenage by getting a start, as Bevis Mugabi dropped to the bench, with Liam Shephard dropping into the back four. Meanwhile Nathan Smith was serving a one match ban for picking up five bookings and he was replaced by Ryan Dickson, who was getting his first game time for six weeks.

Solihull's second biggest crowd of the 2016-17 season meant that hundreds of fans from both teams were still outside the turnstiles when referee Carl Boyeson decided to kick off. Early attempts for Ryan Hedges, plus Shepherd Murombedzi and Jamey Osborne for the home side all went wide of the target. It took quarter of an hour for the Glovers to start to look threatening, with Kevin Dawson's cross into the box finding Ben Whitfield, but his attempt on goal was well blocked by the goalkeeper. That was followed by a corner kick that Tom Eaves headed back across goal, with Jordan Gough having to head clear close to his own goal line, but in truth this was fairly basic defending.

Yeovil looked at their best and most dangerous when they got the ball down on the deck and used the trickery of players like Ryan Hedges to run at the Solihull defenders. The problem was that didn't happen enough. On a night with waves of drizzly rain, the pitch was slippery and far too often the ball ended up going high in the air. Otis Khan had one of the better efforts on goal, with the ball being somewhat spooned away by Nathan Vaughan for a corner. There was also a frantic goalmouth scramble that led to a Tom Eaves attempt on goal being blocked by a sea of bodies before it got hacked away. Solihull were being kept fairly quiet with only one deflected Andy Brown effort coming off the body of Alex Lacey causing some concern, before it looped into the arms of Artur Krysiak.

Initially, the second half started well with a higher tempo from the Glovers that saw Ryan Hedges have a shot on goal that deflected out for a corner. In theory an injury to Solihull's goalkeeper should have helped their cause - Nathan Vaughan shanked a goal kick into the side stand 65 minutes into the match, and it seemed likely that his standing foot had buckled under him - he couldn't continue, meaning Daniel Lewis was pushed into action.

As the half wore on, it was the home side that were doing most of the attacking. Omari Sterling-James had forced Artur Krysiak into a strong save, and as the game crept into five minutes of injury time - mainly for the Vaughan injury - Krysiak came to Yeovil's rescue on three separate occasions, blocking shots from Shepherd Murombedzi and Sterling-James again, before launching himself instinctively at a close range Liam Daly follow-up attempt that should have been in the back of the net, were it not for one of the best saves the Pole has made since he signed for Yeovil Town.

That took the game into injury time, and that was an additional period where Yeovil thought they had initially got the upper hand. Three minutes into the half hour, Francois Zoko went on a strong run through the centre-left channel of Solihull's half and unleashed a shot from the edge of the box that was completely unstoppable - crashing in off the underside of the bar for a 1-0 lead. It was everything that the game had lacked up until that point.

Zoko could have provided Yeovil with their means to double their lead just two minutes later when he set up Ryan Hedges with a clever pass. However after rounding the substitute goalkeeper, Hedges ran out of room on the pitch and angle on his shot to put the ball into the back of the net. That moment was to prove significant when six minutes after Yeovil's opener, Solihull got themselves a penalty. Supposedly, Liam Shephard had fouled Omari Sterling-James inside the area - video replays suggested referee Carl Boyeson had been duped - but Solihull top scorer Akwasi Asante didn't care and slotted a low spot kick home.

As Extra Time concluded, inevitably nerves and tiredness crept in, and the game fizzled out a bit - Yeovil did have one half-chance to win it, as Ryan Hedges attempted to score from a narrow angle, but his shot hit the outside of the goalframe and that was that. Yeovil lost the toss for the penalty shoot-out, meaning that Solihull chose the end where most of their fans were congregated, and they got an early lift when Ryan Dickson missed the opening spot kick.

With Solihull converting perfect penalties, that meant that when Tom Eaves had his strike saved, Omari Sterling-James got the responsibility of the home side's fourth spot kick, and we never got to find out who Yeovil's final taker would be before the Moors coaching staff and substitutes raced onto the pitch in celebration. Based on the number of chances created, it was hard to argue with Solihull's win, even if they were a bit fortunate in the way they got their in-game penalty on the night. The Glovers rarely looked fluent in their play, whilst the 'non-league environment' of Damson Park seemed to inspire the National League side more as the night went on.

Final Score: Solihull Moors 1 Yeovil Town 1. (Solihull win 4-2 on penalties)

Scorers: Francois Zoko (93 mins, 0-1), Akwasi Asante (99 mins, 1-1)

Penalty Kicks: Ryan Dickson (MISS, 0-0), Jack Byrne (Scored, 1-0), Kevin Dawson (Scored, 1-1), Eddie Jones (Scored, 2-1), Tom Eaves (SAVED, 2-1), Jordan Gough (Scored, 3-1), Francois Zoko (Scored, 3-2), Omari Sterling-James (Scored, 4-2).

Solihull Moors:
23. Nathan Vaughan
3. Connor Franklin 6. Jordan Gough 4. Liam Daly 2. Shepherd Murombedzi
15. Jordan Fagbola 8. Jack Byrne 20. Jamie Osborne
11. Darryl Knights 9. Andy Brown 22. Omari Sterling-James

Substitutes:
1. Daniel Lewis (66 mins for Nathan Vaughan) 7. Akwasi Asante (95 mins for Andy Brown), 12. Eddie Jones (80 mins for Darryl Knights) 14. Jean-Yves Koue Niate 19. Harry White 24. Lewis Hayden 26. Joel Dielna


Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko (76 mins for Otis Khan) 14. Josh Ezewele 16. Matt Butcher (77 mins for Ben Whitfield) 18. Omar Sowumni 19. Tahvon Campbell

Solihull Moors Bookings: Jamey Osborne (80 mins, foul), Akwasi Asante (100 mins, excessive celebration), Liam Daly (114 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Butcher (89 mins, foul), Francois Zoko (97 mins, diving),

Solihull Moors Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 10; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 19.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Rob Smith (Hertfordshire) and Steven Copeland (Merseyside). Fourth Official: Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire).

Attendance: 1,460 (no segregation of supporters, so no away headcount).


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16 November 2016 : Video : Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's penalty shoot-out defeat against Solihull Moors, two minutes worth of footage are on the BBC Sport website. They cover the two goals, from Francois Zoko and Akwasi Asante, along with the rather soft looking penalty decision that preceded Solihull's equalising goal. They also show part of the end-of-game penalty shoot-out, with Tom Eaves having his penalty saved, before Omari Sterling-James netted the winner. Watch via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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16 November 2016 : League's Whole Game Plans Are No Solution As Restructuring Is Scrapped
The Football League have announced that they are abandoning plans for their Whole Game Solution. The proposals had been documented to propose the creation of a new Football League division, and the expansion of the 'professional game' structure to either 100 or 106 clubs, creating a Football League membership of 80 or 86 clubs. The proposals, which were published in May 2016, had been poorly received, with many fans groups and club Chairmen questioning how it would benefit individual clubs, particularly those outside the Premier League and Championship.

The League's statement bizarrely blames the Football Association, stating that they have stopped the plans due to the FA's unwillingness to consider moving at least two FA Cup round ties (provisionally the Fourth and Fifth Round slots) into midweek positions, enabling the League to set up additional weekend fixtures. This was a somewhat flawed position, given that Fourth and Fifth Round weekends by default have a full League fixture calendar, with matches only being moved to midweek if those clubs were still involved in the competition.

The League's statement is also mystifying given that their original Whole Game Solution press release made no mention of moving FA Cup fixtures - this was a proposal that only materialised in September 2016 private communication to member clubs that was ultimately made public when the Football Supporters Federation became aware of its content, with some clubs eventually disclosing this side proposal via surveys distributed to their supporter bases. Despite that not having been part of the initial Whole Game Solution focus, the League's statement now claims the FA's refusal to move FA Cup Round dates into midweek is the single reason for its demise. The League's statement says:

"The EFL Board has today announced that they will cease discussions on the Whole Game Solution with immediate effect after the Football Association (FA) informed them they were no longer prepared to consider rescheduling FA Cup fixtures into midweek slots. The decision has been taken with significant regret and disappointment and brings to an end the EFL-led debate on the possibility of the single biggest reform of the English League structure since the inception of the Premier League in 1992. In order for the Whole Game Solution to be viable, it required the English football authorities to look collectively at the fixture schedules and create additional weekends for League football. However, after seeking clarification on the FA’s position following the recent announcement of their new international broadcasting deal, the EFL were informed that there was no longer a sufficient advantage for the FA in making the changes."

Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey echoed the League's statement, claiming that the need to move FA Cup round dates into midweek slots was needed to ensure that clubs were not financially worse off as a result of the expansion of membership, which implicitly would result in a smaller share of centralised sponsorship and television revenue per member club:

"As a result of the FA’s decision, the Board has been left with no option but to end the Whole Game Solution discussions as, in its current form, it is no longer viable. If the weekend slots are not available, then there is simply no way we can meet the financial conditions (to be no worse off) as outlined at the very outset. The stance the FA has adopted has brought the discussions to a premature end, before fully understanding what the financial outcome from the creation of a new distribution model could be. If the FA are willing to change its position then we are, of course, open to re-engaging in what is a hugely important debate that was designed to help shape the future of football in this country."

Given all Football League clubs have always had fixtures pencilled in for Fourth Round and Fifth Round weekends, and have only had to play those in midweek when either they or their opponents have gone on extended cup runs, the League's statement smacks of being a 'convenient excuse' for the withdrawal of the proposals, and an attempt to divert any 'blame' onto the FA. In truth many fans groups were opposed to the changes, and so will not shed any tears at these plans being torn up.


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16 November 2016 : Way Bemoans Missed Opportunities After Solihull Cup Exit
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way claimed that missed opportunities had cost his side a place in the Second Round of the FA Cup last night. The Glovers went out to National League side Solihull Moors in a penalty shoot-out defeat, after the match had ended in a 1-1 draw, with both goals being scored during the extra time period at Damson Park.

Way highlighted the crucial period between Francois Zoko's 93rd minute goal that gave the Glovers an extra time lead, only to be pegged back six minutes later through an Akwasi Asante penalty. In between those two moments, Zoko had set up Ryan Hedges who had managed to round substitute goalkeeper Daniel Lewis after breaking through on goal, but had been pushed too wide to get a clean shot in that would have given his side a two goal advantage. Way also felt that the incident that saw Liam Shephard penalised for a foul on Omari Sterling-James had also been an incorrect decision, and saw those as the key moments as to why the club went out of the competition, rather than the eventual spot kicks:

"The players are disappointed. I feel that just like the first game we have missed opportunities. We weren't clinical enough at 1-0 up, when we could have gone 2-0 up. I felt that was a great chance from Ryan Hedges that we didn't take. Then I thought it was a penalty that should never have been given. So we have to deal with that. I have to make sure that the group stays strong and that they stick together, and that we turn around this disappointment on Saturday."

Way added that the theme of not taking opportunities extended over the whole 210 minutes of the tie, including the original First Round match at Huish Park ten days ago. However, he acknowledged Solihull's own role in the two matches:

"That really summed up us not taking that opportunity, just like we didn't in the two games. I felt that on the balance of play that should have been wrapped up. Having said that, that's the FA Cup. I have to take my hat off to Solihull and say well done, because they gave everything that they possibly could. We knew that, as they didn't want to have any regrets. But there's only one way that I can deal with that, and that's making sure that I stick with the group, stay humble enough in defeat, and look forward to Saturday."


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16 November 2016 : Solihull 1 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics (Solihull Win On Penalties)
Yeovil Town crashed out of the FA Cup at the First Round stage on Tuesday night, after National League side Solihull Moors beat them in a penalty shoot-out. Across 210 minutes worth of football in the two ties, the Glovers couldn't stamp their superiority on the game, despite taking the lead in the Replay when substitute Francois Zoko crashed home a superb strike off the underside of the crossbar, three minutes into injury time. Six minutes later, Akwasi Asante's penalty levelled the scores after Liam Shephard was judged to have fouled Omari Sterling-James, and that meant that the game ended up with a set of penalty kicks deciding the tie. Solihull's spot kicks were perfect whilst Ryan Dickson and Tom Eaves failed to convert theirs, giving the home side a trip to Luton Town in the next round, whilst the Glovers will spend that Saturday Christmas shopping.

Full report to follow on Wednesday morning.

Final Score: Solihull Moors 1 Yeovil Town 1. (Solihull win 4-2 on penalties)

Scorers: Francois Zoko (93 mins, 0-1), Akwasi Asante (99 mins, 1-1)

Penalty Kicks: Ryan Dickson (MISS, 0-0), Jack Byrne (Scored, 1-0), Kevin Dawson (Scored, 1-1), Eddie Jones (Scored, 2-1), Tom Eaves (SAVED, 2-1), Jordan Gough (Scored, 3-1), Francois Zoko (Scored, 3-2), Omari Sterling-James (Scored, 4-2).

Solihull Moors:
23. Nathan Vaughan
3. Connor Franklin 6. Jordan Gough 4. Liam Daly 2. Shepherd Murombedzi
15. Jordan Fagbola 8. Jack Byrne 20. Jamie Osborne
11. Darryl Knights 9. Andy Brown 22. Omari Sterling-James

Substitutes:
1. Daniel Lewis (66 mins for Nathan Vaughan) 7. Akwasi Asante (95 mins for Andy Brown), 12. Eddie Jones (80 mins for Darryl Knights) 14. Jean-Yves Koue Niate 19. Harry White 24. Lewis Hayden 26. Joel Dielna


Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko (76 mins for Otis Khan) 14. Josh Ezewele 16. Matt Butcher (77 mins for Ben Whitfield) 18. Omar Sowumni 19. Tahvon Campbell

Solihull Moors Bookings: Jamey Osborne (80 mins, foul), Akwasi Asante (100 mins, excessive celebration), Liam Daly (114 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Butcher (89 mins, foul), Francois Zoko (97 mins, diving),

Solihull Moors Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 22; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 10; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 8; Fouls: 19.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Rob Smith (Hertfordshire) and Steven Copeland (Merseyside). Fourth Official: Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire).

Attendance: 1,460 (no segregation of supporters, so no away headcount).


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15 November 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's penalty shoot-out defeat against Solihull Moors at Damson 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 Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town.


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15 November 2016 : Team News For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's FA Cup First Round Replay match against Solihull Moors at Damson Park. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the team that played against Stevenage on the weekend. Left back Nathan Smith is suspended after he picked up his fifth booking of the 2016-17 season, and so he sits out one match. His place is taken by Ryan Dickson.

Midfielder Kevin Dawson had served a two match suspension over the last two matches, for separate offences, and he returns to the teamsheet tonight displacing Matt Butcher. There was a question mark over whether AFC Bournemouth the loanee had been cleared to play in this tie, given that he was still injured for the original match at Huish Park. That question has now been answered in the affirmative - he will now become cup-tied from a Cherries point of view. In addition Ben Whitfield gets a start with Bevis Mugabi dropping to the bench.

Absentees due to injury this afternoon are believed to lie only with one player, in Alex Lawless. Kyle Copp is presumed fit but does not make the bench. Midfielders Joe Lea and Ollie Bassett are on loan with Dorchester Town. Kyle Copp is available but not selected.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan 28. Ben Whitfield
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko 14. Josh Ezewele 16. Matt Butcher 18. Omar Sowumni 19. Tahvon Campbell


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15 November 2016 : Smith To Sit Out Solihull Moors Replay
Yeovil Town will have to make do without left-back Nathan Smith for tonight's FA Cup First Round Replay against Solihull Moors. The 29 year old picked up his fifth yellow card of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, in the 2-2 draw against Stevenage, and so will serve a one match suspension for the match at Damson Park. Smith had already picked up cautions in the matches against Hartlepool United, Leyton Orient, Plymouth Argyle and Grimsby Town and so had been sat on his fourth booking for a couple of weeks.

The most obvious replacement within the Glovers ranks would be Ryan Dickson, who hasn't got onto the pitch since the October 4th EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers, with a few injury niggles and a spot of illness keeping him out of the camp. The club have used Bevis Mugabi in the left-back slot on a couple of occasions, and that may also be an option, if the boss Darren Way chose to put Liam Shephard into his favoured right-back position tonight - something that could be on the cards given that Kevin Dawson is available for selection following his two match absence, due to two separate suspensions.

Aside from Smith's absence, the Football Association have also indicated that Bevis Mugabi has a one match suspension pending. The defender was issued with yellow cards in the EFL Trophy Group Stage matches against Bristol Rovers and Reading Under-21s earlier this season. The EFL Trophy suspension rules work independently of those for standard League and Cup fixtures, but the effect of those two yellow cards is that he will be suspended for one fixture, which will mean he will miss the Second Round home match against Milton Keynes Dons. As yet there is no date for that fixture, but it's most likely slot will be Tuesday 6th December.

Link: Ticketing For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town : FA Cup Replay.

Link: GWSC Travel To Solihull Moors.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Solihull Moors.


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15 November 2016 : Darren Talks About Stevenage Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Stevenage kicked off at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains some of his thinking that saw him push Liam Shephard into midfield on the day, as well as explaining some of the differences he had been expecting in the style of the Stevenage match and the previous midweeker's game against Reading Under-21s. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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15 November 2016 : Officials For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the FA Cup First Round Replay between Solihull Moors and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place at Damson Park on Tuesday 15th November 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually less than once per season.

The earliest occasion we've got on record was at the Saunders Honda Stadium in February 2005 when, despite dishing out four yellows and a red to the home side, Boyeson could and should have been even firmer with a thuggish display from Chester City that topped even their usual standards. That said he was roundly abused by Mr Cheat himself, Steve Evans, just a month later over some supposed injustice - so he can't be all bad as an official.

We were also not particularly impressed with Mr Boyeson on another occasion - the 3-2 defeat at Rotherham United in December 2006 when he tended to give most of the major decisions to the home side, in our opinion bottling a late penalty decision that could have given the Glovers a point out of the game, having earlier awarded Rotherham a controversial penalty deep into first half stoppage time that gave the Millers their third and ultimately vital goal.

However, in our last five meetings involving Mr Boyeson, we've found little to complain about. The first of the came in the 2-0 defeat against Hartlepool United in March 2008. Whilst that was not one of our better days out, Mr Boyeson doesn't get a mention in our match report, and we can't recall anything particular about him on the day, which is always a good sign! The same is true of the February 2009 match at Gresty Road, where the 2-0 defeat was rather self inflicted, with goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar making the biggest error on the night, when he turned a cross into his own net, dwarfing anything the referee may or may not have been doing.

Then we had the September 2011 thriller at Deepdale, where Yeovil Town went down by a 4-3 scoreline. He gave us a penalty after Clarke Carlisle handled in the box for Preston, but the Lancashire press didn't make too much of that, preferring to concentrate on the seven goals scored. The Western Gazette says of his performance that he "was sensible and kept a lid on the game when tempers threatened to boil over when Yeovil battled back" from 4-1 down. He then looked after our 1-0 defeat against Milton Keynes Dons in September 2012 - on that occasion we can't recall him doing too much wrong across the 90 minutes, although the Gazette weren't happy weren't happy with him saying he had "an afternoon to forget, contributing to both teams' frustrations by awarding free kicks for very little" although it didn't seem to have any influence upon the actual result. Finally, he was in charge for the December 2014 home 0-1 defeat against Colchester United - we've noted that there was booing on the final whistle, but we think that was mainly aimed at our own side's inertia up front, rather than anything the official was doing.

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Rob Smith (Hertfordshire) and Steven Copeland (Merseyside). The Fourth Official will be Ian Dudley (Nottinghamshire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2005 : Chester City 0 - 2 Yeovil Town

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2006 : Rotherham United 3 - 2 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : March 2008 : Hartlepool United 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : February 2009 : Crewe Alexandra 2 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2011 : Preston North End 4 - 3 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : September 2012 : Milton Keynes Dons 1 - 0 Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 - 1 Colchester United.


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14 November 2016 : Addicks Confirm Slade Departure With Eighth Duchatelet Manager On The Cards
League One side Charlton Athletic have parted company with former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade. At six o'clock tonight, the London Weekly News stated that he had been fired during the afternoon, with them believing that owner Roland Duchatelet has already lined up Chris O'Loughlin as their next boss - he had been manager of Duchatelet's hometown club of Sint-Truiden in Belgium. Although O'Loughlin's arrival has not been confirmed, the departure of Slade has been late tonight.

Slade had only been in charge since the start of the 2016-17 season, taking over a club that is in crisis both on and off the field. Relegated from the Championship, into League One, the Addicks supporters have been in open revolt against Duchatelet's ownership, with thousands of fans demonstrating both inside and outside the ground, including systematic disruption to fixtures by throwing small (but harmless) objects onto the pitch, such as plastic toy pigs and tennis balls.

As such, Slade's record of five wins, ten draws and six defeats was nothing to write home about, but given the off the field goings on, their current 15th place position seemed to be one of the more stable parts of The Valley at present. However, their club statement implies that they were expecting an instant challenge for promotion back to the Championship, rather than a period of stabilisation:

"The club has reluctantly made this decision after results this season, which have left the team occupying 15th place. The club wants to give itself the best possible opportunity of achieving its number one priority – winning promotion to the Sky Bet Championship at the earliest opportunity. The club would like to thank Russell for his tireless work during his time at The Valley, particularly the processes and disciplines he has instilled at the training ground, and wishes him well for the future."

Duchatelet bought Charlton in January 2014, and one of his earliest decisions was to sack long-standing manager Chris Powell. Following Slade's departure, they will now be looking for their eighth manager in less than three years. The full list is as follows:

Charlton Athletic Managers under Roland Duchatelet:
1. Chris Powell: 7 games (under Duchatelet)
2. Jose Riga: 16 games
3. Bob Peeters: 28 games
4. Damian Matthew: 1 game (Caretaker)
5. Guy Luzon: 36 games
6. Karel Fraeye: 14 games
7. Jose Riga: 20 games
8. Russell Slade: 21 games


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14 November 2016 : Yeovil 2 Merstham 0 : Academy Side Sets Up Third Round Baggies Clash
Yeovil Town Under-18s battled their way through to the Third Round of the FA Youth Cup tonight, as Surrey side Merstham were knocked out by a 2-0 scoreline. In truth, the young Glovers had to do a lot of defending to keep themselves in the competition despite taking the lead as early as the 11th minute, when Callum Morton latched onto a long clearance down the middle, with the striker slotting the ball home for an early lead.

For much of the match, it was goalkeeper Kingsley Latham who was one of the busiest players on the park, as he pulled off a string of saves during the match to keep his side in the competition. Yeovil did manage to weather the storm to a degree when they changed formations from a 4-4-2 to a 4-5-1 early in the second half, packing men behind the ball, and they delivered the sucker punch in the 90th minute, as Merstham lost possession from their own throw-in, and substitute Jack Hilton-Jones capitalised to put the Glovers though to the next round.

They will now travel to play West Bromwich Albion in the Third Round of the competition, testing themselves against an EPPP Category One side. That tie will be played next month, with all Third Round ties due to be completed by Saturday 17th December.

Full Time: Yeovil Town Under-18s 2 Merstham Under-18s 0.

Scorers: Callum Morton (1-0, 11 mins), Jack Hilton-Jones (2-0, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Kingsley Latham
Charlie Fripp, Jayden Corbridge, Jeremiah Gyebi, Joeseph Tomlinson
Jack Rice-Lethaby, Arthur Warren, Brad Cherrett, Daniel Buckley
Callum Morton, Paul Akinuli

Substitutes:
Archie Watts, Jake Williams, Harry Haughton, Gabriel Rogers, Jack Hilton-Jones (53 mins for Paul Akinuli), Mitch McCann (84 mins for Arthur Warren)

Merstham Under-18s: Greenwood O'Donoghue, Akoto, O'Rourke, Norrington-Davies Weller, Armstrong, Simpson Tran-West (Linter, 74 mins), Soulam (Doherty, 57 mins), Lubango (Shango, 52 mins)

Attendance: 261.


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14 November 2016 : Stags Part Company With Management Team After Pompey Defeat
League Two side Mansfield Town have parted company with manager Adam Murray today. The 35 year old has left the club having been in charge for just under two years, but does so on the back of an association with the Stags that stretches back 14 years, when he signed for them on loan as a Derby County player.

Murray managed 103 games in charge, winning 32 of those and drawing 27 of them. He achieved an 11th placed finish during the 2015-16 season, but this season the club lies in 18th place in the table, albeit in an extraordinarily fluid division that puts them three points off the play-off positions and three points off the relegation spots!

It would appear that Murray is the one who has instigated the departure - two weeks ago he had been forced to repledge his future to the Stags after he was booed by supporters following a home defeat against Stevenage. Currently on a run of four league matches without a win, their 4-0 away loss against Portsmouth has proved to be the final curtain. Murray explained:

"I have been with the club for over 14 years and having discussed it with my management team we have decided that it is time for a change. We are immensely proud of what we have achieved, moving both the club forward and achieving its highest league position in over ten years."

First team coaches Karl Hawley and Richard Cooper have also left the club. That leaves Mansfield with Under-21s Head Coach Mike Whitlow and Youth Team manager John Dempster in Caretaker Management of the team for the immediate future.

Mansfield become the fourth League Two side to part company with their management team so far this season, with Grimsby Town, Leyton Orient and Newport County having all made changes during the opening sixteen games.


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14 November 2016 : Glovers In League Two Top Ten As Season Ticket Sales Hit Half A Million
The Football League have published the top ten clubs in each division, based on their Season Ticket Sales. For League Two, Yeovil Town come in at 10th place, and it's no great surprise to find that Portsmouth, Luton Town and Plymouth Argyle come in as the top three, given that they are also the trio that are attracting the highest gates in the division.

The League have chosen to publish the data after they determined that the number of Season Ticket Holders across the 72 clubs has passed the 500,000 mark for the first time "in living memory" - they presumably mean since the formation of the Premier League, given that prior to that, the Football League's membership was comprised of 92 clubs, including some that would probably match that half-a-million figure between themselves.

Overall the breakdown gives 326,000 Championship season ticket holders, along with 117,000 in League One and 59,000 in League Two - the latter figure tells us that the average number of season ticket holders per club is 2,458. Yeovil Town have not disclosed their 2016-17 Season Ticket Sales at all, but in recent campaigns it has hung between 1,900 and 2,700 depending on which level the club have been playing at.

In terms of growth, the Football League have stated that there has been a hefty accumulative rise from 398,390 in 2007, to the 502,826 for the 2016-17 season, showing that sales are up by 26 percent across all clubs. This will be sparked partly by some clubs setting innovative 'pledge' concepts such as those practiced by Bradford City and Hartlepool United where packages have been sold at a reduced rate, provided enough fans pledged their support to buy one when the club reached its target. Others have targetted family tickets and junior season tickets, to recognise that those with children cannot fund multiple packages all priced at the adult rate. The League note that there has been a 37 percent rise in Junior Season ticket holders across the last ten years, with 20 percent of those going through the turnstiles at games aged Under-16.

League Two : Top Season Ticket Sales
1. Portsmouth
2. Luton Town
3. Plymouth Argyle
4. Leyton Orient
5. Hartlepool United
6. Grimsby Town
7. Doncaster Rovers
8. Notts County
9. Cambridge United
10. Yeovil Town


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14 November 2016 : Crewe Programme Gives Glovers Fans A Double-Take
Supporters who made the journey to Gresty Road, for the League Two match between Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle might have had a bit of a surprise when they opened up their matchday programme. A group of Yeovil Town fans happened to be present at the fixture, and were somewhat surprised to find that in the opposition section of the programme, focussing on the Pilgrims, the visiting manager was named as Darren Way.

Thankfully, once the detail of the article was read, it began to become clear that they were running an article on the actual Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams, albeit with that small point of getting his name right! It may well be that Way was born from Plymouth and has family in Plymouth, but unless he had an identical twin at Broadhall Way, Stevenage, he is definitely not Argyle's manager. Sack the proof-reader!

In two places at one time - Darren Way revealed as Plymouth Argyle's manager - apparently!
In two places at one time - Darren Way revealed as Plymouth Argyle's manager - apparently!



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14 November 2016 : FA Youth Cup Third Round Draw
The winners of tonight's FA Youth Cup Second Round tie between Yeovil Town U18s and Merstham U18s have been handed a rather attractive Third Round draw. Tonight's match takes place at Huish Park, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off, and the side that comes out on top will be given a chance to test themselves against West Bromwich Albion, whose Academy set-up is certified as at EPPP Category One level - the highest rating possible.

The Third Round draw brings in all Under-18s sides associated with Premier League clubs, much like the FA Cup, and so the chance to play the Baggies will provide a bit of a carrot for both teams in tonight's Second Round tie, which will be played to a conclusion tonight, using Extra Time and Penalties, if required.

The full draw is as follows:

1 Middlesbrough v Rotherham United
2 Liverpool v Crystal Palace
3 Boreham Wood v Chester or Bolton Wanderers or FC Broxbourne Borough
4 Burnley v Bradford City or Boston United
5 Watford v Norwich City
6 Plymouth Argyle or Gillingham v Oxford City or Peterborough United
7 Huddersfield Town v AFC Wimbledon or Bristol Rovers
8 Reading v Manchester City
9 Swindon Town or AFC Sudbury v Queens Park Rangers
10 Rochdale or Shrewsbury Town v Morecambe or Accrington Stanley
11 Portsmouth or Metropolitan Police v Newcastle United
12 Leicester City v Poole Town or Leyton Orient
13 Brighton & Hove Albion v Derby County
14 Exeter City or Milton Keynes Dons v Wigan Athletic
15 Arsenal v Blackburn Rovers
16 Preston North End v FC Halifax Town or Sheffield United
17 Romulus or Oldham Athletic v Birmingham City
18 Swansea City v Wolverhampton Wanderers
19 Sunderland v Burton Albion
20 Fulham v Mansfield Town or Dunkirk
21 Cambridge United or Millwall v AFC Bournemouth
22 Barnsley v Chesterfield or Carlisle United
23 Chelsea v Cardiff City
24 Everton v Scunthorpe United or Tranmere Rovers
25 Stoke City v West Ham United
26 Nottingham Forest v Ipswich Town
27 West Bromwich Albion v Yeovil Town or Merstham
28 Hull City v Leeds United
29 Tottenham Hotspur v Stevenage or Charlton Athletic
30 Bristol City v Aston Villa
31 Sheffield Wednesday v Luton Town or Dagenham & Redbridge
32 Manchester United v Southampton

All Third Round ties must be played on, or before, Saturday 17th December. For ticketing information for tonight's Second Round tie, see the earlier article below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town U18s vs Merstham U18s.


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14 November 2016 : Solihull Moors Appoint New Management Team Ahead Of FA Cup Replay
National League side Solihull Moors have appointed a new manager ahead of their FA Cup First Round Replay against Yeovil Town. They have chosen 31 year old Liam McDonald, who has left Hednesford Town at the top of the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League. He is the successor to Marcus Bignot who left for Grimsby Town following the original FA Cup tie at Huish Park.

Solihull had already announced the arrival of former Birmingham City assistant manager Keith Bertschin as their Head Coach, and he took charge of their match against Dover Athletic on the weekend. However, they hinted that Bertschin was not the final piece in the jigsaw, and they have now confirmed that McDonald will act as the main man, with Bertschin as part of his team, along with assistant manager Nick Green and coach David Bridgwater. McDonald said of his arrival:

"I'm a young, ambitious manager who's excited to carry on the good work Marcus Bignot has done over the years because he's transformed this club. It's a fantastic group of players that I'm looking forward to working with and, along with Nick and David, the experience Keith will add to the group will only help with my development. After speaking with the club, in particular (Solihull Moors director) Jed McCrory, the ideas and what they are striving to achieve at this football club made me want to be a part of it. The experience guys like Jed have are invaluable not only to the future of Solihull Moors but also my development."

McDonald's playing career took in Worcester City, Hednesford, Barwell, Kettering Town and Tamworth. He is no stranger to FA Cup runs, having been part of a Tamworth side that reached the Third Round during the 2011-12 season, ultimately bowing out to Premier League side Everton. He has been in management since the age of 27, having taken over at Redditch United, where he spent three years rebuilding their side, winning the Worcestershire Senior Cup in the process. He had only moved to Hednesford over the summer, so his move to Solihull is his second of 2016.


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14 November 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Solihull Moors
On Tuesday night, Yeovil Town make their first ever visit to Solihull Moors and their Damson Park ground. For those travelling, or wanting to know a bit more about Solihull, a new opposition guide has been prepared. Featuring directions, ticketing, parking, a pub guide and various statistics, you can find it via the link below.

Ciderspace Guide To Solihull Moors.

The Main Stand at Damson Park
The Main Stand at Damson Park.
Photo © 2013-16 Stadiums and Cities



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14 November 2016 : Christmas Holiday Home Tickets Now On Sale
The Huish Park Ticket Office have now put on sale tickets for the home matches that cover the Christmas and New Year period. There is a trio of attractive-looking fixtures during that time, with a Boxing Day game against Exeter City being followed by the New Year's Eve visit of fourth placed Portsmouth. The end of the holidays sees League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle visit Huish Park.

All three fixtures are likely to attract higher than normal crowds, particularly in terms of the away followings, and so you may prefer to purchase in advance. The cheapest way to do so is via the club's online ticketing portal - this may be a good way to sort out either a Christmas present or a holiday outing for friends and family.

For any non-standard bookings - e.g. access to disabled facilities, or large parties, give the Ticket Office a call on 01935-847888.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town U18s vs Merstham U18s.

Link: Ticketing For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town : FA Cup Replay.

Link: GWSC Travel To Solihull Moors.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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13 November 2016 : GWSC Travel : Last Call For Solihull Trip
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to use coach travel for Tuesday night's FA Cup First Round Replay against Solihull Moors should note that the GWSC are only a few spaces short of filling their current coach for the trip. The match takes place at Damson Park on Tuesday 15th November 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

As of Sunday morning there were around ten spaces left on the coach - after that point unless there is a large rush of support for a second coach, they'll close off bookings. Hence if you are considering going but haven't made your plans, we recommend that you book up as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570. If you want to call him please only do so after 6.00p.m. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com - for further information on the trip, along with ticket prices, follow the relevant links below.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town U18s vs Merstham U18s.

Link: Ticketing For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town : FA Cup Replay.

Link: GWSC Travel To Solihull Moors.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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13 November 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Stevenage Away Game
Following Saturday's 2-2 draw against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about Ben Whitfield's late equaliser, and his views on the team's overall performance. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 November 2016 : Video : Stevenage vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Stevenage these are now available online. Watch goals from Swansea loanee Ryan Hedges and AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield via the YouTube two minute video clip below.




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12 November 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Stevenage at Broadhall Way, 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 Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.


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12 November 2016 : Darren Way Hails Whitfield's Moment To Remember
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way described Ben Whitfield's equalising goal against Stevenage as a moment to remember, as his dramatic 95th minute volley gained a point in a 2-2 draw at Broadhall Way. At the time, it looked as though his side were slipping to their first defeat in five league fixtures, with two Ben Kennedy goals having put the home side in the driving seat as the game slipped into the final seconds of the match.

Whitfield fired home, having only come on as an 88th minute substitute, and Way revealed that the AFC Bournemouth loanee's father had travelled to the fixture, and thus would have witnessed his son's first goal at Football League level. He said that the important thing was that the players didn't throw in the towel when Kennedy's second goal went in during the 86th minute:

"Never ever ever give up - I think that's the moral of the story. What we've got is a group of players where I said we need to remember that moment. In just the way Ben Whitfield came on, I think he can count himself a little bit unfortunate not to have been playing. I did speak to his dad before the game, and that doesn't happen often. So for him to score a goal like that with his dad having come down, was a special moment. For me it just shows how tight the group is. Everyone is playing their part, and I think we can be a little bit disappointed that we didn't win that game."

The draw moves Yeovil up one place in the League Two table, with them currently occupying 10th - their highest slot since the opening couple of games of the season. Way said that there would be a pressure associated with being at that end of the table, and he felt the players were handling that in the right way:

"We talked about the position that the players are in at the moment, and it carries a lot of pressure. To come away to Stevenage, with the position that we're in, with trying to get into the play-offs, you're going to have to handle games like this if you want to get into the play-offs. All you could see was a group of players that even in the last five minutes where there could have been panic, that handled that pressure. I said that if you're going to be winners, and if you're going to get to the top, the higher you climb, there's more pressure, and they handled that today."


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12 November 2016 : Stevenage 2 Yeovil 2 : Late Whitfield Drama Grabs A Point
Yeovil Town snatched an ultra-late point against Stevenage at Broadhall Way this afternoon, as AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield came off the bench to net with almost the last kick of the game. The late drama unfolded five minutes into second half injury time, as he volleyed home, to stop home winger Ben Kennedy taking the headlines, after he scored twice during the second half to overturn the opening goal from Ryan Hedges. The late goal meant that Yeovil's unbeaten run extended to seven matches, but they needed the full extent of that injury time to do that.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes from the team that started against Reading Under-21s on Wednesday night. Regular goalkeeper Artur Krysiak was recalled, as Jonny Maddison dropped to the bench, whilst captain Darren Ward was brought in for Ben Whitfield, meaning that there was a tactical reshuffle as Liam Shephard moved into the midfield role he occupied for part of last season, with Bevis Mugabi moving into the right-back slot. Up front Tom Eaves came in for Tahvon Campbell.

Early chances were few and far between, with Matt Butcher clearing the Broadhall Way South Stand with his first shot, whilst a clever move that saw Otis Khan fed through in a one-v-one was thwarted when a linesman's flag went up for offside. From the opening hour when the match was largely an end-to-end match though, the home side began to take over the match. Charlie Lee's rising volley ended up rising a bit too much, but they got their first true sight on goal when Fraser Franks forced Artur Krysiak into a flying save that he pushed away - an impressive one given that it seemed as though Krysiak would have seen the chance late on, through a number of players.

Stevenage then had the ball in the back of the net, as a Fraser Franks ball over the top was superbly controlled by Matt Godden, finishing well into the right hand corner of the net. But the linesman's flag went up against the striker, meaning that his celebrations, and much of the home terrace were in vain as it was chalked off. Overall, the match was becoming scrappy, and also encamped in one team's half, and it wasn't Stevenage's. That wasn't to say that Krysiak was particularly busy - most of Stevenage's attacks were being stopped at the edge of the area. But it was concerning that the territory at least was rather one sided - not helped by Stevenage players twice fouling Tom Eaves on the halfway line as he tried to instigate rare counter-attacks.

Eaves was also the instigator of a rare Yeovil attack in first half injury time as a block tackle saw a Stevenage clearance ping back deep into their own half. Matt Dolan picked the ball up and tried to find room to shoot, then the ball fell to Liam Shephard who was more or less on the penalty spot, but goalkeeper Jamie Jones saved well to keep the match goalless at the break.

Three minutes into the second half, Yeovil took a slightly surprising lead, as once again they counter-attacked as they defended a Stevenage attack. Tom Eaves provided a cross field ball from the left flank towards the right, and Ryan Hedges picked up the ball. He had to twist and turn on the corner of the box to find an outlet, as Stevenage defenders tried to stop his run, but then he fired well into the corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

The match then showed all the signs of Yeovil heading towards another one of their '1-0 wins', as the game seemed to head into an odd lull, with Stevenage's earlier penetration apparently dissolving, and the clock ticking down without much happening, apart from an instinctive save by Jamie Jones from a Tom Eaves header. However, somehow with 22 minutes remaining, Ben Kennedy managed to produce a moment of brilliance to provide an equaliser for the home side. He picked up the ball on the right flank, and cut inside past Nathan Smith, beyond which there was far too much space for him to run at. He then fired a low shot from the corner of the box that passed Artur Krysiak and then disappeared into the furthest corner of the net possible.

The rain, and a fine mist were starting to make the match a very slippery one, and one in which it was very difficult to make out play when it was taken to the north side of the ground, and the furthest point from the travelling 285 fans. However, they had a full view of what happened in the 86th minute, as Stevenage's Ben Kennedy came up with a near replica of his first goal - running in from the right flank, cutting inside, and this time rather than striking the ball low along the ground, he curled it over and around Artur Krysiak to leave Yeovil 2-1 down with four minutes remaining.

Kennedy tried the same trick a third time as Yeovil failed to deal with his runs, but this time Artur Krysiak was able to catch the ball before he ended up with an unusual hat-trick of goals. At the other end, Ben Whitfield was introduced in the 88th minute, lining up as a replacement for Liam Shephard. That was to prove pivotal as the match went into four minutes of injury time. That looked to be drifting away without too much until referee Gavin Ward decided to extend time a little to allow for a ball that had rolled down the full length of the touchline, having gone out of play for a throw-in. Yeovil got time to take that throw-in, Francois Zoko flicked the ball on, and Whitfield quickly lashed the ball past Jamie Jones for a 95th minute equalising goal, leaving Stevenage with no hope of rescuing the points they had lost. For Yeovil, given the position they were in, it was very much a point gained, lifting them up to 10th place in the table, at the upper end of an ultra-packed mid-table group of clubs that stretch between the play-off slots and the relegation slots.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Stevenage 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Ryan Hedges (0-1, 48 mins), Ben Kennedy (1-1, 68 mins), Ben Kennedy (2-1, 86 mins), Ben Whitfield (2-2, 90 mins)

Stevenage:
1. Jamie Jones
25. Ronnie Henry 6. Luke Wilkinson 5. Fraser Franks 33. Kgosi Ntlhe
4. Jack King 22. Charlie Lee 24. Matt Godden
14. Ben Kennedy 13. Harry McKirdy 23. Henry Cowans

Substitutes:
7. Jobi McAnuff 8. Steven Schumacher (83 mins for Luke Wilkinson) 9. Rowan Liburd (83 mins for Harry McKirdy) 11. Thomas Pett (71 mins for Henry Cowans) 16. Chris Day 18. Michael Tonge 19. Dean Wells

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
2. Liam Shephard 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko (76 mins for Otis Khan) 15. Josh Ezewele 18. Omar Sowumni 19. Tahvon Campbell 28. Ben Whitfield (88 mins for Liam Shephard)

Stevenage Bookings: Henry Cowans (31 mins, foul), Charlie Lee (43 mins, foul), Jack King (84 mins, foul)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (32 mins, foul)

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Neil Radford (Worcestershire) and Graham Kane (East Sussex). Fourth Official: Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 2,457 (with 285 Yeovil supporters).


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12 November 2016 : Team News For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Stevenage at Broadhall Way. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the team that played against Reading Under-21s in midweek. Artur Krysiak returns between the sticks, whilst Darren Ward returns in the heart of the defence, whilst Ben Whitfield drops to the bench. Up front Tom Eaves is preferred to Tahvon Campbell.

Absentees due to injury this afternoon are believed to lie only with one player, in Alex Lawless. Kyle Copp is presumed fit but does not make the bench. Midfielders Joe Lea and Ollie Bassett are on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
2. Liam Shephard 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko 15. Josh Ezewele 18. Omar Sowumni 19. Tahvon Campbell 28. Ben Whitfield


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12 November 2016 : Way Looking To Tweak Squad In January Transfer Window
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he expects some squad changes to be made during the January transfer window, but is cautious of upsetting the applecart too much. The decision to part company with former Notts County striker Izale McLeod in the last few days has inevitably provoked the question of whether Way may have the opportunity to replace him after Christmas, or whether he will stick with what he currently has.

Way implies that if his side's current six game unbeaten run continues then he will lean towards making more minimal tweaks to his squad. However, he does have his eye on making some changes early in the New Year:

"I think that it's important that the group that we've got at the moment has been very resilient. Any of the players that have stepped in to play have responded. I feel like I've got a group at the moment that I don't want to upset too much. In January there probably will be some changes, but having said that if the players keep performing like they are then I don't have to change anything."

Way was asked by the BBC to comment on the departure of McLeod, who left after making just six appearances for the Glovers. He kept to the minimal information already given out by the club:

"Izale's situation is that we've just agreed by mutual consent and for personal reasons that we've decided that Izale is going to cancel his contract, which I think is fair play to him. We'll make sure that we wish him well."

This week saw Way nominated for the Manager of the Month Award for October 2016, although with Carlisle United boss Keith Curle guiding his side through five consecutive wins and scoring thirteen goals, it was fairly obvious who was the front runner to get the nod. Despite that, Way was happy for himself and his team to get recognised:

"I've been proud of the players and the way that they've conducted themselves every day. To be nominated for the Manager of the Month Award is a special feeling at a club like Yeovil. I feel we're making steady progress within the ten months of me being manager of the football club. Players are committed and buying into what our philosophy is, and clean sheets are backing that up as well as results."

The Glovers travel to Stevenage this afternoon, returning to a ground where they have picked up a win and two draws from their last three visits - all without conceding a goal. Way explains that it is an unusually sized pitch to play on:

"I've played on that pitch a number of times and the width of that pitch is one of the biggest that we have played on, even with Goodison Park where they switched the ball. So the distances that we had to cover were large amounts."

Aside from Darren Ward who it is believed was just rested in midweek, the club's only known injury concern lies with midfielder Alex Lawless, who has been absent for the last two matches. Way was confident that he would be back in the first team squad soon:

"We hope so. We've got to make sure that we assess that situation in the next couple of days. He's working hard, and he's a good character and a good personality. So we know he's doing the best that he can while we're here now to make sure he's fit."


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11 November 2016 : Officials For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Officials for Saturday afternoon's League Two match between Stevenage and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Broadhall Way on Saturday 12th November 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of this fixture will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Mr Ward grew up officiating in the Kent and Isthmian Leagues, starting at the age of 13. On a trivia note, for the 2007 Carling Cup Final he was the first match official to be appointed as "reserve assistant" (effectively a 5th official) in a major domestic Cup Final.

Our first experience of him as a man in the middle was for the 2-0 defeat at AFC Bournemouth in March 2008, followed by a February 2009 2-2 draw against Oldham Athletic - no complaints about either game. Probably the first time we were critical of him came in the 0-1 home defeat against Huddersfield Town in January 2010. He denied us one penalty shout, then gave us our second shout for a spot kick, which sadly Dean Bowditch failed to score from. However, as the game went on, his stop-start and "over-fussy" nature of refereeing played into Huddersfield's hands and stopped the Glovers from building up a head of steam.

During the 2010-11 season, we had him twice in quick succession, during February and March 2011. He was the man in the middle for the midweek defeat against Peterborough United. We accused him of being "over-fussy" in this match - the same view we'd had in the 2009-10 season. There was nothing too major about his decision-making - just a tendency for him to provide a bit of a stop-start nature to the game, meaning that particularly during the first half the game failed to flow well, and it was difficult for the Glovers to build up a head of steam. We had far less to say about him a month later when he turned up for the away match against Exeter City, although five goals and a great Glovers comeback may have caused any negative vibes towards him to be forgotten!

For the 2011-12 season, we had him just the once. Despite it being a 3-1 win over Oldham Athletic in the opening home match of the 2011-12 season, we weren't impressed, saying that he made a "series of erratic decisions had infuriated the home crowd throughout". These included a dreadful tackle on Jonathan Obika that took him entirely out of the game, with the perpetrator Xander Diamond only getting a yellow. The same player committed another poor tackle later in the match and was lucky to stay on the field, although the referee may have been distracted by the fact that a few seconds later he blew for a penalty for a second foul. The Western Gazette said that Mr Ward's performance was "Dreadful, but in equal measure for both sides. Along with his officials he made some truly baffling decisions."

Mr Ward then covered our December 2012 game against Wycombe Wanderers. He made two big decisions during the match - one was to give Keanu Marsh-Brown a yellow card for diving, which secured him a one match suspension. Manager Gary Johnson said after the game that he agreed with the decision, and sounded far more narked with KMB's theatrics. The other decision was to dismiss Wycombe midfielder Matthew Spring for what he viewed as a two-footed tackle. On the one hand Spring's tackle wasn't malicious, but on the other hand, it was fairly typical of what has in recent seasons been given as a red card offence, so was fairly consistent with what we had seen in other Football League matches. Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth though, was not best pleased with the decision, describing it as "harsh".

During the 2013-14 Championship season, he took charge of the September 2013 meeting between Yeovil Town and Queens Park Rangers at Huish Park. The visitors didn't have a single shot on target in open play throughout the whole 90 minutes. It was therefore rather irksome that the match was decided through Charlie Austin's penalty kick - awarded for one of those fifty-fifty mutual shirt-tug bits inside the box that saw Dan Seaborne penalised. Gary Johnson felt Austin had started the tugging, and had then gone down as soon as Seaborne did the same back. The Observer newspaper felt the same, describing it as "the softest of penalties" - there's been worse decisions at Huish Park over the years, but as Johnson said after the game, it was typical of the way the fifty-fifty decisions were awarded during the match.

More recently, he was present for the August 2014 match against Barnsley, shortly after both clubs had dropped down into League One. Overall Mr Ward had a decent game, although we'd have liked him to have been a bit more commanding in terms of dealing with Barnsley's timewasting tactics that became obvious after Yeovil equalised during the 1-1 draw.

During the 2015-16 season he was present twice - firstly for the match against Exeter City at St James Park. For this opening day fixture, he awarded two penalties - one for each side - and the post-match video showed he'd got both decisions spot on. He also did what more referees should be doing, in our humble opinion - booking Exeter's David Noble after he did his best to cajole the official into booking one of our own players. Then finally, he was there for the March 2016 home match against Notts County, which we won 1-0. We thought that Curtis Thompson was very lucky to stay on the pitch for committing an obvious yellow card tackle on Liam Walsh, but the game was nearly over, and Mr Ward chose to bring over the Magpies captain to explain what would happen if Thompson committed a third foul.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Neil Radford (Worcestershire) and Graham Kane (East Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire).

Link: August 2015 : Exeter City 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 1.

Link: September 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 1.

Link: December 2012 : Yeovil Town 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 3 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: March 2011 : Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: February 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 2.

Link: January 2010 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: February 2009 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 2.

Link: March 2008 : AFC Bournemouth 2 Yeovil Town 0.


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11 November 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make the rather familiar journey to Broadhall Way, home of Stevenage, for a League Two fixture. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to include this season's ticketing and travel, plus directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and everything else you need to set you on your way. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Stevenage.

The South Stand at Broadhall Way - for Away supporters
The South Stand at Broadhall Way - for Away supporters.
Photo © 2013 Ciderspace



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11 November 2016 : Curle Takes Manager Of The Month Award
The League Two Manager of the Month Award for October 2016 has been won by Keith Curle. The Carlisle United boss was given the nod ahead of Yeovil Town's Darren Way, former Glovers boss and Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson and Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams who were also nominated for the award.

In all honesty Curle's award was an obvious one. They managed five wins from five league games, and scored 13 goals in the process, lifting them into second place in the League Two table. Carlisle are still unbeaten, fifteen games into the season, and are seven points clear of the play-off positions. Former Ipswich Town manager George Burley, who is Chairman of the panel that judges the nominations explained why the award had been given:

"Keith has had a tremendous month with Carlisle United, winning all five games and collecting 15 points while scoring 13 goals. They are playing some great attacking football scoring three goals away at Morecambe and another three at home to Hartlepool United. These results have pushed them into an automatic promotion position which is a great testament to the job Keith is doing."

Whilst that meant the League had a long distance up to Cumbria to deliver the award to Curle, they were able to economise on the trip, with Carlisle United midfielder Jason Kennedy picking up the Player of the Month award for October, after he scored five goals in five games, including an overhead kick against Morecambe. Kennedy had never scored more than five goals in a full season before, so to net five times in a single month - he's scored eight in all competitions this campaign - has been unprecedented.


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10 November 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-0 win against Reading Under-21s at the Madejski Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

NOTE: There were 84 supporters at last night's game, so given the lower than usual numbers, votes will be more significant - hence if you were there, placing a vote will be appreciated to give more meaning to the result!

Link: Man of the Match Voting for Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town.


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10 November 2016 : Video : Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights from yesterday's 2-0 win over Reading Under-21s, these are now available online. Watch two minutes of footage that includes second half goals from Tom Eaves and Francois Zoko at a rather eerily empty Madejski Stadium, via the YouTube clip below.




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10 November 2016 : McLeod Exits Huish Park After Low Key Stay
Yeovil Town have parted company with Izale McLeod after an ultra-short spell with the club. The striker had only signed for the Glovers back in August, shortly after severing his deal with Notts County after dropping down the pecking order at Meadow Lane.

His time at Yeovil Town has not been too fruitful either, making just six appearances, scoring one goal in the EFL Trophy win over Portsmouth - one of only three starts he made for the club. He last got onto the pitch on October 4th for the EFL Trophy match against Bristol Rovers and during four games that followed he was only an unused substitute. On Saturday he dropped out of the squad entirely, with his absence being explained as due to illness, and was absent again last night.

He has now departed from Huish Park 'by mutual consent' and for 'personal reasons'. He had been under contract for the whole of the 2016-17 season, but will now become a free agent. He will not be able to play for any Football League side until January 1st due to transfer window regulations, but would be able to sign for a National League side if he chooses to do so.

Link: Izale McLeod : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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10 November 2016 : EFL Trophy Second Round Draw Full Details
Yeovil Town have been given a home draw in the Second Round of the EFL Trophy. As Group Stage winners, they were predrawn as the home side and will face Milton Keynes Dons at Huish Park early next month. The full draw was made on Sky Sports News this morning and gives us the following:

Northern Section:
Wolves U21s vs Sunderland U21s
Bradford City vs Cambridge United
Cheltenham Town vs Leicester City U21s
Carlisle United vs Mansfield Town
Rochdale vs Chesterfield
Scunthorpe United vs Morecambe
Walsall vs Oldham Athletic
Doncaster Rovers vs Blackpool

Southern Section:
Yeovil Town vs Milton Keynes Dons
AFC Wimbledon vs Brighton U21s
Coventry City vs Crawley Town
Swindon Town vs Luton Town
Southampton U21s vs Reading U21s
Norwich U21s vs Swansea City U21s
Southend United vs Oxford United
Millwall vs Wycombe Wanderers

Ties will be played during the week commencing December 5th 2016.


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10 November 2016 : Way Praises Glovers Teamwork After Royals Academy Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his side's teamwork after they kept another clean sheet in the EFL Trophy, despite making two key personnel changes for the match against Reading Under-21s last night. First choice goalkeeper Artur Krysiak and captain Darren Ward were given the night off, meaning that Jonny Maddison got another outing, whilst Bevis Mugabi slotted into the back four, with two other changes being made further up the field.

The eventual outcome was a 2-0 win for the Glovers, with substitutes Tom Eaves and Francois Zoko netting during the second period. Way highlighted those changes that he had made, and told BBC Somerset that was special for his group of players to know that changes could be made without a visible effect:

"Teamwork is what I keep talking about. It is another clean sheet with a personnel change. That is special for the group, special for the football club. With those scenes at the end of the game, you could see that the supporters have gone home and it means something to them. It means something to me as a manager, and I'm going to do my best for this football club to be successful."

The Glovers now top their group and go into this morning's EFL Trophy Second Round draw knowing that they will be drawn against one of seven teams in the next round, with a guarantee of Huish Park being the venue. Way said he was happy with that as an outcome:

"It's a good feeling - a very good feeling in the dressing room. I keep saying it, but with the players there seems to be an unbelievable teamship in that dressing room. I think that there are a lot of positives that have come out of this trophy. We've had Jonny Maddison (in goal), Matt Butcher has come in tonight, Josh Ezewele has made his debut, Francois Zoko has got his first goal and it will be interesting to see who we get in the next round."

Link: EFL Trophy Second Round Draw : The Seven Teams Yeovil Could Face.


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9 November 2016 : Reading U21s 0 Yeovil 2 : Substitutes Help Glovers Through Group Stages
Yeovil Town won past the Group stages of the EFL Trophy by winning their group, thanks to a 2-0 victory over Reading Under-21s. The goals both came in the second half, as a pair of substitutes found the back of the net. Tom Eaves scored his sixth goal of the season as he netted three minutes after getting on the pitch, whilst Francois Zoko scored a late close range finish which guaranteed a place in the Second Round of the competition.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up, with Jonny Maddison, Bevis Mugabi, Matt Butcher and Tahvon Campbell all getting the nod. Kevin Dawson was suspended, whilst as with previous group matches Artur Krysiak and Darren Ward were given the night off. Up front Tom Eaves sat on the bench. Whilst many Under-21 sides in the EFL Trophy have opted to field a number of clearly over-age players with hundreds of games of first team experience, the Royals unusually opted for a squad full of academy graduates, even if the likes of Andrija Novakovich won't be aiding the progress of the England national side at any time in the future.

The first half was played at a high speed tempo, with Reading dominating possession meaning that Yeovil had to do a lot of chasing throughout the half. Andrija Novakovich had an early chance that went wide of the target, whilst at the other end Matt Dolan had a typical long ranger to get into the game. Ryan Hedges fired wide, and although Reading were fluent they also lacked a bit of end product with Jonny Maddison not having too much to do other than mop up a Jake Cooper effort on goal. The half ended with Bevis Mugabi landing in the book for a fierce challenge on Liam Kelly, that was perhaps fortunate that it was a minor enough competition for referee John Busby to issue just a yellow card.

Tahvon Campbell had been forced to do concentrated 45 minutes worth of sprinting to keep himself competitive against Reading's athletic players, and he was replaced at the break by Tom Eaves. The substitute needed just three minutes to get off the mark, as a Matt Dolan set piece was headed downwards by Bevis Mugabi into the path of Eaves who finished smartly from just outside the six yard area. 1-0 up and now Reading needed two goals to send Yeovil out of the competition.

Like Yeovil, the Royals substitutes were proving to be incisive, with Josh Barrett getting a number of chances to score during the second period. On the hour mark he forced Jonny Maddison into a save for the first time during that half, whilst a quarter hour later, Maddison denied again from the same player as Barrett shot on the angle. But Reading couldn't find enough firepower on the night to look like they were going to get past the Glovers second choice keeper.

During the closing stages, Francois Zoko was introduced, whilst Josh Ezewele got his debut, coming on for the last nine minutes as a right-back, as Liam Shephard pushed into midfield to replace a tiring Matt Butcher. As the game ticked into the penultimate minute, the result was sealed, once again from a Matt Dolan free kick. There was a touch of fortunate as his set piece ricocheted off the Reading defensive wall, into the path of Zoko, who was on hand to score his first goal of the season from deep inside the box. That guaranteed the win, the topping of the group, and a route into the next stages. Reading Under-21s as losers also qualified in second place, meaning both sides were still relatively upbeat on the final whistle.

Link: EFL Trophy Group Stage Final Table.

Final Score: Reading Under-21s 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Tom Eaves (0-1, 48 mins), Francois Zoko (0-2, 89 mins)

Reading Under-21s:
40. Stuart Moore
30. Tennai Watson 59. Tom McIntyre 28. Danzell Gravenberch 3. Jake Cooper
42. Andy Rinomhota 53. Omar Richards 60. Tyler Frost
38. Liam Kelly 14. Dominic Samuel 36. Andrija Novakovich

Substitutes:
47. Axel Andrersson 58. Terence VanCouten 57. Joe Tupper 29. Josh Barrett (46 mins for Liam Kelly) 51. Ryan East 55. Sam Smith (78 mins for Omar Richards) 34. Niall Keown (61 mins for Dominic Samuel)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 5. Bevis Mugabi 3. Nathan Smith
28. Ben Whitfield 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak 9. Tom Eaves (46 mins for Tahvon Campbell) 13. Francois Zoko (69 mins for Otis Khan) 14. Josh Ezewele (81 mins for Matt Butcher) 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi

Reading Under-21s Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Bevis Mugabi (foul, 43 mins)

Reading U21s Match Statistics: Possession: 67%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 4.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 33%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 15.

Referee: John Busby (Oxfordshire). Assistants: John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). Fourth Official: Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Attendance: 739 (with 84 Yeovil supporters).


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9 November 2016 : EFL Trophy Second Round Draw : The Seven Teams Yeovil Could Face
Yeovil Town are through to the Second Round of the EFL Trophy after tonight's win over Reading Under-21s. The Glovers won their match 2-0 with second half goals from Tom Eaves and Francois Zoko at a Madejski Stadium that was populated with only 739 spectators. The win means the Glovers finish top of their group, with tonight's opponents qualifying in second place.

The draw for the Second Round will take place tomorrow, live on Sky Sports News, and what we know already is that Yeovil Town will be drawn at home in the Second Round. They will face one of the Southern Section clubs that finished in second place, although they cannot be drawn against Reading. This means that Yeovil Town will be drawn against one of the following at Huish Park in a single-leg fixture:

Swansea City U21s, Brighton and Hove Albion U21s, Oxford United, Wycombe Wanderers, Crawley Town, Luton Town or Milton Keynes Dons.

Ties will be played during the week commencing December 5th 2016.

Link: EFL Trophy Group Stage Final Table.


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9 November 2016 : Team News For Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's EFL Trophy Group Match match against Reading Under-21s at the Madejski Stadium. There are four changes to the starting line-up. As with the other group matches, Jonny Maddison comes in for Artur Krysiak. Meanwhile in the centre of defence Darren Ward is given the night off entirely, replaced by Bevis Mugabi. Further up field, Kevin Dawson is suspended, and his place is taken by the returning Matt Butcher, whilst Tahvon Campbell gets an outing ahead of Tom Eaves.

Aside from Dawson, Alex Lawless (injury) and Izale McLeod (illness) continue to be absent. Ryan Dickson is also absent tonight, meaning there's only a six man bench. Midfielders Ollie Bassett and Joe Lea are on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 5. Bevis Mugabi 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
28. Ben Whitfield 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 19. Tahvon Campbell 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko 14. Josh Ezewele 15. Kyle Copp 17. Omar Sowunmi

Reading Under-21s:
40. Stuart Moore
30. Tennai Watson 59. Tom McIntyre 28. Danzell Gravenberch 3. Jake Cooper
42. Andy Rinomhota 53. Omar Richards 60. Tyler Frost
38. Liam Kelly 14. Dominic Samuel 36. Andrija Novakovich

Substitutes:
47. Axel Andrersson 58. Terence VanCouten 57. Joe Tupper 29. Josh Barrett 51. Ryan East 55. Sam Smith 34. Niall Keown


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9 November 2016 : GWSC Travel To Solihull Moors
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming FA Cup First Round Replay against Solihull Moors. The match takes place at Damson Park on Tuesday 15th November 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Solihull Moors : Tuesday 15th November 2016.
Huish Park: 2.45p.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Provisional Travel For The Reading EFL Trophy Game.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town U18s vs Merstham U18s.

Link: Ticketing For Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town : FA Cup Replay.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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9 November 2016 : Officials For Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the EFL Trophy Group Stage match between Reading Under-21s and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday 9th November 2016, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee John Busby (Oxfordshire).

We've had him on one occasion before, as he took charge of the August 2016 home match against Morecambe - at the time that was only his third game in charge at Football League level. Prior to his arrival we'd had a series of first year officials for some reason, and there were quite a few that we were less than impressed with. We lost the match 0-1 despite having a large amount of the play. Our recollection was that he wasn't too bad, but the Gazette disagreed saying he "Lacked authority, which infuriated the players and fans alike at times, and got a number of decisions wrong as he looked out of his depth at times" - the game ultimately produced one booking each, so perhaps they felt he was a bit too hands-off.

He's taken charge of thirteen matches this season, totting up 53 yellow cards and one red card. That dismissal came on Saturday when he sent off Luton's Pelly Ruddock for a second bookable offence in their FA Cup First Round match against Exeter City.

At the tail end of the 2014-15 season he was given two prestige cup final appearances - he was the Fourth Official for the FA Youth Cup final between Chelsea and Manchester City in the second leg at Stamford Bridge. He was also chosen as the main referee for the Nike Trophy Final at Wembley Stadium, between Arsenal U14s and Reading U14s. He has also taken charge of the Oxfordshire FA Senior Cup Final and a FA Vase Semi-Final. He's been heavily fast-tracked - he was only promoted to Conference National level during the summer of 2015, having started refereeing in the year 2000.

Mr Busby will be assisted by John Farries (Oxfordshire) and Simon Knapp (Bristol). The Fourth Official will be Mark Derrien (Dorset).

Link: August 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Morecambe 1.


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8 November 2016 : Late Pompey Win Gives Yeovil Clarity In EFL Trophy Group Match
Yeovil Town now have absolute clarity over what they will need to do in order to qualify from the Group Stages of EFL Trophy. They travel to play Reading Under-21s in the final match of their Group Stage, and unusually the Football League have allowed their match to be played 24 hours after the corresponding third group game between Portsmouth and Bristol Rovers. That match was played tonight with a Kal Naismith 88th minute goal sending Rovers out of the competition.

That result leaves Yeovil Town and Portsmouth tied on four points, with Yeovil having a marginally better goal difference at present. What this means is the following:

1. If Yeovil Town either win or draw their match at the Madejski Stadium then they have definitely qualified - even if they lose any penalty shoot-out.
2. If Yeovil Town lose the match by more than one goal then they are definitely out and Reading and Portsmouth would qualify, with Pompey gaining advantage on goal difference.
3. If Yeovil Town lose the match by one goal in a 1-0 or 2-1 scoreline then they would go out because Pompey currently have scored six goals to Yeovil's four.
4. If Yeovil Town lose the match by a 3-2 scoreline, then both clubs would have identical records of six goals scored and six conceded, and one win each. Yeovil Town would qualify due to their 4-3 victory over Portsmouth.
5. If Yeovil Town lose the match but score three or more goals - i.e. 4-3, 5-4 etc then they would qualify on goals scored.

Reading Under-21s have already qualified tonight, by virtue of tonight's result - they can only finish 1st or 2nd in the Group Stage. Thus a 'convenience result' for both sides would be a draw, given that it would guarantee Reading top spot in the group, whilst also guaranteeing Yeovil Town qualification. Even if Yeovil Town won the penalty shoot-out from that draw, Reading would still finish top. The only way Yeovil Town can win the Group outright is by beating Reading within normal time.

Link: EFL Trophy Group Stage Latest Table.


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8 November 2016 : Ciderspace Guide To Reading
For those heading up to the Madejski Stadium tomorrow evening, for the EFL Trophy Group Stage game against Reading, the Ciderspace guide is there to help you on your way. With details of ticketing, directions, parking, a pub guide and other such things, you can find it via the link below. Note that due to the lower key nature of this match, there are special arrangements in place for parking, shuttle buses and ticket purchase/collection, so if any of that is relevant to you, pay careful attention to the changes to normal provisions for Reading's Championship fixtures.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Reading.

The West Stand at the Madejski Stadium
The West Stand at the Madejski Stadium
Photo © Ciderspace 2014-16



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8 November 2016 : Date And Ticketing Prices Set For Solihull Moors FA Cup Replay
There is now a firm date for the FA Cup First Round Replay between Solihull Moors and Yeovil Town. As expected, the match will take place on Tuesday 15th November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Damson Park. Ticket prices are set as follows:

Adults: £14.00; Over-65s and Students (with NUS ID) and Aged 12-17: £8.00; Under-12s: FREE

There will be no advance sales - you can turn up and pay cash on the night from any of the Damson Park turnstiles. The Under-12s ticketing offer is only available if they are admitted with a paying adult - otherwise you'd pay the Concessionary rate.

Solihull advise that Disabled Supporters should call in advance of the game on 0121 705 6770 to reserve a space. They have a disabled viewing area with disabled facilities, but there is limited space and to access it supporters need to be escorted from reception on the day.

The winners of the tie - which will be settled by Extra Time and penalties, if required - will face a trip to Luton Town in the Second Round.

Link: FA Cup Second Round Draw.


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8 November 2016 : Two Televised Replays Selected For FA Cup First Round
The Football Association have announced two matches that will be given televised coverage as part of the FA Cup First Round Replays. Broadcaster BT Sport will carry both matches next week, and once again they have opted for 'non-league side at home to a Football League side' with Gillingham and Cambridge United the sides they are hoping will be on the end of an upset, as they travel to play Brackley Town and Dover Athletic respectively.

The two rescheduled matches are as follows:

Brackley Town v Gillingham : 7.45pm, Wednesday 16th November 2016
Dover Athletic v Cambridge United : 7.45pm, Thursday 17th November 2016

Each of the four teams will receive a Broadcast Fee of £33,750.

The choice of those two ties presumably means that Yeovil Town's trip to Solihull Moors is a little unfortunate not to be selected, given it ticked all the boxes. We've not got an officially confirmed date for the fixture, however we'd be surprised now if it was not Tuesday 15th November, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. We'll absolutely confirm that once it is known.

Link: FA Cup Second Round Draw.


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8 November 2016 : Final Call For Advance Ticketing For Reading Under-21s Match
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to travel to tomorrow's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Reading Under-21s are still able to purchase tickets direct from the Huish Park Ticket Office. They will remain available until 5.00p.m. tonight.

If you leave purchasing tickets until tomorrow then you'll need to buy directly from the Madejski Stadium. Head to the Main Ticket Office which is situated by Gate 5. Normally there is an 'Away' Ticket Office open, but their Main Ticket Office will be selling tickets for both home and away sections - hence make sure you are clear that you are an away supporter when you purchase your ticket. Reading's turnstiles are automated barcode admission, and so you cannot pay cash directly on the gate.

Kick-off tomorrow night is 7.30p.m. with the match being played to 90 minutes, followed by a penalty shoot-out for a 'bonus point' if the scores are still level at the end of the game.

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Provisional Travel For The Reading EFL Trophy Game.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town U18s vs Merstham U18s.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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8 November 2016 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town U18s vs Merstham U18s
Yeovil Town Under-18s have had a date set for their FA Youth Cup Second Round tie. The Glovers will face Merstham at this stage of the competition, in a match that will be played at Huish Park on the main pitch. The match will take place on Monday 14th November, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets will be available at the following prices:

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

Tickets will also be available on the evening of the match. We'd expect only the Main Stand to be open for this game.

Link: FA Youth Cup Second Round Draw.

Link: FA Youth Cup First Round : Morton Goal Steers Glovers Past Port.

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Provisional Travel For The Reading EFL Trophy Game.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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8 November 2016 : Darren Talks About Solihull Moors Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's FA Cup First Round match against Solihull Moors kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the reasons why he made three changes for that match, notably the recall of Tom Eaves to the side, the loss of Alex Lawless and the decision to put Bevis Mugabi on the bench. He also talks about the fitness of Matt Butcher and his availability. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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8 November 2016 : Glovers Boss Nominated For Manager Of The Month
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has been nominated for the October 2016 League Two Manager of the Month. Way is nominated alongside Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson, formerly of this parish, whilst there's a strong West Country presence, with Plymouth Argyle boss Derek Adams and Bristolian Keith Curle making up the quartet.

The Glovers' month began badly with a 4-1 defeat at Plymouth, but that was then followed by three successive 1-0 victories over Wycombe Wanderers, Newport County and Crewe Alexandra, followed by the 0-0 draw with Grimsby Town. Elsewhere there was a penalty shoot-out defeat against Bristol Rovers.

It's worth noting that Keith Curle's nomination is supported by a run that gave them five consecutive victories in the league that has seen them reach second place in the League Two Table - he would therefore stand as the obvious favourite for the award, with the current leaders Plymouth having also shown strong form during the month, with four wins and a draw. The nominations are listed as follows:

Derek Adams (Plymouth Argyle)
A second successive monthly nomination for the Scot whose side again collected 13 points from a possible 15 to establish a four-point lead at the top. Argyle did it in style, too, scoring at least two goals in every game.

Keith Curle (Carlisle United)
Not content with equalling a club record for unbeaten games to start the season, Curle inspired his side to claim sole possession of Carlisle history with five wins from five and 13 goals in a perfect month as they moved into second place.

Gary Johnson (Cheltenham Town)
Johnson's experience told him not to fret when Cheltenham struggled on their return to the Sky Bet EFL. He guided his team through five unbeaten games in October, collecting nine points to move out of the relegation places.

Darren Way (Yeovil Town)
Building on last season’s impressive managerial debut was never going to be easy. Way’s patience and belief in his methods was rewarded with 10 points from five games, including successive 1-0 victories over Wycombe, Newport and Crewe.


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7 November 2016 : FA Cup Second Round Draw : Glovers And Moors Given Hatters Trip
The draw for the Second Round of the FA Cup was made tonight, live on BBC2 and BT Sport. The match has seen the winners of the Solihull Moors vs Yeovil Town First Round tie pitched up against Luton Town, with the tie being played at Kenilworth Road, giving the possibility of a second trip to that ground this season to see the side managed by former Glover Nathan Jones. The draw was made at Southport's Haig Avenue ground, prior to their televised tie against Fleetwood Town and produced the following set of ties:

Westfield or Curzon Ashton vs Bury or AFC Wimbledon
Chesterfield vs Wycombe Wanderers
Millwall vs Braintree Town
Macclesfield Town vs Oxford United
Bolton Wanderers vs Sheffield United
Blackpool vs Gillingham or Brackley Town
Whitehawk or Stourbridge vs Northampton Town
Boreham Wood or Notts County vs Peterborough United
Cambridge United or Dover Athletic vs Coventry City or Morecambe
Port Vale vs Hartlepool United
Bristol Rovers or Crawley vs Barrow or Taunton Town
Woking vs Accrington Stanley
Lincoln City vs Oldham Athletic
Luton Town vs Yeovil Town or Solihull Moors
Sutton United vs Cheltenham Town or Crewe Alexandra
Eastleigh or Swindon Town vs Halifax or Dagenham and Redbridge
Shrewsbury Town vs Southport or Fleetwood Town
Charlton Athletic vs Milton Keynes Dons
Plymouth Argyle vs Newport County or Alfreton Town
Carlisle United vs Maidstone United or Rochdale

As yet there is no confirmed date for the First Round Replay between Solihull Moors and Yeovil Town, although the most likely night is Tuesday 15th November. However, with BT Sport yet to choose how many replays they wish to screen and on what evenings, all Replay dates will need to be confirmed.

All FA Cup Second Round ties are due to be played on the weekend around Saturday 3rd December 2016. There is prize money of £27,000 at stake for the winners of those ties, with those clubs who won their First Round fixtures having pocketed £18,000 over the weekend.


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7 November 2016 : Football Association Confirm Dawson Suspension After Solihull Red Card
The Football Association have confirmed the suspension period that midfielder Kevin Dawson will serve for the red card he received during the FA Cup First Round tie against Solihull Moors. The 26 year old will be suspended for one Football League or FA Cup match after he was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence, 55 minutes into the 2-2 draw against the National League side.

There are layers of complexities behind this situation though! Kevin is already suspended from the EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Reading Under-21s which takes place on Wednesday night, due to the red card he received in the previous Group Stage match against Bristol Rovers. Suspension rules for that competition run independently of Football League and FA Cup matches, meaning that he has been available to the club for selection since that October 4th dismissal, but will now serve his suspension one month later when the team travel to the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday 9th November.

Hence Kevin will miss Wednesday's match as part of his EFL Trophy suspension, and will then miss Saturday's trip to Stevenage as part of his standard first team suspension. He will be available for the FA Cup First Round Replay against Solihull Moors, which is presumed to take place on or around Tuesday 15th November - exact date to be confirmed.

It is worth noting that Kevin will only serve a one match ban, despite this being his second red card of the season. This is because the yellow and red cards issued during the EFL Trophy matches do not count towards the 'totting up' penalties that would have incurred an additional match ban in normal league fixtures. So for the purposes for Football League and FA Cup fixtures, this is his first red card of the season.


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7 November 2016 : Ticketing For Accrington Stanley vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two trip to Accrington Stanley are now available. This match takes place on Saturday 26th November 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Crown Ground. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-64s, Under-18s and students with ID: £15.00; Under-12s: £10.00.

Ambulant Disabled pay the relevant age band as above with an assistant free of charge on Mid-higher rate DLA (ID is required at the turnstile). Wheelchair users need to call Accrington Stanley Ticket office on 01254 356 950.

Accrington's usual policy is to allocate the Coppice Terrace to away supporters, which is situated at one end of the ground, and houses up to 1,800 spectators. It is open to the elements, like the Copse Road End at Huish Park, so take suitable coats if you're planning on being on the terrace.

Accrington also allow for part of the Whinney Hill side of the ground to be given to away supporters, which provides some covered seating. These tickets are available at the above prices, however these are very limited in numbers. Hence the Ticket Office have asked for supporters to only request seats if they have people in their group who are unable to stand for the duration of the match, to prioritise towards those who need seating.

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Provisional Travel For The Reading EFL Trophy Game.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Stevenage.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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7 November 2016 : Solihull Lose Bignot To Mariners After Huish Park Farewell
League Two side Grimsby Town have formally unveiled Marcus Bignot as their new first team manager. The 42 year old took charge of his final match for Solihull Moors - Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round opponents - on Saturday, and today has severed a five-and-a-half year association with the National League side. Bignot replaces Paul Hurst, who had left the Mariners for League One side Shrewsbury Town last month.

Bignot was interviewed by Grimsby last week and was understood to have been offered the job around last Thursday or Friday. However, with both Solihull and Grimsby having FA Cup ties over the weekend, it appeared that at least one of the parties agreed to delay the move until Monday morning. However, Bignot and his players made matters rather clear after Saturday's FA Cup tie - his players picked him up and threw him up into the air as a 'celebration' in front of the travelling Solihull supporters at the end of the match, whilst Bignot also boarded Solihull's supporters coaches after the game, getting onto the coach microphone to thank their fans for the previous six years in what was blatantly a farewell speech.

He will now take over the reins at Blundell Park, where he will be reunited with Grimsby striker Omar Bogle, who Grimsby signed from Solihull over the summer. Bignot has also taken with him Solihull assistant manager Micky Moore who will work in the same position at his new club. Bignot said of his departure:

"I would like to place on record my gratitude to the then chairman Nigel Collins and present incumbent Trevor Stevens for both giving me my first managerial opportunity. I’d also like to extend that gratitude to the Board and Mike Turl for allowing me to take a football team and go on to build a football club, I'm very proud of not only on the pitch but off it also. On behalf of myself and my family, we would like to thank the club and its supporters for making my time here a memorable and successful journey. I can honestly say The Moors will always have a genuine place in my heart."

As yet, Solihull have not indicated who will act as Caretaker Manager following Bignot's departure. They are due to play Yeovil Town in an FA Cup First Round Replay in around eight days time - with exact date to be confirmed.


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6 November 2016 : Yeovil 3 Sheffield 0 : Ladies Complete FAWSL Season In Style As Champions
Yeovil Town Ladies completed their rise into the FAWSL1 division this afternoon with an emphatic 3-0 win over mid-table Sheffield at Huish Park. In front of a record FAWSL2 crowd of 1,483 - also a Yeovil town Ladies club record - fans packed the Main Stand to not only help them celebrate last week's promotion, but to ensure that a late charge by Bristol City Women did not result in them stealing the title from them on the finish line.

The Glovers got a perfect start early on with Lucy Quinn firing home from the edge of the box for a 15th minute lead, just after she had fired one attempt just wide of the post to show her goal threat. They went on to largely conduct proceedings with the visitors struggling to get into the match and seriously worry Charlotte Haynes. The only concern was that by half time, Bristol City Women had fired four goals past Oxford United meaning that they were halfway there to achieving their target of overhauling Yeovil's goal difference.

Yeovil Town Ladies celebrate after the final whistle
Yeovil Town Ladies celebrate after the final whistle
Photo © Tim Lancaster 2016


Any nerves about that half time scoreline though were put to bed less than a minute into the second half. Kayleigh Green's cross into the box was met by the head of Annie Heatherson with just 50 seconds of football having been played and fans still returning to their seats from the upstairs bars. Sophie Jones threatened to pull a goal back as she created room for herself but fired wide of the target as Charlotte Haynes continued to have a relatively calm game.

With twelve minutes remaining, any remaining concerns as to what might be going on in Oxfordshire were entirely extinguished. Annie Heatherson played the ball out to Nicola Cousins, and as she played the ball into the box at the near post, it seemed to fly straight through the players in the area, deceiving Claire Wallhead and giving Yeovil a 3-0 lead. With second half goals at Oxford having mercifully slowed down - just the one extra added to Bristol's tally, the remaining ten minutes were played out in a relaxed manner right up until the final whistle that saw the Yeovil bench run as a unit onto the pitch and celebrate in the centre-circle as they knew they were crowned FAWSL2 Champions.

Captain Ellie Curson has led the team throughout the 2016 Season, and so was the player who got her hands on the trophy first, as she lifted it before being covered in champagne spray, with the TV cameras capturing the moment Yeovil moved into the highest level of Women's football. Curson paid tribute to the record-breaking crowd as well as everyone else at the club:

"These guys in the crowd today have made our dream come true today for us. They were absolutely incredible, I can’t thank them enough. We had a little talk at half-time. We did know the Bristol score, we knew there was a little bit of pressure on our shoulders and we had to go out there and make sure that was ours. It’s been a long time coming, it’s been ours since May and no one was taking that off us. I’d like to thank everyone, mainly the fans, you could just hear it today. 1,400 people have come out to watch little old Yeovil Town Ladies play. It’s incredible for absolutely everyone; the management, players, I’d like to thank everybody."

Yeovil Town Ladies squad with the FAWSL2 Trophy
Yeovil Town Ladies squad with the FAWSL2 Trophy
Photo © Stephen Allinson 2016


Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 3 Sheffield 0.

Scorers: Lucy Quinn (15 mins, 1-0), Annie Heatherson (46 mins, 2-0), Nicola Cousins (78 mins, 3-0)

Yeovil Town Ladies: 1 Charlotte Haynes, 4 Ellie Curson (c), 5 Nicola Cousins, 6 Kayleigh Green, 9 Annie Heatherson, 15 Kelly Snook, 21 Lucy Quinn, 23 Helen Bleazard, 26 Hannah Short, 27 Danielle Carlton, 29 Kelly Aldridge

Substitutes: 24 Jessie Jones (65 mins for Danielle Carlton) 11 Nadia Lawrence (75 mins for Lucy Quinn) 2 Ellis Hillman (81 mins for Kayleigh Green) 3 Lauren Townsend, 8 Steph Williams, 10 Emily Donovan, 12 Leah Burridge

Sheffield Ladies: 1 Claire Wallhead, 2 Sarah Jackson, 6 Billie Murphy, 7 Ellie Gilliant, 8 Hannah Dale, 9 Jodie Michalska, 10 Carla Ward, 11 Sophie Jones (19 Kirsty Hanson 69), 12 Rhoma Lord-Miles, 14 Hannah Cain, 16 Emma Lipman

Substitutes: 20 Emma Johnson (35 mins for Billie Murphy), 23 Kennedy Owen (81 mins for Jodie Michalska) 3 Carina Fuller, 5 Danielle Cox, 25 Julianna Draycott

Referee: Adam Ricketts

Attendance: 1,483.


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6 November 2016 : FA Cup Second Round Ball Numbers And Draw Schedule
Both Yeovil Town and Solihull Moors will go into the FA Cup Second Round hat on Monday, after the teams drew 2-2 at Huish Park yesterday afternoon. The draw will be made live from Southport's Haig Avenue ground on Monday evening, prior to their First Round tie against Fleetwood Town which is being televised as the last of the weekend's fixtures.

The draw will be made at around 7.10p.m. on Monday 7th November, and will be live on both BBC2 and BT Sport. As before, it will be made on a nationwide and an unseeded basis.

Yeovil Town and Solihull Moors will share Ball No.7, with 20 ties due to be pulled out of the hat, albeit with a fairly sizeable 14 replays plus that Southport tie still to be decided. The ball numbers are as follows:

1 Sheffield United
2 Millwall
3 Dagenham & Redbridge or FC Halifax Town
4 Oxford United
5 Taunton Town or Barrow
6 Southport or Fleetwood Town
7 Yeovil Town or Solihull Moors
8 Woking
9 Sutton United
10 Macclesfield Town
11 Port Vale
12 Northampton Town
13 Cambridge United or Dover Athletic
14 Westfields or Curzon Ashton
15 Milton Keynes Dons
16 Gillingham or Brackley Town
17 Alfreton Town or Newport County
18 Wycombe Wanderers
19 Maidstone United or Rochdale
20 Bury or AFC Wimbledon
21 Carlisle United
22 Boreham Wood or Notts County
23 Plymouth Argyle
24 Braintree Town
25 Hartlepool United
26 Bolton Wanderers
27 Accrington Stanley
28 Oldham Athletic
29 Eastleigh or Swindon Town
30 Shrewsbury Town
31 Morecambe or Coventry City
32 Crawley Town or Bristol Rovers
33 Whitehawk or Stourbridge
34 Chesterfield
35 Lincoln City
36 Luton Town
37 Charlton Athletic
38 Cheltenham Town or Crewe Alexandra
39 Peterborough United
40 Blackpool

As yet there is no confirmed date for the First Round Replay between Solihull Moors and Yeovil Town, although the most likely night is Tuesday 15th November. However, with BT Sport yet to choose how many replays they wish to screen and on what evenings, all Replay dates will need to be confirmed.

All FA Cup Second Round ties are due to be played on the weekend around Saturday 3rd December 2016. There is prize money of £27,000 at stake for the winners of those ties, with those clubs who won their First Round fixtures having pocketed £18,000 over the weekend.

Link: 2016-17 FA Cup Prize Fund Allocation.


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6 November 2016 : Ladies Crowned FAWSL2 Champions After Sheffield Victory
Yeovil Town Ladies were crowned FAWSL2 Champions this afternoon, as they wrapped up their 2016 Season in some style. Having already been promoted last weekend during their 2-0 win over London Bees, they held off Bristol City Women's own attempts to get their hands on the trophy, securing a 3-0 victory over Sheffield on the final day of the season.

An early goal from Lucy Quinn set them on their way, but with Bristol knocking in four first half goals against Oxford United Women nothing was certain at the break. However, just as fans sat down in their seats for the second period, an Annie Heatherson header doubled their lead, and the match was made entirely safe as Nicola Cousins netted in the final ten minutes. Bristol City Women came out with a 5-0 win at the end of their match, but a superior goal difference throughout the season meant that it was the Glovers who came out smiling the most on the final whistle.

The match was watched by an amazing 1,483 spectators, smashing the Ladies' previous record crowd of 831. The attendance is also understood to be an FAWSL2 league attendance record - a yardstick of how rapidly the Ladies game has grown, particularly in the West Country over the last couple of years.

The Ladies will now move onwards and into the FAWSL1 division for the 2017 season, representing the Glovers as one of the top ten clubs in the whole country. Our huge congratulations to Jamie Sherwood, the players and the staff who have helped achieve this feat for their football club.


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6 November 2016 : Live Commentary For Yeovil Town Ladies vs Sheffield
For those who can't make it to Huish Park this afternoon, for the FAWSL2 clash between Yeovil Town Ladies and Sheffield, there will be live commentary of this afternoon's match. You can pick up coverage on BBC Somerset on 1566MW (also for some of the prematch coverage on 95.5FM but they'll split for the Taunton Town FA Cup match on kick-off). Also you can listen to them online, via the link below.

We're not quite sure at what time the coverage will kick in - you may need to occasionally refresh your browser on the BBC Sport link, but in the past it's been put live around 30 minutes before kick-off.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Sheffield Live Commentary.


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6 November 2016 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Solihull Moors Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Solihull Moors at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the game, the red card for Kevin Dawson, and the prospect of a replay, can be read via the link below.

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


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6 November 2016 : Jamie Sherwood Previews The Ladies vs Sheffield Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's FAWSL2 match between Yeovil Town Ladies and Sheffield at Huish Park, manager Jamie Sherwood spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner, Jamie gives his views on promotion, the possibility of grabbing the FAWSL2 title, and his thoughts on the fans who have supported the club throughout the season.

This afternoon's match kicks off at 2.00p.m. with admission possible on the turnstiles - Adults: £5.00 and Concessions: £2.50. Main Stand facilites at the ground will be open to all fans. There will be a slightly larger than usual crowd for this match as they do battle with Bristol City Women for the title, so allow a bit of extra time to get into the ground.

Read the interview with Jamie via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Sheffield.


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5 November 2016 : Video Highlights : Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Solihull Moors at Huish Park, these are now being carried by the BBC. There are two minute's worth of footage on the BBC Sport website where you can view the opening goals from Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan, along with the brace from Solihull's Jack Byrne. There is also footage of the incident that saw Kevin Dawson given his second yellow card of the game, and thus the monent that he was sent off. Watch that via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport : FA Cup Highlights : Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors.


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5 November 2016 : Darren Way Admits Red Card 'Critical Moment' Sparked Solihull Comeback
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that this afternoon's FA Cup First Round tie against Solihull Moors hinged on one crucial moment during the second half. At 2-0 up through goals from Ryan Hedges and Otis Khan the Glovers seemed to be cruising through to the Second Round. However, a red card for Kevin Dawson seemed to spark a belief in the National League side, and they pulled back two quick goals through Jack Byrne to ensure a replay takes place at Damson Park in around ten days time.

Way said that for many of his players this would be a new experience for them, with his younger stock not having played against non-league opposition in an FA Cup environment. He felt that at least by staying in the competition, those players could take that experience into the replay and be more alert to the situation:

"For the players that's an experience where a lot of them have not been involved in an upset in the FA Cup. It gives them an opportunity for us to go to their place now knowing what we're up against, which I explained to the players wasn't going to be easy. But there was a critical incident that changed the whole dynamics of the game. It's quite obvious (what the critical incident was) - the sending off. It was thought about and explained. We give the players ownership, which I've done throughout the whole of this season, to make sure that you set a level of discipline. It changed the game."

Way added that he felt his side should have been further ahead than they were by half time, with a largely dominant opening 20 minutes not being capitalised upon, apart from Hedges' early opener. He said that the pressure of being in an FA Cup tie, coupled with the way that Solihull spotted an opportunity to get back into the game were reasons why the tie ended up in the way that it did:

"I think the FA Cup just brings a different pressure. Certainly with the chances that we had in the first half it should have been over. We got into their final third on what must have been 33 times but never had enough end product to make it two or three. So they were always going to have an opportunity to come back at us, and that opportunity was when we had a man sent off. With a team that's had the climb that they've had, they've got a lot of individuals that have got that game-changing moment, and you could see that with the subs that they brought on. So I'm just pleased that from the sending off, we've got another opportunity again."


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5 November 2016 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Solihull Moors 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 Solihull Moors.


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5 November 2016 : Yeovil 2 Solihull 2 : Dawson Sees Red Again As Moors Fight Back
Yeovil Town were pegged back by a Jack Byrne double this afternoon, as National League side Solihull Moors came from 2-0 down to force the FA Cup First Round tie to a replay. The Glovers appeared to be cruising to a comfortable win after an early goal from Swansea City loanee Ryan Hedges was followed up by a free kick from Otis Khan just seven minutes into the second half. Then came the drama - Kevin Dawson had already been given a 'final warning' by referee David Rock following an earlier caution, so when he committed a trivial but further foul three minutes after that goal, he was dismissed and that set up the cup tie. Byrne netted twice in six minutes, and for a while Yeovil were rocking. But they managed to stabilise and keep themselves in the hat for the Second Round draw, even if they may not appreciate the additional fixture and now what looks a much more tricky Replay to negotiate.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to the starting line-up that took to the field against Grimsby Town. Tom Eaves came in for Tahvon Campbell who had missed most of the training sessions last week due to an ankle injury picked up in that match. Meanwhile Bevis Mugabi was swapped out for Liam Shephard in the right-back position. Alex Lawless dropped off the teamsheet entirely and his position was taken by Ben Whitfield. Those changes allowed Omar Sowunmi and Josh Ezewele a chance to sit on the bench, with Izale McLeod absent through illness.

The opening goal didn't take too long to come after Ben Whitfield had stung the palm of the goalkeeper with an early attempt. Tom Eaves started off a move a couple of minutes later that saw Kevin Dawson pick up possession and when he threaded Ryan Hedges his initial shot was blocked but a second attempt was fired into the back of the net from 10 yards out for the perfect start to the match. Right up to the midway point of the first half it seemed as though Yeovil would be cruising - they almost netted with a Nathan Smith cross landing on top of the goal frame, and there was little coming from their non-league opponents.

As the half progressed though, the Midlands side grew into the match, as Yeovil seemed to take their foot off the accelerator. Jordan Gough shot from distance, forcing Artur Krysiak into his first save of the afternoon, whilst Andy Brown also provided another one for Krysiak to deal with. That said, the Glovers were still doing their bit at the other end - Ben Whitfield got in behind the Solihull defence for a one-v-one but found the legs of visiting keeper Daniel Lewis in the way.

Another significant side plot though was beginning to develop. Kevin Dawson has picked up a rather large share of bookings this season, as well as being dismissed during the club's EFL Trophy tie against Bristol Rovers. He picked up a 32nd minute booking for a sliding tackle, and around five minutes later committed another foul that had referee David Rock calling over captain Darren Ward for a chat. The message was plain and simple to all inside the ground that the Irishman would have to play around 55 minutes of the match without committing a further foul - a 'last warning' was what Ward was being told. More of that later.

The remainder of the first half passed off without too much drama, with the game having gradually become an even contest, bar that early Hedges goal. Early shots from Tom Eaves and Matt Dolan went close, but not close enough with visiting keeper Daniel Lewis parrying both out for a corner. Yeovil's early dominance to the second half period then reaped them a second goal after Ben Whitfield was fouled by Jamie Osborne. Matt Dolan appeared to be setting himself up for a repeat of his dead ball technique at Crewe Alexandra, but it appears there's more than one player in the line-up that can do that - Otis Khan ended up taking the dead ball and he curled the ball over the wall for a 2-0 lead.

That should have killed the game dead, but of course sometimes FA Cup games aren't always like that. Darren Way had chosen to keep Kevin Dawson on the pitch despite the 'final warning'. He committed a trivial 55th minute foul that in normal circumstances could have seen him let off. But last warnings are last warnings and when the Solihull players surrounded the referee to point this out, Mr Rock duly obliged and put Yeovil down to ten men, and leaving Dawson for an early bath for the second time this season.

Solihull now had their tails up. But they needed a goal quickly to liven up the tie. In the next move they managed to do just that, as Andy Brown fed Jack Byrne and he fired home from the edge of the box to pull the match back to a 2-1 scoreline and to turn what had been a coasting game into a proper cup tie. Darren Way's response was to reorganise his midfield by taking Ben Whitfield off, pushing Liam Shephard up, and pulling Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges into deeper positions.

Either that change, or the red card and the goal seemed to help Solihull more than it helped Yeovil, with them running over an exposed Yeovil midfield, and six minutes after Jack Byrne scored once, he scored again. Liam Daly won a challenge inside the box and the ball dropped lose to Bryne with no Yeovil player picking him up. He then struck again from the edge of the box, for a 2-2 equaliser and the fear now was that Yeovil might cave in entirely.

Yeovil reorganised again, as Francois Zoko came on, with Otis Khan making way by his obligatory substitution midway through the second half. That saw the Glovers reorganise to a 4-3-2. Solihull could have won the match as a Jamie Osborne cross saw Andy Brown get a free header inside the box but he put the ball wide of the post. Then Osborne fired a rising shot from distance that just cleared the crossbar. Yeovil almost snatched the tie in second half injury time as Matt Dolan's long range shot whistled just wide of the post, but in the end the match went for a replay at 2-2. What Yeovil will be ruing though, is what went on between the 52nd minute and the 63rd minute, when they went from a game in which they had total control,. into a match where they were clinging on a bit, with the feeling that they'd shot themselves in the foot somewhat.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Solihull Moors 2.

Scorers: Ryan Hedges (1-0, 8 mins), Otis Khan (2-0, 52 mins), Jack Byrne (2-1, 57 mins), Jack Byrne (2-2, 63 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 28. Ben Whitfield 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi (59 mins for Ben Whitfield) 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko (69 mins for Otis Khan) 14. Josh Ezewele 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell

Solihull Moors:
1. Daniel Lewis 4. Liam Daly 6. Jordan Gough 15. Jordan Fagbola 2. Shepherd Murombedzi 8. Jack Byrne 20. Jamie Osborne 3. Connor Franklin 12. Eddie Jones 9. Andy Brown 19. Harry White

Substitutes:
7. Akwasi Asante (77 mins for Harry White) 14. Jean-Yves Koue Niate 22. Omari Sterling-James (76 mins for Eddie Jones) 23. Nathan Vaughan 24. Lewis Hayden 26. Joel Dielna

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 32 mins), Bevis Mugabi (foul, 82 mins), Liam Shephard (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Kevin Dawson (second bookable offence, 55 mins)

Solihull Moors Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 4; Fouls: 14.

Solihull Moors Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 11.

Referee: David Rock (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Louis Marks (Hampshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 2,118 (with 195 Solihull Moors supporters).


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5 November 2016 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Solihull Moors at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name three changes to their starting line-up compared with last week's match against Grimsby Town. Right-back Liam Shephard is restored to the side, displacing Bevis Mugabi, whilst striker Tom Eaves comes in for Tahvon Campbell who picked up an injury last weekend. Finally Ben Whitfield comes in for Alex Lawless.

There is one substitute's name name that fans may not have seen before. Thirteen year old Daryl Allinson hails from Frome, and was unveiled by the club as a 'signing' during the week, after he was brought in to Huish Park for a day of training, with him currently recovering from a rare form of leukemia. Now the club have named him as a substiture today. He is named as an 'eighth' substitute, and will also be on mascot duties today.

Absentees due to injury this afternoon are believed to lie only with a couple of players, with Matt Butcher still out - he's believed to be more or less ready for a return. Meanwhile we assume the absence of Alex Lawless is down to an injury although that's not been confirmed yet. Kyle Copp is presumed fit but does not make the bench, whilst Izale McLeod misses out due to illness. Midfielders Ollie Bassett and Joe Lea are on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
7. Kevin Dawson 28. Ben Whitfield 4. Matt Dolan
10. Otis Khan 9. Tom Eaves 23. Ryan Hedges

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 11. Ryan Dickson 13. Francois Zoko 14. Josh Ezewele 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Tahvon Campbell XX. Daryl Allinson

Solihull Moors:
1. Daniel Lewis
4. Liam Daly 6. Jordan Gough 15. Jordan Fagbola 2. Shepherd Murombedzi
8. Jack Byrne 20. Jamie Osborne 3. Connor Franklin 12. Eddie Jones
9. Andy Brown 19. Harry White

Substitutes:
7. Akwasi Asante 14. Jean-Yves Koue Niate 22. Omari Sterling-James 23. Nathan Vaughan 24. Lewis Hayden 26. Joel Dielna


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4 November 2016 : Morton Goal Steers Glovers Past Port
Yeovil Town Under-18s managed to gain a safe passage into the Second Round of the FA Youth Cup tonight, as they knocked Newport County out of the competition. In a match played at Spytty Park, rather than Newport's first team pitch, it was Callum Morton who won the match, scoring his goal during the first half of the tie for a 1-0 away win.

The home side were unable to respond during the second period, meaning that the Glovers now face Merstham in the Second Round stage. FA guidance is for all ties to be played by Saturday 19th November. Most ties are played on the club's main first team stadium pitch as a midweeker - in this case Huish Park. Like the FA Cup, the Second Round stage is the last stage before Academy sides associated with Premier League and Championship clubs come into the competition.

Squad List: (As per unnumbered teamsheet - appears to be alphabetical order of travelling squad rather than actual line-up) Isaac Atherley, Paul Akinuli, Daniel Buckley, Bradley Cherrett, Jayden Corbridge, Charlie Fripp, Jeremiah Gyebi, Jack Hilton-Jones, Kingsley Latham, Mitch McCann, Callum Morton, Gabriel Rogers, Jack Rice-Lethaby, Joseph Tomlinson, Jake Williams, Arthur Warren

Coaches and Staff: Geoff Harrop, Adrian Foster, Joe Shulberg, Joss Knowles, Stephanie Bere.

Link: FA Youth Cup Second Round Draw.


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4 November 2016 : GWSC Provisional Travel For The Reading EFL Trophy Game
The Green and White Supporters Club have set partial travel plans for the forthcoming EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s. The match takes place at the Madejski Stadium on Wednesday 9th November 2016, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off.

The coach for this trip will leave Huish Park at 4.00p.m. At present, due to this being the EFL Trophy, where attendance levels are likely to be a little unpredictable, they don't have a firm price for this trip, but will set this once they are more certain about how many fans plan to travel.

For this reason, it would be appreciated if fans aiming to attend this match and travel with the GWSC would express their interest before tomorrow afternoon's match against Solihull Moors. That will then give them a chance to book an appropriately sized coach and work out a 'break even' price. They'll still accept bookings beyond that point, but of course it will be based upon the interest expressed leading up to tomorrow's match.

To place your booking, send a text message to Paul Hadlow on 07736 044570 or visit him before tomorrow's match where he'll be in the GWSC Programme Shop in the lead-up to the game. You can also reach him at paulhadlow@outlook.com

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

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Stevenage.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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4 November 2016 : Darren Previews The Solihull Moors Game
As part of the build-up to the FA Cup First Round tie against Solihull Moors at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset, Darren talks about what the FA Cup means to himself, the current situation regarding Solihull boss Marcus Bignot and the challenge of playing a non-league side. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Solihull Moors.


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4 November 2016 : FA Youth Cup Second Round Draw
Ahead of tonight's FA Youth Cup First Round match against Newport County, the Football Association have made the draw for the second round of the competition. The winners of tonight's match at Spytty Park will face a home match against Surrey side Merstham, whose first team play in the Isthmian League Premier Division.

There is a quick turnaround on fixtures at this stage, with all Second Round ties having to be played by Saturday 19th November, hence why the Second Round draw has been made prior to all First Round matches having completed. The draw is as follows:

FC Halifax Town vs Sheffield United
Rochdale AFC vs Shrewsbury Town
Chester vs Bolton Wanderers
Hyde United / Morecambe vs Accrington Stanley
Mansfield Town vs Dunkirk / Coventry City
Chesterfield vs Carlisle United
Bradford City vs Boston United
Scunthorpe United vs Tranmere Rovers
Romulus vs Oldham Athletic
Poole Town vs Leyton Orient
Swindon Town vs AFC Sudbury
Plymouth Argyle vs Gillingham
Stevenage vs Charlton Athletic
Luton Town vs Dagenham and Redbridge
Oxford City vs Peterborough United
Boreham Wood vs FC Broxbourne Borough
Portsmouth vs Metropolitan Police
Cambridge United vs Millwall / Worthing
Newport County or Yeovil Town vs Merstham
AFC Wimbledon vs Bristol Rovers
Exeter City vs Milton Keynes Dons

Tonight's match against Newport County kicks off at 7.00p.m. For more details follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s.

Link: Venue For FA Youth Cup First Round Trip.

Link: FA Youth Cup First Round Draw.


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4 November 2016 : EFL Cup Gets New Energy Drinks Branding In Three Year Deal
The EFL Cup will have new sponsorship from next season. The tournament that was originally known as the Football League Cup, but has more recently been badged as the Carling Cup and the Capital One Cup, will be known as the Carabao Cup from June 2017 onwards. A three year sponsorship deal means that this will run until the summer of 2020.

So who, or what is Carabao? Theyt are a Thai-based energy drinks company who appear to be trying to break through into the British market. In June 2016 they became the principle sponsors of Championship side Reading, whilst in the summer of 2016, they became training kit sponsors of Chelsea.

You'll be seeing a lot more of them in due course. The Football League have promised that they will have their company colours on the ribbons of the EFL Cup itself, as well as the match ball. There will also be perimeter boards at each ground, backdrops for pre and post match interviews for games involving the competition, and a whole load of branding around the stadiums. The Football League are also hopeful that the naming of the competition will allow them to market overseas rights relating to the competition to ASEAN (South East Asia) part of the world, where the brand is more recognisable.

For the remainder of the 2016-17 season, the unsponsored name of the EFL Cup will continue to be used.


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4 November 2016 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors
Officials for the FA Cup First Round tie between Yeovil Town and Solihull Moors have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place at Huish Park on Saturday 5th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee David Rock (Northamptonshire).

In terms of size of game, this would appear to be the highest level that Mr Rock has ever officiated at - he has never been selected as the named referee for a fixture involving a Football League side, and we can't find any evidence of him having taken charge of an FA Cup First Round fixture. We can find one instance back in March 2010 when he took over the whistle midway through a League Two fixture between Northampton Town and Darlington, after the original referee, Andy Penn, was injured and unable to continue.

He's been officiating at National League level for the last three seasons. This season he's taken charge of eleven recorded fixtures (although sometimes data on referees at non-league level is not complete) and those matches show up 32 yellow cards and one dismissal - slightly below the typical average for a match referee. He has also performed as an assistant referee at Football League level, and in the FA Cup in between his time as a National Lrague referee.

He works for a company called All For Sport, who provide training and coaching for Physical Education teachers at primary and secondary schools, providing a Teacher Development programme. He is their Operations Director, having worked there since 2005, and has been a referee since the start of the 2007-08 season.

Mr Rock will be assisted by Louis Marks (Hampshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Adam Matthews (Gloucestershire).


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4 November 2016 : Way Expecting Solihull To Be Unaffected By Management Rumours
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way says that he does not believe the possible departure of Marcus Bignot to League Two side Grimsby Town will have any effect upon the opposition's players. The Solhull Moors manager - who are tomorrow's FA Cup First Round opponents - has been given permission to hold talks with Grimsby about their management vacancy, and that interview is believed to have taken place yesterday.

Inevitably that has led to questions about whether Bignot will actually be in the dugout tomorrow, and where his long term future likes with the Midlands club. However, Way has told BBC Somerset that he doesn't think that will change the way the tie pans out because ultimately the Solihull players' own desires to perform against the Glovers will kick in:

"Their players have got to deal with that, because there will be question marks within their heads. But I think they'll come down here whether the manager is in charge, or whether he is not. They'll be doing whatever they can to put on a show for themselves. So I think that isn't going to change anything or the dynamics."

At present, although Grimsby have not commented on the situation, the Grimsby Telegraph believe that Bignot has been offered the position at Blundell Park, but that he will remain in charge of Solihull Moors for at least one last game, with the Mariners not wanting to upset the apple cart ahead of their own FA Cup First Round tie, leaving caretaker Dave Moore in charge for the weekend.

Way believes that whether Bignot is thinking of leaving his job or not, that he will be concentrating fully on that task. He is also mindful that Solihull fit into the model of a club that is on the way up - they were promoted from National League North last season - and so will be highly motivated in the same way that Yeovil Town were when they began their rise from the non-league divisions:

"I'm sure that he's got a job to do and he'll want to be successful. It's an opportunity for him to put himself and his team on the map. They've climbed very quick, and they've done that - from the games that I've seen - on hard work and organisation. They can be difficult to break down at times. They've got some good players that have fallen out of the league for whatever reason, and it will give them an opportunity to test themselves against a league club. So you have to be ready for that."

In terms of Glovers team news, there has been no explicit mention either way of any of the players who may be available for Saturday's match. Last month, Way raised concerns about whether his five loan players would be given permission to play in the tie, given that it would cup-tie them from playing for their parent clubs in January, or any other team during the second half of the season. That question has not been asked again, although the full season loan status of Swansea City pair Ryan Hedges and Liam Shephard would make it highly unlikely that they would be refused permission.

The one loan player whose selection may be under threat would be West Bromwich Albion striker Tahvon Campbell. He limped out of last weekend's 0-0 draw with Grimsby Town after he went down with an ankle injury. After the match, Way implied that Campbell's problem might not be trivial, saying that he was expecting him to go for a scan on Monday to diagnose the damage. However, there's been no word on his situation - if he doesn't make it, then Tom Eaves will be an obvious candidate to replace him in the starting line-up.


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3 November 2016 : Ticketing For Newport County U18s vs Yeovil Town U18s
Admission prices for Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup tie against Newport County have been agreed. The First Round tie at Spytty Park, Newport takes place on Friday 4th November, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off. Those turning up on the turnstiles will pay the following:

Adults: £3.00; Concessions: £2.00; Under-16s: £1.00.

Link: Venue For FA Youth Cup First Round Trip.

Link: FA Youth Cup First Round Draw.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors.

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Stevenage.

Link: Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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3 November 2016 : Trust Provide Intermediate Response To Membership Survey
The Glovers Trust has reported some intermediate feedback on some of the issues that they were asked to address with the club, following a survey sent out to its members. Their survey pre-dated one created by the football club itself, and was designed to help the newly elected Trust Board to shape its future direction over the coming twelve months, by establishing a dialogue with the club and monitoring for signs of improvement.

At present the Trust say that their members have stated that the overall matchday experience at Huish Park does need improving. They also highlight that the external front of the stadium itself needs cleaning, with the facade currently being coated in dirt and what appears to be green algae or moss-like growth. They have also received concerns about the number of potholes around the stadium area - as wet dark winters approach, this inevitably becomes more of an issue.

The Trust have said that these three areas represent patterns that they have spotted in their Survey results so far:

"The Trust Board would like to reiterate its thanks to members who participated in the Glovers Trust Opinion Survey. Whilst we are still collating and analysing all of the information provided by our members, the preliminary findings of the survey indicate that a large proportion of our members feel that the match day experience can be improved, in particular the appearance of Huish Park is a prime concern. For example the outer walls of the Stadium need to be cleaned to remove the dirt and debris, and there are a number of potholes around the ground that are dangerous and unsightly that should be filled in."

The Trust have said that they plan to provide further detailed analysis on their own survey results, as well as meeting with the club and discussing with them the club's own survey results. Unsurprisingly they are expecting a strong correlation between the two:

"These are example of items that our members have asked the Trust to raise with the Club - we are aiming to discuss and agree solutions to these and other issues with the club to improve the overall appearance of the ground and the Match day experience. We also applaud the Club's decision to follow our lead and hold a survey of its own. We are seeking talks with Club at Huish Park as top priority as we firmly believe that their results will mirror the results of our own, and we look forward to sitting down with them and discussing our member's concerns. We will update further as we progress."

At present, the football club have acknowledged the closure of their own survey, but have yet to divulge any of the themes which came out of that. They indicated that over 550 responses had been received.

Link: Glovers Receive Over 500 Responses To Matchday Experience Survey.


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3 November 2016 : Away Travel Club Plans For Blackpool vs Yeovil Town
During every season, the Away Travel Club pick out one of our more lengthy away fixtures for a weekend away. This season they have selected the League Two match against Blackpool, which takes place on Saturday 21st January 2017, at Bloomfield Road.

Their current plan is to head up to Blackpool on Friday 20th January, leaving Huish Park at 9.30a.m. - then watching the match on the Satuday, and then returning on Sunday 22nd with the aim of getting back to Huish Park for around 5.00p.m.

As in previous years when they've chosen Blackpool as the weekend away, they'll be staying at the Delton Hotel, which is situated next to the Pleasure Beach and a two minute walk from the beach. They have exclusive use of the hotel.

The price of the weekend is £130 per person, which includes two nights accommodation, full English breakfast and a three course evening meal, the return coach fare and a cabaret on the Saturday evening.

If you are interested in joining them, they have three rooms remaining in the hotel, following early interest from supporters. To find out more details, or to reserve your place, contact Sara Kelly on 07939608338.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors.

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Stevenage.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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2 November 2016 : FA Cup Opponents Give Manager Permission To Hold Mariners Talks
Managerial merry-go-rounds can often work in an odd way. Under two weeks ago, on October 20th, a commercial website claimed that Yeovil Town manager Darren Way was being lined up as a candidate for the then vacant Shrewsbury Town job. Over that weekend, it became clear that it wasn't Way the Shrews were chasing, but Grimsby Town manager Paul Hurst, with matters becoming confirmed by October 24th, as Hurst left Blundell Park along with his assistant Chris Doig.

By coincidence, Yeovil Town's next fixture in the League was Grimsby, who ended up with physio Dave Moore in caretaker charge for the match, but still needing the Mariners needing to fill the shoes left behind by Hurst. Fast forward to today, and it would appear that they are targeting former Queens Park Rangers defender Marcus Bignot, who happens to be manager of Solihull Moors, who are Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round opponents. This creates the prospect of the Glovers facing managerless opponents for the second week running, all stemming from the chain of events set off by the vacant Shrewsbury position.

Solihull have confirmed that they've received an official approach from Grimsby and have given Bignot permission to be interviewed by the League Two side. At this stage there's no indication of a firm offer being on the table at this stage, although it's unusual for any clubs to go public about such approaches unless the manager concerned has at least been sounded out in terms of his interest in taking up the position. A statement from Solihull says:

"Solihull Moors has granted permission to Grimsby Town to speak to Marcus Bignot about their vacant managerial position. The Board wishes to place on record that whilst it would not wish to stand in the way of an individual's ambition, it is eager to retain the services of Bignot to continue the progression he has made at the club in his five-year tenure. It is hoped that the talks will reach a swift resolution to ensure minimum disruption for all parties and the club will endeavour to update supporters in due course."

Bignot had a highly successful 2015-16 season, as his side finished as National League North Champions, lifting Solihull Moors into the National League Premier Division (aka the Conference League) for the first time in their club's history. He had also won honours as a manager with Birmingham City Ladies during 1998-99 and 2001-02.


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2 November 2016 : Taff's Gloversblog : Celebrating Dizzy Heights At The Hive
On Sunday, Yeovil Town Ladies were at the Hive Stadium, where a 2-0 win over London Bees gave them promotion from the FAWSL2 division. With a fairly spectacular rise up the divisions in recent seasons, the Ladies will now spend the tail end of 2016 planning for life playing in the highest level of the game. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers what life was like watching the game unfold in North-West London, and what challenges they may face over the coming year or so. Read on via the link below, and feel free to post any thoughts at the foot of the article, particularly if you want to leave any messages about the Ladies' 2016 season.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Celebrating Dizzy Heights At The Hive.


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2 November 2016 : GWSC Travel To Stevenage
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Stevenage. The match takes place at Broadhall Way on Saturday 12th November 2016, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Stevenage : Saturday 12th November 2016.
Huish Park: 9.15a.m.
Adult Members: £22.00; Member Concessions: £20.00
Adult Non-Members: £24.00; Non-Member Concessions: £22.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors.

Link: Ticketing For Reading Under-21s vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

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

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


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2 November 2016 : Video : Watch Ollie Bassett Score His First Goal For Magpies
On Saturday, Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett scored his first ever goal at first team level, as part of his loan spell with Dorchester Town. Ollie netted in the Magpies 3-1 win over Barnstaple Town in the FA Trophy, sealing their route into the next round with a 90th minute strike. Video highlights from that match can now be viewed below - you can watch Ollie's goal during the final minute of the footage if you want to fast forward.




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2 November 2016 : Lea Injured As Bassett Goes The Distance In Magpies Shoot-Out
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett had a rather late night yesterday, as he had to go the full distance for Dorchester Town in a cup game. Both himself and Joe Lea were involved in a Dorset Senior Cup home match against Portland United that ended up going to extra time and then a penalty shoot-out that ended up with 26 kicks being taken before the tie was eventually resolved in Portland's favour by an 11-10 margin.

The match itself finished in a 0-0 draw, with both Bassett and Lea selected in the starting line-up, giving them their 6th and 5th appearances for the Magpies respectively. Unfortunately for Joe, he only lasted the first 60 minutes of the match before he had to come off due to an injury. It's not clear at this stage what that injury is, but the Dorset Echo state that he 'pulled up' and whatever had caused him problems was serious enough for him to have to withdraw, despite the prospect of it leaving Dorchester down to ten men, with them having already made all three substitutes as a tactical measure earlier in the game.

That man disadvantage became a more difficult problem when the game went beyond the normal 90 minute period, with both sides failing to find the net. That then led to a penalty shoot-out that saw both teams having to cycle around on their spot kick takers, particularly given that Dorchester could only field ten for that purpose. Bassett missed his first penalty, but by the time all players had taken a full set of penalties, including the goalkeepers, he successfully netted on the second round. Unfortunately by the time the match reached penalty No.26, Matt Oldring had his spot kick saved, sending the Magpies out of the competition.

The match at the Avenue Stadium featured the usual array of players with Yeovil Town connections, with Ben Wood and Lewis Morgan as former Youth Team players, whilst Jake Smeeton was an unused substitute. Aside from Bassett and Lea, there was a third player on the pitch who is on the Yeovil Town payroll - goalkeeper Jordan Mullis works in the Huish Park stadium department, whilst also being on Dorchester Town's books as a reserve goalkeeper.

Dorchester Town: 1. Jordan Mullis 2. Mark Jermyn 3. Ben Wood 4. Ollie Bassett 5. Nathan Walker (Capt) 6. Matt Oldring 7. Joe Lea 8. Lewis Morgan 9. David Jerrard 10. Mario Mateus 11. Neil Martin.

Subtitutes: 12. Jake Smeeton 14. Billy Mitchell (55 mins for Mark Jermyn) 15. Tom Blair (46 mins for David Jerrard) 16. Chris Dillon (46 mins for Ben Wood)


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1 November 2016 : Video : London Bees vs Yeovil Town Ladies Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town Ladies and their trip to London Bees on Sunday, these are now available online. Watch the goals from Kayleigh Green and Nadia Lawrence that gained them promotion to FAWSL1, plus some of the other key moments in the match via the YouTube clip below.




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1 November 2016 : Date Set For FA Youth Cup First Round Trip
Yeovil Town Under-18s have had a date set for their involvement in the FA Youth Cup First Round. The Glovers Academy side will travel to play Newport County Under-18s on Friday 4th November 2016, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off.

The match will take place at Newport's Spytty Park Stadium - note that this is not the venue that is used for Newport County's first team fixtures. The ground is situated in Langland Way (Postcode NP19 4PT) on the south east side of the city centre, and Rodney Parade, just south of the A48 on the east side of the River Usk.

You may also find signposts for Newport International Sports Village, whilst Spytty Park is also known as Newport Stadium - signposts for all of these will lead you in the same direction.

The match will be settled on the night, using extra time and penalties if required. For the full First Round Draw, follow the link below.

Link: FA Youth Cup First Round Draw.


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1 November 2016 : Darren Ward Talks About The Grimsby Town Draw
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Grimsby Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town captain Darren Ward spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on his own fitness and how he's had to play through a few recent issues, along with the team's recent form, and also how his own family played a role in Saturday's match, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Ward Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Grimsby Town.


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