Yeovil Town's current Planning Appeal may be getting close to a resolution. The appeal against a decision made by SSDC's Area South Planning Committee on September 7th 2016 relates to land the club are attempting to develop in a farmer's field on the west side of Thorne Lane, in Lufton, around half a mile from the Huish Park stadium.
The club lodged an appeal against the three written reasons issued by SSDC in late March 2017 although have never divulged the basis on which their appeal was being made. As such there has been very little visible movement on this case, with guidance notes from the Planning Inspectorate website indicating that such appeals ran off a 44 week timeline, which would make the final decision likely only by early 2018.
The Planning Inspectorate have given a short statement to the Western Gazette indicating that they are waiting for both Yeovil Town to provide additional information with respect to archaeological remains on the Lufton site. Their statement reads:
"A site visit was carried out on September 4th. The inspector has now requested further information from the appellant (Yeovil Town) and the relevant local authorities about a number of potential archaeological remains on the site. The appellant has until November 17th to provide these answers. Unless their response raises any further questions, the inspector will then take their decision as to whether to uphold the appeal."
They don't provide a target date for the appeal, but if they were to adhere to the guidelines set out on their website, then they would aim to complete their Appeal assessment this month, with the final report being published around ten weeks after that, which would point to late January or early February 2018.
Needless to say, with the Lufton planning application having spent the last 14 months being prepared for appeal, along with the actual appeal process, there is no movement at all on the main Huish Park planning application, which was submitted in July 2015, but in reality has not moved since October 2015. Unless the Lufton appeal is successful, it's unlikely that it will, but even in that eventuality, SSDC have warned the club that they will need to revise it due to the length of time that has passed since the original submission.
If the club cannot get approval for the Thorne Lane site, then the Huish Park application will remain indefinitely dormant. Although the club have insisted that the two applications are independent of each other, the commonly accepted theory is that the two football pitches planned in Thorne Lane would be used as leverage that would allow the club to build over the two training pitches at Huish Park that are situated at the Copse Road End.
The club are required by the National Government Planning Policy Framework to replace any sporting pitches or facilities that they wish to build on. This is a common restriction on all planning applications across the country, with Sport England - a public body sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, responsible for ensuring that planning applications do not concrete over such facilities without like-for-like replacements.
There are other potential factors that could affect the Huish Park planning application, which was summitted in response to an initial set of plans dating from January 2012 which were ultimately withdrawn. However, this has remained one of the more black-and-white obstacles, with the first hurdle yet to be cleared.
The Football Association have announced the list of matches that be screened fully live as part of the FA Cup Second Round. The BBC had already announced that AFC Fylde would be hosting their Friday night match, and this afternoon BT Sport have finally decided their two choices. They will take in a home match for Notts County for their Saturday lunchtime screening, whilst they'll travel to Slough Town on Monday night.
The full list of live matches are as follows:
Fri 01/12/2017 : 19:55 : AFC Fylde vs Wigan Athletic
Sat 02/12/2017 : 12:30 : Notts County vs Oxford City
Sun 04/12/2017 : 19:45 : Slough Town vs Rochdale
All six clubs will bank £72,000 as a Broadcast Fee (provided no late postponements) whilst all Second Round winners will bank £27,000.
Note that BT Sport's decision on the live matches will not complete the weekend schedule. BBC Sport will still move around eight matches to the Sunday afternoon at 2.00p.m. to enable them to show their BBC Final Score rolling updates programme. At present, the following games have been moved:
AFC Wimbledon vs Charlton Athletic
Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra
Coventry City vs Boreham Wood
Meanwhile Yeovil Town's trip to Port Vale still doesn't have an officially announced date. With Stoke City playing Swansea City in the Premier League on the Saturday afternoon, there was due to be a decision made over when the police would allow the fixture to go ahead.
Given the BT Sport announcement, and the moving of three fixtures to Sunday, we'd expect the others to fall into place over the next 24 hours.
Some managerial changes involve long drawn out speculation, shortlists, rumours and hilariously inaccurate press reports. Others get announced very quietly, with no fuss, at 11.00p.m. on a Monday night. League Two side Barnet have announced that they have a new first team manager, in the same breath that they have announced that their old one had been removed from his post. They have opted to bring in former Wolverhampton Wanderers, Millwall and Reading boss Mark McGhee as their new boss, replacing Rossi Eames.
Barnet's decision to bring in McGhee comes with them having dropped into the relegation zone on Saturday, with a 0-1 defeat against Colchester United representing their 13th game in all competitions without a win. Barnet indicate that Eames himself played a part in the decision to change managers - he will become their Head of Player Development, in charge of their Under-23 team along with development of their Academy players.
McGhee comes in at the age of 60 years old, and with 950 games in club management, the last of which was at Motherwell. His most recent tenure in the English divisions came in 2012 when he had a rather questionable 45 game spell with Bristol Rovers. He left Motherwell in February 2017, but had also been acting as assistant to Gordon Strachan as part of the Scotland national side. He also relinquished that role upon Strachan's resignation last month.
Barnet don't mention a contract length for McGhee. His assistant manager will remain as Alex Armstrong.
This video may not be for the faint-hearted. In the 44th minute of Saturday's 4-0 defeat against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, the home side scored probably their best-worked goal of the afternoon. A multi-pass move that was unfortunately reminiscent of a goal scored by Derby County during Yeovil's 2013-14 Championship season, saw Carlisle thread the ball through 26 passes, only briefly interrupted by a couple of sliced Glovers clearances. Eventually the ball fell to Hallam Hope inside the penalty box, who easily finished off Carlisle's second goal.
The home team have produced a video clip that shows off the entire move, which actually starts with a Glovers throw-in, but then goes through pretty much the entire Carlisle team apart from one brief half-second. Watch via the YouTube video below.
Huish Park will play host to a second pop concert this summer. Following the earlier announcement of Norwegian synth-pop band a-ha, the club will also see Steps, Aqua and Blue come to the same venue. Described as "everyone’s favourite chart-toppers from the 2000s", Steps will be the main act of the three, in what is their 'Grandslam 2018: Summer of Steps' tour.
As with the a-ha tour, the twelve dates they have chosen include a number of sporting stadiums, including Cheltenham Town, Darlington, Peterborough United and Doncaster Rovers. They will be playing at Huish Park on Sunday 10th June 2018.
Tickets will be sold from Ticketmaster and Ticket Factory. Under-14s must be accompanied by an adult. Prices start at £39.50 per person, but with the implication that there will be higher tariff tickets if you want a better view of the concert.
Yeovil Town have confirmed that defender Bevis Mugabi will serve a three match ban, following his sending off at Carlisle United on Saturday. The former Southampton defender was dismissed in the 73rd minute of the 4-0 defeat at Brunton Park, following an off-the-ball incident involving Hallam Hope, just prior to a bad tackle by Jordan Green which resulted in a yellow card.
Due to the Mugabi incident happening inside the penalty box, and prior to Green's foul, that resulted in a penalty being awarded which Danny Grainger slotted home for the Cumbrians third goal of the afternoon.
With the club not mentioning any plans to appeal, Mugabi will serve a three match ban for violent conduct. He will sit out the home matches against Swindon Town and Notts County along with the trip to Wycombe Wanderers.
Strike pair Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko are both in the middle of their own three match bans - they sit out their final game next Saturday against Swindon Town.
Yeovil Town will be hosting a music event in the summer of 2018 at the Huish Park Stadium. Norwegian pop band a-ha will be bringing their Electric Summer tour to the UK and will be using a number of sporting stadiums to host concerts, with Cambridge United, Doncaster Rovers and Blackpool also selected, along with Mowden Park Rugby Club and Kent Country Cricket Club in Beckhenham. The Huish Park concert will take place on Saturday 9th June 2018.
Tickets for the Huish Park concert are priced at £45.00 plus a booking fee (General Admission) and £65.00 plus a booking fee for access to a Golden Circle area. Tickets will go on general sale on Friday 17 November at 9.00am from a-ha's main website along with Ticketmaster and LHG Tickets. Tickets are all standing. There are a limited number of Disabled Tickets available directly from Huish Park.
The main core trio will be joined by additional band members and a string section for their concert. Lead singer Morten Harket said of the event:
"We do feel a close affinity to the UK and our fans there. We have also always seen fans travel to our shows to and within the UK and welcome all. It’s exciting to play outdoors and take our music to locations which are not traditional Arena touring places. As ever we always want to do things in a new way, to keep things exciting for our fans. We are very much looking forward to playing in Yeovil in June."
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers. The match takes place at Adams Park on Saturday 25th November, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:
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 email@example.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.
Further video footage of yesterday's 4-0 defeat against Carlisle United at Brunton Park now sheds some light on the sequence of events that saw Bevis Mugabi sent off, and the home side awarded a penalty. The two minutes of YouTube footage can be viewed below.
What the video shows, is that Bevis Mugabi's infringement happened BEFORE the wild challenge from Jordan Green that saw him booked. It had been assumed that Mugabi had been dismissed for something that occurred during the aftermath of Green's tackles where numerous players squared up to each other. However, the YouTube footage would suggest it was for an in-play incident that took place inside the penalty box.
In the video clip below, if you keep a close eye on what happens 1:12 minutes into the footage, you'll see Bevis Mugabi and Carlisle's Hallam Hope grabbing each other inside the box at the top of the picture frame. Mugabi's left arm appears to swing out from behind Hope, and into the Carlisle player's body. Approximately three seconds later, Jordan Green's tackle is an obvious foul on Luke Joyce.
The referee then consults with his linesman, who presumably had told him there had been an incident just before the Green foul. Given he would have been looking down the line of the last man, to check for any offside infringements, he would have had his eye on the defenders and attackers in the penalty box, rather than on the ball, and Green's tackle. As such it seems clear that the linesman gave referee Ben Toner the information he needed to dismiss Mugabi.
Given the Mugabi incident occurred before the Green incident and was inside the box, the referee correctly moves play back and points to the penalty spot. Carlisle's Danny Grainger then scores the spot kick to put Carlisle 3-0 up. Watch the footage via the YouTube clip below.
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-0 defeat against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match, along with the red card given against Bevis Mugabi, can be read via the link below.
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 4-0 defeat against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, these are now available online. As well as the four goals scored by the Cumbrians, they also include the tackle by Jordan Green that saw him booked. Unfortunately, the Sky Sports footage doesn't shed any light on the incident that Bevis Mugabi was involved in, just showing the decision to give him a red card.
You won't find any Yeovil chances in the two minutes of footage from the game. However, you can watch via the link below.
Yeovil Town Ladies will have to wait for another day to pick up their first points of the FAWSL1 season, after Everton collected all three points at Huish Park on Saturday afternoon. With both sides having failed to draw or win during the 2017-18 season, something had to give, and it was the Toffees who broke their duck thanks to goals from Courtney Sweetman-Kirk and Chloe Kelly.
The visitors enjoyed the early pressure and made the breakthrough on 17 minutes as Courtney Sweetman-Kirk was played in behind. She lifted the ball over the onrushing Megan Walsh and into the back of the net for a 0-1 lead. The same player could have doubled her side's lead six minutes later when again she broke clear of the home defence but this time Walsh did enough to put her off and the shot drifted just wide.
At the other end, Yeovil had a great opportunity themselves as an Ellie Curson cross found Ella Pusey, but despite being unmarked she put her downward header inches wide. In the second half, the away side continued to enjoy the majority of the possession and chances, with Angharad James stinging the palms of Walsh with an effort that was gathered at the second attempt.
The Toffees got their second goal from the penalty spot in the 60th minute when Nicola Cousins brought down Sweetman-Kirk in the box and Chloe Kelly stepped up to convert from 12 yards. Everton kept their composure to see out the match, while the Glovers have now gone five WSL outings this term without any points or any goals. Yeovil midfielder Ellie Curson said after the game she still thought the performance had been good:
"We're obviously disappointed but I feel we did try our best and that's the best performance we've had all season. We went out there and we tried to play and I don't think you can fault the girls, I just think we were unlucky. Everton took their chances and we unfortunately didn't. I would say Everton deserved to win the game but it was a narrow defeat and I'm happy with the overall performance and hopefully it's upwards from now."
"I think work rate and work ethic was something we needed to go out and show today and I think we did a good job of that. I think a little bit of luck is needed to come our way and we owed a bit and I think once we get that first goal they will continue to come, but it's getting that first goal. If we continue to work as hard as we did today it will come."
Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 0 Everton 2.
Courtney Sweetman-Kirk (0-1, 17 mins), Chloe Kelly (0-2, 60 mins, pen)
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way suggested that his players had under-estimated Saturday afternoon's opponents Carlisle United after his side were well beaten at Brunton Park. The 4-0 scoreline largely reflected the balance of play, with the Glovers only showing brief attacking intent, whilst the hosts found goals through Danny Grainger's brace, and other strikes from Hallam Hope and Shaun Miller.
Way felt that his team were naive in the way they approached the game, and certainly believed that after the first and second goals, that he saw a drop-off in his players' performance levels. He told BBC Somerset that he was disappointed with the reaction to that:
"We just didn't perform today. We were very naive. I think there were a lot of players that under-estimated a place like Carlisle, because it's always been a difficult place to come. It was disappointing, especially on the back of the last four games that we've had. I thought in the first ten minutes we'd started okay, but then just like last year a 30 yard shot flies into the top corner. I was disappointed with the players reaction. I thought we dropped in confidence. We certainly didn't look like the way that we'd played in the four previous games. It was just a matter then of trying to regroup, but obviously the second goal takes the stuffing out of us."
Way admitted that he did not have a clear view of the incidents between the 72nd minute and the 75th minute that saw Jordan Green booked, Bevis Mugabi sent off, and Carlisle given a penalty which gave them their third goal of the afternoon. However, he implied that Mugabi's red card had been for throwing an arm, and said he would suffer the consequences, if that was spotted on the video:
We're not (sure) but I have to make sure that as far as the discipline is concerned with the small squad that we've got, if it is proven that he is guilty of throwing an arm, then he'll have to suffer the consequences of that. I think it's hard (to judge the decision). From where I'm stood I can't see it. I think that Carlisle showed a lot of cleverness, certainly with the tussling that was going on in the box. If we feel that it's wrong based on video evidence, then we'll have to appeal. We'll have to make sure that we just do whatever we can do, to prove whether he's guilty or not."
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 4-0 defeat against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.
Yeovil Town ended up well beaten this afternoon, as Carlisle United thumped them 4-0 at Blundell Park. The Cumbrians were well in command from the 7th minute when Danny Grainger rifled in a rising shot, and went further ahead through Hallam Hope just before the break. Matters got worse when Bevis Mugabi was sent off for violent conduct, with Grainger getting his second in the aftermath from the penalty spot. Shaun Miller fired into the roof of the net from close range to complete a rather miserable afternoon for the Glovers.
The Glovers went into the match making one change to the starting line-up from last weekend's FA Cup game against Southend United. That also made for a formation change, with Jake Gray being swapped out for Sid Nelson as the more recent 4-4-2 became a 5-4-1 (or a 3-4-3 depending on where the four wide players stood in the line at any given time). Former Glovers loanee Tom Parkes sat on the bench for Carlisle, but didn't get onto the pitch.
Early on, Yeovil looked bright, whilst Carlisle's defence were tentative, and Sam Surridge had a great opportunity to score when he squeezed through the back of their defensive line, only to find goalkeeper Jack Bonham getting a touch on the ball to push it away from the striker's reach.
The snag was that Yeovil were also guilty of giving the opposition a bit too much room around the edge of the penalty box, and that allowed Carlisle to create the opening goal. Danny Grainger, who has been a thorn in Yeovil's side on a number of other occasions, turned on the corner of the area and fired in a rocket of a 20 yard shot that flew into the top left hand corner.
Nicky Adams went close with an angled shot, although whether he meant it as a shot or a cross is another matter. The same player was the cause of four minutes worth of first half injury time when he was the victim of a block tackle that saw him limp off the field very slowly after half an hour, forcing the hosts to introduce Shaun Miller. The substitute forced Krysiak into a flying save as he shot from the edge of the box, seeing the ball head out for a corner, as Carlisle began to take a hold of the match.
The dangers were there for Yeovil when Gary Liddle doubled up down the right flank, interchanging passes before putting in a cross that Richie Bennett glanced wide. A minute before the break, that same area of the park saw Yeovil's defence undone far too easily, as Hallam Hope netted from inside the box, with a clever pull-back from the right hand side giving him a clear sight on goal. 2-0 from around 10 yards out and a crucial goal given it went in just before the half time break.
Yeovil came out during the second half, having made a double change, which included another formation change. Tom James and Rhys Browne went off, with the latter having spent part of the first half hobbling a touch, whilst Jake Gray and Jordan Green came on, with the 4-4-2 being reestablished, as Nathan Smith moved wider into the left-back slot, whilst Green went up front.
Hallam Hope went close within a couple of minutes of the restart, as his volley from a back post position went into the side netting when really he should have hit the target. Initially Yeovil looked more defensively stable than they had done in the first period, whilst Otis Khan went close with a narrow angled free kick that was deflected behind for a corner.
But with 17 minutes left, the game was finally taken away from Yeovil on the back of events sparked by a rash challenge. Jordan Green's tackle on Luke Joyce could have easily seen red on its own, but referee Ben Toner decided to just raise a yellow card. In the aftermath of that, both sets of players ended up in a series of pushes and shoves. With a further delay on the back of that Mr Toner consulted with his assistant referee and decided to dismiss Bevis Mugabi - the third Yeovil player to be sent off in three matches, presumably for violent conduct.
Puzzlingly, the referee than pointed to the penalty spot. As play hadn't restarted from the Jordan Green infringement, the reasons for that weren't obvious, but Danny Grainger was happy enough to step up. He fired home for his second goal of the match, and for a 3-0 advantage that Carlisle never looked like letting slip.
In fact, in the final half hour of the game, it was hard to recall Yeovil Town having a single shot of any kind. Their misery was completed when Richie Bennett teed up Shaun Miller, and he fired into the roof of the net in the 91st minute for the fourth and final goal, with the Glovers already well beaten in a miserable afternoon.
Scorers: Danny Grainger (1-0, 7 mins), Hallam Hope (2-0, 44 mins), Danny Grainger (3-0, 75 mins, pen), Shaun Miller (4-0, 90 mins).
Carlisle United: 1 Jack Bonham
17 James Brown 5 Gary Liddle 29 Clint Hill 3 Danny Grainger
19 Reggie Lambe 4 Luke Joyce 8 Michael Jones 10 Nicholas Adams
9 Hallam Hope 14 Richard Bennett
Substitutes: 2 Tom Miller 6 Tom Parkes 15 Sam Cosgrove 18 John O'Sullivan (82 mins for Reggie Lambe) 20 Shaun Miller (29 mins for Nicky Adams) 21 Kelvin Etuhu (82 mins for Hallam Hope) 23 Shamal George
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
9. Rhys Browne 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge
Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 10. Jake Gray (46 mins for Rhys Browne) 15. Jordan Green (46 mins for Tom James) 30. Alefe Santos
Carlisle United Bookings: None.
Yeovil Bookings: Rhys Browne (foul, 30 mins), Jordan Green (foul, 72 mins). Red Card: Bevis Mugabi (violent conduct, 73 mins)
Carlisle United Match Statistics: Possession: 63%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 6; Fouls: 8.
Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 37%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.
Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire). Assistants: Barry Gordon (County Durham) and Chris Isherwood (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Scott Oldham (Lancashire).
Attendance: 4,189 (with 91 Yeovil Town supporters).
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that took to the field against Southend United last Saturday. Midfielder Jake Gray drops out of the side, with Millwall loanee Sid Nelson recalled to the side for the first time since his broken nose.
Strike pair Francois Zoko and Olufela Olomola serve the second match of their three match suspension, meaning that Zoko misses out on a return to his former club. On the bench, Jonny Maddison and Jordan Green return from their head and hamstring injuries respectively.
The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Ryan Dickson (illness), Francois Zoko (suspension) and Olufela Olomola (suspension).
The team reads as follows, with a bit of a question mark over the actual formation the Glovers will pick, given there is an extra defender on the pitch - this could either be a 5-4-1 or a 3-4-3 depending on where the four wide players line up:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
9. Rhys Browne 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge
Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 10. Jake Gray 15. Jordan Green 30. Alefe Santos
In early October, Yeovil Town made the short trip to Rodney Parade, where they took on Newport County in a League Two fixture. The match wasn't very pleasing on the eye, with two Matt Dolan corners resulting in two goals as Padraig Amond and Joss Labadie gave the home side a 2-0 win.
Man of the Match voting saw striker Francois Zoko and centre-back Sid Nelson pick up a number of votes. However, most fans were fairly fixed in their views that goalkeeper Artur Krysiak had helped keep the scoreline down a bit, in a dominant Newport performance.
Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:
1. Artur Krysiak 40 (4)
2. Sid Nelson 18 (1)
3. Francois Zoko 16 (0)
4. Nathan Smith 14 (0)
5. Matt Worthington 10 (1)
6. Olufela Olomola 2 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.29
Performance : 3.71
Entertainment : 2.86
VOTES RECEIVED : 7
Yeovil Town's final fixture for the month of September saw them take on Colchester United in a League Two match at Huish Park. The game itself was a bit of a dire spectacle, with a Sean Murray strike just before the break ensuring a 0-1 defeat for the Glovers.
Man of the Match voting saw three more defensively-minded players nominated for their performances. Tom James was playing as a right-back in the absence of both Dan Alfei and Bevis Mugabi and he got praise for his efforts in that area. Omar Sowunmi was also drafted in, due to a suspension picked up by Nathan Smith, and fans were impressed by what he offered. The poll winner for the second consecutive game though was AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Worthington, who played in the centre of a 4-4-2.
Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:
1. Matt Worthington 140 (13)
2. Omar Sowunmi 80 (6)
3. Tom James 50 (2)
4. Sid Nelson 26 (0)
5. Otis Khan 24 (0)
6. Francois Zoko 16 (0)
7. James Bailey 10 (0)
8. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)
9. Jake Gray 2 (0)
9. Jordan Green 2 (0)
9. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.58
Performance : 3.67
Entertainment : 3.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 24
At the tail end of September, Yeovil Town travelled to play Chesterfield in a League Two match at the Proact Stadium. The end result was the club's first away league win of the 2017-18 season, with early goals from Olufela Olomola and Otis Khan, and with the game getting wrapped up with a last minute James Bailey winner for a 3-2 victory.
Man of the match voting saw those goalscorers James Bailey and Otis Khan recognised for their efforts, but the poll winner, with almost universal agreement was AFC Bournemouth midfielder Matt Worthington. Results are as follows, with outright MOTM votes in brackets:
1. Matt Worthington 30 (3)
2. Otis Khan 22 (1)
3. James Bailey 10 (0)
4. Tom James 6 (0)
5. Olufela Olomola 4 (0)
OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.75
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 7.5
VOTES RECEIVED : 4
The Glovers Trust are seeking the appointment of a Trust Secretary with immediate effect. The vacancy has arisen because the current secretary Dean Mountain was elected to the main Trust Board at their recent AGM, meaning that they would like to appoint a new person to keep the Board and Secretary roles separated.
The position is a voluntary one, starting immediately, and would suit someone with good administrative and communication skills. The expectation is that you'd need to be able to spare at a couple of evenings a month - typically made up of attending the monthly Trust Board meeting, and occasional other meetings with club representatives, along with subsequent time to write up meeting minutes and review emails.
The role description is as follows:
• Act as an initial point of contact for those looking to join or seeking information about the Trust.
• Ensure the Trust membership to Supporters Direct is up to date.
• Deal with outgoing and incoming correspondence as required.
• Keep Trust records accurate and up to date.
• Attend all meetings.
• Liaise with Chairperson to arrange meetings.
• Prepare agendas in conjunction with the Chairperson and take minutes from committee meetings.
• Ensure that all Trust members have relevant information before and after meetings.
• Protect the members’ interests by ensuring that the constitution is followed properly and that the Trust is functioning properly.
• To take advice from other sources including legal and financial advice where this is necessary and where the committee does not have the required expertise.
• Ensure that any delegated responsibilities are carried out timely and effectively.
• Commitment to attend meetings and accept responsibility for the performance of key tasks as allocated by the committee and/or membership.
• Commitment to the values of the Trust.
• Commitment to support all motions and initiatives undertaken by the committee.
• Committed to undertaking all key tasks defined in the Secretary’s job description.
• Strength of character to ensure that the membership’s interests are protected.
• An understanding of the Trust movement and the aims and objectives of the Trust.
• Management skills.
• Administrative skills.
• Well organised and conscientious.
• Have tact and discretion.
• Communication skills.
• Be methodical and reliable.
• Be able to maintain confidentiality.
• Be able to react to opportunities and make decisions.
As revealed on Friday, officials for the League Two match between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town have been changed by the Football League. The original man in charge of this afternoon's fixture, Graham Salisbury, picked up an injury in the midweek EFL Trophy Group Stage match between Bury and Stoke City Under-21s and so sits out the match entirely. Instead, the man in charge of the fixture at Brunton Park will be Ben Toner (Lancashire).
Mr Toner is in his third season as a Football League referee and we've had him twice. The first was the September 2015 League Two match against Crawley Town that saw us gain a 1-0 victory at the Broadfield Stadium. He had an ultra-quiet game, with zero bookings, and we can't recall too much during the match that suggested he should have intervened at any key stage.
He was at Kenilworth Road for the February 2017 EFL Trophy tie against Luton Town, that saw Yeovil knocked out by a 5-2 scoreline. As well as the seven goals, there were also four bookings spread across the two sides, although nothing we can recall anyone getting fussy about, although with it being the Checkatrade competition, arguments about the result weren't too heavy at that point anyway.
Most recently, he took charge of our October 2017 home match against Crewe Alexandra, which saw us come out on top with a 2-0 win. We can't recall anything dramatic about that match - his one contribution was a late booking for Francois Zoko, but the 89th minute handball was a bit of a silly one.
Despite his inexperience as a League referee, he has had some variety to his career so far - in the summer of 2014, he was selected to represent the English FA in the Dallas Cup, which during that year included youth and development teams from Fulham, Fluminense of Brazil, River Plate of Argentina and the US Under 20 National team. He hails from Darwen and is a teacher at Fleetwood High School and so presumably won't be given too many Fleetwood Town matches to look after.
So far this season, he's taken charge of 13 matches, handing out 40 yellow cards and one red card. That dismissal came on September 16th when he dismissed Oldham Athletic's Eoin Doyle in the 90th minute for two bookable offences in their home game against Shrewsbury Town. He was on television in his last match - the FA Cup First Round tie between Shaw Lane Association and Mansfield Town - he booked eight in that match.
Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Barry Gordon (County Durham) and Chris Isherwood (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Scott Oldham (Lancashire).
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Carlisle United at Brunton Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren's thoughts on the ultra-long trip and his side's current form can be read via the link below.
Yeovil Town and their Southern Group D rivals now have more certainty over who they can potentially face in the next round of the Checkatrade Trophy. The draw was made at Wembley Stadium this evening, in confusing circumstances, given that there is still one more round of fixtures due to be played in several groups, with Yeovil Town due to host Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park, whilst Exeter City face Chelsea Under-21s in Devon, with both matches due to be played on Tuesday 28th November.
The problem that gives, is that Yeovil Town can still finish first, second or third in Group D, whilst all other clubs can at least qualify in the runners up slot, with Plymouth also able to take the top place in the group. Despite this, the EFL went ahead with the draw tonight, meaning we sort of know who we could meet, depending on the outcome of those two fixtures.
If Yeovil Town win Group D, they will be at home to AFC Wimbledon in the Second Round of the Checkatrade Trophy.
If Yeovil Town finish second in Group D, they will travel to play Milton Keynes Dons in the Second Round of the Checkatrade Trophy.
If Yeovil Town finish third in Group D, they will exit the competition entirely.
The full draw (with Yeovil Town's potential positioning marked in bold as Southern Group D Winners/Runners-Up) is as follows:
Northern Draw: Port Vale vs Shrewsbury Town
Rochdale vs Doncaster Rovers
Fleetwood Town vs Group F Runner-Up
Blackpool vs Mansfield Town
Walsall vs Bury
Lincoln City vs Accrington Stanley
Scunthorpe United vs Leicester City Under-21s
Group F Winner vs Oldham Athletic
Southern Draw: Group C Winner vs Forest Green Rovers
Gillingham vs Oxford United
Group D Winner vs AFC Wimbledon Portsmouth vs Northampton Town
Milton Keynes Dons vs Group D Runners-Up Peterborough United vs Southend United
Luton Town vs Group C Runners-Up
Swansea City Under-21s vs Charlton Athletic
The Football League's intention is for all Second Round fixtures to be played during the week-commencing December 4th 2017. However, that will leave all fixtures that are not finalised with just one week to set up fixtures, given the likes of Group D only complete their final matches during the week before.
Yeovil Town supporters heading up to Brunton Park tomorrow, can potentially take advantage of an offer from the football club at the stadium. The Glovers have pledged to provide an unspecified number of vouchers to fans that will allow visiting fans to obtain a free pie and a pint from the Brunton Park facilities at the ground.
The club are giving a total of £300 worth of vouchers to Green and Whites Supporters Club travel organiser Paul Hadlow that he will be asked to hand out at the ground. On past visits to Cumbria for League Two matches, there's typically been around 100 Glovers fans inside the away end, hence we presume this will be on a first-come, first-served basis, and that given those who are travelling with the GWSC bus will be closest to him when he gets off the coach, those fans are likely to have first pickings.
There are some concourse bar facilities in the East Stand at the ground, whilst visiting supporters are also able to use the Sunset Lounge facilities on the West side of the ground. Both are described in the Ciderspace guide, linked below.
With the 10th November being a date strongly etched in the minds of everyone connected to Yeovil Town Ladies FC, the club is now in a position to inform sponsors, partners and all fans of its future plans. The FA announcement on 27th September introduced new criteria, including a fully professional top tier, with players receiving a minimum of 16 hours of contact time per week.
After a lengthy and very detailed process of collaborative thinking and working with a number of interested parties, Yeovil Town Ladies FC has today submitted what it considers to be a very strong submission for a Tier One application for the 2018-19 season, to continue to play football at the elite level of the women's game.
The collaborative approach will not only see full-time players training 19.25 hours per week (rising to 20.25 in the 2020 season), but it also has a strong mission and vision, for the new academy programme. With an already strong and established partnership with Bridgwater and Taunton College, this will see the education partners not only become an essential part for the clubs future elite players, whereby players aged sixteen plus can study and play, but it also becomes the clubs full time training ground, with access to grass pitches, 3G, gym, performance lab, medical room, classrooms, analysis suite, plus more. Furthermore, the club has devised a strategic plan, which will focus on building its links even more in the community, with plans to engage with 20,000 children in the 2018-19 season.
The application relies solely on developing and growing its own financial resources and is based on long term self sustainability which the Club has always placed at the heart of its ethos. It is not reliant in any way on any investment from Yeovil Town Football Club, which is named as the parent Club in the application. Club Chairman Steve Allinson stated:
"As a club we have been open in expressing our concerns at the speed of the proposed changes announced by the FA. This application makes it clear that we want to grow and build on our incredible achievements in the last three years. It is now up to the FA to decide on whether they wish to reward our hard work, dedication and ambition by granting us the opportunity to continue to play at this level. I sincerely hope that they do. I want to pay tribute to all those who have worked so hard on putting this innovative and exciting application together and in particular to Trevor Jenkins and Ewan Greenhill who have spearheaded this approach."
In the 2018-19 season, this creates some exciting new commercial and partnership opportunities and anyone wanting to find out more can contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Yeovil Town Ladies confirm their FAWSL1 application.
Yeovil Town's League Two fixture against Carlisle United at Brunton Park is to get a change of referee. The alteration is connected with the League One fixture between Blackpool and Portsmouth that is taking place just down the M6 at Bloomfield Road, but also is due to the originally announced referee Graham Salisbury picking up an injury during the midweek EFL Trophy fixture between Bury and Stoke City Under-21s.
The end result is that Yeovil Town have been given referee Ben Toner (Lancashire) as a replacement match referee. He was due to take charge of the Blackpool game, but has been shuffled further up the motorway, due to events that materialised this week in the courts that affect the Tangerines. This week saw Blackpool owners, the Oyston family, lose a High Court civil case brought by Blackpool shareholder Valeri Belokon. He had taken the Oystons to court after he accused the owners of improperly extracting large sums of money from the club after they netted the windfall of gaining promotion to the Premier League in 2010.
Since then, the situation at Blackpool has been one of near civil war, with Belokon taking on the Oystons and Blackpool's fan base demonstrating against the club's ownership as they rapidly tumbled down the divisions. Although Blackpool did manage to stabilise their on-the-field situation last season by gaining promotion back to League One, via the play-offs, that didn't curtail the court action or the demonstrations.
On Monday, High Court judge Mr Justice Smith sided with Belokon, and ordered the Oyston family to buy out his shareholdings for the sum of £31.27 million. The Oystons were ordered to pay an initial £10 million within 28 days. The sum was derived from the court's verdict that the club's owners had taken £26.77 million out of Blackpool FC, and into other companies that they had owned, in a manner that prejudiced their duties as club directors, and also disadvantaged fellow shareholder Belokon. For now, the Oystons assets have been frozen, whilst they report back to the court and explain how they intend to pay. The Oystons do have the right to go to the Court Of Appeal, but it's not clear at this stage if they intend to do so.
With the suspicion that the Oyston family won't be able to pay those sort of sums, their other route may be to put the club up for sale. They may even be forced to do so if the Football League decide that such financial impropriety breaches their Fit and Proper Persons Test that all Directors and Owners are expected to adhere to. However, with this being a civil trial, rather than a criminal trial, this may still at present fall short of the criteria that would trigger the Oystons being banned from football.
As of Friday lunchtime, the Football League had not produced any direct statement on the Blackpool situation, apart from providing confirmation that Mr Toner was being moved from Bloomfield Road to Brunton Park. They have decided to bring in referee Jon Moss for the Blackpool fixture, who is a more experienced full-time Select Group One official, with the League's statement pretty much admitting that they expect Blackpool fans to ramp up the demonstrations against their owners on the day. The League statement says:
"As a result of the increased attention surrounding this weekend’s League One fixture between Blackpool and Portsmouth, PGMOL (Professional Game Match Officials Limited) has determined it would be appropriate for a Select Group 1 referee to take charge of proceedings at Bloomfield Road. The previously selected official will instead fill a vacancy that has a arisen at Brunton Park for the League Two match between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town as the referee who was scheduled to officiate sustained an injury during Bury’s game with Stoke City Under-21s on Wednesday evening."
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make their longest journey of the 2017-18 season. The 676 mile round trip to Carlisle United sees the club head to Brunton Park for a League Two match, and the Ciderspace guide has been updated with that in mind. Find yourself ticketing, directions, parking, a pub guide and various statistics via the link below.
Despite the fact that Yeovil Town's final EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Plymouth Argyle is not due to take place for just under three weeks, the four teams from Southern Group D will know tomorrow who they will face in the Second Round - sort of! The Glovers will host the Pilgrims on Tuesday 28th November, with Exeter City hosting Chelsea Under-21s on the same evening, with it possible for all four teams to qualify, or end up dumped out of the tournament by the end of the evening.
Despite pretty much any permutation being possible, the Football League will be staging the draw tomorrow (Friday 10th November) at Wembley Stadium, prior to the England vs Germany friendly international. They have got England Under-17s manager Steve Cooper and Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier to host the draw, with BBC reporter Mark Clemmit acting as the host.
There will be build-up to the draw from 6.30p.m. although the Football League have not suggested that it will be broadcast live any any TV channel or medium. They only indicate that the results of that draw will be "announced shortly afterwards" via the competition Twitter account.
The complexities of the draw that will be made increase when it is considered that after the usual Northern Region and Southern Region splitting of the teams, they will be split further according to whether they won their Group or finished runners up. Each Group winner will be drawn against a Runner-Up from another set of Groups from that region. The effect of this will be that Yeovil Town will implicitly be in two draws at the same time, given that they can still finish as Group Winners or as Runners-Up (or go out of the tournament).
Dealing with certainties, as far as we can take them, the ball numbers for the draw will be as follows, with Yeovil Town potentially taking Ball No.4 (as winners) and Ball No.12 (as runners-up):
Southern Region: Winners: 1. Portsmouth 2. Gillingham 3. Group C Winner 4. Group D Winner 5. Swansea City Under-21s 6. Luton Town 7. Milton Keynes Dons 8. Peterborough United
Runners-Up: 9. Charlton Athletic 10. Southend United 11. Group C Runner-Up 12. Group D Runner-Up 13. Forest Green Rovers 14. AFC Wimbledon 15. Oxford United 16. Northampton Town.
Northern Section: Winners: 1. Fleetwood Town 2. Blackpool 3. Rochdale 4. Port Vale 5. Walsall 6. Group F Winner 7. Lincoln City 8. Scunthorpe United
Runners-Up: 9. Leicester City Under-21s 10. Accrington Stanley 11. Bury 12. Oldham Athletic 13. Shrewsbury Town 14. Group F Runner-Up 15. Mansfield Town 16. Doncaster Rovers.
When the draw is made, Group Winners will be guaranteed a home draw. Runners-Up will be guaranteed an away draw. The Southern and Northern Regions draws will be split, so that a team that was in Group A, B, C or D will end up facing a team from Group E, F, G or H.
Based on that, we can conclude that if Yeovil Town finish top of their Group Table, then they will face a home tie against one of Forest Green Rovers, AFC Wimbledon, Oxford United or Northampton Town.
If Yeovil Town finish second in their Group Table, they will face an away tie against one of Swansea City Under-21s, Luton Town, Milton Keynes Dons or Peterborough United.
And that's before we get onto the permutations of what can and can't happen on November 28th ...
Officials for the League Two match between Carlisle United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 11th November 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Brunton Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).
There are two referees going by the name of Salisbury, which can lead to some confusion when moving around the internet. Michael Salisbury is the other - Graham is his father - meaning that they're both from Lancashire, and sometimes you see errors in terms of which one was at which game. Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, although oddly the last five have all been at Huish Park.
He last turned up for a Yeovil Town match in September 2017, for our 1-1 draw with Port Vale. That was a busy one for him with seven yellows and a red card for Vale's James Gibbons, who got a little bit too tied up with Otis Khan for his own good, picking up two cautions in five minutes. Raising that many cards in a game looks messy, but on the other hand we didn't note any great anger from either team about what the referee was doing.
During the 2016-17 season he was present for the 4-2 win over Cheltenham Town. Although he booked five players, it's mainly the football that we remember it for, with Gary Johnson's side having a particularly torrid time down the flanks as Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges had possibly their best game of the season. With six goals there wasn't a lot of focus upon the refereeing.
The same was true for his visit in December 2015, which gave us a 2-2 draw against Barnet. This was another game that was all about the football, with the visitors dominating the first half, whilst we came back in the second. No visibility of any refereeing influence - there were a few grumbles about Barnet's second goal being possibly offside, but the match video was entirely inconclusive. He was also present for our May 2014 home match against Middlesbrough - our final match at Championship level. We were easily outclassed on the day against a Boro team that were ultimately going to do well during the following season, and so no complaints about the result or the referee's performance. With us already down, it had a bit of an end-of-season feel to it all.
You then have to go all the way back in February 2010 for his next match, when we took on Milton Keynes Dons, winning the game 1-0. Of course after the game, Franchise boss Karl Robinsonmoaned and moaned although on this occasion not at the referee, who booked six players but we can't see too much evidence of him having caused too much controversy on the day.
Earlier that same season, he took charge of the previous month's away fixture at Tranmere Rovers that saw the Glovers lose 2-1 at Prenton Park. He was also the referee that inspected the pitch on Friday 15th January when the original fixture got called off due to a waterlogged pitch, so was quite busy with Glovers matches during 2010. Photos of Tranmere's Prenton Park pitch were published on the day of that postponement; his decision was a fairly easy one to make. Neither the postponement, nor the match when it got eventually played attracted any controversy.
The experience of Mr Salisbury in Yeovil Town matches has been on the whole a good one. He was present for the 3-2 win over Swindon Town in December 2008, which was an emotional occasion for all the wrong reasons, as the club played its first football match following the road traffic accident that Darren Way had been involved in during that month. We did grumble about Mr Salisbury's decision to book Lee Peltier for revealing a tribute to Darren under his shirt when he scored Yeovil's second, but in truth this is a problem for the footballing authorities to resolve - the referee was merely acting under instructions.
A December 2007 match against Bradford City saw no complaints about his actions, whilst the April 2006 tie against Bristol City saw us praise him for standing strong against a vociferous home crowd. Finally an away match at Northampton Town in March 2005, saw Mr Salisbury's actions help the Glovers gain their goal in a 1-1 draw, allowing a free kick to be taken quickly, whilst Cobblers players were caught out of position.
Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Barry Gordon (County Durham) and Chris Isherwood (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Scott Oldham (Lancashire).
On November 1st 2017, the Glovers Trust met with Insight 63 Ltd - a football consultancy firm, that Yeovil Town Football Club have engaged with to provide future direction for the club. Insight's Mark Palmer requested a meeting with the Trust to talk about his remit, and to obtain feedback. As a result six of the Trust Board met with Mark.
The Trust's notes from that meeting can be read either via a PDF Document or are captured in text form below. They plan to meet again with Insight before the end of the calendar year. The Trust indicate that "the discussions were conducted in a positive manner and touched on a range of topics, such as the short window of opportunity that he is working to and the approach he that he is taking to construct his recommendations to the Club Board".
The notes from that meeting, as produced by the Glovers Trust are as follows:
Mark explained that his company, Insight 63, has been contracted by YTFC to conduct a review of the Club. As part of this he is talking to a cross section of staff, fans and media, and wanted people to be as open as possible with him.
He has been in the background at YTFC in an informal role for 2-3 years. His experience is in working with football clubs to create plans for future development, including restructuring, attracting new investment and ownership, and developing exit strategies. He also has experience of helping to implement these plans.
John Fry and Norman Hayward approached Mark and asked him for an overview of the club. Mark assured the Glovers Trust Board that he would give an independent and honest opinion – he would not risk harming his reputation by not doing so. His review will cover, for example, where should the Club go, what is its natural ceiling, whether the Academy be a separate entity, and the use of land at Huish Park. He feels that the Club is at a crossroads and needs a complete restructure. Part of his remit is to produce a 5-7 year plan to achieve this and move the Club forward. In his experience, significant changes to the ownership of football clubs usually happen prior to the January transfer window, or around the end of May. This enables new owners to affect the team’s competitiveness.
Mark plans to work with the Club for 2-3 days a week, and hopes to present his findings to John Fry and Norman Hayward by the start of the January transfer window. They have promised him they will take his advice seriously, and will not be influenced by the Club’s situation at the time he presents his findings. Mark stated that JF and NH have given him no indication of their long term plans at this point – he feels this is better as it enables him to conduct the review with an open mind.
Mark confirmed that he has chosen to speak to all YTFC employees in confidence to get their opinions. He has also met with Rich Rendell of the Supporters Alliance. He is happy to speak to other supporters groups, although as yet has no confirmed dates to do so. Mark felt that the facilities at Huish Park needed improvement, and confirmed that he has looked at the Club’s planning application process. He hopes to meet with the Council’s Chief Executive to discuss what has happened so far and the way forward. As yet he has no plans to meet with David Bell (YTFC Planning Agent) but would be willing to do so.
Asked about overlap between his role and David Mills’, Mark explained that he is looking at possible investment in the Club, whereas David’s role covers sponsorship and corporate relationships. Mark confirmed no offers or approaches for the Club have been made to date. He emphasized that any investment must be suited to YTFC and have the Club’s best interests at heart. He feels he has good contacts with investors and is confident he would be able to attract investment to the Club if that is what is required.
Mark was asked whether he was aware of the strength of negativity many supporters have towards the current owners. He said that due to his prior involvement with the Club and conversations he has had with various people he felt he had a good understanding of the current situation.
Mark was asked about his involvement with other football clubs in the past. He explained that a lot of his work was covered by Non-disclosure agreements, but confirmed he has worked with Burton Albion and Burnley in the past. He has successfully attracted new investment to other football clubs. He was also involved in setting up the Bournemouth Supporters Trust, and has a good relationship with Supporters Direct. He said that he felt comfortable with the public confirmation of his work with YTFC due to his past involvement with the Club and his confidence in gaining a successful outcome.
Mark was asked about the structure of Insight 63. He confirmed that he is the sole employee, but has access to a team of sub-contractors with specialist skills where required. The company has no physical premises, but has a postal address and meeting space available in London.
Brendon Owen expressed concern at the current state of the Club – there is a strong feeling among supporters that the Club has stagnated badly, and there is no ambition or desire from those that run the Club. Thousands of people have stopped going to games, but are still supporters of the Club. He felt many of these will not return until there is a change of ownership. He also made a case for the Glovers Trust to be involved in any transition process, to represent YTFC supporters. This may also include purchasing shares in the Club.
Mark has agreed to meet with the Glovers Trust Board again later this year.
The Football Association and BT Sport have announced two ties that will be televised next week as part of their FA Cup First Round Replays. They have chosen the tie between big-spending Billericay Town and Surrey side Leatherhead that will determine who plays Wycombe Wanderers. In addition the match between Tranmere Rovers and Peterborough United will also be on TV.
Both matches will be screened by BT Sport, with the BBC not taking up an option to screen a replay for this round. Details are as follows:
Wed 15/11/17 : 19:45hrs : Tranmere Rovers vs Peterborough United
Thu 16/11/17 : 19:45hrs : Billericay Town vs Leatherhead
The FA live Broadcast Fee is £33,750 per club, while each winning club will receive £18,000 from The FA Prize Fund. Yeovil Town will have already received their £18,000 as a result of their win over Southend United on Saturday.
Former Green and Whites Supporter Club Chairman George Coggen has passed away at the age of 79 years old. He led the club's main supporters association across a ten year period, in what transpired to be the club's final years in non-league football, stepping down in January 2004 just after the club entered the Football League.
In addition to the current roles that the GWSC employ today, such as organising the selling of programmes and away travel coaches, he also ran the club's teabars until his departure from the club. During 2002, Mr Coggen was part of the committee that changed the constitution of the GWSC into a limited company, having previously operated as an ordinary supporters association.
Current GWSC Vice Chairman Paul Hadlow worked with Mr Coggen during that period, and explained what he had done for the supporters club and the football club during that period:
"George was an avid YTFC supporter for many years, and virtually lived at the club at one time. He would arrange away travel and even drive minibuses to games. He took on managing tea-bars and general stadium maintenance and post-match cleaning - all voluntarily! He even looked after the club cat. Not everyone saw eye to eye with George but he had a good heart and great sense of humour. The GWSC send condolences to his family. RIP Cog."
If we can obtain funeral details for George, we'll publish them in due course.
Yeovil Town's Academy side went out of the Somerset Premier Cup on Tuesday night, after a Wincanton Town side beat them on penalties. The Second Round tie went the full 120 minutes, with the Western League hosts twice pulling the match back from the death after Yeovil looked like winning the match in both normal time and extra time.
The Glovers took the lead midway through the first half when Paul Golubickas fired home from inside the box, after a Joe Tomlinson run was broken up by the Wincanton defence, into the path of the midfielder. They doubled their lead ten minutes later when Golubickas fed Nestor Shako, giving the a 2-0 half time lead.
Wincanton hit back seven minutes into the second half, after a free kick was put into the box and converted. However, it looked as though Yeovil would hang on until the pressure was piled on with three minutes remaining, with a corner not being cleared, and eventually being converted from close range, deep inside the box.
Once again Yeovil took the lead during extra time and just two minutes after the restart, as Jack Rice-Lethaby scored for a 3-2 advantage. The Glovers then had the chance to put the tie out of sight when Neville Nzembela was fouled inside the box, but Paul Golubickas saw his spot kick saved. That was to prove significant, as once again Wincanton equalised with three minutes remaining. That took the game to penalty kicks, and it was Yeovil who went out by a 4-2 scoreline on the night, sending them through to the Third Round stage.
Final Score: Wincanton Town 3 Yeovil Town Under-18s 3. (Wincanton win 4-2 on penalties).
On Friday, the Glovers Trust stated that they were temporarily withdrawing from the Supporters Marquee following a number of complaints and issues that the club had sent them. Having had time to reflect upon the list of issues that the club had raised, they have provided a reply to the club that details their response. The club's original questions/concerns are highlighted in bold, with the Trust's response following those points.
You can read the PDF version of the letter by heading to the link below, whilst the text content of that PDF reads as follows:
Dear David (Mills),
Thank you for your letter dated 1st of November 2017 regarding the negative feedback that you have received from fans and other supporters groups on the Trust’s use of the Marquee. Naturally we are disappointed by the comments in your letter, particularly as prior to this correspondence we have received no complaints, either verbally or in writing about our activities.
The Trust Board have reviewed all of the feedback and have provided our views on each of point below.
1. Ahead of the Crewe match, a fan was told that he was not allowed to sit at certain tables as they were for Trust Members.
As the Trust representative operating the stall for this particular match I can confirm that I did not tell anyone where they could or couldn’t sit and so if a fan was given this information then it was not communicated by a member of the Trust team. The Trust members running the Marquee operation have always taken guidance from the Marquee bar staff with regards to where we set up and have never suggested to any other fans that Trust members have rights to tables and/or seats above and beyond other fans.
2. That no fan group should be allowed a formal presence in the Marquee.
We are unsure of why this point has been raised for review by the Trust. The Trust only commenced its activities in the Marquee after seeking permission with the Football Club officials in 2016. This policy has therefore been sanctioned by the Football Club and therefore upheld at the discretion of the Club officials. The Trust Board would like to highlight that until their operation was disbanded, the Away Travel Club were also able to operate in the Marquee.
3. That some fans are either annoyed by the activity or feel pushed out.
We feel that it is difficult to respond to this statement comprehensively as it is not clear which activity is causing annoyance or the feeling of being pushed out. Our activity consists of sitting at a small table in the corner of the marquee displaying a Trust banner and a small selection of merchandise. We chat to anyone who is interested enough to approach us. A separate member of the Trust Board operates a microphone which is predominantly used to cascade announcements from the bar staff and team news, whilst also injecting topical humour as deemed appropriate. Periodic references to the Trust presence and the 50/50 draw are made but this is not considered biased to the Trust as announcements are willing made about any activity that is brought to the operator’s attention. The only activity where people are approached is for the 50/50 prize draw, which is described in further detail later in this correspondence. If specific examples can be provided outside of the items highlighted below then we are happy to review them and provide further feedback.
4. That some fans no longer go to the marquee at all due to the Trust’s formal presence and that occupancy and business would increase if this stopped.
We feel that this statement is interlinked to the statement in point 2 above. If fans are frustrated with the Trust activities and/or presence to the extent that they are not using the marquee then it would be helpful to understand what the specific concerns are so that we could alleviate them. Whilst we feel that this is the only feedback that we can currently provide on this specific reason for a decline in business, we do hope that the Club staff are also reviewing other reasons why the business may be suffering which is outside of the influence of the Trust presence.
5. That unlike other fan organisations the Trust openly pursues an anti-club line vocally in public, but expects the club to give it use of a space in the marquee/Huish Park.
The Glovers Trust was set up by supporters who have a deep affection and affinity with their community Football Club. The members of the Trust love the Club but will not always agree with decisions that are made by those who are running it, whoever that may be. It is by this very nature that the Trust will publically challenge those in charge if we feel that fans are being deprived of important information or services. We are not aware of making any public criticism of Club decisions that has not been backed up with a rational explanation of why it has been issued. Clearly if a specific example can be provided where this is not the case then we are happy to investigate further.
The Club is far greater than those that run it, it encompasses history, passion, family and community and holds values that we at the Trust cherish. Our aim is to see the club thrive and progress.
We do not expect anything from Yeovil Town FC and are grateful to those in charge for allowing us to conduct an operation on the Club premises. Ultimately it is for the Club to decide whether they are happy to accept challenges and feedback that are brought forward, and continue to allow us to operate on site.
6. On home matchdays the Trust actively promotes an offer by a nearby local pub thereby depriving the Club of business.
We widely acknowledge that whilst some members are happy to support the Trust regardless, we may have to offer further incentives to encourage people to join or to continue to support the cause. With this in mind the Trust Board are constantly looking out for opportunities to increase the value of Trust membership. The Arrow public house has been a common rendezvous point for fans ever since the Club relocated and offers an entirely different experience to that at Huish Park. The Arrow management staff have been kind enough to the Trust to proactively provide an offer and as such we are keen to promote it to our members and prospective members. We would be equally as keen to do the same for the Football Club if such arrangements could be made.
7. That Brendon Owen’s book (Little Old Yeovil) is being promoted as part of the Trust activities.
The Trust have been given a number of surplus copies of Brendon’s book which sit with the merchandise on our table, however it is not being ‘promoted’ or even sold. Anyone who engages with the Trust is very welcome to take a book with our best wishes. It should also be noted that Brendon gave a large donation from book sales to ‘The Adam Stansfield Foundation’ and has not sought to profit from it.
8. Fundraising activities by the Trust in the Marquee.
To compliment the following questions, the Trust Board would like to provide details of how the 50/50 draw fundraising activity works.
The 50/50 draw is effectively a lottery whereby the Trust sell raffle tickets for £1 each. Each ticket number goes into a bag and each £1 contributes to a ‘pot’ of money. When the draw is ready to be made the pot is split in half, with 50% of the proceeds being awarded as a prize to the holder of the drawn ticket and the other 50% of the pot is kept by the Trust and added to its funding account.
a. None of the money raised in the Marquee seems to find its way to helping the Club anymore.
Long before we had a presence in the marquee, the Trust have adopted a policy of not providing the Football Club with cash. The Trust have previously discussed financial support with Club representatives during a meeting on the 22nd of February 2017 and an action was taken by the Football Club to “compile a list of initiatives or requirements for which they require financial support that could be reviewed with any supportive organisation, be it supporter based or commercial”. Unfortunately this is one of a number of meeting actions which remains outstanding. It should also be noted that revenue gained from fundraising in the marquee is low value and as such any significant initiatives would more than likely require investment over and above this revenue stream.
b. No information about how much money has been collected in the marquee to date and where has it gone to.
The Glovers Trust is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and as such we are legally bound to provide fully audited accounts to them. As we are still a new organisation our accounts are not due to be audited yet. When they are, full details will be published on our website (www.gloverstrust.co.uk) and the accounts will include the amount collected from the 50/50 draw. For the purposes of this question the Trust Board are happy to confirm that the funds collected by the Trust on a match day typically range between £15 and £25, with a recent emphasis towards the lower value this season. It should also be noted that the amount of money collected is announced to the occupants of the Marquee when the draw is made. If we didn’t do this then the winner would not know how much they were going to collect!
c. Do all fans in the Marquee know they are contributing to funding that does not find its way to YTFC?
The Trust are very clear when promoting the 50/50 draw that 50% of the pot goes to the Glovers Trust. This is announced on numerous occasions over the microphone whilst collections are being made and also when questioned by those who are interested in buying a ticket. Funds including revenue generated from this draw was recently used to sponsor Yeovil Town Ladies first ever WSL1 match against Manchester City Women, a significant milestone in the history of the Ladies team and something that the Trust were proud to be able to support. As stated in point ‘a’ above, the Trust are willing to consider requirements for financially supporting specific items as and when the information is made available.
d. Is it all correctly registered and legally compliant where necessary? Yes it is. As the Trust is a not-for-profit organisation, the 50/50 draw falls under the definition of an "incidental non-commercial lottery". Fundraising activities of this nature do not require a licence as the event is initiated and completed in a single location on the same day. We also hold a licence that has been issued by the local authority which allows us to run a "society lottery". This was obtained so that the sale of tickets and draw can take place on different days and enabled us to run a Christmas raffle last year. Further information on activities of this nature can be found in a document produced by the Gambling Commission here: http://www.gamblingcommission.gov.uk/pdf/organising-smalllotteries.pdf.
I hope that this provides adequate feedback to the comments that you have received and also reiterate that we are happy to accept further information where it will help us to clarify matters. I hope that you will also consider this against any complimentary references to the Trust that you may have received and would like to draw attention to the fact that the Trust team have also helped to support the staff in the Marquee in the past, particularly last season when there were challenges with staffing levels.
Chairman, Glovers Trust.
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 26th December (Boxing Day) at Whaddon Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.
Prices for this fixture are set as follows:
Adults (Aged 19-64) : £21.00; Seniors (Aged 65 and Over): £15.00; Under-18s and Students with NUS Card: £7.00.
Wheelchair users pay £15.00 with a Personal Assistant ticket free of charge. Please call 01935 847888 to book spaces.
Ambulant Disabled pay relevant price band, as above, with a Personal Assistant ticket free of charge if in receipt of middle or higher disability allowance – again please call 01935 847888 to book.
Tickets will go off sale at midday on Thursday 21st December and will not be available to purchase at the home Exeter game on the 23rd December. This is due to Cheltenham requiring the tickets and reconciliation of sales sent back to Whaddon Road before Christmas.
Any remaining Tickets will though be available on the day at Cheltenham. Note this will be cash only on the turnstile and subject to any tickets remaining.
Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Hazlewoods Stand, which is the newest part of the ground, and is situated behind the goal, where the old Whaddon Road Terrace used to be. There is provision for up to 1,100 away supporters.
Update: The final deadline for advance sales has been brought forward to allow the tickets to be returned to Whaddon Road. Final opportunity is on Thursday 21st December at noon.
Yeovil Town will travel to play Wincanton Town tonight in in the Second Round of the Somerset Premier Cup. The match is taking place at Wincanton's Moor Lane ground with a 7.30p.m. kick-off. The stadium address is as follows:
To get to their Moor Lane ground will depend upon whether you come into Wincanton via the A303 or whether you arrive from one of the outlying villages. If you are travelling from the A30/Henstridge/Sturminster Newton area, take the A357, then just after you pass under the A303, take a right turn towards Wincanton Town centre.
If you're coming in from the Castle Cary direction, take the A371 towards the town, then turn left to stay on the A371, so that you don't go under the A303. If you're coming in via the A303, then turn off at the A371 junction and follow signs for the town centre.
With all routes, cross the River Cale, still heading towards the town centre on the B3081. Then take a right turn towards Buckhorn Weston, so that you travel south, going back under the A303 again, into Moor Lane. You'll find Wincanton Sports Centre is on your left, where you'll find the ground.
For ticketing and admission, see the earlier article. Our understanding is tonight's match will be fielded by an Academy side. The match will be played to a conclusion, with extra time and penalties used if necessary.
Yeovil Town have been given a home/away tie in the Second Round of the FA Cup. The Glovers were drawn out to play League Two side Port Vale at Vale Park, after the forty balls were selected live on BBC Two and BT Sport tonight.
The full draw reads as follows:
Woking or Bury vs Peterborough United or Tranmere Rovers
Milton Keynes Dons vs Maidstone United
Newport County vs Cambridge United
Wycombe Wanderers vs Leatherhead or Billericay Town
Port Vale vs Yeovil Town Shrewsbury Town vs Morecambe
Doncaster Rovers vs Northampton Town or Scunthorpe United
Slough Town vs Rochdale
AFC Wimbledon vs Charlton Athletic
Stevenage vs Swindon Town
Mansfield Town vs Guiseley or Accrington Stanley
Gateshead vs Luton Town
Bradford City vs Plymouth Argyle
Blackburn Rovers vs Crewe Alexandra
AFC Fylde vs Wigan Athletic
Gillingham vs Carlisle United
Notts County vs Oxford City
Forest Green Rovers vs Exeter City
Chorley or Fleetwood Town vs Hereford
Coventry City vs Boreham Wood
All ties will be played across the weekend of Friday 1st December and Monday 4th December, depending on policing and television commitments. Note that Stoke City are scheduled to play Swansea City on Saturday 2nd December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off in a Premier League tie. This tie may therefore not be a standard Saturday afternoon kick-off.
Just before Saturday afternoon's FA Cup First Round tie against Southend United 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 explains the inclusion of Rhys Browne and Jake Gray, as well as giving an injury update on Jordan Green and Jonny Maddison. Read that interview via the link below.
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Southend United in the FA Cup, Yeovil Town midfielder Jake Gray spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Jake gives his views on the victory, on a bit of pre-match motivation they got from the Shrimpers themselves, and on the form of teammates like Omar Sowunmi. Read that interview in full via the link below.
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 victory over Southend United in the FA Cup, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the win can be read in full, via the link below.
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win against Southend 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.
Yeovil Town's 1-0 victory over Southend United on Saturday afternoon means that they will be in the hat for the Second Round stage of the FA Cup. The draw will take place on Monday 6th November, and will be screened live on both BT Sport and BBC Two, with BT Sport using it as a pre-runner to their evening live fixture between Chorley and Fleetwood Town.
The ball numbers for that draw have also been defined, with Yeovil Town taking Number 6 on the night. As before, the draw is unseeded and unregionalised, meaning that you can draw any of the teams below when they select the 20 ties. There will be a bit of simplification to those who are drawn out, as there are nine ties that will take place on Sunday afternoon, as part of a BBC Sport 'Final Score' rolling news update programme.
There were a large number of shock results on Saturday, with National League side Maidstone United knocking out Gary Johnson's Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, being one of the more eye-catching ones. Also in the same division, Boreham Wood beat League One side Blackpool, whilst further down the pyramid, National League South side Oxford City knocked out Colchester United. The lowest ranked sides definitely through in the competition are seventh tier sides Hereford and Slough Town. National League side AFC Fylde have set a club record in reaching the Second Round.
Ball Numbers for the draw are as follows:
1. Stevenage 2. Bradford City 3. Port Vale 4. Newport County 5. Morecambe 6. Yeovil Town 7. Peterborough United or Tranmere Rovers 8. Cambridge United 9. Forest Green Rovers 10. AFC Fylde
11. Luton Town 12. Shrewsbury Town 13. Hereford 14. Guiseley or Accrington Stanley 15. Blackburn Rovers 16. Doncaster Rovers 17. Leatherhead or Billericay Town 18. Boreham Wood 19. Mansfield Town 20. Oxford City
21. Plymouth Argyle 22. AFC Wimbledon 23. Rochdale 24. Coventry City 25. Chorley or Fleetwood Town 26. Carlisle United 27. Notts County 28. Swindon Town 29. Maidstone United 30. Woking or Bury
31. Crewe Alexandra 32. Gillingham 33. Milton Keynes Dons 34. Slough Town 35. Wycombe Wanderers 36. Northampton Town or Scunthorpe United 37. Charlton Athletic 38. Wigan Athletic 39. Gateshead 40. Exeter City
The 20 Second Round ties will take place across the weekend between Friday 1st December and Monday 4th December, depending on policing and television commitments.
Updated: Following Sunday wins for Cambridge United, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, Swindon Town, Exeter City and Wycombe Wanderers.
For those who want to watch match highlights of this afternoon's FA Cup First Round match against Southend United, these are now available online. As well as the winning penalty from Otis Khan and the incident that led to the spot kick, they also include footage that shows an earlier penalty appeal that was turned down, along with two off-the-line clearances from Tom James, as well as showing a late disallowed 'goal' for Southend. Watch two minutes worth from the 1-0 win via the link below.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side won this afternoon's FA Cup tie against League One side Southend United, by dominating the opposition in the way that they counter-attacked on the day. The Shrimpers had plenty of territory on the day, with a disallowed goal, and two shots cleared off the line by Tom James, but were unable to break down a resolute Glovers defence.
In the end, the home side won through to the Second Round, thanks to an Otis Khan penalty, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge's bursting run upsetting the Southend defence, as Ryan Leonard brought him down inside the box. Way felt that Surridge should have been given an earlier spot kick in a similar scenario and explained that his side's goal had been to run at Southend's two centre-backs, whilst their full-backs were higher up the field, and try to beat them for pace:
"I thought we did (dominate the game), certainly with the counter-attack. When you look at their squad, and what we're working with, we had six on the bench today. When you're fighting up against that, you feel very proud. We broke very very quick, and that is what we tried to do. We tried to exploit their two centre-halves. Their two full-backs wanted to push forward. We left three up against them, and it was quite bold and it was quite brave, and it paid off. It just shows how quickly we break. You could see that in the last three games. I think that when you look at individuals, being young and only just being together for a short space of time, it's very pleasing and more importantly the players are going to grow with confidence. I feel we're doing a great job of getting to where we want to be."
One of the eyebrow-raisers during the build-up to the fixture were some bold words from Shrimpers midfielder Anthony Wordsworth, with Southend's official website using a quote from him as a soundbite on Twitter. Wordsworth suggested that his side needed to remind Yeovil Town that they were a League Two club, whilst the Essex side stand as a League One club, and said before the match that he felt his team could prove that within the game.
With that sort of pre-match talk, Yeovil's players and fans were certainly aware of what their opponents were suggesting. Way denied that he'd seen it on social media himself, but did say that his players might have got some inspiration from it in the lead-up to the match:
"I'm not on social media, so I'm not that stupid. But I think that if I was a player that probably would have encouraged me to put on a performance. But I don't think my players need to get involved in that. What you've seen is a group of individuals of character, desire and commitment and fight, and today we came out on top. The players deserve that. I think today we had to prove that we could compete against a League One team, and the only way we were going to do that was when we crossed that white line and entered that arena. Every individual played a massive part in that performance."
Yeovil Town won through to the Second Round of the FA Cup this afternoon, after a single goal beat League One side Southend United. The 1-0 victory came from the 12 yard spot, after Sam Surridge was brought down inside the box half an hour into the match. Otis Khan confidently converted to give the lead, and that was enough to win the tie, even if the Glovers twice needed Tom James to clear off the line, with the Essex side also being disallowed a second half goal for a foul.
The Glovers went into the match making two enforced changes. That saw Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko drop out as they started their three match suspensions, with Jake Gray and Rhys Browne coming into the team. With only one proper striker in the side that also meant that there was a formation change to compensate, with the 4-3-3 being brought back for the match. There was no space for former Glovers loanee Rob Kiernan in the Southend line-up, with him having dropped out of their side to undergo an operation.
Early chances were few and far between. Although Yeovil's play was bright, it didn't create too much, but the same was true of Southend - Anthony Wordsworth's deflected shot was easy for Artur Krysiak to pick up, whilst a later attempt from the same player cleared the crossbar. It took until 20 minutes before there was a chance of real note, as Simon Cox forced Krysiak to tip over his crossbar.
Yeovil took the lead through their first shot on goal, which came from the penalty box. Sam Surridge's run upset the Southend defence, resulting in Ryan Leonard bringing him down in the box for a fairly clear spot kick. Up stepped Otis Khan and he confidently struck the ball home for a 1-0 lead. That was really all it needed in a half in which both sides failed to seriously test the goalkeepers in open play, but where Yeovil gradually grew in confidence in what they were doing.
That showed in the second half when Jake Gray's running saw him fire just wide of the target early in the second half. Southend began to introduced substitutes in an effort to get themselves back into the match, but it was Yeovil who went close as Bevis Mugabi's header from an Otis Khan corner produced a superb save from Mark Oxley to deny him.
The Shrimpers gradually began to turn the screw as the second half went on, with Simon Cox and Jason Demetriou twice being denied by Artur Krysiak in the space of 10 seconds as Cox's attempt was parried into his teammates path. There were some concerns at that point with Krysiak getting lengthy treatment for a hand injury but thankfully he continued. But even he had Tom James to thank twice, as substitute Stephen McLaughlin was denied with shots that beat the goalkeeper, but found Yeovil's left-back on the line, perfectly positioned to keep the ball out.
As Yeovil's players tired and began to sit a little deep, Southend did have the ball in the back of the net from a corner, after a header from Rhys Browne looped up in the air, but as it landed over the line, referee Craig Hicks ruled that Krysiak had been impeded during the secondary play, and the faint cheers from the away section turned to silence. They never quite built up the head of steam that Southend would have hoped for, and the end result was that Yeovil ran out four minutes of injury time by forcing a few free kicks of their own, which easily wound down the clock, pushing them into the Second Round in a month's time.
Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Southend United 0.
Scorers: Otis Khan (29 mins, 1-0, pen)
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt)
9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge 7. Otis Khan
Substitutes: 31. Tommy Scott (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 11. Ryan Dickson 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos (83 mins for Jake Gray)
Southend United: 1 Mark Oxley
24 Jason Demetriou 5 Anton Ferdinand 48 John White 8 Michael Timlin
44 Josh Wright 18 Ryan Leonard 4 Anthony Wordsworth 7 Michael Kightly
9 Marc-Antoine Fortune 10 Simon Cox
Substitutes: 6 Michael Turner 11 Stephen McLaughlin (55 mins for Anthony Wordsworth) 13 Nathan Bishop 16 Dru Yearwood 17 Jermaine McGlashan (77 mins for Josh Wright) 31 Theo Robinson 50 Nile Ranger (51 mins for Marc-Antoine Fortune)
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round tie against Southend United at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that took to the field against Stevenage last Saturday. Strike pair Francois Zoko and Olufela Olomola are both suspended for three matches, and so they sit in the stands, replaced by Rhys Browne and Jake Gray.
Left-back Ryan Dickson had missed the last two matches due to concussion but he returns and sits on the bench, with the number of players missing meaning the club only manage to fill six places. Thankfully all loanees were cleared to play in today's fixture.
The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), attacker Jordan Green (hamstring), Jonny Maddison (head injury), Francois Zoko (suspension) and Olufela Olomola (suspension).
The team reads as follows, with the expectation that Browne will be the player to move forward and partner Surridge, with Khan also moving forward to form a 4-3-3, in a change to last week's formation:
Yeovil Town: 1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt)
9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge 7. Otis Khan
Substitutes: 31. Tommy Scott (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 11. Ryan Dickson 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos
Southend United: 1 Mark Oxley
24 Jason Demetriou 5 Anton Ferdinand 48 John White 8 Michael Timlin
44 Josh Wright 18 Ryan Leonard 4 Anthony Wordsworth 7 Michael Kightly
9 Marc-Antoine Fortune 10 Simon Cox
Substitutes: 6 Michael Turner 11 Stephen McLaughlin 13 Nathan Bishop 16 Dru Yearwood 17 Jermaine McGlashan 31 Theo Robinson 50 Nile Ranger
The Glovers Trust have provided their regular update on activities, prior to Saturday afternoon's FA Cup home match against Southend United. As per the earlier news item, they will only be in The Arrow today, so look out for them in there. In addition to their target of defining ten key ways that the club could improve in its matchday experience for supporters, they have also met with the club's consultant from Insight 63, and have made some changes to their Board roles. Details are as follows:
Match: Southend United (Home)
Trust Presence: The Arrow - approximately 1.00p.m. to 2.30p.m.
Marquee Services: None - see below.
Arrow Services: 50/50 draw, membership renewals, 20% discount on pre-match food orders (Trust Members only).
Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Suggestions for the 10 item challenge set out by David Mills.
Other points of note: There have been a number of changes to Boardroom positions following the first post-AGM Board Meeting. Further details can be found here.
Following a series of mixed messages and reports of complaints from users of the Marquee, the Trust Board have taken the decision to cease all Trust activities in the Supporters Marquee. Further details can be found here.
The Trust are urgently looking to fill the vacant Secretary position which has arisen from Dean Mountain's transition to the Trust Board. A Job Description will be published shortly on Ciderspace and anyone interested should contact email@example.com.
Members of the Trust Board have met with Mark Palmer of Insight 63 Ltd. this week to develop our understanding of his remit and also feedback our own thoughts on the current challenges of the Football Club. We will be publishing minutes of the meeting in due course.
The Trust are keen to promote the challenge set by David Mills to outline 10 items that could be implemented to improve the match day experience at Huish Park. For further details, see the Glovers Trust Big Ten Challenge article.
The Trust are currently running a campaign to remind supporters that Trust memberships were due for renewal on July 1st, with further nudges sent on Thursday evening. If anyone is unsure of their membership status please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. The Trust are appreciative of the fact that there may also be some supporters who are not planning on renewing and so the Trust Board are keen to understand the reasons from any supporters who feel this way. Feedback can be directed in person via the Trust stalls or again via email to email@example.com.
Following our second Glovers Trust Annual General Meeting, the Board of Directors of the Glovers Trust wish to cascade some important developments in relation to the Trust Board Members and immediate activities. The first Board meeting following the AGM provides the Board with an opportunity to re-visit the existing roles and responsibilities. The Trust board are pleased to announce that this process has been completed this week and key roles have been revised as follows:
Chairman : Stuart Burrell Vice-Chairman : Rod Jones Treasurer : Dean Mountain Membership Secretary : Brendon Owen Communications Officer : Ryan Blatchford Corporate Liaison : Simon Brimble Supporter Liaison : Andy Richardson
The Board of Directors are also still openly looking for a volunteer to take up the position of Trust Secretary. A job description for this role will be published shortly.
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's FA Cup First Round tie against Southend United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about his side's recent suspensions, the FA Cup, and how he thinks his squad will cope with being a few players short. Read that interview, via the link below.
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has given his first reaction to this week's FA Appeals Panel verdict, which upheld the suspension of striker Olufela Olomola. The Glovers go into tomorrow's FA Cup First Round match against Southend United without two of their three top goalscorers, with Francois Zoko also commencing a three match suspension on the day.
Way disputed referee Chris Sarginson's view of the mass brawl that erupted close to the dugouts in last weekend's 3-0 win over Stevenage, but after sending through their video evidence, the ban for Olomola still stands. He admitted that he felt hard done by, citing also a key incident during the final stages of the previous match against Barnet where he felt his side were denied a penalty:
"We're disappointed. We've got to be disappointed for the last two games that we've played. I felt that one or two of the decisions are almost like you're playing against twelve players. But unfortunately it went against us, but there's nothing we can do about it; we just move on."
Whilst the two suspensions mean that the club will go into tomorrow's match against League One opposition without two key players, Way believes the players that he has to select from are of a quality where they will be able to compete with their Essex opponents:
"We've built a good squad this year. We haven't got a huge amount of numbers, but we built a good squad. So I'm 100 percent sure that whoever takes their place will put in a good performance. It gives other players an opportunity, and we've got a good squad. We are waiting on one or two (loanees) but hopefully fingers crossed we'll get that over the line."
The club's progress in the FA Cup since becoming a Football League club has been rather mixed. Whilst Gary Johnson's two management spells gave the Glovers high profile matches against Charlton Athletic, Liverpool, Southampton and Manchester United, their form under other managers has not been great, having been knocked out by five non-league sides in those other seasons, including last year's First Round exit against Solihull Moors.
Way hopes that his side's relatively strong home form will count for something - given Southend United have had poor results on the road, the chance to get through to the First Round will almost certainly rely upon them winning the tie at the first time of asking. The Yeovil manager hopes some of his younger players will enjoy the experience of playing in the FA Cup:
"One thing that we do know is that whenever we have played at home, we've tried to put on good performances. The club is always special. There will be that extra adrenaline that the players will be carrying. Also as well, I don't think Southend would want to come down to Yeovil, so it's going to be an interesting game. We can learn a lot from the players, because I think there's a few that I think it's their first FA Cup moment. You've got Matt Worthington from Bournemouth, and you've got one or two other players where it's their first time, or their first history with Yeovil. So it will be interesting. It's just a must-win game in the FA Cup. You've got to get through to the next round and both teams will be attacking, I'm sure."
Officials for the FA Cup First Round tie between Yeovil Town FC and Southend United have been announced by the Football Association. The match takes place on Saturday 4th November 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Craig Hicks (Surrey).
He is a brand new referee at Football League level, having been promoted in the summer of 2017. He began refereeing in Surrey local games in 2001, before progressing up through the ranks. He was given the 2016 Surrey County Cup Final between Merstham and Godalming Town, and then a year later he bowed out on his National League duties by taking charge of a 2017 Play-Off Semi-Final between Aldershot and Tranmere Rovers.
He's seen one Yeovil Town fixture, which was the September 2017 League Two game against Morecambe. That match ended up in a 2-2 draw, with the Lancashire side coming from two goals down to equalise. His one Glovers booking was against Artur Krysiak for timewasting, which we felt was justified - although windy conditions were against him in the second period, we thought he was taking a bit too much time to prepare his goal kicks, and Mr Hicks agreed.
So far he's been given 15 matches this season comprising of ten League Two matches, two League One matches and three EFL Trophy Group games. His 63 yellow cards and two red cards is marginally above average - he's tended to go up in his card count the further he's gone into the season. That said, his last match was an EFL Trophy game between Charlton Athletic and Fulham Under-21s that ended up entirely booking-free.
Mr Hicks will be assisted by Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire) and Mark Derrien (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).
The Glovers Trust have suspended their presence in the Supporters Marquee for the next month. The suspension, which takes immediate effect for tomorrow's FA Cup First Round match against Southend United, has been taken whilst the Trust look into issues highlighted to them by Yeovil Town Football Club, which for the time being have not been disclosed. They will continue to operate their presence in The Arrow, which will now have a higher profile presence, as a result.
The Trust's statement on the situation reads as follows:
"For over a year now, Trust Representatives have operated a table in the corner of the Supporters Marquee for members and prospective members to discuss items with the Trust team, whilst also operating the microphone and executing the 50/50 draw. It is therefore with regret that the Trust Board wish to inform our members that with immediate effect and for the time being, we have taken the decision to cease our presence at the Supporters Marquee on home match days.
This decision has been taken whilst the Trust review a number of complaints that have been brought to our attention by Yeovil Town Football Club, and have arisen from persons in the Marquee and one or more other individual supporters groups. The Trust Board have set a deadline of December 8th to formally respond to the allegations due to availability of Board Members. The Trust Board will continue and increase their presence in the Arrow before matches during this time, where we will operate a 50/50 draw and promote the Trust, commencing ahead of this Saturday’s F.A. Cup match against Southend United.
Any members who had arranged to collect membership cards or renew via the Tent stall should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange an alternative approach."
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered the agony of conceding a second half injury time goal on Wednesday night against Tottenham Hotspur Ladies. That 92nd minute strike by substitute Ronnell Humes consigned the Glovers to a 1-2 home defeat, despite them having taken the lead in the Continental Cup Group Stage match during the first half, leaving them still searching for their first point in this competition.
Early on, Spurs had the ball in the back of the net via former player Sarah Wiltshire, after she converted the rebound on a long range Coral-Jade Haines shot that came back off the crossbar. However, a linesman's flag went up for Wiltshire's involvement in the move, meaning that it didn't count.
A Chloe Lloyd shot was saved by Spurs goalkeeper Chloe Morgan, before Yeovil took the lead in a slightly odd way. Defender Gemma Evans took a free kick that was blocked by a Spurs defender, but when the ball came back to her, she returned a cross into the box that looped over those inside the penalty area, including the keeper, and direct into the back of the net. 1-0 up at half time.
Sarah Wiltshire has been a Yeovil Town Ladies legend over the years, but she was clearly in no mood to do her old club any favours in the second half. Just beyond the hour mark, she weaved her way into the box and chipped a shot over the advancing Beth Howard to ensure that she scored yet another goal at Huish Park - unfortunately for the 'wrong' team.
With the scores level, Wiltshire was replaced nine minutes later by substitute Ronnell Humes, who almost scored with her first shot, as it flew narrowly over the bar. With a penalty shoot-out apparently looming and with the game in the 92nd minute though, Humes got a second opportunity, as she was played through on goal, and she lifted the ball over Howard for that crucial winning goal.
Speaking after the game, Yeovil goal-scorer Gemma Evans said she was going to claim her goal as something she meant to do, although admitted it had been an unusual one:
"I'm going to claim it and say it was a shot. It's good to get a goal I suppose but the result is more important. We're disappointed in the result. First half we were there winning the first and second balls, but we didn't put the effort in as much in the second half I felt. The girls could have put in a lot more. We'll go into training and watch clips and learn from it and improve and hopefully stop these mistakes from happening. It's about tracking runners - they won the first ball, we switched off, she got in behind us and lobbed the 'keeper (for the winning goal)."
Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Tottenham Hotspur Ladies 2.
This Saturday sees Yeovil Town commence their interest in the FA Cup, as they take on League One side Southend United. There may be a number of selection issues to contend with though, with injuries, suspensions and the question of loan players to consider. The latest Taff's Gloversblog picks through what may be at stake and tries to come up with a few options. Read that via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.
Yeovil Town Ladies play host to Tottenham Hotspur Ladies tonight, as the two teams meet for the first time since April 2013. The match is a Continental Cup Group Stage fixture being staged at Huish Park and sees the female Glovers come up against a side that were only promoted into the FAWSL2 structure at the end of the last summer season.
Spurs have adapted quickly to their new environment, lying in 5th place in the FAWSL2 table, and started their Continental Cup run by gaining a surprise 2-0 victory over FAWSL1 side Bristol City Women in their first Group fixture. Meanwhile the Glovers were on the South Coast, suffering a 4-2 defeat against Brighton and Hove Albion, albeit with a much-changed side on the night.
The Glovers experienced a difficult Sunday, with FAWSL1 leaders Chelsea Ladies - currently steamrollering everyone in the division - beating them 6-0 at Kingsmeadow. Much of that scoreline came from a four minute burst midway through the first half that saw three goals scored, meaning that the game was all over with just 23 minutes gone. Manager Jamie Sherwood's side did stabilise things though, particularly after the break, and he hopes that they can take their second half performance into tonight's game:
"With the mindset of the players – it's a good mindset – we won't dwell on results. We focus on the performances. Over the 90 minutes, our performance got stronger [against Chelsea], and that's what we'll take into Wednesday night's game against Spurs."
Tonight's match kicks off at 7.45p.m. with tickets available in advance via an online portal or through cash on the turnstiles.