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30 November 2017 : Gobern Agrees Glovers Deal Ahead Of FA Cup Tie
Yeovil Town have given a contract to former Southampton and Huddersfield Town midfielder Oscar Gobern. The 26 year old player arrives as a free agent ahead of Saturday's trip to Port Vale in the FA Cup. He was last on the books of Ross County at the end of last season, but also played in League Two for Mansfield Town earlier in the campaign.

Born in Birmingham on January 26th 1991, Oscar is a 6'3" tall midfielder, who played his youth career on the books of Aston Villa and Southampton, before turning professional with the Saints in 2008. He made his debut for them in November 2008, whilst they were in the Championship, around the time in which Southampton were on their way down into League One. He ultimately made 27 appearances for them, scoring two goals, along with a brief loan spell with Milton Keynes Dons.

He was then taken on by Huddersfield Town in 2011, where he spent four seasons, making 79 appearances, and scoring three goals, with three of those campaigns spent in the Championship. Since then, his career has stuttered a bit. A 2015-16 spell with Queens Park Rangers didn't work out, with him managing just two appearances, along with a five game loan spell with Doncaster Rovers.

Last season he spent the first half of the year with Mansfield Town, where he made eleven appearances, but during the transfer window he went north of the border to play in the Scottish Premiership for Ross County, but struggled to make an impact, with just one substitute appearance in the Scottish Cup before he departed in the summer of 2017.

Whilst the Glovers have not formally announced Gobern's arrival, a video welcoming him to the club has been posted in the club's subscriber section of their website, where he indicates he has been training with the Glovers for the last two weeks. He is expected to travel to Vale Park on the weekend. Whilst he is listed as a midfielder, reports mention him also playing as a left-back during his career, so can also occupy a full-back slot if asked to.

At present we don't don't Oscar's contract length but it is presumably a short term deal.


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30 November 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Plymouth Argyle Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's EFL Trophy match against Plymouth Argyle 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 gives his views on the Trophy competition, plus the inclusion of Keston Davies and Alefe Santos in the side on the night, as well as his views on the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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29 November 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Plymouth Argyle Game
Following Tuesday evening's 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren discusses facing AFC Wimbledon in the next round, the impact of the three substitutions, the withdrawal of Francois Zoko and the overall game. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Plymouth Argyle Game.


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29 November 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Tuesday night's 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle, thse are now available online. Watch the goals from Tom James and Sam Surridge across two minutes worth of highlights, as well as the earlier Argyle goal from Ryan Taylor.




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29 November 2017 : EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Second Round tie against AFC Wimbledon are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will take place on Tuesday 5th December 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Admission prices are as follows:

Adults: £10.00; Seniors and Young Persons: £5.00; Under-16s: £2.00.

For this fixture, the Thatchers Gold Terrace will be closed but both the Screwfix Stand and Tamburino Stand will be open. Season Ticket holders in these two stands will have until close of business on Friday 1st December to claim their usual seat, after which those seats will be released for general sale. For non-season ticket holders, all other tickets are on general sale with no restrictions.

Tickets will be sold online, via telephone on 01935-847888, or in person at the Ticket Office. There will be no matchday surcharge for this fixture, but you will still need to purchase from the Ticket Office if you buy on the night.

Link: Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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29 November 2017 : Tickets For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two fixture between Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 16th December 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Field Mill (known as the One Call Stadium). Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adult (Aged 22-60): £20.00; Seniors (Over-60): £16.00; Young Adult (18-21): £15.00; Junior (7-17): £12.00; Under-6: FREE.

Disabled supporters pay the relevant band as above, but can take an assistant free of charge, provided they are on the Higher rate of Disability Living Allowance, or the Enhanced rate of the Personal Independence Payment, or are Registered Blind. There are 28 allocated disabled spaces for away supporters in the ground, out of 113 spaces in total.

Tickets are available on the day from the Away Stand ticket booth. There is a £2.00 increase and these sales are CASH ONLY.

Visiting supporters are housed in the North Stand, which has a capacity of 1,619 and is situated behind one goal.

There are car parking spaces available. These cost £5.00, purchased on the day on a first-come, first-served basis.

Link: Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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29 November 2017 : Darren Way Pleased With A Special Team Performance
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that he saw a 'special team performance' from the squad that knocked Plymouth Argyle out of the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night. The 2-1 win was gained after the Glovers went a goal down during the first half, with goals from Tom James and AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge winning the match in the second half.

Way has persistently backed the competition over the last 18 months, despite football supporters in general being dismissive of a trophy that was revamped last season to include Premier League and Championship Under-21 sides. He said after Tuesday night's win that he was pleased with the end outcome:

"I'm pleased for the players and obviously pleased for the supporters that turned up. You know my support in the competition, and to have Wimbledon now at home is going to be a game that we're going to look forward to. We were disappointed with the first goal, certainly for how good Bevis is in a one-v-one. But we'll keep working with him on that. The way the players responded in the second half, and the substitutions and the impact that they made was very effective, up against a Plymouth team that was almost full strength. Having said that, it could have been four or five (goals)."

Having started the evening with a 4-3-3 formation, Way made a double substitution at half time, which included the change back to a 4-4-2 formation. In the end, all three substitutes played their part in the win, with Tom James scoring his first Glovers goal from an Otis Khan free kick, whilst Sam Surridge was a late replacement for Francois Zoko. Way said he made the half time change because he felt that James was going to be a better option for switching play across the pitch:

"I just thought we were getting space when we were switching the play. I know Tom James's quality. I thought he used the width really well, and he took his goal well. So obviously tactically the substitutions worked really well. I think that it's important with the squad that we've got. I had a conversation with Rhys Browne against Notts County on the particular role that I wanted him to play from the bench. Sam Surridge has gone and done that today. Tom James has gone and done it, after not a great performance on Saturday. But all the players are developing. I just feel today there was a special character and a special personality to get that game back. That created a special team performance."


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28 November 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
If you watched Tuesday evening's 2-1 win against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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28 November 2017 : Yeovil 2 Plymouth 1 : Surridge Strike Sends Glovers Through Trophy Group Stages
Yeovil Town finished top of their EFL Trophy Group tonight, as a late goal from AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge provided to be the difference between themselves and Plymouth Argyle. With both sides having made numerous changes to their standard Saturday afternoon line-ups, it was the Pilgrims who got the upper hand in a low-key first half as Ryan Taylor gave them the lead at the break. However, a double substitution and a formation change turned the tide, with one of those incoming players, Tom James, scoring his first Glovers goal with a near post header. Surridge then won the match two minutes from time, to give Yeovil a Second Round tie against AFC Wimbledon, and to send their visitors entirely out of the competition.

The Glovers went into the match making five changes to their starting line-up from Saturday's game at Wycombe. Keston Davies got his first start for the club since the opening day of the season, whilst Bevis Mugabi returned from suspension. There was also a whole new midfield, with Jake Gray, Alefe Santos and Jordan Green all coming in, which resulted in another formation change as 4-3-3 was brought back for the start of the match.

The first half wasn't too much to write home about, from either side. However, Argyle took the lead with the first chance of any kind. Aaron Taylor-Sinclair got into an advanced wide position, and caused Bevis Mugabi to overcommit himself, and that gave him enough room to put in a cross that Ryan Taylor converted for a 1-0 lead, after just 16 minutes.

Argyle were marginally the better side during the first half, although neither side did much to threaten a second goal. Yeovil's best chance - and possibly their only real first half attempt - came from Olufela Olomola as Jordan Green's cross into the box allowed the Southampton loanee to strike the ball on the volley, but with Hull City loanee William Mannion well positioned to make the save in what was his first Argyle appearance. The visitors had a couple of other half chances, but overall this was a low key first half.

A double half time substitution served to shake things up at the break. Otis Khan replaced Jake Gray, whilst Tom James replaced Bevis Mugabi. That also saw a formation change, with Khan moving to the left flank. Initially Olomola stayed on the other side, although later switched with Jordan Green. Khan's impact on the second half was obvious, as he forced two corners via deflections off a free kick and a shot, whilst he nearly set up Keston Davies, as Yann Songo'o blocked the defender's shot.

Francois Zoko should have levelled after he was put clean through by Alefe Santos, lobbing the advancing Plymouth goalkeeper well, but unfortunately seeing his shot going just wide of the post. However, Yeovil were to equalise on the hour mark from an unlikely source. Again Otis Khan was the instigator - his free kick found Tom James at the near post and he headed home for his first goal since his January move to the club from Cardiff City. 1-1 and Yeovil were back on top of their group in the live table.

Plymouth really weren't at the races in the second half, and they were fortunate not to have a penalty and a player sent off against them when Francois Zoko was pulled back in the box by Ryan Edwards. No decision was made by referee Brett Huxtable, much to the dismay of the sub-1,000 home section of the crowd. The Pilgrims rolled the dice by making substitutions and formation changes once it became clear that Chelsea Under-21s were going through, based on their result against Exeter City, but that possibility was made certain a minute from time when Olufela Olomola's cross into the box was met by Sam Surridge who fired a first time shot home for a 2-1 lead, and to finalise a Second Round tie against AFC Wimbledon, whilst ending Plymouth's interest in the competition.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Plymouth Argyle 1.

Scorers: Ryan Taylor (16 mins, 0-1), Tom James (61 mins, 1-1), Sam Surridge (88 mins, 2-1)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 6. Keston Davies 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 30. Alefe Santos 8. Connor Smith
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko (Capt) 15. Jordan Green

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 7. Otis Khan (46 mins for Jake Gray) 14. Sam Surridge (83 mins for Francois Zoko) 16. James Bailey 23. Tom James (46 mins for Bevis Mugabi) 25. Sid Nelson

Plymouth Argyle:
35 William Mannion
2 Gary Miller 15 Sonny Bradley 5 Ryan Edwards 17 Aaron Taylor-Sinclair
7 Antoni Sarcevic 4 Yann Songo'o 10 Graham Carey 18 Oscar Threlkeld
19 Ryan Taylor 27 Alex Fletcher

Substitutes:
8 Lionel Ainsworth (72 mins for Ryan Taylor) 14 Jake Jervis (62 mins for Alex Fletcher) 16 Joel Grant 20 Jakub Sokolik 21 Gregg Wylde (80 mins for Gary Miller) 32 Toumani Diagouraga 39 Max Childs

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Plymouth Argyle Bookings: Sonny Bradley (foul, 48 mins), Yann Songo'o (dissent), Oscar Threlkeld (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.

Plymouth Argyle Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 3; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon). Assistants: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Attendance: 1,110 (with 237 Plymouth Argyle supporters).


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28 November 2017 : Final EFL Trophy Southern Group D Table As Glovers Finish Top
Yeovil Town finished top of their EFL Trophy Group tonight. The Southern Group D outcome was that the Glovers finished in top spot following their 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle, with goals from Tom James and Sam Surridge. They are joined by Chelsea Under-21s, who beat Exeter City 3-1 at St James Park.

The outcome is that Yeovil Town will play League One side AFC Wimbledon in the Second Round. As yet the club have not fully confirmed the date of the fixture but is expected to be Tuesday 5th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Details on this game will follow shortly.

The final Group Stage table looks as follows:

Team P W D L F A Pts GD
1Yeovil Town 3 2 1 0 6 3 8 +3
2Chelsea Under-21s 3 1 2 0 6 4 5 +2
3Plymouth Argyle 3 0 2 1 5 6 4 -1
4Exeter City 3 0 1 2 4 8 1 -4


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28 November 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy tie against Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name five changes compared to the team that took to the field against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday.

Millwall loanee Sid Nelson and Bevis Mugabi are available to play tonight, with the EFL Trophy running on different disciplinary rules. Mugabi starts, whilst Nelson sits on the bench. Tom James makes way for Mugabi, whilst Nathan Smith makes way for Keston Davies at the back.

Striker Sam Surridge drops to the bench, with Connor Smith coming in, whilst Matt Worthington is swapped out for Alefe Santos. Finally James Bailey is repaced by Jake Gray.

Rhys Browne didn't make the squad on Saturday due to an ankle injury, but is suspended for tonight's game anyway, so doesn't feature for the second match running.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season) and Rhys Browne (ankle/suspended). At this stage, we presume Matt Worthington has been rested.

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 6. Keston Davies 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 8. Connor Smith 30. Alefe Santos 15. Jordan Green
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 7. Otis Khan 14. Sam Surridge 16. James Bailey 23. Tom James 25. Sid Nelson


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28 November 2017 : Argyle Bring in Sixth Goalkeeper For Tonight's Game
Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Group Stage opponents Plymouth Argyle have solved their goalkeeper crisis by bringing in England Under-19 international Will Mannion. The Hull City keeper will travel immediately down to Huish Park, where he will be expected to start in tonight's game, thus becoming the Pilgrims sixth goalkeeper of the 2017-18 season.

Argyle have been given special dispensation by the Football League, due to four of their goalkeepers being injured, whilst a fifth emergency loan suffered a shin injury on Saturday, and has had to return to his parent club. Whilst this isn't ideal preparation for the visitors, it could have been worse for them, with press speculation earlier today that they were taking a 16 year old to play between the sticks tonight.

Mannion is rather more experienced than that. He is a former AFC Wimbledon goalkeeper, who Hull signed up in July 2016, on a three year contract, paying a basic £100,000 fee that could rise up to as much as £425,000 if Mannion is a success with his current parent club. So far, he's only had the one appearance for Hull - in the League Cup in August 2017 - but has been a regular in Hull's Under-23s side. He also has two caps for England Under-19s.

On Saturday's Argyle's substitute keeper was 18 year old Michael Cooper. However, he is currently recovering from a dislocated finger, and they were unsurprisingly reluctant to push him into a full game tonight.


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28 November 2017 : EFL Trophy Group Stage Permutations And Combinations
Yeovil Town play their final EFL Trophy Group Stage fixture tonight against Plymouth Argyle, with a high degree of certainty as to what they need to do in order to qualify to the Second Round. With Exeter City playing at home to Chelsea Under-21s with the same kick-off time, all four teams should know where they stand, just after 9.30p.m.

The teams that finish First and Second in the Group will qualify, with the Group winner facing a home match against AFC Wimbledon, whilst the runners-up will face a trip to play Milton Keynes Dons. The latter have already stated that they will be staging their tie on either Tuesday 5th December or Wednesday 6th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. AFC Wimbledon have not commented on arrangements, presumably because they can still face a trip to one of three clubs.

The Group Stage table, going into tonight's match looks as follows:

Team P W D L F A Pts GD
1Yeovil Town 2 1 1 0 4 2 5 +2
2Plymouth Argyle 2 0 2 0 4 4 4 0
3Chelsea Under-21s 2 0 2 0 3 3 2 0
4Exeter City 2 0 1 1 3 5 1 -2

The permutations based on tonight's matches are as follows:

1. If Yeovil Town win, then they top their group, and will face AFC Wimbledon at home.

2. If Yeovil Town draw, then regardless of whether they win or lose the penalty shoot-out, they top their group, and will face AFC Wimbledon at home. This is because they have a superior goal difference over Argyle.

3. If Yeovil Town lose, then Plymouth Argyle will top the group.
a) If Chelsea fail to win in normal time, then Yeovil Town are guaranteed second place, and a trip to Milton Keynes Dons.
b) If Chelsea win their match, and there is precisely a two goal swing (i.e. 1-0 and 1-0, or 2-1 and 2-1) then the runners up spot will be decided on goals scored. At present, Yeovil Town have scored one more goal, so it would need Yeovil to lose 1-0, and Chelsea to win 2-1 or similar for this to take effect.
c) If both Yeovil and Chelsea end up with identical goal difference, and goals scored, as both clubs will have won one game each, the record against each other in the Group match would apply. Thus Yeovil Town would proceed.
d) If Chelsea win their match, and there is a goal swing of more than two goals between the two ties, then Chelsea would finish in second place, and Yeovil would exit the competition.


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28 November 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
Officials for the EFL Trophy Group Stage game between Yeovil Town and Plymouth Argyle have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 28th November 2017 (tonight) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brett Huxtable (Devon).

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

He is aged 33 years old and hails from Torrington, and is a self-employed builder. He is a Manchester United fan, but we'll try not to hold that against him. He has been progressing through the North Devon League, Western League Premier, Southern League Premier, Conference South and National divisions and got as far as the latter level in the summer of 2012, and so did four years at that level.

We had him twice during the 2016-17 season. The first was for the November 2016 home match against Colchester United - an ultra-late comeback saw us come from 1-0 down to win the game by a 2-1 scoreline. He was a bit busy with the yellow cards, booking either seven or eight players on the night (there's a bit of a quibble over one of the Colchester ones). That said, we can't see too much about his performance to argue with - the Western Gazette criticised him for allowing us to take an offside free kick to be taken in the opponent's half, but our suspicion is that he got that one right, because of a summer rule change.

He then turned up for the February 2017 match against Cambridge United. This was a frustrating night, with a 1-1 draw continuing a pattern the Glovers had at the time of taking the lead in games, and then suffering a late equaliser. Here the match official didn't seem to have much influence on that, with a more moderate three bookings and nothing particularly contentious.

This season he's been pretty busy - he's taken charge of 19 fixtures, bringing out 63 yellow cards, but just one red card. That was for Coventry City's Rod McDonald, who was dismissed in their League One fixture against Port Vale for a professional foul. Coventry moaned about the decision, claimed it wasn't a foul ... but then a day or two later admitted that they wouldn't be appealing against it.

Mr Huxtable will be assisted by Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official is Simon Knapp (Bristol).

Link: February 2017 : Yeovil Town 1 Cambridge United 1.

Link: November 2016 : Yeovil Town 2 Colchester United 1.


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27 November 2017 : EFL Trophy Opponents Suffering Keeper Crisis Ahead Of Match
Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy opponents Plymouth Argyle would appear to have a keeper crisis on their hands. The League One side have suffered injuries to five different goalkeepers during the 2017-18 season, with Norwich City loanee Remi Matthews the latest to be crocked on Saturday. The 23 year old got a shin injury during the Pilgrims defeat against Portsmouth on Saturday, and although he managed to complete the match, he was limping heavily during the remainder of the game.

The Plymouth Herald claim that Matthews has already returned to Carrow Road - something that gives Argyle a headache, given that he was brought to Home Park as an emergency loan, requiring special dispensation from the Football League. That was granted last month when Kyle Letheren tore a thigh muscle, leaving them without a senior keeper, due to injuries to Luke McCormick (ankle) and Robbert Te Loeke (back) who are understood to all still be out of contention.

When Letheren suffered his injury, Argyle were forced to give 18 year old Michael Cooper his debut as a second half substitute at Ewood Park in mid-October. But the youth team goalkeeper dislocated his finger a week ago, meaning that he was also unavailable for a midweek Argyle match. Cooper was recalled to the bench on Saturday, but reportedly would only have been used in an absolute emergency, given the problems with his hand.

Assuming the reports on Matthews are correct, this means that Argyle have lost four goalkeepers to injury - or five if Cooper's condition is not good enough to see him play a full game. Even if Cooper is fit, Argyle would be entitled to apply to the Football League for further special dispensation for another emergency loan, as the youth-teamer has not made the five career first team appearances that would see him recognised as a 'senior' player under League rules. It's therefore possible that the Pilgrims may be bringing in a new signing before Tuesday night's game.


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27 November 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Wycombe Wanderers Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match against Wycombe Wanderers kicked off at Adams Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the absence of Otis Khan and Rhys Browne and the inclusion of Jordan Green in the side. Read that interview via the link below.

NOTE: This is a rather short interview - this was the entirety of what was broadcast.

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


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27 November 2017 : Browne Banned As Mugabi Returns
Yeovil Town will be without Rhys Browne for Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against Plymouth Argyle. The winger picked up bookings in both of the previous EFL Trophy games against Exeter City and Chelsea Under-21s and so will sit out a single match for the final Group Stage game, under the competition rules. Players that get two yellow cards before the Quarter-Final stages serve a one match ban.

Defender Bevis Mugabi has completed his Football League suspension, and so returns to the first team squad. Although Millwall loanee Sid Nelson is partway through a three match Football League suspension, he will be eligible for the EFL Trophy match, as the two competitions run on different disciplinary systems. This means that Nelson will return on Tuesday night, and then continue his Football League suspension on Saturday.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth EFL Trophy Game.


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26 November 2017 : Zubar Makes Terras Return
Former Yeovil Town central defender Stephane Zubar has made a return to football by re-signing for Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth. The 31 year old former Plymouth Argyle and AFC Bournemouth player agreed to return to the Bob Lucas Stadium just five months after leaving them to sign for the Glovers in what was to be an ultra-short stay at Huish Park.

Zubar had been out of the professional game since August 2015, when Glovers boss Darren Way decided to sign him up on what was announced by the club as a one year contract. However, that was to last just one pre-season friendly, with Weymouth as the opponents, with him not playing any further part in the 2017-18 preparations due to a knee injury.

After Zubar was not present at the club's annual squad photoshoot, rumours circulated that he had already departed the club, and eventually on August 8th they confirmed his exit, although contradicted their June announcement by claiming that he was on 'non-contract terms'. Whilst Way claimed that he had 'not ruled out a potential return' for Zubar, this always seemed unlikely. His Yeovil career therefore ended with just one pre-season friendly to his name.

Zubar played the opening 78 minutes of Weymouth's 2-0 win over Biggleswade Town yesterday, with former Glover Josh Wakefield and ex-Gillingham Town forward Harry Baker getting the goals. Zubar explained some of his thinking behind his return to the South Coast, and admitted that trying to make a return to full time football following his 2015 ACL knee injury was going to be hard:

"Mark has been in touch with me ever since I left the club. I always promised that if it was not going to be Yeovil, then it would be Weymouth and nothing else. I was keen to come back there, because since my injury, full time football was going to be difficult. So I'm just pleased to be back. I'm here just to help the club to move forward."


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26 November 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Wycombe Wanderers Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the match, the defending, and his sides continuing poor away form. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Wycombe Wanderers Game.


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25 November 2017 : Video : Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday's 2-1 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers, these are now available online. You can view the goals from Wycombe's Eberechi Eze and Joe Jacobson, including the penalty decision awarded for that second goal, and then see Francois Zoko's immediate response. Watch the two minutes worth of highlights via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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25 November 2017 : Darren Way Sees Lapses In Concentration As Causing Wycombe Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way said that lapses in concentration from his defenders cost his side the chance to get something out of this afternoon's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers. The 2-1 defeat came as the result of a quickfire seven minute period, during which Eberechi Eze opened the scoring, quickly followed by a Joe Jacobson penalty. Although Yeovil responded quickly with a Francois Zoko goal, that left them chasing the game during the second half, leading to their eighth away defeat in ten league matches.

Way was pleased that his side put on a better showing than the 4-0 reverse against Carlisle United a fortnight ago, but suggested that one or two of his less experienced players were guilty of losing concentration during that period leading up to the break. He felt those unnamed individuals had made mistakes that led to the goals:

"We were disappointed, certainly with the way that got in. I think that one or two individuals made one or two mistakes leading up to that. But I though overall as far as our last performance against Carlisle, we did try to come here, and we did try to play our game. But unfortunately a lapse in concentration from one or two players cost us today. We'll just keep working hard. I thought the performance was a lot better today, even though we didn't get the win. I thought that with the performance and the chances that we created in the first half, we had one or two great chances. Considering we went 2-0 down, the players responded and we could have pulled it back to a draw there at the end."

Whilst the Glovers retained this afternoon's back four of Ryan Dickson, Nathan Smith, Omar Sowunmi and Tom James over the summer, the inevitable retirement of Darren Ward, coupled with the loss of Alex Lacey to Gillingham, has meant that a couple of last year's fringe players are now being selected as first-teamers. Way suggested those less-experienced players were going through a 'development stage' where they would not have previously played at a ground like Wycombe's Adams Park. He suggested he was working with a makeshift back four today:

"I think you've got to look at the back four. It's a makeshift back four. I think if we had built on what we had last year, and we kept stability, then one or two players wouldn't have to go through this development stage. Sometimes you need games and you need experience to be qualified to be a very very good defender. Unfortunately we've not had that consistency. I'm always fearful every week when I look at one or two players. I think we had six today that have not played at Wycombe in Adams Park, and there's a big responsibility on them to make sure they gain that performance. I'm not using it as an excuse, but it's quite interesting when you look at it, as to why they're putting those good performances at home, but not necessarily gaining that result. I think it's just lapses in concentration. It could be a spell of 10 or 15 minutes, but you do that away from home and you get hurt and you get punished."


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25 November 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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25 November 2017 : Wycombe 2 Yeovil 1 : More Away Day Blues As Chairboys Break 25 Year Hoodoo
Yeovil Town went down to their eighth away defeat of the 2017-18 season this afternoon, as their problems on their travels continue to haunt them. The 2-1 scoreline against Wycombe Wanderers saw all three goals come during a seven minute period in the lead-up to half time, with Eberechi Eze putting the home side in front as he shot through a crowd of players from the edge of the box. The Chairboys then doubled their lead from the penalty spot after Paris Cowan-Hall was brought down by Tom James, with Joe Jaconson scoring from the spot. Francois Zoko converted a Jordan Green cross a minute later to give Yeovil some hope at the break, but they couldn't create enough during the second half to get their way back into the game, leaving them stuck in 18th place at the end of the afternoon.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up with Sid Nelson's suspension being covered for by the return of Ryan Dickson following a month out with concussion and illness. Dickson shuffled in at left-back which meant Nathan Smith moved into the centre. The other change saw Otis Khan drop out through illness, with Jordan Green replacing him. There was also a blow in terms of the bench, with Rhys Browne dropping out due to an ankle injury sustained in training.

The opening half hour was one of extremely few chances for both sides. Eberechi Eze was one of the more influential players, as he shot from the edge of the box with one that cleared the crossbar, but was then rather more accurate as he tried to catch Artur Krysiak off-guard, with the keeper having just punched the ball clear. Eze's shot was on target, but Krysiak had fortunately recovered his ground. Eze then forced Krysiak into a parried save as Wycombe caught Yeovil on the break. Yeovil had been relatively okay in their own play, but had only been able to muster a Jordan Green shot that was blocked by Sido Jombati.

With so few chances, the sudden flurry of goals from the 37th minute onwards was unexpected. Wycombe opened the scoring as Yeovil struggled to clear their lines, and Eberechi Eze took advantage, firing a low shot into the corner from the edge of the box, for a 1-0 lead. Just about justified on the balance of play, with Eze easily the home side's most influential player.

The second goal came from the penalty spot six minutes later. Tom James challenged Paris Cowan-Hall inside the box, and referee Tom Nield immediately pointed to the spot. Up stepped former Bristol Rovers defender Joe Jacobson and he fired home for a 2-0 lead, with few serious complaints coming from the Yeovil players at the time the decision was made.

Almost immediately, Yeovil unexpectedly got a foothold in the match. Jordan Green's run put the ball into the path of Francois Zoko shortly after the restart, and Zoko's habit of showing quick reactions inside the box continued as he scored his seventh goal of the 2017-18 season, to pull it back to 2-1 within a minute of Wycombe's second. Olufela Olomola shot just over the crossbar as Yeovil finished the half brightly but were frustrated as the match referee blew for the break as they tried to take a corner.

The second half quickly drifted back to the cagey came of few chances, which was no good to Yeovil if they wanted to get points out of the game. A Sido Jombati free kick was saved easily, whilst another dead ball from Joe Jacobson that flashed just wide were really all Wycombe were able to come up with. Yeovil's problem was that it took them until the final 15 minutes for them to show some brief attacking threats, with a tactical substitution seeing Jordan Green pushed higher up the field after the withdrawal of Sam Surridge.

There were a few late chances at both ends, with Adebayo Akinfenwa's shot appearing to take a deflection off a Yeovil player, even if the referee kindly gave a goal kick. Francois Zoko then flicked a Ryan Dickson cross that fizzed across the face of goal, but unfortunately wide of the far post. But Wycombe saw out the four minutes of injury time with professional accomplishment, holding onto the ball throughout, to the extent that it was actually the home side that nearly got the fourth decisive goal, with Akinfenwa striking the crossbar with what would be the final chance of a frustrating game. Wycombe therefore got themselves a rarity - a home win over Yeovil Town, and the first time they'd beaten the Glovers at Adams Park since 1992, when Martin O'Neill managed them, and a young midfielder called Steve Thompson was in their ranks, back in the Conference. With Yeovil's away form though, they should have seen that duck being broken.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Wycombe Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Eberechi Eze (1-0, 37 mins), Joe Jacobson (2-0, 43 mins, pen), Francois Zoko (2-1, 44 mins)

Wycombe Wanderers:
1 Scott Brown
2 Sido Jombati 5 Anthony Stewart 28 Dan Scarr 3 Joe Jacobson
17 Luke O'Nien 10 Matt Bloomfield 27 Eberechi Eze
15 Dayle Southwell 20 Adebayo Akinfenwa 12 Paris Cowan-Hall

Substitutes:
7 Sam Saunders (85 mins for Eberechi Eze) 8 Marcus Bean 19 Will De Havilland 24 Jack Williams 25 Craig Mackail-Smith (89 mins for Paris Cowan-Hall) 30 Yves Makabu-Makalamby

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
24. Olufela Olomola 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 13. Francois Zoko
14. Sam Surridge 15. Jordan Green

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 10. Jake Gray (76 mins for Sam Surridge) 30. Alefe Santos

Wycombe Wanderers Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Olufela Olomola (45 mins, dissent), Tom James (48 mins, foul), Omar Sowunmi (65 mins, foul)

Wycombe Wanderers Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 14.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 1; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Tom Nield (West Yorkshire). Assistants: Graham Kane (East Sussex) and Leigh Crowhurst (Sussex). Fourth Official: John Farries (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 3,834 (with 180 Yeovil Town supporters).


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25 November 2017 : Team News For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that took to the field against Notts County on Tuesday night. Millwall loanee Sid Nelson picked up a red card on Tuesday and so commences a three match suspension. His place in the side is taken by Ryan Dickson, meaning the defence is reshuffled slightly.

There's also no Otis Khan in today's squad, with his place in the side being taken by Jordan Green, as Khan is suffering from an illness. Rhys Browne, who had been a substitute in midweek, drops out due to an ankle injury.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Bevis Mugabi (suspension), Sid Nelson (suspension), Otis Khan (illness) and Rhys Browne (ankle).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
24. Olufela Olomola 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 15. Jordan Green
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 10. Jake Gray 30. Alefe Santos

Wycombe Wanderers:
1 Scott Brown
2 Sido Jombati 5 Anthony Stewart 28 Dan Scarr 3 Joe Jacobson
17 Luke O'Nien 10 Matt Bloomfield 27 Eberechi Eze
12 Paris Cowan-Hall 20 Adebayo Akinfenwa 15 Dayle Southwell

Substitutes:
7 Sam Saunders 8 Marcus Bean 19 Will De Havilland 24 Jack Williams 25 Craig Mackail-Smith 30 Yves Makabu-Makalamby


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24 November 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Wycombe Wanderers Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about the recent glut of red cards against his team, and how he plans to deal with that, the threat that Wycombe pose up front, and his belief in his own squad, despite suspensions. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Wycombe Wanderers.


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24 November 2017 : Officials For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Wycombe Wanderers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match will take place on Saturday 25th November 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Adams Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Tom Nield (West Yorkshire).

This is a brand new 'first year' referee who was promoted to Football League level during the summer of 2017. This means we've not seen him before. He's taken charge of 12 matches so far, recording 32 yellow cards and two red cards, with his last match being the game between Mansfield Town and Stevenage, which saw just two cautions on the day. All bar two of his games so far have been at either League Two level or in the Football League Trophy.

He's originally from Huddersfield and is 26 years old. He has already officiated in front of large crowds though, as he was selected to referee in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, and ended up acting as an assistant referee in the Gold Medal match between Russia and Ukraine in front of 16,000 fans. His interest in refereeing at an early age also meant that during the same year he was elected Chairman of the RA-FA Youth Council, which seeks to further refereeing amongst the younger generation. His final act as a non-league referee was to be the Fourth Official in the 2016-17 National League Play-Off Final between Tranmere Rovers and Forest Green Rovers.

Mr Nield will be assisted by Graham Kane (East Sussex) and Leigh Crowhurst (Sussex). The Fourth Official will be John Farries (Oxfordshire).


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24 November 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Wycombe Wanderers
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town are back on their travels. This time it is the highly familiar trip to Wycombe Wanderers, and their Adams Park ground. In preparation for that trip, the Ciderspace guide has been updated with directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and other such stuff. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Wycombe Wanderers.

The Hillbottom Road End
The Hillbottom Road End (current sponsor name 'Panache') Stand
Photo © 2005-17 Ciderspace



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23 November 2017 : Extended Interview With Mark Palmer About His Consultancy At Huish Park
Over the last few weeks, Yeovil Town have been enaging with a company called Insight 63 Ltd, fronted by Mark Palmer. He has been engaged by the club's owners to look at the club's current position, and to formulate a future direction. On Saturday, Mark appeared live on BBC Somerset as part of their Saturday Sport programme. With questions from Richard Hoskin, he explains his purpose at the club as well as giving his views on a wide range of topic, including John Fry, Harry Redknapp, Darren Way and the club's ownership and whether the club is up for sale.

Read that interview via the link below - it is one of the more lengthy ones we've published, but does cover a lot of ground along the way.

Link: Mark Palmer Speaks To The BBC About His Consultancy Work With Yeovil Town


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23 November 2017 : Football Arrest Figures And Banning Orders Drop As Yeovil Town Keep Problems Low
The Government's Home Office have published their annual report into Football banning orders and arrests, loosely covering the 2016-17 season. The period between August 1st 2016 and July 31st 2017 shows a 14 percent drop in the number of football-related arrests, with 1,638 people becoming the subject of police action - a statistic that represents just 4 arrests per 100,000 attendees at football matches.

Similarly, the number of active Banning Orders has dropped. As of August 7th 2017, there were 1,929 active Football Banning Orders, representing a drop of 156 (seven percent) from the previous season's benchmark. Since November 2011, there has been a 39 percent drop in the number of active orders - at that time, 3,174 people were banned by law from attending designated football matches.

In terms of Yeovil Town, the statistics are very good. The club had one historical Football Banning Order against one individual, but that expired at some point during the 2016-17 season, meaning that at present they have ZERO active bans. Only Burton Albion, Milton Keynes Dons, Accrington Stanley and Cheltenham Town are in the same position. At the other end of the scale, Newcastle United have 111 banning orders - local sides Bristol City and Bristol Rovers have 39 each.

For football related arrests during the 2016-17 season, Yeovil Town recorded two. One case was for a pitch incursion, which we are unaware of the circumstances, whilst the other related to pyrotechnics. It should be noted here that an 'arrest' does not necessarily mean that a prosecution will follow, or that this will result in a guilty verdict through a court of law. We are aware of the issue involving the pyrotechnics arrest, but understand that the case resulted in the accused being cleared, once the case was put before the courts. In situations like these, it is unfortunate that the Home Office do not divulge the number of successful prosecutions.

In League Two, only Accrington Stanley and Cheltenham Town recorded zero arrests during the 2016-17 season - all other higher division clubs saw at least one fan arrested. Championship side Birmingham City saw 72 of their supporters arrested, followed by West Ham United (67), Leeds United (61), Aston Villa (52) and Manchester City (47).

Here, caution should be taken (but probably won't be, by clickbait-happy media) regarding the assumption that such clubs have the biggest problem in terms of their supporter bases. As some of the clubs with highest attendances, they of course have the highest number of arrests. The Home Office note a quirk of the statistics are that whilst the number is pitched at 4.0 arrests per 100,000 spectators, it's actually League Two clubs that have the highest arrest rate, with 7.1 arrests per 100,000 spectators. Given this is the division that records clubs with zero banning orders, this might beg the question of whether League Two football fans are being pulled out by the authorities based on a lower threshold of tolerance than their Premier League and Championship counterparts.

Link: 2015-16 Home Office Football Arrest Statistics.

Link: 2014-15 Home Office Football Arrest Statistics.

Link: 2013-14 Home Office Football Arrest Statistics.


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23 November 2017 : Sponsorship Extension For EFL
The Football League have announced a new sponsorship agreement with Sky Bet. The five year contract extension now runs until the end of the 2023-24 season, extending a contract that had been due to run until the summer of 2019. This will take the agreement with Sky Bet up to a total of 11 years.

The League have said that the new agreement will provide its 72 member clubs with a 20 percent increase in central revenue, compared with the current deal. Clearly with Sky Bet being the sponsor, there are a lot of things they get in return, the most significant of which is the ability to live stream 16 midweek Championship matches based around a 'watch and bet' concept.

However, in addition, they will remain as the League's titled 'betting and gaming partner'. That means you'll be seeing branding inside stadiums, in press rooms, on websites and anywhere else they can be plugged. Plus in addition to their Player of the Month, Manager of the Month and Goal of the Month Awards, they'll also take the rights to provide a Golden Boot and Golden Glove Award for each division at the end of each season. Chief Executive Shaun Harvey said of the new deal:

"This agreement represents the largest title sponsorship in EFL history and once again illustrates how our commercial operations are maximising the revenue opportunities and exposure for the EFL and its Clubs. Sky Bet has been a significant and valued partner since first sponsoring the EFL in 2013/14. They have helped support the growth of the EFL and its competitions and I would like to thank Sky Bet, not only for their efforts in the partnership to date, but also for their vision and foresight during the negotiation phase. I am delighted that an agreement has been reached and the EFL is looking forward to continuing to work with our friends at Sky Bet from now until 2024 on enhancing the experience for supporters whilst ensuring this is done in the most appropriate and responsible way."


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22 November 2017 : Yeovil 4 Forest Green 1 : Rearranged Match Sees Double Brace Seal Win
Yeovil Town Under-18s played their rearranged Youth Alliance fixture against Forest Green Rovers on Wednesday afternoon, running out as comfortable winners on the day. A waterlogged pitch had seen the original fixture from 11 days ago called off, but once they got going on the new date they ran out as comfortable 4-1 winners.

Jack Hilton-Jones opened up the scoring from the edge of the box after he was fed by Charlie Fripp. that was followed by a Joe Tomlinson penalty which put them 2-0 up at half time. Hilton-Jones grabbed his second after the break, whilst the fourth saw Tomlinson get his second, after he was put through by Brad Cherrett. Their Gloucestershire opponents got their single goal of the afternoon as a late consolation.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 4 Forest Green Rovers Under-18s 1.

Scorers: Jack Hilton-Jones (1-0), Joe Tomlinson (2-0), Jack Hilton-Jones (3-0), Joe Tomlinson (4-0), Forest Green Scorer (4-1).


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22 November 2017 : Oxford 2 Yeovil 0 : Academy Side Defeated At Weekend
Yeovil Town's Under-18s went down to defeat on Saturday, as an Oxford United side beat them 2-0 in Oxfordshire. The Youth Alliance fixture saw Albie Hopkins and Owen James net for the home side. It took until just after the break for the deadlock to be broken, with the match hanging in the balance right up until the 93rd minute when Yeovil were caught on the counter-attack for James to deal the game.

Oxford boss Leon Blackmore Such gave some brief thoughts on the match, where he felt that Yeovil's pressing game during the first period had thwarted his side, but that once they got their noses in front they were able to get more space:

"There was a good intensity to the way we started. Yeovil got after us and pressed us but we coped well with that and got into decent areas. It was a bit scrappy but we couldn’t quite get the breakthrough in the first half and we knew what we needed to do after the break. The first goal came when Albie Hopkins had a shot blocked and Aaron struck it back across the keeper from the edge of the box. It got harder when we went down to ten men after making all three subs then getting an injury to Nathan Baker. But in the 93rd minute, despite being a man down, we countered with speed through Albie again and he squared it to Owen James to make it 2-0."

Final Score: Oxford United Under-18s 2 Yeovil Town Under-18s 0.

Scorers: Albie Hopkins (1-0), Owen James (2-0).


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22 November 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Notts County Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Notts County 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's thoughts on the draw, the dismissal of Millwall loanee Sid Nelson, and his overall thoughts on the club's position towards the wrong end of the table can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Notts County Home Game.


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22 November 2017 : Millwall Loanee's Suspension Confirmed After Glovers Fourth Red Card
Yeovil Town appear to have accepted the decision to send off central defender Sid Nelson on Tuesday night. The Millwall loanee was dismissed by referee Dean Whitestone in the 88th minute of Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Notts County for a violent conduct offence involving County's Richard Duffy.

The Football Association have confirmed that suspension as lasting for three games. He will therefore miss the Saturday trip to Wycombe Wanderers, the FA Cup Second Round match against Port Vale and the League Two home fixture against Lincoln City. Because the EFL Trophy matches run under a different disciplinary system, he will be available for next Tuesday's home match against Plymouth Argyle.

Nelson is the club's fourth dismissal in as many league matches, with Bevis Mugabi partway through a three match ban - he will conclude his during Saturday's trip to Wycombe. Manager Darren Way said that if Nelson's dismissal was proven then he would be giving him a 'maximum fine' for the indiscipline. Speaking after last night's draw, Way said:

"To be honest, I haven't seen it. He's denying it, but I'm sure that if he is proven guilty, then there's got to be a maximum fine on this one. But I warned the players that. I said to the players if anyone gets caught again, they'll be disciplined. I think when you are coming up against the opposition, it's almost as if they're clever enough to instigate that. But at the same time, you've got to be clever enough not to react. I'm disappointed with that; very very disappointed. But I'll make sure that behind the scenes he will be heavily fined."

The video footage from the standard camera in the Screwfix Stand does not show the incident, as the camera was focussed on the corner taker, with the incident occurring inside the penalty box, and being reported as an off-the-ball elbow.


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22 November 2017 : Darren Way Pleased With Second Half Response After Magpies Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt his side's second half response against Notts County on Tuesday night was very pleasing, after his team fought back from a goal down against the Magpies. His team had fallen behind to a Jonathan Forte goal before a Francois Zoko penalty rescued them ten minutes from time, to gain them a 1-1 draw.

Like many teams in League Two, Way described Notts County as a 'direct' side, and admitted that his team found it difficult to play against that style. However, he felt that with the visitors losing Jonathan Stead to injury half an hour into the game, having already left Shola Ameobi off their teamsheet, helped his team:

"Playing top of the league was always going to be a difficult task. I think that Jonathan Stead coming off helped us. You could see they were a very direct team, but I have to compliment them for the way that they play, because of their league position. It's always difficult to play against that style of play. But I thought the way the lads responded in the second half, they kept going, and I thought the way that we worked the penalty was very pleasing."

Notts County got their opening goal when a long ball up field was headed into the path of substitute Jonathan Forte. Way didn't name the defender had in mind, but suggested that one player had failed to deal with the situation that gave the visitors their 41st minute goal:

"I've looked at it, at half time. One individual I felt switched off, with a lack of concentration. We were disappointed with that, as there wasn't anything in that first half. We had one or two chances. I didn't think our flow of play was there, like it has been. Having said that, it's very difficult to play against a team that play from back to front quick and early, and they've been effective with it."

Wide man Rhys Browne had scored the opening goal for Yeovil Town on Saturday against Swindon Town, and so was a surprise omission from the starting line-up for Tuesday night's game. He was introduced as a 53rd minute substitute, and made an impact when his threaded pass found Francois Zoko in the 80th minute, leading to the award of the crucial penalty that saw Yeovil equalise via Zoko. Way had praise for both Browne and Zoko's contributions:

"I thought the subs changed the game. I think with the squad that we've got at the moment, there's one or two players like Rhys Browne, who I said before the game, he was very unfortunate not to find himself playing. The way he reacted when he came on, I was very pleased. I think Francois scores goals. I think he's done that for a number of seasons for us, and we're very lucky to have Francois and his experience and his football intelligence. I think there's one or two players that are going to listen and learn from Francois. He's made a good career from the game out of doing that."


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22 November 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Notts County Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Notts County, these are now online. The Sky Sports footage includes around 1.5 minutes worth of action, including the move that got Yeovil Town their penalty, ultimately won and converted by Francois Zoko. Unfortunately, athough they show the red card raised to Millwall loanee Sid Nelson, the camera is focussed on the corner taker, rather on the incident that saw him dismissed. Watch via the link below.

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


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21 November 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Notts County
If you watched Tuesday evening's 1-1 draw against Notts County at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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21 November 2017 : Yeovil 1 Notts County 1 : Zoko Secures Draw As Glovers Suffer Fourth Red Card
Yeovil Town gained a point against promotion chasing Notts County at Huish Park, with a penalty from one of the Magpies old boys saving them. The visitors appeared to be entirely comfortable for long stretches of the game, and had took the lead when substitute Jonathan Forte took advantage of a knock down from a long ball to put his side ahead. But Yeovil got themselves back into the match when Francois Zoko was taken down inside the box, and the striker stepped up to take his own spot kick and equalise ten minutes from time. In the closing minutes, Millwall loanee Sid Nelson became the fourth Yeovil player to be dismissed in five matches when he was involved in an off-the-ball incident, but the Glovers held on, dropping one place to 18th on the night.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes, as Francois Zoko and Olufela Olomola returned following their suspensions. That meant that Jake Gray and Rhys Browne dropped to the bench, with a 4-4-2 established that closely resembled the line-up that had been used for the recent match against Stevenage. Despite the two extra numbers, they still couldn't fill the bench, with Alefe Santos dropping out of the squad for unspecified reasons, whilst Paul Golubickas as not named on the teamsheet.

The game got off to an ultra-quiet start, with Jorge Grant heading wide for the visitors, whilst Olufela Olomola volleyed a shot over the bar, as he turned his man on a corner. It took 20 minutes for a serious effort to turn up, as Ryan Yates forced Artur Krysiak into a parried save, which Richard Duffy wastefully stuck over the bar on the rebound. The visitors were just getting into their stride at this stage after a sluggish start, with Shaun Brisley heading wide from a Jonathan Stead cross. That was followed by Krysiak having to turn around a Terry Hawkridge cross for a corner, before Jorge Grant also tried to beat the keeper at his near post with the same result.

Notts County had lost their main striker on the half hour mark as Jonathan Stead limped off - a big blow for them given Shola Ameobi was also missing on their teamsheet. But they brought on the experience of former Southampton striker Jonathan Forte, and he was to give them a 41st minute breakthrough. After a corner was half cleared, a long ball back towards the box was headed down by Shaun Brisley into the path of Forte. He ran through and slotted past Krysiak for a lead that they slightly deserved, although without really explaining why they'd arrived on top of the league.

The second half was largely a lifeless affair. In fact Yeovil Town didn't look like a side that were desperate to get back into match. Notts County gathered a small collection of chances that all went wide - Robert Milsom after a poor defensive header by Omar Sowunmi had gifted the Magpies the ball back, and then a Jorge Grant effort that went just wide after he turned in the box from a Matt Tootle through ball. Then Jonathan Forte found his shot deflected by Omar Sowunmi for a corner.

Yeovil Town had done absolutely nothing, and with time running out, they made a 76th minute double substitution to try their final roll of the dice. As it happened, it was a 53rd minute introduction of Rhys Browne that had more effect on the game - his through ball to Francois Zoko saw the striker run into the box, being clipped by Richard Duffy for an 80th minute penalty kick. The same man dusted himself down and took the spot kick, scoring with Yeovil's first effort on goal of the second period. Suddenly out of the blue, it was 1-1.

With their tails now up, Yeovil suddenly looked briefly dangerous, as Zoko headed a Nathan Smith cross at County keeper Ross Fitzsimons. They were still stretched at the other end as Jorge Grant put over the bar, with the game moving end-to-end for the first time in the match. But Yeovil shot themselves in the foot with their fourth red card in five matches, in the 88th minute. It wasn't clear what had riled up Millwall loanee Sid Nelson, but he appeared to aim an off-the-ball elbow at Ryan Yates. Referee Dean Whitestone seemed ultra-confident about what he'd seen, and issued an immediate red card, leaving Yeovil with some late concern as they rode out four minutes of injury time. What will be of more concern though will be yet another three match suspension, and with Barnet and Chesterfield winning tonight, the bottom places in the table have shrunk massively, with only a three point gap between themselves and 23rd placed Barnet.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Notts County 1.

Scorers: Jonathan Forte (0-1, 41 mins), Francois Zoko (1-1, 80 mins, pen)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith
24. Olufela Olomola 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith (76 mins for James Bailey) 9. Rhys Browne (53 mins for Sam Surridge) 10. Jake Gray 15. Jordan Green (76 mins for Otis Khan)

Notts County:
34 Ross Fitzsimons
2 Matt Tootle 5 Richard Duffy 16 Shaun Brisley 3 Carl Dickinson
11 Terry Hawkridge 22 Ryan Yates 24 Robert Milsom 10 Jorge Grant
30 Jon Stead 7 Lewis Alessandra

Substitutes:
4 Elliott Hewitt (87 mins for Rob Milsom) 6 Haydn Hollis 13 Branislav Pindroch 14 Jonathan Forte (35 mins for Jonathan Stead) 17 Alan Smith 19 Nicky Hunt 20 Liam Walker

Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Sid Nelson (violent conduct, 88 mins)

Notts County Bookings: Jorge Grant (foul, 83 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Ronald Ganfield (Somerset) and Ben Cobb (Dorset). Fourth Official: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,338 (with 211 Notts County supporters).


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21 November 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Notts County at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that took to the field against Swindon Town on Saturday.

Strike pair Francois Zoko and Olufela Olomola have completed their three match suspensions and both come into the starting line-up, displacing Rhys Browne and Jake Gray. Academy midfielder Paul Golubickas drops off the teamsheet despite there only being six substitutes named tonight, with Alefe Santos missing from the teamsheet

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Ryan Dickson (illness/concussion), Bevis Mugabi (suspension) and Alefe Santos (unknown).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith
24. Olufela Olomola 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 9. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 15. Jordan Green

Notts County:
34 Ross Fitzsimons
2 Matt Tootle 5 Richard Duffy 16 Shaun Brisley 3 Carl Dickinson
11 Terry Hawkridge 22 Ryan Yates 24 Robert Milsom 10 Jorge Grant
30 Jon Stead 7 Lewis Alessandra

Substitutes:
4 Elliott Hewitt 6 Haydn Hollis 13 Branislav Pindroch 14 Jonathan Forte 17 Alan Smith 19 Nicky Hunt 20 Liam Walker


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21 November 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Notts County
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Notts County have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 21st November 2017 (tonight) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Bedfordshire).

This is an official that we've had a huge number of times over the years, including once already this season. He took charge of the September 2017 home match against Cheltenham Town which ended in a 0-0 draw. The Robins dominated this game, and we were probably indebted to Mr Whitestone, when he saw Sid Nelson's tug-back on Mohamed Eisa as a yellow card as the striker ran through on goal, rather than the colour that the visitors had been hoping for. Otherwise he had a fairly quiet game.

There were three meetings during the 2016-17 season. The first was a home match against Newport County in October 2016. This was Graham Westley's first game in charge of the Exiles, and what we got was a fairly typical physical approach from our opponents. Mr Whitestone adopted a stand-off approach, which sometimes frustrated the home crowd, but overall he kept a good lid on the game, with just one booking. A month later, he was present for the November 2016 match at Accrington Stanley that saw us draw 1-1. This was a booking-free game, and in terms of refereeing controversy, an incident-free game. He then turned up for a second Newport County match - the Easter holiday game at Rodney Parade. We thought he did quite well in that game - particularly when there had been a bit of a dust-up between players just before half time between two sets of players. There he decided to calm it down and issue a couple of yellows rather than try to take centre stage.

Prior to those three, he was there for the November 2015 fixture against Gillingham in the Football League Trophy. He had a quiet game on that evening, with just one booking, and the game ended up in a penalty shoot-out which we won. Other recent matches include the September 2014 League One match against Coventry City that saw the Sky Blues having just returned to the Ricoh Arena. There were also two games during the 2013-14 season. He was present for the opening day of the season when we travelled to Millwall. Although we won the game, some of his decision-making was messy, particularly in terms of who he chose to land on the book, but at least he didn't do anything too dramatic. He then turned up for the October 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough where we were too busy grumbling about our ability to defend, than noticing what the referee was doing.

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Ronald Ganfield (Somerset) and Ben Cobb (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Samuel Ogles (Hampshire).

Link: September 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Cheltenham Town 0.

Link: April 2017 : Newport County 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2016 : Accrington Stanley 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Newport County 0.

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

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

Link: October 2013 : Middlesbrough 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2013 : Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2013 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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20 November 2017 : Fallon Announces Retirement From Club And Country
Former Yeovil Town striker Rory Fallon has retired from the game. Having worked his way through an 18 year career, that included notable spells with Barnsley, Swindon Town, Swansea City and Plymouth Argyle, he has hung his boots up at the age of 35 years old, with Dorchester Town becoming the final club of his career.

Rory's main claim to fame, came in November 2009. During one of 23 appearances for New Zealand's national side, he scored the only goal of the game in the Second Leg of a World Cup Play-Off match against Bahrain, sending his country to the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa for the first time in 28 years. He went on to play in all three Finals matches for his country, with the Kiwis going out of the tournament as an unbeaten side, having drawn all three matches.

Fallon's two spells with Yeovil Town came during the 2004-05 season and the 2011-12 season. He was part of the club's League Two title winning season as a Swindon Town loanee, ultimately being signed by Swansea City for £300,000 in January 2006. After a four year spell with Plymouth Argyle, he returned again, as a free agent, playing in all five of Yeovil Town's matches in August 2011, but without a long term contract offer on the table, he signed for Scottish Premier League side Aberdeen.

Rory spent the tail end of his career floating around the West Country, signing short term deals with Bristol Rovers, Truro City and Torquay United, before he was reunited with Dorchester United manager Steve Thompson for an ultra-short final spell with the Magpies. His final act in football was to be an unused substitute in New Zealand's World Cup Play-Off against Peru. Having headed back to the UK, he announced his retirement shortly after, saying:

"When I was a boy I had two dreams: 1. To have a long professional career - 18 years. 2. To play in a FIFA World Cup - 2010 South Africa. I'm blessed to have achieved both. It would have been amazing to have reached another World Cup with New Zealand in Russia, but Peru were the better team on the final leg in Lima. After the playoff loss on Wednesday I decided to retire from both Club and Country as I wanted to finish my career at the highest possible level. The football journey has been epic and I thank everybody that has shared it with me. I’ve made many great memories and friends. Now onto the next chapter."


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20 November 2017 : Tickets For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town Now On Sale
Tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round tie against Port Vale are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will be played at Vale Park on Saturday 2nd December 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.

Tickets will be available once the Ticket Office opens at 9.00a.m. this morning. Admission prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £12.00; Aged 62 and Over: £6.00; Under-21s: £6.00.

Ambulant Disabled who are on medium or high ratings pay the appropriate age-related price and can have an assistant with them free of charge. Please note that there are no disabled facilities in the away stand.

Ambulant Disabled who require accessible facilities and Wheelchair Users need to phone Port Vale in advance to book their ticket on 01782 655821. This is for the dedicated stand for supporters with disabilities, which is a mixed supporter area at the opposite end of the ground to the away stand. Car parking can be booked in advance for this stand if needed at £10.00 when booking your ticket.

Tickets are also available on the day at no extra cost from the away sales kiosk situated outside the away stand, which will be open around two hours before kick-off. This is a CASH ONLY sales point.

Match day parking is available priced: Cars: £5.00, Minibus: £16.00, Coach: £25.00. These are all pay on the day with no advance booking. The main car park is situated outside the away stand. There is additional parking approximately three minutes walk away from the ground.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Hamil Road Stand which holds up to 4,500 spectators. The tickets are for unreserved seating.

The Second Round winners will collect £27,000 from the FA Cup Prize Fund.

Link: GWSC Travel For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth EFL Trophy Game.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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19 November 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Swindon Town Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-2 home defeat against Swindon Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the match, and the opposition's squad, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Swindon Town Home Game.


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19 November 2017 : Yeovil Town Advisor Admits They Haven't Heard From Harry Redknapp
Yeovil Town's consultant Mark Palmer has confirmed that there has been no sign of Harry Redknapp at Huish Park since his one and only visit to the club in early October. Back on October 3rd, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager was announced by the club as having been invited to 'work in an advisory role with the first-team'. He made one appearance at a training session on October 5th, where he spent the morning watching the first team train, but despite further speculation there have been no sightings since, with various media interviews with the 70 year old not mentioning the Glovers at all.

Palmer, who is at Huish Park to report to the Yeovil Town board, with respect to its future business plans, says that from his perspective, Redknapp is still welcome to return to the club, but says his understanding is that the club have not heard from him since that October 5th visit:

"As far as I'm aware, Harry came for one training session, and we haven't really heard from Harry since. So the door is always open, and I'm sure Darren would say the same. If Harry wanted to lend some experience, and help or put an arm around him, I'm sure that would be accepted. Harry has got a great bank of information within football and experience. So we'd like to lean on that. But we're certainly not asking Harry at the moment to come back in, or chase him. But as far as I'm concerned, Harry is always welcome to come back here."

There have been suggestions that Redknapp's sole appearance at the club was merely a publicity stunt by one party, but when that was put to Palmer by BBC Somerset yesterday, he said that was harsh. He added that they hadn't expected it to only result in one training session, but implied that this was of Redknapp's choosing:

"I think it all took us a little bit by surprise actually. Harry is full of good meaning and good intent, and he's enthusiastic about football. So I think he'd like to get involved in various bits around football. But sometimes it's maybe not right on both sides."

At the time of Redknapp's arrival on October 5th, the man himself denied that there any long term commitment, referring to it as a 'cup of tea' and 'a chat', rather than the club's description of him 'working' at Huish Park.

Palmer has also stressed that his own remit at the club is not necessarily to prepare the club for sale against any specific bidder. He explained that his role is to prepare a report for the club's owners, to allow them to shape the future direction of Yeovil Town, although clearly those recommendations could include external investment.


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18 November 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Swindon Town, these can now be viewed online. Just under two minutes of footage shows the early goal from Rhys Browne and then follows with the glut of chances the away side created, including the two second half goals they scored to win the game. Watch via the Sky Sports website below.

Update: YouTube highlights have also been added below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Stevenage Match Highlights.




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18 November 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Swindon Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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18 November 2017 : Darren Way Cites Swindon's Experience And Resources For Late Home Loss
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believed that Swindon Town's level of experience on the park and their ability to change the game was behind this afternoon's 1-2 defeat at Huish Park. Whilst the Glovers took the lead through Rhys Browne early on in the game, their Wiltshire opponents gradually took control and almost entirely dominated the second period. Swindon's substitutes provided influential, with Derby County loanee Kellan Gordon scoring the equaliser after he came on early in the second period, whilst a cross from former Wigan Athletic player Kaiyne Woolery, that set up Crystal Palace loanee Keshi Anderson ensured the visitors 89th minute winning goal.

Way claimed that he tried to sign Woolery over the summer from Wigan, before the 22 year old attacking midfielder made his move to the County Ground for a transfer fee of £350,000 in August 2017. Way said that bringing in experienced players, and having the money to spend made for the final difference between the two sides:

"It's always disappointing to lose at home. I thought the players gave everything. There was once or twice where there were lapses of concentration, and I think for some of the younger players the experience that they would have gained from that today will be huge. I think when you look at the Swindon team, I tried to get Kaiyne Woolery in the summer and they paid 250 grand for him. So the reinforcement that they've got, and the club and the resources that they're working with, it helps. I still think our players gave a lot of effort and a lot of energy, but unfortunately that experience of staying with runners at crucial moments in the game, they'll take that on board."

Despite having to defend for the large majority of the second period, Way believed that the problems with his team lay only with the two goals, where he suggested that players had failed to keep up with some of Swindon's runners. He also said that AFC Bournemouth loan pair Matt Worthington and Sam Surridge wouldn't have played in a game like that before in their careers:

"I think it was just the goals that we were disappointed with. I think you've got to make sure that you stay with a runner. We've got Sam Surridge who wouldn't have played in a game of that magnitude, and I've got Worthy (Matt Worthington) who probably wouldn't have played in a game of that magnitude, so it's always an experience for them. But we've just got to make sure that we stick together and that we stay strong. They've got a good away record, and they've got a strong team, and I'm going to make sure that I keep the players in good spirits."

Yeovil Town's flying start had been created via a bit of solo running from Rhys Browne, who cut in from the right flank to score the fourth minute opener. Way felt his two wide men had pushed Swindon's full-backs Matty Taylor and Ben Purkiss back early on. However, he admitted that a Swindon formation change and those two substitutions had been key, and bemoaned his own lack of options, with three of his senior players having sat out today's game through suspension:

"I just think that some of the runs that they were making were clever runs. Matty Taylor is always making forward runs, and then you've got Ben Purkiss who, no disrespect, but in their last game they had 60 touches each, with both of them. So with the experience that they've got I thought Rhys Browne and Otis Khan in the first five or ten minutes caused all sorts of problems. Then they changed to the diamond, they brought one or two players on that can change the game. It would have helped today if we did have our reinforcements of Francois Zoko, Bevis Mugabi and Fela Olomola. So I always knew it was going to be difficult, but we've just got to make sure that we keep going."


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18 November 2017 : Yeovil 1 Swindon 2 : Late Anderson Strike Condemns Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to defeat this afternoon, after an 89th minute goal saw play-off chasing Swindon Town grab all three points. Despite taking the lead just four minutes into the match via Rhys Browne's third league goal of the 2017-18 season, the Wiltshire side gradually grew into the match, and in the second time almost exclusively dominated it. Swindon substitute Kellan Gordon equalised midway through the second half, and the turnover was completed when Keshi Anderson converted from close range for what was across the course of the whole 90 minutes, a deserved scoreline that keeps Yeovil stuck in 17th, but now drifting further away from the midfield pack.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up with Jake Gray coming in for the suspended Bevis Mugabi. That also made the decision to change from last week's 3-4-3 formation a little easier, with the players moving back into the 4-3-3 that had been used against Southend United in the FA Cup.

In any home match, you want a flying start to get the crowd going, and Yeovil got that in the fourth minute. Rhys Browne gave himself some room on the right flank and cut inside, and past a defender, with his shot into the box appearing to take a deflection on its way into the net on the near post angle. 1-0 up and a perfect start.

Swindon tried to hit back when James Dunne's cross was met by the head of Luke Norris, whilst at the other end Tom James tried an ambitious 30 yard free kick that dipped and swerved but also cleared the crossbar by a yard. The home side were well on top in an opening 20 minute period that was played at 100mph by both teams.

Unfortunately, both that pace of the game, and the balance of it didn't last. Swindon began to get a foothold by midway through the first period, with Sid Nelson needing to block out a Luke Norris shot, whilst Keshi Anderson's drive towards the back post just missed Harry Smith trying to get a toe-poke on the ball. Then came Artur Krysiak into action, as he twice denied Timi Max Elsnik, pushing a close range attempt over the crossbar, before an even better save from a header that was going for the top corner. In between, Matty Taylor shot into the side netting on the blind side of the visiting Swindon fans, causing some to leap up in the air, as they briefly thought they'd equalised.

All Yeovil could muster in the final stages of the first half was another Tom James free kick that was parried by Reice Charles-Cook into the path of Sam Surridge who ended up sending the rebound over the crossbar. On 44 minutes that was to be Yeovil's final noticeable effort on goal of the entire game, as they faced a rearguard action after the break. John Goddard and Keshi Anderson's shots were blocked by defenders immediately after the restart as Swindon made theri intentions clear.

Swindon's decisions to introduce Kellan Gordon and Kaiyne Woolery also proved to be highly influential. Just 15 minutes after Gordon's introduction, Artur Krysiak was forced to parry out a Harry Smith shot, but the loose ball fell into the path of Gordon who converted the rebound for a 1-1 score that had been coming for a long time.

Still the pattern of the game didn't change. John Goddard had a shot blocked inside the box, and out for a corner, after Yeovil had struggled to clear their lines, whilst the same payer shot into the side netting after a throw-in put them under pressure. The only time in the second period when Yeovil were able to exert any sort of territory on Swindon came from Sam Surridge, whose attempts to counter-attack occasionally drew fouls, or on one occasion produced a ball that flashed across the area, with no-one able to get on the end of it.

But the Swindon threat was always there, and in the 89th minute, they got the winner they'd been threatening since they assumed control of the game midway through the first period. Substitute Kaiyne Woolery broke down the left flank and he found Crystal Palace loanee Keshi Anderson inside the box, who shot home from close range to give all three points to Swindon, and their 1-2 lead. Even with five minutes of injury time to play out, the Wiltshire side's dominance, made it unlikely that Yeovil could come back from that, and so it proved to be the case.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Swindon Town 2.

Scorers: Rhys Browne (1-0, 4 mins), Kellan Gordon (1-1, 67 mins), Keshi Anderson (1-2, 89 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt)
9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 15. Jordan Green (85 mins for Otis Khan) 29. Paul Golubickas 30. Alefe Santos (72 mins for Matt Worthington)

Swindon Town:
21 Reice Charles-Cook
2 Ben Purkiss 6 Oliver Lancashire 4 Matt Preston 31 Matthew Taylor
10 John Goddard 8 James Dunne 19 Timi Max Elsnik 30 Keshi Anderson
9 Luke Norris 17 Harry Smith

Substitutes:
1 Lawrence Vigouroux 5 Chris Robertson 7 Paul Mullin 14 Ellis Iandolo 20 Kellan Gordon (52 mins for Timi Max Elsnik) 22 Kaiyne Woolery (54 mins for Luke Norris) 24 Kyle Knoyle

Yeovil Bookings: Tom James (timewasting, 62 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 90 mins)

Swindon Town Bookings: Ben Purkiss (foul, 65 mins), Matthew Taylor (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 15.

Swindon Town Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 6; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Craig Higgs. Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Louis Marks (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Attendance: 3,622 (with 1,144 Swindon Town supporters).


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18 November 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Swindon Town at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that took to the field against Carlisle United last Saturday. Bevis Mugabi starts his own three match suspension following his red card last weekend, and his place in the side is taken by Jake Gray.

That appears to give us another formation change, with the 4-3-3 that was last deployed for the Southend United FA Cup game restored. Strike pair Francois Zoko and Olufela Olomola serve the final match of their three match suspension. On the bench, academy attacking midfielder Paul Golubickas is on the bench, with only five senior substitutes available.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Ryan Dickson (illness/concussion), Francois Zoko (suspension), Olufela Olomola (suspension) and Bevis Mugabi (suspension).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 25. Sid Nelson 3. Nathan Smith
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt)
9. Rhys Browne 14. Sam Surridge 7. Otis Khan

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 15. Jordan Green 30. Alefe Santos 29. Paul Golubickas

Swindon Town:
21 Reice Charles-Cook
2 Ben Purkiss 6 Oliver Lancashire 4 Matt Preston 31 Matthew Taylor
10 John Goddard 8 James Dunne 19 Timi Max Elsnik 30 Keshi Anderson
9 Luke Norris 17 Harry Smith

Substitutes:
1 Lawrence Vigouroux 5 Chris Robertson 7 Paul Mullin 14 Ellis Iandolo 20 Kellan Gordon 22 Kaiyne Woolery 24 Kyle Knoyle


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18 November 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Swindon Town Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match between Yeovil Town and Swindon Town at Huish Park, Glovers boss Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset journalist Tom Seymour, Darren's thoughts on his side's home and away form, his expectations of the Robins, and the suspension of three players can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Swindon Town.


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18 November 2017 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Swindon Town Game
This afternoon sees Yeovil Town play host to Swindon Town in a League Two fixture. As usual, the Glovers Trust Board members will be present for fixture, although as per the last home game, they are still in The Arrow for the time being, whilst they await a response from the football club to their recent letter relating to their presence in the Marquee. Their whereabouts and plans are as described below:

Match:  Swindon Town (Home)
Trust Presence:  The Arrow - approximately 1.00p.m. to 2.30p.m.

Marquee Services:  None

Arrow Services: 50/50 draw, membership renewals, 20% discount on pre-match food orders (Trust Members only).

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Trust secretary vacancy. Boosting membership numbers. 

Other points of note: 
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 can be found here and anyone interested should contact communications@glovers-trust.co.uk.

Members of the Trust Board have met with Mark Palmer of Insight 63 Ltd. to develop our understanding of his remit and also feedback our own thoughts on the current challenges of the Football Club. You can find the minutes for this meeting by heading here

The Trust are currently compiling the list of suggestions for the 10 item challenge set by David Mills. We will post the suggestions in due course. Thank you all for your suggestions! 

The Trust are currently running a campaign to remind supporters that Trust memberships were due for renewal on July 1st, with further nudges sent Last Saturday morning.  If anyone is unsure of their membership status please contact membership@glovers-trust.co.uk.  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 membership@glovers-trust.co.uk.

Trust presence in the marquee remains on hold whilst we await clarification following the trusts response to the complaints we receive with regards to our activities in the tent on match days. Any members who planned to collect membership cards from the tent can pick them up at the arrow, if this is not possible please email us at membership@glovers-trust.co.uk so we can arrange for them to be posted out to you.

Please feel free to email us with any queries you may have at any time on communications@glovers-trust.co.uk


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17 November 2017 : Hayter Signs Terras Loan Deal
Former Yeovil Town striker James Hayter has temporarily moved clubs. The Havant and Waterlooville player has dropped down a level and signed for Southern League Premier Division side Weymouth on a month's loan, joining a team that are currently second in the table, in a highly congested top six that also includes King's Lynn, Kettering Town, Hereford and Tiverton Town.

Hayter, who is now 38 years old, had been a regular in Havant's side during last season. Having joined the Hawks in the summer of 2015, following his release from Yeovil Town, he was still active enough to clock up 45 appearances for them last season. However, during the 2017-18 campaign, he's just made six starts and eleven substitute appearances, thus provoking the current arrangements.

At present, his parent club Havant are in the division above, challenging for promotion themselves, in sixth place in National League South, which might explain why Hayter has been allowed to head elsewhere.

Link: James Hayter : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 November 2017 : Yeovil And Swindon Bosses Predict Direct Play Versus Direct Play
When Yeovil Town play Swindon Town tomorrow afternoon, it could be a 'direct' side versus a 'direct' side, if the two opposing managers have got their scouting reports in good shape. Whilst the description of teams playing direct football is usually a polite way of saying the opposition lump it up field for forwards to chase onto, as a long-ball tactic, it is not that often that a manager is willing to describe his own team in those terms.

Yeovil Town manager Darren Way and Swindon Town's boss David Flitcroft are both happy to use it on each other, whilst both clubs arrive with very polarised home and away form - the Wiltshire club have the best away record in League Two but have struggled somewhat at the County Ground, whilst Yeovil are thankful for their solid home form, given that they have conceded the biggest number of away goals this season. Flitcroft told the Swindon Advertiser that he's well aware of the unusual split between the clubs' form, and is expecting the Glovers to use a long-ball approach into their forwards:

"They are as direct a team as you'll find in the league. They've recruited for size and shape and they get it forward very early but we’ve coped very well with that, with Tom Pope at Port Vale and big Ade (Adebayo Akinfenwa) at Wycombe, and we've gone through that this week. It’s probably the flip-reverse of where we are with our form. They seem to get a good beating on a Saturday away and then dig out and find a result. There is obviously resolve, character and resilience in there. There will certainly be no surprises. Darren (Way) is having to do a job on a very limited budget and he’s made brilliant use of the loan market."

Swindon changed their management team over the summer, with Luke Williams having overseen the Wiltshire club's demise and their relegation into League Two at the end of last season. In came Flitcroft as a former Barnsley and Bury manager, and despite the slight stutter on their home form, they will probably be satisfied with their 5th placed position at this stage of the season. Way admits they have 'fantastic' away form, and expects that direct approach to be used against his own team:

"It's a new group, a new manager and a change of style of football completely that from Luke Williams to (David) Flitcroft is now completely different. It's very direct; they've got runners and so far it's been effective. We'll be ready for that, and we'll make sure that we do everything that we can and that we use our strengths, and turn our strengths into super-strengths, and make sure that we keep performing like we have been at home. We're playing against a Swindon team that have got fantastic away form, and not so good home form. So it's been the opposite way around (to Yeovil Town)."

Aside from the suspended trio of Bevis Mugabi, Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko, coupled with the long-term injury for Daniel Alfei, Yeovil Town's only other issue is the fitness of left-back Ryan Dickson. He suffered concussion in the away match against Barnet last month and although he has appeared as an unused substitute in the FA Cup match against Southend United, he pulled out of the squad against Carlisle United last Saturday, due to illness, despite having travelled with the squad. Way said that Dickson's omission was linked to that problem, but hopes he will be back properly now:

"Ryan had concussion. So we had to make sure that from a medical point of view that we do everything that we can. Whenever you get concussion, whether it's heading the ball or not, we have to go through the right procedure. If he's not feeling 100 percent then we have to get him to a safe place as soon as we can. We're very hopeful."


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17 November 2017 : Ladies Fixture Brought Forward For Live Coverage
Yeovil Town Ladies have had a kick-off time change for their next home fixture, due to them being selected for live coverage. Their match against Reading Women will now kick-off at 12.30p.m. on Sunday 10th December - 90 minutes earlier than the originally publicised time.

The match has been selected by BBC Sport for live coverage via their website, and thus anyone who can't make it to Huish Park will be able to stream it over the internet. Even better - you can watch the game entirely live at the ground itself, and if you are home before 3.00p.m. they'll be screening the game via the BBC Red Button as a delayed repeat showing.

This is the one and only Ladies home fixture between now and Christmas - after that game they don't play on home turf until January 26th. This Sunday, they travel to Kingsmeadow, in Kingston, where they will face Chelsea Ladies with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. This is a FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup Group Stage fixture, having already played them in the FAWSL1 game at the same venue last month.


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17 November 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Swindon Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Swindon Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 18th November 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We had Mr Ward once during the 2016-17 season. For that match, he had a fairly unobtrusive game, with the only contentious bit being what happened in the 95th minute. He decided to add on a few extra valuable seconds for a ball that had run down the sidelines and took ages to collect for a throw-in. With the final whistle about to blow, Francois Zoko flicked the throw-in into the path of Ben Whitfield, and he lashed it first time into the back of the net. Stevenage weren't too happy about the extra seconds added on, but we definitely were as we got a 2-2 draw out of it.

Our most recent meeting involving Mr Ward was not a pretty one. The scene was Kenilworth Road. The date was August 2017. The end result was Yeovil Town's record Football League defeat, and the first time we'd conceded eight goals in a league fixture for nearly 50 years. We can't blame the referee for this in the slightest - in fact he kindly chalked off a Luton goal for us to stop the scoreline getting even worse. No need to mention the referee. In fact, let's not mention the match any further.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Louis Marks (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Savvas Yianni (Somerset).

Link: August 2017 : Luton Town 8 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: November 2016 : Stevenage 2 Yeovil Town 2.

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

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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16 November 2017 : Darren Way Speaks On Discipline Issues As Trio Sit Out Swindon Visit
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has spoken about the batch of suspensions that his team have picked up in recent matches, that will leave his side short of three first team players for the weekend visit of Swindon Town. Whilst Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola and fellow striker Francois Zoko will complete their three match bans on the weekend, following their red cards against Stevenage, they will be joined by defender Bevis Mugabi, who was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident against Carlisle United last week and so will start his own three match ban.

The only one of the three that the club appealed against was the dismissal of Olomola, who ended up receiving a red card after he got involved in a scuffle on the floor with Stevenage's Joe Martin, where he appeared to kick out at the visiting side's full-back. Way defended it as a 'natural reaction' to being pinned to the floor, and suggested that he couldn't stop something like that from happening again:

"All of the younger players are going to make mistakes and I've got no problem with that, as long as we don't make the same mistake twice. Obviously it's unfortunate that we've had one or two discipline issues. With Fela's, if that happened 20 times, I couldn't have stopped that from happening. In a street, if someone pinned you to the floor, it's just a natural reaction and I don't want to take that out of him. He never threw a punch, so he finds himself a little bit unfortunate. With Zokes, I can't question that; he deserved to go, and the same with Bevis. But there's one thing I know with this group, is that they've got a fighting spirit, and they never give up. We have to maintain that."

Way cited former loanee Liam Walsh, who was sent off in similar circumstances whilst Yeovil Town were playing Cambridge United, after the Everton midfielder reacted to some provocation from James Dunne in a March 2016 fixture. Walsh was the player that ended up being dismissed, with the initial contact from Dunne going unpunished. Way felt that when dealing with such needle in a match, that players needed to know when not to cross the line:

"I had it with Liam Walsh. When Liam Walsh arrived, he was always playing on the line. With some of the tackles, he was very very committed. You always knew that card was going to present itself. But you need to make sure that you're clever enough to know when you cross that line, not to get sent off. They haven't got an excuse. I don't think I ever got sent off in my career. I like to think I was trying to be tenacious when I was playing, but you need to know when to hold back."


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16 November 2017 : GWSC FA Cup Travel To Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming FA Cup Second Round tie against Port Vale. The match takes place at Vale Park on Saturday 2nd December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Port Vale : Saturday 2nd December 2017.
Huish Park: 8.30a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

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

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

NOTE: For this trip, there may be additional numbers travelling, so please book as early as possible, in case Paul needs to adjust the number of coaches travelling to the game.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth EFL Trophy Game.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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16 November 2017 : Date and Prices Set For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
A date has finally been set for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round tie against Port Vale. The match will be played at Vale Park on Saturday 2nd December 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Agreement has been set despite the Premier League match between Stoke City and Swansea City which also kicks off at the same time. This is reportedly the first time the two clubs have been allowed to play at home at the same kick-off time for 33 years, and so comes as a bit of a surprise.

Admission prices for this fixture have also been set for this match. These are as follows:

Adults: £12.00; Concessions: £6.00; Juniors: £5.00.

NOTE: Tickets are NOT yet on sale - we'll update once they are available from the Huish Park Ticket Office.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Hamil Road Stand which holds up to 4,500 spectators. The tickets are for unreserved seating.

The Second Round winners will collect £27,000 from the FA Cup Prize Fund.


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15 November 2017 : BBC Publish 2017 Price Of Football Survey
The BBC Sport website has published their latest 2017 Price Of Football survey results, detailing the cost of attending matches up and down the land. The BBC use typical benchmarks, such as the cost of a ticket, a drink, a pie and a programme to work out how cheap or how expensive certain clubs are. Benchmarks are based on the concept of a 'walk up' punter and so do not consider any membership offers, package offers or ticket bundles clubs may have at any given time.

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

Cheapest Season Ticket: £295 : There are twelve clubs that have cheaper season tickets, which means Yeovil are marginally above halfway. You can get a Newport County season ticket at £195, whilst Swindon Town and Chesterfield who are just down from League One have the most expensive in this category at £345.
Dearest Season Ticket: £432 : Only Morecambe, Crawley and Exeter are more expensive - for reasons unknown Morecambe offer a £519 season ticket.

Lowest Single Ticket: £17.00 : Coventry City are the most expensive at £22.00, but Wycombe offer a £13.00 match ticket.
Highest Single Ticket: £25.00 : Morecambe, Coventry City and Colchester United are the most expensive. The £29.00 for Colchester's Community Stadium is a bit steep!

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

Matchday Programme: £3.00 : Almost everyone in the division charges the same. Wycombe Wanderers are the exception, charging £3.50.

Pies: Not Available : For the second season running, Yeovil Town don't give a price on any pies.

Tea: £2.00 : Only Swindon Town at £2.10 and Coventry City at £2.50 go higher. A lot of clubs do charge the same as Yeovil, but three clubs go as low as £1.00.

Adult Shirt: £40.00 : A large proportion of clubs (fourteen) charge this sort of amount (give or take a penny), with Barnet's £49.90 the extreme.
Junior Shirt: £30.00 : A total of nine clubs charge this amount (give or take a penny). Newport's £20.00 is the cheapest, whilst Barnet's £41.59 is rather steep.

Overall, the BBC provide a few comparison statistics. Yeovil Town are listed as providing the 16th cheapest Season Ticket. However, when it comes to value for money, they note that it cost fans £11.80 per goal scored. This puts Yeovil in 20th place, but with Chesterfield, Coventry and Swindon listed below them as former League One clubs, it means that only Notts County (£12.40 per goal) provided less value for money during the 2016-17 League Two season at Huish Park. Hopefully early 2017-18 matches point to an improvement on that front.

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

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

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

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

Link: 2016-17 Price Of Football : BBC Price Of Football Survey.


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15 November 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Losing Ugly At Carlisle
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town did their longest trip of the season, when they travelled to play Carlisle United. The end result wasn't a pretty one, with a 4-0 defeat and another red card dished out. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks into that match, and the overall problems we've had on the road this season. Read on via the link below, and feel free to give your views, particularly if you were there as well.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Losing Ugly At Carlisle.


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15 November 2017 : Walsh Returns To Everton Training After Brum Spell Stagnates
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Walsh has returned to his parent club Everton, with his loan deal at Championship side Birmingham City having stagnated. The 20 year old is in theory still on the books of Steve Cotterill's side but has not played under their current boss, with all three of his appearances having occurred under old boss Harry Redknapp.

Walsh has gone back to Finch Farm - Everton's training ground - on the basis that he has now gone two months without first team football, and is eligible to play for Everton Under-23s as part of the terms of his loan agreement. However, he would not be able to play for Everton's first team or any other professional club before January 2018. If Cotterill changes his mind on Walsh's first team chances, he can still theoretically ask for Walsh to return to St Andrews again.

The midfielder had been signed up on a half season loan by Redknapp on the August transfer deadline day. However, he only played a total of 153 minutes, comprised of one start and two substitute appearances, with the final appearance taking place as part of Redknapp's final game in charge. As such, it would appear that he has been mainly a victim of circumstance. With Birmingham in the bottom three of the division, Cotterill has tended to opt for experience, with Cheikh Ndoye, Craig Gardner, Maikel Kieftenbeld, David Davis, Jason Lowe and Stephen Gleeson all on their books in a senior squad of around 30 players.


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15 November 2017 : Hedges Makes Senior International Debut As Lawrence Scores Again
Former Yeovil Town loanee Ryan Hedges made his senior international debut on Tuesday night for Wales. The 22 year old, who is currently on the books of Barnsley, was a substitute in his country's friendly against Panama, in a match played in Cardiff, that may transpire to be manager Chris Coleman's final game in charge at the end of his current contract.

Coleman selected a youthful Welsh side, with Hedges ultimately becoming one of four players to make their debut on the night. He had been an unused substitute in the last two Wales international matches, but on this occasion he got onto the pitch in the 71st minute. That meant that he was present to witness another former Glovers loanee Tom Lawrence open up the scoring with an excellent solo goal as he cut in from the flank and fired home to put Wales ahead.

Panama equalised via a 93rd minute goal from Armando Cooper to give a final 1-1 scoreline. Hedges tweeted after the match his delight at reaching his latest milestone:

"Proud moment tonight to make my senior Wales debut. A night I'll never forget and a huge thank you for all the messages and everyone who has helped get me to where I am."

Hedges had previously made 11 appearances at Under-21 level, including a couple during his 2016-17 half season loan spell with the Glovers.


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14 November 2017 : Planning Inspectorate Waiting On Football Club Before Determining Lufton Site Appeal
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.


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14 November 2017 : Three FA Cup Second Round Ties Selected For Live Coverage
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.

Link: FA Cup First Round Replay Live Ties Chosen.

Link: FA Cup Second Round Full Draw : Glovers Given Valiants Visit.


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14 November 2017 : Barnet Bring In McGhee After They Fall Into Relegation Zone
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.


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13 November 2017 : Video : Extended Footage Of Carlisle United's Multi-Pass Second Goal
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.




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13 November 2017 : Steps Added As Second Huish Park Summer Concert
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.


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13 November 2017 : Mugabi Suspension Confirmed Following Carlisle United Incident
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.


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13 November 2017 : Huish Park To Host Norwegian Pop Band a-ha For Summer Concert
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."


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12 November 2017 : GWSC Travel For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town
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:

Wycombe Wanderers : Saturday 25th November 2017.
Huish Park: 10.00a.m.
Adult Members: £23.00; Member Concessions: £21.00
Adult Non-Members: £25.00; Non-Member Concessions: £23.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth EFL Trophy Game.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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12 November 2017 : Video Footage Explains Why Mugabi Was Sent Off At Carlisle
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.




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12 November 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Carlisle United Away Game
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.

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


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12 November 2017 : Video : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
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.

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


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11 November 2017 : Yeovil 0 Everton 2 : Toffees Double Sees Ladies Come Unstuck
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 Ladies: (3-4-3): Megan Walsh; Bow Jackson, Gemma Evans, Nicola Cousins; Ellie Curson, Georgia Evans, Chloe Lloyd, Nadia Lawrence; Jessie Jones, Paige Sawyer, Ella Pusey

Substitutes: Leah Burridge (57 mins for Bow Jackson), Chloe Melton (60 mins for Paige Sawyer),
Kelly Aldridge for Pusey 79, Beth Howard, Harriet Lambe, Rachel Hignett

Everton Ladies: (4-2-3-1): Lizzie Durack; Faye Bryson, Georgia Brougham, Gabrielle George, Danielle Turner; Angharad James, Megan Finnigan; Claudia Walker, Simone Magill, Chloe Kelly; Courtney Sweetman-Kirk

Substitutes: Olivia Chance (65 mins for Courtney Sweetman-Kirk), Jodie Brett (84 mins for Chloe Kelly), Marthe Munsterman (86 mins for Simone Magill), Kirstie Levell, Siri Worm, Chantelle Boye-Hlorkah

Referee: Marc Whaley

Attendance: 683.


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11 November 2017 : Darren Way Suggests Naive Players Under-Estimated Carlisle Challenge
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."


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11 November 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
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.

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


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11 November 2017 : Carlisle 4 Yeovil 0 : Mugabi Sees Red As Glovers Thrashed In Cumbria
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.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Carlisle United 4 Yeovil Town 0.

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).


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11 November 2017 : Team News For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
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


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11 November 2017 : Newport County vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
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


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11 November 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Colchester United : Man Of The Match Result
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


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11 November 2017 : Chesterfield vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
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


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11 November 2017 : Glovers Trust Seeking New Secretary
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:

Key Tasks:

• 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.


Qualities Required:

• 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.


Skills Required:

• 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.


Responsible To:

• The membership of the Trust.
• The Trust Board.

If you would like to apply, or know more information, please email the Glovers Trust at communications@glovers-trust.co.uk


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11 November 2017 : Revised Officials for Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
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).

Link: September 2015 : Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2017 : Luton Town 5 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: October 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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10 November 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Carlisle United Away Game
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.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Carlisle United.


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10 November 2017 : EFL Trophy Second Round Draw : Full Details
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.


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10 November 2017 : Pie And A Pint Voucher For Glovers Fans Travelling To Carlisle
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.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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10 November 2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies Confirm Future FAWSL Plans And Licence Application
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 commercial@yeoviltownladies.com for more information.

Yeovil Town Ladies confirm their FAWSL1 application
Yeovil Town Ladies confirm their FAWSL1 application.



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10 November 2017 : Change Of Referee At Carlisle After Injury And Blackpool High Court Case
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."


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10 November 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United
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.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Carlisle United.

The East Stand - away fans are put in the block shown just beyond the black separators
The East Stand - away fans are put in the block shown just beyond the black separators.
Photo © 2004-2017 Ciderspace



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9 November 2017 : Decoding The Checkatrade Trophy Second Round Draw Schedule
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 ...


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9 November 2017 : Officials For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
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 Robinson moaned 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).

Link: September 2017 : Yeovil Town 1 Port Vale 1.

Link: September 2016 : Yeovil Town 4 Cheltenham Town 2.

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Barnet 2.

Link: May 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Middlesbrough 4.

Link: February 2010 : Yeovil Town 1 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: January 2010 : Tranmere Rovers 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2008 : Swindon Town 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: January 2007 : Bradford City 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: April 2006 : Bristol City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2005 : Northampton Town 1 Yeovil Town 1.


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8 November 2017 : Output From Glovers Trust Meeting With Glovers' Consultants Insight 63
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.


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8 November 2017 : FA Cup First Round Replay Live Ties Chosen
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.


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8 November 2017 : Former GWSC Chairman Passes Away
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.


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7 November 2017 : County Cup Exit For Glovers After Wincanton Tie Goes Full Distance
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).

Scorers: Paul Golubickas (0-1, 25 mins), Nestor Shako (0-2, 35 mins), Wincanton Scorer (1-2, 52 mins), Wincanton Scorer (2-2, 87 mins), Jack Hilton-Jones (2-3, 92 mins), Wincanton Scorer (3-3, 117 mins)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
Chandler Hallett, Charlie Fripp, Brad Cherrett, Jeremiah Gyebi, Joe Tomlinson, Gabriel Rogers, Hilton-Jones, Hong Wan, Paul Golubickas, Nestor Shako, Neville Nzembela.

Attendance: 277.


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7 November 2017 : Glovers Trust Issue Response To Yeovil Town Over Marquee Issues
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.

Yours sincerely,
(signed)
Stuart Burrell,
Chairman, Glovers Trust.

Link: Glovers Trust Letter In Response To Supporters Marquee Issues.


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7 November 2017 : Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
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 on Friday 22nd of 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 on the Friday 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.

Link: Ticketing For Wincanton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth EFL Trophy Game.

Link: 2017-18 Yeovil Town First Team Fixture List.


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7 November 2017 : Directions For Wincanton Town vs Yeovil Town
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:

Address: Wincanton Sports Ground, Moor Lane, Wincanton, Somerset, BA9 9EJ.

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.

Link: Ticketing For Wincanton Town vs Yeovil Town.


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6 November 2017 : FA Cup Second Round Full Draw : Glovers Given Valiants Visit
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.


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6 November 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Southend United Team Selection
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.

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


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6 November 2017 : Jake Gray Talks About The Southend United FA Cup Win
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.

Link: Jake Gray Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Southend United.


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5 November 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Southend United Home Game
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.

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


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5 November 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Southend United
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.

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


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5 November 2017 : FA Cup Second Round Schedule And Ball Numbers
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.


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4 November 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Southend United Match Highlights
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.

Link: BBC Sport FA Cup Highlights : Yeovil Town vs Southend United.


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4 November 2017 : Darren Way Cites Dominant Counter-Attacking For FA Cup Victory
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."


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4 November 2017 : Yeovil 1 Southend 0 : Khan Spot Kick Sends Shrimpers Out Of Cup
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)

Yeovil Bookings: James Bailey (foul, 66 mins), Bevis Mugabi (foul, 80 mins)

Southend United Bookings: Michael Kightly (retaliation, 41 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Southend United Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 9; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Craig Hicks (Surrey). Assistants: Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire) and Mark Derrien (Dorset). Fourth Official: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex).

Attendance: 2,079 (with 348 Southend United supporters).


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4 November 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Southend United
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


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4 November 2017 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Southend United Game
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 communications@glovers-trust.co.uk.

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 membership@glovers-trust.co.uk.  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 membership@glovers-trust.co.uk.


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4 November 2017 : New Glovers Trust Board Level Roles And Responsibilities
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.


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4 November 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Southend United Cup Game
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.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Southend United.


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3 November 2017 : Darren Way Hoping That Squad Strength Will Show Through After Double Suspension
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."


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3 November 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Southend United
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).

Link: September 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Morecambe 2.


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3 November 2017 : Glovers Trust Suspend Marquee Operations
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 membership@glovers-trust.co.uk and we can arrange an alternative approach."


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2 November 2017 : Yeovil 1 Spurs 2 : Injury Time Frustration For Ladies In Cup Group Game
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.

Scorers: Gemma Evans (1-0, 35 mins), Sarah Wiltshire (1-1, 63 mins), Ronnell Humes (1-2, 90 mins)

Yeovil Town Ladies: (3-4-2-1): Beth Howard; Bow Jackson, Nicola Cousins, Gemma Evans; Ellen Curson, Chloe Lloyd, Georgia Evans, Nadia Lawrence; Kayleigh Green, Jessie Jones; Ella Pusey

Substitutes: Paige Sawyer (81 mins Ella for Pusey), Hannah Miles (84 mins for Ellie Curson), Laura O'Sullivan, Kelly Aldridge, Leah Burridge, Chloe Melton, Rachel Hignett

Tottenham Hotspur Ladies: (4-3-1-2): Chloe Morgan; Sophie McLean, Renee Hector, Jenna Schillaci, Ashleigh Neville; Josie Green, Hannah Mackenzie, Maya Vio; Coral-Jade Haines; Sarah Wiltshire, Bianca Baptiste

Substitutes: Lucia Leon (56 mins for Sophie McLean), Ronnell Humes (72 mins for Sarah Wiltshire), Ryah Vyse (85 mins for Jenna Schillaci), Chloe Crooks

Referee: Nigel Whitefield

Attendance: 283


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2 November 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Selection Headaches Brewing For FA Cup Weekend
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.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Selection Headaches Brewing For FA Cup Weekend.


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1 November 2017 : Tottenham Hotspur In Ladies Continental Cup Tonight
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.


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