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15 November 2018 : Mahmutovic Warms Bench Again In Belarus Defeat
Yeovil Town loanee Enes Mahmutovic was once again an unused substitute for his country in their Thursday night UEFA Nations League match. The Middlesbrough defender was at the Stade Josy Barthel for a Group D2 match against Belarus, that saw his country lose 0-2, with Stanislav Dragun scoring both goals to put the visitors on top of their group, displacing Luxembourg.

Mahmutovic hasn't been too lucky with his international call-ups during his loan spell at Huish Park. He's been included in squads for six matches during his half-season loan spell with Yeovil, but so far has only managed to get onto the pitch in one of those matches, as a second half substitute against Belarus in their October away match. Otherwise he's been consistently named on the teamsheet in all other games, but without getting game time. He'll get one more opportunity as part of this weekend's fixtures, as Luxembourg make a trip to Moldova on Sunday 18th November.

Full Time : Luxembourg 0 Belarus 2.

Scorers: Stanislav Dragun (0-1, 37 mins), Stanislav Dragun (0-2, 54 mins)

Luxembourg:
1 Anthony Moris 18 Laurent Jans 2 Maxime Chanot 6 Chris Philipps 19 Mathias Jänisch 15 Olivier Thill 8 Christopher Martins Pereira 7 Lars Gerson 14
Daniel Sinani 20 David Turpel 22 Aurélien Joachim

Substitutes:
3 Enes Mahmutovic 4 Tim Hall 5 Florian Bohnert 9 Daniel Alves Da Mota (67 mins for David Turpel) 11 Stefano Bensi (46 mins for Lars Gerson) 12 Ralph Schon 13 Dirk Carlson 16 Leandro Barreiro Martins 17 Aldin Skenderovic 21 Maurice Deville 23 Tim Kips


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15 November 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town Under-18s vs Cambridge United Under-18s Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Wednesday evening's FA Youth Cup tie against Cambridge United, these are now online. There is just under five minutes worth of footage from the 1-4 defeat that saw the Glovers exit during the Second Round stage. The footage includes the main high point of Yeovil's evening, through a 72nd minute goal from Gabriel Rogers. Watch via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town Under-18s vs Cambridge United Under-18s Match Highlights.


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14 November 2018 : Academy Side Head Out Of FA Youth Cup After First Half Collapse
Yeovil Town Under-18s went out of the FA Youth Cup at the Second Round stage on Wednesday night. Their 1-4 defeat against Cambridge United Under-18s came out of the result of a disappointing first half performance that saw the visitors score all four of their goals, leaving the tie done and dusted by the time they reached the break.

The scoring opened with two inside the first ten minutes. A cross into the Yeovil box wasn't properly cleared, and Ben Worman was able to pick up the loose ball and fire home from inside the area. Cambridge then doubled their lead after a corner from Lewis Simper was flicked on at the near post by Joe Neal for their second of the evening.

With half an hour on the clock, it was 3-0 to the visitors, with Sam Bennett hitting a shot from just outside the box, with the ball flying low to Kacper Kowalczyk's left and into the corner of the net. Four minutes before the break, the tie was as good as over, when a Cambridge counter-attack allowed Ben Worman to get his second of the night from inside the box, with the Glovers defence left stretched.

Yeovil rallied somewhat after half time, and managed to get themselves a consolation goal with eighteen minutes remaining. Winger Gabriel Rogers has not played too much Under-18s football this season, because of his usage inside the Glovers' first team squad. However, he made an impact when he struck an angled curling shot into the top corner from outside the box, with his left foot, to pull the score back to 1-4 on the night. Unfortunately there wasn't enough time to seriously threaten Cambridge's control of the match though, meaning that the club's Under-18s side now drop out of the FA Youth Cup at the Second Round stage, whilst Cambridge will get the challenge of hosting Reading in the next round.

Final Score: Yeovil Town Under-18s 1 Cambridge United Under-18s 4.

Scorers: Ben Worman (0-1, 4 mins), Joe Neal (0-2, 8 mins), Sam Bennett (0-3, 31 mins), Ben Worman (0-4, 41 mins), Gabriel Rogers (1-4, 72 mins)

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Kacper Kowalczyk 2. Lewis Dix 3. George Calverley 4. Sam Wright 5. Declan Rose 6. Tai Fleming 7. Gabriel Rogers 8. Tyrique Spencer-Clark 9. Devon Arnold 10. Daniel Neild 11. Harry Haughton

Substitutes:
12. Harley Wilkinson 13. Tom Hayes 14. Ben Hughes 15. Anele Ncube 16. Archie Sturdy.

Cambridge United Under-18s:
13. Craig Foxall 2. Josh Jeche 3. Tom Dickens 4. Lewis Simper 5. Charlie Johnson 6. Sam Goode 7. Sam Bennett 8. Blake Darcy 9. Joe Neal 10. Ben Worman 11. Jake Battersby

Substitutes:
12. Josh Gray 1. Jonah Gill 14. Joe Dearman 15. Harvey Steel 16. Diego Miller

Attendance: 231.


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14 November 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town U18s vs Cambridge United U18s
Yeovil Town Under-18s have chosen their starting line-up for Wednesday night's FA Youth Cup Second Round tie against Cambridge United Under-18s. The two teams are playing under the Huish Park main stadium lights for the right to meet Reading in the Third Round. Tonight's match will be settled on the night, with extra time and penalties used if necessary.

Yeovil Town Under-18s:
1. Kacper Kowalczyk 2. Lewis Dix 3. George Calverley 4. Sam Wright 5. Declan Rose 6. Tai Fleming 7. Gabriel Rogers 8. Tyrique Spencer-Clark 9. Devon Arnold 10. Daniel Neild 11. Harry Haughton

Substitutes:
12. Harley Wilkinson 13. Tom Hayes 14. Ben Hughes 15. Anele Ncube 16. Archie Sturdy.


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14 November 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Cup Runs Dry
On Saturday, Yeovil Town's involvement in the 2018-19 FA Cup competition started - and ended - against Stockport County. With the dust having died down from that one, the latest Taff's Gloversblog considers why that defeat has raised rather a lot of hackles amongst fans, and where it stands in terms of past shocks and near-shocks in Yeovil Town's history. Read that blog via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Cup Runs Dry.


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13 November 2018 : Swindon Opt For Quick Replacement For Brown
League Two side Swindon Town have appointed a new manager, as a successor to Phil Brown, who was sacked on Sunday night. They have opted for former Oldham Athletic manager Richie Wellens, who has been given a contract at the County Ground until May 2020. He will be assisted by Noel Hunt, who had been playing in Ireland as Waterford's player-coach.

Wellens' appointment appears to be a preplanned one from Swindon, with both his name and Hunt's appearing on the rumourmill on the morning after Brown's removal. His one and only experience of first team management ended in relegation, with the 38 year old being in charge of Oldham for the majority of the 2017-18 season, taking over from John Sheridan at the tail end of September 2017. His time at Boundary Park saw him win 14 of his 43 games in charge, with 16 draws on top of that, which would have given Oldham a chance of avoiding the drop. But having taken over with the club at the foot of the table, he couldn't avoid relegation and was sacked at the end of last season.

The new boss has stated that he wants to play quick passing football, but was not able to do that at Oldham, after the quality of the pitch at Boundary Park deteriorated during his time there. He believes that Swindon Town - who are currently in 17th place in the League Two table - are underachieving:

"For me, it's a great opportunity to manage a football club that is well-run, has a good infrastructure, and a tradition, over the last six or seven years, of playing a style that I want to play. I want to get the ball down, play positive, quick, passing football and bring results and success to this football club, because at this moment it is underachieving. For me, that style of play is the most important thing, exciting the fans. I had my first job at Oldham, which was going fantastically well, but the pitch deteriorated very badly and I had to change the way I played. I didn't want to do that – I won’t have that problem here because the pitch is in fantastic condition."


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13 November 2018 : Kewell Dismissal Leaves Magpies Looking For Third Manager Of The Season
League Two side Notts County have sacked manager Harry Kewell, just fourteen games after they head-hunted him from Crawley Town. The former Liverpool and Leeds United player has been dismissed along with assistant manager Warren Feeney, who was also recruited from Crawley, and first-team analyst Paul Murphy. They have named Steve Chettle as Caretaker Manager, but state that they are planning to announce a new manager by their next game on Saturday.

Kewell's record is a rather average looking three wins and four draws across the two-and-a-half months that he was in charge, although in fairness took over a Magpies side that was at the foot of the Football League, and had leaked thirteen goals in five matches. There had been some brief progress, as he pulled them out of the relegation zone but that has since been followed up by a run of six matches without a win, with his final match in charge seeing them thumped 4-0 by League One side Barnsley in the FA Cup. That cup result aside, they'd shown signs of disappearing back into the bottom two positions.

Chairman Alan Hardy said that he had come to the conclusion that Kewell's time at Meadow Lane was not going to work, and so they have decided to make yet another change:

"Unfortunately, however, things quite simply were not working out for him here at Meadow Lane. Results have not been good enough and performance levels are a continuing concern. We see no reason to continue with something we don't think can work. Harry leaves with our best wishes for the future and our search for a new manager begins immediately."

Notts County's management changes have become extraordinary over the last decade. Since Ian McParland's departure in October 2009, the names of Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince, Martin Allen, Keith Curle, Chris Kiwomya, Shaun Derry, Paul Hart, Ricardo Moniz, Mick Halsall (Caretaker), Jamie Fullarton, Mark Cooper, John Sheridan, Alan Smith (Caretaker), Kevin Nolan, Mark Crossley (Caretaker) and Harry Kewell have now all passed through the revolving door. Whoever replaces Kewell will become their sixth boss since the start of 2016.

Kewell's departure also continues the tradition of clubs parting company with managers after FA Cup First Round weekend. So far this week, Phil Brown has left Swindon Town, Neal Ardley has left AFC Wimbledon, John Askey has left Shrewsbury Town, and now Kewell has left Notts County, providing four dismissals from EFL clubs in less than three days.


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12 November 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Stockport County Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's FA Cup match kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the FA Cup, the return of Alex Fisher and how he scouted Stockport before the game. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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12 November 2018 : EFL Petition FIFA For Loan Rule Changes
The Football League have written to FIFA in an attempt to get a recent rule change overturned. In June 2017, FIFA banned the Emergency Loan system that the Football League had been using, as they regarded it an abuse of the transfer window, with clubs able to sign players on a temporary basis for between 28 and 93 days. The term 'emergency' was never tested in practice - clubs could take loan players regardless of whether they had injuries or squad shortages, and FIFA had written to the League on a number of occasions warning them that they would be curtailing the loophole.

That change came in for the 2017-18 season, with clubs only able to sign players on half-season or full-season deals, starting and ending during the two transfer window periods in July and January. This has continued unchanged for the 2018-19 season, but according to Sky Sports, the League are petitioning FIFA for a partial reversal of the rule. They have written to Victor Montagliani, a FIFA vice-president who is also chair of the football stakeholders committee asking for a rethink after a number of clubs voiced concerns.

The League has asked FIFA to allow a system that is based on principles that allow emergency loans to be used "for the purpose of youth development as opposed to commercial exploitation". As such, the proposal is that the new rule would only allow players aged Under-23 to be loaned out between the transfer windows, and only to players that are eligible for the national team in their playing country.

The exact definition of nationality could become contentious once the detail is considered. Players such as Bevis Mugabi and Rhys Browne are UK-born, but have decided to play for the country of their parents or grandparents. Mansfield Town's Otis Khan remains eligible to play for both Pakistan and England. In such circumstances, Bevis Mugabi would have met eligibility rules until March 2018, when he chose to accept Uganda's call-up, at which point he would presumably fail that test.

Given that international players with dual nationality can switch countries if they have played at junior levels, such as Under-19 or Under-21, a large proportion of younger players may qualify in principle for two or three countries. There may also be objections from clubs like Newport County, Shrewsbury Town, Bristol Rovers or Carlisle United where their geographical presence may see them feed off adjacent countries for their loan targets.

It's highly unlikely that FIFA would sanction any rule change before the summer of 2019, meaning that the current half-season and full-season rules will continue to run throughout the 2018-19 season.


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11 November 2018 : Robins Sack Brown Despite FA Cup Progression
League Two side Swindon Town have sacked their manager Phil Brown. The announcement came on Sunday evening, and sees his assistant Neil McDonald also leave the building with immediate effect. The Wiltshire side have not appointed a Caretaker Manager at this stage, merely confirming some rumours earlier in the day that Brown had lost his position.

The timing is slightly unusual, in that Brown's last act in power was to steer Swindon to the Second Round of the FA Cup. They beat National League North side York City by a 2-1 scoreline on Saturday, albeit needing a 74th minute goal from Steven Alzate to ensure that they didn't get taken to a replay.

The concern appears to be with Swindon's League form. They currently lie in 17th place - on the same number of points as Yeovil Town but with an inferior goal difference, and therefore seven points off the play-offs. Since their 3-0 win over the Glovers in September, they've won just one League game in eight matches, and with their club's target probably being to reach the play-offs, Swindon's Board have decided to spin the wheel again.

Brown had only been in charge sinde March 2018 - a total of 32 matches - and was initially only given the job at the County Ground until the end of last season, in an optimistic attempt to get them into the play-offs. He was given a two year contract in May 2018, but that deal has lasted just 17 League matches, meaning that once his successor is appointed they'll be on their seventh manager since the start of the 2015-16 season.


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11 November 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
If you watched Saturday's 1-3 defeat against Stockport 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 Stockport County.


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11 November 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Stockport County Three Minute YouTube Highlights
For those who want to watch YouTube-based video highlights of Saturday afternoon's FA Cup First Round tie against Stockport County, these are now online. The FA have included three minutes worth of footage from the tie, which means that as well as the Alex Fisher goal, and the three that Stockport subsequently scored, you also can view two efforts from Tom James, and another for Alex Pattison. Watch via the clip below.




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10 November 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Stockport County Game
Following Saturday afternoon's FA Cup First Round defeat against Stockport County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's full verdict on the 1-3 result can be read via the link below.

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


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10 November 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Stockport County Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 1-3 defeat against Stockport County, these are now available online. There is two minutes worth of BBC Sport footage of the match that includes the opening goal from Alex Fisher. There's also enough time to show all three of the Hatters goals that took them through into the Second Round. Watch via the link below.

Link: BBC Sport : Yeovil Town vs Stockport County Match Highlights.


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10 November 2018 : Yeovil 1 Stockport 3 : Humbled By Hatters As FA Cup Interests Are Cut Short
Yeovil Town crashed out of the FA Cup at the First Round stage, as National League North side Stockport County embarrassed them by a 1-3 scoreline. With 43 places between the two sides, and the Hatters now largely a part time outfit, the gap between the two sides on Saturday afternoon was non-existent despite Alex Fisher's 8th minute header that set his side up for a strong start. But Mathew Warburton's free kick, and a close range finish by Nyal Bell turned the tie on its head, and Stockport deservedly reached the Second Round after a defensive mix-up allowed substitute Frank Mulhern the chance to put County through.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up compared with last weekend's defeat at Morecambe. Alex Fisher had recovered from an illness and he displaced Yoann Arquin who sat on the bench. Rhys Browne joined him on the bench as Alex Pattison came back into the side again. On the bench Gabriel Rogers dropped off the teamsheet for the first time this season, with the homegrown players rule not applying to the FA Cup.

It took Yeovil just eight minutes to assume what might have looked like a dominant position. With their first attack of the game, Wes McDonald thread the ball to Carl Dickinson whose looping cross to the back post found Alex Fisher who headed home for a 1-0 lead. So far, so good and exactly what Yeovil would have wanted to settle themselves down against a County side who had started the match off in a typically competitive fashion for a cup game.

Stockport's best early chances fell to striker Nyal Bell. He dragged a shot wide of the post after Stockport had cleared from a Yeovil corner to push straight up the other end of the park. Then after Mathew Warburton had forced a corner off the legs of Tom James, Bell got another chance when he turned and blasted a shot over the crossbar from close range.

Yeovil were forced into an early change when Olufela Olomola went down away from the ball, with the suspicion that he'd suffered a repeat of his Tuesday night injury, where his hamstring seemed to be causing him problems. Omari Patrick came in to replace him, but a further change was required eight minutes later just as torrential rain came down onto the pitch. Alex Fisher appeared to suffer an injury to his left leg after going in for a tackle, and that meant a new forward line as Francois Zoko replaced him.

Stockport's next move was to force an equalising goal. As Elliott Osborne ran forward, Bevis Mugabi slipped on the greasy surface, leading to Tom James being forced to foul the Hatters player. There was exact punishment for that infringement as Mathew Warburton stepped up to fire the free kick past the wall and into the back of the net for a 1-1 scoreline.

Just four minutes later, things got worse. Two years ago against Solihull Moors, the Glovers had thrown away a lead by conceding two goals in quick succession to non-league opposition, and the same happened again, as a low cross from Elliott Osborne went across the face of the box, allowing Nyal Bell the chance to finish from close range. This time the striker got it right, and Stockport were suddenly winning. Yeovil were 1-2 down.

Yeovil tried to get back into the match before the break, but cleared the crossbar on three separate occasions, with Alex Pattison and Omari Patrick clearing the goal, before a Tom James free kick from 20 yards out also ended up doing the same during first half injury time. Apart from the goal itself, Yeovil hadn't done enough to worry Stockport's keeper, whilst their defending had offered Stockport too much hope at the other end.

The second half opened with Yeovil going close as an Omari Patrick shot was parried by Ben Hinchliffe into the path of Wes McDonald. Unfortunately when he shot at goal on the rebound, defender Ashley Palmer had got into the right position to clear the ball off the line. The start was extreme end to end stuff, with Elliott Osborne having a long range shot before Sessi D'Almeida got forward to fire wide of the left-hand post. Once again though, hitting the target was the problem - Francois Zoko headed over the bar, followed by Alex Pattison hitting a long range effort that also did the same.

Just past the hour mark, Stockport made a double substitution. Taking off both of their goalscorers looked to be a gamble, but one of their replacements Frank Mulhern was to seal the result for his club. Shaun Donnellan appeared to be attempting to shield the ball back to Nathan Baxter, but the pair got themselves in crossed wires and Mulhern was the more alert of the three, taking advantage to walk the ball home into an empty net for a 1-3 lead.

One of Yeovil's best moves of the half saw Alex Pattison burst forward before feeding Wes McDonald. Unfortunately his final shot was parried by Ben Hinchliffe for a corner. But Stockport were not entirely sitting on their lead at this stage, with Frank Mulhern once again being dangerous on the break, trying to chip the ball past the advancing Nathan Baxter, but then watching the attempt go wide.

As time ran out, Yeovil hit the crossbar as Tom James was found in an advance position from a Rhys Browne cross, finding his header parried by Hinchliffe onto the bar. But as the Glovers tried to pile players forward, they seemed to also run out of ideas in the supply chain, and Stockport managed the final 15 minutes out of the game surprisingly comfortable by keeping men behind the ball to snuff out Yeovil's gradual attempts to put James, then Bevis Mugabi into those forward positions. It didn't work, and time ran out almost embarrassingly comfortably for the Hatters. Yeovil were deservedly dumped out, by a side that were better organised on the day.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stockport County 3.

Scorers: Alex Fisher (1-0, 8 mins), Mathew Warburton (1-1, 34 mins), Nyal Bell (1-2, 38 mins), Frank Mulhern (1-3, 62 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 20. Sessi D'Almeida 17. Alex Pattison 21. Wes McDonald
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 7. Rhys Browne (60 mins for Jake Gray) 8. Omari Patrick (20 mins for Olufela Olomola) 13. Francois Zoko (28 mins for Alex Fisher) 18. Yoann Arquin 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos

Stockport County:
1 Ben Hinchliffe
2 Sam Miniham 5 Ashley Palmer 6 Dan Cowan 3 Scott Duxbury
4 Jordan Keane 8 Sam Walker
11 Mathew Warburton 10 Elliot Osborne 7 Adam Thomas
9 Nyal Bell

Substitutes:
12 Jordon Downing 13 Ian Ormson 14 Connor Dimaio (59 mins for Mathew Warburton) 15 Darren Stephenson 16 Euan Frank Mulhern (60 mins for Nyal Bell) 17 Adam Etches 18 Szymon Czubik

Yeovil Bookings: Omari Patrick (90 mins, off the ball incident)

Stockport County Bookings: Frank Mulhern (89 mins, kicking ball away), Scott Duxbury (90 mins, off the ball incident)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 21; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 10; Fouls: 7.

Stockport County Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: David Rock (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Thomas Harty (West Midlands) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Scott Jackson (Taunton).

Attendance: 2,550 (with 542 Stockport County supporters).


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10 November 2018 : Way Accuses Players Of Failing To Handle The FA Cup Pressure
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his players failed to handle the pressure of an FA Cup match this afternoon, after they allowed National League North side Stockport County to gain a 1-3 shock victory at Huish Park in the First Round tie. The Hatters gained a deserved victory after they overturned an early Alex Fisher goal, to score twice in four minutes through Mathew Warburton and Nyal Bell and then guaranteed their passage into the Second Round with substitute Frank Mulhern's second half tap-in.

Way suggested that some of his players didn't look fit enough or strong enough to compete in the tie, despite being up against what was largely a part-time outfit, following Stockport's fall into sixth tier football. He told BBC Somerset that some players might need to look at their lifestyle when assessing the defeat:

"Whether it be their lifestyle, I just felt that one or two individuals make mistakes, and they just didn't really look fit or stronger, or more confident at times. Stockport did well and we knew they were going to be a real threat. Everything was going to plan at 1-0 up and the game plan was working, and then it's about keeping control. With some of the players that have been nowhere near a cup run, or been involved in cup football matches, couldn't handle the pressure. I just feel that individuals have had a good amount of game time. No-one can sit in that dressing room and say they've not had game time. They have to ask themselves and take responsibility, have they put in key performances?"

Whilst Shaun Donnellan's mix-up with Nathan Baxter for Stockport's third goal was the most obvious mistake of the day, the Glovers allowed Stockport plenty of chances throughout the afternoon. Way was clearly referring to the absent Gary Warren and Jordan Green - who trained this week but did not make the teamsheet - when he suggested that those players would not have fallen into the trap today's eleven managed to, and implied that the individuals that were making the most mistakes might find they are not starting in the club's next League Two fixture at Macclesfield Town in two weeks time:

"I think one or two mistakes that led to their goals. You keep a clean sheet, you win football matches, which has been proven. A lot of lessons have been learned by individuals. I feel, and I know it may seem crazy in saying this now, but those individuals that have been missing, that are in the stands, would have probably led by example today. The ones that have had the opportunity, by the time the next league game comes, it's important that I put a team together that can control a game for 90 minutes. If you drop short, and one or two have dropped short I feel, over the period where they've had good game time."


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10 November 2018 : Yeovil 1 Stockport 3 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town crashed out of the FA Cup at the First Round stage, as National League North side Stockport County embarrassed them by a 1-3 scoreline. With 43 places between the two sides, and the Hatters now largely a part time outfit, the gap between the two sides on Saturday afternoon was non-existent despite Alex Fisher's 8th minute header that set his side up for a strong start. But Mathew Warburton's free kick, and a close range finish by Nyal Bell turned the tie on its head, and Stockport deservedly reached the Second Round after a defensive mix-up allowed substitute Frank Mulhern the chance to put County through.

Full report to follow later ....

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stockport County 3.

Scorers: Alex Fisher (1-0, 8 mins), Mathew Warburton (1-1, 34 mins), Nyal Bell (1-2, 38 mins), Frank Mulhern (1-3, 62 mins)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 20. Sessi D'Almeida 17. Alex Pattison 21. Wes McDonald
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 7. Rhys Browne (60 mins for Jake Gray) 8. Omari Patrick (20 mins for Olufela Olomola) 13. Francois Zoko (28 mins for Alex Fisher) 18. Yoann Arquin 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos

Stockport County:
1 Ben Hinchliffe
2 Sam Miniham 5 Ashley Palmer 6 Dan Cowan 3 Scott Duxbury
4 Jordan Keane 8 Sam Walker
11 Mathew Warburton 10 Elliot Osborne 7 Adam Thomas
9 Nyal Bell

Substitutes:
12 Jordon Downing 13 Ian Ormson 14 Connor Dimaio (59 mins for Mathew Warburton) 15 Darren Stephenson 16 Euan Frank Mulhern (60 mins for Nyal Bell) 17 Adam Etches 18 Szymon Czubik

Yeovil Bookings: Omari Patrick (90 mins, off the ball incident)

Stockport County Bookings: Frank Mulhern (89 mins, foul), Scott Duxbury (90 mins, off the ball incident)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 21; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 10; Fouls: 7.

Stockport County Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 9.

Referee: David Rock (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Thomas Harty (West Midlands) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Scott Jackson (Taunton).

Attendance: 2,550 (with 542 Stockport County supporters).


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10 November 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's FA Cup First Round match against Stockport County at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to last Saturday's match against Morecambe. Striker Alex Fisher returns from injury, displacing Yoann Arquin who drops to the bench. Winger Rhys Browne drops out, with Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison coming in, meaning that Jake Gray will move into a wide position.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Bailey was due to play in a behind-closed-doors game against Bristol City last Tuesday, but as yet there's been no word on whether he did. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is expected to be out until around the end of the year. Striker Korrey Henry has an injury, but it has not been disclosed what his issue is. Winger Jordan Green and Gary Warren are back in training but are not selected. Academy player Gabriel Rogers misses the teamsheet for the first time - the team selection rules regarding homegrown players do not apply to FA competitions.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
10. Jake Gray 20. Sessi D'Almeida 17. Alex Pattison 21. Wes McDonald
9. Alex Fisher, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 7. Rhys Browne 8. Omari Patrick 13. Francois Zoko 18. Yoann Arquin 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos

Stockport County:
1 Ben Hinchliffe
2 Sam Miniham 5 Ashley Palmer 6 Dan Cowan 3 Scott Duxbury
4 Jordan Keane 8 Sam Walker
11 Mathew Warburton 10 Elliot Osborne 7 Adam Thomas
9 Nyal Bell

Substitutes:
12 Jordon Downing 13 Ian Ormson 14 Connor Dimaio 15 Darren Stephenson 16 Euan Frank Mulhern 17 Adam Etches 18 Szymon Czubik


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9 November 2018 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Stockport County Game
Saturday sees Yeovil Town play an FA Cup First Round tie against Stockport County at Huish Park. The Glovers Trust will be in attendance for this game, occupying the gazebo that has been put up this season on the corner of the Main Stand close to the Ticket Office. Latest news and activities for the Trust are as follows:

Match: Stockport County (H)

Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 2:00pm to 2:45pm

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Annual General Meeting feedback, Alliance Group progress, Secretary Vacancy.

Other points of note:
1. The Trust have written to the Chairman of YTFC seeking clarification on how information outlined in the Club statement issued in December 2017 regarding consortium interest differs from that provided by Mr Rossiter. The question has been previously posed through the Alliance Group but as the resulting feedback failed to provide an explanation the Trust have taken a decision to follow it up directly.
2. The Trust are again not operating out of the Arrow this weekend due to the decline in the volume of people that have been visiting the establishment. We will continue to monitor developments and review again ahead of the next Saturday home match.
3. The Trust remains in urgent need of a Secretary. Anyone who is able to assist or would like further information should email Stuart Burrell (chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk).


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9 November 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Stockport County FA Cup Game
As part of the build-up to Yeovil Town's FA Cup First Round match against National League North side Stockport County at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the tie. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren looks back at past meetings with Stockport and Solihull Moors, along with brighter times like last year's match against Manchester United. He also discusses the recent usage of two of the club's Academy players. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Stockport County.


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9 November 2018 : FA Youth Cup Third Round Full Draw Details
The winners of the FA Youth Cup Second Round tie between Yeovil Town and Cambridge United have been given a home tie in the next round. The Third Round draw was made by the Football Association at lunchtime on Friday, and that has led to the Glovers and their opponents being pulled out of the hat as the final tie, giving them a home match against Reading. Like the FA Cup, this is the moment at which the Premier League and Championship clubs come into the competition, with Manchester United versus holders Chelsea being the obvious pick of the bunch.

The full Third Round draw details are as follows:

1 Sheffield Wednesday v Stoke City
2 Blackburn Rovers v Cheltenham Town or Gillingham
3 Everton v Sunderland or Oldham Athletic
4 Burnley v Oxford United or Barnet
5 Huddersfield Town v Peterborough United
6 Watford v Birmingham City
7 Preston North End v Charlton Athletic or Southend United
8 Leicester City v Fulham
9 Arsenal v Northampton Town or Swindon Town
10 Accrington Stanley or Notts County v Leeds United
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers v Wigan Athletic
12 Hull City v Cardiff City
13 Maidenhead United or Torquay United v Nottingham Forest
14 Middlesbrough v Sheffield United
15 Bristol City v Salford City or Crewe Alexandra
16 West Bromwich Albion v Lincoln City or South Shields
17 Liverpool v Cray Wanderers or Portsmouth
18 Manchester United v Chelsea
19 West Ham United v Brighton & Hove Albion
20 Southampton v Rotherham United
21 Aston Villa v Swansea City
22 Blackpool v Derby County
23 Ipswich Town v Wingate & Finchley or Andover Town
24 Bolton Wanderers v Newcastle United
25 AFC Bournemouth v Mansfield Town or Chester
26 Stevenage or Exeter City v Bury
27 Cogenhoe United or Coventry City v Crystal Palace
28 Millwall v Tottenham Hotspur
29 Port Vale or Sutton Coldfield Town v Norwich City
30 Clevedon Town or Sutton United v Manchester City
31 Queens Park Rangers v Rochdale or Milton Keynes Dons
32 Yeovil Town or Cambridge United v Reading

All Third Round ties must be played by Saturday 15th December 2018, presenting another quick turnaround for clubs who make it through to this stage.

Yeovil Town's Second Round tie against Cambridge United will take place on Wednesday 14th November, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off at the main Huish Park Stadium.

Link: FA Youth Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United.

Link: FA Youth Cup Second Round Full Draw Details.


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9 November 2018 : Browne International Call-Up Confirmed For CONCACAF Tie
Yeovil Town have confirmed that winger Rhys Browne is the third of their players to receive an international call-up. Although Antigua and Barbuda have yet to publish their full squad, the former Grimsby Town player is named to face Martinique in a CONCACAF Nations League Qualifying Group match in Martinique. The match is due to take place at midnight (UK time) on Tuesday 20th November 2018 (i.e. late on Monday night from the UK's point of view) at the Stade Municipal Pierre-Aliker.

As reported yesterday, midfielder Sessi D'Almeida and defender Enes Mahmutovic have also received international call-ups. Note that we do not expect Shaun Donnellan to receive any call-ups this time around. Having past his 22nd birthday, and with the Republic of Ireland Under-21s having completed their UEFA Under-21s Qualifying Group matches, he is not expected to be called up for that level of football in the future.

Link: D'Almeida Call-Up For November AFCON Qualifier.

Link: Mahmutovic International Call-Ups Confirmed By Luxembourg FA.

Link: Lincoln City Home Game Postponed Following International Call-Ups.


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9 November 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
Officials for the FA Cup First Round tie between Yeovil Town FC and Stockport County have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place on Saturday 10th November 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge will be referee David Rock (Northamptonshire).

He is a National League referee, who has been officiating at that level since the summer of 2014. We can find one instance back in March 2010 when he took over the whistle midway through a League Two fixture between Northampton Town and Darlington, after the original referee, Andy Penn, was injured and unable to continue.

There is one single fixture where he's been named in advance as the match referee at a Football League ground. That occasion was for Yeovil Town vs Solihull Moors in November 2016, meaning that we will have the unusual privilege of hosting him for both of the occasions when he's stepped up to this level. On that first occasion he had quite a strong influence on the outcome of the match, but it's hard to be critical of him for that moment. Midfielder Kevin Dawson had committed two 'yellow card' tackles during the first half, and for the second one, Mr Rock decided to very obviously invite captain Darren Ward over and to make quite clear that Dawson was on a last warning.

With Dawson needing to survive 55 minutes without making another foul, it was an obvious risk to keep him out there. So when he committed a small trivial foul ten minutes after the break, there was only one outcome. Frustratingly what followed was a 2-0 lead collapsing into a 2-2 draw, and ultimately for Yeovil to lose the match in the replay. It had to be seen as a self-inflicted error though, rather than one the referee could be blamed for.

Mr Rock works for a company called All For Sport, who provide training and coaching for Physical Education teachers at primary and secondary schools, providing a Teacher Development programme. He is their Operations Director, having worked there since 2005, and has been a referee since the start of the 2007-08 season.

Mr Rock will be assisted by Thomas Harty (West Midlands) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Scott Jackson (Taunton).

Link: November 2016 : Yeovil Town 2 Solihull Moors 2.


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8 November 2018 : Glovers Welcome Back Trio Onto Training Ground Ahead Of FA Cup Tie
Yeovil Town have been able to welcome back three of their missing players onto the training ground this week, ahead of the FA Cup First Round tie against Stockport County. In addition, Olufela Olomola who had picked up a knock in Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group Stage match against West Ham United Under-21s has been declared fit, and trained today with presumably any concerns about his hamstring laid to rest as a result of that session.

Of the other three Gary Warren has been struggling with injuries throughout this season, with his latest problem having been a groin strain that means he's missed the last four matches. He is back training, along with Jordan Green having recovered from a hamstring problem that kept him out for five matches. On top of that, striker Alex Fisher is back after a virus kept him out for two matches. Way told BBC Somerset that it would be a discussion between himself and the physio as to who landed on the teamsheet, but the good news was that Olomola had been given a clean bill of health:

"He's okay. He trained today, so he's okay. They've all been on the training ground today. So that's good. I'll have a decision, between me and (physio) Mike (Micciche), as to whether they're on the bench, or whether they play, or whether they rest. So we've got some decisions to make."

That would leave Yeovil Town with just two main injuries, with James Bailey having been absent since Boxing Day 2017 with a knee injury, whilst defender Omar Sowummi is expected to be absent with an ankle problem until the end of the year. There is a question mark over the availability of Korrey Henry, who is reported to have an injury, but without any detail of what his issues may be.

Saturday sees Yeovil Town face non-league opposition in the FA Cup for the first time since the 2016-17 season. On that occasion, they found National League side Solihull Moors a tough nut to crack, throwing away a two goal advantage in the match at Huish Park, before losing on penalties in the replay. Way referenced that match in explaining how important the game management would be for his side when playing Saturday's National League North opponents:

"I think that it's very important that you remain focussed on the way that we play, but understand that teams can be a threat. The game management I feel is very important. I remember the game against Solihull where we should have been 4-0 or 5-0 up, and Kevin Dawson got sent off and it sent everyone into panic. Then we had to go to Solihull and come up with a result. We had a decision go against us, which was the penalty decision, and you're always running the risk then. It doesn't matter with the opposition, or who you're up against, because that's what the FA Cup is known for, with giant-killing. We've got to make sure we're not on the wrong end of that. But I think that with this group they're very professional and we've got a lot of athleticism within the team."

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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8 November 2018 : Mahmutovic International Call-Ups Confirmed By Luxembourg FA
Yeovil Town's on loan defender Enes Mahmutovic has been given another international call-up. The Middlesbrough loanee is named for a pair of Luxembourg matches that take place in just over one week's time, thus causing the postponement of the League Two match against Lincoln City.

Luxembourg are due to play two UEFA Nations League matches. They will stage a home match against Belarus on Thursday 15th November, followed by a Sunday trip to Moldova on Sunday 18th November. Their squad that has been named reads as follows:

Goalkeepers: Anthony Moris (Royal Excelsior Virton), Ralph Schon (FC Una Strassen), Tim Kips (FC Magdeburg)

Defenders: Laurent Jans (FC Metz), Mathias Jänisch (FC Differdange), Enes Mahmutovic (Yeovil Town), Dirk Carlson (Grasshopper Zurich), Chris Philipps (Legia Warszawa), Maxime Chanot (New York City), Christopher Martins Pereira (ES Troyes AC), Tim Hall (FC Progres Niederkorn)

Midfielders: Vincent Thill (FC Pau), Leandro Barreiro Martins (FSV Mainz), Daniel Sinani (F91 Dudelange), lars Gerson (IFK Norrköping), Mario Mutsch (FC Progres Niederkorn), Olivier Thill (FK Ufa), Florian Bohnert (FK Pirmasens), Aldin Skenderovic (SV Elversberg)

Forwards: David Turpel (F91 Dudelange), Stefano Bensi (CS Fola Esch), Daniel Alves Da Mota (Racing FC Union), Aurelien Joachim (Royal Excelsior Virton), Maurice Deville (FC Waldhof Mannheim).

Link: D'Almeida Call-Up For November AFCON Qualifier.

Link: Lincoln City Home Game Postponed Following International Call-Ups.


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8 November 2018 : Darren Way Talks About West Ham Under-21s Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's home match against West Ham United Under-21s 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 inclusion of Stuart Nelson, Daniel Ojo, Enes Mahmutovic and Alefe Santos. He also explains how he scouted West Ham earlier in the season with the hope of taking one of their players on loan. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against West Ham United Under-21s.


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8 November 2018 : D'Almeida Call-Up For November AFCON Qualifier
Yeovil Town midfielder Sessi D'Almeida has been called up into the Benin national squad for the forthcoming international weekend. His call-up, which is a factor in the club's home match against Lincoln City being called off, has been confirmed, meaning that he will travel to Gambia on November 17th 2018 in an AFCON Qualifier match.

D'Almeida became a national hero during last month's match against Algeria when he scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory over Algeria - the first time Benin had ever beaten them, and keeping Benin in strong contention to qualify for next summer's finals, which take place between June 15th and July 13th 2019 in Cameroon.

The full squad selected is as follows:

Goalkeepers: Fabien Farnolle (Malatyaspor, Turkey), Saturnin Allagbé (Niort, France).

Defenders: Seïdou Barazé (Moulins Yzeure, France), Khaled Adenon (Amiens, France), Moïse Adilehou (Levadiakos, Greece), Chams Deen Chaona (Stade Gabésien, Tunisia), Emmanuel Imorou (Caen, France), David Kiki (Brest, France), Junior Salomon (United Plateau, Nigeria), Olivier Verdon (Sochaux, France)

Midfielders: Jordan Adéoti (Auxerre, France), David Djigla (Niort, France), Jean-Marie Guera (Enyimba, Nigeria), Sessi D'Almeida (Yeovil Town, England), Djiman Koukou (Astra Giurgiu, Romania), Cebio Soukou (Hansa Rostock, Germany)

Forwards: Jacques Bessan (Tunisian Stadium, Tunisia), Marcellin Koukpo (CS Hammam-Lif, Tunisia), Steve Mounié (Huddersfield, England), Jodel Dossou (FC Vaduz, Liechtenstein), Mickael Poté (Adana Demirspor, Turkey), Désiré Segbe Azankpo (FK Senica, Slovakia).


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8 November 2018 : Lincoln City Home Game Postponed Following International Call-Ups
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Lincoln City has been postponed. The match was due to take place on Saturday 17th November 2018 at Huish Park, but has been called off due to international call-ups within the Glovers ranks. Yeovil Town haven't stated which players have been called up, but have confirmed that three players are involved.

At present there is no alternative date for this fixture, but will almost certainly be a midweek match. The club have yet to rearrange their trip to Cheltenham Town that was called off for the previous international weekend.


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7 November 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The West Ham United Under-21s Game
Following Tuesday night's 4-0 win over West Ham United Under-21s 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 verdict on the match, the performances of Daniel Ojo and Tom James, the injury to Olufela Olomola and the forthcoming FA Cup match against Stockport County can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The West Ham United Under-21s Game.


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7 November 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs West Ham United U21s Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Yeovil Town's 4-0 victory over West Ham United Under-21s these are now online. There is two minutes worth of YouTube-based footage below that shows the goals scored by Shaun Donnellan, Tom James and Enes Mahmutovic, along with an own goal, via the clip below.




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7 November 2018 : Way Praises Academy Full-Back For Debut Performance
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way singled out the debut for Academy full-back Daniel Ojo as one of his highlights from Tuesday night's 4-0 victory over West Ham United Under-21s. As a 'dead rubber' fixture, the match was a good opportunity to rest some players and to give fringe squad members a chance to show what they can do. Ojo was one of those, having been an unused substitute in the previous two EFL Trophy matches, along with a September League Two match at Crawley Town. On Tuesday against West Ham's youngsters, he got his debut, playing a full 90 minutes at Huish Park.

Whilst the Glovers held the upper hand during the game, meaning the defence weren't too pressurised, Ojo put in a solid performance, and won the free kick that led to Tom James scoring the goal of the evening from a 25 yard set piece. Way said that he had viewed Ojo in a recent behind closed doors match against Bristol City and so was confident that he could cope with the competitive environment:

"There were so many positives to take from that I don't really know where to start. Tom James' free kick, Daniel Ojo is 17 years of age. We've been working on progress with the Academy. We've made one or two changes, and good changes for the football club. He's been training with us on a regular basis. He's had to mark Jordan Green from pre-season. So tonight he made it look like it was easy. Then we had Gabby Rogers who is 17 years of age. So the future is bright as far as our young players. He didn't look out of place at all. I knew I could trust him, and it was really good for the rest of the players, as I thought they protected him well. I've been seeing that all season. For him to play at left-back and perform the way we did, and keep a clean sheet is great news."

The third goal of the evening was scored by Tom James, who netted his third free kick of the season. Having become the club's main outfield set piece expert, James has taken a while to perfect his unusual style of taking free kicks, using power and swerve to deceive keepers, but scored twice during October. On Tuesday night, he followed those two up with a third strike, and Way revealed that as a technique he believed was borrowed from an entirely different sport in Wales:

"He's practiced since he's been at Cardiff. He's put in a lot of time and effort. You know what it's like for rugby back at Cardiff. He's almost used that same technique, with the way he places the ball with the valve. But I've not seen anything like that at this football club, I can honestly say. You have to respect that. Every time he shapes up, you could see that on Saturday. To have that in the bag, as well as his quality, he's something different."


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6 November 2018 : Hammers Crowd Sets Football League Era Record Low
Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy tie against West Ham United Under-21s has set a new club record. The 720 supporters (including 83 West Ham supporters) that turned up at Huish Park was the lowest crowd for a competitive fixture since they entered the Football League. The crowd beat the 886 that turned up for the same competition against AFC Wimbledon eleven months previously.

The low point came as little surprise. With both sides mathematically out of the competition, the game became a mid-season friendly match. Add in a midweek match, and some pouring rain, and it ticked all the boxes possible to provide a historical record, since the Glovers moved out of non-league football.

It will also come as little surprise that all of the club's lowest attendances during their Football League era have come as part of EFL Trophy ties, with five of the bottom six attendances coming since the League's controversial decision to revamp the competition as the Checkatrade Trophy, incorporating Under-21 sides from EPPP Category One clubs.

The lowest attendances for competitive fixtures since the summer of 2003 stand as follows, with all relevant to the Football League Trophy:

06/11/2018 : 720 : West Ham United Under-21s (Group Stage)
05/12/2017 : 886 : AFC Wimbledon (Second Round)
10/01/2017 : 1,081 : Reading Under-21s (Third Round)
28/11/2017 : 1,110 : Plymouth Argyle (Group Stage)
01/09/2015 : 1,203 : Barnet (First Round)
06/12/2016 : 1,308 : Milton Keynes Dons (Second Round)

It will take a long long time before any EFL Trophy ties drop below the April 2001 attendance that currently stands as the last occasion crowds dropped below Tuesday night's crowd. On April 30th, they staged a Bob Lord Trophy tie against Kingstonian. With the tie having been postponed on four previous occasions due to a waterlogged pitch, the club were running out of fixture slots to stage the tie. As such when they played the match 24 hours before a huge Conference fixture against Hereford United, it was obvious that the club would be putting out a Reserve Team. Just 295 spectators turned up to watch the Glovers more or less throw the tie, by a 0-5 scoreline.


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6 November 2018 : Yeovil 4 West Ham U21s 0 : Defenders Take Glory In Final Trophy Tie
The Glovers went into the match making six changes to their starting line-up compared to the team that travelled to Morecambe. With the fixture being a dead rubber game for both sides, ever presents Nathan Baxter and Carl Dickinson were given the night off, with Stuart Nelson getting his first appearance of the season, whilst there was a debut for Academy left-back Daniel Ojo. Elsewhere Enes Mahmutovic, Alefe Santos, Omari Patrick and Alex Pattison all got starts in the side, with the bench full of the more regular starters.

They opened up the scoring 11 minutes into the match, shortly after Shaun Donnellan had an attempt saved from a corner. From the second set piece, Alefe Santos crossed into the box, and Donnellan outmuscled his West Ham marker to force the ball over the line from close range for a 1-0 lead.

West Ham responded as Jahmal Hector-Ingram cut in from the flank, with his shot getting a deflection, which required Stuart Nelson to stick out an arm and make a reflex save. The flight of the ball was proving difficult for both teams to track during the evening, with heavy rain and wind, particularly during the first half, which ultimately benefitted Yeovil more as they had the conditions with them during the first period.

They extended their lead early in the second half, when Olufela Olmola's cross into the box was turned into the back of his own net by West Ham's Tunji Akinola for a 2-0 lead, with the defender being left with his head in his hands at the unfortunate error. Still the Hammers youngsters, which included a couple of 16 year olds on their teamsheet, responded well, with Daniel Kemp bursting past Daniel Ojo, leaving Stuart Nelson having to make a fingertip save for a corner.

Yeovil scored their third goal of the evening just past the hour mark after Daniel Ojo had burst forward up field and won himself a free kick 25 yards away from goal. As per recent matches, there was little doubt over who was going to take the free kick. Up stepped Tom James and he provided a dipping swerving set piece that went straight past Nathan Trott for a 3-0 advantage.

The one downside of the evening came when Olufela Olomola had to come off with 17 minutes remaining, with what looked like a hamstring problem. By then Gabriel Rogers had been introduced as a substitute for his longest bit of first team football, whilst Wes McDonald became Olomola's replacement. The final set of players on the pitch increased the scoreline with seven minutes remaining, as Middlesbrough loanee Enes Mahmutovic tapped home an Alefe Santos free kick, for a 4-0 victory that may not have meant anything in terms of the competitive aspect of the competition, but at least allowed the Glovers to end their interest in the competition on a relative high.

Link: 2018-19 Checkatrade Southern Group D Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 4 West Ham United Under-21s 0.

Scorers: Shaun Donnellan (1-0, 11 mins), Tunji Akinola (2-0, 48 mins, own goal), Tom James (3-0, 65 mins), Enes Mahmutovic (4-0, 83 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson (Capt)
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 29. Enes Mahmutovic 26. Daniel Ojo
10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison 30. Alefe Santos 8. Omari Patrick
18. Yoann Arquin 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter 3. Carl Dickinson 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko (61 mins for Yoann Arquin) 15. Gabriel Rogers (61 mins for Alex Pattison) 20. Sessi D'Almeida 21. Wes McDonald (73 mins for Olufela Olomola)

West Ham United Under-21s:
34 Nathan Trott
53 Ben Johnson 56 Ajibola Alese 39 Josh Pask 52 Tunji Akinola
48 Daniel Kemp 46 Moses Makasi 55 Alfie Lewis 47 Jahmal Hector-Ingram
71 Daniel Chesters 64 Sean Jordan Adarkwa

Substitutes:
60 Emmanuel Longelo (58 mins for Jahmal Hector-Ingram) 61 Jeremy Ngakia (66 mins for Alfie Lewis) 63 Daniel Jinadu 66 Peter Stroud 67 Sebastian Nebyla (75 mins for Ajibola Alese)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

West Ham United Under-21s Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 56%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 8; Fouls: 8.

West Ham United Under-21s Match Statistics: Possession: 44%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon). Assistants: Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Ronald Ganfield (Somerset).

Attendance: 720 (with 83 West Ham United Under-21s supporters).


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6 November 2018 : 2018-19 EFL Trophy Southern Group D After Yeovil Town's Final Game
Yeovil Town wrapped up their interest in the 2018-19 season EFL Trophy on Tuesday night, with a 4-0 win over West Ham United Under-21s at Huish Park. The 'dead rubber' game was sealed thanks to goals from Shaun Donnellan, Tom James, Enes Mahmutovic and an own goal in the final Group Stage game, with neither side able to qualify in the competition, leaving the Hammers without a point or a goal throughout the Group Stages.

Despite the win, Yeovil head out of the competition tonight, with the Glovers finishing in third place in the table. The final match in the Group will take place between Exeter City and Bristol Rovers next week, which will decide who ends up as group winners.

The current Group Stage table looks as follows:

Team P W D L F A Pts GD
1Bristol Rovers 2 2 0 0 4 0 6 +4
2Exeter City 2 1 1 0 2 0 5 +2
3Yeovil Town 3 1 1 1 4 2 4 +2
4West Ham U21s 3 0 0 3 0 8 0 -8


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6 November 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs West Ham United Under-21s
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Tuesday evening's EFL Trophy match against West Ham United Under-21s at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers named six changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to last Saturday's match against Morecambe. The most significant is that Stuart Nelson makes the starting line-up for the first time this season, and captains the side, having been absent with a calf strain since pre-season. There's also a debut for Daniel Ojo who is an Academy full-back.

The match tonight is effectively a dead rubber game, with neither side able to qualify beyond the Group stages. Despite that it will be played under competition rules, with a penalty shoot-out undertaken if the two sides are level after 90 minutes. The penalty shoot-out winners would gain a bonus point in the final table.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Bailey was due to play in a behind-closed-doors game a week ago but no questions were asked by the media about how that went. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is expected to be out until around the end of the year. Winger Jordan Green has a hamstring injury. Gary Warren sits out with a groin problem. Striker Korrey Henry has an unspecified injury.

The team this evening lines up as follows (with the formation either a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 depending on where Omari Patrick plays)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson (Capt)
23. Tom James 27. Shaun Donnellan 29. Enes Mahmutovic 26. Daniel Ojo
10. Jake Gray 17. Alex Pattison 30. Alefe Santos 8. Omari Patrick
18. Yoann Arquin 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter 3. Carl Dickinson 5. Bevis Mugabi 13. Francois Zoko 15. Gabriel Rogers 20. Sessi D'Almeida 21. Wes McDonald

West Ham United Under-21s:
34 Nathan Trott
53 Ben Johnson 56 Ajibola Alese 39 Josh Pask 52 Tunji Akinola
48 Daniel Kemp 46 Moses Makasi 55 Alfie Lewis 47 Jahmal Hector-Ingram
71 Daniel Chesters 64 Sean Jordan Adarkwa

Substitutes:
60 Mbule Longelo Emmanuel 61 Jeremy Ngakia 63 Daniel Jinadu 66 Peter Stroud 67 Sebastian Nebyla


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6 November 2018 : FA Youth Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Youth Cup Second Round tie against Cambridge United are now on sale. The match will take place on Wednesday 14th November, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off at the main Huish Park Stadium. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Seniors and Juniors: £1.00.

We are expecting only the Main Stand to be open for this fixture. The tie will be settled on the night, with extra time and penalties used if necessary.

Link: FA Youth Cup Second Round Full Draw Details.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Yeovil Town vs West Ham United.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County.

Link: Ticketing For Macclesfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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6 November 2018 : Ticketing For Macclesfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Macclesfield Town and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 24th November 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Moss Rose. Prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Over-65s: £17.00; Under-25s: £12.00; Under-18s: £6.00; Under-12s: £3.00.

Disabled supporters and Wheelchair users pay the relevant price as above, but can admit an assistant free of charge. You'll need to purchase these tickets over the phone - all other tickets are available online as well as over the phone, or in person from the Ticket Office. Disabled tickets must be booked in advance - these are not available on the day of the game.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Big Brand Ideas Stand, which is a seated area housing up to 1,550 spectators. There are up to 403 seats made available to away fans. For larger allocations they do have the 1,530 capacity John Askey Terrace but this will not be opened.

If you pay on the day, there is no surcharge. However, you must purchase your ticket from the Away Ticket Office before entering the turnstiles. That office opens at 1.00p.m. for Saturday games.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Yeovil Town vs West Ham United.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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6 November 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs West Ham United Under-21s
Officials for the EFL Trophy Group Stage match between Yeovil Town and West Ham United Under-21s have been published by the Football League. The match is the final game of the Group Stages and takes place on Tuesday 6th November 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brett Huxtable (Devon).

This is the fifth 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 34 years old and hails from Torrington, and is a self-employed builder. He is a Manchester United fan - of course he would be, living in Devon! 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.

His 2017-18 meeting came during November 2017, when he turned up for the EFL Trophy tie against Plymouth Argyle. We can't get too irate about such fixtures, but the general view of the few who attended the game was that he should have dished out a red card to Ryan Edwards for a professional foul after he pulled back Francois Zoko inside the box. No decision given on either factor - thankfully we won the match 2-1 in the end.

We then come on to the January 2018 New Year's Day match against Crawley Town. This match saw Mr Huxtable handing out a lot of late Christmas cards - five for Crawley players in the opening 38 minutes, including two for dissent. The snag was that Connor Smith committed two yellow card tackles during that period, and once you've started dishing out cards at that rate, then anything done by the other side isn't going to get leniency. Off went Smith, and by half time Omar Sowunmi also was dismissed for clipping the heels of Jordan Roberts. Yeovil subsequently appealed against Sowunmi's sending off, but lost that appeal - our view from the video was that it was inconclusive, which was never going to be good enough for an appeal. The body language of both players did tend to imply there had been some contact, so no real complaints.

It did however leave Yeovil Town down to nine men for the whole of the second half. Crawley had already equalised between the Smith and Sowunmi red cards, and so had a two man advantage during that period. It looked as though Yeovil might hang on, until someone outside the stadium decided to fly a drone - presumably a Christmas present - over the stadium. In line with guidance given by the Football Association, Mr Huxtable suspended the game for eleven minutes. That should have benefited Yeovil's tiring legs, in slowing the game down, but it was Crawley that returned with the upper hand and they scored the winning goal in the 87th minute (or the 98th minute if you left your stopwatch running when the game was suspended).

After the game - and perhaps predictably - Darren Way and the Western Gazette sought to blame the referee for what had unfolded. The Gazette went as far as to suggest that Huxtable's "dreadful performance cost Yeovil Town victory", calling it "one of the most inept refereeing performances seen at a Yeovil Town match". That is questionable, given that Crawley were drawing the match with Connor Smith off the field, and that ultimately the Glovers failed in their Sowunmi appeal. Way suggested the official should have made more allowance for the pitch conditions when he produced those cards and accused Crawley of diving:

"I don't think he had to send both players off. I think that every now and again, certainly with the pitches being the way they are, there has to be a certain understanding as to where the ball bounces, or skipped a tackle - as far as you think they're a tackle, but have they made contact? There were one or two times where Crawley were caught in a position where they were diving. I don't like saying that, but overall it was very disappointing with the decision-making from the referee."

Mr Huxtable will be assisted by Kevin Morris (Herefordshire) and Steven Plane (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Ronald Ganfield (Somerset).

Link: January 2018 : Yeovil Town 1 Crawley Town 2.

Link: November 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Plymouth Argyle 1.

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

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


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5 November 2018 : Date Set For FA Youth Cup Second Round Tie
Yeovil Town Under-18s have been given a firm date for their FA Youth Cup Second Round tie against Cambridge United. The match will take place on Wednesday 14th November 2018, with a 7.00p.m. kick-off listed by the Football Association. The match should be played on the main stadium pitch at Huish Park - the FA have not advised of any alternative location.

Once we know of admission prices and associated information, we'll post it here. The tie will be settled on the night, with extra time and penalties being used if necessary.

There is no first team fixture scheduled during that week at present, hopefully giving Glovers fans a chance to see the Academy's players in action without distraction.

Link: FA Youth Cup Second Round Full Draw Details.


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5 November 2018 : Venue Switch For Somerset Premier Cup Tie
Yeovil Town's Somerset Premier Cup tie against Shepton Mallet has had a change of venue. Although the Glovers had been drawn out to play the Toolstation Western Premier League at home, the match will now not be played at Huish Park. The match will now be played at the Playing Fields in Old Wells Road, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5XN, with the opposition now getting home advantage.

The fixture will now be played on Tuesday 4th December. Kick-off has been confirmed as 7.30p.m. by the Somerset FA. At present, this doesn't clash with any Yeovil Town first team fixtures, although the match will almost certainly be fulfilled by the club's Academy side.

Update: The Somerset FA have now confirmed the kick-off time as 7.30p.m.

Link: 2018-19 Somerset Premier Cup Second Round Draw.


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5 November 2018 : Roadworks Changes For The West Ham And Stockport Games
It wouldn't be possible to stage a Yeovil Town home match, without there being new roadworks to tell you about. In fairness, this is the second phase of an ongoing section of road closures that were known about last month, but now move on to provide resurfacing work and further enhancements in the area as part of Somerset County Council's Western Corridor improvements. The works will affect Tuesday night's home match against West Ham United Under-21s and to an extent will affect Saturday's FA Cup First Round tie against Stockport County. Note that the arrangements are different to past publicised roadworks, so if you've been to previous home games, or travel around the area, expect road access changes to be in place this week.

The first thing to note is that after the West Ham Under-21s match, Bunford Lane will be closed between Westlands Roundabout and Bluebell Roundabout. The closures will take place overnight between 8.00p.m. and 6.00a.m. and so will only affect supporters after the match. However, the crucial bit is that you will not be able to gain access to the A3088 leading out to the Cartgate Roundabout from that side of roadworks. If you really need to reach the Cartgate Roundabout area, you might want to consider leaving the town via the A37. The official diversion route takes you on a huge loop around the town and via Lysander Road. These overnight closures are set to be in place between November 5th and November 23rd. They will not affect Saturday fixtures (unless you leave Huish Park extremely late).

Local fans have told us it is possible to reach the A3088 by heading onto minor roads from Houndstone, and then looping around Montacute before coming back out onto the A3088. However, that will depend on whether you are comfortable with a few village lanes and the 20mph speed limit through Montacute. It's certainly not a route we would recommend for larger cars or coaches - head via the A37 if you fall into that category.

The second thing to note is that there will be a one-way system on Lufton Way reintroduced, and this will apply on a 24x7 basis. Traffic will be able to access Lufton Way from the Preston Road Roundabout but will not be able to exit from Lufton Way to the Roundabout. You'll need to loop clockwise around the ground and reach the Preston Road Roundabout via Western Avenue. The expectation is that this diversion will be in place until December 21st and so will affect all home matches during that period. If you park in the Main Stand car park, or use street parking around Screwfix, you'll need to turn right after the game and loop around the ground.

Edit: Added additional information for those comfortable with using village lanes via Montacute to reach the A3088.

Link: Ticketing For EFL Trophy Yeovil Town vs West Ham United.

Three phases of overnight roadworks south of Yeovil Town's Huish Park affecting evening games
Three phases of overnight roadworks south of Yeovil Town's Huish Park affecting evening games.



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5 November 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Morecambe Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match against Morecambe kicked off at the Globe Arena, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, he explains the absence of Alex Fisher, the addition of Francois Zoko and his hopes for Yoann Arquin and Jake Gray's positions in the starting line-up. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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4 November 2018 : Video : Morecambe vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch YouTube-based match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Morecambe these are now online. Watch the goal scored by Olufela Olomola along with the home side's two goals and their saved penalty attempt. There are also efforts from Wes McDonald and Tom James, along with a follow-up attempt from Shaun Donnellan shown in two minutes worth of highlights below.




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4 November 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Morecambe Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, 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 defeat can be read via the link below.

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


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3 November 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 2-1 defeat against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, 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 Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.


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3 November 2018 : Video : Morecambe vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Morecambe, these are now available online. There is two-and-a-half minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the goal from Olufela Olomola, along with a first half effort from Bevis Mugabi that was tipped over the bar, along with second half chances for Wes McDonald and Tom James, with the latter seeing Shaun Donnellan put over the rebound. Watch via the link below.

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


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3 November 2018 : Morecambe 2 Yeovil 1 : Second Half Fightback In Vain For Glovers
Yeovil Town went down to defeat on Saturday afternoon despite a late rally against Morecambe at the Globe Arena. They were trailing by a couple of goals, after former Glover AJ Leitch-Smith fired into the top corner, followed by a goal from Rhys Oates early in the second period. Yeovil had been sluggish for the first hour, but when Scunthorpe United striker Olufela Olomola netted his third goal of the season, that set up a grandstand final 20 minutes. However, the Shrimps survived the late charge, with Omari Patrick hitting the post in second half injury time, meaning that Yeovil went down to a 2-1 defeat, slipping to 14th in the League Two table as a result.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to last Saturday's line-up at Carlisle, with one forced and two tactical. Alex Fisher had a virus and so Yoann Arquin stepped into the front line. In midfield Jake Gray was preferred for Alex Pattison, with perhaps a hint that his head injury last week had seen his time on the training ground limited. On the wing, Wes McDonald made his first start since his hamstring injury, as Omari Patrick dropped to the bench.

The opening 25 minutes was one of acutely few chances, with only a Tom James header from a Rhys Browne cross noteworthy of action at the attacking end. Morecambe weren't much more active, but they scored with their opening chance of the game. A Liam Mandeville short pass into the box saw former Glover AJ Leitch-Smith turn past Shaun Donnellan and he fired a shot into the top corner for a 1-0 lead, to give the home side the upper hand.

That was enough to put Morecambe's tails up and they got themselves a bit of a soft penalty when Liam Mandeville was judged to have been pulled back by Sessi D'Almeida. That gave the Shrimps the chance to go two goals up but on this occasion, AJ Leitch-Smith's luck was out, as his penalty was saved by Nathan Baxter, who dived low to his right to push the ball out, with the rebound attempt going out for a corner. From that corner, Yeovil's funny five minutes continued as they failed to clear their lines properly, leading to Vadaine Oliver heading the ball into the back of the net - fortunately with a linesman's flag ruling that one out.

Yeovil contributed little in the first half of attacking intent but did at least finish the half in a brighter way, as Bevis Mugabi's volley from a Jake Gray corner was palmed for a second corner by Mark Halstead. Then Rhys Browne fired over the crossbar just before the final whistle blew with them just the single goal down.

Three minutes into the second half, Yeovil shot themselves in the foot by allowing Morecambe their second goal of the game. Giving the ball away on the halfway line, Rhys Oates gained possession and ran at the Glovers defence, who were guilty of allowing him the room to do so. When he reached 20 yards out, the wide man fired off a shot that took a bounce past goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, who seemed to misjudge the flight, and that ensured a 2-0 advantage for the Shrimps.

That was the signal for Alex Pattison to be introduced for Yeovil, replacing Jake Gray in the centre of the park. He fired over the crossbar after Rhys Browne had put him through, within a minute of arriving on the pitch. A long range Tom James free kick was saved by Mark Halstead, and suddenly Yeovil were starting to look the part for the first time in the match, with a previously quiet Wes McDonald shooting over on the counter-attack before the same player forced Halstead into a low save.

With 68 minutes on the clock, Yeovil's gradual climb back into playing better attacking football paid off when Yoann Arquin flicked on a ball up field, and it landed at the feet of an accelerating Olufela Olomola. The striker got in behind the Morecambe defence, before firing off a shot inside the box for his third goal of the 2018-19 season, and at 2-1 a foothold back into the match.

Morecambe introduced Kevin Ellison as a substitute, which might have caused some nerves, given his strike rate against Yeovil over the last few years. But instead the traffic was now flowing in one direction. Francois Zoko was introduced as an attacking outlet, making his comeback after a sixteen game absence, replacing Yoann Arquin. As the game drew to a close, two Tom James free kicks were parried by Mark Halstead, with the second almost creating an equaliser, but Shaun Donnellan's close range shot went over the crossbar and Morecambe escaped.

During second half injury time, Omari Patrick also went close as he hit the post inside a crowded goalmouth, with Morecambe somewhat clinging onto their single goal lead. But they managed to keep that advantage, with Yeovil having only really turned the screw in that final 30 minute period. The lesson was clear - don't give the opposition a two goal head start before you pick up the play, and even though they penned Morecambe in during the closing stages that was why they lost the game. They slip down to 14th in the table, with two cup matches taking attention elsewhere over the next seven days.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Morecambe 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: AJ Leitch-Smith (1-0, 23 mins), Rhys Oates (2-0, 48 mins), Olufela Olomola (2-1, 68 mins)

Morecambe:
21 Mark Halstead
2 Zak Mills 14 Josef Yarney 16 Sam Lavelle 3 Luke Conlan
17 Liam Mandeville 15 Aaron Wildig 27 Jordan Cranston 18 Rhys Oates
28 AJ Leitch-Smith 9 Vadaine Oliver

Substitutes:
4 Alex Kenyon (81 mins for Rhys Oates) 5 Steven Old (90 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 11 Kevin Ellison (70 mins for Liam Mandeville) 12 Jason Oswell 13 Dawid Szczepaniak 19 Carlos Mendes Gomes 25 Ben Hedley

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
7. Rhys Browne 20. Sessi D'Almeida 10. Jake Gray 21. Wes McDonald
18. Yoann Arquin, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 8. Omari Patrick (85 mins for Olufela Olomola) 13. Francois Zoko (76 mins for Yoann Arquin) 15. Gabriel Rogers 17. Alex Pattison (50 mins for Jake Gray) 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos

Morecambe Bookings: Sam Lavelle (foul, 58 mins), Jordan Cranston (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Olufela Olomola (foul, 10 mins), Tom James (foul, 15 mins), Francois Zoko (dissent, 80 mins)

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

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Peter Wright (Liverpool). Assistants: Mark Cunliffe (Merseyside) and Gary Hilton (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Gareth Mellor (Leeds).

Attendance: 1,406 (with 133 Yeovil Town supporters)


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3 November 2018 : Way Sees Under-Achieving Players At Heart Of Morecambe Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that not all of his players were firing on all cylinders during the opening 60 minutes of Yeovil Town's 2-1 defeat against Morecambe at the Globe Arena. The Glovers were made to pay for a slow start to the game, as goals from former Glover AJ Leitch-Smith and an early second half strike from Rhys Oates put their Lancashire hosts in command of the match. A 68th minute goal from Scunthorpe United loanee Olufela Olomola ensured that the final segment of the game was one dominated by Yeovil, but Morecambe were able to hang on to their earlier advantage and win the game.

Way admitted that giving the opposition their opening goals had cost them any points today. Whilst he didn't name the players involved, he suggested that a couple of those that started the game were guilty of 'under-achieving' on the day, adding that individuals had made mistakes that had cost them the game. Way said that the failure to keep a clean sheet had been a key part of what unfolded:

"They couldn't find the equaliser. We've had some honest discussions in the dressing room. I feel that's a game that if we're at the level that I want the team to be at, we should be winning. I was disappointed with the two goals, as they were very very costly. I feel it takes eleven players to come to Morecambe and win a game on spirit and determination, and we've certainly seen that in the second half. We have to make sure with the players, and I feel there are one or two players that under-achieved today, that they take responsibility for their performance, because that can't happen again. Normally that's down to individuals making mistakes. When we keep clean sheets, quite clearly with the way that we finish games, we win games."

During the closing stages of the second period, Morecambe adopted a rearguard action, defending what was by then a single goal advantage. Despite a couple of ambitious Tom James free kicks, and a late Omari Patrick effort that struck the post, the Glovers couldn't get an equaliser. Way said that the introduction of Middlesbrough midfielder Alex Pattison as a 50th minute substitute had helped change the path of the game, but he wasn't prepared to suggest his side were unlucky with the outcome because of what had happened before that point:

"We've had a lot of chances, and I could stand here now and say we're unlucky. But that's not my style. That's not what I demand from them. I think there must have been 17 shots in the last 30 minutes of the game. I don't think I've seen such a one sided game since I've been at Yeovil, and we've won a game 6-0. But it's never been camped in one half of the pitch, with so many chances like that. I want the players to demand from other players, that feel that they're not at that level. When Alex Pattison came on during the second half, he dominated and quite clearly that's the difference."


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3 November 2018 : Morecambe 2 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town went down to defeat on Saturday afternoon despite a late rally against Morecambe at the Globe Arena. They were trailing by a couple of goals, after former Glover AJ Leitch-Smith fired into the top corner, followed by a goal from Rhys Oates early in the second period. Yeovil had been sluggish for the first hour, but when Scunthorpe United striker Olufela Olomola netted his third goal of the season, that set up a grandstand final 20 minutes. However, the Shrimps survived the late charge, with Omari Patrick hitting the post in second half injury time, meaning that Yeovil went down to a 2-1 defeat, slipping to 14th in the League Two table as a result.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Morecambe 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: AJ Leitch-Smith (1-0, 23 mins), Rhys Oates (2-0, 48 mins), Olufela Olomola (2-1, 68 mins)

Morecambe:
21 Mark Halstead
2 Zak Mills 14 Josef Yarney 16 Sam Lavelle 3 Luke Conlan
17 Liam Mandeville 15 Aaron Wildig 27 Jordan Cranston 18 Rhys Oates
28 AJ Leitch-Smith 9 Vadaine Oliver

Substitutes:
4 Alex Kenyon (81 mins for Rhys Oates) 5 Steven Old (90 mins for AJ Leitch-Smith) 11 Kevin Ellison (70 mins for Liam Mandeville) 12 Jason Oswell 13 Dawid Szczepaniak 19 Carlos Mendes Gomes 25 Ben Hedley

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
7. Rhys Browne 20. Sessi D'Almeida 10. Jake Gray 21. Wes McDonald
18. Yoann Arquin, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 8. Omari Patrick (85 mins for Olufela Olomola) 13. Francois Zoko (76 mins for Yoann Arquin) 15. Gabriel Rogers 17. Alex Pattison (50 mins for Jake Gray) 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos

Morecambe Bookings: Sam Lavelle (foul, 58 mins), Jordan Cranston (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Olufela Olomola (foul, 10 mins), Tom James (foul, 15 mins), Francois Zoko (dissent, 80 mins)

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

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 8; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Peter Wright (Liverpool). Assistants: Mark Cunliffe (Merseyside) and Gary Hilton (Lancashire). Fourth Official: Gareth Mellor (Leeds).

Attendance: 1,406 (with 133 Yeovil Town supporters)


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3 November 2018 : Team News For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Morecambe at the Globe Arena. The match sees the Glovers named three changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to last Saturday's match against Carlisle United. Midfielder Jake Gray is preferred to Alex Pattison in the centre, with the latter having picked up a head injury at Brunton Park. On the wing, Wes McDonald takes the place of Omari Patrick who drops to the bench. There's also a forced change up front with Yoann Arquin coming in for Alex Fisher who has an illness.

On the bench, striker Francois Zoko has had a knee injury since the August match against Mansfield Town, but he makes his return, having played in a behind-closed-doors game against Bristol City. He is the only new man within the squad of eighteen players, with Korrey Henry continuing to be left out as the 'spare' man within the squad.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Bailey was due to play in a behind-closed-doors game against Bristol City last Tuesday, but as yet there's been no word on whether he did. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is expected to be out until around the end of the year. Winger Jordan Green has a hamstring injury. Gary Warren sits out with a groin problem.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
23. Tom James, 5. Bevis Mugabi, 27. Shaun Donnellan 3. Carl Dickinson (Capt)
7. Rhys Browne 20. Sessi D'Almeida 10. Jake Gray 21. Wes McDonald
18. Yoann Arquin, 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson 8. Omari Patrick 13. Francois Zoko 15. Gabriel Rogers 17. Alex Pattison 29. Enes Mahmutovic 30. Alefe Santos

Morecambe:
21 Mark Halstead
2 Zak Mills 14 Josef Yarney 16 Sam Lavelle 3 Luke Conlan
17 Liam Mandeville 15 Aaron Wildig 27 Jordan Cranston 18 Rhys Oates
28 AJ Leitch-Smith 9 Vadaine Oliver

Substitutes:
4 Alex Kenyon 5 Steven Old 11 Kevin Ellison 12 Jason Oswell 13 Dawid Szczepaniak 19 Carlos Mendes Gomes 25 Ben Hedley


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3 November 2018 : Officials For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Morecambe and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 3rd November 2018 (today) with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at the Globe Arena. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Peter Wright (Liverpool).

He is a first year referee at Football League level, having been promoted in the summer of 2017. His final act of last season was to take charge of the National League Play-Off tie between Tranmere Rovers and Ebbsfleet United. Since moving into the Football League, he's taken charge of ten League matches and two EFL Trophy tie, managing 33 yellow cards and four red cards.

The fourth of those red cards came during a rather extraordinary match against Newport County at Rodney Parade, which represents our one and only meeting involving Mr Wright as the man in the middle. He took charge of the club's 0-6 win, which was the club's record victory since promotion to the Football League. He didn't have a lot of input into the match, except for one decision made in the 82nd minute when the home side were already six goals down. He dismissed Robbie Willmott for a rather horrible tackle on Olufela Olomola and we got the impression that home boss Mike Flynn wasn't making a big deal about the referee's decision, stating that Willmott had been fined for his actions. Prior to that, the match officials had barely needed to be involved.

Mr Wright will be assisted by Mark Cunliffe (Merseyside) and Gary Hilton (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be Gareth Mellor (Leeds).

Link: September 2018 : Newport County 0 Yeovil Town 6.


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2 November 2018 : LFE Give Recognition To Glovers Academy Winger
Yeovil Town Academy player Gabriel Rogers has been named in a monthly list of players compiled by the League Football Education. This is a joint venture between the Football League and the Professional Footballers' Association, established in 2004 with the aim of providing the educational aspects of the Academy Scholarship programme. Whilst most Scholars study for a BTEC qualification at a local college, the LSE also provide their own Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence framework which supports players during their Apprenticeship.

They have chosen eleven players for October 2018, and have included wide man Rogers in their list, with him having become a regular on the Glovers teamsheet during the 2018-19 season, having got onto the pitch for three substitute appearances, as well as being an unused substitute on 15 further occasions. The 17 year old is yet to be given a contract by the club, but has become a beneficiary of summer changes in Football League rules that require clubs to name a 'homegrown' player on their teamsheet for each matchday. With the Glovers having no full time professionals that fit that criteria, Rogers is yet to miss a first team fixture in terms of the matchday eighteen.

The LFE have profiled each of their eleven players listed. Their profile for Gabriel reads as follows:

Second-year apprentice Gabriel has established himself as a highly-rated prospect at Yeovil after a string of promising performances in the senior side during pre-season. Having been awarded a first-team number this summer, the 17-year-old has appeared in three competitions this season, making his debut in the Carabao Cup against Aston Villa, featuring in the Checkatrade Trophy at Bristol Rovers and earning a Sky Bet League Two bow in the latter stages of a 6-0 win against Newport County. Regional Officer Roger Gibbins said:

"Gabs has forced his way into the first-team after an impressive pre-season and is now training with them on a regular basis. Despite this, he is continuing with his education, hitting his targets and showing an excellent all-round attitude."

The full LFE list of players for October 2018 (which isn't intended to represent a team formation) is as follows:

Luke Rowe (Coventry City)
Matt O'Riley (Fulham)
Hector Kyprianou (Leyton Orient)
Max Culverwell (Notts County)
Frazer Garner (Peterborough United)
Tyrone Lewthwaite (Rotherham United)
Isaac Rice (Sheffield Wednesday)
Arthur Iontton (Stevenage)
Sonny Haynes (Swindon Town)
Nick Long (Tranmere Rovers)
Gabriel Rogers (Yeovil Town)


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2 November 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Morecambe Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on a 'no complaints' rule he has established following a new team bus, his thoughts on Shrimps boss Jim Bentley, former striker AJ Leitch-Smith, and current Chelsea loan keeper Nathan Baxter. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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2 November 2018 : Way Thinking Every Day About January's Out Of Contract Players
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he already has his mind on what might happen during the January Transfer Window, when it comes to squad movement. In a change to the last couple of seasons, the club has two permanently contracted players on half-season deals, meaning that the club has business it has to attend to if it wants to keep hold of winger Wes McDonald and winger/striker Yoann Arquin beyond New Year's Day. Both were signed during the summer of 2018, following successful trials, but despite both regularly getting onto the pitch when fit, they've yet to be tied up to longer term deals.

The Glovers will also need to address the future of Scunthorpe United striker Olufela Olomola and Bradford City striker Omari Patrick. Both were brought in during the final few days of the August transfer window, as half-season loan deals, that should also run until just after New Year's Day before their deals would automatically expire. Way told BBC Somerset that this was an issue that he was managing on a daily basis:

"I'm thinking about it for every minute of every day. We know we've got the five loans. Even though you've got them on a season long loan, you don't dictate their future. The other club dictates their future, with the player and the agents, so I'll have to make sure I manage that. And we've got two players out of contract, and both of those players I think have been a massive asset, so they need negotiating and sorting."

Of the club's other loanees, the deals for Chelsea keeper Nathan Baxter, Middlesbrough defender Enes Mahmutovic and midfielder Alex Pattison are currently set to run until the end of the 2018-19 season. However, usually most season-long loan deals have a January break clause built in that allows those players to be recalled at any time up until January 31st. If no contact is made by the parent club, they stay on Yeovil's books. In the case of Norwich City loanee Diallang Jaiyesimi, his deal was also set to run for the length of the 2018-19 season, but as he is not expected to play again this season, this will be a question of both clubs determining the liability for his wages within the terms of his loan contract.

In the lead-up to Saturday's trip to Morecambe, Darren Way has also compared his current position as first team manager to that of Shrimps boss Jim Bentley. The former defender is the Football League's longest serving manager, having moved into the hotseat during May 2011, and has managed 381 games so far. Way was asked about the respect that he had for Bentley's tenure at the Globe Arena and he said there were a lot of similarities:

"It's dealing with the highs and the lows and the social media. Not having the biggest budget in the league is tough. Having constant change, which I've had every single year. I look at my Carlisle team last year, to the Carlisle team we played the year before and I think I've had a minimum of seventeen changes. I'm a great believer of building relationships and communicating with each other, because I think that builds trust. It's very difficult to manage that, and then when you've got to deal with young players, and supporters and social media, you've got to win every game. So trying to get that balance right can be very very difficult."


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2 November 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Morecambe
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make another long journey up the M6, where they will face Morecambe in a League Two fixture. For those crazy enough to be doing another long-distance journey, the Ciderspace guide for the Globe Arena and surrounding area has been updated to cover the fixture. Find directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide, club statistics and other such information via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Morecambe.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Morecambe's new Globe Arena ground
Morecambe's new Globe Arena ground



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1 November 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Factcheck On Statistics
Over the past month or so, Yeovil Town fans have tended to be hit by a barrage of statistics, concerning their club. On Saturday, manager Darren Way conducted a statistic-heavy interview with BBC Radio 5Live, as part of the club's trip to Carlisle United. The latest Taff's Gloversblog has had a look at some of those claims, and tried to Factcheck them one way or the other. Read the article via the link below, and make up your own mind in terms of what has been presented.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Factcheck On Statistics.


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1 November 2018 : Wing Scores First Middlesbrough Goal
Former Yeovil Town loanee Lewis Wing scored his first goal for Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening. The 23 year old scored the winning goal in a League Cup tie against Premier League side Crystal Palace, as his club moved into the final eight of the competition with a 1-0 victory. The goal itself was a spectacular one, as he volleyed a 20 yard shot into the roof of the net during first half injury time, to give them a Quarter-Final home tie against Burton Albion.

The goal continues Wing's progression in a side pushing for promotion to the Premier League. Wednesday night's game was his eighth appearance in a Boro first team shirt, but the first time he's found the net. The winning goal was good timing for him, given that manager Tony Pulis had just recalled him to the side after a one month break from first team duties.

"First half performance was excellent and again we got into a lot of great positions and had opportunities. It takes a wonder goal from Wingy (Lewis Wing) to give us that lead and as I've said I think we've played well this year in lots of games. It's just that final third and having someone to put the ball in in the final third, and luckily Wingy's come up with a special one tonight to win the game. He's signed a new contract and I'm really pleased he's with us. He's got a long way to go and there's things that he needs to improve on, but his enthusiasm to play and to want to play and to learn is first class. We've got to make sure we encourage that."

Wing was given a new Middlesbrough contract midway through October, with them giving him a deal that now runs until June 2022. You can watch his goal via the clip below (starting 2 mins 10 seconds through the video).

NOTE: The match commentary, supplied by Quest, once again has got it wrong. They describe Wing's strike as his "first ever goal in professional football". He did of course score three times during his loan spell with Yeovil Town during the 2017-18 season, so this claim is inaccurate.




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