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31 December 2015 : Pre-Match Pricing Held For York City Game
Yeovil Town have extended their pre-match pricing to run on the day for Saturday's League Two home match against York City. With the Huish Park Ticket Office closed on New Year's Day, fans are still able to purchase tickets online for convenience, but those deciding to purchase on the day of the match (January 2nd) will not have to pay the usual £2.00 extra that is normally in place if you purchase on the day of the match.

Thus you can purchase using pre-match rates from the Ticket Office right up until kick-off. Allow a bit of extra time for queuing if you're arriving in the final hour before kick-off.

Link: 2015-16 Pre-Match and Matchday Admission Prices.


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31 December 2015 : Darren Way Hoping Experience Of Adversity Can Guide Yeovil Out Of Trouble
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that his personal experience of adversity in his life will help his club fight their way out of relegation trouble at the foot of League Two. Way's 'interim' status as manager that he's held since the start of December became permanent today with the news that he is the new Glovers first team manager, replacing Paul Sturrock and becoming the club's fourth manager of 2015.

Way's route into coaching came rather earlier in life than most people will have experienced, when a December 2008 car crash ended his playing career, becoming part of the club's coaching set-up in February 2010 after he had recovered sufficiently from those injuries. Having battled his way back from those problems, which saw him spend several months in hospital, Way feels that has given himself the mental strength to cope with the club's current lowly position as the football pyramid's 92nd league club:

"Sometimes in life you've got to deal with a little bit of adversity and that's what the club is dealing with right now. I feel that I've had adversity in my life and I know how to deal with that. When it's close to your family then it's personal and that's how it feels for the football club. It's something something that you can't buy - you can only experience it, and I've been here for 15 years. That can give you what it feels like when it hurts. I want to do everything that I can, as well as with the supporters who have shown a lot of love and respect since I've taken over as manager towards the players. The objective more than anything is to make sure that we stay in the Football League, and that's the main thing that I'm focussed on."

Way has so far taken charge of six matches, clocking up one win, three draws and two defeats, although has yet to record his first League Two victory. He feels that cementing the position as a permanent one will allow him to concentrate on that job, and make preparations for the January transfer window, which opens tomorrow. He says that he has earned that opportunity to lead the club:

"I know now that it's real and that there's no break in it. It's me and I've got to make those decisions and I feel quite comfortable with it. I think I've been assessed every day by the supporters, the directors and the players, and I feel I've come through that to earn this opportunity."

The BBC indicate that at present the club have not revealed the length of Darren Way's contract as a first team manager, nor the future of assistant manager Terry Skiverton. Back in June 2015, both signed new deals with the club, which were also of an unspecified length, and so the default situation would be that those employment arrangements would continue - whatever they are!

Way's first task will be to deal with the fact that central defender and club captain Darren Ward's contract runs out after Saturday's League Two match against York City, whilst another short term deal for Francois Zoko also expires in the middle of the month. Another decision that will need to be made after York will relate to Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Christian Maghoma, who was signed by the club just prior to Sturrock's departure. However, with Darren Way not having used him at all during his six matches so far, it would sem inevitable that his loan spell, which runs out after the York game, will not be extended, effectively freeing up a loan 'space' in the first team squad.


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31 December 2015 : Still Returns To Dagenham Again
Not just one managerial appointment today, but two. League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge have appointed John Still as their 'new' manager, replacing Wayne Burnett in the job. In an odd twist, Burnett was the man who replaced Still when he departed for Luton Town in 2013 - with both being fired within four days of each other, Still became the obvious choice for Daggers to turn to, with the obvious aim of trying to steer them away from the League Two relegation zone, with the Essex side immediately above Yeovil Town in the League Two table.

Still has got a total of 22 years worth of management history with Dagenham and Redbridge and their predecessors, across four separate spells. He was Dagenham's manager between 1992 and 1994 and then from 2004 to 2013, with the latter spell seeing them move from the Conference division into League One. However, he was also the club's manager when they were known as Redbridge Forest between 1989 and 1992 up until their name change, and was also in charge in 1986 of Leytonstone and Ilford and of Leytonstone from 1976 until 1983, who merged with Ilford in 1979 and ultimately became part of the Dagenham and Redbridge club that stands today. Going back to the 1970s he was also a player for both Leytonstone and the unmerged Dagenham club. As he points out, the 65 year old is returning to a club which he has been an on-off part of now for 50 years:

"I'm delighted. The club has been important to me since I was 15 years old. I've spent a lot of time here as a supporter, player and manager. Weíre in a difficult position so itís really important we can try and do some things that can keep us in the football league. It doesn't feel weird to be back here to be honest. There's no real changes. I've come back and it's like putting on an old pair of slippers, they just fitted back in really. The staff and people around the ground are similar. There is no real settling in period now. It's just a case of getting to know the players and trying to get results that are much needed."


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31 December 2015 : Way Confirmed As New Yeovil Town Manager
Yeovil Town have formally announced their new permanent manager to succeed Paul Sturrock, who was fired by the club on December 1st 2015. They have opted to give the job to Darren Way on a permanent basis, with the 36 year old having taken the job on an interim basis following Sturrock's departure. Darren has so far taken charge of six matches, gaining one win - against Stevenage in the FA Cup - and three draws along with defeats against Oxford United in the Football League Trophy and against Plymouth Argyle on Boxing Day.

There is no mention of any contract details, suggesting that the arrangements are covered under his existing First Team Coach contract. The club indicate that Darren is currently studying for his FA UEFA Pro Licence, having earlier achieved his UEFA A Licence. Darren says of his appointment:

"I am very very honoured and privileged to become the manager of Yeovil Town. I am ready to take this club into battle and secure our Football League status. I feel the players have given everything for me since I have taken charge and the supporters have shown a lot of love and respect towards the players and the football club. I feel I have worked very hard to be given this opportunity. I have shown the same passion and commitment as a manager that I did when I played. As it stands right now, the club needs passion and commitment and I am sure there is enough around the town and community with everyone pulling in the same direction to maintain our league status. I fully respect the fans who have turned up week in week out to show their support and I think they can see the change since I took over. Keep positive and lets keep marching on."

Darren's association with the club dates back to the summer of 2000 when he was invited to train with the club by the then assistant manager Steve Thompson, shortly after being released by Norwich City. He was given a contract under David Webb after impressing in a number of pre-season friendlies and very quickly became a regular playerin the centre of midfield, with Thompson himself and Colin Addison making him a key part of their line-ups. When Gary Johnson arrived as manager of the club, he was given a midfield partnership with Lee Johnson that would become a fixed feature of the club's rise up through the leagues, being part of the club's FA Trophy, Conference National and League Two title winning side and winning the club's 2002-03 Player of the Season Awards as part of their Conference winning season, and then again two years later as part of the club's 2004-05 League Two title winning season.

Darren Way v Bristol Rovers, 2005
The Weasel bares his teeth: Darren Way against Bristol Rovers in 2005.
Photo © 2005 Ciderspace


Alas, the problem of Darren having played such a prominent part in two title winning seasons was that he was going to get noticed. Swansea City came calling when he had just six months left on his Huish Park contract, and the £150,000 offered was too good to turn down. Things didn't quite work out for Darren in South Wales, even though he seemed to have made many friends down there - shin injuries, combined with Swansea's rise up through the divisions restricted him to just 21 appearances for the Swans across a 2.5 year period.

During that time, he was brought back by Russell Slade for an eight game loan spell, and in the summer of 2008, Slade persuaded him to make a permanent return, with the two clubs agreeing to cancel an outstanding payment clause in the original 2006 deal as a "fee" for his return. Darren's three playing spells were to give him 274 appearances and 36 goals as part of his terrier-like, hard-working performances that earned him the nickname of 'Weasel' - the image of a small but highly active predator being perfect for his style of play.

In December 2008, Darren's world was changed abruptly. A serious car crash on the A3088 just outside Yeovil hospitalised him, leaving him with multiple broken bones and wheelchair bound. He was to make just two more token appearances on the Huish Park pitch - seven months later as part of Terry Skiverton's testimonial match, and then in July 2010 as part of a benefit match for himself against a Manchester United Reserve side. By then, his retirement had been announced, and he had become the club's first team coach - a position he has held under various managers since February 2010.

Taking out his time in Swansea, Darren has so far completed around twelve-and-a-half years worth of service for the club across three spells, and has to his name being part of the FA Trophy, Conference and League Two winning sides, as well as being first team coach for the club's League One play-off final winning side. He will now extend his current six game management spell by taking the team into 2016.


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31 December 2015 : Darren Ward Talks About The Oxford Draw
Following Bank Holiday Monday's 0-0 draw against Oxford United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town centre-back Darren Ward spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on drawing against a promotion-chasing side, and some more thoughts on his own contractual situation can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Ward Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Oxford.


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30 December 2015 : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
In their final match before Christmas, Yeovil Town travelled to Leyton Orient, for a League Two match at Brisbane Road. The Glovers took the lead just before the break, when Francois Zoko headed home, but they were undone by an excellent long range strike from Jobi McAnuff, who transformed Orient's second half when he came on as a substitute, meaning that the Glovers had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

Man of the Match voting saw centre-back Darren Ward praised once again for his performance at the back. However, ahead of him was a pair of players who ended up tied on the same number of voting points. Goalscorer Francois Zoko inevitably picked up plenty of votes, and he was tied with winger Iffy Allen who had returned to the side for only his second start of the season. Iffy gets the top position, thanks to him picking up more outright votes on the day.

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

1. Iffy Allen 38 (3)
2. Francois Zoko 38 (1)
3. Darren Ward 32 (1)
4. Shaun Jeffers 22 (2)
5. Chris Weale 20 (2)
6. Jakub SokolŪk 18 (1)
7. Nathan Smith 8 (0)
8. Ryan Dickson 4 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.9
Performance : 7
Entertainment : 6.8
VOTES RECEIVED : 10


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30 December 2015 : Gillett Back In Full Training After Year Out
Yeovil Town midfielder Simon Gillett is back in full training after spending almost a full year out through injury. The 30 year old arrived at Huish Park during the summer of 2014, having been released by Nottingham Forest at the end of the 2013-14 season, and signed a two year deal for the club after a short trial. He was a regular in the Glovers first team, winning a string of Man of the Match awards during the first half of the 2014-15 campaign and had made 22 appearances in his current spell before he suffered a knee injury in the FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United on January 4th 2015.

Gillett has not been seen on the field of play since. He needed an operation during the early part of 2015, after the cartilage on his femur bone had worn away, requiring him to go through a lengthy rehabilitation period to help build up the strength in his knee again. He has kept himself busy at the club by helping previous manager Paul Sturrock out with a few scouting duties, whilst under Darren Way's interim management he has been helping with some of the pre-match warm-up sessions.

Today he has confirmed that he has now resumed full training with the first team squad, just one week short of a full calendar year from his last game. He'll obviously need several weeks in training, effectively needing a 'pre-season schedule' to get himself ready for full League Two action. Today he confirmed the good news via his Twitter account:

"Buzzing to get my first full training session under my belt - even if hurricane Frank did try and mess it up #keepthemlegsclosed @alexlacey24"

Gillett's midfield teammate Kevin Dawson is in an almost identical position, having been out of first team action for the same period of time with a mix of pelvis, hip and groin problems. However, on Monday, interim manager Darren Way said he expected Kevin to resume training sometime next week, having been restricted to one-to-one work with club physio Mike Micciche up until this point. Dawson is expected to also need a similar period of time to be back in contention, although did have one aborted return to training a couple of months ago that saw him break down with a secondary injury.


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30 December 2015 : Volunteers Needed To Cover Pitch For York City Fixture
Yeovil Town are looking for volunteers to potentially help cover the Huish Park pitch ahead of the League Two fixture against York City. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd January 2016 and represents a bit of a 'six-pointer' for both sides who are in the bottom three positions of the League Two table. With next weekend representing a mini-break from league fixtures due to the club's involvement in the FA Cup Third Round against Carlisle United, it will be the Glovers only League fixture over the next two-and-a-half weeks, and so they will obviously be looking to make sure it gets played as scheduled.

With that in mind, the club's Head Groundsman Richard Allsworth is looking for volunteers to potentially help cover the pitch, depending upon how the weather forecast develops. At present, the period across Friday afternoon and Saturday morning is expected to be particularly wet, and thus they are looking to get the pitch covered during the morning of New Year's Day. Provided you can rely upon getting to the ground on that morning in not too hungover a state, email your name and a contact number of info@ytfc.net, marked for the attention of Richard Allsworth, and he will get in touch with you nearer the time once he can plan against a shorter range weather forecast.

At present, the weather forecast for the BA22 postcode area doesn't look too bad, apart from that late New Year's Day band of rain, so we'd suspect this is precautionary tactics to make sure that the game gets played, rather than any immediate concerns about the match at this stage.


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30 December 2015 : Darren Talks About Oxford United L2 Team Selection
Just before Bank Holiday Monday's match against Oxford United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about his reasons for recalling Artur Krysiak, the loss of striker Ryan Bird from the playing squad, and also some good news concerning midfield pair Kevin Dawson and Simon Gillett. Read that interview via the link below.

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

Darren's post-match thoughts following the 0-0 draw can be read via the link below.

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


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30 December 2015 : Darren Ward Talks About The Plymouth Defeat
Following Boxing Day's 1-0 defeat against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, Yeovil Town centre-back Darren Ward spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the team's performance and the problems the players face in waiting for a decision on the club's management team. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Ward Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Defeat Against Plymouth Argyle.


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30 December 2015 : Stewart Returns To Cherries As Academy Coach
Former Yeovil Town goalkeeping coach - and occasional player - Gareth Stewart has returned to Premier League side AFC Bournemouth. The 35 year old has been recruited by the club's Academy set-up, reuniting him with the the club he made 179 appearances for, prior to his departure at the end of the 2007-08 season. He will be employed as the club's main coach for Bournemouth's Under-15s side, providing all-round coaching to that age group, rather than just his usual goalkeeping knowledge, although Academy boss Joe Roach has indicated that he may use Stewart's knowledge of the game as a goalkeeper with other age groups at some stage.

Stewart left Huish Park at the tail end of last season, with then manager Paul Sturrock explaining that club finances, rather than any issue he had with the coach, being behind the decision to part company. Stewart's role was eventually taken up by Chris Weale - presumably a cheaper option given that it would be consumed within his existing playing contract.

Bournemouth Academy manager Joe Roach explained what sort of a role that Stewart would have under the new set-up and said that he already had exposure to Stewart's coaching abilities via Between The Sticks - a specialised coaching set-up based in Wimborne. He said that was where he became aware of Stewart's ability to coach from an outfield perspective as well:

"Gareth will be a great addition to the overall coaching philosophy and we are thrilled to have him on board. He will be working with one of the age groups from an all-round coaching perspective and not just the goalkeeping side of it. Heís got the opportunity to bring in his goalkeeping experience and blend it with the outfield players which is great for us because it gives us both from one particular coach. He may well look to help Steve Manning, our goalkeeper coach, as we develop so we will have two people with goalkeeping and outfield experience. Gareth fits this clubís philosophy because he understands it having played here and been around the club for so long. I took his coaching course a few years ago and he showed then that he had an eye for the outfield elements of the game. His arrival adds to the experience and professionalism in the Academy. We have a good blend of coaches who can all learn from each other. Gareth can learn from the experienced coaches and they can learn from a very experienced goalkeeper."


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29 December 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Barnet : L2 Man Of The Match Result
During the middle of December, Yeovil Town played host to Barnet in a League Two fixture - the second time the clubs had met at Huish Park this season. The 2-2 draw the Glovers gained had looked a little unlikely at the break, with the Bees having gained a two goal half time lead, and looking in full control. However, when Francois Zoko netted an 80th minute goal, the Bees seemed to panic somewhat, and an equaliser from the same player followed six minutes later.

Man of the Match voting saw centre-back Darren Ward and right-back Connor Roberts praised for their performances during the game. However, the Man of the Match winner by a sizeable margin was striker Francois Zoko - with his first two goals for the club rescuing the Glovers a point. Full results, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Francois Zoko 402 (34)
2. Connor Roberts 140 (4)
3. Darren Ward 72 (2)
4. Harry Cornick 62 (3)
5. Matthew Dolan 54 (2)
6. Iffy Allen 42 (1)
7. Chris Weale 26 (0)
8. Ryan Dickson 14 (0)
9. Ben Tozer 12 (1)
10. Wes Fogden 10 (1)
11. Jakub SokolŪk 6 (0)
12. Shaun Jeffers 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.73
Performance : 6.42
Entertainment : 7.04
VOTES RECEIVED : 48


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29 December 2015 : Magpies Sack Management Team After Morecambe Draw
League Two side Notts County have sacked their management team today. They have shown the door to first team manager Ricardo Moniz and assistants Dave Kevan and Dean Yates, with County's current 15th placed slot in the League Two table seemingly not good enough for Chairman Ray Trew. Moniz had been in charge for just 34 matches, clocking up 11 wins and drawing eight matches.

The statement from County describes Moniz as being at the helm of the County side that dropped into League Two, but draw less focus upon the fact that he was only appointed on April 7th 2015, thus having six games only to stop a Magpies side that had been plummeting down the table since October 2014, recording just six wins during their final six months of the 2014-15 season. This year, Moniz has stabilised County's form somewhat, but with a heavy dose of erraticness about their results - their four wins, four draws and four defeats since playing Yeovil Town in October provides perfect symmetry to their recent form, with their major issues being their away results, with their only league win on their travels coming on the opening day of the season.

Chairman Trew suggests that it is the lack of defensive organisation within the sides that Moniz has put out that have caused him concerns, with the club's 2-2 draw against Morecambe on Monday seeing them come from two goals down to earn a point, and Trew stated that the Magpies needed to be more consistent in their play at this stage of the season:

"I made it clear when appointing Ricardo that I wanted someone who would bring an exciting, attacking brand of football to Meadow Lane and I think it would be fair to say that in part he has done this, with some eye-catching attacking play on show at times this season. However, whilst showing considerable flair at times, particularly here at home, I feel that we have lacked a level of discipline and organisation in our defensive play throughout the season which has undermined our efforts and our right to play this free-flowing attacking style. By this stage of the season I felt that we needed to be seeing more consistent performances, which would naturally translate into better results and we know all too well how much of a sand trap this division can be Ė the longer we linger and struggle, the more difficult it will be to get out. My goal for this club is, and always has been, to improve and whilst I by no means want to keep chopping and changing managers, I refuse to let us stagnate and I feel that the time is right for a new approach to reignite our season and get us back on track to where we want and need to be."

Moniz had been put on a three year contract when he arrived at Meadow Lane, meaning that County will be facing another expensive pay-off, whilst they search for a new manager. Trew's talk of "chopping and changing" managers at present certainly has been a pattern to County's recent history - since Ian McParland's departure in October 2009, they have got through Hans Backe, Dave Kevan, Steve Cotterill, Craig Short, Paul Ince, Martin Allen, Keith Curle, Chris Kiwomya, Shaun Derry, Paul Hart and now Ricardo Moniz. With Derry's departure coming on March 23rd 2015, they will now be using their fourth management team of 2015, albeit without a fixture until January 2nd next year.

The club have given the caretaker position to Academy Manager Mick Halsall and Under-21s coach Richard Dryden. They will be backed up by Goalkeeper Coach Kevin Pilkington and fitness coach Mike Edwards.


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29 December 2015 : Glovers Finish Top Of The Wrong League Table
This time last year, a set of statistics were produced that compiled together each football club's results across a calendar year, rather than against a single football season. That 2014 table saw Yeovil Town being propped up by Hartlepool United, Blackpool and Premier League side Hull City as being the worst performing sides from that year, based on the 94 clubs that had competed across the Premier League and Football League matches (including the two who had been relegated from the Football League halfway through the calendar year).

This year's figures have been produced by the We Love Betting website, against just the 72 Football League clubs, and the 2015 table doesn't look any prettier. This time around, Yeovil Town have come out on 'top' as the Football League's worst performing side, with Blackpool's falling side, and Bolton Wanderers, who are in the middle of a financial crisis and sit at the foot of the Championship as the two nearest clubs to them. Yeovil's League Two relegation rivals York City are another club who have been struggling for the full calendar year.

The fourteen worst performing Football League clubs are shown below. Let's hope that the 2016 table shows a significant improvement on these last two calendar years!

Football League clubs ranked by their 2015 results - Yeovil's ranking makes for uncomfortable reading
Football League clubs ranked by their 2015 results - Yeovil's ranking makes for uncomfortable reading
Statistics c/o We Love Betting



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29 December 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Oxford United Match Highlights
For those who want to view the highlights of yesterday's match against Oxford United at Huish Park, these are now online. Amongst the Yeovil chances, you'll find one Josh Sheehan effort that went wide of the target, plus his long range attempt that hit the crossbar, as well as Shaun Jeffers trying his luck from a narrow angle. Then in the second period there is a Francois Zoko header that goes just wide, along with another Sheehan volley from distance. Watch the video below.




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29 December 2015 : Yeovil 0 Oxford 0 : Battling Draw But Yeovil End Year In Bottom Place
Yeovil Town gained a battling home 0-0 draw on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon against a promotion-chasing Oxford United side. The Glovers were indebted to goalkeeper Artur Krysiak for his performance after he returned to the starting line-up for the first time in nearly two months, as he pulled off a number of second half saves that kept the visitors at bay. At the other end, Yeovil hit the crossbar for the second match running, with Josh Sheehan's 20 yard strike coming off the woodwork during the first half, but for the second game running they couldn't find the back of the net, with Dagenham and Redbridge's 3-1 away win ensuring that they ended 2015 at the foot of the League Two table, and two points adrift of their nearest opponents.

Darren Way went into the match making three changes to his starting line-up, with Krysiak displacing Chris Weale between the sticks, whilst both wingers dropped to the bench, as Iffy Allen and Nathan Smith were swapped for Ben Tozer and Jack Compton. That led to a formation change as well, with a 4-3-3 being deployed, in line with the tactics that had ended the Boxing Day fixture against Plymouth. Oxford's line-up included former Glovers loanee John Lundstram, who scored for his new side in their previous fixture.

Yeovil enjoyed plenty of the game during the first half, but it was Oxford who got the first clear-cut chance with Callum O'Dowda turning inside the box and freeing up Kemar Roofe to shoot, but Artur Krysiak was able to save. Josh Sheehan got in Yeovil's first attempt but it went comfortably wide of the posts, and that was followed up by Sheehan's corner which saw Darren Ward head over the bar. Like their trip to Home Park though, the Glovers were thwarted by the crossbar from distance. Matt Dolan was the unlucky man on Boxing Day, but this time round it was Sheehan's turn, as a good move down the left flank saw the ball come his way in a central position, and he unleashed a shot from the edge of the box that rebounded directly off the bar and to safety. That was followed by another Glovers effort as Francois Zoko fed Shaun Jeffers, but his shot was parried by Sam Slocombe for a corner.

Oxford gradually began to find their feet in the game, and a shot by Kemar Roofe had to be parried by Artur Krysiak around his post for a corner. However, the rhythm of the first half was disrupted somewhat by two lengthy injury delays in the closing stages, with Oxford being forced into an early substitution after Johnny Mullins left the field, whilst Ryan Dickson appeared to be struggling at times throughout the half, and he needed treatment three minutes before the break, with it being little surprise that he became the club's first substitution at half time - replaced by Nathan Smith, which at least meant that the Glovers didn't have to do any positional juggling. Deep into first half injury time, Callum O'Dowda fired over the bar when he had a golden opportunity to put Oxford into the lead, meaning that the teams went in level at the break.

The second period opened with Kemar Roofe being denied by the legs of Artur Krysiak, with Ryan Taylor being unable to convert the rebound as Krysiak blocked again. Inevitably with Oxford in second place in the table, they were playing for all three points, and with Yeovil's chances thinning out - a Francois Zoko flicked header from a corner was a rare effort - they began to get forced into a more defensive mode than they'd been during the first period. On the hour mark, Jakub Sokolik produced a brilliant block close to his own goal line after a ball by substitute Chey Dunkley appeared to find Jake Wright, but the Glovers defender threw his body across the ball to stop what would have been a certain goal.

That may have been a factor in why Sokolik had to be replaced five minutes later, as he limped off to be replaced by Alex Lacy for the final 20 minutes. Oxford ramped up the pressure in the closing stages, as Artur Krysiak ramped up the saves that would give him the sponsors man of the match on the day. Kemar Roofe, George Baldock and a number of goalmouth scrambles kept the Pole ultra-busy. But then wastefulness from Liam Sercombe denied Oxford as he struck the ball over the bar from close range with ten minutes remaining. Oxford ultimately couldn't find a route through, and the end result was a point for Yeovil - a good one in any other circumstances, but with the club's winless run in the league now stretching to sixteen games, and Dagenham's win at Stevenage sending them bottom, they will eventually need to start converting those draws into wins if they are to claw their way out of trouble.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Oxford United 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
10. Shaun Jeffers 39. Francois Zoko 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith (46 mins for Ryan Dickson) 8. Marc Laird 19. Iffy Allen (73 mins for Jack Compton) 21. Alex Lacey (70 mins for Jakub Sokolik) 22. Mark Beck 25. Christian Maghoma

Oxford United:
1. Sam Slocombe 2. George Baldock 3. Joe Skarz 4. Kemar Roofe 5. Johnny Mullins 6. Jake Wright (Capt) 8. Liam Sercombe 11. Alex MacDonald 15. Callum O'Dowda 18. John Lundstram 20. Ryan Taylor

Substitutes:
7. Danny Rose 9. Patrick Hoban (75 mins for Callum O'Dowda) 10. Danny Hylton 13. Benji Buchel 14. Josh Ruffles 33. Chey Dunkley (35 mins for Johnny Mullins) 36. Jordan Evans

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Oxford Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Oxford Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 21; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 9; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Assistants: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Ron Ganfield (Somerset).

Attendance: 4,661 (with 1,061 Oxford supporters).


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29 December 2015 : Darren's Verdict On The Oxford United Home Game
Following Monday afternoon's home match against Oxford United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gave his verdict on the match, as well as inevitably talking about his own position as an interim manager, pending the decision being made by the Yeovil Town board. Read that via the link below.

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


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28 December 2015 : Way Pleased With Pride And Passion After Playing Best Team In The League
Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way has said that his players put 'pride and passion' into their performance today, after his side carved out a 0-0 draw against promotion-chasing Oxford United. The visitors arrived at Huish Park in second place in the League Two table, but had to settle for a point after some dogged defending and strong goalkeeping from the returning Artur Krysiak kept them at bay in the second half.

At the other end, Josh Sheehan's first half attempt struck the crossbar, and Way told BBC Somerset after the game that it was these sort of small margins that often won or lost teams games at this level. He felt that his side had gained a point against the best team in the division and so should be proud of that achievement:

"We talked about this week about the margin of errors, and you can see in every game that I've been involved in as a manager that it's been close. I thank the players for that, because there had to be some pride and passion put into that shirt and they've definitely done that today. They worked their socks off. I've got to be honest, that Oxford are the best team in the league by a million miles. The squad that they've got at their disposal, and fair play to him because he's got them playing really well. But they are a good force, and I think that in an ideal world everyone wants three points, but for the run-in that we've had I've been very proud of the players, and very proud of the supporters who are turning up every week, because that's what it's all about - it's about this football club staying in the league, and we've all got to be a part of that."

The down side of Yeovil's draw today was that they slipped back to the foot of the League Two table, after Dagenham and Redbridge picked up a 3-1 away win against Stevenage, whilst York City's draw at Mansfield Town also meant they kept themselves two points clear of the Glovers. With the full month now up on what was intended to be Way's "interim" period as manager before the Yeovil Town board make their decision over the permanent manager's vacancy, Way says he is just carrying on from day-to-day as he has been but believes his side are now a bigger threat to their rivals than they had been when he took the reins at the start of December:

"I think that we now look a threat. If anyone wants to watch us now, it's not the old Yeovil that was turning up during the 15 games that we've not won. I've said to the players that since I've taken over, I've wanted our second home win, because everyone is talking about how we need to win at home. I've already had that home win against Stevenage (in the FA Cup) but with the run-in that we've had, you've got to be realistic, and it felt okay - it felt good. I've had to make some difficult decisions. I made Darren Ward captain and I thought that was the right decision. I've had to drop some players that have played regularly, and I've had to change the system. I've been fluent and I've played different formations. The players have bought into that. The difficult thing is that I've never really had the time to put across what I wanted to do. I had to do it with their heads rather than with their legs, because of the quick turnover from Saturday to Monday. But they've all bought into it, in everything that I've asked for, and I think they're playing for me, which is the main thing."


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28 December 2015 : Yeovil 0 Oxford 0 : Match Statistics
Match summary to follow later today.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Oxford United 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
10. Shaun Jeffers 39. Francois Zoko 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith (46 mins for Ryan Dickson) 8. Marc Laird 19. Iffy Allen (73 mins for Jack Compton) 21. Alex Lacey (70 mins for Jakub Sokolik) 22. Mark Beck 25. Christian Maghoma

Oxford United:
1. Sam Slocombe 2. George Baldock 3. Joe Skarz 4. Kemar Roofe 5. Johnny Mullins 6. Jake Wright (Capt) 8. Liam Sercombe 11. Alex MacDonald 15. Callum O'Dowda 18. John Lundstram 20. Ryan Taylor

Substitutes:
7. Danny Rose 9. Patrick Hoban (75 mins for Callum O'Dowda) 10. Danny Hylton 13. Benji Buchel 14. Josh Ruffles 33. Chey Dunkley (35 mins for Johnny Mullins) 36. Jordan Evans

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Oxford Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Oxford Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 21; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 9; Fouls: 9.

Referee: Stephen Martin (Staffordshire). Assistants: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Andrew Bennett (Devon). Fourth Official: Ron Ganfield (Somerset).

Attendance: 4,661 (with 1,061 Oxford supporters).


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

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


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28 December 2015 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Oxford United
Yeovil Town have named three changes to their starting line-up for the League Two match against Oxford United at Huish Park this afternoon. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak is recalled to the side after Chris Weale's error on Boxing Day against Plymouth Argyle saw him at the centre of the Pilgrims winning goal. Nathan Smith drops to the bench along with Iffy Allen meaning that both wingers are replaced, with Ben Tozer and Jack Compton replacing them.

Wes Fogden (knee) and AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick (groin) are out for the third game running. The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent. Ryan Bird is also out of the squad today with a dead leg sustained at Plymouth.

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

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 2. Ben Tozer
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers 14. Jack Compton

Substitutes:
12. Chris Weale (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 8. Marc Laird 19. Iffy Allen 21. Alex Lacey 22. Mark Beck 25. Christian Maghoma

Oxford United:
1. Sam Slocombe 2. George Baldock 3. Joe Skarz 4. Kemar Roofe 5. Johnny Mullins 6. Jake Wright (Capt) 8. Liam Sercombe 11. Alex MacDonald 15. Callum O'Dowda 18. John Lundstram 20. Ryan Taylor

Substitutes:
7. Danny Rose 9. Patrick Hoban 10. Danny Hylton 13. Benji Buchel 14. Josh Ruffles 33. Chey Dunkley 36. Jordan Evans


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28 December 2015 : Darren Previews The Oxford United League Game
As part of the build-up to this afternoon's League Two match against Oxford United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from breakfast show presenter Charlie Taylor, Darren's thoughts ahead of the game can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC On The Morning Of The Oxford United Game.


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28 December 2015 : Yeovil Junction Train Services Out Of Action Today
Yeovil Town fans and Oxford United supporters heading to today's League Two match at Huish Park, and planning to use rail services, should be aware that there is a massive disruption of service on the London Waterloo to Exeter St Davids Line today.

The National Rail website reports that: "A signalling problem between Salisbury and Exeter St Davids is disrupting services between these stations. The following alterations will apply:
[a] Services between London Waterloo and Exeter St Davids are being diverted via Westbury
[b] Buses are running between Salisbury and Yeovil Junction
."

They do not expect the situation to be resolved until the end of today, so if you're taking a train towards Yeovil Junction, you'll need to allow extra time or make alternative plans from Salisbury onwards.

Link: National Rail Website : Service Disruption.


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28 December 2015 : Oxford United vs Yeovil Town : JPT Man Of The Match Result
Earlier this month, Yeovil Town played Oxford United in a Football League Trophy tie. With both sides making changes from their regular line-ups - Oxford chose to rotate eight of their squad - the Glovers came out on the wrong side of a 3-2 defeat. Oxford held the upper hand for most of the game, although Wes Fogden's first half equaliser put the Glovers level for five minutes before the home side retook the lead. They got their second goal with more or less the final kick of the game, with Shaun Jeffers netting his second goal of the season.

Man of the Match voting saw goalscorer Wes Fogden nominated by a number of fans, but those at the Kassam Stadium were more impressed by front line striker Francois Zoko, who completed his first 90 minutes for the club since his arrival at the tail end of November - he ended up winning the match poll. Full results are as shown below:

1. Francois Zoko 52 (4)
2. Wes Fogden 26 (2)
3. Darren Ward 12 (0)
4. Connor Roberts 10 (0)
5. Harry Cornick 6 (0)
6. Shaun Jeffers 2 (0)

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


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27 December 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Stevenage FA Cup Man Of The Match Result
During the first week in December, Yeovil Town underwent new management, as Paul Sturrock left the building. In his place was Darren Way, under the title of Interim Manager, and his first task was to take charge for an FA Cup Second Round tie against Stevenage. The Glovers left it a bit late, but in the end recorded a 1-0 victory thanks to an 86th minute goal from substitute Ben Tozer.

Man of the Match voting saw goalkeeper Chris Weale and centre-back Darren Ward come in for praise for their role in ensuring that Yeovil kept a clean sheet in what had been an even game. However, the poll winner by a large margin was AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick, who played the match as a right-winger on the day. Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as shown below:

1. Harry Cornick 420 (38)
2. Darren Ward 132 (4)
3. Chris Weale 116 (6)
4. Connor Roberts 82 (2)
5. Jakub SokolŪk 78 (1)
6. Francois Zoko 66 (1)
7. Matthew Dolan 38 (1)
8. Ben Tozer 16 (0)
9. George Thomas 10 (1)
10. Ryan Dickson 6 (0)
10. Nathan Smith 6 (0)
12. Shaun Jeffers 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.04
Performance : 7.04
Entertainment : 7.04
VOTES RECEIVED : 54


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27 December 2015 : Video : Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from yesterday's 1-0 defeat against Plymouth Argyle, those are now online. In addition to the winning goal from Plymouth's Ryan Brunt, you can view Yeovil's major chance of the match which saw Matt Dolan hit the crossbar during the first half, as well as a range of other Argyle chances. View it via the video below.




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27 December 2015 : Ward Wants Direction From The Club With Contract Running Out
Yeovil Town's club captain Darren Ward has said that he wants to know what direction the club are planning to take, in terms of the future first team manager's job. The position has remained vacant since the sacking of Paul Sturrock on December 1st, and twenty-six days later there has been no firm indication as to when a permanent position will be appointed, with first team coach Darren Way having been given the title of Interim Manager during that time.

Chairman John Fry has implicitly indicated that a decision on the job would be made "before the transfer window", following that up prior to the Leyton Orient fixture by stating that Darren Way had "three matches to go" which would point to a decision being made between the Oxford United and York City fixtures. However, Ward has told BBC Somerset that he needs to know where he stands with his own future at Huish Park as well:

"I'd like to know where I stand, and I'd like to know if someone has a decision or if they don't. Then you know where you stand, and you know where you can go, and you know you can progress and you can build. It's been a challenge for everyone. Darren - the gaffer - has been tremendous in how he's dealt with it. He's tried to give us every chance possible to get points, and we're so close - so close to doing it."

Ward's situation is an obviously personal one, given that he is only on a short term deal at the club, and has confirmed that he will by default become a free agent after the York City game on January 2nd, stating that he only had just over a week left to go on his current deal. During last summer, Ward had been left in the lurch by a late u-turn by Oxford United, just before he was due to sign a contract with them, and unsurprisingly he does not want to end up hunting for another club at short notice. However, with Way's position not cast in stone, that means that nothing can realistically be put on the table for Ward to sign either:

"I think players do need to know. But we can appreciate the situation that the club is in. The directors and the Chairman have all got a big decision to make, and it has to be right. Again, the way the players have responded to Darren being the manager has been tremendous from what I've seen. I'm very very impressed. But my contract runs out in about nine days and I don't know what I'm doing yet. Now, I'm living 150 miles away from home, so of course I want to know - I definitely want to know. But I'm not the only one there - there are a number of players, and I think the whole club wants to know what's going on. But it's understandable why it is how it is."


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27 December 2015 : Darren Talks About Plymouth Argyle Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Plymouth Argyle kicked off at Home Park, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about his decision to name an unchanged side, and also the squad's training on Christmas Day and his thoughts on returning to the City where he was born. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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26 December 2015 : Darren's Verdict On The Plymouth Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on his team's performance and the wider picture relating to the season, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren's Verdict On The Plymouth Away Game.


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26 December 2015 : Darren Way Wants Longer Term Project To Remain In Focus Despite Argyle Defeat
Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way believes that it's important for the club to look at the longer term 'project' in terms of what he is trying to achieve. The first team coach has been in charge of the club since December 1st, following the departure of Paul Sturrock, and has now overseen three League Two fixtures that have recorded two draws and this afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Plymouth Argyle. With the Yeovil board due to make a full decision in terms of where the management situation stands before the January transfer window opens, Way is still having to work against short term targets, but he told BBC Somerset after the match that it was important to not just focus upon the single result at Home Park, and to look at the club's plan for the 23 games that remain:

"It's no points, but I think that this project that we've started on wasn't going to be about today. I knew that coming away to the team that is top of the league wasn't going to be easy. I think that this is my first time in adversity and I'd already prepared myself as to what I was going to say to the players. There's going to be a quick turnover now going into the Oxford game and they have to make sure that they're doing everything that they can. We need a little bit of help in January, which will happen. They've kept going, so that's all I can ask for."

Despite not seriously testing Pilgrims keeper Luke McCormick throughout the afternoon, Way felt that his side managed to gain plenty of territory against a Plymouth side who finished the day two points clear at the top of League Two. Even on the back of the single goal defeat, he felt that he had seen enough to convince him that his team were capable of staying in League Two by the end of the season, suggesting that his side had managed to get into Plymouth's defensive third on a number of occasions:

"We got in the final third more times than them, in the first half and in the second half. It's not an easy place to come to, with Plymouth being top of the league. They've got that momentum and it's something that I'm looking to build with this squad. They've come a long way in such a short space of time for me. I know that people may say different, but this objective isn't going to be done within the run that we've had. There are foundations that need to be built. There are additions that need to help the squad, but I do feel that there's enough in it to complete the objective of staying in the league. That's what it's got to be about. Any other question is irrelevant to me."

The winning goal came when a 59th minute Craig Tanner shot was parried by goalkeeper Chris Weale into the path of goalscorer Ryan Brunt for an easy tap-in on the rebound. Weale had to keep his side in the game during numerous other spells across the match, but Way admitted that his keeper could have done better, but also questioned the covering defenders' alertness to follow up on the shot in the same manner that Brunt had been able to do so:

"I think I was disappointed with the goal, but these things happen. It's important that we move on. I just think from that situation, firstly could we have held it, secondly about where we were parrying it, and then obviously thirdly with the follow-ups. Goals are always disappointing but I just think the group are giving everything they possibly could give, and I think that they deserved a little bit more. Certainly when you look at it at times, luck is not on our side but I'm sure that will change with the work ethic that the players are putting in. I don't think you can question that, as you can see the commitment. I'm sure they know our objective is staying in the league, and that we'll do that."


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26 December 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Boxing Day's 1-0 defeat against Plymouth Argyle at Home 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 Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.


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26 December 2015 : Plymouth 1 Yeovil 0 : Brunt Strike Keeps Glovers In Bottom Two
Yeovil Town went down to defeat this afternoon, after League Two leaders Plymouth Argyle ensured that they stayed on top of the table. The Glovers battled hard on a greasy surface, but with the home side clearly on top, despite Matt Dolan's first half long range strike coming back off the crossbar. Goalkeeper Chris Weale had kept his side in the game with a string of saves, but just before the hour mark, he was only able to parry a Craig Tanner shot into the path of Ryan Brunt, who converted from close range for what would be the winning goal. Yeovil's substitutions didn't really change the fact that they didn't test Pilgrims keeper Luke McCormick all afternoon, meaning that although the single goal gave the match an edge, Plymouth's 1-0 win was a relatively comfortable one, leaving Yeovil stuck in 23rd place and extending their winless run in the league to 15 games.

Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way selected the same starting eleven as in last weekend's match against Leyton Orient, with just one change on the substitutes bench as midfielder Marc Laird returned following his hamstring problems, with Christian Maghoma the one fit player to drop out of the matchday eighteen. On the Plymouth Argyle teamsheet, former Glovers striker Reuben Reid made it as far as the bench, having missed two-and-a-half months worth of football through injury.

The opening spell of the game saw the home side in dominant form, starting the game at full pace. Gregg Wylde particularly attacked Yeovil's right flank with impressive pace, with his early ball into the box seeing Jake Jervis getting half a boot onto the ball as it deflected wide of the target. The home side didn't seem to enjoy their greasy surface, which has suffered from recent algae problems, and that was apparent when Wylde seemed to slip as he scuffed a shot at Chris Weale. Then Oscar Threlkeld headed over the bar. As Argyle dominated, Ryan Brunt cut in from the flank, curling a low effort that skidded nastily off the turf, but Weale got down well to stop the shot.

As an attacking force, Yeovil had barely been in the game, and so it was something of a surprise when around 20 minutes into the match, they struck the crossbar with their first shot of any kind. Matt Dolan has always been one to try his luck from distance, and he fired from 25 yards out, beating Luke McCormick but coming off the woodwork. But most of the play was at the other end, with the increasingly busy Chris Weale first having to palm away a cross into the box that had turned into a far post on target shot, and then had to get to his feet quickly to stop a Jake Jervis shot. It was only during the final 15 minutes worth of the half that Yeovil seemed to calm down the wave of Argyle attacks, gradually mopping things up before they could reach the 18 yard area, albeit without showing anything of note at the other end. A few silly bookings from both sides gave the game a bit of a Boxing Day tetchy feel to it, but despite the lack of attacking intent at least Yeovil were holding the home side at bay.

The second period opened up with more of the same, as Plymouth threatened Yeovil's goal, with Chris Weale once again having to parry a Jake Jervis shot, as his free kick was curled around a defensive wall. However, much as though Weale had kept his side in the game for the first 59 minutes, he couldn't hold onto another 25 yard shot from Craig Tanner that appeared to swerve. The ball was parried as far as the feet of Ryan Brunt and he was able to poke the rebound into the back of the net for the opening goal of the game.

Inevitably, Yeovil made a series of substitutions to try to shake the game up and get a foothold into the game. The first was a very local one, with Saltash's Ryan Dickson being swapped for Millhouse's Ben Tozer - both former Plymouth Argyle lads. Dickson's departure forced a reshuffle, with Nathan Smith dropping deep and Shaun Jeffers dropping into a wide left position, as the Glovers switched to a 4-5-1. Then five minutes later the Glovers subtly switched again as Iffy Allen seemed to be stretching his hamstrings as he tired, and he was sensibly withdrawn as Ryan Bird coming on and taking a wide role that with three strikers on the pitch meant that the 4-5-1 was a sort of a deep 4-3-3 formation.

During the closing stages, Yeovil did have one or two half chances to get back into it, as Josh Sheehan fired wide of the target, whilst a Francois Zoko attempt to fire the ball across the face of the six yard box couldn't get that valuable boot on the ball that would have been converted it. Then Darren Ward's header went over the bar - the big problem was that bar that first half Matt Dolan long range attempt that struck the crossbar, there was nothing that ever threatened Luke McCormick's goal, with the home keeper barely getting his hands dirty, bar the odd stray cross. As such, Argyle deserved their victory, having kept Chris Weale very busy and then being alert enough to seize upon the one moment they got daylight to get the ball past him. Yeovil remain in 23rd place, with the main plus point being that none of the bottom five picked up points to alter the current table positions.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Plymouth Argyle 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Ryan Brunt (1-0, 59 mins)

Plymouth Argyle:
23. Luke McCormick
2. Kelvin Mellor 5. Curtis Nelson 6. Peter Hartley 3. Gary Sawyer
26. Oscar Threlkeld 4. Carl McHugh 14. Jake Jervis 27. Craig Tanner
11. Gregg Wylde 17. Ryan Brunt

Substitutes:
8. Josh Simpson (79 mins for Craig Tanner) 9. Reuben Reid (79 mins for Gregg Wylde) 15. Tyler Harvey 16. Ben Purrington (90 mins for Ryan Brunt) 18. Deane Smalley 24. Louis Rooney 31. Christian Walton

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
19. Iffy Allen 4. Matt Dolan 30. Josh Sheehan 3. Nathan Smith
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 2. Ben Tozer (70 mins for Ryan Dickson) 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird (75 mins for Iffy Allen) 14. Jack Compton (79 mins for Shaun Jeffers) 21. Alex Lacey 22. Mark Beck

Plymouth Bookings: Oscar Threlkeld (delaying free kick, 26 mins), Peter Hartley (foul, 45 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Jakub Sokolik (foul, 27 mins), Ryan Dickson (contesting a throw-in, 34 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 75 mins)

Plymouth Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 15; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 0; Corners: 1; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Chris Powell (Dorset) and Brett Huxtable (Devon). Fourth Official: Andrew Quin (Devon).

Attendance: 12,821 (with 553 Yeovil supporters).


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26 December 2015 : Team News For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named an unchanged starting line-up for the League Two match against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park this afternoon. The only change to the squad is that midfielder Marc Laird (hamstring) is back following his injury, and he sits on the bench, with Tottenham Hotspur defender Christian Maghoma, who has yet to play for the club since joining on loan, dropping out of the squad entirely.

Wes Fogden (knee) and AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick (groin) are out for the second game running. The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent.

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

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
19. Iffy Allen 4. Matt Dolan 30. Josh Sheehan 3. Nathan Smith
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 2. Ben Tozer 8. Marc Laird 9. Ryan Bird 14. Jack Compton 21. Alex Lacey 22. Mark Beck

Plymouth Argyle:
23. Luke McCormick
2. Kelvin Mellor 5. Curtis Nelson 6. Peter Hartley 3. Gary Sawyer
26. Oscar Threlkeld 4. Carl McHugh 14. Jake Jervis 27. Craig Tanner
11. Gregg Wylde 17. Ryan Brunt

Substitutes:
8. Josh Simpson 9. Reuben Reid 15. Tyler Harvey 16. Ben Purrington 18. Deane Smalley 24. Louis Rooney 31. Christian Walton


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26 December 2015 : Matt Dolan Talks About The Leyton Orient Draw
Last Saturday, Yeovil Town midfielder Matthew Dolan spoke to the BBC about the 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matt talks in detail about striker Francois Zoko's role in Yeovil's recent form as well as his thoughts on the clubs recent form since the change in management. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Matthew Dolan Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Leyton Orient.


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25 December 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Halfway House
A very Merry Christmas to everyone who reads this website, especially those who have provided contributions, either currently or in the past, that help keep it going. Today's Taff's Gloversblog considers the club's short term state as the club prepare to consider whether Darren Way should take charge on a permanent basis, once the pair of games against Plymouth Argyle and Oxford United are over. There's also a lengthy breakdown of some of the things that Chairman John Fry had to say about the club's position, mainly relating to Supporters Trusts. As usual, agreements or disagreements are welcomed at the foot of the article. Read on via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Halfway House.


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24 December 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Plymouth Argyle
On Boxing Day, Yeovil Town travel to Home Park, where they will take on Plymouth Argyle in a League Two fixture. This will be the first competitive meeting between the two clubs for nearly five years, and with that in mind, the Ciderspace guide to Plymouth and its surroundings has been updated to include ticketing, directions, parking, plus the usual pub guide and club statistics. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Plymouth Argyle.


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24 December 2015 : Sheehan's Loan Deal Gets Extended
Yeovil Town have successfully extended the loan deal for Swansea City midfielder Josh Sheehan for another month. There has been a bit of a question mark over the 20 year old's status leading into the new year, given that the club had signed him up for a three month period, which implied that he was at the club as part of the Football League's 'emergency loan' rules which would have seen his deal end after Boxing Day.

However, his deal has now been extended to run for another month, allowing Josh a chance to add to the thirteen appearances and two goals he's scored so far. Assuming it's another calendar month, that should cover him up to and including the home match against Crawley Town, which takes place on January 23rd - another six matches, along with an FA Cup Replay match, if needed.

Link: Josh Sheehan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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24 December 2015 : Darren Previews The Plymouth Away Game
As part of the build-up to the Boxing Day match against Plymouth Argyle at Home Park, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about training during the Christmas period, his ongoing position at the club, the main objective he believes the club should be focussing upon along with his thoughts on transfer targets if he is offered the job on a permanent basis. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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23 December 2015 : Darren Way Looking At January Loan Options If He Gets The Job
Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way says that he has been continuing to prepare for management beyond the turn of the year, pointing out that if he didn't, it would leave him ill-prepared if he was given the job on a permanent basis. The first team coach has been in charge since Paul Sturrock's sacking on December 1st, but now faces one of two possibilities beyond the pair of Christmas fixtures that see the club travel to Plymouth Argyle before hosting Oxford United two days later.

By that point, Glovers Chairman John Fry has stated that he plans to make a decision over who the club's next permanent manager is going to be, with Way widely presumed to be that man. The 36 year old has told BBC Somerset though that he has not been given any firm steer either way, and so has been going about making preparations for when the January transfer window opens, hinting that his connections with his former club Swansea City, plus Everton boss Roberto Martinez - who also used to be at Swansea - are likely to play a strong part in his options when he decides how to strengthen his squad:

"I've got to put what I think should be put in place. I think that if I didn't, there would be no future for me. So I'm going to do everything that I can to make sure that the squad is stable, the squad is good enough to stay in the Football League, and to attack it like I normally attack life - that's being positive, that's being strong and I'm enjoying every minute of it. With loans, I've been speaking to managers - managers that want to help you. I've had a history over the years of knowing Roberto Martinez and Shane Duffy, and players like John Lundstram, Shaun MacDonald and Liam Shephard - you can see the Swansea connection. So the contacts that I have, have been helping me, and it will be interesting to see when January opens up, how much help I can really get."

Currently the Glovers have already got Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts and midfielder Josh Sheehan on their books, along with AFC Bournemouth midfielder/striker Harry Cornick, who are all playing a regular role in the Yeovil Town starting line-up, and so it would seem likely that Way would aim to continue their relationship with the club. Less certain of his future at Huish Park would be Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Christian Maghoma, who was brought in by Sturrock just before his final game in charge and has not stepped a foot on the pitch since Way took control - he also allowed striker George Thomas to return to Coventry City, meaning that whoever is managing the club in January may have room to bring in two loan players that would influence the quality of the squad.

Way insists that he is trying hard not to think too much about his own personal situation, and whether he will be given the nod on a permanent basis. He said that the club as a whole needed to focus upon just one thing - to stay in the Football League by the end of the 2015-16 season. There is always one other question around this time of year - whether players would be given the day off on Christmas Day and relax with their families, or whether they would be on the training ground. Way confirmed that he had already chosen the latter option and felt that he was covering all possible options to keep the club on track:

"When I go home at night and I close my eyes, I know that I've been giving it everything that I've got. If the powers that be change that, then so be it and you move on. It's important that the club gain results to stay in the Football League. All this talk about this manager, that manager or my manager - let's focus upon one thing, and that's to keep the club in the Football League, and I'm part of that process as it stands right now. They're in on Christmas Day. We talked about sacrifices. Some people say about sacrifices, but it's your living, so I'd say it's choices and we've decided to make sure that we're in on Christmas Day, to do everything that we can to go to Plymouth and make sure that we're mentally and physically prepared."


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23 December 2015 : Officials For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Plymouth Argyle and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match will be played on Boxing Day - Saturday 26th December 2015 - at Home Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge will be referee Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

He was promoted in the summer of 2013 onto the Football League referees list. However, as it was his first season at the new level and we were in the Championship it took until the 2014-15 campaign when we met twice at League One level. The first was the September 2014 match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. There he had a fairly quiet game, with just one booking, whilst Crawley's two second half goals that gave them a 2-0 win were more down to uncertain defending than dodgy refereeing.

We then had him for the home match against Walsall, which turned into a lively Tuesday night match from a referee's point of view. He managed to award a penalty to both sides - both decisions probably correct - but with both failing to hit the back of the net, with goalkeepers coming out on top, with Scott Loach our hero for the Walsall spot kick, whilst Adam Morgan had his saved. The referee was also put under the spotlight when Stephen Kingsley was stretchered off with a fractured cheekbone after a rather physical challenge by Tom Bradshaw - a lengthy chat with his assistant presumably concluded that neither he nor Mr Breakspear had seen the incident. On top of that, the referee booked six players - three each way - and there was just the feeling that he was a bit too involved in the game. Manager Terry Skiverton certainly took that line, feeling that the Kingsley incident had affected the referee's judgement saying "after that, the referee seemed to take a bit of a backtrack, and I think he lost the game ... I just felt that they all seemed to lose the plot within the game."

His most recent outing involving us was an October 2015 home match against Mansfield Town. This game had an extraordinary end to it, with the Stags scoring their goal 99 minutes and 41 seconds into the match. Whilst this was deep into injury time, there was some justification for it as lengthy injuries to Artur Krysiak and Stephen Arthurworrey had resulted in several second half delays, although we had gone marginally beyond the signalled nine minutes and suspect the free kick that Reggie Lambe scored from would have been the final action of the game. Otherwise, the referee had a fairly decent game with.

He's rapidly been moved through the divisions, with his 2013 promotion being his fourth move up the lists in four seasons, and given that he attained that at the age of 24, it would suggest he is one of the officials the authorities are hoping to fast-track through the system - sometimes that works, sometimes it doesn't. Last season he was very top heavy with his number of dismissals, with nine red cards in 29 games, but this season has been the opposite, with 87 yellow cards but having kept everyone on the field of play across twenty games, meaning that he appears to have transferred his attentions towards cautions, rather than dismissals.

Mr Breakspear will be assisted by Chris Powell (Dorset) and Brett Huxtable (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Quin (Devon).

Link: September 2014 : Crawley Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 1.

Link: October 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 1.


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22 December 2015 : League Agree Extension Of Title Sponsorship
The Football League have announced a new sponsorship agreement for the next three years. They have re-engaged with online bookmaker SkyBet for a further three years, with the deal runnung from August 2016 until the end of the 2018-19 season. There will be a subtle rebranding of the official competition name, following the Football League's decision to retitle themselves as the English Football League - the competition itself will be known as the Sky Bet EFL, with the individual divisions remaining as they are today - e.g. Sky Bet League Two.

The League claim that the new deal will "deliver increased revenue", suggesting that the central revenues distributed to member clubs will increase, although we've yet to see what this may mean in practice for the individual divisions within the league. The new deal and the introduction of the EFL branding will mean new logos have been introduced for the three divisions.

The announcement marks a bit of a u-turn by the League, following the May 2015 declaration that they were looking for new sponsors for both the Football League, and the Football League Cup. Whilst sponsorship for the latter competition will come up for grabs next summer, with Capital One definitely quitting their four year association with the trophy, SkyBet had offered a two year extension to the main league competition, only for the League to indicate that they were planning to look elsewhere. Given what has been announced today is a three year extension, it seems an improved offer was tabled in the meantime.

Link: Football League Unveil The Emperor's New Clothes.


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22 December 2015 : The Return Of Gilesy To Huish Park
Former Yeovil Town striker Chris Giles is back at the club. The former youth team player, who rose into the club's first team ranks, has returned to the club on a 'temporary' basis as a first team coach to assist Darren Way and Terry Skiverton at Huish Park. The 33 year old had been originally brought to the club as a youngster from South Wales, becoming the Under-18s top goalscorer and player of the season.

After being drafted into the first team under David Webb, Giles was given a full time deal by the club in May 2000, two months after the club had made the decision to turn full time. He was a part of the club's 2002-03 Conference title winning squad, although left the club just after they entered the Football League, making just one substitute appearance at that level.

During his latter days with Yeovil, Gilesy had loan spells with Gravesend and Northfleet and Woking. He went on to play for Aldershot Town, plus two spells with Crawley Town sandwiched by a spell with Forest Green Rovers. His release from Crawley after his second spell allowed him to move to Salisbury in January 2010. There he spent three years as a player, but in June 2013 he retired from the game, becoming the Whites first team coach, after persistent ankle and knee problems stopped his playing days.

Giles converted to play as a central defender after he left the Glovers, and so spent most of his non-league days in that role. Darren Way has brought him in to help with his set-up, with the departure of Paul Sturrock leaving the overall coaching numbers a man short. At present there isn't a timeline put onto his role at Huish Park, presumably because Way is still carrying the title of 'interim' manager, with a decision on that due by the end of this month.

Link: Chris Giles : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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22 December 2015 : Roberts Loan Spell Rolls Over Again
Yeovil Town have rolled over the loan deal for Swansea City right-back Connor Roberts again. The Glovers have agreed a new deal that will keep Roberts at Huish Park until January 19th. So far Connor is the club's most used player during the 2015-16 season, having made 29 appearances for the Glovers. The latest deal will ensure he is available up to and including the trip to Morecambe on January 16th and would also theoretically cover him for the period of any Third Round Replay against Carlisle United, if it was needed.


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22 December 2015 : GWSC Travel To Carlisle United
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the FA Cup Third Round match against Carlisle United. The match takes place at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road stadium on Sunday 10th January 2016, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Carlisle United (at Blackpool) : Sunday 10th January 2016.
Huish Park: 6.15a.m.
Adult Members: £31.00; Member Concessions: £29.00
Adult Non-Members: £33.00; Non-Member Concessions: £31.00

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

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: Christmas and New Year Ticket Office Opening Hours.

Link: 2015-16 Half Season Tickets Put On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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21 December 2015 : GWSC Travel To Plymouth Argyle
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the Boxing Day trip to Plymouth Argyle. The match takes place at Home Park on Saturday 26th December 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Plymouth Argyle : Saturday 26th December 2015.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £13.00
Adult Non-Members: £17.00; Non-Member Concessions: £15.00

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

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: Christmas and New Year Ticket Office Opening Hours.

Link: 2015-16 Half Season Tickets Put On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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21 December 2015 : Daggers Sack Burnett After Falling Bottom
League Two side Dagenham and Redbridge have sacked their first team manager. They have dispensed with Wayne Burnett's services following this weekend's 0-3 home defeat against Bristol Rovers that left the Essex side bottom of the Football League, with the Glovers going above them on goal difference after their 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient.

The Daggers have put Warren Hackett and Darren Currie in charge for the moment on a caretaker basis. Burnett had been first team manager since February 2013, when John Still made the move to Luton Town - whether by coincidence or otherwise, Still lost his own job at Kenilworth Road four days ago and given he has managed Dagenham and their various incarnations over four separate spells totalling 22 years, he would make a likely candidate, although there's been no word at Victoria Road yet to suggest that he's on his way back/.

Burnett had managed two successful campaigns, finishing ninth and fourteenth in 2013-14 and 2014-15 respectively. However, this season has seen Dagenham struggle badly, particularly at home where they have failed to register a League Two win, and although he leaves the club having lined them up with a Premier League clash against Everton that will take place early next month, their league position was clearly the reason for his departure. Speaking on Saturday, Burnett insisted that he would not be quitting the club, saying that the problem came down to the quality of players his team was coming up against:

"You're asking the wrong person whether I'm going to go, you need to ask the board that. I've never quit in anything I've done. If the board decide they want to sack me, that's out of my hands. I can't control that. The reason why we lost today was because Bristol Rovers had better players. I can't control the supporters, they've made their feelings very clear. They have an opinion and I can't do anything about that. The only people who can decide my future are the board. If they feel I can no longer do what is required, that's their decision that they have to make."

Just 48 hours later, the Dagenham board have made that decision, and the fifteenth longest serving manager in the league has now left the building.


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21 December 2015 : Chairman Fry Explains Directors' Half Million Pounds Input
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has given an explanation of how he quantified the "half a million pounds" that he believed himself and his directors are putting into the Football Club. In recent interviews, he has been giving an explanation as to the running of the club, largely on the back of his views on a Supporters Trust that is looking to be formed at some point during 2016.

Having said in many previous interviews that the club was run entirely on a financial even keel, Mr Fry surprised a number of supporters last week, by implying that his board needed to put in an extensive amount of money to fund the football club, telling the Western Gazette that any Supporters Trust would need to match that sort of money to have any hope of sitting on a Board at the club. Fry said last week: "We put in half a million pounds a year, every year, to keep this club going. We can only work with the money we are given and if someone comes up with the money that is a different proposition."

Given the value quantified has never appeared in the club's End of Year Accounts, supporters over the weekend just gone have questioned the origins of such a figure. The Gazette have also asked the same question, and have been told that the value Fry referred to did not refer to any sums of physical money going into the club, but instead referred to a valuation he had given of his own role as acting Chief Executive of the Football Club, as well as a number of unquantified services that other directors provide in their roles as Board members. Fry explained:

"It costs a huge amount for most clubs to employ a chief executive, but I do that role here for no cost. That half-a-million also takes into account savings that the directors make with suppliers and the work they do for this club."

Fry has been acting as the club's Chief Executive since Martyn Starnes took up a similar role with Plymouth Argyle in July 2013. At that point, Fry said that Starnes would not be replaced, with his responsibilities devolved to himself, other directors and mangement at the club.

Mr Fry's quoted "half a million pounds" per year would therefore refer to the amount of time that would be saved in wages after Starnes left the club, along with the "services" other directors have performed for the club. In the past, former directors such as Stephen Allinson and Paul Sargeant and current director Ron Budden have provided the club with specific services relating to accountancy, legal fees and insurance, via their respective 'daytime jobs' with the work being carried out by those firms, presumably at 'cost' price. In more recent End of Year accounts, the club have not divulged such items, although with Mr Allinson and Mr Sargeant having left the board in recent years this wasn't too surprising at the time.


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21 December 2015 : Bleazard Agrees New Contract With Ladies For 2016
Yeovil Town Ladies first team player Helen Bleazard has signed a contract to keep her at the club for the fast approaching 2016 season. Bleazard, who was voted as 2015's players player of the year, also picked up supporters player of the year, along with the Jones Building main sponsors player of the year, following a successful season with the lady glovers.

Bleazard who played in a range of different positions due to her versatility, scored 4 goals, but more importantly to this, made an appearance in all 18 league games, all 5 Continental Tyres Cup matches, along with her impact in the SSE FA Womenís Cup games. Also a regular Welsh Senior International, Bleazard, is also a focal point in the clubs eyes where she is also the Youth and Community Officer, responsible for ensuring that the youth section of the club is a thriving area. Speaking about her new contract, Bleazard said:

"I'm delighted to have resigned for the upcoming season at Yeovil. Last season was very successful for the club and I'm looking forward to starting pre-season training again with the girls and push for promotion this season. The staff, players and supporters at this club are fantastic and I'm looking forward to the season ahead."

Manager Jamie Sherwood was equally as happy and said:

"To have Blez on our playing roster for next season is a significant signing. Last season she showed her versatility, quality and dedication to the club and she was rewarded in every aspect at our awards evening. 2016 will be another step in our pursuit for the promised land of Womenís Super League One and Blez is integral to that push, drive and focus that will define us all at the club. Blez has really developed into a player that is capable of pushing this club forward on many levels. Her commitment to the club is unquestionable and having Blez at our club will always mean us striving to achieve more."

Season tickets are now on sale for 2016 and you can purchase yours now, by clicking here.

Helen Bleazard - a new contract with Yeovil Town Ladies agreed today
Helen Bleazard - a new contract with Yeovil Town Ladies agreed today
Photo © 2015 Yeovil Town Ladies / Ben Hoskins / Getty



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21 December 2015 : Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Luton Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Note that this match has been given a new fixture date of Tuesday 2nd February, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. This is an ALL TICKET match for Yeovil Town supporters, meaning that you must purchase in advance - no sales will be allowed on the day of the game.

Prices for the match are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over-65s and Under-22s: £13.00; Over-75s: £10.00; Under-18s: £6.00; Under-10s: £3.00.

Ambulant disabled supporters will pay one category lower than their normal price with an assistant admitted free of charge if required. You'll need to purchase from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Wheelchair users will need to contact Luton Town directly on 01582-416976 to make arrangements.

The deadline for purchasing tickets for the Luton Town match will be 5.00p.m. on Monday 1st February - you will not be able to purchase any tickets beyond that point.

NOTE: Tickets for the Boxing Day trip to Plymouth Argyle remain on sale until Wednesday December 23rd and will not be on sale on Christmas Eve. You can purchase on the day but they will cost you £2.00 more if purchased from Home Park. See below for purchase information.

Link: Christmas and New Year Ticket Office Opening Hours.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town.


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21 December 2015 : Darren Talks About Leyton Orient Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Leyton Orient kicked off at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about his inclusion of Iffy Allen in the side and the pairing of Ryan Dickson and Nathan Smith on the left flank, as well as explaining why Harry Cornick and Wes Fogden were left out of the side. Read that via the link below.

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


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20 December 2015 : Video : Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient there is now a video clip online. As well as the goals from Yeovil's Francois Zoko and Orient's Jobi McAnuff, you can also see the first half chance that saw Darren Ward put the ball in the back of the net only for a handball in the build-up to chalk the goal off, and a Josh Sheehan effort that went over the bar. From the second period, you can also make up your mind if Iffy Allen should have been awarded a penalty, along with a late Ryan Bird effort. Watch it via the video clip below.




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20 December 2015 : Darren's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's view on the match, striker Francois Zoko and what former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson was doing calling him up on Friday, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC After The 1-1 Draw Against Leyton Orient.


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19 December 2015 : Darren Way: Orient Draw Will Help Break Vicious Circle Of Defeat At Club
Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way believes that he has helped remove a vicious circle of losing games, after watching his side draw 1-1 against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road today. Whilst he's yet to break the club's run of games without a win in League Two - which today stretched to 14 matches in total - he has been able to secure the club two consecutive draws that have kept the Glovers off the bottom of the Football League, and keeping them in contention with York City and Dagenham and Redbridge.

Way's side had to settle for a point in the end, after Orient substitute Jobi McAnuff's 30 yard rocket flew into the net on 76 minutes, but he said that he was happy that his side had managed to go two matches without tasting defeat, and felt that was important in trying to get themselves out of trouble:

"There's a great belief in the squad now. There was a vicious circle of losing and I feel that we've been changing that mentality with every game that we've played. They've not been easy, and they're not going to get any easier with Plymouth. To come to Leyton Orient with subs like the ones they've got at their disposal like Jobi McAnuff who is a top Championship player, the boys are giving everything that they've got. I'm a great believer that there is enough there, with a little bit of work, but you could see that was put into place again. I'm obviously disappointed that there are one or two players that I've not been able to use, but the lads have given everything and that's what you need to stay in this league."

Way also paid tribute to striker Francois Zoko, whose 45th minute goal gave Yeovil the lead, as he headed home a Josh Sheehan cross. That was the Ivory Coast man's third goal in two games, having been brought in by predecessor Paul Sturrock on a short term deal. Still slightly short of match fitness, Way was happy with the effort that Zoko was putting in for the team:

"He is giving me everything. There are times when you're thinking should you take him off, and again I had to delay that. But so far, a club like Yeovil needs goals and he's been scoring goals. It's nice to have a player like that who you can rely on and you need him. We're going into Plymouth now and that's a fantastic place to go. It's another big club and a challenge that I'm not scared of. This challenge will either knock you down or lift you up and at the moment I'm feeling quite lifted. The supporters were absolutely buzzing after the game and they all stayed behind, and I want them all to enjoy their Christmas because it's been a tough time."


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19 December 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, 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 Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.


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19 December 2015 : Orient 1 Yeovil 1 : McAnuff Screamer Cancels Out Zoko Header
Yeovil Town were pegged back at Brisbane Road, as a Jobi McAnuff long range strike denied them all three points. In an end-to-end competitive match, the Glovers had held the advantage after they dominated proceedings during the first half, getting their goal right before the break as Francois Zoko headed home a Josh Sheehan cross following defensive confusion from the O's. During the second half, the home side were frequently barracked by their home fans, but those supporters were cheering when substitute McAnuff changed the tone of the game, producing a 30 yard piledriver with 16 minutes remaining to give the home side the upper hand during the closing stages and leave the Glovers having to settle for a point - with York City winning their match against Morecambe, that saw them leapfrog the Glovers - thankfully Dagenham and Redbridge's heavy home defeat to Bristol Rovers saw them sink to the foot of the table.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their side after both Wes Fogden and Harry Cornick dropped out of the squad due to injury. Their positions in the side were taken by Iffy Allen and Nathan Smith, who both took up wing positions. That allowed Mark Beck and Jack Compton the opportunity to sit on the bench to complete the squad.

The first half was a scrappy nervy affair, with both sides struggling to find their feet, but over the course of time it became obvious that Yeovil were having the majority of the chances on goal, albeit with many of them being from long range. Josh Sheehan had a 20 yarder easily saved, whilst a Matt Dolan free kick was not quite hit well enough to truly trouble Alex Cisak. More dangerous though was a Ryan Dickson cross that found Iffy Allen coming in on the opposite flank, but the winger was stretching a bit too much to keep his shot down.

Orient's home fans were gradually getting more and more frustrated at their team's ability to reach the final third and not quite know what to do with it, despite playing the game with three forward-thinking players. Their decision-making was emphasised by a Scott Kashket effort from a narrow angle where it wasn't too clear whether he was intended to fire a shot on goal or a cross - in the end it turned into a fairly tame lob over the bar. The Glovers began to take proper control of the match and did have the ball in the back of the net via Darren Ward, although it was clearly not going to count with Francois Zoko having handballed during the build-up. At the other end, Blair Turgott had a shot deflected for a corner after Jay Simpson found him, but still the feeling was that Yeovil had the edge.

With the game moving into first half injury time, Orient had to prepare a stretcher for a bad looking injury to Jack Payne, but were unable to get replacement Ollie Palmer onto the pitch in time for the change to be made. Yeovil capitalised on that moment as a Iffy Allen attack appeared to be broken up by the home side, but Bradley Pritchard and Frazer Shaw made a hash of dealing with the ball, effectively gifting the ball back to Josh Sheehan. He fed Francois Zoko who netted his third goal in two games to put the Glovers a goal up, appearing to pick up an injury during the celebrations that pushed the half out to six minutes added time. It was an even half, but Yeovil had been the more incisive in the final third with their attempts on goal, with Chris Weale having little to do at the other end.

The second period was a more even affair, although both sides struggled to get any sort of shots on goal until Orient began to bring on substitutes, with one key introduction being Jobi McAnuff. Orient top goalscorer Jay Simpson put over the crossbar from 25 yards out but that was little more than they managed, with home supporters loudly voicing their displeasure by chanting "We're f***ing bored" whilst holding up their mobile phones as flashlights, showing dissent against their manager Ian Hendon whose team have been going through a sticky period.

One player who was looking like a bright spark though was that substitute Jobi McAnuff. He produced a stunning striker with 16 minutes remaining - a 30 yarder that whizzed past Chris Weale and suddenly lifted the home crowd, taking the match to 1-1 and inevitably ensuring the home supporters put down their mobile phones and hoped they could get a winner. Yeovil suddenly looked edgy for the first time in the match, with a Lloyd James cross seeing Jay Simpson put a chance wide, whilst Josh Sheehan had to concede a yellow card to stop another McAnuff run.

That man McAnuff shot just wide of the target during the closing stages, and then in second half injury time, Chris Weale produced a superb save to block out a Bradley Pritchard shot inside the box, with the follow-up from Ollie Palmer being snuffed out by a defender. Thankfully there was no late drama, with mixed feelings at the final whistle. For an hour of the game, the Glovers could have easily come back with the win, but the introduction of McAnuff for the home side was hugely influential, and in the end Yeovil would probably be glad to take a point - emphasised by Darren Way's final minute introduction of Alex Lacey for the tiring Francois Zoko to ensure the injury time minutes were blocked out.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Francois Zoko (0-1, 45 mins), Jobi McAnuff (1-1, 74 mins)

Leyton Orient:
1. Alex Cisak
6. Mathieu Baudry 15. Jean-Yves Mvoto 20. Cole Kpekawa 3. Frazer Shaw
18. Bradley Pritchard 8. Lloyd James 12. Jack Payne
17. Blair Turgott 27. Jay Simpson 19. Scott Kashket

Substitutes:
4. Connor Essam 5. Alan Dunne 9. Oliver Palmer (45 mins for Jack Payne) 11. Jobi McAnuff (55 mins for Scott Kashket) 21. Charlie Grainger 23. Freddy Moncur 26. Victor Adeboyejo (86 mins for Blair Turgott)

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
19. Iffy Allen 4. Matt Dolan 30. Josh Sheehan 3. Nathan Smith
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 2. Ben Tozer (79 mins for Josh Sheehan) 9. Ryan Bird (79 mins for Iffy Allen) 14. Jack Compton 21. Alex Lacey (90 mins for Francois Zoko) 22. Mark Beck 25. Christian Maghoma

Orient Bookings: Lloyd James (foul, 88 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Jakub Sokolik (foul, 60 mins)

Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 12.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon). Assistants: Matt Corlett (Liverpool) and Anthony Serrano (Hertfordshire). Fourth Official: Robert Mackay (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 4,686 (with 280 Yeovil supporters).


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19 December 2015 : Team News For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for the League Two match against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road this afternoon. Wes Fogden has dropped out of the squad and his place in the side is taken by Nathan Smith, meaning that Ryan Dickson will be playing higher up the flank today. The other change sees Iffy Allen come in for AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick who is also absent for the game - both wingers are injured.

Mark Beck and Jack Compton come onto the substitutes bench for today's game. The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) means that they continue to be absent. Marc Laird (hamstring) is understood to be very close to a return.

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

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
19. Iffy Allen 4. Matt Dolan 30. Josh Sheehan 3. Nathan Smith
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 2. Ben Tozer 9. Ryan Bird 14. Jack Compton 21. Alex Lacey 22. Mark Beck 25. Christian Maghoma

Leyton Orient:
1. Alex Cisak
6. Mathieu Baudry 15. Jean-Yves Mvoto 20. Cole Kpekawa 3. Frazer Shaw
18. Bradley Pritchard 8. Lloyd James 12. Jack Payne 17. Blair Turgott
19. Scott Kashket 27. Jay Simpson

Substitutes:
4. Connor Essam 5. Alan Dunne 9. Oliver Palmer 11. Jobi McAnuff 21. Charlie Grainger 23. Freddy Moncur 26. Victor Adeboyejo


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19 December 2015 : Chairman Fry Seeks Response From Supporters Direct
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has maintained a defensive stance over fans plans to form a Supporters Trust to allow fans to group together in association with the football club. The group, which is currently going through the formalities of being established as a properly constituted Trust, is currently running under the monicker of the Yeovil Voice and this week met with umbrella organisation Supporters Direct, who will provide guidance and assistance to ensure that the organisation is set up in a professional manner. He says he has written to Supporters Direct asking them questions of how they are running their organisation.

Fry claims that the working party that are looking to set up the Trust have said that they cannot communicate with him, although it's not clear what this relates to. He has repeated to the Western Gazette his claim that the club's directors are putting in "half a million pounds a year, every year" into the club to ensure it keeps running - it's yet to be revealed which directors are providing these sums of money and whether it is being done via a loan or as a cash gift. He describes the club's accounts as frightening:

"They say they can't communicate with the chairman. It is rubbish. If they want to come into a board meeting I am quite prepared to allow them. If they looked at our accounts it would frighten them to death. I have got seven long-serving directors who have been here for years. They are green and white and were supporters before they were directors and are top professional people who don't charge a penny. They contribute to the running of this club. There are two of us here who here full-time for nothing. No dividends, no wages. We put in half a million pounds a year, every year, to keep this club going. We can only work with the money we are given and if someone comes up with the money that is a different proposition. All these other things like planning applications are paid for privately and although would be a benefit to the football club, doesn't take anything out of its pot."

Fry also states that he has written to Supporters Direct in London, but says that they have not replied to his letter. He questions whether the Supporters Direct organisation is 'fit and proper' to exist, despite the umbrella body having been established by the UK Government, where it is regulated under the Financial Conduct Authority as a Community Benefit Society, backed by other organisations such as UEFA and the Scottish Government. Fry asks if Supporters Direct have been to see where the Supporters Trust money is going - a non sequitur given the Yeovil Voice have yet to form the constituted Trust as a body:

"I have written to the Supporters Direct managing director - and not had a response - to say you won't find a more open door policy than here. I said to them 'are you fit and proper? Are you going down and checking where the money is going?' The Green and Whites produce their accounts every year about every single penny they raise on these premises and we need that transparency. What do they mean when they say hand the club back to the community? Have they got the money? If they have got the money then come in, join us. But if they haven't got the money they can't do anything. There is no point waiting to build the pot of gold up. The message is, if someone has got money out there come along, lets see it. I would welcome it, come in and help me."

The Glovers Chairman repeats his views on AFC Bournemouth, whose Supporters Trust took over the running of the Cherries in 1997 after previous owners took the club to the edge of bankruptcy. They gave over control to a consortium that included Jeff Mostyn and Steve Sly during 2007, but in February 2008 fell into administration, being deducted 10 points under Football League rules, followed by a further 17 point deduction during the following season when they failed to exist that same administration under League rules. Fry claims that Bournemouth have been in administration "three times" in the last twenty years, and suggests that the Supporters Trust sold their shares directly to Russian billionaire Maxim Demin - an event that only materialised four years after Mostyn's purchase of the club, with the Cherries having subsequently been bought up by Eddie Mitchell. Fry gives his take on Bournemouth's situation:

"I believe in supporters' trusts and groups. I have said to them four times to come in and have a meeting with the other groups. But you have got to have people who know how to run a football business and are prepared to be hands-on for no payment. People can't just come in and run the place without taking responsibility and we need continuity. What is a community-owned club? Is it one part-owned by a supporters' trust? There are plenty of those across the country and I will give you one which has gone broke three times - Bournemouth. Three times they went into administration since I have been here and then they had a Russian who came along and the supporters had that golden share and they sold out. It is all about money."

It should be noted that any Yeovil Supporters Trust - when formed - would be regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and under the watch of Supporters Direct. As all Supporters Trusts are run independently of their associated football clubs, any vetting of accounts is done by those two organisations, along with the Trust membership, and not by the football club they are associated with.


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18 December 2015 : Glovers Chairman Points To Way As Front Runner For Huish Park Vacancy
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has given the strongest indication yet that he sees interim manager Darren Way as a front runner for the vacant position at Huish Park, saying that making his interim job a permanent one is the way the Board are seeing things at present. Whilst Way has made it very clear from the offset that he would like the job on more than just a temporary basis, Fry had been far more reticent about the 36 year old's chances, saying only last week that experience for the role would be key, and saying that he didn't think that Way should be taking such a position before he was 40 years old.

Fry has now suggested that Way's management of the team during his 'interim' period as boss, along with a boardroom presentation that was provided by the former midfielder this week, has impressed him, and has told the Western Gazette that he sees the matches against Leyton Orient, Plymouth Argyle and Oxford United as being key to the final decision that the board will make on a successor to Paul Sturrock:

"Darren gave a presentation to the board this week and we were most impressed. He is doing extremely well across the club, not just with the team and in the dressing room, but he is doing well across the whole spectrum of the business. He is aware that names are coming in and his name will go forward in the frame now. He wants the job and is dead keen and that is the way we are thinking at this present time. He has got the fans on side and now we will see what happens with the results. One thing for certain is we need someone who is going to keep us in this league. He has got three matches to go before the transfer window and they are critical for everyone at the club."

Fry suggests that his board are still looking at names of available managers that have been brought to his suggestion. However, he suggests that 90 percent of the applicants could be ruled out due to their lack of experience in such roles, whilst a number of others could be crossed off because they would be too costly to recruit for the club. He said he also wanted a manager who could be at the club for a long time:

"We are looking at it. We are getting inquiries and we had a long meeting with Darren this week. You probably get 90 per cent you don't even consider, but from that ten per cent you try and get it down to about five people. A lot of people applying for the job are people who have never done it before and that is the 90 per cent. We are restricted to the amount of money we can pay a manager as well. There are names that have applied that I doubt we could afford. We need to get the right person for the long-term future of the football club. You need someone who is going to stick at it for a long period of time."

The Yeovil Chairman has also suggested that the club are looking to recruit a Director of Football, meaning that the actual position of any new man may be effectively that of a Head Coach. Fry suggests the Director of Football would be responsible for dealing with transfer and contract negotiations, leaving the main team manager able to concentrate on what happens on the training ground and in the dugout. He felt that sort of environment had allowed some of the club's former players such as Brighton's Nathan Jones and Barnsley's Lee Johnson flourish since they'd started their coaching careers:

"Look at the players we have brought through before that have gone on to be successful coaches. Nathan Jones, Lee Johnson. They could do it, but they need guidance and mentoring. In other words you need a director of football who can deal with things that stops the manager being held up on the training ground. Getting players out, bringing players in. Someone like Steve Perryman down at Exeter City who is an ambassador to the club but has that expertise. We have never been able to afford a director of football before and that is something we will look in to with the next manager."

Fry has previously committed to appointing a successor to Paul Sturrock "before the transfer window" - if so then any hard decisions would need to be made after the home match against Oxford United on December 28th. The Chairman's latest words would still point to that schedule, although it would appear one of the more likely outcomes is that there will not be an actual change in arrangements that have been running since December 1st, when Sturrock left the building.


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18 December 2015 : Darren Previews The Leyton Orient Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Darren's latest thoughts on his management position, an injury update on a number of players, and his thoughts on the opposition can be read via the link below.

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


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18 December 2015 : FA Cup Ticketing For Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round match against Carlisle United are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Blackpool's Bloomfield Road stadium on Sunday 10th January 2016 with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for this fixture are as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Over-65s: £10.00 and Aged 17-21s; Under-17s: £5.00; Under-7s: FREE.

Wheelchair disabled supporters will pay £4.00 and can take an assistant free of charge.

We're not expecting any restrictions in terms of paying on the day of the match, but if this changes, we'll provide an update.

Link: Christmas and New Year Ticket Office Opening Hours.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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18 December 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town travel to play Leyton Orient in a League Two fixture. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to Brisbane Road has been updated to include the latest ticketing information, travel, directions, parking, a pub guide and club statistics ahead of the fixture. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Leyton Orient.

The East Stand at Brisbane Road - the right-most end is where we'll be sat on Saturday
The East Stand at Brisbane Road.
The East Stand at Brisbane Road - the right-most end is where we'll be sat on Saturday.
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18 December 2015 : McDermott Takes Royals Job Again
Championship side Reading have reappointed Brian McDermott as their first team manager. The former Glovers player and assistant manager has been given a two-and-a-half year contract that allows him to return to the club who sacked him in March 2013 whilst they were in the Premier League. McDermott went on to manage Leeds United but has spent his more recent time working for Arsenal as a scout - something that he hinted was likely to be his long term career path, but it seems the lure of returning to his most successful club as a manager has persuaded him to do a u-turn.

Reading are currently 13th in the Championship table and have struggled to regain the form that was established under McDermott under his first spell that took them to the 2011-12 Championship title. He had been their Chief Scout before he was given the Royals job, and after a caretaker management spell in December 2009 proved successful, he was given the reins on a permanent basis to huge success, with his 45 percent win ratio being the second best record of any Reading manager.

McDermott had been on the bookies odds lists for the vacant Yeovil Town first team manager's job, but in reality it was probably going to need a job like the one at the Madejski Stadium to take him back into management again, having been the club's Chief Scout for nine years prior to becoming their manager. Former AFC Wimbledon manager Terry Burton has agreed to become his assistant.


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18 December 2015 : Northampton Town vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's trip to Northampton Town at Sixfields proved to be Paul Sturrock's final game in charge of the club. The 2-0 defeat came down to the clinical finishing from the Cobblers during a match that struggled to get fluency from either team due to a strong blustery wind.

Man of the Match voting saw fans at the game list Harry Cornick, who played as a striker, and Ben Tozer, who was in central midfield get praise along with right-back Connor Roberts. The winner of the poll on the day though was Wes Fogden, who played the match as a right-winger.

Full results are as shown below:

1. Wes Fogden 22 (1)
2. Connor Roberts 16 (1)
3. Ben Tozer 10 (1)
3. Harry Cornick 10 (1)
5. Darren Ward 6 (0)
6. Josh Sheehan 4 (0)
7. Alex Lacey 2 (0)
7. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.75
Performance : 4.5
Entertainment : 5
VOTES RECEIVED : 4


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17 December 2015 : Way Gives Injury Updates on Compton, Dawson and Laird
Whilst this weekend's trip to Leyton Orient may come too soon for them to travel up to Brisbane Road, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way is hopeful that he is seeing a light at the end of the tunnel for some of the club's injured players. Long term absentees from the teamsheet include Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Marc Laird (hamstring) with no immediate sign that they will be back for the weekend, but with respect to a few of them, Way told BBC Somerset today that they are coming close to full training, giving hope that the club may have a few extra numbers as they turn into the New Year.

Winger Jack Compton was brought in over the summer with the intention of being a first choice winger for the Glovers yet has been restricted to just five appearances, with his last coming on September 5th. He did get as far as the substitutes bench for the recent FA Cup Second Round tie against Stevenage, but had a set-back in training shortly after that and so was taken off the bench for the fixtures that followed, with his calf injury not having quite resolved itself, meaning that the club have not seen him on the pitch now for three-and-a-half months.

Midfielder Marc Laird has also had an injury plagued season, with a torn hamstring putting him out for six weeks during August and September, and was only able to make eight appearances before problems flared up again. Despite being expected to only be out for three or four weeks, that has turned into a two month absence, that last saw him feature in the home match against Cambridge United during October.

Midfielder Kevin Dawson's injury has meant that the year 2015 has been a total write-off for him. The Irishman has only played in one match since December 6th 2014, with a hip injury putting him out for a month. Returning for the FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester United, he suffered a pelvic injury that required an operation, putting him out for the rest of the 2014-15 season. Then a groin problem in pre-season has seen him sidelined since, leaving that Cup match his only action for 12 months and 11 days, with his attempt to return to training around two months ago being aborted after he suffered another groin problem.

Way was cautious not to put timescales on when such players would be back and available again, but implied that Marc Laird was the closest to being properly available, but had decided not to rush him back to training with the first team just yet. He gave an update on all three, starting with Compton:

"With Jack Compton, we've tried to give him a different plan, as far as his fitness is concerened, because he has been out for a long time. Marc Laird could have done the warm-up today but we've given him an extra few days. Hopefully the physio will give us the green light that Kevin Dawson will be back training within the next week, so that's good news and I certainly expect Kevin when he does come back, to be back permanent. So it's all good."

One of the club's other long term absentees has been midfielder Simon Gillett, who suffered cruciate ligament knee damage in the same FA Cup match. He has therefore been absent for the same length of time as Dawson, and although he has been doing warm-up sessions with the matchday substitutes at home matches, he is not expected to rejoin proper training sessions until early next year.

As for the Orient game itself, Way explained that the club had been working on its defending in games, having raised the point after last weekend's 2-2 draw against Barnet that he felt the Glovers were shipping too many goals. The club have shipped two or more goals in fifteen fixtures this season across league and cup competitions, and Way said that there had been a big focus upon that part of their game over the past week:

"I have worked on that side this week and it's something that we focussed on. We've had different bits of information placed around the dressing room, so they all know their different roles and responsibilities. It's going to be a difficult game to go to at Leyton Orient but certainly one that we expect to win."


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17 December 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : Stick Or Twist Again
Sixteen days ago, Paul Sturrock left the building, and the search began for the next permanent Yeovil Town manager. With Chairman John Fry having provided some initial direction regarding the club's plans recently, the latest Taff's Gloversblog considers whether the club should stick or twist against the man who currently carries the title of 'interim manager', in Darren Way. Read that article via the link below, and feel free to provide your own views at the foot.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Stick Or Twist Again.


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17 December 2015 : Still Heads Out The Door At Kenilworth Road
League Two side Luton Town have decided to part company with their first team manager John Still. Their decision comes on the back of the Hatters having suffered four straight defeats that have seen them slide to 17th in the League Two table. With the Hatters having finished in 8th place at the end of the 2014-15 season, their ambitions were presumably to target the play-off or automatic promotion slots, but they currently lie seven points off those positions, and their 3-4 home defeat against Northampton Town - the second consecutive match in which they'd shipped four goals at Kenilworth Road - has proved to be Still's final moment.

The 65 year old's reign will overall be considered to be a highly successful one. He took over in February 2013 with Luton struggling to get themselves out of the Conference National division, despite healthy crowds that should have made them one of the bigger fish in the pond. By the end of the 2013-14 campaign, he took them back into the Football League as Conference Champions, and during the following season looked to have a chance of a double promotion, before they fell off the pace, missing out on the play-offs by a single place.

In theory that 8th spot was no disgrace, but with Luton's current season having been so erratic their board have now decided to remove him from his position, placing Academy and Development Squad manager Andy Awford in charge on a caretaker basis. Still has bowed out by mutual consent, and paid tribute to those he had worked with during that time:

"Naturally I am hugely disappointed to be leaving Kenilworth Road but I would like to thank everyone involved at Luton Town for making my time at the club an enjoyable one. The board of directors have been fantastic every step of the way, all of the staff - on the football side and behind the scenes - have been unbelievably supportive and the fans have been nothing short of incredible. The Conference championship season is one which will live long in my memory and I was proud and honoured to have played a part in bringing Luton Town back in to the Football League."

Awford's first game in charge will be a trip to Exeter City. The Luton board have not put a timescale on how long they expect him to be in charge of proceedings but have confirmed that all other backroom staff remain on Luton's books for the time being.


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17 December 2015 : Officials For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Leyton Orient and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 19th December 2015 at Brisbane Road. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Swabey (Devon).

Mr Swabey is 31 years old and was born in Plymouth. He's been a regular at Huish Park and other West Country venues stretching back nine years as an assistant referee and a fourth official, since becoming a Football League official in the summer of 2006. He was promoted to the Football League in the summer of 2015, getting a trial run during the 2015-16 pre-season, taking charge of our 3-2 win over Swansea City Under-21s which seemed to pass off without major incident.

Later during the actual 2015-16 campaign, he was present for the 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon. We'll have trouble in providing a review for his performance though as he only lasted 38 minutes! We're not quite sure what caused his problem, but at that point he needed to be replaced, and retreated to becoming the Fourth Official for the rest of the match.

He's so far taken charge of 15 matches - 12 Football League games and one three cup matches - that have seen him raise 45 yellow cards and 5 red cards. Mr Swabey will be assisted by Matt Corlett (Liverpool) and Anthony Serrano (Hertfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Robert Mackay (Bedfordshire).

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Wimbledon 1.


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16 December 2015 : Sky Blues Boss Explains Thomas Early Return
League One side Coventry City have explained the thinking behind the decision to allow striker George Thomas to cut short his loan spell at Huish Park. The 18 year old had been due to stay in South Somerset until January 3rd 2016, thus taking him as far as the start of the January transfer window, but didn't feature at all under interim manager Darren Way, with the decision made to allow him to return to the Ricoh Arena at the start of this week.

Up until now, neither club had hinted as to who had initiated the decision for Thomas to return to his parent club. Coventry first team manager Tony Mowbray suggests the move was initiated by himself, but explained that it was following a discussion with Glovers interim manager Darren Way relating to the sort of tactics he expected to deploy as part of his management. Mowbray told the Coventry Telegraph that Way had explained that a more physical and direct approach was needed to Yeovil's play, which would tend to limit the striker's chances in the future, and so he was recalled:

"I spoke to him (Darren Way) at length the other day before bringing George back. I think he felt they need to be more physical in that league with bigger lads being more direct instead of playing through the lines so George became a little bit obsolete to them really. So the best thing for the lad was to bring him back with us and get him training and playing Under-21s football and being around the squad if needed. And he understands that and I think heís happy to be back. He's a young guy who has a big future, Iím sure, and weíll see whether there are any other loan options for him along the line. If not, weíre happy to have him back."

Overall Thomas made five appearances for the club, with his last coming during Paul Sturrock's final match for the club against Northampton Town at the tail end of November.

Link: George Thomas : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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16 December 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Wycombe Wanderers : Man Of The Match Result
Towards the end of last month, Yeovil Town played a League Two home match against Wycombe Wanderers on a Tuesday night. The 0-1 defeat came about via a well hit shot from Luke O'Nien during the second half, with the Glovers struggling as a creative force to break down well-organised opponents.

Man of the Match voting saw left-back Nathan Smith pick up a fair number of votes, with him having also been given the nod as the Match Sponsors' Player of the Day, whilst fans were also impressed with Francois Zoko's home debut, even if he couldn't find the back of the net. The poll winner - and for the second match running - was goalkeeper Chris Weale, who had to deal with a number of situations where defensive jitters left the visitors in a one-v-one situation which thankfully he blocked out on each occasion.

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

1. Chris Weale 418 (37)
2. Francois Zoko 72 (1)
3. Nathan Smith 46 (0)
4. Connor Roberts 40 (1)
5. Wes Fogden 36 (0)
6. Harry Cornick 34 (1)
7. Darren Ward 30 (1)
9. Ben Tozer 8 (0)
10. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)
10. George Thomas 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.15
Performance : 4
Entertainment : 4.29
VOTES RECEIVED : 41


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16 December 2015 : Former Bristol Academy Defender Townsend Signs Up For Ladies
Promotion chasing Yeovil Town Ladies Football Club have signed defender Lauren Townsend. The attacking full back, joins from former Womens Super League division one club Bristol Academy, following an injury hit season, which saw her make 11 appearances. The 25 year old, is reunited with manager Jamie Sherwood for the second time, where Sherwood previously worked with Townsend, whilst manager at Cardiff City. Sherwood is confident that Townsend will fit in extremely well to his plans for the 2016 season and the Lady Glovers manager had this to say:

"I am really pleased that we have secured Lauren for the 2016 season. She was my captain at Cardiff City Ladies and was vital to the togetherness that we created there. Lauren is an attacking fullback with the capabilities of creating and scoring goals. She can play on both flanks and I am excited to see her in the green and white of a Yeovil Town Ladies shirt. She brings a wealth of experience and quality and is another excellent character that will add strength and depth to our squad next year."

Townsend commented on her exciting signing and said:

"I am delighted to be joining Yeovil Town Ladies FC and looking forward to the season ahead. Iíd like to say thank you to everyone at Bristol Academy. Despite it being a tough season, I gained some invaluable experience and enjoyed being a part of the club. However, Iím really looking forward to the new challenge with Yeovil Town Ladies in 2016. Yeovil are a fantastic club whose ambitions mirror my own. They have a very good squad and loyal supporters that give the club a real family feel. I hope that my determination and drive can help gain promotion next season. I was fortunate enough to work with Jamie at Cardiff. Heís a manager who knows how to get the best out of me and Iím really looking forward to working with him again, as well as some of my former team mates. Due to a few injuries last season I spent a few games watching from the side-line, so I canít wait to start training with the girls and for the 2016 season to kick off."

Yeovil's season kicks off in February where they are in SSE FA Womens Cup third round action, before the FA WSL league campaign starts in the middle of March.

New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Lauren Townsend
New Yeovil Town Ladies signing Lauren Townsend



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16 December 2015 : Christmas and New Year Ticket Office Opening Hours
With it coming up to the Christmas holiday period, Yeovil Town's Ticket Office have issued their opening hours for the next couple of weeks. The Ticket Office will be operating the following hours of business:

Mon 21st Dec : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Tue 22nd Dec : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Wed 23rd Dec : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Thu 24th Dec : 9.00a.m. - Midday
Fri 25th Dec : CLOSED
Sat 26th Dec : CLOSED (Plymouth Ė away)
Sun 27th Dec : CLOSED
Mon 28th Dec : 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. (Oxford United Ė home)
Tue 29th Dec : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Wed 30th Dec : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Thu 31st Dec : 9.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Fri 1st Jan : CLOSED
Sat 2nd Jan : 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. (York City Ė home)
Sun 3rd Jan : CLOSED

For those who want to purchase tickets for the League Two match against Plymouth Argyle, if you want tickets sent out by post, then you must place your orders by Friday, given the Royal Mail's Christmas posting deadlines. However, for those who want to collect tickets in person, or are happy to collect tickets from Home Park on the day, the Huish Park Ticket Office will have them on sale until 5.00p.m. on Wednesday 23rd December. Tickets will also be available on the day of the match from the Home Park end.

For home match tickets, it will still be possible to purchase tickets online throughout the Christmas period - they just get picked up and processed when the Ticket Office next opens. For the home match against Oxford United on December 28th, the club have already agreed to waive the £2.00 differential that is normally in place across pre-match and matchday tickets, so you can purchase on the day at pre-match rates if you are unable to do so prior to the Christmas break. Online tickets for that game will remain available until 12.00 noon on December 28th.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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15 December 2015 : Bloomfield Road Trip Confirmed For FA Cup Match
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round match against Carlisle United has now been formally confirmed as taking place at Bloomfield Road. The Glovers will be travelling to Blackpool FC's ground on Sunday 10th January 2016, for a 2.00p.m. kick-off, with the neutral venue being chosen due to storm damage at Brunton Park, after much of Carlisle was flooded in the wake of Storm Desmond.

Although the Glovers have never played Carlisle in an FA Cup match, switching the game to Bloomfield Road will invoke memories of one notable FA Cup Second Round match, that saw the Glovers beat Blackpool by a 1-0 scoreline whilst they were still a non-league side. Nick Crittenden's 45th minute goal on a rain-soaked boggy Bloomfield pitch was the only one to find the back of the net as 1,000 travelling supporters witnessed the club knock out their Third Division opponents by a 1-0 scoreline.

In addition to consenting to the game to be played at a neutral fixture, as a mark of solidarity Yeovil Town have also donated to Carlisle United a hospitality package at Huish Park for Carlisle to auction. The package is worth nearly £500 and for up to ten Carlisle United fans to enjoy the game at Huish Park on Good Friday in March 2016.

Ticket details for the cup fixture will be advised in due course.

Yeovil fans at Bloomfield Road, 2000
Yeovil's travelling fans at Bloomfield Road in December 2000 - back in the days when flares weren't frowned upon quite so much!
Photo © 2000 Ciderspace



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15 December 2015 : Supporters Direct Give Green Light For Next Steps For Trust Formation
A group of Yeovil Town supporters have been given the green light to take the next steps in the formation of a Supporters Trust associated with the club. Today six volunteers met umbrella organisation Supporters Direct at a meeting in London to put forward their case for support for an organisation for Glovers fans, with the aim of such a body being established during early 2016.

The working party have for the moment been operating under the monicker of the 'Yeovil Voice' during the steps that it has taken to start up the organisation so far. Today, they have reported that the outcome of the meeting was a success, putting out a short message, indicating that they are "thrilled to report that Supporters Direct have confirmed they are happy to work with us in the formation of a supporters trust for YTFC."

They plan to produce a longer review of the meeting either later today or tomorrow, including the steps that will be taken next. We'll carry that whenever they reach Somerset and have warmed up a bit!


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15 December 2015 : Newport County vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town made their first ever visit to Newport County's Rodney Parade ground. The end result was a bit of a scrappy affair, with a strong wind affecting the quality of the match that ended up in a 0-0 draw - Harry Cornick came the closest to breaking the deadlock during the match as his header flicked off the crossbar during the first half.

Man of the Match voting saw many fans impressed by the debut of Francois Zoko, who had played his first game for the club after being announced as a new signing on the afternoon of the game, whilst another one of the newer recruits, Darren Ward, continued to show why he had added strength to the Yeovil Town defence as they kept a clean sheet. Poll winner though, and by a considerable distance, was goalkeeper Chris Weale, who made two highly impressive second half saves to keep the scoreline blank.

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

1. Chris Weale 176 (14)
2. Darren Ward 90 (4)
3. Francois Zoko 34 (1)
4. Wes Fogden 24 (1)
5. Ben Tozer 8 (0)
6. Connor Roberts 6 (0)
7. Matthew Dolan 6 (0)
7. Alex Lacey 2 (0)
9. Harry Cornick 2 (0)
9. Ryan Bird 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.45
Performance : 4.9
Entertainment : 4
VOTES RECEIVED : 20


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15 December 2015 : Bloomfield Road Beckons For Third Round Tie?
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round tie against Carlisle United looks as though it could be staged at Bloomfield Road. Although it should be stressed that neither club has made a firm announcement over when and where this fixture will be staged, due to the severe flooding that has affected Carlisle's Brunton Park stadium, data sourced from the Press Assocciation is currently showing Blackpool FC's ground as the location for this fixture, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off on Sunday 10th January 2016, which if accurate would mean the match has been chosen as one of the BBC's Final Score programme matches.

So far, Carlisle have fixed up games at Preston North End's Deepdale ground and Blackburn Rovers' Ewood Park stadium and so have not managed to come up with a fixed venue to stage their matches whilst Brunton Park is out of action. Blackpool are due to face Port Vale in a League One fixture on the Saturday.

Oddly, the main evidence for the fixture being staged at this date and time comes from Carlisle United's main club website! Because its fixture data is sourced from the Press Association it is currently showing the fixture and location as cast in stone, although Carlisle's press officer has pointed out on Twitter that he is not in control of that data. Thus we don't recommend that this date/location is taken as accurate jut yet - don't book any travel or hotels just yet - as soon as it's formally confirmed, we'll provide an update.

A screenshot of Carlisle's website, showing Bloomfield Road as staging next month's tie
A screenshot of Carlisle's website, showing Bloomfield Road as staging next month's tie



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14 December 2015 : Football League Finalise 2015-16 Wembley Finals
It's quite possible that these dates may not concern Yeovil Town supporters too much this season. However, in the interests of completeness, the Football League have announced the dates and times for the five matches that will be staged to close off their five major competitions. Comprising of the Football League Trophy, the Football League Cup, and the three divisional Play-Off Finals, all games will as usual be played at Wembley Stadium.

The Football League do add a small caveat that the schedule is subject to police intelligence concerning the teams who will compete on each day. However for now, the League plan to operate on the following schedules:

Capital One Cup Final - Sunday 28th February 2016 - 4.30p.m.
Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final - Sunday 3rd April 2016 - 2.30p.m.
Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final - Saturday 28th May 2016 - 5.00p.m.
Sky Bet League 1 Play-Off Final - Sunday 29th May 2016 - 3.00p.m.
Sky Bet League 2 Play-Off Final - Monday 30th May 2016 - 3.00p.m.


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14 December 2015 : Zoko Given Team Of The Week Slot After Barnet Double
The Football League have named striker Francois Zoko in their Team of the Week, based on the weekend just gone. Brought in by former boss Paul Sturrock at the tail end of last month, the 32 year old spent last season on the books of Blackpool, although spent much of the campaign on loan with League One side Bradford City. Released over the summer, he had trials with Oxford United and Luton Town without those reaching fruition, but has since signed a short term deal with the Glovers, with Saturday's match against Barnet being his sixth appearance for the club.

The Football League have listed him in their eleven players that stood out over the weekend's fixtures, and have this to say about his two goal haul that sparked the comeback in the 2-2 draw against Barnet:

"Sky Bet League 2 strugglers Yeovil showed tremendous character to fight back from a two-goal deficit to earn a point at home to Barnet. Zoko nodded home in the 80th minute to reduce the arrears, before levelling the scores with a fine strike six minutes later."

The full team, and nominated manager of the week, read as follows:

Goalkeeper: Frank Fielding (Bristol City)
Defender: Damien McCrory (Burton Albion)
Defender: Tom Aldred (Blackpool)
Defender: Luke Chambers (Ipswich Town)
Midfielder: Alfie Potter (Northampton Town)
Midfielder: Liam Noble (Notts County)
Midfielder: Conor Hourihane (Barnsley)
Midfielder: Danny Mayor (Bury)
Forward: Rhys Murphy (Crawley Town)
Forward: Marc McNulty (Portsmouth)
Forward: Francois Zoko (Yeovil Town)

Manager: Shaun Derry (Cambridge United)


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14 December 2015 : Yeovil Town vs Stevenage League Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town have played Stevenage twice in quick succession over the last month, with the first being a League Two match at Huish Park. Most of the action in the game happened just after half time, with goals from Harry Cornick and Wes Fogden twice putting Yeovil into the lead. However, Stevenage pegged the Glovers back twice, with the 88th minute equaliser from a set piece producing a frustrating 2-2 draw that denied the club what would have been a deserved win.

Man of the Match voting saw left-back Nathan Smith and midfielder Wes Fogden score well for their performances in the game, but the poll winner was streets ahead of everyone, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Harry Cornick gaining three-quarters of outright votes on the day.

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

1. Harry Cornick 396 (35)
2. Wes Fogden 74 (3)
3. Nathan Smith 72 (3)
4. Darren Ward 58 (1)
5. Shaun Jeffers 54 (1)
6. Connor Roberts 54 (0)
7. Matthew Dolan 46 (1)
8. Chris Weale 32 (2)
9. Ben Tozer 26 (1)
10. Ryan Bird 10 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.73
Performance : 6.88
Entertainment : 6.58
VOTES RECEIVED : 48


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14 December 2015 : Francois Zoko Talks About The Barnet Draw
Following Saturday's 2-2 draw against Barnet at Huish Park, Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Francois gives his views on his first two goals since joining the club, having been on the books of Blackpool and Bradford City last season. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Francois Zoko Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Barnet.


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13 December 2015 : Darren Talks About Barnet Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Barnet kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about his decision to change formations for the match against the Bees, the decision to drop Nathan Smith for the first time this season, and his perspective on his first league match in charge. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 December 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Barnet L2 Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from yesterday's 2-2 draw with Barnet, just over two minutes worth can be seen via the video clip below. The visitors opened up with two goals from Aaron McLean before a late brace from Francois Zoko gave the Glovers a point from the match. Watch it via the YouTube clip below.




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13 December 2015 : Darren's Verdict On The Barnet League Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Barnet at Huish Park, Yeovil Town interim 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 2-2 draw can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren's Verdict On The Barnet League Match.


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12 December 2015 : Darren Way Hoping Players Attitudes Will Help His Case For Permanent Job
Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way felt that his players demonstrated the kind of attitude they have towards him as first team boss, as they fought their way back from two goals down against Barnet today. Trailing by two goals at Huish Park at half time, as Aaron McLean scored twice for the Bees, Way's players fought back in the second half to secure a 2-2 draw, with former Blackpool and Carlisle United striker Francois Zoko netting twice in the last ten minutes to rescue a point that lifted them off the bottom of the League Two table.

In what was Way's first League Two game in charge of the side, pending a decision being made by the Yeovil Town board concerning a successor to Paul Sturrock, Way had an opportunity to impress the club's hierarchy, with them expected to make a decision on a permanent successor by the end of this month. Way told BBC Somerset after the game that he thought the way the game had ended was a boost for the club, and hoped also that it demonstrated to the board that the players were on his side:

"That was fantastic. I thought it was entertaining football. You could hear the supporters voices and I thought the environment was excellent to be in, and it is exactly what we need this year, to complete that objective of making sure that we stay in this league. In times of adversity you find out what you're really about, and I think you could see that from the players today. If there was any question mark over me being manager of this football club, or whether they want that to happen, that suggests to me that they want to fight for me."

Key to the late comeback in the game was Francois Zoko's double - the first goals he has netted since spending last season on the books of Blackpool, combined with a loan spell with Bradford City. Arriving at Huish Park with only moderate levels of fitness, having missed a proper pre-season training schedule, Way says that they are currently trying to tailor his fitness, but is pleased with the results so far:

"He did a different warm-up to the other players, on the other day. We're looking at the heart-rate monitor readings, compared to what the other first team players like Darren Ward that I've tried to look after. It was a completely different reading. So we're trying to do everything that we can to make sure that we're looking at the Sports Science side of it, to get him fit as quick as possible, and he just showed today what sort of quality that he's got. So we're really pleased with Francois."


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12 December 2015 : Man of the Match Voting for L2 Yeovil Town vs Barnet
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-2 draw against Barnet 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 Barnet.


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12 December 2015 : Yeovil 2 Barnet 2 : Late Zoko Double Lifts Glovers Off The Bottom
Two late goals from Francois Zoko helped rescue a point against Barnet this afternoon at Huish Park, to help lift Yeovil Town off the foot of the League Two table. The 2-2 draw gained looked rather unlikely with ten minutes remaining, with the Bees having gained a two goal advantage at the break. Aaron McLean scored direct from a free kick midway through the first period, before breaking the offside trap during first half injury time to double Barnet's lead. Yeovil produced some spirit during the second period, putting pressure on Barnet's penalty box, but it wasn't until Zoko headed home a Connor Roberts cross on 80 minutes that things began to take shape. The visitors were sucked deep and with four minutes remaining, Zoko struck again to deliver a point. With York City losing against Bristol Rovers, that was good enough to allow the Glovers to leapfrog them on goal difference, to give a bright finish to the day.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up, along with a formation change, in what was Darren Way's first game in charge for a Football League match. Nathan Smith lost his place in the side for the first time this season, as Ryan Dickson took over at left-back, whilst Ben Tozer dropped out of midfield to allow an extra forward on the pitch, with Shaun Jeffers getting the nod, as Way reverted to a 4-4-2. On the bench, Iffy Allen and Christian Maghoma were included - with George Thomas having returned to Coventry, this left Mark Beck as the only fully fit player left out of the first team squad, with Jack Compton and Marc Laird both still being put through rehab work.

The first half was a relatively even one, in terms of chances for both sides, and with both clubs forcing a succession of corners from shots that were deflected. Aaron McLean's attempt was blocked by a defender, whilst Josh Sheehan's shot at the other end saw the ball ahead out for a corner. Barnet had the best of the early chances though, as a John Akinde header went straight into the path of McLean, whose shot was good enough to beat Chris Weale, but Connor Roberts did brilliantly to stop the ball going over the line.

The strength of the Barnet front pairing should have given Yeovil enough warning signs of what to expect. However, Jakub Sokolik gave away a free kick on the edge of the box, and when Aaron McLean stepped up, his free kick was curled over the defensive wall, with Chris Weale's hand not quite enough to keep the ball out of the net. 0-1 down, and even with 72 minutes of play still remaining, the Bees seemed to slow play down a notch from that moment onwards - no surprise given they had lost eight of their ten previous away fixtures leading up to this game.

Shaun Jeffers produced a run and shot on target from a narrow angle on the half hour mark that visiting keeper Ian Lawlor saved relatively comfortably. Yeovil's problem was that whilst their approach play was good, they were struggling to create cast iron chances, with Barnet soaking up a lot of play at the eighteen yard line. From one such bit of pressure, they even managed to extend their lead, just as the play switched into three minutes of time added on. A long ball up field by Luke Gambin from deep inside his own half, was well judged for both Barnet forwards to run onto, as Yeovil's defence played for an offside flag that never came. Aaron McLean was the first to get on the chase, and although John Akinde was in support, McLean confidently slotted past the advancing Chris Weale for a 0-2 scoreline - with loud boos ringing out as the half time whistle blew.

Yeovil controlled the majority of the second period, even if for long stretches of that 45 minutes, they looked as though they weren't going to get anything out of it. Half chances for Connor Roberts, Shaun Jeffers and Harry Cornick really weren't hitting the target, with any great intent, even if the fact that they were getting plenty of the ball in the final third at their favoured home end of the ground was helping them build up a head of steam. It wasn't really until both sides made substitutions that the balance of the game began to significantly swing Yeovil's way - double scorer Aaron McLean was withdrawn, whilst for the green'n'whites, Iffy Allen and Ryan Bird were introduced as attacking options.

With ten minutes to go, Yeovil finally got a killer ball into the box. Connor Roberts flighted a cross, and coming in at the near post was Francois Zoko, whose glancing header was perfect to change the direction of the ball and put it into the back of the net. Suddenly the crowd noise turned up a notch, and Barnet seemed to get sucked into their own half - a point magnified when they withdrew striker John Akinde for defender Michael Nelson in an obvious attempt to see the game out during the closing stages.

The Bees couldn't do it - with four minutes remaining, the ball was recycled to the edge of the box, following an attacking move, and it found Francois Zoko with his back to goal. He made room for himself turn and fire off a left-footed shot from just outside the area, that was hit superbly into the back of the net for a 2-2 scoreline and to produce the biggest roar of the day at Huish Park. With Barnet now looking out on their feet, Yeovil could have even snatched an improbable winner, with substitute Iffy Allen's late chance saved by the Barnet keeper. They probably wouldn't have wanted just a single point out of this winnable home match at the start of the game, but when there were eleven minutes on the clock, they probably would have gladly accepted it - with York surrendering a goal lead to lose at Bristol Rovers, and Dagenham and Redbridge also losing at Crawley, the end result didn't look quite as bad as it might have been, lifting Yeovil off the foot of the table, and giving them a point advantage over their two main rivals.

Link: 2015-16 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Barnet 2.

Scorers: Aaron McLean (18 mins, 0-1), Aaron McLean (45 mins, 0-2), Francois Zoko (80 mins, 1-2), Francois Zoko (86 mins, 2-2)

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 30. Josh Sheehan 20. Wes Fogden
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 2. Ben Tozer (54 mins for Josh Sheehan) 3. Nathan Smith 9. Ryan Bird (75 mins for Shaun Jeffers) 19. Iffy Allen (70 mins for Wes Fogden) 21. Alex Lacey 25. Christian Maghoma

Barnet:
33. Ian Lawlor
7. Andy Yiadom 5. Bondz N'Gala 4. Bira Dembele 3. Elliot Johnson
12. Luke Gambin 8. Curtis Weston 14. Sam Togwell 27. Josh Clarke
9. John Akinde 24. Aaron Mclean

Substitutes:
6. Michael Nelson (83 mins for John Akinde) 10. Kevin Lisbie 16. Tom Champion (46 mins for Josh Clarke) 18. Michael Gash (66 mins for Aaron McLean) 19. Shaun Batt 31. Kai McKenzie-Lyle 32. Jack Stacey

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (25 mins, foul)

Barnet Bookings: Andy Yiadom (23 mins, foul), Josh Clarke (45 mins, foul), Sam Togwell (88 mins, foul)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Barnet Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Nigel Lugg (Surrey) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 3,162 (with 129 Barnet supporters).


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12 December 2015 : Glovers Team News For Yeovil Town vs Barnet
Yeovil Town have made two changes to their starting line-up for the League Two match against Barnet at Huish Park this afternoon. Left-back Nathan Smith comes out of the starting line-up, with Ryan Dickson replacing him in the back four. Ben Tozer is the other man to be replaced, with Shaun Jeffers coming in as a second striker.

Coventry City striker George Thomas has returned to his parent club after his loan spell was ended earlier than originally planned. Mark Beck and Jack Compton sit out of the game entirely.

The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) are also absent. Marc Laird (hamstring) is understood to be very close to a return.

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

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 30. Josh Sheehan 20. Wes Fogden
39. Francois Zoko 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 2. Ben Tozer 3. Nathan Smith 9. Ryan Bird 19. Iffy Allen 21. Alex Lacey 25. Christian Maghoma


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12 December 2015 : Fry Wanting 'Specialised Role' For Supporters Trust Involvement
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has said that he would expect the formation of a Supporters Trust at the club to only play a serious part in proceedings if it can provide some sort of specialised contribution to the club. Glovers fans have recently formed a working party that is going through the steps to form a Supporters Trust, with a meeting scheduled with umbrella organisation Supporters Direct later this month, to discuss the steps that would be necessary to formalise a body as a not-for-profit organisation.

Subject to agreement with Supporters Direct, the aim is to complete the formation of the Supporters Trust in 2016, at which point they will start recruiting a membership, which can then elect a committee to serve fans interests at the club. Fry has told the Western Gazette that he would expect any direct involvement of a Trust with a football club to either provide a specialised role, or to provide a source of income, claiming that his current directors are funding the club to the tune of half a million pounds per season. He also implicitly suggests that the motivation for fans setting up the Trust is linked to the club no longer playing Championship football:

"I am all for Supporters' Trusts but depending on what role they want to play. We have Associate Directors now who have specialised roles. You have got to make a contribution to the club and the biggest one is money. We have an extra half-a-million pounds put in each year which is put in by the directors. In the Championship you need a million, just to be able to compete. The problem with fans is that what you haven't had you don't miss, but what you have had you do and they expect us to be playing Championship football. But it is not, it is League Two football and it is going to be ugly. The objective now is to stay up."

Fry has in the past been critical of the existance of Supporters Trusts, telling a Customer Charter Meeting in 2006 that he did not see them as improving football clubs. He cited AFC Bournemouth as an example, although it should be noticed that the Cherries collapse into administration came in February 2008 - after their Trust had relinquished their control of the club, and under private ownership. Speaking at that time his view was that the presence of a Trust would prevent investment in a football club:

"The Club (Yeovil Town) is run very efficiently and effectively and I believe in free enterprise, free business, making things work, progressing and making people do the job that they are paid to do to gain success. The Supporters Trust idea is another Government scheme where they feel it will improve football, but in my opinion it has done the opposite. Bournemouth were the first Club to introduce the Supporters Trust and look where they are now. This Club is not in that situation as we are financially healthy. If you introduce the Supporters Trust then no investor would invest in the Club and you land up having all sorts of problems. I am a great believer in involving the supporters but I believe if a Club is successful what is the difficulty or the problem."


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12 December 2015 : FA Cup Third Round Live Ties Selected
The Football Association have announced the list of ties that will be selected for full live broadcast at the Third Round stage of the competition. There's no surprise to find that Yeovil Town's lengthy trip to Carlisle United isn't one of those selected, with the more attractive ties seeing Exeter City, Wycombe Wanderers and Oxford United drawn at home to Premier League opposition. For lazy commercial reasons, BT Sport have also chosen home matches for Manchester United and Chelsea that would be rather unlikely to produce any upsets, given both are at home to League One or League Two opposition.

In addition, BT Sport have selected a pair of FA Cup Second Round Replay ties that will be screened next week. The full list of matches selected is as follows:

FA Cup Second Round Replays:
Tue 15/12/2015 : 19:45hrs : Hartlepool United v Salford City (BT Sport 2)
Wed 16/12/2015 : 19:45hrs : Whitehawk v Dagenham & Redbridge (BT Sport 2)

FA Cup Third Round:
Fri 08/01/2016 : 19:55hrs : Exeter City v Liverpool (BBC 1)
Sat 09/01/2016 : 12:45hrs : Wycombe Wanderers v Aston Villa (BT Sport 2)
Sat 09/01/2016 : 17:30hrs : Manchester United v Sheffield United (BT Sport 2)
Sun 10/01/2016 : 12:00hrs : Oxford United v Swansea City (BBC 2 Wales)
Sun 10/01/2016 : 14:00hrs : Chelsea v Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe United (BT Sport 2)
Sun 10/01/2016 : 16:00hrs : Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City (BBC 1)

All clubs involved in the televised Second Round Replays will receive £36,000 as a Broadcast Fee, whilst the winning clubs will take £27,000 from The FA's prize fund.
All clubs involved in the televised Third Round ties will receive £144,000 as a Broadcast Fee, whilst the winning clubs will take £67,500 from The FA's prize fund.

We are still awaiting a firm date and venue for Yeovil Town's Third Round tie against Carlisle United. Further to the news earlier this week, Carlisle have now firmly committed to playing their League Two match against Plymouth Argyle at Ewood Park, on the weekend before the Third Round ties take place. However, that doesn't infer that we'll be travelling to Blackburn, as for an earlier League Two fixture, they've chosen Preston North End's Deepdale ground as a venue, suggesting they are going to have to move around the north a bit to find venues that can stage their games whilst their Brunton Park pitch and stadium attempt to dry out from the current floods.

It does seem possible that the game may be played on Sunday 10th January, with a 2.00p.m. kick-off. Currently, a number of websites are showing that date for the tie, although neither club has confirmed this - probably due to the venue not being decided yet. Most fixture data is centrally sourced to commercial sites by the Press Association, and for the Second Round ties that were moved to the Sunday, they had already altered fixture lists prior to the formal announcements by the Football Association. However, our earlier warning still stands - don't book travel, hotels or days off until the situation is confirmed.


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12 December 2015 : Gillingham vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's Area Quarter Final tie against League One side Gillingham saw them compete against a promotion chasing third tier side for the second round running in the Football League Trophy competition. Although they took the lead through Harry Cornick, they had to settle for the scores being level by the time the final whistle blew on the 90 minutes. That then led to a penalty shoot out for the second round running and once again the Glovers won the tie, with a perfect set of penalties proving to be the difference.

Man of the Match voting saw Wes Fogden and Harry Cornick both impress from opposite flanks on the pitch. However, for the second match running, Darren Ward won the poll, to cement his strong early impression amongst Glovers fans. Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Darren Ward 62 (5)
2. Harry Cornick 44 (2)
3. Wes Fogden 26 (1)
4. Ben Tozer 24 (2)
5. Chris Weale 10 (1)
6. Ryan Bird 10 (0)
7. Nathan Smith 6 (0)
7. Alex Lacey 6 (0)
9. Connor Roberts 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.83
Performance : 8
Entertainment : 7.67
VOTES RECEIVED : 12


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11 December 2015 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Barnet
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Barnet have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 12th December 2015 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, and five of the seven have been away from home and with only one meeting in nearly six years. He last turned up for a Yeovil Town match for our May 2014 home match against Middlesbrough - our final match at Championship level. We were easily outclassed on the day against a Boro team that were ultimately going to do well during the following season, and so no complaints about the result or the referee's performance. With us already down, it had a bit of an end-of-season feel to it all.

You then have to go all the way back in February 2010 for his next match, when we took on Milton Keynes Dons, winning the game 1-0. Of course after the game, Franchise boss Karl Robinson moaned and moaned although on this occasion not at the referee, who booked six players but we can't see too much evidence of him having caused too much controversy on the day.

Earlier that same season, he took charge of the previous month's away fixture at Tranmere Rovers that saw the Glovers lose 2-1 at Prenton Park. He was also the referee that inspected the pitch on Friday 15th January when the original fixture got called off due to a waterlogged pitch, so was quite busy with Glovers matches during 2010. Photos of Tranmere's Prenton Park pitch were published on the day of that postponement; his decision was a fairly easy one to make. Neither the postponement, nor the match when it got eventually played attracted any controversy.

The experience of Mr Salisbury in Yeovil Town matches has been on the whole a good one. He was present for the 3-2 win over Swindon Town in December 2008, which was an emotional occasion for all the wrong reasons, as the club played its first football match following the road traffic accident that Darren Way had been involved in during that month. We did grumble about Mr Salisbury's decision to book Lee Peltier for revealing a tribute to Darren under his shirt when he scored Yeovil's second, but in truth this is a problem for the footballing authorities to resolve - the referee was merely acting under instructions.

A December 2007 match against Bradford City saw no complaints about his actions, whilst the April 2006 tie against Bristol City saw us praise him for standing strong against a vociferous home crowd. Finally an away match at Northampton Town in March 2005, saw Mr Salisbury's actions help the Glovers gain their goal in a 1-1 draw, allowing a free kick to be taken quickly, whilst Cobblers players were caught out of position.

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Gavin Muge (Bedfordshire) and Andrew Quin (Devon). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Link: May 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Middlesbrough 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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11 December 2015 : Cornick Loan Deal Rolls Over Again
Yeovil Town's on loan attacking player Harry Cornick has agreed a further month rollover on his current loan agreement. The AFC Bournemouth player has agreed to stay at the club until January 11th 2016, as the club continue to take forward arrangements that have been in place with the Cherries since the first day of the 2015-16 season.

So far Cornick has played in 26 matches, scoring six goals for the club, making him the Glovers' second top goalscorer for the season.

Link: Harry Cornick : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 December 2015 : Thomas Returns To Sky Blues
Coventry City striker George Thomas has returned to his parent club. The 18 year old's spell at Huish Park had been due to run until January 3rd 2016 but it has now been confirmed that he has returned to the Ricoh Arena after making just five appearances for the Glovers.

Coventry don't indicate which party initiated the move for him to break his loan deal early, but overall he has struggled to cement a regular slot in the Yeovil Town line-up. He was not used in Tuesday night's match against Oxford United due to being cup-tied, meaning that his final match was the fixture against Northampton Town just under two weeks ago.

Link: George Thomas : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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11 December 2015 : Darren Previews The Barnet Home Game
As part of the build-up to the home League Two match against Barnet at Huish Park, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren's thoughts ahead of the game can be read via the link below.

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


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11 December 2015 : Hatters Trip Gets A New Date
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Luton Town now has a new date. The match had been due to be played on January 9th 2016, but has needed to be rearranged due to the club's involvement in the FA Cup Third Round against Carlisle United during that weekend.

The trip to Kenilworth Road will now take place on Tuesday 2nd February 2016, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. As yet there is no firm date (or venue!) set for the Third Round match against Carlisle, with the Cumbrians needing to determine if the match can be played at Brunton Park - and if not, then where it will be staged.


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11 December 2015 : Bassett Looking Forward To Full Time Football After Signing Contract
Yeovil Town teenager Ollie Bassett says that he is excited at the prospect of taking up full time football once he completes his scholarship at Bath College. The 17 year old was given an eighteen month contract with the Glovers earlier this month, but has had to work hard to get that far in his ambitions, having had time on Aston Villa's books before a more recent switch to Southampton. Originally from Leicestershire, he's had to move about in order to achieve his goals, and is currently studying for a BTEC in Bath.

The Glovers' arrangements for their new EPPP Category Three academy - set up this year - has been often rumoured to have connection with Southampton - the Bath Chronicle indicate that Bassett and other unnamed players "arrived at Bath College through their partnership with Premier League Southampton, whose players train with Yeovil twice a week and feature in the under-18 side" suggesting that link does exist between the two clubs, although it's not clear exactly who holds the rights to each player's value prior to them signing a contract with a club.

Bassett made his debut for the club when former boss Paul Sturrock threw him in the deep end at Crawley Town in his first start for the club, and that was followed up a week later by a home start against Hartlepool United. Since then he's only made it as far as the substitutes bench, and with established first team players now returning to the club, he has more recently concentrated in playing for the Under-18s. Bassett told the paper that he saw his move to Bath College and his link with Southampton as having given him a second chance after Villa chose to let him go:

"After the Crawley game I didn't know it was coming. But I thought there was a good chance they would offer me something. I played the following week against Hartlepool and I was just hoping they would offer me something. It's a good opportunity. I didn't get a scholarship at Aston Villa so I might have just packed it in, but Southampton gave me a second chance. I'm excited to start full-time next year. I'm looking forward to playing football five days a week."

Lecturer Paul Blenkinsopp at Bath College is one of those who has worked with Bassett as part of his BTEC course, and he feels that the player's slight build probably played a factor in why Aston Villa rejected him, but believes he could be a player that gets noticed more once he gets into his adult years. He said Bassett had a good attitude to what he did:

"I would say he's very focused as a player. With Ollie, he's a down to earth kid Ė there's no airs or graces about him. He comes in to work hard and the staff get on well with him. He's one of those boys where you're happy it's happened to him. He's technically a very good player. He probably didn't make it at Aston Villa because of his size, but over the next few years he will develop that. He could at the end of that, if he does well, get offered a three to four-year deal, or another club might see him and want to offer him something. It's really good for him and it's really good that we can say we have a professional player studying with us. As well as educating them, hopefully football-wise we're giving them some good opportunities to progress. We want to get players back into football."


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10 December 2015 : Fry Targets End Of Year For First Team Management Decision
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has strongly suggested that a decision on the next first team manager of the club will be made by the end of the month. Since outgoing boss Paul Sturrock was fired on Tuesday 1st December, all has been quiet from the Huish Park hierarchy as to whether they saw interim manager Darren Way as merely a short term fix for one or two games, or whether they were likely to keep him holding the reins for an indefinite period to see whether he was capable of getting the club out of it's current relegation position.

Fry has now put a fairly firm target down on the next steps, saying that the future will be decided before the January transfer window opens at the turn of the year, thus meaning that Darren's 'interim' status will last at most one calendar month. He has informed the Western Gazette that whilst the Board don't want to rush into a decision, on the other hand they're not going to leave the situation undecided for multiple months:

"It has got to be done before the transfer window to enable them to get into the market. We have had loads of people who have applied either verbally or in writing. This time it is vital we get the right appointment. We have to think about what we do want and that is the heart, spirit and commitment of Yeovil Town. There are plenty of names, but whether they are the right ones to go on the shortlist the board will decide. At the moment Darren is the manager and he is as determined as any manager we have ever had here."

The Glovers Chairman also outlined the sort of manager he wanted to see at the club, albeit without providing any examples of who might fit the bill. He said that experience in the game was important to him, but that he also wanted a new boss that could embrace some of the more modern techniques in football around Sports Science that would look at tailoring players fitness levels at the club:

"One thing is the transfer window is just around the corner. The manager will not just be managing those out on the pitch, but also managing the budget. It is very easy to sign players up, but getting rid of the ones you don't want is very difficult. That is where experience comes in and that was one of the reasons we brought in Paul Sturrock because he had to get rid of 24 players last season and bring in 20. But you have also got to get a modern day manager who back things up with sports science, medical science, diets and everything else at the club."


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10 December 2015 : Football League Chairman To Step Down
Football League Chairman Greg Clarke is to leave his post at the end of the 2015-16 season. Clarke took over the reins from Lord Mawhinney back in April 2010, meaning that when Clarke steps down, he'll have done six years in the role. In practice the Chairman's role has been diminished somewhat by the July 2013 decision to appoint a Chief Executive to the League's top table, with Shaun Harvey getting the job, meaning that Clarke's role has become a non-executive position.

Clarke claims that he will leave the Football League with its clubs collectively in better health than when he joined. In relative terms that may be true, although recent problems surrounding Northampton Town, and ongoing issues with Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool suggest that the League should not be complacent over what is a growing debt mountain, particularly at Championship level, within the game. Clarke gives his views:

"It has been a tremendous privilege to serve Football League clubs over the last six years, they are very much the heart and soul of football in this country. I leave with The Football League in excellent health and with solid foundations in place. Our clubs are largely in better financial shape, there is a greater solidarity between our three divisions and we have a cohesive Board that is providing progressive leadership to our members. Therefore, it is exactly the right time to pass on the baton to my successor. I wish them every success and hope they get as much enjoyment and satisfaction from this role as I have."

The League indicate that they will be recruiting a successor, with independent directors Richard Bowker and Debbie Jevans given the task of managing that process. They plan to begin the selection process in January 2016, with a Board representative from each of the three divisions also sitting on that selection panel, with the goal of announcing Clarke's successor before the end of this season.


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10 December 2015 : Darren Talks About Oxford Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Oxford United kicked off at the Kassam Stadium, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about his decision to bring in Francois Zoko, Ben Tozer and Wes Fogden for the game and why the team were training on the Monday night. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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9 December 2015 : Video : Oxford United vs Yeovil Town JPT Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights of last night's Football League Trophy against Oxford United a video showing two-and-a-half minutes worth of highlights is now online. Given that there were five goals scored in the 3-2 defeat, you're largely just viewing those that went into the back of the net, with Yeovil's efforts coming via Wes Fogden and Shaun Jeffers. Watch via the video below.




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9 December 2015 : Darren's Verdict On The Oxford United JPT Game
Following Tuesday night's 3-2 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his verdict on the exit from the Football League Trophy, as well as thoughts on striker Francois Zoko, who appeared to have picked up a knock during the closing stages of the game. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren's Verdict On The Oxford United JPT Game.


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8 December 2015 : JPT Man of the Match Voting for Oxford United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 3-2 defeat against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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8 December 2015 : Oxford 3 Yeovil 2 : Glovers Head Out Of JPT Tonight
Yeovil Town headed out of the Football League Trophy tonight, as they lost 3-2 against League Two leaders Oxford United. The home side held a slight edge during the first period, with a long range strike from Jordan Evans and a shot inside the box from Callum O'Dowda giving them a single goal lead. In between Wes Fogden had finished off an excellent team move for an equaliser, but during the second period Oxford took over the show, with Chris Maguire's well hit shot giving the home side a two goal cushion, that they often looked like extending. Shaun Jeffers got an ultra-late 94th minute consolation goal - too late to stop them heading out of the tournament, with Oxford meeting Millwall in the Area final.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up, with all three representing a chance to rotate the squad. A 4-5-1 formation saw both Ryan Bird and Shaun Jeffers drop to the bench, whilst Francois Zoko played the lone man up front. Ryan Dickson also withdrew, allowing Wes Fogden and Ben Tozer to be recalled to the starting line-up. Oxford, who had only played in the FA Cup on Sunday against Forest Green, chose to drop eight of the starting eleven who played in that match, and bringing in close to a new team for the game.

The home side took the lead in the match with pretty much the first serious action of the game. Left-back Jordan Evans picked up the ball around 30 yards out, and he unleashed an unstoppable shot into the back of the net to give the home side a stunning 1-0 lead with less than five minutes on the clock. Given how dominant Oxford were in the August League Two match against Yeovil that could have easily set the scene, but Yeovil gave a reasonable account of themselves during the first period, albeit without creating too many chances - a Harry Cornick effort went wide of the target 15 minutes in.

Oxford had periods of the game where they dominated possession to an extreme, and Yeovil had to be careful when they got the ball back to make sure they didn't just play it straight back to them. Gradually though, they did manage to even out the game a bit, and Yeovil found an equalising goal in the run-up to half time, with their first shot on target of the half. Strong work in midfield from Josh Sheehan and Ben Tozer saw the latter feed Wes Fogden, when he could have easily taken the ball on himself. Fogden's shot from the edge of the box was the perfect tonic to cap a fine team goal, in which the home side had been carved open straight down the middle.

Unfortunately the momentum from Yeovil didn't last too long, with a defensive error giving Oxford the lead within five minutes. Josh Ruffels put a cross into the box from the left wing, but with Nathan Smith losing his marker in the box, Callum O'Dowda had time to control the ball and fire home for a 2-1 lead, just three minutes before the break. With Danny Hylton breaking through straight after that, but being denied by Chris Weale in a one-v-one, there was just the possibility that Oxford had been playing within themselves before Yeovil's equaliser woke them up - they probably just about deserved the advantage at the break.

The second period was a rather more one-sided affair. Oxford took the game by the scruff of the neck early on and had big penalty appeals turned down when Jakub Sokolik lost possession and had to make a last ditch challenge inside the box to try to thwart Chris Maguire's run. Had referee Keith Stroud seen that as illegal, then it would have been a clear red card as the 'last man' but nothing was given. Maguire was riled enough to pick up a yellow card, but he exacted revenge minutes later when he cut inside and shot from the edge of the box for a 3-1 lead, with the ball heading low into the back of the net.

From there-on, the home side were the ones mainly looking likely to extend that advantage, with Yeovil showing little forward creativity, and a few players putting in leggy second half performances. Chris Weale saved well from another Maguire chance, and then Oxford went close through the same player after Callum O'Dowda had an initial shot blocked by a defender. However, in the dying seconds of four minutes of injury time, the Glovers did get a consolation goal, as Francois Zoko's pass found Shaun Jeffers, who managed to score his second goal of the 2015-16 season, and to pull the game back to 3-2. A little too late for any more drama in the game, and in any case an equaliser would probably have defied the balance of a second half in which Oxford were worthy winners.

Final Score: Oxford United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Jordan Evans (1-0, 5 mins), Wes Fogden (1-1, 37 mins), Callum O'Dowda (2-1, 42 mins), Chris Maguire (3-1, 54 mins), Shaun Jeffers (3-2, 90 mins)

Oxford United:
1. Sam Slocombe 22. Sam Long 33. Cheyenne Dunkley 6. Jake Wright 14. Josh Ruffels 36. Jordan Evans 15. Callum O'Dowda 18. John Lundstram 28. Chris Maguire 11. Alex MacDonald 10. Danny Hylton

Substitutes:
4. Kemar Roofe 5. Johnny Mullins 8. Liam Sercombe (85 mins for John Lundstram) 9. Pat Hoban (77 mins for Chris Maguire) 13. Benjamin Buchel

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 2. Ben Tozer 30. Josh Sheehan 4. Matt Dolan 20. Wes Fogden
39. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers (55 mins for Josh Sheehan) 11. Ryan Dickson 21. Alex Lacey

Oxford Bookings: Chris Maguire (dissent, 53 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Darren Ward (foul, 29 mins), Francois Zoko (foul, 55 mins)

Oxford Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Keith Stroud (Hampshire). Assistants: Nigel Lugg (Surrey) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

Attendance: 2,532 (with 134 Yeovil supporters).


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8 December 2015 : JPT Team News For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have made three changes to their starting line-up for the Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final tie against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium this evening. Striker Francois Zoko comes in for Ryan Bird who sits on the bench. Saturday's goalscorer Ben Tozer also comes into the side, along with Wes Fogden, meaning that Ryan Dickson and Shaun Jeffers also move to the bench.

Coventry City striker George Thomas is cup-tied due to playing against the Glovers in an earlier round of the competition and so drops out of the squad. Mark Beck, Iffy Allen, Jack Compton and Christian Maghoma sit out of the game entirely. Football League Trophy rules only allow five players to sit on the bench.

The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury) and Omar Sowunmi (ankle) are also absent. Marc Laird (hamstring) is understood to be very close to a return.

NOTE: Tonight's game will be settled on the night. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, the game will go immediately to penalty kicks to decide who goes through to the Area Final.

The full team for this evening's match reads as follows (with some guesswork on the formation, having not seen much of Darren's tactics so far!):

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 20. Wes Fogden 2. Ben Tozer 4. Matt Dolan 30. Josh Sheehan
39. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers 11. Ryan Dickson 21. Alex Lacey

Oxford United:
1. Sam Slocombe
22. Sam Long 33. Cheyenne Dunkley 6. Jake Wright 14. Josh Ruffels
15. Callum O'Dowda 18. John Lundstram 28. Chris Maguire 11. Alex MacDonald
10. Danny Hylton 36. Jordan Evans

Substitutes:
4. Kemar Roofe 5. Johnny Mullins 8. Liam Sercombe 9. Pat Hoban 13. Benjamin Buchel


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8 December 2015 : Carlisle's League Opponents Expecting Ground Switch Following Floods
Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round trip to Carlisle United in January 2016 looks like it runs the risk of needing to be switched to an alternate venue. At the moment the Cumbrians Brunton Park ground is entirely submerged in water, following extensive flooding in the wake of Storm Desmond. With the ground situated close to the River Petteril and the River Eden, they have experienced problems in the past during storms in 2005 and 2009, and now lie under water again.

At present, Carlisle's official position is as follows, with respect to their forthcoming League Two fixtures: "we have suspended ticket and hospitality sales for home and away fixtures - please bear with us as we put new procedures in place, in conjunction with the Football League and the clubs we are scheduled to play".

Carlisle are scheduled to host Plymouth Argyle on January 2nd 2016 - one week before Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round trip, and the Pilgrims have issued an early warning that they regard it as "likely to be switched to an alternative venue, although as yet they don't know where that will be. Plymouth add that: "Carlisle officials are talking with other clubs and the football authorities regarding potential temporary venues for their forthcoming fixtures and are 'mostly confident' that our Sky Bet League 2 game on January 2 will go ahead. However, it is almost certain to be at a ground other than Brunton Park. As a result, we have temporarily suspended ticket sales until we can confirm match arrangements."

Given that this sort of expectation is being set three-and-a-half weeks before Plymouth are due to play their League Two fixture, it would follow that there must be some degree of doubt as to where Yeovil Town's fixture one week later - around January 9th - would be staged. Even once Carlisle find a club able to temporarily host their fixtures during December and/or January, there is a high chance they may need to agree to a bit of fixture reshuffling to fit into any hosting club's current fixture commitments. Hence for anyone thinking of booking trains or hotels for the weekend of the 9th, we'd recommend that you hang fire until Carlisle are able to make their position clear.


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8 December 2015 : Darren Previews The Oxford United JPT Game
As part of the build-up to the Football League Trophy tie against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Darren talks about the work he is doing behind the scenes and how he views his 'interim' appointment, and the club's opportunity for progression in the two cup competitions. Read that interview (conducted before last night's FA Cup Third Round draw took place) via the link below.

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


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8 December 2015 : Way Looking Beyond Interim Status As He Eyes January Transfer Window
Yeovil Town boss Darren Way may currently carry the title of 'interim manager' but he is using his time in the office to plan for the January transfer window. The 36 year old has had one game in charge so far, after a club statement gave him an 'interim' position, in the wake of the sacking of Paul Sturrock at the start of this month, without placing any clear timeframe on that role.

At present, Way has to work with the squad that he inherited from Sturrock, with the loan transfer window having close just five days prior to his predecessor's removal, leaving him with a fixed squad of players for the month of December. But he told BBC Somerset that he was already talking to Chairman John Fry and club owner Norman Hayward about what the club wanted to do when the January window opens, implying that he sees the role as much more than just holding the fort for someone else:

"I've been on the phone today, making sure that we are tying up the signings that we want to tie up, between myself, the Chairman and the Owner. So I think if that (management position) wasn't the case, I wouldn't be having the conversations that I've been having. So all I can say is to give me a chance and I'll do everything that I can to turn our fortunes around."

Way has already seen one contract signing made during his early days in the manager's office, with 17 year old youth team player Ollie Bassett given an 18 month contract at the club, having joined the Glovers' reformed Academy over the summer. Way said that was his own decision that he had made, rather than it coming from elsewhere within the club:

"I've had to make decisions already, the first of which was obviously the signing of Ollie Bassett. So I'm making the decisions at this football club, and I'm having the conversations with the Chairman and the Owner. So in my eyes, I'm the manager of this football club. If I get the chance to manage the club in the future, then that would be massive for me, because I do really feel that I can build something special at this football club."


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7 December 2015 : Third Round Slot Gives Glovers Best FA Cup Sequence
Yeovil Town's safe passage through to the Third Round of the FA Cup on Saturday presented a landmark for the club during their long history with the tournament. The win over Stevenage gave them their 18th appearance at the Third Round stage, but it was the first time the club had managed to reach that round of the competition on three consecutive seasons.

The trio of appearances was helped by the club's 2013-14 Championship status that saw them qualify for the Third Round automatically, but saw that followed up by last season's cup run that saw them play Manchester United at Huish Park. That has now been followed by a somewhat less illustrious trip to Carlisle United's Brunton Park that will take place in January 2016, but will complete that trio of seasons.

Yeovil Town's 18 appearances at the Third Round stage are shown below, with thirteen of them coming whilst they were a non-league side. They've only got beyond the Third Round stage on three separate occasions - with the legendary 1948-49 cup run taking them as far as the Fifth Round, whilst their 2004-05 and 2013-14 seasons saw them get as far as the Fourth Round.

12/01/1935 : Yeovil Town 2 Liverpool 6
08/01/1938 : Manchester United 3 Yeovil Town 0
07/01/1939 : Sheffield Wednesday 1 Yeovil Town 1 (lost 2-1 in Replay)
08/01/1949 : Yeovil Town 3 Bury 1 (went on to beat Sunderland, then lost to Manchester United)
07/01/1950 : Chesterfield 3 Yeovil Town 1
04/01/1958 : Fulham 4 Yeovil Town 0
04/01/1964 : Yeovil Town 0 Bury 2
02/01/1971 : Yeovil Town 0 Arsenal 3
05/01/1980 : Yeovil Town 0 Norwich City 3
09/01/1988 : Yeovil Town 0 Queens Park Rangers 3
02/01/1993 : Yeovil Town 1 Arsenal 3
02/01/1999 : Cardiff City 1 Yeovil Town 1 (lost 2-1 in Replay)
06/01/2001 : Bolton Wanderers 2 Yeovil Town 1
04/01/2004 : Yeovil Town 0 Liverpool 2
08/01/2005 : Rotherham United 0 Yeovil Town 3 (went on to lose to Charlton Athletic)
04/01/2014 : Yeovil Town 4 Leyton Orient 0 (went on to lose to Southampton)
04/01/2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Manchester United 2.
09/01/2016 : Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town (provisional date)

Link: 2015-16 FA Cup Third Round Full Draw : Glovers Get Mammoth Away Trek.


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7 December 2015 : FA Cup Third Round Full Draw : Glovers Get Mammoth Away Trek
Yeovil Town have been drawn against Carlisle United in the Third Round of the FA Cup. The match, which is the "reward" for Saturday's victory over Stevenage, will take place at Brunton Park, and will be played at some point over the weekend of Saturday 9th January 2016, once the various television and policing requirements for each fixture have been determined.

The draw took place tonight at Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff and was broadcast live on BBC2. That produced the following draw:

Watford vs Newcastle United
West Bromwich Albion vs Bristol City
West Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
Salford City or Hartlepool United vs Derby County
Exeter City vs Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur vs Leicester City
Colchester United vs Charlton Athletic
Peterborough United vs Preston North End
Northampton Town vs Milton Keynes Dons
Arsenal vs Sunderland
Newport County vs Blackburn Rovers
Ipswich Town vs Portsmouth
Birmingham City vs AFC Bournemouth
Wycombe Wanderers vs Aston Villa
Sheffield Wednesday vs Fulham
Oxford United vs Swansea City
Brentford vs Chesterfield or Walsall
Bury vs Bradford City
Manchester United vs Sheffield United
Everton vs Dagenham and Redbridge or Whitehawk
Southampton vs Crystal Palace
Eastleigh vs Bolton Wanderers
Nottingham Forest vs Queens Park Rangers
Carlisle United vs Yeovil Town
Chelsea vs Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe United
Doncaster Rovers vs Stoke City
Leeds United vs Rotherham United
Cardiff City vs Grimsby Town or Shrewsbury Town
Huddersfield Town vs Reading
Middlesbrough vs Burnley
Norwich City vs Manchester City
Hull City vs Brighton and Hove Albion

All Third Round matches will be played between January 8th and 11th 2016. Winning clubs will receive £67,500 from the FA's Prize Fund. The Glovers have already earned a total of £57,500 from First Round and Second Round Broadcast payments and money from the Prize Fund.


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7 December 2015 : JPT Officials For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final tie between Oxford United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 8th December 2015 at the Kassam Stadium, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Keith Stroud (Hampshire).

Mr Stroud has been selected for a number of high profile Glovers matches over the years. His selection for such local derbies and significant matches suggests he's doing what the Football League want of him, yet as fans we haven't always agreed with that - one particular away match at Swansea City (mentioned later) gave him a bit of a reputation.

During the 2012-13 season we had him three times - two for competitive games, and once for a friendly match. The most recent of those was the 0-2 home defeat against Swindon Town. Matches against our Wiltshire semi-local rivals are often tetchy affairs, but we felt that the nine bookings handed out by Mr Stroud were excessive and almost seemed to be ramping up the temperature of the game, rather than cooling it down.

The other competitive match was the 4-1 defeat against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road in September 2012. There he was relatively quiet ... either that or our own awfulness overshadowed anything that an official might throw at us. The Western Gazette notes that he "had very little to do in a well-tempered, largely one-sided affair." He was also the referee for the pre-season friendly against Plymouth Argyle that saw Nick Chadwick sent off - on that occasion the correct decision, although for the purposes of pre-season preparation for the two clubs, it might have been more helpful if Mr Stroud had forced Argyle to make a substitution, rather than leave one side with ten men.

The August 2011 match against Sheffield United at Huish Park though saw him run true to form - eight yellow cards raised across a stop-start afternoon, completed by a second half injury time red card to Curtis Haynes-Brown when many officials might have shown a bit of common sense and realised that the final whistle was about to blow. The Western Gazette's view of his performance gives a similar tone: "Unfortunately the referee's performance overshadowed displays from two teams keen to get the ball down and impress ... (Keith Stroud) ensured the game failed to flow. Arguably the weakest (refereeing) display Yeovil have witnessed so far this season."

His preceding match involving the Glovers were thankfully a bit more low key. There was the November 2010 local derby defeat against AFC Bournemouth, where we had plenty more things to grumble about on the pitch than the men in black. Mr Stroud booked four players that night, but we doubt that anyone will remember anything other than Josh McQuoid and company ripping through the Glovers back line for one of the more one-sided games of football viewed, and probably the low-point of that season.

Before that was 2009 Christmas holiday game against Swindon Town. We won't use his performance on the day to excuse our own team's poor performance that saw them well beaten, but it is a trifle galling when you are forced to withdraw your striker because you can see the referee is getting suckered in by histrionics from the home side's players and bench. By the time Sam Williams was withdrawn, to save him from a second yellow card, we were 3-1 down anyway, so had little or no effect upon the final scoreline. One Swindon goal though did appear to be more down to poor officiating - a shove in the back by Billy Paynter on Nathan Smith allowed our left flank to be exposed and a crucial second goal scored. We were poor that day, but so were the officials.

The time before that was one of Mr Stroud's better performances. The match in April 2008 was the 0-1 home defeat against Leeds United, and he can't be blamed for the farce that had developed off the field, on the terrace and in the stands. He dished out a red card to Leeds defender Alan Sheehan after a melee developed, and resisted temptation to even up the sides three minutes later when a Marc Bircham-induced second shoving contest broke out.

A year previously, Mr Stroud had done us a favour! The home match against Leyton Orient may well have come on the back of a rather poor performance from the man in the middle, but his decision in that match broke a two year long barren run where the Glovers had been denied penalty appeal after penalty appeal. The trip on Nathan Jones inside the box finally gave us a chance from 12 yards out. Overall though despite that decision finally going our way, we were unimpressed by a catalogue of others throughout the game.

Then came a Friday night against Swansea City in November 2005. Whilst that night is largely remembered for a bit of Lee Trundle extravagance, it shouldn't be forgotten that Mr Stroud gifted Swansea their opener - a penalty that was exposed on the video as a perfect sliding tackle by Efe Sodje. On top of that, he red carded Lee Johnson when the hapless official mistook a slap on the forearm for a handball appeal as an offensive gesture. To rub salt into the wounds, his chance to even up the numbers with a second yellow card offence for Trundle late on was declined - probably because of its proximity to the rather vociferous home fans. Certainly one of the messiest displays of officiating we've had the displeasure to witness.

A month after the Swansea game, he took charge of a local derby at Huish Park against the red half of Bristol, and thankfully in this instance, his performance was rather more anonymous, passing off without significant note. Over the years we've had him though, that hasn't always been the case. He's been an official that likes to be noticed in games, which is not what players or spectators want in a match.

Mr Stroud will be assisted by Nigel Lugg (Surrey) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

Link: March 2013 : Yeovil Town 0 Swindon Town 2.

Link: September 2012 : Leyton Orient 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Sheffield United 1.

Link: November 2010 : AFC Bournemouth 2-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: December 2009 : Swindon Town 3-1 Yeovil Town.

Link: April 2008 : Yeovil Town 0-1 Leeds United.

Link: April 2007: Yeovil Town 2-1 Leyton Orient.

Link: December 2005: Yeovil Town 1-1 Bristol City.


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7 December 2015 : 2015-16 Half Season Tickets Put On Sale At Huish Park
Yeovil Town are putting on sale a Half Season Ticket for the second half of the 2015-16 season. The season ticket will cover you for the final eleven matches of the campaign, which would cover fans from the January 2nd home match against York City and the current set of scheduled fixtures that follow that game. It would not cover the matches against Barnet and Oxford United that take place in December.

The club also indicate that those who purchase half season tickets would gain a priority position for any forthcoming Cup ticket sales that may be required. You can purchase your ticket by visiting or calling the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935-847888. It goes without saying that these would obviously be good Christmas presents for anyone currently scratching their heads over their shopping for friends and relatives.

The full price list is as shown below, and is based on maths that cover those eleven fixture for the price of nine standard admission prices.

Ticket Type Full Price Adult Senior/Disabled Young Person Junior
Tamburino Stand Centre £207 £180 £126 £54
Tamburino Stand Wings £189 £162 £126 £54
Screwfix Stand Centre £198 £162 £126 £54
Screwfix Stand Wings £180 £144 £126 £54
Thatchers Terrace £162 £144 £126 £54


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7 December 2015 : Ladies General Manager Given National Team Coaching Job
Yeovil Town Ladies FC General Manager Trevor Jenkins has been appointed as ECFA Women's National Team Assistant Coach. The England Colleges FA National Team, consist of the most elite female players in the country, who are studying within a college environment, where the squad joins together at national training camps, along with fixtures against other national teams, along with a tour and fixture in another country.

Jenkins, who is UEFA B Licence qualified and has undertook the UEFA A Prep Course, is also head coach at the clubs new educational partner at Bridgwater College, where he works alongside Welsh International and Yeovil first team player Nicola Cousins. Jenkins will be working alongside a UEFA A License Head Coach at ECFA, with their first national camp running this weekend at the Etihad Campus, home of Manchester City.

In the new year, the ECFA National Team will come together to play against the ISFA National Squad, before a fixture against the Welsh National Squad, being played at Dragon Park. The team will then travel to Portugal for their tour, which takes place in March. Speaking about his appointment, Jenkins said:

"This is a great opportunity for myself to develop further as a coach and to work alongside another highly experienced coach will be very exciting. The squad will be very talented, which will push me even further and stretch me as a coach and I'm looking forward to working in this environment. I feel I have a lot to offer and I will of course give it 100% effort to help the squad."

This position also highlights the direction which the Bridgwater College partnership is going, where the club is hoping to recruit the best players in the region to experience training and playing at a high level. With both Jenkins and Cousins, both UEFA B qualified and also either playing or coaching at the highest level, it will give talented female players the best opportunity to succeed.


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7 December 2015 : Ben Tozer Talks About His Debut Goal For Yeovil Town
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Stevenage in the FA Cup, Yeovil Town midfielder Ben Tozer spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Ben talks about scoring his first goal for the club, the week of change at Huish Park, and also the need to turn around the club's league form. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Ben Tozer Speaks To The BBC After The 1-0 Win Against Stevenage.


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7 December 2015 : Pre-Match Pricing Held For December Fixtures
Yeovil Town will be waiving the pricing differential that currently stands between pre-match and match-day admission charges for the next two League Two matches. For the League Two matches against Barnet (December 12th) and Oxford United (December 28th) admission prices will remain at the pre-match rate right up until kick-off for both games.

The club's normal policy for League matches is that non-Junior prices increase by £2.00 when tickets are purchased on matchdays. However, for these two games, that will not be the case.

Link: 2015-16 League Two Matchday Admission Charges.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oxford United.

Link: JPT Ticketing For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oxford United.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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7 December 2015 : Ciderspace Guide To Oxford United
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town travel to the Kassam Stadium for the second time in three months. This time around they will face Oxford United in a Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final tie. The Ciderspace guide has had a small lick of paint to cover the ticketing information for that tie, as well as the latest statistics relating to our opposition. Plus there's all the usual directions, parking, pub guide and other such stuff available via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Oxford United.

Link: JPT Ticketing For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Oxford United.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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6 December 2015 : GWSC Travel To Oxford United
Travel arrangements for Yeovil Town's Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final match against Oxford United can be confirmed. The GWSC will be taking a supporters coach to the match, which takes place at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday 8th December 2015, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Arrangements for those wanting to head to the game are as follows:

Oxford United (JPT) : Tuesday 8th December 2015.
Huish Park: 3.30p.m.
Adult Members: £21.00; Member Concessions: £19.00
Adult Non-Members: £23.00; Non-Member Concessions: £21.00

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

Remember in all cases to ensure you make clear which match you are booking for, your full name (and any other names you are booking for) and a contact telephone number.

Link: JPT Ticketing For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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6 December 2015 : Darren Talks About Stevenage Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Stevenage kicked off at Huish Park, in the FA Cup, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about his first game in charge. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, Darren talks about the four team changes that he made, the general environment that he is hoping to change, the new captain he appointed and even the different clothes he chose to wear! Read that interview via the link below.

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


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6 December 2015 : Kenilworth Road Trip To Be Rearranged
Yeovil Town's League Two fixture against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road will need a new date. The match was due to take place on Saturday 9th January 2016, but will now need to be rearranged due to the Glovers' involvement in the Third Round of the FA Cup. With those fixtures scheduled to take place across that weekend, the FA Cup games will take precedence, meaning that the League Two game will almost certainly take place on a midweek night, sometime during the second half of the season.

Luton may well be busy that weekend as well - they have a Second Round trip to Peterborough United taking place this afternoon.


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6 December 2015 : FA Cup Third Round Draw Schedule And Ball Numbers
Yeovil Town's 1-0 win over Stevenage on Saturday afternoon means that they will take their place in the Third Round draw. This stage of the competition sees Premier League and Championship sides introduced into the competition - something that will be fresh in the minds of Glovers fans from last season's draw that saw them pull Manchester United out of the hat.

Whilst expecting lightning to strike two years running might be hoping for a bit too much, there's above a 50 percent chance of them being drawn against a Premier League or Championship level side as part of a draw that will be held on Monday 7th December, with the full drama of the selection of the balls covered live on BBC2 from 7.00p.m.

The draw will be made live from the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff, with Wales manager Chris Coleman and one other unnamed guest due to pick the balls out. Mark Chapman will act as the compere.

Third Round Draw Numbers: (Updated After Sunday's Games)

1 AFC Bournemouth 2 Arsenal 3 Aston Villa 4 Birmingham City 5 Blackburn Rovers 6 Bolton Wanderers 7 Brentford 8 Brighton & Hove Albion 9 Bristol City 10 Burnley 11 Cardiff City 12 Charlton Athletic 13 Chelsea 14 Crystal Palace 15 Derby County 16 Everton 17 Fulham 18 Huddersfield Town 19 Hull City 20 Ipswich Town 21 Leeds United 22 Leicester City 23 Liverpool 24 Manchester City 25 Manchester United 26 Middlesbrough 27 Milton Keynes Dons 28 Newcastle United 29 Norwich City 30 Nottingham Forest 31 Preston North End 32 Queens Park Rangers 33 Reading 34 Rotherham United 35 Sheffield Wednesday 36 Southampton 37 Stoke City 38 Sunderland 39 Swansea City 40 Tottenham Hotspur 41 Watford 42 West Bromwich Albion 43 West Ham United 44 Wolverhampton Wanderers.

45 Bradford City 46 Newport County 47 Peterborough United 48 Portsmouth 49 Eastleigh 50 Northampton Town 51 Exeter City 52 Doncaster Rovers 53 Grimsby Town or Shrewsbury Town 54 Yeovil Town 55 Bury 56 Carlisle United 57 Leyton Orient or Scunthorpe United 58 Wycombe Wanderers 59 Colchester United 60 Chesterfield or Walsall 61 Sheffield United 62 Salford City or Hartlepool United 63 Dagenham & Redbridge or Whitehawk 64 Oxford United.

All Third Round matches will be played between January 8th and 11th 2016. Winning clubs will receive £67,500 from the FA's Prize Fund.

Yesterday's win over Stevenage secured the club £27,000 to add to the £30,500 they gained for their First Round win, which included a Broadcast Fee for their highlights coverage. Thus in addition to a share of the gate receipts from the two matches, the cup run has earned them a total of £57,500 so far.


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6 December 2015 : Darren's Verdict On The Stevenage FA Cup Game
Following Saturday afternoon's home match against Stevenage in the FA Cup Second Round, Yeovil Town interim 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 win can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren's Verdict On The Stevenage FA Cup Game.


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5 December 2015 : Way Sees Echoes Of Past Huish Park Games In Tozer's Winner
Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way described Ben Tozer's 86th minute winner against Stevenage as an echo of past times at Huish Park, as he reflected upon his first match in charge of the club. Way has been given the reins for an indefinite period of time, following the dismissal of boss Paul Sturrock and his first objective was to keep the club in the FA Cup, and steer them through to the Third Round stage. That was achieved via a 1-0 win in the last four minutes of a tight game, giving the club their first victory in five attempts.

Way was appointed by the club on Tuesday afternoon, and so has only had two training sessions with the players so far. However, he was pleased with the response he got from his players, and told BBC Somerset after the game that it was a good feeling to get that win, with victories having been so thin on the ground during the last two-and-a-half seasons:

"It's a good feeling - not so much for me but for the players and the supporters. I changed the environment and got a win on the first game. Obviously on the back of results that we've had, that was not good - speaking to the supporters and the fans, you can imagine what it's been like in going to work for the last three years, and perhaps not winning football matches. It's been a difficult time. But we've stayed strong, and hopefully that's the echoes of what it used to be like at Huish Park."

Tozer had only been introduced to the field of play in the 74th minute, as a replacement for Josh Sheehan, as the Glovers tried to put pressure on a Stevenage side that looked increasingly as though they were trying to take the game to a replay. Way admitted that the game had been a difficult one to play in, due to blustery conditions throughout the 90 minutes, but said that the introduction of Tozer had been a tactical change to try to reshape the game in his side's favour:

"That was tactical in the conditions that we had. I'm really proud for Ben Tozer, because he's had a tough time, and to finish it like that is fantastic. The conditions were horrendous. Trying to manage a game in those conditions is difficult. But the players responded - we could have been put under real severe pressure in those conditions. But we had a game plan and the players stuck to it, and we kept it simple. We had one objective, and that was to make sure that we got through to the next round and we've done that."


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5 December 2015 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Stevenage FA Cup Match Highlights
For those who want to view highlights of this afternoon's FA Cup Second Round match against Stevenage these are now online. The BBC Sport website is carrying two and a half minutes worth of highlights, including the Ben Tozer goal that took them through to the Third Round. Also included on the highlights are Stevenage's chance that hit the crossbar, plus chances for Shaun Jeffers, Harry Cornick and Ryan Bird in the first half, followed by second half attacks involving Connor Roberts a second for Jeffers. Watch via the clip below.

Link: BBC Sport : FA Cup Highlights - Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 0.


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5 December 2015 : FA Cup Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win against Stevenage at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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5 December 2015 : Yeovil 1 Stevenage 0 : Late Tozer Strike Sends Glovers Through
A late goal from Ben Tozer gave Yeovil a route into the Third Round of the FA Cup this afternoon. Signed from Northampton Town over the summer, the 25 year old Plymouth-born player has barely been seen this season, due to a knee injury putting him out of the first three months of the season, but his return over the past month has seen him work his way into the first team and he scored his first goal for the club in the 86th minute against Stevenage to secure a 1-0 win, with him firing through a crowded goalmouth after a corner had been recycled. Stevenage hit the crossbar early on via Michael Tonge, in a game played in blustery conditions, but that late goal got Darren Way's interim period as manager off to a strong start and will put them into the hat on Monday night.

Darren Way's first game in charge saw four changes made to the team that lost against Northampton Town last week. Ryan Bird and Shaun Jeffers came in as front line strikers, whilst Jakub Sokolik was preferred to Alex Lacey in defence. Matt Dolan was restored to midfield in preference to Wes Fogden, whilst the club had the unusual situation of being able to sit three players in the stand - Mark Beck, Iffy Allen and Christian Maghoma - whilst all being fully fit.

The match got off to a tentative start from a Glovers point of view, with Stevenage having the better of the earlier chances. Ben Kennedy headed over the bar from a Chris Whelpdale cross, and then Michael Tonge saw a shot from the edge of the box tipped onto his own crossbar by Chris Weale, with Whelpdale missing from close range as he headed over the bar on the follow-up. Then Armand Gnanduillet had a shot deflected wide for one of many corners Stevenage gained during the first half.

Really all Yeovil had to their name was an early Josh Sheehan effort that went wide of the target, but midway through the half Yeovil caught Stevenage out on the counter-attack from a corner. The speed of Harry Cornick saw him sprint half the pitch, with keeper Chris Day parrying well for a corner. Yeovil gradually built their way into the game as the half closed, albeit without creating too many chances - Stevenage's best effort came when a quickly taken free kick saw a Ben Kennedy effort was deflected for a corner. The game wasn't helped by a swirling wind, and the concern there was that it was technically in Yeovil's favour, on a corner-to-corner basis. Both teams went on goalless and that was probably about the right balance on it.

The weather conditions were emphasised early in the second half, when a Chris Weale goal kick barely came beyond the 18 yard area before curling out for a throw-in. Then a Chris Whelpdale cross that initially looked harmless, got whipped in radically at a late stage that had to be headed behind for a corner. The visitors had a penalty appeal turned down, when Connor Ogilvie went down inside the box under pressure from Harry Cornick, but referee Chris Sarginson was unmoved, with the Yeovil defence surrounding Ogilvie to let them know exactly what they thought of his appeals.

Few chances came Yeovil's way, with Connor Roberts wastefully putting the ball over the bar, after a splendid Harry Cornick run. Then Ryan Bird teed up a shot inside the box, only to find Shaun Jeffers in the way and blocking his own attempt. The game was threatening to swing Stevenage's way, with Ben Kennedy particularly dangerous, as he fired over the bar after a defender lost his footing allowing the player to give himself extra room to shoot. Then Chris Weale had to save from Kennedy, with Nathan Smith doing well to block out Chris Whelpdale's attempts to follow up on the loose ball.

Darren Way made two substitutions in quick succession, with Francois Zoko and Ben Tozer introduced for Ryan Bird and Josh Sheehan. The two new men seemed to have a positive effect on the game, with the pattern switching back in Yeovil's favour, and Stevenage perhaps conscious of the fact that they had 15-20 minutes where they could snuff out the game in favour of home advantage in a replay. But they never got that far - a corner was conceded, and although the visitors cleared, the ball was recycled by Shaun Jeffers into the path of Tozer, and the subsitute fired through a crowd of players and into the back of the net for his first Glovers goal.

The feeling that Stevenage had been sitting back for the draw was magnified a minute later when Thomas Pett forced Chris Weale into the first save he'd needed to make of the second period, with the ball being parried away. But they'd left it too late - not even four minutes of injury time could help them with Yeovil playing the ball intelligently into the corners during the closing stages, and running down the clock well. That final 15 minute period probably swung it their way - Stevenage wanted the replay, and Yeovil didn't, and Tozer's goal gave them what they just about deserved.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 0.

Scorers: Ben Tozer (86 mins, 1-0)

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 30. Josh Sheehan 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 2. Ben Tozer (74 mins for Josh Sheehan) 14. Jack Compton 16. George Thomas 20. Wes Fogden 21. Alex Lacey 39. Francois Zoko (71 mins for Ryan Bird)

Stevenage:
16. Chris Day 25. Ronnie Henry 5. Fraser Franks 19. Dean Wells 30. Connor Ogilvie 7. Chris Whelpdale 3. Lee Cox 15. Michael Tonge 31. Armand Gnanduillet 11. Thomas Pett 33. Ben Kennedy

Substitutes:
29. Michael Crowe 4. Jamie McCombe (38 mins for Fraser Franks) 6. Mark Hughes 14. Adam Marriott (87 mins for Armand Gnanduillet) 22. Charlie Lee (87 mins for Ben Kennedy) 32. Tom Conlon 34. Dale Gorman

Yeovil Bookings: Matt Dolan (foul, 12 mins)

Stevenage Bookings: Dean Wells (foul, 77 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 34%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 8.

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 66%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 7; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: William Bull (Hampshire).

Attendance: 2,264 (with 175 Stevenage supporters).


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5 December 2015 : Way Explains Yeovil Town Captaincy Change
Yeovil Town's Interim Manager Darren Way has explained one of the first major decisions of his managerial reign at Huish Park. Having been given the reins following this week's departure of Paul Sturrock, the former midfielder has decided to use that moment as an opportunity to change his club captain, with former Swindon Town central defender Darren Ward given the armband today, despite having only made six appearances for the club, and being on a short term contract until January.

Way told BBC Somerset that his decision to change the captaincy came largely out of Ward's position on the field of play. With Dickson having largely been employed this season as a left-winger, Way felt that having a man in the centre of the defence would help direct the players, and that Ward was an obvious choice for that role:

"I think it's been important to turn to someone with Darren's experience around here. I've assessed training over the last two days. I've been at the football club as a coach and I've seen our players adapt when they've got someone of that experience. By being in the back four, I just think that he can see everything that is in front of him, and he is a good leader."


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5 December 2015 : FA Cup Team News For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Yeovil Town have made four changes to their starting line-up for the FA Cup Second Round match against Stevenage at Huish Park this afternoon. Alex Lacey has been swapped for Jakub Sokolik at the heart of the defence. Meanwhile up front, Ryan Bird and Shaun Jeffers are reintroduced, with Ben Tozer and George Thomas making way. Wes Fogden moves to the bench with Matt Dolan recalled. There's also a change in captaincy, with Darren Ward given the armband.

Coventry City striker Thomas had not been given permission to play in the first round of this competition but has been given permission to play in this round - he sits on the bench due to his parent club having already gone out of the FA Cup. Mark Beck, Iffy Allen and Christian Maghoma are three fit players sitting out of the game entirely - by far the biggest selection of players the club have had to choose from this season, with Ollie Bassett playing for the Under-18s this morning.

The club's long term injury list of Kevin Dawson (groin), Simon Gillett (knee), Jordan Gibbons (hip injury), with Omar Sowunmi (ankle) having had an operation recently to deal with his problems. Marc Laird (hamstring) is understood to be very close to a return.

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

Yeovil Town:
12. Chris Weale
24. Connor Roberts 6. Jakub Sokolik 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith
23. Harry Cornick 4. Matt Dolan 30. Josh Sheehan 11. Ryan Dickson
9. Ryan Bird 10. Shaun Jeffers

Substitutes:
1. Artur Krysiak (GK) 2. Ben Tozer 14. Jack Compton 16. George Thomas 20. Wes Fogden 21. Alex Lacey 39. Francois Zoko

Stevenage:
16. Chris Day 25. Ronnie Henry 5. Fraser Franks 19. Dean Wells 30. Connor Ogilvie 7. Chris Whelpdale 3. Lee Cox 15. Michael Tonge 31. Armand Gnanduillet 11. Thomas Pett 33. Ben Kennedy

Substitutes:
29. Michael Crowe 4. Jamie McCombe 6. Mark Hughes 14. Adam Marriott 22. Charlie Lee 32. Tom Conlon 34. Dale Gorman


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5 December 2015 : Leaflet Drop Planned By The Yeovil Voice For Today's Match
Yeovil Town supporters attending this afternoon's FA Cup Second Round match against Stevenage at Huish Park should keep a look out for fans distributing leaflets at the game. They will be handing out information on behalf of the Yeovil Voice working party, who are aiming to establish a Supporters Trust to give fans a stronger voice at the club.

The leaflets will hopefully give an idea of the aims of the organisation and a Supporters Trust, to help increase awareness amongst fans, with the campaign so far having been largely confined to the Internet. At their first working party meeting, they recognised that not all fans use Facebook and Twitter and so hope to use today's match to spread the word throughout other supporters. There has also been an article submitted for today's matchday programme.

Representatives from the Yeovil Voice working party plan to meet umbrella organisation Supporters Direct in London in around ten days time, where they will look to receive advice and direction as part of the steps in forming such a fans-facing body.

The Yeovil Voice will also be appearing on BBC Somerset today, via their usual 95.5FM frequency, as part of a wider discussion on the current state of Yeovil Town Football Club. Tune in around 1.30p.m. where we're expecting a panel of local media to discuss the club's situation and their decision to move on to their fourth management team of 2015 earlier this week.


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5 December 2015 : Sturrock Confirms Retirement After Yeovil Town Sacking
Former Yeovil Town manager Paul Sturrock has confirmed that his time at Huish Park will be his last in management, and will now retire from the game. The 59 year old had already hinted as such during the latter days of his time in the job, speculating that the most he would do after he'd left Yeovil would be to help out with any local sides on a more informal basis. Having worked his way through a multitude of clubs along the years, including Plymouth Argyle, Swindon Town, Southampton, Sheffield Wednesday and Southend United, along with a couple of clubs north of the border, he has been in management across 22 years, largely without a break, but has said that Yeovil will be his last of note.

Sturrock admitted to the Dundee Evening Telegraph that he was somewhat relieved to have made the decision to give up the game, on the basis that he could begin to pursue a number of things that he'd always wanted to do outside football:

"If anything, the feeling I have right now is relief. I've been in management for over 20 years, in the professional game for 40-odd, so thatís a good run at it. These days you can measure managers' careers in months sometimes, so to have had nine jobs and over two decades isn't bad. It's a job that consumes you, takes over your life. When you're working you drop everything else, so Iím looking forward to things Iíve always wanted to do but not had the time."

Sturrock also gave his view on his time with Yeovil. Inevitably the number of injuries the club had during his time at Huish Park featured highly in his thoughts. But he also added that the budget at the club had made it difficult for him to bring in the players he had wanted to, with the likes of Billy Paynter having held talks with the club but having chosen to go elsewhere. However, he admitted that the end results that he achieved for the club ultimately decided his fate:

"It was tough at Yeovil. I knew when I took the job there was a chance this might happen. They were already as good as relegated when I went and the money situation meant it was not going to be easy to get the players I needed. We had a turnaround of 20 players in the summer but the cash situation and the fact players are reluctant to go there because itís out of the way, it was impossible to get the experience we needed. Then we had a horrendous injury list and had to go with kids. For 16 weeks the most I had at any training session was 12 players. Ironically, on Monday there I had 22 and had a practice game but next day I got the sack! Thatís not making excuses because the kids did their best and, at the end of the day, it's about results. They weren't good enough and thatís my responsibility."


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4 December 2015 : Maidstone United vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
At the start of November, Yeovil Town played Maidstone United in an FA Cup First Round match at the Gallagher Stadium. The end result was a 1-0 victory although that certainly came with a large slice of drama attached to it. Jakub Sokolik and Artur Krysiak were sent off, leaving Yeovil clinging on to a Wes Fogden goal scored just before the second dismissal.

Man of the Match voting saw Chris Weale recognised for his performance as a substitute, where he had to replace Krysiak for the final third of the game. Meanwhile goalscorer Wes Fogden was recognised for his role in the outcome. However, the Man of the Match by a very large margin was a man making his debut for the club, with Darren Ward the runaway victor.

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

1. Darren Ward 288 (26)
2. Wes Fogden 114 (4)
3. Chris Weale 46 (2)
4. Nathan Smith 36 (0)
5. Ryan Bird 34 (1)
6. Ryan Dickson 24 (1)
7. Connor Roberts 20 (0)
8. Ben Tozer 18 (0)
9. Alex Lacey 12 (0)
10. Artur Krysiak 8 (0)
11. Omar Sowunmi 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.91
Performance : 6.59
Entertainment : 7.24
VOTES RECEIVED : 34


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4 December 2015 : Lions Pip Glovers To JPT Award
Yeovil Town have missed out the Team of the Round Award in the Football League Trophy. The Glovers knocked League One side Gillingham out of the competition last month, at their Priestfield ground, whilst the home side were in an automatic promotion position and went top of their table during the following Saturday. As a consequence, they were nominated for the award, with League One side Millwall and League Two side Morecambe also nominated.

Despite the Glovers' impressive result, achieved via a penalty shoot-out, the panel have given the Team of the Round Award to League One side Millwall, who knocked out League Two side Plymouth Argyle at Home Park by a 5-3 scoreline. As well as a trophy, the Lions are receiving a supply of paint from sponsors Johnstone's Paint, which they have already decided to donate to one of their charity partners.

Manager Neil Harris has said of the decision to give his team the award:

"It was a great performance from the team and we are thrilled to have been rewarded with the Johnstoneís Paint Trophy Team of the Round award. To score five goals away from home against any team is always a great achievement, but to do so against a Plymouth side high on confidence was even more impressive."

The Glovers play their Football League Trophy Area Semi-Final match against Oxford United at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday 8th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Link: JPT Ticketing For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Nominated For JPT Award.


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4 December 2015 : Darren Previews The Stevenage FA Cup Game
As part of the build-up to the FA Cup Second Round home match against Stevenage at Huish Park, Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about his first few days as a front line manager and gives his views on how he sees his own position, as well as thoughts on Saturday's game.

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


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4 December 2015 : Ian Holloway Connected With Glovers - It Sez 'Ere
National newspaper reports are claiming that former Millwall and Blackpool first team manager Ian Holloway 'could be in line' for the Yeovil Town job. The report is carried in The Sun newspaper, and so should be treated with the accuracy that such a newspaper warrants. For completeness, their report reads:

Glovers Eye Ollie

"Ian Holloway could be in line to replace sacked Paul Sturrock at the League's bottom club Yeovil. West Countryman Holloway, 52, has been out of a job since being shown the door by Millwall in March. Former Southampton boss Sturrock paid the penalty for 12 matches without a win, as the Glovers picked up just 11 points from 20 League Two games.

Ollie faces stiff competition from Bristol Rovers assistant Marcus Stewart, a former Yeovil player. Holloway, currently a Sky TV pundit, guided Blackpool and Crystal Palace to the Premier League, via the play-offs
."

The most likely scenario, is that someone at News Group Newspapers has written their story on the back of reading the bookies odds, rather than this carrying any genuine weight to it.


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4 December 2015 : It Is Your Duty To Defend The Club's Honour - The Message To The Players
New managers bring new ideas as part of their new regimes. Interim manager Darren Way has been no different, leaving his playing squad a welcome message for his playing squad on his first day of full training following the dismissal of former boss Paul Sturrock. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak captured this picture below, showing a whiteboard left up in the dressing room for the players to read as they entered the room.

Darren's big emphasis on the word 'WIN' is bourne out by the message that he gave to the media on his opening press duties, telling BBC Somerset that he wanted to give the playing squad 'simple' messages and that he wanted to establish a winning environment throughout the club during his time in the job:

"I have to try to create a winning environment - that's first and foremost - and I have to win football matches. I'm going to keep it simple and they know what I've asked for. I want forward runs, forward balls and when we lose possession to be running as quickly as they can, to get back behind the ball to win it back again - simple."

Darren Way's message to his new troops on Thursday morning
Darren Way's message to his new troops on Thursday morning



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3 December 2015 : Way Throws His Hat In The Ring For Permanent Management Job
Yeovil Town interim manager Darren Way has made it clear that he wants to become the club's next permanent first team manager, in the wake of Paul Sturrock's departure. The Plymouth-born coach has been a fixture at the club across three spells as a player, and moved into the club's backroom team in 2010 when he retired from his playing career. Now at the age of 36 years old, he's been given his first sight of front line management, having been given the reins after Sturrock was shown the door on Tuesday.

Way's first task will be to try to win against Stevenage in the FA Cup Second Round at Huish Park on Saturday. But he told BBC Somerset that he had his sights firmly set upon taking the management role on beyond the 'interim' period, and that he wanted to create a winning environment around the club to help him do that:

"I'm manager of the football club, as it stands. So I want to be manager of Yeovil Town. I want to be able to achieve something that I've dreamed of doing since I was young. As I've said to you, I'm not scared of the challenge that lies ahead. I wouldn't do it if I didn't feel that I was ready. Obviously with people calling you gaffer now, you know that there's a responsibility on your head. And I'm enjoying every minute of it. It's important that I have to get respect from the players, but I will do that by giving them guidance and keeping it simple. But I have to try to create a winning environment - that's first and foremost - and I have to win football matches. But I can deal with that responsibility."

The club are currently on their fourth management team in a turbulent 2015, with Sturrock having only lasted seven and a half months and 30 games in charge at Huish Park, before he was sacked. Way admitted that the year had been a difficult experience, because he was so embedded into the town, pointing out that he often spoke to supporters when he picked his children up from school, and so would hear from them their views on the team's performances. He felt that there needed to be a change in mentality from the players to help them win football matches:

"It's been difficult, because obviously when you've been in the town for a long while, then you know it's part of the livelihoods of the supporters. They've spent a lot of time turning up on a Saturday. I want to try to bring the fans closer to the players and I know I'm only going to do that by winning football matches. That's got to come from the players. All I can promise them is that at the moment, as it stands, everyone is in my picture, and it's up to them to prove to me that they want to play - firstly for the badge and secondly for the football club."


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3 December 2015 : Bassett Given Professional Deal By Glovers
Yeovil Town have given a full professional contract to youth team player Ollie Bassett. The deal sees him signed up until June 2017 - an eighteen month contract - that will hopefully give the 17 year old a chance to build on the two Football League appearances he has made so far this season.

Ollie, who made his debut against Crawley Town under former boss Paul Sturrock, is originally from Leicestershire, and has been on the books of Aston Villa and Southampton during his earlier development years, but joined Yeovil's reformed Academy system in July of this year. In addition to his two League appearances, he has also warmed the bench on a number of other occasions.

Our congratulations to him, and hope this is the first of several players to make that step through the club's new youth system.


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3 December 2015 : FA Cup Officials For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Officials for the FA Cup Second Round match between Yeovil Town and Stevenage have been published by the Football Association. The match takes place on Saturday 5th December 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire), who we've already had this season for the October home match against Cambridge United.

Mr Sarginson was promoted to the Football League's referee list in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during the 2008-09 season with the first being November 2008's 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United. We were a little unimpressed by Mr Sarginson's handling of the game, where six players got booked, but where a firmer grip on some of the earlier action might have stopped the game from boiling over at various points. In the end the only surprise was that both sides kept 11 players on the pitch.

Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons in March 2009. Perhaps our attention was swayed a little with three new loan signings in the side on that day, but the match referee doesn't get a mention in our match report, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it. We then had him for the August 2009 Tuesday night match against Exeter City that ended up in a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Just the one booking that night, which we had no complaints about, and a good unfussy performance.

After that, he took charge of the October 2011 2-2 draw against Colchester United. Here he did us a bit of a favour - chalking off a goal for the home side after Steven Gillespie was ruled to have fouled Glovers keeper Jed Steer when putting the ball into the net. Not too surprisingly, the Essex club were less than delighted about the decision; Gillespie said after the game: "Keepers get protection, everyone knows that. I had a bit of leverage with the arms, but I thought it was a goal. I was up and away to celebrate. Even a couple of their lads after the game said they didnít see anything wrong with that." The Western Gazette had a somewhat different view of Mr Sarginson's performance, saying that their main grumble was the six yellow cards - four against Yeovil - that he dished out saying that he "gave a number of soft free kicks and yellow cards but was largely spot on with his decisions."

Our paths crossed in December 2011, when we managed a 0-0 draw against Rochdale up at Spotland. This was a decidedly dull game where the biggest incident involved a red card given to Kerrea Gilbert. Partly because the midfielder was already on a yellow card, there seemed to be a bit of confusion over whether he'd been given a second yellow or a straight red. But in terms of the actual incident, it wasn't one that we made a big fuss about either way - an over-the-top tackle. The Western Gazette said of Mr Sarginson's contribution to the afternoon: "Neither side can have complaints about his competent afternoon."

The December 2013 meeting involving him though was a corker that will live long in the memories of Yeovil Town supporters - although Paul Ince will be doing the best to blot it out of his mind. That match seemed to be heading towards a relatively normal 1-0 win for the Glovers until Blackpool seemed to lose the plot in the closing minutes. Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie all got their marching orders in the 90th minute - two for a pair of yellow cards in quick succession, whilst Fuller got his for lamping Luke Ayling.

Sometimes you can blame a referee for losing control of the match, and sometimes the responsibility has to come firmly onto the players. This was a case of the latter, as the Tangerines ended the game with just eight men, and Ince endured what he described a bit of a crap night - amongst other things! Ince's team ended up with eight players sent off before Christmas, and himself given a five match ban in another match, but denied his side had a disciplinary problem and instead blamed the officials and the fixture computer. Which is a bit 'crap' really. Like ourselves, the Western Gazette felt the referee was given little choice in the matter saying "the referee was having a perfectly straightforward night until someone in the Blackpool dugout pressed the self-destruct button. He had no option but to send off three visitors in an unnecessarily fiery finale."

Having dealt with such a 'crap' game, Mr Sarginson would probably have been glad to have had a much quieter match for our January 2015 away match against Preston North End. A couple of late bookings was about his only impact in a 1-1 draw. No complaints. We then had him for the October 2015 match against Cambridge United, where we had a horrible first half performance, followed by a decent second period - but all of our own making. We can't recall him playing too big a part in that game, even if he brought his yellow card out four times.

As an assistant referee, he has waved the flag at an FA Vase Final, a Football League Play-Off Final and a UEFA Cup tie. As a referee, his biggest game was to take charge of the Conference Play-Off Semi-Final Second Leg tie between Torquay United and Exeter City.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Timothy Wood (Gloucestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be William Bull (Hampshire).

Link: October 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Cambridge United 3.

Link: January 2015 : Preston North End 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Blackpool 0.

Link: December 2011 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2011 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2009 : Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: November 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 1.


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3 December 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : So What Do The Bookies Know Anyway?
Names, names, names - since Paul Sturrock left the building, social media has been flooded with names as to who should be his successor. The latest Taff's Gloversblog decides to wade through the whole list and give an assessment over how likely it is that any of the names circulating would fit the bill. Read it via the link below, and as usual feel free to add in your own views, and whether you think the bookies have been missing a trick or two.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : So What Do The Bookies Know Anyway?.


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2 December 2015 : Gary Johnson Talks About Yeovil Town's Management Change
Yesterday, following Yeovil Town's decision to relieve Paul Sturrock from his first team duties, former Glovers boss Gary Johnson was invited on air by the BBC to give his views on the job he used to hold himself. With questions from BBC Somerset presenter Matt Faulkner, Gary, who is now Cheltenham Town boss, gives his views on the dismissal itself, as well as offering his opinion on why the club have been in freefall over the past few years, despite changing the management position three times during 2015. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Gary Johnson Speaks To The BBC After Paul Sturrock Had Been Fired By The Club.


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2 December 2015 : Kieffer Moore Confirms Grecians Talks As He Makes England Return
Former Yeovil Town striker Kieffer Moore has returned to England, with his time with Viking FK looking likely to come to an early end. The 23 year old has confirmed that he is on trial with Exeter City, having trained during the last two weeks at St James Park ahead of a possible transfer to the League Two side.

Moore is still under contract at Viking, but has been told that he can leave, after he made just one start for them, along with eight substitute appearances, during his half season spent in Scandanavia, with him not having found the back of the net during that time. With their season running by calendar year, Viking are now on a break, meaning Moore is back in his home country.

The Exeter Express and Echo suggests that a deal could be sorted to coincide with the Christmas fixture schedule, although transfer window rules would imply that Moore would only be allowed to sign for an English side after January 1st. Moore has told the paper that he is confident that something will be arranged soon, but doesn't have a timescale on it yet:

"I think I can bring a lot to Exeter. Obviously my size and my physical strength is a plus, but I can bring what I showed at Yeovil and more because I have developed as a player in Norway. I thought about things that I had to improve on and I have worked hard on what I thought was missing from my game. I have been in discussions with City and that is still on going. It could all be sorted this week, but I'm not really sure. I don't really know what the time-frame is. It has been good though. The lads are great people and I have enjoyed my two weeks here."

Link: Kieffer Moore : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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2 December 2015 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Revolving Door Spins Again
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town spin the revolving door once again, as Paul Sturrock left the building after just thirty games in charge. That leaves rather a lot to discuss in the latest Taff's Gloversblog which considers Sturrock's record, the problems he faced, Yeovil's overall policy on managers in recent times, and where they may turn to in the future. Read that via the link below, and add in your own views to the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Revolving Door Spins Again.


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2 December 2015 : Rovers Boss Admits Stewart Has Aspirations To Be A Manager
Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke said that he can see why his assistant manager has been linked to the Yeovil Town hotseat. The name of Marcus Stewart, who played for the club between 2006 and 2008 probably comes as little surprise, given that he has featured on a number of past bookies lists and was linked to the job back in 2009 at the time that Russell Slade left Huish Park, but of course nothing came of it, with Terry Skiverton being given his first spell in management shortly after that.

Stewart, who played for the club on 74 occasions, scoring 15 goals, has never held a front line management job, although did take on some coaching responsibilities at Exeter City during the final days of his playing career, before joining Rovers as a Development Coach in July 2012. He became the club's Assistant Manager in March 2014 on a temporary basis after Darrell Clarke took over as first team manager, with that position being made permanent in July 2014, and so has been Clarke's right hand man throughout his tenure as manager.

Clarke was asked yesterday evening about the fact that Stewart had been listed prominently by the bookies, albeit without any actual concrete information to back up that link, and he told BBC Somerset that he was aware of his Assistant's long term career ambitions:

"Marcus does have aspirations to become a manager. With Marcus, I understand why he's been linked with it, as it is his old club. I haven't had a conversation with him. I've got a really good backroom team in Marcus, Steve Yates and Stuart Naylor and we've got a good team. We've got a good physio in Paul Maxwell. But I don't really know how to comment on it. He does want to be a manager; I've no doubt."

Of course, Stewart's ambitions to become a first team manager in the long run doesn't necessarily mean that he is looking to head off to Huish Park to commence his frontline career. Stewart was part of the Rovers management team that gained promotion to the Football League last season, and they currently lie in 10th place in the League Two table.


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1 December 2015 : Former Boss Johnson Concerned About Club's Dropping Standards
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has given his views on the sequence of events that have materialised today, following the decision to part company with first team manager Paul Sturrock. Johnson had been in charge of the Glovers at the start of 2015, but is now with Conference National side Cheltenham Town, who currently stand just one place below the Glovers in the football pyramid at the top of that league. Since Johnson left the club, he has seen Yeovil go through two more managerial changes whilst they have dropped to the foot of League Two, which has provoked today's change.

Johnson was fairly guarded about what he said at the time he left Huish Park in February, preferring to concentrate upon the circumstances of the day and the club's position in League One. However, with ten months having passed and two managers now having gone through the revolving door, he has felt more prepared to give his views of how the club's inner workings changed. Speaking to BBC Somerset he said he felt that some of the priorities of the club had shifted onto the Food Store and Retail Park development applications that have been running over the past four-and-a-half years, and particularly during the last three seasons. He said he felt the club was taking its eye off its main core business, in concentrating on the longer term plans:

"A club has got to be very wary that it doesn't let its standards drop. If that starts dropping, then a club has only got one way to go. I'll be honest with you, towards the end I just felt that a lot of time, energy and money was put into this development saga, and probably not enough sufficient funds to keep the team competitive. That's what happened at the end. I think it took our eye off the ball. I think certain members of the board were in desperate need for this development to go ahead, for the influx of money. Nobody was putting in money themselves, so it needed to come from somewhere else. When that was needed, it wasn't there because it was going into something else."

Despite that critical view, Johnson was defensive of Chairman John Fry, believing that his position as a front man at the football club made him a target for other peoples decisions. He felt his own decision-making with Mr Fry had been a simpler one during his earlier days with the club, when there was more of a hands-off direction from the Board that allowed Johnson and Fry to deal with the football matters between them. He felt that the more recent boardroom dynamics meant that Fry was taking stick decisions made by other people:

"I wouldn't be calling for John Fry to step down, because he's another one who is more of a front man, and therefore takes a little bit more stick than maybe he deserves. I got along very well with John, and when it was me and him making the decisions between us, and then going to the rest of the board and telling them this was the decision that we'd made, then it was a lot easier. But there seem to be a very more making decisions now, and so I wouldn't put it all on John Fry. It will be a bit sad if people do quarter him because I think he does work very very hard in what he does, but he probably needs to take a few more football decisions now, than he's doing at the moment, because he's bogged down with the development saga. Be careful because when John Fry takes all the stick, he doesn't deserve all of it, that's for sure."

Johnson felt that the Glovers needed new blood to come in and rejuvenate the club. He questioned whether all parties involved in the Yeovil Town set-up were contributing in the way that they should be, and that the club needed a fresh influx of funds to help it turn the corner:

"I think it would take some investment. I think that's for sure that it needs new people to come in and look after it. I think that it needs a new ambition and a new personality again, where it is looking to push on again and not to end up back where it came from twelve years ago, as that would be a shame. I think everyone has got to look at themselves and see whether they're doing enough of a job to keep a club competitive. That's what it is. If they can't, then they should move on - but if they can, then great - help out. The club doesn't deserve to be back where it started twelve years ago. Paul (Sturrock) has obviously tried pulling rabbits out of hats and it's not worked, and unfortunately they find themselves at the bottom of the table. But I wish the club well and I only ever wish the club well because they have great supporters and I had some wonderful times there."


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1 December 2015 : Darren Way Proud And Honoured To Lead Yeovil As Interim Manager
Yeovil Town's new interim manager Darren Way has said that he sees taking charge of the club's first team duties to be an honour and a privilege as he attempts to get them out of the League Two relegation zone. The Plymouth-born 36 year old has been put in charge following today's departure of Paul Sturrock, and will be the main man in the dugout for Saturday's FA Cup Second Round match against Stevenage, with the job being his for an undefined period whilst the club choose a 'new manager' to replace Sturrock.

Way has been a first team coach at the club since February 2010, after he had to retire from the game, following horrific injuries sustained during a December 2008 car crash. He worked initially under Terry Skiverton's management before becoming part of teams led by Gary Johnson and Paul Sturrock, but now takes the lead role with Skiverton retaining his existing role. Despite this being his first lead role, he has said in a message on the club's website that he is prepared to take full responsibility for the decisions that he will make as manager:

"I am proud and honoured to be given this opportunity to be interim manager of Yeovil Town and I feel I have worked hard throughout my career to have been given this chance. We are all disappointed to be in the position we are in at the moment and I can assure everyone of you that I will be working my hardest to try to turn our fortunes around. I am not expecting anyone else to do this job for me, I know that the decisions and selections I make will fall on me and only me."

Way added that he felt that the club's players and supporters needed to show more togetherness, which much of the past 18 months having seen plenty of dissent from fans on the terraces across a succession of management teams. He said that himself and the players needed to help provide reasons for that unity to be reestablished:

"I think that working for Yeovil Town Football Club should be a privilege. It is now up to myself and the players we have here to prove to the fans that they are privileged to be at Huish Park as football can change quickly. I would love for the players and staff to bring the supporters closer together with the club as I feel for a long time now that the togetherness has not been there. I know the only way we can do that is by winning games. I want a group of players that are going to pull together as a team, I donít want a team of individuals. This will not make us win every game but will certainly make us better in the long run."

With the next League Two games not taking place for another ten days, Way will have to wait a while before he gets a chance to do anything about the club's current problems at the foot of the division. However, despite FA Cup and Football League Trophy games against Stevenage and Oxford United coming his way in quick succession, he made it clear what his number one priority was:

"The club now has to see avoiding relegation as a success and we will be working as hard as possible to turn things around. As long as we focus on that and work together, I am sure we will achieve this. This is going to be a hard task, but I can assure all Yeovil Town fans that I will be showing leadership to try and bring smiles back to Yeovil Town Football Club."

Link: February 2010 : Darren Way Retires ... And Turns To A Coaching Role.

Link: Darren Way : Player Profile.

Link: Management Departure Confirmed : Paul Sturrock Leaves Yeovil Town.

Link: The Bookies Pluck A List Of Names From Thin Air.


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1 December 2015 : The Bookies Pluck A List Of Names From Thin Air
Even before the ink has dried on Paul Sturrock's P45 as he leaves the Huish Park Stadium, the bookies have given odds on who could be Yeovil Town's new first team manager. This is not to be taken at all seriously, given that they tend to be compiled from those who are currently inside the building, and a usual mish-mash of past club connections and journeymen managers who are out of work. One of the more odd ones in SkyBet's odds for the next Glovers manager is the inclusion of Cheltenham Town manager Gary Johnson, who only left South Somerset in February, and now is one place below them in the Football Pyramid.

Unsurprisingly, current interim/caretaker duo Darren Way and Terry Skiverton are given the bookies' position as favourites, given that they are the pair that will get the first chance to impress, or otherwise, this coming Saturday in the FA Cup Second Round match against Stevenage at Huish Park. However, they also name Ian Holloway, who has managed Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle and is out of work since leaving Millwall last season, along with Lee Clark, who resigned from Blackpool at the end of last season, and former Oldham Athletic and Doncaster Rovers man Paul Dickov.

Other names with club or local connections include former Glovers assistant manager Brian McDermott, who is Chief Scout at Arsenal since leaving Leeds United at the end of the 2013-14 season, former midfielder Lee Johnson, who is currently first team manager at Barnsley, and former Forest Green Rovers boss Dave Hockaday who has just taken up the reins at Kidderminster Harriers.

Treat all of this with a huge pinch of salt - the chances are that apart from present incumbents Darren Way and Terry Skiverton, the others will almost certainly disappear into the ether once a genuine management shortlist starts to appear on the horizon!

Skybet Bookies Odds: Darren Way 2/1; Terry Skiverton 7/2; Ian Holloway, Lee Clark, Paul Dickov 10/1; Alan Irvine, Dave Hockaday, Dean Holden, Gary Johnson 12/1; Gary Bowyer, 14/1; Brian McDermott, Ronnie Moore 16/1; Alan Curbishley, Lee Johnson 20/1.


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1 December 2015 : Management Departure Confirmed : Paul Sturrock Leaves Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have parted company with first team manager Paul Sturrock today. The move comes after the club's 2-0 defeat against Northampton Town on Saturday that ensured that they stayed at the foot of the League Two table for the second match running. He becomes the club's third managerial change of the year 2015, leaving the club heading for their fourth management team of the year. First team coach Darren Way has been given the role as the club's Interim Manager, with Assistant manager Terry Skiverton remaining in his current role for now.

Chairman John Fry thanked Sturrock for his time at the club but said that the club would be on a search for a 'new manager' in due course, with Way and Skiverton the pair in charge for an undefined period of time:

"We are very sad that the board had to reach this decision today and we thank Paul for his hard work during his time at Huish Park. We wish him well for the future, however we all felt that in the light of recent results we had no alternative. We will now begin our search for a new manager."

Sturrock had only been appointed by the club since April 9th 2015 when he was brought in with the club teetering on the edge of relegation to League Two. Although his first match in charge saw the club mathematically down, wins against high-flying Swindon Town and Sheffield United towards the end of last season gave the club some hope that there would be a turnaround to the club's fortunes during the season that followed.

Over the summer, the manager opted for a major clear-out of the first team squad, prompted by a particularly poor final day performance against Milton Keynes Dons that was followed by defeat in the Somerset Premier Cup Final against Taunton Town. Sturrock believed the club had a "negativity and lack of commitment and a losing mentality" amongst the players and so opted to retain only a small handful of the squad that he had inherited. In the end only Kevin Dawson was offered and accepted new terms with the club, with a total of sixteen departures eventually confirmed by the time the close season had finished.

That meant that a brand new squad was brought in for the 2015-16 season, but despite a number of impressive pre-season performances and results, the club's start to the League Two campaign was disrupted with the likes of Dawson, plus new signings Ryan Dickson, Marc Laird, Jack Compton and Ben Tozer suffering significant injuries that left the club short of players on the substitutes bench on numerous occasions.

Sturrock's hope was always that the return of those players would help improve on some poor early results, but delays on players returning to action, combined with the inevitable match fitness of those who have returned have failed to improve results. The club are currently twelve League Two games without a win - a statistic masked somewhat by a trio of cup wins during that period, including the Glovers knocking League One top two Coventry City and Gillingham out of the Football League Trophy.

His final record across all competitions with the Glovers stands as 6 wins, 8 draws and 16 defeats - something that changes slightly to 8 wins, 6 draws and 16 defeats once the club's two penalty shoot-out victories are factored into the final outcome of those games. He managed the club over just 30 matches, and leaves Huish Park with the Glovers in 24th place in the League Two table, with two points separating them and the safety line.

Despite things not having worked out in the way that we'd hoped they would, we wish Paul the best of luck in what he chooses to do in the future.


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1 December 2015 : Yeovil Voice Working Party November Meeting Notes
Last Thursday, the working party associated with the Yeovil Voice met for their first volunteers meeting, designed at setting out the steps necessary to form a Supporters Trust. The smaller meeting was set up to agree tasks for those who put their names forward at the end of the earlier public meeting.

Their notes from that meeting that were distributed out via their Facebook page, are reproduced below. Their next major step will be to meet with Supporters Direct, the umbrella body that provides guidance and support for prospective Supporters Trusts and those currently active, where they will given those Yeovil fans present information regarding the work that needs to be done. That meeting will take place in two weeks time and then provided all is well another public meeting will take place, probably early next year.

The notes from the Yeovil Voice working party are as follows:

"As promised those working towards setting up the Supporters Trust want you to know what is going on every step of the way. As many will know, on November 26th the first volunteers meeting took place at Club 94. There were 30 volunteers in attendance and a good number viewing on the live streaming.

Brendon Owen compered the evening and firstly set out the timetable for reaching Trust status. A meeting with Supporters Direct is scheduled for 15th December in London. If they agree to support and help us a public meeting will be arranged. Hopefully Supporters Direct will be represented and will give a presentation. It is hoped that perhaps members of another Trust may be present to give a practical viewpoint. A vote will then be taken of all present whether or not to pursue the registration of a formal Supporters Trust. Should the answer be yes then working parties will put in place the necessary business plan to bring the project to registration with Supporters Direct and the official Membership Launch Night.

It was felt by the volunteers present that it would be a good idea to set up working groups immediately in order that a lot of the work could be completed before the formal meetings. In the event of a yes vote the registration could then be completed swiftly. In the event of a no vote then the volunteers would have spent their own time and efforts to the detriment of no one else.

Working groups were set up to deal with :- communications, fundraising, financial administration, constitution and rules, membership scheme, merchandise, community assets and logo design.

A leaflet drop, explaining the nature of a Supporters Trust and the steps that are being taken, was agreed for Saturday 5th December before the FA Cup game. Hopefully this will take place inside the perimeter of Huish Park.

Such was the support for setting up a Trust that some £1500 was pledged by supporters attending the meeting and those following on streaming. It was agreed to set up a holding bank account to deposit these generous donations and offer the facility to others who may wish to also donate.

If you were not able to be present or watch the live streaming and would like to help in some way, message Abby Carter or Brendon Owen. We wish from the start to involve everyone who cares for YTFC
."

As a reminder, you can 'Like' their page on Facebook by heading here or you can follow them on Twitter via @TheYeovilVoice account.


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1 December 2015 : Football League Agent Fees Compared
Earlier this week, Football League clubs released details of their Agent Fee payments across the divisions, showing the radical divide between the various divisions, and in particular the growing gap between the Championship and League One, as lucrative parachute payments and increased television revenue has given the English second tier clubs greater spending power. When the Premier League is drawn into the equation, the gap is even greater.

The Agent Fee payments show the sums of money that are paid out to agents as part of deals involving players recruited to a football club. Sometimes these are flat recruitment fees, but sometimes these form ongoing percentages of their player's wages, meaning that the relevant club ends up having to pay that agent a fee for each month that player is on their books. The relevant totals for each division represent the period from October 1st 2014 to September 30th 2015, and once all figures are added up for each division, the following divisional totals are reached:

Premier League : £129,857,560
Championship : £26,124,044
League One : £3,167,964
League Two : £1,007,920

The Football League's listings for each club are according to their 2015-16 divisional status - a bit of an anomaly given that the dates in question cover largely the 2014-15 season, with the League having shifted the reporting period for this year from the usual June 30th cut-off period. That lists Yeovil Town as the fifth highest League Two club, but with Notts County and Leyton Orient also in that top five, that can create a bit of a false impression as clubs that were in League One last year:

2015-16 League Two Clubs Agents Fees: Portsmouth £268,175; Leyton Orient - £136,642; Cambridge United - £84,091; Notts County - £71,086; Yeovil Town - £55,807; Luton Town - £43,374; Oxford United - £40,565; Carlisle United - £34,924; Plymouth Argyle - £32,260; Northampton Town - £31,758; Barnet - £29,987; Bristol Rovers - £28,392; York City - £27,000; AFC Wimbledon - £26,700; Exeter City - £19,560; Morecambe - £17,852; Crawley Town - £15,750; Mansfield Town - £15,335; Wycombe Wanderers - £10,261; Newport County - £10,205; Stevenage - £7,495; Dagenham & Redbridge - £700; Hartlepool United - £0; Accrington Stanley - £0.

When the 2014-15 season pecking order is produced, showing the clubs that competed in League One, Yeovil Town's payments to Agents shows them radically further down the tree, with the club falling into 17th position in terms of the division's big spenders. Three of the top four clubs are those who were promoted to the Championship at the end of that season:

2014-15 League One Clubs Agent Fees: MK Dons - £672,371; Sheffield United - £254,713; Bristol City - £231,316; Preston North End - £194,961; Barnsley - £156,315; Leyton Orient - £136,642; Bradford City - £121,789; Scunthorpe United - £112,650; Coventry City - £104,015; Notts County - £71,086; Colchester United - £70,276; Peterborough United - £68,556; Chesterfield - £68,259; Doncaster Rovers - £64,924; Swindon Town - £60,251; Fleetwood Town - £57,988; Yeovil Town - £55,807; Oldham Athletic - £38,473; Gillingham - £27,125; Walsall - £17,491; Crawley Town - £15,750; Crewe Alexandra - £12,392; Port Vale - £7,000; Rochdale - £4,880.


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1 December 2015 : Ticketing For Leyton Orient vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road are on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 19th December 2015, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices for those tickets bought in advance are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Concessions: £14.00; Under-18s: £5.00.

Concessions apply to the following: Over-65s, Students with valid ID card, current serving members of the Armed forces, unemployed with proof of benefit receipt.

Note that Adults increase by £2.00 on the day, whilst Concessions increase by £1.00.

Away supporters are allocated the East Stand Upper Area, via entrance C and D. The East Stand was the club's original main stand - now the oldest part of the ground, and is a side-on view to the pitch. Their usual practice is to allocate up to 1,200 spaces for supporters across two blocks.

Link: FA Cup Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage.

Link: Ticketing For Plymouth Argyle vs Yeovil Town.

Link: JPT Ticketing For Oxford United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For The 2015-16 Season.


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