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31 December 2017 : Yeovil Town Win Lufton Planning Application Appeal
Yeovil Town Football Club have won their appeal against the planning decision issued against their application to build a recreation ground in Lufton. The original plans were submitted in June 2015, but due to a number of delays with the application were only put before the planning committee in September 2016, with the application being turned down. The club eventually decided in March 2017 that they were going to appeal against the decision, with the Planning Inspectorate taking on the case.

The Planning Inspectorate responded on December 28th 2017, confirming that they would allow the application to go ahead. Planning Inspector Robert Parker visited the site on September 4th 2017, and has subsequently concluded that the club now have permission to provide a "change of use of land from agricultural to community playing field and recreation use along with pavilion, associated access, replacement field accesses and car parking".

This planning application is wholly separate from the club's currently mothballed August 2015 plans at Huish Park, and does not have any direct bearing on those plans, which have not moved in any serious way since October 2015. However, it has been widely assumed that the provision of the two football pitches in Lufton would ultimately be used as attempted leverage to allow the club to dispose of the two top pitches behind the away end at Huish Park - a requirement under the National Planning Policy Framework. However, the scope of the Lufton planning application does not consider this, meaning that at this stage the club do not know whether it will remove that barrier.

The appeal decision sets out a number of factors regarding the case, of which the most significant are:

1. Yeovil Town Football Club and Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd have made an application for costs to be recovered from South Somerset District Council, as a result of the appeal. This will be a separate decision.
2. The Planning Inspectorate has not considered whether this application is beneficial to the Huish Park application : "There is some suggestion that the proposal is intended to replace existing pitches belonging to Yeovil Town Football Club at Huish Park. Any debate over the suitability of the appeal scheme as a replacement for these (Huish Park) facilities should be had in the context of an application for development at that (Huish Park) site".
3. Wessex Water has finished installing a water main across the Lufton site. this may need to be diverted at the club's cost.

The Planning Inspectorate have provided a number of Planning Conditions that should be inserted against the application - tasks that the club must fulfill as part of the execution of the plans. Some of these were already proposed by SSDC, but the Inspectorate has altered the wording on a few to make them more enforceable. These are as follows:

1. General conditions on the external design and materials used for the pavillion and equipment store, along with the submission and implementation of a scheme for landscaping and tree protection.
2. The future responsibility for surface water drainage, and overall maintenance must be provided, to prevent problems with flooding and surface water run-off. There must also be provision for foul drainage from the pavillion area.
3. To reduce the risk of crime and anti-social behaviour, the site must install security lighting, whilst buildings must incorporate design features to make them resilient to attack. There must be management of the access arrangements, including a height barrier and the ability to prevent vehicular access at night.
4. The construction of the access to the recreation field must meet Highway safety standards. An existing access point, close to the residential Red Brick Cottage must remain to allow access to that property's private drainage system, but must be secured at all other times, to prevent normal public access.

5. Sport England (part of the national Government's Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport) require the playing field and pitches to meet an acceptable quality. The Council must have written approval of a Management and Maintenance Scheme for the pitches, and a Community Use Scheme. This is to ensure that the site is not only built but is subsequently maintained.
6. The Change of Use of the land under planning regulations is for it to be used for sports only (along with any supporting infrastructure). This comes under Class D2, which covers all entertainment and leisure. The planning condition will limit the usage to sports only, which will prevent it being used for any other Class D2 activities such as bingo halls, concert halls etc. Widening of the scope would require a new planning application.
7. The site will need to be inspected for any archaeological remains before the work commences.
8. The site will need to be inspected for any badger setts within the site, along with any mitigation measures required once the survey is completed.
9. The overhead electrical wires that cross the site must be redirected or grounded, unless it can be demonstrated that they do not pose an unacceptable risk.

It should be noted that Planning Permission is merely the option to develop the site - it does not guarantee that the development will go ahead. Planning Permission is normally time limited to around a five year period - if it is not followed through then it will expire. The club can wait for a decision on the Huish Park planning application before following through, or can start working satisfying the above conditions immediately, to enable the development.

At the time of the club's initial application, it was revealed that the club did not currently own the land at Lufton, but had agreed the option to purchase that land. The Planning Application does not consider the commercial terms between the club and the land owner.


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31 December 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Morecambe Away Team Selection
Just before Friday night's match against Morecambe kicked off at the Globe Arena, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the absence of Ryan Dickson for that game, and how his squad had dealt with the long journey up to the North-West. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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30 December 2017 : Glovers Trust Canvass Members Over Supporters Alliance Changes
The Glovers Trust are currently canvassing their members over changes to the club's Supporters Alliance Group constitution. At present the Trust have declined Yeovil Town's invitation to join the network of supporters groups, due to the original constitution asking representatives to sign up as "official Yeovil Town supporter groups", and to sign up to a code of conduct that require groups not to publicly criticise the club.

The Trust declined the initial invitation, on the basis that their own constitution required it to be independent of the football club, whilst signing up to Alliance Group rules would also compromise their status. However, the club have conceded that running meetings with both official supporters groups, and the independent Trust, is time consuming, particularly given that all groups are raising issues on similar themes. Hence the club agreed to rewrite the rules for its Supporters Alliance Group, with the aim of removing that fundamental blocker.

At the 2017 Glovers Trust AGM, this issue was discussed, with some in favour of signing up to the Alliance Group if the rules were changed, whilst others still saw it as not in the Trust's interests. As a result, the Trust Board have decided to circulate the Alliance Group Aims and Objectives, along with the amended Group Rules and Agreement and to ask Trust members to vote 'Yes' or 'No' to joining the Group. The Trust explains:

"The Trust Board have been notified of recent changes in terms and conditions attributed to membership of the Alliance Group which has removed the technical blocker that was preventing the Trust to even consider joining. The Board fully appreciate that there are numerous reasons why our members have joined the Trust and that some would like to see greater engagement with Club representatives and some would like to see less or none at all with the current owners in place. We would therefore value your opinion as to whether now is an appropriate time for the Trust to join the Alliance Group."

To aid your decision-making, we've included the text of both documents below, along with the original PDF documents. Trust members ONLY can cast their vote by emailing communications@glovers-trust.co.uk or by post to PO Box 5240, Yeovil, Somerset, BA20 9FR stating your membership number and whether you would like to see the Trust join the Alliance Group. Voting will close at 10.00p.m. on Sunday 7th of January 2018. Only one vote per member will be counted and any votes that cannot be traced to a valid 2017-18 membership entry will be disregarded.

The two relevant documents are as follows:

Supporters Alliance Rules and Agreement:

We recognise the [Organisation Name] as a properly constituted group presenting some fans of YTFC.

[Organisation Name] are therefore invited to form part of the Supporters Alliance.

[Organisation Name] agree to work with YTFC and other recognised organisations within the Alliance to:
• To bring together all properly constituted groups presenting fans of YTFC to provide a unified voice
• To be YTFC's primary route for identifying fan views.
• To improve the relationship between Yeovil Town FC and supporters
• To achieve growth of Yeovil Town FC in Unity with supporters
• To give all member groups a formal communication route with the YTFC Board

Rules of the Alliance

1. All Supporter Groups taking part in the Alliance shall be properly constituted groups who upon request shall provide YTFC with audited accounts and articles of association.

2. To meet as a group at least twice a year at times at venues specified by YTFC but in agreement with the Alliance Chairperson.

3. A maximum two persons per member organisation may attend Alliance meetings, although only one person per organisation may vote. YTFC may have more than two attendees in order to better advise and consult the meeting.

4. At least one person representing the views of the YTFC Board shall be present at each Alliance meeting. Usually this will be the YTFC Chairman and/or Supporter Director.

5. If a person is a member of more than one Supporter group, they may only vote on behalf of the primary group they represent.

6. If a vote is required during an Alliance meeting to reach a decision on a matter a minimum number of three organisations must be present with YTFC being one of the three.

7. A Chairperson shall be elected no later than 1 June each year via a majority vote of an Alliance meeting with such a vote not occurring before 31 May each year.

8. The Chairperson shall be from an Alliance group, but not YTFC.

9. Outside of Alliance meetings the Chairperson make represent the views of the Alliance where a decision is needed before the next Alliance meeting occurs.

10. All Supporter groups who are members of the Alliance shall be treated equally in respect of access to and use of land and building owned by the club.

11. All Supporter groups given consent to operate on club property shall do so only in designated areas and shall operate in a respectful way (including to fans who are not members of their organisation).

12. Groups may leave the alliance by giving one month’s written notice at any time.

13. Groups can be required to leave the alliance if a majority of other member groups (so long as that majority includes YTFC) vote in favour of such a motion.

14. YTFC agrees to give due consideration to the views and majority wishes of the Supporter Alliance but it should be noted that majority votes by the alliance are advisory and not binding on YTFC.

15. It is respected that Supporter groups may not always be supportive of the Board of YTFC and may outside of the Alliance reflect differing views (so long as those views are not portrayed to be the official view of the Supporter Alliance).

If it is agreed that these rules may be varied by way of a majority vote by the Alliance members (so long as that majority includes YTFC).

Link: Original Document : Supporters Alliance Rules and Agreement.

Supporters Alliance Aims and Objectives:

The Supporters Alliance is a working party which aims to improve the growth of Yeovil Town Football Club and to give fans a unified method of communicating their view to the club.

Aim and objectives:
• To bring together all properly constituted groups presenting fans of YTFC to provide a unified voice
• To be YTFC’s primary route for identifying fan views.
• To improve the relationship between Yeovil Town FC and supporters
• To achieve growth of Yeovil Town FC in Unity with supporters
• To give all member groups a formal communication route with the YTFC Board

How:
• By allowing Yeovil Town FC to hear the voice of the supporters through a structured process
• The Club will hold at least two meetings per season with the Supporters Alliance in order to discuss significant issues relating to the Club
• The agenda will be set by Yeovil Town FC through the input of the participating groups.
• Minutes of the meeting will be documented and shared with member groups.
• Treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, dignity and fairness
• Adhering to, and keeping up to date, the Yeovil Town FC Customer Charter
• Help promote equality, inclusion and anti-discrimination
• Promoting the Kick It Out Campaign
• Complying with the rules as agreed from time to time by the Alliance.
• By adhering to an agreed set of Alliance rules.

Notes:
• The independence of all groups is respected and any group may choose to withdraw from the alliance.
• Groups may be asked to leave the alliance if a majority vote of an alliance meeting is in favour of such a move.

Link: Original Document : Supporters Alliance Aims And Objectives.


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30 December 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Morecambe Away Game
Following Friday night's 4-3 defeat against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the performance and how the game unfolded can be read in full, via the link below.

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


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30 December 2017 : Darren Way : Glovers Failed To Deal With Morecambe Second Half Threat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his players failed to deal with Morecambe's second half threat on Friday night, after he watched his side lose 4-3 at the Globe Arena. Inspired by 38 year old Kevin Ellison who has been the scourge of the Glovers for much of the last three years, the Shrimps came from 2-0 down to win the match with a 92nd minute Ellison header, with all four Morecambe goals being scored in the final 18 minutes of the match.

Way acknowledged that Ellison had been a problem for his players, both on the night and in recent matches, but felt his players needed to have shown more character in the way that they dealt with Morecambe's late bombardment of their goal:

"It was a crazy game of football. I think Kevin Ellison has scored five goals against us now, in six games. As far as where we are as a team, and how much work we put in, to say to learn from previous experiences, we never dealt with that threat in the second half. I just felt that we could have shown a little bit more character, and a little bit more personality. We're very disappointed with that result today. They just bombarded us with direct balls in the second half, in front of their supporters. I felt that one or two decisions didn't really go our way. They carried a little bit more momentum. But then we still think that we can win the game after Omar scored. But they scored straight away. As much as I'm on the touchline, they've almost got to understand and make sure that they take this defeat and that it doesn't happen again."

The Glovers have now managed two wins and one defeat during the Christmas holiday period, having beaten Exeter City and Cheltenham Town in what had been improved performances. However, their Friday night defending was back to square one. Way was asked if any of his players were tired after the fixture scheduling, but he declined to use that as a factor:

"We don't use excuses. There's no excuse once you cross the white line, and no excuse for the second half performance, and we're all responsible. So I've got to make sure that we regroup, and stay focussed and go into the Crawley game full of optimism. Put it this way, there wouldn't have been a lot of people that would have expected us to get those results. So the players have done extremely well gaining the results. But we've had a bad 45 minutes today. We'll address and we'll regroup and we'll look to go again against Crawley. So stay positive."


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30 December 2017 : Video : Morecambe vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Friday night's 4-3 defeat against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, these are now available online. All seven goals from the game, including the early strikes from Jake Gray, Otis Khan and a second half Omar Sowunmi header, are captured along with the home side's late comeback. Watch the two-and-a-half minutes worth via the Sky Sports website below.

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


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29 December 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Friday night's 4-3 defeat against Morecambe at the Globe Arena, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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29 December 2017 : Morecambe 4 Yeovil 3 : Ellison Is The Nemesis Again With Last Gasp Goal
Yeovil Town threw away the chance of a third consecutive League Two win on Friday night, as a last minute goal from Morecambe's veteran striker Kevin Ellison secured a 4-3 win for the Lancashire club. The Glovers held the lead for the majority of the match, with Jake Gray scoring in a move that came straight from the first half kick-off. They seemed to be cruising when Otis Khan doubled the lead, but in the final 18 minutes came an extraordinary comeback. Vadaine Oliver and Callum Lang netted in quick succession to pull the scores level, and although Omar Sowunmi headed home from a corner, Lang got his second of the night almost instantly. Then came Ellison's injury time winner, leaving the Glovers heading back down the M6 having most definitely thrown away all three points.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up. One of them was known in advance, with James Bailey's knee ligament injury putting him out of action, with Connor Smith, who had played almost a full 90 minutes at Cheltenham, taking his place in the side. Another absentee was Ryan Dickson, who was ill and didn't travel, and his place was taken by Bevis Mugabi, with the defence swapping around to put Tom James in at left-back. Morecambe's line-up featured former Glover Michael Rose, in now favoured position as a defensive midfielder.

Morecambe took kick-off, but somehow contrived to find themselves behind just 22 seconds into the match. Their long ball was collected by Omar Sowunmi, with the ball being put into the path of Jake Gray by Francois Zoko. He took the ball just inside the box before firing home for an ultra-early lead in the match.

The home side recovered quickly with Andy Fleming's shot being saved by Krysiak, whilst Kevin Ellison failed to keep a shot down. Then Vadaine Oliver seemed to surprise everyone as he tried an early shot that came off the goalpost with the keeper beaten. However, with Yeovil's second goalbound attempt they doubled their lead. Otis Khan's run through midfield saw him exchange passes with Jake Gray. The winger then reached the edge of the box before delivering a wonderful looping shot into the far left corner of the net. 0-2 up and merely 17 minutes on the clock.

Morecambe had a problem on their hands when defender Max Muller's persistent fouling threatened to get him sent off - he'd already been booked when replacement referee Darren Handley gave him a final warning, forcing the home side into an early substitution. But they were still in the game in terms of chances, with Vadaine Oliver heading over a Michael Rose free kick, whilst at the other end Francois Zoko also cleared the goalframe with a shot. The visitors though enjoyed the best possession, and bar Oliver's surprise long range shot had enjoyed the best two chances when the half time whistle blew. So far, so good.

Right from the outset of the second half, it was clear that Yeovil were now facing a different Morecambe side. Vadaine Oliver fired wide again, whilst Andy Fleming screwed a shot inches wide of the post. Artur Krysiak had to sae a Sam Lavelle header from a Michael Rose cross, before another Oliver shot was saved. Yeovil were creating very little, and they had to withdraw Francois Zoko, with 20 minutes remaining, with tonight's captain feeling his hamstring a touch just before he came off - Nathan Smith took the armband.

Two minutes later, and the cracks began to show. A long ball up the left flank saw Artur Krysiak race out to the side of his box when he probably didn't need to. That left him out of position when Callum Lang's shot to the near post was parried up in the air. Kevin Ellison tried to stab the ball home, but had his shot cleared off the line, before Vadaine Oliver headed home the third attempt from close range.

Seven minutes later, and Morecambe had pulled it back from 2-0 to 2-2. A deep cross by Michael Rose from the right flank, saw Artur Krysiak over-commit himself, and Callum Lang was able to plant a header home from a narrow angle for the equalising goal - the same pattern of play that had seen Yeovil lose a two goal lead in the return fixture at Huish Park.

But there was more drama to come this time around. After a Tom James free kick had been parried for a corner, Jake Gray's set piece saw Omar Sowunmi make a perfectly timed run to get a free plant of his head on the ball, and with just six minutes remaining give Yeovil Town a 3-2 advantage.

Unfortunately, they held that for under a minute. A long ball into the penalty box saw Omar Sowunmi's header drop to Kevin Ellison. The striker turned and squirmed a short pass through to Callum Lang who fired home the 3-3 equaliser from 10 yards out, and to lift the home support once again.

Then came Kevin Ellison's moment. Having scored against Yeovil Town in four out of the last five meetings between the two clubs, with many of those being winning goals or ones that denied the Glovers a win, he has been a thorn in their side over the past two years. As the Somerset legs seemed to flag, the legs of a 38 year old had no such problems. Having already been involved in Morecambe's second and third goals, he rose the highest to a ball pumped into the box by Alex Kenyon, and his looping header took the ball over Krysiak from 15 yards out, for the dramatic 92nd minute winning goal, and a 4-3 defeat to end Yeovil Town's year. There can be no doubt, this was three points completely tossed away.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Morecambe 4 Yeovil Town 3.

Scorers: Jake Gray (0-1, 1 min), Otis Khan (0-2, 17 mins), Vadaine Oliver (1-2, 72 mins), Callum Lang (2-2, 79 mins), Omar Sowunmi (2-3, 84 mins), Callum Lang (3-3, 85 mins), Kevin Ellison (4-3, 90 mins).

Morecambe:
1 Barry Roche
16 Sam Lavelle 22 Max Muller 5 Steven Old
2 Aaron McGowan 8 Andrew Fleming 24 Michael Rose 14 Luke Conlan
9 Vadaine Oliver 11 Kevin Ellison
29 Callum Lang

Substitutes:
4 Alex Kenyon (40 mins for Max Muller) 7 Garry Thompson (86 mins for Andrew Fleming) 10 Adam Campbell 12 Danijel Nizic 17 Mitchell Lund 21 Elliot Osborne 27 Luke Jordan

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 15. Jordan Green (74 mins for Otis Khan) 24. Olufela Olomola (70 mins for Francois Zoko) 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Morecambe Bookings: Max Muller (foul, 27 mins), Kevin Ellison (excessive celebration, 90 mins), Michael Rose (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Nathan Smith (handball, 63 mins), Artur Krysiak (timewasting, 79 mins)

Morecambe Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 2; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Darren Handley. Assistants: Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) and Barry Cropp (Lancashire). Fourth Official: James Mainwaring (Lancashire).

Attendance: 1,124 (with 92 Yeovil Town supporters).


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29 December 2017 : Team News For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Morecambe at the Globe Arena has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to their starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Cheltenham Town on Boxing Day. Midfielder James Bailey suffered knee ligament damage in that match and ended up getting stretchered off - his place in the side is taken by Connor Smith.

Left-back Ryan Dickson isn't in tonight's squad at all due to illness - his place is taken by Bevis Mugabi, meaning that Tom James will shuffle across to the other flank. The absentees allow Millwall loanee Sid Nelson a chance to get onto a six man bench.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle, out until January), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), James Bailey (knee ligaments) and Ryan Dickson (illness).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 8. Connor Smith 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko (Capt)

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 6. Keston Davies 15. Jordan Green 24. Olufela Olomola 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Morecambe:
1 Barry Roche
16 Sam Lavelle 22 Max Muller 5 Steven Old
2 Aaron McGowan 8 Andrew Fleming 24 Michael Rose 14 Luke Conlan
9 Vadaine Oliver 11 Kevin Ellison
29 Callum Lang

Substitutes:
4 Alex Kenyon 7 Garry Thompson 10 Adam Campbell 12 Danijel Nizic 17 Mitchell Lund 21 Elliot Osborne 27 Luke Jordan


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29 December 2017 : Way Believes Earlier Season Mistakes Have Been Eradicated From Team
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that the experience his side have gained in recent weeks will allow them to achieve better results during the second half of the season. Having struggled particularly away from home during the 2017-18 season, December's 0-0 draw at Mansfield Town was followed up by a Boxing Day 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road - a result which also provided the team with their first back-to-back league wins since October 2016.

Way's team had been rather vulnerable to conceding goals on their travels up until that point. An example in point came during the September 2017 defeat against Grimsby Town, which was a narrow 2-1 result, but one in which two set pieces proved to be their undoing. The Glovers boss believes those sorts of mistakes are no longer occurring, and that if that Grimsby game was played a second time, that there would be a different outcome:

"It was a very big win (at Cheltenham). Now they actually know what if we were to go to Grimsby away again - we made mistakes back then. Now they know the level. Their concentration, and their confidence - there's a different feel about the place. I don't want to be a manager that says 'be patient' to protect myself, but that is just the way it is."

The two Christmas holiday wins have not significantly moved Yeovil Town up the table - they remain in 19th place - however, it has pushed them closer to a group of clubs in the lower reaches of midtable - an improvement on their previous position which saw them just a point above the relegation line. Way says his players would want to target the teams above them, rather than looking at who lines beneath them:

"My players would want that. I've just tried to manage a group of players that from week-to-week have had good performances and bad performances. Now we've got a group together that know the level, are sharing a little bit of consistency between themselves. You could see the spirit."


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29 December 2017 : Officials For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two fixture between Morecambe and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Friday 29th December 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Globe Arena. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually less than once per season.

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

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

There's a fair chunk of Mr Boyeson's matches involving Yeovil Town where he appears to have escaped under the radar, having an uneventful game. One example is the 2-0 defeat against Hartlepool United in March 2008. Whilst that was not one of our better days out, Mr Boyeson doesn't get a mention in our match report, and we can't recall anything particular about him on the day, which is always a good sign! The same is true of the February 2009 match at Gresty Road, where the 2-0 defeat was rather self inflicted, with goalkeeper Josh Wagenaar making the biggest error on the night, when he turned a cross into his own net, dwarfing anything the referee may or may not have been doing.

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

During the 2016-17 season, Mr Boyeson took charge of our FA Cup First Round Replay against Solihull Moors. Whilst our team performance across the 120 minutes against the National League side was rather inept, he was involved in one of the game's key decisions on the night. The 99th minute decision to award Solihull a penalty during extra time for a Liam Shephard 'foul' on Omari Sterling-James looked dubious for those at the ground, and by the time we saw the video replay, it looked a bit of a laughable decision. It ensured the match went to penalty kicks, which saw us knocked out of the competition. Manager Darren Way didn't mince his words after the game, branding the decision as pathetic and weak - rather like the dive that Sterling-James took to get the spot kick.

His most recent match involving ourselves was the January 2017 League Two game against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road. Here we saw a 2-2 draw, with no bookings for either team, and so you'd think the referee stayed firmly in the background. That was our view, but manager Darren Way was fuming after the match, accusing the official of a 'lack of honesty' and suggesting he'd gifted both of Blackpool's goals. Darren's views appeared to still be influenced by the earlier Solihull defeat:

"I tried to give the referee the benefit of the doubt today, after his Solihull performance. I feel let down, because there is no honesty as far as a referee is concerned. I just expected him to apologise or at least say something from the Solihull (penalty) decision, but then he goes and almost gives them two goals today. I expect them to take responsibility, and analyse their own performance, but I just don't see it. To make a bad mistake once, and then cost me two goals today, I just feel that there is no honesty. I didn't think that he could be that bad again today, but he was. They didn't deserve to have two bad refereeing decisions cost them that three points."

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Chris Isherwood (Lancashire) and Barry Cropp (Lancashire). The Fourth Official will be James Mainwaring (Lancashire).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : November 2016 : Solihull Moors 1 - 1 Yeovil Town (Solihull won 4-2 on penalties).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : January 2017 : Blackpool 2 Yeovil Town 2.


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28 December 2017 : Darren Way Talks About The Loss Of Bruce James And The Cheltenham Game
Just before Boxing Day's League Two match against Cheltenham Town kicked off at Whaddon Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the sad news concerning Bruce James and also his thoughts on the holiday fixture. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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28 December 2017 : Caulker Parts Company With QPR
Former Yeovil Town loanee Steven Caulker has cut short his stay with Queens Park Rangers. The 25 year old has left Loftus Road by mutual consent, having only featured in four QPR fixtures this season, with only one match since the end of August. The timing of the move would suggest that he already has another club lined up once the January transfer window opens up.

Caulker's time at Loftus Road has highlighted a number of off-the-field issues that he has been dealing with. A series of court appearances for more minor misdemeanours became something more serious when he was fined £12,500 and banned from driving following an incident in March 2017 where he failed to provide a breath test in Windsor. Three months later, he went public over mental health problems, combined with alcohol and gambling addictions.

QPR let him back into the fold for 2017-18 season training, but he's failed to keep a place in the side, meaning that his July 2014 move from Cardiff City cost the West Londoners £8,000,000 yet only gave them 54 appearances and three goals. Loan spells at Southampton and Liverpool were equally fruitless, whilst an attempt to loan him out to Lokomotiv Moscow in January 2017 was aborted at the last minute, with Caulker later suggesting that he was not in the right physical or mental state to move that far from home.

He will be entitled to join a new club from January 1st 2018 on a free transfer. At his age, he's still got the talent to take himself back up to the top flight, but would probably do better to sign for a small Championship club or large League One club to give him that leg up. He could of course drop down to League Two and come back to Somerset, but that may well be wishful thinking!


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28 December 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Morecambe
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town make a long journey up the M6, where they will face Morecambe in a League Two fixture. The match has been switched to a Friday evening, meaning that Glovers fans will face a 558 mile round trip for a night game in the middle of the Christmas holidays.

For those crazy enough to be going to the game, the Ciderspace guide for the Globe Arena and surrounding area has been updated to cover the fixture. Find directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide, club statistics and other such information via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Morecambe.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

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



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27 December 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Boxing Day's 0-2 win against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon 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 Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.


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27 December 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cheltenham Town Away Game
Following Boxing Day's 2-0 win over Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the side's overall performance, and also discusses the injury to James Bailey. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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27 December 2017 : Ticketing For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Port Vale and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Vale Park on Saturday 13th January 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Advance prices are as follows:

Adults (22-61) : £20.00; Seniors (62+) and Aged 18-21 : £15.00; Under-18s : £8.00; Under-12s : FREE.

Tickets go up £2.00 if purchased on the day of the game and will be on sale from the away sales kiosk outside the away stand.

Disabled supporters pay the relevant band as above, with an assistant admitted free of charge. They may sit in the away section but please note there are no disabled facilities in this area. There is a dedicated stand for disabled supporters requiring accessable facilities and for Wheelchair users. This is located at the opposite end of the ground from the away supporters. To book tickets for this area please call 01782 655 821

Match day parking is available priced: Cars: £5.00, Minibus: £16.00, Coach: £25.00. These are all pay on the day with no advance booking. The main car park is situated outside the away stand. Parking for the disabled area can be booked in advance for £10.00. Please call 01782 655821.

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


Link: Huish Park Christmas And New Year Opening Hours.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bradford City.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers.


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27 December 2017 : Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Exeter City and Yeovil Town are now on sale. The match takes place on Tuesday 13th March 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Due to redevelopment of the away end at St James Park, they are only providing a small allocation of tickets for this match, with just 350 seats available.

These are now on sale to Season Ticket Holders ONLY and are limited to two tickets per holder. Prices are as follows:

Adults : £22.00; Over-64s and Students with NUS Cards : £19.00; Under-18s : £9.50.

Disabled supporters pay the relevant band as above but can admit an assistant free of charge. For wheelchair bays please call 01392 411 243 (option 2 or 3).

Any tickets remaining will go on general sale from Monday 15th January. If any tickets are left on the day (we rather doubt this will be the case) these will be sold from away ticket booth in St James Road. We will put up notifications near the time to highlight whether this is an option or whether they have sold out.

UPDATED: Match since rearranged to be a midweek fixture on Tuesday 13th March 2018, with the original tie being called off due to the club's involvement in the FA Cup against Manchester United. Tickets are now on General Sale, but the same restrictions concerning the number of tickets available will apply.

Link: Huish Park Christmas And New Year Opening Hours.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bradford City.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers.


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26 December 2017 : Cheltenham 0 Yeovil 2 : Sowunmi Blast Helps Glovers Break Fourteen Month Run
Yeovil Town gained their first back-to-back League Two wins for fourteen months this afternoon, as two second half goals defeated Cheltenham Town. After a tight opening period, the Glovers took the lead from an unlikely source as defender Omar Sowunmi crashed a loose ball off the underside of the crossbar for an opening 69th minute goal. The game was sealed five minutes from time when Jordan Green caught Cheltenham on the counter-attack, slotting home for a 0-2 win that represented the club's first pair of consecutive wins since October 2016, keeping them in 19th place but crucially seven points away from the relegation spots.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged starting eleven compared to the one that took to the field against Exeter City. Only the recall of Olufela Olomola to the bench, in favour of Sid Nelson was the difference on the teamsheet. Cheltenham's line-up included the highly familiar names of Scott Flinders and Kevin Dawson, whilst in the home dugout was the even more familiar face of Gary Johnson.

There can't have been too many games where Yeovil Town have lost a player through injury five seconds into the match. Straight from kick-off, Harry Pell and James Bailey went in for a 50:50 tackle, and the Yeovil captain went down on the deck. Judging by the way that they instantly waved for the trainer, who instantly called for the stretcher, this was not a borderline case. After a three minute delay, Bailey was stretchered off, with medial knee ligaments believed to be damaged. Connor Smith got an ultra-early substitute appearance.

Cheltenham held the upper hand early on with Mohamed Eisa particularly mobile up front for the Robins. He fired an angled attempt just over the bar, before Tom James was well placed to clear an Eisa header off the line, as he stood on the left post. Later Eisa got room to turn inside the box before another angled shot cleared the crossbar, and it was very easy to work out who the home side's danger man was.

It took 20 minutes for the Glovers to find their feet, having misplaced a few passes along the way, before finally setting Francois Zoko up as Otis Khan unexpectedly popped up on the right wing. The move was flowing and good, but the shot was not quite so impressive as it cleared both the crossbar and the home terrace roof. Tom James went much closer as his looping free kick rippled the net, although it was actually the top of the goal frame it clipped, with Scott Flinders looking as though he was covering his lines.

Sam Surridge almost took advantage of a quick goal kick out from Artur Krysiak as he caught Cheltenham on the break, cutting inside Jamie Grimes before skidding a shot a yard wide of the post. Although the chances had been evenly spread between the two teams across the 45 minutes, there were some concerns that the longer the half went on, the more the tendency was for hit and hope passes that generally missed their target. On the plus side they went in level.

Yeovil's start to the second half was more impressive as a central pass found Francois Zoko on the corner of the penalty box. His ball into the box found Jake Gray running in on the near post, and he struck a shot off the crossbar from six yards out, with the ricochet taking the ball out to safety.

That said, Cheltenham were also finding openings, as they had the ball in the back of the net. Mohamed Eisa's low cross into the box was turned in by Kevin Dawson to large cheers from the home terrace that were only quelled when a linesman's flag belatedly went up. That was to be Cheltenham's problem in the second period as they repeatedly fell foul of Yeovil's offside trap, as their players ran a yard too early.

Midway through the second half, Yeovil took the lead from an unexpected source. A long Tom James throw saw a Cheltenham player go through the body of Jordan Green in clearing the ball, leading to loud calls for a penalty. One player who didn't wait for the rather erratic refereeing of Chris Sarginson to say yes or not, was Omar Sowunmi, whose single touch strike into the top left hand corner left keeper Scott Flinders entirely static as it flew into the net.

Cheltenham had their own penalty appeals turned down five minutes later, as Kevin Dawson went down in the box, although judging by referee Chris Sarginson's body language, it looked as though he had been blind-sighted by the incident. Yeovil have on many occasions been guilty of sitting back on a lead, but on this occasion they still seemed to be looking for a second, and could have got it if Otis Khan hadn't tried to do one breakaway all by himself - his move down the left-wing was strong, but his shot into the side netting should have been driven across the box, where he had team-mates arriving to pounce.

They did get their second crucial goal five minutes from time. Like the Exeter City game, it came from an opposition defender giving it to them on a plate. A slightly hopeful forward ball was meant for Otis Khan but went beyond him, reaching Cheltenham defender Jamie Grimes. The centre-back's touch was catastrophic, putting it straight into the path of Jordan Green. The substitute ran past him, leaving the defender on his backside, just to add insult to injury, and then fired past Scott Flinders for a 2-0 lead.

That was game over. Cheltenham lost their way badly in the final ten minutes of the match - Carl Winchester's loud berating of a linesman who awarded a foul against him was daft, not only because it guaranteed himself a booking, but also because it was a cast iron foul, with his histrionics merely serving to wind the clock down further. Having been in the game for 75 minutes, the Robins ended the game in that sort of way, which allowed Yeovil a very easy route to seeing the game out for their first pair of wins in fourteen months. They stay in 19th, but at least have something they might be able to build on to ensure that they keep themselves firmly away from the bottom two clubs.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Omar Sowunmi (0-1, 69 mins), Jordan Green (0-2, 85 mins)

Cheltenham Town:
24 Scott Flinders
28 Taylor Moore 2 Jamie Grimes 15 William Boyle 11 Carl Winchester
8 Kevin Dawson 25 Joe Morrell 6 Nigel Atangana 17 Jerell Sellars
20 Mohamed Eisa 7 Harry Pell

Substitutes:
4 Kyle Storer 9 Daniel Wright (77 mins for Jerell Sellars) 10 Dan Holman 18 Matt Bower 21 Brian Graham (71 mins for Nigel Atangana) 22 Rhys Lovett 27 Freddy Hinds (71 mins for Mohamed Eisa)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith (3 mins for James Bailey) 15. Jordan Green (66 mins for Jake Gray) 24. Olufela Olomola (88 mins for Otis Khan) 30. Alefe Santos

Cheltenham Town Bookings: William Boyle (foul, 87 mins), Carl Winchester (dissent, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Connor Smith (foul, 61 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 64 mins), Tom James (timewasting, 84 mins)

Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 1; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Craig Taylor (West Midlands) and Ian Rathbone (Northamptonshire). Fourth Official: Thomas Harty (West Midlands).

Attendance: 3,484 (with 345 Yeovil Town supporters).


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26 December 2017 : Video : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Boxing Day's 0-2 win over Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, these are now available online. Along with the goals from Omar Sowunmi and Jordan Green, you can watch chances for Tom James, Sam Surridge and Jake Gray from earlier in the game. View via the Sky Sports website below.

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


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26 December 2017 : Darren Way Hails His 'Special Group' Of Players After Cheltenham Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes he has a special group of players, after he witnessed his team win 2-0 against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road today. The Glovers recorded their first set of back-to-back wins for 14 months, having displayed highly erratic form during the first half of the 2017-18 season, that has left them in the lower reaches of the League Two table.

Whilst today's victory and Saturday's win against Exeter City still leaves them in 19th place in the table, the important bit is that it has given them a seven point cushion on the bottom pair of the club, relieving the tension of getting dragged into a relegation battle. Way believed today's performance showed that he had a team that he could trust, to keep themselves out of danger:

"There's a good feelgood factor in the dressing room at the moment. I think what they showed me today is that they are a very special group that are growing stronger together. It's nothing that I didn't expect this season to be. We played that today like it was a cup final. We talked about trust and responsibility with the players and they proved that I can trust them, and they're certainly responsible for that performance today."

The Glovers had to deal with the disruption of a third minute substitution, with captain James Bailey being stretchered off the field, due to an injury which occurred just seconds after the game had started. Way said after the match he believes Bailey has suffered medial knee ligament damage - a situation that should mean he will miss a number of weeks worth of football.

Another one of the substitutions made was the introduction of Jordan Green, and with Omar Sowunmi having already opened the scoring for the club, Green provided the late second goal that knocked the stuffing out of a Cheltenham side who had competed well up until that moment. Way said that Green's presence was a measure of his squad's depth:

"With the squad that we've got this year, I thought Jordan Green made a big difference when he came on. That wasn't a problem with Jake Gray's performance. But in certain stages of the game you've got to make the right decisions as far as substitutions are concerned. It just went to show, as he scored a goal and picked up one or two second balls. But overall the group are working extremely hard. It's a proud moment for me to obviously come here today. We've had many problems in coming to Cheltenham before. You could see with the amount of direct balls you had to deal with in the box. They brought on Danny Wright and Brian Graham and you know what the style and the pattern of the game is going to be. We've got a lot of young players who unfortunately in Under-23s football have not dealt with that. So I feel very proud of my players today, because as I've said they're a special group."


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26 December 2017 : Cheltenham 0 Yeovil 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town gained their first back-to-back League Two wins for fourteen months this afternoon, as two second half goals defeated Cheltenham Town. After a tight opening period, the Glovers took the lead from an unlikely source as defender Omar Sowunmi crashed a loose ball off the underside of the crossbar for an opening 69th minute goal. The game was sealed five minutes from time when Jordan Green caught Cheltenham on the counter-attack, slotting home for a 0-2 win that represented the club's first pair of consecutive wins since October 2016, keeping them in 19th place but crucially seven points away from the relegation spots.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town 0 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Omar Sowunmi (0-1, 69 mins), Jordan Green (0-2, 85 mins)

Cheltenham Town:
24 Scott Flinders
28 Taylor Moore 2 Jamie Grimes 15 William Boyle 11 Carl Winchester
8 Kevin Dawson 25 Joe Morrell 6 Nigel Atangana 17 Jerell Sellars
20 Mohamed Eisa 7 Harry Pell

Substitutes:
4 Kyle Storer 9 Daniel Wright (77 mins for Jerell Sellars) 10 Dan Holman 18 Matt Bower 21 Brian Graham (71 mins for Nigel Atangana) 22 Rhys Lovett 27 Freddy Hinds (71 mins for Mohamed Eisa)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith (3 mins for James Bailey) 15. Jordan Green (66 mins for Jake Gray) 24. Olufela Olomola (88 mins for Otis Khan) 30. Alefe Santos

Cheltenham Town Bookings: William Boyle (foul, 87 mins), Carl Winchester (dissent, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Connor Smith (foul, 61 mins), Nathan Smith (foul, 64 mins), Tom James (timewasting, 84 mins)

Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 4; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 1; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Craig Taylor (West Midlands) and Ian Rathbone (Northamptonshire). Fourth Official: Thomas Harty (West Midlands).

Attendance: 3,484 (with 345 Yeovil Town supporters).


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26 December 2017 : Team News For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Exeter City on Saturday. There is one change on the bench, with Southampton loanee Olufela Olomola having recovered from illness, which means that Millwall loanee Sid Nelson once again is not selected.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle, out until January), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), and Sid Nelson (not selected).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 15. Jordan Green 24. Olufela Olomola 30. Alefe Santos


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26 December 2017 : Jake Gray Talks About The Exeter City Victory
Following Saturday's 3-1 victory over Exeter City at St James Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Jake Gray spoke about the win. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Jake talks about his goal, the overall performance and looks ahead to the Boxing Day trip to Cheltenham Town. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Jake Gray Speaks To The BBC After The 3-1 Win Against Exeter City.


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25 December 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Exeter City Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday's match against Exeter City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why he chose an unchanged starting eleven, his thoughts on the opposition's footballing strategy, and also some observations on the Huish Park pitch. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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25 December 2017 : Officials For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the Boxing Day League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 26th December 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Whaddon Road. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). This is his third match involving the Glovers during the 2017-18 season, after he came down to Huish Park for games against Accrington Stanley and Stevenage.

Mr Sarginson was promoted to the Football League's referee list in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during that 2008-09 season - the first being a November 2008 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United where we felt he contributed to the game becoming a bit scrappy and tetchy by not taking better early control of the fixture, ultimately leading to six bookings. Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons where his presence was a lot less obvious, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it. During the following season, he was present 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 didn’t 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 twice during the 2015-16 season - firstly 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. Just over a month later, he took charge of our 1-0 victory over Stevenage in the FA Cup. Aside from turning down a strong Stevenage penalty appeal - which we won't argue about! - he had a quiet game.

We had him three times during the 2016-17 season. The first was for the 1-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road - another quiet match with just one booking. He then took charge of the December 2016 match against Portsmouth - we've not really got a clue as to how good or bad a night he had there, as the game was much too foggy for anyone to be able to see! He handed out just one 90th minute booking, so maybe he couldn't see any fouls out there either!

He had a greater impact on the game in his third 2016-17 visit. For the 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town, he had to make a fifth minute decision that could have changed the course of the game, when Kevin Dawson's lobbed shot was obviously handled by goalkeeper Scott Shearer outside his box. Whilst many were expecting a red card, for denying a goalscoring opportunity, Mr Sarginson raised only a yellow. It looked a very dodgy decision - unfortunately the video camera showed the lob from the wrong angle, meaning we couldn't be certain the ball was travelling towards goal when it was handled. But not too surprisingly manager Darren Way wasn't happy with the decision, saying after the game:

"It was a clear sending off. I thought the referee's decision was poor. But I don't want to be a manager that makes excuses. But if I have to be honest, if that wasn't in the first five minutes then he would clearly have to go, because the ball was carrying momentum towards goal, and quite clearly he lifted his hand. It would have changed things."

For the current season, Mr Sarginson took charge of the August 2017 home match against Accrington Stanley. That one was a quiet one from his point of view, but he had far more impact on the October 2017 Stevenage game that followed. It was a good job we were 3-0 up by the time he dismissed Olufela Olomola and Francois Zoko in separate incidents, whilst also red carding Kevin Toner in the aftermath of the Olomola situation. After the game, manager Darren Way was critical of Sarginson, claiming that he'd got the Olomola decision 'wrong' and also suggesting that the official should have blown up long before the Glovers striker and Stevenage's Joe Martin got in a spot of WWE on the floor:

"I thought on the first sending off, he should have given a foul earlier. He just let that happen. Unfortunately when you get sendings off, a lot of them happen on the touchline, just because there are numbers here. I think it was one of those situations where he's got in a tussle, the referee decides not to blow the whistle, and it goes on, and then before you know it you've got two players on the ground and everyone running at them. But I think if you give that (foul) a little bit earlier, you don't see those scenes. I was more disappointed that you had a lot of staff, certainly from an officials point of view, as you had the fourth official, you had the linesman and you had the referee, and they still got it wrong."

Yeovil appealed against the Olomola red card, but were unsuccessful with that. In all honesty, having slowed the video down, we couldn't see an awful lot wrong with the two Glovers dismissals, and were rather surprised when Way chose to appeal. If the match official got anything wrong, it was that he could have easily produced more reds out of the melee that resulted. The incident itself took a long time to resolve, with Toner's dismissal happening two or three minutes after Olomola's, and so felt a bit dragged out, but of the one that Way was specifically complaining about, there appeared to be a back-kick into Martin's stomach.

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Craig Taylor (West Midlands) and Ian Rathbone (Northamptonshire). The Fourth Official will be Thomas Harty (West Midlands).

Link: October 2017 : Yeovil Town 3 Stevenage 0.

Link: August 2017 : Yeovil Town 3 Accrington Stanley 2.

Link: February 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 0.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Portsmouth 0.

Link: October 2016 : Crewe Alexandra 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 0.

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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25 December 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham Town
On Boxing Day, Yeovil Town hit the road for what is a much shorter than usual League Two match. The sight of Whaddon Road and Cheltenham Town should be a familiar one for many fans - find ticketing, parking, directions, club statistics and a pub guide via the following link.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

The redeveloped Whaddon Road End for away supporters - an all-seater stand holding 1,100
The redeveloped Whaddon Road End for away supporters - an all-seater stand holding 1,100.



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24 December 2017 : GWSC Travel For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Morecambe. The match takes place at the Globe Arena on Friday 29th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Morecambe : Friday 29th December 2017.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £35.00; Member Concessions: £33.00
Adult Non-Members: £37.00; Non-Member Concessions: £35.00

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

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

Link: Huish Park Christmas And New Year Opening Hours.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bradford City.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers.


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24 December 2017 : Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter City Home Game
Following Yeovil Town's 3-1 victory over Exeter City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Skivo's views on the game, and why he was on press duties after the game, can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Exeter City Home Game.


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24 December 2017 : Bruce James Passes Away
We're sorry to learn that Yeovil Town employee Bruce James passed away early this morning. Bruce had been involved with the club since 2002, working in the Glovers' Stadium Department as part of their maintenance crew, but more lately had been the club's Disabled Liaison Officer, as well as acting as a Liaison Officer for the club's players.

Bruce passed away this morning at the age of 76 years old, following an illness. Over the years that he was at the club, he developed a strong rapport with all areas at the club, with his 'thanks for coming in' greeting to staff becoming an in-joke amongst fellow employees.

Bruce was involved in a road traffic accident just over nine years ago, in the same vehicle that Glovers boss Darren Way was in, whilst the pair were helping Darren move house. Like Darren, he recovered well from that accident, and continued to occupy himself at the football club during the years that followed.

Our condolences to his friends and family, and to those who worked with him at the Football Club.


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23 December 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Yeovil Town's 3-1 win over Exeter City at Huish Park, these are now online. You can view two minutes worth of footage, including the goals from Jake Gray, Francois Zoko and AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge, along with the moment that saw Zoko win the penalty for the third goal. Watch the coverage on the Sky Sports website, via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Exeter City Match Highlights.


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23 December 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 3-1 win against Exeter City 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 Exeter City.


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23 December 2017 : Skivo Sees Yeovil Win Over Grecians As Inspired By Club Employee's Message
Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton said that today's victory over Exeter City came inspired by one of the club's longer serving members of staff. Skivo was taking the post-match press duties after the 3-1 win, in the absence of Darren Way, due to an illness sustained by Bruce James, who is best known as a former Stadium Department employee at the club, but who has also been acting as a Liaison Officer for the players, as well as being the club's Disabled Liaison Officer.

Darren Way headed off after the match to go and visit Bruce, who was in the same vehicle as the Yeovil boss when he was involved in a road traffic accident just over nine years ago, and also sustained serious injuries at the time. With concerns over his friend's health, both himelf and Skiverton had been to see him before the game, and told BBC Somerset, that Bruce had given the playing squad a message that Darren took into his pre-match team talk. Skivo explained:

"We were called earlier, and the Players' Liaison Officer Bruce James is a little bit poorly at the moment. So me and the gaffer were up there before kick-off, and then straight after the game, the manager has gone straight down to see Bruce again. So it's been a trying and testing day for the staff and the players as well. The players have been up there to see him. The last thing that the manager said today was that Bruce said that you better get those three points for me. So he put him under a little bit of pressure, but he handled it well, and it was a fantastic spirited performance from us today."

Skiverton added that he felt the players had carried on from where they were in last weekend's 0-0 draw at Mansfield Town. However, he also felt that with Yeovil Town having broken a run of League games without a win, that there had been a more relaxed atmosphere inside the stadium which he felt helped the Glovers keep their lead, even when the Grecians threatened a late comeback:

"The players built on last week. The manager has done a hell of a lot of work defensively and on our counter-attacking and the way that we like to break, and you could see that. We were a little bit disappointed that we didn't get two or three more today. Paul Tisdale has got an excellent Exeter side, and the boys can be proud of themselves tonight, and one man in particular (Bruce James) can be equally proud of the boys as well. There was a real special atmosphere. It's the first time for a little while where everything seemed connected. I heard drums today and there was loads of positivity coming from the sidelines and the players felt that. I think that behalf of everyone at the club, we'd like to thank the supporters today because that wasn't like any normal league game."


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23 December 2017 : Yeovil 3 Exeter 1 : Three Goal Win Relieves Relieves Pressure On Glovers
Yeovil Town ended a run of six League Two fixtures without a win, as they beat Exeter City 3-1 at Huish Park this afternoon. The Glovers took control either side of half time as Jake Gray capitalised on a defensive error to open the scoring, before Francois Zoko doubled the lead just after the break, finishing from a narrow angle. The Grecians struggled to get back into the game, but there were some nerves when Jayden Stockley scored five minutes from the end. But those worries were settled two minutes from time when Zoko won a spot kick, and AFC Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge converted for the decisive final goal, lifting his side up to 19th in the table.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged team to the eleven that took to the field against Mansfield Town last weekend. The only alteration was on the bench, with Connor Smith returning from concussion. Initially, it was Sid Nelson that made way, but when Olufela Olomola was too ill to get through the warm-ups, he dropped out with Nelson requiring a late scribble on the sheet. In the Grecians line-up, Reuben Reid and Dan Seaborne were former Glovers on the bench.

Whilst this was meant to be a local derby, it took an age to warm up. Apart from a Liam McAlinden header from a Lloyd James cross that was saved by Artur Krysiak, and a Francois Zoko header from an Otis Khan cross which both brought comfortable regulation saves, there really was nothing in the opening 20 minutes. Exeter held possession far better, but with both sides playing 4-4-2 they seemed to cancel each other out.

As the half wore on, James Bailey fired just wide of the far post after he robbed Jake Taylor of possession. And it was a sloppy mistake that was to open the goalscoring - Lloyd James's pass on the edge of his box went square to no-one except Jake Gray. He intercepted, and fired a low shot into the corner of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Exeter finally woke up and spent the remainder of the first half pressuring. The Glovers were indebted to Tom James who cleared the ball off his line, following a move that had seen Artur Krysiak exposed by a poor punch that saw Jake Taylor fire on goal. With James blocking the ball on the line, they managed to keep their half time lead, but it was a reminder that it was a fairly even half, with few chances.

Yeovil were to double their lead just a couple of minutes into the second half to stun the visitors, who currently occupy an automatic promotion slot. Otis Khan threaded the ball to Francois Zoko and despite the striker only having a narrow angle to aim at, he converted the ball perfectly at the far post for a 2-0 lead.

Exeter opted to make three substitutions, and later a formation change in their efforts to get back into the match. But it took a while for them to force any pressure, with Nathan Smith at the other end going close to adding a third when he headed an Otis Khan free kick wide of the post. They also needed Pierce Sweeney to clear the ball off his goal line from an Otis Khan shot after Jake Gray and sponsors player of the day James Bailey had set him up.

Two of City's substitutes forced Krysiak into saves as Reuben Reid and Kyle Edwards shot on goal. But it was only on 85 minutes that they finally breached the Polish keeper's goal. Jake Taylor's shot was parried by the keeper, but it stayed near the six yard line, allowing Jayden Stockley the chance for an easy conversion of the loose ball for 2-1.

At that stage, nerves could have kicked in, with memories of Yeovil Town's three goal slip at St James Park last season. However, instead it was Yeovil who got the decisive goal - Francois Zoko ran into the box and was fouled by Christy Pym for a penalty. Up stepped Sam Surridge from the spot and he confidently fired home for the 3-1 advantage that with two minutes remaining Exeter weren't going to come back from. If anything they could have grabbed a couple of late ones during injury time, with Sam Surridge twice denied, but the important bit was that the victory lifted them four points clear of the relegation spots at the halfway stage of the season. The 19th place position is not where Yeovil Town would like to be, but it's an improvement on the nervy look to the table it had last weekend.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Exeter City 1.

Scorers: Jake Gray (1-0, 41 mins), Francois Zoko (2-0, 47 mins), Jayden Stockley (2-1, 85 mins), Sam Surridge (3-1, 88 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 15. Jordan Green (84 mins for Otis Khan) 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Exeter City:
1 Christy Pym
2 Pierce Sweeney 5 Troy Archibald-Henville 15 Jordan Moore-Taylor 3 Craig Woodman
25 Jake Taylor 4 Lloyd James 44 Hiram Boateng 7 Ryan Harley
19 Liam McAlinden 11 Jayden Stockley

Substitutes:
6 Jordan Tillson 10 Lee Holmes (70 mins for Lloyd James) 13 James Hamon 18 Danny Seaborne 21 Dean Moxey 28 Kyle Edwards (60 mins for Ryan Harley) 33 Reuben Reid (56 mins for Liam McAlinden)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (foul, 33 mins), Matt Worthington (foul, 82 mins), Jake Gray (foul, 90 mins)

Exeter City Bookings: Craig Woodman (foul, 54 mins), Christy Pym (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 1; Fouls: 8.

Exeter City Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon). Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Andrew Williams (Middlesex). Fourth Official: Mark Pottage (Dorset).

Attendance: 4,834 (with 1,506 Exeter City supporters).


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23 December 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Exeter City at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up compared to the team that took to the field against Mansfield Town last Saturday.

There is one change on the bench. Midfielder Connor Smith has recovered from concussion that kept him out last weekend. Millwall loanee Sid Nelson had been the man left out of the squad on the initial teamsheet, but Olufela Olomola is an ultra-late drop-out because he has been struggling with illness. Thus Nelson's initial omission has been revoked with him coming back onto the teamsheet.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle, out until January), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), and Olufela Olomola (illness).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 15. Jordan Green 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Exeter City:
1 Christy Pym
2 Pierce Sweeney 5 Troy Archibald-Henville 15 Jordan Moore-Taylor 3 Craig Woodman
25 Jake Taylor 4 Lloyd James 44 Hiram Boateng 7 Ryan Harley
19 Liam McAlinden 11 Jayden Stockley

Substitutes:
6 Jordan Tillson 10 Lee Holmes 13 James Hamon 18 Danny Seaborne 21 Dean Moxey 28 Kyle Edwards 33 Reuben Reid


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23 December 2017 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Exeter City And Crawley Town Games
The Glovers Trust have outlined their plans for Saturday afternoon's home match against Exeter City and the New Year's Day fixture against Crawley Town, along with a summary of their recent activities. They will be continuing to operate out of The Arrow pub, with their plans as follows:

Match: Exeter City (Home) and Crawley Town (Home)

Trust Presence: The Arrow - approximately 1.00p.m. to 2.30p.m.

Arrow Services: 50/50 draw, membership renewals, 20% discount on pre-match food orders (Trust Members only, now extended to Trust members of the opposing team).

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Vacant Trust roles and Alliance group vote.

Other points of note:

1. The Trust have now issued the details of the 10 item challenge to David Mills that was proposed in a meeting between David and the Trust Board on the 13th of September 2017. We will put this on the news page shortly.

2. The Communications Officer and Secretary roles remain unfulfilled. These roles are critical to ensuring that the trust can operate in an effective manner and so we would urge any members or prospective members to contact if you could spare some of your free time to help to support the Trust and strengthen it's operational functions. Job specifications are available on request - the Trust Secretary role is described here.

3. The Trust continue to operate solely from the Arrow at present. Recent Alliance Group meeting minutes recommended a proposal that that no organisation should hold a presence in the Marquee but that the Trust should be given an opportunity to site a facility on the Club premises. The Trust are currently awaiting further information regarding this.

4. Changes have been made to the Alliance constitution that remove the technical obstruction for the Trust to join. The Trust Board are actively canvassing current members for their opinion on whether it is appropriate to join, with a decision due in early January. More details of this will be on the news page shortly as a separate item.

5. The Trust Board have reduced Adult membership fees to £5.00 for the remainder of the 2017-18 season. Membership renewals will expire on 1st of July 2018. More details on this can be found here.


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23 December 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Exeter City Home Game
As part of the build-up to the home match against Exeter City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires, Darren gives his views on Grecians boss Paul Tisdale, Bristol City manager Lee Johnson and the spectacle of a local derby. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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22 December 2017 : Glovers Trust Offer Mid-Season Membership Deal
The Glovers Trust have this week reduced our Adult membership fee to £5.00 until the end of our financial year in June 2018, to make signing up a little easier at this time of year. We want YTFC to be at the heart of our community, open, accessible and accountable to all Yeovil fans. We should have a tangible stake in the future of our Club and only an independent Supporters Trust can democratically represent fans. Our members are ready to play their part, are you?

By joining the Glovers Trust you will be taking a share in the organisation that can help to take Yeovil Town forward. Together we can be a strong and unified force determined to get the best for our Club. Go to the Glovers Trust shop page and become part of our Club's future.

The Glovers Trust have been actively monitoring with much interest the rumours and denials surrounding a consortium of local businessmen planning to put in a bid for Yeovil Town Football Club. If they do exist the Trust are ready, willing and able to take a place with them at the negotiating table. Until that time the Trust Board will continue to challenge the current organisation in a way that is supported by the majority of our members.

We are aware that recent changes in terms and conditions have been made to the Alliance Group which should remove the technical blocker to enabling the Trust to even consider joining. Once we have received it we plan to share the revised terms with all of our members and as a collective will decide if it is now appropriate to join.

We are also seeking clarification with respect to our presence on Club premises as since leaving the supporters marquee of our own accord, it has yet to be made clear if we are able to return - either to the Marquee or another form of temporary structure. Until this is confirmed we will continue to operate from The Arrow Public House, running our usual services as we have been for a number of weeks.

[Brendon Owen, Glovers Trust.]


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22 December 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Exeter City
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Exeter City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 23rd December 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Swabey (Devon).

Mr Swabey is 33 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 as a referee 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.

We finally got him for a full 90 minutes for the December 2015 match against Leyton Orient. Overall he had a decent game. We would quibble about the six minutes of first half injury time he conjured up, but as we scored during that period, maybe we won't do that! Orient fans were too busy expressing their unhappiness with their first team manager to get angsty about the referee, and we don't recall anything too controversial from their point of view.

We had him twice during 2016. The first was the March 2016 fixture against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium. He had a large impact on the match, given that he dished out a red card against Liam Walsh just 16 minutes into the match. Although we've not got too many complaints about the Walsh dismissal - if you put a hand into a player's face, then you're not going to stay on the pitch - we felt the match official should have been more alert to what preceded it - James Dunne's pinch to the back of Walsh's neck should have got him cautioned, which given the same player got booked later on in the match, would have evened up the two teams. He wound up the home fans as well by booking Darnell Furlong for diving when they thought he'd given them a penalty, and in a game with six yellows and one red he was a bit too involved in the match.

We had him three times during the 2016-17 season. The first was for the December 2016 EFL Trophy Second Round match against Milton Keynes Dons. Given we got two penalties awarded in our favour, and the opposition had a man sent off, we're hardly likely to be harsh on him for this fixture! We thought that the second spot kick - award for a handball - was a little fortuitious but the first and the dismissal were of a nature where opposition fans would have reluctantly nodded in agreement. Milton Keynes believe they were denied an early penalty decision, whilst he chalked off one of their goals for offside - sometimes things do go your way! After that was the January 2017 match against Doncaster Rovers - a 0-3 defeat on home soil where the opposition were significantly superior on the day and match officials didn't have a lot to do with this fact. In April 2017, he oversaw a 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra that came close to ensuring our league survival. We didn't notice him, probably because we were enjoying the rarity of a three-goal victory.

He's only taken charge of five matches this season, with three of those coming in December, suggesting he's either had injury problems or has other business interests. He's clocked up 15 bookings and one red card, which is a reasonably average tally.

Mr Swabey will be assisted by Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Andrew Williams (Middlesex). The Fourth Official will be Mark Pottage (Dorset).

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

Link: December 2015 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2016 : Cambridge United 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 4 Milton Keynes Dons 1.

Link: January 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Doncaster Rovers 3.

Link: April 2017 : Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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22 December 2017 : Darren Way Hoping That Bristol City And Exeter City Experience Helps His Cause
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way is hoping that the experiences of two other former Glovers midfielders in their club management, will allow him more time to sort out the club's current problems. Currently in 21st in the League Two table, they go into the Christmas on a run of six League Two fixtures without a victory, and only one point off the pair of clubs inside the relegation zone, clearly meaning that the Christmas period is an important one for the club. Way has implied that his situation is similar to that which Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale and Bristol City manager Lee Johnson found themselves in during last season, and so hopes his second half of the 2017-18 campaign will see an improvement.

Tisdale's Exeter side, who Yeovil Town face at Huish Park tomorrow, started off slowly during the start of their 2016-17 season, and were in the relegation zone over the first couple of games. However, they slowly climbed the table, and finished the season in a play-off place, whilst their form during the 2017-18 campaign has been good enough to see them in an automatic promotion position going into the halfway stage of the season.

Way says that Exeter's decision to stick with Tisdale during last season, despite their disappointing start, eventually reaped rewards, and says that he has a lot of respect for both the Grecians boss and their club for the way they stood firm:

"Paul Tisdale is someone that I've got a lot of time for and a lot of respect for, with the amount of games and how long he's been in it. It's something that I want to emulate at this football club. You get time, you get backing from the Board, and it's taken time for Paul to get into a position, as to where he is at in his career now. I have to take my hat off to him for that. He was under a little bit of pressure when I spoke to him last year, from supporters and maybe directors. I think it's at those moments where the loyalty that he showed to the football club was repaid. It turned out to be the right decision."

Way also cites the experience of his former midfield team-mate Lee Johnson, whose club this week hit the headlines after a last gasp victory over Manchester United in the Quarter-Finals of the League Cup. With Bristol City also flying high in the Championship division, in third place, that's a vast improvement on City's 17th place finish last season, that saw them go on a poor run of form, and local media speculation that Johnson Jnr was about to be fired. That didn't happen, and Way again cited that as an example of a club that had kept faith in their manager for a long period of time:

"I think in football now you have to compliment that because you see the scene of events last night at (Bristol) City. We've all got a long term strategy and a vision, but it's whether you get time to be able to put that in place. Bristol City last night was a prime example where everyone at that football club, where with the decision-making and sticking together, they've reaped the rewards."

The Yeovil boss has also suggested that the standard in League Two has gone up a level since he became manager, saying that the loss of sides such as Dagenham and Redbridge and York City has seen the division culled of some of his weaker clubs. Because of that, he believes that it is harder for him to compete in that division and said that he was in regular discussion with the club's Board, over what finances would be available to him:

"It's unfortunate that at the level we're competing against, and the resources that we're working with, it's becoming harder and harder every year, because the level has gone up, and the resources have unfortunately gone down. I'm not pointing the finger at anyone; that's just the way that it is. Being realistic, I'm up against it every minute of every day, and so are my players. That takes time, and we all know the only way it is going to move forward is by having open discussions with the Board of Directors on how we can get finances into the football club, and that's what we are doing."


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21 December 2017 : Yeovil Town Consultants Publish Report To The Board
Yeovil Town's consutants Insight 63 Ltd have completed the production of their report designed to shape the future direction of the football club. A club statement confirms that Mark Palmer's report has been published and provided to the Board of Directors, but do not give any hint of what it might contain, except to say that the club will be considering its contents 'over the next few weeks'.

Mr Palmer states that from his point of view his recruitment by Chairman John Fry and club owner Norman Hayward was not to recommend the sale of the football club. At present, there are strong rumours that a local consortium has been holding talks with the club of some description, although the club's current position, stated earlier this month, is that those reports are 'categorically denied'.

The club describe the report as "outlining suggested strategic options to move the club forward". Palmer explains how he sees the situation from his point of view:

"I am pleased to report that my assessment has been concluded and duly reported to the Yeovil Town FC board. The recommendations are wide ranging across the whole club and I'm confident they will be an uplift to the club and supporters alike. However, I feel it is essential at this important stage of the season speculation does not run ahead of the practical process of implementing any recommendations the owners may wish to put in place; I would like to categorically state at this point in time I have not been asked to come in and recommend the sale of the club."

Of course, Palmer's own denial that he has been brought in to recommend the sale of the club need not rule that possibility out. The underlying reasons for his engagement may have been kept from him, to ensure a neutral outcome to his work. It would be almost surprising if part of his report did not consider the possibility of external investment, as one of his options presented to the Board.


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20 December 2017 : Quartet Given Scholarship Offers
Yeovil Town have offered scholarships to four of their Under-16s players, to enable them to move into the next stage of their development. Academy manager Paul Wilson has given the offers to the quartet, which would allow them to move into the club's Under-18s set-up and ultimately combine their football training with a two year BTEC programme, with Yeovil College generally being used for the educational side of things.

At present, strikers Devon Arnold and Archie Sturdy, midfielder/defender George Calverley and defender Declan Rose have been given the offers. Wilson states that a number of players have been told that they will be given a longer time to impress during the second half of the 2017-18 season, explaining to the club's website that the four offers were based on the club having already reached a firm conclusion:

"This is always an exciting and at the same time difficult period, with lads being offered deals and some not so. We have offered other players the chance to stay longer at the club in order to impress us, but these four boys have already impressed with their good level of performance and understanding."


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20 December 2017 : Darren Way Talks About The Anniversary Of His Road Traffic Accident
On Monday, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way paid a visit to the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance service, in Henstridge. They were the unit that flew him to Dorchester Hospital nine years ago when he was involved in a road traffic accident between Yeovil and the Cartgate Roundabout. Speaking to BBC Points West reporter Clinton Rogers, Darren gives his views on the service and his experience of what happened nine years ago. Read the interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC About His Visit To The Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance service.


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19 December 2017 : James Bailey Talks About The Mansfield Town Draw
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town midfielder James Bailey talked about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the Glovers club captain gives his views on his side's performance, and how he believes the club's current prospects will get better. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: James Bailey Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Mansfield Town.


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19 December 2017 : New Date For Grimsby Town League Match
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Grimsby Town now has a new date. The match was due to be played in early January but was postponed due to the club's involvement in the FA Cup Third Round against Bradford City on January 6th 2018.

The match against Russell Slade's Grimsby side will now take place on Tuesday 30th January 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.

If you've already bought a ticket for the original date but can't make it to the revised fixture, present your match ticket to the Ticket Office and they will exchange it for an alternative fixture, or issue a refund.


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18 December 2017 : Early Cut-Off For Advance Cheltenham Sales
Yeovil Town supporters planning to attend the Boxing Day League Two match against Cheltenham Town should note an earlier than usual cut-off point for advance ticket sales. With the Christmas holidays falling across a weekend, sales from the Huish Park Ticket Office will stop on Thursday 21st December at 12.00 noon. This is to allow all unsold tickets to be packaged up and sent back to Whaddon Road in advance of the matchday.

Any remaining Tickets will though be available on the day at Cheltenham. Note this will be cash only on the turnstile and subject to any tickets remaining.

Link: Huish Park Christmas And New Year Opening Hours.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bradford City.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers.


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18 December 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Mansfield Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Mansfield Town kicked off at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, he explains the absence of midfielder Connor Smith, the club's away form, and what he expected from the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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18 December 2017 : EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers
Tickets for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Third Round tie against Forest Green Rovers are now on sale. The match will take place on Tuesday 9th January 2018, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Tickets are flat priced across the ground as follows:

Adults: £12.00; Seniors and Young Adults: £6.00; Juniors: £2.00.

All stands will be open and Season Ticket Holders will have their usual space in the ground reserved until January 2nd.

Link: Huish Park Christmas And New Year Opening Hours.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bradford City.

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


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18 December 2017 : Sowunmi Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town defender Omar Sowunmi has been nominated into the Team of the Week. The former Ipswich Town centre-back has been included in the League Paper's eleven for the weekend, following his performance in the 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town that gained the club their first clean sheet on the road in ten months.

Omar is joined in the line-up by former Glovers goalkeeper Marek Stech, who has been a regular in the weekly slots - his side stayed top of the division with a 2-0 win at Forest Green Rovers.

The full line-up is as follows:

Marek Stech (Luton Town)
Neal Eardley (Lincoln City), Nathan Clarke (Grimsby Town), Omar Sowunmi (Yeovil Town), Danny Collins (Grimsby Town)
Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Barnet), Hiram Boateng (Exeter City), Sammie Szmodics (Colchester United), David Morrall (Port Vale)
Chris Dagnall (Crewe Alexandra), Adebayo Akinfenwa (Wycombe Wanderers)

Manager: Danny Cowley (Lincoln City)


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17 December 2017 : GWSC Travel For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Cheltenham Town. The match takes place at Whaddon Road on Tuesday 26th December (Boxing Day), with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Cheltenham Town : Tuesday 26th December 2017.
Huish Park: 10.30a.m.
Adult Members: £16.00; Member Concessions: £14.00
Adult Non-Members: £18.00; Non-Member Concessions: £16.00

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

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

Link: Huish Park Christmas And New Year Opening Hours.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bradford City.

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


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17 December 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Mansfield Town Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way poke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on his team's performance and some of the key incidents can be read via the link below.

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


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16 December 2017 : Video : Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights (Sort Of)
For those who want to watch match highlights of Yeovil Town's 0-0 draw with Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon, these are now online. The footage from Field Mill, provided by Sky Sports, lasts for merely 30 seconds but includes Yeovil's best two chances, with AFC Bournemouth duo Sam Surridge and Matt Worthington getting first half attempts, one of which hit the woodwork. There's also a second half effort of Mansfield that came inches from crossing the line.

Update: More lengthy two minute highlights from YouTube are posted below.

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




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16 December 2017 : Way Happy With Spirited Performance After Point Against Stags
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that he got a good spirit of performance today, when assessing his side's 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town at Field Mill. The Glovers managed only their fifth point on the road of the 2017-18 season when they managed to get a clean sheet against a Stags side currently in an upper mid-table position.

Way suggested that his side could have been a goal or two up at the break, with AFC Bournemouth loanee Sam Surridge getting the pick of the chances when his header came back off the woodwork. He praised his players for putting in a 'magnificent' performance:

"I think we kept it simple today. We wanted a spirited performance. I thought in the first half we created the best chances. I thought we were unlucky not to be 1-0 or 2-0 up. But to come away from home, I've been manager at Mansfield now on a number of occasions, I've played here as a player and I know how difficult it can be. You could see the emotions were quite high at one stage. There were one or two players going down, and the technical area is quite lively when you come to Mansfield. So it was everything that we expected today. The players held their nerve, and I appreciated the support from the supporters at the end there, because that's what they want to see. I thought the players were magnificent today, and they showed a real good spirited performance."

The result itself didn't do Yeovil too many favours, seeing them slip one more place in the table, and down to 21st, and just one point above a trio of clubs that are currently propping up the table. It also meant that Way's side have gained just two points from their last six matches, as they head to the halfway stage of the season. However, Way preferred to factor in the club's results in recent cup competitions, having gained victories in the EFL Trophy and FA Cup. He said that once scores in all competitions were factored in, he believed there was progress:

"We have lost two out of eight in all competitions and you can see the progression is there. I did not expect this season would be easy, as much as I want to be in a higher position the players have given everything. It is a great point for us. Mansfield have a budget that is probably double ours and this is a hard place to come. I am really pleased for the players. We know our away performances have got to be better. The hard work and the effort is there but we have to make sure that we keep growing and keep the group together."


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16 December 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, 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 Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.


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16 December 2017 : Mansfield 0 Yeovil 0 : First Away Clean Sheet For Ten Months Gained At Field Mill
Yeovil Town gained their first clean sheet on the road for ten months this afternoon, as the carved out a 0-0 draw against Mansfield Town. The Glovers poor away form this season meant that they had not achieved a shut-out since the February 2017 draw against Notts County at Meadow Lane, but they got a point in a match where Sam Surridge went the closest, with his first half header striking the woodwork. The Stags dominated the second half, but despite that pressure the visitors held firm to get a draw that leaves them in 21st place in the table.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their line-up. Connor Smith suffered a head injury in midweek and his concussion meant that he had to sit out the match with Matt Worthington coming into his place. On the bench, Sid Nelson took the spare place, putting him on the teamsheet for the first time in six matches.

Mansfield had a couple of early chances with Alex MacDonald having a shot deflected for a corner as Nathan Smith blocked his shot, with Artur Krysiak had to palm the ball out for a second corner. The same player shot wide from distance, before Yeovil began to get a foothold as Francois Zoko saw his attempt saved by Conrad Logan.

The Glovers had their best spell midway through the first half, with Otis Khan's cross creating the chance of the game as Sam Surridge connected with a header inside the box that came off the woodwork. They were also a bit unlucky not to see a Matt Worthington effort land in the back of the net, after his shot from outside the box took a deflection, almost deceiving Logan - the keeper did well to recover and parry the ball.

Alex MacDonald had another attempt saved by Krysiak when Malvind Benning set him up, whilst a flowing move from the Stags was completed by Benning shooting over the bar. There was a nervy moment when Omar Sowunmi let in a Stags player through a bit of bad ball control, but Krysiak anticipated the danger well by coming off his line. Yeovil were still well in the half, with Sam Surridge unfortunate to lose his footing as he shot, meaning that his attempt to lob Logan went over the bar and onto the roof of the net, in what was an even open 45 minutes.

Mansfield started the second half in a fired up state, and the game took a bit of needle, particularly when Krystian Pearce and Sam Surridge got involved in a spot of wrestling, leading to all outfield players getting involved in the aftermath, and both players getting bookings. That seemed to result in Stags players trying to target the AFC Bournemouth loanee, in an effort to sucker him into a second caution - thankfully he kept his cool and didn't bite.

This was a half that the Stags dominated, with only a Francois Zoko shot worrying their goalkeeper. In the main, Yeovil were having to defend heavily, particularly after Mansfield introduced Paul Anderson and Christopher Hamilton as substitutes. Alex MacDonald saw a free kick saved, and then found Hamilton in the box forcing Krysiak into a superb block. Tom James was also responsible for stopping a second Hamilton effort before it could reach the goalkeeper, but there were hearts in mouths when from a free kick Pearce headed the ball back across the face of the box, with Anderson inches away from connecting with a ball which from two yards out he surely would have scored. Thankfully that final touch wasn't there.

Mansfield didn't quite sustain their pressure in the closing stages, with Paul Anderson going the closest as Krysiak parried his header to his left. But despite referee Martin Coy perplexing a lot of people by giving the home team seven minutes worth of injury time to find a winner, it didn't happen, and the deeper the game got into that period, the more Yeovil were able to regain possession and run the clock down. Not a pretty game at all, but as it gives Yeovil only their fifth away point of the 2017-18 season, and that rarity of a clean sheet on the road, even dropping a place in the table won't hurt too much.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Mansfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Mansfield Town:
1 Conrad Logan
16 Hayden White 2 Rhys Bennett 5 Krystian Pearce 6 Zander Diamond 3 Malvind Benning
7 Alexander MacDonald 8 Jacob Mellis 11 Will Atkinson
32 Danny Rose 9 Lee Angol

Substitutes:
4 Paul Digby 10 Paul Anderson (60 mins for Lee Angol) 12 Robert Olejnik 15 James Spencer 17 Alfie Potter 22 Christopher Hamilton (66 mins for Rhys Bennett) 24 Callum Butcher (81 mins for Jacob Melis)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 15. Jordan Green (84 mins for Jake Gray) 24. Olufela Olomola (68 mins for Sam Surridge) 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Mansfield Town Bookings: Rhys Bennett (foul, 11 mins), Krystian Pearce (off the ball incident, 49 mins), Malvind Benning (foul, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Sam Surridge (off the ball incident, 48 mins)

Mansfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 8; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 3; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Martin Coy (County Durham). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Paul Thompson (Derbyshire). Fourth Official: James Bell (Sheffield).

Attendance: 3,032 (with 86 Yeovil Town supporters).


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16 December 2017 : Team News For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that took to the field against Port Vale on Tuesday night.

Midfielder Connor Smith suffered concussion during the Tuesday night match and so misses out today. His place in the side is taken by Matt Worthington.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle, out until January), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), and midfielder Connor Smith (concussion).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 4. Matt Worthington 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 15. Jordan Green 24. Olufela Olomola 25. Sid Nelson 30. Alefe Santos

Mansfield Town:
1 Conrad Logan
16 Hayden White 2 Rhys Bennett 5 Krystian Pearce 6 Zander Diamond 3 Malvind Benning
7 Alexander MacDonald 8 Jacob Mellis 11 Will Atkinson
32 Danny Rose 9 Lee Angol

Substitutes:
4 Paul Digby 10 Paul Anderson 12 Robert Olejnik 15 James Spencer 17 Alfie Potter 22 Christopher Hamilton 24 Callum Butcher


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16 December 2017 : December EFL Trophy Tie Sets Football League Era Low Crowd
Yeovil Town's recent EFL Trophy Second Round home tie against AFC Wimbledon at Huish Park set a new club record. The announced 881 attendance was the lowest crowd that have watched a competitive fixture on home turf since the club entered the Football League, beating the January 2017 attendance in the same competition against Reading Under-21s from last season.

The crowd was the lowest at Huish Park for a competitive match since the tail end of the 2000-01 season. That was an exceptionally unusual fixture - a Bob Lord Trophy Semi-Final tie against Kingstonian that had been postponed four times due to a waterlogged pitch and eventually ended up being played on April 30th 2001.

With the club having to play the fixture just 24 hours before a huge home match against Hereford United that would ultimately decide the club's title race that had involved Rushden and Diamonds, the club made clear in advance that they'd be fielding a Reserve/Youth side. As such the fifth attempt to stage the match against the K's saw just 285 turn up to watch a game that the club were implicitly throwing in the towel on. We lost 0-5 on the night, and most were therefore glad that they saved their pennies for the following night's Conference fixture.

With the exception of County Cup fixtures - which for the last 14.5 years have been classified as non-first team matches, there hadn't been another three digit crowd until Tuesday night. The chaotic scheduling of the Checkatrade competition will have been a factor in that, with the Glovers getting just a seven day turnaround on their final Group match against Plymouth Argyle, to persuade fans to attend the next round.

Whilst 2017-18 attendances at Huish Park have also dropped heavily in general, the profile of what was the Football League Trophy, and in particular its reincarnation as the Checkatrade Trophy, with Under-21 sides and a Group Stage format, has also been a significant factor. Five of the lowest six crowds since we've entered the Football League have come under the 'Checkatrade' sponsorship, whilst all bar one of the ten lowest Huish Park gates have come via the underlying competition. The ten lowest crowds for competitive fixtures in the Football League era are as follows:

05/12/2017 886 vs AFC Wimbledon (Checkatrade Trophy Second Round)
10/01/2017 1,081 vs Reading (Checkatrade Trophy Third Round)
28/11/2017 1,110 vs Plymouth Argyle (Checkatrade Trophy Group Stage)
01/09/2015 1,203 vs Barnet (LDV Vans Trophy 1st Round)
06/12/2016 1,308 vs Milton Keynes Dons (Checkatrade Trophy Second Round)
30/08/2016 1,534 vs Portsmouth (Checkatrade Trophy Group Stage)
12/12/2017 1,588 vs Port Vale (FA Cup Second Round Replay)
06/10/2015 1,605 vs Coventry City (LDV Vans Trophy 2nd Round)
04/09/2007 1,669 vs Shrewsbury Town (LDV Vans Trophy 1st Round)
04/12/2012 1,771 vs Wycombe Wanderers (LDV Vans Trophy)


To find the lowest crowd for a Yeovil Town competitive fixture during the Football League era that wasn't in the EFL Trophy, you merely have to go back to Tuesday night for the FA Cup Second Round Replay against Port Vale where just 1,588 showed up for that game. Prior to that moment, you have to go back to a one-off experiment during the 2012-13 season. The Football League decided to open that season with a League Cup First Round schedule, due to the London 2012 Olympics taking place that summer. It was the first time the season had commenced with a midweek game, and the first time it had been a cup match. As such, the vibe was very much of the home game against Colchester United on Tuesday 14th August 2012 as being a glorified pre-season friendly. A mere 1,907 turned up (with the 6,006 that followed on the Saturday opening fixture being far more impressive). The Football League haven't tried this experiment again.

Recent FA Cup matches have also been hit hard in terms of attendances. Aside from the Port Vale 1,588 gate, the two gates immediately above the Colchester League Cup match are both FA Cup First Round fixtures. Just 2,079 showed for last month's game against Southend United, whilst only 2,118 were there for the previous year's game against Solihull Moors. The lowest Football League attendance was set earlier this season, with 2,205 turning up to watch the Tuesday night September 2017 game against Morecambe.


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15 December 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Mansfield Town Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tim Shires, Darren talks about club takeover rumours, the Stags manager Steve Evans, the opposition and the January transfer window. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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15 December 2017 : Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Bradford City
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Third Round tie against Bradford City are now available. The match has been confirmed as taking place on Saturday 6th January 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. Tickets are on sale now with a flat rate across the ground as follows:

Adults: £15.00; Seniors: £12.00; Aged 16-21: £10.00; Under-16s: £5.00; Premium Seats: £18.00

Tickets will be available online shortly, and season ticket holders can log in to their MyTickets account from the ticketing page to claim their reserved ticket. This is an all-pay fixture but Season Ticket Holders can reserve their usual spot in the ground until 31st December.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

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


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15 December 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make the trip to Field Mill, as they play Mansfield Town in a League Two fixture. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to provide you with directions, pub guides, club statistics and history and other information about the game. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Mansfield Town.

Link: Officials For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

The North Stand
The North Stand at Field Mill.
Photo © 2003-16 Ciderspace



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15 December 2017 : Officials For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two fixture between Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 16th December 2017, at Field Mill, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Martin Coy (County Durham).

He is a brand new referee on the Football League circuit, having been promoted to this level in the summer of 2017. Mr Coy began refereeing in 2002, starting in the Durham Sunday League before working his way upwards. He was promoted to the latest level at the age of 33, after four seasons looking after the National League main division. His finale at that level was to take charge of a 2016-17 National League play-off match between Forest Green Rovers and Dagenham and Redbridge at the New Lawn.

So far, he's only taken charge of one Yeovil Town match - the August 2017 League Two home match against Coventry City. We won the match 2-0 and so were fairly happy, although we felt that he could have been a bit stronger in dealing with some of the efforts of Sky Blues players to try to interfere with his officiating - it looked like they were trying to take advantage of his inexperience. Their manager Mark Robins was less impressed after the game claiming that his team had been denied two blatant penalties:

"I'm disappointed and I'm also annoyed at the fact that we've had two - certainly one - unbelievably blatant penalties not given. Their second goal was a handball right in front of the dugout. Their player moved it forward with his arm and it wasn't deemed to be a handball, so I'm aggrieved at that. It was laughable but there were lots of decisions that weren't great. It sounds like sour grapes. I don't want to stand here and talk about decisions but it does have a bearing on things."

So far this season, he's taken charge of 17 matches, giving out three red cards, and just 30 yellow cards - at under two bookings a game, this definitely points to someone who is not from the school of Trevor Kettle.

Mr Coy will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Paul Thompson (Derbyshire). The Fourth Official will be James Bell (Sheffield).

Link: August 2017 : Yeovil Town 2 Coventry City 0.


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15 December 2017 : Darren Way Hoping That A West Country Move For Walsh Increases His Loan Chances
Yeovil Town's chances of getting Everton midfielder Liam Walsh back to Huish Park for a second loan spell would increase if he was sold to Bristol City, according to Glovers boss Darren Way. Tabloid rumours this week have linked Lee Johnson's side with a million pound move to Ashton Gate, once the January transfer window opens, and unusually Way appears to almost confirm that City are trying to do a deal.

The 20 year old has already had a highly successful 2015-16 loan spell with the Glovers, but Way was frustrated in his attempts to get him to return during the 2016-17 season, after Everton decided to keep him at Finch Farm to help him develop in their Under-23s side. Walsh was then put out on loan to Championship side Birmingham City in an effort to push him up the ladder, but with Harry Redknapp leaving St Andrews, that hasn't worked out, meaning that Walsh is currently back in Merseyside training with his parent club.

Way suggests that if Bristol City do purchase Walsh, that he has already had words with Lee Johnson, in an attempt to persuade him to loan him to Yeovil Town, as soon as the paperwork completes. However, he acknowledges that Walsh could easily end up in their first team. Way explained the situation:

"I spoke to Lee, and I said that if you buy him for a million, then you can loan him to us. So hopefully, fingers crossed, he trusts me. But I would be disappointed if Lee bought him, and he didn't loan him to us. Having said that, if he played for Bristol City, I would probably guarantee he could handle that environment."

Of course, clubs that spend a million pounds on a player, usually want to see him on their training ground first, in order to assess his level of development. Hence it would be a surprise if Johnson Jnr made an immediate decision to push Walsh out on loan. And ultimately it depends on how advanced such a deal is in the first place.


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14 December 2017 : Way Believes Club Would Sell To The Right Person At The Right Price
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is staying focussed upon his own role at the club, despite reports this week of the Glovers being in talks with a locally-based consortium. Whilst a club statement on Monday 'categorically denied' that there was any truth in those claims, there has been a growing belief throughout this season that a group that includes a number of Glovers supporters has been holding talks to try to persuade current owner Norman Hayward and Chairman John Fry to give up the reins.

Way stopped short of saying whether he thought such a consortium existed or not, but believed that if any prospective owners did come knocking on the door, that the current owner would be willing to sell. However, he claimed that any incoming owner would need a 'wealth of money' to be able to buy the club and operate it. He said that he was not thinking too hard about the situation at present:

"No, I think that if anyone comes along with loads of money, you're going to sell it to the right person. In football, that doesn't change. The conversations that I've had with the Chairman and the Owner have been good conversations. I don't let that affect me. I think you've got to have a wealth of money now to run a football club, with the figures that I'm looking at, and how difficult it is to be a Chairman."

Way said that such off-the-field debate was always guaranteed to exist at a football club, no matter what level they played at. He also claimed that 'unrest' was there at Huish Park, even whilst the club were in the Championship. He said that he would just concentrate upon keeping the players happy, and praised the Directors for getting the club into second tier football:

"Let's be honest, with the work the Directors have done, certainly in the years that I've been here, they've been on an incredible journey to the Championship. There's always a little bit of unrest. When we were in the Championship, we had supporters moaning about a pie and a pasty, and we only averaged five-and-a-half thousand, and that's one league away from the Premier League. So there's always going to be a topic of conversation, no matter which football club you are at. All you can do as a manager is be focussed, and make sure that when things aren't going too well, that you show leadership skills and come up with a plan to make sure the players are enjoying working in the environment that they're working in."

With respect to Way's comments about their attendances during the 2013-14 season in the Championship, Yeovil Town crowds averaged 6,616 that season, with a high of 9,108 - the highest set of crowd figures in the club's history. This season's crowds are currently averaging 2,687 with a high of 3,754 - the club's lowest statistics since the 1999-2000 season.


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14 December 2017 : Huish Park Christmas And New Year Opening Hours
Yeovil Town have agreed their Christmas and New Year opening hours for the Ticket Office and Club Shop. With a mixture of public holidays and matchdays, once they reach this stage, you should use the list below for guidance. The Ticket Office will be open at the following times:

Monday 18th December : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Tuesday 19th December : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Wednesday 20th December : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Thursday 21st December : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Friday 22nd December : 9.00a.m. - 5.00p.m.
Saturday 23rd December : 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. and short time after the game (Exeter City, home)
Christmas Eve : CLOSED
Christmas Day : CLOSED
Boxing Day : CLOSED
Wednesday 27th December : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Thursday 28th December : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Friday 29th December : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Saturday 30th December : CLOSED
New Year's Eve : CLOSED
New Year's Day : 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. (Crawley Town, Home)

With respect to the above hours, the Club Shop standard hours are 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m. hence shorten the above hours, if the ticket office is staying open longer than this.

NOTE: due to the Christmas holiday period, the last day for advance sales for the Boxing Day trip to Cheltenham Town will be Friday 22nd December.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

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


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14 December 2017 : Glovers Linked With Goss Loan Move Again
Yeovil Town are being linked again with a move for Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sean Goss. The former Exeter City and Manchester United youth product is named by the Daily Star as a loan target for the Glovers, four months after they tried and failed to bring him in over the summer.

The Star claims that Yeovil are 'keen to take him on loan' once the January window opens again. It was never made clear why the move for Goss broke down, although the suspicion was that with him having only moved to Loftus Road in January 2017 for a £500,000 fee that he would have had higher expectations than dropping almost immediately down to League Two.

Since then, Goss has failed to get a single minute of first team football, despite Ian Holloway being the man who brought him down to London shortly after he was installed as manager. Goss has been interviewed recently by the West London press, and although he did not discuss any firm interest concerning loan deals, he did say that once he got into January that he would be weighing up his options:

"It's a frustrating time for me at the minute with not many minutes being played, but I'm working really hard to get back in the squad and back on the bench so If I keep going I'll hopefully be back in the team soon. I haven't changed what I'm doing. We've got a few new lads in, new faces which is always good for competition but I'll still be working hard on the field every day, I won't let it get to me, I just have to be patient and I'll hopefully get a chance soon. We'll look at that when it comes to it. There's still a lot of games between now and January, a lot can change so it's not really something I'll look at until the time's here. I'm just keeping my options open. I'm hoping to break into the team, and I think that's a long time to look ahead in football, you've just got to look ahead to the next game and try to get in there."


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13 December 2017 : GWSC Travel For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Mansfield Town. The match takes place at Field Mill on Saturday 16th December, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Mansfield Town : Saturday 16th December 2017.
Huish Park: 8.15a.m.
Adult Members: £29.00; Member Concessions: £27.00
Adult Non-Members: £31.00; Non-Member Concessions: £29.00

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

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


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13 December 2017 : Liam Walsh Linked With Million Pound Move Away From Everton
Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Walsh is being linked with a move back to the West Country. Unfortunately for us, it's not a return to Huish Park, but instead a move to Bristol City that is being claimed, with Lee Johnson's side currently a surprise package in the Championship play-off slots leading into the New Year. The 20 year old Everton midfielder is currently back with the Toffees Under-23 side at Finch Farm awaiting instructions of where his next move might be.

Walsh had a rather unproductive spell with Birmingham City earlier in the season, and by a Football League technicality will remain on loan at St Andrews until January 1st, but in practice had his spell ended by Steve Cotterill with him not having played for the Blues since Harry Redknapp was fired, meaning that he only made three appearances for them. Cotterill explained why he sent him back:

"He wasn't going to be ahead of the players already in there (central midfield). We'd had a chat after the first week or two and I'd said just give me a little bit of time to look at it. And then when I think he wasn't going to get a game there were probably a few more conversations on whether he should go back or not. He couldn't go back (as a first-team player) until the window, but he'd prefer to go back and play with the 23s for Everton, rather than play in our 23s. I've got nothing but good things to say about him. He's a great kid who had a lovely smile on his face every day he came in. He can go back but he will still be available for us if all of a sudden we're at a stage where we needed somebody to play. There was no animosity either way, but I didn't see him getting in ahead of what we had, so it was a clean decision."

Today, The Sun newspaper (this may be where the story breaks down!) claims that Walsh is set to sign for Bristol City once the January window opens with a fee of £1.0 million agreed between the two clubs and boss Lee Johnson having been given authorisation to spend money for him. Of course, we are about to enter the silly season, and the article, which has now been picked up by the Bristol Evening Post carries no sources and no quotes to back up that claim. However, quite clearly Johnson Jnr will have been aware of Walsh's impact for Yeovil Town during the 2015-16 season.


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13 December 2017 : Ladies Retain Top Flight Status After FA Give Green Light
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are delighted to announce that the FA have accepted their application to become a Tier 1 club. Following considerable hard work from all departments, an application was submitted that allowed Yeovil Town Ladies FC to fulfil the FA's criteria for Tier 1 status.

The criteria meant that the club had to put plans into place, that were expected to take 2-3 years, in 2 months. The club are delighted to have achieved this status but the hard work continues now as the club put this plan into action and are calling on your support in maintaining this status.

The club would like to extend their gratitude to all current partners: business, education, charity and others, for their support in this application and we look forward to growing this community further in the coming months and years.

Finally, a special mention must go to the YTLFC faithful. The club’s mantra, Achieve By Unity, has really been put into practice this season and this will form the foundation for the club's future.

More details will follow about initiatives and plans that are incorporated into the application in due course.

[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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13 December 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Port Vale FA Cup Replay
Following Tuesday night's 3-2 extra time victory over Port Vale at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's views on the match can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Port Vale FA Cup Replay.


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13 December 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Port Vale FA Cup Replay Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights from Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Port Vale these are now available online. The two-and-a-half minutes worth of footage includes all five goals, the penalty decision that led to Yeovil's opener from Otis Khan, along with the two red cards issued to Valiants players. Watch via the BBC Sport website (UK-based ISPs only) below.

Link: BBC Sport : Yeovil Town vs Port Vale FA Cup Replay Highlights.


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13 December 2017 : Darren Way Views Dramatic Port Vale Win As The Magic Of The FA Cup
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way suggested that Tuesday night's 3-2 victory over Port Vale was all part of the magic of the FA Cup. The Glovers managed to triumph in extra time during the Second Round Replay, to set up a Third Round match against Bradford City, but made hard work of it, after they were twice pegged back by a Valiants side that had been playing with nine men from the 54th minute, whilst they were a goal down.

Twice the visitors managed to get themselves back into the match, despite an Otis Khan brace putting the Glovers ahead on two occasions. It needed a 109th minute Francois Zoko winner to finally kill off the tie, with Port Vale ultimately having played 66 minutes of the match with two men short. Way recalled a March 2014 Championship match against Reading where Yeovil Town had clung on with eight men at the Madejski Stadium as an example of how teams can frustrate the opposition. However, he admitted his team did make hard work of the tie:

"I think that's the magic of the FA Cup. I think not even Paul Daniels could have made that up. It was entertaining. I thought the supporters got their money worth tonight, that's for sure. Obviously we made hard work of it, but I remember being in that situation when we were at Reading away, where I think we had eight players in the Championship, and we held on. To get through to the next round is very important for the football club financially. I think that's probably the fourth time or fifth time we've got to that round in the years since I've been here. So it's a great achievement for the players, and I want to make sure that the respect is shown for the effort that they put in for me as a manager. Yes, we did make hard work of it, but it's important that we're through to the next round."

One of the under-currents of the tie was Port Vale's discipline, with them losing Cristian Montano to a professional foul on 45 minutes that allowed Otis Khan to convert from the penalty spot, following a foul on Tom James. Then Vale full-back James Gibbons found Huish Park not to his liking as he was red-carded for the second time this season against the Glovers, for a foul on Ryan Dickson 54 minutes into the match. Way suggested that this was part of the opposition's plans to play a physical game against his team to try to upset them:

"I think there's a lot of opposition now, that think they can be physical because of what teams have done to us, in being such a young team. That's what you noticed there. There were two elements to the game today. Firstly they tried to be physical, secondly they got men behind the ball, which was difficult to break down. I watched them against Cambridge on Saturday, and I thought they were excellent. He's got them disciplined, and it was difficult to break down. You could see that. He's got an experienced group with some of those players. It was just a magical moment for us to get through to the next round of the FA Cup."


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13 December 2017 : FA Cup Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
If you watched Tuesday night's 3-2 win against Port Vale 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 Port Vale.


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12 December 2017 : Grimsby Town League Match Postponed
Yeovil Town's League Two home match against Grimsby Town will need a new date. Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round replay victory over Port Vale means that on the weekend of January 6th 2018, the Glovers will be playing host to League One side Bradford City at the Third Round stage.

With FA competitions taking priority, the Grimsby Town match will be postponed and will be rearranged, with a midweek date almost inevitable, during January or February. Once a firm date is known, we'll post a news item and update the fixture list.


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12 December 2017 : Yeovil 3 Vale 2 : Nine Men Valiants Take Glovers The Distance In See-Saw Cup Tie
Yeovil Town worked their way into the Third Round of the FA Cup on Tuesday night, but needed extra time against a Port Vale side reduced to nine men to do it. Their 3-2 win disguised what happened during the match, with the visitors reduced to nine men in separate incidents. Otis Khan's penalty put the Glovers up just before half time but also saw Cristian Montano dismissed for a professional foul. James Gibbons was also dismissed in the second period leaving the Valiants two men short with just 54 minutes played. Despite that, they dragged the game into extra time when Marcus Myers-Harness scored, and despite Khan getting his second, Antony Kay equalised again. It took Francois Zoko to finish the tie off, 109 minutes in, to book a Third Round home tie with Bradford City in January.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up from the team selected during Saturday's home match against Lincoln City. Ryan Dickson had recovered from a neck injury, meaning that Bevis Mugabi dropped out of the side, and Tom James swapped flanks. In midfield Connor Smith replaced the injured Oscar Gobern, whilst on the right-flank Jake Gray came in for Jordan Green. Up front Sam Surridge replaced Olufela Olomola. The visitors' line-up included former Glovers loanee Ben Whitfield.

The home side started brightly with Jake Gray being set up by Otis Khan, only to get closed down a bit before his shot went wide of the target. Francois Zoko really should have found the net after he was fed the ball on the break. He managed to shrug off Port Vale's Nathan Smith, only to see his shot go just wide of the far post.

Port Vale's strength in both games this season has been their crossing from wide positions. Whilst they took their time in getting into the swing of that, once they did Yeovil seemed to be on the back foot, with Vale's Nathan Smith sending a header over the bar from close range, before Tom Pope's back post header went wide from a Cristian Montano cross. Pope then saw a header from a Gavin Gunning cross saved by Artur Krysiak.

There was a significant delay after Connor Smith collided nastily with Omar Sowunmi, apparently being knocked out on the pitch. He managed to eventually leave the field under his own steam but was replaced by Matt Worthington. Whilst that was a clear disruption to Yeovil's line-up, it seemed to also disrupt Port Vale's rhythm. The Glovers were the team that ended the half more strongly, and that advantage was capitalised upon when Tom James was fouled inside the box by Cristian Montano. Referee Gavin Ward produced a straight red for a professional foul, and Otis Khan fired the spot kick home for a 1-0 lead at the break.

If being a man up for the whole of the second half should have given Yeovil the upper hand, they were seemingly firmly in the driving seat eight minutes into the half when James Gibbons fouled Ryan Dickson. Gibbons had already been sent off at Huish Park earlier in the season, and he didn't last the distance again, with referee Gavin Ward pulling out another red, leaving Tom Pope angrily remonstrating with the referee - another booking - and Port Vale's players trying to accuse Dickson of having made too much of the foul.

Port Vale made a double substitution, surprisingly withdrawing Tom Pope and Ben Whitfield, but perhaps mindful that both were on bookings following a fairly ugly five minutes where things looked like boiling over again. That also allowed the visitors to change their shape to adapt to their problems. They began a containing job, keeping men solidly behind the ball, whilst Yeovil became guilty of treating the game like a training ground match, slowing down the tempo and only occasionally providing the sort of cutting edge that would have finished the tie off.

With Tom James, Sam Surridge and Otis Khan all having great opportunities to put the game out of sight, they were made to pay for that lax approach to playing against the nine men, when with seven minutes to go, Marcus Harness fired home an equalising goal from the edge of the box for 1-1. Incredibly, Yeovil could have at this stage thrown the game away entirely as substitutes Tyrone Barnett and Tyler Denton had late attempts on goal, whilst Antony Kay tried his luck from distance. At the other end, headers from Tom James and Jordan Green could have stopped it going to extra time, but Yeovil were disjointed and complacent at times.

Five minutes into the extra time period, Otis Khan restored Yeovil Town's lead as he shot from the edge of the box, producing a superb strike that clipped off the inside of the post for a 2-1 lead. The Glovers thought they had a further goal when Olufela Olomola got the ball in the net from Khan's cross, only to find a linesman's flag chalk it off.

Somehow, Yeovil contrived to throw the lead away a second time. At a point in the match where Vale's nine men should have been out on their feet, Antony Kay got himself space 25 yards out and fired home a well taken goal, running to the away section, and taking off his shirt to celebrate what he thought would be the 108th minutes goal to take the game to penalties.

Not so fast, Antony. Barely seconds after he'd picked up a yellow card for excessive celebration, he got excessive disappointment, as straight from kick-off Yeovil got themselves back in front. Tom James produced a cross into the box and Francois Zoko netted from close range for a 109th minute goal that would ultimately win the tie. It should probably never have got that far down the line, with Port Vale disadvantaged for 66 minutes worth of the match by two men, but that is what tends to happen in the FA Cup. For now Yeovil sneak a place in the Third Round that they tried twice to throw away - with Bradford City the visitors in January.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Port Vale 2 (After Extra Time).

Scorers: Otis Khan (1-0, 45 mins, pen), Marcus Myers-Harness (1-1, 83 mins), Otis Khan (2-1, 95 mins), Antony Kay (2-2, 108 mins), Francois Zoko (3-2, 109 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Matt Worthington (27 mins for Connor Smith) 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 15. Jordan Green (77 mins for Jake Gray) 24. Olufela Olomola (69 mins for Sam Surridge) 30. Alefe Santos (115 mins for Otis Khan)

Port Vale:
23 Ryan Boot
21 James Gibbons 24 Nathan Smith 4 Tom Anderson 33 Gavin Gunning
6 Antony Kay
10 David Worrall 31 Ben Whitfield 32 Michael Tonge 11 Cristian Montaño
9 Tom Pope

Substitutes:
1 Robert Lainton 3 Tyler Denton (61 mins for Ben Whitfield) 7 Marcus Myers-Harness (69 mins for David Worrall) 8 Danny Pugh 14 Tyrone Barnett (61 mins for Tom Pope) 18 William Reeves (93 mins for Michael Tonge) 19 Dan Turner

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Port Vale Bookings: Tom Pope (dissent, 54 mins), Ben Whitfield (dissent, 58 mins), Antony Kay (excessive celebration, 108 mins). Red Card: Cristian Montano (professional foul, 45 mins), James Gibbons (serious foul play, 54 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 24; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 11; Fouls: 9.

Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Gavin Ward (Surrey). Assistants: Michael Webb (Surrey) and Mark Derrien (Dorset). Fourth Official: Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Attendance: 1,588 (with 119 Port Vale supporters).


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12 December 2017 : FA Cup Team News For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Port Vale at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name four changes compared to the team that took to the field against Lincoln City on Saturday.

Left-back Ryan Dickson is back after his neck injury and replaces Bevis Mugabi, with Tom James swapping over to the other flank. Midfielder Oscar Gobern picked up a hamstring injury five minutes into Saturday's match, and his place in the side is taken by Connor Smith. Out on the right flank Jordan Green drops out and is replaced by Jake Gray.

Millwall loanee Sid Nelson has completed his three game suspension but is left out of the squad for the fifth game running, despite being eligible for two of those.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle, out until January), Oscar Gobern (hamstring), and defender Sid Nelson (not selected).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
10. Jake Gray 8. Connor Smith 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Matt Worthington 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 15. Jordan Green 24. Olufela Olomola 30. Alefe Santos

Port Vale:
23 Ryan Boot
21 James Gibbons 24 Nathan Smith 4 Tom Anderson 33 Gavin Gunning
6 Antony Kay
10 David Worrall 31 Ben Whitfield 32 Michael Tonge 11 Cristian Montaño
9 Tom Pope

Substitutes:
1 Robert Lainton 3 Tyler Denton 7 Marcus Myers-Harness 8 Danny Pugh 14 Tyrone Barnett 18 William Reeves 19 Dan Turner


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12 December 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Lincoln City Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Lincoln City kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on Oscar Gobern's first league start and the decision to use Jordan Green as a winger, along with the absence of Sam Surridge is discussed via the link below.

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


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12 December 2017 : Additional Substitute Allowed For Tonight's Replay
Yeovil Town could experience a new situation tonight, as part of their FA Cup Second Round Replay against Port Vale. A rule change has been made by the Football Association for this season that allows an additional substitution to be made during the match.

The change was authorised by the International Football Association Board (IFAB) and allows teams to make a fourth substitution during the extra time period of any Replays in the FA Cup from the First Round onwards. Clubs are limited to the current maximum of three substitutes during normal time. If a Replay moves into the extra time period, then clubs can use the one additional substitute.

Tonight's match will be played to a conclusion, with extra time and a penalty shoot-out being used to decide the tie, if the scores are level after 90 minutes. The winners of the tie will collect £27,000 from the FA Cup Prize Fund, with a home tie against Bradford City due to be played in early January 2018.

Link: FA Cup Replay Officials For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale.

Link: FA Cup Tickets For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale Now On Sale.

Link: FA Cup Third Round Full Draw.


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12 December 2017 : FA Cup Replay Officials For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale
Officials for the FA Cup Second Round Replay between Yeovil Town and Port Vale have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 12th December 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Gavin Ward (Surrey).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We were due to have Mr Ward in November 2017 for the League Two home match against Swindon Town. However, at ultra-late notice, he was replaced. Given he had roughly a three week absence from refereeing during that period it's probably safe to say he picked up a minor injury.

Mr Ward will be assisted by Michael Webb (Surrey) and Mark Derrien (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Brett Huxtable (Devon).

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

Link: November 2016 : Stevenage 2 Yeovil Town 2.

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

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Barnsley 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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11 December 2017 : Yeovil Town 'Categorically Deny' Takeover Reports That Are 'Without Substance'
Yeovil Town have 'categorically denied' reports that a takeover of the club is being prepared. The club have claimed in a statement that yesterday's claims that a local consortium was in talks with the club were 'without substance'. Yesterday, local reporter Chris Spittles stated that Chairman John Fry had told fans that he was willing to sell the club but the club have stated that the presence of Insight 63 is not part of a move to package the club for sale.

The club's full statement reads as follows:

"Yeovil Town Football Club is aware of rumours circulating regarding a proposed takeover led by a consortium of local business people. The club can confirm these reports are without substance. Chairman John Fry and YTFC would like to take the opportunity to inform the club’s fanbase that the reports are without substance.

As previously relayed, the club is looking to build for the future and recently engaged Insight 63 Ltd – led by Mark Palmer. Insight 63 are aiding and advising with regard to the club’s long-term future, but the sale of the club is not currently part of Insight’s remit or the intentions of YTFC's majority shareholders.

Whilst rumours regarding an imminent takeover can be categorically denied, YTFC would also like to take the opportunity to inform supporters that there will be communications in the coming weeks as a result of Insight 63's report, which has not yet been completed. Yeovil Town's owners, the Board of Directors and all at YTFC remain committed to improving the club's standing both on and off the field and will continue to openly inform supporters of developments, once they are a matter of fact and not speculation."


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11 December 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Standing At The Crossroads
Last night, rumours went public about a possible takeover bid at Yeovil Town, with suggestions that Chairman John Fry was ready to pass the baton on. The latest Taff's Gloversblog takes a look at a timeline that runs from May 2013 when the club won promotion to the Championship, and some of the warnings that were given, but not adhered to, about the direction of the club. It also considers what the club's problems are to have left itself seemingly struggling to stay in the Football League today. Read that blog via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the bottom of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Standing At The Crossroads.


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10 December 2017 : Club Takeover Rumours Go Public With John Fry 'Ready To Sell Up'
One of Yeovil Town's regular reporters believes the football club could be up for sale in the near future. Chris Spittles, who most fans would know as the lead commentator on BBC Somerset's live coverage of the Glovers, as well as conducting the vast majority of the matchday interviews, believes that Chairman John Fry is ready to sell up, with a local consortium believed to be in talks with the club.

With Yeovil Town having slipped down to 20th place in the League Two table, and only above the relegation line by virtual of their goal difference, much of the theme of this weekend has been concern from supporters that they are heading for their third consecutive relegation battle in League Two, and their fifth season in a row near the foot of a divisional table, once the club's years in the Championship and League One are tagged onto that. Whilst few fans begrudged the 2013-14 relegation, the collapse of the club's profile and it's attendances has been rapid.

BT Sport, TalkSport and Channel 5 reporter and pundit Adam Virgo has been a recent critic of the way the Glovers are being run, and this weekend raised his concerns on Twitter that the club could be heading for the National League, if their current form on the field of play is not arrested. Chris Spittles responded, largely agreeing with Virgo's views, but adding his belief that new investment was needed - something that he believes is on the cards. A merge of Chris's tweets read as follows:

"Hard to disagree with Adam Virgo. At the moment Yeovil Town are heading for the National League. Change is needed but a takeover may not be too far away. John Fry has indicated that he is ready to sell up and a consortium of local businessmen has started talks about taking over. Low profile at the moment but hoping for a resolution by early January. Would provide much-needed investment for Yeovil Town. John Fry has run Yeovil Town for more than 20 years but the time is right for a change. New investment, energy and ideas needed now to stop club sliding any further. I understand that the consortium hoping to take over is made up of Yeovil Town supporters and 'football people' i.e not chancers hoping to make a quick buck out of the club. No takeover was ever going to be concluded quickly given the complex issues surrounding club and ground ownership but I understand talks are progressing."

The broad theme of what is described has been on the rumourmill over the last month or two, although without firm concrete information. The appointment of Insight 63 Ltd, and their main representative Mark Palmer led to the question of whether Yeovil Town was being prepared for sale, with his report likely to contain valuation information, along with recommendations on the future direction of the club. However, it's worth noting that in a recent interview Palmer denied being given a firm instruction of that nature - even if he stated that 'new investment' might be one of his recommendations.

The same interview with Mr Palmer also allowed BBC Somerset a chance to highlight another concern amongst fans and the local media, in that Chairman John Fry's public profile has radically dropped since the start of the 2016-17 season, with the BBC stating that they had been unable to interview him for 15 months. This has led to the question of whether Mr Fry has been intending to phase out his time at the club, with others, such as Mr Palmer, and new Supporters Director David Mills tending to act as the club's mouthpiece in recent months.

Of course, it is worth noting that the main person that would need to be convinced to sell the club is Norman Hayward. Whilst John Fry has been the public front man for the club for the last 22 years, he has largely worked with investors such as Jon Goddard-Watts or more recently Mr Hayward. Although the shareholding in the Huish Park Stadium Partnership holding company is split evenly between the pair, it has been widely assumed that Mr Hayward is the actual money man in practice, with club personnel often referring to the 'club owner' as a single person, rather than as a pairing.

Any prospective bidder for the club would need to unravel the complex set of companies and land ownership issues that have been built up by the football club over the last ten years. What had been a single company, owning all 26 acres at Huish Park, either under a freehold agreement or a leasehold agreement, has more recently been carved up with some assets now held by a parent company in Yeovil Town Holdings, with that company in turn owned by the Huish Park Stadium Partnership, as a 92 percent shareholding.

On top of that, last year the Glovers Trust were able to obtain information concerning loans made by Norman Hayward of just under half a million pounds, with a high proportion of that secured against the stadium land, and with a new covenant having been placed against stadium land, preventing any development without Mr Hayward's agreement. Any interested party would need to deal with those debts and free up control of the land, which may require plenty of negotiation.

With Hayward now 78 years old, and Fry now 76 years old, there have been questions as to how long they can feasibly keep control of the football club, and ensure that it does not fall back into non-league football. With Mr Fry having implicitly taken back the Chief Executive role, upon the departure of Martyn Starnes to Plymouth Argyle in 2013, he has been operating in a dual role, and it has been inevitable that their age and mortality would put the club at risk. It may be better for them to provide a succession plan now, rather than create a scenario where the club has to do it in a position of peril.

At present all of this is pure conjecture and rumour, and of course Mr Hayward can refuse to sell, or any interested consortium could decide not to buy. However, it would seem that with the club in such a precarious position at present, anyone with the club's interests at heart would hope it turns into something positive.


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10 December 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Lincoln City Home Match
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the match, his team's performance and is also asked some questions about his future as first team manager. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Lincoln City Home Match.


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10 December 2017 : Darren Way Admits Glovers Lacked Commitment Once Lincoln Opened Scoring
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side lacked commitment during the second half of yesterday's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City. Whilst the Glovers boss was content with his side's first half performance, he admitted that his team didn't come up to scratch once Matt Green had given the Imps a 50th minute lead. From that moment onwards, the Glovers failed to have a single shot of any kind, and rightly lost the game as a consequence.

This is not the first time that Way has criticised his side for their response to falling behind, with him having said after the November match at Carlisle United's Brunton Park ground that he was disappointed with the players' reaction to the Cumbrians opening goal. On this occasion, he rued his side's missed opportunity, with Olufela Olomola having been put through in a one-v-one just before Green's goal. He felt that fear set into his side's play after that:

"I think we were quite happy with the first half, but yes quite clearly we are very disappointed with the second half. It seems to be like a pattern with the margin of error. We go one-v-one with the keeper, and we just miss that opportunity. I thought it was a great goalscoring chance to put us 1-0 up. Within two minutes they countered down the other end, and it was a great finish from their lad (Matt Green). I think that with having a young squad, I've seen too many occasions where there was a little bit of fear that set in. Players weren't confident, and they weren't finding their right pass at the right time."

With boos at the end of the match, Way acknowledged supporters frustrations. The Glovers boss made his final two substitutions following the goal with Sam Surridge and Connor Smith brought on to try to change matters. But that didn't really alter the pattern of the game, and Way admitted that the problem was not down to just the players he decided to replace:

"I think we could have been out there for a long time, and no matter what I changed - it wasn't just one player; it was as a team. I didn't really see any commitment, and the supporters don't want to see that. They want to see players wanting the ball, even if it's not the right pass at the right time. They want to see more energy and they want to see more commitment. So I understand their frustration. But it's a work in progress for me. When you go 1-0 down, there's a little bit of disappointment. The noise is a little bit different, and that's when you expect the personality and character to stand up and show a real good commitment and confidence to get the game back. We didn't do that."

Darren Way also disclosed after the match that Oscar Gobern's problem is a hamstring injury, rather than the knee problem he was thought to have when he went down during the fifth minute of the match. At present there is no indication of how serious a problem it is, but it would seem almost inevitable that he will not play in Tuesday night's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Port Vale.


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10 December 2017 : Match Postponed : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Reading FC Women
Yeovil Town Ladies have had their match with Reading FC Women called off. The match had been switched from Huish Park to Weston-Super-Mare's Woodspring Stadium at late notice. Unfortunately, Weston's pitch is waterlogged and the match was called off at 8.21a.m. this morning.

The match will be arranged for a future date in due course.


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9 December 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City, these are now available online. There's only a minute's worth, but that's probably as much as you want to see - view the goals from Matt Green and Matt Rhead, along with an earlier header from Bevis Mugabi whilst the scores were level, via the Sky Sports website below.

Update: More lengthy two minute highlights are now on YouTube via the clip below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City Match Highlights.




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9 December 2017 : Gyebi Scores On Debut For Dolphins
Yeovil Town Academy defender Jeremiah Gyebi got himself on the scoresheet on his debut this afternoon. The 19 year old needed just seven minutes to make an impact, and impress Poole Town supporters, as he started his one month loan spell with the Dolphins today. In a National League Souyth match played at their Tatnam Ground, Poole won 3-1, with Gyebi getting their third.

The centre-back's 87th minute goal was all the more impressive because he had been named as a substitute for his first match against Weston-super-Mare and had only been on the pitch for seven minutes when he put Poole 3-0 up, with earlier goals from Steve Devlin and Warren Bentley. Gyebi replaced Bentley in the 80th minute, and helped seal all three points for his side, with Gethin Hill's injury time goal merely a consolation for the visitors.

Poole finished the day in 20th position in the National League South table, but now have four clubs within touching distance just above them, giving them a chance of getting out of the relegation zone in the near future.


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9 December 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City 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 Lincoln City.


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9 December 2017 : Darren Way Insists He Will 'Never Give Up' On Managing The Football Club
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way claimed that he will 'never give up' despite being on the end of a series of questions regarding his future at the football club today. Way's side were loudly booed off after their 0-2 defeat against Lincoln City that leaves them above the relegation spots on goal difference, as they slid to 20th place in the table.

The Glovers have picked up just one point from their last five league matches, with cup victories masking their form in League Two matches. Today saw more of the same in their main competition, as goals from Matt Green and Matt Rhead saw the Imps easily gain all three points at Huish Park. Speaking after the match, Way was asked if he would ever consider stepping aside in the interests of the club. He said that he would not give up, and claimed his own playing budget was only good enough to target keeping the club in the Football League, rather than trying to aspire to anything more than that:

"I think the way I look at myself as a manager, I never give up. I think keeping this football club, when it was dead and nearly went into the Conference, took a brave character to turn around what I did that year. But let's make no bones about it. I've seen the budget that I'm working with, and even when you're coming up against a team like Lincoln, keeping this football club in the Football League every year is a good achievement. I know supporters don't want to hear that but unfortunately when you look at our budget that's where we are."

Way claimed that he understood the frustrations of the club's supporters, who saw their side manage just one shot during the second period. However, he added that there was a need for him to stay resilient in his efforts to turn around the club's current trajectory:

"I think you have to be very resilient. I think you have to be very strong. You have to show the players that you're determined and that you've got focus. You also have to understand, and I've been at this club for 17 years now, the majority of those supporters have shared joy and celebration. So I understand their frustration. As a supporter you want to win football matches, and the success that we had always makes that difficult for any manager to walk into this football club. But I'm very assured in what I'm trying to do, and I have to make sure I keep managing it, and not manage on emotions, because that is important. I don't want to come out and upset my team, because behind the scenes they're still trying to give everything, and unfortunately sometimes we get it wrong."


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9 December 2017 : Yeovil 0 Lincoln 2 : Inert Second Half Sees Imps Coast To Victory
Yeovil Town slumped to a 0-2 defeat this afternoon, after a Lincoln City side scored two second half goals to easily take all three points. In a physical game, the Glovers went behind five minutes into the second half, after Matt Green caught the Glovers on the counter-attack from their own corner, whilst the points were wrapped up twenty minutes later when Matt Rhead's header ensured that control of the match rapidly slipped away from the home side. The more worrying statistic was that it leaves Yeovil out of the relegation zone on goal difference, as they head towards the halfway point of the season.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up, compared to last weekend's match, all of which appeared to be influenced by their midweek Checkatrade Trophy victory over AFC Wimbledon. Bevis Mugabi took the right-back slot, with Tom James moving across to the other full-back position, with Ryan Dickson unavailable with a neck injury. In midfield, Oscar Gobern was preferred to Alefe Santos, whilst Jordan Green came in on the right flank allowing Olufela Olomola to play up front. In the opposition line-up, Cameron Stewart got his first league start for Lincoln - good timing for him against a club he had a short loan spell with during 2010.

The opening stages saw Lincoln winning nearly all of the physical battles, thankfully without threatening the goal too much. The gameplan for Yeovil was scuppered by Oscar Gobern lasting just five minutes before he went down with an injury, to be replaced by Alefe Santos, with him suffering a leg injury. Bevis Mugabi headed over the crossbar from an Otis Khan corner, but otherwise much of the half was broken up by a lot of niggly fouls, with the feeling that referee Lee Collins was not really keeping a lid on things at times.

Lincoln produced the chance of the half, when Sean Raggett's header was touched onto the crossbar by Artur Krysiak from one of several corners they forced. However, it was all a bit scrappy at times - a Bevis Mugabi shot that was easily saved and a Michael Bostwick shot that went well over the bar was about as close as either team got in the closing stages.

The second half began with rather more fluent end-to-end football after the break, with both sides getting good chances. Matt Green's lengthy run saw the ball slipped through to Michael Bostwick, who should have buried his chance but instead shot wide. At the other end, James Bailey put through Olufela Olomola, but goalkeeper Josh Vickers reacted well to come off his line and save the shot.

That was to prove significant, as Yeovil Town got caught on the counterattack following a corner kick. Matt Rhead regained possession for the Imps and threaded a pass through to Matt Green. The Glovers seemed to be caught with too many players up field, leaving only James Bailey as the last man, and Green was able to confidently slot home as he came up against Artur Krysiak.

Disappointingly, that was the moment at which Yeovil's competitiveness in the match disappeared like a candle being blown out. A substitution was made, with Sam Surridge being introduced, but neither he or his teammates were to have a single shot on or off target in the 40 minutes that followed. Instead it was Lincoln who doubled their lead, with a clever cross from Neal Eardley 20 minutes later allowing big target man Matt Rhead a chance to head home from close range, for a 0-2 advantage.

Yeovil Town looked like a beaten side, and Lincoln even had the luxury of taking both of their strikers off in the closing stages, along with winger Cameron Stewart, to see the game out with fringe players. On the final whistle, loud boos rang out from a dreadful second half performance that sees Yeovil slip down to 20th, and kept out of the relegation slots only on goal difference. With only one point gained out of their last five matches, form has dipped badly, and what they have done in the Checkatrade Trophy and FA Cup is masking that fact. The result against Mansfield Town next Saturday may be more important to the club than Tuesday's FA Cup replay, even if the club's Directors and accountants may hold a different opinion.

Link: 2017-18 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Lincoln City 2.

Scorers: Matt Green (0-1, 50 mins), Matt Rhead (0-2, 69 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
15. Jordan Green 20. Oscar Gobern 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith (72 mins for James Bailey) 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge (63 mins for Olufela Olomola) 30. Alefe Santos (6 mins for Oscar Gobern)

Lincoln City:
21 Josh Vickers
23 Neal Eardley 5 Luke Waterfall 25 Sean Raggett 3 Sam Habergham
26 Harry Anderson 16 Michael Bostwick 30 Alex Woodyard 32 Cameron Stewart
10 Matt Green 9 Matt Rhead

Substitutes:
1 Paul Farman 2 Sean Long 4 Elliot Whitehouse (75 mins for Matt Rhead) 8 Ollie Palmer (78 mins for Matt Green) 11 Billy Knott 15 Robert Dickie 28 Nathan Arnold (80 mins for Cameron Stewart)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Lincoln City Bookings: Luke Waterfall (foul, 35 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Lincoln City Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Lee Collins (Surrey). Assistants: Christopher Wade (Hampshire) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 2,472 (with 278 Lincoln City supporters).


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9 December 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Lincoln City at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the team that took to the field against Port Vale last Saturday. Although Ryan Dickson was labelled as being 'rested' on Tuesday night, he is still absent from the teamsheet, meaning that Bevis Mugabi comes into the squad, with Tom James keeping the flank that he had for the midweeker.

In midfield, Oscar Gobern replaces Alefe Santos, whilst Jordan Green is brought in for Sam Surridge which should mean that Olufela Olomola goes up front.

Millwall loanee Sid Nelson serves the third match of a three game suspension, following his red card against Notts County. The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle, out until January), Sid Nelson (suspension), and midfielder Ryan Dickson (neck injury).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 23. Tom James
15. Jordan Green 20. Oscar Gobern 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
24. Olufela Olomola 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Matt Worthington 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 10. Jake Gray 14. Sam Surridge 30. Alefe Santos

Lincoln City:
21 Josh Vickers
23 Neal Eardley 5 Luke Waterfall 25 Sean Raggett 3 Sam Habergham
26 Harry Anderson 16 Michael Bostwick 30 Alex Woodyard 32 Cameron Stewart
10 Matt Green 9 Matt Rhead

Substitutes:
1 Paul Farman 2 Sean Long 4 Elliot Whitehouse 8 Ollie Palmer 11 Billy Knott 15 Robert Dickie 28 Nathan Arnold


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9 December 2017 : Glovers Trust Communications Officer Steps Down
The Glovers Trust have stated that their Communications Officer has stepped down from the Trust Board. In line with their constitution, they are planning to co-opt a new person onto the Board to serve in that role. Their statement reads as follows:

"It is with regret that we announce that Ryan Blatchford has resigned from his position on the Trust Board. The rest of the Trust Board are extremely grateful to Ryan for his contribution since his appointment in October and wish him well in his future endeavours.

As a direct result of this announcement, we will be looking to co-opt a new member to the Board to act in the role of Communications Officer. Any Trust members who wish to express an interest in the position should contact the Trust Chairman via the email address chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk"


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9 December 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Lincoln City
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Lincoln City have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 9th December 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Collins (Surrey).

He was promoted to the Football League's referees' list over the summer of 2011, and since then we've had him six times as a man in the middle. He was only promoted to the National Assistant Referee's Group for the start of the 2008-09 season, and so has been enjoying a swift rise through the ranks.

Mr Collins was present for the October 2011 home match against Leyton Orient that ended in a 2-2 draw. Considering he ended up giving both sides a penalty each, you'd think we would have been far more opinionated about his performance, particularly as the second one was a late decision that cost us two points. However, with one a handball in our favour, and the other a foul inside the box by Marek Stech, match reports and our memory of the incidents are that he got them both right, whilst the Western Gazette says he "had no choice but to point to the spot (for the second penalty) in a game he officiated well." Sometimes penalties aren't controversial.

We then had him for the League Cup First Round tie against Southend United back in August 2013. Our recollection is that he didn't have too bad a match from our point of view, but seemed to be making a few decisions that raised the hackles of home supporters, with them particularly unhappy about one Joel Grant tackle just before half time that he dished out a yellow for, when they were hoping for a red. He booked four of our players, but from our point of view we accepted his decisions. The Western Gazette were a bit critical of him saying he "struggled to keep a lid on a match where Southend seemed intent on provoking a reaction from their opponents. Awarded several yellow cards for trivial infringements, allowing others to go unpunished."

We had him twice during the 2014-15 season. The first was the League One away match against Gillingham. Like the Leyton Orient game, he gave two penalties, with one for each side, and to be honest the one that we got was a soft one. Not that we capitalised on it, with Kieffer Moore's weak effort saved. If that decision went for us, then the free kick that he awarded that led to Gillingham's opening goal was the reverse, with him interpreting Nathan Ralph and Danny Kedwell's coming together as a foul against the Glovers, when we saw it more of Kedwell's doing - Joe Martin's free kick set Gillingham on their way. Gillingham's second goal came from the penalty spot - for that one we had no complaints - Chris Weale saved it, but Kedwell took the rebound and converted.

The second match saw him visit Huish Park for the March 2015 visit of Oldham Athletic. He certainly didn't have a quiet game, dishing out seven yellow cards, two of which resulted in a red card putting Oldham down to ten men. We may be biased, but we thought the dismissal of Brian Wilson was a superb decision - the former Bristol City player committed a bad foul whilst already on a caution, but referee Collins waved play on, allowing Yeovil an advantage. A minute later, play stopped and he had the good memory to pick out the correct player and make sure the foul didn't go unpunished. He also (potentially) deserved praise for Yeovil's winning goal, where he could have easily blown up to award us a penalty - he didn't and James Hayter swept home the loose ball. It may be that he didn't think it was a penalty, but his body language at the time implied that if Hayter hadn't converted, he would have blown up, implying another good advantage played.

During the 2015-16 season, he was in charge for the home matches against Plymouth Argyle. There were two of them, as he was the official who decided that our planned January 2016 meeting couldn't go ahead due to a waterlogged pitch, and he was still on the list when the game was rearranged for the February Tuesday night game. Although he booked six players that night - three for each side - we can't recall too much to shout about his performance. Some of the Argyle bookings were down to the pace that Yeovil started the game at, and when the balance of play swung in the other direction during the second period, we started picking up a few ourselves. A couple of months later, he turned up again for the 0-0 draw against Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park - in a 0-0 draw with two bookings a-piece he appears to have got through the 90 minutes without being noticed.

Mr Collins will be assisted by Christopher Wade (Hampshire) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire).


Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 2 Leyton Orient 2.

Link: August 2013 : Southend United 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2014 : Gillingham 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Oldham Athletic 1.

Link: February 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Plymouth Argyle 0.

Link: April 2016 : Wycombe Wanderers 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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8 December 2017 : Academy Defender Goes Out On Loan
Yeovil Town Academy player Jeremiah Gyebi has gone out on loan. The 19 year old has joined National League South side Poole Town on what is initially a month's loan, but on the understanding that the deal can be extended further if all parties agree.

Jeremiah generally operates as a central defender, but is also capable of playing at the other end of the field. He was brought into the club in the summer of 2016, via the MASS Elite Academy in Battersea, London.

This will be his first spell away from Huish Park since arriving in Somerset. He joins a Dolphins side who lie in 20th place in the table, and thus are needing to claw their way out of relegation spots. Good luck to him in his first taste of senior football.


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8 December 2017 : Ladies Match Switched To New Venue Due To FA Cup Replay
Yeovil Town Ladies FC will now play their league game against Reading FC Women at Weston Super Mare Football Club. Due to the importance of the men's Yeovil Town FC FA Cup Second Round replay game against Port Vale on Tuesday night next week, Yeovil Town Ladies FC have had to make last minute changes and switch to a new venue.

The game which is also being broadcast on the BBC Red Button and BBC Website, will be hosted at the Vanarama South ground, on Winterstoke Road, with a 12.30p.m. kick-off on Sunday 10th December. We understand that for many fans, this change in venue will be a considerable inconvenience, but we would like to encourage you to continue your support of the team and join us at Weston Super Mare FC on Sunday, under circumstances out of our control.

We would like to extend our gratitude to everyone at Weston Super Mare FC who have made this possible at such short notice, regardless of other commitments they have on the day. We intend to continue our festive theme for the game. Please do get involved by wearing your Christmas jumpers and bringing some festive cheer to the game!

We will also now be extending our KIDS FOR A QUID offer to turnstile sales as well as online sales. We thank you for your continued support in times of adversity and we will continue to do all we can to give back to our fans in every aspect of our club.

[Yeovil Town Ladies Press Release.]


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8 December 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Lincoln City Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's home match against Lincoln City at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives his views on the opposition, as well as talking about Oscar Gobern and his views on his side's form. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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8 December 2017 : EFL Trophy Full Third Round Draw : Glovers Given Gumps Visit
The draw has been made for the Third Round of the EFL Trophy. The draw was made live on TalkSport and has been split into Northern and Southern sections once again. The Glovers have been given a tie against Forest Green Rovers that will be played early next year.

The full draw is as follows:

Oldham Athletic vs Leicester City Under-21s
Rochdale vs Lincoln City
Bury vs Fleetwood Town
Shrewsbury Town vs Blackpool

Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers
Chelsea Under-21s vs Portsmouth
Charlton Athletic vs Oxford United
Luton Town vs Peterborough United

All ties are due to be played during the week commencing January 8th 2018, with Tuesday 9th January the most likely date for clubs to pick. However, because this round happens immediately after the FA Cup Third Round weekend, expect some clubs to work on different scheduling if their FA Cup ties take place on the Sunday.


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8 December 2017 : Darren Way Admits Losing Loan Players Would Be A Shame
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admits that he will have to keep his fingers crossed in terms of being able to retain his loan players during the January transfer window. The experience of last season was that the club were hit hard by the loss of Swansea City winger Ryan Hedges, who cut short his stay in Somerset to move to Championship side Barnsley, with the Glovers struggling to recruit an adequate replacement.

Whilst some players like Keston Davies and Sam Surridge were brought in on season long loan deals, others such as Olufela Olomola, Matt Worthington and Sid Nelson came in on half season arrangements that will need to explicitly be renewed if they are to stay beyond the New Year period. However, in practice, most loan agreements have break clauses in them, meaning that even those who have agreements running until the end of the season could be recalled.

The future of joint top goalscorer Olomola - brought in from Premier League side Southampton - is probably the key one for Way to resolve with his current deal up immediately after the New Year's Day fixture. Way told BBC Somerset that he was trying to persuade all five to stay:

"It would just be a shame, even if you lose two or three. We all know what Fela's situation is, with Surridge, Worthington, Nelson and Keston Davies. You've got one or two that perhaps have not had as much game time. So all I've said to the players is to make sure that we stick together, because of the long term future of this season."

Last season saw Yeovil Town struggle to replace Hedges, with new loanees such as Owain Jones and Kabongo Tshimanga not making an impact on the first team squad, despite being recruited as replacements for Hedges. Way admitted that had been a problem, and said he had a list of possible replacements, but would need to wait in the Board in that scenario:

"Well I have, but again it's finances. So that's not my decision; that's at board level. All I can do is to map out what I want to keep. We know that with any other player - I had Ryan Hedges on a season-long loan, and unfortunately I lose him to Barnsley, and he moved for 300 grand. Unfortunately these decisions get made."

It's worth noting that Way's mention of a £300,000 fee for Hedges is the first time that this amount has been disclosed. Previously the fee had been labelled as 'undisclosed' with the only quantification coming from the South Wales press who described it as a 'small fee'.


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7 December 2017 : Darren Way Willing To Consider Gobern Captaincy For A Future Game
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he would be willing to repeat the experiment of using former Southampton and Huddersfield Town midfielder Oscar Gobern as his captain in a match. Whilst James Bailey is the club's named captain for the 2017-18 season, it was his replacement in the side for the midweek EFL Trophy game against AFC Wimbledon that took the armband, despite it being his first home game for the club.

At 26 years old, Gobern was one of the more experienced players in a side that also saw two other occasional captains in Nathan Smith and Ryan Dickson sit out the evening. As such Gobern got the nod for the evening. Way said that he was impressed enough with the player's performance to consider it again:

"Definitely - I think he had composure. He was unfazed by the situation. I thought his general play and certainly the combination between him and Connor Smith meant that they were always wanting the ball, and always looking to have a forward momentum. At the same time they were picking up first and second balls, percentage-wise. So as a midfield two, I thought they did particularly well. He affected the game up until around 60 or 70 minutes on Tuesday. So yes, we've got a good signing or a good addition. It's just important that he's consistent with it. On Tuesday you could see there was a lot of energy and a lot of forward thinking, which had been our problem certainly at the start of the season. We've asked for more crosses, more shots, more forward runs, and the players are showing that with their energy."

This Saturday sees Yeovil Town return to League football, having played three consecutive cup competition matches over the past fortnight. They will welcome Lincoln City at Huish Park needing to put their league form back on track. Despite having landed three positive results in those cup fixtures recently, the Glovers are currently four games without a win in League Two fixtures. Way denied that was a concern, saying that the club's overall home form was still strong, meaning that he didn't see the picture as a poor one:

"Not at home it's not been, certainly with the results that we've had. We've played higher opposition. We've played AFC Wimbledon, we've played Plymouth, we've played Notts County and we've had a real tough run. By looking at the fixtures, it's going to get even tougher. I think it's sixteen matches in eight weeks. So the loading and the responsibility that the players have got to take is huge. It's a busy Christmas period, and it's going to get even busier when that window opens up in January. All the players have responded, and every day I think their mindset and the experience that they've gained is certainly helping them to develop at a quicker rate."

Yeovil Town will go into the match with three players definitely missing, with right-back Dan Alfei (ankle) and Rhys Browne (ankle) both ruled out whilst Millwall loanee Sid Nelson serves the final match of a three match suspension.


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7 December 2017 : EFL Trophy Third Round Ball Numbers And Region Splits
The Football League have provided further detail, regarding the Third Round draw for the EFL Trophy. The teams will be drawn out live on talkSport radio at 12.30p.m. on Friday 8th December, with the last sixteen clubs in the competition finding out who they will play in January 2018.

The draw will be overseen by Lynsey Hipgrave, with Bob Groves and Perry Groves drawing out the balls. As well as broadcasting it live on the radio, the League will then publish the outcome of the draw on their Checkatrade Trophy Twitter account shortly after the conclusion.

The 2017-18 Checkatrade Trophy rules, published in the Football League website, had stated that the Third Round draw would be done on an unregionalised basis. However, in today's communication, they have continued to split the clubs across a North and South Regions, meaning that Yeovil Town will only be able to draw one of seven southern-based clubs.

The League have also provided the ball numbers for the draw. These are as follows with Yeovil Town taking Ball No.8:

Southern Section:
1. Charlton Athletic
2. Chelsea Under-21s
3. Forest Green Rovers
4. Luton Town
5. Oxford United
6. Peterborough United
7. Portsmouth
8. Yeovil Town

Northern Section:
1. Blackpool
2. Bury
3. Fleetwood Town
4. Leicester City Under-21s
5. Lincoln City
6. Oldham Athletic
7. Rochdale
8. Shrewsbury Town

All ties are due to be played during the week commencing January 8th 2018, with Tuesday 9th January the most likely date for clubs to pick. However, because this round happens immediately after the FA Cup Third Round weekend, expect some clubs to work on different scheduling if their FA Cup ties take place on the Sunday.


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7 December 2017 : Darren Way Talks About AFC Wimbledon Team Selection
Just before kick-off in the EFL Trophy Second Round tie against AFC Wimbledon at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives views on the decision to make Oscar Gobern captain, and the inclusion of players like Keston Davies. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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6 December 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Second Round tie against AFC Wimbledon these are now available online. The two minutes worth of footage includes the goals from Keston Davies and Jake Gray as well as a number of other chances the Glovers created during the evening. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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6 December 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The AFC Wimbledon Game
Following Tuesday evening's 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the game and the goals from Keston Davies and Jake Gray. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The AFC Wimbledon Game.


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6 December 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-0 win against AFC Wimbledon 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 AFC Wimbledon.


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6 December 2017 : EFL Trophy Third Round Draw Schedule And Remaining Teams
The Third Round draw for the EFL Trophy has been set to take place this coming Friday. The teams will be drawn out live on talkSport radio at 12.30p.m. on Friday 8th December, with the last sixteen clubs in the competition finding out who they will play in January 2018.

The draw will be overseen by Lynsey Hipgrave, with Bob Groves and Perry Groves drawing out the balls. As well as broadcasting it live on the radio, the League will then publish the outcome of the draw on their Checkatrade Trophy Twitter account shortly after the conclusion.

There are three Second Round ties left to be played, with all of these due to be settled on Wednesday night. The Third Round draw will be made on an unseeded unregionalised basis, with the following teams left in the competition:

Lincoln City
Fleetwood Town
Oldham Athletic
Bury
Leicester City Under-21s
Shrewsbury Town
Rochdale
Blackpool or Mansfield Town
Yeovil Town
Forest Green Rovers
Luton Town
Charlton Athletic
Oxford United
Portsmouth
Milton Keynes Dons or Chelsea Under-21s
Peterborough United or Southend United

All ties are due to be played during the week commencing January 8th 2018, with Tuesday 9th January the most likely date for clubs to pick. However, because this round happens immediately after the FA Cup Third Round weekend, expect some clubs to work on different scheduling if their FA Cup ties take place on the Sunday.


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5 December 2017 : Darren Way Happy To Have Difficult Decisions After Trophy Win
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way paid tribute to two of his players who have recently missed out on game time, after they helped his team into the Third Round of the EFL Trophy on Tuesday night against AFC Wimbledon. Swansea City loanee Keston Davies has had a difficult time at Huish Park, having not started a League match since the start of the season, whilst midfielder Jake Gray was a surprise omission on the weekend when the Glovers took on Port Vale in the FA Cup at Vale Park, with the former Luton Town man not even making the teamsheet.

Both ended up being the goalscorers in the 2-0 win at Huish Park, with Davies scoring his first for the club four minutes after the break, whilst Gray's appearance as a substitute allowed him to wrap up the tie, as he fired home at the near post four minutes before the end of the match. With neither player having played last Saturday, they will be hoping that influences Way's thinking for this weekend's home game against Lincoln City. The Glovers boss repeated his belief that he has a stronger squad than last season, and that moments like that ensured he had difficult decisions to make for the next game:

"I've got difficult decisions to make every week now, and I never had it last year. It's about how players respond. I gain so much respect in the way that Jake responded. You could see that, whether it's ten minutes, you've still got to be able to produce a performance. He looked like he was hungry. I said it in the dressing room. Last year I didn't have a very good squad. I thought it was very weak on the bench. But I think that in these games, everyone now is proving that they deserve to play in the first team. You can see where Santos has come from, because of his cup, and Connor Smith. There's loads of individual performances. Oscar being captain today, I thought his performance was very good as well."

Whilst it took until the 86th minute for Yeovil Town to confirm their route past the Dons, this was a relatively comfortable victory, with the visitors struggling to get into the match during the second half, particularly after they had replaced some of their more experienced players with those from their Academy system. Way though was pleased with the manner in which his team controlled the game:

"It was a fantastic performance from start to finish. I felt that we controlled the game. I thought some of the individual performances and the pattern of play, and some of the combination play, shots we had on target and crosses going into the box, overall as a manager and certainly for the team, it was very pleasing. There were loads of positives to take. I thought the crowd that turned up were brilliant. So we're through to the next round."


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5 December 2017 : Yeovil 2 Wimbledon 0 : Davies Grabs Debut Goal As Glovers Reach Third Round
Yeovil Town headed into the Third Round of the EFL Trophy tonight, after a 2-0 victory over League One side AFC Wimbledon. Both goals were scored during the second half, as Swansea City loanee Keston Davies scored his first goal for the club, having converted an Otis Khan corner four minutes after the break. The route into the next round was secured four minutes from the end when substitute Jake Gray's speculative shot went in via the near post, to put the Glovers into the next round.

The Glovers went into the match making five changes to their line-up, with Keston Davies and Bevis Mugabi coming into defence, Connor Smith and Oscar Gobern starting as midfielders, whilst Jordan Green's inclusion allowed Olufela Olomola to move into the front line. In the main though, it was a rotation of the main squad with Ryan Dickson the only senior player to sit the game out entirely from Saturday. AFC Wimbledon also mixed up their starting line-up, but named four youth team players as their only outfield substitutes.

The home side largely dominated the first half, albeit without significantly testing Dons keeper Joe McDonnell. Connor Smith put over the bar from a narrow angle, whilst a wild attempt from Bevis Mugabi was a long distance away. Sam Surridge went far closer and probably should have done better with a free header that went wide. Wimbledon contributed little in an attacking sense, with their main purpose during the first half apparently being them trying to work out what formation they wanted to play - their best effort on goal was a well hit George Francomb effort that Artur Krysiak did well to hold onto.

Yeovil's best chance, and in truth their only proper on target shot, came via one of Tom James's whipped free kicks as he looped it over the wall, with McDonnell doing well to watch the swerve and push it over the crossbar. But all that changed four minutes into the second period when an Otis Khan corner was flicked on by Keston Davies. The ball hit the post with Wimbledon unsuccessful in trying to clear it off the line, for a deserved 1-0 lead.

Wimbledon's response to that was an unorthodox one, as they took off two of their main forward players, in Cody McDonald and Harry Forrester, and replaced them with youth team graduates. Yeovil also made changes, with Francois Zoko and Matt Worthington introduced, whilst Wimbledon were to end the evening with three of their Academy players on the pitch.

The Glovers wrapped the tie up four minutes from time when their final substitute Jake Gray tried a fairly speculative shot that went in via the near post and in for a 2-0 lead. With Wimbledon not even having a second half shot, it was a comfortable victory and route into the second round, albeit in a match watched by only 886 spectators - comfortably Yeovil's lowest crowd for a competitive fixture since they entered the Football League, not helped by the competition's overall profile and reputation over the last eighteen months.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 AFC Wimbledon 0.

Scorers: Keston Davies (49 mins, 1-0), Jake Gray (86 mins, 2-0)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 6. Keston Davies 23. Tom James
15. Jordan Green 8. Connor Smith 20. Oscar Gobern (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 4. Matt Worthington (74 mins for Oscar Gobern) 10. Jake Gray (82 mins for Jordan Green) 13. Francois Zoko (70 mins for Sam Surridge) 16. James Bailey 30. Alefe Santos

AFC Wimbledon:
24 Joe McDonnell
20 Toby Sibbick 6 Paul Robinson 30 Paul Kalambayi
5 Will Nightingale 23 Callum Kennedy 7 George Francomb 8 Nadjim Abdou
11 Harry Forrester 21 Egli Kaja
10 Cody McDonald

Substitutes:
25 Nikola Tzanev 35 Great Nii Okai-Evans (61 mins for Cody McDonald) 36 Ossama Ashley (80 mins for Callum Kennedy) 37 Osaze Urhoghide 38 Ethan Nelson-Roberts (61 mins for Harry Forrester)

Yeovil Bookings: None.

AFC Wimbledon Bookings: Paul Kalambayi (foul, 25 mins), Nadjim Abdou (foul, 62 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 4.

AFC Wimbledon Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 2; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 1; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Antony Coggins. Assistants: Justin Amey (Dorset) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Scott Jackson (Royal Navy).

Attendance: 886 (with 74 AFC Wimbledon supporters).


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5 December 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Second Round match against AFC Wimbledon at Huish Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name five changes compared to the team that took to the field against Port Vale on Saturday.

Defender Nathan Smith drops out with Keston Davies replacing him, whilst Bevis Mugabi comes in for Ryan Dickson which should mean that Tom James swaps flanks. In midfield Oscar Gobern and Connor Smith replace James Bailey and Alefe Santos. Up front, Jordan Green comes in for Francois Zoko - a question mark over whether Green or Olufela Olomola will play up front.

Millwall loanee Sid Nelson is in the middle of a three game League and FA Cup suspension, following his red card against Notts County, and is eligible to play in tonight's competition due to the different suspension rules, but doesn't make it as far as the squad. Considering he may be still trying to remember players names, midfielder Oscar Gobern is a surprising captain on his home debut.

The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Rhys Browne (ankle, out until January), midfielder Ryan Dickson (fully fit, but not selected) and Sid Nelson (fully fit, but not selected).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 6. Keston Davies 23. Tom James
24. Olufela Olomola 8. Connor Smith 20. Oscar Gobern (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 15. Jordan Green

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 3. Nathan Smith 4. Matt Worthington 10. Jake Gray 13. Francois Zoko 16. James Bailey 30. Alefe Santos

AFC Wimbledon:
24 Joe McDonnell
20 Toby Sibbick 6 Paul Robinson 30 Paul Kalambayi
5 Will Nightingale 23 Callum Kennedy 7 George Francomb 8 Nadjim Abdou
11 Harry Forrester 21 Egli Kaja
10 Cody McDonald

Substitutes:
25 Nikola Tzanev 35 Great Nii Okai-Evans 36 Ossama Ashley 37 Osaze Urhoghide 38 Ethan Nelson-Roberts


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5 December 2017 : Darren Way Talks About FA Cup And EFL Trophy Runs
In between an FA Cup Second Round tie against Port Vale and the EFL Trophy Second Round tie against AFC Wimbledon, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. Appearing live on BBC Somerset's Claire Carter, Darren gives his views on both cup competitions, as well as his team's current state of affairs, and a hint towards the January transfer window.

NOTE: The interview took place prior to Monday night's FA Cup draw, and so should be read in that context.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC About The Club's Recent Cup Runs.


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5 December 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon
Officials for the EFL Trophy Second Round tie between Yeovil Town and AFC Wimbledon have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 5th December 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

We've had Mr Horwood nine times before as a match referee. The first was for the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2007 at Huish Park. We were more than happy with his first half performance, but felt that the longer the game went on, the more he seemed to be conscious of the match scoreline - booking Yeovil players for apparent time-wasting that had been no worse than offences committed by Brighton players whilst the score had been level, and awarding the Seagulls a series of controversial decisions. As such, he seemed to be getting a little too wrapped up in the game, rather than letting it flow as he had done so during the first period.

The second was the January 2009 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Not the best of games to watch by any stretch of the imagination, but all of that was forgotten when Gavin Tomlin's 94th minute goal sent the away support slightly mad. We managed to recover our composure enough to remember that Mr Horwood had "an excellent game". We were due to have Mr Horwood for a home League One match against Stockport County in September 2009, but by the time everyone got to Huish Park, Mr Horwood had been replaced for an unspecified reason.

Next up was the April 2010 match at Griffin Park that saw Brentford and Yeovil Town share a 1-1 draw. The two teams also shared two highly dubious refereeing decisions. The one that went for us was a penalty that Brentford conceded for a handball that visiting supporters at the other end of the field didn't spot. Gavin Tomlin showed no mercy against his former club. But they do say luck levels itself out, and so it did when Mr Horwood penalised Luke Ayling for an excellent sliding tackle, and Brentford stuck a superb equaliser from the dead ball situation. No damage done to either side, but two wrongs don't make a right.

We were due to have Mr Horwood refereeing our October 2010 home match against Swindon Town but for the second time in being named as a match official for a Yeovil Town match, he was withdrawn and replaced by Mick Russell. He was then named for the December 2010 game against Carlisle United, but that match was called off long before the Cumbrians or Mr Horwood could get near the ground. He finally made it down for the rearranged match in March of that season, and overall had a "tidy" game, but one that was ended early by an injury during the second half, meaning that he had to be 'substituted'.

He headed down to Huish Park for the August 2014 League One match that opened the 2014-15 season against Doncaster Rovers. The 0-3 scoreline had us more concerned about the performance of our defensive line, than of the officials. There was another 0-3 home defeat during the early part of the 2016-7 season, with the September 2016 League Two match against Blackpool on the messy side from our point of view. We had one gripe with him during the match. We'd been a bit lucky that Brad Potts didn't get a penalty when he was tackled inside the box by Matt Butcher. When the referee decided not to take any action a minute later when a Pools defender tried to take Tahvon Campbell's shirt home with him, it was comical that it was not given, and reeked of an official trying to balance out his own error.

In April 2017 as we had him twice in quick succession. The first of these was the 3-1 defeat against Portsmouth at Fratton Park. He managed to come out of the match without raising a single yellow card, although did have one major decision to make. He gave Portsmouth their opening penalty, but it was one that even green'n'white supporters would have nodded along with, as Bevis Mugabi miscontrolled a ball inside his own box, with the end result being a fairly obvious foul on Gary Roberts, which Gareth Evans dispatched. We don't recall too much else that was contentious - most seemed to come down to Pompey's superiority on the day, and the Glovers making one too many formation changes that seemed to upset things a bit at times. He then turned up at Huish Park for the 1-1 draw against Stevenage - as the final home game of the season it was a bit of an end-of-season affair, and that matched his performance, with no bookings again and no obviously dodgy decisions.

We've had him once, so far, during the 2017-18 season. He took charge of the September 2017 match against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, which we lost 2-1. Again, the booking count was low, with just one caution each. We can only recall him making one big decision, and that was to deny Grimsby a penalty, as Jamille Matt and Sid Nelson tussled for a loose ball that Nelson was trying to shield back to the keeper - it was deemed legal, even if the home fans disagreed.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Justin Amey (Dorset) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). The Fourth Official will be Scott Jackson (Royal Navy).

Link: December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Link: Jan 2009 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2010 : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 0.

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Doncaster Rovers 3.

Link: September 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 3.

Link: April 2017 : Portsmouth 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2017 : Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 1.

Link: September 2017 : Grimsby Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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5 December 2017 : FA Cup Tickets For Yeovil Town vs Port Vale Now On Sale
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round Replay against Port Vale are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match will take place on Tuesday 12th December 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. As reported over the weekend, tickets are flat-priced across the whole ground as follows:

Adults: £12.00; Over-65s and Young Adults (16-21): £6.00; Juniors (Under-16s): £5.00; Premium (Main Stand Central): £15.00.

NOTE: Please avoid trying to purchase FA Cup tickets during the half hour period leading up to kick-off during tonight's EFL Trophy tie against AFC Wimbledon. The same applies to Saturday's League Two match against Lincoln City when they will concentrate on matchday tickets from around 90 minutes before kick-off. You can book tickets online to save yourself queuing time in all cases.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town.

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


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4 December 2017 : FA Cup Third Round Draw : Glovers Or Vale Given Bantams Test
The winners of the FA Cup Second Round Replay between Yeovil Town and Port Vale have been given a home tie in the Third Round in the FA Cup. Whoever comes out on top in next Tuesday night's Replay will face Bradford City in January, after the draw was made live on BBC2 and BT Sport this evening.

The draw introduced all Premier League and Championship sides, and saw the following sides come out of the velvet bag:

Ipswich Town vs Sheffield United
Watford vs Bristol City
Birmingham City vs Burton Albion
Liverpool vs Everton
Brighton and Hove Albion vs Crystal Palace
Aston Villa vs Woking or Peterborough United
AFC Bournemouth vs AFC Fylde or Wigan Athletic
Coventry City vs Stoke City
Newport County vs Leeds United
Bolton Wanderers vs Huddersfield Town
Yeovil Town or Port Vale vs Bradford City
Nottingham Forest vs Arsenal
Brentford vs Notts County
Queens Park Rangers vs Milton Keynes Dons
Manchester United vs Derby County
Forest Green Rovers or Exeter City vs West Bromwich Albion
Doncaster Rovers vs Slough Town or Rochdale
Tottenham Hotspur vs AFC Wimbledon
Middlesbrough vs Sunderland
Fleetwood Town or Hereford vs Leicester City
Blackburn Rovers or Crewe Alexandra vs Hull City
Cardiff City vs Mansfield Town
Manchester City vs Burnley
Shrewsbury Town vs West Ham United
Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Swansea City
Stevenage vs Reading
Newcastle United vs Luton Town
Millwall vs Barnsley
Fulham vs Southampton
Wycombe Wanderers vs Preston North End
Norwich City vs Chelsea
Gillingham or Carlisle United vs Sheffield Wednesday

All Third Round ties will be played across the weekend of January 5th and 8th 2018, with clubs that win their Third Round ties taking £67,500 from the FA Cup Prize Fund.


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4 December 2017 : Browne Suffers Injury Blow After Sprained Ankle
Yeovil Town have suffered an injury blow, with the news that winger Rhys Browne will be missing until the New Year. The former Grimsby Town player has missed the last three matches due to an ankle injury that was picked up during the latter stages of the 1-1 draw against Notts County last month.

The club have now indicated that the 22 year old will be out for "four to six weeks" and will miss "at least a month", meaning that he will be absent throughout a December period that sees the club play eight matches throughout the calendar month. He has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle and so is not expected to play until January.

Link: Rhys Browne : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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4 December 2017 : Christmas Cuddly Toy Collection For Port Vale Replay
Yeovil Town are inviting supporters attending next Tuesday's FA Cup Replay against Port Vale to donate cuddly toys to Yeovil District Hospital. The idea has been inspired from Glovers fans who viewed social media footage from the Charleroi vs Oostende match over the weekend that sought to provide toys for children with disabilities over the Christmas period.

Whilst those toys were thrown into the pitch, Yeovil Town appear to be seeking a slightly more orderly half time collection for the match which will take place on Tuesday 12th December at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Any Yeovil Town or Port Vale supporter who brings a cuddly toy to the game can donate during the interval, with the proceeds sent off to the local Hospital.

If you can't make it to the Port Vale game, or want to drop off your donation on a different day, the club will accept donations either via post, or in person, in the lead-up to that date.




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4 December 2017 : Darren Way Talks About Port Vale FA Cup Team Selection
Just before kick-off for the FA Cup Second Round tie against Port Vale at Vale Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives views on the selection of Tom James and Alefe Santos and also the signing of former Southampton and Huddersfield Town midfielder Oscar Gobern. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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3 December 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Port Vale FA Cup Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Port Vale at Vale Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the overall team performance, and his hopes for an action replay of the Accrington Stanley Second Round match from three years ago that gave the Glovers a home tie against Manchester United. Read the interview in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Port Vale FA Cup Game.


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3 December 2017 : Replay Date Confirmed For Port Vale FA Cup Tie
Yeovil Town have now absolutely confirmed the date for the FA Cup Second Round Replay against Port Vale. As revealed yesterday, it will take place on Tuesday 12th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. On the night, the fixture will be played to a conclusion, with extra time and penalties if required.

We had wondered if the club might need to hold back on the date, in case BT Sport or the BBC had any interest in screening the replay (unlikely as though that might be). This would tend to suggest the club already know other ties are being earmarked.

The club have yet to confirm the admission prices for this game, but yesterday's Port Vale matchday programme published them as follows:

Adults: £12.00; Over-65s and Young Adults (16-21): £6.00; Juniors (Under-16s): £5.00.

Note - tickets will NOT be on sale from Huish Park at this stage. We'll put up another article once these are available.


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3 December 2017 : FA Cup Third Round Schedule And Ball Numbers
The FA Cup Third Round Draw will take place this coming Monday. Whilst Yeovil Town's status in the Third Round is not confirmed, given both themselves and Port Vale can still reach it following yesterday's 1-1 draw at Vale Park, both sides will go into the velvet bag for a draw that will take place live at Slough Town's Holloways Park just prior to their televised match against Rochdale at around 7.10p.m.

Yeovil Town and Port Vale will take Ball No. 49. As with all the FA Cup Round Proper draws, these are unseeded and unregionalised, meaning that you can draw literally anyone. Balls ranging from No.1 to No.44 hold the Premier League and Championship clubs that pretty much everyone will be hoping for. Balls No.45 to No.64 hold the League One and League Two sides and the remaining non-league sides. The balls are as follows:

1. AFC Bournemouth 2. Arsenal 3. Aston Villa 4. Barnsley 5. Birmingham City 6. Bolton Wanderers 7. Brentford 8. Brighton and Hove Albion 9. Bristol City 10. Burnley 11. Burton Albion 12. Cardiff City 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. Millwall 28. Newcastle United 29. Norwich City 30. Nottingham Forest 31. Preston North End 32. Queens Park Rangers 33. Reading 34. Sheffield 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. Woking or Peterborough United 46. Milton Keynes Dons 47. Newport County 48. Wycombe Wanderers 49. Port Vale or Yeovil Town 50. Shrewsbury Town 51. Doncaster Rovers 52. Slough Town or Rochdale 53. AFC Wimbledon 54. Stevenage 55. Mansfield Town 56. Luton Town 57. Bradford City 58. Blackburn Rovers or Crewe Alexandra 59. AFC Fylde or Wigan Athletic 60. Gillingham or Carlisle United 61. Notts County 62. Forest Green Rovers 63. Fleetwood Town or Hereford 64. Coventry City.

All Third Round ties will be played across the weekend of January 5th and 8th 2018, with clubs that win their Third Round ties taking £67,500 from the FA Cup Prize Fund.

NOTE: List of teams left in the Third Round draw updated following the Sunday afternoon ties. Charlton Athletic, Boreham Wood, Scunthorpe United, Gateshead, Guiseley, Cambridge United and Leatherhead all exit the competition. Woking, Slough Town (playing Monday), AFC Fylde and Hereford remain as the surviving non-league clubs.


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2 December 2017 : Provisional Scheduling And Admission Prices For The Port Vale Replay
Saturday afternoon's matchday programme for the FA Cup Second Round tie between Port Vale and Yeovil Town revealed the arrangements that would be put in place for the Second Round Replay. With a 1-1 draw at Vale Park, the two sides now will need to meet at Huish Park. The Valiants have disclosed that game has been pencilled in to take place on Tuesday 12th December, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off.

They have also disclosed admission prices for the replay, which will be modelled on the same pricing as the original tie, with a few adjustments in place to reflect Huish Park policy for the definition of age groups. This gives the following prices:

Adults: £12.00; Over-65s and Young Adults (16-21): £6.00; Juniors (Under-16s): £5.00.

At present, these replay tickets won't be on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office, so don't try calling them yet. We also expect that the club will have to wait for BT Sport (and maybe the BBC) to decide which Second Round Replays they want to televise, so they can absolutely confirm that replay date.

However, with five Second Round ties having already been confirmed as needing replays, and ten more Second Round ties due to be played across Sunday and Monday, we can't see BT Sport in a hurry to set their cameras up at Huish Park. Hereford's 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town that takes their tie back to Edgar Street looks nailed on for coverage, whilst Carlisle United's replay against League One side Gillingham would also give the TV companies a good opportunity to screen a mini-upset. Hence, the above date should be accurate. However, we'll confirm it once it is officially known and tickets are on sale.


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2 December 2017 : Video : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to see match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Port Vale, these are now online. The Second Round tie coverage includes two minutes worth of action, including Tom Pope's opener and Jordan Green's late equaliser. In addition to a number of chances for the Valiants, they also include a second half effort from Otis Khan that went wide of the target. Watch via the BBC Sport website (available for UK users only) below.

Link: BBC Sport : Port Vale vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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2 December 2017 : Darren Way: Port Vale Draw Evokes Memories Of Accrington Cup Tie
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way compared this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Port Vale at Vale Park, with the club's 2014-15 result against Accrington Stanley at the same stage of the competition three years ago. The Glovers were somewhat fortuitious to still be in the hat, needing an 89th minute equalising goal from Jordan Green to send them back home with the prospect of a replay, but with that giving them a similar scenario to the one that ultimately saw them play Manchester United in an FA Cup Third Round tie in January 2015.

Back in 2014, it was actually Accrington that forced the equalising goal at the Crown Ground, only for the Lancashire side to fall in the Second Round replay. On this occasion, it was the Glovers that rescued the tie, after Tom Pope had given the Valiants the lead. Despite his side remaining behind up until the penultimate minute, Way claimed that there was only going to be one side that won the match, in the way his side finished the game:

"I think it was very important in the way we finished the game. I think that towards the end, there was only going to be one winner. For Jordan to take his goal, the players are absolutely over the moon. So to be in the hat, we've been in this situation before where we played Accrington away, and we thought that perhaps it could have been a disappointing result, and then we had the Man United tie. So we'll wait and see who we get."

Like Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Group game against Plymouth Argyle, it was two substitutes that helped fashion the equaliser. New signing Oscar Gobern put the vital cross into the box, and after Vale failed to clear their lines, it was Jordan Green that got the final touch to keep Yeovil Town in the FA Cup for another day. Way unsurprisingly highlighted those two substitutes for their role:

"I thought the substitutions made a real impact. I thought Oscar came on and affected the game, and with Jordan Green, say no more. So I'm really pleased for the players, because the players have been showing real commitment. We're working extremely hard behind the scenes, and that was the just rewards. I would say that one or two passes were a little bit anxious and a little bit nervy. But that's football, and some of my players grew in confidence as the game went on, and again the fighting spirit and never giving up, and certainly with the consequences and what's on the end of it."

Overall, the home side created the greater number of chances, with Tom Pope scoring his fourth goal against Yeovil Town in four matches, to give the Valiants a deserved lead. At times, the match seemed to be slipping away from Yeovil, but Way said he wasn't disappointed with his side's performance, even if he was frustrated that Pope's goal was a carbon copy of the one he scored in the September League Two match at Huish Park:

"We could be disappointed, but it's away from home. To come away, we were disappointed with the goal, as the goal was exactly the same was what they scored at home (at Huish Park). Exactly the same. So it's not like we've not worked on that. So that was disappointing to draw again away from home. For the players to put in that fighting spirit towards the end, the players deserved that."


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2 December 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Port Vale at Vale 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 Port Vale vs Yeovil Town.


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2 December 2017 : Port Vale 1 Yeovil 1 : Late Green Strike Keeps Glovers In The Cup
Yeovil Town gained a late equalising goal to take themselves into the FA Cup Third Round draw, after former AFC Bournemouth attacker Jordan Green scored his first goal for the club. Whilst it was not the most convincing of Glovers performances, they stayed in the competition with a 1-1 draw after Oscar Gobern's cross into the box wasn't cleared at the tail end of the gamem, meaning that Port Vale will have to travel down to Huish Park for a midweek replay in around ten days time. The home side had taken a deserved lead through a Tom Pope header, and looked good value for that throughout the game, but couldn't dig the ball out when they needed to, and the Glovers got a late bit of drama to keep themselves in the competition.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up, compared to their last league fixture. Otis Khan's illness had cleared up in midweek and he came into the side ahead of Jordan Green. The other change from the match at Wycombe saw Alefe Santos come in for Matt Worthington. New signing Oscar Gobern sat on the bench, meaning that there was no room for Jake Gray on the teamsheet. Vale's side lacked former loanee Ben Whitfield, who is currently recovering from injury.

The first half saw both sides struggle to seriously test the keepers - an Omar Sowunmi header that tamely went into Ryan Boot's arms from a Tom James free kick, was sort of a chance, but not one that worried the home keeper. The visitors were creating rather more, although suffered from their inability to get shots on target. Gavin Gunning's header hit the side netting from a David Worrall free kick, seeing a few Vale fans cheer, but it had hit the outside of the goal instead.

Both sides were guilty of misplaced passes during the first half, leading to home fans in particular being vocally critical of their side - even when they did complete passes they were often sideways or backwards. Gradually though, they managed to provide a bit more creativity, as a Gavin Gunning cross was met by a Tom Pope header that went wide. Cristian Montano then shot wide and headed wide. Right on half time, another Pope header from a Gunning cross was blocked by a defender on the back post, and although Artur Krysiak hadn't had much to do, it was obvious which side had the greater chances.

Port Vale made a double substitution at half time, along with a formation change, switching to a 3-5-2 and that put them immediately on the front foot. Antony Kay put over the crosbar, whilst Anton Forrester's header went into the arms of Krysiak. Then Omar Sowunmi managed to get a boot on a Michael Tonge shot to take the sting out of it. Tom Pope's shot was blocked after Tyler Denton broke through and squared it to him, whilst there was another nervy moment when Krysiak spilt a cross, and Forrester's attempt to convert the loose ball failed.

Yeovil had barely threatened, but on the hour mark they did fashion their best chance of the match when Sam Surridge set up Otis Khan, with a defender's block for a corner, stopping Khan from getting an unexpected goal. But that was to be a false dawn. Substitute Tyler Denton's cross into the box 63 minutes into the match found the head of Tom Pope, and once again the big target man scored against the Glovers to put the home side 1-0 up.

A double substitution shortly after the goal saw Jordan Green and Oscar Gobern introduced for Otis Khan and James Bailey, with Ryan Dickson taking over the captaincy. But still Yeovil struggled to create any chances of note, with Marcus Harness and Anton Forrester putting wide of the target as Port Vale looked the most likely to score.

But on 89 minutes, Yeovil finally tested home keeper Ryan Boot with a Tom James shot, and less than a minute later, they'd managed to unexpectedly grab an equalising goal, with two substitutes combining. Oscar Gobern's cross into the box bounced around in the area without being properly cleared, and Jordan Green was on hand to put the ball in the net just before the game entered four minutes of added time. In truth, on the balance of play it wasn't deserved, but cup games are often about hanging in there, and suddenly with home advantage to count in the replay, Yeovil Town got themselves a lifeline where they didn't expect one, and will take their place in the Third Round draw.

Final Score: Port Vale 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Tom Pope (1-0, 63 mins), Jordan Green (1-1, 89 mins)

Port Vale:
23 Ryan Boot
21 James Gibbons 4 Tom Anderson 24 Nathan Smith 33 Gavin Gunning
10 David Worrall 32 Michael Tonge 11 Cristian Montano
6 Antony Kay 8 Danny Pugh
9 Tom Pope

Substitutes:
3 Tyler Denton (46 mins for Danny Pugh) 7 Marcus Myers-Harness (71 mins for David Worrall) 12 Sam Hornby 14 Tyrone Barnett 15 Anton Forrester (46 mins for Cristian Montano) 18 William Reeves 19 Dan Turner

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
24. Olufela Olomola 30. Alefe Santos 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Matt Worthington 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith (82 mins for Alefe Santos) 15. Jordan Green (68 mins for Otis Khan) 20. Oscar Gobern (69 mins for James Bailey)

Port Vale Bookings: James Gibbons (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Ryan Dickson (foul, 33 mins)

Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 5.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Scott Oldham (Lancashire). Assistants: Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Andrew Hendley (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Peter Wright (Liverpool).

Attendance: 3,316 (with ??? Yeovil Town supporters).


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2 December 2017 : Team News For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
The starting line-up for Yeovil Town's FA Cup Second Round match against Port Vale at Vale Park has been revealed. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that took to the field against Wycombe Wanderers last Saturday. Winger Otis Khan had been out through illness last weekend, but had returned for Tuesday's midweeker against Plymouth Argyle - unsurprisingly he starts with Jordan Green dropping to the bench.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Worthington had been a starter at Adams Park, but was left out of Tuesday night's squad. He gets as far as the bench today, but his starting position is taken by Alefe Santos.

Millwall loanee Sid Nelson serves the second match of a three game suspension, following his red card against Notts County. The first team squad members to miss out today are right-back Daniel Alfei (knee injury, out for season), Sid Nelson (suspension), Rhys Browne (ankle) and midfielder Jake Gray (fully fit, but not selected).

The team reads as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
23. Tom James 17. Omar Sowunmi 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
24. Olufela Olomola 30. Alefe Santos 16. James Bailey (Capt) 7. Otis Khan
14. Sam Surridge 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Jonny Maddison (GK) 4. Matt Worthington 5. Bevis Mugabi 6. Keston Davies 8. Connor Smith 15. Jordan Green 20. Oscar Gobern

Port Vale:
23 Ryan Boot
21 James Gibbons 4 Tom Anderson 24 Nathan Smith 33 Gavin Gunning
10 David Worrall 32 Michael Tonge 11 Cristian Montano
6 Antony Kay 8 Danny Pugh
9 Tom Pope

Substitutes:
3 Tyler Denton 7 Marcus Myers-Harness 12 Sam Hornby 14 Tyrone Barnett 15 Anton Forrester 18 William Reeves 19 Dan Turner


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2 December 2017 : Ticketing For Morecambe vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Port Vale and Yeovil Town are now available from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Friday 29th December 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Globe Arena. This was a change from the originally published fixture list, which now means that Glovers fans face the dreaded Friday night on the M6, coupled with a 558 mile round trip in the middle of the Christmas holidays.

For those making the trip, the Admission Prices are as follows:

Adults (Aged 23-64): £21.00; Seniors (65 and Over): £17.00; Young Adult (18-22) and Students: £15.00; Under-18s: £6.00; Under-11s: FREE.

Morecambe indicate that all Under-14s must be accompanied by a responsible adult, although given the length of the journey and it being a night game, we'd hope that would be the case anyway!

The Under-11 offer applies only when one Under-11 ticket is purchased at the same time as an Adult/Senior ticket - any additional Under-11s would pay the Under-18 rate, unless you have more than one Adult/Senior ticket being purchased.

Disabled supporters pay the relevant age bracket with an assistant ticket free of charge, provided they are on the Middle or Higher level of Disability Living Allowance. For disabled and personal assistant tickets please call 01935 847 888, as these won't be available online.

Expectations are that we will be housed in the Peter McGuigan Stand, blocks A and B. This is Morecambe's main stand and runs along the side of the pitch. The overall capacity of this stand is 2,173 - we get two out of the five blocks, so around 40 percent of the capacity. There is a terrace section, but they've not opened it on our last two visits, and with this being a night game with a lower attendance inevitable, this seems even less likely.

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs AFC Wimbledon.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

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


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2 December 2017 : Darren Way Previews The Port Vale FA Cup Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's FA Cup Second Round tie against Port Vale at Vale Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren gives his thoughts on the challenge the FA Cup presents and the opposition. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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1 December 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Port Vale
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town head to Vale Park for an FA Cup Second Round tie against Port Vale. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to the area of Burslem, the ground, directions, parking, a pub guide and other related stuff can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Port Vale.


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1 December 2017 : Officials For Port Vale vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the FA Cup Second Round tie between Port Vale and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd December 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Vale Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Scott Oldham (Lancashire).

He is a new official on the circuit, having been promoted to Football League level in the summer of 2017. So far, he's taken charge of 18 matches, giving out 44 yellow cards and two red cards. He's already been to Vale Park this season, with the October 14th game against Cheltenham Town ending up with a 3-1 home win, and a booking-free encounter. He was involved in one Yeovil Town fixture this season, acting as the Fourth Official in the November 2017 4-0 defeat against Carlisle United at Brunton Park.

He comes from Poulton - a town on the Fylde coast near Blackpool, and is 35 years old. He is a self-employed joiner, whose father Barry Oldham was a Football League assistant referee. Just prior to his promotion to the League, he was given the Premier League 2 final between Swansea City Under-23s and Reading Under-23s, as well as the National League play-off second leg between Tranmere Rovers and Aldershot.

Mr Oldham will be assisted by Richard Wigglesworth (South Yorkshire) and Andrew Hendley (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Peter Wright (Liverpool).


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1 December 2017 : Gobern Deal Now Fully Completed
Yeovil Town have now fully confirmed the signing of former Southampton and Huddersfield Town midfielder Oscar Gobern. The 26 year old has agreed terms with the Glovers, and will wear the No.20 shirt whilst he is with us. The club describe his deal as "on non-contract terms until the end of the 2017-18 season" - we're not sure what that means in practice, given the two parts of that appear to contradict each other.

He has been training with the club for the last three weeks, and whilst his primary position is in midfield, he is a left-footed player who has also deputised as a left-back. For a full profile on Oscar, see yesterday's news item linked below.

Link: Gobern Agrees Glovers Deal Ahead Of FA Cup Tie.


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