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31 December 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Half Term Report Part Two : Off The Field
In the second part of the look of the year just gone, Taff's Gloversblog turns to the club's off the field standing. Just as the year ended, the club gave the local press details of what they planned to achieve under a five year plan that is currently halfway through, whilst also a recent Supporters Alliance Group meeting made a number of claims about what was going on around the club. Analysis of that is provided via the link below. As ever feel free to provide your own viewpoints.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Half Term Report Part Two : Off The Field.


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31 December 2018 : Gary Warren Talks About The Tranmere Rovers Draw
Following Saturday's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, Yeovil Town defender Gary Warren spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Gary gives his views on his side's defending and attacking, and his new defensive partner Adel Gafaiti, and also adds his opinion on the post-match dissent towards manager Darren Way, in the wake of the club's ongoing run of poor form. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Gary Warren Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Tranmere Rovers.


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30 December 2018 : Dickinson Given Team Of The Day Nomination
Yeovil Town left-back Carl Dickinson has been named in the Team of the Day for League Two. The defender has been included in the eleven players nominated by the League Paper on the back of Saturday's fixtures. Carl played a full 90 minutes, in the 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, and is joined by two former Glovers loanees, with Swindon Town defender Sid Nelson and Forest Green Rovers striker Tahvon Campbell both making it into the side chosen.

The team, and manager of the day, reads as follows:

Glenn Morris (Crawley Town)
Neal Eardley (Lincoln City), Sid Nelson (Swindon Town), Steven Old (Morecambe), Carl Dickinson (Yeovil Town)
Conor Thomas (Cheltenham Town), Mohamed Maouche (Oldham Athletic), Alex Gilbey (Milton Keynes), Martyn Woolford (Grimsby Town)
Jabo Ibehre (Cambridge United), Tahvon Campbell (Forest Green Rovers)

Manager: Pete Wild (Oldham Athletic)


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30 December 2018 : Video : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch extended footage of Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw with Tranmere Rovers these are now available online. The two minutes of YouTube-based highlights shows a first half effort for Jordan Green, a glancing header for Adel Gafaiti and a close range chance for Yoann Arquin. The second period also shows a half-chance for Alex Fisher. Watch the two minutes worth via the link below.




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30 December 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers at the Abbey Stadium, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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29 December 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Tranmere Rovers Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on his team's performance, both in terms of their attack and their defence, and also gives his opinion on chants after the final whistle against him. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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29 December 2018 : Video : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers, these are now available online. There is one minute and 20 seconds worth of Sky Sports footage linked below. This shows a first half glancing header from Adel Gafaiti along with a close range chance for Yoann Arquin, with a number of other Tranmere efforts included. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights.


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29 December 2018 : Darren Way Impressed With Spirited Defending After Prenton Park Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his side for their battling qualities today after the 0-0 draw against Tranmere Rovers. The Glovers gained an away point at Prenton Park to end the year 2018, with their defending probably the highlight of their day, as they ensured they kept their concentration levels for the entire 90 minutes on this occasion.

Way told BBC Somerset that he was impressed by the spirited defending within his side, acknowledging that recent late goals against Exeter City and Forest Green Rovers have unpicked his side to grab late wins. He said in that respect there had been improvements in his side's concentration levels:

"Every game is an improvement as far as the concentration levels are concerned. I feel that's important. We all know what's happened in the latter stages of the game. But I thought the players battled hard. They were biting in the tackle, and we had some very very good chances, and probably the better chances overall. It just shows that the players really care and they're fighting for the football club. I think small improvements are important. We had a clean sheet today, and the spirited defending was magnificent. It's not easy to come away from home, certainly at Tranmere over a number of years now. They've managed to build a little bit of momentum. They've managed to build that by adversity and getting relegated. They've had one or two players that have had success together, and they've got stability. Unfortunately we find ourselves fighting for that stability every year, but there's one thing for sure is that we maintain our League status."

Way was asked by the BBC about chants from the travelling 109 Yeovil Town supporters that saw a number call for the manager's dismissal at the end of the game, with the club ending the year in 21st place in the League Two table, and on a run of form that has seen them win just one match in their last sixteen League Two encounters, including none in the last eight. The Glovers boss suggested that there were 'one or two' of those fans that had their own agenda, even alluding to a problem 'in house' at Huish Park as being at the heart of that:

"Well I've had it before. I had it at Port Vale away when Jordan Green scored in the last minute of the game. I think there's one or two individuals that have got their own agenda, whether that's against me, or the football club. You've got to blame someone - when there's probably been someone in house who has got their own agenda, and is setting up other agendas to try and unstable the football club, but as I've said the football club is more important than anyone, and I'll make sure I do my job and be professional and show enough human qualities, to make sure that my decision-making with the players is right, and you could see that in the team today."


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29 December 2018 : Tranmere 0 Yeovil 0 : Deadlock Sees Glovers End Year With Another Draw
Yeovil Town completed 2018 with another draw, as a 0-0 against Tranmere Rovers saw the club come home with a point from Prenton Park. Both sides struggled to make the breakthrough, with a glut of attempts going wide during the afternoon, but there were enough to have claimed victory. Jordan Green and Yoann Arquin had strong opportunities to put Yeovil ahead, whilst James Norwood forced Stuart Nelson into several saves spread across the 90 minutes. But the game stayed goalless leaving Yeovil in 21st place at the end of 2018, and although a point away from home is welcome, it extends their run without a League Two win to eight matches.

The Glovers went into the match making just one change to their starting line-up. Following his contract extension, Yoann Arquin got his place back in the starting line-up with Rhys Browne displacing him in the side. Otherwise it was the same eighteen players that had featured in all of the Christmas fixtures so far, with Enes Mahmoutovic and Omari Patrick two significant loanees to once again play no part in the match. In the Tramere line-up, former Glovers loanee Zoumana Bakayogo sat on the bench.

The game opened with Tranmere's top scorer getting a bit too much space to try his luck on goal. James Norwood shot wide from the edge of the box, before a mistake by Gary Warren saw the same striker get room to get in again. His shot was saved by Stuart Nelson but gathered at the second attempt. At the other end, Jordan Green used his pace to get in behind Tranmere's defence, breaking clear but finding Scott Davies in the way of his shot on goal.

This was an open and even half of football, with both teams happy to have a dig on goal - Connor Jennings attempted a 35 yard lobbed shot that Stuart Nelson was easily equal to, although the keeper had to be far more alert to Cole Stockport's shot that he parried away from goal. There was then a nervous moment as James Norwood was fed by Jennings, with Nelson parrying well but a spell of goal area scrambling causing concern before Sessi D'Almeida finally sprinted away with the ball.

Another uncharacteristic error by Gary Warren as he misjudged an aerial ball saw James Norwood break behind the Glovers defence again, but the striker dragged his shot wide of the post. It wasn't just Yeovil making errors though - Connor Jennings also gave away the ball inside his own half, allowing Jordan Green the ability to break down the flank. He squared for Yoann Arquin who was inside the box, and that really should have been Yeovil going ahead. But Arquin's shot lacked power, with Scott Davies easily saving his close range effort. As such, both sides had to go in level, when they both had good chances to score.

The second half opened with Adel Gafaiti having to clear off his goalline, after Stuart Nelson dropped a cross inside his own area. Cole Stockton got the loose ball and aimed towards goal, but the Glovers defender got in the way of the shot to keep the scores level. At the other end, Yeovil were lively, but struggled to get shots on target, with all of Tom James, Carl Dickinson and Jordan Green firing wide or over the goalframe.

James Norwood once again was the dangerman for Tranmere as he flicked a header from a free kick, only to find Stuart Nelson palming the ball around the post for a corner. The home side tried a couple of substitutions and formation changes during the second period to try to unlock the Glovers defence, but the longer the game went on, the more likely it seemed that neither side was going to make the breakthrough.

Alex Fisher put a header at Scott Davies from a Yoann Arquin cross, and the same striker saw another great chance saved, after Francois Zoko put in a strong run that saw him slip past two defenders. But that was as close as they got, with Tranmere also fizzling out a bit, even if James Norwood's header in injury time from a Jake Caprice cross could have sneaked a winner, as the hand of Stuart Nelson denied him again. But a 0-0 draw was a fair scoreline, replicating the similar scoreline at Huish Park earlier in the season. It leaves Yeovil still in 21st place, and whilst a draw against a top half side is no bad thing, it means Yeovil end the year without a win in eight matches, and with only one win in their last sixteen games.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Tranmere Rovers 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Tranmere Rovers:
1 Scott Davies
3 Liam Ridehalgh 4 Ritchie Sutton 5 Steve McNulty 16 Mark Ellis 14 Jake Caprice
11 Connor Jennings 12 Luke McCullough 8 Jay Harris
20 Cole Stockton 10 James Norwood

Substitutes:
2 Adam Buxton 9 Paul Mullin (70 mins for Ritchie Sutton) 18 Jon Smith (60 mins for Cole Stockton) 22 Harvey Gilmour 23 Shamal George 24 Zoumana Bakayogo 29 Larnell Cole

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 24. Olufela Olomola (83 mins for Francois Zoko) 27. Shaun Donnellan 28. Devon Arnold

Tranmere Rovers Bookings: Liam Ridehalgh (foul, 34 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Carl Dickinson (foul, 38 mins)

Tranmere Rovers Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 14; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 1; Fouls: 17.

Referee: Charles Breakspear (Surrey). Assistants: Natalie Aspinall (Lancashire) and Ollie Williams (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Nik Barnard (Cheshire).

Attendance: 5,782 (with 109 Yeovil Town supporters)


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29 December 2018 : Team News For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday's League Two match against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Exeter City on Boxing Day. Winger/striker Yoann Arquin, who signed a new deal with the club yesterday, is preferred to Rhys Browne, who drops to the bench. Otherwise the eighteen players selected are as per the last two matches.

Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, although our understanding is that he is close to resuming full contact training for the first time. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and was expected to be out until around the end of the year, although as yet there's no mention of him being back in training yet. Winger Wes McDonald (hamstring) and Gabriel Rogers (ankle) remain out. Alex Pattison (back) has indicated that he expects to be returning relatively soon, although there's no firm date on that. Striker Korrey Henry, centre-back Enes Mahmutovic and striker Omari Patrick are presumed fit but do not make the squad.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 18. Yoann Arquin
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 24. Olufela Olomola 27. Shaun Donnellan 28. Devon Arnold


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29 December 2018 : Officials For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Tranmere Rovers and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 29th December 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Prenton Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Charles Breakspear (Surrey).

He was promoted in the summer of 2013 onto the Football League referees list at the age of just 24 years old. However, as it was his first season at the new level and we were in the Championship it took until the 2014-15 campaign when we met twice at League One level. The first was the September 2014 match against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium. There he had a fairly quiet game, with just one booking, whilst Crawley's two second half goals that gave them a 2-0 win were more down to uncertain defending than dodgy refereeing.

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

We had him three times during the 2015-16 season. The first was an October 2015 home match against Mansfield Town. This game had an extraordinary end to it, with the Stags scoring their goal 99 minutes and 41 seconds into the match. Whilst this was deep into injury time, there was some justification for it as lengthy injuries to Artur Krysiak and Stephen Arthurworrey had resulted in several second half delays, although we had gone marginally beyond the signalled nine minutes and suspect the free kick that Reggie Lambe scored from would have been the final action of the game. Otherwise, the referee had a fairly decent game. After that, he was present for the Boxing Day match against Plymouth Argyle. We lost 1-0, and he booked five players across both teams, but we don't recall any hackles being raised.

The final match of the trio came at the tail end of the 2015-16 campaign. He took charge of the 1-1 draw against Northampton Town which on the whole was a decent game. However, we felt the longer the game went on, the more the referee seemed to be getting wrapped up in the match, rather than taking charge of it. Three bookings in the final five minutes looked over the top within the context of the rest of the match where he'd adopted a very lenient approach to it all.

We had him twice during the 2016-17 season - the first was in September 2016, when he took charge of the 1-2 home defeat against Hartlepool United. This game was frustrating on many levels, notably in that the visitors had clearly come to Huish Park with plans to timewaste. Mr Breakspear did book their goalkeeper Trevor Carson for multiple infringements, and also added on additional time to reflect what Pools had been doing. However, it did rather grate that Hartlepool got their winning goal during the time added on for some of the timewasting. Technically correct, but it felt a bit morally unjust. In fairness to him, we didn't play well during the second period, and the match was slowly eroding from our grasp.

We had him twice during the 2017-18 season, the first of which was in January 2018. He was a late replacement for the published match referee against Grimsby Town but wasted no time in getting involved in the game. He sent off Grimsby's Mitch Rose for a 6th minute foul and then followed that up by sending off Karleigh Osborne for a second bookable offence. Osborne's first booking came for fighting with his own teammate, and there lies the problem - the visitors were frustrated and ill-disciplined right from the start, and although the dismissals clearly had an effect on the 3-0 outcome, it was hard to see what the referee could have done.

In April 2018 came his most recent match - the 2-3 defeat against Mansfield Town at Huish Park that rounded off our home fixtures that season. What could have been a fairly quiet game from our point of view, saw seven yellow cards displayed, and an eighth that unfortunately meant that Omar Sowunmi got sent off. In fairness to the referee, Omar had committed a foul that led to Mansfield's winning goal from Lee Angol, then got booked for fouling the same player. When he committed a third foul, he was given a final warning, but went on and committed another foul on Angol again and so left the pitch. In addition to all the bookings, Mr Breakspear awarded two penalties - one for each side. We thought both were very dodgy, with one decision being given as a handball after a Mansfield free kick was blasted into the middle of the Yeovil wall - even by scrutinising the match video we couldn't work out which player in the Yeovil wall he was penalising, and the lack of a yellow card implied that the referee wasn't too sure either.

He has a reputation for being very top heavy with the number of bookings - so far this season he's managed 92 cautions and 10 dismissals across 26 matches. Last season he got his way through 163 yellow cards and 18 red cards through the 47 games he took charge of. If you think Trevor Kettle is a busy man, then his eye puts him in the shade!

Mr Breakspear will be assisted by Natalie Aspinall (Lancashire) and Ollie Williams (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Nik Barnard (Cheshire).

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

Link: March 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Walsall 1.

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

Link: December 2015 : Plymouth Argyle 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: April 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 1.

Link: September 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Hartlepool United 2.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 5 Crawley Town 0.

Link: January 2018 : Yeovil Town 3 Grimsby Town 0.

Link: April 2018 : Yeovil Town 2 Mansfield Town 3.


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28 December 2018 : Arquin Signs New Contract With Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town winger/striker Yoann Arquin has extended his stay at Huish Park. The former Notts County and Mansfield Town player was out of contract at the club in early January, but has agreed new terms that will keep him at the club for a further six months, taking him until the 2018-19 season ends.

So far, the 30 year old has scored four goals in 24 appearances, since arriving as a trialist in pre-season. His most recent goal came in the 1-1 draw with Northampton Town on December 22nd, that got heavily featured around the national media, with him netting a 30 yard volley in the 89th minute of the game. Manager Darren Way has said that the agreement is a boost for the club:

"Yoann has been a very important player for us in the first half of the season so to secure his services for the remainder of the campaign is a big boost for us all. Yoann knows he has to keep working hard week in, week out but his signature is a boost as we head towards the January transfer window. I look forward to continuing to work with him and seeing what the remainder of the season has in store."

Arquin himself has said that he is glad to get his future sorted and is looking forward to the second half of the season:

"I'm very happy to have extended my contract with Yeovil and already can't wait for the rest of the season. I've enjoyed my time so far as a Glover and have loved working with the gaffer and the rest of the squad. With my future decided I'm determined to keep doing everything I can for the team, continuing at Tranmere on Saturday."

Link: Yoann Arquin : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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28 December 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make a long trip to the North-West part of the country, where they will take on Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park. In preparation for that, the Ciderspace guide to the club, ground and surrounding area has been updated

Featuring directions, ticketing, travel, a pub guide, club statistics and other associated information, the guide can be found via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: GWSC Travel To Tranmere Rovers.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

The Cowshed End at Prenton Park
The Cowshed, end for the visiting fans
Photo © 2005-18 Ciderspace



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28 December 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Exeter City Away Team Selection
Just before Boxing Day's match against Exeter City kicked off at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his pre-match views on how he needed his strikers to bring others into play, and what he thought two of his more experienced defensive players could bring to the team. 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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27 December 2018 : Latics Boss Fired After Boxing Day Thrashing
League One side Oldham Athletic have sacked their first team manager Frankie Bunn. The 56 year old's dismissal is undoubtedly a heavy reaction to their Boxing Day defeat against Carlisle United, which saw them suffer a 6-0 defeat at Brunton Park. He had only been appointed on June 13th 2018, with the Latics giving him a one year contract following their relegation into League Two.

Bunn's record at Boundary Park lasted just 31 matches, with 12 wins and eight draws, and a win ratio of 38.7 percent. He leaves them in 12th place in the League Two table, and seven points off a play-off position, but had lost their last two games against Exeter City and Carlisle.

His position will be temporarily taken by their Youth Development Phase Coach Pete Wild. They have indicated that they will be aiming to recruit a permanent successor as soon as possible, although it seems clear that Wild will act as Caretaker Manager throughout their remaining Christmas and New Year Fixtures.


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27 December 2018 : Final Deadline For Advance Tranmere Rovers Tickets
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, should note the following arrangements, with respect to advance ticket purchase. It will be possible to purchase from the Huish Park Ticket Office until 4.00p.m. on Friday, although online sales will only be available until 12.00 midday - after that point, you'll need to call the office on 01935-847888 or visit in person.

After that point, if you purchase on the day, note there is a £2.00 surcharge on tickets. You'll need to either pay cash on the turnstiles or buy from the Tranmere Store.

Note carefully that Tranmere's policy on the sale of Young Persons' (Aged 18-22) tickets are that you must take ID with you that shows your Date of Birth on it, such as a Driver's Licence. If your ID does not show the Date of Birth, Tranmere have the right to insist on you paying the full Adult price. This applies to tickets purchased in advance, as well as on the day.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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27 December 2018 : Video : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch lengthier highights of Boxing Day's 2-1 defeat against Exeter City at St James Park, these are now online. The three goals - including the Tom James strike during the second half, are added to by a fairly incredible off the line clearance by James at the other end, whilst you can also view the second half effort that Olufela Olomola had on goal, and a late strike of the woodwork from Jordan Green. Watch via the link below.




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26 December 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Exeter City Away Game
Following Yeovil Town's 2-1 defeat against Exeter City at St James Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the game, the future of players like Tom James in the January transfer window, and his views on the recent Supporters Alliance Meeting minutes, are shown in full, via the link below.

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


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26 December 2018 : Video : Exeter City vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 2-1 defeat against Exeter City, these are now available online. There is one-and-a-half minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows all three goals, including the second half effort from Tom James. The footage is also worth viewing for the first half clearance made by James off his own goalline! Watch via the link below.

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


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26 December 2018 : Darren Way Responds To Supporters Alliance Meeting Comments
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has responded to the minutes of the Supporters Alliance Group meeting that was held in December 2018. The Glovers boss was a guest at a special meeting that was convened by the club to discuss recent developments at Huish Park, including his awarding of a new contract, and the club's associated poor form on the pitch.

During the meeting, the minutes attributed Way as having said "that the fans knew nothing about football". Following Boxing Day's match against Exeter City, Way was asked by BBC Somerset reporter Chris Spittles to explain or justify his views. Initially he responded by stating he didn't know the context of the comments that had been made, but when it was explained to him by the BBC that this came from the Supporters Alliance meeting, he responded by saying:

"Well again that's news to me. I've had a lot of things written about me. I've had an individual tell lies about the budget. I just think there's a lot of people who are out to perhaps put the club into a position where rather than support me, or support the owner, or the Chairman. It's not easy. I understand that people want change. You've only got to look at Ipswich. I think Sunderland changed their manager how many times, during their period of a bad spell. You look at West Brom. So I understand these things happen, but I think there's one or two that are slaves to social media, that are trying to cause the team, myself, the Board bigger problems."

Way added that when the club were thrashed 8-2 at Kenilworth Road against Luton Town, on the opening day of the 2017-18 season, his playing squad had arranged for a refund on the match tickets to those who attended the game, and denied that he had ever disrespected the supporters at any time, although stopped short of explaining the views that he had given at that meeting:

"I've been a great supporter of this football club, on and off the pitch. I've never disrespected the fans in any shape or form. I come out every week. We got beaten 8-2 at Luton and the first thing I tried to do, was to make sure we paid the supporters. So I know, and supporters that know me would probably understand I would never do that. So whoever has put that down, perhaps has either phrased it in the wrong way, or they need to have a good look at themselves."


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26 December 2018 : Exeter 2 Yeovil 1 : Stockley Strikes To Sink Glovers
Yeovil Town's poor run of form continued on Boxing Day, as a late goal from Jayden Stockley sent them home from St James Park with a 2-1 defeat. The lunchtime West Country derby saw Exeter City take the lead towards the end of the first half when Lee Holmes cut inside before curling a shot into the top corner. In an improved second period, the Glovers equalised when Tom James bagged his fourth goal of the season but his first from open play, as he drove a 25 yard shot home. But Grecians top scorer Stockley grabbed the win when he scrambled home the winner from close range with just two minutes remaining, leaving Yeovil winless in their last seven matches.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged side compared to the team with the only alteration being the inclusion of Bevis Mugabi on the bench, meaning that Omari Patrick dropped out, whilst Enes Mahmoutovic was a second loanee also absent from the teamsheet. In the Exeter line-up former loanee Nicky Law started, whilst former defender Aaron Martin sat on the bench, as the Grecians also opted for an unchanged starting eleven.

Exeter started the match as the superior side, with Lee Holmes finding his shot blocked by Carl Dickinson for what would turn out to be a succession of four corners. For one of those, a bit of a goalmouth scramble materialised after Dara O'Shea flicked the ball on, but Yeovil eventually cleared their lines on each occasion, with Stuart Nelson, Adel Gafaiti and Gary Warren having been kept particularly busy.

At the other end, Yeovil contributed almost nothing during the half. Only Sessi D'Almeida managed any shots, and even those were well wide, with one going well over and into the Big Bank stand, whilst another skewed a yard or two wide. Exeter almost got the ball in the net when a Lee Martin lob over Stuart Nelson was clearly goalbound but some superb defending by Tom James managed to see the ball cleared off the line to keep the scores level.

But that was the warning for Yeovil to up their game. Instead, Exeter scored with their next attack 35 minutes into the match, with Lee Holmes cutting in from the right flank, breaking past Rhys Browne, and then curling a shot from the edge of the box into the far corner of the net, for a 1-0 advantage which on the balance of play the home side had deserved. They stayed on top until the half time whistle, with Lee Martin's 30 yard effort going wide, but showing their territory that had given them the single goal.

Yeovil came out of the traps much more sharply during the second period, even though that didn't save Rhys Browne from being substituted for Yoann Arquin to come on. Eight minutes into the half, they drew level. Tom James has unusually been one of Yeovil's best attacking outlets in the last couple of months, although they've normally come from set pieces. On this occasion, he picked up a loose ball and drove a low shot from 25 yards out and into the bottom corner for a 1-1 equaliser. Game on, with Yeovil's first shot on target of the match!

Exeter responded to Yeovil's new impetus, as Nicky Law fired over the bar. But this was a much more evenly-contested half of football than the first half had been, with Yoann Arquin attempting to repeat his stunning Northampton goal by an improvised long range strike that caught out Grecians keeper Christy Pym who could only palm the ball away for a corner. Tom James fired over from a 20 yard free kick as Yeovil again tried their luck from distance, but they got a far more realistic chance to take the lead when substitute Olufela Olomola turned on the penalty box and shot, only to find Pym's legs getting in the way of his shot.

The home side were still in the game though, and they managed to get their noses in front with a bit of persistence from a corner. Nicky Law took the set piece and when it was only half cleared, the ball returned into the penalty box and Dean Moxey's shot was saved by Stuart Nelson. The quickest to react was Jayden Stockley, who netted his 15th goal of the season, and in the 88th minute one that would turn out to be the winning goal of the game.

Yeovil rallied, as within 60 seconds of kick-off, Jordan Green fired a drive that came off the post, with Alex Fisher desperate to get in on the rebound before it was cleared for a corner. In injury time an Adel Gafaiti header was saved by Christy Pym, but Exeter held on, sending Yeovil home to a 2-1 defeat, with a run of form that leaves the Glovers winless in seven League Two matches, and with only one win to their name in their last 15 league matches. They will have to sit and sweat out the other ten League Two matches this afternoon, but with Cambridge United winning in the other lunchtime game, their current 20th place position is tightening up.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Exeter City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Lee Holmes (1-0, 34 mins), Tom James (1-1, 53 mins), Jayden Stockley (2-1, 88 mins)

Exeter City:
1 Christy Pym
2 Pierce Sweeney 4 Dara O'Shea 21 Dean Moxey 3 Craig Woodman
8 Nicky Law 25 Jake Taylor 27 Archie Collins 10 Lee Holmes
7 Lee Martin
11 Jayden Stockley

Substitutes:
5 Aaron Martin 6 Jordan Tillson (89 mins for Nicky Law) 13 James Hamon 14 Jonathan Forte 17 Matt Jay 19 Tristan Abrahams (76 mins for Lee Martin) 24 Chiedozie Ogbene (74 mins for Lee Holmes)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 7. Rhys Browne
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 10. Jake Gray 18. Yoann Arquin (50 mins for Rhys Browne) 24. Olufela Olomola (74 mins for Francois Zoko) 27. Shaun Donnellan 28. Devon Arnold

Exeter City Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: Jordan Green (handball, 23 mins), Rhys Browne (foul, 50 mins)

Exeter City Match Statistics: Possession: 58%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 7; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 42%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 7; Fouls: 6.

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Ronald Ganfield (Somerset) and Ben Cobb (Dorset). Fourth Official: Sam Allison (Wiltshire).

Attendance: 5,974 (with 576 Yeovil Town supporters)


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26 December 2018 : Team News For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Boxing Day's League Two match against Exeter City at St James Park. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up, compared to the game against Northampton Town last Saturday. There is one change to the bench, with Bradford City loanee Omari Patrick dropping off the teamsheet, as Bevis Mugabi makes his return from a shoulder injury.

Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, although our understanding is that he is close to resuming full contact training for the first time. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is expected to be out until around the end of the year. Alex Pattison (back), winger Wes McDonald (hamstring) and Gabriel Rogers (ankle) remain out. Striker Korrey Henry, centre-back Enes Mahmutovic and striker Omari Patrick are presumed fit but do not make the squad.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 11. Jordan Green
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 10. Jake Gray 18. Yoann Arquin 24. Olufela Olomola 27. Shaun Donnellan 28. Devon Arnold

Exeter City:
1 Christy Pym
2 Pierce Sweeney 4 Dara O'Shea 21 Dean Moxey 3 Craig Woodman
8 Nicky Law 25 Jake Taylor 27 Archie Collins 10 Lee Holmes
7 Lee Martin
11 Jayden Stockley

Substitutes:
5 Aaron Martin 6 Jordan Tillson 13 James Hamon 14 Jonathan Forte 17 Matt Jay 19 Tristan Abrahams 24 Chiedozie Ogbene


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26 December 2018 : Officials For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two fixture between Exeter City and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Wednesday 26th December 2018, with a 1.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture is referee Graham Salisbury (Lancashire).

If you're thinking the name of a referee called Salisbury seems familiar, then it's worth noting that Michael Salisbury is also a regular Football League referee - Graham is his father - meaning that it's easy to get the two mixed up - we had Michael earlier this month for the home match against Forest Green Rovers. Unsurprisingly given Mr Salisbury's home address, meetings involving himself have been scarce, although oddly the last four have all been at Huish Park, whilst this one sees him head even further down the M5 and into Devon.

He last turned up for a September 2017 League Two match against Port Vale. There he was a very busy man, with seven yellow cards, and ultimately an eighth turning into a dismissal for Vale's James Gibbons. Although eight bookings is generally fairly excessive, the Gibbons dismissal couldn't really be argued with, given that he committed two bad fouls close to the touchline, with the second one resulting in a bit of a tangle with Otis Khan. Both players were correctly booked, which meant the Vale youngster had to walk.

One year previously, in September 2016, he was at Huish Park for the 4-2 win over Cheltenham Town. Although he booked five players, it's mainly the football that we remember it for, with Gary Johnson's side having a particularly torrid time down the flanks as Otis Khan and Ryan Hedges had possibly their best game of the season. With six goals there wasn't a lot of focus upon the refereeing.

The same was true for his visit in December 2015, which gave us a 2-2 draw against Barnet. This was another game that was all about the football, with the visitors dominating the first half, whilst we came back in the second. No visibility of any refereeing influence - there were a few grumbles about Barnet's second goal being possibly offside, but the match video was entirely inconclusive. He was also present for our May 2014 home match against Middlesbrough - our final match at Championship level. We were easily outclassed on the day against a Boro team that were ultimately going to do well during the following season, and so no complaints about the result or the referee's performance. With us already down, it had a bit of an end-of-season feel to it all.

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

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

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

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

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Ronald Ganfield (Somerset) and Ben Cobb (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Sam Allison (Wiltshire).

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

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

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Barnet 2.

Link: May 2014 : Yeovil Town 1 Middlesbrough 4.

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

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

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

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

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

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


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25 December 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Half Term Report Part One : On The Field
Due to a couple of matches postponed due to international call-ups, Yeovil Town are not quite at the halfway stage of their season, but will reach that point at the end of the year. Christmas Day is the traditional halfway point in the Football League fixture calendar, and that's therefore the right point for Taff's Gloversblog to size up the season so far, what has changed over those months and what needs to be done for 2019. Read that blog via the link below and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Half Term Report Part One : On The Field.


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25 December 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City
Boxing Day sees Yeovil Town head down to Devon for a League Two match against Exeter City. For those travelling to the match, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover this season's ticketing, travel, statistics and the stadium developments at St James Park. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Exeter City.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

The IP Office Main Stand (formerly known as the Flybe Stand) - some seating is provided in this area
The IP Office Main Stand (formerly known as the Flybe Stand) - some seating is provided in this area
Photo © 2009-2018 Ciderspace



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24 December 2018 : Supporters Alliance Group Meeting With The Glovers Board And Darren Way
Earlier this month, the Supporters Alliance Group held a special meeting with representatives from Yeovil Town's Board, and with manager Darren Way. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss certain recent decisions made by the club with respect to the manager's contract, and the divulging of a new club strategic plan.

The minutes of that meeting, which included representatives of the GWSC, Glovers Trust, Junior Glovers, the DSA, Cary Glovers and the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust, can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Supporter Alliance Meeting : Tuesday 10th December 2018.


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24 December 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Tail Continues To Wag The Dog
Off the field of play, there's a fair bit of discussion and views being shared on the state of Yeovil Town. In the latest Taff's Gloversblog we find Old Green Eyes back at the controls for another guest blog, where he gives his views on the Glovers Trust 'Big Ten Challenge' that was first put to the club a year ago. He also has his say on a recent set of claims publishd by the Western Gazette, centring around an interview with Chairman John Fry. Read on via the link below, and decide whether Old Green Eyes has his tail wagging, or his teeth bared.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Tail Continues To Wag The Dog.


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24 December 2018 : GWSC Travel For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Tranmere Rovers. The match takes place at Prenton Park on Saturday 29th December 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Tranmere Rovers : Saturday 29th December 2018.
Huish Park: 7.45a.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

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 Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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23 December 2018 : Supporters Alliance Group Discuss Covenants On The Huish Park Land
Last month, representatives from the Supporters Alliance Group met at Huish Park, to have a special focussed meeting regarding Covenants on the land. Many of these Covenants - which are legal agreements written into the land deeds associated with the stadium and surrounding land - have existed since the club moved from the old Huish ground, to the new Huish Park stadium around 1989-1990, although a few have been placed in more modern times.

The Covenants provide legal restrictions in terms of what Yeovil Town FC (or any future owner) can do on that land, sometimes as a permanent situation, and sometimes as a time-limit contract. The Glovers Trust had asked the club for more detail on what Covenants existed, as part of their 'Big Ten Challenge' that was issued to the club a year ago.

Last month saw the Trust and other interested Supporters Alliance Group members meet with Yeovil Town Director David Lee and Chief Operating Officer David Mills, to discuss each Covenant and the impact the club believe it has on their business. Those minutes can be read in full, via the link below, and have been published by the Glovers Trust.

Link: Supporter Alliance Meeting : Tuesday 13th November 2018.


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23 December 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Northampton Town Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Northampton Town kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why he changed his strike force for the game, talks about the return of Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter to the teamsheet, and gives his views on the inclusion of Academy striker Devon Arnold on the bench. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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23 December 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch slightly more extended highlights of Saturday's 1-1 draw with Northampton Town, these are now available online. There's two minutes worth of YouTube-based footage that shows the opener from Andy Williams, before Yoann Arquin crashed in his 30 yard volley for the equaliser. As with the Sky Sports footage, they show you the first half efforts from Tom James and Rhys Browne. However, they also show the breakaway involving Browne that led to Jordan Green being unable to get off a proper shot, and an Alefe Santos effort that went a couple of yards wide. Then came the two goals, right at the end.




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22 December 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Northampton Town Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Northampton Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on Yoann Arquin's goal, the team performance and the team's position going into Christmas can be read via the link below.

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


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22 December 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday's match against Northampton Town, these are now available online. There is just under two minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the long range strike from Yoann Arquin that gave the Glovers a 1-1 draw. You can also view a first half free kick from Tom James and a Rhys Browne deflected effort, as well as an ultra-late header for Gary Warren. Watch via the link below.

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


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22 December 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town
If you watched Saturday's 1-1 draw against Northampton Town at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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22 December 2018 : Darren Way Claims Arquin Strike As One Of The Best Seen At Huish Park
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that Saturday afternoon's 89th minute goal from Yoann Arquin stands as one of the best goals scored at Huish Park. The substitute rescued a point for the Glovers against Northampton Town only a minute after Andy Williams had given the Cobblers the lead in the game, leaving the home side looking like they were heading to defeat.

However, Arquin produced the perfect response to that set-back, crashing in a shot from in excess of 30 yards off the under-side of the crossbar, lifting a crowd that had been stunned by the opening goal. Arquin is out of contract just after the New Year's Day match against Cheltenham Town, and Way confirmed that there was a new deal on the table for him. However, he said the player deserved credit for ensuring that any distractions in that area were put to one side today:

"I thought the supporters never ever gave up, and I thought they stood around until the end, and they've probably witnessed one of the best goals ever seen at Huish Park. If anyone can tell me any different, I would like to know, but I've been here long enough now and we've had some fantastic players, but I've never seen a goal like that. We've offered him a new deal and he's been speaking to his agent. I just said in there that Yoann has no loyalty to the football club, as such, because he's out of contract. But the way he's been dealing with the training, and the way he's been dealing with games, and the way he dealt with team selection today, I think he deserves to take huge credit."

Way was unhappy with referee Robert Lewis, complaining that he had denied his side a penalty during the first half when Francois Zoko went down side the box under a challenge from Jordan Turnbull. But he felt his team should have won the match anyway, after a breakaway betwen Rhys Browne and Jordan Green during the second period saw the latter delay his shot, ultimately having his attempt smothered by the Cobblers keeper David Cornell. Way said he felt that chance deserved to win the match:

"I thought it was a good game for the supporters. It was end to end. We kept breaking on the counterattack a number of times. I feel for Jordan Green, as it was a great opportunity. It was full of mixed emotions. They had chances and we had good chances. I thought overall we perhaps deserved to win the game, with Jordan's chance. I thought we had poor refereeing decisions that went against us. I thought it was a penalty looking back on it, on Francois Zoko. That's not going too well for us. The subs that they made just shows you the strength and depth that these teams have got in their squads. But I was really pleased with the players."


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22 December 2018 : Yeovil 1 Northampton 1 : Arquin Long Range Strike Rescues Glovers
Yeovil Town grabbed a late point against Northampton Town as Yoann Arquin provided an instant response as the Cobblers threatened to take all three points in the final Christmas fixture. In a match in which neither side managed to produce serious attacking threat, former Glover Andy Williams looked to have won it in the 88th minute when he latched onto a ball over the top. But just over a minute later, Arquin produced a spectacular bolt from the blue, as he crashed a 30 yard strike off the underside of the crossbar, to provide a 1-1 draw, that leaves the Glovers in 20th place in the table, and four points off the relegation spots going into the Christmas schedule.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their starting line-up with both representing a change to the starting line-up. Yoann Arquin and Olufela Olomola were dropped to the bench in favour of Francois Zoko and Alex Fisher. On the bench Nathan Baxter replaced Tommy Scott, which meant that Devon Arnold came in as the Club Developed Player for the first time, due to an injury to Gabriel Rogers. In the Cobblers line-up, a quartet of ex-Glovers on the teamsheet saw Dean Bowditch and Sam Foley start, whilst Sam Hoskins and Andy Williams sat on the bench.

Apart from a Francois Zoko shot that was blocked by Ash Taylor, Yeovil took a while to provide any attacking intent. Northampton wer a bit brighter but couldn't get anything on target, as Kevin van Veen shot wide before Taylor provided their first on target effort, with Stuart Nelson tipping his header over the bar. Taylor then fired wide again, midway through the half.

It took Yeovil 22 minutes before they managed to find their shooting boots. Predictably it was a Tom James free kick, on a sharp angle. He still went direct for goal but cleared the crossbar. There was then a Rhys Browne effort inside the box that David Buchanan managed to half block for a corner, that was to prove to be the club's best chance of the half. Northampton weren't doing much more, although Sam Foley had a well driven attempt that went just wide of the far post, with one of his teammates stretching to get on the end of it. But overall, it was a fairly even half of football, and the lack of involvement of both keepers gave an idea of why there were no goals.

The second half promised much the same, as Kevin van Veen dragged his shot wide of the post. Yeovil did have loud appeals for a spot kick when Francois Zoko went down under the outstretched leg of Jordan Turnbell, but referee Robert Lewis wasn't in the mood to make big decisions on the day. Where the referee was getting involved was in a glut of bookings, notably when Sessi D'Almeida fouled Sam Foley for his obligatory yellow card, whilst Foley also got one for getting involved in a bit of afters. The former Glovers midfielder very quickly got himself on a final warning for another foul which resulted in manager Keith Curle tactically withdrawing him from what was going on out there.

Next to zero chances were coming from either side - an Alefe Santos shot after he got the ball from a free kick went wide from outside the area, with David Buchanan shooting wide at the other end. That made the 88th minute goal that gave Northampton their opener a bit of a surprise for a game that was heading for a 0-0 result. Shaun McWilliams provided a ball over the top for Andy Williams to run onto and he slotted home into the bottom corner. 0-1 down and suddenly the Glovers were staring at defeat.

Having had almost no attacking intent in the second period though, Yeovil got a quick response just over a minute from the restart. A bit of opportunism from substitute Yoann Arquin saw him pick the ball up in space from over 30 yards out and he rifled a shot off the underside of the crossbar for a stunning equalising goal, and to pull things back to 1-1.

In the six minutes of injury time, Yeovil could have fashioned a freak victory, when Gary Warren headed over the crossbar from a Yoann Arquin cross, but in the end it was points shared, which across the whole 90 minutes was probably a fair representation of the game. It leaves Yeovil with their seventh home draw of the season, but ensures that they leave 2018 with just one home victory in over ten months in League Two. With the club now dropping to 20th, and just four points off relegation, that's something they need to change in 2019 as a priority.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Northampton Town 1.

Scorers: Andy Williams (0-1, 88 mins), Yoann Arquin (1-1, 89 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 7. Rhys Browne
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 8. Omari Patrick 10. Jake Gray 18. Yoann Arquin (82 mins for Rhys Browne) 24. Olufela Olomola (79 mins for Francois Zoko) 27. Shaun Donnellan 28. Devon Arnold

Northampton Town:
1 David Cornell
18 Jordan Turnbull 16 Aaron Pierre 6 Ash Taylor
2 Shay Facey 8 Sam Foley 17 Shaun McWilliams 22 Matt Crooks 3 David Buchanan
10 Kevin van Veen 15 Dean Bowditch

Substitutes:
7 Sam Hoskins 9 Andy Williams (67 mins for Matt Crooks) 11 Daniel Powell 14 Junior Morias (89 mins for Kevin van Veen) 19 Jack Bridge 20 Billy Waters (74 mins for Sam Foley) 30 Luke Coddington

Yeovil Bookings: Adel Gafaiti (foul, 10 mins), Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 63 mins), Gary Warren (foul, 69 mins)

Northampton Town Bookings: Sam Foley (retaliation, 63 mins), Ash Taylor (foul, 65 mins), Kevin van Veen (foul, 71 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 40%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 10.

Northampton Town Match Statistics: Possession: 60%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 6; Fouls: 15.

Referee: Robert Lewis (Shropshire). Assistants: Darren Wilding (Worcestershire) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Simon Shaw (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 3,193 (with 276 Northampton Town supporters).


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22 December 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Northampton Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Northampton Town at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to the game against Cambridge United a week ago. Both changes are tactical and are up front, with Alex Fisher and Francois Zoko providing a new front line as Yoann Arquin and Olufela Olomola drop to the bench.

On the bench, there are two changes with Nathan Baxter returning from a hip-flexor problem, whilst there's a new addition to the bench for Academy striker Devon Arnold. With Gabriel Rogers out injured, the club needed to field a player under the Club Developed Player rules, and so Arnold is co-opted for the first time.

Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, although our understanding is that he is close to resuming full contact training for the first time. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is expected to be out until around the end of the year. Bevis Mugabi (shoulder) is also out until the end of the year. Alex Pattison (back), winger Wes McDonald (hamstring) and Gabriel Rogers (ankle) remain out. Striker Korrey Henry and Enes Mahmutovic are presumed fit but do not make the squad.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 11. Jordan Green
9. Alex Fisher 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes:
12. Nathan Baxter (GK) 8. Omari Patrick 10. Jake Gray 18. Yoann Arquin 24. Olufela Olomola 27. Shaun Donnellan 28. Devon Arnold


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22 December 2018 : Glovers Trust Plans For The Northampton Town Game
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town take on Northampton Town at Huish Park, in their final League Two home match of 2018. The Glovers Trust will have their usual presence at the ground. If you've found that the club's Gazebo has been moving around the ground in the last few matches, then note that it's back by the Ticket Office or this match. Their whereabouts and current topics of interest are as follows:

Match: Northampton Town (Home)

Trust Presence: Huish Park (by ticket office) - approximately 1:30pm to 2:45pm

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.

Arrow Services: 20% discount on pre-match Arrow food orders

Specific Discussion Points of Interest: Membership renewals, Alliance Group progress, Secretary Vacancy.

Other points of note:
1. The Gazebo will be by the ticket office this week (having previously been located by the Marquee for the Forest Green match).
2. The minutes of the recent meeting with David Lee regarding the covenants have been finalised and will be published shortly and hopefully ahead of the match, time permitting.
3. The Alliance Group have collectively produced it's own minutes in respect of the meeting that was held with John Fry, David Mills, David Lee and Darren Way on Tuesday the 11th of December. We are expecting these to be released by the 24th of December.
4. The Trust remains in urgent need of a Secretary. Anyone who is able to assist or would like further information should email Stuart Burrell (chairman@glovers-trust.co.uk).


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21 December 2018 : Baxter Given New Long Term Contract By Chelsea
Yeovil Town's on loan goalkeeper Nathan Baxter has been given a new contract with his parent club. The 20 year old has been rewarded with a new four and a half year deal with Chelsea that will keep him on their books until the summer of 2023, giving an idea of how highly they regard him at Stamford Bridge. Having worked his way through Metropolitan Police, Solihull Moors and Woking in loan spells over the last two years, he's currently midway through a season long loan at Huish Park, and has clocked up 104 first team appearances across all four loan clubs.

Baxter's loan spell with the Glovers has stalled very slightly over the last month, partly due to a decision to recall Stuart Nelson to the starting line-up, and then subsequently after Baxter suffered a hip flexor injury that has seen him return to Chelsea for treatment. However, he joined the travelling Yeovil Town fans in the away end for last Saturday's League Two match at Cambridge, and he says he's now more or less back to fitness:

"In each loan I've learned something new and something different. It's been great at Yeovil so far. I'm very proud that we managed to break the clean sheet record for the number of minutes without conceding a goal (at Football League level) at the club. Darren Way, the manager, and Steve Phillips, the goalie coach have been great with me, and they've really helped me develop. I just take it loan by loan, and game by game. I've missed three weeks now through injury, and I'm just excited to get back on the pitch at Yeovil and playing in League Two. If I do well, then I'll be looking to take further loans, whether that's in a higher league or whatever, and then just keep working hard. By the time the contract ends I'm 24 and that's the sort of age where goalkeepers come into their own. Hopefully now my injury is pretty much all good, so I'll be able to get back onto the pitch there."

Nathan Baxter signs a new contract at Chelsea
Nathan Baxter signs a new contract at Chelsea


The video clip today on Chelsea TV showed Baxter in Chelsea kit at their training ground, meaning that unless his contract and the accompanying video were shot earlier in the week, it might be that tomorrow's match against Northampton Town comes slightly too soon for him to rejoin the Yeovil Town first team squad. However, Baxter's views suggest that he will at least be on the teamsheet for the bulk of the club's Christmas fixtures.

So far this season, he's made 20 appearances for the club in all competitions, and had been an ever-present in the first team line-up up until the November FA Cup First Round exit against Stockport County, that saw him displaced by Nelson.

Link: Nathan Baxter : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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21 December 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Northampton Town Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Northampton Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Darren gives his views on the club's home form, the January transfer window, contract offers for two existing players along with his thoughts on the loan system. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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21 December 2018 : Final Deadline For Advance Exeter City Tickets
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to Exeter City on Boxing Day should note that advance ticket sales will stop before tomorrow's match against Northampton Town. You will still be able to purchase them from the Huish Park Ticket Office up until kick-off (although please don't leave it too close to kick-off as they'll be concentrating on matchday purchases by then).

Advance sales for this fixture will remain available online until midnight on Sunday, but at that point they will be taken off sale, as the Ticket Office will be counting up the tickets and packaging them to be sent back to St James Park on Christmas Eve, meaning they won't be on sale during the Monday. If you do purchase online, they'll be sent to Exeter for collection at their ticket booth next to the away turnstiles on the day.

Note that if you do leave it until matchday to purchase, then there is a surcharge on these tickets.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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21 December 2018 : Mike Hughes RIP 1940-2018
We're sorry to learn that former Yeovil Town first team manager Mike Hughes has passed away, at the age of 78 years old. He was one of the club's most successful managers in the club's history, joining them after a professional playing career that spanned Cardiff City, Exeter City and Chesterfield, before managing a number of clubs in the West Country area.

Mike Hughes during his player-management days
Mike Hughes during his player-management days.

Born in Llanidloes in Wales, Mike was a midfielder, who spent three years as a professional on Cardiff's books, although only made one appearance during that 1958-61 period. Things got more fruitful for him when he made 36 appearances for Exeter, spread out across a two year period. In the summer of 1963, he was signed up by Chesterfield in a free transfer, where he enjoyed the bulk of his playing career, spending six seasons there, and making 210 league appearances, scoring nine goals for them.

During the latter part of the 1968-69 season, Yeovil Town had lost manager Ron Saunders to Oxford United, and after a two month gap, the club decided to appoint Mike Hughes as their new player-manager - a brave decision, given that he was only 28 years old at the time. It was to be a masterstroke, as he began to build one of the most successful sides the Glovers held during their non-league days. With the likes of Dick Plumb, Cliff Myers and Alan Herrity already on the clubs books, Hughes brought in Stuart Housley, John Clancy and Tony Clark that summer.

By the end of that season, Yeovil Town missed out on the Southern League title by a single point - a crucial statistic given that title winners Cambridge United were elected to the Football League as a result of their title win. The following season though was to surpass that, with Yeovil winning the Southern League title for the third time in their history, whilst the club also reached the FA Cup Third Round, playing Arsenal in front of 14,500 at the old Huish ground - a team that would go on to win the Football League and FA Cup double. With the club also reaching the FA Trophy Semi-Finals, they took part in an incredible 67 fixtures, including 13 games in the final month of the season, all watched by an average gate of 3,249.

In any other world, those statistics would have seen Yeovil Town elected to the Football League, but they only received two votes, with all four Fourth Division sides getting reelected, thanks to the closed shop environment that existed back then. Perhaps as a hangover from that, they started the 1971-72 season slowly, and although the club rallied to finish 7th, there was to be no repeat of that incredible season. To add salt into the wound, Hereford United who had not even won the Southern League that season, were somehow elected to the League on the back of an FA Cup run. Hughes decided to win his own 'promotion' and headed south-west for the Torquay United management job.

Mike bowed out with a record of 197 matches, of which 110 games were won, giving him a win ratio of 55.84% across his three years in the job. Over the last 50 years, you will not find another Yeovil Town manager with a more impressive set of statistics to their name - not even Gary Johnson's first spell. As such, Mike is recognised by many Glovers fans as one of the top four managers in the club's history, with only Johnson, Alec Stock and Basil Hayward rivalling him. Aside from managing, he also played 128 times for the club, during his management spell.

That wasn't quite the end of his relationship with the club. After managing Torquay, he also took on Salisbury City and Shaftesbury Town. But in 1983 he returned to Huish as the club's General Manager, and even had a short second spell as an end-of-season Caretaker Management role. In 1996, after a spell with Cirencester Town, he returned again as the club's Reserve Team Manager, and also went on to perform roles in the Club Shop as well as their Football In The Community position.

As such, Mike became known by two generations of Yeovil Town supporters - those who were told enough to know his main management spell with the club, and those who knew him from his second and third phases with the club in backroom and community roles. Sincere condolences to his family, and all the friends he made over the years. At present, we don't have funeral details, but as soon as the information is available, we'll post an update.

The 1970-71 Southern League Champions
The 1970-71 Southern League Champions.
Back Row: Paul Smith, Ron Baylis, Richard Reynolds, Alan Herrity, Bev Dixon, Ken Thompson, Chris Weller, Len Harris, Tony Clark.
Second row: Maurice O'Donnell (Trainer), Albert Lukins and Jack Baulch (Directors), Cliff Myers, Mike Hughes (Manager), George Banbury, Tony Coles (Director), Dick Donovan (Secretary), Doug Hunt (Physio).
Third row: Oliver James, Derek Barnett, Bryan Moore, Dick White, Norman Burfield, Ivan Rendall, Cyril Farthing, Edmund Templeman, Ted Mears, Bert Cobb (Director).
Front row: Andy McCluskey, Stuart Housley, Brian Grey, John Clancy.



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20 December 2018 : A Five Year Target For A Five Point Plan
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has revealed some detail behind the Five Year Plan that he believes the club are following, since the club fell into League Two football, two and a half years ago. The emergency of another strategic plan for the club has coincided with last month's news that Darren Way had been given a new contract at the club, taking him to the end of the 2020-21 season, at which point one of the key objectives of promotion back to League One is being targetted.

The Western Gazette have been given an interview with Mr Fry about the current state of the club, and whilst a fair chunk of what the Chairman said was echoing that given by his Chief Operating Officer David Mills on Saturday, one of the key things the paper has been given is an itemisation of what is making up that plan. The five components of the plan are as follows, with the first item having previously been publicised:

1. The aforementioned promotion back to League One by the end of the 2020-21 Season (this site's wording)
2. Build the first-team resource through the recruitment and development of young players.
3. Continue to develop their Category 3 academy to produce young players for the first-team squad.
4. Establish a Community Sports Trust to provide services to the local community, including a community stand at the north end of the stadium, to be used on a seven-day-a-week basis to increase the use of the stadium site.
5. Improve and strengthen the governance of the Yeovil Town business, on and off the pitch, and to develop better links with fans to increase secondary spend.

Whilst items 2, 3 and 5 are fairly vague in terms of what targets the club are trying to achieve, some eyebrows may be raised at Item 4. The proposal to 'establish' a Community Sports Trust is noteworthy, given that such a body has existed since February 2008, and has a regular role within the town's community, bringing local clubs, associations and other parties to first team games. Thus the club appear to be attempting to set a target for the existence of an organisation that has been in place for over a decade.

In addition, Item 4 makes reference to the proposed Community Stand set at the North end of Huish Park. Proposals for such a stand were first publicised by the club back in March 2011 as part of a planning application. However, when those plans were later shelved, a second planning application was was submitted in July 2015 that made mention of such a 'Community' based facility. Unfortunately, since October 2015, this application has remained dormant on the SSDC website, with the club requesting a number of extensions of time to the application that have over the last three years fizzled out. The Gazette do not attempt to challenge the club over the viability of such a target, or the current state of the July 2015 application.

Elsewhere in the interview, Fry gives current manager Darren Way the credit for signing Tottenham Hotspur quartet Jonathan Obika, Steven Caulker, Andros Townsend and Ryan Mason across two phases in 2009, despite the fact that all four arrived at the club under Terry Skiverton's first management spell, whilst Way was in hospital recovering from his December 2008 car crash. Skiverton's assistant at that time was Nathan Jones, who has since moved on to Luton Town as their first team manager.

The Gazette also claim that Yeovil Town have to meet a Football Association target of having eight homegrown players from their Academy in their squad. This appears to relate to a Football League (not Football Association) rule that was established during the 2009-10 season, and has gradually been raised upwards. The current rule requires clubs to name a minimum of seven Home Grown players on a teamsheet. However, for this rule, the requirement is for each player falling under the Home Grown rule to be registered with any English or Welsh club for three years prior to his 21st birthday. Clearly the vast majority of Yeovil Town's players qualify under this rule - only the likes of Francois Zoko, who entered English football at the age of 27 years old would not qualify. Players such as Tom James, who came through Cardiff City's Academy system, would easily qualify. This means that the club are already compliant with this rule, with only the likes of Zoko, Yoann Arquin, Sessi D'Almeida and Enes Mahmutovic in the entire first team squad falling outside the category defined by the Football League. This is not a serious concern for the club today, and does not directly relate to their Academy policies.

The only rule that is specific to a player's current club is the Club Developed Player rule, which has been introduced this season and requires clubs to name one player who has been on the club's books for at least one season prior to his 19th birthday. For this season, Gabriel Rogers has mainly fulfilled that quota, but 18 year old Korrey Henry would also qualify under those terms if he is on the club's books next season - again the rule does not force clubs to fulfill this quota directly from their Academy system.

The Gazette have also provided an unattributed claim that the Yeovil Town playing budget is in the 'bottom quarter' of the playing budgets set by all League Two clubs. They state that the value of that budget is under £1.5 million, with the club targetting an average gate of 3,500 spectators per game as an 'ideal minimum'. Given the club are currently averaging gates of 2,950 they don't challenge Mr Fry to explain how the club will detail with the shortfall it currently faces.

On that note, fans will not be best pleased to find that the Gazette reporter directly blame fans for the continuing low gates at Huish Park, claiming that "falling crowds are in large part down to negativity among the fanbase" and stating that "the club condemned recent trolling of the club, players, staff and manager." They don't elaborate how this 'trolling' has occurred, with the paper failing to challenge the club in terms of its own responsibilities to improve supporters relations. It is worth stressing that these accusations are made by the paper themselves, with Fry not directly quoted on these two matters.


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20 December 2018 : Way States Enquiries In 'One Or Two' Players Ahead Of January Window
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he has had 'one or two' enquiries for some of his players, that could affect proceedings, moving into the January transfer window. The Glovers boss has two players known to be out of contract in January, with winger Wes McDonald and winger/striker Yoann Arquin having only been given half-season deals at the club when they were signed last summer, but there may inevitably be others that clubs have their eyes on within the Glovers camp, despite poor recent form.

Way describes the interest in one of his players as 'obvious' although doesn't directly name those who he's had calls about. He only tells BBC Somerset that if the right offer came in for those players then the club wouldn't stand in the way of them:

"I expect one or two that have created a little bit of interest by other clubs. One is obvious, and there's one or two others that we've had enquiries for. The club are trying to do their best to protect our own assets, but over a number of years now this club has never ever got in the way of an individual progressing and developing. If the deal is right for the player and for the football club, then we wish these players well."

It seems likely that the 'obvious' player that Way is referring to is right-back Tom James, who came close to moving to West Bromwich Albion during the August transfer window, only for the deal to collapse, despite both clubs having agreed a £450,000 transfer fee. James is out of contract in June 2019, meaning that the club are now in a vulnerable position concerning the former Cardiff City player's future. Way hoped that James could concentrate on his matchday performances, rather than pay too much attention about what might or might not happen:

"I've never seen a player of his quality and his talent that hits free kicks and dead balls like that. I think that it's important that Tom concentrates on his performances, because I think it can be a distraction. But as I've said, we'll wait and see."

Way has also stated that although he has held talks with McDonald's and Arquin's agent over extending their futures at the club, no agreement had been reached at this stage, and he was waiting for a response from both parties. The Glovers boss has also revealed that he has changed the players' designated day off in the middle of the week for both this week and last week. Conventionally, the club have trained on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, with the Wednesday day off scheduled to fit in with most scenarios where the Glovers have a midweek fixture on the Tuesday night. With there bein no midweek fixture in the last two weeks, Way has given the players the Thursday off. He explained his thinking:

"I just felt that last week, with Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, we get three days of work, rather than it being disrupted. The weather plays a massive factor as well, because of the rain that we've had. But it worked well for us last week, and the players enjoyed it, so we'll make sure that we're refreshed and ready to go again for Saturday."


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19 December 2018 : Cambridge Recruit Former Forest Boss As Dunne Successor
League Two side Cambridge United have appointed a new Head Coach as a successor to Joe Dunne. They have opted to bring in former Northampton Town and Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood, who has largely been working as an assistant manager over the last ten years, most recently as Aston Villa's second in command under Steve Bruce. He's been given an 18 month contract at the Abbey Stadium, keeping him on their books until the summer of 2020.

Calderwood takes over from Caretaker Manager Mark Bonner who was in charge for three fixtures, including last Saturday's match against Yeovil Town. He inherits a side in 22nd place in the League Two table, just one point above the relegation line, and currently two points behind the Glovers.

Cambridge Director of Football Graham Daniels has said that the decision to appoint Calderwood was a unanimous one. They expect Calderwood to make changes to the squad in January:

"We are very pleased to have secured Colin as our Head Coach. The decision to appoint him was taken unanimously by the whole Board. Colin brings a wealth of experience and a track record of success as a player, manager and coach. He is a very respected character who clearly shares the values of the Club. He has impressed us all during the process with his maturity, energy and hunger to succeed. We know that there is real talent in this squad which we will strengthen further in January. We all hope that under Colinís leadership we can build some greater consistency to improve our current league position."

Calderwood has generally worked as an assistant to Chris Hughton over the past decade, acting as his number two in four different scenarios. His decision to leave Brighton and Hove Albion in November 2016 finally broke that norm and saw him team up with Bruce at Villa Park. During his time with Northampton Town, he took them to the League Two play-offs twice, before gaining them automatic promotion during the 2005-06 season. Then at Nottingham Forest, he was their manager during Yeovil Town's famous 2006-07 season play-off semi-final victory at the City Ground, ultimately giving Forest automatic promotion to the Championship a year later.


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19 December 2018 : Huish Park Christmas And New Year Opening Times
Yeovil Town's opening hours throughout the Christmas and New Year period can be confirmed. As usual the club will be entirely closed on all weekend and Bank Holiday days, with the exception of when they coincide with a Matchday. There is just one home fixture during this period - the New Year's Day match against Cheltenham Town. The opening hours - which apply to both the Club Shop and the Ticket Office - are as follows:

Mon 24th Dec : 9.00a.m. - 12.00 noon
Tue 25th Dec : CLOSED
Wed 26th Dec : CLOSED
Thu 27th Dec : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Fri 28th Dec : 10.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Sat 29th Dec : CLOSED
Sun 30th Dec : CLOSED
Mon 31st Dec : 9.00a.m. - 4.00p.m.
Tue 1st Jan : 9.00a.m. - 3.00p.m. (Matchday vs Cheltenham Town)

From Wednesday 2nd January 2019, the Ticket Office and Club Shop will resume their standard opening hours of 9.00a.m. until 5.00p.m. for tickets, with the club shop closing an hour earlier.

Note that for match tickets, the majority can still be purchased online 24 hours a day, via the club's ticketing portal. However, they won't be processed until the next working day.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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18 December 2018 : Table Toppers Oxford See Off Glovers Academy Side
Yeovil Town Under-18s lost out to top of the table Oxford United Under-18s on Saturday, as their hosts stretched their lead at the top of the South West Youth Alliance League Table. The Glovers lost 3-2 in Oxfordshire, with a slow first half start penalising them, before they attempted a valiant second half comeback.

Oxford took the lead by taking advantage of the stormy conditions on the day, as Ryan Crooks managed to curl a wind-assisted corner direct into the back of the net. They then doubled their lead when winger Kyran Lofthouse cut inside, and laid the ball off for Oxford top scorer Slavi Spasov who finished well. Spasov then got his second of the game when he headed home from a corner, leaving Oxford 3-0 up at half time.

The second half saw a sharp improvement as Neville Nzembela converted at the near post to pull the game back to 3-1. Then Lewis Dix hit a low volley from 30 yards out that skidded off the surface and into the bottom corner to set up an eventful final period to the game at 3-2. But Oxford hung on to keep themselves on top of the division.

Yeovil will play their final pre-Christmas match on Thursday, when they host Bristol Rovers, with a 10.30a.m. kick-off. They currently lie in third place in the South West League Table, and with four games remaining of the main season, that may be the best they can hope for, with AFC Bournemouth and Oxford United having stretched out the top two places over the last month or so. Yeovil currently have 27 points from their 16 games, with fourth-placed Exeter City two points behind, whilst Cheltenham Town lie a further two points in arrears, having played a game more.

Final Score: Oxford United Under-18s 3 Yeovil Town Under-18s 2.

Scorers: Ryan Crooks (1-0), Slavi Spasov (2-0), Slavi Spasov (3-0), Neville Nzembela (3-1), Lewis Dix (3-2).


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18 December 2018 : Season Ticket Sales Hold Steady For 2018-19 Season
Yeovil Town have confirmed their Season Ticket sales for the 2018-19 season. The Glovers sold 1,518 tickets to fans for the current campaign - an ultra-small drop-off of 16 tickets against the 2017-18 figures, and suggesting a levelling off from the sharp drop that had been experienced during the summer of 2017, when the club lost almost a quarter of its season ticket holders.

The latest sales figures have been confirmed via the club's Supporters Alliance Group meeting, and are roughly consistent with the overall attendances at Huish Park during the 2018-19 season. Currently, the Glovers are averaging crowds of 2,950 for this season, compared with 2,941 as an average for the 2017-18 season, with both averages being almost identical. That should be tempered slighly in that the home matches against Exeter City and Swindon Town have already taken place, and are likely to represent the biggest gates of the season.

This season has seen the club set a new record low Football League crowd, with 2,174 attending the midweek match against Port Vale in November, which beat last season's 2,205 against Morecambe in September 2017. At present, the club has only one midweek home fixture scheduled for the second half of the season, and given that is against League Two leaders Lincoln City, that won't threaten that figure. Hence unless one of the club's remaining weekend gates causes an unexpected surprise, that low point should hold for this season.

Historical figures and trends since the club entered the Football League, are as follows:

Yeovil Town Season Ticket Sales Statistics:
2003-04 Season : 3,000
2004-05 Season : 3,220
2005-06 Season : 3,600
2006-07 Season : 2,800
2007-08 Season : 2,900
2008-09 Season : 2,260
2009-10 Season : 2,100
2010-11 Season : 2,100
2011-12 Season : 2,014
2012-13 Season : 1,975
2013-14 Season : 2,767
2014-15 Season : 2,749
2015-16 Season : 2,296
2016-17 Season : 1,950
2017-18 Season : 1,534
2018-19 Season : 1,518


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18 December 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Cambridge United Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Cambridge United kicked off at the Abbey Stadium, 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 absence of Terry Skiverton on matchday, and the increased role of Paul Terry, and the inclusion of Rhys Browne and Carl Dickinson in the starting line-up. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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17 December 2018 : GWSC Travel For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Exeter City. The match takes place at St James Park on Wednesday 26th December 2018, with a 1.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Exeter City : Wednesday 26th December 2018.
Huish Park: 9.30a.m.
Adult Members: £11.00; Member Concessions: £11.00
Adult Non-Members: £13.00; Non-Member Concessions: £13.00

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 Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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17 December 2018 : Extended Interview : David Mills Talks About The 2018-19 Season So Far
On Saturday, Yeovil Town's Chief Operating Officer David Mills appeared live on BBC Somerset as part of their Saturday Sport programme. Speaking prior to the 0-0 draw with Cambridge United, David spoke to presenter Geoff Twentyman, and gave his views on why Darren Way was given a new contract, the club's January transfer plans, his views on the club's low attendances, and how the club plans to achieve its stated target of promotion to League One by the end of the 2020-21 season. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: David Mills Speaks To The BBC About The 2018-19 Season So Far.


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16 December 2018 : James Given Team Of The Week Slot
Yeovil Town defender Tom James has been included in the Team of the Day for League Two. The right-back has been named in the divisional selection by the League Paper following his performance at Cambridge United that saw the Glovers gain a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at the Abbey Stadium. Whilst the match wasn't a classic, Tom was part of a defence that held firm, whilst he had two of Yeovil's better efforts on goal during the 90 minutes.

Tom is included in a line-up that includes former Yeovil Town loanee Scott Flinders, who is now in goal for Cheltenham Town. The full line-up and manager of the day is as follows:

Scott Flinders (Cheltenham Town)
Tom James (Yeovil Town), Nathan Cameron (Macclesfield Town), Jason Shackell (Lincoln City), Danny Grainger (Carlisle United)
Harry Anderson (Lincoln City), Nicky Adams (Bury), Jerry Yates (Carlisle United), Gevaro Nepomuceno (Oldham Athletic)
Chris O'Grady (Oldham Athletic), Jonathan Stead (Notts County)

Manager: John Sheridan (Carlisle United)


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16 December 2018 : Video : Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to view extended highlights of Yeovil Town's 0-0 draw with Cambridge United on Saturday, these are now available online. The footage from the Abbey Stadium shows you two minutes worth of YouTube-based footage. Just don't expect a lot of Yeovil chances - only a first half effort from Tom James that was sliced into the stand is part of the coverage. Watch via the video below.




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16 December 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cambridge United Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the draw and his team's performance can be read in full via the link below.

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


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15 December 2018 : Video : Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Cambridge United, these are now available online. There is one-and-a-half minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows a first half Tom James free kick and a second half Alefe Santos effort. Watch via the link below.

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


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15 December 2018 : Way Sees Weather Conditions As Dismantling Entertaining Game
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that the weather conditions stopped Saturday afternoon's match against Cambridge United from becoming any sort of a coherent game. The Glovers boss admitted that his team weren't fluent in possession during the 0-0 draw, that saw both sides struggle to control the ball in windy and ultimately rainy conditions.

As such, a goalless draw was probably just about fair on both sides, with even the home team only creating a small handful of clearcut chances. Way's side were solid in defence, but largely anonymous in attack, and Way admitted after the match that it wasn't an entertaining game:

"In both halves, whichever way you were going if you played the ball forward the ball changed three or four times with the pace of the wind. With the rain as well, that dismantled the pattern and flow of an entertaining game. It's important with where we are in the league and the run of form that we've been on to come away from home and give a solid display. Whether it's a performance in possession that we're proud of, probably not, but having said that there were a lot of factors that influenced that."

Yeovil Town have lost their last three matches against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium, and so this was their first point at that ground since the 2004-05 season. Way said that he was proud that his players maintained their concentration levels in the wake of Terry Skiverton's departure from the club this week:

"It was very difficult to get the ball down and play but I have to be pleased with the performance, players limiting mistakes. In possession we wanted a little bit more, but out of possession, to keep a clean sheet at Cambridge is something I don't think I've done as a manager. I respect the players. It's been a very difficult week with my number two (Terry Skiverton) stepping down, but I feel proud of my players today."


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15 December 2018 : Cambridge 0 Yeovil 0 : Stalemate At The Abbey Stadium
Yeovil Town and Cambridge United shared a point each in a relegation six-pointer at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday afternoon. As neither side was able to find the net, the hosts created the better chances during the match, with Jabo Ibehre's first half near post header, and a Paul Lewis shot that was dragged wide during the second period the pick of the bunch across the 90 minutes. Both teams had to battle against dreadful side-to-side blustery weather conditions that turned into icy rain in the second half, and whilst Yeovil defended resolutely, they only did enough to get a point out of the match, raising them up one place in the table to 19th, but leaving them just three points off the relegation zone at the end of the day.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to the side that played against Forest Green Rovers on the previous weekend. Carl Dickinson was recalled, with Enes Mahmoutovic dropping to the bench, meaning that the back four shuffled around as Tom James moved to right back. On the wings, Wes McDonald had picked up a hamstring strain, meaning that he dropped out of the squad, with Rhys Browne replacing him. On the bench, Alex Fisher made his comeback from a groin strain.

Blustery conditions affected the match throughout, with Yeovil in particular finding it hard to clear their lines in the first period, with the side-to-side wind seeing the ball frequently going out of play. Cambridge managed to get themselves a couple of early free kicks, that saw George Maris strike the first into the defensive wall, before firing the rebound wide. Then Paul Lewis shot wide of the goalframe, as Yeovil frequently brought all eleven men behind the ball to defend the set piece.

It took Yeovil 25 minutes to get any sort of a shot on goal, with Tom James slicing an effort from 25 yards out that went high and wide of the goalframe. At the other end, Cambridge were mainly on top, with Jabo Ibehre forcing Stuart Nelson to dive low to stop his shot. Ibehre went particularly close with his next effort though, as his near post header went about six inches wide. But otherwise it wasn't a half for the purist at all.

The second half got worse, in terms of the weather conditions, and wasn't much better from the entertainment value. With icy rain now blowing across the stadium, Yeovil did manage to get a couple of efforts on goal that forced saves from David Forde. A Tom James free kick was a bit too optimistic, even allowing for the wind-assisted nature that helped him move the ball in the air. Sessi D'Almeida also forced Forde into a save from just outside the box, in a good ten minute period for the Glovers.

Gradually though, Cambridge began to get their act together a bit more. George Maris flashed a shot just wide of the far post, and that was followed by Reggie Lambe's shot inside the area that Stuart Nelson parried at his near post for a corner. Then came the chance of the match for the home side. A threaded ball down the middle of the pitch allowed Paul Lewis the ability to get in behind the Yeovil defence, but as Nelson came off his line, Lewis fired just wide of the left hand post, when he really should have buried it.

Yeovil's lack of attacking prowess throughout the match was measured by the fact that it took them 82 minutes to get their first corner of the match. They really couldn't create anything incisive in the final stages of the match. An injury late on to Rhys Browne didn't help matters at all as he slowly limped off the pitch after a tackle. By defending well, they just about deserved their point, but the Glovers wouldn't have justified anything more than that. They rise one place in the table to 19th, but with Notts County and Macclesfield Town both winning, they lie only three points away from the drop now.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Cambridge United 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Cambridge United:
1 David Forde
2 Brad Halliday 5 Greg Taylor 16 Harry Darling 11 Harrison Dunk
18 George Maris 6 Gary Deegan 22 Paul Lewis
20 Jeavani Brown 14 Jabo Ibehre 19 Reggie Lambe

Substitutes:
3 Jake Carroll 4 George Taft 7 David Amoo (86 mins for Reggie Lambe) 8 Liam O'Neil 10 Adebayo Azeez (80 mins for Jevani Brown) 13 Dimitar Mitov 17 Leon Davies

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 11. Jordan Green
18. Yoann Arquin 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
31. Tommy Scott (GK) 8. Omari Patrick 9. Alex Fisher (59 mins for Jordan Green) 10. Jake Gray (84 mins for Rhys Browne) 13. Francois Zoko (74 mins for Olufela Olomola) 27. Shaun Donnellan 29. Enes Mahmutovic

Cambridge United Bookings: Gary Dreegan (foul, 20 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Alefe Santos (foul, 20 mins)

Cambridge United Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 5; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Peter Wright (Liverpool). Assistants: Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire) and Garry Maskell (London). Fourth Official: Stuart Butler (Kent).

Attendance: 3,807 (with 106 Yeovil Town supporters)


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15 December 2018 : Team News For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium. The match sees the Glovers name two changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to the game against Forest Green Rovers a week ago. Left-back Carl Dickinson is recalled to the side with Enes Mahmutovic dropping to the bench. On the wing, Rhys Browne is recalled as Wes McDonald drops entirely out of the squad.

On the bench, striker Alex Fisher has recovered from a groin injury, allowing him to be one of the seven substitutes. Gabriel Rogers drops out, as Tommy Scott fulfills the obligation of needing one home grown player on the teamsheet.


Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and although he has been seen in training ground pictures recently, there has been no information on when he is likely to be available again. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is expected to be out until around the end of the year. Bevis Mugabi (shoulder) is also out until the end of the year. Goalkeeper Nathan Baxter (hip flexor) and Alex Pattison (back) remain out. Winger Wes McDonald is presumably injured. Striker Korrey Henry is presumed fit but does not make the squad.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
23. Tom James 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
7. Rhys Browne 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 11. Jordan Green
18. Yoann Arquin 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
31. Tommy Scott (GK) 8. Omari Patrick 9. Alex Fisher 10. Jake Gray 13. Francois Zoko 27. Shaun Donnellan 29. Enes Mahmutovic


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15 December 2018 : Glovers Facing Cambridge Side In Transition Today
When Yeovil Town travel to Cambridge United on Saturday, they will meet a home side that are going through a transition phase. Back at the start of the month, the U's sacked manager Joe Dunne and two weeks later they are still in the process of searching for a replacement. What that means is tomorrow's hosts have a Caretaker Manager in charge, with Dunne's former assistant Mark Bonner having so far taken charge of an EFL Trophy penalty shoot-out defeat against Northampton Town, and a League Two defeat against Tranmere Rovers.

Barring any ultra-late announcements, Cambridge will be operating with Bonner in the dugout for a third occasion, trying to improve a side that have not won in their last five matches, with their last League Two victory coming on November 3rd against Grimsby Town. The only player they're definitely missing on Saturday is veteran striker Barry Corr, who has been out since October 2nd with an ankle injury. Otherwise, Bonner is believed to have around a squad of 20 players to select from. Bonner has told Cambridge News that he will now need to leave around two players off his teamsheet but he is happy to make that decision on the back of what was seen as a narrow defeat last Saturday on the Wirral:

"Those boys have done well in the games they've played, but they've created some competition and I think we needed that. We've seen a real determination from those out of the team to try and get back in it They've trained well and those that are in the team have to hold onto their shirt so that creates a good environment for training. (They have) to try and be competitive and give me decisions to make, that's exactly what I want, I won't shirk those difficult decisions. There's 20 players ready and available to play and to fight for us this weekend and that's my difficult decision."

With Corr sidelined, Yeovil Town are likely to come up against one of their less liked opponents, with striker Jabo Ibehre having previously been on the books of Carlisle United, where he was responsible for the infamous 'clothesline' challenge on Artur Krysiak in an FA Cup Third Round match in January 2016. Another man who has historically caused Yeovil Town some significant discomfort is Reggie Lambe, who once scored a 100th minute winning goal for Mansfield Town in an October 2015 League Two match, after the game went into extended injury time due to a lengthy injury to Krysiak in that game.

In the Yeovil camp, the major question is whether striker Alex Fisher will be fit to play. He has been back in training over the past week, having been out with a groin injury. There are also question marks over Nathan Baxter (hip flexor) and Alex Pattison (back) who have missed recent matches but without the club revealing how long they might be absent for. The three that are known to be sat at home today are James Bailey, who is approaching the twelve month anniversary of his knee injury, along with Omar Sowunmi (ankle) and Bevis Mugabi (shoulder) who are expected to be back somewhere around the turn of the year.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cambridge United.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.


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14 December 2018 : Way Confirms Terry Moves Up One Place In The Dugout On Saturday
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has confirmed that former Glovers midfielder Paul Terry will be acting as his assistant manager in the dugout for Saturday's League Two match against Cambridge United. The news isn't a particular surprise - the 39 year old returned to Somerset in the summer of 2018, having held a first team coaching role at Oldham Athletic last season, and now moves up one rung on an interim basis.

Terry's temporary change to his role comes in the wake of the departure of assistant manager Terry Skiverton, who decided to leave Yeovil Town after a 19 year unbroken spell at the club, including almost ten years in various coaching and management positions. Way has told BBC Somerset that he doesn't see the absence of Skiverton as a specific problem, because of the presence of Terry and Steve Phillips, who has been the club's goalkeeper-coach since September 2017:

"Obviously I've got Paul Terry, and Paul is going to assist me tomorrow. I've got Steve Phillips, my goalkeeper coach. I've worked with just myself and Terry (Skiverton) over a number of years now. So for me to have Paul (Terry) next to me, it's another game."

Way has also denied that Skiverton's departure from the club was anything to do with the Glovers' current run of poor results, although didn't elaborate further as to what his former assistant's thinking might have been. He acknowledged that there would be speculation over Skivo's departure, but asked for respect in that situation, giving his view that it wasn't due to the recent run of defeats:

"No, it's what people want to make of it. You can put two and two together, and I think the word that I would be looking for is perhaps respect in all of this. As I've said to you, we've all got decisions to make in our life, and I totally accept Terry's position. But as I've said, I get my friend back."


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14 December 2018 : Officials For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Cambridge United and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 15th December 2018 at the Abbey Stadium with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Peter Wright (Liverpool).

He is a first year referee at Football League level, having been promoted in the summer of 2017. His final act of last season was to take charge of the National League Play-Off tie between Tranmere Rovers and Ebbsfleet United. Since moving into the Football League, he's taken charge of 19 matches this season, managing 51 yellow cards and four red cards.

The fourth of those red cards came during a rather extraordinary match against Newport County at Rodney Parade in September 2018. He took charge of Yeovil Town's 0-6 win, which was the club's record victory since promotion to the Football League. He didn't have a lot of input into the match, except for one decision made in the 82nd minute when the home side were already six goals down. He dismissed Robbie Willmott for a rather horrible tackle on Olufela Olomola and we got the impression that home boss Mike Flynn wasn't making a big deal about the referee's decision, stating that Willmott had been fined for his actions. Prior to that, the match officials had barely needed to be involved.

We saw him a second time in November 2018, when we travelled to Morecambe for a League Two fixture. Here things were not so good, as we lost the match by a 2-1 scoreline. Mr Wright gave Morecambe a penalty which could have resulted in a goal for the home side after Liam Mandeville was judged to have been pulled back by Sessi D'Almeida. It felt a bit soft, in that the contact was fairly minimal, but that had nothing to do with the outcome as the spot kick was saved. Otherwise he had a fairly decent game, albeit with five yellow cards spread across the match.

Mr Wright will be assisted by Christopher Kidd (Oxfordshire) and Garry Maskell (London). The Fourth Official will be Stuart Butler (Kent).

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

Link: November 2018 : Morecambe 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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13 December 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : Skivo Makes His Final Bow
Earlier today, Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton announced his departure from the football club, after nineteen years at Huish Park. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks back at his time as a player, coach and manager, and considers where that pathway took him throughout his career. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own thoughts on the man himself, and his role at the club.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Skivo Makes His Final Bow.


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13 December 2018 : Skiverton Bids Farewell After Nearly Two Decades At Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town assistant manager Terry Skiverton has decided to resign his position at the club. Skivo, who was brought into the club in the summer of 1999 as a central defender under Colin Lippiatt has agreed to leave the club after ten years as a player, and two spells as first team manager, along with multiple spells as assistant manager.

Skiverton has described his decision as one that will allow him to take a break from football and spend more time with his family in the short term, but implies that he will be looking to get back into football at some point in the future. Skiverton has issued his own statement via the club's website explaining:

"After lots of consideration and with an extremely heavy heart, I have decided to step down as assistant manager of Yeovil Town Football Club. I feel it's time for me to step aside and spend more quality time with my family that I have sacrificed in the nine-and-a-half years in my management roles before pursuing any new challenges in my professional career. To the players past and present, it has been a joy coaching and developing you whilst going into battle week in, week out. I hope I have helped you to grow as players as well as role models."

Skiverton has issued his thanks to manager Darren Way upon his departure but also hadd his own personal message to the club's supporters, upon leaving the club:

"I would like to thank the manager but most importantly, my friend Darren Way, with whom I have shared battles and campaigns on the pitch as well as in the technical area where we enjoyed arguably our greatest ever achievement of being promoted to the Championship with Gary. Last but by no means least, I would like thank the supporters for their support during my time as a player, manager and assistant manager. I have been at Yeovil Town FC for almost half of my life and I look forward to moving my relationship with the supporters over into my next chapter. I would like to think that I will always be remembered for being a wholehearted, passionate, committed and hardworking servant within the first-team environment. My continued support goes out to the current team and my wish is for us all to come together and get behind the team for our future success. For now, my focus is my family before I begin the next chapter in my career."

Terry Skiverton - central defender, captain, assistant manager, manager, club legend
Terry Skiverton - central defender, captain, assistant manager, manager, club legend
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The very best of luck to Skivo in his future plans. We'll provide a more lengthy assessment of his 19 years at the club in due course. The club have suggested that Skivo will "look to explore coaching options elsewhere within the club following a sabbatical" although exactly where that might be isn't clear at this stage.

The short term expectations are that Paul Terry will act as assistant manager for the immediate future, although the club haven't confirmed this at present. Paul had been First Team Coach since his return to the club over the summer of 2018. There is no word currently on whether the numerical drop in first team management/coaches will be addressed in the long run.


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13 December 2018 : Ciderspace Guide To Cambridge United
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travel to the Abbey Stadium, home of Cambridge United, for a League Two match. In advance of the trip, the Ciderspace guide has been tweaked from our last visit - find directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and a pub guide all bundled into one page. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cambridge United.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

A view of the South Stand. This is the away section for Yeovil Town's 2018-19 season visit
A view of the South Stand. This is the away section for Yeovil Town's 2018-19 season visit.
Photo © 2004-18 Ciderspace



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12 December 2018 : The Glovers Trust Big Ten Challenge - One Year On
Just under a year ago, the Glovers Trust set Yeovil Town Football Club a 'Big Ten Challenge', in an attempt to offer the club a number of ideas that would help improve the matchday experience, or provide related information to supporters. The ten challenges were published on December 19th 2017, and provided to David Mills, who was at that time the club's Supporters' Director and is now the Chief Operating Officer at Huish Park.

In March 2018, the Trust were provided an interim update, based on the three month target that was agreed, and then published this response in April 2018. Since then, the Trust have attempted to push against those ten items, due to their incomplete nature. Now almost one year on, the Trust have provided a video-based update, walking through the ten items and where they stand. Watch the video below - it's just under seven minutes long.




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12 December 2018 : Darren Way Talks About Forest Green Rovers Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Forest Green Rovers kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the injuries to Alex Pattison and Bevis Mugabi, along with the first home start that was given to Adel Gafaiti. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC Just Before Kick-Off Against Forest Green Rovers.


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11 December 2018 : New Date For Lincoln City Visit Is Set
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Lincoln City finally has a new date. The match was called off due to international commitments within the Glovers squad during November. It will now be played on Tuesday 22nd January 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park.

All tickets purchased for this fixture against the original date will remain valid. If you can't make the new date, please take your ticket to the Huish Park Ticket Office (or Lincoln City ticket office if you're an away fan) for the ticket to be refunded or exchanged).

There is still no new date for the trip to Cheltenham Town, which was called off during October 2018.

Link: Ticketing For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Tranmere Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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10 December 2018 : Darren Way States There Is No Chance He Will Quit Huish Park Job
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way had said that there is 'no chance' of him resigning from his position as first team manager at the club. The Glovers boss has been asked the question with the club on a miserable run of form that has seen them win just one match in League Two football in the last twelve matches. That had been coupled with the shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Stockport County, along with poor home form across the majority of 2018 that has seen them pick up just one home win in sixteen League Two matches.

Despite that, Way was given a new two-and-a-half year deal at Huish Park, contractually taking him until June 2021, before his extended deal expires. With the club having lost the last four fixtures, the pressure has increased on Way, and despite the contractual security, he was asked by BBC Somerset after the Forest Green Rovers defeat if he would consider quitting if results didn't improve. He was firm in saying he would not resign:

"No chance. I've never given up on anything in my life and I wouldn't do now, because I think overall with the pressure that I have been under with trying to make sure this club stays in the Football League, I've done it. I've never lied to the Board. I thought this year was going to be a good opportunity to push forward, and it's not happened. We've dealt with a number of issues, but I have to make sure I remain strong and the players see me as a leader."

Way has just gone through the third anniversary of his appointment as manager in December 2015. He has claimed that he is working to a five year plan, but admits that he is disappointed with the club's current 20th place position in the League Two table:

"It's a five year project with what we're working with. I'm disappointed as to where we are. I thought this was going to be an opportunity to be successful this year. I've got all of the tools to make sure that this club doesn't go down. I've proven that, and it's a track record. I'm the third longest serving manager in League Two, and I still have a belief in what I do."


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9 December 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers
If you watched Saturday's 1-2 defeat against Forest Green Rovers 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 Forest Green Rovers.


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9 December 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers Ten Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch extended highlights of Saturday afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Forest Green Roversten minutes of YouTube based footage of the game, including the goal from Rhys Browne that provided the main positive aspect of the day. Watch the footage via the video below.




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9 December 2018 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Forest Green Rovers Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-2 defeat against Forest Green Rovers 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 verdict on the match and his team's performance can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Forest Green Rovers Home Game.


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8 December 2018 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday's match against Forest Green Rovers, these are now available online. There is just under two minutes worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows Rhys Browne's goal. There are also first half chances for Jordan Green and Gary Warren. They also show the red card issued to Paul Digby along with Forest Green's two late goals. Watch via the link below.

Link: Sky Sports : Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers Match Highlights.


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8 December 2018 : Yeovil 1 Forest Green 2 : Double Injury Time Strike Sees Ten Men Rovers Steal Points
Yeovil Town threw away three points this afternoon, as a goal advantage and a man advantage somehow turned into an injury time defeat. When Rhys Browne struck a superb solo goal in the 56th minute, and Paul Digby's crude stamp earned him a red card for Forest Green Rovers twenty minutes later, the Glovers seemed to be on their way to their second home win of the season. But their Gloucestershire opponents ended the final 15 minutes in the ascendancy, and equalised 92 minutes into the match when old boy Reuben Reid slotted home. Incredibly that wasn't the end of it, as George Williams struck a 94th minute goal to win the match for Rovers despite them having ten men on the field - a result that pushes Yeovil down to 20th place in their fourth straight defeat.

The Glovers went into the match making six changes from the side that lost to Port Vale ten days previously. Two of those alterations were forced, with Bevis Mugabi suffering a shoulder problem in the previous game, whilst Alex Pattison dropped out with a back problem. Adel Gafaiti and Alefe Santos replaced them. The four other changes were tactical, with a formation change seeing Yeovil drop the single-game 4-3-3 experiment and head back to the more reliable 4-4-2. Enes Mamoutovic replaced Carl Dickinson, Jordan Green got a start on the wing ahead of Rhys Browne, whilst Yoann Arquin and Olufela Olomola started up front with Francois Zoko and Jake Gray dropping to the bench. In the Forest Green line-up, Liam Shephard captained his side, with Reuben Reid up front and Matt Worthington on the bench, as Tahvon Campbell didn't make the squad.

In windy rainy conditions, Forest Green started off as the better side in terms of possession, if not in terms of chances. Yeovil saw a tame shot from Jordan Green easily saved, before Tom James struck a shot over the bar from 25 yards out. There was an even more ambitious effort from James as he struck a 40 yard free kick that came off the corner of the Rovers wall for a corner, half an hour into the game. From the corner came Yeovil's best chance of the half, as Gary Warren's header got past goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, but Lloyd James was on the line to block the ball over the bar for a corner.

Forest Green played the ball around nicely, but could only muster one chance during the opening 45 minutes. That came via former Glover Liam Shephard, who received a ball from Reece Brown, before firing in a shot that deflected off Tom James, leaving Stuart Nelson having to react well to palm the ball, before rescuing it at the second attempt. Overall it was an even half, not helped by the squally weather in terms of its overall quality, with both sides going in at the break goalless.

Rhys Browne came on at half time for Wes McDonald, giving a commentator's nightmare, given there was also a Reece Brown in the Forest Green line-up. The Yeovil-spelt version was to make a perfect impact just 11 minutes into his introduction, as he weaved his way past Forest Green players from just inside their half, before firing off a shot that flew into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Forest Green appealed in vain for a foul in the build-up on Joseph Mills, as Browne bustled his way through, and it looked for a moment as though there was going to be a big reaction to that lack of a whistle, as opposition manager Mark Cooper appeared to be trying to usher his players off the field in protest at the goal being allowed to stand. At some point during this pantomime nonsense, someone engaged their brain, and the Forest Green players trotted back into their positions to restart the match. Referee Michael Salisbury probably didn't help himself by not cautioning any players for delaying the kick-off.

Back at the football, and tempers were rather flared. This helped Yeovil somewhat as they tried to play the football, with another Tom James free kick flying over the bar, whilst Rhys Browne attempted to repeat his goal by another run into the box that saw Robert Sanchez save it. Dayle Grubb managed to get a shot in at the other end, from a Liam Shephard cross that Stuart Nelson saved from a corner.

However, with less than 20 minutes of the match remaining, the game began to take some unexpected twists. Firstly Darren Way made the decision to substitute Olufela Olomola, bringing on Jake Gray as a replacement in midfield. In theory, Jordan Green was pushed further up to play in a 4-4-1-1, but it was to introduce a more defensive looking outlook for the Glovers.

Then came further frustration and aggression from Forest Green of the wrong kind. Paul Digby got into a tangle with Rhys Browne as he challenged for the ball. As Browne lay on the deck, Digby aimed a clear stamp at the Yeovil man, and although referee Michael Salisbury appeared to not see the incident, his linesman did, and Digby was sent off. With Forest Green now having just ten men, surely Yeovil would cruise to victory, in firm command of the game?

Instead, the opposite began to happen. On the back of that formation change, and perhaps by the ticking clock, Yeovil began to pack men behind the ball, allowing Forest Green the opportunity to push forward and take risks. Substitute Ben Morris broke through but was denied by an excellent block from Stuart Nelson, and suddenly Yeovil didn't look comfortable.

As seven minutes of injury time was signalled - mainly for Forest Green's histrionics after Yeovil's goal, and for the delays caused by the red card dismissal, things suddenly went badly wrong. Just over a minute into injury time, Theo Archibald's cross into the box wasn't cut out, and inside the area was former Glover Reuben Reid to equalise against his old club. 1-1 and the advantage had been tossed away.

Somehow, it got worse. Less than two minutes later, and with Forest Green's next attack, the Gloucestershire club stole all three points. Once again Reuben Reid was involved, this time as the provider. His ball into the box for substitute George Williams saw him fire a shot at goal, and the ball took a deflection past Stuart Nelson for an improbable 1-2 scoreline, and three points had been chucked away. Needless to say, when the final whistle blew, and Yeovil had slipped to 20th in the table, boos once again rang out at Huish Park as the club's fourth consecutive defeat was recorded - a run that is in reality five matches once the dead rubber against West Ham in the Checkatrade Trophy is excluded. Suddenly, next week's match against 22nd placed Cambridge United is looking rather huge.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Forest Green Rovers 2.

Scorers: Rhys Browne (1-0, 56 mins), Reuben Reid (1-1, 90+2 mins), George Williams (1-2, 90+4 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
29. Enes Mahmutovic 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 23. Tom James
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 21. Wes McDonald
18. Yoann Arquin 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
31. Tommy Scott (GK) 3. Carl Dickinson 7. Rhys Browne (46 mins for Wes McDonald) 10. Jake Gray (73 mins for Olufela Olomola) 13. Francois Zoko (87 mins for Yoann Arquin) 15. Gabriel Rogers 27. Shaun Donnellan

Forest Green Rovers:
1 Robert Sanchez
2 Liam Shephard (Capt) 6 Farrend Rawson 19 Nathan McGinley 23 Joseph Mills
4 Lloyd James 7 Carl Winchester 20 Paul Digby
8 Dayle Grubb 26 Reuben Reid 10 Reece Brown

Substitutes:
5 Lee Collins 11 George C Williams (74 mins for Dayle Grubb) 13 James Montgomery 16 Gavin Gunning 18 Theo Archibald (79 mins for Joseph Mills) 21 Matt Worthington 22 Ben Morris (64 mins for Reece Brown)

Yeovil Bookings: Gary Warren (foul, 44 mins), Enes Mahmoutovic (foul, 55 mins), Olufela Olomola (blocking free kick, 69 mins), Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 86 mins)

Forest Green Rovers Bookings: Lloyd James (foul, 66 mins), Theo Archibald (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Paul Digby (violent conduct, 76 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 36%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 64%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) and Conor Farrell (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 2,529 (with 217 Forest Green Rovers supporters).


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8 December 2018 : Darren Way Bemoans Seven Minutes Of Madness For Forest Green Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way blamed seven minutes of madness from his players for the extraordinary defeat against Forest Green Rovers on Saturday afternoon. The Glovers threw away all three points during second half injury time despite having led in the fixture thanks to a second half Rhys Browne goal. However, despite having a man disadvantage following Paul Digby's stamp on Browne, sixteen minutes from the end, it was the visitors that finished the game more strongly, netting a 92nd minute goal from Reuben Reid before they managed to win the game 2-1 through Rovers substitute George Williams.

Having at one stage looked as though they would get their second home win of the 2018-19 League Two season, Way accused his playees of lacking discipline in their play, to see the game out, and suggested that one or two weren't doing their jobs properly:

"It was so close. We were very disappointed with the seven minutes that were added on, from our point of view, in our behaviour and our discipline to see the game out. To concede two goals in quick succession, and how they scored was disappointing. We worked on our preparation in training to make sure you block and you tackle. The players are paid to do that. I know certainly in the last seven minutes that's when you're looking for discipline from your players. You could see by the goals, one or two didn't do their jobs properly."

During the closing stages of the match, the Glovers began to pack men behind the ball, to defend their 1-0 lead, but in doing so invited further Forest Green territory and pressure. Way said that not enough of his players were prepared to get tackles in, and believed that once the equalising goal came, the mentality of the players was all wrong:

"I think we sat deeper and deeper and deeper because no-one was actually encouraging anyone to put their ugly faces in front of the ball, and to commit themselves in the tackle. So you end up dropping deeper anyway. The ball gets switched wide for the first goal, and we don't block the cross. But we've worked on that in training, and that's what is disappointing. When I look at the game overall, we've had seven minutes of madness. When the first goal went in, the mentality just wasn't there."


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8 December 2018 : Yeovil 1 Forest Green 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town threw away three points this afternoon, as a goal advantage and a man advantage somehow turned into an injury time defeat. When Rhys Browne struck a superb solo goal in the 56th minute, and Paul Digby's crude stamp earned him a red card for Forest Green Rovers twenty minutes later, the Glovers seemed to be on their way to their second home win of the season. But their Gloucestershire opponents ended the final 15 minutes in the ascendancy, and equalised 92 minutes into the match when old boy Reuben Reid slotted home. Incredibly that wasn't the end of it, as George Williams struck a 94th minute goal to win the match for Rovers despite them having ten men on the field - a result that pushes Yeovil down to 20th place in their fourth straight defeat.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Forest Green Rovers 2.

Scorers: Rhys Browne (1-0, 56 mins), Reuben Reid (1-1, 90+2 mins), George Williams (1-2, 90+4 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
29. Enes Mahmutovic 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 23. Tom James
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 21. Wes McDonald
18. Yoann Arquin 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
31. Tommy Scott (GK) 3. Carl Dickinson 7. Rhys Browne (46 mins for Wes McDonald) 10. Jake Gray (73 mins for Olufela Olomola) 13. Francois Zoko (87 mins for Yoann Arquin) 15. Gabriel Rogers 27. Shaun Donnellan

Forest Green Rovers:
1 Robert Sanchez
2 Liam Shephard (Capt) 6 Farrend Rawson 19 Nathan McGinley 23 Joseph Mills
4 Lloyd James 7 Carl Winchester 20 Paul Digby
8 Dayle Grubb 26 Reuben Reid 10 Reece Brown

Substitutes:
5 Lee Collins 11 George C Williams (74 mins for Dayle Grubb) 13 James Montgomery 16 Gavin Gunning 18 Theo Archibald (79 mins for Joseph Mills) 21 Matt Worthington 22 Ben Morris (64 mins for Reece Brown)

Yeovil Bookings: Gary Warren (foul, 44 mins), Enes Mahmoutovic (foul, 55 mins), Olufela Olomola (blocking free kick, 69 mins), Sessi D'Almeida (foul, 86 mins)

Forest Green Rovers Bookings: Lloyd James (foul, 66 mins), Theo Archibald (foul, 90 mins). Red Card: Paul Digby (violent conduct, 76 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 36%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Port Vale Match Statistics: Possession: 64%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) and Conor Farrell (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 2,529 (with 217 Forest Green Rovers supporters).


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8 December 2018 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Forest Green Rovers at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name six changes to the starting line-up for the match, compared to the game against Port Vale ten days ago. Defender Bevis Mugabi injured his shoulder in the last match and doesn't make the teamsheet, meaning that Adel Gafaiti heads back into the starting line-up, having been off the teamsheet last time.

Midfielder Alex Pattison is not in the squad today due to a back problem, and his place is taken by Alefe Santos. At left-back Carl Dickinson drops to the bench, with Enes Mahmoutovic coming into the starting line-up, forcing a defensive reshuffle. Up front Yoann Arquin comes in, replacing Francois Zoko. The other change sees Jordan Green replace Rhys Browne in the line-up.

The Glovers have two long term absentees. Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, and had an operation on a knee injury in July that will keep him out for an indefinite period. Bailey has been seen in training ground pictures recently, but there has been no information on when he is likely to be available again. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is expected to be out until around the end of the year. Strikers Alex Fisher (groin) is expected to be out for around another week. Nathan Baxter (hip flexor), Alex Pattison (back) and Bevis Mugabi (shoulder) are out, with Mugabi expected to miss a month's worth of football with that problem. Striker Korrey Henry and Omari Patrick are presumed fit but do not make the squad.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Stuart Nelson
29. Enes Mahmutovic 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 23. Tom James
11. Jordan Green 20. Sessi D'Almeida 30. Alefe Santos 21. Wes McDonald
18. Yoann Arquin 24. Olufela Olomola

Substitutes:
31. Tommy Scott (GK) 3. Carl Dickinson 7. Rhys Browne 10. Jake Gray 13. Francois Zoko 15. Gabriel Rogers 27. Shaun Donnellan


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8 December 2018 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Forest Green Rovers
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Forest Green Rovers have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 8th December 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge will be referee Michael Salisbury (Lancashire).

If the surname Salisbury seems familiar, then his father is Graham Salisbury who we've had on many an occasion. So far Salisbury Jr has taken charge of two Yeovil Town matches, both from the 2016-17 season. This was his first year, having been promoted in the summer of 2016 to Football League duties.

The first was for the August 2016 match against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. We lost the match by a 4-1 scoreline, although the margin of that defeat was probably influenced by his decision to send off Bevis Mugabi for a second bookable offence. It was definitely a foul, although as it was more of an entwining of legs, than a deliberate trip, it did feel a bit soft to see him leave the field. That said, manager Darren Way lambasted Mugabi after the game rather than the official, so he presumably saw it as a fair decision. Overall, the feeling was that Donny's players knew they had an official who was a rookie, and were doing their best to influence outcomes by surrounding him and making a big issue of things. In that aspect, he wasn't strong enough.

Mr Salisbury turned up for a second fixture in February 2017, at Victoria Park. There he witnessed a 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United. He had to make one major decision, which was to award us a penalty. This was one of the more obvious spot kick decisions, as Francois Zoko was tripped by Andrew Nelson, and it earned us our goal, with Matt Dolan scoring against his home town club. Otherwise, the match referee dished out just one booking each in a quiet game.

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Samuel Ogles (Hampshire) and Conor Farrell (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire).

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

Link: August 2016 : Doncaster Rovers 4 Yeovil Town 1.


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7 December 2018 : Darren Way Previews The Forest Green Rovers Home Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Forest Green Rovers 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 two week break from football, his side's recent form, recent dissent at Huish Park from fans, and the challenge he thinks Forest Green will provide. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Forest Green Rovers.


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7 December 2018 : Glovers Academy Trio Feature In LFE November Goal Of The Month
Yeovil Town Under-18s are having a successful season this year, with a number of players starting to show strong qualities that provide some hope for the club's Academy system that was reformed three-and-a-half years ago. They currently lie in third place in the South West Youth Alliance, behind leaders Oxford United and second placed AFC Bournemouth, in what will almost certainly become their best finish for the main league since the relaunch.

They are also getting the plaudits from the League Football Education body, which is a joint venture by the PFA and the Football League. In their November 2018 Goal Of The Month selection, they include three of Yeovil Town's goals. First up in the video below is Devon Arnold's long range shot into the roof of the net against Swindon Town. They then feature the FA Youth Cup strike from Gabriel Rogers against Cambridge United. The three minute video also returns to the Swindon Town game right at the end, with a first time volley from Declan Rose also included. Watch the video below.




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7 December 2018 : Strike Duo Back Running On The Training Ground Again
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he has two of his strikers back 'running' on the training ground again, after both suffered injuries last month. Alex Fisher suffered a groin injury, whilst Olufela Olomola had a hamstring strain during the November FA Cup defeat against Stockport County. During the two-and-a-half matches that have followed since both limped off during the first half of that cup match, the Glovers have not scored a goal and have lost all three games.

The initial prognosis on both players just before the Macclesfield Town match was that they would be out for around two-to-three weeks, which might make Saturday's match against Forest Green Rovers a little too early for them to return. Way tends to hint in that direction, with his mention of 'running' stopping short of stating that they were in full training this week. He explained to BBC Somerset their situation:

"We're looking good. Alex Fisher is back running, which is nice to see. Olufela Olomola is back running - again, because I think we've missed those two forwards as a front line. The two centre-halves, as far as Gary Warren is concerned he's back now. Omar Sowunmi is getting there. So the spine of the team is really important, and we need that as soon as possible."

Defender Omar Sowunmi is expected to return sometime around the end of the year. There is still no firm comeback date for midfielder James Bailey's comeback from a knee injury he sustained on Boxing Day 2017. Goalkeeper Nathan Baxter had a hip-flexor problem two weeks ago that saw him return to Chelsea for treatment, but that was only expected to see him absent for around three or four days. There is a question mark over defender Bevis Mugabi, who went off with a shoulder injury during the last League Two match, with no questions asked as to his current fitness.

Way's side are currently on a run of just one win in eleven League Two matches, stretching across two-and-a-half months worth of football. On top of that came the club's early exit from the FA Cup. With the last game against Port Vale producing what many fans saw as the club's worst performance of the season, concern has been raised by fans, with a number showing dissent during the last three fixtures. Way believes it's the first time his side has ever experienced bad form:

"I just feel it's probably been the first time this squad has faced bad form. But I've had to remind the players that the run of form we had at the start of the season was very good. I said to them that they've created history. I think in the last game there was a confidence issue, and I want to make sure that this group, from winning 6-0 at Newport and winning 4-0 at Notts County, and I know we have had one or two injuries, but I want to make sure they keep believing in themselves. I've taken a lot of the bullets, and making sure that the players see a leader. That's one thing that I'll continue to do. It's not the first time I've been booed. I think I got booed when I got appointed. So those same individuals perhaps find their frustrations towards me. I understand it, because that's football."


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6 December 2018 : Tangerines Claim No Work Has Been Done In Trying To Recruit McDonald
League One side Blackpool have played down online claims that they are looking to target a deal for Yeovil Town winger Wes McDonald. The report was made by national sports website HITC, who also named League One side Blackpool, alongside fellow League One side Bradford City and League Two side Colchester United. The HITC report from Tuesday stated that all three clubs were trying to recruit the former Birmingham City Academy player, who is out of contract in January 2019.

Blackpool first team manager Terry McPhillips knows McDonald well, as he was the assistant manager to Gary Bowyer when the winger turned up to a pre-season trial at Bloomfield Road. His exit from that trial was the spark for Yeovil Town to take him on for their own pre-season trial, which turned into a half-season deal.

McPhillips had confirmed that he saw McDonald in action over the summer, but has told the Blackpool Gazette that he has not had any further contact with McDonald or his agent since their decision to part company:

"Wes came here in pre-season and we liked him. Last season he did really well for Birmingham U23s. He's a diminutive, quick winger and he's a good lad. He's got an eye for a goal too. But no, not really. We had a chance to sign him back then and to be fair to him he just missed out. It was close as close can be. The answer is no, because we haven't done any work on Wes. I know his agent so I'm not sure where it has come from. But he's a great lad, he's a good player and I won't be surprised to see him go on again."

The Blackpool manager's recollection of the summer decision-making contradicts HITC's account, which claimed that Blackpool were interested in signing him, but that no deal was agreed. McPhillips appears to suggest that he had 'missed out' on a deal, rather than not been able to agree one.

Assuming Blackpool are playing this one with a straight bat, it would once again point to HITC being primed by a player's agent, or similar source, in an attempt to drum up interest, rather than that interest actually being there. That said, McDonald only has a month left on his Yeovil Town contract, meaning that his future at the club does need to be resolved.


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5 December 2018 : Second Academy Player Signed Up On Professional Terms
Yeovil Town have given a first professional contract to Academy full-back Daniel Ojo. The defender becomes the second player to be signed on professional terms, with Gabriel Rogers having been given a contract yesterday. Like Rogers, he has been given a deal that lasts until June 2021 - a two-and-a-half year term.

Ojo has made one appearance for the first team so far, starting in the EFL Trophy Group Stage match against West Ham United Under-21s, but has sat on the bench on three other occasions, with the September match at Crawley Town representing the one time he was named on a League Two teamsheet.

He is a former Charlton Athletic Academy player who was brought into the club eighteen months ago, as part of their scholarship programme. He generally plays as a left-back in the Under-18s side. Daniel has said of his new deal:

""It's an honour for me to sign a professional contract and I'm grateful for the opportunity to continue improving. I've loved my time so far at Yeovil and this is the next step in the journey for me. The gaffer has been great with me and it's time now to repay the faith. I've got to keep working hard every day and hopefully, get as much game time as possible."

The best of luck to him and Gabriel over the coming two-and-a-half years.


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4 December 2018 : Academy Side Exits County Cup
Yeovil Town Reserves went out of the Somerset Premier Cup on Tuesday night, as Western League Premier Division team Shepton Mallet gained a comfortable victory. In a match that had been switched from Huish Park to Shepton's Playing Fields, the Glovers fielded a side entirely drawn from their Academy set-up, with the majority taken from their Under-18s line-up.

Shepton got their noses in front 35 minutes into the match when Kailan Gould produced a lobbed shot that gave the home side a half time lead. They then extended their lead in the second period through Francois Callen and James Billing to win the match 3-0. Yeovil's side was missing a few players through injury, whilst the exclusion of Gabriel Rogers and Daniel Ojo, and the use of Tyrique Spencer-Clarke as a bench warmer was presumably down to the trio's first team squad duties. As such the squad selected omitted some of the Academy's more talented players, and that won't have helped their cause.

Final Score: Shepton Mallet 3 Yeovil Town Reserves 0.

[Yeovil Town drawn at home but match switched to the Playing Fields, Shepton.]

Scorers: Kailan Gould (1-0, 35 mins), Francois Callen (2-0, 52 mins), James Billing (3-0, 81 mins)

Yeovil Town: 1. Kacper Kowalczyk 2. Lewis Dix 3. Tom Hayes 4. Hong Wan 5. Anele Ncube 6. Declan Rose 7. Kelvin Lichowe 8. Callum Watts 9. Devon Arnold 10. Daniel Neild 11. George Calverley

Subs: 12. Harvey Wilkinson 14. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 15. Tai Fleming 16. Alex John

Attendance: 182.


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4 December 2018 : Trio Of Clubs Claimed To Be Linked With Glovers Winger
Yeovil Town winger Wes McDonald is being linked with a trio of Football League clubs, in the first entry onto the rumourmill for the turn of the year. The former Birmingham City academy product is supposedly being chased by League One sides Bradford City and Blackpool along with League Two side Colchester United. The reports are carried by hit'n'miss national sports website HITC, who claim their reports come "from sources close to the club".

McDonald is known to be only at Huish Park on a short term contract, that runs until January 2019, and so would be able to seek a new club once his current deal expires. As yet Yeovil Town have not extended those arrangements, despite him having made 11 appearances for the club so far. The exact expiry date of his half-year contract wasn't publicised at the time of his signing, but in the past such deals have run far enough to take in the New Year's Day fixture, and then end.

The claim that Blackpool are interested may go back as far as a trial that McDonald had for the Tangerines over the summer. At that time they were managed by Gary Bowyer, and Glovers boss Darren Way said he made his move after Bowyer decided not to offer a deal. Since then, Bowyer has left the club and his assistant Terry McPhillips, who presumably would have viewed McDonald's trial, has taken over the reins.

Bradford City would have had some scouting reports sent to them during the first half of the season, given that Omari Patrick is on loan at Huish Park, and that may have resulted in McDonald's presence in the Glovers line-up being mentioned. Patrick's loan future is also up in January, and with the Bantams currently at the bottom of League One, they need fresh blood. Colchester United's claimed interest might have stemmed from general League Two scouting knowledge. McDonald did not play in the 3-1 defeat at the Community Stadium in early October as he was halfway through a two-month lay-off, having suffered a hamstring strain at the tail end of August.

Of course it's worth noting that HITC's track record is very sporadic. They were the website that claimed that Darren Way was being lined up for the vacancies at Shrewsbury Town (in October 2016) and Oldham Athletic (in September 2017), but neither materialised into anything that looked like a concrete approach.

They were also the outlet that penned a huge number of articles on Tom James over the summer, linking him with a myriad of clubs, none of which included the actual bid that was known to eventually be lodged by West Bromwich Albion in August. As such, we'd take the above with a huge pinch of salt, even if the trio of clubs listed would tend to be realistic for the winger to be connected with.


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4 December 2018 : Squad News For Shepton Mallet vs Yeovil Town
As expected, Yeovil Town's squad that is playing against Shepton Mallet in the Somerset Premier Cup tonight, is formed entirely from the club's Academy Under-18 side. The Glovers are playing a Second Round tie that is technically a home match, but has been switched to Shepton's Playing Fields ground instead, with Yeovil conceding home advantage.

The team chosen for the match can be confirmed as follows:

Yeovil Town: 1. Kacper Kowalczyk 2. Lewis Dix 3. Tom Hayes 4. Hong Wan 5. Anele Ncube 6. Declan Rose 7. Kelvin Lichowe 8. Callum Watts 9. Devon Arnold 10. Daniel Neild 11. George Calverley

Subs: 12. Harvey Wilkinson 14. Tyrique Spencer-Clarke 15. Tai Fleming 16. Alex John

The names of Tommy Scott, Daniel Ojo, Sam Wright, Hong Wan, Harry Haughton, Nestor Shako, Gabriel Rogers, Archie Sturdy and Neville Nzembela are listed on the squad sheet for the Shepton Mallet programme but do not appear on the final teamsheet.

Jamie Harrison is named as tonight's manager. The game will be played without any extra time - if scores are level after 90 minutes, the game will go immediately to penalties.


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4 December 2018 : GWSC Travel For Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Cambridge United. The match takes place at the Abbey Stadium on Saturday 15th December 2018, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Cambridge United : Saturday 15th December 2018.
Huish Park: 8.00a.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

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 Cambridge United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

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4 December 2018 : League Holding EFL Trophy Forum At Wembley
The Football League is holding a Fans Forum next week to discuss the EFL Trophy competition. The meeting will take place at Wembley Stadium on Monday 10th December 2018 and will feature a panel that includes League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey as well as other interested parties such as managers, players and Club CEOs. The event is starting at 7.00p.m. with doors opening an hour earlier, and is invite only.

They are also allowing a limited number of supporters to attend the event. The League have allowed for up to six fans from each of the 48 participating clubs. Some clubs appear to have put out messages asking fans to volunteer to attend, whilst others have selected representatives from within their supporters groups. The EFL's expectations are that the fans representatives will be sourced from either a known or official supporters group. The implication is that any fan attending will have to pay their own travel costs.

At present, there isn't much detail about what the format of the forum will be. However, it's likely that the League are looking for constructive suggestions on how the competition could be improved, with the inclusion of EPPP Category One Academy Under-21 sides having raised hackles with fans, whilst the elongated Group Stages have seen crowds plummet, with several clubs admitting that they were recording an operational loss on staging the ties, saved only by an increased prize fund pot from sponsors Checkatrade, and a commitment by the EFL to underwrite any losses clubs incur in staging ties with ultra-low crowds.

The deadline for participants wanting to attend this forum is today. It's not clear how Yeovil Town's own fans' representation at the event is being selected, or if the Glovers plan to send any officials to have their voices heard.


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3 December 2018 : Directions For Shepton Mallet vs Yeovil Town
Tuesday evening sees Yeovil Town play their Somerset Premier Cup Second Round match against Western League Premier Division side Shepton Mallet. The match was drawn as a home game for the Glovers, but they have conceded the advantage and will play at Shepton's Playing Fields ground, with a 7.30p.m. kick-off on Tuesday 4th December. This is situated at the following address:

Address: Playing Fields, Old Wells Road, West Shepton, Shepton Mallet. BA4 5XN

The ground is situated on the west side of Shepton, just off the B3136. Most fans travelling from Yeovil will travel up the A37 and continue past the A361 and the right-hand A371 junction that lie just south of Shepton, staying northbound on the A37. Just as you approach the edge of the town, take the first exit off a roundabout, signposted A371 towards Wells, taking you into Cannard's Grave Road.

At the next roundabout take the second exit onto the B3136 towards Glastonbury and Wells. Stay on the B3136 as it forks with the A371 again. Turn right at the junction of Old Wells Road near the King William Public House. Approximately 300 yards up the Old Wells Road turn left into the playing fields.

The Main Stand at Shepton Mallet's Playing Fields
The Main Stand at Shepton Mallet's Playing Fields.
Photo © Tim Lancaster/Ciderspace 2018.


The expectation is that Yeovil Town will field an Academy Under-18s side for this fixture, although this has not been confirmed. A rule change for the 2018-19 Somerset Premier Cup means that the tie will be settled without the use of Extra Time. If the tie is level after 90 minutes, then it will go straight to penalties.

As yet, admission prices haven't been revealed, but for Shepton's league fixtures, Adults get in for £ 6.00, whilst Concessions are available at £4.00. Expect those prices to be the maximum that would be charged on the night.

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


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3 December 2018 : Large Bundle Of Yeovil Town FA Cup Programmes Up For Auction
Yeovil Town supporters seeking to bump up their historical programme collection should take note that there is a large bundle of FA Cup programmes on eBay that are available for bidding this week. A total of 54 programmes are being offered up by an exiled Glovers fan, that can hopefully go to a new home. The collection covers matches between 1957 and 2015, mainly from the club's non-league era.

The eBay listing is described as follows:

"A collection of FA Cup programmes that should be of interest to any football historian, programme collector or Yeovil Town fan. 49 FA Cup programmes featuring Yeovil Town as a non-league club, dating from 1957-58 to 2000-01. As a non-league team, Yeovil beat a record 20 Football League teams in the FA Cup.This collection includes eight of these famous games and two matches where they went on to achieve giant-killings in the replay.

There are four matches as a non-league club against top flight opposition: Arsenal (1970-71), Norwich (1979-80), QPR (1987-88), Arsenal (1992-93). In addition the collection includes 5 FA Cup programmes featuring Yeovil Town as a Football League Club themselves, with three against top flight opposition.

Generally all are in good condition. Some are in mint condition, some have small tears and marks. If you would like to know the condition of a specific programme, please ask
."

If you want to bid on the collection, head via the link below. Bidding will close on Saturday 8th December 2018.

Link: eBay Site : Yeovil Town FA Cup Programmes Bundle.


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3 December 2018 : Rogers Becomes First Academy Graduate For Three Years
Yeovil Town Under-18s player Gabriel Rogers has been given a professional contract by the club. The 17 year old, who is currently a Second Year Scholar within the club's Academy system, has been given a two-and-a-half year deal that will see him on the club's books until June 2021. With the exception of one FA Cup match, he has been named on the club's teamsheet for all first team fixtures this season, and has got onto the pitch on four separate occasions, with one of those coming in a League Two match at Newport County in September.

Rogers becomes the first Academy player to be given a contract with the club since Ollie Bassett was rewarded in December 2015. He is a former Torquay United and Exeter City youth product who came into the club at Under-15 level. He has said of the decision to offer him a full-time deal:

"It's a dream come true to sign my first professional deal and is something I've dreamt about for a long time. I know that the real hard work starts now but I'm looking forward to kicking on and hopefully gaining more experience. The gaffer has been brilliant with me this season and has given me an opportunity, so I'll work as hard as I can to be successful for him and this football club."


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2 December 2018 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Terrible Trio Sparks Concerns
With Yeovil Town having experienced yet another blank Saturday, now seems an appropriate time to take stock of the club's situation. On the back of three poor performances and results, the latest Taff's Gloversblog suggests that the Glovers Board should be answering two key questions, whilst this week has also brought further concerns on the subject of attendances. There's also a look forward to January, where once again change is likely to be on the cards. Read that blog via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Terrible Trio Sparks Concerns.


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1 December 2018 : Dunne's Time Is Done At Cambridge United
League Two side Cambridge United have sacked first team manager Joe Dunne today. The 45 year old former Colchester United boss has been relieved of his position after a total of 40 games in charge, which saw him record 14 wins - an overall win ratio of 35 percent. He leaves Cambridge with them in 21st place in the League Two table and three points above the relegation line.

Cambridge's overall form had been rather flakey. During November, they were knocked out of the FA Cup by National League North side Guiseley by a 4-3 scoreline, and although they won at the start of the month against Grimsby Town, then topped their Checkatrade Trophy Group by beating Colchester United, they were beaten by Crewe Alexandra last weekend. Perhaps where eyebrows might be raised is that they stood in fifth place in a six game form table, having picked up ten points from their last six matches, with their lowly place in the actual table stemming from an earlier poor run of form that had briefly put them in the relegation zone.

Cambridge's Director of Football Graham Daniels has said that lack of consistency is what led their Board to make the change, and his view was that the U's should be higher up the League Table:

"On behalf of the Board I would like to thank Joe for everything he has done for Cambridge United. Results have however dictated the need for change. We believe we have the talent in this squad to be further up the table. Whilst the team has shown its ability in patches during the season we have struggled to find consistency. As a result the Board came to the conclusion that the team would benefit from a change of leadership. We have already started the search to recruit a successor to Joe."

Dunne's assistant Mark Bonner has been given the Caretaker Manager role, with no specific timeline put on recruiting a replacement. Cambridge don't have a game today, with their next match being a Checkatrade Trophy Second Round tie against Northampton Town at the Community Stadium, before resuming League Two activities next Saturday with a trip to Tranmere Rovers.


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