Just before Friday afternoon's League Two match against Crewe Alexandra kicked off at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Neale gives bad news on Gary Warren, along with views on Sessi D'Almeida and Courtney Duffus. He also explains the club's stopover at Aston Villa, heading up to the match. Read that interview via the link below.
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Northampton Town. The match takes place at Sixfields on Saturday 27th April 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:
Northampton Town : Saturday 27th April 2019. Huish Park: 9.15a.m. Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00 Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00
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For those who want to watch YouTube-based match highlights of Yeovil Town's 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra, these are now available online. They give you the home side's goals from Charlie Kirk and Tom Lowery, but also add in a first half Tom James free kick, plus two second half chances for Ryan Seager. There's also footage showing why Adel Gafaiti got himself sent off. Watch via the video below.
Following Friday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Neale's view on the match, the red card issued to Adel Gafaiti and how short that leaves his defence, plus his current views on the company takeover, and on the relegation fight. Read that interview in full, via the link below.
For those who want to watch match highlights of Friday's 2-0 defeat against Crewe Alexandra, these are now available online. There is two minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows the winning goals from Charlie Kirk and Tom Lowery as well as the best of the other efforts on goal. Watch via the link below.
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Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon felt that an early goal for Crewe Alexandra put his side on the back foot too much during the 2-0 defeat on Good Friday at Gresty Road. The Glovers lost the game due to two poor mistakes after they gave the ball away to the home side twice in their own half. The scene was set just four minutes into the match as Omar Sowunmi got into a defensive muddle with Bevis Mugabi, allowing Charlie Kirk to score the opener.
Then just over an hour into the match, substitute Matt Worthington's first contribution to the match was to give the ball away inside his own half, leaving to Crewe's second of the afternoon from Tom Lowery. With Adel Gafaiti getting himself involved in an off the ball incident that saw him sent off, it was a case of the visitors having gifted the game to the home side. Marmon admitted that sort of thing didn't help the cause right from the start:
"Our game was a bit on the back foot after the mistake with Omar Sowunmi and Bevis Mugabi. With a side like Crewe they've got nothing to lose. They're not going anywhere. I think that they picked their game up, but we actually got back into the game. We didn't really threaten, but we were back in it, and there was only one goal in it. We brought Matty Worthington on, but with his first touch he lost the ball as well, and gave them the ball again. But even with the red card and a man down in these temperatures, there wasn't much in it for us today. But at least we kept it at two only."
Marmon said that he accepted Adel Gafaiti's red card and added that he would be having words with the player on Sunday about his ill-discipline, after he kicked out at Nicky Hunt off the ball an hour into the match. That will mean that Gafaiti will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season, meaning that with Gary Warren unlikely to return from injury the Glovers will be down to their bare bones. Despite that, Marmon doesn't expect to recall sidelined pair Craig Alcock and Carl Dickinson, who have been told that they won't play for the club again this season.
The temporary boss still believes that the relegation fight will go to the wire, although admits that further defeats for Notts County and Macclesfield Town meant that his side 'got out of jail' once again. He hopes that his side can take advantage during Easter Monday's home game against Colchester United:
"I've always said it might go to the last game, and it does look like that, because we've got out of jail for the third week week on the bounce. We've got a chance on Monday to jump above those two as they've got two hard games."
Yeovil Town went down to a 2-0 defeat at Crewe Alexandra on Good Friday that still leaves them in deep trouble in the League Two relegation zone. Their 13th defeat in the last 16 games came through poor defending as Charlie Kirk put the home side in front just four minutes into the match with an angled drive after Omar Sowunmi was easily dispossessed on the edge of his own box. Although the visitors created chances, with Ryan Seager particularly bright, they were fragile out of possession and were not helped when Adel Gafaiti was dismissed for an off the ball incident early in the second half. Tom Lowery took advantage of the extra man as Yeovil gave the ball away inside their own half, leading to the midfielder running the ball over the line. The result leaves Yeovil still two points off safety, with Notts County and Macclesfield Town again losing, but after a performance in which they shot themselves in the foot on numerous occasions.
The Glovers went into the match naming four changes to their line-up from the team that lost against Crawley Town. In defence, Gary Warren dropped out with Omar Sowunmi replacing him as captain. There was also an alteration at left-back with Daniel Ojo dropping to the bench, as Tom James moved into the left-back slot. The midfield berths were taken by Sessi D'Almeida and Alex Pattison, with Matt Worthington dropping to the bench. Up front, Alex Fisher was preferred to Courtney Duffus.
If you're going to go into a vital match to try to save your season, do not concede early. After Alex Pattison had dragged a shot wide of the right hand post early on, the Glovers did just that, and in an awful manner. Omar Sowunmi was far too casual on the edge of his own penalty box, and when he was robbed of the ball, Charlie Kirk got on the angle to drive a low shot into the bottom right hand corner for the worst possible start to the match. 1-0 down.
Sidelined left-back Carl Dickinson watched the match with his family from the away end, and he must have wished he was out there on the pitch. Although Yeovil were fairly reasonable in an attacking and creative sense - Alex Dobre's bicycle kick lacked power, but at least showed inventiveness for the Glovers - once they lost the ball, they were like rabbits in the headlights, giving Crewe clear possession, even inside their own penalty box. One such effort saw Adel Gafaiti clear a Callum Ainley shot off the line. Then Charlie Kirk weaved and turned his way past the Yeovil defence to fire off a shot that Nathan Baxter did well to save first time.
As the first half began to close, Yeovil did manage to clock up a number of efforts on goal. Two Tom James free kicks cleared the goalframe, whilst an Alex Fisher header from a left wing cross saw the ball flick across the face of goal, but ultimately drop a yard or two wide of the far post. Then Bevis Mugabi tried his luck from the edge of the box but didn't really have the firepower to worry Crewe debutant Will Jaaskelainen. They went into the break probably level on chances, but not level on mental concentration, which was why they were a goal behind.
Sessi D'Almeida forced Will Jaaskelainen to make another save early in the second period when his drive was parried at the near post for a corner. There was then a monent of VAR-style pausing for breath as Crewe landed the ball in the back of the net through Charlie Kirk as he latched onto a Perry Ng cross. Crewe celebrated but there was an ultra-long pause as referee Eddie Ilderton took an age to bother to wander over in the direction of his assistant referee, to then finally chalk the goal off for offside.
Straight up the other end, whilst Crewe fans were trying to work out what on earth was going on, Ryan Seager was carrying on with the match. His driving run forced a superb save from Will Jaaskelainen, who palmed a shot destined for the top corner over and for a corner. That could have spurred Yeovil on to an equaliser, but their ability to shoot themselves in the foot in games knows no bounds. Five minutes later, and Adel Gafaiti got involved in an off the ball altercation with Nicky Hunt. Appearing to kick out at the Crewe man, he was given a straight red card for violent conduct, with few complaints from those in the away end for Eddie Ilderton's decision.
That left Yeovil playing with three at the back, and although Ryan Seager tried to keep the momentum going, with a driving run that saw the former Crewe loanee's shot go just wide of the left hand post, seven minutes after Gafaiti's dismissal they fell further behind. A double substitution made just before the goal might not have helped matters, given that Matt Worthington's first contribution was to give the ball away. Crewe ran through with Charlie Kirk putting a ball across the area that Nathan Baxter could only parry. Latching onto the loose ball was Tom Lowery, who prodded home from a foot out for a 2-0 scoreline.
Ryan Seager continued to be Yeovil's most dangerous player, as he produced a low shot that went inches wide of the far post. But with Omar Sowunmi going down with cramp with five minutes remaining and all subs used up, the game began to fizzle out. Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, Yeovil's main bright spark in Seager, suffered a 93rd minute ankle injury that saw him receive lengthy treatment and slowly limp off the field, leaving Yeovil with just nine men to finish the game. The only good news was that Notts County and Macclesfield Town also lost their games, but with no advantage taken from that, and now a suspension to deal with, Yeovil's time is running out for them to save themselves from relegation.
Scorers: Charlie Kirk (4 mins, 1-0), Tom Lowery (65 mins, 2-0)
Crewe Alexandra: 27 Will Jaaskelainen
2 Perry Ng 29 Nicky Hunt 12 Eddie Nolan 25 Billy Sass-Davies
15 Ryan Wintle 16 Tom Lowery 8 James Jones
11 Callum Ainley 7 Chris Porter 20 Charlie Kirk
Substitutes: 1 Ben Garratt 9 Shaun Miller 10 Jordan Bowery (75 mins for Chris Porter) 17 Paul Green 19 Owen Dale (68 mins for Callum Ainley) 21 Oliver Finney (68 mins for James Jones) 24 Lewis Reilly
Yeovil Town: 12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
16. Tristan Abrahams 17. Alex Pattison 20. Sessi D'Almeida 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 27. Ryan Seager
Substitutes: 1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 8. Matt Worthington (64 mins for Sessi D'Almeida) 10. Jake Gray 11. Courtney Duffus (64 mins for Alex Fisher) 13. Francois Zoko (76 mins for Tristan Abrahams) 26. Daniel Ojo 30. Alefe Santos
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road. The Glovers have made four changes compared to the side that lost against Crawley Town last weekend. In defence Omar Sowunmi returns to captain the side as Gary Warren drops out with a knock. Daniel Ojo drops to the bench, with Sessi D'Almeida replacing him. Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison starts in favour of Matt Worthington in midfield. Finally Alex Fisher is chosen in the front line with Courtney Duffus dropping to the bench.
Rhys Browne (hamstring), Gary Warren (groin) and Josh Grant (Achilles) are the players out injured. Craig Alcock, Carl Dickinson, Gabriel Rogers and Yoann Arquin are not selected but are reported as being fit.
The team this afternoon lines up as follows:
Yeovil Town: 12. Nathan Baxter
5. Bevis Mugabi 2. Adel Gafaiti 6. Omar Sowunmi (Capt) 23. Tom James
16. Tristan Abrahams 17. Alex Pattison 20. Sessi D'Almeida 25. Alex Dobre
9. Alex Fisher 27. Ryan Seager
Substitutes: 1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 8. Matt Worthington 10. Jake Gray 11. Courtney Duffus 13. Francois Zoko 26. Daniel Ojo 30. Alefe Santos
Crewe Alexandra: 27 Will Jaaskelainen
2 Perry Ng 29 Nicky Hunt 12 Eddie Nolan 25 Billy Sass-Davies
15 Ryan Wintle 16 Tom Lowery 8 James Jones
11 Callum Ainley 7 Chris Porter 20 Charlie Kirk
Substitutes: 1 Ben Garratt 9 Shaun Miller 10 Jordan Bowery 17 Paul Green 19 Owen Dale 21 Oliver Finney 24 Lewis Reilly
Officials for the League Two match between Crewe Alexandra and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Friday 19th April, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Gresty Road. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear).
The first occasion we had him was at Moss Rose for a game against Macclesfield Town in 2003 and it didn't take long to spot he was one of the poorest officials on the circuit around that time. Unfortunately Yeovil Town were even poorer that day, although we weren't helped by him denying Adam Lockwood a clear penalty - Locky was stamped on which provoked a melee, but he ended up booking the Glovers defender for it, and an entirely random Macclesfield player who wasn't even the one who kicked (literally) the whole thing off.
Later that season, we had him again, for an away match against Boston United. His performance at York Street on a Bank Holiday Monday 2004, won't be forgotten in a hurry by the 400 Glovers fans there: shambolic is too kind a word. The Glovers bench got into a steaming row with him when he forced an injured Darren Way to leave the field of play, but for reasons only known to himself wouldn't let us make the substitution - Way's absence allowed the very man he had been marking the chance to score unmarked 15 seconds later. Ilderton should have claimed an assist. He was also involved in Boston's second goal, gifting them a free kick after Paul Terry's ball-winning tackle, with future Glover David Noble netting from it.
Ilderton then chalked off a successful Gavin Williams penalty, claiming that he'd not blown his whistle for it to be taken despite there being no reason for him to need play to be delayed in any way - Gavin's second attempt was saved. His final contribution to a stinker of a game was to allow Boston's winning goal to stand, even though in fairness his linesman should have been able to give it - a ball over the top that looked an obvious offside saw both linesman and referee leave the decision to each other, giving Boston a 90th minute winner, and Mr Ilderton and his merry men a hand in all three of the home side's goals. Unsurprisingly after one of the worst refereeing performances we've witnessed, Gary Johnson wasn't too impressed, saying of Way's injury for the opening goal:
"That has to be the worst decision that a referee has ever made. The reason why is because he told Darren Way to get up. Darren Way was injured and he told him to get up and get off. If Darren Way stays down and has his treatment then we can make our substitution anyway. Nick was ready anyway. But he told him to get up and get off and then wouldn't allow us to bring Nick Crittenden on. Obviously the goal came during that 30 seconds. We thought that was really poor and we also thought that the handling of the penalty was really poor. Gavin waited for ages to take that penalty and when he put it in, the referee said that he didn't blow his whistle, and then he changed his mind later and told them that one of them was encroaching."
Thankfully, the other matches he's dealt with at Football League level have been a great deal more anonymous. He was back at Moss Rose in 2005, although without a repeat of the issues we'd had with him on his first visit there. Then in February 2007, he took charge of our 4-1 win over Carlisle United - we had a few grumbles about his performance that day, but nothing on the scale of his Boston horror show.
Of the more recent meetings, one came during February 2013. We were critical of his observational skills on the day, in a 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. He seemed to miss a large number of incidents during the match - James Hayter had a penalty appeal turned down during the second half. Having made the decision not to award a spot kick you'd think Mr Ilderton would be conscious of the Glovers striker lying prone on the deck, but he let play go on, and on, and on, with only Doncaster's good sportsmanship ensuring that Hayter got treatment and was able to be helped off the pitch. Late on, we were grateful that Mr Ilderton seemed to be watching another game - a rather dubious challenge by Marek Stech on Donny subsitute David Syers got ignored again - just as well given that it was inside the box.
Back in March 2015, again we were left grumbling about Mr Ilderton's observational skills. Although he did award us one penalty during that game - after a poor backpass saw James Hayter intercept the ball, and then be brought down by Rochdale keeper (and former Glovers trialist) Jamie Jones, we felt the keeper should have walked for the foul - instead he got a yellow. Still on the pitch, the keeper saved the spot kick, but when Gozie Ugwu was brought down inside the box later in that half we should have had a second spot kick. This one wasn't given at all.
We had Mr Ilderton twice during the 2016-17 season. In February 2017 he was at Meadow Lane for our League Two match against Notts County. This was a real stinker of a game. One of those matches that was going to end 0-0 even if both sides played until midnight. As we recall, the match officials didn't have a huge impact on the game, but minor things tended to contribute to the stuttering nature of the match. We groaned at him, but also groaned at the way both sides were playing the match. For the April 2017 match at Blundell Park against Grimsby Town, we were more groaning at our side's defending in the 4-2 defeat, although there was one semi-comical moment when he succeeded in breaking up a Yeovil Town attack as he accidentally blocked off a Ben Whitfield through ball. He gave Grimsby a penalty, for a foul by Jonny Maddison, but not one we could argue with on this occasion.
We also had him twice during the 2017-18 season. The first was the April 2018 fixture against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. There we won the match by a 6-2 scoreline, so even if the referee had an absolute nightmare we wouldn't be complaining about it! As it happens, he only booked one player, and we can't recall any Sky Blues fans or players complaining, except for the standard of their defending. He was also fairly unnoticeable during the May 2018 trip to Sincil Bank that saw us draw 1-1 with Lincoln City. One booking for each side, and nothing controversial that reached our match report or any of the associated coverage.
Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Anthony Moore (Manchester) and Thomas Harty (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Ian Smedley (Derbyshire).
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Tom Seymour, Neale gives his views on the team's defeat against Crawley Town, their recent goalscoring record, what sort of mood Crewe will be in, the availability of various squad members in terms of injury and selection, and his views on the takeover itself. Read that interview in full, via the link below.
Yeovil Town's Football Advisor Mark Palmer has insisted that there are no issues with the club's takeover plans, despite two months having passed since would-be owner Rob Couhig was unveiled. The New Orleans lawyer was unveiled on February 19th as the man who planned to buy current owner Norman Hayward's shareholding (through the Huish Park Stadium Partnership Ltd company), subject to due diligence on the deal, and approval from the Football League under their Fit and Proper Persons Test.
At that time, Couhig had an expectation of this process taking between two weeks and a month to complete, with a hope of taking charge before the 2018-19 season ended. That would have given him an opportunity to bring forward the search for a new first team manager, and make plans for the 2019-20 season. But as yet, there hasn't been any ratification of the deal. Reporter Chris Spittles has asked Palmer today if there are any problems with Couhig's bid, but has been told that all is well:
"The deal is solid. We have to follow the proper procedure set out by the EFL and we can't dictate timings but it is progressing."
Palmer is due to take over the role of Chief Executive once Couhig is confirmed as owner, with current Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon becoming the club's Sporting Director once the first team management situation is sorted. Rob Couhig himself would become Chairman of the football club.
Currently there are a number of other Football League clubs going through the EFL's Fit and Proper Person and Ownership Tests, with Port Vale, Notts County and Bolton Wanderers having all gone public over their plans to sell to new personnel. At present those three clubs are all awaiting the outcome of the same process, which could have created a bottleneck with the League's administration staff.
Once again, Chris Spittles has been told by Palmer, the outcome of the prospective deal is not dependent on the club's Football League status. This was clarified by Couhig himself at the time of his February interviews.
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make the trip to Gresty Road, home of Crewe Alexandra for a League Two fixture. To help you on your way, the Ciderspace guide covers ticketing, directions, parking, a pub guide, club statistics and other such things via the link below.
The Somerset FA have announced that the 2018-19 Somerset Premier Cup Final will now not be played this season. The match between Taunton Town and Weston-super-Mare was due to be staged at Huish Park, but has been given an ultra-lengthy postponement, and will now only be played at some point during the 2019-20 season. It's not clear if the same venue would be chosen to stage the rearranged tie.
The background to the postponement is a complicated one, but is down to Taunton Town's likely involvement in the Southern League Play-Offs. With three games remaining of their Southern League Premier Division South season, Taunton are second in the League table, but five points behind leaders Weymouth, meaning that unless the Dorset side suffers a late collapse, Taunton will go into the play-off stages.
The Southern League Play-Offs currently have a schedule for Semi-Final to be played on Wednesday 1st May, with their divisional Play-Off Final being staged on Monday 6th May. Given the potential for Taunton to reach the final, the Somerset FA have decided it will not be possible for the game to be played on Tuesday 7th May as planned. There is also a provision for a Super Play-Off Final to be staged, which pitches the regional division Play-Off winners against each other for the actual promotion into National League South (or National League North). Those are earmarked for Saturday 11th May, meaning that Taunton could be involved at that stage as well.
With Southern League sides being run on a part-time basis, most player contracts and associated insurance run out after that final weekend, meaning that any attempt to stage the tie during the week commencing May 13th would be problematic. As a result, rather than have a County Cup Final date that might be postponed or moved at short notice, the Somerset FA have decided to call the final off until around August 2019.
The Football League have published key dates for the 2019-20 season. Covering everything from the Fixture Release Day through to the start and finals for key competitions, the outline dates are usually expanded on throughout the summer as the season takes shape.
Clearly, Yeovil Town's interest in the list below will depend heavily upon the next four fixtures. But taking the optimist's viewpoint, the 2019-20 fixtures will be released on Thursday 20th June 2019, at 9.00p.m. outlining all 46 League matches, along with the gaps left for key competitions, such as the FA Cup. The actual season has a very early start, with Saturday 3rd August the main date for most clubs, although the expectation is that Sky Sports will probably take a game for live transmission on the evening before, from the Championship division.
The key dates known so far, are as follows:
EFL Fixture Release Date – Thursday 20th June 2019, 9.00a.m.
EFL Season Starts – Saturday 3rd August 2019
League Cup First Round – w/c August 12th 2019
League Cup Final – Sunday March 1st 2020
EFL Trophy First Round/Group – w/c September 2nd 2019
EFL Trophy Final – Sunday 5th April 2020
League Two Play-Off Final – Saturday 16th May 2020
League One Play-Off Final – Sunday 24th May 2020
Championship Play-Off Final – Monday 25th May 2020
The League haven't disclosed the date for the final weekend of fixtures. However, given that the League Two Play-Off Final takes place a week earlier than the other two Play-Off Finals, this would tend to point to a staggered finish. The reason for the blank Saturday on 23rd May isn't made clear, but is likely to be the FA Cup Final date, given that the Premier League season concludes on the previous weekend, whilst the Champions League Final is set for 30th May.
Yeovil Town stayed stuck in the bottom two positions in the League Two table last weekend, which wasn't part of the grand plan, which had hoped to suck Crawley Town into the problems near the foot of the table. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at that game and where it leaves Yeovil, and why it's not quite the time to throw in the towel on the season just yet. Read on via the link below.
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has said that striker Francois Zoko may be recalled as far as the substitutes bench for Good Friday's trip to Crewe Alexandra. The 35 year old has only played in two minutes of Marmon's three games so far, and was left out of the squads selected for the matches against Swindon Town and Crawley Town, with the temporary manager allowing Zoko an extended weekend back in Nottingham for the first of those two matches.
That has led to the question of whether Zoko would be part of any future teamsheets that Marmon selects for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. But he has explained that Zoko is still part of his thinking at present. Marmon told BBC Somerset that when he took over the reins, he didn't think that Zoko was doing enough on the training ground to justify inclusion. However, this week he has started to see a difference:
"It's looking like Francois will be be joining us in the squad that travel to Crewe. He's trained very well this week. So we're going to look for his experience on the bench. Francois has been a warhorse for a long time in this club and he's scored a lot of goals and saved them in previous years. But I wasn't happy with how much running he was doing in training. I explained that to him. There was no animosity whatsoever. It's just the fact that I saw these things done. I explained to him that if he changed it, he'd got a chance. He has changed it this week so that's why he'll be involved in the next game that we've got."
Marmon has restated that Carl Dickinson and Craig Alcock remain outside of his plans. Both players were dropped by predecessor Darren Way, with Dickinson having only featured in one game over the last two months, whilst Alcock has been absent entirely. Neither have featured under Marmon, and he said that he was fully aware of Dickinson's current location, having given him permission to try to find a new club for the 2019-20 season as soon as possible:
"Carl has been training with Port Vale. We gave him the opportunity to take a chance to get a new club for next year. We know that he's got a contract here, but he's got an opportunity to get a club somewhere near where he lives. Craig Alcock we've involved now with the Academy because he's looking at his coaching badges."
As reported yesterday, Omar Sowunmi is due to return for the two Easter Holiday fixtures, with Alex Pattison also in contention after suffering no ill-effects from his comeback game last weekend. The only absentee, in terms of fitness, is named as winger Rhys Browne, although there is a hope that he will be ready to resume full training by the weekend, after suffering a hamstring problem.
Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon has said that one of last weekend's injured players is back in training this week, with a second expected to return to the fold sometime around the Easter weekend, ahead of the trip to Crewe Alexandra and the home fixture against Colchester United. Defender Omar Sowunmi has struggled to get back into his stride since returning from a five month layoff from an ankle injury sustained in September 2018. The 23 year old has attempted two comebacks over the last six weeks but has had to sit out subsequent games.
Sowunmi is now back on the training ground, with Marmon adding that Alex Pattison had suffered no ill-effects from his half hour cameo on Saturday that saw him return from a back injury during the game against Crawley Town. Meanwhile Rhys Browne looks likely to be available sometime around this weekend, having been out with a back injury:
"Omar Sowunmi has been joining in today, and looks pretty fit. Alex Pattison is up for it as well. So there's only Rhys Browne, who is now three or four days away. So the whole squad is available."
There's no explicit mention of Chelsea right-back Josh Grant at this stage - he had been missing with an Achilles problem. Meanwhile Marmon has said that himself and first team coach Paul Terry sat down and analysed the club's last few games on Sunday to try to root out problems and highlight the better aspects of the team play. He has told BBC Somerset that he could see some positive change in the way the players were approaching games and hoped that would eventually bear fruit:
"I basically gave them Sunday off, so that I could sit down with Paul Terry and analyse the whole situation. We came up with a lot of positives that we've seen in the last three weeks. Basically we explained to them what we'd seen of positive change over the last three weeks. Going into the game on Friday they know they've got to get points. Probably Macclesfield know and Notts County as well. I think that if we do get a win, then a certain positivity would kick off really."
Yeovil Town are being linked with a move for a 20 year old defender, currently on the books of AFC Sudbury. At present, the Suffolk club have openly transfer-listed Tyler French, with them having touted him for a move since late February, presumably in the hope of engineering a move to a Football League side, and thus a cash windfall. He has just completed a trial with League One side Charlton Athletic, where he played for their Under-23 side, and the Suffolk Free Press state that Yeovil Town have recently expressed an interest in him, with Barnsley having also looked at him in the past.
AFC Sudbury play in the Isthmian League North Division, and thus are currently three divisions below the Glovers. French is a product of their Academy system and made his first team debut for them at the age of 17 years old. However, first team manager Mark Morsley made the decision to transfer-list the player in late February, citing a dip in form that he felt was the sign of a player needing a fresh challenge in the game. Earlier that month, the Non-League Paper had cited French in a list of Under-23 players featuring in the top four divisions of non-league football that they felt could make the step up. They said of French:
"Came close to a move to Crystal Palace at the end of 2016 before it broke down at the 11th hour. The AFC Sudbury defender, who also had time with Leicester City and nearby Ipswich Town, is now getting back to the levels that saw professional clubs interested in him. Has played full-back and centre-back, he has the talent to step up to the full-time game."
French is contracted with AFC Sudbury and they are expecting a fee to be paid by any interested club. The same paper claims that Peterborough United are also interested, although there is no detail on what that interest entails. Barnsley have stated they are not planning to place a bid until they know which division they are playing in next season. His current manager Morsley explained the current situation regarding his player:
"He had a very successful two games with Charlton and apparently was the man of the match against Bolton. I know conversations have been going on and expect to have more of them over the next week. Now we have got another pro club interested in him which happens to be Yeovil Town. But he has done very well at Charlton. I have had some dialogue with Paul Hayes (his agent and Sudbury team-mate) who has had dialogue with them. I understand saying he is good and the conversations are whether he goes into a first-team squad situation, in which case it would be waiting for the transfer window. And if that does happen he will be with us until the end of the season."
The interest in French would appear to have occurred since the departure of former first team manager Darren Way and therefore is probably sourced from Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon, who is due to be the club's Sporting Director next season. The tendency under Way's tenure was for the club not to target players at non-league level, with Way preferring to concentrate on Under-21/Under-23 players in the Premier League 2 divisions. The interest in French would suggest a swing back to that approach.
Despite being only 20 years old, French has made over 100 appearances for AFC Sudbury during the three seasons that he has been playing as a first teamer for their club.
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match kicked off against Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Neale gives his views on the team's confidence and the interactions with the supporters that the team are now getting. Read that interview via the link below.
Yeovil Town's on loan midfielder Alex Pattison has been told by his parent club that he will be released at the end of the 2018-19 season. Championship side Middlesbrough, who are currently occupying seventh slot in the second tier table, and therefore hopeful of grabbing a play-off spot by the end of the season, have announced decisions on the future of four of their players, with 21 year old Pattison one of those being shown the door.
The Darlington-born player has been on the books of Boro since the age of nine years old, and played two games for their Under-21 side in the EFL Trophy during the 2016-17 season. However, he never broke into their first team, and has instead had loan experience with York City and for the whole of the 2018-19 season with Yeovil Town. Pattison has confirmed his own departure via his Twitter account, saying:
"Would just like to thank everyone at Middlesbrough for the last 15 years I've spent there and some of memories and people I've met. Time to move onto to a new challenge next season, but for now the focus is the last big push these last four games at Yeovil."
Pattison has been let go at the same time as Kieran Charlton, Nathan Guru and Dan Ward, with Boro also announcing a number of professional deals from their Academy system for some of their latest teenage crop.
Yeovil Town supporters attending the Easter Monday League Two home match against Colchester United can take advantage of a ticketing offer for the game. The match takes place on Monday 22nd April, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park, and for this fixture all Under-16s (Juniors) can attend the match FREE of charge.
You'll need to obtain a ticket for the match from the Huish Park Ticket Office to take advantage of this offer, but only non-Junior tickets will require a payment. This offer does extend as far as matchdays, although expect a larger than usual crowd, given the offer and the Bank Holiday fixture.
If you've already purchased a Junior ticket for this fixture, contact the Huish Park Ticket Office with your details, and they'll sort out a refund or an exchange.
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson secured his sixth career promotion as a first team manager on Saturday as he took Torquay United back into the National League main division. The Gulls won the National League South title by claiming a 2-0 victory over Eastbourne Borough, despite Johnson having only taken over their team in mid-September with them floundering somewhat in 14th place.
Torquay sealed the title in front of 4,538 spectators - their biggest crowd for four years - with them having won 23 out of their 30 league games since his arrival. The victory meant that the 63 year old lifted another trophy, to add to the three promotions he achieved with Yeovil Town, his League One promotion with Bristol City and the National League title success with Cheltenham Town. When added to the two promotions he achieved as John Beck's assistant at Cambridge United, it means he's been in the dugout for eight separate promotions in the last 30 years, with an FA Trophy Final for Yeovil Town and a Championship Play-Off Final for Bristol City having been achieved in other seasons.
Johnson's team rose from 14th place to first in the division, by going on a four month unbeaten run, including ten straight wins, that saw them hit the top of the table in mid-January. Since then, they've been involved in a two-horse race with Woking, but the Cardinals have fallen by the wayside over the last five games, allowing Torquay to open up a ten point gap at the top. With three games remaining they've netted 88 goals. Johnson said of his latest success:
"I am just so pleased that we did it in front of our own fans - they were brilliant - and we can all look forward to a big party here against Hungerford on Easter Monday. We can relax now and maybe play a bit more football than we did today. To be so far behind when I took over - it looked like the Play-Offs was the only hope - so the boys have put in a fantastic effort."
Gary Johnson's Promotions: 1989-90 : Cambridge United (Fourth Division play-off winners, as assistant manager)
1990-91 : Cambridge United (Third Division Champions, as assistant manager)
2002-03 : Yeovil Town (Conference Champions)
2004-05 : Yeovil Town (League Two Champions)
2006-07 : Bristol City (League One automatic promotion)
2012-13 : Yeovil Town (League One play-off winners)
2015-16 : Cheltenham Town (National League Champions)
2018-19 : Torquay United (National League South Champions)
The promotion with Torquay means that he has now won promotion from four different divisions and five different teams, whilst his promotion from the National League with Cheltenham Town currently has him in a group of only three managers to have won promotion into the Foobtball League with more than one club.
For those that want to watch alternative YouTube-based highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Crawley Town, these are now available online. Along with the winning strike from Filipe Morais, they give you first half chanced from Ryan Seager and Tom James. They then show you second half efforts from Adel Gafaiti along with a second Ryan Seager chance, followed by the double save that denied Alex Fisher and Sessi D'Almeida. Watch the YouTube video below.
Yeovil Town supporters planning to travel to Crewe Alexandra on Good Friday should note that there is an earlier than usual cut-off for the purchasing of advance tickets. Due to the Easter Holiday weekend, the Huish Park Ticket Office will be selling tickets up until Wednesday 17th April at midday - that cut-off applies to both online purchases and phone/in-person purchases. Thereafter you'll need to buy your tickets from the Gresty Road end on the day.
This shouldn't cause too much inconvenience, if you're making a late decision, as there is no matchday surcharge for this fixture. However, you'll need to visit their Away Ticket Office on the day of the match, as all turnstiles use a barcoding system. Note that this is also the location you should go to for any tickets that have been prepurchased for pick-up on the day of the match.
For full ticketing and travel arrangements, head via the links below.
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-1 defeat against Crawley Town at Huish Park, Yeovil Town Caretaker Manager Neale Marmon spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Neale's verdict on the match can be read in full, via the link below.