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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Attendance: 231.


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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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11 November 2018 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Stockport County
If you watched Saturday's 1-3 defeat against Stockport County at Huish Park, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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




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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stockport County 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

Full report to follow later ....

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stockport County 3.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

The team this afternoon lines up as follows:

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

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

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

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


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

Match: Stockport County (H)

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

Huish Park Services: Membership renewals.

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

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


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

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


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

The full Third Round draw details are as follows:

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

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

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

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

Link: FA Youth Cup Second Round Full Draw Details.


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Link: Ticketing For Yeovil Town vs Stockport County.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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8 November 2018 : Darren Way Talks About West Ham Under-21s Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's home match against West Ham United Under-21s kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the inclusion of Stuart Nelson, Daniel Ojo, Enes Mahmutovic and Alefe Santos. He also explains how he scouted West Ham earlier in the season with the hope of taking one of their players on loan. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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

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

The full squad selected is as follows:

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

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

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

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


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

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


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