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16 January 2019 : New Glovers Trust Scarf - I Am YTFC
The supporters of Yeovil Town Football Club are and have always been the heart, soul and financial muscle of the club. It should never be forgotten or our support taken for granted. Each and every Glover can say "I AM YTFC" – Together WE ARE YTFC!

The Glovers Trust believe that this statement personifies who we are. We are not customers or clients who are being offered a take it or leave it product or a service. We are members of the community who have pride in our local club and seek only the best for it.

As supporters we are people who invest time, money and emotion into their Club, whilst we band together in solidarity for our common cause. We stand together through the good times and the bad. All we ask is that we are treated with respect, given truthful information, appreciated for our loyalty and given an opportunity to influence the future well-being of OUR CLUB. If we are made to feel welcome, we will pay the Club back in spades.

We wish to send a message to Yeovil Town Football Club that says "you seem to have forgotten the importance of supporters, the life blood of the Club". We would like to remind you in a quiet and respectful way that we are here and that we are YTFC.

The Glovers Trust have produced a scarf to reflect this principle. By wearing one of these scarves you will send a message to those who have forgotten how important you are to them.

We will be receiving stock of the scarf on Friday 18th January 2019 and it can be purchased at the Gazebo near the ticket office on Saturday ahead of the match against Notts County. It is also available online for pre-order now via our online shop. For a mere £5.00 you can join us in saying "This is my Club – I AM YTFC".

Green side of forthcoming Glovers Trust scarf
White side of forthcoming Glovers Trust scarf
Screen print design of a forthcoming two-sided scarf from the Glovers Trust
Photo © 2019 Glovers Trust


[Article via the Glovers Trust.]


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16 January 2019 : Carlisle Fill Gap Left By Sheridan Departure
League Two side Carlisle United have appointed a successor to outgoing manager John Sheridan. They have announced that 45 year old former Coventry City and Fleetwood Town manager Steven Pressley will be in charge until the end of the 2018-19 season, with the Cumbrians also having an unspecified option on an extension on those terms.

Carlisle were left shocked when Sheridan resigned on January 4th to drop down a division and become Chesterfield's first team manager, taking over a side that are sat in the National League relegation zone. Pressley has a rather more comfortable challenge, with Carlisle currently in sixth place in League Two. He arrives having last been in charge of Cypriot First Division club Pafos, with him not been involved in English football since he left the Fleetwood job in July 2016.

Chairman Andrew Jenkins has said that he realises the position that Pressley inherits is an unusual one, but hopes he can keep the club's momentum going for the remainder of the season:

"We're really pleased to have Steven on board. He impressed us immensely during the interview process and his enthusiasm to take what is a very attractive job on really shone through. He's taken time to watch us, and he spoke a lot about the fact that he's seen us play the type of football he likes to see. He's identified that there are good players here in the squad and he feels he can continue the fantastic work that has already been done this season. It's unusual for a manager to come into a club in this situation, but he's looking forward to working with the staff who are already here on keeping the intensity levels high, and on achieving continued positive results. We're pleased to have concluded this process within a relatively quick timeframe. With two weeks left of the transfer window it's important that we get the squad back to a level where we know we will be competing every week."


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16 January 2019 : Taff's Gloversblog : A Bright Spark In The Darkness
On Saturday, Yeovil Town achieved that rare thing known as a win, in a football match. Having spent the last three months having a decided grumble, the latest Taff's Gloversblog looks at the rather more light-hearted question of what went right at Mansfield Town, and the effect that might have on the wider scheme of things. Read on, via the link below, and feel free to add your own views.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : A Bright Spark In The Darkness.


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16 January 2019 : Nathan Baxter Talks About The Mansfield Town Victory
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town goalkeeper Nathan Baxter spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Nathan gives his views on the defensive performance, as well as revealing his long term friendship with fellow Chelsea loanee Joshua Grant. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Nathan Baxter Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Win Against Mansfield Town.


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15 January 2019 : Glovers Trust Publish Correspondence With Club On Local Consortium
Over the last six months, the Glovers Trust, with assistance from the Supporters Alliance Group, have been attempting to seek clarification from the club over a statement issued by Yeovil Town Football Club just over a year ago. That statement issued on December 11th 2017 sought to claim that the club had not been approached by a local consortium - something that had been on the rumourmill that month, but had gone public on the previous day, via journalist and regular BBC local radio reporter Chris Spittles.

Whilst that rumour stayed in the public eye for some time, nothing concrete showed up until the resignation of Director Andy Rossiter, which was announced during August 2018. Andy went public over the reasons for his resignation, revealing that he had managed to get "a consortium of local business and wealthy YTFC fans together" that had held discussions with the club and their advisor Mark Palmer, with them signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement with the club regarding the detailed commercial aspects of their interest.

In response to this new information, on August 12th 2018, the following minute was taken at a Supporters Alliance Group meeting at Huish Park:

"The group identified that after leaving the Board Mr Rossiter’s comments seemed to contradict earlier club statements as Mr Rossiter seemed to be implying that a group he had been involved with made a bid to buy the club. A request was made that the club, via DM (Club COO David Mills), respond to this apparent contradiction at the next meeting."

At the subsequent meeting of the Supporters Alliance Group on October 10th 2018 the following minute was taken:

"The group queried comments made in the media by a former club Director as they seemed to contradict club statements. DM (David Mills) commented that he thought this may be a misinterpretation of what the former Director and club had said, but the groups present were unsatisfied with this answer and asked for further clarification at a future meeting."

The Glovers Trust felt that this matter was not being suitably dealt with and wrote the following letter to Mr John Fry, Chairman of YTFC on October 31st 2018. That letter to Mr Fry reads as follows:

"Dear Mr Fry,
I hope that this letter finds you well.

I am writing to you regarding an agenda item from recent Supporters Alliance meetings that we do not feel has been suitably concluded.

On December 11th 2017 Yeovil Town Football Club released a statement to inform supporters that following rumours that had been circulating at the time there had been no desire to sell the Club, and that no consortium existed who wished to further that aim.

It has since been revealed by a resigning Director of the Yeovil Town Board that he had formed a consortium and around this time, had engaged in talks with the Yeovil Board with a view to purchasing the Club but that the interested parties at Yeovil Town had subsequently changed their view.

Naturally supporters became confused as to the truth behind the events and as a result the matter was brought up at an Alliance Group meeting two months ago. David Mills took an action to seek a response from the Board as to the situation.

At the Alliance meeting in October in his Chief Operating Officer role, David made a very short response by saying that it was a matter of interpretation but that as he was only an Associate Director he could not give any further information.

Supporters therefore remain as much in the dark now as they have been since the announcement was made in December 2017 and so I am writing to request a more detailed response from yourself. Was there a period in the latter part of 2017 when upon receipt of an acceptable financial offer the Yeovil Board were minded to sell? If not the Board, were the owners of the Club wishing to do so? Was the Club aware of a consortium wishing to negotiate the purchase of the Club at this time? Had that consortium approached the Club indicating their wish to discuss a sale? If the Club had been open to the possibility of a sale then why was it that an apparent about turn took place at the end of 2017?

We only seek the truth about this matter. It is important to many Yeovil Town supporters and individuals who have supported the Club in recent years to know the current situation.

Yours sincerely,
Stuart Burrell, Chairman Glovers Trust
."

Despite repeated requests for written answers and promises from David Mills that this would be done, nothing was forthcoming until Friday 11th January 2019 when the following email was received from YTFC COO David Mills, by the Chairman of the Glovers Trust:

"Date 11.01.2019. 14:34.

Hi Stuart,

I hope you are well.

This email is in respect of the further clarifications you were seeking regarding previous replies to your letter of 31 October.

My apologies for the delay in replying, but after consideration the club has decided not to comment further on this matter.

I hope you have a good weekend.
Best regards
David (Mills)
."

The Glovers Trust are deeply disappointed, if not surprised, by this lack of transparency from YTFC. All the Trust sought was the truth. We did not feel that was too much to ask but as it has turned out it was more than YTFC were prepared to give.

However we believe that their lack of comment has answered all of the questions that we posed bar one: Why did the Club choose to mislead the supporters of YTFC?

[Information provided by the Glovers Trust.]


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15 January 2019 : Darren Way Talks About Mansfield Town Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Mansfield Town kicked off at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on the arrival of AFC Bournemouth winger Alex Dobre and Chelsea defender Joshua Grant, as well as explaining the arrival of new first team coach Neale Marmon. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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15 January 2019 : Caulker Heads To Turkish Super League For Next Career Move
Former Yeovil Town defender Steven Caulker has moved overseas for the next stage in his career. He has signed for Turkish side Alanyaspor on a free transfer, five months after his release from Scottish Premiership side Dundee. The 27 year old has been without a club since the tail end of August, with reports that he was training with Wigan Athletic, whilst more recently there were even sightings of him in Yeovil, with the implication that he was training with the club he turned out for during the 2009-10 season. This was accompanied by some possibly optimistic claims that the Glovers were trying to get the former Tottenham Hotspur Academy player signed up to play in League Two.

FIFA rules on the registration of professional players meant that with Caulker having already played for Dundee this season, that any new club needed to be worthwhile to commit him to for the remainder of the 2018-19 campaign, as he would not be allowed to register for a third professional club. Thus although Alanyaspor have not revealed any contract details for the centre-back at this stage, it can probably be assumed that this is at least a half season deal.

Caulker joins a side that play in the Turkish Super League, although only rose to that level in 2016. They play in the town of Alanya - a beach resort on the southern coast of Turkey. They finished 12th last season, and currently lie in 14th place, two points off the relegation zone. This will be Caulker's first club outside the UK, with a January 2017 planned move to Lokomotiv Moscow aborted by Caulker, after he had concerns over a hip injury he was carrying as well as his own mental health, and thus decided to stay with Queens Park Rangers at that stage, rather than risk being on his own and unable to play in Russia.


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14 January 2019 : GWSC Travel For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the League Two match against Stevenage. The match takes place at Broadhall Way on Saturday 2nd February 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Stevenage : Saturday 2nd February 2019.
Huish Park: 8.45a.m.
Adult Members: £25.00; Member Concessions: £23.00
Adult Non-Members: £27.00; Non-Member Concessions: £25.00

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 Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Results And Fixtures.


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14 January 2019 : Ticketing For Forest Green Rovers vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Forest Green Rovers and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 16th February 2019, with a kick off 3.00p.m. kick-off at the New Lawn. Tickets are available online, or via phone or in person at Huish Park at the following rates:

West Stand Covered Seating
Adults: £21.00; Over-65s: £16.00; Under-21s: £10.00; Under-16s: £7.00; Under-11: FREE.

West Stand Covered Standing
Adults: £19.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Under-21s: £9.00; Under-16s: £6.00; Under-11: FREE.

The Under-11 tickets are issued only with an accompanying adult ticket purchase. Qualifying Senior and Under 21 ticket holders will be required to have a photo ID with their tickets to provide proof of entitlement.

NOTE: Forest Green's policy is that they will not reissue or reprint lost tickets.

Wheelchair Users pay relevant price as above, against Seated prices. This for supporters in receipt of middle rate DLA, enhanced PIP, Severe Disablement allowance or via a Personal letter from GP. An assistant is admitted free of charge for both Wheelchair and Ambulant Disabled supporters qualifying under this policy. Note that Wheelchair Disabled supporters are accommodated in the East Stand on the opposite side of the ground to the main away following. Feedback from a previous visit is that the vantage point is quite close to the playing dugouts and they've had some problems with coaching staff standing across their view during the game. Ambulant Disabled fans can use the West Stand, provided you're okay with the twelve steps you'll need to walk up to get to that stand.

Those who have visited the New Lawn before, will note that the above represents a change in facilities on the West side of the ground. During the summer of 2018, Forest Green installed a temporary stand to provide away supporters with seating in this section of the ground, along with a limited amount of covered standing in the same area. However, you should note that the seated capacity is very low - there is only 100 seats and 180 covered terracing spaces available. After those are sold, the remainder of spectators are accommodated on the open/exposed sections of the West terrace.

Even so, Forest Green advise that even if you are under the covered section of the West Stand, you need to dress appropriately as there is no shield to stop the wind/rain blowing in from the side of the stand.

If you choose to purchase tickets on the day of the match, you'll get a £1.00 surcharge, and there's a fair chance you'll be only able to access the uncovered area of the West terrace. Entry for all away fans, with the exception of Wheelchair Disabled, is via Turnstiles 9 and 10.

Parking at the stadium is fully booked on matchdays. There is very limited parking at the neighbouring school, which fills very quickly. This costs £5.00. Otherwise there is a Park and Ride facility from Renishaw on Stroud Road (GL5 5HA). This is first come, first served basis and costs £3.00.

For blue badge holders contact Forest Green reception on 01453 834860 to pre book. Again, expect these spaces to sell out quickly. The area around the New Lawn is extremely hilly, so if you do have any sort of mobility issues, then plan in advance.

If you are parking in the local residential areas, be aware that parking enforcement officers operate in the area on matchdays, so park within the signed restrictions.

Tickets will be on sale till midday on Friday 15th February. Thereafter you'll need to purchase from the Forest Green end.

Note that there are NO Uncovered Terracing tickets on sale from the Huish Park end at present. However, IF they become available on the DAY of the game, you'll be charged the following:

West Stand Uncovered Standing (Not currently on sale)
Adults: £18.00; Over-65s: £14.00; Under-21s: £9.00; Under-16s: £6.00; Under-11: FREE.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Results And Fixtures.


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14 January 2019 : New First Team Coach Marmon's Connections With Darren Way And Huish Park
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has explained how he came into contact with his new first team coach Neal Marmon. The 57 year old was a surprise addition to the dugout for Saturday's League Two match against Mansfield Town, and is with the club on a short term basis, following the departure of assistant manager Terry Skiverton, who has taken up a position in the club's Academy.

The explanation as to how Way has come into contact with a coach who has spent most of the last 28 years working in Germany lies in his own Norwich City Academy roots. Two years after Way was recruited by the Canaries into their youth system, a former Colchester United midfielder Steve Foley joined the set-up at Carrow Road as an Academy Coach, working there from 1996 until 2006. As a result, Foley would have coached Way for six years as a teenager, before his release from Norwich that saw him sign for Yeovil Town in the summer of 2000.

During Foley's playing days, he was almost a one-club man, turning out for Colchester United for ten years between 1971 and 1981, before a short spell with Braintree Town. After he retired, Foley returned to Layer Road as a coach, having two Caretaker Management spells in 1988 and 1989. It was just after those two spells that Foley will have worked with Neal Marmon, who joined Colchester in January 1990, as a side that was about to drop out of the Football League. Foley stayed as a coach as they dropped into the Conference, with Marmon playing as a central defender during the first of their two seasons at that level, before leaving the country to join FC Homburg in Germany.

Way told BBC Somerset his knowledge of Marmon came via Foley, who has since gone on to have a lengthy Academy career as a coach at Portman Road. The Glovers boss explained:

"I've known Neale for a number of years. He's come from a good contact in Steve Foley, who I knew well in Ipswich, who is probably one of my mentors. We've needed an extra pair of hands on the shop floor, with losing Terry Skiverton. So he's come in on the short term, and he's given us some good advice. He's good with the players and it's worked well."

Marmon has already visited Huish Park. In fact, he was present for the first ever competitive fixture to be played at the ground, on August 18th 1990. The Conference fixture between Yeovil Town and Colchester United saw 4,169 spectators present, with a Brian Hall managed side gaining a 2-0 victory for the Glovers, with Mickey Spencer and Peter Conning scoring the goals. Marmon played a full 90 minutes in the match, in a side that featured future Republic of Ireland midfielder Mark Kinsella as well as our old 'friend' Ian Atkins who went on to manage Bristol Rovers, and Mark Yates, who managed Cheltenham Town, Crawley Town and Macclesfield Town.


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14 January 2019 : Ticketing For Oldham Athletic vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Oldham Athletic are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Tuesday 12th February 2019, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Boundary Park. Note that this is a rearranged date from that previously published, due to Oldham's FA Cup Fourth Round commitments.

Tickets bought in advance will be available online and from the Huish Park Ticket Office as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Over-65s, Students and Under-21s: £8.00; Under-18s: £5.00.

Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Users pay the relevant band as above, but can take an assistant free of charge, provided you're on the middle or high level of PIPS or DLA. Note that Wheelchair Bays are at front of the stand and this is an Uncovered area.

Prices go up by £2.00 if you purchase on the day of the game from the Boundary Park end, whilst for Adults they go up by £4.00.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Chadderton Road End of the ground. This is a covered seated area behind one goal, which is at the opposite end of the stadium to where we've been housed in the past. This stand seats up to 3,750 spectators, which ought to be just about enough capacity for us on a Tuesday night in February.

Link: Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: 2018-19 Yeovil Town First Team Results And Fixtures.


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14 January 2019 : Ticketing For Stevenage vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two match between Stevenage and Yeovil Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 2nd February 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Broadhall Way. Ticket prices for this fixture are available online as well as over the phone and are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Concessions: £20.00; Under-18s: £15.00; Under-12s: £10.00.

Concessions apply to Over-60s, Students, Registered Unemployed, Armed Forces and Ambulant Disabled.

Wheelchair Users need to call 01438 223223. Both Ambulant Disabled and Wheelchair Disabled supporters can admit an assistant free of charge if required.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the South Stand - an all-seated 1,400 capacity covered stand, situated behind one of the goals. This is a relatively new construction, having been built during 2001. Its current signage dubs it as the Matrix Stand. Enter through Gates 17-19.

There is parking for 500 cars at Fairlands Valley Car Park to the north of the ground, signposted from Junction 7 on the A1(M). Use the signposted underpass to cross the A602 to the stadium. Fans arriving by train can take advantage of match day shuttle bus. This loops from Stevenage bus station (stop K outside Matalan) and Stevenage Railway Station. This is £1.50 return. The drop off point is behind the north terrace at the opposite end from the away supporters enclosure in the South Stand.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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13 January 2019 : Glovers Duo Given Team Of The Day Nomination After Mansfield Win
Yeovil Town defender Adel Gafaiti and first team manager Darren Way have been listed in the Team of the Week for League Two. The nominations made by the Football League Paper come after the club's 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town at Field Mill. Gafaiti was part of a defence that had to adopt a rearguard action, particularly during the second half, with a number of vital blocks, whilst Way's side victory broke a run of ten matches without a win, to surprise a side that stood in a play-off position on the day of the game.

The full line-up and management choice reads as follows:

Daniel Iversen (Oldham Athletic)
Neal Eardley (Lincoln City), Adel Gafaiti (Yeovil Town), Greg Taylor (Cambridge United), Miles Welch-Hayes (Macclesfield Town)
Nicky Adams (Bury), Harry Pell (Colchester United), Jordan Houghton (Milton Keynes Dons), Tyrone Marsh (Macclesfield Town)
James Ball (Stevenage), Jack Bridge (Northampton Town)

Manager: Darren Way (Yeovil Town)


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13 January 2019 : Video : Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town Two Minute Highlights
For those who want to watch YouTube-based highlights of Saturday's 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town, these are now available online. The two minutes worth of match highlights shows the winning goal from Jordan Green, along with a further chance for Green, and Jake Gray's strike of the woodwork. You'll also find the best of Nathan Baxter's saves during the game provided in the highlights clip below.




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13 January 2019 : Man of the Match Voting for Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday's 1-0 win against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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12 January 2019 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Mansfield Town Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-0 win over Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on breaking his side's run of games without a win, along with thoughts on goalkeeper Nathan Baxter. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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12 January 2019 : Video : Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 0-1 win against Mansfield Town, these are now available online. There is two minute's worth of Sky Sports footage linked below, that shows Jordan Green's winning goal along with a second Green effort and a Jake Gray rebound that struck the outside of the woodwork. That's accompanied by rather a lot of Nathan Baxter saves. Watch via the link below.

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


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12 January 2019 : Mansfield 0 Yeovil 1 : Green Strike Breaks Winless Run
Yeovil Town broke their ten match run of games without a win, with a battling 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town this afternoon. The surprise three points came against a side who started the day in fourth place, and came via a 19th minute Jordan Green goal, after he picked up a through ball from Carl Dickinson. The Glovers had to dig deep to hang onto the lead, particularly during the second period when Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter made a couple of terrific saves, but defensive blocks got them through it, to finally provide their first winning feeling since the tail end of October, and to keep their distance from Macclesfield Town, whose victory at Grimsby Town keeps the lower positions in the table competitive.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up compared to last weekend's game against Bury. Adel Gafaiti was recalled in the heart of defence, with new loan signing Joshua Grant sitting in the right-back position, as Shaun Donnellan left the club, and Bevis Mugabi sat on the bench. Also making his debut was Alex Dobre as Alefe Santos dropped to the bench, whilst up front Alex Fisher sat out the game, with Dobre and Jordan Green pushed up the flank into a 4-3-3 formation. In the opposition line-up Otis Khan came up against his old club, as Mansfield tried to recover from their surprise 3-2 defeat at Carlisle United last weekend.

Yeovil's start was positive, as Tom James fired a free kick over the crossbar, with Sessi D'Almeida also missing the target. They had early appeals for a spot kick turned down after Jordan Green went down over the body of Mansfield's new keeper Jordan Smith, only to find referee Carl Boyeson awarding a goal kick.

When Mansfield did get going, they found Nathan Baxter in the way, as he blocked out Christopher Hamilton's effort on goal, with the Stags looking like they were about to get into their stride. But midway through the first half, it was Yeovil who took the lead in the match. Left-back Carl Dickinson has become one of the club's key assisters this season with his accurate long balls, and he hit a diagonal pass across the pitch to find Jordan Green. The winger took a couple of touches to control the ball, before executing a well struck shot to take the lead at 0-1 and to stun the home crowd.

Mansfield almost hit back as Nottingham Forest loanee Tyler Walker forced Nathan Baxter into a brilliant near post save. Yeovil were also thankful for a few well timed defensive blocks, with Adel Gafaiti's cutting out of a Christopher Hamilton driving run being particularly key to the way the Glovers were holding out Mansfield's attempts to get an equaliser. At the other end, Sessi D'Almeida managed to shoot wide from outside the box, whilst an injury time strike from Tom James reminded the home side that Yeovil were still in the mood for a second.

Inevitably, the second period became a little more end-to-end and frantic. Otis Khan had a quiet match against his former employers and he was replaced by Danny Rose at the break. The Stags saw a Mal Benning free kick result in a goalmouth melee that saw Ryan Sweeney miss the final opportunity to convert. Yeovil were not to have too many chances in the second half, but they had one of the best efforts to get the second goal of the game when Jordan Green's shot was parried away by Jordan Smith, before Jake Gray struck the woodwork on the rebound.

Mansfield brought on further substitutes to up the pressure and it took superb goalkeeping from Nathan Baxter as he threw his whole body at Danny Rose's close range shot to block the substitute's effort. Mansfield then had the ball in the back of the net as Tyler Walker scrambled in the rebound, but a linesman's flag went up to rule the striker's attempt out.

The Nathan Baxter goalkeeping show continued as he parried another Tyler Walker shot on goal, and the worry was that Yeovil wouldn't quite hold out until the end. However, they got some respite shortly after the referee had awarded six minutes of second half injury time. Matt Preston had already been booked earlier in the half, so when he went sliding in on Tom James in the 92nd minute, referee Carl Boyeson raised a second yellow, and a red, allowing Yeovil the man advantage they needed to ease their way through the final minutes.

At times it was a little rearguard, but the three points were wholly welcome, following the last 2.5 months worth of draws and defeats. And just as well, given that Macclesfield and Cambridge United's victories did little to alter Yeovil's 22nd position in the League Two table. Next Saturday's home match against Notts County could be a little on the big side, although it will be the Magpies under more pressure after Saturday's results left them rooted to the foot of the Football League.

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Mansfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jordan Green (0-1, 19 mins)

Mansfield Town:
14 Jordan Smith
4 Matt Preston 5 Krystian Pearce 17 Ryan Sweeney
2 Hayden White 8 Jacob Mellis 10 Otis Khan 11 Will Atkinson 3 Malvind Benning
19 Tyler Walker 22 Christopher Hamilton

Substitutes:
1 Conrad Logan 16 Callum Butcher 20 Timi Max Elsnik (63 mins for Will Atkinson) 26 Jason Law 29 Jordan Graham (58 mins for Hayden White) 30 Alistair Smith 32 Danny Rose (46 mins for Otis Khan)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
11. Jordan Green 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi (88 mins for Francois Zoko) 7. Rhys Browne (72 mins for Alex Dobre) 9. Alex Fisher (83 mins for Jake Gray) 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 30. Alefe Santos

Mansfield Town Bookings: Ryan Sweeney (foul, 45 mins), Matt Preston (foul, 56 mins). Red Card: Matt Preston (second bookable offence, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (handball, 79 mins)

Mansfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 10; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Thomas Harty (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Joe Simpson (Manchester).

Attendance: 4,374 (with 132 Yeovil Town supporters)


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12 January 2019 : Darren Way Praises Character And Resilience After Victory Over Stags
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way praised his side's character and resilience, after they pulled off a surprise 1-0 victory over promotion chasing Mansfield Town at Field Mill on Saturday afternoon. The Glovers gained their first win in eleven matches, thanks to a 19th minute Jordan Green goal, breaking a winless run that has pushed them down to the wrong end of the table.

The winning goal came after Carl Dickinson provided a crucial pass for Green to convert inside the box for what was Green's fourth goal of the 2018-19 season. Speaking to BBC Somerset after the match, Way felt that his team had worked extremely hard for the win, but praised the club's administration staff for bringing in Chelsea defender Joshua Grant and AFC Bournemouth winger Alex Dobre during the week, to freshen up his squad:

"The players have shown unbelievable character and resilience. We've been talking all week about how you grow stronger in adversity. I feel with the additions that we made, everyone has worked extremely hard behind the scenes, with the secretaries and every member of staff and that goes to all of the effort that they've put in. The front three were the first line of defence against Matt Preston. We forced mistakes and we got that opportunity. I felt from Jordan's runs, we should have had a penalty from the start and we didn't get it. You have to earn that right to make sure you regain control. I thought the players did that throughout."

One of the key performances of the day came from Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, who justified his recent return to the side, with a string of second half saves, as Mansfield pushed for the equalising goal. Notably Baxter kept out one Danny Rose chance from close range that will be part of the video highlights for sure, and Way had high praise for the way that the keeper was conducting himself away from the pitch as well:

"He's a great character and he's been talking all week about how he can help the dressing room off the pitch. There's not many 20 year olds that want to take that responsibility. You could see the commitment that every single player put in. But the discipline from that back line, and Nathan Baxter in goal, Josh's (Joshua Grant) debut and what a debut that was, to come to Mansfield, which is not an easy place. I think their record speaks for itself. So every single member of staff, every single player, and all the hard work and all the effort. The supporters were fantastic. It's been a good day for Yeovil Town. We've got to make sure we put that into practice now, with a great home game against Notts County."


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12 January 2019 : Mansfield 0 Yeovil 1 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town broke their ten match run of games without a win, with a battling 1-0 victory over Mansfield Town this afternoon. The surprise three points came against a side who started the day in fourth place, and came via a 19th minute Jordan Green goal, after he picked up a through ball from Carl Dickinson. The Glovers had to dig deep to hang onto the lead, particularly during the second period when Chelsea loanee Nathan Baxter made a couple of terrific saves, but defensive blocks got them through it, to finally provide their first winning feeling since the tail end of October, and to keep their distance from Macclesfield Town, whose victory at Grimsby Town keeps the lower positions in the table competitive.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2018-19 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Mansfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Jordan Green (0-1, 19 mins)

Mansfield Town:
14 Jordan Smith
4 Matt Preston 5 Krystian Pearce 17 Ryan Sweeney
2 Hayden White 8 Jacob Mellis 10 Otis Khan 11 Will Atkinson 3 Malvind Benning
19 Tyler Walker 22 Christopher Hamilton

Substitutes:
1 Conrad Logan 16 Callum Butcher 20 Timi Max Elsnik (63 mins for Will Atkinson) 26 Jason Law 29 Jordan Graham (58 mins for Hayden White) 30 Alistair Smith 32 Danny Rose (46 mins for Otis Khan)

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
11. Jordan Green 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi (88 mins for Francois Zoko) 7. Rhys Browne (72 mins for Alex Dobre) 9. Alex Fisher (83 mins for Jake Gray) 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 30. Alefe Santos

Mansfield Town Bookings: Ryan Sweeney (foul, 45 mins), Matt Preston (foul, 56 mins). Red Card: Matt Preston (second bookable offence, 90 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (handball, 79 mins)

Mansfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 19; Shots On Target: 9; Corners: 10; Fouls: 13.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.

Referee: Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Assistants: Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Thomas Harty (West Midlands). Fourth Official: Joe Simpson (Manchester).

Attendance: 4,374 (with 132 Yeovil Town supporters)


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12 January 2019 : New First Team Coach In The Dugout Today
Yeovil Town had a new coach in the dugout for their League Two match against Mansfield Town on Saturday afternoon. He is 57 year old Neale Marmon, who was a defender that had a playing career that included Plymouth Argyle, Colchester United and Torquay United, but has spent much of his time out in Germany, playing and managing clubs in their lower tiers.

His last period in English football came during the 1989-90 and 1990-91 season that saw Colchester United drop out of the Football League, with him winning their Player Of the Year in the first of those two seasons, before becoming part of their squad that finished runners-up in the Conference during the following year.

Since then, he's been out of the country, with his management spells seeing him in charge of SV Elvbersberg, SC Preussen Munster and FC Kutzhof, with his most recent role that we're aware of seeing him looking after amateur side SG Schwemlingen/Tünsdorf/Ballern. He a qualified sports teacher as well as a physical therapist, and has historically lived in London and Merzig in Germany, although originally hails from Bournemouth.

At present there's no information as to whether there is any contract on the table for him, or whether this is just an ad-hoc favour for the short term. BBC Somerset journalist Chris Spittles has divulged Marmon's whereabouts at Field Mill today - he'll be in the dugout for the match.


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12 January 2019 : Team News For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have named their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill. The match sees the Glovers name four changes to their starting line-up, compared to the game against Bury last Saturday. Defender Shaun Donnellan has left the club and his place is taken by Chelsea Under-21 defender Joshua Grant. Defender Bevis Mugabi drops to the bench, with Adel Gafaiti replacing him. Meanwhile Alex Fisher drops to the bench with AFC Bournemouth winger Alex Dobre. Alefe Santos drops to the bench.

Scunthorpe United striker Olufela Olomola has returned to his parent club at the end of his loan spell, and so he drops off the bench. Academy winger Gabriel Rogers is back from his injury problems.

Midfielder James Bailey has been out since Boxing Day 2017, with there yet to be confirmation that he's resumed full contact training. Omar Sowunmi (ankle) was injured during the September 2018 match against Milton Keynes and is doing light jogging this week with a view to being back by the end of January. Alex Pattison (back) has indicated that he expects to be returning relatively soon, although there's no firm date on that. Striker Korrey Henry has picked up a groin injury at some point recently. selected.

The team this afternoon lines up as follows, with a wild guess on the formation - much will depend on where Tom James and Alex Dobre play, so do not treat this as a final formation!

Yeovil Town:
12. Nathan Baxter
21. Josh Grant 2. Adel Gafaiti 4. Gary Warren (Capt) 3. Carl Dickinson
10. Jake Gray 23. Tom James 20. Sessi D'Almeida
11. Jordan Green 13. Francois Zoko 25. Alex Dobre

Substitutes:
1. Stuart Nelson (GK) 5. Bevis Mugabi 7. Rhys Browne 9. Alex Fisher 15. Gabriel Rogers 18. Yoann Arquin 30. Alefe Santos

Way has spoken in the lead-up to the match about some of the dissent he has had from Glovers fans in recent weeks. He believes that he still has full support of the dressing room going into today's game:

"It's one of those things, and I've got to deal with it. I think the players are strong enough to deal with it. The players know what I am doing behind the scenes, because there are a lot of players that have probably worked for six or seven managers. So I've still got their respect, and as I've said as long as I've got the dressing room, that's probably the biggest thing right now. All I can ask for is that the supporters get behind the team."


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12 January 2019 : Officials For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Mansfield Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 12th January 2019, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Field Mill. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Carl Boyeson (East Yorkshire). Despite Mr Boyeson being a regular name on the circuit, our positions at opposite ends of the country means that our paths cross usually less than once per season.

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

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

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

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

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

The most recent meeting came in January 2017, in a League Two match against Blackpool at Bloomfield Road, just a couple of months after that FA Cup exit at Solihull. On the whole, we felt Mr Boyeson had a reasonable game, getting through the match with zero bookings and not too much incident. However, Darren Way thought entirely differently, spending the entire interview lambasting the match referee, and given he accused Boyeson of a lack of 'honesty' we thought he was a bit lucky the FA didn't pick up on what was said. Way accused the referee of 'almost giving Blackpool two goals' with one of those being a late equaliser:

"I tried to give the referee the benefit of the doubt today, after his Solihull performance. I feel let down, because there is no honesty as far as that referee is concerned. I just expected him to apologise or at least say something from the Solihull (penalty) decision, but then he goes and almost gives them two goals today. It was a handball when they attacked us on the first counter. Then there was the collision when Ryan Dickson had to be stretchered off where there was no yellow card - nothing. Then he gave handball when it wasn't handball for their free kick. I just expected him to turn up today and at least have an apology (following the Solihull game), because managers get sacked on the back of that and my team deserved better. I didn't think that he could be that bad again today, but he was."

Mr Boyeson will be assisted by Peter Gooch (Lancashire) and Thomas Harty (West Midlands). The Fourth Official will be Joe Simpson (Manchester).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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11 January 2019 : Darren Way Previews The Mansfield Town Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Mansfield Town at Field Mill, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Richard Hoskin, Darren gives his views on squad mentality, Omar Sowunmi's comeback, the problems of goalscoring, his views on his side's form, and on recruitment, as well as the opposition and the reunion with Otis Khan. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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11 January 2019 : New Date For Oldham Athletic League Two Trip
Yeovil Town's League Two match against Oldham Athletic now has a new date. The fixture was postponed due to the Latics' FA Cup commitments on Fourth Round weekend, meaning that a new fixture was needed. That match will now be played on Tuesday 12th February, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Boundary Park.

This now completes Yeovil's list of games that needed rearranging, with the home game against Lincoln City set for Tuesday 22nd January, whilst the trip to Cheltenham Town will be played on Tuesday 5th February.

An updated fixture list is shown via the link below.

Link: Yeovil Town 2018-19 First Team Fixtures And Results.


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11 January 2019 : Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town
Tomorrow afternoon, Yeovil Town make the trip to Field Mill, as they play Mansfield Town in a League Two fixture. The Ciderspace guide has been updated to provide you with directions, pub guides, club statistics and history and other information about the game. Find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Mansfield Town.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Mansfield Town.

The North Stand
The North Stand at Field Mill.
Photo © 2003-19 Ciderspace



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11 January 2019 : Second January Transfer Window Arrival Sees Winger Arrive From Bournemouth
Yeovil Town have made their second signing of the January transfer window. The Glovers have brought in winger Alex Dobre from AFC Bournemouth, ahead of their League Two trip to Mansfield Town. His birthname is Mihai-Alexandru, but he is more commonly known as Alex.

Born in Bucharest on August 30th 1998 (aged 20) he signed for Bournemouth in August 2016 from Romanian top-flight outfit Viitorul Constanta. He is a Romanian youth international who has had previous loan experience with Bury and Rochdale. His spell with the Shakers saw him make 12 appearances in League One, whilst his later Rochdale spell saw him make five substitute appearances, scoring one goal. He is a Romania Under-21 international, making five appearances at that level. So far he's not got onto the pitch for Bournemouth's first team but has been an unused substitute in the League Cup games with Milton Keynes Dons and Blackburn Rovers and the FA Cup Third Round match against Brighton and Hove Albion this season. Manager Darren Way has said of his arrival at the club:

"It's taken a lot of hard work and consideration from AFC Bournemouth to get this deal over the line. I'd like to thank Eddie Howe for allowing an international talent to continue his development with us."

His loan spell with the Glovers will keep him at the club until the end of the 2018-19 season. He is the second addition to the Glovers squad, following the arrival of Chelsea defender Joshua Grant earlier today. He will wear the No.25 shirt during his time at Huish Park.


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11 January 2019 : First January Transfer Window Arrival Sees Chelsea Academy Player Signed Up
Yeovil Town have made their first signing of the January transfer window. They have brought in Chelsea defender Joshua Grant on a half-season loan, ahead of their League Two trip to Mansfield Town. He generally plays as a centre-back but can also operate as a right-back. His contract with Chelsea expires at the end of the 2018-19 season.

Born on October 11th 1998 (aged 20 years old) in London, he has been on Chelsea's books since the Under-8s level and made 30 appearances for their Under-19s and Development Squad last season. He signed his first professional contract with the club in October 2015 and even spent the final month or two of the 2017-18 campaign training with Chelsea's first team, although has not got near a first team matchday squad. Manager Darren Way has said of his arrival:

"Josh is powerful, athletic and has a good personality. This is a great opportunity for him to get regular first-team football and I'm pleased to have brought him in."

Joshua has also made nine appearances for Chelsea's Under-21s in the EFL Trophy, including the October 2017 match at Huish Park which saw him play a full 90 minutes in a 1-1 draw. His most recent appearance was in the EFL Trophy on Wednesday evening, in Chelsea's 1-3 home defeat against Peterborough United. His loan spell with the Glovers will keep him at the club until the end of the 2018-19 season. He will wear the No.21 shirt during his time at Huish Park.


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11 January 2019 : Arquin Nominated For December 2018 Goal Of The Month
Yeovil Town winger/striker Yoann Arquin has been given a nomination for the Sky Bet December 2018 Goal Of The Month. The shortlist for League Two has seen him included for his 89th minute goal against Northampton Town at Huish Park on December 22nd. Arquin's strike rescued a 1-1 draw for the Glovers, having fallen behind a minute before that.

The Sky Bet view of his goal is as follows:

"With his side trailing in the final minute, Arquin decided it was time to chest down a bouncing ball and strike the dreamiest volley of his career in off the underside of the bar."

Yoann is nominated alongside Newport County's George Williams and Port Vale striker Wes Thomas, who both netted on Boxing Day. You can vote on the shortlist via the link below, with polling closing on Monday 14th January, at 9.00a.m. Video clips of all of the goals, including nominations for the Championship and League One, can also be watched on the page.

Link: Sky Bet December 2018 Goal Of The Month Nominations.


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10 January 2019 : Saturday's Opponents Bring In Forest Loan Keeper
Saturday's opponents Mansfield Town may have a new goalkeeper between the sticks on Saturday. They have signed up Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith on loan until the end of the season. The 24 year old comes in as a replacement for former Glovers loanee Jake Kean who has left Field Mill this week, following the expiry of his short term contract with them, during which he failed to get off the substitutes bench.

Mansfield's first choice goalkeeper Bobby Olejnik suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury last month and has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. That problem led them to bring in Kean as cover, but Conrad Logan has ended up playing in the last five matches for the Stags.

They've now turned to their fourth goalkeeper of the season, with Smith having last played during a single game loan spell with Barnsley back in November 2018. However, last season he played 32 times for Nottingham Forest, with all bar three of those appearances coming at Championship level. He's also had loan experience with Ilkeston and Nuneaton Town earlier in his career.

Regardless of the goalkeeper situation, Mansfield will have to make at least one adjustment to their starting line-up on Saturday. Midfielder Neal Bishop picked up a red card in their 3-2 defeat at Carlisle United last Saturday, and he serves a one match suspension. The defeat at the Brunton Park broke a 17 game unbeaten run - only the second time they'd lost in League Two this season.


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10 January 2019 : Way Laments Pattison's Absence As He Plans A New Signing
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has admitted that his midfield has lacked the dominant force of Middlesbrough loanee Alex Pattison over the last month. The 21 year old had been a first team regular in the side, making 22 appearances for the club during the first half of the season, but abruptly dropped out of the side on December 8th with a back injury, and has not been seen since, with a couple of tweets from him strongly implying that he is back at his parent club whilst he receives treatment.

Although Pattison implied in a tweet over Christmas that he was on his way to full fitness again, there isn't much detail from the Huish Park end on when he is likely to be seen in a Yeovil shirt again. Way told BBC Somerset that he felt that they had missed him over the last seven games, and even implied that they would need a player to 'replace' what had been missing:

"Alex Pattison has been a big miss in the centre of the park. He was ticking things along nicely in the middle of that park. He was very dominant and was always looking to get on the ball, and had bundles of energy, and had a real huge bite in the tackle. So we need to get a player to replace that - that's for sure. We changed the shape on Saturday (against Bury) which gave us that extra man in the middle of the park."

The club have returned three of it's loan players during January. Whilst Bradford City striker Omari Patrick and Middlesbrough defender Enes Mahmoutovic struggled to break into the side, one of the more borderline decisions was that of Scunthorpe United striker Olufela Olomola. He netted three times in 21 appearances, but also weighed in with a number of assists. However, Way felt that the former Southampton player hadn't fulfilled the promise that he had shown during his first spell with the club:

"We lost Olufela Olomola. Unfortunately he never had the same form as what he did on his first loan spell, and that happens. We had Omari Patrick who has gone back, and we had Enes Mahmoutovic who has gone back. So we have to make those changes, but they have to be right for the team."

Way was asked if he had received interest from other clubs for his players during the January transfer window, and admitted that he had - although said that none had been accepted. He said that the level of turnover of players was a problem for him at the club:

"I'm not going to lie - we have. I don't want to go and say too much on that, but yes we have, and it's important that those players are making sure that they thrive off the uncertainty. We've got some good young talent, which we haven't had before. It's taken time to build that, and it's finances. So far the Board have been great, in that we've not allowed anyone to move on, so that's good. It's exactly what we've had every other year unfortunately. We have to look at reasons why, which I've tried to change, to get a little bit of stability. But you can see now with someone like Sessi D'Almeida, how long do you keep hold of a Sessi at this football club? How long do you keep hold of a Tom James that you've developed? Lewis Wing was here for six months. I've managed over 70 players now in three years. That isn't normal."

Despite defender Tom James being the most obvious player for opposition scouts to take an interest in, Way clarified that there had been no formal bids for his services during the January transfer window, meaning that for the moment at least he wasn't in danger of leaving Huish Park:

"Tom is a great player. I think he's a fantastic player. I'm surprised there's not more clubs that have been interested. Teams have shown interest, but as late we haven't had as such, as we speak today. That can change at any time."

The Glovers boss has also revealed that on Wednesday evening, he planned to go out scouting, to watch a player that he hoped to sign up, prior to the trip to Mansfield Town. He hoped that trip would turn into something that could be announced before the match:

"Well I'm going to a game tonight (Wednesday), so hopefully by Saturday we will have announced a signing or two. Every day changes. At the moment we've not lost any, so that's good for me. We're making sure, as I've said, that the performances and the preparation are the most important."

With there being no Premier League 2 fixtures on Wednesday evening, the most obvious match that was taking place on the night was a Checkatrade Trophy Third Round tie between Chelsea Under-21s and Peterborough United. With three loan slots to fill to replace Olomola, Patrick and Mahmoutovic, it would be no surprise to find that Way was looking at players in the West London side's development squad. If that was his destination, then he'd have witnessed them lose 1-3 at Stamford Bridge, with Richard Nartey their scorer.

In terms of current personnel, Way also confirmed that defender Omar Sowunmi was about to resume light 'jogging' on his ankle, which has kept him out of action since September 25th, when a bad tackle during the home game against Milton Keynes Dons saw him limp off during second half injury time. He's been missing since that point, but is at least going to try to build up his fitness again this week. It will be at least a couple of weeks before he's considered for selection, pitching him for an actual return towards the end of January.


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9 January 2019 : Jones Confirmed In Stoke City Job As He Plans His New Footballing Philosophy
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones was confirmed as the new manager of Championship side Stoke City earlier today. He has been given a three-and-a-half year contract as a successor to Gary Rowett, cutting ties with League One side Luton Town in the process. Jones has been a UEFA Pro Licence holder since June 2014, meaning that he would be qualified to take charge of a Premier League side if he can lead them back to the level they lost last summer.

Following his appointment as boss, Jones has said that he regards what he tries to do inside football clubs as a 'lifestyle' rather than a job, and it looks as though Stoke's reputation as long-ball merchants over the years could be changing in the near future:

"We'll try to play in a certain way which I will work religiously on. This is not just a job for me, this is a lifestyle. Once we get our philosophy implemented, and we get working with the players, we aim to get the best out of them. This is a wonderful club and I feel very proud that the owners have identified the work that myself and my team have been doing. It has been a whirlwind from start to finish, I am delighted to have it done, but the process has been very manic. I have to say that this was the toughest decision of my life, it really was - I know that is a cliché at times when managers move clubs, but it really was for me. The environment was special there (at Luton Town), I had excellent relationships with key people, my relationship with the supporters was outstanding and I also had a group of players who dedicated every part of their life to performing well for the club. All of those key aspects combined enhanced both my reputation and that of Luton Town, so it was a very tough decision to make. I believe I am an appointment for the long-term here, I want to win games and I want to instil a culture and a philosophy that people are going to really get behind and be proud of."

As yet Luton Town haven't revealed who will act as their Caretaker Manager, nor if Jones plans to take any of his backroom staff with him. His assistant manager this season had been former Yeovil Town manager Steve Rutter and at present he appears to still be at Kenilworth Road.


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9 January 2019 : Ticketing For Rearranged Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Game
Advance Tickets for the rearranged League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town are now back on sale. The match takes place on Tuesday 5th February, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Whaddon Road and is a rearrangement of the October 2018 match. Advance tickets are as follows:

Adults £21.00; Over-65s: £15.00; Under-18 and Student (with NUS card): £7.00

Disabled supporters on middle or higher disability allowance pay the relevant band as above, with an assistant admitted free of charge. Wheelchairs bays are available at £15.00 with an Assistant admitted free of charge.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Hazlewoods Stand, which is the newest part of the ground, and is situated behind the goal, where the old Whaddon Road Terrace used to be. There is provision for up to 1,100 away supporters.

NOTE: The tickets you will receive for this match will still have the original 'October 2018' fixture date stamped on them. This is normal, as the same ticket batch is being used for the rearranged date. If you had purchased tickets when they were originally on sale in September/October 2018, then you can clearly still carry on using these. If you can't get to the rearranged date, please return your tickets to the Huish Park Ticket Office as soon as possible.

Link: Ticketing For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Mansfield Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2018-19 Season League Game Ticket Bundles.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.


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9 January 2019 : Former Assistant Manager Jones In Talks For Championship Management Job
Former Yeovil Town assistant manager Nathan Jones is in talks with Championship side Stoke City over their managerial vacancy. The Luton Town boss has been confirmed by both clubs as having been given permission to hold talks, after they sacked Gary Rowett, after only half a season in charge, following their relegation from the Premier League.

Rowett had taken the Potteries side to 14th in the table and eight points off the play-offs, but defeat to Bristol City on New Year's Day followed by a stuttering performance in the FA Cup against Shrewsbury Town has provoked the Stoke board to act. Thy've turned to Jones, who has just gone through his third anniversary at Kenilworth Road. At present he has not left the Hatters, but Luton have stated that they've given him permission to hold talks - usually a sign that a compensation figure has been agreed between the two clubs, and that conversations will now move on to Jones's personal terms and his available playing budget if he were to take the job.

Luton had only this week celebrated Nathan's third anniversary in charge, in what could end up being his epitaph. Having achieved promotion from League Two last season, he's now taken the Hatters to second place in League One, pointing to the possibility of a double promotion for his current club. Given he took over a club that were in 18th place in League Two three years ago, that's been a rapid rise for Luton, following several years of struggle.

On the back of that anniversary, Luton published several statistics relating to his management. His win ratio stands at 51.1 percent in Football League matches which is the best in the club's history, beating managers that include former Glovers manager Alec Stock. Their points per game ratio stands at 1.82 points per game, which is also a club record for a manager.

Overall he's been in charge for 139 league games, winning 71 of them. They've also reached the FA Cup Third Round on three consecutive occasions, and reached the EFL Trophy Semi-Final. He's also received three League Two Manager of the Month Awards, and is currently up for the December 2018 League One Manager Of The Month Award.

We'd expect any talks with Stoke City to be concluded in the next 24-48 hours, given the need for Jones to know whose dugout he will be sat in on Saturday.


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