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28 February 2017 : Darrren Way's Goal Drought Leaves Manager Hunting For Another Paddy Madden
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admits that the football club need to find another Paddy Madden if they are to become successful again, after watching his side draw 0-0 with Mansfield Town tonight. The Irishman was a roaring success during the club's 2012-13 League One promotion season as he came in from Carlisle United, and helped score one of the two goals that got them into the second tier in the Wembley Stadium play-off final. Sold to Scunthorpe United midway through the following 2013-14 season, after he suffered a downturn in form during the club's Championship season, he has been prolific for the Lincolnshire club, showing that he can certainly do the business at third tier level.

Since then, the club have struggled for consistent goalscorers, with Francois Zoko their current top goalscorer, albeit on just ten goals. Despite bringing in five new attacking players during the January transfer window, none of them have found the back of the net for the Glovers, and with the club currently the lowest goalscorers in League Two, Way admitted this was a big problem:

"The only way you win games is by scoring goals and it's definitely a department that we need to look into. I've said to the players as individuals, collectively and as a team, to just take that responsibility when you wear that shirt. I think we've looked over the last three years that we've had at this football club, and what strikers have we had that have scored on a regular basis? I'm afraid to say the last one that we had was Paddy Madden. We have to do everything in my powers to invest heavily to make sure we get a striker who has got that responsibility to share that workload and help others out. It can't just be Francois Zoko."

Whilst Way was pleased with his side's defensive performance tonight, particularly recognising Sponsors Man of the Match Bevis Mugabi for his stand-out performance, he admitted he was not happy with referee Chris Sarginson's decision to allow Mansfield keeper Scott Shearer to remain on the pitch despite a fifth minute handball outside his box, when Kevin Dawson lobbed a goalbound shot. Needless to say, Way didn't think Shearer should have been on the pitch:

"It was a clear sending off. I thought the referee's decision was poor. But I don't want to be a manager that makes excuses. But if I have to be honest, if that wasn't in the first five minutes then he would clearly have to go, because the ball was carrying momentum towards goal, and quite clearly he lifted his hand. It would have changed things. At Notts County you've got to grind out a result away from home. The ball goes from back to front and I thought today in the first half, we tried to change that. We had good passages of play, and I was looking for that in the second half as well. But unfortunately we didn't get those combinations and we had to hold on for a draw."


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28 February 2017 : Yeovil 0 Mansfield 0 : Glovers Stay League Two Draw Kings
Yeovil Town's nine draw in their last 13 matches saw them draw 0-0 against Mansfield Town at Huish Park, in another game of few cutting edge chances. The Glovers' best effort on goal came just five minutes into the match when Stags keeper Scott Shearer handled a Kevin Dawson lob outside his box, somehow escaping with a yellow card, but otherwise long range attempts were the norm of the day. Mansfield had their best play during the second half, but saw excellent blocks from Artur Krysiak and Bevis Mugabi denying them, ensuring that the home side did at least pick up one point from the match, keeping them in 17th place in the table.

Full report to follow later ....

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Mansfield Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
8. Alex Lawless
28. Ben Whitfield 7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan
39. Shayon Harrison 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves (61 mins for Shayon Harrison) 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship (81 mins for Ben Whitfield) 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James

Mansfield Town:
1 Scott Shearer
16 Hayden White 5 Krystian Pearce 2 Rhys Bennett 3 Malvind Benning
4 Lee Collins
18 Alexander MacDonald 26 Joel Byrom 28 Benjamin Whiteman 22 Christopher Hamilton
7 Shaquile Coulthirst

Substitutes:
8 Alfie Potter (79 mins for Shaquile Coulthirst) 9 Pat Hoban (66 mins for Alexander MacDonald) 11 James Baxendale 12 Brian Jensen 17 Yoann Arquin 23 Ashley Hemmings 24 Jamie McGuire (54 mins for Hayden White)

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lacey (foul, 58 mins), Francois Zoko (foul, 74 mins)

Mansfield Town Bookings: Scott Shearer (handball, 5 mins), Hayden White (foul, 44 mins), Shaquile Coulthirst (foul, 52 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 7; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 3; Fouls: 12.

Mansfield Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 2; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire). Assistants: Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). Fourth Official: Mark Russell (Somerset).

Attendance: 2,766 (with 111 Mansfield Town supporters).


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28 February 2017 : Knee Ligament Damage To Put Smith On Sidelines
Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith will be missing for the next three or four weeks, after his injury prognosis was confirmed to be more serious than first thought. The 30 year old was injured in the final minutes of the League Two home match against Leyton Orient just over two weeks ago, but the thoughts initially were that he only had a dead leg, and so would be absent for the one game.

He has since missed three more fixtures and is absent for tonight's home match against Mansfield Town, which will be his fourth match out. Manager Darren Way has now confirmed that the left-footer will be missing for around a three or four week period due to medial knee ligament damage. He also gave a brief update on fellow defender Darren Ward (swollen knee) and wide man Otis Khan (ankle) who are also absent tonight:

"Darren Ward is seeing a specialist today, so we're just waiting on the report back. I'll be discussing with Darren (Ward) over the next two days as to where we go from here. Nathan Smith has done medial ligament damage and I think we will still be looking at another three or four weeks with Nathan. So it's unfortunate but you have to deal with this. Hopefully we can have some good news over the next couple of weeks with Otis Khan as he's stepped up his work now and I'll be very excited to get him back on the football pitch again."

Otis Khan's last projection was for him to return in around a couple of week's time. Way's latest words would seem to fall in line with that, although with him having been absent since mid-January's EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s, his prognosis has gradually been extended over time.


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28 February 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Mansfield Town at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that played against Notts County on Saturday. Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro drops to the bench, with Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison getting a start.

Meanwhile AFC Bournemouth pair Ben Whitfield and Matt Butcher swap around - as Butcher was used as a defender on Saturday, it appears that the 3-5-2 formation has lasted one game, with the 4-3-3 now back in place again.

Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City loanee Owain Jones. Other absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle), Darren Ward (swollen knee) and defender Nathan Smith (dead leg/ligament damage) - the latter will be absent for the next three or four weeks.

Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough, whilst midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
28. Ben Whitfield 39. Shayon Harrison 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James


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28 February 2017 : Lacey Enjoys Challenge Of New Glovers Formation
Yeovil Town defender Alex Lacey has said that he enjoyed the experience of playing in a new formation on the weekend, after his side made a surprise switch to a new line-up. The 3-5-2 formation that was deployed for Saturday's trip to Notts County may or may not be used during tonight's match against Mansfield Town, but was the first time this season that there had been a significant deviation from manager Darren Way's favoured 4-3-3 line-up.

Lacey acted as one of the centre-pieces of that formation, playing as the middle defender of the trio of centre-backs, and as such had a bit of responsibility as the organiser. He told BBC Somerset that he was pleased with the clean sheet his side got out of it:

"I quite enjoyed it. I thought it was a very good system. Obviously it's something that is quite new to a lot of the team, and I thought we coped with it very well, and could have come out of the game with some more points, and were unlucky not to do so. We ended up getting a clean sheet which is really the most important thing, and I thought defensively we were very good."

The obvious down side to the afternoon was that the team failed to find the back of the net at the other end of the pitch, managing just one shot on target against a side that are currently battling against the drop. Taken from the wider perspective of the club's nine goals in their last 14 matches, and that's a longer standing issue. Lacey felt that it was a case of the team needing to be more ruthless in their approach once the ball got into the penalty boxes:

"A bit more ruthlessness perhaps in maybe both boxes. We've been conceding at a lot of set pieces, but at the same time we haven't been getting the rub of the green going forward, in terms of set pieces and chances and stuff like that. So I think it's just about being a bit more ruthless in both boxes."

Yeovil Town's recent form has seen them gradually slide down the table until they've reached a 17th place position that they are only marginally likely to move from tonight, whether they win, lose or draw. Although that's the clear position after 33 games, Lacey feels the team are underachieving at present, and wants to see that change as soon as possible:

"With our position at the minute, we're better than where we are. I think we haven't been on a great run of form recently, and we're really looking to set things straight. Hopefully we can push on and get as high up the league as we can."


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28 February 2017 : Evans Returns Twelve Years After Tax Scam Case
It's taken twelve years, but tonight Yeovil Town will come face to face with a manager who once cheated his way to the Conference league title. Sometimes the word 'cheat' is overused, but in the case of Steve Evans it is a matter of public record. During his time as Boston United he was found guilty in Southwark Crown Court of "conspiring to cheat the public revenue" (or what we'd call tax fraud) across a five year period, during which the Pilgrims won the Northern Premier League and the Conference title, and subsequently promotion into the Football League.

Now Mansfield Town's first team manager, he has generally been in work since his Boston United days, but has not been in the same division as Yeovil Town until now, even if there have been a few close shaves. The main scandal involving Evans came out of the 2001-02 Conference season, although it eventually transpired in Court that the whole scam had been conducted between 1997 and 2002, covering the full length of his first spell at York Street.

The little wheeze, conducted with Chairman Pat Malkinson who was also found guilty of tax fraud, involved the pair falsifying player contracts, disguising wages and bonus payments as expenses that would not be covered by income tax and national insurance payments. By declaring a lower basic wage in terms of the payroll and the data that was submitted to the Football Association, Evans was able to attract players to the club and offer them deals that a club Boston's size couldn't afford.

At the time, Yeovil Town were under the management of Gary Johnson's first season, and were loosely in a title race with Boston, along with Dagenham and Redbridge, even if poor home form on a dreadful Huish Park pitch at the time meant that they eventually tailed off, with the other two clubs going head-to-head. Around February or March of that season, the club were given a cryptic tip-off behind the scenes that told them "Don't give up. Try to finish above Dagenham. Something is brewing" - there was no mention of the need to finish above Boston; we were told that finishing above Dagenham was the key bit, in footballing terms.

Something indeed was brewing. On May 23rd 2002, a few weeks after Boston had 'won' the Conference title on merely goal difference from Dagenham, two retired police detectives, including Graham Bean, who was head of the Football Association's compliance unit, raided Boston United Football Club at the same time as five of their other ex-police colleagues knocked on the doors of specific Boston United players' homes. It was to transpire that the copies of the contracts the players held were not the same as those that those that had been lodged with the FA. One player's salary had been declared as £120 per week, when he had actually been paid £620 a week, with a £16,000 sign-on fee, £120 appearance bonus and £50 goal bonus. The eventual conclusion was that the players themselves were oblivious to the scam, and had been receiving the latter amounts, whilst the smaller amount was the one declared to the FA, and most notably the taxman. In doing so, Boston were vastly underpaying HMRC on their tax obligations.

As a club, Boston United were found guilty of six charges of falsifying contracts, but the Football Association's laughable decision to deduct four points from the 2002-03 season, instead of the 2001-02 campaign that the cheating applied to, meant that their position as Conference Champions was kept, and their promotion to the Football League was granted. Despite a £100,000 fine that accompanied it, the Pilgrims' promotion along with a share of Football League sponsorship and television rights (quantified at the time as £400,000 per year) meant that the Football Association had allowed cheats to prosper.

In July 2002, Evans was suspended by Boston United, and in December 2002 he was found guilty at a Football Association enquiry of four counts of contract irregularities, and two charges of impeding the enquiry, where he had tried to financially influence two of the players involved in that enquiry. He was banned from all football for 20 months, with Malkinson getting a 13 month ban. You would think that Boston would have washed their hands of Evans straight after that case, but rather incredibly - even before the ban had expired - they announced that he would be returning as their manager in March 2004 on the day that the ban ended.

That wasn't the end of it though. HMRC had caught wind of the FA's proceedings, and they took Evans and Malkinson to court. In November 2006, both were found guilty of cheating the taxman, with a total of £323,000 worth of taxes having been withheld. They both somehow avoided jail - Evans was given a one year suspended sentence, held over for a two year period.

Still Boston United employed him, despite his criminal record for actions carried out on their York Street premises. On our way to the League Two title, we last played them during the 2004-05 season, doing the double with a 2-1 win at Huish Park seeing Phil Jevons and Bartosz Tarachulski netting, whilst Terry Skiverton scored both goals in the March 2005 win in Lincolnshire.

By then, Boston were a shadow of their former selves. Having to actually pay taxes on things, a point of beautiful karma struck at the end of the 2006-07 season. With Evans complaining that he was down to only 11 or 12 fit players, and having to stick youth teamers on the bench, his side were relegated out of the Football League, with Evans resigning shortly after. Taking their place in the Football League - five years after they should have got there - were Dagenham and Redbridge, ending a five year spell of history that should never have been allowed to happen.

Evans moved on to Crawley Town shortly after, but the two clubs never met as he bailed out from the Broadfield Stadium shortly before their promotion to League One. He then managed Rotherham United across a three year period in which both clubs just managed to miss each other, before he had a partial season with Leeds United that saw him get fired in the summer of 2016.

Since November 16th 2016, he has been with Mansfield Town. Results have improved for the Stags during that 20 game period, with 11 wins and 4 draws, that have pushed them up into 8th place in the League Two table. On their home patch they have been very strong lately, with an unbeaten six game run established. However, their last away match showed they can be exposed - a 3-0 defeat against Grimsby Town, who have been struggling badly since the loss of top scorer Omar Bogle, provided a sharp reality check for Evans' side, whose Saturday result saw them beat Newport County by a 2-1 scoreline at Field Mill.


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28 February 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Mansfield Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 28th February 2017 at Huish Park, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Christopher Sarginson (Staffordshire).

Mr Sarginson was promoted to the Football League's referee list in the summer of 2008. We had him twice during that 2008-09 season - the first being a November 2008 0-1 home defeat against Peterborough United where we felt he contributed to the game becoming a bit scrappy and tetchy by not taking better early control of the fixture, ultimately leading to six bookings. Later that same season, we had him for a home match against Milton Keynes Dons where his presence was a lot less obvious, bar the fact that he awarded us a fairly clear-cut penalty. Sadly, we didn't convert it. During the following season, he was present for the August 2009 Tuesday night match against Exeter City that ended up in a 1-1 draw at St James Park. Just the one booking that night, which we had no complaints about, and a good unfussy performance.

After that, he took charge of the October 2011 2-2 draw against Colchester United. Here he did us a bit of a favour - chalking off a goal for the home side after Steven Gillespie was ruled to have fouled Glovers keeper Jed Steer when putting the ball into the net. Not too surprisingly, the Essex club were less than delighted about the decision; Gillespie said after the game: "Keepers get protection, everyone knows that. I had a bit of leverage with the arms, but I thought it was a goal. I was up and away to celebrate. Even a couple of their lads after the game said they didn’t see anything wrong with that." The Western Gazette had a somewhat different view of Mr Sarginson's performance, saying that their main grumble was the six yellow cards - four against Yeovil - that he dished out saying that he "gave a number of soft free kicks and yellow cards but was largely spot on with his decisions."

Our paths crossed in December 2011, when we managed a 0-0 draw against Rochdale up at Spotland. This was a decidedly dull game where the biggest incident involved a red card given to Kerrea Gilbert. Partly because the midfielder was already on a yellow card, there seemed to be a bit of confusion over whether he'd been given a second yellow or a straight red. But in terms of the actual incident, it wasn't one that we made a big fuss about either way - an over-the-top tackle. The Western Gazette said of Mr Sarginson's contribution to the afternoon: "Neither side can have complaints about his competent afternoon."

The December 2013 meeting involving him though was a corker that will live long in the memories of Yeovil Town supporters - although Paul Ince will be doing the best to blot it out of his mind. That match seemed to be heading towards a relatively normal 1-0 win for the Glovers until Blackpool seemed to lose the plot in the closing minutes. Kirk Broadfoot, Ricardo Fuller and Gary MacKenzie all got their marching orders in the 90th minute - two for a pair of yellow cards in quick succession, whilst Fuller got his for lamping Luke Ayling.

Sometimes you can blame a referee for losing control of the match, and sometimes the responsibility has to come firmly onto the players. This was a case of the latter, as the Tangerines ended the game with just eight men, and Ince endured what he described a bit of a crap night - amongst other things! Ince's team ended up with eight players sent off before Christmas, and himself given a five match ban in another match, but denied his side had a disciplinary problem and instead blamed the officials and the fixture computer. Which is a bit 'crap' really. Like ourselves, the Western Gazette felt the referee was given little choice in the matter saying "the referee was having a perfectly straightforward night until someone in the Blackpool dugout pressed the self-destruct button. He had no option but to send off three visitors in an unnecessarily fiery finale."

Having dealt with such a 'crap' game, Mr Sarginson would probably have been glad to have had a much quieter match for our January 2015 away match against Preston North End. A couple of late bookings was about his only impact in a 1-1 draw. No complaints. We then had him twice during the 2015-16 season - firstly for the October 2015 match against Cambridge United, where we had a horrible first half performance, followed by a decent second period - but all of our own making. We can't recall him playing too big a part in that game, even if he brought his yellow card out four times. Just over a month later, he took charge of our 1-0 victory over Stevenage in the FA Cup. Aside from turning down a strong Stevenage penalty appeal - which we won't argue about! - he had a quiet game.

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

Mr Sarginson will be assisted by Mark Derrien (Dorset) and Andrew Laver (Hampshire). The Fourth Official will be Mark Russell (Somerset).

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Portsmouth 0.

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

Link: December 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 0.

Link: October 2015 : Yeovil Town 2 Cambridge United 3.

Link: January 2015 : Preston North End 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: December 2013 : Yeovil Town 1 Blackpool 0.

Link: December 2011 : Rochdale 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: October 2011 : Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: August 2009 : Exeter City 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2009 : Yeovil Town 0 Milton Keynes Dons 0.

Link: November 2008 : Yeovil Town 0 Peterborough United 1.


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27 February 2017 : No Word On Injured Players For Mansfield Visit
Yeovil Town have not provided any further indication of whether any of their currently injured players will be ready to play in Tuesday night's League Two home fixture against Mansfield Town. They had three players missing from the squad that travelled to Notts County on the weekend, with wide man Otis Khan a long term absentee with an ankle injury that has seen him miss the last ten matches. The last word was that he was expected to be absent for another two weeks, although that has been a frequently rolling estimate.

Another player whose forecasted return has stalled twice is defender Nathan Smith. He was only expected to be absent for a single game after he suffered a dead leg in the February 11th home match against Leyton Orient but has now not featured in three matches, despite being earmarked for a return in the two most recent games. Of the trio, he is the one most likely to return tomorrow night.

Captain Darren Ward was due to see a specialist today about his swollen knee problem. Again there's been no word as yet as to what the conclusion of that was. However, if his absence from the trip to Notts County was significant enough to advise the referral to a specialist, then it would be a surprise if he was immediately available for tomorrow's match.

The only other player that there might be a small doubt about for the Tuesday fixture is striker Francois Zoko. He was substituted in the 88th minute of the match at Meadow Lane, immediately after receiving treatment from physio Mike Micciche just below the visiting 200 supporters. However, he seemed to trot off the pitch without too much discomfort, whilst the presence of Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison on the opposite touchline almost immediately may have meant that Zoko was about to come off anyway.


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27 February 2017 : Firing Blanks At Meadow Lane Puts Glovers At Foot Of Goals Table
Yeovil Town's goalless shut-out against Notts County pushed them to the foot of one statistics table for League Two clubs. At the end of 33 games played of the 2016-17 season, the club have scored 33 goals in 33 games, and that gives them the lowest tally in fourth tier football.

The Glovers have always had a fairly low ranking in terms of their proficiency in front of goal, but have generally managed to keep their heads above Accrington Stanley and Newport County who have also struggled to find the back of the net this season. However, Accrington have scored eight goals in their last three matches, whilst Newport have scored four goals in the last week, with former Glover Ryan Bird getting three of those.

With Yeovil Town not having scored goals at Notts County or at Cheltenham Town, that has allowed both clubs to move ahead of them in the number of League Two goals scored. At present, the lowest scorers are as follows:

Yeovil Town 33; Accrington Stanley 34; Leyton Orient 35; Crewe Alexandra 36; Cheltenham Town, Notts County, Newport County 37.

At the other end of the table, leaders Doncaster Rovers have scored 63 times, with Carlisle United (56 goals) and Exeter City (53 goals) as the division's other big hitters.

A fair chunk of the reason for Yeovil Town's low scoring lies with their away record, which emphasises how the club have been doing on their travels during the 2016-17 season. They currently have the fewest number of away wins (two), the fewest number of points gained (thirteen, with Hartlepool United and Newport County) and the fewest number of goals scored (thirteen).

Where the club have gradually headed towards the foot of the goalscoring charts lies with their form since their December 3rd match against Crawley Town - ironically the 5-0 victory was their biggest win of the 2016-17 season. Since that match they have scored 9 goals in 14 games, comprised of four goals in seven home games, and five goals in seven away games.


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27 February 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Attacking Ambition Needed To Stop Season Fizzling Out
Saturday's trip to Meadow Lane didn't give us too much to shout about. The 0-0 draw against Notts County at least brought us an improvement on the previous week's away journey, and a clean sheet to go with it, but there wasn't much goalmouth action. The latest Taff's Gloversblog looks back at that match, and the developing mindset that seems to have fuelled a lot of recent draws. Read on via the link below, and feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Attacking Ambition Needed To Stop Season Fizzling Out.


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27 February 2017 : Darren Talks About Notts County Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Notts County kicked off at Meadow Lane, 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 thoughts on why he chose to move from his favoured 4-3-3 formation, the current injury status of Darren Ward and his intentions for the front pairing of Francois Zoko and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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27 February 2017 : Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro Talks About The Notts County Draw
Following Saturday's 0-0 draw with Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town's on loan striker Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, the Frenchman, who is on loan from Barnet until the end of the season, gives his views on the match. Read that via the link below.

Link: Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro Speaks To The BBC After The 0-0 Draw Against Notts County.


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26 February 2017 : Ward Off To See Specialist As Knee Problems Continue
Yeovil Town central defender Darren Ward is to see a specialist about the problems that are preventing him from playing regular football. The 38 year old has managed only four starts and one substitute appearance since mid-November 2016, and has had to be rationed in terms of his playing time by not featuring in any midweek matches due to his inability to recover from a Saturday match in time for a Tuesday night fixture.

With the club not having any midweek fixture during the week just gone, it had been expected that he would be in the starting line-up for yesterday's 0-0 draw against Notts County, but he was left out of the squad entirely, with his swollen knee still causing him problems seven days after the trip to Cheltenham Town. That tends to point to the problems with that knee gradually degrading, and manager Darren Way confirmed before yesterday's match that Ward is going to get medical advice on the situation:

"Darren is out. Unfortunately he is still carrying that knee injury which has been very difficult to manage. So he'll be seeing a specialist on Monday, and we'll have to decide then on what the next step is for Darren."

Ward's own belief is that his knee problems stem from the opening game of the season, with him jarring his knee shortly after he came on as a substitute in the home match against Notts County. He's managed to make 18 appearances across the 2016-17 season, but has suffered two extended spells on the sidelines, along with his more recent game-rationing, and the decision to send him to a specialist would imply that he will be sidelined for a third time.

Link: Darren Ward : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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26 February 2017 : Video : Notts County vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 0-0 draw against Notts County, these are now online. Somehow they've managed to stretch two minutes worth of footage from the game - you'll find a Liam Shephard free kick that comfortably cleared the bar, and a late Alex Lawless effort included as our main two chances from the match, along with a batch of chances for the home side. Watch it via the YouTube clip below.




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26 February 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Notts County Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the team's performance and the way the match panned out can be read via the link below.

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


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25 February 2017 : Darren Way Sees 'So Many Plusses' From Notts County Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way considered that there were 'so many plusses' about his side's 0-0 draw against Notts County, after the Glovers came home with a point at Meadow Lane. Having been well beaten against relegation-threatened Cheltenham Town last weekend, the club faced a second trip to another club who are struggling at the wrong end of the table.

The end result was stalemate, with Yeovil's only shot on target in the match coming 89 minutes into the match. Oddly, that could have stolen a win, if Alex Lawless hadn't seen his near post effort beaten away by County keeper Adam Collin. Across the whole 90 minutes though, it was the Magpies that created the most opportunities, and Way recognised the role that his defenders had played in the game, after deciding to switch to a 3-5-2 formation, with Liam Shephard and Ryan Dickson playing as wing-backs on the day. Way was pleased with that outcome:

"A very good point. I think they've been on a good run of form. They've got a wealth of experience in their forward line, and I thought the way the back three, plus Liam Shephard and Ryan Dickson handled their threat, was absolutely fantastic. We had the best effort on goal with Alex Lawless there, and I thought we could have come away with all three points. There were so many plusses, with the previous game (against Cheltenham) that we had. The group showed an unbelievable resilience and showed a lot of action this week to come back from that. So I'm very proud. I thought they all played their roles and responsibilities very well, considering I changed the shape. So a very good day at the office. I don't know what the rest of the scores are, but again it just keeps our momentum going into the game on Tuesday (against Mansfield Town)."

The main issue with the match, from a spectator perspective, was how few chances were created overall, particularly by the away side. Way claimed that the late winter pitches were not helping his side, describing last week's Whaddon Road pitch as a 'disgrace' and implying that this same problem played a part in the outcome from today's match:

"I think that when you look at the game, I wouldn't say it was pleasing to the eye. No disrespect but when you look at Cheltenham's pitch it was an absolute disgrace. Unfortunately these pitches are not there to get the ball down and play. Teams are playing no-risk football and getting it into forwards, and then picking up the scraps, so it's hard to be able to play with any fluency like we normally played at the start of the season. So you have to adapt to that, which is why we've gone with the two forwards, to have that physicality and to try to hold the ball up, and then get the ball wide and get crosses into the box. So overall it was a fantastic result."


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25 February 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Notts County vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-0 draw against Notts County at Meadow Lane, 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 Notts County vs Yeovil Town.


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25 February 2017 : Notts County 0 Yeovil 0 : Bore Draw At Meadow Lane
Yeovil Town and Notts County fought out a goalless draw at Meadow Lane this afternoon, in a game of ultra-few chances. The home side had efforts on goal from Jorge Grant and Mark Yeates during a first period that they largely dominated, but with their end product being easy enough for Artur Krysiak to deny them. However, after the break both teams seemed to dry up entirely, with it taking Yeovil 88 minutes until they managed an on target attempt - a near post effort from Alex Lawless was as close as either side came to breaking the deadlock in a game that lacked entertainment, but keeps the Glovers in 17th place in the table.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to the line-up that took to the field against Cheltenham at Whaddon Road. Darren Ward's knee problems continue to bother him, and he will be off to see a specialist next week. His place was taken by Alex Lacey, although there was also room in the back line for Bevis Mugabi, due to Tom Eaves sitting on the bench. That was because there was a radical formation change, with a 3-5-2 deployed for the first time under Darren Way's regime, abandoning the usual 4-3-3 formation for the day.

Those who were at Whaddon Road last week will recall an opening 45 minutes in which the ball spent a lot of time up in the air, and where there were few chances for either side to break the deadlock. This weekend's first period was more of the same, only thankfully on a much better playing surface. In a swirling wind, you didn't really want the ball going up in the air too much, but that was where it ended, with both sides a bit guilty of that.

Yeovil's chances during the half were limited to only two incidents - a Matt Dolan long ranger that went a good yard or two over the bar, followed by a Liam Shephard free kick that curled nicely enough but again was comfortably clear of the goal. Notts County had the truer efforts on goal, with Nottingham Forest loanee Jorge Grant forcing Artur Krysiak to save at his near post. Then a Mark Yeates shot from outside the box took a slight deflection, Krysiak still covering relatively easily. Aside from that, and a Grant effort that went over, most of the play was in the middle - County had the better chances, but nothing to get truly worried about.

The second half gave us more of the same - and if anything even less than that. Yeovil's new look back line had sometimes looked a bit vulnerable during the first period, particularly down Liam Shephard's flank where County were doubling men up to try to get space in that area. But in the second period, it seemed that avenue had been closed off, whilst any thoughts of Yeovil mounting an attack down the other end seemed to be minimal - Ryan Dickson looked dangerous in the way he often penetrated his flank, but the final ball was never there.

Tom Eaves was introduced for the final 14 minutes, whilst Spurs loanee Shayon Harrison got just two minutes to impress. Straight after Harrison's introduction, Yeovil got their one true decent chance of the entire game - an 89th minute shot by Alex Lawless on the near post, that was fairly easily parried by Adam Collin for a corner, but became significant as the club's one and only on-target shot of the match. In truth, neither side deserved to win - on the plus side it was an improvement on last week's defeat against Cheltenham, but on the minus side the new formation did little to suggest it was going to solve the club's problems in creating goalmouth chances at the other end of the pitch. The Glovers remain in 17th place, with current form now stretching to one win in 14 matches since early December. This game won't live long in the memory, at all.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Notts County 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: None.

Notts County:
1 Adam Collin
23 Josh Clackstone 18 Elliott Hewitt 6 Haydn Hollis 16 Marc Bola
17 Jorge Grant 8 Michael O'Connor 12 Robert Milsom 10 Mark Yeates
9 Shola Ameobi 30 Jon Stead

Substitutes:
3 Carl Dickinson 4 Alan Smith 11 Jonathan Forte 13 Scott Loach 14 Tahvon Campbell (84 mins Mark Yeates) 15 Curtis Thompson 31 Thierry Audel

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 16. Matt Butcher
2. Liam Shephard 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan 11. Ryan Dickson
31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves (76 mins for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro) 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 28. Ben Whitfield 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (88 mins for Francois Zoko)

Notts County Bookings: Josh Clackstone (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 45 mins)

Notts County Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 10.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 2; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Anthony Moore (Manchester) and Nicholas Barnard (Cheshire). Fourth Official: Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire).

Attendance: 7,141 (with 200 Yeovil Town supporters).


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25 February 2017 : Team News For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Notts County at Meadow Lane. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that played against Cheltenham Town last Saturday. Captain Darren Ward's knee injury means he drops out of the side, with Alex Lacey coming in to replace him. The other change sees Bevis Mugabi come into the side, with Tom Eaves dropping to the bench. That means there is also a formation change, with the team abandoning the 4-3-3 formation and opting for a 3-5-2 for the first time under Darren Way's stewardship.

Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City loanee Owain Jones. Other absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle) and defender Nathan Smith (dead leg).

Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough, whilst midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 16. Matt Butcher
2. Liam Shephard 7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan 11. Ryan Dickson
31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 9. Tom Eaves 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 28. Ben Whitfield 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison


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25 February 2017 : Campbell Reunion Will Leave Him With A Point To Prove
Yeovil Town will face a possible reunion with former loan striker Tahvon Campbell this afternoon, when they take on Notts County at Meadow Lane. The West Bromwich Albion loanee was a transfer deadline loan signing for the Magpies, who drafted him in as a number of late changes to their squad after they had a transfer embargo lifted, shortly after a club takeover helped deal with some financial issues under their previous ownership.

Campbell has so far made two appearances for County since his arrival, via 69th minute and 72nd minute substitute appearances, and so it's highly unlikely that he will start today's match. However, manager Darren Way told BBC Somerset that he still felt that the player would have a point to prove, given the Glovers chose not to extend their agreement with the Baggies beyond the New Year period:

"I think that every player has got a point to prove when they've been with us. But Tahvs was good for us, and we played him in many games. Unfortunately he's not played up there at the moment regularly, but I'm sure he'll be working hard behind the scenes to claim his place in the team. But players are fully aware of other players, with the attention to detail that we go into before games."

In truth, if Campbell does get on the pitch today, then it will be as a late substitute, where they will hope to use his pace. However, they've not even needed to do that over the last two matches, with improved form under boss Kevin Nolan meaning that they've not needed to get Campbell onto the pitch at all, concentrating on the front pairing of Jonathan Stead and ex-Newcastle United striker Shola Ameobi. One of the players who may need to mark Campbell if he gets deployed in a wide left position during the match will be Swansea City loanee Liam Shephard. He said that he will be looking forward to seeing him regardless:

"It's always nice to see him. I know his game, and he knows my game if he comes in on my side. Sometimes if you know they're really good at something then you can worry about it. But I think you've just got to concentrate on your own game and what you're good at, and that will take care of itself."


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24 February 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Keeping Control Of The Land
This week has seen a couple of legal documents come to light connected to the club's finances, and the Huish Park land. In response the club issued a statement on the subject, with a Legal Charge now standing against the stadium and surrounding area. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers all of that, and some of the concerns it brings up that the club need to address. Read on via the link below, and feel free to provide your own comments at the foot of the article, particularly if you understand this better than we do.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Keeping Control Of The Land.


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24 February 2017 : Darren Previews The Notts County Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Notts County at Meadow Lane, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren talks about the club's current run of form, the experience that the Magpies have in their side and his thoughts on their new boss Kevin Nolan. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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24 February 2017 : Officials For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Notts County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Meadow Lane on Saturday 25th February 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear).

Mr Ilderton is a bit of blast from the past. Clearly we don't get referees from the far North-East too often, but even bearing that in mind, the fact that we've only had him twice since February 2007 is unusual, particularly given that he was a reasonable regular during our early Football League days.

The first occasion we had him was at Moss Rose for a game against Macclesfield Town in 2003 and it didn't take long to spot he was one of the poorest officials on the circuit. Unfortunately Yeovil Town were even poorer that day, although we weren't helped by him denying Adam Lockwood a clear penalty - Locky was stamped on which provoked a melee, but he ended up booking the Glovers defender for it, and an entirely random Macclesfield player who wasn't even the one who kicked (literally) the whole thing off.

Later that season, we had him again, for an away match against Boston United. His performance at York Street on a Bank Holiday Monday 2004, won't be forgotten in a hurry by the 400 Glovers fans there: shambolic is too kind a word. The Glovers bench got into a steaming row with him when he forced an injured Darren Way to leave the field of play, but for reasons only known to himself wouldn't let us make the substitution - Way's absence allowed the very man he had been marking the chance to score unmarked 15 seconds later. Ilderton should have claimed an assist. He was also involved in Boston's second goal, gifting them a free kick after Paul Terry's ball-winning tackle, with future Glover David Noble netting from it.

Ilderton then chalked off a successful Gavin Williams penalty, claiming that he'd not blown his whistle for it to be taken despite there being no reason for him to need play to be delayed in any way - Gavin's second attempt was saved. His final contribution to a stinker of a game was to allow Boston's winning goal to stand, even though in fairness his linesman should have been able to give it - a ball over the top that looked an obvious offside saw both linesman and referee leave the decision to each other, giving Boston a 90th minute winner, and Mr Ilderton and his merry men a hand in all three of the home side's goals. Unsurprisingly after one of the worst refereeing performances we've witnessed, Gary Johnson wasn't too impressed, saying of Way's injury for the opening goal:

"That has to be the worst decision that a referee has ever made. The reason why is because he told Darren Way to get up. Darren Way was injured and he told him to get up and get off. If Darren Way stays down and has his treatment then we can make our substitution anyway. Nick was ready anyway. But he told him to get up and get off and then wouldn't allow us to bring Nick Crittenden on. Obviously the goal came during that 30 seconds. We thought that was really poor and we also thought that the handling of the penalty was really poor. Gavin waited for ages to take that penalty and when he put it in, the referee said that he didn't blow his whistle, and then he changed his mind later and told them that one of them was encroaching."

Thankfully, two of Mr Ilderton's other matches he's dealt with at Football League level have been a great deal more anonymous. He was back at Moss Rose in 2005, although without a repeat of the issues we'd had with him on his first visit there. Then in February 2007, he took charge of our 4-1 win over Carlisle United - we had a few grumbles about his performance that day, but nothing on the scale of his Boston horror show.

Of the more recent meetings, one came during February 2013. We were critical of his observational skills on the day, in a 1-1 draw against Doncaster Rovers at the Keepmoat Stadium. He seemed to miss a large number of incidents during the match - James Hayter had a penalty appeal turned down during the second half. Having made the decision not to award a spot kick you'd think Mr Ilderton would be conscious of the Glovers striker lying prone on the deck, but he let play go on, and on, and on, with only Doncaster's good sportsmanship ensuring that Hayter got treatment and was able to be helped off the pitch. Late on, we were grateful that Mr Ilderton seemed to be watching another game - a rather dubious challenge by Marek Stech on Donny subsitute David Syers got ignored again - just as well given that it was inside the box.

For the most recent meeting, in March 2015, again we were left grumbling about Mr Ilderton's observational skills. Although he did award us one penalty during that game - after a poor backpass saw James Hayter intercept the ball, and then be brought down by Rochdale keeper (and former Glovers trialist) Jamie Jones, we felt the keeper should have walked for the foul - instead he got a yellow. Still on the pitch, the keeper saved the spot kick, but when Gozie Ugwu was brought down inside the box later in that half we should have had a second spot kick. This one wasn't given at all.

Mr Ilderton's main claim to infamy is that he was the referee in charge of the November 2006 FA Cup tie between Barrow and Bristol Rovers. As far as the referee was concerned, this was a booking-free game, with no need for him to reach for his cards. However, the match became notorious for James Cotterill's punch that left Rovers striker Sean Rigg with a double fracture of the jaw and the need to spend the rest of his life with two metal plates inserted into his mouth. Cotterill was jailed for four months after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm, thanks to the Match of the Day cameras picking up the act of thuggery, with the FA banning him from football in between the offence and the court case.

Mr Ilderton will be assisted by Anthony Moore (Manchester) and Nicholas Barnard (Cheshire). The Fourth Official will be Alf Greenwood (North Yorkshire).

Link: August 2003 : Macclesfield Town 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2004 : Boston United 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2005 : Macclesfield Town 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: February 2007 : Carlisle United 1 Yeovil Town 4.

Link: February 2013 : Doncaster Rovers 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2015 : Rochdale 2 Yeovil Town 1.


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23 February 2017 : Defensive Duo Expected To Be Recalled For Notts County Game
Yeovil Town are expected to be able to add two players to their squad for Saturday's League Two match at Notts County. The Glovers went into last weekend's match with Cheltenham Town without centre/right-back Bevis Mugabi, due to a knee injury that he had suffered during the previous Tuesday's home match against Cambridge United. Also absent on Saturday was centre/left-back Nathan Smith, who had been named as fit by the club in the run-up to the trip at Whaddon Road, but ended up sitting out a second game.

Both players are named as being fit and available for selection for the match at Meadow Lane. The club also indicate that left-back Ryan Dickson, who has had a habit of being bashed about in recent matches, will also be fit, despite being forced off during the 33rd minute of that match with a leg injury, having also suffered a facial injury just before that moment.

In theory, that just leaves wide man Otis Khan as the one absentee. He revealed around a week ago that he had taken off a protective boot, but the broad implication was that he was only in the early stages of rehabilitation. Hence he will not be involved on Saturday, with no sign that he has returned to training following the ankle injury he sustained in the EFL Trophy on January 10th, which has seen him miss the last nine matches in all competitions. He is not expected to be ready for selection for the next couple of weeks.

As usual, two of Yeovil Town's seven loan players will have to sit in the stands, under the Football League rules that limit the number of loan players that can be named on a teamsheet.


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23 February 2017 : 2015-16 Huish Park Stadium Partnership Accounts Reveal Hayward Loans
The Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited company has published it's end of year accounts covering the 2015-16 season. This is the company that acts as a vehicle for the majority shareholding that Chairman John Fry and co-owner Norman Hayward have in Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, which in turn owns Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited (aka Yeovil Town Football Club).

The company accounts for the Huish Park Stadium Partnership are fairly dull, in that the company is not an operational one on a day-to-day basis. However, it does incur costs by virtue of being an active company. The accounting period has been realigned to fit with the other Yeovil Town Group companies, and so covers a sixteen month period between February 28th 2015 and June 30th 2016. That period shows an operating loss of £793, giving a total retained loss of £68,293 since the company's inception.

The basics of the company assets remain unchanged. It holds 1,575,379 ordinary shares in Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, giving a 92 percent shareholding of the overall company. Given that Yeovil Town Holdings owns 100 percent of Yeovil Town Football Club, this states the ultimate overall control of the football club. It is given a book value of £1,012,889 to represent that shareholding - a figure that has been unchanged since the company was formed.

The key item of interest to Yeovil Town supporters is that the accounts disclose the total amount owed personally to Norman Hayward at the end of the accounting period. The extract from the Accounts reads as follows:

"Mr N Hayward has loaned £427,006 to Yeovil Town Holdings Limited and this amount was outstanding at 30 June 2016 (28 February 2015 £328,000)."

The 2015 figure of £328,000 is a long-standing debt that was disclosed as part of the 2011-12 Huish Park Stadium Partnership accounts. Of that amount, we know that £278,000 of that was secured against Huish Park freehold land in March 2011. However, what the latest accounts tell us is that during the 2015-16 season (or rather the sixteen month accounting period) the amount owed to Mr Hayward increased by £99,006 to the grand total of £427,006. It would not cover any loans (or repayments) that may or may not have taken place during the 2016-17 season.

Note that of the £427,006, only the original £278,000 figure is confirmed as being secured against the Huish Park land. It doesn't necessarily follow that the remaining sum has been secured via the new Legal Charge, given that agreement was with the Yeovil Football and Athletic Limited company.

In fact, the club have today issued a statement, via the Western Gazette denying that there is any financial amount secured as part of the October 2016 Legal Charge. The club claim that the provisions of the agreement are to allow for a framework for a future 'short-term loan' to be secured against the Huish Park land, but they deny that any money is owed:

"It has not been necessary for Mr Hayward to make a loan under the terms of the legal charge, so no sum is owed by YTFC. A legal charge agreement was made between Yeovil Football & Athletic Club Ltd (YTFC) and Norman Hayward to provide for the possibility that Mr Hayward may advance a short-term loan to the football club. The reason for this falls within normal budgeting and forecasting and in accordance with normal principles of corporate governance. The YTFC board has to take into account any eventuality and act accordingly. While the legal charge contains standard provisions which are found in mortgages – including the mortgaging of houses – all matters are discussed and dealt with by the board of directors with Mr Hayward's full involvement at all times. The agreement is not an indication that the club is in any financial trouble, it was part of prudent financial management and forecasting."

If the October 2016 Legal Charge has been agreed without any money at stake, then the obvious question is how the Football Club would be able to discharge its obligations from that agreement. The effect is to create a permanent restrictive covenant on the land, preventing its sale or modification without the consent of Norman Hayward - a provision that would continue even if the current owners sell the club, or even in the event of Mr Hayward's death, given that the rights of that agreement would pass to his Estate.


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23 February 2017 : Darren Way Talks About The Club's Recent Loss Of Form
During this week, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way appeared live on BBC Somerset's Breakfast Show, reflecting upon the Cheltenham Town defeat, as well as the club's recent loss of form. With questions from presenter Jack Murley, Darren also gives his views on the second half disturbance in the away end at Whaddon Road, and what he says will be done about it. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Talks To The BBC In Between The Cheltenham and Notts County Games.


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23 February 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Notts County
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travel to Notts County for a League Two fixture. As a result, the Ciderspace guide to Meadow Lane has been updated, to cover directions, parking, ticketing, a pub guide and plenty of statistics. Find that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Notts County.

The Jimmy Sirrel Stand - named after a former manager
The Jimmy Sirrel Stand - named after a former manager.
Photo © 2005-17 Ciderspace



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22 February 2017 : Wycombe Wanderers vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month saw Yeovil Town travel to play Wycombe Wanderers for a League Two match at Adams Park. The 1-1 draw was a tale of two penalties, with Kevin Dawson getting his, before Joe Jacobson levelled up six minutes later. The Glovers had been good value for at least a point during the match, until the closing stages when they seemed to get sucked into defending their lines for the draw.

Man of the Match voting saw two AFC Bournemouth loanees praised, with Matt Butcher playing the holding midfield role, whilst Ben Whitfield occupied a wide right position. The poll winner, and by a reasonable margin, was striker Francois Zoko, who played wide on the left, producing the run that got the Glovers their spot kick.

Full results, with outright Man of the Match votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Francois Zoko 50 (5)
2. Ben Whitfield 30 (1)
3. Matt Butcher 18 (1)
4. Kevin Dawson 8 (0)
4. Nathan Smith 8 (0)
6. Omar Sowunmi 6 (0)
7. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)
7. Matthew Dolan 2 (0)
7. Artur Krysiak 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7
Performance : 7.14
Entertainment : 6.86
VOTES RECEIVED : 7


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22 February 2017 : New Legal Charge Secured Against Huish Park Land
Yeovil Town Football Club's stadium and surrounding land has had a new Legal Charge placed against it by co-owner Norman Hayward. According to documents published as part of obligations under the UK Companies Act and the Land Registration Act, the Charge was placed against Huish Park in October 2016 between the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited (aka the original Yeovil Town Football Club company) and Mr Hayward at his own personal home address.

The Legal Charge acts as a mortgage, securing undisclosed debt against the value of the Huish Park land. The document describes the charge as being against:

"All that Freehold land and property and the Stadium thereon at Huish Park, Lufton Way, Yeovil, Somerset, BA22 8YF which is registered at the Land Registry under title number ST135866".

The actual amount at stake is not specified within the document, nor is the redemption date by which the loan must be repaid. However, the Charge inserts a clause preventing Yeovil Town Football Club "from creating further security that will rank equally with or ahead of the charge" - i.e. they cannot secure any further loans secured against the stadium or surrounding land, without it being clear that the secondary mortgage ranked behind this agreement.

Aside from the general provisions that any mortgage agreement would have, the document also includes three key clauses that would be significant for any future events which may occur. The first relates to changes that are made to the Huish Park land:

"The Mortgagor (Yeovil Town Football Club) shall not without the previous written consent of the Mortgagee (Norman Hayward) make any structural or material alteration to, or pull down or remove any part of any building, fixtures and fittings, services and service media in, on or associated with the Property."

In plain English this means that the Football Club cannot make any changes to the internal or external areas of the stadium or surrounding buildings without the agreement of Mr Hayward.

The second provision relates to any future sale of any Huish Park land, with a Covenant being lodged with the Land Registry that reads as follows:

"No disposition of the registered estate by the proprietor of the registered estate or by the proprietor of any registered charge, not being a charge registered before the entry of this restriction, is to be registered without a written consent signed by Norman Haywood (sic) ... or his conveyancer."

In plain English this means that the Football Club cannot sell the land/stadium to another party, nor secure any further loans against the land without the permission of Mr Hayward.

The third provision relates to the rights those parties have in the future, in the event of the person(s) who have signed the legal charge having moved on:

"All of the obligations in this Charge and rights granted for the benefit of the Parties shall be binding upon and be capable of exercise by any successors in title or assigns of the Parties."

In plain English this means that the Legal Charge would remain in place even if the ownership of the Football Club changes - i.e. it runs independently of Mr Hayward's current co-ownership of the Football Club. It would also imply that the rights to the Legal Charge would be inherited by Mr Hayward's Estate in the event of his death. The only way to discharge the agreement would be either by mutual consent, or by repayment of the unspecified loan amount. As with all mortgage agreements, if the Football Club default on the terms of the loan agreement (at present it's not clear what they are), then Mr Hayward could become the direct owner of stadium and land.

It should be noted that this Legal Charge has been lodged separately from a March 2011 agreement between Yeovil Town Holdings Limited and Norman Hayward, that secured a loan of £278,000 against the same Huish Park land. That Legal Charge is still listed as outstanding.


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21 February 2017 : GWSC Travel To Notts County - Departure Time Correction
On Sunday we published details of the GWSC Travel plans for this coming weekend's visit to Notts County. There was an error in those details - the departure time from Huish Park should be 8.15a.m. - although it's been corrected in the article linked below (head here) and the error highlighted on our Twitter and Facebook accounts, we're highlighting the corrected time, to ensure no-one turns up at the ground and misses the bus!

All other information is as previously stated - apologies for any confusion caused. For all other active ticketing, travel and fixture information, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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21 February 2017 : SSDC Request Resolution On Long-Standing Planning Application
South Somerset District Council have written to the football club concerning their pending planning application. In a letter dated February 13th 2017, Planning Case Officer Simon Fox has asked the club to clarify their position concerning plans submitted to the Council in July 2015, requesting outline permission to build a variety of retail and leisure outlets on the land surrounding the Huish Park stadium.

These plans replaced a January 2012 planning application to build a large Food Store, but were eventually withdrawn in June 2014, with it becoming clear that the application would breach national planning policy in a number of areas. The replacement application dropped the Food Store and replaced it with a number of smaller outlets. However, there were still a number of obstacles to overcome.

In September 2015, SSDC wrote a seven page letter to the club, giving them advance guidance over the number of areas that needed to be addressed, and thus the amendments that they would need to make to the plan to avoid Councillors rejecting it. On October 17th 2015, the club's Planning Agent David Bell replied to SSDC, stating "I have now been able to discuss the content (of the September 2015 letter) with the Board Members and we have been authorised to prepare additional information. I will forward this to you as soon as possible". A further letter from Mr Bell on December 7th 2015 indicated that the he was still "preparing some modifications and supplementary information [and] awaiting a client (YTFC) instruction to proceed".

Since then, there has been silence, from a formal planning perspective. Back in April 2016 the Football Club did circulate updated plans that involved dropping the largest of the Retail Stores - unofficially assumed to be The Range - but those plans were never submitted to SSDC, meaning that they have not been considered for analysis.

Thus from an SSDC perspective, they have not seen movement for around 17 months. They question whether the plans are still going ahead, pointing out that with the application itself now 19 months old, that a lot of the submitted information may now be out of date, given plenty of development in the surrounding area. SSDC state:

"I write further to an impasse in the progression and determination of the above application. My last substantive letter to you was dated September 2015 and very little has happened since. In the circumstances I cannot really allow a major application such as this to drift any further and therefore I seek a resolution from you to withdraw the application forthwith. The application supporting information is now out-of-date and would all need updating or complete redrafting."

SSDC's Case Officer suggests that the silence on the Huish Park application may be due to the failure of an independent Planning Application that was intended to convert a farmer's field off Thorne Lane into public recreation facilities. That application was rejected in September 2016, which was likely to substantially affect the main Huish Park application, given it proposed to replace two football pitches behind the away end of the ground. SSDC note that the club did not exercise their right to appeal or amend that application, to address the Reasons For Rejection, and without replacement land, the Huish Park one would be unsuccessful:

"Also significantly and perhaps fatally to your plans was the resolution to refuse application 15/02535/FUL (in Thorne Lane) for the creation of a ‘replacement’ community playing field. I note you have not sought to appeal the councillors’ decision despite the officer recommendation for approval. As such you will appreciate in this context it would be impossible to support the current application without this alternative offer, notwithstanding the other issues. It would also be remiss if I did not advise that although David Norris and I have met with you and Mr Fry on a number of occasions historically to help support and guide you, it appears that even if we did reach a situation where a positive officer recommendation was secured I could not guarantee that councillors’ would follow that, meaning more expense and time wasted on both sides. Could I ask you to set out your intentions by return so we can conclude this matter?"


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21 February 2017 : Ticketing For Barnet vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for the League Two fixture between Barnet and Yeovil Town are now on sale. The match takes place on Wednesday 15th March 2017 at the Hive Stadium, with an 8.00p.m. kick-off. Tickets can be purchased from the Huish Park Ticket Office at the following prices:

Adult (Aged 21-64): £23.00; Seniors (Aged 65 and over) or Young Person (Aged 17-20): £14.00; Junior (Aged 16 and Under): £5.00.

For Ambulant Disabled Tickets and Wheelchair bays you need to call Barnet direct on 0208 381 3800.

Parking is available at the Hive Stadium, on a first come first served basis at £5.00 per Car.

If you purchase tickets on the day, the Away Turnstiles are available for ticket collections and cash only sales. The Home Ticket office can be used if you are purchasing tickets via a credit/debit card. There is no matchday surcharge for this fixture.

Those of you who were present for Yeovil Town's April 2016 match at the Hive Stadium will recall that Barnet's away section had been closed and was a giant building site, with us getting a section in the West Stand. The brand new North Stand has now been completed and is situated behind one goal, holding 1,900 spectators. It is an all-seater covered stand with unrestricted views in all seats.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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21 February 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Whaddon Road Frustrations Boil Over
Saturday afternoon's trip to Whaddon Road, home of Cheltenham Town, saw plenty of frustation both on and off the pitch. Analysis of the 2-0 defeat, some of what went wrong in the away end during the second half, and concerns over the club's long term form and the club's usage of players and formations, can be read in the latest Taff's Gloversblog entry. Feel free to add your own views to the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Whaddon Road Frustrations Boil Over.


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21 February 2017 : Haigh Makes Yeovil Town Ladies Return
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are delighted to announce that Natalie Haigh, former captain of The Lady Glovers has rejoined the club. Haigh departed prior to the 2016 season due to work and studying commitments, as well as sustaining a back injury. On the return of Haigh, Manager Jamie Sherwood said:

"I am really happy to have brought Natalie back to the club and seeing her back in Green and White is an exciting proposition. Her experience, leadership and outright ability becomes an excellent addition to our squad for 2017."

Haigh has recently been playing for Swindon Town Ladies, having also worked for their Football In The Community programme earlier in her career. She said that she is delighted to be back in football, following her back injury:

"I am absolutely delighted to have been given the opportunity to come back. After the injury I sustained to my back almost 15 months ago, I never thought I would play again, let alone at this level. It's great to be back in and around the club – there is a real buzz after the success they achieved last year. Anyone that knows me knows that football is my life, and it’s an unbelievable feeling to be back. I can’t wait for the Spring Series to start, and to get going with the team. The girls here worked so hard for their success in winning WSL2 last season, and it’s a real honour to now have the opportunity to train and play alongside them. This team and this league are so competitive, and I have a lot of work to do to prove that I’m good enough to not only break into the starting 11, but to compete against some of the top players in the world."

Haigh also played in Leeds whilst studying for a Physical Education degree in Leeds Metropolitan University, and spent three years teaching PE at a local primary school, as well as studying for a Masters Degree in Sports Coaching. She has also played football in the United States, as well as representing Great Britain at the World University Games in China. She said that it had been a tough decision to leave Yeovil last time, but was glad to be back:

"I’m really looking forward to the challenge of learning and growing with this team, and as a collective unit being on a stage where we are competing amongst the best teams in the country. Leaving Yeovil was tough especially as, at the time, I couldn’t see a way back from my injury. I’ve spent a lot of time in the gym trying to get myself into a position to be strong enough to start training properly again, and I have many people to thank for getting me to this point. I intend to give 110 percent whenever called upon to play – this club means a lot to me, and I respect the privilege of being able to wear the shirt."

Boss Sherwood says he still plans to bring in more players prior to their FA Women's Cup Fifth Round tie, which will see them travel to Notts County next month, just prior to the FAWSL1 Spring Series:

"This doesn't conclude our recruitment for our First season in WSL 1 as we are still hopeful of getting across the line 2 or 3 more prior to our FA Cup match vs Notts County in mid-march."

Yeovil’s first game of the Spring Series season is against Liverpool on April 23rd at Huish Park. To purchase tickets, head to this page.


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21 February 2017 : Ehiogu Happy With Full Game For Harrison
Yeovil Town loanee Shayon Harrison played a full 90 minutes in last night's Premier League 2 match against Sunderland Under-23s. The 19 year old was playing for Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s in a match that Spurs won 1-0, thanks to a goal from Kazaiah Sterling scored five minutes into the match. The Spurs match report indicates that Harrison was playing in a front three, with Sterling playing on the left side of the trio. They don't explicitly state whether Harrison was playing the central role or a right-flank role, with Shilow Tracey the other front man.

Spurs make clear that Harrison's inclusion was part of his loan agreement with Yeovil Town - he hasn't featured in the club's last two League Two fixtures. Development squad Ugo Ehiogu said that he was happy with the team's overall performance, and acknowledged the fact that Harrison had played a full game - something that he's yet to do in a League Two fixture for Yeovil Town:

"It was terrific, we're very pleased. We billed it as a must-win game and we applied a lot of pressure on the boys beforehand. We were in the bottom two so we asked them for fight, spirit, hard work and respect – that's respecting the little things like winning second balls and getting in the box when someone is making a run down the side and is about to cross it. They've delivered today. We were being pressed by an aggressive side but at times we looked a good team – we played with a bit of bravery on the ball as well as off it. It was nice for Shayon Harrison to find a bit of rhythm and get 90 minutes in as well. Shilow Tracey is starting to be a lot more consistent, his hold-up play was okay but he’s been a bit more selfless today, running down the sides and using his pace and strength."

Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s: Pau Lopez, Joe Muscatt, Japhet Tanganga, Christian Maghoma, Nick Tsaroulla, Filip Lesniak (Capt), Zenon Styliandes (Oliver Skipp, 90 mins), Shayon Harrison, Joe Pritchard (Charlie Owens, 87 mins), Kazaiah Sterling (Cy Goddard, 87 mins), Shilow Tracey.


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20 February 2017 : No Arrests From Whaddon Road Incident
As a footnote to Saturday's incident during the second half of the League Two match against Cheltenham Town, Gloucestershire Police have provided clarification on the outcome from their perspective. They have confirmed that there was just one person ejected from Whaddon Road around the 75th minute of the game from the Yeovil Town end of the stadium. There were no arrests in connection with the incident, with that one person just told to leave the stadium.

Our understanding is that at least one other Yeovil Town supporter was asked to leave the stand area by the Cheltenham stewards, but from the police report this confirms that they were allowed to return to their seat, presumably after CCTV footage had been viewed. In theory Gloucestershire Police or their Avon and Somerset counterparts could take action later if they spot anything on the video, but certainly on the day itself they chose not to, with the ejection being a civil matter (rather than a police matter) as part of Cheltenham's stewarding.


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20 February 2017 : Glovers Loanee Harrison Selected For Spurs Premier League 2 Fixture
Yeovil Town loanee Shayon Harrison has temporarily returned to North London tonight. The striker has been selected to start in Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s in a Premier League 2 match against Sunderland Under-23s, in a match that kicked off at 7.00p.m. this evening.

Shayon has been an unused substitute in Yeovil Town's last two first team fixtures against Cambridge United and Cheltenham Town and so has not had any match time since February 11th match against Leyton Orient. He has therefore returned to White Hart Lane, as part of the rules that allow loan players to play for their club's Under-23 sides, in parallel with their loan agreements.

Tonight's Spurs line-up also features former loanee Christian Maghoma, whose unfortunate spell at Huish Park straddled the end of Paul Sturrock's reign at the club, and the start of Darren Way's time as manager - he spent a month in Somerset without making an appearance.

Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s: Pau Lopez, Muscatt, Tanganga, Maghoma, Tsaroulla, Lesniak (Capt), Styliandes, Harrison, Pritchard, Sterling, Tracey

Substitutes: Glover, Goddard, Owens, Skipp.


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20 February 2017 : 2017-18 Football League Key Fixtures Calendar Released
For all you forward thinking people, the Football League have issued some of the key dates for the 2017-18 season. So if you're booking any holidays over the next year, and want to avoid missing any football, then take note of the following:

21/06/2017 : 2017-18 Fixture Lists Released, Wednesday morning.

05/08/2017 : Start Date for the 2017-18 first weekend of fixtures
07/08/2017 : League Cup First Round (week commencing) (under the name of the Carabao Cup)
28/08/2017 : EFL Trophy First Round (week commencing) (still labelled as Checkatrade Trophy at present)

23/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
26/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
30/12/2017 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day
01/01/2018 : Designated Christmas Holiday Fixtures Day

25/02/2018 : EFL Cup Final

05/05/2018 : Final Weekend of 2017-18 Season
26/05/2018 : Championship Play-Off Final
27/05/2018 : League One Play-Off Final
28/05/2018 : League Two Play-Off Final

The ordering of the Play-Off Finals has been reversed from the normal schedule, due to the 2018 World Cup which takes place that summer.


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20 February 2017 : Darren Talks About Cheltenham Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Cheltenham Town kicked off at Whaddon Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the recall of Darren Ward and why Alex Lacey didn't make the starting line-up. Find that interview (which is a shorter than usual one) via the link below.

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


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20 February 2017 : Notts Test For Ladies In FA Women's Cup Draw
Yeovil Town Ladies have been given an away draw in the Fifth Round of the FA Women's Cup. This is the first time that the Ladies have been drawn out of the hat this late on in the competition - part of their new privileges as an FAWSL1 club. They will face a trip to play Notts County Ladies, who are also in the top flight of Women's Football - something that will give the female Glovers an early idea of what standard they need to meet for the FAWSL1 Spring Series that commences in April.

The full draw is as follows:

1 Notts County Ladies v Yeovil Town Ladies
2 Liverpool v Everton
3 Arsenal v Tottenham Hotspur
4 Sunderland AFC Ladies v Aston Villa
5 Birmingham City v West Bromwich Albion
6 Bristol City Women's v Millwall Lionesses
7 Manchester City v Reading Women
8 Chelsea LFC v Doncaster Rovers Belles

All ties are due to be played on or around Sunday 19th March 2017.


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20 February 2017 : Matt Dolan Talks About The Cheltenham Town Defeat
Following Saturday's 2-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, Yeovil Town midfielder Matty Dolan spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matt gives his views on the performance and the way the goals were conceded. Read it in full via the link below.

Link: Matt Dolan Speaks To The BBC After The 2-0 Defeat Against Cheltenham Town.


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19 February 2017 : Video : Bassett Scores Long Ranger In Magpies Win
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett netted a superb strike for Dorchester Town yesterday afternoon, as he scored his fourth goal for the Magpies this season. The 18 year old came on as a substitute in his temporary side's 2-0 win over Dunstable Town and also provided the assist for their second goal, in a highly influential performance on the day.

Ollie was not initially selected in Dorchester's starting line-up, but was introduced as a 37th minute substitute, following a serious injury to Dorchester defender (and former Yeovil Town player) Gary Bowles, who has just returned to the club. Bowles suffered an ankle injury that saw him stretchered off, and Bassett was his replacement.

Eight minutes after he got onto the pitch, Bassett dispossessed Dunstable captain Adam Pepera, ran forward around 10 yards, before hitting a looped 25 yard shot into the back of the net, right on the stroke of half time, to give Dorchester a 1-0 lead.

Bassett continued to cause Dunstable's defence problems in the second half, as a 30 yard drive was saved by keeper Jack Smith. He then provided a threaded pass that almost put Jordan Williams in at the back post. But four minutes into second half injury time, Bassett was involved in the crucial second goal - a run down the middle of the park saw him feign to pass wide then threaded a low pass down the middle to set up Forest Green loanee Ollie Mehew who finished inside the box, for a 2-0 win.

That was Bassett's 19th appearance for Dorchester, and his fourth goal, spread across his three loan spells during the 2016-17 season. The result leaves Dorchester in 18th place in the table, and six points off the relegation spots, with twelve games to go. They are next in action on Saturday, when Slough Town visit the Avenue Stadium.

Dorchester Town: Shane Murphy, Jason Brookes, Neil Martin, Jon Vance, Nathan Walker (C), Gary Bowles (Ollie Bassett, 37 mins), Tom Blair (Ollie Mehew, 73 mins), Matt Oldring, Lewis Powell (Ben Wood, 68 mins ), Franklyn Clarke, Jordan Williams




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19 February 2017 : GWSC Travel To Notts County
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Notts County. The match takes place at Meadow Lane on Saturday 25th February 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Notts County : Saturday 25th February 2017.
Huish Park: 8.15a.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

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

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

UPDATE: Correction on departure time - the coach will leave at 8.15a.m. (as now stated above)

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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19 February 2017 : Video : Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to see match highlights of yesterday's 2-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town, these are now available online. As well as the two Cheltenham goals from Tin Plavotic and Billy Waters, you can also view the penalty decision for the second goal. There are also first half efforts that saw Tom Eaves almost set up a chance from the flank that Cheltenham keeper Scott Brown parried out, and the best Yeovil chance of the game that saw Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro strike the outside of the post. View the video via the YouTube clip below.




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19 February 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cheltenham Town Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's thoughts on the defeat can be read in full via the link below.

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


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18 February 2017 : Yeovil Town Plan 'Appropriate Action' After Whaddon Road Second Half Disturbance
Yeovil Town have issued a statement relating to an incident that occurred in the Whaddon Road End of the ground at this afternoon's League Two match against Cheltenham Town. The problems broke out around the 74th minute of the match, shortly after the Glovers had made their third substitution of the match, and lasted a couple of minutes, with around two people being led out at the end of the incident.

As far as we are aware, there were no injuries. There were no Cheltenham Town fans involved in the incident. General opinion of fans in the area was that it was sparked after there was open dissent to the choice of the substitution from a number of fans who booed when Tom Eaves was withdrawn from the field of play.

The club's complete statement read as follows:

"Yeovil Town Football Club are aware of reports, footage and imagery regarding supporter disorder in the away end at Cheltenham Town this afternoon. The Football Club is proud of its family supporter base and reputation within the EFL, and take issues regarding supporter disorder very seriously. The club will endeavour to work with Cheltenham Town and the authorities to identify those involved and take the appropriate action."

At present, it's not clear whether the person(s) removed from the stadium were merely ejected, or whether there were any arrests in connection with the incident.


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18 February 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 2-0 defeat against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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18 February 2017 : Cheltenham 2 Yeovil 0 : Second Half Woes See Glovers Slump Continue
Yeovil Town fell to a 2-0 defeat against relegation-threatened Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road this afternoon. On a pitch that broke up straight from the kick-off, a poor quality first half saw the Robins assume control after the break. On loan Tin Plavotic headed home the opening goal from a free kick three minutes into the second half, and the match was finished off by a Billy Waters penalty after Matt Butcher had fouled inside the box, with the Glovers falling apart badly from the moment the opening goal was scored. They slip to 17th place, with one win in thirteen league matches a growing concern.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their Tuesday night line-up. Captain Darren Ward returned to the side, with Bevis Mugabi dropping off the teamsheet due to a knee injury. Up front, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro came in for Ben Whitfield. Cheltenham's first team squad containes Aaron Downes, James Dayton and Liam Davis, who all have Glovers connections, but all three were absent through injury.

The pitch at Whaddon Road is groundshared with Gloucester City, and at the end of this season, the Robins will be ceasing their agreement with the Tigers. It was not hard to see why. With both goalmouths full of sand and the pitch cutting up rapidly from the start, the first half was a poor quality one. Cheltenham had a marginal edge on the first 30 minutes, as they used aerial balls to deliver crosses into the box, although Kyle Wootton and Carl Winchester's efforts went over the bar.

The only Yeovil player to really show any good attacking intent was Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro, although his first two attempts weren't going to worry the home side - one struck the upper roof of the away stand, whilst the other was a tame effort that was easily saved by home keeper Scott Brown.

Yeovil's progress in the half wasn't helped by yet another injury to Ryan Dickson. He was the victim of a first half head injury, followed by a foul five minutes later. It seemed the leg problem was the one that defeated him, prompting a defensive reshuffle, as Alex Lacey replaced him, forcing Matt Butcher to play as a left back. As the end to a rather turgid second half closed, Yeovil created their best two efforts on goal - one saw a Tom Eaves low cross clawed away by Scott Brown, leaving the ball in the middle of goal and on the six yard line, but with no Yeovil player within 10 yards of the loose ball. Then in injury time, Akpa Akpro fashioned the best chance from either team, as he managed to dig out a shot in a crowded goalmouth, which pinged off the outside of the goalpost, but out for a goal kick.

Cheltenham made a half time substitution with Carl Winchester coming off, and three minutes later they took the lead with a well-executed free kick. Francois Zoko had fouled Kyle Wootton wide on the left, and when Tommy Rowe curled in the set piece, Tin Plavotic was well placed to head the ball into the far post, for a 1-0 lead.

On a pitch where passing play was going to be difficult, getting a goal back would be a hard job, but it seemed to be the cue for Yeovil Town to fade badly, and for the Robins to assume control of the match. Cheltenham should have been 2-0 up when a ball put over the top by Jack Barthram saw the Glovers back line attempt to play the offside trap, effectively giving Billy Waters a free hit on goal. Thankfully, he hooked his shot over the bar.

No such mercy just beyond the hour mark. With the game getting a bit fractious, with a few wild tackles swinging in, Matt Butcher swung a boot for the ball inside his own box. Unfortunately for him, he missed the ball and connected with Kyle Wootton's stomach. The end result was a penalty kick, which Billy Waters dispatched for a 2-0 lead.

Yeovil's second half performance was unstructured and increasingly poor. Ben Whitfield replaced Alex Lawless immediately after the second goal, but his side had lost control of the midfield since the break. An increasingly irate away support loudly booed the decision to take Tom Eaves off, with Omar Sowunmi replacing him, leading to some fairly ugly scenes as fighting broke out amongst fans Yeovil for a brief period, leading to two being shown the exit.

Matt Butcher was forced to bring down Billy Waters as he raced through on goal - thankfully there were covering defenders, but there was no doubt that he was 'taking one for the team' as Cheltenham threatened a third. Any hope of Yeovil getting a foothold in the match wasn't helped by Darren Ward getting a head injury that took him off the pitch for five minutes, whilst he got a head bandage to patch himself up. It was ragged, and there was never a point in the match where it looked like Yeovil would get back into the match. They got what they deserved - nothing - seeing them slip one place down to 17th. However, the statistic of one win in thirteen matches is the one that concerns the most, and the gradual slide on some of the team performances is one that needs to be arrested as soon as possible.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Cheltenham Town 2 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Tin Plavotic (48 mins, 1-0), Billy Waters (63 mins, 2-0, pen)

Cheltenham Town:
1. Scott Brown
23. Emmanuel Onariase 15. William Boyle 32. Tin Plavotic
2. Jack Barthram 27. Carl Winchester 7. Harry Pell 18. James Rowe 24. Daniel O'Shaughnessy
19. Kyle Wootton 8. Billy Waters

Substitutes:
4. Kyle Storer (46 mins for Carl Winchester) 11. Jack Munns 12. Calum Kitscha 14. Asa Hall 21. James Dayton 30. Dan Holman 36. Diego De Girolamo

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward 16. Matt Butcher 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 5. Alex Lacey (33 mins for Ryan Dickson) 17. Omar Sowunmi (72 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Brandon Goodship 28. Ben Whitfield (64 mins for Alex Lawless) 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Cheltenham Town Bookings: Harry Pell (56 mins, foul), Billy Waters (58 mins, foul), Scott Brown (89 mins, timewasting)

Yeovil Bookings: Tom Eaves (41 mins, foul), Matt Butcher (74 mins, foul), Francois Zoko (88 mins)

Cheltenham Town Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 16.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Darren England (South Yorkshire). Assistants: Ian Smedley (Derbyshire) and John Law (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire).

Attendance: 3,347 (with 545 Yeovil Town supporters).


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18 February 2017 : Team News For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that played against Cambridge United on Tuesday night. Captain Darren Ward replaces Bevis Mugabi who drops out of the squad entirely after he picked up a knee injury on Tuesday night. Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro comes in displacing Ben Whitfield who is on the bench.

Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City loanee Owain Jones. Other absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle) and defender Nathan Smith (dead leg).

Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough, whilst midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward 16. Matt Butcher 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 5. Alex Lacey 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 28. Ben Whitfield 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison


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18 February 2017 : Johnson And Way Still Seeing Respect And Passion
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way and Cheltenham Town boss Gary Johnson maintain that there is plenty of respect for each other, despite coming up as opposition managers in this afternoon's League Two clash. The duo, who were as player and manager part of the Glovers' rise up from non-league football, have been apart now for two years since Johnson left Huish Park at the end of his second spell with the club, but inevitably any reunion brings out plenty of old footage.

They've already met this season as rival managers, in September 2016's 4-2 win, whilst Gary has also stood in the opposition dugout during his Bristol City days, whilst Way was on the books of Swansea City. So this situation isn't quite the novelty it may have been on previous encounters. However, it is an important one particularly for Johnson's 22nd place side, who lie just above the relegation on goal difference. Way told BBC Points West that although they would be competing against each other that there was a lot of mutual respect between them:

"There is a lot of respect between both of us. You know what it's like on a Saturday. He'll be looking to gain three points and I'll be looking to do the same. When the players cross that white line, then it's out of your control. He came in our office last time and it was quite brief, after a defeat. But it's important to stay humble and honest, because it's never nice after a defeat, but there's one thing that we have got, and that's mutual respect."

Way's main experience of Johnson came across a five year period when he worked under him as a player, rising from the Conference and into League One across two promotions. The current Yeovil boss said that it was easy to see how that had been built up:

"He sort of enabled us to create that environment, and the environment that we wanted to work in. He built a group of players that became winners, and that's what it takes in football management."

Johnson said that now they were rival managers, they perhaps didn't talk as much as they have done in the past. But he said that even from afar, he could see the attributes that Way had in terms of his own management style:

"I think he's passionate for it. Terry Skiverton had the same before Daz when he was manager there. Daz has got it as well, and it's a passion for the game, where you leave no stone unturned, and you've got to deal with it. You're not only dealing with the people on the pitch such as the players, you're dealing with the people off the pitch - directors, supporters, media and he seems to be doing it very well. We're both in each other's thoughts all the time. It's only professionally that we don't make contact as often as we would like."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham Town.

Link: Defensive Trio Expected To Be Ready For Cheltenham Trip.

Link: Officials For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.


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17 February 2017 : Academy Seeking Professional Development Coach For Under-18s Side
Yeovil Town are looking for a new Manager for their Under-18s side. Working under the job title of Professional Development Phase Lead Coach, the appointed person would report to the Academy Manager - a position that is also currently unfilled following the resignation of Geoff Harrop.

The responsibilities of the position advertised will be to lead the coaching programme for the Under-18 group, accrding to the Academy coaching syllabus. They will have to coordinate paperwork relating to that age group, including teamsheets and registration forms. They will be responsible for ensuring health and safety checks are carried out, and to endorse the Academy code of conduct.

As well as being CRB-checked, the applicant will need to hold a UEFA A Licence and hold the FA Advance Youth Award, or be working towards it. The club's Academy are accepting applications via Kelly Roberts at youth@ytfc.net by Friday 24th February, with interviews expected to take place during the week commencing February 27th.

During the 2015-16 season, when the Academy was reestablished, former Swindon Town coach David Byrne was appointed to that position, as a former player who worked under Paul Sturrock at Swindon. He left at the end of that season, with former Norwich City and Bristol Rovers player Jamie Shore coming in for the start of the 2016-17 season. Shore appeared to leave the club partway through with former Glovers striker Adrian Foster taking over the reins, although without an announcement from the club as to whether this was a permanent or interim appointment. They are now advertising for that same position again, meaning that this would be the club's fourth Under-18s manager in under two years.

The club had also advertised for an Academy Manager as a replacement for Geoff Harrop, who is now Torquay United's General Manager. Applications for that position close today, with the club expected to interview for the position sometime next week. They have already appointed former first team manager Steve Rutter as the Academy's Head Of Coaching, which will report to the Academy Manager - Rutter started work at the club on February 1st


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17 February 2017 : Officials For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Cheltenham Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 18th February 2017 at Whaddon Road, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren England (South Yorkshire).

He is fairly new to the circuit as a Football League referee, having been appointed in the summer of 2015 and we had him twice during the 2015-16 season. The first came when we travelled to play AFC Wimbledon at Kingsmeadow. We thought he had a decent game, with just two bookings - both against the home side. We also were awarded a penalty kick after Kevin Dawson was brought down inside the box, giving Jack Compton his hattrick on the day. As we recall, a lot of Wimbledon fans down that end were rather aggrieved at the decision, but when we saw it on video later in the weekend, it looked like a valid decision to our (green-tinted) eyes.

He then turned up five weeks later at Mansfield Town. From our point of view, he had a good game, with just one booking for each side. We had some good fortune in that there were appeals for a penalty when Nathan Smith challenged inside the box, whilst the Stags also questioned whether Artur Krysiak had stepped outside his area during the first half whilst handling the ball. We thought Mansfield might make an issue of both incidents after the game, but surprisingly they didn't - perhaps they were too stunned at Ryan Dickson's 90th minute winning goal to remember what had happened in the first half.

Mr England will be assisted by Ian Smedley (Derbyshire) and John Law (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Newbold (Leicestershire).

Link: January 2016 : AFC Wimbledon 2 Yeovil Town 3.

Link: March 2016 : Mansfield Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.


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17 February 2017 : Cheltenham's Inconsistency Sees Gary Johnson Trying To Avoid The Drop
When Yeovil Town take on Cheltenham Town during Saturday afternoon, the man in the opposition dugout will need no introduction. His name is of course Gary Johnson, who gave the club three promotions and one FA Trophy, even if that Midas Touch went a little bit pear-shaped during the final few months of his second tenure with ourselves.

Gary left Yeovil Town on February 2nd 2015 and was out of work for just under two months, with him arriving at Whaddon Road on March 30th 2015. He completed his 100th game in charge for Cheltenham on Tuesday night and has now done 1,070 games as a first team manager across all his clubs. At the time he took over at Whaddon Road, they were bottom of the league, and he was their fourth manager of the 2014-15 season. Hence there was little blame attached when he was at the helm at the time of their relegation, with most of the damage being done upstream.

Given that a year later, he took Cheltenham straight back up - the first club to win the Conference/National League the season after being relegated for 27 years - any memories of his first month in charge would be firmly banished. For now anyway. The problem that Gary faces at present, is that Cheltenham go into Saturday's game above the relegation line by just one single goal - if 23rd placed Leyton Orient scored one more then both teams will have identical records, and we'll all end up having to examine the small print in the Football League rulebook to work out how to separate them.

Cheltenham have spent most of the season either in the relegation zone or just above it, and so their current predicament comes as no surprise, although with just a third of the season left, inevitably things are getting a bit twitchy up there. Their problems have much to do with what happened when they got promoted back into the Football League. As with Yeovil Town in 2002-03, Johnson decided to reward the bulk of his title winning squad with the opportunity to prove themselves at the higher level. In Yeovil's case it worked as we gained promotion again within two years, but in Cheltenham's case it hasn't and the new rules regarding the transfer window meant that they had to wait half a season before they could contemplate any squad overhaul.

The other problem they faced during the first half of that 2016-17 season was that almost all of the new players recruited to supplement the core of the National League title winning squad made much of an impact. None of the six loan players that they used during the first half of the season have remained, and of their permanent signings only defender Daniel O'Shaughnessy has managed to keep a place in the side. Glovers fans with good memories of our September 2016 4-2 win may recall Cheltenham's right flank being destroyed during the first half of that game - teenage loanees Easah Suliman and Jonathan Smith are now back at their parent clubs.

Not too surprisingly, Johnson tried to shake it up during the January transfer window. The signing of Oldham Athletic midfielder Carl Winchester looked an astute one, and whilst Liam Davis saw his Yeovil Town career disappear in a series of injury problems,. his signing has bolstered their squad from early showings. They also brought in Will Boyle from Huddersfield Town, along with six new loan players. Of those, goalkeeper Scott Brown (Wycombe Wanderers) and striker Kyle Wootton (Scunthorpe United) appear to be particularly key.

Cheltenham's problem now is one of consistency, both in terms of line-ups and in terms of performance. With a new squad to blend in, Johnson has yet to establish a formula for success, and has used three different formations in their last three fixtures, and four across their last six, dabbling with 3-5-2, 4-4-2, 5-4-1 and 4-2-3-1 along the way. Their impressive 3-2 away win against Luton Town looked as though the new line-up was on their way out of trouble. But the last two fixtures saw them record a particularly damaging 2-1 defeat at Notts County, followed by a similar scoreline against Stevenage on an evening when Leyton Orient were stunning Plymouth Argyle at Home Park. Suddenly a degree of January progress has turned into significant February jitters, probably not helped by four out of their last five fixtures being away from home. Johnson says that he is not setting his team a target for safety, because their own inconsistency, and of the teams around them makes that an impossible job:

"We haven't set a target. People say that you have to get to 50 points, but that's what you need when three teams go down, not two. We know we need to get as many points as we can, early. There are 15 games to go and lots of points to play for. We can't tell whether we are going to beat Luton away or draw with Newport at home. That is our lot at the moment. The teams at the bottom are much of a muchness. They are all likely to get a good result somewhere like Orient did at Plymouth, and lose others. There is a six-pointer between Orient and Notts County this week and that gives us a chance to pick up an advantage on one of those teams. We have to get as many points as we can, as early as we can so it's not left to the last two or three games with the pressure on us to get points from those games."

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham Town.

Link: Defensive Trio Expected To Be Ready For Cheltenham Trip.


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16 February 2017 : Goal Line Technology To Be Introduced For Championship Clubs
The Football League is to introduce goal line technology for the Championship division for the 2017-18 season. The technology - based on a Hawk-Eye system - is already in place for Premier League matches. The Football League have also stated that it is in place for the "latter stages" of the EFL Cup and the EFL Play-Offs - presumably only for matches held at Wembley Stadium.

The technology allows a match referee and their assistants to be given an automatic signal when it is detected that the whole of the ball has crossed the goal line between the goal posts, thus telling them they should award a goal, assuming there have been no prior infringements.

Today, EFL club representatives met in Walsall ands have agreed in principle to authorise its usage for all 2017-18 Championship matches. The actual regulations will be presented at the Football League's 2017 AGM in June, to be rubberstamped. Chief Executive Shaun Harvey says of the plans:

"I welcome the decision of our clubs to introduce goal-line technology into the EFL. PGMOL officials do an incredible job and this decision is about providing our match officials with as much support as possible to ensure they are best placed to make the right calls in even the most difficult of situations. The technology is widely adopted elsewhere in football, including in two of our competitions and I therefore welcome it as an important addition to the Sky Bet Championship from next season."

There are a couple of key questions that come out of today's announcement. Much of the concern from clubs in introducing the Hawk-Eye system has been its set-up costs and maintenance costs that are obviously needed to make sure it maintains accuracy and does not break down at any age. Clearly if a club is promoted to the Championship division for the first time, there will be a cost incurred for that ground - so it will need to be clear whether this is paid by the promoted club, or by a pool fund set up by the League, and if it is the former how much time they are given to conform to the new standard.

The other question will lie in what is authorised outside the Championship division - if a club at that level hosts a game in an EFL Cup competition, can they continue to use it? Also, if a Championship club is relegated to League One, can they use it, or will it be stopped until they return to the second tier level?


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16 February 2017 : Darren Talks About Cambridge United Home Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's match against Cambridge United kicked off at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains why Nathan Smith didn't make the squad, as well as expanding on Alex Lacey and Darren Ward's availability. He also talks about the influence of Kevin Dawson and why Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro dropped out of the squad for the evening. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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16 February 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham Town
On Saturday, Yeovil Town hit the road for what is a much shorter than usual League Two match. The sight of Whaddon Road and Cheltenham Town should be a familiar one for many fans, although we've actually not been there for eight years. That means the Ciderspace guide has had some fairly hefty updates done to it - find ticketing, parking, directions, club statistics and a pub guide via the following link.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Cheltenham Town.

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



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16 February 2017 : Defensive Trio Expected To Be Ready For Cheltenham Trip
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way expects all three of his senior defensive players to be available for selection for Saturday's trip to Cheltenham Town. Whilst Alex Lacey has been missing for three games after straining knee ligaments at Hartlepool United, and Darren Ward's situation was well known in terms of the rationing of his play on the pitch, the absence of Nathan Smith for Tuesday night's match against Cambridge United was an unexpected one.

Way explained to BBC Somerset that the dead leg that Smith suffered was at the tail end of the match against Leyton Orient and came about when Orient's Liam Kelly collided with him, just seconds before Gavin Massey struck the equalising goal in that match. Smith managed to complete the game, but could not recover in time for the Tuesday night match. However, Way expects him, along with Lacey and Ward, to travel to Whaddon Road:

"Smithy took a knock with that collision that he had with Liam Kelly in the box. Obviously Massey got the rebound. So there was a collision there, but he will be alright for Saturday, which is the main thing. Lacey is going to be alright for Saturday, and you know Ward's situation, so he'll be alright for Saturday."

The Yeovil boss also indicated that Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro will be included in the squad for that game. He was left out as one of the club's seven loanees on Tuesday night, due to Football League rules, but Way explained that part of the reason for the player's absence came down to his match fitness and the fact that he has largely been used as an impact substitute by his parent club. As such, Way felt there was a need to manage his game time carefully, but he expected him to be on the teamsheet on Saturday:

"Jean obviously played in the two consecutive games that he was available for. He hasn't played a lot of football, or not completed a (game) so we have to make sure that we manage him going into this game on Saturday. He will be involved on Saturday, and that's my decision."

Way vented his frustration on Tuesday night after the club leaked a late goal for the second match running, leaving them on the back of a sequence of results that has seen them win just one game in twelve matches. Seven of those games have been draws, with three seeing ultra-late goals by the opposition turning a theoretical win into two points dropped. Way suggested a few of his players were under-performing, and said they needed to develop a winning attitude to their game:

"They know I'm honest. I give them opportunities, but they now know that it's okay playing in a football match, but we're here to win, and there is a difference between winners and losers. There's no two ways about it, and at the moment we're in between. I'm trying to get these players to become winners and to understand what it takes to win a football match. Players have to accept a little bit more responsibility, because I think they're good enough. They know they're good enough, but there are one or two that are under-performing."


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15 February 2017 : Khan Doing Limited Rehab Work On Injured Ankle
Yeovil Town wide man Otis Khan has started some rehabiliation work on his ankle, following a month long lay-off. The 21 year old has been out since January 10th when he suffered ankle ligament damage in the EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s, and has therefore missed eight matches so far.

There had been a bit of a false dawn in terms of his return to the side, with suggestions in late January that he was 'very close' to a return. It's since become more apparent that wasn't the case, with no sign of him on the training ground, combined with a gradual acceptance that he wasn't ready to make a comeback. The player himself has been asked by the club's website where things stand and he indicates that he has been wearing a protective boot on the ankle which has not allowed him to train at all. He says that boot has now recently come off:

"Rehab is going well and I’m improving everyday. I've taken my boot off now and I’m doing certain stuff just to get the ankle moving again but when I come back it's about getting my fitness back as I haven’t been able to do too much in the boot."

There's no indication of when Khan is likely to return, or when the protective boot was removed. However, given he is only undergoing limited amounts of rehabilitation work at present, rather than full contact training, it would seem likely that we'd not see him over the next couple of weeks.


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15 February 2017 : Ticketing For Exeter City vs Yeovil Town
Advance Tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Exeter City are now on sale from Huish Park. The match takes place on Saturday 25th March at St James Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. You have a choice of covered seating in a side stand, or uncovered terracing behind the goal. Advance prices are as follows:

Seated Tickets (IP Office Main Stand):
Adults: £22.00; Over-63s and Students with NUS Card: £20.00; Aged 18 and Under: £9.50.

Terrace Tickets (St James Road Terrace):
Adults: £16.00; Over-63s and Students with NUS Card: £12.00; Aged 18 and Under: £4.50.

The away end (St James Road Terrace) is uncovered terracing, which holds up to 1,053 spectators. You should note that this is an uncovered terrace behind the goal, and is very typical of the sort that we used to experience in the Conference - shallow steps and thus not the best of views if you are small and arrive just before kick-off. Visiting supporters also get a small number of seats - around 300 in the Main Stand.

If any tickets are available on the day of the match, then Adult and Seniors/Students tickets for the Main Stand will increase by £1.00, whilst the Under-18s category go up by £0.50. Past experience has been for the seated tickets to sell out before matchday, whilst terrace tickets have generally been available on the gate, although you do so at your own risk.

Disabled supporters pay the relevant age with an assistant free of charge. For tickets call the Huish Park Ticket Office on 01935 847 888. For more information contact on facilities, Exeter’s Disability Liaison officer Nick Saunders at disability@exetercityfc.co.uk

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Cheltenham Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

Link: Yeovil Town Ladies : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List.


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15 February 2017 : Compton Teams Up With Super Gav After Exiles Exit
Former Yeovil Town winger Jack Compton has left Newport County on loan, in what is expected to represent his final departure from Rodney Parade. The Cardiff born player, who has a young family in South Wales, has signed for Southern League Premier Division side Merthyr Town on loan until the end of the 2016-17 season.

Compton - along with former Glover Ben Tozer - had been placed on the transfer list by Exiles manager Graham Westley and told to train with the Youth Team, making it clear that he would not be considering either player for selection, despite their precarious position at the foot of the Football League. The 28 year old has now chosen to join a team managed by former Glover Gavin Williams, to play in a squad that also includes former player Kyle Copp. Williams says of the deal:

"I am delighted to be able to add a player of Jack’s quality to the squad at this stage of the season. I would like to thank Newport County for agreeing the loan deal with us, and I would also like to thank the Merthyr directors for their continued support. He will be a great addition as we move into a crucial stage of the season."

Merthyr currently lie in second place in the Southern League table, four points behind leaders Chippenham Town and so have an excellent chance of promotion. Compton's deal at Rodney Parade is until the end of the 2016-17 season, meaning that he will become a free agent at the end of his Merthyr spell, unless Westley has a massive u-turn. He made 12 appearances for Newport, scoring one goal.

Link: Jack Compton : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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15 February 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Cambridge United at Huish Park, these are now available online. The highlights show the goals from Francois Zoko and Barry Corr but also show chances for Bevis Mugabi and Tom Eaves during the first half as well as what would have been a rather unusual Liam Shephard goal. Watch the video clip below.




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15 February 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Cambridge United Home Game
Following Tuesday evening's League Two match against Cambridge United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match, including his thoughts on AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher, centre-back Bevis Mugabi and striker Francois Zoko can be read via the link below.

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


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15 February 2017 : Darren Way Questions Strikers After Late Cambridge Draw
Whilst Yeovil Town conceded another late goal on Tuesday night, manager Darren Way was more pointing the finger at the other end of the pitch for last night's late slippage. An 89th minute goal from Cambridge United substitute Barry Corr meant that for the second game in a row the Glovers had to settle for a 1-1 draw, but unlike the weekend, where Way had questioned his side's ability to see games out, on this occasion he felt that his strikers should have put the game beyond doubt.

Whilst Cambridge came back into the match during the second half, the Glovers enjoyed the majority of the first half attempts on goal, but failed to create the opening they needed. When Francois Zoko scored his 10th goal of the 2016-17 season, it looked as though that was going to be enough, but instead of that, there was an action replay of Saturday's problems against Leyton Orient, when the Glovers conceded late on. Way told BBC Somerset after the game that if his strikers had taken responsibility by getting a second goal, they would have taken the pressure off the rest of the team:

"I've said that to them, I've not done this all year. So I'm saying accept responsibility right now. But unless someone accepts responsibility in the final third and puts us 2-0 or 3-0 up, then all of a sudden this pattern is going to continue to develop. I'm making sure that the players are aware of that, and they've got to take ownership, and if you're a goalscorer then score goals, and take the pressure off the rest of the team."

The club's habit of dropping points from a winning position has become a bit of a nasty trait, particularly since the turn of the year. Way felt that his team's inability to clear their lines during the final ten minutes of the game stemmed from them losing possession as soon as they tried to play the ball forward. Again he felt his strikers should have been stretching play in the other direction, and admitted the pattern of play was stark:

"I'm very disappointed, as exactly the same pattern has developed. I just thought the team were strong enough to be able to sense that. I don't think there were many occasions in the last 15 or 20 minutes where anyone put a ball in behind their back four. We couldn't clear our lines. Every time we had a goal kick it would come back. We've just got to try and find a centre-forward that can hold the ball up."


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14 February 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
If you watched Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Cambridge United 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 Cambridge United.


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14 February 2017 : Yeovil 1 Cambridge 1 : Deja Vu As Another Late Leveller Costs Glovers
Yeovil Town suffered a heavy dose of deja vu tonight, as they suffered a late equaliser at Huish Park. Another day, another 1-1 draw and once again the Glovers took the lead through Francois Zoko as he scored his 10th goal of the 2016-17 season as he converted an Alex Lawless ball across the area with just 12 minutes remaining. Having dominated the first half, Yeovil really should have been ahead before then, but Cambridge were the better side in the second period, and they equalised through substitute Barry Corr in the 89th minute to give Yeovil their sixth draw in their last nine games, leaving them still stuck in 16th place.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up, with two of those in defence. Darren Ward's problems in not being able to play two games a week meant he dropped out of the squad, but he was also joined by Nathan Smith in the stand, with him having suffered a dead leg on Saturday. That meant that Bevis Mugabi and Matt Butcher came in as two centre-backs. The only other change saw Kevin Dawson come back from suspension, with Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro dropping out of the squad, meaning that Ben Whitfield moved further up the line.

The first half was one in which Yeovil Town had almost exclusively the goalmouth chances, but as with far too many matches this season, the final product didn't quite make it. Perhaps part of the problem was that the chances were falling to unexpected sources, with the earliest pair being met by Bevis Mugabi. He sent a Ben Whitfield free kick wide, and then followed that up with a swirling driven shot that Cambridge keeper Will Norris struggled with and palmed away. The visitors only had one first half attempt on goal of any consequence, with Piero Mingoia's move seeing him cut inside from the flank, but with Artur Krysiak comfortably saving.

Gradually Yeovil began to build up a head of steam, through their strikers. Tom Eaves beat two Cambridge defenders before firing a shot that fizzed across the goal. A Ben Whitfield free kick almost crept in at the near post with Norris flapping a bit at the ball and spooning it out for a corner. From that set piece, Tom Eaves headed over the bar, with Ryan Dickson having recycled play. Zoko had another effort blocked by a Cambridge body, and then an Eaves effort went wide. The main issue was that none of these were absolutely nailed on efforts or ones that truly stretched the keeper. It was dominance, but only of sorts.

The second half saw Yeovil swap the two wide men, with Ben Whitfield moving onto the left flank as Francois Zoko took the right. But the visitors came out looking far more lively than before. Two Luke Berry efforts saw one go well wide, whilst another came off Bevis Mugabi's leg with Artur Krysiak doing well to deal with the change in path. Piero Mingoia went dangerously close when he fired an effort inches wide of the post, and with the game getting increasingly scrappy, the whole pattern of the game seemed to be favouring Cambridge.

Except that unexpectedly, it favoured Yeovil. Largely against the second half run of play, they took the lead through Francois Zoko. Ryan Dickson's ball into the box saw Alex Lawless take what may have been a cross or may have been a shot, but his ball into the area allowed Zoko the chance to convert a good poacher's goal for his 10th of the 2016-17 season, and to maintain his good personal form.

Could Yeovil hang on this time for the win? It took just 11 minutes to find out the answer was no. Cambridge had been on top for much of the second period, but they turned up that pressure with the experienced Barry Corr entering the field as a late substitute. A ball into the box saw defender Leon Legge flick the ball on, and in the right place at the right time, Corr provided an 89th minute equaliser for Cambridge and to provide an action replay of Saturday's late drama. Two points undoubtedly dropped again, leaving the Glovers still in that 16th place spot that seems to be of their own in recent weeks. On recent evidence, that isn't likely to change too significantly.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Cambridge United 1.

Scorers: Francois Zoko (78 mins, 1-0), Barry Corr (89 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi 16. Matt Butcher 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
28. Ben Whitfield 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi (54 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Brandon Goodship 24. Owain Jones (61 mins for Ben Whitfield) 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Cambridge United:
1. Will Norris
27. Leon Davies 5. Mark Roberts 6. Leon Legge 19. Jake Carroll
16. Liam O'Neil 8. Luke Berry 22. Paul Lewis
7. Piero Mingoia 26. Uche Ikpeazu 18. George Maris

Substitutes:
4. James Dunne 9. Barry Corr (74 mins for Uche Ikpeazu) 10. Ben Williamson 11. Harrison Dunk (80 mins for George Maris) 12. Scott Wharton 13. David Gregory 20. Max Clark (67 mins for Paul Lewis)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 48 mins), Alex Lawless (foul, 59 mins)

Cambridge United Bookings: Liam O'Neil (foul, 57 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 46%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 5; Fouls: 12.

Cambridge United Match Statistics: Possession: 54%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 2; Fouls: 16.

Referee: Brett Huxtable (Devon). Assistants: Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). Fourth Official: Marc Whaley (Devon).

Attendance: 2,847 (with 118 Cambridge United supporters).


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14 February 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's League Two match against Cambridge United at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the team that played against Leyton Orient on Saturday afternoon. As has been the case recently, Darren Ward drops out of the line-up due to his knee problems, and he is joined by Nathan Smith who picked up a dead leg on Saturday. They are replaced by Bevis Mugabi and Matt Butcher.

Midfielder Kevin Dawson has completed a two-match Football League suspension and he returns to the starting line-up, with Ben Whitfield expected to be playing in a more advanced role, as Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro drops out.

Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga. Other absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle) and centre-back Alex Lacey (knee).

Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough, whilst midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town. Right-back Josh Ezewele left the club this week, joining Kidderminster Harriers on a permanent deal.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 5. Bevis Mugabi 16. Matt Butcher 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
28. Ben Whitfield 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 24. Owain Jones 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Cambridge United:
1. Will Norris
27. Leon Davies 5. Mark Roberts 6. Leon Legge 19. Jake Carroll
7. Piero Mingoia 16. Liam O'Neil 22. Paul Lewis 18. George Maris
8. Luke Berry 26. Uche Ikpeazu

Substitutes:
4. James Dunne 9. Barry Corr 10. Ben Williamson 11. Harrison Dunk 12. Scott Wharton 13. David Gregory 20. Max Clark


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14 February 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Reading Under-21s : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town played Reading Under-21s in an EFL Trophy Third Round match. Confusingly, it was the second time they'd played the Academy side in the cup competition, with the first coming at the Group Stages. The end result was the same as the first encounter, with the Glovers recording a 4-2 home win. Goals from Otis Khan, Francois Zoko and Omar Sowunmi were added to by Reading putting the ball into their own net.

Man of the Match voting saw a wide spread of opinion, but the two wide men were near the top of the pile, with Otis Khan and Ben Whitfield - whose cross induced the final own goal - recognised for their contributions. The eventual poll winner came out on top by a decent margin though, with midfielder Matt Dolan recognised for his general performance during the tie.

Full results, with outright MOTM voting shown in brackets, are as follows:

1. Matthew Dolan 64 (5)
2. Ben Whitfield 28 (1)
2. Otis Khan 28 (1)
4. Liam Shephard 26 (2)
5. Kevin Dawson 26 (1)
6. Alex Lacey 24 (2)
7. Ryan Dickson 12 (1)
8. Francois Zoko 10 (0)
9. Nathan Smith 8 (0)
10. Omar Sowunmi 4 (0)
11. Alex Lawless 2 (0)
11. Jonny Maddison 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.69
Performance : 7.69
Entertainment : 7.69
VOTES RECEIVED : 13


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14 February 2017 : Sowunmi Suspended For Next EFL Trophy Tie - Whenever That Is!
In a situation that will send chills down the spine of Club Secretaries and First Team Managers, one of Yeovil Town's players is marked down for serving a suspension, but he won't know when he will serve it. Defender-turned-striker Omar Sowunmi is named on this week's Football Association list of suspended players, but he could be there for a long long while.

The 21 year old picked up two yellow cards in the EFL Trophy before the club were knocked out of the competition, receiving cautions in the January home match against Reading Under-21s, followed by the February 2017 match against Luton Town that saw them lose by a 5-2 scoreline.

EFL Trophy rules indicate that any player picking up two yellow cards in matches up to, and including, the Quarter-Final Stages, will be suspended for a one game period. However, all EFL Trophy suspensions must be served in the competition itself - which Yeovil Town are no longer in. What this means in practice is that Omar will be suspended for the first EFL Trophy match of the 2017-18 season, and that will remain pending until such a match is played.

This rule would apply even if Omar transferred to another League One or League Two side, meaning that managers who sign players up over the summer will need to be ultra-careful if they bring in a player whose suspension is still pending from the previous season.

Where matters get even more complicated is concerning players such as Bondz N'Gala. He was issued with a straight red card, and given a three match ban by the FA for serious foul play against Norwich City Under-21s back in October. Barnet were knocked out of the competition, but played one further match, meaning N'Gala had served the first of his three match suspension. He has since signed for Eastleigh and then Dover Athletic, but has yet to serve the final two matches of his ban.

If N'Gala returns to the Football League in maybe two or three seasons time, has his suspension expired by virtue of Barnet having played further EFL Trophy games? Or could he find himself in the 2019-20 season serving a suspension for a red card offence from October 2016? Here the Football League rules are entirely ambiguous, just saying that the suspension "must be served at the commencement of the next season's Checkatrade Trophy competition," but without clarifying if the player himself has to be registered with a club that is eligible to play in that season's trophy. Good luck to all Club Secretaries trying to unravel that one!


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14 February 2017 : Dawson Hoping For Greater Concentration To Stop Late Goals
Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson says that his team are conscious of the fact that they are leaking too many late goals in matches this season. Saturday's 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient was one of several examples of 'what might have been' when an 88th minute Gavin Massey goal saw three points become just one, as Francois Zoko's opener was cancelled out. The goal had echoes of the club's 2-2 draw against Blackpool last month, that saw them concede in the 95th minute of the match, with a draw again becoming less than had been hoped for, going into the closing stages of the match.

The overall statistics show this to be an obvious pattern. The Glovers have conceded 13 times in the final 15 minutes of matches during the 2016-17 season - something that is only eclipsed by basement side Newport County, who have let in 16 goals during that phase of the game. When matches are broken into ten minute segments, the 11 goals Yeovil have conceded in the final ten minutes of matches is the joint worst in the division, sharing that accolade with Newport.

With that being put sharply in focus after Saturday's draw, Dawson told BBC Somerset that there had been plenty of recent talk about player concentration levels, and admitted that more needed to be done to see games out in the closing stages:

"It's something that we've spoken about with the gaffer. He doesn't miss much, and he obviously brought it to our attention. I think it's just the concentration late on in games, and we just need that little bit more to get us over the line, and obviously get the three points that will make all the difference at the end of the season."

Dawson added that the players may use certain code words to each other to emphasise the need to stay mentally alert in games, if they felt that any of their teammates were clock-watching a bit too much. He hoped that sort of a technique may help them get more wins, rather than the current situation that has seen them draw six out of their last nine matches:

"Late in the game, if it gets to a minute (to go) and a player looks at the clock, it could be a little code word or a buzz word that snaps everyone back into it again, and gets them thinking again - just little things like that. We've been talking about it and it's definitely something we've been working on. Hopefully we can see the difference now on Tuesday."

Link: Dawson Returns For Cambridge Visit.

Link: Officials For Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United.


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14 February 2017 : Dawson Returns For Cambridge Visit
Yeovil Town will welcome back midfielder Kevin Dawson to the first team squad for tonight's League Two home match against Cambridge United. The 26 year old has been suspended for the last two League Two matches for picking up his 10th league booking of the 2016-17 season. He will be the one guaranteed addition to the teamsheet for the 7.45p.m. kick-off.

Recent matches have seen club captain Darren Ward alternate in terms of his availability between Saturday and Tuesday matches, with the working assumption that he cannot play two matches inside a week. If that is still the case, then the club will need to wait on the availability of Alex Lacey, whose knee injury had kept him out of the last two matches. If both are unavailable, then Bevis Mugabi or Matt Butcher would be the most likely players to go into the heart of defence.

During the latter stages of Saturday's match against Leyton Orient, striker Francois Zoko and left-back Ryan Dickson were both withdrawn through injury. Zoko played down any issues, stating that he had just received a kick on the ankle, and so didn't expect any problems in playing by Tuesday night. Dickson's problems may need more of an assessment - he came off against Luton Town with a groin problem, whilst on Saturday he seemed to suffer a leg injury. However, with doubts over Lacey and Ward, he may be asked to play through the pain barrier given that Nathan Smith is needed as a centre-back.

The one certain absentee appears to be Otis Khan. His ankle injury has kept him out of action since the January EFL Trophy tie against Reading Under-21s. Manager Darren Way labelled him as 'very close' to a return at the end of last month, but in the couple of weeks that have passed since then, there's been no further update on his condition.

As usual, the club will have to drop two of their loan players from tonight's squad, due to restrictions on the number of loan players that can be named on a matchday teamsheet.


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14 February 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Cambridge United
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Cambridge United have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 14th February 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Brett Huxtable (Devon).

Despite being a very familiar name to Yeovil Town supporters, this is the only the second time that Mr Huxtable has been the main referee for a Glovers fixture. As a Devon man, he has been a frequent visitor to Huish Park as one of the allocated assistant referees or Fourth Officials. However, it was only over the summer of 2016 that he was promoted to the Football League's referees list.

He is aged 32 years old and hails from Torrington, and is a self-employed builder. He is a Manchester United fan, but we'll try not to hold that against him. He has been progressing through the North Devon League, Western League Premier, Southern League Premier, Conference South and National divisions and got as far as the latter level in the summer of 2012, and so did four years at that level.

For his one match in charge, he was present for the November 2016 home match against Colchester United - an ultra-late comeback saw us come from 1-0 down to win the game by a 2-1 scoreline. He was a bit busy with the yellow cards, booking either seven or eight players on the night (there's a bit of a quibble over one of the Colchester ones). That said, we can't see too much about his performance to argue with - the Western Gazette criticised him for allowing us to take an offside free kick to be taken in the opponent's half, but our suspicion is that he got that one right, because of a summer rule change.

Since progressing into the Football League, he has done 27 matches - 14 in League Two, seven in League One, four EFL Trophy games and two FA Cup ties. His 92 bookings and two red card are pretty typical, working out as just over three bookings a game. Of the two dismissals, the first came in November 2016 when he sent off Luton Town's Jordan Cook - given the Luton Twitter account stated that the referee was left with 'little choice' following a late challenge, whilst the Luton press described it as "two stupid bookable offences (the second of which) he lunged late into a needless challenge" it seems the match official's decision wasn't too hotly contested at Kenilworth Road. The second was for two yellow cards issued to Oldham Athletic's Ousmane Fane a month later.

Mr Huxtable will be assisted by Steven Plane (Worcestershire) and Adrian Tranter (Dorset). The Fourth Official will be Marc Whaley (Devon).

Link: November 2016 : Yeovil Town 2 Colchester United 1.


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13 February 2017 : FAWSL1 Spring Series Revised Fixture List
Earlier today, Yeovil Town Ladies announced full details of the venues that will be used for their 2017 Spring Series competition. The league acts as a one-off bridge that will allow the FAWSL to convert from being a summer league into a standard winter season, with a shortened competition running between April and June, prior to the 2017-18 winter season.

The Ladies have planned for matches to take place at Huish Park, the Viridor Stadium (aka Wordsworth Drive, home of Taunton Town FC) and Fairfax Park (home of Bridgwater Town FC). Added to that, with the match against Arsenal Ladies now being scheduled as a 'home' fixture, that match has been changed. With that in mind, we've republished the Spring Series fixture list, with all venues identified.

The fixture list is as follows, with all matches kicking off at 2.00p.m. on a Sunday unless stated:

19/03/2017 : FA Women's Cup Fifth Round (Fairfax Park, Bridgwater if drawn at home)

23/04/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Liverpool (Huish Park)
30/04/2017 : Chelsea vs Yeovil Town Ladies (Staines Town FC)

03/05/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Bristol City (Wednesday, 7.00p.m.) (Viridor Stadium, Taunton)
07/05/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Arsenal (Viridor Stadium, Taunton)
17/05/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Reading (Wednesday, 7.00p.m.) (Viridor Stadium, Taunton)
21/05/2017 : Manchester City vs Yeovil Town Ladies (Manchester City Academy Stadium)
28/05/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Sunderland (Fairfax Park, Bridgwater)
31/05/2017 : Birmingham City vs Yeovil Town Ladies (Wednesday, 7.45p.m.) (Solihull Moors FC)

03/06/2017 : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Notts County (Fairfax Park, Bridgwater)

We'll pin this fixture list as a Linked item to the foot of any Ladies articles or Ticketing articles, so it's easy to reference over the coming four months.


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13 February 2017 : Smith Given Team Of The Week Nomination
Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith has been included in the Team of the Week for League Two. The nominations, made by The League Paper, sees Smith - who played as a central defender against Leyton Orient - included in their set of eleven players for the weekend just gone, which saw the Glovers gain a 1-1 draw at Huish Park.

The team selected is listed as follows:

Marek Rodak (Accrington Stanley)
Ronnie Henry (Stevenage), Kelvin Mellor (Blackpool), Nathan Smith (Yeovil Town), George Elokobi (Colchester United)
Matty Kennedy (Plymouth Argyle), Ben Whiteman (Mansfield Town), Jordan Flores (Blackpool), Craig Slater (Colchester United)
Kevin Ellison (Morecambe), George Cooper (Crewe Alexandra)

Manager: Derek Adams (Plymouth Argyle)


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13 February 2017 : Ezewele Bows Out As Harriers Loan Spell Becomes Permanent
Yeovil Town have said farewell to right-back Josh Ezewele today. The former West Bromwich Albion right-back has joined Kidderminster Harriers on a permanent basis, at the end of his one month loan at Aggborough. He has made four appearances for the National League North side, scoring one goal against Ebbsfleet United in the process.

He has now joined Harriers permanently, signing a deal until the end of the 2016-17 season. That brings an end to a rather brief Yeovil Town first team career that saw him make just one substitute appearance - nine minutes worth of football - in the EFL Trophy against Reading Under-21s - back in November 2016.

Good luck to Josh for the future, and thanks for his efforts at the club.


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13 February 2017 : FA Women's Cup Holders Arsenal To Come To Somerset After Venue Switched
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are thrilled to announce that the fixture on Sunday 7th May against Arsenal Ladies has been reversed, meaning that Yeovil will now host the current Women's FA Cup winners and previous WSL1 winners in Somerset. The match will be played at the Viridor Stadium (aka Wordsworth Drive), home of Taunton Town FC. With the likes of Alex Scott, Kim Little and Jordan Nobbs in the opposition side, this will be a fantastic game not to be missed.

The purpose of the Spring Series competition is to bridge the gap from the seasons, while the FA WSL transitions from a summer league to a more traditional winter league. Each club will play each other once as a home or an away fixture with a trophy being awarded to the winners of both divisions. The competition will end in June, enabling international players to compete at the 2017 Euros this summer. 

Tickets for the opening Spring Series match against Liverpool on 23rd April at Huish Park are on sale now. Head to this page to purchase tickets. Further games will be added to the Ladies online ticket page in due course.

Yeovil Town Ladies will host Arsenal Ladies in Somerset
Yeovil Town Ladies will host Arsenal Ladies in Somerset.



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13 February 2017 : Darren Talks About Leyton Orient Team Selection
Just before Saturday's home match against Leyton Orient 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 spoke about the return of Alex Lawless, the recall of Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and the issue of facing an Orient side with a number of youth team graduates in their line-up. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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13 February 2017 : Half Season Membership Offer For Glovers Trust
The Yeovil Town Supporters Trust - formed as the Glovers Trust last year - have offered fans a 'half year' membership of the Trust for those who want to register their support. Trust Membership, which entitles you to voting rights on a one-person, one-vote basis, runs in line with the Football Season, between July 1st and June 30th. However, they are offering a £5.00 Adult Membership for any supporters that wish to join for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

To sign up, head to this page and fill in your details. Youth Membership and Corporate Membership options are also available.

The Trust Board have also confirmed that they will be meeting with a number of Yeovil Town Club Service Leads and Club Directors to discuss the full output of the Trust's own survey and the Club's survey concerning the matchday experience and other related issues. They will be meeting on Wednesday 22nd February and will produce their own minutes of the meeting for members to view, around a week after the date of the meeting.

If you're a Trust Member and want to provide any views on the Survey output, or any issues that have come to light since then, get in touch with them before that date - drop a mail to communications@glovers-trust.co.uk with any points you wish to make.


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13 February 2017 : Spring Series Sees Yeovil Town Ladies Hit The Road
FA Women's Super League Two Champions Yeovil Town Ladies FC are happy to announce that they will be bringing the upcoming Spring Series on the road by playing games at a total of three different locations. Following the opening game at Huish Park against Liverpool, the team will then play all remaining games at Taunton Town FC and Bridgwater Town FC.

With a huge crowd expected to watch former champions Liverpool, it is then thought the club would be able to engage with new fans across different parts of Somerset at the Viridor Stadium and Fairfax Park. General Manager, Trevor Jenkins said:

"Our fan base is superb and this has been proven by finishing 2016 with the highest average attendance in the whole of the FA Women's Super League Two division last season. We are pleased to be able to play the opening game at Huish Park, but are also looking forward to being made to feel so welcome at Taunton and Bridgwater. I'd like to thank both Chief Executive Kevin Sturmey at Taunton and Chairman Adrian Byrne at Bridgwater, for being so accommodating and able to host these games away from Yeovil. They've been very supportive. The players and staff are looking forward to showcasing top tier women's football in all three towns and there are some very exciting games scheduled, which will certainly generate high levels of interest, as we get our first taste of WSL1."

The Huish Park pitch and stadium will be ready for the season opener before pitch maintenance is carried out during spring. Yeovil Town Ladies FC have been in talks with the staff and board members at Yeovil Town FC and hope that they will embrace and continue to support the team for the commencement of the new winter league in WSL 1, however at this stage, it is unconfirmed where fixtures will be held in the winter season.

Bristol City Women and Reading Women visit the Viridor Stadium, before Sunderland and Notts County come to Fairfax Park in Bridgwater. If drawn at home in the Fifth Round of the SSE FA Women's Cup, the game will also be hosted at Bridgwater Town FC on 19th March.

Fixtures for home matches in the 2017 Spring Series can be viewed by heading here or via the Ladies website.

Tickets are now on sale for the Liverpool Ladies FC game on 23rd April. Head to this page to purchase tickets online.

Yeovil Town Ladies take the Spring Series on the road
Yeovil Town Ladies take the Spring Series on the road.



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12 February 2017 : GWSC Travel To Cheltenham Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Cheltenham Town. The match takes place at Whaddon Road on Saturday 18th February 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Cheltenham Town : Saturday 18th February 2017.
Huish Park: 10.15a.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £15.00
Adult Non-Members: £17.00; Non-Member Concessions: £17.00

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 Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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12 February 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of yesterday's 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient, these are now available online. The opening goal from Francois Zoko along with the late equaliser from Gavin Massey can be viewed in two minute's worth of highlights on YouTube via the clip below.




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11 February 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient 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 thoughts on the draw and late injuries to Francois Zoko and Ryan Dickson can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Leyton Orient Home Game.


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11 February 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient 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 Leyton Orient.


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11 February 2017 : Darren Way Wants Final Stages Of Games To Be Managed Better After Another Late Goal
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side need to manage the last stages of games better in the future if they are to stop drawing games from winning positions. This afternoon's 1-1 draw with Leyton Orient had echoes of one or two recent fixtures - notably the away match at Blackpool, where the Glovers had conceded a late goal that saw them pick up a single point instead of coming away with all three.

This time around, it was an 88th minute goal from former loanee Gavin Massey that deflated the mood at Huish Park, as he equalised inside the box to give his side their first league point in seven matches. From having taken the lead just before half time, Way told BBC Somerset that he thought his side should have gone on to win the match:

"I think that once the second half opened up, you could see with the amount of chances that we had we should have won that game. Having said that, when you're a team fighting for your lives, you throw numbers forward, as they did in the last ten minutes, it's important as a group that we manage the last stages of the game better than we did. We should have come out as winners from the amount of chances that we had. The game became a little bit open, but I just felt that with Ryan Dickson having to come off and I had to change that, and it just invited a little bit more pressure."

Way stated that his decision to substitute goalscorer Francois Zoko straight after the Orient equaliser was a forced change, with the Ivorian having gone down with an injury around 15 minutes prior to the goal. He said that he could understand why there was dissent from the crowd over the decision to replace him with Omar Sowunmi but claimed that the striker himself had asked to come off:

"If I was a supporter I would have been disappointed because it looked like I'd just brought Zoko off, which I didn't. Obviously I had the shout from the medical department, and Zoks put his hand up to come off, so I had to change there. But you have to be able to manage that and certainly when you look at Blackpool, we've had a few points that have been missed."

The Yeovil boss added that he felt that Orient's formation had frustrated his side during much of the first half, badging it as a 4-5-1, even though in practice, the winners of goalscorer Massey and Sandro Semedo were there to support the central striker Rowan Liburd in much the same way that Yeovil Town's own 4-3-3 works. Way felt that both teams cancelled each other out as a result:

"I knew it was going to be a tough task and it was going to be a very very difficult game today. They've got nothing to lose towards the end there in the last fifteen minutes. They threw numbers forward. They came set up in a 4-5-1 and got men behind the ball. They tried to hit us with one up on the counter-attack. It was difficult to break down in the first half. I would say that overall it's always difficult playing against a team that's set up in a 4-5-1, and to break that down. So it was always going to be scrappy."


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11 February 2017 : Yeovil 1 Orient 1 : Late Massey Goal Leaves Glovers Frustrated
Yeovil Town threw away two points this afternoon, as a late goal from former loanee Gavin Massey saw them punished. The 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient, who had gone into the match on the back of six consecutive defeats, came after Massey accepted a Paul McCallum knockdown, just two minutes before the final whistle. The Glovers had held the advantage at half time when Francois Zoko scored his ninth goal of the season, when he followed up on a parried Tom Eaves effort, but couldn't add to that lead, with the draw leaving them stuck in 16th place after a scrappy and sometimes tetchy game.

The Glovers went into the match making five changes to the side that went out of the EFL Trophy in midweek against Luton Town. There weren't too many surprises in there - Artur Krysiak replaced Johnny Maddison, with captain Darren Ward coming back into central defence as Matt Butcher dropped to the bench. Kevin Dawson's suspension meant that Alex Lawless returned after a month out through injury, whilst up front Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaced Shayon Harrison. At right-back Liam Shephard returned after suspension, replacing Bevis Mugabi. In the Orient line-up, Gavin Massey and Tom Parkes represented the former Glovers.

The first half was one littered with mistakes, with both sides often losing possession. This was shown by the first chances that fell to both sides. In the first Alex Lawless was robbed of possession by Liam Kelly, allowing him to release Rowan Liburd who fired wide. Then at the other end, Francois Zoko got himself in on goal, but his standing foot slipped as he prepared to shoot, meaning that the eventual shot dribbled into the arms of Orient's rookie keeper Sam Sargeant.

Ben Whitfield had a near post effort blocked out for a corner for the first decent chance, but Orient were pressing well and counter-attacking efficiently. Yeovil were indebted to Liam Shephard who had been left as the last man following a set piece and did well to block out Sandro Semedo when the winger tried to shoot instead of passing to the free Gavin Massey, stopping the two-on-one from turning into a goal.

As the half closed, Liam Shephard sliced the ball into the side netting after Ben Whitfield played him in, whilst Francois Zoko shot over the bar. It looked as though a scrappy game was heading in as a deserved goalless scoreline when Yeovil managed to take the lead in first half injury time. That injury time only existed because of a lengthy injury to Artur Krysiak after he got whalloped by Rowan Liburd in a fifty-fifty. As the clock ticked past 46 minutes, Tom Eaves fired in a shot that took a deflection, Orient's Sam Sargeant made an excellent save, but following up on a rebound from a narrow angle was Francois Zoko who scored his ninth of the season for a 1-0 half time lead.

An injury to one of their centre-backs forced Orient into a half time change as Callum Kennedy was introduced as a left-back. They also tried to force the initative by bringing on top scorer Paul McCallum, who has been out with an injury in recent weeks. Yeovil looked a bit better in this period, with a Tom Eaves header being saved whilst the excellent Ben Whitfield saw his shot go over the bar.

The match was competitive, and became increasingly tetchy, with referee Darren Deadman struggling to keep a lid on things - noticeably when Alex Lawless committed a foul on Liam Kelly, followed by the Orient midfielder pushing him in the chest. That should have been both players in the book, but instead only Lawless was punished. When Liam Shephard and Paul McCallum squared up a few minutes later, you sensed that Deadman wasn't really in control, with the official dishing out six second half yellow cards for trivial things, but not intervening in the more questionable stuff.

Back with the football, Tom Eaves shot narrowly wide, with Sam Sargeant left scrambling across his goal, whilst Francois Zoko's superb run saw him beat four players, squaring the ball to Ben Whitfield. Frustratingly his shot went straight at Sargeant and there was a feeling Yeovil were failing to close the game off during what had been their best period. A Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro shot that went wide added to that tally.

In the closing stages, Ryan Dickson went down again, as he struggled to complete the 90 minutes, and Liam Shephard switched across to left back, with Bevis Mugabi taking the right-back slot. Whether as a result of that substitution, or just the general fact that they were now in the final ten minutes of the game, Yeovil seemed to go onto the back foot, allowing Orient to build up a bit of a head of steam. A ball into the box saw Paul McCallum win a header, Liam Kelly get a touch, and then Gavin Massey stabbed home for an 88th minute equaliser that during that 10-15 minute period had been brewing.

A frustrated home crowd showed some dissent both on the substitution that followed - Francois Zoko replaced by Omar Sowunmi - and on the final whistle when the 1-1 result stood. It leaves the Glovers stuck in 16th position - still nine points off the play-offs and 11 points off relegation. All the signs are that the Glovers are heading for midtable obscurity - no big disaster, but recent results suggest things are fizzling out more than fans might have hoped for.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Leyton Orient 1.

Scorers: Francois Zoko (45 mins, 1-0), Gavin Massey (88 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
28. Ben Whitfield 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko 9. Tom Eaves 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi (79 mins for Ryan Dickson) 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi (90 mins for Francois Zoko) 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (71 mins for Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro)

Leyton Orient:
24. Sam Sargeant
29. Myles Judd 37. Yvan Erichot 6. Tom Parkes 16. Nicky Hunt
4. Liam Kelly
7. Michael Collins 15. Nigel Atangana
11. Gavin Massey 20. Rowan Liburd 22. Sandro Semedo

Substitutes:
3. Callum Kennedy (46 mins for Yvan Erichot) 10. Paul McCallum (54 mins for Rowan Liburd) 12. Charlie Grainger 19. Teddy Mezague 23. Freddy Moncur 28. Josh Koroma (65 mins for Nigel Atangana) 30. Sam Dalby

Yeovil Bookings: Alex Lawless (foul, 55 mins), Matt Dolan (foul, 78 mins)

Leyton Orient Bookings: Sandro Semedo (foul, 71 mins), Michael Collins (foul, 73 mins), Liam Kelly (foul, 74 mins), Gavin Massey (excessive celebration, 89 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 13; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 3; Fouls: 8.

Leyton Orient Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 5; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire). Assistants: Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire).

Attendance: 3,120 (with 151 Leyton Orient supporters).


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11 February 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Leyton Orient at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name five changes compared to the team that played against Luton Town on Tuesday night. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak replaces Jonny Maddison between the sticks. Midfielder Kevin Dawson is suspended and he is replaced by Alex Lawless who has been out with a hip injury.

Right-back Liam Shephard was suspended on Tuesday night but he makes his return to the starting line-up, displacing Bevis Mugabi. Captain Darren Ward returns, with Matt Butcher dropping to the bench. Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro comes back into the side, with Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison dropping out.

Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are Swansea City loanee Owain Jones and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga. Absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle) and centre-back Alex Lacey (knee).

Josh Ezewele is on loan with Kidderminster Harriers, midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough, whilst midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 26. Darren Ward (Capt) 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson
28. Ben Whitfield 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko 9. Tom Eaves 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Leyton Orient:
24. Sam Sargeant
29. Myles Judd 37. Yvan Erichot 6. Tom Parkes 16. Nicky Hunt
4. Liam Kelly
11. Gavin Massey 7. Michael Collins 15. Nigel Atangana 22. Sandro Semedo
20. Rowan Liburd

Substitutes:
3. Callum Kennedy 10. Paul McCallum 12. Charlie Grainger 19. Teddy Mezague 23. Freddy Moncur 28. Josh Koroma 30. Sam Dalby


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11 February 2017 : No Pitch Inspection Required For Leyton Orient Game
Yeovil Town do not plan to hold a pitch inspection for this afternoon's League Two match against Leyton Orient. There have been some sub-zero temperatures, and a vague covering of snow, if you use your imagination, but nothing that would cause concerns. The club had laid out pitch covers on Thursday at the home terrace end of the ground to protect against frost. They have put out a short statement to confirm that there are no concerns:

"We've had a small sprinkling of snow, but the pitch is unfrozen and perfectly playable with parts of the pitch covered overnight."

Afternoon temperatures are expected to be around +2 Celcius, although the North-East wind will make it feel a bit colder than that. Not enough to cause any worries though.


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11 February 2017 : The Return Of Webb Jnr
Saturday afternoon sees Yeovil Town come up against yet another one of their former players, with former striker Danny Webb in the opposition dugout for Leyton Orient. On the surface of it, Webb's nine substitute appearances, and one Football League Trophy starting place would not cause much of a ripple in the waves of Yeovil Town history, were it not for the fact that he was signed for the club as the owner's son.

Webb Senior - at that time in for his third spell at Huish Park - had been named as the club's new owner in the last few days of 2005, and on January 17th 2006 - 20 days after his father's arrival, Danny was signed by the club as a striker from Weymouth, having also played for his father whilst he was Southend United's manager, just after David Webb had departed from his first team management spell with Yeovil Town for a job at Roots Hall. At Southend, Webb Jnr rubbed shoulders with the likes of Ben Smith, Barrington Belgrave and Gareth Risbridger who had all been taken from Somerset to Essex.

When Danny arrived at Yeovil, it was under the management of Steve Thompson, even if it seemed acutely obvious who had actually signed him. Under Thommo, Webb played only 35 minutes, scattered across four substitute appearances during the second half of the 2005-06 season. He had been given an eighteen month contract though, meaning that the club's incoming manager for the 2006-07 season, Russell Slade, had to respect that deal, even though Webb Snr had already departed. He clocked up a further four substitute appearances, and one Football League Trophy start in a weakened squad. He also had loan spells with Rushden and Diamonds and Woking in the Conference division, and was unsurprisingly released straight after our League One Play-Off Final against Blackpool with his contract having run out.

Webb then had a rather nomadic career in non-league football, getting through clubs such as AFC Wimbledon, Salisbury City and Bath City. Whilst he was at Salisbury, they began to use him as a centre-back, meaning that the latter days of his playing career he became more of a utility player. He also became a coach, continuing his playing career whilst joining Leyton Orient as their Under-14 coach around 2011.

By 2014, he'd taken Orient's Under-16s side to a National Category Three Cup final, and that appeared to be the point at which he decided to give up his playing career, becoming Orient's Under-18s assistant manager for the start of the 2015-16 season, and then later becoming their main man when Academy Manager Andy Edwards stepped up into a First Team role. Webb led his team to the Football League Youth Alliance Merit League One title, winning the competition with an unbeaten record.

Webb's rapid move through the ranks continued during the 2016-17 season. He started the season by being appointed as their first team coach, but by November had become their assistant manager. Then at the age of just 33 years old, he became their first team manager. The reasons for his rapid promotion have been extensively covered by this website over the last couple of years - he is Orient's fourth manager of the 2016-17 season, and their tenth manager in the last two-and-a-half years.

He inherits a side that have been in freefall during that time - from 2013-14 League One Play-Off Finalists under Russell Slade into a side in danger of dropping out of the Football League. They lie in 23rd place in the table, and on the back of six consecutive defeats, with only three goals scored during that time - two of those from former Glover Gavin Massey.

Not that this is Webb's fault - he's only in his third game in charge, and poor January Transfer Window dealings - with suspicion that a lack of funding was coming from upstairs - meant that on Tuesday night, teenage strikers Sam Dalby and Victor Adeboyejo played in the front line. Top scorer Paul McCallum is injured, whilst Ollie Palmer was allowed to go out on loan to Luton, with Jay Simpson heading overseas to play for Philadelphia Union. Meanwhile Jordan Bowery was allowed to join Crewe Alexandra on loan, stripping Orient of all of their experienced strikers.

Earlier in the season, the decision to allow playmaker and set piece specialist Dean Cox to leave the club seemed a case of shooting yourself in the foot, given that they made no effort to get a fee for him. The suspicion is that some of these decisions have been made 'upstairs' rather than by the respective managers. The latest weird decision was to drop first choice keeper Alex Cisak from the teamsheet entirely and replace him with youth team keeper Sam Sargeant - Cisak has since confirmed he was fit and available, but not selected. With Cisak having been transfer-listed under previous management (but reported as being via upstairs orders) the suspicion is that this may be an effort to force him out of the club.

Webb is attempting to maintain a positive focus on things. He believes the youngsters that are being blooded are good enough to play in League Two, but admits that time is not on his side. His hope is to get through to the start of next season where there will be less pressure on those players:

"If we were sitting 12th in the league no chance of going up and no chance of going down everyone could be a lot more relaxed about the situation. And I could really plan for next season in League Two with good youngsters, with good additions coming in, in the summer and we could really put a good group together to challenge for promotion. It is not to be. We are down the wrong end. Sooner or later we have got to get results."


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10 February 2017 : Darren Previews The Leyton Orient Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Leyton Orient at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren gives an update on injuries, the current predicament facing former Glover Danny Webb as Orient's new manager, and his thoughts on playing a team near the foot of the table. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Leyton Orient.


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10 February 2017 : Spurs Loanee Harrison Wanting To Follow In Footsteps Of Mason And Kane
Yeovil Town loan striker Shayon Harrison sees Hull City midfielder Ryan Mason and current White Hart Lane teammate Harry Kane as role models for what he can achieve, by starting his first team career at Huish Park. Mason made his Football League debut for the Glovers at the age of just 18, whilst a 17 year old Kane got his first chance as a Tottenham Hotspur younger when former Glovers boss Russell Slade took him to Leyton Orient for a temporary spell.

Nineteen year old Harrison has never been out on loan, prior to his move to Yeovil Town, although has tasted first team football for Tottenham in a League Cup match earlier this season. He's so far managed three substitute appearances at League Two level, coupled with his first start for the club in the EFL Trophy in midweek. He told BBC Somerset that he had spoken to both players about their loan experiences in the Football League, and how it had helped them develop:

"Obviously a lot of the young Spurs players have come through the system and they've all gone on to play at a top top level. I've spoken to the lads like Ryan Mason and Harry Kane about their loans and they've all given me good reports back, which is really helpful, to be honest. I want to follow in their footsteps and try to get to the top level, if I can."

Early views from Harrison is that he is featuring in matches that are far more physical than what he has seen at Spurs. Turning out in recent League matches against Blackpool - where Ryan Dickson ended up with a broken nose - Doncaster Rovers and Plymouth Argyle, the North Londoner has already seen what lies ahead. But he said seeing that sort of a game first hand was essential for him to gain that experience:

"Definitely experience is one of the main objectives. It's completely different to playing Under-23 football. It's men's football now, so it's definitely a better experience, and it's something that I need. I expected the physical experience of it, which is something that I've always wanted to improve with that side of the game. That is really helping me, so I just want to keep pushing on."


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10 February 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Leyton Orient
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Leyton Orient have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 11th February 2017 at Huish Park, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Darren Deadman (Cambridgeshire).

Mr Deadman is a very familiar name whose experience in refereeing stretches back to our non-league days. He was promoted to the Football League's lists two seasons after we were, and we've had him eight times since then, with six of those coming during the last three-and-a-bit years.

For the first time we can recall for a Yeovil Town match, Mr Deadman will be collecting a matching pair of games for the 2016-17 season. He was the man in charge for the September 2016 fixture against Leyton Orient that took place at Brisbane Road. We won that match by a 1-0 scoreline, thanks to a Tom Eaves goal. Mr Deadman booked four players during the match - three for Yeovil - but seems to have got through the match without any huge controversies. Orient fans booed on the final whistle, but that was aimed at their club owner Francesco Becchetti, and their overall team performance on the day.

Both of the 2008 meetings that represented our earliest Football League encounters came on the road. He took charge of the League One match against Gillingham at Priestfield where he did wind up the locals by denying them a couple of penalty decisions in a 0-0 draw. In the middle of that, he gave midfielder Stephen Maher an unfortunate afternoon - red-carding him within four minutes of him landing in the pitch for what was deemed to be an overly aggressive tackle. We thought Mr Deadman was a little impetuous in the way he raced in with his red card to placate the baying Gills crowd, who had got a bit hysterical over some of his decisions leading up to that. But then conversely we then saw the more obvious of the two penalty appeals against us waved away, and we wondered if he had that Maher sending off on his mind as he did so.

Five months later we came across Mr Deadman in an away match against Hereford United. Although games against the Bulls tend to be fairly feisty affairs, he handled this one relatively well, even if we had some quibbles about him allowing Hereford's goal to stand with our (biased) view that Asmir Begovic had the ball kicked out of his hands. Two minutes after the 82nd minute goal that pulled the game back to 2-1, we had two players booked for timewasting - probably justified!

During the 2013-14 season, we had him for the September 2013 Championship meeting against Ipswich Town at Portman Road. He managed to get through a booking-free night, and we don't recall him upsetting anyone, even though we lost the game by a 2-1 scoreline. The Western Gazette said he had "a quiet evening and [was] faultless in his decisions" and given his anonymity on the night, we can't disagree with that.

However, he was more central to the March 2014 home match against Bolton Wanderers, where he awarded us a penalty after Alex Baptiste brought down Kevin Dawson. There did seem to be a reluctance to give the spot kick, with only the persistence of a linesman's flag eventually persuading Mr Deadman to blow his whistle. Perhaps the dithering from the referee was down to the fact that in giving the foul, he had to also present Baptiste with a red card. Unfortunately Ishmael Miller's penalty hit the post and the Trotters grabbed a late equalising goal. Match reports from the Bolton end don't seem to have moaned too much about the Baptiste decision, despite Deadman's less than authorative decision-making.

Later that same year, he was in charge for the November 2014 home match against Preston North End. During the match he dismissed Crystal Palace loanee Ryan Inniss for one of those fifty-fifty full-blooded tackles that seem to sometimes be seen by referees as a legitimate part of the game, but sometimes be viewed as serious foul play. Deadman called it as the latter, leaving us down to ten men for part of the second half. The impression you got was that Gary Johnson didn't agree with the decision, but on the other hand knew that appealing against it would be fairly pointless, given the grey area over these sorts of tackles.

We then had him twice during the 2015-16 season, for an away match against Portsmouth and a home game against Wycombe Wanderers. On both occasions he was fairly low key in what he did. For the Pompey game he dealt with what was at that time League Two's biggest crowd of the season in a decent way - just one booking and very little intervention. For the Wycombe match, he chose to take a less conventional line when Luke O'Nien went over in the box, claiming a penalty for a challenge by goalkeeper Chris Weale. Instead of either awarding a penalty or dishing out a booking for a dive, he decided to book Ben Tozer for getting involved in the argument that broke out after that event, when others had been expecting a yellow to be raised for one of the two main parties involved.

Overall Mr Deadman does have a bit of a reputation across the Football League as being one of the more heavy-handed referees, with cards a-plenty - during the 2011-12 season he managed to raise over 209 yellow cards and 14 red cards and that inevitably gave him an unwanted high profile amongst football supporters and media personnel. This season he's managed 112 yellow cards and seven red cards across 32 fixtures.

Mr Deadman will be assisted by Simon Knapp (Bristol) and Neil Radford (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Derek Eaton (Gloucestershire).

Link: September 2016 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: November 2015 : Yeovil Town 0 Wycombe Wanderers 1.

Link: October 2015 : Portsmouth 0 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: November 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Preston North End 2.

Link: March 2014 : Yeovil Town 2 Bolton Wanderers 2.

Link: September 2013 : Ipswich Town 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2008 : Hereford United 1 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: March 2008 : Gillingham 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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9 February 2017 : N'Gala Resolves Transfer Limbo After Dover Signing
Former Yeovil Town defender Bondz N'Gala has resolved his problems that left him without a club shortly after transfer deadline day. The 27 year old left Eastleigh on January 31st by mutual consent, only to find his attempt to sign for League One side Gillingham being blocked, due to FIFA rules concerning the number of teams a player can play for during a given football season. Having started the 2016-17 campaign on the books of Barnet, his registration at Priestfield was judged as having breached that regulation - a problem that Yeovil Town encountered last month when they tried to register West Bromwich Albion striker Andre Wright in a loan agreement.

Bondz has now signed for National League side Dover Athletic until the end of the season, with an option to extend the deal by a further year. Not too surprisingly, the Kent side contacted the Football League and Football Association to get full clarification before they announced the deal. They have received confirmation from the FA that the deal can go through, and so have announced the signing as completed.

Whilst Dover don't explain how they were able to sign N'Gala, but Gillingham could not, the most likely explanation is that Premier League and Football League player registrations are governed by FIFA, including the use of two transfer windows, whilst National League sides are not. Hence Dover would be able to register N'Gala without the FIFA rule being applied.

This produces a rather perverse situation regarding player registrations. FIFA have already confirmed that a player turning out for Barnet followed by Eastleigh, cannot sign for a Football League side in Gillingham. However, swap those same three clubs around, and it would appear that a player that turns out for Barnet and Gillingham, then signs for Eastleigh would be able to play for the National League side. The level at which the third club is playing therefore becomes key in this scenario.


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9 February 2017 : Ticketing For Notts County vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two trip to play Notts County are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place on Saturday 25th February 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Prices are set as follows:

Adults: £20.00; Over-60s and Aged 18-21: £14.00; Under-18s: £5.00; Under-12s: FREE.

Both Wheelchair Disabled and Ambulant Disabled supporters pay the above age bands. They can take an assistant free of charge if on middle or higher rate of Disabled Living Allowance.

There is no price increase for tickets purchased on the day. However, note that there are no cash turnstiles available on the day. Hence Notts County strongly recommend buying tickets in advance to avoid queues on the day - either that or allow plenty of time. Tickets on the day are available from a booth located near the away turnstiles, with cash only accepted on the day.

Away supporters are housed in the Z Block area of the Jimmy Sirrel Stand. This is a side-facing stand, so a little bit like the seated allocation that away fans get at Huish Park. The default allocation is for around 1,300 spaces.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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9 February 2017 : Glovers Wait On Lacey Ahead Of Orient Visit
Yeovil Town will go into Saturday's League Two match against Leyton Orient needing to give defender Alex Lacey a fitness test before he can be considered for a return. The 23 year old missed the midweek defeat against Luton Town with a knee injury that he sustained during the first half of the trip to Hartlepool United but all the signs are that his problem related more to the impact of a tackle than any serious ligament damage.

Lacey was seen at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday night - presumably to see old friends, than with any serious consideration towards playing - but was walking freely, suggesting that the problems he sustained last weekend were not serious. Manager Darren Way has not committed in either direction concerning his availability, but describes the centre-back as 'close' to being available.

Right-back Liam Shephard will be available for selection after he served a one match ban in the EFL Trophy on Tuesday. The same should be true of midfielder Alex Lawless, who was also serving a ban. Lawless has been out with a hip injury recently, but was reported as being back from injury prior to last weekend's trip to Hartlepool, but in the end wasn't selected. Assuming he has not had a setback, then a week's worth of training should make him available.

The cup-tied trio of Kabongo Tshimanga, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Owain Jones are obviously all available for Saturday's League Two fixture, although the return of the three players along with Shephard, means that the club are once again back to the dilemma of trying to juggle seven loan players when only five can be put onto a teamsheet. With Shayon Harrison having been left out at Hartlepool, but being one of the more impressive players at Kenilworth Road, there is an obvious headache when trying to juggle which attacking players should be selected.

Club captain Darren Ward should be available, given that his exclusion in midweek was more down to tactical resting of his problematic knee, than a specific injury. Reports are that Ryan Dickson's groin problem that force him to limp off late on during Tuesday night's match at Luton are not causing him issues, and so he should also be available.

There's no word on when winger Otis Khan will be available for selection again - he was crocked in the January 10th EFL Trophy match against Reading Under-21s and has therefore missed six games so far. Midfielder Kevin Dawson will be the other absentee, with him sitting out the second match of his Football League match suspension.


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9 February 2017 : Darren Talks About Luton EFL Trophy Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's EFL Trophy tie against Luton Town kicked off at Kenilworth Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall, Darren talks about his experience of working with Nathan Jones, his decision to put Matt Butcher into defence for Tuesday's fixture, and a first start for Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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8 February 2017 : EFL Trophy Could Cause Domino Effect On Yeovil's Luton League Fixture
Yeovil Town's involvement in the EFL Trophy ended with last night's 5-2 defeat against Luton Town, but it appears that they may still be impacted by the competition. The Football League's original plans for the Semi-Final of the competition were for both ties to be played during the week-commencing February 20th, but that was thrown out when Sky Sports put in a request to televise both semi-finals, with them wanting them moved to avoid a clash with Champions League matches being played during that week.

Thus on the same night that the Glovers were playing their Quarter-Final tie, Coventry City were beating Wycombe Wanderers 2-1 in a Semi-Final tie that was broadcast live. With the other Semi-Final now seeing Luton take on Oxford United, Sky have also requested for that to be broadcast, and has been scheduled for Wednesday 1st March.

Where things start to get more complicated, is that Oxford United are still in FA Cup action. They travel to play Middlesbrough in a Fifth Round tie on Saturday 18th February. If that match is drawn (or called off) then the replay will be scheduled to take place during that same midweek period, which would require the EFL Trophy tie to be pulled.

Due to that possibility, the Football League and Sky Sports have already agreed a fallback date of Monday 6th March for the EFL Trophy Semi-Final. Luton have also stated that if that 6th Match date is required, then they "will be able at liberty to approach Yeovil (who are due to play Luton in a League Two fixture on Saturday 4th March) to request a switch to Friday 3rd March if desired". The League have also stated that Oxford United vs Bristol Rovers could also be moved for the same reasons.

As a result, we'll only be certain of the date for the Luton fixture once we know the scoreline for Middlesbrough vs Oxford United on February 18th. Simple, eh?


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8 February 2017 : Record Breaking Welsh International Signed By Ladies For Spring Series
Yeovil Town Ladies FC are absolutely delighted to announce the signing of Welsh International Helen Ward for the Spring Series season. Helen is the highest goal scoring Welsh International of all time (male and female), having netted 41 goals in her international career to date. Ward is an exceptional forward with an evident amount of experience within Women's top flight football Nationally and Internationally. Earning 71 caps for Wales, spending three seasons at Reading FC Women and winning the WSL2 title trophy in 2015. Manager Jamie Sherwood has said of Ward's arrival:

"I am really happy with the signing of Helen Ward, she is a player that I have admired for a number of seasons. She brings a wealth of experience both on and off the field and she will be an excellent addition to the squad in our first campaign in WSL 1. What I am looking forward to is Wardie’s appetite, attitude and determination to remind others that she is a centre forward and a goal scorer."

Prior to her time at Reading, Helen won the league twice with Arsenal (2009-2010), plus the FA Cup once and whilst at Chelsea (2010-2013) she scored in the FA Cup final but missed out on lifting the trophy losing at penalties. On joining Yeovil Town Ladies FC, Ward said:

"I am excited to join Yeovil, I was very impressed with how the girls won the title last year especially up against tough opposition throughout, it’s a tough league to get out of and so to win the league was fantastic. What strikes me the most is the togetherness of the squad and that will stand us in good stead for WSL 1."

Ward hopes that her experience in the game will help her make a strong contribution, as well as her on the field play:

"As an experienced player I’d like to think I can add a bit of know-how to the squad, I have been lucky enough to play in this league for a few seasons and I hope that adds to what we’ve already got. As a forward my main aim is obviously to contribute with goals and assists so hopefully that’s what I can do!"

Yeovil Town Ladies' first fixture as a WSL 1 club in the Spring Series will be competing against Liverpool on April 23rd. Tickets for all home matches will be available to buy via their website soon - we'll post details as soon as they go on sale.

Yeovil Town Ladies welcome Welsh International Helen Ward
Yeovil Town Ladies welcome Welsh International Helen Ward.



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8 February 2017 : Video : Luton Town vs Yeovil Town EFL Trophy Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Tuesday night's 5-2 defeat against Luton Town in the EFL Trophy, these are now online. Unsurprisingly with seven goals to cover there's not much time for anything other than goals, goals, goals! Watch Francois Zoko and Omar Sowunmi net theirs, along with Luton's Jordan Cook, Alan Sheehan and Danny Hylton along with two from Isaac Vassell, via the YouTube clip below.




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8 February 2017 : EFL Trophy Prize Money Nets Glovers Cash Windfall
Whilst Yeovil Town's time in the EFL Trophy came to an end last night, with the heavy 5-2 defeat against Luton Town, one of the positives from the competition has been the amount of prize money that they have accrued. The sponsorship by Checkatrade promised a gross prize pool of £1.95 million for those clubs that won or drew matches, with the prize money increasing throughout. Overall the Glovers played in six matches during the competition, and that gave them the following lump sums from the competition sponsors:

Portsmouth (Group Game) : Won 4-3 : £10,000
Bristol Rovers (Group Game) : Drew 0-0, lost on penalties : £5,000
Reading Under-21s (Group Game) : Won 2-0 : £10,000
Milton Keynes Dons (Round 2) : Won 4-1 : £20,000
Reading Under-21s (Round 3) : Won 4-2 : £40,000
Luton Town (Round 4) : Lost 2-5 : None.

This gives an accumulation of £85,000 in prize money from the tournament.

In addition to this, there is a pool account that will be split across all 48 League One and League Two clubs at the end of the competition. The pool account is based on two factors. The first is that in all matches, net gate receipts (after policing, stewarding, floodlighting and travel costs are deducted) are split with 45% going to each club competing in the specific match, with 10% going into the competition pool.

Secondly, the EPPP Category One (Under-21) clubs will donate 100% of their net gate receipts from the Group Stages into the pool account, along with 44% of their net gate receipts from any Round 2 to Round 4 matches. They would have been obliged to donate 33% of their proceeds in the Semi-Final and Final matches, but all Under-21 teams had been knocked out before this stage.

At present, it's not clear how much the pool account will hold. In the case of Bristol Rovers vs Reading Under-21 at the Group Stage, Rovers indicated that they had actually made an operational loss in staging the game at the Memorial Stadium, so in that case, there will be nothing provided to the pool account, and no net gate receipts. It's likely that Yeovil Town's attendance of 1,081 for their Third Round tie against Reading Under-21s would have provided little net income, once the costs of staging that tie are deducted. Hence it is likely that the main source of money from this pool will come out of the better attended Semi-Final and Final stages of the competition.


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8 February 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Luton Town EFL Trophy Game
Following Tuesday night's 5-2 defeat against Luton Town in the EFL Trophy at Kenilworth Road, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ian Randall, Darren talks about his team's performance, including the full debut for Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Luton Town EFL Trophy Game.


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7 February 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Tuesday night's 5-2 defeat against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road, don't forget to cast your Man of the Match votes. Choose your top three players from the match, plus entertainment and performance ratings along with any other comments you want to make on the game, using the form below.

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


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7 February 2017 : Darren Way Saw Luton's Qualities In EFL Trophy Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that Luton Town exposed his side's defensive weaknesses tonight, as the Hatters knocked them out of the EFL Trophy by a 5-2 scoreline. After the home side held a single goal lead, matters went a bit goal crazy in the second period, with Luton clinical in the way they prevented the Glovers from getting back into the match.

Operating with a back four that included using Matt Butcher as a makeshift defender, in the absence of Darren Ward and Alex Lacey, Luton managed to get four goals past Yeovil during the second half, with Isaac Vassell getting a brace, whilst Danny Hylton got another, showing the potency of Luton's front line. Way told BBC Somerset after the match that he was disappointed that Luton got their two goal advantage back so quickly on occasions when Francois Zoko and Omar Sowunmi pulled the score back to 2-1 and 3-2, but he said that Luton's attacking quality shone through:

"You could see the quality that Luton have got within their squad. They've got individuals that are very very difficult to mark. They've got good technical ability, and with a back four that's not played together like that for a long time, you could see they exposed our weaknesses. With the players and the experience that they've got, they know how to hurt you. They certainly expose your weaknesses. We were just disappointed with the manner of conceding the goals so quick and early, because every supporter would have thought we could have got back into that game. But I have to say that the journey we've made in the Checkatrade, we've tried to support it as a football club, and with me as a manager, and I think we've all enjoyed it. Unfortunately we didn't come out winners today, but we've got to make sure that we look forward to Saturday now."

Way did see some positive signs, with Omar Sowunmi's appearance as a substitute quickly helping him to one assist and one goal. He was also impressed with the performance of Tottenham Hotspur striker Shayon Harrison - left out of the squad on Saturday, but in the absence of three cup-tied strikers he was given his chance tonight:

"I thought there were individual performances. Shayon Harrison did very well, with Omar Sowunmi. I thought Shayon played with maturity, considering that was his first start. The players tried to help him, in the build-up to the game. We have got a young group, so it was always interesting as to how he was going to handle that first start, but I thought the way that he dealt with being up against a good team, he showed good technical ability and you could see his qualities and he looked a real threat."


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7 February 2017 : Luton 5 Yeovil 2 : Second Half Goal Glut Sees Glovers Out Of Trophy
Yeovil Town exited the EFL Trophy at the Quarter-Final stages this evening, after a second half goalfest at Kenilworth Road saw Luton Town gain a comfortable 5-2 victory. With former Glovers loanee Jordan Cook providing the only successful strike of the first half, the game exploded just after the brea with five goals in 15 minutes. Alan Sheehan's free kick gave Luton a two goal advantage before Francois Zoko converted his 8th of the season. Almost immediately Isaac Vassell restored Luton's two goal advantage, only for Omar Sowunmi's header to pull a goal back again. But Danny Hylton netted Luton's fourth straight from the kick-off play, and Vassell got his second deep into injury time to give the Hatters a deserved semi-final place.

The Glovers went into the match making four changes to their starting line-up from Saturday's game. As usual Artur Krysiak and Jonny Maddison swapped over, whilst Darren Ward was rested, with Matt Butcher moving into his position, whilst Kevin Dawson came in as a midfielder. Bevis Mugabi replaced the suspended Liam Shephard. Up front Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was cup-tied so in came Shayon Harrison. Luton, who have been making plenty of changes to their side in this competition chose to make five from their Saturday line-up.

Luton took the initiative right from the start of the match, with Jonny Maddison making a near post block from a Jonathan Smith shot, quickly followed by Pelly Ruddock's shot being saved. But it was not too surprising when the home team grabbed a 12th minute lead. Yeovil Town have plenty of obscure loanees littered in each season's statistics - Jordan Cook - a former Charlton Athletic loanee whose contribution to the Glovers lasted just 29 minutes during the 2012-13 season - showed he's a much improved player by taking a ricochet on the edge of the box, and firing home from 20 yards out, low into the bottom corner.

It took around 20-25 minutes for Yeovil to get into the match, with Matt Dolan and Shayon Harrison providing their main outlets. A Dolan long ranger deflected off for a corner, followed by Harrison's low drive being pushed away by Luton keeper Matt Macey. As play levelled itself out from the early Luton dominance, another Dolan effort went just wide of the target after Bevis Mugabi and Harrison had built up play via the right flank. Given the early pattern of play, to go in at 1-0 and with visiting play improving wasn't too bad. Luton still looked dangerous though - Jonathan Smith's crashing shot off the crossbar in the lead-up to half time was strong evidence of that.

Five minutes after the break, the goal glut began, sparked by Luton doubling their lead. Matt Butcher gave away a free kick on the edge of the box for a foul on Isaac Vassell, and up stepped Alan Sheehan, who scored direct from the set piece to put Luton firmly in command at 2-0. Or so they thought.

Shayon Harrison was fouled by Glen Rea, and as with Luton's second goal, punishment for the offence was immediately handed out. Omar Sowunmi had come on as a substitute for Tom Eaves, and it took him five minutes to have an effect on the game, as Matt Dolan's free kick was flicked on by the big man, and into the path of Francois Zoko who scored his eighth goal of the 2016-17 season, and to put himself out in front as the club's leading goalscorer. 2-1 and game on.

Unfortunately for Yeovil, their hopes of getting back into the match lasted just 90 seconds. Jack Senior's throw-in landed at the feet of Isaac Vassell, and sensing that the Yeovil defence had gone to sleep, he decided to run at them, weaving his way past before firing off a shot from the left side of the penalty box for a 3-1 lead.

Back came Yeovil again. Kevin Dawson got himself into a wide position and put a cross into the box just five minutes after Vassell's goal, and he found the head of Omar Sowunmi, rising well to pull the score back to 3-2. Surely now, it was game on? Nope! If Luton's previous restoration of their two goal lead had been quick before, this time it was ridiculous, as they scored straight from the restart, fashioning a move that saw full-back Stephen O'Donnell pull back a ball to Danny Hylton who fired home for a 4-2 lead.

Luton threatened to turn the game into a route, with Jonny Maddison's goal being exposed on a number of occasions. A Pelly Ruddock shot was turned over the crossbar by the keeper, before he had to do the same with a Danny Hylton header. Ten minutes later, Maddison made a double save from the same two players as Yeovil's defence creaked, not helped by an injury to Ryan Dickson that meant Tom James came on for his debut.

During six, largely irrelevant, minutes of injury time, Luton got their fifth of the evening. A low ball into the box from Pelly Ruddock was swept home by Isaac Vassell for the 5-2 win, and to ensure Yeovil's exit from the EFL Trophy was an emphatic one. That now gives the club a clear seventeen games left of the 2016-17 season - their 15th placed position almost certainly means they will neither be going up, nor down although with a nine point gap between themselves and 7th a bit of a gamble wouldn't go amiss to keep the season interesting in the closing stages. They'll need to defend a little better than they did tonight though.

Final Score: Luton Town 5 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Jordan Cook (1-0, 12 mins), Alan Sheehan (2-0, 50 mins), Francois Zoko (2-1, 58 mins), Isaac Vassell (3-1, 60 mins), Omar Sowunmi (3-2, 65 mins), Danny Hylton (4-2, 66 mins), Isaac Vassell (5-2, 90 mins)

Luton Town:
13. Matt Macey
2. Stephen O'Donnell 5. Johnny Mullins 44. Alan Sheehan (Capt) 21. Jack Senior
16. Glen Rea
4. Jonathan Smith 17. Pelly Ruddock 10. Jordan Cook
20. Isaac Vassell 9. Danny Hylton

Substitutes:
6. Scott Cuthbert (63 mins for Jordan Cook) 7. Jake Gray 14. Jack Marriott (90 mins for Isaac Vassell) 19. Olly Lee 22. Luke Gambin 31. Craig King 36. James Justin (90 mins for Danny Hylton)

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
5. Bevis Mugabi 16. Matt Butcher 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
28. Ben Whitfield 7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko 9. Tom Eaves 39. Shayon Harrison

Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 17. Omar Sowunmi (53 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Brandon Goodship (81 mins for Ben Whitfield) 32. Tom James (79 mins for Ryan Dickson)

Luton Town Bookings: Glen Rea (foul, 58 mins), Jack Senior (foul, 67 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Kevin Dawson (foul, 30 mins), Omar Sowunmi (foul, 86 mins)

Luton Town Match Statistics: Possession: 53%; Shots: 17; Shots On Target: 13; Corners: 5; Fouls: 15.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 47%; Shots: 10; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 3; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Ben Toner (Lancashire). Assistants: Marc Wilson (Cambridgeshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: Gavin Ward (Surrey).

Attendance: 2,480 (with 88 Yeovil supporters).


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7 February 2017 : Team News For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this evening's EFL Trophy match against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road. The match sees the Glovers name four change compared to the team that played against Hartlepool United on Saturday. Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akra Akpro is cup-tied, having played for the Bees earlier in the competition - his place in the side is taken by Shayon Harrison.

Right-back Liam Shephard is one of two players suspended (with the unfit Alex Lawless the other) and his place in the side is taken by Bevis Mugabi. Centre-back Alex Lacey has a knee injury - Matt Butcher drops into defence to cover his position. Midfielder Kevin Dawson's two match suspension doesn't cover EFL Trophy ties, meaning that he comes back into the side in Butcher's position.

Goalkeeper Jonny Maddison replaces Artur Krysiak for the evening - consistent with other matches in the competition. Captain Darren Ward currently struggles to play two games a week, and so he sits out the game, having been named on the bench on Saturday.

In addition to Akra Akpro, Swansea City loanee Owain Jones and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga are also cup-tied and so sit out the night. Absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle) and Alex Lawless (hip), with Lawless also suspended.

Josh Ezewele is on loan with Kidderminster Harriers, midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough, whilst midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows:

Yeovil Town:
12. Jonny Maddison
5. Bevis Mugabi 16. Matt Butcher 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
28. Ben Whitfield 7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko 9. Tom Eaves 39. Shayon Harrison

Substitutes: 1. Artur Krysiak 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James

Luton Town:
13. Matt Macey
2. Stephen O'Donnell 5. Johnny Mullins 44. Alan Sheehan 21. Jack Senior
16. Glen Rea 4. Jonathan Smith 17. Pelly Ruddock 10. Jordan Cook
20. Isaac Vassell 9. Danny Hylton

Substitutes:
6. Scott Cuthbert 7. Jake Gray 14. Jack Marriott 19. Olly Lee 22. Luke Gambin 31. Craig King 36. James Justin

NOTE: The match will be played to a conclusion tonight. If the scores are level after 90 minutes, then there will be no extra time - we'll go immediately to penalty kicks.


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7 February 2017 : Way Expecting Strong Luton Side For EFL Trophy
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that he will be coming up against a 'strong' Luton side when the two sides meet at Kenilworth Road in tonight's fixture. The Hatters were controversially fined by the Football League for fielding weakened sides during the Group Stages of the competition, even though their performances and results were good enough to get them past that stage and as far as the Quarter-Finals.

Although manager Nathan Jones insisted the threat of further fines in the competition would not influence his team selection, their team selections have gradually become stronger ones, with a mere seven changes to their line-up for their Third Round 4-0 win against League One side Chesterfield. They confirmed the next day that they believed their line-up was within competition rules, on the basis that it still contained five of their top eleven starters during the 2016-17 season, and the absence of any Football League intervention suggests that is the case.

Like Yeovil Town, Luton's team selection will be compromised slightly by their January transfer window dealings, with former Glover Lawson D'Ath, striker Ollie Palmer and goalkeeper Stuart Moore all cup-tied through their previous clubs. However, like Yeovil Town's Kevin Dawson, they will be able to field defender Jonny Mullins even though he's part way through a Football League suspension, with the EFL Trophy disciplinary rules working in much the same way as in UEFA competitions. However, Way predicts that with the exception of the cup-tied trio that Jones will be going with a strong team:

"One or two that he's brought in are obviously cup-tied. So he's going to have to go with a strong team. I think that by being in the quarter-finals and knowing that he's so close to an opportunity to get to Wembley, the powers up above, would put the pressure on him that he has to win this game. I think we're going to come up against a very very strong Luton team."

Although the competition has not captured the imagination of supporters so far, largely due to the Football League's decision to field sixteen Under-21 sides from EPPP Category One clubs, Way believes that he is now feeling a buzz around the place as the competition now goes down to the Quarter-Final stages:

"There's obviously a bit of a buzz and excitement in that it just gives them an opportunity to see if they can get to Wembley. I'm pleased where the group is. We want more - of course we want more. We want to be closer to the play-offs, but I think where we are is a good position to be in, for where we were last year."


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7 February 2017 : Matt Dolan Talks About The Hartlepool And Luton Games
Following Saturday's 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matt talks about scoring against his home town club, his family and friends and their perspective, as well as looking ahead to tonight's EFL Trophy match against Luton Town. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Matt Dolan Speaks To The BBC After The 2-2 Draw Against Hartlepool United.


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7 February 2017 : Bassett Tipped To Be Match Winner By New Magpies Boss
Dorchester Town manager Craig Laird hopes that Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett can be one of the key factors in the Magpies winning matches over the coming month. The Northern Ireland Under-19 international has been given his third spell with the Southern League Premier Division side, and commenced that by playing 90 minutes in their 1-2 home defeat against Merthyr Town on Saturday.

The Dorset side have lost their last four matches, and have not won a game since management team Mark Jermyn and Nick Crittenden bowed out on Boxing Day. At the same time they lost a number of key players, including captain Jake Smeeton, leading to some concerns for the fate of a side that lie currently in 19th place. Laird told the Dorset Echo that he hopes that bringing back Bassett, who scored three goals during his previous two spells at the Avenue Stadium, will help them win games:

"He is a good little player and helps strengthen our squad again, which is really important. We want to win games, I want to win things and be a successful manager and Ollie will help us do that. He is a lovely player from what I have seen of him, I might need to get some hard work from him the other way at times but that’s all part of his learning curve. He is a young lad learning the game."

Echoing comments from former Glover Nick Crittenden, Laird said he felt Bassett needed to improve his game at times when the opposition had possession of the ball, and how he defended those situations. However, he was overall happy with what he had seen of him:

"Defending is maybe something he needs to work on when he hasn’t got the ball but when he’s on the ball he is exciting. He is one of those players that gets you off your seat. Those types are great players to have in your side because they can win you games, which we need. Hopefully he will have a bright future in the game and we can keep helping him on his first steps. The most important thing for me is creating competition for places."

Saturday's match was Ollie's 17th appearance in Dorchester Town colours, with his loan spell expected to run until the start of March.

Dorchester Town: Shane Murphy, Matt Oldring, Neil Martin, Jon Vance, Nathan Walker (C), Chris Dillon, David Jerrard, Franklyn Clarke, Ben Wood, Ollie Bassett, Jordan Williams

Substitutes: Tom Blair, Ollie Griggs, Billy Mitchell, Jason Brookes, Solomon Ayunga


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7 February 2017 : EFL Trophy Officials For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie between Luton Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Tuesday 7th February 2017 (tonight) with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at Kenilworth Road. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Ben Toner (Lancashire).

Mr Toner is in his second season as a Football League referee and we've had him on only one occasion. That was the September 2015 League Two match against Crawley Town that saw us gain a 1-0 victory at the Broadfield Stadium. He had an ultra-quiet game, with zero bookings, and we can't recall too much during the match that suggested he should have intervened at any key stage.

Despite his inexperience as a League referee, he has had some variety to his career so far - in the summer of 2014, he was selected to represent the English FA in the Dallas Cup, which during that year included youth and development teams from Fulham, Fluminense of Brazil, River Plate of Argentina and the US Under 20 National team. He hails from Darwen and is a teacher at Fleetwood High School and so presumably won't be given too many Fleetwood Town matches to look after.

So far this season, he's taken charge of 26 matches, handing out 85 yellow cards and three red cards. His last dismissal came on December 4th 2016 - seven games have passed since then.

Mr Toner will be assisted by Marc Wilson (Cambridgeshire) and Christopher Husband (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be Gavin Ward (Surrey).

A reminder that Tuesday night's fixture is ALL TICKET for away supporters. Do not travel without purchasing a ticket in advance.

Link: September 2015 : Crawley Town 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Rearranged Luton EFL Trophy Tie.

Link: GWSC Travel For Rearranged Luton EFL Trophy Tie.


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6 February 2017 : Ciderspace Guide For The Luton Town EFL Trophy Tie
Tomorrow evening, Yeovil Town travel to play Luton Town in the EFL Trophy Quarter-Finals. For those fans heading to Kenilworth Road, the Ciderspace guide has had some tiny tweaks to cover updated statistics and plus updated ticketing information for the game, from when it was produced a few weeks ago. Hopefully we'll actually get as far as Luton this time. Find it via the link below.

A reminder that Tuesday night's fixture is ALL TICKET for away supporters. Do not travel without purchasing a ticket in advance.

See below, or the guide itself, for instructions on ticketing.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Rearranged Luton EFL Trophy Tie.

Link: GWSC Travel For Rearranged Luton EFL Trophy Tie.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.

The weird and wonderful turnstile entrance to the away section in Oak Road - those are real houses!
The weird and wonderful turnstile entrance to the away section in Oak Road - those are real houses!
Photo © 2016-17 Ciderspace.



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6 February 2017 : Darren Talks About Hartlepool Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about what Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Apra Akpro will bring to the team, along with Swansea City loanee Owain Jones. Darren also talks about the role of Ben Whitfield within the side. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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6 February 2017 : Dolan Nominated In Team Of The Week
Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan has been nominated in the Team Of The Week for his performance against Hartlepool United. The midfielder scored the Glovers goal from the penalty spot in the 1-1 draw at Victoria Park, as he denied his home town club a victory. Matty even went close to winning the match in the closing stages, as his flighted free kick was turned over the crossbar to deny him a second in the game.

The line-up, chosen by The League Paper, is as follows:

James McKeown (Grimsby Town)
Ryan Edwards (Morecambe), Emmanuel Onariase (Cheltenham Town), Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle), Omar Beckles (Accrington Stanley)
David Wheeler (Exeter City), Matty Dolan (Yeovil Town), Jamey Osborne (Grimsby Town), Ben Whiteman (Mansfield Town)
Matt Godden (Stevenage), Nathan Delfouneso (Blackpool)

Manager: Jim Bentley (Morecambe).


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6 February 2017 : All Ticket Status For Luton Town Trophy Trip Still Stands
A reminder that ticket arrangements for Yeovil Town's EFL Trophy Quarter-Final match against Luton Town still stand. The match will take place on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at Kenilworth Road, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Admission prices for this fixture are set as follows:

Adults: £5.00; Under-16s: FREE.

Tickets will NOT be sold from the Huish Park Ticket Office. You should note carefully that Luton's policy is to make the away section of the ground ALL TICKET for all fixtures. To purchase your ticket, you must call 01582 416976 and pay by credit/debit card over the phone. Luton's Ticket Office is open between 10.00a.m. and 5.00p.m. on weekdays and from 9.00a.m. until noon on Saturdays.

You MUST purchase your ticket by 5.00p.m. on Tuesday 7th February 2017. Beyond that point you will not be able to get into the away section of the ground.

If you purchased a ticket for the original tie, then that ticket will still gain you admission to the match.

Link: GWSC Travel For Rearranged Luton EFL Trophy Tie.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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6 February 2017 : GWSC Travel For Rearranged Luton EFL Trophy Tie
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming EFL Trophy match against Luton Town. The match takes place at Kenilworth Road on Tuesday 7th February 2017, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Luton Town : Tuesday 7th February 2017.
Huish Park: 1.45p.m.
Travel Cost: £24.00

NOTE: If you booked for the original postponed trip, please confirm (either way) that you are wanting travel for the rearranged tie, so there is certainty over numbers who will be travelling.

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: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: Ticketing For Cheltenham Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: 2016-17 Mini-Season Ticket On Sale At Huish Park.

Link: Yeovil Town Online Ticketing Portal.

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 Matchday and Prematch Admission Charges

Link: Yeovil Town 2016-17 First Team Fixtures and Results.


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6 February 2017 : Five Out, Three Doubtful For EFL Trophy Tie
Yeovil Town will go into Tuesday night's EFL Trophy Quarter-Final tie against Luton Town without a large number of players, due to a mix of injury, suspension and having already played in the competition for other clubs. Several of the absentees are already known about, but a breakdown reveals the list of absent players as follows:

Liam Shephard: Suspended - a one match ban for picking up two yellow cards in the EFL Trophy means that he will definitely sit out tomorrow's tie.

Alex Lawless: Suspended - a one match ban for picking up two yellow cards in the EFL Trophy means that he will definitely sit out tomorrow's tie. As it happens, despite Lawless being declared as back from injury last week, he was not selected for Saturday's fixture against Hartlepool United, meaning that he probably wouldn't have played tomorrow night anyway.

Owain Jones: Cup-tied - He has already played for Swansea City Under-21s in the competition, turning out in matches against AFC Wimbledon, Wolves Under-21s and Coventry City, meaning that he cannot play for Yeovil Town.

Kabongo Tshimanga: - He has already played for Milton Keynes Dons in the competition, turning out in matches against Peterborough United, Norwich City and Yeovil Town, meaning that he cannot play for Yeovil Town.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro He has already played for Barnet in the competition, turning out in matches against Milton Keynes Dons and Peterborough United, meaning that he cannot play for Yeovil Town.

In addition to the five who are definitely out, there will be extreme doubts over the following players:

Otis Khan: Has not played since January 10th when an ankle injury put him out of the EFL Trophy Third Round tie against Reading Under-21s. His comeback is declared as 'close' but there has been no sign of him getting back on the training ground.

Alex Lacey: Substituted in the 32nd minute of Saturday's League Two match against Hartlepool United with a knee injury. Although the club have yet to provide any prognosis on the problem, it seems highly unlikely that he would be available for Tuesday.

Darren Ward: Although Ward is fit and available, the club have been rationing his appearances recently, and avoiding playing him in the EFL Trophy and in many midweek fixtures to avoid his troublesome knee flaring up. The question mark here though is whether Darren Way risks him in Tuesday night's match, given Alex Lacey is not likely to play, or whether Bevis Mugabi or Tom James are given the responsibility. Ward was Lacey's replacement on Saturday and so played an hour during that game.


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6 February 2017 : Former Loanee Caulker Fined For Clapham Junction Incident
Former Yeovil Town loanee Steven Caulker has got himself in problems again, just prior to a loan move to Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow. The 25 year old Queens Park Rangers defender, who played for Yeovil Town whilst he was on the books of Tottenham Hotspur, was arrested on January 16th on drunk and disorderly charges, following an incident at Clapham Junction station that took place at 12.40a.m. in the small hours of Sunday night/Monday morning.

Caulker was arrested and charged after he threw objects at passers by and tried to put a temporary barrier on someone's head at the station. His case was heard at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court, where he pleaded guilty to a drunk and disorderly charge. He was fined £650 and on top of that will pay £85 costs.

National media reports state that this was the third time that he had been up before the courts. Back in November 2011, he had been charged with a public order offence, following an incident in Swansea city centre, which the player later admitted related to swearing in the street as part of another late night altercation. It's not clear what the other incident was, as it doesn't appear to have reached the radar of the media.

Caulker's first team career has been on a bit of a slide in decent seasons - the 2015-16 campaign saw him have two disappointing loan spells with Southampton (8 appearances) and Liverpool (4 appearances), whilst he had only played 14 times for QPR during the first half of the 2016-17 season. On Transfer Deadline Day, he went out on loan again, with the unexpected destination of Russia. The national media claim that he has received a £500,000 sign-on fee to join them, and will be paid £40,000 whilst he is out there.


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5 February 2017 : Academy Chairman Proud Of Keeper's Southampton Deal
Yeovil Town Academy Chairman Andy Rossiter has given his reaction to Friday night's news that the football club have seen the second of their Academy players sign for a Premier League club during 2017. Goalkeeper Kingsley Latham has signed a deal with Southampton, just a couple of weeks after Under-18s striker Callum Morton secured a Scholarship with West Bromwich Albion, showing the first fruits of the new Academy system that was relaunched just eighteen months ago.

Kingsley has been unveiled as a Saints player, following his participation in a match for their Under-23 side against Tottenham Hotspur last month, and Andy said the whole Academy set-up were proud of the progress the Under-18s goalkeeper had made during his time at the club:

"As Chairman of Yeovil Town FC Academy, on behalf of the directors and staff, we are proud that yet another product of our Academy has signed for a Premier League Club. Kingsley has been watched by a number of clubs this season, including Southampton, who have now put pen to paper and have signed him on a professional contract that keeps him at the club initially until May 2018. Kingsley has impressed in his games for Yeovil Town Academy as well as during his trial at Southampton and has been rewarded with a deal that benefits Yeovil Town financially now and in the future."

In January, striker Callum Morton left the Academy set-up after he was scouted by West Bromwich Albion, having been part of the Under-18s side that knocked the Baggies out of the FA Youth Cup during late 2016. Andy explained the circumstances of Callum's earlier move, and how that will benefit both the football club and the player:
 
"Kingsley is one of two players that have transferred to a Premier League Club this season, as earlier in the year, striker Callum Morton signed for Premier League West Bromwich Albion. Callum will finish his scholarship with them this season and then has a two year professional contract to look forward to. Again, several clubs were watching Callum, and in the end West Brom won the race for his signature. Again this deal has benefitted, and will  continue to benefit Yeovil Town FC. We genuinely wish both boys all the success in the future, and are proud that we were part of their journey."

The Academy Chairman also paid tribute to his outgoing Academy Manager Geoff Harrop, who has this week returned to Torquay United as their General Manager at Plainmoor. With Yeovil Town having chosen to re-estabish their Academy system in the summer of 2015, Harrop was the man who had to lead the large task of setting the new system up. Andy said that there was significant credit due for the work that had been done during that time:
 
"We would also like to acknowledge and thank Geoff Harrop who recruited both of these players and has worked hard not only with the Under 18 team, but the entire Academy. A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes to ensure that the setting up of our Academy was successful, and continues to do so. To have developed two players who have signed professional contracts with Premier League Clubs, in the first couple of years of its set up, is just rewards for the hard work that Geoff and his team have put in. We wish Geoff all the success in future at Torquay United FC in his role as General Manager".

Whist Yeovil Town Academy will be looking to recruit a successor for Harrop later this month, they have also set up a new position. The Academy Head Of Coaching role will report to both the Yeovil Town Academy Chairman and to the Academy Manager once Harrop's successor has his feet under the table. Former Yeovil Town defender and manager Steve Rutter has been recruited to take up the Academy Head Of Coaching role, and started working at the club on Wednesday as an Academy employee. His remit will be to oversee the Coaching structures within the Academy, and the other Coaches within the various age groups within the football club.


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5 February 2017 : Yeovil's Tom Eaves - The Unluckiest Man In English Football
In recent matches, Yeovil Town may have felt that the width of the woodwork was somewhat counting against them, as they were denied goals at key moments. Key examples were Otis Khan hitting the crossbar in the closing stages of the home match against Portsmouth, whilst Tom Eaves could have won the match against Blackpool in the 98th minute when his smart volley came off the crossbar.

Research by the Experimental 3-6-1 blog has uncovered that Tom Eaves is in fact the unluckiest striker in the entire country. Going into this weekend's fixtures, Tom had struck the woodwork six times during the 2016-17 season, with Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne and Josh Magennis of Charlton Athletic both having struck the woodwork five times. Charlie Adam, Paul Pogba and Billy Sharp have managed this on four occasions, with 26 other players being denied on three occasions.

The same blog also analysed things from a League Two point of view to see which teams are the luckiest or unluckiest from the point of view of hitting the woodwork during matches. Not counting yesterday's fixtures, Morecambe were by far the most unlucky, striking the woodwork on 14 occasions, whilst seeing their opposition doing the same on just five occasions. Yeovil Town and Carlisle United came in joint second position, with both having struck the woodwork on 11 occasions - for the Glovers the opposition have done so on seven occasions.

In terms of the luckiest team in the division, Stevenage currently hold that position, having seen their opponents hit the post or crossbar on 15 separate occasions, although in net terms, Cheltenham Town and Grimsby Town have also been fortunate in that their opponents have hit the woodwork on seven more occasions than they have.

If strikes of the woodwork create excitement in football matches, then Newport County and Crewe Alexandra are involved in the least eventful matches. Both clubs have seen the woodwork struck just eight times at either end, compared with the 24 occasions it's happened during a Stevenage match.


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5 February 2017 : Video : Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to watch match highlights of yesterday's League Two match between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town, these can now be viewed online. As well as the goals from Padraig Amond and Matty Dolan's penalty, you can watch how Francois Zoko drew the foul for the spot kick, as well as a late free kick from Dolan that represented the Glovers' best effort other than the goal itself. Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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5 February 2017 : Owain Jones Debut Sets Club Milestone
The 78th minute introduction of Swansea City loanee Owain Jones during yesterday's 1-1 draw with Hartlepool United set a club milestone. Owain's debut meant that he was the 300th player to get onto the pitch in a Yeovil Town first team competitive match since they entered the Football League. With Barnet striker Jean-Louis Akra Akpro having started the match, he became No.299, thus putting us through the milestone once Owain replaced him in the latter stages of the game.

The club's recent reliance upon the loan system, coupled with a number of short term contracts, has meant that there has been a rapid acceleration in the number of players that have represented the club in recent seasons. During the early part of the 2012-13 season, Nathan Ralph had become the 200th player to represent the club since they entered the Football League, with Rohan Ince being recognised as taking the milestone for those who have made Football League appearances a few weeks later.

Fast forward a couple of years, and on October 18th 2014, Ryan Inniss became the 250th player to get onto the pitch, with striker Tom Eaves getting the recognition on November 29th 2014 as the 250th selected for Football League matches. By September 2nd 2015, Jordan Gibbons became the 275th player to play in first team competitive matches - he was also the 500th player used since the club moved to Huish Park.

Up until this season, the gap between the milestone covering first team competitive matches and the milestone covering Football League matches had generally been a short one, given that only Bradley Thomas and Billy Clifford had represented the club in a first team match yet not managed to make a Football League appearance. However, this season has seen that list of players expand, with Kyle Copp only making a single cup appearance before he disappeared off to Merthyr Town, whilst of the current crop of players, goalkeeper Jonny Maddison, midfielder Joe Lea and right-back Josh Ezewele have only made appearances in cup competitions.

Thus Owain is the 294th player to feature in Football League competitions. With Kabongo Tshimanga and Tom James yet to make an appearance for the club, and the above trio theoretically available for selection (although two are out on loan), the club will get closer to that milestone by the end of the season, although it's probably going to take until the opening day of the 2017-18 season for that milestone to be broken.

Link: Yeovil Town All-Time Appearances Since Football League Entry.


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4 February 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Hartlepool Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the away draw can be read via the link below.

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


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4 February 2017 : Lacey Injury Presents Defensive Conundrum For Tuesday Night
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admits that there are some concerns over the injury sustained to central defender Alex Lacey during the second half of this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United. The 23 year old suffered a knee injury in the 32nd minute of the match at Victoria Park when he collided with Pools midfielder Brad Walker, with Lacey coming out the worst, leaving him a major doubt for Tuesday night's trip to his former club Luton Town.

That was to be Lacey's last action of the game, after a two or three minute delay decided he couldn't continue. Club captain Darren Ward replaced him for the remaining 58 minutes of the match, and Way told BBC Somerset after the match that Lacey was having difficult in flexing that joint, but he didn't know what the actual issue was:

"We don't know the extent. Obviously it's sore and it's difficult to bend. It's his knee, but he's a quick healer. He's frustrated in there, but I said keep your head up, because you never know, he could make a quick recovery. We'll be doing our best to make sure that these players get the right preparation going into this game on Tuesday."

The issue the club will have for Tuesday, is that in recent weeks, Darren Ward has been ruled out of playing two matches across a Saturday and Tuesday as they try to nurse his way through his own knee problem. So far they have not used Ward in any EFL Trophy matches, with the plan undoubtedly having been to rest him during midweek. Lacey's injury may therefore see Bevis Mugabi come into the starting line-up, although with right-back Liam Shephard suspended for that match, there are two positions that will need to be covered, meaning that former Cardiff City defender Tom James may finally get his debut for the club.


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4 February 2017 : Darren Way Feels Hartlepool Second Half Deserved All Three Points
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way felt that his side deserved all three points against Hartlepool United this afternoon, despite them having to battle from behind to get the draw that they went home with. In a 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United, the Glovers trailed by a goal from Padraig Amond but levelled five minutes later in a game between two teams in the lower reaches of the midtable pack in League Two.

Way felt his side particularly finished the game as the stronger team, with the home side running out of steam in the closing stages. He told BBC Somerset that as his team had played in midweek against Plymouth Argyle, whilst Hartlepool had their feet up on the night, that his team had done well to last the 90 minutes in the way that they did:

"We're really pleased, when you look at the other results. Even though we want to be able to pick up three points, I thought we were the better team. I thought we deserved the three points, certainly in the second half. Unfortunately that didn't happen, but if you put all of these away performances together with these points, and then you pick up three points at home, then we could be in a better place. We talked about our preparation in the build-up to this game, having played Tuesday. They've got a new manager and they didn't play Tuesday. So it is very difficult place to come, mentally and physically. What you could see there is that the players kept going from start to finish, and I thought towards the end that we looked fitter than them."

The equalising goal came from Hartlepool-born midfielder Matty Dolan, who netted his fourth goal of the 2016-17 season when he got an opportunity from the penalty spot. Dolan had dropped off the penalty taker's list after Kevin Dawson took control of those duties midway through this season, but with the Irishman suspended he was an obvious choice to take over again. The spot kick was won when Francois Zoko turned his man inside the box, forcing Andrew Nelson to foul him, and with that being the second away game in three matches that he'd won his side a penalty, Way acknowledged those moments of quality were often crucial:

"That's what Francois can do. He can have spells, like any forward can have spells, of not being in the game. I thought that was the same as Tom Eaves at Blackpool. We had large spells where the forwards didn't really have great possession, but then all of a sudden he flicks it up and he hits the crossbar. That's why they've got that special talent. Francois has played a massive contribution this year to gain us goals and momentum. Matty (Dolan) has taken them before Dawson. So being up against his old club as well, I thought it was a good opportunity for Matty. I just shows how he can handle that pressure."


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4 February 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United at Victoria 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 Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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4 February 2017 : Hartlepool 1 Yeovil 1 : Dolan Penalty Denies His Home Town Club
Yeovil Town had to come from behind at Victoria Park, as they secured a 1-1 draw against Hartlepool United. The Glovers' third away draw in a row came after Padraig Amond had given the home side the lead as he headed home a 64th minute cross. Then turned up home town boy to spoil Hartlepool's plans of all three points. After Francois Zoko was tripped inside the box, up stepped Matt Dolan - born in the town, and a former Pools player - to convert the spot kick, and give a share of the points. The draw keeps Yeovil in 15th place, still 9 points off the play-off spots, but 11 points away from the bottom two clubs.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up, and that was enforced. Kevin Dawson began his two match suspension and that allowed Jean-Louis Akra Akpro the chance to make his debut, as he came into the front line on the right-hand side, with Ben Whitfield dropping into midfield to cover Dawson's slot. In the opposition line-up, Louis Rooney, who had used Huish Park facilities to sign for Hartlepool on Tuesday night, started the match, whilst September nemesis Nathan Thomas was on the bench.

The home side started far more effectively, applying most of the pressure in the opening 20 minutes of the first half. Louis Rooney had an early effort saved by Artur Krysiak, whilst at the other end, all Yeovil had to show was a Ben Whitfield effort that went well wide. Much of Hartlepool's efforts were wide of the target, with Padraig Amond firing just over the bar. Eventually Yeovil did have a mini-spell of their own as an Alex Lacey header at the near post flicked wide from a Matt Dolan corner before a Jean-Louis Akra Akpro attempt went comfortably over.

Lewis Alessandra and Sean Kavanagh cleared the crossbar and then the game went into a scrappy lull, with no-one really getting on the ball to any great intent. Yeovil's efforts weren't helped by Alex Lacey colliding with a Hartlepool player, then having to leave the field with a knee injury, replaced by Darren Ward. Yet although the home side were looking a bit sharper, even they seemed to have run out of steam - the final 20 minutes of the half saw nothing of note from either side apart from a Matt Butcher effort that went over the bar just before the half time whistle.

The second period opened up with Hartlepool still dominating, with Louis Rooney forcing Artur Krysiak into a terrific close range save as he palmed the ball over the bar. The Glovers were then indebted to sharp thinking by Darren Ward after his side lost possession in midfield, allowing Rooney the opportunity to break. He rounded Krysiak, but rather than move towards the ball, Ward chose to cover the goal line and the angled shot was blocked by the centre-back.

Just past the hour mark though, Hartlepool got the lead their play probably deserved. Andrew Nelson picked the ball up wide, and crossed the ball into the centre, with Padraig Amond's header planted back across the goal and past Artur Krysiak for a 1-0 advantage to the home side. Yeovil immediately sent on Omar Sowunmi for Tom Eaves, as a means of rescuing the game.

Five minutes later, Yeovil Town drew level. Francois Zoko had occasionally looked frustrated in the wide position, but like the Wycombe Wanderers away fixture, his quick feet inside the box were to prove crucial. He turned inside the box, and Andrew Nelson clearly tripped him as he launched forward for a cast iron penalty. With Kevin Dawson not part of play today, Matt Dolan - born in the town, and a former Hartlepool player - stepped up to take the spot kick and confidently equalised, keeping his celebrations down to a minimum.

In the closing stages, Yeovil looked the better side, and could have had a go at taking all three points. A Matt Dolan free kick from 25 yards out was pushed over the crossbar by Adam Bartlett, and that was probably the closest they came to a winner. But the home side disappeared from the game somewhat after the equaliser, meaning that the point that was ultimately gained was a comfortable one, keeping the Glovers in 15th place, and again in a solid midtable position.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Hartlepool United 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Padraig Amond (1-0, 64 mins), Matt Dolan (1-1, 69 mins, penalty)

Hartlepool United:
13. Adam Bartlett
33. Liam Donnelly 6. Matthew Bates 26. Scott Harrison 39. Sean Kavanagh
8. Brad Walker 4. Nicky Featherstone
22. Andrew Nelson 9. Padraig Amond 15. Lewis Alessandra
28. Louis Rooney

Substitutes:
7. Nathan Thomas (71 mins for Lewis Alessandra) 11. Rhys Oates 18. Lewis Hawkins 23. Connor Smith 29. James Martin 35. Kenton Richardson 42. Joe Fryer

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
28. Ben Whitfield 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
31. Jean-Louis Akra Akpro 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi (65 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Brandon Goodship 26. Darren Ward (32 mins for Alex Lacey) 32. Tom James 24. Owain Jones (78 mins for Jean-Louis Akra Akpro)

Hartlepool United Bookings: Andrew Nelson (foul, 89 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Liam Shephard (foul, 40 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 45%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Hartlepool United Match Statistics: Possession: 55%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 6; Fouls: 14.

Referee: Michael Salisbury (Lancashire). Assistants: Christopher Ward (South Yorkshire) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). Fourth Official: Matthew Dicicco (North Riding).

Attendance: 3,410 (with 97 Yeovil supporters).


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4 February 2017 : Team News For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Hartlepool United at Victoria Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that played against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday. Midfielder Kevin Dawson is starting a two match suspension today, meaning that he sits out the match, with striker Jean-Louis Akra Akpro coming in to replace him. Ben Whitfield shuffles into midfield as a result.

Captain Darren Ward currently would struggle to play two games a week, but he gets as far as the bench today. Swansea City loanee Owain Jones gets onto the bench.

Absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle) and Alex Lawless (hip). Football League loan rules mean that two of Yeovil Town's seven loan signings have to sit out every match from now on - today these are Shayon Harrison and Kabongo Tshimanga. Josh Ezewele is on loan with Kidderminster Harriers, midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough, whilst midfielder Ollie Bassett is on loan with Dorchester Town.

The team is as follows (with some possible reshuffling needed on the forward line once we kick off):

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
28. Ben Whitfield 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko 9. Tom Eaves 31. Jean-Louis Akra Akpro

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 24. Owain Jones 26. Darren Ward 32. Tom James

Hartlepool United:
13. Adam Bartlett 33. Liam Donnelly 6. Matthew Bates 26. Scott Harrison 39. Sean Kavanagh 8. Brad Walker 4. Nicky Featherstone 22. Andrew Nelson 9. Padraig Amond 15. Lewis Alessandra 28. Louis Rooney

Substitutes:
7. Nathan Thomas 11. Rhys Oates 18. Lewis Hawkins 23. Connor Smith 29. James Martin 35. Kenton Richardson 42. Joe Fryer


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4 February 2017 : Pools Striker's Deadline Day Move Took Place At Huish Park
This afternoon, Hartlepool United will be unveiling one of their January Transfer Deadline Day signings, and it's fair to say that he'll already know a fair bit about Yeovil Town. Striker Louis Rooney was at Huish Park on Tuesday night, as an unused substitute for Plymouth Argyle and so had to content himself with being a spectator.

Where things started to get a lot more dramatic was after the game. How does a Plymouth-based player, who is just under 100 miles from Home Park, and 336 miles from Hartlepool at that point, get a loan deal with his new club sorted in the 60-90 minutes between the final whistle blowing at Huish Park, and the 11.00p.m. transfer deadline? They used office space inside Huish Park, and presumably a bit of Glovers wifi, and pushed the deal through remotely. Rooney explained via the Hartlepool club website how it unfolded:

"After the Yeovil game it was the last thing I was expecting to happen but I am glad that we got it all sorted and it went through in the end – even though we only had 17 seconds to spare! We didn’t get the result we wanted and I was on the coach waiting to leave – then the gaffer came on and told me I had to get off quickly because the loan was going to happen. We used Yeovil’s offices and we were sat waiting for the email and then got everything signed really quickly so thankfully it got through in time."

So the club that represented Rooney's last opponents in an Argyle shirt, and also provided him with the means to move to Hartlepool, now also become his first opponents in a Hartlepool shirt. He doesn't have much professional first team experience with only four Argyle appearances to his name, and has scored two goals for the Pilgrims - both of which were against Hartlepool United on the final day of last season's standard league programme. And hopefully that's where the list of 'small world' coincidences end!

Hartlepool have brought in one other loan signing for this afternoon's fixture, with fellow striker Andrew Nelson making the rather less complicated loan move from Sunderland until the end of the 2016-17 season.


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3 February 2017 : Premier League Southampton Sign Up Yeovil Town Youth Keeper
Yeovil Town Under-18s goalkeeper Kingsley Latham has signed a professional contract with Premier League side Southampton. As reported earlier this week, the Second Year Scholar, who is 18 years old, featured in their Under-23 side that played against Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s at Stevenage's Broadhall Way ground. He has now been given a contract with the Saints until May 2018.

Latham was brought in by former Academy Manager Geoff Harrop, having been on the books of Torquay United, whilst he was also part of the North Devon based Chivenor Development Centre. As Kingsley was a Scholar with Yeovil Town, the club would have been entitled to a fee for his services, although there isn't one mentioned in the arrangements. Southampton Academy Manager Matt Hale says of the deal:

"We are delighted to bring Kingsley in. He is a young goalkeeper with great potential, and someone we feel we can really work with and help develop over the next few years. He is a very switched on young lad and I am sure will be looking forward to coming in and working hard with (Southampton Goalkeeper Development Coach) Vince (Bartram) and the rest of the goalkeepers."

We wish Kingsley the best of luck for the future.


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3 February 2017 : Darren Previews The Hartlepool United Away Game
Tomorrow afternoon sees Yeovil Town play Hartlepool United at Victoria Park in a League Two match. As part of the build-up to that match, manager Darren Way spoke to BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt about the fixture, the closure of the January transfer window, the large number of loan players the club have, and the effect of the midweek win over Plymouth Argyle. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Darren Way Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To Hartlepool United.


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3 February 2017 : Argyle Midfielder Claims Glovers Celebrated Like They'd Won The League
Plymouth Argyle midfielder Ryan Donaldson believes that Yeovil Town celebrated like they'd won the league, when the final whistle blew on Tuesday night. The 25 year old complains that because Argyle are a 'big club' that the opposition are doing that dastardly thing of 'upping their game' against his side, thus resulting in the 2-1 result to the home side, thanks to goals from Nathan Smith and Alex Lacey.

The result was Argyle's third defeat in their last five League Two away matches, allowing promotion rivals Doncaster Rovers to open up a seven point advantage at the top of the division. Whilst that should still leave the Devon side a comfortable bet for automatic promotion, Donaldson claims that his team are being singled out by their opponents:

"When teams beat us they celebrate like they've won the league, which is a bit similar. It’s the same – people up their game against us, which you’ve got to deal with when you’re a big club like us. Yeovil the other night, you should’ve heard them when they won!"

Yeovil Town's victory at Huish Park was of course their first League Two victory in nearly two months, which might have accounted for the cheers at the end of the fixture, rather than who their opponents were. However, Donaldson believes that despite the defeat, the team that he is playing in are the best that he's seen since the 25 year old became a senior footballer. He denies that he was annoyed by the Yeovil full time celebrations:

It's not annoying, it just feels better when you beat them because we should beat teams like that (Yeovil), but sometimes it happens and you’ve just got to move on and get on with it. We’ve got so many good players here – I’ve not played in a squad this good since I made the step up into men’s football, so I think we all push each other on."

Plymouth Argyle last won an away competitive fixture against Yeovil Town back in 1972.


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3 February 2017 : Officials For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Hartlepool United and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place at Victoria Park on Saturday 4th February 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be Michael Salisbury (Lancashire).

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

If the surname Salisbury seems familiar, then his father is Graham Salisbury who we've had on many an occasion. So far Salisbury Jr has taken charge of 21 matches. He has produced 68 yellow cards and eight red cards. The latter is certainly on the high side, and includes the dismissal of Barnet's Simeon Akinola, who was dismissed in his last game at Carlisle last Saturday.

Mr Salisbury will be assisted by Christopher Ward (South Yorkshire) and Barry Gordon (County Durham). The Fourth Official will be Matthew Dicicco (North Riding).

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

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Link: Lawless Back From Injury For Hartlepool Trip.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.


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3 February 2017 : Bassett Heads For Third Magpies Spell
Yeovil Town midfielder Ollie Bassett has joined Dorchester Town on loan for the third time this season. Bassett had already made 16 appearances for the Magpies, scoring three goals along the way. He has now joined them again for an unspecified period - presumably a one month deal - subject to Southern League and Football Association ratification.

Bassett's third spell will hopefully start with a home match against Merthyr Town, who are managed by former Glover Gavin Williams. The club have two other players out on loan at present, with Josh Ezewele at National League North side Kidderminster Harriers, whilst Joe Lea is at Gosport Borough until the end of the 2016-17 season.


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2 February 2017 : N'Gala Stuck In Limbo After FIFA Regulation Catches Clubs Out Again
Former Yeovil Town central defender Bondz N'Gala has ended up stuck in limbo, after he tripped over a FIFA rule that Yeovil Town also fell foul of earlier this month. The 27 year old had been announced as a free agent signing for League One side Gillingham earlier today, but the deal lasted three hours before collapsing, with this being his third club of the 2016-17 season, following spells with Barnet and Eastleigh.

The lead-up to N'Gala's attempt to join Gillingham had been fairly extraordinary in itself. On November 22nd 2016, he left Barnet to sign for Eastleigh for what was announced as a club record fee by the Hampshire side, believed to be around £60,000. Nine days later, the boss who had allowed him to leave - Martin Allen - turned up at Ten Acres as his new boss. Although he did play under Allen, by January 31st 2017, he was allowed to leave by mutual consent, with Eastleigh's statement saying they were aware that he had another club lined up.

That club was later confirmed to be Gillingham, with them unveiling him at 3.00p.m. this afternoon. By 6.00p.m. that club website article had been pulled and replaced by another statement confirming that as this was N'Gala's third club of the season, he wouldn't be allowed to play for them. With the intended deal only running until the end of the 2016-17 season, Bondz becomes a free agent again.

Gillingham did manage to make one successful signing with a Glovers connection on transfer deadline day, with AFC Bournemouth midfielder Harry Cornick arriving on loan until the end of the 2016-17 season. Cornick has not played since October 2016, when a groin injury cut his deal with Leyton Orient short.

Yeovil Town had already had their deal with West Bromwich Albion striker Andre Wright fall through during January, for the same reasons. Meanwhile Leyton Orient's plans to loan winger Ulrich Nnomo to Paris FC were also scuppered after it became apparent that he had played in a match for French side Chateuroux earlier in the season. He has now returned to Leyton Orient, where he will be considered for selection by new manager Danny Webb.

The curiosity is that three Football League clubs - Yeovil Town, Leyton Orient and Gillingham - have all been caught out by the FIFA Regulations in quick succession. The rule has been in place or many years - Yeovil also tripped over it seven years ago when trying to sign Arron Davies. It would seem likely that the loss of the 'emergency loan'' rule is now forcing clubs to go down the route of permanent transfers and long term loan arrangements, and therefore that FIFA are able to track such deals far more easily than they were able to before, and block them.


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2 February 2017 : Reduced Travel Costs For GWSC Trip To Hartlepool United
The Green and White Supporters Club are now able to offer vastly reduced travel costs for their forthcoming League Two match against Hartlepool United. The match takes place at Victoria Park on Saturday 4th February 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off.
Originally prices had been set based on previous seasons costs, with the 672 mile round trip ordinarily setting a GWSC Member back by £34.00. However, the Football Club have agreed to subsidise the trip to cover 50 percent of the costs, whilst Ridlers Coaches have reduced the costs of their diesel and drivers by £100. That means that everyone will pay as follows:

Hartlepool United : Saturday 4th February 2017.
Huish Park: 6.00a.m.
Adult Members: £15.00; Member Concessions: £15.00
Adult Non-Members: £15.00; Non-Member Concessions: £15.00

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: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Link: Lawless Back From Injury For Hartlepool Trip.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Cyril Knowles Stand
Cyril Knowles Stand
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2 February 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travel up to Hartlepool United where they will visit their Victoria Park ground. With that in mind, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to cover the latest information. With ticketing, parking, directions, a pub guide and a collection of statistics, you can find the guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.

Link: Lawless Back From Injury For Hartlepool Trip.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Rink End
The Rink End, accommodation for the away support
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2 February 2017 : Darren Way Features In League Team Of Midweek Selection
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way features in the Football League's nominated 'Team of Midweek'. Covering matches played across Tuesday and Wednesday, there was a partial fixture list, mainly made up of clubs trying to catch up on games that had been called off or rearranged - in Yeovil Town's case their home fixture against Plymouth Argyle that had been called off due to the Pilgrims' FA Cup exploits.

The Glovers won that match by a 2-1 scoreline, ending a run of eight league matches without a win. That, and breaking a run of games without a home goal, meant that the Football League recognised Way's involvement in their team of eleven players and one manager, and had this to say about the match:

"After failing to see his side register a goal at home in four games, Way and his Yeovil players chose the perfect time to end the drought, against south-west foes Plymouth Argyle. First-half goals from Nathan Smith and Alex Lacey finally gave the Huish Park crowd something to cheer, and secured a 2-1 win as the Glovers upset their promotion-chasing rivals."

The midweek nominated team was as follows:

Goalkeeper: Alex Smithies (Queens Park Rangers)
Defender: Scott Malone (Fulham)
Defender: Pontus Jansson (Leeds United)
Defender: Jack Barthram (Cheltenham Town)
Midfielder: Tom Ince (Derby County)
Midfielder: Liam Kelly (Reading)
Midfielder: David Edwards (Wolverhampton Wanderers)
Midfielder: David Wheeler (Exeter City)
Forward: Kenneth Zohore (Cardiff City)
Forward: Britt Assombalonga (Nottingham Forest)
Forward: Lasse Vibe (Brentford)

Manager: Darren Way (Yeovil Town)


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2 February 2017 : Lawless Back From Injury For Hartlepool Trip
Yeovil Town will travel up to Hartlepool United this weekend with considerably more selection options - and a few problems - for them to face. The significant news is that Alex Lawless has returned from injury, having been out with a hip problem in recent fixtures. Lawless last featured in the January EFL Trophy Third Round match against Reading Under-21s but had to come off at half time during that game with a hip problem and had not been since in the four games that have followed.

He is now theoretically available for selection - something that may tempt manager Darren Way, given that Lawless will be sitting out the Tuesday night trip to Luton Town anyway, due to an EFL Trophy-specific suspension. Added to that, fellow midfielder Kevin Dawson will be suspended on Saturday and won't be at Hartlepool, and so it may be that those two swap over during the next few games.

In terms of availability, Ryan Hedges hadn't played for the club since Boxing Day, meaning that his move to Barnsley on Transfer Deadline Day doesn't actually alter the number of available bodies, although it meant that last week's fanfare for his imminent return from injury turned out to be a false dawn. However, the club have theoretically three new faces to select from, with all of Milton Keynes Dons loanee Kabongo Tshimanga, Barnet striker Jean-Louis Akra Akpro and Swansea City younger Owain Jones now able to play for their temporary club.

However, from this point onwards, matters become a little trickier - given that right-back Liam Shephard, midfielders Matt Butcher and Ben Whitfield and striker Shayon Harrison were already at the club on loan deals, the club will now have to select a maximum of five loanees for the teamsheet, with the other two players either sitting in the stand, or possibly left at home. As four of those players are strikers or wide players, it's most likely that two of those will become the most likely to drop out, although Ben Whitfield's dual position as a midfielder or a wide man could mean he is bundled into that group.

Aside from Dawson's imposed absence, and Josh Ezewele's and Joe Lea's loan spells, the only other likely absentee is winger Otis Khan, who was reported as 'close' to a return from an ankle injury last week, but as yet there's no firm evidence of him being on the training ground at this stage.

For Saturday's ticketing and travel arrangements, follow the links below.

Link: Ticketing For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Hartlepool United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Hartlepool United.


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2 February 2017 : Carlton And Townsend Depart As Ladies Reshape Squad
Yeovil Town Ladies have said farewell to two members of their FAWSL2 title winning squad, as they prepare their team for life in the top flight of Ladies Football. Former Bristol Academy and Cardiff City full-back Lauren Townsend and former Millwall Lionesses midfielder Dan Carlton have both left the club as the Glovers prepare for the one-off FAWSL1 Spring Series tournament.

Townsend was signed in December 2015 and featured in eight League fixtures last season, but was unable to cement a regular starting position in the side. Midfielder Carlton arrived in July 2016 and played in eight of the nine final matches that gave Yeovil promotion from FAWSL2 level. Manager Jamie Sherwood has paid tribute to both players for their efforts, as he searches for replacement players:

"I cannot thank both players enough for the roles they played in the 2016 season. Their contribution was superb and were a part of the strong group that lifted the title but we are now preparing for 2017 and shaping the squad to ensure it has the right mix. This work continues and I am confident that the core of squad that remains and the faces we are looking to bring in will enable Yeovil Town Ladies FC to compete in our first season in WSL 1."

Sherwood still has plenty of time to find new players ahead of the 2017 season, with the first Spring Series fixture due to take place on April 23rd. However, with the FA Women's Cup seeing Yeovil coming into the draw at the next round stage, it's likely that new faces will start to arrive before that date.

Link: 2017 FAWSL1 Spring Series Fixture List.


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2 February 2017 : Football Association Confirm Dawson Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed that Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson will be starting a suspension for this weekend's trip to Hartlepool United. The Irishman picked up his 10th yellow card of the 2016-17 campaign in the 90th minute of Tuesday night's 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle and thus will serve a two match ban, ruling him out of the long trip to the North East, as well as the following weekend's home match against Leyton Orient.

Having steamrollered his way through a string of yellow cards during the first half of the season, the 26 year old has actually managed to rein in his run-ins with the match referees - he'd gone twelve matches with just one caution since the tail end of November, but unfortunately the totting up rules meant that reaching his tenth yellow was inevitable.

The club will also be missing Alex Lawless and Liam Shephard for next Tuesday night's EFL Trophy match at Luton Town. That suspension is held over until that match is played, with the disciplinary rules running separate to Football League fixtures.


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2 February 2017 : Darren Talks About Deadline Day Signings And Plymouth Team Selection
Just before Tuesday night's League Two match against Plymouth Argyle 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, perhaps inevitably the conversation is mainly about the club's recruitment on Transfer Deadline Day, with Darren giving his views on Milton Keynes Dons attacker Kabongo Tshimanga and Barnet striker Jean-Louis Akra Akpro as well as explaining why he was moving for so many players on the final day. There's enough time to squeeze in his thoughts on Darren Ward and Omar Sowunmi's roles in the team in recent games, as well as the inclusion of Ryan Dickson and Ben Whitfield. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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1 February 2017 : Yeovil 2 Argyle 1 : Centre-Back Goals Help Glovers Get Back On Track
Yeovil Town picked up their first league win in nine matches on Tuesday night, by a 2-1 win over promotion-chasing Plymouth Argyle. In a rain-sodden game, all three goals were netted during the second period, with the Glovers centre-backs taking the honours. Nathan Smith converted from close range from a Ben Whitfield corner, and less than two minutes later Alex Lacey got the final touch on a Matt Dolan free kick. The Pilgrims threatened in the closing stages, as former defender Jakub Sokolik netted from a set piece to set up a close finale, but the Glovers held on to secure three valuable points.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their line-up. Darren Ward is currently struggling to complete two matches a week. due to his knee issues, and so he dropped out of the fixture, making way for Ryan Dickson who had been left out over the weekend due to FA rules on concussion. He took the left-back slot with Nathan Smith moving into the middle. Up front, Omar Sowunmi dropped to the bench, with Ben Whitfield coming in, as Tom Eaves went back to his preferred central role. In the opposition line-up, former Glover Jakub Sokolik got his first league start for his new club.

On a rain-soaked evening, the opening 30 minutes or so saw very little in the way of concrete chances, even if the Glovers started brightly, with a Francois Zoko effort being blocked by Sonny Bradley before it could reach the goal. At the other end, Alex Lacey did the same from a Craig Tanner shot, meaning that neither goalkeeper had to worry too much about the ball reaching their hands.

Matters began to warm up during the fifteen minute period leading up to the break, with Argyle exerting plenty of pressure in that period. Craig Tanner fired a deflected shot wide and out for a corner, whilst Nathan Blissett saw his header saved by Artur Krysiak. Then six minutes before the break came an almighty goalmouth scramble, as a sea of bodies inside the penalty box saw Yeovil defenders flying in front of the ball, unable to clear their lines, but with Argyle mercifully unable to get a firm boot on the ball. Who exactly touched what, and when? We're guessing.

Yeovil needed the half time break a little, although it seemed that Argyle boss Derek Adams was the one who wasn't particularly happy. He'd already tried a couple of subtle formation changes during the game - one midway through the first half then another at half time. He then made a double substitution eleven minutes into the second period, putting both substitutes into wing positions.

Whether that change upset Argyle or not, five minutes later they found themselves a goal down from a set piece. Oscar Threlkeld conceded a corner, shortly after Nathan Smith had executed a brilliant defensive block at the other end. Ben Whitfield took the corner kick, and it seemed as though Smith had barely enough time to reach the other end of the pitch, running in from a deep position, to finish from close range, for a 1-0 62nd minute lead.

Less than two minutes later, one goal became two. Ben Whitfield won a free kick after Jakub Sokolik upended him. This time Matty Dolan was the man delivering the set piece - his ball into the box saw Jordan Slew get a touch on the ball, before Alex Lacey got the final decisive contact for the second goal of the game. 2-0 advantage.

Perhaps through the sudden realisation that they could break an eight match run in the league, or perhaps because Argyle threw caution to the wind (and the rain), the Glovers seemed to spend five or ten minutes sitting back, and the visitors got themselves back into the game. Ben Whitfield fouled Graham Carey, and when Jake Jervis put in the free kick, Jakub Sokolik was judged to have got the final touch on the ball against his old club, leaving 13 minutes for the game to hang in the balance once again.

Surprisingly, we didn't get the late charge from Argyle that might have been expected. Yeovil Town rode out the remaining period of the game without showing too much ambition to add to their goal tally, but on the other hand doing enough to snuff the game out, even if some of Artur Krysiak's creative timewasting became a little bit too obvious to referee Kevin Johnson, who was fussy enough on the night, without giving him a clear reason to dish out a late yellow card. That won't have worried too many inside the home part of the stadium though - the club's first win since December 5th, and a small rise up the table into 15th place, gives a more pleasant viewing of the league table going into February, than 2017 has offered so far.


Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 2 Plymouth Argyle 1.

Scorers: Nathan Smith (1-0, 62 mins), Alex Lacey (2-0, 64 mins), Jakub Sokolik (2-1, 77 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 4. Matt Dolan
28. Ben Whitfield 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Jonny Maddison 5. Bevis Mugabi 17. Omar Sowunmi (84 mins for Tom Eaves) 19. Brandon Goodship (79 mins for Francois Zoko) 22. Ollie Bassett 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (90 mins for Ben Whitfield)

Plymouth Argyle:
23. Luke McCormick 18. Oscar Threlkeld 4. Yann Songo'o 15. Sonny Bradley 31. Jakub Sokolik 3. Gary Sawyer 24. David Fox 11. Ryan Donaldson 10. Graham Carey 27. Craig Tanner 13. Nathan Blissett

Substitutes:
7. Antoni Sarcevic (68 mins for David Fox) 5. Nauris Bulvitis 8. Jordan Slew (56 mins for Nathan Blissett) 14. Jake Jervis (56 mins for Ryan Donaldson) 20. Louis Rooney 21. Vincent Dorel

Yeovil Bookings: Tom Eaves (foul, 83 mins), Kevin Dawson (foul, 90 mins), Artur Krysiak (timewasting, 90 mins)

Plymouth Argyle Bookings: David Fox (foul, 24 mins), Yann Songo'o (foul, 87 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 49%; Shots: 4; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 1; Fouls: 13.

Plymouth Argyle Match Statistics: Possession: 51%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 3; Corners: 7; Fouls: 8.

Referee: Kevin Johnson (Somerset). Assistants: Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire) and Dean Treleaven (West Sussex). Fourth Official: Michael Webb (Surrey).

Attendance: 4,788 (with 1,747 Plymouth supporters).


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1 February 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Plymouth Argyle Home Game
Following Tuesday night's 2-1 win over Plymouth Argyle at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match, his transfer deadline day recruitment, and on the impending arrival of former manager Steve Rutter as a coach, can be read via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Plymouth Argyle Home Game.


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1 February 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights from Tuesday night's League Two match between Yeovil Town and Plymouth Argyle, these are now online. The two minute selection includes the opening goals from Nathan Smith and Alex Lacey, as well as Argyle's attempt at a comeback via former Glover Jakub Sokolik. View them via the YouTube clip below.




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1 February 2017 : That Was The January Transfer Window That Was
Yeovil Town's finale to the January Transfer Window was rather more busy than Glovers fans are used to, with three loan signings, and in terms of numbers on the club's payroll, one exit on the day. Of course, the whole month should be seen in perspective, with a significant amount of change to the first team squad since the turn of the year.

Overall, the club brought in six new players (five of which are strikers or attacking wingers), whilst we saw three first team players exit the club, along with one youth teamer, and two others being put out on loan. Overall, once loan extensions for Ben Whitfield and Matt Butcher were added to two loan deals that didn't work out, the month saw news relating to a total of sixteen players.

One of the most noticeable outcomes of the January Transfer Window is that Yeovil Town have ended the month with seven loan players on their books. Football League rules mean that only five of those players can be selected for any given match, meaning that from this point onwards two of them will be sat in the stand for each game. Right-back Liam Shephard, Midfielders Ben Whitfield and Matt Butcher and strike quartet Shayon Harrison, Jean-Louis Akra Akpro, Kabongo Tshimanga and Owain Jones will all be in direct competition with each other for five places.

Manager Darren Way recognises that this will raise a few eyebrows among supporters, but says that this was an issue in terms of being able to bring in contracted players of sufficient quality, and without that being available on the day, he chose to go down the loan route, to protect the squad size:

"I know that people probably think that with certain loans that we've signed, that I'm going mad. But I don't want to be left short. Once the window closes, I've got to battle with the troops that I've got. Unfortunately I couldn't sign any on contract, because normally the quality players are in contract. So we've had to go down the loan route. The rules and regulations I think don't help a club like Yeovil. We have to make sure that we use the loan market wisely, and I will be using the loans to rotate. So every player has got to make sure that their performances are high."

A summary of the events of January, including who arrived, who left and even which players arrived and quickly left, can be found below.

Arriving Permanently: Brandon Goodship (free agent, six month deal from Bournemouth), Tom James (free agent, six month deal from Cardiff City)

Arriving On Loan: Shayon Harrison (Tottenham Hotspur, half-season loan), Jean-Louis Akra Akpro (Barnet, half-season loan), Kabongo Tshimanga (Milton Keynes Dons, half-season loan), Owain Jones (Swansea City, half-season loan)

Deals Extended: Ben Whitfield (half-season loan), Matt Butcher (half-season loan)

Exiting Permanently: Kyle Copp (short term deal expired, signed for Merthyr Town), Tahvon Campbell (loan expired, back to West Brom then out to Notts County on loan), Ryan Hedges (loan recalled, signed for Barnsley), Callum Morton (Scholarship by West Bromwich Albion for undisclosed fee)

Exiting On Loan: Joe Lea (Gosport Borough, half season loan), Josh Ezewele (Kidderminster Harriers, one month loan)

Now You See Them, Now You Don't: Andre Wright (West Brom, registration failed), Jack Storer (Birmingham City, loan cancelled)


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1 February 2017 : Prospective EFL Trophy Semi-Finalists Known
Yeovil Town or Luton Town will face a home tie against League One side Oxford United in the semi-final of the EFL Trophy. Whilst the Glovers will not play their Quarter-Final match against the Hatters until next Tuesday night, the other delayed Quarter-Final tie was played last night, with Oxford beating Bradford City by a 2-1 scoreline.

In front of 2,274 spectators, two quick goals from Chris Maguire and Marvin Johnson gave Oxford the win, with a late goal from former Glovers loanee Jordy Hiwula giving the Bantams some hope. The final score means that the EFL Trophy Semi-Final draw now looks as follows:

Luton Town or Yeovil Town vs Oxford United
Coventry City vs Wycombe Wanderers

All Semi-Final ties are scheduled to be played during the week commencing February 20th 2017. Unlike previous seasons the Semi-Final will be played on a single leg basis.

Yeovil Town's Quarter-Final tie against Luton Town, which was postponed last week due to a frozen pitch, will be played on Tuesday 7th February.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Luton Town.

Link: EFL Trophy Ticketing For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Luton Town vs Yeovil Town.


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1 February 2017 : Way Hails Battling Victory After Difficult Run Of Games
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes his side broke the back of a difficult run of games last night, after they beat second-placed Plymouth Argyle by a 2-1 scoreline at Huish Park. A run of eight League Two matches without a win has meant that the club have slipped from what had been briefly a play-off position after the December thrashing of Crawley Town, into the obscurity of mid-table, with nearly two months passing between league victories.

Way referred to last night's match as a 'local derby' and whilst that may have been stretching a geographical point, he felt the atmosphere in the ground, as Argyle were backed by 1,747 spectators in an overall crowd of 4,788 helped his team create a passion. However, he told BBC Somerset that his whole belief was that his team were coming out of the back of a string of difficult fixtures, and used that as a factor in why results have not been what they would have hoped for:

"Everyone keeps talking about this eight games and not winning. But we've had a toufh run, and I knew that. I said to every player and every member of staff, it's going to be difficult, and that proved to be exactly the case. What these three points have done, is I think they've brought those good results together. I feel Wycombe was a difficult place, Blackpool was a difficult place, Exeter we could have won that game and Portsmouth we could have won that game. We've been so close, but the players deserved those three points today. We say our strength is passion in that game, and in a local derby it was played full of passion."

On a day in which three more attacking players arrived at Huish Park on loan - all ineligible for last night's fixture - it was two of Way's established centre-backs that won the game, with Nathan Smith and Alex Lacey scoring two minutes apart. Way gave credit to his assistant manager and defensive coach Terry Skiverton for some of his work on the training ground, again breaking a near two-month run in which there hadn't been a home league goal at Huish Park. Way was pleased with the overall performance:

"It was a battling victory on a pitch that was very wet, but I still thought the way the players played and got the ball down, certainly in the second half, and took the game to Plymouth from start to finish, was very good. I have to give a special mention to Terry (Skiverton). We've been working very very hard behind the scenes on set plays. It means a lot to us. It's nice to get two goals, as it means the team can grow real confidence about that."


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1 February 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Plymouth Argyle
If you watched Tuesday night's 2-1 home win against Plymouth Argyle 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 Plymouth Argyle.


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