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30 April 2017 : Chelsea 6 Yeovil 0 : Ladies Hit For Six In First Away Fixture
Yeovil Town Ladies suffered a heavy defeat this afternoon at the hands of Chelsea Ladies with a 6-0 scoreline in their second Spring Series game. In a match played at Staines Town FC, the female Glovers appeared to be holding their own right up until the final minute before the break, but conceded twice inside a minute to give the home side the advantage. Chelsea's 2014 Player of the Season Ji So-Yun did the damage - her free kick opened the scoring by landing in the top corner, and she quickly scored the second by curling the ball into the net from the corner of the box.

The crowd at Wheatsheaf Park were soon seeing more goals nine minutes into the second half, when Drew Spence headed home from close range, with Erin Cuthburt adding another 13 minutes later. Chelsea then produced a quickfire double, as Chelsea's USA internationaal Crystal Dunn bagged the fifth followed by Ramona Bachmann who took advantage of a goalmouth scramble to poke home their sixth and final goal.

Yeovil's cause was not helped by losing goalkeeper Charlotte Haynes, after she picked up an injury during Bachmann's goal, leaving outfield player Helen Bleazard having to take the goalkeeper gloves for the final 15 minutes. With the Glovers left a bit shellshocked by the end, Yeovil captain Ellie Curson reminded her teammates that for the first 43 minutes they had played well, and said that much of the objective of the Spring Series was to bring themselves up to the new FAWSL1 standard, although clearly they have found the first two games a tough experience:

"It was tough. In the first half we competed for about 43 minutes and gave them the game in final two minutes of the first half. Obviously we were under a lot of pressure – we knew we were going to be today. They’re training every day together, they spend a lot of time together, so every game that we come up in this season is going to be tough. But to be honest I think we held our own for 43 minutes. Unfortunately they just came at us and that’s sometimes the way football goes. Disappointed and frustrating I think are the words that sum up our game today. I think we’ve learnt a lot. Even in terms of structure we’ve got a lot to learn as a club. Fitness wise we’re there for about 60-70 minutes and that’s when we start to fall off. I think we’ve learnt a lot, and we still have a lot to learn, but luckily enough the Spring Series offers that to us ready for September. Hopefully, in September, we’ll be able to compete at this level."

Final Score: Chelsea Ladies 6 Yeovil Town Ladies 0.

Scorers: Ji So-Yun (45 mins, 1-0), Ji So-Yun (45 mins, 2-0), Drew Spence (54 mins, 3-0), Erin Cuthbert (67 mins, 4-0), Crystal Dunn (73 mins, 5-0), Ramona Bachmann (75 mins, 6-0).

Chelsea Ladies: (3-4-3) Frances Kitching; Deanna Cooper, Maren Mjelde, Millie Bright; Gemma Davison, Karen Carney, Drew Spence, Bethany England; Erin Cuthbert, Crystal Dunn, Ji So-Yun

Substitutes: Niamh Fahey (60 mins for Millie Bright), Hannah Blundell (63 mins for Bethany England), Ramona Bachmann (69 mins), Katie Startup, Eniola Aluko, Katie Chapman

Yeovil Town Ladies: (3-5-2) Charlotte Haynes; Hannah Short, Helen Bleazard, Nicola Cousins; Nadia Lawrence, Ellie Curson, Molly Clark, Ann-Marie Heatherson, Lucy Quinn; Jessie Jones, Nia Jones

Substitutes: Ella Pusey (57 mins for Annie Heatherson), Steph Williams (77 mins for Charlotte Haynes), Sarah Wiltshire, Natalie Haigh, Bow Jackson, Leah Burridge, Kelly Snook

Referee: Ian Fissenden

Attendance: 1077.


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30 April 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Stevenage Home Game
Following Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Stevenage 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 talks about the draw, his thoughts on possibly making Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro's stay a more permanent one, as well as his thoughts on plans for next season, and even his own position can be read in full via the link below.

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


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30 April 2017 : No Valiant Escape As League One Relegation Slots Decided
The shape of the 2017-18 season in League Two has crystalised a little more this afternoon, with the conclusion of the standard season in League One. Yeovil Town will be playing Port Vale next season - who have Sam Foley on their books - after they failed to get the win they needed to keep themselves up. Their 0-0 draw at Fleetwood Town ultimately condemned them, meaning that the Valiants will join Swindon Town, Coventry City and Chesterfield in League Two next season.

Yesterday ensured that League Two's vital positions will go into the final game of the season, even if it looked at one stage that Hartlepool United were on the way down. Newport County had taken a shock lead at Carlisle United midway through Saturday afternoon, that would have settled the bottom two before the final day, but they ultimately lost 2-1. Hartlepool's 1-0 defeat at Cheltenham Town meant that Yeovil Town knew that they were safe slightly before the conclusion of their draw against Stevenage; the result also assured Cheltenham's own safety.

The results mean that Hartlepool have to win on the final day, and their match has been chosen by Sky Sports as their live match at Saturday teatime. The snag is that they're playing Doncaster Rovers at Victoria Park, with Donny needing victory to stand any chance of getting the League Two title. Newport County will be playing at Rodney Parade knowing that for their final fixture against Notts County, they either need to win, or to at least match Hartlepool's result to create what would be an incredible escape from relegation, given where the Exiles were at the point at which they sacked Graham Westley, when they were eleven points from safety.

The basket case ownership at Leyton Orient means they are already dead and buried, although the O's have now put out a statement claiming they have cleared their HMRC (tax man) debts, along with paying their staff wages. Not that this stopped an extraordinary situation at Brisbane Road, when an 84th minute pitch invasion stopped their game against Colchester United with the Essex side at that point 1-3 up. The protests appear to have been peaceful, with reports that Colchester fans joined in with their Eastern rivals in solidarity, with play being held up until 5.48p.m. when an announcement over the stadium told fans the game had been abandoned.

Orient fans eventually exited, and all went home, but it appeared that was a bit of a ruse to get the game completed. A total of 117 minutes later, Leyton Orient and Colchester players quietly sneaked back onto the pitch to play the remaining six minutes behind closed doors, with the end result important to Colchester's play-off hopes. We're disappointed to note that the Fourth Official merely signalled for "three minutes" added time, instead of the 117+3 minutes his board actually should have shown! The match finished with no further goals added.

The situation regarding the League Two play-offs remains beautifully chaotic, with only Luton Town and Exeter City being able to sleep soundly going into the final fixture. Any of Carlisle United, Blackpool, Stevenage, Cambridge United, Wycombe Wanderers and Mansfield Town can gain the final two play-off slots. From Blackpool in 7th place, who occupy the last play-off slots, there are currently clubs on 67, 67, 66, 66, 66 and 65 points which is likely to leave the final day going to the wire. Wycombe (11th) vs Cambridge (9th) looks like a dead rubber fixture until you realise that the winners only need Blackpool or Carlisle to drop points for them to sneak in on the final day.

In the National League, the final day of proper fixtures saw Aldershot grab the final play-off place. The two legged play-offs begin on Wednesday with the Shots at home to Tranmere Rovers, whilst on Thursday Dagenham and Redbridge are at home to Forest Green Rovers, with both games televised on BT Sport - the second legs take place next weekend.

Relegated From League One: Port Vale, Swindon Town, Coventry City, Chesterfield.

Promoted From League Two: Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth.

League Two Play-Offs: Luton Town, Exeter City and two more from seven other clubs.

Relegated From League Two: Leyton Orient. One of Hartlepool United or Newport County will join them.

Promoted From National League: Lincoln City.

National League Play-Offs: One to be promoted out of Tranmere Rovers, Forest Green, Dagenham and Redbridge, Aldershot.


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30 April 2017 : Former Loanee MacDonald Suffers Horrific Leg Break
Former Yeovil Town loanee Shaun MacDonald looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a horrific injury yesterday. The 28 year old, who had five loan spells at Huish Park whilst a Swansea City player, has suffered a double leg fracture, after he went in for a challenge with Reading's George Evans, whilst playing for Wigan Athletic in their 1-0 defeat at the Madejski Stadium.

MacDonald received on-the-pitch treatment for ten minutes before being stretchered off. Reports are that he has broken his tibia and fibula, meaning that he's likely to even miss the start of the 2017-18 season at this stage. Evans was booked for the tackle, but Wigan caretaker manager Graham Barrow has downplayed the role of the Royals player in the incident, saying he'd seen it as a fair challenge:

"I didn’t think there was a lot in the challenge. I don’t think the lad who tackled Shaun is that type of player – it wasn’t that type of game. It was just unfortunate. I heard the crack and I knew straight away he’d broken his leg. I’ve heard that noise three times in my career but I thought it was a fair challenge. I know the lad Evans and I’ve never seen that in his game."

Wigan have been relegated from the Championship, and so will start the 2017-18 season in League One.


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30 April 2017 : Video: Yeovil Town vs Stevenage Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Stevenage at Huish Park, these are now available online. You can see Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro scoring his second goal for the Glovers, along with Josh McQuoid's equaliser, in two minutes worth of highlights, via YouTube on the video below.




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30 April 2017 : Way Sees Club Safety And Stability As A 'Massive Achievement' After Stevenage Draw
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believes that securing the club's safety in League Two for the 2017-18 season was a 'massive achievement' despite the second half of the campaign being one of attrition and struggle. The Glovers finally crept over the finish line on Game No.45 with a 1-1 draw against Stevenage that left them seven points clear of Hartlepool United, who are now hot favourites to be relegated after their 1-0 loss against Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road.

Saturday afternoon's draw also pushed Yeovil onto the 50 point mark, which is a much used benchmark in clubs trying to avoid going down. Speaking after the game, Way claimed that milestone had been their target for the players to get to, and so was more than happy with today's outcome:

"The players have got a lot of responsibility on them today. There was always that element of doubt with it not being mathematically safe. But this football club has got a huge history of success. We've got to try to do everything that we can to improve on the mistakes that we've made this year, and get off to a good start, but also maintain it in the second part of the season. We aimed for 50 points because in the dressing room it was really important that with the budget we were working with this year, to financially get the club stable and in a healthy position. That was a massive achievement."

The second half of the 2016-17 season has been a difficult one, with the club having picked up just three wins in 26 matches - a run of form that would leave them only above the current bottom two clubs if it was repeated at the start of a campaign. Despite that form, Way believed he still had the full support of the Yeovil Town board, and said that the Directors would see it as a 'massive plus' that the club had been made financially stable during the season - an issue that club haven't previously suggested was at stake:

"I think they know with the rounds and the Quarter-Finals of the Checkatrade, and the smallest squad we've ever worked with, and the most points that we've got in the last three years, and we've financially made the football club stable. From upstairs, I think that's a massive plus. For me of course I want loads of money, but sometimes loads of money doesn't guarantee you success. All I'm asking for is stability. You can see the football club has had an unbelievable time of developing young players. I want to make sure that no-one else reaps the rewards next year, and I can stand there and manage players that have ups and downs, have gained experience and have become better footballers with this club. Hopefully with the agents, the wages and the players, we can be able to make that happen."


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29 April 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 1-1 draw against Stevenage 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 Stevenage.


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29 April 2017 : 2016-17 End Of Season Award Winners List
Yeovil Town's 2016-17 end of season awards took place following Saturday afternoon's home match against Stevenage. The main winner was defender Alex Lacey who picked up three awards on the day, along with one runners up award. Full awards were as follows:

GWSC Awards: Alex Lacey
Western Gazette Awards: Matt Dolan
Cary Glovers: Artur Krysiak (1st), Alex Lacey (2nd)
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award: Otis Khan
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy: Francois Zoko
DSA: Alex Lacey
Community Sports Trust Player Award: Alex Lacey
Community Sports Trust Community Award: Artur Krysiak

Our congratulations to the above players for collecting their awards on the day.


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29 April 2017 : Yeovil 1 Stevenage 1 : Akpa Akpro Strike Helps Guarantee Survival
Yeovil Town secured the one point they needed to guarantee League Two football for the 2017-18 season, when they secured a 1-1 draw against Stevenage. In an often cagey game, with both sides needing points, but on the other hand not wanting to throw away what they had, it was Barnet loanee Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro who got the opening goal when he steered the ball into the bottom corner just before the break. Stevenage equalised six minutes after the interval when Josh McQuoid converted from close range from a corner kick. That was enough to ensure that Hartlepool United can't catch Yeovil, leaving them in 19th place at the end of the day.

The Glovers went into the match naming an unchanged eleven from the team that turned out against Grimsby Town. Even the seven on the substitutes bench were unchanged, with the trio of Darren Ward, Artur Krysiak and Kevin Dawson all out injured. Stevenage, who went into the match in a play-off position, fielded former Glovers trialist Jamie Jones, who played a couple of Reserve Team matches whilst Russell Slade was first team manager.

The visitors had an early Ben Kennedy effort that went wide of the target, but had to defend their lines when Yeovil Town set themselves up with a couple of chances. Otis Khan set up Matt Dolan, whose shot was deflected into the side netting for a corner. Then Khan himself cut in from the flank before delivering a curling effort just wide of the post. Given Stevenage needed the win to get all three points, it was a surprise to not see them pressing further up the field, with neither keeper particularly busy - a Steven Schumacher free kick more dangered the cars parked behind the away end, than any goal nets.

It took 34 minutes for either side to get a shot on target, as Ben Kennedy got himself some room to shoot from distance, although Jonny Maddison's save was a relatively comfortable one. Maddison had to do rather more when Thomas Pett turned his man and provided a driven shot that had to make the Yeovil keeper work rather harder. Yeovil finally got their first on target effort four minutes before the break from Otis Khan but it was to produce probably their best bit of concentrated play, and most importantly a goal.

With two minutes to go before the break, Otis Khan put the ball into the box towards the near post, and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was able to compose himself and give room to fire a downward shot into the bottom corner of the net from 12 yards out. 1-0 up in a 45 minute period that wasn't a classic, but in closing the half out with a flurry of corners, the Glovers had just about done enough to be ahead.

A quiet start to the second half saw Stevenage equalise with the first shooting opportunity six minutes in. Yeovil conceded a corner, and when Jack King put the set piece into the box, Jonny Maddison seemed to get himself out of position, failing to claim the ball, and Josh McQuoid got the chance for a close range finish and a 1-1 scoreline.

The goal seemed to give Stevenage a bit of a lift, and Maddison redeemed himself when he stopped a Steven Schumacher effort at the base of his goalpost. Maddison then had to save from Jobi McAnuff before a Ben Kennedy effort went over the crossbar via a Glovers deflection. It took a while for Yeovil to recompose themselves as they looked nervous from set pieces. However, with their first effort of the second half they really should have been ahead themselves - great work by Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro saw him square the ball, but somehow Francois Zoko squirmed the ball wide of the post from ultra-close range.

Stevenage were the side that needed the points more than the Glovers, with the play-off slots in League Two on a knife-edge. They gradually made all three substitutions, including putting defender Jack King up front in an attempt to force things their way. They came close when Jamie Gray produced a low shot that Maddison somehow clawed away for a corner, but without providing the killer blow that would prevent Yeovil Town taking on the final whistle the one point that they needed for their League Two survival.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 1 Stevenage 1.

Scorers: Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (43 mins, 1-0), Josh McQuoid (53 mins, 1-1)

Yeovil Town:
12. Johnny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
28. Ben Whitfield 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan 10. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Substitutes: 6. Bevis Mugabi 9. Tom Eaves 16. Matt Butcher (90 mins for Ben Whitfield) 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Stevenage:
1 Jamie Jones
25 Ronnie Henry 19 Dean Wells 4 Jack King 20 Connor Ogilvie
22 Charlie Lee
14 Ben Kennedy 8 Steven Schumacher 11 Thomas Pett 7 Jobi McAnuff
10 Josh McQuoid

Substitutes:
5 Fraser Franks 6 Luke Wilkinson (81 mins for Josh McQuoid) 16 Chris Day 17 Dale Gorman 18 Michael Tonge (69 mins for Ben Kennedy) 31 Jamie Gray (75 mins for Charlie Lee) 33 Kgosietsile Ntlhe

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Stevenage Bookings: None.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 4; Corners: 6; Fouls: 7.

Stevenage Match Statistics: Possession: 50%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 6; Fouls: 10.

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Adam Bromley (Devon) and Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire). Fourth Official: John Farries (Oxfordshire).

Attendance: 3,716 (with 177 Stevenage supporters).


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29 April 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Stevenage at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name an unchanged starting line-up compared to the team that played against Grimsby Town last Saturday. There are also no changes to the bench, with the entire eighteen being preserved.

Football League rules mean the club has to leave out two of its loan players. Once again Swansea City attacker Owain Jones and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga are the pair to miss out. Other absentees due to injuries include Darren Ward (swollen knee) and goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (twisted ankle) - neither are expected to play for the remainder of the season. Midfielder Kevin Dawson (gashed ankle) is also missing. Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough. Midfielder Ollie Bassett doesn't make the teamsheet.

The team is as follows - we'll assume that the more recent successful usage of the 4-4-2 formation would mean that continues:

Yeovil Town:
12. Johnny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
28. Ben Whitfield 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan 10. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Substitutes: 6. Bevis Mugabi 9. Tom Eaves 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison

Stevenage:
1 Jamie Jones
25 Ronnie Henry 19 Dean Wells 4 Jack King 20 Connor Ogilvie
22 Charlie Lee
10 Josh McQuoid 8 Steven Schumacher 11 Thomas Pett 7 Jobi McAnuff
14 Ben Kennedy

Substitutes:
5 Fraser Franks 6 Luke Wilkinson 16 Chris Day 17 Dale Gorman 18 Michael Tonge 31 Jamie Gray 33 Kgosietsile Ntlhe


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29 April 2017 : End Of Season Awards Scheduled For Later Today
Later today at Huish Park, Yeovil Town will present its 2016-17 End Of Season Awards at the end of the game. The presentations will be made at around 5.00p.m. on Saturday 29th April once the League Two match against Stevenage has concluded and after a short break to enable the players to visit the dressing rooms and for the club to organise the trophy presentations.

As usual, a wide range of trophies will be presented, and the presentations made to the players will include (in no particular order):

GWSC Winner
Western Gazette Winner
Andy Stone Memorial Trophy
Cary Glovers Winner
Bobby Hamilton Young Player Award
YT Community Sports Trust Winner
DSA Player of the Year

As per previous seasons, please stay off the pitch at the end of the game, as this will only delay proceedings, and can be labelled as a breach of Ground Regulations. Past seasons have tended to see the last presentations made by around 5.30p.m. so if you're planning your evening or a lift home, then allow an extra half hour on top of the usual time you exit Huish Park.


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28 April 2017 : Darren Previews The Stevenage Home Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two home match against Stevenage at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the fixture. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Dan Albutt, Darren givens an update on injuries, his thoughts on commencing contract talks, and his expectations for tomorrow's visitors. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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28 April 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Stevenage
Officials for the League Two fixture between Yeovil Town and Stevenage have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 29th April 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Huish Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire) - the second time we've had him this month, having seen him at Fratton Park for the League Two match against Portsmouth.

We've had Mr Horwood seven times before as a match referee. The first was for the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2007 at Huish Park. We were more than happy with his first half performance, but felt that the longer the game went on, the more he seemed to be conscious of the match scoreline - booking Yeovil players for apparent time-wasting that had been no worse than offences committed by Brighton players whilst the score had been level, and awarding the Seagulls a series of controversial decisions. As such, he seemed to be getting a little too wrapped up in the game, rather than letting it flow as he had done so during the first period.

The second was the January 2009 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Not the best of games to watch by any stretch of the imagination, but all of that was forgotten when Gavin Tomlin's 94th minute goal sent the away support slightly mad. We managed to recover our composure enough to remember that Mr Horwood had "an excellent game". We were due to have Mr Horwood for a home League One match against Stockport County in September 2009, but by the time everyone got to Huish Park, Mr Horwood had been replaced for an unspecified reason.

Next up was the April 2010 match at Griffin Park that saw Brentford and Yeovil Town share a 1-1 draw. The two teams also shared two highly dubious refereeing decisions. The one that went for us was a penalty that Brentford conceded for a handball that visiting supporters at the other end of the field didn't spot. Gavin Tomlin showed no mercy against his former club. But they do say luck levels itself out, and so it did when Mr Horwood penalised Luke Ayling for an excellent sliding tackle, and Brentford stuck a superb equaliser from the dead ball situation. No damage done to either side, but two wrongs don't make a right.

We were due to have Mr Horwood refereeing our October 2010 home match against Swindon Town but for the second time in being named as a match official for a Yeovil Town match, he was withdrawn and replaced by Mick Russell. He was then named for the December 2010 game against Carlisle United, but that match was called off long before the Cumbrians or Mr Horwood could get near the ground. He finally made it down for the rearranged match in March of that season, and overall had a "tidy" game, but one that was ended early by an injury during the second half, meaning that he had to be 'substituted'.

He headed down to Huish Park for the August 2014 League One match that opened the 2014-15 season against Doncaster Rovers. The 0-3 scoreline had us more concerned about the performance of our defensive line, than of the officials. There was another 0-3 home defeat during the early part of the 206-7 season, with the September 2016 League Two match against Blackpool on the messy side from our point of view. We had one gripe with him during the match. We'd been a bit lucky that Brad Potts didn't get a penalty when he was tackled inside the box by Matt Butcher. When the referee decided not to take any action a minute later when a Pools defender tried to take Tahvon Campbell's shirt home with him, it was comical that it was not given, and reeked of an official trying to balance out his own error.

Our most recent meeting was earlier this month for the 3-1 defeat against Portsmouth at Fratton Park. He managed to come out of the match without raising a single yellow card, although did have one major decision to make. He gave Portsmouth their opening penalty, but it was one that even green'n'white supporters would have nodded along with, as Bevis Mugabi miscontrolled a ball inside his own box, with the end result being a fairly obvious foul on Gary Roberts, which Gareth Evans dispatched. We don't recall too much else that was contentious - most seemed to come down to Pompey's superiority on the day, and the Glovers making one too many formation changes that seemed to upset things a bit at times.

It's worth noting that although Mr Horwood has been officiating at Football League level for a decade, our meetings have been a little sporadic, and part of that is down to his own movements. During the 2011-12 season he officiated very briefly at Conference level, followed by a more full-looking season at the same level during the next year. By the start of the 2013-14 season though he was back refereeing at Football League level again, only to spend the 2015-16 season only doing a short spell between October and January that meant he only took charge of twelve games during that season.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Adam Bromley (Devon) and Ravel Cheosiaua (Worcestershire). The Fourth Official will be John Farries (Oxfordshire).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Jan 2009 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : April 2010 : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 0.

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Doncaster Rovers 3.

Link: September 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 3.

Link: April 2017 : Portsmouth 3 Yeovil Town 1.


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28 April 2017 : Zoko Wanting To Continue Adventure With Yeovil
Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko is hopeful that himself and the club will find some way to 'continue the adventure' at Huish Park. The 33 year old faces his old club Stevenage tomorrow, almost certain to finish as the Glovers' top goalscorer for the 2016-17 season, with currently 13 goals to his name.

Having also finished as joint top goalscorer during the 2015-16 season, despite having only arrived in November, meaning that he's clocked up 21 goals in 68 appearances, despite starting only 49 matches. Zoko has confirmed that he is one of the fifteen players that is out of contract at the end of this season, and although he admits nothing is certain, he is currently optimstic that something can be sorted out to take him beyond the summer:

"I'm at the end of my contract, so hopefully we're going to find some way to continue the adventure with Yeovil. I'm looking forward to that. But this is football and not everything happens like you want it to every time. So we will see, but today I'm really optimistic."

Whilst the club have yet to reveal which players will be offered contracts, or which manager Darren Way has held talks with, Zoko strongly implies that he is one of those who have been spoken to recently. He says that he has made his position clear, and is now waiting on the football club to see what they can offer him:

"The gaffer and the club know my position, and I've been clear. If I didn't want (to stay) I would say that clearly too. My first choice is Yeovil. So they have it in their hands to find an agreement. So I'm waiting - I don't know how it will happen, but I'm waiting, and if everything is alright then it will be fine."


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28 April 2017 : Yeovil Town Return To Family Excellence Awards List
The Football League have announced their list of Family Excellence Award winners for the season just gone. This is effectively a 'kitemark' for its member clubs who meet a certain standard in terms of dealing with Family related matters - covering ticket purchase, pre-match advice, entertainment inside and outside the stadium, access to players, mascot packages and dedicated family zones.

Yeovil Town had been given the Family Excellence Award for seven seasons running following its inception, but they dropped off the list in May 2015 and were also absent from the May 2016 list. It's therefore pleasing to see that they have now been restored to the list of clubs that have met that standard during the 2016-7 season.

There are eight clubs that have maintained a full record throughout the ten years that it's been running: Birmingham City, Bolton Wanderers, Cardiff City, Doncaster Rovers, Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, Milton Keynes Dons and Reading. This season has seen the Football League give the Award to a total of 51 clubs - the highest number they've recognised in a single season. The list of clubs included are as follows:

AFC Wimbledon, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers, Brentford, Brighton & Hove Albion, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, Cambridge United, Cardiff City, Carlisle United, Charlton Athletic, Cheltenham Town, Chesterfield, Colchester United, Crawley Town, Crewe Alexandra, Derby County, Doncaster Rovers, Exeter City, Fulham, Huddersfield Town, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Luton Town, Mansfield Town, Millwall, Milton Keynes Dons, Morecambe, Newport County, Northampton Town, Norwich City, Nottingham Forest, Oldham Athletic, Oxford United, Peterborough United, Portsmouth, Preston North End, Queens Park Rangers, Reading, Rochdale, Rotherham United, Scunthorpe United, Sheffield Wednesday, Shrewsbury Town, Southend United, Stevenage, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wycombe Wanderers, Yeovil Town.

The Award Winners are selected after the Football League send 'mystery shoppers' to member clubs to act out a typical family day at the stadium. Those families then give feedback to the League in terms of how good or bad their experience was on the day. Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has said of this season's award winners:

"The EFL Family Excellence Awards have proven to be a fantastic vehicle for celebrating and highlighting the excellent progress that clubs are making in providing families with improved matchday experiences. Now in their 10th year, the Awards have made a significant impact and this year’s winners have once again shown how innovative thinking and a strong commitment can enhance the experience for both home and away supporters. I wish to congratulate each and every club who has been recognised for playing their part in continuing to attract a growing number of younger fans to the game in what is undoubtedly a valuable indication of a bright and healthy future for the EFL."


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28 April 2017 : Pompey Goal Chalked Off For Zoko By League Committee
Yeovil Town striker Francois Zoko will undoubtedly finish as the club's 2016-17 season top goalscorer, but he has had one of his tally chalked off. During the club's April 3-1 defeat against Portsmouth, their 51st minute goal at Fratton Park was somewhat surprisingly credited to Zoko, even though most fans at the game considered that it was an own goal by Enda Stevens.

The Football League's Dubious Goals Committee have now met, and agreed that the goal should be classed as an own goal. That now gives Zoko a tally of 13 goals for the season, rather than the 14 goals he might have wanted to keep.

Unusually, this is the third time this season that the Dubious Goals Committee have had to intervene this season. Back in August, the EFL Cup tie against Walsall saw Tahvon Campbell credited with a 103rd minute goal - a bizarre claim given that video footage showed him 10 yards from the ball! The goal was eventually credited as a Amadou Bakayoko own goal.

Then in October 2016, Tom Eaves was initially credited as having scored the winning goal in the 1-0 victory over Newport County, but that was later withdrawn, with the Committee stating that Newport's Dan Butler had put the ball into his own net.

The recrediting of the goal now means that Yeovil Town have benefitted through four own goals this season - the largest tally since they entered the Football League. You have to go back to 2000-01 to find a season in which more goals had been 'scored' by opposition players in a single season, with six being netted during that campaign.

Link: 2016-17 First Team Goalscorers.


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27 April 2017 : Former Boss Johnson Back In Hospital After Nervous System Problems
Former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson won't be returning to front line management until next season, after he was forced to return to hospital for treatment on a secondary problem. The 61 year old Cheltenhamm Town boss has had to step back from his position at Whaddon Road since mid-March after he underwent a triple heart bypass operation, and although he quickly exited hospital and attended a couple of his side's games, it appears that an unrelated condition has forced him back into hospital again.

Writing in Cheltenham Town's matchday programme for their League Two match against Hartlepool United tomorrow, Johnson explains in his management column that he has developed a problem with his nervous system that has caused him problems with his legs. However, he stresses that this has nothing to do with his heart operation, and that although it's likely to put him out of action for a couple of weeks, he is able to at least lie on his hospital bed and keep himself productive:

"Unfortunately after my heart surgery I developed a problem with my nervous system, where my immune system created a misfunction of my legs. It's nothing to do with the heart surgery, it was just unlucky. I have made my hospital room my 'bunker' where I have been able to at least keep my brain ticking over by watching all of our games. I have also watched training sessions and discussed my thoughts with (assistant manager) Russell Milton and the other staff on a regular basis. We have been able to plan each game and pick each team accordingly. I am disappointed my medical team have told me I must rest for a few weeks yet. I look forward to seeing everyone next season. It will be a big summer coming up for us to build a squad that will be consistent and effective in League Two."

Johnson's side face a six-pointer against Hartlepool United. If the Robins win or draw that match, they are guaranteed safety in League Two for next season, given their opponents lie four points beneath them in the relegation zone. A point or three for Cheltenham would also simultaneously guarantee Yeovil Town's own survival, regardless of how they get on against Stevenage at Huish Park.


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27 April 2017 : Green Light For Glovers Over Contract Talks For 2017-18 Season
It's usually a slow and drawn out process around this time of year, but Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has stated that he has finally got permission to move forward with contract talks for his soon-to-be out of contract players. Whilst the official policy of the club over the last decade has been for contracts not to be given to players until the club's status in a given division is mathematically certain, it would seem that the extreme circumstances that would be needed for Yeovil Town to be relegated have convinced the club's Board of Directors that the Glovers are 99.9% safe.

As such, Darren is now able to open formal talks with his first team squad - something that may not be a quick conversation given that there are fifteen players to wade through the futures of. As yet, Way has not offered any concrete information as to who he wants to keep and who he plans to let go, although the general vibe has been that he hopes to keep the bulk of his squad members who have been regular part of his 2016-17 teamsheet.

He confirmed to BBC Somerset today that talks were now underway with 'one or two' players, claiming that he hoped to be able to get some of his players to sign up as early as next week:

"We've had discussions this week, which is good news - not just good news, fantastic news. I've spoken to one or two key players and it looks very promising. What I have got to do next week is I've got to make sure those key players are signed on the dotted line. The board have given the green light. I've spoken to one or two that have been very positive. So hopefully we can have good news next week."

One of the players to be interviewed this week by the media has been striker Francois Zoko, who faces his old club Stevenage on Saturday. He has told the BBC that he 'wants to stay' although at this time of year there are few footballers who would burn their bridges with their current clubs, particularly with two games of this season still yet to be played.


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27 April 2017 : Injured Glovers Trio Expected To Be Only Doubts For Stevenage Visit
Yeovil Town will go into their League Two match against Stevenage on Saturday, with three players receiving treatment for injuries. Two of them are not expected to be on the teamsheet, with club captain Darren Ward already ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Meanwhile goalkeeper Artur Krysiak was spotted on Easter Monday wearing a knee-high protective boot and carrying a pair of crutches, with the club having described it as a 'twisted ankle'. Although the club have not given out a prognosis on the injury, the visual situation from ten days ago would not suggest a quick return.

The player most likely to get near the teamsheet is midfielder Kevin Dawson. Manager Darren Way revealed that the Irishman picked up a knock in the match against Portsmouth earlier this month - something that Dawson himself referred to in a post-match interview at Fratton Park. Whilst he got himself through the two Easter holiday fixtures, he was withdrawn from the squad for the Grimsby Town game, with Way indicating that he had been told to rest on 'medical grounds'.

For Saturday, manager Darren Way has indicated that he will be again conferring with his medical team before considering whether Dawson should play on Saturday. As far as we know, both substitutions made on Saturday at Grimsby were tactical, meaning that they should be the only forced absentees.


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27 April 2017 : 2017-18 Season Ticket Deadline Advice For Late Purchasers
This weekend sees the deadline for Yeovil Town's 'Early Bird' Season Ticket Applications for the 2017-18 season. The pricing package for next season holds until the end of Sunday, with prices going up from Monday morning onwards. That inevitably means that this weekend's home League Two fixture against Stevenage will see the Ticket Office busier than usual. If you are planning to purchase or renew your Season Ticket for the 2017-18 season, here's some advice:

Thursday and Friday:
The Ticket Office will be open as usual from 9.00a.m. until 5.00p.m. on Thursday and Friday, either in person or via 01935-847888. If you can purchase your Season Ticket on either of those days, then you'll be avoiding the last minute rush. This is particularly relevant if you've got any changes to your personal details or seating requirements that might require a discussion or a bit of time to process.

Saturday:
If you are planning to purchase your Season Ticket on the Saturday, please complete your Season Ticket Application Form at home, if possible, and bring the form, and any payment in an envelope. Unless you've got particularly unusual/special requirements or seat alterations for your Ticket, the best advice will be to hand in your Application Form at the Huish Park Reception (situated next to the Club Shop) rather than queuing up at the Ticket Office.

The closer you get to kick-off, the greater the chance that the club will need to concentrate upon Stevenage-related issues, so if you turn up much beyond 1.30p.m. or 2.00p.m. then you'll probably be asked to just hand over your envelope/form, with the club inspecting the contents of it later on. Hence make sure your application includes a telephone number just in case they need to call you later.

The Ticket Office will also open for around one hour after the game, to help cater for anyone who wasn't able to hand theirs in before kick-off.

Sunday:
The Ticket Office will be open from 10.00a.m. until 12.00 noon. However, note that only one person will be manning the office, so priority will be given to personal visitors - incoming telephone calls may not be answered if they are dealing with a personal customer.

Online Payments:
You can avoid all of the hassle of queuing by using the club's online Ticketing Portal. Particularly if you're just renewing your exact same seat/position in the ground, or don't mind where you sit, you can do so by logging into the Portal and making an online payment. You can use this facility 24 hours a day, meaning that the Early Bird prices will be available up until 11.59p.m. on the Sunday night.

Out Of Hours Visits:
If you are passing Huish Park outside any of the standard opening hours, then you can still drop off your application form. Again make sure both the Application Form and the payment are inside a sealed envelope. There is a letter box on the Main Stand side, close to the Club Shop/Reception area. Put "Ticket Office : Season Ticket Application" on the front of the envelope. You can then drop your application form through the letter box, and they'll process it when they're next open. Again, make sure there's a telephone number included on the application form in case they need to call you. These can be dropped off at any time up until the end of Sunday night.

NOTE: If you've not got an Application Form, you can download and print one off by clicking here - it's a 4.7Mb file so make sure you've got a decent internet connection first. For other Season Ticket Information head here.

Link: Free Admission For Juniors For Stevenage Home Game.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Colchester United 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.

Link: Ticketing For Ladies vs Spring Series Matches.

Link: 2017-18 Season Ticket Package Information.


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26 April 2017 : Alex Lawless Talks About The Grimsby Defeat
Following Saturday afternoon's 4-2 defeat against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Alex Lawless spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Alex gives his views on the match, the decision for the third goal, and his side's failure to secure League Two safety. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Alex Lawless Speaks To The BBC After The 4-2 Defeat Against Grimsby Town.


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26 April 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : How To Remove Misconceptions
Yesterday saw Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry respond to the Glovers Trust's letter concerning a Legal Charge on the Huish Park land and other associated issues. This was a response to around 13 questions the Trust had raised. The latest Taff's Gloversblog goes back to the start, and judges whether the Trust have got their answers to those questions, and where the gaps exist. Read the analysis via the link below, and feel free to add in your own thoughts on the questions and answers.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : How To Remove Misconceptions.


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25 April 2017 : First Pre-Season Friendly For 2017-18 Season Arranged
Yeovil Town have arranged their first pre-season of the 2017-18 season. They will be travelling to the Memorial Stadium to play Bristol Rovers who look likely to finish in the top half of League One by the end of this season.

The match will take place on Tuesday 25th July, with a 7.45p.m. kick-off at the Memorial Stadium. There is no ticketing information available at this stage.


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25 April 2017 : Yeovil Town Issue Response To Glovers Trust Letter
Yeovil Town have issued a response to a letter penned by the Glovers Trust earlier this month. Their letter from April 5th, asked a series of questions related to the club's ownership and the split of assets between the various Yeovil Town 'Group' companies. The club have provided a response to their letter.

Whilst we read, digest and analyse the club's response, this is the reply in full - penned under the name of Chairman John Fry, acting for Yeovil Town Holdings Limited and the Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited (aka Yeovil Town Football Club):

"I have discussed your letter dated the 4th April with my Board of Directors and have to say, we are disappointed with the way you have chosen to communicate with us in public and, effectively, chosen to create misconceptions which may be harmful to the well being of the Football Club and its loyal supporters.

We have made it clear in our meetings with you that we have nothing to hide and any communication privately to myself seeking clarification or raising appropriate queries will be responded to. We would again urge you to become a member of the new Supporters Alliance, created to bring all official supporter groups closer together and closer to the Football Club for the benefit of everyone. Regular meetings will be held to debate any issues and to communicate more freely and fully.

There is no floating charge of any nature, nor any Debenture. This is the normal way of establishing such a charge over a business and/or its assets where the floating charge may crystallise into a fixed charge upon the occurrence of a specified event of default. It is in the public domain and correctly recorded at Companies House how the ‘Yeovil Town Group’ is structured. As you must know, Yeovil Town Holdings Limited (YTH) was set up in 2009 as part of the much publicised restructuring of the Group, and is the holding company for the Group and the Company in which all external shares are held. YTH holds
100% of the shares of Yeovil Football & Athletic Club (YTFC) and YTFC holds 100% of the shares of Yeovil Town FC Academy Limited.

None of the 26-acre site is in the ownership of any party other than YTH and YTFC. I can confirm that YTFC does not owe any money to Mr. Norman Hayward. YTH does owe Mr. Hayward the figure mentioned of £427,000, which is secured by a Legal Charge between YTH and Mr. Hayward. This figure includes the £278,000 originally secured. As explained above, there is no floating charge in existence at any level. The Legal Charge over the Stadium Land was put in place to secure a proposed loan from Mr. Hayward to YTFC of additional working capital which, to date, has not been required so, effectively, its provisions are not operative i.e. the Stadium is not security for anything. It could be discharged at any time, at minimal cost, should the envisaged loan not be required.

Board meetings of both YTH and YTFC are held regularly and conducted in accordance with best principles of corporate governance, Company Law and EFL Rules and Regulations (as appropriate). Companies Act provisions relating to conflicts of interest are observed at all times, and we can assure you that there has not been any disagreement in either Board, or any dissent, at decisions which have been properly taken. Succession planning has been carefully considered but must remain confidential. All annual accounts have been filed on a timely basis by the Company’s Auditors, after approval by the respective Boards
."

In due course, we'll match up the Trust's original questions posed to the club, and see where inside the letter they have (or haven't) replied to the Trust's points.


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25 April 2017 : Yeovil Town Appoint New Supporters Director
Yeovil Town have appointed a Supporters Director to provide a link between fans and the football club. They have named former Yeovil Town Ladies Chairman and President David Mills, who will report to the Yeovil Town Board of Directors in that role.

He has been standing as an Associate Director of Yeovil Town Football Club since 2013 - a position that means a person takes on Director level responsibilities, but without being named as the main Company-registered list of Board Members. The club had previously used Stephen Allinson as a Supporters Director, but he implicitly relinquished his position when he took up the Yeovil Town Ladies Chairmanship on a dedicated basis.

David can be reached on Twitter via his account here - there will hopefully be other communication channels to follow, but the historical email address used over the years has been supporter.link@ytfc.net


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25 April 2017 : Free Admission For Juniors For Stevenage Home Game
Yeovil Town supporters wanting to attend Saturday's final home match of the 2016-17 season should note that Junior supporters can attend the match FREE of charge. Any supporter aged Under-16 can pick up a free ticket from the Huish Park Ticket Office for the Saturday 29th April match at Huish Park, which kicks off at 3.00p.m.

If you've already purchased a Junior Ticket, hold onto it, and visit the Huish Park Ticket Office or give them a call on 01935-847888 to sort out a refund.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Colchester United 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.

Link: Ticketing For Ladies vs Spring Series Matches.

Link: 2017-18 Season Ticket Package Information.


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25 April 2017 : Bowditch Ends Six Year Stay With Milton Keynes
Former Yeovil Town striker Dean Bowditch is to leave Milton Keynes Dons. The 30 year old has spent six years with the League One side, and was part of their squad that gained promotion to the Championship at the end of the 2014-15 season. He had scored 48 goals in 227 appearances, but will be looking for a new club over the summer.

Whilst it's not absolutely explicit, the implication is that it's Bowditch himself that's chosen to pull the plug on his time in Milton Keynes. His time on the pitch has been rationed slightly this season, with just 35 appearances, bringing him nine goals, and that may have entered his thoughts. He explained his departure in a statement to their club website:

"I've enjoyed some fantastic memories during six years at MK Dons but all great things come to an end and it's time for a new challenge. I will never forget the night against Manchester United, promotion to the Championship and scoring the winning goal against AFC Wimbledon earlier this season. I wouldn’t have been able to achieve those things without the support of the chairman, the staff and my team-mates over the six years. I’d also like to say a massive thank you to the fans for their continued support. I wish the Club all the best for the future."

Bowditch left Yeovil Town for Milton Keynes in the summer of 2011, having spent two years at Huish Park, and scoring 25 goals in 75 appearances, finishing as the club's top goalscorer in both seasons. He was offered new terms at the end of the 2010-11 season, but decided to turn down the contract offer, leaving the club as a free agent.

Given his pedigree at League One, we'd expect him to be looking for a club at that level to continue his career.

Link: Dean Bowditch : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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25 April 2017 : League Issue Response To Orient Staff Plea But Admit They Have Limited Powers
The Football League have issued a statement responding to two statements issued jointly by employees of Leyton Orient to the press. Yesterday saw Orient staff issue their second statement pointing out that the East London local media had been blanked by Orient's senior executives when attempting to obtain information as to why staff had not been paid their March 2017 wages.

This morning there are various reports that 'some' staff and players have finally started to receive their wages for March, but it is clarified that not all have done so. With April's wages due to be paid on Friday, it seems highly likely that there will be another round of delays at Brisbane Road, and so the general theme of their concerns still hold.

It had been hoped that whilst Orient's owners might be prepared to blank the local media, that they would sit up and pay attention to one of the game's governing authorities. However, the EFL admit that they have had 'no response' to their own communications, describing 'silence' as unacceptable conduct:

"The EFL remains exceptionally concerned about the current situation at Leyton Orient. We are also aware of the frustration being expressed by the Club’s staff. This is shared by the EFL Executive, as we are similarly seeking answers to a number of important questions from the Directors of the Club. Silence is not an acceptable response. The EFL last met with Leyton Orient Chief Executive, Alessandro Angelieri on 9th March. At this meeting, we received confirmation that funds would be made available to dismiss the winding-up petition and fund the Club going forward. The EFL Board received an update on the situation at its meeting on 6th April with the Club being asked to provide a further commitment following widespread reporting that the required funding had not been made available. No response has been received to date."

So with Orient's owners not cooperating with the Football League, you'd hope that the League would have the teeth to take their own action to put them back in line? It appears not. The League's Fit and Proper Person's Test dates back to June 2004 and has gradually been strengthened to require clubs to disclose proof of funding in the case of any takeovers. The big issue is that once an owner or a director has got their feet under the table, then unless they commit an actual criminal offence concerning financial irregularities, or breach League rules, then the League admit they are powerless to intervene:

"There has been significant comment in recent days about the EFL’s Owners’ and Directors’ Test in the context of the ownership of Leyton Orient. It is important that supporters understand that the Test governs the eligibility of who is able to own a club - it does not also ensure that those individuals have the capability to manage it properly. The role of the EFL is one of a competition organiser and the management of clubs is a matter for their Directors, as long as their conduct is not in breach of any of our Regulations. There are any number of actions the EFL might wish to take, but it can only ever act in accordance with those Regulations."

The problem the Football League's executive committee face is that its powers are defined by rules agreed by its 72 member clubs. Thus to give them powers to directly intervene in the running of clubs, there would need to be a majority of clubs willing to vote for such measures, and that would only apply going forward. Thus it's clear that both staff and supporters are extremely vulnerable when it comes to either incompetent or negligent actions by their club's owners and directors.

The League have said that they plan to meet with Orient's Supporters Trust - Leyton Orient Fans Trust (LOFT) - who have been at the centre of plans to put together a rescue package if the club folds or their current owners entirely throw in the towel. However, given Orient have only two matches before they tumble out of the Football League, any action taken will be extremely short term.


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24 April 2017 : Darren Talks About Grimsby Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Grimsby Town kicked off at Blundell Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the about the game. With questions from Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren explains the absence of Kevin Dawson from the weekend's squad, and his decision to put Ben Whitfield straight back in. He also reveals meeting Mariners boss Russell Slade at the team hotel before the match, and also touches on contractual issues at the club. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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24 April 2017 : Worst Case Scenario : The Chain Of Results Needed For Yeovil Town To Go Down
Whilst the wider issues of League Two were covered earlier today, one aspect that was deliberately glossed over at the time was whether Yeovil Town could still get relegated. Mathematically, as we go into Game No.45 the answer is yes, but it would take a seriously contrived set of results for that to happen.

The starting point is that Yeovil Town (20th) and Hartlepool United are separated by six points, with the Glovers having an eight goal advantage. What this means is that Yeovil Town would be guaranteed safety in League Two if they get a point, or if Hartlepool drop points. Even if Hartlepool were to win both of their final games, and Yeovil were to lose both, there would need to be a turnover of goals that added up to at least eight. So something along the lines of the following would be enough to lift Hartlepool United above Yeovil Town on goals scored (currently Yeovil Town 48, Hartlepool United 52):

Yeovil Town 0 Stevenage 2 - Away Win
Colchester United 2 Yeovil Town 0 - Home Win

Cheltenham Town 0 Hartlepool United 2 - Away Win
Hartlepool United 2 Doncaster Rovers 0 - Home Win

Other scorelines would also work, provided the combination of all four results adds up to at least an eight goal swing. At this stage would still not be relegated, unless Newport County have also picked up two wins. If Newport lose one game, then they can't catch Yeovil and thus the Glovers become safe. Theoretically Newport could get above us by recording a win and a draw, provided either Yeovil got sufficiently thrashed, or Newport won by a large margin to overturn a nine goal deficit. That's not really very likely, so for Newport to rise above Yeovil there would need to be the following:

Carlisle United vs Newport County - Away Win
Newport County vs Notts County - Home Win

If all of Yeovil Town AND Hartlepool United AND Newport County record the above results, then at that point we would be sweating on Cheltenham Town. Gary Johnson's side's next fixture is against Hartlepool, so in fact he could do us all a favour by drawing or beating Hartlepool on Saturday, given that irrespective of other results that would guarantee both Yeovil and Cheltenham safety. However, if Cheltenham were to lose and all of the other results were to go against both ourselves and the Robins, then for Yeovil Town to get relegated, Cheltenham would have to ensure the following result happened on the final day of the season:

Portsmouth vs Cheltenham Town - Away Win

Thus, to put this in betting terms, the only way Yeovil Town can get relegated is if the above seven-game accumulator goes horribly horribly wrong (or if you've placed a bet on it, you may see it otherwise!). If any of the above results don't materialise then by default the club would survive.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.


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24 April 2017 : GWSC Travel To Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Colchester United. The match takes place at the Community Stadium on Saturday 6th May 2017, with a 5.30p.m. kick-off - note carefully the later kick-off time. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Colchester United : Saturday 6th May 2017.
Huish Park: 10.45a.m.
Adult Members: £28.00; Member Concessions: £26.00
Adult Non-Members: £30.00; Non-Member Concessions: £28.00

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

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

NOTE: Colchester United match tickets are being sold in a complicated timebanded way - if you are going, get your tickets as early as possible as it makes a difference. See below for details.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United 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.

Link: Ticketing For Ladies vs Spring Series Matches.

Link: 2017-18 Season Ticket Package Information.


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24 April 2017 : Swindon And Orient Drops Confirmed As O's Staff Ask For League Intervention
Saturday's results mean that the shape of League Two for the 2017-18 season is a little bit more certain, with one promotion and one relegation being confirmed over the weekend. It was already that Coventry City and Chesterfield were heading for the drop down to fourth tier football - they are now joined by Swindon Town, who have one game left to play and lie five points adrift of safety.

Swindon lost 1-2 at home to Scunthorpe United on Saturday in front of 7,579 spectators, with Murray Wallace and Sam Mantom doing the damage. Former Glovers loanee Rohan Ince pulled one back in the 85th minute, but the Robins needed a win which never came. The Wiltshire side have been lampooned somewhat for failing to mention anywhere on their official website that the result took them down. The nearest you'll find is an implicit mention in paragraph six of their match report that states that Swindon "knew that they needed a victory in order to keep alive their survival hopes" whilst their club Twitter account merely told fans the full time score and no mention of what that might mean - Bury's 3-0 victory over Northampton Town was actually what killed them.

The final League One relegation slot will be confirmed if Port Vale lose at Walsall on Tuesday night. The Valiants have a game in hand but lie four points adrift of safety with an inferior goal difference meaning that even if they draw, they would need to win their final match and overhaul a six goal difference against 20th placed Gillingham on the final day to escape. Realistically they'll need to win at Walsall and then at third-placed Fleetwood Town if they don't want to drop into League Two.

In League Two, the shambolic state of Leyton Orient finally saw them relegated on Saturday, due to a 3-0 loss at Crewe Alexandra. Late last week a joint letter from all of Orient's off-the-field staff revealed that they have not received any of their March 2017 wages, raising their concern that they had been given no communication to state whether their April 2017 salary would be paid either - that is due by Friday. During last month's High Court hearing into their ongoing debts, representatives for owner Francesco Becchetti claimed that he would be providing a cash injection of £1 million to ensure the club's problems didn't spiral out of control, but if that has happened, it hasn't reached their staff.

Today, Orient staff have put out a second statement after a Waltham Forest Guardian local journalist was blanked by Orient's Chief Operating Officer over the concerns raised. The second joint statement from Orient staff have demanded that the Football League and Football Association intervene, pointing out that they have held confidential meetings with Orient directors where the League claimed that a funding plan was in place to satisfy current demands. With that having failed to materialise, they've asked the League to intervene. Latest manager Omer Riza, who had been their Under-16s manager earlier this season, admitted the failure to pay wages had been affecting morale:

"It's affected everybody there's no doubt about that. It is a disappointing time when you are not being paid. People deal with it in different ways, but it has demoralised everybody. It has been tough and people can't focus on their jobs if they are not being paid. I'm very disappointed and it is a very sad day for Leyton Orient, but we knew it was a very tough position we'd been left in."

As reported earlier today, Hartlepool United have pressed the panic button after they dropped into the relegation zone over the weekend, with Newport County's 1-0 win over Accrington Stanley lifting them out of the bottom two. This is the first time that Pools have been in the relegation zone, and whether they get out of it will almost certainly depend on Saturday's match between Cheltenham Town (20th) and Hartlepool (23rd). They could be relegated if they lose at Whaddon Road, and Newport win at Carlisle United.

Relegated From League One: Swindon Town, Coventry City, Chesterfield. One of Port Vale, Gillingham, Bury or Shrewsbury Town will join them.

Promoted From League Two: Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle, Portsmouth.

League Two Play-Offs: Luton Town (subject to a massive goal difference advantage) and three more from ten other clubs.

Relegated From League Two: Leyton Orient. One of Hartlepool United, Newport County, Cheltenham Town or Yeovil Town will join them.

Promoted From National League: Lincoln City.

National League Play-Offs: Tranmere Rovers, Forest Green, Dagenham and Redbridge. One of Aldershot or Dover Athletic will join them.


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24 April 2017 : Hartlepool Boss Departs After Public Row With Sky Sports Anchorman
League Two side Hartlepool United have parted company with their manager Dave Jones. The 60 year old had been in charge of Pools for just 18 matches but has been shown the door by mutual consent after just four wins, and their fall into the League Two relegation zone over the weekend, following a 0-2 home defeat against Barnet that left them seven games without a win.

Jones came in as a replacement for Craig Hignett on January 18th and was a slightly surprising choice given that he'd not been in management for over three years and had generally managed at either Championship or Premier League level. His club's slide into the League Two relegation zone had provoked an open battle between himself and Club President Jeff Stelling, with the latter using his Sky Sports position to call for Jones's resignation in an on-air rant:

"I'm wearing my Hartlepool United tie today. We have lost at home, in the relegation places, and it's not personal but for God’s sake for the good of the club go now. Walk now. It’s 13 points from 51, this is not your level of football. (Financial Director) Pam Duxbury, the chairman Gary Coxall - if he won't walk then sack him. If it means me resigning as president then I do so happily – do it now, do it today."

Jones banned his players from reading the club's matchday programme on Saturday after Stelling described their performance at Leyton Orient as "the worst East End horror story since Jack The Ripper" and after the game delivered his own blast back to Stelling, accusing him of judging his position from a 'comfy chair' rather than from knowing what was going on:

"Jeff Stelling says that. Get rid of me. You got rid of Higgy (Craig Hignett), got rid of Ronnie Moore, and everyone else before that. There's a common denominator here, look at it and figure it out. It's OK Jeff Stelling saying it in his comfy chair. He doesn't know. He says you should play this person, that person, he doesn’t know the parameters of what goes on. Are they ill? Are they injured? It's a lack of respect for me. What do you do? Change the manager again, change the coaching staff again? It ain't my players, that's what I've been dealt with. Stop that. Grow up, fight for your lives, that's what I'm doing. You get the stupid comments that there's no passion and all this crap that goes with it. Rubbish, not right. Then people like Jeff Stelling are passing comments because he's on national TV. How about a bit of support Jeff, rather than the rubbish you are giving out?"

Stelling offered to resign his position as Club President in the wake of the row, but it would seem likely that will be undone shortly. They have put two senior players in charge for the two final matches, with defender Matthew Bates named as the main man, and striker Billy Paynter assisting him. Fitness coach Stuart Parnaby and physio Ian Gallagher will also stay as part of the team. Jones's assistants Kevin Cooper and Alex Armstrong have departed.

Hartlepool face what is close to a do-or-die fixture this coming Saturday. They travel to play Cheltenham Town at Whaddon Road on Saturday in a classic six-pointer. If they fail to win, then Yeovil Town and Cheltenham are automatically safe from relegation, whilst if they lose then they would need to beat leaders Doncaster Rovers on the final day of the season and then hope that Newport County haven't won either of their last two matches. Realistically they need to beat Cheltenham to give themselves a fighting chance of avoiding the drop.


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23 April 2017 : Yeovil 1 Liverpool 4 : Spring Series Opener Sees Ladies Beaten In Front Of Record Crowd
Yeovil Town Ladies went down to a 1-4 home defeat in their first match at FAWSL1 level. Joining the elite of Women's football, as part of the one-off Spring Series that is designed to bridge the change from a Summer League into standard Winter League format, the Ladies will get a series of matches between April and June that will show them the standard they need to achieve if they are to compete at that level.

The match started off with Liverpool being the side suffering teething problems - getting off their bus to find their home kit had been left at their ground in Widnes, meaning that both clubs lined up in Yeovil Town Ladies' kit - Liverpool taking the yellow away choice. If that could have upset them, it didn't, as they started strongly, getting a bit of good fortune as they won a penalty kick midway through the half, as the ball came off Annie Heatherson's outstretched arm. Up stepped Alex Greenwood who slotted the ball into the corner of the net despite Charlotte Haynes going the right way.

Nadia Lawrence produced a looping effort that Liverpool also got their timing spot on when they netted a crucial second just on the stroke of half time, after an Alex Greenwood corner wasn't cleared away, and the ball fell to Gemma Bonner who was in acres of space and just six yards out. Poor marking allowed her to slot home for a 2-0 advantage.

The match was sealed in an end-to-end move 65 minutes into the match. Yeovil thought they should have had a penalty when Nicola Cousins seemed to be brought down inside the box, but with play moving on quickly, Liverpool broke down the other end, with Shanice Van De Sanden providing a right-wing cross for substitute Katie Zelem, whose shot was half-saved by Charlotte Haynes, but just about sneaked over the line. Ten minutes later and the same player combination produced Liverpool's fourth, with Van De Sanden squaring the ball inside the box to an unmarked Zelem.

Yeovil did manage a bit of history for themselves with fifteen minutes to go. Referee Richard Hulme spotted an off-the-ball shove by a Liverpool defender after their goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain had claimed the ball, and decided to award a penalty kick. Up stepped Sarah Wiltshire - on as a substitute after nine months out of the game, and the birth of a child in February, and she stroked the ball home to ensure that the Glovers got something positive out of the match. Speaking after the game, boss Jamie Sherwood felt that the penalty that wasn't given was the more crucial turning point of the game, but described the match as a learning experience for his team:

"We knew that nothing was going to be easy for us in this league and we put in a hell of a performance today. At 2-0, the game was there for the taking; we do believe that there was a slight push in the back for a penalty - we didn’t get the penalty and they went and scored. That’s the difference at this level - we’ve got to take those baby steps, we’ve got to learn, we will enjoy what we’ve done today and we will move forward. We will be learning from the things that we did well and we did a lot of good things today, we’ve got a lot about us and we’ve got a lot to prove and they gave a good account of themselves. It was a great occasion for this football club and we’re disappointed by the result, it was a great occasion as they showed what the level of football is all about. We are here to compete, we are not here to just be part of this Spring Series season. We want to show that we deserve to be at this level."

Final Score: Yeovil Town Ladies 1 Liverpool Ladies 4.

Scorers: Alex Greenwood (0-1, 23 mins, pen), Gemma Bonner (0-2, 45 mins), Katie Zelem (0-3, 65 mins), Katie Zelem (0-4, 75 mins), Sarah Wiltshire (1-4, 78 mins, pen)

Yeovil Town Ladies: Charlotte Haynes; Nicola Cousins, Hannah Short, Natalie Haigh; Helen Bleazard, Ellie Curson, Annie Heatherson, Nia Jones, Kelly Snook; Lucy Quinn, Nadia Lawrence,

Substitutes: Molly Clark (46 mins for Kelly Snook) Sarah Wiltshire (63 mins for Lucy Quinn) Jessie Jones (71 mins for Nicola Cousins), Leah Burridge, Steph Williams, Bow Jackson, Ella Pusey

Liverpool: Siobhan Chamberlain; Ash Hodson, Gemma Bonner, Sophie Ingle, Alex Greenwood; Kate Longhurst, Caroline Weir, Niamh Charles; Shanice Van De Sanden, Laura Coombs, Tash Harding;

Substitutes: Katie Zelem (59 mins for Caroline Weir), Jess Clarke (77 mins for Niamh Charles), Amy Rodgers (81 mins for Kate Longhurst), Danielle Gibbons, Ali Johnson

Referee: Richard Hulme

Attendance: 1,897


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23 April 2017 : Kit Error Sees Yeovil Town Ladies Fans Seeing Double In Liverpool Visit
Yeovil Town Ladies got their FAWSL1 Spring Series campaign off to a start this afternoon, but not without a few spectators scratching their heads a bit over which team they should be supporting. Liverpool Ladies were their first ever opponents at the top level, but were left rather red-faced when they turned up in Somerset without their kit being packed onto the team bus! As a result, the match - streamed live by BBC Sport - became a spectacle of 'Yeovil home' vs 'Yeovil away' with even the away strip featuring Yeovil Town Ladies squad names and numbers on the back.

Liverpool Ladies had to explain their error just before kick-off, indicating that they had intended to use their home kit for the match, but it ended up being left behind at their dedicated stadium in Widnes: "Liverpool Ladies FC will today be wearing Yeovil Town Ladies' away kit for the Spring Series opener at Huish Park. Following an error, the Reds home kit was left behind at the Select Security Stadium in Widnes."

Unfortunately, that proved to be Liverpool's only major mistake of the afternoon - they ran out as 4-1 winners, with Alex Greenwood and Gemma Bonner getting two first half goals. Two more were added by substitute Katie Zelem during the second period. There was some late joy though as Sarah Wiltshire - returning to the side after a nine month break, following the birth of her child in February - scored from the penalty spot for a late consolation.

The match was watched by 1,897 spectators - smashing the Ladies club attendance record that had been set during their final FAWSL2 match against Sheffield Ladies in the final game of last season, when 1,483 turned up to see them lift the trophy. The Ladies will now play the remainder of their Spring Series matches at Taunton Town and Bridgwater Town's grounds, whilst the Huish Park pitch gets some summer refurbishment.

More details on this afternoon's match will follow in due course.

It's Yeovil Town but not as we know it - Liverpool Ladies (in yellow) prepare to take a penalty in Glovers kit
It's Yeovil Town but not as we know it - Liverpool Ladies (in yellow) prepare to take a penalty in Glovers kit



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23 April 2017 : Live Coverage Of Yeovil Town Ladies vs Liverpool Ladies
For those wanting to catch coverage of the Yeovil Town Ladies home match against Liverpool Ladies, you can do so via two methods. There is BBC Somerset coverage available on Medium Wave, on 1566MW whilst it's also available online via the BBC Sport website.

There is also live video streaming of the match direct from Huish Park, also via the BBC Sport website. Expect coverage of that to be available from around 1.50p.m.

There will also be highlights from the game on BBC One along with other FAWSL1 games, at 11.50p.m. tonight as part of a 45 minute programme.

For the BBC Somerset and live streamed video coverage, head to the link below.

Link: BBC Sport Website : Yeovil Town Ladies vs Liverpool Ladies.


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23 April 2017 : Video : Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to relive match highlights of Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Grimsby Town, these are now online. As well as the four goals scored by the home side, you can also see how Alex Lawless and Francois Zoko got their goals at Blundell Park. View the two minutes worth via the YouTube clip below.




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23 April 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Grimsby Town Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his views on his side's performance, their current level of safety, and the players' contractual situation. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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23 April 2017 : Jamie Sherwood Previews The FAWSL1 Spring Series And The Liverpool Game
This afternoon, Yeovil Town Ladies commence their FAWSL1 Spring Series season with the visit of Liverpool Ladies to Huish Park. The 2.00p.m. kick-off will see the female Glovers take to the top tier of Women's football for the first time, and as part of the build-up to that season, BBC Somerset presenter/reporter Jack Murley spoke to manager Jamie Sherwood about that prospect. Read that interview in full via the link below.

Link: Jamie Sherwood Speaks To The BBC As Part Of The Build-Up To The FAWSL1 Spring Series.

Link: 2017 FAWSL1 Spring Series Fixture List.

Link: Ticketing For Ladies vs Liverpool And Spring Series Matches.


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22 April 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 4-2 defeat against Grimsby Town at Blundell 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 Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.


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22 April 2017 : Way Apologises For His Side's Abysmal Defending At Grimsby
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way apologised to the 101 travelling supporters at Grimsby Town this afternoon for what he regarded as 'abysmal' defending at Blundell Park. The club's 4-2 defeat against Russell Slade's side was the sixth time in all matches during the 2016-17 season that the Glovers have conceded four goals or more in a match.

This afternoon's was particularly frustrating because just a point from the match at Grimsby would have mathematically secured their League Two status for next season. But defeat means they can still be caught by 23rd place Hartlepool United on goal difference. Way was particularly unhappy with his side's defending during the 90 minutes, and said that Grimsby were more aggressive and clinical than his side were:

"We've explained all week how important this game was. I have to apologise to the supporters because some of the defending was abysmal. We all have to take responsibility as a group, and then we go into the next game, and there has to be change. I've asked the players can they put in the same consistent performance after the game on Monday. We worked on exactly the same principles and there was one change, which was Ben Whitfield. They (Grimsby) just played forward balls, and they got to second balls, and they were more aggressive, and they were clinical in the final third."

Way was particularly unhappy with the manner in which his side conceded their third goal. A Danny Andrew corner was headed in from close range by Scott Vernon, and whilst his players appealed for a foul on keeper Jonny Maddison as the ball was put into the box, Way felt his defenders should have been more protective of their young keeper and made sure that they were more aggressive and forceful in the way that they challenged for the ball, accusing them of lacking commitment and desire. With them having just pulled the game back to 2-1 through Alex Lawless, the third goal was a killer for the pattern of the game:

"When you pull it back to 2-1, to concede like we did for the third goal was very very poor. I talked about it on the training ground, and from previous games where that's happened. They (Grimsby) are going to try to be forceful around Jonny to try to make that mistake and that's exactly what happened. I just expected the group to be a little bit more aggressive, more powerful, and a little bit more forceful with the referee, so he's got to make that decision. But I just felt there wasn't a real commitment or desire, like it was on Monday, and that's bitterly disappointing. We're at this stage where they know if they're mathematically safe, but it should never have got to this. Players have to understand that this was a really really important game today, but I just didn't see that in body language or commitment or desire in defence."


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22 April 2017 : Grimsby 4 Yeovil 2 : Glovers Left Needing A Point To Ensure Survival
Yeovil Town were still unable to guarantee their League Two survival this afternoon, as they suffered their 10th away defeat of the season, with a 4-2 defeat at Grimsby Town. The Glovers were behind in the match almost from the start with Sam Jones converting a 6th minute penalty. Chris Clements fired home a second, and although Alex Lawless pulled one back early on in the second period, two goals in three minutes from Scott Vernon and Jamey Osborne made it a stroll in the park for Russell Slade's side, meaning that Francois Zoko's 75th minute strike wasn't likely to worry them. The Glovers slip to 20th again, and with Newport County winning they climb out of the relegation zone, meaning that one more point is still needed to ensure new 23rd placed side Hartlepool United can't catch them.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up. Kevin Dawson has been struggling with an ongoing injury for the past few weeks, so with Ben Whitfield having completed his three match suspension he came back into the squad in a like-for-like swap, as Dawson dropped entirely out of the squad. The substitutes bench was unchanged with Artur Krysiak and Darren Ward as long term absentees. In the Grimsby line-up, former midfielder James Berrett took to the field, whilst in the dugout the familiar face of Russell Slade was present in his third game for the Mariners.

Although Yeovil Town started relatively solidly, the first key piece of action saw them concede a penalty, six minutes into the match. Jamey Osborne was one of the key midfielders in the Solihull Moors side that former Grimsby boss Marcus Bignot had built up to knock Yeovil out of the FA Cup, and he has since moved across to Blundell Park. His run saw him brought down by Jonny Maddison inside the box and Sam Jones fired the spot kick straight down the middle for an early lead.

That was the main action from the opening 20 minutes, save for referee Eddie Ilderton making a pig's ear of breaking up one of Yeovil's few attacks as he accidentlly blocked off a Ben Whitfield pass by getting in the way of the ball. Jamey Osborne tried a long range shot that was easily saved, whilst Scott Vernon fired wide, as the home side showed the greater attacking intent. It was therefore not too surprising when Grimsby doubled their lead - Chris Clements surged forward, riding two attempts to challenge him for the ball and then fired off a 36th minute shot from the edge of the box into the corner for a 2-0 lead.

Really all Yeovil could muster were two Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro attempts that went a fair distance wide. The first was a header from an Otis Khan cross after a corner had gone into a second attacking phase. He then tried a shot from distance that also went wide of the target. Grimsby were more incisive, with Sam Jones forcing another save out of Maddison, and the home side looked particularly comfortable with their half time lead.

At half time, Bevis Mugabi replaced Ben Whitfield in a tactical reshuffle as they came out in a 3-4-3 formation, with Ryan Dickson and Liam Shephard pushed into midfield, and Otis Khan going into a forward line. Initially it seemed as though that change might have worked. Two minutes into the half, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Francois Zoko were involved in a move that saw the ball drop to Alex Lawless, who fired home from the edge of the box for a 2-1 scoreline.

This was Yeovil's best period of the whole 90 minutes, as Grimsby struggled to pick up players. But again, they couldn't carve out serious chances to worry their opponents excessively, and just short of the hour mark they conceded again. A corner from Danny Andrew was put into the box, and as Jonny Maddison couldn't fight his way through a crowd of players, Scott Vernon was judged as having got the final touch on a close range header, to restore Grimsby's two goal advantage at 3-1.

Three minutes later, it was game over. Yeovil's defensive shape was all over the place, with Jamey Osborne managing to catch them on the break. He cut inside last man Liam Shephard, and slid a low shot past Jonny Maddison to give the home side a 4-1 scoreline after just 62 minutes.

Shayon Harrison was brought on for Liam Shephard, as the 3-4-3 was undone, with Bevis Mugabi taking the right-back slot with the 4-4-2 restored with Harrison as the right winger. They did manage to pull one goal back, after Matt Dolan's 75th minute corner was only half cleared, with the ball dropping to Francois Zoko, whose smart volley from inside the box fired into the top corner from around 12 yards out. 4-2 now the deficit.

Grimsby probably looked the most likely to get any further goals, with substitute Callum Dyson producing a particularly impressive shot that Jonny Maddison matched with an even more impressive save, with Bevis Mugabi hacking the ball away. Dyson then forced another save during injury time - overall the back four and those who were meant to be protecting the back four didn't cope with Grimsby's attacking midfielders, and the end result was a deserved defeat. They'll need to get something from Game No.45 or for those below them to drop points to make things mathematically safe.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Grimsby Town 4 Yeovil Town 2.

Scorers: Sam Jones (1-0, 6 mins, pen), Chris Clements (2-0, 36 mins), Alex Lawless (2-1, 47 mins), Scott Vernon (3-1, 59 mins), Jamey Osborne (4-1, 62 mins), Francois Zoko (4-2, 75 mins)

Grimsby Town:
1 James McKeown
12 Zak Mills 5 Shaun Pearson 22 Danny Collins 3 Danny Andrew
8 Craig Disley 16 James Berrett
32 Jamey Osborne 35 Sam Jones 31 Chris Clements
21 Scott Vernon

Substitutes:
2 Ben Davies 10 Dominic Vose (76 mins for James Berrett) 18 Tom Bolarinwa (88 mins for Jamey Osborne) 20 Andrew Boyce 23 Dan Jones 26 Brandon Comley 29 Callum Dyson (71 mins for Scott Vernon)

Yeovil Town:
12. Johnny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
28. Ben Whitfield 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan 10. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Substitutes: 6. Bevis Mugabi (46 mins for Ben Whitfield) 9. Tom Eaves 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (68 mins for Liam Shephard)

Grimsby Town Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Grimsby Town Match Statistics: Possession: 57%; Shots: 16; Shots On Target: 10; Corners: 3; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 43%; Shots: 6; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 7; Fouls: 7.

Referee: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear). Assistants: Danny Gratton (Staffordshire) and Neil Sharp (Cleveland). Fourth Official: Mark Dwyer (West Yorkshire).

Attendance: 4,061 (with 101 Yeovil Town supporters).


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22 April 2017 : Imps Make Return To Football League Watched By Ten Thousand Fans
Assuming Yeovil Town retain their League Two status for the 2017-18 season, they will be facing Lincoln City once again. The Imps gained the National League title in a Saturday lunchtime fixture thanks to a 2-1 win over Macclesfield Town, with a crowd of 10,031 witnessing the victory. Two goals from Terry Hawkridge ensured victory, after their visitors theatened to spoil the promotion party by taking a first half lead. That victory put the eight points clear of Tranmere Rovers with two games remaining.

This is the second time that Lincoln have won promotion out of non-league football, having been Conference Champions in 1987–88. But they were relegated at the end of the 2010-11 season, and it has taken them six years to get themselves back up again, with manager Danny Cowley and his brother Nicky Cowley giving them an extraordinary season that saw them reach the FA Cup Quarter-Finals and the FA Trophy Semi-Finals. This was the silverware they were really after though.

The Easter weekend had already confirmed that Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth would take the three automatic promotion positions at the top end of League Two - we'll therefore lose all three for next season. Coventry City and Chesterfield are the two clubs that will definitely replace them.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.


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22 April 2017 : Team News For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that played against Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday. AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield has completed a three match suspension, and he replaces Kevin Dawson who drops out of the squad entirely due to an unspecified injury. The substitutes bench is unchanged.

Football League rules mean the club has to leave out two of its loan players. Once again Swansea City attacker Owain Jones and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga are the pair to miss out. Other absentees due to injuries include Darren Ward (swollen knee) and goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (twisted ankle) - neither are expected to play for the remainder of the season. Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough. Midfielder Ollie Bassett doesn't make the teamsheet.

The team is as follows - we'll assume that the more recent successful usage of the 4-4-2 formation would mean that continues:

Yeovil Town:
12. Johnny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
28. Ben Whitfield 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan 10. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Substitutes: 6. Bevis Mugabi 9. Tom Eaves 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison


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22 April 2017 : Maddison Finding First Team Experience Invaluable For Career
Yeovil Town goalkeeper Jonny Maddison has said that getting experience at Football League level will be invaluable to shaping his future career, after he played both games for the Glovers over the Easter weekend. Coming up against Newport County and Crewe Alexandra in quick succession, Maddison will also be between the sticks for this afternoon's trip to Grimsby Town, with it looking extremely likely that first choice keeper Artur Krysiak will not reappear for the remainder of the 2016-17 season.

Maddison was recruited in from Leicester City last summer, as a player who had only minimal first team experience as part of a 2015 loan spell with Leamington, and so had never featured as high as Yeovil's level in a competitive environment. The 22 year old was selected for all of Yeovil Town's six EFL Trophy matches, as Krysiak was rested, thankfully meaning that Good Friday's match at Rodney Parade wasn't quite throwing him in the deep end. However, it did give him his Football League debut, and the former Sunderland youth product said whilst it came from the misfortune of Krysiak's foot injury, it was the best thing that could have happened personally:

"It's been a different Easter weekend, but I think that on a personal note it is probably the best thing that could have happened to us. It's different for a goalkeeper as you've just got to wait for your chance. For someone like myself it's invaluable and it's what I need to get to the next level of my game. I've just been thrown in, and told to go out there and do it, basically. Friday was disappointing, but then in contrast to that, to then win on Monday and get a clean sheet in front of the home fans was brilliant. It's probably the first time that something like this has happened in my career. I've been waiting for a long long time, but I've just got to grasp it with both hands and just take it. So long may that continue."

Disappointment at Rodney Parade turned into delight on Easter Monday when he was part of the side that won 3-0 against Crewe, giving them the three points that almost guaranteed their Football League status for next season. As such Maddison said that the importance of the win from a collective point of view probably sat above any personal feelings he may have had at getting his first clean sheet in a Football League match:

"I think that's the biggest relief for myself and the boys, in that the win probably meant more on a collective note than on a personal note. The win has obviously taken us almost out of the drop (area). There's still work to be done but it's definitely put us in good stead for the last three games. The clean sheet helps, especially for the back four. We all defend from front to back very well. To score three as well is positive, and from set plays as well, which is something that we've been working on throughout the week. It's all pleasing."


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21 April 2017 : Darren Previews The Grimsby Town Away Game
As part of the build-up to Saturday afternoon's trip to Grimsby Town at Blundell Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about how he sees things now the club are almost mathematically safe, the players' contract situation, the introduction of Jonny Maddison into the starting line-up and his relationship with former Glovers boss Russell Slade. Read that interview in full via the link below.

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


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21 April 2017 : Notts County Ladies Drop Out Of FAWSL Following Tax Debts
FAWSL1 side Notts County Ladies have folded just two days before the start of the 2017 Spring Series. The Meadow Lane club were due to open their season with a trip to Arsenal Ladies but that match has now been cancelled, following their withdrawal from the league. As yet, the FAWSL itself have not commented on how they will deal with this gap, but it seems inevitable that the Spring Series will be played one team short, with a question mark over what will happen when the FAWSL1 season kicks off in late summer for the new 2017-18 Season standard winter-based schedule.

The future of Notts County Ladies had been up in the air since the latter days of Ray Trew's ownership of both men's and ladies sides at Meadow Lane. Winding up orders against both football clubs were submitted by HMRC (aka the Taxman) and although the men's club's debts now seem to be being managed under the new ownership of Alan Hardy, the Ladies' courtroom session merely sought to adjourn the court action.

Today, Notts County have issued a statement saying it is their intention to close down the Ladies operations. They indicate that there had been six figure tax debts inherited from Ray Trew's time in charge, and that added to the costs of running their Ladies operation for the 2017 Spring Series and beyond meant that they were needing to raise close to £1 million to keep the club going during the calendar year.

It appears that Notts County had two offers from Premier League clubs to franchise the business out to them, but the Football Association rejected the transfer of licence and so the club have decided to cease operations. Owner Alan Hardy explained some of the finances behind the decision-making:

"“I am devastated that we cannot continue the Ladies project but the numbers simply do not stack up. Continuing would have been little short of financial suicide. I wish to be totally transparent with supporters about the sums of money involved here. When I took over the club, HMRC and other creditors had in excess of £350,000 of unpaid liabilities. Additionally, I was extremely concerned that to operate Notts County Ladies for the current season was going to cost us approximately £500,000 - a figure principally made up of player and coaching salaries. Our total projected incoming revenue from attendances and sponsorship was £28,000."

Hardy said that he had looked into restructuring the club into a more of an Academy-based operation, including the set-up of a Regional Talent Centre to provide a pathway for female players into their FAWSL set-up. However, his view was that it would have taken more than two years for them to have become accredited, thus creating a funding gap during that time. They do not appear to be planning any alternative measures to ressurect the club in a different form, meaning that the name of Notts County Ladies will disappear entirely.

Yeovil Town Ladies were due to play Notts County Ladies on June 3rd at Fairfax Park, Bridgwater as the final match of the 2017 Spring Series. Unless something unexpected happens, this game will now be cancelled.

The Glovers Ladies side will be in action on Sunday at Huish Park, against Liverpool Ladies. A reminder that they have got a new pricing structure in place for this season. We'd therefore recommend that you purchase your tickets online for these fixtures, if at all possible. Follow the links below.

Link: 2017 FAWSL1 Spring Series Fixture List.

Link: Ticketing For Ladies vs Liverpool And Spring Series Matches.


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21 April 2017 : Officials For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two fixture between Grimsby Town and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Saturday 22nd April 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Blundell Park. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Eddie Ilderton (Tyne and Wear).

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 three times 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.

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

We've already had Mr Ilderton this season. In February 2017 he was at Meadow Lane for our League Two match against Notts County. This was a real stinker of a game. One of those matches that was going to end 0-0 even if both sides played until midnight. As we recall, the match officials didn't have a huge impact on the game, but minor things tended to contribute to the stuttering nature of the match. We groaned at him, but also groaned at the way both sides were playing the match.

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 Danny Gratton (Staffordshire) and Neil Sharp (Cleveland). The Fourth Official will be Mark Dwyer (West 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.

Link: February 2017 : Notts County 0 Yeovil Town 0.


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21 April 2017 : Way Still Waiting To Get The Ball Rolling On Contracts Despite Near Safety
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that he is merely 'waiting' for things to start properly rolling in terms of being able to decide players' futures beyond the summer months. With fifteen players out of contract in June, it's likely to be another busy summer, with either new contracts to be agreed, or new recruits to be brought in to replace those who do leave the club.

Easter Monday's home win against Crewe Alexandra didn't quite secure mathematical safety, but it put the club into a position where it would take an improbable set of results to get themselves relegated - a win at Grimsby Town tomorrow would eliminate that sort of talk entirely. Despite being almost over the safety line, Way has told BBC Somerset that he is still playing the waiting game in terms of being able to start hard contract talks with his players:

"I think I'm just in the process where I'm just waiting, and I can understand why, because there's that uncertainty of what you've just said, until mathematically it is done. Then there's always a reason to not get the ball rolling. So us as a team, and players have got to make sure that we strive to be successful. I know I want to beat the 50 point mark and finish the game strong with wins."

Whilst Yeovil's final three games of the season are largely of academic interest, Way said that there were still targets for the remainder of the season, including breaking through the 50 point barrier. He said that getting strong results in their last three matches was also important for fans to see their team win more often than they had done during the second half of the 2016-17 season:

"I think it's important for the supporters. You could see that there was a sigh of relief on Monday, to see their team win. That's exactly what I am striving for. It's frustrating for me as to why we had such a turn in form since January. But there are a number of reasons. Where clubs end up is normally where they are placed in terms of finances and resources. I want to make sure that this club can get back to doing what we've done before, but I think that's going to take time, and I think that it's important with the players' experience that they've gained this year, we use that as a stability for next year."


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20 April 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Grimsby Town
Saturday sees Yeovil Town make a lengthy trip to play Grimsby Town at Blundell Park. Our first trip in twelve years means the Ciderspace guide has had hefty updates, covering directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics and where to have a pint. Read that guide via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Grimsby Town.

The Osmond Stand - this is where the away supporters are housed
The Osmond Stand - this is where the away supporters are housed



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20 April 2017 : Protective Boot And Crutches Appear To Rule Krysiak Out Of Last Three Games
Yeovil Town supporters expecting to see goalkeeper Artur Krysiak returning before the end of the 2016-17 season may almost certainly be disappointed. The club and manager Darren Way have been particularly coy over the extent of the Pole's injury, except to describe it as a 'twisted ankle' that was the result of a training ground injury. He missed both Easter holiday weekend matches against Newport County and Crewe Alexandra as a result, and has been definitely ruled out of Saturday's trip to Grimsby Town as well.

Video footage from the Easter Monday home match against Crewe would strongly imply he will miss the two matches that follow. After Matty Dolan scored the opening goal, the video camera pans to their celebrations, close to the dugouts, by the halfway line. Freeze the video and Artur is seen applauding the goal, whilst his right foot is held in a large knee-high protective boot, whilst he has two crutches by his side. With only 16 days left of the 2016-17 season left, and the club's League Two status almost secured, even if Krysiak was in the position to get rid of the protective boot and crutches, the injury appears to be serious enough to rule him out of action for those remaining three matches.

The Glovers have two players injured for the trip to Grimsby - the other being centre-back Darren Ward, who has definitely been ruled out for the remainder of the 2016-17 season with his swollen knee problems. AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield will be the one addition to Saturday's squad, having completed his three match ban.

Artur Krysiak - spotted sitting in the stand with large protective boot and crutches
Artur Krysiak - spotted sitting in the stand with large protective boot and crutches



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20 April 2017 : Grimsby Lose Centre-Back For Glovers Visit
Saturday's opponents Grimsby Town will have to make at least one change to their starting line-up for the Blundell Park visit of Yeovil Town. The Mariners will be without centre-back/defensive midfielder Gavin Gunning - a 26 year old they had recruited from Scottish Championship side Greenock Morton during the January transfer window. He was given his marching orders by referee Mark Heywood in their 2-1 defeat against Cheltenham Town, after he was deemed to have used his elbow in an aerial challenge on Robins' striker Danny Wright.

Grimsby's new manager Russell Slade - formerly of this parish - made a general comment about the standard of refereeing in League Two after the match, compared to what he had seen of officials at Championship level whilst he was Cardiff City's manager. That tended to point to his side appealing against the dismissal, but today Slade has told the Grimsby Telegraph that he does not plan to do so:

"We've a had another look at it and we we still think it's harsh, but we won't trying to appeal it. Gavin has played in a couple of games so far under me and done reasonably well."

Video footage of Gunning's red card shows the same problem that Yeovil Town had with their recent dismissal of Ben Whitfield - any use of the elbow comes on the blind side of the single camera, meaning that like the Glovers any appeal would have failed.

On that note, Whitfield will be added to Yeovil Town's squad that travels to Lincolnshire this weekend, with his suspension now served. The main two absentees this weekend will be goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (twisted ankle) and centre-back Darren Ward (swollen knee). Given manager Darren Way made zero substitutions on Easter Monday, the club's 3-0 victory should point to an unchanged starting eleven, with the only question mark being who might lose out to Whitfield.

Link: Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.


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20 April 2017 : Otis Khan Talks About The Crewe Alexandra Victory
Following Monday afternoon's 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park, Yeovil Town attacker Otis Khan spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Otis gives views on the win, including his two assists and his first goal since his return from injury. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Otis Khan Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Win Over Crewe Alexandra.


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19 April 2017 : Reminder - Glovers Trust Meeting On Thursday Night
Yeovil Town Supporters are reminded that the Glovers Trust are meeting at the Labour Club, in Central Road, Yeovil tomorrow evening, to discuss the direction of the Trust and of issues surrounding the club. The full details of the meeting, and a letter they sent to the club can be read here.

The agenda for tomorrow evening's meeting will be guided by the following format:

1 - Trust strategy and purpose 
2 - Update on activities to date

3 - Open floor, incorporating:
a Feedback on Trust activities to date
b What do Trust members want to see from the Trust in terms of future activities - both objectives and strategy to reach this.

It's highly likely that questions and views on the Trust's recent letter will come up during the evening - they are still awaiting a formal response from Yeovil Town to their questions.

The meeting tomorrow starts at 8.30p.m. - all supporters are welcome to attend, even if you're not currently a Trust member, in case you want to consider signing up for next season. They will also try (technology allowing!) to broadcast the meeting via Facebook Live. If you follow Ciderspace on Twitter or are part of our Facebook Group we'll try to post links as soon as things are up and running, or to give any updates that are possible.


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19 April 2017 : Matt Dolan Talks About The Crewe Alexandra Victory And League Future
Following Monday afternoon's 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Matty Dolan spoke to the BBC. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Matty gives views on the win, recent criticism of the team's performances, and his hopes for the final few matches and beyond. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Matt Dolan Speaks To The BBC After The 3-0 Win Over Crewe Alexandra.


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18 April 2017 : The Sunday Independent Is Dead - Long Live The Sunday Independent!
Earlier this month, West Country newspaper the Sunday Independent announced that it was closing its doors after over 200 years of publications. The Liskeard-based paper did not produce an issue for April 9th for the first time, and for April 16th the printers remained silent.

However, at the time the paper did make it clear that they would be glad to hear of any White Knight riding into town to buy up the business, and after a short delay one has done just that. Truro City owner Peter Masters is that man - a Somerset-born businessman who operates a variety of businesses throughout the West Country. He's even a qualified coach driver - Glovers fans may recall he helped transport the first team playing squad around Cornwall when the Glovers had a short pre-season stay in the area in the summer of 2015.

Masters said that when he heard the Sunday Independent was going to close, that was what provoked him into stepping in, and confirmed that it would continue in specialising in its West Country sport focus, covering all sports and levels from Cornwall up as far as Bristol:

"Like so many of our family of readers, I've read the Indy every Sunday all my life. There was no way I could stand aside and let such a loved and respected part of the West Country sporting scene pass into history. We have lots of plans for the Indy moving forward but our driving motivation is what it has always been – to back sport in the West Country from grass roots to the top level with unrivalled in-depth quality coverage."

His buyout of the paper has meant that 17 jobs in Liskeard have been saved. Just as importantly, the paper will be back on sale this coming Sunday 23rd April, priced £1.20, meaning that it will have only dropped out of circulation across those two Sundays.


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18 April 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra Match Highlights
For the first time in a while, Yeovil Town's match highlights may be worth watching. If you want to relive Monday afternoon's 3-0 win over Crewe Alexandra again, then two minutes worth of highlights are now available on YouTube. See the goals from Matty Dolan, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Otis Khan as well as finding out why Akpa Akpro didn't get another goal given his way, via the clip below.




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18 April 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : The Way It Turned Out And The Way Forward
Yeovil Town's 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra ought to have secured the club their League Two status for next season. Mathematicians will argue this point, but their 49 points should be enough for them to plan ahead for the 2017-18 season. The latest Taff's Gloversblog entry contains a guest post by Old Green Eyes, who considers the big question 'where did it all go wrong' to end up in a relegation scrap, and what would need to be resolved to avoid a repeat. Read on via the link below and add your own views to the bottom of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : The Way It Turned Out And The Way Forward.


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18 April 2017 : Ups'n'Downs - Three Promotion Places Settled
The Easter Holiday weekend settled a significant number of issues for the 2016-17 season, despite there being still three games left to play. We will definitely be saying farewell to Doncaster Rovers, Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth with all three automatic promotion places filled. Donny had already secured promotion before the weekend, but they have been joined by Plymouth, who thrashed Newport County 6-1, whilst Portsmouth got two late goals to beat Notts County 3-1 at Meadow Lane.

The end result is that Yeovil Town will lose two of the clubs that have given them their bigger attendances over the last couple of seasons. As far as the play-offs are concerned there is still a massive scramble. Even fourth placed Luton Town only have a four point advantage on eighth placed Carlisle United, whilst just two points separate Blackpool in 7th place and Wycombe Wanderers in 13th position, meaning that anyone in the top half of the table could get into League One by the time we reach the end of Game No.46 - ten clubs battling for four places.

At the foot of the League Two table, the off-the-field shambles that is Leyton Orient continue to keep their heads just above water. They will almost certainly be relegated, lying seven points off safety, but at least delayed things for one more week with a 2-1 win over Hartlepool United. That was also big for who will end up joining them. Whilst Yeovil Town are not mathematically safe, they ought to sleep easy now, with it looking increasingly likely that one of Hartlepool (22nd) and Newport County (23rd) will join them - just a single point separate the pair now. In theory Gary Johnson's Cheltenham Town could still get dragged in, but their 2-1 victory over Grimsby Town means that Newport would have to win two of their last three matches to give them a scare.

We already know two of the teams that will drop into League Two for the 2017-18 season. Coventry City and Chesterfield have been cut adrift at the foot of League One and their path is already confirmed. Currently Swindon Town and Port Vale will join them, although the Valiants' game in hand particularly means they could drag in any of Bury, Shrewsbury Town or Gillingham - Bury travel to Bolton Wanderers tonight. League One fixtures complete a week before League Two meaning we'll know for certain what's happening by Sunday 30th April.

In the National League (formerly the Conference) it is increasingly likely that we will be saying hello to Lincoln City. The heroes of a record-breaking FA Cup run have somehow held their League form together, despite also making an FA Trophy Semi-Final as well. They lie five points clear with a game in hand, meaning that if they beat Macclesfield Town at Sincil Bank they will be Champions. Tranmere Rovers are the only side who can catch them - the Wirral club have already guaranteed a play-off slot. the other play-off clubs will almost certainly include big-spending Forest Green Rovers, and Dagenham and Redbridge, with the final place currently held by Aldershot, but with Dover Athletic and Barrow still capable of sneaking in.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.


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17 April 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Crewe Alexandra Home Game
Following Monday afternoon's home match against Crewe Alexandra 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 victory, where it leaves them in the division, his views on player contracts and on the goals scored can be read in full via the link below.

Link: Darren Way's Verdict On The Crewe Alexandra Home Game.


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17 April 2017 : Way Wanted Player Contract Talks Done Two Months Ago
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that if he had control of the situation, then he would have given his players contract offers a couple of months ago, despite their recent precarious position in League Two. The Glovers almost secured their League Two status for the 2017-18 season, even if the mathematicians will indicate that they are still not quite safe, needing one more win, or a Newport County defeat to be sure of that scenario.

Almost a month ago, Way told the media that he was planning to hold talks with his players about their futures, but as suspected at the time, those never turned into firm contract offers. Club policy under the current ownership has been over the seasons a consistent one irrespective of manager - that they will not allow contract offers to proceed until the club's divisional status is known, and more recently until the club's 'early bird' season ticket deadline has passed and they can set an indicative playing budget for the following season.

Way has said that leaving offers until the end of the season creates an air of uncertainty around the playing camp. He suggests that sort of situation can affect players mentally, with them not knowing where they are going to be contracted beyond the end of June. With the club currently having fifteen players out of contract in three games time, he sees that as being a problem and said that he would have resolved it earlier if he could have:

"If it was me, I would have made it two months ago. I think that when you don't do that, there's always an element of uncertainty. It's a pattern that has developed at the football club. I'm not saying that players lose interest, but players minds drift, and it's not nice when they drift, because I work with these players every day. Unfortunately that's football. But the way they have responded today and the way we stuck together and the way we unite is exactly what Yeovil Town is all about. I want to be in a position next year where I keep this group of players, and I've just told them that in there. I don't want to spend this year going through what we've been going through. We've had highs and we've had lows, but the experience that they'll gain, I think will help us kick on next year. But unfortunately that type of stuff is outside my hands."

The Yeovil boss has also spoken about the level of criticism aimed at him from the club's recent bad run, which even with today's result gives the Glovers just three wins in their last 24 League Two matches. He particularly made reference to some of the scenes on the full time whistle at Newport County, which saw the players and management team have to walk past the away supporters to where the tunnel area is at Rodney Parade. He admitted that he had considered the level of frustration that was aimed at him from the travelling fans, but believes that the problems lie more within the football club as a whole rather than himself as a manager:

"I think I have reflected on that. I've had to reflect on myself, just because I can understand supporters frustrations. I've been involved in these scenarios as a player, I've been involved as an assistant and I've now been involved twice in last year and this year. So there is a common pattern that has developed, and I have to ask myself whether it is me. But then I can't be too harsh on myself because it's been a pattern for a number of years, and unfortunately that is the football club that I am managing. I accepted it at the start, and it is difficult - of course it is. I was at Newport, me being me, I probably would have jumped the barrier to get at me. So I thank them (the supporters) for not doing that. So I had to take that on the chin."


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17 April 2017 : Darren Way Admits A Sigh Of Relief After Crewe Win Puts Glovers Near Safety
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admitted that there was a little sigh of relief around the ground today, after his side gained the win they needed to probably seal their League Two survival. Having gradually slid down the League Two table, Good Friday's defeat at Newport County made relegation a real late possibility. However, their first victory in seven matches today - a 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra - coupled with defeats for Newport and Hartlepool United puts them into a position where they should be playing fourth tier football in 2017-18.

Way felt that his side put in plenty of effort and commitment today, as Matt Dolan, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Otis Khan all got on the scoresheet against a Crewe side that rarely threatened. It meant that they finished the day seven points clear of Newport, which ought to be enough. Certainly Way saw it that way:

"I think what you could see there was that the supporters at the end there had a little sigh of relief, just because three points when you look at the table now is huge. The players needed that; the whole club needed that, and it's a nice feeling. I think you could see a real hunger going forward, but also as well to be able to defend like they did on a number of occasions all over the pitch was very good. The way the lads responded today is only what they deserved today because of their effort and commitment. I've never ever questioned that."

Despite the late scare to their campaign, and the fact that they are still only in 18th place, Darren Way felt that his side had achieved plenty of positive things throughout the season, citing players making their Football League debuts, whilst others reached milestones for their number of appearances for the Glovers. He saw that as the positive from the season whilst also claiming that he had been given the lowest playing budget of any Yeovil manager:

"I've talked to the players all week about what they've achieved this year. It's only going to be that tells the players what they've achieved. You look at certain players who have made their league debuts, and Nathan Smith last week (who made his 250th appearance) and Jonny Maddison (who made his Football League debut). There are so many positives to take from this season. But unfortunately from being in the position that we're in, it's always difficult to let them know that. I've tried to set 50 points because being a manager of this football club, I have seen what other managers have had to go through. I think I've been given the least amount of money, but I could possibly get the most amount of points. That's what I will be going for."


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17 April 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
If you watched Monday afternoon's 3-0 win against Crewe Alexandra 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 Crewe Alexandra.


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17 April 2017 : Yeovil 3 Crewe 0 : First Win In Seven Leaves Glovers Close To Safety
Yeovil Town gained their first win in seven matches, and their first on home soil since January, with a valuable 3-0 victory over Crewe Alexandra this afternoon. In what was approaching a do-or-die situation, the Glovers eased their nerves through two first half set pieces, as Matt Dolan scored on his 100th appearance for the club after Otis Khan laid the ball off to him. It was then Khan's corner that saw Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro head home just before the half time whistle. Khan then capped an inflential afternoon, after he followed up on a Francois Zoko header that came off the crossbar, with Crewe never really looking like responding. The result doesn't mathematically ensure League Two safety, but it would need an extreme set of results to prevent Yeovil from taking their place next season, after defeats for Newport County and Hartlepool United.

The Glovers went into the match making two changes to their line-up, both of which were substitutes introduced during the second half of the Good Friday match against Newport County. Alex Lawless was swapped for Matt Butcher, whilst Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro replaced Omar Sowunmi with the formation being tweaked a touch as a result. In the opposition line-up, former loanee Zoumana Bakayogo played as a left-back, but there was no place for Ben Nugent who had picked up an injury in their Friday match.

The early period of the match saw few chances, with a weak left-footed shot from Francois Zoko never likely to trouble keeper Ben Garratt. Crewe's best opportunity of the match came after a Callum Cooke shot was only parried by Jonny Maddison. In came Chris Dagnall for the rebound, but Liam Shephard did well to clear the ball away from danger.

Matt Dolan was making his 100th appearance for the club, and he made it one to remember, 29 minutes into a half of few chances. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro was fouled by George Ray, and when Otis Khan laid a short pass off for the free kick, that gave Dolan the angle to fire home for his fifth goal of the season, from the edge of the box and a 1-0 lead.

Chris Dagnall was Crewe's main livewire, and he deflected a Callum Ainley shot towards goal, but not enough to worry Jonny Maddison. There seemed to be a bit of nerves creeping into Yeovil's play as they approached half time, but all of that was eased by a second goal to give them a firm buffer. Ryan Dickson nutmegged a Crewe player and then was brought down wide on the left by James Jones. Otis Khan flighted in the free kick and Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro was on hand to head the ball home for a 2-0 half time lead, and a bit of a sigh of relief from the fans at the break.

Crewe made a double half time substitution and by the hour mark had made their third change as they struggled to create attacking intent against a Yeovil side firmly putting two banks of four behind the ball. Apart from a long range Chris Dagnall effort that went wide, and an Otis Khan free kick that went wide, this was again a half with very little clearcut shots on goal.

But for once, the Glovers were clinical in the chances that they did get. A corner kick saw Kevin Dawson swing the ball into the box, and when Francois Zoko headed against the crossbar, Crewe were left floundering. In came Otis Khan for the rebound and he converted from close range for a 3-0 lead, and at last a bit of an opportunity for the players to relax and enjoy their football a bit.

Crewe never threatened the comeback that Exeter City had managed earlier this year. Oliver Turton fired well wide of the target, with the visitors not even managing a shot on target in the second period. As such it was easy for Yeovil to play out time - another Akpa Akpro shot was parried away by Ben Garrett and then cleared by the Crewe defence in another effort on goal, and his side were able to play out time relatively comfortably - only a Jordan Bowery late effort allowed the visitors another chance, but like their other shots they put it wide.

With Newport County getting thrashed 6-1 and Hartlepool United losing 2-1, they look the most likely to take the other relegation place, with Leyton Orient still clinging on to their League Two position just about. However, for the Glovers they now lie seven points clear of the drop and that ought to just about do it, bar a freak set of results. Not a cause for mammoth celebration - it should never have come to this - but maybe a sigh of relief that in 2017-18, Yeovil Town should be still in fourth tier football.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 3 Crewe Alexandra 0.

Scorers: Matt Dolan (29 mins, 1-0), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (45 mins, 2-0), Otis Khan (70 mins, 3-0)

Yeovil Town:
12. Johnny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan 10. Otis Khan
13. Francois Zoko 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Substitutes: 5. Bevis Mugabi 9. Tom Eaves 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (none used).

Crewe Alexandra:
1 Ben Garratt
2 Oliver Turton 5 George Ray 23 Perry Ng 14 Zoumana Bakayogo
8 James Jones 24 Callum Cooke
16 Jordan Bowery 18 Billy Bingham 25 Callum Ainley
9 Chris Dagnall

Substitutes:
10 Callum Saunders 11 George Cooper (59 mins for Callum Ainley) 17 Daniel Udoh 20 Charlie Kirk 21 Ryan Wintle (46 mins for George Ray) 22 Alex Kiwomya (46 mins for Callum Cooke) 31 Andrew Dawber

Yeovil Bookings: Francois Zoko (foul, 34 mins), Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (handball, 65 mins)

Crewe Alexandra Bookings: George Cooper (foul, 81 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 6; Corners: 8; Fouls: 10.

Crewe Alexandra Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 1; Fouls: 13.

Referee: Lee Swabey (Devon). Assistants: Michael Webb (Surrey) and Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Andrew Quin (Devon).

Attendance: 3,167 (with 154 Crewe Alexandra supporters).


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17 April 2017 : Century Milestone Reached By Dolan
This afternoon sees Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan reach a personal milestone. The former Middlesbrough and Hartlepool United player makes his 100th appearance for the club against Crewe Alexandra this afternoon, as part of his 44th appearance of the 2016-17 season. This is the 23 year old's second spell with the club, having had a nine game loan spell during the 2012-13 season, whilst on the books of Middlesbrough. That saw him play a part in Yeovil Town's promotion from League One, as a substitute in the Wembley Play-Off Final against Brentford.

He was brought back to the club by Paul Sturrock in the summer of 2015, and has been a regular in the team, missing only a small handful of matches as the odd injury or suspension has kicked in during the two year period he's had with the club. He's scored eight goals for the club so far - and very few of those have been from close range.

Matt is one of four players to have broken through the 100 barrier on the club's books at present. Nathan Smith broke through the 250 barrier on Friday. Meanwhile Kevin Dawson got through his century milestone earlier this season, with goalkeeper Artur Krysiak completing his 100th appearance last month.

Link: Matt Dolan : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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17 April 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Crewe Alexandra at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name two changes compared to the team that played against Newport County on Good Friday. Alex Lawless comes in for Matt Butcher, having replaced him during the second half at Rodney Parade. Meanwhile Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro in for Omar Sowunmi.

AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield serves the final game in a three match suspension. Football League rules mean the club has to leave out two of its loan players. With Whitfield suspended he would be one of those players. However, Swansea City attacker Owain Jones and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga still are not on the teamsheet. Other absentees due to injuries include Darren Ward (swollen knee) and goalkeeper Artur Krysiak (twisted ankle). Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough. Midfielder Ollie Bassett doesn't make the teamsheet.

The team is as follows - with a slight question of whether this will be a 4-4-2 or a 4-3-3 depending on where Otis Khan plays:

Yeovil Town:
12. Johnny Maddison
2. Liam Shephard 6. Alex Lacey 3. Nathan Smith (Capt) 11. Ryan Dickson
7. Kevin Dawson 8. Alex Lawless 4. Matt Dolan
13. Francois Zoko 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 10. Otis Khan

Substitutes: 6. Bevis Mugabi 9. Tom Eaves 16. Matt Butcher 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison


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17 April 2017 : Officials For Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra
Officials for the League Two match between Yeovil Town and Crewe Alexandra have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Monday 17th April 2017 (this afternoon), with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Lee Swabey (Devon).

Mr Swabey is 33 years old and was born in Plymouth. He's been a regular at Huish Park and other West Country venues stretching back nine years as an assistant referee and a fourth official, since becoming a Football League official in the summer of 2006. He was promoted as a referee to the Football League in the summer of 2015, getting a trial run during the 2015-16 pre-season, taking charge of our 3-2 win over Swansea City Under-21s which seemed to pass off without major incident.

Later during the actual 2015-16 campaign, he was present for the 1-1 draw against AFC Wimbledon. We'll have trouble in providing a review for his performance though as he only lasted 38 minutes! We're not quite sure what caused his problem, but at that point he needed to be replaced, and retreated to becoming the Fourth Official for the rest of the match.

We finally got him for a full 90 minutes for the December 2015 match against Leyton Orient. Overall he had a decent game. We would quibble about the six minutes of first half injury time he conjured up, but as we scored during that period, maybe we won't do that! Orient fans were too busy expressing their unhappiness with their first team manager to get angsty about the referee, and we don't recall anything too controversial from their point of view.

We had him twice during 2016. The first was the March 2016 fixture against Cambridge United at the Abbey Stadium. He had a large impact on the match, given that he dished out a red card against Liam Walsh just 16 minutes into the match. Although we've not got too many complaints about the Walsh dismissal - if you put a hand into a player's face, then you're not going to stay on the pitch - we felt the match official should have been more alert to what preceded it - James Dunne's pinch to the back of Walsh's neck should have got him cautioned, which given the same player got booked later on in the match, would have evened up the two teams. He wound up the home fans as well by booking Darnell Furlong for diving when they thought he'd given them a penalty, and in a game with six yellows and one red he was a bit too involved in the match.

We've had him twice during the 2016-17 season. The first was for the December 2016 EFL Trophy Second Round match against Milton Keynes Dons. Given we got two penalties awarded in our favour, and the opposition had a man sent off, we're hardly likely to be harsh on him for this fixture! We thought that the second spot kick - award for a handball - was a little fortuitious but the first and the dismissal were of a nature where opposition fans would have reluctantly nodded in agreement. Milton Keynes believe they were denied an early penalty decision, whilst he chalked off one of their goals for offside - sometimes things do go your way! There was then the January 2017 match against Doncaster Rovers - a 0-3 defeat on home soil where the opposition were significantly superior on the day and match officials didn't have a lot to do with this fact.

He's only taken charge of eleven matches this season, having only started in late November - he hasn't had a game in the last month either. He's clocked up 40 bookings and three red cards, which is a reasonably average tally.

Mr Swabey will be assisted by Michael Webb (Surrey) and Daniel Leach (Oxfordshire). The Fourth Official will be Andrew Quin (Devon).

Link: September 2015 : Yeovil Town 1 AFC Wimbledon 1.

Link: December 2015 : Leyton Orient 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2016 : Cambridge United 3 Yeovil Town 0.

Link: December 2016 : Yeovil Town 4 Milton Keynes Dons 1.

Link: January 2017 : Yeovil Town 0 Doncaster Rovers 3.


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16 April 2017 : Nathan Smith Talks About The Newport County Defeat
Following Good Friday's League Two match against Newport County at Rodney Parade, Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Nathan's thoughts on the defeat and what they need to do against Crewe Alexandra on Monday can be read via the link below.

Link: Nathan Smith Speaks To The BBC After The 0-1 Defeat Against Newport County.


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16 April 2017 : Darren Talks About Newport County Away Team Selection
Just before Good Friday's match against Newport County kicked off at Rodney Parade, 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 talks about the absence of Artur Krysiak and the inclusion of Jonny Maddison between the sticks. He also explains why he gave Omar Sowunmi a rare start, and also his views on the state of Newport's pitch and how his team planned to combat that. Read the interview in full via the link below.

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


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16 April 2017 : GWSC Travel To Grimsby Town
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Grimsby Town. The match takes place at Blundell Park on Saturday 22nd April 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Grimsby Town : Saturday 22nd April 2017.
Huish Park: 7.00a.m.
Adult Members: £32.00; Member Concessions: £30.00
Adult Non-Members: £34.00; Non-Member Concessions: £32.00

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 Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United 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.

Link: Ticketing For Ladies vs Liverpool And Spring Series Matches.

Link: 2017-18 Season Ticket Package Information.


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15 April 2017 : Second Goal For Lea As Gosport Ensure Rivals Are Relegated
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea scored his second goal for Gosport Borough on Good Friday, as he helped keep the Hampshire side's hopes of survival alive. The 2-0 win gave them their first away victory for six months, in a serious six-pointer that resulted in Gosport relegating their opponents on the day, with Margate also guaranteed to drop out of the National League South division.

Joe scored the opening goal of the match, which was awarded after a bit of a lengthy debate amongst the officials. Former Glovers youth teamer Sam Lanahan helped set up the goal, which allowed his teammate the chance to put the ball into an empty net, with the big question being whether Lanahan had fouled home keeper Harry Voss in his challenge for the ball. The assistant referee flagged to disallow the goal, but referee Aji Ajibola decided to have a chat with his linesman and after a delay he overruled him and awarded the goal.

Gosport's victory was wrapped up later on when Tony Lee lobbed the goalkeeper from a wide angle. The result leaves Gosport with just three matches to play. They face Oxford City at home on Easter Monday, before travelling to Concord Rangers on the following Saturday. They then complete their season with a home match against Whitehawk on April 29th. Although they still lie in the relegation zone in 20th position, matters are still firmly in their own hands. With Concord just three points ahead of them in 17th place, and Whitehawk a single place and a single point above them, their final two matches will be definite six-pointers.

From a personal point of view, Joe has settled into the Gosport side to become a regular in recent games. Since his return from illness in mid-March, he has played a full 90 minutes in the last six matches, scoring two goals during that time. Yesterday was his 13th appearance for the club since signing on loan in late January.

Gosport Borough: Jordan, Sanders, Brice, Dawson, Oastler, Harding, Lea, Carmichael, Lanahan (Suraci 89), Lee, Martin (McCarthy 90).

Joe Lea's Games for Gosport Borough:
24/01/2017 : East Thurrock United (home) : 90 minutes
28/01/2017 : Maidenhead United (home) : 90 minutes
07/02/2017 : Hampton and Richmond (away) : 90 minutes
11/02/2017 : Dartford (home) : 90 minutes
14/02/2017 : AFC Stoneham (home) : Missed game, ineligible to play in cup competition.
18/02/2017 : Eastbourne Borough (away) : 80 minutes, started
21/02/2017 : Truro City (away) : 45 minutes, started
25/02/2017 : Hemel Hempstead (home) : 90 minutes.
04/03/2017 : Wealdstone (away) : Unused substitute.
07/03/2017 : Porchester (away) : Missed game, ineligible to play in cup competition.
11/03/2017 : Margate (away) : Missed game, illness.
18/03/2017 : St Albans City (home) : 90 minutes, one goal.
21/03/2017 : Bath City (home) : 90 minutes
25/03/2017 : Chelmsford City (away) : 90 minutes
01/04/2017 : Weston-super-Mare (home) : 90 minutes
08/04/2017 : Welling United (away) : 90 minutes
14/04/2017 : Bishops Stortford (away) : 90 minutes, one goal.


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15 April 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Newport County Away Game
Following Good Friday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Newport County at Rodney Parade, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match, his views on the absence of Artur Krysiak and on the club's overall league position, can be read in full via the link below.

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


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15 April 2017 : Bees Part Company With Head Coach After Eleven Games
League Two side Barnet have parted company with Head Coach Kevin Nugent. The North London club had only appointed Nugent eleven games ago, but he has now left the Hive Stadium by what is being described as mutual agreement. The move comes after Barnet's 2-1 defeat against Exeter City at St James Park on Good Friday, that left them in 16th place in the League Two table.

Nugent's overall form saw him win one match across those eleven games, drawing four of them along the way. They have placed assistant manager Rossi Eames in charge of the side for their Easter Monday match against Wycombe Wanderers on a 'caretaker' basis. Eames has already had one spell as manager, having been in charge between December 1st and February 14th in an 'interim' position. With them having started the season with Martin Allen in charge, this is therefore their fourth management team of the 2016-17 season, albeit with Eames covering two of those phases.

With Barnet on 51 points, they are not quite mathematically safe from relegation, but in practice they should be. Hence, it would seem that the Bees are now looking at their plans for the 2017-18 season early, and have decided that Nugent doesn't fit into those.


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15 April 2017 : Video : Newport County vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Good Friday's 1-0 defeat against Newport County, this can now be seen online. The winning goal from Mickey Demetriou is added to by a first half chance for Otis Khan and a couple of other half chances - along with a fair bit of padding of keepers taking goal kicks! Watch via the YouTube clip below.




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14 April 2017 : Way Admits They Have To Deal With Fans Frustrations After Newport Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way has said that his players need to deal with the criticism laid out to them, upon the final whistle at Rodney Parade today. The Glovers 1-0 defeat against fellow relegation-threatened side Newport County was met with a significant amount of booing and heckling as the players had to cross the pitch towards the away end, and the corner where the dressing rooms are situated.

With today's result having seen Way's side drop to just four points above the relegation zone, and the club being on a run of two wins in their last 23 matches, Way says that he can understand why fans laid out some of their frustrations at himself and his players. However, he said they had to respond to that, with the Easter Monday home match against Crewe Alexandra coming up, and threatened firm action if he felt any of his players were not pulling their weight in that game:

"I think they have to deal with it. There's no excuse. We're fighting for the football club. You could see the emotions there, where supporters were directing their frustrations towards me, which I can totally understand. They've come here today and they've watched an absolutely ugly game, and I share their frustrations. But we have to make sure as we've got a big game coming up now against Crewe and I expect the group of players to show a willingness and hungryness to do whatever they can to fight for this football club. If I don't get it, and I see a player that's not showing that willingness, then no disrespect, but I don't want them around the place."

The Good Friday fixture was settled by a Mickey Demetriou free kick 57 minutes into a game with very few chances. Way explained that he felt his side had given away too many fouls during the match, and felt that was setting Newport up for such a goalscoring opportunity. He was disappointed that having talked to his players about that at half time, that another second half foul ultimately cost his side the game in his eyes:

"Conditions-wise every game that I've watched here before has been percentages. I explained to them that. Do they deal with it better than the majority of teams - yes. But to concede again from another set piece is very frustrating, and I think that's cost us in a lot of games now. I've talked about concentration, and I'm very disappointed with that. We talked about a number of fouls that we gave away in the first half when the ball gets played in direct into the box from long throws. When you clear your lines if you give fouls away, it always invites the next ball, and that's what happened in the second half with the free kick on the edge of the box. We're disappointed; bitterly disappointed. But we've got to move on quick. It's going to be a massive game now I knew this weekend was going to be intense. But I have to make sure that the players regroup, and we've got to move forwards to the next game."


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14 April 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Newport County vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Friday afternoon's 1-0 defeat against Newport County at Rodney Parade, 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 Newport County vs Yeovil Town.


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14 April 2017 : Newport 1 Yeovil 0 : Demetriou Free Kick Puts Glovers In Trouble
Yeovil Town dropped to a damaging single goal defeat against fellow relegation strugglers Newport County this afternoon, as their poor run of form continued. The Glovers succumbed to a Mickey Demetriou free kick 12 minutes into the second half in a scrappy match. The Exiles are the team in form, and they had the upper hand for much of the game, with them struggling to break their opponents down during the closing stages, leaving them on the end of a 1-0 defeat and now just four points off the drop zone.

The Glovers went into the match making five changes to the team that took to the field at against Portsmouth last weekend. Goalkeeper Artur Krysiak was injured so his place was taken by Jonny Maddison who was making his league debut. Nathan Smith captained the side on his 250th appearance, as Bevis Mugabi sat on the bench. Up front, Tom Eaves was displaced by Omar Sowunmi, whilst Otis Khan came in for Brandon Goodship. Ryan Dickson had recovered enough from his injury to replace Tom James.

The match was played on a poor pitch, but it was clear right from the offset that Newport knew how to deal with it far better, largely pinning Yeovil into their own half during the opening 20 minutes. The first sign of danger in a poor quality first half came when Mark Randall swung in a free kick that a sea of bodies went for, but Maddison did well to firmly pluck out of the air to give him early confidence. Mitch Rose sliced well over the bar before Yeovil got their first effort on goal, as an Alex Lacey header was palmed over the bar by Joe Day.

Mitch Rose fired over the bar again, whilst former Glover Ryan Bird directed a good near post header towards goal only to find Maddison in the right place to cover the attempt. There was then a goalmouth scramble as Yeovil failed to clear their lines with it being clear that whilst there weren't many clearcut chances in the match, the vast majority were falling Newport's way - thankfully on this occasion the ball ricocheted to safety.

At the end of a frustrating first half, players own frustrations boiled over when Otis Khan and Mark Randall got involved in a bit of afters, leading to a melee of players that were eventually separated by the referee and by a yellow card each. It wasn't pretty by any stretch of the imagination, with the half ending with a spot of hoofball that made you wonder if we were back in the days of Dean Chandler in a Yeovil shirt.

Yeovil had one bright spell early in the second half that led to an Otis Khan attempt going over the crossbar. But just shot of the hour mark, Ryan Bird won a free kick five yards outside the box after he was brought down by Matt Butcher. The defensive wall was questionable, and when Mickey Demetriou curled it around the left side, there was enough of a gap for it to end up low in the corner of Jonny Maddison's net.

The Glovers tried to respond by introducing Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro and Shayon Harrison, and the former put in a brave header from one set piece that went just wide, getting a serious bash on the nose for his troubles that saw him leave the field for around five minutes. When Alex Lawless replaced Matt Butcher in the closing stages, it was hard to see how that was intended to change the course of the match, with the team's overall pattern looking somewhat rudderless in its shape, and without too much pressure being put on the Newport goal.

Not even six minutes of injury time could chance that, despite Nathan Smith looping a header just over the bar deep into that period. When the final whistle blew, the players looked despondent, whilst the 396 present made their feelings known at what had been a bit of a lifeless closing stage to the match. With two wins in 23 matches now, and just four points off the drop zone, the Glovers badly need a win from somewhere. It may be that the teams below them run out of games before the end of the season, but they can't afford to rely upon that now.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Newport County 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Scorers: Mickey Demetriou (57 mins, 1-0)

Newport County:
1 Joe Day
18 David Pipe 25 Mark O'Brien 17 Scot Bennett 28 Mickey Demetriou 3 Dan Butler
8 Mark Randall 38 Mitch Rose 20 Tom Owen-Evans
15 Alex Samuel 40 Ryan Bird

Substitutes:
2 Jazzi Barnum-Bobb 4 Darren Jones (85 mins for Mark Randall), 11 Jennison Myrie-Williams 27 Sean Rigg (46 mins Mark O'Brien) 30 James Bittner 41 Aaron Williams (90 mins for Alex Samuel) 42 Jaanai Gordon

Newport County:
12. Johnny Maddison
6. Alex Lacey 16. Matt Butcher 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
2. Liam Shephard 7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan 11. Ryan Dickson
13. Francois Zoko 17. Omar Sowunmi 10. Otis Khan

Substitutes: 6. Bevis Mugabi 8. Alex Lawless (74 mins for Matt Butcher) 9. Tom Eaves 19. Brandon Goodship 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (59 mins for Otis Khan) 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison (65 mins for Omar Sowunmi)

Newport County Bookings: Mark Randall (off the ball incident, 45 mins)

Yeovil Bookings: Otis Khan (off the ball incident, 45 mins), Ryan Dickson (foul, 78 mins)

Newport County Match Statistics: Possession: 59%; Shots: 11; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 4; Fouls: 8.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 41%; Shots: 9; Shots On Target: 5; Corners: 4; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire). Assistants: Thomas Harty (West Midlands) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). Fourth Official: Joe Clark (West Midlands).

Attendance: 3,789 (with 396 Yeovil Town supporters).


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14 April 2017 : Team News For Newport County : Krysiak Crocked For Glovers
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Newport County at Rodney Parade. The match sees the Glovers name five changes compared to the team that played against Portsmouth last weekend.

The major change sees first choice goalkeeper Artur Krysiak ruled out through injury. His place is taken by Jonny Maddison, who makes his first Football League start, having played six times in the EFL Trophy earlier this season. Nathan Smith returns to the side, displacing Bevis Mugabi and taking the captain's armband back.

Captain Ryan Dickson sat out last week with an ankle injury, but he comes back in place of Tom James. Up front Omar Sowumni is back, with Tom Eaves sitting on the bench. Meanwhile Otis Khan comes in for Brandon Goodship.

Shayon Harrison returns from illness, but only gets as far as the bench. AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield serves the second game in a three match suspension.

Football League rules mean the club has to leave out two of its loan players. Swansea City attacker Owain Jones and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga are once again the unlucky pair. Other absentees due to injuries include Darren Ward (swollen knee). Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough. Midfielder Ollie Bassett doesn't make the teamsheet.

The team is as follows (with a warning that this may or may not be the correct formation given recent matches!)

Yeovil Town:
12. Johnny Maddison
6. Alex Lacey 16. Matt Butcher 3. Nathan Smith (Capt)
2. Liam Shephard 7. Kevin Dawson 4. Matt Dolan 11. Ryan Dickson
13. Francois Zoko 17. Omar Sowunmi 10. Otis Khan

Substitutes: 6. Bevis Mugabi 8. Alex Lawless 9. Tom Eaves 19. Brandon Goodship 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James 39. Shayon Harrison


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14 April 2017 : Another Milestone Reached For Nathan Smith
Yeovil Town defender Nathan Smith makes his 250th appearance for the club this afternoon, as part of their League Two match against Newport County. The 30 year old reaches his latest club milestone after being selected in the starting line-up for today's match, in what is his 38th appearance of the season.

Smith is in his second spell with the club, dating back to the latter part of the 2007-08 season, when Russell Slade signed him up following a recommendation from former Glovers midfielder Steve Browne, who was the manager of Potters Bar Town at the time. Although Smith left the club for a three year spell at Chesterfield, he returned in the summer of 2014 for a second period at Huish Park.

He is now establishing a significant lead as the club's most used player since they entered the Football League. His 250th appearance puts him 32 appearances clear of Terry Skiverton who had been top of that tree at the start of this season. Given that the nearest challenger in the current squad is midfielder Kevin Dawson, who had made 139 appearances prior to today's match, it's going take a long time before anyone overhauls Nathan's total. He's got a way to go before he appears in the club's overall appearance records - to break into the top 20 post-war appearances for the club, he'd need to get through the 300 barrier, which he'd need at least another season to achieve.

Link: Nathan Smith : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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14 April 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Accrington Stanley : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town played host to Accrington Stanley in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The end result was another frustrating one, with the 1-1 draw coming despite Accrington playing 68 minutes of the match with ten men after Scott Brown was sent off. Francois Zoko was credited with Yeovil Town's goal, after the Glovers fell behind to an Omar Beckles header.

Man of the Match voting saw the experienced pair of midfielder Kevin Dawson and striker Francois Zoko pick up plenty of votes for their roles in the match. However, for the fourth match running, the poll winner - and by a sizeable distance again - was AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield, who played the match as a left-winger for most of the game before going up front in a 3-4-3 trio of strikers.

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

1. Ben Whitfield 320 (28)
2. Francois Zoko 92 (2)
3. Kevin Dawson 60 (2)
4. Liam Shephard 56 (2)
5. Matt Butcher 46 (1)
6. Alex Lacey 38 (1)
7. Matthew Dolan 34 (1)
8. Bevis Mugabi 14 (0)
9. Artur Krysiak 10 (1)
10. Ryan Dickson 8 (0)
11. Shayon Harrison 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 6.34
Performance : 6.21
Entertainment : 6.47
VOTES RECEIVED : 38


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14 April 2017 : Three Supporter Polls Show Strong Support For EFL Trophy Format To Be Reversed
A number of polls based on the Football League's questions to their League One and League Two clubs point to supporters wanting a return to the original EFL Trophy format. This week saw the League give clubs three options for the competition known under its sponsored guise as the Checkatrade Trophy, following a year's 'pilot' of a revamped competition that included sixteen 'B Teams' from Premier League and Championship clubs that support EPPP Category One Academy systems.
 
The Football League is to offer its 48 League One and League Two clubs a vote in May 2017 that will allow them to choose one of three possible options - To retain the existing competition format with sixteen Academy clubs with small rule changes, to revert back to the 48 club format of League One and Two clubs only, or to scrap the competition entirely.
 
Via the Ciderspace Twitter and Facebook pages, we set two polls, and both have produced similar results, with a significant majority favouring a return to the previous format of 48 League One and League Two clubs, without any of the sixteen Academy clubs being invited.
 
For the Twitter poll, 127 fans responded, with 62 percent favouring returning to the old Trophy format. Meanwhile 32 percent called for the Trophy to be scrapped, whilst just six percent were happy to keep this season's format in place.
 
For the Facebook poll, 169 fans responded, with 79.3 percent favouring returning to the old Trophy format. Meanwhile 13 percent called for the Trophy to be scrapped, whilst just 7.7 percent were happy to keep this season's format in place.
 
There was also a wider Twitter based survey conducted by the Against League Three website, along similar lines. They had 3,057 fans respond, with 78 percent favouring returning to the old Trophy format. Meanwhile 20 percent called for the Trophy to be scrapped, whilst just 2 percent were happy to keep this season's format in place.
 
Yeovil Town will be one of the 48 clubs that will be entitled to vote in the League's May 2017 meeting. The club's position at the 2016 Football League AGM was to support the new competition structure, with Chairman John Fry believing that the introduction of Academy clubs would become a crowd-puller. However, the 1,081 that turned up to watch Reading Under-21s at Huish Park in January 2017 was a club competition low attendance, and the lowest crowd to watch a competitive match at home since Yeovil Town entered the Football League.
 
In addition, manager Darren Way repeatedly gave his support for the tournament throughout his club's six match run as far as the Quarter-Finals. Hence both Chairman and Manager would either need to reverse their position, or consider the views of other parties if they were to consider the direction a majority of fans want the competition to be taken in.
 
That said, a number of clubs have already publicly stated they have changed their minds over the course of the 2016-17 season. Perhaps surprisingly, one of those clubs that has done a u-turn is Oxford United, despite them getting as far as the Wembley Final earlier this month. Oxford had voted for the one year pilot, although they admitted that it had been a split board decision that pushed their vote in that direction. Despite getting a financial benefit out of it, Chairman Darryl Eales believes there were two big downsides - their club's relationship with their supporters, and an overly congested fixture list:
 
"My personal view is categorical – I think it was a one-year experiment and we shouldn’t do it again. We should listen to the fans on this one. It is causing division among fans who normally agree. We’ve just got to wait and see, but fans can be reassured we won’t be voting for the continuation of the experiment. It’s not just to do with under 23 teams, there’s also too many games in this year’s competition. Expanding the competition was a mistake for League One and League Two sides who are playing 46 league games and don’t get international weeks off. Throwing some more games in seems daft to me."


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13 April 2017 : Way Recognises Newport County Trip Is A Pressure Situation
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way admits that his side are under pressure going into Good Friday's match against Newport County. The Glovers trip to Rodney Parade to play the team in 23rd position has become somewhat of a cup final for the Glovers, and certainly a 'must not lose' game, where victory would put them ten points ahead of the Exiles with four games remaining, but where defeat would leave them only four points above the drop zone with four games remaining.

As such, regardless of how other games progress up and down the country, tomorrow's match is very much a 'six pointer', sparked by Newport winning their last two matches, whilst Yeovil Town have lost their last two, slicing a thirteen point advantage down to just seven, and thus setting up the match in South Wales to suddenly be a key game in the 2016-17 season. Way says that means there is pressure riding on the game, but not anything that can't be expected in football:

"It's all of us, and unfortunately that's the pressure. If you don't like that pressure then there's no point in going into football. Pressure is everywhere now, as far as when you're a player, for performance. But what we have done is certainly I've tried to get the players to focus upon their performance, and then nine times out of ten that takes care of results. They know what the consequences are. Should it have been done a lot longer ago? Yes. But unfortunately I knew that certainly the last ten games were going to be very testing, as a manager, because I've been at this football club for a long time."

Newport have recently changed management teams, with Mike Flynn and Wayne Hatswell taking over from Graham Westley seven matches ago. Most Glovers fans will know the style of play that Westley adopted - Way suggests that is still very much in force at Rodney Parade even under the new management:

"They're very physical and they like to play the ball forward early. They play that ball into the final third and pick up seconds. There's plenty of flight balls, because of the surface of their pitch, which has been talked about all season now. When you speak to other managers that have played on it, then it becomes a percentage game, with long throws and stop-starts. We know what we're coming up against and we've prepared very well this week and we're ready for a challenge."

The Glovers are expected to travel with only club captain Darren Ward firmly ruled out of action. His replacement captain Ryan Dickson was also absent last weekend with an ankle injury, but with Nathan Smith, Alex Lawless and Otis Khan all on the bench last week, the squad was close to full strength - Shayon Harrison had a short term illness but should be okay to return. So the only question mark is whether a week's rest has been enough for Dickson to recover from that niggling ankle issue, unless the club have picked up any new injury problems this week. Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield will sit out the second of a three match suspension on Friday. Midfielder Joe Lea is the only other absentee, as part of his loan spell with Gosport Borough.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Newport County.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.


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13 April 2017 : Chairman Appointed For Supporters Alliance Group With Supporters Director Planned
Yeovil Town's 'Supporters Alliance Group' have appointed a Chairman to represent their meetings going forward. They have nominated Rich Rendall of the Green and Whites Supporters Club to act as the group's main Chairman in meetings with the Football Club. He is a lifelong Glovers supporter, who has also acted as Chairman of previous incarnations of supporter liaison meetings with the club.

The 'Supporters Alliance Group' is also undergoing a name change. From now on it will be known as the Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium. It was formed last year from representatives of the GWSC, the Disabled Supporters' Association, the Junior Glovers, Bridport Glovers and Cary Glovers. They have so far met twice under the previous name.

Supporters liaison meetings have had a bit of an on/off status with the Football Club over the last ten years, having been conducted under the names of the Customer Charter Meeting, the Achieve By Unity Fans Partnership and Supporters' Liaison Group before they were mothballed around mid-2010. The resurrection under the name of the Supporters Alliance Group came during the early part of the 2016-17 season. Its aim is to allow those five supporters groups to raise issues relating to the club's running, or to make suggestions for improvements.

The Football Club have stated that they are 'in the future working on appointing a Supporter Director/SLO' although don't elaborate whether that would be one of the existing club Directors' taking on that position, or whether they plan to co-opt a nominated supporter from the outside into the Boardroom.

The Glovers Trust are meeting with the Football Club on a bilateral basis, due to the club's terms of membership of the Achieve by Unity Supporters Consortium, that required groups to be "assessed for affiliation" under a "set of rules" as "official supporter organisations" - something that the Trust later said would compromise their independence.


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13 April 2017 : Officials For Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Newport County and Yeovil Town have been published by the Football League. The match takes place on Friday 14th April 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off at Rodney Parade. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Dean Whitestone (Northamptonshire).

This is an official that we've had a huge number of times over the years, one of which was the corresponding home match against Newport County earlier this season in October 2016. This was Graham Westley's first game in charge of the Exiles, and what we got was a fairly typical physical approach from our opponents. Mr Whitestone adopted a stand-off approach, which sometimes frustrated the home crowd, but overall he kept a good lid on the game, with just one booking. A month later, he was present for the November 2016 match at Accrington Stanley that saw us draw 1-1. This was a booking-free game, and in terms of refereeing controversy, an incident-free game.

Before that, he was there for the November 2015 fixture against Gillingham in the Football League Trophy. He had a quiet game on that evening, with just one booking, and the game ended up in a penalty shoot-out which we won. Other recent matches include the September 2014 League One match against Coventry City that saw the Sky Blues having just returned to the Ricoh Arena. There were also two games during the 2013-14 season. He was present for the opening day of the season when we travelled to Millwall. Although we won the game, some of his decision-making was messy, particularly in terms of who he chose to land on the book, but at least he didn't do anything too dramatic. He then turned up for the October 4-1 defeat against Middlesbrough where we were too busy grumbling about our ability to defend, than noticing what the referee was doing.

With so many of Mr Whitestone's past matches to wade through, it's worth just highlighting a few of the more prominent meetings we've had with him. During the February 2013 League One match against Scunthorpe United he actually did us a few favours (yes referees do sometimes do this!). His failure to penalise Byron Webster for his first half tackle on Akpo Sodje raised a few eyebrows - it could have been a red card for a professional foul, but he kindly waved play on, and Scunny manager Brian Laws got his marching orders for telling the referee what he thought of the decision at the half time break.

Then in the second half, Callum Kennedy's tackle on Sam Foley inside the box also went in our favour, as Mr Whitestone pointed to the penalty spot. Video replays suggested it was a fair tackle. Brian Laws livid after the match? Unsurprisingly, having had time to view the incidents on the DVD he wasn't too impressed. A rather honest Byron Webster admitted that Laws had a right to be annoyed in his post-match interview. So all in all, a 'good' performance from Mr Whitestone from our point of view, and a 'bad' one if you were an Iron fan.

He was responsible for one of the worst refereeing performances we saw during the 2010-11 season, when we had a November 2010 visit to The Valley that saw Charlton Athletic gain a 3-2 win. Two players got sent off, with Charlton's Christian Dailly and Yeovil's Paul Huntington not finishing the game. Dailly's challenge on Sam Williams didn't look like a red even for those of us wearing green'n'white. The later decision to send off Huntington looked like a referee doing his best to 'correct' his earlier error. Glovers boss Terry Skiverton said after the game that he felt the referee had got it wrong on both counts, and we'd tend to agree. Overall, Mr Whitestone made a pig's ear of the game, summed up by five further bookings across both sides, and not a single one of the yellows involving a foul.

In the August 2008 home match against Leeds United he gave us a penalty decision that was controversial even with green-tinted spectacles on, although it was about time that we had one. However, despite us being particularly grateful for any small gifts that might come our way, the rest of his performance wasn't too clever, clocking up eight bookings in the match, but subsequently bottling several opportunities to produce second yellow cards for a number of Leeds players. Whilst that left us displeased, Leeds were just as miffed, calling Whitestone 'embarrassing'. Probably the one criticism that both camps would agree on was that Whitestone failed to be firm in his early decisions, and thus created a rod for his own back.

We then had the dubious pleasure of Mr Whitestone back on New Year's Day 2008 when he took part in the 1-0 defeat at Kenilworth Road. Whilst the 1-0 scoreline flattered the Glovers, who were outplayed from start to finish by a Luton side about to be broken up after going into administration, the performance of Whitestone left a nasty taste in the mouth. Card-happy and inclined to be influenced heavily by what the crowd told him to do, he red-carded Paul Warne late on in the game for a trivial second bookable offence when far worse tackles from the home side had gone unpunished. There are few occasions when we'd suggest that a referee wasn't neutral, but it's hard to describe him any other way when he's got that badly sucked into home crowd pressure.

Mr Whitestone will be assisted by Thomas Harty (West Midlands) and Kevin Morris (Herefordshire). The Fourth Official will be Joe Clark (West Midlands).

Link: November 2016 : Accrington Stanley 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2016 : Yeovil Town 1 Newport County 0.

Link: November 2015 : Gillingham 1 Yeovil Town 1 (Yeovil won 5-4 on penalties).

Link: September 2014 : Coventry City 2 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: October 2013 : Middlesbrough 4 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: August 2013 : Millwall 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: April 2013 : Bury 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: February 2013 : Yeovil Town 3 Scunthorpe United 0.

Link: October 2011 : Yeovil Town 0 Huddersfield Town 1.

Link: November 2010 : Charlton Athletic 3 Yeovil Town 2.

Link: January 2009 : Yeovil Town 1 Scunthorpe United 2.

Link: August 2008 : Yeovil Town 1 Leeds United 1.

Link: January 2008 : Luton Town 1 Yeovil Town 0.

Link:September 2007 : Yeovil Town 0 Leyton Orient 1.

Link: September 2006 : Yeovil Town 2 Crewe Alexandra 0.


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13 April 2017 : Glovers Searching For Academy Head of Recruitment
Yeovil Town are searching for a Head Of Recruitment for their Academy set-up. The move is necessary due to the loss of Dave Hedges, who left the club in early March to take up a similar role at Torquay United, who are currently in the middle of reestablishing their own Academy system.

The club are seeking all applicants to stake their claim by May 1st 2017, at which point they will interview against a shortlist. The Head of Recruitment will provide a scouting network aimed at recruiting players for the Academy betwen Under-8s and Under-19s with a focus on the South Somerset and surrounding areas.

The applicant will be responsible for building a network of contacts both regionally and nationally and building up relationships with local schools and teachers, along with local clubs and coaches. They must ensure that all scouts follow policy and practices for approaching players, and to undertake all paperwork onto the PMA system when a player is recruited, and to understand the required playing level by attending Academy training nights.

Applicants must hold at minimum a UEFA B Licence, and a relevant FA Talent ID qualification, and be prepared to work towards self advancement/. They must be able to communicate well with other coaches in the Academy, along with other scouts in the network.

Interested parties must email their CV and a covering letter to kroberts@ytfc.net by May 1st 2017.


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12 April 2017 : Rail Engineering Work For Newport County Trip
Yeovil Town supporters travelling to South Wales for the Newport County match on Good Friday should note that there is Rail Engineering Work that will disrupt their journey. The issue surrounds work being done at Bath Spa station that means that trains will not be stopping at that location, and in the majority of cases will be rerouted.

As a result of this, if you take a Yeovil Pen Mill train to Newport, then you will need to get on a Bus Replacement Service for part of your journey, in both directions. Services from Pen Mill will run as far as Westbury, but the National Rail website is recommending that you change at Castle Cary for the Bus Service - we'd suggest that you listen out for instructions as to which station they tell you to get off at.

Either way, you'll be on a Bus Replacement Service between Castle Cary/Westbury until Bristol Temple Meads. At that point, you can then get a service from Temple Meads to Newport. Obviously that's likely to add time to your journey on the day, so we'd recommend that you allow extra time to get there. You'll need to repeat the same three-legged journey on your way back.

For those driving, note that there are some roadworks in the immediate area of Rodney Parade. This shouldn't affect the majority of supporters, given our standard advice would be to not try to park up on that side of the River Usk. See the Ciderspace guide for City Centre car parks and charges.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Newport County.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.


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12 April 2017 : Barnet vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
During the middle of March, Yeovil Town travelled to play Barnet in a League Two fixture at the Hive Stadium. The match ended up in a topsy-turvy 2-2 draw, with Ben Whitfield generating his own luck by charging down the Barnet goalkeeper, whilst Liam Shephard netted a last minute equaliser.

Man of the Match voting saw left-back Ryan Dickson recognised for his efforts during the match, whilst his opposite full-back Liam Shephard was helped by making a couple of late surging runs, including the move that led to his goal. The poll winner was a unanimous choice - not often that happens! For the third match running, AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield was the stand-out player.

Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Ben Whitfield 80 (8)
2. Liam Shephard 26 (0)
3. Ryan Dickson 10 (0)
4. Bevis Mugabi 8 (0)
5. Francois Zoko 6 (0)
5. Artur Krysiak 6 (0)
5. Alex Lacey 6 (0)
8. Matthew Dolan 2 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.5
Performance : 7.25
Entertainment : 7.75
VOTES RECEIVED : 8


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12 April 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Newport County
On Good Friday Bank Holiday, Yeovil Town make a fairly short journey to Rodney Parade, when they will take on Newport County in a League Two match. The Ciderspace guide has been updated for the day, with directions, parking, ticketing, club statistics, a pub guide and numerous other bits. Find it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Newport County.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

The Bisley Stand - where Yeovil fans will be sat on the day
The Bisley Stand - where Yeovil fans will be sat on the day



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12 April 2017 : Ticketing For Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
Advance tickets for Yeovil Town's League Two match against Grimsby Town are now on sale from the Huish Park Ticket Office. The match takes place at Blundell Park on Saturday 22nd April 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Ticket prices are as follows:

Adults: £18.00; Accompanied Junior: £5.00; Unaccompanied Junior: £7.00; Young adult (Aged 15-18), Students (with NUS Card) and aged 65 and Over: £11.00

They expect unaccompanied Juniors to be aged 12 years or over.

Ambulant disabled pay the relevant age band as above. They can take an assistant free of charge if they are on the Higher DLA rate. For Wheelchair bays please call Grimsby direct on 01472 605 050.

The Osmond Corner Stand is the area reserved for away fans. The total capacity of this area is 1,904, but for various games they allow home supporters to use it. The standard away allocation is for 580 unreserved seats. Entry to the stand is in Harrington Street.

Note that there is a matchday surcharge of £2.00 for all ticket categories except for the Junior rates, if you choose to purchase on the day of the match. Also if you purchase on the day, all concessionary tickets must be purchased from the Ticket Office rather than from the turnstiles.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United 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.

Link: Ticketing For Ladies vs Liverpool And Spring Series Matches.

Link: 2017-18 Season Ticket Package Information.


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12 April 2017 : Football League Set Schedule For 2016-17 Play-Off Matches
The Football League have agreed the schedule for the 2016-17 season play-offs. Fairly obviously, pretty much all Yeovil Town supporters will be watching these from their armchairs, after the main League Two season fixture lists end on May 6th. League One matches will complete a week earlier on Sunday 30th April.

In past seasons, Sky Sports have committed to screen every play-off match in full as live coverage, but for this season there may be an issue. The decision has been taken to schedule each pair of League One and League Two semi-final matches at the same time, meaning that unless Sky use two separate channels or 'Red Button' capabilities, they may not be doing this. In any case, for the punter without two TV sets in their living room, they will have to make a decision over which game they watch.

All four Championship semi-finals, plus the three divisional finals will be screened at different times. Unusually the League One play-off final will be played a week earlier than the other two finals. This is because the FA Cup Final is being staged at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 27th May, which means they could not squeeze in all three finals across the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend. As a consequence, the League One Semi-Finals are also brought forward. The full schedule is as follows:

Sky Bet Championship
Sat 13 May: Championship Semi-Final A first leg (5:30pm)
Sun 14 May: Championship Semi-Final B first leg (12:00pm)
Tues 16 May: Championship Semi-Final A second leg (7:45pm)
Wed 17 May: Championship Semi-Final B second leg (7:45pm)
Mon 29th May: Championship Play-Off Final (3:00pm)

Sky Bet League One
Thur 4 May: League One Semi-Finals A & B first legs (7:45pm)
Sun 7 May: League One Semi-Finals A & B second legs (6:30pm)
Sat 20 May: League One Play-Off Final (3:00pm)

Sky Bet League Two
Sun 14 May: League Two Semi-Finals A & B first legs (6:30pm)
Thurs 18 May: League Two Semi-Finals A & B second legs (7:45pm)
Sun 28 May: League Two Play-Off Final (3:00pm)


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12 April 2017 : Slade Completes Full Circle As Grimsby Appointment Confirmed
League Two side Grimsby Town have confirmed the return of Russell Slade as their first team manager. As reported yesterday, the 56 year old returns to Blundell Park for a second spell, having managed them between 2004 and 2006 before heading off to Huish Park as Yeovil Town's manager. He is the replacement for Marcus Bignot who was fired after just five months, and will take up the reins at his third club of the 2016-17 season, having been in charge of Charlton Athletic and Coventry City earlier this season.

Slade has brought in former Grimsby Town Reserve Team Manager, and most recently Northampton Town assistant manager Paul Wilkinson as his assistant. The pair have not worked together before, but have moved in similar circles, with the 52 year old having spent nine years at Cardiff City as their Reserve Team manager.

The last time Slade was at Grimsby, he took them to the League Two play-off final, losing out to Cheltenham Town at Wembley Stadium, and that turned out to be his final game for them. Straight after the final, he was appointed as Yeovil Town's manager, having run out of contract at Blundell Park.


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11 April 2017 : Ticketing For Ladies vs Liverpool And Spring Series Matches
Yeovil Town Ladies have set their admission prices for the 2017 FAWSL1 Spring Series. The one-off mini-season has been created to allow the FAWSL to transition from a summer schedule into a classic 'winter season' format. They commence their season with a home match against Liverpool Ladies at Huish Park on Sunday 23rd April, before they go 'on tour' for the remainder of the Spring Series, using Taunton Town and Bridgwater Town's grounds as their base for other fixtures.

For the 2017 FAWSL1 Spring Series, there will not be a Season Ticket package - we'd presume with the three venues being used that would be harder to administer. However, they have indicated that the Season Tickets should return for the first 2017-18 FAWSL1 Season.

All tickets are available to purchase online, so you can buy in bulk. Note that there is a difference between their online prices and their turnstile prices, hence you may prefer to purchase in advance. Prices are as follows:

Online Tickets:
Adults: £5.00; Concessions: £2.50; Family of Four: £12.00

Matchday Turnstile Tickets:
Adults: £7.00; Concessions: £3.00; Family of Four: £16.00

Concession tickets apply to Under-16s, students, Aged 60 and over and disabled supporters.
Family tickets provide a package for two adults and two children only

To purchase your tickets, head to this page.

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


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11 April 2017 : Clubs To Vote On Three Options For Future Of EFL Trophy
Today clubs from League One and League Two have met at Walsall's Bescot Stadium to discuss the future of the EFL Trophy competition. What was variously known as the Johnstone's Paint Trophy and LDV Vans Trophy was this season rebranded as the Checkatrade Trophy, including the introduction of sixteen 'B Teams' loosely associated with clubs holding EPPP Category One status for their Academies.

The competition is theoretically on a one year 'pilot' basis, with the promise that the inclusion of those B Teams in the competition - based on a partial Under-21s line-up - would be reviewed by the 48 Football League member clubs at the end of the season. Today's meeting was a non-binding one, ahead of a formal vote being held in May, but was used to allow clubs to discuss numerous issues.

Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has been a fairly clear advocate of the 'B Teams' policy, despite concerns being raised by numerous fans groups and a number of member clubs. He is proposing changes to this year's format to include the following:

a) An amendment to the 'full strength' rule for Football League member clubs that would require only four outfield players to meet the 'full strength' criteria, with goalkeepers not considered. In addition to the existing rules of how a recognised first team player is defined, the player would be able to meet this criteria if he was on loan from a Premier League or Category One Academy club, or has made 40 first team appearances.

b) There would be a 'significant' increase in Prize Money - more than the 2016-17 pool money. Unofficial reports from the Press Association suggest that this will be an extra one million pounds (spread out across all matches in the competition) and a two year commitment to Category One Academy clubs.

c) Regionalisation of the competition would be maintained until the Quarter-Final stages, rather than being scrapped at the Second Round stage, which was the case this season.

d) Teams would have more flexibility of fixture dates to allow the scheduling of games outside of International weeks.

The above appears to be on the condition that the basics of the current competition are maintained, including the provision of the sixteen 'B Teams' for the 2017-18 season onwards. However, clubs will be allowed to vote for three options at the May 2017 meeting:

1. The above revised format including the sixteen B Teams
2. A return to the previous 48-team competition, featuring only League One and Two clubs
3. To scrap the competition entirely.

Chief Executive Harvey has said of the plans and discussions:

"We committed at the outset of this season’s competition to conduct a full and comprehensive review of the competition and, importantly, give our Clubs the ability to ensure they make the key decisions regarding where we take the competition in 2017/18 and beyond. After asking clubs in advance for some initial thoughts on the competition, today was the next stage of the process and I’m delighted we were able to have such a full and frank exchange of views that will now assist the Executive in refining a final proposal that our clubs will now vote on."


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11 April 2017 : Kevin Dawson Talks About The Portsmouth Away Defeat
Following Saturday afternoon's 3-1 defeat against Portsmouth at Fratton Park, Yeovil Town midfielder Kevin Dawson spoke to the BBC about the game. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Kevin talks about the defeat, an injury he picked up during the game, and looks forward to Friday's match at Newport County. Read that interview via the link below.

Link: Kevin Dawson Speaks To The BBC After The 1-3 Defeat Against Portsmouth.


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11 April 2017 : Slade Being Tipped For Mariners Return
Former Yeovil Town manager Russell Slade is reportedly on the edge of making a return to his former club Grimsby Town. The Mariners sacked Marcus Bignot yesterday, which came as something of a surprise given that he'd only been in the job for five months, and had just mathematically guaranteed their Football League status for another season, with a 3-1 win at Blackpool.

Grimsby chose not to name a Caretaker Manager, following their statement, which tended to point to them having his successor lined up. The Grimsby Telegraph have stated that they've been invited to a press conference on Wednesday at 10.00a.m. where they are led to believe a new manager will be unveiled.

At the time of Bignot's departure, Slade was made the favourite for the job by the bookies, which appeared to be a typical bookies move - name a list of managers who are currently out of work, and stick people who have close connections with that club near the top of the odds list. However, Sky Sports are now sticking their necks out and claiming that Russell Slade actually is the man that will be unveiled tomorrow morning, albeit without providing any concrete information about it.

Slade was manager at Grimsby Town between 2004 and 2006, and had a fairly successful time of it, taking them to the League Two Play-Off Final before his side lost to Cheltenham Town. At that point he left them at the end of his contract to agree terms with Yeovil Town who were at that point a League One side, and took the Glovers to a League One Play-Off Final at the end of the 2007-08 season.

After Slade left Yeovil Town, he had a brief spell at Brighton and Hove Albion, saving them from relegation, before he enjoyed a successful five year stay with Leyton Orient, also taking them to a League One Play-Off Final. At this point, Slade seemed to be on a death mission for his career as he had to deal with four clubs with extremely difficult owners. His time at Orient ended shortly after Francesco Becchetti bought out the East London side, and thereafter he managed to get through Cardiff City, Charlton Athletic and Coventry City, taking the latter to the EFL Trophy Final but being fired due to poor league form before he could visit Wembley.

As yet his return to Grimsby isn't confirmed yet. However, their owner John Fenty was in charge during his first spell with the club, and so presumably the two have remained in contact since his exit 11 years ago. If it is Slade who will be announced tomorrow, then he'll have a couple of early games with twists to them - they face Cheltenham Town on Easter Monday, who were the club he faced in his last game in charge for the Mariners, whilst he'll have an immediate opportunity to say hello to his old Yeovil Town colleagues by Saturday 22nd April at Blundell Park.


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10 April 2017 : Morecambe vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town travelled to the Globe Arena, for a League Two match against Morecambe. The match was sparked into life when AFC Bournemouth loanee Matt Butcher took a ball out of the sky and smashed it home for a half time lead. The home side equalised through Antony Evans but then two quickfire goals from Alex Lacey and Bevis Mugabi ensured the Glovers went home with a 3-1 win.

Man of the match voting saw Matt Butcher recognised, with that strike on its own being worthy of the entrance fee. The poll winner though was the player who provided the assists for the second and third goals, with his AFC Bournemouth teammate Ben Whitfield being recognised for that contribution.

Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Ben Whitfield 56 (5)
2. Matt Butcher 40 (3)
3. Bevis Mugabi 14 (0)
3. Kevin Dawson 14 (0)
5. Alex Lacey 12 (0)
6. Tom Eaves 6 (0)
7. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 7.75
Performance : 8.25
Entertainment : 7.25
VOTES RECEIVED : 8


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10 April 2017 : Grimsby Fire Management Team After Just Five Months In Charge
League Two side Grimsby Town have fired their management team today. Marcus Bignot, Michael Moore and Gary Whild have all been shown the door after just five months in charge at Blundell Park. Bignot had been head-hunted from his position at Solihull Moors following the departure of Paul Hurst to Shrewsbury Town but ultimately lasted only 27 matches.

His record with the Mariners consisted of nine wins, seven draws and eleven defeats across the 27 games. They had been on questionable form, lying currently in 14th place, but the surprise is the timing of the sacking, with a 3-1 away win against Blackpool on Saturday, which guaranteed them mathematical safety in League Two for the 2016-17 season, leaving them seven points off the play-off positions.

Grimsby's slight fade from the first half of the season, when they were nudging the play-off slots, can be easily explained by the loss of 19 goal striker Omar Bogle, who had been Bignot's star striker at his former club Solihull. He was sold to Wigan Athletic on Transfer Deadline Day for an undisclosed fee. Since then they'd won four matches in 13 games. Grimsby's statement appears to imply that they expected their club to have made more progress during their first season back in the Football League.

As yet they've not appointed a Caretaker Manager. Yeovil Town travel to Blundell Park on Saturday 22nd April.


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10 April 2017 : Liverpool Visit To Get Full Live Coverage For Ladies Spring Series Opener
Yeovil Town Ladies will have their opening FAWSL1 match streamed on live video for the first time in the club's history. Their Spring Series match against Liverpool Ladies has been selected for coverage direct from Huish Park, as part of expanded coverage of the Women's game by the BBC Sport website.

Whilst we'd hope as many fans as possible will head directly to Huish Park for the match on Sunday 23rd April - just under two weeks time - it will be possible for fans to watch the game via their internet browsers as well. There will also be live coverage of other matches on Satellite/Cable channels, with BT Sport selecting Manchester City vs Chelsea for coverage on April 25th. The BBC and BT Sport have also reached agreement to show the Women's FA Cup Final until 2021.

FA Head of Women's Leagues and Competitions Katie Brazier has welcomed the expansion from the current form of highlights packages into full coverage of live games:

"It's a really positive step that the BBC are streaming FA WSL games for the first time. Clubs also have more opportunities to stream their games through their own channels. It demonstrates that the domestic women's game is in a really healthy place and we're looking forward to a season of great football and big crowds."


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10 April 2017 : Easter Weekend Closures At Huish Park
Not too surprisingly, Yeovil Town Football Club will be closed for the majority of the Easter Weekend. Although they will be open for a full matchday on Monday 17th April for the League Two fixture against Crewe Alexandra, they will be closed during Good Friday (the day of the Newport County trip), plus Saturday and Sunday - a total of three consecutive days.

Whilst you're able to still purchase tickets for matches during the three day closure by using the Online Ticketing Portal this does have an important implication for those fans wanting to purchase tickets for the Colchester United match on the final day of the season. Colchester's price banding for this fixture means that the effective deadline for purchasing tickets at the second lowest rate will be this coming Thursday at 5.00p.m. as they are not available for purchase online.

Follow the links below for all of the active ticket and travel related news items.

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United 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.

Link: 2017-18 Season Ticket Package Information.


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10 April 2017 : Easter Matches Against Newport And Crewe To Shape Yeovil Town's Season
Yeovil Town's loss of form over the last few months, combined with a recent resurgence from Newport County have inevitably raised the question of whether the Glovers need to treat their remaining five fixtures as a relegation battle. The two clubs meet on Good Friday at Rodney Parade, meaning that the current seven point gap could become a rather more concerning four point gap by Friday 5.00p.m. if things do not go to plan in South Wales.

The Glovers can pretty much guarantee that basement side Leyton Orient can't catch them. There is a 14 point gap between the two sides, meaning that the East Londoners would need to win all five of their remaining matches, whilst needing Yeovil to lose all five. So for now we can probably rule out that possibility. However, for Newport since they fired Graham Westley, they have gained 13 points from their last seven fixtures. If they repeat that form over their final five fixtures, then they've got a very strong chance of performing a great escape - they are currently only three points away from Hartlepool United and so have a very obvious escape path.

However, even if Newport were to overhaul the Glovers by the end of game No.46, the club would still be safe if the likes of Hartlepool, Cheltenham Town or Morecambe were to finish below them. At a pinch, Crawley Town and Crewe Alexandra could still go down if they were to go on a catastrophic run.

There's a fair chance that Yeovil Town may know whether they are in problems or not by the end of the Easter weekend. After they face 23rd place Newport County, they will play host to 17th placed Crewe Alexandra on Easter Monday, who lie just two points above them. Win both and summer holidays can be planned for. Lose both, and there's probably a different story to be told, particularly as at least one of Crawley or Cheltenham are guaranteed to pick up points on Good Friday as they play each other. As usual, getting through the 50 point barrier usually is enough to to guarantee survival.

As already mentioned, Newport County's current form would suggest they have a strong chance of survival. Crewe Alexandra are also showing enough form to suggest that they will be fine. Aside from Yeovil's own poor form, there are three clubs that are having their own wobbles. Cheltenham Town's temporary loss of Gary Johnson in the dugout seemed to upset what had been a much improved second half of the season from them, although his return to the stands seems to have calmed things down in the last two games. Hartlepool are also wobbling, with just four points from their last six matches. The club that has really nosedived recently are Morecambe, whose off-the-field financial problems appears to be affecting them - their single point from their last eight matches, and with manager Jim Bentley pondering walking away from the club over the summer means that although they're a point above Yeovil Town at present, they may be sweating on when they are next likely to win a match.

The full list of remaining fixtures involving clubs between 17th and 23rd, with key 'six pointers' highlighted in bold, are shown below:

Friday 14th April:
Crawley Town vs Cheltenham Town
Crewe Alexandra vs Notts County
Hartlepool United vs Carlisle United
Newport County vs Yeovil Town
Stevenage vs Morecambe

Monday 17th April:
Accrington Stanley vs Crawley Town
Cheltenham Town vs Grimsby Town
Leyton Orient vs Hartlepool United
Morecambe vs Colchester United
Plymouth Argyle vs Newport County
Yeovil Town vs Crewe Alexandra

Saturday 22nd April:
Blackpool vs Cheltenham Town
Colchester United vs Plymouth Argyle
Crawley Town vs Carlisle United
Crewe Alexandra vs Leyton Orient
Exeter City vs Morecambe
Grimsby Town vs Yeovil Town
Hartlepool United vs Barnet
Newport County vs Accrington Stanley

Saturday 29th April:
Cambridge United vs Crawley Town
Carlisle United vs Newport County
Cheltenham Town vs Hartlepool United
Morecambe vs Wycombe Wanderers
Plymouth Argyle vs Crewe Alexandra
Yeovil Town vs Stevenage

Saturday 6th May:
Colchester United vs Yeovil Town
Crawley Town vs Mansfield Town
Crewe Alexandra vs Barnet
Hartlepool United vs Doncaster Rovers
Luton Town vs Morecambe
Newport County vs Notts County
Portsmouth vs Cheltenham

Link: Ticketing For Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: GWSC Travel To Newport County.


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10 April 2017 : Darren Talks About Portsmouth Away Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's match against Portsmouth kicked off at Fratton Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to local journalist Chris Spittles about the match. In an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren talks about the return of Otis Khan, Nathan Smith and Alex Lawless and also explains why Khan's return was delayed last week. He also gives views on the decision to give Brandon Goodship and Tom James their first starts of the season. Read that interview in full, via the link below.

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


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10 April 2017 : Club Timelines Questioned As Glovers Trust Await Response To Land Questions
The Glovers Trust have written to Yeovil Town Football Club, following an interim response to their letter to the club that was issued last week. The original letter asked the club for clarification on the ownership of the land at Huish Park, and how that is split between Yeovil Town's various group companies, along with the amount of money owed to club owner Norman Hayward, and in particular the Legal Charges that secure those loans against the club's land assets.

The Trust received a brief response from the club confirming receipt of the letter, but indicating that there would be no response until the Company Secretary of Yeovil Town Holdings Limited was available, and this was not expected to happen until late April. The Trust have written to the club to challenge that timeline, with their statement saying:

"The Trust Board have had the opportunity of considering the response issued by Yeovil Town Football Club to our open letter which was received by you on Wednesday 5th April. We were extremely disappointed to be informed that we would not receive a reply until after the end of the month due to the secretary being away."

The Company Secretary for Yeovil Town Holdings is registered as Michael Wakeham, who also holds similar positions in non-YTFC companies for which Norman Hayward is a director. Given the questions raised by the Trust were ones that related to decisions made by the Board of Directors of Yeovil Town, including Chairman John Fry, the Trust has questioned why these cannot be directly answered by the Board themselves. They explain:

"The letter was addressed to yourself (John Fry) and thus we would expect a response from you, surely as the Chairman of Yeovil Town Football Club you know the answer to the straightforward questions posed and must be in a position to answer them immediately to ease the concerns of the supporters. Glovers Trust members are waiting for your answers."

The Government's website that covers Company Law confirms that a Private Limited Company does not need to have a separate Company Secretary in place, describing them as being used "to take on some of the directors' responsibilities". The Government website stresses that "even if you have a company secretary, the directors are legally responsible for the company".

Inform Direct - a company who specialise in software and services associated with the role of the Company Secretary - indicate on their website that the precise role of the Company Secretary is not set out in legislation, but would typically include filing the Company Accounts, maintaining the Statutory Books, arranging Directors' and Shareholders' meetings (such as AGMs and EGMs) and communicating with the same parties, informing Companies House when company details change, Compliance with legal matters such as the Companies Act and the company's articles of association (i.e. their constitution), providing the security of Company documents (such as share certificates) and signing legal documents.

There is no restriction upon what additional tasks a Company Secretary may take on in addition to that, but inevitably unless they are a full time salaried employee, taking on day-to-day tasks will hamper that company's ability to perform efficiently. Ultimately the Directors of the Company remain responsible for ensuring this does not affect the company's overall position.


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9 April 2017 : Football League 2017 Awards Evening Winners List
The 2017 Football League Awards were held on Sunday night in London, based on the 2016-17 season that is about to end. There weren't any Yeovil Town personnel on the shortlist, meaning that this was a low key affair from the Glovers' point of view. However, the roll of honour for the evening, which recognises players, management and supporters, reads as follows:

Sir Tom Finney Award:
Kevin O'Connor, Brentford for 501 appearances in 16 years.

Nick Kicks Family Club of the Year:
Overall Winner : Millwall
Championship: Blackburn Rovers, Brighton and Hove Albion
League One: Millwall, Milton Keynes Dons
League Two: Carlisle United, Stevenage

LFE Apprentice of the Year:
Championship: Nottingham Forest's Ben Brereton
League One: Scunthorpe United's Lewis Butroid
League Two: Leyton Orient's Myles Judd

EA Sports Young Player of the Season: Exeter City's Ollie Watkins

PFA Player in the Community: Doncaster Rovers' Andy Butler

Mitre Goal of the Year winner: Steve Sidwell, Brighton and Hove Albion (vs Bristol City)

EFL Supporter of the Year: Doncaster Rovers' Paul Mayfield

EFL Team Of The Season:
Goalkeeper: David Stockdale, Brighton & Hove Albion

Right-back: Conor McLaughlin, Fleetwood Town
Centre-back: Pontus Jansson, Leeds United
Centre-back: Sonny Bradley, Plymouth Argyle
Left-back: Enda Stevens, Portsmouth

Midfielder: Anthony Knockaert, Brighton & Hove Albion
Midfielder: Aaron Mooy, Huddersfield Town
Midfielder: Josh Morris, Scunthorpe United

Forward: Chris Wood, Leeds United
Forward: Billy Sharp, Sheffield United
Forward: Dwight Gayle, Newcastle United

Manager: Darren Ferguson, Doncaster Rovers

EFL Player Of The Season:
Sky Bet Championship Player of the Season: Brighton & Hove Albion's Anthony Knockaert
Sky Bet League One Player of the Season: Sheffield United's Billy Sharp
Sky Bet League Two Player of the Season: Doncaster Rovers' John Marquis

EFL Outstanding Contribution to League Football: Barry Fry, Peterborough United.


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9 April 2017 : Sunday Independent Bids Farewell After 200 Years
Those of you who stepped out to get a Sunday newspaper today may have noticed one particular publication was missing at your local newsagents. The Sunday Independent - a Liskeard-based Sunday paper (not to be confused with the national Independent paper) had been running for over 200 years with a South-West focus, covering Cornwall, Plymouth, Devon and Bristol & Somerset as part of four separate regional variants, with a particularly strong focus upon sport. Yeovil Town were extensively featured, with veteran John Lukins continuing to provide a Glovers column, along with a match report usually provided by Chris Spittles.

The April 2nd 2017 edition was to be its last. On April 5th 2017, the decision was made to cease publication, with a permanent closure, unless a new investor comes in to rescue it from the ashes. The roots of its demise have much to do with the way that national and local print newspaper sales have been falling, but also lie with the death of owner Brian Doel in August 2016. Unlike many of the remaining crop of local-based newspapers, the Sunday Independent was genuinely independent, with Doel having bought the paper out from his former employers Tindle Newspapers.

Editor John Collings had been part of their set-up for 29 years and had to break the news that the paper was closing down. He still had hopes that the news of the closure might provoke someone into making an offer to resurrect it, but attempts so far to find investors to replace Mr Doel had not been successful:

"Last Sunday’s Indy was the last one. That is, unless somebody comes over the horizon on a white horse. I don’t think we saw this coming. It’s a small staff of about 20 people. We have, in fact, been trading well in the past year but Brian’s death de-railed our proposals for further investment and growth and, to date, it has not been possible to find some new investors, or someone with the necessary financial TLC, to continue. The Indy has been going in some form or other for more than 200 years and, hopefully, someone knows of someone who can ride to our rescue even at this late hour."


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9 April 2017 : GWSC Travel To Newport County
The Green and White Supporters Club have set their travel plans for the forthcoming League Two match against Newport County. The match takes place at Rodney Parade on Friday 14th April 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. Departure times and prices are listed as follows:

Newport County : Friday 14th April 2017.
Huish Park: 11.00a.m.
Adult Members: £14.00; Member Concessions: £14.00
Adult Non-Members: £16.00; Non-Member Concessions: £16.00

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 Newport County vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Ticketing For Colchester United 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.

Link: 2017-18 Season Ticket Package Information.


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9 April 2017 : Video : Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town Match Highlights
For those who want to view match highlights of Saturday's 3-1 defeat against Portsmouth, these are now available online. View the penalty incident that led to Gareth Evans scoring the opening goal, and also Yeovil's equaliser - did Francois Zoko get the final touch? - along with the later strikes from Kal Naismith and Jamal Lowe that won the game for Pompey. The YouTube clip can be viewed below.




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9 April 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Portsmouth Away Game
Following Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren gives his thoughts on the overall performance, the goal credited to Francois Zoko and whether it was his, the side's current league position, and the prospect of a big game at Newport County on Good Friday. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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8 April 2017 : Darren Way Hoping Younger Players Will Learn From Pompey Defeat
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way hopes that his younger players will learn from the experience of playing at Fratton Park this afternoon, despite their 3-1 defeat today. The Glovers lost to third-placed Pompey after they netted through an early Gareth Evans penalty, and although an equalising goal - credited to Francois Zoko took the game level, the home side stepped up a gear in the second period, scoring through Kal Naismith and Jamal Lowe to run out as comfortable winners.

There was a question mark over whether Zoko should have been awarded Yeovil's goal with the ball appearing to come off the leg of Enda Stevens as it flew into the net from a Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro cross. But Way believes Zoko has a fair claim on the goal - his post-match view was that ultimately Pompey's 'huge resources' meant that Yeovil couldn't complete across the 90 minutes:

"I think that with the noise that they make in the stadium, you can see the quality that they've got within the team. You can see that this place is about to take off if they get promoted. They've got huge resources and we went up against them today. Unfortunately we couldn't finish it. I was always conscious of that fact, and how some of our younger players were going to handle that. I thought that up until the penalty that they didn't really cause us a problem, but then that put us on the back foot. Having said that we reacted and pulled it back level. I think Jean (Louis Akpa Akpro) came on and it was a great piece of work from him, who put the cross in, and it looked like Zokes got a touch. So if I was Zokes, I would probably claim it."

The defeat leaves Yeovil now just seven points away from the bottom two places, in 20th position in the table. With 23rd place Newport County their hosts on Saturday, the end of the season isn't quite there yet. Way admitted that the defending for his side's second and third goals wasn't good enough, but wants his players to show over the final five matches that they are good enough to be given new contracts for the 2017-18 season - a key point given that fifteen of them have deals running out in June:

"I was disappointed with the other two goals, if I've got to be honest with you. But it's important not to be too critical of the group. I think there are one or two that would look back on this performance and this experience and if they could have done better. I feel they could have - I feel they're better players. I've been a manager having to give these players opportunities. I just hope that between now and te end of the season, they can prove their merit to be here next year. That's what I say to them - whatever happens, I just want them to do as well as what they can. I understand there's a little bit of uncertainty within the group (over their futures), but that's not just this club, that's up and down the country. But we have to make sure that the group sticks together and that we remain strong, and we've got to build up into this Newport game now."


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8 April 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 3-1 defeat against Portsmouth at Fratton 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 Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.


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8 April 2017 : Portsmouth 3 Yeovil 1 : Pompey Too Strong As Glovers Poor Run Continues
Yeovil Town slipped to their ninth away defeat of the 2016-17 season, as a promotion-chasing Portsmouth side gained a comfortable 3-1 victory at Fratton Park this afternoon. The Glovers were on the back foot for much of the game, with Gareth Evans putting Pompey a goal up from the penalty spot after Bevis Mugabi had fouled inside the box. They did equalise early in the second half when Francois Zoko was credited with a goal that appeared to come off Pompey defender Enda Stevens. But the home side stepped up a gear to retake the lead through Kal Naismith's close range finish, and substitute Jamal Lowe netted with his first touch to see the Glovers slip another place down to 20th, with just two victories in 22 games to their name.

The Glovers went into the match making three changes to their starting line-up, with all of those forced. Ben Whitfield was starting his three match suspension, meaning that Matt Dolan's return from injury was an easy swap. At left-back, Ryan Dickson sat out the game with an ankle problem having niggled him for several weeks, and he was replaced by Tom James. The other change was a late one with Shayon Harrison being ruled out on the morning of the game due to illness as Brandon Goodship replaced him.

They initially lined up in a 3-4-3 formation that tended to slide back into a 5-4-1 when defending, but that was to be one of a myriad of formations tried out during the first half. Tom Eaves could have given Yeovil an early lead when he headed over the bar from a Kevin Dawson cross, but in reality the majority of chances were coming from players in blue. Liam Shephard had to head a ball off his own goal line during the opening ten minutes as a Matt Clarke header from a corner headed towards the target.

It took just 15 minutes before Portsmouth took the lead. Bevis Mugabi appeared to have control of the ball at first on the edge of his box, but let it get away from him, with Gary Roberts drawing a foul when he closed him down, for a fairly obvious foul, even if it might take a video replay to conclude if it was inside the box. Up stepped Gareth Evans who fired into the corner for a 1-0 lead.

Portsmouth had further chances to extend their lead, as Kal Naismith forced Artur Krysiak into a strong save, whilst Bevis Mugabi's wobbly start to the match saw him almost create an own goal as he deflected Gary Roberts' shot, with the ball coming off the inside of the post and back out again. Enda Stevens fired just over the bar, with Yeovil having to keep all bar Francois Zoko firmly behind the ball to try to combat the home side's pressure.

A few formation changes didn't seem to help things - at times there were switches from the initial 3-4-3 into other line-ups, including 4-3-3 and eventually a 4-4-2. The problem was that sometimes the message didn't seem to reach all players, and the end result was a lopsided look to the line-up that stretched matters. A Matt Clarke header from a Carl Baker corner continued the presure, and the only chance that Yeovil created to add to that early Eaves effort was a Bevis Mugabi near post header from a Matt Dolan corner. But thankfully the warm spring sunshine and a bit of work to slow the tempo down managed to see Yeovil go in just 1-0 down.

Whilst the pattern of the second half implied more of the same, Yeovil somehow fashioned an equalising goal six minutes into the half. A cross from Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro - only just on as a substitute - was challenged for by Francois Zoko - the ball appeared to loop off the leg of Enda Stevens, but not for the first time this season, Yeovil's top scorer was credited with a goal the dubious goals panel may need to have a second look at. The main thing that mattered was that it was 1-1 and Yeovil were in with a chance of something out of the match.

Portsmouth started delivering a number of long balls that seemed to upset Yeovil's back four, twice stealing through and twice having to rely upon Artur Krysiak to rescue them. One such case saw him force Gary Roberts wide of the goal before he ran out of room. Nathan Smith was brought on to try to stabilise the back line a bit more, as Enda Stevens shot at the near post which Krysiak saved well again.

With 22 minutes remaining, Portsmouth got their noses ahead with good quality crossing into the box. Enda Stevens made amends for his earlier error for the equalising goal by delivering the cross that Kal Naismith converted from close range for a 2-1 lead.

Yeovil briefly rallied - the introduction of Otis Khan as a substitute almost gave him a dream start, as he narrowly fired over the bar with his first touch. But Portsmouth had their own impact substitute, via Jamal Lowe. With 12 minutes remaining he fired home for a 3-1 lead, via a narrow angled drive that came off Artur Krysiak's leg and into the back of the net. Inevitably, that was that, with Pompey easily riding out the remaining time for victory. With Newport's late kick-off giving them victory, and cutting down their gap to safety to just three points, suddenly Good Friday's match at Rodney Parade may get a bit more interesting than Yeovil would want it to be.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Portsmouth 3 Yeovil Town 1.

Scorers: Gareth Evans (1-0, 15 mins, penalty), Francois Zoko (1-1, 51 mins), Kal Naismith (2-1, 68 mins), Jamal Lowe (3-1, 78 mins)

Portsmouth:
1 David Forde
26 Gareth Evans 6 Christian Burgess 5 Matthew Clarke 3 Enda Stevens
4 Danny Rose 8 Michael Doyle
7 Carl Baker 11 Gary Roberts 23 Kyle Bennett
22 Kal Naismith

Substitutes:
13 Liam O'Brien 15 Nicke Kabamba (89 mins for Kal Naismith) 16 Jack Whatmough 18 Jamal Lowe (76 mins for Carl Baker) 19 Conor Chaplin (67 mins for Gary Roberts) 24 Amine Linganzi 25 Drew Talbot

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 16. Matt Butcher
2. Liam Shephard 7. Kevin Dawson (Capt) 4. Matt Dolan 32. Tom James
19. Brandon Goodship 13. Francois Zoko 9. Tom Eaves

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 3. Nathan Smith (57 mins for Bevis Mugabi) 8. Alex Lawless 10. Otis Khan (70 mins for Brandon Goodship) 17. Omar Sowunmi 24. Owain Jones 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro (50 mins for Tom Eaves)

Portsmouth Bookings: None.

Yeovil Bookings: None.

Portsmouth Match Statistics: Possession: 61%; Shots: 18; Shots On Target: 8; Corners: 7; Fouls: 9.

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 39%; Shots: 5; Shots On Target: 1; Corners: 1; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire). Assistants: Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Garry Maskell (London). Fourth Official: Stuart Butler (Kent).

Attendance: 17,564 (with 443 Yeovil Town supporters).


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8 April 2017 : Team News For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park. The match sees the Glovers name three changes compared to the team that played against Carlisle United last weekend. AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield was sent off in last weekend's match and so commences a three match suspension. He is replaced by midfielder Matt Dolan, who had missed last week's match with an ankle injury.

Captain Ryan Dickson drops out of the squad, with his ankle injury finally forcing him out of the side. He is replaced by Tom James who made his first Football League appearance last weekend. Kevin Dawson takes the captain's armband. Meanwhile Shayon Harrison drops out of the squad through illness with Brandon Goodship replacing him in the starting line-up.

On the bench, Otis Khan finally returns from his long-standing ankle injury, with Nathan Smith also back following medial knee ligament problems, with Alex Lawless also having recovered from a hamstring injury. Swansea City attacker Owain Jones is also on the bench today.

Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga has never been named in a matchday squad since his arrival at the club in January, and that situation has yet to change. Absentees due to injuries include Darren Ward (swollen knee). Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough. Midfielder Ollie Bassett doesn't make the teamsheet.

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 (Capt) 4. Matt Dolan 32. Tom James
19. Brandon Goodship 13. Francois Zoko 9. Tom Eaves

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 3. Nathan Smith 8. Alex Lawless 10. Otis Khan 17. Omar Sowunmi 24. Owain Jones 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro

Portsmouth:
1 David Forde
26 Gareth Evans 6 Christian Burgess 5 Matthew Clarke 3 Enda Stevens
4 Danny Rose 8 Michael Doyle
7 Carl Baker 11 Gary Roberts 23 Kyle Bennett
22 Kal Naismith

Substitutes:
13 Liam O'Brien 15 Nicke Kabamba 16 Jack Whatmough 18 Jamal Lowe 19 Conor Chaplin 24 Amine Linganzi 25 Drew Talbot


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7 April 2017 : Darren Previews The Portsmouth Away Game
As part of the build-up to the League Two match against Portsmouth at Fratton Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC yesterday. With questions from BBC Somerset reporter Ed Hadwin, Darren talks about what his players may be thinking as the majority of them are about to fall out of contract, and his thoughts on the club's current finances. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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7 April 2017 : Yeovil Town's Agent Payments Stay Low
Yeovil Town's payments to Football Agents continue to be one of the lowest in the division, according to figures released by the Football Association today. The FA have published data for all 92 clubs, covering payments made between February 2016 and January 2017, with the end of the January transfer window marking the cut-off period. During that time the Glovers paid out £13,686 - with only seven clubs paying out less money as part of player transactions. Unsurprisingly the club at the top of the pile in League Two is Portsmouth, with a £175,344 sum paid out across that period.

Further detail from the FA's data shows that the payments relate to six player contracts during that period, with only one of those being an incoming player - defender Tom James who was signed shortly after his departure from Cardiff City. Of the other five, they appear to be interim 'phase' payments made to agents, with all five being made during the first week in July 2016. Of those, Ryan Bird has since moved on to Newport County, via Eastleigh.

The full list of players and their agents is as follows:

Kevin Dawson : Thomas Rowley (Doyle Associates)
Ryan Bird : Richard Wood (Exceed Sports Management)
Alex Lacey : Mark Taylor (PSC Management)
Francois Zoko : Bruce Tumenta
Artur Krysiak : Daniel Wood (Endgame Group)
Tom James : Rhys Williams (Base Soccer Agency)

During the last occasion the FA released such figures - covering October 1st 2015 until February 1st 2016 - the Glovers paid out just £1,248 to players' agents, with that relating to the decision to extend Francois Zoko's contract in January 2016.


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7 April 2017 : Final Call For Advance Ticketing For Portsmouth Trip
Yeovil Town supporters intending to travel to Portsmouth tomorrow should note that advance ticket sales will be stopped later this morning. You have until midday to purchase tickets from the Huish Park Ticket Office. Thereafter they will only be available on the day of the match from Fratton Park on a CASH ONLY basis.

For full ticketing and travel arrangements, plus the full guide to Portsmouth, follow the links below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Portsmouth.

Link: GWSC Travel To Portsmouth.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Link: Officials For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.


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7 April 2017 : Butcher Nominated For March 2017 Goal Of The Month Award
Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Butcher has been nominated for the Sky Bet League Two Goal Of The Month Award for March 2017. The AFC Bournemouth loanee smashed home a volley in the club's 3-1 win against Morecambe on Saturday 11th Match, and he is nominated alongside Barnet's Simeon Akinola and Plymouth Argyle's Graham Carey. Of the three goals, they have this to say:

Simeon Akinola (BARNET 2-2 Crawley Town - March 11)

What made his spectacularly executed overhead-kick extra special was the manner in which Akinola read a Jamal Campbell-Ryce cross that was drifting away from him.

Matt Butcher (Morecambe 1-3 YEOVIL TOWN - March 11)

Defender Butcher adjusted his body to face goalwards as a clearance dropped out of the sky and then caught it perfectly to send a 25-yard volley looping into the net.

Graham Carey (PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 1-0 Morecambe - March 18)

As the ball was tapped sideways to him, Carey already knew that he wanted to stop it, then curl it effortlessly over Morecambe keeper Barry Roche into the far corner.

You can vote for the three goals by heading to this Sky Sports page and then of course choosing Matt Butcher as your favourite!




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7 April 2017 : Officials For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town
Officials for the League Two match between Portsmouth and Yeovil Town have been announced by the Football League. The match takes place at Fratton Park on Saturday 8th April 2017, with a 3.00p.m. kick-off. The man in charge of the fixture will be referee Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire).

We've had Mr Horwood six times before as a match referee. The first was for the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion in December 2007 at Huish Park. We were more than happy with his first half performance, but felt that the longer the game went on, the more he seemed to be conscious of the match scoreline - booking Yeovil players for apparent time-wasting that had been no worse than offences committed by Brighton players whilst the score had been level, and awarding the Seagulls a series of controversial decisions. As such, he seemed to be getting a little too wrapped up in the game, rather than letting it flow as he had done so during the first period.

The second was the January 2009 1-0 win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road. Not the best of games to watch by any stretch of the imagination, but all of that was forgotten when Gavin Tomlin's 94th minute goal sent the away support slightly mad. We managed to recover our composure enough to remember that Mr Horwood had "an excellent game". We were due to have Mr Horwood for a home League One match against Stockport County in September 2009, but by the time everyone got to Huish Park, Mr Horwood had been replaced for an unspecified reason.

Next up was the April 2010 match at Griffin Park that saw Brentford and Yeovil Town share a 1-1 draw. The two teams also shared two highly dubious refereeing decisions. The one that went for us was a penalty that Brentford conceded for a handball that visiting supporters at the other end of the field didn't spot. Gavin Tomlin showed no mercy against his former club. But they do say luck levels itself out, and so it did when Mr Horwood penalised Luke Ayling for an excellent sliding tackle, and Brentford stuck a superb equaliser from the dead ball situation. No damage done to either side, but two wrongs don't make a right.

We were due to have Mr Horwood refereeing our October 2010 home match against Swindon Town but for the second time in being named as a match official for a Yeovil Town match, he was withdrawn and replaced by Mick Russell. He was then named for the December 2010 game against Carlisle United, but that match was called off long before the Cumbrians or Mr Horwood could get near the ground. He finally made it down for the rearranged match in March of that season, and overall had a "tidy" game, but one that was ended early by an injury during the second half, meaning that he had to be 'substituted'.

More recently he was present for the August 2014 League One match that opened the 2014-15 season against Doncaster Rovers. The 0-3 scoreline had us more concerned about the performance of our defensive line, than of the officials. There was another 0-3 home defeat for his last match, with the September 2016 League Two match against Blackpool on the messy side from our point of view. We had one gripe with him during the match. We'd been a bit lucky that Brad Potts didn't get a penalty when he was tackled inside the box by Matt Butcher. When the referee decided not to take any action a minute later when a Pools defender tried to take Tahvon Campbell's shirt home with him, it was comical that it was not given, and reeked of an official trying to balance out his own error.

It's worth noting that although Mr Horwood has been officiating at Football League level for a decade, our meetings have been a little sporadic, and part of that is down to his own movements. During the 2011-12 season he officiated very briefly at Conference level, followed by a more full-looking season at the same level during the next year. By the start of the 2013-14 season though he was back refereeing at Football League level again, only to spend the 2015-16 season only doing a short spell between October and January that meant he only took charge of twelve games during that season.

Mr Horwood will be assisted by Robert Dabbs (Dorset) and Garry Maskell (London. The Fourth Official will be Stuart Butler (Kent).

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : December 2007 : Yeovil Town 2 Brighton and Hove Albion 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : Jan 2009 : Leyton Orient 0 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: Ciderspace Match Report : April 2010 : Brentford 1 Yeovil Town 1.

Link: March 2011 : Yeovil Town 1 Carlisle United 0.

Link: August 2014 : Yeovil Town 0 Doncaster Rovers 3.

Link: September 2016 : Yeovil Town 0 Blackpool 3.


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6 April 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Luton Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's first fixture in March saw them play Luton Town in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. This was the third occasion the two teams had met during the 2016-17 campaign, and whilst the August match was a close affair, the last two have been anything but, with the Hatters rattling in nine goals. The third game saw Yeovil suffer a 0-4 home defeat - their worst League reverse on home soil for five years, and not too surprisingly there were not too many happy faces at the end.

Man of the Match voting saw holding midfielder Alex Lawless and centre-back Alex Lacey come out with some credit against their former club on the day. The poll winner by a considerable distance though, playing as part of a midfield trio, was AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield, with many fans not too happy about his 62nd minute substitution.

Full results are as shown below, with outright MOTM votes shown in brackets:

1. Ben Whitfield 200 (17)
2. Alex Lacey 42 (1)
3. Alex Lawless 32 (2)
4. Bevis Mugabi 30 (1)
5. Ryan Dickson 26 (2)
6. Kevin Dawson 26 (0)
7. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 24 (1)
8. Francois Zoko 22 (1)
9. Artur Krysiak 16 (1)
10. Liam Shephard 8 (0)
11. Tom Eaves 2 (0)
12. Shayon Harrison 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 3.7
Performance : 3.33
Entertainment : 4.07
VOTES RECEIVED : 27


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6 April 2017 : Football League Introduce Academy Graduate Rule Change
The Football League have announced changes to their matchday rules for the 2017-18 season onwards. The League already has a rule in place concerning the number of homegrown players that must be named on a given teamsheet - in practice that doesn't affect many League One and League Two sides, but is more aimed at Championship clubs that overload their squads with imported players.

The rule was brought in for the start of the 2009-10 season and classifies a home grown player as one that was on the books of a domestic club for a minimum of three years prior to their twenty-first birthday. The original rule started off with a minimum of four players being home grown, but this was later raised to six. From the start of the 2017-18 season, clubs must name seven home grown players in their matchday squads.

This rule won't affect Yeovil Town in the slightest, given the vast majority of the club's players have not stepped out of this country to play their football. Even a player such as Polish-born Artur Krysiak would be regarded as home grown, given he joined Birmingham City at the age of 17 and has stayed on the books of English clubs since that moment.

The change to the rules that may present a challenge for the Glovers, is that from the start of the 2018-19 season, there will be a requirement for each club to name at least one 'developed player' on their teamsheet for any Football League match. Whilst they don't provide a strict definition of what a 'developed' player is, they say the goal is to "help more players make the transition from Academy to first-team football" - the BBC Sport website believe the definition of such a player is one that has spent at least one season with that club leading up to an Under-19 level, thus covering the main Academy system and any first year Academy Graduates.

For the 2016-17 season, the club have one player that fits that definition - midfielder Ollie Bassett. Reading the rule literally, that would appear to prevent the club from loaning such players out to other clubs if that left them without an Academy player that could be fielded. In the case of Ollie, he has spent three loan spells with Dorchester Town this season, and so this begs the question of whether he would be able to do that during next season, should the club retain his services. The rulebook may also have to address the issue of what would happen if Ollie, or other Academy graduates were injured - would the club have to name an Under-18 player on their bench to fulfil that criteria, or be forced to only field six substitutes?

For next season, midfielder Joe Lea would also fit that definition, but could not qualify for this season, as the BBC's definition is that it only counts for a player "who has been registered to the club for at least a year" - Lea is in his first season with the club.

For clubs with mature Academy systems, like Exeter City and Crewe Alexandra, this will be an easy rule for them to comply with. However, for those who have treated their youth development systems less seriously, it may now have to concentrate minds a bit more. Football League Chief Executive Shaun Harvey has said of the rule change:

"I hope this latest commitment made by our clubs is further evidence of the EFL taking the initiative in looking for practical and effective measures that can be introduced to help managers and coaches in the ongoing development of young players. It is imperative that we provide young players not only with a platform, but also with the belief that opportunities will be made available to progress from youth to senior football. I am confident that this decision will have a positive and lasting impact on the future of football in this country."


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6 April 2017 : Dolan Set For Pompey Trip With 'One Or Two Others' Back
Yeovil Town look as though they will be able to welcome back midfielder Matt Dolan for this weekend's trip to Portsmouth. The 23 year old missed last week's match against Carlisle United after he picked up an injury in training that required a number of stitches in his ankle. That meant that he was the single change to the side for that match, sitting the game out in the stand.

With that flesh wound having healed, he should be restored to the squad that travels to Fratton Park. Whether he is joined by left-sided defender Nathan Smith or wide man Otis Khan is another matter. Thursday press briefings have turned into Groundhog Day somewhat with both players being declared as 'close' or 'in contention', only to not be present once the Saturday teamsheet was published. The facts are that Khan has been absent for 17 matches with an ankle injury, whilst Smith has missed 10 matches with medial knee ligament problems.

Last week, the implication was that Khan was the closer of the pair to be involved. This time around, it would seem that Smith is the player that Way is more bullish about his chances:

"We've got one or two others back so there will be a big scrap for the bench, which is good to have. We have been low on numbers and we've had to rely upon one or two quite heavily over the last few weeks. Otis has trained this week, so that's good news. It's just about whether I make that decision to throw him in straight away. We were a little bit unfortunate not to have Nathan Smith on the bench last week but hopefully he’ll play a part."

There is no mention of Alex Lawless and his hamstring problem, which tends to imply that he won't be available. We already know Darren Ward's knee problem will keep him out for the final six games of the season. AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield starts a three match suspension this weekend, whilst midfielder Joe Lea continues his loan spell with Gosport Borough.


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6 April 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Accounting For The Club's Losses
Earlier this week, Yeovil Town Football Club's accounts were published, showing the state of the finances from the 2015-16 season. They weren't pretty viewing, and the club's own response to the figures probably didn't clear up a lot of the level of concerns shown by fans to them. The latest Taff's Gloversblog considers that, plus the club's recent Planning Appeal, and the Glovers Trust's attempts to uncover some of the information fans should have access to. Read on via the link below. As always, add your own thoughts at the foot of the article.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Accounting For The Club's Losses.


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5 April 2017 : Glovers Trust Ask Club To Clarify Ownership And Asset Holdings
The Glovers Trust Board of Directors have this week written to Yeovil Town Football Club requesting details behind the club's ownership and various arrangements that provide security against the Huish Park land. The Trust have indicated that they are acting upon feedback from members who have raised concerns about a number of situations, including the decision this season to place a Legal Charge against the land and stadium, in the name of Yeovil Town director and owner Norman Hayward.

The Trust indicate that they have already sent the letter to the main Football Club address, and that the club have acknowledged receipt. However, they have indicated that they will be unable to reply to the letter until the Company Secretary for parent company Yeovil Town Holdings Limited is able to review the questions, and he is not expected to be available until the end of April. The Trust explain:

"The Trust Board are pleased to be able to act on feedback from a number of members who, like the Trust Board, are becoming increasingly concerned with the lack of transparency around the floating charge and ownership of the Club and so have posed a number of questions to the Club for which we feel answers are desperately required. We have received an initial reply from the Club Secretary indicating that they will be in a position to respond once the Secretary of Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd. has been able to review the questions posed. They have also advised that this particular individual is currently away and will be returning at the end of the April. In the meantime the Trust Board will endeavour to communicate any updates as they materialise."

There will also be a general meeting for Trust Members to discuss this and any other burning matters later this month. This will be held on Thursday 20th April at the Labour Club, Central Road Yeovil, BA20 1JL at 8:30p.m. This will provide everyone with an opportunity to discuss recent and future matters both Club and Trust related. Any clarifications regarding the open letter or anything else you feel would be constructive should be directed to communications@glovers-trust.co.uk

The unedited content of the letter (bar a bit of text formatting by ourselves) sent to Yeovil Town Football Club by the Glovers Trust reads as follows

"Dear Mr Fry,

Whilst we recognise the advances that we have made in working together over the last few months and the productive meetings that we have engaged in, we are concerned with the lack of progress and communications following these meetings. There are a number of areas that need to be progressed following the last meeting on 22nd February. We will follow up on these in due course.

We fully recognise that the Football Club is privately owned, however it is also a community asset which many people enjoy, and as such we feel that there is a need for some clarification from the Board of Yeovil Football Club regarding the recent floating charge, hence this open letter.

We are writing to you on behalf of our members at the Glovers Trust as we are deeply concerned about the recent news that came to light regarding the floating charge put on the land at Huish Park and other matters in your response to the Western Gazette.

We understand that the Football Club is currently split into three limited companies with Huish Park Stadium Partnership Limited being the holding company of Yeovil Town Holdings Limited and Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited.

• Please can you advise us how the assets owned by Yeovil Town Holdings Ltd and Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Ltd are split, so it is clear which company owns which asset?

• Does the ownership of any of the 26 acres lie outside these two companies? If so please specify the ownership and the split.

• The Western Gazette recently stated that the football club owed no money to Norman Hayward, however we believe that there is still an outstanding legal charge of £278,000 created on 24th March 2011 – can you confirm that this is the case?

• Can you also confirm that there is also a separate unsecured loan from Norman Hayward making a total of £427,000 being owed?

Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited has a floating charge from 25th October 2016. We do not understand the need for this floating charge and are extremely concerned by it;

• Were all the Directors of Yeovil Town Football Club present on the occasion when a decision was made to accept a Land Charge made out in the name of Mr Norman Hayward?

• How many Directors were in agreement with this action?

• Why have the seven directors of this limited company allowed one director (Norman Hayward) so much control?

• What are the consequences to the Football Club should the Club default on the terms of the Land Charge?

• Will Mr Norman Hayward have the equivalent of a covenant against the Club?

• What provisions are in place in the event of Norman Hayward’s bereavement or incapacity to act as the legal charge holder?

• What costs are involved in removing this charge as you have stated no money is owed?

• Given the clear conflict of interest between Norman Hayward, the Yeovil Town Football Club director and Norman Hayward, the Legal charge/Land covenant holder, when the Board took the decision to grant him the legal charge were all the requirements of the Companies Act 2006 complied within terms of declarations of interest and voting as it wo.uld appear to be the case that Norman Hayward would not be able to vote on this matter?

• It would also appear that the accounts for both Limited Companies are now overdue and thus incurring a fine. At a time when money is extremely tight can you explain why this situation has occurred?

We would appreciate a prompt answer to these queries clarifying the situation for Trust members,

Yours sincerely,

The Glovers Trust Board of Directors"

NOTE: Since the Trust's letter has been sent, the accounts for Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited, covering the 2015-16 season, have now been published - see here. The accounts for Yeovil Town Holdings Limited, covering the same period, have yet to be made public, but our understanding is that they are imminent. The deadline for both at Companies House had been March 31st 2017 - last Friday.


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5 April 2017 : Glovers Chairman Reacts To 2015-16 Account Losses
Yeovil Town Chairman John Fry has given his reaction to the club's financial figures, that were published on this site yesterday. The club made a £450,506 loss for the 2015-16 season in the end of year accounts, but the projection is that the club will be recording 'substantially reduced' losses for the 2016-17 season.

In a club statement referencing the accounts, Fry refers to club owner Norman Hayward as his Football Director, and thanks him for 'financial support' although doesn't elaborate as to what that may have been over the reporting period. He does admit that the losses over the last two season are unsustainable - a total of £1.14 million has been accrued - but believes that those problems are levelling out:

"I would like to place on record my thanks to everyone who has supported the club through what has been a very difficult period. I firmly believe the struggle we have experienced since our relegation from the Championship will give us the strength we need to build a stronger and more successful organisation for next season and beyond. I would particularly like to thank our Football Director, Norman Hayward, for his ongoing financial support and commitment to Yeovil Town. We are indeed fortunate to have a supporter director who cares passionately about the future development of the Huish Park stadium and the continued progress of our football club. The size of our operational losses since being relegated from the Sky Bet Championship are unsustainable for a club of Yeovil's size. If allowed to continue, we would in the short-term encounter serious financial difficulties in running the club. I am therefore pleased to report our football club is now moving in the right direction, and through good management, we have substantially reduced our financial losses for the current season."

Fry gives a review of the 2015-16 season, believing that there were many positives during the campaign, despite the club spending well over half the campaign struggling around the relegation zone. In doing so, he implicitly gives a vote of confidence to current manager Darren Way, with his side's recent form having subsequently caused concern amongst supporters during the 2016-17 campaign. Fry insists that Way has a 'bright future' in management and should be given a chance:

"There were many positives to be taken from our first season back in Sky Bet League Two. The decision by the club directors halfway through the season to replace Paul Sturrock with Darren Way, and to bring in a number of experienced players, at a time when we were rock bottom of the division with only 11 points from 20 games, was a massive turning point in our season. All credit must go to our football manager, Darren Way, his backroom staff and the group of committed players for changing the work ethic and team performance on the pitch during the second half of last season. In his first managerial position, Darren did a brilliant job steering the club away from the relegation zone, and through good management of the football budgets, not only brought our spending back under control but also on limited funds, started the process of building a squad made up of quality young players that in time will challenge for promotion. As a young manager, and with careful development, Darren has a very bright future in football management. Let's give him that chance."

Fry states that part of the reason for the heavy losses came down to treating injured players and for the wages of the players involved during the 2015-16 season. There is no mention of how significant Sturrock's own departure was to the costs involved during the season either way:

"Unfortunately, the costs involved with doing this - for players' wages, and a huge medical bill for treating injured players - were the exceptional items of expenditure shown in the accounts, which contributed substantially to the club's £450k financial losses for the 2015-16 season. No directors received fees, expenses or dividends during the accounts period. I can also report there were no fees paid by YTFC Ltd for the work undertaken to provide better supporter facilities at Huish Park Stadium. All revenues generated were channelled back into our football resources."

Fry points to the club's Academy as being part of the club's future, with the club having sold Kingsley Latham to Southampton and Callum Morton to West Bromwich Albion since it was reborn in the summer of 2015. The sale of those two players aren't part of the 2015-16 accounts but will appear in next year's figures. Fry projects that some of the players currently being developed will soon be playing for Yeovil Town's first team:

"Over time, one of our main priorities will be to improve the level of the first-team squad, and in keeping with other EFL clubs, we will continue to look for opportunities to help develop young talent under the loan system and to supplement our income with transfer fees where this represents good business. Our Category 3 Academy and Young Player Development Policy is a major part of our plans for doing this. I am therefore pleased to report our Academy is now well established and producing our own top quality young players. Looking towards the future our aim is to have a number of homegrown players representing Yeovil Town in Sky Bet League One of the EFL."

The Glovers Chairman claims that the club is capable of reaching the 'highest level in the footballing pyramid' - something of an ambitious target given that it would put Yeovil Town in the Premier League! He states that investment and resources will be made available to achieve that:

"As a club, our ambition is to build a sustainable business that will enable our football teams to play at the highest level in the footballing pyramid. To our supporters, this may seem like a distance away, but, with the right investment, we will have the resources, experience and commitment to achieve the longer-term vision for Yeovil Town. However, we all need to be patient, as our football and financial revival will take time. I am therefore asking our fans to stick with us during this difficult time and to keep believing in what we are creating at Huish Park."

In terms of hard financial figures, there are no further details provided to fans - only the headline operational loss figure is revealed as part of the club statement.

Link: Yeovil Town Football Club : 2015-16 End Of Year Accounts.


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5 April 2017 : Yeovil Town vs Mansfield Town : Man Of The Match Result
Yeovil Town's final match in the month of February saw them play host to Mansfield Town in a League Two fixture at Huish Park. The match was one of few chances, with the most significant moment coming five minutes into the match when Stags keeper Scott Shearer handled outside his box. He escaped with a yellow card, and the game ended up in a 0-0 draw.

Man of the Match voting saw fans impressed with AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield have an excellent game on the right side of midfield. In addition, goalkeeper Artur Krysiak had a solid game as he kept another clean sheet. The poll winner by a significant margin though was Bevis Mugabi, who was playing as a centre-back on the night. Full results, with outright MOTM results in brackets, are as shown below:

1. Bevis Mugabi 184 (15)
2. Artur Krysiak 72 (4)
3. Ben Whitfield 56 (2)
4. Alex Lacey 44 (0)
5. Kevin Dawson 18 (1)
6. Francois Zoko 12 (0)
7. Matthew Dolan 6 (0)
8. Liam Shephard 4 (0)


OVERALL MATCH RATING : 4.82
Performance : 5.09
Entertainment : 4.55
VOTES RECEIVED : 22


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5 April 2017 : Warne Given Millers Job On Permanent Basis
Former Yeovil Town striker Paul Warne has been given the Rotherham United first team manager's job on a permanent basis. The 43 year old has been trying to manage a rather terminal situation at the New York Stadium, with the Millers having already suffered mathematical relegation from the Championship. In theory in charge as Rotherham's fitness coach, he has been acting as their Interim Manager until the end of the 2016-17 season, after Kenny Jackett resigned from the job following just 39 days and five games in charge. Jackett's predecessor Alan Stubbs had himself only been in charge for 14 matches.

With Rotherham having twice found their fingers burned by managers on three year contracts, they decided to appoint from within, with Warne initially being given Caretaker responsibilities, before they announced he would be staying put for the remainder of the season. Despite the club's relegation to League One, they've now given the job to him permanently, with a one year rolling contract.

Warne will be given the remit to appoint his own assistant manager. Chairman Tony Stewart said that despite Warne getting few positive results, the board had unanimously approved his appointment due to the progress he had made in terms of the club's regime, with them blaming poor recruitment by previous management, and injuries to players as being at the root cause of their nosedive. Stewart explained:

"I am delighted that following the meeting of the board this morning, Paul Warne has accepted the permanent position of first team manager. Paul has greatly impressed the board in a number of areas, in what has been a very difficult situation over the past few months. Paul knows the Club inside out. He is a Miller, through and through. Whilst he has held the title of fitness coach, he has always been much more than that under a succession of managers who have all tapped into his knowledge, motivational skills and coaching ability."

Warne's 23 match Interim Management spell was his first frontline position. After leaving Yeovil Town in 2009, he returned for a second playing spell with the Millers, ultimately clocking up nine years service and nearly 300 appearances. He retired from professional football at the end of the 2011-12 season, and was immediately given a coaching position at the club. Stewart felt that his lack of management experience would be outweighed by his knowledge of the club:

"He may be new to management, but all first time managers have to start somewhere. Just look at our Club as an example of the past where many of our most successful managers joined at a relatively early point in their managerial career. The Club has learned many lessons during the campaign but we are determined to ensure, under Paul Warne, that going forward we will play the type of football that brought us so much success in recent seasons. In Paul we have someone who understands this Club, and also understands the type of players and characters needed to succeed. As such, he will work closely with our head of recruitment Jamie Johnson, on what will be an improved and in-depth recruitment and scouting operation which is well underway. There will also be a greater emphasis on developing our own players more effectively to try and ensure greater long-term stability for the Club."

Link: Paul Warne : Yeovil Town Statistics.


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5 April 2017 : Ciderspace Guide To Portsmouth
On Saturday, Yeovil Town travel to play Portsmouth in a League Two fixture at Fratton Park. For those heading on an away day, the Ciderspace guide has been updated to contain the ticketing arrangements, directions, parking, a pub guide and club statistics. Read it via the link below.

Link: Ciderspace Guide To Portsmouth.

Link: GWSC Travel To Portsmouth.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.

Inside Fratton Park, looking from the corner of the away end
Inside Fratton Park, looking from the corner of the away end
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4 April 2017 : Yeovil Town Record Sizeable Losses In End Of Year Accounts
Yeovil Town Football Club have recorded significant losses in their end of season accounts. Yeovil Football and Athletic Club Limited, more commonly known as the core company that represents the core YTFC footballing operations, have made an operational loss of £450,506 for the year ending June 30th 2016 - covering the 2015-16 season. This compares with the £692,384 loss across the 2014-15 season, meaninhg that there has been an accumulation of losses of £1.14 million across the two seasons.

The losses have come as the club spent its first year back at League Two level, which will have seen a drop in central revenues available to them as a League Two club, compared to being a League One club. The exact difference in payouts changes year-on-year according to television and sponsorship rights agreements but in the past have represented around a £250,000 to £300,000 drop.

Another significant factor will have been the club's falling gates, with an average of 4,346 coming through the turnstiles during the 2014-15 season, falling by 9.4 percent to 3,936 for the 2015-16 season. The club will have received some unbudgeted revenue through the 2015-16 FA Cup, with the Glovers lasting as far as a Third Round Replay against Carlisle United, which earned them £57,500 in both prize money and a broadcast fee for their 'live highlights' coverage of the First Round tie against Maidstone United.

There were no declared player sales or transfer fees paid during the 2015-16 season. One significant cost to the club though will have been the December 2015 sacking of manager Paul Sturrock. The club never disclosed the length of contract he was on, although the Sunday Independent claimed around the time of his dismissal that he had been on a two year contract. The change of management, coupled with a significant number of injuries also meant that the club used a large number of players, with 37 players making it onto the teamsheet at various times of the season.

The main hit on the club's financial position appears to be its overall 'cash in hand' position - the ability to pay the bills as they come in. Unsurprisingly that peaked at the end of the 2013-14 season; the moment at which the club exited the Championship, with £1,289,183 available. However, that position has eroded significantly, down to £562,859 by the end of the 2014-15 season, and now dropping to £246,261.

There is also a surprising increase in the amount owed to creditors across the 2016-17 season. This would typically cover financial projections that have a commitment to be paid within that financial year. That increased from £727,795 to £903,041. Creditors falling due beyond June 2017 dropped slightly by around £10,000 to £195,936. When the club entered the Championship, those liabilities hit their peak at £1,150,322 but had been falling over time as the club cut its cloth to suit the division that it was in. The sharp upturn would imply that the club had increased financial commitments going into the current season, but nothing in the accounts explains why that would be the case.

It should be noted that part of the short term creditors value includes deferred income with respect to Season Ticket sales. This is because the revenue for those tickets are generally committed prior to the end of the current season, but with the intention of being used during the following season. The accounts note that there was a tiny drop in Season Ticket revenue, from £404,743 down to £403,689, although nothing to treat as statistically significant. Considering the club dropped from League One into League Two between those two seasons, retaining their season ticket holder base was probably considered a success on that front.

Link: 2014-15 Accounts : Glovers Record Heavy Losses In League One Relegation Season.

Link: Yeovil Town Profit And Losses Over Eight Years (2007-2015).


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4 April 2017 : Yeovil Town Appoint New Disabled Liaison Officer
Yeovil Town have appointed a new Disabled Liaison Officer at the club. They have given the role to Bruce James, who has had an association with the football club since 2002 and is already a member of the club's Disabled Supporters Association. Bruce used to work at Huish Park in the Stadium Department performing a number of maintenance activities, and so is well versed with the issues of providing access and facilities for disabled supporters.

The position at Huish Park has previously been held by Stadium Manager James Hillier but will now be handed over to Bruce with immediate effect.

Whilst working for the club, Bruce was in the same vehicle as current manager Darren Way, during a road traffic accident in December 2008, that saw Bruce sustain hip and shoulder injuries. Like Darren, he thankfully made a good recovery from that incident.

The purpose of the Disabled Liaison Officer is to provide a club-led resource who can help plan any special requirements a spectator may have when visiting Huish Park. Although the Huish Park Ticket Office can handle general circumstances, the DLO can help with more complex situations.


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4 April 2017 : Club Launch Late Unsuccessful Appeal Against Whitfield Red Card
Yeovil Town have stated that they did appeal against Ben Whitfield's red card that was issued at the weekend. Yesterday, the club appeared to have accepted the ban, putting out a statement indicated that the AFC Bournemouth loanee would be serving a three match suspension, covering matches against Portsmoth, Newport County and Crewe Alexandra, but today have indicated that they lodged an appeal against Trevor Kettle's decision to dismiss the 21 year old for an elbow.

Speaking immediately after the game, manager Darren Way stated that he had no excuses for the red card that was raised, but it seems that a late appeal was lodged. It was unsuccessful, with the three match ban still standing.

The club have indicated that Whitfield will be taking his place for the match in the away section for Saturday's trip to Fratton Park, along with the Yeovil Town away supporters. To join Ben in the away end, follow the links below.

Link: GWSC Travel To Portsmouth.

Link: Ticketing For Portsmouth vs Yeovil Town.


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4 April 2017 : A Fortnight Is A Long Time In Football For Shayon Harrison
It's amazing what scoring a goal in a League Two match against Exeter City can do for your ratings in the media. Just over two weeks ago, Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison was in the middle of a 'Loan Disaster' according to commercial website Here Is The City (HITC). Their March 17th article declared that as he was unable to get into Yeovil Town's first team on a regular basis, that he should be recalled from the loan deal, with the logic that Spurs could then use him as cover for the injured Harry Kane (ignoring that this would breach the current rules on loan agreements).

March 17th : Shayon Harrison's Loan Disaster
March 17th : Shayon Harrison's Loan Disaster


Fast forward to April 4th, and Shayon is now being tipped by the same website as ready to follow in the footsteps of Steven Caulker, Ryan Mason and Andros Townsend, declaring that his loan spell at Yeovil Town could lead to him breaking into the Spurs first team, and thus paving his way into International football. Phew! It's lucky that Spurs didn't recall him, as recommended by the earlier article.

April 4th : Shayon Harrison - on his way to play for England
March 17th : Shayon Harrison - on his way to play for England


What happened between those two dates to change the mood? Ah yes, Shayon nodded in a 70th minute goal at St James Park for his first professional first team goal on March 25th, thus elevating his stay at Huish Park from being a 'disaster' to putting him on the road to wearing a Three Lions shirt. Where does reality lie? At the age of just 19 years old, and on his first spell away from White Hart Lane, it's probably somewhere in the middle.


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3 April 2017 : Taff's Gloversblog : Slip Slidin' Away
Saturday saw Yeovil Town's poor League Two form during 2017 continue, with a 0-2 home defeat against Carlisle United. The latest Taff's Gloversblog gets its teeth into that match, analysing the good and the bad, and the key incidents in the game. If you were there (or even if you weren't), feel free to add your own views at the foot of the article. You'll find it via the link below.

Link: Taff's Gloversblog : Slip Slidin' Away.


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3 April 2017 : Lea Provides Assist In Gosport Draw
Yeovil Town midfielder Joe Lea proved to be influential in Gosport Borough's home match against Weston-super-Mare on Saturday, even if they fell short of what they needed in their fight against relegation. In his 11th appearance for the Hampshire side, Lea played a full 90 in their 1-1 home draw against the Somerset side, but the draw still leaves them four points adrift in the relegation zone with five games remaining in the Conference South season.

Lea provided the assist for Gosport's goal. His right wing cross was well placed for former Glovers youth teamer Sam Lanahan to touch in at the near post to open the scoring early on during the first half. But Weston equalised before the break with a spot of controversy behind it - referee Lee Venamore appeared to be about to blow up for a foul on Gosport's Tony Lee. The home side stopped, the visitors didn't, and Dayle Grubb grabbed the equalising goal.

Next up for Joe is a trip to Welling United on Saturday. A win for Whitehawk over the weekend just gone meant that Gosport's gap to safety increased by two points, to four. With 16th placed Welling lying just five points above them, their trip to South-East London has a bit of a 'must win' air about it, both to close the gap to safety as well as with the hope of dragging their hosts into the mire.

Gosport Borough: Jordan, Dawson, Bird, Lanahan (Brice 60), Sanders, Oastler, Lea, Harding, Lee, Wright (Martin 90), Suraci (Bailey 60).


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3 April 2017 : Darren Talks About Carlisle United Home Team Selection
Just before Saturday afternoon's League Two match against Carlisle United 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 explains the absence of midfielder Matt Dolan, his thoughts on the form of striker Tom Eaves and Tottenham Hotspur loanee Shayon Harrison. He also discusses expectations for Carlisle and his side's current form. Read that interview via the link below.

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


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3 April 2017 : Football Association Confirm Whitfield Suspension
The Football Association have confirmed the suspension of AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield. The midfielder will face a three match ban following his red card against Carlisle United on Saturday. The 21 year old was dismissed in the 54th minute of the 0-2 defeat against the Cumbrians for the use of an elbow on Carlisle right-back Tom Miller when challenging for the ball.

As a result, Ben will now miss the trip to Portsmouth, the trip to Newport County and the home match against Crewe Alexandra. Assuming no postponements of fixtures, he would then return to the squad for the trip to Grimsby Town on April 22nd.

One of the side effects of Whitfield's absence is that the club will be able to co-opt one of their other loanees into the matchday squad for the next three fixtures. Swansea City attacker Owain Jones and Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga have been the victims of the rule that only allows five loan players to be selected in a matchday squad at any given time. It's most likely that Jones would be called up over the games in which Whitfield is absent, with Tshimanga having yet to make the teamsheet since his arrival in January.

Whitfield is the club's fourth dismissal of the 2016-17 season, with Kevin Dawson having been sent off twice, whilst Bevis Mugabi was red carded in last year's trip to Doncaster Rovers.


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2 April 2017 : Darren Way's Verdict On The Carlisle United Game
Following Saturday's 0-2 home defeat against Carlisle United at Huish Park, Yeovil Town manager Darren Way spoke to the BBC about the match. With questions from local journalist Chris Spittles, in an interview for BBC Somerset, Darren's verdict on the match, the red card for AFC Bournemouth loanee Ben Whitfield, and the club's overall form can be read via the link below.

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


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2 April 2017 : EFL Trophy Team Of The Tournament Nomination For Dolan
Yeovil Town midfielder Matt Dolan has been included in the EFL Trophy's Team Of The Tournament for the 2016-17 season. The Glovers played in six matches during this competition, with the 23 year old playing in five of those from the start. Ahead of this afternoon's final between Oxford United and Coventry City the Football League have selected their 'best XI' and manager and have this to say about Dolan's influence:

"An entertaining Yeovil side reached the last eight of the competition, hitting 16 goals in their six games before falling to a 5-2 loss at Luton Town. Dolan was key to the Glovers' success, assisting a number of strikes with his expert delivery."

The full team is as follows:

Goalkeeper: Jamal Blackman (Wycombe Wanderers)

Defender: Ryan Haynes (Coventry City)
Defender: Phil Edwards (Oxford United)
Defender: Jordan Willis (Coventry City)
Defender: Jack Senior (Luton Town)

Midfielder: Marvin Johnson (Oxford United)
Midfielder: Matt Dolan (Yeovil Town)
Midfielder: Jodi Jones (Coventry City)
Midfielder: Josh Murphy (Norwich City U21)

Forward: Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall)
Forward: Oliver McBurnie (Swansea City U21)

Manager: Michael Appleton (Oxford United)


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2 April 2017 : Video : Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United Match Highlights
For those who dare, match highlights of yesterday's 0-2 home defeat against Carlisle United are now available online. View the goals from John O'Sulivan and Reggie Lambe as well as the incident that led to Ben Whitfield's read card, in two minutes worth of highlights below.




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1 April 2017 : Yeovil 0 Carlisle 2 : Whitfield Sees Red As Poor Form Continues
Yeovil Town slipped to a dismal defeat against Carlisle United this afternoon, as their home form stretched to six matches on home turf without a win. The Glovers were never really at the races, with John O'Sullivan's early header giving a Carlisle side that hadn't scored a goal in 701 minutes the lead. Matter were not helped when Ben Whitfield was red-carded for an elbow, meaning that when Reggie Lambe fired home a second a couple of minutes later, that wrapped up the game without the visitors needing to break too much of a sweat.

The Glovers went into the match making one change to their starting line-up. Midfielder Matt Dolan had ended up needing stitches in his ankle after a training ground injury, and so dropped out of the squad. Numerically his place was taken by Tom Eaves, although that obviously meant a formation reshuffle was needed with a 4-3-3 restored with Eaves providing the central role. On the bench, only six substitutes were named, with the usual situation of two loan players having to sit things out.

The game got off to a scrappy start, although Yeovil enjoyed what was to be their best spell of the game during the opening quarter hour. Kevin Dawson shot wide of the corner of the goal frame after Francois Zoko put him through. Then Ben Whitfield set up Tom Eaves who was close to the byline when he delivered a cross for Liam Shephard who headed straight at goalkeeper Mark Gillespie. In an ideal world, you'd want those two the other way around in the creative move, and that summed a lot of Yeovil's early play.

Yeovil's other problem was that they were giving away a glut of first half free kicks. Past meetings with Carlisle would tell anyone their strength has been converting from set pieces, so when Francois Zoko fouled Gary Liddle there was an obvious element of danger. Yeovil's defence were guilty of having switched off, and that was shown up when Reggie Lambe's quick free kick saw John O'Sullivan in far too much free space to plant a looping header beyond the reach of Artur Krysiak, and into the net for a 0-1 scoreline - breaking a run of 701 minutes since Carlisle had scored a goal.

Just before the goal - although it had little relevance to it - Yeovil had switched formations, moving into a 4-4-2 with Ben Whitfield and Shayon Harrison assuming the wide roles, whilst Francois Zoko and Tom Eaves played up front. Zoko and Eaves had their moments individually, but rarely seemed to be on the same wavelength as each other, as a scrappy game got even more scrappy. Danny Grainger accepted a lay-off from a Reggie Lambe free kick but put it wide. Referee Trevor Kettle was becomimg increasingly Kettlesque in his own approach to the game, although to his credit he preferred to talk to players at length rather than use his traditional array of cards. All of this served to slow play down, and the nearest Yeovil got to anything worthy was when Ben Whitfield's free kick during first half injury time was glanced by Tom Eaves, but without quite diverting it enough to get it on target.

More of the same during the second half appeared to be on the cards until an incident involving Ben Whitfield and Tom Miller. Given Whitfield's general temperament, it's unlikely he meant what he did, but his challenge for a ball appeared to land an elbow into Miller's face, and when the Carlisle players all rushed Whitfield in unison, whilst Miller lay prone on the deck, you knew what referee Kettle was going to do. In fairness it looked like one of his less controversial dismissals.

Down to ten men, what the Glovers didn't need was to concede another goal. Reggie Lambe had been the scourge of Yeovil when he scored an ultra-late winner for Mansfield Town last season. Now a Carlisle player, he cut in from the left flank that Artur Krysiak parried well, but unfortunately straight back into the path of the same player. With the keeper lying on the deck, Lambe fired the rebound into the roof of the net. 0-2 down.

The Glovers tried to reorganise, bringing on Tom James for Shayon Harrison, with the former Cardiff City man going into the left side of defence in a 3-4-2 formation, as Ryan Dickson and Liam Shephard were pushed into midfield. James could have been at the centre of massive controversy within minutes, after Michael Raynes had picked up an injury that left him clutching his knee after a collision with Michael Raynes. After a brief pause, goalkeeper Mark Gillespie slowly passed the ball out towards the touchline, but James either wasn't aware of the problem or felt stopping play wasn't justified. He intercepted the ball and curled in a cross that fellow substitute Brandon Goodship narrowly headed wide, leaving Carisle rather riled both with Yeovil players and with referee Kettle - not that he could have done a thing.

To their credit, Yeovil did have a couple of decent efforts in the closing stages with their ten men. Brandon Goodship cut in from the right flank and provided a shot that Gillespie could only parry onto his six yard line, with the shame being that no-one was there to follow-up on the rebound before the goalkeeper recovered. Then Francois Zoko shows wonderful control inside the box to stop the ball with his right foot and then fire a left footed shot just past the far post.

Unfortunately for Yeovil, moments like that were few and far between. And with the man disadvantage the worry was that they'd get caught on the break. Carlisle substitute Jamie Devitt almost got a third, but a superb clearance from Tom James, whose reflex header stopped the attempt, ensured things didn't get worse. The game ultimately fizzled out, with a late Ryan Dickson free kick that looked like he was trying to cross to the far post, but ended up getting a shot on target that had to be punched away, was as good as it got with Yeovil never looking like they had the conviction to get back into the game from the moment they went a goal down. The chorus of boos on the final whistle, and the odd bit of dissent aimed at the management team and at the boardroom showed exactly how frustrated the home support was at this performance.

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 2.

Scorers: John O'Sullivan (16 mins, 0-1), Reggie Lambe (0-2, 55 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 28. Ben Whitfield
39. Shayon Harrison 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship (61 mins for Tom Eaves) 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James (59 mins for Shayon Harrison)

Carlisle United:
1 Mark Gillespie
23 Tom Miller 15 Shaun Brisley 5 Michael Raynes 3 Danny Grainger
11 John O'Sullivan 28 Gary Liddle 16 James Bailey 4 Luke Joyce 19 Reggie Lambe
9 Jamie Proctor

Substitutes:
7 Jason Kennedy 14 Jabo Ibehre 17 Jamie Devitt (57 mins for Luke Joyce) 22 Max Crocombe 27 George Waring (61 mins for Jamie Proctor) 29 Junior Joachim 39 Samir Nabi

Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Ben Whitfield (serious foul play, 54 mins)

Carlisle United Bookings: Luke Joyce (foul, 41 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.

Carlisle United Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 1; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire). Assistants: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Louis Marks (Hampshire).

Attendance: 3,145 (with 170 Carlisle United supporters).


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1 April 2017 : Man of the Match Voting for Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
If you watched Saturday afternoon's 0-2 defeat against Carlisle 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 Carlisle United.


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1 April 2017 : Darren Way Disappointed With Set Piece Defending But Accepts Red Card Decision
Yeovil Town manager Darren Way believed that his side's inability to defend on set pieces against Carlisle United once again proved costly, as his team slipped to a 0-2 home defeat this afternoon. The Cumbrians have had a habit of settling matches against Yeovil from either free kicks or corner kicks, with the match at Brunton Park in December seeing the second crucial goal scored by Charlie Wyke from a corner. This afternoon, it was a John O'Sullivan looping header 16 minutes into the match that set Carlisle on their way, and the Glovers boss admitted that was a disappointing pattern for him:

"I think first and foremost we have to take collective responsibility, as staff and players, because we're disappointed with that - very disappointed. We worked all week and set plays seem to be costing us at the moment. Knowing what we know and playing against them, I have lost count of how many set plays they've scored against us. I've played against them as a manager now five times and the number of set plays that have gone in against us is very disappointing. I just feel that when that first goal went in we had large spells of possession, but they put men behind the ball and we couldn't break it down and have clinical play. We had possession but then there were one or two missed passes and the crowd weren't happy. But we have to take responsibility of that."

The other decisive point in the match came 54 minutes into the match when Ben Whitfield went in for a challenge on Tom Miller. Referee Trevor Kettle has never been shy of producing a red card or two in Glovers matches, but the decision to dismiss Whitfield for an elbow was one of his less controversial ones. Way admitted that the dismissal was probably warranted but partially defended the player, on account of his level of inexperience of dealing with situations like that:

"Looking at it again, I can't make any excuses, if I'm honest. I'm disappointed, of course I am, because at that stage of the game, the last thing you need is for someone to get sent off. But again, he's a young player, and playing in his environment off the back of the game against Exeter, I think I've got nine players in the squad that have got no league experience, in terms of not playing regularly week-in, week-out and I feel they were up against a strong team today. I'm not making excuses but you can look at our squad and I said that it's going to be a real test between now and the end of the season, individually and as a team and we have to make sure that we regroup and have a real busy week next week."


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1 April 2017 : Yeovil 0 Carlisle 2 : Match Statistics
Yeovil Town slipped to a dismal defeat against Carlisle United this afternoon, as their home form stretched to six matches on home turf without a win. The Glovers were never really at the races, with John O'Sullivan's early header giving a Carlisle side that hadn't scored a goal in 701 minutes the lead. Matter were not helped when Ben Whitfield was red-carded for an elbow, meaning that when Reggie Lambe fired home a second a couple of minutes later, that wrapped up the game without the visitors needing to break too much of a sweat.

Full report to follow later ...

Link: 2016-17 Latest League Two Table.

Final Score: Yeovil Town 0 Carlisle United 2.

Scorers: John O'Sullivan (16 mins, 0-1), Reggie Lambe (0-2, 55 mins)

Yeovil Town:
1. Artur Krysiak
2. Liam Shephard 6. Bevis Mugabi 5. Alex Lacey 11. Ryan Dickson (Capt)
7. Kevin Dawson 16. Matt Butcher 28. Ben Whitfield
39. Shayon Harrison 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship (61 mins for Tom Eaves) 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James (59 mins for Shayon Harrison)

Carlisle United:
1 Mark Gillespie
23 Tom Miller 15 Shaun Brisley 5 Michael Raynes 3 Danny Grainger
11 John O'Sullivan 28 Gary Liddle 16 James Bailey 4 Luke Joyce 19 Reggie Lambe
9 Jamie Proctor

Substitutes:
7 Jason Kennedy 14 Jabo Ibehre 17 Jamie Devitt (57 mins for Luke Joyce) 22 Max Crocombe 27 George Waring (61 mins for Jamie Proctor) 29 Junior Joachim 39 Samir Nabi

Yeovil Bookings: None. Red Card: Ben Whitfield (serious foul play, 54 mins)

Carlisle United Bookings: Luke Joyce (foul, 41 mins)

Yeovil Match Statistics: Possession: 48%; Shots: 8; Shots On Target: 2; Corners: 2; Fouls: 12.

Carlisle United Match Statistics: Possession: 52%; Shots: 12; Shots On Target: 7; Corners: 1; Fouls: 11.

Referee: Trevor Kettle (Leicestershire). Assistants: Dean Treleaven (West Sussex) and Kevin Howick (Oxfordshire). Fourth Official: Louis Marks (Hampshire).

Attendance: 3,145 (with 170 Carlisle United supporters).


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1 April 2017 : Team News For Yeovil Town vs Carlisle United
Yeovil Town have chosen their starting line-up for this afternoon's League Two match against Carlisle United at Huish Park. The match sees the Glovers name one change compared to the team that played against Exeter City last weekend. Midfielder Matt Dolan picked up an injury in midweek and he is replaced by Tom Eaves.

Football League rules on loan players mean the Glovers have to leave two players sat in the stand. Today these are Milton Keynes Dons winger Kabongo Tshimanga and Swansea City attacker Owain Jones.

Absentees due to injuries include Otis Khan (ankle), Darren Ward (swollen knee), defender Nathan Smith (medial knee ligaments) and Alex Lawless (hamstring). Midfielder Joe Lea is on loan with Gosport Borough.

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 16. Matt Butcher 28. Ben Whitfield
39. Shayon Harrison 9. Tom Eaves 13. Francois Zoko

Substitutes: 12. Johnny Maddison 17. Omar Sowunmi 19. Brandon Goodship 22. Ollie Bassett 31. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 32. Tom James


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1 April 2017 : Former Boss Johnson Returns To Whaddon Road After Heart Op
Two weeks and two days ago, former Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson had to go into hospital to undergo a triple heart bypass operation. Such are the marvels of modern science, this afternoon, he is expected to take a seat at Whaddon Road for Cheltenham Town's home match against Morecambe. The 61 year old won't be back at work - Gary is attending the match in theory as a spectator, with his assistant Russell Milton in charge for his fifth match.

Johnson has also thanked those who sent 'Get Well' cards and messages to him over the past fortnight, with BBC Points West showing rows of cards that have been sent to his home since mid-March. He said that this showed how good an industry football was to work in, during situations like that:

"You don't want something like this, but when something like this happens it sort of akes you appreciate the work that you're in, and the industry that you're in. It's a pretty close-knit family and it's not just the effort of getting the cards, it's the words that people put in the cards that are overwhelming. Soon I'll get round to everybody and thank them personally."

One of the little twists of Johnson's need for surgery was that the operation was due to be performed by Dr Alan Bryan, who had an unusual personal connection with the Cheltenham boss, with Bryan's son Joe Bryan being managed by Gary's son Lee Johnson at Bristol City. He said that the subject of football had come up on a couple of occasions, both before and after the operation:

"We had moments where I could talk to Dr (Alan) Bryan about football, but he was very concentrated on my heart, as opposed to my managerial career or Joe's football career. I stopped short of saying that if I didn't come through this then Joe would never play for Bristol City again! Actually as I came around from the operation, the doctor shook me and said 'Mr Johnson you've got to wake up now, as I've got some good news for you'. So I thought my heart is fine, and he said Bristol City had won 4-0!"

Despite not travelling to Whaddon Road at all, Johnson has been keeping in touch with his assistant Milton by phone, whilst even the players have had conversations with him via Facetime, with him able to watch DVDs at home and then give players feedback on their performances. He said that had even led to Cheltenham's strikeforce paying him a visit for professional reasons, rather than to bring bunches of grapes:

"A couple of days ago, I needed to speak to the strikers, because I felt that they weren't quite performing. I couldn't go there, but I've still got enough respect that I could bring them here. So they all came here and they had a chat and we showed them videos of things that they can improve on, so I was pleased that I was able to do that. We're in a delicate situation, and when my wife Florence Nightingale decides that I can get back to the football, and as soon as I feel ready then I'll go back as soon as I can."

Johnson said that he had no problems with the thought of being able to survive 90 minutes at Whaddon Road today, despite Cheltenham's 22nd place position meaning that they are still not quite safe from relegation worries. He explained that there was more pressure in being at home and joked that his wife Caron would be ensuring that he didn't get too over-excited on the day:

"I'm pretty sure I'll be well enough to go to the game and not feel stressed. I'll have an earpiece probably, to the dugout, and any decisions we can make we can all make together. If I am sitting at home, I'm watching the results of our rivals in our league and, all of a sudden, the pressure is more by sitting at home and trying to relax. So I might be better off just being at one game, putting the effort that I can give into that, and hopefully we can get a result. I'll be sitting there with my wife next time - I can't get too excited if she is there."


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1 April 2017 : Notts County vs Yeovil Town : Man Of The Match Result
Last month, Yeovil Town made the trip to Notts County for a League Two fixture at Meadow Lane. This was one of the less exciting matches witnessed this season - both sides struggled to create meaningful chances during the 90 minutes, and the 0-0 draw that came out of the match was probably about right, even if County showed slightly more ambition during the match.

No surprise that Man of the Match voting saw three of the club's more defensively minded players on top. Right-back Liam Shephard picked up a number of votes, whilst goalkeeper Artur Krysiak ensured that the game's more significant chances did not result in anything. The poll winner was holding midfielder Alex Lawless, who also had Yeovil's best attacking effort late on during the match. Full results, with outright MOTM votes in brackets, are as follows:

1. Alex Lawless 38 (3)
2. Artur Krysiak 22 (1)
3. Liam Shephard 16 (0)
4. Francois Zoko 10 (1)
4. Kevin Dawson 10 (1)
6. Alex Lacey 6 (0)
7. Ryan Dickson 2 (0)
7. Matt Butcher 2 (0)
7. Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro 2 (0)

OVERALL MATCH RATING : 5.29
Performance : 6
Entertainment : 4.57
VOTES RECEIVED : 7


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